Technology Solutions & Skills - December 2011
Linear LLC announced the formation of its new Business Development Group, which will support a growing number of new markets and existing customers interested in customized product solutions ranging from individual components to private labeling (OEM), and new product design and development (ODM).
“We’re making this group official,” said Todd Hokunson, vice president of the Business Development Group. “Linear has informally provided OEM services for many years, but with a growing volume in requests from customers and the changing market landscape, Linear decided to leverage and formalize these service offerings for new markets.”
The Business Development Group offers fully integrated design, engineering and manufacturing processes, and will focus on serving large, national systems integrators. Organizations that have developed their own intellectual property, but do not have the resources to act on it, now have a dedicated resource to get their ideas to market.
Linear’s OEM and ODM services are available in a wide variety of electronic product categories including radio frequency (RF), PERS, security solutions, access control, CCTV, audio-video, digital electronics and electrical/mechanical solutions and garage door operators.
To learn more, contact Todd Hokunson at (760) 438-7114.
Rosslare Enterprises Ltd. is now CENELEC EN 50131 certified under the category of Intrusion Detection Platform for its HLX-40 alarm control panel, designated sensors and accessories. The EN standards by CENELEC are aimed to meet the needs of the electronic security industry, providing high quality and safety products and services in the European market.
The certified system components include the main control panel HLX-40, the wireless keypad KE-30, wireless magnetic contact sensor SAK-02, the wireless passive infrared detector PYR-2011A, the wireless remote control (keyfob) SA-33, and the GSM/GPRS communication module MD-CC101.
For information, visit www.rosslaresecurity.com/
A white paper published by SightLogix® Inc. highlights the environmental factors that can degrade thermal camera performance and explains a new approach to achieving clear, high-contrast images in these outdoor conditions, day or night.
“A New Perspective on Thermal Imaging,” available at www.sightlogix.com/clear24thermal, explains how environmental factors of rain, humidity and bright sun create difficulties for some thermal cameras, leading to white, blurry images that lack important scene details. This white paper demystifies the effect of environmental issues that degrade video quality and explains how it can be achieved for 24-hour use in all environments.
“Thermal cameras have been known for nighttime applications, but are unable to provide important scene details during the day and in poor weather,” said John Romanowich, president and CEO, SightLogix. “Security depends upon clear images for actionable response.”
Readers will learn about the role that image processing plays to produce sharp clear images, day or night, approaching black-and-white photograph quality which reduces operator fatigue. They also will learn how image processing can reveal objects that blend into the background; eliminate “white-out” from the sun that conceals targets; automatically adapt to low-contrast situations such as fog, rain and humidity; and obtain clearer details at greater ranges.
For information visit www.sightlogix.com or call 609-951-0008.
Micro Key Solutions announced a series of new skills-based courses delivered online through newly formed Micro Key University (MKU). These online courses are formatted with lectures, labs and exams to ensure that employees learn, understand and become power users of the Millennium Series™ Software.
Topics will cover entry-level subjects, data-entry, prospect tracking, accounting, and monitoring, as well as advanced-level classes such as data mining, report builder, central station supervisor and system administrator. The classes are presented by task rather than by software module, making them very specific to each job description within the user’s organization.
“MKU courses are ‘how-to’ based and job-task oriented, enabling alarm dealer and central station personnel to focus on what they need to know to maximize their use of the software and be more proficient on the job,” said Victoria Ferro, Micro Key, president. “MKU students will be saving valuable training time by learning only those features of the software that they will use. We are going to be offering 100, 200, 300 and 400 level courses that will enable users to advance through the training as their level of expertise evolves. We are very excited about this new approach and know it is going to be beneficial to our users.”
For information, visit www.microkey.com.
During ASIS Int’l Seminar & Exhibits, Arecont Vision announced plans to kick off a global series of advanced Channel Partner Certification Program (CPCP-Advanced) education classes. These two-day courses were conceived to educate and certify Arecont Vision’s resellers, distributors, and architects and engineers on the company’s megapixel products and technology. The kick-off CPCP-Advanced session, held Sept. 22 and 23 in Orlando, Fla., included detailed education regarding IP network infrastructure and covered topics such as the design and layout of megapixel systems, advanced setup and configuration, and troubleshooting.
The Orlando course will be followed in coming weeks with classes offered in Abu Dhabi, Poland, Dubai, Taiwan and China, among other international venues; as well as New York, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle and other venues. The CPCP-Advanced sessions around the world will continue Arecont Vision’s ongoing mission to educate the market on designing effective IP surveillance systems that incorporate the greater cost-effectiveness and expanded functionality of megapixel video technology.
“Arecont Vision seeks to ensure that IP megapixel video systems are integrated by a knowledgeable and skilled installer base,” said Jason Schimpf, Arecont Vision director of partner relations. “Our Advanced Channel Partner Certification Program reflects our ongoing commitment to making sure the channel is well trained and ready to design and install systems that maximize the cost benefits and added functionality of megapixel video.”
CPCP-Advanced attendees learn from an Arecont Vision system design expert how to develop complete IP megapixel security solutions, including camera selection and layout based on pixel density requirements, troubleshooting, exposure settings, illumination, and advanced principles relative to Arecont Vision IP megapixel solutions. Breakout sessions throughout the two days challenge students to immediately apply the lessons they learned as well as solidify their confidence in building a system. Each participant that completes the course becomes an Advanced Certified Channel Partner and receives a certificate of completion. Advanced Certified Channel Partners are entitled to receive leads and preferential customer service. They are also listed on the Arecont Vision website with links to their own websites. In addition, Certified Channel Partners are allowed to purchase demo cameras at a substantial discount.
Upcoming stops in the United States include Dallas on Dec. 12-13, and Seattle on Dec. 15-16. For information contact Arecont Vision by calling toll free 1-877-CAMERA-8, or visiting www.arecontvision.com.
ADI is expanding its custom electronics product offering to include solutions from Sony Electronics Inc. Installers will have access to a wide variety of Sony’s consumer and commercial product lines to help deliver solutions such as a robust home theater experience, as well as advanced commercial installations.
ADI will distribute Sony’s TV and home entertainment, audio and video solutions including the BRAVIA® 3D HDTVs. The LCD displays are available in 2D and 3D and range in screen sizes from 32 inches to 65 inches. Sony’s LCD TVs are high-resolution 1080p full HD, and offer various Edge LED backlighting, MotionFlow™ technology, HDMI inputs and X-Reality™ Engine and premium X-Reality Pro Engine Video Processor for sharpened images and contrast. With Internet streaming video capabilities, including Skype®™1 and WiFi2, these models allow installers to provide instant access to movies, TV shows, music, online videos and the latest applications for news, sports, weather, social networking and more.
The complete line of Sony products will be available at ADI branches beginning this fall, including LCD TVs and monitors, A/V receivers, Blu-ray and DVD players, home theater and sound products, accessories and more.
“By adding Sony products, we are strengthening our LCD offering and broadening our custom electronics product portfolio,” said Jen Przewoznik, director of product marketing at ADI. “Sony is a strong brand that offers a premier line of quality solutions.”
For information, visit http://www.adiglobal.com.
Home Automation Inc. (HAI) has a printed 16-page marketing document available for free to all listed HAI dealers. HAI’s “Building Automation” marketing booklet was previously only available as an online document, but HAI has printed several thousand copies at the request of integrators. This 16-page booklet outlines HAI’s product core segments such as security, energy management, and entertainment, describing how they can best be implemented in a commercial setting.
Like all HAI literature, this printed document is free to HAI dealers for their use in proposals, available for order on the Dealer and Distributor Support websites.
“For over 25 years, HAI has been the leading provider of economical yet powerful solutions for residential applications,” explained HAI president, Jay McLellan. “What most people do not realize is that HAI has simultaneously been providing solutions for the small commercial market, expanding the profits of new and existing dealers.”
To download the booklet, visit http://www.homeauto.com/Downloads/Marketing/BuildingManagementBooklet.pdf.
ASSA ABLOY and Open Options Inc. announced the integration of Open Options’ DNA Fusion™ with ASSA ABLOY’s range of Aperio™ wireless locks. The joint solution seamlessly combines the flexibility of ASSA ABLOY’s Aperio wireless locks with a software package that combines access control, video, data and audio, the companies stated. Open Options will be supporting Mercury Powered Aperio products, making integration into Mercury-based access control systems seamless. “We’re very pleased to bring our customers the simplicity and unmatched functionality of the Aperio wireless solution,” said Brent Doherty, vice president of Marketing for Open Options. “The Aperio product is not only reliable — it eliminates costly construction at the door.”
ONVIF, a global and open industry forum for the standardization of IP product communication, welcomed Basler as a user member. The ONVIF standard strives for interoperability between network video products regardless of manufacturer. Under this global interface standard, Basler’s partners, distributors, and end users can harness the full potential of network video technology, and benefit from easy integration and reduced total cost. In addition, Basler aims to facilitate the changeover from analog to digital camera technology.
Basler has already begun developing ONVIF-compatible products. “We have always supported open standards to provide our customers with highly flexible platforms and applications,” explains Gerrit Schreiber, product manager IP Components at Basler. “As a camera supplier, we place great emphasis on compatibility of our products with our technology partners’ products — and we regard ONVIF as the right basis for this.”
German VMS manufacturer, GEUTEBRUCK, and Basler entered into a strategic partnership. GEUTEBRUCK’s high-end TopLine series will now feature specially designed Basler IP cameras on a project-by-project basis. Basler specifically re-engineered selected IP box and dome camera models to complement GEUTEBRUCK’s technology. The new cameras now integrate seamlessly into all GEUTEBRUCK digital recorder systems. The GEUTEBRUCK TopLine series features Basler IP camera models with CCD and CMOS sensors, and resolution values ranging from 720p HD and 1080p full HD to as high as 2 megapixels. The product line will be sold exclusively through GEUTEBRUCK’s distribution network.
North American Video began servicing and maintenance of the video surveillance systems in all retail outlets across The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company. More than 330 stores across seven states fall under their family of supermarkets and include A&P, The Food Emporium, Pathmark, SuperFresh, Best Cellars, Waldbaum’s and Food Basics retail banners. “NAV has become a true partner with A&P. Their service group consistently communicates with our team and they always act with a sense of urgency. The sales division is honest and always offers multiple solutions to complex issues. We’re looking forward to doing business with NAV well into the future,” said Jim D’Arcy, director of Asset Protection, The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company.