DMP releases its new line of alarm communication radios that are FirstNet Ready™ and approved for use on FirstNet®. FirstNet is built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority and is the only nationwide, high-speed broadband communications platform dedicated to and purpose-built specifically for America’s first responders and the extended public safety community. It’s the solution to decades-long interoperability and communications challenges first responders have long been experiencing. Alarm panel communications “The FirstNet network is an important step forward in our nationwide first responder infrastructure, and DMP is pleased to support public safety nationwide,” says Mark Hillenburg, vice president of Marketing at DMP. “Also, we are very excited to work with The Monitoring Association (TMA) and AT&T to deliver alarm panel communications using the highly secure and reliable FirstNet service.” Alarm service companies qualify to use the FirstNet network by first obtaining a TMA Certificate The transmission of public safety related alarms via FirstNet Ready™ alarm panels qualifies for FirstNet extended primary service. Alarm service companies qualify to use the FirstNet network by first obtaining a TMA Certificate of Verification that verifies they are in compliance with accepted Alarm Industry Standards. Safety related alarms The Certificate of Verification ensures the company transmits public safety related alarms (e.g. burglary, fire, emergency medical) to a Central Monitoring Station that confirms and verifies the authenticity of the alarm before notifying a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for relay to a public safety agency for the purpose of initiating an emergency response. In addition to the TMA certification, alarm service providers must enter into a FirstNet Agreement with AT&T before they can offer FirstNet Ready™ alarm panels with FirstNet service. With DMP’s FirstNet Ready™ communicator, the XR Series control panels are among the first available for use on the FirstNet network. This gives alarm companies the advantage of using Band 14 – nationwide, high-quality spectrum set aside by the federal government specifically for FirstNet.
Digital Monitoring Products, Inc. has announced extending their partnership with Digital Watchdog with the integration between Digital Watchdog’s flagship DW Spectrum Video Management Software and Digital Monitoring Products’ (DMP) Virtual Keypad. DW Spectrum VMS – Virtual Keypad Customers can now use DW Spectrum VMS software through their Virtual Keypad app or VirtualKeypad.com. Whenever they receive a notification from their DMP panel, customers will be able to view all of their connected cameras and video playback, all with one interface. Having just one interface to view all of their connected cameras and manage their security systems is a great convenience to the customers. To enable this new feature, customers will need to select Digital Watchdog from the list of video options in Dealer Admin or the Tech APP. Depending on how the customers prefer using DW Spectrum VMS solution; they can set it up to either use the DW Spectrum server or the DW Cloud. IP VMS solution with on-board video analytics Whether the customers prefer the Cloud- or server-managed platform, this integration delivers an easy-to-use and fully featured IP video management software solution with on-board video analytics that users are sure to find very useful. DW Spectrum is a powerful software solution, opening up more new installation opportunities for dealers. “Digital Watchdog is a respected leader in the industry, and we’re pleased to expand our partnership,” says Mark Hillenburg, Vice President of Marketing for Digital Monitoring Products, Inc. (DMP). Mark further adds, “With the DW Spectrum integration, we’re able to give our mutual customers a greater level of convenience than they’ve had before.” Virtual Keypad app and Tech APP updates are available for download, free of charge, from the Google Play Store and the App Store.
Digital Monitoring Products, Inc. (DMP) has announced that its XR Series control panels have added an intelligent new layer of security and awareness, giving users the ability to selectively monitor their properties and capture video for specific activities. Now, users can choose from a variety of specific camera analytic events they want to be made aware of, either by an email, text message or push notification to their Virtual Keypad app. These events can also be sent to a control station receiver from the control panel over network or cellular path. Smart camera video analytics These video analytics maximise the value invested in a video system by alerting users and their monitoring centers of potential security risks before or as they occur, such as detecting loitering in a parking lot or a perimeter breach after hours. A business owner might want to receive an alert, for instance, when a perimeter line is crossed, whether it’s a fence or an invisible line at the edge of an un-fenced campus environment. Analytics can detect a person or object crossing over that line in the camera’s view, triggering a notification. Integration of video, intrusion and access in one system Once the control panel becomes aware of the video analytics, many new opportunities will present themselves" Customers will now be able to receive the event analytics from these cameras. “Once the control panel becomes aware of the video analytics, many new opportunities will present themselves,” says Mark Hillenburg, Vice President of Marketing for Digital Monitoring Products, Inc. (DMP), further adding, “For example, the video event could trigger other panel actions, such as locking a door or turning on a light. These new smart video analytics are a very important step forward as intrusion, access and video are elegantly blended to make smarter systems.” While the panel notifies users of the camera events, the monitoring center’s receiver also gets the event. Notifications to the control center receiver include the analytic event definitions and also include the name of the camera that has detected activity. By delivering this type of meaningful information, it can be logged and acted upon outside of the video system. New integration opportunities Currently, the XR panel has this integrator connection and supports smart analytics with Open Eye cameras. New opportunities are available to other video manufacturers who are interested.
Digital Monitoring Products (DMP) is releasing a line of FirstNet-certified and compatible alarm communication radios that will work directly with AT&T FirstNet. With the new communicator, DMP XR and XT Series panels are the first to be available for use on FirstNet. FirstNet is the nationwide wireless public safety broadband network that has been established by the Federal Communications Commission, which hired AT&T to deploy it with $40 billion of planned investment. Previously, first responders across the country have relied on more than 10,000 separate land mobile radio networks, which oftentimes do not interoperate with one another. Highly-secure connection Creating the designated FirstNet band ensures emergency personnel will always have the reliable and highly-secure connection they need for critical information in responding to incidents. FirstNet gives public safety devices “first-in-line” access, even when there are thousands of other requests coming into the network. “With the network’s First Priority on Band 14 and AT&T existing LTE, first responders are always on, always first in line,” says Mark Hillenburg, Vice President of Marketing at DMP. All 50 states have adopted FirstNet to use as their public safety communications network. “It’s the solution to the decades-long interoperability and communications challenges first responders have experienced,” Hillenburg adds. “With FirstNet, our critical security infrastructure won’t be impacted by a national emergency.” Benefits for the alarm industry The 700 MHz signals penetrate buildings and walls much more easily and cover larger geographic areas While FirstNet’s priority is to support first responders, certified alarm companies will be allowed to send alarm signals over FirstNet. And, with DMP’s 263FIRSTNET-AT&T communicator, the XR and XT Series panels will have the advantage of using the specialty 700 MHz band for alarm communications to central stations. The 700 MHz signals penetrate buildings and walls much more easily and cover larger geographic areas. In addition, as part of AT&T’s guarantee, users will have access to the cellular network over the next 25 years without a cellular sunset, according to AT&T. Eligibility to use FirstNet for the alarm industry is overseen by The Monitoring Association (TMA), which allows to apply for eligibility to use FirstNet services for alarm communications. DMP was among the first TMA certificate recipients. First responder infrastructure “We are excited to be the first panel manufacturer to release FirstNet compatible alarm communicators,” Hillenburg says. “The FirstNet network is an important step forward in our nationwide first responder infrastructure, and DMP is excited to work with TMA and AT&T to finally deliver priority alarm panel communication over FirstNet.” The use of FirstNet by the alarm industry would be for premises alarm units at government facilities, as well as businesses and homes to communicate alarm information through the network to participating central station alarm facilities. Typical signals would be burglar alarm, fire alarm, medical alarm signals and other related signals.
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.
DMP is pleased to announce its integration with the OpenEye Web Services platform. OpenEye is a provider of Cloud-managed video surveillance solutions. This integration will enable users to receive a video push alert from OpenEye Web Services whenever a DMP XR Series control panel event occurs. OpenEye Web Service users may also easily retrieve video from associated cameras by searching for DMP control panel events in the Apex thin client or Command Station desktop software. Communication between the DMP control panel and the OpenEye Web Services platform is network based, and no additional physical wiring is required. Integrating intrusion alarms with video “This integration enables our installing channel partners to deliver greater value to clients by tying control panel events like intrusion alarms to the associated video clip," says OpenEye CEO Rick Sheppard. "The event data produced by door sensors, glass break protectors, motion sensors, and smoke alarms is more actionable from a life safety and business intelligence perspective when delivered with the associated video.” “OpenEye has proven to be a great partner to work with, and the features that this integration offers will be enjoyed by our mutual customers,” adds Mark Hillenburg, executive director of Marketing for DMP. “We look forward to working with Rick and his team on more projects in coming months.”
For users who don’t want to spend the money to have a dedicated server for their access control systems, Digital Monitoring Products (DMP) is pleased to offer Virtual Keypad Access, the natural progression of the DMP Virtual Keypad app that manages intrusion systems. “Virtual Keypad Access is maintained via the Cloud, which gives consumers the flexibility to remotely manage their own systems, or it can be managed for them by their dealers,” explains DMP’s Marketing Executive Director Mark Hillenburg. “And because it’s maintained via the cloud, both you and your customer benefit from not having to worry about maintenance costs, down time or applying software updates.” Access control management Users now have the flexibility to manage access control wherever they are. For instance, here are a few Virtual Keypad Access features:Business owners appreciate the ability to manage their security from a browser wherever they are Holiday dates–Now business customers can adjust their normal opening and closing schedules on special occasions throughout the year. From the System Overview page, select schedules from the menu, then Holiday Dates to adjust opening and closing times by hours or by days. Lockdown–This is available for XR150/XR550 panels by clicking the Lockdown button. All door devices programmed as a public door and Z-Wave Locks will lock or unlock on the system with a single click. Credentials management-Users may have more than one way to interact with their system —they might have a user code they type in at the keypad, and they may also have a proximity card or token they use at an access control reader. Previously in this case, there would’ve been two different users. Now, simply by selecting the Users tab from System Overview, system managers can create and edit user codes and credentials all in one record. This credentialing makes data entry faster and easier to manage. Manage multiple systems-Business owners appreciate the ability to manage their security from a browser, whether they are in the office, at home, or on the road. They can easily access multiple business locations by choosing the desired system from the dropdown list. Cost-effective security system Physical access control and intrusion has never been easier! With Virtual Keypad Access, it’s easy to create customised offerings that include user management, video integration, schedules, and reporting capabilities. The list goes on, but just remember, now it’s possible to add fully featured access control with an intuitive cloud-based user interface to intrusion installs for a fraction of the cost of traditional access control.