Check and control your security system wherever you are
Check and control your security system wherever you are

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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Vanderbilt (formerly known as Siemens Security Products) access control, intrusion detection and CCTV solutions
Vanderbilt (formerly known as Siemens Security Products) access control, intrusion detection and CCTV solutions

Vanderbilt continues to lead the market with product innovations in Access Control, Intruder Detection and CCTV. Aliro 2 access control solution Aliro 2 is the latest generation of Vanderbilt’s industry leading Aliro access control solution. Building on the success of its predecessor and created alongside external developers, Aliro 2 is suitable for small to medium sized commercial applications, boasting easy to use Internet based software and intuitive mobile features. Utilising the advanced Mercury firmware platform, which provides unrivalled control, monitoring and data manipulation, it supports up to 512 doors, 10,000 users and 100,000 access cards. Visitors were able to see how it works with MiFare card readers featuring an integral LED based screen that facilitates cardholder interaction by displaying bespoke messages. Integration with Aperio is one of the highlights in the new feature set of Aliro 2 but there is much more to come as this new system paves the way for Vanderbilt’s future migration strategy. Vanderbilt’s SPC intrusion panel has obtained more approvals than any other, both European and further afield SPC intrusion detection Vanderbilt’s SPC intrusion panel has obtained more approvals than any other, both European and further afield. Vanderbilt continues to develop even more attractive features for this range including its SPC Connect. This cloud-based innovation provides customers with remote access to control panels, safe in the knowledge that the process is highly secure, thanks to the implementation of financial grade SSL security. Another exciting new aspect of SPC Connect is that installers can customise how they view data by setting up a feature which allows them to manage and control access rights to individual panels and groups of panels. Magic motion detector range The highly successful Magic motion detector range offers reliable detection of intruders and high false alarm immunity. Eventys CCTV range New to the CCTV portfolio is the Eventys range, a cost-effective range of cameras and recorders that are aimed at the simple set up and plug and play approach.  With an intuitive interface offering outstanding functionality and flexibility, Eventys is perfect for small to medium sized installations that require up to 20 cameras.

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Vanderbilt (formerly known as Siemens Security Products) SI410UK - Sintony® control panel 16 – 464 zones, English
Vanderbilt (formerly known as Siemens Security Products) SI410UK - Sintony® control panel 16 – 464 zones, English

Security is a growing issue for businesses of all sizes, not just because of the potential costs of security breaches (damage to buildings, theft, etc.), but increasingly because of the negative impact security incidents can have on a business's future.  Indeed, business recovery is now at the forefront of security concerns. From security to risk management... It is important to limit the time an intruder has inside a building, to prevent theft of assets or valuable commercial data, or damage/corruption of these same assets or data. Intrusion systems have a key role to play in this.  Reliable detection provides immediate alerts in case of an attempted unauthorised entry.  Alarm transmission over versatile communication channels (PSTN, ISDN, GSM and increasingly IP) ensures alerts are received at the monitoring centre or control room every time.  Alarm verification tools enable an appropriate and immediate response to events. Vanderbilt (formerly known as Siemens Security Products) understands that the level of sophistication and functionality required in intrusion systems is driven by the size of the business they cover.  The range of Intrunet™ intrusion systems caters for applications of all sizes, from simple intrusion prevention for smaller businesses to more sophisticated functionality in large premises or multi-site operations. The Intrunet™ range of professional intrusion systems offers everything modern security demands and more: compliance with European standards, scalability, modularity, superior detection capability, highest false alarm immunity, functional customisation and integration, as well as support for alarm management and response services, to name but a few. The comprehensive portfolio includes motion detectors for Grade 2 to Grade 4 applications, glass break and seismic detectors with sophisticated signal processing, as well as control panels that provide reliable alarm transmission and flexible on-site or remote alarm verification for all applications. From risk management to operational performance optimisation Many factors affect operational performance and security is increasingly one of them.  Material damage, injuries to staff/customers (and the resulting legal implications), disruption to services leading to lost sales opportunities, image loss for the larger organisations (impacting on competitiveness) - all of these and more can be lessened through effective security measures. Studies also show that many of the businesses that have suffered lengthy interruptions following security issues never fully recover.  This is why damage limitation is at the heart of any security system. With Intrusion systems, this means adding layers of intrusion detection at every step: from perimeters to buildings, and all the way through to valuable assets. The Vanderbilt (formerly known as Siemens Security Products) Intrunet™ range of internal and external motion detectors, glass break and seismic detectors, builds on in-depth knowledge of sophisticated detection technologies: all offer intelligent signal processing, for reliable intrusion detection and effective discrimination against false alarms. For all indoor and outdoor applications Compliance with international standards Proven performance and reliability Installation-friendly design Choosing the right intrusion system - help is at hand Whilst large organisations tend to be better protected, small to mid-size businesses still often find it hard to invest in security.  Regardless of the circumstances, with so many systems to choose from, knowing which will give the right security answer can be a daunting task for end-users, installers and consultants alike. When it comes to intrusion systems, many factors need to be considered, including: demand for system expansion migration to new technologies customisation at an affordable price So intrusion systems must be flexible enough to grow and evolve, without jeopardising the customer's initial investment. To help security professionals choose the appropriate systems for given applications, Vanderbilt (formerly known as Siemens Security Products) has launched the first of its "application" security brochures, which provides a targeted positioning of its intrusion systems within small, medium and large retail applications. Given the trend towards an holistic approach to security from end-users, these brochures also put Intrusion systems in an interoperability context, with practical examples of the security challenges faced, in this first "application" brochure, by retailers of all sizes, and showing how varied security issues can be addressed with the right level of interoperability between access control, intrusion detection, and video surveillance systems.

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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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Vanderbilt SAK94 - Graphical LCD Keypad with card reader and audio
Vanderbilt SAK94 - Graphical LCD Keypad with card reader and audio

Nominated for the 2008 IFSEC Awards, the stylish SAK94 keypad facilitates system commissioning, and enhances operational security.  With easy log-on via the integrated proximity card reader (125kHz), it has a state of the art user interface supported by soft keys and a large graphical LCD display, and is optimised to operate multi-partition applications (up to 16 with 4 partitions permanently displayed). The keypad also features a built-in speaker/microphone for alarm verification (replacing the traditional beeper) which allows sound and frequency differentiation between alarms and keys. This helps increase the user's alarm awareness and enables sound level adjustments to be made for users with hearing difficulties. The add-on modules extend the unique design and operational security concept: the SAK9S1 (key switch module) enables the differentiation of accessible operating modes based on the activation time of the key switch.  The SAK9L1 annunciation module gives an overview of multiple partitions through keypad status LEDs - and features keys for the direct arming of partitions. Ease of installation and set-up has also been addressed.  A wire-free front cover offers easy access to the housing, with built-in spirit levels to ensure precise wall mounting.  The set-up process features language independent menus for manual localization, a local installer menu enabling keypad specific parameters to be defined and local keypad settings enabling post-installation user-specific adjustments to be easily made. The keypad and its add-on modules are ideal for high residential and industrial security applications, as well as large or complex organisation such as banks, museums or shopping centres.

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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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The digital transformation of access control solutions
The digital transformation of access control solutions

The safeguarding of premises through the monitoring of entrance and exit points has traditionally been a very manual aspect of security. Human operators have been relied on to make decisions about who to admit and deny based on levels of authorisation and the appropriate credentials. But the access control business, like many industries before it, is undergoing its own digital transformation; one where the protection of premises, assets and people is increasingly delivered by interconnected systems utilising IoT devices and cloud infrastructure to offer greater levels of security and protection. Modern access control solutions 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. These systems, connected through the cloud, can be customised and scaled to meet the precise requirements of today’s customer. And it’s the ease of cloud integration, combined with open technologies and platforms that is encouraging increasing collaboration and exciting developments while rendering legacy systems largely unfit for purpose. Remote management and advanced diagnostics Cloud technology and IoT connectivity means remote management and advanced diagnostics form an integral part of every security solution.Cloud technology and IoT connectivity means remote management and advanced diagnostics form an integral part of every security solution. For example, as the world faces an unprecedented challenge and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause disruption, the ability to monitor and manage access to sites remotely is a welcome advantage for security teams who might otherwise have to check premises in person and risk breaking social distancing regulations. The benefits of not physically having to be on site extend to the locations within which these technologies can be utilised. As an example, within a critical infrastructure energy project, access can be granted remotely for maintenance on hard to reach locations. Advanced diagnostics can also play a part in such a scenario. When access control is integrated with video surveillance and IP audio, real-time monitoring of access points can identify possible trespassers with automated audio messages used to deter illegal access and making any dangers clear. And with video surveillance in the mix, high quality footage can be provided to authorities with real-time evidence of a crime in progress. Comprehensive protection in retail Within the retail industry, autonomous, cashier-less stores are already growing in popularity The use of connected technologies for advanced protection extends to many forward-looking applications. Within the retail industry, autonomous, cashier-less stores are already growing in popularity. Customers are able to use mobile technology to self-scan their chosen products and make payments, all from using a dedicated app. From an access control and security perspective, connected doors can be controlled to protect staff and monitor shopper movement. Remote management includes tasks such as rolling out firmware updates or restarting door controllers, with push notifications sent immediately to security personnel in the event of a breach or a door left open. Remote monitoring access control in storage In the storage facility space, this too can now be entirely run through the cloud with remote monitoring of access control and surveillance providing a secure and streamlined service. There is much to gain from automating the customer journey, where storage lockers are selected online and, following payment, customers are granted access. Through an app the customer can share their access with others, check event logs, and activate notifications. With traditional padlocks the sharing of access is not as practical, and it’s not easy for managers to keep a record of storage locker access. Online doors and locks enable monitoring capabilities and heightened security for both operators and customers. The elimination of manual tasks, in both scenarios, represents cost savings. When doors are connected to the cloud, their geographical location is rendered largely irrelevant. Online doors and locks enable monitoring capabilities and heightened security for both operators and customers They become IoT devices which are fully integrated and remotely programmable from anywhere, at any time. This creates a powerful advantage for the managers of these environments, making it possible to report on the status of a whole chain of stores, or to monitor access to numerous storage facilities, using the intelligence that the technology provides from the data it collects. Open platforms power continuous innovation All of these examples rely on open technology to make it possible, allowing developers and technology providers to avoid the pitfalls that come with the use of proprietary systems. The limitations of such systems have meant that the ideas, designs and concepts of the few have stifled the creativity and potential of the many, holding back innovation and letting the solutions become tired and their application predictable. Proprietary systems have meant that solution providers have been unable to meet their customers’ requirements until the latest upgrade becomes available or a new solution is rolled out. This use of open technology enables a system that allows for collaboration, the sharing of ideas and for the creation of partnerships to produce ground-breaking new applications of technology. Open systems demonstrate a confidence in a vendor’s own solutions and a willingness to share and encourage others to innovate and to facilitate joint learning. An example of the dynamic use of open technology is Axis’ physical access control hardware, which enables partners to develop their own cloud-based software for control and analysis of access points, all the while building and expanding on Axis’ technology platform. Modern access control solutions range from simple card readers to two factor authentication systems using video surveillance as a secondary means of identification Opportunities for growth Open hardware, systems and platforms create opportunities for smaller and younger companies to participate and compete, giving them a good starting point, and some leverage within the industry when building and improving upon existing, proven technologies. This is important for the evolution and continual relevance of the physical security industry in a digitally enabled world. Through increased collaboration across technology platforms, and utilising the full range of possibilities afforded by the cloud environment, the manufacturers, vendors and installers of today’s IP enabled access control systems can continue to create smart solutions to meet the ever-changing demands and requirements of their customers across industry.

How is ‘connected world’ defining the future of security
How is ‘connected world’ defining the future of security

There’s a lot of hype around the term ‘digital transformation.’ For some, it’s the integration of digital technology into everyday tasks. For others, it’s the incorporation of innovative processes aimed at making business optimisation easier. In most cases, digital transformation will fundamentally change how an organisation operates and delivers value to its customers. And within the security realm, the age of digital transformation is most certainly upon us. Technology is already a part of our day-to-day lives, with smart devices in our homes and the ability to perform tasks at our fingertips now a reality. No longer are the cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities foreign and distant concepts full of intrigue and promise. Enhancing business operations We’re increasingly seeing devices become smarter and better able to communicate with each other These elements are increasingly incorporated into security solutions with each passing day, allowing enterprises the chance to experience countless benefits when it comes to enhancing both safety and business operations. The term ‘connected world’ is a derivative of the digital transformation, signifying the increasing reliance that we have on connectivity, smart devices and data-driven decision-making. As we become more familiar with the advantages, flaws, expectations and best practices surrounding the connected world, we can predict what issues may arise and where the market is heading. We’re increasingly seeing devices become smarter and better able to communicate with each other through the IoT to achieve both simple goals and arduous tasks. Within our homes, we’re able to control a myriad of devices with commands (‘Hey Google...’ or ‘Alexa...’), as well as recall data directly from our mobile devices, such as receiving alerts when someone rings our doorbell, there’s movement in our front yard or when a door has been unlocked. Analytics-driven solutions The focus is now shifting to the business impacts of connectivity between physical devices and infrastructures, and digital computing and analytics-driven solutions. Within physical security, connected devices can encompass a variety of sensors gathering massive amounts of data in a given timeframe: video surveillance cameras, access control readers, fire and intrusion alarms, perimeter detection and more.As the data from each of these sensors is collected and analysed through a central platform, the idea of a connected world comes to fruition, bringing situational awareness to a new level and fostering a sense of proactivity to identifying emerging threats. The connected world, however, is not without its challenges, which means that certain considerations must be made in an effort to protect data, enhance structured networking and apply protective protocols to developing technology. Physical security systems We can expect to see the conversations regarding data privacy and security increase as well As the use of connected devices and big data continue to grow, we can expect to see the conversations regarding data privacy and security increase as well. Connectivity between devices can open up the risk of cyber vulnerabilities, but designing safeguards as technology advances will lessen these risks. The key goal is to ensure that the data organisations are using for enhancement and improvements is comprehensively protected from unauthorised access. Manufacturers and integrators must be mindful of their products' capabilities and make it easy for end users to adhere to data sharing and privacy regulations. These regulations, which greatly affect physical security systems and the way they're managed, are being implemented worldwide, such as the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In the United States, California, Vermont and South Carolina have followed suit, and it can be expected that more countries and U.S. states develop similar guidelines in the future. Technology is already a part of our day-to-day lives, with smart devices in our homes and the ability to perform tasks at our fingertips now a reality Automatic security updates Mitigating the concerns of the ‘connected world’ extends beyond just data privacy. IoT technology is accelerating at such a pace that it can potentially create detrimental problems for which many organisations may be ill-prepared - or may not even be able to comprehend. The opportunities presented by an influx of data and the IoT, and applying these technologies to markets such as smart cities, can solve security and operational problems, but this requires staying proactive when it comes to threats and practicing the proper protection protocols. As manufacturers develop devices that will be connected on the network, integrating standard, built-in protections becomes paramount. This can take the form of continuous vulnerability testing and regular, automatic security updates. Protocols are now being developed that are designed to ensure everything is encrypted, all communications are monitored and multiple types of attacks are considered for defensive purposes to provide the best security possible. IoT-connected devices Hackers wishing to do harm will stop at nothing to break into IoT-connected devices Built-in protection mechanisms send these kinds of systems into protection mode once they are attacked by an outside source. Another way for manufacturers to deliver solutions that are protected from outside threats is through constant and consistent testing of the devices long after they are introduced to the market. Hackers wishing to do harm will stop at nothing to break into IoT-connected devices, taking every avenue to discover vulnerabilities. But a manufacturer that spends valuable resources to continue testing and retesting products will be able to identify any issues and correct them through regular software updates and fixes. ‘IoT’ has become a common term in our vocabularies and since it’s more widely understood at this point and time, it's exciting to think about the possibilities of this revolutionary concept. Providing critical insights The number of active IoT devices is expected to grow to 22 billion by 2025 — a number that is almost incomprehensible. The rise of 5G networks, artificial intelligence (AI) and self-driving cars can be seen on the horizon of the IoT. As more of these devices are developed and security protocols are developed at a similar pace, connected devices stand to benefit a variety of industries, such as smart cities. Smart cities rely on data communicated via the IoT to enhance processes and create streamlined approaches Smart cities rely on data communicated via the IoT to enhance processes and create streamlined approaches to ensuring a city is well-run and safe. For example, think of cameras situated at a busy intersection. Cameras at these locations have a variety of uses, such as investigative purposes in the event of an accident or for issuing red-light tickets to motorists. But there are so many other possible purposes for this connected device, including providing critical insights about intersection usage and traffic congestion. These insights can then be used to adjust stoplights during busy travel times or give cities valuable data that can drive infrastructure improvements. Physical security market The impact of connected devices on cities doesn’t stop at traffic improvement. The possibilities are endless; by leveraging rich, real-time information, cities can improve efficiencies across services such as transportation, water management and healthcare. However, stringent protections are needed to harden security around the networks transmitting this kind of information in an effort to mitigate the dangers of hacking and allow this technology to continuously be improved. Whether you believe we’re in the midst of a digital transformation or have already completed it, one thing is certain: businesses must begin thinking in these connectivity-driven terms sooner rather than later so they aren’t left behind. Leveraging smart, connected devices can catapult organisations into a new level of situational awareness, but adopting protections and remaining vigilant continues to be a stalwart of technological innovation within the physical security market and into the connected world.

Security and safety drive smart building strategies for the future
Security and safety drive smart building strategies for the future

Johnson Controls recently unveiled the findings of its 2018 Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey that examined the current and planned investments and key drivers to improve energy efficiency and building systems integration in facilities. Systems integration was identified as one of the top technologies expected to have the biggest impact on the implementation in smart buildings over the next five years, with respondents planning to invest in security, fire and life-safety integrations more so than any other systems integration in the next year. As advanced, connected technologies drive the evolution of smart buildings, security and safety technologies are at the center of more intelligent strategies as they attribute to overall building operations and efficiencies. SourceSecurity.com spoke with Johnson Controls, Building Solutions, North America, VP of Marketing, Hank Monaco, and Senior National Director of Municipal Infrastructure and Smart Cities, Lisa Brown, about the results of the study, smart technology investments and the benefits of a holistic building strategy that integrates security and fire and life-safety systems with core building systems. Q: What is the most striking result from the survey, and what does it mean in the context of a building’s safety and security systems? The results show an increased understanding about the value of integrating safety and security systems with other building systems Hank Monaco: Investment in building system integration increased 23 percent in 2019 compared to 2018, the largest increase of any measure in the survey. When respondents were asked more specifically what systems they we planning to invest in over the next year, fire and life safety integration (61%) and security system integration (58%) were the top two priorities for organisations. The results show an increased understanding about the value of integrating safety and security systems with other building systems to improve overall operations and bolster capabilities beyond the intended function of an individual system. Q: The survey covers integration of fire, life safety and security systems as part of "smart building" systems. How do smarter buildings increase the effectiveness of security and life safety systems? Hank Monaco: A true “smart building” integrates all building systems – security, fire and life-safety, HVAC, lighting etc. – to create a connected, digital infrastructure that enables individual technologies to be more intelligent and perform more advanced functions beyond what they can do on their own. For example, when sensors and video surveillance are integrated with lighting systems, if abnormal activity is detected on the building premise, key stakeholders can be automatically alerted to increase emergency response time. With integrated video surveillance, they also gain the ability to access surveillance footage remotely to assess the situation. When sensors and video surveillance are integrated with lighting systems abnormal activity on the premise can automatically be detected Q: How can integrated security and life safety systems contribute to greater energy efficiency in a smart building environment? Hank Monaco: Security, fire and life-safety systems can help to inform other building systems about how a facility is used, high-trafficked areas and the flow of occupants within a building. Integrated building solutions produce a myriad of data that can be leveraged to increase operational efficiencies. From an energy efficiency standpoint, actionable insights are particularly useful for areas that are not frequently occupied or off-peak hours as you wouldn’t want to heat or cool an entire building for just one person coming in on the weekend. When video surveillance is integrated with HVAC and lighting systems, it can monitor occupancy in a room or hallway. The video analytics can then control the dimming of lights and the temperature depending on occupant levels in a specific vicinity. Similarly, when access control systems are integrated with these same systems, once a card is presented to the reader, it can signal the lights or HVAC system to turn on. In this example, systems integration can ultimately help enable energy savings in the long run. Security and life safety systems contribute to help enable greater energy efficiency and energy savings in the long run Q: What other benefits of integration are there (beyond the core security and life safety functions)? Hank Monaco: Beyond increased security, fire and life-safety functions, the benefits of systems integration include: Increased data and analytics to garner a holistic, streamlined understanding of how systems function and how to improve productivity Ability to track usage to increase efficiency and reduce operational costs Enhanced occupant experience and comfort Increased productivity and workflow to support business objectives Smart-ready, connected environment that can support future technology advancements Q: What lesson or action point should a building owner/operator take from the survey? How can the owner of an existing building leverage the benefits of the smart building environment incrementally and absent a complete overhaul? Lisa Brown: Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator found that 77% of organisations plan to make investments in energy efficiency and smarter building technology this year. This percentage demonstrates an increased understanding of the benefits of smart buildings and highlights the proactive efforts building owners are taking to adopt advanced technologies. There is an increased understanding that buildings operate more effectively when different building systems are connected As smart buildings continue to evolve, more facilities are beginning to explore opportunities to advance their own spaces. A complete overhaul of legacy systems is not necessary as small investments today can help position a facility to more easily adopt technologies at scale in the future. As a first step, it’s important for building owners to conduct an assessment and establish a strategy that defines a comprehensive set of requirements and prioritises use-cases and implementations. From there, incremental investments and updates can be made over a realistic timeline. Q: What is the ROI of smart buildings? Lisa Brown: As demonstrated by our survey, there is an increased understanding that buildings operate more effectively when different building systems are connected. The advanced analytics and more streamlined data that is gathered through systems integration can provide the building-performance metrics to help better understand the return on investment (ROI) of the building systems. This data is used to better understand the environment and make assessments and improvements overtime to increase efficiencies. Moreover, analytics and data provide valuable insights into where action is needed and what type of return can be expected from key investments.