Security Systems News

MAY 2017

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Head briefs OneEvent brings predictive analytics to fire detection By Spencer Ives DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—A lot is being done when it comes to ensuring that IoT devices are cybersecure, integrated and valu- able to end users. Five panelists at a TechSec Solu- tions session explored exactly what the industry is doing to rein in the technology. Paul Ragusa, edi- tor of Security Systems News and the panel's moderator, asked each of the panelists to say what the term IoT means to them. "The Internet of Things is a broad [term]," Dorrier Coleman, co-founder and CTO of TEQ Charging, said. "The internet of things is any embedded device that wants to talk to something else, and that's going to become so broad that it'll almost be meaningless." For Neil Lakomiak, director of business d e v e l o p m e n t a n d innovation with UL, "It's connecting com- ponents, connecting products, connecting systems together, shar- ing data—and it isn't new. It's been going on for quite a long time … we're just seeing a lot more of it now." Aspects of IoT, such as computing power and memory, are more inexpensive and available, and it's becoming more scalable with the cloud. Software is becoming more prominent in hard- ware, Lakomiak noted. "We evaluate products and systems for safety, performance and reli- ability. When software becomes the more predominant aspect of these products, it's something we're going to be paying much more atten- tion to and setting our own stan- dards and programs as a result." Jon Lewit, communication committee chair for ONVIF and the director of technology leader- ship with Pelco, agreed that the technology has been around for a while. "From an ONVIF per- spective, we're looking to create a standard to help streamline the way that we connect those devices togeth- er," he said. "What does the Internet of Things mean to me? One word: opportunity," Mitchell Klein, executive direc- tor of the Z-Wave Alliance said. The future of IoT: Taming security's wild west ADT hits milestone: two million Pulse home automation customers BOCA RATON, Fla.—ADT recently sur- passed the 2 million customer mile- stone for its Pulse interactive secu- rity platform. Introduced in 2010, ADT Pulse allows customers to arm and dis- arm their security system, and access home automation features, such as lighting and temperature control, from anywhere through a tablet or smart- phone. "By offering the ability to secure real- time video, remotely arm and disarm your system or door lock, and control temperature and lighting, ADT Pulse set the industry standard by combining the best of security and home automa- tion," Jamie Haenggi, chief marketing officer, ADT, said in the announcement. "This innovation can only be realized by our nearly 20,000 employees who work tirelessly to provide same-day service and monitor our customers' homes and businesses 24/7." Since its introduction, ADT Pulse has developed new partnerships to meet the needs of the evolving smart home industry, from the Nest Learning Thermostat to the Ring Video Doorbell. In January 2017, customers logged into their ADT Pulse app nearly 57 mil- lion times, adjusting their thermostat in 67 million instances, and capturing over 436 million video clips. This spring, ADT will introduce Pulse 8.0, providing customers with a revamped design and more intuitive experience to manage their security and lifestyle needs based on prefer- ence, according to the company. In addition, users will soon find tips and troubleshooting options right on the home screen. Homeowners want voice control, new study says DALLAS—More than half (55 percent) of U.S. broadband households want to use voice to control their entertainment and smart home devices, according to a new report, The 360 View: Residential Security & Smart Home, from Parks Associates. The research firm also notes that privacy continues to be important to consumers for connected entertain- ment and smart home devices, with two-thirds of smart product owners rating safety and security notifications appealing. However, their concerns lessen if they are given greater control over their personal data. "Although privacy concerns are widespread, providing simple, configu- rable, consumer-controlled rules for data use will go a long way to mitigate privacy concerns and provide consum- ers with peace of mind," Glenn Hower, senior analyst, Parks Associates, said in in the announcement. By Spencer Ives M O U N T H O R E B , Wi s . — OneEvent, a software-as-a-service company based here, developed an analytics engine that looks at environmental factors to predict when an event might occur. At ISC West 2017, the company dis- cussed the software's capabilities in the fire detection space. "We look to the fire and secu- rity industries as a very natural launching point for OneEvent's software solutions and technol- ogy," Kurt Wedig, OneEvent Technologies president and CEO, told Security Systems News in an email interview. "In UL research testing, the OneEvent analytical engine anticipated fire up to 20 minutes before the smoke alarms went off and in an event like that, 20 extra minutes can prevent a lot of damage and even save lives." OneEvent connects sensors into its cloud hosted predictive analytics engine, also named OneEvent. The company is now going to market with its first product containing the OneEvent software, OnePrevent. "We take various measurements within the environment, whether it be tem- perature, light motion, intrusion, smoke, CO, water. All of those different factors are put into the analytics engine and a predic- tive notice is given, based on the data collected," Avi Rosenthal, a member of OneEvent's advisory board and a spokesperson for the company, told SSN. The engine works with both OneEvent sensors as well as sen- sors from other manufacturers. "The data analytics engine has the ability to look at many, many different things. The way that it's built is it's not specific to an indi- vidual sensor, it's specific to data coming in and data going out," said Rosenthal. The system has applications across many verti- cals, residential and commercial, he added—any environment where there are "normal" and "abnormal" conditions. Wedig said that early feed- back has been positive. "Over the next year, we will be very focused on expanding our dealer network," Wedig said. "We offer security dealers and integrators a truly unique opportunity to provide a new, innovative service that is not available anywhere else. Low barriers of entry and ease of installation enable quick sales of the OnePrevent system for dealers and a clear path to increasing their RMR." The system learns from its environment, particularly with what is, and is not, a concern- ing event. "The more systems that are out there, the more data that we collect, the better we are at discerning the difference between a false positive and a true positive," Rosenthal said. OneEvent alerts are sent directly to an alarm user. Users can interact with a connected app to give feedback on an alarm and help the system learn the "signature" of an event, which will help the system dis- tinguish between a threat and a less worrying scenario. SSN By SSN Staff GREENVILLE, S.C.— Pri- ority One Security, a full- service security company based here, has acquired Blue Ridge Security Solu- tions, a security company based in Anderson, S.C., according to an email to GSA Business Report from William R. F r a n c i s , p r e s i d e n t of Priority One Secu- r i t y, w h o said more d e t a i l s o f the trans- action will be released a t a l a t e r date. A c c o r d - ing to the emailed announcement, a monitoring station is included as part of the acquisition and gives Pri- ority One Security "the opportunity to facilitate an even higher standard of customer service," Francis said in the email. "Prior- ity One Security is excited about the future given the added resources and qual- ity personnel gained from Blue Ridge Security." H e c o n t i n u e d , " T h e a c q u i s i t i o n o f B R S S strengthens our current position in the market place and affords us the ability to further estab- lish ourselves as a leader in the industry. Once we complete the integration of Blue Ridge Security, we will begin pursuing addi- tional growth opportuni- ties." Blue Ridge Electric pres- ident and CEO Charles E . D a l t o n said in the email, "Pri- o r i t y O n e has a prov- e n t r a c k record as a w e l l - m a n - aged secu- r i t y s e r - vices pro- vider. After o v e r t u r e s f r o m a number of companies nationwide, we believe this is the com- pany that will best serve our customers." Founded in 1996, Pri- ority One Secuirty has 45 employees and more than 10,000 customers. Part of what makes Pri- ority One Security unique is its employment of a t h i rd - p a rt y m o n i t o r i n g service. B y p a r t n e r i n g w i t h COPS Monitoring, Priority One provides its custom- ers with advanced moni- toring services by industry experts. SSN Priority One Security buys Blue Ridge Security D. Coleman N. Lakomiak IoT see page 25 "Priority One Secuirty is excited about the future given the added resources and quality personnel gained from Blue Ridge Security" —William R. Francis, Priority One Security may 2017 SECURIT y S y STE m S NEWS Residential s ystems 24 residential s ystems

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