December 20, 2007 – Volume 3 Issue 26

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Security installers feel pinch of strong Loonie

There are deals to be had for U.S. security products, thanks to a weak greenback, but it's Canadian security installers that are beginning to feel the pinch.
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Bosch acquires Extreme CCTV
German technology giant cites B.C. company's licence plate recognition technology as main attraction.

Bosch has agreed to pay $93 million for Burnaby, B.C.-based Extreme CCTV Inc. in an all-cash arrangement. Under the terms of the purchase, Stuttgart-based Bosch will pay $5 a share. On Dec. 14 trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange, Extreme's shares gained 26 per cent, jumping from $3.90 to $4.94.
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Top stories of 2007

The headlines were full of acquisitions and mergers in 2007. We look at the top stories in the security industry for 2007.
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Web survey

From your perspective, what impact has the strong Canadian dollar had on the security industry?
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Security Business Wire

Cisco and Axis team up to improve integration
Companies plan to pursue sales and marketing ventures together.

Cisco Systems Inc. has joined Axis Communications' Application Development Partner plan, which, according to the companies, will allow for better integration between their products. The purpose of the partnership is to engage in joint product development and collaborate on an engineering level, says Fredrik Nilsson, general manager of Axis Communications North America. The two companies will also pursue sales and marketing opportunities. For example, Axis shared booth space with Cisco at a recent trade show.
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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

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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TeleEye doubles frame rate

TeleEye RX has introduced a new upgrade on TeleEye RX 8- and 16-channel video recording servers, models: RX328, RX3216, RX368_V2 and RX3616_V2, in which the recording frame rate at D1 resolution is doubled to reach 100 and 120fps for PAL and NTSC respectively.
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Extreme zooms in on Moondance

Extreme CCTV has released the Moondance Integrated-Infrared Ruggedized Pan-Tilt-Zoom camera, an integrated-infrared powerdome solution that delivers imaging in all lighting and weather conditions.
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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 January/February Issue of SP&T News

Installation Focus: Digital surveillance

  • The owners of Quebec-based self-storage company Depotium Entrepot were tired of having their units robbed and dealing with the aftermath of graffiti from vandals. While the company had used a rudimentary camera system for some time it was not getting results. The solution was to switch to a digital surveillance program.

Technology Focus: Digital video analytics

  • Surveillance video analytics promise to automate much of the mind-numbing monitoring security staff must perform. The technology is starting to catch up with the hype, but the false positive rate is still about 65 per cent, according to analysts Frost & Sullivan. Although it isn't ready for prime time yet, video analytics technology can nevertheless deliver real value in some security scenarios today when it's combined with human judgment. And there are some tricky areas that are simply beyond the purview of technology. This story will provide an overview of what video analytics can and can't do.

Product Focus: Access control

Our regular columnists

  • Fast Forward, the marketing of security by JF Champagne
  • CANASA Update by Ken Mitchell
  • Alarm Science by Jeffrey Zwirn
  • In the Trenches by Ivan Spector

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