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AT&T Inc. has announced that the shutdown of its second-generation, or "2G," wireless network will be complete by the end of 2016. This shutdown will not occur all at once. It will appear sporadically across the country and on January 1, 2017, the 2G wireless network will cease to exist.

Why is AT&T shutting down the 2G wireless network?

Data use on wireless networks is increasing as more and more people adopt smartphones. AT&T realizes that shutting down the 2G network and using that space for 3G and 4G networks will drastically increase data capacity and speed on the newer networks.

Why does the 2G Sunset affect alarm systems? 

Wireless alarm systems communicate via cellular networks like the 2G, 3G and 4G networks. Many wireless alarm systems were installed with a 2G compatible GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication) device that can only communicate via the 2G wireless network. Therefore, when the 2G network ceases to exist on January 1, 2017, these alarm systems will no longer be able to communicate alarm signals. 

What do you need to do to make sure your alarm system will not be affected by the 2G Sunset? 

If your system will be affected, we will discuss the next step in making sure your alarm system will be protected from the elimination of the 2G wireless network.

*updated 6/19/2015





Farenhyt IFP-50 is Now Part of the West Islip Fire Department’s Regular Training Regimen

Silent Knight by Honeywell


Silent Knight by Honeywell announces its Farenhyt IFP-50 fire alarm control panel is now part of the West Islip Fire Department’s regular training regimen. With the support of local fire and security integrator, Checkmate Security, Babylon, N.Y., the fire department’s training facility has a new, fully-functioning fire alarm system.


The West Islip training facility comprises a variety of rooms and objects to help fire fighters simulate a realistic rescue within a residential or commercial building. Recordings of people’s voices, crying babies and the loud crackle of fire, coupled with heavy, smoke-like steam and removable floor planks to simulate burned-through holes help new and seasoned fire fighters train for nearly any imaginable situation. However, the ability to interact with a commercial fire alarm system was not an option until Checkmate’s President, Bill Havdoglous, offered a solution.


Checkmate installed an addressable Farenhyt IFP-50 fire alarm control panel from Silent Knight, complete with detectors, pull stations and horn/strobes – parts and labor all free-of-charge. During system setup, Havdoglous programmed the system himself, making certain all component and location identifiers were labeled realistically.


Utilizing the training facility at least twice each week, this all-volunteer Fire Department takes its training seriously.


To illustrate how realistic West Islip’s fire fighter training can be, Silent Knight Regional Manager Ray Reilly was suited-up and put through a condensed version of a regular drill to enter a dark, unknown building, then locate and rescue a 180 lb. body. All Silent Knight systems, including the IFP-50, offer one unique feature Reilly affirms as being particularly beneficial to fire fighters and installers alike.