classic | mobile
Follow us on:
Follow us on Facebook  Share via Twitter  Share via LinkedIn

Hi-Tech Security Solutions Business Directory
Residential Estate Security Handbook 2017

IoT enhances intruder detection
October 2017, Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection, Integrated Solutions

Justifiably, the Internet of Things (IoT) is this year’s buzz phrase. But how is it impacting on intruder detection and how are traditional intruder detection companies changing their mindset and design strategies to leverage it?

Ingo Mutinelli, business development director at Elvey, says that while some companies may be slower to adopt IoT when designing intruder detection panels, there is a definite trend towards making intruder detection equipment smarter, with an increased ability to integrate with other security and home/business management solutions.

According to Mutinelli there is extensive development in technology in this space, with three predominant areas that are increasingly evolving. IP (Internet protocol) communications entails all intruder detection panels being connected to an IP backbone; many intruder detection panels (all panels that Elvey distributes) have video verification as an option; and the game changer – home automation or ‘connected home’ capabilities are built into panels.

“This means that one’s intruder detection panel is linked to the Internet and allows the user to, for instance, switch lights and geysers on and off, as well as to program a sequence of events to take place in specific instances. These functions are all made possible through a real-time app, so connectivity for users is expedited simply and rapidly from a mobile device such as a smartphone, laptop or tablet,” says Mutinelli.

Many control panels now have GPRS communicators and IP connections as standard, with 128-Bit encryption providing the assurance of secure communications to the cloud services and apps. Microsoft Azure, for example, provides secure hosting facilities, eliminating server downtime or any opportunities to hack into these apps.

In terms of hardware, there has been a marked departure from compartmentalising user devices and we are witnessing a shift towards security systems (intruder detection panels) becoming a hub of sorts. This hub seamlessly pulls together all features such as arming, disarming, bypassing, stay zones and away zones and also draws in home automation and video verification onto one platform.

Zones are demarcated and when, for example, there is an alarm event, the video verification feature will send a video clip to the monitoring company or the homeowner via the app, using the cloud. This feature further allows users to visually distinguish, in real-time, whether alarm activations are false or actual. Furthermore, this capability provides response officers with a quick overview of the environment in terms of who is on site, thereby allowing for the deployment of a suitable number of reaction officers to counter any threat. Push notifications to the homeowner provide them with the correct information regarding on-site conditions.

Mutinelli points out that most home automation systems leverage a generic platform such as Z-Wave. This wireless protocol creates a mesh network around one’s property, whereby any home equipment such as lighting, gates, door openers, electrical appliances and HVAC systems that are plugged into a Z-Wave device, automatically become a wireless device.

“So, when you enrol the device on your system and on your app, you will be able to view the device and you can then remotely activate and deactivate that device. Each Z-Wave device acts as a transceiver repeating signals of devices in a ‘mesh’ like configuration, allowing for total wireless coverage. This provides users with benefits in terms of managing power consumption, since you can now remotely activate and deactivate your energy-hungry home equipment. This is very exciting as your alarm system now becomes the main brain of your home automation system,” Mutinelli explains.

He continues that the possibilities are truly endless for connected and self-monitored homes. Security systems are now proving that they are more than just a security system, they have shifted from being a cost centre to fulfilling the role of a multi-function lifestyle solution.

Mutinelli cautions clients to select systems from reputable suppliers who have invested time and capital in extensive research and development and secure cloud platforms.

Supplied By: Elvey
Tel: +27 11 401 6700
  Share via Twitter   Share via LinkedIn      

Further reading:

  • Know what’s in store
    March 2018, Fidelity ADT Security, Retail (Industry), Integrated Solutions
    Fidelity ADT Commercial has recently been re-awarded the exclusive distribution rights for the Sensormatic Retail Solutions’ portfolio, as a Gold Business Partner of Tyco Retail Solutions, in sub-Saharan Africa and has its sights set on African expansion.
  • Sensormatic Synergy 2.5 ABS Pedestal
    March 2018, Fidelity ADT Security, Retail (Industry), Asset Management, EAS, RFID, Integrated Solutions
    Delivering next-generation store performance.
  • EAS: Why we re-invent it every day
    March 2018, Fidelity ADT Security, Retail (Industry), Asset Management, EAS, RFID, Integrated Solutions
    The RFID Retrofit Panel is a simple, cost-effective upgrade to the Sensormatic Synergy 2.0 and 2.5 ABS pedestals.
  • Extracting value from security
    March 2018, Panasonic South Africa, Axis Communications SA, Bosch Security and Safety Systems, Fidelity ADT Security, Zhejiang Dahua Technology, This Week's Editor's Pick, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Access Control & Identity Management, Asset Management, EAS, RFID, Integrated Solutions
    Retail environments are arguably the primary area where security success or failure affects everybody, from the owners and managers of the retail location, through to employees and the security personnel as well as customers and other people visiting to shop, work or just hang around.
  • Bosch Security Systems to become Bosch Building Technologies
    March 2018, Bosch Security and Safety Systems, News, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Access Control & Identity Management, Fire & Safety, Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection, Integrated Solutions
    Effective March 1, 2018, Bosch Security Systems will be known as Bosch Building Technologies, while also merging its video, intrusion detection, access control and management software business units into a single unit.
  • IoT, cybersecurity and access control
    March 2018, Axis Communications SA, This Week's Editor's Pick, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Access Control & Identity Management, Integrated Solutions
    Right now, we are beginning the next phase of digital transformation in the security industry – the move to connect all physical security components to the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Intelligent mobile security system
    March 2018, Betatrac Telematic Solutions, Security Services & Risk Management, Asset Management, EAS, RFID, Integrated Solutions, Products
    AIMSS (Analytical Intelligent Mobile Security Systems) was specifically designed for the guarding patrol industry to assist management in enhancing the services rendered.
  • Turn footfall into business ­opportunities
    March 2018, Hikvision South Africa, This Week's Editor's Pick, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Integrated Solutions, Retail (Industry)
    Hikvision has developed a Smart Retail Solution that provides comprehensive CCTV security to protect staff and customers and assist in loss prevention.
  • Transforming customer experience in retail
    March 2018, Retail (Industry), Integrated Solutions, IT infrastructure
    Behind every great consumer experience is a hard-working retail process, of which technology is playing an increasingly effective role.
  • Is a face a face or a fake?
    March 2018, Suprema, This Week's Editor's Pick, Access Control & Identity Management, Integrated Solutions
    Are there security threats to face recognition using FaceStation 2 technology? Suprema explains why its facial recognition technology goes above and beyond the norm.
  • Changing lanes with security ­technology
    March 2018, Elvey, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Integrated Solutions
    Elvey keeps things on track for Pyze Auto Electrical on mining project including Dahua, DSC and Sherlotronics equipment.
  • An app on your phone
    March 2018, Zhejiang Dahua Technology, This Week's Editor's Pick, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Integrated Solutions
    Dahua’s Open Platform brings many integration and cooperation possibilities by allowing third-party applications to be downloaded and installed on certain Dahua network cameras.

Technews Publishing (Pty) Ltd
1st Floor, Stabilitas House
265 Kent Ave, Randburg, 2194
South Africa
Publications by Technews
Dataweek Electronics & Communications Technology
Electronic Buyers Guide (EBG)

Hi-Tech Security Solutions
Hi-Tech Security Business Directory (HSBD)

Motion Control in Southern Africa
Motion Control Buyers’ Guide (MCBG)

South African Instrumentation & Control
South African Instrumentation & Control Buyers’ Guide (IBG)
Terms & conditions of use, including privacy policy
PAIA Manual
    Mobile | Classic

Copyright © Technews Publishing (Pty) Ltd. All rights reserved.