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Surge Protection For Security Installations: 2017 Saw Increased Investment
Surge Protection For Security Installations: 2017 Saw Increased Investment

In 2017, DITEK saw how power surges from the many natural disasters that took place damaged many businesses. In a natural disaster, or even everyday business operations, a facility’s entire investment in security, life safety and surveillance systems technology can be disabled or rendered useless in a few seconds. Surge protection solutions can mitigate those risks and protect security investments. Proactive Approach To Risk Mitigation Throughout 2017, we also witnessed a change in how enterprises view surge protection, which included how investments are being made in surge protection to protect valuable security, life safety and surveillance systems, while also reducing downtime, manpower costs, liability vulnerabilities, and possibly compliance issues that can force businesses to actually cease operations. Effective security management is about mitigating risks. But risks cannot be mitigated without a proactive approach. Enterprises and integrators, who take the time to assess risk and to develop a strategy to incorporate effective detection, deter and response criteria to protect physical assets will be successful in 2018. 2018 And Beyond That strategy includes designing surge protection into new security systems, while also adding surge protection to existing systems. Enterprises and security integrators who implement a surge protection strategy during security planning processes – or after – will be exercising prevention and mitigation, and they will be successful in 2018 and beyond.  Surge protection devices have an untapped potential for enterprise surveillance and security systems In 2017, Ditek continued to offer security end users a solid surge protection solution. We also successfully educated system integrators, who are seeking value-added products or services to incorporate into their portfolios, on the importance of surge protection devices. Educating Security Integrators We believe that surge protection devices have an untapped potential for enterprise video surveillance and security systems, because they can and do meet safety and security challenges that have been rarely identified in the past. We are looking forward to 2018, when we will continue to develop new surge protection products – including a new product engineered to protect up to twelve individual fuel dispensers, which is critical to the financial operation of convenience stores. We will also continue to educate security integrators about the importance of including surge protection in the design/build RFP, to not only secure an enterprise’s valuable security equipment, but also to help integrators to differentiate their capabilities and knowledge from the competition.

Technology Evolution Leads To Changes In Security Control Room Furniture
Technology Evolution Leads To Changes In Security Control Room Furniture

Technology is changing the look and function of today’s security control rooms. Old-school CRT (cathode-ray tube) monitors are giving way to the thinner, flat screen monitors in the control room environment, but the transition is gradual. Randy Smith of Winsted still sees many control rooms that need to make the conversion, which is a boon to his company’s business. Furniture today is designed differently to accommodate the thinner monitors, often with larger screens. Need For Integrated Rack Systems With the increase of IP-based systems comes the need for integrated rack systems that include advanced functionality such as cable management, adds Jim Coleman, National Sales Manager, AFC Industries. Server rooms are environmentally controlled by cooling systems and power systems monitored on the IP network. Low-profile flat screens allow centers to utilize space vertically, thus creating a smaller footprint for the consoles. Additionally, with IP-based systems, workstations will have a smaller footprint because there is less cumbersome equipment. In most cases the servers are stored in a secured, climate controlled environment to eliminate overheating of the servers and maintain their security, says Coleman. This environment also helps with cable and power management. AFC builds technical furniture racks that adhere to the precise needs of computer network server room operators. The company designs and fabricates LAN workbenches with versatile functionalities, and server room workstation racks that are scalable. There is a complete line of IT workbenches, IT computer racks and computer server rack mounts with flexible mounting options. In most cases the servers are stored in a secured, climate controlled environment to eliminate overheating of the servers and maintain their security Flexible Control Room Designs Matko Papic, Chief Technology Officer of Evans Consoles, says the transition from bulky CRT equipment to flat-screen (lower profile) monitors was a major disruption in control room design; it changed the whole dynamic. Another evolution is the use of IP video streaming, which allows more flexibility in manipulation of audio-video content, and requires more flexible control room designs. Another shift, driven by larger, higher-definition monitors, is a shift to fewer monitors that display more information. Instead of a smaller monitor for each information stream, larger monitors now consolidate that information into “dashboard” displays. Looking ahead, control rooms will need to be more flexible, both in the initial design and the ability to adapt to changing technology, says Papic. Legacy customers who are currently using PCs may be moving to more remote applications. Sit-stand equipment will continue to be increasingly prevalent. “There will be more emphasis on flexibility, technology integration, and the ability to change over the life of the system,” says Papic. Consolidation Of Multiple Operations Into A Single System A trend in security is consolidation of multiple physical operations into a single system, says Papic. As a result, more customers are taking more interest in alarm management and situational awareness. How is the technology being used in terms of alarm triggers? How can the systems react rapidly and provide information to a larger audience in the control room? These questions impact how control rooms are designed, and Evans Consoles can adapt lessons learned from other markets to these trends in the security arena. Greater use of technology is inevitable, says Coleman of AFC Industries. “It is virtually impossible for humans to monitor all security data at the street level in our cities,” he says. “As computers become more powerful and their programs more all-encompassing, we will see a greater shift to robotic and technology uses that will provide enhanced monitoring capabilities and safety reactions.” Read our Control Rooms series here

Will Security Industry Consolidation Stifle Innovation?
Will Security Industry Consolidation Stifle Innovation?

The security industry will continue to see consolidation through acquisition in 2017. At the advent of IP camera adoption, we saw a great decline in large vertically integrated companies, which spurred a new era of innovation within smaller IP camera manufacturers, VMS providers and other hardware companies for storage and managed switches.   We are now living in a new era of consolidation that is taking us full-circle back to vertical integration. Ultimately, the industry as a whole suffers because this consolidation will stifle innovation until the next big technology disruption takes shape. Interoperability Across Different Verticals  This time last year, we noted that the marketplace was moving toward converged technologies and the need for alarm management across multiple platforms into a common interface, turned out to be a popular request. If anything, we are only seeing just the beginning phases of this transition. The biggest surprise is that interoperability is not only confined to security technology, but also extends to parallel systems such as building automation, safety and environmental controls, and even Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. Using Video Event Management Software (VEMS) alongside these intelligent platforms proves to be a valuable verification process for many new and exciting vertical markets. Arteco plans to continue the revenue growth and brand awareness achieved in 2016 Event-Based Video Security Software At Arteco, our highest growth sectors tend to be slightly insulated from economic fluctuation in the sense that we focus on securing critical infrastructure (electrical utilities and communications) as well as corporate and education campuses. Unfortunately, the continued growth in active shooter incidents have made physical security concerns top of mind for many organizations regardless of economic impact. The unexpected repercussions are that many new security technologies are emerging that cater to real-time event notification on both the macro and micro level. The exciting part of this trend is that users are leveraging a layered approach with multiple autonomous applications working together toward a common goal to improve security, which will hopefully ensure a high level of protection.  Business Growth And Challenges Business has continued to grow year-over-year, and 2016 was a huge step forward for Arteco not only in terms of revenue growth, but also increased brand awareness in the United States and abroad. Our biggest challenge continues to be the crowded VMS market, which is filled with lower cost or even free substitute products. We are making great strides in overcoming this challenge by having a wonderful team of people, both on the technical and sales side of the organization, who are focused on finding new and innovative ways to advance intuitive, open and affordable event-based and intelligent video security software into 2017. See the full coverage of 2016/2017 Review and Forecast articles here

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Honeywell Xtralis VCA Suite Of Security Software Is Available For Licensing By Third Parties To Improve Analytic Capabilities
Honeywell Xtralis VCA Suite Of Security Software Is Available For Licensing By Third Parties To Improve Analytic Capabilities

Honeywell, a pioneer in products, software and technologies for connected buildings and homes, announced that its Xtralis VCA suite of security software is available for licensing by third parties. Now, both Xtralis LoiterTrace video detection software and Xtralis IntrusionTrace video detection software will be made available to third parties looking to improve the analytics capabilities of their security offerings.  Xtralis IntrusionTrace, a high-performance intrusion detection software solution designed for continual outdoor operation is now integrated into its first external partner, Axis Communications Inc., a provider of network video, and their Axis Camera Application Platform (ACAP).  Honeywel-Axis integration  “The ACAP offers a variety of services and applications for select devices to ensure our customers can deploy value-added services on our cameras,” said Alex Walthers, business development manager, ADP, Axis Communications, Inc.   “We are pleased to collaborate with Honeywell to allow mutual customers to embed Honeywell’s Xtralis IntrusionTrace on Axis cameras. This technology brings video detection analytics that has been tested and hardened to the market.”  Beyond Xtralis IntrusionTrace, the VCA suite available for licensing also includes Xtralis LoiterTrace Beyond Xtralis IntrusionTrace, the VCA suite available for licensing also includes Xtralis LoiterTrace, an advanced detection system that provides timely notification of unauthorized loitering in both indoor and outdoor areas.  Intrusion detection products   “Nearly three decades ago Xtralis commercialized the first video motion detection product in the industry; and since then our intrusion detection products have been the industry benchmark and top choice for protecting perimeters with the highest security requirements,” said Alessandro Araldi, Vice President of global product management, Honeywell Home and Building Technologies.   “Honeywell is making Xtralis IP available for leading security manufacturers. We are pleased to have Xtralis IntrusionTrace offered on select Honeywell cameras as well as the ACAP and are looking forward to even more manufacturers leveraging our technology,” Araldi added.  The Xtralis VCA suite can be integrated with cameras, network video recorders, video management systems and third-party panel and platform providers. 

DMP Launches DualComN Communicator Compatible With VISTA And DSC PowerSeries Panels
DMP Launches DualComN Communicator Compatible With VISTA And DSC PowerSeries Panels

All of DMP’s Com Series™ Universal Communicators provide ECP communication with Honeywell VISTA® panels. DMP is excited to introduce a new member of the Com Series that’s not only compatible with VISTA panels, but DSC PowerSeries™ panels too. “The new DualComN communicator is UL 1610 Listed for commercial burglary applications, which creates some exciting upgrading opportunities for our dealers,” explains Aaron McGhee, product manager of Control Panels for DMP. “You’ll be able to connect to DSC PowerSeries panels through the DMP communicator to remotely manage all user codes and easily check zone status from the Virtual Keypad app.” Fully supervised alarm communication The new communicator nicely rounds out DMP’s DualCom line of commercial fire products with a commercial burglary listed unit. Like each of the communicators, the DualComN is designed with integrated primary and secondary communication in a single design. By using the network connectivity as the primary communication path, the system will receive the fast speeds of the IP connection whenever possible. The secondary cellular path picks up communication almost instantly However, if the primary IP path drops out for any reason, the secondary cellular path picks up communication almost instantly. Each Com Series module also has built-in LTE cellular backup that provides a fully supervised alarm communication path over AT&T’s or Verizon’s LTE networks. As with earlier-generation products, the LTE communicators are designed to work with digital cellular service from SecureCom Wireless™ — enabling dealers to get systems up and running quickly. DualCom Series models The DualCom Series models are: NEW DualComN-LV Alarm Communicator with Wi-Fi Network Primary and Cellular Backup (Verizon) DualComWZ-LV Alarm Communicator with Wi-Fi Network Primary and Cellular Backup (Verizon) DualComNF-LV Fire Alarm Communicator with Hardwired Network Primary and Cellular Backup (Verizon) NEW DualComN-LA Alarm Communicator with Wi-Fi Network Primary and Cellular Backup (AT&T) DualComWZ-LA Alarm Communicator with Wi-Fi Network Primary and Cellular Backup (AT&T) DualComNF-LA Fire Alarm Communicator with Hardwired Network Primary and Cellular Backup (AT&T)

Barix To Highlight IP Audio And Control Innovations Plus Third-Party Integrations At ISC West 2020
Barix To Highlight IP Audio And Control Innovations Plus Third-Party Integrations At ISC West 2020

IP audio and control interface innovator Barix is heading to the ISC West 2020 security industry trade show with a wide range of powerful yet cost-efficient new hardware innovations and third-party integrations. The company will exhibit in booth 19140 at the event, taking place from March 17 to 20 at the Sands Expo and Conference Center in Las Vegas. SIP Audio Endpoint hardware A centerpiece of Barix’s new product demonstrations will be the North American debut of the SIP Audio Endpoint hardware, the company’s most feature-rich SIP interface solution to date. First unveiled at ISE 2020 in Amsterdam last month, the SIP Audio Endpoint enables integrators to seamlessly and cost-effectively bridge analog audio inputs and outputs with SIP-based VoIP (Voice over IP) telephone systems. IP Former is Barix’s newest innovation for adding IP networking capabilities to new or existing loudspeaker designs The robust yet inexpensive device supports a broad range of audio codecs including Opus, G.711, G.722 and GSM. Contact closures allow triggering from physical interfaces such as call buttons, while features such as DTMF tone dialing support maximize integration possibilities. IP networking capabilities Additional highlights at the Barix booth will include: IP Former is Barix’s newest innovation for adding IP networking capabilities to new or existing loudspeaker designs. Replacing the 70/100V transformer traditionally used with analog loudspeakers, the PoE-powered device provides an IP network interface, audio stream decoder and amplifier front-end for a two- to eight-ohm speaker. Flexibly supporting a wide range of security applications including paging and emergency warning systems, IP Former decodes PCM, AACplus, MP3, Opus, G.711 and G.722 audio streams delivered via HTTP, RTP or UDP, and also features SIP negotiation for use with VoIP phone systems. The Barionet family of I/O, IoT sensor and interface controllers are the preferred choice of security integrators and system designers for controlling, automating and monitoring critical systems in both in commercial and residential environments. The openly programmable Barionet devices provide robust bridges between IP-based security platforms and physical interfaces such as distress buttons, fire alarm panels, motion sensors, light switches, door activators and more. Barix will display Barionet models ranging from the base Barionet 50 to the latest-generation Barionet 400. Barix will also highlight new integrations and interoperability between the above offerings and enterprise-class mass notification systems including Singlewire Software’s InformaCast, Syn-Apps’ Revolution and Honeywell’s Unified Notification Platform (UNP), enabling users of these platforms to benefit from the reliability and cost-effectiveness of Barix hardware endpoints. Audio across IP networks Barix supplies simple and reliable solutions and components to systems integrators and end users worldwide “Barix continues to develop innovative hardware solutions that deliver exceptional reliability and value for security applications in their own right, but we also recognize that their benefits are further unlocked as part of complete, unified ecosystems,” said Reto Brader, CEO of Barix. “We look forward to showcasing not only our new solutions also our new integrations and partnerships to ISC West attendees.” Show attendees can receive a free ISC West expo pass courtesy of Barix by registering via the link. Barix supplies simple and reliable solutions and components to systems integrators and end users worldwide. They move high-quality audio across IP networks, adding value to customer solutions for nearly two decades with hundreds of thousands of devices installed worldwide. Advertising insertion for retail shops Background music distribution with dynamic advertising insertion for retail shops, bars and hotels; public address solutions for schools and public spaces; and intercom and entry systems for facility surveillance, protection and security are among the many applications of Barix solutions. Barix also supports OEM projects for a number of Global 500 listed companies serving many industries worldwide.