Remote guarding alliance announced

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

LAS VEGAS--In an effort to move forward the nascent remote-guarding market, a collection of eight companies has announced a business alliance. Headed by analytics manufacturer VideoIQ, the group will offer a complete solution for using analytics-enabled cameras that serve as "digital guards" to watch over large or multiple locations.
"The remote guarding alliance is about developing a set of best practices that are employed by guard service organizations so they can remotely guard and deliver the same protection that site-based guards would deliver," said Scott Schnell, president and chief executive officer of VideoIQ. He said the alliance would focus on the "operational standards necessary to deliver pre-emptive services remotely [and develop] standards regarding the integration of site-based video-analytic equipment and software used by monitoring centers."
ViewPoint CRM, which specializes in video monitoring and uses VideoIQs analytic technology, is also a founding member of the alliance. Brad Gordon, chief executive officer of ViewPoint CRM, is a proponent of advancing analytic technology and remote guarding and said the alliance will help support companies that are dedicated to using video-monitoring technology.
"I think we need to focus on making sure companies are focused and committed to video monitoring," Gordon said. "We need to be proactive and differentiate ourselves because none of the other companies is interested in catching criminals. We're interested in stopping events from happening and unless we have proactive remote guarding businesses, it's not going to prevent anything. We should only be an alliance of like-minded companies interested in remote-monitoring businesses."
The six other participating companies include Elite Interactive, a security technology firm; Rapid Response Systems, a provider of security and fire alarm systems; Smart Interactive Systems, a security service provider; Statewide Security, provider of security systems and consulting services; SureView Systems, software developer for video and audio monitoring; and Visentry, a video monitoring company. Together these companies will address issues regarding best practices, customer adoption and technology standards for remote guarding.