Honeywell VISTA-128BPTSIA

Commercial Alarm Control Panel

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The Honeywell VISTA-128BPTSIA is a commercial alarm control panel that is nearly identical to the standard Honeywell VISTA-128BPT. The on...
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The Honeywell VISTA-128BPTSIA is a commercial alarm control panel that is nearly identical to the standard Honeywell VISTA-128BPT. The only difference between the (2) commercial alarm control panels is that the VISTA-128BPTSIA is certified to be compliant with the Security Industry Association’s (SIA) CP-01 standards. With the VISTA-128BPTSIA, you get all of the advanced features that make the VISTA-128BPT ideal for commercial alarm applications and you get the added bonus of meeting the requirements for all jurisdictions that require SIA CP-01 alarm control panels.

To combat the problem of false alarms, SIA published the ANSI/SIA CP-01 standards document which details all of the required programming settings which will make an alarm control panel CP-01 compliant. Security system manufacturers can use the ANSI/SIA CP-01 standards document when designing a new system so that the control panel will be less likely to trigger a false alarm. Most false alarms are caused by user error, so CP-01 alarm control panels like the VISTA-128BPTSIA have certain programming settings which greatly reduce the chance of a user accidentally setting off a false alarm. All new alarm installations should use CP-01 alarm control panels as false alarms are more than just a nuisance. If false alarms go unchecked, the entire alarm industry is in danger. Security systems rely on alarm monitoring services so that when an alarm is triggered, the proper authorities can be dispatched to handle an emergency situation. Without police response, security systems are just loud noise makers. Unfortunately, most alarms that police respond to are not real emergencies and therefore are classified as false alarms. If police departments become accustomed to thinking that all alarm dispatches are really just false alarms, they will not respond with the same urgency that a real emergency would require. Even more problematic is the fact that local state agencies do not like wasting resources on false alarms. Therefore, some jurisdictions have begun to require alarm verification methods before a police officer can be dispatched to an alarm. Other jurisdictions have enacted false alarm fines which can be very expensive. If we don’t all work together to limit the overall number of false alarms, eventually police officers will stop responding to alarms all together.

Just like the VISTA-128BPT, the VISTA-128BPTSIA supports (9) standard hardwired zones and up to (119) additional V-Plex® zones. Honeywell developed and patented V-Plex technology which allows you to use alarm wire with only (2) conductors for devices that would normally require (4) conductors such as motion detectors and glass break detectors. The VISTA-128BPTSIA can also be upgraded with a Honeywell wireless receiver such as the 5881ENHC commercial wireless receiver which will allow you to use any Honeywell 5800 Series wireless sensors. Of course, you can also add an AlarmNet internet or cellular alarm communicator to a VISTA-128BPTSIA commercial alarm control panel if you want to take advantage of alarm communications that do not require a phone line. Once you’ve added an AlarmNet alarm monitoring communicator, you can also sign up for Honeywell’s Total Connect 2.0 interactive service which allows you remote security system control from any web browser or smartphone.

The following programming settings are what make the VISTA-128BPTSIA certified SIA CP-01. In programming field *09 and *11, SIA requires at least (30) seconds of entry delay which is how the panel is programmed by default. In programming field *10 and *12, the ‘Exit Delay #1’ and ‘Exit Delay #2’ are set to (60) seconds by default to meet SIA requirements. In field *28, the ‘Power Up in Previous State’ feature is turned on by default and must remain on for SIA installations. In field *57, the ‘Dynamic Signaling Priority’ feature must be set to ‘0’ for primary dialer. In field *84, the ‘Swinger Suppression’ feature is set to (2) alarms by default but SIA installations should use (1) alarm. In field *88, the ‘Abort Window Time’ for non-fire zones should be set to at least (15) seconds. In field 1*21, the ‘Exit Time Reset’ feature is enabled by default and should remain enabled. In fields 1*22 through 1*25, the ‘Cross Zoning’ feature should be enabled and (2) or more zones should be programmed. In field 1*42, the ‘Call Waiting Defeat’ setting should be enabled if you have call waiting at your property. In field 1*61, the ‘Abort Verify’ setting should be enabled. Also, within the zone programming menus, the ‘Auto Stay Arm or Occupied Premises’ feature should be enabled, the ‘Abort Window’ feature for all non-fire zones should be enabled, the ‘Swinger Suppression’ feature should be enabled. and the ‘Fire Alarm Verification’ feature should be enabled unless all fire sensors can self verify. By using the SIA requirements when programming your VISTA-128BPTSIA you will ensure your alarm installation is CP-01 compliant and you will reduce the number of false alarms that may occur.

Brand: HoneywellADEMCO

Very Powerful Panel!
Submitted on 01/02/2020 Alarm Grid

The Honeywell VISTA-128BPTSIA is a hardwired commercial burglary panel that is compliant with standards outlined by the Security Industry Association (SIA) for preventing false alarms. This is a very complicated and powerful security system that is usually only used in a commercial or industrial setting. Although this panel can be used just fine for residential use, we would recommend that homeowners get a system that is easier to work with. But if you have a commercial or industrial business that requires burglary alarm monitoring, and you want to be compliant with SIA standards, then the VISTA-128BPTSIA is an excellent system to choose. We give it a 5-Star rating.

The best thing about the VISTA-128BPTSIA is that it is extremely robust and powerful. Users can take advantage of up to eight (8) partitions, and program up to 128 zones. The panel has a Polling Loop, and you can add one or more V-Plex Polling Loop Expanders or start adding V-Plex Polling Loop Sensors with the system. Polling Loop Sensors are great for commercial locations, as they support extremely long wire runs that cannot be used with standard hardwired sensors. Up to 150 user codes can be added to the system, making it perfect for medium to large businesses. And by getting it on cellular and/or IP, you can use the system with Total Connect 2.0 for remote access and control. Also, SIA compliance helps prevents false alarms.

The biggest downside to the VISTA-128BPTSIA is that it is very complicated. New DIY users will have a very tough time setting up this system on their own. If you just need a system for your home, then it is almost always more practical to get a wireless system, or at least a residential wired system. Adding an extremely powerful and robust system like the VISTA-218BPTSIA to a residential location is almost always overkill. And although SIA compliance is great for preventing false alarms, it does place some restrictions on how you can program the panel.

Overall, the VISTA-128BPTSIA is an outstanding system if you require commercial burg protection for a medium to large business with SIA compliance. We give this product 5 Stars.

Good: Very Robust & Powerful, 8 Partitions, 128 Zones, V-Plex Polling Loop Expansion, 150 User Codes, Total Connect 2.0, SIA Compliance for Preventing False Alarms

Bad: Extremely Complicated, Usually Overkill for Residential Use, SIA Compliance Restricts Certain Programming Settings

Bottom Line: 5 Stars

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