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The Sprinkler Difference

It’s been long recognized by property insurers and firefighting professionals that sprinklered properties generally suffer less damage in fires than non-sprinklered properties. Nowhere is that more true than in industrial occupancies; fires in these settings tend to be disproportionately more damaging than fires in other types of occupancies.

Don’t let your reputation go up in smoke

Can you tell if the fire alarm system in your building is operating at peak performance? Probably not, because like most electronic systems, components can degrade over time and potentially compromise the system’s operation. Dust, dirt, and other contaminants can cause problems with smoke detectors. Vandalism, remodeling, and improper maintenance procedures can also damage fire protection equipment.

Video Surveillance. Trends to look out for in 2014

IHS has come out this its 2014 prediction of video surveillance trends to look out for in 2014. Of particular interest, is what IHS calls the “crowd sourcing” of video data collection, ie they way video was collected and analyzed from many different sources following the Boston Marathon bombing. There’s been a ton of talk about the legacy of how that tragedy was handled, and I think IHS has summed it up well and obviously pointed out a trend to watch.

Intelligent Key Management for Access Control

Key and asset management can integrate with other security disciplines to extend beyond the much-hyped vogue for ‘convergence’ and move towards truly intelligent building management. Brenda Taylor, Sales and Marketing Director of Traka, shows how assets can be protected with an approach that draws on shared data while making its own contribution to enterprise-wide information.

IP Network Requirements for Video Surveillance/physical Security

The use of corporate IT network infrastructure for physical security applications such as video surveillance presents unique challenges. Jack Fernandes, President & CEO of American Fibertek, makes a case for separate networks using specialized equipment and technologies specifically designed for video surveillance which could also integrate other physical security functions.

Don’t be locked out of providing college campuses fire and security

School officials wanting to upgrade security must adhere to tight budgets and comply with many codes and standards. This is particularly true where it comes to fire/life safety and its frequently intimate relationship with access control systems and devices.

Managing Multiple Transactions in the ATM Fleet

The ATM industry faces a trio of impending changes, any one of which would cause major upheaval for ATM deployers. But all three are pending in the next few years. On the horizon are EMV, Windows upgrade and PCI. Unfortunately, each of these three changes is driven by a separate individual organization, said Bill Wayland, general manager of Red Hawk Fire & Security offices in New Mexico.

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