Opinion

Security Canada Central, held in Toronto Oct. 24-25, smashed all previous attendance records. The largest security event in Canada kicked off with a robust keynote address delivered by David Shipley of Beauceron Security focusing on cyber security issues. And then the doors opened seeing large crowds fill the exhibit hall as exhibitors displayed all the latest security products and services.
Security Canada Central, on Oct. 24-25, will feature an exhibit floor, special keynote and education
CANASA announces new membership category
It’s been a busy time here at CANASA. Just some of the highlights I think you’ll be interested in hearing about include:
CANASA’s first quarter of 2018 is flying by with exceptional turnout and support coming from our members at CANASA hosted events. Quality speakers focused on timely topics along with the opportunity to network is a winning formula.
Security Canada is pleased to announce that information on the six shows to be held across the country is now available at www.securitycanadaexpo.com.
The earliest digital communicators were independent of the alarm panel and reported as few as three signals. However, as alarm products, and especially alarm panels, have evolved, manufacturers have added features galore.
For more than a decade, the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC) has developed many close and worthwhile relationships with law enforcement agencies.
According to Stan Martin, executive director of SIAC, “You can’t have a meaningful discussion on dispatch reduction without addressing the use of ECV.” The development of enhanced call verification (ECV) was the result of a specific request by the International Association of Chief’s of Police (IACP) Private Sector Liaison Committee (PSLC).
There can be no discussion of alarm reduction without recognizing that a small percentage of all alarm users create the vast majority of all false alarms and false dispatches. Yes, there is a difference between the two.
In the coming posts, this column will serve to educate you on the issues of false alarms and false dispatch reduction.
As another year draws to a close, here are some best practices you should take with you into 2019.
If you read papers on mergers and acquisitions as I do, one statistic pops up all the time.
I have been quite busy recently doing valuations and closing some deals, which is great. Being so busy also means that I learn things on almost every deal I do. Here are some of my latest tips.
Recently I feel we are being bombarded by countless articles and presentations on the twin subjects of DIY and the connected home.
The most common method of valuing small businesses is to use a multiple of earnings or EBITDA.
In Part One I left off with the dealer or seller having determined that they are financially ready to sell, and at the same time they have determined that this is a good time to sell. With the recent changes to taxation of small businesses, this is even more important today.
Video surveillance systems are becoming more intelligent every day.
Innovation in the technology sector is rapid and often unpredictable, which makes it difficult for government regulation to keep up.
Biometrics is the technical analysis of a person’s unique physical features.
One of the greatest benefits of using network cameras is the ability to monitor their health and troubleshoot issues remotely.
Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have become an icon of the future. The possibilities of what drones could do are endless.
For end users with multiple locations, managing surveillance systems is complicated.
The security business spans many different branches.
Growing a business requires more than hard work; it requires thinking about new business opportunities and leveraging what you already have in place to produce a positive outcome.
Fire prevention and detection for the home are very important. Every year in Canada there are around 24,000 house fires that lead to an estimated 377 deaths and 3,048 injuries. Homeowners, landlords and tenants should all be aware as this number is climbing each year. To keep families safe in the event of a fire they should look to invest in a fire prevention and detection system. This way families can be immediately alerted of any potential fires in order to reduce the risk of death and damage.  
Is your organization ready for the changes to come?
Like many of you, I find myself reading a number of articles related to our industry.
Canon first announced it was creating a new spin-off company based on Milestone Systems technology back in June 2017 (Canon acquired Milestone in 2014).
AtHoc, a crisis communications tool, is part of the BlackBerry organization following its acquisition in 2015. SP&T spoke with AtHoc’s GM Sanjay Saini at a recent BlackBerry event in Toronto to get more information on how mass notification can be integrated into companies and organizations and what the role of crisis communications is now that Canada has launched its own coast-to-coast alert service called Alert Ready.
SP&T News recently caught up with Peter Strom, CEO of Ottawa-based March Networks, to talk about their latest solutions, the role of analogue in a world filled with cybersecurity concerns, the potential for AI and a lot more. We began by getting an update on March’s parent company, Chinese camera manufacturer Infinova — an acquisition that was completed back in 2012.
ONVIF, as a security industry forum, has helped shape the way technology is created and deployed today. Founded almost 10 years ago by Bosch, Axis Communications and Sony, it has since grown into an organization of almost 500 members at various levels of participation. SP&T News recently spoke with Stuart Rawling, director of global business development, Pelco by Schneider Electric, and a member of ONVIF’s steering committee to get an update on the organization’s mandate, position in the industry and role in issues of growing importance like cybersecurity.
Patrick Straw is a familiar face to many in the Canadian security industry — more so now that he has joined the Canadian Security Association (CANASA) as its new executive director.
Prior to joining CANASA in February, J. David Ritter was president and CEO of the Canadian Jewellers Association. He is also the former publisher of SP&T News and has worked with previous owner CLB Media as executive vice-president. (SP&T News and other CLB Media assets were acquired by Annex Business Media in 2010.) SP&T recently conducted an email interview with Ritter to discuss his approach to association management and plans for CANASA in his new leadership role.

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