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DVACS Alarm Monitoring Conversion

For years, DVACS was the best way to monitor fire alarms and intrusion systems. The solid infrastructure behind DVACS is robust and provided fast and reliable signalling to monitoring companies. However, as technology has changed and progressed, DVACS are being slowly phased out and many clients and companies are looking to replace their existing systems.

Pasword Protection wants to make sure you have the protection you need.

What are DVACS?

DVACS, or Digital Voice Access Control Systems, are a form of communication used in fire alarm monitoring. It’s been around for a few decades as an analog circuit, run by a telephone service provider. They act as a dedicated line for fire alarm monitoring systems to communicate alarms set off on-site to your monitoring company. It’s an “active form” of communication; basically an open channel between your facility and the fire monitoring station.

For many years, DVACS have been the primary technology for ULC fire alarm monitoring. So what’s changing?

DVACS in Decline

Because DVACS are the channel by which facilities and monitoring stations communicate, the fire monitoring equipment and systems on either end need to be manufactured specifically to work with DVACS.

Residential and commercial intrusion systems, which have grown exponentially over the past few decades, don’t use DVACS. They use digital dialers (phone lines), cellular, or IP for their communication channels as opposed to analog. From an economical point of view, it doesn’t make sense for manufacturers to produce equipment suitable for both digital and analog communication channels. Manufacturers are focusing on producing monitoring panels which can be certified to a number of different standards, making them useful for intrusion and fire monitoring together.

With no equipment being manufactured to use DVACS channels, new systems being installed will need to be on cellular or IP channels. The issue being faced by many companies is that while DVACS will be maintained, some monitoring companies are phasing out their monitoring programs of DVACS.

Pasword Protection can help with a transition out of DVACS with a reliable cellular or IP module.

Pasword Protection and DVACS

While Bell Canada is legally responsible for DVACS maintenance – that is, the maintenance of the lines themselves – many security monitoring companies are halting their support for customers that use equipment associated with DVACS. This is causing problems for people across Ontario as they lose their fire monitoring and ultimately their ULC fire certificate and insurance can be pulled.

The team at Pasword Protection always puts customer service and satisfaction first. If you’re going to lose your security monitoring company as they stop supporting DVACS equipment, contact us! We would love keep you monitored.

Contact Us Today!

Contact us today for special offers and learn how PasWord Protection can help keep you safe during this transition. Let’s get started with a no-charge site assessment from your local security consultant in Toronto, Brampton, Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga, Brantford, Cambridge, Niagara, Kitchener and Waterloo, Niagara Falls, Milton, St. Catharines.