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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. Read part 2 of our Security Intercoms series here
HID will highlight its new iCLASS SE Encoder at ASIS 2013 HID Global, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, is demonstrating its new iCLASS SE platform and secure identity solutions at ASIS International 2013 in Chicago. The company will highlight its new iCLASS SE Encoder for locally encoding credentials and managing keys and showcase its expanded pivCLASS Government Solutions portfolio. In addition to demonstrating its broad range of solutions for creating, using and managing secure identities, the company’s new experience zones will feature products and services that address the specific needs of Government, Healthcare, Enterprise, Education, Financial and Banking markets. At ASIS 2013, HID Global will demonstrate its extensive portfolio of secure identity solutions in booth #329 at McCormick Place, South Hall from September 24-26, 2013. Announcements include: HID Global Extends Its iCLASS SE Platform with Credential Encoding Solution that Simplifies Migration to Higher Security and Mobile Access HID Global Expands pivCLASS Portfolio to Include Credential Registration and Verification of FIPS 201-based Credentials for Government Agencies Top demonstrations include: Card and Reader Migration Solutions: for moving to higher security, interoperability and mobile access. Demonstrations will include HID Global’s iCLASS platform readers and smart cards including its iCLASS Seos credential for powering mobile access, and its new iCLASS SE Encoder that enables organisations to encode/manage credentials and configure readers. The multi-technology encoder makes it possible for customers to format a number of credential technologies using a single device, on demand. Government Solutions: featuring pivCLASS solutions that enable government agencies to comply with physical access control mandates to PIV-enable their existing physical access control systems (PACS) to meet any mandated assurance level without requiring a “rip and replace” of their existing PACS infrastructure. The recently expanded pivCLASS portfolio includes an extensive line of solutions for credential registration and verification of FIPS 201-based credentials from Codebench, part of HID Global. The recently expanded pivCLASS portfolio includes an extensive line of solutions for credential registration and verification of FIPS 201-based credentials from Codebench, part of HID Global Healthcare Solutions: that enhances workflow efficiencies and help meet regulatory compliance while increasing security without sacrificing convenience. Demonstrations will include: EasyLobby Visitor Management Solutions for visitor registration, badge printing, tracking and reporting; Genuine HID Technology in partner terminals; and HID Secure Identity Services that help customers manage the daily flow of ID card badge requests and large-volume re-badging projects as well as combine multiple technology platforms onto one credential and “tap in /out” authentication with OMNIKEY desktop readers. Enterprise Solutions: to help organisations maintain operational efficiency and reduce costs, while providing optimum security for their facilities and properties. Demonstrations will include: HID Global’s FARGO HDP5000 Printer/Encoder; iCLASS SE readers with OSDP; ActivID Authentication for secure computer log-on and identity verification; one-time password (OTP) tokens; and EDGE EVO and VertX EVO IP-enabled open architecture access control solutions. Education Solutions: for educational institutions with unique requirements for securing their facilities, improving administrative efficiencies, and doing more than opening doors with student ID badges. Higher education demonstrations will include: iCLASS SE Magstripe readers, EDGE EVO networked access control products, mobile access solutions including iCLASS Seos credentials that can be embedded into NFC-enabled smartphones, and the HDP8500LE Industrial Series Card Printer/Laser Engraver for high duty cycle, high-volume ID programs with Asure ID card personalisation software. Additional demonstrations in the K-12 zone will showcase enterprise-class EasyLobby Visitor Management Solutions and FARGO Direct-to-Card (DTC) Printer/Encoders. HID Global’s strategic partners offer RFID and contactless solutionsthat use Genuine HID Technology to solve enterprise business problems Financial and Banking Solutions: for financial institutions to secure buildings, control access to critical network resources and sensitive data, and secure online banking services for their customers. Demonstrations will include: ActivID solutions that provide five critical layers for true, multi-factor authentication to enable trusted online transactions; Crescendo smart cards for strong PKI-based authentication supporting logical and physical control; and OMNIKEYdesktop readers. Partner Solutions: HID Global’s strategic partners offer RFID and contactless solutions that use Genuine HID Technology to solve enterprise business problems. Access control solutions that extend the use of a single secure credential will be on display by Networked Access Solutions, and HID Connect, partners including AMT, ASSA ABLOY, Baran Advanced Technologies Ltd., Freedom Pay, Innometriks, Integrated-MATRIX-Solutions, Essex Electronics, Inc., PCSC and others. During ASIS International Security Conference and Exposition, HID Global executives will present at their annual educational luncheon and other ASIS events: “Leading Change in the Secure Identity Ecosystem – HID Global president and CEO Denis Hébert will moderate a panel with leading organisations AIG, Academy Of Art University and Houston Methodist Hospital to discuss how they are working with HID Global to significantly improve their access control infrastructure. The organisations will explain how the changes they are making to their access control systems are delivering tangible value today, while better positioning their organisations for future benefits including the addition of mobile credentials on smartphones. The luncheon is being held on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. Customers interested in attending can contact HID Global. “Cryptography and PKI in Access Control,” Session 2306 – Robert Fontana, vice president of engineering, Federal Identity Solutions with Codebench, part of HID Global, on Tuesday, September 24 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The session is sponsored by ASIS Information Technology Security Council and ASIS Critical Infrastructure Working Group.
HID will also demonstrate its suite of technologies, products and services at ASIS 2012 HID Global, trusted leader in solutions for the delivery of secure identity, recently announced it will showcase its comprehensive range of breakthrough innovations to create, use and manage secure identity at next week’s ASIS International 2012 in Philadelphia. In addition to announcing the latest additions to its award-winning iCLASS SE® platform that provides the highest level of security, privacy and portability, the company will also conduct live demonstrations of its mobile access solutions. HID Global will demonstrate its extensive suite of technologies, products, solutions and services in Booth 1509 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from September 10-13, 2012, including: Solutions for creating a secure identity Secure Identity Services: A comprehensive suite of services to help customers address every aspect of requirements for cards and digital credentials for mobile access, including managing the daily flow of ID card badge requests, large-volume re-badging projects, and combining multiple technology platforms onto one credential. PIV Enablement Solutions: pivCLASS® solutions that allow U.S. Federal Government agencies, contractors and other facilities to PIV-enable their existing physical access control systems to meet any mandated assurance level without requiring a “rip and replace” of their existing PACS infrastructure. Card Personalisation Solutions: HID Global will showcase its FARGO® HDP8500 Industrial Series Card Printer/Encoder for high duty cycle, high-volume ID programs; its FARGO Direct-to-Card (DTC) and High Definition Printing™ (HDP®) printer/encoder solutions; and Asure ID® card personalisation software. Visitor Management Solutions: HID’s EasyLobby® visitor management solutions for visitor badges and detailed visitor logs. Embedded Technologies: Embedded platforms to enable third parties to develop hardware that works within the Genuine HID™ ecosystem including the new iCLASS SE Reader module and the SIO® Processor that can be used across a variety of platforms to SIO-enable third-party hardware. Partner Solutions: Access control solutions that expand the use of Genuine HID Technology™ will be on display by key Networked Access and HID Connect® partners including AMT, ASSA ABLOY, Baran/EverSwitch, Essex Electronics FreedomPay, Innometriks, NetAccess Controls and PCSC. Solutions for using secure identity Genuine HID Credentials and Readers: New Crescendo® credentials for strong PKI-based authentication supporting logical and physical control. Also highlighted will be its new OMNIKEY desktop readers in addition to HID’s new iCLASS SE platform credentials and reader solutions and its line of iCLASS SE/multiCLASS SE readers for higher security and migration to mobile access. Networked Access Solutions: Next generation EDGE EVO and VertX EVO™ IP-enabled access control solutions for fully distributed intelligence and decision making at the door. Solutions for managing secure identities Mobile Access Solutions: HID’s technology-independent iCLASS SE access control platform that delivers advanced security, portability and flexibility, while enabling the use NFC-enabled smartphones for access control and other applications. Come see our 2012 “ASIS Accolades Security’s Best” award-winning solution. Credential Management Solutions: ActivID Credential Management System appliance for easy issuance and management of strong and PKI-enabled smart cards and credentials, Authentication Solutions: naviGO, 4TRESS Authentication for secure computer log-on and identity verification, and one time password (OTP) tokens.
Baran Access Solutions, subsidiary of Baran Advanced Technologies Ltd., will leverage the Piezo technology in its product line New and old have come together with the launch of Baran Access Solutions, a reorganization of the familiar Barantec family of products that will now concentrate on access control solutions, including Everswitch single-door keypads and controllers, contactless smart card readers, proximity readers and magstripe readers. As part of the restructuring, security industry veteran and RFID technology expert, Bill Newill, has been named the company's president. The company is setting up its corporate offices in southern California. "Baran Access Solutions can now concentrate its efforts on the unique demands of the access control market without being distracted by ancillary products," said Newill. "In the end, greater focus will translate to tighter internal processes, better engineered products and a higher level of customer satisfaction." The new company will leverage the patented and highly reliable Piezo technology in its product line. "Having access to this industry-leading technology gives us a huge leg up on the competition," Newill added. Baran Access Solutions will begin by focusing specifically on the manufacture and delivery of access control solutions for commercial customers Baran Access Solutions is a subsidiary of Baran Advanced Technologies Ltd. and the Baran Group, a global leader in engineering, technology and construction services and a name which has come to epitomize excellence. While the Baran brand is not as familiar in the United States, Newill and the rest of the company's senior management team understand the deep roots of Baran Access Solutions' parent companies - and are fully committed to continuing the Baran tradition of excellence. Baran Access Solutions will begin by focusing specifically on the manufacture and delivery of access control solutions for commercial customers throughout the United States and Canada and gradually extend its reach globally.
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