Interview of the month

"The time is right to invest in the security industry"

On the 20th of October Vanderbilt Industries announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Siemens' Security Products business from Siemens' Building Technologies Division. With Joseph J. Grillo as the Managing Director, Siemens's Security Products will become a part of Vanderbilt International. Joseph J. Grillo is a true security veteran and Detektor has interviewed him about his view on the security market in general and the role of Vanderbilt International in particular.

Interview of the month

Thomas Lausten, vice president sales EMEA, Milestone Systems.

"We are enabling convergence between security and IT"

Thomas Lausten enjoys a well-known security profile in both his home country Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia. He started his security career in 1993 and had for many years key positions at both Bewator and Siemens before he became the CEO of ADI Alarmsystem in 2011. On the 1st of December last year he decided to take on a new role - vice president sales EMEA at the Danish VMS company Milestone Systems. Detektor met with Thomas Lausten and asked him some questions about the move to Milestone, the VMS market and future business opportunities.

Interview of the month

Massimo Grassi, Stanley Black & Decker's European President for security.

"Niscayah was an ideal acquisition"

Stanley Black & Decker today has a 3.2 billion dollar security division with global presence. The last year's 1.2 billion dollar acquisition of Niscayah has added business in high level security verticals like banking. Detektor met up with Stanley Black & Decker's European President for security, Massimo Grassi, to discuss the integration. "Niscayah has been a dream for us for a long time. It was an ideal acquisition for us to become a pan European player", he says.

Interview of the month

Raul Fernandez, CEO, Object Video

The story behind why Object Video sued Bosch and Samsung

This summer marks an important event for the video analytics industry as the lawsuit by Object Video against Bosch and Samsung for patent infringement will potentially be settled in court. As a result of the lawsuit being filed, Object Video has entered into several license agreements with other video analytics solution suppliers in the surveillance industry. Others fear to be sued. The security magazine Detektor met up for an interview with Raul Fernandez, chairman and CEO of Object Video, one of the two partners who recapitalised the company in 2010.

Interview of the month

Lars Thinggaard, President and CEO of Milestone Systems.

Milestone CEO: "We shall become the Microsoft of VMS"

Danish Milestone Systems is the acknowledged global market leader in video management software and the company continues to grow rapidly. During 2010, revenues grew by 56 per cent and during the first half of 2011, Milestone has increased staff by 20 per cent. met up with the Milestone CEO Lars Thinggaard in Copenhagen. He believes Milestone will reach 80 per cent market share within eight to ten years.

Interview of the month

Johan Molin, CEO, Assa Abloy.

"Assa Abloy is becoming less dependent on western markets"

The door opening solutions company Assa Abloy is becoming less dependent on mature markets such as the US and Europe. Five years ago, emerging markets constituted 9 percent of total sales, since then, they have grown rapidly and now constitute 23 percent. In this interview, CEO Johan Molin makes it clear that this trend will continue and that he believes electro mechanics and access control will be key products in the future.

Interview of the month

Oliver Vellacott, CEO, IndigoVision

"We are going to come out of the financial crisis with a greater market share"

Edinburgh based IndigoVision, a pioneer within IP video security solutions, was founded by CEO Oliver Vellacott in 1994, when IP video was not much more than an emerging niche technology. Now, some 15 years later, IP video is the dominating solutions category at the world's security shows. Detektor sat down with Oliver Vellacott at this year's Ifsec to talk about the past, present and future.

Interview of the month

Simon Nash, Senior European Marketing Manager NVM/CCTV at Sony

"Intelligent video analysis continues to be the hottest trend" met up with Simon Nash, Senior European Marketing Manager NVM/CCTV at Sony, soon after the IFSEC-announcement from Axis, Bosch and Sony that they were about to create an alliance to standardise the network video product market. Simon Nash gave an insight into the thinking behind the creation of the alliance and about his expectations for the future. Detektor also asked for Simon Nash's view on the latest in intelligent video and where the future is to be found, in edge-based or centralised intelligence.
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