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Texecom Connect

Texecom Connect SmartPlug Take control over your powered devices Control any mains-powered device remotely with the Texecom Connect SmartPlug. This Ricochet ® enabled wireless plug sits between a wall socket and the power plug of a device, and is controlled via the Texecom Connect App. Texecom Connect integrates with Texecom’s flagship security systems, the Premier Elite Series, to allow you to take direct control of your home and your security. Control cameras or activity from anywhere in the world. Sales: +44 (0)1706 234800 Watch the Texecom Connect App video

Texecom Connect App New smartphone application for iOS operating systems EDITORIAL Texecom Connect SmartCom Ethernet and WiFi communicator Texecom Connect SmartPlug Ricochet ® enabled wireless plug The new revolution The electronic security industry is going through the next phase of its evolution at the moment and, more often than not, it seems hardware development is not the trend Talking to a number of people on my travels this month it became quite obvious that the electronic security industry is currently going through a bit of a change in its technology development. What has been largely a hardware driven market in the past (remember the banks and banks of surveillance cameras at IFSEC in the past) we are seeing more emphasis being placed on the development of software solutions. The trend of the day was always easy to spot when looking at the press releases that come in and the launches at events. Most manufacturers follow a similar path and when a new buzzword or idea comes in then, most of the time, they follow suit. The drive to raise CCTV resolution for example or the introduction of Wi-Fi enabled alarm systems come to mind. Recently we had the announcements of apps for just about every product manufacturer all within a fairly short time frame. Trends happen because demand exists. Technology just for the sake of it is not a long-term prospect worthy of financial backing. So the chats I’ve been having around various subjects all seem to be working their way around to the same topic; we’re now working in a sector that is currently more software focused than it is on the development of more hardware. Not that physical products are no longer being launched, it’s just that the hardware we’ve already got can do so much more with the development and addition of new programs. Don’t think that’s true? Just look at how many camera manufacturers will be talking about Deep Learning or AI at this year’s shows. Just have a glance over the new developments in analytics that make use of all of that extra data being collected by modern cameras. And don’t forget the smart systems that allow integration between different technology disciplines including home automation, fire safety, security and remote monitoring, all on one platform. When updating a security system today it is no longer always a case of instantly specifying new hardware, maybe the technology is fine but there are, for example, new VMS platforms that will enable the legacy products to do more for customers. Like in the computer world, you don’t always need to upgrade the PC, just update the software or install another program to do what you want the system to do. Maybe this is also why exhibition visitor demographics are changing and why the seminar topics are more applications and cyber related, talking more about the capabilities of new software rather than new hardware developments. Software is taking our industry to the next level in terms of capabilities of the whole system and what can be achieved and because of this, these are exciting times. Andy Clutton EDITOR 5

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