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Thu
31
Oct
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Australia’s NBN Broadband Project Choked

Cutting the NBN
Cutting the NBN

The Australian Coalition Government’s rapid move to shut down installation of the current National Broadband Network and move to an entirely different model may save money in the short term but it will hamper expansion and uptake of electronic security systems for decades to come.

NO doubt about it, the biggest news in monitoring this month is the new government’s quick action on the plan to cut back the $A45 billion national broadband network currently being rolled out across Australia. I think no matter which side of the political divide you sit, the presence of reliable, high-speed, future-proof NBN infrastructure was an appealing thought to electronic security people. With 1Gpbs download and 400Mpbs upload to each site, it promised fast, secure and dependable comms. If properly installed and maintained, it would have lasted many, many decades. 

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Thu
31
Oct
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IT Security For IP Security

THERE’S something ugly out there, something that highlights the vulnerability of our networked security devices. Something that demands electronic security people start thinking about IT security. 

It’s Shodan, for Sentient Hyper-Optimized Data Access Network, a search engine contrived by John Matherly back in 2009. Shodan snuffles around searching for servers, computers, routers, web cams, security cameras, cars, heart monitors, networked alarm systems, traffic lights, power station controls - anything with an IP address. 
This search engine employs filters to undertake its searches and it hunts for anything programmed to answer a request. Using it, hackers have access millions upon millions of unprotected or poorly protected network connected devices. 

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Thu
31
Oct
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How Technology Shapes Us

Future of technology
Future of technology

OUR cover story for September looks at the changes sweeping the IT industry, recognising that our symbiosis with IT means security electronics and networks people and their products cannot avoid being swept along for the ride.

While I was writing that feature I started thinking about the broader impact of technological change and how it’s likely to flow through over the next 5 years. For a start what’s interesting is that the technologies proliferating are those change the way people interact with information. That information might be data, friends, systems, video, music – it’s the interface that’s the key here. 

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Wed
30
Oct
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Mark Handels: A Pinch of Salto

Mark Handels
Mark Handels

Salto Systems has launched Salto Clay, an access control system that can be managed in the cloud. John Adams spoke with Salto’s co-founder and Chief Marketing & Sales Officer Marc Handels to find out more.

Q: Salto is developing a bit of a cult following here in Australia – how did it all begin?

A: Salto as a company began 12 years ago in 2001 with 14 people – now we have 300 staff. According to HIS Research we are now the 8th largest access control company in the world with a turnover of nearly $E95 million.  

We are a Spanish company based in Oiartzun but more than 95 per cent of our sales are outside of Spain. We have 24 offices around the world, including Australia. Our success factor is due to the data on card technology that we invented and we have done very well.   

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Wed
30
Oct
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Security Industry To Fragment, Not Consolidate: Report

THE $US110 billion global electronic security and services industry will not consolidate but will fragment, according to a report, “Total Physical Security Equipment and Services – 2013” released by IHS.

According to the report, the Americas generated $US46 billion in revenue last year — 41 per cent of global physical security equipment and services market. Asia Pacific followed with $33 billion, trailed by the collective Europe-Middle East-Africa (EMEA) region with $29 billion. IHS forecasts strong growth in all the markets for the next few years.

“This is an industry that managed to stay strong during the recession,” IHS Senior Analyst David Green says. “Now with the general improvement in the global economy, we expect total industry revenue to reach $170 billion a year by 2017, even though growth rates will probably peak before then.”

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Wed
30
Oct
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What Electronic Security Integrators Really Want

What do electronic security techs really want
What do electronic security techs really want

In an increasingly competitive market electronic security distributors, wholesalers and manufacturers are having to go the extra mile for their integrator customers. But in which direction should they go?

FROM the point of view of suppliers the current market poses a difficult conundrum. Not only is there downward pressure on prices, the technical challenges of installing many products, particularly integrated solutions, are increasing. What this means is that suppliers are required to assist integrators sometimes to the point of virtual partnership on jobs. 

There are a number of ways such support can play out. A distributor might have a technical engineering team that offers this support. Or a distributor might assist to a certain point then rely on support from a manufacturer. In other cases, the distributor might send out solutions fully commissioned so integrators are only required to hang product on the wall. 

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Tue
20
Aug
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A Change In The Weather

Salto Clay was my product of the Security 2013 show. It’s a cloud-based solution that carries Salto’s wireless access control system online via browser-based portals and mobile apps. Salto is no newcomer. Nor is it the product of a shoe-string team of Guarana-fuelled code writers. Instead, Salto’s cloud technology is ancillary to its core business - making high quality locksets. Perhaps, given the company created its Salto Virtual Network literally out of thin air, we should not be surprised it’s at the forefront of cloud. 
Salto wasn’t the only access control company pushing cloud at the show. Perth-based H5Controls has developed a solution of its own that uses PCSC controllers (among others) with all system management handled via browser. Also in access control there was Risco with axesplus – a multi-site access control solution that’s scalable and customisable, with no local servers required. 
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Wed
07
Aug
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HDcctv: The Third Way

Q: Todd, you’ve been involved in the development of the HDcctv Alliance for many years now – could you outline for us what the HDcctv Alliance is about, when it began, what it is seeking to achieve, who is involved?
A: The HDcctv Alliance, with headquarters in NSW Australia, was founded in June 2009 with the goal of providing a comprehensive standard for local-site transport of HD surveillance video. Such a standard is valuable because it provides a basis for customers to be sure about electrical performance and 100 per cent multi-vendor interoperability. The Alliance includes over 70 Member companies located around the world. The membership list is posted at www.highdefcctv.org.
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Wed
17
Jul
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Awakening The 500-Pound Gorilla

I can’t help maundering over the future conduct of Telstra, which has emerged from the telco wars of the past 10 years more dominant than ever before - and more willing to compete with its own wholesale customers for a slice of their commercial businesses. 

Tension is growing among ISPs and small telcos, who broker slices of Telstra’s bandwidth to their own clients after buying it at wholesale prices. Just now there are a number of disturbing signs. For a start there’s talk that NBN Co’s $A1 billion payment to Telstra for use of existing ducts has been earmarked as a war chest to bankroll sub-wholesale pitches to the major clients of smaller telcos. 
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Sun
07
Jul
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Security Electronics: Product Trends Of 2013

What’s going on in CCTV? To my mind a key trend in the market is the diffusion of technology from high-end solutions down to low-end form factors. We’re seeing some very small and very affordable cameras offering 720p HD resolution. This trend is not going away. Over the next 12 months we’ll start seeing full HD 1080p filtering into sub-500 cameras. Yes, they’ll have fixed lenses and they’ll not be pretty but they’ll offer strong performance for the money. 
Something else that’s noteworthy is the proliferation of hemispheric cameras. There are now 4 or 5 quality options to choose from. Performance is extremely flexible, given the characteristics of the lens type. Elsewhere, ISD’s release of a Win7 HD camera earlier in the year was an interesting move. Putting Chelan into a low cost full HD surveillance camera with embedded development and design tools like Silverlight may significantly broaden the market. 
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