European Mega Security Firm Verisure Pushing Security Fog

By: Dan Gelinas, Published on Sep 17, 2018

The European mega security firm Verisure (Securitas Direct), with a reported 2 million customers, is pushing security fog, as shown in this BBC clip:

Security fog has been around and debated for many years but never with the push of such an established and large provider.

Indeed, Verisure tells IPVM that security fog adoption has been great.

In this note we look at:

  • What Kinds Of Solutions Are Available
  • What Are The Problems
  • What Do Central Stations Think
  • Is There A Demand

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- ***** ******, ***

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- ***** *******, ******** Alarm

*** *** ******* ***** life ****** ********:

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- ****** ******, ***** Response **********

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Poll / ****

Comments (8)

Very cool idea, and good marketing on their end.  The problem as the article shows, is practicality, especially in education or public buildings.  I did find it funny that there were apparently so many Booby Traps that we had to put in a law.  Did we see a rise in "Home Alone" type security solutions in the 90's?  Could the Wet Bandits have sued poor Kevin? :)

There is almost no incentive that would make us interested in being involved in any part of the sale process for this service. 

To me this is a lawsuit just waiting to be filed. 

I imagine it would be good for some niche market that desires security over safety. Perhaps some department of defense thing where human lives have no value.

There're different kinds of fog machines and every one has its own issues.Some models use high pressure gas to produce fog if you even light a match in the room it turns into a flame thrower machine (there used to be a very educational video about that but can't find it anymore),some other use liquid that ,once is transformed into fog, in the end Leaves a dust on the fornitures some other use non toxic wisteria's liquid but ,for the machine to be able to pruduce fog with that liquid,it requires the machine to work like an electrical boiler forcing you to spend a fortune in electricity

By the way it looks like the fog can be outwon with a Thermal camera (never tried it myself but there's plenty of videos about it)

In Australia, there is a large problem with ram raids and smash and grabs in small shops that stock cigarettes( For the US folks here,think General stores that are only open from 7am to 6pm). Thieves literally destroy shop fronts and then rip cabinets from the wall and load them into utes (Pickup trucks) and drive off.

These raids take less than 5 minutes with first responders usually no hope of arriving at the scene on time.  These thieves wait until the business is restocked and hit it again.

These small family owned businesses can't afford the cost of repair and re stocking and insurance companies refuse insurance in some cases.

Smoke Cloak and others are the only deterrent that will often work. Keep in mind that Australia is a far less litigious society than the US too.

Same here. In the UK the largest grocery chain, Tesco supermarkets, use Smoke Cloak widely and have done so for many years. I'm guess the UK is less litigious than the US, so its commonplace in jewellers, petrol filling station kiosks and many other retail outlets.

And in many parts of the globe there is no meaningful “first responder” for private alarm systems. Deter and defend without limitations by legislation or a court system. Deterrent often means bad guys do not walk away.  There seems to be a market for just about everything.... just find the compatible market. 

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