First Alert ‘SOARS’ into second decade of success

Gathering focuses on changing landscape and RMR opportunities

Wireless outdoor cameras will be introduced in the second quarter of 2010 and two-way voice is also on the roadmap for next year.

The #1 priority of the AlarmNet program will be to get a new fire control communicator based on GSM radio to the market in 2010.

The New Face of RMR: Hosted Services

The recent Axis Communications Inc. Channel Partner Convergence Conference in Austin, Texas, sponsored by the Chelmsford, Mass.-based network camera manufacturer gave the industry a bird’s eye view of the future--and that future is in hosted video solutions. Axis announced a new endeavor called the Axis Video Hosting System (AVHS) Partner Program during the event.

AVHS is a platform for creating hosted video solutions with the benefit of very easy installation of the network cameras, addressing the complexity of communicating through some routers and networks. This is solved via a solution called “one-click” meaning that adding a camera is virtually as easy as clicking a button and entering the serial number of the camera on a specific Web site, in order to get surveillance up and running in a remote location in minutes, according to Fredrik Nilsson, general manager at Axis.

Two solutions available

The AVHS is a platform which Axis’ partners can use to either become a Video Hosting Partner (VHP) creating solutions for hosting the video, or a Video Service Partner (VSP) providing a monitoring solution for the end-users. Several partners have already created solutions based on the platform, and as hosted services are growing in consumer and IT applications, it is also expected to become a more important solution in the security industry in the coming years.

SIA Revamps NPS Web Portal and Program

And now for something completely different, the Security Industry Association (SIA) has completely overhauled not only its New Product Showcase (NPS) Web site ( but has also revamped the categories for the long-running program.

Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, the NPS was established to recognize innovative products, services and solutions in electronic physical security. Technologies showcased through this program are used in the protection of life and property in residential, commercial and institutional settings.

Over the summer and into the fall SIA administration, committee members and judges worked on refining and revising the program and categories to reflect new technologies, products and services in the industry. But in addition, and an overriding consideration, was the goal to bring the NPS awards program to more fully reflect the way the industry is changing, with a new emphasis on convergence, integration and total systems solutions, according to Patricia Sherwood, marketing manager for SIA. For example, new categories have been added in Convergence Solutions, Integrated Software, Products and Systems, Wireless and more.

The 2010 New Product Showcase program is scheduled for March 23 to 24, 2010 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. Check the NPS Web site for application forms and deadlines for the 2010 program, as well as a complete listing and description of categories.

Customized Training

The American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) recently launched a Contract Professional Development Program to provide customized training to companies and end users in the security industry. Some of the corporations who have contracted with ASIS include Caterpillar; IPC International; Wachovia; and U.S. military branches and government agencies.
With this new program, organizations can have the convenience and benefits of hosting their own contract professional development programs at a location and date of their choice. Users can select from existing classroom or computer-based programs or work with ASIS education staff to develop a program to meet their specific training requirements. Some of the classroom programs include physical security, applications and technology, vertical market security, crisis management and much more. Computer based program focus on CCTV, biometric technology and also certification online reviews.