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Integration of Paradox intrusion panels into Milestone

SGSE has once again expanded its intrusion panel integration offering with its incorporation of renowned manufacturer Paradox’s («Paradox’s») intrusion panels into Milestone Systems’s («Milestone’s») software, consolidating its global expansion.

The image below shows the names of the different manufacturers whose intrusion panels are currently integrated into Milestone thanks to SGSE’s software innovations.

Intrusion deployments with Paradox's intrusion systems

Paradox’s intrusion systems offer the highest level of protection for banks, military and government facilities, luxury residential homes, and anywhere where maximum security is essential. These systems are designed to be easy to use and their modular concept provides installers with work-saving features that make expanding, installing and servicing them fast and convenient.

Paradox ‘s Spectra, Magellan and Evo families are integrated into Milestone via the SGSE plug-in.

The tables below show the most important features of each of the products within the Paradox families that have been integrated into Milestone:

FEATUREEVO192EVOHD
Maximum Zones192192
On-board zones8 (16 with ATZ)8 (16 with ATZ + Tamper input)
Partitions88
Users999999
Access Control32 puertas32 puertas
Events Buffered35843584
PGMs32 (5 on board)32 (5 on board)
Supported cameras1616
SirenWired / Wireless with RTX3Wired / Wireless with RTX3
Total expasion modules254254
Landline Speed for Programming300 Bps300 Bps
Supports PCS SeriesYesYes
Supports IP150+ (Internet Module)YesYes
Supports VDMP3 (Plug-in Voice Dialer)YesYes
In-Field Firmware UpgradeableYesYes
FEATURE SP4000 SP5500 SP6000 SP65 SP7000+
StayD Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2 Serial Ports N/A Yes Yes N/A Yes
Maximum zones* 32 32 32 32 32
On-board zones 4 (8 with ATZ) 5 8 (16 with ATZ) 9 (18 with ATZ) 16
Expansion Zones 24 24 24 24 16
Keypad zones 15 15 15 15 15
Partitions 2 2 2 2 2
User Codes 32 32 32 32 32
PGMs 12 (1 on board) 16* (2 on board) 16* (2+2 on board) 16* (3 on board) 16* (4 on board)
PGM +/- Trigger N/A N/A Sí (Via Babyware)
Siren Wired Wired / Wireless with RTX3 Wired / Wireless with RTX3 Wired / Wireless with RTX3 Wired / Wireless with RTX3
Alarm Riley N/A N/A 1** N/A 1
Event Buffer 256 256 256 256 256
Wireless Expansion Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2-Wire Smoke Detector N/A N/A Yes N/A Yes
GPRS (PCS Series) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Compatible with IP150+ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Compatible with VDMP3 Yes Yes Yes Yes (via PCS250) Yes
Patented 2 opto coupler dialer circuit Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes
In-field Firmware Upgradeable Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
  • MG5000
  • MG5050

Integration architecture

To integrate Paradox’s intrusion panels into Milestone, both the panel and the server on which the Milestone software platform has been installed must be connected via the network.

Initial set-up

The Paradox panels will establish ethernet communication with Milestone’s XProtect platform, which contains the SGSE plugin that controls the panels by implementing the protocols designed by Paradox through this manufacturer’s software development kit (SDK).

It is therefore necessary for the intrusion panel user account credentials, the information relating to the IP address and the communications port to be configured so that the plugin can communicate with the intrusion panels in the right way.

The registration of one or more Paradox intrusion panels that is/are associated with a site is very straightforward as it is just a case of entering the following details: the username and password, the IP address, and the communications port, among other things, as shown in the image below.

Click «save» to store the connection information in the plugin.

Implementation

If the information entered is correct, some fields will appear at the bottom of the panel management dialog box, just below the «Enabled» field, which will be highlighted in green. If the information entered is incorrect, the fields that will appear will be highlighted in a different colour and information will be displayed to show that communication between Milestone and the Paradox intrusion panel could not be established. 

If communication has been established successfully, the information that has been entered should be saved so that the system can use it every time it is started up. This will make this process more straightforward and convenient.  

To summarise, the steps to take are as follows:

  • Enter the name of the connection/panel.
  • Enter the IP address and the communications port.
  • Enter the username and password for the intrusion panel user account.
  • Save the account information.

Configuration

Zones

The SGSE plugin facilitates the automatic collection of information on the configuration of the Paradox intrusion panel zones and displays the icons for each zone on the Milestone Smart Client maps to make the operator’s job much easier.

Some of the most significant icons are shown below:

EVO Series

Element

Icon

Default

EVO192
Intrusion panel with up to 192 zones and 8 on-board zones.

EVO HD

Evo HD intrusion panel with up to 192 zones and 8 on-board zones.

PS17
Power supply.

K641 PLUS
High-performance keypad

K641LX
Control keypad

K641R
Control keypad

K656
Control keypad

TM50
Touch keypad with wide range of functions

DG85
Outdoor high-security motion detector

DG467
360° ceiling mounted digital motion detector

DM50,DM60 y DM70
DM50: Dual technology IR detector
DM60: Digital IR detector with quad optics
DM70: Digital IR detector with pet immunity

NV35MX
Wired dual curtain IR detector for windows and sliding doors with anti-masking and pet immunity

NV75MX
Dual PIR detector with dual Mironel optics, up to 16 metres of coverage and anti-masking

NV780MX
Outdoor wired IR detector with 4 side sensors, an adjustable detection range of between 3 and 12 metres, and anti-masking and pet immunity

NVX80
Outdoor triple technology detector with double PIR, microwaves and anti-masking

DG457
Glass breakage detector

ZC1
Magnetic detector

RTX3
32-zone wireless expansion module

ZX1
Single-zone expansion module

ZX4
4-zone expansion module

ZX8
8-zone expansion module

ZX16
16-zone expansion module

ZX32
32-zone expansion module

Spectra Series

Element

Icon

SP4000
Intrusion panel with up to 32 zones and 4 on-board zones

SP5500
Intrusion panel with up to 32 zones and 5 on-board zones

SP6000
Intrusion panel with up to 32 zones and 8 on-board zones

SP7000
Intrusion panel with up to 32 zones and 16 on-board zones

SP65
Intrusion panel with up to 32 zones

TM70 TOUCH
Touch keypad with wide range of features

TM70WB
Touch keypad with wide range of features

TM50 TOUCH
Touch keypad with wide range of features

K32LCD+
Keypad with LCD display

K32+
LED keypad for 32 zones

K35
LED keypad for 32 zones

K636
LED keypad for 10 zones

K10V
LED keypad for 10 zones

K10H
LED keypad for 10 zones

RTX3
32-zone wireless expansion module

ZX8
8-zone expansion module

ZX82
8-zone expansion module

RX1
Wireless receiver

PGM82
Expansion module with 8 programmable outputs

PS45/PS25
Power supply

Magellan Series

Element

Icon

MG5000
Intrusion panel with up to 32 wireless zones and 2 on-board zones

MG5050
Intrusion panel with up to 32 wireless zones and 8 on-board zones

TM70 TOUCH
Touch keypad with wide range of features

TM70WB
Touch keypad with wide range of features

TM50 TOUCH
Touch keypad with wide range of features

K32LCD+
Keypad with LCD display

K32+
LED keypad for 32 zones

K35
LED keypad for 32 zones

K636
LED keypad for 10 zones

K10V
LED keypad for 10 zones

K10H

LED keypad for 10 zones

RTX3
32-zone wireless expansion module

ZX8
8-zone expansion module

NV37MR
Dual wireless detector for doors and windows
NV780MR
Outdoor wireless dual detector

PMD2P
Dual optical PIR detector

PMD75N
Dual optical PIR detector

PMD75
Dual optical PIR detector

SR230
Wireless outdoor siren with built-in strobe light

SR250
Wireless outdoor siren with built-in strobe light

DCT6
Wireless magnetic contact

DCT10
High-quality dual-zone magnetic contact

DCTXP2
Dual-zone wireless magnetic contact

DCT2
Ultra small magnetic contact
SD360
Wireless smoke detector

G550
Wireless glass breakage detector

RPT1+
Wireless repeater module

PS45/PS25
Power supply

Events: alarms and rules

Alarms

When intrusion events (such as the detection of intrusion elements, and the arming and disarming of partitions, among other things) or other events occur in the panel, the plugin will notify Milestone of these events.

Depending on how they arise, these events can be used to define customized alarms in Milestone.

Events

Just as certain intrusion events can be used to define customised alarms, plugin events can be used to define automated rules in Milestone, linking the intrusion events to any other technology available at the facility which has been integrated into this software platform.

By way of example, when an intrusion event occurs in the Paradox intrusion panel, such as the detection of an intrusion in a zone, any of several actions that are enabled in the rules engine can be performed: activating a digital output, playing an audio message, moving a pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) camera, and sending an email, among other things.

Performing actions on the Paradox intrusion panel from the Smart Client

The example mentioned previously is not the only type of interaction that can occur with the Milestone rules engine; the rules engine also facilitates interaction with the intrusion panel itself when any event occurs in Milestone, including user-defined events that can be triggered from the Smart Client, the Web Client or even the Mobile Client.

The following actions can be performed on the intrusion panel:

  • Arm a panel
  • Disarm a panel
  • Arm an area (partition)
  • Disarm an area (partition)
  • Arm all areas
  • Disarm all areas
  • Activate/deactivate an output (action)
  • Isolate a zone
  • Deisolate a zone

We can activate one of the panel outputs (actions), for example, when a particular event occurs in Milestone. We can also create a user-defined event called «arm system» which, when activated, triggers the command to arm the entire system.

The «arm Paradox» event can be activated from the Smart Client or even the Mobile Client.

Setting permissions for different roles/users: «role configuration»

The plugin facilitates interaction with the different elements of the Paradox panel. However, the scope of this interaction will depend on the permissions applied to the Milestone user’s role. Limitations can be placed on the scope of the interaction with the different elements by assigning specific permissions. If a user belongs to a group or has a role that does not have any specific management permissions relating to an element associated with it, this user will not be able to take any action on this element (such as arming or disarming it or cancelling it).

Automatic parameterisation of alarms

In order to simplify the configuration process for the system administrator, SGSE has introduced a new feature that automatically configures the alarms for the zones managed from the plugin. This means that all the zone alarms will be configured implicitly (these will be identified within the name of the zone) when the SGSE plugin is started up, which avoids the need to access the Milestone menu to set the alarms.

The alarm can be enabled or disabled with just one click.

In addition to this new feature, it will also be possible to choose the camera or cameras that will be linked to the zone when it is alarmed. 

This new feature is so easy to use and so effective.

Operation and user interface

The status of the different elements of the intrusion deployment can be seen in Milestone’s Smart Client, including the panel itself, the partitions, the zones and the outputs.

The status of each element is indicated by the colour displayed on the icon. The status indicated by each colour is shown in the table below:

ITEMSTATUSICON

Panel

Normal

Armed

Partially armed

Alarmed

Unknown

Zona

Normal

Alarmed

Armed

Isolated

Sabotaged

Malfunctions

Unknown

Area (Partition)

Normal

Armed

Alarmed

Unknown

Outputs

Actived

Deactivated

Tests

Not only is the status of the elements visible, but it is also possible to interact with them by right-clicking on their corresponding icons.

Depending on the type of element that is clicked on, a pop-up menu will allow us to perform certain actions.

If we right-click on an area (partition) icon, we can:

  • Arm area
  • Disarm area
  • Inhibit area
  • Forcedly arm.
  • Instantly arm.
  • Defer arming.

If we right-click on a zone icon, we can:

  • Omit zone
  • Unomit zone

If we right-click on an output, we can:

  • Activate it
  • Deactivate it
  • Test it

Integration of EVO's RTX3 radio zone expansion modules into Milestone

Paradox’s radio expansion modules can control up to 32 wireless zones. This makes it possible to extend the working distances of the electronic security deployments, as shown in the image below:

The icons indicating the different statuses of Paradox’s RTX3 expansion module in Milestone are shown in the table below:

ITEMSTATUSICON
RTX3Normal
Alarmed
Armed
Isolated
Sabotaged
Malfunctions
Unknown

Integration of the TM50 touch keypad into Milestone

The TM50 wired touch keypad is just one of the devices that has been integrated into Milestone.

The icons indicating the different statuses of Paradox’s TM50 touch keypad in Milestone are shown in the table below:

ITEMSTATUSICON
TM50Normal
Alarmed
Armed
Isolated
Sabotaged
Malfunctions
Unknown

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