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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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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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Sat
27
Sep
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Alarm Monitoring: You Need a Game Plan

Alarm installers and monitoring stations need a plan
Alarm installers and monitoring stations need a plan

Alarm installers need to sit down and map out a game plan to ensure their clients’ alarm solutions and their own businesses are prepared to handle the changes the market faces over the next 24 months.  

It’s going to be a weird couple of years for the Australian alarm monitoring market. It’s not as if we had no idea this was coming but having everything going on at once is going to be a challenge. It’s goodbye to 2G, goodbye to PSTN, goodbye to rebates, and hello to new technologies and powerful new competitors. 

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Thu
24
Jul
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Telstra Shutting Down Australia's 2G/GPRS Alarm Network

2G bandwidth to be re-configured for modern 4G LTE
2G bandwidth to be re-configured for modern 4G LTE

Telstra will close down its 2G network before the end of 2016 – that’s around 500 business days - and will reconfigure its 900MHz 2G spectrum for 4G technology once the network's existing customers are migrated onto 3G and 4G.

The move will impact on Australia's estimated 30,000 2G/GPRS-enabled alarm panels. All will need to be transitioned across to 3G or 4G LTE. Some monitoring providers have many thousands of 2G SIM cards in their networks and will need to work fast to ensure continuity of service. 

In a blog post titled ‘It's time to say goodbye old friend’, Telstra's group managing director of networks Mike Wright said the 2G GSM network had been in place for more than 20 years and had been surpassed by newer technologies. 

Telstra will spend the next two years moving its remaining 2G customers - including both wholesale and personal users - over to Telstra's newer networks. 

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Mon
23
Jun
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Aussie Telco Giant Telstra Buys Into SNP Security

SNP MD Tom Roche in the monitoring centre
SNP MD Tom Roche in the monitoring centre

Telstra is reported to have paid between $A40 million and $60 million to buy into SNP Security’s back-to-base alarm and surveillance business.

Australia’s dominant telco and SNP, thought to be the third largest security company in Australia, will form a new subsidiary called TelstraSNP Monitoring.

Telstra business group managing director Will Irving has told the Australian Financial Review that Telstra will own slightly more than 50 per cent of TelstraSNP Monitoring but day-to-day operations will largely be managed by SNP staff. SNP’s existing tens of thousands of monitored security customers, who purchase CCTV monitoring and alarm systems from the company, will transfer to TelstraSNP.

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Thu
19
Jun
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SCSI Distributing Bold Manitou Central Station Automation Solutions

Check Speck of Bold Technologies (l) with Dale Acott of SCSI
Check Speck of Bold Technologies (l) with Dale Acott of SCSI

SCSI will distribute the full Bold Technologies Manitou range of central station automation solutions, as well as the rest of the Bold range, including PSIM products. 

Bold Technologies ManitouCS central station automation solution supports more than 600 central stations most in North America, 30 of which are 100,000 lines or more. The average number of lines per Bold central station is about 25,000, with the largest being 425,000 lines split between commercial and residential. 

According to Bold, ManitouCS is monitoring close to 12 million customers from a total of 50 million monitored lines in the US. ManitouCS will be integrated with SCSI’s Direct Wireless solutions, which is installed in around 100 central stations across Australia. 

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Tue
17
Jun
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Wireless Primary Monitoring Paths – Yes or No?

Daniel Lewkovitz, Calamity Monitoring
Daniel Lewkovitz, Calamity Monitoring

For installers contemplating monitoring solutions the choice of wireless, hardwired and hybrid communications paths can be a confusing one. But if anyone knows which comms technologies work best, it’s the monitoring station owners themselves. 

MONITORING centres are in the hot seat. They support tens of thousands of customers across a diverse range of communications technologies and their experiences give them a unique insight into what works best for clients in the rough and tumble of the real world. Monitoring solution providers, too, have deep experience in negotiating the varying gauges of the global communications network - their input is also valuable. 

At Calamity Monitoring, Daniel Lewkovitz says the best monitoring comms paths to ensure high security are a combination of wireless and cabled internet.

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Fri
30
May
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Alarm Monitoring: All Change

Alarm monitoring - not what it used to be
Alarm monitoring - not what it used to be

The alarm monitoring business is going to change a lot over the next 5 years and to get a sense of how much, you need only look at the sort of features users are starting to demand from their alarm panels. 

THERE’S plenty happening in the alarm monitoring spaces – lots of it being the inevitable impact of new alarm technology from the likes of DSC, Risco (which has just released VuPoint Live), Honeywell and others. All are starting to wick up the support of their alarm panels, not just for automation, but for video verification as well. This gives a sense of where things are going in monitoring and it seems to me, the industry will need to peddle hard to keep up. 

A key observation came from Bosch Security Systems’ James Layton this month, who said that innovation in the field of user experience will be the key driver of the future in alarm technology.

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Wed
30
Apr
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Inner Range Teams With Patriot Systems

Vin Lopes, Inner Range
Vin Lopes, Inner Range

INNER Range has announced that a new partnership with New Zealand-based Patriot Systems to distribute Patriot Security monitoring software in Australia. 

Inner Range says the move for an attractive alternative for start-up central stations which will benefit from the combined research and development collaboration of Inner Range and Patriot Systems.

Leveraging the power and sophistication of the Patriot central station software suite, Integriti and Concept systems will be controlled directly from the Patriot alarm response screen. New features including IP alarm reporting, CCTV and video monitoring, along with remote arm/disarm and door control, plus a host of new feature-rich, seamless integrations between Patriot and Inner Range products to be released going forward.

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Wed
30
Apr
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Vivotek Chooses Suretek As Global Partner

Glenn Smith (l) of Suretek, with Ray Lee of Vivotek
Glenn Smith (l) of Suretek, with Ray Lee of Vivotek

VIVOTEK has selected Suretek as a global partner and Australian distributor. Suretek will offer the Vivotek camera range alongside its Mobotix range.  

Suretek is in the final stages of integrating Vivotek into RemoteGUARD (Suretek’s integrated video monitoring solution) – making it available to more than 400 monitoring centres currently using CAMS or ADSW alarm automation software. 

The Vivotek camera range supports all standard RemoteGUARD features – including video alarm verification, virtual patrols and virtual escorts, together with 2-way audio and remote camera commands to drive door locks, gates or lights (where available) and ‘Follow Zone’ (Patent Pending).

“After extensive testing, Vivotek was identified as the most appropriate choice to co-exist with Mobotix, allowing RemoteGUARD resellers to target new opportunities and market sectors,” says Suretek’s Glenn Smith.  

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