Home automation - security providers have the best business model
ADOPTION of home automation systems in Australia, the United Kingdom and the U.S. is still in the early adopter phase with penetration of 10 per cent, according to research firm, Gartner Group.
A telling finding was that outside alarm systems, fewer than 50 per cent of households pay for home automation solutions, most these contracts are for alarm monitoring solutions, suggesting that security providers who use automation to make their security systems more appealing to users may hold the only dependable recurring revenue stream in the home automation business model.
“If suppliers are to successfully widen the appeal of the connected home, providers will need to identify what will really motivates current users to inspire additional purchases,” says Amanda Sabia, principal research analyst at Gartner.
Drones for perimeter alarm response, remote guard tours
Alarm monitoring is likely to get increasingly funky over the next couple of years as the impact of home automation continues to ripple through the market. But there’s more to it than mere comms. Some of the new technology coming through is likely to see alarm monitoring really take off.
WHEN SEN started compiling this month’s cover story on the products and technologies we’d be likely to see in 2017, our imaginations had not reached the heights of the teams at Alarm.com and Qualcomm, which have announced plans to develop autonomous, video-enabled drones for smart home and business security. The drones will use the company's new Insights Engine multi-sensor learning capability teamed up with the Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight drone platform, to investigate unexpected activity.
Ian Bergman with the prototype LED Sensormat controller
PSI’s LED Sensormat is a sensing solution that integrates optical fibre into a floor mat to create an affordable and robust motion sensor that is immune to environmental disturbances.
YOU often find that the most interest technologies are tucked away towards the rear of exhibition halls, where clever startups and growing tech houses are putting down their first roots. There were a number of good solutions at Security 2016 and LED Sensormat from Perimeter Security Industries was among the best of them – simple and very effective.
DirectConnect gives remote comms for security solutions
DIRECTCONNECT is a 4G, cellular, fixed IP address SIM card service, that allows you to remotely connect to your CCTV, access control, BMS, help points and other IP devices with a simple click of a button.
With 4G connectivity, running on a robust secure and private network, DirectConnect gives you the confidence to securely communicate to remote locations from anywhere, anytime.
“If you have a camera connected to an NVR, connected to a switch on a site, through DirectConnect users can connect to their sites via the web, or Android or iOS devices,” explains Ian Farrell of SCSI.
“You don’t even need a switch – instead you have our 4G module with a SIM card in it connected directly to the NVR or camera. Bandwidth download speed is typically between 40 to 80 Mbps, whilst upload speeds generally exceeds 30 Mbps depending on where you are in relation to the tower, which is exceptionally fast.
It’s easy to forget that video surveillance is only part of the security manager’s operational matrix – without the support of additional systems and effective procedures, CCTV cameras are reduced to the role of investigative tools – useful but not able to inform security staff in real time, writes Luke Percy-Dove.
OVER the last few months, aside from doing the typical security design and risk assessment work that accounts for the bulk of our time at Matryx, we have also been auditing a diverse mix of commercial properties and acting as expert witnesses in a couple of civil suits. It has been both varied and challenging at times. What has been really interesting is learning what security means to each of the businesses that we have been working with and how they go about securing their properties.
Manufacturers are offering more and more integrated security and automation solutions – such systems are becoming more powerful and more pervasive. But what do installers and integrators need from such solutions? And what are end users asking integrators and consultants to design for them?
Echostar, a satellite TV and internet provider based in the U.S. with global operations and annual earnings of $US3.1 billion, has turned its attention to the security market and plans to provide automation, intrusion detection, video verification and video monitoring, as well as self-monitoring. Can its plan work? Maybe…
TYCO Security Products has introduced DSC's PowerSeries Neo version 1.2. PowerSeries Neo offers the reliability of a hard-wired security system with the flexibility, scalability and advanced features provided by its PowerG wireless intrusion technology.
PowerSeries Neo can also work with legacy wired systems, allowing users to make the most of an existing investment, while curtailing installation costs and issues. It also scales-up as needed through the addition of a full array of wireless zones and devices.
Global IP standards are needed for monitoring industry
As the alarm monitoring industry is reinvented as a creature of the digital world, AS2201 fails to provide manufacturers, installers and end users the support and surety it once did. The time has long passed for the official alarm standard to cover common IP components and comms paths.
WHEN key parts of AS2201 were updated in 2004 and again in 2007, the teams that worked on the standard sought to incorporate as many aspects of the latest technology as they could but in those digitally distant days it was impossible to anticipate the impact the world of IP would have the alarm industry. Twelve years later the effect is clear to see. There are aspects of the alarm transmission process (AS2201.5) and core monitoring station systems (AS2201.2) that no monitoring station can function without, yet that are not covered by any part of the standard.
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