Sequel Alarm Panels First to Have Native Crestron Protocol Built In
Sequel is the first company to embed the native Crestron IP protocol in its systems, enabling seamless integration between Crestron control and Sequel security systems.
Alarm manufacturer Sequel Technologies has become the first company to develop a product with Crestron’s native IP communications protocol built in.
“That means our security panels look just like any other native Crestron device on the network—like Crestron’s own thermostats, receivers, lighting controls, etc.,” says Sequel president Duane Paulson. “Integration is seamless.”
Historically, Crestron and its partners have created software drivers to enable two-way communications between Crestron controllers and third-party subsystems. But the integration with Sequel is more seamless.
“Through our Integrated Partner Program we control several third-party systems,” says Randy Klein, executive vice president for Crestron. “Now, for the first time, we can deliver a security solution engineered from the ground up, designed specifically to operate within a Crestron environment.”
That capability can be a major time- and money-saver for Crestron dealers. “You would have no protocol issues; you would have certainty,” says long-time Crestron integrator Alan Brichta of EPI Systems Integration, Brooklyn, N.Y., who has not yet installed a Sequel product. “Also, you wouldn’t have to use up a comm port.”
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While integration between Crestron and supported subsystems is generally simple, Brichta says, problems can arise, for example, if the third-party manufacturer changes its firmware.
In the case of Sequel’s panels – like Crestron’s own thermostats, lighting controls and other native devices – “you have no connectivity issues; there is literally integral communications,” Brichta says.
Brichta first noticed the Sequel products at the Electronic House Expo (EHX) Spring, March 2008, where the manufacturer made its public debut.
“I can’t tell you how many dealers visited our booth at EHX, and the thing that really sold them on our panels was the Crestron integration,” Paulson says. “They really were stunned that any third party vendor would have Crestron’s native protocol.”
Sequel’s integration doesn’t stop with Crestron. Through the company’s IP and RS-232 bridges, dealers can tie the security system into most third-party control systems.
The Sequel team has plenty of security integration experience through years of experience with ITI and Caddx (which became Interlogix, and then GE Security). Security panels from those organizations were widely known for “having some of the best communications software for integrating with third-party controllers,” Paulson says. “With little effort, a touchscreen could simulate the security functions completely.”
Sequel, which sells direct to dealer, began shipping 64-zone security systems in 2008. A 128-zone panel is in the works.
Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the CEDIA Education Action Team for Electronic Systems Business. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at [email protected]
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