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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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Thu
20
Jul
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Alarm Monitoring in a Time of Change: What’s in a Name?

Alarm monitoring: Change coming, ready or not...
Alarm monitoring: Change coming, ready or not...

ACCORDING to researcher Strategy Analytics, it’s time the alarm monitoring industry changed its name. The group argues that changes being wrought by smart home technology are so fundamental they might have broken the old monitoring business model.

STRATEGY Analytics describes the alarm monitoring model succinctly in its report – we’re all familiar with the business model. Install a controller, a couple of reed switches, 3-4 PIRs, a keypad and siren box – all very robust analogue technology that never dies – then enjoy the recurring revenue of dollar-a-day monitoring fees forever. But we also know that along the way, this happy business model ran headlong into seismic changes in consumer tech, which over a remarkably brief period saw mobile phones going from being communications devices to interactive interfaces for all of a user’s online activities – from personal and business communications to banking to social media. 

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Fri
07
Jul
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Alarm Monitoring: Mobile Device Security

Authorised mobile devices must be considered part of security solutions
Authorised mobile devices must be considered part of security solutions

Mobile devices are becoming increasingly prevalent as an extension of many electronic security solutions, where they allow end users to remotely manage their systems, as well as receiving alerts and status updates. For installers and monitoring stations, mobile devices can expand risk levels. 

AT SecTech Roadshow’s panel session ‘Securing Networked Security Devices’ a question the panel put to installers and integrators was how many of them were deploying mobile devices and in many cities, the response was that for many end users, remote mobile management is a key attraction of the latest solutions. 

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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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Mon
21
Nov
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DirectConnect 4G, Fixed IP Remote Comms from SCSI

DirectConnect gives remote comms for security solutions
DirectConnect gives remote comms for security solutions

DIRECTCONNECT is a 4G, cellular, fixed IP address SIM card service, that allows you to remotely connect to your CCTV, access control, BMS, help points and other IP devices with a simple click of a button.

With 4G connectivity, running on a robust secure and private network, DirectConnect gives you the confidence to securely communicate to remote locations from anywhere, anytime.

“If you have a camera connected to an NVR, connected to a switch on a site, through DirectConnect users can connect to their sites via the web, or Android or iOS devices,” explains Ian Farrell of SCSI. 

“You don’t even need a switch – instead you have our 4G module with a SIM card in it connected directly to the NVR or camera. Bandwidth download speed is typically between 40 to 80 Mbps, whilst upload speeds generally exceeds 30 Mbps depending on where you are in relation to the tower, which is exceptionally fast. 

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Mon
07
Nov
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There's Much More to Electronic Security Than CCTV

Effective electronic security needs layers
Effective electronic security needs layers

It’s easy to forget that video surveillance is only part of the security manager’s operational matrix – without the support of additional systems and effective procedures, CCTV cameras are reduced to the role of investigative tools – useful but not able to inform security staff in real time, writes Luke Percy-Dove.

OVER the last few months, aside from doing the typical security design and risk assessment work that accounts for the bulk of our time at Matryx, we have also been auditing a diverse mix of commercial properties and acting as expert witnesses in a couple of civil suits. It has been both varied and challenging at times. What has been really interesting is learning what security means to each of the businesses that we have been working with and how they go about securing their properties.

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Tue
16
Aug
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AS/NZ2201 Alarm Standard Failing Monitoring Customers

Global IP standards are needed for monitoring industry
Global IP standards are needed for monitoring industry

As  the alarm monitoring industry is reinvented as a creature of the digital world, AS2201 fails to provide manufacturers, installers and end users the support and surety it once did. The time has long passed for the official alarm standard to cover common IP components and comms paths. 

WHEN key parts of AS2201 were updated in 2004 and again in 2007, the teams that worked on the standard sought to incorporate as many aspects of the latest technology as they could but in those digitally distant days it was impossible to anticipate the impact the world of IP would have the alarm industry. Twelve years later the effect is clear to see. There are aspects of the alarm transmission process (AS2201.5) and core monitoring station systems (AS2201.2) that no monitoring station can function without, yet that are not covered by any part of the standard.

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Sat
06
Aug
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ICT AS/NZS2201.1 Class 5 Alarm Compliance

Hayden Burr, ICT
Hayden Burr, ICT

ICT’S addition of compliance to AS/NZS2201.1 Class 5 to its Protégé solution expands the scope for ICT alarm applications under the Australian government’s risk assessment process, Protective Security Policy Framework, (PSPF) and New Zealand’s Protective Security Requirements, (PSR).

Protégé’s fully encrypted communication all the way from sensor to remote monitoring station means organizations and government agencies that previously had to install costly SCEC Type 1/1A system to meet stringent security requirements have a proven and competitive alternative to consider.

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Tue
24
May
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Alarm Monitoring: Divergence is the Future?

Alarm monitoring forming layers of scattered cloud
Alarm monitoring forming layers of scattered cloud

THERE’S something about the state of alarm, automation and monitoring technology that suggests a splintering of paths to market in the alarm monitoring industry. And ISC West in Las Vegas last month highlighted a number of key trends likely to play a part in our future. There certainly are opportunities - mostly for those with clear goals - because overall, things look a little messy. 

PERHAPS the key fundamental at work here is that as alarm systems become residents of the IP world and installers become thoroughly imbued with networked ecosystems, reporting paths become multifarious, integrations more ubiquitous. Very cool things become possible and they don’t need to managed in the old ways. An idea of alarm and access control systems as input/output boards supported by redundant networks and clever software comes ever more clearly into view. 

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