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JUN 2018

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Page 22 of 42 june 2018 S e C u RITY SYST e MS ne WS Commer C ial & systems integrators 16 briefs Industry mourns the passing of Choice Security's Jim Durkin LANCASTER, Pa.—Choice Security announced the unexpected passing of company founder and CEO James J. Durkin. He was 65. Founding owner Ray Bear, who will be assuming the role of CEO, said, "Jim Durkin was a long term friend as well as a business partner. All of us in the Choice Security family mourn his passing. He will be greatly missed. We are committed to continuing to provide the same quality of service to our customers that Jim insisted upon. All the employees of Choice have committed to continuing the legacy that Jim started." Durkin was born to John Vincent Sr. and Mary Catherine McAllister Durkin in Jersey City, N.J., on June 27, 1952. He was raised on Long Island, N.Y., and attended Mineola High School. He was commissioned to the U.S. Army Signal Corps upon graduation from Gannon College in 1974 and was honor- ably discharged after proudly achieving the rank of Captain. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Lancaster and treasurer of the Notre Dame Club of Harrisburg. Durkin loved vacationing in Florida, the University of Notre Dame, coaching lacrosse, golf, and above all—his family. He was the beloved husband of Mary Rose, father of Caihlin, her husband Jacob, James Joseph III, future grand- father of Joshua James, brother of John Vincent Jr., his wife JoAnn, Kathleen McGarvey, and her husband William. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (a cause close to his heart): 90 Park Avenue, 16th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10016. IHS releases Global Smart Buildings Products study WESTMINSTER, Colo.—Global Smart Buildings Products were worth $12.5 Billion in 2017 and are forecasted to reach more than $20.8 billion globally in 2022, according to new a research study from IHS Markit. This report provides extensive and comprehensive analysis of the market for building management system (BMS) plat- forms, as well as the equipment connect- ed through these platforms, with detailed market sizing and forecasts. The report also tracks manufacturer revenues and unit shipments of four product types and 14 equipment types across four global regions (North America, Western Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of World) and six end-user industries. Convergint acquires in France Fire Monitoring of Canada purchases By Paul Ragusa S C H A U M B U R G , I l l . — Convergint Technologies, a global systems integration company based here, in May announced the acquisition of Paris-based systems integrator Astrec Security. " I n t e r m s o f c o m i n g t o France, what we have looked at is where our key custom- ers are at, and we have a number of these key custom- ers, particularly the multi- nationals, which have facili- ties in France," Dan Moceri, Convergint's co-founder and CEO, told Security Systems News. "So we have been look- ing to do something here for quite awhile, and we finally found the right company that fits our criteria." Moceri said he is "ver y excited" to bring Astrec into Vector offers cloud By Spencer Ives ST. CATHARINES, Ontario— Fire Monitoring of Canada, a full-service company based here, recently announced that it purchased Bulldog Fire and Security, based out of Kitchener, Ontario. "The majority of what we do is in the com- mercial space. … W h e n w e look for acqui- sitions, we look for something t h a t f i t s t h e model of what we do in terms of our customer base and culture and synergies," FMC vice presi- dent Kevin Allison told Security Systems News, adding that Bulldog fit all of those criteria. "We're excited to work with all of the people at Bulldog." FMC acquired the accounts of Bulldog, and will continue to operate the company's loca- tion in Kitchener. FMC also will bring on all of Bulldog's staff—totaling more than 20 employees. "All of that stuff that made the business suc- cessful we wanted to keep on, because Bulldog was and will continue to be a successful business, operating as a division of FMC," Allison said. FMC operates a ULC-listed and TMA Five Diamond moni- toring center and has more than 35 employees total. FMC, based here, monitors through- o u t C a n a d a , and this pur- c h a s e d e e p - ens the com- pany's market penetration in Southwest Ontario. The acquisition allows FMC to offer more in terms of large commercial projects and cam- era integrations, leveraging Bulldog's experience in that area, Allison said. "Bringing in that kind of expertise just adds another layer to what we can provide the customer. With all of that, providing our own monitoring, providing the ability to do fire alarm work and fire alarm inspections, we can kind of offer the whole package … for total building security." SSN the Convergint Nation, noting that the company's suburban Paris location and ser vice experience will serve complex global customers that are fac- ing sophisticated integration needs on an enterprise level. "As we have always said, it is fairly easy to go anywhere in the world and install a particular project but service is a local i s s u e , s o w e w i l l continue to expand where our custom- ers are going," he explained, noting that Astrec has been a quality service partner for Convergint inter- nationally for many years. Founded in 2003, Astrec offers security solutions to custom- ers throughout Europe, with a focus in access control and Michael Wood, senior director of marketing at VMware, said in the press release. "With its expertise in managed network services and physical secu- rity deployment and manage- ment, Vector Security Network enables organizations to rapidly deploy and manage VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN services." White pointed out that Vector Security Networks sup- ports multiple technologies and utilizes a consultative approach to ensure the most effective solution is used for customer networks. "Our decision was driven both by client interest and our experience with cloud- managed infrastructure, which we have provided for some time," White told Security Systems News. "Beyond com- mon benefits such as simpli- fied administration and ease of deployment, SD-WAN is greatly enhanced by the cloud. For example, the VeloCloud service and on-site technology work together to effectively prioritize network traffic over multiple broadband connec- tions, providing excellent quali- ty of service for business critical applications. Cloud-to-cloud connections also allow more efficient connectivity between our customer's locations and the services they use every day, rather than routing this traffic through their corporate data center." White told SSN that the company is seeing strong inter- est from companies looking to upgrade or migrate away from expensive, aging net- works. "They want to increase bandwidth to support cus- tomer Wi-Fi, M2M, cloud applications, and many other initiatives, and they want to accomplish this using afford- able broadband. SD-WAN pro- vides a path that addresses the most common requirements around reliability, security, and scalability," he explained. "As we move forward, we expect to see greater adoption of network segmentation and monitor- ing to address cyber threats, along with extensive use of cellular connections such as 4G/LTE, and eventually 5G, for even more robust network resiliency." SSN Convergint team, we realized what a unique opportunity it would be to join with such a like-minded company as Convergint. Both of our orga- nizations are deeply commit- ted to the values we believe in, especially service." Moving forward, Moceri said that Convergint continues to rapidly expand its global footprint through both organic and acquisitive growth. This deal marks the company's ninth acquisition since early 2017, and Moceri said that there are "plenty of opportuni- ties" to expand the company's presence in Europe and glob- ally. "We will continue the strat- egy that has gotten us to today, which is all based on being able to service our customers on a local basis," he said. SSN video surveillance. Moceri said Convergint and Astrec share a company cul- ture that is centered around a dedication to customer ser- vice, and the joint organization provides a diverse range of ser- vice-based solutions supported by a highly experienced world- w i d e w o r k f o r c e . And as with other Convergint acquisi- tions, everyone from Astrec will be joining the Convergint team, he noted. "Our team is thrilled to be joining with a company rec- ognized around the world as a leader in our market," Odile Tanfin, director of administra- tion for Astrec Security, said in the announcement. "In our conversations with the Continued from page 1 Dan Moceri "The majority of what we do is in the commercial space." —Kevin Allison, FMC

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