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My company has been integrating the GE Alarm Panels (ITI Abvent and Concord) with AMX for over a decade. GE is not updating the technology on these panels anymore and has phased out the ITI Abvent. We are looking for suggestions on the alarm panels that work well with AMX and which are keeping up with firmware updates and technology. Which alarm panels do you like to work with?




  • John NagyJohn Nagy CineTouch Product Manager Posts: 1,563
    The ITI were our go-to units too, and when they started talking discontinued, we talked at length with the product manager of the Advent/Concorde. He reluctantly admitted that it looks like they will be "current" for another year and maybe available longer than that, as the follow-on technology isn't ready. And when it is, the protocols are intended to be "transparent" and compatible with the existing designs.

    Talk, being cheap, isn't proof, but that's what we were told when we pushed hard.

    A lot of our dealers are using the Vista 128 in one of the several flavors. We've had mixed success implementing a full integration with it, but it looks like we have it coming around.

    The ELK M1 has been popular but seems on the wane.
    HAI is painful to integrate. Wacky, and tech support isn't worth the promised callback you won't get.
    We used to get a lot of requests for DSC, but not in a couple years now.

    I and our customers wish the APEX was still around. It was easy to use for the customer and reliable to integrate.
  • ericmedleyericmedley Senior Member - 4000+ posts Posts: 4,177
    Ademco BPTs are pretty okay.
  • viningvining X Member Posts: 4,368
    I've been using HAI but ELK is very similar. You can do allot that can't be done with other alarm systems, temp and humidity sensors, t-stats, etc and on jobs with out AMX you can still achieve some basic integration with their built in drivers and ability to control serial devices. You pay more but you get a more versatile system which provides more options to the integrator.
  • the8thstthe8thst Junior Member Posts: 470
    We integrate DSC Power Series panels via the IT100 automation interface on almost every job. They work really well, and we haven't had any problems at all as long as we follow the distance limitation for wiring the automation adapter to the alarm panel.
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