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Wed
23
Dec
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The Shape of the Future of Security Electronics

Merry Saturnalia, electronic security people.
Merry Saturnalia, electronic security people.

 ELECTRONIC security has always been about finding a balance between dichotomous needs; hair trigger sensitivity, yet reliability; easy access, yet high security; low light performance yet wide dynamic range; high resolution, yet low bit rate; low price yet high quality; ease of installation, yet powerful integration. 

Looking back over 2015, it’s possible to see the tension imposed by all these improbable bedfellows, to see the ways in which the laws of physics and the forces of the market end up shaping our solutions, rough hew them how we will. Alongside these conflicting demands, however, it’s also possible to see the shape of a future beginning to emerge. It’s a powerful future. 

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Tue
08
Dec
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Martin Gren: IP CCTV's Founding Father

Martin Gren, Axis Communications' Founding Father
Martin Gren, Axis Communications' Founding Father

IP camera pioneer Axis Communications’ co-founder Martin Gren talks about developing the world’s first IP camera, the nature of core IP camera performance, and the present and future of video surveillance technology. 

JA: Martin, you’ve been with Axis since 1984 – it must be highly rewarding to have been so successful – was there a point at which you realised the company was going to grow so fast and become so large? Does the business still give you moments of wonder, of pleasure?

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Tue
17
Nov
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DIY CCTV Fails to Find Price/Performance Crossover

DIY satisfaction not taking off
DIY satisfaction not taking off

IF there is a perfect price performance crossover – the spot on an axis in which price and performance intersect in just the right way – it seems DIY camera makers have failed to find it when it comes to home automation systems.

As installers know, there’s a point at which spending less on hardware buys you more trouble, not more margin. But consumers have a lot to learn, if a recent study by Argus Insights is anything to go by. 

“According to overall consumer feedback, there is immense room for improvement,” Argus wrote in its report. “Distrust from consumers about the reliability of connected devices is obstructing growth in consumer adoption (of home automation).”

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Sun
15
Nov
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Can Public Space Ever Be Protected From Terrorists?

Peace, Paris
Peace, Paris by Jean Jullien

AFTER 132 people were murdered and 352 wounded in Paris by multiple teams from a local cell of Islamic State on Friday night, it’s impossible for security people not to wonder whether anything could have been done to stop the carnage. 

Protecting public space from attackers whose hatred runs so deep they can machine gun young civilians in a music hall is fraught. Security teams and law enforcement personnel cannot protect all spaces. The best they can do is detect threats at the door, or use electronic security systems to detect the images or sounds charateristic of an attack, and provide on-site or rapid emergency services response to subdue attackers and succour victims.

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Fri
23
Oct
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The Internet Of Our Things, Anyway

Internet of things.
Internet of things.

The global internet of things is coming, driven by demographics, as well as by the pursuit of new revenue streams. Is the electronic security industry ready? Surprisingly so, and may benefit in multiple ways. 

WHEN it comes to phrases of jargon, there’s nothing quite so popular in the technology sector right now as the internet of things. The nature of this ecosystem, its topology and any functional form of user interface remain utterly nebulous. Given the glacial uptake of proprietary cloud, the concept of socialist cloud may well be beyond the bounds of a coherent business model. Even its acronym is annoying. 

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Mon
21
Sep
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Pierre Racz: Vulcans Never Bluff

Pierre Racz, Genetec
Pierre Racz, Genetec

More than any other software company serving the electronic security industry, Genetec has embraced cloud. Genetec’s founder and CEO Pierre Racz sees cloud as a logical progression for all businesses based on economies of scale and the outsourcing of non-core competency. 

In the same way Goscinny and Uderzo’s character Obelix fell into a cauldron of magic potion as a baby and was blessed with superhuman strength, Pierre Racz’s intrinsic nature and long tenure as master of his own business have imbued him with superhuman honesty. Racz swings truth beams across the dark spaces of the electronic security industry like a light sabre. Conversations with the man burst in a series of vivid exposures, revealing intricacies of technology, flaws of competitors and ways in which the future will be just like the past.

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Thu
17
Sep
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Ten Million Reasons Crime Does Pay

Public surveillance funded by proceeds of crime.
Public surveillance funded by proceeds of crime.

SOMETIMES clichés can be utterly inverted. When it comes to community crime prevention initiatives undertaken through the Attorney General’s Department’s National Crime Prevention Fund, which is funded under section 298 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, there are 10 million reasons crime does pay. 

Up until June 30 2015, Australia’s National Crime Prevention Fund has provided nearly $A10 million for 53 local council safety infrastructure projects, with most these funds being invested in video surveillance solutions and lighting. The NCPF is a $40 million purse which was put aside to address gang violence and street crime. 

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Tue
15
Sep
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Alarm Monitoring: The Ticking Clock

The ticking clock
The ticking clock

Alarm monitoring’s future continues to look nebulous – the only certain thing is that the future will not look anything like the past.

Will we see the demise of the traditional alarm panel, with its 8 or 16 input zones and single dialler comms path in coming years? Yes, definitely. The question is, what will take its place? The nature of future technology is an area of doubt. Will the majority of alarm systems retain limited traditional features locally and shake out automation in the cloud? Many seem to be going down that path. 

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Thu
13
Aug
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Hills Is Going Back to Basics

David Lenz, Hills
David Lenz, Hills

David Lenz brings Hills broad experience in sales, distribution and marketing and he combines formidable focus with unhesitating honesty. Lenz says Hills got some things wrong in the past and he’s on a mission to set the business to rights.

GENERALLY speaking, straight talk from senior management can be hard to come by but there’s plenty of it from Hills’ David Lenz, who is in the process of re-booting the Hills’ culture through a process of key appointments and re-engagement with customers and vendors. Lenz isn’t afraid to point out Hills needs to reinvent itself as a more powerful, more passionate version of what it used to be. 

JA: There have been a number of changes to the management team at Hills, could you tell us about those?

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Thu
30
Jul
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Security 2015 Expo: Full Report

Safran MorphoWave impressed at Security 2015
Safran MorphoWave impressed at Security 2015

Security 2015 Expo was a great opportunity to take a look at the best new electronic security products. There was plenty of good stuff and it was readily possible to discern the ongoing development of key trends in the market.

HELD in Melbourne for the second year, Security 2015 Expo, saw good numbers – as usual, the biggest day was Day 2 – and loads of fun things to play with. If I had a gripe with the event it was that I needed one more whole day to get around all the stands. Yet again there were stands I did not get to spend time on and when you’re talking about the latest developments in the industry, it’s poor form not to have seen everything before drawing your conclusions. 


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