Lessons Learned in Recent Utility Installation

Chris Koetsier by Chris Koetsier | 11.24.2015
Utilities Honeywell Installation

This case study details a Honeywell solution for a electrical utility facility.

Protecting our nation’s power grid from physical attacks is so important. Honeywell recently participated in a project that provided a powerful solution for an electrical utility facility. Due to security concerns, the facility requested to remain anonymous, but wanted to share the lessons learned to help protect other utilities across the United States.

Take a few minutes to read through the case study that details the layered approach that created a scalable and sustainable integrated solution. And if you are interested in learning more about how to protect utilities in your area, sign up for our free webinar on December 7th. Open to utilities, security integrators and consultants, the webinar will cover how to protect a wide range of assets with a three-prong solution. You’ll hear from experts from Honeywell, Shooter Detection Systems and SpotterRF about how this solution can help substations meet national requirements and prevent millions of dollars in restoration costs or potential revenue loss.

How to Use the Apple Watch with Honeywell Total Connect 2.0

Ilan Dee by Ilan Dee | 11.17.2015

We recently launched the Honeywell Total Connect Apple Watch app for all users of the Honeywell Total Connect 2.0 platform. The app increases the ways consumers can access their security systems,  increasing the value of the platform you’re selling.

The Apple Watch app allows a user to quickly and conveniently check the status of their system directly from their wrist, without having to pull their phone out and log into the Honeywell Total Connect app. Being able to easily check security status gives a busy person confidence that their home, family and/or business is safe and secure 24/7.

If YouTube is blocked, you can view the video here.

The Apple Watch app lets users arm and disarm their security system with a single tap. If the system is disarmed, they can choose to set it to either Armed Away or Armed Stay, and if it’s armed, they can press the disarm button to immediately disarm it. When arming, they can bypass any open zones from their Apple Watch. Most importantly, should the system go into alarm, the app will display the type of alarm (security, fire, CO or medical) and allow the user to disarm it when appropriate with their four-digit code. Watch the video above to see these and more features in action.

The usage of the Honeywell Total Connect Apple Watch app has skyrocketed, and we encourage you to discuss the benefits on your sales calls.

Connected Cities: Integrated Solutions for Today’s Government Facilities

Norma Schiller by Norma Schiller | 11.16.2015

In the heart of California’s Central Valley, Turlock is the second largest city in Stanislaus County. With nearly 70,000 residents, the city offers relaxed rural living with convenient access to some of California’s most popular tourist destinations in and around its capitol.


When an alarm comes in to the new 911 center, cameras offer immediate confirmation and details so officers know what’s happening before they respond.

As the City of Turlock grows, adding a brand new Public Safety building and transit center and expanding its waste water treatment facilities, Honeywell helps manage the growing infrastructure with Honeywell’s sustainable access control and surveillance system. The city now has a fully integrated security system which connects all buildings together on a single shared database.

Microbiz Security Co. installed the system based on Honeywell’s Pro-Watch security management system. It controls almost 100 proximity readers and manages badging for multiple city departments, multiple buildings and parking lots in one shared database. Seamlessly integrated with a VISTA security system and video surveillance, it can be managed from a single command at the 911 call center. To find out more about this unique installation, take a few minutes to read the case study.

How to Address the NERC-CIP-014-2 Requirements for Energy Utilities

David Karsch by David Karsch | 11.10.2015

web18The North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) implemented a set of security requirements (NERC-CIP-014-2) for utility substations. Non-compliance fees can reach as high as $1 million per day per violation. As the vertical market utility lead, I meet with utilities across North America who in light of these requirements are extremely concerned. While many have some form of security measure, they are not able to deter, detect, delay, assess, communicate and respond to the levels required.

So what can we do to ensure physical security plans achieve compliance in this highly regulated market? It begins with education. On December 7th, we’re holding a free webinar that will be open to utilities, security integrators and consultants to discuss how to protect a wide range of assets with a three-prong solution. During the hour, you’ll hear from experts from Honeywell, Shooter Detection Systems and SpotterRF about how this solution can help substations meet these requirements to avoid these penalties and prevent millions of dollars in restoration costs or potential revenue loss.

Honeywell is committed to providing you with the tools and resources you need to be successful. Register today to reserve your spot in this session that will help you better understand the requirements to secure one of our nation’s most valuable assets.

Safety in Numbers? Not So, Survey Says

Rob Puric by Rob Puric | 11.09.2015

Do we truly understand why people don’t feel safe in their homes?

That’s the question I asked myself last month when Honeywell released survey results regarding the use of connected-home technologies, and consumer attitudes about those technologies. The results indicate more than two-thirds of Americans don’t feel totally safe in their own homes. That starts to make more sense when you consider results of the latest Crime poll conducted by Gallup, which shows seven out of 10 Americans perceive there’s more crime this year than last. Whether that perception matches reality is up for debate. If you consider that people think crime is on the rise, though, it’s understandable that some may not feel safe inside their homes.

Honeywell Connected Home Security Survey

A recent Honeywell survey found that people who live with more than one person were more likely to feel unsafe in their homes than people who live alone.

Surprising Findings
Respondents who live with more than one person were more likely to feel unsafe in their homes versus people who live alone (71 percent vs. 58 percent). Some may think the “safety-in-numbers” concept would lead people to feel safer, but the results suggest otherwise. The data reveals other key findings that might explain why.

  1. Respondents who identified themselves as parents were more likely than non-parents to admit they don’t always feel safe at home (75% vs. 65%), and fret about their home not being secure enough (52% vs. 42%).
  2. Fewer non-married individuals said they had security alarm systems in their homes, compared to those who are married (18% vs. 28%).
  3. Only 14% of respondents living alone said they have a home security alarm compared to 25% of households of two or more people.

There are a few things to consider about these results:  First, it’s a reasonable assumption that many people who live with others feel less safe than those who live alone because those “other people” they live with are their children. And any parent will tell you they naturally are always concerned for their children’s safety. And secondly, it doesn’t always have to be all about children; spouses naturally are concerned for each other’s safety as well.

The point is: when other people enter the picture, a homeowner may feel a greater sense of responsibility for their safety and wellbeing, and thus pay more attention to a home’s security and safety vulnerabilities.

What Does this Mean for Security Dealers?
It means there’s a greater need to design and provide systems that do more than just solve for security vulnerabilities; they must also solve for the elusive “peace-of-mind” factor. There were other findings in the survey that support this notion:

  • 42% of respondents said they would want to use a connected home system to make sure their homes are secured when away.
  • Locking the doors tops the list of things worrying Americans as they head out for vacation.
  • 34 percent of consumers with a security system are unsure if they remembered to turn it on before leaving for vacation.

It’s one thing to make sure security systems address vulnerabilities; the system also should “feel” secure for the homeowner.

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