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04/20/2012 - 01:04 AM
IMMS Central Control Now Has GPRS Connectivity Option
San Marcos, California - Hunter is introducing another new communications solution for the IMMS- ACC controller system: a GPRS "smartphone" wireless com module. The ACC-COM-GPRS looks like other ACC communications modules from the front, but has a built in GPRS phone with a SIM card already installed.
Purchase of the GPRS com module option includes a data plan for the first year of operation. The GPRS device must be activated by Hunter Tech Support upon installation and the product includes an activation form to provide the necessary account details for each controller. This form must be completed prior to calling Tech Support. After the first year of operation, the modules do require a monthly fee (billed annually) depending on the rate plan selected. This procedure is much simpler and less costly than the GSM modules it replaces (GSM modules will continue to be available for users with existing requirements). Hunter will bill end users directly for data service. An updated version of IMMS software will be released to permit GPRS communications. This is also another free software update to existing IMMS customers who wish to add GPRS to their communications options.
ACC-P2P-GPRS is a lower cost unit, with a reduced monthly fee, for a single-controller connection. P2P = Point to Point, meaning the connection cannot be shared with other ACC controllers. ACC-COM-GPRS offers Site Plan connectivity with the ability to add many other controllers to the connection via traditional UHF radio and hardwired connections, as with other ACC com modules. IMMS software can include many different Site communication options. GPRS may be used for some Sites, the new LAN module may be used for others, and of course dial-up (POTS) and hardwire can be used. GPRS is simply one more way to connect to remote controllers. Note: IMMS users must have internet connections at their computer to take advantage of GPRS communications. Data service is currently only available to U.S. customers.