Fire Safety

Has consolidation shifted to the security integrator/installer market?

Consolidation – a decrease in the number of companies in a market achieved through mergers and acquisitions (M&A) – has been an important trend among manufacturers in the physical security market for many years. More recently, the trend has also appeared to extend to the integrator market. Larger integrators have been buying up other large integrators; in some cases, they have also been buying up smaller, regional integrators to expand their geographic coverage area. We wondered...

Electronic Security Expo 2018 to focus on life safety and monitoring solutions

Electronic Security Expo 2018 has added booths to the expo floor, accommodating influx of vendors wanting to meet with passionate security professionals this June. “We’re finding companies are excited to have a focused show where they can have quality interactions with real decision-makers from some of the most influential security, life safety, and monitoring companies around,” says ESX VP of Business Development, Jessica DaCosta. The recent expansion adds space for new exhi...

STANLEY Product and Technology to showcase security and access control solutions at IFSEC 2018

STANLEY Product and Technology, a provider of security, access control and door entry solutions, will be showcasing the latest innovations from its PACOM and PAC GDX brands at IFSEC 2018. Specialising in integrated security solutions, for over 35 years PACOM has been trusted by some of the most prestigious organisations around the world in sectors such as banking and finance, healthcare, education, critical infrastructure, logistics, telecommunications and utilities. By visiting Stand F222 vis...

SphereVision’s 360-degree imaging system aids fire safety teams in smoke detection

SphereVision has added a smoke simulation feature to its 360-degree imaging software to aid training, emergency planning and incident management. Specifically designed for fire and rescue teams, a variable density smoke layer can be applied to the 360-degree imagery allowing first responders to assess fire equipment, alarms and exit routes, and plan and train for a variety of incidents. A SphereVision Project, complete with site layouts and maps, embedded photographs and site documentation, ca...

Non lethal threat suppression disrupts active shooters

After the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, Jody Allen Crowe set out to develop a threat suppression tool to address school violence. Five years later, the result of that effort is the Crotega Threat Suppression System, displayed this year at ISC West. The remotely-deployed threat suppression system drenches a perpetrator with a repulsive water-based solution, thus impairing their ability to enact violence. The solution irritates eyes, throat, lungs and skin, but does not cause permanent injury....

IDIS's surveillance solutions compete for PSI Premier Awards 2018

Voting is now open for the PSI Premier Awards and IDIS is asking its technology partners and installers to show their support by choosing both the HE-1101 HDMI/VGA Video Encoder and Critical Failover technology.  With these two IDIS innovations through to this year’s final, installers are being asked cast votes for their preferred winner at on their website. Both IDIS products have been praised for helping installers to deliver more flexible, robust surveillance solutions to customer...

Round Table Discussions

Has consolidation shifted to the security integrator/installer market?

Consolidation – a decrease in the number of companies in a market achieved through mergers and acquisitions (M&A) – has been an important trend among manufacturers in the physical security market for many years. More recently, the trend has also appeared to extend to the integrator market. Larger integrators have been buying up other large integrators; in some cases, they have also been buying up smaller, regional integrators to expand their geographic coverage area. We wondered...

What are the most valuable features of cloud security?

Cloud computing has been around since the turn of the millennium. Over the years, the concept of storing and accessing programs over the Internet (instead of using an on-premises computer system) has grown in almost every realm of business. Some might say the physical security industry has come late to the party, delayed in some instances by (misguided?) concerns about cybersecurity of cloud systems. The bandwidth needed to transfer video to the cloud has also been a challenge. We asked this wee...

How should your security company measure total cost of ownership (TCO)?

How much does a security system cost? We all know that total costs associated with systems are substantially higher than the “price tag.” There are many elements, tangible and intangible, that contribute to the costs of owning and operating a system. Taking a broad view and finding ways to measure these additional costs enables integrators and users to get the most value from a system at the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO). However, measuring TCO can be easier said than done. We...