Lyric Gateway allows consumers to control their home security and automation systems on their personal devices. It is designed for the mobile lifestyle, including renters, condo and second home owners, and those who frequently move. The Lyric Gateway integrates with AlarmNet 360 and can be placed anywhere in the home using the included desk stand. Through the Honeywell Total Connect® Remote Services app, consumers can control all aspects of their Lyric connected home system.
The Connect ONE cloud-hosted security management platform offers detailed management and accountability of intrusion, access control, mobile credential access, video, critical environmental monitoring and energy management services from an interface accessible anywhere with an Internet connection. Connect ONE also supports Bosch Remote Connect Cloud Services, DMP, ELK, Honeywell Vista panels and Nest.
Platinum Tools has launched the new RJ45 Cat6A stranded 10Gig connectors (p/ns 106195, 106197C, 106198C). Features and specifications include: Max cable jack OD: 8.5mm/0.335 inches; Max cable conductor OD: 1.35mm/0.053 inches; Exceeds 10-Gig performance standards; Individual conductor OD range: 0.042 inches - 0.053 inches (1.07mm-1.35mm); Wire gauge range (AWG) 24—22; Uses 0.35 mm (.014 inches) contact; works for CAT6e, CAT6A, CAT7; and is UL and RoHS compliant.
Alarm Lock has expanded its Trilogy T2 Series electronic standalone access locks. Standalone Trilogy T2 electronic keyless access locks provide vandal-proof all metal keypad and longest-life battery operation, lock models have a rugged clutch and fingertip tool-free programming, plus feature BHMA Grade-1 installation. The Trilogy T2 series now includes the DL2700 standalone digital cylindrical lock; new DL2700LD cylindrical lock with lockdown, suitable for schools and campus security with remote keyfob and bright visual lockdown indicator bar; and new mortise locks for high-security mortise locking, in either DL2700 CR classroom or DL2700DB deadbolt functions.
The Kensington VeriMark Fingerprint Key combines biometric performance and 360-degree readability with anti-spoofing technology and fingerprint activated collaboration capabilities. Designed to meet Windows Hello security requirements, the key allows users without a fingerprint sensor in their computers to enjoy the benefits of the faster, more secure login that Windows Hello affords. Businesses whose employee computers do not have biometric authentication capabilities, can deploy the fingerprint key without having to replace an entire fleet of laptops.
S2 Security, a developer of complete enterprise security solutions, has launched S2 Cumulus, a cloud-based service that enables the administration and monitoring of S2 products, as well as critical communication between people, devices and third-party systems.
Visitor Pass Solutions, a division of Data Management Inc., has developed a new brand for its temporary badge product line. The company says the One Day Time-Expiring Visitor Badges bolster security protocols and simplify visitor management at schools, healthcare facilities, corporate campuses and more. The new badges change colour overnight to display the word “VOID,” preventing reuse the next day. Visitor Pass Solutions says this means the badges don’t need to be collected at the end of a visit. The product will be formally unveiled at ASIS 2017, September 25-28, in Dallas, Texas.
Equus’ new i1087TW NVR high-performance video surveillance workstation is a video management system (VMS) viewing workstation that can support multiple video feeds on several monitors and high performance storage servers with a hard drive capacity up to 48 terabytes. Featuring four hot-swap drive bays and optional Dual SSD for OS and live view storage, the unit supports three displays: HDMI, display port, and VGA. It is also equipped with dual 1GB Ethernet and additional dual/quad 1GB or 10GB. The i1087TW NVR uses the Windows 10 Professional or Windows 10 IoT operating systems, and also features RAID (redundant array of independent disks) level configurations 0, 1, 5, and 10.
Eaton introduces its new line of Wheelock Exceder LED3 notification appliances, compliant with the latest National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) code requirements for flash duration. The Wheelock Exceder LED3 line includes strobes, horn strobes, horns, speakers, speaker strobes, low frequency sounder strobes, and sounders for ceiling and wall-mount indoor applications. High-fidelity speakers provide leading intelligibility for mass notification and emergency communications. The line has been UL/ULC listed as compatible with all fire alarm control panels and accessories determined to be compatible with Wheelock RSS strobe-based products. Exceder LED3 strobes can also be installed in the same notification zone and field of view with any Wheelock RSS strobe model.
This 42” Plastic Enclosure (ENP4250) from Legrand is transparent to radio frequencies to enable placement of wireless devices into traditional structured wiring installations without interference or reduction of signal coverage. Made with a durable ABS plastic, the enclosure features a universal mounting grid that maximizes its compatibility with third-party products without requiring additional brackets. The unique design also allows it to be utilized for surface- or recess-mounted applications. Extra venting along the door for heat dissipation and staggered mounting tabs allow multiple enclosures to mount in adjacent stud bays. The enclosure features an extended cover that adds 1.2” of depth for cable headroom and third-party device flexibility. The metal hinge on the cover attaches to either the right or left side of the enclosure without the need for tools. The enclosure can be locked using included screws.
The iSTAR Ultra LT Door Controller from Software House is a special edition iSTAR Ultra door controller that provides a full IP architecture and enterprise level features for small to mid-sized access control deployments. iSTAR Ultra LT centralizes all access control decision processing and secures network communications while allowing end users to use existing infrastructure and Power over Ethernet capabilities. iSTAR Ultra LT features a scalable architecture that includes support for up to eight card readers and 500,000 cardholders. The control module maintains the local access control database and makes all access decisions, centralizing access control management for operators. iSTAR Ultra LT can be shared with several Ethernet door modules. Its encryption and authentication ensure that communications between access controllers and doors are cyber secure.
S2 Security's Magic Monitor Version 5 unifies access control, video surveillance and forensics, digital signage and live Internet sourced real-time data and information feeds in a single user interface. Version 5 introduces Dynamic Cells, which allow users to program any Magic Monitor with interactive content. This version also includes enhanced S2 NetBox access control and event monitoring system integration and additional third-party video management system support. With Dynamic Cells, Magic Monitors can be customized to meet unique operational requirements. By programming any Magic Monitor with dynamic content, users can create interactive floor plans as well as follow events on screen by navigating through one camera feed to the next. In addition, Dynamic Cells support touch screen-capable, responsive digital signage for general use throughout the enterprise in public areas such as lobbies and cafeterias.
The FLIR Systems FB-Series O fixed bullet thermal security camera is designed for short to mid-range perimeter protection. The FLIR FB-Series O offers plug-and-play integration with FLIR United VMS and certified by other major third-party video management solutions. The camera features a 320x240 resolution thermal imaging sensor that detects potential intruders in total darkness, and through sun glare, smoke, dust, and light fog. Three separate lens options – 93, 49 and 24-degree field of views – provide narrow-to-wide coverage of fence lines, building perimeters, and open areas. The FLIR FB-Series O integrates with FLIR analytic encoders such as FLIR ioi TRK-101 that help distinguish humans and vehicles, and FLIR ioi TRK-101 P PTZ Tracker that hand-off targets to thermal or visible pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ)-enabled cameras on the same network. Simultaneous IP and analogue video outputs are also available for use with network and legacy analogue systems. Advanced automatic gain control (AGC) and FLIR's Digital Detail Enhancement (DDE) provide optimal image quality in all scenes.   
Optera Panoramic Multi-Sensor Cameras from Pelco by Schneider Electric are integrated with more than 20 of the industry’s leading Video Management System (VMS) solutions. Pelco Optera Panoramic Multi-Sensor Cameras are integrated with the following VMS solutions and more: Exacq exacqVision VMS ; Genetec Security Center; Milestone XProtect Enterprise, Expert, and Corporate VMS; OnSSI Ocularis; Qognify VisionHub; Verint Enterprise VMS; Vista qulu. Optera Panoramic Multi-Sensor Cameras are preloaded with advanced analytics including: abandoned object, intrusion detection, camera sabotage, wrong direction, loitering detection, object counting, object removal, and stopped vehicle. Additional performance features include: a frame rate of up to 12.5 frames per second (fps) at full resolution or 30 fps at a reduced resolution; Pelco Smart Compression Technology, which reduces bitrate usage to generate up to 70 per cent savings on storage; and availability in a variety of colours and mounts. All models also feature a 3-year warranty.
STI’s commercial grade Wireless Musical Chimes require no electrical wiring and no through-the-wall drilling. All units offer an operating range of up to 500 feet between transmitter and receiver. Select one of 10 sounds (with multiple volume levels) with the push of a button. Because they are compatible, numerous transmitters can link to the same receiver. Distinguish between front and back doors by selecting a different sound on each. UL/cUL Listed, FCC Certified, 433 MHz. Four models are available: STI-3350 (Wireless Doorbell Chime with Receiver); STI-3360 (Wireless Entry Alert Chime with Receiver); STI-3610 (Wireless Motion-Activated Chime with Receiver) and STI-3300 (Wireless Doorbell Extender with Receiver).
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.
Patrick Straw is a familiar face to many in the Canadian security industry — more so now that he has joined the Canadian Security Association (CANASA) as its new executive director.
Video surveillance is inherently controversial.
The security business spans many different branches.
The residential burglar alarm sector still represents a great opportunity for security dealers but it has to be approached the right way.
The Canadian Security Association (CANASA) has undertaken a number of recent initiatives to provide the security industry with much-needed educational resources. These include:
I am often asked by prospective clients, what does a broker actually do? Is it necessary to use a broker to sell your business? How does using a broker help and finally what do they cost?
The video surveillance industry has enjoyed fast growth and revolutionary new technology over the last decade.
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.
According to an IHS Markit analysis, the number of security start-ups and security options available to homeowners are higher than ever before.
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.

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