TORONTO--Bell Canada introduced on Jan. 31 its new home monitoring product, a service that utilizes high speed mobile wireless and Bell's Internet service to create a customizable home monitoring/security solution.
NEW ORLEANS--"I go home every day thinking about what we would do if a disaster hit, how we would solve the problem," said Jeffrey Doussan, manager of the Security Center, located a block from Bourbon Street in New Orleans. "Every time we buy a server and add a product on, the first question is, 'How can we make this disaster-ready?'"
Comparatively speaking, the Security Center, bought by David Oreck of Oreck Vacuum fame in the early '80s, did not suffer extensive physical damage from Katrina.
LAS VEGAS--Seventy-two percent of Americans want the ability to monitor their homes while away, said a survey released by Z-Wave Alliance in January. The majority of respondents are looking to use the technology for safety and security purposes, such as monitoring who is in the house and knowing when their children arrived home safely from school.
MONTREAL--ULC SQ 561, a standard issued by the Underwriter Laboratories Canada, with an effective date of June 2007, has become a cause of concern among many ULC-listed central station owners in Canada. Malcolm Pesner, of Sentinel Alarm in Montreal, said, "In my personal opinion, this is going to be a disaster.
Some companies this year have discussed the benefit of moving from operating their own central stations to partnering with a third party monitoring center, including RFI Communications, Red Hawk Fire & Security and Comtronics. Will more companies switch to using wholesale centrals?