U.S. alarm monitoring centre, My Alarm Center, has launched LivSecure, a security provider focused on DIY-installed equipment along with a professional monitoring service.
My Alarm Center’s president and CEO Amy Kothari told Security Systems News “There is a growing segment of the market that does not want to wait for a professional install, does not want to pay for a professional install, and are comfortable doing it themselves.
“This is a new venture for us, we haven’t sold self-install systems directly to consumers before,” Kothari, said.
LivSecure uses Qolsys equipment and Alarm.com for home connectivity, and Rapid Response for its monitoring. LivSecure offers 3 packages, starting at $34.99 per month for monitoring with a $99 equipment fee, all of which come with fire and CO monitoring devices.
Given the proliferation of Z-Wave devices in the security and automation market, it’s well worth taking a closer look at the nature of this technology, its capabilities and security profile.
Z-WAVE was invented by Danish-American tech house Zensys in 1999 - Zensys was acquired by Sigma Technologies in 2008 - and the technology is built around wireless mesh network chips with a low power mode which means they can be active just 0.1 per cent of the time, making them perfect for battery-powered devices. .
The importance of Z-Wave to the electronic security and home automation markets can hardly be overstated. The protocol was designed to support simple and reliable home automation and there are now around 325 companies licensed to manufacture products with Z-Wave chips. Many serious security manufacturers are including Z-Wave transmitters in their control panels.
Bosch will release its G Series intrusion and access control panel in Australia in the first half of next year. It’s a big step for the company – this is the first access control solution with distributed architecture the company has released.
BOSCH has been circling access control for a number of years. But after releasing the excellent Solution 6000 at Security 2012 in Sydney there was a growing demand from its installer base that the company develop a fully distributed access control solution. Distributed architecture is the key with access control system because it puts control at the door so there’s no downside to LAN failure.
ASIAL has released a standard for redundant monitoring centres
MONITORING centre grading under AS2201.2 covers a wide range of factors, including on-premises redundancy for such aspects of IT, data and power. But it does not cater for the situation where a centre suffers total failure.
ASIAL's redundant certification scheme is intended to ensure that a monitoring centre’s critical business functions will either continue to operate despite serious incidents or disasters that might otherwise have interrupted them, or will be recovered to an operational state within a reasonably short period at a redundant centre located elsewhere.
2GIG Go!Control, distributed locally by QSS, is America’s biggest selling alarm and automation panel, so it’s no surprise I was keen to get a look at this system.
THROUGH the power and flexibility of 2GIG Go!Control panel Vivint became a giant, with 7000 employees, around one million customers and a turnover of more than half a billion a year. 2GIG Go!Control was also the hardware portal through which Alarm.com went from a provider of services to monitoring stations to a household name.
Faced with a future as diffuse as it will be challenging, Inner Range is deploying its considerable engineering capability to offer installers, integrators and end users a greater range of ever more flexible solutions.
HUMANS are analogous beasts. When you’ve been commentating on an industry long enough, the scope for temporal contrasts becomes gravitational. There’s a danger every story you write necessarily begins with the words: “When I first visited…”.
Here, it’s a position governed by the need to provide context to a vibrant international business whose manufacturing facility was once a line of trestles in the warehouse of a Melbourne industrial estate, a row of heads bent over green glass-epoxy circuit boards as though meditating on the doctrines of access control.
The global internet of things is coming, driven by demographics, as well as by the pursuit of new revenue streams. Is the electronic security industry ready? Surprisingly so, and may benefit in multiple ways.
WHEN it comes to phrases of jargon, there’s nothing quite so popular in the technology sector right now as the internet of things. The nature of this ecosystem, its topology and any functional form of user interface remain utterly nebulous. Given the glacial uptake of proprietary cloud, the concept of socialist cloud may well be beyond the bounds of a coherent business model. Even its acronym is annoying.
NEW from SCSI is DirectConnect, a fixed-IP 4G service that links field devices in remote locations; including CCTV, access control or any IP device; via SCSI’s private and secure network using a standard 4G router and SIM.
SCSI DirectConnect is a secure and reliable 4G Fixed-IP service that connects CCTV, access control, BMS, medical alert, in fact any IP device, via SCSI’s VPN. According to SCSI’s Ian Farrell, DirectConnect is deployed through a standard 4G router that connects to SCSI’s private and secure network from any location with 4G wireless coverage. Because DirectConnect is a communications device that facilitates connection with existing hardware, the best way to understand it is as part of an application.
Ness MEZZO security and automation panel went off like a firecracker at Security 2015. We spent some time with Naz and Elian Circosta to find out more about the development of Security 2015 Expo’s best new product.
Ness is one of the Australian electronic security industry’s pioneers and it’s very satisfying that the company which brought us the first modern solid state alarm panel, the Ness 5000 back in the 1980s, has now developed Mezzo, the first alarm and automation controller of the app-based IP generation.
Alarm monitoring’s future continues to look nebulous – the only certain thing is that the future will not look anything like the past.
Will we see the demise of the traditional alarm panel, with its 8 or 16 input zones and single dialler comms path in coming years? Yes, definitely. The question is, what will take its place? The nature of future technology is an area of doubt. Will the majority of alarm systems retain limited traditional features locally and shake out automation in the cloud? Many seem to be going down that path.