AES Intellinet Eliminates Boundaries with 7705i Wireless-to-Internet System

Breakthrough technology allows 2-way scalable alarm communications to cover multiple geographic regions and provides solution to Cellular AMPS Sunset Clause


PEABODY, MA and LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 5, 2006 – AES Corporation, the makers of AES IntelliNet – wireless communications systems for alarm monitoring, today announced the launch and immediate availability of the AES IntelliNet 7705i Wireless-to-Internet system. This new, UL listed (pending) technology 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 7705i virtually eliminates the boundaries once common to private radio networks. AES made the announcement at ISC West in Las Vegas, NV where they are exhibiting at booth #6048.

In addition to its ability to connect several mesh networks to operate as a whole unit, the new 7705i enables large regional users of AES-IntelliNet networks to expand their system capacity and add coverage regions thereby increasing recurring revenues. In addition, as with all AES IntelliNet products, there are no third-party alarm transmission fees, freeing new users from recurring costs. Also, 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 common with other technologies.

Alarm Detection Systems, Inc. (ADS) of Aurora, IL tested a beta version of the 7705i in a stand-alone network and had positive results. Ed Bonifas, vice president, of ADS said, “The new IntelliNet system helps us with traffic management. It allows us to unburden the inner ring network by unloading a lot of traffic further in the field.” Bonifas noted that the 7705i is an important tool to deal with big network dynamics by taking signals off the network faster than currently available. “The IP link will make a network incredibly more reliable and allow system expansion using the same frequencies,” he added.

Tom Kenty, General Manager at AES Corp. said, “The new AES IntelliNet 7705i is easy to install, and easy to manage. It’s also a faster and more reliable system than those that use telephone or cellular technology.” Kenty also pointed out that all AES IntelliNet systems are viable solutions for those needing to change or upgrade their alarm technology due to the pending Cellular AMPS (analog) Sunset Clause.

The Cellular AMPS Sunset Clause is an FCC decision to release cellular carriers from their obligation to continue providing AMPS service effective February 18, 2008. 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, alarm customers will lose service on or after 2.18.08 potentially creating a public safety nightmare.

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. This in turn will allow them to increase their customer base and revenues – good news for the cellular providers, but bad news for the nearly one million customers who rely on AMPS for their security systems.

“Alarm dealers need to start planning and acting now to implement a new wireless communications solution for their customers,” said Lou Fiore, chairman of the Alarm Industry Communications Committee. “After February 18, 2008 there is no guarantee that the AMPS cellular network will be available or provide a stable service for alarm communications,” he added.

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