The Honeywell iGSMHS AlarmNet high security dual path alarm communicator that satisfies the strict requirements of high security and Underwriter Laboratories (UL) line security applications has been discontinued and replaced by the iGSMHS4G dual path communicator. While both units are high security alarm communicators, the iGSMHS only works on AT&T's 2G network and therefore will no longer work after the 2G sunset at the end of 2016. The iGSMHS4G on the other hand, works on AT&T's 2G, 3G and 4G networks so that it will work well into the future. Anyone with an existing iGSMHS should strong consider upgrading now to the iGSMHS4G to avoid any interruptions in alarm monitoring service.
Typically banks, jewelry stores and government buildings require high security or UL line security alarm monitoring communicators. If you operate this type of business, you should check with your insurance agent to find out if your Honeywell security system requires a high security alarm monitoring communicator.
The Honeywell iGSMHS high security dual path alarm monitoring communicator is supported by AlarmNet which is Honeywell’s advanced alternative alarm communications division. The iGSMHS utilizes dual path technology so that it can transmit your security system’s alarm signals via your internet connection or over AT&T’s cellular GSM network to Alarm Grid’s central station. The iGSMHS alarm signals pass through AlarmNet’s advanced Network Control Center on their way to Alarm Grid’s central station. The Network Control Center is really just a bank of servers that process, supervise and forward the iGSMHS alarm signals on to the central station. The iGSMHS uses your home’s broadband internet connection as the primary path. If the internet fails for any reason, the iGSMHS will automatically switch over to the backup cellular alarm communicator to send your alarm signals to Alarm Grid’s central station. In addition, the backup cellular alarm communicator actually uses its own dual path technology to provide enhanced security and reliability. When the cellular side of the iGSMHS is being used, your alarm signals are transmitted via General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) as the primary communication path within the cellular GSM network. If the GPRS channel is not available, the iGSMHS will automatically switch over to Short Message Service (SMS) to ensure your cellular alarm signals are received by AlarmNet’s Network Control Center and Alarm Grid’s central station. With the internet alarm communicator as your primary alarm communication path and the cellular alarm communicator acting as a backup with its own dual path technology, the iGSMHS is actually a triple path alarm monitoring communicator providing the most secure alarm communications available today!
All UL line security (or high security) alarm monitoring communicators must be able to notify Alarm Grid’s central station within (200) seconds of a communicator fault that would prevent the iGSMHS dual path alarm communicator from being able to communicate. Typical AlarmNet dual path alarm monitoring communicators like the Honeywell iGSMV are not able to provide this advanced level of alarm communication supervision. In fact, alarm monitoring communicators that don’t meet the high security designation may only have monthly or weekly supervision. Alarm Grid alarm monitoring communicators that are not designated as high security alarm monitoring communicators have (24) hour supervision. If you do not have Alarm Grid alarm monitoring services, you should check with your current alarm monitoring company to see what level of supervision they use with your alarm monitoring communicator.
While the Honeywell iGSMHS high security dual path alarm monitoring communicator is a member of the AlarmNet family, it does not support Total Connect as remote system access voids the UL high security monitoring designation.