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As many of you know, I spent some time researching the CSL CS2300-R SPTs last year. I found a series of issues that I think are serious problems. CSL have had 17 months to deal with these issues, and after them dawdling, I opted for co-ordinated disclosure of the issues via CERT/CC. CSL have had 45 days to respond to CERT/CC, and only did so on Friday with a statement that is largely spin and distraction. In summary, the issues found: CSL have developed incredibly bad encryption, on a par with techniques state-of-the-art in the time before computers. CSL have not protected against
Bigger = Better? Many barriers currently exist for businesses which are planning to run their own Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC). In the coming months we could potentially see some of those barriers crumble and a whole new way of doing business materialise. Winners & Losers Traditionally setting up an ARC from scratch has been an expensive and time consuming process, which can rely upon expertise in the field to implement and is surrounded by very little shared information or open resources (ARCs for Dummies is not out yet). Existing ARCs face to lose out if more competition en
Introducing OpenTAP our Free of Charge TAP gateway messaging service? Does your security system’s or other supported devices SMS alert use O2 or other network service provider? Security systems over a year old which use the O2's TAP gateway service to deliver an SMS text message to key holders when their alarm is activated, now need to switch to another provider. O2 withdrew their "TAP" gateway product in March 2012. Plus other major networks to follow! The change may well cause problems for a number of alarm systems. The SMS TAP service uses a landline connection from the alarm c
The technology used to transmit alarm and UDL data from premises to ARC and installer is becoming ever more powerful. In this series of blog's we aim to provide you with unbiased information on subjects such as SIA transmission (this edition), standards and how the advance of communications technology will continue to benefit all stakeholders in security. In our business we love technology, but you won't hear from us "you can't do this" or "you shouldn't use x technology". There are horses for courses and it's essential for end users and installers to use the appropriate solution dependent o