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Iris reader on the move

SRI Sarnoff says it’s dispelling fears of iris biometrics
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03/20/2012

MENLO PARK, Calif.—Saying that his company is helping to dispel fears of iris biometrics, SRI International Sarnoff’s Steve Piro showed the company’s iris readers, an on-the-move solution and a handheld solution at an AMAG Security Engineering Symposium in early March.

BRS Labs awarded patent, $2m deal

Behavioral analytics company seals deal with San Francisco MTA
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03/14/2012

HOUSTON—A new patent and a just-closed $2 million deal with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is proof that BRS Labs is doing something “truly unique” that the marketplace will value, John Frazzini, president of BRS Labs, told Security Systems News.

ObjectVideo makes headway with licensing

OV settles with Sony, signs agreement with Sony and Tyco
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02/27/2012

RESTON, Va.—ObjectVideo made progress in February with its licensing efforts. The video analytics provider announced that it has settled a lawsuit against Sony and signed licensing agreements with both Sony and Tyco’s American Dynamics.

Honeywell to name new FAP/CSS/HIS dealer group leaders, integrate business units

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02/22/2012

MELVILLE, N.Y.—Honeywell Security Products is integrating its two business units—access control/video and intrusion—into one P&L, and is planning to name new leaders for its three dealer programs before ISC West, Scott Harkins, who was named president of Honeywell Security Products in December, told Security Systems News.

New Vidsys CEO says being a stand-alone company is optimal

Michael P. Jackson, a former high-level government official and independent board member, named CEO and chairman
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02/22/2012

VIENNA, Va.—Michael P. Jackson, the newly named CEO of Vidsys, believes that the PSIM provider is perfectly situated as a stand-alone business to grow.

Pivot3 gets $23m, new investor

New infusion, led by Samsung, brings total investment to $100m
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02/08/2012

AUSTIN, Texas—Pivot3 on Feb. 8 closed on a $23 million round of new equity funding, which brings total investment in the unified storage and compute company to $100 million since the company was founded in 2003.

Is video analytics ready to go ‘mainstream’?

TechSec experts weigh in on the technology’s future
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02/08/2012

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—Video analytics is clawing its way back from a bad reputation caused by early cases of overpromising and under-delivering and one manufacturer predicted the technology would go “mainstream” within two years. Those were some of the views on video analytics shared by experts during a panel discussing the topic at this year’s TechSec conference.

Speco aims to 'up its game' with new IP line

Eight new cameras starting at entry level
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02/01/2012

AMITYVILLE, N.Y.—Speco Technologies is aiming to “up its game” with IP with a new line of eight “OnSIP” cameras launched on Jan. 16.

Pilot shows smartphone potential

HID: Other applications in the works
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01/30/2012

IRVINE, Calif.—With the announcement today of the completion of its smartphones-as-keys pilot project at Arizona State University, HID officials hope more integrators will begin to investigate how NFC-enabled smartphones might fit into their access control offerings in the future.

VideoIQ raises additional $3.5 million

CEO Ed Bednarcik wants to bring company's products ‘to the masses’
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01/17/2012

BEDFORD, Mass.—VideoIQ CEO Ed Bednarcik said funds from a Series C round announced Jan. 10 will be used to expand the company’s geographic reach and for R&D efforts aimed at bringing its products “to the masses.”

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SSN News Poll September 2014

Some new door-knocking scams recently prompted the Electronic Security Association to update its code of ethics to specifically ban them. Also, ADT this summer is offering up to $25,000 to whistleblowers who expose security companies that train sales teams to use deceptive selling techniques. What do you think are the best ways to combat door-to-door sales scams?

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