Broadband’s use with security predicted to take off

Asset Protection Corp. expects at least 50 percent of new jobs will use broadband service
Thursday, July 1, 2004

TOLEDO, Ohio - Asset Protection Corp. is jumping on the broadband bandwagon. But even though the wave is beginning to catch on across the country, the systems integrator remains one of the few in its area to provide this type of connection for an alarm system.

The company launched the service in early June and expects that at least 50 percent of new sales will use broadband to connect the alarm panel to the central station.

The reason, according to Kim Klewer, president of Asset Protection, is that broadband provides constant connection and offers an instant signal to a central station when an alarm sounds. An alarm signal sent from a panel connected through a standard phone line can take up to 20 seconds before it arrives at a central station.

Broadband works well with video so an alarm signal can trigger a surveillance system and enable video images to arrive at the central station in the same, quick fashion. And, according to Klewer, the service is relatively inexpensive.

“The fact that you can monitor your line being cut for $10 more a month is a big thing,” he said.

To offer this service, Asset Protection is using a broadband communication product from Honeywell. The only difference in broadband is that an integrator installs a transmitter on the customer’s end while the central station has the receiver.

Asset Protection uses Corporate Protection Services’ central station, which is owned by Asset Protection’s former parent company, Block Communications.

Klewer expects broadband security to become a fixture in commercial applications, especially in markets such as retail and finance. Though he expects at least 50 percent of new sales will adopt the technology, he projects that number could reach as high as 75 percent.

“ It’s how commercial businesses today communicate data,” he said. “Broadband is the medium of the future and security should be right there.”