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Nov
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Can Public Space Ever Be Protected From Terrorists?

Peace, Paris
Peace, Paris by Jean Jullien

AFTER 132 people were murdered and 352 wounded in Paris by multiple teams from a local cell of Islamic State on Friday night, it’s impossible for security people not to wonder whether anything could have been done to stop the carnage. 

Protecting public space from attackers whose hatred runs so deep they can machine gun young civilians in a music hall is fraught. Security teams and law enforcement personnel cannot protect all spaces. The best they can do is detect threats at the door, or use electronic security systems to detect the images or sounds charateristic of an attack, and provide on-site or rapid emergency services response to subdue attackers and succour victims.

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Fri
23
Oct
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The Internet Of Our Things, Anyway

Internet of things.
Internet of things.

The global internet of things is coming, driven by demographics, as well as by the pursuit of new revenue streams. Is the electronic security industry ready? Surprisingly so, and may benefit in multiple ways. 

WHEN it comes to phrases of jargon, there’s nothing quite so popular in the technology sector right now as the internet of things. The nature of this ecosystem, its topology and any functional form of user interface remain utterly nebulous. Given the glacial uptake of proprietary cloud, the concept of socialist cloud may well be beyond the bounds of a coherent business model. Even its acronym is annoying. 

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Mon
21
Sep
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Pierre Racz: Vulcans Never Bluff

Pierre Racz, Genetec
Pierre Racz, Genetec

More than any other software company serving the electronic security industry, Genetec has embraced cloud. Genetec’s founder and CEO Pierre Racz sees cloud as a logical progression for all businesses based on economies of scale and the outsourcing of non-core competency. 

In the same way Goscinny and Uderzo’s character Obelix fell into a cauldron of magic potion as a baby and was blessed with superhuman strength, Pierre Racz’s intrinsic nature and long tenure as master of his own business have imbued him with superhuman honesty. Racz swings truth beams across the dark spaces of the electronic security industry like a light sabre. Conversations with the man burst in a series of vivid exposures, revealing intricacies of technology, flaws of competitors and ways in which the future will be just like the past.

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Thu
17
Sep
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Ten Million Reasons Crime Does Pay

Public surveillance funded by proceeds of crime.
Public surveillance funded by proceeds of crime.

SOMETIMES clichés can be utterly inverted. When it comes to community crime prevention initiatives undertaken through the Attorney General’s Department’s National Crime Prevention Fund, which is funded under section 298 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, there are 10 million reasons crime does pay. 

Up until June 30 2015, Australia’s National Crime Prevention Fund has provided nearly $A10 million for 53 local council safety infrastructure projects, with most these funds being invested in video surveillance solutions and lighting. The NCPF is a $40 million purse which was put aside to address gang violence and street crime. 

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Tue
15
Sep
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Alarm Monitoring: The Ticking Clock

The ticking clock
The ticking clock

Alarm monitoring’s future continues to look nebulous – the only certain thing is that the future will not look anything like the past.

Will we see the demise of the traditional alarm panel, with its 8 or 16 input zones and single dialler comms path in coming years? Yes, definitely. The question is, what will take its place? The nature of future technology is an area of doubt. Will the majority of alarm systems retain limited traditional features locally and shake out automation in the cloud? Many seem to be going down that path. 

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Thu
13
Aug
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Hills Is Going Back to Basics

David Lenz, Hills
David Lenz, Hills

David Lenz brings Hills broad experience in sales, distribution and marketing and he combines formidable focus with unhesitating honesty. Lenz says Hills got some things wrong in the past and he’s on a mission to set the business to rights.

GENERALLY speaking, straight talk from senior management can be hard to come by but there’s plenty of it from Hills’ David Lenz, who is in the process of re-booting the Hills’ culture through a process of key appointments and re-engagement with customers and vendors. Lenz isn’t afraid to point out Hills needs to reinvent itself as a more powerful, more passionate version of what it used to be. 

JA: There have been a number of changes to the management team at Hills, could you tell us about those?

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Thu
30
Jul
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Security 2015 Expo: Full Report

Safran MorphoWave impressed at Security 2015
Safran MorphoWave impressed at Security 2015

Security 2015 Expo was a great opportunity to take a look at the best new electronic security products. There was plenty of good stuff and it was readily possible to discern the ongoing development of key trends in the market.

HELD in Melbourne for the second year, Security 2015 Expo, saw good numbers – as usual, the biggest day was Day 2 – and loads of fun things to play with. If I had a gripe with the event it was that I needed one more whole day to get around all the stands. Yet again there were stands I did not get to spend time on and when you’re talking about the latest developments in the industry, it’s poor form not to have seen everything before drawing your conclusions. 


DSC NEO control panel

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Fri
19
Jun
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The Art of Camera Performance

Camera performance is an art.
Camera performance is an art.

SOMETHING interesting came out of SecTech Roadshow’s HD Camera Shootout, something still photographers have known for a long time. A beautiful image is a work of art requiring the combination of deep technical comprehension with creativity. 

You mightn’t think CCTV installers would be interested in blowing away backgrounds to isolate faces in a foreground, leveraging ambient light to increase detail or using CCTV cameras to tell stories but thoughtfully considered and within the constraints of typical lens focal lengths and aperture ranges, that's exactly what they are doing. 

Commissioning IP cameras is a tap dance but there’s plenty installers can do to ensure they get useful performance without completely rebuilding an image stream. Too often cameras are installed with no regard for the realities of optical performance and the results are image streams that fail to deliver operational benefits. 

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Sun
17
May
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The Interview: Leon Langlais and Ken May, Tyco Security Products

Tyco Security Products’ Leon Langlais (left), senior director of growth markets and regional strategy (l), and Ken May, vice president sales, Asia Pacific
Tyco Security Products’ Leon Langlais (left), senior director of growth markets and regional strategy (l), and Ken May, vice president sales, Asia Pacific

Tyco Security Products has changed its route to market and is now being distributed in Australia exclusively by Hills Ltd. It’s a significant move for both companies, as well as for integrators and end users who rely on iconic brands like DSC, Software House, CEM and American Dynamics. SEN editor John Adams speaks with Leon Langlais and Ken May of Tyco Security Products.

JA: You have many brands under the Tyco umbrella – which does Hills now distribute?

KM: There are 9 brands in the Tyco Security Products portfolio and from 13th March 2015, Hills represents 7 of these, including DSC, Software House, Kantech, Sur-Gard, Visonic, CEM Systems and Exacq.  

JA: This is a big deal for the market at multiple levels - how did the new agreement between Tyco and Hills come about? What was process involved?

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Fri
15
May
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Google Sidling up to Security and Home Automation

Google setting up home security and automation patents
Google setting up home security and automation patents

OUR electronic security industry has been a source of great entertainment from the perspective of technological leaps and bounds over the last couple of years. Nothing is going to change, if recent events are anything to go by. 

If you thought video surveillance had dropped anchor at 1080p, you thought wrong. At ISC it was all 4K from quality makers and in the case of Avigilon, it was about 7K. And with all this talk of high resolution in the air, video compression is about to become the most important word on everyone’s lips. 

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