Published in Jun 2016|Clear Filter

    Rural Wireless Broadband Makes Smart Camera Security Possible

    NZ Ultra-Fast Broadband Rollout is progressing, but many areas still rely on wireless, satellite or 3G / 4G routers for their internet connection.

    NZ Ultra-Fast Broadband Rollout is progressing, but many areas still rely on wireless, satellite or 3G / 4G routers for their internet connection. Now it’s possible to have smart video security even over non-cable internet systems.

    If you own a home, holiday house or business in a rural area or a remote location, you may want to make use of a security system to protect your property when you are not there. But how do you do this if you want a camera security system and you’re not in an area yet covered by one of the main companies rolling out the UFB network? Thanks to rural wireless broadband services, this is easy to achieve.

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    Comparing Smart Security Systems for NZ Homes and Small Businesses

    When comparing smart video security systems used in NZ, it's worth comparing price, ongoing costs and key features.

    When comparing smart video security systems used in NZ, it’s worth comparing price, ongoing costs and key features.

    New Zealanders have been using security systems in their homes, baches and businesses for years. However, the technology has changed a lot from the days where you needed to dash to the entry keypad before the alarm went off and could only get notified of an issue via a call from a monitoring centre or cryptic alert to your mobile phone that didn’t show you what was going on.

    So we thought that a quick review of New Zealand security systems, particularly smart systems that include video surveillance, would be really useful. There are a variety of different camera surveillance systems on the market in NZ today, but the main contenders are the CleverLoop, Spark Morepork, and Netgear Arlo systems.

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    The false economy of false alarms

    False alarms from security systems can have financial and emotional costs.

    False alarms from security systems can have financial and emotional costs.

    The first thing you know about it is a call from the company that monitors your home alarm system.

    Your alarm is going off.

    That is probably all they can tell you. If you are lucky (or have spent enough on the system and monitoring) they might be able to tell you which area in your house or which door or window has triggered the alarm.

    Your response to being told that the alarm going off is likely to be twofold:

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    Taking back control: How Kiwis are securing their homes and catching burglars with their smartphones.

    Using your smart phone you can protect your home and keep an eye on things when out and about.

    Using your smart phone you can protect your home and keep an eye on things when out and about.

    Before smart home security

    Home security might not be something that everyone worries about, but the reality is that burglary is just as big a problem in New Zealand as it is anywhere else.

    • Between mid-2014 and the end of 2015 there were 97,707 burglaries logged by police in NZ.
    • In 2015 less than 10 percent of reported burglaries were solved.

    Until recently you only really had two options when it came to keeping your home and contents safe and secure. You could:

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