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Wireless technology is transforming motion detection
Wireless technology is transforming motion detection

Motion detection is a key feature of security systems in residential and commercial environments. Until recently, systems have relied heavily on closed circuit television (CCTV) and passive infrared (PIR) sensors, which both require significant investment and infrastructure to install and monitor. Developments in wireless technology are increasing home security possibilities. Few years ago, these developments led Cognitive Systems to discover that the wireless signals surrounding oneself can be used to detect motion. Known in the wireless industry as WiFi sensing, this technology brings many benefits that other motion detection solutions have not been able to provide. The working of WiFi sensing At Cognitive Systems, the company has used WiFi sensing technology to develop a motion detection solution called WiFi Motion™, which measures and interprets disruptions in RF signals transmitted between WiFi devices. When movement occurs in a space, ripples in the wireless signals are created. WiFi Motion interprets these ripples and determines if an action, such as sending a notification, is needed. Enabling this functionality in a space is incredibly simple. With a software upgrade to only one’s WiFi access point (or mesh router), motion sensing capabilities are layered into one’s WiFi network. Existing connected WiFi devices then become motion detectors without detracting from their original functions or slowing down the network. Using artificial intelligence (AI), WiFi Motion establishes a benchmark of the motionless environment and learns movement patterns over time, which could be used to predict trends. This allows unusual movement patterns to be detected with greater accuracy while decreasing the potential for costly false alerts. WiFi Motion requires no line-of-sight or installation WiFi sensing and other home monitoring solutions All of these capabilities are made possible by WiFi sensing and together create a motion detection system that provides unparalleled accuracy, coverage, privacy and affordability compared to other solutions on the market. PIR integration is far more complex and imposes electronic and physical design restrictions compared to WiFi sensing. In terms of placement, PIR systems are difficult to install, requiring line-of-sight and a device in every room for localisation. WiFi Motion requires no line-of-sight or installation and is also a scalable solution compared to PIR. Much like cameras, PIRs can only cover so much space, but WiFi Motion can cover the entire home and even detect motion in the dark and through walls, without adding additional devices to the home. WiFi Motion detects less distinguishing context than cameras and microphones, but more context than regular PIR sensors for the perfect balance of privacy and highly accurate motion detection. Privacy solution While cameras have been the security solution for years, WiFi Motion offers a more affordable solution that can rival the privacy and coverage capabilities of even the most high-end cameras. With such a wide coverage area, one might think that WiFi sensing infringes on privacy, but actually, the opposite is true. With WiFi Motion, the contextual information collected cannot be used to identify a specific individual, unlike cameras which can clearly identify a person’s face or microphones, which can identify a person’s voice. It is different from other smart home security options that use cameras and microphones because it only senses motion using WiFi signals - it doesn’t “see” or “listen” like a camera or microphone would. This provides opportunities for added security in spaces where privacy might be a concern and installing a camera may not be a comfortable solution, such as bathrooms and bedrooms. The data collected is also anonymised and highly encrypted according to stringent industry privacy standards. Existing connected WiFi devices then become motion detectors Additional WiFi sensing applications Since WiFi sensing technology requires no additional hardware or subscription fees, it is much more affordable than other motion detection solutions. It can be used as a standalone solution, or it can be easily layered into more complex systems. This ease of integration, scalability and relatively low cost brings a lot of potential for various applications. Motion detection can trigger other smart devices in the network to turn lights on or off In eldercare, for example, WiFi sensing can be used to help seniors live comfortably in their homes for as long as possible. With the increasing aging population and high costs associated with care homes, the market for this application is considerable. Caregivers can use an app to monitor movement in their loved one’s home and be alerted about unusual movement patterns that could indicate a concern. For smart homes and other environments that have a network of smart devices, the artificial intelligence (AI) component of the technology allows for improvements to automated features. Motion detection can trigger other smart devices in the network to turn lights on or off or make adjustments to the temperature in a room. Security for the commercial sector For office buildings and other commercial properties, it is easy to see how all of these features could be scaled up to offer a highly accurate and cost-effective motion sensing and smart device automation solution. Cognitive Systems is closely involved with the development of WiFi sensing technology, working with various industry groups to establish standards and help it reach its full potential. WiFi Motion is merely the tip of the iceberg in terms of motion sensing possibilities, but its applications in the world of security are undeniably compelling. It is an exciting time for the wireless industry, as one works with stakeholders in the security space to explore everything this technology can do.

4 ways to keep your workplace protected from COVID-19
4 ways to keep your workplace protected from COVID-19

The unprecedented global impact of COVID-19 has taken its toll on all of us, but as cases of the virus thankfully recede, employers are now forced to confront how they can enable a safe return to work for employees. For many employers, this means they will have to carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment, redesign workspaces to maintain social distances, carry out more frequent cleaning, manage the transmission risk and find alternatives to touch-based security devices. Protecting workplace occupants in any emergency requires preparation and clear communication. This is especially critical in a health crisis involving an infectious disease. These are some of the essential best practices that could help organisations reduce the impact on their employees and operations during this pandemic. 1. Use a visitor management system With a visitor management system, organisations have a single source of real-time and historical insights into who is, or was recently, in the workplace. This is especially important because of the need to perform contact tracing should anyone in the organisation show symptoms of COVID-19, meaning everyone they have been in contact with needs to be contacted and asked to isolate. Yet still, first impressions are made at the front desk or lobby, where the visitor experience needs to be a positive one. At the same time, though, any emergency event requires that there be strict control over who is entering the workplace. This policy also needs to be clearly communicated to visitors. Doing this minimises risk to visitors as well as the workforce. In addition to delivering a high-quality visitor experience, the ideal visitor management system must: Enable organisations to meet regulatory compliance mandates and facilitate check-in at a self-service kiosk to minimise wait times. Customise the visitor experience to support specific security needs, such as accelerating and simplifying check-in or requiring additional security pre-checks. Automate compliance as it relates to visitor access rules with historical visit reports. 2. Pre-check questions at visitor registration kiosks Organisations can strengthen security at the registration kiosk using a flexible, enterprise-grade visitor management system to add visitor sign-in steps. This has proven successful in the past when used to control the spread of infectious disease during an outbreak. An example of this is a U.S. children's hospital which managed to reduce facility infection rates by 25 percent over a two-year period using a commercial, off-the-shelf physical identity and access management (PIAM) solution from HID Global. The solution provides two particularly important capabilities that can be used by organisations to protect their workplace from the uncontrolled spread of an infectious disease: Enhance visitor registration policy with additional mandatory questions to help identify any visitors who may need other screenings. Extend the visitor registration kiosk with a mandatory pop-up asking further questions during visitor check-in. 3. Understand who has visited your workplace Successful controlling the spread of infection throughout a facility requires the ability to automatically maintain an auditable trail of activity. This can be done using an enterprise-grade visitor management system that makes it easy to retrieve historical visit reports. This provides a timeline of who was in the workplace, and when they were there. Key features include: A single dashboard providing useful visitor insights at your fingertips. Historical reports that provide visitor details including location and contact information, all in compliance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other privacy regulations. 4. Clearly communicate how infection risks can be reduced Global organisations must actively communicate with visitors and employees on the outbreak of infectious diseases and follow best practices outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO). Here are several things organisations can do in this area to help maintain a safe and healthy workplace: Re-enforce and communicate WHO best practices with guideline posters in the front lobby and throughout the workplace. Add posters that also encourage regular and thorough washing of hands. Encourage everyone to cough or sneese into their shirt sleeve in their flexed elbow or cover their mouth and nose with a tissue. Encourage everyone to keep a relatively safe distance from each other and use alternatives to handshakes when saying hello. Organisations must contend with a variety of workplace challenges during the outbreak of an infectious disease. These challenges can be solved with best practices that include a comprehensive visitor management system that automates critical check-in policies and maintains an auditable trail of visitor activity.  

The role of building systems to ensure safety as employees return to work
The role of building systems to ensure safety as employees return to work

Returning to work after the global pandemic will not be business as usual, and security systems are an important asset when it comes to helping to keep occupants and buildings safe. For example, video analytics can provide insight into how spaces have previously been used and can help to predict where and when occupants encounter each other or congregate. These foot-traffic patterns can inform settings for a variety of devices – like ventilation and temperature controls – and even help owners create social distancing plans and monitor personal protective equipment (PPE) compliance. “While the ‘new normal’ is still being defined, we believe there will be a greater focus on creating healthier environments while also complying with new regulations,” says Marcus Logan, Global Offering Leader, Honeywell Commercial Security. “Temperature, humidity, energy efficiency, security, safety, comfort, productivity, and demonstrating compliance with regulations are all a part of a healthy building.” For example, social distancing is a new concept for the workplace. How do you make that happen in an open work setting, in breakrooms, elevator lobbies and meeting spaces? Optimised systems create healthier environments Anxious employees will need reassurance about returning to the workplace Building owners will need to look at how they can optimise their systems – or deploy new ones – to create a healthier environment. Building technologies, like those provided by Honeywell's Healthy Buildings solutions, provide building owners with more control over critical factors to encourage sustained compliance with changing building standards, safety guidelines, government-issued regulations, and a company's risk management policies. These solutions also provide transparency for occupants into a building's status, says Logan. Hygiene will be a critical issue: People will want to know that the spaces are ready for their return. Increased cleaning procedures and schedules will evolve, and a way will be needed to demonstrate the procedures are effective and that they have been strictly adhered to. Identifying ways to measure effectiveness of sanitisation and track compliance to the procedures will be a key challenge to solve. This is a space that will evolve significantly in the coming months and years, says Logan. Access control and video analytics Contact tracing is a new requirement in some businesses, and security technology – like access control and video analytics with advanced reporting – can help. Access control technology integrated with video analytics can be used to trace occupant movements within a facility. These technologies capture data that can be used with advanced reporting to provide a digital footprint of where a person has been within a facility and if they may have been exposed to someone identified as being infected with a contagious virus. Building owners can then proactively notify exposed individuals evolve to self-quarantine and minimise further spread of an infection. Video analytics can help to predict where and when occupants encounter each other Anxious employees will need reassurance about returning to the workplace. They will not only seek confidence that the building is optimised for a healthier environment but also that processes are in place to quickly identify and respond to potential issues. Transparency and visibility into how the building works and the health of the environment will help to reassure occupants returning to the workplace. “One way to do this is to share building analytics with occupants – to help them understand factors about the indoor air quality or occupancy density,” says Logan. Controlled health, safety and security Honeywell’s solutions provide building owners with more control over critical health, safety and security factors to encourage sustained compliance with changing building standards, safety guidelines, government-issued regulations and a company’s risk management policies, Logan adds. Visibility into how the building works and the health of the environment will help to reassure occupants returning to the workplace Every day there is new information coming from the medical and scientific community about COVID-19, and the building industry is just starting to learn what it all means. Logan warns that there is no single solution that will keep every environment healthy and safe. A good strategy features deploying a combination of solutions, optimising systems and being vigilant to make sure that companies are sustaining compliance to new and changing regulations, says Logan. “Today more than ever we must be mindful of the changing culture of how buildings are managed by making apparent the need to be mindful of health and well-being in all aspects of our lives,” says Logan. Honeywell has developed outcome-based solutions that allow building owners to transparently address building quality factors while supporting their business continuity needs in the uncertain environment. “We’re giving them the data they need to confidently reassure their employees to accelerate their business operations,” he adds.

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INTERPOL World 2017 receives strong support and participation from public and private sectors
INTERPOL World 2017 receives strong support and participation from public and private sectors

INTERPOL World 2017 will see strong support and participation from international trade associations The second edition of INTERPOL World has garnered strong support from public and private sectors, both locally and on the international front. Owned by INTERPOL, the world’s largest police organisation with 190 member countries, the event is supported by Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the World Economic Forum and CyberSecurity Malaysia, an agency under Malaysia’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. INTERPOL World provides a strategic platform for mutually beneficial collaborations, information sharing, innovations and solutions in response to security threats. It encapsulates the vision of a safer world through a multi-stakeholder approach by engaging the government, private and public sectors to address future security menaces. “INTERPOL World is a unique opportunity for law enforcement and industry to build partnerships for developing innovative solutions to the global security challenges of tomorrow,” said Jürgen Stock, INTERPOL Secretary General. Innovative security solutions To stay ahead of the game, law enforcement agencies and commercial organisations need to embrace current and future technologies to detect, prevent and investigate, so as to safeguard assets, property and citizens. Innovations in securing the cyberspace, public safety technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data analytics, drones, and identity management solutions such as biometrics, forensic sciences and investigations are some of the key enablers to better equip law enforcers and commercial entities with the necessary tools and solutions to counter future security challenges. At least 300 international manufacturers and solutions providers will present their latest cutting-edge technologies to 10,000 security professionals and buyers from both public and private sectors. Market leaders such as Canon, Datacard, Gemalto, Kaspersky Lab, Microsoft, Oracle, NEC Corporation, Securiport, SICPA and Symantec have confirmed their participation at INTERPOL World to further strengthen their presence in the security landscape. INTERPOL World 2017 will also see strong participation from national groups led by trade offices, chambers of commerce and associations Strong global participation INTERPOL World 2017 will also see strong participation from national groups led by trade offices, chambers of commerce and associations. Featuring the best capabilities and latest innovations from their countries, confirmed national groups include France led by Business France, Israel led by Israel Export Institute, and Singapore led by Singapore infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF) and Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF). Participating for the first time as a National Group will be Italy led by Italian Chamber of Commerce Singapore, Japan led by Japan Network Security Association (JNSA) and USA led by the U.S. Commercial Service. This strong international presence reaffirms the recognition of INTERPOL World as an important platform for all to come together regularly for dialogues and sharing of ideas. With five months to the event, international visiting delegations from various law enforcement and private sectors have already booked their interest. The dedicated Visiting Delegation Programme is a vital part of the INTERPOL World event to ensure a perfect match of buyers with suppliers. Each delegation will have a customised itinerary in line with their profile and interest to maximise their time spent at the event. To date, visiting delegations from Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and the Philippines have been confirmed. Supporting trade associations INTERPOL World will also see stronger support from international trade associations this year. (ISC)2, Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA), Biometrics Institute, Cloud Security Alliance, European Corporate Security Association (ECSA), International Aviation Security Association (IASA), ISACA, and Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) have confirmed their support, recognizing INTERPOL World as an event for their members to source, learn and network. Trade organisations supporting the event for the first time include APSCA, Certified Counter Terrorism Practitioner (CCTP), Cross-border Research Association (CBRA), EC Council, IEEE Communications Society, Security Identity Alliance, and World Association of Detectives (WAD). The INTERPOL World Congress will happen from 4 to 6 July while the INTERPOL World Exhibition will take place from 5 to 7 July 2017 at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Essentra to exhibit alongside Magicard at IFSEC 2015
Essentra to exhibit alongside Magicard at IFSEC 2015

The Magicard Helix can apply a secure visible watermark to each card during the re-transfer process Visitors to IFSEC International 2015 will be among the first in Europe to see a preview of the new Magicard Helix re-transfer ID card printer with built-in visual security. Magicard Helix featuring HoloKoteTM The Magicard Helix is the world’s first re-transfer printer which can apply a secure visible watermark to each card during the re-transfer process. Using an evolution of Magicard’s highly acclaimed HoloKoteTM security feature, the Helix is able to exploit the wavelengths and lens effect of the re-transfer film to fluoresce under UV lighting conditions. Essentra, Marketing Manager comments “In partnership with Magicard, Essentra Security will have a much larger stand at this year’s IFSEC,” said Sue Woodcock, Marketing Manager for Essentra Security. “The extra space will allow us to offer live demonstrations of the long list of innovative features which have been built into the highly impressive Helix ID card printer.” An intuitive touch screen provides an easy-to-use interface to the Helix’s robust, high-volume print engine, whilst an array of other features include 1000 capacity ribbons, 200 capacity hoppers and easy load film cassettes to eliminate contamination. Essentra's to introduce new ID solutions As Europe's leading distributor of card printers, systems and accessories to the ID Channel, Essentra Security will also be taking the opportunity to introduce some new ID solutions which have recently been launched by a number of other leading card printer manufacturers. These include the Datacard® SD160™ card printer which is designed to deliver a combination of affordability, security and simplicity to help users establish an ID card issuance programme and the Evolis Avansia re-transfer printer which is targeted at users who require very high quality card delivery and is capable of issuing more than 140 single-sided colour cards per hour. Also on show will be ID card solutions offered by HID and Zebra, as well as new Swiftcolor SCC-2000D SCC-4000D inkjet models which provide the option to print onto both paper and plastic. Essentra Security will be on stand E1650 at IFSEC International, which takes place at ExCeL London on 16-18 June, 2015.

Essentra Security to demonstrate new innovative ID solutions at IFSEC 2014
Essentra Security to demonstrate new innovative ID solutions at IFSEC 2014

Essentra will demonstrate new the BadgeMaker card design software Visitors to stand D1950 at IFSEC International 2014 will find the Essentra Security team are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to demonstrate new innovative ID solutions which have recently been introduced to make the in-house production and management of ID cards almost effortless, as well as cost-effective. Essentra Security is Europe’s leading specialist distributor of ID systems, printers and accessories and according to UK Director of Sales, Richard Moore, the timing of the show could not be better. “As in previous years we will be demonstrating the very latest generation of ID printers from leading manufacturers such as Magicard and Evolis, and among the new printers on demonstration will be the SD460 printer and laminator from Datacard and the enhanced DTC range from Fargo.” “Also on show will be the new BadgeMaker card design software which Essentra Security is confident will attract considerable interest from customers who are looking for an all-in-one software solution for the design and production of ID cards as well as data management.” With the launch of BadgeMaker, Essentra will be the first in the UK to offer Smart Card Encoding functionality for DESFire EV1, plus the software will offer a clear upgrade path from the legacy idpro software, one of the UK’s most successful ID Card software packages. There are now two main elements to the BadgeMaker software package. BadgeMaker IDENTITY focuses on data management and effective ID card production. It makes it easy for card holder data to be imported from file formats such as CSV and Excel, whilst individual records can be added or modified manually. A comprehensive photo capturing tool features facial recognition, automatic cropping and a three-picture snapshot, whilst the multiple view options available with BadgeMaker IDENTITY, which include Grid View, Detail View and the Photo Slider, allows users to efficiently find and verify a person. BadgeMaker DESIGN enables users to create their own professional card designs that can include backgrounds, dynamic fields and images. One of the many great features of BadgeMaker DESIGN is that users are able to create a library of designs and if/when required they can easily be assigned to different BadgeMaker IDENTITY projects. “We are experiencing increasing demand for cost-effective ID printing solutions from businesses and organisations who wish to have the flexibility of onsite issuance of security cards,” said Richard Moore. “Our knowledge and experience in the ID Card Printing market means we are ideally positioned to develop this business further and with BadgeMaker included in our ID solutions portfolio, we will be able to demonstrate to IFSEC visitors that we are in a very strong position to help them with all their ID card requirements.”

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