Honeywell introduces LYNX Plus wireless residential alarm system

MELVILLE, N.Y., Jan. 21, 2010 – Honeywell today introduced LYNX Plus, the security industry’s first self-contained wireless residential system that internally supports two-way voice capabilities over GSM and an integrated signal-strength meter. LYNX Plus is a combination control panel, keypad, siren, dialer, two-way voice system and speakerphone. The sleek device supports an internal GSM radio enabling dealers to offer RMR-generating services, including Honeywell’s suite of Total Connect remote services, which allows homeowners to manage their security systems and receive alerts from Web-enabled and mobile devices.

LYNX Plus can communicate using standard phone lines, IP transmission and GSM.  The GSM capability is delivered with an internal plug-in radio that enables two-way voice sessions between homeowners and central stations during emergencies. These capabilities increase sales opportunities with customers who don’t use traditional phone lines for communication.

“The fast-rising number of cell phone-only and VOIP-dependent homes represents a tremendous challenge for security dealers, both from a sales and support perspective,” said Al Lizza, senior manager product marketing for Honeywell.  “Traditional dialer-based alarm systems already don’t work in one-in-five U.S. homes. Dealers who have not installed GSM-enabled systems, therefore, can expect attrition rates to skyrocket. Standardizing on LYNX Plus with a GSM radio allows dealers to address the security needs of any household, and to reduce lifetime support costs and attrition.”

LYNX Plus offers a host of new features to reduce installation time and costs, including:

· A GSM signal strength indicator that allows dealers to easily position the device for best location

· A bright, easy-to-read custom backlit alpha display provides system status in plain English with voice annunciation that reduces training time and support calls

· One hardwired zone and a hinged cover that enable cleaner, faster, less costly  installations

LYNX Plus also helps dealers differentiate themselves and generate incremental RMR through Total Connect Remote Services. This popular suite of web and mobile applications allows homeowners to remotely arm and disarm their security systems. The system can also send emails to alert homeowners to both critical and non-critical events, such as a child returning home from school. When utilized with devices such as motion detectors, IP video cameras, asset protection and environmental sensors, homeowners can use Total Connect to see a comprehensive picture of events inside and outside their homes.

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