In today’s weekly news round-up, Part 2 of Randy Southerland’s series on Home Automation looks at how both large and small companies are rushing to enter the fast-growing Home Automation space. Check out Part 1 in the series here. End User Correspondent Michael Fickes’ latest article assesses cloud usefulness and effectiveness – with a particular focus on physical security. This week also saw Allegion announce its acquisition of SimonsVoss. The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter of this year.

Jeremy Malies, European Correspondent, looks at how the London Metropolitan Police are adapting to changing patterns of crime. In another article, Jeremy looks at the equipment available from the physical security industry to deter and detect stowaways who are attempting to enter the UK illegally. Finally, Keven Marier of Milestone Systems writes on video technology transformation in our latest expert commentary articleRead 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, Vanderbilt Industries has entered into an agreement to acquire Siemens’ Security Products business. The business will be renamed Vanderbilt International and Joseph J. Grillo will be Managing Director, working from the new operational headquarters in Germany. In application news, Allegion has identified three critical security practices to help US school leaders address evolving security threats as part of National Safe Schools Week. The three practices recommended by Allegion include staying focused on proven and reliable practices, developing a lockdown strategy, and planning and preparing.

In other corporate news, Vicon has named Bret McGowan as Senior Vice-President Sales for the Americas, Far East and Western Africa. Following Vicon’s ongoing integration with IQinVision, Bret will take responsibility for the combined sales organisation. In events news, Tyco Security Products recently hosted a series of technology events. The sessions featured demonstrations of security solutions from Tyco Security Products brands including DSC, CEM Systems and American Dynamics. Finally, MasterCard and Zwipe have launched the world’s first contactless payment card featuring an integrated fingerprint sensor. The card also includes the Zwipe secure biometric authentication technology that holds the cardholder’s biometric data. Read more security news…

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In today’s news round-up, with Conference season upon us, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has been busy championing the views of the private security industry; planning and attending meetings with MPs, Ministers, Peers, PCCs and think tanks at the Labour and Conservative party conferences. With Security Essen now over, the next security tradeshow is just about to begin: ASIS International kicks off today in Atlanta, Georgia. Among the exhibitors will be Genetec, who will be demonstrating its SV-32 appliance with unified access control support.

Also in events news, QNAP® Security recently announced that the VioStor NVR VS-8148U-RP Pro+ has won the Merlion Awards with Silver Award in ‘Surveillance Camera’ category at Safety & Security Asia 2014. Looking ahead to the following month, Allegion is set to attend the Independent Hotel Show, the UK’s only forum for boutique hoteliers, from Tuesday 21st October to Wednesday 22nd October. Finally, AMG has completed a new sophisticated toll management transmission solution on Solapur Highway, for ITNL in India. ITNL is using the solution to monitor two Toll Plazas with a total of 20 Lanes with 24 Booths – 4 of which have reversible lanes. Read more security news…

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In today’s news round-up, Wavestore will showcase its latest security solutions alongside Ampleye and RIVA at Security Essen 2014 next week. Ampleye and RIVA have invited Wavestore to demonstrate on their stands how its open platform VMS software can interact with their cameras to provide a seamlessly integrated video surveillance solution. In corporate news, Traka has appointed Justin Sasse as its new Managing Director. Justin has joined the team to build on the success of the business, and to support the company as it continues to expand into new areas and increase overall market share.

Over in the US, Allegion will be hosting two events to showcase its latest electronic security innovations at ASIS International 2014. The events include a press conference to discuss Allegion’s new electronic security offerings and a school security seminar. In application news, Axis Communications security products have helped reduce crime at The Co-operative Food stores. The final installation incorporated Axis’ compact fixed dome cameras and high performance video encoders, controlled by a Milestone Professional operating system. Finally, Gallagher has appointed Steve Bell as its new Chief Technology Officer. Bell’s new role is an executive appointment and he now sits on Gallagher’s security division executive management team. Read more security news…

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In today’s news round-up, Arecont Vision has appointed Jeff Whitney as Vice President of Marketing. Whitney will lead worldwide marketing at a time of strong global sales growth for Arecont Vision. In events news, Security Essen 2014 will portray the latest trends in security technology and the efficiency of the international security sector, including the first 4k network cameras according to the new HDTV standard.

In application news, Allegion’s CISA contactless locks have been listed on the InterContinental Hotel Group’s Brand Safety Standard. The CISA eSIGNO Contactless Lock range allows guests to unlock their doors by simply holding a card up to the reader. Over in the US, VidSys will demonstrate its latest award winning software at ASIS International 2014 in Atlanta. The 7.7 version includes National Language Support, meaning the software can be easily adapted to various languages without code changes. Finally, Hikvision teamed up with the City of Philadelphia to ensure the success of the “Fun Safe Philly Summer” initiative. Hikvision’s high-performance cameras, NVRs, and VMS technology were selected as a cost-effective solution to protect the city. Read more security news…

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In today’s weekly news round-up, Anixter has entered into an agreement to acquire Tri-Ed from Audax Group for a purchase price of $420 million. Tri-Ed serves four major segments of the security business including video, access control, intrusion detection and fire/life safety. In other corporate news, ONVIF is launching a proactive education and enforcement campaign to ensure that all claims of ONVIF conformance by manufacturers of IP-based physical security products are valid. The education and enforcement initiative aims to further protect the ONVIF brand and more pre-emptively monitor ONVIF’s copyrights, trademarks and logos on an ongoing basis.

Also in corporate news, ASSA ABLOY Aperio® wireless locks are offering various integration options for access control providers. Access control manufacturers choosing to integrate with Aperio® can pick between multiple online and offline possibilities. In events news, Security Products from Siemens has announced that it will be exhibiting its latest products at Security Essen 2014, which will take place between 23rd-26th September in Germany. Finally, Allegion has highlighted its latest advancements in its technology development and security product portfolio. With the release of the newly announced ENGAGE™ technology, Allegion is changing the way commercial building owners and tenants think about interior building access. Read more security news…

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In today’s news round-up, ASSA ABLOY Aperio® wireless locks offer various integration options for access control providers. Access control manufacturers choosing to integrate with Aperio® can pick between multiple online and offline possibilities. In other corporate news, Allegion has highlighted its latest advancements in its technology development and security product portfolio. With the release of the newly announced ENGAGE™ technology, Allegion is changing the way commercial building owners and tenants think about interior building access

Over in Canada, Samsung Techwin America has announced Access Direct Sales as is its new manufacturer’s representative firm. Access Direct provides comprehensive sales and marketing support across Canada for leading-edge manufacturers of IP-based solutions. In application news, Geutebruck video security solutions are now securing Stadt-Parfümerie Pieper outlets across the country. Between 10 and 16 Geutebruck cameras were installed in each perfumery to cover critical areas. Finally, WavestoreUSA has appointed Randy Miller as Sales Manager, Eastern USA. Miller is now responsible for growing the WavestoreUSA dealer/integrator channel in the territory. Read more security news…

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In today’s news round-up, Surveon 360° megapixel surveillance and RAID solutions have been deployed in Coseimpa shops across Venezuela. Surveon CAM7511 5 megapixel 360° fisheye cameras are securing the cashier areas while the CAM6351 has been implemented to monitor exterior areas. Over in Italy, Allegion has completed a project to provide an electronic access control system for B&B Hotels Italia. A touch screen kiosk at reception allows guests to enter their personal information and check-in/check-out details, while the Ariane Systems software interfaces with a CISA encoder, programming the security card which is then dispensed to the guest.

In corporate news, newly-elected Chairman of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), Pauline Norstrom, has said she will focus on raising stakeholders’ awareness of the value of quality and innovation over price. In her inaugural address to BSIA members and industry stakeholders at the Association’s Annual Luncheon earlier this month, Pauline outlined her goals for her two-year tenure as Chair. Over in India, Matrix Comsec has concluded its sixth annual partners Growth Summit in Goa. The three day event focused on top performing Matrix system integrators who were awarded for their outstanding sales performance for the year 2013-14. Finally, 3VR has named Bruce Nisbet as the new Director of Sales for the Western U.S. Region. Nisbet will be responsible for managing all aspects of the sales process in western North America. Read more security news…

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In today’s news round-up, Mobotix AG has released details of its technology partnership with icomply. icomply will fully integrate MOBOTIX technology into the V-TAS Pro software platform to enable seamless control of the entire MOBOTIX range. In other corporate news, Brian Wiser has been named President of Sales – North America for Bosch Security Systems. Brian will lead the sales, support, training, customer service and marketing organisations in North America.

In events news, Allegion will showcase its ENGAGE technology-enabled Schlage NDE Series wireless electronic locks at ASHE 2014, which opened yesterday in Chicago. ENGAGE enabled wireless locks can be integrated into most popular access control systems for greater capabilities, including real-time control. Over in Latin America, the video surveillance equipment market is forecast to see annual average growth rates of over 14%, according to IHS. The total Latin American market for CCTV and video surveillance equipment is estimated to have been worth $565.3 million in 2013. Finally, Navtech Radar is now the world leading supplier of radar based Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (PIDS) for airports. The company has installed 16 AdvanceGuard solutions at airports including Ostrava in the Czech Republic, Valencia in Spain, and Bristol Airport in the UK. Read more security news…

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