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ADT vs. TycoIS and 2014 ASIS roundup

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The 60th annual ASIS conference opened in Atlanta on Monday, Sept. 29.

The start of ASIS coincided with the expiration of the non-compete agreement between Tyco IS and ADT. When Tyco and ADT split, the agreement stipulated  that Tyco could not serve businesses of less than 7,500 square feet and that ADT could not serve businesses greater than 7,500 square feet in size.  Those restrictions were void as of Monday and both ADT and Tyco IS have been eager to talk about their plans to dominate small/medium sized business.

Last week, TycoIS introduced Holis, an HD IP camera line that’s bundled with a security assessment, a mobile app and flexible financing options. I spoke to TycoIS's Mark Bomber about how that launch would help position TycoIS to move into this market. On Monday, Luis Orbegoso announced ADT's go-to-market plan. Here's that story.

On Tuesday, a group of Tyco executives explained their company's plan to secure small business beachheads in five markets: Dallas, Chicago, two locations in Southern California and South Florida. The group included: Mike Moran, VP, Central Region; Dan Schroeder, VP Commercial/National Account Sales, North America; Hank Monaco, VP, Marketing; Mark VanDover, President; Tony McGraw, VP, Field Operations. The theme of their plan is to "go local" to effectively compete against local regional providers. Look for a full write-up on that announcement this week.

It will be very interesting to see how the battle for SMB shakes out. Will ADT or TycoIS prevail in this market, or will it be the regional independent integrator who wins out?

One person who's clearly in ADT's court is a Florida GOP Congressman, who made a pitch for ADT securing the White House. Check out this video. The guy even had an ADT sign handy.

The start of ASIS coincided with the expiration of the non-compete agreement between Tyco IS and ADT. When Tyco and ADT split, the agreement stipulated  that Tyco could not serve businesses of less than 7,500 square feet and that ADT could not serve businesses greater than 7,500 square feet in size. LINK. Those restrictions were void as of Monday and both ADT and Tyco IS have been eager to talk about their plans to dominate small/medium sized business.

Last week, TycoIS introduced Holis, an HD IP camera line that’s bundled with a security assessment, a mobile app and flexible financing options. I spoke to TycoIS's Mark Bomber about how that launch would help position TycoIS to move into this market. On Monday, Luis Orbegoso announced ADT's go-to-market plan. Here's that story.

On Tuesday, a group of Tyco executives explained their company's plan to secure small business beachheads in five markets: Dallas, Chicago, two locations in Southern California and South Florida. The group included: Mike Moran, VP, Central Region; Dan Schroeder, VP Commercial/National Account Sales, North America; Hank Monaco, VP, Marketing; Mark VanDover, President; Tony McGraw, VP, Field Operations. Look for a full write-up on that announcement this week.

Also this week, a Florida GOP Congressman made a pitch for ADT securing the White House. Check out this video. The guy even had an ADT sign handy.

Below is a roundup of my appointments. 

DAY 1

My first meeting was with Axis Communications' Fredrik Nilsson and Kelley Brescia. Axis likes its themes.  At ISC West the company talked about the "power of four" and here at ASIS, they continued on that theme. Axis introduced its Q6000-E  “that’s four cameras in one” Nilsson said. It’s Axis’ new approach to a 360-degree camera.  It is made up of four 2 megapixel camera heads so it can “cover four football fields. Those four cameras offer a very unique way to do 360-degree camera and when you combine it with a PTZ …. you can trigger to zoom in without losing the overview of the football field [ losing the overview when zooming is a common problem with 360-degree cameras],” Nilsson explained. The camera is ideal for city surveillance, retail parking lots, big school yards or critical infrastructure, he said. Axis got into access control last year with the intrduction of its door controller. This year it introduced a card reader, designed to work with its controller, which it developed with ASSA ABLOY. Axis also introduced its AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series. AXIS Camera Station is preloaded on Dell servers and pre-configured to work with its cameras. This solution is the for the mid-size market, Nilsson said, which needs storage and wants and easy set up. Applications of 1 to 8 cameras can use the Axis Companion SD card, but installers of mid-sized applications (16 to 64 cameras) –who are moving from analog to IP—need a recording box, but they don’t want to spend time configuring servers, he said. And the fourth four? It's a "four lettter word--EASY [to install,use, etc]," Nilsson said.

At Protection 1's meeting room, which was off of the showfloor, but overlooked the showfloor,  I spoke with a group of folks including Jamie Haenggi and Christopher BenVau about several news items including the fact that its  Network Operations  Center (NOC), has  received  "Cisco  Cloud  and  Managed  Services  Express  Partner  Certification  status." Just over 106 companies in the U.S. have earned this designation, and Protection 1 is now the only security company to hold this certification.

Alan Forman talking about new LINQ offering at Altronix. The company introduces its LINQ2 Network Communication Module, which provides remote control and real time monitoring and reporting of Altronix’s new eFlow Power Supply/Chargers.

Samsung introduced its Open Platform, which allows technology partners to use standardized APIs to develop apps and put them on Samsung’s WiseNet III cameras. The partners featured were LPR provider PlateSmart , storage provider Veracity and video analytics company AgentVI. Samsung's Tom Cook said "the camera becomes a full systems, like a mobile phone."

National integrator Security-Net had a booth. I stopped by and spoke to member company executives John Krumme of Cam-Dex Security and David Alessandrini of Pasek, who told me about Security-Net's newest initiative called Ops-Net. It's a program where operations folks from Security-Net companies get together--either in person or remotely--to discuss ideas, best practices and to troubleshoot. Like Security-Net's Tech-Net and Sales-Net, this initiatives helps drive "more synergy and consistency across companies," Krumme said.

At Stanley Security a group of executives including Beth Tarnoff and  Marty Guay talked about Stanleys "Together for Safer Schools" grant program, which the company has extended to higher ed. Higher ed is an important market that needs "really good precision around compliance, reporting, and policy standards," Guay said. Stanley's higher ed security solutions address that problem, he said.

Next, I met with Tony Byerly, Jeremy Brecher, and Felix Gonzales, to talk about new features of Diebold's Secure Stat offering, which the integrator debuted at ISC West in 2013. Its new features enable "dynamic data aggregation" so customers can sort, see, act on data. As an example of how Secure Stat could work for a retailer with 12 stores, Brecher showed how pages of data could be sorted [by the retailer or it could be set up by Diebold] to provide pinpointed information about stores that were not opened on time. This kind information is very valuable to a retailer, Byerly said, "that's lost revenue that has a real bottom-line impact to a retailer." This information can help a district manager with 12 retail stores, for example, to address those problems and make more money.

At G4STechnology, I met with Misty Stine who explained that the company's ECOE (energy center of excellence) in Chicago, which will help its energy clients "develop standards, prove out systems, [be a location where] we can bring customers in."

Sarah Semerjian and John Moss were showing off S2 Security's Mobile Security Officer. And, John Moss was talking about  S2's engineering staff, which has tripled in size.

Avigilon's Mahesh Saptharishi has been promoted to CTO. The company was showing the latest release of the Avigilon Control Center (ACC) software.

I meet with Courtney Mamuscia at Verint and we talked about how Verint is endeavoring to have more collaboration among its three business units.

SightLogix' John Romanowich and Frank De Fina announced the launch of its Strategic Partner Program. Its first partner is Axis Communications. Read the story here.

DAY 2

I had a chance to meet Honeywell Security Products' new president Inder Reddy last week. Here's that story. He says the industry will be hearing more about Honeywell's focus on the customer experience.

I met Digital Watchdog's Mark Espenschied, president Wade Thomas and had a few minutes to catch up with Ian Johnston, whose company ISD was acquired by Digital WatchDog this year. Johnston continues to run ISD and also serves as CTO for Digital Watchdog. Johnston explained a new phrase he's coined "Caas" that's "camera as a sensor" and he uses it to explain capabilities of the company's products. He also showed me their new camera with four 4K sensors each producing 30fps, called 16K30fps, and an alternative camera (8MP30fps) with four 1080p sensors which each maintaintheir 30fps. Digitial Watchdog says competing cameras produce 6fps under optimal conditions.

With the company's infrastructure built out, several lucrative contracts and a FICAM approval in hand, Dennis Raefield says Viscount working on partnership with ECKey. ECKey's Paul Bodell Robert Chevitz, an investor in both companies, was on hand at the booth.

Matt Barnette told me about how AMAG Technology is working with a data analytics company to "extend usefulness of security system."

I had a chance to meet Xentry Systems' Andre Greco, who told me more about the expansion and training of Xentry's sales staff to approach sales in the right way. Customers don't want to talk about product initially, he said. They're concerned about "cost, compliance & risk."

I made my way to the A Hall, not an easy task, to see Shawn Reilly of TechSystems Inc. give a lively presentation about access control holes in health care facitlities. I also had a few minutes to catch up with Sharon Shaw (of TechSystems and also on the TechSec Advisory board) about TechSec Solutions planning for 2015. 

At Genetec, Pierre Racz covered several new Genetec products including its VOIP offering which he summed up this way: "We're the first and we're the best."

Caught up with Marilyn Hollier, president of IAHSS and director of security for University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers.

I met Deb Spitler at HID and got enrolled in HIDGlobal new Mobile Access, a product that's been in different stages of development for three years. It's a cool demo and worth stopping by the booth to try out. Today, (Oct. 1), HID announced a Mobile Access pilot project at Vanderbilt University.

Off to DAY 3 of ASIS2014.

ASIS 2014 Day 1&2 Roundup

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The 60th annual ASIS conference opened in Atlanta on Monday, Sept. 29.

ASIS organizers said that more than 20,000 attendees were expected and that more than 600 companies were exhibiting on the show floor. I have not seen any numbers yet, but I can tell you that the floor appeared decently crowded both Monday and Tuesday. I spent all day both days on the show floor and in meeting rooms. Below is a roundup of my appointments. 

DAY 1

My first meeting was with Axis Communications' Fredrik Nilsson and Kelley Brescia. Axis likes its themes.  At ISC West the company talked about the "power of four" and here at ASIS, they continued on that theme. Axis introduced its Q6000-E  “that’s four cameras in one” Nilsson said. It’s Axis’ new approach to a 360-degree camera.  It is made up of four 2 megapixel camera heads so it can “cover four football fields. Those four cameras offer a very unique way to do 360-degree camera and when you combine it with a PTZ …. you can trigger to zoom in without losing the overview of the football field [ losing the overview when zooming is a common problem with 360-degree cameras],” Nilsson explained. The camera is ideal for city surveillance, retail parking lots, big school yards or critical infrastructure, he said. Axis got into access control last year with the intrduction of its door controller. This year it introduced a card reader, designed to work with its controller, which it developed with ASSA ABLOY. Axis also introduced its AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series. AXIS Camera Station is preloaded on Dell servers and pre-configured to work with its cameras. This solution is the for the mid-size market, Nilsson said, which needs storage and wants and easy set up. Applications of 1 to 8 cameras can use the Axis Companion SD card, but installers of mid-sized applications (16 to 64 cameras) –who are moving from analog to IP—need a recording box, but they don’t want to spend time configuring servers, he said. And the fourth four? It's a "four lettter word--EASY [to install,use, etc]," Nilsson said.

At Protection 1's meeting room, which was off of the showfloor, but overlooked the showfloor,  I spoke with a group of folks including Jamie Haenggi and Christopher BenVau about several news items including the fact that its  Network Operations  Center (NOC), has  received  "Cisco  Cloud  and  Managed  Services  Express  Partner  Certification  status." Just over 106 companies in the U.S. have earned this designation, and Protection 1 is now the only security company to hold this certification.

Alan Forman talking about new LINQ offering at Altronix. The company introduces its LINQ2 Network Communication Module, which provides remote control and real time monitoring and reporting of Altronix’s new eFlow Power Supply/Chargers.

Samsung introduced its Open Platform, which allows technology partners to use standardized APIs to develop apps and put them on Samsung’s WiseNet III cameras. The partners featured were LPR provider PlateSmart , storage provider Veracity and video analytics company AgentVI. Samsung's Tom Cook said "the camera becomes a full systems, like a mobile phone."

National integrator Security-Net had a booth. I stopped by and spoke to member company executives John Krumme of Cam-Dex Security and David Alessandrini of Pasek, who told me about Security-Net's newest initiative called Ops-Net. It's a program where operations folks from Security-Net companies get together--either in person or remotely--to discuss ideas, best practices and to troubleshoot. Like Security-Net's Tech-Net and Sales-Net, this initiatives helps drive "more synergy and consistency across companies," Krumme said.

At Stanley Security a group of executives including Beth Tarnoff and  Marty Guay talked about Stanleys "Together for Safer Schools" grant program, which the company has extended to higher ed. Higher ed is an important market that needs "really good precision around compliance, reporting, and policy standards," Guay said. Stanley's higher ed security solutions address that problem, he said.

Next, I met with Tony Byerly, Jeremy Brecher, and Felix Gonzales, to talk about new features of Diebold's Secure Stat offering, which the integrator debuted at ISC West in 2013. Its new features enable "dynamic data aggregation" so customers can sort, see, act on data. As an example of how Secure Stat could work for a retailer with 12 stores, Brecher showed how pages of data could be sorted [by the retailer or it could be set up by Diebold] to provide pinpointed information about stores that were not opened on time. This kind information is very valuable to a retailer, Byerly said, "that's lost revenue that has a real bottom-line impact to a retailer." This information can help a district manager with 12 retail stores, for example, to address those problems and make more money.

At G4STechnology, I met with Misty Stine who explained that the company's ECOE (energy center of excellence) in Chicago, which will help its energy clients "develop standards, prove out systems, [be a location where] we can bring customers in."

Sarah Semerjian and John Moss were showing off S2 Security's Mobile Security Officer. And, John Moss was talking about  S2's engineering staff, which has tripled in size.

Avigilon's Mahesh Saptharishi has been promoted to CTO. The company was showing the latest release of the Avigilon Control Center (ACC) software.

I meet with Courtney Mamuscia at Verint and we talked about how Verint is endeavoring to have more collaboration among its three business units.

SightLogix' John Romanowich and Frank De Fina announced the launch of its Strategic Partner Program. Its first partner is Axis Communications. Read the story here.

DAY 2

I had a chance to meet Honeywell Security Products' new president Inder Reddy last week. Here's that story. He says the industry will be hearing more about Honeywell's focus on the customer experience.

I met Digital Watchdog's Mark Espenschied, president Wade Thomas and had a few minutes to catch up with Ian Johnston, whose company ISD was acquired by Digital WatchDog this year. Johnston continues to run ISD and also serves as CTO for Digital Watchdog. Johnston explained a new phrase he's coined "Caas" that's "camera as a sensor" and he uses it to explain capabilities of the company's products. He also showed me their new camera with four 4K sensors each producing 30fps, called 16K30fps, and an alternative camera (8MP30fps) with four 1080p sensors which each maintaintheir 30fps. Digitial Watchdog says competing cameras produce 6fps under optimal conditions.

With the company's infrastructure built out, several lucrative contracts and a FICAM approval in hand, Dennis Raefield says Viscount working on partnership with ECKey. ECKey's Paul Bodell Robert Chevitz, an investor in both companies, was on hand at the booth.

Matt Barnette told me about how AMAG Technology is working with a data analytics company to "extend usefulness of security system."

I had a chance to meet Xentry Systems' Andre Greco, who told me more about the expansion and training of Xentry's sales staff to approach sales in the right way. Customers don't want to talk about product initially, he said. They're concerned about "cost, compliance & risk."

I made my way to the A Hall, not an easy task, to see Shawn Reilly of TechSystems Inc. give a lively presentation about access control holes in health care facitlities. I also had a few minutes to catch up with Sharon Shaw (of TechSystems and also on the TechSec Advisory board) about TechSec Solutions planning for 2015. 

At Genetec, Pierre Racz covered several new Genetec products including its VOIP offering which he summed up this way: "We're the first and we're the best."

Caught up with Marilyn Hollier, president of IAHSS and director of security for University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers.

I met Deb Spitler at HID and got enrolled in HIDGlobal new Mobile Access, a product that's been in different stages of development for three years. It's a cool demo and worth stopping by the booth to try out. Today, (Oct. 1), HID announced a Mobile Access pilot project at Vanderbilt University.

The start of ASIS coincided with the expiration of the non-compete agreement between Tyco IS and ADT. When Tyco and ADT split, the agreement stipulated  that Tyco could not serve businesses of less than 7,500 square feet and that ADT could not serve businesses greater than 7,500 square feet in size. LINK. Those restrictions were void as of Monday and both ADT and Tyco IS have been eager to talk about their plans to dominate small/medium sized business.

Last week, TycoIS introduced Holis, an HD IP camera line that’s bundled with a security assessment, a mobile app and flexible financing options. I spoke to TycoIS's Mark Bomber about how that launch would help position TycoIS to move into this market. On Monday, Luis Orbegoso announced ADT's go-to-market plan. Here's that story.

On Tuesday, a group of Tyco executives explained their company's plan to secure small business beachheads in five markets: Dallas, Chicago, two locations in Southern California and South Florida. The group included: Mike Moran, VP, Central Region; Dan Schroeder, VP Commercial/National Account Sales, North America; Hank Monaco, VP, Marketing; Mark VanDover, President; Tony McGraw, VP, Field Operations. Look for a full write-up on that announcement this week.

Also this week, a Florida GOP Congressman made a pitch for ADT securing the White House. Check out this video. The guy even had an ADT sign handy.

Off to DAY 3 of ASIS2014.

CSAA names interim EVP

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

If you’ve been keeping up with SSN’s latest coverage, you probably know that Lou Fiore has been busy recently as an advocate for the industry. Certainly he’s not alone in this respect. But over the last few weeks, Fiore has written a letter (on behalf of the AICC) to the FCC in defense of net neutrality and played a lead role in updating the CP-01 standard, designed to reduce false alarms.

Fiore will now have the chance to apply his advocacy efforts on behalf of the Central Station Alarm Association, now that he’s been named interim executive vice president of the organization, effective Oct. 1. He will assume the position held by outgoing EVP Steve Doyle, who is retiring.

Fiore, who serves as president of L.T. Fiore, a consulting firm specializing in the security industry, is closely involved with numerous industry organizations. A major player in the industry standards arena, Fiore is chairman of the Alarm Industry Communications Committee and of the CSAA Standards Committee. He also chairs SIA’s Security Industry Standards Council and is a long-time member of the Supervising Station Committee of NFPA 72. He’s also been a member of various UL standards technical panels, according to a news release from the CSAA.

“The CSAA executive committee and I are thrilled that Lou has agreed to lead CSAA during this period of change,” Jay Hauhn, president of CSAA, said in a prepared statement. “Lou’s distinctive industry accomplishments uniquely qualify him for the position. I look forward to the next several months with confidence, knowing that the association is in good hands.”

Post acquisition, Intertech is $41m integrator

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Breaking news with afternoon from Pittsburg: Intertech Security, is now a $41 million integrator after the acquisition, announced today of Accent Electronic Systems Integrators, which is known as Accent ESI, a privately-held integrator based in Bridgeville, Pa.

The deal brings Intertech 40 new employees including Paul Caruso, an owner and principal manager of Accent ESI, who will become VP and GM of the Accent Division.

Former Accent ESI employees will continue to work from Accent’s  Bridgeville, Pa and Akron, Ohio office for the immediate future.

I have not had a chance to contact Ron Petnuch, president of Intertech Security yet, but he said in a statement that the companies have complementary capabilities. A company statement said that Intertech’s “expertise in integrated security systems combined with Accent ESI’s expertise in fire systems, sound systems, networks, audio visual and intercom systems provides additional opportunities and products for Intertech’s growing customer base in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Florida and Texas.”

The statement said that Accent ESI has a “strong presence in the K-12 education market and new construction market” and said “coupled with Intertech’s experience in the end-user, client service market will enhance Intertech’s continuing growth.”

SIA working group updates 'keystone' alarm standard

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

To survive, adapt. Those words have become an industry maxim of late. A similar sentiment holds true for those in the standards writing arena who strive to stay current with the technological arc of the industry.

The CP-01 Working Group, a special group of the SIA Intrusion Subcommittee, this week unveiled a false alarm reduction standard that includes definitions for remote devices and updated language, stemming from requests for interpretation from the last update of the standard, completed in 2010.  

Called the ANSI/SIA CP-01-2014, the updated standard is intended for use by manufacturers in the design of control panels and alarm signal receivers, and for reference by security system installers, specifiers, central station operators and manufacturers of central station-related products.

“As technology continues to evolve, it is important that we keep this useful standard up to date with it,” Lou Fiore, chairman of the CP-01 Working Group, said in a prepared statement. “Increasingly, panels are being armed and disarmed using remote devices including smartphones and tablets, we thought it was time to address that in CP-01.”

Revisions to the CP-01 standard have been made over the past two decades in response to technological evolution in the sphere of false alarm reduction. According to a SIA statement, CP-01-compliant panels have been instrumental in reducing false alarms by as much as 90 percent, saving municipalities and responders time and money.

For the next few years, the updated standard will presumably be the measuring stick for due diligence as far as minimizing false alarms. But as anyone in the industry can attest, technological development is unpredictable, so it wouldn’t be too surprising to see this “keystone” CP-01 standard updated again in the next five years. As the industry adapts, so too must its best practices and standards.

Submit nominations for 'Women in Security' issue

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Readers: We're looking for your help.

As we've done for the past five year, SSN is preparing to do a special report about women in security.

We'll be choosing six women who work in different sectors of the physical security industry to profile. The profiles will appear online and in the November printed issue of Security Systems News.

The sectors correspond to the "beats" in our publication, which are: Suppliers [manufacturers]; Commercial and systems integrators; Fire installation; Monitoring; Residential Security; and General News. So, we're looking for women who are leaders in these different sectors of the industry. For the "general news" category, we're looking for women who work in the physical security sector, but do not fall into the other categories. For example, they could work for a lender to the security industry, an industry association, or they may be a consultant.

We're working on the November issue right now, so need your suggestions ASAP. Please email your nominations to me at mentwistle@securitysystemsnews.com.

Here are the profiles from 2013. Click on the name to read the profile:

Terry Basford, 4b Technology,
Elizabeth Hunger, SIA,
Karen Head, Kratos PSS
Jennifer Jezek, York Electronic Systems,
Betsy Francis, AT&T,
Elle Daley, COPS Monitoring,
Deb Spitler, HID

Vivint protects its intellectual property with Intelligent Ventures partnership

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

With Vivint this summer launching Vivint Sky, a new cloud-based smart home solution featuring the company’s own control panel and software, an announcement this week that Vivint has taken steps to protect its intellectual property with patents really is not surprising.

Vivint has entered into a long-term partnership with Intellectual Ventures (IV), based in Bellevue, Wash., IV announced Sept. 16.

The company is one of the nation’s largest patent holders in the world, according to CNNMoney. IV says it holds more than 40,000 patents in 50 technology areas. CNNMoney says they’re in fields that include health care, communications and energy.

Provo, Utah-based home automation/home security giant Vivint is now a customer of IV's IP for Defense program, according to IV’s news release. “Under this agreement,” the IV release said, “Vivint was granted rights to IV's extensive patent portfolio and obtained more than 20 patents in areas of interest to the company.”

IV says that “companies in rapidly growing industries rely on IV to provide ongoing guidance on the invention rights relevant to their product roadmaps. IV's IP for Defense program is also designed to level the playing field for companies faced with claims from competitors—a common issue many businesses now have to address. Under this agreement, Vivint can purchase patents from IV's portfolio on an as needed basis to protect its business.”

But CNNMoney recently termed IV “the world’s most notorious patent troll company.” Wikipedia defines a patent troll as “a person or company who enforces patent rights against accused infringers in an attempt to collect licensing fees, but does not manufacture products or supply services based upon the patents in question, thus engaging in economic rent-seeking.”

There have been patent infringement cases in the security industry but they’ve typically been brought by the makers of products. For example, Object Video sued Sony, Samsung and Bosch in 2011 for alleged patent infringement of some of OV’s video analytics.

I asked IV about the “patent troll” characterization, and Cory Van Arsdale, senior VP of global licensing at Intellectual Ventures, responded.

“We can’t control how other people characterize us, but we are no different than any other company protecting its IP assets,” Van Arsdale said in an email interview. “Core to our business model is developing a robust marketplace for inventors. Our latest deal with Vivint is a great example of that invention marketplace at work – a marketplace in which IV has invested billions to compensate inventors for their great work while also providing companies like Vivint access to those innovations to best meet their strategic business goals.”

In the news release, Van Arsdale explained: “Over the last 15 years, IP has come into its own as an asset class because companies of all sizes have recognized the value and competitive advantage that patents can offer. Vivint recognizes that building their patent portfolio and acquiring access to inventions in deals like this with IV provides economic and strategic value as they position themselves for continued growth.”

I reached out to Vivint to learn more about how the partnership will benefit the company, but Vivint public relations manager Jenna Cason told me the company is not commenting beyond what is in the IV news release.

In a prepared statement, Paul Evans, Vivint VP of intellectual property, said, “At Vivint, we offer our customers smart tools for simple, affordable home automation. By investing in the development of our own IP strategy with Intellectual Ventures, we have taken the steps necessary to safeguard our company's growth, and in turn, our customers' connection to their most valuable assets—their homes, families, and businesses.”

Vivint acquires Space Monkey, ‘next generation cloud’ startup

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Vivint has acquired a Utah-based startup, Space Monkey, to enhance Vivint’s new Vivint Sky smart home platform, according to a news release issued today.

What is Space Monkey? Founded in 2011, the company calls itself a "next generation cloud" provider that offers “both a local storage and remote network backup for higher levels of data security and redundancy,” according to the news release.

And Space Monkey bills itself as a cheaper, faster alternative to a data center, according to information the company provided during its Kickstarter campaign last year, when it successfully raised nearly $350,000.

The campaign information decries data centers as too costly and cumbersome: “These are high-cost buildings tightly packed with expensive computer equipment. They need costly fire suppression systems, diesel backup generators, expansive power distribution systems, premium network equipment, biometric access controls, security patrols, and consume vast amounts of electricity and air-conditioning. They require 24/7 staffing and Network Operations Centers. The ongoing daily costs of keeping data centers running is exorbitant compared to the actual cost of the hard drives that store your data in the cloud.”

Instead, according to the Space Monkey’s campaign information, “It’s time to change how the world stores data, forever. What if we took the cloud out of the data center and put it a little box that you plug in at your house? What if we put software on it that allows it to cooperate with millions of other devices plugged in all over the globe to create a storage network that not only is orders of magnitude cheaper than data centers, but is also more reliable, faster, and better for the environment? Space Monkey is the answer.”

It continues: “Space Monkey is the next generation cloud. ... You get a full terabyte (1000 gigabytes) of storage you can use anywhere, any time. Space Monkey does the work behind the scenes to make your data safe and secure, using the entire network of Space Monkey devices around the world to store encrypted pieces of data in a way that makes data loss a thing of the past.”

The small device, complete with a little logo of a monkey in a space suit, costs $199, the Space Monkey website says. The first year's subscription cost is free and then is $49 annually, the site says.

It also said that “Space Monkey is up to 60x faster than any other cloud service you've used (or heard of).” However, on Space Monkey’s website it has downgraded that claim to “up to 30x faster.”

Still, that’s very fast. And Provo, Utah-based home automation/home security provider Vivint says the acquisition supports the growth and development of the Vivint Sky smart home platform that Vivint introduced this summer. The solution includes the Vivint SkyControl panel featuring proprietary cloud technology that learns from homeowners’ behaviors and makes intelligent suggestions to help them control their homes better and more conveniently.

“It’s a natural fit for us to be a part of Vivint’s technology for the smart home,” Clint Gordon-Carroll, who co-founded Space Monkey with partner Alen Peacock, said in a prepared statement. “We look forward to working with Vivint as we continue to innovate and invest in the product.”

No information was provided about how much Vivint paid for Space Monkey. SSN continues to report on this story.

SIA announces inaugural award winners

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Security Industry Association has long championed the value of public-private partnerships in the security industry, and a new annual honor given out by the association makes those advocacy efforts abundantly clear.

The Security Industry Association recently announced it will present the first annual Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award at SIA Honors Night on Nov. 19, at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York.

The inaugural award, honoring Jay Hauhn, Tyco Integrated Security’s chief technology officer and VP of industry relations, has two recipients: Mike Howard of tech giant Microsoft, and Tom Cellucci of Cellucci and Associates.

Howard, according to a statement from SIA, has been instrumental in forging a collaborative relationship between SIA and the International Security Management Association, a prominent end user organization. Cellucci is being honored for dedicating time to “building a relationship between SIA and the County Executives of America,” according to a SIA statement. He also helped encourage collaboration between SIA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate.

The annual award is intended for individuals working with SIA member companies who “strengthened collaboration between the association and the industry or end user organizations,” the statement noted. Forms of collaboration could include efforts that pursue common public policy priorities, active involvement in the development of SIA standard proposals, spurring SIA membership growth and leveraging SIA’s educational expertise at conferences or through online education efforts.

“I’m pleased to receive this award, but I’m more pleased to help make vital connections between the security suppliers of SIA and the security practitioners of ISMA,” said Howard. “The alliance between the two organizations will go a long way toward keeping Chief Security Officers informed of advancements in technology as well as providing insights to corporate executives as to the challenges facing Chief Security Officers.”

SIA members possess valuable security industry expertise and experience, while public sector organizations are responsible for the development of detailed operational requirements to ensure the protection of our nation’s people and assets. It’s only reasonable that the public and private sectors work together—in and open and transparent way—to enable our country’s Homeland Security Enterprise to work more efficiently and effectively.”

Honeywell Security Products gets new president

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Honeywell today named Inder Reddy president of Honeywell Security Products Americas.  Reddy succeeds Scott Harkins, who accepted a new role within Honeywell in June.

Honeywell Security Products Americas is a provider of intrusion, access control and video surveillance technologies.

Reddy is out of the office all of this week, but Honeywell has promised me an interview in the next couple of weeks.

Reddy joined Honeywell in 2010 and most recently served as VP of global marketing for Honeywell Security Group for four years.

In a prepared statement Honeywell Security Group president Ron Rothman, praised Reddy’s “extensive business strategy experience and Honeywell portfolio knowledge.” 

Look for my interview with Reddy in an upcoming newswire. I’m also hoping to meet Reddy at ASIS at the end of the month.

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