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Chuck Speck has joined the team at MKS (Micro Key Solutions) to solidify the company’s focus on growth and customer experience. Speck’s role as executive vice-president will combine aspects of his experience in business development in the software solutions space and MKS’ dynamic growth over the past two years. MKS offers monitoring and back office automation software.
Core Brands has strengthened its senior product development team with the addition of Mike Jordan as vice-president, product management. Effective immediately, Jordan leads all product development initiatives and reports directly to Core Brands president Joe Roberts.
TOA Canada has made several personnel changes in its technical support department. Derek Hunter has been promoted to product support manager for the manufacturer of commercial audio and intercom products. Danny Jang is now a product support specialist.
Gordon Frey has been appointed Canadian sales director for IndigoVision. According to an announcement from the company, Frey has 18 years of experience in the security industry and was most recently regional sales manager for Samsung Techwin. 
Security monitoring company Monitronics has added two new directors of marketing: Renee Mallonee, who will focus on public releations, branding and dealer marketing; and Mike Bek, who will focus on digital marketing and analytics. This change comes at a time when the company says it is putting renewed energy toward bringing connected home capabilities to its 1.2 million customers, including smart home technology.
Arecont Vision has announced the retirement of Carole Dougan as vice-president of North American sales.
ONVIF hosted its 14th Developers’ Plugfest in early June in West London to allow testing of its standardization initiative for IP-based physical security products. With multiple testings of ONVIF-conformant products, the Developers’ Plugfest included interoperability testing for all six ONVIF profiles, including Profiles Q and A, which are both scheduled for final release in 2016, and Profile T, ONVIF’s newest profile for video that is currently in development.
IPVideo Corp., a manufacturer of IP-based video surveillance and command center solutions, announced that it will be a founding technology sponsor of the Robolliance Program. Robolliance, and its associated online forum (http://www.robolliance.com), is a gateway for technology partners and industry experts in robotics, surveillance and security to advance the understanding and awareness of the growing opportunity for autonomous robotics within the security marketplace.
The Canadian Security Association (CANASA) and SP&T News will host a special seminar held the morning of Security Canada Ottawa on June 1.
The 2016 edition of ISC West attracted the largest attendance and hosted the largest number and square feet of exhibits in the long history of ISC West. The event, which was held in early April in Las Vegas, is sponsored by the Security Industry Association (SIA).
Mission 500, a non-profit initiative focusing on the security industry, raised more than $95,000 at its seventh annual Security 5K/2K Run/Walk and related sponsorships at this year’s ISC West.
The Canadian Security Association (CANASA) is now seeking applications for its annual scholarship program which is open to the dependents of current CANASA members.
In the last of three videos from SP&T News' integrator roundtable, panelists discuss analytics, biometrics, business intelligence and more
Icontrol Networks has certified additional devices for its ecosystem: LG’s Smart Refrigerator, SkyBell HD Wi-Fi video doorbell, and Bttn’s Wi-Fi Smart Button. Through Icontrol’s cloud integration technology, LG, Skybell and Bttn were able to independently gain certification through the Icontrol Developer Program, making them compatible with any Icontrol-powered solution.
U.S.-based Protection Technologies (ProTech) has acquired VideoWave Networks of Montreal to its family of perimeter security system companies. VideoWave is a developer of surveillance software based on advanced video analytics that detect and track objects in outdoor environments.
PureTech Systems has integrated its PureActivwide area surveillance solution with the Aeron Searcher Thermal Camera Pan & Tilt System from Silent Sentinel. The integration leverages the Aeron Searcher’s compact, rugged, continuous rotation pan-tilt axis, along with its thermal camera payload, to provide a high performance solution for those with long range surveillance needs in harsh and challenging environments.
Arteco has announced its integration of BlueWave Security access control solutions. BlueWave leveraged Arteco’s Open Connector integration platform, which provides an intuitive process to leverage the full power of the Arteco Video Event Management (VEMS) system.
G4S Canada announced Monday it has acquired Sudbury, Ont.-based i-Vision Systems, an integrator of video monitoring and security systems. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Market concentration in the video surveillance industry really took hold in 2013. While there have been many acquisitions in this sector, that’s not the only factor causing market share growth among the top 15 video surveillance equipment suppliers, says Niall Jenkins, consulting manager, building technologies, IHS Markit.
FST Biometrics has announced that Avi Naor, a member of FST's board of directors, has made an investment in FST Biometrics and has been appointed chairman of the board.
TSOC has pledged support for the Alberta Fires Appeal, and will donate five per cent of all TSOC product sales at the Graybar Canada Edmonton and Calgary locations between May 16 and August 31, 2016.
A Quebec developer of IP video compression, transmission, and decoding technology for business, government, and military clients has received funding from various investors to finance expansion and R&D efforts.
Pelco by Schneider Electric, a maker of security cameras and surveillance equipment, has laid off 43 workers as the company narrows its technology focus, the Fresno Bee reports.
Tony Fadell, explaining his departure from the company he founded, tells the New York Times it was time to move on. Fadell was a co-founder of Nest in 2010, and led the maker of smart home devices for six years, including the last two under the ownership of Google.
Axis Communications held its third annual Axis Canada Golf Classic this week at Piper's Heath Golf Club in Milton, Ont.
Axis Communications officially opened its new Canadian office on Tuesday — a 12,000 sq.ft. Axis Experience Centre.
G4S Canada recently held an official opening for its latest Toronto office - a facility that houses its Secure Integration division. The company hosted clients and partners, including its partner for remote concierge services UCIT Online. G4S relaunched its integration business earlier this year under the Secure Integration banner, promising investments including a new fleet of vehicles and additional technical personnel. The company plans to ramp up in Ontario first, leveraging its presence in the guarding business, then expand across the country.
SP&T News visited with exhibitors and attendees at ADI Expo Toronto. The annual conference and showcase includes educational seminars and exhibitors from across the security and audio industries. The distributor will hold additional events this year in Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Montreal.     View the embedded image gallery online at: http://www.sptnews.ca/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=181&lang=en&layout=latest&view=latest#sigProGalleriace882e14ec    
Canadian Security magazine's Security Career Expo, held March 9 in Toronto, hosted more than 200 students who came to listen to expert speakers, mentor with respected industry professionals and meet potential employers.
Convergint Technologies invited partners to help the company celebrate the official opening of its new office location in Toronto.

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