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Pelco by Schneider Electric announces the release of the Optera panoramic cameras with SureVision 2.0 WDR imaging technology. Officials stated that the new Panomersive experience provides seamless situational awareness with blended panoramic views, creating a panoramic immersive surveillance experience.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. has introduced nine new network cameras with advanced capabilities designed to efficiently meet outdoor and indoor applications in a wide range of markets including city surveillance, critical infrastructure, financial institutions, airports and transportation, education, retail, commercial offices, and gaming establishments.
AMAG Technology announces the release of Symmetry v8.0.2 access control software.  Symmetry v8.0.2 software offers end users a complete unified, end-to-end security solution to manage all security and complementary technologies in one place via an intuitive user interface.
Suprema launches BioStar 2, a web-based IP access control platform. BioStar 2 integrates Suprema’s biometric technology with an enhanced security solution to offer simplicity, convenience and performance.
AXIS C3003-E Network Horn Speaker is an easy-to-install outdoor loudspeaker that provides clear, remote audio. Integration into a video surveillance or an IP telephony system allows operators to deter unwanted activity anytime, from anywhere with live and pre-recorded audio.
BCDVideo has released an entry-level video storage line - the Value Series - offering integrators a platform perfect for retail rollouts, small business applications, and other sites needing localized storage solutions. 
Power is a critical part of every installation and shouldn’t be a hindrance in designing the most reliable and efficient access control system. Now, LifeSafety Power has introduced FlexPower Unified Power Solutions. This enclosure family integrates the industry’s most widely used access controller board power solutions, including Mercury and AMAG Technology.
March Networks introduces March Networks Searchlight 4 for Banking. The new, video-based business intelligence solution provides banks and credit unions with exceptional insights into customer service, operations and marketing, helping them improve performance and win new business.
Platinum Tools announces that it will launch a new Tone and Probe Set during 2015 ISC West, held in Las Vegas, Nev. from April 15-17 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, booth #5036.
Xtralis introduces its latest innovation — the ADPRO iFT NVR Plus Series, a family of IP only remotely managed multi-service gateways (RMG) that delivers remote monitoring, management, recording, analytics, and unbreakable transmission for security, safety, business intelligence, and business management capabilities, all at the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) per channel.
Sur-Gard, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, announces the introduction of SG-System 5, an upgradeable IP-based receiver that supports visual alarm verification solutions.
IDEAL has expanded its full line of data communications supplies with a coax/UTP cable preparation tool that eliminates the need to carry multiple tools or to make frequent tool adjustments based on the type of cable being stripped. 
Coming soon at ISC West, the ADA Compliant, multipurpose 3-in-1 Stopper Station push button offers three operation choices in one.
March Networks announces a new Mobile Asset Tracking utility now available with the GURU 1.6 smartphone app, which makes it easy for transit agencies to package and track integrated surveillance video and data evidence as it is passed from one person to the next following an incident.
Code Blue Corporation has released a series of updates to its Blue Alert MNS and EMS software and award-winning ToolVox systems management platform.
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
The space shuttle Endeavour recently made its final voyage — a trip to the California Science Center to become a permanent exhibit.
The Ottawa Food Bank will use March Networks' Command video management software and high-definition IP cameras to safeguard staff, volunteers and assets at its newly expanded 21,000 square foot warehouse facility.
A Windsor college has learned how to send emergency security alerts to thousands of students spread over four campuses in two cities by tying the PA to the fire alarm system.
Most major projects start with an RFP. Projects are won (or lost) based on the quality of the response. In Contava’s case, the Calgary Transit project was definitely won based on the diligence and dedication they showed to it before a single camera was installed or wire run.
In the transportation sector, municipal train stations are challenging security projects. Common security issues include scuffles between passengers, vandalism, car theft, crossing over the tracks and the potential for more serious criminal acts. Train stations are publicly accessible to anyone, with many people coming and going. And if the system is managed centrally, this often means a small staff is monitoring 25 to over 100 sites. Not just any video management system (VMS) will do.
Toronto’s Rogers Centre is putting a new HD surveillance system to work in an effort to provide better coverage of the sports and entertainment venue’s 50,000 seats using cameras that provide high definition images and lower installation and management costs — and it’s already paying dividends.
For Winter Olympic athletes, the 2010 Vancouver Games were over in a matter of weeks. For Cobra Integrated Systems, the Games were the first major deadline in a security project that’s carried over well into 2011.
Bramalea City Centre, one of the largest malls in the GTA, recently went through a major growth project, in the process updating its security system and effectively doubling the number of cameras on site.
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.
Optimal access card security requires a multi-dimensional approach for identity validation, and a multi-layered approach for the systems that are used to issue them.  The latest advances enable issuers to better protect the integrity of each credential, cardholder, and the overall issuance system.
The access control industry’s move to open standards is cultivating a broad range of interoperable products with enhanced features and security.  Open standards also ensure that solutions can be easily upgraded to support changes in technology and applications, and give users the confidence that investments in today’s technologies can be leveraged in the future.
The bring your own device (BYOD) mobility deployment phenomenon — where you’re allowed to use your smartphone for work —  is growing in popularity as today’s smartphones simultaneously grow in capabilities. We can use our phones to access computers, networks and associated information assets and to open doors and enter secured areas. Deploying these applications in a BYOD environment requires security assessment, proper planning and the right technology and provisioning infrastructure.
The ability to combine physical and logical access control on a single credential improves user convenience while increasing security and reducing deployment and operational costs.  Convergence solutions enable organizations to leverage their existing credential investment to seamlessly add logical access control for network log-on and create a fully interoperable, multi-layered security solution across company networks, systems and facilities.  Converged solutions also help organizations enforce more consistent policies, while facilitating the use of consolidated audit logs throughout the enterprise.
Organizations have traditionally had two badging choices: establish an in-house printing operation using the latest direct-to-card or high-definition card printers, or use a web-based service to simplify project management while accessing specialized expertise and more extensive contactless card technology options. With the advent of mobile access solutions, there now is a third option: over-the-air credential provisioning to smartphones and other mobile electronic devices.
What is the purpose of a letter of intent?The typical process for selling a company involves the seller disclosing general information about their company, and if an agreement can be reached on the price and terms of the business sale, then one buyer moves on to due diligence where intimate details of the company are released to the buyer. The Letter of Intent (LOI) is a written document outlining the major terms in an agreement between a buyer and a seller, in order to establish a “meeting of the minds.”
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.”
Gtechna, a supplier of end-to-end e ticketing software solutions, has announced a series of wins in both parking enforcement and public safety.
The total value of world production of Security Products at factory prices was $23.4 billion in 2013, predicts Memoori, who have just published a new resource for security market research & investment analysis - http://www.memoori.com/portfolio/the-physical-security-business-in-2013/.
Genetec announced that its new cloud-based Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS), Stratocast, is offering small and mid-size businesses around the world an affordable way to help them safeguard their patrons and inventory. Powered by Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Azure cloud-computing platform, Stratocast delivers video surveillance service without the costs and complexities associated with installing and managing on-premise hardware and storage.

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