Johnson Controls enters Grade 3 intrusion market


The new EN Grade 3-compliant Tyco DSC Powerseries Pro intrusion security alarm system provides a feature-rich intrusion detection solution designed for commercial properties of any size, from small shops to large office buildings, factories, healthcare facilities and educational campuses.

The Powerseries Pro completes the JCI intrusion product portfolio with integrators now able to single-source a complete electronic security solution for commercial installations from Johnson Controls, according to Jennifer Doctor, the company’s Intrusion Product Management Senior Director.

The Powerseries Pro is ideal for the most demanding applications where a Grade 3 system is an essential requirement or just a reference to follow. It also has a high-current capability, making it well-suited for large-scale buildings where large numbers of contacts and sensors need to be installed. In addition, all the communication, whether internal between the system components or external with the monitoring center, is engineered for cyber security, meeting the highest standards with AES-128 bit encryption.

Neil Evans, Senior Product Manager, believes that Powerseries Pro will very quickly earn a reputation for being the ‘installers’ friend’. “A lot of thought has been put into how we can make life easier for installation engineers and reduce the time they have to be on site. For example, Powerseries Pro is supplied with removable terminal strips and programming templates, as well as ethernet and Wifi capabilities to reduce installation and system commissioning time. There is also a supporting installers’ app which can be run on a smartphone or tablet to programme the system locally.”

Powerseries Pro also offers a highly effective hybrid intrusion security alarm solution by providing the option to install a combination of hardwired and wireless detectors and sensors. With built-in 128-bit AES encryption and cyber protection capabilities, the hybrid option provides an EN Grade 2-equivalent solution which capitalises on unique Power G technology – a so called “invisible wire”. Power G features multi-channel frequency hopping and provides true two-way wireless communication. It also has the ability to transmit detector activation alerts over long distances. This offers potential major cost and operational benefits by being able to have one control unit handle alarm activity from detectors located in multiple buildings on a site