Digital Shuffle: January 2012
Communication within the industry becomes more important every day as security companies endeavor to keep up with new technologies and trends. One solution several companies found in 2011 was blogging. In November, Honeywell launched an all-new blog to communicate with the industry at large and provide products and technology news as well company updates and insights. The Security Channel Blog has featured opinion pieces, application-specific tips, product demos, video and written coverage from Honeywell’s First Alert Professional convention featuring Larry King, as well as the occasional guest blog from outside the company highlighting other industry activities such as SIAC’s accomplishments in 2011. Join other readers already commenting and opening up dialogue at http://blogs.honeywellsecurity.com.
In its ongoing effort to promote its brand and better assist its customers to find the necessary content and efficiently access relevant information, Basler announced a website rebuild. Basler focused on creating a fresh new design and a higher degree of usability. A new gallery of network cameras and enhanced search functions are just the beginning. Basler requested feedback from web users as they continue to roll out features such as social network integration and a discussion forum. Check out the new www.baslerweb.com and let Basler know what you think at http://cts.vresp.com/c/?BaslerAG/27f4da1e63/4e6eef536f/6592b0c2e5
With the popular game Angry Birds clearing the 500 million download milestone, it’s no secret that smartphones are as popular for practical apps as they are for gaming. Recognizing this as an opportunity, Axis Communications developed its own branded game for the iPhone and Android devices. The recently released PTZ Master, (http://www.axis.com/ptz/ptz_master.php) which is available for free, puts players in the role of security manager, responsible for identifying various incidents and choosing the right course of action — using the appropriate Axis PTZ camera for each location, of course. Players start at a small store and progress through increasingly larger sites, ending with a large airport.
Xtralis™ released ADPRO iTrace, an iPhone app (www.xtralis.com) that enables mobile surveillance. Users can connect to their on-site ADPRO FastTrace 2 surveillance system and display live camera images on their iPhone. The app works with Apple iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S devices, and connects to all versions of FastTrace 2. “Multiple sites and multiple transmitters can be selected for monitoring, enabling the user to seamlessly manage all on-site surveillance cameras from their iPhone,” commented Kim Loy, vice president remote surveillance for Xtralis. “ADPRO iTrace offers the highest quality video transmission, with frame rates to 30 fps, even in low bandwidth environments.” With support for six languages, the free app is immediately available to download from the Business category of the iTunes Store.