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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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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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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