Alarm monitoring - functions are changing, core operational demands stay the same
ALARM monitoring’s future looks both threatening and full of opportunity – new technology offers plenty if the right business models can be found but there’s a chance the shift to networked security and automation solutions could impact on the underlying nature of alarm monitoring and the alarm monitoring industry.
PROBABLY the most interesting thing to happen to the alarms industry in last year is UL’s 1023 approval of the Z-Wave wireless mesh protocol which allows the technology to be incorporated into professional-grade UL-rated alarm sensors. Sigma Z-Wave transceiver models to which UL1023 applies include ZM5101, ZM5202, and ZM5304, and all now feature protocol SDK version 6.60 and are evaluated to UL’s standards for home security. The transceivers feature anti-jamming and AES 128-bit encryption provisions and moving forward this means every device in a Z-Wave system from sensors to locks can reside in a secure ecosystem.
Ness Alien-G is a 7-inch colour touch screen for SmartLiving Panels
A KEY part of the Ness SmartLiving smart control panel family, Alien-G touch screen keypad offers an extra-large 7-inch colour touch screen display and two programmable input/output terminals as well as an-board proximity reader and temperature sensor.
Alien-G connects on the proprietary high-speed SmartLiving bus with full interconnectivity, fast installation and reduced cabling. As a SmartLiving bus device Alien-G can be remotely diagnosed and configured – that makes troubleshooting very smart.
Alien-G’s 7-inch colour touch screen has display brightness and contrast control, transparency adjustment, compact size at 219 x 143 x 34mm, as well as 2 input/output terminals and a USB port for system programming and saving images on the SD card.♦
HONEYWELL has acquired privately held RSI Video Technologies (RSI), a leading global provider of intrusion detection systems for commercial and residential security applications under the brand Videofied, for approximately $US123 million. RSI will become part of Honeywell Security and Fire, a business unit of Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions.
RSI's wireless battery-powered motion detectors with built-in cameras deliver live, high-quality video over the cloud to central monitoring stations and end-users. The acquisition enhances Honeywell's ability to meet the increasing global customer need for video verification, and it also brings a unique do-it-yourself (DIY) offering combined with professional monitoring.
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.
Home automation is continuing to trend, with overseas takeup suggesting it’s likely local monitoring providers who are doubling down on home automation capability are on the track.
ELECTRONIC security systems, home and office automation solutions and broadband internet and cloud continue to enhance and complement one another – so much so it seems that automation solutions are beginning to look as if they may attain ubiquity. Is it likely the homes and SMEs of the future will expect automation capability that combines intrusion detection, access control and video surveillance as a matter of course – that all well-designed secure and energy efficient homes will include considerable levels of automation?
SCSI’s new DirectConnect Fixed-IP SIM service has recently been deployed across the City of Stonington’s Council facilities and now offers direct access to its CCTV systems.
City of Stonington’s iconic buildings including the Prahran and Malvern Town Halls, Prahran Aquatic Centre, Harold Holt Swim Centre, Stonnington’s Animal Pound and a number of other key locations.
DirectConnect is a 4G fixed-IP Address SIM service that allows remote access and monitoring of CCTV, access control, medical and IP based platforms. SCSI retrofitted DirectConnect to a recently commissioned NUUO CCTV system supplied and installed by Q Security Systems and ADT.
Electronic security manufacturer ICT opens new office HQ in Auckland NZ
NEW Zealand-based electronic security manufacturer, ICT celebrated the grand opening of a new purpose-built premises in Rosedale recently, with more than 150 guests, including many of the customers, integrators, suppliers and staff that have been instrumental in the phenomenal growth behind this latest expansion.
“Innovation doesn’t stand still, and with an unwavering commitment to research and development, ICT will continue to grow, said ICT CEO, Hayden Burr. “The new facilities include a 2-level 720sqm office, 495sqm of manufacturing space and more than 450sqm of warehouse and canopy coverage. With an additional 1425sqm of the site earmarked for future office and warehouse development, we are already talking about further expansion. Given the way things are currently growing, that may not be so far in the future.”
Rapid penetration by telcos and huge ISPs into the security and automation markets with low cost hardware and bundled alarm monitoring services is presenting monitoring companies with an uncertain future. How they respond will be the key.
NASKAM Security on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is a boutique electronic security business. Founded by Maks Maksan in 1986, the company combines Grade 1A monitoring and a security integration business in a symbiotic relationship that has brought decades of growth. With electronic security integration in the stable, it’s not surprising that Makson and his team are at the sharp end when it comes to adoption of new technology. Without the large line volumes of bureau monitoring services, Naskam has always had to offer its customers something extra.
IN this review we upgrade an existing DSC IMPASSA alarm and automation panel with an Alarm.com compatible controller, cameras and sensors, connect with the Alarm.com cloud service and spend some time living with a cloud-based security and automation solution.
WHEN I installed DSC IMPASSA earlier in the year, I was surprised at the simplicity of enrolling devices and getting the system operational. This relatively easy process encouraged me to be positive about the prospects of upgrading the system with an Alarm.com controller, cameras and browser-based cloud account. As it happened, I had support from Hills’ assistant vendor business manager - Tyco, Matt Bailey and Alarm.com’s global sales engineer, Ian Law, and I was grateful for that as the process had multiple layers that would have confounded me.