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Surge protection for security installations: 2017 saw increased investment
Surge protection for security installations: 2017 saw increased investment

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

Technology evolution leads to changes in security control room furniture
Technology evolution leads to changes in security control room furniture

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

Will security industry consolidation stifle innovation?
Will security industry consolidation stifle innovation?

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

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Pecan CCTV launches new vandal resistant dome in the security market
Pecan CCTV launches new vandal resistant dome in the security market

Pecan CCTV has announced the launch of the VRD146 Series a fully featured easy to install vandal-resistant True Day/Night (TDN) dome with On Screen Display (OSD) technology. This new high specification 600TVL 1/3" Sony Super HAD II CCD colour/mono dome is fitted with a 2.8-11mm F1.4 DC auto iris lens in a durable IP66 rated weather-resistant vandal-resistant housing.  Features include Digital Noise Reduction (2DNR), Digital Wide Dynamic Range (DWDR), Backlight and Highlight Compensation (BLC/HLC), 8-zone Privacy function and 4-zone Motion Detection. An IR LED option (VRD146L) provides accurate night time viewing coverage of up to 15 metres.However the key benefit to installers is the versatility offered by the VRD146 Series' alternative cabling arrangements. Recognising that every installation is different Pecan have designed their new dome so it can be surface-mounted, with cable entry at the bottom or the side or using existing cables terminating inside the camera itself. A wall mounting bracket is also available if required.As well as being easy to install the dual voltage (12v DC/24v AC) VRD146 Series is also simple to set up thanks to the 3-axis camera gimble and OSD joystick controls. Pecan is the trade name of the CCTV Division of Stortech Electronics Ltd who manufacture and distribute a comprehensive range of CCD camera systems and components. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Acal plc who are listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Pecan CCTV website sheds its old skin to sport a new look and feel
Pecan CCTV website sheds its old skin to sport a new look and feel

Pecan CCTV is an innovator in developing and supplying products for a wide variety of applicationsPecan CCTV has announced the launch of its new website pecancctv.com which features a fresh modern design with improved navigation and a wealth of information about the firm's extensive range of quality surveillance equipment.The new site allows visitors to search easily by equipment type or product code and download datasheets with the technical information they need to make the right choice. New products are now included on the home page and access to technical support is easily available via enquiries to a dedicated email address. Other new features include a special offers section for selected items, answers to frequently asked questions about CCTV, plus news of all the latest product and service developments. Pecan CCTV is an innovator in developing and supplying products for a wide variety of applications. During the past twelve months the firm has invested in a major re-branding exercise to bring the look and feel of the company in line with its growth and position within the CCTV market. In addition to commissioning an entirely new website this activity has seen Pecan update their logo and revise the layout and design of their technical information to make it easier for their customers to find the information they need. The new site will act as a one-stop-shop for companies looking to make informed procurement decisions for all their CCTV requirementsDirector, Jess Johns said: "Pecan CCTV has evolved over the last few years and we felt that the previous logo and branding didn't give a true reflection of the business today. Similarly we wanted to bring a fresh new look and feel to the website in terms of the design, accessibility and navigation.""Customers benefit from our extensive experience which enables us to develop products with the latest technology featuring everything from entry level internal domes to vandal-resistant cameras and state-of-the-art micro domes.""The new website still has all the useful information and tools to help our customers find the information they need but with a much easier to use format designed to raise awareness of, and interest in, the comprehensive range of products and technical support Pecan can provide.""We hope that the new site will act as a one-stop-shop for companies looking to make informed procurement decisions for all their CCTV requirements supported by the knowledge and expertise we provide to help them identify the best solution for every application."Pecan is the trade name of the CCTV Division of Stortech Electronics Ltd who manufactures and distributes a comprehensive range of CCD camera systems and components. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of ACAL plc who are listed on the London Stock Exchange. To find out more about Pecan CCTV's innovative products and benefit from their extensive technical expertise call 01279 419913 or email them.

Pecan expands Southern Area Sales team with new Sales Manager
Pecan expands Southern Area Sales team with new Sales Manager

 Wendy Ficken, Southern Area Sales Manager at Pecan CCTVPecan CCTV recently promoted Wendy Ficken to Southern Area Sales Manager. Although she may not have been a familiar face to Pecan's customers in the past her voice certainly will be as the twenty-six year old has been with the company since 2004 working in the internal sales office. Wendy, who is clearly enjoying her move from Internal Sales to External Sales, told us: Over the past four years I'd developed great working relationships over the phone so when the opportunity came for me to meet our customers ‘face-to-face' I jumped at the chance."Before joining Pecan CCTV's parent company, Stortech Electronics Ltd., Wendy completed a Business Studies course at APU University, and this combined with her extensive product knowledge is proving a real benefit to Pecan's customers, especially when a bespoke security solution is required.Wendy continued: "Listening to what our customers want is really important and being able to offer them the expertise and knowledge to develop a specific solution is very rewarding - especially when it results in us introducing a new product into the range.""I enjoy working for Pecan because of the amount of support you get. Having ‘been there and done that' I recognise just how important it is for the external sales team to have good working relationships with the staff in the office. It's great to be part of a company where everyone works together as a team to ensure we all do everything we can to give our customers the best possible service."Although she may not have been a familiar ‘face' to Pecan's customers in the past, her voice certainly will be Pecan CCTV Sales Director, Jess Johns said: "Wendy's well-earned promotion is proof of our ongoing commitment to train and develop our staff to achieve their full potential. We also believe our flexibility and willingness to respond to the changing needs of our customers is crucial to our success which is why we will continue to invest in strengthening our sales capability throughout the UK."Pecan is the trade name of the CCTV Division of Stortech Electronics Ltd who manufacture and distribute a comprehensive range of CCD camera systems and components. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Acal plc who are listed on the London Stock Exchange.