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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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Fri
24
Apr
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Interlogix ZeroWire – Security and Home Automation

DAS ZeroWire alarms and home automation
DAS ZeroWire alarms and home automation

Conceived by Australia’s foremost alarm technician, Gabriel Daher, Interlogix ZeroWire is a powerful wireless security and automation solution that’s as attractive for end users as it is for installers.  

WHEN an engineering version of the ZeroWire wireless security and automation system was displayed at Security 2013 in Sydney there was no doubt it was a powerful piece of technology. An all-in-one security and automation system that could handle 128 sensors, the real power of this system lay in its embrace of open wireless comms. 

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Tue
14
Apr
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Tyco and Hills To Give Away DSC IMPASSA and Alarm.com Kit

DSC IMPASSA keypad
DSC IMPASSA keypad

EVERY happy hour, every city, Tyco Security Products will give away a DSC Impassa and Alarm.com kit at SecTech Roadshow, . 

Please note – you have to pre-register here and be there on the day to win the prize. The kit includes 1 Impassa control panel, 1 Alarm.com communication module, 1 wireless reed switch, 2 wireless PIRs and a wireless keyfob. 

DSC IMPASSA capabilities and functions include: 

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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
25
Mar
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QSS Signs National Distribution Agreement with Nortek Security & Control LLC and Alarm.com

2GIG Powered by Alarm.com
2GIG Powered by Alarm.com

QSS says it has signed a national distribution agreement with alarm manufacturer Nortek Security & Control LLC, and with cloud-based SaaS provider, Alarm.com. 

As part of the agreement, QSS will distribute Nortek’s wireless 2GIG Security and Home Control System, which tightly integrates with Alarm.com’s leading smart home services platform. The fully integrated solution allows users to connect to nearly every aspect of their home through a single, easy to use mobile app.  
   
The 2GIG System Security and Home Control System offers customers an advanced security and home automation management solution. The hallmark of system is the intuitive, user-friendly interface found on the 2GIG GC2 panel, as well as the additional access provided on browser and mobile devices via 3rd party services like Alarm.com. 

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Mon
23
Feb
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Smart Phome: The Future of Home Automation

Smart phone the gateway to smart homes
Smart phone the gateway to smart homes

If anything is going to shape the nature of the alarm monitoring industry in years to come it will be the way people interact with information. It’s a seismic shift the industry still doesn’t seem to be entirely on top of. 

YOU don’t have to walk far around Sydney’s streets to realise that every second person is walking online. Because I trudge through the CBD to work and because I find the practise of walking online deeply infuriating, I’m well positioned to have noticed this trend. It’s impossible to view such behaviour, in which humans seem to have internalised their latest-gen smart devices, without wondering about its impact on the way people would like to use broader technology. 

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Sat
21
Feb
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OPLINK Triple Shield Home Automation Solution Review

Omnivision Oplink solution
Omnivision Oplink solution

The alarms market is going to run head first into DIY competitors over the next couple of years and one of the first of a new wave in Australia is Triple Shield from Omnivision’s residential/consumer arm, My Home Connect. 

OMNIVISION is a Melbourne-based electronic security integrator with a proper history and a quality client list, so this foray into DIY with the Triple Shield system is not coming from a marketing outfit that will be in your letter box today and gone tomorrow. It’s an interesting play from Omnivision. It’s sensible that if you believe DIY will be a serious trend, you will make a play of your own. An integrator also has the advantage of knowing which technology works and which doesn’t. 

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Tue
13
Jan
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Installing DSC IMPASSA Alarm Panel: Product Review

DSC IMPASSA wireless intrusion detection system
DSC IMPASSA wireless intrusion detection system

DSC IMPASSA, distributed locally by Q Security Systems is an all-wireless security solution that leverages DSC’s monster range of devices to offer great flexibility in the real world. But simplicity of installation is IMPASSA’s greatest strength.

WHEN I got an opportunity to install a DSC IMPASSA alarm panel recently I was both eager and apprehensive at once. DSC has been one of my favourite alarm manufacturers since the 1990s, when it released solutions offering cool stuff like remote intercom via telephone and onboard relays for control of remote devices. 

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Thu
20
Nov
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Automation Driving Security – But Where?

A majority of residents are favour the idea of smart homes
A majority of residents are favour the idea of smart homes

A recent study suggests homeowners like the idea of automation and consider safety and security monitoring to be automation’s central role. But they have their own ideas about installation and monitoring.

LOWE’S 2014 Smart Home Survey reveals a majority of residents are favour the idea of smart homes. But some contradictory findings include that while around 50 per cent prefer do-it-yourself solutions, 62 per cent believe home automation solutions are most beneficial for real time monitoring of safety and security. At the same time, nearly 30 per cent of home owners want domestic access control solutions they can control remotely from smart devices or workstations. 

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Tue
18
Nov
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Ness SmartLiving Automation and Security

Smart Living 10-50/10-100 controller
Smart Living 10-50/10-100 controller

SmartLiving from Ness is a range of bus-based control panels offering between 10-200 zones (with zone doubling) and incorporating automation features as well as access control and voice-over-bus transmissions. 

TO my mind the most interesting aspects of Ness SmartLiving is the I-BUS backbone, a high speed bus which increases robustness, resists interference and carries voice as well as alarm signals on a single cable. Bus solutions are great when it comes to expansion because they can be grown organically without any need to cable back to a control panel – you just build a drop cable off an existing loop. In the case of SmartLiving, the bus is universal – you can hang a whole bunch of things off it, including proximity readers, graphical keypads, remote I/O expanders, RF transceivers, GSM communicators and siren/strobes. 

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