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What is the difference between AES-IntelliNet and conventional radio technology?

Other private radio systems rely on repeater/tower technology to operate. This creates additional cost to the system operator for ongoing lease and maintenance contracts. Also, towers and repeaters have the potential for single point / single path failure: if a tower goes down, many subscribers will be out of service. In contrast, AES-IntelliNet provides multiple paths and each subscriber unit can adapt to changes in the system.

What is the difference between AES-IntelliNet and cellular/control channel technology?

There are no recurring fees in the operator owned AES-IntelliNet system.

The AES-IntelliNet system owner controls the system. There is no waiting for a cellular or radio provider to get coverage in a targeted area. Further, company and customer data are not divulged to any third parties.

AES-IntelliNet is listed for use for UL-AA burglary, UL-Commercial Fire, UL-Residential Burglary/Fire, and NFPA 72 compliant for fire alarm monitoring.

Radio signals are conveyed through the AES-IntelliNet system in a matter of a few seconds. Signals sent through the cellular-based channel and telephone lines take substantially longer.

What is the range of the radio?

AES-IntelliNet systems can grow to cover thousands of square miles, thanks to the patented AES store and forward technology.

The typical range for an AES-IntelliNet subscriber utilizing the provided case top 2.5db antenna is 1 – 5 miles, though this is dependent upon antenna mounting location in the protected premises, building construction material and techniques, other nearby structures, terrain, etc. Remotely mounted higher gain antennas on a rooftop or in an attic can multiply this range by a factor of 2 or 3 times. Every installed subscriber provides a communication point in the mesh network and increasingly populating the service area will strengthen communications over significant distances.

What alarm panels are compatible with AES radio subscriber units?

All alarm panels are compatible with AES transceivers. There is a wide range of interface options:

There are direct “zone” inputs on every AES-IntelliNet transceiver unit.

The AES-IntelliTAP dialer receiver module, an option for most AES-IntelliNet transceiver units, “reads” the digital dialer output of many types of alarm panel and conveys the information by radio.

“FDX” (full data transfer) modules are provided by some panel manufacturers that create a data link from alarm panel to radio communicator.

I own a central station – can I create radio coverage in locations outside my area?

Yes! You can install an AES radio receiver in the remote area and use the AES MultiNet to forward the signals back to your location via the Internet or back-up telephone line.

What is the cost of the system?

AES-IntelliNet systems are operator-owned. There are no recurring fees charged to the dealer, creating cost savings for the system operator and consumers. Also, no expensive tower sites or dedicated repeaters are needed (every AES radio is a repeater), further reducing those recurring expenses.

When the AES-IntelliNet is used to replace dedicated telephone lines for alarm reporting the savings can be substantial and immediate.

Using the lease option, system owners can operate on a positive cash flow with only a small number of customers.

The AES Master Dealer Program provides substantial discounts for growth-minded AES system operators.

The AES sales team can provide a quote for a system to match your requirements. Please contact us for details.

Where can I find official listing and compliance information?

Please click on link here to view our Fire Marshal Resources page or contact your AES Account Manager for details.

I have more questions – who can I contact?

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