Netwatch was founded in 2003 in Ireland by Niall Kelly and David Walsh with a mission to “create a fearless environment for our clients,” where they feel safe and secure in their business or home environment.
In 2002, a friend of both men was viciously attacked after responding to yet another intruder alarm call in the middle of the night at his place of business. The friend figured it was just another false alarm set-off by an insect or animal, like previous times before and went in to turn it off. However, this time there really were intruders and he was badly beaten.
Niall and David surmised that there must be a better way to keep sites secure and ensure that an individual like their friend would never again have to walk blindly into a real-life crime scenario. They felt this incident highlighted the shortcomings of traditional security systems and set about finding a better solution — and Netwatch was born.
Netwatch’s unique security solution became immensely popular, propelling growth and a move “across the pond” in 2012 to establish a US headquarters in Boston, MA. This expanded Netwatch’s global footprint to four continents — Europe, South Africa, the Middle East and the US. And now Netwatch has disrupted over 40,000 crimes worldwide and monitors in excess of 35,000 security cameras.
Both Netwatch’s technology and service are unique. The Netwatch System proactively protects a customer’s premises using video cameras and live audio warnings to ward off intruders. Netwatch has created it’s own software to better filter out false alarms from real suspicious activity and deploys only the most advanced video cameras and technology. The software can tell the difference between a spider, dog or man in seconds and sends the live feed of suspicious activity to a highly-trained Intervention Specialist at one of our Communication Hubs. These folks take charge of the situation, working within the client-approved Protocol, and will verbally alert intruders that they are being watched and authorities have been called. Most times the intruder will leave after the audio warning and no crime will take place. But the Intervention Specialists work with the police to provide insight into the situation and location of intruders before they arrive and stay live until the site is secure again.