May 23, 2008 – Volume 4 Issue 11

Windsor casino part of 10-year Cisco deal with Harrah's

Harrah’s Operating Co., a subsidiary of Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., the world's largest provider of branded casino entertainment, has signed a broad-based, 10-year global strategic agreement with Cisco.

Axis, Bosch and Sony forge alliance to create standard for network video products

Axis Communications, Bosch Security Systems and Sony Corp. are working together to create an open forum aimed at developing a standard for the interface of network video products.

AVAD expands presence in Canada with Calgary facility

AVAD, LLC, a distributor of custom home electronics, has expanded its presence in Canada with the opening of its Calgary facility—its second Canadian location. The new facility will feature AVAD’s blend of best brands, in-depth training and service to western Canadian custom installers and retailers.

Dealers should consider automating for the future

While some say home automation is the next big thing, it hasn't seen tremendous growth, thanks to its cost and complexity - not to mention a downturn in the U.S. housing market. Despite this, some security dealers are finding ways to bring on additional revenue by adopting home automation product lines, though understanding the market and new technologies are critical to success.

Diebold named Software House enterprise partner

Software House has announced that Mississauga, Ont.,-based Diebold Company of Canada has been named as an Enterprise Partner in the 2008 Software House Dealer Certification Program.

SP&T Integrator of the Year

The Integrator of the Year award, sponsored by Anixter Canada, is designed to recognize a security systems integrator that has demonstrated dedication, professionalism, innovation and customer service. We will consider all nominations provided they adhere to the following criteria:

The company offers security integration services, i.e. solves a customer's problem by designing, installing and implementing a solution that meets that customer's security needs.

The company operates in Canada.

The project(s) was completed for a Canadian customer.

The size of the project or cost involved is not the most important factor when we judge a winner. All companies are eligible, from the largest multi-national to an organization with less than 100 employees. Please take the time to help us recognize excellence and achievement in security.

Click here for the nomination form

On deck: Coming up in the June/July issue of SP&T News

Installation Focus: IP Video
How retailers are using IP video for more than just security.

Technology focus: Biometrics
Q&A with Terry Wheeler, president of Identica Corp.
Identica has seen it's vascular scan technology adopted by several large Canadian organizations including the Port of Halifax. SP&T News talks to Wheeler about the biometrics market in Canada and how security departments view the technology once viewed as too intrusive for mass adoption.

Special Topic: Home Automation
Is Home Automation really taking off in Canada?

Company profile: Waterloo, Ont.-based Aimetis Corp.
Aimetis develops open technologies for intelligent video applications and has worked with customers such as the City of Oshawa.

Product focus: Fire panels

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Tales from the Trenches
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May 22-23, 2008
Vancouver, B.C.

May 29, 2008
Anixter Seminar Series - the IP Connected Enterprise
Holiday Inn Halifax Harbour 101 Wyse Road
Dartmouth, NS B3A 1L9
11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Questions? Call Cathlin Sullivan 1-224-521-4181

May 29-30, 2008
Anixter - Firetide Certification Training
Anixter Canada, 200 Foster Dr. Mississauga, Ont.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Questions? Call Maria Commisso 905-502-2371

June 3, 2008
Anixter Seminar Series - the IP Connected Enterprise
The Weston Harbour Castle, Toronto
1 Habour Square Toronto, ON M5J 1A6
11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Questions? Call Cathlin Sullivan at 1-224-521-4181

June 10-12, 2008
Info-Security Canada
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
North Building
Toronto, Ont.

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

June 19-20, 2008
Tri-Lateral Security Conference, Calgary, AB

June 26, 2008
Anixter LAN Cabling Workshop - Fiber Optic Fundamentals
Providing a basic understanding and hands on experience.
Anixter Canada, 200 Foster Dr. Mississauga,
Ont. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (lunch provided)
Call Maria Commisso 905-502-2371
Register at:

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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