G4S Virtual Patient Watch raises an alarm the instant a patient either attempts to get out of bed, or begins demonstrating escalating behaviour requiring immediate medical attention. G4S Virtual Patient Watch has a wide range of potential security and safety applications in a healthcare setting, including the provision of enhance monitoring and security of patients suffering from psychiatric illnesses or chronic conditions such as dementia. Central to the system is a high-resolution bedside camera with infra-red capability that allows it to function in the semi-dark of night time units. The camera senses the movement of a patient who is preparing to get out of bed or who is escalating in behaviour, triggering an alarm to alert security or medical staff. A speakerphone system allows for direct contact with the patient or clinical staff who can be alerted for immediate assistance.
The new X-iT Series Narrow Stile Exit Device, M8800, from Marks USA is now available. These durable, Grade 1 exit devices are suitable for high impact applications, such as schools, universities and other institutional or commercial buildings, and retrofit all popular preps. The exit device is designed for use on all types of narrow stile single and double doors, of either 36” or 48” door width, and conveniently, non-handed for installation flexibility.
With the Bosch Video Management System (BVMS) 7.5, Bosch has expanded its range of VMS software with the introduction of the BVMS 7.5 Viewer - a new variant aimed at small and medium-sized applications. This entry-level and free of charge version of Bosch’s existing Video Management System enables small business owners to view multiple live video streams of their surveillance cameras in high resolution from their computer screen. It also allows replaying recorded videos, and carrying out forensic searches of video recordings. The BVMS 7.5 Viewer can be downloaded free from the Bosch website. To access live and recorded video only, two configuration steps are necessary: First, users assign their selected devices to the system, and then organize and cluster them as needed.
The MR832 outdoor bullet camera from LILIN Americas  features a 4mm fixed lens with an IP66 environment rating, an operating range of -40° to 122°F, along with 30M IR LED illumination and Day/Night imaging. LILIN MR832 IP cameras feature 2D wide dynamic range, which provides accurate video capture in high-contrast lighting, and use 3D Noise Reduction for maximum clarity in low light conditions. Energy-efficient IR LEDs automatically illuminate scenes in complete darkness for discovering subjects at a range of up to 30 meters (98 ft.). To save installation time, the MR832 camera is designed with a multi-angle adjustable wall/ceiling mount bracket for flexibility and ease of use. In addition, the camera supports ONVIF Profile S and is powered by either PoE or DC12V. The MR832 delivers full 1080P HD resolution at 30 FPS while being compact and lightweight for wall or ceiling mount applications.
The OBSG-LG-CV-Wave Turnstile from Orion Entrance Control is an Optical Barrier Swing Glass-Low Glass-Clear View Wave turnstile with an open look – accentuated by 3/8-inch transparent glass on the sides and 3/8-inch tempered swing glass. Integrated into the pedestal is the Safran MorphoWAVE biometric reader that captures fingerprints with one contactless movement or “wave.” The throughput yield is one person per second which provides any lobby with a modern option for turnstile security. Also offered by the company: Infinity Remote Lane Control Software (IRLC-SW) and Surface Pro 4 Touchscreen/Armodilo Case.
Antaira’s LNP-1604G-SFP is the latest industrial Gigabit PoE+ unmanaged Ethernet switch series that offers 12 gigabit Ethernet ports with a PSE maximum of 30W per port and four SFP gigabit fibrer slots for long distance connectivity.
The SR-500 line of radars for critical infrastructure protection is suited for perimeter security of airports, seaports, government facilities, correctional facilities, power sub stations, and more.
Qblock is a turnkey NAS VMS solution from Qognify designed for the surveillance industry. Qblock is a unique offering built on industry’s leading technology from Dell EMC, bringing together NAS and VMS technologies to create a solution that addresses today’s and future growing needs. Combining the VisionHub VMS, Dell EMC’s Isilon storage and PowerEdge compute, Qblock features an IT Grade solution with zero data loss, low risk deployment, centralized management, and expansion and scalability without the need for re-architecture.
With Full HD and 3 megapixel video quality, the Vigilance Full HD PoE Dome Network Camera (DCS-4603) provides surveillance in a variety of lighting conditions. Suitable for installations in hotels, retail locations, restaurants, offices, and schools, the D-Link DCS-4603 can be mounted indoor on walls or ceilings, with a 3-axis gimbal to precisely position the lens.
The 2GIG Vario Hybrid Security System consists of a security control panel with on-board hardwire inputs and outputs, which can add wireless capabilities to take advantage of 2GIG’s existing wireless solutions.
The exacqVision M-Series expands the All-in-One Recorder category with the LC-Series PoE+ recorder. Similar to the higher-capacity, higher PoE power LC-Series, the M-Series includes integrated PoE camera ports and exacqVision START video management software, which can be upgraded to the Professional or Enterprise software. Users can connect up to eight IP cameras per recorder and can view and administer live and recorded video directly from the recorder using the included exacqVision client or remotely using a web browser or exacqVision client on a separate computer.
The Epson LABELWORKS PX LW-PX700 industrial label maker from K-Sun creates durable, custom and compliant labels, wire markers and more up to 1” wide.
The Horn/Strobe/Speaker Damage Stoppers are UL/cUL Listed guards designed to protect System Sensor SpectrAlert Advanced series of notification appliances.
Avigilon announced the expansion of its H4 camera platform with the addition of the H4 PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) camera line.
To “better serve its integrator partners who serve the small and medium business (SMB) market”, Hikvision says it is offering kits in North America for the first time.
Building a safe and secure environment for school campuses can be overwhelming when you consider what is at stake.
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.
SP&T News asked its new-look Editorial Advisory Board to answer a simple two-part question: What are the biggest challenges currently facing Canada’s security installer community and where do the greatest opportunities for future success lie?
What’s the best way to stay within a tight budget when it comes to installing new security products and systems? Just keep it simple, according to Peter Dyk with Tyco Integrated Fire & Security Canada.
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.
Growing a business requires more than hard work; it requires thinking about new business opportunities and leveraging what you already have in place to produce a positive outcome.
If a verified response program has not already been implemented by your local police service, then you had best start preparing your staff, clients and the general public you serve.
Video surveillance has gone through an enormous transformation over the last decade.
Many of these points have been mentioned in previous columns but perhaps they need mentioning again.
Prior to joining CANASA in February, J. David Ritter was president and CEO of the Canadian Jewellers Association. He is also the former publisher of SP&T News and has worked with previous owner CLB Media as executive vice-president. (SP&T News and other CLB Media assets were acquired by Annex Business Media in 2010.) SP&T recently conducted an email interview with Ritter to discuss his approach to association management and plans for CANASA in his new leadership role.
Most owners don’t know very much about the various methods of valuing companies, which is completely understandable because the methods are a profession in itself.
CANASA staff and I have been exploring tools and strategies to help members approach social media.Ideally, we are looking for a professionally recognized method that can be customized to suit diverse businesses and their unique needs.
Over the last three years, I have had the opportunity to examine two sets of two companies, each set of which is located in the same geographical area of the country and offers the same security services.
SP&T News recently connected with Hikvision’s North American president Jeffrey He for an email interview and asked for an update on its current market strategy and plans for Canada.
Lighting is arguably the greatest challenge for any surveillance camera.
This year we proudly welcome a new Executive Director, association executive and publishing veteran J. David Ritter.
With competition in the video surveillance constantly heating up and projects often being awarded to those who offer the best price, many integrators are struggling to squeeze out the margin they need to survive.
In my last column, I talked about buying alarm accounts from a buyer’s perspective. This time I will address some issues to be aware of if you want to buy an integration business.
Education, training, sourcing and retaining qualified professionals continues to be one of the biggest challenge for security companies in this competitive industry.
Maintaining a video surveillance system is no different that maintaining any other network infrastructure.
IHS Markit has released an analysis of safe cities, noting the concept will become increasingly important as more migrate to urban areas across the globe.
According to a new study commissioned by Schneider Electric, companies across industries are “increasingly leveraging the cloud for security applications”, with 42 per cent of respondents indicating they currently run security applications in the Cloud and almost half (45 per cent) stating they are likely or extremely likely to transition security operations to the Cloud in the future.
IHS Markit says disruption is coming to the professional smart home market and that fast growth and low penetration means opportunity remains for everyone.
IHS Markit has issued insights from the Appliance & Electronics World Expo 2017 in China, noting smart connected home appliances are becoming appliance makers’ strategic products but interoperability is still a barrier.
Tripwire, a global provider of security and compliance solutions for enterprises and industrial organizations, has announced the results of a study that looked at the rise of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) deployment in organizations, and to what extent it is expected to cause security problems in 2017.  
Researchers in the U.K. have found children are at “risk of dying in house fires because they often remain asleep when smoke alarms sound”, according to a recent Guardian article.
A global study by Citrix and the Ponemon Institute has highlighted global trends in IT security risks and reasons why security practices and policies need to evolve, finding technology is all too often outdated.
According to recent research by IHS Markit, the penetration of smart home systems will reach 3 per cent of global households by 2018 and 7 per cent by 2025.
In a new report from IHS Markit, analyst Jimmy Dearing says globally in 2017, the access control market will increase by 6.8 per cent and exceed $4.2 billion. Here is more from Dearing on the highlights of his study:
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.

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