Neil McLean, business development manager SA, Hills
Hills has appointed Neil McLean as business development manager, based at its Torrensville branch in South Australia.
McLean comes to Hills with almost 40 years’ experience in the security industry, including 20 years with RAA. He previously served on the board member of the Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL), and is currently the convenor for ASIAL in South Australia.
Head of sales for security, surveillance and IT, Bill Sakellariou, said that McLean would be a great asset as Hills looks to promote and support its suite of security solutions, including Assa Abloy, Interlogix and Inovonics, amongst partners and key verticals.
“Neil’s experience in the sector means he understands the needs of integrators and can coordinate product sales to provide the best solution for the application.
AFTER the official approval of the antitrust authorities, the business partnership of Bosch Security Systems and Sony Corporation in video security solutions became effective by February 1, 2017 – except in China where the partnership will start on April 1, 2017.
The partnership entails both a sales and marketing cooperation as well as a technical collaboration. As part of the sales and marketing partnership, Sony’s video security sales and marketing associates joined a newly formed dedicated team within the Bosch Security System organization. Sony’s video security customers, in all markets except Japan, will be served and supported by this sales and marketing team.
WATER-repellent cone-shaped nanotextures could prevent fog condensation on surfaces in humid environments, including the windscreens of cars and CCTV camera housings.
Insect bodies have evolved the abilities to repel water and oil, adhere to different surfaces, and eliminate light reflections. Scientists have been studying the physical mechanisms underlying these remarkable properties found in nature and mimicking them to design materials for use in everyday life.
Conical-shaped textures resist dew formation because the water droplets are so lightly adhered to the surface that when 2 drops join together, they gain enough energy to spontaneously jump off the surface, similar to the mechanism observed in cicada wings.
Face recognition authentication images need 6-year renewals
BIOMETRICS experts have investigated what extent facial aging affects the performance of automatic facial recognition systems. They found that 99 per cent of face images can still be recognized up to 6 years later but that accuracy drops after 6 years if images are not re-taken.
Michigan State University biometrics expert Anil Jain and team set out to investigate what extent facial aging affects the performance of automatic facial recognition systems and what implications it could have on successfully identifying criminals or determining when identification documents need to be renewed.
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.