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Wed
21
Sep
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Alarm Monitoring: The Revolution will be Televised

Satellite TV and home automation
Satellite TV and home automation

Echostar, a satellite TV and internet provider based in the U.S. with global operations and annual earnings of $US3.1 billion, has turned its attention to the security market and plans to provide automation, intrusion detection, video verification and video monitoring, as well as self-monitoring. Can its plan work? Maybe… 

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Fri
09
Sep
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Operational Requirements Are The Ultimate Technical Benchmark

The smartest technology is that most fit for purpose...
The smartest technology is that most fit for purpose...

SOMETHING SEN talks about with monotonous regularity is ‘operational requirements’ yet we consistently see products and applications which leave us wondering whether or not these imperatives got lost somewhere during the process of design and installation.

It’s easy to see how this might happen when considering the complexity of many solutions and the variable performance parameters of much of the technology currently available. There’s also the cognitive bias inevitably introduced by products a company sells or installs. That pointed saying that when you’re holding a hammer every problem looks like a nail applies to electronic security solutions, as well. 

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Mon
15
Aug
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Special Report: New Products From Security 2016 Expo

Bosch B Series alarm panel
Bosch B Series alarm panel

Security 2016 Exhibition in Melbourne gave us a chance to take a look at the latest product releases, get a sense of trends, as well checking out some of the vapourware teasers that manufacturers and distributors roll out at big events.

SECURITY 2016 had a nice feel – it’s a good venue and the square layout at the MCEC somehow mitigates the sense of being tucked away in far corners. The organisers quoted visitor numbers of around 4500, which seemed slightly optimistic from behind Sony's New York Loft Bar. Regardless, it was another good show considering this was a third year in Melbourne thanks to the ongoing revamp of the Exhibition and Convention Centre in Darling Harbour. While some exhibitors were jumping to conclusions on the first day, by the end of the show on Friday afternoon, most were happy with the turnout and quality of the visitors they'd seen. 

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Mon
08
Aug
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Access Control Strongest Growth Trend at Security 2016

Gallagher Mobile App
Gallagher Mobile App

DAYS after a major exhibition like Security 2016 in Melbourne last month you’re still getting your mind around the things you saw, deciding which solutions stood out, which presaged developments of the future and which trends were strongest.

Discounting the overarching shift towards ever more integration, the strongest growth trend at Security 2016 was access control. It’s not surprising this should be so. Current global risk profiles demand that organisations control access to their spaces – there’s no doubt this is a driving force behind the trend. There’s also the relentless and endless pursuit of lower costs which push users to seek greater efficiencies, including remote management of onsite functionalities. 

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Fri
15
Jul
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Security 2016: Innovation Is The Engine of Growth

Innovation is the engine of growth
Innovation is the engine of growth

ELECTRONIC security sales are set to grow at $US110 billion through 2020 at the powerful rate of 11.3 per cent. The reason for the growth is 3-fold – bigger budgets, increasing global threat levels and good old product innovation. 

As we head to Security 2016 Expo in Melbourne, suppliers, installers, consultants and end users need to bear in mind that the last thing on the list is the key to profitability and operational success. Electronic security technology has reached a point of layered ‘awareness’ that allows security managers to pry considerably more capability from inputs and outputs than ever before. There are new and clever ways of making the information from hundreds of millions of inputs and outputs actionable and accessible.

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Fri
24
Jun
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Integrators, End Users Wide Open to Access Control

Access control - first, second and third line of defence
Access control - first, second and third line of defence

SOMETHING interesting came out of SecTech Roadshow. In every city, integrators and end users loudly expressed their desire to see more in the way of access control and intrusion detection solutions – more controllers, readers, panels, sensors, and reporting and management solutions. 

More evidence of the hunger came from suppliers – companies like BGWT with S2, Inner Range with Inception and Bosch with the G Panel and the 2000/3000 alarm system said they did extremely well at the show – as did Tyco with NEO, CSD with SecureNet-enabled SkyGuard, QSS with BPT intercoms and LSC with ICT controllers. 

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Fri
17
Jun
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Automation or Information? Homing in on Google

Google - Automation or information?
Google - Automation or information?

With the release of the new Google Home virtual agent recently (after Google’s publication of smart home patents and $US3.2 Billion purchase of Nest Labs and Dropcam), you can’t but wonder about the company’s grand strategy for domestic solutions. Does Google want home automation or home information? 

WHY do Google’s plans for home automation systems matter? It’s the company’s seamless underlying penetration of key layers of networked infrastructure and services that are of interest to electronic security people. When you provide so many of the highways down which potential customers drive their network operations and online explorations, it makes perfect sense to increase the depth of services you provide. But is home automation really a way Google can make money, or is there something else behind the play?

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Tue
24
May
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Alarm Monitoring: Divergence is the Future?

Alarm monitoring forming layers of scattered cloud
Alarm monitoring forming layers of scattered cloud

THERE’S something about the state of alarm, automation and monitoring technology that suggests a splintering of paths to market in the alarm monitoring industry. And ISC West in Las Vegas last month highlighted a number of key trends likely to play a part in our future. There certainly are opportunities - mostly for those with clear goals - because overall, things look a little messy. 

PERHAPS the key fundamental at work here is that as alarm systems become residents of the IP world and installers become thoroughly imbued with networked ecosystems, reporting paths become multifarious, integrations more ubiquitous. Very cool things become possible and they don’t need to managed in the old ways. An idea of alarm and access control systems as input/output boards supported by redundant networks and clever software comes ever more clearly into view. 

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Wed
04
May
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Winning the Race to the Very, Very Bottom

Original Pelco Sarix from 2009 - Open source, self-networking and way better in low light than many brand new compact domes
Original Pelco Sarix from 2009 - Open source, self-networking and way better in low light than many brand new compact domes

THERE’S been a lot of grumbling from well-known quarters lately about the race to the bottom when it comes to price in the video surveillance industry – the way innovation has fallen by the wayside as manufacturers chip away at the performance of their biggest selling cameras by reducing quality in multifarious ways. 

It’s not just about trying to hang onto margin in a maturing market. The way systems are purchased on the basis of price, forcing manufacturers to play low-cost ball or lose jobs is a diametric that feeds into the process. What’s interesting as an observer, is that price and performance are materially linked when it comes to CCTV cameras and there is a point past which the loss of performance does not make up for the dollars saved.

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Tue
12
Apr
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Video Verification: False Promises?

Video verification - the tech is there but the route to market needs work...
Video verification - the tech is there but the route to market needs work...

Video verification is unquestionably the most important technology to hit alarm monitoring since the invention of the McCulloch Loop and while many manufacturers support the technology, creating the ecosystem necessary to bring such services to market remains elusive outside of proprietary end-to-end solutions. 

VIDEO verification – you’d imagine this technology would sell itself. The ability of modern HD cameras supported by IR to inform monitoring station operators of intrusion events with close to 100 per cent catch rate should mean video verification in every business and every home but things are not working out that way at all. Sure, there’s growth in this part of the market. But there are layers of complexity from sales techniques, to comms and power, through to monitoring software capable of handling the task. 

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