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A second security system offering... DSC or Honeywell Vista?
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Post 1 made on Tuesday October 13, 2020 at 23:59
tgrugett
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I am an Elk guy but an integrator first. We tend to do larger more complex security systems with an eye for top notch wire management and service documentation.

I love most things about Elk especially the programming interface (PC programmable, remote access for service, rules programming, Crestron Simpl integration, density for large system, tech support, etc...)

I need a second offering mostly for Crestron Home compatibility and smaller systems.

I used to do GE/Interlogix Concord before I switched to Elk but now Interlogix is gone.

I have done a bit of Honeywell Vista work mostly learning what I needed to help out good clients with existing systems but they were small keypad programming based systems. I was not all that impressed and really don't like keypad programming systems.

Vista and DSC seem to be the two larger players in the Crestron Home compatibility.

I would love opinions and experience on these two systems (or other Crestron Home compatible systems) from anyone willing to take the time.

Thanks!
Post 2 made on Wednesday October 14, 2020 at 11:20
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On October 13, 2020 at 23:59, tgrugett said...
I am an Elk guy but an integrator first. We tend to do larger more complex security systems with an eye for top notch wire management and service documentation.

I love most things about Elk especially the programming interface (PC programmable, remote access for service, rules programming, Crestron Simpl integration, density for large system, tech support, etc...)

I need a second offering mostly for Crestron Home compatibility and smaller systems.

I used to do GE/Interlogix Concord before I switched to Elk but now Interlogix is gone.

I have done a bit of Honeywell Vista work mostly learning what I needed to help out good clients with existing systems but they were small keypad programming based systems. I was not all that impressed and really don't like keypad programming systems.

Vista and DSC seem to be the two larger players in the Crestron Home compatibility.

I would love opinions and experience on these two systems (or other Crestron Home compatible systems) from anyone willing to take the time.

Thanks!

With the addition of Extensions in CH, you can use whatever system you are comfortable with, providing you write the extension, pay someone to write it, OR hope Crestron releases one (I believe ELK is a main system to be added).

From an integrators stand point we feel that security systems are a life safety system and install them based on that and not compatibility to integrate with a control system.
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Post 3 made on Thursday October 22, 2020 at 11:46
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We use DSC. Itís easier to program than the Vista panels
Post 4 made on Thursday October 22, 2020 at 19:11
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We use Vista with the HSIM.
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Post 5 made on Friday October 23, 2020 at 21:15
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DSC because they're approved here for monitoring commercial fire alarm panels and more friendly to program than Honeywell devices.
OP | Post 6 made on Wednesday October 28, 2020 at 14:31
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I was leaning toward DSC as well because I had the same impression... and the interfaces are fairly attractive for what they are.
OP | Post 7 made on Wednesday October 28, 2020 at 14:38
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On October 14, 2020 at 11:20, SWOInstaller said...
With the addition of Extensions in CH, you can use whatever system you are comfortable with, providing you write the extension, pay someone to write it, OR hope Crestron releases one (I believe ELK is a main system to be added).

From an integrators stand point we feel that security systems are a life safety system and install them based on that and not compatibility to integrate with a control system.

Elk, DSC, etc... as long as the system is reliable, is properly implemented and can handle the requirements, should function properly from a life safety standpoint.

The whole point of an Integrators standpoint is that it can integrate! That said, it would be nice if they added Elk... I will investigate.

As far a developing compatible modules... I have spent much time over the years trying to reinvent the wheel by writing/rewriting modules and tools for my own use and for Crestron Home... I will pass.


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