Innovation key to security management

A security management expert says: “As local lifestyles and global threats change, technology needs to be able to keep up to changes in how criminals operate.”

With global threats on the rise and modern technology forever changing, security management systems need to adapt. After recognising a need for a disruptive player in the otherwise stagnant security industry, Mr Daniel Lewkovitz formed Calamity Monitoring in 2008.

Daniel has been working in the security industry for more than 20 years and has been involved in low, medium and high security operations, from single-bedroom units to embassies, state and federal law enforcement projects, banks, anti-terrorism, extreme high net-worth families, education and childcare facilities as well as businesses and homes of all sizes.

Working across such diverse security operations, Lewkovitz identified a need for a more modern security company that embraced high-tech solutions and could respond to emerging security threats.

Calamity focuses on high-tech risk management. It recognised the convergence of physical security and information/IT security management – from firewalls to concrete walls. Large security companies can be slower to adapt to changes in the security landscape. As an independent security monitoring company, Calamity has been able to drive new technologies in response to contemporary threats.

For example, life-safety monitoring systems, including Fearless, a fully monitored mobile app for lone workers, mobile staff, journalists, domestic violence victims and anyone looking for security on-the-go as well as Silent Sentinel, a high-tech safety device for seniors.

Innovative technology is at the heart of Calamity. Daniel recognised using smartphones as a safety tool is the most effective way to protect people wherever they are. Fearless is based on an app for Apple iOS, Android and Windows Mobile users, and can even be activated through a smart watch. When triggered, Calamity’s 24/7 live operators receive customers’ location, audio and video. As people are more likely to carry a fully charged mobile phone with them than any other tool or gadget, Fearless empowers a device that is readily accessible when needed.

Daniel used experience gained from large-scale security projects, such as the police, federal and state government as well as corporate engagements, to implement the most effective security concepts at Calamity.

“Security is easily one of the most important considerations for any home or business, yet it can be largely overlooked until after a loss – when it’s too late. Our aim is to make smarter safety solutions accessible, practical and easy to implement in every situation imaginable,” says Lewkovitz.

“Smarter technology has quite literally been a lifesaver for individuals but as local lifestyles and global threats change, technology needs to be able to keep up to changes in how criminals operate,” he adds.

Calamity has received an A1 Grading from ASIAL for the Centre for Advanced Security Technology and Leadership Excellence (CASTLE) in Sydney. It is also Australia’s first-ever CSAA Five Diamond certified central station. Having started with a single customer, the company ( has grown in only a few years to guard thousands of customers and billions of dollars in assets nationally.

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