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Punctuation: To comma or not to comma


By Rachel Peck I have a confession. I’m a marketing and public relations professional with a degree in communications and a minor in English, and yet I’m known to misuse the apostrophe. Often when I get into a flow state with writing, I’ll begin the editing process and realize I’ve written several “it’s” when it should’ve been “its.” Whether you’re starting out…

Interviews 101: Attention to Detail


By Rachel Peck As PR professionals, one of our main functions is to pitch, or seek out, interview opportunities for our clients. In addition to that, we might have to also identify the best representatives for our clients’ businesses and assist them by offering them the tools they’ll need to effectively convey brand messaging. This offering by many PR agencies has become…

Johnson Controls adds cost-effective, AI-driven face mask detection to exacqVision VMS


MILWAUKEE (September 15, 2020) – Johnson Controls is announcing exacqVision 20.09, which offers an integrated, cost-effective face mask detection solution that can quickly put information into the hands of facility decision makers to help maintain safe environments for employees and visitors.  Based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) analytics versus pixel-based analytics, exacqVision 20.09 with Face Mask Detection offers improved accuracy and a scalable,…

ONVIF Goes Live on GitHub for Open Source Development

SAN RAMON, Calif. – September 9, 2020. ONVIF®, the leading global standardization initiative for IP-based physical security products, is announcing that it is now live on GitHub, an online open source development platform. The repository at github.com/onvif/specs will help drive the development of ONVIF network interface specifications.  “By having a repository on GitHub, ONVIF is making its interface specification development process more…

Johnson Controls releases mask detection, intelligent person search and more in victor/ VideoEdge 5.6 update


MILWAUKEE (September 8, 2020) – Johnson Controls, the global leader for smart and sustainable buildings, introduces the latest generation of the Tyco American Dynamics victor/ VideoEdge solution, which introduces powerful features such as Intelligent Person Search, Area Occupancy, new Event Management hub, 64-bit client, and NVR Network Interface Card bonding for increased bandwidth. New victor/ VideoEdge AI features give security operations an advantage over potential threats…

Aiphone introduces the IX Simple Support Tool for accelerated configuration


Redmond, Wash. – September 3, 2020 – Aiphone, the leading international manufacturer of intercom and security communication products, is introducing the IX Simple Support Tool, an abbreviation of the full-service IX Support Tool programming software. The simplified version is designed to seamlessly configure up to 20 systems from the IX Series portfolio of IP video intercom components. The IX Simple Support Tool…

Johnson Controls introduces Tyco Software House iSTAR Edge G2 for powerful, cyber-hardened, standalone physical access control


MILWAUKEE – (September 3, 2020) Johnson Controls, the global leader for smart and sustainable buildings, is introducing a reliable, cyber-hardened IP edge access control device for up to four doors. One of the most powerful, flexible and secure edge access controllers, Tyco Software House iSTAR Edge G2 provides effortless upgrades from existing edge controllers, is OSDP compatible and supports embedded high assurance FICAM operation without additional third-party hardware, making it an ideal solution for both government and commercial users.

Security & Safety Things announces winners of App Challenge for innovation in AI-enabled smart camera applications


2 September, 2020 — Security and Safety Things GmbH is pleased to announce the three winners of its App Challenge, a contest designed to promote the development of innovative applications for smart cameras in the retail, manufacturing and transportation sectors. The winning apps provided a variety of solutions to help these vertical markets overcome new challenges as a result of COVID-19 conditions.

Introducing the new Tyco Illustra Flex Multi-Sensor Camera

MILWAUKEE -(Sept. 2, 2020)Johnson Controls, the global leader for smart and sustainable buildings has further expanded its Tyco Illustra range with the launch of a new Flex multi-directional camera.

Making the most of your LinkedIn


Perhaps no social media channel is as popular in professional circles than LinkedIn. With more than 700 million users in more than 200 countries, its networking potential is unmatched – making it a crucial tool during this time of distanced engagement with industry peers and coworkers. However, LinkedIn is no longer just a platform for users to boast personal achievements and search…