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FCC Wants Input On VOIP

Like DSL and cell phone switching, VoIP may have compatibility issues with many alarm monitoring systems. Steve Baker, president of the National Alarm Computer Center says the disruption of signals created by new protocols is a real problem for central stations and if not dealt with will cost them customers. “Undefined signals are the biggest liability to us,” Baker explained to SSN. “Dealers need to be more proactive.” The Alarm Industry Communications Committee (AICC), which includes members from multiple security industry associations, including the CSAA is pushing fo regulations from the FCC to control the effect of VoIP on alarm services. At the same time, the FCC has asked industry for a description of the threat VoIP poses to alarm monitoring services.

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Panasonic Emphasises Move To Digital Video, Security Integration

“Digital One is a progressive new approach to video security and surveillance systems operation that embodies both existing analog systems products and new digital IP-based systems products,” Panasonic Vice President Frank Abram said in a statement. “It is an all-encompassing philosophy toward product development and systems integration.” Another Digital One goal is to provide end users with cost-efficient ways to upgrade their systems. The initiative is an outgrowth of Panasonic’s Networking Initiative that works to extend the scope of networked devices to include existing analog-based systems.

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Team Studies Terrorism's Impact On Supply Chain

Supply chains can be thrown into disarray for many reasons. A severe storm can delay urgently needed raw materials. A major dock strike can halt the movement of goods. Then there are low-probability, high-impact incidents such as an earthquake or terrorist attack. Companies can learn to cope with crises like these and minimize the disruption to their businesses. “Often the issue is cultural—making sure that damage control is built into the very fabric of the organization," said Yossi Sheffi, professor of civil and environmental engineering and engineering systems and leader of the project. For example, a few years ago the production of computer chips was halted by a fire at a large supplier. One major customer, cell phone manufacturer Nokia, reacted quickly and found alternative sources of the chips. A competitor was much slower to react and eventually exited the cell phone business.

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Jul
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Blinding Growth From MCI

The purchase price will be approximately $US5.65 million, subject to adjustments as of the closing of the transaction. The transaction is subject to customary conditions to closing next month. Both companies have agreed to consummate the sale as soon as possible. The two divisions being sold are SecurityandMore and Industrial Vision Source that largely comprise the company's DSG group. The two divisions had combined annual revenues of approximately $20 million in fiscal year 2003.

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Recognition Systems Scores Market Penetration

The Application Market Penetration Leadership Award recognized Recognition Systems’ strong market presence in the biometrics industry and its effective penetration into the physical access/time and attendance segment. “Recognition Systems is not only a global pioneer and leader in the hand geometry biometrics segment, but has also successfully leveraged its diverse expertise to offer fingerprint products for access control applications,” notes Prianka Chopra, industry manager with Frost & Sullivan. “The reliability of Recognition System’s hand geometry technology coupled with its ability to meet the ever changing demands of its customers is reflected in the high degree of awareness and acceptance for its biometric solutions,” concludes Chopra. Recognition Systems also received the 2004 Technology Leadership Award in recognition of its pioneering role in the

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Biometrics Spend On A Budget

"Included in these accepted amendments is a commitment to review the legislation in a number of years of operation and for the minister to report to parliament on the outcomes of the review."

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Strategic Alliance For Diebold And Lenel

The Lenel OnGuard Total Security Knowledge Management Solution provides a comprehensive security solution to customers in a wide range of markets, including government, educational, healthcare, industrial, technology, manufacturing, telecommunications, finance, transportation and defense, among others. OnGuard offers a suite of seamlessly integrated applications, encompassing access control, alarm monitoring, identity management, physical asset management, digital video management, smart cards, biometrics and visitor management functionality. The key value of the OnGuard security platform is its ability to seamlessly integrate into all enterprise businesses and information infrastructures. Through the strategic alliance, Diebold becomes a North America-wide Lenel value-added reseller, while Lenel gains access to Diebold’s robust network of more than 5,000 highly trained professionals in sales and service.

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Honeywell's Sweet Acquisition

"This is a strong fit for us because wire and cable plays an integral role in so many Honeywell systems," said Ben Cornett, president of Honeywell Security. "It's also the glue behind the connected home, so this nicely complements our recent acquisition of FutureSmart Systems. In its industry segment, Genesis is recognized as an innovator and has an exceptional reputation for providing quality and value." Genesis Cable has 270 employees at its office and factory in Pleasant Prairie, WI. The organization will be part of the Honeywell Security & Custom Electronics unit, which is a leading manufacturer of professional alarm systems and structured wiring products. "We're very excited to be part of Honeywell," said Jim Coleman, president of Genesis Cable. "Our products provide the bandwidth that makes integration possible in homes and businesses. This will advance Honeywell's strategy of bringing together security, fire, sound, home theatre, voice, data and energy management."

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Cashing In On Chips

Having the tiny glass chip embedded in their bodies means nightclub patrons can turn up to the club without lugging around a purse or wallet. So far injected RFID technology has battled to escape comparisons with a prophesied “onboard” monetary system described in the biblical book of Revelations. Only about 10 people have opted to be embedded.

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Dedicated Micros Voted Best Manufacturer

Pauline Norstrom, Marketing Manager at DM, said: "We are delighted to have been acknowledged in this way, particularly as the companies who receive the awards are both nominated and voted for by security installers - the people who really know about the level of service on offer. DM's products already enjoy an unrivalled reputation for reliability and user-friendliness in the UK. Having made significant levels of investment into market-leading customer service, it is gratifying to see that installers are also appreciative of the technical advice and expertise we share with our customers."

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