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Alarm News: Telstra shutting down 2G / GSM Alarm reporting network. Has anyone seen my Nokia 6230?

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After more than 20 years of service the 2G (GSM) network will be closing down. This will effect the way alarms that are on the 2G network report back to base. If your property is affected you need to upgrade prior to 01/12/2016. 

Do you remember the first time you were able to walk around with a phone? It may have been attached to a battery pack on a curly cable that you carried over your shoulder but it was mobile. The now ubiquitous mobile phone was once only used by the 1980's Yuppie. I remember when my Dad got his first carphone which was bolted to the centre console. That was pretty fancy.


Did anyone give WAP a try? This was the first mobile internet. You could get weather updates, sports scores and stock prices live to your Nokia 6230. That was the beginning of my obsession with technology and I have fond memories of spending hours pressing the number buttons until they turned into letters and if you missed the letter you wanted then you had to go all the way through the letters and number to get the right one.


In 1991 I remember getting very excited about a jpeg downloading on our home computer one row of pixels at a time. We were connected to the world wide web using a 33.6 kbit/s dial up modem. My Dad was coming home from work and told him he had to see this image download. After about 5 minutes and it still did not arrive he patted me on the back and reassured me that there is no future in the internet.

These days most of us have smart phones (thanks Steve Jobs) on the 4G network that stream HD video in real time. In the office if the internet link drops below 20Mbit/s either way there are phone calls made to find out what is broken.

Technology is moving at an unprecedented rate and does not seem to be slowing down any time soon. It is a fabulous time to be part of the technology industry and see the internet of things expanding.

Security is part of this technological shift. The evolution of alarm systems reporting has gone from diallers over the PSTN telephone system to running the signals over the IP & 3G networks. The 2G network was the first wireless alarm communication medium and like the Nokia 6230 it has been superseded. 

NBN Ready Alarm Monitoring

We now have alarm monitoring devices that run on the 3G network and offer 2 way communication. Using an app on your phone you can connect to the alarm communicator and arm or disarm your alarm system.


These 3G communicators can take the alarm signals from any alarm system and report them back to base. The upgrade is a straight forward process that future proofs your alarm system and is NBN Ready.

If you would like to control your alarm system from your mobile phone then get in touch and we will let you know how.

If you would like to know if your alarm communicator will work after December 1, 2016 get in touch and we will send someone over to check it out and give you some advice.


Recently we launched a new managed access control, intruder detection and building automation system known as secCloud. Your existing hardware can be upgraded to secCloud which gives you full control of your system from your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Take a look at our new website to find out more, 

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