In today’s news round-up, Larry Anderson provides an insight into the complexities of video analytics, and explores the benefits of using the technology near or inside the camera.  Focusing on transportation, Larry discusses how many end users in the vertical market are embracing open video management platforms and in particular, Milestone Systems’ offering of open platform VMS.

On the topic of platforms, VIMOC Technologies explains how IoT (Internet of Things) can be used for the improvement and development of intelligence-equipped cities. In Events news, Nedap and ASIS International have announced its collaboration to launch  the ASIS European Security Conference & Exhibition with a networking party on the 29 March. Finally, the 2nd Central Asia and Caspian Oil & Gas Security Forum is due to take place on the 3rd – 4th March, focusing on issues posing security threats for the oil industry in Central AsiaRead 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 news round-up, our expert panel discusses the current limitations of cloud-based systems on the security market and how the situation will develop over the next five years.  Reflecting on the increasing number of innovative cameras with an open platform framework, Tom Cook, VP of Sales at Samsung Techwin US sheds light on the new era of camera apps which are changing the surveillance system design to meet specific needs.

In corporate news, Hikvision has announced revenues of $2.82 billion for the financial year 2014, highlighting its continued growth in overseas and domestic markets. In application news, Milestone Systems has collaborated with Copenhagen Zoo to broadcast the birth of a male rhino calf online using its open platform VMS. The broadcast attracted more than 35,000 views on YouTube and generated further media interest. Finally, NEXT Biometrics has received $100,000 from a new client to develop an undisclosed application within a new field. Read more security news…

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In today’s weekly round-up, Arecont Vision made headlines when its IP surveillance camera installed at a drive in ATM in Texas, USA captured shocking footage of a young woman robbed and kidnapped at gunpoint.  In corporate news, Siemens has entered into a partnership with Milestone Systems to enhance their security portfolio, allowing Sivelliance™ VMS technology to be compatible with Milestone’s IP video management systems.

Over in the US, Panasonic has acquired VMS developer Video Insight as part of its strategy to expand in the North American education market. Following the surprise announcement, Larry Anderson gave us his take of what this means for Panasonic’s future. In events news, Axxonsoft showcased version 4.0 of the Axxon Next VMS and the Axxon Intellect PSIM platform at Intersec 2015. Finally, our Expert Panel discusses opportunities to maximise the benefits of using common technologies in the marketplace in our latest Round Table discussion. Read more security news…

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In today’s news round-up, Siemens has entered into a partnership with Milestone Systems to enhance their security portfolio, allowing Sivelliance™ VMS technology to be compatible with Milestone’s IP video management systems. Our Correspondent Vicki Contavespi talks about the greater risks the US electric grid encounters as complex ownership arrangements and operating systems evolve. In corporate news, Winsted has announced its move to a new UK office as its export sales demands increase, facilitating more stock holding and controlled growth.

Over in the US, Panasonic has acquired VMS developer Video Insight as part of its strategy to expand in the North American education market. In India, CP PLUS has retained the number one spot in the Indian video surveillance market, according to IHS technology report. Finally, a dredging boat moored near Scunthorpe previously attacked by vandals has been successfully secured by OPTEX outdoor sensors which are linked to an alarm receiving centreRead more security news…

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In today’s news round-up, our Expert Panel discusses opportunities to maximise the benefits of using common technologies in the marketplace in our latest Round Table discussion. In events news, Milestone Systems showcased its XProtect portfolio and Husky network video recorders at Intersec 2015, after announcing its intentions to expand in the Middle East and African regions.

Focusing on hospital security, our End User Correspondent Michael Fickes reviews the basics of protection in the event of mass shootings. In light of the rising use of access control in schools, our correspondent Deborah O’Mara explores how schools are improving their security installations to cope with potential threats. Finally, ASIS has announced Axel Petri as a keynote speaker for the 14th European Security Conference & Exhibition to be held in Frankfurt, Germany. Read more security news…

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In today’s weekly news round-up, Dahua Technology has collaborated with Banco do Brasil S.A., the largest Brazilian and Latin American bank, to install over 20,000 units of analogue cameras and 1,500 units of DVRs across Brazil. As we draw closer to the Intersec security exhibition in Dubai, ASSA ABLOY has announced that they will be on hand to showcase its latest wireless access control innovations from Aperio®, SMARTair™ and CLIQ®.

In application news, Samsung Techwin’s network dome cameras have been installed at Europe’s largest indoor trampoline arena in Manchester. Also in application news, Milestone Systems’ open platform IP video management technology is helping Taminco USA to manage employee safety and to uphold federal regulations for the production and transportation of hazardous materials. Over in Indonesia, 200 VIVOTEK surveillance cameras have been installed at Sido Muncul, the country’s leading producers of health drinks and products.

In France and around the world, questions about security have been raised in light of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris last week. Our Editor Larry Anderson has written a piece in his column reflecting on the problems the recent tragedy has for the security industry. Our European Correspondent Jeremy Malies has also written a piece reflecting on the lessons to be learned for physical security. Read more security news…

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In today’s weekly round-up, ASSA ABLOY has signed an agreement to acquire Digi Electronic Lock, the leading digital door lock manufacturer in China. The acquisition is another strategic step in ASSA ABLOY’s expansion into new growth segments in China and other emerging markets. In corporate news, Milestone Systems has elevated Samsung Techwin to the status of Elite Partner in the Milestone Camera Partner Program (CaPP). Samsung is only one of eight Milestone camera partners in the world to achieve this status.

Also in corporate news, BCDVideo has announced the new certification of Johnson Controls’ P2000 video management system on their Nova Series line of enterprise-class storage solutions. In events news, LTV will begin its two week roadshow across Germany in May 2015, showcasing its wide product range and complete product portfolio for small and big installations. Finally, Foxstream has announced a partnership with Samsung Techwin. The partnership allows for Foxstream’s people counting application to be run on board Samsung Techwin’s Open Platform WiseNetIII cameras. Read more security news…

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In today’s news round-up, Milestone Systems has elevated Samsung Techwin to the status of Elite Partner in the Milestone Camera Partner Program (CaPP). Samsung is only one of eight Milestone camera partners in the world to achieve this status. In corporate news, ASSA ABLOY has signed an agreement to acquire Digi Electronic Lock, the leading digital door lock manufacturer in China. The acquisition is another strategic step in ASSA ABLOY’s expansion into new growth segments in China and other emerging markets.

In other corporate news, ISONAS has announced Robert Lydic as their new Vice President of Sales. Mr. Lydic will be responsible for managing the outside sales team and working to increase revenue with the existing distribution, integration and ecosystem partners. Security systems training course provider Tavcom has launched an online shop to provide installation and service engineers with easy access to installation equipment. Also available online is a one-person multi-line identifier and troubleshooting tool. In events news, Matrox® Graphics will demonstrate the new Matrox C Series™ multi-display graphic cards and Matrox Mura MPX™ video wall controller boards at Intersec Dubai 2015. The attendees are invited to see how the latest Matrox products can be used to capture and display video and data in homeland security, policing, commercial security and other security and safety control rooms. Read more security news…

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In today’s news round-up, incident management solutions authority group PPM 2000 has been acquired by Klass software, a leading enterprise software company. The company will continue to operate as PPM and their head office will remain in Edmonton, Canada. In application news, Veranti are using Alpro’s overhead transom closers on new buildings created for the Farnborough International Airshow. The transom closers are a means of hydraulically controlling the opening and closing of the doors in the building.

In events news, the British Security Industry Association will be holding its free-to-attend security event in Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on Thursday 26th March 2015. The event aims to educate and inform local businesses on security challenges faced by the region and the solutions on hand. In corporate news, PROMISE Technology has announced a partnership with AxxonSoft, Milestone Systems, OnSSI and SeeTec to ship free trial versions of the world’s leading Video Management Software (VMS). Finally, NICE Systems have been commended for an award from Relatório Bancario for delivering multiple real-time solutions to address business challenges and advanced technologies in the financial sector. Read more security news…

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