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Watch: Installer World debuts with Tool Zone, Trade Counter and Engineers of Tomorrow competition

IFSEC 2017 IFSEC International this year launched an area dedicated to the needs of installers of fire and security technologies. Sponsored by RISCO, Installer World brought together manufacturers and distributors, the Tool Zone, workwear, the Engineers of Tomorrow competition, recruitment consultants and a networking bar. In the Tool Zone (big thanks to its exclusive partner, Anglia Tools), visitors sampled a wide range of hand and power tools and took advantage of exclusive discounts and special offers.

VanTainer also provided racking and storage systems. Check out our video review of Installer World below. embedded content Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals.

Specifically looking at topics such as open platforms, 4K, low-light cameras, video analytics, warranties and this year due to the growing threat posed, the cybersecurity landscape.

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Vanderbilt releases SPC Connect 2.4

Cloud-based monitoring Vanderbilt has announced the release of the latest version of SPC Connect, the hosted, cloud-based solution through which installers can monitor, manage, and maintain SPC panels remotely. SPC Connect 2.4, which arrives four months after the last SPC Connect update, introduces push notifications, local user management and alarm verification. The new push notifications for IOS devices provide users with updates even when the app is closed.

Users can also add new accounts through the server, import lists of multiple users, and automatically register multiple accounts at any given time, thanks to new local user management features. SPC Connect is designed to enhance the installer s ability to configure their systems remotely and, with user management enhancements, SPC Connect speeds up the process of adding and configuring users, says John O Donnell, product manager at Vanderbilt. It means that the system administrator can now quickly configure users to have access to their SPC system, while simultaneously saving them time and money. SPC is one of the best intrusion detection solutions on the market for system user requirements. The speed and delivery of these latest features to market are proof of our commitment to providing customers with a stable and established security system that offers whole market scalability and future-proof guarantee. embedded content Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals. Specifically looking at topics such as open platforms, 4K, low-light cameras, video analytics, warranties and this year due to the growing threat posed, the cybersecurity landscape.

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Mobotix launches new Mx6: the most powerful 6MP camera system yet

Mobotix is starting series production of its new Mx6 6MP camera line with outdoor dual cameras. The Mx6 line is compatible with the outdoor dual cameras M16, D16, S16 and V16. In terms of outer appearance, the models look exactly the same as the x15 cameras, which are still available, but use a more powerful computer processing unit (CPU) that produces up to twice as many images per second at the same resolution.

For instance, in full high definition the cameras deliver up to 34 frames per second, which enables better capture of quick movements. Not only faster, the new camera line also has more capacity for software applications such as three dimensional motion analysis and license plate capture in the camera. Regular software updates ensure the performance of the intelligent camera system continually improves, making the Mx6 camera system a smart investment. H.264 accommodated Mx6 cameras simultaneously deliver video data in up to three different formats: MxPEG, MJPEG and, for the first time, H.264. This allows Mobotix users to choose the right codec for their application. MxPEG can fulfil requirements for high image quality or H.264 can be used to achieve compatibility with the industry standard. Mx6 cameras also offer basic functions in keeping with ONVIF, a global open interface standard and the next firmware update will achieve complete ONVIF compatibility. The Mx6 camera system is more flexible due to RTSP/Multicast, which enables simultaneous camera access for any number of users without reducing the frame rate. The camera system with H.264/ONVIF opens up new application and integration options for partners and end customers.

The Mx6 system makes much of what makes Mobotix unique even better. The dual core processor architecture has allowed us to achieve the most processing power that a Mobotix camera system has ever had, the highest frame rate, intelligent 3D motion detection and even more capacity for software applications on the camera, says the company s CTO Dr Oliver Gabel. The standard version of the M16 AllroundDual features two light-sensitive sensor modules to deliver sharp colour videos and high-contrast black and white videos, even in poor light conditions. The M16 Thermal has a thermal image sensor that detects moving objects, even in total darkness. A second image sensor module can be added at any time to reliably identify objects, even in poor lighting. The thermal radiometry function can be used to detect fire or heat sources. The combination of a modular double-sensor and FlexMount technologies, means the S16 FlexMount covers two areas and remains virtually invisible. The S16 is used for customised installations. The D16 is a DualDome camera with two image sensors that are suitable for a wide range of applications, due to the range of viewing options, including a 180 version with an extra-wide panorama view or as a day/night model.

Next Mobotix plans to introduce the Mx6 series single lens models. Due to decentralised system architecture the new Mx6 dual cameras not only deliver sharp images, but also analyse the collected data, recognise hazards, trigger actions to protect against risks and prevent financial loss through theft, vandalism or fire. Check out Mobotix s latest products in the flesh at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find Mobotix on stand D900. Get your free badge now. Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Register to attend IFSEC International where you will be able to network with over 30,000 of your industry peers, meeting new suppliers and gaining access to the latest and best security products to hit the market, helping you gain a competitive advantage over your competitors. You will also be able to get hands on to test and trial the latest technology at the Installer World Zone, which is sponsored by Risco Group , so that you can select not only the best priced products but you will be confident that it works for you.

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Hadrian Technology shortlisted in prestigious FT 1000

Security installers British CCTV design, supply and installation company Hadrian Technology has been shortlisted in the Financial Times 1000, which charts Europe s fastest growing businesses. The league table, published online and compiled in cooperation with Statista, will feature in a Financial Times special report at the end of April. It ranks Europe s 1000 fastest growing companies between 2012 and 2015.

The company was ranked 252. The news comes just months after Hadrian Technology was named as a Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 company. The firm, established in 1999 in Seaham, in north-east England, advises clients on the design and installation of bespoke high-quality CCTV solutions, operating software and digital cloud-based storage through to ongoing maintenance. Clients include retail, leisure, hospitality and public sector companies and organisations across the UK and Ireland. Hadrian Technology partners with CCTV manufacturers, including Videcon, Dell, Hikvision, Vista and Genie, to offer the latest in video surveillance systems as well as advanced digital analytics, people counting and heat mapping. The company has developed specialist knowledge and expertise in detecting the so-called slips and trips claims culture that currently costs UK businesses nearly 1bn a year. Hadrian Technology co-founder Gary Trotter, said: Being named in both the FT 1000 and the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 is testament to the outstanding sales growth we have achieved in recent years and the hard work and dedication of our highly-skilled team. The company plans to continue to grow its business, in the UK and overseas to meet growing demand for video surveillance as a tool for business intelligence and is on the lookout for new technologies to offer cloud-based storage software and hardware that will enable clients to more effectively identify and defend fraudulent slips, trips and falls claims. Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Register to attend IFSEC International where you will be able to network with over 30,000 of your industry peers, meeting new suppliers and gaining access to the latest and best security products to hit the market, helping you gain a competitive advantage over your competitors.

You will also be able to get hands on to test and trial the latest technology at the Installer World Zone, which is sponsored by Risco Group , so that you can select not only the best priced products but you will be confident that it works for you.

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Avigilon video surveillance solutions: A brand profile

The first and only CCTV hardware developer to take resolution into the 7K realm, Avigilon is a highly respected video surveillance company headquartered in Canada. History Avigilon is a Canadian company that specialises in the development, design and sale of video surveillance and management, access control and video analytics solutions. Founded in 2004 it posted its first EBITDA profit in the financial year ending 31st December 2009 (FY9) and floated on the Toronto stock exchange in 2011.

Avigilon has since invested heavily in its domestic and international expansion. It acquired access control company RedCloud Security for US$17m in 2013, followed by video analytics specialist VideoIQ for US$32m in 2014, and the patent portfolio of video analytics firm ObjectVideo for US$80m in 2014. Market position An aggressive business strategy has delivered considerable financial return and Avigilon remains one the largest players in a global security and surveillance market within which no one supplier is estimated to hold more than 6% share. Avigilon s turnover has grown at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 71% over the last 9 years to reach US$354m in FY16, yielding adjusted EBITDA of US54m. Target verticals include retail, banking, education, casinos, critical national infrastructure (CNI) and transportation, with high profile customers including Miami Dolphins Hard Rock Stadium, the Universities of Tennessee and Sydney, King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia, the City of Pittsboro and the Old Bailey in London. embedded content Latest technologies Avigilon s flagship Control Center network video management software is now in version 6.6 having been regularly updated to support emerging security and surveillance hardware. The company also delivers a range of HD cameras, recorders and edge solutions with a particular emphasis on providing big megapixel IP cameras with embedded video analytics solutions. Its latest hardware includes cameras with multiple sensors and individually configurable camera heads that provide several viewpoints from a single platform to minimise blind spots. Avigilon also introduced 6K 24MP and 7K 30 megapixel HD cameras as well as 4k (8mp) and 5K (16pm) cameras in 2015.

The company has invested a lot of time in the development of innovative self-learning video analytics. It recently launched a deep learning AI search engine (Appearance Search) able to search hours of video footage to find specific persons of interest across multiple cameras, tracking their route and last know locations. Elsewhere a partnership with security firm G4S involves an 8 week trial of video analytics to prevent smuggling in UK prisons, tracking the movement of people at the prison s perimeter who often throw drugs and other contraband over prison walls. embedded content Avigilon and installers/integrators Avigilon s sales and distribution model is based on a business to business (B2B) rather than business to consumer (B2C) model that relies heavily on a large network of installers, resellers and systems integrators in Canada, US, UK, EMEA, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. UK installers include Contact Security, API, iFacility, Amax, Sonic Security Services, Eclipse (IP), Vuetek, AlertSystems, Advance Security and iC2. Rather than selling direct, Avigilon s own sales staff work with those partners to develop security and surveillance solutions which are tailored to individual customer requirements in its key industry verticals. The company runs an extensive global partnership programme that offers various incentives to its partners, including silver, gold and platinum certification; co-branded sales and marketing material; and access to market development funds and financial rebates. Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Register to attend IFSEC International where you will be able to network with over 30,000 of your industry peers, meeting new suppliers and gaining access to the latest and best security products to hit the market, helping you gain a competitive advantage over your competitors. You will also be able to get hands on to test and trial the latest technology at the Installer World Zone, which is sponsored by Risco Group , so that you can select not only the best priced products but you will be confident that it works for you.

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Kings acquires Sunwin Fire and Security

Kings acquires Sunwin Fire and Security Kings Security Systems has completed the purchase of Sunwin Fire and Security part of the Sunwin Services Group owned by The Co-operative Group. The acquisition is set to grow Kings winner of the Large Security Installer of the Year category at last month s Security Excellence Awards into a 35m business in 2013. Over 90 staff are expected to transfer from Sunwin Services Group s office in Manchester, with around 15 new positions being created at Kings head office in Bradford.

As a result of this deal, Kings says it will hold one of the largest security monitoring and keyholding contracts in the UK, managing the security at over 4,500 Co-operative premises including its food, healthcare, financial services, funeral and travel service operations. Anthony King, managing director of Kings Security Systems said: This is great news for Kings and an important milestone that will help us to grow and strengthen our business further. The synergies between the two operations were perfectly aligned so it made sense for us to buy this business.

We look forward to welcoming our new employees and developing the fire and security product offering as part of our expanding portfolio of services. Phil Wilsmer, director of group risk services of The Co-operative Group added: The Group took the decision to move away from an in-house fire and safety services provision. To bring it under the Kings reputable brand was the ideal solution as it allows clear synergies with the other services that Kings currently delivers to the Group.

We have worked with Kings Security Systems for a number of years and we have found them to always deliver an excellent focused service, combined with absolute integrity.

I am sure the decision to move the latest service provision to Kings will allow them to continue to develop solutions that are attractive to The Co-operative Group and which provide the required level of safety and security for both our employees and customers.

This will enhance the current monitoring and keyholding security requirements provided by Kings across our estate in the UK.

Four of the worst CCTV installations

Four of the worst CCTV installations Birmingham City Council has been forced to spend 300,000 removing and destroying CCTV cameras after a doomed operation to monitor traffic coming in and out of certain parts of the city. Project Champion was funded by a Government anti-terrorism grant and saw over 200 cameras put up in predominantly Muslim areas of the city without any public consultation. This led to accusations of discrimination and that West Midlands Police was spying on Muslims.

The full cost of removing the cameras and redeploying them is now being estimated at over 300,000, with 64 cameras being destroyed because it was not economically or technically viable to redeploy them.

53 cameras were sold to other forces for around 1 each and 63 retained in the Midlands to fight organised crime. In the wake of what has surely got to be described as one of the most bungling CCTV deployments in history, we ve compiled a list of three more rubbish CCTV deployments: Invasion of the shadowmen These jewellery thieves must have carefully scoped their target out with an experienced CCTV installer who would have told them that burgling this particular jewellery store would be safe from any prying eyes. The cameras were so badly set up that you can t make out even the most vague details of the burglars.

Click the picture to watch the full video, and apologies for the dodgy commentary from former Top Gear presenter Quentin Wilson. Pune bomber escapes as cameras are switched off The Indian city of Pune was the victim of a series of four explosions earlier this year, and in the wake of bombings in the city in previous years had a large number of CCTV cameras positioned strategically across the city. Depending on which news source you read the cameras were either broken or switched off but it s not in dispute that they were non-functional in the lead-up to the bombings on 1 August 2012.

This is surely one of the most significant CCTV failures in a terrorist incident, and in many ways underlines the importance of the technology on a city-wide scale. A camera with an axe to grind This one isn t so much a bad CCTV installation, but perhaps one that didn t properly add up the potential risks. Then again, who could have bargained on the determined criminals owning an angle grinder?

Certainly not Greater Manchester Police whose officers were monitoring cameras in the Swinton area of Salford when one camera began to violently shake. Looking down from the dome camera, operators were shocked to see two vandals taking an angle grinder to the camera. Clearly, this shows both the strengths of CCTV deployment (putting fear into criminals) and the remaining weaknesses (cameras cannot fight back).

Click on the picture to watch the full video of this poor dome camera witnessing its own demise.