The security week that was: 10/10/08

A weekly surveillance of news shaping your profession

As ONVIF expanded its membership beyond Axis, Sony and Bosch, I heard from Dave Bunzel, who heads up Santa Clara Consulting Group. Bunzel is the coordinator for the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) which is seeking to provide standards for network video devices. One of the things that the PSIA told me quite clearly is that they're open to interaction with ONVIF and that the two groups are not mutually exclusive in the work they are doing. Asked whether he thought the industry could support more than one group's standards, Bunzel was quite clear: "Right now the industry is supporting many more specifications when you consider all of the APIs the video management software companies must address to accommodate the wide range of equipment which must be interoperable with their systems."

In summary, two standards are better than none. Even if half of companies went ONVIF and half went PSIA, Bunzel’s point is that the industry would be in a better position than trying to keep up with so many different APIs and codecs.

...And in other news
Partnerships, acquisitions and awards in the security industry

Motobotix is partnering with Overland Storage for a bundled IP camera and network area storage package. ... Integrator/reseller IdentiSys has purchased CardSmart Systems, an ID products reseller. ... Cooper Notification picked up Standard Electronics as a channel partner. .. ScanSource Security will distribute Video Mount Products. ... ACEKA Protection Services was purchased by National Security Systems. ... Agent Vi and Mango DSP are working together on solutions.

Genetec was tagged as one of Canada's faster growing tech companies... Vumii's long-range day/night surveillance technology received a technology innovation award from The Wall Street Journal. The Vumii Discoverii technology uses an invisible laser beam to illuminate objects, persons and scenes at long distances. The technology reportedly can see through bad weather and even glass. ... The Security Industry Association has taken Dean Russo from ISC Expos; he'll now be heading SIA's international operations. Russo was known for his talent in heading up the ISC tradeshows. Speaking of which, ISC East comes up this month in New York: Oct. 29-30. SIA is co-hosting the Tri-Association Awards Dinner which occurs during ISC East.