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APR 2018

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briefs www.securitysystemsnews.com April 2018 SECU ri TY SYSTEMS NEWS suppliers 32 ASSA ABLOY Academy launches to help security professionals NEW HAVEN, Conn.—ASSA ABLOY recently announced the launch of ASSA ABLOY Academy, a consolida- tion of its robust training programs that enable security professionals to be more effective at their job of protecting both people and places. The program offerings are highlight- ed on a new website at www.assaa- bloyacademy.com/americas, which features an upgraded learning manage- ment system to streamline coursework through an enhanced user interface. The Academy features all of the existing content from ASSA ABLOY Americas University including online courses, onsite classes at learning cen- ters, and a Mobile Installation Training Vehicle that provides hands-on training at any location. "Our educational offerings have seen amazing success over the past decade," Mark Brewer, the director of education at ASSA ABLOY Academy, said in the announcement. "The new website brings it all together in a mod- ernized platform. It allows us to provide the most relevant training possible in an easy-to-use interface that enables learning and gives us opportunities to expand our offering." The goal of ASSA ABLOY Academy is to provide essential learning oppor- tunities for all professionals in the secu- rity industry, the company said in its announcement. "If we provide quality training for security professionals they will be bet- ter at executing on their mission of making facilities safe and secure," Sean McGrath, vice president of marketing, business development and training, ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions, said in a prepared statement. "We view the ASSA ABLOY Academy as a critical and unique offering for everyone who wants to improve the way in which they protect the critical assets of our world." August adds free video storage to doorbell cams SAN FRANCISCO—August Home recently announced that it would offer 24 hours of free video storage for its doorbell cameras for Doorbell Cam owners with its new Basic August Video Recording subscription. "We believe video recording is such an important feature for video door- bells that we are adding 24 hours of video recording, for free, with both of our Doorbell Cams," Jason Johnson, CEO of August Home, said in a pre- pared statement. "Now if you miss a motion notification or experience a porch pirate walking off with a package from your doorstep, you can access and review the stored video from the August app." NSC announces new certif ication program Overview of MIPS 2018 By Spencer Ives TA I P E I , Ta i w a n — G o r i l l a Technology, a video IoT platform company based here, recently announced a partnership with VMS provider Airship, based in Redmond, Wash. "It's a win-win partnership on both technology/products and business," Dr. Spincer Koh, CEO of Gorilla Technology, told Security Systems News. "Gorilla offers end-to-end hybrid edge- server/cloud AI solutions, pro- vides 40-plus analytics for real time and offline scenarios across security intelligence and busi- ness intelligence. … Airship has [a] unique VMS which is fully complementary on the product lines and technology, without any conflict on products and technology." On the business side, Gorilla Technology has 16 years of expe- rience in various security fields. "Airship's customers can benefit from adding Gorilla capabili- ties to [enhance] their current surveillance system, from both security and business operation intelligence aspects," Koh said. "Gorilla's potential customer can have Airship VMS as their option, which has been tightly integrated to facilitate easiness of deployment and lower TCO while enjoying the latest video analytics and IoT intelligence from Gorilla." The integration between Airhsip and Gorilla should be done in February, Koh said. "Right now we're almost to the end of the integration, and then we can bring that to their customer to show what … the customer wanted, because we have more than 40 analytics." "Three key challenges long facing smart video surveillance and asset protection systems are the acquisition of information at multiple scales; interpreting the automatic analysis data to detect events of interest and identify trends; and how to use these techniques to build large- scale deployable systems," Paul Allen, VP of sales of Airship, said in the announcement of the integration. "Our partnership with Gorilla Technology not only allows us to quickly resolve these issues, but it enables us to tap into a rapidly growing video IoT mar- ket. The nature of our integrated joint solutions makes them future-proof, scalable and easily integrated into any customer's unique HW/SW infrastructure," Allen continued. Koh described the company as covering every continent besides South America. Gorilla Technology officially entered the U.S. Market in April 2016 and the company plans to expand its presence in the U.S. market. Gorilla is looking to have a 30-person team in the U.S. this year, across three main regions: the West Coast—based in the San Francisco Bay Area—the East Coast, and the South. "In the West Coast … we have By Spencer Ives LAS VEGAS—For 13 years now, Milestone Systems has gathered a variety of dealers and partners at the annu- al Milestone Integration Platform Symposium to look at both key technolo- gies for the industry and how Milestone will sup- port its community moving forward. Below is an over- view of 2018 event, held here Feb. 21-23, including some of the speakers, main themes, and conversations with Security Systems News. In the first day's key- notes, Tim Palmquist, vice president of the Americas for Milestone, focused on the idea of the Milestone community. He addressed that some people thought Milestone's open platform d e s i g n w o u l d c h a n g e , become more proprietary, a f t e r C a n o n a c q u i r e d Milestone in 2014, and then again after Canon's purchase of Axis in 2015. "We can see those things didn't actually happen," said Palmquist. Automate, aggregate and augment were three key words of MIPS Day 1 open- ing; looking at what can be automated, the data that can be aggregated, and the human capabilities that can then be augmented. Milestone Systems CTO Bjørn Eilertsen mentioned these terms as key phases for the industry, and highlighted them as areas of investment for Milestone. M I P S ' f i r s t s p e a k e r, Tanmay Bakshi, made an impression when he took the stage. He designs algo- rithms specializing in neu- ral-network architecture, in addition to being a published author, AI keynoter and TED speaker, visiting faculty member at Grad Valley Data Science, and IBM Honorary Cloud Advisor—all by the age of 14. Bakshi approached how AI can be used in security— such as with the poten- tial of facial recognition and technology in areas of medicine and therapy, and in detecting early warn- ing signs of depression in teenagers. An AI system can flag the right signs and then forward the teen to a human being for further treatment, Bakshi said. AI is not meant to replace people, Bakshi said. As with the case of using AI to help identify teens at risk for sui- cide, an AI system extends the capabilities of services— like help lines—that some- times don't have the people Gorilla Technology integrates with VMS provider Airship By Spencer Ives CARLSBAD, Calif.—Nortek Security & Control recently announced a new Technician Certification Training Program, with distributor training events, on-site education and webinars throughout 2018. Marcus Velasco, director of training and development, told Security Systems News that the new certification program can lead "faster installs, more accu- rate installs, increased customer satisfaction because the instal- lation is done correctly the first time, [there are] no re-visits. That's what we're striving for, and then really the ability for a techni- cian to be able to troubleshoot on their own, without having to call in for any additional assistance." The technician certification can also have a positive impact with customers. "When they show up, and it says 'certified technician' on their truck, it automatically exudes more trust and reliability," Velasco said. The certification program is a change from the product trainings that Nortek Security & Control had done in the past, according to Velasco. "We actually did have a lot of really good technical information, but it was that—it was technical information," he said. "We really wanted to revamp it, turn it on its head and make sure it's really an interactive experience for the technicians because, obviously, they have to go out and do it hands-on. You can't just watch a PowerPoint and go out and do something hands-on." This is the first time that Nortek Security & Control is offering product-specific cer- tifications. Training modules will include: GC2 Certified Te c h n i c i a n M o d u l e , G C 3 Certified Technician Module, 2GIG Vario Technician Module, E3 Certified Technician Module, and the Linear ProControl Technician Module. These mod- ules will cover product overview, basic installation, basic program- ming, troubleshooting, product partnerships, and certification exam, the program's announce- ment said. The training courses, based on different security panel and access control products, range from four and a half to six and a half hours, Velasco said. Most of the programs will be in the U.S., but also in Canada and Latin America, he said. Velasco expects discussions about the program at ISC West. "This is going to be the first year that our training and certifica- tion program has a presence in our booth at ISC West. So, we're going to have trainers on hand … to go through and describe the program." SSN GORILLA see page 35 MIPS see page 33

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