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Diebold and Eagle Eye: API advocates ally

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Systems integrator Diebold has been talking about the importance of APIs for years and cloud-based VMS provider Eagle Eye, which opened its doors one year ago  has also been a vocal proponent of APIs.

This week, Diebold and Eagle Eye announced a national strategic alliance to deliver cloud-based video services.

The deal will allow Diebold customers to “stream and store live and recorded video, provide flexible cloud storage, and generate notification and real-time analytics.”

The alliance combines Diebold’s SaaS solution (called SecureStat—here’s a story about SecureStat) and Eagle Eye’s VMS  and API interface

The service is “easy to use, scalable, secure and reliable,” Diebold says and it’s particularly suitable for multi-location customers who may want to use “local and cloud-based applications that … [integrate] IP-enabled or legacy analog cameras.”

In a statement, Eagle Eye CEO Dean Drako lauded Diebold as the “first security integrator and alarm services company to leverage the power of an open API strategy and service offering.”

He added that this API strategy "has revolutionized other industries and will do the same for the security industry.”
   
Diebold EVP Tony Byerly in a statement called this strategy “the future of security as we continue to leverage APIs to create a connected security program for businesses, starting with easy-to-use cloud-based video services.”
 
Diebold will integrate Eagle Eye's cloud VMS  at its monitoring centers and customers will be able to see showcase demo applications at its Center of Excellence in Elmsford, N.Y.

At last week's TechSec conference, Diebold's Jeremy Brecher moderated an educational session about cloud-based security systems. Drako was one of the speakers on that panel discussion. Look for a report on that session in the next week.
 

Award-winning '20 under 40' end users at TechSec2015

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Friday, February 6, 2015

TechSec2015 is now past, but here's a photo of some of our "20 under 40" end user award winners just after our poolside award ceremony on Day 1 of the new technology conference.

Half of the winners couldn't make it to the conference, and we missed them! But the 10 who were in attendance contributed greatly to an awesome show. One was our keynote speaker, Brian Katz of Google, and five others sat on panels for our education sessions. A winner from last year was our second-day speaker opener, that would be Ralph Nerette of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Thanks to all, congratulations again and keep in touch!

Don't forget to pay it forward and be thinking of peers that fit the bill for next year's awards.

Nailing it at TechSec 2015

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—I’m writing this midway through the second and final day of our TechSec Solutions conference. So far, so great!

This is my third TechSec conference, and as always, I am impressed, albeit blown away, by the passion and commitment that participants and panelists have for the jobs they do.

My favorite part of TechSec is meeting and getting to know in person our “20 under 40” award winners. If you, out there in the physical security world, have any doubts about the future of the industry, you can rest assured it’s under control. These young people, the future security leaders, are more than smart and certainly dedicated to their profession.

Our keynoter, Brian Katz from Google, a “20 under 40” winner, was outstanding. Following his speech I don’t think he had a moment to himself. Whenever I’d look his way, he was surrounded by people asking him questions, seeking his insights. That’s what TechSec is all about.

During one of the sessions yesterday, “Who’s the boss of video surveillance? IT vs. physical security,” Les Paul Vernon, vice president, enterprise solutions, for Protection 1, and Kelly Klatt, area director of safety and security, Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando, stressed that having a good relationship with IT departments from the start of projects is the only way to go. It’s not us against them anymore, they said. Both benefit each other.

My panel, “NextGen: Security practitioners’ perspective” with David Avedikian from Southwest Airlines and Brad Reeves of A&P, was, without being biased in the least (!), a highlight of the first day. These two young pros, minus the third scheduled panelist who was stranded in snow-plagued Boston, talked about their biggest challenges of the past year and those they face in the year ahead; how they deal with emergency situations; and the security technology they want along with the technology they’re not all that interested in at the moment.

We capped off the day with the “20 under 40” awards ceremony. A great turnout along with great appreciation for the winners made for a fine evening in Delray Beach.

Today’s opener from Ralph Nerette, former 20 under 40 winner and director of security and emergency management for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, did much to shed light on what today’s end users have to deal with, especially when it comes to the unexpected. In the space of two weeks, Nerette and his team, in addition to their plethora of daily duties, had to deal with the fallout of an active shooter at a next-door hospital and the impending consequences of a huge storm bearing down on his area.

I also sat in on the “Student Innovation: Young Minds with fresh ideas” session, with Mark Robinton, the manager of technology innovation, strategic innovation team, for HID Global, and Jeff Hale, an MBA student at Chapman University.

And we’re not done yet! Stay tuned.

TechSec 2015, Day 1 in photos

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

TechSec 2015 is in full swing today.

The security industy's leading conference about new and emerging technology kicked off yesterday, Feb. 3 with a keynote speech by Google's Brian Katz. Click here to read that story.

Below are some photos from the day. From the top:

"20 under 40" integrators Class of 2014 winners were honored at TechSec.

"20 under 40" end users Class of 2014 winners were also honored at TechSec.

TechSec attendees show support for Mission 500's #Show Orange campaign. Read about that here.

Speakers on the "Get off of my cloud" educational session, from the left: Christian Morin from Genetec; Dean Drako from Eagle Eye; Steve Van Till of Brivo; Jeremy Brecher of Diebold.

 

 

 

 

I-View Now announces new integrations

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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

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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 www.esxweb.com/innovationawards or contact Allison Avril at 774.203.6394 or Allison.Avril@ESXweb.com

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

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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

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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

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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

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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. 

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