Officially opened by an Taoiseach, Brian Cowen in April 2010 the Netwatch Communication Hub is a custom built, state-of-the-art facility designed and operated to the highest International Standards. The Communication Hub is the result of a €5 million investment by Netwatch. This investment has included the establishment of a dedicated Research and Development centre, which has been supported by Enterprise Ireland. Up to eight employees now focus on the development of new software applications, more intelligent transmission equipment and site hardware to ensure Netwatch remains a technological leader in protection and alarm monitoring systems.
At present, the Netwatch Communication Hub houses the world’s most technologically advanced IT infrastructure for remote CCTV visual security. “The new R&D centre in Carlow, will allow us to continue to innovate with new applications and new technologies which will better protect our customers and their properties. This investment will position us for future growth not only in Ireland but in overseas markets and will afford us the opportunity to pursue larger and more complex contracts” says David Walsh, Netwatch Group CEO.
“Significant investments in research and development are critical if we are to foster innovation in Ireland. Netwatch is a dynamic and energetic company, driven by innovation and commercialisation and it is exactly the kind of company that we want in Ireland as we build our Smart Economy and strive to recover from our current economic difficulties,” said an Taoiseach, Brian Cowen at the opening.
The Communication Hub is physically constructed to the requirements of IS228, Irish Standard for the construction and operation of a Monitoring Centre. The Centre is resistant to gross attack through the construction of a mass concrete shell exterior without normal window and door openings. The Centre features an Airlock double door system and unlimited generator back-up. All communication paths are duplicated; our disaster recovery plan includes the provision of back up mointoring station located in Dublin and a partnership agreement with a monitoring station in the UK, both of whom can take over our monitoring duties within minutes should the need arise.