Security Systems News

NOV 2018

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briefs SECURITY SYSTEMS NEWS N ov EM b ER 2018 suppliers 27 Axis Communications wins Innovative Product Award at GSX 2018 C H E L M S F O R D , M a s s . — A x i s Communications was honored with an Innovative Product Award for its AXIS Device Manager at the 2018 Global Security Exchange (GSX). "At Axis Communications, we pride ourselves on developing innovative technology that helps installers, integra- tors and system administrators take a more proactive approach to their unique cybersecurity management needs," Fredrik Nilsson, VP, Americas, Axis Communications, said in the announce- ment. "We're thrilled that the advanced device management capabilities of the AXIS Device Manager have been rec- ognized with a 2018 GSX Innovative Product Award." The on-premise tool delivers an easy, cost-effective and secure way for secu- rity system installers and administrators to manage a couple thousand Axis net- work cameras, access control and audio devices on one site—or several thousand devices across multiple sites. A staple of cybersecurity management, AXIS Device Manager can manage cybersecurity controls on Axis devices by managing HTTPS and upload IEEE 802.1x certifi- cates, accounts and passwords. "Delivering fast configurations with backup and restore settings, the AXIS Device Manager saves installers and integrators a significant amount of time," the company said. "More specifically, in enterprise level installations, the time it takes to execute tasks such as install- ing AXIS Camera Application Platform (ACAP), upgrading firmware, configuring and cyber hardening devices is reduced by 90 percent or more." Dahua adds new night color technology IRVINE, Calif.—Dahua Technology has two new additions, a fixed dome and fixed bullet, to its eco-friendly patented enhanced Power over Ethernet (ePoE) product family. "Dahua Night Color Technology cam- eras use a high-performance sensor and ISP and an achromatic, large aperture lens (F1.0) to produce crisp, clear color images in low-light environments," the company side. "This light-sensitive tech- nology allows the camera to remain in Color Mode and to capture more avail- able light to reproduce color images with superior detail and contrast in applica- tions with at least 1 lux of ambient or artificial light. Night Color Technology cameras are recommended for applica- tions where saturated, full-color images are produced in very low ambient light applications. "The achromatic lens coupled with a large aperture is far superior to a tradi- tional lens used in surveillance cameras for multi-color 'white-light' imaging." Agent Vi enterprise-friendly UTC closes on S2 deal, forms LenelS2 By SSN Staff MILWAUKEE—Johnson Controls announced recently that it has acquired the assets of Lux Products Corporation (LUX), a company that special- izes in residential thermostats and smart home products. "The acquisition of LUX strengthens our portfolio in the consumer retail chan- nel and offerings in thermo- stats," Chris Eichmann, vice president, general manager of Johnson Controls, said in the announcement. "We are excited to work together with L U X t o b r i n g g re a t p ro d - ucts to even more customers, leveraging Johnson Controls' resources to drive continued innovation." F o u n d e d i n 1 9 1 4 , L U X markets several residential and commercial lines ranging from timers to smart home thermostats including Kono and Geo. In addition to its broad product portfolio, LUX products are designed by the company's in-house technol- ogy and development team at its Philadelphia headquarters, and its LUX thermostats are distributed nationwide from Laredo, Texas. "We look forward to joining forces with Johnson Controls, a company that shares our passion for expertly-designed, innovative and reliable prod- ucts," Rob Munin, CEO of LUX and newly named gen- eral manager, thermostats for Johnson Controls, said in a prepared statement. "Together, we will enhance a strong posi- tion in the residential channel and look forward to expanding our offerings to serve a wide range of customers." This announcement comes shortly after the launch of Johnson Controls' new GLAS smart thermostat that features a translucent OLED touch- screen display, among other high-tech features. "For Johnson Controls, the LUX acquisition enhances its commitment to thermostats, a natural progression from the company that invented the first room thermostat more than 135 years ago," the company said. "The move also enables faster product development cycles, improves customer service capabilities and supports greater product innovation." Johnson Controls, based here, is a global diversified technology and multi-indus- trial company with more than 120,000 employees serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries. SSN brands that share a culture of innovation and commit- ment to customer service," Stanek said in a prepared statement. "Together, we will har- n e s s t h e p o w e r o f our talented workforce to better serve t h e n e e d s o f c u s t o m - ers and offer t h e m m o r e choices." Moss s a i d i n t h e announce- ment, "The depth of Lenel's O n G u a rd p l a t f o r m a n d BlueDiamond mobile cre- dentialing together with the breadth of S2's product ecosystem and channel, creates a new offering that is far greater than the sum of its parts." Moss continued, "We will continue to advance the capabilities of all product lines, including NetBox and OnGuard." Houlihan Lokey, global boutique investment bank focused on M&A and capital raising transactions, advised S2 on the transaction. The bank has a practice focused on the security industry and had developed a relationship w i t h M o s s , Michael Morabito, d i r e c t o r a t Houlihan L o k e y, t o l d Security Systems News. " T h e s a l e process was ro b u s t w i t h strong inter- e s t f r o m a n u m b e r o f parties both domestic and foreign—the interest level f ro m f i n a n c i a l s p o n s o r s interested in deploying capi- tal in the security industry was strong," Morabito said. He continued, "For Lenel/ U T C , t h e n e w L e n e l S 2 combination helps them to re-invigorate innova- tion within their organiza- t i o n , h e l p s c o m p l e m e n t L e n e l 's e n t e r p r i s e e n d - user base with S2's strong SMB end-users/references, a d d w o r l d - c l a s s a c c e s s control as well as video solutions." SSN Johnson Controls buys Lux Products By Paul Ragusa TEL AVIV, Israel—Agent Video Intelligence, a global provider of video analytics solutions, recently announced the launch of innoVi Enterprise, a deep learning-pow- ered video analytics software designed to meet the high-end security and safety needs of mul- tiple vertical sectors. "The importance of innoVi Enterprise being centrally man- aged—whether Agent Vi hosted or customer hosted—is para- mount," AJ Frazer, VP business development, cloud services at Agent Vi, told Security Systems News. "innoVi's modern soft- ware approach was designed with IT environments in mind, using the latest high availability, scalable micro-services architec- ture. This ensures the software is seamlessly and constantly updated for new functionality, cybersecu- rity updates, bug fixes, and the like, with no system stoppage." Any ONVIF/RTSP cameras can connect to innoVi via the innoVi Edge appliance, which transforms any cam- era into an intelligent, video analytics-enabled device. "Enterprise users can easily connect cameras to the innoVi service, and scale from small to large seamlessly without having to redesign their systems," Frazer noted. Frazer pointed out that central management also takes into con- sideration the internal operational factors faced by most organiza- tions. "Overall system costs are reduced because we, Agent Vi, bear the cost of hardware, space, processing power, UPS, cooling, routine server maintenance, com- puting and storage," he explained. "Customers can use their operat- ing budgets (OPEX) instead of capital bud- gets (CAPEX), which is a huge benefit." T h e i n n o V i Enterprise solution includes a comprehen- sive suite of real-time detection rules as well as an autonomous real-time Anomaly Detection capability. Its Anomaly Detection capability, which does not require any pre-definition or configura- tion by the operator, is a contin- uously-learning capability that instantly alerts users to irregular incidents, particularly in complex scenarios or very large installa- tions where implementation of standard detection rules is not applicable. "This next-generation software approach also enables us to offer a whole new level of analytics both in terms of performance and new features like our self-learning Anomaly Detection capability," Frazer said. "Anomaly Detection's deep learning-driven algorithms can quickly learn scenarios and alert to unusual events, without any rule definition or configura- tion. That's particularly valuable for large-scale deployments where the sheer volume of cameras prevents the implementation of standard detection rules." Powered by Deep Learning AJ Frazer AG e N t VI see page 28 Continued from page 1 "Together, we will harness the power of our talented workforce to better serve the needs of customers and offer them more choices." —Jeff Stanek, LenelS2

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