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DICE Corporation is pleased to announce and welcome Carl Galsterer as the company’s new chief network architect. Galsterer will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s information technology infrastructure, including the design and implementation of customer networks and process standardization. More About Carl With over 16 years of experience in network engineering as a senior engineer, Galsterer was pivotal in building the Charter Spectrum network throughout Mi...
FIREX International, alongside the co-located IFSEC International, Safety & Health Expo and Facilities Show, has announced that the Protection & Management series of events will be moving to a new dateline of 19-21 May for the 2020 edition at ExCeL, London. FIREX International 2019 Dates Unchanged Gerry Dunphy, Exhibition Director, FIREX, explains: “Major business decisions are made at FIREX every year, and the event has been in huge growth in its home in London, as we anti...
OPTEX Corporation Ltd, global sensor manufacturer, has launched a new series of outdoor PIRs in EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa) and in South and North America that offer 180° detection coverage and 12m/40ft radius to detect any intrusion around a residential or commercial building. Outdoor Intruder Detection Sensors The WX Infinity series comprises two wired and two wireless models available either as the standard or anti-masking version. The new models are built upon OPTEX’s ex...
OPTEX, renowned global sensor manufacturer, will demonstrate the recently enhanced long-range RLS-3060 LiDAR series live on its stand, as well as showcase its new 180-degree outdoor sensor ideal for boundary protection. OPTEX LiDAR And REDSCAN Series Sensors “OPTEX’s LiDARs have been successfully deployed in the Middle East region for years, for a number of applications ranging from perimeter security to roof and asset protection. At this year’s Intersec we are looking forwar...
GJD has hit the ground running in 2019 with the appointment of Jason Hill as the company’s Commercial Director. Mark Tibbenham, Managing Director of GJD has big plans for the British manufacturer of external motion detectors and LED illuminators, and has recruited Jason Hill to help deliver on his aspirations. GJD Expands In The US Commenting on the new appointment, Mark said: “Even though we were 2017 recipients of the Queens Award for Enterprise, International Trade there are a s...
ADT Inc., global provider of monitored security and interactive home and business automation solutions in the United States and Canada, has announced the unveiling of its newly redesigned smart home security system – the ADT Command Panel & Control Platform (ADT Command) – as well as a suite of smart security and home automation products at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES). This year’s theme, “Real Protection,” will highlight the products ADT offers to ensure...
ADT Inc., global provider of monitored security and interactive home and business automation solutions in the United States and Canada, has announced that it has completed its acquisition of Red Hawk Fire & Security, provider of commercial fire, life safety and security services and portfolio company of Comvest Partners. Commercial Security And Fire Safety “We are pleased to complete this transaction, which strengthens ADT’s growth in the commercial security market and meaningfully expands the company’s product portfolio with the introduction of commercial fire safety related solutions,” said Jim DeVries, ADT’s President and Chief Executive Officer. He further added, “With the added robust portfolio of fire and life safety solutions, as well as additional scale through commercially-focused sales professionals and technicians, we enhanced our position as a leader in commercial security, just as we are today in the residential market. ADT has a strong track record of successfully integrating acquisitions and we look forward to welcoming the talented Red Hawk team to the company.” Moving forward, Red Hawk’s ability to showcase its products and services to a wider range of National Account and enterprise-level customers will be significantly accelerated with ADT, while also increasing ADT’s technician workforce dedicated to the commercial customer.
Telguard released new voice commands for HomeControl Flex, its interactive service solution. Using Alexa, HomeControl Flex subscribers can arm their security system and ask the status of the alarm system. Voice-Operated Alarm Systems “Our commitment to helping security dealers succeed in the residential market is at the core of what we do,” said George Brody, President of Telguard. “Helping them stay current with connected home technology gives them the advantage of integrating with the home owner’s lifestyle while still protecting their life safety.” A recent survey with Clear Seas Research found that nearly two-thirds of security professionals are highly interested in identifying a “voice-operated feature” to offer to residential customers for use with current or future home security systems. Four-in-five security professionals expect residential customer requests for security voice-operated alarm systems to increase over the next year. Telguard FlexHub Z-Wave Controller Telguard continues to enhance HomeControl Flex with new features that meet the demands of our subscribers" “Telguard continues to enhance HomeControl Flex with new features that meet the demands of our subscribers,” added Ryan Thompson, VP of Sales for Smith Thompson Home Security. “By adding voice-operated commands, we can acquire new subscribers and keep our current subscribers engaged by connecting Alexa to their security system.” The HomeControl Flex Security Panel Control Alexa skill is now available for all subscribers. HomeControl Flex is Telguard’s interactive service that security dealers resell to their residential subscribers and brand as their own. This marks the second skill for Telguard in the Amazon marketplace. Previously, Telguard announced an Alexa skill for its security panel on its Telguard FlexHub Z-Wave Controller.
Digital Monitoring Products (DMP) is excited to announce integrations with two leading suppliers of video surveillance solutions! Now you can use OpenEye and Hikvision as commercial video options with any DMP system with the Virtual Keypad app or browser. DMP-OpenEye-Hikvision Software Integration “This gives your customers the ability to view their Hikvision and OpenEye NVR cameras, all through Virtual Keypad Access or the Virtual Keypad app,” says Mark Hillenburg, executive director of Marketing for DMP. “Both of these companies are leading providers of locally recorded video solutions and will allow you to deliver greater value to your customers.” Earlier this year, OpenEye integrated with DMP XR Series intrusion and access control panels that enabled panel events to be sent to OpenEye's network-based video platforms. “OpenEye has proven to be a great partner to work with,” Hillenburg adds. “We’re looking forward to working with both companies going forward. Dealers should look for more announcements on additional video capabilities coming soon.” OpenEye Integration With DMP XR Series Panels The integration of these recorded video options into the Virtual Keypad app or browser is a giant leap for dealers who want to offer all their solutions — intrusion, access control, and now fully featured video using some of the industry's best video solutions, all in a single user interface. The current SecureCom Video cameras and their 20-second clips are great for small commercial and residential options. Now, larger customers can add dozens of cameras or NVRs into their systems with no extra cost.
Eyecloud Cam, smart home security camera, is now available via a Kickstarter campaign. Aimed at keeping house, family and belongings safe, Eyecloud Cam ensures affordable security with a single Eyecloud Cam costing less than $100. Eyecloud Cam Home Security Camera Eyecloud Cam is a home security camera that constantly monitors the safety of the family and home by putting one of the most advanced computer vision AI technology right inside the camera. After positively identifying a threat, Eyecloud Cam sends out a notification with a description of the event, with unprecedented accuracy as to why it has chosen to send out this alarm. To make a Smart Home even more safe, Eyecloud is working on making the Eyecloud Cam fully compatible with Amazon Alexa. Computer Vision AI Technology Eyecloud Cam is completely cordless and requires no base station to operate The Eyecloud Cam is stylish, yet compact and discrete. Put the easy-to-mount Eyecloud Cam at the precise location to facilitate 24-hour detection and surveillance. An Eyecloud Cam at the front door can monitor visitors, inside the home, the Eyecloud Cam can warn of intruders, watch over pets and children, or could help provide early warning of safety incidents. To ensure the safety of property, put an Eyecloud Cam in the backyard or watch over the garage. With its long six-month battery life, onboard AI, and 8GB of local storage, Eyecloud Cam ensures all-round residential, family, and property security, even while power and internet access are unavailable. Eyecloud Cam is completely cordless and requires no base station to operate. Configurable For Alert Situations The cam's smart technology can tell the difference between intruders, visitors, acquaintances, or kids playing in the backyard, and sends alerts only when it detects unusual events. For privacy reasons, the Eyecloud Cam will send a text notification warning to all the connected users, who can then open the app to find out the real reason for the alert. The Eyecloud Cam is completely configurable for alert situations, from snapshots or videos, the owner is in complete control.
Kwikset brand of Spectrum Brands, Inc., Hardware and Home Improvement Division, global provider of residential security systems, announces a new Control4 version of its Signature Series Deadbolt with Home Connect. Utilizing the popular Kwikset single-cylinder deadbolt as its foundation, this keypad-less lock is ideal for homeowners seeking the safety and peace of mind of a Home Connect solution who are already using or are considering a Control4 Smart Home. Control4 Signature Series Deadbolt Kwikset will be showing the Control4 version of its Signature Series Deadbolt with Home Connect at the Control4 Pavilion at CEDIA 2018 in San Diego, CA, September 6-8. As a Connects with Control4 certified partner, the new version for Control4 enables true remote locking and unlocking, allowing homeowners to access and control the lock from anywhere in the world, using the Control4 OS or Control4 App on a smartphone, tablet or internet connected device. As a result, they can lock a door while traveling for work or vacation and can also remotely provide access to their home to service providers, guests or other family members. Users can also receive notifications of the lock’s activity, as well as creating customized scenes within the home. The Control4-ready Kwikset Signature Series Deadbolt is ideal for consumers uncomfortable with keypad entry Remote Locking and Unlocking A new, discreet way to connect to the home, the Control4-ready Kwikset Signature Series Deadbolt is ideal for consumers uncomfortable with keypad entry or who prefer the aesthetics of a traditional deadbolt. Besides its use as a highly secure front-door lock, it can also be a great solution for extending connectivity to side and back doors. A unique feature of the Control4-ready is the two installation possibilities available to homeowners: SmartKey Security Replace the Entire Deadbolt: Users can change out both the interior and exterior of their current door lock to gain a smart lock. In this mode, the lock provides Kwikset’s patented SmartKey Security, which protects against advanced break-in techniques. It also allows homeowners to re-key the lock themselves in seconds. Traditional key functionality as a backup is also available. Convert Installation Application: Users can replace just the interior of the current door lock to convert it into a smart lock, maintaining the aesthetics of the current lock exterior. In this mode it is compatible with select, single-cylinder deadbolts including Kwikset, Weiser, Schlage, and Baldwin. Smart Home Solutions The Signature Series Deadbolt has become an extremely popular, affordable lock that brings homeowners the convenience of remote locking and unlocking from anywhere in the world" Keith Brandon, Kwikset’s Divisional Vice President – Residential Access Solutions (RAS) Sales and Marketing, noted that this new version for Control4 is a natural extension of one of the company’s most popular locks. “The Signature Series Deadbolt has become an extremely popular, affordable lock that brings homeowners the convenience of remote locking and unlocking from anywhere in the world,” he said. “It made perfect sense to bring this convenience and security to the users of Control4, a well-established smart home platform that is experiencing its own level of significant growth.” Encryption Security The Signature Series Deadbolt with Home Connect also features: BHMA Grade 2 Certification, ensuring top quality durability; UL Certification with a 20-minute fire rating; and full 128-bit encryption security. In addition, the lock’s revolutionary tapered deadbolt design enables misaligned doors to lock without pulling and pushing a door shut. Remarkably easy to install, the new deadbolts require just a screwdriver, need no hard wiring, and operate on 4 AA batteries that will last for approximately one year.
ADT Inc., global provider of security and automation solutions for homes and businesses, has announced that Jochen Koedijk has joined the company as its Chief Marketing Officer. Koedijk joins ADT from Chewy.com where he served as the Vice President, Marketing. Reporting directly to ADT President Jim DeVries, Koedijk will be responsible for delivering innovative digital and brand marketing strategies and initiatives that drive profitable business growth. ADT’s New Marketing Head Previous to Chewy.com, Jochen held roles at Amazon and Electronic Arts. During his time at Amazon, he led worldwide Social Media and New Channel Advertising, overseeing a cross-functional team of more than 70 people and achieving triple digit year-over-year growth. As a member of Electronic Arts’ digital business unit leadership team, Jochen led in-house global performance marketing operations for the company’s Console, PC, and Mobile games business lines. “Customer retention and lead-generation is significantly driven by digital engagement, and Jochen’s leadership experience with world-class organizations such as Amazon, Chewy, and Electronic Arts is an immediate asset to our organization,” said DeVries. “Jochen is a marketing innovator, and we’re excited for him to build upon the ADT brand for our next generation of customers.” Given the tremendous innovation in the home security and automation space, I couldn’t think of a better time to join ADT" Innovations In Home Security And Automation “Given the tremendous innovation in the home security and automation space, I couldn’t think of a better time to join ADT, North America’s most recognizable security leader,” said Koedijk. “I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues to continue providing world-class customer service and scaling our business through new and disruptive channels.” Koedijk holds his degrees in Business Administration and Social Sciences from the VU University in Amsterdam, NL. Jamie Haenggi, who has been overseeing the Marketing function as part of her responsibilities, will become the company’s Chief Customer Officer. Customer strategy and retention remains the single most important part of the business, and Haenggi’s broad and deep experience will be central to enhancing customer engagement. Jamie is one of our most versatile executives" Customer Strategy And Retention “Jamie is one of our most versatile executives. Her passion for the customer, strategic approach and vision for customer experience is instrumental to improving customer retention, maintaining best-in-class customer service and designing a roadmap for further customer engagement and growth,” added DeVries. “We have made tremendous strides in our customer experience over the past two years,” said Haenggi. “I’m excited to lead the company’s efforts to further design and execute the customer strategy to deliver greater value, retention and an experience that continues to differentiate ADT in the marketplace.”
In the state of the residential security market today, we see many who are offering home security packages that rely on numerous sensors and multiple devices to provide a comprehensive coverage of the home and provide peace of mind. Each individual sensor or device within the package provides a specific functionality, and the user finds himself burdened by an overwhelming amount of sensors and devices. This overload is intensified by the penetration of additional IoT and smart devices into the home, such as pet-cams or smart speakers that add to the burden of installation and maintenance. In addition, we are witnessing the rise in popularity of DIY security devices, indicating that users are looking for models and technologies that provide both contract flexibility and simplicity of use. The past years have seen major advancements in radar technology, which have brought the formerly military technology into the consumer space. Radars provide interesting prospects for home security and smart homes due to several inherent characteristics which give it an advantage over existing technologies. The resolution of an advanced radar sensor enables not only presence detection, but also provides advanced features for security, automation and well-being Advanced Security And Automation Features Of primary importance, a consumer designed radar sensor provides the user with full privacy, but the use of radar is also beneficial because it is indifferent to environmental, temperature and lighting conditions. In addition, radar signals (at certain frequencies) are capable of penetrating through almost any type of material, enabling concealed installation, robust monitoring in cluttered spaces and even the coverage of several separate rooms with only one device. In terms of capabilities, simple time of flight 2-antenna radar sensors, which have been around for a while, do not provide much additional value in comparison to existing solutions and are not necessarily competitive in terms of pricing. However, the new generation of radar sensors are also opening up new capabilities previously achieved with optics only. Today, the resolution of an advanced radar sensor is high enough to enable not only presence detection, but also to provide advanced features for security, automation and well-being, all in one. Imagine for example, that the security sensor installed in your elderly parent’s home could also detect a fall having occurred, monitor the breathing of a baby or even leaks in your wall. Due to the unique field of view that radar provides as well as the multi-functional potential, this technology will be the key to the awaited convergence of smart home functionalities and minimization of home devices. The security sensor installed in your elderly parent’s home could also detect a fall having occurred Secret Of The Consumer Radar A radar sensor’s accuracy and its ability to support wide functionality and applications is determined initially by its resolution, which is based on two key factors: bandwidth and number of channels. The wider the bandwidth and the more channels the radar supports, the more accurate the data received. Imagine the difference between a 1990s television model and a 4K 2018 television model - As the resolution is ever improving, the sharper and more detailed is the image. When looking at the short-range radar sensor market, prominent companies such as Texas Instruments and NXP are offering radar-on-chip solutions supporting 2\3 transmitters (Tx) and 3\4 receivers (Rx), mainly utilizing frequency bands of 77-81GHz, as they target mostly automotive and autonomous driving applications. Another company that develops such radar-on-chip solution is Vayyar Imaging, an Israeli start-up, founded in 2011, that developed a radar sensor for 3D imaging. Vayyar Imaging directly targets the smart home and security markets with its radar-on-chip, developing modules and products for intruder detection, automation and elderly care (fall detection). Providing not only chips, but complete systems, the new model makes radar technology highly available and accessible. The radar-on-chip technology opens the door to installation of security and well-being devices in locations where privacy or environmental conditions pose an issue Radar-On-Chip Solution The radar-on-chip solution supports 72 full transceivers, an integrated DSP and radar bands between 3-81GHz. The resolution provided by this type of specification is high enough to provide subtle information about people’s real time location posture (lying down\falling\sitting\walking), and breathing, and enables to classify pets from humans, but it is low enough as to not compromise privacy. This type of technology opens the door to installation of security and well-being devices in locations where privacy or environmental conditions pose an issue, such as in bathrooms or heavily lit environments. Moreover, utilization of this technology allows to dramatically minimise the numbers of sensors installed in the home, as it provides full home coverage with just one or two sensors and enables using the same HW to support additional capabilities such as breath monitoring, fall detection and highly accurate automation. Using AI and machine learning, the data derived by these sensors can be leveraged to provide smarter, verified alerts on the one hand and whole new insights on the on the other. The sensor can be tuned to learn the location of the house entrances or boundaries, where the inhabitants are expected to be at night, or where they should be expected to enter from into the home, adding new logics to the traditional yes\no decision making. Home security is widely regarded as a necessity, provides peace of mind to people and is integral to people's day to day lives Additional Smart Home Services Among the evolving home technology verticals, security is by far the most relevant and integral to people’s day to day lives. Home security is widely regarded as a necessity and provides peace of mind to people. Being a legacy industry with many well-known and well-trusted brands, security players are well positioned to introduce new technology into the home and have the ability and credibility to expand their offerings to additional smart home services by utilizing existing infrastructure and channels. With technology giants entering the security arena through the smart home door the DIY security solution market expected to explode with a CAGR of 22.4% (according to a report by Persistence Market Research). Now that new pricing and service models offer minimal commitment, traditional security players will need to step up. Security companies will need to explore new technologies and expand their offering if they intend to stay relevant and competitive in a market trending on functionality converge and minimization of maintenance and installation costs.
In 2017, SALTO Systems led the market with increased emphasis on two growing sectors within access control: Mobile technology and cloud solutions. Strengthening Market Positions Mobile access control applications are now a must across all security verticals. The hospitality sector, for example, is quickly seeing smartphones replacing room keys and check-in lines with mobile apps like SALTO’s JustIN Mobile. This technology replaces the need for an access card by securely sending a mobile key OTA from access control management software, to an iOS or Android device. This is an operations time and money saver. SALTO – an innovator in cloud-based access control – strengthened its position in 2017 by acquiring the remaining shares of Clay Solutions, a leading provider of cloud technology for smartlocks. Together, SALTO and Clay developed the technology that SALTO uses in its SALTO KS Keys as a Service cloud-based access control. There are several reasons why the market is moving to the cloud: easier maintenance, scalability, reliability, reduced cost and the ability to use anywhere via the internet. It’s necessary to deploy wireless, technologically-advanced solutions to make cost-effective access control Encouraging Investment In Access Control Continued investment in mobile access and cloud technology in 2018 is essential to meet the access control needs of the booming multi-family housing and shared office-space markets. Managing access control for end users and residents in these verticals is challenging. Use of mechanical keys in these environments is too expensive and time consuming; it’s necessary to deploy wireless, technologically-advanced solutions. SALTO has recently experienced tremendous growth in the U.S. and we’re expecting more success in 2018. We’ve added several seasoned executives to the sales team and will continue to do so. We’ve also opened our first two XSperience Centers – in New York City and in Atlanta – that showcase our extensive line of products, and serve to conduct dealer and end-user training. The SALTO team looks forward to increasing focus on residential, multi-family and shared office-spaces, as we know that our wireless electronic lock solutions are well-suited for these growing verticals. In 2018, there will be a continued migration to electronic access control: The winners will offer a reliable product with innovative technology, full support, well-established relationships and a national presence.
“Netflix,” “twerk” and “selfie” were added to the dictionary. Boston Marathon bombing. Activist Nelson Mandela and actor Paul Walker died. Edward Snowden gave NSA classified documents to Wikilinks. These events may seem like they happened only yesterday, but they are some of the top news headlines from four years ago. Four years can feel like a very short time, and in four short years, every security panel installed by dealers to date will go dark. The current communication method for most home security systems is via CDMA and 3G (GSM) technologies. With the emergence of faster, better, and stronger 4G LTE technology, carriers are migrating away from old technology standards and methods towards new, more efficient ones. As such, the older technology is going dark, and soon. One year ago, AT&T stopped certifying new 3G parts. Meaning manufacturers of cellular modules, like Nortek Security & Control, have stopped making them. At the end of 2018 they will stop letting customers add systems utilising 3G radios to their channels. Knowing this, dealer programs like Monitronics and Guardian have already stopped or have significantly slowed the acceptance of 3G operated systems. Shifting From 2G To 3G Technology One of the big questions asked by most security dealers is: Should I roll a truck to replace the panel/cellular communication? To appropriately answer, let’s take a look back at the last time a shift in technology like this occurred. In 2016, 2G communication switched over to 3G and many dealers waited until systems failed to communicate before they started changing equipment, which is not a recipe for success. These networks help lay the foundation for how smart device technology interacts with a home security system and on which network To be fair, network providers don’t turn off bandwidth and access points like switching off a light. It starts slowly, as the provider starts to allow the technology to degrade over time. What dealers will experience is that parts of their service area will start to go down, or the service will become much slower than normal. Unfortunately, there is not a published schedule for where and when the services will decline, so the best advice is to begin to change the entire customer base early to avoid disruption. With that in mind, the answer about rolling a truck is a resounding yes. Dealers should figure out how many ticking time bombs they have, figuratively speaking, and start laying out a plan to upgrade them over time. Waiting can be a costly move that proves to be deadly to their business. It’s ideal to plan for the longest window to make this change to ensure that the majority of your customer accounts don’t sunset at once. Understanding 4G, 3G And CDMA The cellular market is shifting away from older communications standards with all major carriers quickly adopting 4G LTE technology. The benefits of LTE are a faster network and more broadband, which equates to faster Over-the-Air (OTA) programming and updating, and extended life without the need to roll a truck. Customers will experience faster home control response and faster streaming of CCTV video.Many telecommuniations providers are rolling out their 4G LTE offerings. For example, Verizon's 4G LTE network offers a super-fast cellular connection and the robust data capacity needed to rapidly deliver interactive services. AT&T is also rolling out 4G LTE, but due to coverage concerns, those radios will also be backward compatible with 3G – for a while. That backward compatibility tends to lead to more expensive radios, but ensures that the new radio you install today will work today and for years to come. The cellular market is shifting away from older communications standards with all major carriers quickly adopting 4G LTE technology These networks help lay the foundation for how smart device technology interacts with a home security system and on which network. This also allows for channel connection and using the network to send push alert notifications, updates, and other new and timely information. LTE Cat 1 Vs. Cat 3 And VoLTE Another nuance of LTE is Category 1 (Cat 1) vs. Category 3 (Cat 3) LTE. Cat 3 LTE is what is available now and offers data transfer speeds and voice quality similar to the smart phone on which you may be reading this article. Cat 1 LTE are less expensive modules and are available for data only applications but, the industry is waiting for VoLTE (Voice over LTE) certification on Cat 1 to ensure two-way voice functionality. Word is that lower cost LTE will be available soon, however the date is still unknown. The trade-off is lower speed (100 Mbps to 10 Mbps) but for the data transmitted by security systems the speed (security panel application) is not noticeable. Cat 3 supports two-way voice today. The latest sunset dates for existing cellular technologies came straight from Verizon and AT&T. Verizon is pushing to be the first U.S. based network fully on LTE, so they have an aggressive sunset date of December 31, 2019. AT&T is also working to switch to LTE, although their window for sunset is longer: the end of 2021. That said, AT&T has warned cellular module makers that at the end of 2018, they will no longer issue SIM cards for 3G devices, which moves up the need to jump on the LTE train significantly. AT&T has warned cellular module makers that atthe end of 2018, theywill no longer issue SIMcards for 3G devices Cost-efficient System Upgrades The choice is simple; do you want to create a plan to upgrade your current installation base and avoid costly disruptions of service and potential loss of customers, or wait until that decision is forced upon you? If you wait, you may find that entire sections of the towns or states that you cover go out overnight, leading to a service nightmare. Of course, there is a cost to making these service calls. After polling several dealers, I found that the costs hover between $150 and $250, including the cost of the new radio. This can also take a needed technician away from a new install. So, how can dealers try to turn the lemons of this forced change into lemonade? By finding ways to turn this need to upgrade equipment into a profitable visit. As service technicians plan for routine service calls, map out nearby customers and see if they are willing to have the technician that is already in the area make a stop to upgrade their system. Prepare For Future Technological Updates Some savvy dealers are offering promotions during these upgrades, offering home automation devices or new doorbell cameras, where they profit off of the sale of the new equipment and any increase in RMR helps to defray the costs of the service call. The new solutions also benefit the homeowner and make their system more valuable to them, which creates a win-win. Finally, be forward thinking and also switch out the panel to one with a replaceable cell sled, like the 2GIG GC3, so for future technological updates you don’t have to roll a truck and only have to mail out a new radio. The change is coming – will you be ready?
Security is more-than-ever linked to consumer electronics, especially in the residential/smart home market. CES 2018 in Las Vegas is therefore brimming with news that will have a direct impact on the security market, today and especially looking into the future. Products for the future of security CES is a giant trade show for consumer electronics with 2.75 million net square feet of exhibitor space and featuring more than 3,900 exhibitors, including 900 startups - in contrast, ISC West has some 1,000 exhibitors. During the week-long show welcoming 170,000-plus attendees from 150 countries, more than 20,000 new products are being launched. The products incorporate ingredient technologies such as artificial intelligence and 5G that will also be familiar elements as the future of the security industry unfolds. Familiar players at security shows also have a presence at CES, and many consumer technologies on display offer a glimpse of what’s ahead for security The areas of consumer electronics and security are closely intertwined. For example, Apple recently expanded near-field communication (NFC) support to include the NDEF (NFC Data Exchange Format), which will likely accelerate the adoption of smartphones for access control credentialing. In another recent development, Amazon acquired Blink, a home security camera startup that offers wireless home security systems. The acquisition aligns with Amazon’s effort to offer more home devices. Key Security Technologies At CES 2018 Familiar players at security shows also have a presence at CES. For example, Bosch is highlighting its “Simply. Connected” portfolio of smart city technology to transform security as well as urban mobility, air quality and energy efficiency. Many consumer technologies on display offer a glimpse of what’s ahead for security. Are Panasonic’s 4K OLEDs with HDR10+ format or Sony’s A8F OLED televisions a preview of the future of security control room monitors? At CES, Johnson Controls is announcing support for Apple HomeKit now offered in their DSC iotega wireless security and automation solution. Consumers can manage both their security system and also other home automation abilities using Apple’s Home app, or Siri on their iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. Interlogix is announcing new features and components of its UltraSync SmartHome system, including hands-free voice control, high-definition cameras, an LTE cellular module and soon-to-be-released doorbell camera. The areas of consumer electronics and security are closely intertwined Developments In Crime Awareness ADT has a high profile at CES, including the launch of its ADT Go mobile app, equipped with 24/7 emergency response from ADT’s live monitoring agents and backed by Life360’s location technology, providing emergency response, family connectivity, safety assistance and crime awareness. ADT is also unveiling a video doorbell and expanding its monitoring to cybersecurity. IC Realtime is introducing Ella, a cloud-based deep-learning search engine that augments surveillance systems with natural language search capabilities across recorded video footage. Ella enables any surveillance or security cameras to recognise objects, colours, people, vehicles and animals. Ella was designed using the technology backbone of Camio, a startup founded by ex-Googlers who designed a simpler way to apply searching to streaming video feeds. It’s a “Google for video:” Users can type in queries such as “white truck” to find every relevant video clip. Smarter homes and smarter computers Do-it-yourself smart home security company Abode Systems announces iota, an all-in-one system giving customers more freedom and flexibility to build out and monitor their smart home. The new form factor has a built-in full-HD resolution camera enabling customers to see and hear what’s going on in their home 24/7 while a built-in gateway supports hundreds of devices to make homes more convenient, safer and more secure. There is also support for Apple HomeKit. Highly programmable and high-performance platforms will no doubt play a role in the future of video surveillance systems in our market The Z-Wave Alliance will host 30-plus leading smart home brands in the Z-Wave pavilion at CES. A full walk-through home will demonstrate different brands working together to create one cohesive smart home experience. Sigma Designs unveils its 700-Series Z-Wave platform, including numerous performance and technology enhancements in energy-efficiency and RF performance. Personal protection in attendance Self-defence product company SABRE will debut a combination pepper spray with dual sound-effect personal alarm that “alternates between the traditional wailing sound and a primal scream, while a strobe blinks 19 times per second to disorient assailants.” SABRE’s Modern Fake Security Camera includes “sleek, realistic design to deter would-be thieves.” Chip maker Ambarella is introducing the CV1 4K Stereovision Processor with CFflow Computer Vision Architecture. The chip combines environmental perception with advances in deep neural network processing for a variety of applications, including video security cameras and fully autonomous drones. At CES, applications will focus on automotive uses, including advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), self-driving, electronic mirror and surround view systems. The highly programmable and high-performance platform will no doubt play a role in the future of video surveillance systems in our market. A full walk-through home will demonstrate different brands working together to create one cohesive smart home experience Extending home security and efficiency The Ring whole-house security ecosystem creates a “Ring of Security” around homes and neighbourhoods. Products include “Stick Up” indoor/outdoor security cameras, integrated LED lighting, a “Ring Alarm” integrated bundle for $199 including a base station, keypad, contact sensor, and Z-Wave extender. “Ring Protect Plans” include 24/7 professional monitoring. The “Streety” phone app, from Vivint Smart Home, extends home security into the neighbourhood. Streety makes it easy for neighbours to monitor neighbourhood activity through a network of shared residential cameras. They can keep an eye on kids, cars and property through live video feeds and use recorded video clips to investigate incidents. A new device making its debut at CES is the Walker “commercialised biped robot,” from UBTECH Robotics, which provides a complete home butler service and is designed to ease the day-to-day operations of a busy home or office. The varied of functions includes video surveillance monitoring, security patrol monitoring, motion detection and “instant alarm,” as well as dancing and playing games with children. The company says Walker will “bridge the gap between technologies that were once only available in scientific research institutions and everyday people.”
Cybersecurity is an ongoing concern in the realm of home automation and security systems. Joe Albaugh brought a unique perspective to the subject in July when he became Chief Security Officer (CSO) of Vivint, the second largest residential security and home automation provider in the United States. Albaugh’s approach to the cybersecurity aspects of home automation is based on his 20 years of experience including past positions as chief information security officer for three large, critical infrastructure agencies of the U.S. government. “I preached in the federal government that there is a convergence between automation, operations and administration, all using the same technology and relying on the same operating systems,” Albaugh says. Challenges in the home automation market are “very similar” given the emergence of the “Internet of Things” and the resulting capabilities that will evolve, he adds. Albaugh says home automation, like government and enterprise systems, can benefit from a holistic awareness of risk mitigation that encompasses considerations from logical access control to secure software to authentication and encryption. Albaugh says there is an expectation that home automation systems are secure, but information gleaned from conferences and threat intelligence suggests that isn’t true. “You can look at each piece independently and dedicate resources to each, but a holistic approach gives a better outcome,” he says. “I think having cyber-security expertise and understanding its operational impacts [points to] smart ways to securely enable business,” says Albaugh. “It’s a great time to pair my expertise with the capability and vision of this company.” Albaugh was chief information security officers for the U.S. Department of Transportation and formerly with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); before that, he was chief information security officer and acting chief information officer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Headquartered in Provo, Utah, Vivint traces its founding back to 1995; the new company took the name APX Alarm Security Solutions in 1999 and was later rebranded as Vivint in 2010. The Blackstone Group purchased Vivint for more than $2 billion in 2012. With 7,000 employees including 3,000 seasonal sales reps and technicians, Vivint serves more than 850,000 customers in the United States, Canada and New Zealand. Revenue in 2013 was $500.9 million. Albaugh says he was drawn to Vivint because of the company’s mission to combine cohesive, intelligent home automation systems with good customer service. “Coming to Vivint was a way to move up in my career path personally and to be part of something that is evolving to the next level,”he says. "I preached in the federal government that there is a convergence between automation, operations and administration, all using the same technology and relying on the same operating systems" In the home automation market, Albaugh sees the need to balance system functional with the degree of needed security. If a system is “too secure,” it would likely not function effectively; while a “wide open” system would be prone to attack. “I try not to be Chicken Little saying the sky is falling. It’s about risk and risk tolerance. There are different opinions about how secure systems need to be, and a polarity about how they need to be managed,” he says. “I focus on polarity management – is it all privacy or no privacy? – but the answer is somewhere in between. Home systems can use information to make the home experience better, but the issues revolve around transparency and due diligence and education, beginning and ending with awareness by the end user.” Many consumers today are willing to exchange a level of privacy if they get benefits in return; the popularity of social networks are one example. Albaugh points to another example: How credit card companies use private information to avoid unauthorized charges, for example by analyzing spending patterns and notifying the consumer if a charge request doesn’t match the patterns. "With market estimates of the industry reaching $100 billion in total revenue by 2018, there’s a lot of opportunity ahead of us" Albaugh says it’s much easier to make cost-focused risk decisions when an industry is in its infancy – as the home automation sector is now – than later when usage is more widespread. It’s also much more effective (and less expensive) to “build security into” a system than to “bolt security onto” a system later on. “There also is a cost consideration – you don’t want to spend $500,000 to get $5,000 worth of value,” he says. “You want to have all the risks and potential possibilities before you. We have a great opportunity now to build in security pragmatically rather than add it on later. There are many lessons of cybersecurity that are about being proactive.” “I wouldn’t want to speculate too much on the maturity of home automation in 5-10 years, but with market estimates of the industry reaching $100 billion in total revenue by 2018, there’s a lot of opportunity ahead of us,” says Albaugh. Given projections, it’s not surprising that a lot of players are getting involved, including large companies like Google and Apple. “I can guarantee that as we continue to interlace our homes with Internet-accessible technologies – and extend our reliance on automation for everything from convenience and efficiency, to life safety – we will increasingly expose ourselves to cyber-risks,” Albaugh adds. “We should have already learned some valuable lessons from mistakes made in the past, such as bolting on security after the fact, or worse, leaving it off completely.” ”I believe that the automation companies that build pragmatic security capabilities into their offerings and their organizations, and that recognize the interdependencies of each, will be better positioned for success in this industry,” Albaugh says. “That’s why I came to Vivint.”
The security market is awash in stories about how big companies sought to step in and transform the market, from GE to Cisco to several cable or telecom companies. There is generally a lot of hand-wringing over “what it means” when you hear about a big company entering the market. So far the impact of bigger players on our status quo as a fragmented market has been minimal, but it still causes waves when a big company sets its sights on security. Such is the case with Apple, the latest big consumer company setting its sights on our market. Apple recently announced that its new iOS 8 software development kit (SDK) includes HomeKit, a standardized network protocol to communicate with and control connected devices in a user’s home. The idea is that you can tell Siri you’re going to bed and she will automatically close the garage door, dim the lights, set the thermostat (and presumably arm the security system). Home automation has recently been a growing subset of the home security market, with security companies adding new home automation capabilities to their core systems based on the premise that a security system is the logical point of convergence for automation in the home. Could Siri disrupt the entire home automation market or threaten the security industry’s stake in it? Or will Apple’s software merely provide new opportunities for product enhancements? Only time will tell. (Some security professionals prone to panic might find solace in Apple’s unsuccessful attempt to redefine the home television market – ever heard of Apple TV?) NEST programmable thermostats and smoke detectors are installed in 1.1 million households, which potentially provides Google its own gateway into the home automation business But Apple isn’t the only big consumer brand nibbling around the edges of home automation. When Google bought NEST for $3.2 billion earlier this week, many people in the security market took note. NEST programmable thermostats and smoke detectors are installed in 1.1 million households, which potentially provide Google its own gateway into the home automation business. Conventional wisdom says that a rising tide lifts all boats. Might the endorsement of players like Apple and Google lift the fortunes of everyone in the security arena by expanding the market and raising awareness of the growing home automation sector? You could certainly argue the reverse: I have heard the failure of near field communication (NFC) to gain traction attributed to Apple not embracing the capability on its devices. With new big players in town, how will the role of home security companies change? Could Google or Apple or another huge player take over the market? These aren’t just interesting topics for cocktail hour; they could impact our future as an industry. It will be interesting to watch.UPDATE: More shock waves impacting the home automation market now with the acquisition of Web-enabled home video camera manufacturer Dropcam by Nest Labs, which is owned by Google. Here's a comment from Matt Rogers' blog (he is Nest's founder and head of engineering): "Eventually, the plan is for us to work together to reinvent products that will help shape the future of the conscious home and bring our shared vision to more and more people around the world. For now though, not much will change. Dropcam products will still be sold online and in stores. And Dropcam customers will still continue to use their Dropcam accounts." More fuel for the fiery transformation of the home automation sector. Is the security market ready for “the conscious home?”
Your Homes Newcastle (YHN), which manages more than 26,000 properties on behalf of Newcastle City Council, is taking an innovative approach to fire safety with a pilot project utilizing thermal imaging cameras in tower blocks. The ALMO has installed the thermal imaging cameras in three of its 45 multi-story blocks across the city in a trial partnership with OpenView Security Solutions, with the project attracting praise from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. Mobotix M16 Thermal Cameras The trial of the Mobotix M16 Thermal Camera sees the cameras installed in bin chute rooms The trial of the Mobotix M16 Thermal Camera sees the cameras installed in bin chute rooms. The cameras detect minute increases in temperature, triggering an alarm in YHN’s central enquiry center before any fire has had a chance to take hold, meaning within seconds of a possible fire starting the alarm is raised with the fire service. The camera continually monitors the temperature in the room, with information relayed back to the fire service, enabling them to better prepare for responding to the fire. David Langhorne, YHN’s Assets and Development Director, said: “The tragic events at Grenfell Tower have undoubtedly put fire safety in multi-story blocks under a microscope, but we have been trialing new measures in our multi-story properties for some time. Faster Fire Detection “We pride ourselves on being innovative, so it was an easy decision for us to test something that had not yet been adopted elsewhere. The early detection system provided by the camera has many benefits, but, most importantly, the faster response time from the fire service means the potential impact on residents and their properties is minimized and they and their homes are far safer as a result.” “This trial system is one of many fire safety measures currently in place in the blocks we manage across the city, where we also have wet and dry risers, central alarm systems, smoke alarm activated bin chute fire dampers, and bin room sprinklers.” Reducing False Fire Alarms Alan Robson, Assistant Chief Officer at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said “It’s great that YHN is innovating in this way. Using technology to support the monitoring of storage areas such as this helps improve the information we receive about incidents. This technology can reduce false alarm calls and improve our response to confirmed fires.” The standard CCTV lens provides a live feed for further verification of events OpenView Security Solutions is the UK’S largest privately-owned independent security company and a leading national supplier of fire, electrical and mechanical services to the public and private housing sectors. Thermal Imaging The Mobotix M16 Thermal camera’s lens is triggered when an unexpected heat pattern occurs and automatically sends an alert to the central control room. Images from the thermal lens are automatically presented to operators enabling the exact location of hotspots, such as smouldering fires, to be pinpointed. The standard CCTV lens provides a live feed for further verification of events. YHN’s existing infrastructure, which uses Openview installed equipment in the blocks to link alarms through to its enquiry center via Jontek, meant the new approach could be easily implemented without any disruption to residents. Innovative Fire Protection Solutions Andy Ward, Sales Director of OpenView Security Solutions, added “This innovative fire protection solution enables housing providers to ensure a safer environment for residents and minimize the incidence of false alarms. It now forms part of our expanding portfolio of fire and life safety solutions, one of the fastest growing areas of our business, and consolidates our leading position in the public and private housing sector.” Commenting on the partnership with YHN and OpenView, Frank Graham, Mobotix Regional Sales Manager, said: “We are very happy to be working so closely with both YHN and Openview in the development and provision of an innovative solution for such a serious issue. Mobotix cameras have inbuilt intelligence to meet all the requirements of integrator and end users alike and we look forward to a longstanding and fruitful partnership with both organizations moving forward.”
Outdoor, wireless passive infrared sensors (PIRs) from OPTEX have proved so successful in the field that they have changed the way an expert at Amron Security specifies and installs security equipment. OPTEX Outdoor PIRs OPTEX worked with Amron Security to protect an isolated residential property in a rural location in the West Midlands (UK). Exposed on all four sides by main roads and fields, the owner was concerned that the property, including detached garages, would be a vulnerable target for intruders. Paul Bishop, Contracts Manager and Senior Installer at Amron Security, was at first sceptical when OPTEX proposed using wireless PIRs: “As an installer I feel more comfortable using outdoor sensors only when alarms can be visually verified remotely, as it is far from ideal for false or nuisance alarms to trigger with no possibility for verification,” he says. “However, I haven’t experienced any false alarm problems with OPTEX’s outdoor PIRs, which have performed flawlessly.” Low False Alarm Rates, High Detection Rates The PIRs specified by OPTEX include five of its VXI-R and two FTN-R sensors, featuring some of the lowest false alarm rates and highest detection rates in the industry. They are both battery-operated outdoor detectors that wirelessly connect to a Ricochet®-enabled alarm panel via OPTEX’s recently launched, pre-configured and pre-connected Ricochet®-enabled wireless transmitter, the BGR-01, which is fitted into the back of each sensor. The VXI-R sensors have a 12m wide angle of detection, while the FTN-R sensors provide a shorter – up to 5m – detection range in a curtain-like pattern. Combining the two variants therefore provides the optimum security defense. OPTEX Analytics Programming All the sensors are equipped with OPTEX’s latest analytics programming that includes small animal tolerance, vegetation detection, and enhanced weather protection to ensure false alarms are avoided. The sensors are tamper-proof and have a battery life lasting around three years. Amron Security maintains the sensors and provides a remote monitoring service; it is automatically informed if an alarm occurs. “Since the installation in 2016 there has not been a single false alarm,” Paul adds. “The technology has performed to such a high standard that my PIR concerns have been mitigated and we are specifying OPTEX’s sensors at further sites. “My concerns over battery life have also been dispelled, since it is now more than 18 months since the first detectors were installed and they continue to work without interruption.” Jacques Vaarre, Managing Director of OPTEX Europe, EMEA headquarters, says the state-of-the-art sensors are specifically manufactured to reduce false alarms: “The stability of our outdoor PIRs is paramount – and that they are so reliable to change the opinion of industry experts is very encouraging.”
Vanderbilt's integrated electronic security system is protecting sensitive social housing properties The system not only had to cater for external security such as covering approaches to the property and access points, it also had to provide coverage of the interior areas to ensure that there was no misuse of fixtures, fittings and furnishings. External Intrusion Detection External areas are protected by PIR beam detectors linked to the video installation. If a beam is broken, a video camera is automatically diverted to cover the area of the disturbance and, once again, an alarm signal is sent to the control panel. Surveillance Recording And Review The video installation makes extensive use of Vanderbilt "speed domes" fully functional domes which are unobtrusive and combine remote pan and tilt facilities with a 26 time zoom to allow close examination of areas of interest. All images collected by the video system are automatically recorded by the high-capacity Eventys DVRs, allowing them to be easily reviewed if and when required. Keyless Access Control System The doors for the flats are provided with keyless access systems operated by smart cards. With this arrangement, it is easy to achieve a high degree of security for the residents. Smart cards that are lost and those belonging to residents who have left the safe house can be instantly deleted from the system. Sensors are fitted to the windows of the flats to monitor the extent of opening. If the windows are opened further to a point that would allow an intruder to be admitted, an alarm signal is sent to the main control panel, alerting staff of the need for further investigation.
Urmet's solution will offer screening of visitors and the ability to integrate with home automation apps Urmet, an international manufacturer of video door entry solutions, has secured the order to supply the latest IP door entry systems for a new development of luxury apartments at a £500 million mixed-use development near Oxford Street in London’s West End. Rathbone Square is a 2.3-acre project consisting of new office space, retail outlets, a public square and 142 luxury apartments. The buildings have been designed by Make Architects and are being constructed by Lend Lease for developers Great Portland Estates. The site is a former Royal Mail sorting office in Fitzrovia and forms part of the £1 billion development of Tottenham Court Road in preparation for the Crossrail railway construction project.Visitor Screening RequirementsThe Urmet equipment at the apartments and penthouses is being installed by nationwide building services contractor TClarke and will operate from IPervoice, Urmet’s IP door entry software platform. The building services company required a single system that would offer both the comprehensive screening of visitors and the ability to integrate with third-party home automation apps that control everything from blinds to lighting.Visitors make calls using external stainless steel Elekta entrance panels. These Power over Ethernet (PoE) panels feature a 3.5” color display with a 2-megapixel camera, allowing the recording of both video and audio messages. Compact dimensions and sleek lines will ensure the equipment has minimal impact on the period architecture surrounding Rathbone Square, which includes a number of Georgian buildings. With an impact-resistance rating of IK09, the unit also offer minimal pry points to prevent vandalism.Gesture-driven Touchscreen The system enables call-forwarding to mobile phones via Urmet’s Call2U App when residents are away from home and even allows users to grant access from their remote location A key feature in the apartments is that Rathbone Square residents will communicate with their visitors via Urmet’s latest black MAX IP Android-powered touchscreen. This is a 7” device with quad-core processor that provides processing power to run the most demanding applications and functions like a normal tablet. The system enables call-forwarding to mobile phones via Urmet’s Call2U App when residents are away from home and even allows users to grant access from their remote location. Families can take advantage of this feature on up to four devices simultaneously. TClarke has also used Urmet’s concierge switchboard software, which enables the 24-hour concierge staff to manage calls, receive and create alarms, generate usage reports, and send messages on a global, group and individual basis. The software simplifies these functions by presenting the concierge with an intuitive screen menu and gives operators overall site awareness and visibility that adds to resident security.Compliance With ‘Secured By Design’Throughout the Rathbone Square project, TClarke has worked to the requirements of Secured by Design (the official UK police flagship supporting the principles of ‘designing out crime’). The MAX IP touchscreen (now available in both black and white) ensures adherence to these recommendations with its generous 1024 x 600 pixel screen and destination control for lifts. The screen features an elevator icon, while logic control within the IPervoice software allows the resident to limit a delivery person’s access to the floor for which they have permission. Secured by Design mandates intelligent elevator management of this kind. Commitment To Open Platforms As the project matures, the MAX IP touchscreen will become a true portal. It will integrate with a host of third-party home automation apps “The Rathbone Square project shows us working in a collaborative environment with installer and developer,” says Mark Hagger, Urmet’s Sales and Marketing Director. “As the project matures, the MAX IP touchscreen will become a true portal. It will integrate with a host of third-party home automation apps, including lighting and blind control.” The various sections of Rathbone Square have either six or eight floors, with three basement levels. The office space is on the south side of the building close to Oxford Street, while the residential block faces Fitzrovia. First In A Hundred YearsRathbone Square consists of two ‘L’-shaped buildings, one incorporating the residential units and the other office space for which Castel UK, part of the Urmet Group of companies, provided an IP intercom solution. The exteriors feature precast concrete cladding and metalwork with a focus on low carbon footprint throughout from Hilson Moran, which is acting as sustainability consultant. Many of the apartments at Rathbone Square have balconies overlooking a central garden. Residents can enjoy facilities such as a gymnasium, 18-meter pool, sauna, screening room and even a wine storage and tasting room. The adjacent public square is the first such area built in London for 100 years.
Malkowski will control various home automation scenes set up in the Z-Wave booth at the CEDIA Expo, Denver Shout it from the mountain top: home automation is reaching new heights -- 26,906 feet, to be exact. That's the height of Cho Oyu, the sixth-highest mountain in the world. And that's where an amateur mountain climber will demonstrate the home automation capabilities of Z-Wave using a variety of devices powered by Z-Wave technology. By virtue of the remote location, rugged environmental condition, and lack of technical support capabilities, it is being dubbed the "most remote home automation demonstration ever recorded." The climb Cho Oyu and the subsequent demonstration -- officially titled the "Z-Wave Himalayan Expedition by Kwikset" -- will be performed by named Mariusz Malkowski, a 40-year-old technical services manager at Sigma Designs, a member of the 200-member Z-Wave Alliance. Malkowski has climbed world-class mountains on four continents, many of them by himself. Using no supplemental oxygen, Malkowski is scheduled to begin his ascent on September 10 and will conclude his descent on or around October 6. Using only his smartphone, Malkowski will control various home automation scenes set up in the Z-Wave booth at the CEDIA Expoin Denver (CEDIA is the leading tradeshow in the residential electronic systems industry). Scenes will include locking and unlocking a Kwikset SmartCode Deadbolt Lock with Home Connect Technology and adjusting temperature on his Remotec Thermostat, as well as controlling other Z-Wave Devices. The purpose is to show end-users the dependability of Z-Wave technology, as well as highlighting the overall benefits of home automation. Using only his smartphone, Malkowskiwill control various home automationscenes set up in the Z-Wave boothat the CEDIA Expo in Denver The CEDIA Expo is being held in Denver, CO from September 28-30, 2013. The exact date and time of the demonstration are to be determined, depending on the pace of Malkowski's ascent. Weather permitting, Malkowski plans to broadcast a live video remote from the mountain summit to the show location so that Expo attendees can watch the demonstration. Kwikset, the leader in residential security, was named as the lead (Diamond) sponsor of the event. According to Keith Brandon, Kwikset's Director of Residential Access Solutions, the expedition helps spread the message and benefits of home automation in a visually captivating way that is difficult to duplicate. "It's one thing to tell homeowners about home automation and its capabilities; it's quite another to demonstrate those capabilities in such a dramatic setting," said Brandon. "With our SmartCode locks with Home Connect people may know that they can be locked and unlocked remotely via their smartphones or other web-enabled device. But actually watching them being operated from the sixth highest mountain in the world really drives the point home." Additional sponsors include: Vivint (Platinum); Z-Wave Alliance (Platinum); Alarm.com (Gold); Remotec (Silver); and Z-Wave Products (Silver). Cho Oyu, which means "Turquoise Goddess" in Tibetan, is the westernmost major peak of the Khumbu sub-section of the Mahalangur Himalaya, 20 kilometers west of Mount Everest. The mountain stands on the Tibet-Nepal border.
The rave plan was dampened by the use of Optex detectors which triggered a silent alarm and alerted a mobile patrolA security system comprising three wireless EX35RVP detectors from Optex Europe prevented an illegal rave planned on New Year's Eve at an East London house.The large residential property had been vacant for several months and hundreds were thought to be attending the three-day event. Some were even thought to be planning to squat for as long as three months. Their plan was thwarted, however, by the use of the modified Optex detectors that triggered a silent battery powered Void AlarmT unit from Secure Site. This unit in turn alerted a mobile patrol via GSM.Arriving within minutes, the trespassers were caught, the Police called and the would-be revelers arrested.Derek Tyrrell, General Manager at Secure Site, says that the key benefit of the bespoke system incorporating Optex detectors - aside from their reliability - is that they are wireless: "As Void AlarmT is self-powered it doesn't need hard wiring or mains electricity supply," he says, "and being wireless, the Optex detectors can be better concealed, and yet still communicate with the control box. Being a temporary system, it can be fitted and secured in place, the next day, by our installers and can only be removed when instructed by the landlord."The system is a result of the joint development between Optex, Secure Site and the OEM wireless GSM developer."In this instance the detectors instantly picked up on the intruder in the property and ensured that the police were able to arrest them and prevent any damage..." The Optex EX35RVP detectors were strategically placed at the front and rear doors and in the main corridor, as Derek continues: "In many of our vacant property alarms, we incorporate the main control unit inside a purpose-built steel alarm case that's bolted to the wall or floor, and communicates with the EX35RVP wirelessly. The GSM emitter is also housed within this alarm case providing a secure unit.""In this instance the detectors instantly picked up on the intruder in the property and ensured that the police were able to arrest them and prevent any damage, saving the landlord hundreds of thousands of pounds in potential repairs."Paul Nicholas, Divisional Manager of Optex Europe, says: "The joint venture between our OEM GSM developer and Secure Site provides a unique solution for vacant sites and other locations where rapid deployment is required. Add to this our extensive range of wireless small animal immune external sensors and you have the ideal solution for vacant properties or compounds."