I would also like to give information on some of the applications that we implementing presently in Europe and the Middle East.
Besides using technologies such as Cellular, RF, IP... we have many countries that have installed a very small yet very effective software on their main telephone company switchboards regionally. All modern switchboards have software to detect whether the phone line is open, short or parallel. So we just developed our own software in functioning with their major software that tracks all informed phone lines (the ones connected to alarm systems) and sends them to our main server via internet. We then share this information with monitoring companies at certain rates. As soon as a problem occurs with the phone line, the monitoring company receives information on the event.
Our monitoring automation (A-traq for those that don't know yet:
) picks these signals up and informs the operators in less than 3 seconds from the event occuring. We even prepared a presentation for the telephone companies that they can charge extra for such speciality phone lines. So actually it is a win-win-win deal. The phone company gets extra payment for phone lines connected to the alarm system. The monitoring company is able to track almost real time phone line activity, and the customer knows that their phone line is traced so they too have peace at mind.
There is no initial cost and just extra dues. But in the long run it has much more advantages.
I know that this might be out of the main topic but I just wanted to give you information on international developments on monitoring.