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Wed
17
Feb
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Home Automation Trending

Home automation and security growing together
Home automation and security growing together

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? 

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Wed
17
Feb
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Apollo To Buy ADT For $US6.9 Billion In Alarm Monitoring’s Biggest Acquisition

ADT CEO Naren Gursahaney
ADT CEO Naren Gursahaney

APOLLO Global Management says it will acquire security monitoring company ADT Corp. for about $US6.9 billion. It’s the biggest leveraged buyout of the year, according to Bloomberg Business. 

Apollo will pay $42 a share in cash for the Boca Raton, Florida-based company, 56 per cent above the Friday closing price. Apollo plans to combine ADT with Protection 1. 

According to Shlomo Rosenbaum of Stifel Nicolaus & Co, “ADT gains a partner that has done a better job at retaining customers and signing up new ones because it doesn’t need to focus on quarterly earnings.

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Fri
29
Jan
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SCSI Secures City of Stonnington

Prahran Town Hall
Prahran Town Hall

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. 

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Fri
30
Oct
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Alarm Monitoring Worth $US54.46 billion by 2020

Monitoring - worth plenty and growing fast
Monitoring - worth plenty and growing fast

A NEW market research report expects the global alarm monitoring market to reach $US54.46 billion by 2020 at a CAGR of 6.73 per cent between 2015 and 2020.

The research report, Alarm Monitoring Market by Communication Technologies, End Users Component and Geography — Global forecast by 2020, segments the global alarm monitoring market on the basis of communication technology, input signal, end users, components and geography. 

The market is segmented based on communication technology into wired telecommunication, wireless cellular, wireless radio technology and IP. In terms of end users, the market is segmented into equipment monitoring, vehicle monitoring, environment monitoring and building alarms monitoring.

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Wed
28
Oct
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ASIAL Releases Redundant Monitoring Centre Certification

ASIAL has released a standard for redundant monitoring centres
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. 

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Sun
25
Oct
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2GIG Go!Control Security and Automation Panel Review

2GIG Go!Control from QSS
2GIG Go!Control from QSS

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. 

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Fri
23
Oct
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The Internet Of Our Things, Anyway

Internet of things.
Internet of things.

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. 

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Tue
20
Oct
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SCSI Releases DirectConnect 4G IP Monitoring Service

DirectConnect From SCSI
DirectConnect From SCSI

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. 

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Tue
15
Sep
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Alarm Monitoring: The Ticking Clock

The ticking clock
The ticking clock

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. 

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Wed
12
Aug
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DIY – Will it Dominate the Alarm Monitoring Market?

Traditional alarm panels have real strengths
Traditional alarm panels have real strengths

MARKET Research suggests DIY is going to make significant inroads into the monitoring market and not just in terms of users opting for self-monitored solutions. But how realistic are these projections?

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. 

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