The Sunset of POTS Telephone Lines and its Effect on Fire Alarm Control Panels
The decline of POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) telephone lines has been a gradual process for several years and has a considerable impact on fire alarm control panels that were designed to use POTS lines for communication. As of September 2022, phone companies are no longer required to support POTS lines, making many fire alarm control panels obsolete and in need of replacement or upgrading.
POTS lines were once the primary means of communication for fire alarm control panels. However, advancements in technology like cellular communicators have greatly reduced the need for POTS lines. Cellular communicators offer numerous benefits over POTS lines such as greater reliability, faster response times, and the ability to remotely monitor and control the fire alarm system.
One of the key advantages of switching to cellular communicators is their independence from physical telephone lines. These lines can be easily damaged or disrupted during emergencies like fires, making them an unreliable means of communication. In contrast, cellular communicators use cellular networks, which are much more durable and offer a more dependable mode of communication.
Another advantage of cellular communicators is their remote monitoring and control capabilities. This allows fire alarm technicians to remotely access the system for troubleshooting and adjustments, reducing the need for on-site visits.
There is a wide range of cellular communicator options available for fire alarm systems. It is crucial to choose one that is compatible with your existing control panel. Additionally, it is important to assess the cellular network coverage and quality in your area before making a decision.
While POTS telephone lines may still work, they may cause fire alarm troubles and lead to avoidable service calls. With phone companies no longer required to support POTS lines, many fire alarm control panels are now outdated and in need of replacement or upgrading. The switch to cellular communicators is a smart option to consider for their reliability, faster response times, and remote monitoring and control capabilities.
If you’re in need of assistance with your fire alarm system, don’t hesitate to contact us at ASAP Fire Protection. Our team of experts is available 24/7 to help you with any questions or concerns. You can also reach us at 346-537-FIRE.