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Posted on July 22, 2019 by OnGuard
How to change a battery in Linear Z-wave Garage Door Controller Tilt Sensor
 
Posted on June 28, 2019 by Kirk Booher
 
 
Check out the interface with Apple's iWatch and Alarm.com
 
 
  
                                     Apple iWatch and Alarm.com app
 
Talk about convenience!
 
The Alarm.com app for Apple Watch includes features like:
  • Arm or Disarm the system
  • Control locks
  • Control garage door
  • Control thermostats
  • Control lights
  • View live video from most Alarm.com cameras

Note: At this time, the Apple Watch app currently does not support Alarm.com Wi-Fi Doorbell Cameras, '22 series, '25 series, and '26 series Alarm.com cameras.
 
 
Glance view allows you to quickly check the status of your system, and Actionable Notifications allow you to respond to certain notifications directly from the Apple Watch
 
 
INSTRUCTIONS
To add the Alarm.com complication to a watch face using the Apple Watch: 
 
Go to the Home screen. To return to the Home screen from another app or screen, press the Digital Crown (dial on the side of the watch). 
 



 
Firmly press and hold the display.
The Home screen will zoom out and Customize will appear below the current watch face.
 
Note: Some watch faces are not customizable. If the face is not customizable, there will be no Customize option. Swipe left or right to select a face that has the Customize option. 


 
Tap Customize.
At the top of the watch face you will see small dots. One will be white, the others grey, this indicates the number of pages that can be edited. Swipe to a page with small square boxes.
 


 
Tap the location on the face you would like to add the complication to.

Note: The Alarm.com Complication can only be placed in the small square boxes.
 
 
Rotate the Digital Crown (dial on the side of the watch) to scroll through available complication icons.

Note: The Alarm.com Complication icon is:


 
To save your changes, press the Digital Crown.
Tap the watch face or press the Digital Crown to set this as your current face.
 
Posted on May 28, 2019 by Kirk Booher
Categories: Commercial
Integrated Security Layers are Critical
 
Smart, layered security is an essential strategy for all security scenarios. They are certainly critical to stop or at least slow down mad man.
 
According to data from the US Naval Postgraduate School, there were 94 school gun violence incidents in 2018 — a record high since 1970, which is as far back as the data goes, and 59 percent higher than the previous record of 59 in 2006.
 
Facing this reality, what can we do to minimize the risk and damage associated with an active shooter?
 
That is a 'loaded' question and this is a systemic problem.
 
There isn't much we can do whether it be a school, church, or other public institutions to change a tide of this proportion without major changes in our culture.  Those big-picture fixes are beyond the scope of this article. 
 
There are however some practical solid things that can be done. 
 
Here in the State of Indiana, check for school grants to help fund your project. Contact us for details there. We can point you in the right direction.
 
Smart access control and video intercoms make a big difference for a fair price. With the advent of IP smart devices, there is a lot that can be done to empower onsite and first responders.
 
Cameras with LPR (License Plate Recognition) are quite doable. 
 
To find out more and explore specific options for your building and situation, contact us for details. We can present a variety of proven solutions.
 
Kirk Booher
www.WeAreOnGuard.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Posted on May 10, 2019 by Kirk Booher
Video Analytics is here and here to stay. It works great! It super when combined with a smart alarm, locks and more.
 
It reduces approximately 96% of false video triggers like trees blowing, shadows, bugs, etc.
 
This video analytic service is applicable for residential and small-medium business (SMB) commercial settings.
 
Check out this brief video on how video works:
 
Click above to watch video
 
Your smart video monitoring could be even more valuable with Alarm.com's video analytics, an intelligent new service that distinguishes important events from routine activity in real time.
 
Smart video monitoring is a modern security essential. With video alerts, live camera feeds and 24-hour recording options, the video makes it easy to stay in the know about important activity at your home or business. 

Video analytics is a smart intelligent security feature that monitors your property's video streams to distinguish important events from routine activity. It puts you in the know easier than ever. It uses this real-time, allowing you to be pro-active, giving you plain and clear insight to filter and categorize activity, giving your video monitoring a new level of control, customization and value. That is for sure! You gotta see it in action!

Video analytics uses cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI), developed by alarm.com's computer vision research team for home and business security. It can tell whether a moving object in your driveway is a person, an animal or a vehicle. It can ignore a person who quickly visits your front door and then leaves (the mailman), but alert you if a visitor lingers too long in the same place. It makes these distinctions in real time before alerting you—or not—according to your preferences. 
 


Video analytics also lets you create virtual "zones" and multi-directional "tripwires" for your cameras, enabling it to further categorize activity based on the layout of your home or business and the areas you need to protect. You can know when: 

Vehicles come and go: Know when a vehicle stops outside your home or office, but not every time a vehicle drives past. 

Visitors linger: Get a video alert if someone lingers by your door, but not when the mail is delivered. 

If people or pets break the rules: Know if your pet breaks the rules to nap on the couch when you're at work—or if your neighbor's dog pays an unwelcome visit to your lawn or a trespasser comes onto your property in an unwelcome area.
 
 
Streaming Video Recorder (SVR)
This system is great for home, small business, and other properties up to 8 cameras with the standard plan. Our standard offering includes a 1TB internal hard drive.
 
alarm.com svr local storage with cloud connection for video security
 
Commercial Streaming Video Recorder (CSVR just now available at time of this post)
With alarm.com new CSVR we can support up to 16 cameras with 16TB of redundant local hard drive storage.
 
alarm.com CSVR (Commercial Streaming Video Recorder - Cloud video)
 
Summary
Video analytics is the latest in a line of proactive, intelligent safeguards developed by Alarm.com, installed by OnGuard and monitored by you or our Central Station to keep your home or business safer, including Crash and Smash protection,  Unexpected Activity Alerts and Geo-Services triggers. 
 
Contact us today to get more info on this game-changing service! 
 
317.572.5777
or click the box at the top of the home page
 
 
Posted on May 2, 2019 by Kirk Booher
Categories: Commercial, General
Indy Business Peeps, check this CyberSecurity learning and networking event on May 16th, 5:30pm a Four Day Ray in Downtown Fishers.  First time visitors are FREE. Appetizers provided. 
 
Rainmakers Tech Forward >> Event Link
Posted on March 29, 2019 by Kirk Booher
Categories: General, Intrusion Alarm
Cell communicators are the most popular forms of alarm communication to Central Monitoring Stations and pushing notifications to customers. 
 
 
 
They are popular because:
1. Supervised - the alarm company should now quickly when they are offline or have problems.
2. App - they provide customers with a digital connection to the internet.
3. Fast - being all digital the data and notifications the monitoring stations and customers apps typically just take a few seconds.
4. Reliable - your alarm company is in control of what happens, unlike relying on a 3rd party who may disconnect, shut off, switch, etc. This, of course, improves reliability.
 
There are a few drawbacks, like anything, including:
1. They need updating periodically as what happened a few years ago with the 2g network.
 
T-Mobile will sunset their 2G network no later than December 31, 2020 (highest priority to upgrade). AT&T and Verizon 2g were shut down 2 years ago.
 
3G radio sunset dates:
The sunset date for and Verizon 3G (CDMA) is Dec. 31, 2022
AT&T 3G sunset date has not been set but assumes Dec. 31, 2022.
 
ADC (Alarm.com) will discontinue accepting 3G activations on June 30th, 2019.
 
2. They can be wirelessly jammed. 
 
3. Rely on cell towers, though are generally reliable.
 
LTE stands for Long Term Evolution is supposed to last longer than 3g. With the advent of 5g, we don't know how long is long. Verizon currently says 2032 which if true, is plenty long with the advent of technology these days.
 
 
 
Options
Redundancy is always a good idea with regard to security.
 
Other forms of communication include the Internet via wired or WiFi. Landline phones are still possible but not recommended. Alarms were never designed to communicate over VoIP internet-based phone systems though companies do connect them, it is the least desirable way to reliably communicate emergency alarm signals.
 
Several of our manufacture's system can have multiple forms of communication. QOLSYS can be also connected via WiFi plus built-in cell. We use Verizon as our standard. DSC NEO sports cell and hard line internet connection.
 
 
 
 
Posted on March 27, 2019 by OnGuard
Categories: Commercial
 
 
Press Release: Qolsys Goes Commercial
Posted on March 26, 2019 by Jesse White
 
IQ Panel Receives UL1610 Certification for Commercial Burglary Standard, including 4 Partitions, New PowerG Devices and Powered By Alarm.com Commercial Services Platform
 
 
SAN JOSE, CA. –Qolsys, the leading provider of security and smarthome technology, announced today that it has received UL 1610 Certification for Commercial Burg, opening small business and commercial opportunities for dealers using IQ Panel 2 Plus. The latest 2.3 software update adds features specific to business use cases including up to four partitions, screen lock, 6-digit passcodes and additional support for PowerG sensors and secondary keypads.
The 2.3 Commercial software update also enables Alarm.com for Business, the industry’s leading interactive services platform integrating smart business security, access control, smart video monitoring and energy management technology
 
“The industry’s best residential solution is now the best commercial solution after an over-the-air software update,”says Mike Hackett, Qolsys SVP of Sales and Marketing. “Whether installing a system in a large commercial space or a small residential townhome, the IQ Panel is the single best solution, combining exciting features that increase user engagement and satisfaction, industry leading range and encryption with PowerG sensors and the customization of partitions.”
 
"OnGuard is excited to share this new news as a QOLSYS Dealer. It is a game changer and enhances our offering for all kinds of business. - Kirk Booher, OnGuard.
 
“I’ve been using the IQ Panel 2 Plus with PowerG sensors to secure elementary schools in our region,” says Scott McLeod, Owner of Hawkeye Security. “We originally bid our installs to take three days and are now completing most jobs in 10 hours or less, and that includes customer training. My team spends less time on ladders and more time talking about features and benefits with our customers, and we have never been more profitable.”
 
“The IQ Panel is the best residential panel we’ve installed and is now the best commercial panel,” says Robert Post, Owner of Post Alarm Systems based in Arcadia, CA. “We are proud to bring our commercial customers a best in class solution combining the Qolsys IQ Panel with PowerG sensors and the alarm.com commercial interactive services with dedicated Post Alarm service and support.”
 
“We installed 14 door window sensors, 5 motions, and the 7” Touchscreen IQ Panel in a 200,000 sq ft building in less than 4 hours without running any conduit or using any repeaters,” says Erik Randesi, President of Powerhome Technologies. “I would never have fathomed going after massive commercial buildings, but with IQ Panel and PowerG we have the confidence to do a job any size.”
 
PowerG’s revolutionary 2-way wireless communication technology is designed to decrease operational costs for dealers while providing ultimate reliability for end users. PowerG devices reliably communicate 4 times further than legacy wireless security, reducing the cost of installing additional repeaters to service commercial premises. The wireless protocol includes Multichannel, Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum technology, Adaptive Transmission Power for up to eight years of battery life and 128-bit AES encryption for exceptional protection against digital attacks.
 
The Qolsys 2.3 software features designed to support Commercial installations include:
 
The IQ Panel 2 Plus and a full line of security and home automation devices are available today, visit www.qolsys.comto learn more about the product and where to purchase it.
 
About Qolsys
Qolsys is a Silicon Valley based security and smarthome manufacturer providing state of the art residential and commercial solutions to security and home automation dealers across North America. Its flagship product, the IQ Panel 2 Plus, is a 7” HD touchscreen tablet with built in 5 MP Camera, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad Core System on a Chip with multiple radios packed into an ultra-thin form factor with interactive services powered by Alarm.com Dual SRF featuring PowerG allows for easy takeovers bridging the gap between legacy security protocols and the long range encrypted wireless technologies of the future. The IQ Panel features several industry firsts, including a 7-inch HD touchscreen with an intuitive graphical user interface, LTE & Wi-Fi Dual Path cloud connectivity for intelligent redundancy, reliability and speed, and built-in 5MP camera that allows the user to capture disarm photos, alarm videos, a peek in on demand from the Alarm.com mobile app. It also features Bluetooth Touchless Disarming, letting you pair up to 5 phones for hands free close proximity system deactivation, Live View, the ability to stream indoor and outdoor cameras to the HD Screen, and Live Answer allowing you to answer your Skybell Video Doorbell from the panel. Z-Wave Plus supports lifestyle devices such as lights, locks, thermostats, and garage openers, a built in Glass Break Detector, powerful system health diagnostics and over the air software updates. Commercial features include PowerG Wireless Sensor support, screen lock, disarm photos for employee verification and up to 4 partitions accessible from 7” Touchscreen secondary tablets. The IQ Panel 2 was named “Best Overall” by the TechHome Builder Show, received the “Innovation Award” in 2016 from ESX, was named as a Top 30 Award Winner by SSI in 2017 and earned the prestigious TechVision Challenge award, a form of "Best in Show" at the Electronic Security Expo (ESX). Qolsys IQ Panel platforms are tightly integrated with Alarm.com’s market-leading connected home services platform, supporting interactive security, video monitoring, energy management and home automation, resulting in increased conversion, end-user satisfaction, fewer dealer truck rolls, improved customer support and decreased total cost of ownership. Learn more at http://qolsys.com/.
IQ Panel Receives UL1610 Certification for Commercial Burglary Standard, including 4 Partitions, New PowerG Devices and Powered By Alarm.com Commercial Services Platform
 
SAN JOSE, CA. –Qolsys, the leading provider of security and smarthome technology, announced today that it has received UL 1610 Certification for Commercial Burg, opening small business and commercial opportunities for dealers using IQ Panel 2 Plus.  The latest 2.3 software update adds features specific to business use cases including up to four partitions, screen lock, 6-digit passcodes and additional support for PowerG sensors and secondary keypads.
The 2.3 Commercial software update also enables Alarm.com for Business, the industry’s leading interactive services platform integrating smart business security, access control, smart video monitoring and energy management technology
 
“The industry’s best residential solution is now the best commercial solution after an over-the-air software update,”says Mike Hackett, Qolsys SVP of Sales and Marketing.  “Whether installing a system in a large commercial space or a small residential townhome, the IQ Panel is the single best solution, combining exciting features that increase user engagement and satisfaction, industry leading range and encryption with PowerG sensors and the customization of partitions.”
 
“I’ve been using the IQ Panel 2 Plus with PowerG sensors to secure elementary schools in our region,” says Scott McLeod, Owner of Hawkeye Security. “We originally bid our installs to take three days and are now completing most jobs in 10 hours or less, and that includes customer training. My team spends less time on ladders and more time talking about features and benefits with our customers, and we have never been more profitable.”
“The IQ Panel is the best residential panel we’ve installed and is now the best commercial panel,” says Robert Post, Owner of Post Alarm Systems based in Arcadia, CA.  “We are proud to bring our commercial customers a best in class solution combining the Qolsys IQ Panel with PowerG sensors and the alarm.com commercial interactive services with dedicated Post Alarm service and support.”
 
“We installed 14 door window sensors, 5 motions, and the 7” Touchscreen IQ Panel in a 200,000 sq ft building in less than 4 hours without running any conduit or using any repeaters,” says Erik Randesi, President of Powerhome Technologies. “I would never have fathomed going after massive commercial buildings, but with IQ Panel and PowerG we have the confidence to do a job any size.”
 
PowerG’s revolutionary 2-way wireless communication technology is designed to decrease operational costs for dealers while providing ultimate reliability for end users.  PowerG devices reliably communicate 4 times further than legacy wireless security, reducing the cost of installing additional repeaters to service commercial premises.  The wireless protocol includes Multichannel, Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum technology, Adaptive Transmission Power for up to eight years of battery life and 128-bit AES encryption for exceptional protection against digital attacks.
 
The Qolsys 2.3 software features designed to support Commercial installations include:
The IQ Panel 2 Plus and a full line of security and home automation devices are available today, visit www.qolsys.comto learn more about the product and where to purchase it.
 
About Qolsys
Qolsys is a Silicon Valley based security and smarthome manufacturer providing state of the art residential and commercial solutions to security and home automation dealers across North America.  Its flagship product, the IQ Panel 2 Plus, is a 7” HD touchscreen tablet with built in 5 MP Camera, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad Core System on a Chip with multiple radios packed into an ultra-thin form factor with interactive services powered by Alarm.com  Dual SRF featuring PowerG allows for easy takeovers bridging the gap between legacy security protocols and the long range encrypted wireless technologies of the future.  The IQ Panel features several industry firsts, including a 7-inch HD touchscreen with an intuitive graphical user interface, LTE & Wi-Fi Dual Path cloud connectivity for intelligent redundancy, reliability and speed, and built-in 5MP camera that allows the user to capture disarm photos, alarm videos, a peek in on demand from the Alarm.com mobile app.  It also features Bluetooth Touchless Disarming, letting you pair up to 5 phones for hands free close proximity system deactivation, Live View, the ability to stream indoor and outdoor cameras to the HD Screen, and Live Answer allowing you to answer your Skybell Video Doorbell from the panel. Z-Wave Plus supports lifestyle devices such as lights, locks, thermostats, and garage openers, a built in Glass Break Detector, powerful system health diagnostics and over the air software updates. Commercial features include PowerG Wireless Sensor support, screen lock, disarm photos for employee verification and up to 4 partitions accessible from 7” Touchscreen secondary tablets.  The IQ Panel 2 was named “Best Overall” by the TechHome Builder Show, received the “Innovation Award” in 2016 from ESX, was named as a Top 30 Award Winner by SSI in 2017 and earned the prestigious TechVision Challenge award, a form of "Best in Show" at the Electronic Security Expo (ESX).  Qolsys IQ Panel platforms are tightly integrated with Alarm.com’s market-leading connected home services platform, supporting interactive security, video monitoring, energy management and home automation, resulting in increased conversion, end-user satisfaction, fewer dealer truck rolls, improved customer support and decreased total cost of ownership.   Learn more at http://qolsys.com/.
 
Posted on March 27, 2019 by Kirk Booher
Oftentimes thieves and misguided souls do more damage by their break-ins and vandalism than what they actually steal. This was definitely the case here. Most cameras only show you what happened in the past like this case. Adding a Commercial Monitored Security System would have likely stopped this person immediately. Together they make a powerful defense!
 
 
KOKOMO, Ind. (WTHR) — Around 4 a.m. on Tuesday, a man broke into a Kokomo restaurant by kicking in the glass door.
After entering Julianno's, the suspect began knocking over tables and chairs. Then he proceeded to take his clothes off while walking through the kitchen and back area.
The man, who had not been identified, spent hours in the restaurant, which was caught on surveillance cameras.
During his visit, the man cut himself on glass, leaving a trail blood in the restaurant as well.
The restaurant will be closed until next Tuesday because of the blood and clean up process.
The owner told WTHR's Mary Milz that it was the weirdest thing he'd ever seen.
No items were taken from the store, only damaged.
Posted on March 27, 2019 by Kirk Booher
Categories: General
The Citizen's Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice released a report that reveals the world's 50 most dangerous cities. 
 
 
The ranking was calculated using the average number of homicides per 100,000 residents. 
 
The 50 of the world's most dangerous cities include:
 
  1. Tijuana, Mexico - 138 
  2. Acapulco, Mexico - 110.50
  3. Caracas, Venezuela - 99.98
  4. Victoria, Mexico - 86.01
  5. Juarez, Mexico - 85.56
  6. Irapuato, Mexico - 81.44 
  7. Guayana, Venezuela - 78.30
  8. Natal, Brazil - 74.67 
  9. Fortaleza, Brazil - 69.15 
  10. Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela - 69.09
  11. Cape Town, South Africa - 66.36
  12. Belem, Brazil - 65.31
  13. Cancun, Mexico - 64.47
  14. Feira de Santana, Brazil - 63.29
  15. St. Louis - United States - 60.59
  16. Culiacan, Mexico - 60.52
  17. Barquisimeto, Venezuela - 56.67
  18. Uruapan, Mexico - 54.52
  19. Kingston, Jamaica - 54.12
  20. Obregon, Mexico - 52.09
  21. Maceio, Brazil - 51.46
  22. Vitoria da Conquista, Brazil - 50.75
  23. Baltimore, United States - 50.52
  24. San Salvador, El Salvador - 50.32
  25. Aracaju, Brazil - 48.77
  26. Coatzacoalcos, Mexico - 48.35
  27. Palmira, Colombia - 47.97
  28. Maturin, Venezuela - 47.24
  29. Salvador, Brazil - 47.23
  30. Macapa, Brazil - 47.20
  31. Cali, Colombia - 47.03
  32. Celeva, Mexico - 46.99
  33. San Pedro Sula, Honduras - 46.67
  34. Ensenada, Mexico - 46.60
  35. Campos dos Goytacazes, Brasil - 46.28
  36. Tepic, Mexico - 44.89
  37. Manaus, Brasil - 44.00
  38. Guatemala, Guatemala - 43.73
  39. Recife, Brazil - 43.72
  40. Distrito Central - 43.30
  41. San Juan, Puerto Rico - 42.40
  42. Valencia, Venezuela - 42.36
  43. Reynosa, Mexico - 41.48
  44. Joao Pessoa, Brazil - 41.36
  45. Nelson Mandela Bay - South Africa - 39.16
  46. Detroit, United States - 38.78
  47. Durban, South Africa - 38.51
  48. Terisina, Brazil - 37.61
  49. Chihuahua, Mexico - 37.50
  50. New Orleans, United States - 36.87
The list obtained from the Seguridad Justicia y Paz website. In the methodology, the report mentions that the major difficulty when obtaining data for the ranking was the lack of transparency from many countries in the list. It also states that Mexico has replaced Brazil by having the most dangerous cities in the world now, despite the fact that Brazil has 67% more citizens than Mexico. 
 
The report discusses cities that are included in the ranking for the first time and cities that have moved out of the list, as well. 
 
Source: SeguridadJusticiaYPaz.org
Posted on March 12, 2019 by Kirk Booher
Categories: General, Residential
This is a powerful test and clearly shows the advantage of Photoelectric detectors in most cases.
 
 
Nice job there Bob!
 
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