Honeywell Vista 20P vs Honeywell VISTA 20PSIA
The Honeywell VISTA-20P is the MVP of the VISTA Series of alarm control panels. It is by far the most popular Honeywell security system and it is installed in homes and businesses throughout the country.
Unfortunately, the VISTA-20PSIA is not nearly as popular as it's brother the VISTA-20P. Despite it's lack of popularity, the VISTA-20PSIA has all of the same great features and functions. You can use AlarmNet alarm communicators with both control panels. Both systems support Honeywell's Total Connect service. You can use up to forty eight zones with the VISTA-20PSIA just like you can with the VISTA-20P. You can even add a Tuxedo Touch keypad to the VISTA-20PSIA if you want to upgrade your security system with Z-Wave home automation devices.
The only difference between the two VISTA control panels, is that the VISTA-20PSIA is designed with false alarm prevention as a key feature. Therefore, it comes with certain programming values that are hard coded to reduce the chance of a false alarm. Other programming values can be changed but are set by default to avoid false alarms. Certain areas of the country actually mandate that you install a SIA control panel if you are installing a new security system. SIA is the Security Industry Association and one of the association's main tasks is to make sure that false alarms are kept to a minimum. False alarms waste the valuable time and resources of our emergency responders and must be avoided at all cost to ensure that our police departments will continue to dispatch authorities to an alarm called in by a central station. We suggest that everyone install a SIA panel, but if you don't have a SIA panel, you can still program your system to avoid false alarms.
Please look at the last paragraph at the VISTA-20PSIA product page for an in-depth look at exactly which programming fields are used to prevent false alarms so that if you happen to have a VISTA-20P installed, you can still do your part to keep false alarms to a minimum.
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