December 6, 2007 – Volume 3 Issue 25

eNEWS Bites

Bell Canada has cancelled its Home Monitoring portfolio less than a year after launching the service
Nine months in and 1,500 customers, company calls it quits on home security

Bell spokesman Jeff Meerman says the service has been cancelled because ''Bell has decided to focus on its core portfolio'' of home phone, Internet, cell phone and satellite television. He said the decision was made independent of the sale of Bell's parent company, BCE, to a private consortium led by the Ontario Teacher's Pension Fund for approximately $52 billion.
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March Networks appoints COO
Nortel vet Stephen Nicolle takes over R&D and operations for Ottawa firm

March Networks appointed Stephen Nicolle the position of chief operating officer late last month.

Nicolle will be responsible for March Networks' R&D and operations initiatives such as fulfillment strategies and product lifecycle management, and will report directly to the Ottawa-based company's president and CEO Peter Strom.
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Building Integration: Opportunity Knocks
Integrators can harness existing relationships

Many buildings today contain a wide assortment of electronic equipment for access control, CCTV and video monitoring, fire and intrusion detection, and heating, cooling and lighting controls. Controlling, monitoring and maintaining these systems is time consuming and costly and poses a significant challenge for organizations with buildings in diverse geographic locations.
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Web survey

Where are you making investments in your business? Is it participation in trade shows? Is it marketing? How about training?
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Security Business Wire

Visual Defence and subsidiary ink deal for outsourced security operations at African airport

Richmond Hill, Ont.-based Visual Defence Inc., announced that it, along with its 50 per cent owned subsidiary, AviSecure, signed a contract with the government of an African country expected to be worth between $USD 140 million and $USD 250 million over 25 years.
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SCC-B5353 1/3” Color DNR, Vari-Focal Dome Camera

The Samsung Electronics SCC-B5353 1/3” Color DNR, Vari-Focal Dome Camera features 540 TV Lines of resolution and true Day/Night capability. It has a movable IR filter that allows the camera to operate as a color camera in daylight and in B&W in very low light. The camera features a 3-axis gimbal that allows it to be mounted on vertical, horizontal as well as slanted surfaces and the electronic image flip allows more mounting flexibility.

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Product Previews

Milestone Systems updates digital video/transaction management

Milestone Systems, a developer of open platform IP video management software, has released version 2.5 of XProtect Transact, an integrated solution for managing shrinkage through combined surveillance and transaction data.
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Vigilant Video selects imaging technology for LPR

Extreme CCTV International Inc., a division of Extreme CCTV Inc., announces that Vigilant Video of Livermore, Calif., has selected Extreme's imaging technology for integration into its flagship CarDetector licence plate recognition (LPR) system platform.
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Surveillance Specialties' RaXess design to aid power management

Surveillance Specialties, Ltd. introduced their new patent-pending raXess design technology. The raXess design, which focuses on power management and wiring efficiency, allows for a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) associated with the deployment of an access control system, according to the firm.
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Calendar of Events

April 2-4, 2008, ISC West, Sands Expo and Convention Center,
Las Vegas, Nev.

April 13-16, 2008, ASIS International 7th European Security Conference, Barcelona, Spain

April 22-23, 2008, Security Canada East, Sheraton Laval, Laval, QC

June 11, 2008, Security Canada West, River Rock Casino, Richmond, B.C.

Sept. 11, 2008, Security Canada Atlantic Ramada Crystal Palace, Moncton, NB

Oct. 22-23, 2008, Security Canada Central, Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto, ON

Oct. 29-30, 2008, ISC East, Jacob Javits Centre, New York, NY

Click here for a complete list of industry-related events
On Deck: In the December Issue of SP&T News

Installation Focus: System Integration

  • Many buildings today contain an assortment of electronic equipment for access control, CCTV and video monitoring, fire and intrusion detection and heating, cooling and lighting controls.
    As manufacturers continue to use open technology and support nonproprietary industry standards, the opportunity is growing for integrators to connect various equipment used for security, life safety and building management into one system. Through integration of IP devices and systems, building operators and security personnel gain more flexible and sophisticated management of their security, life safety and facilities systems. Combining access control with video surveillance is just one example of the power of integrated systems.
    This story will describe the benefits of integration and the opportunity for integrators and the role of IT, security and facilities personnel in the adoption of integrated systems and explore the responsibility of manufacturers in the advancement of integration in the industry.

Technology Focus:

  • Developments and industry trends in digital video.

Product Focus: Control Panels

Q&A: Frank Pietrobono, President, CANASA

Our regular columnists

  • Tales from the Trenches, Ivan Spector
  • Alarm Science by Jeffrey Zwirn
  • CANASA Update

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