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In control of security, not your private life Hub 2 manages all the Ajax devices in the system to alert users about open doors, broken windows, threats of fire and flooding. If burglars break into your house, Hub 2 transmits pictures from the MotionCam detectors and notifies the alarm response company about the danger. You won’t need to live under the constant supervision of the security cameras to know what’s going on. Baffles thieves Prevents fire Detects flooding Doesn't peek Stress-free The motion detectors react to dangerous situations as well as simple oversights. A nanny may bring the children home from the school and forget to disable the security system, which will raise an alarm. With Hub 2, you won’t have to worry in those cases and waste money on the false alarm fines. Open an alarm notification sent by the MotionCam detector to see what happened. Send a photo-series when triggered Deliver packages without Wi-Fi and cables Always in touch Hub 2 uses Ethernet or one of the 2 SIM cards to guarantee the delivery of the alarms and photos from the secured objects. The channels work in parallel and back each other up in case of emergency. Compression and transmission protocols guarantee lightning — fast delivery of the photo series even with weak Internet connectivity. Unlike with the video camera streams, with Ajax, you can evaluate the situation on the secured objects at the 0.5 kB/s Internet speed. Uses 3 independent communication channels Delivers alarms in 0.15 seconds Transmits photo confirmations even on 2G Trouble resistant With Hub 2, you’ll know immediately if the detector has a malfunction, if someone removed it, if it is damaged, or if its body is open. Even if the lights suddenly go out, the control panel will continue its watch powered by a back-up battery. Checks the functionality of detectors at least every 12 seconds Alerts about threats, channel interference, or malfunctions Operates for up to 16 hours during a blackout Evolves with every software update Hub 2 runs on OS Malevich, a real-time operating system. This type of software is used in the systems that can’t afford mistakes — for instance, spaceships and ballistic rocket launchers, or car brakes. OS Malevich is immune to viruses and protected from cyber attacks. Its architecture allows us to regularly expand the Ajax possibilities over the air within seconds and without bothering the users. Protected from cyber-attacks New features with every update Automatically updates over the air
Smart security for a connected world from Vanderbilt Vanderbilt SPC is an intrusion detection platform that delivers a modern, powerful security system for your customers’ needs. It also enables your business to grow! SPC protects businesses, properties, and assets. It is an intrusion detection system that offers versatile and comprehensive alarm management functionality. Through the use of cloud services, End-user apps, and a dedicated software suite, SPC is at the forefront of modern intrusion detection. Vanderbilt’s SPC Wireless range has many benefits that will make installers’ day-to-day work life a whole lot easier. The new range includes: RF Module - Wireless. panel module with Antenna PIR - Wireless 12m PIR detector (PET immunity) Curtain PIR - Wireless curtain PIR detector Magnetic Contact - Wireless Magnetic Contact (Slim mount) Smoke Detector - Wireless smoke alarm RF Fob - Remote control (with 4 buttons) Panic Button - Wireless personal alarm (single button) Magnetic Contact - Wireless Magnetic Contact (with input) Benefits: Easy to mount, pair and configure Configurable over the air Long life battery Superior wireless range Designed to EN approval standards
Perimeter protection is one of the most effective ways to prevent an intruder. A more secure system is one that alerts the user of the presence of an intruder, before they can break into the property. It’s a simple idea, but fitting an external detector comes with challenges. Install the brand-new XDL12TT-AM and provide up to 12m premium and robust pet-friendly external detection. Consisting of two independent Passive Infrared (PIR) sensors and one microwave sensor, the Tri-Technology (TT) of the XDL12TT-AM utilises Tri-Signal Detection Logic to identify the presence of an intruder. This provides reliable and stable external detection as all three sensors must be activated sequentially in quick succession to create an alarm. This enhances the detector’s immunity to environmental disturbances and limits the risk of false alarms. With Dual-Vision Pet Immune Technology, each PIR sensor of the XDL12TT-AM has its own dedicated volumetric field of view. The top PIR detects outwards and up, while the bottom PIR detects outwards and down, without overlapping. This setup, alongside Tri-Signal Detection Logic, delivers highly secure sequential detection and increases its tolerance to pet immunity. So, should any large dogs or cats stray into the coverage plane, it would only be picked up by the bottom PIR and the microwave sensors and therefore an alarm condition would not be activated. However, the lens coverage of the PIRs are angled so that any human will be detected walking through both PIR coverage planes. Therefore, as all three sensors are activated, so would an alarm condition. This increases the detectors stability and limits the risk of false alarms. In terms of changing conditions and swaying vegetation, the XDL12TT-AM features Anti-Sway Analytics. This advanced digital filter distinguishing between the movements of trees and plants from that of an intruder, to maintain optimum performance. The detector also boasts IP55 weatherproof rating, thick polycarbonate plastics and fully sealed optics for optimum external performance. It has even been moulded with a stabilizing material to prevent discoloration over time! The XDL12TT-WE also features Anti-Interference Technology to prevent intruders from bypassing detection. This consists of Anti-Masking, which is a Grade 3 Patented Technology that protects against any attempt to mask any of the three sensors with cardboard, duct tape, sprays, lacquers or aluminium foil. It also consists of Anti-Blocking, which is a Grade 4 Technology that prevents the system from being armed if there is anything blocking the vision of any of the sensors. Therefore, to arm the system, whatever is blocking the detector from detecting needs to be removed first. Providing either volumetric or curtain coverage to suit the area that needs protecting, each lens can also be masked to restrict the coverage area. This is particularly useful in areas where busy roads can cause false alarms. The detector also boasts three different frequency bands to avoid any interference (cross-talk) that can occur when two or more detectors with the same frequency band are installed within close proximity of each other. This also allows multiple to be fitted, including the use of a fixed bracket, which enables two to be fitted back to back, providing 24m range with 180° volumetric coverage. Whatever the requirement, the XDL12TT-AM provides the ideal external security solution.
Fiber-optic technology has proven to be extremely stable and reliable for fence PIDS, detecting intruders attempting to climb over, cut through, or crawl under a perimeter. And although the technology was previously considered prohibitive for small or medium-sized perimeters on the perception that it is too expensive and complicated to install, OPTEX, along with Fiber SenSys Inc, one of its group companies, has designed the RAPID REDFIBER series of affordable and easy-to-install kits, encouraging installers not to compromise on quality. The packaged systems, or kits, offer cost-effective and high-performance protection in two detection zones, ranging from 75m to 200m each, and also include all the necessary components needed for installation. Kit choices include two-channel Alarm Processing Units (APU), one including a PoE/IP module that is integrated with most Video Management Software (VMS) and PSIM platforms, the enclosure box, the pre-connected cable cut to fit 75m, 100m, 150m and 200m zones, the necessary ties to mount the cable on a perimeter, and calibration software. Ricky Miwa, Managing Director of OPTEX Europe, says the technology is highly resistant to extreme weather changes: “Fiber sensing cables are unaffected by harsh environments, including UV radiation, moisture, salt or lightning strikes, and distinguish between genuine intruders and nuisance alarms,” he says. The RAPID REDFIBER PoE module uses an event code that quickly transmits the alarm or event to the VMS software. As RAPID REDFIBER’s detection system sense an intrusion, the APU activates IP cameras to automatically record an event; whilst the VMS platform ensures any untoward activity can be acted upon immediately. “RAPID REDFIBER’s proven high performance rate and low maintenance costs combine to create a very low cost of ownership, making it a reliable and economical solution,” Ricky concludes.
DSC, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, redefines intrusion security with the introduction of PowerSeries Neo, a new scalable commercial and residential line of products which combines the flexibility of a modular, hardwired system with the simplicity of a wide range of compatible wireless devices. This brand new and exceptionally flexible platform leverages the superior capabilities of PowerG – the industry’s leading-edge wireless intrusion technology, making it the most comprehensive hybrid intrusion system in the market today. PowerSeries Neo also offers both ‘smart’ home and ‘smart’ business automation features with Alarm.com interactive services. With solutions for a full spectrum of installations, the PowerSeries Neo system offers a fully customizable system with a range of control panels and PowerG-enabled, easy to install wireless devices. At the core of the system are four control panels, ranging in capacity from 16 to 128 zones and two to eight partitions. Each panel starts with six or eight hardwired inputs, 2-4 hardwired outputs and PTSN communication on-board, with the capability for expansion, additional features and services. PowerSeries Neo offers a full range of optional cellular and/or IP communication methods in support of the industry’s transition away from traditional phone lines. Infused with industry-leading PowerG 2-way wireless communication, the system is able to hop between wireless frequency channels so that if one is jammed, it will move to a free frequency. This allows for seamless, reliable communication between the control panel and devices. In addition, PowerSeries Neo allows for devices to continuously measure the communication quality and automatically sets transmission power to the minimum required for reliable communication with the panel, thereby saving energy and battery life. Solid encryption technology offers an exceptionally high level of protection by guarding against digital attacks on the system. The PowerSeries Neo platform is also primed to reduce the incremental costs of false alarms by employing innovative, regionally compliant alarm verification solutions such as visual verification, two-way audio and sequential detection, while also offering additional RMR opportunities to dealers. WebSA, a professional end user application that manages multiple systems, gives users the ability to manage, monitor and control the functionality of their PowerSeries Neo security system through the use of user-friendly, intuitive interfaces accessed with real-time dashboards. A robust and feature rich platform, PowerSeries Neo is designed to reduce operational costs for dealers and provide ultimate reliability for end users. PowerSeries Neo offers a variety of control panels, a full suite of compatible PowerG- enabled wireless devices to include a PIR motion detector with integrated camera, repeaters and glass break sensors and a complete line of expansion modules, protecting the investment and ensuring growth in the future.
DSC Touch, an innovative smart panel which provides customers with home management and interactive security capabilities in an all-in-one, intuitive and easy to use interface. Uniquely based on Google's Android operating system and integrated with Alarm.com, DSC Touch employs WiFi, Bluetooth and Z-Wave technology for a completely wire-free install and 'all-in-one' wireless communications. 7 inch LCD resistive, single touch, 24bit RGB TouchScreen with 800 x 480 resolution Compatible with DSC 433Mhz One-way wireless products Dual-path connectivity with integrated WiFi and Cellular WiFi, Z-Wave, Bluetooth and Image Sensor radio connectivity for smart home automation Up to 242 role-based user codes (Dealer, Installer, Master, User, Guest, Duress) Remote services powered by Alarm.com Built-in front 0.3MP Fixed Focus camera for system Disarm and Alarm photos Contact app provides contact info of security provider and displays messages. Built-in siren Built-in two-way voice Software updates over WiFi and manually with a SD card Photo frame screensaver SD card slot for photos
A panel of experts. Next-generation security and comfort management. With innovative intrusion technology and lifestyle management, Interlogix™ control panels and keypads provide reliable and scalable protection for homes and businesses. Wired and wireless options are designed for simple installation and operation, delivering complete protection and lifestyle enhancement.
Security at your Fingertips PowerSeries high-quality, slim-profile keypads achieve a clean, unobtrusive look that homeowners welcome and installers will appreciate for their easy programming and installation. The keypads feature an input/output terminal that can be programmed to operate as a zone input, programmable output or as a low temperature sensor. The keypads also include adjustable backlit keys that address low-light situations and five programmable keys for simple one button activation of system functions. Easy To Use To simplify usage, the keypads feature five programmable keys for easy one-button activation of system functions. The default tasks assigned to the five function keys are stay arming, away arming, door chime, smoke detector reset and quick exit. With the quick exit function there’s no need to disarm and rearm the system every time an occupant leaves the house or lets the dog out, for example. Flexibility The keypads’ integrated temperature sensor can be programmed to activate when room temperature dips below 43° F (6° C) and restores at 47° F (8° C). Built-in logic prevents the panel from cycling in and out of alarm mode during minor temperature fluctuations, helping to reduce false alarms.) Wireless Convenience RF versions of the keypads are available. They include all of the same features as their hardwired equivalents and are able to support 32 wireless zones and 16 wireless keys without taking up a wireless zone slot.
IMPASSA is the newest, next generation wireless security system from DSC. IMPASSA comes with the defense and offense needed to protect the ‘king’ – the home and homeowner - including: An integrated HSPA (3G) cellular communicator. The flexibility of a distributed wireless system. 2-way audio communication. Defensive Strategy - Integrated Cellular Communicator As any good chess player knows, looking many moves ahead is critical for a checkmate. As more homeowners transition away from traditional phone lines towards VoIP (Voice over IP) or mobile wireless phones for communication, IMPASSA delivers alternate communication configurations including: HSPA (3G) Cellular communicator using the cellular network. Label library. In addition, IMPASSA includes a more traditional phone line communicator using the Plain Old Telephone Systems (POTS). The Flexibility of a Distributed Wireless System Because IMPASSA is a distributed wireless system, installers have the flexibility of positioning the panel away from the premise’s entry point. A WT5500 Wireless wire-free keypad can be installed near the entry point so that even if the premise is compromised, the main unit (the IMPASSA panel) cannot be located by the intruder and tampered with. For additional protection, 2-way wireless sirens can be installed away from the IMPASSA alarm system to further camouflage and protect its location. 2-Way Audio Communication for Ultimate Peace of Mind Sometimes even the ‘king’ needs advice, help or reassurance. IMPASSA delivers 2-way audio (VOX only or VOX and push-to-talk) alarm communication with the central monitoring station during alarm events for the homeowner’s peace of mind. With high-quality speakers and microphones, homeowners can easily talk directly to the central monitoring station as needed.Add to Compare
Get Control on the Go with the nuLinc Cellular Communicator and LinearLinc Mobile App Bring mobile control to any monitored security system quickly and easily with new Cellular technology from Linear: the nuLinc™ Wireless Communicator and the LinearLinc™ web-based Mobile App. Wireless Convenience for Users: Home or business owners get seamless, flexible control of their security systems via smart phones or computers with Internet access, from virtually anywhere … and at a significant savings! Profit Center for Dealers and Central Stations: Earn monthly revenues for system management and monitoring, while saving your accounts the cost of infrequently-used telephone lines. Fast Installation: Installs quickly, with no on-site configuration required. Compatible with Many Alarm Brands and Cell Networks: nuLinc instantly transforms hard-wired phone line alarm systems to cellular! Supporting most common security industry standard protocols, nuLinc and LinearLinc give you control on the go. For details, see your Linear distributor or sales rep, or visit www.linearcorp.com/linearlinc.Add to Compare
Seamlessly integrating multiple security elements, the NetworX™ system delivers optimum security for current and future needs of your home or small business. Particularly well-suited for new construction, NetworX offers a wide selection of hard-wired security elements including keypad, motion sensors, glassbreak detectors, smoke detectors and magnetic contacts. For added convenience, NetworX has extensive wireless capabilities backed by expert technicians experienced in optimal system design. This system also easily integrates with many third-party control systems such as home automation, lighting, HVAC and audio. Complete with cellular backup, NetworX represents one of the most advanced, expandable and reliable security solutions available. Control PanelsWith a track record of global security success, the NetworX™ product line includes a series of control panels that are universally compatible with all NX products and several GE wired and wireless accessories that can be scaled or modified to meet changing security requirements. The control panel functions as the “brains” of your security system, coordinating input from different sensors and transmitting alarm monitoring information to a central monitoring center. Fully versatile, these control panels accommodate a variety of integrated components that allow you to customize, and easily expand your system to meet your security requirements. All NetworX control panels have fire alarm verification capability to help prevent false alarms. NX-4The NX-4 control panel is a flexible, entry-level security system that features advanced technology for the detection of burglary, fire and environmental events. A cost-effective solution that is easy to install, the NX-4 is ideal for apartments, smaller homes and commercial environments. Equipped with the standard four hard-wired zones, the NX-4 can easily expand to eight fully programmable hard-wired zones, eight wireless zones or a combination of both. NX-6The NX-6 is a full-featured system designed to handle most medium-sized residential and commercial applications. Like all NetworX control panels, its modular design allows for complete integration of multiple systems within one enclosure. In addition to the features found on the NX-4 model, the NX-6 comes standard with six hard-wired zones and can easily expand to 12 fully programmable hard-wired zones, 16 wireless zones or a combination of both. NX-8 and NX-8EThe NX-8 and NX-8E represent the top-of-the-line systems for the most demanding home and commercial security needs. These feature-rich units include all the capabilities of the NX-6 model with options to accommodate an extensive number of keypads and users.
Copper Cop from Linear safeguards commercial air conditioning (HVAC) units from costly theft and destruction of copper condenser lines. This simple, two-part system – alarm interconnect box and cable harness -- triggers an alarm if the cables are tampered with, or an HVAC cover is removed. Ideal for environments especially vulnerable to theft: Unoccupied buildings Schools Single-Story Retail Buildings Places of Worship Rural and vacant facilities Cellular Network Facilities/Towers Remote Communication Centers Substation Outbuildings Field-Proven, Effective Theft Deterrence Installs quickly on HVAC unit exterior by any security contractor and is activated in minutes. No HVAC, Plumber‘s or Electrician’s license required. Ready to accept a wireless alarm transmitter or hard-wired connection to any security alarm panel. Bright yellow cable harness acts as a visual deterrent to would-be thieves. Does not trigger a false alarm even if fluctuations in refrigerant pressure or electrical power outages occur Learn more: Watch the Copper Cop Video here
ReX expands the boundaries of the protected area. The range extender controls the system devices connected to it enabling the user to place them at a considerable distance from the hub — in a high-rise office, in a detached garage or in a large production plant — while maintaining a stable connection. ReX acts as a reliable link between the hub and Ajax devices. Depending on the requirements, all detectors or only some of them can operate via the intelligent range extender. While regular range extenders represent the weakest link in the security systems increasing the risk of losing the alarm signal during transmission, ReX takes the reliability and resilience of Ajax to a new level. After the hub, ReX is the second decision-making center. It integrates detectors into an autonomous group within the system. If the connection with the hub is interrupted for some reason, ReX will assume control: it will receive an alarm signal from the detector and activate the siren to attract attention to the incident and scare off the burglar.
Version 8.0 of long-range award-winning LiDAR – the REDSCAN RLS-3060 series and its configuration software REDSCAN Manager are both available. The new firmware enables additional detection modes including loitering detection, day/night pattern to the 30m radius RLS-3060L, while it allows the high end model to extend its detection area to 50m radius. The RLS-3060L will offer more flexibility in managing dry contacts with the option to switch from normally open (N.O.) to normally closed (N.C.). The RLS-3060L model ver. 8.0 features more detection zones and detection modes as well as greater flexibility with settings. The standard 2D LiDAR provides 30m radius detection range with 4 detection zones when used in analog configuration and 8 zones in IP configuration. Loitering and selectable pattern modes are now available. Alarm duration and detection time settings are also more adjustable.
The SD3, showcased at FIREX 2007, is the latest development in Menvier's world-beating speech dialler range. In addition to the standard PSTN connection, the SD3 also has an integral, full-function GSM module enabling it to use any of the standard mobile phone networks. The SD3 accepts all standard SIM cards (not supplied).The unit is user programmable allowing the user to digitally record a standard ‘home' message and up to eight individual trigger messages, enter up to ten contact phone numbers and select the type of message for each input. A user can select to send messages (either spoken or SMS text) via either connection or via both, if both, they can further pre-select which will dial first. Four programmable outputs are provided allowing designated users to dial into an SD3 at anytime and remotely switch up to four connected devices. These can also be controlled when a message has been received and the line is still open. The integral microphone allows any person called to listen-in to the premises and even talk back, if required.SD3 has an additional unique feature that opens up a whole new area of use for speech diallers. When an input is triggered, an automatic digital sound recorder can be programmed to record and store either the next 15 or 30 seconds of sound received from the integral microphone. This can be replayed either at the unit itself or, remotely, from anywhere in the world, via a fixed or mobile telephone.An integral, digital sensor can be preset at any given temperature from 0°C - 50°C and will automatically transmit a message when that temperature has been reached or exceeded. Ideal for ensuring that buildings or rooms never get to too cold if the heating system fails.The wide operating voltage range, 10.5VDC -28VDC, enables an SD3 to be used for monitoring virtually any kind of system, intruder, fire, access or Building Management System (BMS). Reducing the need for an installer to have to stock separate 12 and 24VDC versions.Cooper showcased the SD3 along with a wide range of their other products at FIREX 2007.Add to Compare
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In 2017, IoT-based cyberattacks increased by 600%. As the industry moves towards the mass adoption of interconnected physical security devices, end users have found a plethora of advantages, broadening the scope of traditional video surveillance solutions beyond simple safety measures. Thanks in part to these recent advancements, our physical solutions are at a higher risk than ever before. With today’s ever evolving digital landscape and the increasing complexity of physical and cyber-attacks, it’s imperative to take specific precautions to combat these threats. Video surveillance systems Cybersecurity is not usually the first concern to come to mind When you think of a video surveillance system, cybersecurity is not usually the first concern to come to mind, since digital threats are usually thought of as separate from physical security. Unfortunately, these two are becoming increasingly intertwined as intruders continue to use inventive methods in order to access an organization's assets. Hacks and data breaches are among the top cyber concerns, but many overlook the fact that weak cybersecurity practices can lead to physical danger as well. Organizations that deploy video surveillance devices paired with advanced analytics programs often leave themselves vulnerable to a breach without even realizing it. While they may be intelligent, IoT devices are soft targets that cybercriminals and hackers can easily exploit, crippling a physical security system from the inside out. Physical security manufacturers Whether looking to simply gain access to internal data, or paralyze a system prior to a physical attack, allowing hackers easy access to surveillance systems can only end poorly. In order to stay competitive, manufacturers within the security industry are trading in their traditional analog technology and moving towards interconnected devices. Due to this, security can no longer be solely focused on the physical elements and end users have taken note. The first step towards more secured solutions starts with physical security manufacturers choosing to make cybersecurity a priority for all products, from endpoint to edge and beyond. Gone are the days of end users underestimating the importance of reliability within their solutions. Manufacturers that choose to invest time and research into the development of cyber-hardening will be ahead of the curve and an asset to all. Wireless communication systems Integrators also become complicit in any issues that may arise in the future Aside from simply making the commitment to improve cyber hygiene, there are solid steps that manufacturers can take. One simple action is incorporating tools and features into devices that allow end users to more easily configure their cyber protection settings. Similarly, working with a third party to perform penetration testing on products can help to ensure the backend security of IoT devices. This gives customers peace of mind and manufacturers a competitive edge. While deficient cybersecurity standards can reflect poorly on manufacturers by installing vulnerable devices on a network, integrators also become complicit in any issues that may arise in the future. Just last year, ADT was forced to settle a $16 million class action lawsuit when the company installed an unencrypted wireless communication system that rendered an organization open to hacks. Cybersecurity services In addition, we’ve all heard of the bans, taxes and tariffs the U.S. government has recently put on certain manufacturers, depending on their country of origin and cybersecurity practices. Lawsuits aside, employing proper cybersecurity standards can give integrators a competitive advantage. With the proliferation of hacks, malware, and ransomware, integrators that can ease their client's cyber-woes are already a step ahead. By choosing to work with cybersecurity-focused manufacturers who provide clients with vulnerability testing and educate end users on best practices, integrators can not only thrive but find new sources of RMR. Education, collaboration and participation are three pillars when tackling cybersecurity from all angles. For dealers and integrators who have yet to add cybersecurity services to their business portfolios, scouting out a strategic IT partner could be the answer. Unlocking countless opportunities Becoming educated on the topic of cybersecurity and its importance for an organization is the first step Physical security integrators who feel uncomfortable diving headfirst into the digital realm may find that strategically aligning themselves with an IT or cyber firm will unlock countless opportunities. By opening the door to a partnership with an IT-focused firm, integrators receive the benefit of cybersecurity insight on future projects and a new source of RMR through continued consulting with current customers. In exchange, the IT firm gains a new source of clients in an industry otherwise untapped. This is a win for all those involved. While manufacturers, dealers and integrators play a large part in the cybersecurity of physical systems, end users also play a crucial role. Becoming educated on the topic of cybersecurity and its importance for an organization is the first step. Commonplace cybersecurity standards Below is a list of commonplace cybersecurity standards that all organizations should work to implement for the protection of their own video surveillance solutions: Always keep camera firmware up to date for the latest cyber protections. Change default passwords, especially those of admins, to keep the system locked to outside users. Create different user groups with separate rights to ensure all users have only the permissions they need. Set an encryption key for surveillance recordings to safeguard footage against intruders and prevent hackers from accessing a system through a backdoor. Enable notifications, whether for error codes or storage failures, to keep up to date with all systems happenings. Create/configure an OpenVPN connection for secured remote access. Check the web server log on a regular basis to see who is accessing the system. Ensure that web crawling is forbidden to prevent images or data found on your device from being made searchable. Avoid exposing devices to the internet unless strictly necessary to reduce the risk of attacks.
Johnson Controls recently unveiled the findings of its 2018 Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey that examined the current and planned investments and key drivers to improve energy efficiency and building systems integration in facilities. Systems integration was identified as one of the top technologies expected to have the biggest impact on the implementation in smart buildings over the next five years, with respondents planning to invest in security, fire and life-safety integrations more so than any other systems integration in the next year. As advanced, connected technologies drive the evolution of smart buildings, security and safety technologies are at the center of more intelligent strategies as they attribute to overall building operations and efficiencies. SecurityInformed.com spoke with Johnson Controls, Building Solutions, North America, VP of Marketing, Hank Monaco, and Senior National Director of Municipal Infrastructure and Smart Cities, Lisa Brown, about the results of the study, smart technology investments and the benefits of a holistic building strategy that integrates security and fire and life-safety systems with core building systems. Q: What is the most striking result from the survey, and what does it mean in the context of a building’s safety and security systems? The results show an increased understanding about the value of integrating safety and security systems with other building systems Hank Monaco: Investment in building system integration increased 23 percent in 2019 compared to 2018, the largest increase of any measure in the survey. When respondents were asked more specifically what systems they we planning to invest in over the next year, fire and life safety integration (61%) and security system integration (58%) were the top two priorities for organizations. The results show an increased understanding about the value of integrating safety and security systems with other building systems to improve overall operations and bolster capabilities beyond the intended function of an individual system. Q: The survey covers integration of fire, life safety and security systems as part of "smart building" systems. How do smarter buildings increase the effectiveness of security and life safety systems? Hank Monaco: A true “smart building” integrates all building systems – security, fire and life-safety, HVAC, lighting etc. – to create a connected, digital infrastructure that enables individual technologies to be more intelligent and perform more advanced functions beyond what they can do on their own. For example, when sensors and video surveillance are integrated with lighting systems, if abnormal activity is detected on the building premise, key stakeholders can be automatically alerted to increase emergency response time. With integrated video surveillance, they also gain the ability to access surveillance footage remotely to assess the situation. When sensors and video surveillance are integrated with lighting systems abnormal activity on the premise can automatically be detected Q: How can integrated security and life safety systems contribute to greater energy efficiency in a smart building environment? Hank Monaco: Security, fire and life-safety systems can help to inform other building systems about how a facility is used, high-trafficked areas and the flow of occupants within a building. Integrated building solutions produce a myriad of data that can be leveraged to increase operational efficiencies. From an energy efficiency standpoint, actionable insights are particularly useful for areas that are not frequently occupied or off-peak hours as you wouldn’t want to heat or cool an entire building for just one person coming in on the weekend. When video surveillance is integrated with HVAC and lighting systems, it can monitor occupancy in a room or hallway. The video analytics can then control the dimming of lights and the temperature depending on occupant levels in a specific vicinity. Similarly, when access control systems are integrated with these same systems, once a card is presented to the reader, it can signal the lights or HVAC system to turn on. In this example, systems integration can ultimately help enable energy savings in the long run. Security and life safety systems contribute to help enable greater energy efficiency and energy savings in the long run Q: What other benefits of integration are there (beyond the core security and life safety functions)? Hank Monaco: Beyond increased security, fire and life-safety functions, the benefits of systems integration include: Increased data and analytics to garner a holistic, streamlined understanding of how systems function and how to improve productivity Ability to track usage to increase efficiency and reduce operational costs Enhanced occupant experience and comfort Increased productivity and workflow to support business objectives Smart-ready, connected environment that can support future technology advancements Q: What lesson or action point should a building owner/operator take from the survey? How can the owner of an existing building leverage the benefits of the smart building environment incrementally and absent a complete overhaul? Lisa Brown: Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator found that 77% of organizations plan to make investments in energy efficiency and smarter building technology this year. This percentage demonstrates an increased understanding of the benefits of smart buildings and highlights the proactive efforts building owners are taking to adopt advanced technologies. There is an increased understanding that buildings operate more effectively when different building systems are connected As smart buildings continue to evolve, more facilities are beginning to explore opportunities to advance their own spaces. A complete overhaul of legacy systems is not necessary as small investments today can help position a facility to more easily adopt technologies at scale in the future. As a first step, it’s important for building owners to conduct an assessment and establish a strategy that defines a comprehensive set of requirements and prioritizes use-cases and implementations. From there, incremental investments and updates can be made over a realistic timeline. Q: What is the ROI of smart buildings? Lisa Brown: As demonstrated by our survey, there is an increased understanding that buildings operate more effectively when different building systems are connected. The advanced analytics and more streamlined data that is gathered through systems integration can provide the building-performance metrics to help better understand the return on investment (ROI) of the building systems. This data is used to better understand the environment and make assessments and improvements overtime to increase efficiencies. Moreover, analytics and data provide valuable insights into where action is needed and what type of return can be expected from key investments.
Across the country, law enforcement officers are finding it increasingly difficult to respond to the near overwhelming number of calls coming from security alarms. Police departments commonly define a false alarm as a call, which upon investigation, shows no evidence of criminal activity, such as broken windows, forced doors, items missing, or people injured. While false alarms bog down police, they can also negatively impact customers and integrators. End users can expect hefty fines for false alarm responses, and when these customers receive large bills from the city, many turn to installers, dealers, and even manufacturers expecting them to accept the responsibility and pay the check. What First Brought The Issue Of Alarm Verification To Your Attention? It is crucial to both see a situation and concurrently listen to any corresponding sounds to gain full insight I’ve been aware of the problem of false alarms for about 5 years. I believed audio capture, through microphone deployment, could be an active part of the solution when used as a second source for indicating ‘out of the norm’ activity and as an equal component with the video surveillance technology. In 2015, I found similarly minded security professionals when introduced to the Partnership for Priority Verified Alarm Response. After reading PPVAR’s paper on ‘Audio Verified Alarms Best Practices; [April 2015],’ I knew that the Partnership was on to something important. In our lives, two of the five senses we count on day-in and day-out are sight and sound. It is crucial to both see a situation and concurrently listen to any corresponding sounds to gain full insight. What Is The False Alarm Rate? In 2016, the International Association of Chiefs of Police reported that over 98 percent of all alarm calls in the United States were false. This number is obviously staggering, and something we need to work towards correcting. Why Did This Issue Resonate So Strongly With You? When I first investigated this issue, I was sure that the security industry would have already recognized this and was acting to ensure improved alarm verification, preferably through a combination of audio and video technologies. However, I quickly saw that this was not the case, or even close to the norm. I have questioned the rationale behind the lack of adoption and found the deployment of audio is often hindered by the concern of privacy. I’ve spearheaded many initiatives to explain the monitoring policies surrounding audio As CEO of Louroe Electronics, I’ve spearheaded many initiatives to explain the monitoring policies surrounding audio. I’ve had to reassure many security personnel and customers how the law supports the use of audio in public places as long as there is no expectation of privacy. By dispelling fears with facts around deploying and implementing audio sensors, customers can confidently include audio in their surveillance systems and gain a more effective security solution. Who Is Affected By This? Truth be told, everyone from the end user to the manufacturer is affected by this issue. Not to mention the strain this puts on law enforcement who are tired of ‘wasting time’ and effort out in the field on these nuisance alerts. When an end user receives a check for their false alarm, many of them will immediately blame the integrator and or the monitoring center for a faulty set up and management and expect the integrator to remedy the situation, including carry the burden of paying the fines. The integrator, on the other hand, will turn to the manufacturer, assuming faulty equipment and installation instructions; therefore, looking for reimbursement for the cost. What Is The Average False Alarm Fee? It depends on many factors, and especially your first responder assigned location for responseIt depends on many factors, and especially your first responder assigned location for response. According to the Urban Institute, fees generally range from $25-$100 for the first offense, rising as high as a few thousand dollars per false alarm if a location has a large number in a single year. What’s worse, in extreme cases, alarm systems may even be blacklisted by the police dispatch center if they have raised too many false alarms in the past. Why Do You Believe Audio Is The Ideal Technology For Secondary Source Verification? Video surveillance has been the main option for security monitoring and alarm validation for decades, however industry professionals are realising that video alone is not enough. Video only tells half of the story, by adding audio capture, the responsible party gains a turnkey solution with the ability to gather additional evidence to verify alerts and expand overall awareness. In reality, audio’s range is greater than the field of view for a camera. Sound pickup is 360 degrees, capturing voices, gunshots, breaking glass, sirens, or other important details that a fixed camera many not see. How Would A Secondary Source Verification System Work With Audio? Using a video monitoring solution equipped with audio, the microphone will pick up the sounds at the time a visual alert or alarm is triggered. If embedded with classification analytics, the microphone will send alerts for specific detected sounds. The captured audio, and any notifications are immediately sent to the monitoring station, where trained personnel can listen to the sound clip, along with live audio and video from their station. When law enforcement receives a validated alarm, they can better prioritise the response From here, an informed decision can then be made about the validity of the alarm, along with what the current threat is at the location. If the alarm is in fact valid, the information is then passed along to the law enforcement within minutes. When law enforcement receives a validated alarm, they can better prioritise the response. It also provides more information in a forensic evaluation. Are There Any Additional Resources You Would Suggest Looking Into? Yes, we would suggest looking into the following to see a few different perspectives on the matter: NSA Support For 2018 Model Ordinance For Alarm Management and False Alarm Reduction Partnership for Priority Verified Alarm Response Support for the Term “Verified Alarm” and Prioritising Verified Alarm Responses Urban Institute Opportunities for Police Cost Savings without Sacrificing Service Quality: Reducing False Alarms
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