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Tue
12
Apr
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Video Verification: False Promises?

Video verification - the tech is there but the route to market needs work...
Video verification - the tech is there but the route to market needs work...

Video verification is unquestionably the most important technology to hit alarm monitoring since the invention of the McCulloch Loop and while many manufacturers support the technology, creating the ecosystem necessary to bring such services to market remains elusive outside of proprietary end-to-end solutions. 

VIDEO verification – you’d imagine this technology would sell itself. The ability of modern HD cameras supported by IR to inform monitoring station operators of intrusion events with close to 100 per cent catch rate should mean video verification in every business and every home but things are not working out that way at all. Sure, there’s growth in this part of the market. But there are layers of complexity from sales techniques, to comms and power, through to monitoring software capable of handling the task. 

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Thu
07
Apr
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Home Automation: Coming, Ready, or Not?

Home automation a growing business for installers
Home automation a growing business for installers

We hear a lot of talk about home automation these days but it’s not easy getting a sense of how much home automation is being used and what overall penetration automation has into the Australian market.

HOME automation is the next big thing. When it comes to domestic and small commercial electronic security solutions, automation comprising management of lighting, air conditioning, the addition of video surveillance and some access control really is the next step. The trouble is, it’s a big step and a layered step and getting the balance of cost and function right is not the easiest thing to do. In fact, observing the market it seems that all the necessary technologies are there but no one has quite combined them in the perfect way to blow the market onto its ear. 

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Sat
20
Feb
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Suretek Co-Location Control Room Monitoring Facility Nears Completion

Suretek Co-Location Centre
Suretek Co-Location Centre

Alarm monitoring software and hardware manufacturer Suretek’s re-imagining of itself highlights the huge changes sweeping through the alarm monitoring industry, as well as clearly setting out real opportunities.

SURETEK’S co-location facility and data centre in Sydney’s western suburbs is unquestionably the single most impressive facility of its type in Australia. Due to open in the first quarter of 2016, the facility is the centrepiece of Suretek’s business model, as well as a statement of belief about where the market is going. 

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Wed
17
Feb
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Home Automation Trending

Home automation and security growing together
Home automation and security growing together

Home automation is continuing to trend, with overseas takeup suggesting it’s likely local monitoring providers who are doubling down on home automation capability are on the track.

ELECTRONIC security systems, home and office automation solutions and broadband internet and cloud continue to enhance and complement one another – so much so it seems that automation solutions are beginning to look as if they may attain ubiquity. Is it likely the homes and SMEs of the future will expect automation capability that combines intrusion detection, access control and video surveillance as a matter of course – that all well-designed secure and energy efficient homes will include considerable levels of automation? 

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Wed
17
Feb
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Apollo To Buy ADT For $US6.9 Billion In Alarm Monitoring’s Biggest Acquisition

ADT CEO Naren Gursahaney
ADT CEO Naren Gursahaney

APOLLO Global Management says it will acquire security monitoring company ADT Corp. for about $US6.9 billion. It’s the biggest leveraged buyout of the year, according to Bloomberg Business. 

Apollo will pay $42 a share in cash for the Boca Raton, Florida-based company, 56 per cent above the Friday closing price. Apollo plans to combine ADT with Protection 1. 

According to Shlomo Rosenbaum of Stifel Nicolaus & Co, “ADT gains a partner that has done a better job at retaining customers and signing up new ones because it doesn’t need to focus on quarterly earnings.

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Fri
29
Jan
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SCSI Secures City of Stonnington

Prahran Town Hall
Prahran Town Hall

SCSI’s new DirectConnect Fixed-IP SIM service has recently been deployed across the City of Stonington’s Council facilities and now offers direct access to its CCTV systems. 

City of Stonington’s iconic buildings including the Prahran and Malvern Town Halls, Prahran Aquatic Centre, Harold Holt Swim Centre, Stonnington’s Animal Pound and a number of other key locations. 

DirectConnect is a 4G fixed-IP Address SIM service that allows remote access and monitoring of CCTV, access control, medical and IP based platforms. SCSI retrofitted DirectConnect to a recently commissioned NUUO CCTV system supplied and installed by Q Security Systems and ADT. 

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Fri
30
Oct
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Alarm Monitoring Worth $US54.46 billion by 2020

Monitoring - worth plenty and growing fast
Monitoring - worth plenty and growing fast

A NEW market research report expects the global alarm monitoring market to reach $US54.46 billion by 2020 at a CAGR of 6.73 per cent between 2015 and 2020.

The research report, Alarm Monitoring Market by Communication Technologies, End Users Component and Geography — Global forecast by 2020, segments the global alarm monitoring market on the basis of communication technology, input signal, end users, components and geography. 

The market is segmented based on communication technology into wired telecommunication, wireless cellular, wireless radio technology and IP. In terms of end users, the market is segmented into equipment monitoring, vehicle monitoring, environment monitoring and building alarms monitoring.

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Wed
28
Oct
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ASIAL Releases Redundant Monitoring Centre Certification

ASIAL has released a standard for redundant monitoring centres
ASIAL has released a standard for redundant monitoring centres

MONITORING centre grading under AS2201.2 covers a wide range of factors, including on-premises redundancy for such aspects of IT, data and power. But it does not cater for the situation where a centre suffers total failure.

ASIAL's redundant certification scheme is intended to ensure that a monitoring centre’s critical business functions will either continue to operate despite serious incidents or disasters that might otherwise have interrupted them, or will be recovered to an operational state within a reasonably short period at a redundant centre located elsewhere. 

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Sun
25
Oct
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2GIG Go!Control Security and Automation Panel Review

2GIG Go!Control from QSS
2GIG Go!Control from QSS

2GIG Go!Control, distributed locally by QSS, is America’s biggest selling alarm and automation panel, so it’s no surprise I was keen to get a look at this system. 

THROUGH the power and flexibility of 2GIG Go!Control panel Vivint became a giant, with 7000 employees, around one million customers and a turnover of more than half a billion a year. 2GIG Go!Control was also the hardware portal through which Alarm.com went from a provider of services to monitoring stations to a household name. 

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Fri
23
Oct
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The Internet Of Our Things, Anyway

Internet of things.
Internet of things.

The global internet of things is coming, driven by demographics, as well as by the pursuit of new revenue streams. Is the electronic security industry ready? Surprisingly so, and may benefit in multiple ways. 

WHEN it comes to phrases of jargon, there’s nothing quite so popular in the technology sector right now as the internet of things. The nature of this ecosystem, its topology and any functional form of user interface remain utterly nebulous. Given the glacial uptake of proprietary cloud, the concept of socialist cloud may well be beyond the bounds of a coherent business model. Even its acronym is annoying. 

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