Frontpoint Security Has A Touch Screen PanelBy - 06/01/2015
Frontpoint has announced that they will offer an optional touch screen panel to their customers. As of yesterday, Frontpoint will no longer sell the GE secondary touch screen panel. Instead, they will sell the Qolsys IQ Panel. Unlike the GE secondary touch screen, the Qolsys IQ Panel is a primary control panel. It will be sold as an upgrade (over the Simon XT) to those that want it but has all the bells and whistles that you would want from a touchscreen.
- It can control your smart home devices.
- It talks.
- It takes pictures and stores them.
What is the Qolsys IQ Panel?
The Qolsys IQ Panel is a 7″ touchscreen control panel. It’s the brain’s of your Frontpoint system. It will call for help in an emergency, arm your system, disarm your system, lock and unlock your doors, tell you what the weather’s going to be like for the next few days and more. It’s kind of like a personal assistance/security guard all wrapped up in one little piece of hardware. You can use the Qolsys panel to completely customize your Frontpoint system.You can name your sensors, set the panel’s brightness, volume, customize alerts, and even customize chimes. If you wanted to use the panel to replace your old panel that would certainly be possible. All current Frontpoint sensors (GE – 319.5 MHz) are compatible with the new panel with the exception of the two-way touchscreen and the Talking Remote Touchpad.
Though all of this may sound rather complicated, the Qolsys IQ Panel is extremely user friendly. I would liken it to using an iPhone as it has giant app like buttons that you can push to get the system to do what you want. Though I likened it to Apple, the panel is actually based on the Android operating system.
Here’s a rundown of some of the features packed into the IQ panel.
- 24-Hour Lithium Ion Backup Battery
- Integrated camera will take pictures when the system is disarmed or when an alarm event occurs.
- 7″ LCD Face
- Includes tabletop stand or wall mount options, with a strain relief AC Adapter, preventing accidental removal of AC wires
- 800×480 Screen Resolution
- Internal Siren: 91 dB
- Z-Wave Compatible
- 24-Hour Battery Backup Included
- Operating Temperature: 14° F to 122° F
Of course the touch screen option will be more expensive than the Simon XT but for those that would rather keep cost low the Simon XT will be an option. In fact, the Simon XT will still be Frontpoint’s primary control panel that is included in their equipment packages. The touch screen is simply there for people that need a little more technology in their lives and are willing to pay for it. If you want learn more about Frontpoint then head over here.