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How Thieves Can Disable the Burglar Alarm System of your Home and Perform their Job?

We, as a human being are spending most of our time on analyzing the dangers to the toaster, fridge, etc. On the other hand, a significant threat lies on highly important devices to us: burglar alarms.

Not able to understand…

…Let me explain.

According to some researchers, home security alarms of reputed companies can be quickly suppressed. One can also render false alarms which makes the home security alarm thing unreliable.

Now, this is one of the most serious disadvantages of the improving technology.

False alarms can be set from a distance of 250 yards. But disabling the alarm can be done only if you are at a distance of 10 feet from home.

Design of the Security Alarms:

Usually, every security alarm contains one or more sensors so that it can detect strangers entering through the entryways. Apart from that the security alarm also includes a device so that they can detect the intrusion.

Let us now have a look at the various components of the security alarm system.

  1. Premise Control Unit, Alarm Control Panel:

This area also known as a panel is used to read sensor inputs, unwanted intrusion signals, etc. Typically the panel consists of several computer circuit boards that are enclosed in metal. The panel is also connected to a power supply.

  1. Sensors:

Next device that are present in the security alarms Is intrusions. Usually, sensors are placed at windows and doors. They get activated in the case when the door gets opened, or the window gets opened.

The sensors can also check the unoccupied space for motion, vibration sound, etc.

  1. Alerting devices:

These are the devices that contain bells, sirens, and flashing lights. In case, an intrusion is detected, it issues a warning signal to the occupants.

Now, these alerting devices can be used to alert in severe cases like fir or smoke too.

  1. Security devices:

These are used to prevent suspicious entry. Now here’s one important point that I need to make:

In the case of home security systems, alarms come with monitoring service. If intrusion occurs and sensors issue a signal to the monitoring station then the person sitting at the monitoring station sees the signal and after that take certain action which can be contacting the hosue owner or contacting police etc.

Suppressing the Burglar Alarm Simplified

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Well according to Logan Lamb, its very easy to suppress the burglar alarm. A burglar just need to walk till the front door, deactivate the alarm, open the door and after that do whatever he/she needs.

This way the burglar can perform the burglary without even hinting someone that even a person has entered the house or not.

Logan Lamb analyzed the top three home alarm based companies which were Vivint, ADT and one another company who decided its name to remain behind the curtains. They all supply the equipment to more than 4000 distributors.

Apart from this, Silvio Cesare also analyzed lots of home alarm systems that includes home alarm systems by Swann that sells home alarm systems in the United States.

To everyone’s surprise, these two people found the similar problems with the home alarm systems.

They found that the entryways of the house which are doors and windows depend on the radio frequency signals that are passed from the door and window sensors to a control system that alerts an alarm in case some trespasser tries to enter through either of the entryways.

In case someone tries to enter through the tagged door or window, a signal gets deployed.

Now as soon as the signal gets deployed, the home security system trips the alarm and a silent alert is sent to the home security system company. This company can now contact the house owners, the police or other concerned authorities.

But hold on there was a major fault in the home security system.

The fault was that the encryption process was not perfect, hence it was easier to decrypt the data and game the system.

Lamb also tells that the home security systems are now also using the same wireless communications that used to exist in the 90s for the security purposes.

Another major issue that is present in the Home security systems is that the signals sent from sensors to the control panel can be easily jammed by sending radio noise to prevent the signal flow. This in turns stops the alarm from tipping which makes the home alarm system easy to game.

Now its not that every alarm system is going to face this problem of jamming the signals. There are several alarm systems in the market that has taken necessary steps to stop any person from creating obstructions in the path of the signals.

What they do is…

They issue an alarming request to both the company and the occupant. But here also alarm systems can be tricked.

Certain techniques exist that are used to prevent these countermeasures too.

Remote Monitor

Cut Your Electric Bill and Keep an Eye on Your Home

The AT&T Remote Monitoring System manufactured by Xanboo is not a home security system. But it can help you keep an eye on what’s going on at home.

“It lets you view live video, control lights, monitor doors and windows, check on your home’s temperature remotely,” explained Kevin Jurrens, a spokesperson for Xanboo. “All from you cell phone or from a broadband enabled PC.”

“You can fire up your Cingular wireless phone or PDA,” Jurrens continued, “and know at say 3 o’clock you’ll get a text message that your son or daughter is home from school. You know you just have that peace of mind.”

The system uses power line modules to transmit the live video over existing power lines, which eliminates the need for wires. A starter kit is available for around 100 dollars. Learn more by going to http://ATT.com/remotemonitor


Wireless Home Security Lets You Check In From Afar; Do-It-Yourself Installation

So after retiring and moving to Cookeville, Tenn., Mr. Varley three months ago looked for a home-security system that would give him more control over arming the sensors, helping him avert false alarms. He soon came across a company called InGrid Inc., a security system that he could install himself and control using the Internet.

Mr. Varley now arms and disarms his security system by logging onto a personalized Web site. And in addition to knowing when something goes wrong at home, he also can monitor when things are going right. “It’s easy to go online and check the status of your sensors,” he says. “We have a cleaning lady who comes, and I can tell when she comes and when she leaves.”

InGrid is just one of a wave of Internet- or cellular-based home security and monitoring products on the market now, joining iControl Networks Inc., NextAlarm.com, Broadband Alarm Co. and Alarm.com Inc. in offering homeowners a do-it-yourself approach. Larger companies, such as AT&T Inc., are also moving into the wireless home-security market.

Just 1.5% of homes in the U.S. now use wireless monitoring systems, but that percentage is expected to reach 5% to 6% by 2012, according to market researcher Parks Associates.

That’s far below the estimated 25% of U.S. households today that use traditional security systems, such as ADT Security Services Inc. and Brink’s Co. Those systems are linked via the homeowners’ phone lines and mainly use wired sensors that are placed on window and doors. Traditional systems also use a central-monitoring center that alerts police or fire departments when alarms are triggered.

Internet-based security, however, allows homeowners to place wireless sensors throughout the home — beyond just entryways. Many of these systems have central monitoring provided by a third party. AT&T doesn’t offer central monitoring at all.

Using a password-protected Web page, homeowners can use their computers to view the status of each sensor, see a history of dates and times sensors were triggered, and tailor settings to send email, text-message updates and alerts to smart phones or other hand-held devices.

Alarm on the Gun Rack

These features have given rise to a new type of monitoring: Homeowners are now able to spy on activities going on in their homes. Sensors can be installed on everything from liquor chests to medicine cabinets; gun racks to garage doors. Some of the systems also come with stand-alone Web cams that can be monitored through the Web site while users are at work or out of town.

Boston resident Martin Cowley recently put a wireless sensor from Alarm.com on his home liquor cabinet because he hires a teenage babysitter to watch his small children when he’s away. The 39-year-old says he’s already experienced some instances when he’s been out to dinner and gotten an email from his system saying the liquor cabinet had been opened for a short time. (After later inspection, he found no liquor was taken.)

Makers of the new wireless alarm systems say their customers don’t see the monitoring as intrusive. InGrid Chief Executive Louis Stilp says that people mainly want to know if their children are doing something they aren’t supposed to. “The benefits that come from that far outweigh any potential privacy issues,” he says.

Mary Knebel, a vice president at Alarm.com, says all of her company’s features are “opt in,” meaning users can choose what services to implement and who has permission to view the reports.

Installation Savings

Installation Savings

Since the wireless systems can be set up by homeowners, there may be savings on installation. For example, InGrid’s kit for single-family homes, which includes eight wireless sensors and other hardware, costs $299 with a one-year monitoring commitment. Customers who use traditional security systems typically pay $300 to $1,000 for equipment and professional installation. Prices will vary based on the number or type of sensors used, add-on features and the length of the contract. Central monitoring costs are roughly the same — about $30 a month — for both traditional and wireless customers.

To get a larger piece of the $8.8 billion home-security market, some big companies are also entering the wireless monitoring business. In late 2006, AT&T launched a home-monitoring service that includes cameras and wireless door and window sensors. This system, which can be self-installed, costs $10 a month and a one-time $200 equipment fee, with a one-year commitment.

ADT says it’s planning to add Web and mobile interactive features to its traditional security offering in the coming months, but company officials declined to give specifics. Brink’s plans to add complementary Internet-based option to its primary service by the end of the year.

Setting up wireless systems yourself can prove challenging. Homeowners must first add the security system’s hardware to their wireless router, which is then connected to a broadband modem. Sensors are then individually placed and programmed to trigger an alert when breached. Finally, a Web site interface is personalized to let homeowners determine who gets notified and how. An opened liquor cabinet could send an email alert to the homeowner, for example, but a backdoor entry may be set to trigger an alert to the monitoring center as well.

Getting Signals Straight

In some cases, the signal may not stretch to all the corners of the home, making it necessary to use “extenders,” wireless devices that get all the sensors to communicate with the base unit. Most services offer help over the phone, and InGrid plans to launch a partnership with a professional installation company for those who don’t want to install their own systems.

Lee Hutchinson, a 29-year-old computer systems administrator in Houston, recently had trouble figuring out where to put the extender device for his InGrid system so that all the sensors would connect without interference and work properly. He eventually had to draw out a map of his home and email it to InGrid’s customer-service department. They sent him two free extra extenders and instructed him on where best to put the devices.

Still, customers of the wireless alarm systems say the products have made them feel safe. Marvin Hayes, a 75-year-old retired International Business Machines Corp. employee, found that his home in Tucson, Ariz., was broken into in 2003 when he was traveling. Thieves broke down the door, ransacked his bedroom and stuffed valuables into a pillowcase. The criminals haven’t been caught.

In 2006, Mr. Hayes got a home-monitoring system from iControl, and then installed door sensors, as well as motion-activated cameras on the front door and in the living area. The system sends text messages to his cellphone whenever a sensor is triggered.

“It makes me feel very good that I have some control over my house,” he says.


New Xanboo Client Software Version 1.02 Allows For Complete Command and Control of X-10 Devices over the Internet Through Xanboo.com

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NEW YORK, NY., – May 28, 2002 – Xanboo, Inc. has announced that its latest software release will incorporate a bridge to the popular consumer home networking devices developed and manufactured by California based company X-10. Such devices include lighting controls, power on/off controls, dimmers, and more. The Xanboo software release incorporates its proprietary Internet-based remote access and control technology to X-10 without adding cost or firmware to the actual device.

“X-10 is a proven powerline based technology that has been on the market place since the concept of home networking and automation originated,” said Bob Diamond, CEO at Xanboo. “They have obtained significant market share over the years and thousands of consumers take advantage of their wide array of low cost devices. With Xanboo’s remote access software working on top of an X-10 network, we are adding value to the device by allowing that consumer to access and control his or her devices from anywhere in the world over the Internet.”

“The bridge to X-10’s powerline based devices is simply the beginning,” added Diamond. “As a technology, Xanboo is agnostic of wireless protocol and plans to bridge to other technologies in the future including HPNA, HomePlug, 802.11b, and Bluetooth. All of these technologies are concerned with command and control within the home. By giving a consumer or business access and control of these devices outside of the home, Xanboo is enhancing the value of the network and the broadband connection by linking these devices to the consumer wherever he may be in the world.”

About the Xanboo Internet Home Management System 


The Xanboo Internet Home Management System allows individuals to remotely view and control their homes or small business from anywhere, anytime, via the Internet – providing numerous services such as Home Monitoring and Security, Energy Management, Appliance Control and Diagnostics and Home Automation. Xanboo’s client software can be loaded onto any standard PC or compatible residential gateway. Users access their system through a secure, password protected account on the Xanboo Web site (www.xanboo.com), an affiliate Xanboo partner site or via a WAP enabled cellular phone or handheld device.

Xanboo will continue to advance its Internet device protocol by publishing the Xanboo Development Kit (XDK) outlining development specifications and reference designs for third party device manufacturers to Internet-enable virtually any device to allow it to be remotely accessed and controlled from anywhere in the world. Customized service models and information gathering business metrics will be designed by Xanboo to coincide with compatible devices.

About Xanboo:

Xanboo is headquartered in New York City where its executive management team leads all aspects of its end-to-end device, gateway, and server-side software development and hardware design and engineering. For more information, please contact Mike Noble, Director of Business Development at 646.674.3011 or mnoble@xanboo.com.


More Ways to Stay Connected

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Motorola, Inc. today extended its portfolio
of solutions for monitoring the home, by introducing a new line of IP-based home network cameras and extending the functionality of its award-winning Home Monitoring and Control System with ten new accessories.

The products debuted at the 2005 International CES trade show, where Motorola is showcasing its retail solutions for the “connected home” at booth #8545.

“With the expansion of our solutions for monitoring and controlling the home, consumers have even more ways to stay aware of what’s happening in and around their home — even when they’re not there,” said John Burke, Motorola corporate vice president and general manager, consumer entertainment solutions. “Motorola has further blurred the lines between ‘home’ and ‘away,’ bridging broadband and wireless networks to offer remote control of appliances in the home and real-time information to mobile devices while on the road.”

New Home Network Cameras Can Be Remotely Controlled From A Mobile Phone

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A 2005 International CES “Innovations in Design and Engineering” honoree, Motorola Home Network Cameras can send real time video from the home to anywhere on the Internet. Further, consumers can remotely view and change the orientation (pan and tilt) of the camera, directly from a Motorola (or other Internet-capable) mobile phone.

Like other Motorola home monitoring solutions, the Home Network Cameras can record video with sound or still images based on sensor-driven activity, and/or have a notification sent to a mobile phone or email account.

The cameras are easily setup through a simple “installation wizard” that guides consumers through the necessary steps to configure the camera. The products also include access to an Internet naming service that enables customers to view video from their cameras without having to remember a complicated web address.

Motorola Home Network Cameras can join any home network based on the 802.11g wireless
standard, and require a high-speed Internet connection. Two models will be available: the IPC1000 standard camera and the IPC2000, which includes pan and tilt features.

Both cameras are expected to be available in the summer of 2005. For more information,
visit http://www.motorola.com/broadband.

New Accessories Deliver Enhanced Real-Time Information

Introduced in October 2004 (http://www.motorola.com/mediacenter/news/detail/0,,4771_4067_23,00.html), the Motorola Home Monitoring and Control System is a wireless solution consisting of cameras, environmental sensors, and lighting/appliance controls that work together to provide real-time information about what is happening in your home. The System was honored at the 2005 International CES with an “Innovations in Design and Engineering” Award.

The newly introduced accessories provide even more ways to control and monitor your home.
Each accessory can easily be added to the Home Monitoring System through “one-touch discovery” — a feature that adds the new device to the system simply by pressing a button.

The new accessories include: — Wireless Camera (day and day/night versions) — Enhanced design with faster reacting infrared detection. — Home/Away Keypad Kit and Key Pack — Arm or disarm the System from a keypad-style panel rather than from a PC. — Wireless Power Controller — Turn lights and appliances on/off. — Wireless Table Lamp Controller — Turn any household lamp on/off, or dim a light to a discreet level. — Wireless Garage Door Controller — Remotely open and close a garage door, or monitor the status (open/closed) of the garage door through the System. — Wireless TV Video Controller — View live video and audio from cameras connected to the System on a TV, and switch between video from those cameras with a simple Infrared remote control. — Wireless Portable Display Monitor — Access live video and audio from cameras connected to the System rather than from a PC. — Wireless Motion Sensor — Detect motion with a stand-alone device that also includes an integrated infrared sensor. — Wireless Siren — Sound an audible alert when the System is armed and one of the sensors are triggered. — Wireless Repeater — Extends the communication range of accessories including sensors and control device associated with the System. Updated Software Functionality Expands Options

Motorola also released an updated version of its Home Monitoring and Control Software, designed to support the added functionality of the newly available accessories. The central control point for the System, the updated software now supports up to 3 wired cameras, 12 wireless cameras and 16 other devices.

Other new features include: — “Live” Camera popup window puts real-time video in the forefront — More email accounts supported — send alerts to up to 8 addresses — More text message accounts supported — send alerts to up to 8 accounts — Individual arming and disarming of cameras and sensor devices — Individual power state control for power modules — Individual suspension or activation of scheduled events — Schedule events to occur during specific time frames More Ways to Get Started

Motorola now offers two Starter Kit options for consumers to begin monitoring their homes:

The Video Starter Kit (Model HMEZ1000) includes the Base Station/Gateway, Software, and a Wireless Camera, and has an MSRP of $279.99.

The Security Starter Kit (Model HMCB2000) includes the Base Station/Gateway, Software, Wireless Door/Window Sensor, Wireless Power Controller and Wireless Siren, and has an MSRP of $279.99.

System requirements are: — Intel(R) Pentium(R) 2 Processor or equivalent — Microsoft(R) Windows(R) Me/2000/XP Home/XP Professional or higher — CD-ROM drive — 128 MB of RAM — 45 MB of hard drive space recommended for install files — Up to 500 MB for archives — Available USB port — Broadband Internet connection required for remote notification For more information, visit http://www.motorola.com/homemonitoring .


Motorola is a Fortune 100 global communications leader that provides seamless mobility products and solutions across broadband, embedded systems and wireless networks. In your home, auto, workplace, and all spaces in between, seamless mobility means you can reach the people, things and information you need, anywhere, anytime. Seamless mobility harnesses the power of technology convergence and enables smarter, faster, cost-effective and flexible communication. Motorola had sales of US$27.1 billion in 2003. For more information: http://www.motorola.com/