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.
The latest enhancement of Axis’ Zipstream technology now offers even more storage and bandwidth savings in video surveillance applications without compromising important image details. It is also fully compatible with the widely adopted H.264 video compression standard.
TCIV is an IP and SIP video station designed to withstand treacherous, noisy, and demanding environments. Available from Vingtor Stentofon, this unit provides HD quality, broadcast level amplification audio with active noise reduction, echo cancellation, and HD video to maximize effectiveness in user comprehension and communication.
Summer vacation is a time for everyone to relax, but when a home is empty due to summer travel, the threat of a burglary rises.
Milestone Systems has retained its position of as the number one VMS vendor, determined by company revenue, according to market research from business intelligence provider IHS Inc. This is the ninth time Milestone Systems has achieved top ranking.
Five new network cameras from Canon feature advanced capabilities designed to meet the needs of indoor and outdoor applications in a wide range of markets.
This touchscreen deadbolt from Kwikset is keyway-less, removing the threat of lock-picking and lock bumping. In the unlikely event the four AA batteries run out of power, backup power can be supplied via a 9V battery.
AlarmNet 360 is a new cloud-based management platform from Honeywell designed to help security dealers and central stations drive business growth, simplify account management and streamline installations.
Senstar’s FiberPatrol-PR fence-mounted fibre optic intrusion detection system now detects and locates intrusions over a distance of up to 24 km per processor, a 50 per cent increase from the previous capability of 16 km.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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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