So, time for the more telling parts from the NZSA meeting last Friday.
First off it was great to put some faces to all the names.
The good news is that Greg Watt’s (NZSA CEO) does appear to care and promised good things to come. I’d like to give full credit to Greg, who admitted that things are not perfect and there is room for improvement. Whilst I have been critical of the NZSA in the past it must be pointed out that Greg has only been in the hot seat for about 18 months so can’t claim all the credit for the Muppetry that’s gone down in the past!!!
On the other hand my concerns over the input from alarm distributors still stands. To put it simply it’s like asking cigarette manufactures to regulate themselves. They’ll spin lots of marketing crap and tell you it’s good for you if they can get away with it!
Speaking of which I must note that David Harley from Mongoose was very keen to expand the vehicle security group to include safety which includes Reversing cameras etc. Ding ding ding ding ding. The alarm bells were ringing overtime. The cynic in me can’t help but get the impression that there would be little interest in doing this if Mongoose did not sell the bloody things!
On voicing my concerns about the lack of installer standards, the first comment that came back was “Well any companies who do poor work won’t last in the business very long so are not really a concern.”
Aaahhhhhrrrggg. Talk about missing the point! I seemed to be in the minority who consider the current system a joke, sadly this was not really surprising as the group who didn’t consider the matter to be an issue were the very Muppets who set the system up in the first place!
5 Stars and a big black hole!
It was David Harley from Mongoose who seemed to take credit for the star rating system. He explained that it was like looking for a hotel. If you stopped in a 1 star pad you’d find bed bugs where as a 5 star would be the best of the best. The thing is that I expect room service with a 5 star hotel and in the NZ car alarm world the intercom system seems to be buggered so you can’t call for any!
At this point I questioned how a 5 star system with an easy to remove battery back up siren actually offered any more protection than a 4 star system. The response came from Andrew Harley (also from Mongoose) who muttered something about a bonnet switch! WTF? Two years in the game and he is either in spin factory denial, or still very wet behind the ears!
Greg (who is not a technical guru) suggested that the matter be addressed at the next meeting where I will be more then happy to debate the matter in detail!
Until then I’m happy to back up my claims that most 5 star alarm sirens can be defeated in a matter of seconds.
The Obsessive Challenge!
I’m happy to hand over the keys (without the remote) of either the Obsessive Wagon, or the Obsessive Go-Kart (Both have Thatcham CAT 1 Systems) and see how long it takes to defeat the alarm, so long as Mongoose or any other company who still plug the 5 star standard as being the best available are happy to do the same with their demo vehicle.
The stopwatch is ready!