Digital Shuffle: September 2011
‘Hear’ the News, ‘Watch’ the Interviews
In August, SDM introduced two new ways to provide digital content to help you stay up to date with the industry and learn how current issues can effect your business.
Through all-new podcasts each month, get news, trends and tips directly from industry leaders in brief and to-the-point audio you can listen to anytime. Last month we got an update on the security industry’s battle against non-competitive municipal monitoring in Illinois. Automatically receive SDM podcasts by signing up to add them to your RSS feed at www.SDMmag.com/media/podcasts or get them at the iTunes store.
Also new are SDM Twinterviews! We’re conducting live interviews on Twitter and giving our readers the opportunity to send us their own questions. Kicking off this new series, we talked to Rhianna Daniels, founding committee member of the Women’s Security Council, and Alex Dunn, COO at Vivint. Find out when our next live Twinterview will be and where you can send your interview suggestions and questions on SDM’s blog, at www.SDMmag.com/blogs.
Guardian Introduces New Automated Web Service For Dealers
For the past four months, Guardian Protection Services has been working on deployment of its Dealer Automated Real Time (DART). DART is designed as a Web-based service that allows faster, more convenient electronic communications between Guardian and its authorized dealers. Dealers can upload documents and be paid electronically.
The new program is a response to dealer feedback, Guardian said, focused on saving money and time by limiting the handling of paperwork. Documents get processed faster and dealers get paid quicker, said Eric Aulbach, senior vice president information technology at Guardian. The application is Web-based and doesn’t require any additional software or downloads. Each dealer has a unique login to access DART.
iPhone App Controls Visonic PowerMax Systems
My Visonic, an Apple iPhone® application for Visonic Ltd.’s PowerMax® alarm systems is now available in the Apple Store. Using My Visonic, with PowerLink2 Web portal, end users can control their PowerMax home security system on the go. Functionality includes arming or disarming the security system, viewing the system’s status, viewing live and alarm time recorded video from wireless and wired IP cameras and controlling X-10 compliant home devices. A notification systems sends email or text messages whenever security, safety, home devices or camera events occur.
Demand for Android Apps Growing
The iTunes Store is not the sole source for security apps anymore. QNAP Security, a manufacturer of Linux-embedded standalone network video recorders rolled out a new version of its VMobile app supporting Android platforms 1.6, 2.1, and 2.2 following the deployment of its iPhone application. The VMobile app allows users to choose QNAP NVR servers to remotely monitor surveillance cameras and playback recorded surveillance video. The Android version of this app was created in response to market demand, the company said. According to a recent Nielsen survey of 14,000 customers, Nielsen estimated Android market penetration at 29 percent in the United States in March 2011, making Android a significant force in the market. The app has also been enhanced with support for the much vaunted Honeycomb release of Android.
Choose the Right Honeywell Video Equipment in 3 Steps
Honeywell is simplifying the task of choosing the right video system for the job through an updated tool on its website. The Honeywell Video Selector tool can help dealers find cameras, digital video recorders or entire video systems and can be accessed from any Web browser. The tool guides dealers through learning more about cameras and recorders and how they can work together, getting the necessary training and creating proposals and parts lists. Try out the Video Selector tool at www.honeywellvideoselector.com.
Two Minutes With IQ
Have you checked out the IQ Certification Youtube Channel? A series of videos aim to educate central stations and dealers in the industry on everything IQ, from the IQ quality control team and the IQ compliance officer, to what makes an IQ company successful. As the title of the series suggests, the videos are brief and to the point and provide key information on the program from IQ insiders. According to IQ, the videos have already gained a following by explaining the benefits of certification not only to the industry, but also to law enforcement and consumers. Find out more about the IQ Ceritifcation program at www.youtube.com/iqcertification.
Acadian Monitoring is using a creative video from its partner Video IQ to explain how end users can make their security proactive as opposed to reactionary. The video, “In Plain Words – Proactive Surveillance,” uses an inventive kind of stop-motion animation that’s vaguely reminiscent of Terry Gilliam’s Monty Python’s Flying Circus days. Cartoon cutouts and a helpful voiceover explain the basic workings of a video analytics system and its advantages in easier installation, effective object and human recognition, and a case study of sorts as an example of the system in action. Watch the video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R2p19WBdqY.