HILLS has appointed Chris Whiting as general manager of the company’s diversified New Zealand operations.
Whiting – with more than 11 years of industry experience across businesses in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand – will be based at Hills’ Auckland office, where he will oversee Hills’ NZ expansion strategy.
Whiting was most recently general manager sales for Armourguard Security in NZ and Fiji, and has previously held senior positions with leading businesses including Tyco Fire & Security and Ward Security in the United Kingdom.
Hills chief executive officer, David Lenz, said Mr Whiting’s appointment was timely considering the company’s current strategy of further expanding its dominance in the key NZ markets in which it operates.
Schneider Electric has installed an Inner Range Infiniti access control and automation solution at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) at Birtinya in Queensland. The integrated security and automation system includes thousands of doors, thousands of devices, 8000 cardholders, and integrates 16 sub-systems, including 360 Jacques intercoms and nearly 800 Pelco cameras.
SecTech Roadshow Camera Shootout will see all the biggest CCTV brands going head to head including Mobotix, FLIR, Axis, Hikvision, Dahua, Uniview and Sony, Bosch, Panasonic, Pelco, Vivotek and Samsung.
SECTECH Roadshow (register here!) hits Sydney on May 4, Melbourne May 9, Brisbane May 11, Adelaide May 18 and Perth, May 23 and some more of the contenders at SecTech’s big Camera Shootout have been revealed.
The camera groups include Best Low Light Cameras, Best Bullet Cameras and in Sydney only, PTZ Domes 30x or higher – in this category, Dahua will show its new 48x PTZ! The camera resolutions of low light and bullet cameras will be left open but we’ll be calling bitrate as we go – at this time, most the contenders are 1080p versions.
A NEW IHS report, The Wireless Access Control Market in 2016, has found that 29 per cent of businesses used a fully wireless or hybrid wired/wireless system for access control.
Wireless use has risen from 23 per cent in 2014, with 5 per cent already having adopted a fully wireless solution. The installed base for wireless is growing rapidly.
Around 69 per cent of end-users agree that wireless access control is a cost-effective alternative to its wired equivalent — and wireless locks have indeed been instrumental in reducing the cost of installing electronic access control.
80 per cent of experienced technicians judged the integration task to be no more difficult than somewhat challenging, with 42 per cent responding they find it fairly easy.
50 per cent of respondents believe that wired systems are more secure, despite the fact that wireless locks are certified for security doors, fire doors and so on.
BOSCH has introduced a new range of Z-Wave home automation components. Using the VeraEdge Home Controller, it is possible to control over 220 devices including Z-Wave lights, locks, climate control and energy monitoring devices.
Additionally, the VeraEdge can already interface with and control the Bosch G Series integrated
intrusion and access panel, and will shortly be able to do the same with the Bosch Solution 2000 & 3000 Intrusion panels.
All of the interconnected devices can be controlled through an easy-to-configure web interface, or via a smartphone or tablet using the Vera app for IOS and AndroidOS. Users can create ‘Scenes’ which allow detections on various devices such as the alarm panel or thermostat to trigger actions on other devices, or to notify users via Push, SMS or Email.
All these features are available with no monthly fee. ♦
MOBOTIX APAC Innovation Summit 2017 took place in Sydney, Australia yesterday.
The day-long Innovation Summit took place at the Sheraton on The Park Hotel in Sydney, and included discussion of the Genetec integration of Mobotix devices, as well as covering the new Mobotix H.264 ONVIF cameras in detail.
The event, which draws around 200 delegates and offers plenty of case studies as well as dealer awards, was followed by a gala dinner.♦
PANASONIC Aero is a 1080p day/night, 30x optical, 1080x digital PTZ with 360-degree panning, 90-degree tilting with 150m of IR, 1P67 rating, IK10 rating, Video Stability Augment System and an operating temperature range between -50 and 55C.
I was very interested in the performance of Panasonic’s lovely Aero PTZ when the boys from BGWT bought it around to the SEN office and after spending a couple of days and an evening driving the camera, I formed a reasonable idea of where its core strengths lie.
Mutual agreement: David Weinel of LSC (left), with Lyn Cheng of Dahua
LSC has been appointed as a Dahua distributor for Australia, with access to Dahua’s full range of electronic security solutions.
Dahua’s Damien White said both teams were delighted with the new distribution agreement.
“We’re very excited about the arrangement and we’re delighted to see LSC come on board,” White said. “For Dahua, it gives us access to another part of the security market – we did not want or need another distributor in the traditional CCTV part of the market.
“LSC has a wonderful reputation in the locksmithing industry and they are high professional – certainly one of the best companies in the security space when it comes to training customers - they also want to handle all their own level 1 and 2 support, which for us is an invaluable thing.
CCTV to be mandatory for some stores in Clinton, Michigan
Video surveillance systems will become mandatory from April 1 in the town of Clinton, Michigan, at liquor stores, hotels, banks, pharmacies, gas stations and other businesses with frequent calls to police.
The ordinance was organized by Clinton Township police Capt. Richard Merlee, who explained the idea for mandatory security cameras arose following the murders of 2 party store owners were solved with the help of surveillance video.
“I talked to a lot of businesses,” Merlee said. “They want to protect their property.”
Merlee told clickondetroit.com approximately 75 per cent of businesses impacted by the requirements are already in compliance. But not every shop in Clinton Township will have to deploy security cameras.
“We didn’t make this ordinance [to include] the florist, or the breakfast shop, or some little mom and pop business,” Merlee said.