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16 Security Dealer & Integrator / September 2018 Fresh Off the Wire / News from around the industry SECURITY WATCH COMPILED BY PAUL ROTHMAN Massive Growth Predicted for Smart Lighting Freedonia Group forecasts sales to increase by a whopping 325 percent in the next seven years According to a new report from The Freedonia Group, U.S. demand for smart lighting, which includes light- ing sources, fixtures and controls, is forecast to increase to $945 million by the end of 2018. By 2025, the market research firm expects smart lighting system sales to reach $4.4 billion – a nearly 325-percent increase. This exponential growth will be driven by several factors, including: Rapid growth in the broader smart tech and IoT markets, including smart home devices, non-residen- tial building automation and smart city infrastructure; Consumer interest in the convenience of smart lighting capabilities, such as wireless, away- from-home and voice control; and, energy saving initiatives – especially in non-residential applications. In addition, the research firm says smart lighting controls (lighting-spe- cific control devices separate from any light source or fixture, such as centralized lighting system control boxes, lighting-specific smart home hubs and bridges) accounted 63 per- cent of smart lighting sales in 2017. These smart lighting controls are critical for energy savings in non-res- idential applications, using large networks of sensors and analytics to reduce energy consumption. ■ FLIR Invests in Machine Learning CVEDIA will enable development of thermal- based deep learning tools for integrating artificial intelligence into sensors FLIR Systems has made a strategic investment in CVEDIA, a developer of machine learning applications to enable sensor systems with artificial intelligence. The investment will create opportunities for the companies to accelerate the development of thermal spectrum-based deep learning training tools for use by FLIR and selected partners in integrating artificial intelligence into FLIR sensors. CVEDIA's SynCity simulator software provides realistic, multi-modal, digital environments for autonomous system OEMs and related sensor makers to train systems in a faster, safer and more affordable way vs. traditional data collection. The company has developed SynCity to feature real-world physics; simulate a multitude of lighting and environmental conditions; and render objects such as people, animals and automobiles in a manner that artificial intelligence systems interpret as real and lifelike. "CVEDIA will enhance our ability to innovate sensing solutions that enable our customers to more quickly and accurately make decisions," James Cannon, President and CEO of FLIR, said in a statement. "The addition of software algo- rithms that automatically inform a user or system of critical information is a valu- able feature that augments the data our sensors produce." ■ ADT Bolsters its Cybersecurity Offering Acquisition of Secure Designs Inc., will add real-time cyber insights to SMBs on internet risks and behaviors Looking to build its portfolio of cybersecurity solutions for the SMB space, ADT has acquired Secure Designs, Inc. (SDI), a Greensboro, N.C.- based provider of managed internet security ser- vices for micro, small and mid-sized businesses. According to a statement, SDI will begin using the ADT Cybersecurity name effective immediately. ADT Cybersecurity was formed late last year following the company's acquisition of Managed Detection and Response (MDR) solutions provider DATASHIELD. "Cybercrime is a real threat to the livelihood of small businesses across the country. It is imperative that we provide our customers with a complete suite of solutions to help ensure every point of entry, whether physical or digital, is pro- tected," said Michael Keen, VP of ADT Cybersecurity. The acquisition enables ADT to provide real-time insights into internet risks and behaviors, as well as bundled solutions to improve small business performance. ■ SynCity's simulated retail environments are ideal for the development of people counting, security and re-identification algorithms.

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