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Premier External TD-W Wireless Outdoor Sensor Voted ‘Outstanding’ and ‘Best Buy’ in Benchmark Magazine Review

Premier External TD-W Wireless Outdoor Sensor Voted ‘Outstanding’ and ‘Best Buy’ in Benchmark Magazine Review

We're delighted that our Premier External TD-W wireless outdoor sensor has achieved ‘Outstanding’ and ‘Best Buy’ verdicts in Benchmark Magazine's recent product review of external intruder detection devices.

External detection is often underused by installers and integrators as it is often assumed that passive detection devices like PIRs or PIR and microwave combinations are susceptible to false alarms. The fact is that improvements in product design mean that external detectors are now often more stable than some internal sensors.

Featuring Ricochet mesh technology and two non-overlapping PIR sensors with superior mirrored optics, the Premier External TD-W is a wireless outdoor sensor that can be used for monitoring open areas and reporting intrusions or for switching on surveillance cameras or lights. It utilises two separate, non-overlapping PIR sensors, and both must detect motion for an alert to be generated, thus minimising the chance of a false alarm. The detector is especially suited for use with Texecom Connect.

The Premier External TD-W units used in the Benchmark test was installed for six months as a part of the Benchmark Smart Solutions Project and were continuously deployed in all weathers, including extreme heat, snow, ice, rain and gales. During that time the only nuisance activations were created by intentional attempts to see how far the performance could be pushed. In normal operation there was not a single false alarm, nor were any incidents missed. There were also no problems with performance or operation.

The Benchmark Verdict
According to Benchmark Magazine, the Premier External TD-W from Texecom had the hardest workout of all the products tested, with its capabilities both as a security detector and as a trigger device for integrated solutions and automation applications being pushed to the limit.

It did not miss a single genuine intrusion and there were no issues relating to everyday performance. We are absolutely delighted that it achieved Benchmark’s ‘Outstanding’ status and was also rated ‘Best Buy’!

Key Features of the Premier External TD-W

• 12m volumetric range, adjustable to 8, 5 & 2 metres
Ricochet mesh technology
• 90° viewing angle, rotatable through 180°
• Non-overlapping twin mirrored PIR optics
• Day/night mode
• Powered by 2 x AA lithium batteries (supplied)
• Up to 4 years battery life
• Available in black or white
• Compatible with Premier and Premier Elite control panels
• EN50131-5-3 Grade 2 Class IV

For more information about the Premier External TD-W please visit the Premier Wireless Peripherals page of the Texecom website.


New Premier Elite and Texecom Connect SmartCom Firmware

New Premier Elite and Texecom Connect SmartCom Firmware

Texecom is pleased to announce firmware updates for Premier Elite control panels and Texecom Connect SmartCom communicators.

Premier Elite V4.03 Firmware

Premier Elite V4.03 firmware includes an update to improve functionality when using multiple communication devices, and improves the clarity of keypad notifications of low battery warnings from wireless devices. Premier Elite V4.03 firmware also includes additional functional enhancements and minor bug fixes.

Premier Elite V4.03 Requires:

Wintex V6.3.7 & Ricochet Monitor V2.18.7 >

V4.03 Firmware >

Premier Elite V4.03 firmware is now available on all Premier Elite control panels. Texecom Registered Installers can access details of all Premier Elite firmware versions on the ‘Support’ page of the Texecom website.

Texecom Connect SmartCom V1.03 Firmware

Texecom Connect SmartCom V1.03 firmware is a minor update to facilitate future products and services.

Field Upgrades

To upgrade an installed Texecom Connect SmartCom, simply access the site via the Texecom Connect App using the control panel engineer’s code, and follow the instructions found here.
The upgrade process will take 10 to 15 minutes to complete, and during this time the Texecom Connect SmartCom will be offline. Once completed, the Texecom Connect SmartCom will operate normally.

Texecom showed how its intruder detection technology can help specifiers, consultants and end users at COIE event

Texecom showed how its intruder detection technology can help specifiers, consultants and end users at COIE event

This year’s IFSEC saw a series of Cortech Open Innovation Event (COIE) events, organised by Cortech Developments, held during the duration of the show.

Along with representatives from other manufacturers, Texecom’s Head of Industry Affairs, Adrian Mealing took part in a series of discussions and live software/hardware demonstrations focussing on the challenges faced by modern day control room environments. Topics discussed included intrusions, unauthorised access, fire detection, nuisance alarms and building energy efficiency.

Attendees not only saw the latest advances in security, building and fire control technology, but discovered how smarter interoperability between these systems reduces cost and risk, improves operational efficiency and provides greater situation awareness. They also earned valuable CPD points.

According to Adrian, it was a very informative event and an excellent opportunity to engage with specifiers, consultants and end users.

“End users are constantly looking for ways to control large estates with the minimal number of people, while specifiers are more concerned about interoperability as opposed to integration – they also want reassurance that products can be updated and patched where vulnerabilities are discovered,” commented Adrian after the event.

 “Our forthcoming cloud services, which will allow remote upgrading and cloud management for systems, will help address these needs from both an end user and specifier perspective. I’m also glad to say that the humble intruder alarm is back on the map! The possibility of cloud management capability and true interoperability really resonates with today’s estate managers.”

The event was also deemed as a success by Cortech Developments’ Head of Sales and Marketing, Jason Blundell. “We were delighted to welcome 70 delegates to the series of events spanning the three days. By collaborating with our attending manufacturers, we were able to demonstrate how smart integration can reduce risk and cost when managing multiple technologies across multiple sites. The feedback from delegates has been extremely positive and the event has surpassed our expectations.

The COIE events concentrated on ‘mitigating the risk for workplace safety, high security and building efficiency’, providing delegates with the opportunity to see the latest advances in building, fire and security control technology and discover how smarter interoperability between these systems can reduce cost and risk, improve operational efficiency and provide greater situation awareness,” added Jason. 

Texecom IFSEC 2018 Review

Texecom IFSEC 2018 Review

After our best IFSEC show ever, we thought we’d share a few thoughts about the show – and future plans.

We were absolutely delighted with the response from visitors, who were treated to live demonstrations of Texecom security systems in both commercial and residential scenarios, showcasing how intruder alarm systems can add value every day and defeat the ‘grudge purchase’ mentality.

This included Texecom Connect, which enables security installers to offer customers a secure system with the additional benefits of automation, smart management and flexible control, all from our Premier Elite control panels.

We were also excited to talk about two developments still in the pipeline. The first of these is Texecom Cloud, an advanced cloud-based platform enabling security installers to manage multiple alarm systems from one simple interface, giving them more control over their estate of alarm systems and enhancing day-to-day remote management. Visitors also learned about our new app, TexecomPro, which will give installers access to the very latest product information, manuals, guides, technical bulletins and other useful material at the touch of a button. The app also gives access to the Installer Forum, so you can ask questions on the go.

“There was a definite sense of anticipation amongst our visitors this year,” said Texecom’s Marketing Director Clym Brown. “Not only were they shown how security systems can offer more value, increase safety and security, use digital platforms to increase productivity and business efficiency, create a longer term relationship with customers and ultimately earn increased revenues and profit – they also gained an insight into our future plans. We received brilliant feedback and we’re absolutely driven to delivering on our commitments in the coming months.”