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I-View Now announces new integrations

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

I-View Now, a provider of video verification services based in Henderson, Nev., announced a new selection of coming integrations, as well as a new agreement to integrate ipDatatel devices. This wave of integrations includes Milestone, Digital Barriers and Avigilon. Additionally, the company announced the first integration to come from a recent agreement with FLIR Systems.

Among the annnounced integrations was Milestone’s video management software, XProtect Corporate and XProtect Enterprise, which will be available on Feb. 6.

Also on this date will be released the integration with SafeZone-edge, analytics provided by Digital Barriers, which is currently available on compatible AXIS cameras and encoders, I-View Now mentioned.

An integration with Avigilon’s Rialto A4 encoder was also announced. “I-View Now is excited to add this proven analytic device to our list of integrations,” the company said in a prepared statement.

The company also entered an agreement to integrate various devices from ipDatatel, including the company’s line of Home Area Network products. These integrations will become available in Q1 in 2015.

The first FLIR integration, with FLIR DNR500 Series NVRs, is also scheduled to be available Feb. 6.

“FLIR looks forward to achieving additional integrations of our recorder systems with I-View Now," said John Distelzweig, VP & GM of FLIR Security, in a prepared statement.

Entries sought for ESX Innovation Awards

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Organizers of the Electronic Security Expo put out a call for entries for the newly named "ESX 2015 Innovation Awards." Entries are due April 1, 2015. Winners will be notified on April 15.

ESX will take place June 24-26 in Baltimore this year.

Formerly called the Maximum Impact Awards, the ESX 2015 Innovation Awards will be given in 15 categories, which include several sub-categories. New subcategories include: DIY Security, Secure Wireless Communication Technology, and Activity Sensing/Medicine Management.

"This year, emerging products and services are eligible-as well as those that have been field-tested. Companies are encouraged to enter both products and services," according to an ESX news release.

The goal is to "recognize those innovators who are driving our industry forward and improving both our offerings and our ability to run our companies efficiently and profitably," George De Marco, ESX Chairman, said in a prepared statement.

Look for information on another new ESX event this year: "ESX TechVision Challenge," where top category winners will be invited to present before a panel of judges.

For a list of ESX 2015 Innovation Award categories and submission forms, visit or contact Allison Avril at 774.203.6394 or

Category winners will be featured in the June issue of Security Systems News and in a showcase on the ESX 2015 trade show floor.

TriStar looks toward second anniversary, new goals

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

About a year ago, Tim Le Blanc president of TriStar monitoring, spoke with Security Systems News about the company’s first year. Now, the third-party monitoring center central with its 10,000-square-foot facility in Corona, Calif., is reaching its second anniversary and LeBlanc talked about the significant, but “very realistic,” goals the company has for its next year. TriStar 

Nearing the two-year mark, the company is approaching 30,000 accounts, according to Le Blanc. “At the end of the year, we’re looking to [have] about 45- 50,000 accounts,” Le Blanc said, something he calls “a very realistic figure.”

Le Blanc told Security Systems News that a key to their upcoming year will be their monthly newsletter which TriStar sends out to a base of about 4,000 companies. The newsletter, covering various topics including new technologies, contracts, and insurance, and its positive response helps build the company’s reputation, Le Blanc said.

Le Blanc said that this year to bring more advertising as well as a larger presence in industry meetings. 

TriStar is currently also working on expending its presence in Washington and Oregon, according to Le Blanc, a central part of which is state licensing. 

Weathering the Blizzard of 2015 while preparing for TechSec

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

As what has been forecasted to be an epic blizzard bears down on us here in the Northeast—and from what the howling wind sounds like outside it would seem the forecast will come to fruition—we are making our final preparations for TechSec 2015 in sunny, warm, blizzard-free Florida.

We're thankful the storm is hitting now so as not to delay us from flying down to Delray Beach next weekend for what we expect to be one of the greatest TechSec conferences ever. (Check out the lineup ... )

Meanwhile, though, I have to think of some of our conference participants, those security folks out there in the blizzardy trenches. Just last week, Martha and I were speaking with Ralph Nerette, our second-day opening speaker—and also a recent past “20 under 40” award winner. Ralph is the director of security and emergency management at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston with excellent insights into the ever-growing health care security vertical.

Early during our conference call, Ralph said there had been a shooting next door at Brigham and Women’s Hospital that he was closely monitoring; it was having an impact on security at DFCI, what with all the police officers and police helicopters in the area and nearby roads cordoned off.

A few minutes later, he had to end our call to deal with the fallout at his hospital in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Brigham cardiac surgeon Michael Davidson’s and the suicide of the shooter.

Giving Ralph some time to breathe, I sent an email to him this past Monday to reschedule our discussion in advance of TechSec. He responded quickly that he was in the middle of preparing his hospital for the blizzard, but that he would get back to us as soon as he could. He’s a busy guy, that Ralph.

Ralph is a dedicated professional, one of many whom you will meet at TechSec. His talk, “Five things you may not know about health care security,” will be moderated by the always entertaining Rob Hile, director of strategic accounts for SureView Systems. We are pleased to have both of them participate in our conference, along with all the many other dedicated, insightful security pros who are scheduled to speak and those who will offer ther expertise from the audience.

I look forward to seeing you at TechSec. And stay safe (and warm!) out there everyone!

Tyco acquires wireless fire alarm/detection developer

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

NEUHAUSEN, Switzerland—Tyco has acquired “substantially all of the assets” of Commercial Wireless Systems International, it announced today in a prepared statement.

CWSI will be integrated into Tyco’s Fire Protection Products business unit, thus broadening Tyco’s offerings and expertise in wireless technology and systems, Tyco said in the statement.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Florida-based CWSI, in business for 30 years, develops wireless fire alarm and detection products. Its UL-listed products serve industrial, residential, hospitality, education, airports and other sectors.

The CWSI acquisition “allows us to expand our reach through adjacent sales channels and in segments of the market where we have not been present,” Raj Arora, general manager, fire detection, for Tyco Fire Protection Products, said in the statement.

It also advances Tyco’s vision for the “Internet of Things,” he said.

DVS acquired by Ross & Baruzzini

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Every month, Security Systems News prints a feature piece titled Specifically Speaking, interviewing individuals who specialize in security consulting in order to get his or her perspective. News was made in that side of the industry recently when consulting firm Ducibella Venter & Santore was acquired by Ross & Baruzzini, announced on Jan. 8.

According to a recent press release from Ross & Baruzzini, the acquisition will bring added opportunities in areas of consultation, design, engineering documentation, construction supervision and final turn-over implementation for technical and physical security.

DVS is currently working on a variety of notable projects, including the World Trade Center, and the new Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn.

“DVS is extremely well respected in some very specialized security sectors that will allow us to expand our current security portfolio outside our existing markets.” Craig Toder, president and CEO of Ross & Baruzzini, said in a prepared statement.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our staff to realize new projects and growth opportunities. Becoming part of an international firm will strengthen the services offered to our existing clients in addition to allowing us to compete on a larger scale for full-service projects,” said Philip Santore, Senior Principal of DVS, in the same release.

DVS is based in Hamden, Conn., with a branch office in New York. Previously, the firm worked with the New York Stock Exchange, Madison Square Garden and the Bank of America headquarters near Times Square.

Ross & Baruzzini, headquartered in St. Louis, specializes in planning, design and consulting for the government, healthcare, and transportation markets among others.

Security Systems News will be following up with DVS to hear more about this acquisition and what it means for the industry. 

Siemens to OEM Milestone's VMS

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Siemens announced this morning that it has entered into a "long-term strategic partnership" with Milestone and will be OEMing Milestone's VMS software for its Siveillance VMS.

Siemens said Siveillance includes "software-based security platforms and modules that are used in critical infrastructures and by enterprise customers." It is also working with Milestone on "another application for the video technology ... Desigo CC management platform for building and security technology."

The Siveillance VMS in available in three versions.
    •    VMS 100 supports up to 128 cameras and is suitable for small and medium-sized facilities.
    •    VMS 200 meets the demands of centrally managed systems with the high scalability requirements typical of major industrial facilities.
    •    VMS 300 is used in systems that are distributed over multiple locations. It centrally manages user and system data. VMS 300 has a redundant design and is therefore available during network interruptions. It is suitable for critical infrastructures such as airports.

Long-term strategic partnership with Milestone
Siemens' OEM partner Milestone specializes in open, IP-based video management software. Its flexible technologies have been proven in thousands of installations worldwide.
"We are pleased to have won a leading provider of IP video management software like Milestone as our strategic partner and technology supplier," says René Jungbluth, who heads the solutions business at Siemens Building Technologies. "Siemens is a key player in the security industry, and VMS is a vital module in our Siveillance portfolio. It helps further focus and expand our enterprise security solutions business. Because the video technology can also be integrated into the Desigo CC building management platform, the software is an outstanding addition to our Total Building Solutions portfolio as well."
"The worldwide strategic partnership with Siemens is very important to us. It is not only proof of how important open platforms are, but also represents a benchmark in our long-standing business relationship," says Lars Thinggaard, president and CEO of Milestone.

CSG buys again

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

CSG is adding density near its headquarters with the purchse announced yesterday of Allied Protective Systems, based in Oklahoma City.

The deal adds 6,000 customers to CSG's Guardian Security Systems, an installing security company that CSG owns.

CSG CEO Richard Ginsburg was on a plane today, but Amy will catch up with him later this week and have more to report on the deal next week. Ginsburg has been on the acquisition trail. Amy reported in October that CSG purchased two companies in Texas. Here's that story.

CSG intends to offer its new customers its "full line of interactive security and home automation options," Ginsburg said in the release.

Johnnie Fletcher, who owned Allied for 30 years, sold the company to CSG when he decided to retire after 50 years in the alarm industry, according to the news release.

CSG says it's the 8th largest residential security monitoring company in the United States. It has 200,000 customers, $7 million in RMR,  a dealer program; a monitoring and customer care center in Tulsa; a branch network; and customers in 17 states.

Vertex Capital advised CSG on this deal.

New positions at ADS, Rapid Response

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Updated Feb. 13, 2015

Alarm Detection Systems, based in Aurora, Ill., sought to strengthen its executive team by promoting six people to new roles. And today, as I write this, Rapid Response is looking to fill 70 or more positions for its headquarters in Syracuse N.Y.

As I’m looking over the current events of the industry, growth has been quite the theme, and these are companies that are growing by notable proportions.

At ADS, Amy Becker will become VP and Controller; Nick Bonifas, Corporate Counsel; Ken Mish, VP of Alarm Service and Call Center Operations; Peggy Raper, Call Center Manager; Rick Raper, VP of Central Station Services, Mark Schramm, VP and CIO.

“The alarm industry has changed more in the last five years than in the previous fifty. We need the talent, dedication and intelligence of every employee for ADS to remain the leading provider of security services. Fortunately, we have a committed staff that is up to the task,” said Bob Bonifas, ADS founder and CEO in a prepared statement.

Rapid Response is holding a career fair today to find candidates for openings, most of which are new positions, related to the company’s growth.

Read more on this development with ADS and the reason for this executive expansion

U.S. Cellular launches DIY security system

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

U.S. Cellular’s OnLook Digital System, a self-installed security and home automation system, is now available in Iowa and in the Tulsa, Okla., market in U.S. Cellular retail stores, online and over the phone.  The system can be managed over a smartphone, tablet or computer, according to the company.

The OnLook Digital System is powered by's cloud-based software platform. It has three DIY package options available starting at $99.99 with a two-year contract. The options include Essential Security, Advanced Security and Advanced Security + Energy.

U.S. Cellular says that every package includes 24/7 professional monitoring and standard components such as a control panel, two door/window sensors, one motion sensor, one key fob, security signs and decals and 24/7 monitoring.

Customers will receive real-time notifications via their mobile phones if something is happening, the company says. Customers are also offered several security and automation accessories and add-on packages that allow customers to customize the solution to best fit their specific needs.

Industry analyst Jeff Kagan of Wireless told a number of news sources that “U.S. Cellular has not seen the kind of growth in wireless that larger competitors have seen in the last several years. So moving into this new market segment sounds like a good idea if it can help U.S. Cellular show solid growth again.”

U.S. Cellular is not alone seeing this as a growth opportunity in home automation and security services. Other companies, such as AT&T Mobility and Comcast Xfinity, see the same opportunity, Kagan said.

I have scheduled an interview to speak with U.S. Cellular to follow up on what this means for its future. So stayed tuned.