Honeywell's IP communicator streamlines security system reporting, service

Feb. 19, 2014
New new MIP-2 and MIP-2UD communicators from Honeywell Power can eliminate the expense of phone lines traditionally used for security alarm monitoring.

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has announced the availability of two new IP (Internet Protocol) communicators, designed to reduce monitoring and service costs for the transmission of alarm data from virtually any security/burglar alarm panel to a central station over an Internet connection. The new MIP-2 and MIP-2UD communicators from Honeywell Power can eliminate the expense of phone lines traditionally used for security alarm monitoring, says the company.

Using the upload/download capabilities of the MIP-2UD, dealers can access system information remotely to reduce on-site labor time. Both IP communicators connect seamlessly to a security panel’s dialer ports, enabling them to report alarm information from any system that utilizes Contact ID protocol -- no reconfiguration of the security panel is needed. The MIP communicators allow systems to be monitored primarily over IP with the option to add a phone line for backup.

“Although IP communications in the security world are widely accepted, there are still those building owners that want a backup landline just in case,” commented Ken Gentile, marketing product manager, Honeywell Power. “Even in this scenario, the cost savings of eliminating one phone line is still significant.”

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Honeywell maintains that, with a traditional phone line costing up to $50 per month, buildings with monitored security systems stand to save a substantial sum of money through the use of an existing IP line and elimination of one phone line per security panel. For owners of multiple buildings, the savings can add up to a sizeable amount quickly, notes the company. Dealers can also benefit from the MIP-2UD’s upload/download features, wherein many cases, they can resolve issues remotely or analyze troubles to reduce the amount of labor needed to fix system issues on-site.

“Many dealers have commented on how easy the MIPs are to install and configure, and many are approaching existing customers with it as an option for saving money that can lead into other system upgrades,” Honeywell's Gentile added.

On the central station side, the new system's VisorALARM Plus IP receivers are required to capture all signals sent through Honeywell Power’s MIP communicators. These receivers integrate easily into the architecture of most central stations. The VisorALARM Plus IP receivers are also compatible with the IPDACT line of fire alarm IP communicators, making it easy for facilities to standardize their fire and security alarm communications for added cost savings and reliability, says Honeywell.

Ultimately, the reliability of security system reporting improves dramatically through the MIP communicators’ increase in supervision, contends the company. The MIP’s connection to the central station can be tested every 30 to 90 seconds, versus the once-a-day test performed on POTS lines. For added reliability, all data transmissions are secured using AES 512 bit encryption. Learn more at

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