Industry News

Legrand, a global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures, has hired Jason Evans as national trainer for its Electrical Wiring Systems division.
Arlen Encarnacion has joined ARTECO as its new Eastern regional sales manager. In this role, Encarnacion will spearhead, support and expand upon the sales of ARTECO intelligent video surveillance solutions in the Eastern region of the United States.
Brian Huitt, CEO of Controlled Products Systems Group (CPSG), is taking on the additional role of chairman of the board. At the same time, Ross Porter was named president and chief operating officer for CPSG, a wholesaler of perimeter access control solutions.
Bob Bishop is now strategic partner manager for Bold Technologies, a provider of central station and PSIM software.
JoAnna Sohovich has been appointed CEO of The Chamberlain Group, Inc., maker of LiftMaster® and Chamberlain® access control brands.
Orion Entrance Control Inc. has added three team members – Corey Carroll, Justin Gill, and Joe Scott – to support continued growth in its access control turnstile solutions.
On Feb. 18, the first annual Mission 500 Hockey Tournament, sponsored by SP&T News, will take place in Toronto, with security industry professionals facing off to help secure the futures of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.  The tournament will feature two games followed by an awards ceremony and banquet.
Mission 500 is expanding its fundraising activities to encompass the first annual Security Industry Hockey Classic.
The ZigBee Alliance announced ratification of ZigBee 3.0.
The Z-Wave Alliance has announced its year-end milestones for 2015 including new memberships and more educational opportunities as the smart home market continues to demonstrate growth.According to a press release issued by the Z-Wave Alliance:Since the beginning of 2015, the Z-Wave ecosystem has seen almost 100 new member companies, the addition of 250 certified devices and another 15 million smart home devices shipped into the marketplace. Parks Associates data shows that 1 in 5 consumers in the US currently own smart home devices with global growth on the rise and residential connected devices will generate approximately 11 million support requests from consumers. With that in mind, the Z-Wave Alliance and its members are increasingly looking at how to best educate, serve and support new users coming into the smart home market. Launching Z-Wave.com, the consumer portal for tips, best practices and frequently asked questions about Z-Wave smart home solutions, the Alliance's Consumer Working Group is working to give consumers tools to find the best possible smart home solution for their lives. "2015 has been an extraordinary year of growth for the Z-Wave platform with market adoption at its peak in home security, experiencing growth in the telco industry and poised for take-off at consumer retail," said Mitchell Klein, executive director of the Z-Wave Alliance, "Our goals for 2016 include looking at partnerships to ensure Z-Wave is part of all smart home solutions, launching an IoT security framework to make Z-Wave devices the most secure on the market and giving consumers resources to help them understand benefits of the smart home." With the creation of a new installer training program and integrator level membership as well as global partnerships with telcos like Unicom in China and Orange in France, the entire Z-Wave ecosystem has experienced expansion in core and emerging markets for the smart home and residential IoT. The launch of the Z-Wave Security 2 (S2) framework means the Z-Wave standard is now at the forefront of IoT security for residential smart home products and homes with Z-Wave devices moving forward will be virtually un-hackable. "2016 will see a surge of new, smart, connected products entering the market. While end-point products may appeal to consumers, real value is derived by giving consumers access to an established ecosystem of products," said Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy at Parks Associates. "The Z-Wave Alliance's rapidly growing ecosystem extends its strong position in the professional security and smart home channel." The Z-Wave Alliance membership has grown by 30% in 2015, resulting in the addition of more than 100 new members to the organization's roster. Embracing a diverse membership, the Alliance launched a new certified training program aimed at giving installers tools and best practices for deploying Z-Wave smart home solutions as well as a new membership level in the Alliance for the integrator community. In addition to the installer program, the Alliance continued to support startups and entrepreneurs in the smart home space through its Z-Wave Labs competition. The Alliance named 6 companies or individuals as Z-Wave Labs winners and awarded them full membership and Z-Wave IoT developer kits.
Mission 500 has received over $18,000 in donations at two recent U.S. industry events thanks to the support of kindhearted donors, partners and generous sponsors in the security community. The donations from these two events bring this year’s total to $507,000.
The CSAA (Central Station Alarm Association) Board of Directors formally approved the CSAA/Verisk Data Exchange Project at its October 11 annual meeting in Sonoma, Calif.
The acquisition of Pakedge Device & Software brings to Control4 deep networking expertise as well as a suite of networking, power management, and cloud-based remote management capabilities.
Farpointe Data is now a certified member of AMAG Technology’s Symmetry™ Preferred Partner Program. As a certified partner, Farpointe Data’s Ranger® long-range readers and transmitters integrate with AMAG’s Symmetry access control system.
Regulatory authorities have approved Securitas’ acquisition of Diebold’s North American electronic security business. The agreement to sell was first announced in October 2015.
The acquisition of Citilog provides proven analytics technology to strengthen Axis’ transportation offering, the company says. Citilog is a provider of intelligent real-time video monitoring for traffic and transportation security and safety.
TORONTO – A young child asleep on a couch in Israel. Mourners huddled together at a small funeral in Brazil. An elderly woman stretching in a fitness centre in Poland. All available for anyone to watch via the unsecured webcams overhead.
Johnson Controls and Tyco today announced plans to merge creating what the companies said in joint announcement will be a leader in "building products and technology, integrated solutions and energy storage."
TOA Canada achieved impressive sales of its commercial audio and intercom products last year, making 2015 the company’s best sales year on record.
Nortek, Inc. has announced that following receipt of an unsolicited proposal to acquire the Company, the Board and its advisors commenced a review of strategic alternatives. That review is now complete and all discussions in relation to this proposal have now ended.
For the third quarter ended July 31, 2015, AlarmForce Industries reported revenues of $14.1 million. Net income fell by 126% in the third quarter year-over-year, driven by one-time non-recurring items totaling $2.5 million. Diluted earnings per share fell to a loss of $0.03 per share in the third quarter of 2015 from $0.13 during the same quarter of 2014.
Siklu Inc., a global market player in millimeter-wave technology, has announced that it has closed $18 million in Series-D funding. The new investor in this round, Sercomm Corporation, was joined by existing investors Argonaut Private Equity, Evergreen Venture Partners, DFJ Tamir Fishman Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, The Tamares Group and Amiti Ventures.
Ring, a maker of a video doorbell, has just landed Richard Branson, head of the Virgin Group, as an investor.
Alarm.com Holdings, Inc., has announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 7,000,000 shares of common stock at a price to the public of $14.00 per share. All of the shares are being offered by Alarm.com. The shares were expected to begin trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market on June 26, 2015 under the symbol "ALRM."
Integrator of the Year winner for 2015, Paladin Security, was celebrated at an award gala in Toronto on Oct. 21. The gala, sponsored by Anixter Canada, was attended by friends, colleagues and partners from across the security industry. Paladin was chosen as the recipient of this year's award based on a perimeter protection project conducted for client BC Hydro for a site in lower mainland B.C. Ted Reid, Paladin Security Systems president, accepted the award, saying he was grateful for all the hard work and effort that went into making the award-winning project a success.     View the embedded image gallery online at: http://www.sptnews.ca/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=181&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleriab948926601
The Canadian Security Association hosted two Security Canada Expos in June: Security Canada Ottawa on June 3 and Security Canada West, in Richmond, B.C., on June 17. The Ottawa event was also the scene for CANASA's AGM where a new board was elected, a new president was appointed (Richard McMullen), and several board members received awards for their service to CANASA. Here are some photo highlights from those events. For more information, please check out the June/July issue of SP&T News (AGM photos are courtesy of CANASA).     View the embedded image gallery online at: http://www.sptnews.ca/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=181&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleriad4cc065725
  View the embedded image gallery online at: http://www.sptnews.ca/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=181&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleria5988d82393 CANASA's Golden Horseshoe Sub-Chapter held a breakfast meeting on Oct. 28 featuring guest speaker Stephen Donohoe, a forensic video analyst with Halton Regional Police Service's Technical Crime Unit. The topic presented by Donohoe was: Forensic Video Analysis – the Sharp End of the CCTV Business. (Photos: Scott Hammond).
Anixter was there to help Habtech celebrate Anixter was there to help Habtech celebrate Integrator of the Year 2014 award Integrator of the Year 2014 award Mike Godara, Habtech, recieves his award Mike Godara, Habtech, recieves his award Anixter and Habtech with publisher Peter Young Anixter and Habtech with publisher Peter Young Sharing conversation during cocktail reception Sharing conversation during cocktail reception The Habtech team The Habtech team Networking reception Networking reception Mission 500's Canadian board members Mission 500's Canadian board members Catching up with friends and colleagues Catching up with friends and colleagues   View the embedded image gallery online at: http://www.sptnews.ca/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=181&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleriade8d6f0c04 Mississauga, Ont.-based Habtech received the Integrator of the Year award at a gala event in October sponsored by Anixter Canada. Colleagues and industry partners were on hand to wish them well.
ASSA ABLOY's press conference ASSA ABLOY's press conference Axis Communications' Martin Gren marks the company's 30th anniversary Axis Communications' Martin Gren marks the company's 30th anniversary The "Great Debate 2014" with Fredrik Nilsson, Axis Communications; Steve Van Till, Brivo Systems; Donald Zoufal, SDI; and Jay Hauhn, TycoIS The "Great Debate 2014" with Fredrik Nilsson, Axis Communications; Steve Van Till, Brivo Systems; Donald Zoufal, SDI; and Jay Hauhn, TycoIS Scott Lindley, president, Farpointe Data Scott Lindley, president, Farpointe Data ISC West broke attendance records in 2014 ISC West broke attendance records in 2014 Mircom's David Andersen and David Ito Mircom's David Andersen and David Ito ISC West's New Exhibitor Pavilion ISC West's New Exhibitor Pavilion RCI's Alex Grenda with the NPS award-winning 0563 1/2" Rim Strike RCI's Alex Grenda with the NPS award-winning 0563 1/2" Rim Strike Domingo Martinez, Video Insight Domingo Martinez, Video Insight Mike Scirica, WavestoreUSA Mike Scirica, WavestoreUSA   View the embedded image gallery online at: http://www.sptnews.ca/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=181&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleriadf831187d0 ISC West 2014 drew record crowds in 2014. Here are some highlights from the annual Las Vegas, Nev., security conference.
The security industry came together on Oct. 19 to recognize Contava, an Edmonton-based integrator, for their excellent work on a Calgary Transit CCTV upgrade project. Contava received the SP&T News Integrator of the Year 2011 award, sponsored by Anixter Canada, based on their achievements   View the embedded image gallery online at: http://www.sptnews.ca/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=181&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleria4da32eb544