Archive for February, 2010

H.264: Is it always the best compression fit?

Friday, February 26, 2010 16:43 Be the first to comment

Bandwidth savings touted, but unpredictability, limitations acknowledged By L. Samuel Pfeifle At IFSEC 2007, when the video compression standard H.264 was starting to be touted by manufacturers, the knock against it was that it was too processor intensive to be economically competitive. Just three years later, Axis Communications general manager Fredrik Nilsson is confident H.264 [...]

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Product certifications to increase in value, necessity

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 14:29 Be the first to comment

Make space on the wall: Product certifications are going to increase in importance and value—and that’s why you’ll need to pay for them By L. Samuel Pfeifle It’s easy to understand the reticence of some security systems integrators to pay for product training. After all, without integrators making sales and installations, where would manufacturers be? [...]

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Consolidation, M&A to grow through 2015

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 10:55 Be the first to comment

By Daniel Gelinas A recent report from Memoori examined the recent global growth in mergers and acquisitions in the security market and forecasted continued growth on through 2015, growing 10 percent in 2010 and growing faster through the next five years. The report claims there have been a “string of transactions in the alarms installation [...]

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TechSec Solutions Standards Survey

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 10:52 Be the first to comment

The following graphs report the results from the PSIA and TechSec Survey on Standards in Physical Security. 107 respondents from the security industry took the survey in January 2010. Here are the remaining poll questions and results: How aware are you of recent IP standard development initiatives? Very aware: 29 percent Somewhat aware: 64.5 percent [...]

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Stat of the month: Market for aspirating smoke detectors

Thursday, February 11, 2010 12:00 Be the first to comment

By IMS Research Over the past few years, growth for ASDs has centered on the electronic data processing and telecommunication industries. Increasingly, ASDs are now finding their way into more applications including coal mines, high-rise buildings and sports venues. The market is also beginning to see a new influx of local manufacturers who are attracted [...]

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Barnes’ state of the industry, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010 9:44 Be the first to comment

Residential market flat, integration market off considerably; How will ADT/Broadview affect the market, and what will P1 sell for? By Martha Entwistle PALM BEACH. Fla.—During a far-ranging discussion that touched on some areas of concern in the security alarm market, the recurring theme of Mike Barnes’s Industry and Market Overview presentation Feb. 5 was an [...]

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Wireless trends report, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 15:45 1 Comment

Faster, cheaper and easier (in relative terms): Wireless providers tackle asset tracking, HD, new pricing models By L. Samuel Pfeifle The use of wireless communication is exploding so rapidly it’s difficult to get your arms around what’s new. Before you know it, what was new is old hat. Just taking numbers from one manufacturer, wireless [...]

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