INNER Range’s AS 2201.1 Class 5 security system offers end-to-end encryption of alarm points and provides many features previously required by installations, which would otherwise require SCEC’s Type 1A approved products, but Inner Range Class 5 systems are available at a substantially lower cost.
One of the standout developments at Security in Government 2015 was the unveiling of Inner Range’s AS 2201.1 Class 5 platform. Fundamentally, AS2201.1 Class 5 includes encrypted communications from sensor to controller, to keypad. Up until now, government organisations requiring encryption of all parts of security system communications needed to install more costly SCEC Type 1/1A solutions.
NEW Zealanders are buying up smart-home technology in a bid to add value to their property and secure top dollar at sale as the local property market intensifies. The push is also driven by a growing fear of crime.
A new survey, commissioned by home automation and security company Vivint, has found that one-third of all New Zealanders have added some form of home technology which allows them to remotely control appliances, security or lighting via their smartphones.
More than a fifth (22 per cent) of those surveyed said they would consider installing smart home technology in their house before selling to make it more appealing to buyers, and 15 per cent stated it’s an important feature they will look for in their next home. The new smart technology being installed allows homeowners to operate climate control systems, TV and sound systems, appliances, and garage or gate doors remotely.
A RECENT report from ABI Research suggests DIY is going to play a big part in the future of alarm monitoring and not in quite the way some might think. Some of what we saw at Security 2015 tends to support these findings but when it comes to more serious security and home automation solutions, ABI looks off the mark.
SINCE the introduction of the Paradox AU – Australian defaults – in June 2015, Paradox sales have growth of over 35 per cent, according to CSD’s national marketing & products manager, Mark Edwards.
“Driving the success of the programme are the awesome incentives being offered for new customers completing our Paradox training course and some fantastic deals for existing customers,” explained Edwards.
Every CSD branch around Australia is holding 2-3 training sessions per week and has trained over 200 people nationally in 2 months.
“CSD gives the customer a free alpha numeric LCD programming codepad and serial lead and then offers its customers some awesome deals on alarm kits," said Edwards.♦
Alarm.com has gone public, offering of 7,000,000 shares of common stock at $14.00 per share. The company is one of only a handful of home automation IPOs, the most recent being Control4, which went public in 2013.
Meanwhile, underwriters have been granted a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 525,000 shares from Alarm.com and up to 525,000 shares of common stock from selling stockholders at the IPO price to cover over-allotments.
Alarm.com will not receive any proceeds from the sale of shares by the selling stockholders.♦
Ness has released Mezzo, an in-house smart home controller, which combines wireless, Z-wave and IP technologies to handle multiple automation functionalities.
NESS has been neck-deep in home automation for a very long time and it manufactures alarm panels and sensors here in Australia, so it’s no great surprise that the company has designed and manufactured its own home automation solution. What is new, however, is that the MEZZO system is open-ended thanks to its incorporation of Z-Wave comms. It’s also a very sexy looking beast.
According to Peter Mohan, MEZZO is the world’s most advanced smarthome controller integrating cutting-edge wireless.
“Mezzo combines Z-Wave and IP technologies to provide a seamless security, automation, energy management, intercom, CCTV and medical solution into one wireless unit,” Mohan says.
Despite the tidal wave of change that will sweep the alarm monitoring industry in 2016, it’s apparent the market remains sanguine about the future, with interest in automation and cloud-based applications yet to peak.
IN 2016 we’ll lose 2G and PSTN, changes that will pitch-pole the alarm monitoring industry into a strange new place without the parachute of rebates, a place beset by monsters. These monsters won’t be the sea dragons of cartography but the gatekeepers of a digital world and combating them is going to demand a focus on what customers want.
We’ve been lucky in many ways. The decision of the conservative government to shelve fibre to the door has slowed the pace of change, as well as pinching the possibilities. There have also been delays from big players, with Telstra’s rollout of its new alarm monitoring service said to have been put back by the need to train an adequate number of technicians.
Big US-based alarm and home automation powerhouse ADT has released a new smart camera home hub manufactured by LG Electronics, which incorporates Z-Wave, ZigBee, Bluetooth Smart (BLE) and Wi-Fi, as well as potential for cellular communications.
The genesis of the new camera began with a challenge from ADT CEO Naren Gursahaney to “provide some degree of ADT security and services to everybody – not just traditional customers,” according to ADT chief innovation officer Arthur Orduna in an interview with CE Pro. Gursahaney recently stated DIY presented the industry with considerable opportunities and this is what he may have had in mind, though there’s no confirmation of route to market at this point.
Alarm.com, the home automation partner of Hills and QSS in Australia, is preparing to go public, with a Form S-1 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on May 22 relating to a proposed initial public offering of shares of its common stock .
The number of shares to be sold and the price range for the proposed offering remain unknown but the S-1 shows registration for a $US75 million IPO. Alarm.com sells interactive home security systems controlled by smart mobile applications and partners locally with QSS and Hills Ltd. The owners of the company applied to list its common stock on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol ALRM.
Conceived by Australia’s foremost alarm technician, Gabriel Daher, Interlogix ZeroWire is a powerful wireless security and automation solution that’s as attractive for end users as it is for installers.
WHEN an engineering version of the ZeroWire wireless security and automation system was displayed at Security 2013 in Sydney there was no doubt it was a powerful piece of technology. An all-in-one security and automation system that could handle 128 sensors, the real power of this system lay in its embrace of open wireless comms.