Up to Us to Keep DIY in Its Place
One more trend I want to touch on, and like many such new wrinkles it can be viewed as either a threat or an opportunity. I am talking about the growing do-it-yourself (DIY) segment of the market.
Popular late-night news shows have been glamorizing incidents in which homeowners have configured their own video monitoring and verification. An inexpensive camera equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity to a home network and the Internet, motion sensing software, and possibly even pan, tilt, zoom (p/t/z), is installed. A video alarm event is automatically sent to the homeowner’s PC at work and/or their smartphone. A home intrusion is observed, the homeowner calls the authorities, and arrests are in order.
Rebroadcasting of these videos on the news is, of course, a great endorsement for others to follow the same. However, I call on the security industry — in particular organizations such as CSAA — to provide studies and statistics reinforcing the reliability of dedicated central station monitoring. The public needs to know. Security salespeople need the stats. Such efforts will ensure when the DIY dust settles it will be more of an opportunity than a threat.
Bob Dolph has served in various technical management and advisory positions in the security industry for 30+ years. To share tips and installation questions, E-mail Bob at mailto:email@example.com. Check out his Tech Shack blog.
Tech Talk Tool Tip
I want to thank Honeywell for fulfilling my Wi-Fi wish from earlier this year. Today’s installation of central station communications should be easy and the L5100 WiFi communications module for the wireless LYNX Touch 5100 self-contained control panel/keypad completes this task.
The product is ideal for use in tandem with the GSMLVP5-4G for two layers of reliable communication. Other features include:
- Wi-Fi 802.11 B/G/N compatibility
- Secure wireless connection to the Internet for alarm reporting, content and remote services
- Eliminates the need to run and connect an Ethernet cable for Internet access
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