The H4 Edge Solution camera line from Avigilon combines high-definition imaging, self-learning video analytics, network video recorder functionality, and embedded Avigilon Control Center video management software for an all-in-one intelligent surveillance solution.
Vivint Smart Home, a provider of smart home technology and services, will receive a US$100-million equity investment co-led by tech investor Peter Thiel and investment firm Solamere Capital. The strategic investment will help fuel Vivint’s growth and product innovation.
BEST SHELTER from STANLEY Security, is a lockdown solution, designed specifically for educational K-12, business and health-care environments. The SHELTER fob by BEST allows for quick communication with the SHELTER wireless system to initiate a lockdown and third-party notification of an event. This multi-purpose fob permits a fast and easy lockdown of one door, hallway or entire building. With assistance from an integration resource, the SHELTER network components can be configured to initiate a signal to a pre-installed access control system or alarm systems, allowing immediate communication with first responders. When the lockdown is initiated from the fob, it is communicated to an attached lockset called the BEST SHELTER 9KX Cylindrical Lockset (9KX).
March Networks and AMAG Technology have announced the certified integration of the March Networks’ Command Enterprise video management solution and AMAG’s Symmetry Access Control system. The integration provides organizations with a single, unified IP video surveillance and access control solution that enables better situational awareness, improved risk mitigation and more efficient security system management, the companies say.
Medeco High Security Locks was recently presented with its ISO 14001:2004 certificate from Intertek, affirming that the company’s Salem, Virginia, operation adheres to the internationally-recognized standard for environmental management in the design and manufacture of locks and locking systems.
With new integrations and many enhancements to the user experience, S2 Security’s Version 4.8 access control and event monitoring software makes the S2 system more powerful and easier to use.
Tyco Integrated Security now offers Cloud-managed video surveillance to provide secure, remotely accessible video management. Cloud Video, provided by Eagle Eye, is a cloud-based video solution with low total cost of ownership. Customers using Cloud Video are able to view live and recorded video from any location using a standard web browser or mobile device.
Nortek’s 2GIG® Smoke Detector Sensor is available to dealers and installers looking to provide their customers with a smarter layer of protection for their interconnected smoke detector system via a retrofit solution.
Tyco Security Products introduces facial biometrics within VideoEdge video surveillance systems for immediate detection and verification of individuals.
Millions of smart home devices are shipped annually in North America, but the smart home market is highly fragmented and confusing for end-users concerned about brand longevity, customer care and reliability.
The Eagle Eye Bridge 304w is an on-premise bridge appliance that connects both wireless and wired cameras to the Eagle Eye Cloud Data Center, as part of the Eagle Eye Security Camera Video Management System (VMS). It provides an integrated wireless access point to minimize wireless camera security vulnerability.
Hikvision USA has provided a state-of-the-art surveillance solution to Colorado's Greenwood Village Police Department for use in its crime lab. This solution, which incorporates video content analysis (VCA) as well as 360° fisheye technology, allows the Greenwood Village police to protect forensic evidence from external threats as well as improve employee accountability and monitor departmental procedure.
A host of enriched features and functionality in Zetron’s updated computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system may improve the ways public safety agencies are able to collect and use incident information. This can result in faster, more accurate responses to events and improved incident management, says Zetron.
The percentage of respondents who favor security cameras is schools has grown, according to a survey on school security camera systems, conducted on behalf of Eagle Eye Networks, a provider of cloud-based security camera systems. Of the 1500 respondents, 72 per cent favor using security cameras in schools, up from the 65 per cent who favored surveillance systems in schools in early 2015.
Siemens has opened its "cyber security operation center" (CSOC) for the protection of industrial facilities, with locations in Lisbon, Munich and Milford, Ohio. Siemens industrial security specialists based at these sites monitor industrial facilities all around the world for cyber threats, warn companies in the event of security incidents, and coordinate proactive countermeasures.
A seamless integration of Kantech access control, DSC intrusion and exacqVision video from Tyco Security Products now protects Camosun College’s two campuses in Victoria, B.C.
Global retailer Cole Haan has selected March Networks and Diebold Inc. for its enterprise-class video solution to help reduce shrink, enhance security and resolve liability claims in all of its 117 North American locations.
Eighty iris readers are now in use at world’s largest particle physics laboratory.
Alzheimer's and dementia are, unfortunately, diseases that are becoming more prevalent in our society. As more people are diagnosed more strain is put on existing services in providing care for patients and respite for caregivers. One company has approached the market with an innovative solution, geared to making life easier for patients and caregivers, in a comfortable setting with familiarity in what Alzheimer's and dementia patients need.
Power management company Eaton announced it is providing mass notification solutions for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City. The 9/11 Memorial selected Eaton’s ALERiTY mass notification platform to communicate emergency messages to personnel and visitors located on the Memorial grounds.
Microsoft recently expanded in the retail market by deploying kiosks in over 30 locations throughout the United States and Canada.
3xLOGIC, Inc., provider of integrated security solutions, has announced that Foodbank of the Rockies (FBR), located in Denver, Colorado, has substantially upgraded its security system with an expanded 3xLOGIC NVR and new IP cameras. iCAM Video Management Solutions, Inc., a security integrator, has been instrumental in providing design and installation expertise for FBR since they first installed their security system in 2008.
Shaw Computer Systems Inc. recently completed installation of Status Solutions’ Situational Awareness and Response Assistant (SARA) at the St. Peter’s location of Kawartha Participation Projects (KPP) in Peterborough, Ont. Recently, the technology alerted KPP staff to a smoke alarm, helping prevent a fire within one of the building’s apartments. 
Smarter Security, Inc., provider of entrance control and outdoor security solutions, has announced a worldwide electronics company recently installed Fastlane Glassgate 300 turnstiles in its Canadian headquarters.
Hikvision USA and Milestone Systems announce the successful implementation of a large-scale project that aims to provide secure environments for hundreds of schools throughout Montreal.
For the past 50 years, Mac's Convenience Stores have served the needs of Canadian customers throughout a multitude of locations in Ontario and Western Canada. Beginning in 2007, Mac's transitioned from their old analog surveillance system into a digital platform.
A BBC wildlife project got more than it bargained for, when Raytec Infra-Red lighting helped to capture an intruder live-in-the-act, in the middle of the night.
IQinVision has announced that Rathcliffe Properties, based in Toronto, Ont., has deployed IQeye HD megapixel cameras, along with exacqVision Edge server software to provide video surveillance for a strip shopping center it owns and operates.
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the Toronto Blue Jays’ Double-A affiliate team, has replaced its stadium’s old fire system with a new Fire-Lite Alarms addressable fire system.
Waterloo, Ont.-based integrator Bulldog Fire & Security helps Conestoga update cameras with Axis IP equipment
Whether a security company is just starting out or has been around for a while, it can be difficult to know how to build the business.
An installer of home security alarms is being investigated for identity theft after an Alberta man discovered fraudulent charges on his credit card following the installation of a home security system.
Are you looking to hire the best and the brightest students out there? Do you sometimes feel lost in a sea of booths at a career fair and wonder if you’ll really get noticed?
We all have a job to do and frankly, are too busy to do it. That’s why you need to find a value that hits home with your client. This could either from the technical side, found within product features, or from the help your products and services provide.
It’s a war out there; a war for talent. In order to make sure you are best equipped to find the best talent, take a moment to assess your organization’s practices with a Recruitment Scorecard.
When targeting large corporations, you may run into the person (or people) responsible for deflecting salespeople. They are there for a reason: to screen and restrict all suitors from reaching the key decision makers — an off-limits area known as the C-suite.
Once you’ve collected the required information to present your business case, a well-constructed proposal is imperative.
Spearheaded by Vida’s Chief Operating Officer - 27 year RCMP veteran Derek Ogden - Vida Cannabis Corp. is leading the development of state of the art purity, safety and security in the Canadian Medical Marijuana industry.
ADT has released findings from a recent survey of small business owners that reinforced the significance of technology in the life of a modern-day entrepreneur, especially during vacation season.
Cloud-based software solutions, biometric terminals and mobile apps are among the key trends in the years to come for managing the workforce in business settings, according to new analysis from IHS Technology.
The security landscape continues to bring change on many levels. While organizations often prefer to avoid or delay change because of concerns about budget or productivity and workflow disruptions, it can and should be interpreted as an opportunity for proactive improvement.
Despite the exciting trends and industry buzz surrounding mobile technologies, wireless locks and hosted access control, more long-standing and less sensational trends such as encryption and multi-technology readers are taking center stage in the access control market.
The physical security and access control market is undergoing a major transition to IP-based solutions that deliver ease of operation, simplified expansion and customization, and the ability to integrate a physical access control system (PACS) with many other solutions sharing the same network.
The move to a more “frictionless” security experience, meaning a security experience that does not slow users down, is one of the key trends HID Global anticipates will drive the industry in 2013.
ADI Canada's new GM talks about immediate plans, his interest in the security business, his experience in the retail business, and what big box stores are doing to the market.
It is a completely different sale process if you are selling an alarm versus an integration company. The valuation process is different, the resulting valuations are very different, the buyers are different and many of the terms of the deal are different.
It seems like every time a new camera is released we are bombarded with a list of new and improved features that manufacturers proudly present as game changing.
I am delighted to announce that as part of our newly refreshed partnership with SP&T News, CANASA will once again have a column in every issue of this magazine. I am fortunate to be the first author and would like to take this opportunity to provide an update on CANASA.
The last major change in CCTV storage technology was when recording moved from VCRs to NVRs with hard drive disks, but now new storage techniques are fighting for market share.
As the current president of CSAA International and CEO of Vector Security, Pam Petrow is almost uniquely qualified to talk about the current state of monitoring. Case in point, the CSAA has recognized that the industry is evolving, acknowledging that even the term “central station” may have lost its usefulness. The organization is in the midst of its own transition that will likely see it adopt a new name later this year — one that better reflects what is going on in the industry and one that should have more resonance with the end user. SP&T News spoke with Petrow recently about the proposed change for the 66-year-old organization, plus the rollout of ASAP to PSAP in the U.S. and when we may see the technology come to Canada.
Rob Martens spends a lot of time thinking about the possible — even the probable. Martens was with Ingersoll Rand for 11 years in various capacities — mostly on the IT side, he says — and left shortly before the company spun off its security business and called it Allegion. He took a CIO role with another firm, then briefly retired before being wooed back to Allegion with “an offer I couldn’t refuse.” Now, as Allegion’s futurist, he identifies trends, posits outcomes, and determines strategy accordingly. He has an abiding interest in the Internet of Things and home automation, both of which are game-changers for security. It’s up to Martens to not only identify the new rules but predict the outcome.
Is your organization ready for the changes to come?
Like many of you, I find myself reading a number of articles related to our industry.
Most of us working in security know something about “authorized dealer programs.”
Fluctuating devices are one of the most frustrating issues to troubleshoot on a network.
I had a good year in 2015.
The focus of video surveillance has long been on crime deterrence and post-event investigation, documentation and potential prosecution.
All market segments share common technology trends as we move into 2015, but each also faces its own unique challenges. In my last column, I reviewed some of the key technology trends that we believe all segments will face. Now, here are some of the market-specific developments to watch in banking, healthcare and education.  Banking and financial institutions:  • There will be an increasingly critical need for physical access solutions that integrate with logical secure identity solutions to protect bank facilities, data and cloud applications.  • Banks will embrace a “tap in” strong authentication model throughout the physical and IT infrastructure, and consolidate associated tasks as part of a centralized identity and access management system.  • Biometrics will continue to proliferate throughout the worldwide banking infrastructure, improving physical security and the user experience (ATMs for example).    Healthcare:  • Security, information security (IS) and medical staff will all learn the importance of both physical and information security, and how to coordinate and unify workflow and security enhancements.  • Like enterprises and the federal government, healthcare institutions will converge solutions for security at the door, for data, and in the cloud and deploy a “tap in” strong authentication model using a single, more efficient and economical identity and access management system.    • Biometrics will help hospitals protect facilities and patient privacy, register patients, manage visitors, process payments, ensure accurate medicine dispensing and eliminate drug diversion, and more. Education:  • Campus identities will extend onto smartphones, wearables and other mobile devices, for a growing range of authentication applications.  • Plastic ID cards won’t go away, but will transition from magnetic stripe (magstripe) and proximity (prox) to high-frequency contactless smart card technology with visual and logical anti-tamper elements for more trustworthy, multi-layered authentication. Issuance speed will improve through strategies like pre-printing card elements and using inline card personalization solutions.  • Future campus IDs will also incorporate biometrics for improved convenience and security.  • K-12 administrators will move to universal, mandatory student ID systems that improve safety while streamlining time and attendance, library book check-outs, and other processes.  • Visitor management will move from manual to automated processes to improve security, visitor trend/pattern analysis, watch-list flagging, and emergency evacuation.  Selva Selvaratnam is the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for HID Global.
Considering the advances in technology and an increasingly sophisticated society, it’s no wonder that today’s top security solutions are customizable and flexible to protect against multiple classes of personal and asset threats. It is no longer sufficient to simply provide perimeter protection and intrusion detection. Security and safety professionals as well as consumers are looking for complete and scalable solutions to address all of their peace of mind and security concerns. The number of applications are endless, and the opportunities abundant.
The theme for our Security Canada trade shows this year is: “Gain a national perspective in your own backyard.” Simply put, if you want to get the pulse of the electronic security sector in Canada, you need to attend Security Canada Expos.
A team of researchers from Microsoft and the University of Michigan claim to have developed attacks on Samsung's smart-home platform that use phishing and malware to take control of cloud-connected door locks and fire alarms, CNET reports.
With a new year upon us, it is traditional for SP&T News to reach out to the industry and take its pulse.
Security examination of a working city video surveillance system by Kaspersky Lab has revealed that networks designed to help protect people from criminals and terrorists could be misused by a third party exploiting system configuration flaws.
The last two columns covered general technology trends across all markets, and market-specific trends in banking, health care and education. In this installment, we take a look at what to expect in transportation, the enterprise and the retail marketplace.
Each market segment will face unique challenges in 2015, but all share the same concerns about improving the user experience with simple and convenient solutions. Here are the technology trends that will affect all market segments:
The global video surveillance industry can defy conventional market logic, resist product commoditization and still grow by more than 10 percent in 2015, according to a new white paper from IHS Inc.
More than 80 percent of security leaders believe the challenge posed by external threats is on the rise, while 60 percent also agree their organizations are outgunned in the cyber war, according to findings released today by IBM.
Global unit shipments of smart cards are expected to rise by 2.1 billion from 2014 through 2019—about equal to the combined populations of China, the United States, Indonesia and Brazil, according to IHS Technology.
Studies show that burglars typically spend no more than one minute breaking into a home and fewer than 10 minutes inside. Although they work quickly, burglars have a keen eye for valuable possessions.
Axis Communications has unveiled the results of the 2013 IT and Video Surveillance Market Study conducted by IT market research firm Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) to illustrate the growing role and influence that IT departments have on their company’s surveillance initiatives.
Charles Black, CEO of Ottawa-based home monitoring company iWatchLife, doesn’t think the new Canada-South Korea free trade agreement will have a measurable effect on his company right away, even though they do business in South Korea. It will, however, have a positive effect overall for Canadian business in the region.
The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced the release of a major new study designed to improve the marketing effectiveness of organizations selling products and services into the security market — Business Opportunities in the Security Industry: New Paths to Success in a Changing Market.
HID Global has released a white paper describing an emerging security environment in which users will have a seamless experience when using cloud-based applications and services, accessing data, and opening doors.
Morse Watchmans has published a whitepaper titled Best Practices Provide Best Value When Implementing Key Control and Asset Management Systems.
The worldwide market for video surveillance equipment is expected to expand by more than 12 percent this year, according to a new white paper from IHS Technology, entitled “Trends for 2014 - Video Surveillance Trends for the Year Ahead.”