Home automation - security providers have the best business model
ADOPTION of home automation systems in Australia, the United Kingdom and the U.S. is still in the early adopter phase with penetration of 10 per cent, according to research firm, Gartner Group.
A telling finding was that outside alarm systems, fewer than 50 per cent of households pay for home automation solutions, most these contracts are for alarm monitoring solutions, suggesting that security providers who use automation to make their security systems more appealing to users may hold the only dependable recurring revenue stream in the home automation business model.
“If suppliers are to successfully widen the appeal of the connected home, providers will need to identify what will really motivates current users to inspire additional purchases,” says Amanda Sabia, principal research analyst at Gartner.
Drones for perimeter alarm response, remote guard tours
Alarm monitoring is likely to get increasingly funky over the next couple of years as the impact of home automation continues to ripple through the market. But there’s more to it than mere comms. Some of the new technology coming through is likely to see alarm monitoring really take off.
WHEN SEN started compiling this month’s cover story on the products and technologies we’d be likely to see in 2017, our imaginations had not reached the heights of the teams at Alarm.com and Qualcomm, which have announced plans to develop autonomous, video-enabled drones for smart home and business security. The drones will use the company's new Insights Engine multi-sensor learning capability teamed up with the Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight drone platform, to investigate unexpected activity.
DirectConnect gives remote comms for security solutions
DIRECTCONNECT is a 4G, cellular, fixed IP address SIM card service, that allows you to remotely connect to your CCTV, access control, BMS, help points and other IP devices with a simple click of a button.
With 4G connectivity, running on a robust secure and private network, DirectConnect gives you the confidence to securely communicate to remote locations from anywhere, anytime.
“If you have a camera connected to an NVR, connected to a switch on a site, through DirectConnect users can connect to their sites via the web, or Android or iOS devices,” explains Ian Farrell of SCSI.
“You don’t even need a switch – instead you have our 4G module with a SIM card in it connected directly to the NVR or camera. Bandwidth download speed is typically between 40 to 80 Mbps, whilst upload speeds generally exceeds 30 Mbps depending on where you are in relation to the tower, which is exceptionally fast.
It’s easy to forget that video surveillance is only part of the security manager’s operational matrix – without the support of additional systems and effective procedures, CCTV cameras are reduced to the role of investigative tools – useful but not able to inform security staff in real time, writes Luke Percy-Dove.
OVER the last few months, aside from doing the typical security design and risk assessment work that accounts for the bulk of our time at Matryx, we have also been auditing a diverse mix of commercial properties and acting as expert witnesses in a couple of civil suits. It has been both varied and challenging at times. What has been really interesting is learning what security means to each of the businesses that we have been working with and how they go about securing their properties.
Global IP standards are needed for monitoring industry
As the alarm monitoring industry is reinvented as a creature of the digital world, AS2201 fails to provide manufacturers, installers and end users the support and surety it once did. The time has long passed for the official alarm standard to cover common IP components and comms paths.
WHEN key parts of AS2201 were updated in 2004 and again in 2007, the teams that worked on the standard sought to incorporate as many aspects of the latest technology as they could but in those digitally distant days it was impossible to anticipate the impact the world of IP would have the alarm industry. Twelve years later the effect is clear to see. There are aspects of the alarm transmission process (AS2201.5) and core monitoring station systems (AS2201.2) that no monitoring station can function without, yet that are not covered by any part of the standard.
ICT’S addition of compliance to AS/NZS2201.1 Class 5 to its Protégé solution expands the scope for ICT alarm applications under the Australian government’s risk assessment process, Protective Security Policy Framework, (PSPF) and New Zealand’s Protective Security Requirements, (PSR).
Protégé’s fully encrypted communication all the way from sensor to remote monitoring station means organizations and government agencies that previously had to install costly SCEC Type 1/1A system to meet stringent security requirements have a proven and competitive alternative to consider.
Alarm monitoring forming layers of scattered cloud
THERE’S something about the state of alarm, automation and monitoring technology that suggests a splintering of paths to market in the alarm monitoring industry. And ISC West in Las Vegas last month highlighted a number of key trends likely to play a part in our future. There certainly are opportunities - mostly for those with clear goals - because overall, things look a little messy.
PERHAPS the key fundamental at work here is that as alarm systems become residents of the IP world and installers become thoroughly imbued with networked ecosystems, reporting paths become multifarious, integrations more ubiquitous. Very cool things become possible and they don’t need to managed in the old ways. An idea of alarm and access control systems as input/output boards supported by redundant networks and clever software comes ever more clearly into view.
Video verification - the tech is there but the route to market needs work...
Video verification is unquestionably the most important technology to hit alarm monitoring since the invention of the McCulloch Loop and while many manufacturers support the technology, creating the ecosystem necessary to bring such services to market remains elusive outside of proprietary end-to-end solutions.
VIDEO verification – you’d imagine this technology would sell itself. The ability of modern HD cameras supported by IR to inform monitoring station operators of intrusion events with close to 100 per cent catch rate should mean video verification in every business and every home but things are not working out that way at all. Sure, there’s growth in this part of the market. But there are layers of complexity from sales techniques, to comms and power, through to monitoring software capable of handling the task.
We hear a lot of talk about home automation these days but it’s not easy getting a sense of how much home automation is being used and what overall penetration automation has into the Australian market.
HOME automation is the next big thing. When it comes to domestic and small commercial electronic security solutions, automation comprising management of lighting, air conditioning, the addition of video surveillance and some access control really is the next step. The trouble is, it’s a big step and a layered step and getting the balance of cost and function right is not the easiest thing to do. In fact, observing the market it seems that all the necessary technologies are there but no one has quite combined them in the perfect way to blow the market onto its ear.
Alarm monitoring software and hardware manufacturer Suretek’s re-imagining of itself highlights the huge changes sweeping through the alarm monitoring industry, as well as clearly setting out real opportunities.
SURETEK’S co-location facility and data centre in Sydney’s western suburbs is unquestionably the single most impressive facility of its type in Australia. Due to open in the first quarter of 2016, the facility is the centrepiece of Suretek’s business model, as well as a statement of belief about where the market is going.