VoIPAlarm system released to replace PSTN

NextAlarm has created a VoIpAlarm following AT&T’s request to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to shut down the traditional public switched telephone network (PSTN).
The alarm monitoring service company believes it is too risky to rely on VoIP networks not to drop calls which could have grave consequences in emergencies.
Alex Elliot, the CEO of NextAlarm, said: "Shutting down the PSTN would have huge ramifications for the alarm industry.
"VoIP isn’t suited for traditional alarms as some signals will get through and some won’t.
"Most of the systems out there would be unreliable if the Plain Old Telephone System (POTS) is scrapped. A customer could test the alarm one day without problems, then have a break-in that night, only to realise their system can't report the alarm. Dedicated IP systems and cellular communicators are a solution, but they are expensive and time consuming to install.”
The VoIPAlarm contacts the adapter more than once a day and if it cannot be contacted then the customer is informed that there is a problem.
Mr Elliot added: “Our VoIPAlarm platform is becoming an increasingly popular solution for companies which want to keep existing customers without an entire system replacement.”

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