Securitas, a security company founded in Sweden, approached GE
Security, one of the leading suppliers of Security and Life Safety
Technologies, to design a new alarm system that could be deployed
throughout Scandinavia and the rest of Europe, where access to
wired communications is limited. GE Security chose Alpha Micro
Components as their technology partner for its expertise in GSM and
GPRS, technologies. Securitas wanted to offer their existing and
future customers remote monitoring of their Alarm systems, so they
approached GE Security to develop a new system with this
capability. The system would be able to send alarm alerts and video
alerts from remote sites, speeding up response times and reducing
unnecessary responses to false alarms from more than 10,000 network
installations. For this, GE Security needed to develop a GSM and
GPRS reporting module.
GE Security with help from Alpha Micro designed a complex
communication module called the CS7002 - a multifunctional
GPRS,GSM, SMS communication unit, designed to transmit information
triggered by an alarm system to a mobile phone or an Alarm
Reporting Centre (ARC), using a GSM wireless network. The module, a
first of its kind, is primarily for residential and small office
use, but can also be adapted for commercial applications.
The alarm system is equipped with different sensors including a
camera capturing video clips of the event which triggered the
alarm. These video feeds are processed by a special video unit
(VVMIQ) and sent through the GPRS module to the monitoring centre
helping the operating team of the system to distinguish between a
false alarm and a real emergency. This new function helps to reduce
the costs of the companies using such systems as they no longer
need to attend false alarms in person. The time for recognition of
a real emergency is shortened and the police or other services can
be alerted quicker, whilst being provided with exact information
about the situation at the property. The security team is able to
recognise the nature of the alarm through the different categories
such as fire alarm, burglary alarm, medical alarm, panic alarm
Alarm reporting can be done using the audio channel in all
supported protocols or in SIA and Contact ID format using TCP/IP
connection over GPRS to a compatible Osborne Hoffman network
receiver. Alarm reporting can also be done through the audio
channel in combination with a CS535 voice module or via SMS to an
SMS compatible monitoring station. Furthermore, the GSM can be used
to provide remote system operation and 2-way audio with the CS534
The CS7002 can report an SMS directly to an end-user's mobile
phone using the same text indication and language as displayed on
the keypad. This is useful when end-users want to monitor their own
installations or just need to be kept informed about the report
sent to the central station. A central station can also work with
the GSM network operator to receive the messages directly from the
GE Security was looking to design in-house a new TCP/IP module
for the alarm system, which would have taken up much time and
effort. Through working with Alpha Micro, they were able to use
Alpha's own module as a base from which all necessary programming
and testing could be carried out. This significantly reduced the
time-to-market of the project, which, for such a complex device, is
normally protracted. GE Security greatly benefited from Alpha
Micro's close partnership with SAGEM, using their secured
laboratory testing facilities and engineers based in France, where
they conducted a number of tests.
Wired communications are becoming harder to access in remote
locations and new connections are often GSM. The CS7002 offers the
voice reporting function for those people who no longer have a PSTN
line, or for security backup reasons. The CS7002 can report via all
reporting protocols available in the panel, such as SIA, CID, Fast
Format and even pre-recorded messages from the CS535 voice module.
It's easy to install and by simply inserting a SIM card the network
connection happens automatically.
GPRS allows the CS7002 to report all events over an IP network
to an OH2000- NETREC IP receiver. The advantage of the technology
is that it can remain continually connected to a network. The
CS7002 will get an IP address from the DHCP pool available at each
GSM cell and the network will then allow to exchange data whenever
needed. A configured poll message can then monitor the connection
between CS7002 and the receiver. The CS7002 fully supports remote
up/downloading of all the panel settings by connecting to the IP
address assigned to the CS7002.
The CS7002 GPRS as part of the GE Security's video verification
module (VVMIQ)was nominated 'Best New Product' in the Detektor
International Awards ceremony in Sweden.
CS7002 Technical Specifications
- SMS, Voice and Data communication over GPRS and the GSM data
- Remote control of the intrusion system via SMS
- Compatible with the latest technology.
- Primary reporting as well as dual and backup reporting
- Easy to install.
- Can report to 16 different end-user telephone numbers.
- End-users receive simple text messages in their local
- Supports low credit and expiry control for pre-paid SIM
- Full replacement of analogue PSTN connection.
- Supports Audio listen-in and DTMF control via CS534.
- Supports SIA/CID format over TCP/IP to central station.
- Instant GPRS connection or connect only when reporting
- High Speed Up/Download (9600 baud).