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SIA selects Fredrik Nilsson of Axis as Lippert Award winner

Industry veteran, innovator to be honored at gala in NY

SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Security Industry Association has selected Fredrik Nilsson, VP, Americas, Axis Communications, as the recipient of the 2016 George R. Lippert Memorial Award.

Axis to sell and market Canon in North America

Agreement expands portfolio of video products and solutions available

CHELMSFORD, Mass.—Axis Communications and Canon are changing their sales and marketing efforts in major regional markets worldwide in an effort to provide a wider portfolio of video products and solutions to their customers.

Digi Security Systems partners with Axis Communications

Partnership allows Digi to widen camera selection for its customers

PRYOR, Okla.—Digi Security Systems, a provider of integrated electronic security systems based here, has partnered with Axis Communications, a global provider of network video products, to offer its customers an even wider range of video security camera products.

Axis acquires video analytics provider Cognimatics

Cognimatics' analytics called ideal for retail applications

STOCKHOLM—Several days after purchasing an audio company, network video giant Axis Communications on June 3 acquired video analytic provider Cognimatics, a video analytic provider that specializes in retail applications.

Axis buys 2N audio company

Czech Republic-based company has office in Florida

STOCKHOLM—Axis Communications on May 30 closed the purchase of 2N, an IP intercom manufacturer based in Prague, Czech Republic. The company has sales offices in Miami; Chieri, Italy; and in the Czech Republic.

Educating integrators about cybersecurity for work on college campuses and elsewhere

IST’s Andrew Lanning: ‘It's incumbent upon us to elevate our game’

YARMOUTH, Maine—Andrew Lanning enjoys visiting college campuses and “the ubiquity of their Wi-Fi access.” But the reason he is on campus, usually, is that easy Wi-Fi access means easy prey for hackers and cyber threats.

Big ISC West exhibitors feature cybersecurity and name changes

Three big booth exhibitors talk with SSN about their presence at this year’s show

LAS VEGAS—Some of the biggest exhibitors are approaching the show with new topics top of mind, for some it’s cybersecurity, for others it’s branding after a name change.

Axis’ Citilog purchase to bring more tools to customers

Kessler: Deal means easier access to intelligence and integration for higher end projects

STOCKHOLM—Network video provider Axis Communications on Feb. 1 announced the acquisition of Citilog, a provider of intelligent real-time video monitoring for traffic and transportation security and safety.

Trying harder and the right employees

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The stories in our newswire this week are part of our annual Women in Security special report. When I interviewed Bodil Sonesson, VP global sales for Axis Communications, we were talking about her work outside of Axis, as a member of the board of directors of a public company based in Norway. I was interested to learn that public companies in Norway are required to have a certain percentage of women on their corporate boards. 

Sonesson said that she was recruited for the board. It wasn't easy, the headhunter told Sonesson, to find a woman with extensive experience with global sales and marketing and an advanced business degree. To find a woman who met that profile the headhunter told Sonesson, he just needed to "try harder." 

"I wouldn't be on the board if it wasn't for that quota," she said. "Once they found me, I had a chance. It was up to me to do a good job," she said.

The story reminded me of a joke we have at my house. When they were younger, my kids would open the refrigerator and without looking inside they'd say, "Mum, where's the butter?" I would remind them, that just because the butter, or whatever they're looking for, did not fall into their outstretched hand, it does not mean there's no butter in the fridge. Sometimes you need to take a few extra minutes and look around.

Sonesson, who oversees a global sales team that's grown eightfold under her leadership, said she believes diversity in the workplace is important, and advises recruiters she works with to "try harder" to find the right candidates for jobs.  

Today there are more women than men on the corporate board where Sonesson is a director. And, yes, it's a profitable company that's doing well.

Trying harder to increase diversity of all kinds—gender, race, age, ethnicity, experience—makes good business sense. Think about it. Your shareholders may thank you.

This year we've profiled four leaders in our industry, Bodil Sonesson, Axis Communications VP global sales; Jill Lloyd, owner of Lloyd Security; Bethany Taylor, Dakota Security director of operations; Judy Randle, president of Central Montoring. Our Five Questions this month features Cassie Weaver, operations coordinator for Dakota Security. We also have a general news story about how security companies use social media which features three women: Rebecca Matson Purtz of director of business development for Matson Alarm; Alison Shiver, residential sales and marketing manager; and Kristin Milner, ADS director of marketing.    

Axis VP’s global role evolves with firm’s big growth

‘Multicultural aspect” of job right fit, she says

SAN ANTONIO—After doing some consulting work for Axis Communications in the mid-90s, Bodil Sonesson was recruited by Axis in 1996, the year it introduced the first network camera.