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De Fina: A forward-looking industry veteran

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Like others here at Security Systems News and across the industry, I was saddened to learn of Frank De Fina's death.

Over the past 10 years I got to know Frank and I admired him a lot. He was a great businessman who knew his technology and the security industry inside and out, but one of the reasons I liked talking to him is because he knew as much about music and art as he did about IP video.

And more than just talk about music, he was a musician. If you've been to PSA-TEC, you've probably enjoyed watching Frank play guitar at Bill Bozeman's annual PSA Jam. Here's a link to a 2010 performance.  And here is a photo of Frank playing at the House of Blues in Chicago at ASIS a couple of years ago.

Frank was a security veteran—he spent more than 30 years in security—but he was not one to pine for the good old days of the security industry.

He welcomed a challenge and he was forward-thinking.

Recognizing that the security industry is too gray, too male and too white, he worked to prepare the security industry for a financially healthy and vibrant future in many ways.

He was a mentor to many, he was active in security industry associations, and he was the driver behind a security college degree program at Mercer County Community College, which will launch in September.  De Fina worked with the Security Industry Association, Northland Control's Pierre Trapanese and System Sensor's Dave Lyons on the idea. The two-year program  will combine security-specific training, liberal arts and business classes and will lead to an associate's degree in applied sciences. 

As the industry “aggressively moves into IP, these new [degree-holding] professionals will be well equipped to fill upcoming positions,” De Fina told me in an interview. He was excited that the new degree program will expose young professionals to the security industry, an industry that most college students do not know about. Noting the "tremendous lack of diversity in the security industry," De Fina said one of the reason organizers chose Mercer County Community College for this program is because it “draws a higher-than-normal percentage of African Americans, Hispanics and women."

Frank did great things at Panasonic and Samsung and he was poised to do the same at Hikvision, but he leaves a legacy that goes way beyond impressive profits and sales goals achieved. As SIA CEO Don Erickson pointed out "he put forth ideas and proposals that would strengthen the industry rather than any one single company." 

And I think he had fun doing it. Frank De Fina was a multi-talented guy who was one of the most well-liked and respected people in our industry. He will be missed.

 

 

Frank De Fina, security industry veteran, dies

Executive at Panasonic, Samsung, SightLogix and Hikvision; accomplished musician; founded college security degree program
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07/27/2015

PRINCETON, N.J.—Security industry veteran Frank De Fina, 61, who served as a top executive for a number of video surveillance companies including Panasonic, Samsung, SightLogix and most recently Hikvision USA, died July 26 at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

De Fina joins Hikvision USA

Frank De Fina will lead sales effort for fast-growing camera company
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05/18/2015

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif.–Frank De Fina, who has worked with video surveillance companies such as Panasonic, Samsung and Sightlogix, has joined Hikvision USA, one of the fastest growing video surveillance companies, Hikvision announced today.

Panasonic to buy Video Insight

Strategy is to expand further into education market
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02/04/2015

OSAKA, Japan—Panasonic on Feb. 3 announced it has an agreement to acquire VMS provider Video Insight, based in Houston, Texas.

Video companies branching out into access control

Watch for more video companies to follow suit
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10/10/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—In the past 18 months, three major video surveillance companies have expanded into access control. There are many reasons why Axis Communications, Panasonic and Avigilon made this move, but the main reason, they say, is because of demand.

De Fina joins SightLogix

Former head of Panasonic, Samsung, joins smart thermal camera manufacturer
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07/15/2014

PRINCETON, N.J.—Calling it the “next great company,” Frank De Fina announced today that he’s joining smart thermal camera manufacturer SightLogix as EVP of sales and marketing.

Minuteman gets $7m MBTA mobile video surveillance project

Integrator also opens new office in Portland, Maine
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10/09/2013

ANDOVER, Mass.—Within a year, hundreds of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) buses will be equipped with what Minuteman CEO Joseph Lynch calls “one of the most advanced multiband wireless IP video systems ever installed in mass transit.”

Axis stays atop IHS video surveillance rankings, claims top spot for video encoders

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06/21/2013

CHELMSFORD, Mass.—Axis Communications, a provider of network video surveillance solutions, retained the top spot in IHS Research’s annual rankings of the top video surveillance companies, according to a news release.

Honeywell adds members to open tech alliance

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04/09/2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Seven new members have joined the Honeywell Open Technology Alliance, according to a company statement. The new members are Exacq, LG, Oncam Grandeye, ImmerVision, Panasonic, Pelco and Sony.

Honeywell adds members to open tech alliance

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04/09/2013

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Seven new members have joined the Honeywell Open Technology Alliance, according to a company statement. The new members are Exacq, LG, Oncam Grandeye, ImmerVision, Panasonic, Pelco and Sony.

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