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Archive: December 2015


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How I Use My System: Matt Mahar

December 31, 2015Spencer Ives

As Vivint's VP of consumer experience, Matthew Mahar said he is “obsessed with making sure that any consumer of smart home products gets the best experience that they can, in terms of usability, readability, enjoyment using the system, and … solving real problems.” He's involved with both software and hardware design. Prior to starting at Vivint a year-and-a-half ago, Mahar worked with video game company EA Sports and at Nike. Security Systems News talked with him about his home system…And...

How I Use My System, Matt Mahar, Security Systems News, Vivint


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Specifically Speaking with Andrew Wartell

December 31, 2015Martha Entwistle

Tell me about your professional background before you started Wartell Consulting.I spent 27 years at the Central Intelligence Agency. I spent the first half of my career performing offensive technical operations and the second half on the defensive side, providing security for facilities, both overseas and domestically. My final assignment was as the associate director of the Center for Security Evaluation (CSE), a multi-agency activity with oversight of U.S. Embassy security design, construction...

Andrew Wartell, Security Systems News, Specifically Speaking, Wartell Consulting


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Video analytics market poised for growth

December 28, 2015Spencer Ives

DALLAS—The North American market is, and will remain, the largest segment of the global video analytics market from 2015 to 2020 as the market grows worldwide. Cloud integration is a key trend and, while business intelligence is a rising application, security and life safety remains the top application for video analytics.“We estimated that in 2020 the total video analytics market size, globally, would be $3.9 billion,” Marketsandmarkets research analyst Dheeraj Katkar told Security...

Cloud, Dheeraj Katkar, Marketsandmarkets, Shweta Girme, video analytics


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Vivint: Pet owners' passion may be smart home entry

December 23, 2015SSN Staff

PROVO, Utah—Pet owners' passion “could be a significant entry point for many into the smart home … and is likely to be one of the strongest demand drivers” in coming years, according to Vivint. Sixty percent of Americans reportedly own pets, the company said in a prepared statement, and the “passion they have for their pets … means a large market opportunity for those companies connecting pets and smart home technology.” Smart home technology will allow owners to take...

Pets, Vivint


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Broadband households plan for smart bulbs, appliances

December 23, 2015SSN Staff

DALLAS—Thirty percent of U.S. broadband households intend to purchase a smart light bulb by end of 2015, according to research from Parks Associates. Some 17 percent intend to buy a smart kitchen appliance, and 14% plan to purchase a smart thermostat. The research firm will discuss strategies for utilities, service providers and manufacturers to integrate these smart products into their home systems and services at the Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, scheduled for Feb. 22-24 in...

Parks Associates, smart home


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Futurist, economist scheduled as keynotes at ESX 2016

December 23, 2015SSN Staff

FORT WORTH, Texas—Nicholas Webb, business futurist and innovation thought leader, will be the opening keynote speaker at ESX 2016. Webb is the author “Innovation Playbook” and “The Digital Innovational Playbook.” Also an inventor, he holds more than 45 patents, ranging from one of the world's smallest medical implants to consumer and industrial products. He provides business and innovation strategy consulting to clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. The...

Alan Beaulieu, ESX, ITR Economics, Nicholas Webb


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ASSA ABLOY buys in Netherlands

December 23, 2015SSN Staff

STOCKHOLM—ASSA ABLOY will acquire IAI industrial systems B.V., and its subsidiaries, from its parent company DOCDATA N.V. IAI specializes in security printing solutions for government ID, bank notes and other security solutions. "IAI is an important technological addition to the ASSA ABLOY Group. The company complements our current offering within secure identity solutions,” ASSA ABLOY president and CEO Johan Molin said in a prepared statement. “The acquisition of IAI considerably...

Assa Abloy, DOCDATA N.V., IAI industrial systems B.V., Johan Molin


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MicroPower announces K-12 grant program

December 22, 2015SSN Staff

SAN DIEGO–MicroPower Technologies, a provider of surveillance solutions, announced in December that it will offer its SOLVEIL  integrated solar, wireless surveillance platform to K-12 schools through a newly developed grant program designed to help schools better address threats and further strengthen security efforts. With continued budget restraints, funds to expand security in schools are often limited. MicroPower seeks to assist schools through a partnership that partially addresses today's common...

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TechSec educational program announced

December 21, 2015Spencer Ives

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—TechSec Solutions, the industry's premiere conference dedicated to new and emerging security technologies, announced its lineup of educational sessions for 2016.The conference will take place at the Delray Beach Marriot here Feb. 2-3.The first session will be “Biometrics: Battle of the body parts.” Moderator Ray Coulombe of Security Specifiers will take a look at four leading technologies—facial recognition, eye scan, fingerprint, and hand geometry. Then,...

Allegion. Jeremy Brecher, Ashley Ditta, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, blaine frederick, Brigham & Women's Faulkner Hospital, Chris Peckham, Christopher C. Moore, Colleen Dunlap, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Diebold Security


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Tyco Security Products expands biometrics integration

December 18, 2015SSN Staff

WESTFORD, Mass.–– Tyco Security Products in December announced the integration of IdentyTech fingerprint readers with Software House's C•CURE 9000 security and event management solution. The IdentyTech line of fingerprint access control readers (IDTWallmount™, IDTAccess™ and IDTGate™) are designed for corporate, government, educational, healthcare and other enterprises requiring advanced identification verification and management. When the IdentyTech readers are deployed within a networked C•CURE...

IdentyTech, Software House’s C•CURE 9000, Tyco Security Products


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