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Alarm Monitoring: All out, All Change

Superfast wireless links are coming
Superfast wireless links are coming

Alarm monitoring continues the process of change and announcements about faster wireless technology, as well as new services from providers like SCSI, will more aggressively pull customers forward into a post-rebate future.  And recent developments suggest that process is about to speed up – big time. 

AS readers will be aware, there was plenty of change evident at Security 2017 but the broader monitoring industry was where the greatest part of that change seemed to be. From the point of view of monitoring providers, SCSI’s announcement that it intends to engage more tightly with the monitoring vertical was a big thing. It’s not the newest of news – SCSI and Bold Technologies already have a relationship – but it’s the implicit recognition of the ramp up in comms that’s as noteworthy as the drive towards symbiosis. As a wireless company SCSI has a strong sense of 4G and is keeping a weather eye on 5G as well. 

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Tim Sharman Joins Consolidated Security Merchants as WA Branch Manager

Tim Sharman, branch manager, WA, CSM
Tim Sharman, branch manager, WA, CSM

TIM Sharman has joined Consolidated Security Merchants as WA branch manager.   

“Tim brings with him a wealth of experience from 20+ years in Security Wholesale and 5 years in security integration,” said CSM’s Wayne Trethowan. “Highly experienced in the WA market, Tim knows the industry from both a wholesale and an integration perspective.” 

Originally from the UK, Sharman was an electrician by trade and then moved to technical sales. He has many industry qualifications including a Diploma in Video Content Analysis and IP Technology Architecture. 

“Consolidated Security Merchants is currently expanding operations with its WA branch, moving from Malaga to Balcatta and has appointed of Tony Cuenca as business development manager in the region – the appointment of Tim is a welcome addition to the growing Consolidated Security Merchants team in WA,” Trethowan said.♦

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Three Crowns Launches SecureGo VSaaS Platform in Australia

Russell Holt (left) and Chris Lane of Three Crowns Technologies
Russell Holt (left) and Chris Lane of Three Crowns Technologies

THREE Crowns Technologies, an off-shoot of respected integrator and tech house Coastal Comms, has released SecureGo, a video surveillance as a service platform designed to offer installers, integrators and their end user customers a secure and highly functional cloud-based video management solution. 

The SecureGo platform is a video surveillance management tool that links cameras in the field to the SecureGo cloud via 4G where they can be accessed by mobile devices and remote workstations over a highly secure private network. 

According to SecureGo's Russell Holt, the platform allows connection from any location and is perfect for IoT applications, offering data analysis, alarms, and rules-based automation and reporting. 

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Cyber Security: Untangling Fundamentals of IT, OT and IOT

Untangling the wires of IT, OT, and IoT
Untangling the wires of IT, OT, and IoT

As networking technology charges ahead it’s getting more difficult to categorise groups of networked things we think of as IT, OT, and IoT. Is there a difference any longer? Let’s find out. 

GIVEN the many recent cyber security incidents involving non-traditional computing, and the propensity to call anything that’s not a computer IoT, it seemed timely to write an article discussing the 3 different classes of technology, their key differences, and their differing vulnerabilities and security management requirements. There are many reasons for this blurring, not the least of which is that many technologies that traditionally operated on a ‘dumb’ machine now run on a computer, and that there’s a lot of uncertainty about what’s under the hood of these devices.

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Thu
17
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Hikvision Darkfighter X PTZ: First Impressions

Hikvision Darkfighter X PTZ
Hikvision Darkfighter X PTZ

Darkfighter X is a new 2MP 1080p surveillance camera range from Hikvision that features a new sensor design that allows much improved low light performance in colour. If what we saw on the Hikvision stand at Security 2017 was anything to go by, then this camera might take the market to another level.  

DARKFIGHTER X is available in 2 form factors on release – a standard box camera for indoor applications, or external applications when installed in a suitable housing, and an attractive and rugged-looking PTZ dome. At the heart of this technology is what I am going to describe as a new camera engine though I may be going too far – I’ve not seen a white paper on the technology and the camera is so new the local Hikvision team doesn’t know all there is to know about the camera yet. 

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Concrete Crash Barriers: Protection or Potential Threat?

Concrete road barriers - OK for cars, trucks not so much
Concrete road barriers - OK for cars, trucks not so much

We’ve been watching government departments around Australia installing concrete blocks and traffic crash barriers in pedestrian locations – would you recommend these as being secure and safe?

GOOD question and we think the answer depends. A concrete block would likely stop a car travelling at up to 60kmph without moving far – but it might move metres after the impact. However, in a truck strike, concrete blocks are likely to end up being shifted some way down a mall or pedestrian walk. Depending on the nature of the strike, their shape and low centre of gravity will help minimise this. 

Upright concrete crash barriers are a different story. They weigh about 2500kg so you’d think they would provide good safety. However, they have a high centre of gravity and their relatively tall and flat facia means most the energy of an impact will be transferred to them. 

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Best New Products at Security 2017 Exhibition

Osprey workstation at Security 2017
Osprey workstation at Security 2017

SECURITY 2017 gave electronic security people plenty to think about – not just in terms of products but also in terms of overall technological strategy. There’s nothing unexpected about the seeping penetration of cloud management solutions but the depth and breadth of these solutions is noteworthy as is the market route of such products. 

There’s an unwillingness to talk about grey or black-market imports of security devices for fear it will encourage installers and integrators to jump on the bandwagon but in my opinion, cloud has far more potential to disrupt the vertical. If you think of solutions like SecureGO from 3Crowns Technologies, NCrypt Cellular, Eagle Eye from ISI, SCSI’s plans to expand customers’ exposure to Bold Technologies, SkyGuard from CSD, you can see the huge potential for cloud solutions to grow business from any point in the vertical. 

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Security 2017 Exhibition & Conference: Full Report

Security 2017 Exhibition showcased sweet new security solutions
Security 2017 Exhibition showcased sweet new security solutions

Security 2017 was the perfect chance to get our heads around the latest security systems, as well as getting a feel for industry trends – a sense of where the industry is heading in the future, how far down the path of that development we really are and how fast our industry is changing. 

WHAT was new at Security 2017? Plenty and across all market segments – surveillance, access control, intrusion, networking and the physical security components that support them. What stood out most? It was the acceleration of fundamental change, the ongoing process of integration and the recognition by many vendors of the lateral sprawl of technologies with the capacity to enhance multi-stranded operational outcomes that most struck me. On many stands, I heard a similar refrain: We are selling solutions to users’ problems, not products and features.

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Stanley El Komala Joins BGW Technologies as Senior Product Manager

Stanley El Komala, senior product manager, BGWT
Stanley El Komala, senior product manager, BGWT

STANLEY El Komala will join BGW Technologies in a senior product manager role. 

“We are feeling pretty lucky to have such an experienced person joining the BGW family” said Mark Shannon, national product manager for BGW Technologies. 

El Komala will join BGWT with over 12+ years of experience in technical, purchasing and product management roles in the security industry. El Komala has a deep technical base on the complete line up of security technologies as well as having significant experience in operations. With the recent announcement of BGWT being appointed as a DSC distributor, El Komala will be responsible for driving the Alarm/Intrusion/IoT product segment for BGW Technologies.

In the last 12 years El Komala has held various purchasing, warehousing, engineering and product management roles for Q Video Systems and QSS.

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Melbourne Underground Rail Loop Initiates CCTV, Security, Fire and Safety Upgrade

MURL Loop - image by WongM
MURL Loop - image by WongM

MELBOURNE Underground Rail Loop’s Fire and Safety Upgrade (Stage 2) and Intruder Alarm Project integrates fire control, intrusion detection, access control and video surveillance.

The project, which has been taken to tender by Metro Trains Melbourne, will improve the safety of the Melbourne Underground Rail Loop (MURL) stations by upgrading aspects of the emergency management systems and infrastructure.

The Stage 2 works have the following scope:

* Upgrade station sprinkler systems at Melbourne Central Station, Parliament Station and Flagstaff Station.
* Provide a smoke management system at Melbourne Central Station based on mechanical exhaust of smoke through platform ducts located above platforms.
* Provide mechanical smoke management systems at Parliament and Flagstaff Stations based on mechanical exhaust of smoke through the draught relief shafts (no platform ductwork).

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