All posts by Aaron Mooney

Introducing the Skybell Smart Doorbell

Smart Doorbell

Your front doorway is a busy place. With visitors introducing themselves, your kids charging in and out, packages arriving, and hellos and goodbyes galore, it’s hard for you to keep track of everyone who passes through.

It’s no wonder that doorbell cameras are now a smart home must-have, thanks to their ability to show you who’s at the door, no matter where you are.

How does Skybell work?

When a visitor presses the button on SkyBell, everyone who has an approved mobile device will simultaneously receive an alert that somebody is at the door. If you accept the alert, SkyBell’s video camera will send a live video feed to your smartphone so you can see, hear and speak to the person at your door.

 

Smart Doorbell

Because these doorbell cameras are fully integrated into your Action24 alarm system, they’re powered by Alarm.com and able to cooperate with other devices. That gives you and your family more ways to incorporate your smart doorbell camera into your everyday life.

For more information on how you can have a Skybell fitted installed in your smart home contact info@action24.ie or call us on 01-2973333

 

Four Features to Expect from a Modern Security System

When you think about a home security system, do you picture the old, push-button security panel from your childhood home? Or the one that came with your home and still lurks, permanently disarmed, in your hallway?

It’s time to take a fresh look. With HomeTouch™ from Action24, we can now provide you with a touchscreen control panel and discreet detector devices all powered by the award winning alarm.com mobile and tablet app.

Here are four features to look for in a modern home security system that you won’t get with traditional security technology.

1: Control from Anywhere

There’s only one way to interact with a traditional security system: stand in front of it and push a confusing array of buttons. A modern system comes with a smartphone app to control it from home or away.

This lets you use the system in new ways, like securing your home from your bedroom, checking your video cameras from work, and controlling other devices. In fact, a modern security system can be the basis of an entire smart home.

2: Better Protection

Traditional security systems are surprisingly easy for an intruder to disable, because they rely on phone lines which can cut from the outside of the house. You’ll also find the same vulnerability in more recent systems which use a phone line connection.

Modern systems use a wireless cellular connection to communicate in and out of the home. The connection is dedicated to your security / smart home signaling, and not shared with any other service like Internet, phone or TV that could impact performance.  It’s always on, communicates when the line is cut or WiFi is down, and will continue to signal through a power outage.

3: Activity Alerts and Awareness

That smartphone app doesn’t just control your security system—it’s also your system’s way of letting you know what’s up.

It can tell you if your kids arrived home safely, when the dog walker showed up, the instant your video camera captured a new clip, or if your office drawer was opened. Importantly, your Action24 system doesn’t have to be armed to do this – these features are always on, armed or not.

4: Proactive Safeguards

Thanks to connected devices like smoke alarms and CO sensors an Action24 system can warn you and your family about other home emergencies like a fire or a carbon monoxide leak.

Action24 will fit monitored CO and smoke detectors so you can be assured you and your family are protected to the highest levels at all times. If something happens we will be on hand to alert you and the emergency services.

Contact us today to learn more about HomeTouch™ from Action24!

Families spend €10k on security systems, panic buttons and underfloor safes

Our Commercial Director, Aaron Mooney was quoted in an Irish Independent article this morning into the rising crime rates across rural Ireland. The full article is detailed below.

“Rural homeowners are spending close to €10,000 on infrared CCTV cameras, burglar alarms, motion sensor security lighting, and underfloor safes, amid growing concern over the scourge of violent gangs.

As the fear of break-ins and burglaries escalates, families are investing huge sums on surveillance technology. Security firms across the country report a heightened sense of vigilance and awareness. Among the most popular security options are panic buttons, intercom networks, motion sensor security lighting and underfloor home safes. Big purchases include families who are spending up to €4,000 on CCTV and €3,000 on electronic gates.

PhoneWatch, the major provider of home security systems, now has more than 100,000 customers and reported that demand has been on the increase nationally.

Martin Crothers, director of Crothers Security in Walkinstown, north Dublin, said fear was the main reason for the boom in sales, especially among those living in rural areas.

A monitored CCTV system is the “minimum” for people whose house is in an isolated part of the country. He also pointed out that many burglars were now gaining entry by using a technique called “cylinder snapping”. They can break into a property within a matter of seconds, by simply applying enough force if there is a cylinder lock on a door. It is usually done with a pair of mole grips, or a claw hammer, snapping the lock it at its weakest point in the centre.

Aaron Mooney, commercial director of Dublin-based security firm Action24, said there had also been a growing trend of burglars targeting homes in “clusters”. This means three or four properties are burgled in a particular area on the one night. “It indicates there are people travelling around hitting a group of houses they have selected as part of a single job. “We regularly install panic buttons – and more and more homeowners are looking to get them. They’re especially being bought for elderly relatives living on their own.”

“We see a lot of evidence of phone lines being cut by thieves, which renders the alarm system redundant. He pointed out that in provincial Ireland phone lines tended to be more visible, compared with suburban locations, and this was a big risk. But thankfully people are getting away from phone lines altogether and moving towards wireless monitoring,” he added.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Niall Bishop, from Electro Automation in Dublin, said gangs were targeting the homes of people who commuted long distances to work. “So many people commute for work from rural areas; it means their houses are left unattended for long periods. Burglars view these properties as easy prey.”

Ciaran O’Connell of security group Burglarybusters, said buying a door with a steel frame was the only way to ensure it would prevent a break-in.

Martin Stairs, a Dublin-based security consultant, said the installation of automatic gates at entrances to houses were growing in popularity.
He advised anyone living in a rural property to consider getting CCTV with infrared capabilities installed, because of the lower level of lighting compared with urban areas. “There’s the glow of the bright lights in the cities, but once you move out into the country, lighting is non-existent in some parts, so infrared CCTV is crucial.” He also pointed out that people were moving away from analogue cameras, and were instead purchasing megapixel HD devices.

Credit: Irish Independent

Peter Brady joins Action24

Action24 are delighted to announce that Peter Brady has joined as Business Development Director. Peter was formerly Chief Technical Officer with Phonewatch and brings with him a wealth of industry knowledge and technical expertise. Peter’s primary area of focus will be on developing our domestic monitored offering to customers nationwide. He will also provide technical expertise on the further development of our award winning radio network and Live CCTV offering, RemoteWatch.

Welcome Peter!

Introducing Action24…

Introducing Action24 and Peter Brady

We are pleased to announce the amalgamation of our installation division, Action Security Systems and our monitoring division AlarmControl24 to form our new trading name of Action24. This natural step in our evolution as a business coincides with the investment we have recently made in our alarm receiving centre and a significant upgrade to all of our existing IT systems and network capabilities.

Commenting on the rebrand, Aaron Mooney, Commercial Director said: “The rebrand is the most visible element of our strategic plan for the future. Our name has changed but the principles upon which Action Security has served our customers remains the same: intelligent security solutions and exceptional customer service.”

We are delighted to welcome Peter Brady as our new Business Development Director. Peter was formerly Chief Technical Officer at Eircom Phonewatch and brings with him a technical expertise and industry knowledge that will help drive our ambitious plans.

 
Action24 monitoring centre

Our Refurbished Monitoring Centre Is Now LIVE!

We are delighted to announce that our refurbished monitoring centre​, AlarmControl24,​ is now LIVE! After ​6​ months of researching, renovating and reinventing we now feel we have a monitoring centre which will provide an unrivalled level of electronic security monitoring for our customers.​​

Over three times the size of our ​previous monitoring centre, our new facility features 30 feet of video walls for Alarm and CCTV monitoring, a private viewing & meeting room and a state-of the-art comms room.

Commenting on the refurbishment Director and Founder, Pat Maloney said: “Since we opened AlarmControl24 in 2009 we have experienced excellent growth and we had to expand to cope with the changing demands of electronic security monitoring. Our live CCTV monitoring service, “Remotewatch©” has seen significant growth in the last 18 months and we very much see it and our award winning radio-based monitoring solution as the cornerstones of our business going forward.”

Pat’s comments were echoed by fellow Director and Founder Derek Mooney: “Technology plays a vital role in our industry and with this investment we feel we will be able to provide the most innovative and robust form of intruder alarm and CCTV monitoring in the marketplace.”

For more information on Remotewatch© or Action24’s unique radio monitoring solution please contact​ ​info@actionsecurity.ie or ​call ​Aaron on 0​1-2969500.

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Action24 was founded in 1981 and currently employs 60 people across several operating divisions.

Our HQ in Sandyford encompasses our Alarm Receiving Centre, AlarmControl24. AlarmControl24 provides the complete range of security monitoring services including an award winning radio monitoring service, Remotewatch© Live CCTV monitoring and the full range of intruder and fire alarm monitoring for domestic and commercial customers nationwide.

Come Work For Us!

Installation Engineers required

Purpose of the position

Due to continued expansion Action24 Systems, one of Ireland’s leading security solutions provider wishes to hire a number installation engineers to serve its growing client base.

Key responsibilities & duties

  •  Installation of intruder alarm, access control and CCTV systems.
  • Service and maintenance of intruder alarm, access control and CCTV systems.
  • Liaise with our monitoring centre, Alarm Control 24 on technical issues.
  • Provide excellent customer technical support.
  • Complete other tasks as directed by the Technical Supervisor.
  • To maintain full knowledge of the our Health and Safety Statement and risk assessment policies at all times.

Work experience and skills

  • Minimum of 5 years experience in the security industry required.
  • Experience in the installation and maintenance of IP and HD CCTV systems a distinct advantage.
  • Ability to solve complex technical issues as they arise.
  • Excellent customer relation skills.

Terms and conditions apply.

This is a full-time position with considerable potential for self-improvement and career progression. Company transport will be provided and salary will be commensurate with experience. If you are interested in this position, please forward your CV in confidence to aaron@actionsecurity.ie.