Monitoring

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23
Mar
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Monitoring: Surviving the Queensland Floods

FLOODS make short work of communications channels, pouring into pits, short circuiting connections and inundating buried conduits. They don’t stop there. Floods break down electrical infrastructure and isolate businesses completely. For most monitoring stations these are conditions their graded central stations are designed to handle but seldom face. Beginning in late December towns and suburbs along the Fitzroy, Burnett, Condamine, Ballone and Mary Rivers were subject to flooding and before it was over three quarters of the state of Queensland was declared a disaster zone. Making matters worse, a flash flood smashed through Toowoomba’s business district and swamped the Lockyer Valley. Downstream, thousands of houses in Ipswich and further east in Brisbane went under as the Brisbane River broke its banks. For many homes and businesses, power and communications were lost causing alarm systems to fail.

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Tue
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Monitoring: NBN Co Gets Hands On

THE move also underscores the reality that, along with access control and video surveillance installers, electronic security techs will need to operate in networked environments – or talk their end users into wireless-based monitoring solutions. Australian Security Industry Association chief executive officer Bryan de Caires told iTnews recently that the progression to a telecommunications network based on Ethernet optical-fibre compromise alarms that relied on copper networks to provide their power and signals. This would risk Australians homes and businesses.ASIAL had reason to be concerned on behalf of its members and their customers. A meeting last year with NBN Co saw the organisation referring all enquiries about systems integration and testing to the Australian Communications Alliance, which was formed to provide a unified voice for the Australian communications industry.

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Thu
10
Jun
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Alarm Monitoring: PSTN will Linger

IT’S obvious that there are ramifications for the local market in the growing pressure being placed on the U.S. Government to close the POTS/PSTN network. It makes sense that duplicating infrastructure by operating a switched PSTN network while at the same time operating an adjacent IP network is a waste of money – particularly given the limitations of PSTN.

But for local companies, the thinking is that any closure of PSTN in Australia is a long term issue. According to Videofied’s national manager, Brad White, in Australia it will be less sudden and more gradual ‘sunset’ than in the US. Videofied, which specialised in video verification, has a business that is 100 per cent GPRS/GSM.

“The reason for the gradual sunset will be the nature of Australia’s telecommunications network and infrastructure has been managed and maintained by a national operator, unlike in the US,” White explains.

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Mon
11
Jan
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Video monitoring

A COUPLE of years ago you could have been excused for wondering whether a swing from dialler-based monitoring services to IP comms might unhinge the monitoring industry. Many worried that the dollar-a-day with rebates equation would be overtaken by free comms running over the public Internet and serviced by a new generation of ISP ‘backyarders’.

It’s now obvious these fears were unfounded. Far from being weakened, providers are using the power of IP communications to significantly enhance the services they can provide their customers. Even more importantly, as Internet services and IP communications improve, the products and services monitoring companies are able to offer their customers is likely to be even further enhanced.  

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Wed
03
Jun
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Video Control Room

VIDEO monitoring of secure premises by third party monitoring stations is not new in Australia but while it has been employed overseas with huge success, such services have never gained the traction they’ve deserved locally.

Now Melbourne-based VideoControlRoom believes it has come up with the perfect formula for video monitoring of alarm events. That system is a combination of hardware installed at a customer’s site that’s linked to a remote monitoring station, with alarm events driven by a combination of VMD and/or alarm sensor activation.

You’d expect a company that’s prepared to devote a significant amount of time and money to developing a boutique service like this to have some serious self belief. VideoControlRoom’s Michael Brown has that self belief and he’s bold enough to annunciate some of the questions every thinking security person has considered in relation to the response end of the Australian alarm monitoring model.

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Sun
19
Apr
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Monitoring makes up 75 per cent of global home security revenues

Titled Home Systems: Home Security Update, the report finds the number of monitored security households intending to cancel their service is only 4 to 8 percent. While the cancellations are higher than normal due to the economic recession, the report warns that the resilience of this service category will attract new competitors.

“Traditional security providers must anticipate communications and entertainment service providers will introduce their own home monitoring systems,” says Tricia Parks, CEO, Parks Associates. “There have already been announcements in Canada and Europe for home monitoring using security as a primary application. It is reasonable to presume carriers will do the same in the U.S.”

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Thu
16
Apr
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Suretek scores ISO 9001:2000 certification

Suretek has shown a high priority to ensuring the company’s processes, standards, systems and personnel meet the international benchmark for quality. Although product based certification is of importance, Suretek believe it gives clients confidence to know that every product or service produced by Suretek is done so to the highest of international standards.

Suretek are proud to stand alone as the only independently ISO 9001:2000 certified company for its market. “As a leading service provider for the electronic security industry, Suretek is committed to continuous improvement and providing products and services that surpass our client’s expectations”, said Luke Kavanagh, Suretek general manager, “Suretek is intensely focused on providing the best, highest quality products and solutions for our clients and their businesses.”

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Tue
10
Mar
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Year of the Cat

“Apart from the massive disruption it will cause on many fronts to both end users and security professionals this may ultimately be the trigger that finally drags the industry kicking and screaming into the Twenty First century”

 

WHILE each of the providers SE&N spoke to about the future of monitoring technology was influenced by the sort of monitoring solutions they supplied, it’s clear that IP, wireless and hardwired, and almost certainly a combination or a duplicity of both, will be the choice of future monitoring systems.

According to Suretyek’s Luke Kavanagh, the closure of the Securitel service in Australia will allow for advancement of monitoring in the Australia security industry. Kavanagh believes that while Securitel served a great purpose, it is time for IP to take centre stage.

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