2G bandwidth to be re-configured for modern 4G LTE
Telstra will close down its 2G network before the end of 2016 – that’s around 500 business days - and will reconfigure its 900MHz 2G spectrum for 4G technology once the network's existing customers are migrated onto 3G and 4G.
The move will impact on Australia's estimated 30,000 2G/GPRS-enabled alarm panels. All will need to be transitioned across to 3G or 4G LTE. Some monitoring providers have many thousands of 2G SIM cards in their networks and will need to work fast to ensure continuity of service.
In a blog post titled ‘It's time to say goodbye old friend’, Telstra's group managing director of networks Mike Wright said the 2G GSM network had been in place for more than 20 years and had been surpassed by newer technologies.
Telstra will spend the next two years moving its remaining 2G customers - including both wholesale and personal users - over to Telstra's newer networks.
Bosch Security Systems Australia is working with DENSO Corporation to find opportunities to introduce to the Australian security market DENSO’s Area Sensor to the Australian security industry.
The DENSO Area Sensor uses a 2-dimensional laser plane to build a virtual ‘image’ of a detection environment and is then capable of independently tracking up to 16 moving objects within its detection area, feeding this data to intrusion detection systems, or even directly taking control of IP PTZ cameras by way of the ONVIF protocol.
WATCHOUT DT eXtreme is Risco Group’s award winning detector designed for outdoor use.
Providing reliable detection against intruders in outdoor environments is always a challenge; but the WatchOUT DT eXtreme includes 2 microwave and 2 PIR channels for optimum reliability in addition to several of Risco Group’s unique outdoor detection technologies.
These include Sway Recognition and Digital Correlation, to help to ensure that false alarms from swaying trees and the wind are kept to a minimum.
WatchOUT also includes active IR anti-mask and proximity alerts to provide 24-hour protection against vandalism to the detector.
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Hills has released the Xandem Tomographic Motion Detection system, capable of monitoring spaces from 50 to 500 square metres without line of sight. And because Xandem uses microwave detection, it can be discretely installed behind walls.
I GOT a look at the Xandem TMD solution at the Hills’ office in Pitt St, Sydney. Hills’ Fei Lee and Tony Le had set up a group of 6 Xandem TMD (Tomographic Motion Detection) nodes around the company's busy Crestron Showroom before I arrived. When they ask me to find the sensors, my eyes fly to the cornices, upper walls and display racks but I see nothing.
Hidden behind the displays are the Xandem nodes – grey plastic boxes with dimensions of 3.8cm x 7.6cm x 1.3cm managed by an identically-sized red control node. They are smaller than a typical PIR and apart from a frontal LED, there’s no indication of their purpose.
Paradox NVX80 with SeeTrue technology is a motion detector with 8 detection channels – 4 forward-looking PIR channels, including 2 quad interlock geometry sensors, 2 microwave channels and 2 dedicated creep detectors, incorporating a quad sensor with interlock geometry.
NEW from Paradox, which is distributed locally by CSD is the NVX80 high security intrusion detector, a sensor designed to offer durability and resilience under different conditions, including extreme environments. The sensor has an integrated OLED display that assists installers during installations. NVX80 is suitable for indoor, outdoor, commercial, industrial and residential high security applications and combines active infrared, microwave, anti-masking and SeeTrue technologies enabling detection capabilities that are beyond previously known limits.
Check Speck of Bold Technologies (l) with Dale Acott of SCSI
SCSI will distribute the full Bold Technologies Manitou range of central station automation solutions, as well as the rest of the Bold range, including PSIM products.
Bold Technologies ManitouCS central station automation solution supports more than 600 central stations most in North America, 30 of which are 100,000 lines or more. The average number of lines per Bold central station is about 25,000, with the largest being 425,000 lines split between commercial and residential.
According to Bold, ManitouCS is monitoring close to 12 million customers from a total of 50 million monitored lines in the US. ManitouCS will be integrated with SCSI’s Direct Wireless solutions, which is installed in around 100 central stations across Australia.
For installers contemplating monitoring solutions the choice of wireless, hardwired and hybrid communications paths can be a confusing one. But if anyone knows which comms technologies work best, it’s the monitoring station owners themselves.
MONITORING centres are in the hot seat. They support tens of thousands of customers across a diverse range of communications technologies and their experiences give them a unique insight into what works best for clients in the rough and tumble of the real world. Monitoring solution providers, too, have deep experience in negotiating the varying gauges of the global communications network - their input is also valuable.
At Calamity Monitoring, Daniel Lewkovitz says the best monitoring comms paths to ensure high security are a combination of wireless and cabled internet.
DSC, distributed locally by QSS, has released PowerSeries Neo, a new scalable commercial and residential line of intrusion detection solutions supported by a big range of sensors, including PIR cameras for video verification.
NEO is designed to be a flexible platform that leverages the capabilities of PowerG – the industry’s leading-edge wireless intrusion technology, according to DSC. PowerSeries Neo is a customizable system with a range of control panels supported by PowerG-enabled, easy to install wireless devices.
The alarm monitoring business is going to change a lot over the next 5 years and to get a sense of how much, you need only look at the sort of features users are starting to demand from their alarm panels.
THERE’S plenty happening in the alarm monitoring spaces – lots of it being the inevitable impact of new alarm technology from the likes of DSC, Risco (which has just released VuPoint Live), Honeywell and others. All are starting to wick up the support of their alarm panels, not just for automation, but for video verification as well. This gives a sense of where things are going in monitoring and it seems to me, the industry will need to peddle hard to keep up.
A key observation came from Bosch Security Systems’ James Layton this month, who said that innovation in the field of user experience will be the key driver of the future in alarm technology.