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Thu
20
Nov
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Automation Driving Security – But Where?

A majority of residents are favour the idea of smart homes
A majority of residents are favour the idea of smart homes

A recent study suggests homeowners like the idea of automation and consider safety and security monitoring to be automation’s central role. But they have their own ideas about installation and monitoring.

LOWE’S 2014 Smart Home Survey reveals a majority of residents are favour the idea of smart homes. But some contradictory findings include that while around 50 per cent prefer do-it-yourself solutions, 62 per cent believe home automation solutions are most beneficial for real time monitoring of safety and security. At the same time, nearly 30 per cent of home owners want domestic access control solutions they can control remotely from smart devices or workstations. 

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Thu
23
Oct
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Synology Partners with CSD in Australia

Synology network area storage solutions from CSD
Synology network area storage solutions from CSD

Central Security Distribution reports it has been appointed a Tier 1 distributor for the Synology range of products in Australia. 

Dedicated to developing high-performance, reliable, versatile and environmentally-friendly NAS appliances, Synology boast a wide range of products including the DiskStation for desktop models and the RackStation for compatible rack-mount models. 

This announcement is a big plus for CSD according to their CCTV product manager, Damien White. 

“Synology products complement our range of enterprise cameras and CCTV systems to ensure that no matter what your requirements, CSD have a solution,” White said. 

According to CSD, Synology NAS is not simply a storage expansion solution. Its solutions provide an affordable way to centralise data storage, simplify data backup, share and sync files across different platforms, and access data on-the-go. 

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Mon
13
Oct
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Hikvision and Smartvue Develop Joint Camera-to-Cloud Solution

Smartvue family
Smartvue family

Hikvision has announced a collaboration with Smartvue Corporation, an enterprise cloud software company whose solutions combine cost-effective edge devices with cloud storage and video management. 

Smartvue and Hikvision will provide a cloud-based video surveillance service and camera-to-cloud solution for small, medium, and enterprise organizations in the U.S. and Canadian markets. 


Martin Renkis, Smartvue

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Mon
15
Sep
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Kantech Intevo With exacqVision VMS Software

Kantech Intevo With exacqVision VMS Software
Kantech Intevo With exacqVision VMS Software

DESIGNED to unify access control, IP video and intrusion for small to medium-sized businesses, Intevo seamlessly integrates the Kantech EntraPass software with exacqVision VMS software into a single solution. 

Intevo also includes support for DSC PowerSeries and MAXSYS alarm panel integration, giving users plug-and-play capability. The exacqVision software features SpeedSearch, where video frames automatically populate on the screen upon conducting a search and advance as the timeline cursor is moved. Users can also begin an investigation while video is still downloading, providing faster access to the necessary evidence, particularly for low bandwidth connections.

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Thu
21
Aug
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Troubleshoot Your Security LANs in 9 Seconds Flat

FLUKE Networks LinkSprinter provides technicians comprehensive network troubleshooting in as little as 9 seconds. 

The tester features a 1-button, auto-test design allowing security installers to simply plug in the Ethernet cable they’re working with to do a full health check.

There are 5 tri-colored LEDs (Internet, Gateway, DHCP, Link, and PoE) on the LinkSprinter that help installers troubleshoot various network issues. 

When you plug in Ethernet switches, they send out a port advertisement – this is either called CDP (Cisco Discovery Protocol) or LLDP (Link Layer Discovery Protocol) – and in that information packet is a lot of info about the slot port that you’re plugged into, the VLAN you’re on and the exact switch you’ve plugged into.

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Tue
06
May
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Inner Range Webtegriti Cloud Security And Access Control System

Inner Range Webtegriti
Inner Range Webtegriti

It’s not released yet but I got a sneak preview of Inner Range’s latest development, Webtegriti, a browser-based security and access control system that simplifies installation and management of small electronic security solutions. 

AT its core, Webtegriti is a controller in a compact poly housing incorporating browser-based software and everything else required for a small access control solution. The solution will support doors, cameras and alarm inputs – features and scalability will be finalised by a focus group of installers in the next month or so. The completed core comms for expansion is RS-485 and support for other comms technologies is also in development. 

Given some of the cloud-ward movements going on in the market it makes sense that Inner Range should cover this base. That it can do so with a solution like Webtegriti shows the value of owning a serious engineering capability. 

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Wed
30
Apr
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Ingram Establishes Physical Security Division

Wai King Wong of Axis Communications
Wai King Wong of Axis Communications

Ingram Micro has established a Physical Security Division in Australia specialising in physical security solutions, such as IP monitoring and IP video surveillance, and has been appointed Australian distribution partner by Axis Communications. 

“We are very fortunate to be working with Axis Communications,” says David Charlton, business manager for Ingram Micro’s new Physical Security Division. “Axis is the market-leader in IP-video solutions for security.”

Axis Communications ANZ and Oceania country manager, Wai King Wong, says Axis is very pleased to be working with Ingram Micro to distribute its products into the Australian market.

“We work with Ingram Micro in several other countries around the world, so we’re really pleased to be working together in Australia too,” says Wong. “Ingram Micro has a deep and sophisticated understanding of our business and of the local market. 

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Mon
09
Dec
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Allied Telesis Appoints EOS Australian Distributor

Tooma Chong, CEO, EOS Australia
Tooma Chong, CEO, EOS Australia

ALLIED Telesis has announced the appointment of EOS Australia as an authorised distributor for the Australian market. 

Allied Telesis has an industry-wide reputation for providing best of breed switching solutions – particularly for demanding multicast applications such as IP surveillance solutions. 

According to Tooma Chong, with the increasing prevalence of IP-based surveillance and access control solutions, EOS is well positioned to assist Allied Telesis identify new business opportunities and to drive significant growth throughout Australia.

“EOS provides its business partners with a single point of contact for a complete complete array surveillance and access control solutions and services,” Chong says. 

“This new relationship allows EOS business partners to quickly and easily add Allied Telesis solutions to their existing product and solution offerings.”

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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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