Remote Home Automation Controller – ADT Pulse & Mobile Devices

5 08 2010

This will be expanded to Business Clients by years end

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NIN Releases App for iPhone

8 04 2009

Leave it to a band to “gather upon themselves what is their’s”, taking GEO tracking to the next level. Now if  we can put our thinking caps on….incorporate the idea with ones Social Network or Customer Base – and we’ll know what clients are thinking about us….scary

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ASIS 2008 – Security Seminar

29 08 2008

The most common question we field on a daily basis is helping individuals understand the basic differences between Standalone DVR and a PC Based DVR card.

Just when you thought that could come down to some simple comparisons, the industry informs us that NO there are many different approaches. Anyone with the opportunity to attend this year’s event or better yet is serious about finding new solutions that are available to your particular need, should make every effort to attend this show.

Surveillance / Security / Access Controls / CCTV / Biometics and yes IT Security are all coming together at one main event to show case the new products and where the industry is headed.

The one event we have ear-marked is on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 between 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. The precise location will be Room C304 (Building C, Level 3) within the Georgia World Congress Center. Apple to co-host panel on future of video surveillance. As I have posted before on numerous other blogs and forums Apple has yet to open the gates for iPhone. Currently the majority of products run on a Windows platform an seem to be heading toward Open Source.

We bring this up as the main point of consideration when considering the type of solution you looking at. Will it be easy to upgrade the system in the “NEAR” future. Can multi-systems co-exist amongst each other? What is the real depth of “proprietary” solutions?

The basic limitations with standalones:

  • requires a Static IP for remote access – additional $30 a month from your service provider.
  • adding addition camera’s – not possible
  • browsers or menu’s used have limitations to type of control and viewing

PC Based solutions on the other hand:

  • use your current IP for remote access
  • additional camera’s – add a card
  • vendors are starting to open up the ability to work with different camera’s
  • real time recording and play back is far greater

The use of surveillance has taken on new meaning in todays business. What it needs to explore and market is an alternative use. The current task facing the industry is funneling multi-XML feeds to one control panel. This way no-one is tied to one particular vendor or camera. My concern is turning the process around. How many of you really know what turned Feedburner into a Google purchase. When they turned everything around and “PUSHED” feeds, the birth of Broadcasting.

We have not seen any results of Apple’s effort to stream live Olympics feeds and I doubt this seminar will provide any announcements pertaining to it. But what they have accomplished is creating a 2nd vehicle that will compete with main stream media. Let’s face facts, outside the US because the lack of cable infrastructure and land-lines in general, a cell is the most common used accessory, an Apple wants iPhone to be the choice.

After all these years of computers (PCs & Servers) finally getting narrowed down to a couple of name brands, Surveillance Security solutions show up with 10K vendors each clawing for their piece of this exploding market.    So don’t feel alone and confused, it’s my business of choice and I’m going bald…..

(Sat.) Aug. 30 8:00 p.m. ABC Sports Alabama vs. Clemson (Atlanta, Ga.)




Chicago Olympics on your iPhone?

31 07 2008

Dan Butterfield has been keeping us updated on developments in China and their handheld market, which is going into hyper-drive with 08.08.08 just next week.   Good reading….

Cannot say the same for ZDNet blog: Between the lines Tom Steinert-Threlkeld’s recent post Tech `tips’ for Beijing visitors, left me wondering when did a technology blog turn to social awareness.  So I drop them a line.

It is obvious Dan and Tom (more Tom) don’t know each other.   Each Olympic venue since the 1900’s has been a catalyst of new ideas and technology aimed at giving benefit to the world, 2008 is no exception.   With suveillance camera deployment taking the highlights, it becomes lost a potential new break through in broadcasting is within our grasp – streaming video from surveillance over handheld units.

The content here is simple.  Alternative use for surveillance cameras in a positive direction.   Streaming video is not new, but we now have a new source.   One that needs to be explored by individuals with better intentions than just finding criminal activity.

Chicago has the greatest lake front of any major city in the world, parks second to nobody and a surveillance infrastructure to boot.   Alder Planetarium for a couple of years had webcams outside the facility where the public could log into and actually control the cameras and look up and down the lake front.  From Navy Pier, along Michigan Ave, even Sundays we could watch the tail-gaters for Bears games.   All this came to an end for obvious reasons.

China is considered #1 for surveillance,  London (2012 host) is considered 2nd,  Chicago (still in running for 2016) is laying claim to 3rd.   Olympics needs to be broadcasted on the one vehicle everyone outside the US has, handheld devise.   You know the wheels are turning in Chicago, cause it’s Chicago, utilizing the surveillance infrastructure as a feed (for sale mind you).   The networks could never lay claim to anything like that.   I can see the alderman now laying claim to their neighborhood’s and selling the feed.





China streaming CCTV on iPhones 3G

21 07 2008

Big thanks too: http://idannyb.wordpress.com for posting this on digg.com

iPhonAsia believes there is a case to be made for Apple and China Mobile collaborating on a special production run of iPhone 3G. I am calling this TD iPhone 3G as it would include a chipset that supports TD-SCDMA and China Multimedia Mobile Broadcasting CMMB – streaming CCTV mobile TV. What might this mean for Apple? A minimum 2 million units.

This is exactly what I have been preaching about. Obviously the Olympics being the highlight is great content. I’m curious what the content will be in say 9 months or a year from now. Doubt it will be Human Rights Protest.

Apple please by all means learn everything you can about deploying this possibility. The rest of the world needs an alternative use too CCTV.

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