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AMAG Symposium Solidifies Integration Package

AMAG Technology Inc., Torrance, Calif., continues to solidify its efforts as a full integration solutions provider and hosted some 60 design and engineering professionals and manufacturing partners at its 10th Annual Security Engineering Symposium in Dana Point, Calif.

The mood was upbeat and positive, as Robert Sawyer, president and chief executive officer of AMAG Technology spoke of the company's accomplishments and profitability throughout the recession. "We want to say a special thanks to our partners, who help us provide a fully integrated system," he said. (Partners include: DAP Technologies; Hawkeye Technologies; HID Corp.; Intransa; Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies; NEC Corp.; Salto; Stentofon; and Winsted.) AMAG also received its Partner of the Year award from NEC Corp. of America, Santa Clara, Calif., (see photo).

"We have been in business 40 years," Sawyer told the audience at the opening session. "AMAG is part of G4S, one of the largest security solutions providers in the U.S and the U.K.," he continued. "Our business strategy is to provide best in breed solutions by forming strong partnerships. First quarter 2011 profits were up 70 percent compared to last year and up some 200 percent through 2010 to February year to date." He also commented that the company's strong vertical market focus, on government, education, healthcare, critical infrastructures and data centers, continues to bolster the company's profitability.

In addition to presentations by AMAG partners, who discussed new developments and implementations and included a keynote speech by Roger Roehr of Roehr Consulting, Reston, Va., on HSPD-12; SP800-116 and FICAM credentialing, the symposium included networking and social events and a technology dinner wrapping up the conference.

Vivint Focus: Rebrand, New Products

Vivint, Provo, Utah, one of the largest security companies in the industry and the renamed APX Security, continues to focus on its rebranding with new products, signage and marketing efforts focused on home automation and energy management solutions. New products and services include automatic door locks, video surveillance and lighting and small appliance control. The additions are designed to provide increased safety, energy efficiency and convenience for residential customers.

The company's new home automation products are designed to integrate with the company's existing security and energy management systems and are centered around the Vivint Go! Control panel, a touchscreen unit that communicates between each home automation product, giving customers access to their entire line via the touch of a button or remote control from a smartphone or Internet browser.

"Vivint is a result of our company's evolution. We have a corporate culture of continual innovation and our new name and identity are a reflection of that innovation," said Todd Pedersen, chief executive officer. "Until now, home automation has been considered a luxury for the elite rather than smarter living available to everyone. We are excited to bring our focus, direction and unique business model into the home automation industry." With this move, the company has transitioned from a residential security firm to a provider of simple, affordable home automation services. The products were slated for March 1 availability.
According to IMS Research, the number of smart homes-households that can control their appliances as well as manage their energy consumption via home networking and smart metering technology-is expected to reach 14 million worldwide by 2014.

Partnership Promotes Converged Access

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, Carmel, Ind., announced a new partnership with Gemalto, Arlington, Va., a company that specializes in digital security, to provide new advanced identification solutions to Schlage access control readers.

The agreement will allow Schlage to deliver a secure, converged badge that will let users take advantage of contactless access control technology and advanced, secure contact technology from Gemalto for logical security.