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Security systems are vital to any company. Nowadays, however, they can also provide additional benefits to any enterprise beyond protecting people, assets and facilities. Specifically, systems that were previously focused on security can now be leveraged in new ways to benefit the broader enterprise. When this happens, the security department transitions from a ‘cost center’ to a repository of data that can benefit the whole company, and even contribute to the bottom line. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How can ‘security’ systems benefit the larger mission of an enterprise?
The new year 2019 is brimming with possibilities for the physical security industry, but will those possibilities prove to be good news or bad news for our market? Inevitably, it will be a combination of good and bad, but how much good and how bad? We wanted to check the temperature of the industry as it relates to expectations for the new year, so we asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How optimistic is your outlook for the physical security industry in 2019? Why?
Rapid changes in technology span both the consumer and the physical security markets. In the consumer market, technology innovation is nowhere more apparent than in the palms of our hands, where we all hold the latest smartphones and mobile devices. Simply put, the unprecedented power and capabilities of today’s smart phones have changed our lives. No wonder they are also having an impact on our business of physical security systems. Although a consumer product, smartphones increasingly play a role in security. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How are smartphones impacting technologies in the physical security market?
The end of the year is a great time to reflect on what the security industry has accomplished and to look ahead. We invited our Expert Panel Roundtable to weigh in on what they expect looking forward to the new year. Most industry-watchers are familiar with the major trends, but how will those trends play out in 2017? Specifically, we asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What will be the biggest headlines for the security marketplace in 2017?
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Schools today are charged to provide an environment that is both safe and conducive to learning, which can be difficult considering the range of security incidents and challenges they face, including bullying, fights, graffiti, theft and more. In addition to working within often tight budgetary constraints, a main challenge is to provide the highest level of security in an aesthetically pleasing way that doesn’t make students feel as if they are in prison. While these two needs may seem mutually exclusive to some degree, that doesn’t have to be the case. School security can be achieved without building 20-foot walls or putting barbed wire around the perimeter. The key to balancing the security and learning environment can be found in the four pillars of a good school security strategy, namely people, practices, technology and physical environment. A mobile app or text notification system could be used to alert students and staff of potential problems Situational Awareness One of the most effective measures to take is to educate staff and even students to learn to be aware about their surroundings and adopt the 'If you see something, say something' mentality. In an emergency, time is of the essence, so the speed of response becomes critical. Educating staff and students to recognize potential problems and report them is a good first step. Augmenting this with mobile apps and/or texting capabilities, for example, that allow someone to send a photo to school security or law enforcement for quick assessment and evaluation, can speed response even more. A mobile app or text notification system could also be used to alert students and staff of potential problems and provide instructions on what steps to take in order to remain safe. By providing real-time situational awareness about potential responses, these types of technologies can reduce the number of armed guards or resource officers needed to patrol a school or campus, which also makes students more comfortable and able to learn in a non-prison-like environment. Security Best Practices Every school should establish a set of security policies and procedures and ensure that staff and students understand what to do if they suspect a problem or if an incident should unfold at the school. However, too often, schools may not know where to start when seeking out best practices. And once these policies are in place, there may be confusion about how to audit them to ensure people are properly educated. The NFPA has begun work on a school security standard that would address a range of issues schools face on a daily basis A number of organizations are available to aid with this process, such as the Partner Alliance for School Safety a group founded in cooperation with SIA (Security Industry Association), which provides resources and tools to help schools and security professionals evaluate and establish the best security protection for their buildings. These guidelines and best practices are designed to help schools spend their often limited funds on the right security solutions. Safe and Sound Schools provides downloadable school security toolkits, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has recently released the NFPA 3000 Active shooter response guidelines and has begun work on a school security standard that would address a range of issues schools face on a daily basis. The key takeaway is that the information is out there, and the organisations mentioned above are excellent resources for helping schools create safe, secure and learning-conducive environments. Technology In School Security The second thing that needs to be considered is how technology can be brought to bear to contribute to school security. Video surveillance with video analytics can be deployed to monitor areas at certain times of day. For example, once school starts, there shouldn’t be a lot of activity in the parking lot or in particular areas around the school. For these situations, intelligent cameras with video analytics can be used to detect activity in those areas of interest to alert school security that something may need their attention. This might be a vehicle entering a lot or driving against the normal traffic flow, which may simply be a parent arriving to pick their child up early, or it could be something worth following up on. Radar detection is ideal for perimeters, where a device can be set up unobtrusively to alert when someone enters a particular area In any case, this is something that should be brought to the attention of someone who can quickly assess the situation and determine what, if any, response is needed. Because the goal in a potentially dangerous situation is speed response times. The faster you’re able to detect something using technology, the faster you’re able to respond. Therefore, being able to identify something happening in a parking lot and alert school resource officers could provide 30 seconds or a minute head start for response, which can get the school into a lockdown situation and get first responders on site more quickly.Facial recognition systems and providing access through smartphones could help create a more welcoming and secure environment for students, staff and parents After-Hour Monitoring Solutions Monitoring buildings and facilities after hours presents a different set of challenges. For sporting events, the National Center for Spectator Sports and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi provides best practice guidance for sporting facilities and events not only just for universities but even including those at high schools. It’s been shown that using lighting at night can deter crime. However, it can be expensive to keep a building and grounds illuminated all night, every night. To mitigate these concerns and potential costs, there are video cameras available with extreme low-light capability that allows them to see in near-dark or in some cases complete darkness. This allows a school to save money by turning lights off while achieving a level of surveillance performance similar to daytime deployments. Radar Detection Another technology for effective school security, both during and after school hours, is radar detection. This is ideal for perimeters, where a device can be set up unobtrusively to alert when someone enters a particular area. Radar can be deployed with a single PTZ camera, which can track whatever has been detected to provide real-time situational awareness for a school resource officer or law enforcement to investigate to determine the potential threat, if any, related to the perimeter breach.Following the four pillars of school security can ease the process while improving the effectiveness and efficiency of securing educational facilities More often than not, schools are faced with issues that are not necessarily the worst-case scenario everyone fears, such as how to identify parents and others who are authorized to pick a child up from school early. In this instance, facial recognition systems and providing access through smartphones could help create a more welcoming and secure environment for students, staff and parents. Lighting And Landscaping In addition to technology, one of the things that can contribute to a safer school environment is environmental design. CPTED provides four basic principles, one of which is natural surveillance, which follows a 'see and be seen' philosophy. In other words, when people know they can be seen, they are less likely to commit a crime. The main points in this general principle are lighting and landscaping. For example, a school doesn’t want to block potentially vulnerable areas with landscaping, so the height and thickness of any potential landscaping elements should be carefully considered. In general, openness and visibility should be the guiding factors. Securing Physical Environment Another aspect of the physical environment is maintenance. If a window gets broken but isn’t fixed right away, that tends to invite vandalism. These are just two of the guidelines CPTED offers for creating a more secure environment that doesn’t feel like a prison. In general, finding the right mix between maintaining security and providing a welcoming, aesthetically pleasing and learning-conducive environment can seem like a difficult – if not impossible – task. Following the four pillars of school security can ease the process while improving the effectiveness and efficiency of securing educational facilities.
The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced the 2021 agenda and speaker lineup for AcceleRISE: The Challenge, an essential experience hosted by SIA’s RISE community for young professionals in the security industry. The 2021 AcceleRISE event – taking place virtually August 23-25 – will challenge tomorrow’s security leaders to test their limits, escape their comfort zones and grow their industry expertise. “AcceleRISE is a unique learning experience for up-and-coming security professionals to learn and network together,” said Dr. Elli Voorhees, Director of learning and development at SIA. Key security technologies “The conference program covers key security technologies and business topics along with essential soft skills that support professional growth for high performers looking to stay at the forefront of the security industry and advance their careers.” AcceleRISE was created for rising stars in the security industry and is different from a standard conference AcceleRISE was created for rising stars in the security industry and is different from a standard conference. The 2021 event will put young professionals’ preconceptions, boundaries and industry know-how to the test and teach them how to maximize their leadership potential. Session topics for AcceleRISE 2021 will include: Are We Living in the Future? A Conversation Around IoT. A Year Later, a Pandemic and Much, Much More – An Update to ‘I Owe It to Her: How My Partner Helped (and Continues to Help) Me Achieve My Career Success’. Generational Work Styles: Building Trust & Effective Communication. Privacy Regulations: What Does the Rising Security Professional Need to Know? Securing Values: Choosing Your Path to Profession & Partnerships. Smooth Operator: How End Users Feel About Typical Sales Tactics and How to Innovate Your Sales Approach. The Art of Hiring & Firing. The Value of Coopetition Within an Ecosystem. Making valuable connections Attendees will have the chance to make valuable connections with other young industry professionals and enjoy fun virtual happy hours, trivia and more. As part of 2021’s ‘The Challenge’ theme, attendees will also be able to compete for points and prizes and track their progress on the AcceleRISE leaderboard throughout the experience. AcceleRISE will give each participant the opportunity to interact with one another" “AcceleRISE is all about building a community of industry young professionals and allowing relationships to be created in an exciting platform,” said Katie Greatti, SIA staff liaison for SIA RISE and Conference Manager for AcceleRISE. “Utilizing the virtual environment, AcceleRISE will give each participant the opportunity to interact with one another while adding gamification and competition to the mix. It is an experience you and your team will not want to miss.” Virtual event speakers Speakers for the virtual event include: Diana Brucha, Enterprise Account Executive, Allied Universal. Kelsey Carnell, Regional Sales Manager, Axis Communications. Danny Chung, Global Director of consulting and design, Northland Controls. Colin DePree, Sales Strategy, Salto Systems. Kami Dukes, Director of business development, North America, AMAG Technology. Scott Dunn, Senior Director, business development solutions and services, Axis Communications. Marc Facca, Distribution Sales Consultant, Allegion. Robert Gaulden, Director of multifamily strategy, Allegion. Adam Groom, Vice President of sales, Northland Controls. Kim Hooper, Regional Loss Prevention Manager, Amazon. Antoinette King, Founder, Credo Cyber Consulting LLC. Brendan McFall, Technical Engineering Manager, Northland Controls. Zack Morris, Director, commercial career programs, ADT Commercial. Jennifer Odess, Vice President, global partner enablement, ServiceNow. Lee Odess, Founder and CEO, Group337. AcceleRISE 2021 is supported by Premier Sponsor Group337; Full Conference Sponsors ADT, Allegion, Axis Communications, BCD International, Northland Controls and Salto; and Event Sponsors AMAG Technology, Brivo, Cam-Dex Security Corporation, ISC Security Events and WeSuite. Virtual networking events SIA RISE is a community that fosters the careers of young professionals in the security industry. In addition to hosting AcceleRISE, the SIA RISE community offers fun in-person and virtual networking events, mentorship opportunities through the Talent Inclusion Mentorship Education (TIME) program, career growth webinars and e-learning, scholarships for use toward education and professional development and career tracks at top trade shows. RISE membership is available to all employees at SIA member companies who are young professionals under 40 or have been in the security industry for less than two years. Pricing for AcceleRISE 2021 starts at just $199 for SIA members and only $49 for student members. Group packages are also available, which allow companies to purchase three tickets for their employees to use and get a fourth free.
Security systems are vital to any company. Nowadays, however, they can also provide additional benefits to any enterprise beyond protecting people, assets and facilities. Specifically, systems that were previously focused on security can now be leveraged in new ways to benefit the broader enterprise. When this happens, the security department transitions from a ‘cost center’ to a repository of data that can benefit the whole company, and even contribute to the bottom line. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How can ‘security’ systems benefit the larger mission of an enterprise?
The Security Industry Association (SIA) welcomed a new chairman, announced its 2020 executive committee and welcomed five new members to the SIA Board of Directors at The Advance, SIA’s annual membership meeting, held virtually on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. SIA’s The Advance SIA ratified the selection of Pierre Trapanese, CEO of Northland Controls, as SIA’s chairman of the board. Trapanese has 33 years of international project and financial management experience in the security industry. He has been the sole owner of Northland Controls since 2005 and has transformed it into a global service provider with 250 Northlanders spread across offices in 5 countries. During The Advance, SIA also announced the addition of five new voting members to the SIA Board of Directors to serve terms from 2020 to 2022: Jonathan Aguila, director – systems and technology, Facebook – Global Security Stacy Deveraux, president, Electromechanical Solutions Group, ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions Mike Mathes, executive vice president, Convergint Technologies Erica McBride-Rapp, logistics manager, Allegion Tim Palmquist, vice president, Americas, Milestone Systems Following the ratification, the SIA Executive Committee for 2020 includes: Chairman: Pierre Trapanese, CEO, Northland Controls Director of Technology: Kim Loy, Vandebilt Treasurer: Scott Dunn, director, business development, Axis Communications Secretary: Lynn de Séve, president, GSA Schedules Inc. Immediate Past Chairman: Scott Schafer, principal, SMS Advisors New additions to SIA Board I am thankful to SIA for welcoming me as SIA chairman and entrusting me with the responsibilities of this role" Additionally, three existing SIA board members – Janet Fenner, chief marketing officer at Intelligent Security Systems; John E. Mack III, executive vice president, co-head of investment banking and head of mergers and acquisitions at Imperial Capital; and Tom Nakatani, vice president of customer monitoring technology and product development at ADT – renewed their involvement in the SIA Board of Directors for an additional term. “I am thankful to SIA for welcoming me as SIA chairman and entrusting me with the responsibilities of this role,” said Trapanese. “We congratulate the new and returning members to the SIA Board of Directors and the SIA Executive Committee – this is a remarkable group of security leaders poised to guide the association and industry forward.” SIA Board of Directors The SIA Board of Directors is comprised of industry professionals representing a broad spectrum of interests in the security industry. The full list of current board members can be found here. During The Advance, in addition to announcing the new board chairman, new and returning board members and executive committee, SIA shared market intelligence for the year ahead and presented its annual membership awards – the SIA Chairman’s Award, Sandy Jones Volunteer of the Year Award, Committee Chair of the Year Award and Member of the Year Award.
The Security Industry Association (SIA) announced its 2019 executive committee and welcomed five new members to the SIA Board of Directors at The Advance, SIA’s annual membership meeting, during ISC West 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. New Voting Members At The Advance – held Tuesday, April 9, at the Sands Expo Center – the SIA Board of Directors ratified the selection of five new voting members of the Board of Directors to serve two-year terms from 2019 to 2021: Greg Hill, director, intrusion architecture, Johnson Controls Kim Loy, chief marketing officer, ACRE Jody Ross, vice president, sales, AMAG Technology James Rothstein, senior vice president, global security solutions, Anixter Brian Wiser, regional president, North America, Bosch Security Systems Following the ratification, the SIA Executive Committee for 2019 includes: Chairman: Scott Schafer, SMS Advisors Chairman Elect: Pierre Trapanese, CEO, Northland Control Systems Vice Chairman: Scott Dunn, director, business development, Axis Communications Secretary: Lynn de Séve, president, GSA Schedules. Inc. Treasurer: Richard Brent, CEO, Louroe Electronics Immediate Past Chairman: Denis Hébert, president, Feenics Global Security Industry I look forward to the work we will do together to advance the global security industry and provide top-quality service" “SIA is thrilled to welcome its newest members to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee and leverage the insights of this esteemed group of industry leaders,” said Scott Schafer. “I look forward to the work we will do together to advance the global security industry and provide top-quality service to our members.” The SIA Board of Directors is comprised of industry professionals representing a broad spectrum of interests in the security industry. At The Advance 2019, in addition to announcing the new board members and executive committee, SIA presented its annual membership awards – the Milestone Awards, the Chairman’s Award, the Sandy Jones Volunteer of the Year Award, the Committee Chair of the Year Award and the inaugural Member of the Year Award. Attendees also enjoyed networking, lunch and a high-impact presentation from Sal Mani, security systems manager at Google, on the workforce imperative of developing cross-functional skill sets to stay competitive in the security industry.
The National Center for Spectator Sport Safety and Security (NCS4) and the Security Industry Association (SIA) have named Scott Dunn – senior director of business development, solutions and services for Axis Communications, Inc. – as the 2019 recipient of the Sports Security Innovator Award. SIA will present Dunn with the honor at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition, taking place July 9-11 at the New Orleans Downtown Marriott in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dunn serves on the National Advisory Board for the NCS4, the nation’s first academic center dedicated to spectator sports safety and security research, professional development, training and outreach. He also helped the NCS4 start – and attract global companies to – the Sports and Entertainment Technology Alliance and has been instrumental in the 2025 Smart Stadiums project. Delivering Smarter, Safer Stadiums I’m excited to continue collaborating on new concepts and innovative solutions to deliver on the promise of smarter, safer stadiums and venues"“It’s an honor to be recognized with the 2019 Sports Security Innovator Award from two renowned security organizations who play such a key role in our industry,” said Dunn. “I’m excited to continue collaborating on new concepts and innovative solutions to deliver on the promise of smarter, safer stadiums and venues of the future. Thank you, SIA and NCS4, for this meaningful recognition.” The NCS4 – established at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) – works in close partnership with industry professionals, researchers, academics and government agencies to bolster the capacity of practitioners to effectively respond to safety and security challenges. “Scott is a passionate and innovative leader who sees academia as a catalyst for industry growth,” said Dr. Lou Marciani, director of the NCS4. “Scott has a deep understanding of what is necessary to advance the sports safety and security industry, and we are grateful to have his support of our National Center.” Recognition For Contribution Towards Sport Security At Axis, Dunn leads the company’s long-term strategy regarding in-house developed solutions, including access control, hosted video and future products. He is also responsible for the company’s segment focus, which includes industries such as smart cities, government, retail and health care, and serves on the SIA Board of Directors. Award winners are selected for having promoted scholarship, advanced best practices for ensuring the safety and security of participants “SIA is proud to join the NCS4 in presenting Scott Dunn with the Sports Security Innovator Award in recognition of the time, expertise and effort he has contributed toward advancing sport security,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “Scott has demonstrated expertise in cross-organizational collaboration, fostering best practices, promoting effective security technology use at large stadiums and entertainment venues and working toward the stadium of the future.” Developing Solutions For Sports Safety Challenges The Sports Security Innovator Award – co-presented each year by SIA and the NCS4 at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition – recognizes individual SIA members who have demonstrated innovation by developing next-generation solutions for sports safety and security challenges. Award winners are selected for having promoted scholarship, advanced best practices for ensuring the safety and security of participants and attendees at sporting events and advocated for the highest levels of professionalism in the securing of spectator sports venues. The 10th annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition will gather top professionals in the field for a program dedicated to security and safety technologies, products, services and education for safeguarding assets and spectators.
The Security Industry Association (SIA), the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and ISC West are partnering to provide education on the critical issue of stadium security at ISC West 2019, occurring April 9-12 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. As part of this partnership, SIA Education@ISC will host The Stadium of the Future, a presentation bringing together a panel of industry experts to discuss current technology and capabilities gaps in security for the sports and entertainment industry. Research conducted by the NCS4 provides evidence of a need for innovation and technology transfer in this multi-billion-dollar industry Research conducted by the NCS4 provides evidence of a need for innovation and technology transfer in this multi-billion-dollar industry. In this key education offering, Dr. Lou Marciani, director of the NCS4, will moderate a discussion featuring Scott Dunn, senior director of business development, solutions and services at Axis Communications; Greg Moya, global pre-sales director at Dell Technologies; and Ryan Zatolokin, business development manager and senior technologies at Axis Communications. 360-Degree Video Walls “The race to build the most cutting-edge sports stadium in the world has already begun. With 360-degree video walls, retractable roofs and interactive, virtual fan experience areas, the next generation of sports stadiums focuses on the convergence of the physical and digital experience,” said Dr. Elli Voorhees, director of education and training at SIA. “High-tech advancements are being made to enhance the fan experience at every turn, and this education session will highlight how technology capabilities are being leveraged to improve safety and security.” During this special session, industry experts will share the latest updates and findings regarding stadium and public venue security, highlight the NCS4’s work and share how attendees can participate in upcoming projects and initiatives. Public Venue And Stadium Security Attendees will have the opportunity learn from leading industry experts and participate in a hands-on learning exercise “The sports and entertainment industry is moving away from traditional stadium structures to mega-venues which affix residential, office and retail spaces to large sports complexes,” said Marciani. “As technology advances and stadiums evolve into multi-purpose centers, security solution providers need to learn about the current and future needs of commercial sport and entertainment facilities – to meet growing market demands and to stay competitive in their product development.” Attendees will have the opportunity learn from leading industry experts and participate in a hands-on learning exercise. The Stadium of the Future will take place during ISC West on Thursday, April 11, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Sands 302. Following the session, attendees will enjoy a cocktail reception sponsored by SIA. SIA Education@ISC West To attend The Stadium of the Future and other education sessions at ISC West, sign up for SIA Education@ISC West. Featuring 85+ sessions on a variety of hot topics and providing critical information on the newest technologies in security, SIA Education@ISC West is your top industry resource for vendor-agnostic security and network training. The program qualifies for continuing education hours with many relevant industry accreditation bodies.
The last day of Global Security Exchange (GSX) in Las Vegas proved to be the calm after the storm. But a slower third day could not undermine a largely successful 2018 show for exhibitors and attendees. Sometimes the success of a trade show isn’t measured by numbers of attendees (which were reportedly down again this year). Sometimes it’s the individual successes that make an impression. “Just learning about this made the whole trip worthwhile,” said one GSX attendee at the Johnson Controls booth, referring to the company’s new PowerSeries Pro intrusion devices. It’s the kind of feedback that makes the expense of exhibiting at a big trade show worthwhile. The new PowerSeries Pro is an extension of Johnson Controls’ existing line that is expressly designed for the commercial security market. The ‘hybrid’ (wired or wireless) device offers ease of installation and full cybersecurity including 128bit AES encryption with spread spectrum for no jamming or interference. It employs frequency hopping technology first developed for the Israeli defense force. Wireless Technology For Cybersecurity PowerG eliminates the need for wires by providing ‘invisible wired technology’, a marketing term that emphasises the cybersecurity of the product PowerSeries Pro uses PowerG wireless technology and expands the portfolio of PowerG devices from residential through commercial. For use in a wired solution, the main advantage is ease of installation; terminal blocks ‘pop out’ easily and can be wired and plugged back in. Alternatively, PowerG eliminates the need for wires by providing ‘invisible wired technology’, a marketing term that emphasises the cybersecurity of the product – wireless at the same level of cybersecurity as wired. Johnson Controls addresses three big factors with the product line: cybersecurity, user control, and easy installation and dependability. It’s part of Johnson Controls’ broader approach to provide ‘one-stop shopping’, enabling an end user to control their environments, video and access, and protect their contents, according to the company. Need For More Security In K-12 Schools In addition to reaching end users, lock company Allegion sees the show as an opportunity to meet with technology partners. “It’s great to bring together a concentration of people in the industry,” said Brad Aikin, Channel Led Business Leader, Integrator Channel. “We have had good conversations with technology companies here at the show in terms of partnering, both physical access control and OEM partners. We have also had good conversations with the integrator channel.” From speaking with education end users at GSX, Aikin sees a large unmet need for security in K-12 schools, more so than in colleges and universities. “K-12 is underserved,” he says. “They need to identify their priority of needs, and now they can serve needs they couldn’t before, both layering levels of security and phasing in implementation over time. Now things can be applied and tried out without disrupting the environment.” An example is the Von Duprin RU RM (Remote Undogging and Remote Monitoring) door exit devices, which are being integrated by access control partners Sielox, IDenticard and Vanderbilt. Intelligence is added to the door exit device to enable inexpensive monitoring of secondary, previously unconnected doors. The doors can be monitored and locked or unlocked at various points in the day. Lock company Allegion sees the show as an opportunity to meet with technology partners Bridging The Gap Between IT And Physical Security One exhibitor – ADT – noticed more information technology (IT) professionals accompanying their physical security counterparts at this year’s GSX exhibition. “They come along to kill dreams on the spot,” said Morgan Harris, Senior Director Enterprise Solutions, noting the IT department’s frequent hesitancy to add untrustworthy elements to the network. ADT is looking to transform and expand its 144-year-old brand in the commercial security space and has completed eight acquisitions in the last year to accomplish the goal. Some of the acquisitions build on ADT’s expanding cybersecurity initiative, which is both a fully-functioning stand-alone business and an effort to bridge the divide between IT and physical security. ADT is positioning itself to manage enterprise risk in the broadest sense. Combining IT And Cybersecurity The Internet of Things (IoT) is fuelling convergence but are we missing out on how to talk to each other and communicate effectively between IT and security?" “The Internet of Things (IoT) is fueling convergence but are we missing out on how to talk to each other and communicate effectively between IT and security?” asked Harris. “Projects have failed because information was lost in translation.” ADT seeks to have skillsets, experience and certifications on both sides of the issue. “It enables us to be the in-between,” says Harris. “We can blend the two together and be the translator. It’s great for both sides, advocating for security counterparts and for the network simplifies deployment and processes.” Harris sees a trade-off between cybersecurity and convenience in the industry. For example, if a manufacturer says they have a simplified process and only offers firmware updates once a year, cybersecurity suffers, he said. Lack of third-party testing is another way that manufacturers sometimes trade cybersecurity for convenience, at heightened risk to integrators and end users. Training Courses For Integrators And Partners Milestone Systems is expanding its level of involvement with integrator partners, and now provides Partner Business Reviews (PBR) to assess an integrator’s activities, sales and training, pipeline and marketing initiatives. The partner reviews often uncover issues that can be easily rectified through additional training, says Megan McHugh, Milestone’s Training Marketing Manager, Learning and Performance. Milestone uses a dashboard to track each integrator’s completed training courses and can point out additional courses needed to ensure an integrator partner’s success. Milestone offers a variety of in-person, e-learning and YouTube video courses to train installing partners, systems integrators and self-integrators on best practices Milestone offers a variety of in-person, e-learning and YouTube video courses (in 12 different languages) to train installing partners, systems integrators and self-integrators on best practices. ‘Cloud Labs’ are instructor-led online classes. All courses are linked to a variety of support resources. Sometimes a simple checklist accessed on a smart phone can ensure that every aspect of an install is performed and can instill added confidence in customers. The open platform company’s new agile development cycle – releasing multiple versions of XProtect software throughout the year – creates extra challenges to keep learning initiatives up to date. Along with each new release, various existing courses are updated. The concepts of “training and certification” are being replaced at Milestone with “learning and performance,” says McHugh. Milestone is also looking to hire 170 new R&D staff and open a new center in Barcelona (in addition to current R&D centers in Copenhagen and Sofia, Bulgaria). Making Camera Installation Easy Hanwha Techwin is another company that is seeing more interest in cybersecurity, as well as concern about whether a product is supported professionally. They have doubled-up production in South Korea and added capacity in Vietnam to avoid manufacturing in China. Thinking about their integrators, Hanwha Techwin is putting more emphasis on making installation easy. Installation costs may be up to 50 percent of a job, so easier installation frees up money to buy more or better cameras. With a new design of their cameras, an electrical contractor can now install the camera base and conduit, and then the integrator can easily plug in the camera later. Camera bases are common across multiple models, so a customer could switch out a 5-megapixel for a 2-megapixel camera later on if they want to (same housing plate). ‘Skins’ allow the color of cameras to be changed to match surrounding décor. “We are changing the idea of how people approach selling a camera, and it’s a whole new idea of how to install cameras,” said Tom Cook, Senior Vice President, North American Sales, Hanwha Techwin. Hanwha cameras can include a sound classification analytic to detect sounds such as gunshots Cameras With Sound Detection Technology Hanwha offers more flexibility in the field – interchangeable parts are packed together to enable configuration on site. And there is no need to stand on a ladder to position cameras; stepper motors help with remote camera positioning. Multi-sensor cameras have modules (combining lenses and sensors) that can be switched out at installation. Hanwha Techwin cameras can also include a sound classification analytic to detect sounds such as gunshots, screams or glass breaks, especially useful in K-12 education environments. Unification and the customer journey were a key emphasis for Genetec at GSX 2018. Unification for Genetec means combining multiple functions on one platform, from one vendor and using one source code. The company approaches the market by analyzing each customer’s journey as it relates to Genetec products. A typical customer journey involves (1) a company looking for standalone systems; (2) the need to centralize systems through integration and unification; (3) increasing automation and workflow; and (4) adding intelligence for more informed decision-making. “Genetec wants to get more in-depth with customers, be more comfortable with their business, and understand their challenges,” said Derek Arcuri, Product Marketing Manager. “We want to get naked with our customers.” Machine Learning Engine For Crime Prevention In the city of Chicago, Citigraf detects patterns in crime behavior and determines where a crime is likely to occur There was a big crowd at the Genetec booth, and not because the comment was applied literally. Genetec has divided itself into multiple parts, each focused on a vertical market such as retail or transportation. The approach is to operate as a ‘federation of startups’, with each market sector accountable to fill in the gaps in the portfolio to meet the specific needs of each vertical. For example, Genetec’s Citigraf is an unsupervised machine learning engine with an algorithm to detect anomalies and trends from a large pool of data in a municipal environment. In the city of Chicago, Citigraf detects patterns in crime behavior and determines where a crime is likely to occur. The system alerts operators in a bureau or area that has a higher risk level and should beef up the number of first responders. Chicago has seen a 39 percent decrease in average response time of first responders as a result. In the retail market, Genetec leverages the security infrastructure to analyze shopping trends and provide data for merchandising and operations. “Each customer is getting a portfolio of products tailored to the industry they are in,” says Arcuri. Demonstrating IoT Devices Axis Communications displayed its range of products at GSX, demonstrating its almost total transformation from an IP camera company to a supplier of a full range of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. “Axis is broadening its portfolio to include more solutions,” said Scott Dunn, Senior Director, Business Development Systems and Solutions. “Our success is driven by continuing to innovate our portfolio. The market is continuing to grow, and Axis is continuing to expand its market share.” Eight ‘Axis Customer Experience Centers’ around the United States help Axis stay close to their integrators, customers, partners and prospects. IP addressable audio speakers from Axis can provide music as a service, and then can be interrupted for audio messages on behalf of physical security Axis has offered access control IP edge devices since 2013, and now has a new A1601 door controller being sold with partner-only software (no embedded Axis software like previous A1001 devices). In audio products, Axis has a portfolio of speakers, intercoms, and public address systems. Acquisition Of IP Door Intercom Company Enhancing the audio line was acquisition in 2016 of 2N, an IP door intercom company headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic. In North America, the 2N team is now fully part of Axis. The line emphasises simple architecture, programmability, and the ability to integrate widely. The products use Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) to integrate through the cloud or peer-to-peer. IP addressable audio speakers from Axis can provide music as a service, and then can be interrupted for audio messages on behalf of physical security. Retail, education and enterprise customers are gravitating to IP audio. An IP bridge can tie existing analog components into the IP system. For perimeter security, Axis offers a radar device to help eliminate false alarms, as well as thermal cameras.
The Security Industry Association (SIA) welcomed a new Chairman and new Directors to the SIA Board of Directors during ISC West 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The SIA Board of Directors ratified the selection of Scott Schafer, Principal at SMS Advisors LLC, as SIA Chairman of the Board during an organisational meeting of the Board held at ISC West. “I thank the Security Industry Association for entrusting me with the responsibilities of SIA Chairman of the Board,” said Schafer. “As a longtime member of SIA, I understand the value the association has delivered to its members the importance of driving even more value though great execution of our strategic plan going forward. I would like to thank Denis Hebert for his many contributions to SIA during his term as chairman. We look forward to his future engagement with the SIA board.”These leaders will help SIA navigate through emerging opportunities while ensuring the association’s programmes are achieving their full potential" SIA Executive Committee Following the ratification, the SIA executive committee for 2018 now includes: Chairman: Scott Schafer, SMS Advisors Vice Chairman: Dan Moceri, Convergint Technologies Treasurer: Rich Cillessen, Siemens Industry Secretary: Pierre Trapanese, Northland Controls Immediate Past Chairman: Denis Hebert, Feenics Voting Members The SIA membership ratified new voting members of Board of Directors (listed alphabetically by last name): Scott Dunn, Senior Director, Business Development Solutions & Services, Axis Communications Janet Fenner, Director, Business Development, Dahua Technology Mike Foynes, Senior Director, Global Security, Microsoft Corporation John E. Mack III, Executive Vice President, Co-Head of Investment Banking, Imperial Capital, LLC Tom Nakatani, Vice President, IT, Customer Monitoring Technology, ADT The Chairman and Directors of the SIA Board serve two-year terms. “SIA members will continue to be well-represented through an impressive set of directors who are well-respected within the global security industry,” said SIA Chairman Schafer. “Collectively, these leaders will help SIA navigate through emerging opportunities and challenges while ensuring that the association’s programmes and events are achieving their full potential for all of our members.”
The Security Industry Association (SIA) has selected James Marcella, Director, Industry Associations, Axis Communications Inc., as 2017 SIA Committee Chair of the Year for his work with the SIA Education Committee. With this award, SIA honours Marcella for his work in strengthening education programming for the security industry through SIA Education. SIA Chairman Denis Hébert will present the 2017 Committee Chair of the Year Award to Marcella at The Advance, SIA’s annual membership meeting, scheduled to occur on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, during ISC West in Las Vegas. “I am humbled and honoured to be recognized for my work with SIA,” said Marcella. “SIA serves as a keystone for the security industry, connecting many different companies together in a common cause." "It serves as a powerful platform for promulgating the latest industry education, whether to share news of regulations and best practices or to update professionals on the latest developments in state-of-the-art technology. I look forward to continuing to guide SIA course offerings as the association’s Education Committee Chair.”James shares instructions on how to maximize the efforts to bring value to SIA and its members Security Education Expertise Scott Dunn, Senior Director, Business Development Solutions and Services, Axis Communications, said, “James takes every opportunity to educate our current and new team members on the mission and values of SIA and the importance of being involved in moving our industry forward to meet the challenges we face. He is a great internal teacher as well." "He instructs us on our work with SIA and how to maximize the efforts with various other committees to bring value to SIA and its members. He has made us all better in that work.” SIA CEO Don Erickson said, “I very much appreciate the time James has put into leading the Education Committee and working with SIA. I recognize there are many different places he could spend his time with associations and the fact that he has made so many important contributions to help educate the industry in this role is greatly appreciated!” Contributions To SIA The contributions Marcella has made as SIA Education Committee Chair include: Co-creating the curriculum for the Systems Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree in Security Systems and Technologies, and serving as the main instructor Leading the update of the Security Project Management Common Body of Knowledge Guidebook Serving as a member of the ISC Education Conference Advisory Board Assisting with the development of Securing New Ground executive conference program content Championing the Certified Security Project Manager certification Promoting SIA across the security industry Hébert will present SIA award recipients, including the SIA Committee Chair of the Year Award, Sandy Jones Volunteer of the Year Award and SIA Chairman’s Award, at The Advance, held during ISC West 2018 in Rooms 505/506 of the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Tuesday, April 10, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
The AXIS FA Series enables cost-effective and highly discreet indoor surveillance of four areas using one camera system Axis Communications, a manufacturer of network video cameras has announced the AXIS FA Series with modular cameras for highly discreet, cost-efficient video surveillance, and three new additions to the AXIS P13 Series that offer 4K resolution in full frame rate and that enable coverage of large areas with high image detail. ISC West Product Reviews In Axis’ booth at ISC West, the company will be previewing a selection of products that will be launched later this year, including new high resolution fixed domes in the AXIS M30 Series, AXIS P32 Series, and AXIS Q35 Series. Most notably, Axis will be previewing their newest technology, AXIS D2050-VE Network Radar Detector – an outdoor motion detector with radar technology that can provide cost-efficient perimeter protection and decrease false alarms. The new network radar is a great complement to existing surveillance solutions in smaller outdoor areas, such as warehouse perimeters and construction sites, that need monitoring after-hours. “We are excited to attend ISC West and to showcase our products and solutions there,” said Fredrik Nilsson, VP, Americas, Axis Communications, Inc. “AXIS D2050-VE Network Radar Detector, our newest technology will be on display and can provide accurate and reliable day and night detection, fewer false alarms, which lowers costs and can also integrate into existing security and surveillance systems.” AXIS FA Series The modular AXIS FA Series consists of separate units that comprise the AXIS FA54 Main Unit, AXIS FA1105 Sensor Unit with a standard lens, AXIS FA1125 Sensor Unit with a pinhole lens and AXIS FA4115 Dome Sensor Unit with a varifocal lens. The Series enables cost-effective and highly discreet indoor surveillance of four closely situated areas using one camera system. The new network radar is a great complement to existing surveillance solutions in smaller outdoor areas AXIS FA54 Main Unit can stream at full frame rate HDTV 1080p videos from four connected sensor units simultaneously using one IP address. It captures video with Wide Dynamic Range- Forensic Capture (WDR) that is optimized for low light and motion. AXIS FA54 also has the capacity to support advanced video analytics, and has an HDMI output for connection to a surveillance monitor, making the system ideal for retail applications. The sensor units are small enough to be built into surfaces, structures or devices, and can be installed discreetly at eye level. The sensor units come with a 26 ft. cable for connection to an AXIS FA54. AXIS FA Series will be available through Axis’ standard distribution channels in Q2 2017. AXIS FA54 Main Unit will have a suggested retail price of $449, and the AXIS FA Sensor units will range in price from $139 to $179. AXIS P13 Series The indoor AXIS P1367 and outdoor AXIS P1367-E and AXIS P1368-E network cameras are additions to the highly-respected AXIS P13 fixed-box Series, which is ideal for city surveillance, transportation and retail environments. With improved light sensitivity, better image quality and higher frame rate, these cameras can provide up to 4K resolution images in large open areas with challenging light conditions, such as train stations, crowded city areas or parking lots. Built-in camera rails increase the flexibility of the camera, allowing larger zoom lenses to be installed, delivering greater detail AXIS P1367/-E support CS and i-CS lenses, while the 4K AXIS P1368-E is delivered with i-CS lens as standard. AXIS P1367-E and AXIS P1368-E have specifically been designed for outdoor use. They have an innovative mechanical platform which allows for easier access to connectors and cabling and provides additional space for optional lenses. Built-in camera rails increase the flexibility of the camera, allowing larger zoom lenses to be installed, delivering greater detail. “AXIS P1367-E and AXIS P1386-E are among the first products to be released with Axis’ newest chipset, ARTPEC-6,” said Scott Dunn, Senior Director, Business Development Solutions & Services, Axis Communications, Inc. “The ARTPEC-6 chip is 160x more powerful than the original ARTPEC-1, making AXIS P1367-E and AXIS P1368-E among the highest performing network cameras on the market today.” The new additions to AXIS P13 Series will be available through Axis’ standard distribution channels in Q2 2017 at a suggested retail price ranging from $799 to $1099.
Jemez Technology awarded “Technology Innovation Partner of the Year” again by Axis Communications Jemez Technology’s Eagle-i Edge advanced video analytics solution for real-time threat detection and tracking has been deployed as an integral part of the security technology selected by The City of Houston Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security to protect the more than one million fans expected to experience the 10-day Super Bowl LIVE event at the city’s 12-acre Discovery Green Park. Unparalleled System Performance Houston selected Axis Communications video and audio systems to provide surveillance at and around the event’s venue. Axis thermal cameras are equipped with Eagle-i Edge Perimeter Surveillance software with unparalleled system performance optimized for Axis camera networks. Bud Michael, Jemez Technology VP Corporate Strategy, stated, “We are proud to help maintain public safety every day and at special events such as Super Bowl LIVE. Jemez is honored to partner with Axis in this critical work.” Axis 2016 Technology Innovation Partner Of The Year Award The City of Houston’s deployment of Jemez Technology’s embedded Eagle-i Edge analytics for Super Bowl LIVE highlights Jemez Technology’s unprecedented honor as Axis 2016 Technology Innovation Partner of the Year Award for the second year in a row. This award was bestowed at the 11th annual Axis Connect & Converge Conference (ACCC). Axis, the global leader in network video, presented these annual awards to top channel, software and technology partners. “Jemez is an award-winning technology partner in delivering 24/7 situational awareness for our customers. Installations like Discovery Green Park clearly demonstrate the power of intelligent security solutions that combine advanced perimeter detection with our state-of-the-art thermal cameras. These technologies offer great advantages to law enforcement agencies that manage challenging environments like Super Bowl LIVE,” said Scott Dunn, Senior Director, Business Development Solutions & Services, North & Central America, Axis Communications, Inc. Highly-Accurate Perimeter Surveillance Eagle-i Edge, built upon the Axis Camera Application Platform (ACAP), incorporates the power of Jemez Technology’s field-proven image processing technology into a powerful and highly-accurate perimeter surveillance offering with capability that until now has not been possible in an edge-based camera application.
Orion’s turnstiles are customized to deliver the perfect solution for any-sized deployment Orion Entrance Control, Inc., a manufacturer of high-end entrance control turnstile solutions, will share its company story, opportunities, and challenges with a group of hand-selected experts and a live audience to gain valuable feedback and advice at the New Hampshire High Tech Council Entrepreneur Forum to be held December 7. Advising Orion Entrance Control, Inc., at the forum will be Scott Dunn, Senior Director of Business Development at Axis Communications; Doug Cubell, Business Development Manager, Embedded Solutions at HID Global; and Mark Schnepel, President of FlexEnergy Inc. The kick-off theme will be going global, an issue Orion faces as the company looks to expand its reach to the worldwide market. Growth And Success “What makes our Entrepreneur Forum series different from other business advisory programs in New Hampshire is how we hand-tailor our advisory panel to complement the presenting organization,” said Matt Cookson, Executive Director of the Council. “The committee members who organize this event work tirelessly to identify and secure a panel of advisers with the right background, skills and philosophy to ensure the presenting company will receive tremendous value from the experience of sharing their entrepreneurial journey with all in attendance.” "In just seven years, Orion Entrance Control, Inc., hasmore than tripled ourworkforce, expanded salesto nine countries" “In just seven years, Orion Entrance Control, Inc., has more than tripled our workforce, expanded sales to nine countries, and has made a name for itself by gaining market share in the competitive security access control and turnstile industry,” said Orion ECI President and Founder Steve Caroselli. “We are excited to be participating in the popular New Hampshire High Tech Council and we look forward to gaining some helpful information from our peers in security who have also experienced incredible growth and success.” Robust Turnstiles And Entrance Control Solutions The Entrepreneur Forum will be held Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at FIRST Place in Manchester, New Hampshire. Tickets are $15 for members, $30 for non-members, and $5 for students. Entrepreneur Forum is sponsored by: Autodesk; Cook Little Rosenblatt & Manson; Dyn; Entrepreneurs Foundation of New Hampshire; Howe, Riley & Howe; NH Business Review and TD Bank. Headquartered in New Hampshire, Orion Entrance Control, Inc., is an American manufacturer of robust turnstile and entrance control solutions. Supported with the latest in beam scanning optical detection and Infinity remote lane software and security integrations, Orion’s line of turnstile products is customized to deliver the perfect solution for any-sized deployment in architecturally-pleasing, high-quality finishes. Found on Autodesk Seek, Orion’s award-winning products proudly display the ETL and CSA markings, with compliance to UL 2593 and CE. Save
Axis Communications, the global leader in network video surveillance, announces its first corner-mount fixed network camera. The new AXIS Q8414-LVS features a stainless steel anti-grip casing and is extremely impact resistant, supporting the IK10+ 50 joules rating as well as the IP66/NEMA 4X rating for water resistance. The 24/7 indoor surveillance camera provides superb image quality both day and night with capabilities like Lightfinder technology, which enables life-like colors in low-light conditions, and built-in invisible IR LED illuminator for video surveillance in complete darkness. “High security environments like correctional facilities and psychiatric wards present unique security challenges and a growing need to prevent self-harm and conflict,” said Scott Dunn, director of business development, Axis Communications, Inc. “Specifically designed to meet these needs, AXIS Q8414-LVS lacks ligature points, features an anti-grip design and is extremely vandal resistant. The camera delivers superior HDTV video in any lighting, day or night, for increased image usability.” The new anti-ligature AXIS Q8414-LVS is ideal for video surveillance of small rooms in premises like correctional facilities, interview rooms, psychiatric wards and medical observation rooms, as well as in elevators and stairwells. Thanks to a built-in microphone and the possibility to integrate the network camera into an alarm system via its I/O port, AXIS Q8414-LVS becomes part of the overall surveillance solution, an important tool to protect and secure the safety of people in high security environments. In addition, privacy masks ensure restricted areas are not monitored for privacy reasons or to protect personnel. Available in two color versions, powder coated white (AXIS Q8414-LVS White) and brushed stainless steel (AXIS Q8414-LVS Metal), the corner-mount network camera offers 1.3 megapixel or HDTV 720p video stream. It features P-Iris control for an optimal depth of field, resolution, image contrast and clarity. The horizontal angle of view up to 105° covers the entire room without blind spots. Capabilities such as remote zoom and focus facilitate the optimization of the captured view during the installation. AXIS Q8414-LVS features a unique design that has been developed to be perceived as softer and less provocative than that of other security installations in correctional facilities and psychiatric wards. Working closely with prison and health authorities in several countries as well as system integrators and installers, Axis designed AXIS Q8414-LVS to feature as few cavities and holes as possible to make the camera easy to clean, as well as prevent prisoners and patients from lodging items inside them. AXIS Q8414-LVS Network Camera is supported by the industry’s largest base of video management software through the Axis Application Development Partner Program and AXIS Camera Station. The cameras include support for AXIS Camera Companion, AXIS Camera Application Platform, AXIS Video Hosting System and ONVIF for easy camera system integration and for application developers to provide the camera with intelligent capabilities.
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