Over the last 20 years, we’ve seen the security industry dramatically evolve. Largely spearheaded by advancements in technology, security systems have become more sophisticated than ever. Additionally, customers expect shorter installation times and a greater level of control over their new security system. The variety of security devices available for residential and commercial premises has grown exponentially and numerous apps have emerged to support both customers and installers. So what are 3 key ways security systems have changed in the last 20 years?
In the early 90s, wireless systems had a very poor reputation and were not widely used. Over the last 20 years, the technology has become far more stable and the wireless range of devices has significantly improved. Powered by radio frequency, wireless technology has undoubtedly made installation to any home more attractive.
Wireless security devices have grown in popularity – especially in residential properties - due to their flexibility and fast installation times. These systems can be mounted to surfaces without needing to drill holes through walls or disguise any cables, making them a great choice for aesthetics.
We’ve seen a monumental shift in security systems over the last two decades, a key one being the digital transformation from analogue communications operating over standard Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) lines to Internet Protocol (IP) and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) communications.
Today, the majority of security devices can seamlessly connect to the internet and generate information which can be shared to enhance the performance of the security system. Security systems operating via IP communications can produce intelligent insights and data which can be quickly harvested and analysed to identify further improvements in security.
The move away from digital diallers to internet-based signalling has triggered an eruption of apps and cloud-based solutions. A wide range of apps are available for installers of security systems and for customers who purchase them. Alarm users now have the ability to control their security systems from anywhere, at any time, using mobile devices.
HKC Security - Renowned for its intruder and life safety products which include both hybrid and complete wireless control panels, HKC also manufactures a range of wired and wireless detectors, IP communicators, keypads & sounders suitable for all property types.
The HKC App and SecureComm Cloud provide a plug and play solution that allow customers control of their alarm from any location.
HKC has become a trusted brand delivering high quality, value for money products. Its two-way wireless platform offers excellent range and is capable of securing all building types using HKC's innovative RF Expander architecture.
Domestic Intruder Alarm Monitoring
CROFTCOM provides peace of mind to thousands of home owners across the country through its PSA approved partner Alertline. Any time your alarm is activated, you can be safe in the knowledge that one of our experienced controllers will be in contact with you within seconds. If we cannot get hold of you immediately, we will then proceed to contact your list of approved key-holders as supplied by you. In addition, we will also contact the Gardai for any verified alarm from your home. A ‘verified alarm’ means that two areas have detected an intruder. For example, our system can detect if a ‘contact’ on a window has been broken, followed by the intruder being picked up on a ‘movement detection’ beam. Smart Monitoring can also immediately respond to any panic alarm, fire alarm, or flood detection.
Commercial Alarm Monitoring
Commercial Intruder Alarm Monitoring is crucial to businesses all across Ireland. CROFTCOM provides monitoring facilities for Intruder Alarm, Panic Alarm, Duress Alarm, Fire Alarm, Flood Detection, ‘Open & Close’ protocols, GSM Back-up, and most importantly Anti-GSM Blocking Detection.
Open & Close Protocols – CROFTCOM can immediately react if your premises is opened before a nominated time. In addition, we will also react if your premises is not closed before a nominated time. In the event of this happening, we will follow any procedure that you require.
GSM Back-up – In the event of your phone lines being disabled or cut, the intruder panel requires an alternative way to communicate and contact the monitoring centre. Your PSA licensed installer can also provide a GSM back-up device. This will enable the ‘alarm event’ to be re-routed from the missing standard PSTN phone line and immediately despatched to CROFTCOM via the mobile network.
Anti GSM Blocking – In the last number of years there has been an increase of devices known as ‘GSM blockers’ being used to assist intruders breaking into premises completely undetected. These blockers operate by jamming the local GSM frequency, stopping the GSM back-up unit from contacting the monitoring centre.
24 Hour Monitoring Standard and Cellular Monitoring
24 Hour Monitoring – 24 hour protection, 365 days a year. Should your alarm be activated we will know immediately and contact the necessary emergency services.
24 Hour peace of mind, 365 days a year whether you are in or out, at the office or on holiday.
Speedy response to alarm activation.
Highly trained emergency response personnel – Instant help at hand should an alarm be raised for burglary, fire or personal attack.
Having a monitored alarm system may help you obtain a reduction on your home insurance premium.
If you don’t have a phoneline in your house, monitoring can take place through your mobile phone.
With CROFTCOM , we will install your monitoring alarm system, and then activate your 24 hour monitoring service.
The system will be installed to EN50131 standards