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Chico revises ordinance, stops fining alarm companies

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

In October, the City of Chico, Calif., passed an ordinance to fine alarm companies for false alarm dispatches. The California Alarm Association and SIAC responded, citing precedence in Fontana, Calif., where a similar ordinance was overturned. Now, the City of Chico has opted toward the standard action of fining alarm users for false alarms.

Jon Sargent in November told Security Systems News that SIAC remained available to help revise the ordinance.

SIAC is please with the outcome, Stan Martin, executive director for SIAC told me in an email interview.

Chico’s city council voted unanimously for the ordinance that fined alarm companies , and now it has voted unanimously to fine alarm users.

The new ordinance will fine alarm users $50 for the first false alarm, $100 for the second, and $200 for the third. The Chico Police Department can cease responding to repeat offenders, reported the Chico Enterprise-Record. The new ordinance also seeks alarm verification before dispatch.

The original ordinance proposed fining $100 to the alarm company after a first false alarm, and rising to $400 after consecutive false alarms.

“We are going to get a reduction in false alarms. That’s is what we wanted all along. If we get that, whether it’s the alarm user or the company, that is what we want,” Chico police Capt. Mike O’Brien said in the report. 

10 named industry's Women of the Year

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A diverse group of women, including high-placed executives and end users, are the recipients of the 2015 Women of the Year Awards from the Women’s Security Council.

Each was chosen from wide range of nominees, ranked on industry and work experience, volunteer roles within the industry and their communities and their reputation within the industry, according to a prepared statement from WSC.

“These impressive women … strive to make an impact not only in the field of security, but also in the business sphere and community-at-large,” Rhianna Daniels Hile, WSC director and CompassPR managing director, said in the statement.

The winners are:

Kristy Bradley-McMurtrie, director, safety and security, Conestoga College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning.

Ellen Cargill, chief technology office, Scallop Imaging.

Andrea Ferrando, industry vice president and show director, Expo Sequridad Mexico.

Victoria Ferro, president, Micro Key Solutions.

Christie Hamberis, vice president of merchandising, ScanSource Security.

Vivian Hodges, global procurement manager, Northland Control Systems

Barbara Holliday, director of dealer services, Monitronics.

Shannon Kenney, program manager, corporate security, emergency and protective services, City of Ottawa.

Irene Lam, vice president of research and development and engineering, Tyco Security Products.

Jill Lloyd, president, Lloyd Security

The winners will be honored at a networking reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday—the eve of the official opening of ISC West—at Delmonico’s at the Venetian in Las Vegas.

I’ll be there to congratulate these outstanding women in person, will you? Please say hello if you’re there!

 

Is 4K so 2014? Avigilon turns it up to 7K

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Some pre-ISC West announcements today were led by news today from Avigilon that it will be showing a single-sensor 7K (30 megapixel) security camera in Las Vegas next week.

Last year every camera manufacturer and his brother unveiled, or announced intent to release, a 4K camera. Avigilon today announced that it will demo a 7K and release a 6K (24 megapixel) HD camera at this year's ISC West show. That's "horizontal resolution exceeding 7,000 pixels and more than 30 million total pixels." Avigilon already has 4K (8 megapixel) and 5K (16 megapixel) cameras.

Known for its mega-megapixel cameras, Avigilon has grown through a number of acquisitons beyond its HD surveillance roots to become an end-to-end provider of: HD network VMS, megapixel cameras, access control and video analytics. 

I have a request into Avigilon for an interview. I'm interested to find out when and where a 7K security camera might be useful, when Avigilon plans to actually release the 7K and how the price compares to other high-megapixel count cameras.   

The company said that the 7K camera uses power, bandwidth and storage efficiently when paired with its Avigilon Control Center software (which uses Avigilon's high definition stream managment technology.)

Avigilon will be at Booth # 22043 at the ISC West.

Daily dispatches from ISC West

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

On Monday I’m headed out to ISC West. I’ll have my boots—well, actually, my sandals because it is Vegas, after all—on the ground Tuesday through Friday.

I’ll be adding to this blog post each day, keeping you updated with the news I find and the people I talk to on the show floor. So check back here often. You may just read something you’ll want to check out on your own while you’re there.

One of the best things about ISC West is the opportunity it gives me to meet with our readers. It’s helpful to know why they read Security Systems News, learn more about their work and what they’re seeing as industry trends on the frontlines. Please stop by our Meet the Editors event from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday and say hello. It’s informal, just a chance for the editorial staff to say hello and in many cases put faces to the names we’ve interviewed and talked to so often on the phone. The event will be held at the SSN Media Stage, right near the main entrance to the show floor.

My schedule is pretty full, but if you can’t make it to Meet the Editors and would like the chance to say hello in person, shoot an email to acanfield@securitysystemsnews.com and I’ll work hard to make it happen.

Tuesday I’ll be attending the DMP Owners Forum and then, that evening, the Women in Security Council’s 2015 Women of the Year Awards and Networking Reception.

Wednesday, after the aforementioned meet-and-greet, I’ll be hitting the show floor, interviewing and visiting with, among others, Honeywell, 2Gig, Qolsys, Interlogix and Icontrol. 

Bright and very early Thursday I’ll be participating in the Mission 500 5K/2K with SSN’s Security Sys-tahs team. I’ll be doing the 2K walk. (Maybe the 5K race next year?) Then it’s back to the media stage where from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. I’ll be conducting interviews on camera with four key players in the industry. Want to know who? You'll have to come and watch live! The videos will be posted later on the SSN website, but we do have comfy audience chairs if you need an informative break. After that, it'll be back to the show floor for meetings that include those with Alarm.com, Guardian Protection and Genetec, before returning to the SSN stage for the Mission 500 5K/2K awards ceremony.

I have a few other appointments set up for Friday and hope to spend some time meandering through the exhibits and booths on my own.

I’ll be tweeting throughout the week, and you should, too! You could win a prestigious plaque from Security Systems News for being the Top Twitterer on our Twitter Wall. Use #ISCW15. Read more about our Twitter Wall and contest here.

My colleagues, Martha Entwistle and Spencer Ives will be providing their daily news from ISC West as well. Be sure to check out their blogs, too.

Meanwhile, have a great show and I hope to see you there!

Jay Hauhn outlines plans for CSAA

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Jay Hauhn, 38-year industry veteran and former Tyco Integrated Systems’ CTO, is the new executive director for CSAA.

Hauhn told Security Systems News his biggest goal is to “increase and drive member value.”  

Hauhn served as president of CSAA, a volunteer role, since October of 2013. In his new role, which begins April 6, he’ll be more involved with the organization’s day-to-day workings.

“Instead of being the [president], with the vision and just stating what it is you want done, when you become executive director it’s your responsibility [to get it done].”

Hauhn also wants to recruit more CSAA volunteers. “To do that, you’ve got to make sure that you have the correct programs in place with a vision of what those programs are going to accomplish.”

Hauhn said that his experience as CTO of Tyco will help him lead CSAA. “It is [the] rapidly escalating and changing technology that is changing the industry.”

“We are a standards-driven industry,” Hauhn said. “So working with UL on the future of the industry is going to be incredibly important. That will really use my technical expertise.”

He cited home automation, eliminating POTS lines, net neutrality and the adoption of CSAA’s ASAP program as examples of current technological changes in the industry.

Hauhn said he considered that possibility of becoming CSAA executive director after Steve Doyle retired in October. He was officially offered the position on March 23.

“I was not really sure I was ready to actually retire. So this gave me an opportunity to come back and do something that’ll be fun, and I know that I can bring CSAA forward,” Hauhn said. 

Rock on Don Hseih

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

As a rule, Security Systems News doesn't do much writing about awards, but this particular award caught my attention because of the topic: food safety.

Food safety is one of those things I don't even like to think about. The food supply chain should be safe; the potential problems if it's not are huge. Talk about critical infrastructure.

(That's one of the reasons Maine is a great place to live--more and more you can buy food that's grown locally even in the winter—but that's a different discussion entirely.)

TycoIS's Don Hsieh was recognized by a food logistics publication as a "rock star of the supply chain."  A 30-year employee of Tyco, Hsieh is director of commercial and industrial marketing for TycoIS. The award is for "influential individuals in the food and beverage industry whose achievements, hard work and vision help to attain milestones in safety, efficiency, productivity and innovation throughout the global food supply chain," according to a TycoIS statement.

"I'm honored to be recognized for this award for the work I'm doing at TycoIS to educate food manufacturers and distributors on ways to mitigate risks to the food supply chain," Hsieh said in a prepared statement. "The food supply chain is particularly vulnerable due to its global nature and businesses that don't have the proper protocols in place to protect it are putting millions of consumers at risk."

TycoIS does a lot of work protecting the food supply chain. Its services include: intrusion detection, access control, video surveillance, fire and life safety, loss prevention, critical condition monitoring, emergency response planning and more.

I learned about its work (back when it was ADT Commercial) during a media event at 2011. Here's a story I wrote at the time. 

Congratulations to Don Hsieh on this recognition.

New series 'On Location: Central Stations'

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The biggest step I have taken, so far, in learning about the industry has been visiting American Alarm and Communications, back in December. This helped me learn a lot more about this side of the industry, to see first hand how one central station handles things.

Much like putting a face to a name, seeing the workings of American Alarm’s central station helped me piece together a bit more about how the industry works. It then sparked the idea to start an occasional series of articles along the same concept.

Now I’ll be visiting various monitoring centers to see how each one works and—more importantly—what makes each unique, as well as the new ways any company might be reshaping its station or its offerings in the future.

My next visit is with Centra-Larm, the wholesale monitoring center based, not too far from the SSN office, in Manchester, N.H.—I’m really looking forward to it. It’ll be interesting to hear about how this company does monitoring. Check back in next week for a full article on my visit.

Former ADT finance director wants to kick-start home security company

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Christopher Carney, a former director of finance M&A and director of finance, sales and marketing for ADT, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for his new company, Abode Systems.

The 45-day campaign aims to raise $100,000 by May 7 to bring the “new kind of home security and automation solution to market,” Carney said in a prepared statement. The solution “will put big security companies on notice,” he said.

Carney co-founded Abode, based in Palo Alto, Calif., with Brent Franks, previously an account executive with salesforce.com and EVP and co-founder of TerraSmart, a turnkey solar ground mount provider.

The DIY Abode system puts the customer in charge by allowing them to customize, he said.

"My last decade in home security showed me that big security companies have serious flaws and don't consider the changing lifestyles of today's consumers or accommodate new technologies and devices coming to market," CEO Carney said.  “When developing Abode, we had a vision for a self-installable security system that grows with you and your evolving needs, while also remaining capable of utilizing new technologies next month, next year, or further down the road."

Carney said the system offers portability in that it can be transferred to a new home with no reinstallation costs; it eliminates false alarms by sending real-time visual verification and, through its built-in body analysis technology, by being able to tell the difference between people and animals; has a built-in backup power and a 3G radio for use when Internet connections are lost; provides home automation capabilities at no extra cost; can be controlled through a web portal and mobile app; and has an optional 24-hour monitoring available.

The system includes the Abode gateway, motion camera, streaming camera, door and window sensors and key fob.

Who will be the top twitterer at ISC West this year?

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The top Twitterer of ISC West 2014, in terms of both quantity and quality, was the Security Industry Association.

Who will be the top Twitterer of 2015?

Once again Security Systems News is sponsoring a Twitter Wall at ISC West. This year it will be located near the ISC West Media stage, just outside the entrance to the show floor.

Stop by to check out real-time,140-character ISC West news and notes from a variety of sources. Better yet, join the conversation using this hashtag #ISCW15

Remember to turn out tweets that are newsy and original. Extra points for breaking news and also for making us laugh.

What's the reach of an ISC West tweet? Well, check out these stats:

Also tweeting  A LOT last year were: ISC West News, Microsoft Global Security, some of our friendly trade publication competitors, Identiv, Inovonics, Pelco, Tyco Security Products and yours truly @ssn_editor

If you're the Top Twitterer, you'll not only get your message out, you'll be the recipient of a Top Twitterer plaque. If you visit the SIA office, you can see their handsome "Top Twitterer" plaque in the office lobby.

Let's meet at ISC West

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

As some of you may know, I joined the industry in November when I started at Security Systems News. This means that 2015 will be my first time at the ISC West show. I'd love to meet everyone, and hear everything, but that might not be possible, so reach out to me when you can. I already have several appointments set up, but I’ll be as accommodating as I can be.

Also, give me a heads up on what you’d like to talk about. Definitely tell me if your company will be showcasing something big at ISC West, like mergers and acquisitions, new directions for the company, opening another central station or releasing a new software platform—or anything else notable.

If you want to meet me, or have something new to talk about with your company, feel free to reach out to me by email at sives@securitysystemsnews.com to set something up. Just let me know what you’ll be doing at ISC West and where.

I look forward to seeing those of you who will be at the show in person!

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