What is High Security Communications?

Dean Mason by Dean Mason | 07.15.2013

The iGSMHS4G provides dealers with a great opportunity to offer a highly secure alarm communications solution to high security commercial prospects.

The definition of High Security Communications has evolved over the years. High Security Communications, also known as “double A” security, originated from regulatory requirements for banking and jewelry store applications. These applications would require a more stringent level of security communications to the central station. Today, the security industry still must meet high security requirements with modern technologies.

The technologies used to meet high security demands continue to evolve. Not that long ago, leased lines from the phone company served as the technology choice for high security applications. The security company would use the leased phone line to provide a dedicated path to the monitoring station. Typically, a reversing relay or voltage pulse would determine the integrity of the communication path. At the time, this was considered the most viable option for demanding applications.

Introducing Cellular Technology
In the 1980s and ’90s cellular technology was leveraged to adhere to high security communications standards. Cellular radios would be supervised at a higher rate to meet regulatory requirements. A five minute supervision interval was used to ensure the radio’s connectivity. The cellular radio proved to be more cost effective and efficient than a leased line. The cellular radio alternative revolutionized high security communications.

Technologies continued to evolve and provide even more efficient high security communications alternatives. The Internet provided a new cost-effective method for communications. Supervision of Internet communicators can be accomplished using a network operating center or in point-to-point, enterprise applications that transmit directly from an IP communicator to an IP receiver over an existing local area network (LAN). During this time, high security communications would morph into encrypted line security. Encrypted line security requires that a signal sent from the site to the central station would be guarded from potential compromise. Encryption methods such as AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) made it possible to meet encrypted line security requirements.

Today, digital cellular, in combination with Internet communication, has re-defined high security communications. Recently, Honeywell announced the new Internet and 4G communicator (iGSMHS4G) that is UL listed for encrypted-line security applications like banks and government buildings that require a 200-second communication path supervision rate . It uses the broadest, fastest standards-based 4G technology with Internet as the primary source of transmission and delivery of alarm signals. In the event of an Internet outage, the digital cellular portion can meet the communications requirements without requiring an immediate monitoring response. It gives dealers a great opportunity to offer a highly secure alarm communications solution to high security commercial prospects.