Hikvision USA Inc., a provider of artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics and other emerging technologies, and supplier of video surveillance products and solutions, has announced it was selected as the recipient of both 'Supplier of the Year 2017' and the 'Growth Award' by its distributor partner, The Edge Group. The Supplier of the Year award is the highest recognition of excellence given by The Edge Group. Award selection is based on The Edge Group's comprehensive audit of service levels. Hikvision received the highest score across categories such as response time, attitude, and ability to meet shipping deadlines. "The Hikvision team thanks The Edge Group for this great honour. To be recognised with two awards is incredible. Recognition as the 'Supplier of the Year' and the 'Growth Award' is further testament to the great partnership between our organisations. We look forward to building on this foundation in 2018 and beyond,” said Gordon Lang, Hikvision’s senior director of distribution sales. Hikvision and our partners win business in the North American market by combining excellent service with a wide array of technology solutions" Security partnerships “Edge is pleased to honour Hikvision as our 2017 Supplier of the Year. Hikvision’s superior service levels combined with an innovative, high quality product offering epitomise the best-in-class in the industry, so this prestigious award is well deserved. Hikvision is a valued and strategic partner to The Edge Group and we look forward to an even more successful 2018,” said Ron Meyers, chairman of the board at Edge Marketing and Procurement. Noting that The Edge Group is one Hikvision's valued partners, Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision USA Inc. and Hikvision Canada Inc., said: "Hikvision and our partners win business in the North American market by combining excellent service with a wide array of technology solutions."
Hikvision Canada Inc., a North American provider of award-winning video surveillance products and solutions, provided cameras for the JPPS Children’s Centre (CPE) in Montreal installed by integrator Alarme Sentinelle. Children’s centre security CPE-JPPS is a children’s centre supported by the Quebec government, housed in a two-storey building that holds about 80 children and 18 staff members. Installed security cameras stopped working after its relocation in 2014, and CPE-JPPS had to manually monitor the front entrance. After some research, it was discovered the cameras had not been registered and were not under warranty. The previous installer had since gone out of business. “Hikvision cameras will make a big difference for us,” said Randy Zucker, director of the CPE-JPPS. “Being able to observe the children, especially those with special needs, will help us improve our programs without causing any distress for the children.” “They are the best product available in this price range and the recording quality and features are perfect for these types of applications” Hikvision price and quality CPE-JPPS sought out Montreal-based integrator, Alarme Sentinelle, a company with a 39-year history in the security space. Frank Martinez, installation and project manager, recommended Hikvision DS-2CD2512F-I cameras for the centre because “they are, by far, the best product available in this price range and the recording quality and features are perfect for these types of applications.” Martinez added that Alarme Sentinelle’s goal is to provide clients with peace of mind and a professional security system that operates around the clock. Licensed security installers in Canada Alarm Sentinelle recommends that education institutions in Canada actively seek out security installers that are licensed with Quebec’s BSP (Bureau de la sécurité privée), the RBQ and are members of CANASA. “Ultimately, this is a great example of how Hikvision works hand in hand with its integrators to support nonprofits and educational institutions,” said Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision Canada Inc. and Hikvision USA Inc. “Having reliable partners helps the end users and allows us to maintain our leadership position in the industry.”
The ESA Youth Scholarship provides funds to recent high school graduates whose parents are first responders Hikvision USA, North American provider of CCTV and IP video surveillance products, is a supporting the Electronic Security Association (ESA) Youth Scholarship. With co-contributors DMP and Monitronics, Hikvision is making it possible for ESA to provide college scholarships to two recent high school graduates whose parents are first responders. ESA Youth Scholarship Programme Since its creation in 1996, the ESA Youth Scholarship Programme has awarded $621,500 in scholarship funds to children of police officers and firefighters. ESA, its affiliated chartered chapters, and sponsoring companies within the security industry make these scholarships possible and help young people achieve their goals of higher education."The police officers and firefighters that protect and serve our communities are true heroes and deserve our unwavering gratitude," said ESA President Marshall Marinace. "These men and women put their lives on the line every day, and ESA on behalf of the electronic security industry is pleased to support these incredible families. Awarding scholarships to the first responders’ impressive children is one of the ways we can thank our deserving public safety partners and do our part to make their lives just a little easier."Scholarship winners Applicants were asked to write essays explaining what it meant to them to have their parent involved in securing the community. This year’s first-place winner was Katherine Waugh of Joel Barlow High School in Easton, Connecticut. Her father, Steven Waugh, is chief at Easton Volunteer Fire Company #1 and was on the front line when Hurricane Sandy struck Connecticut. The second-place winner, Trevor Carney, recently graduated from Irondequoit High School in Rochester, New York. His father, Patrick Carney, is a member of the Rochester Police Department. Both winners will be recognised at the Public Safety Luncheon at the Electronic Security Expo (ESX) in Fort Worth, Texas on June 9th.“Hikvision recognises the invaluable contributions of first responders in keeping all of us safe,” commented Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision USA and Hikvision Canada. “It is our honor to support the children of first responders, and we wish these young people the greatest success in their future endeavours.”To learn about Hikvision’s comprehensive product suite of video surveillance solutions, see them in person at ESX, booth 311, June 8th-10th.
De Fina also made his mark at several other companies, including Samsung-Techwin, SightLogix, and Hikvision Frank De Fina, a security executive whose career spanned more than two decades at Panasonic, died suddenly over the weekend. Since leaving Panasonic in 2008, De Fina also made his mark at several other companies, including security industry players Samsung-Techwin, SightLogix, and Hikvision, where he was employed at his death. 26 years at Panasonic A statement from Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision USA and Canada, reads as follows: “It is with deep regret that I inform you that Frank De Fina passed away over the weekend. Each of us not only grieves at the passing of a tremendous individual but also for the loss his family suffers. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family members.” De Fina worked for 26 years at Panasonic, where he was president/COO of Panasonic System Solutions Company when he left the company in March 2008. During a two-year hiatus from the security industry, he worked as vice-president global sales and marketing for Paul Reed Smith Guitars Ltd., a reflection of his love of music. Building sales infrastructure De Fina’s next industry job was as executive vice president of Samsung-Techwin America, where he was instrumental in building the sales infrastructure and raising awareness of the Samsung brand in the U.S. security marketplace. After leaving Samsung in 2014, he worked for a year as executive vice president of SightLogix, a thermal analytics company, before joining Hikvision, where he was senior director of Hikvision USA and Hikvision Canada at the time of his death. He was also a member of the executive board of the Security Industry Association (SIA). The statement from Jeffrey He continues: “Frank had several causes he deeply believed in and the company will be making contributions to those organisations. Should you desire to send condolences to Frank’s family, please send them to Alex Asnovich [Hikvision head of marketing, director North America] and they will be passed along to his family.”