Lenel offers web enabled applications with OnGuard 2006
Lenel offers web enabled applications with OnGuard 2006

OnGuard 2006 seamlessly integrates access control, ID credential issuance and management, alarm monitoring, digital video surveillance and management, intelligent video, biometric technology integration, intrusion detection, visitor management and smart card functionality.  OnGuard 2006 marks Lenel’s entry into an XML Web Services architectural platform, with the introduction of web-enabled applications.  The web platform offers ease of deployment and maintenance, and system users can launch the applications from a PC using a standard web browser.  Another new component is Lenel IntelligentAudio™, an automated digital audio content analysis tool that can recognize, analyse and classify objects (information) in recorded audio files.  OnGuard 2006 is the first offering in the marketplace that enables biometric data to be used for both physical and logical access control.  OnGuard 2006 offers the first digital video management software that includes a suite of seamlessly integrated intelligent video tools that can be used for forensic video analysis.  Lenel is the first company to include these tools for all users without charge, as a basic component of the software.  OnGuard 2006 integrates with the Otis Compass destination dispatching system to provide secure access to banks of elevators.Other important capabilities include automatic rerouting of an alarm to an alternate workstation, integrated support for Integrated Engineering smart card encoders and biometric-smart card readers, digital video watermarking and authentication, and video matrix display on large-format video walls.Click here to download corporate brochure

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Lenel-ActivIdentity joint solution
Lenel-ActivIdentity joint solution

Lenel has partnered with ActivIdentity to jointly market a solution for physical access to facilities and logical access to networks.  The joint solution offers many benefits, including increased security and lower total cost of operation.  In addition, the Lenel-ActivIdentity solution will be a primary component for a corporation’s efforts to achieve compliance with regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley and HSPD-12. The ActivIdentity Enterprise Access Card consolidates employee logical credentials onto a single, secure smart card.  This provides a photo ID as well as a security device that enables secure Windows and network login, PC 'locking', secure remote access (VPN), secure email with digital signatures, and single sign-on to enterprise and desktop applications.The Lenel OnGuard® ID CredentialCenter™ application consolidates employee physical credentials, biometrics, and demographic information onto a single secure smart card, captures photo ID and prints the card.  The Lenel OnGuard security platform offers seamlessly integrated access control, alarm monitoring, identity management, digital video, intrusion detection, asset management, card production, and visitor management.The joint solution integrates the issuance and administration of cards and credentials for both physical and logical domains, and combines a photo ID, smart card and proximity card onto a single, easy to use device.  With the importance of physical and logical security, the integration of the Lenel and ActivIdentity products allows complete life cycle management of the credential.See the ActivIdentity Architecture diagram

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Lenel-ActivIdentity joint solution
Lenel-ActivIdentity joint solution

Lenel has partnered with ActivIdentity to jointly market a solution for physical access to facilities and logical access to networks.  The joint solution offers many benefits, including increased security and lower total cost of operation.  In addition, the Lenel-ActivIdentity solution will be a primary component for a corporation’s efforts to achieve compliance with regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley and HSPD-12. The ActivIdentity Enterprise Access Card consolidates employee logical credentials onto a single, secure smart card.  This provides a photo ID as well as a security device that enables secure Windows and network login, PC 'locking', secure remote access (VPN), secure email with digital signatures, and single sign-on to enterprise and desktop applications.The Lenel OnGuard® ID CredentialCenter™ application consolidates employee physical credentials, biometrics, and demographic information onto a single secure smart card, captures photo ID and prints the card.  The Lenel OnGuard security platform offers seamlessly integrated access control, alarm monitoring, identity management, digital video, intrusion detection, asset management, card production, and visitor management.The joint solution integrates the issuance and administration of cards and credentials for both physical and logical domains, and combines a photo ID, smart card and proximity card onto a single, easy to use device.  With the importance of physical and logical security, the integration of the Lenel and ActivIdentity products allows complete life cycle management of the credential.See the ActivIdentity Architecture diagram

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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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LenelS2 signs an agreement to integrate selected FLIR thermal cameras with OnGuard access control system
LenelS2 signs an agreement to integrate selected FLIR thermal cameras with OnGuard access control system

LenelS2 and FLIR Systems, Inc. announces that they had signed an agreement to integrate select FLIR thermal cameras with LenelS2’s OnGuard® access control system. The integrated, non-contact solution joins the Carrier Healthy Buildings Program suite of offerings to support reopening and to assist in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and possibly other viruses in the workplace through thermal screening. FLIR is a pioneer company specialising in the design and production of thermal imaging cameras, components and imaging sensors. LenelS2, a provider of advanced security systems and services, is a part of Carrier Global Corporation, a provider of innovative heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. Site-specific screening protocols LenelS2 will offer integrated thermal imaging screening and access control solutions to quickly identify individuals with elevated skin temperature and apply customisable access control parameters to allow or deny entry. The strategic collaboration will leverage the FLIR EST™ line of non-contact thermal screening cameras, including the A500-EST and A700-EST, by integrating with the LenelS2 OnGuard access control system. The collaboration with FLIR will help drive our end users’ access control decisions in support of healthy, safe workspaces" “As organisations implement site-specific screening protocols, integrating access control systems with thermal imaging solutions is an important part of a comprehensive approach,” said Jeff Stanek, President, LenelS2. “The collaboration with FLIR will help drive our end users’ access control decisions in support of healthy, safe workspaces.” FLIR designed the A500-EST and A700-EST as non-contact screening tools that can serve as a first line of defence against potential health risks. Access control parameters These cameras are part of FLIR’s A-Series camera offering and are U.S. FDA 510(k) registered. Through onboard edge-computing with advanced measurement tools or when combined with customised elevated skin temperature screening software, these cameras provide rapid, frictionless screening stations that communicate with the OnGuard system to automatically process and apply customisable access control parameters. “Having a set of processes including temperature checks is critical for organisations as they work to maintain their operations or begin to return employees safely back to work,” said Rickard Lindvall, Vice President and General Manager, Solutions Business, FLIR. “The FLIR and LenelS2 brands complement each other perfectly to provide our customers best-of-breed solutions they can confidently deploy.”

ISS announces LenelS2 Factory Certification Under LenelS2 OpenAccess Alliance Program
ISS announces LenelS2 Factory Certification Under LenelS2 OpenAccess Alliance Program

ISS - Intelligent Security Systems announced that it has received LenelS2 factory certification and joined the LenelS2 OpenAccess Alliance Program (OAAP). ISS’ SecurOS™ Video Management System (VMS) now interfaces with the OnGuard® Access Control System, providing users with a seamless surveillance and access solution that accommodates ISS’ comprehensive portfolio of natively developed, intelligent analytics. "ISS has completed required factory testing at LenelS2 to validate the functionality of its interface to the OnGuard system. The combination of these powerful surveillance and access solutions provides users with a versatile solution that can be custom configured for many application requirements," said John Marchioli, OAAP Product Management, LenelS2. "We look forward to their continued involvement in the LenelS2 OpenAccess Alliance Program." Interfacing LenelS2 OnGuard and ISS’ SecurOS VMS “The interface of the LenelS2 OnGuard access solution and ISS’ SecurOS VMS provides new and existing customers with a highly effective and cost-efficient pathway to implement an advanced security system solution,” said Shawn Mather, Director of Sales for U.S., ISS. “It also allows users to easily leverage ISS’ portfolio of intelligent analytics, which have all been natively designed to work across the SecurOS VMS platform.” The solution uses SecurOS’ ACS user interface to receive and display events and cardholder data from the OnGuard platform, as well as send commands back to the OnGuard system. Other SecurOS features, such as multi-layer mapping, rules-based engine, notifications, user right management, and the SecurOS Face Recognition module, can be used in conjunction with this interfaced solution.

LenelS2 helps enhance buildings’ health with touchless access, occupancy management and proactive screening solutions
LenelS2 helps enhance buildings’ health with touchless access, occupancy management and proactive screening solutions

As people around the world adjust to a new normal, the health and efficiency of buildings and how they influence personal health is critically important. LenelS2 has announced its portfolio of solutions, part of Carrier’s Healthy Buildings Program, designed to help protect people and assets, and to help optimise building health and efficiency. LenelS2 healthy building solutions LenelS2, a global renowned company in advanced security systems and services, is a part of Carrier Global Corporation, a global provider of innovative heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. Solutions from LenelS2 can help end users provide healthier and safer workspaces" “As businesses and schools reopen, organisations need to be confident in their ability to protect the health and safety of building occupants, and building occupants need to trust that they will be protected,” said Jeff Stanek, President, LenelS2, adding “Solutions from LenelS2 can help end users provide healthier and safer workspaces as they begin to welcome people back to their facilities.” Proactive screening and enhanced access control LenelS2 solutions that are part of Carrier’s Healthy Buildings Program enable touchless access, occupancy management, enhanced access control and proactive screening, allowing organisations to operate more safely and efficiently. Current offerings include: Touchless access allows building occupants to eliminate a significant number of access touch points through the implementation of industry-renowned BlueDiamond mobile credentialing technology. Occupancy management and enhanced access control allows for leveraging data and controls building access. Example tools include monitoring and enforcing occupancy requirements, providing access reports to support contact tracing, and implementing building entry controls to facilitate site-specific screening protocols. Proactive screening solutions through access control offerings make it possible for employees and visitors to self-assess their health and wellness through web- and email-based tools before requesting access to a building. LenelS2 Advanced Services LenelS2 can help upgrade facilities with the appropriate package of solutions based on organisation’s applications across a wide variety of verticals and requirements. In support of Carrier’s BluEdge tiered service offering, LenelS2 Advanced Services is also offering solution packages that consist of Core for safe entry, enhance to include post-entry building occupancy and Elite to include advanced access control tools and consultative services.    

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