New release from GE Interlogix

May 2003 Access Control & Identity Management

The newly released CS250 security panel from GE Interlogix is an 8 zone control panel that can be expanded to up to 16 or 24 zones by adding either one or two 8 zone hard-wired input expanders or one or two RF (wireless) gateways.

Each RF gateway supports up to 8 or 16 RF devices such as PIRs, door/window detectors, smoke detectors, shock sensors acoustic glassbreak detectors as well as up to 16 RF keyfobs. Patented Learn-Mode Technology ensures the ease and reliability of installation. Each device has its own factory-programmed identity so the receiver 'learns' the identity of each device, thereby reducing installation time and eliminating programming errors in the field. The gateway monitors the alarm, battery, tamper and supervisory status of each transmitter. In addition, it reports any change in status to the panel, which takes action according to the programmed zone types.

All zones can be freely programmed as any of the following types: burglary, exit/entry (x 2), access, 24 hour, lifesafety (fire, medical, personal attack), tamper, keyswitch, emergency and timed door. In addition, a dedicated output for fire detector power with reset control allows the connection of 2 or 4 wire smoke detectors. An integrated fully featured communicator and modem embraces a wide of range of applications. The communicator offers a choice of five formats for alarm reporting including Voice Protocol for use with a voice module. Available as an optional accessory, this module provides the end user with an attractive alternative to central station reporting by sending pre-recorded messages to friends or neighbours.

Whilst on-line, several key parameters of panel operation can be verified without having to visit the installation. This includes the display of mains power status and battery voltage, the loop-state and resistance value of each zone, the state of all outputs and the system state of both areas and the common area.

To provide error free operation for the end user, there is an optional infrared keyfob which can be used with the LCD/LED keypad or arm/disarm station for turning the system on and off and generating lifesafety alarms. As an alternative, everyday tasks such as arming and part-arming can be set up as a one touch operation by using the three freely programmable function keys which are incorporated on the LED or LCD keypads.

For more information contact GE Interlogix, 011 805 1590.

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