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Thu
07
Dec
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5G Will Drive Monitoring’s Alarming Future

5G is going to have a major impact on monitoring
5G is going to have a major impact on monitoring

Alarm monitoring is one of the most dynamic market segments in the electronic security industry, with layers of change swirling around it. From hardware and software, to infrastructure and communications, to traditional and a new wave of providers –there’s no aspect of alarm monitoring not subject to change. 

Having said this, there is one area that stands out more than any other – that something is comms and most particularly, 5G. Given the Australian Federal Government has just released its 5G vision, there’s value in taking a look at what it might mean. For a start, 5G is a rather woolly standard, a benchmark for better connectivity, faster network speeds, more bandwidth and less latency. 

What is 5G? The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has developed draft technical specifications for 5G which include:   

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Tue
28
Nov
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The Interview: Peter Mellino, RISCO Group Australia

Peter Mellino, Risco
Peter Mellino, Risco

RISCO’s commercial director, Peter Mellino, worked in electronic security for nearly 30 years before leaving the industry in 2007. Returning to security in 2016, his deep experience and long sabbatical give him a unique perspective on what has changed in electronic security and what has stayed the same. He speaks with SEN editor, John Adams. 

JA: You left the industry in 2007 to join Rittal? After 18 months at RISCO, what would you say has changed?

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Thu
16
Nov
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Key Considerations of Perimeter Security Solutions

Perimeter security: The first line of defence
Perimeter security: The first line of defence

For many large, high security applications, particularly in government applications, secure perimeters are a vital front line against intrusion, deterring attacks and reporting events using integrated electronic detection solutions. 

OPERATIONALLY, the push for PSIM-style situational awareness is only as effective as the edge devices that inform security management systems. What this means is that perimeter security solutions of quality are vital comes to delivering operational outcomes for large, high security government sites. 

According to Ezi Automation’s Rod Acland, every security practitioner that has learned their trade knows the holy law is to address the ‘whole of risk’ situation. 

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Wed
25
Oct
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Special Report: Wireless Intrusion Detection Systems

RISCO wireless security controller
RISCO wireless security controller

Wireless alarm panels and sensors have a tendency to ubiquity that belies their underlying functionality. Thoughtfully installed, they can offer excellent coverage in a range of applications, from residential to high security and their offer fast installation and relatively low installed cost per zone. 

WHILE many low cost smart home and self-monitored alarm systems make use of wireless technologies to link sensors to controllers, it’s a mistake to imagine that wireless is the domain of low end solutions. There are quality alarm systems in this space, many with functionalities that include video verification, access control and automation, as well as the more common intrusion detection. 

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Wed
25
Oct
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Attila the Hub and the Future of Alarm Monitoring:

Hubs can be scary...
Hubs can be scary...

When you look at the hydra-headed beast alarm monitoring has become it’s difficult to see a clear path forward, regardless of whether you’re an installer or a monitoring provider. But at times like these, the facts you need to focus on are the operational demands of end users. 

DURING the week I was speaking with engineers at a famous intrusion detection company who pointed out that alongside their networkable security and automation controllers they would soon be releasing a home automation hub of the type that immediately made me worry the traditional alarms market is going to tear itself apart. This company’s not the only one playing in the hub-type home automation market – everyone seems to be getting in. 

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Wed
11
Oct
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Alarm Monitoring: Start-Up Numbers Soar, Challenge Traditional Model

Alarm monitoring is a highly competitive market segment
Alarm monitoring is a highly competitive market segment

HOMEOWNERS worldwide have more security options available to them now than ever before, with multi-system operators and DIY solutions in abundance. But do they pose a serious challenge to professional monitoring providers?  

In the past, if you needed to purchase a home alarm or video surveillance system 10 years ago, typically you had two options: go to a professional solution provider or do it yourself. Since most all the equipment was wired and lacked interoperability, few were confident enough to go it alone. Things are different today, and we have hundreds of security systems available for doorstep delivery at the click of a button. How did this all change so quickly?

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Fri
18
Aug
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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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Wed
09
Aug
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External Intrusion Detection: First Line of Defence

External intrusion detection buys security managers valuable time for response generation
External intrusion detection buys security managers valuable time for response generation

External alarm sensors are a cost-effective solution, either as stand-alone units or to compliment an existing CCTV solution. Wireless external alarm sensors have the added benefit of not requiring any infrastructure together with rapid installation.

ALARM systems are still a core part of any electronic security system and there’s considerable benefit to be gained from taking alarm zones outside of buildings and pushing them in external areas – perimeters, covered areas, building approaches and natural choke points for foot traffics. A particular strength of external alarm sensors is their ability to enhance integration with CCTV solutions by swinging cameras to view and record presets, as well as alerting management or security operators to the presence of a zone in alarm. 

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Thu
09
Mar
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Security Industry Has Only Viable Home Automation Revenue Stream: Gartner

Home automation - security providers have the best business model
Home automation - security providers have the best business model

ADOPTION of home automation systems in Australia, the United Kingdom and the U.S. is still in the early adopter phase with penetration of 10 per cent, according to research firm, Gartner Group.

A telling finding was that outside alarm systems, fewer than 50 per cent of households pay for home automation solutions, most these contracts are for alarm monitoring solutions, suggesting that security providers who use automation to make their security systems more appealing to users may hold the only dependable recurring revenue stream in the home automation business model. 

“If suppliers are to successfully widen the appeal of the connected home, providers will need to identify what will really motivates current users to inspire additional purchases,” says Amanda Sabia, principal research analyst at Gartner.

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Fri
17
Feb
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Alarm Monitoring: Game of Drones

Drones for perimeter alarm response, remote guard tours
Drones for perimeter alarm response, remote guard tours

Alarm monitoring is likely to get increasingly funky over the next couple of years as the impact of home automation continues to ripple through the market. But there’s more to it than mere comms. Some of the new technology coming through is likely to see alarm monitoring really take off. 

WHEN SEN started compiling this month’s cover story on the products and technologies we’d be likely to see in 2017, our imaginations had not reached the heights of the teams at Alarm.com and Qualcomm, which have announced plans to develop autonomous, video-enabled drones for smart home and business security. The drones will use the company's new Insights Engine multi-sensor learning capability teamed up with the Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight drone platform, to investigate unexpected activity.

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