In today’s weekly round-up, Canon’s bid to buy Axis Communications was undoubtedly the big news of the week, with blanket coverage worldwide. In a deal estimated at $2.8 billion, this is set to make Canon a force to be reckoned with within the security industry, particularly with its previous acquisition of Milestone Systems in 2014. Two days on from the breaking news, Larry Anderson looks back at potential clues that the deal was on the cards. IHS Analyst Jon Cropley has also responded to the acquisition bid, which he claims could be the start of a series of major acquisitions in 2015.

With the rise of cloud-based systems, our Expert Panel discusses the current limitations of the technology in our latest Round Table article. Switching attention to the pending transaction between Vanderbilt and Siemens, Larry Anderson looks at what steps Vanderbilt is taking to finalise the deal and the challenges involved. Lastly, Randy Southerland’s latest article identifies why so many security companies are favouring military veterans, employing them for various positions including manned guarding and management roles. Read more security news…