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17
Nov
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Training Failure Imposes a Material Cost

Technical training failing to produce a new generation
Technical training failing to produce a new generation

SEN spent years droning on about technical training in a bid to encourage the creation of national technical standards for electronic security installers. Other organisations have taken up the torch at various times over intervening years but none has succeeded. 

Whether this is an issue relating to the challenge of getting consensus between the educational systems of multiple states, or whether it’s been a lack of financial application is a moot point. Something that has not changed in all those years is the lack of capable technicians. Decades after the last Wormald apprentices came through, the situation is worse than it’s ever been. Technology has not stayed still, yet the addition of networking as a new support strata has not removed the need for installers and integrators to have a handle on the fundamentals of electronics. 

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Mon
20
Oct
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Hikvision: Visiting the World's Largest Surveillance Manufacturer

Michael Bates, Hikvision
Michael Bates, Hikvision

Hikvision is the world’s largest video surveillance and electronic security manufacturer. It’s a towering achievement considering Hikvision didn’t make its first DVR until 2004. But what’s behind the company’s phenomenal success? 

ARRIVING in China after a long flight, I spend a Sunday mooching around Hangzhou with Hikvision’s Daniel Huang and Michael Bates. The idea is to get a sense of the city and of Chinese culture before visiting Hikvision’s head office and factory - to get a feel for what lies behind the Hikvision story. 

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Fri
17
Oct
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The Eaten by Wolves Factor

Wolves are real...
Wolves are real...

GIVEN the recent repeated and specific threats against Australia by terrorist organisation Islamic State, security managers, security system designers and electronic security integrators should get themselves well and truly onto the front foot. 

They need to be honest about what security systems can and can’t do, they need to ensure the systems they install are fit for purpose. They need to ensure our solutions are prepared.

The wider community is still struggling to come to terms with the ethical and social ramifications that surround its collective response to Islamic State’s threats. These have included multiple direct exhortations to its local supporters to harm Australia and Australians in any way possible. And while nothing major has happened yet, incidents in Queensland and Victoria, including the attempted murder of 2 police officers attacked in a stabbing frenzy by a man carrying an IS flag, sheet directly home to IS. 

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Sat
27
Sep
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Alarm Monitoring: You Need a Game Plan

Alarm installers and monitoring stations need a plan
Alarm installers and monitoring stations need a plan

Alarm installers need to sit down and map out a game plan to ensure their clients’ alarm solutions and their own businesses are prepared to handle the changes the market faces over the next 24 months.  

It’s going to be a weird couple of years for the Australian alarm monitoring market. It’s not as if we had no idea this was coming but having everything going on at once is going to be a challenge. It’s goodbye to 2G, goodbye to PSTN, goodbye to rebates, and hello to new technologies and powerful new competitors. 

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Fri
19
Sep
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Our Technological Hydra

Our technological hydra
Our technological hydra

Electronic security has always been an industry that combines multifarious technologies in thrilling ways. 

Our solutions touch on sensing technologies, local and remote communications, optics, displays, storage solutions, thermal sensing, networking pathways, identification technologies, software analytics, power supplies, software management solutions, firmware development and a hundred splintered specialities in between.  

In some ways nothing has changed - security technology continues groping for some modular approximation of machine intelligence – for the tireless watcher on the walls. In the past though, technologies moved towards their ultimate capabilities independently. But things are starting to change and we’re seeing far more integration than in the past. 

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Aug
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Feeble LANs, WANs Leech Away the Power of HD

Bandwidth constraints
Bandwidth constraints

LATE last month, the Little Rock Police Department in Arkansas publically acknowledged that its $US620,000 53-camera surveillance system is choked to a viewing and recording rate of just 10 frames per second because of insufficient bandwidth.

Next-door neighbour, the North Little Rock Police Department, is also having the same trouble, with its networked solution getting images back to the monitoring centre at only 15 frames per second. These numbers compare to the U.S. NTSC TV standard of 30 frames per second. 

The LRPD told its local TV station KATV that the problem stemmed from the fact local network providers could not deliver the bandwidth necessary to support its WAN-based cameras. At the same time they’ve gone public with the problems they’re having, both the LRPD and NLRPD point out that their CCTV systems have significantly reduced crime in both cities, as well as helping detectives solve multiple cases. 

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Jul
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Protecting Portable High Value Assets

Assessing risk levels
Assessing risk levels

Securing fixed assets is pretty much a text book affair; establish concentric security barriers around the asset, which increase in ‘hardness’ the closer they are installed to the item of value. 

WHEN you are protecting attractive and portable assets, the rule of thumb is if you are not using it, keep it locked down; classic Defence-in-Depth. However, it’s a different story when the object requiring protection needs to remain portable and even more difficult when it is mobile. Such protective security challenges require solutions that are often technology dependent (tech-heavy), focusing on improving detection and assisting the security response with plenty of up-to-date information, on top of any deterrence and delay characteristics designed to discourage would-be perpetrators.

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Sat
26
Jul
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FY2013: A Year to Remember

2013 financial year was about acquisition, distribution juggling
2013 financial year was about acquisition, distribution juggling

The last financial year has been noteworthy from a local security business perspective with multiple acquisitions and plenty of heat around distribution agreements. But was it a growth year?  

THERE’s not much doubt the last financial year was awash with acquisitions. Never has the local industry seen so much activity – with Hills taking on networking solutions OPS, Intek and others, Suretek buying NT Software, Allegion (formerly Ingersoll Rand) acquiring FSH, Ingram Micro breaking into physical security and Telstra buying into SNP Security. There’s been plenty going on in the global market, too. 

Broadly, you can read a number of things into an acquisitive market. For a start it suggests many companies are holding large cash reserves. A wave of acquisitions could also suggest the market is peaking and businesses struggling to find real growth are buying market share. 

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Sat
19
Jul
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Time Travel: The Next 5 Years in Electronic Security

John Adams, editor, Security Electronics and Networks Magazine
John Adams, editor, Security Electronics and Networks Magazine

IN the wake of Security 2014 Exhibition, it’s tempting to project the mind ahead 5 years and try to imagine the sorts of issues and technologies we are likely to be living with. 

Some technologies are obvious – there’s going to be lots of cloud. We're seeing it in video surveillance, alarms and automation, and access control. I think in 5 years cloud will be deeply embedded as a layer of the professional monitoring industry. I think TelstraSNP is a good sign – that alliance shows Telstra knows what a security system is and understands duty of care. It’s a recognition likely to mirrored by new players. 

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Sat
19
Jul
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The Interview: Marcus Kneen, Indigovision

Marcus Kneen, CEO, IndigoVision
Marcus Kneen, CEO, IndigoVision

IndigoVision is one of IP video’s heroic explorers. According to CEO Marcus Kneen, the company’s survival through the fierce landscape of the digital transition has depended on the brilliance of its solutions and the team’s commitment to each other and to customers. 

MARCUS Kneen, IndigoVision’s CEO, is a zealous touring cyclist and sea-kayaker and his love of elemental challenges that pivot on dependable gear, careful logistics, and a combination of teamwork and self-reliance, says much about the nature of the man. At the end of our chat when Kneen tells me one of his heroes is legendary Australian Antarctic explorer, scientist and academic, Douglas Mawson; I’m not surprised. The consummate team leader, Mawson refused to quit, even when he believed he could not survive. 

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