Another endorsement for video-verified alarms

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08/03/2010

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I was talking with Keith Jentoft over at RSI the other day about his efforts to get a priority response commitment for enhanced alarms from municipalities. In a real coup for Keith, the Chief of the Dallas Police has thrown his backing behind the idea, according to Keith.

Another victory for the Motion Viewer Man comes in the form of an official endorsement from the National Sheriffs’ Association for the Videofied product.

From a release on the NSA site:

NSA is proud to grant our endorsement of the following:

The NSA Board of Directors voted to endorse Videofied, a cordless outdoor video alarm system, during the Anaheim Conference.

Videofied is a cordless outdoor video alarm system – instant portable video security for remote sites including anhydrous tanks, utility substations, vacant property, fenced lots and parked vehicles. Wireless video alarm detects intruders and immediately sends a 10-second clip of the actual event over the cell network enabling immediate response for more arrests. The cordless system operates outdoors in harsh environments (-20 F to +140F) for up to four years on one set of batteries. Videofied security systems are being used by sheriffs to protect remote assets on a budget. A single system can include up to 24 portable MotionViewers (motion detector with an integrated night vision camera) for large scale protection. This affordable system, because it is totally wireless, can be deployed and redeployed as needed for instant action resolving problem crimes.

I’ve done plenty of reporting on Videofied and, as Keith pointed out to me, it seems like law enforcement is starting to take notice of proactive steps the industry can and does take to cut down on false alarms… Whether you confirm a real dispatch necessity through technology like video (Videofied, CheckVideo, or another type of advanced video monitoring like that provided by G4S, Viewpoint CRM, and Stealth Monitoring, to name a few) or audio (Sonitrol… I’m currently working a piece about some great stats from Kimberlite, dba “Sonitrol Security” throughout the San Joaquin Valley and Bay Area), or personally check out every alarm like the guys at Provident, it looks like law enforcement’s down with that.

Here’s another bit from the NSA endorsement release:

Excerpt from the due diligence report prepared by the endorsement committee:

“All Central Station Alarm Service providers, Alarm System Integrators, Customers, and Sheriffs Offices that were surveyed commented favorably regarding the overall level of service and support they receive from RSI Video Technologies Inc. or their sales representatives. All of the survey respondents rated the Videofied Alarm System as one of the more reliable Alarm Systems that they use. Survey respondents indicated that law enforcement officials favorably receive the Videofied Alarm System because alarm conditions are supported by video clips that allow Central Station operators to verify the intrusion before reporting the alarm condition to law enforcement authorities. They indicated that the video technology associated with the system allows Central Station operators to provide responding officers with information on the number of intruders, their descriptions, and other information, increasing the probability of apprehension and arrest. Many of the respondents provided case histories reflecting that property crimes were reduced or eliminated at customer locations that installed these systems.”

When alarms can be verified beforehand, shouldn’t they be? I’m just saying if the means are there and they work, what’s the argument for not doing it?

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<p class="comment_author">August 6th, 2010 at 1:21 am</p>
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<p>Audio and video verification are impressive, yet I would say less than 10% of monitored alarm systems utilize either technology. This has to change if false alarm rates are to be kept low and detection-to-arrest numbers are to increase. The technology is already there, it&rsquo;s just that dealers &amp; integrators have been slow to adopt IP.</p>
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<p class="comment_author">August 5th, 2010 at 8:33 am</p>
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<p>Hey Pamela,</p>
<p>Thanks for the comment. Yeah I spoke with Marcos Reyes at the central station and with Tom Patterson. That story should be up today. Impressive numbers, indeed&hellip; And a bold assertion from Tom! Check <a href="http://www.securitysystemsnews.com/www.securtiysystemsnews.com" rel="nofollow">our site</a> throughout the day or <a href="http://twitter.com/SSN_Dan" rel="nofollow">follow me on Twitter</a> for the tweet blast when the story&rsquo;s available!</p>
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<p class="comment_author">August 4th, 2010 at 12:56 pm</p>
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<p>The Kimberlite group has racked up some impressive detection-to-arrest numbers this year. Verification, either through audio or video, yields impressive results.</p>
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<p class="comment_author">August 4th, 2010 at 8:39 am</p>
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<p>No doubt, Steve. I spoke with the folks at Sonitrol Security yesterday to get some audio-verified angle out there.</p>
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<p class="comment_author">August 3rd, 2010 at 12:01 pm</p>
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<p>You have to hand it to Keith from Videofied, he has been on the front line promoting verified alarms for years now. They, more than anyone else, deserve to do well when it finally goes mainstream. Keep up the good work <img src="http://www.securitysystemsnews.com/blogsm/wp-includes/images/smilies/ico... alt=";-)" class="wp-smiley" /></p>
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