Control4 Corporation, global provider of smart home solutions, has announced Control4 Smart Home OS 3. Control4 Smart Home OS 3 is designed to unify hundreds of connected devices within the home, control them all from a single platform, delivering the personalisation that homeowners want, and facilitating the professional support that smart home technology needs. Control4 Smart Home OS 3 Control4 Smart Home OS 3 is designed to simplify the use of many connected devices throughout the home, exc...
BlackWire Designs, a distributor in the custom installation market, announces the availability of its new module for the integration of Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controllers into URC's Total Control 2.0 whole-house automation system. With this latest module, BlackWire Designs becomes the only distributor to support the integration of Rachio controllers into both the Control4 and URC platforms. Helping to nurture a beautiful yard, Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controllers make it easy to create custom sch...
Miotta, formerly Mivatek, has unveiled its newest “Smarter Premises as a Service,” allowing global service providers to offer turnkey, RMR-based, smart home, enterprise, and care protection services. Miotta SPaaS multi-cloud software The new Miotta Smarter Premises as a Service, or SPaaS, relies on Miotta’s advanced mobile-cloud software The new Miotta Smarter Premises as a Service, or SPaaS, relies on Miotta’s advanced mobile-cloud software. Using this specialised sof...
Kwikset brand of Spectrum Brands, Inc. – Hardware & Home Improvement Division, globally renowned residential security solutions firm, has introduced the next generation of its popular Signature Series Deadbolt with Home Connect. Signature Series Deadbolt with Home Connect Available in both traditional (round) and contemporary (square) models like the original version, the new Signature Series Deadbolt (2nd Generation) with Home Connect will feature two significant upgrades: The lo...
Edge devices (and edge computing) are the future. Although, this does seem a little cliché, it is the truth. The edge computing industry is growing as quickly as technology can support it and it looks like we will need it to. IoT global market The IoT (Internet of Things) industry alone will have put 15 billion new IoT devices into operation by the year 2020 according to a recent Forbes article titled, “10 Charts That Will Challenge Your Perspective of IoT’s growth”. I...
Gira, the full-range suppliers of intelligent system solutions for building management, is pleased to launch the new and award-winning Gira Video Home Station 7. Recently awarded a Red Dot Award 2019, the new Gira Video Home Station 7 is available from 1st May 2019 and designed to help your customers achieve a comfortable and secure living environment that embodies high-design. The 7-inch (17.78 cm) touch display automatically switches on the instant someone rings the doorbell, ready to conveni...
Security industry stakeholders from around the world are readying themselves for a productive three days of business in Taipei, as the countdown to the 22nd edition of Secutech enters its final few weeks. On top of the business and networking opportunities that Secutech creates, the fair also plays a crucial role for information exchange within the security industry. This year, the fair’s fringe programme will cover all of the most important topics for the Asian market, including the applications of AI in safe cities, new intelligent transportation technologies and smart building IoT solutions. Smart Building IoT Industry players such as system integrators, installers, distributors and importers will be able to identify key market trends" “Industry players such as system integrators, installers, distributors and importers will be able to identify key market trends through the fringe programme,” said Ms Regina Tsai, the Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd. “Three concurrent events of ‘Mobility’, ‘SMABIoT’ (smart building IoT), and ‘Fire & Safety’, each offer insightful seminars and forums for their related sectors, while the ‘Security & AI’ Forum is another significant highlight that will provide visitors with market intelligence and new trends for smart cities, smart factories and more. The information gathered by attendees will be of business value and can be put into use after the show for the benefit of the wider security industry.” The 2018 fringe programme was well received by the industry, and with an updated agenda to fit the requirements of today’s market, fair organisers are anticipating another positive response to the show’s forums and seminars. Security & AI Forum This year’s Security & AI Forum will feature presentations by project managers, engineers and industry experts from Vivotek, Twoway and eRay. AI technology has been at the forefront of a paradigm shift for the security industry, offering automated threat detection with greater and greater accuracies. By exploring new application scenarios for AI, the forum will give attendees insights into business opportunities in verticals such as smart manufacturing. Other points of discussion include the Internet of Things and OSSA (the Open Security and Safety Alliance) – a non-profit organisation that encourages collaboration among security organisations. Intelligent transport solutions (ITS) The ‘Asia Pacific Intelligent Rail Transportation Forum’ takes place on the first day of the programme As the destination for intelligent transportation solutions (ITS), the concurrent ‘Mobility’ event will feature a series of three forums and seminars dealing with the sector’s most innovative technologies. The ‘Asia Pacific Intelligent Rail Transportation Forum’ takes place on the first day of the programme to deliver railway industry updates from across Asia. Topics include future outlooks and the potential for ITS implementation in Taiwan and Malaysia. Among the speakers will be experts from the Taiwan Railways Administration, Gamuda Berhad and CECI Engineering Consultants. Smart transportation solutions The second day of the programme will see speakers from ACCOMP, 3S Pocketnet Technology, GNSS Asia, and STMicroelectronics discuss ITS trends in the wider mobility sector. Among the topics to be explored are video technology solutions and smart transportation platforms On the final day, the subjects of temperature-controlled logistics and fleet management will be covered at the ‘Asia Pacific Cold-Chain Logistics Seminar’. Other topics to be discussed at the seminar include RFID logistics solutions and updates on the local industries in Indonesia, Myanmar and Taiwan. SMABIoT to focus on IoT trends As the first event of its kind in Asia, SMABIoT serves as a business hub for the growing smart building IoT sector. As part of the event, the ‘Asia Pacific Smart Building with IoT Solutions Forum’ has invited leading property developers and engineering companies to share smart building case studies and new trends in sustainability and smart devices. In addition, the aptly named ‘Smart Living Solutions Seminar’ will take place to update the market on new smart solutions for residential communities and home. Speakers at the seminar include industry professionals from Ardomus Networks Corporation, I-TEK, and WFE Technology. Asia Pacific Disaster Management Summit Asia’s fire and safety fraternity also have a lot to look forward to at the fair Asia’s fire and safety fraternity also have a lot to look forward to at the fair. At the concurrent ‘Fire & Safety’ event, the ‘Asia Pacific Disaster Management Summit’ will gather industry experts and government officials from the Philippines, Myanmar, Indonesia and Vietnam. The summit will examine methods of large-scale disaster prevention, earthquake early warning systems, structural safety monitoring systems, the role of IoT in disaster management, recovery plans, flood disaster risk assessments, debris flow management and international co-operation. The upcoming edition of Secutech will be held at the Tapei Nangang Exhibition Center from 8 – 10 May 2019 with more than 400 exhibitors, from 15 countries and regions in attendance. At the previous edition, the fair attracted 19,907 visitors from vertical markets such as building, transportation, retail and manufacturing. The fair is organised by Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd and is part of a global network of Safety Security and Fire trade fairs.
ADT, a provider of monitored security and interactive home and business automation solutions in the United States and Canada, unveils its new ADT Commercial brand and positioning video, as part of its multi-year expansion plans. Since the merger with Protection 1, ADT has built upon its commercial capabilities and customer focused approach combining more than ten strategic acquisitions, bringing decades of experience to commercial and national account customers. ADT’s announcement is part of its participation in ISC West, North America’s largest security industry trade show with more than 30,000 industry professionals and 1,000 exhibitors. Significant expansion plans “Today marks the official start of significant expansion plans for the ADT Commercial brand as we bring together numerous strategic acquisitions and alliances we’ve recently achieved, including industry leader, Red Hawk,” said Dan Bresingham, Executive Vice President, ADT Commercial. The ADT Commercial vision is to offer a unified approach to its customers’ security and life safety needs “We are delivering an expanded product portfolio and geographic reach to our enterprise customers, combined with an obsession for customer service, high quality and commitment to excellence.” Led by Bresingham, the ADT Commercial leadership team has a single-minded focus on security and life safety—having spent the majority of their careers in the industry. The ADT Commercial vision is to offer a unified approach to its customers’ security and life safety needs. Enterprise risk management services ADT Commercial brings together the experience, capabilities and offerings from acquisitions, made since merging with Protection 1, with the goal of creating a best in class security and life safety provider. Most recently, these acquisitions include Red Hawk Fire & Security, Aronson Security Group, MSE Security, Advanced Cabling and Commercial Protection Systems, Inc. ADT Commercial will serve customers with a broad portfolio of solutions such as enterprise risk management services, IP-based video and access control technologies; intrusion detection; fire/life safety; sprinkler installation and maintenance; banking and ATM sales and services; managed services; remote monitoring via its owned and operated monitoring centers; security only networks design, management and monitoring.
Comelit Group successfully inspired at the industry first, ‘The Security Event,’ presenting new and existing customers with its latest smart solutions in stylish door entry, home automation, fire and CCTV. On stand SE28 at the premiere exhibition, Comelit unveiled its innovative Switch solution, which has been developed solely for installers to enable a simple ‘switch’ upgrade to an audio or video panel option. Also well-received was Comelit’s latest simple to install Ciao audio panel, with die-cast aluminium front panel that can be assembled in many configurations to suit all housing needs in a simple and functional way. Fire detection solutions Comelit’s latest fire detection solutions were on display, including its accredited automatic fire detection systems, together with stylish conventional and addressable panels. Says Francesca Boeris, Managing Director Comelit Group UK: “As a founding partner to The Security Event, we had high expectations and we are naturally delighted that these have been delivered, both in terms of quality visitors to our stand and the opportunity to present our latest products and services.” Switch and Ciao are just two examples in our growing portfolio to illustrate how Comelit is listening to customers" “Switch and Ciao are just two examples in our growing portfolio to illustrate how Comelit is listening to customers and creating solutions that offer high performance, cost effective simple installation capability. Our fire detection display was also well received, with The Security Event being the perfect platform to illustrate how it complements our globally recognised security product portfolio.” Connected lifestyle The Security Event allowed Comelit to demonstrate its latest range of CCTV systems, including its state-of-the-art AHD100 series to complement the professional CCTV range will be on display. The AHD100 comprises three DVR versions at 4MP with the possibility to offer four to six channels, six cameras and 2 PTZ. Francesca concluded: “The Security Event was Comelit’s opportunity to present its evolution into becoming an all-encompassing security and fire detection solutions provider, presenting simple to install systems to ‘bring to life’ customer requirements for a stylish, mobile connected lifestyle. And as our stand campaign of ‘Your Security, Our Job,’ implied, we will continue to offer products and services capable of meeting the demands of today’s ever changing working and home environment.”
Resideo Technologies, Inc. announces details of its Resideo Premier Security Dealer Program for top professional security and smart home dealers. The new loyalty program will help dealers expand their offerings in the security and smart home markets, while driving value for homeowners. Building on its commitment to the professional channel and drawing from nearly 30 years of successful loyalty programs, the Resideo Premier Security Dealer Program will provide sales and marketing support, training and financial incentives, along with the essential tools and enhanced products that dealers need to differentiate in today’s competitive market. The new program is led by industry veteran Quentin Gunther, who spent more than 20 years as a security dealer, and was designed with input from top security dealers. The program will help Resideo Premier Security Dealers deliver an exceptional smart home experience for homeowners. The program will help Resideo Premier Security Dealers deliver an exceptional smart home experience Navigating smart home technology “We continue to focus on the pro channel and believe security dealers in our program will be best positioned to help homeowners navigate smart home technology, especially as consumers are increasingly looking for professionals to ease the installation process,” said Alice DeBiasio, vice president and general manager, Residential Pro Security, Resideo. “We’ve carefully designed a program that combines some of the features from our previous program that dealers have asked for, along with new tools and resources to help them expand their businesses, while providing greater value to consumers who rely on their expertise to help keep their families safe and secure.” Remote system control “Preventia is a high growth organisation and we’re always looking for the best solutions for our customers to fuel that growth. What attracted us to the Resideo Premier Security Dealer Program was the focus around the growth opportunity across the security and smart home market. With the Resideo brand, it’s even more clear that the focus is on providing customers with a phenomenal experience,” said Aaron Whitaker, founder of Preventia Security in Columbia, Tennessee. Our core customer is the busy mom or dad that needs control of their system from anywhere, anytime" “Our core customer is the busy mom or dad that needs control of their system from anywhere, anytime and becoming a Resideo Premier Security Dealer increases our ability to deliver these solutions. We’re excited about the marketing support from Resideo to establish our brand in the market. We look forward to growing together with Resideo.” Dealer Resource Zone At the centre of the new program is a dedicated portal for dealers – Dealer Resource Zone – that will serve as a one-stop-shop for program details and allows dealers to stay informed on their account status, program participation and progress towards sales goals. Participating dealers will have access to a dedicated phone line for both technical and program support. Key financial rewards include a cooperative advertising program, rebate rewards and product discounts. Key drivers of the program include: Lead Generation – The program delivers key tools to help drive new sales opportunities, including social media content for customer engagement, an ecommerce application for online sales, co-op funding for developing marketing campaigns, and an automated system with streamlined co-op claim process. Sales/Dealer Engagement – The Dealer Development Group (DDG) provides support with business planning, sales growth strategies and sales skills. The technical team will host dedicated training sessions, and program marketing will assist with promotional materials. Networking – The program offers networking opportunities for dealers to exchange ideas and share knowledge and best practices. In addition to the annual CONNECT event, Resideo will host regional events and webinars for participating dealers. Connected Solutions – Dedicated technical and sales training provides members with tools and knowledge to successfully deliver the smart home experience. Since its initial launch, the Resideo Premier Dealer Program has welcomed more than 75 industry dealers to the program. Dealers are selected by Resideo to join the program, and they are required to complete certification and training courses.
EZVIZ Inc., the global smart home security brand, is pleased to announce the latest addition to its surveillance camera range with the arrival of the C3A. The CCTV camera offers a wide view of the home, driveway or garden as well as clear night vision to detect any intruders. The camera works in partnership with the EZVIZ app that allows users to access footage whenever and wherever. The C3A is available now from Amazon at an RRP of £149.99. EZVIZ C3A CCTV camera The C3A is compatible with voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant The EZVIZ C3A can be used in the home or outside thanks its IP65 rated weatherproof housing and is hassle-free with no wires to get tangled as it’s a stand-alone camera with a battery life of over three months. The extended battery life is thanks to the long life 5500mAh rechargeable lithium battery which is unlike any other camera in the EZVIZ range. In addition, if users add on the EZVIZ W2D base station they can prolong battery life to up to nine months1. The C3A is also compatible with voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The C3A is designed to monitor in all conditions and light levels and is equipped to alert home-owners of any activity thanks to its Smart Human Technology which notifies, using PIR technology, any people approaching the property. The intuitive camera can decipher whether motion is derived from a pet or human movement, when a notification would be made, but not when there are more subtle activities such as insects, the curtain moving or change of light. Two-way communication There is also a two-way talk function so if a visitor arrives whilst the occupant is not in the house, it is easy to communicate with them via the app. A helpful feature to have deliveries placed in secure locations, save a friend from waiting in the rain or to say thanks to the dog walker! The device also smartly switches between day and night modes automatically The camera has an ultra-wide-angle lens enabling a large expanse of the property to be monitored; whether that’s in a particular room or outside on the driveway, in the garden or at the front door. With its HD 1080p wide-angle lens, the C3A has a 126° view and at night can clearly deliver a crisp picture up to five meters away. The device also smartly switches between day and night modes automatically. Wireless mobile access Thanks to the multi-functional app, users can easily follow the instructions on the app to set up the EZVIZ C3A and can pair the device with WiFi. The app is also compatible with any other EZVIZ products so it can be the one-stop hub for all the home’s smart technology devices that can be viewed and managed remotely. EZVIZ cameras can hold a MicroSD card to save footage or users can opt to sign-up to a cloud-based storage or via an EZVIZ Network Video Recorder (NVR).
Interlogix, a global leader in security and life-safety solutions, introduces Simon XTi-5i, a self-contained, wireless security system for heightened residential security and convenience. An update to the Simon XTi-5 system, the new platform supports 80 wireless zones, features a 5-inch color LCD touchscreen and is compatible with a wide range of devices through leading service providers. Interlogix is a part of Carrier, a leading global provider of innovative heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. Simon XTi-5 wireless security system “The latest version of the Simon XTi-5 system helps synchronise homes to keep families connected, protected and a whole lot more,” said Cooper Briscoe, residential solutions product leader, North America, Interlogix. “The devices and accessories available through Interlogix and Alarm.com interactive services make it easy to customise systems that meet each family’s specific needs and priorities whether in a house, apartment or condominium.” When paired with an LTE modem from leading active home services provider Alarm.com, Simon panels can be used as a comfort management and automation system enabling local and remote control of Z-Wave devices such as wireless lighting controls, thermostats, door locks, garage doors and more. Home security and automation solutions The intuitive touch screen panel is easy to operate, making it ideal for users of all ages The new system features a selectable user interface that matches the Alarm.com interactive services mobile application in color, style and icons – simplifying the user experience. At-a-glance system status provides a complete view of home security and automation systems, indoor temperature and outdoor weather. The panel comes standard with support for up to 80 wireless zones and a built-in battery backup keeps the system running in case of power failures. Paired with an LTE modem from Alarm.com, the Simon XTi-5i panel enables other home security and automation features including: Real-time look-ins and review of recorded snapshots for visual verification of alarms by using the Interlogix Image Sensor Voice, email and text message reports Two-way emergency communication with monitoring station personnel using the panel’s built-in microphone Menu-based system programming and testing for fast and accurate installation of the panel and supported devices. The intuitive touch screen panel is easy to operate, making it ideal for users of all ages.
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 realise 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 realise 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/labour 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 realise over time. On the other hand, one issue DIYers may recognise 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 unrecognisable 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.
In the state of the residential security market today, we see many who are offering home security packages that rely on numerous sensors and multiple devices to provide a comprehensive coverage of the home and provide peace of mind. Each individual sensor or device within the package provides a specific functionality, and the user finds himself burdened by an overwhelming amount of sensors and devices. This overload is intensified by the penetration of additional IoT and smart devices into the home, such as pet-cams or smart speakers that add to the burden of installation and maintenance. In addition, we are witnessing the rise in popularity of DIY security devices, indicating that users are looking for models and technologies that provide both contract flexibility and simplicity of use. The past years have seen major advancements in radar technology, which have brought the formerly military technology into the consumer space. Radars provide interesting prospects for home security and smart homes due to several inherent characteristics which give it an advantage over existing technologies. The resolution of an advanced radar sensor enables not only presence detection, but also provides advanced features for security, automation and well-being Advanced security and automation features Of primary importance, a consumer designed radar sensor provides the user with full privacy, but the use of radar is also beneficial because it is indifferent to environmental, temperature and lighting conditions. In addition, radar signals (at certain frequencies) are capable of penetrating through almost any type of material, enabling concealed installation, robust monitoring in cluttered spaces and even the coverage of several separate rooms with only one device. In terms of capabilities, simple time of flight 2-antenna radar sensors, which have been around for a while, do not provide much additional value in comparison to existing solutions and are not necessarily competitive in terms of pricing. However, the new generation of radar sensors are also opening up new capabilities previously achieved with optics only. Today, the resolution of an advanced radar sensor is high enough to enable not only presence detection, but also to provide advanced features for security, automation and well-being, all in one. Imagine for example, that the security sensor installed in your elderly parent’s home could also detect a fall having occurred, monitor the breathing of a baby or even leaks in your wall. Due to the unique field of view that radar provides as well as the multi-functional potential, this technology will be the key to the awaited convergence of smart home functionalities and minimisation of home devices. The security sensor installed in your elderly parent’s home could also detect a fall having occurred Secret of the consumer radar A radar sensor’s accuracy and its ability to support wide functionality and applications is determined initially by its resolution, which is based on two key factors: bandwidth and number of channels. The wider the bandwidth and the more channels the radar supports, the more accurate the data received. Imagine the difference between a 1990s television model and a 4K 2018 television model - As the resolution is ever improving, the sharper and more detailed is the image. When looking at the short-range radar sensor market, prominent companies such as Texas Instruments and NXP are offering radar-on-chip solutions supporting 2\3 transmitters (Tx) and 3\4 receivers (Rx), mainly utilising frequency bands of 77-81GHz, as they target mostly automotive and autonomous driving applications. Another company that develops such radar-on-chip solution is Vayyar Imaging, an Israeli start-up, founded in 2011, that developed a radar sensor for 3D imaging. Vayyar Imaging directly targets the smart home and security markets with its radar-on-chip, developing modules and products for intruder detection, automation and elderly care (fall detection). Providing not only chips, but complete systems, the new model makes radar technology highly available and accessible. The radar-on-chip technology opens the door to installation of security and well-being devices in locations where privacy or environmental conditions pose an issue Radar-on-chip solution The radar-on-chip solution supports 72 full transceivers, an integrated DSP and radar bands between 3-81GHz. The resolution provided by this type of specification is high enough to provide subtle information about people’s real time location posture (lying down\falling\sitting\walking), and breathing, and enables to classify pets from humans, but it is low enough as to not compromise privacy. This type of technology opens the door to installation of security and well-being devices in locations where privacy or environmental conditions pose an issue, such as in bathrooms or heavily lit environments. Moreover, utilisation of this technology allows to dramatically minimise the numbers of sensors installed in the home, as it provides full home coverage with just one or two sensors and enables using the same HW to support additional capabilities such as breath monitoring, fall detection and highly accurate automation. Using AI and machine learning, the data derived by these sensors can be leveraged to provide smarter, verified alerts on the one hand and whole new insights on the on the other. The sensor can be tuned to learn the location of the house entrances or boundaries, where the inhabitants are expected to be at night, or where they should be expected to enter from into the home, adding new logics to the traditional yes\no decision making. Home security is widely regarded as a necessity, provides peace of mind to people and is integral to people's day to day lives Additional smart home services Among the evolving home technology verticals, security is by far the most relevant and integral to people’s day to day lives. Home security is widely regarded as a necessity and provides peace of mind to people. Being a legacy industry with many well-known and well-trusted brands, security players are well positioned to introduce new technology into the home and have the ability and credibility to expand their offerings to additional smart home services by utilising existing infrastructure and channels. With technology giants entering the security arena through the smart home door the DIY security solution market expected to explode with a CAGR of 22.4% (according to a report by Persistence Market Research). Now that new pricing and service models offer minimal commitment, traditional security players will need to step up. Security companies will need to explore new technologies and expand their offering if they intend to stay relevant and competitive in a market trending on functionality converge and minimisation of maintenance and installation costs.
There are many notable trends on the horizon for the physical security and surveillance industry. In the growing area of low-latency live video streaming applications, we will see the continued move to HTML5 playback. For the security industry, live video streaming is an enabling technology that provides many opportunities for dealers and integrators to leverage additional services for the customers. Flash’s loss, HTML5’s gain To be effective, the technology needs to be able to stream consistently and reliably from a variety of devices, platforms, browsers and mediums, such as NVRs, on-premise servers or the cloud. HTML5 is now an effective replacement for often-vulnerable Flash browser technology in live streaming workflows. Flash, a plug-in to current browsers, has been a lightning rod for hacking vulnerabilities and malware. As such, most modern browser providers have begun to disable Flash by default, requiring additional actions by users, while support for the technology may be discontinued altogether in the near future. HTML5 implementations can be either cloud-based, or peer-to-peer streamed without Flash technology. Users who can stream live from camera to their choice of device, while enabling low-latency HTML5, gain greater efficiencies and less-expensive platform bandwidth costs.Support for Flash-based technology may be discontinued altogether in the near future Traditional security integration In addition, peering live streaming video directly from on-premises cameras and NVRs will take off for security applications, based, in part, on the significant reductions possible in direct operating costs, and a lower total cost of ownership for the end user. Peer-to-peer streaming reduces bandwidth costs and infrastructure requirements by streaming directly from IP cameras, mobile devices, drones, loT devices, to browsers, phones and tablets. It effectively removes implementation challenges from the physical IT infrastructure, while still permitting precise client control of content. Other significant trends will include continued integration of traditional security and live video streaming products and applications into emerging home automation standards including Apple’s HomeKit, Google’s Home and Amazon’s Alexa. We will also see the ongoing move to metadata-driven analytics and smarter, real-time event notifications directly benefitting the physical security industry and providing a deeper, more targeted proactive response. Peer-to-peer streaming reduces bandwidth costs and infrastructure requirements by streaming directly from drones to browsers Winners and losers These will be the losers in 2018: Manufacturers or software providers who continue using Flash-based players will begin losing significant market share; any company not looking to be more open with their integrations and APIs will lose ground as deployments become increasingly interconnected. EvoStream in 2018 Last year was significant for EvoStream in peer-to-peer live video streaming, as we continued our goal to migrate OEMs off heavy back-end streaming and into peering workflows. As the market has become educated on the advantages, they have clearly stepped up to using metadata software that brings additional intelligence which results in reduced bandwidth requirements, high scalability and flexible deployments.Manufacturers or software providers who continue using Flash-based players will begin losing significant market share in 2018 We have continued to focus not only on peer video, but taking it to the next level – providing the metadata, commands and other various channels necessary to fully replace existing robust streaming back-ends – and this strategy made a big difference for us in the win column for 2017. Much of the challenge for our company has revolved around the spotty support for both WebRTC and low-latency video streaming in HTML5. We’ve had to do more media player creation than we otherwise would have liked, to allow for the one-to-two second latencies we now can achieve in video-streaming surveillance from lens-to-lens. Looking further into 2018 we’ll be interested in some of the emerging Forward Error Correction (FEC) protocols like SRT and how they can improve streaming directly from cameras and NVRs. In 2018 we’ll also be bringing easier integrations to connect devices embedding our software to home automation platforms such as Apple HomeKit, Google Home and Alexa.
When Linus Yale Sr. invented the pin tumbler cylinder lock, it was the start of an iconic security brand that would eventually be known all over the world. What began in a lock shop in Newport, New York, would eventually evolve into the global presence of the brand “Yale” that we know today. The Yale brand was purchased in August 2000 by the Swedish lock manufacturer ASSA ABLOY Group, which expanded Yale’s global presence in the ensuing years and recently has led the way into smart locks and building automation. This year, ASSA ABLOY is marking the 175th anniversary of the Yale brand. Global home security brand “People all over the world trust the brand to protect what they love most in their homes,” says Kate Clark, Managing Director of Yale EMEA at ASSA ABLOY. Although Yale has a successful commercial sector business in the United States, in the rest of the world Yale is a residential brand. The Yale brand is well known in 130 countries from Australia to the Czech Republic to Colombia, and is popular in Africa, too. In the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) market alone, Yale has around 20,000 products; that’s without counting products sold in the Asia-Pacific and Americas regions. Yale is familiar as a generic term for “lock” in some areas and is one of the largest home security brands in the world. Expansion into digital locks Good old-fashioned cylinder locks still look nice and cost the right amount of money, so they are in demand “I think we stand for safety, quality and reliability, and that hasn’t changed,” says Clark. “It’s as important now as ever. We have tried to pioneer new technology in the industry, new innovations. The rate of acceleration has increased, and there are so many technologies we have to understand and work with.” Growing beyond its heritage in mechanical locking systems, Yale is now expanding into digital locks that can protect homes with a high level of security synonymous with the Yale brand. The current selection of locks includes partnerships with tech brands such as Nest Labs (Google) and Alexa (Amazon). There is a rapid acceleration of growth in the electro-mechanical lock market. But even as the focus expands to smart locks and partnerships with tech companies, Yale continues to dedicate time and resources to the design of their core mechanical products. Good old-fashioned cylinder locks still look nice and cost the right amount of money, so they are in demand. Yale padlocks and bike locks also keep the name top-of-mind. There’s an ongoing education process as home locks expand beyond the use of mechanical devices and even personal identification (PIN) codes. Beyond mechanical locks and PIN codes “It’s important for people to know that we have been around a long time, and we want to celebrate that,” says Clark. “It’s a fantastic story around the brand and what we have achieved. Internally we have a lot of people doing a lot of great things with the brand. We inspire people working with the brand and show them that this is the pedigree, and it should be cherished. We are also raising awareness among younger people, so they know that we are still relevant.” We have an obligation to show people that the new technologies are just as secure as mechanical locks" There’s an ongoing education process as home locks expand beyond the use of mechanical devices and even personal identification (PIN) codes. “We have to take people on a journey,” says Clark. “We have an obligation to show them that the new technologies are just as secure as mechanical locks. If we eliminate PIN codes, we have to do it in a secure and safe way. Then suddenly access to your home can be made available by a company you trust.” Smart home security “We have a responsibility to do our best job with the new technology – it’s wonderful, but it needs to be used correctly,” says Clark. “I personally feel a responsibility to do that in the right way.” For example, in working with Amazon and Alexa to remotely authorise the delivery of a parcel to a home, concerns of security must be weighed carefully along with issues of convenience. “It’s important that we get the balance right,” says Clark. “We need to know the right person is giving the right voice command to lock a lock. We have to be true to our core as ‘security first.’” Will Yale be here another 175 years? Clark says she doesn’t expect to be around to find out but will do her best to preserve and promote the brand until she hands it off to a new caretaker.
As Internet of Things (IoT) devices go, networked video cameras are particularly significant. Connected to the internet and using on-board processing, cameras are subject to infection by malware and can be targeted by Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. Hacking of cameras also threatens privacy by allowing unauthorised access to video footage. The performance of hacked cameras can be degraded, and they may become unable to communicate properly when needed. Ensuring cybersecurity is a challenge, and the fragmented structure of the video surveillance market contributes to that challenge. A variety of companies are involved in manufacturing, integrating, installing and operating video systems, and cybersecurity threats can enter the picture at any stage. “It’s not always clear who is responsible,” says Yotam Gutman, vice president of marketing for SecuriThings, a cybersecurity company. “However, the only entities who can ensure cybersecurity are the security integrator and the service provider. They will bear the financial pain and are willing to pay for cybersecurity. An extra $1 or $2 per camera per month is not expensive.” SecuriThings’ “lightweight software agent” runs in the background of video cameras, sending information to an analytics system in the cloud IoT device security management At the recent IFSEC trade show in London, SecuriThings unveiled its IoT Device Security Management (IDSM) approach to enable integrators to ensure cybersecurity. Founded in 2015, the company has around 20 employees in Tel Aviv, Israel, and operates a sales office in New York City. SecuriThings’ “lightweight software agent” runs in the background of video cameras, collecting metadata on camera processes and connections and sending information back to an analytics system in the cloud. Drag-and-drop deployment enables a camera to begin generating data within seconds and requiring only two mouse clicks. The cloud system analyses data, pinpoints abnormalities, identifies new users, detects multiple entry attempts and tracks other camera processes to identify any cyberattacks. It monitors all devices, gateways, users and APIs to detect threats in real-time and mitigate the threats based on a pre-determined security policy. Machine learning tools also analyse more subtle activities that can indicate insider abuse. For example, a user support center can identify if cameras are being accessed improperly by employees, thus preventing insider abuse. Certified vendor agnostic software SecuriThings is working with camera manufacturers and video management system (VMS) manufacturers to certify operation of its software agents with various camera models and systems. Working through integrators, such as Johnson Controls, is the fastest route to market, SecuriThings has determined. The system can be added after the fact to existing installations for immediate monitoring and remediation, or it can easily be incorporated into new systems as they are launched. “We have a strong sales team in the United States focusing on bringing the technology to more local and national integrators,” says Gutman. Certification ensures SecuriThings’ software agent can be installed in most modern camera models without negatively impacting operation; the software is vendor agnostic. Another eventual route to market is to work with camera manufacturers to install the SecuriThings software agent in cameras at the factory. In this scenario, the system can easily be “clicked on” when cameras are installed. The SecuriThings cloud system generates a dashboard that tracks system activities to identify any cybersecurity threats IoT Security Operations Center SecuriThings operation is transparent to the VMS, and the company works with VMS manufacturers to ensure the code operates seamlessly with their systems. Cloud analytics generate a dashboard that tracks system activities, and/or a managed service monitors the system and notifies customers if there is a problem. “We monitor it from our IoT Security Operations Center, a fully managed service that ensures the real-time detection and mitigation of IoT cyber-threats,” says Gutman. “We found that end-customers don’t have the manpower to monitor the system, so our experts can guide them.”Access control and cloud-based access control will be the next systems under cyberattack, and they are almost as vulnerable" A benefit for camera manufacturers is the ability of a system like SecuriThings to “level the playing field” on issues of cybersecurity, says Gutman. The approach provides a higher level of cybersecurity confidence for integrators and users, including those using cameras that have previously had cybersecurity problems such as “back door” access. SecuriThings has certified its software for use with Hikvision cameras and is in the process of certifying with Dahua, says Gutman. “Western manufacturers say their products are more secure, but we can help all camera manufacturers prove that they are just as secure,” says Gutman. “Integrators and users can log into a device and see all the activity.” Securing connected devices from cyber threats Beyond video, SecuriThings’ products target the full range of connected devices in the Internet of Things (IoT). The SecuriThings security solution enables real-time visibility and control of IoT devices deployed in massive numbers in smart cities, physical security, building automation, home entertainment and more. Video surveillance is an early focus because of market need, an opportunity to gain traction, and the critical nature of security applications. But the challenges are much broader than video surveillance. “We are seeing similar risks to other devices,” says Gutman. “Access control and cloud-based access control will be the next systems under cyberattack, and they are almost as vulnerable. If you can disable the access control system, you can cause a lot of problems.” Other connected devices that could be at risk include building automation and heating and cooling (HVAC) systems.
Has there ever been a better time for a security trade show in Europe? Shifting threats such as terrorism and a volatile political climate serve as reminders every day of the importance of security in our lives, and even the role of technology. IFSEC opened in London on Tuesday at the ExCeL centre, covering every aspect of security, from access control and video surveillance to home automation and perimeter security. Amid sweltering heat, attendees came to find the latest-and-greatest innovations to meet changing security challenges. Substance over style Many of the technology announcements were "repurposed" news previously unveiled in the United States at the spring ISC West show in Las Vegas. Even so, there was plenty to see, although foot traffic seemed a little slow on the first day. Several people commented on how IFSEC is different from ISC West. The US market, exemplified by ISC West, tends to emphasise superlatives and flashy market claims, while the European market is more about substance. That observation comes from Moti Shabtai, CEO and President of Qognify, who said he has a larger share of conversations at IFSEC about how a solution can address specific needs. "Europe isn't one single market," he reminds us. "There are more different kinds of customers and different approaches, while the US market has a more unified way of thinking." Safe and secure cities applications (and "smart cities") are more prominent in Europe. While in the US, utility applications are higher profile, driven by a need to conform to NERC/FERC standards. The European market has more different kinds of customers and different approaches "The competition in Europe is more varied, with more smaller players, depending on which product and market," adds Kim Loy, Director of Marketing for Vanderbilt. "It makes it a more dynamic landscape." One variable Loy points to is how advanced each European market is from a technology perspective. For example, the Nordic countries -- Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland -- tend to embrace technology, and Vanderbilt is already seeing success there with its cloud-based products, the ACT365 cloud access control and video system and SBC Connect for cloud-managed intrusion detection. Current events in Europe add an air of urgency to the show. Several recent terrorist attacks have highlighted the need for more and better security. In emergency situations, often the security industry's contributions come after the fact, notes Shabtai. It took police in Brussels, Belgium, five days to find a suspect in the 2016 terrorist attack there. However, technologies such as Qognify's Suspect Search can now sift through databases to find video clips relevant to an investigation within minutes. More analysis of disparate information can in some cases provide predictive capabilities, or at least help direct investigations aimed at preventing such events. Adapting to vertical markets Many exhibits at IFSEC reflect the trend we are seeing of companies expanding their product selection beyond what was previously their core competency. Several video companies, in particular, are displaying an expanding array of products. It's a continuation of the familiar trend of video companies like Genetec, Avigilon, Hikvision and others expanding into access control systems. At IFSEC, Genetec says they are focusing on outcomes rather than technology, highlighting systems designed for specific use cases and vertical markets. Importantly, Genetec's systems provide flexibility to adapt to a variety of issues in various markets, whether a specific vertical or in the United States, Europe, or anywhere in the world. Privacy and cybersecurity are especially relevant in Europe Privacy and cybersecurity are hot-button issues for Genetec, says Jean-Philippe Deby, EMEA Business Development Director. It's especially relevant in Europe, where the European Union has embraced general data protection regulations (GDPR) that require compliance by May 2018 (The UK has committed to compliance despite the Brexit vote.) It's another element in the industry's growing focus on cybersecurity and systems highlighting "privacy by design." But global business trends are eliminating some of the differences in the security industry around the world, says Dr. Peter Kim, Senior Director of IDIS. Globalisation trumps regional phasing "Perhaps the biggest difference at IFSEC this year is the realisation that there is less of a difference than ever before between the US and European markets," he says. "Globalisation increasingly means access in Europe to brands and their product offerings is more equal than ever before—something you see here at this and all of the major security shows around the world. New technologies are increasingly rolled out globally either at the same time or close together, as opposed to regional phasing." Europe and America have different drivers and priorities at different times, including those influenced by geopolitics and recent crises, which can drive demand for technology to meet specific security requirements, Kim notes. One thing both markets have in common right now is geopolitical churn in various forms—including the threat of terror and a number of significant elections—which can lead to increased uncertainty. "This is especially relevant for government contracts, as public projects, which can be quite substantial from a security standpoint, often stall in such environments," Kim notes. Avigilon dominates the signage and video displays as visitors enter the ExCeL Centre Avigilon dominates the show Avigilon is one company that is introducing new products at IFSEC (that were not previously viewed at ISC West). They include the Avigilon Presence Detector (APD), a sensor that combines self-learning analytics with impulse radar technology to accurately detect the presence of a person even if they have stopped moving or are hidden. The sensor is designed for indoor locations such as vestibules within banks, pharmacies, retail stores and health care facilities. Avigilon is also highlighting a new Mini Dome Camera Line, and integration of its Access Control Manager (ACM) system with biometrics, among other products. Avigilon is making a big splash at the show. They dominate the signage and video displays as visitors enter the ExCeL Centre. I'm looking forward to seeing more interesting technologies in the remaining two days of the show.
Kwikset brand of Spectrum Brands, Inc. – Hardware & Home Improvement Division, announces that its SmartCode 888 Deadbolt Lock was chosen to become part of the new Home is Connected smart home system from D.R. Horton, Inc. The inclusion of Kwikset’s SmartCode 888 in the system was based on its value (great functionality at an entry-level price), reliability, and high degree of security. Incorporating the latest Z-Wave 500 chipset, the SmartCode 888 offers keyless entry through a convenient, easy-to-use touchpad. Kwikset’s patented Home Connect technology enables the lock to wirelessly communicate with other devices in the home through a third-party smart home controller, as well as to remotely check the door lock status, lock or unlock the door and receive notifications. Innovative program D.R. Horton’s Home Is Connected system is included in the base price of each new home from the company’s family of brands D.R. Horton’s 'Home Is Connected' system is included in the base price of each new home from the company’s family of brands. The system includes a robust central hub by Qolsys that controls the smart home features, including a home alarm and automation platform by Alarm.com, Honeywell Home thermostat from Resideo, smart switches by Eaton Corporation, video doorbell by SkyBell and hands-free, voice-first experiences with Amazon Alexa. “We are pleased to be part of such an innovative program created by the nation’s largest volume homebuilder,” said Dave Seeman, Director of National Builder Accounts, Kwikset and Baldwin, Spectrum Brands, Inc. – Hardware & Home Improvement Division. Convenience of keyless entry “We are confident that buyers of D.R. Horton homes will not only appreciate the security and convenience of keyless entry that our SmartCode 888 provides, but also the endless benefits of whole home automation. To be a part of a system that includes such well-known, reputable brands indicates to us the high level of trust D.R. Horton puts in our products.” Brad Conlon, Vice President of National Accounts for D.R. Horton, said, “We are pleased to work with Kwikset to provide this essential component to D.R. Horton’s new Home is Connected smart home system. We know our customers will appreciate the peace of mind that comes from Kwikset’s SmartCode 888 lock and the Home is Connected system overall.”
ProdataKey (PDK), an innovator of cloud-based networked and wireless access control products and services, and Dwelo LLC, a provider of smart-home solutions purpose-built for apartment owners, managers and residents, has announced a partnership that is seamlessly integrating PDK’s cloud access control technology into the Dwelo smart apartment platform. Dwelo’s web and mobile software, which currently offers apartment dwellers the ability to control smart devices such as light switches, thermostats and door deadbolts for their individual units, has added features to manage access to common areas of their building or community, such as entry gates, clubhouse, gym and laundry facilities. These spaces can now be secured by PDK’s cloud access control solution, pdk.io, providing apartment property managers and owners with valuable operational efficiencies. The administrative software interface, not visible to residents, enables management to easily establish and enforce authorised hours of use for common facilities. An audit trail reports all traffic into the property, including any one-time credentials issued by residents, which can be used to assist in investigations in cases of theft or vandalism. When residents move out, their access to unit, common, and perimeter access is immediately deactivated, eliminating the risks that accompany traditional keys that would otherwise remain in circulation. The system is subscription based, with property managers able to recoup the cost in both efficiencies and enhanced revenue Scalable and affordable security solutions Beyond operational efficiencies, residents can unlock perimeter and common doors or gates using the same mobile app they use to control their apartments. In addition, they have the ability to use their phones or computers to generate temporary, one-time credentials that allow visitors, delivery and service people to gain access as needed. These features add to the conveniences afforded to residents living in Dwelo-enabled smart apartments. Both Dwelo and PDK have built successful businesses by leveraging the power of cloud technology to create scalable, affordable solutions that offer unprecedented ease of installation for contractors and simple usability for customers. With their combined areas of expertise in home automation and security, together they see an opportunity to serve a large and generally neglected market sector – apartment renters who desire the same smart home technological conveniences as today’s home owners and seek out communities that offer those smart home solutions. The Dwelo/PDK solution is available for both new construction and retrofits. After an initial per-unit installation charge, the system is subscription based, with property managers able to recoup the cost in both efficiencies and enhanced revenue. Enhanced apartment living “Dwelo is thrilled to be partnering with such an innovative company as PDK. PDK is a technology leader in the electronic access control space, and Dwelo and its customers are already benefitting from their forward-thinking approach to access." Our partnership will bring tangible benefits to all stakeholders involved within the multi-family residential market sector" "The consolidation of smart home control and perimeter and common area access control, in one platform, is a powerful marriage for multifamily property owners. We look forward, with PDK, to crafting more solutions that address the specific needs of these customers,” says Mike Rovito, CEO of Dwelo, LLC. “PDKs solution has been embraced by customers in the commercial sector for its simple ease of use and platform flexibility. Our wireless and PoE options allow for cost-effective takeover of legacy equipment, while supporting new construction projects with all the benefits derived from leveraging the network." "Our mantra, simplicity without compromise, dovetails perfectly with Dwelo’s corporate mission to enhance apartment living through easily accessible IoT technology. Our partnership will bring tangible benefits to all stakeholders involved within the multi-family residential market sector,” says Evan Tree, CEO of ProdataKey.
Exceeding traditional intercom, Android intercom solution generates unprecedented user experience by not only offering friendlier UI, easier understanding and superior operation, but also serving as a smarter platform for integrating various applications. The Akuvox all-Android intercom solution has built a comfortable and smart living environment beyond intercom for home owners in its recent residential project. The project involved 1,200 luxury apartments in Europe. Integration and mobility were two keywords of the project requirement. The solution was expected to incorporate intercom, home automation and phone system, and the whole package of functions should be easily accessible through residents’ mobile phones. Solutions and benefits Akuvox’s all-Android intercom solution included indoor monitor-IT82, video door phone-R29 and video guard phone-R48G, supported by its cloud and mobile app. The various terminals delivered best-in-class SIP communication, with Their expertly-tuned Android OS along with APIs offered immense openness to 3rd-party developers for customisation, and the configuration, upgrading and maintenance of the solution were efficiently accomplished on the cloud, thanks to which, users could also use mobile apps to obtain all features anywhere and anytime. As a result, the solution benefited both the system integrator and the residents greatly. Intuitive user experience Easy integration with other systems, such as home automation Top-notch audio and video quality Unlimited mobility Streamlined management and enhanced productivity Unique application scenarios Searching name on video door phone. Visitors could search names from the contact entries loaded into R29. Adding brilliance to the search experience, the large touch screen could display more names and its customised background picture was welcoming and pleasing. Home Automation. Through its eight connectors, IT82 was exploited as a control panel for smart home devices, such as in-home security sensors, smart lighting and smart metering. Also, consolidating community-wide IP cameras, the solution allowed residents to monitor the neighbourhood via an app installed on IT82. Integration with phone system. Various services were realised through the video guard phone. The community guard used it to call the resident’s indoor monitor to confirm visitors’ identity, to grant/deny access, or to push messages to indoor monitors. Vice versa, residents can send property service requests from indoor monitors to the guard phone. Keeping track of home while away. Through the mobile app, residents answered calls, unlocked doors, checked the live camera feed from door phones and handled alerts sent by indoor monitors. Keeping track of the property status led to stringent security. Why Akuvox? Akuvox is a front-runner in SIP and Android-based intercom, accumulating 12-year SIP experience and almost 10-years of Android competence, achieving many breakthroughs in their convergence. It is one of the few intercom suppliers that offer massively-deployed Android solutions, which not only deliver stable system, but also possess exceptional capability of deep customisation.
IP technology has revolutionised the home and business security market. Digital systems have many advantages compared to conventional systems used in the security and building sectors. The innovative spirit of Fermax, which for more than six decades has invested in new technologies, has contributed to the development of its IP technology: LYNX by FERMAX. This article discusses some of the architecture projects that have relied on FERMAX’s IP solutions, and the advantages and functionalities of LYNX. IP technology transforms security In a world with greater connectivity and integration, IP technology has transformed security systems, including the video door entry system, positioning itself as one of the best options in the market, as well as offering new standards in processing capacity and performance. LYNX by FERMAX is a state-of-the-art IP video door entry system which has been integrated in some of the most prestigious residential and commercial projects in the world. These projects are constructions that expect to take a step forward in the management of communication, security and comfort for residents. LYNX optimally combines the benefits of integrating communication systems based on the TCP/IP protocol and the needs of real estate developers, systems integrators and end users, achieving the perfect combination of technology, engineering and design. Thanks to the projects in which LYNX has already been installed, its IP systems demonstrate its capacity and efficiency in large buildings, making complex installations easier with long distances. Projects that integrate with LYNX by Fermax One 57 (United States) Designed by award-winning Christian de Portzamparc, One 57 is one of the tallest residential buildings in New York; a super luxury project in Manhattan. Le Nouvel KLCC (Malaysia) A spectacular real estate project in front of the Petrona Towers, designed by the famous architect Jean Nouvel and comprising of two 49-storey towers and 195 luxury apartments. Miras Park (Kazahstan) A unique and high quality residential complex, comprised of 8 blocks. Settler’s Cove (Australia) An award-winning complex located in Queensland, one of the most desired areas of Australia. Settler's cove is an award-winning complex in Queensland Why large architecture projects choose LYNX Among its most outstanding features, FERMAX puts special emphasis on: Unlimited technical capacity: The MESH network architecture as a distributed network brings robustness to the system and contrasts with most commercial offers. With a single installation of LYNX, it is possible to manage up to 5,000 monitors, unlimited point-to-point distances in the installation, and even unlimited channels for conversations and data transmission. LYNX is designed to allow different devices involved in a facility to talk to each other. Full integration: Provides freedom of choice to configure the system and automate it according to user needs. The system can integrate different solutions for the communication, security and residential or commercial comfort: door entry, access control, home automation, video surveillance cameras, lift control – either through Fermax products or third-party applications. The end user perceives different integrated technologies as part of a single solution. Extra Security: LYNX incorporates a 3DES and SRTP encryption and maintains a permanent, reliable and easy connection with the building staff, guaranteeing the protection and safety of each resident. It ensures the privacy of the conversations and makes any attempt to sabotage the system more difficult. LYNX provides freedom of choice to configure the system and automate it according to user needs Easy installation and configuration: It is a system designed to be installed by both digital integration professionals and classic installers of audio and video door entry systems. Customisation: LYNX offers a multitude of configuration possibilities, with unique and personalised solutions for each project. Complete management: The operation of LYNX Property Management or Guard Units is simple and intuitive, a software specially created for the Fermax IP system. Outstanding product design: The devices and terminals associated with LYNX provide a level of design that is unequalled, which has turned Fermax into an international reference. Refined lines, elegance and simplicity, in addition to the careful selection of high quality materials and perfect finishes. The guarantee of a specialist brand: LYNX is an advanced technological solution from IP protocols – combining solid experience in the video door entry sector and a constant capacity for innovating. LYNX features and functionalities The property owner or resident has many advantages when installing LYNX devices. The IP door entry monitor becomes the screen to manage inside the home, from the most essential feature such as door opening or calling the lift, to the control and automation of temperature, alarms, visualising the video surveillance video installed in the complex, or talking to the concierge or neighbours, alongside other advanced functions.
Sigma Designs, a provider of intelligent system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for connected smart TV platforms and smart home IoT, announces that Japan’s largest telco corporation, KDDI, uses Z-Wave as the wireless mesh technology powering their smart home solution, au HOME, designed specifically for network operators. Au HOME with Z-Wave KDDI is growing its lifestyle brand for consumers with the expansion of the popular au mobile service beyond communications into home services aimed to capture a piece of the growing smart home market and extend it in Japan. The fully integrated, plug-and-play smart home service, au HOME, will leverage Z-Wave for a broad array of sensors, outlets, locks, and other connected devices essential for the delivery of optimal home security, automation, and smart metering services. Au HOME with Z-Wave will allow au smartphone users with the service to easily monitor their home on-the-go and control home temperatures, lock doors and windows, control lighting, and measure power consumption. "We are excited to be working with KDDI to bring Z-Wave technology to Japan," said Raoul Wijgergangs, VP of Sigma Designs' Z-Wave Business Unit. "Capitalising on the smart home market requires thoughtful solutions that address the real challenges faced by both service providers and end consumers. KDDI's system will allow them to easily introduce new smart home technology and allow consumers to expand their smart home functionality without fear of incompatibility. As the market leader and most secure and interoperable smart home protocol, Z-Wave is perfect for powering KDDI's innovative new service." Z-Wave Smart Home Z-Wave smart home deployments have been at the forefront of new telco initiatives in the U.S. and Europe for many years. The market in Asia is now rapidly closing the gap with all three major providers in Republic of Korea, SK, KT and LGU+, offering programs capped off with this announcement by industry giant, KDDI in Japan. The au HOME smart home solution with Z-Wave will be available for consumers in Japan at the end of July 2017.
Elekta glass entry panels have been installed to minimise visual impact on the iconic architecture Urmet has added to its portfolio of heritage buildings with an installation at the world-famous former BBC Television Centre in White City, London. The 14-acre complex is one of the capital’s most recognisable landmarks, with a frontage and statues that are known to television viewers around the world. Many features are Grade II-listed and will remain as part of the new residential, leisure, and commercial complex.Urmet iPervoice IP door entry system Developers, Stanhope plc, are using Urmet’s open platform iPervoice IP door entry system on an initial phase of 430 apartments and penthouses for visitor announcement, system management by concierge staff, and lift control interface.Elekta glass entry panels have been specified to minimise visual impact on the iconic Fifties architecture. These panels have been fitted at 40 entrance points and connected over the Cat5e network allowing visitors to communicate with residents. The Elekta is a Power over Ethernet (PoE) panel that features a 3.5-inch colour display and allows both audio and video messages to be recorded. The panel will also detect if a door has been left open and there is a duress function for anybody who feels under threat. At large sites, the panel can display a route map from the external entry gates to the selected residence. The Elekta features soft-touch controls and can be flush-mounted. Urmet also supplied a number of bespoke external posts for installing the panels in areas of Television Centre where the buildings have a glass-fronted or a curtain-wall exterior. "Urmet’s unobtrusive designs allow architects to maintain period feel, but also empower residents with functionality" Urmet MAX IP Android-powered touchscreen On certain panels in communal areas, there are additional one-button call units for contacting the 24-hour concierge staff. These are from Urmet’s Sinthesi Steel range and feature a wide-angle 120° camera, vandal-resistant body, and impact resistance to IK09.In the apartments, residents respond to calls from the entrance panels and communicate with their visitors using Urmet’s newly launched MAX IP Android-powered touchscreen. This is a seven-inch tablet-style device that uses swipe and gesture conventions familiar to any smartphone user. The MAX IP has a 2-megapixel camera and a 1024x600 pixel screen. Intelligent lift management An important feature of the MAX IP is a lift icon that generates a signal to the lift interface when pressed. Residents can call the lift to their floor or send it to the ground level to receive a guest or delivery person—all without leaving their apartment. The lift occupant can only travel to the floor for which they have permission and they are prevented from visiting other levels. This function is a core requirement of Secured by Design (SBD), the official UK Police initiative that seeks to ‘design-out crime’ through physical security. Urmet is fully committed to SBD and was an early adopter of the scheme.Television Centre also uses Urmet’s switchboard software, which allows concierges to manage calls, receive and create alarms, and send messages on a global, group or individual basis. The software simplifies these functions by presenting the concierge with an intuitive screen menu and empowers staff through an overall site awareness that contributes to resident safety. Concierges will work from a lobby formed from the original ‘stage door’ entrance to Television Centre. "Urmet excels at populating our touchscreens with factory-controlled third-party apps for integration to home automation and network systems" App-based solutionMark Hagger, Sales & Marketing Director at Urmet, said: “Urmet excels at populating our touchscreens with factory-controlled third-party apps for integration to home automation and network systems. This is a direction in which developers and installers want our sector to move and the trend was also emphasised by prospective end-users when they looked at the system in the marketing suite created by developers, Stanhope.” He continued: “Many of our projects involve door entry at sites that retain the original fabric of an historic building. Urmet’s unobtrusive designs allow architects to maintain period feel, but also empower residents with functionality. This is becoming one of the many strengths of the iPervoice system.” Protecting heritage facility After its opening by the Queen in 1960, the studios at White City created programmes ranging from Blue Peter to Children in Need for over fifty years, until 2012. Known from now on as Television Centre, the overall site covers 145 acres. The architect is London-based practice, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, which will retain components such as the Helios statue and mosaic work.The recent Urmet installation is on the initial Helios apartment block. The scheme will finally include 950 new homes, offices, restaurants, cafés, a cinema, shops, hotels, and an additional campus for Imperial College. A piazza the size of Trafalgar Square will be created in the original frontage.
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