ISC Security Events and the Security Industry Association (SIA) are pleased to announce that security and public safety leaders Deanne Criswell and Angela Stubblefield will headline the 2019 SIA Education@ISC East Keynote Series. These keynote sessions are open to all attendees at ISC East – the Northeast’s largest security trade show – taking place Nov. 20-21 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Criswell will share her insights on emergency preparedness, crisis management and disaster response
In the Day 1 keynote Leveraging Technology to Improve Decision Making: A New Direction in Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness, Criswell – commissioner of the New York City Emergency Management Department – will highlight how the department is leveraging technology to make informed, data-driven decisions and discuss the department’s strategic vision and the importance of public-private partnerships.
Criswell will share her firsthand experiences and insights on emergency preparedness, crisis management and disaster response, including lessons learned and best practices to take back to your business and organization.
FAA Perspectives on Addressing Risks
In the Day 2 keynote UAS Security: FAA Perspectives on Addressing Risks Posed by Errant or Malicious UAS, Stubblefield – who has served as the deputy associate administrator for security and hazardous materials safety at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) since 2013 and will assume the role of FAA chief of staff on Nov. 4 – will discuss the FAA’s holistic approach to aerial drone security, working across the full spectrum of risk mitigation from prevention to deterrence, detection and response.
Stubblefield will highlight how the FAA is working with security partners to consider how to set requirements for the aircraft, airspace and airman in order to help reduce security risks, how intent can be difficult to determine and how different tools help to differentiate the clueless and careless from the criminal, which require different response capabilities.
sessions on access control, drones
“ISC East is thrilled to welcome Deanne Criswell and Angela Stubblefield as our 2019 keynote speakers; their demonstrated expertise and success in emergency preparedness, planning, operations and response, threat analysis and response, national security and critical infrastructure policy and more will provide valuable insights to our attendees,” said Will Wise, group vice president, security portfolio at Reed Exhibitions. “These keynote sessions will share essential knowledge to help security and public safety professionals stay up to date on the emerging risks and response strategies in our evolving connected world.”
In addition to the Keynote Series, ISC East attendees will have access to over 25 free education sessions and four paid workshop offerings through the 2019 SIA Education@ISC East program. SIA Education@ISC East will offer all-new content on the most current business trends, technologies and developments in the security and public safety industry.
Workshop on OSDP, cyber security terminology and strategy
Free sessions covering topics like video analytics in access control, drone security policy and securing public venues
They will offer free sessions covering topics like video analytics in access control, drone security policy, securing public venues, cyber-physical-operational convergence and preventing hostile vehicle attacks – and paid workshops on the SIA Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP), cybersecurity terminology and strategy, active shooter response and video surveillance installation and configuration.
“Each year at ISC East, in addition to learning about a wide array of cutting-edge technologies on the show floor, conference attendees have the opportunity to unlock top-quality education and hear from the industry’s leading luminaries through the ISC East Keynote Series,” said Dr. Elli Voorhees, director of education and training at SIA.
She adds, “These keynote presentations from Deanne Criswell, an esteemed emergency management expert, and Angela Stubblefield, a respected leader in national security, safety and crisis response, combined with dozens of other engaging SIA Education@ISC sessions will deliver a high-impact content program for ISC East 2019.”
At ISC East, over 7,500 security and public safety professionals will convene in New York to meet experts from over 300 major security brands. With opportunities to engage with the industry’s top innovators, special events and cutting-edge education encompassing everything from video surveillance and access control to smart home technologies, the Internet of Things and drones and robotics, ISC East 2019 will provide a comprehensive security industry event experience and help attendees find the products and solutions that will benefit their organizations and clients.
The grand opening of The 17th China Public Security Expo (CPSE 2019) was successfully held in Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center. With the theme “Dahua Heart of City — Leading The Intelligent Twins Evolution”, Dahua Technology, globally renowned video-centric smart IoT solution and service provider, brilliantly displays the solution achievements under its new Smart City structure, including Safe City, Smart Traffic, Smart Retail, Smart Firefighting, and other success cases, as well as HD Panorama, AI, 5G and other intelligent products, providing a technological global security feast for the attendees of the event.
Dahua HOC strategy enables Dahua to continuously build its core competence around Digital Twins and Intelligent Twins
With the continuous iteration of information technology, technological innovation promotes the transformation of digital economy to the intelligent economy era. Under the Dahua HOC strategy, Dahua Technology continuously builds its core competence around Digital Twins and Intelligent Twins, supporting the “Business as the leader, Data as the foundation, Technology as the tool” philosophy, and solidifying the new driving force of closed-loop customer value.
Dahua HOC Safe City Solution
Every exhibition area of Dahua Technology displays innovated application for city operations, corporate management, and consumers, presenting an overall insight of its latest practical solutions.
The Dahua HOC Safe City Solution supports IoT multi-dimensional sensing, big data, cloud data, AI and other technologies. It carries out an intelligent platform in building new “Online Police” mode, which has been implemented in Hangzhou, Ningbo, Guizhou and other cities of China, comprehensively improving the practical application and efficiency of public security.
Dahua HOC Smart Traffic Solution
The Dahua HOC Smart Traffic Solution utilizes the construction of sensing centers, capability centers and business centers in achieving closed-loop data value chain, driving towards a more accurate and efficient intelligent traffic management. With continuous in-depth implementation, the solution has been gaining positive results in Zhejiang Province Highway Traffic Police, Liuzhou City Traffic Police and other locations.
The Dahua HOC Smart Retail Solution offers an online data collection and analysis of people, products and shop areas based upon offline sensing. Through its cloud “data brain”, it helps car dealer shops, retail store chains and other retail businesses in lowering cost and increasing efficiency of their operation management.
Dahua HOC Smart Firefighting Solution
Dahua HOC Smart Firefighting Solution provides an in-depth supervision in fire prevention and control
The Dahua HOC Smart Firefighting Solution provides an in-depth supervision in fire prevention and control, firefighting & rescue, and other business area. With the help of Dahua Intelligent Firefighting Robot, Intelligent Unmanned Firefighting Helicopter and other equipment, it replaces humans with robots in land and air operation, preventing fires and rescuing casualties showing outstanding performance in actual cases in Hangzhou, Chongqing and other places.
In terms of product innovation, Dahua Technology achieves front-end intelligent and quick response based on environment, scene, content sensing, and edge computing fusion; at the same time, combines cloud computing and big data in breaking data barriers, and enabling product and solutions.
The new scene-customizable camera launched by Dahua Technology, adhering to its principle "demand comes from scene, design based on application", redefines camera based on the comprehensive extraction of customer demands and in-depth analysis of product application scene. Dahua Hubble camera supports 64 MP Ultra HD panorama and combines AI and AR analysis features in achieving intelligent video interactions, satisfying large scene monitoring requirement.
Dahua intelligent network cameras
Dahua PolarLight camera effectively solves difficulties in low-light face image capturing, reducing light pollution. The Dahua Tianque intelligent network camera has multiple lenses that can be remotely and independently adjusted, suitable for panoramic and detailed monitoring, while the Dahua Hunter PTZ camera utilizes double platform architecture with panoramic and detailed connection, immensely improving intelligent scenes’ applicability and convenient deployment.
Dahua Tianxing camera uses double camera splicing technology that can clearly capture vehicle violations within a 100-meter coverage, solving the industry’s difficulty in capturing violation in large scenes; Dahua thermal camera accurately sense temperature, and intelligently analyze smoking, calling and other behaviors.
Dahua Edge Intelligent Analysis
In addition, Dahua HDCVI 6.0, mobile panoramic PTZ, face recognition access control, and other innovative products are also exhibited, attracting interests and earning high recognition from the visitors of the event. As for the collaboration of edge, end and cloud, the Dahua Edge Intelligent Analysis combines deep learning algorithms with intelligent analysis functions such as face recognition and perimeter protection to achieve pre-warning.
In terms of AI achievements, Dahua Technology has successfully applied face recognition, target tracking, intelligent transportation algorithm, 3D AR and other AI technologies into its products, greatly improving security efficiency.
Dahua Theme Summits
Imou’s new product launch showcased its three flagship intelligent locks – P6, V6 and V8
During the exhibition, expert scholars and business leaders gathered together to witness the launch of Dahua Technology’s three industry-themed summits and discuss the future of the industry.
In the afternoon, the consumer brand of Dahua Technology — Imou’s new product launch showcased its three flagship intelligent locks – P6, V6 and V8, as well as TP7S PTZ camera, TE3 dome camera with wireless active deterrence camera, TF1D double antenna camera, and other new innovative products, creating full-scenario product ecological systems from indoor to outdoor, and from home to commercial use.
Video-centric smart IoT solution
Dahua Technology, globally renowned video-centric smart IoT solution and service provider, will continue to get insights and understanding of customer scenario and requirements, and will make every effort to fully coordinate its technological innovation, top-level designs, business architectures, operation services and other capabilities, to improve its key competitiveness in AI, deep learning, IoT and other technologies, to continue creating value for customers and to strongly drive industry development.
More of Dahua Technology’s latest achievements, cutting-edge product technologies, as well as theme summits of industry technologies and application development trends will be showcased until October 31. Guests are requested to visit Dahua Technology’s booth at International Hall, 1B07, Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center to see all their latest equipment and products live.
ADT Inc., the smart home security provider serving residential and business customers, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell ADT Security Services Canada, Inc. (“ADT Canada”), to TELUS Corporation (“TELUS”) for approximately CAD $700 million in cash, subject to certain adjustments. The transaction comprises all of ADT Canada’s operations and assets.
“Opportunities continue to develop for ADT in the areas of smart home integration, the expansion of the home security business into new demographics and ADT’s growth in commercial security,” said Jim DeVries, President and CEO, ADT.
“The sale of our more capital intensive Canadian operations enables us to sharpen our focus on the exciting growth and higher margin opportunities in the U.S., where we can more efficiently invest our time and resources. Importantly, these emerging opportunities are ideal for leveraging the trusted ADT brand as we continue generating strong free cash flow to drive shareholder value over the long term.”
One-time special dividend
The Company also announced that its Board of Directors authorized a one-time special dividend (“Special Dividend”) of up to $550 million and plans to set the dividend at $0.70 per share. The Special Dividend is conditioned upon the closing of the transaction and is subject to subsequent corporate action, and therefore may not be in that amount, or occur at all.ADT plans to continue to execute on its previously disclosed capital allocation framework
Details of the Special Dividend, including the record date for shareholders eligible to receive the Special Dividend and the payment date of the Special Dividend, will be provided in conjunction with the closing of the transaction.
Opportunistic bolt-on M&A opportunities
The Company expects to incur a non-cash charge in the third quarter in connection with the transaction, which may be material to ADT’s earnings. ADT plans to continue to execute on its previously disclosed capital allocation framework, which balances organic investments in the business, opportunistic bolt-on M&A opportunities, returning capital to shareholders and de-levering over time. For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, ADT Canada generated revenue of USD $229 million.
The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions and other business requirements, including approval of the transaction by the Canadian Competition Bureau.
RBC Capital Markets and Barclays are serving as financial advisors to ADT and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, LLP is serving as legal advisor.
Brilliant, manufacturer of Brilliant Smart Home Control system, and Schlage, a brand of Allegion that has been creating stylish and innovative door hardware for almost 100 years, has announced at CEDIA Expo 2019 a new collaboration designed to bring more convenience and simplicity to the smart home and home technology industry.
Complete access control
Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt integration with Brilliant Smart Home Control for seamless access control
Schlage’s innovative smart lock, the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt, will integrate with Brilliant’s Smart Home Control to give end users complete access control as well as the ability to conveniently lock and unlock their doors directly from any wall-mounted Brilliant Control or by utilizing voice commands through integration with Amazon Alexa. Homeowners will also be able to control locks as part of their home automation scenes.
The integration also makes it easier than ever for custom integrators and trade professionals to create safer, smarter homes for end users. The Schlage Encode deadbolt features built-in WiFi, making additional hubs and gateways unnecessary and allowing it to be added simply to a wider variety of smart home ecosystems. Its ability to seamlessly connect with Brilliant provides even more options during home construction.
Integration with smart home devices
“The Schlage Encode deadbolt was designed to make connected locks simpler for our customers,” said Mark Jenner, Director of Technology Alliances at Allegion. “By integrating with smart home automation platforms such as Brilliant, we provide homeowners greater flexibility, accessibility and simplicity to the smart home experience. That improved experience benefits partners at every stage, from the business decision to include the tech on new homes to installation of the technology.”
At CEDIA Expo 2019, September 10-14, Brilliant and Schlage will demo the integration at the Brilliant booth #3527. This demo is aimed at helping custom integrators understand how to deliver the best smart home control experience to their customers.
Brilliant – Schlage integration
“Brilliant understands that home builders and consumers aren’t smart home experts, yet they want the advanced technology and benefits that come with a smart home,” said Aaron Emigh, CEO and Co-Founder of Brilliant. “Brilliant and Schlage are committed to helping homeowners meet their needs now and in the future by working with custom integrators to create a more harmonious smart home experience.”
Safety: Homeowners are provided with top integrated products that help ensure the safety of their homes and families.
Simplicity: With no hubs or gateways needed to connect the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt to the home network, installation and integration with Brilliant and other smart home technology is easier than ever.
Convenience: The easy-to-use integration of Schlage and Brilliant provides homeowners with an exceptional smart home experience, resulting in positive customer interactions with builders, custom integrators and other trade professionals.
Peace of mind: Brilliant and Schlage’s innovation helps keep homeowners safe through integrated events that allow a door to lock automatically at a set time, see who is at the door and unlock the deadbolt remotely for trusted visitors, and ensure the house is turned on and safe for family members.
Flexibility: Customers have access to the smart home options they expect and can choose integrated products that will work with their lifestyle.
Affordable: Brilliant and Schlage have extensive relationships with builders to help create a program that is accessible and affordable to contractors and builders, alike.
Smart home features
Lock and unlock the door conveniently using Brilliant throughout the home or utilize the mobile app when they’re on the go.
Incorporate the Schlage Encode deadbolt in Brilliant “Scenes” to trigger controls throughout the home. For instance, tap "Goodnight" and Brilliant will lock the doors, turn off lights, turn down the temperature, and mute music.
See and speak to guests at the front door and unlock the door when a Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Ring Video Doorbell are connected to the Brilliant Control.
Tell Alexa to lock and unlock the door once the Brilliant Alexa Experience is set up and the Schlage Encode Alexa Skill is enabled.
There’s a lot of hype around the term ‘digital transformation.’ For some, it’s the integration of digital technology into everyday tasks. For others, it’s the incorporation of innovative processes aimed at making business optimization easier.
In most cases, digital transformation will fundamentally change how an organization operates and delivers value to its customers. And within the security realm, the age of digital transformation is most certainly upon us. Technology is already a part of our day-to-day lives, with smart devices in our homes and the ability to perform tasks at our fingertips now a reality. No longer are the cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities foreign and distant concepts full of intrigue and promise.
Enhancing business operations
We’re increasingly seeing devices become smarter and better able to communicate with each other
These elements are increasingly incorporated into security solutions with each passing day, allowing enterprises the chance to experience countless benefits when it comes to enhancing both safety and business operations. The term ‘connected world’ is a derivative of the digital transformation, signifying the increasing reliance that we have on connectivity, smart devices and data-driven decision-making. As we become more familiar with the advantages, flaws, expectations and best practices surrounding the connected world, we can predict what issues may arise and where the market is heading.
We’re increasingly seeing devices become smarter and better able to communicate with each other through the IoT to achieve both simple goals and arduous tasks. Within our homes, we’re able to control a myriad of devices with commands (‘Hey Google...’ or ‘Alexa...’), as well as recall data directly from our mobile devices, such as receiving alerts when someone rings our doorbell, there’s movement in our front yard or when a door has been unlocked.
The focus is now shifting to the business impacts of connectivity between physical devices and infrastructures, and digital computing and analytics-driven solutions. Within physical security, connected devices can encompass a variety of sensors gathering massive amounts of data in a given timeframe: video surveillance cameras, access control readers, fire and intrusion alarms, perimeter detection and more.
As the data from each of these sensors is collected and analyzed through a central platform, the idea of a connected world comes to fruition, bringing situational awareness to a new level and fostering a sense of proactivity to identifying emerging threats. The connected world, however, is not without its challenges, which means that certain considerations must be made in an effort to protect data, enhance structured networking and apply protective protocols to developing technology.
Physical security systems
We can expect to see the conversations regarding data privacy and security increase as well
As the use of connected devices and big data continue to grow, we can expect to see the conversations regarding data privacy and security increase as well. Connectivity between devices can open up the risk of cyber vulnerabilities, but designing safeguards as technology advances will lessen these risks. The key goal is to ensure that the data organizations are using for enhancement and improvements is comprehensively protected from unauthorized access.
Manufacturers and integrators must be mindful of their products' capabilities and make it easy for end users to adhere to data sharing and privacy regulations. These regulations, which greatly affect physical security systems and the way they're managed, are being implemented worldwide, such as the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In the United States, California, Vermont and South Carolina have followed suit, and it can be expected that more countries and U.S. states develop similar guidelines in the future.
Technology is already a part of our day-to-day lives, with smart devices in our homes and the ability to perform tasks at our fingertips now a reality
Automatic security updates
Mitigating the concerns of the ‘connected world’ extends beyond just data privacy. IoT technology is accelerating at such a pace that it can potentially create detrimental problems for which many organizations may be ill-prepared - or may not even be able to comprehend. The opportunities presented by an influx of data and the IoT, and applying these technologies to markets such as smart cities, can solve security and operational problems, but this requires staying proactive when it comes to threats and practicing the proper protection protocols.
As manufacturers develop devices that will be connected on the network, integrating standard, built-in protections becomes paramount. This can take the form of continuous vulnerability testing and regular, automatic security updates. Protocols are now being developed that are designed to ensure everything is encrypted, all communications are monitored and multiple types of attacks are considered for defensive purposes to provide the best security possible.
Hackers wishing to do harm will stop at nothing to break into IoT-connected devices
Built-in protection mechanisms send these kinds of systems into protection mode once they are attacked by an outside source. Another way for manufacturers to deliver solutions that are protected from outside threats is through constant and consistent testing of the devices long after they are introduced to the market.
Hackers wishing to do harm will stop at nothing to break into IoT-connected devices, taking every avenue to discover vulnerabilities. But a manufacturer that spends valuable resources to continue testing and retesting products will be able to identify any issues and correct them through regular software updates and fixes. ‘IoT’ has become a common term in our vocabularies and since it’s more widely understood at this point and time, it's exciting to think about the possibilities of this revolutionary concept.
Providing critical insights
The number of active IoT devices is expected to grow to 22 billion by 2025 — a number that is almost incomprehensible. The rise of 5G networks, artificial intelligence (AI) and self-driving cars can be seen on the horizon of the IoT. As more of these devices are developed and security protocols are developed at a similar pace, connected devices stand to benefit a variety of industries, such as smart cities.
Smart cities rely on data communicated via the IoT to enhance processes and create streamlined approaches
Smart cities rely on data communicated via the IoT to enhance processes and create streamlined approaches to ensuring a city is well-run and safe. For example, think of cameras situated at a busy intersection. Cameras at these locations have a variety of uses, such as investigative purposes in the event of an accident or for issuing red-light tickets to motorists. But there are so many other possible purposes for this connected device, including providing critical insights about intersection usage and traffic congestion. These insights can then be used to adjust stoplights during busy travel times or give cities valuable data that can drive infrastructure improvements.
Physical security market
The impact of connected devices on cities doesn’t stop at traffic improvement. The possibilities are endless; by leveraging rich, real-time information, cities can improve efficiencies across services such as transportation, water management and healthcare. However, stringent protections are needed to harden security around the networks transmitting this kind of information in an effort to mitigate the dangers of hacking and allow this technology to continuously be improved.
Whether you believe we’re in the midst of a digital transformation or have already completed it, one thing is certain: businesses must begin thinking in these connectivity-driven terms sooner rather than later so they aren’t left behind. Leveraging smart, connected devices can catapult organizations into a new level of situational awareness, but adopting protections and remaining vigilant continues to be a stalwart of technological innovation within the physical security market and into the connected world.
There’s no question that the popularity of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) security and home automation products is on the rise. The reasons for the growth in DIY sales are numerous, including increased awareness of home automation products, fast set-up, limited (if any) installation costs, and interoperability with other smart security products. In fact, with the parallel rise of smart home hubs like Alexa and Google Home, many people are opting to attempt the set-up of smart home devices without any professional assistance.
According to a 2018 Residential Security Market Report prepared by Parks Associates and Security Sales & Integration magazine, “More than 60% of installing dealers now report that DIY systems are biting into demand for their services.” But the rise in DIY is not entirely bad news for security and home automation installers and dealers. There are a number of ways to view this glass as half-full. Let’s look at a few of them.
Increase In Revenue For Dealers
With their lower cost and perceived ease of installation, DIY products have broken down barriers for additional purchaseThere are reasons for dealers and installers to be cheerful about the rise of DIY. For one thing, according to that same Residential Security Market Report from Parks Associates, residential security dealers are doing quite well. The report states, “In 2017, revenues were up an average 7.72% for security dealers.” What about installations? The report goes on to say, “For 2017, the average number of installs per dealer was 22 per month, compared to 17 per month in 2016.”
So, revenues are up for security dealers, and at least part of the reason can be attributed to the fact that DIY products can raise overall awareness of and spur interest in other home automation and security products. With their lower cost and perceived ease of installation, DIY products have actually broken down barriers for the additional purchase, and installation, of complete, professionally installed systems.
Wireless, Connected Smart Locks
For example, the sale of wireless, connected smart locks (viewed by some consumers as DIY) can lead to opportunities for further home automation product sales and professional installations. Connected smart locks can actually act as an extension of a smart hub or controller. They can be used to wirelessly communicate with and control all the devices that make up a home automation system, including lighting, entertainment, thermostats, air, alarms, shades and more.
With their lower cost and perceived ease of installation, DIY products have actually broken down barriers for new security installations
And they can do all this from a prime, convenient location – the front door, as well as other points of entry like the side or back doors. Plus, smart lock conversion kits like Kwikset Convert let homeowners easily bring home automation capabilities to their door without altering the aesthetics of the entry.
Connected smart locks can allow homeowners to set up their home with custom scenarios, right before they step inside. For example, residents can program their lock so that every time they unlock the door, a foyer light goes on, temperatures begin to rise to a set level – even connected coffee makers can begin to make a cup.
Portfolio Of Home Automation Products
One of the best ways to mitigate the ‘threat’ of DIY sales is for dealers and installers to become more versatileSmart locks are just one example of the potential of DIY products to spark a homeowner’s interest in a wide range of other home automation devices, many of which would benefit from professional installation. One of the best ways to mitigate the ‘threat’ of DIY sales is for dealers and installers to become more versatile and offer a complete portfolio of home automation products. The larger the home automation offering, the more devices there are to sell and install, the larger the installation required, the greater the need for professional installation.
Many homeowners who feel like they have a certain level of handiness will start by trying to do it themselves with a DIY product. But things don’t always go as planned, especially if they are attempting to set up a robust home automation system.
First off, just because a product is DIY doesn’t mean that the old products that are being replaced are going to easily make way for the new. A DIY thermostat or smart lock might require that the old equipment (and possibly wires) get tugged out of the wall. Messy holes might need to be filled.
Advantages Of Professional Installation
Even after the old system has been removed, homeowners planning on setting up a connected system may soon realize they don’t have the electrical skills or technological know-how to install and connect all devices, get a system programmed correctly, and get everything up and running smoothly. Professional installers have learned from experience; there’s very little that they haven’t seen before.
With their years of experience, installers know the best way to automate a home and how to create a custom smart home experience
Do-it-yourselfers might be able to solve problems by searching the internet and finding videos. But, then again, they might not. After going the DIY route once, many full-home automation system enthusiasts are beginning to realize that the best way to get things done right the first time is to leave the installation and set-up to a professional.
Professional installers can and should bring an extra level of experience and guidance to the process. Their services should go beyond tech installation and also include interface design. With their years of experience, installers know the best way to automate a home – how to create a custom smart home experience that doesn’t make the user feel less than smart.
Selling Additional Home Automation Products
If a problem arises due to installation error, the DIYer does not have any recourse to correct these mistakesResidential security dealers who offer professional installation should be willing to embrace the DIYer who has attempted to do a self-install but has not been able to complete the process successfully. With an open mind to this scenario, they can save the day for the DIYer, as well as create an opportunity to sell additional home automation equipment that the DIYer may not have known to be available.
The disparity between DIY and professional installation also brings to light the fact that there are no ‘satisfaction guarantees’ and no ‘installation/labor warranty’ available when a home automation system is installed by a DIYer. If a problem arises with either the equipment connectivity due to installation error, or if a piece of equipment is installed incorrectly, the DIYer does not have any recourse to correct these mistakes.
This may not be as critical if a DIYer installs a minor piece of equipment, but with something as critical as securing and protecting their home with a home automation and security system, most people want full peace of mind that everything has been installed correctly.
Reduces Connection Instability
According to a 2017 study by the analyst firm, IHS Markit, “The quality of the equipment is usually higher in professionally installed systems, and professional configuration and setup greatly reduces the potential for connection instability…” This is an issue that DIYers may come to realize over time. On the other hand, one issue DIYers may recognize right away, especially if they are attempting to connect multiple devices, is that the connectivity may be inconsistent.
Professionally installed devices operating on a wireless protocol might deliver better, consistent, longer-range connectivity
IHS Markit explains that, “DIY systems rely on open protocols and Wi-Fi connectivity that can sometimes be unreliable, creating connection issues. Some of the sensors can become unrecognizable to the system, requiring intervention from the user. In contrast, professional wireless systems rely on UL- or EN-certified equipment to operate on the basis of proprietary frequency, enabling them to work with the control panel much more seamlessly.”
In other words, professionally installed devices operating on a wireless protocol, even an open-source protocol like Z-Wave, might deliver better, consistent, longer-range connectivity, and fewer headaches.
Not Everyone Is A DIY Customer
There are customers who want someone to install the devices correctly and help them learn how to use and maintain themThere’s no doubt that there’s a segment of the security and home automation market that loves to spend their free time doing their own home improvement. They are watching videos, reading how-to books and manuals, and enjoying every minute. There’s also a segment of the market whose top goal is to save money up front. For these customers, there’s no getting around the joy of saving money with the lower cost of many DIY products.
But there are also a great number of prospective customers out there for whom DIY is of absolutely no interest. These consumers do not want to be their own IT department. They want expert help: they want someone to install the devices correctly and help them learn how to use and maintain them.
The IHS Markit study points out what many home automation dealers already know: that the elder and aging-in-place markets are an ideal destination for the security and convenience of home automation products. The study says, “Many senior citizens are not tech savvy enough to install a DIY system by themselves, so they tend to rely on professionally installed systems that are usually maintained by a family member.”
Along with the senior citizens market, there are many other market segments out there that still desire worry-free professional installation.
Installers should offer a range of products that includes some DIY products, and some leave-it-to-a-pro products
Producing Complete And Custom Solutions
Perhaps the best way for dealers and installers to stave off that feeling of doom that they might have about DIY is to tackle the problem head on and be creative. Offer a range of products that includes some DIY products, and some leave-it-to-a-pro products – consider the DIY product a great entry point for a more comprehensive system.
Play up the peace of mind that comes with professional installations and support that pitch with flexible monitoring contracts and service plans. Share what you do and why; relay your passion for producing complete and custom solutions and communicate how you add value to any and every sale.
No one, not even the most tech-savvy consumer, wants to install their own products if the end result is that the product doesn’t work the way it should. That’s where the pros can, should and will always come into play.
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.
The success of smart homes began with professional security providers offering bundled packages, focused mostly on security monitoring. However, due to the cost of professional contracts, consumers began to embrace the do-it-yourself (DIY) approach. Despite the challenges and opportunities that come with professional and DIY approaches, the momentum of smart home growth depends on these two approaches working symbiotically.
Smart home systems
In 2017, there were about 122 million smart home devices shipped globally, according to IHS Markit. The retail channel represented about 62 percent of all device shipments in 2017 and will represent about 70 percent in 2021. Despite the increased demand for professional installation, the “do-it-for-me” approach, most the volume remains with ad-hoc purchases. This includes a consumer video camera or a smart thermostat purchase from a retailer.
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When a consumer wants to add devices to an existing professionally installed system, they often will buy products from retail. Flexible service offerings and pricing are already taking shape across smart home offerings. DIY installed smart home systems such as Scout Alarm already offer no contract monitoring. Professional monitoring companies are already offering no contract pricing, and providers such as Comcast are looking to pilot programs for just video monitoring, bundled with Internet for a low monthly fee.
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Connected smart locks can actually act as an extension of a smart hub or controller
Options for financing are also going to become commonplace. Smart home equipment is expensive, even when attempting to outfit a modest size home (2,500 square feet). Immediate access to services is becoming more critical. This means consumers should be able to access on-demand service options directly from a mobile device to activate or deactivate professional monitoring. Lastly, pricing still needs to come down for many smart home devices, but there is a threshold.
For example, the sale of wireless, connected smart locks (viewed by some consumers as DIY) can lead to opportunities for further home automation product sales and professional installations. Connected smart locks can actually act as an extension of a smart hub or controller. They can be used to communicate wirelessly with and control all the devices that make up a home automation system, including lighting, entertainment, thermostats, air, alarms, shades and more.
According to a 2018 Residential Security Market Report prepared by Parks Associates, “More than 60% of installing dealers now report that DIY systems are biting into demand for their services.” But the rise in DIY is not entirely bad news for security and home automation installers and dealers. There are a number of ways to view this glass as half-full.
For example, with their lower cost and perceived ease of installation, DIY products have broken down barriers for additional purchases. There are reasons for dealers and installers to be cheerful about the rise of DIY. For one thing, according to that same Residential Security Market Report from Parks Associates, residential security dealers are doing quite well. The report states, “In 2017, revenues were up an average 7.72% for security dealers.”
DIY products have broken down barriers for additional purchase and installation of professionally installed systems
What about installations? The report goes on to say, “For 2017, the average number of installs per dealer was 22 per month, compared to 17 per month in 2016.” So, revenues are up for security dealers, and at least part of the reason can be attributed to the fact that DIY products can raise overall awareness of and spur interest in other home automation and security products.
With their lower cost and perceived ease of installation, DIY products have actually broken down barriers for the additional purchase, and installation, of complete, professionally installed systems. Instead of paying for monthly monitoring, homeowners can install a web cam, access from a smartphone or tablet and essentially do their own security monitoring. The downside of this approach is readily apparent. Without full-time monitoring, homeowners can easily miss the break-in or the aged parent who falls and can’t get up.
Until they log on and take a look, there’s no central station to send medical aid or call the police. Connecting door locks and other devices to the Internet can also open a door to hackers, if the infrastructure isn’t properly protected. 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. A common theme among professional monitoring providers is that a homeowner who is aware of events happening in the home does not necessarily have a secure and protected household
Traditional security features
For example, a Nest camera, a DIY product, notifies a consumer via smartphone about events in the home when it detects motion, but only when the notification is opened and identified will a consumer be able to act on the related event.
Self-installable smart home devices may resonate with a segment of the market that want security but are unwilling to adopt professional monitoring; however, providers can leverage these devices to enhance traditional security features and communicate the value of professional monitoring.
Missed part one of our smart home mini series? Read it here.
The boundaries between the smart home market and security market at large are narrowing. Amidst a wave of expansion, suddenly everything is becoming digital. Home automation has been around for close to 30 years but hasn’t really hit it big because integration hasn’t been that simple. Now that the Internet of Things has stepped into the market, home automation is really taking off. As technology in the smart home market advances, the gap between the residential and professional security markets is growing smaller.
Additional revenue for security industry
There will continue to be more opportunity for interoperability, and home automation will continue to grow and eventually become a norm. Growth in the residential security market and its position as the channel for smart home solutions, have attracted numerous new entrants. Telecoms, cable operators, and CE (consumer electronics) manufacturers are joining traditional security players as they compete to fulfill consumer demand for safety and security.
Connected products also provide a layer of competition as consumers must decide whether having category devices such as doorbell video cameras, networked cameras and other products suffice for their security. Smart home services can provide additional revenue streams for the security industry. In Parks Associates’ 2017 survey of U.S. security dealers, 58% report that smart home service capabilities enable extra monthly revenue. Almost half of dealers also note they have to offer smart home devices and services in order to keep up with their competition.
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Growth is going to be slow and steady. Everyone needs to be realistic about that"
The trend has no doubt accelerated in the last couple of years. New collaborations are being made between audio-video (AV) suppliers and security solution providers. The clientele of high-end AV products is becoming increasingly concerned with home security and property protection.
So, in recent months, the requirement for residential security solutions has been increasing as technical solutions can go hand in hand with AV installers’ capabilities and client base. “One of the big mistakes many make is that they assume – based on some of the hype and big market investments – that the smart home market is set to explode,” says Michael Philpott, Senior Practice Leader, Consumer Services at Ovum. "This is not the case – growth is going to be slow and steady. Everyone needs to be realistic about that, rather than expecting some rapid ramp up simply because some big names have entered the market.”
Pressure to upgrade security standards
Surprisingly for what has historically been something of a grudge purchase, in the context of home automation, security is seen as a solution some consumers are looking for. Another security aspect of home automation is cybersecurity, in particular how it applies to various IoT devices in the home. Now as connected devices gather personal information from realms long considered private and protected – the bedroom, the kitchen counter, the nursery – the risks are higher than ever.
All of the data that various devices and sites have collected can be combined, shifted and then exploited by marketers or even stolen by hackers. Both manufacturers of smart home products and the companies that install them are feeling pressure to upgrade security standards. They are moving to set policies that will regulate who has access to data and how it is used.
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Advances in the home market are increasing customers’ expectations as well as adoption of newer technologies
A recent revelation that some “smart TVs” might be listening to conversations and transmitting them to "third parties" caused an uproar. These sets have voice activated features that enable users to change channel, turn on a DVD or browse the internet by speaking to the screen or remote. The fine print in privacy policies contains warnings that general conversations are also being heard, and one company even told owners to turn off this function if they were concerned.
Another impact of smart homes on the security marketplace is to raise expectations about the capabilities of commercial systems. Products made today for residential applications are very high quality, easy to install (do-it-yourself, or DIY), and have very rich feature sets. End users expect their commercial solutions to have a similar ease of use and ease of installation.
Geofencing in commercial applications
The quality of video that people are seeing at home is motivating some legacy commercial customers to finally move to IP video from lower resolution analog cameras. A higher percentage of commercial customers use cellphone applications to view integrated video and access control data. People’s experience with smart thermostats has them asking for geofencing in some commercial applications. In short, advances in the home market are increasing customers’ expectations as well as adoption of newer technologies.
Read part two of our smart home mini series here.
For the security market, the ‘fine ranging’ capabilities of ultra-wideband (UWB) technology opens up a range of new uses based on the ability to determine the relative position and distance of two UWB-equipped devices with pinpoint accuracy – within centimeters.
UWB is more accurate and secure, even in challenging environments full of interference, compared to narrow band wireless technologies. UWB technology transmits a large amount of data over short distances using a small amount of energy. It will be used in seamless access control, location-based services, and device-to-device services across industries including smart homes, cities, retail services, and healthcare.
Increasing the accuracy of ranging measurements
UWB technology will support any application that benefits from knowing the precise location of a connected deviceUltra-wideband is a mature radio technology that transmits information spread over a large bandwidth, as described by the IEEE 802.154 standard. A new, enhanced amendment to the standard – IEEE 802.15.4z – focuses on improvements to existing modulations to increase the integrity and accuracy of ranging measurements.
Moving forward, UWB technology will support any application that benefits from knowing the precise location or presence of a connected device or object. This reflects a move from data communication to secure sensing.
New capabilities of UWB are largely unfamiliar to the market, but a new Consortium – the FiRa Consortium – has a mission to educate the market, provide use cases, and promote UWB technology.
Delivering interoperability across devices
“With a consortium, we can better deliver interoperability across devices, software, and chipsets,” says Ramesh Songukrishnasamy, Director and Treasurer of the FiRa Consortium, and SVP & CTO of HID Global. “This creates a frictionless experience for the user, which is vitally important with a new technology. People are more likely to adopt emerging technology when it runs smoothly without interruptions or errors.”
The FiRa consortium is ensuring new use cases for fine ranging capabilities can thrive"
An industry consortium can create a UWB ecosystem of interoperable technologies instead of individual companies launching products that consumers struggle to make work together, says Songukrishnasamy. “Simply, the FiRa consortium is ensuring new use cases for fine ranging capabilities can thrive.”
Founding members of the FiRa consortium
ASSA ABLOY and HID Global, pioneers in secure access and identity solutions, are founding members of the consortium. Their technology manages access to physical and digital places, things, and identities. Another founding consortium member, NXP Semiconductors, is a pioneer in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications.
Other founding members are Samsung, which creates top-of-the-line TVs, smartphones, wearables, and other connected devices; and the Bosch Group, a global supplier of technology and services that is at the forefront of IoT innovations. Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc., LitePoint and the Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA) are the first companies to join the newly formed organization.
Immune to radio frequency interference
UWB is also immune to radio frequency interference, so it functions in high traffic settingsUWB introduces higher levels of accuracy in positioning capabilities and increased security for ranging data exchange compared to existing technologies. Fine ranging with UWB technology can localize devices and objects to 10 centimeters of accuracy with or without line of sight. UWB is also immune to radio frequency interference, so it functions in high traffic settings. These capabilities will enable a variety of use cases like secure, hands-free access control in hospitals, location-based services for ride sharing, and targeted marketing for retailers. FiRa will demonstrate UWB technology at upcoming trade shows.
The FiRa Consortium aims to build on IEEE’s work with an interoperable high rate physical layer (HRP) standard, including defining an application layer that discovers UWB devices and services and configures them in an interoperable manner. The consortium also plans to develop service-specific protocols for multiple verticals and define necessary parameters for applications including physical access control, location-based services and device-to-device services.
Promoting the adoption of UWB solutions
As a consortium, FiRa is not just setting standards but actively championing use cases for UWB technology. Creating the consortium addresses the need to develop interoperability and implementation standards; brings key players together to create a rich UWB ecosystem; allows for the sharing of intellectual property; and promotes the adoption of UWB solutions.
The FiRa Consortium is committed to educating and promoting new use cases"
“Since UWB is a mature technology with new potential uses, there is a general lack of awareness of potential applications that take advantage of the technology,” says Songukrishnasamy. “The FiRa Consortium is committed to educating and promoting new use cases.” The FiRa name comes from Fine Ranging to highlight UWB technology’s use cases and distinction from older UWB technologies and solutions.
Enhanced security in challenging environments
Fine ranging powered by UWB can outperform other technologies in terms of accuracy, power consumption, robustness in wireless connectivity, and security, especially in challenging, high density environments. UWB previously served as a technology for high data rate communication and as such was in direct competition with Wi-Fi. Since then, UWB has undergone several transformations:
UWB has evolved from an OFDM-based data communication to an impulse radio technology specified in IEEE 802.15.4a (2ns pulses with Time of Flight); and
A security extension being specified in IEEE 802.15.4z (at PHY/MAC level) makes it a unique secure fine ranging technology.
Moving from data communication to secure ranging allows ‘spatial context capability’ to be utilized by a variety of applications: seamless access control, location-based services, and device-to-device (peer-to-peer) services. Information is available at firaconsortium.org.
Comelit has worked closely with its Gold Partner, MRFS Group at Inspired Living’s flagship Impact House development, to ensure residents in upgraded apartments can experience seamless smart home automation in one all-encompassing solution.
Set in Croydon London, Impact House has undergone an extensive program of redevelopment from a largely vacant office building to create 197 contemporary one and two-bedroom micro-flats and 39 larger one, two and three-bedroom apartments, including four exclusive, larger duplex layouts.
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Comelit’s specialist SimpleHome system incorporates home automation, without compromising style
Designed for modern, luxurious urban living, MRFS Group, who has worked closely with award winning Inspired Living on a number of projects from a security perspective, introduced Comelit’s specialist SimpleHome system to the top level apartments at Impact House to incorporate home automation, without compromising style.
Adam Tokarski of Inspired Living, said “Impact House has been transformed into a light filled landmark setting for contemporary apartment living. Finished with high specifications throughout, we were keen to ensure the ground-breaking larger and duplex apartments offered the height of luxury.”
Adam adds, “We turned to MRFS Group to advice on an integrated design to present new residents with smart security and home automation. On recommending Comelit’s SimpleHome we initially saw for ourselves its ability to control heating and lighting via the stylish door entry system and supporting app capability. Its flexible design allowed us to work with MRFS to create a bespoke solution for Impact House that was simple to use and finished in a sleek design.”
Simplehome smart home automation system
Simplehome is Comelit’s smart home automation system, which operates with door entry in one user-friendly integrated solution, providing homeowners with full control of their lighting, heating and ventilation. With an ability to program schedules for up to seven days, Simplehome can be operated remotely using Comelit’s dedicated app, available via smartphone or tablet and connecting to a home router.
Ross Wilkins, MRFS Group Director of Projects and Integration added, “When it came to door entry and incorporation of home automation to the 39 top-end apartments, systems had to be considered in line with the change of purpose to the building and how to coordinate installation with minimal cabling requirements."
Door entry monitor
Using the door entry monitor as a master control unit for Simplehome reduces the wall clutter within each apartment"
He adds, “Using the door entry monitor as a master control unit for Simplehome significantly reduced the wall clutter within each apartment. This combined with Simplehome’s control equipment being din rail mountable and very space efficient appealed to Inspired Living, as it allowed maximum footprint to each apartment.”
Chris Carroll, Comelit Business Development Manager concluded “Technology continues to play a significant role in our daily life and increasingly driving the demand towards home automation. This is where inspirational developers such as Inspired Living, with the support of our Gold Partner, MRFS Group, are leading the way by integrating facilities such as SimpleHome in apartment offerings."
He adds, “The professional installation, especially in redevelopment programs such as Impact House, ensures homes can instantly benefit from the convenience and home control factors, without compromising on security or finishing design.”
Being a property management and home security service provider, DOM UK Ltd. considers specialized door security solutions for different premises such as holiday homes, serviced apartments and other temporary accommodations.
By implemented keyless solutions on a rented property or serviced apartment provides effortless access granted by property managers and ease of control. Guests can also benefit as the last thing they want to worry about is looking after an extra set of keys.
DOM Tapkey cloud-based smart locks
DOM Tapkey, is a cloud-based smart lock, which diminishes the problem of remotely managing property access, including the expense and hassle of constant key exchanges, the disruption of early check-ins and overstays, and minimize the security risks of unauthorized access.
A similar issue was put across to DOM UK by a popular AirBnB situated in Oxford. Pillow Talks are a specialist property management business based within Oxfordshire. Both Pillow Talks and their tenant, Ginger Video, who are renting premises for their business needs, wanted to replace their existing mechanical locks with an alternate, safe and secure digital locking solution. Allowing them full management and control of the premises.
Digital locking system
With DOM Tapkey, users can use the same ID on several smartphones and tablets simultaneously that works for temporary tenants or small business owners renting premise, allowing multiple access at any one time.
DOM Tapkey is a revolutionary way to lock and unlock the doors to homes and offices
The revolutionary digital locking system allows users to manage access and security of their home or office environment with the easy-to-use Tapkey app. They can add or remove users with smartphones and transponders on their smartphone conveniently. Whether at work or a meeting, it’s a quick and easy process. This locking system offers an innovative plug-and-play solution for all security needs.
Home and Corporate Security
National Sales Manager, DOM UK Ltd, Mr. Lloyd Chitty states “The project itself had been installed by one of our trusted partner and security expert, Oxford SMS (now J.Priest&Son), the tenant was highly impressed by the product and service provided by Mr. Jason Priest, they requested for a digital cylinder to be installed within their private home and labeled the locking cylinder as a new 21st Century system.”
DOM Tapkey access control solution is more than just a digital door opener. It’s also a smart management tool that allows homeowners to remotely program electronic keys, send authorizations to other users, share access and receive event notifications. DOM Tapkey is a revolutionary way to lock and unlock the doors to homes and offices. Simply place the smartphone against the digital cylinder and avail instant access.
Comelit has ensured future residents at Kebbell Homes’ new luxury Aubury Place development can experience smart door entry with the installation of its latest Mini Handsfree monitors.
Set in Chiswick, London, Aubury Place is a new gated community of nine four, five and six bedroom homes. Every element of the design is focussed on creating an exceptional first impression, right from the bespoke touch screen entrance panel. Comelit’s Specification team, together with chosen installers Wheeler Electrical, was involved with Kebbell from the initial design process, through the works program to project completion.
Door entry requests
Kebbell was instantly impressed with the capability of newly launched Mini Handsfree Wi-Fi Monitors
Whilst originally, Comelit’s stylish Icona monitors were considered, Kebbell was instantly impressed with the capability of newly launched Mini Handsfree Wi-Fi Monitors. The new Comelit system would enable new residents to respond to door entry requests from any compatible mobile and benefit from video memory, to record missed calls.
Says Andrea Fawell Sales and Marketing Director at Kebbell Homes: “The aim with Aubury Place, as with all our developments, was to offer families spacious home options in prime locations. The ideals of luxury, convenience, comfort and understated elegance were all of paramount importance, and seeing everything from our resident’s point of view, to ensure our homes allow natural flows in tune with daily living.”
Mobile connected lifestyle
“Every small detail has been carefully considered and this is where Comelit latest options for door entry fitted our requirements. It means our residents can benefit from the latest technology, seamlessly installed, enabling them to instantly respond to door entry requests, with video, from wherever they are. And we can achieve this without compromising on the style, look and feel of this beautiful collection of homes.”
Kebbell Homes is well-known for meticulously planning and creating homes of exceptional quality"
Ed Wheeler, Director from Wheeler Electrical added: “Kebbell Homes is well-known for meticulously planning and creating homes of exceptional quality. When it came to door entry at Aubury Place, Comelit was the specification of choice and the new Mini Handsfree Monitors exceeded expectation, even over an initially approved specification. It has proven itself more cost effective and a better fit for today’s increasingly mobile connected lifestyle choice.”
Powerful security solution
Each home at Aubury Place has been fitted with a Mini Handsfree monitor complete with integrated WiFi, operating through Comelit’s innovative VIP system. At the striking gates to the development is Comelit’s premium stainless steel flush mounted 316 Touch entrance Panel, branded to Kebbell Homes. The system enables new residents to grant access through the vehicle gates or adjacent pedestrian gate using the 4.3” internal monitor or a dedicated mobile app. And up to fifteen smart devices can be connected to each and every property’s individual WiFi monitor.
Daniel Wood, Southern Sales Manager at Comelit UK concluded: “Comelit worked closely with Kebbell Homes to ensure the door entry system installed, achieved the desired balance between timeless style and latest technology. The combined solution, completed using our very latest app enabled monitors, provides aspiring residents with a powerful security solution and the convenience of audio and visual communication, together with ease of use in everyday life.”
e-shelter security has installed over 2,000 smart Sony network cameras to monitor high-security buildings and critical infrastructure at data center locations in Europe.
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The Frankfurt-based system integrator builds and operates integrated security solutions for mission-critical environments
The Frankfurt-based system integrator builds and operates integrated security solutions for mission-critical environments, where customer applications must be available around the clock. As well as offering necessary hardware and infrastructure redundancy, the centers must also be protected against virtual and physical attackers.
To prevent unauthorized access to servers and other infrastructure without creating unnecessary barriers, e-shelter security is making increasing use of intelligent, self-learning security systems. Physical security is supported by Sony SNC-EB632R infrared and SNC-WR632C dome cameras that are used for perimeter surveillance at the data center locations, together with SNC-EM600 minidome cameras that are used for indoor surveillance.
Sony Video Security Dome Cameras
Key criteria for the choice of cameras were very high image quality - even in challenging environmental conditions - and extreme reliability.
“Another decisive factor for us was our long-standing cooperation with the Sony Video Security team” says Kai Friedrich, Head of Application Engineering and IT at e-shelter security. “Their expertise helps us to think in terms of not just products but about entire solutions. Equally, they have provided us with very sound technical advice and support throughout the entire project.”
Cayuga Video Management System
The Sony cameras are controlled and managed using SeeTec’s Cayuga video management system
The Sony cameras are controlled and managed using SeeTec’s Cayuga video management system. All cameras are connected to e-shelter security’s certified emergency call and service centers, allowing appropriate intervention to be initiated in the event of an incident. As well as ensuring the physical security of the data centers, the cameras also provide protection against cyber-attacks on customers’ assets. High levels of integral security prevent hackers from using the Sony cameras as an entry point into the customer’s own network.
Due to the positive experience gained during more than three years of cooperation on data center projects, e-shelter security is also using Sony cameras in logistics centers, consulting/finance industry office buildings and smart building projects where the company combines innovative security technology with new digital technologies.