NAPCO Joins ZWave Alliance, Supports Kwikset
NAPCO Security is a member of ZWave Alliance with its iBridge line of Interactive Remote Services, including lighting, appliance, locking and temperature controls available thru the iBridge App for use on any smartphone or smart device (tablet /iPad), etc. and also uniquely remote configurable by dealers from their smart devices, too for No-Roll™ customer service calls and service enhancements. NAPCO iBridge™ Online Remote Services Product is a slimline, android-based Tablet Computer, internet-enabled and uses 802.11 WiFi, and will put security and more at the fingertips of security accounts. iBridge will provide them with the ability to interact and control their Napco security system, view live video cameras and recordings, control thermostats and lighting, all from one easy-to-use tablet/touchscreen.
Z-Wave is a next-generation wireless ecosystem that lets all your home electronics talk to each other, and to you, via remote control. It uses simple, reliable, low-power radio waves that easily travel through walls, floors and cabinets. Z-Wave unifies all your home electronics into an integrated wireless network, with no complicated programming and no new cables to run. Any Z-Wave enabled device can be effortlessly added to this network, and many non-Z-Wave devices can be made compatible by simply plugging them into a Z-Wave accessory module. In seconds, your device gets joined to the network and can communicate wirelessly with other Z-Wave modules and controllers.
Napco announces that any of their new or existing iBridge-equipped, Gemini™ Control Panels now supports Kwikset’s popular line of SmartCode™ deadbolt locks with Home Connect™ technology through the Z-Wave automation functionality.
With a Napco Gemini Panel at the heart of a full iBridge interactive connected home automation system, controlling locking, security, video, temperature and/or lighting, homeowners will now have complete access control capabilities of their Kwikset SmartCode locks, including remote locking/unlocking, viewing current door lock status, receiving text-, email- and even video-clip-messages, when the Kwikset lock is engaged or unlocked, or the Napco alarm is turned on or off when the lock is used.
Kwikset’s SmartCode deadbolts and levers with Home Connect technology integrate with home security and automation systems, allowing the locks to communicate with other wireless products in the home such as security systems and home entertainment systems. Home Connect technology delivers convenience and peace of mind to homeowners with complete remote locking and unlocking via smartphones and tablets.
“iBridge Interactive Connected Home Services teamed with Kwikset Home Connect Locks, take a great first line of defense for residential security consumers and add new-found convenience and a new positive, daily consumer experience from their security system. This, plus Napco iBridge Dealers’ remote service-call options via their smart devices, should improve service levels, satisfaction, and overall, dealer account retention. iBridge Systems, integrating popular Kwikset Locks, provide a great new source of RMR for dealers, for new and existing alarm accounts, and a more-cost-effective means of competing with any large company, cable or telephone service provider,” says Jorge Hevia, senior VP, sales & marketing for Napco.
For more information, visit www.napcosecurity.com
SafeRise Solution Raises The Bar On School Security
The Bais Yaakov School for Girls, a high school in Los Angeles, has long been proactive about school security. Adam Cohen, a volunteer Facilities Manager for BYLA, initiated the effort as far back as 2003, when he oversaw the installation of seven doors with access keypads and electric door strikes. Cohen began working with systems integrator OMD, Inc. in 2006, when they upgraded security with the additional video surveillance. They also replaced the seven access keypads with more secure fingerprint readers and upgraded electric door strikes.