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Video verification: a residential service?

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Video verification in the residential market—it was a topic that surfaced in some of the PPVAR panels I attended at TechSec, though the discussion had been picking up momentum well before that.

It really seemed to pick up last August, when Honeywell Security announced it was joining the membership ranks of PPVAR, a move that some saw as a sign of the “mainstreaming” of video verification.

That seemed to be the gist of Scott Harkins (president of Honeywell Security Products Americas) words in the prepared statement released at the time, in which he said Honeywell recognized that “video verification is an important product category as we look to the future of security.”

Harkins, who was a panelist at one of the PPVAR sessions at ISC West, for the most part reiterated that sense of optimism, saying there was indeed potential for video verification in the residential space. He did however add the caveat that, from Honeywell’s perspective, bringing the technology into the mainstream had to be done in a way that keeps such systems affordable to a mass residential market.

Keith Jentoft, president at Videofied - RSI Video Technologies and an industry liaison for PPVAR, has given me some leads in recent weeks about a few monitoring companies that are striving to fulfill the vision put forth by Harkins (EMERgency24, based in Des Plaines, Ill., is one of a few he’s mentioned).

In the days and weeks ahead, I plan to explore how some of these companies are taking video verification to a broader residential market, zeroing in on the strategies that have worked as well as the challenges. 

Tuxedo Touch demo apps available for iOS and Android

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04/24/2014

MELVILLE, N.Y.—Honeywell’s new Tuxedo Touch demo app is available for download from iTunes and Google Play, according to Honeywell marketing communications specialist Natasha Ramjit.

Honeywell introduces new Equip Series

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04/21/2014

MELVILLE, N.Y.—Security dealers have a much broader range of options for commercial video surveillance installations with the addition of 14 new ç

Honeywell DVR minimizes installation, connects with I-View Now’s verification service

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04/08/2014

LAS VEGAS and MELVILLE, N.Y.—A new DVR from Honeywell, set to be released in the second quarter of 2014, will include specific functionality geared to I-View Now’s video verification service, according to an I-View Now news release.

PPVAR panels at ISC West merit a close look

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

For anyone monitoring the progress of the latest push toward a comprehensive verified alarm standard, there’s a pair of consecutive PPVAR panel sessions at ISC West that are can’t-miss in stature.

The first session, moderated by Steve Walker, vice president of Stanley Convergent, kicks off on Thursday, April 3 in Room 502, and is especially noteworthy because it brings several outside-the-industry perspectives into the same forum. Titled “Insurance and Law Enforcement Review Verified Alarms,” the session illustrates the array of stakeholder groups now influencing the conversation of verification. Among the six panelists are Cmdr. Scott Edson, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept., and Anthony Canale, vice president of Verisk Crime Analytics.

The second panel, “Video Verification in the Alarm Industry,” is moderated by Donald Young, PPVAR president and chief information officer at Protection 1. The panel roster for this second discussion is designed to showcase a broad array of intra-industry views on the role of video verification in the alarm industry. Keith Jentoft, an industry liaison for PPVAR, said the lineup will feature representatives from the manufacturing side (Scott Harkins, president of Honeywell) and the central station space (Chuck Moeling, executive VP of sales at Interface, and Tony Wilson, president of CMS), along with representatives from the private investment and legal arenas.

The debate surrounding verified alarms is a fascinating one, and that’s due in part to the general complexity of an issue that involves stakeholders from outside the industry, as well as a host of ideas about the role of verified alarms that dovetail as much as they diverge.

I expect these discussions to generate some high-quality dialog that not only zooms into the subtleties and particulars of verified alarms, but also pans out to ask the big, overarching questions about the role of the industry in general. As the industry evolves, what aspects of the alarm industry as we know it will remain in place? What’s bound to change? What qualifies as a verified alarm, and where do legacy systems fit into the discussion?

These questions may not be asked explicitly, but I expect them to permeate the discussion.  

Honeywell introduces IP communicator for central stations

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02/25/2014

NORTHFORD, Conn.—Honeywell recently announced the availability of two new IP communicators designed to reduce monitoring and service costs for the transmission of alarm data from security alarms to central stations, according to a news release.

IPGSM solution touted for reliability, cost savings

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02/24/2014

PATTERSON, N.J.—Spotty telephone service in this area is a major reason why Luis Rodriguez, a fire alarm specialist and lead technician at High End Electric, recommended a more reliable Honeywell Power IPGSM-4G solution for a café here.

Honeywell adds high-end resi dealer to network

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01/31/2014

MELVILLE, N.Y.— Honeywell has added life safety and security provider Sonitrol Security Services to its First Alert Professional Dealer Program, the company announced Jan. 29.

Honeywell VISTA now compatible with Savant home automation

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01/28/2014

MELVILLE, N.Y.— Honeywell VISTA home security panels now are compatible with Savant Systems home automation systems, giving installers more options for creating connected home solutions, Honeywell announced Jan. 28.

R&D head gives thumbs up to new keypad series

Ben Abrams touts new features, sleek appearance of Honeywell’s 6100 Series Custom Alpha and Fixed-Language Keypads
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12/17/2013

MELVILLE, N.Y.—Ben Abrams, head of research and development for AFA Protective Systems, took one of Honeywell’s new 6100 Series Custom Alpha and Fixed-Language Keypads home before they were released in November.

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