DSC & Voice Dial

Old 07-29-04, 07:31 AM
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DSC & Voice Dial

I am ready to purchase my new alarm system. I have narrowed it down to the DSC Power 832.

The KEY feature is that I don't want to pay for monitoring. We live in the country and my parents are about a mile away. What I would like to do is have it call them and speak something like "Butler Fire" or "Butler Motion" or "Butler Garage", etc. Then give them the ability to acknowlege and/or disable the alarm.

If they don't I would then like it to do the same to a neighbor, then my cell phone.

I am planning on getting the DSC Escort module but I don't think it can communicate out that way.

Do any of you guys know what product(s) I need to add to get those features?


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Old 07-29-04, 05:24 PM
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You can get that kind of information out of the Escort unit once you dial into it, but the only way to get that kind of dial out is with a voice dialer. Even then, you only have a 2 to 4 possible outgoing messages. It's a tricky kind of thing to set up. Not impossible, but you are dealing with the limits of your chosen hardware.

I'd use a voice dialer to get to message out that the system is in alarm, then use the Escort to actually find out what's actually going on.

You are talking a fair amount of programming, some of it a little on the fussy side to get it to work.
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You may like the Elk M1 controller better. It offers many more options than most of the panels on the market, and has a built-in voice dialer. I don't have all the specifics on the system just yet, but I'm working on getting one in to play around with.

There's is a slight drawback to the M1 - it's not yet available for distribution yet, so it's only being sold by direct dealers and is not distributed online. However, it should be available in the next couple of months.

You can use a voice dialer for what you want to do, but as Ron mentioned, you will only get select messages - like "This is the Butler residence, there is an alarm, please send the police" or "there's a fire" etc. Essentially the way the voice dialer is connected is to the siren output, so when the siren goes off, the dialer is tripped. But, the problem is, you can't tell from that which sensor set the alarm off. You could use multiple outputs, but then you need more dialers. So, there's not really a good solution.

Good luck!

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