Pyronix presents the Enforcer 32WE APP
Pyronix presents the Enforcer 32WE APP

The Enforcer 32WE APP is a professional high-security wireless solution that delivers maximum security, flexibility, potential and opportunities for installers and users alike. Fewer call-outs With remote programming and diagnosis of the system using InSite UDL software via the PyronixCloud, the Enforcer 32WE APP system can be checked and even amended without having to send an engineer to site. This means there are fewer call-outs for the installer, or, should an engineer still be required to go to the site, any issue can be pinpointed before their arrival, which means much greater efficiency. This makes the system a much more profitable solution for their business.  Efficient and flexible installation The initial installation is also much more efficient and flexible, utilising the PyronixCloud and two-way wireless technology. Setting up an account on the PyronixCloud avoids the difficulty of having to set up static IP, while the sheer volume of Pyronix two-way wireless peripherals with features like one-push-to-learn and signal strength indicators (SSI), alongside wired expanders, allow the installer to tailor any installation to perfectly protect any property. Property protection Users can rest assured knowing that the Enforcer 32WE APP is a superior security solution, that can meet their property needs, with simple and non-invasive fitting and expandability. Another key benefit for the user is the HomeControl+ App, which gives complete real-time control of their system from anywhere in the world. So, the system not only protects the property but provides the user with complete functionality, with remote arming and disarming, as well as control of any wired automation outputs. They can even check the status of every device on the system in real-time and much more. This is just a glimpse of what the Enforcer 32WE APP is capable of. Feature-full, expandable, efficient and easy, the Enforcer 32WE APP is truly a superior wireless security solution.

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Pyronix PCX46 APP: The ultimate IP security solution for any industrial or commercial installation
Pyronix PCX46 APP: The ultimate IP security solution for any industrial or commercial installation

Intrusion can be very invasive, damaging and expensive for any industrial or commercial business. The damage of machinery or the theft of goods can potentially be devastating. Not only that, but each commercial and industrial property can vary dramatically in terms of the level of security required, along with the conditions of the installation. Aisles, machinery and varying environmental conditions are all considerations, as is the required function of the security system and the ability to monitor it safely and remotely. So, which security system can deliver the right solution? Look no further than the Pyronix PCX46 APP: A professional high-security hybrid solution that delivers maximum security, convenience, flexibility and potential. Tailored security for individual needs Tailor the security system to meet the individual needs of the property, with the full range of Pyronix devices. Whether wired for Grade 3 requirements (large casing PCX46 APP) or utilising the multi-award-winning two-way wireless technology for any Grade 2 requirements, you can deliver the ideal system for the property and provide the user with full assurance that they are paying for the best possible security solution. For environments such as show rooms, factories, garages, shop floors, entrances or exits, there is the Pyronix range of KX detectors, which utilise Dual Technology (DT) and offer resolute detection in areas with changing conditions. If there are any drafts or fluctuating temperatures, there is the perfect KX. There is also the XD range of external detectors that utilise Tri-Technology (TT), as well as Anti-Masking and Anti-Blocking options. These can offer any external areas the protection they need, as well as be utilised to set off lights. Whether the installation requires sensors, detectors, sirens and much more, this is all possible and easily accomplished with the PCX46 APP. PyronixCloud and HomeControl+ Utilise this security system and you can also benefit from the PyronixCloud and HomeControl+ App infrastructure. The user will obtain remote control of their system from anywhere in the world, while you benefit from remote diagnostics and programming, as well as easy set-up. The HomeControl+ App delivers unrivalled control over the property for the user, with the ability to: arm and disarm, control any automation outputs, check the status of every individual device on the system, see their event history and much much more, all in real-time. So, whether the user is at work, on holiday or in bed, they are always informed and always in control. This is particularly useful for any business owner or manager, where it may be advantageous to monitor the access to the building, as well as any automation outputs added to the system. A more profitable business solution With remote programming and diagnostics of the system using InSite UDL software via the PyronixCloud, there are less call-outs for you and therefore less costs. This makes the PCX46 APP a more profitable solution for your business, as systems can be fully managed remotely and even when a call-out is necessary, your engineer will know what the issue is before arriving at the site. Furthermore, you can also generate recurring revenue streams by offering PyronixCloud management services. 

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PowerMaster-10: New PowerG-enabled wireless alarm system
PowerMaster-10: New PowerG-enabled wireless alarm system

PowerMaster-10® is Visonic's new PowerG-enabled control panel that was presented for the first time at ISC West 2011. This compact control panel introduces a new era in intrusion alarm systems, literally redefining wireless home security and reliability. It is Visonic's first wireless intrusion alarm system whose control panel uses the revolutionary PowerG wireless technology. PowerMaster-10 features: Two-way communication ensures there are no lost alarmsTransmission range is far greater than the industry standard enabling repeater-free installations even in large premisesExtended battery life for up to 4-8 years (with typical use)All devices are configured from the panel - no hardware switches and no need to re-open the peripherals once closedVisible signal quality indication shown on the device enables the installer to choose the optimal location without having to walk to the panel during mountingCustomised configuration templates enable configuration of the devices collectively instead of individuallyDiagnostic tool indicates RF link quality based on the previous 24 hours' statistics, immediately displaying problems and enabling installation verificationPowerful tools for central monitoring stations such as remote control of all peripherals, remote walk tests and measurements of link quality of all wireless connections in the connected premisesDevices dynamically optimise their route to the control panel using available repeaters according to changes in the environment 

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Honeywell Galaxy® Flex intruder security solution for small to mid-sized commercial and large residential sites
Honeywell Galaxy® Flex intruder security solution for small to mid-sized commercial and large residential sites

Galaxy Flex is a new integrated intruder and door control security solution ideal for small to mid-sized commercial deployments and large residential sites. Galaxy Flex offers all the features of the Galaxy Dimension security solution in a fully compliant EN50131-1 Security Grade 2, PD6662:2004/2010 system.    For installers, Galaxy Flex ensures a faster and more cost effective installation.  Its robust plastic housing allows radio and communication modules to be mounted directly inside the product casing speeding up installation, and reducing the number of boxes and cabling required. In addition, the moulded design allows modules to be quickly clipped into place, and the hinged, removable lid offers flexibility during installation. Simplicity and ease of use are central to the Galaxy Flex programming functionality, which has a quick start guide and easy-to-navigate menu. The product also incorporates a ‘plug and play' feature, which automatically detects remote peripherals once the panel is powered up. This reduces training requirements and speeds up installation. Programming using a PC is also fast and simple using the Galaxy Flex intuitive Windows programming interface either directly via USB cable connection or remotely via Ethernet, GPRS or PSTN. Galaxy Flex also comes equipped with flexible communications and power options, with multiple dual path communications options that allow existing communication structures to be used for alarm signalling and remote servicing, and a variety of power connections available to meet installers' preferences. Galaxy Flex includes a range of intuitive and attractive end user interfaces such as the Galaxy TouchCenter keypad and the new MK8 keypad. All user interfaces have optional proximity operation so users will not need to remember a PIN code, thus reducing user errors, false alarms and potentially unnecessary engineer call outs.  Galaxy TouchCenter provides an attractive touch-screen interface, which simplifies operation with its intuitive graphical menu and on screen help files. Minimising disruption to home life or business operations is also central to the solution, featuring wireless options - based on Honeywell's patented bi-directional radio and Agile Routing technologies - to deliver reliable high security with rapid and unobtrusive installation. Galaxy Flex can also be managed and maintained remotely, allowing an installer to monitor an end user's alarm system, and respond quickly and appropriately to alarm activations. For more information regarding Galaxy Flex, please visit http://www.honeywellgalaxyflex.com/.

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Pyronix Enforcer 64 featuring V12.5 firmware
Pyronix Enforcer 64 featuring V12.5 firmware

Pyronix, the intrusion specialist of the world-leading Hikvision group, is delighted to announce the launch of the Enforcer 64 total wireless security solution.  Taking residential security to a new level, the Enforcer 64 is as quick-to-fit, easy-to-use and reliable as ever before, but features a new modern design and V12.5 firmware for Hik-Connect compatibility and dual path communication capability.  “We are absolutely committed to driving market applications towards total solutions, with the upmost attention for innovation and quality,” Laurence Kenny, Pyronix Marketing Manager, comments.  He continues: “With the Enforcer 64 we have delivered this in abundance with a complete solution that fuses security, video and lifestyle enhancements, with greater communication contingency and reassurance.”  Pyronix first introduced the Enforcer wireless control panel in 2012. Since then it has consistently won multiple coveted industry awards, due to the company’s commitment to continuous improvement and innovative technological advancements by its dedicated R&D team.  These developments have culminated in the Enforcer 64, which comes with heightened capabilities to enable security and monitoring in one solution.  The Enforcer 64 utilises Pyronix award-winning two-way wireless technology, which is now expandable to 64 wireless inputs thanks to V12.5 firmware; double the number of the previous Enforcer solution. This makes adding wireless outdoor XD detectors, indoor KX detectors, sounders, keypads or safety devices easy, to suit any installation preference, without having to compromise.  “The Pyronix Enforcer is our premier wireless solution for professional security installers and integrators, utilising the award-winning features it is renowned for within the security industry as the foundation for further development,” Laurence comments.  He continues: “We have further developed it to be expandable to 64 wireless inputs, delivering greater installation capability whilst fusing it with Hikvision’s extensive range of video equipment, iVMS via Hik-Connect for seamless functionality; all of which combine to provide a total solution.”  The panel is certified to Grade 2 and perfectly suited for residential and small to medium sized commercial applications. It also delivers for multiple installation preferences, with complete compatibility with the whole range of communication modules. The solution also boasts hybrid capabilities, with the ability to add any of the complete range of wireless and wired peripherals, alongside the ability to add up to 30 automation outputs.  The Enforcer 64 fuses intrusion and video to bring together intrusion and video on one platform for enhanced customer value and upsell opportunities.

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New DSC PowerSeries Control Panels and Keypads
New DSC PowerSeries Control Panels and Keypads

DSC is pleased to announce the new DSC PowerSeries future-smart control panels and keypads.  With more than 100 added features, the DSC PowerSeries establishes a whole different level of value with an advanced new technology platform.The new DSC PowerSeries provides a higher level of security.  The control panels support wireless, video, IP, wireless communicators, home automation, plus provides added feature enhancement for the future.  They offer a 500-event buffer, programmable daylight savings time, night zone, automatic Contact ID and partition able auto-arm timer. The new DSC POWERSERIES keypads are high-quality, slim-profile keypads which use advanced plastics technology to achieve a clean, unobtrusive look that homeowners welcome and installers will appreciate for their easy programming and installation.  The keypads feature an input/output terminal that can be programmed to operate as a zone input, programmable output or as a low temperature sensor.  The keypads also include adjustable backlit keys that address low-light situations and five programmable keys for simple one-button activation of system functions.  The keypads are fully backwards compatible with all POWERSERIES control panels.DSC has worked with customers to develop a platform that strikes a balance between advanced technical innovation and popular, practical systems—systems that are easy to sell, easy to install, easy to program, easy to upgrade and easy to use.  Transition from the existing platform to the new one should be simple, as the same programming, backward compatibility and total support is maintained while vastly improving the value for customers.

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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.