Security is of growing importance to Australian businesses, families and individuals. It is essential that security providers are innovative to keep up with new threats. Only a small number of smart providers use technological advances in order to protect the public. Calamity owns Australia’s highest rated security monitoring centre and provides the most modern technical offerings in the Australian market.
Calamity Monitoring (Calamity) was founded by Daniel Lewkovitz in 2008 after Daniel recognised a need for high tech security solutions in an industry that was (and still is) doing exactly the same thing as 20 years ago when he first started working in security. Daniel has been involved in low, medium and high security operations, including state and federal law enforcement projects, banks, education and childcare facilities as well as businesses and private homes of all sizes. Calamity has been graded A1 by Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL), the highest possible security rating. It was also the first, and to date only Australian monitoring centre to be awarded Five Diamond certification by the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA).
Calamity offers full home and commercial security, including installation and monitoring of high tech security systems, or service of existing hardware. Services include system design, alarm and camera installation, maintenance and monitoring of alarms – in-house, not subcontracted to a 3rd party, as well as remote video and tracking. Calamity is a market leader in IP technology, which allows NBN-proof monitoring avoiding easily sabotaged phone lines. The company provides customers with a suite of mobile ‘apps’ for remote control and convenience.
As well as protecting property Calamity is focused on life-safety protection. Home safety systems for seniors and people with disabilities include Silent Sentinel which includes automatic fall-detection. Calamity’s Fearless service takes protection outside the home. Fearless is an Australian first that allows smartphones or tablets to transform into fully monitored portable life-safety devices. Users activate the system when in danger, or after failing to check-in. Users are protected 24/7 by Calamity’s live monitoring operators who receive audio, video and GPS coordinates in real-time to fully assess the situation and initiate a response. This is an inexpensive but potentially life-saving technology with broad appeal to lone-workers, drivers, domestic violence victims, parents and young people.
Calamity has quickly grown to become a disruptive player in the stagnant Australian security landscape. “For security to be effective it has to be responsive to the ever changing risk environment. Technology has enabled a multitude of new threats to businesses and individuals. Security providers are stuck in a costly mindset of ‘guards and gates’ and slow to roll out new technologies or adapt their offerings. I saw a need for a security company that could embrace modern technology and service to help every business and every Australian manage their risk properly and stop throwing money away for a false sense of security. Australians want to know that they are being protected but they need a trustworthy partner who truly gets it.” says Daniel.
Daniel’s contribution has been widely recognised and he is frequently invited by Ministers and the Police Commissioner to give advice on industry matters. Daniel is passionate about continuing to evolve Australia’s security industry and profession. In the spirit of this vision the company is offering initiatives including The Calamity Scholarship for Thought Leadership in Security. The scholarship awards a $1,500 grant toward the education of students who demonstrate exemplary thought leadership and represent the future of the security profession.
Calamity has also been recognised for its social responsibility, winning the Australian Human Resources Industry (AHRI) Diversity award for disability employment. “Calamity is a major employer of people with disabilities. Our staff are easily some of the smartest and most capable people in the security sector. They’re also some of the happiest. That is exactly who you want taking care of you” says Daniel.