Commentary: Recent Disclosure of an Alleged Flaw in Burglar Alarm Panels

On the 12th of this month, Security eNews–your news blog–carried the following news item related to single-use and combination burglar / fire alarm panels, alleged to be non compliant with regard to UL 985 and NFPA 72:

SDM Magazine (image)Major Alarm Panel Recall Could Be Looming | There appears to be a major issue of non-compliance with both the NFPA and UL codes by possibly every alarm panel manufacturer in the industry — despite being UL certified (click here).

I’d like to make a personal observation on this matter.

Allan B. Colombo, Tech Writer
Allan B. Colombo,  a security/fire Trade Journalist/Writer

First, was public disclosure with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) really necessary? In a world where the popular news media grandstands on any and every opportunity to demonize the security industry, was this really necessary?

Second, as technicians, many of us have suspected that there might be potential issues with the electronic burglar alarm panels we use… but we didn’t publicly disclose the matter because it would tell every burglar known to man that there could be an inherent issue. Oh, and we commonly run our alarm wires inside the walls, inside the structure, and not outside so burglars cannot easily short them.

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Typical combo burg/fire alarm panel (not named in complaint with CSPC).

Third, couldn’t this be handled in some other manner, other than involving all the above as well as the entire world?

In conclusion, the resolution to this issue is now beyond comprehension or the financial ability of  anyone to address via normal channels.

Not only will this effectively cause most burglar alarm panel manufacturers to expend an unimaginable amount of money and effort to fix, if found to be an issue, but it could put some of them out of business. It may also mean that every alarm company out there might have to return to their good customer’s place of business or residence to replace the alarm panels that they previously installed–and most likely at their own expense.

Did I forget to mention the lawsuits that could result because of all this? Of course, some of the older panels out there were installed before UL and NFPA compliance was codified. That will, of course, help limit or contain the problem to some degree.

Alarm dealers, the immediate resolution to this problem is to stop running all your wires surface on the outside of buildings and homes.  Well, at least make sure you don’t (sorry for the bit of sarcasm here).

And finally, I sincerely hope I’m making a mountain out of a mole hill here, but time will tell. One thing is for sure, this will be an interesting ride.  –Al Colombo

About Al Colombo
Allan B. Colombo (image)Allan B. Colombo is a long-time trade journalist and copywriter in the security and life-safety markets. Over the past 35 years his byline has appeared in nearly every security and locksmith trade magazine on the planet. He’s now a Senior Design Specialist with TpromoCom, a social media, content, and web design company based in Canton, Ohio.

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New study examines consumer preferences related to new UI options

New study examines consumer preferences related to new UI options | #TpromoCom #Study #Report #Broadband | Quality of user interface (UI) more important than content recommendations in video service satisfaction

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New research from Parks Associates finds 70% of US broadband households with a major video service consider its user interface to be good, with 48% rating it “very good,” and these scores impact their willingness to recommend the service to others. Analysis of consumer responses reveals quality of the UI and the ease of finding content are the most likely factors to drive willingness to recommend a video service.

UI Preferences and Content Discovery examines consumer preferences related to new UI options and the ways that consumers find, and want to find, entertainment content. It also explores preferences by owners of various in-home devices and examines interest in new innovations such as smart speakers, personal assistants, and voice interaction.

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“User interfaces are a key factor driving satisfaction for OTT services, and Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon – the big three in OTT streaming – have largely set the standard for content navigation and ease of use,” said Kristen Hanich, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates. “Other services have had to follow similar structures established by these three, but as new OTT services launch with greater and greater expectations, innovations in UIs could be an even greater differentiator contributing to their success or failure.”

UI Preferences and Content Discovery reports that one-fifth of households cancelling an OTT subscription cited an inability to find something to watch as a factor.

“Consumers are interested in finding particular shows or genres of content and have less interest in browsing by channel,” Hanich said.

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70% of CE purchasers said ease of use is a “very important” purchase consideration.

When searching for something to watch, 12% of OTT users consider recommendations from the service as their first step.

Apple TV owners give high marks to the device’s UI.

For more information about this research or to schedule an interview with an analyst, please contact Sherrelle Lewis at sherrelle.lewis@parksassociates.com, 972-996-0214.

About Parks Associates: Parks Associates is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Founded in 1986, Parks Associates creates research capital for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small start-ups through market reports, primary studies, consumer research, custom research, workshops, executive conferences, and annual service subscriptions.

The company’s expertise includes the Internet of Things (IoT), digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer apps, advanced advertising, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security.

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NETGEAR Expands the Orbi Family With New Dual Band Mesh System

NETGEAR Expands the Orbi Family With New Dual Band Mesh System | #TpromoCom #WiFi #Netgear #Wireless | Slim and Sleek Design With Powerful WiFi, Easy-to-set-up mesh system with cybersecurity and parental controls extends WiFi everywhere around your home.

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SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR), the leading provider of performance mesh WiFi networking systems is today introducing the latest addition to the popular Orbi™ Whole Home WiFi System. This new Orbi Dual Band Mesh WiFi System which consists of one router and one or more satellites is best suited to cover a medium to large sized home from 3,000 sq. ft. or higher to provide reliable WiFi for streaming and gaming. This new Orbi Mesh WiFi offering also features NETGEAR Armor™ cybersecurity to keep your home safe from online threats and Circle® Smart Parental Controls to manage screen time.

The latest addition to the Orbi Whole Home WiFi System product family combines performance with style delivering combined speeds up to 1.2Gbps for households with a large number of internet-connected devices. The new compact and modern design will blend subtly with a home’s décor inconspicuously sitting on a shelf, counter or entertainment center. The setup is made easy and completed in minutes through the Orbi app from your Android or iOS mobile device, which also enables management of the home WiFi. Orbi works with either Amazon Alexa™ or Google® Assistant enabling voice management of frequently used functions like enabling guest WiFi.

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This new Orbi utilizes a single WiFi network name (SSID) to make whole home WiFi available seamlessly as you roam throughout the home with your mobile devices eliminating interruptions and streaming continuously. Orbi Whole Home Mesh WiFi systems are known to the market as the performance leader for home WiFi. With this latest introduction to the product family, NETGEAR now offers a quality WiFi mesh system at an even greater value.

“NETGEAR is expanding our Orbi lineup because we believe that everyone deserves the best WiFi experience,” said David Henry, senior vice president of Connected Home Products for NETGEAR. “With the introduction of this new dual band Orbi offering, we are making the Orbi technology more accessible for a broader audience by addressing the WiFi needs of every household. The hallmark of any Orbi system is the elimination of dead spots and the new kit continues to deliver on this expectation of ensuring coverage from end to end within your home.”

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Award-winning Orbi technology delivers high-performance whole home WiFi for the entire household to simultaneously game, stream and surf the internet to their heart’s content. The addition of more satellites to the network when needed for larger homes or those with complex architectural design is an option that can be done with ease. With the Orbi app for Android or iOS mobile devices, quick and easy setup is accomplished in minutes and can also provide a guest WiFi network for friends and family.

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The most comprehensive parental control solution available for your home network. With multiple filters offering that provide the capability to set unique configurations and age-appropriate settings for each family member – including mature and explicit content – and further customization by toggling of settings for various apps, websites, ad blocking, as well as safe search. With the included Parental Controls, parents will now have greater visibility and control over their children’s screen time and will gain the peace of mind that their children are safe while online.

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Orbi Mesh WiFi System (RBK13) — (1) Orbi 1.2Gbps router with (2) satellites for an MSRP $229.99 USD.

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Major Alarm Panel Recall Could Be Looming

SDM Magazine (image)Major Alarm Panel Recall Could Be Looming | #TpromoCom #UL #NFPA #FireAlarm | There appears to be a major issue of non-compliance with both the NFPA and UL codes by possibly every alarm panel manufacturer in the industry — despite being UL certified.

Jeff Zwirn, president of IDS Research & Development, discovered this issue and has produced several videos which show the non-compliance of the panels.

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The claims are that none of the control panel equipment tested complied with codes UL 985 and NFPA 72. The non-conforming control units are unable to communicate the alarm condition to the central monitoring station in certain conditions, and cannot audibly alert the property owner and those within the property of life safety dangers such as smoke and carbon monoxide, or intrusion.

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ISO releases world first ORS fire standard

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ISO releases world first ORS fire standard | #TpromoCom #ISO #Fire #Standards | One of the most effective ways of preventing fires in buildings is to reduce the level of oxygen in the air. The world’s first International Standard for oxygen reduction systems has just been published.

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Geneva, Switzerland — Prevention is always better than cure, and there are few better examples than with fires. If fires can only survive when there is oxygen to fuel them, removing it from the air is an effective way to ensure that the environment remains fire-free. Oxygen reduction systems (ORS) do that by creating atmospheres where there is not enough oxygen for a fire to break out, but enough for humans to breathe easily.

However, installing such systems can be a complex business, and requires in-depth knowledge of the space being protected, how it is used and by whom.

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Be safe online during National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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he Ohio Department of Commerce and National Cyber Security Alliance are urging Ohioans to be safer online during National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

The 2019 theme, “OWN IT. SECURE IT. PROTECT IT.” is to emphasize online safety and the importance of cybersecurity practices at home, on the go and in the workplace.

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