Vanderbilt SPC Connect mobile app for monitoring, managing and maintaining SPC Panels remotely
Vanderbilt SPC Connect mobile app for monitoring, managing and maintaining SPC Panels remotely

Security Products from Vanderbilt (formerly known as Siemens Security Products) has released a new and updated version of its popular SPCanywhere app, which enables users of intruder detection installations based on the versatile SPC range to monitor and control their systems. The company has also now made the app available for use on Android devices as well as on devices that run Apple’s iOS operating system. The Android version of SPCanywhere can be found on Google Play, while the iOS version is in the Apple App Store. Both versions are free, and both are available to download immediately. With SPCanywhere running on an Android or Apple phone or tablet, users can monitor up to four SPC installations via an attractive and intuitive graphical interface. SPCanywhere provides an overview of the system area status as well as the status of all zones and door controls. A convenient map view mode is provided that use icons to clearly show the positions of detectors and verification cameras. By tapping on the appropriate icon, SPCanywhere users can control doors, areas and zones, and can even display realtime images from IP cameras connected to their SPC installation. A valuable new feature that has been added to the latest iOS version of SPCanywhere and is also available in the Android version is the ability to add multiple layers to the map, making it even faster and easier to confirm the status of the installation. In addition, the iOS version has now been optimised for use on the larger screen of the iPhone 5. A particularly valuable feature of SPCanywhere in business applications is that it allows the whole installation to be set and unset remotely. This means that, if the authorised person cannot be present in the workplace at the start of the working day, they can remotely unset the system. Similarly, at the end of the day, if they are not on the premises, they can remotely set the system. A comprehensive log screen is also provided by SPCanywhere, which allows users to access a detailed record of all significant events relating to their installation, including not only alarm activations but also power failures and other system incidents. SPCanywhere for Android is compatible with phones and tablets running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) or higher, while the iOS version requires iOS 5 or higher and works with iPad 2 or later, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.

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Ajax Hub 2 security control panel
Ajax Hub 2 security control panel

In control of security, not your private life Hub 2 manages all the Ajax devices in the system to alert users about open doors, broken windows, threats of fire and flooding. If burglars break into your house, Hub 2 transmits pictures from the MotionCam detectors and notifies the alarm response company about the danger. You won’t need to live under the constant supervision of the security cameras to know what’s going on. Baffles thieves Prevents fire Detects flooding Doesn't peek   Stress-free The motion detectors react to dangerous situations as well as simple oversights. A nanny may bring the children home from the school and forget to disable the security system, which will raise an alarm. With Hub 2, you won’t have to worry in those cases and waste money on the false alarm fines. Open an alarm notification sent by the MotionCam detector to see what happened.           Send a photo-series when triggered Deliver packages without Wi-Fi and cables   Always in touch Hub 2 uses Ethernet or one of the 2 SIM cards to guarantee the delivery of the alarms and photos from the secured objects. The channels work in parallel and back each other up in case of emergency. Compression and transmission protocols guarantee lightning — fast delivery of the photo series even with weak Internet connectivity. Unlike with the video camera streams, with Ajax, you can evaluate the situation on the secured objects at the 0.5 kB/s Internet speed. Uses 3 independent communication channels Delivers alarms in 0.15 seconds Transmits photo confirmations even on 2G   Trouble resistant With Hub 2, you’ll know immediately if the detector has a malfunction, if someone removed it, if it is damaged, or if its body is open. Even if the lights suddenly go out, the control panel will continue its watch powered by a back-up battery. Checks the functionality of detectors at least every 12 seconds Alerts about threats, channel interference, or malfunctions Operates for up to 16 hours during a blackout   Evolves with every software update Hub 2 runs on OS Malevich, a real-time operating system. This type of software is used in the systems that can’t afford mistakes — for instance, spaceships and ballistic rocket launchers, or car brakes. OS Malevich is immune to viruses and protected from cyber attacks. Its architecture allows us to regularly expand the Ajax possibilities over the air within seconds and without bothering the users. Protected from cyber-attacks New features with every update Automatically updates over the air

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Honeywell launches enhanced Galaxy TouchCenter with Proximity Reader
Honeywell launches enhanced Galaxy TouchCenter with Proximity Reader

Honeywell's new Galaxy TouchCenter Prox is an innovative and enhanced version of the popular Galaxy® TouchCenter keypad. The new integrated proximity reader is designed to reduce the number of false alarms and police call-outs due to operator errors such as incorrect PIN entry. The customer experience is simplified and the integration of the innovative proximity function means the keypad is now fully compliant with UK standards.The TouchCenter touch screen keypad with graphical display simplifies programming and provides a more intuitive experience for the end user. Unlike regular keypads, logs are much easier to read and analyse and the management of users and multi-area systems is more straightforward, enabling end-users to easily manage the system. If users prefer a more traditional MK7 keypad instead of the new interface, a simple button allows them to switch to a standard 32 character display.The Galaxy TouchCenter Prox also now incorporates a VGA high definition screen, allowing photo quality images to be displayed. This innovation, enabled by a simple SD card slot, provides a wealth of customisation options such as a family photo for a home owner or a company logo for a business. Installers can also use this tool to display their contact information and company logo on the keypad screen to drive sales and provide a quick point of reference for helpline numbers.The new keypad also gives users access to an on-screen easy-to-navigate help menu that can address operational problems that the user may experience, and reduce or eliminate unnecessary calls to the installer. The help menu allows the user to access information about the system on a 24/7 basis and also removes the need to store a printed instruction manual that is easily damaged or misplaced. "Since launching the Galaxy TouchCenter we have seen a strong demand from our customer base for touch screen technology," said Yves Pichon, Marketing Leader, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Honeywell Security Group. "As smartphones and other touchscreen devices continue to gain broad consumer acceptance, we expect this to be a key area of innovation and growth for the industry as a whole. Honeywell is excited to be at the forefront of this new trend."For further information on Honeywell's security solutions visit www.honeywell.com/security/uk 

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Visonic introduces the touch-screen keypad KP-160 PG2
Visonic introduces the touch-screen keypad KP-160 PG2

Featuring a stylish design, graphical touchscreen and proximity tags, KP-160 PG2 is designed to maximise user experience while keeping price at bay. The large, icon-based display is clear and appealing, and the keypad replaces the need for costly keyfobs.   The KP-160 PG2 is also suitable for use by children and elderly people. Using the decorative proximity tags, which easily fit on a keychain, any user - young or old  - can easily arm/disarm the system, initiate fire and panic alarms and review the system status. The intuitive touchscreen display dramatically reduces the learning curve for users. There are no complicated commands to remember or blinking lights to interpret. KP-160 PG2 virtually eliminates the need for long training sessions by the installer.   KP-160 PG2 is the ideal solution for controlling basic alarm functions from different locations in the home or small business premises and is compatible with the PowerMaster family of intrusion alarm systems.   KP-160 PG2 Features and Benefits: Large touchscreen with graphical Icons Easy and intuitive operation Suitable for use also in working environments for employees to use their standard RFID card with the keypad Sleek design Superb value for price Performs all common actions such as arming/disarming, initiating emergency, fire and panic alarms, controlling PGM outputs and reviewing system status Wall-mounted or desktop use Suitable for any home or small office Up to 32 keypads in one PowerMaster system (up to 8 for PowerMaster-10 and up to 32 for PowerMaster-30) Visonic’s PowerG RF technology Extended range – Eliminates the need for repeaters Robust and highly suitable for harsh environments Provides user with feedback on commands Prolonged battery life Optional mains power allows always-on status display Audible exit/entry warning (even when running on batteries) Compatible with PowerMaster intrusion alarm systems Alarm system control panel can be installed in a hidden location hard to find by intruders

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Climax MZ Series brings smart security to your home
Climax MZ Series brings smart security to your home

Climax introduce a new generation of MZ control panel series as an integrated and comprehensive system that manages safety, security and home environments together under one unit. Unlike traditional alarm system, MZ series not only serves as an intrusion alarm system, but also assists you to manage your home in a more convenient way. With advanced alarm communication features and outstanding compatibilities - home automation, visual verification, smart energy saving function, and lighting control, new MZ series brings a complete and cost-effective smart home solution for you to experience a comfortable and convenient life. MZ series includes MZ-1, MZ-3 and MZ-8 with various reporting paths for you to select from: MZ-1 is a wireless IP control panel. MZ-3 is a wireless GSM/GPRS control panel. MZ-8 is a wireless control panel in dual path of IP/GSM. Outstanding features of MZ Series - Flexible home security solution: MZ series works with a variety of sensors up to 40 to protect your family and properties. Sensor connected MZ series can be flexibly set to different attributes and further inform you on a precise type of alarm. -  Visual verification: PIR Video Camera/PIR Camera can provide a visual verification solution for central monitoring station or users to verify whether the alarm is real alarm or false alarm. - Smart home control: Choice of Home Portal™ Server or Vesta EZ Home App:   Home Portal™ Server is a platform to deliver smart home services for users to remotely control their home via web-based browser or smart phone applications. Rather than connecting Home Portal™ Server to enjoy remote smart home services, users have another choice of using Vesta EZ Home App to control their home via SMS protocol. - Compatible with ZigBee Information Keypad KP-29ZB/ KPT-29ZB: MZ series can work with ZigBee information keypad KP-29ZB/ KPT-29ZB to simplify the operation of security system by one touch on the touchpad or swiping a proximity tag or NFC tag near the keypad. - Zigbee home automation: Zigbee based Home Automation feature is designed for you to control your home condition at your convenience. Home appliances can be controlled depending on conditions you configure in MZ control panels. -Create a more pleasant atmosphere:ML series can work with Climax dimmer switches to enhance the beauty of home environment. In conjunction with dimmer devices, ML series enable -users to control their home lighting at certain levels or conditions to make home a more pleasant place to live.

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Homelink 75 – even more intelligent reassurance for your world
Homelink 75 – even more intelligent reassurance for your world

Homelink 75 is a professional home security solution, which has an attractive modern design, and is quick and easy to install.   Features include:Now fully compliant with EN50131 and PD6662:2004, DD243:2004 Grade 2 32 radio zones and 2 hardwired zone inputs128 x 64 pixel LCD pictographic displayAttractive, modern design to fit in any location and lifestyleScreen logos self programmable via flashloaderRemote access and control from any telephone, fixed line or mobileGSM to communicate alarms and system status without the need for a fixed telephone lineTCP/IP broadband sends data straight from your Homelink 75 system to a monitoring centre via broadband, LAN or WAN Scantronic AE2 dual diversity 868MHz narrowband radio receiverStandard integral digital communicator offering SCANCOM Fast Format, CID, SIA 1, 2 and 3 extended formatsIntegral social alarm function with Tunstall and SCANCOM Fast Format communications and semi-duplex loud-speaking facilityIntegral speech dialler with one 12s home message and up to 4 consecutive messages, each 8s long with listening-in and talk-back facilityFull up/download and remote servicing facilityNow lets you remotely check the status of the system at any time and even allows the user to switch all or part of the system, on or offOffers all the functionality to protect your property as well as minimal disruption during installationUsing mobile technology, Homelink 75 combines communications and security to bring you a system that not only protects what you care about, but tells you what you need to know - when you need to know it

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DSC IMPASSA self-contained 2-way wireless security system
DSC IMPASSA self-contained 2-way wireless security system

The IMPASSA strategy: Detect. Defend. Defeat. IMPASSA is the newest, next generation wireless security system from DSC. IMPASSA comes with the defense and offense needed to protect the ‘king’ – the home and homeowner - including: An integrated HSPA (3G) cellular communicator for high speed, reliable and secure alarm communications. The flexibility of a distributed approach that allows wireless devices to be located wherever needed for optimal protection. As easy as setting up a chessboard, installers can now deliver a full featured home security solution in minutes by easily enrolling a range of compatible wireless devices into the IMPASSA security system. Defensive strategy - Integrated 3G cellular communicator As any good chess player knows, looking many moves ahead is critical for a checkmate. As more homeowners transition away from traditional phone lines towards VoIP (Voice over IP) or mobile wireless phones for communication, IMPASSA delivers an alternate communication path using the cellular network. In addition, IMPASSA includes a more traditional phone line communicator using the Plain Old Telephone Systems (POTS). The IMPASSA integrated communicator uses proven 3G technology. This not only allows for faster data-transmission speeds, but provides a longer lifecycle as cellular providers begin to phase out their GSM (2G) networks. Just like a mobile phone, IMPASSA displays the cellular signal strength to help determine the optimal mounting position within the home. For the homeowner’s convenience, the real time clock updates the time and date via the cellular communicator.

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Why access control is important
Why access control is important

When we talk about security, people are often quick to jump to conclusions and picture bouncers, heavy steel doors and alarms that go off as soon as a door is opened. Access control is in fact one of the most common and least invasive methods of adding extra security to a home, communal or business premises – controlling who is able to enter a space based on the use of entry codes, key fobs, and/or access cards. Communal flats and office blocks are where access control is often an important factor in keeping the building secure, though private residences also have their own lowkey methods of access control with burglar alarms and personalised codes. With that said, what is it that makes access codes so effective across so many spaces – and why are they so important in today’s society? Benefits of access control Every time you visit an office space, enter a block of flats, or drive into a gated community, you will likely be faced with restricted access and a code pad – plus a button to ring through if you are a visitor. This is a prime example of access control, whereby the owner of the premises has installed a gate or security door which requires a code to enter from the outside. Pressing the request button puts you through to a controller who can then either grant access or deny access. The primary benefit of access control is that it ensures that a space remains secure Some of these code pads have cameras so that the controller can see the visitor – some just have a microphone and speaker. The primary benefit of access control is that it ensures that a space remains secure – only visited by those who are granted access. This restriction helps to keep residents and property safe, not only deterring burglars but ensuring that they are unable to gain entry without permission. Access control panels Some of the examples of access control panels in use include: Private car parks, granting access to employees or residents or paying guests based on the location. Communal buildings and flat entranceways, granting access to residents. These kinds of access control panels will have multiple buttons, one for each flat so that guests can buzz and speak to their contacts. Offices, granting access to employees and their guests. Another key benefit of access control is that entry and exit data can be tracked Another key benefit of access control is that entry and exit data can be tracked, and data can be used for anything from tracking the use of a building, to understanding and logging when individuals have entered and left the premises. For those who have ever watched a Detective drama, you will know how crucial this kind of data can be to determining alibis! Replacing lost keys Inhouse, this can also be useful in identifying who is around when an incident occurs, and in ascertaining how many people are in the premises in the event of a fire or emergency situation. On top of knowing when individuals are accessing certain spaces, access controls can also be used to restrict access to spaces during certain time periods – for example at the end of a shift, or overnight. This is most often found in commercial spaces and car parks, as private residences will grant access at all hours to residents. Access control plays an important role in security and can impact everything from your insurance bills and insurance cover to the amount you spend on replacing lost keys. By keeping certain spaces restricted, only granting access to those who are supposed to be there for work or through their private residence, you are able to keep individuals safe and protect them from the effect of theft. Preventing unlawful access Access control is particularly crucial in tracking the movement of employees should an incident occur In a workspace, access control is particularly crucial in tracking the movement of employees should an incident occur, as well as making the life of your team much easier in allowing them to move between spaces without security personnel and site managers present. It can also reduce the outgoings of a business by reducing the need for security individuals to be hired and paid to remain on site. For a private homeowner or flat owner, access control is what grants you the privacy and security that you deserve in your own space. Whether the control is placed on the outside of a bin store, car parks, communal entrance way or your own personal flat, creating barriers to prevent unlawful access can make a private residence more appealing to tenants or homeowners, and can also provide information and data about who has entered a building and when. Vacant property security The value of access control is that there are a range of solutions according to your budget, your requirements, and the way that you intend to use access control across your site or inside space. For the most part, access control is considered to be a cost effective way of increasing security, cutting back on personnel while ensuring that access is only granted to those who are supposed to be a specific space. The value of access control is that there are a range of solutions according to your budget According to construction site and vacant property security company Sicuro, access control systems with a built in camera are becoming increasingly popular, particularly on the exterior of a building when it comes to granting access to visitors – as those inside can see who is asking to be let in. Managing access control Meanwhile, across inside workspaces and sites, access control managed by pin numbers or fingerprints is often sufficient. Access control is an important part of modern security, ensuring that everywhere from office spaces to private residences are protected from unwanted or unlawful visitors. For the most part, access control is managed automatically, tracking and storing data on who has entered and exited a specific space and at what time – though some examples are tracked and managed manually (for example in a school reception or private residence).

Wire-free, mobile first and data rich? The future of access control is within almost anyone’s reach
Wire-free, mobile first and data rich? The future of access control is within almost anyone’s reach

The 2020s will be a wireless decade in access control, says Russell Wagstaff from ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions EMEA. He examines the trends data, and looks beyond mobile keys to brand new security roles for the smartphone. The benefits of wire-free electronic access control are well rehearsed. They are also more relevant than ever. A wireless solution gives facility managers deeper, more flexible control over who should have access, where and when, because installing, operating and integrating them is easier and less expensive than wiring more doors. Battery powered locks Many procurement teams are now aware of these cost advantages, but perhaps not their scale. Research for an ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions (AAOS) benchmarking exercise found installation stage to be the largest contributor to cost reduction. Comparing a typical installation of battery-powered Aperio locks versus wired locks at the same scale, the research projected an 80% saving in installers’ labour costs for customers who go cable-free. Battery powered locks all consume much less energy than traditional wired locks Operating costs are also lower for wireless: Battery powered locks all consume much less energy than traditional wired locks, which normally work via magnets connected permanently to electricity. Wireless locks only ‘wake up’ when presented with a credential for which they must make an access decision. AAOS estimated a 70% saving in energy use over a comparable lock’s lifetime. Find out more about wireless access control at ASSA ABLOY's upcoming 29th June webinar Deploying wireless locks In short, every time a business chooses a wireless lock rather than a wired door, they benefit from both installation and operating cost savings. A recent report from IFSEC Global, AAOS and Omdia reveals the extent to which the advantages of wireless are cutting through. Responses to a large survey of security professionals — end-users, installers, integrators and consultants serving large corporations and small- to medium-sized organisations in education, healthcare, industrial, commercial, infrastructure, retail, banking and other sectors — suggest almost four locations in ten (38%) have now deployed wireless locks as a part or the whole of their access solution. The corresponding data point from AAOS’s 2014 Report was 23%. Electronic access control Electronic access control is less dependent than ever on cabling Without doubt, electronic access control is less dependent than ever on cabling: Even after a year when many investments have been deferred or curtailed, the data reveals fast-growing adoption of wireless locks, technologies and systems. Is mobile access control — based on digital credentials or ‘virtual keys’ stored on a smartphone — an ideal security technology for this wire-free future? In fact, the same report finds mobile access is growing fast right now. Among those surveyed, 26% of end-users already offer mobile compatibility; 39% plan to roll out mobile access within two years. Before the mid-2020s, around two-thirds of access systems will employ the smartphone in some way. The smartphone is also convenient for gathering system insights Driving rapid adoption What is driving such rapid adoption? The convenience benefits for everyday users are obvious — witness the mobile boom in banking and payments, travel or event ticketing, transport, food delivery and countless more areas of modern life. Access control is a natural fit. If you have your phone, you are already carrying your keys: What could be easier? IBM forecasts that 1.87 billion people globally will be mobile workers by 2022 Less often discussed are the ways mobile management makes life easier for facility and security managers, too. Among those polled for the new Wireless Access Control Report, almost half (47%) agreed that ‘Mobile was more flexible than physical credentials, and 36% believe that mobile credentials make it easier to upgrade employee access rights at any time.’ IBM forecasts that 1.87 billion people globally will be mobile workers by 2022. Workers in every impacted sector require solutions which can get the job done from anywhere: Access management via smartphone offers this. Site management device The smartphone is also convenient for gathering system insights. For example, one new reporting and analytics tool for CLIQ key-based access control systems uses an app to collect, visualise and evaluate access data. Security system data could contribute to business success. The app’s clear, visual layout helps managers to instantly spot relevant trends, anomalies or patterns. It’s simple to export, to share insights across the business. Reinvented for learning — not just as a ‘key’ or site management device — the phone will help businesses make smarter, data-informed decisions. The smartphone will also play a major role in security — and everything else — for an exciting new generation of smart buildings. These buildings will derive their intelligence from interoperability. Over 90% of the report’s survey respondents highlighted the importance of integration across building functions including access control, CCTV, alarm and visitor management systems. Genuinely seamless integration They offer greater peace of mind than proprietary solutions which ‘lock you in’ for the long term Yet in practice, stumbling blocks remain on the road to deeper, genuinely seamless integration. More than a quarter of those polled felt held back by a lack of solutions developed to open standards. ‘Open standards are key for the momentum behind the shift towards system integration,’ notes the Report. As well as being more flexible, open solutions are better futureproofed. Shared standards ensure investments can be made today with confidence that hardware and firmware may be built on seamlessly in the future. They offer greater peace of mind than proprietary solutions which ‘lock you in’ for the long term. Open solutions and mobile management are critical to achieving the goals which end-users in every vertical are chasing: scalability, flexibility, sustainability, cost-efficiency and convenience.

Access control and door entry management: How technology is driving change
Access control and door entry management: How technology is driving change

Access control and door entry is a huge responsibility, and challenge, for local authorities and housing associations UK wide. For councils, they’re accountable for the security and safety of many public facilities such as leisure centres, libraries as well as residential housing developments which are often large scale and home to hundreds of people. Housing associations manage affordable rental housing which also means they’re responsible for the appropriate access control management for each individual house or flat. Technology developments have enabled better entry systems that are far more secure yet also more convenient and easier to manage. For example, with modern intercom and access control systems, remote management and communication is something that offers local authorities and housing associations features that enable them to reduce costs and cut their carbon footprints by managing multiple sites from one place. On the other hand, such technological innovation has meant that local authority and housing association specifiers and consultants now have a wide range of systems and products to choose from which can cause issues in ensuring the right system for a specific building or development is chosen. Choosing an appropritate access control system In choosing an appropriate system, local authorities and housing associations need to opt for a cost effective solution that can be easily maintained with excellent support from the manufacturer and guarantees that the system and system parts will remain supported for the duration of its expected life cycle. It is also important that the chosen system is flexible to cater for the varying needs of the tenants and visitors. Of increasing importance is the reduction of anti-social behaviour which new technology can help by providing the use of data loggers which track the use and events of a door entry system, allowing specific evidence to be located by integrating with CCTV. Using technology to our advantage Through advancements in management systems and services, we can gain a much better visual representation of the events and general usage of an intercom entry system and not just its proximity access control. Systems, for example, can now send email alarms or notifications to the administrator or management. We are now able to modify user rights and access levels on the go from a mobile app which enables a much greater control over service and maintenance engineers, such as making sure they have full access when required via an app, rather than arriving to site with the incorrect keys or access fob. Systems, for example, can now send email alarms or notifications to the administrator or management Dealing with tenant’s lost and stolen keys has never been so easy either. The blocking or deletion of lost fobs and adding a new fob can be carried out in minutes while at the same time removing the cost of sending an engineer to the development to programme new fobs. This greatly reduces the carbon footprint of the whole task as fobs can now be sent out via post to a secure location for collection. Technology has also helped local authorities and housing associations to overcome the issue of not being able to have a concierge or building manager available 24/7 at some developments. Now with internet communication, it’s possible for tenants and visitors to get in touch with someone should they need assistance, whether that’s from within the apartment or from an entrance point. For example, lets take the Videx VX2200 with IP concierge integration. This system is exceptionally flexible, enabling calls to be answered on Videx intercoms and also mobile phones if required. With the integration of the IP concierge each block can be either standalone or networked via the internet back to a central control room. Reduced maintenance costs and carbon footprint We work with a wide range of local authorities and housing associations to help them overcome access control and door entry challenges. One organisation we have recently partnered with is The Living Group to help them greatly reduce their maintenance costs and carbon footprint by installing the MiAccess offline proximity system on many of their developments across the North East. Technology developments have enabled better entry systems that are far more secure yet also more convenient and easier to manage By installing an appropriate system, The Living Group has managed to overcome issues caused by the existing system’s limitations and also enabled much more flexibility when it comes to effectively managing the access control system of all their included developments. For those responsible for effective and appropriate access control, the management of the systems are easier, quicker and there’s no delay or on-going costs for needing a specialist programme to modify fobs and access rights as this can now all carried out in-house. Improved security legislation Further advancements in programmes such as Secured by Design (SBD), a police initiative that improves the security of buildings and their immediate surroundings to provide safe places to live, work and visit, means that there’s more security legislation being implemented that’s making intercoms and access control more secure, without affecting ease and convenience. Videx holds an SBD accreditation and we know, from first-hand experience, how it’s making a difference in keeping tenants safe. When you combine the safety features promoted by an SBD member company like ourselves with the likes of the Videx event logging, image capture and ability to modify access users on the go, for example, we can help to create a very safe and secure environment. Personally, I think there needs to be a greater emphasis on the role of security legislation Technology has completely transformed the way local authorities and housing association are able to choose, install and manage door entry and access control systems for tenants and visitors alike. Personally, I think there needs to be a greater emphasis on the role of security legislation such as Secured by Design to ensure all councils and housing association consultants are up to date with what constitutes a robust and secure system that’s also cost effective too. In my role, I see weaknesses in systems and constant ongoing costs that could easily be avoided. For instance, features such as timed remote entry means local authority and housing association management no longer need to worry about keys being lost, the wrong keys being supplied or locks needing to be changed. With new systems such as the Videx MiAccess and Videx WS4 range, we can help to massively reduce a housing association’s or council’s carbon footprint and engineer costs by allowing them the access to management and control from an offsite location. Crime prevention We can also use live and logged events to help prevent crime in different ways, from antisocial behaviour growing around a tenant being called or visited much more regularly than others, to knowing a tenant is currently still living at a property but isn’t paying rent or answering to any correspondence. Technology enables local authorities and housing associations to receive detailed data and therefore behavioural insights on the people under their management and care. If consultants and specifiers are advised on the most appropriate systems that meet their specific entry needs, they can ensure greater, safer and more convenient access control that meets the requirements of both the end user and the those responsible for its effective management.

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