Physical security that was often a second thought weighing against information security, is entirely changing its pose today. With threats starting from people inside an organization to external entities, organizations across the globe struggle for managing their security posture day by day. To help CTOs, CIOs, and CEOs find the right Physical Security Technology solution provider, a distinguished selection panel comprising of CEOs, CIOs, VCs, industry analysts, and CIOReview’s editorial board has selected a list of Physical Security Technology solution providers that exhibit innovative technologies and strategies.
The possibilities of the Internet of Things (IoT) are seemingly endless, and its applications extend beyond being used by homeowners and commercial businesses. This article will take a look at the way IoT protocols can be implemented alongside physical security, and explore whether or not this makes physical security smarter.
Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Avigilon (TSX: AVO) in an all-cash transaction that will enhance Motorola Solutions’ portfolio of mission-critical communications technologies. Under the terms of the agreement, Motorola Solutions will acquire all of Avigilon’s outstanding shares for CAD$27.00 per share. The enterprise value of the transaction is approximately US$1.0 billion including Avigilon’s net debt.
Lanner released LEC-2137, an I/O rich IoT-ready industrial box PC powered by Intel® Celeron® N3350 or Atom™ x7-E3950 (code named Apollo Lake). The Software-based thin client computing has now become ubiquitous in machine vision and physical security, so too have the hardware appliances deployed at manufacturing facilities and various commerce/enterprise locations. LEC-2137 is a thin client gateway that can be configured with either a total of six Ethernet ports or two Ethernet ports and four PoE ports.
CNL Software, a world leader in Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software, announced the selection of its IPSecurityCenter™ PSIM by Gasunie, the leading Dutch natural gas infrastructure and transportation company. IPSecurityCenter™ was chosen following a lengthy and detailed tender selection process throughout 2017, and will be delivered by CNL Software’s Dutch partner, Mactwin Security, as part of a 10-year contract.
“Security is always too much until the day that it is not enough.” This quote, coined by former FBI director William H. Webster, perfectly summarizes the physical security industry. The irony of this fact is that a well-functioning security solution is transparent to the end-user. It is only if the security system fails that it comes to the attention of management. For this reason, both developers and condominium boards have shown some reluctance to invest in high-end security methods. There are many good reasons for this hesitation. Previously any security system over and above a camera system (referred to as a video surveillance system or VSS) has been seen as an upgrade due to the cost of the equipment and of running cables. Recent advances in the equipment have made VSS, and other technologies, much more useful and affordable to condominiums.
NETGEAR⪚, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR), the leading provider of networking devices that power today’s smart home, is introducing voice commands for its market-leading Arlo&egg; Family of Smart Security Cameras through the Amazon® Alexa™ voice service. The Amazon Alexa voice service has become a popular command center for today’s smart home. And now, using the Arlo Skill for Alexa, you can ask Alexa to view the live feed or recorded video from an Arlo camera on the screen of the new Amazon Echo Show™.
Vendors and channel partners must educate municipalities about the need for a robust, well-managed network to carry out smart city and IoT initiatives, according to an Extreme Networks leader. Surveys have indicated that the network needs to be upgraded virtually every time a channel partner sells born-worn cameras, smart locks, access control or video surveillance equipment so that these devices can be adequately supported. New York City, for instance, is looking to manage and collect data from two to three million devices, which O’Connor said will require a massive investment in establishing and managing network connections.
Netwatch celebrated the opening of its new Chicago operations center. Netwatch is a complete security systems provider with the most advanced video processing technologies to proactively monitor and protect properties and assets. The new office will be based on North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, and will employ five people with plans to grow to 15 employees over the next 18 months. Netwatch Systems proactively protect properties using live audio warnings to ward off intruders. Intervention Specialists direct operations remotely from the Netwatch Communication Hub, visually verifying the intruders, intervening by verbally alerting the intruders they are being watched, and notifying the authorities.
Boon Edam Inc., a global leader in security entrances and architectural revolving doors, announced that Eastman based in Kingsport, TN, installed a multi-layer security entrance strategy, utilizing a combination of Boon Edam Tourlock security revolving doors and Speedlane 900 optical turnstles, at its Corporate Business Center. Eastman manufactures advanced materials and specialty additives at approximately 50 locations worldwide, which are used by its customers as key ingredients to make products people use every day.