Security Distributors will be exhibiting at the ADMA Agrishow from Thursday 13 to Saturday 15 June 2019 at Borrowdale Race Course. Visit our stand (opposite Drip Tech) and check out our fantastic product demonstrations. Our Sales Reps will be on hand to answer all your security questions, and there will be lots of giveaways and a chance to take part in our Facebook competition. See you there....
[From Centurion Systems - 4 March 2019]
In the 1980s, following the invention of transistors and the development of digital communication technology, intercoms started to see widespread use in homes as a means of controlling visitor access. However, because these systems are hard-wired, its efficacy relies on the resident actually being home. A visitor arrives, buzzes the intercom and, taking the lack of response to mean that the homeowner is not in residence, breaks in and steals the homeowner’s collection of records.
Welcome to 2019 - A new era in access control.
Homeowners all over the world are enjoying the incredible security and convenience that comes with being able to answer their intercoms from anywhere, thanks to CENTURION’s G-SPEAK ULTRA GSM-based intercom system.
The G-SPEAK ULTRA is a product that customers love every bit as much as we do.
Here is why it is awesome:
It lets you answer your intercom from anywhere in the world
G-SPEAK ULTRA uses your mobile phone as the intercom handset so, whether you are at home, at the office or chilling on a beach in the Bahamas, you are able to answer callers at your gate and in so doing create the impression that you are always home. This is a great security feature and helps to deter would-be burglars. Your records are safe!
It transforms your phone into a long distance remote control
With G-SPEAK ULTRA, you are able to open your entrance gate (or arm an alarm, switch on a pool pump, geyser, lights, etc.) from anywhere with a 2G network via a missed call, SMS or using the intuitive G-REMOTE mobile app.
It will let you know when trouble’s afoot
Nothing spoils a holiday like constant worry. What if the alarm is triggered and the neighbours aren’t there to hear it? What if power is lost to the electric fence? What if aliens invade? With CENTURION's G-SPEAK ULTRA, you can remotely monitor up to four different electrical devices, and will be notified via a push notification of input events.
It won’t ruin your property (and your wallet) with wires!
So this is more something that it won’t do, but it’s still pretty awesome! As mentioned above, with G-SPEAK ULTRA your mobile phone effectively becomes the intercom handset, which means no more lengthy, expensive cable runs back to the house. It is wireless communication with endless possibilities!
The technological advances that have been made over the last 10 years and the increase in awareness of property security, has resulted in much sturdier security structures and devices being installed.
Developers are constantly trying to identify new threats in order to design efficient security systems. Some of the threats include pedestrian intrusion, unauthorised entry into sensitive areas, tailgating of vehicles and internal security breaches.
CENTURION offers integrated security systems that are able to combat a wide range of threats without having to rely on massive infrastructure. These systems are proven to be highly effective in commercial settings. Components of Centurion’s integrated systems include:
Gate Motors - A reliable and cost effective way to prevent unauthorised access.
Modern gate motors have advanced security features such as time-barring technology and intruder detection alarms.
Traffic Barriers - An effective security device to control access into and out of parking areas.
Tyre Killers - These work with traffic barriers to increase protection against vehicles that pose a security threat. Tyre killers are effective in combating tailgating, unauthorised entry and vehicle theft from your premises.
Bollards - These restrict access to high risk areas such as banks, enable traffic calming and demarcating of pedestrian areas. With their tough construction, bollards provide a virtually impenetrable barrier against various types of attack.
For more details on the full range of Centurion products and which of them are suitable for your home or business security system, contact one of our Reps.
With Hikvision's remote view capabilities you can monitor any activity on your surveillance feed on your mobile phone or laptop from anywhere in the world. You can log into your security system and view live streams or access archived footage. In addition, the Hik-Connect app sends instant notifications when the alarm of one of your devices in triggered.
Key Features of Remote View include:
1. Real-time monitoring of your surveillance feed
2. Video playback
3. Two-way audio intercom
4. Instant alarm notifications with pictures and videos
5. Answer calls from doorbells or video intercom devices
6. Arm security control panel remotely
7. Share devices to others with limited permissions
8. Convenient and secure login
Contact Security Distributors if you would like to know more about Hikvision's remote view and IP setup.
Like all appliances, security systems need to be checked regularly to ensure they are working correctly. Don't be caught off guard by leaving your home or business security systems to become ineffective through wear and tear and other factors that can be easily rectified with the following simple tips...
> Check that your alarm system responds to the right environmental triggers
> Ensure that batteries are replaced periodically
> Find out if there are any software upgrades for your alarm
> Ensure that your gate motor is serviced annually
> Clean regularly to ensure that your gate motors and sensors are free from dust or insects
> Make sure that there are no physical barriers or vegetation obstructing the gate
> Check your fence monthly to ensure that it is working correctly
> Cut back excess vegetation so it does not grow on the fence
> If your fence uses solar energy, ensure that the solar panels are free from dirt and dust
> Check batteries regularly
When in doubt, our experienced sales reps and installers are on hand to guide you through checking your systems and advise you on issues that you may encounter along the way.
If you do not have a security system we recommend starting with an alarm, electric gate and electric fence. Contact one of our sales reps for advice on the best basic security system to install at your premises.
Centurion's G-ULTRA was launched to massive acclaim last year and ushered in a new era in mobile-based access automation, combining advanced functionality and diagnostics with a sleek, modern design befitting such a futuristic solution. The G-ULTRA addressed many issues faced by clients, such as ease of installation and setup, as well as access to intelligent diagnostics but Centurion felt that it needed to provide clients with a convenient means of monitoring and controlling systems that have been connected to their G-ULTRA devices. It is this realisation that informed the decision to create the G-REMOTE mobile app, an intuitive command centre for users to monitor and activate their CENTURION GSM devices using their smartphones. G-REMOTE allows for virtually instantaneous output activations via fully customisable in-app buttons, as well as lightning-speed notifications pushed to multiple users at a fraction of the cost of older communication methodologies.
WiZo-Link devices or nodes have flexible dual-role functionality to act as both receiver and transmitter. This means that you can activate a device and receive near-instantaneous feedback that the command has been received and executed.
WiZo-Link devices use robust mesh network technology to create an always-connected, ultra-secure wireless environment that can be used to remotely monitor and control virtually anything. Mesh networks are robust, they are adaptable, they are secure, and they are fully scalable in terms of size and range, with each new device added to the system acting as a repeater and strengthening the network.
The WiZo is a die-hard device that doesn’t take “no” for an answer. When a WiZo is given a command to communicate with another device in the network, it will keep on knocking until someone opens the door. In other words, the device will relentlessly keep on transmitting its signal until the obstruction has been cleared and it receives acknowledgement that the signal has been received and the command carried out.
The convergence of these three powerful technologies – G-ULTRA, G-REMOTE and WiZo-Link – creates a reliable and robust wireless ecosystem that can be grown to almost any size, and what it can be used for is limited only by the user’s imagination. CENTURION’s solution isn’t dependent on range, it is immune to interference and jamming, and it intelligently adapts to changes in the environment.
Article from Centurion Systems (Pty) Ltd.*
If you’ve ever dealt with a toddler – and I speak from experience, having a two-and-a-half year old nephew – you’ll attest to their inherently inquisitive nature. In a matter of mere minutes, they can make the word “why” take on more or less the same quality as long fingernails being dragged across a blackboard. “Why is the sky blue?” “Why do dogs go ‘woof’?” “Why are you pulling out tufts of hair and banging your head against the wall?”. That sort of thing.
Article written by Charl Mijnhardt from Centurion Systems (Pty) Ltd.*
While the rising crime rate means that proper access control is now a necessity rather than the luxury it was in decades past, security equipment is still not exactly something that leaps off the shelves like, say, the latest iPhone. For most, it’s still very much a grudge purchase; something that has to work extra hard to get consumers to reach for their cheque books (do people even still use those?).