Wireless Home Security System by Visonic

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The Visonic Design Express Wireless Alarm System w/ Outdoor Siren is a compact and easy to use system with added accessories for ultimate protection.
Brand: Visonic Security Systems

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Ultra-Compact Wireless Security with Internal Communications Options

This Exclusive Bundle Includes:

(1) Visonic PowerMax Design Wireless Security Panel
(4) Visonic Miniature Wireless Contact - MCT-320
(1) Visonic Wireless Pet Immune Motion PIR Detector 85lbs - K9-85MCW
(2) Visonic 6-Button Miniature Wireless Two Way Keyfob - MCT-237
(1) Visonic Wireless Outdoor Siren with Blue Strobe - MCS-730-AC
(1) HomeSecurityStore.com Yard Sign (No Stake)
(8) HomeSecurityStore.com Decals

The Visonic Powermax Design Express is unique among alarm systems and is EXCLUSIVE to HomeSecurityStore.com, meaning you won't find it anywhere else. Meant to protect against burglary, fire, and even tampering, the Design Express is not only sleek and stylish so as to fit with any home decor, but it features a powerful all-in-one, self-contained panel that simultaneously functions as controller, receiver, sounder and keypad. This control panel is equipped to monitor and collect data from an unprecedented 28 wireless zones, as well as 1 additional hardwired zone. That means that no matter how large your space is, you can integrate various motion, flood & smoke detectors, window & door contacts, sirens, additional keypads, and more!

The Powermax Design Express Kit has different functions depending on whether it is in an armed or disarmed state. In its armed state, the system will initiate an alarm when disturbance is detected in any of the armed zones, i.e. the PIR detector sensing unauthorized motion in its designated zone. On the other hand, while in its disarmed state the system will provide you with visual status information, and will trigger an alarm if smoke is detected (if you integrate a smoke sensor) or when a disturbance occurs within a 24-hour zone.

Changeable Skins

You can't get more stylish than the Powermax Design Express Kit. Featuring 8 changeable skins in different vibrant colors including brown, baby blue, canary, ivory, slate, gun metal, silver and evergreen, you can match your alarm kit to virtually any style and color decor within your home. Sticking and unsticking your color skin is easy and will leave no unsightly residue behind.

Customizable Color Skins


Control Panel Features

  • Stylish, ultra-compact design, fits any decor
  • Built-in PSTN communicator (Public Switch Telephone Network)
  • Easy-to-add internal GSM/GPRS and/or Broadband* communications modules for maximum alarm reporting reliability to the central station and back-up for the standard PSTN lines.
  • Simple installation and user-friendly operation with intuitive icon based keypad
  • Market leading range of wireless peripherals
  • Two-way RF system with diversity antenna
  • Designed to comply with most international stand

PSTN (Public Switch Telephone Network)

The Powermax Design Express is unique among alarm systems of its kind as it features a sophisticated in-built PSTN alert feature. Let's face it, you can't stay at home all day. So while you are away or simply at work during the day, this system will keep you notified of any disturbances occurring at your residence by simply calling you (through a landline connection) or another private telephone number with a unique siren signal signifying either a FIRE, a BURGLAR or another emergency. Acknowledgment of the message is required and simple to do, but in case you miss the call, the system will continue to reach you until you are properly alerted. The PSTN feature is useful for anyone wanting to control their alarm system remotely also. Simply use your private phone to dial into your Express Kit and you can both arm or disarm your system using a series of executable commands right from your keypad.

Looking After People Left at Home

If you have elderly or disabled loved ones who are frequently left at home, the Powermax Design Express is designed specifically to cater to precisely this situation. The Design Express Kit can be programmed to perform contrary to the system's usual behavior and monitor when motion is NOT detected. Indeed, it is only natural that even the most immobile of elderly and disabled persons will move at least occasionally, whether to turn over in their sleep, or to simply grab something from the kitchen. You can, however, set a “lack of motion” time limit that will trigger an alarm if motion hasn't been detected for a long period of time. The countdown will restart if motion is detected at any moment within the time frame.

Optional GSM Module

Additionally, the Powermax Design Express Kit can be expanded to include a GSM module (not included). A GSM module is useful both because as a cellular-based device, it can provide backup protection in case your PSTN connection is down, so you'll never miss a single crucial alert in case of a burglary. More impressively, however, a GSM module will allow you to both send and receive SMS (text) messages to and from your private cellular phone. The Express Kit can be programmed to alert a maximum of 4 pre-selected telephone numbers to TEXT in case of an emergency, while arming, disarming and other remote commands to your system is as simple as sending a 1 to 3 word SMS message instantly.

PLEASE NOTE: While the PLINK2 Module availablein the accessories tab is also compatible with this unit, you may not use a GSM module with the PLINK2 accessory simultaneously.

(4) Visonic Miniature Wireless Contact - MCT-320

The MCT-320 is meant primarily for protecting doors and windows. The MCT-320 uses a built-in magnet that works in conjunction with a magnetic contact to detect precisely when a door or window are being opened/closed. The MCT-320 is ideal for both your home or business, while its very small size is convenient both because it is virtually invisible and easy to install.

The MCT-320 also features a unique anti-collision algorithm that prevents what is known as "signal jamming" by the simultaneous transmission of multiple devices. The MCT-320 is able to transmit periodic "supervision signals" to confirm that your system is connected at all times.

  • Very small, almost invisible design
  • Highly cost-effective for low-profile installations
  • Fully supervised
  • Double tamper protection (cover and wall)
  • Long-life standard lithium battery included
  • LED indicator (can be disabled).
  • Low battery indication transmission
  • Available in several optional frequencies in compliance with international standards.
  • Compatible with PowerMax home security systems and all Visonic PowerCode; wireless panels and receivers.

(1) Visonic Wireless Pet Immune Motion PIR Detector 85lbs - K9-85MCW

The Next K9-85 MCW is a PowerCode wireless digital PIR detector designed to enable homeowners to secure their homes while allowing their pets to move freely anywhere in the house. Employing Visonic's patented "Target Specific Imaging" optical system (TSI) and unique pet identification software algorithm, the Next K9-85 has an unprecedented capacity to reliably distinguish between human bodies and pets weighing up to 38 kg (85lb).

  • Pet-Tolerant for animals up to 38 kg (85 lb).
  • Fully supervised wireless detector with anti-collision PowerCode technology.
  • Compatible with PowerMax and all Visonic PowerCode wireless panels and receivers.
  • 3 Volt long life high power standard Lithium battery.
  • Long-term stability and reliability thanks to advanced true digital FM processing.
  • Industry's best catch performance based on proprietary Target Specific Imaging and 3D cylindrical optics.
  • Ultimate false alarm immunity based on patented True Motion Recognition with "Event Verification" algorithm.
  • 12m (40 ft) 90o multiple-curtain coverage with "wall" creep zone.
  • Fast and easy adjustment-free installation.
  • Attractive sleek design suitable for any home or office environment.

(2) Visonic 6-Button Miniature Wireless Two Way Keyfob - MCT-237

The MCT-237 is a 6-button miniature wireless 2-way keyfob with an icon-based LCD display designed for arming and disarming the security system, as well as for emergency signaling, query for status and home automation applications. It provides instant visual and auditory feedback regarding the system status and whether a command has been successfully executed, so that users can always be certain that the system has carried out their command.

Unique to the PowerMaxPro and PowerMaxComplete security and control systems, the MCT-237 offers the ultimate in ease and performance by integrating an LCD screen in a 2-way keyfob.

  • LCD display with eight intuitive language-independent icons shows system status and confirmation of command execution
  • Six independent functional buttons for various functions such as arming and disarming the security system
  • Includes 2 programmable buttons for home automation, garage doors and query for status
  • Comfortable, attractive miniature design
  • Superior transmission range

  • CodeSecure encryption technology prevents unauthorized "code grabbing"
  • Visible and transmitted low battery indication
  • Powered by easily replaceable standard 1.5V AAA alkaline battery
  • Available in several optional frequencies in compliance with international standards
  • Compatible with PowerMaxPro wireless control panel

(1) Visonic Wireless Outdoor Siren with Blue Strobe - MCS-730-AC

The MCS-730-AC is a fully wireless outdoor siren, designed for installation in areas in which wiring action is difficult or impossible. It is compatible with control panels such as PowerMax Pro, PowerMaxComplete, PowerMaxExpress or Visonic newer panels.

The MCS-730-AC is powered by an External 9VAC Adaptor and non-rechargeable backup battery, which enables very long operation time without replacing the battery. The MCS-730 AC complies with PowerMax+ also.

  • Versatile solution fits varied design needs
  • Contemporary, sleek design with choice of red, blue, amber or transparent strobe light lens
  • Large free screen-print area available for company logo and information
  • Highly reliable and cost-effective
  • Two-way fully-supervised communication with the control panel
  • Comfort light (LED) flashes every few seconds to indicate that the siren is active and deter intruders.
  • Two diversity antennas for optimal wireless performance
  • Audible and visual notifications of intrusions, fires, low battery voltage, and communication disruptions
  • Issues a different alarm sound for burglaries and fires
  • Audial arming and disarming confirmation
  • 110dB piezo siren
  • High-power strobe light
  • Double tamper protection (wall and cover)
  • IP55 rating, with increased protection from dust and moisture
  • Robust design for protection against harsh external conditions - including UV radiation from direct sunlight
  • Easy to install and maintain
  • Fully wireless, battery-operated, with no power supply required
  • Convenient and rapid no-mess installation
  • Self-test - for checking the siren and strobe lights prior to installation

Frequently Asked Questions

In the event of a power failure, how long will the back-up battery power the Design Express?
The battery can power the Design Express for approx. 24 hours.

In the event that the alarm is triggered, how long will the alarm sound before the Design Express resets itself?
The alarm will sound for approx. 4-5 minutes before resetting.

Is the Design Express compatible with a VOIP (voice over internet protocol) phone, such as Ooma?
Unfortunately our alarm systems do not work with VOIP phone.

Is the Design Express alarm system X10 compatible?
Unfortunately the Design Express system is not X10 compatible. For an X10 compatible alarm please see the PPRO211GSM or PPRO211 systems.

Can the Design Express be used without monitoring?
Yes, the Design Express can be used merely as a noise maker if you'd prefer.

Additional Info

Additional Info

What's in the box

(1) Controller, Receiver, Sounder, and Keypad
(2) 6-Button keyfob (MCT-237)
(4) Miniature Wireless Contact (MCT-320)
(1) Wireless Pet Immune Motion PIR Detector (Next K9-85 MCW)
(1) Wireless Outdoor Siren with Blue Strobe (MCS-730-AC)
(1) Transformer
(1) Backup Battery
(8) Changeable Color Skins
(1) HomeSecurityStore.com Yard Sign
(8) Decals (No Stake)

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General Data
Zones number 28 wireless zones, 1 hardwire input
Hardwired Zone Requirements 2.2 kΩ E.O.L. resistance (max. resistance of wires 220 Ω).
Zone Types Interior follower, interior, perimeter, perimeter follower, delay 1, delay 2, 24th silent, 24h audible, fire non-alarm, emergency, gas, flood, termperature and home/delay.
User codes 8 codes, 4 digits each (9999 different combinations). Code 0000 is not allowed.
Control Facilities
  • Integral keypad
  • PowerCode / Code-Secure™ hand-held transmitters
  • One way / two way keypads
  • SMS commands via optional GSM/GPRS module
  • Remote control by telephone

Note: ForSIA CP-01 compliance, when using MCT-234 an external siren must also be used.

Display Single line, backlit 16-character LCD
Arming modes Away, Home, Away-Instant, Home-Instant, Latchkey, Forced, Bypass
Alarm inhibited during a single arming period (swinger stop) after 1, 2, 3, alarm/tamper/fault, or not inhibited (programmable / selectable)
Note: To comply with EN requirements, the swinger stop should be set to 3.
Alarm types Silent alarm, siren alarm (future option) or sounder (internal) alarm, in accordance with zone attributes
Siren signals Continuous (intrusion / 24 hours / panic); triple pulse - pause - triple pulse... (fire)
Siren (bell) timeout Programmable (4 min. by default)
Internal sounder output At least 85 dBA at 10 ft (3 m)
Supervision Programmable time frame for inactivity alert
Special functions
  • Chime zones
  • Diagnostic test and event log
  • Local and Remote Programming over Telephone, GSM / GPRS connections
  • Calling for help by using an emergency transmitter
  • Tracking inactivity of elderly, physically handicapped and infirm people
Data Retrieval Alarm memory, trouble, event log
Real time clock (RTC) The control panel keeps and displays time and date. This feature is also used for the log file by providing the date and time of each event.
Compliance with U.S. standards USA: (FCC) CFR 47part 15 and par 68, UL 1023, UL 985, UL 1635, UL 1637, SIA CP-01
Canada: RSS 201, ULC S545-02, ULC C1203, CSA C22.2#205
On the bottom (side) panel of this equipment is a label, that contains among other information, a product identifier in the format US:VSOAL03BPMEXPRESS. If requested, this number must be provided to the telephone company.
Compliance with European CE standards The Powermax Express has been certified to EN 50082-1, EN301489-3,7, EN61000-4-6, EN60950, EN300220, EN50130-4, EN50130-5, EN50131-3, EN50131-6 tested by the Dutch testing and certification body Telefication B.V.
GSM standards Europe: Complies with CE standards 3GPP TS 51.010-1, EN 301 511, EN301489-7
USA: FCC 47 Part 22 (GSM850) and Part 24 (GSM1900)
EMC standard: FCC 47 Part 15
RF Section
Operating Frequencies (MHz) 315 (in USA & Canada), 433.92, 868.95 or other UHF channel per local requirement in the county of use
Receiver type Super-heterodyne, fixed frequency
Receiver range 600 ft (180 m) in open space
Antenna type Spatial diversity
Coding PowerCode and/or CodeSecure™
Electrical Data
External AC/AC adapter
  • Europe: 230VAC 50Hz input, 9VAC 700mA output
  • USA: 120VAC 60Hz input, 9VAC 1000mA output
Current drain Approx. 70 mA standby, 1600 mA peak at full load
Minimum battery voltage 4.8V
Note: For CE compliance the battery backup period shall exceed 12 hours.
Backup battery pack 4.8V 1300 mAh, recharable NiMH battery pack, p/n GP130AAM4YMX, manufactured by GP or equivelant.
Note: For compliance with UL standards the battery backup period shall exceed 24 hours.
Backup battery pack 4.8V 2200 mAh, recharable NiMH batter pack, p/n GP230AAHC4YMX, manufactured by GP.
Battery test Once every 10 seconds
Built-in modem 300 baud, Bell 103 protocol
Data transfer to local computer Via RS232 serial port
Report destinations 2 central stations, 4 private telephones
Reporting format options SIA, Pulse 4/2 1900/1400 Hz, Pulse 4/2 1800/2300 Hz, Contact ID, Scancom.
Pulse rate 10, 20, 33 and 40 pps - programmable
Message to private phones Tone
Ring detection The unit does not support ring detection without DC voltage present on the telephone lines.
Physical Properties
Operating temp. range 14°F to 120°F (-10°C to 49°C).
Storage temp. range -4°F to 140°F (-20°C to 60°C).
Humidity 85% relative humidity, @30°C (86°F)
Size 193 x 178 x 50 mm (7-5/8 x 7 x 2 in.)
Weight 658g (23 Oz) (with batter)
Color White

Wireless Motion Detector - NEXT K9-85 MCW

Detector type Dual element low-noise pyroelectric sensor
Lens data No. of Curtain Beams:
NEXT PIR MCW: 9 + 5,
NEXT K9-85 MCW: 9
Max. Coverage: 12 x 12 m, (40 x 40 ft) / 90°
Pet Immunity (NEXT k9-85 MCW Only) Up to 38 kg (85 lb)
Internal battery 3V Lithium battery, type CR-123A. For UL installations, use Panasonic, Sanyo and GP only.
Nominal battery capacity 1450 mA/h
Standby current drain Approx. 0.025 mA
Battery life (with LED on) Typically over 3 years
Battery power test Performed immediately upon batter insertion and periodically after every several hours
True motion event verification 2 position selector - 1 (OFF) or 2 (ON) motion events.
Alarm period 3 seconds
Visual indications LED Lights for about 3 seconds upon transmission of alarm & tamper messages and upon motion detection in the walk test mode.
LED Flashes during the power-up stabilization period, or after restoring (pressing) the tamper switch.
LED Does not light upon transmission of supervision messages.
Rearm timer Reamrs the detector 2 minutes after the last alarm. Timer disabled in the walk test mode – not applicable for the DD243 version (see section 1).
Frequency (MHz) 315 (U.S. version), 433.92, 868.95, 869.2125, 869.2695 or other frequency according to local requirement
Transmission sequence 3 data bursts at variable intervals within 3 seconds
Encoding 24-bit ID, over 16 million possible combinations
Total message length 36 bits
Tamper alert Reported when a tamper event occures and in any subsequent message, until the tamper switch is restored.
Supervision message Signaling at 60 minutes interval (U.S. version), 15 minute interval (UK version) or according to local standards.
Height 1.8 - 2.4 m (6 - 8 ft). For NEXT K9-85 MCW, the recommended height is up to 2.1 m (7 ft)
Installation Options Surface or corner
BR-1 Surface mounted swivel bracket, adjustable 30° down and 45° left/45° right.
BR-2 BR-1 with a corner adapter
BR-3 BR-1 with a ceiling adapter
RFI Protection >20 V/m up to 1000 MHz
Operating Temperatures -10°C to 50°C (14°F to 122°F).
Storage Temperatures -20°C to 60°C (-4°F to 140°F).
Compliance with standards Designed to meet FCC Part 15 and Directive 1999/5/EC of the European Parliament. En 50131-1 Grade 2 (detector with back tamper switch) / Grade 1 (detector without back tamper switch), Class II. Telefication is the certification body for NEXT PIR MCW & NEXT PIR T MCW.
Size (H x W x D) 94.5 x 63.5 x 53.0 mm (3-11/16 x 2-1/2 x 2-1/16").
Weight (with battery) 70 g (2.5 oz)
Color White
PATENTS U.S. Patents 5,693,943 - 6,211,522 - D445,709 (another patent pending)

Miniature Wireless Contact - MCT-320

Frequency (MHz) 315, 433.92, 868.95, 869.2125 or according to local requirements (UL has only investigated at 315 MHz).
Transmitter's ID code 24-bit digital word, over 16 million combinations, pulse with modulation
Overall message length 36 bits
Power source 3 V Lithium CR-2 type battery, Panasonic, Sanyo or GP only
Caution! Risk of explosion if battery is replaced by an incorrect type. Dispose of used batteries according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Battery life expectancy 5 years (for typical use)
Battery supervision Automatic transmission of battery condition data as part of any status report.
Operating temperature -10°C to 55°C (14°F to 131°F)
Dimensions 51 x 30 x 21 mm (2 x 1-3/16 x 13/16 in.)
Weight (including battery) 36g (1.27 oz)
Standards USA (315 MHz): CFR47 part 15 (FCC) UL 634, ULC C634
Europe (433.92, 868.95, 869.2125): ETSI EN 301 489-3 V1.4.1: (2002-08) , EN 50130-4:(95) & A1 : (98) & A2: (03)
EN 300 220-2 V2.1.2 :2007, EN 300 220-1 V2.1.1 :2006 EN 60950-1: 2006, EN 50130-5: 1998 EN 50131-1 :2007, CLC/TS 50131-2-6:2004
Note If triggered more than 218 times every day of the year, the product will not comply with the Belgium standards

6-Button Keyfob - MCT-237

Frequency (MHz) 315, 433, 868.95 or according to local requirements
Modulation ASK (ON-OFF keying)
Coding CodeSecure
Transmission Range The transmission range depends on the sensetivity of the receiver. When the MCT 237 is used with Powermax Express @ 315 MHz, the typical line of sight reception range according to UL testing requirements is up to 55 m (180 ft).
Battery 1.5 V AAA alkaline battery, type GP or equivalent
Current consumption 85 mA during transmission
Battery life expectancy 2 years (for typical use)
Note: If transmission is still possible despite the battery condition, the unit will send a low battery signal to the receiver.
Control functions Home Arming, Away Arming, Disarming, System Partition/Status, AUX 1 and 2
Operating temperature -10°C to 55°C (14°F to 131°F)
Dimensions 75 x 38 x 18 mm (2-15/16 x 1-1/2 x 11/16 in.)
Weight (including battery) 36 g (1-1/4 oz)
Color Black
Compliance with standards CE/RTTE and EN 50131-1 Grade 2, Class II
USA (FCC) CFR 47part 15, UL 1023, UL 985, UL 1635, UL 1637
Canada RSS 210, ULC S545-02, ULC C1023, CSA C22.2#205

Wireless Outdoor Siren with Blue Strobe - MCS-730-AC

Siren Type One Piezo 109 db.Sound Pressure Level @ 1m, 1.8-3.5 kHz, sweep frequency 7 Hz. Additional piezo is optional.
AC Power Supply Adaptor
(MCS-730 AC only)
120 VAC, 60 Hz / 9 VAC, 0.35 A min. (in the U.S.A.)
Battery 3.6V/14.5A/H Lithium battery (EVE ER34615M/w200). Visonic assembly cat. No. 0-9912-K.
Caution! Risk of explosion if battery is replaced by an incorrect type. Dispose of used battery according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Battery Life Time 3 years (taking into consideration a typical alarm of 4 minutes Piezo + strobe operation per week)
Current Consumption Standby - 250uA average, Operation -300mA average
Compliance with Standards EN 50131-1 Grade 2 Class 4, EN50131-4, EN301489, EN50130-4. EN50130-5. ETSI EN 300 220, IP55, CFR47 part 15. Designed to comply with Belgium / TO14, Sweden/SSF1014
Operating Frequency (MHz) 315, 433.92, 868 95
Supervision Time 5 minutes
Strobe Light Pulsed @ 1 sec
Dimensions (LxWxD) 11-5/8 x 7-5/16 x 2-1/2 in
Color Blue
Operating Temperature -27.4"F to 158"F RH humidity 75%
Weight 34 oz