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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
15
Sep
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The Interview: Dale Acott and Chad Wright, SCSI

The Interview: Dale Acott and Chad Wright: SCSI
The Interview: Dale Acott and Chad Wright: SCSI

SEN editor John Adams speaks with SCSI’s Dale Acott and Chad Wright about the future of alarm monitoring, automation and IoT, the company’s new lifestyle technology play, and the end of the alarm panel as we know it. 

JA: Before we talk about SCSI’s ground-breaking new solution, let’s talk about telecommunications for a moment. What’s your take on NBN? It’s a facilitator of change – no doubt – but is NBN as we know it good enough to be the roadway of the IoT future?

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Thu
07
Sep
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Protecting Crowded Places Strategy: Is it a Game Changer?

Protecting crowds poses major challenges to security people
Protecting crowds poses major challenges to security people

IT’S hard not to see the recently released Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism as a game changer for the security industry – not just electronic security people but the entire industry and all its bolted-on support structures of administration and education. 

There’s no part of the security industry that is untouched by the just-released Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism – consultants, monitoring stations, electronic security distributors and installers, physical security distributors and installers, security officers, security managers, security trainers, security industry associations – all will need to play a significant role if the comprehensive recommendations of the SPCP are to be effectively applied to crowded places nationally. 

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Thu
07
Sep
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Roger Pearce: The Early History of Access Control

Access control and security consultant, Roger Pearce
Access control and security consultant, Roger Pearce

The history of access control in Australia is a long and fascinating one and no one is better equipped to fill in the gaps than electronic security consultant, Roger Pearce, who has been working in access control since 1974. He speaks with SEN editor, John Adams.

JA: You’ve been an independent security consultant for more than 20 years, held the ASIS CPP qualification, been SCEC-endorsed and last year you were awarded an OSPA for Outstanding Security Consultant of the Year. You’re also one of the longest serving members of the electronic security industry with first-hand experience of the development of access control. It’s a unique perspective. 

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Fri
04
Aug
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The Interview: Daniel Huang, Hikvision

Daniel Huang, Hikvision
Daniel Huang, Hikvision

Over the past 18 months there have been persistent rumours about backdoors in Hikvision products, despite the fact almost all the major camera makers having had serious security weaknesses exposed over the same period. John Adams speaks with Hikvision’s Daniel Huang.  

JA: There’s been a lot of talk lately about Hikvision – the first issue relates to ownership of the company. It’s alleged Hikvision is owned - and presumably controlled – by the Chinese Government. Could you explain Hikvision’s ownership structure for SEN readers?  

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Fri
14
Jul
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Electronic Security Technology and the Flexible Future

Confluence underpins the security technology of the future
Confluence underpins the security technology of the future

SOMETHING is going on behind the scenes in the electronic security industry that’s already having a profound impact on our solutions. It’s not one single thing but a confluence of wider technological developments, price, market trends and user demands.

For end users and installers, the secret to taking advantage of the changing situation is going to be about being open to the left field when meeting operational needs, about being prepared to insist on open platforms offering the most lateral integrations. For installers and integrators, it’s about being entirely immersed in the spaces between technology.

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Fri
07
Jul
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Things We Learned at SecTech Camera Shootout

SecTech Camera Shootout - setup in Brisbane
SecTech Camera Shootout - setup in Brisbane

Every time you bolt a bunch of CCTV cameras to a text jig and start playing with the lights, there’s something new to see and we learned plenty at this year’s event. Most importantly we discovered the best cameras are even better than they were last year.

SECTECH Camera Shootout was enthralling and challenging in multiple ways. Despite a day of pre-commissioning in Sydney there was still plenty of work required in every city to stay on top of things – in fact wrangling the big group of engineers and technicians was the biggest operational challenge of the event and organisers didn’t get on top of that until Brisbane – this meant a few management related hiccups along the way. Next year’s pre-commissioning is slated to go for days – we’ll start the tour with an operational system that is locked in place with only minor tweaks allowed. 

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Wed
21
Jun
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Leveraging the Internet for Operational Security Benefits

The internet - it's for more than just fun...
The internet - it's for more than just fun...

Internet connectivity is an important means of delivering business and security value, not just a recreational vehicle and a consummate aggregator of attention.

THERE’S a common belief in the security industry that remote access, internet connection, and external connections are bad; and in the wake of the Mirai bot net and near daily IoT security warnings, it’s not all that surprising that we want to keep security systems air-gapped.

While unarguably well intentioned, this line of thinking will have physical and electronic security providers relegated to the realm of tin foil hat wearers as businesses and users continue to demand more and more efficiency from their systems. Does that mean that we should plug everything in, open everything up, and embrace a fully connected ecosystem – certainly not. It’s all about benefit and risk.

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Thu
15
Jun
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New Products & Technologies at SecTech Roadshow

Body worn cameras attracted plenty of attention at SecTech Roadshow
Body worn cameras attracted plenty of attention at SecTech Roadshow

WITH SecTech Roadshow under our belts it’s well worth considering pre-Security 2017 trends as we start to think about which products and technologies are most likely to rattle the cage at this year’s big exhibition at Darling Harbour in Sydney late July. 

Given what we saw at SecTech, access control is becoming the electronic security industry’s golden child, with lovely new product coming from all directions and the established players releasing excellent new solutions and upgrades in their own right. From the point of view of installers and integrators, the key with access control is to balance maximum performance with ease of installation and competitive price. The best systems offer access control, intrusion detection, automation and CCTV integration, with local and remote mobile management. 

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Thu
06
Apr
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Video Analytics Empowering CCTV Solutions

Video analytics empowering CCTV solutions
Video analytics empowering CCTV solutions

VIDEO surveillance coverage is vast and growing – not just in terms of scale but in terms of quality. Despite the improvement, many CCTV systems are static beasts – they record at fixed frame rates with fixed fields of view and the footage they generate is stored for investigation. 

But there’s a growing trend in which sees end users and integrators squeezing more out of CCTV systems using IVA – some of these lateral applications are not security or safety related but increasingly, many are.  It’s not surprising at one level. The underlying technology that generates stock reports for marketing teams is just as capable of delivering reports to security managers informing them in real time of large crowds or heavy vehicles driving where they should not be. 

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