Wireless attraction

August 2009 Infrastructure

The wireless market in South Africa has been a particularly interesting case study for many global manufacturers, partly because of the bumpy start it had in South Africa in the early 2000s and in part due to the interesting mix of product now available in our country.

Where we go will ultimately depend on what drives our installers. The birth of wireless was necessitated mainly for quicker installation times and the need to have neater more attractive devices. Nevertheless, there has been a move from companies to integrate the wireless technology into one system.

Notwithstanding the abovementioned fact the market is predominantly driven by price and that seems to be an obvious draw to remain with wired.

Communication protocols and the way the panels handle the wireless requests from any devices have become more robust and harder to compromise and in so doing have brought about confidence in wireless product. More so power management on wireless devices has improved and battery life can stretch to five years. As price remains a steady factor it is interesting to note that more and more First World countries are insisting on wireless product.

The UK has been particularly interesting as wireless installations now contribute to 90% of the overall installations done and the wired counterpart has become progressively smaller. The wireless trend in Scandinavian countries, UK, the Americas and parts of Eastern Europe are becoming clear. Install as quick as possible by configuring the system at the office. Customer visits must be reduced to save on overheads and off- site monitoring is essential to maintain and manage the system.

The truth of the matter is that the installer, no matter where located, is not only concerned with the time spent with the client, but also how many times the installation team goes back to finish the job. Wireless may just be the answer to everyone’s needs.

For more information contact Johan Crause, Visonic, 0861 VISONIC.





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