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Avigilon: Not just lots of megapixels anymore

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
For a while, Avigilon was really only notable for its 12- or 16- or lots of-megapixel cameras and the way its system could actually handle all that data. Now their software integrates with third-party cameras. This is something they said they'd be doing when I met with them back at ASIS.
Vancouver, BC – March 31, 2009 – Avigilon, today, announced Avigilon Control Center 4.0, the company’s latest version of its award-winning High Definition (HD) surveillance software, which will be demonstrated at the ISC West conference taking place April 1 – 3rd in Las Vegas. With new features to improve performance and manageability, Avigilon Control Center 4.0 also offers support for third party IP cameras, becoming a truly open enterprise class network video management software platform.
It kind of makes sense, since what was always impressive was the way its proprietary secret sauce could deal with all that data, and now you can use that sauce to control all the data coming from megapixel cameras made by other companies, but I think it's going to take a while before people stop thinking of them as that company with the cameras with tons of megapixels.

TI wants to make it easier to make DVRs and IP cameras

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Texas Instruments will commodify the industry yet:
The reference designs offer a cost-effective electronic bill of materials (eBOM) at less than $40 for the IP camera and $60 for the DVR, while also including a full complement of analog ICs, ranging from power management to interface devices from TI. This enables customers to quickly create cost-sensitive products such as IP cameras, IP modules for closed-circuit TV cameras, digital video servers (DVS), DVRs and network video recorders (NVR), reducing development time from approximately 160 man months to only four months.
Check the details here and here.

And here's some actual product news

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Monday, March 30, 2009
From Speco: "Why Speco? Listen Up! Introducing: H.264 Hybrid Pentaplex DVR Speco Technologies TH Series DVRs feature advanced H.264 compression as well as IP and analog camera support. The TH series is our most advanced series of embedded digital video recorders yet! IP Solutions: For any budget! There's live IP camera demonstrations there." From Samsung Techwin: Hey, they've got a new megapixel camera. From Flir: "NEW PAN/TILT MOUNT FOR FLIR’s LOW-COST SR-SERIES (Sorry for the shouting. I was too lazy to make them lower-case letters.) The SR-PT option allows security integrators to install fixed SR thermal security cameras on a ruggedized pan/tilt mount that provides continuous 360° pan and +33°/-83° tilt capability with full Pelco D control interface compatibility."

ISC product news

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Monday, March 30, 2009
There's so much product news at ISC it's hard to write much of it up, but if you want to send me a link to a product announcement, I'll post it here through the show and maybe for a few days after, as a general public service. If it's just in the body of an email or something, though, I'm not going to do the full cut and paste. Send it along to editor@securitysystemsnews.com. I'll post some stuff that's already come in in a little bit.

The ISC West schedule

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Friday, March 27, 2009
I'll be offline Monday getting to Vegas, then will try to post as much as I can each night after the show (and the cocktail parties, and dinner, and maybe a little gambling - is blogging under the influence any sort of crime, or just a bad idea?). That said, here's how my days are shaping up. If there's anyone I'm meeting with you'd like some information on, ping me now and I'll make sure I get it. Tuesday: Going all day to the Honeywell CSS seminar, where integrators are given a preview of the Honeywell line and presentations are made on bettering your business. I'll also be stopping by the PSIA developers meeting (where I'm promised I'll see some "toys"). I may also swing by this weird event where Steve Hunt, Dan Dunkel, and Ray Bernard are all sitting at tables in Margaritaville sipping New Zealand wine provided by Gallagher, who's being very aggressive in their entry to the North American market. Then I finish up with dinner with Ionit somewhere in the Venetian. Wednesday: Day starts with the DSC press conference, where they'll be unveiling "Product X." I'm interested. Then I've got meetings with: HID (in our booth, 1129, ssnTVnews filming) Milestone (in our booth, ssnTVnews filming) ObjectVideo (in our booth, ssnTVnews filming) Brivo Bosch (a lunch thing) Siemens GVI Security | Samsung Ingersoll Rand Milestone (in their booth) Sanyo TimeSight Then I head to a SIA event, where they unveil new research describing the size and scope of the market. Then I might head to Tao for the Dedicated Micros party. But I might be too exhausted for that and just catch some dinner and do some gambling (ahem), I mean blogging. Thursday: I start today with an Assa Abloy breakfast where they unveil new products for about 100 integrators. Then I meet with these companies: Integrated Biometrics Lenel Supercircuits Verint Ooh, is anyone else going to the Meet the Press event in Room 1002? Rhianna Daniels and Martha Entwistle will be sitting on a panel with a whole bunch of other editor types. I'll be heckling from the crowd. Then these companies: OnSSI Altronix Nice Panasonic Bosch (in our booth for ssnTVnews) UTC (in our booth for ssnTVnews) Entrance Controls (in our booth for ssnTVnews) AVerMedia (in our booth for ssnTVnews) Then I'm thinking of swinging by the Alarm Funding Associates party. After that, I'm thinking Social House. I love that place. Finally, I'm finishing up Thursday night in the Treasure Island bar (right in the middle of the casino) at 10 p.m., where we'll be having a little get-together. SHOW UP. I'll totally buy you a drink (all drink promises subject to availability). Or Rhianna will. Or we'll play some roulette. Whatever. Friday: I've got a meeting at 9 with some venture capitalist guys who want to get into the market and think I know what I'm talking about. That's kind of some pressure there, no? Like, if I give them bad advice they could lose a bunch of dosh? But, then again, they've got the money to lose, I guess. Then I see Westec and ioimage, before I actually have exactly one hour reserved for just walking the floor. One hour! But I figure it will be deserted on Friday. Almost everyone I've asked to meet with has said they'll only be there Wed. and Thurs. Friday could be a total ghost town. Anyway, I finish the show up with more ssnTVnews filming: Arecont (Scott Schafer) Keyscan Cisco And then I have one final half hour where I'm hoping to get some lingering integrator attendees on camera. Hopefully I can pull some people off the floor. Let me know if you want a piece of the 2:30 to 3 p.m. slot. Finally, I take the red-eye out on Friday night. I'm hoping to have enough money left over to gamble until I have to catch a cab to the airport. If I'm broke I'll have to sit by the pool or something.

Another company embraces the Mac

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Friday, March 27, 2009
People may not think of Speco as particularly progressive, but they've just embraced the Mac, which puts them out front in my book. Check it out. Of course, anything browser-based works on a Mac...

The latest threat to security alarm panels

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Friday, March 27, 2009
Yep, Rasberry crazy ants. They're in the Houston area and they somehow destroy electrical equipment. I'm scared: The Rasberry Crazy Ant
Apparently attracted to electrical equipment, the ants invade by the millions and can shut down anything from computer systems and communications networks to hospital data bases and airport security control panels, he said. Repairs might cost millions.
They're not as bad as the camel spiders, though.

Seven-minute abs...

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Friday, March 27, 2009
Nice presentation by Mike Jagger on marketing for the alarm industry. He's big on quality over quantity, providing exceptional service rather than competing on price (he calls it the race to the bottom). He knows his way around Power Point (or dare I hope, Keynote), too. The light's a little off, but this is worth watching if you're an independent installer: Wanna chat with Mike and some other good thinkers in the industry? Finish your Thursday night at ISC at the Treasure Island casino bar. It's a casual gathering, but you need to have your nightcap somewhere, right? 10 p.m., Thursday night, see you there. It's nice and open and not as loud as some of the night-clubby type places.

SafeGuard Security VP wins new car from ADI

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Thursday, March 26, 2009
John Jenning's parking lot at SafeGuard Security in Scottsdale is looking sportier with the recent addition of a fancy new Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang. Ben L. Wilson, vice president of operations at SafeGuard, won the new wheels in ADI’s 2008 customer appreciation sweepstakes, ADI announced today. Click this link to see a picture of Ben, the new car, and John Sullivan of ADI. Wilson was picked from 9,000 entries in this year's sweepstakes. ADI has held this contest, with a high-performance car as a grand prize "to demonstrate its gratitude and appreciation to customers." “At ADI, our customers are extremely important to us and in today’s environment, it is even more meaningful to continue to demonstrate our appreciation,” said John Sullivan, vice president of sales at ADI, in a prepared statement. “We are really excited for Ben, and are pleased to award him a new high performance sports car.” Wilson has been in the security industry for more than 26 years, and a customer of ADI since 1985. Wilson and his team regularly visit the local ADI branch in South Phoenix, Ariz. You can see this year's ADI grand prize, a Chevy Corvette Coupe, next week at ISC West and at several other industry trade shows this year. Complete an entry forms at a local ADI Expo, or by visiting ADI’s booth at ISC West, ISC East, EHX, CEDIA EXPO and InfoComm.

NBFAA extends First Line of Defense Award entry deadline

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Thursday, March 26, 2009
I got an alert through Linkedin this morning through my NBFAA group membership from co-member Jason Smith, NBFAA communications specialist. It looks like the NBFAA has extended the deadline for entry in their First Line of Defense Awards competition. The old deadline was March 14, 2009. Interested entrants now have till April 10 to get their story considered. I wrote about the call for entries from the NBFAA back in our February issue. The original brief is below.
IRVING, Texas—The National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association wants to know if your company's electronic security system helped save a life, avert property damage, or prevent a crime. The NBFAA is soliciting entries for its 2009 First Line of Defense Award, which recognizes a security company’s actions in a specific incident in which the right response saved a life, prevented property damage or loss, or otherwise prevented a crime. If your story is selected, you and your customer will win a free trip to the awards ceremony. Plus, your story will be featured in NBFAA publications and your company will receive a local and national publicity campaign. “The First Line of Defense awards a company that represents what our security industry is all about—protecting people and property,” said Brink’s Home Security spokesman Dave Simon, who is NBFAA public relations committee chairman, in an email interview. “The winner each year is selected based on a number of factors, often for having saved the life of a homeowner.” Interested security companies can write their story and send it to the NBFAA for a chance to win the 2009 award to be given at the 2009 Electronic Security Expo (ESX) in Baltimore, Md. Applicants must be current NBFAA members in good standing, or apply for membership at the time of the award submission to qualify for the award. The incident must have occurred between October 1, 2007 and December 31, 2008. All entries must be postmarked by March 14, 2009. “In a typical year, we tend to get five to ten entries,” Simon said. “We'd love to see that number increase.” A copy of the complete rules, judging criteria, and additional required forms can be downloaded at the NBFAA’s website www.alarm.org. Questions on the contest rules can be directed to Laurie Knox at (888) 447-1689 or by e-mail at lauriek@alarm.org.

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