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

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

Adaptive Transmission Systems Evolve With Advanced Communications
Adaptive Transmission Systems Evolve With Advanced Communications

The security market in 2016 saw an uptick in the economy, the introduction of new technologies, increased compliance requirements in key verticals, and rising concerns over the need for greater security. Users interested in upgrading or deploying new systems consistently chose networked system platforms. This trend further drove the demand for adaptive transmission solutions as a means of repurposing existing analog infrastructure to accommodate IP devices on a networked platform. As this migration accelerated, product feature sets continued to evolve with the inclusion of advanced communications that let you monitor, control and report power/diagnostics from anywhere. These new products have also helped to stimulate new business opportunities for integrators by expanding their service offerings to include remote monitoring of these devices as a new source of recurring monthly revenue (RMR). PoE And Adaptive Transmission Solutions In last year’s 2016 forecast, we discussed the integration trend and how PoE and adaptive transmission solutions with network communications were rapidly gaining traction and market share. As the year progressed, the trend increased with customers migrating towards systems that provided more data, faster transmission rates and more versatility, and accessibility anytime from anywhere. Altronix responded with more advanced product solutions. This growing trend makes it more critical than ever for the core power and transmission infrastructure that make up the foundation of these systems to include network communications for true integration. As effective and efficient as integrated IP systems have become, the cost to upgrade or install new networked systems can be prohibitive. In 2017, security professionals will require expanded options to capitalize on existing infrastructure while accommodating IP devices with new levels of performance. These new products will greatly reduce installation and maintenance costswhen deploying orupgrading systems We will see the introduction of new products that offer greater levels of integration with bundled capabilities such as PoE, network switches, versatile adaptive transmission capabilities to accommodate different types of cabling, greater bandwidth and speed, and management capabilities. These new products will greatly reduce installation and maintenance costs when deploying or upgrading systems. Altronix 2016 Business Overview Altronix’s evolution as a designer and manufacturer of versatile power supplies and accessories – and the addition of innovative PoE and adaptive transmission solutions with network communications – was significant in 2016. We have continued to deliver new products incorporating advances in power and communication technologies that solve real-world installation issues with the highest levels of performance and cost-efficiency. One of the most significant technologies contributing to our extensive portfolio of power and adaptive transmission products is our innovative LINQ™ Technology, which provides remote control of power, along with monitoring and reporting of diagnostics from anywhere you have internet access. LINQ completes the network communication cycle for networked systems by providing true integration for power supply and adaptive transmission products that are the foundation of every system. Altronix will continue to design, manufacture and introduce new power and adaptive transmission solutions in 2017 that live up to our longstanding reputation for outstanding quality, performance and reliability. See the full coverage of 2016/2017 Review and Forecast articles here Save Save

Extenders Convert Media For Longer Video Distance Runs
Extenders Convert Media For Longer Video Distance Runs

IP/PoE systems eliminate the need for local power, thus saving installation costs Cost considerations are an important reason to use existing installed cable as part of a new system infrastructure. Extenders in the form of media converters can help. For almost three decades, video surveillance systems existed in the form of analog systems. Video coaxial cable was the primary method of transmission with a limited distance of about 750 feet. Analog systems required separate power supply located at each security camera site. Today, new technology often solves one problem and creates another. Internet Protocol/Power over Ethernet (IP/PoE) systems eliminate the need for local power supply, thus saving installation costs. The drawback is the restriction to only 328 feet and the required use of Cat 5e or above cable. Extended Transmission Distance So tens of thousands of video surveillance cameras are waiting to be converted to IP, and have been transmitting over coax at distances two-and-a-quarter-times greater than the Ethernet limit. The advent of extenders helps to solve this problem. In addition, the use of extenders for Cat cable and even single-pair alarm wire helps to add to the types of IP/PoE conversions while extending distance as far as three thousand feet. Tens of thousands of camerasare waiting to be converted to IP,and have been transmitting overcoax at distances two-and-a-quarter-times greater than theEthernet limit Considerations While Using Extenders Use of extenders requires taking several considerations into account. First and most important is a careful reading of specifications. A statement can be true while not applying to your applications. Let’s take IP/PoE transmission over coax as an example. A manufacturer’s product can state it has this feature and will meet your transmission requirement of X number of thousand feet. However, a careful reading reveals that achieving this requires RG 6 cable while you have RG 59 installed. You need to maintain a 100Mbps bandwidth and provide your cable with 12.95 watts of power. But as both bandwidth and power decrease with distances obtainable from many types of extensions, you realize that both are much less at the extended distance you require. In short, just depending on a product to make a simple specification statement is not enough when it comes to infrastructure considerations and especially with regards to extenders. Save Save

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Robert Bosch GmbH To Acquire Extreme CCTV Inc.
Robert Bosch GmbH To Acquire Extreme CCTV Inc.

Acquisition extends Bosch Security Systems' product portfolio and geographic presence in Canada, U.K. and U.S.Extreme CCTV Inc. and Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany, recently jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement whereby Bosch will acquire all outstanding shares of Extreme common stock at a price of C$5.00 per share in cash, resulting in an aggregate purchase price of approximately C$93 million.  The purchase price represents a premium of approximately 30% over Extreme's 30-day average price.  Following the closing of the transaction, Extreme will become part of Bosch's Security Systems division.Extreme, along with its subsidiaries Derwent Systems and Forward Vision, is a leading provider of surveillance solutions incorporating advanced imaging technologies used in extreme environments.  "Since its inception, Extreme has worked vigorously to develop a world-class portfolio of products, build a globally recognized brand and achieve sustainable revenue and earnings growth," said Jack Gin, President and CEO of Extreme.  "Merging with an industry leader such as Bosch represents an exciting opportunity for Extreme to accelerate our product development and growth initiatives by capitalizing upon Bosch's focus on research and development, utilizing its highly sophisticated manufacturing capabilities and integrating our product lines into its global sales channels.  We believe this transaction is an excellent value proposition for our shareholders and this momentous event lays the foundation of a new era for Extreme and its subsidiaries.  We fully anticipate that this business combination will result in an even brighter future for our employees and customers," continued Gin.The Bosch Security Systems division offers a wide range of systems and services in the area of video surveillance, access control, intruder and fire alarms and evacuation systems.  Bosch products include high performance video cameras, digital recording and video management systems, wireless intruder alarm systems and video network products.  Bosch Security Systems solutions are used in a wide range of industries and applications such as banks, city centres, industrial complexes, retail stores, train stations and airports.  In 2006, Bosch Security Systems and its 10,300 associates at 45 locations worldwide generated sales of approximately €1.3 billion.  "In acquiring Extreme, we want to extend our leading position in the fast growing video surveillance market," said Uwe Glock, President of the Bosch Security Systems division.  "The company's innovative technologies will expand our product portfolio and strengthen our presence in the U.K., the U.S. and Canada," Glock said.In connection with the agreement certain members of Extreme's senior management and certain of its affiliates, holding in the aggregate approximately 40% of the outstanding shares of common stock of Extreme, have entered into a support agreement with Bosch under which they have agreed to vote all of their shares of Extreme common stock in favour of the transaction.  Completion of the transaction is subject to approval by Extreme's shareholders and other customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval.  The acquisition is expected to close during the quarter ending March 31, 2008.

Metal Mickey Delivers Video Through Intense Deluge By Fire Hose
Metal Mickey Delivers Video Through Intense Deluge By Fire Hose

Forward Vision's Mic1-400 was recently tested head-to-head against high pressure water spray from a fire hose.  The test was conducted to confirm the Mic1-400's performance under extreme conditions well beyond its stated environmental specifications.  Constructed of CNC-milled 6mm-thick aluminum or 316L stainless steel, Mic1-400 is IP68 sealed for total protection against ingress and periods of immersion under pressure, providing absolute performance in extreme conditions such as a direct high-pressure water jet from a fire hose.Featuring a hurricane-ready design that makes it ideal for harbour and coastal applications - Mic1-400 is installed at critical locations worldwide including the UK's transit systems, bridges, tunnels and the London Underground.  The test was conducted with cooperation from Canada's Burnaby Fire Department #1.