Honeywell has enhanced its powerful Galaxy Flex intruder and access control panel with video verification, a ‘night set’ mode and smartphone app allowing authorised users universal access to panel functions.
HONEYWELL has upgraded its Galaxy Flex integrated intruder and access control solution with a night set mode, a new compact housing design and a Galaxy Range Mobile App for remote access. Galaxy Flex, with hybrid wired and wireless technology and video verification of alarm events, is a strong solution for homeowners and small to medium size businesses.
Suretek’s Multicom 4 Plus takes alarm panel communications and feeds them onto digital networks, changing the way monitoring companies interact with their customers.
THERE’S something about the alarm monitoring industry that generates zeal, I think to myself, sitting in Suretek’s Wetherill Park office listening to managing director Glenn Smith talk about the company’s Multicom 4 Plus unit.
It’s partly the people but more than anything it’s the culture. Alarm monitoring companies are responsible for something. The seriousness of their operations, their sense of ownership of customer protection, bleeds into everything they do, infusing it with fierce meaning.
When it comes to selecting internal alarm sensors, what are the features installers should be looking for? Are all internal sensors the same or do some offer superior catch performance and false alarm resistance?
WHAT makes for a quality internal alarm sensor? That depends on the environment the sensor is installed in – the more challenging the environment, the better the design and quality need to be. In many internal applications, passive infrared sensors are the perfect solution, while for more challenging internal environments, you need to look at dual technology detectors.
Gabriel Daher, former group general manager at Hills Group, has been made general manager of that company’s UHS security comms business. UHS is a network comms supplier and manufacturer.
There are a number of ways to view Daher’s repositioning but probably the correct one is that it indicates Hills Group’s senior management realises the company needs to get squarely on the front foot when it comes to alarm and video monitoring technology. The systems of the future will be all about the management and facilitation of comms networks and that demands a backend engineering solution that actually works.
RISCO’s eyeWAVE fully battery powered PIR Camera detector enables visual verification when used with the Agility 3 wireless security system.
Upon an intrusion event the camera captures and transmits a sequence of images to the alarm panels that are sent via GPRS or IP to the RISCO Cloud server or to the Monitoring Station.
The intrusion event together with the images are pushed to the iRISCO smartphone app used by the home owners allowing self-monitoring; reducing false alarms, increasing peace of mind and saving time and resources for the CMS.
Images are stored on the RISCO Cloud server and linked to the intrusion event for future analysis if required.
Google’s acquisition of Nest Labs suggests big tech sees potential revenue in home automation and security. Though what sort of business model it believes will generate revenue is a little harder to say.
EVEN after everything we’ve seen going on in the monitoring market over the past 18 months, Google’s $US3.2 billion play for Nest Labs, an automation manufacturer founded in 2010 with a turnover of around $US300 million, seems extravagant.
TYCO Security Products has made a global alliance with Alarm.com, a supplier of connected home services, including security, video monitoring, energy management and home automation.
Alarm.com's technology complements Tyco Security Products' expertise in Interactive hardware solutions. There will be a close engineering collaboration to ensure the full range of current and future Alarm.com services are supported by Tyco solutions, providing a future-proof platform to dealers globally.
“We are very excited about the new opportunities and features that our partnership with Alarm.com will bring to us and our global customers, says Tim Myers, product line director – intrusion, Tyco Security Products.
Alarm.com will be available in early 2014 on DSC’s IMPASSA Series followed by select other hybrid systems for global markets later in the year.
CONNECT 2013 brought together installing security contractors from the First Alert Professional (FAP), Commercial Security Systems (CSS) and Honeywell Integrated Security (HIS) networks. What was said there deserves our attention.
ARGUABLY the global alarm industry’s biggest installer conference hosted 800 attendees who enjoyed educational sessions, including networking. Honeywell’s decision to host 1 conference covering multiple business segments highlighted the fact many industry segments are linked by networks to the same customers with solutions that enhance lifestyles as well as impact a business’ bottom line.
Scott Harkins, president of Honeywell Security Products for the Americas told the installers if the security industry can change lifestyles, then the entire dynamic of the industry will transform and open to unprecedented growth potential.
In this feature we look at measuring voltage, current and resistance - vital whether you’re trouble-shooting zone loops or installing and commissioning access control readers and strikes, or analogue CCTV systems.
FOR a start it’s important to have a grip on the fundamentals before you start measuring electrical properties during installation or troubleshooting. Remember that voltage is the electrical pressure that occurs between 2 points. It’s also called potential difference. In essence this potential difference is the result of one location having more electrons than another.
An atom with more electrons than protons has a negative charge, while an atom with more protons than electrons has a positive charge. Electron theory is complex - there's still conjecture over why electrons have electric charges at all. Think of voltage as the pressure that makes electrons flow.
In an increasingly competitive market electronic security distributors, wholesalers and manufacturers are having to go the extra mile for their integrator customers. But in which direction should they go?
FROM the point of view of suppliers the current market poses a difficult conundrum. Not only is there downward pressure on prices, the technical challenges of installing many products, particularly integrated solutions, are increasing. What this means is that suppliers are required to assist integrators sometimes to the point of virtual partnership on jobs.
There are a number of ways such support can play out. A distributor might have a technical engineering team that offers this support. Or a distributor might assist to a certain point then rely on support from a manufacturer. In other cases, the distributor might send out solutions fully commissioned so integrators are only required to hang product on the wall.