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Sunday 25 September 2016

Tattersall launches new text alarm warning system

Published 23/08/2015 | 02:30

Security industry entrepreneur Paul Tattersall is launching a new alarm reporting system that will notify homeowners by text and email if their alarm is going off.

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Tattersall, who sold his alarm company Europlex to Siemens for €28m, is hoping the new product will help fill a gap in the market caused by Eircom recently switching off a text message alarm-reporting system.

The removal of the system came about after Eircom did away with its 'fixed SMS' service - the ability to send and receive texts via a fixed landline phone.

Some people used this service in conjunction with their alarms so they could have trigger notifications sent to their mobile phones.

"We do not have insight into the number of people who use fixed SMS for their monitored alarms, as this is not a service provided by Eircom. Having had discussions with the security industry, it is felt that the number of people who do have fixed SMS notifications for their alarm service is very low," Eircom said when the decision was announced.

"In theory, every Eircom landline customer can used fixed SMS, although in reality the number of customers who actually use this service is a very small percentage of Eircom's total customer base," the company added.

Tattersall's product, the Vee-Plex Reporter, is designed to be plugged into a broadband router and will report alarm, fault and warning signals by text and email to as many as 10 recipients.

The device is designed to allow users to control other devices on their property from an outside location via smartphones and tablets.

The idea is that customers would be able to switch on floodlights in the garden, open electric gates or look into security cameras from outside the premises.

The company behind the device, Vee-Plex Technology, believes the product could be marketable globally because it uses standard internet procedures.

Vee-Plex, based in a factory near Dublin Airport, says the internet "is now a sophisticated, efficient and reliable system for the reporting of alarm activations and Vee-Plex intends to maximise its use of speed and flexibility to provide useful features and reliable information to its customers."

Tattersall is also the founder of alarm power supply company Power Plex, which was recently sold to local investors.

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