May 2011 Tech Briefs
Brickcom Corporation (www.brickcom.com) announced the complete integration of a wide range of its IP camera series with Milestone System’s (www.milstonesys.com) XProtect® open platform IP video management software. Customers are now able to integrate video from Brickcom IP cameras with Milestone XProtect IP video management software. With the Milestone XProtect Device Pack 5.2 that was released at the end of December 2010, users are able to operate wired and wireless models of Brickcom’s cube, fixed box, and fixed dome IP cameras with its Milestone XProtect Enterprise, Professional, Essential, Go, and Corporate systems.
Arecont Vision (www.arecontvision.com), Glendale, Calif., a provider of IP-based megapixel camera technology, announced that a wide range of Arecont Vision megapixel camera models, including indoor, outdoor, compact, panoramic cameras and more, were UL listed by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. under the UL-60950-1 standard for Information Technology Equipment.
Continental Access (www. cicaccess.com), Amityville, N.Y., announced that it was selected as an “Awarded Vendor” for access control equipment by the PEPPM organization for a two-year term beginning in January 2011. PEPPM is a multi-state technology bid and purchasing program providing bid-protected services to educational agencies, county governments and local municipalities. Continental’s participation in this program allows these qualifying agencies to quickly and easily purchase access control products at competitive pricing without going out to bid. For more information about Continental Access, visit www.cicaccess.com or call 631-842-9400.
Altronix (www.altronix.com), Brooklyn, N.Y., a manufacturer of low voltage power supplies and accessories for the electronic security industry, announced that the Atkins Group now represents its product line throughout New England, Connecticut and upstate New York. The Atkins Group specializes in IP-based physical security, and the company’s expertise in networked systems will have a positive effect on furthering Altronix’s growth in the region.
Codebench Inc. (www.pivcheck.com), Coconut Creek, Fla., a provider of TWIC / HSPD-12 / FIPS-201 authentication and physical access control middleware, announced that it entered into a strategic alliance with OEM access control hardware provider, Mercury Security Corp. (www.mercury-security.com), Long Beach, Calif., to provide the market with a high-assurance reader solution fully integrated with an access control panel.
This technology partnership marks a significant paradigm shift in how physical access control is used as part of a personal identity verification (PIV) solution by locating the credential and identity verification process logic at the control panel instead of at the unsecured side of the reader.
The business partnership brings together Codebench’s PKI at the Door technology with Mercury Security’s Open Access Platform, which gives the physical access control system (PACS) administrator the ability to configure reader authentication modes based on schedules or threat conditions. Authentication modes can be configured directly from the PACS reader graphical user interface. Communications between the card reader and the Mercury panel are encrypted, and security decisions related to the smart card will be made by the panel, ensuring that the reader cannot fall victim to a man-in-the-middle attack.
The new Beaver County 911 Center, located about 10 miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport, opened in early 2010 as one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the United States. The 18,000 square foot, $18 million project was centered around an upgrade in technology — and compatibility with the Pelco Digital Sentry platform from Pelco (www.pelco.com), Clovis, Calif., was at the core of the upgrade. The use of the Pelco ControlPoint viewing client makes it possible for the 911 center to view video feed from any cameras in the community on its internal cable TV system. The compatibility allows emergency personnel to access camera systems at other sites.
Said Wes Hill, director of Beaver County emergency services, “It will be the way of the future for 911 centers, not to be monitoring, but if there’s an incident, to get information for responders.”
CNL Software (www.cnlsoftware.com), Indianapolis, a provider of physical security information management (PSIM) software, announced that it formed a technology partnership with Pixel Velocity (www.pixel-velocity.com), Ann Arbor, Mich., a provider of advanced video automation solutions. The partnership allows Pixel Video Fusion® to be managed through CNL’s IPSecurityCenter™, a software-based integration and management platform. The Pixel Video Fusion® system provides two highly unique capabilities: synchronized, wide-area, high-definition panoramic imagery and Pixel Velocity’s 3D-based Site Protection System (SPS) which provides geospatial data.
“When this data is leveraged within IPSecurityCenter, it enables overall facility management whereby users are able to globally administrate all of their building systems and maximize the benefits of Pixel Video Fusion®” said William Beach, vice president of sales, Pixel Velocity.