QuikSpec is a free online design tool to help system specifiers design and assemble complete emergency systems using both the Aiphone IS Series and IX Series. The solution generates a complete equipment list based on the answers to a few questions.
Video surveillance cameras, network video recorders and video management software from Vancouver-based Avigilon helped protect the 2016 Summer Olympic Games held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Medeco Security Locks has developed environmental product declarations (EPD) for nine of its mechanical and electronic locks and locking systems products.
Idesco Corp. will be a security provider for the 70th Little League World Series, youth baseball and softball competition in the world taking place August 18-28 in Williamsport, PA. Idesco has provided The Little League Baseball with the XXL 2.0 ID card printer for free, to use until the conclusion of the event.
Version 5.5 of Genetec’s Security Center, the company’s open architecture, unified IP security platform, combines access control, video surveillance, ALPR, and communications.
With a 12x optical zoom, the compact, 2MP high-resolution PTZ camera from Dahua Technology USA provides 30fps@1080p and 60fps@720p, allowing operators to monitor wide scenes at high frame rates without losing details. Embedded with an IR cut filter for varying lighting conditions and industry-leading wide dynamic range (WDR) technology (120dB) to capture important details in scenes with both bright and dark areas, the camera provides images at any time of day. The new Pro Series PTZ offerings provide a choice of either an indoor, in-ceiling (DH-SD42AC212TN-HN-(I) model suitable for suspended ceilings or a surface mount model designed for installation on hard ceilings. It can also be pendant mounted (DH-SD42A212TN-HN-(I) on a wall or a pipe with the proper mounting hardware. Both models offer optional Intelligent Video Surveillance (IVS) with the ability to detect and analyze moving objects.
Trove access and power integration enclosure systems integrate Altronix power and accessories with access controllers from the industry’s leading manufacturers.
The SureWave CM-330 Series of active infrared, hands-free switches from Camden Door Controls are wireless ready.
The AES-300 electric strike from Alarm Controls has a small body design which eliminates the need to cut out the dustbox, saving time and eliminating a majority of potential mistakes during installation. Its small size means it fits neatly into any size cutout, making it suitable for retrofit in medium duty applications.
HID Global, a provider of secure identity solutions, has acquired DemoTeller, a leading provider of instant issuance solutions for the financial market. With the acquisition of DemoTeller, HID Global is now able to address the needs of financial institutions and retailers for instant issuance of personalized financial or payment cards, such as a “chip card,” with a fully integrated solution.
Arteco Event Analytics is an intelligence-based platform that enhances event management by applying an additional layer of intelligent monitoring to video surveillance and business intelligence applications.
In an effort to stay abreast of technology for the connected home and its relationship to the integrated security, fire, and life safety market, an association of electronics installers has partnered with SecurityCEU.com to launch an enhanced training program for its members.
A critical security vulnerability has been discovered in Axis products with firmware versions between 5.20 to 6.20.X. At risk are products that are exposed to the Internet. If the products are exploited, the company warns that the intruder has the potential to get control of the product.
The StarLink Series Cellular and IP alarm communications solutions line from Napco Security Technologies now includes original StarLink Intrusion Radios, StarLink Fire Dual Path cellular and/or IP models, Mercantile (Metal) Models, and StarLink Connect Communicators.
ABLOY Security offers a new Bluetooth key for Abloy Protec2 CLIQ. It is operated by an app that can be downloaded to any Android or Apple phone. The critical tasks and access rights for the Bluetooth key can be updated by pairing the key to the app on a users’ phone. This will help eliminate the need for mobile and wall mounted programming devices for traditional key programming.
To better serve and support its professional customers who design, build and maintain living and work spaces, Legrand North America has launched a new, mobile-friendly website.
Tenants in Toronto Community Housing can no longer access their buildings’ televised “lobby channel” unless they subscribe to Rogers cable network. The Toronto Star reports that the change is the result of Rogers upgrading its cable networks at more than 200 Toronto Community Housing apartment properties.
A multi-sensor, fixed chemical detection system has been installed in a Manhattan building to protect the asset and its tenants from a targeted terrorist attack or accidental release of toxic industrial chemicals.
Implant Sciences announced that its QS-B220 desktop explosives and drugs trace detector has been deployed to more than 160 airports across the United States and Europe over the past twelve months.
An innovative solution to prevent criminal activities will be deployed during the 2016 Olympic and Paralymic Games in Brazil this year. Security authorities responsible for safeguarding the events have chosen Altave’s Altave Omni Aerostats as a key surveillance technology.
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.
After a recent telephone system upgrade, Huronia Alarm & Fire Security found itself with telephone equipment it no longer needed. The previous system would no longer sync with the new technologies installed in the company’s offices and 24/7 monitoring station.
Monitronics has a new relationship with AARP, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, social welfare organization. The relationship names the company as the exclusive AARP-branded provider for professionally installed residential security monitoring. Monitronics will provide a discount on residential security services for members AARP.
Sonitrol has launched a new brand image to the market, updating its logo, website, literature and sales tools.
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.
Recent alarm bylaw changes in Alberta have caught many alarm companies and monitoring stations by surprise, but rest assured that CANASA reacted quickly and has been representing your interests in meetings with police services in the province.
Whether you are new to the Canadian Security Association or a longstanding member, here is a refresher on some of the benefits and resources that can help your organization achieve a competitive edge.
In many ways, Robert Mowles is a classic example of basement to boardroom: an entrepreneur who started a business in his own home, and through hard work and determination, made it a flourish. He has expanded his business several times and is about to move into a new 7,000 sq.-ft. facility in the Oshawa, Ont., area. But Mowles is also part of a movement in security that has seen DIY and dealer models begin to coincide and overlap. SP&T News recently spoke to Mowles about how home security is changing and how dealers and installers may ultimately benefit.
Multi-imagers and analytics have been a hot trend for the past year, but both technologies have been around for several years.
In reflecting on this past year’s deal activity, it occurs to me that my deals have been held up mostly by two mundane details: a lack of signed monitoring contracts and an inability on the part of the seller to easily fill in what I call the acquisition spreadsheet on their account base.
Those of you who know me will have seen some of the points below in different articles I have written but when you deal with sellers all the time and see the issues come up again and again, you feel the need to re-iterate some points.
Cyber security was never a concern with traditional analogue CCTV systems.
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.
A new Parks Associates whitepaper, sponsored by Verimatrix, notes that video service operators, under pressure to provide a personalized experience to viewers, are expanding their video data analytics strategies to deliver desired content to their subscribers. In doing so, they experience several new risk factors impacting the privacy of their customers and integrity of the data caused by cloud connectivity, multivendor environments, and vulnerability to savvy hackers.
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.

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