Located in Irvine, California, SMC provides Customer Premise Equipment to Multi-Service Operators (MSO). SMC security equipment is used by such cable giants as Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable and Comcast. While it appears that the AT&T Digital Life System is currently using Samsung security equipment, Cox Home Security, Time Warner Cable IntelligentHome and Xfinity Home Security all employ SMC Security Equipment.
What Components are Available in an SMC Security System
While not as well recognized in the home security industry as such companies as GE/Interlogix, 2 Gig Technologies , DSC, Honeywell or Qolsys…SMC manufactures and distribures a full lineup of quality wireless home security equipment that includes:
- Aegis 3G Touchscreen Alarm Panel – The cornerstone of the SMC security system is a 7” touchscreen panel that incorporates ethernet, wi-fi, 3G cellular and Zigbee home automation communication capabilities into an attractive full featured central control panel that includes a 24 hour back up battery . It is essentially a tablet that utilizes the Android operating system and is equipped with front facing camera, microphone and speakers which are capable of emitting and alarm signal at 85db.
- Wireless Keypad
- Door/Window Sensor
- Motion Detectors-SMC offers both a PIR Motion sensor with either a 50 or 100lb pet immunity ration, as well as Infrared motion sensor.
- Glass Break Detectors
- Carbon Monoxide Sensors
- Smoke Alarms- SMC smoke detectors offer a feature known as “drift compensation” that adjusts sensitivity automatically to compensate for the accumulation of dirt and dust over time.
- Key Fob
- Water Leak Sensor
- Wireless IP Camera– While up to 6 of their wireless IP cameras can be incorporated into the system…the camera is very basic with only VGA resolution (640x480DPI) and no “Night Vision” capability.
SMC also has a wireless takeover board that allows the system to recognize peripherals from pre-existing alarm systems. Zigbee is the same communications platform that the SMC uses for home automation features such as lighting and small appliance control, thermostats and door locks. One may way want to investigate this platform more thoroughly before making a decision. This communication platform has recently come under scrutiny- as was recently written in an article on The Verge.
“A vulnerability in Comcast’s Xfinity Home Security System could allow attackers to open protected doors and windows without triggering alarms, researchers with cybersecurity firm Rapid7 wrote in a blog post today.
The security bug relates back to the way in which the system’s sensors communicate with their home base station. Comcast’s system uses the popular ZigBee protocol, but doesn’t maintain the proper checks and balances”
In light of that information, you may want to consider systems that incorporate the more common Z–Wave home automation technology that is utilized on out Top Rated Home Alarm Companies.
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