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CEDIA advises on smart wiring

Due to today s ever growing reliance on digital and smart appliances, security professionals are facing greater pressure to install complex cabling infrastructures needed to support smart home technology. Simon Buddle, Education Director at CEDIA EMEA, highlights the importance of installing an efficient and secure residential cabling system. He explains how professionals can provide clients with the right cabling requirements for the modern home of today and tomorrow.

Wiring in the evolving smart home Technology is increasingly infiltrating the home. With virtually all household technologies part of the home network, a simple phone line and TV antenna is no longer adequate to support the technology that is now available to homeowners. As a result, many require comprehensive wiring infrastructures and data network systems that are suitable for the modern smart home. In order to prevent opportunists from doing it themselves , it s crucial for security professionals to offer a a service that benefits homeowners. A correctly wired infrastructure at the very first stage of building or renovating is fundamental to homeowners who want technology. A common phrase heard among the home technology industry is the most expensive cable you have to install is the one that did not get installed in the first place . The basis of a smart home is the infrastructure, the cables. Not all properties require technology at this stage. But it is crucial for the correct wiring to be in place so that it is ready for the future.

A wired infrastructure can set up the home for future applications, whilst still preserving the d cor of the home and adding value. The rise of smart wiring presents a great opportunity for security professionals. The home technology sector presents a lucrative opportunity for these professionals to expand their reach and create new business. By offering a more complete service for the home, including specialist services, such as fitting reliable cabling infrastructure, security professionals can guarantee their businesses will be more resilient. It could help them through tough times as they pick up more work from new and existing customers. CEDIA s smart wiring education To make sure security professionals are up-to-date with the latest skills and knowledge, CEDIA has best practice advice for wiring smart homes. CEDIA has a number of courses for those who want to extend their cabling knowledge. One of their most popular education programmes is its one day Smart Home Wiring course. Attendees learn how to plan and install a wireless infrastructure that can withstand and integrate a range of modern technological demands.

Based on the Smart Home Infrastructure Recommended Guidelines , it promises to leave attendees with a clear understanding of how a modern home should be cabled for new technologies, and future flexibility. CEDIA s the Smart Home Infrastructure Recommended Guidelines is perfect for security professionals looking to move into the home technology market or gain a wider understanding of the subject. The document aims to help security professionals understand the comprehensive cabling infrastructure required for the modern home. It sets out a plan for a far more integrated and modern approach to wiring homes. CEDIA at IFSEC CEDIA is hosting a number of training sessions at IFSEC International 2017. The 90 minute training sessions will take place in South Gallery Suite 8 at ExCeL on 20 th and 21 st of June: 20th June: Introduction To Smart Home Technology IP Networking for the Smarthome WiFi Tips & Tricks For The Modern Home Intro to Audio, Video & Home Entertainment 21st June: Introduction To Smart Home Technology Building A Business In The Smart Home Marketplace Panel Discussion Lighting Control For The Secure Home Wiring Infrastructure For The Modern Home For more information on what advice, courses and literature CEDIA can offer security professionals, please visit www.cedia.co.uk Be smart come to IFSEC International 2017 The Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming an ever important element of various technology solutions for the smart home. The ability to connect, communicate with, and remotely manage a vast number of networked, automated devices via the internet is now inescapable.

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What should a smart lock for the home do?

Until recently, the digital lifestyle revolution had barely reached our front doors. Digital access is familiar in a hotel or office, of course, by smart card or even mobile app. At home, meanwhile, the mechanical key has reigned supreme.

But, powered by smart technology, a new generation of residential locks do more than just secure the entrance. They provide a smart gateway to the 21 st -century smart home. What exactly do consumers want from a smart lock? A wide-ranging survey polled potential adopters across Europe, Africa and the Middle East to find out. The results suggest this is already a demanding and knowledgeable consumer market, one which craves the convenience offered by this latest generation of smart door locks. Unsurprisingly, consumers value security as their most important concern. An emphatic 99% rated security at least somewhat important and 90% as very important in any purchase decision. After all, security is any lock s most important job. The smartphone will be the most convenient remote control for this new generation of locks, and customers know what they want from any app that operates their lock.

Smart lock apps should send a notification when someone enters, and enable homeowners to check the status of their door open/closed, locked/unlocked from anywhere. We have all, surely, experienced a nagging doubt after leaving the house: did I forget to lock the door ? This function offers valuable peace of mind. Customers also appreciate the ability to issue or revoke digital keys, so a neighbour can feed the cat while you are on holiday, say, or to cancel a builder s access rights once a job is complete. It s far more convenient (and secure) than having a new set of keys cut. Going further, remote opening via app enables users to let in a cleaner, a contractor or their child from anywhere, at any time perfect for a domestic emergency while you are away from the house. The ability to override the digital technology to open the door with a physical key is also ranked as very important by three-quarters of respondents. Leading smart locks have a built-in mechanical override, so you can still unlock the door with a key in the event of a power failure. Yet another critical feature: locks should integrate seamlessly with smart-home platforms, so homeowners can control all their smart gadgets from the same app or web interface.

We are seeing the beginning of a major shift to smart residential access control, says Thomas Schulz, Director Marketing and Communications EMEA at ASSA ABLOY Group, whose brands including Yale and Mul-T-Lock are already established leaders in the domestic smart door lock market. The total integration of security, energy consumption and other critical domestic functions, all controlled from a single smartphone or tablet app, is coming. Our ENTR Smart Door Lock already comes with all the functionality that consumers value most, as well as optional features such as a remote control and fingerprint reader. Yale Keyless and Keyfree Connected locks are equally powerful, and integrate easily via the Z-Wave protocol with leading smart-home platforms. This new generation of locks can deliver convenient security fit for the 21 st -century smart home. Property developers are already adopting these technologies for new apartment and housing blocks. Opening this year in Istanbul, for example, 1,700 new homes at Future Park will have their heating, lighting and Yale front door lock all controlled by the same integrated app. It s a huge boost in convenience, and, after all, a truly smart home should start with a smart door lock. All the response data from this consumer survey is detailed in The Smart Home Security Report, published by IFSECGlobal.com and ASSA ABLOY.

It is free to download for anyone working in the smart-home sector. About ASSA ABLOY ASSA ABLOY is the global leader in door opening solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user needs for security, safety and convenience. Since its formation in 1994, ASSA ABLOY has grown from a regional company into an international group with about 47,000 employees, operations in more than 70 countries and sales close to SEK 71 billion. In the fast-growing electromechanical security segment, the Group has a leading position in areas such as access control, identification technology, entrance automation and hotel security. Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Register here to attend IFSEC International where you will be able to take advantage of our meetings service, allowing you to select and meet with the manufacturers you want to see and with 600 companies exhibiting you are not short on choice. There are also discounts of up to 20% across a large range of products at the show, helping you to get the best value for your money. Click here to register your place now to join us at London Excel on 20 22 June 2017.

CES 2017: The top 5 trends in security tech

CES 2017: The Top 5 Trends In Security Tech

As CES 2017 closes its doors for another year, let s take a look at some of the trends apparent on the show floor this time around.

1. Is the IoT industry finally taking cyber vulnerabilities seriously? The sharks have smelled the blood in the water and they re now circling to use your IoT device for further attacks, James Lyne, global head of security research for Sophos, told CNBC.

Chances are right now if you re buying an Internet of Things device, you re more likely to be buying something insecure, than secure, continued Lyne, who has demonstrated on YouTube how to hack a security camera. Ominous words indeed. With the number of IoT devices projected to grow from 12 billion to about 30 billion by 2020, the vectors of cyber attack are multiplying faster than cyber security professionals (of whom there are all too few) can keep up with. Security is little more than an afterthought on too many devices, with criminals able to guess default usernames and passwords by trawling Google. If this year s CES was anything to go by, the industry may belatedly be waking up to the threat. The consequences of a hacked autonomous car are particularly terrifying. Enter Bosch, which has launched a mixture of keyless entry and digital key sharing. Perfectly Keyless, whereby the owner opens or locks the car doors with their smartphone, purports to removes needless complexity that could be exploited by hackers and coordinate transmission and receipt of data through a central gateway on its own servers. As for the smart home, Symantec Norton unveiled what it claims is the most secure router in the world.

If that s the most relevant insight about the product if the claim stands up to scrutiny then the most fascinating one to non-technophiles at any rate is surely its appearance. A geodesic orb, it looks like it could be an object of portentous power in a sci-fi fantasy film. Core will inspect every packet of data for known malware and will automatically quarantine any device running firmware known to be a security risk. Securifi, meanwhile, launched a mobile app that works with the new Almond 3 router that shows what IoT devices are on a home network and highlights vulnerabilities like easy to guess passwords or open ports. The app will take users through the steps to fix security weaknesses. The next-generation of Bitdefender BOX was unveiled. Bitdefender s IoT security hardware protects against malware, hackers, ransomware, phishing and other online threats with data anonymization, malware scanning, machine-learning algorithms and network intrusion prevention technology. Fortress Cyber Security launched Fortress UTM, a residential unified threat management (UTM) appliance. Securing both computers and internet of things (IoT) systems, it s the first solution of its type, providing intrusion detection and prevention, firewall and anti-virus for all Wi-Fi and IoT/Ethernet attached systems, seeks to combat the growing threat of data theft, ransomware, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and the commandeering of corporate IT resource to distribute stolen content or host and distribute sexually explicit material.

2. Developers will literally put a chip in anything When microwave ovens became popular in the 1980s many people got so excited they cooked literally anything and everything in them from bacon to whole chickens (no doubt many people still do) and were egged on by ostensibly authoritative cookbooks dedicated to the art of microwave cooking. The still fairly novel concept of connecting everyday objects to the internet has set loose a comparable mania for applying the IoT concept as widely as possible.

From homeware to clothing and personal accessories, no thing is too humdrum that someone hasn t already put a computer chip in it or eventually will. For every transformative invention there are countless downright daft ones it s very much about throwing the proverbial mud against the proverbial wall at this juncture. Twenty years from now we ll look back and marvel at a handful of technologies that had a profound impact on reducing drudgery and enhancing our leisure times. And then we ll consider the smart hairbrush (something the satirical account @theinternetofshit has already railed against). Or the smart suitcase cover. It will be fascinating to see which ones sink without a trace (later to re-emerge on what were they thinking? type TV programmes), which ones sell well and which ones have a meaningful impact on society. And it probably isn t as obvious which ones fall into which category as you might think.

3. Cameras are king just as in the commercial security world Walk around any major security trade show and CCTV cameras still dominate.

The emergence of video analytics and ever higher resolutions have sustained interest in cameras long after countries like the UK reached saturation point with network camera coverage. Now surveillance cameras have been repackaged for the consumer market they re eclipsing other security technologies in terms of media coverage and number of products launched there too. Trawl Google, Twitter and other platforms for CES 2017 related security tech and cameras and you ll see what I mean.

4. Camera-light combos If cameras are king then one type of camera in particular has been particularly apparent this year: the surveillance camera-cum-lamp or floodlight. Light bulb maker Bell & Wyson is unveil;ed a light bulb with a concealed camera embedded at CES 2017. The low energy (11W) LED bulb-cum-camera has a TF slot and two-way microphone and will stream footage to tablets and smartphones via Wi-Fi. Ring also launched an outdoor floodlight camera. A motion-activated security camera the Floodlight Cam features built-in 3K lumen LED floodlights, a 270-degree field-of-view, facial recognition, a 110-decibel siren alarm, two-way audio and infrared night vision. The camera, which is hardwired and can be installed without professional help, is controlled via Wi-Fi via an iPhone or Android-based smartphone. The camera also incorporates a siren, which the householder can turn on to deter suspicious persons. Users can also yell out would-be intruders through the Floodlight Cam s loudspeaker.

The camera is weatherproof and can cope with temperatures between -5 F (-20 C) and 120 F (48 C).

5. DIY install For installers home automation meant installing high spec systems for very affluent customers or technophiles who could stretch to the high cost. The falling cost of the technology means this is changing, but just as a new opportunity presents itself, another threat becomes apparent. Most kit can be installed by the user and doing so is only becoming easier. So why shell out for professional installers or pay monthly fees for round the clock monitoring? Thankfully, as far as installers are concerned, mostcustomers still prefer a professional service to one they set up and monitor by themselves, surveys have indicated. Among the reasons this is still the case is lower insurance rates.

To stay relevant installers should allow homeowners more freedom to customize systems with the devices and services they really want, else they lose more customers to the DIY market, according to Bryn Huntpalmer.

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CES 2017: Airthings Wave detects deadly radon gas that causes more deaths than house fires and C02 poisoning combined

CES 2017: Airthings Wave Detects Deadly Radon Gas That Causes More Deaths Than House Fires And C02 Poisoning Combined

IoT innovation Airthings has unveiled a device for the smart home that detects the presence of radon. Airthings Wave, which is this week being showcased for the first time at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, alerts householders to the presence of a gas which is believed to be the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Tens of thousands of deaths globally are attributed to radon, including 21,000 Americans more than six times the number of deaths attributed annually to house fires and carbon monoxide poisoning combined.

Until now tests for radon usually involve charcoal canisters, which take a snapshot of radon levels and only provide results after samples have been sent for analysis in a lab. The constant, real-time monitoring offered by Airthings Wave represents a meaningful advance given that radon levels fluctuate depending on climate, ventilation levels and time of year, among other factors. The rise of the internet of things has emboldened Airthings to believe that radon monitoring could and should become as affordable and commonplace as smoke detection. The device alerts householders to dangerous levels of radon in the environment with a red warning light, while amber signals cause for concern and green means levels are safe. An audio alert is also emitted when radon levels are high, as well as when the battery is low. The Airthings Wave app, which connects via Bluetooth, can segment radon levels into daily, weekly, monthly or yearly periods to help users spot and understand trends in radon levels. Airthings Wave also includes temperature and humidity sensors, which can help give early warning of incipient mould formation. based on Based on data accumulated customised tips are given to help users improve air quality. When dangerously high radon levels persist for a period exceeding national guidelines (48 hours in the US, for example), the user will be notified and receive recommendations on how to reduce radon in their home.

Airthings Wave is wireless and fully battery-powered, with the manufacturer claiming that two AA batteries will be adequate for two years use. Every home should have a radon detector, and it s our mission at Airthings to make that happen, said Oyvind Birkenes, Airthings CEO, in a statement. We re seeing increased attention to radon exposure, thanks to initiatives from the EPA and legislation at the state level. These are encouraging developments and pave the way for Wave s progressive technology to provide consumers with invaluable information and peace of mind that their homes are healthy for themselves and their families. The Airthings Wave smart radon gas detector will cost $200 ( 160) when it launches in the US in early March. Free download covering legal requirements for responsible persons under the FSO, courtesy of the IOSH, BIFM and USHA approved UK provider of health, safety and environmental information. Key features: A full breakdown of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 The key actions when dealing with fire precautions & protection A complete guide to maintaining procedures and requirements within your organisation.

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Batteries not included: Alarm.com and Qualcomm collaboration could create reconnaissance drones for the home

Batteries Not Included: Alarm.com And Qualcomm Collaboration Could Create Reconnaissance Drones For The Home

In the 1987 sci-fi feelgood classic Batteries not included , the arrival in a hard-up family s apartment of small, sentient spaceships is a solution for the maintenance and upkeep of their home as well as their more serious problems. The flying saucer type objects, which are equipped with cute eyes and robotic arms and legs, quickly set about repairing everything broken in the apartment. They even repair a vandalized caf downstairs and help the elderly couple who run it cook the food and get the orders out.

It s a bit of a stretch to say that Alarm.com and Qualcomm s mooted collaboration reported by CNET might promise similar wonders. For a start the concept whereby camera-equipped drones fly through your home to investigate anomolous activity is more about reconnaissance than conducting repairs themselves. For all the staggering pace of technological change right now, we re not quite there yet. Nevertheless, it s a pretty mind-blowing concept if they make it happen. embedded content We ve seen the migration of video surveillance into the private home, with Wi-Fi enabled models proliferating in recent years. And we ve witnessed the rise of drones as both commercial tools and something for adults and children to play with down the park. But the notion of using them as reconnaissance vehicles within the home is something of a bold idea. Alarm.com, a subscription-based home security provider, is partnering with Qualcomm s Snapdragon Flight Drone Platform to make this happen, CNET reports. The drones, which would be totally autonomous, would fly to, say, the site of an unusual noise or tripped motion sensor, record footage with their on-board camera and send the resulting video to your smartphone.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight platform pushes the boundaries of the drone industry and has led to many new form factors and use cases, says Hugo Swart, senior director of product management for Qualcomm Technologies Inc. Alarm.com, with its security expertise, is taking commercial and residential security systems to the next level by integrating intelligent and cutting-edge drones to its solutions. Alarm.com s Insights Engine , which uses machine learning, would help drones learn how to spot anomalous activity in the home. An Alarm.com representative told CNET that the drones might be showcased at some point this year, but that an official release timetable is not yet confirmed. Download: The Video Surveillance Report 2016 This exclusive report covers the security needs of surveillance systems as shaped by the physical environment including: What do security professionals think about plug-and-play systems Challenges like low-light conditions or large spaces and the threats posed in various sectors Which cutting-edge features such as mobile access, PTZ smart controls or 4K resolution are most important to security professionals What are the most important factors driving upgrades and would end users consider an upgrade to HD analogue Download the full report here.

CES 2017: security and fire-safety innovations for the smart home

Launched in 1967 with just 14 exhibitors the Consumer Electronics Show long since truncated to CES is now the definitive place to see the latest innovations in consumer tech. In 2016 the event drew 177,393 visitors from around the world with 3,200 vendors exhibiting across floor space spanning 2.47 million square feet. As you can imagine, the kind of products showcased at CES, which this year takes place between 5-8 January in Las Vegas, have changed quite a lot in its 50-year history with a particularly seismic change witnessed in just the last few years.

At its inception the show mainly featured televisions, before diversifying into VCRs and, in the 80s, video games. The myriad products now on display includes a growing number of security products, a category that until recently didn t feature at all by dint of domestic security products lack of glamour (like the humble burglar alarm) or because they weren t even electronic at all (gates, locks and so forth and these are even now often digitised). And the internet of things (IoT), whereby everyday consumer products contain computer chips and are connected to the internet via Wi-Fi, has created multiple new vectors through which cyber criminals can access your personal data. In a very short space of time, then, security has gone from playing hardly any part in CES to having an integral role. Indeed, the show now has a dedicated Cyber Security Forum. Security products set for CES 2017 unveiling The light bulb with a hidden security camera embedded content As the world s consumer press descends on Las Vegas, IFSEC Global is reporting on the products and solutions that enhance home security and fire safety, as well as the cyber vulnerabilities of non-security products. Polling the views of hundreds of installers last year, we found that 92% saw the smart home whereby lighting, heating, alarms and other household functions are interconnected and remotely controlled via smartphone or PC as a potential area for diversification. It would be great to see a security system that integrates as one package, said one installer who completed the survey. As far as we are aware this does not exist.

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Home automation: a guide to the smart home market

Home Automation: A Guide To The Smart Home Market

Everything you need to know about the home automation market, including national, regional and global growth rates, barriers to mass adoption, key players and the lowdown on the latest smart home devices and systems. embedded content Home automation: an introduction Home automation has come a long way since the 1960s when British racing driver Stirling Moss fitted his newly built House of the Future in London s Mayfair with the latest gadgets. The extension of commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) controls into the residential market alongside smart lighting and security solutions has since revolutionised how home owners interact with domestic systems and appliances through an expanding combination of hardware, communication protocols and electronic interfaces.

Certainly, the use in domestic environments of IP cameras, motion detection hardware, door opening sensors and remote controls has surged, though from a low base. The ubiquity of wireless networks using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and to a lesser extent ZigBee and Z-Wave in the home has also helped. They have provided the communications channel that devices, sensors and back-end software systems need to transmit, store and analyse the information collected. embedded content Security accounts for most demand among smart home users, with sales of connected cameras and remotely controlled door and window locks driving much usage. But the volume and diversity of deployments and applications is diverse, including connected white goods appliances (fridges, cookers, washing machines etc) alongside audio devices and entertainment hubs, lighting and heating controls, pet and baby monitors, and even products designed to automate the watering and monitoring of plant growth. Developments elsewhere may also have a galvanising affect, particularly the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) which is forecast to connect over devices by 2020. This vast network of interlinked monitors, sensors, computers, controllers, switches and other industrial and consumer gadgets will collect and analyse information from systems as diverse as manufacturing, retail, transportation, automotive and agriculture. The considerable efforts being put into driving the IoT market by the likes of Cisco, Intel, IBM, Microsoft and other heavyweight information communications technology (ICT) companies will inevitably help to push home automation systems (a form of consumer IoT) into the spotlight. Challenges and barriers to mass adoption But while there is a strong feeling that the home automation industry stands on the brink of mass market adoption, significant barriers to its further development remain.

The lack of interoperability between so many different devices, protocols, networks and applications continues to undermine user confidence, for example. Home owners also find systems difficult to use, a problem exacerbated by those incompatibility issues and a general lack of familiarity with home automation in general. Though they have steadily fallen in price, home automation devices remain expensive and are likely to remain so until their popularity reaches a tipping point that will persuade large scale manufacturers to drive down costs further by producing equipment in higher volumes. Long device replacement cycles push suppliers to charge a premium for current deployments and make it difficult for them to build profitable businesses based on recurring revenue streams one reason why many seek to push consumers into managed services contracts wherever possible. Housebuilders are building smart heating controls and thermostats into new homes designed to give residents greater control over their energy costs, but retrofits on older properties remain more difficult and expensive and a thriving DIY market makes it difficult for professional installers to compete. The potential for cyber security breaches to cause disruption is finally starting to be recognised, if not necessarily addressed. But the biggest barrier is the technological fragmentation of the smart home ecosystem that involves so many different types of devices, networks and software systems, and needs them all to work together to deliver value to the house owner. embedded content Market adoption rates One analyst firm has gone so far as to predict that sales of home automation hardware, software and services will exceed US$78bn by 2022, with more conservative estimates forecasting US$20.78bn by 2020. As ever with analyst forecasts, there can be discrepancies of definition that tend to skew the numbers one way or another however, though research firm Gartner has predicted that the average home could contain as many as 500 smart devices by 2022.

Much of that turnover will continue to be driven by the larger population base of the US and China, followed by Japan ahead of Europe and the UK which are collectively yet to show the same levels of enthusiasm. Figures from Statista suggest that the number of smart homes in the US will grow from 4.6m households in 2015 to 24.5m by 2020 for example, compared to 400,000 growing to 3.3m in Japan and 300,000 increasing to 2.1m in China over the same period. Statista calculates Germany to be the single largest European market, with 300,000 smart homes last year growing to 2.4m by 2020 compared to 200,000 in the UK increasing to 1.5m in the same period. embedded content Key players in the smart home Research published by CBInsights earlier this year suggests that a lot of venture capitalist funding is going into home automation start-ups such as Nest Labs. These now fight for market share alongside established industrial automation companies which have moved into the home automation space (Honeywell International, GE, Legrand, Siemens, ABB and United Technologies Corporation, for example) but also home automation specialists such as Crestron Electronics, Savant and Control4. Technology giants such as Samsung, Google and Amazon are also coming to the fore, having spied parallel opportunities for mobile apps, devices and operating systems alongside information processing platforms that they can exploit. Flagship home automation products to date include the Nest smart home thermostats and cameras, Sonos music systems, GE s Z-Wave components and Samsung SmartThings Hub.

Amazon s Echo and Google s Home voice activated smarthubs are also driving usage by delivering Internet connected, multimedia gadgets that can also be used to control smart thermostats and other devices.

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Comelit UK opens interactive smart home space for installers, consultants and property developers

Comelit UK Opens Interactive Smart Home Space For Installers, Consultants And Property Developers

A converted Victorian warehouse in central London is now home to a new hands-on smart home showroom from Comelit UK. Based in Queen Elizabeth Street near Tower Bridge, the newly refurbished facility showcases the brand s video door entry panels and monitors, HD CCTV surveillance solutions, as well as access control and home automation systems. Security installers, consultants, architects and property developers were among the 100 guests attending a launch event for the new premises in early November.

Comelit UK, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, has sought to recreate the feel of a modern apartment to demonstrate how its products are installed, integrated and operated and all from a single device. We are thrilled to have opened our second location in the UK, said Francesca Boeris, managing director at the Italian-born company. We were particularly delighted with the high turnout on the day as it shows just how useful this kind of hands-on demonstration is, both for installers and end-users. We ve put a lot of effort and hard work into this project. It demonstrates our commitment and investment in the UK market and is the result of continued strong growth during 2016. This is a full-on immersive experience and not just a selection of products on a display board. The demonstrations we re now able to offer will help existing and potential clients to use and test our products in configurations they hadn t previously thought possible. In addition to the experience space, there are two meeting areas where the whole buying chain is free to use the new facilities. Installers, consultants, end-users and specifiers all are welcome.

Visitors can test out Comelit s SimpleHome system, which centralises monitoring of a home s door entry, CCTV and devices into a single control panel. Comelit s new experience space is now officially open. You can book a demo and use of breakout areas for seminars and meetings by contacting Comelit UK on 01707 377 203 or [email protected]

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Home security camera systems: your legal obligations and how CCTV deters burglars

Home Security Camera Systems: Your Legal Obligations And How CCTV Deters Burglars

Home is where the heart is and where you should feel that you, your family and your belongings are safe at all times, day and night. With car keys, and expensive small items like tablets and mobile phones scattered around, a burglary can be costly; in a study by the Home Office in 2000, it was calculated that the average cost of a burglary was 2,300. With inflation, this now sits at 3,600.

Of course, this could be increased further if a burglar steals your car keys and drives off with your vehicle. A study by the University of Leicester found that CCTV systems were the single biggest deterrent in pre-planned crime In April 2015 and March 2016, there were 375,034 cases of burglary in the UK. With this in mind, you may be looking to protect yourself and your home from this type of crime. Your first steps are to ensure you lock all doors and windows, and make sure there is nothing that can be climbed on to access upper levels of your property. If you intend to take your home security further, you could try installing home CCTV. Here is what you need to know and consider before proceeding and how the safety of your home could benefit. The benefits of home security camera systems If you think you d like to take the next step in home security, it s worth considering the following points: A study by the University of Leicester found that CCTV systems were the single biggest deterrent in pre-planned crime . When burglars are selecting their targets, they are less likely to choose a home with surveillance. Burglars are less likely to attempt a burglary in a home where a CCTV warning sign is present, as they know the homeowner is clued up about crime and has taken steps to prevent it, according to the same study.

The purpose of CCTV is to catch offenders in the act . This increases the chance of apprehension and prosecution, and therefore enhances deterrence. Police stressed the usefulness of community intelligence and public support in catching criminals when two men were arrested in South Gloucestershire after being caught on CCTV earlier this year. Further benefits were seen in 2015, with the release of Lisa MacKenzie s CCTV footage. The recording went viral after she fitted a camera to her property after a break in, and captured a potential intruder trying to enter her home. A still from Lisa MacKenzie s CCTV footage Could dummy cameras work? Dummy cameras could deter some thieves, but they shouldn t be relied on and experienced criminals can spot the difference. Plus, one of the benefits of CCTV is capturing the offenders in the act, so you need CCTV that can provide evidence of the crime and its perpetrator. The law on residential CCTV Before you consider installing a home security camera system, you need to understand the rules you must adhere to.

This will stop you from breaching privacy laws, and allow for a smooth setup and use from the start. You can install CCTV systems as part of your right to protect your property, but you must do so in a way that reasonably respects the privacy of others. To do this, you must: Let your neighbours know that you re installing a system send a letter to keep it official. Put a notice up to notify people that a CCTV system is in place. Give consideration to whether the camera looks into neighbouring properties or public spaces. You must also regularly delete footage that isn t essential for the protection of your property. CCTV could well be worth the investment for protection, peace of mind and prevention of losing valuable possessions.

With a solid knowledge of CCTV systems, and the laws you must abide to, home CCTV is an excellent choice for your property.

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ADT security alarms profile: a history in intruder alarms and future in home automation

ADT Security Alarms Profile: A History In Intruder Alarms And Future In Home Automation

A profile of ADT, the intruder alarm giant which serves 6.5 million people in more than 35 countries. ADT is one of the largest security system providers worldwide to 6.5 million customers. It now provides residential and small business with electronic security, fire protection and other related monitoring systems in over 35 countries.

History In February of this year, the American corporation was acquired by private equity firm Apollo Global Management for the sum of $6.9 billion. Apollo plans to merge ADT with two other security companies that the firm agreed to buy in May of last year, ASG Security and Protection 1, although all will operate under the ADT logo. It is estimated the combined company will create an annual return of more than $4.2 billion. The company can trace its roots back to Edward A Calahan, the president of Calahan s Gold and Stock Telegraph Company, who invented the stock ticker (a telegraph-based alert system) after finding a burglar in his home in 1867. After more than a century of acquisitions and anti-trust rulings in the States, ADT was acquired by Tyco in 1997. However in 2012, Tyco decided to separate into three units which meant that ADT regained their independence until their recent acquisition by Apollo Global Management earlier this year. embedded content Innovation and latest tech ADT s traditional products include integrated alarm and security systems for home and businesses including burglar alarms, CCTV systems, smoke and carbon monoxide detection and fire safety. However with recent major advances in home and business security, the company is continuously evolving with innovative new products from home automation to wireless home and business security systems. One of their latest products, launched in April of this year, is ADT Smart Home which makes it easier for users to monitor and manage their home while away.

The new ADT Smart Home system allows homeowners to manage their alarm system, fire and carbon monoxide systems remotely and view what is happening inside the home wherever they are using broadband video monitoring. Using a smartphone, tablet or PC, the Smart Home app is the first of its kind that can combine 24 hour professional monitoring with smart home features such as setting an alarm on and off, live footage from inside the home and also the ability to switch off lights. Broadband video monitoring also makes it possible for a home or business security system to call a user s mobile phone or send video footage of an intruder to their smart phone or lap top at the first sign of trouble. Now users can see what is happening in and around their home or business premises, while they are away, and take preventative measures such as calling the emergency services if not linked to a monitoring service. Home automation Home automation technology is another area which ADT is developing which enables users to manage their use of energy properly with programmable lighting and heating controls. This means that customers can scale back their energy usage when away from home or the office. The technology also allows users to remotely set their systems so they can return to warm and well-lit premises. Conversely, home or business automation systems can be set to put on lights when customers are away from the premises to try and prevent or deter unwanted intruders. embedded content A secure future?

Burglar alarms that will address intruders by name, indelible sprays and personal drones following criminals may all sound a little futuristic at the moment but are in the pipeline as ways we will be securing our homes and businesses by 2025, according to the Future of Home Security report produced by Futurizon in April this year. ADT report that innovations in security technology could include seeing the demise of the physical lock and key (which can be easily picked) to encasing a lock inaccessibly within a door frame and then having the entrance controlled by biometric facial recognition cameras. In addition, video doorbells linked to smartphones would allow owners to talk to visitors or open doors from anywhere when they are away from the premises. This also has the added advantage that cloud storage of video and photos provides excellent evidence of who called if required. Authorised dealers ADT has an authorised dealer programme which allows independent dealers to offer security system installations which are then monitored by ADT. However whether a customer purchases ADT services directly from ADT or through an authorized dealer, a monitoring contract will be required. Download: The Video Surveillance Report 2016 This exclusive report covers the security needs of surveillance systems as shaped by the physical environment including: What do security professionals think about plug-and-play systems Challenges like low-light conditions or large spaces and the threats posed in various sectors Which cutting-edge features such as mobile access, PTZ smart controls or 4K resolution are most important to security professionals What are the most important factors driving upgrades and would end users consider an upgrade to HD analogue Download the full report here.