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Avigilon’s newest VMS can ‘listen and see’

Fifth release of Avigilon Control Center ‘unites best of IT, Web design and video game industries’
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09/28/2012

PHILADELPHIA—Megapixel video provider Avigilon at the ASIS show announced the details of the newest version of its VMS, the ACC 5.0, and demonstrated its ability to respond to voice commands and body movements.

Axis takes aim at small-business applications at ASIS

Network video provider targets small-camera count applications, debuts encoder with 60 fps
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09/26/2012

PHILADELPHIA—Among a slew of new offerings that network video provider Axis Communications was showing at the September ASIS show were a new 60 frames-per-second encoder and an updated version of its free software client Axis Camera Companion.

Storage capacity: Just can’t get enough sometimes

Asking the right questions and getting the calculation right
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09/26/2012

In certain industries such as gaming there are very specific, mandated rules about the length of time that video needs to be retained. That should make calculating storage needs easy, at least for that vertical market, right?

Not necessarily.

Remote monitoring market exceeds $29 billion in 2011

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09/26/2012

The world market for remote monitoring services was worth more than $29 billion in 2011, with the North American market accounting for about 45 percent of revenues, according to a new report from IMS Research.

Alarm.com: ‘Reduce Your Use’ will help increase RMR

Company says new partnership with utility will save customers money and drive demand for ‘smart’ thermostats and security systems
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09/26/2012

VIENNA, Va.—Alarm.com has found a new way to tap into consumers’ growing interest in saving energy: It is partnering with a California utility in a program that gives Alarm.com customers extra savings on their utility bills if they cut energy usage during peak demand times.

Telguard kit upgrades 2G communicators facing ‘sunset’

Commercial units can be converted to 3G/4G while preserving UL certifications
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09/26/2012

ATLANTA, Ga.—Telguard, a provider of wireless alarm monitoring solutions, has rolled out a conversion kit that allows dealers to upgrade their commercial 2G cellular communicators to 3G/4G without voiding UL certifications at the installation site.

Help the CSAA track trends in monitoring

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What are central stations doing to keep up with times—and the competition—when it comes to technology, reducing false alarms and other issues of importance to the industry?

The Central Station Alarm Association would like to know.

The CSAA is looking for help in tracking technology trends and investments in personnel at monitoring centers across the country. The goal is to establish a databank “that will be useful in benchmarking performance” in the industry, according to CSAA Executive Vice President Steve Doyle.

The topics range from the basics—the number of accounts that a central handles and the certifications it has—to specifics about advanced technologies and operational policies. PERS, GPS-assisted calls, UL2050 accounts, video monitoring, video-verified alarms, ASAP protocols and employee training procedures—it’s all covered.

It’s important information that will allow the CSAA to see where the monitoring industry is and where it’s heading. The 25-question survey is also easy to complete—I filled out a placebo version in five minutes, faster than the refs could sort out a holding call in the Pats-Ravens game.

To complete the survey, click here. Participants will receive an executive summary of the findings, which will be released publicly Nov. 11-13 at the CSAA Fall Operations Management Seminar in Fairfax, Va.
 

Panasonic post reorg

Dealers to gather in Arizona
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09/25/2012

PHILADELPHIA—Panasonic dealers from security and other business units will gather in Chandler, Ariz., on Oct. 15, the first meeting since Panasonic last spring announced its latest reorganization into what is now called PSCNA, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America.

Illinois enacts new law on dorm sprinklers

All public and private colleges and universities must install sprinklers by September 2014
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09/24/2012

ORLAND PARK, Ill.—Parents of college students should be able to rest easier as the result of a new law requiring fire sprinklers in on-campus dormitories at public and private colleges and universities in Illinois by September 2014, according to the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board.

SIA urges industry to tell candidates that security matters

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09/19/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—Summer is over, the political conventions are a memory and Congress is back in session. Pressure is building on Capitol Hill about how to fund the federal government through March 2013, with items of great interest to the security industry hanging in the balance.

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