4 Basic Things to Look for in a Home Automation System

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Is your house smart? The rapid development of new technology and its increasing integration into human lifestyles is fast growing. It is highly likely that in the future we will see homes with no key-operated locks or manual switches to front doors. Even now, there are homes with electrical fixtures and equipment that can be activated or managed by a single remote control. Plus many house alarm systems and security cameras can now be operated via Smart Phones! If you want to improve your current home security system, you should look into having your home automated. This arrangement allows you to adjust your home environment, as well as your security set-up, remotely through the Internet no matter where you are. You can even take a holiday overseas and still be able to manage and keep an eye on home. Do know that there are various types of home automation packages. To help you pick the best one for your home, consider the following:  Usability Some set-ups may be a bit too technical or complicated for the average user. Others may not suit your domestic habits or require more time and effort for you to use. But this does not mean you have to compromise with one that is easier to use but does not have all the features you need. Focus on the fact that there is a home automation system that gives you great ease in using while giving your house the security it requires. It’s just a matter of finding the right product and enquiring with the right provider – one who can walk you through the...

Business Security Systems

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Ensuring that the senior citizens in your health facility are safe and truly cared for should be a top priority. To ensure an all rounded safe environment there are several are safety measure you need to factor in as well. It is also important that you address the security of your premises, and the well-being of your staff. This is because your efforts to provide the best care for your elderly patients can affect the quality of your service, as well as the comfort and security of both your employees and clients. Fire safety What’s the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about ensuring your facility and its occupants are safe from fires? Perhaps you may think of fire extinguishers and exits, even smoke detectors. While these are indeed essential and effective, they mostly get used only when an actual fire has broken out. You also need is to put a system in place that can help you prevent such an unfortunate event from occurring. You can install CCTV cameras at high risk areas and assign a staff to monitor these. This way, the slightest hint of trouble will be addressed before it escalates. You can also draw up a set of guidelines for your staff to follow in order to minimize the occurrence of fire hazards. For example, nobody should smoke on the premises. Another is warning them that no flammable substances should be placed near heat or devices that can ignite the said products. Accessibility of Entrances and Exits Aside from making sure the doorways are elderly-friendly, they should be secure and monitored at all...

Home Automation: Making Your Residence a Futuristic Haven Now

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Bill Gates has a mansion he named “Xanadu 2.0” – a house that features cutting-edge technology within its interiors. It is said that those visiting his home are given pins that help adjust lighting, music, and temperature in accordance to the preferences of the guests.  This very modern and high-tech home, which took about 7 years to build and cost $63 million dollars, was completed in the 90s. It was considered a home ahead of its time and is one of the early examples of home automation. Perhaps you are one of those who think that only wealthy people can have such technologically advanced features in their own residence. If this was 2 decades ago, you’re probably right. But this is the Digital Age now. Never has been there a time like this where new technological developments occur every few months or shorter. As such, sophisticated devices are more readily available to users like you and can even be acquired at reasonable prices. This means you can have a smart home equipped with a modern security system and CCTV cameras that can be controlled remotely even without spending hundreds and thousands of your hard-earned Australian dollars. This way, you improve domestic safety without burning a hole in your pocket. Automating your residence is one of the wisest decisions you will ever make. Even industry observers will agree. ABI Reseach, among others, predicts that approximately 90 million houses the world over will use home automation systems by the time 2017 comes around. Bill Gates’ residence may not be so unique by then. And your own should by then be a...

Eversafe Introduction May 2013

TAGS: The end of 2012/2013 Australian Tax Year is fast approaching!  This time of year is a busy time for all businesses for tidying up loose ends and reassessing resourcing requirements for the next year.   It is also therefore a good time to re-evaluate the current security system/s you have in place for your residential or commercial property.  Here at Eversafe we challenge you to ask yourself whether you can confidently say that you feel 100% protected in your establishment. Who’s keeping watch over your house, store, school, or office whilst you are away or preoccupied with other important tasks? If you have never thought of asking yourself these questions, now is the optimum time to do so.  And there’s never been a better time to look and investigate the best solutions.  Eversafe Australia has been keeping Melbourne Businesses and Homes secure for over a decade. Our business security systems and home security systems are fully compliant and insured and come backed by a full manufacturer’s warranty. Our wide range of reliable security products such as CCTV camera and video surveillance and systems, video intercom, alarm monitoring services and total security integration packages can be discreetly installed.  In addition, we understand that your security requirements will change based on the size and complexity of your situation. In order to have your security system booked and installed prior to the end of this current tax year please contact Eversafe TODAY on 03 900 10 900 or email...

Video Intercoms: Are These Suitable for Your Home or Business?

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For many centuries, owners of commercial establishments and residences used peepholes to see who was at their doors. Some were simple holes or rectangular openings that could be slid open and shut from the inside. Others were small-sized holes fitted with fisheye lenses that allowed you to have a wider field of view when checking who was outside. In this day and age of modern computers and rapid technological advances, peepholes are still used in some homes and even business establishments. Hotels have them, as well as offices. Typically, such openings are found within the premises and quite rarely on external portions of commercial buildings – which shows the changing nature of business security. How about your own house, office, or shop? How do you know who is at the door? How do you know whether the person knocking at your doorstep should be welcomed inside your premises? If you value security and safety, you should consider installing a video intercom in your residence or business establishment. Although there are certain times where you can do without one, there are those where the installation of one is a must: If you sell jewellery, antiques, and other highly valuable merchandise Some shops make their precious wares available only to selected cliental and allow their products to be viewed  by appointment only. These restrictions are put in place understandably to reduce the risks of theft and other similar offences. If you operate in a similar way, a video intercom can perfectly complement your system. Add in CCTVs to the arrangement to enhance your security further still. If you are in the...

CCTV Trends for the Year 2013

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The growing concern for information security will not diminish the need to secure physical assets. Even though it is now possible to lose valuable digital data and financial resources without the perpetrator setting foot on the place where the virtual theft happened, there still are numerous cases of physical burglary where high-value items and property have been compromised. As a matter of fact, businesses have lost billions to employee theft alone. As such, camera surveillance still remains relevant and practical in this day and age. However, there has been a gradual evolution to the way CCTVs are improved and used. This is a natural response to prevailing consumer needs and the changing approaches to burglaries and other criminal offences. With that being said, here are the industry forecasts on camera-based surveillance for the year 2013: Cloud-based processing of IP cameras Recordings are typically stored in the device itself or to some other component of the security system. However, there is a risk that the footage or the camera or security system itself may be carried off by smarter perpetrators who know their way around such equipment. But if the recordings are automatically uploaded to the cloud, there is no need to worry. Nowadays, there are security systems that already include this cloud processing feature. More of these types of products will appear in the next few months. Integration into intelligent buildings Now more than ever, security systems will be unified and consciously incorporated into the architecture. They will no longer be “afterthoughts” – installed after everything is already in place. As such, the buildings are considered “intelligent” because these...

How Employee Theft Happens and What You Can Do about It

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Last year, a Rio Tinto secretary was charged and placed in jail for a year and a half for stealing more than $300,000 from her employer. This was not a result of a single incident. The amount the said administrative staff stole reached that magnitude after 5 years of covert fund misappropriation. The accused was in an ideal position to commit the crime due to the fact that she was the one responsible for the management and organisation of travel arrangements and events for her fellow employees. These responsibilities earned her accessibility to a corporate credit card, which she subsequently also used to fund personal expenses. A manager of any organisation needs to ask themselves – How much do you trust your own employees? Are any of these employees misusing company resources? You need to stop and ask yourself these questions. You should also endeavour to obtain the answers and quickly! The Australian Institute of Criminology has reported that about 62% of retail thefts “may be perpetrated or facilitated by employees.” Also, a survey undertaken in 2010 revealed that retailers in the country have incurred at least $10 billion in losses due to employee theft and shoplifting. If you operate in the retail industry, or in any other type of enterprise, it pays to give priority to ensuring that your merchandise and corporate assets are not acquired unlawfully. A key aspect is understanding how staff theft is carried out. You need to put yourself in the shoes of the perpetrator in order to be one step ahead of them and to prevent them from succeeding. Start with the most...

Moving: Keeping Your Eyes on Your Property at All Times

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Home security must not be compromised even as you are preparing to move to a new house. May people worry that they have so much to do and so many things to pack! However it is in your own best interest not to incur any more costs in the process. After all, moving itself is already a costly event. We suggest that you don’t push the expenses further by neglecting your possessions and losing one or more items due to negligence, forgetfulness, or theft. Before You Begin It is very important that you begin preparing around three months before the actual relocation. Take stock of all your valuables. List all of them in a small notebook so that you have something that you can easily refer to. Once you have written down all the details – quantity, type, and brief description of item – proceed to planning how you will transport them. In addition, you should check the interiors and exteriors of your residence for any security risks. This practical list should guide you in accomplishing this properly. Also, notify your banks about your move and your new address. Ask them not to accept transaction processing requests without notifying you directly. Send a note to the post office as well and let them know you are changing addresses. Most of all, let your family and friends know about your transition and ask them to message you privately when they want to know more about your move. Having them discuss the matter openly on social networking accounts may trigger online prowlers near your old or new place to target you....

Eversafe April 2013 newsletter

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We hope you all had an enjoyable and safe Easter break! Daylight savings ends this month, which means less daylight hours. Typically, this leads to an increase in the number of break-ins. If your place is not secure enough, it’s possible that an unwelcome guest may pay you a short visit one of these days. Don’t delay on improving the security of your house or office! Protect your home or business with Eversafe Products today! This month, we participated in the Home Ideas (HIA) Melbourne Home Show from April 10 to 13 as an exhibitor. This is one of the biggest home improvement and renovation industry trade shows in Australia. Respected experts and professionals in this field will be in attendance and Eversafe is proud to have had a stand in this prestigious event. For more information, visit the HIA Home Show site at www.hiahomeshow.com.au. Since the past month, CCTV has been mentioned in the media more frequently. Melbourne’s very own Herald Sun has reported of the very important role that CCTV played in capturing Jill Meagher’s killer. These events have shown how invaluable CCTVs are and why they should be installed in every establishment or home. Don’t let your own house or business be caught out! Make sure you have all the security measures in place to minimise or eliminate safety risks. You can never be too careful these days. With that, we at Eversafe are proud to announce a new line of security products that will help make your home or office a safe place to live and work in. We will be presenting them to you...

CCTVs Can Decrease Incidences of Bullying in Schools

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According to The Daily Telegraph, “one in four children from Year 4 to Year 9” is bullied. The last few years of primary school is the period where the said abuse is at its peak, with 32 percent of the students victimized. With those in Year 8, 29 percent of them have reported being subjected to attacks. For the Year 9 ones, it has been found that nearly half of them are either bullying others or are being bullied. It sounds quite alarming, doesn’t it? However, it’s the facts and they are real. They have been collected by a research group commissioned by the Government to do the survey. Although this situation is definitely not good, the great news is that it can be controlled and reduced. What’s even more encouraging is that the essential solutions are not very complicated – one of the effective ones simply involves the installation of surveillance cameras. Academic institutions that were given funding by the government through the Secure Schools Program spent their allocation on lighting, fencing, window improvements, and CCTV. Not long after the installation of 57 cameras, one high school announced a 70% reduction in bullying, as reported through The Daily Telegraph. How about your own learning centre? Does it have the surveillance equipment that will help you prevent acts of abuse or address them properly? Of course, you don’t install CCTV cameras merely for the purpose of putting a stop to bullying. Setting up a cutting-edge security network that allows efficient monitoring of your premises will also help you mitigate other safety risks or undesirable behaviours such as vandalism and...