Digital Transformation Comes In Waves – Will You Sink Or Swim?


The time to reinvent your business is now. Clearly, cloud-driven digital transformation and Internet of Things (IoT) are emerging as major change drivers across entire industries like public safety, retail, transportation, hospitality, manufacturing etc. with massive implications on business models, workflow management, systems and people. As I had alluded to in my last posting “Everything Connected”, the innovation drive and opportunities are huge. Incremental updates on well-known frameworks will not be enough to maintain your competitiveness or even remain relevant in your market. This might be time for a big strategic change.

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MicroStrategy Collaborates With AMAG Technology

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AMAG Technology (a G4S Company), a security solution provider specializing in access control, video management, policy-based identity solutions and visitor management, and MicroStrategy® Incorporated (Nasdaq: MSTR), a leading worldwide provider of enterprise software platforms, announced a modern, next-generation physical access control solution combining MicroStrategy’s Usher and AMAG Technology’s Symmetry Access Control.

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Indiana Deploys Avaya Networking To Help Keep Motorists Safe And Highway Traffic Flowing


Urban interstate highways are notorious for traffic congestion even in the best of times, and accidents or breakdowns only make a bad situation worse. To reduce the potential impact of such occurrences, the State of Indiana deployed Avaya Fabric Connect for network and video surveillance. With round-the-clock video feeds from more than 350 surveillance cameras in key locations monitored for any signs of trouble, Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) can rapidly dispatch the appropriate response teams often before anyone has called 911. Cameras assist INDOT in providing an online map of real-time traffic images and enable the state to deliver video feeds to news station partners to inform travelers of current traffic conditions.

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SnapAV Adds Video Analytics With Visualint Acquisition


SnapAV has acquired video surveillance outfit, Visualint. The acquisition comes a year after SnapAV acquired outdoor AV company, SunBriteTV.
SnapAV said in a statement that Visualint’s impressive intelligent video surveillance products and services will enhance their robust line of Luma analog and IP surveillance equipment.

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Veracity Scoops Prestigious Environmental Award


Veracity, a leading provider of innovative, intelligent solutions that solve real-world IP video challenges in transmission, storage and display has won a Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) 2016 ‘Environmental Product or Service’ Award recognising the significant contribution to the environment made by the company through its products and approach to end-to-end product lifecycle management.

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Vienna Museum Visualizes City Of The Future In Exhibition Using Milestone Software


Milestone Systems, the leading open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), is playing an instrumental role in Vienna Technical Museum’s special exhibition entitled “Future of the City”. Milestone, together with partners Sony, SALTO and ESSECCA were the perfect solutions for illustrating, not only what is possible today, but also hinting at new video applications for smart cities of the future.

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Video Surveillance Technology To Have Biggest Impact On Security Businesses in 2017, Capital One Survey Finds


A Capital One survey found that more than half (52 percent) of security professionals see video surveillance as the technology trend that will have the biggest impact on their businesses in the coming year – a significant increase from 2015 when only 23 percent of respondents answered similarly. Growth of interconnected devices (the “Internet of Things”) was cited as the next most significant trend at 28 percent.

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New England Town Councilor Proposes Drones Watch For Crime; ACLU Objects

Aerialtronics and Bosch Security Projects pool their expertise for security “video drones”

A city councilor wants to deploy drones to monitor high-crime neighborhoods and provide an extra measure of security at major community events – an idea that raises privacy concerns with the ACLU of Massachusetts. Brian K. Gomes’ proposal, which is not expected to be heard until next month or possibly January, calls for a meeting between the City Council’s Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhoods and Police Chief Joseph C. Cordeiro to discuss the use of drones. “I think it can be a crime fighter, undercover surveillance in neighborhoods across the city where we have problems,” Gomes said. “It’s another tool for the Police Department to fight crime.”

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FLIR Systems Buys Prox Dynamics For $134 million


Sensor developer FLIR Systems announced it has acquired unmanned aerial systems maker Prox Dynamics for $134 million in cash. Based in Oslo, Norway and founded in 2007 by pioneers in nano helicopter technologies, Prox Dynamics develops, manufactures, and distributes aerial sensors that are revolutionarily small, light, and covert surveillance systems. Prox Dynamics’ Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS) features their Black Hornet aerial sensor and a hand controller, a system that is pocket sized and hand-launched by a soldier in the field, enabling a significant advantage in situational awareness and mission planning.

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Investing In School Infrastructure Is Investing In Our Children

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Currently, there are approximately 100,000 public K-12 schools in America. On average, the main instructional buildings for these schools are more than 40 years old. The age of those buildings can create an issue in building quality, possibly negatively affecting both students and teachers. Studies show student achievement is linked to building quality, and facility quality can have a “substantively significant” effect on teacher retention. If students are in school to learn and teachers are in school to teach, we want them to do that to the greatest of their abilities. They must have safe learning and teaching environments.

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