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Researchers have designed a system that lets robots autonomously learn complicated tasks from a very small number of demonstrations — even imperfect ones. While current state-of-art methods need at least 100 demonstrations to nail a specific task, this new method allows robots to learn from only a handful of demonstrations.

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We here at Security System News are excited to announce the education program for our virtual SecurityNext conference — held over two afternoons on Feb. 24-25, 2021. This year’s virtual conference follows what was a highly successful inaugural SecurityNext in-person conference earlier this year in New Orleans, right before the pandemic changed in-person conferences for 2020 and the foreseeable future. I am sure we are all looking forward to getting back to some semblance of normalcy as soon as possible.In the meantime, because we are all so distant, at least physically, from each other, the theme for SecurityNext 2021 is “Staying Connected and Informed” during unpredictable times. And this is what we aim to do with the speakers and content we have lined up for you, including deep dives into new technologies, trends and best practices for doing business and staying profitable during the pandemic, and beyond.In the opening keynote, Breaking Down the Barriers to Adoption of AI, Jumbi Edulbehram, director, Business Development, IVA/AI-City, NVIDIA Corp., will examine the best ways to knock down the fundamental barriers to greater adoption of AI for creating smarter, safer spaces.In the day two keynote, Making Sense of the Cyber-Physical Convergence, Antoinette King, key account manager – End User, Axis Communications, will demonstrate how physical and cybersecurity converge and ultimately encompass one overarching security program.In addition to those great keynotes, we have several panels on both days featuring thought leaders and subject matter experts from across security. Sessions include:Building a Cyber-Physical Business Model for Security.Remote Workforce Roundtable: How to Survive and Thrive during Unpredictable Times.What End Users Want (40 under 40 All Star Edition).Technology Panel: The Power of AI in Security.Another SecurityNext highlight is the SSN “40 under 40” and Security Legend virtual Award Reception on the end of day one, where we will honor this year’s incredible Class of 2020 “40 under 40” winners (to be announced in the December issue), as well as our two Security Legend Award winners (to be announced in the January issue).Hope to see you, virtually, at least, in February! Click here for more on SecurityNext and to register.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.—Security 101 has announced that 20 office locations across the U.S. will participate in the 9th Annual Gift of Security corporate giving program.Each participating office will award a custom installation of a video surveillance system using best-in-class security products from national strategic partners Axis Communications and WESCO Distribution. Each installation is valued at a grand prize total of $10,000 — making a total program value of $200,000.The Gift of Security originated at the Security 101 – Salt Lake City location in 2013. Since the inaugural year, the program has grown annually in size and breadth with security systems installed in nonprofits across the nation.Brian Mathieu, director of sales for the Security 101 corporate team said, “This year has been a challenge for a vast majority of organizations across the United States and if we can help to bring some added safety and security to a local nonprofit that makes me feel good.”Gift of Security winners will be officially announced locally on or around Dec. 16, 2020. The program can be followed and interacted with online by visiting the Gift of Security page located here.

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NORWALK, Conn.—ISC West, in collaboration with premier sponsor, the Security Industry Association (SIA), announced that ISC West 2021, which was originally slated to be held March 23-26, will now take place July 19-21 at The Venetian Resort and Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas.After extensive internal and external consultation and monitoring of the ongoing COVID-19 virus pandemic, ISC and SIA have made the decision to reschedule ISC West 2021 well in advance.“As a business owner myself, I know we are all adjusting to the pandemic, and I thought it would be helpful for us all to announce the rescheduled dates as early as possible,” SIA Chairman Pierre Trapanese said in a letter to SIA members. “I hope this helps provide some better planning clarity to our membership and for the people who attend, exhibit, or otherwise participate at ISC West.”Both ISC and SIA teams look forward to welcoming our customers back to Las Vegas for strong education, demos, product announcements, awards ceremonies, networking opportunities, special events, and more.  The 2021 event will further accelerate the convergence of security, public safety and health tech solutions, and chart the course for expanded levels of public-private sector cooperation and results.The 2021 SIA Education@ISC West program will include an extensive schedule of physical security and converged security content, while also adding in key new topics. The curriculum will include a new track on health and safety best practices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including case studies and technology solutions that address employee/customer wellness and access control, business continuity, and facilities management.”The 2021 event model will also offer a hybrid format – with both face-to-face conference pass and virtual conference pass options available, in order to serve the wide-reaching ISC community.SIA and ISC are confident the conference will be a safe experience. To ensure that ISC West is the safest environment for a live event, the Reed Exhibitions Health & Safety Task Force, along with the expert team at the Sands Expo venue, will be ensuring that all key health and safety protocols and systems are in place for hygiene and cleaning, air conditioning and ventilation, physical distancing, PPE, health tech and health services.

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Cornell University researchers have created a fiber-optic sensor that combines low-cost LEDs and dyes, resulting in a stretchable ”skin” that detects deformations such as pressure, bending and strain. This sensor could give soft robotic systems – and anyone using augmented reality technology – the ability to feel the same rich, tactile sensations that mammals depend on to navigate the natural world.

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If the smart textiles of the future are going to survive all that we throw at them, their components are going to need to be resilient. Now, researchers have developed an ultra-sensitive, seriously resilient strain sensor that can be embedded in textiles and soft robotic systems. It could be used in everything from virtual reality simulations and sportswear to clinical diagnostics for neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s Disease.

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Recent Q3 earnings announcements from smart home security giants ADT and Alarm.com helped to clear up the smart home picture a bit, as both companies addressed the current and future state of their partnership in light of ADT’s recent megadeal with Google earlier this year.Both company CEOs talked at length about their future plans as it relates to all parties involved, creating an interesting landscape as the race to control the smart home tightens while getting a little less murky at the same time, at least for the short term.Alarm.com President and CEO Stephen Trundle gave an update on ADT, noting a partnership renewal between the two.“Under the extended agreement, ADT will continue to promote and install their highly successful command and control offering to nearly all new professionally installed smart security subscribers until early 2023,” he said. “Under the terms, we will support ADT with the integration of certain specified Google products into the command and control platform in early 2021. After the extended period ends, ADT has indicated that in 2023, they intend to begin activating professionally installed — accounts in their residential business on a software platform that they are developing in concert with Google. We have agreed to support this initiative with the royalty-bearing IP license.”Trundle said that it is important to note that the agreement with ADT “also anticipates that Alarm.com will continue to provide service to all existing ADT subscribers on both of the Alarm.com software platforms for the full service life of the subscriber accounts.”Trundle added that Alarm.com is “excited to resolve this uncertainty” by extending the agreement with ADT until 2023, noting, “We expect to continue to support ADT and millions of ADT subscribers who are serviced by our software platforms over the next decade.”ADT + Google + Alarm.com?ADT President and CEO James D. DeVries also addressed the current and future dynamic with Alarm.com and Google.DeVries noted that discussions with Alarm.com about “accelerating the road map resulted in a great outcome for both parties and included the launch of a first-generation ADT + Google offering developed through the commitment by Alarm.com that will result in several things.“First, it leverages the foundation and extends Command and Control until the end of 2022, and then beyond that, allows that platform to support our end customers for a very long time. And we believe these customers — these Command and Control customers with integrated Nest product and services will perform well on an attrition basis. The second thing, integrated Google Nest services and Google Video services will be available and accelerate our go-to-market with a co-branded offering in the second half of 2021 instead of mid-’22. So in short, the agreement that we put in place and negotiated with Alarm.com allows us to pull forward many of the benefits that are resident in the ADT + Google partnership.”He added that while ADT’s partnership with Alarm.com “has been extraordinary,” ADT is “better positioned … in coordination with Google … to own and develop our own platform.”DeVries continued, “We think, at a high level, we’ll capture efficiencies — efficiency benefits as a result. And then secondly, the point I made earlier about controlling our destiny, we can better navigate our own unique product road map to create differentiation for us in our products and services in a better way.”So while both ADT and Alarm.com appear to be playing nice for now, what the Google deal means longterm remains to be seen.

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