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by: Martha Entwistle - Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Notice that Pelco is making a concerted effort lately to show that they're not as proprietary as people make them out to be. For example, they're friends with Milestone. No, I mean, they're really friends. Of course, Pelco has been accused of being slow to act in the past. Maybe that's why Milestone said they were friends way back in March. I'm having some fun, but it's clear that Pelco and soon-to-be new parent company Schneider Electric/TAC are going to influencing the market by making choices in whom they interface with and what technology they choose to open up. It bears watching. Also, would it kill Pelco to post press releases on their site NOT as pdfs?
by: Martha Entwistle - Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Jinkies, these Vuance guys are busy. See below for their buy of HSCC's subsidiary, and yesterday they announced the purchase of the credentialing division of Disaster Management Solutions for $100,000 in cash and up to $650,000 in royalties. That last part means that Vuance will give to DMS 10 percent of net revenue on sales of the RAPTOR Advanced Authenication and Validation System over the next 18 months. I've honestly never heard of that kind of arrangement in the security field, but I haven't been at it that long. Also, Vuance are no longer known as SuperCom in the states. That change went through back in May, but I didn't see it. The acquisition gives Vuance a product that can credential first responders, which ties into its homeland security play.
by: Martha Entwistle - Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Okay, judging by the stats on stories you're reading, you want to know more about this IP-over-powerline business that VisualGate has going on. Well, you're in luck, as I've collected some resources for you here: This is a very basic primer, and is consumer focused, but isn't a bad introduction to the concept, which can seem too good to be true, I'll admit. This Wikipedia entry is more informative and technical, and talks about all the different ways we'll be using powerlines to communicate in the future. Good stuff. From what I can tell, Telkonet is the leader in the market in general, more often called "Broadband-over-powerline" than "IP-over-powerline." Actually, the concept is new enough that people can't even agree on whether it's "power line" or "powerline." We need some standards development around here, clearly. It's so new, actually, that DirecTV seems to have announced the first actual consumer service. There is a difference, however, between what DirecTV is doing and what VisualGate is doing, and that's important to remember. DirecTV, and soon many others, provides the broadband access to the building. VisualGate, and maybe others soon, creates the internal network in the building. If any of you have experience with this technology, please do post a comment.
by: Martha Entwistle - Thursday, September 6, 2007
Another of the security trade publications picked up this story from Reuters (I think they put it out on the wire first). The security mag headlined the story, "Hollywood Power Couple Sues Leading National Security Provider." Okay, that's accurate, I guess. So, we'll find out which security provider is getting sued once we read the story right? No? Huh. That's odd. It was ADT. It says so in the Reuters story. It says so in our story. ADT didn't deny it. Their spokesperson even gave us some background on the story when managing editor Martha Entwistle called her up. Wonder why the other publication couldn't figure out which company it was. Huh.
by: Martha Entwistle - Tuesday, September 4, 2007
People wonder why editors get jaded and drink lots of whiskey. Reason one: Journalists are lower than car thieves in public opinion nowadays. Reason two: lots of people lie to them. Here's a great example: The world's first security system designed for temporary construction sites. Well, except for this one. Ooops.
by: Martha Entwistle - Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Looks like at least a few people in the industry decided to work the last week of summer. Homeland Security Capital Corp., the busy company run by former baller/Congressman Tom McMillen, completed on Aug. 31 the sale of its subsidiary, Security Holding Corp., which it just bought about a year ago. Is that like buying a house, painting it, and flipping it? Well, I guess that's what HSCC has said it was going to do all along: consolidate the industry and make a few bucks doing it. Nothing wrong with that, I suppose. Also, what to make of the buyer, Vuance? Starting out in asset tracking, its quickly built a security arm with the addition of Security Holding, which contains Security Inc., most notably, an access control outfit. Based in Israel, Vuance has a U.S. subsidiary called SuperCom (sorry, no link), based in McLean, Va., naturally.
by: Martha Entwistle - Thursday, August 30, 2007
Am I the only one who's pumped to see Neil Sedaka at the Orleans in Vegas during the ASIS show? Oh, I am, huh? Have you not heard 1969's Working on a Groovy Thing?
by: Martha Entwistle - Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Dennis Raefield has left the sweet world of retirement to join up-and-coming IP access control manufacturer Edge-Integration. Some of you may remember him as the former head of Honeywell Access Control, or the guy who bought Ademco. Or maybe you remember him from his days at Ortega. I talked to him on the phone the other day, and he said, "This is the hottest thing I've ever seen in access control." And he's seen a lot of stuff.
by: Martha Entwistle - Monday, August 27, 2007
The crosses and dots are all finished with in Saflink's sale of its Registered Traveler assets to the company it created, FLO. Once the organizer and leader of the FLO Alliance, Saflink went so far as to reorganize itself around FLO, but now has chosen to sell off its FLO assets to a corporation that it created, but in which it now holds just 23% equity interest. Simply put, Saflink needed the cash. CEO Steve Oyer's plan to focus on monetizing the company's assets seems like a solid one, but it's got to be disappointing that Saflink won't see through what seemed to have revenue-creating potential. Note that former Safllink CEO Glenn Argenbright, the driver behind Saflink's foray into FLO, now runs FLO Corp. and has resigned from the Saflink board.
by: Martha Entwistle - Thursday, August 23, 2007
Aronson Security Group, also known as ASG, but not the same ASG as the one run by Joe Nuccio, announced this week the slate for its 7th annual Security Summit. Looks like a good lineup, with Bob Hayes, managing director of the CSO Executive Security Council; Bill Jacobs, the director of Risk Technologies for Cisco (Cisco's security guy); Charlie Beck, deputy chief of the LAPD; and Steve Hunt, head of 4A International and a security dreamer. More and more, it seems, integrators are getting into the conference/expo/trade show act, helping customers forgo the need for a trip to ASIS. Inital's doing it. Service Works is doing it. Are you doing it?