Technology Solutions & Skills: April 2012
Live Advanced Fire Alarm Courses Now Available
National Training Center (NTC) will be offering Live Advanced NICET Fire Alarm and Live Fire Alarm System Design courses in 2012 in selected U.S. cities.
NTC’s Advanced NICET Fire Alarm two-day course is intended for fire alarm professionals who already have achieved Level 1 or Level 2 certification and desire to achieve Level 3 or Level 4. This course covers advanced test-taking skills and reinforces the students’ understanding and application of the fire alarm codes.
NTC’s Fire Alarm System Design course is intended for fire alarm professionals who are involved in the design, sale, installation, troubleshooting, and servicing of fire alarm systems. This course discusses proper application of the fire alarm codes and reinforces the students’ ability to properly apply the codes.
Both courses are taught by experienced NICET Certified instructors who have hands-on experience working in the field. Both of these classes also are offered via webinar for those who cannot attend a live course. For information, visit www.NationalTrainingCenter.net.
New CSC Catalog Now Available
The Catalog 2012-2013 by CSC is now available. It features more than 12,000 items, including copper solutions, fiber optic solutions, cable management solutions, test equipment, physical security solutions, networking solutions, residential solutions and more.
Founded in 1972, Communications Supply Corporation (CSC), a subsidiary of WESCO International Inc. distributes a full range of data communications and security solutions.
To order your catalog, visit http://www.gocsc.com/cat1213email/.
CO Detector Listed by California Fire Marshall
The DMP 1184 Wireless Carbon Monoxide Detector has now been listed by the California State Fire Marshall (CSFM) for use in residential and commercial installations. The features and reliability of the 1184 make it an ideal choice for difficult-to-wire locations, applications where room aesthetics are critical, or where hazardous materials are present, the company said.
The 1184 relies on electrochemical sensing coupled to the widely used DMP 1100 Series wireless transmitter. The sensor provides an early alert of potentially harmful levels of carbon monoxide in residential or commercial installations. The Survey LED feature of the 1184 makes one-man installation fast and easy.
“For many DMP residential and commercial installations, wireless is increasingly the way dealers and end users want to go,” said vice president of Sales, Mark NeSmith. In addition to the CSFM listing, the 1184 detector is also listed for ANSI/UL 2034 Single and Multiple Station Carbon Monoxide Detectors and ANSI/UL 2075 Gas and Vapor Detectors and Sensors. It is compatible with all DMP panels.
For information, visit www.dmp.com
Professional Service Option
Late in 2011, CheckVideo® launched the new CheckVideo Software Service offering, Professional Service. With the Professional Service option, authorized CheckVideo channel partners can deliver a cost-effective, cloud-based intelligent video surveillance and recording solution to customers who monitor their own video.
CheckVideo Professional Service “watches” video 24/7 for events of interest and sends critical, real-time alerts users can act on. In addition to security applications, Professional Service enables monitoring of business operations, such as opening and closing times, shipping and receiving areas, and limited access areas. Video alerts can be sent to multiple endpoints, including the secure CheckVideo Web portal, e-mail addresses, and smartphones. Customers can view live and event video clips remotely anytime and anywhere on an Apple® iPhone® or iPad®, or an Android™ smartphone or tablet.
“CheckVideo Professional Service is the latest addition to a growing line of CheckVideo service offerings,” said Phil Robertson, vice president, Security & Alarm division. “It provides customers with a high-performance intelligent video surveillance and recording solution at an affordable price, while giving channel partners another way to ensure customer needs are met, acquire more new customers and successfully evolve their existing relationships into true business partnerships.”
CheckVideo Professional Service works with all available CheckVideo hardware options, making it possible to install the solution easily and cost-effectively in virtually any indoor, outdoor or remote location. In addition to CheckVideo Professional Service, CheckVideo channel partners will continue to be able to offer CheckVideo Central Service, which enables third-party monitoring and alarm verification through a rapidly growing number of central monitoring companies.
Multi-Tenant Video System Complies With New Mass. Building Code
Aiphone Corp. announced that the GT Series, its newest generation of multi-tenant color video systems, complies with new amendments added to the Massachusetts Building Code. These new regulations require that a CCTV system be incorporated in any building with 10 or more apartments, so that occupants can utilize their personal televisions to observe who is seeking entrance to the building.
“Since these regulations were released, we’ve seen a lot of building managers struggle with various solutions, including attempting to add modulators to a wide variety of digital CATV systems, or separate wire installations for residents using satellite systems,” said Bradley Kamcheff, senior marketing specialist for Aiphone Corp. “The GT Series, with its simple two-pair common wiring, eliminates the extra expenses and pitfalls associated with these kinds of setups.”
The GT Series supports up to 500 tenant stations, which can communicate hands-free to a maximum of 16 entry panels and four security guard stations.
For more information, visit www.aiphone.com/gt.htm.
Cloud-based, Intelligent Surveillance Solution Enables Security in Outdoor or Remote Locations
CheckVideo®, Reston, Va., expanded its product line by introducing the Ruggedized Outdoor Mobile Sentry (CMS4000). CMS4000 is a self-contained, cloud-based, wireless intelligent video surveillance solution that only requires power to be added. It allows for one-stop, intelligent video surveillance in virtually any outdoor or remote location, even in the absence of security and IT infrastructure.
CMS4000 “watches” video 24/7 for events of interest and sends critical, real-time alerts users can act on to notify authorities of an incident, helping to shorten response times and stop crimes in progress. Because CMS4000 detects the presence of people and vehicles — not just motion — it dramatically reduces nuisance alerts, the company noted. Video alerts can be sent to a central monitoring service, e-mail addresses, smartphones, or the secure CheckVideo Web portal via Sprint’s nationwide wireless network. CMS4000 also continuously records video 24/7 for forensic use. Live, recorded, and event video from any camera in the system can be viewed remotely anytime and anywhere from the CheckVideo portal.
“CMS4000 packages proven and reliable CheckVideo technology — advanced video analytics embedded on a compact edge device combined with software as a service — into a complete outdoor solution,” said John Estrada, CEO, CheckVideo. “It’s a tremendous benefit to a variety of end users who want video security in sensitive outdoor and remote areas but don’t want the complications and expense of adding infrastructure.”
CMS4000 is designed to meet diverse customer needs, the company said. Example end users include construction sites, parking lots, storage depots, utilities, municipalities and schools. The product doesn’t require additional hardware or software on site or specialized IT skills for installation. Customers can select from a menu of accessories that include outdoor IR cameras and pole mounts to facilitate installation. All configuration and management of the system is completed remotely over the Web, keeping additional service calls to a minimum.
For information, visit www.checkvideo.com.
Samsung Plans 2-Day IP Training Sessions in U.S. & Canada
Samsung, Ridgefield Park, N.J., will offer two-day, targeted industry training courses covering IP video, network design and integration skills throughout the United States and Canada in 2012. Led by Samsung’s Dr. Edward Wassall, director of IP Product and Business Development, the Samsung IP Institute (SIPI), will leverage the company’s substantial technical expertise to address the increasing need for higher-level knowledge among IP video integrators, the company said.
SIPI will provide technical salespeople, security rep firms and integrators with skills including basic IP network design and implementation, video management, and IP camera image optimization. SIPI attendees will be trained in IP video integration and learn the skills and design tools that will help them become more knowledgeable integrators.
“IP video networks are becoming the norm in video surveillance, so it is more important than ever to provide basic and mid-level technical network design expertise to the channel,” said Frank De Fina, Samsung senior vice president of Sales and Marketing. “Educating the channel to fulfill customer needs in the changing IP video market is one of the ways we are maintaining the value and quality of the Samsung brand.”
The two-day courses cover a range of topics. Day 1 areas of study include IP video design methodologies, Ethernet 101, the open systems interconnect model, introduction to Internet protocol, TCP/IP packet structures, IP addressing basics, IP sub-netting, and introductions to virtual LANS and network switching. Day 2 covers a video network design case study, assigning IP addresses to a laptop, IP camera technology basics, assigning an IP address to a camera, and video LAN connectivity. Day 2 also will cover video image optimization; frame rates, resolution and compression; video management software installation; video network optimization; and a design technology review.
Dates and locations for SIPI sessions include Calgary, Canada, April 17-18; Chino, Calif., April 24-25; Ridgefield Park, N.J., May 29-30; Chicago, June 26-27; Toronto, Canada, July 17-18; Texas, July 24-25; Chino, Calif., August 28-29; Ridgefield Park, N.J., Sept. 25-26; Calgary, Canada, Sept. 25-26; Peabody, Mass., October 23-24; Texas, Nov. 27-28; and Chino, Calif., Dec. 11-12.
The registration fee is $499. To register, visit http://www.samsung-security.com/SIPI/register.aspx
IP Tech Tour Trainings in Third Year
Tri-Ed / Northern Video Distribution’s North American IP Video Technology Tour is now in its third year, and continues to attract thousands of security dealers and integrators looking to compete in the growing IP arena, the company said.
The IP Video Tech Tours are free, one-day events held in Tri-Ed / Northern Video branch locations. This year’s Level III curriculum covers important topics such as video resolution, illumination, Ethernet transmission, surge suppression, and recording platforms. Attendees are welcome to attend the training class and then network with supplier sponsors and demo products during a tabletop expo.
The upcoming schedule is: April 10 – Denver; April 12 – North Hills, Calif; April 24 – Elmsford, N.Y.; May 8 – Clearwater, Fla.; June 5 – San Diego; June 7 – Phoenix, Ariz.
For information, visit www.tri-ed.com.
Napco Security Technologies Inc. announced that its new full data GSM radio, StarLink2 SLE-GSM (http://www.napcosecurity.com/starlinkgsm.html) is now available at all its distributors nationwide. A two-way GSM alarm system communicator, it replaces hardwire dial-up phone lines by wirelessly transmitting alarm signals to any central station. This ultra-economical, full-data backup or primary alarm communicator universally works on any panel, and has coverage virtually everywhere (plus choice of two top carriers). It has a suggested dealer price of under $100, the company said.
Milestone Systems (www.milestonesys.com), specializing in open platform IP video management software (VMS) and ALSO-Actebis (www.alsoactebis.com), distributor of IT and consumer electronics products, signed a distribution agreement to provide Milestone XProtect® IP VMS in Scandinavia. The distribution agreement initially covers all of Scandinavia, but allows the opportunity for expansion into the rest of Europe.
“Our companies’ agreement ensures that our dealers can offer the market-leading software to support the strong camera brands we carry, such as Bosch, Canon, HIKvision and D-Link,” said Michael Hygild Sorensen, product sales specialist at ALSO-Actebis.
Evolve Security (www.EvolveSecurity.com), an IP-focused security distributor based in Portland, Ore., now has a distribution partnership with Smartvue (http://smartvue.com/solutions/), in which Evolve Security’s dealers, installers and integrators will have access to Smartvue’s complete line of IP video solutions, including network video recorders (NVRs), the online cloud-based remote management service “Cloudvue,” and mobile surveillance apps. Smartvue offers an innovative and intuitive solution for recording, managing, and storing IP video, said a Smartvue spokesperson.
Stanley Security Solutions, a business division of Stanley Black & Decker announced that its Indianapolis manufacturing facility achieved two ISO certifications from TÜV SÜD, a globally recognized testing, inspection and certification organization, for its commitment to providing a Quality and Environmental Management System.
Typically, achieving ISO certification for the first time takes approximately two to three years. The Stanley facility received ISO 9001 and 14001 certifications within just 14 months, which the company attributes to “the complete support of Stanley’s management, dedicated workforce and basic processes already in place.”
PSA Security Network® (www.buyPSA.com) announced the second round of premier partners in its new Premier Partner Program: Arecont Vision, CSC (Communications Supply Corporation), HID Global and OpenEye. The program was created to enhance the value of the PSA relationship to its vendor partners and subsequently to its owners and customers.
The PSA Premier Partner Program has a defined process for evaluating vendor partners, PSA said. By meeting specific and measureable objectives, vendor partners can become eligible for premier status, which includes a variety of opportunities to foster brand visibility and increased sales volume.