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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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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Analogue Security Cameras vs Digital

What are security cameras?

Business establishments and institutions require security to stay viable in the long term. Assets and inventory need to be protected so that they continue to provide value to the business owners and investors. The higher value the property or merchandise, the more critical it becomes to have security in place.

A security surveillance system is the most viable solution available today. It enhances the existing capabilities of security personnel, increases their coverage, and makes coordination much easier. Owners and managers need to consider carefully what type of surveillance system they will put in place.

What are the choices?

There are two technologies currently in use for security cameras: Analogue and Digital. For all intents and purposes they perform the same function, which is to capture and record images in the direction they are pointed. It’s in how they capture, relay and store these images where they differ.

Analogue cameras were developed first and are usually what’s installed in older establishments. It captures images or video as analogue signals similar to the way that non-digital TV works. Image quality can vary depending on the type of camera but typically becomes more expensive the higher the resolution it can capture. Current analogue systems connect to a video recorder via coaxial cables. The stored video on the recorder is accessible locally with some systems offering remote viewing software allowing offsite connectivity from web-enabled devices.

Large scale digital camera systems are a recent development. These capture images or video and convert them into digital signals similar to how a web cam or digital handheld camera works. They can capture video in the minimum standard resolutions and higher, reaching high definition multi-megapixel video quality for optimum detail. They connect to an external managed switch, which can send the captured video directly online, to a computer, mobile device or to a network video recorder.

What are the pros and cons of these two systems?

When it comes to image quality, digital cameras with their megapixel capabilities absolutely outshine their analogue counterparts. Installation is also easier with digital cameras since they can be connected to the switch wirelessly or by using fewer cables when installing a POE switch which powers the cameras over the Ethernet through the CAT5 cable. This avoids greater installation costs by reducing the amount of cable required as well as having to conceal less cable which in turn reduces labour costs.

Analogue’s main advantage is in pricing. For certain applications that require the minimum image quality, an analogue security camera system will cost cheaper than a digital one. However, this advantage is rapidly eroding due to the increasing availability of cheaper digital camera units.

These cheaper digital security cameras offer improved video capture quality and easier installations but do require a stable network connection. Analogue systems will continue to function as long as they are connected by cable to the recorder. Digital systems must remain connected to the network at all times for operability.

One other advantage of digital camera systems is that they can be adapted to infrared imaging easily. This is very useful for night time monitoring. The digital sensor on most systems can have the ability to view IR images if an IR source is available.

Which is the best for your business?

For businesses and institutions that require a high level of security, a digital video system which can capture more detail is recommended. Good examples of these types of establishments are casinos, banks, jewelry stores – any location that deals with high value transactions.

When choosing between the two systems, digital is becoming the preferred choice for most, especially when setting up security systems in newly constructed buildings. Although analogue systems may still be useful for those businesses that require only the minimum image quality.
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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.

 

Surveillance in the Workplace

The Benefits of Video Surveillance in the Workplace

As a business owner you want to ensure that your staff has an efficient, safe and productive working environment, as well as ensuring the safety of your premises and property from thieves and vandals. A quick and simple way to achieve all of these things is to install a properly implemented video and electronic surveillance policy to help ensure consistent compliance and protection.

The first video monitoring systems used large cameras and were connected by wiring installed within the building. They were analog systems and usually had a central monitoring room nearby. These were expensive to install and maintain. Large institutions like banks, casinos and military installations would be the typical users of these early systems.

However these days the most common requirements of security have changed, and it is also important to remember that your employees still have a right to a reasonable level of privacy. So how do you balance these requirements?

Having a video surveillance system installed at the workplace provides the following advantages:
– Protection against pilfering and outright theft: This is one of the original purposes for installing video surveillance. The surety of getting caught if a theft is committed reduces the temptation to commit it.
– Improvement of work practices and routine: An employer can use the recorded video to determine the best routine to follow for a certain task. Time and motion studies can be applied to find out the most efficient way to complete a job. This is especially useful for businesses with large operations areas like factories and warehouses.
– Protection against false work place injury: A video recording can verify if a reported injury was an accident or done on purpose.
– Improves staff accountability and productivity: It has been proven in a lot of work places that the presence of a surveillance system increases productivity in the workplace. It discourages idleness and keeps people on focus during hours of work.
– Sexual Harassment: Video surveillance curtails impropriety. It works in a similar way to how the system discourages pilfering and idleness. The knowledge that everything is monitored and that any erring employee cannot escape the consequences of their actions, makes people think twice before they do anything foolish.

It is important that your business strikes a balance between effective monitoring and privacy. There are laws that can provide you with a guideline on how to implement video monitoring in your facilities, and Coffeyco Security technicians can always advise you of what is and is not allowed when it comes to workplace security. If you adhere to these guidelines you will be able to reap the benefits of video surveillance in the workplace.

Always remember to inform your employees before you implement any form of monitoring. Ignoring this step will put you at risk of eroding whatever benefits you can gain from any form of surveillance.
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