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Canon Europe, world leader in imaging solutions, added four new Full HD resolution cameras to its product range; the VB-H41, VB-H610VE, VB-H610D and VB-H710F. 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 color 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 color 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. Compatible with all major 3rd party solutions and ONVIF v2.2 and Profile S compliant, the new cameras will be available from December 2012.Add to Compare
Canon Europe, world-leader in imaging solutions, announces the launch of four new 1.3 Megapixel cameras in its network camera range: the VB-M40, VB-M600D, VB-M600VE and VB-M700F, and a new software application for megapixel network cameras: the RM-64; RM-25 and RM-9, which support recording from a maximum of 64, 25 and 9 cameras respectively.Ideal for use in security surveillance solutions, the VB-M40, VB-M600D, VB-M600VE and VB-M700F cameras all have a common set of high specifications - 1.3 Megapixel, wide angle megapixel lenses, ease of installation features, and four embedded analytics functions.The VB-M40 is a high spec pan/tilt/zoom network camera with 20x optical zoom, superior low-light performance. VB-M40 is suitable to be deployed in traffic management, city surveillance, retail, transportation, logistics and manufacturing.The VB-M600D is a discrete dome shape network camera, to be either ceiling or wall-mounted in spaces such as public transport stations, airports, banks, hotels, entertainment venues, car parks, and shopping centres.The VB-M600VE is a strengthened vandal-resistant version of the VB-M600D, shock-resistant to 50 joules, water - resistant and dust- resistant to IP66 rating and operational in temperatures from -30° to 50°C, making it ideal for higher-risk or outdoor environments such as public stations, offices, car parks, banks, retail stores, airports and transportation hubs.The VB-M700F is a high-spec. standard box camera. Available with additional outdoor housing, this model is ideal for video surveillance applications that require fixed monitoring to be installed on the outside of a building.The 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.In addition, all cameras include a privacy mask feature that allows blocking up to eight privacy sensitive areas such as cash points, public areas or entries that are locked by security pin pads.All fixed models support the new Canon PTRZ function for easy installation, which allows one to setup the camera lens angle and zoom remotely. This will greatly enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of installations.Also, all models support SSL and IPSEC to provide best possible data security for remote video streams. All devices are in conformance with ONVIF (v1.02) and therefore can be easily integrated in systems with 3rd party ONVIF compliant equipment.Floris Oranje, Business Development Manager, Network Camera Solutions, Canon Europe, says: "Canon has introduced 70 years of optical heritage to the Video Surveillance market. The new devices and software announced today make Canon's cutting edge lens technology and highly detailed video capture available to our broadest range of customers ever. From sites with changing light and weather conditions, where water or dust resistance is required to areas vulnerable to vandalism, Canon network cameras will ensure businesses don't miss a thing."See the album with captionsAdd to Compare
Enhanced vandal-resistant and IP66 design With an alloy aluminum exterior housing and strong polycarbonate resin dome, the VB-M600VE 1.3 MP fixed camera is impact resistant, also meeting IP66 dust and waterproof rating standards making it ideal for outdoor use. Featuring a new camera damper mechanism, in high-shock incidents with impact up to 50 Joules, the lens can retract up to 15mm to avoid damage. With an operational temperature range of -10°C and 50°C, the VB-M600VE excels in harsh environments, equipped with a fog reduction mechanism plus an optional heating unit for colder climates - performing as low as -30°C. High optical performance With the ultra-wide 100° horizontal viewing field, 3x zoom and F1.2 brightness is ideal for capturing high-resolution images. Equipped with an electronic rear focus zoom system the images stay in focus whilst zooming. Using the Canon DIGIC NET processing and day/night IR cut filter, it excels in low lighting conditions, capturing color images as low as 0.25 lux and in monochrome night mode as low as 0.008 lux. High quality video DIGIC NET, which also features Smart Shade Control, allows simultaneous, high-resolution Motion JPEG and H.264 video streaming at up to 30fps at 1.3MP (1280x960). H.264 compression format combines high quality and high compression rates ensuring low network and storage load. Intelligent features The VB-M600VE has four embedded video content analytic functions that 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. With the privacy mask function it is possible to block confidential zones. ONVIF Compatibility The device supports the communication protocol ONVIF V1.02 making it compatible with other 3rd party ONVIF-compliant equipment. Easy installation and setup The camera supports power over Ethernet and conventional power. Configuring the camera is easy by using the Admin Tools onboard the camera. An electric adjusting mechanism lets users setup pan/tilt/rotate/zoom/ settings by a remote computer saving time in the installation/setup phase.Add to Compare
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ISC West continues to innovate and adapt to the changing needs of the security marketplace. In 2019, there will be 200 new exhibitors, 100 new speakers and an expanding mix of attendees that includes more end users and international attendees. The International Security Conference & Exposition (ISC West) will be held April 10-12 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. Among the more than 200 new exhibitors on the show floor will be Dell Technologies, Resideo, SAST (a Bosch IoT startup), Belkin International, NetApp, Lenovo, Kingston Technology and many others. The event continues to see more and more solutions in the area of IoT/connected security, a surge in barrier/bollards exhibitors, an increased number of start-up companies, and an emphasis this year on stadium/major events security. Plus, the new exhibit area of ISC West, Venetian Ballroom, will include a mix of solutions from mid-sized domestic and international companies, and is the home of the Emerging Technology Zone – back for its second year with 50-plus start-up companies expected. The International Security Conference & Exposition (ISC West) will be held April 10-12 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas “ISC West is no longer just about video cameras, access control systems and alarms,” says Will Wise, Group Vice President, Security Portfolio for Reed Exhibitions, which produces and manages ISC West. Embracing and stimulating the market dynamic of comprehensive security for a safer, connected world, solutions on display at the show reflect convergence across physical security, IT (information technology) and OT (operational technology). The ISC West expo floor includes specialized featured areas such Connected Home, Public Safety & Security, Connected Security, Unmanned Security Expo and the Emerging Technology Zone. Plus, complimentary education sessions in the Unmanned Security Expo theatre will include topics such as drones, counter-drone solutions, ground robotics and regulations/policies that support autonomous technology. This year’s event will feature more than 1,000 products and brands covering everything from video surveillance, access control and alarms/alerts, to IoT, IT/cybersecurity convergence, AI, embedded systems, drones and robotics, smart homes, smart cities, public safety and more. The ISC West expo floor includes specialized featured areas such Connected Home and the Emerging Technology Zone Elevating the Keynote Series Over the past few years, ISC West has elevated its Keynote Series (open to all attendee types) to include more speakers and dynamic content covering relevant topics. Attendees should be sure to head to the Keynote room Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m. before the expo floor opens at 10 a.m. Relating to attendance, ISC West continues to diversify and grow the attendee universe by attracting additional enterprise government end-users across physical and IT/OT responsibilities. The show also continues to attract and grow the channel audience, and there will be an increasing number of International attendees. “Years ago, ISC West was known exclusively as a dealer/integrator/installer show, but not anymore,” says Wise. “Today, the demographic mix continues to evolve as the event diversifies its product and educational offerings, embracing the current market reality of collaboration among integrators/dealers/installers, end-user decision-makers, and public safety and security professionals.” When planning for the show, be sure to view the list of special events and take advantage of the additional connection-making opportunities Within the SIA Education@ISC West conference program, there are over 100 new speakers. Through ISC West’s strong partnership with the Security Industry Association (SIA, the Premier Sponsor of ISC), the SIA Education@ISC West program has expanded and become increasingly dynamic and diverse over the last three years. In addition, ISC West and SIA are hosting a Women in Security breakfast on Friday morning April 12th. Women in Security is a new track for the education program. “Our attendance data reflects the demand for a mix of physical security integrator and end-user content, a balance of technical and management/strategic topics, and diverse topics incorporating IoT and cybersecurity/physical security convergence, and analytics expertise,” says Wise. “Last year was a record year for conference program attendance, and 2019 will yet again set new benchmarks.” Mobile apps, information desks and ease of registration ISC West is also focusing on the attendee experience. Need advice on what exhibitors are a fit for your business needs and interests? The Information Desk adjacent to the main expo entrance will provide customized recommendations based on the information attendees provided during the registration process. Attendees can download the official ISC West mobile app and create a MyShow account through the ISC West website Attendees can download the official ISC West mobile app and create a MyShow account through the ISC West website to research exhibitors and product categories, receive exhibitor recommendations that best fit business needs, review complimentary educational opportunities as well as 85-plus sessions from the paid SIA Education@ISC program. There are many networking opportunities being offered at the show this year. When planning for the show, be sure to view the list of special events and take advantage of the additional connection-making opportunities. Whether attendees want to network with peers or customers at an awards ceremony (Sammy Awards, Fast 50, New Product Showcase Awards), Charity event (AIREF Golf Classic, Mission 500 Security 5K-2K Run/Walk), or an industry party (SIA Market Leaders Reception, ISC West Customer Appreciation Party at Tao), there are a variety of special events offered, all designed to help you make new connections. Make sure to check out the ISC West website for all the Special Events taking place at ISC West.
Video surveillance across the world is growing exponentially and its major application is in both public safety and law enforcement. Traditionally, it has been fixed surveillance where cameras provide live streams from fixed cameras situated in what is considered strategic locations. But they are limited in what they can see given by their very definition of being “fixed”. The future of video surveillance includes the deployment of more mobile video surveillance with the benefits it offers. Instead of fixed cameras, this is the ability to live stream from mobile devices on the move such as body-worn cams, drones, motorbikes, cars, helicopters and in some cases, even dogs!Sending drones into the air, for example for missing people or rescue missions, is much more cost-effective than deploying helicopters Advantages Of Mobile Surveillance The advantage of mobile surveillance is that the camera can go to where the action is, rather than relying on the action going to where the camera is. Also, sending drones into the air, for example for missing people or rescue missions, is much more cost-effective than deploying helicopters. The ability to live stream video from cars and helicopters in high-speed pursuits can be used to take some of the operational issues from the first responders on the ground and share that “life and death” responsibility with the operational team leaders back in the command center. This allows the first responders in the pursuit vehicle to focus on minimizing risk while staying in close proximity of the fleeing vehicle, with direction from a higher authority who can see for themselves in real time the issues that are being experienced, and direct accordingly. In addition to showing video live stream from a pursuit car or motorcycle, by using inbuilt GPS tracking, the video can be displayed on a map in real time, allowing a command chief to better utilize additional resource and where to deploy them, through the use of displaying mapping information with real time video feed. It allows police chiefs to make better informed decisions in highly-charged environments. The 4G phone network can now be used with compressed video to live stream cost effectively Application in emergency situations The same is true of first responders in many different emergency situations. Mobile surveillance opens up a new area of efficiencies that previously was impossible to achieve. For example, special operations can wear action body-worn cameras when doing raids, fire departments can live stream from emergency situations with both thermal and daylight cameras, and paramedics can send video streams back to hospitals allowing doctors to remotely diagnose and prepare themselves for when patients arrive at the hospital. How can special operations and emergency first responders live stream video from a mobile camera with the issues of weight, reliability and picture-quality being considered? H265 Mobile Video Compression Law enforcement insists on secure transmissions, and it is possible to encrypt video to the highest level of security available in the public domain The 4G phone network can now be used with compressed video to live stream cost effectively. The issue of course is that 4G is not always reliable. Soliton Systems has mitigated this risk of low mobile quality in certain areas, by building an H265 mobile video compression device that can use multiple SIM cards from different cellular providers simultaneously. H265 is the latest compression technique for video, that is 50% more effective than conventional H264, and coupling this with using multiple “bonded” SIM cards provides a highly reliable connection for live-streaming high-quality HD video. The 400-gram device with an internal battery can be connected to a small action cam, and can live-stream simultaneously over at least three different cellular providers, back to a command center. Latency is typically less than a second, and new advance improvements are looking to reduce that latency further. Encrypted Video Transmission What about security? Law enforcement insists on secure transmissions, and it is possible to encrypt video to the highest level of security available in the public domain, i.e. AES256.What about integration into existing video infrastructure at the command center? It is not untypical for a police force to have an existing video management system (VMS) at their command center such as Milestone System’s Xprotect. The Soliton range of products are ONVIF-compliant, a standard used by video surveillance cameras for interoperability, allowing cameras and video devices that are ONVIF-compliant to simply “plug&play” into existing video management systems. These mobile transmitters are deployed with law enforcement and first responders across the globe. Their ability to provide secure, full HD quality and highly-reliable video streaming within a small unit, and to enable it to be integrated into the current eco-system that is already installed at the receiving end, has made them a favorite choice with many companies and government agencies.
Over the course of the past few months, I have discussed a myriad of topics, from Big Data, the Internet of Things and emerging video surveillance-use cases, to analytics, storage complexities and IT technologies like virtualization and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). All of these trends have a significant effect on the security market, and in April they were highlighted in spades at ISC West. It’s great to talk about these trends but it’s far better to see how they are being leveraged in real-world applications. That’s really where we can all see the true value of new solutions and concepts. We’re lucky enough to work with some leading organizations that want others to benefit from their experience and I’m happy to have the opportunity to share two of these applications with you. Protecting Educational Facilities UCF has adopted advancements in technology, particularly video surveillance solutions, to help ensure stronger security on campus Educational institutions face an increasingly complex risk environment. Recent high-profile incidents emphasize these risks and magnify the vulnerabilities that educational facilities face. These incidents have led to more public demand for improved security solutions across campuses. The primary mission of these organizations is to deliver quality education to students, and they face the challenge of balancing between a highly secure facility and one that supports open interaction. The University of Central Florida is no different. This organization, one of the largest universities in the country, has adopted advancements in technology, particularly video surveillance solutions, to help ensure stronger security on campus. Active Shooter Incidents In March 2013, UCF faced an active shooter situation in which a former student planned to pull the fire alarm in a residence hall and then attack his classmates as the building was evacuated. However, the shooter’s gun jammed, and as officers were closing in on the gunman, he took his own life. During the university’s response to the incident, accessibility to critical video data was a major issue. Educational institutions face an increasingly complex risk environment UCF had cameras in the area where the incident took place, but first responders had no way of viewing the footage without being at the physical location of the video recorder. At the time, UCF had a wide variety of standalone systems in place, including non-integrated video surveillance, access control and intrusion systems. As a result, there was no way to centralize video management, viewing and analysis. Upgrading From Analog Systems Altogether, its security system consisted of older analog platforms that were reaching end of life, 58 standalone servers, 12,000 access points and a wide variety of DVRs — all being managed in a siloed manner. UCF needed a solution that would allow officials to centralize system management, store video data more effectively and reliably, and enable the security team to deliver situational awareness to responders when needed. Security leaders sought a way to further modernize its security, surveillance, access control and IT infrastructure The university deployed an HCI solution, one that is optimized for demanding, data-intensive workloads like video surveillance. Using standard off-the-shelf server hardware, the system aggregates the storage and compute resources from multiple servers into a single unified pool that all cameras can access, which maximizes performance and storage capacity utilization. The platform also hosts the university’s video management solution, which serves as a centralized source to manage video and effectively protect its security data. Because of the growing demand for video across UCF's campuses — for both safety and business purposes — the HCI solution’s ability to eliminate the opportunity for data loss and easily scale were key components in its selection. Protecting Air Travel And Airports In 2012, Charleston International Airport embarked on an ambitious upgrade project dubbed the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program. The $200 million initiative was designed to modernize and expand the facility to meet increased passenger demand. While the aesthetics and amenities of the airport were under construction, security leaders sought a way to further modernize its security, surveillance, access control and IT infrastructure. The IT and security teams needed to address the challenges of their existing standalone server environment, which included siloed systems, management complexity and high administrative and equipment costs. Charleston International Airport embarked on an ambitious upgrade project dubbed the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program Considering the high value of the airport’s video, security and IT data, it required a solution that could deliver reliable data protection, system resiliency and fault tolerance. The airport is required to store video for 30 days, but it seeks to expand its retention time to 60 days. Therefore, technology that can scale simply was key in the selection process. Storage System Updates It also required a storage platform that could manage the demanding and write-intensive nature of its nearly 250 IP surveillance cameras — a challenging task for traditional video recorders. The airport deployed HCI appliances to better manage captured video data and expand its archive capability for video surveillance. Users rely on video to validate whether something did or did not happen - and this is essential in airports HCI surveillance solutions are designed to provide industry-leading resiliency. Even if multiple hardware failures occur, including an entire appliance, video management servers will remain online and recording, and any previously recorded video will continue to be protected and accessible. Reducing Expenses And Costs The solution also reduced total cost of operations by consolidating servers, storage and client workstations into one enterprise-class solution that is easily managed from a single user interface, without the need for specialized IT skills. These use cases demonstrate the value emerging technologies bring to these types of modern environments. And they show that solutions like HCI are no longer simply much-talked about technology trends. Video, IT and security data is critical to organizations of all types and they need to ensure their investment in capturing this data is protected. From a security standpoint, users rely on video to validate whether something did or did not happen. If that video data isn’t protected, they lose a very valuable investigative tool. That isn’t an option in today’s complex environment. That’s is why it is paramount to understand how new technologies can help expand current capabilities and evolve security operations. This can’t be left to chance.
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.”
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, 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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