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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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Andersons AVI Installs Mobotix at Autobarn Frankston

Andersons AVI installs Mobotix at AutoBarn
Andersons AVI installs Mobotix at AutoBarn

Andersons AVI has installed a Mobotix video surveillance solution at Autobarn in Frankston, incorporating hemispheric cameras and MxManagementCenter software. According to the end users, the system has reduced shrinkage at the store by 75 per cent. 

THEFT is a huge problem for retailers and accounts for up to 40 per cent of losses per year in Australia. The Autobarn automotive parts and accessories franchise located in Frankston, Melbourne, is no exception, with thefts occurring on average every 2 days. With multiple small stock items for sale throughout the store and staff often busy serving customers, it was near impossible to prevent crime through manpower alone. 

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Fiji Building New Conference, Convention Centre, Casino: Seeks Management

Momo Bay Resort
Momo Bay Resort

FIJI National Provident Fund, which is 100 per cent owner of the $USD190 million, 5-Star, 250-room Momi Bay Resort, says the precinct is to be expanded and when completed, management services will be required, including management of comprehensive electronic security systems. 

As part of the master planning of the 20-hectare Momi precinct into the future, FNPF is now progressing with to construct a 3500-seat conference and exhibition Centre (CEC) within the precinct. FNPF will also be constructing a casino adjacent to the CEC under a staged construction program, with priority for the completion of the CEC by December 2018 and the casino by 2019. 

The major description of duties and responsibilities of any operator working in conjunction and partnership with FNPF is as follows;

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Hills Launches HillsTrak Asset Management Solution

Hills releases HillsTrak
Hills releases HillsTrak

HILLS says it will strengthen its position as a one-stop shop for technology solutions with the launch of its asset tracking product, HillsTrak.

HillsTrak is a secure, easy to use asset management solution to track and trace assets within an organisation. Web-based and leveraging the latest mobile network platforms, HillsTrak promises to streamline business functions by automating complex asset management processes like stocktakes and preventative maintenance schedules. Staff can
simply log onto an app on their smartphone or tablet to scan, record and manage assets.

HillsTrak also offers huge potential in the healthcare sector, not only to track medical assets, such as wheelchairs and medical aids, but also as a means to monitor patients from admission to discharge, providing a timeline of events and generating customised reporting to identify trends in patient flow, or even manage infection control.

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ARA Group Distributing Nx Witness in NSW and QLD

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Nx WitnessHero

ARA Group reports it is now the exclusive distributor in Queensland and NSW of the NX Witness video management system, manufactured by Network Optix.

ARA Products managing director Stuart Harmer said while VMS was not uncommon in the industry, Nx Witness took it to another level.

“I wanted something that set us apart from the rest,” Harmer said. “I really like products that are trusted technology and trusted brands, but specifically I don’t want to be a ‘me too’. It must be something that sets us apart and give us some exclusivity. 

“Nx Witness certainly does that for us. It’s a lot different to anything else out there in the way it works.”
One example of this is its ability to record a playback of footage and your voice giving the recipient instructions and details about a security instance.

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BGW Technologies Now Distributing DSC Intrusion Products

Robert Meachem, GM BGW Technologies
Robert Meachem, GM BGW Technologies

BGW Technologies has signed an agreement for the distribution of DSC’s intrusion products to its portfolio. 

The full range of DSC intrusions products including NEO, PowerSeries, Impassa, all of which will be available from the BGW Technologies branch network across Australia including Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane.

“This is a growth initiative for both our companies” says Robert Meachem, general manager for BGW Technologies. “The intrusion alarm market segment has always been of significant interest to me and is an exceptional fit with our long-term strategy at BGW Technologies. The current depth, breadth and the quality of DSC products is well known and with the future road map packed with new product lines it is evident that this is an outstanding addition to our product portfolio. 

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New Things to See at Security 2017 Expo, Sydney!

ATOM AR35 camera - check it out at Security 2017
ATOM AR35 camera - check it out at Security 2017

SEN Editor John Adams takes a pre-show look at some of the latest security solutions installers and end users will see at Security 2017 at the ICC in Darling Harbour. From integrated solutions, IVA, biometrics, cloud-based systems, the latest and greatest camera technologies – there will be plenty to see in Sydney July 26-28!

THERE will be plenty to see at Security 2017 at Darling Harbour – in fact there will be too much to see and it’s important to get a sense of your bearings before heading into the expo. We’re going to be taking a looking at plenty – some of which will be the latest versions of trusted solutions we know well, while others are going to quirky things we’ve never even heard of before. 

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Bluetooth Mesh Now Offers Industrial IoT Connectivity

Bluetooth now supports IOT mesh applications
Bluetooth now supports IOT mesh applications

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has announced mesh networking for the short-range wireless standard.

Traditionally Bluetooth is used to connect mobile phones, computers and other electronic devices together but Bluetooth mesh is designed to create device networks, making it perfect for building automation, sensor networks and asset tracking solutions.

“By adding support for mesh networking, the Bluetooth member community is continuing a long history of focused innovation to help new, up-and-coming markets flourish,” says Mark Powell, executive director for Bluetooth SIG. 

“In the same way the connected device market experienced rapid growth after the introduction of Bluetooth Low Energy, we believe Bluetooth mesh networking can play a vital role in helping early stage markets, such as building automation and wireless sensor networks, experience more rapid growth.

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Aust Govt Agency Installing BIO-key Biometric Authentication

BIO-Key biometric authentication
BIO-Key biometric authentication

BIO-KEY International reports it has been selected by a government agency in Australian to deliver its ID Director for Windows software and SideSwipe fingerprint readers to enable fingerprint authentication for agency representatives, country-wide. 

As BIO-key's first notable contract in the country, the agreement supports further business development opportunities within government, healthcare, financial, retail, and enterprise markets throughout Australia. 

The contract was facilitated by BIO-key's new distribution partner Aquion, a leading Australian IT products and service provider. BIO-key partnered with Aquion to establish a local channel to market its biometric software and hardware solutions to enterprise customers and security resellers in Australia. 

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Gavin McSherry joins BGWT QLD as Technical Sales Engineer

Gavin McSherry, BGWT
Gavin McSherry, BGWT

GAVIN McSherry has joined BGWT Technologies QLD in a technical sale engineering role. 

“It is very exciting to have a person of Gavin’s experience and outstanding customer service join the BGW Technologies team” said Alan Whitehead, state manager BGWT, QLD. 

“Gavin joins BGWT with nearly 20 years’ experience in sales and business development roles across the security industry. He has a deep knowledge of the CCTV industry in Qld and comes with a strong technical and outstanding customer service reputation. 

Previously with Ingram Micro, McSherry has more than 18 years’ electronic security experience, mostly in distribution having previously worked for Hills Limited and most recently, Video Security Products. 

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