VB-M40. Intelligent Camera For Mid To High End Security & Monitoring Applications
VB-M40. Intelligent Camera For Mid To High End Security & Monitoring Applications

Best in class opticsCanon's first megapixel network camera offers 20x zoom and a 55.4° horizontal viewing angle within the smallest, most discreet body in its class. VB-M40 draws together Canon's DIGIC NET and lens technology assets to deliver its most advanced network camera. Canon's DIGIC NET allows VB-M40 to stream video at 1280x960 resolution at 30 frames per second in H.264, a compression format combining high quality and high compression rates. Its industry-leading 20x zoom Auto Focus lens, combined with the 340° pan and 100° tilt mechanism, delivers precise, high-resolution images. The VB-M40 excels in low light conditions with a low-light performance in colour at 0.4 lux and B/W at 0.01 lux. In addition the IR cut filter Day/Night Function and Smart Shade Control ensure best image quality is delivered in any situation.Intelligent monitoring applicationsVB-M40 is suitable to be deployed in mid-to-high end surveillance markets such as: traffic management, city surveillance, retail, transportation, logistics and manufacturing. Its four embedded video content analytic functions are able to detect camera tampering, identify moved objects, removed objects and abandoned objects. Sound detection allows the camera to detect changes in volume. Detection functions can be set to activate recording and uploading to a server or email notification. Advanced connectivityOnboard two-way (full-duplex) audio allows easy hook up of a microphone and active speaker. So, live audio can be received from the camera site and a warning message can be relayed to potential intruders. ONVIF CompatibilityThe device supports the communication protocol ONVIF and is compatible with a range of 3rd party ONVIF-compliant equipment. Versatile installation optionsThe VB-M40B is easy to install, on a ceiling or upright and is very efficient in terms of power usage. The camera supports power over Ethernet and conventional power. VB-M40 can be mounted in any indoor and outdoor optional protective dome housings can be selected: a smoked dome for discreet disguising of camera angle; a clear dome for maximum performance in low light conditions. Admin Tools are in-built, requiring no installation, and a built-in SD Memory Card saves back-up security logs, improving reliability.

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Canon Leverages Imaging Heritage To Offer Four Full HD Network Cameras
Canon Leverages Imaging Heritage To Offer Four Full HD Network Cameras

Canon Europe, world leader in imaging solutions has added four new Full HD resolution cameras to its product range; the VB-H41, VB-H610VE, VB-H610D and VB-H710F. The cameras Incorporate Canon’s high-end lens design and image processing technology. The new cameras benefit from Canon’s 70 year heritage in lens design; all incorporate specially designed lenses with multiple double-sided aspherical elements to produce maximum optical performance. All the new cameras deliver outstanding zoom and wide angle performance as the lenses use glass with a high refractive index. Low light performance is enhanced with the use of an original Canon lens coating which reduces image ‘ghosting’ in IR light situations, so users can be confident that security can be maintained whatever the circumstances.   The four new HD network cameras also deliver the high image quality expected from Canon as they incorporate the same DIGIC DV III image processors used in Canon’s state of the art Cinema EOS C300 broadcast system and XF300/XF305 professional camcorders. Canon’s DIGIC NET II network processor chip delivers multiple HD video streams so that sites with multiple viewing locations can be monitored effectively.  Julian Rutland, Visual Communication Products and Solutions Director, Canon Europe said: “Our new Full HD range of network cameras combines Canon’s high quality image processing technology and heritage in lens design with our expertise in networking. The addition of these products is a significant step forward as we look to grow our business in the network camera space.” The VB-H41 camera delivers 20x optical zoom while the VB-H610VE, VB-H610D and VB-H710F offer 3x optical zoom. A 112 degree angle-of-view across the VB-H610VE, VB-H610D and VB-H710F means that operators are able to take in a wide field of view for maximum coverage. The four new cameras offer best in class HD performance even in low-light conditions so can be used to clearly monitor even the darkest environments. The VB-H41 offers low light performance down to 0.4lux for colour and 0.2 lux for black-and-white while the VB-H610VE, VB-H610D and VB-H710F provide detail in conditions down to 0.3lux in colour and 0.15lux in black and white. Similarly, Canon’s Smart Shade Control function delivers visible images in difficult lighting conditions by compensating for dark image areas while keeping bright sections, so internal areas can be clearly and effectively monitored even when the image is impacted by external bright light from windows.  As well as high image quality, Canon is dedicated to helping system integrators maintain security with easy to use, high performance analytics built into all of the new devices. A suite of advanced analytics means that system integrators can set their chosen camera to detect sound, objects being removed (or left behind), areas of motion or camera tampering. Also, Passing Detection can be configured to detect when someone passes a defined line across the image in a specific direction. Combining multiple lines enables the camera to monitor for people entering a secure site without detecting when staff leave the same area.  All of the new devices save system integrators time and money as they can be remotely configured by a single operator. As a result, tasks that would usually take an hour can now take five minutes of one engineer’s time.  The VB-H610VE, VB-H610D include Canon’s PRTZ function, so that individual engineers can remotely configure the camera’s angle, zoom and focus for easy adjustment during commissioning or system re-configuration, thereby reducing staff costs, time and any special arrangements that would need to be make re-configuration possible.

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Canon VB-C60. Whatever Your Surveillance Needs, It’s Got Them Covered
Canon VB-C60. Whatever Your Surveillance Needs, It’s Got Them Covered

The VB-C60 PTZ network camera boasts an industry-leading 40x zoom lens and Image Stabilizer. Progressive scan, advanced motion detection and two-way audio make it ideal for premium surveillance uses. Industry-leading optics The VB-C60 utilizes the most advanced Canon lens ever fitted to a network camera. Its industry-leading 40x zoom with Auto Focus and Image Stabilizer deliver steady, sharp images, and combined with the 340° pan and 115° tilt mechanism make the VB-C60 suitable for surveillance in both open and confined spaces. The camera excels in low-light conditions, with Auto Day/Night switching making it possible to capture full colour images as low as 0.7 lux - or 0.2 lux in monochrome Night Mode. Progressive scan video also helps cut back on noise, so even fast-moving subjects are captured smoothly. High-quality MPEG4 and Motion JPEG video Supporting both MPEG4 and Motion JPEG formats, the camera is capable of delivering high-quality video up to 30 fps at VGA resolution (640 x 480). Transmitted footage can be distributed to a wide audience of up to 30 simultaneous clients (or up to 10 clients using MPEG4). It's also possible to install a small-scale video surveillance system using the bundled VK-Lite software, enabling users to control the recording and playback of up to four cameras from their computer. Advanced connectivity Onboard two-way (full-duplex) audio means you can easily hook up a microphone and active speaker, so live audio can be received from the camera site and a warning message relayed to potential intruders. It's also simple to integrate the camera into your existing security setup, with built-in terminals for connecting external devices like sensors and alarms. Onboard intelligence The VB-C60 uses advanced motion detection and auto tracking to support event-based notification. Once the camera has detected a moving subject - or a connected alarm has been triggered - it can be set to send a recorded image of the event or an email notification to users so they know as soon as there is any potential threat. Versatile installation options The VB-C60 is easy to install either on the ceiling or in an upright position, and Power over Ethernet (PoE) support means a single LAN cable can both power the camera while also transferring data from it.  Two optional dome housings are available for added protection and more discreet monitoring: a smoked dome for disguising the camera angle, and a clear dome for when maximum performance in low-light conditions is required.

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Don’t Miss A Thing! Canon Network Video Surveillance Solutions
Don’t Miss A Thing! Canon Network Video Surveillance Solutions

Canon Europe is a subsidiary of Canon Inc of Japan, a world-leading provider of Imaging Technology Solutions. Looking for excellence in Network Video Solutions? You've come to the right source. From the incomparable Canon lens to Canon's high-accuracy colour management system, Canon optics are best-of-breed. The image of perfection. Choose Canon Network Video Solutions and witness the difference yourself. Canon Europe joins IFSEC 2010 with the Canon Network Camera Solutions range designed to address key market requirements for video surveillance or business intelligence. Canon Network Camera solutions provide best in class network video surveillance. At the heart of each Canon Network Video Solution lies a powerful Canon camera. These models represent technology's finest for commercial and industrial applications. And with world-class Canon engineering and design, form and function come together to achieve unparalleled results. Highlights of the Canon stand at IFSEC include: Sharing Canon Video Surveillance Vision and Strategy   Live product demonstrations Canon Retail Intelligence and Video Surveillance Solutions combined with industry leading analytics from ObjectVideo  Opportunity to discuss your business needs with the Canon EMEA video surveillance team Please join us to experience a live demonstration of the exceptional image quality of Canon network cameras. You can arrange a meeting or demonstration by contacting the Canon IFSEC team at network.camera.solutions@canon-europe.com

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The Increased Role Of Video Surveillance Technology In Our Changing Environment
The Increased Role Of Video Surveillance Technology In Our Changing Environment

Today’s environment has evolved into something that according to some may seem unexplainable. But in the context of video surveillance, this is something that we understand. Allow me to shed some light and understanding in terms of security and why it truly is a necessity. Security is not a luxury, it is a necessity. An essential practice now peaking the interests of all businesses small and large. A video surveillance system is a cost effective option that does not require monitoring fees. As business slows, temporarily shuts down or closes, an increase in vacant properties is inevitable. This pandemic will continue to put severe pressure on many businesses around the country. With so many considered non-essential, it is really sad to see how many must shutter their doors and lay off employees. Keeping an eye out for suspicious activity using a commercial grade surveillance system that supports advanced analytics, may end up saving your potential customers thousands of dollars down the road. Demand for video surveillance and security products We can certainly draw on the conclusion that security is a “need” more so than a “want”. Times like this just further cement that thought process. In today’s economic spiral, people aren’t actively looking for lighting controls or home theaters. What they look for is a way to keep their loved ones safe, protect their homes, businesses and property. Video surveillance technology provides added security for you, your family and your business In my opinion, you will see video surveillance and security product sales skyrocket in the coming months and years. It has been reported that response times for first responders may be impacted as a result of COVID-19, leaving those with bad intent more time to ransack a property knowing that law enforcement may be slow to respond. Criminals will always take advantage of the situation. All we can do as a community is use common sense, stay vigilant through these odd times and watch out for one another. For some of us that may mean mitigating risks with technology. Affordable video monitoring solutions Having a solution that can quickly and securely share video footage may be the difference between identifying a perpetrator and becoming a victim. Ella, a video search platform developed by IC Realtime, makes every second of video instantly searchable and shareable, either with the authorities or your neighborhood social apps. Plus it is compatible with any RTSP streaming device. To wrap this up, it’s not about pointing out the obvious, it’s really about bringing awareness as to how technologies can be implemented to provide peace of mind without breaking the bank. Video surveillance technology is a way to do that and provide added security for you, your family and your business.

The Digital Transformation Of Modern Access Control Solutions
The Digital Transformation Of Modern Access Control Solutions

The safeguarding of premises through the monitoring of entrance and exit points has traditionally been a very manual aspect of security. Human operators have been relied on to make decisions about who to admit and deny based on levels of authorization and the appropriate credentials. The access control business, like many industries before it, is undergoing its own digital transformation But the access control business, like many industries before it, is undergoing its own digital transformation; one where the protection of premises, assets and people is increasingly delivered by interconnected systems utilising IoT devices and cloud infrastructure to offer greater levels of security and protection. Modern access control solutions range from simple card readers to two factor authentication systems using video surveillance as a secondary means of identification, right through to complex networks of thermal cameras, audio speakers and sensors. These systems, connected through the cloud, can be customized and scaled to meet the precise requirements of today’s customer. And it’s the ease of cloud integration, combined with open technologies and platforms that is encouraging increasing collaboration and exciting developments while rendering legacy systems largely unfit for purpose. Remote management and advanced diagnostics Cloud technology and IoT connectivity means remote management and advanced diagnostics form an integral part of every security solution.Cloud technology and IoT connectivity means remote management and advanced diagnostics form an integral part of every security solution. For example, as the world faces an unprecedented challenge and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause disruption, the ability to monitor and manage access to sites remotely is a welcome advantage for security teams who might otherwise have to check premises in person and risk breaking social distancing regulations. The benefits of not physically having to be on site extend to the locations within which these technologies can be utilised. As an example, within a critical infrastructure energy project, access can be granted remotely for maintenance on hard to reach locations. Advanced diagnostics can also play a part in such a scenario. When access control is integrated with video surveillance and IP audio, real-time monitoring of access points can identify possible trespassers with automated audio messages used to deter illegal access and making any dangers clear. And with video surveillance in the mix, high quality footage can be provided to authorities with real-time evidence of a crime in progress. Comprehensive protection in retail The use of connected technologies for advanced protection extends to many forward-looking applications. Within the retail industry, autonomous, cashier-less stores are already growing in popularity. Customers are able to use mobile technology to self-scan their chosen products and make payments, all from using a dedicated app. From an access control and security perspective, connected doors can be controlled to protect staff and monitor shopper movement. Remote management includes tasks such as rolling out firmware updates or restarting door controllers, with push notifications sent immediately to security personnel in the event of a breach or a door left open. Remote monitoring access control in storage In the storage facility space, this too can now be entirely run through the cloud with remote monitoring of access control and surveillance providing a secure and streamlined service. There is much to gain from automating the customer journey, where storage lockers are selected online and, following payment, customers are granted access. Through an app the customer can share their access with others, check event logs, and activate notifications. With traditional padlocks the sharing of access is not as practical, and it’s not easy for managers to keep a record of storage locker access. Online doors and locks enable monitoring capabilities and heightened security for both operators and customers. The elimination of manual tasks, in both scenarios, represents cost savings. When doors are connected to the cloud, their geographical location is rendered largely irrelevant. Online doors and locks enable monitoring capabilities and heightened security for both operators and customers They become IoT devices which are fully integrated and remotely programmable from anywhere, at any time. This creates a powerful advantage for the managers of these environments, making it possible to report on the status of a whole chain of stores, or to monitor access to numerous storage facilities, using the intelligence that the technology provides from the data it collects. Open platforms powers continuous innovation All of these examples rely on open technology to make it possible, allowing developers and technology providers to avoid the pitfalls that come with the use of proprietary systems. The limitations of such systems have meant that the ideas, designs and concepts of the few have stifled the creativity and potential of the many, holding back innovation and letting the solutions become tired and their application predictable. Proprietary systems have meant that solution providers have been unable to meet their customers’ requirements until the latest upgrade becomes available or a new solution is rolled out. This use of open technology enables a system that allows for collaboration, the sharing of ideas and for the creation of partnerships to produce ground-breaking new applications of technology. Open systems demonstrate a confidence in a vendor’s own solutions and a willingness to share and encourage others to innovate and to facilitate joint learning. An example of the dynamic use of open technology is Axis’ physical access control hardware, which enables partners to develop their own cloud-based software for control and analysis of access points, all the while building and expanding on Axis’ technology platform. Modern access control solutions range from simple card readers to two factor authentication systems using video surveillance as a secondary means of identification Opportunities for growth Open hardware, systems and platforms create opportunities for smaller and younger companies to participate and compete, giving them a good starting point, and some leverage within the industry when building and improving upon existing, proven technologies. This is important for the evolution and continual relevance of the physical security industry in a digitally enabled world. Through increased collaboration across technology platforms, and utilising the full range of possibilities afforded by the cloud environment, the manufacturers, vendors and installers of today’s IP enabled access control systems can continue to create smart solutions to meet the ever-changing demands and requirements of their customers across industry.

Optimizing Large-Scale Event Security and Operations with Intelligent Video Surveillance
Optimizing Large-Scale Event Security and Operations with Intelligent Video Surveillance

Large event venues spend significant resources on physical security, and the vast majority invest in video surveillance systems as a way of monitoring public areas such as parking lots, garages and seating, as well as “backstage” areas such as loading docks and offices. Even though the camera footage is often preserved for investigating incidents, for the most part, video footage goes untapped because – realistically – security staff cannot constantly and efficiently monitor cameras in real-time or review the high volumes of archived video. Video Analytics Powered by Artificial Intelligence Increasingly, event venues are overcoming this challenge and maximizing this video data by investing in intelligent video surveillance. In this article, I’d like to explore how the combination of traditional surveillance and groundbreaking video content analytics enables event venues to not only optimize physical security and safety, but also improve customer service, streamline operations, and gather valuable business intelligence. Deep learning and artificial intelligence-based video content analytic systems detect, identify, extract, and catalog all the objects that appear in video footage, based on classes and attributes such as gender, appearance similarity, color or size. This – along with behavioral detection, such as object interactions, dwell times, and navigation paths, as well as face and license plate recognition – enables searchable, actionable and quantifiable analysis of video. The technology makes it easy for users to accelerate post-event investigations, improve situational awareness, and derive critical business insights from video data. Accelerate post-event investigations, improve situational awareness, and derive critical business insights Accelerating Investigations and Real Time Response Where there are crowds, it’s not uncommon for medical or criminal incidents to transpire. In the aftermath, security teams must quickly understand the scene and, by making video searchable, video analytics helps them efficiently gather information or evidence from multiple camera. Whereas a manual search of video footage would require hours, if not days, of valuable time and staff resources – while being subject to human error – a video content analytics system enables effective multi-video search using a variety of filters, so that post-incident investigations can be focused and, thereby, accelerated. For instance, if witnesses claim that a man in a yellow shirt caused a disturbance and then drove away in a blue pickup truck, security could filter video to review instances where people or vehicles matching those descriptions appeared, and then focus their investigation on relevant video evidence. For the same example, if the perpetrator was still at large in the venue, security managers would want to track the person’s movements and, ultimately, apprehend him. Using the same cataloged metadata that drives video search, intelligent video surveillance accelerates real-time response to developing situations from threats and suspicious behaviors to emergencies, or even any behavior that requires closer monitoring or intervention. Something as mundane as an unwieldy queue forming at a concession stand, can translate into alerting logic that increases operators’ situational awareness and ability to effectively intervene when time is of the essence. By understanding developing situations in real-time, they can respond more quickly to prevent or solve a problem. Rule-based real time alerts Users can configure rule-based real-time alerts, based on specific scenarios – such as when people counts in the defined space next to the cashier are higher than the specified threshold, indicating a queue, or when vehicles are detected dwelling in a no-park zone or sensitive security area. In the case of the offender in the yellow shirt, security could configure alerts to notify for appearances of men in yellow shirts or blue pickup trucks within the event complex. If they’re able to extract the perpetrator’s face or license plate from the video search, security officers can also identify and track the specific person and vehicle of interest. Intelligent video surveillance users can compile “watchlists” Object recognition is helpful for tracking specific, identified threats, but it can also be leveraged for locating missing persons or vehicles or offering VIP services to guests who comply. Intelligent video surveillance users can compile “watchlists” – that include persons of interest, such as past agitators, recognized criminals or terrorists, missing persons or VIPs – to be alerted when matches for these faces appear in video. Face recognition can also be used to differentiate recognized employees from visitors that are not authorized to be in certain spaces, to prevent security breaches. Because camera conditions aren’t always optimal for “in the wild” face and license plate recognition – where lighting conditions or camera angles don’t always allow for a pristine face or plate capture – it is critical to have a comprehensive video content analysis tool for triggering alerts based object classifications and non-personally-identifiable parameters is critical. Optimizing Operations Based on Business Intelligence While having real-time situational awareness is crucial for proactive intervention to developing situations, understanding long-term activity and trends can be equally important for an events venue or stadium. With video analytics, video surveillance data can be aggregated over time to generate statistical intelligence, trend reports, and data visualizations for operational intelligence. This capability transforms video surveillance from a siloed security tool to an intelligence platform with broad value for business groups across the organization: Marketing departments can gain visitor demographic information for targeted advertising and product placements. On-site retailers can uncover how visitors navigate their stores and the products or spaces that draw the most attention. Property management can follow heatmaps demonstrating where visitors dwell and the durations they stay at certain exhibits or areas, to base rental and leasing fees on actionable and quantifiable intelligence. Operations managers can more effectively plan and hire staff for events, by analyzing visitor traffic trends, entry and exit points and occupancy statistics.   Video surveillance data can be aggregated over time to generate statistical intelligence For these reasons and more, event organizations that already rely on CCTV networks, should consider how to better leverage those existing investments to deliver substantial value across the organization: By making video searchable, actionable and quantifiable, intelligent video surveillance empowers event managers to enhance public safety and physical security, while also streamlining operations and improving customer service.

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Canon Solutions America Hosted A Security Event At MetLife Stadium For Business Development
Canon Solutions America Hosted A Security Event At MetLife Stadium For Business Development

Canon Solutions America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., hosted a special event at MetLife Stadium in New York on August 22 as an extension of its Security Roadshow program. Linking business leaders to subject matter experts in all facets of security, this event set out to provide insight into a comprehensive process – one that comprises strategies and technologies to help businesses develop a more proactive, in-depth approach to the many types of security risks they face. Multi-Dimensional approach This layered security approach encompasses device security, print security, and document security Experts from Canon Solutions America and several of its vendor partners took attendees on a journey through real world demonstrations of Canon Solutions America’s Five Pillars of Security. This layered security approach encompasses device security, print security, document security, information security, and cybersecurity, outlining a business model that can be easily and efficiently implemented. "There is no simple solution to cybersecurity. It takes the multi-dimensional approach that Canon Solutions America has set out in its 5 Pillars of Security and security professionals coming together as a community—as we have done today—to share ideas, knowledge, and experience," said Rob Sloan, Research Director at The Wall Street Journal's WSJ Pro. Improving network security Security solutions from Canon Solutions America partners Therefore, Barracuda, Vera, and Agile Cybersecurity Solutions (ACS) were showcased in presentations. A lively question-and-answer session followed, with speakers providing an open, interactive forum that allowed for a deeper dive into the topics of the day.   “It was great to meet with peers and learn more about what other businesses are facing,” said Adam Rabe, IT Support for Langan. “I gained new insight into how to improve network security and ensure against threats. Thanks, Canon Solutions America, for bringing to light these opportunities.” In addition to the engaging presentations and opportunities to interact face-to-face with security experts, guests enjoyed a guided tour of MetLife Stadium and had the opportunity to meet Wayne Chrebet, former wide receiver who played 11 seasons for the New York Jets. Employing nimble strategies Canon Solutions America’s parent company, recently announced a new collaboration with McAfee With a long career avoiding, outmaneuvring, or simply outrunning obstacles, Chrebet was a perfect fit to show how being aware of potential threats in your environment, and employing nimble strategies along with teamwork, will help you come out a winner. Further illustrating the company’s commitment to security, Canon U.S.A., Inc., Canon Solutions America’s parent company, recently announced a new collaboration with McAfee, the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company. The companies have joined forces to provide enhanced embedded protection against malware execution and tampering of firmware and applications for a sometimes-overlooked endpoint—multifunction printers (MFPs). Standard security feature Through the partnership, Canon customers will now receive McAfee® Embedded Control as an additional standard security feature on third generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE 3rd edition MFPs once enabled. Peter Kowalczuk, President of Canon Solutions America, said, “Security is a serious concern in today’s connected world, and it affects us all. We at Canon Solutions America are committed to working closely with our customers to help them protect their businesses, their intellectual property, and the data of their employees and customers. Technology advances quickly and cyberattacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated. We are here to help guide organizations through these challenges.”

Top Ten Security Industry Mergers And Acquisitions Of 2018
Top Ten Security Industry Mergers And Acquisitions Of 2018

Consolidation persisted in the physical security industry in 2018, and big companies such as Motorola, Canon and UTC continued to make moves. Also among the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) news in 2018 was a high-profile bankruptcy (that ended well), continuing consolidation in the integrator market, and the creation of a new entity called “LenelS2.” Here’s a look at the Top 10 M&A stories in 2018: 1. Motorola Acquires Avigilon Motorola Solutions announced in February that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire video surveillance provider Avigilon in an all-cash transaction that enhances Motorola Solutions’ portfolio of mission-critical communications technologies. Avigilon products are used by a range of commercial and government customers including critical infrastructure, airports, government facilities, public venues, healthcare centers and retail. The company holds more than 750 U.S. and international patents. 2. UTC Climate, Control & Security Buys S2 Security UTC Climate, Controls & Security agreed in September to acquire S2 Security, a developer of unified security and video management solutions. UTC subsequently combined S2 with its Lenel brand to create LenelS2, “a global leader in advanced access control systems and services” with “complementary strengths.” 3. Costar Technologies Acquires Arecont Vision After Bankruptcy Arecont Vision, the provider of IP-based megapixel camera and video surveillance solutions, announced in July that the acquisition by Costar Technologies, Inc. of its assets had been approved by the bankruptcy court. After the closing of the sale, the company began operating as Arecont Vision Costar, LLC and is part of Costar, a U.S. corporation that designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes a range of products for the video surveillance and machine vision markets. 4. Allegion Acquires Access Control Company ISONAS Allegion plc, a security products and solutions provider, agreed in June to acquire ISONAS through one of its subsidiaries. ISONAS’ edge-computing technology provides access control solutions for non-residential markets. ISONAS' devices – like its integrated reader-controllers – utilize power over ethernet, making them easy to install and cost effective as they utilize existing customer infrastructures. The company is based in Boulder, Colo. 5. HID Buys Crossmatch for Biometrics HID Global announced that it had acquired Crossmatch, a provider of biometric identity management and secure authentication solutions, from Francisco Partners. Crossmatch’s portfolio of products includes biometric identity management hardware and software that complement HID’s broad portfolio of trusted identity products and services. 6. BriefCam Announces Acquisition by Canon BriefCam, a global provider of video synopsis and deep learning solutions, announced its acquisition in May by Canon Inc., a global digital imaging solutions company. The addition of BriefCam to Canon’s network video solutions products portfolio complements the Canon Group’s previous acquisitions of Axis Communications and Milestone Systems. 7. Allied Universal Acquires U.S. Security Associates Allied Universal, a security and facility services company, finalized its acquisition of U.S. Security Associates (USSA) in October, further building on its position in the security services industry. This acquisition includes Andrews International (including its Government Services Division and Consulting and Investigations and International Division) and Staff Pro. 8. Johnson Controls Acquires Smartvue Corp. Johnson Controls announced in April that it had acquired Smartvue, a global IoT and video provider that empowers cloud video surveillance and IoT video services. The addition of the Smartvue cloud-based video platform will enhance Johnson Controls’ offering of an end-to-end, smart cloud-based solution that can provide superior business data and intelligence to customers and added value to partners. 9. ADT Acquires Red Hawk Fire & Security (and Others) ADT Inc.’s acquisition of Red Hawk Fire & Security, Boca Raton, Fla., was the latest move in ADT Commercial’s strategy to buy up security integrator firms around the country and grow their footprint. In addition to the Red Hawk acquisition, announced in mid-October, ADT has acquired more than a half-dozen security system integration firms in the last year or so. 10. Convergint Technologies Continues to Acquire Convergint Technologies announced in August the acquisition of New Jersey-based Access Control Technologies (ACT), bringing further electronic security systems experience to Convergint's service capabilities. Convergint has strategically grown its service footprint across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific through strong organic growth and the completion of 18 acquisitions since early 2016. And it continues: Convergint announced acquisition of SI Technologies, Albany, N.Y., in November and Firstline Security Integration (FSI), Anaheim, Calif., in December. (And Convergint itself was acquired in February by private equity group Ares Management.)

PSA Security Announces A New Financing Solution Partnership With Canon Financial Services
PSA Security Announces A New Financing Solution Partnership With Canon Financial Services

PSA, a systems integrator cooperative, is excited to announce a new vendor partnership with Canon Financial Services, Inc., (CFS) a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc. CFS supports PSA systems integrators with innovative B2B lease financing solutions and programs designed to sell products and services in the network video surveillance market. “We are excited to formally join PSA as a Business Solutions Provider,” says Larry Brittingham, senior manager, sales support, from CFS. “Our partnership with PSA will provide its systems integrators and customers with security project financing, managed services, and reseller programs as we set the course to reach more security integrators.” CFS is a true financing partner that delivers competitive lease pricing, efficient processes, and special promotionsFinancing For Security Systems Projects Canon Financial Services offers end-user financing through term leases and financing arrangements for security systems projects including hardware, software, and professional services such as installation and training. With a successful track record of offering financing services through its dealer network, CFS is a true financing partner that delivers competitive lease pricing, efficient processes, and special promotions. Now, through PSA’s partnership with CFS, members can take advantage of these offerings in an effort to help expand their businesses. Reducing Operating Costs “We are extremely happy for the opportunity to add Canon Financial Services to our Business Solutions Provider program” said Anthony Berticelli, PSA director of education. “We’re excited to introduce another security equipment financing tool to our solution set, particularly one that is backed by one of the world’s most admired companies – Canon.” The PSA Business Solutions Provider program is a suite of value-added resources and services to help enhance integrators’ business models, reduce operating costs and keep them competitive in the marketplace.

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