Combination Alarm Panels - Pros and Cons

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Nov 27, 2012

Combination alarm panels sell the promise of doing more with less. Instead of multiple systems, a combo panel does everything in one box - intrusion, fire, access, video, etc. In this note, we review 'combo' systems, examine the pros and cons of an 'all-in-one' design, and recommend most suitable applications.

Combo Panels Defined

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