Traka intelligent, keyless, electronic lockers
Traka intelligent, keyless, electronic lockers

Managing assets effectively helps businesses to run more smoothly and increases efficiency - knowing where equipment is located; controlling who has access; saving time at shift start up - all combine to make a powerful business case.  At the same, time damage and losses are reduced because users have an increased sense of ownership and accountability;  wasted administration time in resolving issues is eliminated and this helps to reduce demands on your staff, so they can concentrate on profitable work - it also makes important equipment more available to those who really need it, 24/7. Who uses our intelligent lockers? Traka intelligent lockers are used in a number of Government offices, Airports, Police, Distribution Centres, Power Stations and a range of commercial organisations to manage a diverse range of equipment - anything from tools and specialist equipment to data communications and portable computing equipment.  Hospitals use Traka for managing access to a special variant of our intelligent lockers so that only authorised staff can gain access to controlled drugs and Police use them to control and restrict access to crime scene evidence and confiscated property, thus ensuring that it is not tampered with. In reality, organisations use Traka intelligent lockers because they want to ensure that only authorised, competent and trained staff can gain access to valuable or dangerous equipment - both for security and compliance reasons. What type of equipment do they hold? As an example, Traka intelligent lockers can be used to house and control access to pooled or shared equipment and portable assets such as: Airwave and security radios Controlled drugs Arm mounted data terminals Breathalyzers Police evidence Mobile phones Laptops Specialist tools

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Traka Touch key cabinet with standalone ‘plug & play’ system
Traka Touch key cabinet with standalone ‘plug & play’ system

Traka Touch is the newest addition to our range of integrated Key Management solutions, and it’s probably the most exciting development we’ve made in years - incorporating a 7" touch sensitive screen and using the latest embedded-processing technology available in the market today. Put simply, when it comes to key management Traka Touch makes your life easier. It gives you an intelligent ‘out of the box’ Key Management solution which operates entirely independently of your IT systems. Everything is managed via the touch screen on the front panel, from the initial administrative set up of users and keys, right through to the day to day user access.  What is Traka Touch? Traka Touch is a sophisticated Key Management system which has the intelligence built in. And because it’s a standalone solution, there’s no need for a connection to your IT network and no server requirement to manage the database. Everything you need is embedded in the unit, so all you have to do is plug it in. Full audit capability of all key transactions is retained within the system using internal solid state memory and memory card. Customer comment: “With Traka Touch we have been able to quickly and easily improve our Key Management at store level. We are planning to install a system at every one of our stores throughout the UK. It’s a brilliantly simple but effective solution which makes efficient key management incredibly straightforward for both staff and managers. What’s more, because it’s stand alone, it is easy to deploy locally without having to involve staff from the corporate IT team or head office” Traka Touch at a glance Traka Touch makes keys readily available, but to authorised users only. Gives you control over who can use your keys, with access levels designated for each particular user. Each user must identify themselves at the cabinet using either a PIN code or a magnetic swipe card, or by using biometric fingerprint recognition. To remove any ambiguity, LEDs indicate which keys a user can and can’t take when they access the cabinet. Searching for an ‘out of system’ key is easy and Traka will also indicate who took it and when. Reporting functions enable transaction reports to be displayed on the screen – for example so that you can quickly see who took a key and when it was returned. Great if you need to know who accessed the store room out of hours last Friday, or who was driving the white Transit two weeks ago! For printed reports, simply plug a USB memory stick into the unit and reports can be automatically exported ready for use on a PC. With its touch screen technology and embedded processing, Traka Touch gives you all the Key Management capability that you require, but without the need for any complex integration with your IT systems. Traka Touch is the newest addition to its range of integrated Key Management solutions, and it’s probably the most exciting development Traka made in years - incorporating a 7" touch sensitive screen and using the latest embedded-processing technology available in the market today.

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Honeywell expands popular access control family
Honeywell expands popular access control family

Honeywell has introduced a new version of its popular NetAXS web-based access control panel ideal for small installations. The new NetAXS™ 2-door web-based control panel provides all the security of an access control system with the convenience of managing it via a web browser. The panel allows users to protect as few as two doors and add more panels as needs change. In addition, the new NetAXS 2-door control panel can be used in conjunction with current NetAXS 4-door panel solutions to meet any access control requirements that customers may have. By combining the 2-door and 4-door solutions over any Ethernet network, users now have a powerful choice that can fit almost any application.NetAXS is quick and easy to install and offers a cost-effective alternative to traditional PC-based systems because it allows end users to easily customise the level of security and functionality based on their needs. The system's built-in web server allows end users to manage the system anywhere an Internet connection is available or alternatively by connecting a laptop directly to the panel's Ethernet port. The web browser allows a customer to run reports, monitor events and alarms, and add and remove users. This flexibility is ideal for remote activity such as facility check-in, managed access and manual override of doors or time zones. With no PC software to install, customers who choose the web interface have no worries about operating system compatibility, virus attacks or other computer issues such as hard drive crashes or system lock-ups.The NetAXS 2-door control panel can also be added to most installations that use Honeywell's WIN-PAK® access control system and offers additional benefits over Honeywell's traditional N-1000 control panels including on-board Ethernet, an expandable footprint, larger memory capacity and faster processing."With the addition of this new panel to the NetAXS family, we can offer an access control solution for any size facility," said René von Franquemont, access control product marketing manager for Honeywell Systems Group EMEA. "This new panel is a strong addition to our access control offering. Its basic functionality provides greater flexibility in cost-effective security system design to answer the needs of our value-driven customers. The installer-friendly features and the intuitive browser-based interface enable NetAXS to be confidently installed by all, including those new to access control."Download NetAXS™ End User Flyer PDF

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Honeywell unveiled full suite of IP video, integrated and advanced security solutions at IFSEC 2010
Honeywell unveiled full suite of IP video, integrated and advanced security solutions at IFSEC 2010

Honeywell showcased a variety of new access, video and intrusion security systems at IFSEC 2010.Every Honeywell solution is designed with installers and end users in mind. For installers, the broad range of Honeywell products is quick and easy to deploy and opens up new revenue opportunities to grow their business. Meanwhile, end users benefit from standalone products and fully integrated solutions with intuitive interfaces, innovative features and industry-leading reliability.The Honeywell solutions that took the spotlight this year include:Access control: Honeywell previews the web-enabled NETAXS™ 123 access control entry level system which gives users all the benefits of traditional access control, including securing 1-3 doors, remote site and access management without the need for a dedicated PC or software.Video solutions: The new Fusion IV Digital Video Recorder (DVR) hybrid IP-analogue recording solution facilitates easy migration to IP systems from analogue systems. The Fusion IV has the ability to record, search and transmit up to 32 channels of analogue or IP video sources and users can customise video recording and transmission with user-selectable, multiple compression types that can be applied on a per camera basis. Honeywell's latest analogue cameras will also be showcased at IFSEC 2010, including the ACUIX™ ES PTZ dome, and the Performance series of bullet cameras and mini-domes.IP solutions portfolio: Including the Fusion IV Network Video Recorder (NVR), HCX megapixel, HD3MDIPX, ACUIX™ IP PTZ and EQUIP® Series camera ranges. The HD3MDIPX is the first in a series of high definition cameras that offer superior image quality without the need for extra bandwidth or storage requirements. This fully comprehensive IP portfolio of products provides high level network surveillance to organisations of any size and in any environment, beyond the capability of standard analogue cameras. Integrated solutions: Honeywell's fully integrated solutions allow users to customise their security systems to their specific needs and requirements. A variety of integrated solution possibilities comprising of intruder, video and access products will be on display including Galaxy® Dimension, MAXPRO® Video Management System, Pro-Watch®, Fusion and WIN-PAK®.Wireless intruder solutions: Honeywell's total Wireless portfolio brings new wireless capabilities to the Galaxy Dimension intruder alarm system and extends the range of wireless sensors available for the hybrid G2 intruder alarm system. Superior performance, high reliability and enhanced flexibility are achieved using patented technologies including bi-directional radio, agile routing and wireless K-band DUAL TEC® sensors and detectors.For information on Honeywell's security solutions visit www.honeywell.com/security/uk

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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.

Automatic gates: Making the right investment for access control
Automatic gates: Making the right investment for access control

The experience of the COVID-19 pandemic has made us all more conscious of who is coming and going from our property. Whether it is a family home, business premises or public building, property owners want full control over access for protection and peace of mind. As a provider of access control technologies, we are seeing a growing demand for automated gates with a variety of access control systems. There are a number of considerations that buyers need to make when investing. And as an installer, there is advice that you can offer to help your clients make the right choice for their property. Here are some of the key considerations you’ll need to make and discuss with your client. Whomever you buy from, you should be offered more than a simple instruction manual. Electronic locks, magnetic locks and code security In the first instance, you’ll need to advise on the type of lock and access control available. Electronic locks release on the operation of the automation system to allow the gates to open. Locks are required for all non-locking (also known as reversible) operators and are recommended for any gate on a multi-user site or any gate over 2.5m. Apply the same logic to an automated gate as you would to a domestic door – for example, you wouldn’t fit your front door with a lock on the same side as the hinges or a drop bolt at the hinge end of a manual gate so why dispense with this logic when the gate is automated? Electronic locks release on the operation of the automation system to allow the gates to open There are a number of locks on the market including magnetic locks, drop locks that “shoot” a bolt into the ground and side latching locks. These are all designed for external use. While the gate itself will provide physical security, the customer will want to feel in control of who enters their property, when and for what purpose. Consider access for post and deliveries, waste disposal and visitors arriving on foot etc. There is a range of options available. Intercom systems will allow the user to vet visitors, keypad entry can allow remote access for visitors with a specific code, remote controls allow an oncoming driver to open the gates without getting out of the vehicle, and a timer control can be used to open or close the gates at certain times of the day. Vehicle detection loops can be installed discreetly under the tarmac allowing the presence of vehicles to exit the gates and prevent closing whilst obstructed. Sliding gates versus swinging gates There are a number of locks on the market including magnetic locks, drop locks that “shoot” a bolt into the ground and side latching locks Gates can be automated to either swing or to slide open and in the case of swinging gates, the opener may be concealed underground or gate mounted. The most suitable opener for your installation will depend on the space available and the type of gate selected. Concealed underground automation is ideal for highly ornate gates. However, where gates are fully infilled (typical of many timber designs), gate mounted openers are concealed from the front of the gate by the gate leaf and present a cost-effective option. The choice between slide and swing is largely down to space - swing gates require a clear space for their opening arc whilst sliding gates require space to one or both sides of the gate. Sliding gates are perhaps the best choice where the drive slopes or when drive space is limited, as they use the least space when opening. Voltage Most swing gate and sliding systems are available in 24v or 230v. The 24v systems still need 230v mains power – there is a transformer built into the 24v control panels. Deciding which voltage to use can include a combination of factors such as the material of the gates, the location of the system and the safety features you want. Concealed underground automation is ideal for highly ornate gates With wrought iron gates, the wind can pass through them whereas with fully boarded wooden gates (popular because they give full privacy) the wind has nowhere to go, so they act like sails. For commercial or industrial applications with larger entrances and a heavy gate, you may need 3 Phase 400v power (sliding gates only). Installing gate motors in confined spaces The environment in which you are fitting may well influence which gate and motor you recommend. Will it be in an exposed area which is subject to the elements? Will it be positioned on a slope? Sliding gates are perhaps the best choice where the drive slopes or when drive space is limited Installers have always faced the challenge of installing gate motors in confined spaces. When fitting a pedestrian gate, there is often limited space in which to work – potentially making an installation time consuming and technically demanding. If this is the case for you, consider a gate operator which is designed specifically for installations with limited space for manoeuvre. An example of this is the E5 compact gate operator. The operator is not only small but has an optional slide lever attachment designed for installations where there is extremely limited space, meaning that just 8cm of the pillar is needed for installation. What’s more, improved fixing points and a simple ‘hook and fasten’ process means assembly is safe, quick and straight forward. Ultimately, you’ll be looking for a good quality, reliable product with good service. Work with a supplier that offers more than just a manual. If they are happy to offer training, their time and advice when you buy, the chances are you’ll get their support long term.

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.  

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