Security Watch

Schneider Electric's energy initiatives, Digimerge re-launches website, more

Tracking the data is one way in which buildings now have the opportunity to become energy producers as well. With Schneider's dashboarDView, dealers and integrators implementing security components into a retrofit or new building can track the specific energy usage of a security camera or device that a user may have on site, utilizing a sensor attached to each device.

In addition, the company's StruxureWare Operations 7.0 Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) platform bundles sustainability, energy, operations and asset management together to enable an integrated view of a data center's physical systems.

"Technology is changing and with that, the types of systems that dealers and integrators may have put in years ago need to change," explained Dave Jardine, president and chairman, Telvent North America, Fort Collins, Colo. "Dealers and integrators have the responsibility of understanding the bigger picture and need to make the public aware of what can be done" in implementing energy efficient systems, he said. "At the residential level, one concern that people are going to have is where their information is going to end up. Security is a big component of that."

* Net Zero: Generating as much energy over the course of a year as what is being consumed.

Solutions Savvy Manufacturer

Digimerge Technologies, Baltimore, re-launched its Website at with a renewed focus on the professional security integration market. The developer and manufacturer of DVRs and cameras is focusing on bringing targeted solutions to its professional installation network.

"From an equipment standpoint, we've changed our business model to be more solutions-based," said Wayne Hurd, executive vice president, Digimerge Technologies. "We have lines of digital video recorders, from entry to enterprise level. Our Central Management Software (CMS) manages the DVRs and the IP cameras and we integrate analog with IP. We believe we have one of the best mobile applications as well, all backed by best-in-class technical support," he said.

Hurd said professional installers should not be pigeon-holed into an application by the DVR they select, and with that in mind have designed their products to fit a range of specifications. "The installers are never pigeon-holed," Hurd continued. "They can do residential to mid-level to enterprise solutions," he added.

Digimerge provides consistency in products so installers don't have to relearn programming parameters from solution to solution, commented Joel Kligman, vice president of Marketing and Corporate Development. "Our touch series DVRs all operate from the same CMS," he said. "Once an installer learns any one of the products they know automatically how to set it up. And that saves them time and money in the field," Kligman said.

Are boxes dead?

While some in the industry point to the continued demise of the DVR, Hurd and Kligman disagree. "In essence, DVRs are an IP device; if they are networked they are IP devices," said Kligman. "Yes, there is a trend to move to IP, but the business is still about 70 percent analog and there are still a great number of integrators and dealers using DVRs and that will continue for the next four to five years."

One of the biggest challenges, according to Hurd, is the economic times. "The integrator has to become creative to provide the right product at the right price to provide the best solution. We are offering that value proposition," he said.