January 27, 2006 New Product Announcement
vKey 2006 - Virtual Keypad Information
vKey 2006 is a "Virtual Keypad" for home or business security systems.
As the name implies, vKey is a program that creates a virtual security system
keypad on a standard PC . This virtual keypad supports all the basic functions
of a wall mounted security keypad plus many additional features. Since it
runs on a Windows® PC it can provide either local or remote access to security systems.
vKey supports the popular line of
GE NetworxTM NX-8 or NX-8E security system panels
equipped with NX-590 TCP/IP modules.
vKey allows homeowners or business managers to use a PC to access and control the
security panel in their home or office. All the basic features are supported to
control the system on a daily basis.
vKey 2006 main window on the desktop
Full Keypad Functionality
All standard keypad function are supported from the virtual keypad software.
- Bypass zones, arm, and disarm the system.
- Add, change, and delete user PINs.
- Enter zones names.
- Set system time and date.
In addition to the basic functions, you can
- Monitor openings and closings from a local or remote location.
- View detailed daily log files in ready to print format.
- Use long zone names.
- Associate real names with user numbers.
- Access systems via the Internet and local network.
- Execute X10 automation commands.
Internet and Local Network Support
All the functionality of the Networx security system can be accessed from a home or
small business network or across the Internet. vKey 2006 connects to a NX-590 module
in the security system to provide complete keypad functionality from a PC.
In this way, a business owner can check the status of a security system from
home, including checking the time of recent openings and closings. Or a homeowner
could disarm a home system from the office to allow access to workers or delivery
Compatible with Home Automation
vKey is compatible and complementary to any home automation control system that
uses the "X10" protocol. X10 commands can be sent from vKey through the Networx
panel, even when vKey is being used remotely over the Internet. vKey is especially
well suited for use along with our
Zeus Home Control software. For specific
ideas how home automation can be integrated with security, read
the brief Zeus and Security Systems page.
vKey 2006 requires a GE Networx security panel equipped with an NX-590 module.
The following versions of Windows have been tested.
- Windows 98
- Windows XP Home Edition
- Windows XP Professional
- Windows Vista Beta 1
A fully functional 30-day evaluation version which will support up to 24 zones
and one partition is available for download at no cost.
To download a copy of the vKey software, visit the
vKey Registration page and fill out the form.
The downloaded evaluation version can be upgraded at any time
to a fully registered version by visiting our secure
Online Order page.
Availability and Pricing
vKey Version 2006 will be available for purchase June 1, 2006 directly from Trax for $189.
Enterprise pricing is available for more than 3 locations.
and manufacturer inquiries invited.
If you have any questions that are not answered here or if you have any general comments,
please visit our
Contact page and post them there.