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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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Tri-Ed wraps up 2015 stadium tour with final stop in Denver, Colorado
Tri-Ed wraps up 2015 stadium tour with final stop in Denver, Colorado

Tri-Ed customers enjoy a night out at the ballgame following technical trainings and product Demos Tri-Ed Distribution's 2015 Stadium Tour wrapped up its cross country journey with a final stop in Denver, Colorado. These customer appreciation and training events attracted hundreds of dealers and integrators in Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle and Denver. Training and networking opportunities The Tours included technical trainings across every product category, a manufacturer expo, product demos, dinner and a night at the ball game. Tri-Ed thanks all of its sponsoring vendors for their support of the Stadium Tours: ADT, Aiphone, Alarm.com, Altronix, Arecont Vision, Axis Communications, Bolide, Bosch, Canon USA, CNB, Digital Watchdog, D-Link, DSC, Exacq, FLIR, Geovision, Hikvision, Honeywell Fire Safety Americas, Inovonics, Interlogix, Kantech / Tyco, Kwikset, Legrand, Louroe, Middle Atlantic/Comnet, Monitronics, Napco, Nortek Security & Control, OpenEye, OT Systems, Panasonic, Paxton, Pelco, Primex, Rosslare, Rutherford Controls Int'l Corp., Samsung, Sentry, Sony, Vitek, and Vivotek. "Our 2015 Stadium Tour was designed to provide customers with valuable training and great networking opportunities with our staff and supplier partners," says James Rothstein, Tri-Ed Senior Vice President - Global Security Marketing. "The Tour was a huge success and also allowed us to show our customers how much we appreciate them."

Mission 500 marks the 5th anniversary of the Security 5K/2K run/walk at ISC West 2014
Mission 500 marks the 5th anniversary of the Security 5K/2K run/walk at ISC West 2014

The 5K/2K takes place at 7:30AM, with Awards Ceremony to follow at 5:15 PM at Sands Expo and Convention Center Mission 500 marks the 5th anniversary of the Security 5K/2K run/walk, a cornerstone of Mission 500’s fundraising efforts at ISC West 2014. The event is a collaboration between organising sponsors United Publications, publishers of Security Systems News and Security Director News; Reed Exhibitions; and Mission 500. Core sponsors of the 2014 Mission 500 5K/2K are Alarm.com, Altronix Corporation, Axis Communications, Ditek, HID Global, Honeywell, LRG Marketing Communications, Pelco by Schneider Electric, and Safety Technology International. Additional sponsors include Cops Monitoring, Digital Monitoring Products (DMP), Samsung, Brivo, Freeman, Monitronics, Qolsys, Bolide Technology Group, Security Industry Association, and PSA Security Network. The race is operated by Las Vegas Running Company, a race management company that stages around 25 road races each year across Southern Nevada. The 5K/2K takes place at 7:30AM, with an Awards Ceremony to follow at 5:15 PM at the Sands Expo and Convention Center on the ISC show floor.

Mission 500 celebrates 5th anniversary of Annual Security 5K/2K at ISC west 2014
Mission 500 celebrates 5th anniversary of Annual Security 5K/2K at ISC west 2014

Mission 500 will also be involved in a number of other initiatives at ISC West As part of its mission to support even more children in need, Mission 500 – having already met its original goal of sponsoring 500 children around the world – is continuing its efforts to assist children in crisis. This year the charity organisation marks the 5th anniversary of the Security 5K/2K run/walk, a cornerstone of Mission 500’s fundraising efforts and a staple event at ISC West held on the second day of the conference. The event draws on support from professionals in the security industry, working with World Vision as the implementation partner. Present at the 2014 5K/2K event will be Dr. Diego Alejandro Garcia, Director of the Colombian Ministry of Health Vaccination Program. Dr. Garcia, a pediatrician, was sponsored at the age of 3 through World Vision. He will speak at the event on his personal experience with Mission 500 and discuss how it helps to create better and brighter futures for youngsters around the world. Mike Perkins, Vice President of Global Security Solutions for Anixter, will also be present to share his perspectives of his trip to Tanzania this month. He was awarded this trip as top fundraiser for the 2013 Security 5/2K. The Security 5K Reception and Awards Ceremony will take place on April 3rd at the Sands Expo and Convention Center on the ISC show floor. In addition to recognising top fundraisers, the awards ceremony will highlight Mission 500's achievements – and set the stage for even bigger things to come. Organising sponsors and the Mission 500 organisation will also present awards to runners in different age categories and to the top male and female runners. “This has been a truly fantastic charitable event that has brought the professional security industry together unlike any other over the past four years,” said George Fletcher, Advisory Council Member/Volunteer, Mission 500. “As we celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Mission 500 5K/2K, enthusiasm continues to build with the corporations and individuals that make up this generous industry. This year we will also feature a special incentive whereby the top 5 fundraisers will be rewarded with a trip to a World Vision project in Mexico.” Mission 500 has spent years concentrating security industry efforts to aid no fewer than 500 children through World Vision's humanitarian efforts. World Vision, Mission 500’s parent entity, is a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping children, families and their communities worldwide by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. In partnership, World Vision and Mission 500 work together around the world as well as in the US. The Mission 500 Security 5K/2K event at the 2014 ISC West Expo in Las Vegas is a collaboration between organising sponsors United Publications, publishers of Security Systems News and Security Director News; Reed Exhibitions, proprietors of ISC Expos; and Mission 500. Core sponsors of the 2014 Mission 500 5K/2K are Alarm.com, Altronix Corporation, Axis Communications, Ditek, HID Global, Honeywell, LRG Marketing Communications, Pelco by Schneider Electric, and Safety Technology International. Additional sponsors include Cops Monitoring, Digital Monitoring Products (DMP), Samsung, Brivo, Freeman, Monitronics, Qolsys, Bolide Technology Group, Security Industry Association, and PSA Security Network. The race is operated by Las Vegas Running Company, a race management company that stages around 25 road races each year across Southern Nevada. Mission 500 will also be involved in a number of other initiatives at ISC West. These currently include the AIREF golf tournament sponsored by ESA, an HID-sponsored school kit build, a pasta feed sponsored by Qolsys, a pledge by Altronix to donate $2 to Mission 500 for every visitor card swipe at its booth, a COPS Monitoring event benefiting Mission 500, and a Pelco hospitality event featuring Mission 500.