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High-tech security system eases home monitoring

Posted: 16 May 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:inix technologies? security? secure smith? internet?

In a bid to capture a portion of the home-automation and security market, Malaysia-based iNix Technologies Sdn Bhd attempts to combine affordability and security in one package called Secure Smith. Using the Internet, the product allows worried homeowners to monitor their homes from their offices.

Initially released in February and possibly a strong bet for becoming a household name in security, Secure Smith is slowly making waves in the Asia-Pacific. "Due to increasing demand, we have now penetrated markets such as Australia, China, Singapore and the United Kingdom," said Ralph Yew, iNix's business development manager.

Secure Smith is built around proprietary G-Lop and D-RF wireless technologies. G-Lop is based on power line carrier technology where electronic signals, data and information are transmitted to the Secure Smith system via power lines in a typical home or building. G-Lop prevents the possibility of data "sniffing."

D-RF technology, meanwhile, is a widely used data transmission protocol that enables digital wireless communications via RF transmissions between the Secure Smith system and security sensors, especially in environments where power lines are unavailable. D-RF can support distances of up to 100m.

Yew emphasized the importance of seamless integration and cost-effectiveness. Secure Smith offers security, automation and video surveillance features in a single modulesomething that most home security systems do not have.

"To remain competitive, we need to know consumer preferences and market trends, so we can implement new technologies and provide good customer support while keeping costs low," said Yew.

Secure Smith features include a built-in auto-dialer that calls the owner at a predefined number in case of an intrusion. The system can also be programmed to take a certain subsequent action. Up to 4,000 different devices can be controlled by Secure Smith, which can manage these into different power levels, aside from actually turning them on or off. It also has a surveillance system that enables online monitoring by providing high-quality images to users and allowing the homeowners to record and view the intrusion.

iNix's new solution can be integrated in other third-party proximity card-access readers, biometric reader interfaces, and be incorporated in touchscreen controllers, voice-recognition interface units and complete real-time video-capturing systems through the Internet. iNix is working on having its own Web server unit that can improve system implementation without the need for a standalone computer. The company has also built a prototype power line camera that does not require infrastructure cabling in transferring video images.

"It's still premature for our technology, in particular home automation modules to cause a significant impact on the global electronics design. However, it will serve as a vanguard of Southeast Asian proprietary technologies," said Yew. "The home segment is iNix's target market, but this does not restrict its prospects in other segments, such as small- and medium enterprises."

- Reden Mateo

Electronic Engineering Times-Asia

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