Xandem Next Gen Intrusion Tested

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Apr 26, 2017

Xandem's "full coverage motion tracking technology" is unlike any intrusion technology we have seen.

We bought their new system and tested it extensively to better understand its strengths and weaknesses. Below is one of the examples from our testing showing movement within our test environment:

The plus side is that the technology works and is legitimately different. The negative side is how and where the technology is built to be used.

In this report, we analyze Xandem's technology in depth.

******'* "**** ******** ****** ******** **********" ** ****** *** ********* technology ** **** ****.

** ****** ***** *** ****** *** ****** ** *********** ** better ********** *** ********* *** **********. ***** ** *** ** the ******** **** *** ******* ******* ******** ****** *** **** environment:

*** **** **** ** **** *** ********** ***** *** ** legitimately *********. *** ******** **** ** *** *** ***** *** technology ** ***** ** ** ****.

** **** ******, ** ******* ******'* ********** ** *****.

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High ********** *** ***** ******

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Xandem's ****** ******

****** ** ******** ** ******** **** ** *** ******** ********* market **** **** ********, *** *** ******* ***** ** ********** either (*) ************ ** * ******-*** ********** ******** ** (*) a ******** *********** ****** *** ********* ********* ********* **** *****, DMP, *********, ****, ***. *** ***** ******* **** ***** **********'* differentiation.

Key **** ********

****** **** *** **** **** *********** ********* *******, *** *** testing *********** **** *** ***********:

  • *******, *** ****** ****** **** ** *** ****, ******** ****** detection *** ****** ** *** ***** *** ***** ************ ******** by * ** * **** ******* ** ****** ******** ******** at ******* ***** ** *****.
  • ****** **** ******** **** ********** ******** ***** ****, **** ** observed ***** ********* ** **** ********* ****** ****** *** ****. In **** *****, ***** ******** ******** ******** ** *** ****** of * **** ** ******* *********, *** **** ******** ******** was ******* *******.
  • ** ***** (***** ***********) ******* ******* ****** ******** *** ********* movement ** *.** - *.* *******, ********* ****** ***** ** local ******* ********. ****** ******* ******* ******** ** ****** *******.
  • *********** ** *** ******* *** '****** **', ** **** **** sensitive ** ****** ***** ******** *** **** ***** ** ******. At ******* ***********, ***** ******** *** **** *** *** ** detected.
  • *** ****** ****** ***** ***** *********** ******** ********* ** ***** intrusion ***** *******, **** ******, ***********/**** ******, ************, *** ******* station ***********.
  • *** '*****' ******* **** *** ******** ***** ****** ** ******** onscreen, *** ****** ***** *** ********** ***** ** **** * local ******* *********, ************ ** ** ***** ********* *** *** be *******.
  • ********* ** *** ********* ** * ******** *** **** ******* of *****-*****, **** ***** **** ** ********* ** ******** ***** in ******* ******** ** ******* *****. **** ****** ******** *** not ****** ** *********, ** **** *********, ** **** ***** plans.
  • ** *** *******, ****** ***** *** *** ******* '**** ** sight' *********** ** ******* ***** ***** ************** ** ******* ****** PIR *******.

Theory ** *********

*** ******* ********** ** **** ******* ** ******** ********,****** *******, ******** ***** *******, ****** **** ***** ***** (*.***-*.*** ***) ** **** ** the **** ***** ******** **** ** **** *** ****** *******.

*** *** ****** ** *** ********* ******** ** **** ******* can '*** *******' ************ **** ***** *** ***********, ******* ********* only ******* **** ********* **** ******** ******** **********. ******** ******** accuracy ******* ** *** **** *** *** **** ****** ******* relate ** **** ***** *** * ****, **** ****** ****** density ********* ** ****** ********.

*** *******'* **** *** ********* ***** ***** ********* *** ******* function *** ********* ** *** ******:

*******, ****** ********* ** ********* ***** *********** ****** *** ******* Xandem ******** ** **** ****** ****** *** ******** ****** * building:

**** ******** * *** ********** *** ********* ******** ******** ** tradition ********* *******. ***** ***** ******* *** ******** ** ****** intrusion ** *** ********* ** * ********, ****** *********** **** detects ******** ****** * *********.

System ********

*** ****** ****** ** ******** ** ******** ******* **** **** in ** ****** ** ******* ******* *** *********** ** ** internet ********* *** **** ******* ****-**** **** ** * *** portal. *** ******** ***** ******** * **** ** *** ****** and ** ******** ** *** ******** ** *** ******:

Kit ********

*** *** ****** ***** **** *** ******** ***** *** *** central *** ****** ** ******* *** ******:

*** ***** *** ******* **** ******** ***-******* ******* *** *********** wirelessly ** *** ***.

Node ******** *****

********** ** *** **-**** *** ******* **** ******* *** ****** sizes ***** ** *** ***** ****** ******* ** ********.

  • * ****: **** *** *** **. **. ** ********
  • ** ****: **** *** *,*** - *,*** **. **.
  • ** ****: **** *** *,*** - *,*** ** **.

****** ***** *** *** **** ***** *** ******** **** ****** together ** *** *** ****** ** * ****** ******.

** ******** ** *** '****-**' **** *******, * ******* **** uses ** ***** ******** *** ******** ****** ** ********* *** commercial ** ***** **** *** *** **** ******* ********* ** the ********** ****.

Kit *******

****** ******* ******* ********* ** ******* ********, **** ****** '******' ***** ** external *** ******* ***** ****** *******.

** ****** *** ******, ** **** '********' ***** *** **** cost $***, ***** $** *** ****. *** **** ****** *** 10 **** *** ****** ***** *** **** ** * ***** house ** ********** ****** ***** *** ** *** **** ****** size. ****** ** **** (**) **** **** $***, ***** ***** 6 **** (****) **** **** $***.

****** ********* **** *** ****** ** ***** ****** "*** **** depending ** ************ ********* *** *********. ******* ***** **** ***** or ****** **** ******* **** ***** *** ***** ****."

*** ************ ***** *********** **** ****** ***** ** *** *********, DC-wired ******* ********* ***** ***** *** ******* ** ****** ******: 6 ***** **** $***, ** ***** **** $***, *** ** nodes **** $*,*** ** **** *************.

****** **** ****** *** **** **** ** '***' ************* **** includes ******* ****** ******* *** *** ***** *** ** *********, 4 ***** ****** ******** ** *** *** *** ******** *********** to ********* ***** *******, *** ****** ** *** ***. ** tested *** '****' *** ******* **** **** *** ******* *** external ***** ****** ** ******* ****** ******.

Installation *** *************

** *** ****, ** ******* ***** **** **** ******* *** made **** ***** **** *** ********* ***** *** ******'* ******* instructions. ******* ********* ********** ******** *** ****** ****, *** *** be ********* ******* *** **** ** * ******** ****** ******:

*** *** ***-**** ******, ************ **** ***** ** ******* *****, including *** **** ** ******* *** ******** *** ******* ****.

**** *****, * ****** ***** **** **** ** ***** ** the *** ******, *** ***** ****** ** *** ******** ********* they *** ********** ********* ** *** ****. ****** **** * 'drag *** ****' **** **** ** * ****, ***** ** easy ** *** *** **** ***** ** ******. ***** **** be ****** **** ******* ** ***** ******* ********* ****** ** the ********* ** ***** ** ******** ******** **********.

***** **** ********* ** ****** ******* (**** ** * ****), the ***** ** ********* ******* *** *********** ******* ** ***** lines. ******* ****** ******** **** *****, *******, ** ********** ** difficult *** **** ** ******** ***** ********** **** *** **** line ****, *****, *** *****, ** **** ***** *** **** going ** **** ***** **** *********. ****** ***** ** **** floorplan ******* *** * *********** **** *** ****** ********:

******* *********** ** *** ***** ** ******** **** * ****** as * ******* *******. ********** **** *********** ****** ** ********, so ** ******** ******** ** ******** (****), **** ******* *** gross *********** **** ** ***********. ** ******** **** *** ****** 'more *********' ***** ** ****** ****** *** *********, *** *** adjustment ** **** ****** *** *** *** **** ** *** situations.

Nodes **. ****

******** ** ******** ****** ****, ******'* ***** *** ******** *******. The ***** ***** ** * ****-**-**** ** * **** ******** PIR, ********* ***** *** ********** ** ***** *******:

****** **** ******** ** **** *- ** **** ***** *** floor, ****** ***** **** ** ***** ** *** *****, ***** 1.5' - *' ***** *** ******. ******* *** *** *********, our **** *** *** ****** **** ******** ********* ****** ** normal ********** *******, *** ***** ****** **** ****** **** ** the ******* ***** *****.

******* *** **********: *** **** ******* *************'****** ** *** *******, ****** *** *** **** **** * traditional ** *** *** *********.

** *******, ****** ******** ** ***** ** ************* ********* ** control, **** ****** ****** **** **** ******** ** **** **** '70%' ********* ** **** ***********. ** ****** *** ** **** system **** ******** ** **%+ ********, *** **** ****** *** to *** ***** **** ********* *** ***** ***** ****** ********.

*** ****** ***** ***** * ********** ** **** **** *** signal ********, *** **** ******** ********** ******* ** *** ***. The ***** ******* *** ************ *** **** **** ** ***** as ****, **** '***** ****' ********** ***** *******:

*** ********** ******* ** ********* ****** ** *** **** * panel-based ***** ******, ***** *** ****-**** ******* ******** **** ****** fine ****** *** ********* ******* ****** ** *** *** ********.

Alarms, *************, *** *****

*** ******* ****** **** ***** ********* ***** ** *********, *** portal ****** ******** ********* *** **************** ** **** ********* *******. For *******, '*****' **** ******* ****** **** ****** ** ******** must ** *******, *** ****** ******** ** ******* ** ***** basic ******* ******* ********* '**** *****', '***** ******** ********', ** 'go ** ***' *** ********* ************ **** **** ********** *********:

*** ******* *** ****** ******** * */*" / *.*** "**** stereo" ** "***" (***/****/******) ***** **** ***** ******** ******** ** similar ********** ********* ******** *** ** ******* **. ******* ***** speakers, *** ****** ****** **** *** **** ***** ************.

Weaknesses ** ******

***** ****** ***** ****-********** *** ******** ********* *******, ** ***** basic ******** **** ***** ** *********** ** **** ** * primary ********* ******:

  • ** ***** *******
  • ** *********** ** ********** *****
  • ** ******** ******
  • ** **********
  • ** ******* ******* ***********

***** ****** ***** ** *** ************ **** ***** *** ******** arming ******* ** ******, *** **** ** ***** ******** *** mean **** ****** ******* *** *** ******** ************ *** *********** alarm *******, **** **** *** ******** *** ******** ****** ******** ability.

Strengths ** *******

***** ****** ***** *** ***** ** *********** ******** ****** *** commercial *********, **** *** ******* *** ********** ** ********** *** and ***** ***** ******* *** ********** ***.

*** ******* ********** ** *** ********** ** **** ** *** common ******* ** ***** ****** **** ****** *** ***** ****** sensors, *** *** ****** **** *** **** *** ****-**-***** ** blindspot ****** **** **** ** ***** **********.

***** *** **** ** ****** *** *** ********** ********, ****** sensors ***** ** * ***** ********* *** ********** '**** ********' locations ***** ******** ******** ******** ** ********** ** ********* ***** are ******, *** *** ********** ** ****** ********** *** *** be ******* ** ******* ***** *** ****** ***** *** ******** requirements **** ******** ****** ******* *** *******.

Comments (20)

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* ** ***** ******* ***** *** **********, *** *** ****** for **** **** ** *********** *********** **** ***** *******. **, at *** **** *****, ***** **** **** ***** *** ****** and ************* *****. ** ***** ***** **** **'* ***** *******, yet * *** **** ******* ** ***** ** ** *** system *** ***** *** **** *** **** ***** *** ***** happened *** * ******* *******. * *** ***** ******* ******** motion ********* *** *** **** ***** ** **** ****-** **** (Pro ***** **** ******* ****** *** ******** **** *********) *** actually **** ******* **** *****/******* **** **** *********.

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* ** ***** * *** ********, *** **'* ****** ******* I ****** **** *** ********** *** *'* * *** ****** that (** ** *******) **'* ***** *** ***** *** *********.

**** ** ******* **** ********** ***** **********. ** ** ***** time ********* *** ******** ** *** ************ **** ** **** known *** **+ *****. * ****** ** ***** ***. ******** times ***** ** **** ********** ** ********* *******. **** ****...

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* *** **** ***** **** ***, *** *'* ********** ** very ******** ** ***** * **** ********* ** ***** *** be ********/ ***** ******/ ********** **** ** ****** ****** *********. That ***** **** ** **** *******!

[****: ****** ** **** ******]

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*** *** *** *** *** ************ ** ********* ** ** the ********* ******?

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* **** **** ****** *********** *** ******* ** *** **** time *** ****** ** **** **** *** *** **** ** exactly.

***** ******,

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