Video Intercom Systems

An extra layer of protection for your home!

The safety and security of knowing who is at your front door is always a wonderful feeling. From family and friends to delivery people and solicitors, we all see a variety of individuals at our front doors, and imagine how great it would be to know precisely who is there before opening the door! A video intercom system is a great way to accomplish this, and know exactly who is knocking… each and every time, day or night.

Beyond the usual suspects, an intercom system is also a great way to monitor security at your home. If a thief attempted to case your home or someone stated they came to see you at a certain time, you would be able to see and verify all of these things through a variety of memory functions. Within the home, multiple monitors can function for communication between family members, which means an individual in a bedroom or upper hallway could speak to another in the kitchen in a snap.

Video intercom security is not limited to the home – a system could also be very useful in an office setting. When visitors are at the door, they could be quickly buzzed in without even needing to leave your office chair or what you are doing.

Most intercom systems function with multiple components. The first is an outdoor door station, including the camera and intercom, and the second is an indoor main station, which controls the system. Imagine hearing your doorbell ring, looking at a monitor and being able to unlock the door by pressing the door key button, located on each indoor monitor. Many systems are expandable, and can be set up in a variety of ways, including a separate tone for each door of your home.

There are a variety of systems available, but those manufactured by Aiphone, specifically the JO Series, work in a variety of applications. With the slim design of the screen and elegant styling, there is no way the indoor station would ever look out of place, no matter what the décor. The JO Series comes with a box set, depending on your needs. There are three box sets available. The JOS-1A set includes one plastic surface mount door station, master station, and power supply. The JOS-1V set includes one zinc die-cast surface mount door station, master station, and power supply. The JOS-1F set includes one stainless steel surface mount door station, master station, and power supply.

Coffeyco also utilizes systems manufactured by Kocom, who are another leader in the video intercom industry.
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Z-Wave

From our mobiles to our tablets, we use connected devices every day of our lives. Modern living has never been more awash with connected gadgets, as much as it is now. And it’s not just our communication and computing devices that are interconnected, modern alarm systems, video security and home management systems are now networked as well.

All devices require a standard language or “protocol” to communicate and network with one another. Computers, tablets and smart phones can choose between several different types of protocols depending on the application. They have the hardware to accomplish this, but something more focused is needed for simpler devices.

Simpler devices require a less complicated language. The Z-Wave wireless protocol fills in this role. It is a protocol that provides robust, secure, and simple networking capability. It’s a modular system that can also be used to retrofit older devices. It can even connect devices that you wouldn’t normally consider as “smart”.

There are existing programs in the iPhone and Android app markets that allow you to monitor and communicate with your Z-Wave enabled devices. After installing these applications, you will be able to monitor and control each device’s function. From door locks, to window blinds, even old light fixtures can be controlled after retrofitting.

Everyone is familiar with using a remote. This same convenience is now available for other devices. Residential users will be able to interact with a host of different systems in their home such as alarm systems, thermostats, door locks, motorized blinds and lighting. These systems were traditionally monitored through a fixed display panel but the explosion of mobile handheld devices changed this landscape forever. Similarly, surveillance systems have a fixed console where live video feeds and recording can be accessed.

The ability now, by networking these devices together under one interface, opens up a whole new vista of functionality. With surveillance videos accessible at a few swipes of your fingertips, you can easily take a look at the video feed being transmitted from an area where an alarm has been triggered. This synergy results in a more efficient use of resources.
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The Rise and Rise of Smart Home Automation!

In recent years, there has been a massive increase in the connectivity of the Internet with our everyday lives, especially in mobility. Now, this increase in connectivity has extended to a variety of security products that can help make your life easier both at home and at work.

This recent boom has brought with it a wide array of smart, affordable home and business automation products that appeal to a variety of buyers. These include individuals who want a bit more peace of mind at home (either house or rental), or at a mix of different business types. With companies like Coffeyco Security providing a comprehensive range of different smart devices for most digital home/business applications, you will be better protected while always connected!

In the wider scope of things, home automation’s boom is expected to create approximately $160 million in revenue in Australia in 2014, with an estimated increase to $917 million by the year 2017, according to a Telsyte study which can be found here.

Telsyte is an emerging analyst firm, focusing on predicting our future use of technology. In 2014, they put out their first Smart Home Automation Market Study. This study predicted the sharp increase, with a large focus on the changing landscape in home security, and the increased level of interest from homeowners, renters and business owners alike.

What is generating the interest? There are a variety of reasons, from the increase in home value to the increase in peace of mind they create, but for the most part, ease of use is leading the charge. Most systems can be operated by anyone who can download and use a smartphone application.

Of course, the application needs something to control, and most of these systems will be centered with a ‘smart hub’ – a device that will serve as the communication centerpiece for all smart security and z-wave automation devices including items such as smart light bulbs, thermostats, door locks, security sensors, etc. These devices will serve a multitude of purposes ensuring improved control while saving money through increased energy consumption awareness.

Are you interested in taking part in the boom with an increase in your home or business security? Call or contact Coffeyco for a quote today!
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Simple and Affordable Home Security for Renters

Protect it, even if you don’t own it. Your personal assets are priceless! Unfortunately, we are all exposed to break-ins!

Simple to install! Easy to use!

• Re-locatable equipment and monitoring service
• Wireless sensors for easy installation
• Wireless plug and play cameras
• Free smartphone app
• 24 hour protection

For the majority of Australians that move out of home for the first time, this means moving into a rental property of their own. Normally location and price means an apartment is the most common choice. A growing trend due to property affordability and a volatile economic climate shows an increasing number of Australians are opting to rent as a permanent living arrangement. The statistics uncover that rental living is not only exclusive to the young, with a large % of rentals across Australia occupied by families.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics household burglaries are on the rise in nearly every populated area of the country. Craig Coffey from Coffeyco Security believes that rented apartments and homes are a bigger target, as there is a common belief from thieves that if you don’t own the property, you won’t spend money on protecting it.

“Home Security should be just as crucial to a family or person renting as it is with a homeowner, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money” says Craig. Company research suggested an affordable quality monitored security system would fill a large void for a rental family/persons security concerns.

Welcome the GE Simon XT Wireless Security System with an innovative new program feature that allows the security equipment owner to re-locate not only the equipment but the monitoring service as well. There are no extra charges if you move address, just simply notify Coffeyco Security of the intended move and the friendly staff will post out a moving kit.

When in the new home/apartment click on our website to watch an installation video or to read the installer and users manual. As Coffeyco Security prides itself on a superior level of customer service they are only a phone call away if you need any help.
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How crime victims can help solve their own crimes!

With many law enforcement offices overtaxed and understaffed, there has been a boom in crime victims attempting to solve their own crimes.

This trend has been growing globally for some time, with the numbers still climbing. Lack of urgency or a timely arrest, irritates and encourages victims to carry out the tedious, time consuming tasks such as collecting CCTV footage, speaking to neighbours or witnesses, and delivering it to the police for quicker assistance.

Without a security system, this can be a struggle. However with a properly installed security system, investigations are far simpler. Installing even a handful of motion sensors and cameras on your property can make this much easier, particularly with a real time event history log. This not only makes collecting the information a snap, it can help in determining your usual schedule and identifying any breaches or changes in that schedule (such as if there is a break in or other breach).

Installing sensors is the first step. Naming these sensors is the second. Perhaps you have three sensors – one at your front and rear doors, and one at your garage door. If these doors are labeled, it makes it much easier to provide an idea of the location of the breach and time, and if there is CCTV video, a picture or HD video of your burglar.

Adding these simple items to your security system or upgrading to an all inclusive security system can keep you safe, and not only arm your home, but arm you in the event of a breach, so the individual can be brought to justice.
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Pay Attention to the Digital Door Locking Revolution

Technology is in a constant cycle of replacing objects we never thought it would.

Within the home, it is now not uncommon to find automated systems for the simplest items – from door locks to light bulbs. Along with automating home security, these items have been included and have since eliminated the need for the use of a key. While keeping a key would come in handy, it would no longer need to be used in day-to-day life.

While many believe that the movement to digital door locks is a natural progression, many are calling it a revolution. This revolution was actually started by a company called iRevo in South Korea in 1997. Since, there have been 2.8 million digital door lock systems sold throughout the world. The largest demand for these products, and the largest growing markets are in Korea, Scandinavia, America, the UK, Turkey and France (according to Yale Lock).

There are a variety of different digital door lock solutions for any home. These include a push-button system, a keypad that uses a code, and even a key fob similar to those that now come with most vehicles. One of the largest companies to sell these locks in America is called Yale, who have been lock providers in varying degrees for many, many years. Their most popular digital door locks are a touchscreen or push-button deadbolt, which can be used in tandem or separately from a key to secure your home. Even better, these items can be integrated with a variety of different security systems, including Z-Wave.

While Australia may not be one of the highest-demand areas for this new revolution in home security, it is definitely a rising choice in the quest to create peace of mind at home.
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Tips and Tricks to Make Your Home More Safe and Secure

Reasons to invest time and money into making your home safer go way beyond the impending burglar. What about natural disasters like floods, fires, and so on? Step up your security game with these tried and true tips and tricks.

1. Replace Your Batteries
Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors need to have their batteries replaced at the very least once per year, if not more often. Additionally, it is advised that alarms be replaced every ten years. Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors with your family once a month to ensure everything is in good working order, and a great way to remember when to change their batteries is each time you change the clocks for daylight savings.

2. Check Your Exterior Lights
Make sure all of your outdoor lighting fixtures are working, including your motion lights and flood lights. Replace the bulbs with energy efficient LED light bulbs that will last longer. Also, make sure that all of the shadowy parts of your property are properly illuminated, as well as all of the home’s entrances.

3. Examine the Condition of Electrical Wires
Damaged electrical cords of any kind are a fire hazard, point blank. Check every wire and cord in your home to make sure there are no frayed edges or electrical shorts. Replace where necessary. This includes power adapters, surge protectors, and extension wires.

4. Check Your Locks
Make sure all your deadbolts and locks are full functional. You must install new locks if the existing lock’s integrity is questionable. Be sure to not forget about the lock on the door that connects your garage to your home.

All of the above advice can be taken care of in just one weekend. Most importantly, for homeowners in Queensland, installing an alarm system and home security system with 24/7 monitoring is your best bet for keeping everything protected. Coffeyco Security will take care of the rest.

A Letter From Your Local Burglar!

Hello!

You don’t know me, but I know you. Of course, if you saw me you might recognize me. Maybe I was the guy who delivered your new refrigerator, or cleaned your carpets. Or perhaps I was the guy cutting your lawn who asked to use the bathroom. I saw that there was a box from a new television at the bins, fifty-five inch, impressive. It will be easy for me to get, too, since I left the bathroom window unlocked before I left. I have been parking down the street and walking past a couple of times a day to figure out your schedule, too.

I noticed that you left your front door unlocked fumbling with your umbrella this morning when I walked by. No problem, I will be sure to lock up before I leave. Of course, when I leave, it will be with that new television and Xbox console. Of course, if there are any valuables in the kids’ room, I won’t look at those – good thing there are plenty elsewhere in the house. The safe in your bedroom closet was visible when I used the bathroom the other day. It will be small enough to take without a hassle, so I hope there’s something good in there for me!

That old alarm system in the house seems like it would be a good idea in theory, of course the pretty decorative glass in your entryway lets me know for sure if it’s on – what great placement! Be sure to give the security company my regards when you call to report the break-in. We both know if your alarm would have been armed instead of left off in the umbrella fumble, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. Lucky for me you don’t have a Coffeyco Security system that you can arm remotely from your smartphone, that system has caused me so many missed opportunities, but not this time!

There were some travel brochures and a trip itinerary on your kitchen counter when I was heading for the door, good to know when you’ll be out of town. I noticed you also told everyone what day you’re leaving on Facebook. At least now I know when to show up without being bothered. Oh, you don’t have a dog? Wonderful, no need to bring my oven spray. Enjoy your trip!

-Your local neighborhood burglar

Do It Yourself Ways to Make Your Home Safer

Making your home a more secure and safe place is easier than you might imagine. It is well worth the time and effort spent to know that your home is protected and your family is safe. Check out these easy and inexpensive projects that you can do yourself to make your home less susceptible to intrusion or danger.

1. Trim Your Hedges!
Put yourself in the shoes of your intruder, where would you hide? In the tall and wide bushes around the house right? So trim the hedges around the perimeter. Also, have a look at some other security weaknesses on the outside of your house, and make repairing them a main concern.

2. Put Your Security Signs in Clear View
Stand in different places around your home, down the block, and across the street. Make sure the signs that let intruders know you have a security system in place are clearly visible from all angles.

3. Set Your Lights on a Timer
Timers are easy to install on your own, and are relatively affordable. If you connect a timer to your lights, you can easily trick a burglar into believing that people are home when they aren’t, especially if you are clever enough and you change the schedule of your light timer to be unpredictable.

4. Hide Cash and Valuable Items in Surprising Places
A thief will almost always check the master bedroom first for expensive articles such as jewelry, in the most expected of locations, the underwear drawer, the nightstand, and under the mattress. Be imaginative when choosing a hiding spot for these valuable items. Inside a cereal box in the pantry, for example, might really throw your burglar for loop.

As always, these ideas are most effective when implemented in addition to a professionally installed and maintained home security system. Protecting your home in Brisbane is easy, just follow these tips and tricks, and call in the experts at Coffeyco Security to set you up with a smart home security system to keep your family and home safe.

A Brief Look at Crime in Brisbane

Overall, the city of Brisbane, in Queensland Australia is a safe place to live. But like any city, it does see its own share of crime. Generally speaking the crime rates of inner city Brisbane are somewhere between four and six times higher than their outer city counterparts, and western suburbia is statistically the “safest” area of Brisbane.

In the past ten years, there are several neighborhoods of the Brisbane Metro Area that have displayed increasing criminal activity and gang activity. Neighborhoods of reference include the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise and the Woodridge.

Break-ins and burglaries seem to be the most common in neighborhoods such as Augustine Heights, Bellbird Park, Camira, Carole Park, Gailes, Goodna, and Springfield, as well as Underwood and its surrounding area. Markedly, the Oxley district has also ranked high on the unlawful entry scale, with the majority of break-ins involving violence. In 2014, the following neighborhoods made a top ten list for the most break-ins in Brisbane. From top to bottom, the list is as follows: Inala, Forest Lake, Deception Bay, Woodridge, Runcorn, Southport, Sunnybank, Sunnybank Hills, Surfers Paradise, Eagleby, Kingston, Dalby, Slacks Creek, Caboolture, and Helensvale.

Regarding the list above, suburbs on the southeast side of Brisbane were named three times as hot spots for break-ins. Neighborhoods that are highest on the list for Brisbane break-ins that are on the southeast side of the city are Inala with 272 break-ins last year, and Forest Lake with 205 break-ins. Many of the neighborhoods on the list are close to the train network, which has its own reputation for crime.

Youth gangs also significantly contribute to the crime rate in Brisbane, which is normal for many metropolitan areas across the world. There was an increase in altercations in which youth gangs or other individuals would harass passengers and police officers in railway stations. These stations on the City train circuit include Bald Hills, Beenleigh, Burpengary, Caboolture, Cannon Hill, Central, Indooroopilly, South Brisbane, and Strathpine. Despite these issues, the Queensland Police Operations Support Command insist that the network of trains is undeniably safe. Since this string of harassment and violence, QR Limited, the City train operators have employed several further security measures such as closed-circuit television, or CCTV surveillance in trains and on platforms. This security initiative functions well in conjunction with security guards and Revenue Protection Officers (police officers dedicated to the City train network) to keep the transportation system safe.

Brisbane police are urging home and business owners to invest in security systems, particularly CCTV surveillance, as there has also been a spike in business break-ins in the city. Coffeyco Security of Brisbane can be called on for a number of security needs such as home security systems, corporate security systems, 24/7 monitoring systems, smart security systems, CCTV surveillance, alarm monitoring and alarm systems. Having a professionally installed, maintained and monitored security system in place certainly makes a home or business less susceptible to intruders, burglars and violent crime doers.