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OV drops Samsung case, ITC trial involving Bosch starts today

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

ObjectVideo issued a statement at 7:30 this morning announcing that it has dropped patent infringement charges against Samsung.  The statement came two hours before an International Trade Commission trial began at 9:30 this morning.

I called ObjectVideo, but they’re not saying anything beyond what’s in the press release. I also have a call into Samsung.

The release says that ObjectVideo filed an unopposed motion to terminate the International Trade Commission investigation against Samsung.  “Both parties agreed this was the appropriate next step as part of our continued efforts to resolve the dispute between the companies,” Raul Fernandez, CEO of ObjectVideo, is quoted as saying in the press release.

“The public trial against Bosch at the USITC, resulting from an investigation pertaining to products from Robert Bosch GmbH and Bosch Security Systems, Inc., continues as planned,” the release said.

“With Samsung out of the ITC action, we can focus on Bosch, whose products implement numerous infringing video analytic technologies, including metadata, tripwire, and slip-and-fall technology,” added Fernandez.

OV first filed a court complaint in April of 2011. It moved the complaint to the ITC in July of 2011.

The trial began this morning at the USITC in Washington.

Vivint using social media to recruit sales talent

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Everyone likes to gab about their workplace, whether it’s to colleagues at happy hour after work, or by posting on Facebook or your social media channel of choice. But your workplace paying you to talk about it? That’s what Vivint is doing for its employees.
According to a news release this week, the Utah-based summer-model home automation and security company is utilizing redKonnect, “a word-of-mouth marketing web application,” to help it reward employees who pass the word to friends that Vivint has job openings and is a good place to work. The company says data show the retention rates for friend-referred employees are much higher than those of employees recruited through other means.
Here’s more from the July 17 release:

With the help of redKonnect, a word-of-mouth marketing web application, Vivint is rewarding its employees with cash for simply posting about Vivint job openings on social media. That is, Vivint is incentivizing its most loyal employees to tell their friends that Vivint is hiring inside salespeople.
In fact, every time their Vivint employees post and tweet about Vivint using redKonnect, they get paid, and every time their friends click on their post tweets they get paid more. Posts, tweets and clicks generate points and redKonnect, which their employees can convert to cash on PayPal with the click of a button. Talk about giving back.
As for some hard stats, since launching their campaign with redKonnect, Vivint fans and employees have generated, on average, 9 clicks with every endorsement. And dozens of these endorsements were generated within just a few days of the campaign launching.
Given the premium sales-centered companies place on recruiting, Vivint’s redKonnect campaign seems to represent an innovative and exemplary move toward better utilization of social media for recruiting of talented salespeople.

Vivint seems confident employees will give the company a strong endorsement. Vivint says it has “some of the highest rates of employee satisfaction and productivity.”
Benefits the company says it offers workers include health and dental coverage, paid vacation days, and a generous 401K package, as well as free lunch, casual dress and exercise facilities.
The release quotes company CEO Todd Pederson as saying, “My father always told me that if you treat the people who work for you like gold, everything else will fall into place.”

 

Rapid plans to add up to 200 jobs in Syracuse expansion

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Rapid Response has won preliminary approval for a tax break that could pave the way for an $11.3 million expansion on its home turf in Syracuse, according to a report Tuesday in The Post-Standard.

The project, which would add up to 200 jobs, would include the purchase and renovation of the 37,500-square-foot building that Rapid currently leases, according to the report. Rapid also plans to build a 20,000-square-foot facility nearby.

The “payment in lieu of taxes” deal, or PILOT, approved by the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency would save Rapid about $738,000 over 10 years. A sales tax exemption on construction materials is expected to save the company another $500,000, the report said.

The expansion is not a done deal, however. The tax plan still needs to be approved by the City Council, with a bigger potential hurdle at a higher level: acquiring financial help from the state.

Ben Walsh, the city’s deputy commissioner of neighborhood and business development, told The Post-Standard that the project is contingent on Rapid receiving assistance from Empire State Development, a state agency.

An application has been submitted to the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council, which recommends projects for state funding. ESD officials are expected to announce the list of projects that receive funds by late October.

A start date for the project, which the company says would take about two years to complete, has not been announced.

Get your new product listed in SSN's ASIS show products section

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Manufacturers: Do you have a new product that you'll be introducing at ASIS this year? Would you like to have it appear in the September issue of Security Systems News in the ASIS show products section?

Just follow the simple instructions below, and get all the material to us before the August 10 deadline.

Is the August 10 deadline firm? Yes.

All companies exhibiting at the show can submit a product that is making its debut at ASIS 2012 in September. Companies that have more than one division may submit one product for each division.
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> To take advantage of this free editorial opportunity, please send an email with the following information in the body of the email to cdaggett@securitysystemsnews.com
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> 1. Company name (to be published)
> 2. New product name (to be published)
> 3. Description of new product (no longer than 75 words)
> 4. Photograph of your product, 300 dpi or better. This is optional.
> 5. Web site (to be published)
> 6. Company telephone number—only ONE please (to be published)
> 7. ASIS Booth number (essential; you must be exhibiting at ASIS)
> 8. Contact number at your company for follow up. (This will not be published and we’ll only contact you if we have questions or a problem.)
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> The firm deadline is August 10. Space in the print issue is limited, and products will be listed in the order in which we receive them so get your information in early.
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> Questions? Please contact Cath Daggett, advertising coordinator for SSN and SDN. Her number is 207-846-0600, ext. 300, and her email is cdaggett@securitysystemsnew.com.

Cooper Notification solution weathers storm in nation’s capital

More than 4 million emergency messages help residents in region during severe thunderstorm and aftermath
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07/17/2012

LONG BRANCH, N.J.—A rare and unusually destructive thunderstorm complex hit the nation’s capital and surrounding communities on June 29, causing a mass outage of 911 systems in some areas.

iControl helps Silicon Valley traveler keep in touch

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Monday, July 16, 2012

iControl, an interactive platform used for security/home automation by traditional security companies like ADT and the new cable entrants like Comcast, got a nice mention on the front page of the New York Times travel section yesterday.

The story, about how Silicon Valley entrepreneurs’ make travel paperless and stress-free, talks about Tim Ferris (author of The Four-Hour Work Week and other books in an updated self-help genre) has many gadgets that help him when he’s traveling, including iControl software—which keeps him in touch with his home.

From the story: “One of the world’s largest guarding companies When he’s on the road Mr. Ferriss uses iControl software, which allows him to receive e-mails with video clips from infrared cameras in his house and to receive text alerts on his phone about who’s going in and out of his home.”

Is Tim’s security system provided by a traditional provider or a cableco? I’m sure iControl wouldn’t disclose the answer to that question.

Guarda acquires McKinnon

McKinnon is $18m guard company, specializes in mining industry
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07/16/2012

MONTREAL—In a deal that will help it take advantage of the expansion of mining in the province of Quebec, Guarda Security Solutions on July 13 announced the acquisition of McKinnon Services.

House passes Secure Border Act

Bill goes to Senate with provisions important to security industry
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07/16/2012

WASHINGTON—The Security Industry Association announced some good news for the industry in June: The House has passed H.R. 1299, the Secure Border Act.

OV, Vivotek reach agreement

ITC trial involving Bosch, Samsung set for this week
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07/16/2012

RESTON, Va.—Video analytics provider Object Video announced in June that it has signed a patent licensing agreement with Vivotek. Meanwhile, its patent battle with major video surveillance providers Samsung and Bosch will continue, with an International Trade Commission trial scheduled to begin this week.

Study: PSIM market to grow to $2.8b by 2021

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

A couple days after PSIM maker VidSys touted one aspect of the new Frost & Sullivan PSIM study, F&S itself today sent out a release about this study.

The projections are most interesting part of the release, I think. F&S projects the global PSIM market is set to grow from a $142.9 million in 2011 to a $2.79 billion by 2021.

When I spoke to VidSys CTO James Chong the other day, he said that his company’s commercial business is on the rise. The Frost & Sullivan study says that’s the way it’s going to go. Revenue generation from will shift from solely to include more critical infrastructure to first responders and commercial entities in the future.  

The biggest driver will be “word of mouth” about PSIM capabilities, the study says.  Frost and Sullivan even gave that phrase its very own acronym—“WOM.”  That’s a new one for me.

There’s not a lot of WOM yet, because most enterprises are still grappling with the convergence of physical security and IT security.  

From the news release: "The majority of security integrators are focused on solutions they are used to and their unwillingness to learn information technology and implement software products is restraining the PSIM market," explains [Krzysztof] Rutkowski. "This is a major challenge because awareness of customers may not be improved by the systems integrators."

As such, being a well established player in the PSIM and security market is crucial for market success. Value added products will be able to capture more of the market share.

"Being well recognized in the market sends a positive message to the customers on expertise and future reliability in terms of installation and upgrades support," says Rutkowski. "Another key aspect to success is the value a PSIM provider can add to the solution i.e. a computer-aided dispatch (CAD) option or a command and control (C2) centre."

The study advises video and access control systems companies to "tie up with PSIM players" to avoid being edged out.
 

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