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Big changes ahead for access control market

Following our recent reports on the Kaba and Dorma merger, and now with the news that Allegion plans to acquire Simonsvoss from HgCapital.  Blake Kozak, Principal Analyst for Security and Building technologies at IHS, predicts that this latest merger may again reshape the access-control market in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The merger of Allegion and Simonsvoss would immediately create the second largest company in the EMEA region, after the market leader, Assa Abloy. The merged Kaba and Dorma would then rank third in the region.  But it has to be pointed out that this most recent merger still requires approval, by the German Bundeskartellamt, which prohibited a planned merger of Assa Abloy and Simonsvoss back in 2008.

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Hikvision unveils ultra high WDR Lightfighter range

Hikvision, the global leader in innovative video surveillance products and solutions, is set to reach new heights in extremely high contrast imaging with the launch of the Lightfighter series of 2MP Smart IP cameras. Each of the seven new Lightfighter cameras incorporates Hikvision’s ultra-high 140 dB WDR technology designed to provide exceptional visibility in brightly lit or high contrast environments and producing clear, detail-rich images in lighting conditions that might challenge conventional WDR cameras.

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