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Brad Ballesty Joins Hikvision as Senior Key Account Manager

Brad Ballesty, key account manager at Hikvision
Brad Ballesty, key account manager at Hikvision

BRAD Ballesty, formerly of Infratherm, has joined Hikvision as senior key account manager. 

Ballesty has decades of experience in the electronic security industry. He spent 10 years heading up Sanyo through the company's supremacy with 520-line analogue, before moving to Q Video Systems as NSW state manager. Ballesty was BDM at thermal imaging tech house and distributor, Infratherm, for 4 and a half years. 

Ballesty said he was looking forward to the challenge of helping continue growth of the Hikvision business through quality customer support.

“Hikvision is a great company, with a huge product range, a massive R&D capacity and excellent distirbution support here in Australia,” Ballesty said. “It’s an exciting time to be coming on board.” ♦

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Can Electronic Security Defend Against Violent Attacks?

The Louvre, Paris, France
The Louvre, Paris, France

Q: There have been a number of violent attacks recently – one on public space at Bourke St Mall in Melbourne and another in Quebec City on a mosque. Is there any guaranteed way to deter or fend off these sorts of attacks? Isn’t electronic security responsive and therefore powerless against such events? 

A: The events you mention are quite different. Considering each separately, physical barriers, including raised pathways, paved and stepped earth mounds, remain the best defence against vehicle attacks but they cannot protect all aggregations of people in a city, whether this be at a set of busy traffic lights, a suburban strip mall or a playground. Bollards or concrete barriers would have saved lives on Bourke St and we should expect to see more of them in our cities and at our events. Truckstopper barriers can tear a pantechnicon apart and would have protected the promenade in Nice but they are comparatively expensive and they are static. 

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Icon Security Systems Installs ICT Protege GX for Trustpower

Trustpower HQ, Tauranga, NZ
Trustpower HQ, Tauranga, NZ

NZ integrator Icon Security Systems has installed an ICT ProtegeGX access control and intrusion detection system at the new head office of Trustpower in Tauranga, NZ. 

RAPID expansion over 2 years saw energy provider Trustpower outgrow its former head office at Te Maunga in Tauranga, New Zealand. This growth and the decision to move to an activity-based working model for staff, which Trustpower calls ‘Synergy New Ways of Working’, saw more than 500 staff move to a new purpose-built facility on Durham Street in the Tauranga CBD.

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Source Security Systems Opens New Balcatta Office in WA

Source Security Systems new Balcatta branch, WA
Source Security Systems new Balcatta branch, WA

SOURCE Security Systems has opened a new branch at Balcatta in Perth. Located at Unit 1/1 Natalie Way in Balcatta this new branch allows the Source Security Systems’ team to continue the expansion of Bosch products into Perth’s Northern suburbs.

According to Geoff Harring, the new branch manager at Source Security’s Balcatta branch, the new location will have training facilities for Bosch intrusion and CCTV products later this year.
 
“A technical centre is also planned for the future testing new and current firmware making sure all products are ready for market,” said Harring, who has 10 years’ hands-on experience with Bosch products. “It’s exciting future roadmap for the company.”

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Bellrock Partners with Stabilitas on Real Time Threat Service

Unified ecosystem for threat intelligence, risk visualization, and mass communications; reliable emergency management
Unified ecosystem for threat intelligence, risk visualization, and mass communications; reliable emergency management

MELBOURNE-based security and business resilience provider Bellrock, has partnered with Seattle based Stabilitas to provide real-time threat intelligence communication on a convenient mobile and desktop environment. 

This partnership offers clients a unified ecosystem for threat intelligence, risk visualization, and mass communications; reliable emergency management wherever teams work – at home and on the road; centralised oversight of security teams and assets, both at headquarters and in the field, and active engagement, tracking and communication with colleagues, contractors or management.

Information is augmented by user interactions with the platform, which allows for unprecedented speed in identifying and alerting facilities and employees to risks, including using artificial intelligence (AI).

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MONI Interactive Messaging Highlights Primacy of Alarm User Experience

MONI HQ, Dallas, Texas
MONI HQ, Dallas, Texas

DYNAMIC alarm monitoring provider MONI will release a new interactive messaging hub to its 1 million residential alarm monitoring customers in early 2017.

The development highlights the primacy of user experience in modern alarm monitoring and underscores the challenges monitoring stations face when competing with DIY alarm and smart home technologies which communicate directly with the user. Comparatively, monitoring companies action alarm events by calling the end user or other contacts on the list if the user can’t be reached. With this technology, MONI is doing everything – alerting the user in real time and following up with human response. 

MONI’s patented technology is named ASAPer for its ability to alert both MONI customers and their emergency contacts as soon as possible when an alarm is triggered. 

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Moreton Bay Council CCTV Camera Audio Recordings Causing Big Noise

Moreton Bay Regional Council CCTV System cameras
Moreton Bay Regional Council CCTV System cameras

MORETON Bay Regional Council has installed a comprehensive video surveillance solution monitoring high risk locations in the council area but the revelation audio is also being recorded from 330 cameras has attracted the attention of Queensland’s privacy commissioner, Phil Green. 

After the cameras began recording audio on Monday, February 6, Green told the ABC he was in the process of enquiring to see if the use of the technology breached privacy laws.

"I'm still in the fact-finding mode — I obviously don't act rashly, I'm trying to look into this and have a rational, good public debate on the issue," Green said.

"If the public isn't happy with this sort of development, then the State Government can enact laws, but I think the laws already possibly stop this sort of thing happening."

Meanwhile, Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts told the ABC the public should be concerned.

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New Terrorism Alert Mobile App Offers Terror Alerts, Geo-Location, Live Support

Barry Oberholzer, senior vice president of Defense Trading Solutions and creator of the TerrorMate app
Barry Oberholzer, senior vice president of Defense Trading Solutions and creator of the TerrorMate app

TERRORMATE is the world's first encrypted terrorism alert app with mobile to mobile encrypted instant messaging, terror alert and attack geo-location feature and intelligence feed, with 24/7 live support.

Defense Trading Solutions LLC, a defense contractor, homeland security and public safety provider and app developer, created the app, which will be released worldwide in March 2017 and provides users one place where they can obtain relevant, real-time information and a clear understanding of what's taking place around them during a terrorist attack.

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Blue Phase Liquid Crystal Offers 1500-Pixel PSI Video Displays

High resolution screens would empower 4K cameras
High resolution screens would empower 4K cameras

RESEARCHERS have developed a new technology that could triple the resolution density of displays and slash power consumption. For CCTV applications, the technology would deliver monitors capable of meaningfully supporting 4K CCTV cameras at wide angles of view.

The new technology could allow field-sequential colour displays where a single subpixel can be quickly switched among red, green or blue. By eliminating the colour filters traditionally used to spatially divide one pixel into red, green or blue subpixels, field-sequential colour displays allow the three subpixels to become three independent pixels and thus triples the resolution density.

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ASIAL and UV Reach Commonwealth Games MEEBA with GOLDOC

John Fleming, ASIAL GM
John Fleming, ASIAL GM

AFTER 8 months of discussions, ASIAL and United Voice have reached an agreement in principle on the detail of a multi-employer (Greenfields) enterprise agreement (MEEBA) covering work by security personnel at the 2018 Commonwealth Games to be held on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Townsville and Cairns. 

The MEEBA was drafted by ASIAL’s industrial advisor Chris Delaney and, after consultation with the prime contractors, United Voice and GOLDOC, it has been refined to meet the needs of all parties. In principle agreement was reached with United Voice on 21 December 2016 and once signed by the parties, documents being filed early 2017. 

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