LTS’s new platinum fixed-lens mini dome camera, CMIP3142W-28SWIFI, not only makes for a wireless installation, but also adds another dimension to forensic evidence—sound. This mini Wi-Fi dome camera captures video and sound with two-way audio capabilities as it features a built-in microphone and audio output. Images are captured in rich detail with 4.1MP and True 120dB WDR. It also embodies a vandal-proof casing and is rated IP67 for harsh weather conditions.
Leviton has announced the development of new Decora Smart Apple HomeKit-enabled lighting control accessories for use with an iPhone or iPad, including in-wall dimmers and switches.
E2S has introduced beacons with output enhancing field-replaceable colour lenses and LED light sources. These latest features, previously introduced with the GRP GNEx and stainless steel STEx families, have now been applied to the LM6 alloy BEx family.
Napco Security Technologies says it has just super-sized their StarLink tradeup incentive with the new “Free For All” program, which will reduce equipment costs on installations.
NetBotz 250 from Schneider Electric is a scalable rack access control and environmental monitoring appliance that proactively monitors critical IT assets in real-time, protecting against physical threats, environmental risks or human error that can disrupt IT operations and reduce reliability.
With the new Bosch Video Management System 7.0, the user is able to keep multiple UHD (Ultra High Definition) cameras open without having to worry about slowing down the application.
The Milestone Husky M550A server-grade NVR delivers a guaranteed recording performance of 1400 Mb/s and unlimited external storage thanks to the use of features normally only seen in enterprise servers.
S2 Security introduces version 3 of the S2 Magic Monitor video display and digital signage solution. S2 Magic Monitor enables security, safety and informational content to be displayed anywhere throughout the enterprise. Version 3 increases digital content control, enhances integration with S2 NetBox systems and offers plug- and-go appliance options. S2 Magic Monitor Version 3 updates include: S2 NetBox Integration; Remote Content Control; Plug-and-Go Appliances. Whether in an operations centre, in public areas, at the front desk, or in the field, S2 Magic Monitor delivers the visual information needed for virtually any situation. Beyond live surveillance video and forensics, S2 Magic Monitor can project digital signage, images, RSS feeds, television and promotional videos to any Magic Monitor on the network. Digital content is easily shared in real time, whether on command or when triggered by events and alarms.
Stanley Security Solutions Taiwan has initiated a voluntary recall in the United States of certain door locksets due to a risk of entrapment in an emergency.
The newest release of Honeywell’s Total Connect Remote Services Software app includes push notifications for iOS devices, and it also integrates with Apple TV, giving homeowners new ways to keep tabs on their dwellings.
Senstar has successfully delivered perimeter electronic security systems (ESS) to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) for its rapidly deployable military camps. The systems were shipped over the past few months and training on the systems will be completed in the first quarter of 2017.
Power protection designed to protect valuable equipment such as desktop computers, file servers, network devices, security systems, and voice communications equipment is available from the Minuteman Entrepid Series of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) from Para Systems.
TRENDnet has launched an 18-Port Gigabit NVR PoE+ Switch with LED Display, model TPE-3018L. This switch also introduces the new NVR Series Switches product family for the popular networking and surveillance brand.
Galaxy Control Systems has received new FICAM certification for its System Galaxy software and for its CS Infrastructure System Galaxy software. Both are now listed on GSA’s Approved Product List (APL) under the PACS Infrastructure category. Also approved is the Validation System for Galaxy Control Systems-Endpoint in the PACS Validation System category.
The Vantage RadioLink EasyTouch II keypad from Legrand is a two-button, programmable keypad that provides wireless, full scene control. The keypad is suitable for transition areas such as corridors and hallways in modern luxury homes, hotels and offices.
Emergency vehicles in Surrey, B.C. should have an easier time getting through intersections thanks to Global Traffic Technologies Canada (GTT), which recently contracted with the City of Surrey for the implementation of its Opticom traffic preemption solution. This system works alongside intersection controllers to help “ensure emergency vehicles can move through intersections rapidly and safely”.
Delta Scientific, the manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems, says 20 Delta MP5000 mobile deployable vehicle crash barriers have been ordered by the U.S. Secret Service to protect participants and observers from terrorists using vehicles as a weapon. Provided through Global Access Control Systems (Pittsburgh), these mobile deployable vehicle crash barriers carry a K8 rating (M40 ASTM rating), stopping 7.5 ton (6400 Kg) vehicles traveling 40 mph (64 kph), according to the company.
Chicago’s Soldier Field has upgraded its security system to include Axis Communications’ high-resolution network video cameras. Axis partnered with Convergint Technologies and Genetec to create the solution for the venue that hosts the Chicago Bears and many other events throughout the year.
Groupe Partouche, a casino and hotel group in France, has partnered with MeReal Biometrics in for a real-world test and case study to transform its business using the MeReal Biometrics smart cards. The initial test will take place in two of the group's 42 casino and hotel properties.
Kiwanis Village Lodge, a care facility for seniors in Nanaimo, B.C., has selected a new IP-based access control system from Kantech that features one-button door controller enrollment and the ability to leverage the facility’s existing infrastructure to ensure continuity of services to the lodge’s residents.
Architects, specifying engineers, designers and building owners can receive an overview of Legrand products that contribute toward LEED certification with the “LEED with Legrand Product Guide.”
The Atlanta Police Department (APD) is purchasing 1,015 Axon Flex and Body 2 cameras from Axon, a division of TASER. APD secured a five-year unlimited subscription to the Axon cloud solution, Evidence.com, to help store, manage and share data from the body cameras and other digital evidence sources. The department has requested an eight-month staged deployment starting in 2017.
Baseball teams from around the world converged on Williamsport, Penn., in late August for the 70th annual Little League Baseball World Series championship. And, as it has for the past 18 years, security systems provider Lenel was there to help keep the iconic summer event safe and secure.
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.
The stage is set. Cloud computing continues to rise in deployments, with users citing economic advantages, speed, agility, flexibility, elasticity and ongoing innovation.
My experience is that most “pure” alarm companies (where the object of the business is primarily installing and monitoring alarm systems) do not make much money along the way — despite paying their owners’ below market salaries — even if they have more than 1,000 accounts.
Although still a minority, the number of Canadians who believe the private sector has the highest obligation to help veterans find jobs more than doubled from five per cent last year to 12 percent in 2016, according to a new national survey conducted by Nanos Research Group and released by Commissionaires.
In the Middle East, as populations and infrastructure grow, public and private stakeholders are looking for new ways to protect people and property. With solutions ranging from large-scale homeland security strategies to risk-specific equipment and products, leading suppliers from the United States and Canada will compete for defense and security business at Milipol Qatar in Doha, October 31 through November 2.
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.
Maintaining a video surveillance system is no different that maintaining any other network infrastructure.
It has been another productive and memorable year for the Canadian Security Association.
Growing organically on the alarm side of the security industry is difficult today.
Fire prevention and detection for the home are very important. Every year in Canada there are around 24,000 house fires that lead to an estimated 377 deaths and 3,048 injuries. Homeowners, landlords and tenants should all be aware as this number is climbing each year. To keep families safe in the event of a fire they should look to invest in a fire prevention and detection system. This way families can be immediately alerted of any potential fires in order to reduce the risk of death and damage.  
CANASA has been very fortunate to have strong industry and media partners over the years. One partnership which continues to grow stronger is our relationship with SP&T News.
In the scheme of things, 20 years is not a long time.
With SP&T turning 20 this year, it is amazing to look back and see how much the industry has evolved since the first issue was published.
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.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has revealed the findings from its 4th annual State of Security Operations Report, which discusses the trends, capabilities and maturity levels of organizations’ security operations centres (SOC).
The IPSO Alliance’s (IPSO) Security, Privacy and Identity (SPI) Working Group has published its charter, which provides a framework for the group to help the industry address the challenge of secure IoT interoperability by identifying and describing best practices for the authorization, authentication, privacy, integrity and confidentiality services of IP-based smart objects, as well as object life cycles.
A new analysis form IHS Markit says Chinese supplier branded consumer video surveillance equipment accounted for approximately 5 per cent of U.S. market revenues in 2016. However, the report warns the recent explosion of supply and demand for consumer video in the Chinese domestic market is a “potential ticking time bomb” for American market stakeholders.
For market research and consulting company Parks Associates, three new technologies have “promising applications for improving technical support experiences and managing support resources” in 2017. These include: big data analytics, voice control and augmented reality.
Looking back at 2016, the smart home market made great strides in 2016 but there is still a lot of work to be done to bring smart home to the mass market.
451 Research’s latest Voice of the Enterprise: Internet of Things (IoT) Organizational Dynamics survey reveals that 71 per cent of enterprises are gathering data for IoT initiatives. This is a three-percentage point increase from the previous quarter’s Voice of the Enterprise: IoT Workloads and Key Projects survey.
From artificial intelligence to the Internet of Things (IoT), “innovations are unfolding in virtually every technology sector around the globe, continuing to change the way consumers, businesses and machines interact while also spurring the next revolution in tech market growth”, says a new white paper from IHS Markit.
The installed base of security cameras in North America is expected to grow from just 33 million in 2012 to nearly 62 million cameras by the end of 2016, according to Niall Jenkins, consulting manager, building technologies, IHS Markit. However, the security camera product mix is changing.
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.

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