New Focus on the Classroom
- By Ralph C. Jensen
- May 01, 2015
Prior to two weeks ago, as of this writing, I paid
attention to cameras in the classrooms as they
affected others. Then, on March 31, my granddaughter
was enrolled in daycare. My wife and I are
raising this 16 month old, and the first thing I did
when touring daycare centers was look at access control,
and the cameras in the rooms.
Shocked, I found that some day care centers do not
have cameras in each room, and as far as locks on the
front door, well, that’s another story. When we narrowed
the list of where she should be enrolled, it came
down to whom had video surveillance in each room,
and what type of cameras they were using.
Maybe it was my old age; some daycare providers
thought they could baffle me with their (lack of)
knowledge of video surveillance. I listened and found
I wasn’t completely happy with any of the daycare
centers, though we had to choose one. Now, I find
myself checking in to the shared video feed to make
sure my little one is okay.
It’s been two weeks and it’s time for me to introduce
the latest video surveillance technology to the
daycare center. They need to install IP cameras, so I
can clearly see what that baby girl is doing, and make
sure she is treated like I expect my granddaughter to
It is amazing how security solutions become part
of our lives, whether by security solutions at work,
home or now, at daycare. I understand that there are
still plenty of people who swear by an analog camera;
I’m more convinced than ever before that an IP networked
camera is the only way to go.
Mergers and Acquisitions
There have been some amazing transactions this year
in the security industry. I’m anxious to watch them
mature over the next few months. Surprising to me:
the public offering of Axis Communications by Canon.
I’m anxious to watch this solution evolve under
the new ownership; it makes me think that Canon is
excited to reemerge in the security vertical.
Milestone Systems was snapped up by Canon, in
order to build up its surveillance brand.
“Canon is aiming to take a leadership position
in network video surveillance and we are making an
important strategic investment today to realize our
objective to expand in this market,” said Rokus van
Iperen, president and CEO, Canon Europe, Middle
East and Africa.
Video Insight was also part of the action as Panasonic
acquired all shares of the Houston-based company.
Panasonic said the acquisition was to strengthen
its North American presence in the education market
“We’re excited and honored to partner with the
Panasonic Group,” said J. Robert Shaw, CEO of Video
Insight. “We believe this partnership will help us
accelerate innovation, enhance product development,
and allow us to provide our customers with better security
solutions for years to come.”
Perhaps the biggest surprise to me stemming from
last year at ASIS, Eric Fullerton, formerly with Milestone
Systems, has taken over at Vicon as CEO. Vicon
acquired the assets and technology of IQinVision,
and really, Fullerton is the right person for the job.
“IQinVision is a very good name for a camera
company, and the continuing company is not just a
camera company,” Fullerton said. “Vicon actually has
47 years on it, with a lot of knowledge in certain parts
of the industry that has a value.”
Vicon plans to retain the name, using either “IQin-
Vision” or “IQeye” as the camera brand. Which form
it’s fully going to take has not yet been ironed out.
There have been numerous mergers and acquisitions,
too many to name in this short space. I think
the security industry at large will be keeping an eye on
each business model to see how it plays out. I think it
will be very interesting.
One Last Thing
Brinks, a security firm that hauls around a lot of cash
for its clients, found an honest man, and the story is
Dan Kennedy, who lives in the Salt Lake City area,
found a bag of cash (75 pounds) that had fallen from
a Brinks truck on a local a freeway. Brinks offered
Kennedy $5,000 because he returned the bag of cash.
That bag probably had about $22,000 inside.
“My folks called me, told me they were proud of
me,” Kennedy said. “It felt real good.”
Kennedy insists that almost anyone else would
have returned the cash in the same situation. I’d be
curious to know if that would be the case.
Two good things resulted: The two employees
who were in the truck made it possible for steps to be
taken to ensure that this doesn’t happen again. More
importantly, a true gentlemen emerged in the form
of Tom Kennedy.
This article originally appeared in the May 2015 issue of Security Today.