Security and Safety Things (SAST) - A Bosch IoT startup, hosted the first-ever live hackathon at ISC West on the 10th and 11th of April in the Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas. The two-day event featured three teams racing against the clock to create the most deployable application for an American football stadium using the new Security and Safety things system, SAST OS (Operating system). Teams were provided with Google pixel phones, reference cameras and appropriate APIs and development kits, including a video API, control API and a web server API. From there, they were tasked with developing creative solutions that would inspire new use cases and generate business insights, through the use of SAST OS. Software development environment Submissions were reviewed by Jim Coleman, Convergint; Staffan Grundström, Securitas; and Markus Berger-de León, Partner McKinsey & Company. The goal of the challenge was to develop apps, but also to show the industry how easy apps and solutions can be developed using SAST OS. Furthermore, the hackathon provided valuable feedback that will impact future development of SAST OS and the software development environment. SAST believes that the ecosystems and framework they have created will soon be a powerful standard for developers, integrators and hardware manufacturers alike. The hackathon showcased the ease of use of the system overall, and will act as a starting point for future innovations / developments.
Jonathan Lewit will touch on the array of connected devices and open platforms in the market ONVIF, a standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, announced that it will be presenting at TechSec Solutions 2017, February 27-28, 2017, at the Delray Beach Marriott, Delray Beach, Florida, as part of a panel discussion on standards, best practices, cybersecurity, and the Internet of Things.Internet of ThingsJonathan Lewit, Chair of the ONVIF Communication Committee, will be speaking on behalf of ONVIF and will be one of four panellists discussing ‘The future of IoT: Taming security's wild west.’ Other panellists include Neil Lakomiak of Underwriters’ Laboratories, Mitchell Klein of Z-wave Alliance and Jim Coleman of Operational Security Systems, Inc. The panel will be moderated by Paul Ragusa, Editor of Security Systems News. “Standards are an essential part of the conversation when considering any scenario in which disparate elements must work together to provide actionable intelligence or automation, which the Internet of Things often seeks to do,” said Per Björkdahl, Chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee. “Jonathan will bring an ONVIF perspective to the panel, shedding light on how standardisation and ONVIF specifications can build vital bridges between clients and devices and between IP-based systems.”Physical securityLewit, who also serves as Director of Technology Leadership for Pelco by Schneider-Electric, will touch on the array of connected devices and open platforms in the market that use common communication protocols to work together, including smart homes, buildings, and cities. The panellists will examine how standards, the establishment of best practices, interoperability, cybersecurity and other trends are helping to shape the future of the physical security industry.Lewit will be speaking on Monday, February 27, at 9:30 A.M. at TechSec Solutions 2017.
The new members include CONTAVA, A3 Communications, Inc. and A.C. Technical Systems Security-Net, a global provider of security integration services, announced recently that three member companies from across North America have joined the organisation, bringing its membership to more than twenty. Expanding services The new members include CONTAVA, A3 Communications, Inc. and A.C. Technical Systems, with headquarters in Edmonton, Alberta, Columbia, S.C., and Toronto, respectively. Together, they provide Security-Net with a diverse geographical footprint, expertise in providing security to the government sector, oil, gas and healthcare markets. Each company also boasts a strong background in IT. “Each of these new members has experience in multiple industries,” said Jim Coleman, President, Board of Directors of Security-Net. “CONTAVA’s IT background, A3 Communications’ roots in networking and A.C. Technical Systems’ experience in the electrical market will no doubt help Security-Net meet the demands of tomorrow’s market.” A.C. Technical Systems Dominic Burns is the founder and president of A.C. Technical Systems, the third company to recently join Security-Net. Based in the Toronto, Ontario-area, the company maintains three offices in Ontario, and two in Quebec, employing 74. A.C. Technical Systems specialises in providing access control, IP video and IP intercom systems to several industries, including mining, education, government, utility, commercial property management, retail, and sports arenas, and was founded in 1990. Contava CONTAVA, an Edmonton, Alberta-based company specialises in bridging the gap between security and information technology. The company maintains four locations and a staff of more than 60 integrators to serve customers across Canada. CONTAVA’s background in engineering, construction and IT allows it to provide a high level of technological skill to its customers that include provincial government, transportation, oil and gas, and others in the commercial market. The president of CONTAVA is Curtis Nikel and the company was founded in 2005. A3 Communications Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., A3 Communications maintains five branch locations, with offices in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia, and employs 80 – specialising in systems integration. The company, which was founded in 1990, has customers within the education, government, enterprise, financial and manufacturing industries. A3 Communciations was named number six on this year’s SD&I Fast 50 list. Operations are run by Brian Thomas, president. With these new additions, Security-Net can now offer comprehensive security services to customers who operate in Canada and the Southeast U.S. markets. Security-Net’s membership is now 21 members strong, making it the largest organisation of independent security systems integrators.
Hogan applied for membership status with Security-Net in in the Fall of 2014 to replace Shelton Security-Net, Inc., a global provider of security system services, announced recently that it voted to approve the membership of Bill Hogan as the Security-Net member representative for D/A Central in Oak Pak, Mich. Hogan has served as President of D/A Central since 2013. The Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Market Basket Rewards Inc., a comprehensive loyalty marketing and data analytics platform as a service for retailers, Hogan was hired to join D/A Central by Chief Executive Officer and Founder Dave Shelton. Shelton had been an active member of Security-Net for 21 years and joined the group in 1993 when there were only six members. He has previously served as Treasurer and Vice President of the Security-Net Board of Directors and led the initiative to create Security-Net’s SalesNet program, which today brings together sales leaders from member companies to collaborate on national accounts strategy, project management and lead generation. Hogan applied for membership status with Security-Net in in the Fall of 2014 to replace Shelton, who recently reduced his work schedule to enter semi-retirement. After a thorough application and review process, Security-Net’s 18 members accepted Hogan as a member, representing D/A Central. “Security-Net is excited to have Bill Hogan as the newest member of our organisation,” said Jim Coleman, President of the Board of Directors of Security-Net and President of Operational Security Systems, a systems integration company in Atlanta. “Bill brings to Security-Net a wealth of experience in marketing and customer loyalty programs and within a short period of time has become extremely knowledgeable about the security systems industry.”