ELECTRONIC Security distributor Sektor, has undertaken a series of FLIR training sessions which were conducted by FLIR training manager, Tom Hoffman with support from Sektor’s project & systems engineer, Mike Hardee.
Courses conducted include the FLIR Thermal Certified Professional Course and the FLIR Thermal Professional course, which is a lighter version of the certification training, aimed at consulting engineers.
The courses mark Sektor as a serious player in the electronic security distribution space, according to Sektor’s Tom Kinkade.
ACCORDING to electronic security distributor Hills’ CEO, David Lenz, 2017 will be an exciting year for Hills in the security, surveillance and IT markets and the company has the right team in place to support customers.
“Bill Sakellariou is now heading up the sales team across ANZ and will be focused on customer engagement and continuing to deliver improved customer service,” Lenz said. “Joanna Burke is now heading up the product teams and will be working closely with Bill to ensure strong alignment between product and sales while Daniel Lee has moved into a CTO role to look at emerging technologies.
WA Transport Authority seeks wireless comms solution
THE Public Transport Authority of Western Australia (PTA), which responsible for the safe and efficient operation of Perth’s 180km electrified passenger rail network, is seeking an analogue radio network for trains, maintenance and security.
Most of the network is above ground, with approximately 5km currently underground. PTA’s operations include Transperth, which operates bus, ferry and train services in metropolitan Perth, Transwa, which operates regional road coach and train services to link 240 locations in regional WA, 154 buses service Bunbury, Busselton, Dunsborough Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Port Hedland.
PTA includes the Network and Infrastructure Division, which ensures public transport infrastructure is safe and WA’s School Bus Services, providing school buses to children in rural and remote areas. Formed in 2003, PTA has 1654 employees, and an annual budget of $A1.27 billion.
SECTECH Roadshow, which runs in Sydney on May 4, Melbourne May 9, Brisbane May 11, Adelaide May 18 and Perth, May 23, will take a look at a number of digital analogue camera technologies, as well as including a seminar on securing network-connected security devices.
The multi-technology test will run alongside our best-of-the-best low light camera shootout and we’ll separately analyse the performance of integrated IR bullet cameras – a fast growing segment with specific strengths and weaknesses. In Sydney, we’ll be pitting the best PTZ domes against each other and for good measure, we’re planning to threw a thermal PTZ into the mix just to get a sense of what’s what at extreme ranges.
Terry Hartmann will lead business development and client relations as VP for Asia Pacific at biometric tech house, Cognitec Systems.
Based in Sydney, Australia, Hartmann will direct an international sales and support team to meet the demands of an expanding biometrics market in the region. Governments in Australia, New Zealand and many Asian countries are investing heavily into large-scale biometric projects, and many of them have trusted Cognitec’s market-leading face recognition technology for more than a decade.
“Face biometrics is now a proven technology, yet has so much potential for growth. Asia Pacific is certainly the place where innovation can be realized,” said Hartmann. “I am excited to leverage Cognitec’s products into numerous security and facilitation benefits to prospective clients, integrators and their customers.”
AXIS Communications the market leader in network video appoints Sektor as New Zealand distributor. Under the agreement Sektor will distribute the entire range of Axis network cameras, access control, IP audio and video products.
“Sektor provides us with new market opportunities in the IT realm plus the comprehensive support of their market leading Distribution capabilities,” said Wai King Wong, Axis country manager, South Pacific region. “We’ve been really impressed with Sektor’s professionalism and drive. They are a great match for Axis as a company and the innovative products we have in the pipeline.”
According to Sektor’s GM Security, Andre van Duiven, Sektor sees video technology combining with big data for some major growth in the coming years.
STEVE Charles reports the Sony team is delighted to have moved into the Bosch Security Systems head office in Sydney, yesterday, February 1.
The move comes after Bosch Security Systems and Sony Corporation signed a contract to establish a business partnership to collaborate in the development of innovative products and solutions in the field of video security applications.
The idea is to combine their technological expertise to set new standards in high-resolution and low light video imaging. As part of the agreed partnership, Sony’s video security customers in all markets except Japan will be served and supported by the sales and marketing organization of Bosch Security Systems. The partnership is subject to approval by antitrust authorities.
Looking to the future - Robert Meachem, GM, BGW Technologies
ACCORDING to Robert Meachem, BGW Technologies is undertaking a programme of expansion to meet a growing demand across its product lines.
“We are forced to now add staff due to customers marching to BGWT doors,” Meachem said. “We are currently recruiting for 5 staff and are in the process of completing our plan for an office in South Australia.
“Our customers have so many significant project wins across access control, CCTV and wireless that we are having have to adjust our ability to keep up with customer demands,” he said.
“We are just thrilled customers are liking our products and services, and this results in hiring more people. As a family-owned business we have great pride in supporting more Aussie families!” ♦
Weigand cable - tried and tested but not most secure for some applications
Q: Which is best for communications between access controllers and door readers – Weigand or RS-485?
A: This is an interesting question. There’s a lot more behind Weigand and RS-485 than you’d think. Some of your choices need to be application specific but it depends on the product you are using, too.
For a start Weigand readers are unsupervised – this means if they are breached, your customer will not know. If they are smashed or completely removed from the wall and carried away, the system will not report this. The maximum Weigand run is about 150m – this might be fine in some applications but in larger sites it can be limiting. You also need to install Weigand in a star config around a controller, making for complex wiring schedules.
HANWHA Techwin Wisenet 5 chipset, which drives the Wisenet X camera series offers 150dB WDR performance and clear images in extreme low light conditions. A convenient USB port is also available for easy setup and installation.
The new Wisenet 5 chipset “will define a new standard in the market on video cameras—this is the next revolution of video surveillance in cameras,” Tom Cook, vice president of sales for North America at Hanwha Techwin said.
“Our R&D team, which is about 650-strong, have been developing this new chip set that we are proud to say will take the video market to another level.”
The Wisenet X series is a new product line that features 27 models split up between 2MP and 5MP camera lines. Other notable key features include license-free audio and video analytics, dual SD card slot for increased onboard storage and image stabilization using gyro sensors.