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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!
 
Posted on March 3, 2019 by Kirk Booher
Categories: General
Just in case you don't have one of these Dobs, call us now!
And if they bring steak, call us first!
And if you have steak, call us before its all gone!
Posted on February 10, 2019 by Kirk Booher
Categories: Access Control, General
While putting in an access control and alarm systems for commercial business, DB Services, the other day, the owner Kevin Hammond was a hero of sorts to take me down and introduce me to the Property Management firm that he rents from unsolicited. That is the initiative and certainly a reason his company has grown as it has.
 
That was a wonderful gesture and made my day!
 
While there, I just had to take a snapshot of their team member of the month wall pictures.
 
 
I like it very much. One of our motto's at OnGuard is 'there is a Super Hero in everyone'. There was sure one in Kevin Hammond that day. Thanks Man!
 
Sincerely, Kirk Booher.
Posted on December 20, 2018 by Kirk Booher
Categories: Residential
Watch this fantastic contraption vis this video.
 
 
Posted on October 17, 2018 by OnGuard
Categories: General
The OnGuard Ops team had a great time and learned a ton at the ADI expo on Oct 16, 2018. Thanks ADI, Vendors and team member Clint McGann who took this photo!
 
Left to Right: Kirk Booher, Bobby Duncan, Scott Kramer, Thomas Riffe and Brandon Shinabarger.
Posted on October 15, 2018 by Kirk Booher
Categories: General
 
 
Give Back with Alarm.com and OnGuard
 
 
Alarm.com will donate an interactive security and automation system and OnGuard the  labor (if you win with us) to a charitable 501(c)(3) organization in the community.
 
For a chance to win, tell us about a local organization and how it would benefit from products and services powered by Alarm.com. Submit your ideas to us (OnGuard - Indianapolis Metro Area)
 
Recipient organization examples:
  • Free & charitable clinics
  • Women’s/Family/Homeless shelter
  • After school programs for at-risk youth
 
 
Guidelines:
  • Alarm.com will donate up to $5,000 in Alarm.com approved hardware.
  • Partner (OnGuard Security Solutions - if we submit and your group wins) will provide installation labor at no cost
  • Monitoring service will be 50% off our standard rates ($20-30 mo) you win with OnGuard.
  • A winner will be announced the week of November 18th
 
Submit your proposal and story today to sales@onguardssc.com
 
For rules on this donation, click here. For any questions, please contact sales@onguardssc.com
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