The latest technology, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), is having a huge impact on how home security systems will operate.
VoIP is a technology that enables people to use the internet as the transmission medium for telephone calls. Instead of using a telephone company’s wiring, VoIP routes the phone calls to the telephone using a high speed internet connection.
Why will this technology affect the ability of home security systems to transmit alarms? According to CANASA, using VOIP over traditional land line phone systems may cause a loss of ability to transmit signals. For the consumer, this means in order for alarm systems to remain operational over the long term, the technology used for signal transmission must be updated, re-imagined or revised.
A current issue regarding the use of VoIP for home security systems is that there are no enforced standards for the provision of phone service. Although an alarm company manufacturer may create a security system that works with VoIP, the system may become ineffective as soon as the customer switches service providers or even underwent an equipment change (such as a new router or modem).
Another downside is that if there were broadband failures, alarms would not be sent out. This lack of ability to transmit signals is a real concern. In the news there is talk of possible space debris or a meteor knocking out satellites and therefore interrupting wireless services. That would, again, render VoIP connections to these devices useless. For this reason, a conservative approach to VoIP home alarm devices is recommended. Patrons are cautions to keep their alarm systems on a landline connection at least until VoIP technology advances to the point where the current issues are negated. While having two phone systems may seem like an initial inconvenience, the peace of mind you have by knowing you home is safe and secure – not to mention the fact that you have a back up phone service – will help keep you calm during an emergency situation.
It is important to remember, however, that all new technologies have a few issues and these problems are usually quickly resolved to the advantage of the consumer. VoIP technology for home security systems is no different. Great strides are already underway to enable VoIP is on its way to becoming a secure, reliably, fail-proof method to transmit alarms. In fact, according to CANASA, In December 2009, AT&T has already submitted comments to the American Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to phase traditional phone lines out in its entirety and 75% percent of US alarm companies are planning a move from legacy analog systems to VoIP. It seems that VoIP is the way of the future and many service providers of home alarm systems are embracing this technology to keep their systems operational.
Since manufactures and dealers of home security systems have to move quickly to ensure they are current with this fast changing technology; it is imperative to purchase your system from a reputable dealer who is current with the industry and who can advise their customers on the best options for this developing technology.