SEN's Best Security Products of 2021

BGW Technologies is please to share with you the products it distributes, that SEN's John Adams announced as Best Products of 2021.

Alarm.com's touchless doorbell – this solution detects a person approaching the front door using video analytics and rings the bell inside the house and sends a mobile alert to the home owner while recording the event. 2-way audio allows homeowners to see and speak with visitors through the doorbell's live HD video and 2-way audio. The vertical angle of view is a mighty 150-degrees and resolution is Full HD to be released in mid-2022 in Australia.

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Alarm.com has released what it calls 'Ambient Insights for alarm response', a solution that delivers contextual information to monitoring stations in the event of an alarm based on what the system senses is occurring around a property. The idea is that operators can use this real-time data to prioritize alarms, as well as alerting police or emergency services faster, while false alarms are reduced. Contextual data is also provided by Alarm.com's visual verification service and alarm response portal. Ambient Insights for alarm response uses Alarm.com's Insights Engine, a proprietary machine-learning capability that identifies patterns and insights in the growing set of data generated by devices and sensors in a connected property. This is a key development from Alarm.com – it's great to see machine learning beginning to work its way into the alarms sector where it will assist monitoring centres, slash false alarms and raise customer security and safety levels.

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Panasonic's iPro PANWV-X1551LN 5MP outdoor bullet camera didn't shock us with its optical performance. Instead, it did good work across a range of conditions and blew us away with its human and vehicle AI. The depth of field achieved in sub 2 lux at the lens was a big surprise. In a very real way, the iPro bullet gave us a sense of what was possible for IVA on the street. It picked up people I could barely see and categorised them accurately. The camera's AI engine doesn't always get a person instantly but as they move through the scene it will find them and in some cases, it tracks pedestrians from under the lens out to about 40 metres in full dark, which I wasn't expecting. It's fine performance.

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Pelco's IME338-1IRS is a 3MP Sarix-enhanced indoor IR dome with a motorised 2.8-8mm lens, WDR of up to 130dB, IK10 ratings against impact, 40 metres of IR, H.264 and H.265 compression options, integral gyro stabilisation, 3D noise filtering and enhanced tone mapping. On test this Sarix camera showed excellent lens performance, great colour rendition – even in fading light – and a particular strength in variable light, to the point we'd judge this Pelco dome to offer one of the most natural and balanced images we've seen in the last couple of years.

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