Z-Wave Extends Smart Home Territory with 1‚000 Products The Z-Wave alliance, an open consortium of international companies deploying Z-Wave, an ecosystem for wireless control products and services, announced the arrival of the 1,000th Z-Wave product. The landmark number was achieved by Linear for the company’s garage door controller. With 1,000 products now on the market, Z-Wave‘s control and automation products have been widely adopted. In addition to Linear, Z-Wave wireless control powers North American market giants, namely Ingersoll Rand, Evolve, and Jasco/GE, along with other companies such as AT&T, Verizon, Lowes, and Staples. Z-Wave is found in many residential alarm panels that offer home control, including panels from ADT, Vivint, Honeywell, and 2GIG by Linear. In all, more than 250 international manufacturers and service providers comprise the Z-Wave Alliance membership, all dedicated to Z-Wave wireless control.
Geutebruck Secures German Military History Museum in Dresden The Militärhistorische Museum is the German army’s principal museum. Re-opened in 2011 after extensive modernization and the addition of a contrasting extension designed by US architect Daniel Libeskind, it is one of the three largest museums in Germany and the most up-to-date military history museum in Europe. The key element of its security system is in its building and displays, so it used Geutebruck’s IP-based cameras and digital video system platform for storing and transmitting video and audio data. Regarding itself as a modern cultural history museum, the museum displays confront the visitor with his own potential for aggression and address violence as an historical, cultural, and anthropological phenomenon. Its permanent exhibition with some 10,000 exhibits is displayed in an area of 13,000 square meters, and is divided into a thematic exhibition in the new extension and chronological displays in the original armory.
Avigilon Signs Definitive Agreement to VideoIQ Avigilon, a leader in HD surveillance solutions, announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the video analytics company VideoIQ for a cash consideration of US$32 million. Founded in 2006, VideoIQ has grown to become a leader in real-time intelligent video analytics solutions for security and business intelligence applications. VideoIQ has a developed portfolio of video analytics intellectual property, with 23 patents granted or pending, trade secrets, and know-how. VideoIQ will extend Avigilon's growing team with its highly skilled and experienced workforce.
IHS: Vehicle Entrance Control Market Looks to Adopt Automatic License Plate Recognition The growing adoption of automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) technology is having an adverse impact on the vehicle entrance control industry, specifically the vehicle barrier and off-street parking systems markets. According to IHS, the presence of ALPR technology is increasing the most for tollways and off-street parking garages, which is negatively impacting the growth of vehicle barriers. In mature ALPR markets such as the Americas where the adoption of the technology is prevalent, highway/ toll barrier revenues are projected to decline by 16.1 percent from 2013 to 2017. ALPR systems work by using cameras with optical recognition capabilities to identify vehicles and grant access while minimizing congestion. Less congestion allows systems to operate at a higher profitability, thus increasing the system’s ROI in comparison to traditional barrier solutions. The most popular use of ALPR systems is in tolling which allows cars to pass freely while penalizing unpermitted vehicles through their license plate registration. IHS estimated the global tolling industry to be worth $3 billion in 2013 and projects tolling to be the fastest growing ALPR application in the world. The growing trend of privatization within the tolling sector, along with the lack of government highway financing in mature markets such as Western Europe and the U.S. have increased the popularity of ALPR technology in order to optimize profitability.