News: February '05

Video Surveillance Sales Drive Expansion
Rapidly increasing sales as the CCTV industry adopts digital IP video has led IndigoVision, the New Jersey-based IP video company, to expand its sales and support operations. The sales team increases with the appointments of Allan Stone to South Regional Sales Manager, Geof Toner to North Regional Sales Manager and Lynden Yates to West Regional Sales Manager. The support operation team also expands with the appointment of Dennis Girardin to Support Engineer based in New Jersey.

IndigoVision's new VB8000 is a fully comprehensive control center product, and network video recorder. For more information, visit www.indigovision.com.

Systems Integration Expo Nears
PSA Security Network and the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) are combining their efforts once again at the 2005 Systems Integration Expo, March 10-12, 2005, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL.

PSA is overseeing the security/life safety education tracks at the expo, which will include information from technical, networking, sales and project management to technical demonstrations and training seminars, taught by industry experts. Experienced integrators will especially benefit from the new Challenger Series courses. The education tracks are open to non-members as well as members.

During the combined expo, PSA will hold private PSA functions including its Vendor Appreciation Awards Banquet, opening mixer and stockholders/business meeting. For further information, contact Shelly Binder at 800-525-942, ext. 120 or shelly@psasecurity.com.

No Growing Pains Here
Indala Corporation, manufacturer of contact and contactless cards, tags, readers, and core electronics modules for physical and logical access control, has achieved record growth in 2004 for the second consecutive year. Joe Grillo, chief executive officer of Indala's parent company, Identification Technology Group (ITG), credits Indala's growth to a number of factors, including its experienced staff, several successful product launches in its traditional proximity product line, and the development of identification solutions to support the growing demand for logical access-control solutions. Indala's recent acquisition of MR Access, (now Indala, Ltd.) increases the company's product range, customer portfolio, and production capacity, positioning 2005 as another strong year for the company. For more information, visit www.indala.com.

SIAC PR Chair is Named
Dave Simon of Brinks Home Security has been named chairman of the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC) Public Relations Committee. SIAC is a central resource for the alarm industry, law enforcement, and government agencies on alarm management issues. For more information on the Security Industry Alarm Coalition and resources, visit www.SIACinc.org.

Changes in Latitude
Ionit Technologies, Inc. has moved its corporate headquarters to: 601 Academy Drive, Northbrook, IL 60062. The telephone and facsimile numbers are not changed.

Industry Innovators Honored
The Sacramento Area Alarm Association presents Mark Snider of Capitol Alarm and Donna Blakeman of Brink's Home Security with the Prestigious "Parker Maurie Memorial Award" for their involvement, support and promotion of the alarm industry and the Sacramento Area Alarm Association. The Parker Maurie Memorial Award was established in 1994 to commemorate the life of Parker Maurie and his dedication and contributions to the alarm industry and the SAAA. The awards were presented by SAAA Treasurer Gary Buth during a recent dinner meeting held in Sacramento, CA.

Top Technology in Taiwan
The 4th Global Digital Surveillance Forum (GDSF) is being held in conjunction with SecuTech Expo 2005, scheduled to take place from March 31 to April 2, 2005 in the Taipei World Trade Center, Taiwan.

Complimenting this forum, an Access Control Pavilion will be set-up at SecuTech Expo where proximity card systems, smart card solutions, vehicle security systems, hybrid card locks and much more can be found.

Invited speakers from Axis, GE, Tyco, Bosch, DM, to name a few, will speak on the perspectives on market and technology development, applications and case studies, as well as implemented solution features and results assessment. For more information, visit com www.secutech.com.

Expo Delivers the Goods
Aronson Security Group's ASG Fourth Annual Security Expo was its most successful event yet. The theme of ASG Expo 2004 was "Managing Security in a Dangerous World." Attendees learned about the latest strategies and solutions for improving facility security in today's high-risk environment. The exhibit hall featured the latest security products and solutions from Lenel Systems International, GE Security, Adobe Systems, Ingersoll Rand, Sony, Pelco, Seitel Leeds, Cernium, Litronic and Integral Technologies.

ASG's CEO Phil Aronson says, "Executives are looking for direction on how to integrate the many different aspects of their physical and IT security systems. We partner with vendors who offer the latest cutting-edge solutions, and we create a complete and integrated solution for our customers." For more information, visit www.aronsonsecurity.com

Colorado Schools Install CCTV Surveillance
The Douglas County School District in Castle Rock, CO has selected VTI Security Integrators, a SecurityNet member, to install a state-of-the-art security system including surveillance cameras, digital video recorders and remote monitoring software in each of the district's 54 elementary, middle and high school locations. Douglas County School District is the fourth largest in Colorado with more than 44,000 students. Once installed, the district will monitor the 424-camera system from a newly completed central station located at its security headquarters. The total cost of the video surveillance project is valued at $986,000.00.

According to Bryan Viau, VTI's vice president of business development, the district selected VTI because of its partnerships with key manufacturers involved in the project, experience installing large-scale projects, and the service resources VTI has in place to support this installation once completed. Work on the project is already underway and is expected to be completed by August 2005.

Hospital Surveillance
The Providence, Alaska Medical Center is using NVT equipment to transmit CCTV video signals from cameras to monitors via unshielded twisted pair (UTP) wire. With more than 340 beds, Providence needed a cost effective method to transmit video and wanted to be able to view the garage cameras from the main building control room. Since the original garage installation, the hospital has upgraded all its existing fixed cameras throughout the hospital campus with NVT on Cat 3 and Cat 5 cable.

CALENDAR 2005
March

23-25, SECURA Trade Exhibition on Security and Safety, Halls 11 and 12, Brussels Expo. For information, visit 222/secura-expo.be.

31 through April 2, SecuTech Taipei 2005 (BioAsia will run concurrently with SecuTech) Hall I, Taipei World Trade Centre, Taiwan. For information, visit www.secutech.com.

April
6 - 8, International Security Conference West, Sands Expo and Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. For information, visit www.iscwest.com.

25-27, Expo Seguridad Mexico, Centro Banamex (Ex Centro de Exposiciones Hipodromo de las Americas), Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico. For information, visit www.exposeguridadmexico.com.

May
12-15, 2005 CSAA's North American Security Symposium and Exposition (NASS-EX, (formerly known as the North American Monitoring Technology Symposium and Exhibition -- NAMTSE), Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel. For information, visit www.csaaul.org.

Send In 2005 Conference, Meeting And Expo Event Announcements E-Mail: susan.brady@secdealer.com

Fire Protection Seminar
Trans-Alarm, Inc. recently sponsored an all-day training event, titled, "The Basics of UL Listed Fire Alarm Systems." It was hosted by the Bloomington, MN Fire Department and attendees included fire protection engineers, inspectors and safety consultants from throughout the region.

Featured speaker Art Black, of Carmel Fire Protection Associates, reviewed current National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards for commercial fire alarm systems. He also spoke on the requirements for central station fire alarm monitoring.

Co-presenter Tom Presnak, Senior Alarm System Auditor with Underwriters Laboratories, offered a general overview of UL services, followed by a detailed look at the UL alarm and central station certification process.

Sally Anhorn, Central Station Manager for Trans-Alarm, answered questions about the UL listed fire system monitoring her firm offers. The event was co-sponsored by Trans-Alarm, Underwriters Laboratories and Carmel Fire Protection Associates, Inc. For more information, visit www.transalarm.com.

New Open Security Exchange Members and Specifications
The Open Security Exchange (OSE), a cross-industry consortium dedicated to delivering best practices guidelines in the area of security management and vendor-neutral interoperability specifications for the integration of physical and cyber security systems, announces two new members. GE Infrastructure-Security joined as a Board Member and Deister Electronics joined the Open Security Exchange as a General Member.

The Open Security Exchange has also issued the first of its kind technical specifications for the convergence of physical and cyber security systems. These specifications, named PHYSBITS, are publicly available and can be downloaded from the Open Security Exchange's website at www.opensecurityexchange.org/resources.html. Organizations interested in joining the Open Security Exchange can find membership information at www.opensecurityexchange.org/join.html or can request more information by sending an e-mail to info@opensecurityexchange.org.

Long Time Industry Advocate Moves up to Vice President
Pam Petrow is named Executive Vice President of Vector Security by President, John A. Murphy. In her new position, Petrow is authorized to represent Murphy, in his absence, on all operational and administrative matters. In addition to her current responsibility for Vector's central station operations and Information Services Group, Petrow will also become Vector's Chief Administrative Officer responsible for Vector's Insurance and Human Resources groups.

She began her career with Vector twenty-two years ago as a Sales trainee and has risen through Vector's management. Petrow is a former President of the Pennsylvania Burglar and Fire Alarm Association, and is currently a Director of the Central Station Alarm Association, where she has distinguished herself in the areas of On Line Training and False Alarm management. She is currently a highly respected member of CSAA's Public Sector Liaison Committee; where she is actively engaged in a project to improve communication between the Alarm Industry and 911 Officers Dispatchers.

NBFAA Launches First Online NTS Course
The National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) launched the first online version of its most recognized and popular National Training School (NTS) course, the Alarm Technician (Level 1) Course.

NBFAA plans to launch two more online NTS courses, Fire Alarm Installation Methods and Advanced Burglar Alarm Technician, by early 2005. For further information, contact NTS at 866-636-1687 or nts@alarm.org.

NEWSMAKERs
Gary Buth is named Director of Technical Sales for Takex America, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA. The company was formerly known as Pulnix, a leading manufacturer of security sensors for the alarm industry....AMAG Technology names Walter Coady as Mid-Atlantic Regional Sales Manager....Group 4 Technology, parent company of AMAG Technology, names Kim M. Loy as the Vice President of Marketing. Loy brings over 10 years of security industry experience to her position and will oversee Group 4 Technology's marketing initiatives globally. She comes to Group 4 Technology from GE Security, where she was the Director of Commercial Solutions. Prior to that, Loy was the Vice President of Marketing for InfoGraphics. Other industry experience includes marketing management positions for Northern Computers and Siemens Building Technologies....GE's Security announces that Joe Aguayo has joined the Corporate Vertical Market Team as Transportation Sales Manager....The Protection Bureau, a SecurityNet member, announces the promotion of Wes Constabel to director of engineering....The Security Industry Association (SIA) names Justin Boswell, President of Stanley Security Solutions, Inc. to its 2005 Board of Directors....Vicon Industries Inc. welcomes Benjamin Renshaw to his new position of Sales Engineer for the New England territory. Vicon also names Ted Lewis to the position of Sales Engineer. He will be covering the territory including mid and southern California and Hawaii....Bill Brenner joins PSBTECH's senior management team as Vice President to develop new client markets....Kent A.V. Rini, owner of CrimeBusters of America LLC, has been chosen to be the 2005-2007 Vice President of The Arizona Burgular & Fire Alarm Association....Dispatch Center Ltd. announces the addition of Rodney L. Hooker as Director of Operations. Former President of Texas Security Central, Inc. While with Texas Security Central, Inc., Hooker was elected President of the North Texas Alarm Association twice, and served as President of the Texas Burglar Fire Alarm Association one term. While serving in these capacities he was an active voice in Washington D.C. on the RBOC issue. He is coming on board with a wealth of experience to assist Dispatch Center in achieving a new and higher plateau of service to the security industry....Nitek announces the addition of two new executives to continue to offer the highest level of product support and training. Darrell Huston is named Western Regional Sales Manager and Ryan Ruffatti is appointed Marketing and Communications Coordinator.

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