In today’s news round-up, in light of the news of Canon’s $2.8 billion offer to buy Axis, our Expert Panel highlights some of the other surprising developments in the security industry over the last 12 months. Focusing on the social unrest within the European Union financial market, Jeremy Malies looks at how this has impacted the physical security budgets in the public sector. On the topic of drones, Vicki Contavespi highlights the recent incident that occurred at the White House involving the popular gadget.

In corporate news, ASSA ABLOY has offered educational premises a more affordable, efficient access control solutions in order to reduce energy costs. Finally, Amthal Fire & Security has introduced a new campaign offering guidance to schools on how to choose the right solutions to create safer environments. Read more security news…

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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…

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In today’s news round-up, Aasset has supplied a surveillance system from Samsung to improve security at a sixth form college in Farnborough. The system now consists of over 60 cameras; SNP-6200HP PTZ, SNO-7082R bullet, SND-7082 and SNV-7080R dome 3Mp cameras and several SNZ-5200 zoom cameras. Also in application news, Allegion has beat off strong competition to secure contracts totalling £1.25 million to provide 600 steel doorsets for Europe’s biggest construction project, Crossrail. Approximately 350 doorsets will be supplied for The Canary Wharf Crossrail Station, which is set to be one of the largest of the ten Crossrail stations planned for London and the South East.

Also in the UK, Axis Communications and NW Systems Group have provided Oldham-based charity Positive Steps with an upgraded security system. The business inherited an old analogue CCTV system that didn’t provide the level of coverage needed but with the new Axis system in place, Positive steps now has an advanced surveillance set-up that can be monitored 24×7 on and off-site. In events news, Dahua has announced that its 3.0 megapixel intelligent video spot detector (DH-ITC304) was awarded ITS Golden Lion at ITS 2014. Finally, Matrix Comsec was awarded the Best Electronics Company Award at the recently concluded GESIA Awards 2014. The Award has been instituted by the Gujarat Electronics and Software Industries Association (GESIA) to acknowledge the achievements of the ICT & Electronics industry in Gujarat. Read more security news…

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