New distribution deals were inked this week. AVAD will be dealing MIDLITE's low-voltage installation products, and CCTV distributor Northern Video is picking up the products of analytics firm ioimage. UTC Fire & Security continued its expansion, acquiring two integration firms in Asia, and completing its acquisition of Initial Electronic Security Group from Rentokil. A new public-private anti-crime partnership in Florida has been created to link apartment management and security with local police near Tampa. Courthouses continue to ramp up security procedures, with more and more of them turning to staffed access points with metal detection as well as access control identity badges. That trend continued this week with announcements of pushes toward higher security at courthouses in Howard Co., Ind., and Franklin Co., Wash.
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