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Multi-Path IP Monitoring
Multipath-IP is a state of the art multiple path IP alarm transmission system. Designed for low cost monitoring through to high security applications,
Multipath-IP is a suite of products ranging from a variety of field hardware devices installed on the customer’s premises to dedicated hardware systems installed within a monitoring station.
Multipath-IP utilises leading edge Internet Protocol (IP) based technologies, combined with traditional alarm reporting systems to deliver critical alarm events to the monitoring centre via a secure, reliable and lightning-fast system.
High security monitoring is achieved using a polled communication system where field hardware modules (STU’s) communicate with the monitoring control room at intervals as frequent as every 10 secs. If these polls fail to be delivered within the allocated time Multipath IP is an agile solution which will attempt to re-establish the connection to the monitoring station using an alternative path and one of several alternative Telco providers. If a failed connection cannot be re-established within a pre-determined time then an alarm is raised within the monitoring station.
Multipath-IP supports most existing alarm systems and is an ideal upgrade from traditional dial up systems and the perfect replacement for outdated technologies such as direct line or Securitel. Installation of equipment into the customer’s premises is a simple process with no ongoing programming required. Multipath-IP is independently certified to Australian standard AS2201.5 class 5 which is the highest IP monitoring standard available.
Benefits of Multipath-IP:
* Cost Saving – no more dial up costs
* High security polled monitoring system
* Redundant IP connection to monitoring station via multiple providers (Any ISP or GPRS via Telstra, Vodafone and Optus)
* Lightning fast alarm transmission
* Compatible with most alarms systems
* Remote arming and control
* Stand alone option - No alarm panel required
Fratech Multipath-IP can turn a traditional alarm reporting system into a fully integrated monitoring solution. Additionally, it is ideal for domestic and commercial sites, and is not limited by the size of your alarm system. A typical alarm reporting system consists of a dialler alarm panel which reports over GSM and/or a standard PSTN line to a monitoring station. ContactID is the typical communications protocol. With the addition of a Fratech Multipath-IP STU attached to the dialler alarm panel and Fratech IPServer software at the monitoring station, multiple, redundant polled paths become available: Ethernet, GPRS and dial up ISP.
This provides the means to communicate alarms and events via multiple communications paths, whilst also regularly polling the IPServer at the central station to verify the integrity of the selected path (and therefore the integrity of the Multipath-IP STU / alarm panel). At a client site the Fratech Multipath-IP STU can communicate with any ContactID dialer alarm panel, or Concept 3000 / 4000 alarm panels using ContactID or IRFast. Bi-directional polling and alarm information can be sent to a central monitoring location via any of the possible IP paths (Ethernet, GPRS, ISP dial up). In the unlikely event that all of these polled paths are unavailable, there are also traditional backup paths such as PSTN dialler or GSM, over which alarm and event data can be sent. The Ethernet path utilises an end customer’s existing IP infrastructure (e.g. LAN, WAN, ADSL, Cable Modem, etc.) to deliver alarms, events and polls to the Central Monitoring Station at very low cost.
The GPRS and ISP dial up paths have been specifically designed for Inner Range on our own Virtual Private Network (VPN). This VPN runs on the Optus Private Internet (OPI), which is entirely separate from public internet traffic. Inner Range also encrypts all IP data using 128 bit AES encryption. Corrupted data will be discarded and the original data resent by the Multipath-IP STU. Any tampering of data at any stage in the network can be easily identified and the central station will be alerted. At the central station, polls, alarm and event data is received via a broadband IP link (typically business grade DSL or Frame Relay). The polls, alarm and event data is then processed by the Fratech IPServer and presented to the Automation System (alarm monitoring software) in traditional alarm formats such as Ademco-685 (ContactID), and IRFast, et