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The new DSC1500 portable beam barricade sets up quickly and temporarily to block vehicles and secure locations during short-term events and anywhere a beam barricade is needed for interim security. With a clear opening of 16 feet (4.8 m), the DSC1500 is M30 certified, able to stop a 15,000 pound (66.7 kN) vehicle going 30 mph (48 kph). Many organisations have the need for easy to install, temporary drop-arm barriers that can install within 10 minutes to transitorily close down a roadway to one or two lanes or block parking lot exits to deter thefts. Previous beam barriers had to be filled with sand, gravel or cement to be operable. To remove the DSC1500 from its temporary site, it is simply repacked in ten (10) minutes. No excavation or sub-surface preparation is required. Once positioned, the mobile barricades unpack themselves using manual hydraulics to raise and lower the barriers off their wheels. A self-deploying trailer with integrated lifting device facilitates rapid installation. The process is simply reversed when the event is over or the time comes to deploy the beam barrier at another location. From a purchasing standpoint, it can be easier to buy portable beam barricades than permanent solutions. The latter are oftentimes placed into an organisation’s real assets budget because they are permanently installed into the ground, becoming part of the property. Such budgets can often create complex purchasing scenarios for law enforcement or public safety departments. However, purchasing portable beam barricades is no different than buying protective vests for personnel or new sets of wrenches for the maintenance department. For one time uses, a lease plan has been created where organisations can simply lease the portable barriers, use them, pack them up and return them. Delta always keeps an inventory for purchase and quick delivery at their manufacturing facility in Palmdale, Calif. That’s because, in many cases, they are needed for events that come up quickly, such as emergency road or bridge construction or unexpected parking lot requirements.
Gallagher Command Centre is a powerful access and control solution designed to give you complete site control. Fully configurable to suit the unique needs of your site, Command Centre allows you to define, manage and report on all aspects of your system. Everything that happens on-site is relayed to your Command Centre operators in real time, enabling a swift and appropriate response to security threats. Seamless integration with complimentary security and site management solutions means Command Centre delivers on its promise. You’re in command. Command Centre v8 introduces new Site Plan functionality for greater situational awareness and responsiveness; Broadcast notifications to Mobile Connect for better communication in emergency situations; and Status and Overrides REST APIs for increased integration flexibility.
Thanks to WIT door entry monitor touch interface the user is able to take calls to the home, manage missed calls, view captured images, read messages sent by the administrator, visualise aerial camera images, activate external relays, get notifications about alarms on the monitor and guard unit, and even manage the home automation system. WIT's exclusive aesthetics are underpinned by an innovative technology that allows the installation of APPs (APPs have to be FERMAX certified and configured by authorised installers). For simplicity of installation, WIT monitors allow PoE power supply, this means that it makes use of PoE switch power and no dedicated power supply is required. WIT 10" monitor is specially designed for home automation integration, since it is the only monitor that incorporates 2 RJ-45 network interfaces to be able to connect to both the community IP network and the apartment's local network, maintaining both the isolation between networks and flexibility in connectivity. Its surface or embedded installation allows it to adapt to the most demanding architectural designs.
Vanderbilt’s ACTpro 1500 PoE Ultra controllers were launched in March 2019. What is it? The ACTpro 1500 is a single door IP Controller and includes a dual-port Ethernet switch. The controller supports 60,000 users and includes a rich set of advanced features, including voltage monitoring and break glass monitoring. These controllers are ideal for a single door system or systems that need to grow up to 4,000 doors. How does it work? The PoE Ultra hardware in the controllers ensures support for all power requirements. This includes local door accessories and components such as card readers, door locks and request to exit buttons. PoE Ultra ensures that all of this is accomplished without the need for additional Power Supply Units (PSUs). Essentially, this saves the system user time and money. Moreover, as this is all powered over the Ethernet, it translates to less cabling and more convenience for installers too. Why does it matter? This is an important feature for installers because when a system is fast to install and more straightforward to set-up and quote, it removes the complexity from access control and allows installers to get more done, more efficiently, and in less time. This ultimately benefits their business and their bottom line.
8 onboard zones 8 Areas, 2 partitions for each Area 3 programmable outputs, including 1 relay output, 2 MOS outputs Outputs operation follows system events, zone events, Area, Link events and timer schedule 100 users with 8 authority levels for users(Supervisor, Manager, Master, User, Temporary, Duress, Patrol and Technician) 1000 events log 8 independent timers for automatic control Up to 8 keypads (ARK30C) 1 case tamper and 1 leave-wall tamper supported Supports more than 11 zone types 7 sorts of zone terminations, including NO, NC, EOL, 2EOL, 3EOL, Interial type and Impulse type EOL resistance configurable (2K7, 4K7 or 6K8) Built-in 10/100M self-adaptive Ethernet interface 2 RS485 ports can be used to connect with keypads and other modules 3 telephone numbers for monitor station(PSTN), 8 numbers for vocal message, 8 numbers for SMS Combined with additional PSTN modules (ARA58-P) for dialling to the digital receiver in the CMS, transmitting CID protocol Combined with additional GPRS/GSM modules (ARA58-G-EN or ARA58-G-IT) to receive SMS notifications and remotely control, as well as receiving voice event messaging and remotely control by full voice menu guide Cellular backup in case of IP network failure with GPRS/GSM Modules App DMSS to push alarm message and remotely control Firmware upgrade with a PC using Alarm Config software
Dahua Technology, a leading solution provider in the global video surveillance industry, has launched a new apartment outdoor station VTO9341D, providing new access control solutions to fence and lobby entrance with the cutting-edge face recognition technology. The apartment outdoor station elevates the safety and convenience of resident security system to a new level with the fashionable non-touch face-recognition entry, while conventional unlocking ways are preserved in case of emergency. The product’s working temperature is between -20°C to 60°C, meaning it can operate smoothly across a variety of weather conditions and geographical areas. With a shell made of aluminium alloy plate, it meets IP55 standard for water and dust resistance, and IK07 standard for impact resistance. Further enhanced by the Intrusion Prevention System, the product will offer ideal ingress protection to property owners and facilitate the work of security guards. Face recognition Once a person steps into the 0.5-metre distance within VTO9341D that triggers its approaching induction, the 2MP CMOS image sensor will capture the face in high-definition colour image for identification. In as quick as 0.5 second, it can complete recognition and open the door for the residents. With strong capacity to store up to 20000 faces, the system would suffice the demand of large housing estates or commercial lots. The Auto Gain Control supplements white light to cope with poorly-lighted conditions, enabling night vision for the outdoor station. Multiple unlocking approaches VTO9341D is also equipped with Mifare Card reader, fingerprint recognition (with a memory of 3000 fingerprints), and touch screen key pad, which provide multiple unlocking approaches via card, fingerprint and password. Working together with VTS5240B Master Station that can forward image to mobile devices, owners can even enjoy the remote unlock function while away from home. Additionally, the audio system supports bidirectional talk, which assists visitors and owners in dual-way communication as an auxiliary to face identification. As a high-end product with unique features and full market potential, VTO9341D will benefit both Dahua dealers and system integrators. With DSS EXPRESS monitoring access control & other Dahua exclusive technologies, the apartment outdoor station would lower the time cost of integration and maintenance.
With Openow™, facility managers and security administrators have more control and no longer need to administer physical credentials. And it’s fast and easy to upgrade an existing SMARTair® system to work with Openow™ or to install mobile-ready, wireless SMARTair® access control from scratch. The new Openow™ app has been designed around convenience, security and user experience with virtual keys. Information transfer between administration software, smartphone app and the SMARTair® device is protected by end-to-end encryption. “Right from set-up — involving simple, secure email subscription — users find the Openow™ app a joy to operate. Tap a SMARTair® lock with your phone carrying a valid virtual key, and the door unlocks. The device you carry everywhere — the smartphone — now replaces a separate RFID card with MIFARE®, DESFire, iCLASS® and other proximity technologies.” explains Félix Morán SMARTair® Product Manager at ASSA ABLOY. Openow™ also adds further layers of security to every premises Facility managers find life a lot simpler when managing access rights with the Openow™ mobile solution. Change the validation time in the administration software to automatically update a user’s virtual key (when the phone has a signal). Cancel a virtual key and it vanishes immediately from a user’s app. Facility managers can check and amend the validity of each virtual key whenever they want, and wherever they are. The complete mobile solution includes the SMARTair® device range, with wireless escutcheons and cylinders plus wall readers; the intuitive SMARTair® TS1000 software; user credentials, e.g. cards and the new Openow™ app. Business owners and directors project the right image for their premises when they offer mobile credentials via Openow™. Phones replace plastic key-cards, so there’s no need for a card activation terminal on reception or elsewhere. Users also save time, because there’s no longer any need to collect or validate an access card: your key is already on your smartphone. Openow™ makes it easy to organise virtual keys inside the app, check how long they are valid, and protect them further with an individual PIN. If you have virtual keys from multiple sites or premises, Openow™ easily handles those, too. No more key-card, or wondering where you left it; no more appointments to pick one up or have it revalidated. With Openow™, if you have your phone, you are already carrying your keys. The SMARTair® Openow™ app is free to download now from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store. For more information, see www.tesa.es/discoverwireless Across the EMEA region ASSA ABLOY offers SMARTair® under several trusted security brands, including TESA, Mul-T-Lock, ASSA, JPM, KESO, RUKO and TRIOVING.
The new Aperio® H100 packs the power and flexibility of wireless access control into one slim, cleverly designed door handle. With easy retrofitting to almost any interior door and comprehensive RFID compatibility, the new Aperio® H100 handle makes extending access control to more doors cost-effective by integrating with a vast range of third-party systems. The Aperio® H100’s stylish design is perfect for indoor office and facility doors. The Aperio® H100 can work within an online access control system or offline as a standalone device. A battery fits inside the handle, ensuring a minimal footprint and a discreet look to gel with any contemporary door style. The Aperio® H100 is easy to retrofit on existing doors, with no drilling and no wiring required. Any existing mechanical cylinder can still be used. The Aperio® H100 is specified with maximum flexibility and designed to fit almost any format of interior door. The Aperio® H100 is compatible with most common European (DIN) and Scandinavian mortise locks, in wooden, steel, tubular frame or glass doors with standard lock cases. It comes in left- and right-hand versions for a door between 35mm and 80mm thickness, with optional U-handle and USB adaptor. The Aperio® H100 is compatible with multiple RFID technologies, including iCLASS®/ISO14443B, iCLASS® SE, Seos®, MIFARE® Classic, Plus and EV1, and DESFire® SE. “Like all Aperio® devices, our new handle can upgrade site security for a very affordable price,” says Matthias Weiß, Product Manager Aperio® at ASSA ABLOY EMEA. “The Aperio® H100 further extends a range which adds access control wirelessly to exterior and interior doors, from fire and safety doors with regulatory requirements to meeting rooms, labs and offices.” The new Aperio® H100 handle completes a comprehensive range of Aperio® wireless access control devices that already includes online and offline Aperio® cylinders (C100/C900) and escutcheons (E100/E900); an online and offline lock (L100/L900); and a wireless lock for bringing server racks and cabinets (KS100) into the same access control system as doors.
The H4 Video Intercom integrates a 3 MP camera with a high-performance intercom and features exceptional wide dynamic range, low-light, noise reduction and echo-cancelling technologies for clear viewing and two-way communication with visitors. Combined with Avigilon Control Center (ACC) video management software, this secured entry system enables operators to quickly and easily identify and communicate with a visitor before remotely granting access.
The PoE Ultra hardware in Vanderbilt’s ACT controllers ensures support for all power requirements. This includes local door accessories and components such as card readers, door locks and request to exit buttons. PoE Ultra ensures that all of this is accomplished without the need for additional Power Supply Units (PSUs). Essentially, this saves the system user time and money. Moreover, as this is all powered over the Ethernet, it translates to less cabling and more convenience for installers too. This is an important feature for installers because when a system is fast to install and more straightforward to set-up and quote, it removes the complexity from access control and allows installers to get more done, more efficiently, and in less time. This ultimately benefits their business and their bottom line. The new PoE Ultra feature, alongside the ACT access control software’s existing integration with Vanderbilt’s award-winning SPC intrusion system, a rules mapping engine, and a smartphone app, simply adds to this concept. Vanderbilt’s core aim has always been to put customers first. We believe PoE Ultra controller has a firm grip on this mantra, as it plays to pain points of both system users and installers. As we continue to develop and evolve new generations of security products, our focus will remain on striving to be a partner that is flexible to customer requirements and adaptable to meet the ever-changing needs of the market.
Mercury Security continues its commitment to open architecture access control with its intelligent controller platform that delivers extensive support for third-party applications, while offering advanced security and enhanced performance. Built on the Linux operating system, the new LP intelligent controllers offer the greatest flexibility for OEMs, channel partners and end customers to choose the controller configuration that best fits their needs. Key Highlights: Open Architecture: High performance, reliable platform enables use of hardware with Mercury OEM partners’ software solutions Device Integration: Supports a wide range of third-party integrations and applications Enhanced Security: Embedded crypto memory chip and data-at-rest encryption provides a secured layer of protection of sensitive data. OSDP Protocol: Secure channel security for reader connectivity and extended applications such as biometrics and high assurance credential authentication Versatile Interoperability: Same reliable interface and identical footprint as the EP controllers, enabling seamless upgrades for existing deployments For organisations seeking an open access control platform, the industry’s best reliability, cybersecurity, and an extensive device integration library, Mercury’s LP intelligent controllers are the clear choice.
Vanderbilt released the latest version of ACT Enterprise on 25 September at the 2018 Security Essen event. What is it? ACT Enterprise is the control software suite for ACTpro hardware and streamlines the installation, management, and monitoring of the ACTpro access control system. The latest ACT Enterprise features include integration with Vanderbilt’s award-winning SPC intrusion system, a rules mapping engine, and a smartphone app. Why does it matter? The ACT Enterprise Apple and Android compatible apps mean real-time monitoring, user management and administration from your smartphone. You can lock and unlock doors, authorise users and check who’s in and who’s out – wherever you are. The ability to integrate with SPC further highlights the depth that the new feature set brings to the product’s strength. Now on one screen you can have high-quality graphical maps showing all access and alarm points from both systems, and you can control all devices with the click of a button. How does it work? One of the key new features in this ACT Enterprise release is rules mapping. The rules mapping engine offers the customer an intuitive method to create rules based on access control events and Boolean logic. It does this by permitting the creation of logical relationships between system elements through a drag-and-drop interface. For the end user, this addition ensures that system interactions can be seamlessly introduced on a system-wide basis, thereby enabling a higher level of added value to be realized, both for security and business-based functionalities. The ACT Enterprise rules mapping engine ensures intuitive, easy-to-use I/O management for trigger detection with compatible devices. These devices are usually attached to a door or an automated electrical that closes the circuit on the I/O unit. When this circuit is closed, an alarm is sent over the network, and ACT Enterprise captures that.
Nedap’s new end-to-end security solution is the first to offer digital protection for access control by unifying best practices from both IT and physical security. Protecting access control systems Until now, the latest best practices protecting IT systems from digital threat haven’t been used for physical access control systems. This is an oversight that is leaving many companies vulnerable to cyber attacks. Nedap and AET Europe have worked together to overcome this by developing AEOS end-to-end security. Taking a forward-thinking new approach, they have combined the best practices of both IT and physical security in an all-in-one access control system. Albert Dercksen, Head of R&D at Nedap, explains why AEOS end-to-end security is needed: “IT and physical security have been following different rules to protect systems. But modern access control systems are, in fact, IT systems connected to corporate networks and should be treated as such. That’s why we’ve applied the digital security principles used in IT to AEOS, our physical access control system.” Communication secured from end-to-end In AEOS end-to-end security, Nedap and AET Europe have combined the IT principles of encryption and strong authentication. This ensures storage in every element of AEOS is secure, as is communication between all elements. Both DESFire keys and digital certificates are stored in a Secure Access Module (SAM) inside door controllers. This leaves card readers with no role in decrypting data, so secure communication between card and controller is guaranteed and, by storing digital certificates in the same SAM, strong authentication is achieved to ensure secure communication between controller and server. Protect critical infrastructure In this way, AEOS end-to-end security offers far higher protection against both physical and digital threats. It also enables keys to be updated securely and centrally, without having to physically attend each card reader. AEOS end-to-end security meets a stringent level of security requirements across Europe, and is already being used to protect critical infrastructures in several countries. In France, for example, it has gained CSPN certification from the French information security agency, ANSSI.
DSX Mobile Command brings the power of the DSX Workstation program to the convenience of a Smart Phone. This Smart Phone application enhances the daily operation of the DSX System. The Mobile Command feature allows the activation of custom predefined commands, the locking\unlocking of doors, control of alarm points and the monitoring of system events from a mobile but secure application. iOS™ and Android™ compatible. Global functions such as Building, Campus and District Lockdown, Incident Response Reconfiguration and even repetitive chores such as momentarily unlocking a door or granting access to a gate can be programmed into Command buttons for easy activation. An Administrator can lockdown any school in the district or every school from one Command button. Each building or an entire campus can be controlled quickly through this Smart Phone application using WiFi or mobile cell service. The DSX Mobile Command application is a great fit for school districts and universities and also for hospitals and commercial businesses. Each Mobile Operator is defined in WinDSX and assigned the appropriate commands and privileges that provide the convenient interaction, supervision and monitoring of all points of protection and doors under their responsibility.
HID Location Services platform powers solutions that address a growing market need for accurate, real-time location awareness and analysis of your workplace. Building Occupancy Management delivers increased visibility into the location of employees and visitors at the building room and floor level, and provides predictive analytics to quickly understand space usage for better building operational efficiency. The system combines the power of Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE), Wi-Fi, and cloud-based technologies to provide a unique seamless user experience.
Add instant feedback to any door security system with the Aperio® Sensor AS100. The new sensor from ASSA ABLOY maintains the integrity of a security system by detecting and transmitting door status information. The latest addition to the Aperio® range of security solutions displays the current status of a door - open or closed - and notifies the control system wirelessly via the Aperio® 1-to-8 Communication Hub. The AS100 works as a standalone wireless device - fully compatible with already installed doors equipped with electronic Aperio cylinders and escutcheons - or in tandem with other products from the ASSA ABLOY Aperio® range, if required. Aperio® wireless door sensors are battery operated and can be positioned up to 25 metres away from an Aperio 1-to-8 Communication Hub, which integrates the door with the computerised access control system. They blend unobtrusively into the environment, thanks to small dimensions and wireless design.About Aperio®: Available on the global market place, ASSA ABLOY’s Aperio® Technology now enables a wide range of access control providers to cost-effectively integrate non-wired doors with mechanical locks into access control systems.Add to Compare
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The physical security market continues to experience growth as users look to capitalise on the promises of emerging technologies and because of this, 2017 proved to be a great year for Oncam. In fact, this year was the best year in Oncam's history in terms of sales, as 360-degree fisheye cameras have gone from being a “specialty” camera used only in certain applications to a primary device for enabling total situational awareness. Today, many of our customers leverage 360-degree cameras exclusively to provide extensive coverage inside a facility or in a large outdoor area, with traditional narrow field-of-view cameras used only at “choke” points. Increase in cybersecurity threats and breaches At the end of 2016, we predicted a major trend this year would be an increase in cybersecurity concerns for users of physical security systems, and we were right. An increase in cybersecurity threats and breaches have put organisations on watch. Based on this and the adoption of more IT-centric infrastructure and protocols, there is significant collaboration between IT and physical security, and true “convergence” is finally starting to happen. The adoption of video analytics also continued to increase this year, as most video surveillance projects involved the use of some form of analytics and data analysis. Demand for safeguards As we move into 2018, the trends of 2017 will roll over, and cybersecurity will continue to be a major issue. Suppliers of hardware and software will put an even greater emphasis being cyber secure and end users will increasingly demand safeguards. Additionally, the deployment and use of advanced analytics based on newer artificial intelligence-based technologies will continue to increase. It will be the technology providers that find ways to allow users to capture additional value from the information collected by security systems that will accelerate growth. Oncam made significant investments in new products that leverage analytics and cloud technologies. In 2018, we will continue to invest in the development of new products, with a focus on solutions for particular applications across industry segments. Beyond our technology advancements, we've invested significantly in boosting our sales force in the Americas and adding industry experts to ensure sustained customer and partner success with our solutions. From our vantage point, Oncam is well positioned to capitalise on opportunities for growth in the coming year.
2017 was quite an interesting and eventful year for the physical security industry. The economy has been robust and technology has become progressively sophisticated—with interactive services, cloud computing and network-based solutions taking charge to provide new insights to installers and their end-user customers. The Internet of Things is creating increasingly integrated solutions, with a heightened emphasis on total connectivity. Changing security expectations World events have also put the spotlight on the need for comprehensive security at public events, tourist attractions and schools and campuses. Security is an expectation and systems integrators are becoming trusted advisors to their customers, who are looking to them to solve problems or issues. Residential systems are more robust and now, are migrating to the commercial side of the business. There’s a blurring of the lines of technology—many of the products that come to the security industry originate from the consumer side. This proposition is also changing expectations by both residential and commercial customers, who want common, easy operation from their smartphone or user interface. Unexpected was some of the biggest deals in the industry, including acquisitions by dominant companies who grew even larger and continued ongoing consolidation on the manufacturing side. Those who remain will need to be progressive and step up their game with the latest proven technologies. Selling hardware isn’t the end game any longer. It’s providing solutions that generate revenue for security dealers and offer a solid return on investment for the end-user. In addition, solutions need to be easier for the user, and integrate many different systems and components across the enterprise. Cybersecurity safeguards End users want to get the most out of their solutions—and they want to be able to have more than safety and security. They are looking for the types of products that yield insights into system performance and give them the data the need for greater control and to proactively address any challenges or problems before they occur. Downtime is not an option and therefore, there’s an increased emphasis on consistent power so solutions are always on and running reliably. For security dealers and integrators, physical security and cybersecurity services will be part of their offerings and no longer separate disciplines Cybersecurity is a dominant conversation in the security industry these days and that buzz will continue into 2018. Because solutions are increasingly network connected, they have vulnerabilities that will have to be addressed by service providers and manufacturers. Manufacturers will need to take the upper hand in providing hardened products—testing and certifying for cybersecurity safeguards. That is not an easy task and can be expensive, but it needs to be done. Because cybersecurity is in constant evolution, many will go the route of outsourcing this component of their manufacturing to third parties well-versed in threat detection and hardening. Hardened products will also need to evolve with new emerging attacks. For security dealers and integrators, physical security and cybersecurity services will be part of their offerings and no longer separate disciplines. Intelligent access control solutions Manufacturers no longer operate in silos. They are working with systems integrators to more fully understand their needs and those of the end-user. Manufacturers are also partnering with technology providers—bringing in the expertise of others so their solutions are comprehensive and holistic. We will continue to see integration of formerly disparate components, open systems and open APIs. There will also be strong migration to access control systems with edge intelligence and power over Ethernet, leveraging existing cabling for network connectivity. The winners will be those who take the lead in providing cyber secured and hardened products, as well as companies who partner with others to bring best of breed solutions to market. The losers will be those who continue to develop proprietary, closed systems and fail to recognise the importance of network connectivity for real-time, proactive reporting. Without networked power, the facility cannot yield the proper insights it needs to stay reliably connected 24/7 Ongoing partner success LifeSafety Power® has been working consistently and diligently on elevating the status of power from unintelligent hardware device to network-connected component that yields rich data for the user and allows the installer to provide remote monitoring and managed power services. We have changed the paradigm of power but there’s additional work to do to get people to understand the new, critical role power plays in comprehensive enterprise and campus security. Now, security installers can help the end user know what’s happening with locks, access control, gates or other connected solutions and fix problems before they happen. Without networked power, the facility cannot yield the proper insights it needs to stay reliably connected 24/7. We have also had continued, ongoing successes with our many partners in the access control community and that’s where we will further focus our efforts in 2018—working with leading security solution providers to present the best technologies and solutions that are reliable, certified and present the types of insights security dealers need to offer customers to provide the highest levels of service. This will also help security dealers and integrators differentiate themselves and compete more effectively in the crowded marketplace.
Part 1 in our Intercoms in Security Series Lambert-St. Louis International Airport uses Code Blue intercoms Organisations are demanding a new level of interoperability among mission-critical security systems. Intelligible audio, the ability to hear, be heard and be understood, is critical to communication, which is essential to the core security processes within an organisation, as well as to emergency situations. Intelligible audio provides a platform to optimise various processes, including the use of security officers. “Our main thrust is to ensure our clients see intelligible and interoperable audio, not as an option, but as instrumental to their budget optimisation, stakeholder communication and risk mitigation efforts,” says Jim Hoffpauir, President of Zenitel North America, a manufacturer of intercoms and other communications solutions. Iintercoms in building safety and security The role of intercoms in building safety and security is a given across many markets, and that use is growing. Intercoms are used in campus call boxes, elevators, muster locations, and for emergency notification. The trend is toward video, audio and access control, all tied together. There is also an emphasis on providing intelligible audio in any environment, even demanding ones. The education market has historically been a large sector for intercoms. Emergency phones and intercoms traditionally have been found throughout education settings, including colleges and universities, where they remain quite popular. Expanding markets for two-way communication In recent years, however, their popularity has also grown within the healthcare and mass transit sectors, where their versatility allows authorities to react to emergency situations while also providing a wide range of applications for non-emergency situations, such as car trouble or requests for directions. Intercoms can fulfill a variety of emergency and non-emergency needs in places like downtown Santa Ana, California (Photo courtesy Code Blue) “Markets of all sizes and shapes can benefit from a two-way communication solution that can help individuals place calls for assistance with first responders, police departments or customer service representatives,” says David Fleming, Chief Design Officer for Code Blue Corp. Intercoms for public and private sectors Aiphone is another intercom manufacturer for which education is a big market. Bruce Czerwinski, U.S. General Sales Manager, Aiphone Corp., says about 80 percent of both public and private K-12 and higher education campuses are using at least one intercom in some form. That percentage grows to nearly 100 percent for hospitals, which are using intercoms as nurse-call stations and at parking facilities, exterior door entries, nurseries and pharmacies, he says. "About 40 percent of commercial units – from strip malls to large, multi-tenant campus settings – are using intercoms" Up to 70 percent of larger multi-family facilities are also using intercoms. And that percentage is even higher in older, heavily populated Eastern cities. Many locales have laws mandating the use of audio and video intercoms on buildings beyond a threshold number of units. About 40 percent of commercial units – from strip malls to large, multi-tenant campus settings – are using intercoms, says Czerwinski. In the past year, Aiphone’s emergency stations have become very popular, particularly in campus settings; both commercial and higher education. Also, a growing number of unmanned parking garages are using the stations to allow patrons to immediately reach first responders or security personnel. Each of these markets still has growth potential, but by its sheer size, the commercial market offers the greatest opportunities, according to Aiphone. Video-enabled IP intercoms Intercom usage differs widely in various global markets, according to Craig Szmania, CEO of 2N USA, a manufacturer of IP intercoms. In the North American market, intercom usage is relatively low compared to the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region, where intercoms are a more mature market. Security, convenience, systems integration and IP-versus-analogue adoption are driving usage and growth to more than 20 percent year-over-year. More and more video-enabled IP intercoms are seen as an integral part of a system wide security and video solution, according to Szmania. “Our intercom portfolio targets all the major verticals, but we have had particular success in the education sector – K-12 and universities,” says Szmania. “These end users are looking for specific features in securing their campuses, providing convenience to their administrators, employing programmability for differing use scenarios throughout the campus, and integration to their telephony or other systems.” More and more video-enabled IP intercoms are seen as an integral part of a system wide security and video solution Szmania says the latter point is becoming a particular need in light of a requirement for campus-wide communication and coordination in emergency situations. “Our intercoms integrate seamlessly with third party solutions such as Cisco’s telephone systems that are the communication backbones of many schools and campuses,” he adds. IP-based solutions in residential verticals Considering near-term growth potential, single family and multi-tenant residential verticals have fantastic opportunities for increased usage of door stations/intercoms in the United States, according to Szmania. The company has entered this space over the last several years and has grown to be a market leader in IP-based integrated solutions, especially in the home automation space. The adoption of IP networked solutions for condominiums and apartments is just taking off, driven in part by consumer demand for mobile-anywhere video, audio and door control. The service is also a driver for integrator/dealer adoption of the technology to provide recurring monthly revenue (RMR). 2N has also achieved triple-digit growth in commercial building installations over the past two years. Building owners, IT departments and security managers want and need a networked solution for control and security. 2N’s open platforms are a good fit, says Szmania. 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