January 11, 2008 – Volume 4 Issue 1

Tela-Link dealers scramble to replace alarm units
Installers across the country concerned that RF network may be shut down
By Neil Sutton

Security installers and resellers that have purchased wireless radio alarm units from Calgary-based Tela-Link Communications are paying thousands of dollars out of their own pockets to replace the devices, fearing that the network that supports them will soon be shut down.

Bioscrypt acquired by L-1
Markham-based biometrics firm to remain independent entity.
By Neil Sutton

L-1 Identity Solutions Monday acquired Canadian biometric security firm Bioscrypt for $44 million in an all-stock transaction.
Bioscrypt will have access to Stamford, Conn.-based L-1's resources and sales channels but will be able to operate as an autonomous unit, says Bioscrypt president and CEO Rob Douglas.

Dealing with “noise” pollution
Video analytics tools improving, but environmental factors impede accuracy.
By Rosie Lombardi

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 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 judgement.

Storage firm locks down CCTV surveillance
Montreal-based self-storage company ramps up surveillance to provide better protection of locations across Quebec.
By Jennifer Brown

When your business is protecting other people's possessions, you can't afford to have a security problem. So when Turan Kalfa decided it was time to put a stop to the vandalism and theft occurring at his company's self-storage units in Quebec, he turned to a smarter, centralized IP camera system.


IndigoVision upgrades Control Center

Pixim releases chipset for mobile, embedded CCTV

Arecont Vision offers four megapixel cameras

Web survey

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On deck: Coming up in the March of SP&T News

Technology Focus: Network Threats

As more companies move video to the network the concern about that information being hacked increases. What are the current threats end-users are facing and what do installers need to know when talking to clients about the nature of network-based threats?

Special Report: Privacy matters in public surveillance

City after city is introducing or expanding video surveillance in public places across Canada creating a polarization of attitudes between tough-on-crime measures and concern about loss of privacy.

As a result, security managers in the public sector have to walk a razor-thin line between the two in surveillance system design and operation; and the private sector should watch this space to discern trends that may influence the evolution of privacy guidelines in commercial areas.

Installation Focus: Card readers

New column: 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

Product focus: Wireless cameras


January 15 to 17, 2008
Training at Tri-Ed's Mississauga branch.

January 15: New Power Series Training (PC 1616/1832/1864)

New Product Overview: Installation; End User Functions; Basic Programming; and,
Advanced Programming. TRI-KIT VALU 5N required ($185).

January 16: DCS Maxsys Accredited Technician Program. A DSC-MAXKIT will be required to attend.

January 17: DSC T Link & GSM Universal Wireless Alarm Communicator Training.

To R.S.V.P.contact:
Tri-Ed Mississauga
3688 Nashua Dr., Units A-F
Mississauga, ON

January 22, 2008
9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Tri-Ed's Calgary branch.

Bosch Product Technical Training Seminars.
The DINION 15 Bit Advantage including ''The Lights Out Challenge – Why Other Cameras Are Afraid of the Dark''; Bilinx Bi-Directional Communication Protocol; Flexidome Product Line-Up; AutoDome Easy; and, AutoDome Modular.

1 p.m.:
IP Encoders, Decoders and IP Cameras; Mega-Pixel Cameras; Video Content Analysis (VCA); and an intro to DVR Line-Up including the hybrid DVR – DiBos8.

Tri-Ed Calgary
6115 3rd Street, S.E., Unit D-13, Calgary, AB

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

April 12-13, 2008
Association of Ontario Locksmith 35th Annual Convention Holiday Inn Select,
970 Dixon Rd., Toronto

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

Apr. 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, Ont.

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

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