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Group 4 Technology, an advanced security technology solution developer with over 15,000 installations in 60 countries, releases its new multiMAX version 5.0 access control and security management software. The new version 5.0 software features an expansive set of new and improved capabilities, such as an enhanced visitor management system and expanded digital video recording (DVR) integration options.The new version 5.0 software improves on Group 4 Technology’s already easy-to-use interface with new graphical calendars, system-wide time code visualizations, and real-time, on-screen alarm statistics.Version 5 offers a new optional upgrade module, Threat Level ManagerTM. This module enables one-touch total system reconfiguration. Five fully customizable security configurations range from green (low) to red (high). Threat Level Manager prevents inconvenience during low threat times, and keeps staff on alert during high threat periods. Threat Level Manager is perfect for holidays when users want to make many configuration changes.Version 5 revised and improved the Visitor Management System. Users can pre-enroll visitors to save time and populate up to 50 fields of visitor data. The visitor management system can operate as a standard client or as a web client using existing Intranet/Internet Communications. Define visitor’s access level, capture photos and print visitor badges. Assign visitors to authorized employees if you choose the option to make visitor assignments mandatory.More new features include: Predefined commands allow specific commands to be created and added to maps for use by security guards and others with limited system access rights. Transaction processing system replaced with Microsoft Message Queue to improve performance of 5000 plus card reader systems. Real time alarm filter and on-screen alarm statistics provide immediate data to make instant decisions. Link cardholder record to the alarms and current activity screens.Add to Compare
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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.
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.
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.
Aperio is a new technology to upgrade mechanical doors and wirelessly connect to the Symmetry Access Control systemG4S Technology is pleased to announce the integration of their market leading Symmetry Security Management software with the ASSA ABLOY Aperio range of wireless online locks. The integration between Aperio and Symmetry enables security and IT managers to conveniently and cost effectively replace existing manual locks and increase the number of doors that can be monitored.Aperio is a new technology developed to upgrade mechanical doors and wirelessly connect them to the Symmetry Access Control system, providing users with a simple, intelligent way to raise the security level of their premises. In most buildings only a small percentage of doors are connected to a conventional access control system. The Aperio locks allow organisations to increase this percentage at a reasonable cost.With the Aperio locks information is transferred wirelessly between the card and the lock via a hub (usually located in the ceiling above the door). This method of communication provides a greater level of security than some other wireless systems as each time a card is presented the lock carries out a real time check of the online database for access permissions. As all actions within the database are completed in real-time, access rights can be changed, granted or refused instantly - with no delayed transmission."The new Aperio locks allow customers to add office, meeting and storage room doors to their access control system.."The wireless technology results in a much quicker and more cost effective installation process. This technology is ideally suited to organisations wishing to secure internal doors that do not currently have any access control.Using the Symmetry Access Control software, access rights are simple to administer for individual groups each with different access times, providing greater control and increased security."G4S Technology customers are always looking for ways to increase their security levels while taking account of their fixed or decreasing security budgets" said David Ella, G4S Technology Chief Technology Officer. "The new Aperio locks allow customers to add office, meeting and storage room doors to their access control system in a more cost efficient manner compared to conventional electric door locks. Assa Abloy have worked with G4S Technology during the development of Aperio and we are pleased to be one of the first integration partners for this important product range."
G4S Technology is the new name for the security technology arm of G4SG4S Technology is the new name for the security technology arm of G4S, the world's leading international security solutions group.Previously known as G4Tec, the new name reinforces the ongoing strategy to be a world leader in the creation and deployment of building security systems for critical and secure environments.The first visible change as a result of the rebranding initiative is celebrated by the launch of the Technology Innovation Centre. This new state-of-the-art facility showcases the complete family of G4S Technology products and demonstrates the very latest solutions for businesses across the Commercial and Government sectors.G4S Technology installs a wide range of security systems including Symmetry, an integrated Access Control, CCTV and Alarm Management system used in 70 Countries on 30,000 customer sites ranging from small schools through to The Pentagon Building in Washington DC.G4S Technology customers also have the option of extending the use of their staff identity card to include GiroVend which is the market leading Cashless Payment system for security, identification and on-site purchases.Keith Whitelock, Group Managing Director explained "For most of our loyal customers, the change of name will mean business as usual: our commitment to customer support will continue to remain our priority."Headquartered in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, G4S Technology has regional offices in Glasgow, Maidenhead and Newcastle providing support to over 3,000 customers, primarily within the education, health, local and national government, communications, finance and utility sectors.
Partnership between SALTO Systems and Group 4 Technology will provide more versatility for customersSALTO Systems announces that its SALTO off-line access control readers now integrate with Group 4 Technology's Symmetry Security Management System (SMS). SALTO Systems are world leaders in access control solutions. SALTO provides organisations with a solution for all their security and building control functions, enabling users to integrate all their physical security needs through networked stand-alone locks and manage up to 64,000 doors and users in a single system, securely controlling who has access to what, where and when at all times.The partnership between SALTO and Group 4 Technology marks a new era in access control. Not only will users benefit from the simplicity of using the SALTO access control card for all doors but, should staff / students leave there are no keys to return, simply cancel the card from the system. New users can also be added with ease and access rights can be updated at the touch of a button.Both smart cards and locks can be programmed to allow or restrict access to different parts of the building, while the information stored in the SALTO card can provide a precise audit trail for each lock within Symmetry SMS.Marc Handels, Vice President Global Marketing for SALTO Systems says: "The integration of SALTO's advanced access control technology with the Symmetry Security Management System will provide unrivalled versatility for our customers. We are great believers in delivering ‘best-in-class' solutions. This integration partnership between SALTO and Group 4 Technology perfectly fits that strategy.""We are pleased to be able to offer our customers increased flexibility by integrating with such a respected, market leader as SALTO" said David Ella, Chief Technology Officer for Group 4 Technology. "The integration will bring worthwhile cost savings to large institutions and provide complete access control flexibility".The integration of SALTO access control solutions with the Symmetry SMS system will enable most users, especially Universities and Hospitals due to the large number of users and wide range of access rights across their large campuses, to benefit from enhanced system flexibility across a diverse range of security needs.
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