UK video smoke detection co. expands to the U.S.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

ATLANTA--British video smoke detection company D-Tec is laying the groundwork to expand its operations to the United States and expects to open an office in Atlanta by the end of the year.
Video smoke detection, or VSD, uses algorithms to detect smoke and fire from standard CCTV footage. D-Tec is a subsidiary of AD Holdings Group, which also owns Dedicated Micros.
Several D-Tec staff members were in the United States in August, "working on building existing and future relations within the fire industry. The company's representatives also carried out a number of meetings regarding potential installations and design and negotiation is taking place," said Tim Compston, group public relations manager for AD Group Holdings in an email interview. Compston said that D-Tec has a number of partnering companies in the United States, including "Honeywell, Fire Sentry and Space Age Electronics. These companies will need support and guidance."
Dedicated Micros will be one of D-Tec's major customers, he said, "and support will be give to Dedicated Micros analytics offering." D-Tec will work closely with "Dedicated Micros providing fire and security systems to a large customer portfolio. Harnessing the NetVu Connected architecture, D-Tec and Dedicated Micros will be able to offer unique solutions to both industries," Compston said.
The relatively new field of video smoke detection has steadily gained more attention particularly since it received NFPA 72 approval in 2006. One established company is AxonX, a VSD company based in Sparks, Md. (search AxonX at AxonX has won awards from the Wall Street Journal and Frost and Sullivan and has an established partnership with Johnson Controls.
D-Tec's products will be showcased in the Dedicated Micros booth at ASIS later this month, Compston said.

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