<strong>Aiphone</strong></br> Aiphone produces video intercoms and door stations. Its applications include remote management of security gates, residential settings and commercial businesses. Incorporation of their equipment into indoor shooting ranges allows direct communication with individual lanes improving safety and control. Wireless connections from a remote gate are internet based and weather-resistant systems are available with internal heaters for cold applications. Individual feeds are monitored from a master station. For more information, visit aiphone.com or call 800-692-0200.
<strong>Allcable</strong></br> Allcable is an equipment supply company that provides security equipment to professional installers. Its products include wire, cable, power, signal, security, video, voice and data equipment along with support materials such as heat-shrink tubing, custom cable, wiring devices, installation equipment and more. For more information, visit allcableco.com or call 800-777-4100.
<strong>Clare Controls</strong></br> Clare Controls offers security systems as a component of its overall home automation systems. The company’s cameras and automation systems can interface with existing security systems and provide video to remote locations via a smartphone to support security alerts. Clare Controls allows the homeowner to manage locks, temperature control systems and lights at a distance. For more information, visit clarecontrols.com or call 941-328-3991.
<strong>Dakota Alert</strong></br> Dakota Alert offers simple DIY security solutions that do not require professional installation. Its equipment includes vehicle sensors for driveways, passive motions detectors, magnetic door sensors and break-beam technology that can be used to secure individual access points or arrayed to provide complete coverage for an entire perimeter. Remote hardware can be configured for solar power. Break-beam systems have a 300-foot range and wireless connectivity is effective out to half a mile. Dakota’s systems are relatively inexpensive and quite versatile. Applications range from home security to securing a remote campsite against bears. An entire perimeter alert system can be set up in 15 minutes and a beam system with a remote receiver is about $330. For more information, visit dakotaalert.com or call 605-356-277. (Pictured: Portable Receiver 2500)
<strong>FLIR</strong></br> FLIR stands for “Forward-Looking Infrared” and this technology is what allows military aircraft, drones and ground systems to detect targets based upon their heat signatures. Where previously this technology was prohibitively expensive, now FLIR products are within reach of the common man. FLIR products range from basic security cameras up to high-end thermal detection devices. The company’s CCTV systems can be used as dash cams, baby monitors or security systems. They’ve also introduced an iPhone adaptor that interfaces with the existing camera in an iPhone to provide a low-cost but very effective thermal surveillance system. This thermal core adaptor piggybacks onto an iPhone to blend thermal technology with the visual capability intrinsic to the camera. This system puts thermal detection capability in the hands of individual users at a modest cost. For more information, visit flir.com or call 844-283-5471.
<strong>Holovision</strong></br> Holovision provides an artistic solution to home access. Their modular, customizable intercom entry system is available in four different colors and incorporates a keypad, voice intercom, call button and a camera with a built-in IR illuminator. Biometric modules, Knox Lock modules and proximity reader systems are available as well. Holovision offers a wide array of home security and automation equipment that are designed to be both effective and aesthetically attractive. For more information, visit eholovision.com or call 714-434-6904. (Pictured: Model 1088 Intercom Entry System)
<strong>IC Realtime Security Solutions</strong></br> ICRealtime Security Solutions is a manufacturer of digital surveillance products and software. The company’s roots began with government systems a decade ago involving security cameras at military facilities, and ICRealtime now develops software to operate across a variety of hardware platforms. Its products run the spectrum from basic low-cost security cameras all the way to state-of-the-art thermal detection systems, and they all work with the same cell phones and tablets. ICRealtime’s new 360- and 720-degree camera lines build an immersive surveillance solution that will gimbal and track based on manual inputs from a tablet or in response to the tablet’s position sensors. This system allows a single strategically located camera to provide a full-perimeter surveillance solution. For more information, visit icrealtime.com or call 866-997-9009. (Pictured: EL430PIXIM 720HTVL PIXIM WDR High Resolution Vandal Dome)
<strong>iSmartAlarm</strong></br> iSmartAlarm offers the ideal DIY yourself security systems for survival preppers or individual homeowners. The company’s standard package includes everything that is needed to establish a home security system you can install yourself for only $349. There are no fees or contracts, and the system can manage up to 70 individual sensors. The data is managed through a home Wi-Fi router and is shipped to the cloud and then down to the user’s remote devices. For the security-minded individual on a budget who needs reliable and effective equipment at a reasonable price this is the place to start. For more information, visit ismartalarm.com or call 408-245-2551.
<strong>Laser Shot</strong></br> Lasershot shooting simulations were first used by the military as a lower-cost option to live-fire small arms training. The Laser Shot system allowed indoor all-weather training scenarios using a variety of weapons. The home system is still expensive at $3,500, but it provides its user the capability for dynamic indoor firearms training rain or shine. Weapons can be had with recoil simulators and removable magazines, and scenarios run the gamut from benign target shooting to more immersive urban combat environments. For more information, visit lasershot.com or call 281-240-1122.
<strong>Leviton</strong></br> Leviton provides integrated security systems that allow the homeowner to manage the system’s locks, window sensors and motion detectors at a distance. Leviton has 30 years experience building security into home automation. They provide a full-spectrum access control system to allow certain individuals access to certain areas at certain times based on customizable inputs that can be managed from a smartphone. Leviton systems provide text and email alerts automatically as well as fire and burglary coverage. The company’s self-monitoring systems interface directly with local emergency services and do not require a monthly fee. The Leviton system can even remotely activate heavy equipment like generators and compressors so that a prepper can fire up his or her systems while enroute to a remote location. For more information, visit leviton.com or call 800-323-8920.
<strong>LILIN</strong></br> LILIN is a true manufacturer of security equipment that serves customers around the globe. Its systems incorporate license plate recognition technology that allows gates and alarms to be automatically activated based upon an automated vehicle recognition system. LILIN systems include fully integrated security cameras that have a 70-meter range in darkness. The company’s cameras can be had in more than 100 custom finishes for discreet integration into structures. LILIN’s fixed server has 96 terabytes of recording capacity and can service up to 108 remote cameras simultaneously. For more information, visit lilin.us or call 888-287-8686. (Pictured: PTZ Dome IP Camera)
<strong>LockState Connect</strong></br> LockState began business years ago as a lock company. Now its product line includes cameras, motion detectors and thermostats. Its security solutions can interface with many existing magnetic locks and include such features as remote notification of access via your smartphone. LockState’s systems are plug and play through your Wi-Fi router, and the company’s components are available ala carte. For more information, visit lockstateconnect.com or call 877-254-5625.
<strong>Napco Security Technologies</strong></br> Napco has been in business 45 years and offers security systems tailored to government facilities, school campuses, healthcare facilities and individual homes. The company’s iBridge app connects home systems to users on the go wherever they might be via a smartphone or tablet. The iBridge app facilitates remote management of locks, lighting, environmental controls and surveillance. Notifications of alarm events are received on a smartphone and can include corresponding video alerts. For more information, visit napcosecurity.com or call 631-842-9400. (Pictured: Napco iBridge)
<strong>Nest</strong></br> Nest was founded by Tony Fadell, the godfather of the iPod and the author of more than 300 patents, and the company’s equipment has that classic easy user interface that made Apple’s personal technology products so successful. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are wirelessly connected and shut down the HVAC system in the event of an alert. Responses are graduated based on how extensive the smoke might be such that the device “speaks” softly to you as you burn your toast yet provides an intense alert if the house is conflagrating. The devices use a woman’s voice that is intended to emulate a typical mother, and they automatically self-test daily. Low-battery alerts notify the user as to which device needs attention and prevent the piercing false alarms that wake us unnecessarily at 1 am. The Nest learning thermostat also reacts to trends to maximize efficiency. For more information, visit nest.com or call 855-469-6378. (Pictured: Nest Protect Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Detector)
<strong>Nexus 21 Concealment Systems</strong></br> Nexus 21 concealment systems are designed to manage hidden devices like televisions and kitchen appliances so that they lift out of countertops, floors or furniture via remote activation or manual switches. These systems are robust and extremely quiet in operation. Cabinet makers or enterprising homeowners could use these lift mechanisms to build hidden gun storage areas or moving access panels that would make James Bond proud. Applications are limited solely by the imagination. For more information, visit tvlift.com or call 800-293-5067. (Pictured: Nexus 21 Concealment Systems for Hidden Firearms)
<strong>North American Cable Equipment</strong></br> North American Cable Equipment specializes in close-circuit TV monitoring systems. The company offers a full line of security cameras and recorders as well as installation equipment and supplies for professional security system installers. For more information, visit northamericancable.com or call 800-688-9282. (Pictured: CT-DLM870D hand held signal level meter)
<strong>PipeBurst Pro</strong></br> The PipeBurst Pro system includes remote sensors that shut off the water supply automatically in the event of a leak. They also include in-line flow meters that allow for remote monitoring of water usage as well as graphical tracking of usage trends. The shutoff valves are both automatic and command directed via a smartphone or tablet. The system can track water usage down to 15-minute increments and can be configured to manage up to 3-inch pipes. For more information, visit pipeburstpro.com or call 800-246-5325.
<strong>Savant Systems</strong></br> Savant produces a single app that manages all common home control and automation systems remotely. This app controls garage doors, locks, HVAC systems, television, music and shades all through your smartphone or tablet. The company’s motto is “A Single App Home: Your Whole Home in one Touch” and their integrated systems provide control, automation, and entertainment through one easy-to-use interface. Their “Savant Smart Host” won a Best New Product Award at the recent CEDIA show. For more information, visit savantsystems.com or call 508-683-1430.
<strong>SecureNet</strong></br> SecureNet Technologies offers advanced solutions for interactive security, home automation, video monitoring and energy management systems. Products include driveway sensors, smoke alarms, open-door detectors and perimeter security systems, to name a few. SecureNet can add automation to many existing legacy systems and its systems incorporate an always-on connection between the house and the handheld. SecureNet’s mission is to make homes and businesses safer, more convenient and more enjoyable. For more information, visit securenettech.com or call 888-619-3776.
<strong>SentryNet</strong></br> SentryNet is a third-party security monitoring company that provides connection with law enforcement and emergency response services throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America. With offices throughout the country, SentryNet is America’s leading monitoring network. For more information, visit sentrynet.com or call 800-932-3304.
<strong>Spyclops</strong></br> Spyclops systems come in four-, eight-, and 16-channel versions and offer manual focus or fixed-lens options for cost-conscious users. Spyclops produces power distribution boxes as well as AC to 12-volt converters and all add-on accessories such as video cables and power splitters required for professional installers. Spyclops bullet and dome cameras are night-vision capable and are designed for efficient remote viewing via a free app on your smartphone. The Spyclops digital video recorder records and manages camera feeds for home viewing or remote smartphone management. For more information, visit spyclops.com or call 800-490-9471. (Pictured: QUAD LCD Receiver w/ CCTV Camera)
<strong>URC</strong></br> Universal Remote Control (URC) has 25 years of experience in integrating security into home automation systems. The company offers 12 different brands of security cameras and offsite control and monitoring. It offers a full line of motion sensors and lighting control devices for professional security system installers. For more information, visit universalremote.com or call 800-901-0800. (Pictured: TRC-1080 Remote Control)
<strong>Visualint</strong></br> Visualint offers security cameras that incorporate brilliant built-in intelligence. Visualint cameras can be configured to establish separate surveillance zones within the area of coverage with customized alerts as needed. Their facial recognition software can identify individuals automatically within surveillance fields or allow access to a home or business based solely upon facial features. All Visualint cameras incorporate onboard visual intelligence using an intuitive and powerful tracking engine. For more information, visit visualint.com or call 941-225-4925.
<strong>VIVOTEK</strong></br> VIVOTEK is a Taiwan-based company with 14 years of experience producing surveillance systems. It produces night-vision-capable cameras at a variety of price points as well as the support equipment required to network them. VIVOTEK’s latest offerings include a pair of state-of-the-art 5-megapixel fisheye dome network cameras. For more information, visit vivotek.com or call 408-773-8686. (Pictured: FE8181 fisheye fixed dome camera)
<strong>Wally</strong></br> Nothing short of fire will destroy a home more completely than a catastrophic water leak. The Wally system consists of remote humidity and water sensors that detect leaks and then automatically close the water supply valve to your home before the leak can do serious damage. Communication is through a home’s existing electrical system and the associated internet application allows detailed remote monitoring and leak detection. Wally operates using Sensor Network Utilizing Powerline Infrastructure (SNUPI) and the system hub along with six remote sensors is only $299. The Wally system can monitor humidity levels in gun and safe rooms as well as preventing catastrophic damage from frozen pipes or water heater failures. For more information, visit wallyhome.com or call 800-917-4808.
<strong>WeatherHawk</strong></br> WeatherHawk provides weather monitoring systems that range from small handheld devices that capture windspeed, wind direction, temperature and humidity all the way up to industrial-grade weather stations. Its larger systems can be solar powered and they remain portable for use by fire crews or the survivor on the move. Data from the handheld WeatherHawk systems can be used by long-range shooters while larger systems allow weather prediction based upon variations in barometric pressure. WeatherHawk’s inexpensive Bluetooth remote temperature gauge can be used to monitor the temperature inside your picnic cooler or alert you when your electronics are overheating. This device is about the size of a quarter, interfaces with your smartphone and costs about $30. For more information, visit weatherhawk.com or call 866-670-5982.
<strong>Zipato</strong></br> Zipato smart alarms combine with home automation systems and use pattern-recognition profiles to identify individual users. Zipato systems allow interactive alerting among motion sensors, sirens and cameras. System components are available that plug into existing sockets, run off of dedicated power supplies or utilize batteries for remote sensors. TV and light patterns can be programmed to simulate a physical presence in an empty home and all interfaces can be managed remotely via a smartphone or tablet. For more information, visit zipato.com.
The CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association) annual trade show is a cornucopia of electronic gadgets and equipment for homeowners who want to be connected, entertained and secure. This year’s expo, held in Denver, Colorado, carried on the tradition of presenting consumers with the latest and greatest gadgets and gear. While a great deal of the show is devoted to home theater systems, electronic home automation technology and the latest immersive sound systems, there were also a fair number of companies hawking gear for security-minded preppers. Here are a few of them.
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