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Surge protection for security installations: 2017 saw increased investment
Surge protection for security installations: 2017 saw increased investment

In 2017, DITEK saw how power surges from the many natural disasters that took place damaged many businesses. In a natural disaster, or even everyday business operations, a facility’s entire investment in security, life safety and surveillance systems technology can be disabled or rendered useless in a few seconds. Surge protection solutions can mitigate those risks and protect security investments. Proactive approach to risk mitigation Throughout 2017, we also witnessed a change in how enterprises view surge protection, which included how investments are being made in surge protection to protect valuable security, life safety and surveillance systems, while also reducing downtime, manpower costs, liability vulnerabilities, and possibly compliance issues that can force businesses to actually cease operations. Effective security management is about mitigating risks. But risks cannot be mitigated without a proactive approach. Enterprises and integrators, who take the time to assess risk and to develop a strategy to incorporate effective detection, deter and response criteria to protect physical assets will be successful in 2018. 2018 and beyond That strategy includes designing surge protection into new security systems, while also adding surge protection to existing systems. Enterprises and security integrators who implement a surge protection strategy during security planning processes – or after – will be exercising prevention and mitigation, and they will be successful in 2018 and beyond.  Surge protection devices have an untapped potential for enterprise surveillance and security systems In 2017, Ditek continued to offer security end users a solid surge protection solution. We also successfully educated system integrators, who are seeking value-added products or services to incorporate into their portfolios, on the importance of surge protection devices. Educating security integrators We believe that surge protection devices have an untapped potential for enterprise video surveillance and security systems, because they can and do meet safety and security challenges that have been rarely identified in the past. We are looking forward to 2018, when we will continue to develop new surge protection products – including a new product engineered to protect up to twelve individual fuel dispensers, which is critical to the financial operation of convenience stores. We will also continue to educate security integrators about the importance of including surge protection in the design/build RFP, to not only secure an enterprise’s valuable security equipment, but also to help integrators to differentiate their capabilities and knowledge from the competition.

Technology evolution leads to changes in security control room furniture
Technology evolution leads to changes in security control room furniture

Technology is changing the look and function of today’s security control rooms. Old-school CRT (cathode-ray tube) monitors are giving way to the thinner, flat screen monitors in the control room environment, but the transition is gradual. Randy Smith of Winsted still sees many control rooms that need to make the conversion, which is a boon to his company’s business. Furniture today is designed differently to accommodate the thinner monitors, often with larger screens. Need for integrated rack systems With the increase of IP-based systems comes the need for integrated rack systems that include advanced functionality such as cable management, adds Jim Coleman, National Sales Manager, AFC Industries. Server rooms are environmentally controlled by cooling systems and power systems monitored on the IP network. Low-profile flat screens allow centres to utilise space vertically, thus creating a smaller footprint for the consoles. Additionally, with IP-based systems, workstations will have a smaller footprint because there is less cumbersome equipment. In most cases the servers are stored in a secured, climate controlled environment to eliminate overheating of the servers and maintain their security, says Coleman. This environment also helps with cable and power management. AFC builds technical furniture racks that adhere to the precise needs of computer network server room operators. The company designs and fabricates LAN workbenches with versatile functionalities, and server room workstation racks that are scalable. There is a complete line of IT workbenches, IT computer racks and computer server rack mounts with flexible mounting options. In most cases the servers are stored in a secured, climate controlled environment to eliminate overheating of the servers and maintain their security Flexible control room designs Matko Papic, Chief Technology Officer of Evans Consoles, says the transition from bulky CRT equipment to flat-screen (lower profile) monitors was a major disruption in control room design; it changed the whole dynamic. Another evolution is the use of IP video streaming, which allows more flexibility in manipulation of audio-video content, and requires more flexible control room designs. Another shift, driven by larger, higher-definition monitors, is a shift to fewer monitors that display more information. Instead of a smaller monitor for each information stream, larger monitors now consolidate that information into “dashboard” displays. Looking ahead, control rooms will need to be more flexible, both in the initial design and the ability to adapt to changing technology, says Papic. Legacy customers who are currently using PCs may be moving to more remote applications. Sit-stand equipment will continue to be increasingly prevalent. “There will be more emphasis on flexibility, technology integration, and the ability to change over the life of the system,” says Papic. Consolidation of multiple operations into a single system A trend in security is consolidation of multiple physical operations into a single system, says Papic. As a result, more customers are taking more interest in alarm management and situational awareness. How is the technology being used in terms of alarm triggers? How can the systems react rapidly and provide information to a larger audience in the control room? These questions impact how control rooms are designed, and Evans Consoles can adapt lessons learned from other markets to these trends in the security arena. Greater use of technology is inevitable, says Coleman of AFC Industries. “It is virtually impossible for humans to monitor all security data at the street level in our cities,” he says. “As computers become more powerful and their programs more all-encompassing, we will see a greater shift to robotic and technology uses that will provide enhanced monitoring capabilities and safety Read our Control Rooms series here

Will security industry consolidation stifle innovation?
Will security industry consolidation stifle innovation?

The security industry will continue to see consolidation through acquisition in 2017. At the advent of IP camera adoption, we saw a great decline in large vertically integrated companies, which spurred a new era of innovation within smaller IP camera manufacturers, VMS providers and other hardware companies for storage and managed switches.   We are now living in a new era of consolidation that is taking us full-circle back to vertical integration. Ultimately, the industry as a whole suffers because this consolidation will stifle innovation until the next big technology disruption takes shape. Interoperability across different verticals  This time last year, we noted that the marketplace was moving toward converged technologies and the need for alarm management across multiple platforms into a common interface, turned out to be a popular request. If anything, we are only seeing just the beginning phases of this transition. The biggest surprise is that interoperability is not only confined to security technology, but also extends to parallel systems such as building automation, safety and environmental controls, and even Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. Using Video Event Management Software (VEMS) alongside these intelligent platforms proves to be a valuable verification process for many new and exciting vertical markets. Arteco plans to continue the revenue growth and brand awareness achieved in 2016 Event-based video security software At Arteco, our highest growth sectors tend to be slightly insulated from economic fluctuation in the sense that we focus on securing critical infrastructure (electrical utilities and communications) as well as corporate and education campuses. Unfortunately, the continued growth in active shooter incidents have made physical security concerns top of mind for many organisations regardless of economic impact. The unexpected repercussions are that many new security technologies are emerging that cater to real-time event notification on both the macro and micro level. The exciting part of this trend is that users are leveraging a layered approach with multiple autonomous applications working together toward a common goal to improve security, which will hopefully ensure a high level of protection.  Business growth and challenges Business has continued to grow year-over-year, and 2016 was a huge step forward for Arteco not only in terms of revenue growth, but also increased brand awareness in the United States and abroad. Our biggest challenge continues to be the crowded VMS market, which is filled with lower cost or even free substitute products. We are making great strides in overcoming this challenge by having a wonderful team of people, both on the technical and sales side of the organisation, who are focused on finding new and innovative ways to advance intuitive, open and affordable event-based and intelligent video security software into 2017. See the full coverage of 2016/2017 Review and Forecast articles here 

Latest LifeSafety Power, Inc. news

LifeSafety Power to demonstrate its NetLink and Genetec Security Center integration at ISC West 2020
LifeSafety Power to demonstrate its NetLink and Genetec Security Center integration at ISC West 2020

LifeSafety Power announces an integration between its NetLink™ network communication device and Genetec Security Center, an industry-preferred unified management software platform for IP devices. NetLink is designed for users to remotely monitor, control, program and report on system power and connected devices. It features patented battery management that includes health reporting, remote battery testing, email/SNMP alerts and other proactive notifications. With this integration users can seamlessly add NetLink devices into the Genetec platform, allowing real-time NetLink alerts to appear directly within the Security Center interface. LSPEntity software package From Security Center, users may also connect to the NetLink home page to receive detailed data on the health and viability of power, connected locks and other devices. LifeSafety Power's NetLink modules are added to Security Center using the LSPEntity software package available for download on LifeSafety Power’s website. Once installed, LSPEntity allows the user to add one or more NetLink devices as entities in Security Center. Security Center then uses SNMP trap messages to receive NetLink status changes to generate events within the interface. Licenses for LSPEntity to use with Security Center are provided by Genetec. Intelligent networking power solutions LifeSafety Power is a consummate innovator and specialist in physical security and access control, creating a new category of intelligent networking power solutions that monitor and manage system connectivity across the enterprise. Embracing technology collaboration with some of the most recognisable companies in the industry, LifeSafety Power has carved a unique niche and along the way received numerous awards for its innovation, including Security Industry Association New Product of the Year; Security Today New Product of the Year; Most Valuable Product; and many others. LifeSafety Power was acquired by ASSA ABLOY in September 2019. LifeSafety Power will be demonstrating the NetLink-Security Center integration during ISC West 2020, March 18-20 in Las Vegas at booth 14115.

ASSA ABLOY and LifeSafety Power launch customisable solution to enhance efficiency of power supply systems
ASSA ABLOY and LifeSafety Power launch customisable solution to enhance efficiency of power supply systems

ASSA ABLOY is introducing a new power supply solution — the Securitron AQL Series with real-time monitoring capabilities from LifeSafety Power. The Securitron AQL Series, part of ASSA ABLOY’s Electronic Security Hardware offering, provides efficient, reliable power supplies to support access control systems – from single-door specs to expansive enterprise systems. It improves functionality and efficiency for the end user, saving time and money with real-time data and the ability to remotely monitor and manage the power supply system. “Today’s complex world requires customisable solutions,” said David Corbin, Director of Power Management Strategic Business Unit, ASSA ABLOY. “The diverse portfolio of the Securitron AQL Series is designed for access control systems of all sizes, with added module options to upgrade your system as needed. We are proud to introduce our first power solution to harness the reliability of ASSA ABLOY and the leading-edge technology of LifeSafety Power.” Proactive Network Monitoring The NetLink Network Communication Module, which is compatible with the Securitron AQL Series The NetLink Network Communication Module, which is compatible with the Securitron AQL Series, enables remote supervision and control of power. It can identify problems proactively by monitoring performance, scheduling system and battery tests and reporting in real-time on the health and status of power and the battery set. With active network monitoring, integrators can provide managed power services to end users, who can monitor their access control system, make real-time decisions about their facilities and perform preventative maintenance. Technicians can remotely assess and resolve problems before being dispatched into the field, reducing onsite service calls and labor expenses. Expanded Enhancements for More Control Securitron AQL Series modules allow for further expansion and improved functionality of the power supply system and the ability to scale with any environment. Upgrading is easier with snap-in-style standoffs, color coded fast-on connectors and multi-voltage readiness. With integrated fire alarm interface (FAI), Securitron AQL Power Supplies keep people safer in the event of fire alarm activation by controlling what happens to doors, devices and accessories. The Securitron AQL Series is backed by the industry leading no-fault, no questions asked MagnaCare® lifetime warranty.

LifeSafety Power to showcase FlexPower FPO Generation 2 distribution boards at ISC West 2020
LifeSafety Power to showcase FlexPower FPO Generation 2 distribution boards at ISC West 2020

The original flagship FlexPower power supply line from LifeSafety Power has received a comprehensive design update with enhanced features and capabilities: FlexPower FPO Generation 2 (Gen2). LifeSafety Power, the globally renowned provider of innovative power solutions that focus on excellence in manufacturing and cost-saving installation and design, has redesigned the FlexPower line to bring additional improvements to installers and users in the access control market. FlexPower FPO Generation 2 (Gen2) FlexPower Gen2 adds groundbreaking features like OutSmart visual voltage indication across all boards FlexPower Gen2 adds groundbreaking features like OutSmart visual voltage indication across all boards, visually showing the technician the output voltage of the power supply boards and each distributed output. Optional RS-485 capability on FPO and M8 devices allow larger managed systems on fewer network drops with the new NLX NetLink module. Added data points such as AC input voltage and main output current on the FPO power supply and output cycle counts on the M8 give a better view of overall system health. Refinements like built-in low battery disconnect and battery current sensor lead to cleaner installations. Other enhancements including selectable sealed lead acid (SLA) or Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery charging, remote main output shutdown on FPO, built-in control relays on NLX and even deeper E4 and E8 enclosures demonstrate LSP’s commitment to customer needs and continuing to move the power supply forward from static device to an integrated part of the access control ecosystem. NetLink communication modules Gen2 distribution boards and NetLink communication modules began rolling out in 2019 and with the release of FPO Gen2 power supplies in Q2 2020 the update to the FlexPower product line will be complete. All FlexPower Generation 2 boards are easily identified by their red color and will replace the original green FlexPower boards across all product lines, including standard power, Unified Power, rackmount and other products. LifeSafety Power is a consummate innovator and specialist in physical security and access control, creating a new category of intelligent networking power solutions that monitor and manage system connectivity across the enterprise. The company embraces technology collaboration with some of the most recognisable companies in the industry. ISC West 2020  LifeSafety Power has carved a unique niche and along the way received numerous awards for its innovation, including Security Industry Association New Product of the Year; Security Today New Product of the Year; Most Valuable Product; and many others. LifeSafety Power was acquired by ASSA ABLOY in September 2019. FPO Gen 2 and other new LifeSafety Power products will be exhibited at ISC West 2020, slated to take place from March 18th to 20th in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA at booth no. 14115.