ADT Urges FCC to Delay Cellular Signaling Conversion to Help Preserve Public Safety
Security Leader Reinforces Alarm Industry Appeal to Extend Deadline
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- October 5, 2006 -- ADT Security Services, Inc., a unit of Tyco Fire & Security, today filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeking an extension of the analog sunset date in order to help ensure that hundreds of thousands of Americans who rely on security systems with analog cellular components are not left without primary or redundant communication to their electronic security monitoring centers.
"Public safety is paramount for ADT, so we are reinforcing the request made by the Alarm Industry Communications Committee (AICC) asking the FCC to extend the AMPS sunset date for two years. While we understand the need to migrate to digital services, doing so in the deadline timeframe is unrealistic given the lack of adequate equipment supply from manufacturers. This limits the ability of security companies to begin the aggressive scheduling of swap-out installations required to meet the 2008 deadline." said Phillip C. McVey, Vice President, Business Operations, ADT North America.
The FCC-established sunset date - February 18, 2008 - which allows cellular carriers to discontinue support of analog wireless networks known as AMPS (Advanced Mobile Phone Services) presents serious challenges to the entire electronic security industry and its customers.Key points of ADT's filing include:
- The alarm industry has not been able to begin a comprehensive upgrade program since equipment is not available in sufficient quantity.
- While mobile phones are offered to consumers in multiple digital technologies, the manufacturers of alarm equipment offer only GSM products. There are areas of the United States where GSM service will not function and products on other digital technologies, such as CDMA, are required but not yet available.
- Once adequate supply of equipment is available, the scheduling, coordinating and physical installation of new devices in residential, commercial and government locations will be a gargantuan task. This effort is estimated to require a nearly 20% addition to the alarm industry service and installation labor force.
- Senior citizens, disabled persons and battered woman who rely on AMPS equipment as their link to help in the event of an emergency could be left vulnerable if the sunset date is not extended. These are populations the FCC has recognized are in need of protection from the adverse affects of analog sunset process.
- The FCC and the cellular industry should take steps to ensure that analog service is not degraded before the sunset date since loss of service issues have already been observed by ADT and other electronic security services companies.
"ADT stands ready to begin implementing its comprehensive AMPS cellular alarm replacement plan as new digital alarm equipment becomes available. An immediate response from the FCC on the deadline extension request will clarify the timing, scope and scale of how ADT and the entire alarm industry marshal the resources needed for best faith efforts to satisfy the FCC ruling." said McVey.
About ADT Security Services, Inc.
Celebrating its 131st anniversary, ADT Security Services, Inc., a unit of Tyco Fire & Security, is the largest provider of electronic security services to more than six million commercial, government and residential customers throughout North America. ADT's total security solutions include intrusion, fire protection, closed circuit television, access control, critical condition monitoring, electronic article surveillance, radio frequency identification (RFID) and integrated systems. ADT web-site address is http://www.adt.com/
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