April News

How Cool Are These Cameras? Way cool. At a press conference held in March at the American Museum of Natural History, Panasonic Security Systems' President Frank DeFina unveiled the company's newest camera technology-the Super Dynamic III...


How Cool Are These Cameras?
Way cool. At a press conference held in March at the American Museum of Natural History, Panasonic Security Systems' President Frank DeFina unveiled the company's newest camera technology-the Super Dynamic III (SDIII). Leading the way in Panasonic's new product initiative of providing the security industry with Intelligent Technology (IT), SDIII raises the bar in camera performance and functionality.

The technology, according to DeFina, combines a newly designed CCD and powerful digital signal processing (DSP) that deliver a myriad of innovative performance features. SDIII allows cameras to continuously adjust themselves in direct response to a wide range of conditions to deliver exceptional image definition and balance, even in the most challenging security applications.

Simply stated, the cameras think for themselves. "The two new SDIII models-the WV-CS954 Color Dome Camera and the WV-CP480 Series Color Fixed Camera- exhibit a level of intelligence that is truly revolutionary for security applications," DeFina states. With this quantum leap in IT-Information Technology and Intelligent Technology-Panasonic, quite clearly, gets IT.

UTC To Acquire Lenel, Industry Leader in Security Software
United Technologies Corp. just announced plans to acquire Rochester, N.Y.-based Lenel Systems International, Inc., a leading security systems and software developer. The purchase is subject to regulatory clearance.

The purchase price is approximately $400 million. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter, and will not have a significant impact on UTC's 2005 revenues or earnings, according to the company.

Lenel is among the leaders in the development and delivery of scalable, integrated security software systems and business solutions. According to a company spokesperson, the privately held company employs approximately 150 people and has customers in 75 countries. It will report as an independent entity to Olivier Robert, president of UTC's fire and security business, Chubb.

"Lenel has a large end user customer base and a strong distribution network of Value-Added Resellers (VARs) to deliver state of the art integrated solutions," Robert states. "This is a highly effective market channel that will continue to serve Lenel well."

Wireless Alarm Systems Company is Acquired
Inovonics Wireless Corporation is being acquired by Roper Industries, Inc. of Duluth, GA. Inovonics, a developer, manufacturer, and marketer of wireless products for monitoring and control in security, sub-metering, temperature and other applications, sought the transaction to gain scale and accelerate growth with new opportunities for Inovonics Wireless, including the ability to expand its product line offerings and reach new customers, according to a company spokesperson. Long Island Security Professionals Speak Out on Legislation

Proposed False Alarm legislation for Suffolk County (Long Island, NY) grabbed the attention of a host of area dealers, alarm company owners, and association members, who rallied at a public hearing to show their concern. Many of them spoke at the public hearing held recently for the proposed ordinance and voiced their discontent over its ramifications.

In its original form, the legislation called for unreasonably high and harsh fines for false alarm owners-$1000 for the fourth false alarm in a 12 month period, as well as being guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, facing possible imprisonment. Industry representatives at the hearing showed great willingness to work with law enforcement to develop false alarm reduction measures. And, in reviewing the fine print of the legislation, Suffolk County lawmakers shelved the ordinance in an attempt to arrive at a better solution. Kudos to all the industry reps that took the time to be present at this important hearing.

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