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Who’s in charge? Study shows 91 percent of IT departments do video surveillance

IT increasingly involved in ‘purchase and operations of [video surveillance] equipment,’ according to study commissioned by Axis Communications
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03/24/2014

CHELMSFORD, Mass.—Who’s in charge of video surveillance purchase and operations at corporations? Increasingly, that’s the domain of the IT department, according to a study commissioned by network video provider Axis Communications.

MicroPower offers integrators financing option

Tynan: Shift from a capital expenditure to an operating expenditure can speed installation, results for end users
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03/03/2014

SAN DIEGO—Wireless surveillance provider MicroPower is offering a new financing option designed to speed projects along and create RMR opportunities for integrators.

Genetec's got a lot going on

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

MONTREAL—The Genetec 2014 Press Summit, the first ever, is a wrap after a day-and-a-half of presentations about the company co-founded by President Pierre Racz in a basement more than 15 years ago.

Racz kicked off the summit with an overview of the company, a global provider of unified IP security solutions, including video surveillance, access control and license plate recognition. Those solutions are aimed at the retail, transportation, education and gaming sectors. The cloud factors in big, as does federation, unification and hybridization.

Genetec is also making a push to be more in touch with end users so customers can help design products and help Genetec customize solutions for them. [More to come on that.]

Racz spoke of one end-user, a courthouse, that wanted a separate judges-only elevator for security reasons. Rather than put in a new elevator strictly for judges at high cost, Genetec installed an access control system that would allow a credentialed judge to enter and then shut down all floor buttons so that he or she could be alone in the elevator, without disruption, until reaching the destination floor.

Executive VP Alain Cote discussed the company’s driving focus in key areas: Continuing to expand and innovate video capabilities; increasing investment to grow Genetec’s share in the access control market; leveraging the cloud to develop new products and capabilities; and extending enterprise marketing offerings.

From there on out we heard from Genetec project managers and others about specific products, along with live demonstrations of its Security Center and its AutoVu License Plate Reader.

Interesting facts: Genetec has deployed more than 100,000 cameras in education settings. Its largest deployment of cameras in a single airport overseas? 12,000. At a U.S. airport, 2,000. 

All press participants at the summit, from the U.S., Canada and Europe, were provided personal access-control badges, which we had to use to get in and out of doors separating different departments within the, of course, highly secure headquarters building.

The company does practice what it preaches. Even at lunch.

In the company’s “Genetec Bistro,” an on-site eatery with surprisingly good, low-priced food (entrees about $2 Canadian each), we selected our choices and then paid our tabs by swiping our access cards and reporting via touchscreen what we’d put on our trays, just as the employees do every day. The money spent on food is deducted from the employees’ paychecks. No one has ever cheated, Genetec reps said. In fact, employees will sometimes report: Oh, I took a dessert today and forgot to swipe my card, so please charge my account.

An informative summit and a nice group of people, both Genetec folks and colleagues in security pubs, made for a worthwhile visit to Montreal, a delightful city, even in snowy and very frigid February. 

Stay tuned for more news from the summit on the Security Director News website.

 

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Mall tenant claims racial profiling

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11/20/2013

ANTIOCH, Tenn.—Tightened security or profiling? That’s the debate centered around the 27th camera installed at the new Global Mall at the Crossings, here.

Integrators get a sales edge with edge storage

More manufacturers offering video recording on the camera itself
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11/11/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—Steve Gorski has experienced some déjà vu at recent trade shows.

End users boosting budgets for physical security gear

45 percent report bigger budgets in 2012, IMS study finds
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06/13/2013

WELLINGBOROUGH, England—Budgets for physical security equipment continue to defy the sluggish economic recovery, with 45 percent of end users reporting that their security funding increased during 2012, according to a survey conducted by IMS Research, now part of IHS Inc.

Atlanta adds cameras to video surveillance system

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10/17/2012

ATLANTA—The Atlanta City Council has voted to spend $2.25 million to increase video surveillance throughout the city. An additional 112 cameras will be added in and around downtown, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Pittsburg police extend video surveillance program to smartphones

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08/13/2012

PITTSBURG, Calif.—City police officers previously limited to viewing real-time video from surveillance cameras on their computers can now see the same footage on their smartphones.

Atlantic City casino pursues $5m security upgrade

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06/18/2012

ATLANTIC CITY—The Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort is investing $5 million to upgrade its security in parts of the casino and its parking garage, which was the scene of two fatal carjackings in the past two years, according to local news reports.

Market for cloud-based video surveillance reached $500m in 2011

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03/19/2012

WELLINGBOROUGH, U.K.—The global market for cloud-based video surveillance was worth more than $500 million in 2011, a 25 percent increase from its size in 2010, though its future growth will depend on the industry's ability to overcome a few barriers, according to a new study by IMS Research.

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