Honeywell Security Access Control Softwares(11)
When scores of visitors pass through the entrances of large facilities, ineffective visitor management can compromise the security afforded by significant investments in perimeter security and access control.Honeywell's award winning Electronic Visitor Management System LobbyWorks™ can contribute substantially to the safety and protection of both personnel and property. The ability to automatically screen and track visitors is an essential part of a complete security plan.The LobbyWorks™ Suite offers a simple and cost effective way to:Determine who is in your facility at all times Identify unwanted visitors Eliminate abuse of visitor badges Protect the confidentiality of visitors Facilitate communication between hosts, visitors, and security personnel Improve lobby and security desk productivityAdd to Compare
WIN-PAK® SE Service Pack 2 with HRDP Performance Series and Galaxy Dimension integration offers a single interface that combines access control and video with intrusion. The software can control and manage employee or customer access to designated or restricted areas in many types of facilities and businesses. The integrated solution is ideal for areas such as small office buildings, employee and delivery doors, pharmacies, off-licences, day care facilities, warehouses, restaurants and hospitals."Our latest version of WIN-PAK SE now enables customers to integrate with HRDP Performance Series Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) and Galaxy Dimension intrusion panels as a cost-effective, entry-level security integration platform," said René von Franquemont, access control product marketing manager for Honeywell Systems Group EMEA. "It combines Honeywell's latest innovative security products into a powerful, comprehensive security solution for customers."WIN-PAK SE allows users to manage three separate systems through a single, easy-to-use software interface, which not only saves time and money, but also improves the level of security by eliminating user code sharing. Other benefits of the integrated WIN-PAK SE with HRDP DVR and Galaxy Dimension system include:Fast and easy setup - A step-by-step installation wizard makes setup quick and easy.Retrieve recorded video quickly - The seamless integration with Honeywell HRDP DVRs facilitates easy identification, retrieval and playback of events and alarms.Greater sales opportunities for installers - Because it provides a three-in-one solution, installers are able to offer end-users substantial enhancements to existing systems or significantly improve the operation of new security systems by reducing training and labour.Incremental revenue advantages - The new WIN-PAK SE software provides installers with the opportunity to add digital video and/or intrusion functionality to existing access installations as customer needs change, creating additional revenue and increased customer retention."It takes a unique software interface to effectively harness the power of our intrusion panels," said Drew Aitken, product marketing manager for Honeywell Security and Communications EMEA. "WIN-PAK SE with HRDP and Galaxy Dimension integration delivers this power in a big way. By tying together Honeywell's premier products of access, intrusion and video, it offers a versatile solution that meets customer needs of today without sacrificing the needs of tomorrow."For further information click hereAdd to Compare
Reliance High-Tech - an Elite member of the Honeywell Systems Integrator Programme - has selected Honeywell's WIN-PAK™ PRO Central Station software to power its new managed access control solution. The service, which will be hosted by the dedicated Reliance Monitoring Centre in West Yorkshire, will potentially generate significant additional monthly recurring revenues for Reliance through the provision of ongoing remote managed access control services to its customers. Remote managed access control presents the ideal security solution for both Small to Medium Enterprises wishing to install access control for the first time, as well as existing access control customers who want to switch from a locally based system to a more cost effective and flexible remote managed solution. The WIN-PAK™ PRO Central Station remote managed access control software from Honeywell will reduce installation and service costs for both Reliance High-Tech and its customers in a number of ways including removing the need for dedicated on-site PCs at customer premises, reducing end-user training requirements and facilitating remote servicing. The scalability offered by remotely managed access control will also allow Reliance High-Tech to quickly and easily adapt security solutions, depending on its customers' needs. As part of the service, Reliance High-Tech monitoring specialists will be able to remotely open and close doors on request, create customised security reports for customers and respond to on-site alarms, alerting emergency services where necessary. Customers can also access the system remotely at any time through a secure web portal if they need to add/delete badges or view the latest reports in real time. Initially set up to provide CCTV and access control support for its customers, the BS5979 Cat II Reliance Monitoring Centre quickly diversified its services to include command and control, lone worker protection and asset tracking. The centre works in accordance with ISO270000 for data protection, and has a separate mirrored centre 60 miles away for contingency purposes. This latest move to extend the offering to include remote managed access control came in response to a growing customer demand for the innovative service. Reliance High Tech's long standing relationship with Honeywell made the task of choosing a technology partner for the service a simple one. "Reliance High Tech has been installing Honeywell WIN-PAK™ technology for many years and our teams are extremely familiar with the strong technical capabilities, user friendly interface and database management functionality of the range," said Dan Thomas, sales and marketing director, Reliance High-Tech. "The addition of WIN-PAK™ PRO Central Station to our access control portfolio helps our customers to save money by reducing manpower and using technology more intelligently to enhance security.""In today's security environment, many organisations seek the protection provided by a comprehensive access control solution but do not want the financial burden of hosting the system locally," said Daniel Wan, UK marketing leader, Honeywell Systems Group. "Outsourcing security functions to experts such as Reliance High-Tech offers an excellent solution and allows organisations to take advantage of the very latest security technology from trusted brands like Honeywell, while simultaneously reducing overhead costs incurred."Add to Compare
Honeywell recently released several software enhancements to its widely used Pro-Watch® security management system. The Pro-Watch 3.81 software upgrades are designed to simplify installation and ease of use, as well as reduce costs and maximise system efficiency. The upgrades include: Software-based licence keys that eliminate the need for a hardware USB dongle to ensure the integrity of the licence and maintain compatibility with virtualisation and other IT-centric solutions. Inclusion of the S-Net protocol on the PW-6000 provides a smooth migration path from legacy Star I controllers to current technology, which allows end users to leverage existing security investments. Virtualisation support with VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V, which enables an organisation’s IT staff to host Pro-Watch as a virtual server, which reduces server management expenses and service interruptions. Additionally, Pro-Watch 3.81 features open integration with the Honeywell Software Development Kit (HSDK), which enables increased interoperability between Honeywell technologies and products from third-party manufacturers who participate in the Honeywell Open Technology Alliance (HOTA) programme. The compatibility of Pro-Watch with the HSDK allows easy integration with larger building control systems such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and other building management technologies to drive energy savings. Pro-Watch also integrates various security components including visitor management, IP and video surveillance, intrusion, and communications such as intercom and mass notification technology. “We understand that cost containment, enhanced profitability and return on investment are all important for our customers,” Aymet said. “Pro-Watch offers an open architecture platform that offers advanced levels of integration and greatly increases our customers’ ability to achieve their financial goals.” Pro-Watch is available to certified Honeywell Integrated Security Integrators only.Add to Compare
Honeywell's Pro-Watch® 3.80 Security Management Suite simplifies overall system management through enhanced Microsoft® compatibility. Pro-Watch 3.80 includes several new advanced features made possible through improved integration with Honeywell's MAXPRO®VMS (Video Management System) and various third-party systems.Pro-Watch 3.80 supports user upgrades to new Microsoft® versions of Windows® Server 2008, SQL Server® 2008, and Windows 7. This provides a convenient way to set up groups in Windows using database privileges to streamline the manual steps involved in installation. Pro-Watch 3.80 leverages existing network infrastructure by using standard network protocol to communicate to all system components to help a facility manage access control, alarm monitoring, video badging, digital video, video surveillance and visitor management systems.Integrating with MAXPRO VMS allows Pro-Watch 3.80 to intelligently determine the capabilities of each analogue or digital video device across various sites, allowing video management of any component through a unified configuration and user interface. Operators can drag and drop cameras from the Pro-Watch hardware tree into MAXPRO VMS and can use advanced features such as subject pursuit to select a central camera with a single mouse-click to track a target through a set of sequential cameras.Pro-Watch 3.80 also features enhanced integration with Honeywell's Galaxy® Dimension GD-264 and GD-512 intrusion panels to ensure a seamless security experience for end users with fewer accidental alarms and resulting fines. If a user is granted access to a building but does not have the authority to disarm the system, the integration can deny access and prevent a false alarm. In addition, critical areas are automatically armed upon exit of personnel.An advanced badging option combines badge holder and card data into easy-to-use views with access permissions by card. Advanced badging makes it easy to train badging staff and HR, and built-in saved ‘favourite' searches, audit views, and compliance reports help those individuals more effectively manage badges.Pro-Watch 3.80 also enables active monitoring and surveillance of large buildings or campuses with enhanced maps. This advanced feature includes intercom support that provides the operator with an additional layer of environmental awareness. Each door in Pro-Watch can be associated with both an intercom and a camera, allowing the dispatcher to utilise real-time video for visual verification while simultaneously communicating over the intercom. For voice functionality, the command interface facilitates operator interactions with remote intercom stations directly from the operator's personal computer. A dispatcher can interact with intercom stations via a toolbar shortcut, context-sensitive menus in the hardware tree accessed with a simple right-click, or via intercom icons added to maps."Pro-Watch is a business management tool for those who want to know who's in their buildings and tracking who's coming and going," said René von Franquemont, access control product manager, Honeywell Security Group. "It offers superior integration with third party products such as Novell and SAP to streamline mustering, visitor management, and other HR functions to help organisations interact more effectively with personnel in their buildings in real-time."Pro-Watch is available via Honeywell Integrated Security Authorised Integrators in four scalable editions (Lite, Professional, Corporate and Enterprise) that allow system expansion without changing the user interface or database structure. Visit Honeywell's homepage.Add to Compare
WIN-PAK combines access control, digital video and intrusion into one powerful system that improves scalability, capability and control of your security solution. WIN-PAK can be used to programme, operate and report access control events and is available in standard and professional editions: WIN-PAK SE 2.0 Single user (Standard Edition) with basic video integration: The single user software supports advanced access control and basic video including Rapid Eye, Fusion or HRDP Series DVRs. Depending on the application, choose Galaxy integration as an option.WIN-PAK SE 2.0 Five user (Standard Edition) with advanced video integration: The five user software supports advanced access control including advanced video support for Fusion and HRDP Series DVRs. Depending on the application, choose Galaxy integration as an option.WIN-PAK PE 2.0 (Professional Edition): The unrestricted user software supports advanced access control, including advanced video including Rapid Eye, Fusion or HRDP Series DVRs and Galaxy integration.Functions that have traditionally been tied together through physical relays and input devices are now controlled logically. Full-scale system management of single or multiple locations is possible - you can move, control or share resources across multiple locations simply by logging on to a system.WIN-PAK is easy to install and programme using Quick Start Wizards, which also offer advanced reporting capabilities that customers are demanding. Users can create customised reports or choose from a variety of predefined reports. E-mail capability has been added to allow reports and events to be sent via e-mail. Reports and events can be shown as easy-to-read text that provide all the content and detail that customers require.WIN-PAK SE/PE 2.0 offers complete enhanced Digital Video Integration to Honeywell Rapid Eye, Fusion and HRDP "Performance Series" Digital Video Recorders. Integration allows video to be linked to both access control and Galaxy intrusion events and alarms. Video clips can easily be recalled through the software, based on time or event. With integration, users can have complete camera control, including pan, tilt and zoom, and can verify live users with stored images using the video verification option.Integration with Honeywell Galaxy intrusion panels allows multiple Galaxy panels to be managed by WIN-PAK SE/PE, using floor plans and control maps to allow easy monitoring and control of most of the Galaxy functionality.Add to Compare
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In 2017, IoT-based cyberattacks increased by 600%. As the industry moves towards the mass adoption of interconnected physical security devices, end users have found a plethora of advantages, broadening the scope of traditional video surveillance solutions beyond simple safety measures. Thanks in part to these recent advancements, our physical solutions are at a higher risk than ever before. With today’s ever evolving digital landscape and the increasing complexity of physical and cyber-attacks, it’s imperative to take specific precautions to combat these threats. Video surveillance systems Cybersecurity is not usually the first concern to come to mind When you think of a video surveillance system, cybersecurity is not usually the first concern to come to mind, since digital threats are usually thought of as separate from physical security. Unfortunately, these two are becoming increasingly intertwined as intruders continue to use inventive methods in order to access an organisation's assets. Hacks and data breaches are among the top cyber concerns, but many overlook the fact that weak cybersecurity practices can lead to physical danger as well. Organisations that deploy video surveillance devices paired with advanced analytics programs often leave themselves vulnerable to a breach without even realising it. While they may be intelligent, IoT devices are soft targets that cybercriminals and hackers can easily exploit, crippling a physical security system from the inside out. Physical security manufacturers Whether looking to simply gain access to internal data, or paralyse a system prior to a physical attack, allowing hackers easy access to surveillance systems can only end poorly. In order to stay competitive, manufacturers within the security industry are trading in their traditional analogue technology and moving towards interconnected devices. Due to this, security can no longer be solely focused on the physical elements and end users have taken note. The first step towards more secured solutions starts with physical security manufacturers choosing to make cybersecurity a priority for all products, from endpoint to edge and beyond. Gone are the days of end users underestimating the importance of reliability within their solutions. Manufacturers that choose to invest time and research into the development of cyber-hardening will be ahead of the curve and an asset to all. Wireless communication systems Integrators also become complicit in any issues that may arise in the future Aside from simply making the commitment to improve cyber hygiene, there are solid steps that manufacturers can take. One simple action is incorporating tools and features into devices that allow end users to more easily configure their cyber protection settings. Similarly, working with a third party to perform penetration testing on products can help to ensure the backend security of IoT devices. This gives customers peace of mind and manufacturers a competitive edge. While deficient cybersecurity standards can reflect poorly on manufacturers by installing vulnerable devices on a network, integrators also become complicit in any issues that may arise in the future. Just last year, ADT was forced to settle a $16 million class action lawsuit when the company installed an unencrypted wireless communication system that rendered an organisation open to hacks. Cybersecurity services In addition, we’ve all heard of the bans, taxes and tariffs the U.S. government has recently put on certain manufacturers, depending on their country of origin and cybersecurity practices. Lawsuits aside, employing proper cybersecurity standards can give integrators a competitive advantage. With the proliferation of hacks, malware, and ransomware, integrators that can ease their client's cyber-woes are already a step ahead. By choosing to work with cybersecurity-focused manufacturers who provide clients with vulnerability testing and educate end users on best practices, integrators can not only thrive but find new sources of RMR. Education, collaboration and participation are three pillars when tackling cybersecurity from all angles. For dealers and integrators who have yet to add cybersecurity services to their business portfolios, scouting out a strategic IT partner could be the answer. Unlocking countless opportunities Becoming educated on the topic of cybersecurity and its importance for an organisation is the first step Physical security integrators who feel uncomfortable diving headfirst into the digital realm may find that strategically aligning themselves with an IT or cyber firm will unlock countless opportunities. By opening the door to a partnership with an IT-focused firm, integrators receive the benefit of cybersecurity insight on future projects and a new source of RMR through continued consulting with current customers. In exchange, the IT firm gains a new source of clients in an industry otherwise untapped. This is a win for all those involved. While manufacturers, dealers and integrators play a large part in the cybersecurity of physical systems, end users also play a crucial role. Becoming educated on the topic of cybersecurity and its importance for an organisation is the first step. Commonplace cybersecurity standards Below is a list of commonplace cybersecurity standards that all organisations should work to implement for the protection of their own video surveillance solutions: Always keep camera firmware up to date for the latest cyber protections. Change default passwords, especially those of admins, to keep the system locked to outside users. Create different user groups with separate rights to ensure all users have only the permissions they need. Set an encryption key for surveillance recordings to safeguard footage against intruders and prevent hackers from accessing a system through a backdoor. Enable notifications, whether for error codes or storage failures, to keep up to date with all systems happenings. Create/configure an OpenVPN connection for secured remote access. Check the web server log on a regular basis to see who is accessing the system. Ensure that web crawling is forbidden to prevent images or data found on your device from being made searchable. Avoid exposing devices to the internet unless strictly necessary to reduce the risk of attacks.
In the next three years, software as a service ‘SaaS’ is likely to grow by around 23%. That’s according to reports by Cognizance. It’s growth rests on the adoption of cloud public, private and hybrid. Without the cloud applications can’t truly pervade an organisation, nor can operational or customer benefits be derived. But there’s no point in adopting the cloud if it’s not secure - the proliferation of SaaS demands security, none more so in a GDPR world. Large cloud environment But modern applications are difficult to secure. SaaS based, web, mobile, or custom made all work on different platforms and frameworks. It’s a headache managing all the APIs needed to automate and sync tools. This introduces risk. The greater the number of apps the broader the attack surface and therefore the greater the chance there will be blind posts. Keeping up to date with updates and new security policies is never easy There are also added hazards. Applications are always changing. Keeping up to date with updates and new security policies is never easy, but especially hard in a large cloud environment. Failure to adopt changes puts the organisation and customers at further risk. But the biggest obstacle is keeping applications and APIs out of harm’s way. It’s a near on impossible task when attack methods and sources are constantly changing. More advanced threats To be specific there are four emerging challenges when it comes to protecting apps. Firstly, managing the good and the bad bots and spotting which is which, secondly securing APIs as IoT adoption intensifies, thirdly the relationship between securing apps and DevOps and ensuring ownership of security, and finally denial of service attacks that use newer tactics such as brute force. Basic security hygiene dictates that security teams refer to the OWASP Top 10. It’s considered the ‘ten commandments’ in security circles, providing a starting point for ensuring the most common threats and vulnerabilities are managed, detected and mitigated. Web Application Firewalls also come into the fray with guidance on testing for the ways hackers exploit vulnerabilities. However, though the basics are good to have in place, there are always more advanced threats to take care of. Bots being a big one. Bot management The more sophisticated bots will go as far as to mimic human behaviourAstonishingly about half of internet traffic is bot generated. Half of it is from bad bots. Discerning the good from the bad isn’t easy though and explains why around 80% of organisations can’t make a clear distinction between the two. Bad bots can do a lot of damage like take over user accounts and payment information, scrape confidential data, or hold up inventory and skew marketing metrics. The more sophisticated bots will go as far as to mimic human behaviour and bypass tools like CAPTCHA and even device fingerprinting based protection ineffective. Securing APIs Then there’s the complications derived from machine-to-machine and internet of things (IoT) communications. The more integrated ‘things’, the more data there is, the more events there are report on, and the more activity there is reliant on APIs to make the ‘things’ useful and agile. That’s what makes them a target and the threats to API vulnerabilities include injections, protocol attacks, parameter manipulations, invalidated redirects and bot attacks. There’s the risk that business will grant access to sensitive data, without inspecting nor protecting APIs to detect cyberattacks. There’s the risk that business will grant access to sensitive data, without inspecting nor protecting APIs to detect cyberattacks Denial of service (DoS) You might think there’s little to add to the swathes of denial of service warnings. Yet when businesses are still being targeted and feeling the ill effects it’s worth mentioning again that different forms of application-layer DoS attacks are still very effective at bringing application services down. Even the greatest application protection is worthless if the service itself can be knocked down This includes HTTP/S floods, low and slow attacks (famous examples being Slowloris, LOIC, Torshammer), dynamic IP attacks, buffer overflow, Brute Force attacks and more. The IoT botnets are the culprits and have made application-layer attacks so popular that they have become the preferred DDoS attack vector. Even the greatest application protection is worthless if the service itself can be knocked down. Continuous security It may seem easy to say but for modern DevOps, agility is valued at the expense of security. We see time and again examples of where development and roll-out methodologies, such as continuous delivery, mean applications are exposed to threats each time they are modified. There’s no doubt it is extremely difficult to maintain a valid security policy and protect sensitive data in dynamic conditions without creating a high number of false positives. But we now find that this task has gone way beyond the capability of humans. Organisations now need machine-learning based solutions that map application resources, analyse possible threats, and create and optimise security policies in real time. Reaching this level in security planning should be a big wake-up call that security automation is an essential not a nice to have. Running security plans The board needs to know that investment is critical to protect their profits It’s critical that the security solution your company adopts protects applications on all platforms, against all attacks, through all the channels and at all times. The board needs to know that investment is critical to protect their profits. As such there are six things they need to know: Application security solutions must encompass web and mobile apps, as well as APIs. Bot management solutions need to overcome the most sophisticated bot attacks. DDoS mitigation must be an essential and integrated part of application security solutions. A future-proof solution must protect containerised applications, severless functions, and integrate with automation, provisioning and orchestration tools. To keep up with continuous application delivery, security protections must adapt in real time. A fully managed service should be considered to remove complexity and minimise resources. No amount of human power will beat the bots. That last point is the most critical. Skill is essential in designing and running security plans and policies that work. But the plans can’t be executed without automated tools. There are just too many decisions to make in a split second. Combining both is the path to an effective app protection strategy and a stronger brand to boot.
The industry faces numerous challenges in the coming year. Physical and cyber security threats continue to become more complex, and organisations are struggling to manage both physical and digital credentials as well as a rapidly growing number of connected endpoints in the Internet of Things (IoT). We are witnessing the collision of the enterprise with the IoT, and organisations now must establish trust and validate the identity of people as well as ‘things’ in an environment of increasingly stringent safety and data privacy regulations. Meanwhile, demand grows for smarter and more data-driven workplaces, a risk-based approach to threat protection, improved productivity and seamless, more convenient access to the enterprise and its physical and digital assets and services. Using smartphone apps to open doors Cloud technologies give people access through their mobile phones and other devices to many new, high-value experiencesEnterprise customers increasingly want to create trusted environments within which they can deliver valuable new user experiences. A major driver is growing demand for the ‘digital cohesion’ of being able to use smartphone apps to open doors, authenticate to enterprise data resources or access a building’s applications and services. Cloud technologies are a key piece of the solution. They give people access through their mobile phones and other devices to many new, high-value experiences. At the same time, they help fuel smarter, more data-driven workplace environments. With the arrival of today’s identity- and location-aware building systems that recognise people and use deep learning analytics to customise their office environment, the workplace is undergoing dramatic change. Improved fingerprint solutions Cloud-based platforms and application programming interfaces (APIs) will help bridge biometrics and access control in the enterprise, overcoming previous integration hurdles while providing a trusted platform that meets the concerns of accessibility and data protection in a connected environment. At the same time, the next generation of fingerprint solutions will deliver higher matching speed, better image capture quality and improved performance. The next generation of fingerprint solutions will deliver higher matching speed, better image capture quality and improved performance Liveness detection will ensure that captured data is from a living person. Biometrics authentication will also gain traction beyond access control in immigration and border control, law enforcement, military, defence and other public section use cases where higher security is needed. Flexible subscription models Access control solutions based on cloud platforms will also change how solutions are deployed. Siloed security and workplace optimisation solutions will be replaced with mobile apps that can be downloaded anywhere across a global ecosystem of millions of compatible and connected physical access control system endpoints. These connections will also facilitate new, more flexible subscription models for access control services. As an example, users will be able to more easily replenish mobile IDs if their smartphones are lost or must be replaced. Generating valuable insights with machine learning Machine learning analytics will be used to generate valuable insights from today’s access control solutionsEducation, finance, healthcare, enterprise, and other niche markets such as commercial real-estate and enterprises focussed on co-working spaces will benefit from a cloud-connected access control hardware foundation. There will be a faster path from design to deployment since developers will no longer have to create an entire vertically integrated solution. They will simply add an app experience to the existing access control infrastructure. New players will be drawn to the market resulting in a richer, more vibrant development community and accelerated innovation. Data analytics will be a rapidly growing area of interest. Machine learning analytics will be used to generate valuable insights from today’s access control solutions. Devices, access control systems, IoT applications, digital certificates and location services solutions, which are all connected to the cloud, will collectively deliver robust data with which to apply advanced analytics and risk-based intelligence. As organisations incorporate this type of analytics engine into their access control systems, they will improve security and personalise the user experience while driving better business decisions.
Guests at some of Dubai’s newest hotels will enjoy more efficient and memorable service thanks to eFusion technology from Maxxess. Improving control The eFusion solution is being used for comprehensive streamlining of security and safety – tying together front-of-house and back-of-house operations – at a number of landmark hotel developments in Dubai. The result will be a smoother check-in experience for guests, with minimal queuing, no cumbersome paperwork, and more attentive service. By integrating front and back of house operations at busy hotels, eFusion reduces problems with inefficiency and human error and improves situational awareness and control capability for management teams. Among the latest five-star destinations to adopt eFusion, the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa on Palm Jumeirah, which is due to open later this year, comprises seventeen floors with 200-plus rooms and suites, along with recreational and dining facilities. The Taj Jumeirah Lake Towers, another development by the Indian Hotels Company due to open this year, will also benefit from Maxxess integration technology. Seamless integration eFusion allows rapid integration - off-the-shelf - with a wide choice of security, safety and business-critical technologies eFusion allows rapid integration – off-the-shelf – with a wide choice of security, safety and business-critical technologies. It provides an umbrella management system and allows the highest level of service efficiency by removing the need for operators to continually switch between systems. The systems and IT integrator for the new-build project, PACC Information and Communication Technology LLC, says eFusion was specified because it met requirements for the most robust solution and one that would be easy to adapt going forward. Delivering guest satisfaction “Guest satisfaction is the hotel’s top priority and the eFusion system will let them focus their efforts on delivering it,” says PACC spokesman Shantanu Mukherjee. “Visitors to these new hotels will really notice the difference.” At the Taj Exotica, eFusion will integrate the front of house system from ASSA ABLOY; the Honeywell Simplex fire system controls; the Honeywell Building Management System connected via a Bacnet gateway; and a combination of 403 Hanwha Technwin Wisenet IP internal and external cameras, installed by ISS CCTV and operated through SecureOS video management software (VMS). ASSA ABLOY VingCard access control The ASSA ABLOY VingCard access control system, securing almost 300 doors, will be managed from the eFusion platform alongside other key services due to be added, including the OTIS elevator controls. eFusion will allow the hotel’s management to define events of interest – such a particular door being unlocked, or alarms being set or unset – and provide transactional information to improve security for guests, and accountability. The solution also enables centralised management of room safes, mini-bars and cupboards, and the control of all alarm transactions. Integration with access control system Using eFusion off-the-shelf integration modules, ID badging and building management systems are also fully integrated Cameras linked to door access will allow video pop-up to be triggered by pre-defined events, and operators will have complete PTZ control, playback and video functionality. Using eFusion off-the-shelf integration modules, ID badging and building management systems are also fully integrated, allowing easy operation and control of a wide range of functions including heating, ventilation and air conditioning. A further 300 rooms are expected to be added to the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa system in a phase-two development scheduled for 2021. Modular, building block approach “The eFusion platform was chosen for these major projects because it offers the advantages of a modular, building block approach and gives IHCL maximum freedom to integrate, customise and adapt to future needs,” says Lee Copland, Managing Director EMEA, Maxxess Systems. He adds, “This success positions Maxxess as a clear leader in linking front-and-back of house operations to enable seamless facilities management, safety and security operations in often complex and busy hotel environments. Visitors to IFSEC International will have the opportunity to see the power of eFusion integration on our stand IF2120,” added Copland. As well as the new IHC Taj hotels, Maxxess eFusion is also being implemented at six upcoming Dubai developments, including major hotel, leisure and retail destinations, with several other projects underway in the wider region as well as in London, UK.
LifeSafety Power Inc. continues to expand its popular rack mount solutions, now adding the integration of Honeywell ProWatch to the FlexPower Gemini line. The Gemini RGH rack mount power management system supports seamless hardware integration of Honeywell ProWatch door controllers and centralised power in a single, space-saving design. Rack mount power management Gemini RGH is a compact, 19-inch rack-mounted enclosure engineered for data centers, IT closets, server rooms or other areas where space is limited. It integrates ProWatch door controllers and power controller boards in a pull-out, easy-to-access mechanical housing, giving systems integrators the convenience of a tiered drawer configuration for their Honeywell access control specifications. RGH is the continuation of LifeSafety Power’s award-winning Gemini line. Gemini covers the most widely specified access controller configurations, with rack mount designs for Mercury, SWH, AMAG, HID and Honeywell controllers, as well as ‘power-only’ rack mount footprints recently made available with the newly released RGL. Gemini Series carry UL and ULC listings, as well as other certifications. Compact housing for door controllers “The Gemini line continues to expand in response to our customer’s requests for compact, integrated housings for the most popular door controllers along with power,” said Larry Ye, President and CEO of LifeSafety Power. “As space for technology and equipment becomes increasingly limited, Gemini meets the need for access control and power integration in an abbreviated, yet easy-to-service footprint.”
Coming off a successful ISC West show, Honeywell is sharply focussed on product development, with an emphasis on advanced software. “We have a strong new product pipeline this year – more than two times the number of products than we’ve released in the past several years,” says Luis Rodriguez, Director of Product Marketing, Honeywell Commercial Security. “At ISC West, we received a lot of interest in how AI and new security systems are changing the market.” Although uses for AI are still emerging in security, Honeywell sees an important role for AI in building a connected system to ensure the safety and security of a building, and more importantly, its occupants. AI allows end users to go beyond monitoring activity on a surface level to really understand the scene – from who exactly is in the area to what they might be doing. As more data is processed over time, AI will continue to build on its learnings to help deliver a more accurate assessment of potential threats each time. Machine learning-based analytics End users should explore the use of machine learning-based analytics as machine learning is more advanced than AI-based systems, says Rodriguez. “When speaking to dealers and integrators, end users should also inquire about the detection accuracy of systems that use AI or machine learning technology, particularly around false positives and negatives.” Honeywell seeks to develop integrated security systems that provide the earliest detection “Additionally, end users should always ask to conduct site testing so to understand how well-suited the machine learning-based system is to the particular user’s native environment,” adds Rodriguez. “The testing will help identify the exact needs of their site.” Honeywell is reinvesting in its video portfolio, both in hardware and software innovation, as well as partnering with the top experts in the IT and education industries to stay ahead of customer demand. Honeywell seeks to develop integrated security systems that provide the earliest detection, enable the fastest response, centralise decision making, and allow customers to manage it all from anywhere. Solutions for vertical markets Honeywell Commercial Security is focussed on supporting vertical markets that have specific security needs such as education, banking and finance, and pharma. Each has unique nuances that call for tailored security approaches. “As Honeywell continues to develop its suite of security solutions for the future and identify personalised systems for each vertical, AI such as analytics, deep learning and facial recognition will play an integral role during research and testing,” says Rodriguez. Honeywell is developing video and audio analytics technology capable of studying crowd behaviour as well as detecting guns, gunshots An example is the education market, where eliminating human delay in reporting potential threats to law enforcement and creating faster systems that help omit single-point failures are key to protecting schools and ensuring students’ safety. To address those challenges, Honeywell is developing video and audio analytics technology capable of studying crowd behaviour as well as detecting guns, gunshots and fights, says Bruce Montgomery, Business Development Manager, Honeywell Commercial Security. Testing technology for sports security The software is able to visualise, automate planning, design and efficiency analysis of a video surveillance system"A partnership with University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) is testing technology such as MaxPro Video, Pro-Watch Access Control and UNP Mass Notification in the National Sport Security Laboratory and in connected real-world environments. “The analytics data gathered from these environments will help inform future security innovations,” says Montgomery. Another Honeywell partnership is with JVSG, whose CCTV Design Software offers a new way to design more affordable and higher quality video surveillance systems. Integrators and distributors are now able to add a range of models from Honeywell’s portfolio of Performance Series IP Cameras into their system design from the software’s database. “The software is able to visualise, automate planning, design and efficiency analysis of a video surveillance system,” says Jeremy Kimber, Director of Enterprise Global Product Management, Honeywell Security and Fire. The program is used by more than 7,000 CCTV designers in more than 130 countries around the world and is downloaded more than 60,000 times every year.
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