SMARTair from TESA – Flexible access rights management
SMARTair from TESA – Flexible access rights management

One size does not fit all when it comes to managing a facility's access rights. With SMARTair™ from TESA, security managers have a choice between 4 levels of access control, each tailored to the needs of different doors and premises. And you don't need to choose one: all of them can work together in the same organisation, providing exactly the appropriate rights management solution for each door—online or offline, high or medium security. SMARTair™ Stand-Alone is suited for smaller premises and low-traffic doors. Facility managers update access rights at the door using the supplied programming card. No access control software is needed. SMARTair™ Offline provides an extra layer of security. In addition to SMARTair™ Stand-Alone features, access rights can be scheduled and it's easy to generate a manual audit trail for any door in the facility. The SMARTair™ Update on Card option adds more automated access rights management, and is suited to buildings with more doors and higher footfall. Access rights are managed via a wall updater. Facility managers can update access directly via user cards, schedule access rights when needed, and generate automatic audit trails with the easy-to-use system management software. SMARTair™ Wireless Online provides the maximum level of system control for large, busy and high-security doors or buildings. A network of wireless hubs links doors to the company's access control system. It's easy for security managers to update or deny access rights wirelessly, or to generate real-time audit trails for any lock in the organisation. Moreover, system managers can open doors remotely via a web browser or mobile app. Facility managers can pick 1, 2, or even all 4, of these SMARTair™ solutions to fine tune their organisation's access rights management. And SMARTair™ gives facilities managers the power to manage access to more than just doors. As well as electronic cylinders, escutcheons, locks, and wall readers, SMARTair™ provides locks for cabinets, lifts, vending machines, and lockers. With SMARTair™ from TESA, it is simple to manage the rights of every lock within one single, secure access system.

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CIVINTEC uTouch: Programmable, general-purpose intelligent terminal
CIVINTEC uTouch: Programmable, general-purpose intelligent terminal

The CIVINTEC uTouch Android 5.1 quad-core is a programmable, general-purpose intelligent terminal. It comes with an SDK complete source code for third party systems integration, and a software developer to build innovative applications, such as time attendance, access control, visitor management, club/ membership management, e-payment and kiosk services. The risk of card cloning uTouch supports 125KHz & 13.56MHz smart card CSN or encrypted protected data from RFID smart cards utilising key diversification and mutual authentication routines, with one or more SAM for secure data encryption. Smart phones as ID credentials for door access uTouch supports BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) and NFC technology ISO18092 NFC tags and NFC smart phones in Peer to Peer mode to work with all brands of smart phone to build effective keyless mobile applications. An adjustable reading distance between the smart phone and the door is ideal to account for different door opening solutions. Network management & data transmission The TCP/IP integrated terminal connects directly to the IP network for an easy and low-cost network system, while 4G and Wi-Fi make it flexible for wired or wireless communication for different situations. Based on Android O.S. 5.1 and embedded 1.4GHz quad-core processor, the highly sensitive capacitive touch screen offers a faster, more efficient, intuitive and comfortable self-service and user experience. The battery and PoE function ensure stable working operation during power failure and it also utilises PoE-enhanced stability for low-cost installation.  CIVINTEC demonstrated uTouch, along with the full range of CIVINTEC solutions, at IFSEC International 2017.

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Wireless Idesco Cardea System - IFSEC awards finalist!
Wireless Idesco Cardea System - IFSEC awards finalist!

The Cardea System from Idesco was short listed as a finalist in the Access Control Product of the year category at the 2009 IFSEC Security Industry Awards. Award winners are published on May 12 at the Award Gala of IFSEC 2009. Idesco Cardea System is a network of devices that communicate wirelessly. It is a new product family, and it enables building of open and scalable identification systems by wireless communication. The system shows its advantage in the form of fast, flexible and cost-effective installations. The wireless Cardea system frequently takes an estimated 40 minutes per door to install, compared with an average of seven hours for any wired solution. Faster installations mean cost savings for both system installers and end users. Wireless system is an optimal solution for an office environment where a cost effective and secure access control and time & attendance system is needed. A wireless system enables easy and cost-effective expansion of an existing access control system without the need of changing the existing system structure. It also makes it also possible to build solutions with two applications easily. For instance, an identification system with access control in an office environment and parking control on the parking lot outside the building can be easily implemented, using a wireless solution. Parking control outside the building can be connected to the same system with the office access control without the need of installing any - perhaps underground - cablings. A wireless identification system, built without cabling, brings RFID solutions to applications where RFID has not been utilised before. It makes it possible to build an identification system easily in places where it is not reasonable to install cablings. Some new and innovative, interesting application examples of a wireless system installation: Temporary access control systems on construction sites, events etc. Just take the system with you after the event and re-build it in another place. Small and compact solutions with few doors and few readers and a small group of users (an office environment or a shop with workers and carriers, all having access rights within the system). Harbours and other wide areas where there are a number of readers scattered around a large area and a cabling solution is impossible to carry out. Historic buildings and other sites in which cable installations are not the most optimal solution. Installation does not require opening of constructions, and without cabling the system is invisible. The Idesco Cardea system consists of separate devices, which can operate independently or form a network, i.e. an identification system. Cardea solution supports most used RFID technologies and customers don't have to replace their existing software or ID credentials. Connected to Idesco's new innovative Access Touch touch screen terminal with an RFID reader and a computer in the same device, Cardea system builds up a modern and intelligent method of collecting and analysing identification data.  For more information please visit: www.idesco.fi/ or contact: info@idesco.fi Tel. +358-20-7434175

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PegaSys - Intelligent access control systems for superior security solutions
PegaSys - Intelligent access control systems for superior security solutions

PegaSys access control systems, from Ingersoll Rand, provide competitively priced, quality security solutions that promise to make your environment safer, more secure and more productive - protecting people and property as well as assets. With a wide range of electronic and mechanical entry components to choose from, PegaSys provides a selection of security options to suit every requirement along with the flexibility to fulfil your current needs whilst adapting to any future needs. So, whether it’s the security of a hospital or care home, airport or industrial building, small business or large university that you’re looking to safeguard; PegaSys has the perfect system to suit you. Offline stand alone: The ideal solution for small businesses, offices, surgeries and residential buildings with a maximum of 50 people, this is both economical and simple whilst providing quality protection of individual doors. Battery-powered offline components means minimal installation costs. Credentials (cards or tags) can be deleted from the system through changes to access rights. Offline NetworkOnCard Designed for a larger number of doors and multiple users with different time profiles, this system allows for quick and easy changes to user permissions and as the cards are used to transfer the data there is no need for extensive programming of the offline components. Online / offline validation A sophisticated security solution, this system is designed for multiple doors and users in large, often dispersed, building complexes where changes to access rights occur regularly. System features and benefits include centralised maintenance and programming alongside automatic expiration of credential validity. Near Field Communication (NFC): To simplify things even further for the system administrator we’ve expanded our products around an NFC interface -resulting in a quicker reaction time to changes and automatic synchronisation between offline devices and the software,  to name but a few benefits. PegaSys door terminals and electronic cylinders: Thanks to the wide choice of hardware configurations the PegaSys system can be very easily selected to suit your specific requirements. This allows us to find the most cost-effective, visually attractive and simple solution for your installation. Meanwhile, our electronic cylinders can be installed in place of an existing mechanical cylinder to allow for the simple and swift conversion to an electronic system. Replacing an existing mechanical cylinder with an electronic cylinder is hassle-free too and takes just three to five minutes.

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Idesco® innovates again: Idesco EPC Reader is now wireless and secure
Idesco® innovates again: Idesco EPC Reader is now wireless and secure

With Idesco's redesigned wireless EPC reader you can create secure, cost-effective and user-friendly identification applications for vehicle identification (AVI), logistics systems, access control and even limited inventory control.  The Idesco® EPC Reader is a passive long-distance UHF RFID reader, compliant with European UHF (ultra-high frequency) standards. In its basic configuration, Idesco's EPC Reader employs an internal, circularly-polarized antenna for interrogating tags presented at any angle. However, this reader may also be configured with either an external antenna or both the internal and external antenna. When the EPC Reader is configured with two antennas, both may transmit and receive data/information simultaneously - or one antenna may be programmed to transmit while the other receives. True to form, Idesco's EPC reader is configurable to a variety of communication interfaces (e.g. Wiegand, RS232-485, Ethernet-IP67, 6LowPan, etc.) and with an enviable array of security options for easier integration into your existing system. The EPC Reader provides four I/O ports for addressing peripherals and is engineered to allow reliable deployment both indoors and outdoors. Additionally, Idesco® EPC tags can be customized with both EPC and MIFARE® enabling a single card to provide both vehicle and personal identification. Easy to install, the EPC Reader initiates polling automatically (by default) upon being powered up; it does not require polling commands to be entered first. However, it is also configurable to await an activating command from an external system. Some ideal deployments for the Idesco® EPC Reader include - but are not limited to - automatic vehicle identification (e.g. parking access control, toll tracking, entry gates, harbour moorings), logistics centers (pallet and case tracking), long distance access control (sequestered reader) and certain inventory control applications.

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Physical access control: Critical steps to ensure a smarter future
Physical access control: Critical steps to ensure a smarter future

Steven Kenny, Axis Communications, looks at the benefits of physical access control systems within smart environments, and how knowledge gaps and dated methods can inhibit adoption. Physical security is becoming more dynamic and more interconnected, as it evolves. Today’s modern access control solutions are about so much more than simply opening doors, with digitalisation bringing multiple business benefits, which would simply not be possible using traditional models. Digital transformation While the digital transformation of processes and systems was already well underway, across many industries and sectors, it is the transformation of physical security from a standalone, isolated circuit, to a network-enabled, intelligent security solution that brings many benefits to the smart environment. Yet, with more organisations now looking to bring their physical security provision up to date, there are many considerations that must be addressed to maximise the potential of access control and video surveillance. Not least of which is that connecting physical security devices to a network presents risk, so it is increasingly important for IT teams to play a role in helping to facilitate the secure integration of physical and network technologies, as these two worlds increasingly converge. Improved access control in smart environments These urban constructs are capable of reducing waste, driving efficiencies and optimising resources The smart city offers significant benefits, reflected in the US$ 189 billion that is anticipated to be spent on smart city initiatives globally by 2023. These urban constructs are capable of reducing waste, driving efficiencies, optimising resources and increasing citizen engagement. Technology, which is increasingly being incorporated to protect access points within the smart environment, can take many forms. These range from simple card readers to two factor authentication systems, using video surveillance as a secondary means of identification, right through to complex networks of thermal cameras, audio speakers and sensors. Frictionless access control During the COVID-19 pandemic, frictionless access control has provided an effective ‘hands free’ means of accessing premises, using methods such as QR code readers and facial recognition as credentials to prove identity. Frictionless access control brings health and safety into the equation, as well as the security of entrances and exits, minimising the risk of infection, by removing the need to touch shared surfaces. Such systems can be customised and scaled to meet precise requirements. Yet, an increasing integration with open technologies and platforms requires collaboration between the worlds of physical security and IT, in order to be successful. Barriers to adoption Traditional suppliers and installers of physical security systems have built up a strong business model around their expertise, service and knowledge. Network connectivity and the IoT (Internet of Things) present a constantly shifting landscape, requiring the traditional physical security vendor to learn the language of IT, of open platforms, IP connectivity and software integration, in order to adapt to market changes and remain relevant. Many are now beginning to realise that connected network-enabled solutions are here to stay Those who cannot adapt, and are simply not ready for this changing market, risk being left behind, as the physical security landscape continues to shift and demand continues to increase. With end users and buyers looking for smarter, more integrated and business-focused solutions from their suppliers, it is clear that only those who are prepared will succeed in this space. Time will not stand still, and many are now beginning to realise that connected network-enabled solutions are here to stay, particularly within smart constructs which rely on such technology by their very nature. The importance of cyber hygiene Connecting any device to a network has a degree of risk, and it is, therefore, imperative that any provider not only understands modern connected technologies, but also the steps necessary to protect corporate networks. Cameras, access control systems and IP audio devices, which have been left unprotected, can potentially become backdoors into a network and used as access points by hackers. These vulnerabilities can be further compromised by the proliferation of connected devices within the Internet of Things (IoT). While the connection of devices to a network brings many advantages, there is greater potential for these devices to be used against the very business or industry they have been employed to protect when vulnerabilities are exploited. Cyber security considerations Cyber security considerations should, therefore, be a key factor in the development and deployment of new security systems. Access control technologies should be manufactured according to recognised cyber security principles, incident reporting and best practices. It is important to acknowledge that the cyber integrity of a system is only as strong as its weakest link and that any potential source of cyber exposure will ultimately impact negatively on a device’s ability to provide the necessary high levels of physical security. The future of access control There is a natural dispensation towards purchasing low-cost solutions There is a natural dispensation towards purchasing low-cost solutions that are perceived as offering the same value as their more expensive equivalents. While some have taken the decision to implement such solutions, in an attempt to unlock the required benefits, while saving their bottom line, the limited lifespan of these technologies puts a heavier cost and reputational burden onto organisations by their association. The future of access control, and of physical security as a whole, will, therefore, be dependent on the willingness of suppliers to implement new designs and new ways of thinking, based around high-quality products, and to influence the installers and others in their supply chains to embrace this new world. Cyber security key to keeping businesses safe In addition, cyber security considerations are absolutely vital for keeping businesses safe. The integration of cyber secure technologies from trusted providers will provide peace of mind around the safety or corporate networks, and integrity of the deployed technologies. As we move forward, access control systems will become data collection points and door controllers will become intelligent I/O devices. QR codes for visitor management and biometric face recognition for frictionless access control will increasingly be managed at the edge, as analytics in a camera or sensor. The future of access control presents an exciting and challenging time for those ready to accept it, to secure it and to help shape it, offering a true opportunity to innovate for a smarter, safer world.

Automatic Gates – The latest development in access control
Automatic Gates – The latest development in access control

Automatic gates remain an increasingly popular security choice for family homes, business premises or public buildings – anywhere that full control over access is needed. While there is much to consider for installers when advising clients on the right solution for their property, from the size, weight and cost of a gate system, it’s useful to be aware of the latest developments in the market, as this can help to find the right option to fit their needs. The need for speed Gates can be automated to either swing or to slide open, and there are many factors to take into consideration, when advising on which option to use. However, swing gate motors tend to be slower than the speeds achievable for sliding gates, which means the latter are usually more popular, especially for commercial sites where timing can be among the more important factors. One of the most recent developments in the sliding gates market is the introduction of faster motors One of the most recent developments in the sliding gates market is the introduction of faster motors, such as those from Bft Automation, which allow for opening and closing at a quicker speed than has previously been achievable. Fast authorised access control From a security point of view, the ability to allow people and goods in and out of a property at a quicker pace reduces the risk of unauthorised entry, while waiting for a gate to close – an important consideration in both commercial and residential contexts. Other benefits of a faster motor include reduced waiting times. This can be particularly useful for properties in busy areas, where a vehicle could risk blocking traffic, while waiting to turn into a site controlled by a slower gate. Faster motors Also, a faster motor could potentially reduce the risk of an accident from vehicles entering a property at speed. For example, this might happen if someone was making their first visit to a property situated off a fast road in an unfamiliar area. Beyond these practical considerations, in today’s fast-paced world, people aren’t as used to having to wait for things and this applies to the time it takes to get in and out of their own property. So, security benefits aside, faster motors are likely to be more appealing for clients who have sliding gates fitted to their domestic property and who prioritise convenience. The choice of which of the new faster motors to use will be impacted by a number of factors, including the weight of the gates. Essentially, the lighter the gate is the higher the speed achievable. And, as always, it’s important to make sure that any installation complies with safety regulations. Intelligent torque management systems A further development in access control technology includes intelligent torque management systems A further development in access control technology includes intelligent torque management systems, which update the level of torque required to perform the gate’s operation, allowing it to work at the optimum level, regardless of weather conditions, temperature or the degree of wear and tear on the device. Depending on the typical weather conditions experienced at the site and the anticipated frequency of use, it’s worth looking at options that take these factors into account. Importance of security rights In some scenarios, it’s important for particular individuals to have security rights. In which case, there are motors available that come with personalised keys, which are unique, providing an additional level of security. Installers often face the challenge of fitting gate motors in confined spaces, potentially making for a time consuming and technically demanding task. Available space When you only have a small space to work with, simple details can go a long way to helping you. For example, by putting the fastening screws on the front of a motor’s casing, installation and maintenance are easier and more convenient, even in particularly compact areas. Working with suppliers that offer more than just a manual means you’ll have access to advice and support on how new products work in practise and what you need to consider before advising on an installation.

Why visualisation platforms are vital for an effective Security Operation Centre (SOC)
Why visualisation platforms are vital for an effective Security Operation Centre (SOC)

Display solutions play a key role in SOCs in providing the screens needed for individuals and teams to visualise and share the multiple data sources needed in an SOC today. Security Operation Centre (SOC) Every SOC has multiple sources and inputs, both physical and virtual, all of which provide numerous data points to operators, in order to provide the highest levels of physical and cyber security, including surveillance camera feeds, access control and alarm systems for physical security, as well as dashboards and web apps for cyber security applications. Today’s advancements in technology and computing power not only have increasingly made security systems much more scalable, by adding hundreds, if not thousands, of more data points to an SOC, but the rate at which the data comes in has significantly increased as well. Accurate monitoring and surveillance This has made monitoring and surveillance much more accurate and effective, but also more challenging for operators, as they can’t realistically monitor the hundreds, even thousands of cameras, dashboards, calls, etc. in a reactive manner. Lacking situational awareness is often one of the primary factors in poor decision making In order for operators in SOC’s to be able to mitigate incidents in a less reactive way and take meaningful action, streamlined actionable data is needed. This is what will ensure operators in SOC truly have situational awareness. Situational awareness is a key foundation of effective decision making. In its simplest form, ‘It is knowing what is going on’. Lacking situational awareness is often one of the primary factors in poor decision making and in accidents attributed to human error. Achieving ‘true’ situational awareness Situational awareness isn’t just what has already happened, but what is likely to happen next and to achieve ‘true’ situational awareness, a combination of actionable data and the ability to deliver that information or data to the right people, at the right time. This is where visualisation platforms (known as visual networking platforms) that provide both the situational real estate, as well as support for computer vision and AI, can help SOCs achieve true situational awareness Role of computer vision and AI technologies Proactive situational awareness is when the data coming into the SOC is analysed in real time and then, brought forward to operators who are decision makers and key stakeholders in near real time for actionable visualisation. Computer vision is a field of Artificial Intelligence that trains computers to interpret and understand digital images and videos. It is a way to automate tasks that the human visual system can also carry out, the automatic extraction, analysis and understanding of useful information from a single image or a sequence of images. There are numerous potential value adds that computer vision can provide to operation centres of different kinds. Here are some examples: Face Recognition: Face detection algorithms can be applied to filter and identify an individual. Biometric Systems: AI can be applied to biometric descriptions such as fingerprint, iris, and face matching. Surveillance: Computer vision supports IoT cameras used to monitor activities and movements of just about any kind that might be related to security and safety, whether that's on the job safety or physical security. Smart Cities: AI and computer vision can be used to improve mobility through quantitative, objective and automated management of resource use (car parks, roads, public squares, etc.) based on the analysis of CCTV data. Event Recognition: Improve the visualisation and the decision-making process of human operators or existing video surveillance solutions, by integrating real-time video data analysis algorithms to understand the content of the filmed scene and to extract the relevant information from it. Monitoring: Responding to specific tasks in terms of continuous monitoring and surveillance in many different application frameworks: improved management of logistics in storage warehouses, counting of people during event gatherings, monitoring of subway stations, coastal areas, etc. Computer Vision applications When considering a Computer Vision application, it’s important to ensure that the rest of the infrastructure in the Operation Centre, for example the solution that drives the displays and video walls, will connect and work well with the computer vision application. The best way to do this of course is to use a software-driven approach to displaying information and data, rather than a traditional AV hardware approach, which may present incompatibilities. Software-defined and open technology solutions Software-defined and open technology solutions provide a wider support for any type of application the SOC may need Software-defined and open technology solutions provide a wider support for any type of application the SOC may need, including computer vision. In the modern world, with everything going digital, all security services and applications have become networked, and as such, they belong to IT. AV applications and services have increasingly become an integral part of an organisation’s IT infrastructure. Software-defined approach to AV IT teams responsible for data protection are more in favour of a software-defined approach to AV that allow virtualised, open technologies as opposed to traditional hardware-based solutions. Software’s flexibility allows for more efficient refreshment cycles, expansions and upgrades. The rise of AV-over-IP technologies have enabled IT teams in SOC’s to effectively integrate AV solutions into their existing stack, greatly reducing overhead costs, when it comes to technology investments, staff training, maintenance, and even physical infrastructure. AV-over-IP software platforms Moreover, with AV-over-IP, software-defined AV platforms, IT teams can more easily integrate AI and Computer Vision applications within the SOC, and have better control of the data coming in, while achieving true situational awareness. Situational awareness is all about actionable data delivered to the right people, at the right time, in order to address security incidents and challenges. Situational awareness is all about actionable data delivered to the right people Often, the people who need to know about security risks or breaches are not physically present in the operation centres, so having the data and information locked up within the four walls of the SOC does not provide true situational awareness. Hyper-scalable visual platforms Instead there is a need to be able to deliver the video stream, the dashboard of the data and information to any screen anywhere, at any time — including desktops, tablets phones — for the right people to see, whether that is an executive in a different office or working from home, or security guards walking the halls or streets. New technologies are continuing to extend the reach and the benefits of security operation centres. However, interoperability plays a key role in bringing together AI, machine learning and computer vision technologies, in order to ensure data is turned into actionable data, which is delivered to the right people to provide ‘true’ situational awareness. Software-defined, AV-over-IP platforms are the perfect medium to facilitate this for any organisations with physical and cyber security needs.

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