The DSC Impassa is a wireless alarm system that provides local installer-level programming and support for legacy DSC 433 MHz Sensors. This is the only all-in-one wireless DSC System with this type of functionality. With the integrated Verizon cellular communicator, which is included in this package, the Impassa system can receive cellular monitoring service and connect with Alarm.com. For users who are new to alarm monitoring, this Impassa System package represents a great starting point for setting up a complete security system.
Local installer programming is a very important feature for any DIY user. Without this feature, a user would be unable to add, remove or edit system sensors from the panel locally. They would also be unable to adjust many basic system settings and configurations. On the DSC Impassa, this is all done using the system's integrated touch-button keypad. This keypad is also used for regular system functions, such as arming and disarming. Unfortunately, this turns some users off from the Impassa System, as they would prefer to use a touchscreen controller instead. Touchscreen controllers provide a more intuitive user interface with the icon driven programming fields, and they are usually more convenient for general arming and disarming. If having a touchscreen controller is a requirement, a user may want to purchase a wireless system from Honeywell, 2GIG or Qolsys instead. But for users who don't mind using a touch-button keypad and learning the system's somewhat unique programming process, the DSC Impassa can represent a very solid option for an alarm system. Additionally, while there is an auxiliary touchscreen keypad available for the Impassa, it cannot be used for local installer programming. It simply a secondary point of control for arming and disarming the system.
The main selling point of the DSC Impassa is its ability to support Alarm.com services and allow local DIY installer programming. This version of the DSC Impassa comes with an integrated Verizon CDMA cellular communicator. This add-on will allow the system to receive cellular monitoring service and connect with Alarm.com. Cellular monitoring is very important for an alarm system, as it is the best way to ensure that the property remains protected at all times. Cellular communication is extremely reliable, and unlike WIFI, it is not affected by power outages. Cellular communication also provides speeds that are comparable to WIFI, giving users the best of both worlds. And with cellular monitoring, the DSC Impassa can be used with Alarm.com. This is an interactive service platform that a user can access to arm and disarm their system. check the status of sensors, control Z-Wave devices and more. By using the Alarm.com Mobile App, a user can access Alarm.com from virtually anywhere with their iOS or Android device.
The Impassa works with DSC legacy sensors that operate at 433MHz. These are excellent sensors that communicate very reliably with a compatible alarm system. If a user has an existing alarm system using 433 MHz sensors, an Impassa Panel can be added to quickly get the sensors up and running and lower the up-front cost of alarm equipment. The only other wireless all-in-one system from DSC that will support their 433 MHz sensors is the DSC Iotega. However, this system does not support local installer programming. As a result, any DIY user will certainly want to go with the Impassa over that system. Once a user understands the process for programming a DSC Impassa System, they will be able enroll new wireless sensors to the panel and configure their settings independently without involving an alarm company. Keep in mind, that PowerG sensors do not work with the Impassa.
Please Note: The CD8055I Verizon Alarm.com communicator is integrated and includes an Image Sensor Module and Z-Wave Controller. A power transformer and a backup battery are also included. However, an actual image sensor is not included, only a module to support one.