CHeKT, announced a partnership with OPTEX, a leading supplier of outdoor sensors for intrusion security. CHeKT delivers a visual-monitoring platform for alarm monitoring centers. This partnership with Optex will significantly advance the protection capabilities of security integrators globally, the company described.
The solution relies on The CHeKT Bridge, the first product brought to market by CHeKT. The vision of CHeKT is to allow an integrator to provide visual monitoring services at prices that compete with a traditional intrusion alarm.
“In today’s culture, when an integrator installs an alarm system and a video surveillance system at a location, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t provide that client with visual monitoring services,” said Wes Usie, CHeKT’s president.
“There’s a recognized need in our industry for this exact technology,” said Mac Kokobo, president, and CEO of OPTEX. “With CHeKT’s innovation, OPTEX has found technology that instantly amplifies the value of our sensors and creates truly proactive security systems.”
OPTEX will co-sell its existing and new products with the CHeKT Bridge in North America through its current distribution channels. Pricing of the device was not disclosed, but the companies expect to offer the CHeKT Bridge at a cost that allows integrators to remain competitive with existing alarm systems and provide a much higher level of service to the end user.
“We’re thrilled to partner with OPTEX,” said John Milliron, CHeKT’s vice president of sales. “For OPTEX to invest in CHeKT is a tremendous validation of our innovation. The industry is changing rapidly and integrators must decide if they will adopt innovative technologies to meet escalating consumer demands, police response requirements and false alarm ordinances. Ring, Nest and others have started a disruption that integrators may not yet have a strategy to address. The CHeKT Visual Verification solution provides an adoptable smart integration of any alarm system and ONVIF video system, existing or new, providing a CS operator a view of what caused an alarm to occur in just seconds. Together, we intend to reset the alarm industry’s best practices.”
The CHeKT Bridge pairs on-site cameras with sensors, on new or existing security panels. The platform-agnostic Bridge manages cameras locally, allowing an operator to access video instantly, unencumbered by firewalls and login credentials. When a sensor of any kind goes into an alarm state, the alarm panel communicates the signal to the monitoring center. Simultaneously, the bridge sends the applicable video to the cloud for viewing by the operator processing the alarm, enabling visual verification of the situation and premises within five seconds.
“We’re impressed that CHeKT understands the needs of every stakeholder in the security space — end users, integrators and installers, the operators who processes alarms and the emergency responders,” said Rob Blair, president of OPTEX’s Security Division. “This product is an exceptional response to those needs and, paired with our sensors, makes a formidable yet affordable security solution.”
Barriers into the visual monitoring space were over complicated setups that did not scale into existing security system and monitoring centers. CHeKT has overcome these barriers and dealers can freely design a true security solution that detects a crime before a break-in happens. “The sensors and alarm systems were doing their jobs, and the camera systems were recording. However, those systems have worked in parallel, not in unison,” Usie said. “Past efforts to create visual monitoring have been cumbersome, slow and expensive. We couldn’t find what was needed…that’s how CHeKT was born, a technology that enables operators to immediately visualize what tripped an alarm.”