Advantage Security Access sees positives in remote viewing services

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Thursday, August 19, 2004

August 19, 2004

HOUSTON - Advantage Security Access’ decision to create an audio and video monitoring division more than five years ago seems to be paying off—as more and more large scale projects have asked for services using devices such as IP cameras.
The full-service security company recently quoted a job for the Port of Galveston that would require up to 15 IP cameras. That doesn’t mean all installations demand their use. Danny Forrest, who owns the company, finds some security professionals simply do not trust the technology.
It also doesn’t mean central stations shouldn’t invest in such services.
“I’m amazed how many people in the security business have not taken a step to remotely monitor their customers,” said Forrest. The ability to diversify and add additional revenue seems to make sense, he said.
Under the name EyeForce, Advantage Security Access offers remote monitoring services that include live audio and video. With about 90 percent of its business commercial, its customers include construction sites and manufacturing facilities. Everything from fans to compressors can be remotely viewed by the company.
The installation of IP cameras has simplified over time, with broadband and wireless broadband network deployments proliferating.
“In the school and campus environment, we frequently find fiber already in play,” says Henry L. Homrighaus Jr. of Professional Security Consulting. The result is “ease of installation, low-cost installation and ease of integration—allowing great flexibility in use and viewing options.”
According to Forrest’s interpretation of the market, “Video is going to be permanent. You are going to have to get more verification.” When this happens, “They’ll get it one day, when people say they won’t respond without video verification.”