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Brady Acquires IDenticam

Brady Corporation, a manufacturer of identification solutions, has acquired GE IDenticard Systems, based in Lancaster, Pa., and its Canadian affiliate, IDenticam, located in Markham, Ont. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

IDenticard, founded in 1970, develops personal identification, access control and consumable identification badges. Its products include identification card systems that combine biometrics, digital imaging and other technologies to identify people and prevent identification card counterfeiting; and access control systems that restrict entry into buildings using multiple card-reader technologies. IDenticam offers integrated photo identification solutions, printers, supplies, accessories and visitor management solutions.

The companies, with 120 employees in the U.S. and 36 in Canada, have more than 30,000 customers in health care, education, government and manufacturing. Both companies combined for sales of approximately $33 million US in 2005. IDenticard and IDenticam were acquired by GE in March 2005 as part of its acquisition of Edwards Systems Technology.

"With an increased importance on safety and security around the world, the need for effective personal identification has never been greater. IDenticard's proprietary products and advanced technologies in this area make them a terrific addition to Brady's personal identification brands including TEMPbadge, Stopware and J.A.M. Plastics in the U.S., and BIGBadge in the U.K and France," says Tom Felmer, Brady's vice-president, Direct Marketing Americas. "The acquisition of IDenticard and IDenticam further strengthens our position in the personal identification market and establishes Brady as a leader in card access security badges. We expect this acquisition to play a key role in our global personal identification product strategy."

Protect A/S Coming to Canada

Smoke Cannon, the smoke protection system manufactured by Protect A/S, is coming to Canada now that the Denmark-based company has announced it is looking for sales and distribition partners in The Great White North.

"In the past three years we have introduced Protect Smoke Cannons with great success in Scandinavia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and South Africa. In these areas we have a sole distributor. Now we are looking for a partner in Canada," says Poul Dalsgaard, Protect's managing director. "It is important for us to work in close partnership with a strong company to create their local market together with us. Then we are looking for a security company with a wide contact to the industry and a great experience in wholesale."

Currently, the Smoke Cannon is installed in banks, offices insurance companies, casinos, private homes, supermarkets, and retail stores throughout the world. It was first introduced to the North American security market last year at the ISC West Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nev.

ISC West to Host IP Institute

In respone to the increased usage of IP-based systems in the security industry, the organizers of ISC West have created a full-day program devoted to the technology, called IP Institute.

Held on April 4 in Las Vegas, Nev., and part of the annual event's education program, the IP Institute is a full-day course dedicated to providing information on the latest trends, best practices and new technologies involved in the design, implementation and support of IP-centric and integrated physical security solutions. The program will be delivered by industry experts in the consulting, end user, and IT disciplines, including CISCO, Microsoft, Axis Communications, HID Corporation, Lenel Systems International and Gompers.

"It is vitally important that system designers and technicians further develop the skills that enable them to successfully install and service increasingly complicated integrated security systems," says Cynthia Holloway, director of industry development for the ISC events. "In addition to installing video surveillance and access control systems, security professionals also need to know how to make those devices work together to perform as a single, seamless, integrated system."

The IP Institute is designed for security dealers, systems integrators and value-added resellers who are currently involved with or entering the IP or integrated physical security market, as well as end users who are involved with the design, implementation, support, or procurement of IP or integrated physical security systems.

Brinks Rebounds in Q4

For the fourth-quarter of 2005, revenue at Brink's Home Security increased 14 per cent to $103 million US, while operating profit declined 5 per cent to $20.3 million as slightly higher profits from recurring services were offset by increased investment in new subscribers.

The revenue growth is being attributed to a rise in its subscriber base. Excluding the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the subscriber count, the annualized attrition rate for the fourth quarter of 2005 increased to 8 per cent versus 5.9 per cent in the year-ago quarter and for the full-year increased to 6.7 per cent versus 6.6 per cent in 2004. Including the effects of Hurricane Katrina, the attrition rates for the fourth-quarter and 12 months of 2005 were 8.2 per cent and 7.2 per cent, respectively.

Brink's Home Security installed 41,900 new subscribers during the fourth quarter, a 10 per cent increase over the number of new subscribers added in the fourth quarter of 2004, and ended the year with approximately one million subscribers generating monthly recurring revenue of $29.1 million.

Product Previews
Bolide Technology Group's BC1009/SPDN70 is a 352x zoom day/night high-speed colour dome camera that features a built-in on-screen display (OSD) for remote programming through a DVR and the Internet. With its direct operation through the OSD menu, users can operate and adjust the camera's presets, privacy masking, patterns and tours at the point of installation or remotely. Other features include: built-in memory that stores presets, auto pan, preset tour and pattern, built-in RS-485 receiver, compatibility with all major protocols, and a light sensitivity of 0.4 lux colour or 0.002 lux monochrome.

STR International's Radiy series of digital microwave detectors can be utilized as an add-on accessory for covering areas that cannot be protected using cable. It has a detection zone length of 50 to 200 metres, a detection zone width of 1.5 to 5 metres, and a detection zone height of 3 metres. Its power requirements are 10 to 30VDC, while its operating temperature range is -50 to +65°C.

Envisacor's EnvisaLink IP100D is a TCP-IP-based bus-level interface to DSC PowerSeries panels. It features: built-in web server and HTML user interface; real-time zone status with "time-since tripped" feature; local arm and disarm; event log; 128-bit encryption; and EnvisAlerts, which sends events from the security system to an end user's e-mail or cell phone. Up to three e-mail accounts can be specified and up to eight different types of notifications including arms/disarms, troubles, event openings and closings for each e-mail address.

Rowie Walker & Associates' OE+ is an accounting and business management software suite that helps alarm companies with their monitoring, service and installation contracts and sales. It features contract billing, work order and service call management, progress billing and holdbacks, zone and pass card management. OE+ automatically turns quotes into active contracts or orders, manages and prints all documents and contracts, and uses several pricing tools including historic pricing, specific pricing, one-time pricing and package pricing.

GVI Access Control ® combines its technologically sophisticated line of hardware with the industry's most advanced, easy-to-use line of access control software. To accommodate a wide range of applications, the software line ranges from an entry-level, single user version, to a multi-user enterprise wide system.

The enterprise level, multi-server access management software has the option available to integrate with third party CCTV, intercom and DVR interfaces in a single front end. The software versions feature ID free video ID badging, variable dwell alarm bumping and database partitioning. One also features interactive hardware tree, macros, tasks and wizards. Another one supports up to 32 readers and works up to three workstations. This one can be upgraded to either of the other two. All have Microsoft SQL Server 2000 compatibility and Outlook Style Interface.

GVI Access Control ® Enterprise, Ultra and Lite

Calendar of Events

February 21-22, 2006: Canadian Digital Home Summit. Toronto, Ont.

March 2, 2006: Burtek Grand Opening. Mississauga, Ont.

March 14-18, 2006: NSCA Systems Integration Expo. Las Vegas, Nev.

April 4- 5 2006: Canadian RFID Conference. Markham, Ont.

April 4-7, 2006: ISC West. Las Vegas, Nev.

April 26-27, 2006: CANASA's Security Canada East. Laval, Que.

Click here for a complete list of industry-related events

Burtek invites you to attend the official grand opening of our new location in Mississauga — Thursday, March 2nd, 2006.

The day will include a series of highly informative seminars and trade show featuring new products from over 40 suppliers including the new Minitrax vandal-resistant PTZ dome from Capture.

The day will culminate with a fun-filled Casino Night including a Texas Hold’em tournament and various other casino games. Visit the Burtek website for more details and RSVP.




Security Globetrotting
Genetec Protecting Jewelery Store

Les Bijouteries Lavigueur, one of Quebec's largest jewelers with more than 12 branches in the Montreal and Outaouais regions, has selected Genetec's Omnicast to secure its stores and head office.

Initial deployment of the Omnicast solution includes the management of more than 20 security cameras at Les Bijouteries Lavigueur's head office in Montreal, as well as securing three branches in Quebec and Ontario with more than 12 cameras. In February, the jeweler plans to secure four additional branches with Omnicast.

The existing system is comprised of four archiving servers, one located at the head office and three others located in each branch. This setup allows to record live video locally at each of these locations. Each branch is connected to the company's network, thus allowing for live and recorded video to be viewed simultaneously from all locations on a single interface.

The jeweler has already had the opportunity to test the effectiveness of the system during a robbery at one of its stores. The event was captured and recorded by the Omnicast solution, allowed managers at Les Bijouteries Lavigueur to view the event at the head office and take appropriate action with local law enforcement.

Ensuring Bus Safety

The Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA) has selected March Networks as the enterprise standard for mobile video surveillance for its major subsidiary, Regional Transit Service (RTS).

As a result, the RGRTA plans to equip all new RTS buses — and ultimately retrofit existing buses — with the the Ottawa, Ont.-based manufacturer's advanced mobile solution.

"Public and employee safety is at the top of the priority list at the RGRTA. Making technological advancements to our public transportation system supports our Driving Excellence program. Our partnership with March Networks is helping us achieve our goal of becoming the number one customer service public transportation system in the nation," says Mark Aesch, chief executive officer of the RGRTA.

Super Security

While the Seattle Seahawks were losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL, the City of Detroit, Mich., was using a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system provided by CompuDyne - Public Safety & Justice, a provider of security products, integration and technology for the public security markets.

The Detroit Police Department worked with more than 100 local, state and federal agencies to assure Super Bowl XL was a safe experience for everyone. In addition to serving the public safety agencies of the City of Detroit, the CompuDyne system also provided support to the Department of Homeland Security.

Federal agencies were provided access to the CAD data warehouse to receive real-time updates to all law enforcement events occurring throughout the city during Super Bowl activities. Incident information was interfaced to an external system used by the Department of Homeland Security to provide a consolidated view of police, fire and emergency medical activities to more than 400 public safety managers and coordinators at all levels of government.

The CAD system processed more than 6,280 calls for emergency service in the 24 hours surrounding Super Bowl XL.

On Deck - What's Coming Up in SP&T's January/February 2006 Issue

Read All About It

  • With more than 280 stores and a distribution centre that would swallow several football fields, Indigo Books and Music has a lot of space to secure. Find out how the national chain of bookstores use state-of-the-art video surveillance to prevent and lower its "shrinkage."
The Dawn of a New Year
  • As 2006 unfolds, members of the Canadian security industry will have to stay current on topics ranging from convergence to VoIP to WiMAX in order to stave off increased competition from new players coming into the marketplace from other technology sectors.

Awakening our Future

  • Study after study concludes that triggered smoke alarms do not always awake sleeping children, which is why proper placement, installation and maintenance is vital when designing any home's security system.
And Much, Much More
  • Including SP&T's regularly featured departments, such as News Bites, Product Previews, People in the News, The Big Picture, as well as SP&T's regularly featured columnists: Ivan Spector (Tales from the Trenches), Lou Sepulveda (Selling Security) and Jeffrey Zwirn (Alarm Science)

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