The Eyes Have It: Mounties Step Up Video Surveillance Of Parliament Hill

Security cameras are seen on a lightpost following renovations to the entranceways to Parliament Hill Friday December 6, 2013 in Ottawa. It’s the time when tourists usually begin posing for family photos with the newly strung holiday lights on Parliament Hill. This year the festive visits will almost certainly be captured by RCMP lenses, too.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld OTTAWA – It’s the time when tourists usually begin posing for family photos with the newly strung holiday lights on Parliament Hill. This year the festive visits will almost certainly be captured by RCMP lenses, too. The Mounties have recently added new video cameras near pedestrian entrances and a vehicle screening facility along Wellington Street, the boulevard in front of the Parliament Buildings. The RCMP and its Hill security partners have also bowed to the wishes of the federal privacy commissioner by posting signs on bollards that read: 24 hour video surveillance for security of the grounds. The notices mark the end of a behind-the-scenes tussle between the commissioner’s office and the RCMP about whether people visiting Parliament Hill should be advised of the unblinking electronic eyes that expand video coverage of the precinct. “This is a positive outcome stemming from our work to achieve this with the RCMP and others involved in managing Parliament Hill, including Public Works and the National Capital Commission,” said Scott Hutchinson, a spokesman for the privacy commissioner. The commissioner has been concerned for some time about the plans to add 134 cameras to the existing […]

March Networks Wins Outstanding Technology Award

OTTAWA , Nov. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – March Networks ® , a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario , is proud to announce that it is the 2013 winner of the Outstanding Technology Recognition Award – High Tech as recognized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Ottawa Section. The professional association will present the company with the award for its “Advanced Innovation for the Greater Public Good” tonight during its 69 th Annual General Meeting banquet at the Ottawa Convention Centre. “We selected March Networks for this prestigious award based on the company’s demonstrated product innovation, competitive success in international markets, and ongoing commitment to high-quality research and development,” said Dr. Rami Abielmona , Chair, IEEE Ottawa Section. “As a leading provider of IP video surveillance solutions, March Networks’ products play a critical role in helping commercial and government organizations worldwide identify unknown criminals, piece together events, locate missing people, and deter theft, fraud, vandalism and other crimes.” Since 2000, March Networks has developed integrated solutions that address an increasing global need for sophisticated video security, risk mitigation, fraud detection and loss prevention capabilities. With more than 40 research and development staff based in Ottawa and close to 400 worldwide, the company is focused on delivering innovative products that help organizations better protect employees, customers and assets. Locally, the company’s systems are used to safeguard multiple sites including the Canadian Tire Centre sports and entertainment facility (formerly Scotiabank Place), the Canadian […]

Ottawa Security Company Surpasses $100K Indiegogo Goal

By Jacob Serebrin With the campaign running until Sept. 20, the company is now aiming for $200,000. “It’s a good feeling,” said Russell Ure, the company’s president and co-founder. “We set out in this campaign to get validation.” Blacksumac ’s Piper is a camera-equipped home security and automation device that sends security alerts directly to a user’s smartphone or tablet. Launching a campaign on Indiegogo, rather than attempting to get their product into stores through more traditional methods, was a key part of the company’s strategy, said Mr. Ure. “It allows you to pre-sell significantly earlier than any other channel,” he said. The company is currently in talks with a large box store – Mr. Ure declined to name the company – to get Piper on the shelves. However he said selling the product months in advance wouldn’t have been possible if the company had only gone that route. “You get a chance to test your market,” he said. Going the crowdfunding funding route also allowed the company to gather feedback about the product before it launched. “We’ve learned a lot,” said Mr. Ure. He said that customer concern over the security of data stored in the cloud prompted the company to give users the option to store recorded data locally. The company also expanded their target market through the process. “Initially, we started off focusing on apartments,” he said. “Most people who live in apartments don’t have security systems.” According to Mr. Ure, many people who live in […]