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  • As Seen at the CAA Winter Convention

    By Geoff Kohl - Tuesday December 11, 2007
    Cygnus Security Group's roving photog Jim Benesh dropped us an email with a few scenes from this weekend's California Alarm Association annual winter convention. The CAA winter convention is reportedly a great place to catch up with old friends as well...
  • A Movie from Surveillance Cams

    By Geoff Kohl - Monday December 10, 2007
    It's a interesting idea -- one that I teased briefly on this blog some time ago. Adam Rifkin's move "Look" opens on Dec. 14, and it's one that I can't wait to see. So, here's the premise: A movie that is shot entirely from the angles that...
  • Security guiding technology?

    By Geoff Kohl - Wednesday December 5, 2007
    I was over at the Terminal 23 blog ("ghosts in the wire"). It's an interesting tech blog and I'm surprised I'd never stumbled upon it before. The writer (Michael, that's all I know) had a great blog post titled "Has security gently guided technology...
  • How do you define convergence?

    By Geoff Kohl - Wednesday December 5, 2007
    I was on an analyst call recently about "security convergence" and the analyst basically defined security convergence as the adoption of TCP/IP-based security technology (network cameras, web-based access control). That's one way to define security...
  • Conventional versus addressable fire alarm panels

    By Deborah L. O'Mara - Monday December 3, 2007
    You may have heard from some that the conventional fire alarm panel is dead. I don't agree. In fact, conventional panels certainly fill a need in the marketplace. Sure, addressable panels may offer more intelligence and the ability to pinpoint...
  • Fire Alarm Pull Prevents False Alarms?!?

    By Geoff Kohl - Wednesday November 7, 2007
    Fire alarm systems just aren't often a laughing matter. And that's precisely why I followed a link that John Drucker posted on the Automatic Fire Alarm Association list-serve to what was my best fire systems chuckle of the year. You should follow...
  • Guns in the Workplace

    By Geoff Kohl - Tuesday November 6, 2007
    ASIS came out in support of a federal court decisions in Oklahoma which deemed that employers do have the right to ban firearms from being kept in employee-owned vehicles that are parked on the company's parking lots. The case has been an...
  • Renters get robbed too

    By Greg McConnell - Friday November 2, 2007
    Admittedly, when I think about "residential" security systems I picture a house on a green lawn with a sticker in the front window letting the world know that it is protected.  And honestly, there's a good reason I have this "picture" in my head...
  • Municipal Surveillance Isn’t 2-Sided

    By Geoff Kohl - Friday October 26, 2007
    If you follow the market of video surveillance cameras deployed as part of municipal surveillance projects, then you may have heard that large systems integrator Unisys has landed an $8.9 million project with Philadelphia to add 250 cameras to what was...
  • We Should at Least Ask the Questions

    By Geoff Kohl - Tuesday October 23, 2007
    The Bulletin, "Philadelphia's Family Newspaper", reported today ( follow this link but be prepared for a slow page load) that Philadelphia has OKed $8.9 million for 250 video surveillance cameras. That works out to around $35,600 per camera on this...