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Alarm.com Now Integrates With Google Home

Alarm.com integrates with Google Home
Alarm.com integrates with Google Home

USERS of Alarm.com solutions now have the ability to use voice commands with their Google Home to control their smart security systems.

Functions include arm and disarm security systems by speaking to the Google Home device. Users have the option of requiring a four-digit PIN to disarm the security system. Other abilities include unlocking doors, checking the status of devices, changing the temperature and controlling whole groups of devices such as lights. 

The deal is probably a tacit recognition from Google of the veracity of the Alarm.com business model, as well as a response to the challenges of breaking into a home security market that is built on the labours of tens of thousands of trusted local installers.♦

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Fri
26
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ICT Releases New, Rugged tSec Reader Covers

ICT tSec reader covers are now available
ICT tSec reader covers are now available

ICT’S tSec readers are designed to withstand the harshest environments and ICT says its new vandal-resistant covers are ideal for locations where a card reader may be exposed to damage, including corridors, parking buildings, correctional facilities, and other public places.

Highly resistant to impact, such as a swing from a hammer or a baseball bat, the robust construction provides greater durability and protection against vandalism and malicious damage. The flush design also serves as an anti-ligature measure for an additional level of safety.

Please note that the existing keypad variations of the tSec range don’t operate correctly with these new vandal resistant covers. If you wish to use a tSec keypad reader with capacitive touch keypad, you will need a specific model (available as a kit including both card reader and cover), which will be available shortly.

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Fri
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National Museum of Australia Seeks Access Control Solution, Security Integration

National Museum of Australia
National Museum of Australia

THE National Museum of Australia is planning a major upgrade and integration of its electronic security solutions after the recent upgrade of its CCTV solution to full IP. 

NMA will replace or upgrade its existing Honeywell EBI access control system, Commend intercom system, etc, with a new EACS, intercom system, new ACPs, new card readers, new access smart cards, new/existing electric strikes, new/existing electromagnetic locks, etc, with an associated HLI of security systems.

The work will include cabling all new equipment, existing equipment (as required), integrating equipment and the NMA supplied headend. The contractor will remove redundant equipment and cabling. They will also integrate the EACS and intercom system with other NMA security, IT and BMS equipment. 

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Fri
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Transportation Security Administration Takes Bag Checks Higher Tech

Electronic device security scans going higher tech
Electronic device security scans going higher tech

TRANSPORTATION Security Administration in the U.S. is currently testing ‘enhanced security procedures’ for carry-on bags at several airports in the United States, specifically electronic devices larger than a cellphone.

The TSA public affairs office said the tighter security screening for luggage in the passenger cabin were being tested at 10 airports in the country.

"Over the past year, TSA has been adjusting screening procedures at select U.S. airports on a trial basis in an effort to improve screener performance at the checkpoint," the agency said in a statement. "Travellers at select test locations may be asked to place certain electronics and other items in a separate bin for screening in an effort to de-clutter baggage."

Depending on the results, the TSA said it may expand the enhanced procedures to other U.S. airports.

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Fri
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Britain Arming Police Officers in Wake of Terror Attacks

Britain begins expanding armed police
Britain begins expanding armed police

BRITAIN’S National Police Chief’s Council said there are 640 more armed officers than this time last year. The increase has been largely financed by a £143 million Home Office program with forces paying for additional officers.

The funding has also seen an extra 41 Armed Response Vehicles (ARV) on the road in England and Wales in any given 24 hours, ready to respond to major incidents, including terrorist attacks. They are based in areas considered to be at greatest threat or with geographical challenges. BNPCC has also flagged a more aggressive style of policing in which terrorists will be confronted with maximum force from the outset.

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Fredon Wins Contract For Opera House Mechanical Services Refurbishment

Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House

FREDON has won the contract to refurbish mechanical services at the iconic Sydney Opera House, including an historic upgrade of the main theatre. The upgrade works are the largest since the Opera House opened in 1973. 

Laing O’Rourke is the head contractor, and Fredon’s Client Services Group (CSG) will undertake the work. CSG works primarily with pre-existing structures, specialising in refurbishments, tenancy fitouts, building extensions, central plant upgrades and replacements.

“Our retrofitting expertise will come to the fore as we face the challenges of working in and around the tourist crowds, the constraints of plant rooms and spaces that are not necessarily designed with modern equipment in mind, and the standards of care, fit and finish required for such an iconic building that boasts world heritage status,” said Fredon.

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Canberra Metro Light Rail Seeking Security Services

Canberra Metro seeks security solutions
Canberra Metro seeks security solutions

JOHN Holland has gone to tender on behalf of the Canberra Metro project, a light rail network being constructed from Gungahlin in the North to the City which will commence operation in 2018.

Key features of Canberra Metro system include a laid rail distance of 12km, 6-minute peak service with 10-15 minute off peak, 13 stations, 14 light rail vehicles, 24-minute journey time, 2 dedicated wheelchair spaces, Bikes on board and a capacity of more than 200 people per train. 

The types of goods and services that will be required by Canberra Metro during construction are broad and include facilities support for cleaning, security and waste management among others.

Professional services include environmental, traffic, testing, training, survey, marketing and communications, accounting and creative work. The layer is likely to include security consultancy and design services.

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Fri
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SecTech Roadshow: Scenes From Perth!

Another great day at SecTech Roadshow Perth!
Another great day at SecTech Roadshow Perth!

SECTECH Roadshow Perth was a huge success and it was great to see so many familiar faces last Thursday.

Many thanks to all our SecTech attendees and roadies, including Genetec and Hills, which put a lot of time and effort into ensuring the camera shootout ran smoothly. Thanks also to James Layton from Bosch, Mark Shannon from Bosch, Ian Fuller from QSS and Phillipe Ouimette from Genetec for their input into our session panel. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2018!

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Thu
25
May
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MOBOTIX Appoints Ryan Fairclough APAC Sales Director

Ryan Fairclough, Mobotix
Ryan Fairclough, Mobotix

RYAN Fairclough has been appointed sales director for APAC. In his new role he will head the APAC Sales Team and oversee business development in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, Japan, India and China.

Fairclough has been with MOBOTIX since 2012, jointly driving business development in Australia and New Zealand with the local sales team. According to Mobotix, as a valuable asset to the company, Fairclough will continue to promote growth throughout the APAC sales channels jointly with local sales teams and partners.

“It’s an exciting time for MOBOTIX right now and we’ve laid some solid foundations in the APAC region,” Fairclough said. “I’m looking forward to building on those, as the company heads in a fresh, new direction.”

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23
May
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Scenes From Setup, SecTech Roadshow Perth!

See you at SecTech, Perth people!
See you at SecTech, Perth people!

See you at the Perth Crown, Astral Room for SecTech Roadshow, today only - don't miss it!

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