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2014 Security 50 Industry Report

This year's Security 50 rankings again proved the year 2013 was another fruitful year. The top 50 companies grew 8.2 percent on average. Even without very dramatic growth, it symbolizes that 2013 indeed was a turning point for the whole industry: time for solutions! ... Full story

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Tomorrow's distribution model

Viewpoint

The traditional distribution model for physical security products right across the globe was often referred to as “box shifting;” it offered products off the shelf but with few value-added services, according to a recent Memoori Business Intelligence report. This is now rapidly morphing into a sophisticated system delivering value-added services that its clients are now demanding.

Powerful and compact NVRs with intuitive design

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Imagine having an NVR that features a dual-HDD tray, with a compact size smaller than a dictionary with A4 dimensions. This is not just a concept, but a real product already: QNAP VS-2112 Pro+ NVR. The following is a real-life test report highlighting its strengths.

Getting good vibes from the Mideast

Business Talk

In this feature, a&s collects feedback from active channel players in the Middle East, in an attempt to share best practices in business development with solutions providers interested in expanding in the thriving region.

Mind the gap in a diverging market

Viewpoint

One trend that today's economic climate is significantly influencing is the nature of analog to IP migration. An age-old debate in the industry, much has been written over the years about how quickly and completely a transition from analog-based to IP-based security solutions would take place. It seems the European economy is writing us all a new chapter.

Asia Update: TOM targets HD-SDI DVRs

Business Talk

TOM Technology has produced video surveillance products since 2000, with steady development of DVRs ranging from PC-based to standalone. As of today, the company has set its sights on developing HD-SDI DVRs. Thomas Jin, President and CEO of TOM, believed the time for HD-SDI is about to start. The company decided to shift its attention to HD-SDI products after experiencing fierce competition.

A retail store for security

Business Talk

Tony Collums, President and Director of Operations for The Alarm Company (TAC), advises other security companies on how to open a retail shop in a Honeywell blog entry. Collums has been involved in the security and electronics industry since 1979, and opened such an outlet earlier this year.

Asia Update: Truen stays ahead with IP speed domes

Business Talk

Founded in 2005, Truen's products are used in transportation, broadcasting, security, and city surveillance. Some of its important clients include the highway authority of Korea, the Korea Expressway Corporation (KEC), and major television and radio network Korean Broadcasting System. With various network solutions to satisfy the needs of system integrators (SI), the company is able to form good w

Asia Update: Next Chip revs up for automotive applications

Business Talk

As the DVR market diminishes over time and imaging signal processor (ISP) chips can efficiently reduce the board size and total cost in a camera, Next Chip will concentrate on developing ISPs for security cameras. Next Chip, a total turnkey solution provider, is expanding its portfolio of components which can be used for HD, HD-SDI, network, and analog cameras with improved WDR performance.

Asia Update: Mintron targets professional niches

Business Talk

Considered the forefather of Taiwanese video surveillance, Mintron manufactured the first black-and-white and color CCD cameras in the country. The company's core value revolves around strengthening its technology in terms of image quality and reliability. Mintron witnessed the Golden Age of manufacturing security products in Asia.

Major league losing market share

Business Talk

The message from the market seems clear; major conglomerates in the security business have given up on their long standing strategy of growth through acquisition. None of them excluding Tyco, have made a significant acquisition since 2010. In the 5 years prior to that they were all active in acquiring businesses both large and small; increasing their geographic scope and updating their technology.

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