Our March issue featured pre-show new product announcements, some seminar recommendations and a brief highlight of other events scheduled for ISC West 2004 in Las Vegas, but this monthÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s issue is all about products.
To browse a compilation of the latest in DVRs, access control products, smoke detectors, and just about anything else you could imagine, all scheduled to make their security industry debut at the show, visit our roundup of ISC West New Product introductions.
With the caveat that the information is Ã¢â‚¬Å“quite preliminary,Ã¢â‚¬Â and some topics may be on the table to a higher or lesser degree than others, Lee Richardson, senior electrical engineer and staff liaison for NFPA 72, said the National Fire Protection Association is looking at a number of residence-related topics as it begins its code review process scheduled for completion in July 2006.
Among the issues up for discussion, he said, is the use of alarms that feature a parentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s recorded voice to get the attention of a sleeping child.
NeighborÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s system stops fatal disaster
BROOKLINE, Mass. - When a fire broke out in a Victorian townhouse here, it was not that homeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s newly installed security and fire alarm system that alerted homeowners a fire was in progress in the attic, but a neighborÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s security system that told authorities about the blaze.
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Law Enforcement and Security Alliance, an association formed to promote dialogue about alarm-related issues between public and private organizations, folded last month after four years of operations.
Another way to address the issues related to bandwidth is to put security on its own network, rather than sharing the existing IT infrastructure. This addresses not only capacity problems, but also the increasingly difficult issue of who manages the network.
Some companies this year have discussed the benefit of moving from operating their own central stations to partnering with a third party monitoring center, including RFI Communications, Red Hawk Fire & Security and Comtronics. Will more companies switch to using wholesale centrals?