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Industry-first software provides reliable alternative to hardware receivers

Digital Monitoring Products (DMP) announced that its SCS-VR, the industry's first and only virtual software receiver, has earned UL1610, the "Standard of Safety for Central Station Alarm Units." The new certification enables Central Stations to rely on an alternative to traditional receiver hardware. Adding monitoring capacity is now as easy as installing new software on any UL-listed server, where the SCS-VR can act as the primary receiver or backup to existing hardware receivers. 1610 Central Station is in addition to the UL 1076 Proprietary Listing earned in June of 2010.

"Software is increasingly replacing hardware in a variety of applications," said Vice President of Sales, Mark NeSmith. "Just as most consumers today would buy a compact, reliable MP3 player like an iPod instead of a bulky, mechanical CD changer for their music, Central Stations are increasingly replacing their receivers with software that can be loaded on existing servers. The SCS-VR is perfectly suited to accommodate the increasing migration away from dialup and POTS towards Network and Cellular. It provides a better way to receive signals, without the cost and hassle of more hardware."

The SCS-VR operates as a virtual receiver for standard and encrypted IP alarm communications, managing all network and cellular alarm signals, supervision, and substitution messages at much higher speeds than conventional receivers. It supports Microsoft® SQL Server®, with the ability to run on a single server or multiple servers from the same database, ensuring data redundancy. Each server that is part of the system serves as the automatic backup to the other servers, creating redundant paths for reliability and reporting.

Other features include:

  • Advanced diagnostics ensure more reliable service and faster troubleshooting, with full logging of diagnostic data.
  • Group Feature allows the "division" of a receiver into multiple receivers, each with its own unique programming for maximum performance.
  • Flexible product licensing options accommodate applications ranging from small network monitoring organizations to those monitoring tens of thousands of accounts.

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