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JUN 2018

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briefs SECURITY SYSTEMS NEWS J UNE 2018 suppliers 27 By Paul Ragusa BROOKLYN, N.Y.—Altronix, a provider of power and data trans- mission products based here, has expanded on its Trove Series to increase capabilities, adding more options and RMR opportunities for dealers. "Altronix's Trove offering makes life easier for dealers and users in a number of ways," Ronnie Pennington, national sales engi- neer, Altronix Corporation, told Security Systems News. "The abil- ity to house the power supplies and sub-assemblies along with leading manufacturer's access control panels makes the system easily serviceable, simplifies board layout and wire management, and saves on wall space that has come to be a premium these days." Avigilon opens new UK demonstration and training facility CHICAGO and VANCOUVER, British Columbia—Avigilon, a Motorola Solutions company, recently announced the opening of its new demonstra- tion and training facility in Windsor, Berkshire, United Kingdom, to support end users and integrators. Located just steps from the historic Windsor Castle and River Thames, the new facility will provide resources and hands-on support for those in the region, including live demos of Avigilon's latest products, solutions and technolo- gies and the benefits they offer to install- ers and end-users. Additionally, from this UK-based facility, participants will have access to other demo sites across Avigilon's global network. "We're excited to officially open our new UK demonstration and training facility here in Windsor," Paul Such, vice president, EMEA, said in the annouce- ment. "Continual training is a key focus for Avigilon and we're proud to provide our UK-based partners with a new, state-of-the-art training facility where they can receive the tools and interac- tive support they need to ensure their success." Legrand's corporate HQ gets LEED certification WEST HARTFORD, Conn.—Legrand North and Central America announced the company's West Hartford, Conn. corporate headquarters has become LEED Certified. The facility is mixed-use with office and manufacturing space located in a residential neighborhood of a large suburban area. The campus consists of five connected buildings with the original structure being built almost 100 years ago. The facility has a total of 262,690 square feet of space and the ability to accommodate up to 650 employees at capacity. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost pro- gram for buildings, homes, and com- munities that seek to design, construct, maintain and operate for improved environmental and human health per- formance. "Obtaining LEED certification for our West Hartford facility is a major achieve- ment for our entire company," John Selldorff, president and CEO, Legrand North and Central America, said in the announcement. "I'd like to commend the tireless efforts of the team tasked with driving this initiative and all the employ- ees that play a role in the day-to-day sustainability efforts of the building. We hope our accomplishment will serve as an inspiration to others that operate in older, mixed-used facilities to know that LEED certification is within their reach." Altronix expands its Trove series Canon acquires BriefCam By Paul Ragusa T O K Y O — C a n o n i n M a y announced the acquisition of BriefCam, a provider of Video Synopsis and Deep Learning solu- tions. Closing of the deal is subject to customary closing conditions. "The acquisition will create even greater synergies between the BriefCam Video Content Analytics platform and Canon's Network Video Solutions portfo- lio," Trevor Matz, president and CEO of BriefCam, told Security Systems News. "BriefCam will con- tinue to innovate and deliver best-of-breed video content analytics enabling law enforce- ment, public safety agencies and major enterprises transform their video surveillance footage into actionable intelligence and dramatically shorten the time-to- target for security threats while increasing safety and optimizing operations." Masanori Yamada, Canon Inc. managing executive officer and group executive, Network Visual Solution Business Promotion Headquarters, told SSN, "We welcome BriefCam, whose excep- tional technology we were drawn to, into the Canon Group in order to further grow our network video solutions business. BriefCam will maintain their independent management and work to con- tinue strengthening their Video Synopsis and VCA software." He continued, "Additionally, we plan to offer unique solutions by combining BriefCam's technol- ogy with our high-image-quality network cameras. We are aim- ing to become the global leader in network video solutions by working together with and further strengthening Group companies." BriefCam will continue to oper- ate under the leadership of its current management structure, remain an open platform, and continue to provide its software to the market through its own sales channels. "We are thrilled to be joining forces with a global leader in digital imaging," said Matz. "The acquisition will allow BriefCam to con- tinue to deliver industry leading video content analytics solutions, while remain- ing a standalone company within the Canon Group. The opportu- nity is a testament to the innova- tive technology we have built, the outstanding team we have assembled, and the rapidly grow- ing business we have created." The acquisition will also enable BriefCam to enter new markets, deliver stronger vertical solutions, and serve global customers even more effectively, he said. "With BriefCam, we can deliver an even broader range of leading- edge technology and solutions in the fields of network cameras, video management software and video content analysis software to customers and partners across the globe," said Yamada. SSN In addition to the Trove1 and Trove2 Series, Altronix intro- duced Trove3 for the largest access control deployments. The Altronix Trove series now supports more than 40 brands, including: AMAG, Bosch, CDVI, DMP, Genetec, HID, Honeywell, Kantech, Keyscan, Lenel, Mercury, Paxton, ProdataKey (PDK), Sielox, Software House and ZKTeco USA with more to come. "We are pleased to collaborate with the industry's leading access manufacturers, increasing ROI and providing value-added fea- tures for our mutual customers," Alan Forman, president, Altronix, said in a prepared statement. In addition to providing extreme flexibility and scalability when designing and deploying access systems, removable back- planes designed for specific access control brands allow installers to easily configure and test system configurations prior to on-site installation, reducing time and labor. "For over 34 years we at Altronix have taken pride in customer service and listening to the dealers', consultants' and end users' requests," Pennington said. "It's the reason why we offer so many solutions today, and the Trove series approach isn't any different. Top requests have been enclosure depth for batteries, ample room for wire manage- ment, sufficient knockouts, on/ off switches for the power supplies and most of all factory assembled kits with pre-mounted power sup- plies and sub-assemblies." Today's Trove enclosures include a cam lock, tamper switch, mounting hardware, and provide ample room to accommodate back-up batteries. Altronix also offers a free Trove System Design Tool on its website to further simplify the process. In addition, Altronix features LINQ Technology in many of its new products. "This allows users to remotely monitor, control and report power/diagnostics, stream- lining service and maintenance operations by leveraging the network, enabling integrators to create RMR," said Pennington. "Altronix continues to grow from a traditional power supply compa- ny to an innovative solutions pro- vider that merges infrastructure with emerging technology." SSN a turnaround specialist. In the Arecont press release, the company stated that the pro- posed transaction will enable Arecont "to pursue accelerated development of new, industry- leading video surveillance products and better meet the needs of its customers today and beyond." Raul Calderon, Arecont Vision's chief operating offi- cer and general manager, said in the announcement, "Through this transaction, Arecont Vision will shed its debt and make bolder deci- sions to invest in our future versus maintain the status quo. We are excited to have found a partner in Turnspire who shares our vision and will ensure an exciting future for the Company to the benefit our customers, employees, and partners." H e c o n t i n u e d , "Manufacturing, customer service, and sales activities will continue uninterrupted. Our employees will receive their wages and benefits as before, and our own vendors and suppliers will be paid in the ordinary course of business going forward." Arecont said that current management will continue to lead the company, and busi- ness "will continue uninter- rupted, and operations will be supported by debtor-in- possession (DIP) financing provided by Arecont Vision's current secured lenders." The Turnspire bid will be subject to an auction at which it will be subject to higher and better offers, and require Court approval. The company antici- pates the transaction will move swiftly and close within 60-75 days of the announcement. "Arecont Vision imple- mented key strategic initia- tives beginning in mid-2017 that continue in the current year, all aimed at enhancing customer engagement, increas- ing revenue, and optimizing business processes. The goal is to better address the needs of the market and maintain and expand our industry technol- ogy leadership," said Calderon. "While these efforts bore fruit immediately, we can now accel- erate that progress unburdened by excess debt. Ultimately it was determined that using the Chapter 11 process to facilitate a reorganization and sale was the swiftest and most efficient way to reduce debt while accelerating sales growth and product development." The company is advised by the law firm of Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl & Jones LLP, Armory Strategic Partners as the company's chief restruc- turing officer and financial advisor, and Imperial Capital as the company's investment banker. SSN Arecont files Chapter 11 Continued from page 1 Trevor Matz

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