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March 2011

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SECURITY SYSTEMS NEWS MARCH 2011 SUPPLIERS 43 BRIEFS Codebench & Sielox integrate COCONUT CREEK, Fla.—Codebench, a provider of TWIC/HSPD-12/FIPS-201 authentication software, announced in February that it has integrated its PIVCheck Plus software with the Pinnacle access control software from Sielox, offering federal agencies and other organizations a fully compliant HSPD-12 solution. Codebench’s PIVCheck software suite, an end-to-end card validation, authentication, and registration solu- tion for HSPD-12 compliance, now integrates with Sielox’s Pinnacle suite of access control software available for a wide range of applications, the com- pany announced. Pinnacle, Sielox’s flagship event management system, is available in Ultra, Lite, Standard, Plus and Professional versions. OnSSI passes test PEARL RIVER, N.Y.—OnSSI in February announced that its video management platform, Ocularis, passed Lextech Lab’s compatibility testing. As a result, Lextech’s iRa C3 mobile video surveil- lance application will support OnSSI’s software and meet the mobile viewing requirements of the security and law enforcement industry. “The successful integration of iRa C3 further extends OnSSI’s user base,” said Mulli Diamant, VP of sales, OnSSI, in a prepared statement. “In addition to the obvious benefits of heightened situational awareness, being able to use a video surveillance system in con- junction with today’s most widely used mobile devices capitalizes on a user’s investments in IP-based systems.” Pairing the functionality of OnSSI’s platform with iRa C3’s mobile video interface broadens the value of an OnSSI investment by extending back room systems into the hands of a new user, said Alex Bratton, Founder & CEO of Lextech Labs, in a prepared state- ment. “Not only do those new users now have access to critical video any- time, anywhere, they are also inventing ways to use the video.” Capital Health goes with AMAG TORRANCE, Calif.—Capital Health has chosen to install AMAG Technology’s Symmetry Security Management System at its new hospital in Hopewell Township, NJ., AMAG announced in February. The Symmetry Security Management System will integrate with Milestone XProtect video surveillance software to provide a complete security manage- ment system for the 237-bed facility. The integrated system will link alarms and camera views, providing secu- rity officers with an immediate view of events, enabling quick and accurate decisions, the company said. Ready for demos & dealers Mobotix expands operations in North Amercia By Martha Entwistle NEW YORK—Megapixel IP cam- era manufacturer Mobotix in January opened a new demon- stration cen- ter here and is launching a new chan- nel partner program, with a tar- get start date right around the ISC West show this year. Mobotix wants its new channel Steve Gorksi partner program to be “a selective group,” with a couple hundred partners, said Steve Gorski, GM for the Americas for Mobotix. There will be a “big training requirement for partners who want to participate in the channel program,” he said. “It will be an elite group.” The demonstration center, which is part of its new 8,000- square-foot North American head- quarters office here, will be useful as a training facility, he said. It will also be used by Mobotix resellers for customer meetings. Headquartered in Langmeil, Germany, Mobotix was founded in 1999 by CEO Ralf Hinker. The company has 276 employ- ees, and global sales of EUR 53.8 million ($73 million) in FY 09/10, a 20-percent increase over the previous year, accord- ing to the company. Gorski said that IMS Research ranks Mobotix first in global market share for megapixel cam- eras. In the EMEA region, IMS says Mobotix is second in terms of market share for IP cameras, he said. With about 11 employees in North America, Mobotix has had a quiet presence here since the early 2000s. Gorski, who formerly worked for Axis Communications, was brought on last year to raise the company’s profile in North America. IMS ranks Mobotix 10th in terms of market share in North America, Gorski said. He believes MOBOTIX see page 44 Bosch Security goes HD Says time is right, introduces ‘scene to screen’ product suite By Martha Entwistle FAIRPOINT, N.Y.—Saying the market is now ready, Bosch Security in late January made the move into HD products, introduc- ing a new line that includes cam- eras, video management software, storage solutions, and monitors. Willem Ryan, product mar- keting manager for Bosch Video Solutions, said adoption of HD and megapixel cameras has accel- erated recently because of techno- logical advances, lower costs and more need in the market. The advent of the H.264 com- pression standard, lower storage costs, and the availability of “pow- erful, commercial servers off the shelf that you can combine with a Windows operating system that have more powerful throughput,” are making HD cameras more attractive to customers, he said. “Also we’ve seen IMS, and Frost & Sullivan predict that in the next five years, the growth of IP networked video will really start to take off ... [and that] HD will be the fastest growing segment of network video products.” He calls HD the “sweet spot of resolution, where you get the added detail people are looking for in surveillance,” without giant bandwidth consumption and high storage costs. “You don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for storage [like you do if] you go above HD resolution,” Ryan said. Ryan said Bosch has begun to see more new specs in the industry calling for HD resolu- tion camera solutions, typically in education, gaming and Willem Ryan corrections. He said Bosch wanted to intro- duce a complete portfolio of prod- ucts “to guarantee functionality and quality all the way ... from scene to screen.” SSN Genetec trickles video MONTREAL—IP security solutions provider Genetec on Feb. 1 announced a new “video trick- ling feature” on its Omnicast VMS, which allows users to transfer selected video for storage at selected times. Available on its recently released version of Omnicast, the feature is ideal “when there is limited bandwidth, with wireless or when there is a network where you don’t want to stream video all the time,” said Francis Lachance, Genetec product manager. More camera makers are offering recording at the edge and this functionality is starting to be picked up by some VMS systems, Lachance said. “What’s unique about Genetec support for this solution is that you can transfer video on demand, on a schedule,” New Dell deal for Pivot3 By Martha Entwistle PALO ALTO, Calif.—Pivot3 has a new deal with Dell that will make the storage manufacturer even more attractive to govern- ment and enterprise customers, Lee Caswell, Pivot3 co-founder and chief marketing officer, told Security Systems News. “It’s a major change in how we ship and fulfill products,” he explained. Pivot3 sells “serverless storage,” products that combine servers and storage in a scale-out application platform. Under its new deal, Dell hard- ware will be combined with Pivot3’s software and branded under Pivot3. Caswell said a number of government and other enterprise customers were inter- ested in having a platform from a major supplier. “Our value as a company is in the software we build; we can run on any hard- ware,” he said. This arrangement will give Pivot3 customers “access to Dell’s break-fix services.” It will speed up access to products because Pivot3 spares and replacement parts will be serviced via Dell’s domestic and international sup- ply chain. And, Caswell said, “We can offer Dell management tools for servers for customers who invested in Dell management software.” Omnicast feature designed for reliability, bandwidth efficiency By Martha Entwistle Caswell emphasized that, “this does not mean we’re now a Dell company.” Pivot3 “will still work 100-percent through its reseller channels.” Dell will not sell the Pivot3-branded servers to end users directly, he said. Dell’s high-volume, off-the- F. Lachance Lachance said. It’s also well suited for a wireless citywide network, he said. The video trickling feature can be set to detect when there’s a problem with the network, stop the streaming and transfer the missing video, he said. The operator creates rules that deter- mine which video is transferred from the edge device to the Omnicast Archiver and when that happens. The transfer can be based on three different modes, accord- ing to the company. It can transfer based “on schedule, on events or manually. The amount of video being transferred can also be controlled based on filters such as time ranges, playback requests, events, alarms, video bookmarks, and an interval when a unit is offline,” according to Genetec. SSN shelf servers are a great option for government and enterprise customers, and “the fact that they are Dell products eliminates questions about hardware, and it allows us to focus on the value of Pivot3 software,” Caswell said. The deal comes at a time when Pivot3 is growing. It added Deborah MacCallum, VP of engi- neering, and Curt Wittich, VP of sales, to its executive team. The company is also in the process of hiring a new VP of manufac- turing. Caswell said the company, which does not release its finan- cials, doubled its revenue for the fourth year in a row. SSN

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