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Exploring The Simon XTi Control Panel

The Simon XTi Touchscreen Control Panel

GE Wireless alarm systems are some of the most commonly used alarm systems by the top alarm companies. Companies such as FrontPoint Security and Protect America use GE wireless alarm systems for their ease of use and simple do it yourself installation. The Simon Series Control Panel’s are the most common GE control devices, and the latest to come to the market is the Simon XTi Control Panel. The Simon XTi is described as blend of the Simon XT Control Panel and the GE Two-Way Talking TouchPad. Essentially, the Simon XTi is a touchscreen Control Panel; but that’s not all. The Simon XTi brings loads of fresh features to home alarm systems allowing customers to expand their technology and home security. Let’s take a look at some of the features of the Simon XTi.

Basic Features of The Simon XTi Control Panel*

Simon XTi Screen Interface

  • Touch screen interface. All interaction occurs via a 3.5-inch color LCD with graphical user interface (GUI)
  • Actionable status icons identify door/window open, last motion detected, “My property” icon status; covers all non-window, non-interior motion changes
  • Menu-based system programming and test
  • 40 wireless zones — two can be hardwired (normally-closed loop only)
  • Built-in PSTN 2-way voice capability (over GSM with optional module)
  • Supports both crystal and SAW LearnMode sensors, repeaters
  • Supports 2-way RF products (version-specific)
  • Chime feature for monitoring door, window or motion activity
  • 1 master access code and 8 programmable user access codes of 3 to 6 digits
  • SIA or CID central station reporting formats and Voice Event Notification eporting via PSTN (native) and/or optional GSM and IP modules
  • Program panel with built-in touch screen or Enterprise Downloader software v4.4 or later

While many of these features can be found with the Simon XT, the Simon XTi add the Touchscreen capability. More on that…

Simon XTi Touchscreen & Mobile Features

Simon XTi Mobile Monitoring

Having an actual screen on your Control Panel isn’t just for show, there are a bunch of new features that were created specifically for the 3.5in color screen. For instance, the ability to view images taken from the Image Sensor. An Image Sensor is a device that takes a picture when there is motion in front of it. They are used outdoors around entrances as well as indoors in places where you’d like to monitor who goes in and out. When the Image Sensor records an image, it is saved in the Control Panel for future viewing, and can also be viewed online or on your mobile phone with the alarm system mobile apps.

Another nice feature is the icon-based navigation. With non-touch screen control panels one must use a keypad to navigate the control panel’s menu to change settings. With the Simon XTi you can simply touch icons, much the same as touch an app on your smartphone.

Finally, the Simon XTi is compatible with all Z-Wave home automation devices allowing homeowners to completely automate their home and easily control all devices from the touch screen interface – as well as online.


The Simon XTi is a nice advancement in home alarm system Control Panel offerings. Many alarm companies are slowly moving toward touch screen interfaces with their alarm system offerings allowing them to offer the latest and greatest technology to their customers.

To find out if your alarm company offers the Simon XTi contact them today or request a quote from the top alarm companies.

*List courtesy of Interlogix


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