Alarm systems market update

A look at industry trends and new products at ISC West

Another player in the alarm systems market, Digital Monitoring Products (DMP), is also releasing a new wireless panel at the show. The company's new XTL panel is compact, measuring 3-inches-tall-by-5-inches-wide and it only supports cellular communications.

"We feel cellular is the answer for the future (of alarm communications)," said Melissa Pitfield, director of marketing communications for DMP. Having formed with a background in monitoring, Pitfield said that DMP is focused heavily on providing new recurring revenue opportunities for its dealers and one way its doing this is by offering what it calls "convenience features." These convenience features include such services as being able to control an alarm system remotely or receiving messages when an alert is triggered.

Tyco subsidiary DSC, which made headlines at last year's show with the release of its ALEXOR alarm panel, announced today that it has released new Internet/Intranet communicators for the PowerSeries and ALEXOR panels. The new TL260 and TL265 allow users to combine alarm communications through both Public Switched Telephone Networks (PSTN) and Internet/Intranet connections.

When it comes to preparing for the switch to GSM from POTS, Mike DeMille, director of product management at Tyco Safety Products, says that DSC is well prepared.

"It's in our blood now," DeMille said.

Another company that says its seeing a trend among consumers wanting more than usual out of their security systems is Napco and its senior vice president for sales and marketing Jorge Hevia.

Hevia characterized the way people interact with their alarm systems these days as sort of "touching base" with their homes, which is one reason the company is focused heavily on integrating cameras into alarm systems. Napco is also displaying its new iRemote 64 Pak at the show, which features its Gemini Remote Virtual Keypad.

"Your average, every day alarm system has to do more than it did in the past," Hevia explained.