News and People, December 2019

Dec. 3, 2019

IDN-H. Hoffman Hosts Chicago Security Convention

IDN-H. Hoffman, a distributor of door hardware and security related products, hosted its tenth annual Chicago Security Convention on Saturday, October 12 in Hoffman Estates, IL.

IDN-H. Hoffman offered 19 classes for security professionals including multiple Access Control classes, SFIC classes, school security, Master Key Systems, Electronic Strike Installation Class, Power Operators, and an ALOA PRP Test.

The IDN-H. Hoffman Chicago Trade Show Exhibit Hall was filled with over 80 manufacturers displaying items as diverse as Master Key system software, high security key machines, automotive key blanks, doors & frames, electronic access control, and much more!

IDN-H. Hoffman is part of the International Distribution Network (IDN), which provides security products, access control solutions, and related services to security professionals through its six regional business hubs and associated distribution centers located in North America. With a wholesale distribution network of more than 50 locations, IDN offers customers the strength and buying power of a national organization along with local product availability and personal, customized service.

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CDVI Acquires ROFU

ROFU Security International Corp., a privately held Seattle, Washington, company, has been acquired by the CDVI Group, effective October 1st. ROFU, founded in 1980, manufactures an extensive portfolio of Electric Strikes, Magnetic Locks, Request-to-Exit devices, Power Supplies, and Single Door Keypads with Bluetooth Technology. 

ROFU Security International will maintain their Headquarters and staff in Seattle. ROFU will continue to operate as an independent company within the CDVI Group. It will be overseen by Mr. Shawn Gore, President of CDVI Americas. 

Shawn Gore states: “The acquisition of ROFU Security International is in line with our strategic vision of broadening our product and customer base within the Americas. The quality of their product and customer service makes for a natural fit within the CDVI organization.”

 “We look forward to leveraging the expertise and capability of both companies in order to continue our growth within USA, Canada, Mexico and Latin America and establishing CDVI as a key player in the door hardware market”

CDVI Group is a Global Access Control Corporation, with multiple manufacturing plants and sales offices located worldwide. CDVI is focused on providing Security to Access solutions for both commercial and residential properties. ROFU Security International Corp. provides security hardware and access control solutions to the commercial and residential sectors. ROFU product offering includes electromagnetic locks, electric strikes, request-to-exit devices, power supply units and Keypads with Bluetooth. Building on more than 35 years of experience in the security hardware industry, ROFU is constantly developing innovative solutions to provide leading asset protection to our customers.

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Advanced Diagnostics Ford Update

Advanced Diagnostics US announces a FREE updated forADS2269 Ford®2019 Software (released in March 2019).  This update brings to owners the ability to program the 2018-2019 Ford® Ecosport (bladed and proximity), 2019-2020 Transit (bladed),and 2020 Escape (proximity). 

The new software for the Smart Pro is for programming proximity keys on various Ford & Lincoln vehicles worldwide.

ADS2269 software is designed specifically to program proximity keys for 2018-2020 vehicles. Also, earlier model year vehicles that have been into a dealership and received a security software update. ADS2269 will bypass the security pincode during the procedure and will program the remote and the transponder at the same time. No working key is required and there is an add key option available. There is also a special procedure designed to allow programming even if the factory alarm system is activated.

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Codelocks - Tether Technologies Key Management Solution

Irvine, Ca – Codelocks Inc., a leading access control company that designs and distributes innovative, standalone keyless door locks and access products, announces a strategic partnership with Tether Technologies, a developer and manufacturer of digital tethering solutions for master keys and access cards. The challenge in the industry is to prevent keys from being lost while on the job, Tether Technologies’ focuses on ways to address and resolve human error associated with master key loss.

In 2015 Tether Technologies developed Gravity®, the only industrial-grade, digital tethering device that electronically ties keys to its user to remain in the proximity of the tether. Gravity works by linking cards/keys via an electronic signal to avoid keys being lost from the start. Upon breaching the approximately 20-foot radius – distance may vary depending on the building or wireless interference – Gravity’s unique alarm, vibration and strobe light are triggered to alert users to quickly retrace steps to recover the key unit.

When combined with Key Secure by Codelocks, a key control cabinet that utilizes coded access to authorized persons, it becomes a fully comprehensive solution. The key cabinet will store and manage keys, while Gravity helps to prevent those keys – when removed from the cabinet – from the risk of being misplaced. To connect keys, the user simply presses a button and lifts the Key Unit up and out from the Belt Unit. Once removed, Gravity activates and the Key Unit flashes once, indicating it is now in electronic communication with the Belt Unit.

“We understand the importance of having a complete key management solution, including preventing the potentially extreme cost associated with losing master keys,” states Matt Welty, general manager for Codelocks Inc. “We are committed to this product and uniting both of our key management technologies to help more individuals, campuses and businesses with their security systems.”

“We are excited to partner with Codelocks, a global company that is well-known and respected in the industry,” said Randy Neely, founder of Tether Technologies, Inc. “As the number of lost master keys continues to increase in an array of environments across the country, the joint presence of Codelocks and Gravity will allow this advanced solution to become standard equipment protocol in the world’s largest facilities.”

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2020 Security Megatrends

SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) has identified and forecasted the 2020 Security Megatrends, which form the basis of SIA’s signature annual Security Megatrends report defining the top 10 factors influencing both short- and long-term change in the global security industry.

Each year, SIA produces the Security Megatrends report, which is made available to SIA member companies and registered attendees of Securing New Ground, the security industry’s executive conference. The Security Megatrends are the top forces at play in security, expected to have far-reaching impacts on businesses across the industry. As such, these trends play an instrumental role in the insights and discussions at SNG, an annual conference bringing together the leading entrepreneurs, luminaries, CEOs and investors in the security industry for top-level information sharing, networking and business analysis.

For the second year in a row, cybersecurity was identified as the predominant trend shaping the security industry and a major concern for C-suite executives, government buyers, enterprise organizations, integrators and more. Moving up the list from being ranked fifth in SIA’s 2019 Security Megatrends report to ranked second for 2020 was the trend of artificial intelligence (AI). Respondents noted AI’s role underlying advancement behind nearly all technology promises.

A resounding number of respondents called for facial recognition to be added as a 2020 Security Megatrend, bringing the newcomer to the number-three position. Also new to the 2020 Megatrends are national security concerns and identity as the new perimeter.

The 2020 Security Megatrends are:

  1. Cybersecurity Impact on Physical Security
  2. Artificial Intelligence
  3. Facial Recognition
  4. Emphasis on Data Privacy
  5. Cloud Computing
  6. National Security Concerns
  7. Connectivity and IoT Everything
  8. Workforce Development
  9. Move to Service Models
  10. Identity as the New Perimeter

“Cybersecurity resoundingly tops the list of Security Megatrends again for 2020. With the increased risk and frequency of cyberattacks, today’s systems integrators and product developers are working to make sure that security solutions meet or exceed an organization’s cyber-preparedness standards,” said Scott Schafer, chairman of the SIA Board of Directors. “SIA also forecasts that the trends of artificial intelligence and facial recognition will dramatically impact the industry in coming years. Both AI and facial recognition are experiencing clear technology advancements, and SIA will continue to track the industry and consumer tech adoption rates and emerging applications for these dynamic Security Megatrends.”

In addition to defining the latest Security Megatrends, the forecast for 2020 also denotes potential disruptors in the security industry and other forces at play that may have a clear impact on some or all businesses.

The official 2020 Security Megatrends report will be published in December 2019 and available online for download and/or purchase.

Irving, TX – Continuing to expand and strengthen efforts to support Critical Infrastructure customers, ABLOY USA has signed Joe Brown to serve as the Vertical Market Manager of Transportation. He is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and reports to Jerry Burhans, Managing Director of ABLOY USA.

”I am pleased to add a person of Joe’s experience to the ABLOY USA team,” Burhans said. ”He will grow our leadership position in the Transportation vertical.”

Brown brings years of experience and a versatile background to the position. For the last 11 years, he was the Director of National Accounts for Prime-Line Products and was largely responsible for working with home improvement retailer Lowe’s. Previously, he served as the Vice President and General Manager of Global Door Controls, a wholesale door hardware company. Brown also was as a District Sales Manager for Yale Security, now owned by Assa Abloy and the parent company of ABLOY USA.

“I’m truly excited to be in this position. My experience in managing a diverse customer base across multiple distribution channels should serve ABLOY USA well, and I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead,” Brown said.

Brown says those challenges start now and he is enthusiastic about the prospects for a banner year in 2020. “I want to expand our presence across all transportation sectors, as well as drive awareness of the innovative product solutions we have available to professional end users,” he said. “I also want to earn our customers’ trust and confidence, and explore new ways to serve our clients and champion the ‘ABLOY for Trust’ mantra.”

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Pelco, Inc. announces the appointment of Kurt Takahashi as Chief Executive Officer, effective November 1, 2019. Previously, Takahashi held the position of President of AMAG Technology, a global end-to-end security management platform.

"During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Pelco than Kurt Takahashi," said Russ Roenick, Pelco's Chairman of the Board and Managing Partner of Transom Capital. "Mr. Takahashi is a proven leader with deep connections to Pelco and the industry. With over 20 years in the physical security sector, his reputation with customers, dealers, consultants, and technology partners is invaluable. We know Kurt's business and technology vision, executive experience, and ability to bring people together to achieve success will propel Pelco into a leading position in the security industry."

"I am honored to have this opportunity to lead Pelco. We have a strong brand with talented and motivated people. I'm looking forward to accelerating our ability to deliver innovative, distinctive video solutions and world-class experiences back to our customers," said Takahashi.

Pelco is a leader in the design and development of video surveillance solutions including video management and analytics software, infrastructure, cameras, and services.

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