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 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 news round-up, the latest annual Centre for Retail Research (CRR) survey into the use of CCTV in retail revealed that 31% of retailers (in northern Europe) cite the integration with business intelligence as the main driver for network IP, highlighting the shift from analogue to IP-based cameras. In corporate news, Wavestore has appointed James Smith as Marketing Director. He brings 20 years’ security industry experience to the role.

Over in Africa, SecProTec 2015, the leading trade show in the region has partnered with intersec to provide access to the East African market, strengthening Homeland Security, Policing, and Information Security sectors. CeBIT 2015 opened its doors on Monday, with QNAP Systems showcasing its new NAS models and a wide range of HDDs and SDDs. Finally, Cobham has confirmed its sponsorship of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, supplying a range of IP, wireless and satellite communications on the first three legs of the competition. Read more security news…

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In today’s news round-up, Larry Anderson focuses on analytics as he takes a look at real-world scenarios that have taken advantage of the latest video analytics systems. Whether it’d be monitoring pedestrian exit lanes at airports or providing business intelligence on the average speed of vehicles, there are many ways that video analytics can be used beyond security needs. In another article, Larry also touches on how high-quality images can maximise the success of any video analytics installation.

Following Canon’s bid to buy Axis, Fredrik Nilsson reiterates Axis’s commitment to open systems in our latest Security Beat article. In his latest article on the role of veterans in security, Randy Southerland explores the benefits of hiring veterans as uniformed guards and management personnel. Finally, at the upcoming Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Europe, taking place 4th and 5th March 2015, Ivo Opstelten, Minister for Security and Justice of The Netherlands will be delivering the opening keynote presentation and touching on Europe’s changing position on security and the protection of its assets following the recent events in Copenhagen, Paris and Brussels. Read more security news…

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In today’s weekly round-up, as the Canon-Axis acquisition continues to dominate the news agenda, Deborah O’Mara gets initial reactions from a number of system integrators on what the consolidation means for the companies and the security industry as a whole. Taking a different angle, Larry Anderson highlights the shared history of the two companies and gets the inside scoop from Fredrik Nilsson on the future of Axis following the buyout.

Focusing on video analytics, Larry Anderson summarises views from some of the leading providers on how the technology has matured into a robust and dependable option for a variety of applications. In another article, he also looks at how multiple high-value markets such as critical infrastructure, airports and transportation are embracing the technology. In our latest Round Table article, our Expert Panel highlights some of the other surprising developments in the security industry over the last 12 months. Finally, Charles McCready of Panasonic explores the recording considerations for an evolving security market, giving tips on how to choose the right recording solution. Read more security news…

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In today’s news round-up, following Canon’s $2.8 billion bid to buy Axis Communication, Larry Anderson takes a look back at the companies shared history and gets the inside scoop from Fredrik Nilsson on what the acquisition means for both companies. Speaking to SecureWatch, Deborah O’Mara unveils details about the company’s new $4 million commercial and residential central station – Fusion Centre – and explores SecureWatch’s growing focus on video surveillance and new technologies.

In application news, Comelit Group UK has supplied an IP video door entry system for a multi-block residential development within the idyllic north London village of Mill Hill. At the University of Bath, students can now have 24-hour access to laptops and games consoles thanks to Traka’s asset management lockers & key cabinets. The lockers also help the university to protect its investment and manage the use and misuse of the equipment. Finally, Matrix Comsec will be launching its access control panel and readers at Secutech India 2015, which takes place from 12 – 14 March 2015. Read more security news…

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In today’s news round-up, breaking news hits the security industry as Canon has offered a record $2.8 billion to buy IP surveillance manufacturer Axis Communications, making this Canon’s biggest acquisition to date. In response to the public offer, Axis Communications’ Board of Directors has released a statement advising shareholders to accept the offer. Following Canon’s acquisition of Milestone in 2014, this deal could make Canon even more of a major player within the security industry.

This announcement is in keeping with Larry Anderson’s recent article on the potential investment opportunities available within the security industry. Axis Communications has also hinted at possible new product launches, in a recent Q&A sponsored by Memoori Research.

Elsewhere in the industry, VIVOTEK IP cameras are helping to secure Mongolia’s largest commercial bank, Khan Bank. A total of 675 VIVOTEK cameras have been installed across Khan Bank’s Mongolian network. Over in Ecuador, IP-based video surveillance technologies from Verint Systems have been deployed in the city of Guayaquil to expand on the city’s proactive Safe City initiative. Finally, WebWayOne has donated equipment to Tavcom Training’s Alarm Systems courses to help students gain practical experience in alarm handling. Read more security news….

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In today’s weekly round-up, Schneider Electric has been ranked 9th in the 2015 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. The Global 100 is determined using twelve quantitative sustainability indicators, including the amount of revenue companies generate per unit of energy consumed and lost-time injury rate. In events news, ASSA ABLOY hopes to expand its presence in the Middle East market after seeing a high demand for its wireless SMARTair™ and Aperio® products at Intersec 2015. Also in events news, Matrox has announced its participation at both the ISE and DSE tradeshows which will feature the Matrox Avio KVM extender for use with the Portalis pro-xi® workstation integrator.

Our Expert Panel discusses how governments and other authoritative bodies manage public privacy objections on newly installed CCTV in our latest Round table article. Finally, Axis Communications has introduced Andrew Martin as retail business development manager to its northern European senior management team. Andrew has worked in retail security, loss prevention and operations for over 25 years. Read more security news…

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In today’s news round-up, TDSi is working alongside its Vietnamese security integration partner GTCSI (Giang Viet System Integrated Corp) to offer the latest security and access control systems to the growing Vietnamese and Cambodian security market. In other corporate news, Verint Systems has announced its participation in Imperial Capital’s Security Investor Conference, which takes place in New York from the 10th-11th December. A live webcast will be available via Verint Systems and Imperial Capital’s site.

Over in South America, ASSA ABLOY has signed an agreement to acquire ODIS Limitada in Chile. Established in 1930, ODIS Limitada is a leading supplier of access control products to the Chilean market. In application news, Axis Communications have committed to keep Chicago’s Stratford Square Mall secure throughout the holidays with various Axis camera models. The cameras also enable the mall security team to cooperate with specific stores and the local police department in identifying and prosecuting criminals. Finally, PSA Security Network has announced a vendor partnership with CheckVideo. The partnership enables PSA customers to specify CheckVideo into opportunities which require advanced video analytics functionality. Read more security news…

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In today’s news round-up, Schneider Electric has partnered with ASSA ABLOY Access Control UK to enhance its Continuum building management system. ASSA ABLOY’s latest Aperio® wireless cylinders, PINpad escutcheon and L100 have been integrated into the Schneider Electric access control product line. Also in corporate news, Vanderbilt Industries recently announced that it will focus its market identity on the Vanderbilt name brand. Following Vanderbilt Industries’ announcement of the pending acquisition of Siemens’ Security Products, the new entity, renamed Vanderbilt International GmbH, will begin to utilise the Vanderbilt name, creating a common company brand identity for both the North American and European business units.

In application news, Automotive servicing business Tractamotors has realised a 60% reduction in losses for the retail arm of its business following the installation of nearly 50 Axis network cameras to its site in Cavan, Ireland. Axis Communications and partner Encom developed a solution that combined Axis network cameras and a Milestone XProtect video surveillance system. Over in the UK, transmission solutions manufacturer AMG recently announced two new appointments: Andrew Pigram has joined as Sales and Marketing Director and Sara Bullock as Business Development Director. Finally, security systems integrator ISD Tech recently announced that it has achieved BAFE accreditation for the design, commissioning, installation and maintenance of fire detection systems. Read more security news…

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