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07
Jan
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Alarm Monitoring: Naskam Makes Bold Move

Chad Wright (left) and Maks Maksan
Chad Wright (left) and Maks Maksan

Rapid penetration by telcos and huge ISPs into the security and automation markets with low cost hardware and bundled alarm monitoring services is presenting monitoring companies with an uncertain future. How they respond will be the key.

NASKAM Security on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is a boutique electronic security business. Founded by Maks Maksan in 1986, the company combines Grade 1A monitoring and a security integration business in a symbiotic relationship that has brought decades of growth. With electronic security integration in the stable, it’s not surprising that Makson and his team are at the sharp end when it comes to adoption of new technology. Without the large line volumes of bureau monitoring services, Naskam has always had to offer its customers something extra. 

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Thu
24
Dec
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DSC IMPASSA & Alarm.com Review

Alarm.com family of mobile apps
Alarm.com family of mobile apps

IN this review we upgrade an existing DSC IMPASSA alarm and automation panel with an Alarm.com compatible controller, cameras and sensors, connect with the Alarm.com cloud service and spend some time living with a cloud-based security and automation solution.

WHEN I installed DSC IMPASSA earlier in the year, I was surprised at the simplicity of enrolling devices and getting the system operational. This relatively easy process encouraged me to be positive about the prospects of upgrading the system with an Alarm.com controller, cameras and browser-based cloud account. As it happened, I had support from Hills’ assistant vendor business manager - Tyco, Matt Bailey and Alarm.com’s global sales engineer, Ian Law, and I was grateful for that as the process had multiple layers that would have confounded me.

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Fri
11
Dec
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U.S. Alarm Monitoring Centre Goes Direct with DIY Security Solution

Amy Kothari
Amy Kothari

U.S. alarm monitoring centre, My Alarm Center, has launched LivSecure, a security provider focused on DIY-installed equipment along with a professional monitoring service.

My Alarm Center’s president and CEO Amy Kothari told Security Systems News “There is a growing segment of the market that does not want to wait for a professional install, does not want to pay for a professional install, and are comfortable doing it themselves.

“This is a new venture for us, we haven’t sold self-install systems directly to consumers before,” Kothari, said.

LivSecure uses Qolsys equipment and Alarm.com for home connectivity, and Rapid Response for its monitoring. LivSecure offers 3 packages, starting at $34.99 per month for monitoring with a $99 equipment fee, all of which come with fire and CO monitoring devices.

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Thu
19
Nov
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Considerations of Z-Wave Intrusion Detection Systems

Considerations of Z Wave intrusion sensors
Considerations of Z Wave intrusion sensors

Given the proliferation of Z-Wave devices in the security and automation market, it’s well worth taking a closer look at the nature of this technology, its capabilities and security profile. 

Z-WAVE was invented by Danish-American tech house Zensys in 1999 - Zensys was acquired by Sigma Technologies in 2008 - and the technology is built around wireless mesh network chips with a low power mode which means they can be active just 0.1 per cent of the time, making them perfect for battery-powered devices. . 

The importance of Z-Wave to the electronic security and home automation markets can hardly be overstated. The protocol was designed to support simple and reliable home automation and there are now around 325 companies licensed to manufacture products with Z-Wave chips. Many serious security manufacturers are including Z-Wave transmitters in their control panels. 

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Wed
11
Nov
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Bosch G Series Access Control Panel

Bosch G panel
Bosch G panel

Bosch will release its G Series intrusion and access control panel in Australia in the first half of next year. It’s a big step for the company – this is the first access control solution with distributed architecture the company has released. 

BOSCH has been circling access control for a number of years. But after releasing the excellent Solution 6000 at Security 2012 in Sydney there was a growing demand from its installer base that the company develop a fully distributed access control solution. Distributed architecture is the key with access control system because it puts control at the door so there’s no downside to LAN failure.  

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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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Sat
24
Oct
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Inner Range: Inventing the Future

Vin Lopes, Inner Range CSD Group
Vin Lopes, Inner Range CSD Group

Faced with a future as diffuse as it will be challenging, Inner Range is deploying its considerable engineering capability to offer installers, integrators and end users a greater range of ever more flexible solutions.   

HUMANS are analogous beasts. When you’ve been commentating on an industry long enough, the scope for temporal contrasts becomes gravitational. There’s a danger every story you write necessarily begins with the words: “When I first visited…”. 

Here, it’s a position governed by the need to provide context to a vibrant international business whose manufacturing facility was once a line of trestles in the warehouse of a Melbourne industrial estate, a row of heads bent over green glass-epoxy circuit boards as though meditating on the doctrines of access control. 

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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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