Remote security

Cybersecurity must be a surveillance industry priority for 2018

We predicted last year that more vendors would introduce copies of Arecont Vision’s multi-sensor 180-360 degree panoramic and adjustable-view multi-sensor cameras in 2017, which came true. More vendors now offer their own 1st generation copies of the pioneering technology we introduced in 2006. We’ve continued to lead this market, introducing new 5th generation single-sensor and multi-sensor cameras that are used by customers worldwide. The SurroundVideo Omni G3 with Remote Setup c...

Top 10 mergers and acquisitions in the security industry for 2017

Rapid changes in the physical security market this year have largely overshadowed one arena where change has slowed down in 2017 – mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Although there were no “mega-mergers” as in years past (such as Axis-Canon and Johnson Controls-Tyco, M&A activity still made headlines last year on SourceSecurity.com. In 2017, we wrote about M&A news involving companies such as HID Global, Eagle Eye Networks, ADT, and Honeywell.   ...

How security operations centres will add business value in 2018

The 2017 U.S. economic momentum provided favourable conditions for the continued growth of the physical security marketplace. Concerns pertaining to increased criminal activity and terrorism brought a focus to PSIM solutions that merge varying data sets from multiple different security systems into a consistent view for a clearer security operational picture. The visualisation provided by PSIM tools gives CSOs and security managers the ability to immediately identify areas of vulnerabilities an...

Vanderbilt’s Milestone plugin augments SPC intrusion detection system

Vanderbilt, a provider of state-of-the-art security systems, has announced the release of a Milestone plugin for SPC intrusion system. Cloud-enhanced intrusion detection SPC protects businesses, properties, and assets for users who want an intrusion detection system that offers versatile operation and comprehensive alarm management functionality. Using cloud services, end-user apps, and a dedicated software suite, SPC is at the forefront of modern intrusion detection. The SPC Milestone plugin...

Dahua launches Bluetooth and wireless enabled smart locking solution

A safer home starts with a smarter lock. As a solution provider in the global video surveillance industry, Dahua Technology released new series of smart locks - Bluetooth Series and Bluetooth & Wireless 433 series to bring enhanced and more convenient protection to people. Keys to traditional locks easily get lost and duplicated, and residents cannot remotely open or close doors when necessary. The compact and sleek-looking Dahua smart lock combines a mechanical lock case with an electronic...

Successful security companies will leverage the cloud to offer more RMR in 2018

As the economy improved during 2017, the security industry also experienced an increase in new projects and upgrades for existing customers. Security dealers have been busy adapting to the new services that customers are now demanding and trying to stay competitive within their market. Many have changed their strategies—offering not only professionally installed systems but assisting with DIY and self-install products. Overall, the goal of forward-thinking security dealers has been to ele...

Round Table Discussions

Is the role of manpower more or less important for security today?

Even the most effective technologies usually require some level of human involvement. What new technologies do, generally speaking, is change the nature of a human’s role. Most jobs in today’s world are vastly different than 50 years ago, in many cases because of the changing role of technology. In the physical security world, what specific impact does technology have on the human element of systems? We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: Have recent developments in secu...

Does the security market really understand the meaning of 'cloud?'

There’s a huge cloud hanging over the physical security market, but in a good way. Cloud-based systems, whether for video, access control or another category, are on the verge of taking the industry by storm. The benefits of that mythical “cloud” are well-known, or certainly well-touted, in the market. It’s almost as if the word “cloud” has become a buzzword that can mean different things, or at least whatever the customer wants it to mean (as long as they buy...

What are the new opportunities for RMR in the security industry?

Lower equipment prices (with less margin) are one industry trend leading more integrators to seek out new sources of revenue. With margins shrinking on lucrative, but unpredictable, “project-based” business, integrators are looking for more revenue stability. One solution is recurring monthly revenue (RMR), which is already common in the related field of alarm monitoring. But where does RMR come from? Creating more RMR also requires that integrators change how they do business, from...