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Tue
11
Feb
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Google Global Alarm Monitoring Services?

Addressing new Google Nest
Addressing new Google Nest

Google’s acquisition of Nest Labs suggests big tech sees potential revenue in home automation and security. Though what sort of business model it believes will generate revenue is a little harder to say. 

EVEN after everything we’ve seen going on in the monitoring market over the past 18 months, Google’s $US3.2 billion play for Nest Labs, an automation manufacturer founded in 2010 with a turnover of around $US300 million, seems extravagant. 

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Wed
18
Dec
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Change Is An Opportunity For Brilliance

Manage change
Manage change

CASTING your eye over an electronic security industry under pressure from changing user expectations, from changing manufacturing techniques, from changing routes to market, it’s easy to decide our business is under threat. There is some truth to this perception but it’s by no means the whole story. Fact is, there’s plenty to look forward to. 

It’s certainly been an interesting 12 months. During the year we’ve watched Australia’s largest and most successful electronic security company begin to undertake a process of reinvention, seeking to streamline and reposition itself with a greater online presence and a sleeker backend. And we’ve watched as the previous year’s cutting edge technologies have become widespread, faster. We’ve also seen ongoing pressure on margins, a pressure I don’t think is going to go away any time soon. 

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Fri
08
Nov
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Unleash Your Sales Animals

We live in a competitive world. No sooner has cutting edge technology been developed than it’s shoe-horned into a matchbox of white plastic, its price shorn to the bone.

The chipset of today’s cutting edge video surveillance camera is the chipset of tomorrow’s retail or domestic cloud solution, leased to an end user at no visible cost, like some giveaway 4-zone alarm panel. And when I say tomorrow, I mean it literally. Right now the humblest $200 fixed mini domes and compact cameras are rumbling around powered by the most powerful HD processing engines. Can it go on indefinitely? I think not. 

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Thu
31
Oct
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Australia’s NBN Broadband Project Choked

Cutting the NBN
Cutting the NBN

The Australian Coalition Government’s rapid move to shut down installation of the current National Broadband Network and move to an entirely different model may save money in the short term but it will hamper expansion and uptake of electronic security systems for decades to come.

NO doubt about it, the biggest news in monitoring this month is the new government’s quick action on the plan to cut back the $A45 billion national broadband network currently being rolled out across Australia. I think no matter which side of the political divide you sit, the presence of reliable, high-speed, future-proof NBN infrastructure was an appealing thought to electronic security people. With 1Gpbs download and 400Mpbs upload to each site, it promised fast, secure and dependable comms. If properly installed and maintained, it would have lasted many, many decades. 

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Thu
31
Oct
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IT Security For IP Security

THERE’S something ugly out there, something that highlights the vulnerability of our networked security devices. Something that demands electronic security people start thinking about IT security. 

It’s Shodan, for Sentient Hyper-Optimized Data Access Network, a search engine contrived by John Matherly back in 2009. Shodan snuffles around searching for servers, computers, routers, web cams, security cameras, cars, heart monitors, networked alarm systems, traffic lights, power station controls - anything with an IP address. 
This search engine employs filters to undertake its searches and it hunts for anything programmed to answer a request. Using it, hackers have access millions upon millions of unprotected or poorly protected network connected devices. 

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Thu
31
Oct
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How Technology Shapes Us

Future of technology
Future of technology

OUR cover story for September looks at the changes sweeping the IT industry, recognising that our symbiosis with IT means security electronics and networks people and their products cannot avoid being swept along for the ride.

While I was writing that feature I started thinking about the broader impact of technological change and how it’s likely to flow through over the next 5 years. For a start what’s interesting is that the technologies proliferating are those change the way people interact with information. That information might be data, friends, systems, video, music – it’s the interface that’s the key here. 

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Wed
30
Oct
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Mark Handels: A Pinch of Salto

Mark Handels
Mark Handels

Salto Systems has launched Salto Clay, an access control system that can be managed in the cloud. John Adams spoke with Salto’s co-founder and Chief Marketing & Sales Officer Marc Handels to find out more.

Q: Salto is developing a bit of a cult following here in Australia – how did it all begin?

A: Salto as a company began 12 years ago in 2001 with 14 people – now we have 300 staff. According to HIS Research we are now the 8th largest access control company in the world with a turnover of nearly $E95 million.  

We are a Spanish company based in Oiartzun but more than 95 per cent of our sales are outside of Spain. We have 24 offices around the world, including Australia. Our success factor is due to the data on card technology that we invented and we have done very well.   

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Wed
30
Oct
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Security Industry To Fragment, Not Consolidate: Report

THE $US110 billion global electronic security and services industry will not consolidate but will fragment, according to a report, “Total Physical Security Equipment and Services – 2013” released by IHS.

According to the report, the Americas generated $US46 billion in revenue last year — 41 per cent of global physical security equipment and services market. Asia Pacific followed with $33 billion, trailed by the collective Europe-Middle East-Africa (EMEA) region with $29 billion. IHS forecasts strong growth in all the markets for the next few years.

“This is an industry that managed to stay strong during the recession,” IHS Senior Analyst David Green says. “Now with the general improvement in the global economy, we expect total industry revenue to reach $170 billion a year by 2017, even though growth rates will probably peak before then.”

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Wed
30
Oct
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What Electronic Security Integrators Really Want

What do electronic security techs really want
What do electronic security techs really want

In an increasingly competitive market electronic security distributors, wholesalers and manufacturers are having to go the extra mile for their integrator customers. But in which direction should they go?

FROM the point of view of suppliers the current market poses a difficult conundrum. Not only is there downward pressure on prices, the technical challenges of installing many products, particularly integrated solutions, are increasing. What this means is that suppliers are required to assist integrators sometimes to the point of virtual partnership on jobs. 

There are a number of ways such support can play out. A distributor might have a technical engineering team that offers this support. Or a distributor might assist to a certain point then rely on support from a manufacturer. In other cases, the distributor might send out solutions fully commissioned so integrators are only required to hang product on the wall. 

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Tue
20
Aug
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A Change In The Weather

Salto Clay was my product of the Security 2013 show. It’s a cloud-based solution that carries Salto’s wireless access control system online via browser-based portals and mobile apps. Salto is no newcomer. Nor is it the product of a shoe-string team of Guarana-fuelled code writers. Instead, Salto’s cloud technology is ancillary to its core business - making high quality locksets. Perhaps, given the company created its Salto Virtual Network literally out of thin air, we should not be surprised it’s at the forefront of cloud. 
Salto wasn’t the only access control company pushing cloud at the show. Perth-based H5Controls has developed a solution of its own that uses PCSC controllers (among others) with all system management handled via browser. Also in access control there was Risco with axesplus – a multi-site access control solution that’s scalable and customisable, with no local servers required. 
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