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What is it?

 Video Verification is the back-bone of the SecurityLine Technology and the myCerberus system. It is what sets us apart from other manufacturers' systems.
 It is a way of checking the validity of an emergency warning notification using a video camera. With myCerberus, this is accomplished with high-quality digital video cameras which transmit videos via the internet any time that there is an emergency event (ie. motion sensed). The key, however, is that once there is an emergency - users are then notified and are able to view the videos from any remote station.

In fact, it doesn't even need to be an emergency for a password-verified user to check in and view live or recorded videos of his or her property!

Cool! So why do I need it?

One word: ACTION!

 One of the biggest problems with current alarm systems is the abundance of false alarm calls. Most other alarm companies promote very questionable strategies for 'false alarm reduction' as their key selling points. With video-verification, users and monitors can actually visually check for themselves that the trigger notification is, or is not, a real emergency and then be better suited to take appropriate action. Because of the myCerberus technology, this is all done quickly and easily from any remote location and from almost any communication device.

 Because most break-ins occur while the owner is away, it is often impossible to verify an emergency even in time to stop it! With myCerberus, it is now possible to follow all of the emergency procedures remotely. This is opposed to the old method where the owner (or a guard service) would need to actually physically go to the property and visually check for a break-in. This process is generally inconvenient, time-consuming, and potentially dangerous.
   Remote verification is the only way to go!

 The main benefit is that with visual confirmation of a break-in or other emergency,
police WILL respond
and they will do so quickly and with high-priority. In a word...


So how exactly does Cerberus go about using Video Verification technology?

 With an internet connection and a motion detector enabled Cerberus Camera at your site, you have 24hr access to your home. The Cerberus software is set to contact you as soon as an emergency event is triggered so that you are the first to know what is happening. You can then confirm any emergencies, providing fast response, or decline any false break-ins; saving you time, inconvenience, and possibly large false-alarm fines!

Not only do you have the ability to verify your break-ins remotely, but you can also check up on your property and family from anywhere at anytime!



"As many as 90% of alarms are actually false alarms"

The Ideal Scenario

 If every time a Burglar Alarm was triggered there was a real BREAK-IN in progress then conventional Alarm Systems would be adequate to protect your property. Police would respond immediately and more arrests would be made potentially resulting in lowered crime rates.

The Reality

 Most jurisdictions across North America are subject to False Alarms as high as in the 90th percentile range. This means that as few as 1 out of every 10 Alarms is a real Emergency. With statistics like this it is proving very difficult to provide effective response from Police.

The Cost

 In the event of a false alarm, huge costs are suffered. The home or business owner must attend his office or home to resolve each emergency. If the customer contracts private Guard Response services, there is typically an extra fee to attend to an alarm.

 However, the biggest single cost is the time consumed by Police Officers to respond. As we know, police must respond to 9 false alarms for every 1 real emergency. This is a tragic loss of resources that should be directed at real crimes. As tax payers we are only getting $0.10 of value out of each tax dollar we apply towards having Police respond to break-ins.

 IN FACT, many municipalities are actually charging fines for false alarm responses as well as removing customers' alarm permits who are repeat false alarm offenders!

 IN FACT, many municipalities are no longer recognizing police calls for unconfirmed alarms because of the amount of false alarms.

Some Solutions Proposed

 There are a number of programs being adopted to reduce the resource requirements generated by False Alarms including but not limited to:

Education It is hoped that educating the public on the proper use and maintenance of Alarm Systems will result in fewer False Alarms.

Low Priority or No Response Some municipalities will lower the response priority of alarm calls meaning other crimes will be handled first. Some municipalities have published rules that say that police will not attend business premises alarms during normal business hours.

Permit System Many municipalities require all home and business owners with an alarm system to pay an annual permit fee. Monies collected may be applied to response costs directly. Those persons without a valid permit may not receive a police response.

Fine System A very large number of municipalities are now charging home owners and businesses fines of varying amounts for false alarm calls.

The Bottom Line

 False Alarms create a sort of 'cry wolf' scenario. With the majority of alarms being false, police have no choice but to respond at their lowest level of priority. This means that with a real emergency alarm, response time will likely be EXTREMELY poor. That is of course only with conventional-system unconfirmed emergencies...



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#202 - 2055 Boundary Road
Vancouver, BC   V5M 3Z1

Phone: 604-299-5855
Fax: 604-648-8158



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