Chat with us, powered by LiveChat

Internet of Things (IoT) and traditional alarm monitoring meet

It must be said. The Internet of Things or IoT will be the most over stated tech marketing term of 2017. It has its own social media hashtag #iot.

It might be bigger than the “internet connected fridge”.

Remember the concept of the Internet Fridge? The idea centred on a $ 20,000 fridge that was smart enough to remind you that you need milk.  LG Electronics in June 2000 introduced the first one. It was the result of Five years of work and an investment of $49.2 million.

IoT is the new Internet Fridge.

Fast-forward two decades. We have the popular category of “The Internet of Things” or IoT for short. IoT  is the network of physical objects or “things” embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange information between the device i.e. a fridge or door sensor and a central point like a monitoring centre.

Today we see IoT as a general description announcing that for the first time ‘ever’ you will be able to collect data and statistics. We have watched various vendors including our friends over at Cisco talk about innovations in IoT specifically in the areas of building automation. The old school protocol for most building automation is something called BACnet. BACnet is a communications protocol for Building Automation and Control (BAC) network. BACnet was designed to allow communication of building automation and control systems for applications such as heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning control (HVAC), lighting control, access control, and fire detection systems and their associated equipment.

Looks like a protocol war is brewing. Remember the old routers? The purpose of a router in its original day was to bridge protocols. How to make an IP network (new) connect to a old network (we call that legacy). Thinks like Novell, Digital’s DecNET, IBM super sexy Token Ring. Etc.

Frontier is an emerging and potentially large player in the IoT world. First, we think that behind any old good protocol are some of the neat new ones.

Examples include:

These are important. This will change the game for all of us. Gone (forever) will be the $ 1,000 sensors replaced by $ 30 sensors. Worried about reliability? Ten (10) sensors can easily replace the legacy requirement for a single sensor for a fraction of the cost. Reliability is better, diversity and integrity of readings are also provided.

Frontier already provides network monitoring (bandwidth up, down, latency, jitter, ticket tracking etc.). A few months ago we implemented alarm monitoring software for central stations as an add-on to our existing platform to help us track and monitor a new world of alerts. Everything from passive document and record to email, text and live call alerts  including 911 and emergency dispatching.

For us. We think the innovation is not so much about the sensor or the network. It is about the data, the alerts and what we are doing with the data.

What we can do?

As either a text, email or live call:

  • SafeFood – Temperature Monitor
  • Retail Store Traffic Pattern Analysis and Security Alerts
  • Energy Monitoring
  • Frost Detection and Monitoring
  • Alarm on / off
  • Item removed or moved
  • Thermostats for high / low alerts
  • Door access / door open / door left ajar
  • Turn lighting on / off
  • Alert on lighting left on / off
  • Room sensors / movement detection
  • Asset tracking
  • Smoke detection
  • Carbon monoxide detection
  • Water and flood detection
  • Video surveillance
  • Police, Fire, Ambulance Dispatch


Frontier Networks Inc. is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario and provides Broadband Internet or MPLS, Voice lines or Cloud PBX (a replacement to old phone systems), cloud servers and colocation to Canadian Retail and Multi Site customers who demand world-wide coverage from a ‘new’ network. “We like to do traditional things in a non-traditional way”.  Frontier has built a network that connects to other networks. Think of them like a large ‘backbone’ of interconnected networks. They connect to every phone company, cable company, wireless and hydro/utelco in Canada and the US through a series of well-connected Points of Presence (POPs). Simply put ‘we don’t suck’.

See more at: