In today’s weekly news round-up, this week saw Vanderbilt complete its acquisition of Security Products from Siemens. The acquisition will not only considerably expand the company’s presence in the security industry, but will also enhance its competitive position in what is a highly fragmented market. In part one of our Home Automation series, Randy Southerland looks at how high growth numbers reflect the democratisation of home automation, creating the Smart Home for almost everyone.

Our latest Expert Commentary sees Mitchell Kane of Vanderbilt suggest that there is room for improvement for open architecture in access control. In the final part of his series on Video Storage, Larry Anderson looks at how cost considerations, in particularly strategic management costs, are important when considering video storage systems. Finally, Mark Friday of Shrader Engineering argues that Moore’s Law is driving future security industry predictions. Check our Mark’s article to see his bold predictions for the future. Read more security news…

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In today’s weekly news round-up, SourceSecurity.com Editor Larry Anderson speaks to Vicon about “total solutions” and Vicon’s quest for a “team ecosystem approach” to manufacturing. In another Security Beat article, FST Biometrics is leveraging multiple technologies to identify people in motion, ensuring non-invasive, seamless security in a variety of environments.

In her most recent article, Washington Correspondent Vicki Contavespi speaks to Mt. Everest climber Mariusz Malkowski who was recently involved in the deadly 7.8 earthquake in Katmandu and the resulting avalanche. Part 5 of our series on Video Storage looks at how video data loss has significant consequences for any business. The latest video storage systems must offer dependable operation that doesn’t risk loss of critical data. Finally, DIY Systems are continuing to proliferate within the security industry, providing additional customers and new streams of recurring monthly revenue (RMR). Read more security news…

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In today’s weekly news round-up, Contributing Editor Ron Alalouff speaks to Mike Hurst, Vice Chairman of the UK Chapter of ASIS International about ethics and the security industry. Adam Shane of AMAG Technology looks at mitigating risk and achieving compliance while reducing cost in one of our latest Expert Commentary articles. In another Expert Commentary, Scott Lindley of Farpointe Data argues that long range identification is now the 3rd major contactless access control system, with an increased interest in long range reading (433 MHz technology) being seen.

In his latest Security Beat article, Larry Anderson speaks to Tyco Integrated Security about their recent break into the small business security sector. Finally, IFSEC 2015 is fast approaching and with that a number of companies are announcing their participation at the show, including Sony, ONVIF, and Cop Security. Check out our full coverage here. Read more security news…

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In today’s weekly news round-up, Michael Fickes’ latest article looks at how company expansion into other countries with sales offices, manufacturing facilities and distribution centres can present a number of security risks. In another expert commentary, Jimmy Palatsoukas of Genetec discusses how SIP-enabled intercoms open up communication with security departments.

Over in the US, the Electronic Security Expo (ESX) is set to take place from 24th-26th June 2015. Celebrating its eighth year, ESX focuses on peer-to-peer education and strategies – with this year’s theme designed to help professionals “run, grow and maximise their businesses, as well as rethink the future.” In his latest Security Beat article, Larry Anderson explores how no one size fits all for the buying security services process.

Finally, this month will see the start of LTV’s 2-week roadshow across Germany. Join LTV in Stuttgart, Köln, Berlin and Hannover. Read more security news…

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In today’s weekly news round-up, representatives from LUSAX Security Informatics, part of Lund University in Sweden, take a look at the forces driving digitisation, with a particular focus on how these forces impact the physical security industry. In another Expert Commentary, Larry speaks to a number of manufacturers about video storage solutions and how the field has experienced its share of misconceptions.

Over in Germany, May 2015 will see the start of LTV’s 2-week roadshow across the country. Join LTV in Stuttgart, Köln, Berlin and Hannover. Neil Heller’s final article in the Networking Basics for Security Professionals series focuses on understanding the role of midspans to supply power. Over in the Education vertical, Honeywell, Idesco, and Isonas give their take on how technology is contributing to a holistic security approach at schools. Finally, Larry’s latest Security Beat article outlines the benefits of OnSSI’s recent acquisition of SeeTecRead more security news…

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In today’s weekly news round-up, Jeremy Malies looks at how physical security technology is aiding the Nedap earthquake response, with a particular look at how drones have helped create maps to aid rescue workers. In his latest Security Beat article, Larry Anderson revisits Canon’s acquisition of Axis, with it being revealed recently that a wrinkle has emerged in the process. In further acquisition news, Larry speaks to Phybridge CEO John Croce regarding their recent acquisition of NVT. Phybridge will be leveraging NVT’s long-term reputation in the market, while expanding NVT’s existing product portfolio with Phybridge’s products.

In Part 5 of our series on Primary/Secondary education, SourceSecurity.com speaks to Idesco, Isonas, Allegion and Honeywell about the commonplace nature of limited financial resources in schools. Finally, Gary Rubin, Director for Analysis and Support and System Planning Corporation, gives us the low down on challenges to video analytics adoption, with a specific focus on Video Content Analysis (VCA). Read more security news…

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In today’s weekly news round-up, with ISC West over for another year, our latest Round Table discussion looks at how the exhibition could potentially be improved to be more valuable for attendees and exhibitors alike. Check out what our Expert Panel has to say. Larry Anderson’s latest Security Beat article looks at how the latest in video surveillance equipment on show at ISC West was reflected by numbers that were heard repeatedly on the show floor – 4K and H.265. Other show highlights included Tyco Security Products showcasing its Connected Home and IDIS’ launch of IDIS America.

Michael Fickes’ latest article looks at how US retailers are battling the $36 billion problem of retail shrinkage losses, while Deborah O’Mara speaks to Mun C. Wong, PSP and President of VinTech Systems on the importance of integrity for business success. Finally, in part 4 of our series on Primary/Secondary education and security, Larry looks at how integrators should foster relationships to increase education sales. Read more security news…

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In this week’s news round-up, we have the latest coverage of the ISC West show as it moves into Day 2. Larry Anderson gives a summary of the latest innovations and technologies on show from the industry’s big players: MOBOTIX, Axis Communications, Canon and many more. Our correspondent at the show, Deborah O’Mara, has also provided her take of Day 1 at ISC West by giving a breakdown of ASSA ABLOY’s media press conference and what it sees at the key trends in 2015. In the run up to ISC West, we asked our Expert Panel to comment on what they expected would be the “big news” coming out of the show, read their comments in our latest Round Table article.

Focusing on mergers & acquisition, Larry Anderson writes on AMAG and Salient Systems partnership and what this new venture will mean to both companies’ future development and growth. Another merger which was announced earlier this week came from Phybridge, a technology company focused on the long reach transmission needs of the Communications and Physical Security industry. It announced that it was in the process of acquiring Network Video Technologies. This follows a number of top mergers & acquisitions which have taken place over the course of the last 12 months. Read more security news…

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In today’s weekly news round-up, our latest Round Table discussion looks at the key cybersecurity vulnerabilities of IP based systems. This week also saw the recent acquisition of SeeTec by video management company OnSSI. On the acquisition, Gadi Piran, OnSSI’s President and CTO said: “This acquisition is important for our growth, diversification and global presence strategies.” Over in the Big Apple, Milestone Systems VMS software was used in the 2014 New York City Marathon team. The software was deployed with the depth and flexibility to deliver a reliable functionality to more people in more places.

This year TDSi is celebrating 20 years of growth in the Chinese security market. TDSi’s Managing Director John Davies has commented: “We have had a phenomenal two decades of business in the Chinese security market, which is largely down to the help and support of our local expert partners. “ Looking ahead to next week’s ISC West 2015 tradeshow, the SIA has announced that the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) objectives, initial document and related educational sessions are scheduled to be released at the show. For more ISC West news coverage, take a look at our dedicated page…

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In today’s weekly news round-up, our editor Larry Anderson gives a run-down on the upcoming ISC West tradeshow, with a particular focus on the show’s benefits and latest security innovations. Check out our dedicated page showcasing all pre-show coverage. Looking at the education sector, a number of manufacturers have given their views on the unique security challenges faced by schools. Chris Bone of ASSA ABLOY explores the growth of wireless access control and how this has been received in the industry.

In his series on “Network Basics for Security Professionals” Neil Heller discusses product specifications and how these should be used when choosing a network switch. Focusing on video storage, we get the views of video storage providers on the growth of Big Data and how the surveillance storage market is evolving to meet increased demand. Lastly, Jeremy Malies reflects on the Germanwings Airbus A320 air crash and the questions it raises on access controlRead more security news…

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