Monitoring

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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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Tue
26
May
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Alarm.com Registers $US75 Million Initial Public Offering

Alarm.com files IPO
Alarm.com files IPO

Alarm.com, the home automation partner of Hills and QSS in Australia, is preparing to go public, with a Form S-1 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on May 22 relating to a proposed initial public offering of shares of its common stock .

The number of shares to be sold and the price range for the proposed offering remain unknown but the S-1 shows registration for a $US75 million IPO. Alarm.com sells interactive home security systems controlled by smart mobile applications and partners locally with QSS and Hills Ltd. The owners of the company applied to list its common stock on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol ALRM.

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Wed
29
Apr
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Is Your Alarm Installation Business NBN Ready?

NBN-readiness means new opportunities
NBN-readiness means new opportunities

Ongoing rollout of the national broadband network will carry 1 million alarm systems into a networked environment. Installers and monitoring stations need to plan ahead to make sure they don’t get caught out. 

By February 2015, the NBN was available in around three quarters of a million premises across the country and was rolled out at twice the rate of the previous 12-month period. Similar increases in the pace of the rollout are expected this year and next. 2014 also saw the beginning of copper line disconnection and disruption to existing telephone and ADSL services prompting concern from some businesses. For example, as the NBN roll out continues and more disconnections take place, around one million back-to-base monitored alarms will require an upgrade to operate in an NBN world.

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Sat
11
Apr
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Cloud: A Storm Over Passwords

Passwords vital for secure cloud solutions
Passwords vital for secure cloud solutions

A report from Hewlett Packard suggests that many cloud-based security solutions are easily hacked thanks to poor password security and failure to set up mobile devices properly. 

IT’S a timely reminder to security installers and monitoring stations that incorporating smart devices and cloud into security systems introduces exposure to a dangerous new ecosystem. The study also shows how important it is for alarm monitoring companies to provide high quality 24-hour protection of client premises. A combination of DIY installation and monitoring combined with poor network security leaves a home or business open to network and physical attacks. At particular risk, according to HP, are video feeds from IP video cameras.

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Wed
08
Apr
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Alarm Monitoring Snapshot

Alarm monitoring snapshot
Alarm monitoring snapshot

Alarm monitoring trends in the U.S. are highly relevant to the Australian market, which experiences similar shifts in technology and application. 

IT’S the similarities between long term trends in the U.S. and Australian markets, both of which use many of the same hardware and software solutions, as well as the same business models, that make the 2014 Security Sales & Integration Installation Business Report so interesting. 

According to the report, just as they are in Australia, third-party central monitoring stations (bureau monitoring services) are very popular among American security installers. In the U.S. 74 per cent of installing security contractors use a third-party central monitoring station. 

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Tue
07
Apr
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George Hindy Joins Calamity Monitoring

George Hindy joins Calamity Monitoring
George Hindy joins Calamity Monitoring

GEORGE Hindy has joined Calamity Monitoring as national technical manager. Most recently a service delivery supervisor at ADT Security, George joins Calamity with 20 years of hands-on experience in security sales, installation and service management. 

"George will be fantastic at supporting our growing list of national and chain customers and their challenging security requirements across alarm, access and monitored CCTV systems,” said Daniel Lewkovitz, Calamity CEO. 

“Calamity has achieved considerable recognition from its modern approach to security across both its monitoring and service/installation divisions. George was the perfect candidate bringing both an outstanding technical familiarity and a customer and contractor focus.”

Hindy will be based at Calamity's Centre for Advanced Security Technology and Leadership Excellence (CASTLE) in Sydney and will look after commercial customers country-wide.♦

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Tue
07
Apr
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Alarm Monitoring: Watch This Space

Smart watch the next thing in security and home automation
Smart watch the next thing in security and home automation

Alarm.com, which is going to be pushing into the Australian alarm monitoring market in a big way over the next couple of years, has released an app that allows Apple Watch wearers to control security from their wrist. 

IF you’re a certain age, there’s something very Dick Tracy about smart watches and that applies doubly if you’re talking about using them to control security systems. In a move that confirms the truism that today’s technologies are yesterday’s science fictions, Alarm.com has optioned its Alarm.com App to drive on the Apple Watch. 

Wearables are being breathlessly described by tech houses as “the new internet” and while this might be over reaching, it’s still interesting to hear Alarm.com argue that controlling smart homes is one of the most compelling applications for wearable technology. As a generally objective commentator, I find myself agreeing. 

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Tue
03
Mar
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New Homes Burn 800 Per Cent Faster than Older Homes

Oriented stranded board before compression and gluing
Oriented stranded board before compression and gluing

HOMES built using oriented strand board (OSB), which is made of wood pieces compressed together then glued, burn 800 per cent faster than homes built with real timber. 

As part of a UL experiment, Jacksonville Florida firefighters set a controlled fire under 2 solid wood beams and 2 OSB beams. Although charred, the solid wood beams remained intact throughout the test. 

However, the OSB beams collapsed after just three and a half minutes because the fire had melted the glue holding the compressed wood pieces together.

It’s a strong argument that owners of new homes built using low cost OSB as part of their internal structures, should install multiple hard wired smoke sensors linked to the 24-hour zones of professionally monitored alarm systems. 

Each year, more than 50 people die in house fires across Australia.♦

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