Security/low-voltage distributor ADI will market and sell Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) provider Vontronix’ VoIP Alarm Panel Communication module, which allows alarm systems to communicate over a broadband internet connection. The hook for dealers: they can sell security along with Vontronix’ VoIP phone service and the recurring monthly revenue that comes with it.
The module, manufactured by Linksys specifically for Vontronix, converts analog signals to TCP/IP for transmission over the internet. ADI said it “solves a major issue that has been plaguing the security industry,” namely the need for a “cost-effective solution” for sending alarm signals over VoIP.
A two-line analog telephone adapter designed to support VoIP alarm and telephone services, the module is compatible with any Contact ID Panel or central station receiver. The Vontronix service sends e-mail alerts upon alarm activity and allows latchkey notifications if alarms become disabled. The system is also “fully supervised and will report upon failure,” said ADI.
Vontronix’ VoIP phone service offering includes E911, directory assistance, follow me, find me and voicemail messages sent to e-mail.
“We are excited to offer our product and services through ADI branches nationwide to deliver high-quality, affordable alarm systems and telephone services,” said Vontronix President Ron Polli. “ADI’s distribution channels will enable us to bring our product to the greater security and VoIP market.”
“As more and more people move from traditional phone service to VoIP, it is important for ADI to provide our dealers with a solution that allows their alarm panels to communicate over broadband internet connections,” said Scott Sturgess, director of product management for intrusion and fire products at ADI. “We are pleased to provide the Vontronix VoIP solution and phone services and give our dealers an opportunity to compete in this space.”