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Pelco announces new integrated IP cameras system Esprit HD Series

Pelco announces new integrated IP cameras system Esprit HD Series

Editor / Provider: Pelco | Updated: 11/26/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Pelco by Schneider Electric announced that its industry-leading Esprit Series integrated positioning system is now available in full 1080p high-definition (HD) with the new Esprit HD Series. The Esprit HD Positioning System provides users with crystal-clear, live streaming of images through a standard web browser, a Pelco VMS or integration to other video systems via an API or ONVIF S to deliver on the industry's need for excellent performance and image quality in all settings, including rugged environments.

“For more than a decade, the Esprit Series has been a standard for high-performance, integrated PTZ camera systems among security professionals,” said Craig Dahlman, Director of IP Camera products, Schneider Electric, Pelco Video Line of Business. “We're excited to now offer this industry favorite to our customers with high-definition video and the advanced features the industry has come to trust in the Esprit Series.”

The latest advancements provide seamless integration into virtually any IP-based HD system through customizable settings and are ideal to view details such as faces, license plates, casino playing cards and more. Advancements include:

Exceptional Image clarity:
Esprit 1080p HD features up to 1920 x 1080 Resolution; 16:9 Aspect Ratio; 1080p at 30 (ips) and 2.0 Megapixel (MPx), 30X Optical Zoom, 12X Digital Zoom, and wide dynamic range technology. Esprit HD 1080p is an ideal solution when rugged environmental performance and excellent image quality are mission critical.

User-Defined Customization:
Through built-in analytic tools, the Esprit HD system can be programmed with multiple Pelco behaviors and scheduled to work within predetermined times or conditions specific to a business' needs. For example, a camera can be configured with “Object Counting” to count the number of people that enter a lobby door throughout the day, then adjusted in the evening to detect “Camera Sabotage” to trigger an alarm if a camera is moved or obstructed. Additional customization is available through settings, such as “Window Blanking,” which is used to conceal user-defined privacy areas that cannot be viewed by an operator. The system comes standard with nine preloaded Pelco behaviors. Pelco analytic tools are compatible with Endura and other third-party systems that support alarms using the Pelco API.

Protected Camera Optics and Electronics:
A powder- coated, aluminum construction protects the Esprit HD, making it ideal for indoor and or outdoor applications. The Esprit HD also features a receiver, pan/tilt capabilities and is available with either an Integrated Optics Package (IOP) or a pressurized Integrated Optics Cartridge (IOC) in a single, easy-to-install system. The IOP can provide complete environmental protection and the pressurized IOC can shield camera optics and electronics from moisture and airborne contaminants. Within two hours after powering-up, the entire unit can de-ice and become operational starting at temperatures as low as –25°C (–13°F).

Seamless Compatibility:
Esprit HD supports High-Profile H.264 compression for improved image and audio quality over MPEG-4 that is 20 times more efficient than MJPEG. The positioning system features open architecture connectivity for third-party software recording solutions allowing integration into virtually any IP-based HD system. Additionally, conformity to ONVIF Profile S insures maximum flexibility in integration to other systems. As with all Pelco IP camera solutions, Esprit HD is Endura Enabled to record, manage, configure, and view multiple live streams of video. When connected to an Endura HD network-based video security system, the positioning system has access to EnduraStor and EnduraView for optimized image quality and bandwidth efficiency.

Tyco appoints Daryll T. Fogal as CTO and launches

Tyco appoints Daryll T. Fogal as CTO and launches "Tyco On" platform

Editor / Provider: TYCO | Updated: 11/24/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Tyco International announced that it has taken important steps to bolster its technology capabilities, appointing Daryll T. Fogal as Chief Technology Officer, launching its new "Tyco On" software solutions platform, and making a strategic investment in Qolsys, a provider of innovative home automation solutions.

Daryll T. Fogal Named Chief Technology Officer
As Tyco's Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Fogal will have global responsibility for the company's technology vision, strategy, capabilities and operations to support the development of products, services and solutions that meet the needs of customers ranging from multinational corporations to households. Most recently, he served as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering for Eaton Corporation's Electrical Sector. Based in Princeton, N.J., Mr. Fogal will report directly to George Oliver, Tyco's Chief Executive Officer, and will serve on Tyco's Management Team.

"Technology is the key to advancing our leadership position in the industry, so we are pleased to have a technology leader of Daryll's caliber join us in this critical role," said Mr. Oliver. "Daryll's extensive experience leading large-scale engineering and R&D organizations, his previous responsibility for developing an Internet of Things strategy and execution model, and his strong general management and operations mindset will enable him to provide the strategic leadership necessary to achieve our growth and innovation vision."

Prior to joining Tyco, Mr. Fogal was responsible for the development of the product portfolio for Eaton's $13.6 billion Electrical business. Previously, he held senior technology, R&D program management and operations positions over a 15-year career with Honeywell, including Vice President of Engineering and Technology for the company's Building Solutions business from 2003 to 2011. Mr. Fogal holds B.A. Sc. and M.A. Sc. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Tyco Reveals 'Tyco On' Smart Services Platform, the Core of its Internet of Things Strategy
The company also introduced Tyco On, its integrated data and smart services platform. Tyco On provides a set of software-enabled Internet of Things capabilities that enhance safety and security systems using open standards to connect a wide range of intelligent devices, systems and services, enabling customers to improve their operations.

Solutions enabled by Tyco On will address varying needs of multinational, small business and residential customers, ranging from efficiency to complex system integrations and intelligent operations. For example, Tyco On enables improved efficiency through a service application already in use in the company's Installation and Services business that allows a single technician to perform fire alarm testing. Using a mobile app, the technician can test detectors throughout a building and connect remotely to the system's fire panel, where a second technician would have been stationed in the past, to complete the procedure. In the future, this application will also offer immediate cloud-enabled access and storage of testing documentation, providing an overall more cost-effective solution that would appeal to a broad base of customers with standard needs.

Tyco On will also enable more complex, "smart" solutions that leverage data from varied devices and systems and apply advanced analytics to reveal insights that lead to better decisions, faster execution and transformational business outcomes for customers. Tyco has been delivering such solutions and outcomes for several years in its Retail Solutions business that serves some of the world's largest store chains. In over 4,000 retail locations, Tyco is helping retailers tie together data from RFID tags, video, electronic article surveillance and traffic sensors, transforming it into actionable intelligence through Tyco's TrueVUE software. With these insights, retailers are empowered to optimize their inventory management, deliver a more pleasant shopper experience, and maximize revenue across their operation.

"As the core of our Internet of Things strategy, Tyco On builds on our deep expertise in systems integration and services and our installed base of more than a billion sensors, tags, devices and systems around the world, and unlocks the value of this data with the power of analytics to deliver a range of smart services for multiple vertical markets, from healthcare and hospitality to petro-chemical operations to education and more," Mr. Oliver said.

In the next phases of development of Tyco On-enabled solutions, customers will see additional benefits, such as proactive alerts with contextual information, coordinated multi-system responses and an interactive and personalized experience for system owners, users and customers. As a result, Tyco's safety and security customers will find ways to gain additional competitive advantage while continuing to protect people and assets.

As these advanced solutions integrate additional systems and data into the Tyco On architecture, including third-party software, products, and services, protection of the data is a paramount consideration. Recognizing the importance of these mission-critical systems, Tyco has established security policies and protocols that protect the data. The Tyco On architecture also supports both cloud-based and on-premises deployment so that customers can control exactly what systems can access the physical sensor data, enhancing system reliability, responsiveness and integrity.

Tyco Makes Strategic Investment in Qolsys
The company also advanced its Internet of Things strategy with a strategic investment in Qolsys, a San Jose, Calif.-based innovator that has extended the boundaries of "all-in-one" home automation with its IQ panel. The Android-based panel delivers the industry's most advanced, connected home control platform supporting life safety, residential security, home control, energy management and other functions, supported by best-in-class technology providers, including Google, Foxconn Technology Group and Alarm.com.

The IQ panel has a seven-inch touchscreen with a built-in panel camera, six built-in wireless radios with no external antennas, Z-Wave for home control devices, two-way voice, siren, an SD Card slot, 24-hour lithium-ion battery, and interactive services powered by Alarm.com. The groundbreaking panel's Dual-Path Connectivity enables communication over cellular and broadband WiFi channels enabling interactive services, adding redundancy to support reliability across all connected home services while making the solution more flexible.

"The partnership with Qolsys is exciting news for Tyco and further demonstrates our commitment to enabling new intelligent services via the Internet of Things," said Mike Ryan, President, Tyco Security Products. "This investment deepens our intrusion security portfolio offering so that we can continue to deliver the most innovative and intuitive solutions to our customers in the residential, commercial and service provider segments."

Avigilon HD solution oversees ski resort in North America

Avigilon HD solution oversees ski resort in North America

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 11/24/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The largest ski and outdoor sports resort in North America required a high-performance HD video surveillance system that can ensure visitor and employee safety, protect company assets and reduce theft in its retail and rental division.

Solution
Security personnel at Whistler Blackcomb manage the Avigilon high-definition security system from their control room using the Avigilon Control Center (ACC) 5 network management software (NVMS) with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM) technology. The resort uses over 100 Avigilon HD Dome and HD Bullet cameras, ranging from 1 MP to 5 MP in both indoor and outdoor settings, to monitor retail and rental stores, inventory locations, public loading areas, financial vaults, employee service areas, and numerous doors and gates. Whistler Blackcomb uses Avigilon video encoders to leverage the resort's 100-plus existing analog cameras. The team also uses ACC Mobile to view live and recorded images remotely and Avigilon Network Video Recorders (NVRs) to store up to 30 days of continuous surveillance footage.

World Renowned Ski Resort Protects Guests, Employees and Company Assets
Located just 125 km north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Whistler Blackcomb is a world class ski resort that accommodates over two million skiers and snowboarders annually. One of the main venues during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Whistler Blackcomb is the largest ski resort in North America and home of the world-record breaking “Peak 2 Peak” Gondola. In recent years, the resort had relied on an outdated, largely analog-based video surveillance system to oversee its security initiatives. But with 8,171 acres of skiable terrain along with over 100 buildings and facilities on the property, it was inevitable that Whistler Blackcomb would need to upgrade to a versa tile, high-performance video surveillance solution that can efficiently manage the area. “Our video coverage for viewing was antiquated and not effective,” said Carl Rochon, IT Systems Administrator at Whistler Blackcomb. “The number of buildings, the terrain and the multiple business units that we operate certainly posed a challenge and made it difficult for us as a security department to analyze footage right away.” With the assistance of the Vancouver-based security integrator, BMS Integrated Services, the resort considered several surveillance camera manufacturers before ultimately selecting Avigilon. “We felt that Avigilon offered the complete package of quality cameras at a good price and an excellent interface to maximize the effectiveness of those cameras,” said Rochon. “We are continually impressed with this combination.” Whistler Blackcomb has been so satisfied with the Avigilon system, the resort has plans to install over 600 more cameras and 12 NVRs in the next few years. “We are moving closer to our goal of greater employee safety, external guest safety and the protection of company assets by utilizing surveillance technology with better evidence,” Rochon said. “We are certainly moving in that direction with our Avigilon solution.”

Improved Safety
Given the vast terrain and multiple business units that Whistler Blackcomb is home to, ensuring the safety of guests and employees can be challenging for security officials at the resort. Each separate division within Whistler Blackcomb's umbrella of operations has their own security and safety concerns. “Our Guest Services Division would cite employee and guest safety as their top priority,” Rochon said. “It is from this perspective that we endeavor to leverage practices and technology to minimize these concerns.” HD video surveillance has enabled security officials at Whistler Blackcomb to monitor large outdoor areas with greater efficiency, which has been a key asset in locating lost skiers or assessing any incidents. “As we upgrade our cameras across our mountain operations, the only question I am constantly asked from the various business units is, ‘When can we get that new camera solution installed at our location?'” said Rochon. “It makes a much needed difference for improved safety, security and protection.” Despite the size of Whistler Blackcomb, the Avigilon solution has also proven to be a cost-effective surveillance solution for the resort. “We were always told that Avigilon was too expensive to install for a site like ours,” said Rochon. “We found the opposite to be true.”

Minimize Theft
With over two million annual skiers and snowboarders, as well as 1500 full-time and 3500 seasonal employees, minimizing theft was a challenging task for Whistler Blackcomb. Since deploying the Avigilon HD solution, the security team at Whistler Blackcomb has been able to effectively protect the resort's retail and rental stores, inventory locations, public loading areas, financial vaults, employee service areas, and numerous doors and gates. The resort has also been able to use the high-definition footage to identify and prosecute individuals who commit theft. “With each camera installation, it gives us greater evidence to apprehend the culprits as well as deter those that may be contemplating such actions,” said Rochon. “Our local RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) detachment doesn't hesitate to request video evidence anymore since we have installed our Avigilon cameras.” Almost immediately after deploying the Avigilon solution in the ski rental shop at the resort, the security team was able to catch two individuals stealing expensive snowboards and equipment. “Because of the clarity of the image captured, we were immediately able to clearly identify our suspects and push that picture out to all our managers in the area,” said Rochon. “The perpetrators tried to flee Whistler quickly and it didn't work for them.” The Avigilon solution also positively impacts the resort's ability to affect the costs associated with vandalism and theft. Once the resort completes its Avigilon camera expansion, Rochon estimates Avigilon's end-to-end solution will help Whistler Blackcomb recover $250,000 worth of product per year. “All in all, we probably have half a million dollars worth of theft or damage to property that shouldn't occur,” said Rochon. “Avigilon will not only help us cut that cost in half, but it will also lower our liability insurance cost.”

Made-in-Taiwan smart home story

Made-in-Taiwan smart home story

Editor / Provider: Editorial Department | Updated: 11/21/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Do you know? The world famous Nest thermostat, Dropcam and among several other connected-home products are actually the fruits of cooperation between Taiwan's original makers and those leading brands. Thanks to our prominent IT and networking background backed by years of experience, the island is marching in full gear towards the smart home arena, shining under the spotlight.

The article “MIT Brightens the Smart Home Future” provides a backgrounder of Taiwan’s exclusive seat on the world’s smart home bandwagon and the role for which the island’s makers play a big part, a scenic play that juxtaposes the best of art forms – hardware and software.

For this edition’s prime story, discover the strong design concept instilled across Taiwan’s smart home makers, their push for innovation through product creativity and customization.

Also, there is a full-featured section dedicated to 50 MIT products from 67 manufacturers, including the views and opinions of those leading industry experts in Taiwan, such as Amegia, Climax, StarVedia, D-Link, OvisLink, Skywatch, Unitech, Lilin, Barvotech, and among several others.

Axis introduces out-of-the-box-ready recording solutions

Axis introduces out-of-the-box-ready recording solutions

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 11/21/2014 | Article type: Security 50

AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series comprises three out-of-the-box-ready desktop and rack-server models. The new series offers recording solutions that will simplify installation and setup for mid-sized installations such as schools, industries and larger retail stores that require a feature-rich system for high-definition surveillance.

Axis Communications, the world leader in network video, announces AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series. AXIS Camera Station is preloaded on high-quality servers and configured to perfectly match Axis' wide range of network cameras, providing both ease of installation and reliability.

“Axis continuously develops innovative products and solutions in order to optimize our customer's businesses. AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series presents packaged, plug and play solutions that help our customers easily get up and running with their mid-sized video surveillance installation,” says Regional Country Manager, Mr. Ivan Tjahjadi.

AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series consists of:
* AXIS S1016, workstation model for use in office environments for installations up to 16 video channels
* AXIS S1032, rack server model for installations of up to 32 video channels
* AXIS S1048, rack server model for installations of up to 48 video channels

AXIS Camera Station video management software is pre-installed. The software offers an intuitive user interface with features to meet the demand for effective and active surveillance such as a flexible live view layout, site maps, powerful event configuration, efficient alarm management and responsive PTZ control. System settings such as camera and storage are configured to further simplify system setup and maximize performance.

Hardware components such as hard-discs, graphic card and CPUs, as well as storage capacity are optimized to meet the demands for reliable high-definition surveillance. To further safeguard system uptime, the package includes hardware and software support for three years.

Further features of AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series include:
* Pre-installed system software such as Windows 7
* The recorders are easily scalable with additional AXIS Camera Station licenses
* Support for multiple screens
* AXIS Camera Station S9001 Desktop Terminal available as an option

AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series is expected to be available in the US, Canada in October and in EU countries in December 2014 through Axis' distribution channels. Suggested retail price for AXIS S1016 is $3999, AXIS S1032 is $10999 and AXIS S1048 is $15999.

Going global with top-tier Taiwan products & services

Going global with top-tier Taiwan products & services

Editor / Provider: Lingo Lin, a&s SMAhome | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

It's only been the last few years since the smart home sector has picked up widespread attention. Sensing such explosive growth, Taiwan traditional security camera makers and component suppliers have all jumped on the bandwagon, all hoping to grab a share of the global market. To date, Taiwan's export destinations of smart home products have spanned across major markets in the US and Europe, with most of their businesses channeled through telcos, distributors, retailers, solution providers, and project-based SIs.

By having a rich experience in working with European smart home brands, Huang of Philio observed some key popular items – the combination of good designed product appearance, stable technology and safety certification assured. “Too-cute designed products can be regarded as toys in some markets. Clean and light design is preferable now when talking about business prospect. Also, safety certification is a must-have for European partners,” he said, adding that Philio also aims for the US market in 2015.

Dextech, a company who has been providing the entire ecosystem of smart home items that include cloud servers, software app and firmware development, said it is also targeting two of the world's biggest markets – Europe and the US.

However, there are still those who see vast potential in emerging markets, notably South and Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America.

“Our business scope encompasses ‘ROW', or simply, rest of world,” Dr. Chen of Skywatch said, adding that their customers now include Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Dominican Republic and Panama.

“Although Quadrant's target markets are the US, Western Europe and Southeast Asia, we also hope to reach to markets in Africa, Eastern Europe and China with the launch of our new products,” said Quandrant's product marketing director Debby Chen.

Quadrant is in the production of consumer video monitoring with wireless technology and cloud service. Since 1999 it has built its reputation by making quality memory and camera modules for the aftermarket, distribution and reseller channels.

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Taiwan creates value through innovation & user experience

Taiwan creates value through innovation & user experience

Editor / Provider: Lingo Lin, a&s SMAhome | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

For some, user experience is a new catchphrase. Slowly but surely smart home makers in Taiwan are grasping the concept of user experience. Thanks to years of export experience and regular interaction with their customers, they have come to understand that user experience is all the aspects of how people use an interactive product: the way it feels in their hands, how well they understand how it works, how they feel about it while they're using it, and how well it fits into the entire context in which they are using it.

GKB is launching a smart home solution on a camera (SoC) called Aetherlink to its global market. Aetherlink is the result of the integration of reliable software, customized sensors, and app that allows you to have a sense of complete control,” said Anna Hsiung of GKB Security.

According to Philio Technology CEO James Huang, simplicity is very important in smart home. To date, most of smart home products are still complicated to general users in the mass market. “We are in the very early days of smart home. Perhaps only gadget lovers enjoy and understand smart home products. As an original maker, we have to simplify the user experience of smart home product as much as possible.”

Philio designs and manufactures Z-Wave based smart home solutions, ranging from PIR sensors, controller, gateway to software & app design. By far, Philio's products are utilized in DIY kits and professional system integration projects.

Meanwhile, given the breakneck price competition within the DIY markets, some Taiwan makers believe that Taiwan can play a big part in the SI market to create a niche under the notable MIT moniker.

“Due to the stagnant US economy whereby new construction of apartments and condos are springing up everywhere, it is about the right time to enter the market,” said Unitech CEO Pete Chen.

“For integrated smart home, most traditional main players in the US market are still in SIs, for single devices or sub-systems such as security, smart plugs, IP cameras, and so forth.”

Chen said 2015 is another milestone year for Unitech to go global, both product portfolio and market penetration. It is unveiling series of new products targeted at SIs and VADs (value-added distributors.) The products include “Elfin Home & Community”, “Elfin T&A,” “MoboBell” for remote doorbell featuring apps for consumer smartphones and tablets, and “Rainbow”, a system management console.

Also aimed at top tier markets is Lilin, a Taiwan-based manufacturer of IP video cameras, recording devices, and software with over 30 years of experience. The company is currently working with Control4 in the US market.

“Taiwan has its strengths in the project (installer) market, and although our prices are higher, customers in the US and Europe will still consider Taiwan because of our quality,” said Lilin global marketing manager Chris Hsu.

Hsu said thanks to Taiwan maker's international presence over the years, they are able to understand better the demands of overseas markets, and can provide a faster feedback.

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Made-in-Taiwan shines under the spotlight
The best of both worlds – Taiwan hardware & software savvy
Going global with top-tier Taiwan products & services
The powerhouse of product customization by Taiwan suppliers

The best of both worlds – Taiwan hardware & software savvy

The best of both worlds – Taiwan hardware & software savvy

Editor / Provider: Lingo Lin, a&s SMAhome | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Cloud computing is a key contributor in innovative application towards the internet of things (IoT). This trend is gradually taking form, which will bring forth new challenges for enterprises in business models and innovations.

StarVedia president Jeffrey Wu explained that the IoT is the next stage of evolution for information and communications technology (ICT), and that Taiwan's cloud service capability will put it ahead of its competitors.

StarVedia currently offers one-stop-shop for OEM and ODM (GUI and back-end infrastructure.) The company is launching its own “YesCam” brand in a bid to tap into the Chinese market. Wu said their Wi-Fi module is 100% MIT (Made in Taiwan), beginning from material and design to production.

When it comes to software powerhouse, D-Link is one of the many shining examples to be reckoned in Taiwan.

D-Link, a leading global networking solutions provider for enterprise and consumer markets, has in the last 2 years endeavored to provide a fully-integrated, easy to use smart solution for the masses. Their smart home lineup includes network cameras, gateways, routers, smart plugs, sensors, cloud service, and app.

With D-Link's software ingenuity, the company has spent two years in the development of their own cloud service, named aptly the “D-Link Cloud,” which is a revolutionary product series comprising of D-Link cloud router, cloud camera, and cloud storage products. The Mydlink Home app works in conjunction with their cloud service.

Also, JSW is a renowned wireless solution provider based in Taiwan, with products ranging from digital wireless security systems and network cameras to video door phones and home control gateways/sensors, including Cloud and app solutions. Their wide-ranging services encompass the security sector, home safety, agricultural vehicles and front/backend S/W related solutions.

According to OvisLink Vice-President Albert Yeh, the company is integrating “intelligence” to the mini-dome camera line by incorporating new features to their bundled software. The AirLive smart software has built-in Intelligent Video Analytics that features: Face detection & recognition, iMotion detection, Trip zone, Object counting, and e-Fence.

As smart cameras continue to evolve and improve with time - new CPUs, ICs and image sensors, - the technology gap will remain tight amongst competitors because everybody is churning out cameras with near or similar hardware specs.

“Expertise is not about having the best components, but in component tuning,” Dr. Yeh said.

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Made-in-Taiwan shines under the spotlight
Taiwan creates value through innovation & user experience
Going global with top-tier Taiwan products & services
The powerhouse of product customization by Taiwan suppliers

The powerhouse of product customization by Taiwan suppliers

The powerhouse of product customization by Taiwan suppliers

Editor / Provider: Lingo Lin, a&s SMAhome | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Over the years, the island has carved out a distinctive niche as the world's pre-eminent high-tech manufacturing hub. But due to price competition from neighboring countries and other underlying factors, manufacturing hardware alone can no longer sustain its competitive edge.

But thanks to these experiences coupled with Taiwan's design talents, Taiwan smart home makers are known for their ability to conduct OEM/ODM on customized projects. Taiwan makers are well-positioned to tackle the flourishing smart home market, since they can utilize their technology and manufacturing capability to reinvent everyday household objects to solve actual problems.

“Taiwan's advantage is in customized projects because our hardware and software are already in place,” said Amegia CEO Kevin Wu, a leading OEM/ODM provider dedicated to the integration and customization of surveillance solutions.

Amegia, who's been providing different modules and solutions ever since its inception 5 years ago, sees itself as free from the price fray.

Taiwan's smart home makers are striving to distinguish their products from competitors through differentiation strategies. In an often crowded product market, customers crave product distinctions to help them make purchasing decisions. By offering greater values and customization features, many of Taiwan's producers have come to understand that the best product differentiation strategies increase their company image, cater to customer preferences and increase sales.

Also, because smart home is a very personalized thing, customization is important for future sustainability, according to Climax Technology director of new business development Y.K. Chen.

Coming from a professional intrusion alarm background, Climax is a wireless expert that provides total turnkey solutions with regard to user interfaces, gateways and cloud service.

With the smart home market in China currently on the rise, Chinese makers of smart home products already number in the thousands. In order for Taiwan makers to compete with such a scale and to avoid price competition, product differentiation is definitely the key factor, Chen explained.

“In terms of the scale of the smart home market in China, the quantity is there. But it lacks variety because everyone is churning out similar hardware specs.”

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Made-in-Taiwan shines under the spotlight
Taiwan creates value through innovation & user experience
Going global with top-tier Taiwan products & services
The best of both worlds – Taiwan hardware & software savvy

Made-in-Taiwan shines under the spotlight

Made-in-Taiwan shines under the spotlight

Editor / Provider: Lingo Lin, a&s SMAhome | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

The global smart home has really hit its stride. Even the big boys – Google, Apple and Samsung – are all head over heels looking to make a statement. According to a study released by Juniper Research, the smart home market will reach a staggering $71 billion by 2018.

So who are amongst the drivers behind the move toward mass adoption? For one, Taiwan makers are very much onboard the smart home bandwagon, providing new features and solutions that help push the industry into the next generation as our homes become the hub for smarter living.

The smart home arena in Taiwan is a colorful representation of those in the know. It can generally be summed up by three types of players. First, there are those that are already IT and networking experts in their respective fields, providing gateways, home cameras and cloud services for telcos, MSOs, retailers, SIs, and IT distributors respectively. Companies falling into this category include D-Link, Gemtek, Advantech, Sercomm, AlphaNetworks, Chicony, Liteon, and JSW, just to name a few.

Secondly, there are those carried over from the traditional security sector. Companies like BarvoTech, Lilin, StarVedia, Amegia, Vivotek, ACTeck, GKB, AMTK and Pixord are some examples of those who offered home cameras, NAS, or home NVRs for security distributors, alarm monitoring companies and SIs. Due to their earlier presence, these companies are well positioned globally by name and expertise in the security arena.

On further note, Unitech, Climax, Everspring, Amroad and Touchlife are some of the veterans in the intercom and anti-theft fields who have since been making PIR sensors, wireless alarm kits, video door phones, control panels and HA solutions for security distributors and SIs, alarm monitoring companies, or home automation SIs. These experts are all vying for smart home solutions through enhanced user experiences.

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The powerhouse of product customization by Taiwan suppliers
The best of both worlds – Taiwan hardware & software savvy
Taiwan creates value through innovation & user experience
Going global with top-tier Taiwan products & services

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