The security week that was: 01/30/09

A weekly surveillance of news shaping your profession

What’s the value of a security and camera system if you don’t turn it on? Not much, apparently. Systems in Philadelphia area schools didn’t deter criminals simply by their presence, and they didn’t alert authorities because the security alarm systems often weren’t turned on at night as buildings were locked up and shuttered for the night. Not only were the alarm systems often not being turned on, but the legacy VCR-based surveillance system didn’t have tapes on some occasions. Dealers and integrators: Get your sales guys out there and sell these schools some DVRs so they don’t have to worry about tapes. Losses of around $100,000 would have easily bought a good rack of DVRs! Talk about ROI!

In other news
Reducing nuisance alarms, ioimage's new CEO, NBFAA awards

System Sensor has launched web pages to help reduce nuisance alarms. … The NFPA is pushing for fire sprinklers in single-family homes and in duplexes. … The NBFAA has announced its 2009 Leadership Award winners; the TBFAA won chapter of the year. Congrats to the volunteer state. … Ioimage CEO Roni Kass has stepped down and new CEO Zeev Farkash has taken the lead role at the video-analytics-in-the-device company. … Money is still out there for entrepreneurial video surveillance companies; VideoCells landed $3.2 million in funding.