Internet luminary Kevin Rose suggests that we cut out alarm monitoring companies through the use of low cost devices and sharing alerts via Twitter. Friends and neighbors can then monitor those alerts and respond appropriately. [Watch Kevin Rose's video explaining the concept.]
Certainly, Kevin taps into 3 compelling concerns:
- Alarm monitoring services are expensive - $500-$1000 USD per year
- They often sell based on fear
- The Internet makes monitoring much less expensive and more sophisticated
However, 3 operational issues make a free, pure crowdsourcing
approach to be unattractive for most:
- Alarm monitoring companies provide extensive coverage indoors and outdoors that makes sure that the house is well protected; a DIY approach would likely leave major gaps in coverage
- Handling false alerts would likely overwhelm people responding (ie., "the Boy who Cried Wolf") since most alerts are false
- It's often hard to determine if an alert is an intruder or simply a friend, relative, etc. Responders at alarm monitoring companies have numbers/contacts and procedures to verify and assess such issues
Because of this, most people benefit from having some centralized organization that verifies alarms and provides quality control/support.
That being said, I think the idea has merit:
- The idea can be implemented today with $100 IP cameras that use motion detection and support SMS/email. A moderately technical person could do this now and could deploy a poor man's 'alarm monitoring system'
- While free, crowdsourcing has problems, today's technology should easily generate new competition from much lower cost providers that use the Internet and self-monitoring to reduce costs yet provide some support and verification.
Ill-will towards the monitoring companies is common and with the high prices of systems, they are ripe for disruption. While free and open source may not be enough for most today, new technologies do point the way to less expensive alternatives.
Other Reports on Convergence
IP Networking Course Fall 2015 (CLOSED)
on Oct 08, 2015
This is the only networking course designed specifically for video surveillance professionals.
The next IP Networking for Video Surveillance...
Why PSIM Will NEVER Be Popular
on Jun 15, 2015
How do you like this vehicle?
Big, ugly, hard to drive, terrible gas mileage, death trap - there's lots of negatives.
Now, what if you were...
Why Avaya Has Entered Video Surveillance
on Oct 07, 2014
Avaya is best known as a VoIP spin off of former telecom giant Lucent, but this year they came to ASIS with a booth twice as big as Sony claiming...
Network Guide for Video Surveillance
on Sep 17, 2013
We have compiled this Network Guide that will be helpful for everyone in video surveillance, from novice to professional covering the basics,...
PSIM Ambulance Chasing in Brussels
on Mar 03, 2013
Desperate, shady PSIM marketing tactics continue. Last month, $50 million of diamonds were stolen from the Brussels airport. Now, a PSIM marketing...
API / SDK Tutorial
on Feb 07, 2013
While APIs are key to 'open' platforms, they are frequently misunderstood and over-hyped in physical security. While APIs can provide great...
No ROI For PSIM
on Nov 29, 2012
PSIM is not a bad thing. It just has no ROI. Now, that is not unique as many security solutions offer fuzzy value, at best, but it does shape how...
Who's #1 Online for Video Surveillance?
on Oct 05, 2012
Who's #1 online for video surveillance? You'll never guess. I can pretty much guarantee that.
Are you thinking old school? Pelco? No.
Internet Marketing for Integrators
on Jul 28, 2012
Terrible best describes most integrator websites. Antiquated, wacky or generic are common descriptions that come to mind. Fortunately, it does not...
Most Recent Industry Reports
Quantum Storage Company Profile
on Apr 28, 2016
Storage vendor Quantum is bringing their multi-tier storage architecture to the security industry, claiming cost-effective long-term data...
Access Control IBC International Rules
on Apr 28, 2016
Dealing with fragmented local codes is one of the most frustrating parts of electronic access control design. However, the 'International Code...
Favorite Video Storage / Servers 2016
on Apr 26, 2016
150 integrators answered this question:
"What is your favorite storage device / server manufacturer for recording video? Why?"
Avigilon H4 5MP and 4K Cameras Tested
on Apr 25, 2016
Avigilon has released their H4 HD line, with promised improvements including their most sensitive low light camera (the 5.0L-), analytics on all...