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PITTSBURGH, Feb. 27, 2017 Global safety equipment manufacturer MSA Safety Incorporated (NYSE: MSA) today announced that its breakthrough G1 Integrated Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC), which gives fire departments the opportunity to cost-effectively equip every firefighter with thermal imaging technology, has received third party certification as compliant to the 2013 Edition of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 1981 performance standards. With this certification, MSA can begin shipping its Integrated TIC immediately.
The G1 Integrated TIC, which was previewed last year at the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference in Indianapolis, Ind., makes the concept of personal thermal imaging a reality. An industry first, MSA’s Integrated TIC is the only unit on the market that is built into the firefighter’s self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Incorporating TIC technology directly into the SCBA provides multiple advantages, such as an auto-on feature that activates the camera once the SCBA is pressurized. Additionally, the TIC is driven by the G1 SCBA’s single integrated power source, which eliminates the need for additional batteries.
This new innovative accessory is compatible with any G1 SCBA, including the more than 60,000 units in use at fire departments around the world. Featuring a patent-pending design, the G1 Integrated TIC takes advantage of the only full-color display control module available on the market today and can be installed at the factory or via a simple, 10-minute field upgrade.
Jason Traynor, MSA’s Global Product Business Director for Respiratory Protection and Fire Helmets, explained that incorporating the TIC into the SCBA control module allows a firefighter to take advantage of five user-selectable color palettes available on the control module’s screen. He added that this camera placement allows the facepiece of the SCBA to remain “snag free” and lightweight, which is critical when navigating challenging fire ground situations.
“When we evaluated how to most effectively provide firefighters with this new technology, we considered nearly every possible location for a TIC,” commented Mr. Traynor. “Maintaining a cost-effective facepiece that is free of electronics was a top priority for us and, after listening closely to firefighters and soliciting a tremendous amount of feedback from around the world, we determined that integrating our TIC into the control module provided the best and most elegant solution.”
“The G1 SCBA was developed with the vision of providing firefighters with the latest technology to help protect them when lives are on the line,” he continued. “Our Integrated TIC is a realization of the promise of the G1 SCBA to be a platform for innovation. Equally important, it reinforces MSA’s ability to deliver a truly unique and versatile SCBA platform that has the potential to genuinely change the way fires are fought and protect those that protect us in ways never before possible.”
Established in 1914, MSA Safety Incorporated is the global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people and facility infrastructures. Many MSA products integrate a combination of electronics, mechanical systems and advanced materials to protect users against hazardous or life-threatening situations. The company's comprehensive product line is used by workers around the world in a broad range of markets, including the oil, gas and petrochemical industry, the fire service, the construction industry, mining and the military. MSA’s core products include self-contained breathing apparatus, fixed gas and flame detection systems, portable gas detection instruments, industrial head protection products, fire and rescue helmets, and fall protection devices. With 2016 revenues of $1.15 billion, MSA employs approximately 4,300 people worldwide. The company is headquartered north of Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township, Pa., and has manufacturing operations in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. With more than 40 international locations, MSA realizes approximately half of its revenue from outside North America. For more information visit MSA’s web site at www.MSAsafety.com.
ALLEN, TX Feb. 24, 2017 WatchGuard Video has been figuratively breaking ground in advancing law enforcement video technology since the company was founded in 2002. The company's in-car video systems, body cameras and evidence management software are utilized by more than a third of the law enforcement agencies across the United States and Canada. They have now literally broken ground on a $47 million corporate headquarters in Allen, Texas.
The build-to-suit project was designed by GFF Architects and will be located east of I-75 at the intersection of East Exchange and Allen Station Parkway. The facility will be constructed in two phases totaling 200,000 square feet of office and manufacturing space. Once completed, the facility will accommodate upwards of 700 employees.
Adolfson & Peterson has been tapped as the General Contractor for the first phase of the project, scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2018. Phase 1 will be a two-story, 140,000-square-foot facility at an expected investment of $37 million. The second phase will add 60,000 square feet with a $10 million investment forecast to be complete in 2022.
With the intent of attracting and retaining a talented workforce, WatchGuard's new headquarters will include open group areas for collaboration and training, spacious outdoor recreation space, an indoor racquetball court, gym, health clinic for employees and their families, as well as, a 'customer experience room' that will allow demonstrations of the company's products thru multimedia and immersive technologies.
Over the past five years, WatchGuard has experienced compounded top line growth of 23% annually due to increasing demand for the company's in-car and body-worn video systems. With the company's continued emphasis on research and development in the video evidence space, the projected demand for the company's products will perpetuate the need for a highly technical workforce of engineers, sales professionals and technologically-skilled manufacturing employees.
About WatchGuard Video
WatchGuard Video is the technology pioneer and market leader for law enforcement video systems and evidence-management software. One-third of the agencies in the United States utilize WatchGuard's proprietary solutions to capture, manage and share digital video evidence using the most durable, reliable and highest-quality American-made products including the 4RE® in-car and VISTA™ body camera systems.
To learn more please, visit www.watchguardvideo.com or call 1-800-605-6734.
Redflex gets green light to pursue contracts in Chicago as city officials reinstate 'responsible vendor' status
GLENDALE, AZ Feb. 22, 2017 Redflex Traffic Systems®, Inc. (RTSI) was reinstated as a "responsible vendor" by the City of Chicago, allowing it to compete again for City business. As previously announced, the Company has resolved all U.S. issues related to its 2013 inquiry into wrongdoing by former executives.
In a letter announcing the reinstatement, the City publicly praised Redflex saying the Company had cooperated fully, taken appropriate disciplinary action, effected remedial measures, instituted review and control procedures, and implemented programs to prevent a recurrence.
"The reinstatement is a vital milestone on our road to success," said RTSI President & CEO Michael Finn. "The actions we have taken over the last four years have been recognized by our customers, government officials and other experts. Equipped with their trust and our innovative public safety technology, we will pursue contracts in Chicago and continue our efforts throughout the Americas."
Redflex is a public safety company, partnering with hundreds of state and municipal governments to save lives and reduce the costs associated with dangerous driving behaviors. In addition to photo traffic enforcement systems, the Company's advanced technology includes automatic license plate recognition, ticketless parking solutions and software to track unpaid tickets.
Redflex is financially stable, with over 150 existing contracts in communities across the Americas. Customers continue to express confidence in the Company's operations and products, signing new contracts and renewing expiring agreements. The Company, which has been expanding its offerings in North America, South America and the Caribbean, intends to continue serving customers and developing new technologies to save lives and improve road safety.
RTSI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Redflex Holdings Group, which operates on five continents and in sixteen countries.
About REDFLEX Traffic Systems, Inc.
Headquartered in Glendale, Arizona, RTSI makes and operates technology to deter red light running, speeding, passing stopped school buses, crossing railroad tracks while the alarm is active, running stop signs, unauthorized vehicles driving and stopping in bus lanes, speeding in highway work zones, stopping in an intersection during a red light and traveling in a crosswalk when a pedestrian is present. In addition, RTSI has technology to help prevent right angle crashes by red light runners before they ever occur, and to stop wrong-way drivers and alert other motorists when wrong-way drivers are headed their way. RTSI's suite of municipal services includes license plate tracking, ticketless parking solutions and software to help municipalities track and collect unpaid city fines and fees.
MONTRÉAL Feb. 22 2017Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), a leading provider of open-architecture, IP security solutions today announced that Boise Airport (BOI) has recently overhauled its security infrastructure with Genetec™ Security Center, a unified security platform that combines access control, video surveillance, automatic license plate recognition (ALPR), and other third-party applications. With the help of CompuNet, an Idaho-based value-added reseller (VAR), Boise Airport has now installed Genetec Security Center to manage hundreds of cameras, access control points, and video analytics software from within a single unified interface.
Boise Airport is an important air transportation hub for Idaho and the Pacific Northwest. Served by six airlines that offer daily service to 20 nonstop destinations, the airport welcomes some three million passengers and handles a significant amount of cargo traffic.
After several years of using a multi-vendor security infrastructure for access control and video surveillance, Boise Airport Deputy Director, Operations and Security, Sarah Demory and her team started to look into replacing the video surveillance portion of their security system. Following an in-depth cost analysis, it soon became evident that installing an open platform unified solution for both video surveillance and access control would be more cost effective than just replacing the VMS.
"As we analyzed our needs and evaluated various technologies, it quickly became clear that a unified/condensed security system was the direction we wanted to go,” said Sarah Demory. “We learned that Genetec Security Center is installed in dozens of airports around the world to great acclaim, and we were impressed with the modern and intuitive interface of Security Center and its reputation for quality and stability, which was really important to us. The entire installation process for us was smooth and uneventful," added Demory.
Security Center, which has now successfully been up and running for a nearly a year, has enabled Boise Airport to merge the efforts of its access control and video security teams, allowing them to work together.
Genetec™ develops open-architecture software, hardware and cloud-based services for the physical security and public safety industry. Its flagship product, Security Center, unifies IP-based access control, video surveillance and automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) into one platform. A global innovator since 1997, Genetec™ is headquartered in Montréal, Canada, and serves enterprise and government organizations via an integrated network of resellers, certified channel partners, integrators and consultants in over 80 countries. Genetec™ was founded on the principle of innovation and remains at the forefront of emerging technologies that unify IP physical security systems. For more information about Genetec™, visit: www.genetec.com
IRVINE, CA Feb. 17, 2017 TiaLinx, Inc., a developer of multi-spectra sensors integrated with drones and land robots, announced the presentation and showcasing of its Eagle5 and Lynx10 family of products at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX-2017) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on February 19-23, 2017. Trust International Group, LLC has been chosen as TiaLinx's UAE reseller and will showcase many of the products such as the Eagle5-NN (sense-through-the-wall module capable of seamless integration with legacy robots), Eagle5-NC (dual function GPR, and breathing and motion detector of persons behind thick concrete), as well as its Lynx10-B (sense-through-the-air module for detecting live persons underneath the rubble of a collapsed building).
The light advanced sensors are designed to detect the existence of live persons inside a compound, while their high-resolution display capabilities clearly indicate the precise location of live persons. Unmatched in the industry, TiaLinx's patented Wafer-Scale™ beamforming and use of coded ultra-wideband radar technologies enables the sensing and networking of the units to identify and track multiple individuals through thick concrete walls. The impulse-based ultra-wideband system is superior to the single or multi-frequency ultra-wideband Doppler technologies in many ways: (i) traditional Doppler solutions are based on motion sensing and thus become inefficient in motionless scenarios, where a person is hiding or pretending to be expired; and (ii) significant attenuation is also encountered in sensing through thick concrete, which forces the use of higher power transmissions that are environmentally hazardous or cause the failure of communication devices. In contrast, ultra low-power transmitter of TiaLinx's impulse radar system boasts superior performance from massive signal processing to enhance its detection capability and is undetectable by adversaries.
About TiaLinx, Inc.
TiaLinx, Inc. (TLNX) is a privately-held U.S. company that develops advanced electronic modules with very small form factors, highly integrated functionality, and highly differentiated performances for a wide range of defense and security applications. TiaLinx has more than eighty granted patents, as well as numerous pending patent applications related to its sense-through-the-wall, sense-through-the-ground™, sense-through-the-roof™ and sense-through-the-air™ products.
In addition to the defense communities, TiaLinx is uniquely positioned to serve port authorities, border protection agencies, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as first responder communities in spreading their life-saving efforts globally.
Live performances of TiaLinx's products have been extensively covered by the History Channel's "Modern Marvels" and Reuters.
For further information, please visit the Company's website at www.TiaLinx.com
CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom, Feb. 16, 2017 Blighter Surveillance Systems Ltd (http://www.blighter.com ), a British electronic-scanning (e-scan) radar and sensor solution provider, has unveiled Blighter® Explorer Nexus, a fully integrated, battery operated, man portable radar/camera surveillance system. It is designed for rapid deployment from transport backpacks by foot patrol or from a vehicle for use in remote border surveillance, temporary camp protection, forward reconnaissance and other covert operations.
Blighter Explorer Nexus is a compact, lightweight and low power all weather surveillance solution and comprises the Blighter B202 Mk2 e-scan micro Doppler ground surveillance radar, an integrated visible and infra-red thermal imaging camera system, a Windows HMI, covert eyepieces and optional rugged laptop. The product is designed for fully covert operation with a 'silent' mode and zero light emissions.
Mark Radford, CEO, Blighter Surveillance Systems, said, "Blighter Explorer Nexus is a rapidly deployable fully integrated e-scan radar and thermal imaging system designed to provide covert all weather day/night surveillance for small border patrols in mountainous terrain and for specialist reconnaissance personnel including those operating behind enemy lines."
"Our new system is designed for covert foot patrol deployment in specially designed transport backpacks with the radar and camera sensors mounted on a single tripod," added Mark Radford. "This means wide area detection can be up and running in a matter of minutes providing immediate protection for the military or black ops personnel."
Blighter Explorer Nexus is backpack mounted and can be set up and operated by a single user. The Blighter radar provides rapid detection and location of moving targets. For example, it can detect a crawler at 1.5 km (0.9 miles) and a moving vehicle at 8 km (5 miles). The radar automatically cues a long-range camera to enable the operator to identify any target. A wireless backhaul link can be used to send real-time sensor data feeds to a remote location for monitoring and strategic evaluation.
Blighter radar solutions are used by the U.S. military and the British Army for force protection, and in numerous asset protection and border security applications, including monitoring the Korean Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), a buffer zone which runs 250 km across the Korean peninsula and separates North and South Korea.
Blighter Surveillance Systems delivers an integrated multi-sensor package to systems integrators comprising the Blighter radars plus cameras, thermal imagers, trackers and software solutions. Its ITAR-free systems are used worldwide in commercial, government and defence markets in area and asset protection for national border security, homeland security and critical infrastructure protection such as oil and gas facilities, coastal surveillance and in military applications.
Blighter will be showcasing Blighter Explorer Nexus and other surveillance solutions - including the AUDS counter-drone system - at The International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2017), at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Abu Dhabi, UAE, (Stand 05-C20), from 19th to 23rd February 2017.
For more information about Blighter Explorer Nexus and other products from Blighter Surveillance Systems, please visit http://www.blighter.com , telephone +44-1223-491122 or email [email protected]
About Blighter Surveillance Systems Ltd
Blighter Surveillance Systems Ltd (http://www.blighter.com ) is an independent electronic-scanning radar and sensor solution provider. It delivers an integrated multi-sensor package to systems integrators comprising the Blighter e-scan radars, cameras, thermal imagers, trackers and software solutions. Blighter radars combine patented solid-state Passive Electronically Scanned Array (PESA) technology - utilising digital beamforming (DBF) on transmit and receive - with advanced Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) and Doppler processing to provide a robust and persistent surveillance capability and an unmatched combination of high reliability, accuracy and performance with a low cost of ownership. Products are manufactured under a BS EN ISO 9001:2008 certified management system. Blighter Surveillance Systems Ltd is based at Great Chesterford on the outskirts of Cambridge, England.
MONTREAL Feb. 21, 2017 Hikvision Canada Inc., the country’s leader in innovative, award-winning video surveillance products and solutions, today launched a French language website to better serve its growing customer base in French-speaking Canada and to continually expand its footprint in the North American security market. The French website complements the Hikvision Canada website, which was launched in August 2016.
Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision Canada Inc., and Hikvision USA Inc., said Canada is a key element of Hikvision’s strategic growth plan. He noted that Quebec is Canada’s second-most populated province, and because of its French-speaking citizens, Quebec represents an important and distinct market in Canada. The new website will help explain Hikvision products in French, and will help Hikvision adapt security offerings to this market.
“Under the leadership of Lorne Terry, our sales director in Canada, we have an outstanding team of sales, marketing, technical and engineering talent in place across Canada. Many of our employees are bilingual, and we have plans to further expand the team this year,” He said. “We also announced last week that we’ll be enhancing our services to all North American customers, especially our enterprise partners, with the establishment this year of the Hikvision R&D Centre here in Montreal.”
Hikvision has made significant investment and enjoyed rapid expansion in Canada. “With its headquarters in Montreal, Hikvision Canada is already an important participant in the economic development of the region,” said Lorne Terry, sales director for Hikvision Canada. “The new French website will enable Hikvision Canada to foster even closer ties with the Montreal business sector.”
Hikvision Canada’s 4K Tech Tour will visit several cities in the next few weeks. Hikvision will also exhibit its enterprise-level solutions on April 26 at Security Canada East at Booth 202 at the Sheraton Laval, in Laval, Quebec. In the US, Hikvision will exhibit at Booth 18037 at the ISC West Show in Las Vegas, April 5-7, 2017.
Hikvision is the world’s leading supplier of video surveillance solutions. Featuring the industry’s strongest R&D workforce, Hikvision designs, develops, and manufactures standard- and high-definition cameras, including a variety of IP cameras, analog cameras, and cameras featuring the latest in high-definition analog technology. Hikvision’s product suite also includes digital video servers, hybrid and standalone DVRs, NVRs, and other elements of sophisticated security systems for both indoor and outdoor use.
LIVERMORE, CA Feb. 21, 2017 A Midwest police department that deployed Vigilant's license plate recognition (LPR) in a sobriety checkpoint operation reports improved officer safety and efficiency, as well as 28 enforcement actions for offenses including drug possession and operating while intoxicated among others. The agency has asked not to be named in the release but is willing to speak to other law enforcement agencies about its experiences with the system.
A Sergeant at the agency comments, "We've had the license plate reader (LPR) system from Vigilant Solutions for roughly six months and it is proving to be a valuable tool on many fronts. One such use is at sobriety checkpoints. As an example, we recently set up a checkpoint selected as the result of a traffic study."
License plate readers (LPR) use a camera system that takes pictures of license plates, and uses optical character recognition (OCR) to convert the image into text that the LPR system software can check against law enforcement databases. The system does not look up information on individuals – it only sees the letters and numbers on the plate. So each plate, quite simply, is read and compared to the law enforcement databases. If there is a match, then the officer visually confirms the match and follows agency policy regarding proper patrol response.
The Sergeant continued, "At 10:20 p.m., after training everyone and setting up the location, we began directing six vehicles at a time into the checkpoint. When the checkpoint was full, we allowed vehicles to pass by the checkpoint so as not to disrupt traffic, and to minimize wait times for drivers. The LPR system read the plates passing through the checkpoint and compared them against a number of law enforcement databases. This served both an officer safety role, and improved the effectiveness of our checkpoint by calling attention to vehicles that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. The LPR system ensures fair and consistent enforcement, as it only sees the characters of the license plate – not the type or condition of the vehicle, nor the driver. The system also allowed us to scan all vehicles allowed to bypass the checkpoint against the same databases, so that – in the event of a hit – we could notify a patrol car downstream of the checkpoint to stop the vehicle."
"We ended the checkpoint at 2:35 a.m. At which point it was tallied that we had encountered 488 vehicles through the checkpoint, and over 1,000 others that bypassed the checkpoint but were still checked because we had the LPR system. This four-hour operation resulted in 28 enforcement actions. The enforcement actions included 22 of the vehicles being towed, as well as a number of arrests including drug related offenses including possession of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia, operating while intoxicated, driving while suspended, unlicensed drivers, expired plates, and warrants," said the Sergeant.
"We are pleased to hear that this agency is enjoying the use of its system and realizing the benefits," explains Tom Joyce, Vice President of Business Development. "As the Sergeant explained, LPR cameras are an extra set of eyes in the field that greatly enhance the efficiency and safety of officers in the field. In today's environment, officers need and deserve these mission critical tools."
About Vigilant Solutions:
Vigilant Solutions helps law enforcement solve crimes faster. Our easy-to-use interface was designed by former detectives combining analytics with license plate recognition (LPR) and facial recognition to generate more leads. Securely share real-time data with over 1,000 agencies and tap into our commercial LPR database of more than 5 billion detections. Combine your mugshots with our hosted facial recognition gallery and image editing tools to boost potential match searches. Bring criminals to justice with Vigilant Solutions. Visit www.VigilantSolutions.com.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 21, 2017 Fraser Optics, the leading supplier of handheld stabilized optics to the US Department of Defense, law enforcement agencies and international military forces, has finalized a new strategic alliance with International Golden Group, the leading supplier of high-end defense and security solutions to the UAE Armed Forces. This alliance will combine Fraser's premier stabilized optics technology with IGG's market access in the United Arab Emirates.
IGG maintains the leading position as an Emirates-based firm specializing in the supply of military equipment to the UAE Armed Forces. This new relationship will extend Fraser's global reach and provide a rare opportunity for allied forces in the UAE to access best-of-breed military optical technology.
About Fraser Optics LLC
Fraser Optics is a leading global defense technology company that has been designing, developing, and manufacturing stabilized optical technology products for the defense, homeland security, law enforcement, and commercial markets since 1971. Expanding throughout the Middle East, Asia, and Europe, Fraser Optics supports military and law enforcement missions, and has established a reputation for reliability and first-class service. Current U.S. Government customers include the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, the Department of Interior, and the Department of Homeland Security.
About International Golden Group
Established in 2002 as a Limited Liability Company (LLC) with its H.Q. Offices in Abu Dhabi, International Golden Group LLC specialises in providing High-end Defense & Security Solutions. Recognised as a leading supplier to the UAE Armed Forces, Ministry of Interior and other Defense & Security authorities, IGG provides an unsurpassed level of services to its growing customer base by employing highly dedicated and experienced personnel.
Matrix, a leading manufacturer and provider of Telecom and Security solutions, is participating in the ISC WEST 2017, Las Vegas, USA from 5th to 7th April 2017. Matrix will be showcasing its IP Video Surveillance and Access Control solutions at the event.
Matrix is known for offering value driven solutions catering to diverse, complex applications especially for the enterprise sector. Matrix will be showcasing its next generation Access Control solution – COSEC. Matrix COSEC is a cutting edge Multispectral, Biometric Fingerprint, Palm Vein and RFID Card based door controller, engineered to perform under demanding conditions and offer accuracy, speed and security. These solutions offer an intelligent blend of hardware and software features making them suitable for diverse applications like Hotels, Ware Houses, Remote sites, Factories, Data Centers, Multi-located Enterprises, Mines, etc. The solution also includes COSEC ARC - a unique IP based Access Control panel having multiple benefits over conventional access control panel. Being PoE based, it eliminates complex wiring and local power requirements. It’s Din Rail and wall mount option gives flexibility to mount even where the space is a constraint.
Under the IP Video Surveillance domain, Matrix will be launching its Enterprise Video Management solution SATATYA SAMAS, which offers much more than just security. This comprehensive, intelligent and reliable solution is designed to offer enhanced security of physical assets, safety of employees, improved productivity and discipline, centralized control with more visibility and real-time preventive security with quick investigation.
To know more about these unique solutions and other Security solution offerings, do visit us at ISC West 2017, Booth no.1041 from 5th to 7th April 2017.
Established in 1991, Matrix is a leader in Telecom and Security solutions for modern businesses and enterprises. An innovative, technology driven and customer focused organization, Matrix is committed to keep pace with the revolutions in the telecom and security industries. With more than 40% of its human resources dedicated to the development of new products, Matrix has launched cutting-edge products like IP-PBX, Universal Gateways, VoIP Gateways and Terminals, GSM Gateways, Access Control, Time-Attendance and Video Surveillance solutions. These solutions are feature-rich, reliable and conform to the international standards. Having global footprints in Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Africa through an extensive network of more than 500 channel partners, Matrix ensures that the products serve the needs of its customers faster and longer. Matrix has gained trust and admiration of customers representing the entire spectrum of industries. Matrix has won many international awards for its innovative products.