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True North Wins Again

This is becoming old hat for the folks at True Steel Security, but the Sudbury, Ont.-based company once again came away with some hardware during the GE Security Pro conference recently held in Kona, Hawaii.

True North, with an office in North Bay, Ont., as well, won two of the five awards presented at the annual event, including the Best Integrated Approach to Residential Marketing and Security Is A Family Matter.

The former is presented to the company that implements the most complete marketing program targeting residential customers. But it is the latter one that True North is especially proud of.

"Our security systems are a great answer to combating break and enter, theft, and vandalism. However these are just symptoms of unhealthy families," says John Whitehead, general manager of True Steel Security. "As a member of this community we want to make a bigger difference — a more permanent difference. We want to address the root of the problem, not just the symptoms. We want to help parents build a secure and loving home for their children. We want to help them raise nurtured, competent children."

In previous years, True Steel has been named Dealer of the Year, the first and only time such an honour has been bestowed on a Canadian company.

Emergent Bought by Visual Defence

Visual Defence, a Richmond Hill, Ont., provider of integrated IP solutions to the security and defence markets, has acquired the assets of Emergent Systems Corporation, a systems integrator based in Western Canada. The purchase of Emergent was for approximately $750,000 with an additional $300,000 in stock options.

"We are pleased to welcome Emergent into the Visual Defence family of companies," says Dagan Sadeh, chief executive officer of Visual Defence. "Their expertise and reputation will expand VDI's ability to offer truly comprehensive solutions to our enterprise clientele, while expanding our abilities and knowledge base. Furthermore, the addition of Emergent makes VDI a true audio, video and security integrator and creator of end-to-end solutions."

IR Hits the Racetrack

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies has been named an official partner of NASCAR.

As part of the new four-year partnership, the two enterprises will collaborate to develop security best practices and explore security systems unique to the specific needs of NASCAR-owned facilities, as well as speedways that host NASCAR-sanctioned races and race team operations across North America.

"Being selected as the company to keep NASCAR secure further demonstrates Ingersoll Rand's expert ability to provide comprehensive security solutions for complex environments such as outdoor sporting venues," says Dave Sylvester, president, Americas, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies. "With more than 13 million fans, partners and employees attending NASCAR races throughout the year, NASCAR appreciates the value and critical importance of delivering a safe and secure experience for everyone. We look forward to helping NASCAR further refine and evolve overall security practices and capabilities."

"NASCAR is enthusiastic about partnering with Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies to enhance the corporate facilities and competition landscapes of NASCAR," adds Tim Christine, director of security for NASCAR. "Ingersoll Rand and NASCAR both are industry leaders which embrace security solutions through the use of technology, and both organizations will benefit from our partnership."

NASCAR and Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies have already collaborated to produce a manual defining security best practices, which has been issued to more than 150 security directors in the motor sports industry and other major spectator sports organizations.

At last month's Daytona 500, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies worked with NASCAR to develop a custom security system comprised of cameras, digital video recorders, and lighting technology.

Canadians Assist in Spreading the Word about ECV

The Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC) recently teamed up with Security Information & Management Systems, Inc. (SIMS) to train alarm dealers and operators on how to reduce false dispatches across North America.

More than 75 alarm dealers and central station operators attended the SIMS conference in Richardson, Tex., and had the opportunity to hear Stan Martin, the executive director of SIAC, discuss Enhanced Call Verification (ECV).

"I thank SIMS' President Ken Utley for inviting me to speak on this key alarm industry initiative," says Martin. "Even with a full agenda, SIMS made time for this important cause. It's clear that the industry wants to reduce dispatches and I'm proud of the effort we're all making."

Utley also announced enhancements to the SIMS central station software that will accommodate implementation of ECV for dealers. In addition, Ivan Spector, from Alarme Sentinelle in Montreal, Que., Irv Fischer, from A.P.I. Alarm, and Ralph Sevinor all spoke about efforts being made to reduce false dispatches.

Product Previews
Toshiba Surveillance & IP Video's IK-DP30A speed dome features a quick connect "snap in" dome drive and is optimized to track activity with its 360° continuous pan rotation, variable speed scans and 92° tilt. Fully programmable with 64 presets and RS-422 connectivity, the camera is also IR sensitive with day/night capabilities effective down to a .01 lux. Other features include: 480-line horizontal resolution with natural colour reproduction, 216x xoom (18x optical, 12x digital), 50dB signal-to-noise ratio, and telecom-grade surge arrestor technology.

Garage Master includes a carbon monoxide door opener that automatically opens the garage door after sensing the CO detector's alarm. When the CO level exceeds the safety limit, the CO detector sounds an alarm that activates the Skylink audio sensor. The audio sensor then sends a signal to the Garage Master, which opens the garage door immediately to ensure proper ventilation. Up to 14 Skylink Transmitters can be programmed to the Garage Master for daily use throughout a home. Rolling code technology allows the homeowner to operate their Garage Master with transmitters and upgrade their fixed code garage door opener to rolling code, which enhances security.

Rainbow CCTV's DVC128 portable DVR with built-in high resolution digital camera records images using a 128 MB Flash memory that can be optimized in a motion detection mode. The DVR supports both NTSC and PAL and resumes recording automatically after power loss. An intuitive interface allows users to select image compression qualities (high/medium/low) and frame rates, according to the requirements of the location. Recording intervals can be 10/5/3/2 seconds or 1/2/4/8 frames per second up to the maximum setting. Power input is 12VDC.

Superior Performance w/Unique Functions...

DVRs that perform incredibly with many outstanding features; the SHR-2000 series consists of 4/8/16 channel digital video recorders capable of a real-time recording rate with 4 channel or a 120ips recording rate in CIF mode with 8/16 channel options. Each channel provides a variable image compression setting to save HDD consumption. The series also records 4-channel synchronized audio. The external interface method is USB 2.0 and the built-in CD-RW options available.

See online demo at www.samsung-security.com

Calendar of Events

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

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

April 25-26, 2006: RFID Solutions Conference. Montreal, Que.

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

May 8-11, 2006: IFSEC. Birmingham, England.

May 17-21, 2006: Central Station Alarm Association's Electronic Security Forum and Exposition. Savannah, Ga.

May 31 - June 1, 2006: False Alarm Reduction Association Regional Training Course. Mississauga, Ont.

June 19-21, 2006: Infosecurity Canada Conference & Exhibition. Toronto, Ont.

Click here for a complete list of industry-related events

Subjects on-screen are further away than they appear.

Why squint when Capture Pan-Tilt-Zoom cameras can see for you? The fully-loaded, integrated Fastrax high-speed domes feature 18X and 26X optical zoom, high resolution 470-line color CCD chips, and 360 degrees rotation at 380 degrees per second in preset tour mode. Capture has also delivered a miniature version of the popular PTZ camera; the Minitrax dome is the right choice for jobs that require a small yet rugged, weather-resistant, keyboard-controllable camera. It features 10X optical and 10X digital zoom, 430 TV lines resolution, 60 presets, and four tours. Capture has the right camera for every application; see for yourself how these latest advances in technology can keep any situation covered.

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Security Globetrotting
RFID in Use

Precision Dynamics Corporation (PDC), a provider of automatic wristband identification, has implemented its patented Smart Band RFID Wristbands and PDC Smart Kiosk RFID Cashless Point-of-Sale System at the Great Wolf Lodge in Poconos, Pa. The system will also be used at the new Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls, Ont., scheduled to open this April.

Great Wolf Lodge, a 401-suite family resort with an indoor waterpark entertainment area, implemented PDC's RFID Wristband System to provide resort guests with enhanced services including hotel room keyless entry, cashless payment options, automated access to lockers and arcade token dispensers.

At registration, guests are supplied an RFID wristband, which is embedded with a Texas Instruments 13.56MHz RFID inlay, to use while at the resort. As such, guests no longer need to carry hotel room keys. All information on the wristband is encrypted providing the utmost in security for guests.

IP Surveillance Lowers Costs at MFI

MFI, one of the largest household furniture manufacturer, retailer and distributor in the United Kingdom, is now using an IP video surveillance system, comprised of Milestone XProtect software and Panasonic cameras, to manage security and business processes at its home delivery centres.

The impetus behind installing the new video surveillance system was to increase the safety and security of MFI's customers and employees, as well as to lower security costs as physical guard services for the Home Delivery Centres were totalling approximately £55,000 annually per site.

As for the system itself, Milestone XProtect Enterprise software is being used at multiple sites, while Milestone XProtect Central and XProtect Matrix provide facial recognition and access control at the entrances. Cameras have been set up at trucking bays, warehouses, administration and computer facilities, reception areas, gates and perimeters.

On Deck - What's Coming Up in SP&T's April, 2006 Issue

Rising to the Top

  • By building his own ULC-listed central station, Mike Jagger hopes to take Provident Security and its guaranteed five-minute response time to the top of the Vancouver security market.

Understanding the Hype
  • Convergence is definitely here to stay, but there are still some roadblocks it has to overcome before IT and physical security become a match made in heaven.

Removing the Fear of Fiber
  • The difficulties security contractors associate with installing and working with fiber optic cables can definitely be overcome through education and training.

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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