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Archive: January 2018


On The Editor's Desk

Smart home, we have a problem

January 31, 2018Paul Ragusa, Editor

The rise of the smart home has generated a lot of attention among security dealers lately, as it has disrupted the way potential customers look at and are willing to pay for security. But it comes as no surprise that all is not golden in the world of the smart home. It turns out, more than one in three U.S. adults experience issues setting up or operating a connected device, according to data released from the Customer and Product Experience 360 (CPX 360 ) Survey by iQor, a global managed services...

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Monitoring Matters

Registration open for new TMA event

January 31, 2018Spencer Ives

VIENNA, Va.—Registration is now open for The Monitoring Association's recently announced “TMA Technology Summit,” an inaugural event to be held March 19-21, 2018 in Salt Lake City. The event is coordinated by TMA's Technology Committee, which is co-chaired by Sascha Kylau, vice president of sales, Onetel Security and Steve Butkovich, CTO, CPI Security Systems. “We invite CTOs, CIOs, and IT directors of monitoring companies to participate in the first TMA Tech Summit to learn...

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Commercial

Northland opens new office

January 31, 2018Paul Ragusa, Editor

FREMONT, Calif.—Northland Controls, a global security systems integrator and managed services provider based here, recently opened a new office in Rochester, N.Y., which will be home to a technical training center with engineers focused on product testing and evaluation, as well as a redundant outsourced global security operations center (GSOC) to accommodate growing customer demand.CEO Pierre Trapanese pointed out that with companies such as Lenel and Bosch taking root in Rochester, and with...

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Suppliers

Umbo Computer Vision unveils new AI-based camera

January 31, 2018Paul Ragusa, Editor

SAN FRANCISCO—Umbo Computer Vision, a provider of autonomous video security technology based here, announced today the release of Umbo SmartBullet, its new AI-based camera designed for integrators, businesses and governments looking for autonomous video security capabilities and a simple end-to-end user experience.“This camera is built with cloud infrastructure in mind, which enables the cameras to further offer the capability of AI,” Shawn Guan, CEO at Umbo Computer Vision, told...

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Suppliers

Hikvision and Eagle Eye Networks launch new solution for Texas schools

January 31, 2018SSN Staff

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. and AUSTIN, Texas—Hikvision USA and Eagle Eye Networks on Jan. 19 announced a video surveillance solution—now available—that enables Texas school districts to immediately comply with the video surveillance requirements set forth in Texas Senate Bill 507 (SB-507)."Hikvision is pleased to work with partners like Eagle Eye to provide solutions that make a positive impact for teachers, parents and families," Alex Asnovich, Hikvision North America's head of marketing,...

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General News

How I Use My System: Gene Miller

January 31, 2018Spencer Ives

Gene Miller, sales representative with Cen-Signal, has been with the company for 19 years, originally starting as an operator with the wholesale monitoring center. The company is based in Columbus, Ga. Miller talked with Security Systems News in mid-December about the security system he uses at home.What kind of system do you have?I have a Honeywell Linx Touch 5100. It's an old system but it's a [good one]. It runs off a Wi-Fi card and I also have the Z-Wave smart card in there, and definitely have...

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Commercial

Consumerization comes to cloud

January 25, 2018Spencer Ives

AUSTIN, Texas—At Security Systems News' third annual Cloud+, held here in late November, four executives addressed the consumerization of cloud—customers' expectation of innovation and services on the consumer level elsewhere in their lives.Steve Van Till, CEO of Brivo and the panel's moderator, pointed out that each of the panelists works directly with end users. Van Till said, “One of the key themes that we're going to be looking at here today is what are they hearing today, what's...

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Monitoring Matters

ISC West gears up for 2018 show, educational sessions

January 24, 2018Spencer Ives

Earlier this month ISC West announced the program for its SIA [email protected] for the 2018 show, to be held April 10-12. I got the chance to speak with Sherida Sessa, industry VP for ISC events, and Kimberly Roberts, SIA's director of education and training, about some of the sessions and themes that attendees can look forward to at ISC West 2018. “We're very excited that we have over 85 sessions scheduled for this year. They really run the gamut, they cover most of the new and trending topics...

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On The Editor's Desk

PSIA elects execs from Convergint, JCI

January 24, 2018Paul Ragusa, Editor

The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) announced it has elected Mike Mathes, EVP of Convergint Technologies, as its chairman, and Jason Ouellette, product general manager-access control for Johnson Controls, as its vice chairman. The PSIA membership develops specifications for enabling standards-based sharing of digital data and intelligence throughout the physical security and enterprise ecosystems."Mike and Jason bring us strong technology, commercial and industry leadership skills,"...

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Monitoring

Familiar faces are new owners at AvantGuard, Freeus

January 24, 2018Spencer Ives

OGDEN, Utah—On Jan. 1, executives from AvantGuard and Freeus became part owners of a newly formed holding company called Becklar.“Prior to this, I was the sole shareholder of the company, and when you just are surrounded by really great people who are working so hard to contribute to the company's success, I felt like I needed to reward and compensate them in different ways,” Josh Garner, CEO of Becklar, told Security Systems News.Garner was the sole owner of Golden Aide—the...

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