Verint launches new range of compact DVD-quality ethernet video servers
Verint launches new range of compact DVD-quality ethernet video servers

Verint has launched 3 new DVD-quality Ethernet Video Servers.  These compact servers are easy to configure and manage and utilise Nextiva Control Centre, an easy-to use management portal which simplifies deployment and enables configuration and administration from a single location and application.Nextiva S1704e: Including on-board analytics, this unit is designed for video monitoring and surveillance over IP networks and integrated with the Nextiva platform and applications.  Analytics ‘at the edge' can dramatically reduce video transport and storage requirements.Nextiva S1950e: A single port, high-resolution encoder designed for digital video monitoring and surveillance over IP networks.  Built for ease of use, up to 5 authorised users can simultaneously monitor live video and configure other unit settings using Internet Explorer and a secure and intuitive Web browser interface.Nextiva 1970e: Delivers 4CIF, 25 FPS for single-camera applications requiring optimal image quality.  With MPEG-4 SP video compression, dynamic bandwidth allocation and dual streaming capabilities, the Nextiva S1970e helps optimise the use of valuable network resources.Built on accepted industry standards for easy interoperability with existing IT infrastructure and video equipment, the new Nextiva Ethernet Video Servers represent a comprehensive suite of solutions designed to deliver superior functionality, long-term investment protection, and value.     IIPSEC stand 089    

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Verint advances high-end digital video recording
Verint advances high-end digital video recording

Verint is advancing the capture and management of digital video for high-capacity users with Verint’s Video Management Software and its suite of Ethernet Video Servers. Based on open, industry standards, Verint Nextiva MPEG-4-based Video Solutions enable organisations to acquire, manage and use video as easily as any other data.  Users can develop high-performance, fault tolerant video transmission and storage infrastructures, which deliver secure and rapid video access across IT networks.The Verint Nextiva S1712e 12-Input Ethernet Video Server provides a cost-effective, multi-port solution especially for video monitoring and surveillance in areas where a high concentration of cameras terminates within the same area.  Verint Nextiva S1712 delivers MPEG-4-based video over 10/100 Base-T networks using cat 5, fibre optic and wireless media.  Vast amounts of video can be collected, transmitted, stored and accessed from virtually anywhere.  With Verint’s Video Management Software, you can view your live and recorded video and manage your entire video surveillance operation from a single LAN- or WAN-enabled workstation, or via a Web browser, anytime and from anywhere.Verint’s highly-scalable, cost-effective open solutions also leverage your investment in open industry standard storage solutions such as IBM servers and RAID.  Develop effective strategies for management and retention of video surveillance data using Verint’s Networked Video Solutions, and the most vital images within the vast amount of video you capture can be accessed from virtually anywhere on your IT network by the people who need them most.

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Verint Video Intelligence solutions expands Nextiva IP video portfolio with Next-Generation multiport encoders and video management software
Verint Video Intelligence solutions expands Nextiva IP video portfolio with Next-Generation multiport encoders and video management software

Verint® Systems Inc., a leading global provider of analytics software-based solutions for workforce-enterprise optimisation and security, today announced additions to its family of multiport encoders, along with the next release of its patent-protected Nextiva® Enterprise video management software. These integrated solutions are the latest enhancements to the industry-leading Nextiva IP video portfolio from Verint® Video Intelligence Solutions™, and are designed to deliver a flexible and scalable IP video management platform to organisations around the world. Robust and energy-efficient next-generation multiport encoders. The introduction of its environmentally-friendly Nextiva S1808e and S1816e multiport encoders represent the latest addition to the Nextiva portfolio, and are the result the company's decade-long track record that includes deploying close to one million multiport encoder inputs. The Nextiva S1808e and S1816e multiport encoders are enterprise-class solutions designed to deliver high-resolution images for recorded and live video, and support H.264 and MPEG-4 video up to 4CIF/30fps on all ports. By incorporating the robust H.264 video encoding technology, the solutions can help enable lower total cost of ownership (TCO), decreased bit rate and storage consumption by up to 50 percent, less power requirements and seamless integration with the company's Nextiva video management software. The new Nextiva encoders, built for easy installation and operation in virtually any environment, also feature state-of-the-art power supplies that are ENERGY STAR® qualified, meeting strict energy-efficient guidelines that help protect the environment. Further, with 25 percent weight reduction, the encoders' compact and cutting-edge product design helps diminish carbon emissions produced during shipping-allowing for greater flexibility in system design and deployment. Video management software furthers compliance, server capacity and virtualisation In addition, recent enhancements to the Nextiva video management software include H.264 compliance, which allows for double the number of recorded cameras per server. Verint Nextiva is a comprehensive solution built on a standards-based, open architecture engineered for scalability, rapid deployment and ease of maintenance. The latest solution builds on this foundation and offers new features that support server virtualisation-helping organisations consolidate and reduce their IT operational and maintenance costs. "As ever, Verint is committed to delivering innovative solutions that simplify and make it more cost-effective for organisations to meet their security requirements. We believe these enhancements, and others to come, will serve the market well-enabling users to effectively manage and maximise their IP video system investments," says Elan Moriah, president, Verint Video Intelligence Solutions and Verint® Witness Actionable Solutions®.

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Verint Video Intelligence Solutions expands Nextiva portfolio with next-generation single- and multi-port devices
Verint Video Intelligence Solutions expands Nextiva portfolio with next-generation single- and multi-port devices

Key additions to Verint's Nextiva® IP Video portfolio were introduced at ISC West 2010 with a new line of high-definition and H.264-enabled single- and multi-port edge devices. Combining exceptional performance with an outstanding feature set, the solutions are designed to help organisations establish cost-effective, modular physical security infrastructures that are best-in-class. These latest security offerings support the Verint®Video Intelligence Solutions™ unified portfolio strategy that enables users to integrate all security operations within the IP network. With the Nextiva IP Video portfolio, organisations can experience such benefits as operational flexibility, greater protection capabilities, high reliability and lower total cost of ownership. Among the current and upcoming additions to Verint's expanded IP video portfolio are the following solutions: Nextiva S1800e Single- and Dual-Port Encoders Featuring H.264 Technology Built on a decade of deploying over one million ports, the Nextiva S1800e single- and dual-port encoders are ideal for one- or two-camera implementations in distributed networks, in which excellent video quality, a compact design, and storage and bandwidth optimisation are key. The S1800e single- and dual-port encoders couple superior video resolution up to three H.264 video streams 4CIF/30fps and storage on the edge-a failover mechanism that ensures video is recorded in case connection with the management software is lost. Nextiva S1816e-SP 16-Port Video Encoder An addition to the S1800e multi-port product line, the Nextiva S1816e-SP is ideal for banking, retail and other video surveillance applications in which cost, storage and bandwidth optimisation are key. The streamlined video encoder combines excellent image quality-up to 4CIF/15fps on every port-with the dramatically lower bitrate of H.264 video compression. Using the versatile, affordable Nextiva S1816e-SP, users can capture images from up to 16 cameras per encoder, with fewer processing, storage and bandwidth requirements (up to 50 percent over MPEG-4), and a significantly lower overall cost. Nextiva HDR 1800 High-Definition Receiver Featuring H.264 Technology The Nextiva HDR 1800 video decoder/receiver combines excellent performance, high-definition technology and H.264 video decompression to enhance the functionality and versatility of Nextiva Virtual Matrix implementations. Ideal for video surveillance applications that call for high-definition video to be displayed at multiple locations, the HDR 1800 can display one to 16 high-resolution video tiles on a single digital wide-screen monitor, or a total of 18 video tiles on two monitors. Nextiva S1801e-R Single-Port Decoders with H.264 & High-Definition Technology Nextiva S1801e-R single-port decoders incorporate advanced H.264 decompression technology to deliver superior quality and performance. The Nextiva S1801e-R compact decoders are designed for use with all Nextiva S1800e Series single- and multi-port encoders and support four to six H.264 video streams, displaying up to four tiles on traditional CCTV monitors and up to six tiles on high-definition LCD or plasma monitors. "Our latest enhancements to the Nextiva IP Video portfolio mark exciting advances designed to help customers ease migration to IP video operations cost-effectively, and with simplified implementation and management," says Elan Moriah, president, Verint Video Intelligence Solutions and Verint® Witness Actionable Solutions®. Verint is at the forefront of networked video technology with nearly two decades of experience delivering security intelligence solutions to government and industry worldwide. With the industry's most comprehensive solution and service portfolio, the company is focused on helping its customers and partners realise the benefits of IP video to achieve strategic security goals.

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Verint presents its new single- and multi-port encoders and high-definition IP camera series
Verint presents its new single- and multi-port encoders and high-definition IP camera series

Verint® Systems Inc. presents its Nextiva® IP Video portfolio including a new line of single- and multi-port edge devices and high-definition, H.264-powered IP cameras. Combining exceptional performance with an outstanding feature set, the solutions are designed to help organisations establish cost-effective, modular physical security infrastructures that are best-in-class. These latest security offerings support the Verint® Video Intelligence Solutions™ unified portfolio strategy that enables users to integrate all security operations within the IP network. With the Nextiva IP Video portfolio, organisations can experience such benefits as operational flexibility, greater protection capabilities, high reliability and lower total cost of ownership. Among the current and upcoming additions to Verint's expanded IP Video portfolio are the following solutions: Nextiva S1800e Single- and Dual-Port Encoders Featuring H.264 Technology Built on a decade of deploying over one million ports, the Nextiva S1800e single- and dual-port encoders are ideal for one- or two-camera implementations in distributed networks, in which excellent video quality, a compact design, and storage and bandwidth optimisation are key. The S1800e single- and dual-port encoders couple superior video resolution up to three H.264 video streams 4CIF/25 fps and storage on the edge - a failover mechanism that ensures video is recorded in case connection with the management software is lost. Nextiva S1816e-SP 16-Port Video Encoder An addition to the S1800e multi-port product line, the Nextiva S1816e-SP is ideal for banking, retail and other video surveillance applications in which cost, storage and bandwidth optimisation are key. The streamlined video encoder combines excellent image quality - up to 4CIF/12.5 fps on every port - with the dramatically lower bitrate of H.264 video compression. Using the versatile, affordable Nextiva S1816e-SP, users can capture images from up to 16 cameras per encoder, with fewer processing, storage and bandwidth requirements (up to 50 percent over MPEG-4), and a significantly lower overall cost. Nextiva S5000 Series High-Resolution H.264-Powered IP Cameras The introduction of the Nextiva S5000 Series of IP cameras expands the breadth of Verint's camera portfolio, bringing six new models to the market. These professional IP cameras - which include fixed, indoor dome and outdoor vandal-resistant IP66 dome models - feature resolutions from VGA to high-definition 2.0 megapixels to accommodate a wide range of video security requirements. Dual streaming and supported video compressions from H.264 to MJPEG and MPEG-4 help optimise use of valuable bandwidth and storage. Nextiva S5000 IP dome cameras are fully integrated with the Nextiva Video Management software - which is comprised of centralised device management, automated health monitoring and remote video viewing - and with other Verint solutions, including the Nextiva EdgeVR® IP-based network video recorder. "Our latest enhancements to the Nextiva IP Video portfolio mark exciting advances designed to help customers ease migration to IP video operations cost-effectively, and with simplified implementation and management," says David Parcell, Managing Director, EMEA, Verint Systems. Verint is at the forefront of networked video technology with nearly two decades of experience delivering security intelligence solutions to government and industry worldwide. With the industry's most comprehensive solution and service portfolio, the company is focused on helping its customers and partners realise the benefits of IP video to achieve strategic security goals. Click to download Verint Edge Device Brochure.

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7 steps to make VMS system design and installation easier
7 steps to make VMS system design and installation easier

For those of you old enough to remember, video matrix switchers were once the heyday of surveillance camera control. These cumbersome antiques were at the heart of every major video surveillance system (CCTV at the time) in premier gaming properties, government installations and corporate industrial complexes. They required more physical labour to construct and configure than perhaps the pyramids – maybe not – but you get the picture. And then digital video made its way in to the market and everything changed, transforming the physical demands for camera control and management from a hardware-centric to a software driven process. We’ve come a long way in a few short years, and the borders that once defined IT and security continue to diminish, if not disappear completely There’s no doubt that this migration also presented significant challenges as many security professionals often struggled with all things IT and software programming being one of the industry’s soft spots. Fortunately, we’ve come a long way in a few short years, and the borders that once defined IT and security continue to diminish, if not disappear completely. However, the complexities of today’s VMS functionality can be intimidating for anyone tasked with installing one of these systems given all of the user-defined options available from the simplest camera sequencing and bandwidth allocations to mobile management and enterprise level integration. This is where truly advanced VMS solutions need to shine on both the operations and the design/build sides of the equation. Smart VMS design There are more solutions products labelled “VMS solutions” out there than ever before. The issue is the fact that many of these “solutions” really don’t fall into the category of a true VMS by today’s standards but offer basic camera and NVR control. No doubt that there is a place for such software programs in the market. However, VMS solutions from the likes of OnSSI and other industry-leading companies offer distinct and superior management and control capabilities for demanding security and business intelligence applications. Perhaps of equal importance, these top-tier VMS solutions incorporate provisions for installers, so they have a clear and easier implementation path. OnSSI offers VMS solutions with smart camera drivers Here are seven attributes that can assist with the design and implementation of an advanced VMS solution: 1) Open architecture platform We need the ability to easily integrate with other systems and scale for future developments and physical system growth The ability to easily integrate with other systems and scale for future developments and physical system growth is largely dependent on a systems platform architecture. Here’s where VMS solutions with open architecture provide a distinct advantage. Open-architecture solutions expand functionality by facilitating greater integration between multiple systems and components. This not only makes VMS solutions with open architecture easier to implement, it makes them extremely cost-efficient by eliminating the need for proprietary solutions. Open architecture systems also provide adherence to industry standards such as ONVIF and PSIA, as well as compression formats such as H.265 and MJPEG, and help ensure system integration and support of an extensive range of manufacturers’ cameras and off-the-shelf hardware. Be wary of VMS solutions with limited camera manufacturer support. 2) Simple licensing processes and pricing Camera licenses and pricing is always a touchy subject, as any misunderstanding of a specific VMS solutions’ licensing terms can prove to be costly after the fact. And it often seems that some VMS suppliers have gone to great lengths to complicate the process as to obscure actual Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Perhaps the most direct, simple and straightforward camera licensing and pricing method is to have one license per IP address used by each camera/encoder on multi-channel devices. These should be perpetual licenses with no required annual fees or subscriptions. Additionally, the licensing agreement should be all inclusive without added fees for multiple clients, failover servers, active directory support, I/O devices, redundant management servers, technical support or security patches and updates. 3) Mixing and matching camera license types The ability to mix and match different camera license types within the same system helps facilitate a seamless and simple migration of new and pre-existing systems with minimal downtime or interruption in operation. The ability to mix and match camera licenses not only saves valuable design and installation time, it can provide considerable savings when integrating large, multi-tenant systems. Mix and match capabilities also allow system designers to apply specific feature sets to specific groups of cameras to best leverage functionality and budgets, as well as providing the flexibility to implement an on-site, virtual, or cloud-based VMS solution, without any additional cost. 4) Auto camera detection and configuration Another VMS set-up feature that eases the install process is the ability to forego device registrations or MAC address requirements Another VMS set-up feature that eases the install process is the ability to forego device registrations or MAC address requirements. This functionality allows installers to instantly locate cameras on the network and configure them centrally so they can easily replace older cameras while seamlessly retaining video recorded from them. The auto detection capability should also include the ability to detect and import CSV files, which can then be stored and used to configure camera templates for future camera installation profiles. 5) Smart camera driver technology VMS solutions with smart camera drivers offer valuable assistance during system implementation, and any time new cameras are added to the network or replace older models. Manufacturer-specific smart camera drivers expand the range of model-specific static drivers. Instead of storing the device’s information (codecs, resolutions, frame rates, etc.) statically, a VMS with smart camera drivers queries devices for their capabilities using the manufacturers’ proprietary protocol. All that is required for configuration is that the camera is available on the network. Smart camera drivers eliminate the need to wait for model-specific drivers or installation of driver packs, allowing for newly released cameras to be used immediately. Network security is an area where leading VMS suppliers like OnSSI have ramped up development efforts to stay ahead of hackers  6) Importance of network security Network Security is perhaps the greatest challenge faced by industry professionals today Network security is perhaps the greatest challenge faced by industry professionals today. This is an area where leading VMS suppliers like OnSSI have ramped up development efforts to stay ahead of hackers. New security developments to look for include TLS 1.2 encryption protocols for camera-to-server communications (SSL 3.0 supported for older cameras), as well as server-to-server communications. Additional safeguards to consider include: randomised video databases with no camera identification information to secure recorded data; support for Active Directory authentication; AES encryption between servers and clients; and AES encrypted exporting. 7) Automatic updates Regardless of the supplier you select for your VMS solution, they should be consistently providing new updates and security patches on a frequent if not regular basis. Keeping up with these updates can be a burden and are often overlooked leading to system failures and breeches. Advanced VMS solutions now feature automatic update service checks on a system-wide basis, eliminating the need to manually update individual servers and devices. This ensures that your VMS system always has the latest drivers, fixes and updates which assures overall security while reducing TCO. So next time you’re getting a demo of the latest and greatest VMS solution, remember to ask what it offers in terms of design and implementation tools. Half the battle with new technologies is getting them installed and working properly. Without the right tools to accomplish these critical first steps, all the functionality in the world will do you little good.

Video technology reimagined with the empowerment of IoT
Video technology reimagined with the empowerment of IoT

It amazes me how in a few short years security systems have gone from simple, dumb cameras witnessing events to intelligent eyes, ears, speech and touch solutions that boost situational awareness far beyond human capabilities. It seems the only senses missing from the equation now are smell and taste. And who knows, someone might be working on those in a lab somewhere right now. But what’s really fascinating to me is how the Internet of Things (IoT) has opened a world of possibilities for transforming security technology into something new yet again. With IoT we’re able to push and pull nuggets of intelligence from sources we never considered before: environmental sensors, pressure plates, door lock timers and much more. It’s helped us break through the constraining mindset that security systems are strictly single-purpose. With interconnectivity at the core, we’re starting to imagine myriad ways to apply these tools to challenges outside the realm of security. Here are just a few examples. Flood management assistance Network camera adds another dimension and timeliness to flood management by helping responders investigate remotely As recent hurricanes and floods have shown, water damage can be devastating to a community. That’s why some municipalities are using their city surveillance cameras in conjunction with water sensor to proactively address the problem. Water sensors collect data from multiple sources such as rain gutters, sewer systems and pump stations, in order to monitor fluctuations in water levels and water quality. If an alert triggers, having a network camera in proximity to visually verify the situation helps responders determine the best course of action. For instance, if multiple water detection sensors trigger alerts simultaneously or sequentially over a large area it’s probably due to natural runoff from recent rainfall. But without eyes on the scene, how can you be sure? Network camera adds another dimension and timeliness to flood management by helping responders investigate and identify the cause of a trigger remotely. It might be a fire hydrant spewing water, a water main break or even a chemical spill. With video streaming live to the command center, staff can remotely inspect the area, determine the cause of the trigger and decide whether remediation is required, thus avoiding the expense of dispatching an investigative crew to a non-event. Some municipalities are using their city surveillance cameras in conjunction with water sensor to proactively address the problem Environmental control assistance Data centers house the lifeblood of a business so it’s no wonder why companies work hard to protect them. We’re all familiar with the integration of network cameras with access control systems to visually verify who is actually using the credentials. Network camera adds another dimension and timeliness to flood management by helping responders investigate and identify the cause of a trigger remotely But there’s another aspect to protecting data centers and that’s environment control. Data centers need to maintain optimum humidity and temperature for the racks of electronics. When environmental sensors in the facility detect out-of-norm ranges technicians can remotely command a network camera to zoom in on the gauges and help them determine whether remediation might be necessary.  Coupling network cameras with other sensors in the data center can provide visual confirmation of other conditions as well. For instance, every time a data rack door-open-close sensor detects an event it can trigger the camera to pan to the location and stream video to security. Some data centers employ weight sensors at the doorway to weigh personnel and equipment as they enter the room and when they exit to ensure no additional hardware is being taken out of the facility or left inside without permission. Any discrepancy would trigger the camera to zoom in for a close-up of the individual’s face and send a visual alert and ID information to security. Roadway management and parking assistance Network cameras have long played a part in city-wide traffic management. Adding video analytics and integration with network sensors, makes those cameras that much smarter and versatile. They can detect cars driving in bike lanes or driving in the wrong direction and capture license plates of offenders. Their ability to detect anomalous traffic flow patterns can be integrated with car counting sensors, networked electronic road signs and traffic light systems to automatically redirect vehicles to alternate routes. They make great, intelligent parking lot attendants, too. Working in conjunction with weight sensors network cameras can count vehicles coming into and leaving a lot or garage and verify when the facility has reached capacity. License plate recognition and video analytics can be used to ascertain that a vehicle entering a reserved parking space doesn’t match the credentials and vehicle attributes in the database. With the addition of noise sensors and audio analytics, network cameras can improve roadway and parking facility safety by detecting and identifying specific sounds – breaking glass, car alarms, gun shots, and aggressive speech – and triggering a visual alert to first responders. Network cameras can improve roadway and parking facility safety by detecting and identifying specific sounds and triggering a visual alert to first responders Shopper experience assistance In the early days of online shopping, e-tailers designed their sites to replicate the in-store customer experience. In an ironic turn of events, today brick-and-mortar stores are trying to mirror the online shopping experience. To do so, they’re turning their security systems into adjunct sales assistance. With network video and audio system automation they can recognise and acknowledge loyal customers with personal greetings. Retailers are applying people counting video analytics to checkout activity to create rules-based consistency in customer service With heatmapping analytics they can measure how much time a customer spends in a specific department or observe how they walk through the aisles of the store. They can track shopping behaviors such as items looked at that made it into the cart or didn’t, or whether a customer actually checked out or left the merchandise behind. By capturing these shopping patterns and trends retailers can shape a more positive, more profitable customer shopping experience. For instance, integrating video analytics with point of sale systems and RFID sensors on merchandise tags can result in timely alerts to sales associates to recommend additional merchandise. This is a case of emulating how e-tailers let the customer know that other customers who bought X often also purchased items Y and Z. Or to avoid disappointing customers due to stock outages, retailers are linking weight sensors and video analytics to make sure their shelves are well-stocked and if not, quickly alert associates to what items need to be restocked. Capturing business intelligence Retailers are also using video cameras to monitor checkout queues and trigger automated announcements over the public-address system, closed system such as smartphones or other wireless communications devices that checkers are needed rather wait for a person to call for backup. IoT laid the groundwork for network security solutions to seamlessly integrate with other IP-based technologies, sensors and programs They’re applying people counting video analytics to checkout activity to create rules-based consistency in customer service. While retailers will always use their surveillance camera for loss prevention, they’re finding that integrating traditional technology in new ways can yield even bigger returns. Linking network video surveillance, video analytics, network communications system and sensors with point-of-sale systems and customer loyalty databases, retailers are capturing the business intelligence they need to get back in the game and make brick-and-mortar a greater overall experience than online shopping. A natural cross-over technology This trend towards integration has forever changed how organisations view their investment in security technology. The intelligence and versatility of a tool that can see, verify and analyse what’s happening in real-time is spurring users to tap its cross-over potential for a host of other tasks that could benefit from more astute situational awareness – everything from manufacturing and equipment maintenance to logistics, inventory control and beyond. IoT laid the groundwork for network security solutions to seamlessly integrate with other IP-based technologies, sensors and programs. How we capitalise on that connection is only limited by our imagination.

Top ten security industry mergers and acquisitions of 2018
Top ten security industry mergers and acquisitions of 2018

Consolidation persisted in the physical security industry in 2018, and big companies such as Motorola, Canon and UTC continued to make moves. Also among the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) news in 2018 was a high-profile bankruptcy (that ended well), continuing consolidation in the integrator market, and the creation of a new entity called “LenelS2.” Here’s a look at the Top 10 M&A stories in 2018: 1. Motorola acquires Avigilon Motorola Solutions announced in February that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire video surveillance provider Avigilon in an all-cash transaction that enhances Motorola Solutions’ portfolio of mission-critical communications technologies. Avigilon products are used by a range of commercial and government customers including critical infrastructure, airports, government facilities, public venues, healthcare centers and retail. The company holds more than 750 U.S. and international patents. 2. UTC Climate, Control & Security buys S2 Security UTC Climate, Controls & Security agreed in September to acquire S2 Security, a developer of unified security and video management solutions. UTC subsequently combined S2 with its Lenel brand to create LenelS2, “a global leader in advanced access control systems and services” with “complementary strengths.” 3. Costar Technologies acquires Arecont Vision after bankruptcy Arecont Vision, the provider of IP-based megapixel camera and video surveillance solutions, announced in July that the acquisition by Costar Technologies, Inc. of its assets had been approved by the bankruptcy court. After the closing of the sale, the company began operating as Arecont Vision Costar, LLC and is part of Costar, a U.S. corporation that designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes a range of products for the video surveillance and machine vision markets. 4. Allegion acquires access control company ISONAS Allegion plc, a security products and solutions provider, agreed in June to acquire ISONAS through one of its subsidiaries. ISONAS’ edge-computing technology provides access control solutions for non-residential markets. ISONAS' devices – like its integrated reader-controllers – utilise power over ethernet, making them easy to install and cost effective as they utilise existing customer infrastructures. The company is based in Boulder, Colo. 5. HID buys Crossmatch for Biometrics HID Global announced that it had acquired Crossmatch, a provider of biometric identity management and secure authentication solutions, from Francisco Partners. Crossmatch’s portfolio of products includes biometric identity management hardware and software that complement HID’s broad portfolio of trusted identity products and services. 6. BriefCam announces acquisition by Canon BriefCam, a global provider of video synopsis and deep learning solutions, announced its acquisition in May by Canon Inc., a global digital imaging solutions company. The addition of BriefCam to Canon’s network video solutions products portfolio complements the Canon Group’s previous acquisitions of Axis Communications and Milestone Systems. 7. Allied Universal acquires U.S. Security Associates Allied Universal, a security and facility services company, finalised its acquisition of U.S. Security Associates (USSA) in October, further building on its position in the security services industry. This acquisition includes Andrews International (including its Government Services Division and Consulting and Investigations and International Division) and Staff Pro. 8. Johnson Controls acquires Smartvue Corp. Johnson Controls announced in April that it had acquired Smartvue, a global IoT and video provider that empowers cloud video surveillance and IoT video services. The addition of the Smartvue cloud-based video platform will enhance Johnson Controls’ offering of an end-to-end, smart cloud-based solution that can provide superior business data and intelligence to customers and added value to partners. 9. ADT acquires Red Hawk Fire & Security (and others) ADT Inc.’s acquisition of Red Hawk Fire & Security, Boca Raton, Fla., was the latest move in ADT Commercial’s strategy to buy up security integrator firms around the country and grow their footprint. In addition to the Red Hawk acquisition, announced in mid-October, ADT has acquired more than a half-dozen security system integration firms in the last year or so. 10. Convergint Technologies continues to acquire Convergint Technologies announced in August the acquisition of New Jersey-based Access Control Technologies (ACT), bringing further electronic security systems experience to Convergint's service capabilities. Convergint has strategically grown its service footprint across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific through strong organic growth and the completion of 18 acquisitions since early 2016. And it continues: Convergint announced acquisition of SI Technologies, Albany, N.Y., in November and Firstline Security Integration (FSI), Anaheim, Calif., in December. (And Convergint itself was acquired in February by private equity group Ares Management.)

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Verint® Systems Inc. announces webinar for financial organisations strategies on reopening post-COVID-19
Verint® Systems Inc. announces webinar for financial organisations strategies on reopening post-COVID-19

Verint® Systems Inc. will host a webinar on Thursday, July 16, during which a panel of speakers will discuss how banks can take the best approach to welcome customers back into their branches as businesses begin to reopen. While some speculated that branch banking might disappear altogether, demand for banking services has not wavered; just 3% of Americans say they would stop using branch banking entirely in the aftermath of the pandemic. July 16, Reopening the Doors: Addressing Compliance, Health, and Community-Focus Areas for Financial Organisations. Security, health and safety consideration In this webinar, panellists will address the legal considerations, new regulations and the critical factors for developing a return-to-work plan that balances security, health, and safety. Speakers will discuss the current state of the financial industry and how banks can take the best approach to welcome customers back into their branches. Panellists include: Kirk Monroe, Executive Vice President, Executive Director of Lending Services, Vectra Bank Sarah Auchterlonie, shareholder at Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, and Schreck Allison Gambill, Litigation Attorney at Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, and Schreck Ian Kildow, Financial Fraud Investigative Supervisor at the Colorado Office of the Attorney General, Department of Law "As a trusted partner to financial institutions throughout North America, we have a responsibility to help organisations plan for and adapt to the reopening of branches," says Verint’s Matt Tengwall, Vice President and General Manager, Fraud and Security solutions. "This webinar is designed to provide banks and credit unions with timely information as they evaluate the processes, timelines and guidance needed to help ensure a safe and healthy environment."

What are the challenges of retrofits, and how can they be overcome?
What are the challenges of retrofits, and how can they be overcome?

Retrofit projects provide new levels of physical security modernisation to existing facilities. However, retrofits come with their own set of challenges that can frustrate system designers and defy the efforts of equipment manufacturers. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What are the biggest challenges of retrofit projects, and how can they be overcome?

Which technologies will disrupt the security industry in the second half of 2020?
Which technologies will disrupt the security industry in the second half of 2020?

The first half of 2020 has been full of surprises, to say the least, and many of them directly impacted the physical security market. The COVID-19 pandemic created endless new challenges, and the physical security market has done our part to meet those challenges by adapting technology solutions such as thermal cameras and access control systems. In the second half of 2020, we can all hope for a return to normalcy, even if it is a “new normal.” In any case, technology will continue to play a big role. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: Which technologies have the greatest potential to disrupt the security industry in the second half of 2020?

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