Alarm systems that transmit alarms over the traditional fixed network are affected by the switch to IP. Swisscom plans to replace the traditional fixed network connections with IP-compatible telephone lines by the end of 2017. The old telephony infrastructure will be gradually decommissioned from 2018. Customers who have not yet switched to an IP product by then will be helped to do so by Swisscom. All alarm systems affected will have to be modernised in advance to ensure their reliable continued operation.
Only alarm systems that currently transmit alarms over the traditional fixed network (analogue or ISDN) are affected. Many systems are not affected because they only transmit alarms over the mobile network. Systems that only sound an alarm locally (using a siren) are also not affected.
Contact the installer or supplier of your system as early as possible. They will take the necessary steps to ensure the reliable operation of your alarm system. We would recommend switching the alarm system before the telephony switch.
Mandatory systems are subject to more stringent standards and can only be switched by the appropriate installation company. Dual transmission over IP and mobile communication channels is required for mandatory systems. Companies within the professional association for telecommunications and security (IG TUS) will advise any affected operators directly and help them with the switch to IP.
Costs will vary depending on the size and complexity of the system. Swisscom is financing the investment for switching its networks and exchanges but the costs for switching alarm systems will be met by the operator.
Dual solutions are the most reliable; they transmit information primarily via the fixed IP network but also over the mobile network. This is seen as the most reliable means of transmitting information. It is even more reliable than traditional transmission using the fixed network alone.
Transmission over the mobile network meets the necessary requirements in many cases. Many systems are already equipped for this alternative type of transmission, which is easy to implement.
Transmission over the fixed IP network meets the necessary requirements in many cases. Many systems can be switched to this type of transmission relatively easily.
Some alarm system providers use additional converters to connect previous systems directly with an IP device.
Tests with manufacturers have shown that many conventional alarm system modems can transmit successfully via the analogue router interface.
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