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Just another day at the office – M2M security turns hero

Posted by Norman Miglietta on 04/19/2012

We’ve written before about the implications for M2M-enabled security, where connected video devices can show you (and the authorities) if your home has been breached, or maybe the cat has merely knocked over a flower pot.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, now it gets real. Last week, three Toronto men are facing charges after a break-in attempt at the Toronto home of AlarmForce Industries’ CEO Joel Matlin. Of course, trying to break into the home of an alarm executive is not the wisest decision, but that is beside the point. It could have been you, me or anybody.

Two months ago, while the would-be victim was vacationing in Florida, his alarm system sent him a phone message showing live video of an unknown man at his front door. The man soon left, but Matlin put the local authorities on alert and sent his stepson to sleep at his house.

At 4:30 a.m. the next morning, the burglars were back. They cut the phone line and were about to cut the Internet line when Matlin’s stepson intervened and the burglars fled.

But the system had done its job. Cellular M2M-based video technology enabled Matlin to see his front door all the way from Florida, even though the burglars had cut the land-based phone lines. This footage is also what helped police in the investigation and, ultimately, find the alleged suspects.

As the security marketplace evolves from fixed line methods towards integrated, wireless solutions, it is good to see the value shine through not only by averting costs related to false alarm responses, but also by delivering peace-of-mind and actually aiding in the apprehension of criminals.

KORE offers security-specific networking options including mobile originated and mobile dispatched voice services, exception-based pricing models to keep recurring costs down and highly redundant connectivity. Because you never know when the criminal mind will strike, even if you are the CEO of an alarm company.

By Danny Thomas, VP Operations

Danny has over 23 years of experience in the wireless and telecommunications industry working in Asia, North America, and the U.K. He joined KORE in 2009 and was instrumental in driving the implementation of our state-of-the-art, fully redundant network architecture. Danny joined KORE after 14 years with AT&T Mobility as the Sr. Director of National Wireless Data Operations, where he worked on several state-of-the-art wireless projects including the launch of the first 2G, 2.5G, and 3G networks and the launch of the Apple I-Phone. 

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