Adam Bannister

Editor, IFSEC Global

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Adam Bannister is editor of IFSEC Global. A former managing editor at Dynamis Online Media Group, he has been at the helm of the UK's leading fire and security publication since 2014.
June 14, 2019

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Want a Future-Proof Cyber Security Strategy? Look at Physical Security Now

WATCH: What intruder alarm installers think about the cloud, IoT and creating new revenue streams

The first burglar alarm was battery-powered and patented in 1853 by Reverend Augustus Russell Pope, a resident of Massachusetts.

Milestones in the 166 years since include the first central station-monitored network in New York, 1877, the first use of pre-existing phone cables shortly after and more recently, integration with motion detectors and the first IP systems.

We’re currently in the foothills of another paradigm shift that could be as transformative as any that went before. Enabled by increasing processing power and accelerating broadband speeds, cloud-managed solutions and the internet of things can – according to their proponents – create operational efficiencies (for both installer and end user), make systems easier to install, programme, maintain and use plus create a host of new, recurring revenue streams for installers (and digital services for end users).

But how receptive are intruder alarm installers to these opportunities? What misgivings might they have about managing their alarm systems portfolio through the cloud or diversifying into the IoT market?

These themes underpinned a survey we sent out to hundreds of intruder alarm installers based in the UK and across the EU. We are publishing in the coming weeks a report that examines the results.

About the report’s sponsor: Texecom

Texecom’s electronic security products and services protect millions of people and properties around the world.

“Looking after the things people care about, wherever they are”, the Lancashire-based firm leads the way with digital and cloud-based solutions, adding value and providing interoperability with wider security and building management systems – offering increasingly connected, intelligent and dynamic solutions to meet the world’s future security challenges.

Texecom is a Halma company. Halma plc is a global group of life-saving technology companies.

Texecom has recently launched a cloud-based platform for installers and mobile apps for both installers and one for their customers.

  • Available on a free 14-day trial, Texecom Cloud boasts features like remote maintenance, system health checks and simplified programming.
  • TexecomPro gives installers access to Texecom news, technical information and an installer forum via their mobile device.
  • End users can interact with their intruder alarm systems (no complicated programming required) through the Texecom Connect app and connect with leading third-party ecosystems.


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