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Monitoring Types

Types of Monitoring Available

Specialist Group have multiple ways to monitor your premises or your personal safety. Whether this be for your family or holiday home, small or large business, car or other vehicle, or even tracking devices for your families or employee’s safety. Specialist Group has the solution for you, whatever your security requirements may be.

Specialist Group offer the following types of monitoring,

  • Dialler monitoring PSTN – via your standard analogue telephone line
  • Direct Wireless GPRS/IP
  • Multipath GPRS/IP
  • Permaconn GPRS
  • Emizon – IP/Internet Monitoring


Depending on your needs & requirements we can advise you of the best monitoring solution.

The different monitoring types are explained in more detail below.


This is the most common communication method. The alarm system uses a standard analogue phone line at your premises to transmit any required events.

GPRS (General Packet Radio Service)

Similar to GSM. Additional hardware is installed with the existing alarm system. It is a packet oriented mobile data service on the 2G and 3G GSM networks.

GPRS devices are designed so that all alarm communications are primarily transmitted wirelessly from the client’s premises to our control room. Other secondary communication paths can also be available such as GSM & PSTN (phone line) in the event the GPRS unit or network has failed.

A real advantage of this type of device is that depending on the GPRS network plan selected, the GPRS equipment will frequently send a ‘POLL’ to the control room. This is notification to us that the primary mode of communication is operational. Typically, poll frequencies are generally every 90 seconds, hourly, or on a daily basis, however there are many options depending on the product. In addition to this, these devices also notify us if any other connected communications path such as the backup phone line has failed.

GPRS can be used as the only communications path where a customer does not have a telephone line.

The GPRS products that we can support are:


Additional hardware is also installed with the existing alarm system. These products enable alarm communications to be transmitted to the control room via the customer’s internet connection. Secondary communication paths can also be available such as GPRS. Like with GPRS, these devices will notify us if any of the communication paths fail. There are also many different ‘POLLING’ plans available to suit a customer’s needs.

The IP product that we can support is:


There are many types of GSM devices on the market. They are an additional device which is installed with the main alarm system. They are designed to be a secondary communications path to transmit alarm events to our control room in the event the customer’s standard analogue phone line is faulty, has been cut, or has been disconnected. These units also continually monitor the phone line enabling efficient notification to the control room of a phone line fault. They can also be used as the only communications path where a customer does not have a phone line. This technology is used less frequently since the introduction of GPRS & IP products.

Brands/models of GSM units include but are not limited to:

  • FE2000
  • FE3000
  • SED (Security Engineering & Distribution)

IRFAST is a proprietary reporting format for the INNER RANGE CONCEPT alarm panel. Contact ID is the most common format that alarm panels use these days to communicate to a control room, however it is not suited for example for installations that contain different expander sizes. Contact ID is unable to differentiate between a 32 zone expander & a 16 zone expander. It also has other reporting limitations. IRFAST solves these issues. IRFAST is also able to transmit more events much quicker than standard Contact ID.


Currently, we can accept the IRFAST format for the CONCEPT 3000 & 4000 alarm systems.