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Bosch has just launched its DINION IP ultra 8000 MP camera featuring the latest 4K ultra HD technology. This new camera simultaneously supports a wide-angle overview and multiple focus points on a single screen to focus on details without losing the bigger picture.
Genetec has announced its new Cloud Archives service for Security Center that will allow organizations to scale the available storage capacity of their surveillance system, and eliminate the need to invest in additional servers.
LILIN North America has introduced a covert surveillance camera that enables the capture of high-definition video at ATMs, retail outlets, and other indoor locations while maintaining a low-profile presence to not tip off criminals.
The Universal Stopper (STI-13310FR) is an indoor/outdoor cover with an enclosed flush back box and fire label. It offers protection against physical damage (both accidental and intentional), dust and grime as well as severe environments inside and out.
Para Systems, Inc., has announced the release of the Minuteman ERS1500RTNC, a ruggedized uninterruptible power supply (UPS) designed to provide protection to support traffic control and monitoring equipment,  servers, telecom equipment, VoIP systems, security systems and a variety of other applications.
Oncam Grandeye has announced its newest Evolution Mini camera has received IK10+ Certification for its vandal-proof housing, which achieved the highest impact rating of any non-metallic 360-degree camera on the market today. This feat was obtained by utilizing an optical grade, polycarbonate bubble-dome cover that allows impact to be absorbed evenly across the housing.
ELK Products announces the availability of its new ELK-6023 Two-Way Wireless Recessed Door Sensor. The recessed door sensor mounts into a ¾” drilled hole in a wooden door jamb and becomes nearly invisible once the door is closed, providing the ultimate wireless security device for discriminating customers.
Exacq Technologies has released an update to its exacqVision Z-Series line of hybrid and IP camera recorders. These purpose-built network video recorders (NVR) feature higher performance, reliability and capacity at a lower cost for enterprise video surveillance deployments.
HES, an ASSA ABLOY Group company, has introduced the redesigned Grade 1, windstorm rated 9600 Series electric strike. HES has also introduced a brand new magnetic template, to make strike installation even easier for the 9400, 9500 and 9600 Series electric strikes. 
Allegion PLC has announced Honeywell Pro-Watch customers will be able to implement access control on more doors by integrating the Schlage AD-Series wireless platform into their security management suite, eliminating the need to run wires to each access point, reducing time and associated labor costs.
Tamron Co., Ltd., specialized manufacturer of optics in the security/surveillance equipment industry announces development of a new 50mm F/1.8 fixed focal lens in 1.1” format tuned for a pixel pitch of 3.1㎛.
Talkaphone has introduced compact Voice over IP call stations for front door entry, gates, and other applications where both space-savings and security are desired. The new VOIP-200 Series call stations feature a contemporary new design and IP66 weather rating for tough environments.
To help solve problems of unauthorized exits and entries of fire or emergency doors, and help stop theft as well, STI now offers the Wireless Exit Stopper with 4-Channel Voice Receiver (STI-V6400WIR4). The multifunction alarm is effective in helping increase workplace security.
American Dynamics announces VideoEdge Micro, a compact version of the VideoEdge network video recorder. This system is targeted for businesses that have satellite sites with limited space, or smaller businesses that want an IP only solution for their active surveillance needs.
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.
Owners ask me what is involved in selling their company if they use a broker like me. The following are the key steps:
Once you’ve collected the required information to present your business case, a well-constructed proposal is imperative.
In an earlier article, I wrote about how difficult it is to sell installation and service revenue in the alarm market today. I tried to explain why this is the case — the fact that installation and service revenue is “one-time revenue” and not recurring. However, recently I did sell the shares of what I would call a small integrator — a security company where the bulk of the revenue and value in the company was not in the monitored accounts but in installation and service revenue.
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.
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.
In a bid to cut costs while maintaining acceptable levels of customer service, airports are adopting automation for repetitive tasks involving security and access control. Every day in airports across the world, countless employees are tasked with sitting at entry/exit doors, scanning boarding passes and other tasks.
Realizing the limitations of using text messages to issue emergency warnings, vendors of mass notification system (MNS) software now are embracing additional means of delivering alerts, including smartphone apps.
How much data is in 413 Petabytes (PB)? It’s enough to fill 92.1 million single-sided, single-layer DVDs. Or, it’s four times the amount of photo and video data stored on Facebook as of February 2012. Astonishingly, it is also equal to the information produced in just one day by all the new video surveillance cameras installed worldwide in 2013.
The uncooled thermal security camera market is forecast to see high unit shipment growth of 25% over the next 5 years, close to twice the rate of the CCTV and video surveillance market.

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