Is your security system the pits?
     
Is your security system the pits? Well, in that case, you might need an Avocado to wrap around it — specifically, the Avocado Consolidator from the metropolitan Washington, D.C., firm Avocado Security.

The Avocado Consolidator is a software platform designed to tie together all your various and sundry security cameras, recorders, monitors, etc. Sometimes, say, a co-op or condo buys closed-circuit cameras from one vendor, then a year or two later gets a new elevator with its own built-in camera. Or maybe your parking-garage cameras record security footage onto a DVD, and your later-installed lobby camera records onto a DVR. Whatever the specifics, it can be challenging to manage disparate surveillance technologies and get them all to communicate with each other. Heck, most of us can't even transfer files from our phone to our computer.

The Consolidator, as the name implies, unifies all your security assets, including DVRs, NVRs (network video recorders) CCTV cameras, IP (Internet Protocal) cameras, encryption encoders and so on, into a single, centralized management platform. This means you have a single maintenance / repair log, data-storage management system and user interface. Any of us with a zillion remote controls by our couch — one for the TV, one for the cable box, one for the DVD player, one for ... what is that one used for? Is it from old our VCR we threw out? — can see the advantage of that.

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Avacado Security Announces Release Of Consolidator 3.0
     
As organizations expand security operations, needs are ever increasing for a unifying security platform to consolidate all of their DVRs, analog and IP cameras. Avocado’s agnostic suite is an interoperability platform which enables clients to retain their existing security investment, and extract more life out of their pre-existing or legacy CCTV security systems.

Now, with Avocado Security’s technology, millions of security images from diverse and proprietary CCTV cameras and DVRs can be automated and even translated into intelligent, usable, security, business data and statistics.

Avocado Consolidator is built on an Open Architecture Convergence platform which enables organizations to gain meaningful security and business value from the "edge" of their security networks; thereby, providing measurable value to organizations across the entire enterprise. The new features give increased control over the performance and quality of hundreds of security images, and further increases the abilities of security personnel and management to optimize their operations whether in one location, across a region or across the globe.

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Coverage of new technologies and business news at ISC East 2009
     
Added: 10/29/2009
Coverage of new technologies and business news at ISC East 2009 in New York by SIW Editor Geoff Kohl.

Avocado Security’s business intelligence and VMS push, and more.

Fresh looks at Samsung GVI Security acquisition (interview with Steve Walin), JVC’s new products, new vandal-proof network dome camera from Canon, Deister Electronics’ RFID technology and new key control locker system, IP Vision Software’s new ideas for video management software, spotlight on Exacq Technologies (VMS provider), Infinova’s CCTV products, fire alarm code trends with Honeywell, Winsted thoughts on command center furniture design.

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Avocado Security increases campus safety with innovative security and business intelligence solutions
     
In the wake of serious security threats and incidents that have occurred throughout the nation's schools and higher-learning educational facilities, it's even more imperative that educational institutions utilise security technologies that not only provide them with surveillance images, but also provide them with the intelligence details that are behind those images so that better security decisions can be made. Now, with Avocado Security's cutting-edge technology, millions of images from CCTV cameras can be automated and even translated into intelligent, usable, business data and statistics.

Avocado Security, the world's pioneer of the On-Demand Security and BI Optimisation Platform, today announced that its Security + Business Intelligence (BI) Optimisation technology is strengthening campus safety measures for educational facilities looking to gain more analysis and insight from the images generated by their security cameras. Avocado Security's new technology delivers BI with security images by taking the video images from surveillance cameras and translating them into intelligent, usable, business data and statistics. So now, instead of campus security personnel just seeing "dumb data" from numerous images across video monitors, they can actually have a solution that gives them "intelligent data" about those images so that actionable, real-time decisions can be made.

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Intelligent Data
     
MORE GEAR - Intelligent Data

The Security and Business Intelligence Optimization Platform, by Avocado Security , helps manage excessive security video footage. The platform converts video surveillance images from an existing CCTV system into graphs, charts, and sales and marketing information. It brings about security and productivity measures for clients who to better asses risks or breaches into security and make real-time decisions to help prevent further threats or danger.

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Avocado Security releases Consolidator 3.0
     
New video management/business intelligence software features Open Architecture Convergence -

Avocado Security, the world’s pioneer of the On-Demand Security and BI Optimization Platform, today announced availability of Avocado Consolidator version 3.0 at ISC East’s annual trade event. As organizations expand security operations their needs are ever increasing for a unifying security platform to consolidate all of their DVRs, Analog and IP cameras. Avocado’s agnostic suite is an interoperability platform which enables clients to retain their existing security investment, and extract more life out of their pre-existing or legacy CCTV security systems. Now, with Avocado Security’s cutting-edge technology, millions of security images from diverse and proprietary CCTV cameras and DVRs can be automated and even translated into intelligent, usable, security, business data and statistics.

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Avocado Security spreads its way to Canada
     
On-demand security and BI optimization software vendor seeks out Canadian partners

Avocado Security, a Fairfax, Va.-based software vendor of on-demand security and business intelligence (BI) optimization platform software solutions, is looking to within the next several months, expand its presence in the Canadian marketplace, the company's CEO said.

Kevin Shahbazi, the CEO of Avocado Security, said company's expansion North of the boarder means finding new channel partners to work with and adding to its existing North American channel base of 12 partners.

The company, which primarily does business in the U.S., also does business in Europe and South America, he adds. Avocado Security currently does not do any business in Canada, however, if all goes well, Shahbazi says that will soon change.

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SECURITY TRENDS TO WATCH – IN 2009
     
Product Showcase –
Hard Copy Edition – Page 95
Security and Business Intelligence (BI) solutions

Avocado Security has introduced Avocado Security Enterprise Version 2.0. The Avocado Enterprise 2.0, developed for large enterprises and government agencies, delivers a unique blend of security and Business Intelligence (BI) solutions that convert video surveillance images from your existing CCTV surveillance system, into meaningful graphs, charts, and even relevant sales and marketing information.

This technology empowers security personnel with vital information that’s behind their video images so they can better assess security risks, and, make real-time decisions to preempt further threats or danger. Now, instead of security personnel just seeing “dumb data” from numerous images across video monitors, they can actually have a solution that gives them “intelligent data” about those images. In addition, Avocado Security’s Enterprise 2.0 can also integrate an organization’s security platform across multiple locations, and can showcase the security details of each location by generating daily, weekly and monthly status reports. Finally, the system sends instant
alerts if security equipment ever malfunctions due to intentional intrusions or from innocent mistakes.

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Avocado Security delivers security business intelligence for educational institutions
     
by Phil Leggiere
Business Editor/Online Managing Editor,
Homeland Security Insight & Analysis Magazine


Avocado Security, Fairfax, Va., a developer of on-demand security and business intelligence optimization platforms, has announced it has developed a technology that can actually take the video imaging from surveillance cameras and translate them into intelligent, usable, business data and statistics.

Using a school's existing video security, Avocado Security can compile statistics on information like student traffic per each entrance and exit, average number of people per floor getting off the elevator in the dormitory, traffic bottlenecks at certain hours of the day in the school cafeteria, and why the loading dock has more traffic than school's main entrance.

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Surveillance to graph conversion software
     
Avocado Security's pioneering platform is a blend of security and Business Intelligence (BI) solutions that convert video surveillance images from existing CCTV surveillance into meaningful graphs and/or charts. Avocado's technologies empower security personnel with the vital information and data that's behind security video images so they can better assess risks or breaches in security and make real-time decisions to preempt further threats or danger.

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Avocado: Turn Video Surveillance Into Smart Data
     
Emerging Vendors
Posted by Rick Whiting
By ChannelWeb, A United Business Media

Why You Should Care: Avocado offers technology that converts images generated by security cameras into useful information and business intelligence.

The Lowdown: Every day IP security cameras and DVRs generate and collect millions of surveillance pictures of supermarket aisles, hotel lobbies, college campuses and other locations. Sure, those cameras serve their security purposes. But there's a lot of business intelligence information tied up in those pictures -- if only there were a way to extract it.

That's where Avocado Security comes in. The company has developed a "security and business intelligence optimization" platform that gleans information from the security camera images, such as the number of people using a bank of elevators in an office building over time, and converts the images into data that's presented using charts and dials on a dashboard.

Such data has immediate operational applications. A supermarket can use foot traffic data to improve store layouts or detect how many times customers reach for top-shelf or bottom-shelf products, for example. A hotel can determine the best maintenance schedule for its elevators based on their usage or take action when wait times for guests grow too long.

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Best of ISC West 2009
     
The Editor's Blog
Scott Goldfine, Editor-In-Chief

I wanted to share with you a few of the cool technologies and opportunities to be on the lookout for as a result of my meetings at ISC West 2009 in Las Vegas. This is the final installment of four summaries.

Avocado Security CEO Kevin Shahbazi also stopped by SSI's booth to lay out the company's unique way of analyzing video surveillance data. The company has developed software that can slice and dice video to provide graphs and charts that allow users to analyze that information in new and exiciting ways that are beneficial from a security as well as enterprise efficiency perspective. It basically converts video into the types of graphs we are used to seeing related to the financial industry. Cool!

What did you see at ISC West that knocked your socks off? I want to hear about it. Be sure to be on the lookout for my other summations of what went down at the big show. As always, thanks for reading,

Scott Goldfine
Editor-in-Chief
SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION
Scott joined the staff of SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION in October 1998.

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Moving away from analog surveillance technology offers more than just security benefits.
By Adam Kirby, Associate Editor -- Hotels
     
Looking for an edge in the ultra-competitive market of Washington, D.C., General Manager David Welliver contracted with Washington-based Avocado Security to install its business intelligence solution at the Crowne Plaza Dulles Airport. Avocado’s Security & Business Intelligence Optimization Platform is touted as hospitality’s first hybrid security and business intelligence application.
The technology automatically processes surveillance images, translating them into data and statistics to help hoteliers better understand how guests experience the hotel. The system can determine, for instance, how many people exit the hotel’s south elevator at 2 a.m., or what the peak check-in time is on Wednesdays in March. Hotel management can use the hotel’s security cameras to generate actual activity reports to conceptualize staffing needs or as a basis for generating a new marketing effort.

Welliver’s Crowne Plaza saw immediate customer service dividends from the Avocado installation. It turned out that newly arriving guests were frequently attempting to enter a locked rear door of the hotel—and judging by the security tape that Welliver later reviewed, they were not happy about having to walk around the building to the front entrance.
Until the Avocado technology alerted Welliver to the unexpectedly high amount of nighttime activity at the door, he had no idea it was even an issue. The hotel has since updated its directional signage.

“It provided us an opportunity to amend our signage, so we could better extend our service to the customer,” he says. “It’s groovy. We are thrilled—we feel, just from the guest satisfaction perspective, that it has paid for itself already.”

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Securityinfo Watch Alert for: Avocado Security
     
News and notes from ISC West 2009
Author: Joel Griffin
Date: Apr 9 2009 - 1:25pm

After getting some much needed rest from last week's ISC West 2009 in Las Vegas, I thought I would recap some of the noteworthy technologies and announcements that I wasn't able to get to because of time constraints in our live show coverage. Overall, just about all of the vendors I spoke with at the show felt that attendance was better than they expected, given the current economic climate.

Despite reports that security firms are still investing in new products and services, many acknowledged that they have been affected by the downturn. Though tough times may still lie ahead, the security industry can take solace in the fact that many people and organizations actually increase their security spending during lean times to protect what assets they do have. Indeed, if you look at most of the recent research reports posted on SIW regarding the forecasts for different technology segments, just about everyone of them, including surveillance, access controls and biometrics are expected to increase over the next three to four years.

That's about enough of my opining on the current state of the security industry, however, here's some news from a few companies I was able to catch up with at the show.

Avocado Security
Kevin Shahbazi, CEO of Avocado Security, attended this year’s show to showcase his company’s software platform, which uses existing cameras to convert surveillance data into business intelligence. According to Shahbazi, the software can use a company’s existing security infrastructure to monitor what a business wants to quantify and then chart and distribute that information in daily reports tailored to fit the needs of various departments within an organization. This information can be saved for up to 10 years, giving a business the ability to research crucial data and compare it to information gathered over a long period of time.

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COVERAGE WITH AN EDITOR’S VIEWPOINT - Avocado Security
     
Stepanek’s Insider Blog
ISC West 2009 - Day 2 Update: Products

Avocado Security -
Avocado Security announced the formation of its new partner portal to support channel partners including value-added resellers (VARs), OEM and Technology partners. The team is made up of highly skilled technical-sales-information agents, who previously managed a nationally recognized and award winning partner program. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The number is (888) 612-8861. Avocado Security’s technology helps squeeze the most out of existing CCTV surveillance systems by employing the client’s exiting security cameras and DVRs, and then converting security images into graphs and charts that deliver business intelligence to support continuity of operation, it said.

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What’s the Buzz for 2009?
State of the Industry; By Deborah L. O'Mara
     

Building Bridges.  Fragmented, siloed and proprietary—is the industry permanently tethered to these words?

Time will tell. Driving the move to converged physical security is the access control sector, particularly the Department of Homeland Security’s Physical Access Control Systems. The Internet and IP-based video and other products operating on the network are further fueling integration.

Avocado Security, Fairfax, VA., feels it has come up with a solution—the software-as-a-service provider has developed an application program interface or API that represents the “true convergence of security and IT,” said Kevin Shahbazi, chief executive officer (CEO). “This is how you build the bridge.”

Shahbazi said the challenge in integration has been that there are “islands of information and no one product talks to another and this has become a huge bottleneck to convergence.” He believes the solution is in the software the company has developed that is in essence a process to automate all the functions of business intelligence a customer wants into meaningful data.

The Avocado platform is embedded with numerous APIs to communicate with all these proprietary and legacy video surveillance security products. The software is agnostic to the type of camera, DVR or other device, Shahbazi added. “Using existing cameras, we convert security images to graphs, charts and meaningful business intelligence metrics,” he said.

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Dealer / Installer / Integrator
     
Las Vegas, ISC West 2009
Where the world of security converges

The roles of today’s traditional security dealers and installers are changing. Today’s dealers and installers are learning about IP-based systems or partnering with those who know. Bringing it all together is what the industry is working toward. These sessions are focused on the technology that is central to making that happen.

Presenting Companies include: Avocado Security, AMAG Technology, Central Station, Genetec, Honeywell, ioimage, LeGrand, Lumidigm, Motorola, OnSSI, Proximex, Ortronics, Vigitron

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Avocado Security Launches Version 3.0 for Sales and Marketing Departments
     
Avocado Security, the world's pioneer of the first On-Demand Security and BI Optimization Platform, recently announced the release of "Avocado Security version 3.0". The pioneering platform technology further provides a turnkey software solution and integrates scores of CCTV security cameras and surveillance DVRs, irrespective of the device brand, functionality or when it was manufactured. Avocado Security's technology helps squeeze the most out of existing CCTV surveillance systems by employing the client's exiting security cameras and DVRs, and then converts security images into meaningful graphs and charts that deliver solid Business Intelligence (BI) to support continuity of operation.

Avocado Security delivers tangible value to multiple departments like Security, Sales, Marketing and Operations. End Users will benefit from real-time Security + Business Information metrics being delivered specific to a security event. In addition, Avocado Security's platform enables flexible deployment of integrated security from the security cameras, to wiring closet, and to the DVR.

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Avocado Security Announces Partner Portal
     

Avocado Security announced the formation of its new partner portal to support channel partners including VARs, OEMs and technology partners. The Web site’s password-protected section contains sales and marketing collateral to support channel partners in their sales activities. Software development kits and other resources will be available to technology partners and independent software vendors, so their products can be truly integrated with and managed with Avocado Security's technology.

As a second line of sales activity support, Avocado provides a toll-free support line, operating Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT.

Avocado Security's technology helps squeeze the most out of existing CCTV surveillance systems, by employing a client's exiting security cameras, DVRs and then converting security images into graphs and charts that deliver business intelligence.

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Dude, Where's My Migration Path?
     
Recently in NVRs Category
By Steven Titch on April 9, 2009 1:43 PM

Whenever cemented proprietary technologies face the profound upheaval caused by effective, standards-based solutions, the user cry goes out: Where's my migration path? How can I get from where I am to where I want (or am being forced) to go without utterly losing my existing investments or having to immediately spend a fortune on new technology?

That's been the question for users ranging from folks with extensive collections of vinyl LP record albums to hospital IT departments trying to merge data from dozens of disparate proprietary systems into a single medical record to today's enterprise security environment as it evolves to open, Internet Protocol-based systems. At ISC West last week, several vendors offered various answers to the security IP migration query.

On a broader scale, Avocado Security 3.0 will help users integrate "scores" of existing surveillance equipment and related devices regardless of brand, functionality or age. This technologically agnostic approach enables users to get more life and wring more information out of their existing systems, says Avocado. The company promises its approach--which uses more than 100 application programming interfaces (APIs) to hook into all those diverse systems - will distill intelligence useful not just to security but to sales, marketing and operations.

Similarly, companies like Orsus, Quantum Secure, Proximex and other IP-centric firms with comprehensive security management solutions don't try to convince users to toss out existing systems but instead build software bridges among and between them. Migration strategies and solutions like these might insulate users from the limitations of installed proprietary systems--an issue Security Squared will be looking at in more depth in coming weeks.

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Security Monitoring + Business Intelligence Software Pioneer Bolsters Market
     
"A few years ago we revolutionized the enterprise mobile security market with the Push-Pull technology concept. Our pioneering and bi-directional platform became the standard for the mobile enterprise security industry. We are now delivering Push-Pull technology for the physical security industry, helping our clients to make prudent decisions and capture tangible results," said Kevin Shahbazi, CEO of Avocado Security. "Having developed more than 100 APIs to enjoy compatibility with various security DVRs, we are building on a Client/Server relationship that enables complete control of your security system. With Avocado's pioneering platform that employs Push-Pull technology, we talk to cameras and DVRs, irrespective of their brand, make or model, which in turn allows our clients to enjoy greater results, maximum use of their security system, and to run an optimized and efficient operation."

Avocado Security's technology delivers Business Intelligence (BI) with security images by taking the video images from surveillance cameras and translating them into intelligent, usable, business data and statistics. Avocado Security enhances video analytics and converts video surveillance monitoring results from the existing security equipment that comes from one vendor, or from multiple equipment vendors (GE, Honeywell, Bosch, Siemens, Milestone, Nice etc.) and translates those images into usable data. One of the many key technology advantages is that it is security video surveillance device (DVR) agnostic, which enables clients to leverage more life and usage out of their existing security system and infrastructure.

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Businesses partners gear up for big opportunities with Avocado Security software solutions
     

Avocado Security's technology delivers Business Intelligence (BI) with security images by taking the video images from surveillance cameras and translating them into intelligent, usable, business data and statistics.

Avocado Security's technology helps squeeze the most out of existing CCTV surveillance systems, by employing client's exiting security cameras, DVRs and then converting security images into graphs and charts that deliver Business Intelligence (BI) to support continuity of operation.

"Our team has successfully built nationally recognized, and award winning channel partner programs. We are passionate, and we know what our tiered channel program should deliver to meet our business partners' expectations," said Kevin Shahbazi, CEO of Avocado Security. "We are celebrating the new partner portal which signals an exciting departure for our team, from supporting select partners to a larger audience of value added resellers, OEM and technology partners."

Avocado Security's partner portal announcement is especially important for partners as they prepare to use security and BI to help their customers be more productive and grow their businesses. Software development kits and other resources will be available to Technology Partners and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), so their products can be truly integrated with and managed with Avocado Security's technology.

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Avocado delivers BI from surveillance images
     
Avocado Security announced the availability of its Enterprise Edition Version 2.0 Security & Business Intelligence (BI) Optimization Platform. With its ability to understand user activity, it helps discover, detect, analyze and maximize surveillance security information, regardless of where and when it is generated. Avocado Security’s new technology delivers BI with security images by taking the video images from surveillance cameras and translating them into intelligent, usable, business data and statistics.

Avocado Enterprise V2.0 is designed specifically to be a small-footprint program that uses fewer physical security, IT, and system resources. This would be ideal for enterprises, containing multiple locations, remote facilities with low-bandwidth connections, and especially employing client’s existing or legacy security systems, and computers without much processing power.

Coverage by: Staff Writer

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Special Announcement - Avocado Security
     
Avocado Security helps corporations transform their security, Business Intelligence and operational data into actionable intelligence. Our Security + Business Intelligence platform, Avocado 2.0, gives businesses solutions to all of their query, reporting, and advanced analytical needs, and distributes insight to security personnel, Sales & Marketing team, and executive management team via web and wireless.

With many satisfied customers and technology and integration partners, Avocado 2.0 has been proven the World’s first and most complete BI & Security Platform as service. Avocado Security’s mission is to empower our clients. By providing actionable security and business intelligence, we enable every business user to make more informed decisions in a timely. Avocado Security is the world’s first integrated platform supporting all styles of business intelligence through the easiest-to-use interface and delivery channel possible. We provide superior analytical performance to business user in the format that suits them best — from high-level dashboards, to custom reports, to advanced analysis. We have engineered our software suite to create security, business intelligence, reliability, scalability, and ease of administration for organizations of all sizes.

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Avocado Security Launches Enterprise Edition 2.0 Security & Business Intelligence Optimization Platform
     
Avocado Security, the world's pioneer On-Demand Security and BI Optimization Platform, today announced the availability of its Enterprise Edition Version 2.0 Security & Business Intelligence (BI) Optimization Platform, making them the pioneers and world's first developers of a combined Security and BI solution that can actually manage the security details across multiple enterprise locations. Avocado Enterprise V2.0 is designed specifically to be a small-footprint program that uses fewer physical security, IT, and system resources. This would be ideal for enterprises, containing multiple locations, remote facilities with low-bandwidth connections, and especially employing client's existing or legacy security systems, and computers without much processing power.

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44th Presidential Inaugural Festivity Organizations Employed Avocado Security
     
Avocado Security’s patent pending technology is the world’s first security and Business Intelligence (BI) platform. It is also available as an On-Demand solution. This new technology brings about innovative security and productivity solutions for clients who require improvements in their security, operation and IT infrastructure. By combining this advanced set of security and business intelligence metrics, Avocado Security’s clients experience streamlined security operations, and in turn, dramatically improve their own bottom lines.

Avocado Security enhances video analytics and converts video surveillance monitoring results from the existing security equipment that comes from one vendor, or from multiple equipment vendors (GE, Honeywell, Bosch, Siemens, Milestone, Nice etc.) and translate those images into usable data. One of the many key technology advantages is that it is security video surveillance device (DVR) agnostic, which enables clients to leverage more life and usage out of their existing security system and infrastructure.

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Avocado Security Technologies Employed for Inauguration
     

“We are honored to be part of this historic moment during Inauguration 2009,” said Kevin Shahbazi, CEO of Avocado Security. “We say “Hail to the Chief” as select organizations that employed Avocado Security's technology, reported 100% up-time and error free security continuity operation. Avocado Security's pioneering, enterprise-class offering granted our clients the ability to conduct an optimized security operation, protect an even greater number of assets, and enjoy seamless continuity.”

With its unique ability to understand user activity, Avocado Security helps discover, detect, analyze and maximize surveillance security information, regardless of where and when it is generated. Avocado Enterprise V2.0 is designed specifically to be a small-footprint program that uses fewer physical security, IT, and system resources. Avocado Security's new technology delivers BI with security images by taking the video images from surveillance cameras and translating them into intelligent, usable, business data and statistics.

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Avocado Security to launch new security solutions at ISC West
     

In previous years, most organizations' physical security and IT security have operated independently, and have been managed through separate departments. However, there is a new technological shift-taking place in the market, combining physical security with Business Intelligence (BI) to drive even greater operational efficiencies. The convergence of BI with physical security will not only transform the way companies protect their assets, but BI will also further change the way they do business internally across departments, as well as externally in marketing their products and services with customers.


During ISC West, Avocado Security will speak to four new product launches including:

• Avocado Enterprise version 2.0, released Q4 of 2008
• Avocado Security Partner Portal, will be announced Q1 of 2009, at ISC West
• Avocado Free version 3.0, will be released Q2 of 2009, at ISC West

The security business intelligence generated by Avocado Security's technology can also be shared across many different departments such as security, loss prevention, sales, marketing and operations, giving companies the ability to not only use their security data to improve security but to also drive sales and operational efficiencies.

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Avocado Security’s BI Software and Security Platform Goes Live on Net
     
Avocado Security announces the availability of its Enterprise Edition Version 2.0 Security and Business Intelligence (BI) Optimization Platform, which manages security details across multiple enterprise locations.

The software helps discover, detect, analyze and maximize surveillance security information, regardless of where and when it is generated. Avocado Security's new technology delivers BI with security images by taking the video images from surveillance cameras and translating them into intelligent, usable, business data and statistics.

Another key advantage of Avocado Security's technology is that it is security device (DVR) agnostic, which helps retailers leverage more usage out of their existing security system and infrastructure. Avocado Security makes extensive use of Video Imagery Technology (VIT) and is specifically designed to allow compatibility with numerous and multiple Codecs, security protocols and message formats while enabling real-time conversion of video to graphs, charts and business metrics.
 
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Avocado Security solutions used at presidential inauguration
     

Avocado Security, the world’s pioneer of the first On-Demand Security and BI Optimization Platform, today announced that its product suite, including its Enterprise Edition Version 2.0 Security & Business Intelligence software (BI) Optimization Platform, was utilized by select organizations during 2009 Inauguration festivities. By enhancing video surveillance and video analytics outputs, Avocado Security provided continuity of operation and security optimization for select organizations responsible for facilitating visitors to the Washington DC area during 44th Presidential Inauguration.

Additionally, Avocado Security enhances video analytics and converts video surveillance monitoring results from the existing security equipment that comes from one vendor, or from multiple equipment vendors (GE, Honeywell, Bosch, Siemens, Milestone, Nice etc.) and translate those images into usable data. One of the many key technology advantages is that it is security video surveillance device (DVR) agnostic, which enables clients to leverage more life and usage out of their existing security system and infrastructure.

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Avocado Security Debuts Combined Security, Business Intelligence Solution
     
Avocado Security announces the availability of its Version 2.0 Security & Business Intelligence (BI) Optimization Platform, making them the world's first developers of a combined security and BI solution.

Avocado Security's new technology delivers BI with security images by taking the video images from surveillance cameras and translating them into intelligent, usable, business data and statistics.

"Our technology automates the way we look at millions of security images," says Kevin Shahbazi, CEO of Avocado Security. "We translate security camera footage into meaningful information, including graphs, charts, and BI. So now instead of security personnel just seeing 'dumb data' from numerous images across video monitors, they can actually have a solution that gives them 'intelligent data' so that actionable, real-time security decisions can be made."

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Business Intelligence technologies automates the way millions of security camera images are viewed
     
Society is constantly striving for better security, especially with the heightened concerns for safety in both the public and private sector.  Whether those concerns include protecting your business, securing your work environment or home, each of these concerns are contributing to the ongoing demand for video surveillance technologies that are simple, reliable and easy to understand.  

With security camera technologies being so largely integrated into the way society lives and works, millions of security images are being generated each day to give security personnel the visual imaging needed to prevent illegal activities and solve crimes.  Just one security camera will produce about 2.6 million pictures in one day.  In addition, a typical video surveillance system with an average number of 16 security cameras (the amount most businesses will have) will produce about 1.24 billion pictures in one month.  With so much video imaging being produced, can anyone be trained to look at all these pictures on a monthly basis and still render good decisions?  Not likely…

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Avocado Security’s Enterprise Edition Version 2.0 Automates Discovery, Detection
     
Avocado Security, Washington, DC, a provider of On-Demand Security and BI Optimization Platform, has announced the availability of its Enterprise Edition Version 2.0 Security & Business Intelligence (BI) Optimization Platform, making them the pioneers and world’s first developers of a combined Security and BI solution that can actually manage the security details across multiple enterprise locations.

Avocado Enterprise V2.0 is designed specifically to be a small-footprint program that uses fewer physical security, IT, and system resources. It is geared in particular for enterprises, containing multiple locations, remote facilities with low-band-width connections, and especially employing client’s existing or legacy security systems, and computers without much processing power.

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Avocado Security Enterprise Edition 2.0 Goes Live
     
Avocado Security has announced the availability of its Enterprise Edition Version 2.0 Security & Business Intelligence (BI) Optimization Platform, which can manage the security details across multiple enterprise locations. The platform is available through Avocado indirect channel partners.

Avocado Security can convert video images from the existing security equipment that comes from one vendor, or from multiple equipment vendors (GE, Honeywell, Bosch, Siemens, etc.) and translate those images into usable data. Avocado Security’s technology is security-device agnostic, makes use of Video Imagery Technology, and is specifically designed to allow compatibility with numerous and multiple Codecs, security protocols and message formats while enabling real-time conversion of video to graphs, charts and business metrics.

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Surveillance management and integration
     
In previous years, most organizations' physical security and IT security have operated independently, and have been managed through separate departments. However, Avocado Security's Version 2.0 technology allows various departments to have a centralized point of access to intelligent data that is generated directly from their physical security equipment. With Avocado Security's platform, detailed security information about one location, or even multiple locations, can be shared across departments with managers and executives, providing them with ongoing information about the operational intelligence of their organization.

CEOs can access information on how the entire organization is running, the Vice President of Marketing can verify why there is more traffic in a particular area of a store, and the Vice President of Sales can validate cash register (point of sale or POS) figures with security images to effectively understand how to up-sell the next product - turning security cameras into intelligence security devices as well as into 'money-making' machines.

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Avocado Security launches security and business intelligence software platform
     
One of the unique offerings of Avocado Security Business is that it enables security data from multiple remote locations to come together into one central access point so that business intelligence information is accessible for all locations by key personnel. Because security details from multiple locations can now be centrally accessed, it empowers security personnel to share important security data with other company locations so that each security department can identify how other locations are faring; thereby, allowing better decision making across the entire organization. 

Another key advantage of Avocado Security’s technology is that it is device (DVR) agnostic. Avocado Security can convert video images from the existing security equipment that comes from one vendor, or from multiple equipment vendors (GE, Honeywell, Bosch, Siemens etc.) and translate those images into usable data. Examples of data that can be provided include, the number of times an elevator door opened, or a high level of traffic at a particular entrance or exit, or, if more traffic is at the loading dock of a hotel, than the front entrance lobby. By looking at security monitors and images alone, such information cannot be extracted.

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Avocado Security Unveils Security and Business Intelligence Platform
     

With its ability to understand user activity, Avocado Security helps discover, detect, analyze and maximize surveillance security information, regardless of where and when it is generated. Avocado Security’s new technology delivers Business Intelligence (BI) with security images by taking the video images from surveillance cameras and translating them into intelligent, usable, business data and statistics.

One of the unique offerings of Avocado Security Business is that it enables security data from multiple remote locations to come together into one central access point so that BI information is accessible for all locations by key personnel. Because security details from multiple locations can now be centrally accessed, it empowers security personnel to share important security data with other company locations so that each security department can identify how other locations are faring, allowing better decision-making across the entire organization.

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Avocado Security: Video Surveillance for Safety and Profit
     
(TMCnet) -- Senior Editor, Mae Kowalke conducts a one-on-one interview with Avocado Security’s CEO, Kevin Shahbazi.

Traditionally, video surveillance was simply a way to achieve security or prevent theft. That’s still the case (especially in the post-911 world). But, solutions that use video cameras to capture the activities of people in various locations have other applications as well.

One company that sees a great deal of potential for turning video surveillance into a “money making machine” is Avocado Security. To find out how video surveillance can reap financial benefits for companies in many industries, TMCnet queried Kevin Shahbazi, CEO at Avocado. He shared his insights about video surveillance and explained who and why Avocado was founded.

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Avocado Security Wins 2008 “Product of the Year” Finalist Award
     
Avocado Security, the world’s pioneer of the On-Demand Security and BI Optimization Platform, today announced that Access Control & Security Systems Magazine, a prestigious physical security publication, has named the Avocado Security Business Edition Version 2.0, a Finalist Award winner for its 2008 "Products of the Year" award.

Access Control and Security Systems magazine is a business-to-business publication that focuses on how America's commercial, industrial and institutional facilities employ security systems to make their sites safer. Their subscribers--36,700 of them--come mostly from larger companies (Fortune 1000-size) and are the high-level personnel in charge of security at their companies or institutions. We focus on the equipment used in security systems, and especially on how that equipment is integrated into "security solutions."

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Security and Business Intelligence Platform
TRANSLATES SURVEILLANCE IMAGES INTO USABLE BUSINESS DATA
     
With sore feet recovering from the three-day whirlwind that was ISC West 2008, the editors sifted through a sea of press releases, scoured scribbled notes from product demonstrations and recounted interviews with company executives to identify these six products among the items of interest.

Version 2.0 of Avocado Security's Security and Business Intelligence (BI) Platform translates surveillance camera images into intelligent, usable business data and statistics. For example, users can view statistical graphs and charts reporting the number of times an elevator door opens, the times when increased levels of traffic exist at a particular entrance or exit, or logs of camera activity and unauthorized configuration changes over the last 24 hours.

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Integrated Product & Technology Solution
Optimization Platform
     

Avocado Security's Security and Business Intelligence Optimization Platform as an on-demand solution now supports Microsoft® Internet Explorer 7 and Mozilla Firefox. The solution takes video imaging from surveillance cameras and translates them into intelligent, usable business data and statistics such as graphs, charts, and sales and marketing information. The product provides daily operational intelligence reports based on corporate physical security and business intelligence data from any location on a 24/7 basis.

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Machine Vision Technology Leaves Its Print On Surveillance
     
With biometrics, the data often is a manageable single image. The same is not the case for video surveillance, which can churn out huge amounts of data quickly. A 4-megapixel camera taking 15 fps of 12-bit data will produce 96 MB of data per second. That translates to more than 300 GB/h.

Avocado Security software takes images from a security or surveillance system and converts them into metrics, such as the flow of people through a door or down an aisle. The system also can tell when a camera is malfunctioning, as the result of either a defect or a deliberate attempt to disable it.

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Avocado Security pioneering technology
     

Avocado Security pioneering technology continues to sweep awards and Analyst recognitions by converging physical security to Business Intelligence (BI). Avocado Security automates our daily viewing of millions of CCTV images by translating them into meaningful graphs and statistics. So now instead of looking at "dumb video" across a variety of video monitors, you can have "intelligent information". End-users benefits include dual use of their security cameras, and improved customer service while increasing sales.

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Avocado Security gets into video software with Business Intelligence
     
After two and half years of developing, testing and perfecting security + Business Intelligence (BI) software that converts video surveillance images to graphs, charts, Avocado Security Inc. was launched in 2007.

"Interoperability is probably one of the biggest problems in the market," said Dilip Sarangan, security industry analyst for Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting company based in Palo Alto, Calif. Sarangan said a hurdle for Avocado will be educating companies about what its technology can do and really selling them since many already use business intelligence software. "The marriage of physical security and business intelligence [software] -- you haven't seen too many companies do that," he said.

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Avocado Turns Security Footage Into Charts, Graphs
     
Security systems provide video footage, but how many actually translate those images into data businesses can use to track what’s happening on their property?

Enter Avocado Security. The 22-year-old company has released the second version of its security platform; this one takes surveillance-camera images and turns them into charts and graphs.

“Instead of security personnel just seeing ‘dumb data’ from numerous images across video monitors, they can actually have a solution that gives them ‘intelligent data’ so that actionable, real-time security decisions can be made,” said Kevin Shahbazi, CEO of Avocado Security, in a news release.

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Avocado Unveils Security + Business Platform
     
Avocado Security, of Fairfax, VA released Version 2.0 of its Security & Business Intelligence (BI) Optimization Platform, offering a combined security and BI solution. Avocado Security’s new technology delivers BI with security images by taking the video images from surveillance cameras and translating them into intelligent, useable, business data and statistics. A key advantage of Avocado Security’s technology is that it can convert video images from the existing security equipment that comes from one vendor, or from multiple equipment vendors. In addition, if equipment is misaligned, disconnected or malfunctioning, Avocado Security’s technology can instantly send alerts about the malfunction so that adjustments can be made to the security system almost immediately.

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Business Intelligence Can be Harvested From Avocado
     
Avocado Security has announced the availability of its Version 2.0 Security & Business Intelligence Optimization Platform, what company officials characterize as “a combined security and BI” product.

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Avocado Turns Security Footage Into Charts, Graphs
     
Security systems provide video footage, but how many actually translate those images into data businesses can use to track what’s happening on their property?

Enter Avocado Security. The 22-year-old company has released the second version of its security platform; this one takes surveillance-camera images and turns them into charts and graphs.

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Avocado Translates Security Camera Images
     
Avocado Security, the world's pioneer On-Demand Security and BI Optimization Platform, today announced the availability of its Version 2.0 Security & Business Intelligence (BI) Optimization Platform, making them the world's first developers of a combined Security and BI solution.

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Avocado Tells What Your Security Camera Sees
     

Are you getting the most out of your security cameras? Even if you have trained observers monitoring your cameras 24 hours a day, you could do better.

A new product, Avocado Express, converts security camera images into reports and graphs for easier monitoring.

Avocado can pull images from a variety of closed-circuit television cameras and devices from different vendors. It then analyzes the images and creates reports and graphs that translate what's on screen into information that you can act on. Avocado can send alerts if it detects unusual behavior caught by the cameras.

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Turning security cameras info into targeted marketing tools
     
WASHINGTON (Map, News) - A Fairfax company is hoping to help businesses cut down on the manpower they need to monitor security cameras — and turn the images captured on those cameras into valuable marketing information.

Avocado Security, which will introduce its first product in April, has been quietly developing the technology over the past two years, said Chief Executive Kevin Shahbazi.

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Avocado Security To Launch Video Analytics Software For Businesses
     
Avocado Security's software takes video feeds from existing surveillance cameras and translates the information into usable business data, graphs and statistics. It will be aimed at retailers, restaurants, entertainment venues, malls, and other businesses that want to analyze the behavior of customers. "Now, instead of security personnel just seeing 'dumb data' from numerous images across video monitors, they can actually have a solution that gives them 'intelligent data' about those images so that actionable, real-time decisions can be made," the company said.

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Green with envy
     
Green with envy: We noticed in Potomac Tech Wire that Fairfax-based Avocado Security, a developer of video-analysis software software that takes video feeds from existing surveillance cameras and translates the information into usable business data, will launch officially next month. Tech Wire sliced and diced a company release.

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Avocado Security Brings Security to Holiday Shopping
     
Avocado Security, the world´s first Security and Business Intelligence (BI) Optimization Platform as On-Demand solution, today announced that it supports Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 and Modzilla Firefox to provide an ideal platform for actionable security intelligence over the Internet.

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