HONEYWELL says an Icontrol and Alarm.com merger would violate antitrust regulations and allow a single software platform provider to control 70 per cent of the smart home services market and has filed an antitrust lawsuit to break the $US140 million deal.
Announced in June 2016, the proposed merger also calls for Comcast to take over Icontrol’s Converge platform while Alarm.com acquires Icontrol’s Piper smart home hub and the Connect platform on which ADT’s Pulse panel is based. Honeywell says the merger would allow Alarm.com to insist that third-party manufacturers of security hardware and smart home devices, such as thermostats, lights and security cameras, use its platform exclusively.
NSW Department of Education has released an RFT on behalf of the Schools Security Unit for new security technology at 2240 schools across the state of New South Wales.
According to the RFT, the Schools Security Unit seeks to remodel and customize its services, introducing new technology to enable better productivity, operational efficiency and savings. Only security suppliers listed on the Whole of Government Integrated Security Contract List will be invited to participate.
SecTech Roadshow, which hits Sydney on May 4, Melbourne May 9, Brisbane May 11, Adelaide May 18 and Perth, May 23. SecTech Roadshow is headlined by a seminar on securing network-connected security devices as well as our big SecTech Camera Shootout – including 30x PTZs in Sydney.
SecTech Roadies now include Camera Shootout sponsors Hills and Genetec, as well as Video Alarm Technologies, Honeywell Fire & Security. Bosch Security Products, LSC, CSD, Pelco, Video Security Products, C.R. Kennedy, Hikvision, ICT, Dahua, Mobotix, Tyco Security Products, BGWT, NX Witness and Q Security Systems.
DTI forward-facing cameras installed at top of windscreen
MORE than 800 forward-facing cameras from Perth-based DTI installed on every San Francisco Muni buses led to 3625 tickets handed out to vehicles blocking a bus’s path over the past 12 months.
Since the first cameras were tested on San Francisco’s Muni buses 24,125 tickets have been awarded to owners of cars parked illegally or pulled over where a bus camera could photograph them.
The cameras are constantly running, and Muni staff view footage and record license plate numbers of offenders. Revenue to the city is considerable - parking in a transit-only lane or a crosswalk is $US110 and stopping in a bus stop will cost you $288.
According to Muni spokesperson Paul Rose, the cameras have led to fewer cars double-parking in front of buses and fewer commercial vehicles stopping in bus paths to unload.
Rose said the agency hasn’t received a single privacy complaint since they went into use.
Just released - ICT Protege DIN Rail Network Extender
DESIGNED to extend the network capabilities of the Protege system, the Protege DIN Rail Module Network Repeater is connected via RS-485 or Ethernet providing optical isolation between up to 3 branches of the module network, and simplifies network and power connectivity.
When using Ethernet expansion, the module network repeater communicates via UDP through a switch or router and allows linking of module networks that run between 2 buildings within a close proximity, removes the need to run expensive cabling over long networks, allows running of cables to physical locations that would break the normal daisy chain design of the module network and resolves issues with networks that are experiencing connectivity/communication issues caused by ground loops or long distance runs
BANKSTOWN City Council is seeking tenders from suitably qualified and experienced integrators for the design supply, installation, testing and commissioning of a new CCTV system at Paul Keating Park.
The tender must meet all relevant standards and include the provision of all necessary labour, hardware and materials to undertake the CCTV works at Paul Keating Park, as well as to upgrade the monitoring system at Council’s security and building manager’s offices located at Civic Tower.
The proposed CCTV system includes the design, supply, installation and commissioning of 4 PTZ cameras 4 fixed cameras, as well as a new management and recording system to monitor and store video streams allowing retrieval for review by the security manager and investigating police officers.
SYDNEY’S Downing Centre has gone to tender seeking an upgrade to its video surveillance solution and electronic security systems.
The Downing Centre is a major courthouse complex in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It features state government courts, including the Local Court, the District Court, and a law library known as the Downing Centre Library. The Downing Centre forms part of the Department of Attorney General and Justice and houses court services and sheriff’s offices.
Designed by Arthur Anderson and constructed between 1901 and 1908, the current 8-storey building includes portions of the original building and a classical façade with 2 corner towers. Originally built for Mark Foy’s as a department store, the building was converted for use as Courts in 1985 by Spain & Cosh & Epslin and Ross & Rowe and is listed on the NSW State Heritage Register.
HILLS is offering special discounts on their range of Panasonic products, offering up to 50 per cent of recommended retail on some items.
Panasonic analogue and network cameras, pan tilt cameras, network recorders, and accessories are all been reduced.
Head of security and surveillance product practice at Hills, Joanna Burke, said that Hills had an extensive range of alarms, intrusion, access control, CCTV and IT products from leading brands including Hills Reliance, DSC, Tecom, Pacom, Axis and many more.
“Hills has specialised local and national teams who can show integrators how to maximize their budget and get the best solution for the application,” Burke said. “With expert product knowledge and on-site experience, the Hills team can help integrators select the right solutions to grow their business.
For more details, contact Hills on 1300 445 571 or visit www.clearance.hills.com.au ♦
GALLAGHER’S global team gathered in NZ last week for its annual sales conference and took the opportunity to put smiles on the faces of local kids.
110 staff from 13 countries finished their week with a team-building activity that saw them build 16 bicycles for young foster children from the region. Putting their mechanical skills to the test, the Gallagher teams raced to complete their bicycle builds before presenting them to the children.
“This was a really great experience for our team and a wonderful way to finish our conference” said Kahl Betham, global general manager at Gallagher. “Gallagher has a strong commitment to giving back to the communities in which we live and work; the smiles on the faces of the children are something that will stay with us for a long time.”
DAHUA Technologies is looking for a business development manager to be based in Melbourne.
“Due to huge growth over the past 2 years we are currently on the lookout for a Melbourne-based BDM to cover VIC/TAS/SA.” Said Dahua’s Tony Lagan.
“The ideal applicant will have experience in working with systems integrators and installers and will have a background in distribution or manufacturing with solid relationships in the industry. If you or someone you know is interested please call on 0422961301 to find out more.” ♦