Wireless to Internet, 2-way scalable alarm communications system meets code compliance and offers solution to AMPS Sunset Clause
PEABODY, MA – FEBRUARY 5, 2007 – AES Corporation, the makers of AES IntelliNet – wireless communications systems for alarm monitoring, today announced that it received UL 864 Edition 9 listing for its 7705i Wireless-to-Internet system. This technology, first introduced in April 2006, enables fire and security alarm monitoring companies for the first time ever to offer the benefits of 2-way radio transmission wireless alarm communications to customers in multiple geographic regions. The UL 864 Edition 9 listing signifies that the 7705i meets the highest level of code compliance required of life-safety alarm communications equipment.
Tom Kenty, General Manager at AES Corp. said, "With the 7705i, we’re now able to deliver our customers two things in one – the most code compliant nationwide radio-alarm system on the market and a solution to the pending AMPS Sunset Clause."
The Cellular AMPS Sunset Clause is an FCC decision to release cellular carriers from their obligation to continue providing AMPS (analog) service effective February 18, 2008. Cellular carriers are generally motivated to terminate their AMPS cellular service as doing so will free up valuable space on their networks for digital customers. Security industry statistics show that there are more than 750,000 units in place that operate on AMPS service. Without some change in their technology, these alarm customers will lose service on or after 2.18.08 potentially creating a public safety nightmare. Customers using radio-frequency alarms, such as the 7705i, will not be affected by the AMPS Sunset.
Ed Bonifas, vice president of Alarm Detection Systems, Inc. (ADS) of Aurora, IL, which tested a beta version of the 7705i said of the new UL listing, "We are excited AES’s 7705i received the UL 864 Edition 9 listing. Given the success we had with the beta version, we plan to install the newly UL listed 7705i system among all our clients. It’s a great technology" Bonifas who is also Vice President of the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) noted that the 7705i is an important tool to deal with big network dynamics by taking signals off the network faster than currently available. He also said that the system’s IP link makes a network more reliable and allows for system expansion.
In addition to its ability to connect several mesh radio networks to operate as a single unified system, the 7705i enables large regional and national users of AES-IntelliNet networks to expand their system capacity and unify their coverage regions thereby increasing recurring revenues. As with all AES IntelliNet products, there are no third-party alarm transmission fees, freeing new users from recurring communication costs. The added benefits of the 7705i’s scalability, combined with owner use and control of the system, makes it the perfect solution for monitoring companies that want to worry less about service interruptions and technology obsolescence common with other technologies.
Kenty noted that while change happens frequently with cellular and phone communications, radio frequency remains a constant, reliable system, "People trust AES IntelliNet radio-frequency networks; they worry less, generate more revenue and profit, and have more time to deal with other aspects of their business."
AES will be demonstrating the 7705i in booth #1131 at NFPA, June 3-5, 2007, Boston Convention Center, Boston, MA