Our Story

Niall Kelly and David Walsh in front of screens

Our mission at Netwatch is to ‘create a fearless environment for our clients’ where they can feel safe and secure in their business or home environment. Netwatch was born when a mutual friend of founders David Walsh and Niall Kelly was viciously assaulted after responding to an alarm at his place of business in the middle of the night back in 2002. Both men felt there had to be a better way to protect both the first responder and the business, ensuring that an individual would never again have to experience a situation whereby he or she would walk blindly into a real-life crime scenario.This incident drove home the shortcomings of traditional security systems to both David and Niall and they set about finding a better solution.

Enda Kenny speaking at Netwatch Group picture of the Netwatch team


In late 2002, David and Niall decided to research the possibility of devising a pro-active alarm monitoring system, using new video transmission technology. The pair travelled the world in pursuit of suitable technology and they finally found potential in an Australian based company who specialised in this area, predominantly for military installations. Impressed with David and Niall’s tenacity and enthusiasm the Australian company agreed to a pilot scheme modifying the technology to incorporate the features which had been identified as being critical to commercial application.

The result was a system that vastly improved the protection of key-holders. Not only could Netwatch now visually confirm via CCTV camera systems if a criminal was on-site but they could detect him before he reached his intended target and intervene by issuing a live personalised audio warning advising him to leave the area. This early intervention alone has proved extremely effective, and Netwatch have prevented over 40,000 crimes to date.

The Netwatch system is more effective than CCTV, an alarm and a security guard combined as it allows visual recognition to determine a real crime from a false alarm. Netwatch can remotely alert the authorities to any unauthorised activity at a client’s property, which negates the necessity to place a business owner, key holder or security personnel in danger.

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