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Tue
22
Sep
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Developing Ness Mezzo Security & Home Automation

Naz (left) and Elian Circosta
Naz (left) and Elian Circosta

Ness MEZZO security and automation panel went off like a firecracker at Security 2015. We spent some time with Naz and Elian Circosta to find out more about the development of Security 2015 Expo’s best new product.

Ness is one of the Australian electronic security industry’s pioneers and it’s very satisfying that the company which brought us the first modern solid state alarm panel, the Ness 5000 back in the 1980s, has now developed Mezzo, the first alarm and automation controller of the app-based IP generation. 

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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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Tue
15
Sep
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Inner Range Challenges SCEC with New Class 5

Inner Range AS 2201.1 Class 5 security system
Inner Range AS 2201.1 Class 5 security system

INNER Range’s AS 2201.1 Class 5 security system offers end-to-end encryption of alarm points and provides many features previously required by installations, which would otherwise require SCEC’s Type 1A approved products, but Inner Range Class 5 systems are available at a substantially lower cost.

One of the standout developments at Security in Government 2015 was the unveiling of Inner Range’s AS 2201.1 Class 5 platform. Fundamentally, AS2201.1 Class 5 includes encrypted communications from sensor to controller, to keypad. Up until now, government organisations requiring encryption of all parts of security system communications needed to install more costly SCEC Type 1/1A solutions. 

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Thu
10
Sep
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Kiwis Upgrade Home Tech for Resale Amid Growing Fear of Crime

Marsden Hulme, general manager Vivint NZ
Marsden Hulme, general manager Vivint NZ

NEW Zealanders are buying up smart-home technology in a bid to add value to their property and secure top dollar at sale as the local property market intensifies. The push is also driven by a growing fear of crime.  

A new survey, commissioned by home automation and security company Vivint, has found that one-third of all New Zealanders have added some form of home technology which allows them to remotely control appliances, security or lighting via their smartphones.

More than a fifth (22 per cent) of those surveyed said they would consider installing smart home technology in their house before selling to make it more appealing to buyers, and 15 per cent stated it’s an important feature they will look for in their next home. The new smart technology being installed allows homeowners to operate climate control systems, TV and sound systems, appliances, and garage or gate doors remotely.

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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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Fri
07
Aug
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Paradox AU Alarm Panel Sales Spike 35 Per Cent in 2 Months

Paradox AU touch pad
Paradox AU touch pad

SINCE the introduction of the Paradox AU – Australian defaults – in June 2015, Paradox sales have growth of over 35 per cent, according to CSD’s national marketing & products manager, Mark Edwards. 

“Driving the success of the programme are the awesome incentives being offered for new customers completing our Paradox training course and some fantastic deals for existing customers,” explained Edwards. 

Every CSD branch around Australia is holding 2-3 training sessions per week and has trained over 200 people nationally in 2 months. 

“CSD gives the customer a free alpha numeric LCD programming codepad and serial lead and then offers its customers some awesome deals on alarm kits," said Edwards.♦

 

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Mon
06
Jul
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Alarm.com Opens on NASDAQ at $14 Per Share

Alarm.com Goes Public
Alarm.com Goes Public

Alarm.com has gone public, offering of 7,000,000 shares of common stock at $14.00 per share. The company is one of only a handful of home automation IPOs, the most recent being Control4, which went public in 2013.

Meanwhile, underwriters have been granted a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 525,000 shares from Alarm.com and up to 525,000 shares of common stock from selling stockholders at the IPO price to cover over-allotments.

Alarm.com will not receive any proceeds from the sale of shares by the selling stockholders.♦

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Sun
05
Jul
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Ness Releases MEZZO Home Automation Panel

New Ness Mezzo home controller
New Ness Mezzo home controller

Ness has released Mezzo, an in-house smart home controller, which combines wireless, Z-wave and IP technologies to handle multiple automation functionalities. 

NESS has been neck-deep in home automation for a very long time and it manufactures alarm panels and sensors here in Australia, so it’s no great surprise that the company has designed and manufactured its own home automation solution. What is new, however, is that the MEZZO system is open-ended thanks to its incorporation of Z-Wave comms. It’s also a very sexy looking beast. 

According to Peter Mohan, MEZZO is the world’s most advanced smarthome controller integrating cutting-edge wireless.

“Mezzo combines Z-Wave and IP technologies to provide a seamless security, automation, energy management, intercom, CCTV and medical solution into one wireless unit,” Mohan says.

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Mon
22
Jun
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Alarm Monitoring: Calm Before the Storm

Alarm monitoring - the storm is coming.
Alarm monitoring - the storm is coming.

Despite the tidal wave of change that will sweep the alarm monitoring industry in 2016, it’s apparent the market remains sanguine about the future, with interest in automation and cloud-based applications yet to peak. 

IN 2016 we’ll lose 2G and PSTN, changes that will pitch-pole the alarm monitoring industry into a strange new place without the parachute of rebates, a place beset by monsters. These monsters won’t be the sea dragons of cartography but the gatekeepers of a digital world and combating them is going to demand a focus on what customers want. 

We’ve been lucky in many ways. The decision of the conservative government to shelve fibre to the door has slowed the pace of change, as well as pinching the possibilities. There have also been delays from big players, with Telstra’s rollout of its new alarm monitoring service said to have been put back by the need to train an adequate number of technicians. 

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Thu
04
Jun
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ADT, LG Partner on Camera-based Home Automation Hub

ADT LG Smart Camera Hub
ADT LG Smart Camera Hub

Big US-based alarm and home automation powerhouse ADT has released a new smart camera home hub manufactured by LG Electronics, which incorporates Z-Wave, ZigBee, Bluetooth Smart (BLE) and Wi-Fi, as well as potential for cellular communications.

The genesis of the new camera began with a challenge from ADT CEO Naren Gursahaney to “provide some degree of ADT security and services to everybody – not just traditional customers,” according to ADT chief innovation officer Arthur Orduna in an interview with CE Pro. Gursahaney recently stated DIY presented the industry with considerable opportunities and this is what he may have had in mind, though there’s no confirmation of route to market at this point. 

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