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Avigilon has video analytics news

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

There was lots of video analytics news today.

Avigilon, which acquired VideoIQ at the end of 2013, today came out with the first combined offering of VideoIQ and Avigilon products. Avigilon added Rialto to its portfolio. Rialto has three appliances (for IP, analog and thermal cameras) that will enable end users to add VideoIQ analytics to existing Avigilon or other manufacturers’ cameras. I have a call into Avigilon for more details.

Avigilon's analytics play is a good move according research firm TechNavio which announced today a new report that predicts global intelligent video analytics market will have a compound annual growth rate of 34.12 percent over the period 2013-2018.  

What will drive that growth? TechNavio said it’s the need for sophisticated tools to analyze the “unstructured data" generated by video surveillance systems, as well as increased security concerns.

The other, important driver is the “increasing demand for intelligent video analytics with business intelligence tools,” the report said.

“When operational data is integrated with BI features, companies can generate profits by identifying and implementing profitable projects, increase sales by applying fact-based selling tools, enhance customer loyalty, and retain customers by optimizing customer experience management,” said Faisal Ghaus, VP of TechNavio, in a prepared statement. “Organizations can use IVA solutions combined with BI tools to predict the future behavior of potential and existing customers, which is a major driver for the growth of the market over the forecast period.”

This all made me think about the very excellent educational session at TechSec 2014  “The IP camera of the future,” where there was lots of talk about the crucial nature of video analytics that work.

“The full potential of the business value of security cameras has yet to be realized,” said Ray Coulombe, an entrepreneur and CEO of SecuritySpecifiers.com, who moderated the panel.  “Analytics, big data implementation, and the proper mindset of security practitioners will develop to the point where security cameras, and other devices, will be viewed as a more integral part of the business fabric.”

The vendors involved with the TechNavio report were listed as: Agent Video Intelligence, Axis Communications, Honeywell, Bosch, Cisco. IBM, Infinova, Intellivision, Nice Systems, ObjectVideo, Verint, VideoIQ.

 

Security entrepreneur unveils new website

Ray Coulombe, who founded SecuritySpecifiers.com, has debuted a database-driven resource that connects manufacturers and reps
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02/26/2014

SOUTHBURY, Conn.—Three years after launching SecuritySpecifiers.com, security industry entrepreneur Ray Coulombe is introducing RepsforSecurity.com, a database-driven website that helps manufacturers identify security reps who can optimize their sales presence in a given region or market.

TechSec 2014 to feature security directors from salesforce.com, MIT, leading banks

New and emerging technology conference will also honor 40 young professionals
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10/15/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—Organizers of TechSec Solutions 2014 announced the educational program for the conference, which will take place Jan. 28-29 at the Delray Beach Marriott in Delray Beach, Fla.

Designing security

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Every month I call Ray Coulombe at SecuritySpecifiers.com to get the name of a specifier/consultant for “Specifically Speaking,” a Q&A column we run in our monthly printed publication.

These conversations give me a chance to talk to security experts who have a much different perspective from the integrators, dealers and manufacturers that I spend the rest of the month talking to.

This morning I spoke to Jim Elder, owner of Secured Design. We started talking about something I wrote about several years ago, CPTED, which stands for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.

Elder advocates for security specifiers getting involved really early in the design process of a building. Where a parking lot is located, which way elevators face, etc. can greatly affect the physical security system needs of a building/organization. These things can be changed early in the process, it’s much more difficult, or impossible later on—generally about the time the security consultant is called in to make recommendations.

The environment also affects how people (including criminals of course) feel in a certain location—which is anoth

Often specifiers are brought in much later in the design cycle and told “there’s not much money for security.” If the needs are high, the cost of the system will naturally be high as well.

A building that’s properly designed can be artful and efficient and designed with security in mind, Elder said. Cameras, readers and guards can be eliminated when the design is not “porous.” And, Elder points out, that money can be spent on paintings, finish elements, or maybe on an upgraded security system.

Check out the November issue of Security Systems News for the Q&A with Jim Elder.

See you in Vegas!

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Getting ready today (Monday) to leave for ISC West--the three-day show that gets longer every year. I’m arriving Tuesday afternoon and have several meetings and events before the show floor even opens. I’m not complaining—I'm actually looking forward to these events.

Our newswire will go out as usual on Thursday morning, but Tess, Rich, Whit (managing editor of our sister pub Security Director News) and I will be tweeting from the show and updating our blogs daily, so go to the SSN and SDN homepages throughout the show to catch up on what we’re seeing at at the show

Today and tomorrow are the classic days for industry announcements, though folks, believe me, they are the worst days for company announcements. (I am complaining now.) I’m generally at the Portland airport when I see that something newsworthy has broken. It's a bad time to announce news. Everyone is traveling, so the news gets missed—by reporters and readers alike. Or it gets buried in news that was released and written in advance.

Of course, sometimes there’s news that you’re obliged to put out for one reason or another, but you really don’t want it reported. If that’s your situation, put that press release out Wednesday morning about 10 a.m. as the ISC West show floor is opening. It’ll get stomped on—at least for a little while.

So this is what the beginning of my show looks like: On Tuesday, after an on-time landing, I’ll be meeting with some folks about the ESX show (Nashville in June), heading to a SecuritySpecifiers.com event, checking out an Altronix press conference, swinging by the Women’s Security Council reception at Pinot Brasserie, and then going to another industry reception/dinner. See you in the hallways running from event to event.

For me, Wednesday morning will begin with the Axis Breakfast. I’m no fan of breakfasts before the show, but I make an exception for this annual early rally. Axis generally does a good job of keeping it short, informative and lively, and making execs available—plus they’ve made some interesting announcements in recent days which I’m eager to learn more about.

When the showfloor opens at 10 on Wednesday, Tess, Rich, Whit and I will be at our booth (27065) for an hour of "Meet the Editors". Please stop by and say hi.

I’ve got a couple booth visits and a press conference, after which time I’ll be moderating the WSC educational session “Sell yourself, but don’t sell yourself short.” Going to be an interesting discussion, plan to stop by.

Between booth visits, I’ll be interviewing Tammee Thompson—who on March 21 was named vice president and general manager, global security and fire for Johnson Controls on March 21; Niall Jenkins from IMS (which was acquired last week by IHS); Carey Boethel and Ken Francis, who a couple of weeks ago launched Securadyne, and PSA Security's Sharon Shaw.

There's much more, but you'll have to check back here for details.

One more thing, there’s still time to sign up for the Security 5k. Run for fun and make a difference in a needy child’s life.

Check back here for more from ISC West 2012.
 

SecuritySpecifiers.com expands

Consultant site launches new searchable database of security products
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11/22/2011

SOUTHBURY, Conn.— SecuritySpecifiers.com is expanding. Managing director Ray Coulombe announced Nov. 21 that he’s launching a complimentary new service on the site, a comprehensive online database of security industry equipment and software suppliers.

Specifiers at ISC Solutions

SecuritySpecifiers.com launches new consultant initiative at ISC Solutions
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09/30/2011

NEW YORK—ISC Solutions is broadening its scope this year to include formal educational and networking programs for security specifiers. The show will also provide more opportunities for specifiers, integrators and end users to get together and talk business.