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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.
The Fitch ILoc is a unique wrist-worn, personal GPS locator and emergency response device with live Central Station response service, this unit is designed to respond an emergency activation, fall detection, removal from the wrist, geo fencing, over-speed and many more parameters that a client can self-program through its web-portal. Unlike all other GPS location devices, the Fitch ILoc will advise the Central Monitoring Station of an event and live operators will respond accordingly to authorities and/or other personnel as directed to by the client. In addition the ILoc service will email and/or text multiple users and will immediately upon an emergency activation, call a phone number allowing a user to “listen-in” or to have “two way” voice communication with the user.  See at www.fitch.ca or call 416-235-1818.
VIVOTEK is pleased to announce the debut of its compact Split-type Camera System VC8201, which is comprised of two camera units, CU8131 and CU8171, and a VC8201 video core. Designed separately, the bodies of the camera units are much more compact than general network cameras, making them easier to install and harder to notice.
Suprema, Inc. has announced the launch of the SFM5500 Series fingerprint embedded modules. The SFM5500 Series modules feature 533 MHz DSP with a high precision capacitive sensor as well as an optical sensor offering superb image quality and a highly durable sensor surface.
Video Mount Products announces the launch of the FP-XMLPAB “extra medium” low profile articulating wall mount with tilt and list adjustment capabilities at ISC East 2014, held in New York from Nov. 19-20 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, booth 430.
AMAG Technology has introduced the new and improved Symmetry Video Management System with expanded feature set and open integration capabilities.
Skylink, a provider of DIY home safety solutions, has introduced an alarm system kit that provides families with a simple and affordable way to secure and monitor their homes.
Honeywell has announced that Honeywell Total Connect 2.0 now supports four languages, including French Canadian, Latin American Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese, in addition to English.
EverFocus Electronics Corp. introduces its new ESK1000 “IP Sidekick,” a multi-functional IP utility tool designed to simplify your IP camera’s viewing angle and focus on installation site.
Avigilon Corporation has announced the addition of the HD Video Appliance series to its product portfolio. The HD Video Appliance series delivers the performance of the Avigilon Control Center (ACC) video management software, simplifies system design, and increases ease of installation.
FLIR Systems, Inc. introduces its next generation NVR line-up with FLIR Cloud connectivity. The DNR400 and DNR500 Series NVRs make remote connection easier than before with a set-up time of less than three minutes via three easy steps.
Panasonic System Communications Company of North America announces its i-PRO ULTRA 360 panoramic indoor (WV-SFV480) and outdoor (WV-SFN481) cameras that offer ultra high resolution, ultra sensitivity, ultra intelligence and ultra toughness.
This new hinged cover takes hard knocks in stride while helping to protect smaller-sized electrical units.
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.
Five years ago, the York Region District School Board, embarked on a relationship with i3 International Inc. to refresh DVRs and cameras across many of the board’s more than 200 schools. 
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 time SP&T News spoke to Aimetis CEO and Director Marc Holtenhoff at length was in 2008. The company has experienced considerable growth since then on the strength of its intelligent video management software Symphony, and its video analytics products. Holtenhoff discusses the company’s recent customer wins, plans for growth and why video analytics haven’t quite yet made it to the promised land.
In my last column, we discussed the increasing interest in centrally managed systems and hosted services. The potential value of such offerings is closely tied to the technology behind it. This time, we'll go over some of the technological aspects of hosted solutions and discuss some of the requirements vendors and manufacturers need to take into account when designing an access control or video solution to operate in this environment.
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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