Honeywell adds mobile capabilities to Performance Series DVR
Honeywell adds mobile capabilities to Performance Series DVR

Honeywell has announced new mobile remote access capability to its popular HRDP H.264 digital video recorder (DVR). The new Remote -View app allows users to view live video on their Apple iPhone® from CCTV surveillance systems that use Honeywell's HRDP H.264 DVR.Users download the free Remote-View app from the Apple iTunes store and set up connection parameters. Then, they simply select the DVR from a drop-down list and click Connect to see live video on their iPhone device. Instead of using a computer in order to bring up a GUI or web browser where they can dial in, the functionality is completely mobile."Today, almost everyone is carrying a wireless device of some sort," said Bill Durno, global product marketing manager, Honeywell. "This new app allows anyone with an HRDP H.264 DVR, Internet connectivity, and an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to see their office or home anytime, anywhere within the coverage area for their mobile device. We also expect to support additional mobile platforms to increase remote access capability in the near," added Durno.The HRDP H.264 DVR, part of Honeywell's cost effective Performance Series portfolio of video surveillance products, supports a feature set comparable to many high-end embedded DVRs but at a much lower price. The DVR offers H.264 video compression for clear crisp video and extended storage times. It also supports a user-friendly front panel control, mouse operation, and IR remote control, wizards for fast and easy setup, and graphical search engines to help operators find evidence video quickly. An internal DVD-RW and two USB ports make it easy for users to copy evidence video to portable media.The HRDP records at a rate of up to 200 ips PAL. When it detects motion, the HRDP can automatically boost the recording rate to capture additional details of the scene. It is ideal for a wide variety of surveillance applications requiring high image per second recording or for capturing maximum detail of activity through building entrances and exits, such as small to medium-sized retail, financial, warehouse, and educational facilities.For more information visit www.honeywell.com/security/uk/performance.Apple, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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Honeywell HRDP 'Performance Series' 4, 8 & 16 channel DVR
Honeywell HRDP 'Performance Series' 4, 8 & 16 channel DVR

Key features:   Low cost and reliable Similar feel and operation to that of the Honeywell Fusion range makes the HRDP easier for installers and end-users to adopt Set-up Wizard - ‘Express Recording Configuration' - offers the installer a 4-field menu to configure the DVR's recording parameters ‘Express Search' is a function that will save end users time to search for video evidence - it provides a graphical search menu showing when video has been recorded and serves as a go-to function from the menu MPEG4 compression technology provides efficient use of hard drive capacity - HRDP recording resolution can be set per camera at CIF, 2CIF and 4CIF - video quality is excellent and is comparable to high-end embedded DVRs A recording rate of up to 100 ips (PAL) captures more video evidence, addressing a greater number of applications than competitive DVRs that support lower ips recording rates Web browser access - remote viewing without the need to install software Remote software is standard with each HRDP DVR, minimising site visits needed for maintenance Built-in DVD-RW for storing long video clips of up to 4.7 GB per single clip - allows the user to view video recorded to the DVD media locally at the DVR ‘Remote Client' configurable access per user includes camera selection - gain more revenue by charging for remote viewing per user E-mail notification to 6 addresses and/or ‘Remote Client' notification for up to 5 addresses, with immediate notification upon alarm or motion. Motion detection (user definable configuration) - increases storage duration The HRDP 'Performance Range' is available NOW across Europe, Middle East and Africa.  Please contact your local Honeywell or ADI-Gardiner representative.  Click here then select your region for more information. Read this market profile to see the DVR in use.

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Honeywell bridging the gap between DVRs and NVRs
Honeywell bridging the gap between DVRs and NVRs

The Fusion IV hybrid DVR Series sets a new standard for recording. Expanding beyond the analogue DVR role, Fusion IV bridges the gap between DVRs and NVRs; it is a full featured hybrid digital recording system. The system is designed to record, search and transmit up to 32 channels of analogue or IP video sources, up to 16 channels of audio and POS/ATM text data. Benefits of the system include significantly expanded support for digital video sources; including IP cameras, network encoders and megapixel cameras. Fusion IV offers up to 32 channels of hybrid (analogue and/or IP) camera support. H.264 implementation provides superior video quality with small file sizes for improved performance across a network. Furthermore, H.264 is now a standard compression option for all cameras recorded on the DVR. The Fusion IV hardware enhancements ensure efficient multi-tasking of simultaneous operations including network cameras, megapixel cameras, point-of-sale and more. Dual video ports have also been added. Relying on the Windows® XP embedded operating system, the Fusion IV provides network security and firewall protection, while eliminating the need to format DVDs before back up. The front panel provides easy access to the standard DVD-RW drive, dual USB 2.0 ports and the four field-replaceable hard drives. Global market adoption of IP and megapixel camera technologies drive the need for new surveillance capabilities offered by the Fusion IV DVR. Supporting both analogue and IP cameras, Fusion IV is ideal for systems requiring transition to IP to maximise the cost-savings benefits associated with IP networking. Additional benefits are realised for systems adding new capabilities such as unparalleled image clarity using megapixel cameras. Applications include educational, municipal and corporate campus environments, large retail with IDM (Integrated Data Manager) point-of-sale integration, and hotels or resorts. When the need is for a hybrid digital recording solution, the solution is the Fusion IV DVR. For more information regarding Fusion, please visit www.honeywell.com/security/uk.

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Honeywell adds entry level H.264 digital video recorders to its Performance range
Honeywell adds entry level H.264 digital video recorders to its Performance range

The HREP Series from Honeywell is a low-cost selection of embedded digital video recorders (DVRs), part of its Performance range. Each HREP is economically priced to reduce the cost of the customer's initial outlay. The entry level DVRs offer clear, crisp video using H.264 video compression and a rich feature set, in addition to instant remote access functionality via any web browser. The low cost of the HREP DVR makes it ideal for residential surveillance applications as well as the traditional lower-end commercial deployments that require an entry level solution.Simple to install and set up, via the user-friendly USB mouse or IR remote control, the HREP DVR requires minimal training and is designed to minimise time spent on site by the installer, leaving them time to complete a higher number of customer calls and maximise revenue. However, if expert advice is required, the HREP is also supported by Honeywell's technical support team.Offering browser-based access and removing the need for any desktop software, the HREP DVR provides the end user with the peace of mind associated with being able to quickly check his/her business or residential premises from a distance using almost any PC connected to the internet. This web-based approach provides users with access to the vast majority of the functions available on-premise such as ‘live view', ‘search' or ‘burn evidence video clip' when they are offsite with access to the internet.The product is also equipped with a powerful search engine and quick playback tool to enable end users under pressure to find video clips quickly, rapidly and reliably. In addition, HREP's ability to fast-burn the necessary files to a low cost CD and/or USB sticks means an end user can rapidly transfer all of the relevant information to the police."The fact that our new HREP DVR is so competitively priced means it can convincingly rival the host of lower cost alternatives that have appeared on the market in recent years," comments Jeremy Kimber, EMEA commercial marketing leader at Honeywell Security Group. "In addition to the cost benefits, we believe it offers installers new business opportunities, as well as providing customers with the benefits that web-based remote access delivers."For further information about Honeywell's new HREP DVR, or the Performance range, click here.

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Honeywell extends performance series of embedded DVRs
Honeywell extends performance series of embedded DVRs

HRDPX16, part of the Honeywell Performance Series, supports continuous, event, and combined continuous/event recording and is configurable per channel. Upon detection of motion, HRDPX can automatically boost the ips recording rate to capture additional details of the scene. In addition to recording at a rate of up to 400 ips PAL, HRDPX16 supports high-end capabilities such as user-friendly front panel control, mouse operation, IR remote control, a Set-up Wizard for fast and easy DVR set-up, Express Search to quickly find the video evidence, an internal DVD-RW and two USB ports for copying evidence to portable media. Once video evidence is located, the user can save video clips to the PC and/or to portable media such as a USB stick using Remote Software. A viewer executable is included with each clip that eliminates the need to install a viewer separately on the PC used to view the clip.HRDPX16 can be remotely accessed by system administrators and other DVR clients using a PC via web browser or via the powerful Remote Software included with each unit. The advanced feature set of the Remote Software allows the administrator to configure, update and operate the DVR from a central location. The ability to configure the unit remotely and download software updates from a central site saves time and money by reducing the need for periodic site visits. System operators can have individual privileges enabled or denied for functions such as live view, playback, backup, and PTZ control. E-mail notifications can be set up to alert a system administrator of DVR operational status conditions and site status notifications upon detection of motion or in the event of sensor activity.Market OpportunitiesSupporting an advanced feature set and low pricing, HRDPX16 is ideal for a wide variety of surveillance applications including government, retail, financial, warehouse and educational facilities. HRDPX16 is well suited to support applications requiring high image per second recording such as crime prevention installations and capturing maximum detail for building entrances and exits.In addition to Remote Software, remote access using the web browser opens up many new application possibilities for HRDPX16. Business owners on the move in today's highly mobile society can check up on their businesses from virtually any location using a PC with a web browser and Internet access.Features16 looping video inputs16 audio inputs, 1 audio outputContinuous recording during playback and during transmitting to remote siteMouse control via front panelBuilt-in DVD-RW drive and two USB 2.0 portsRecords up to 400 images per second PALPTZ dome control for a wide variety of protocolsRemote access through web browser and/or Remote Software, LAN/WAN (internal NIC), and DSL (remote access software included)Self-diagnostics with automatic notification including hard disk drive S.M.A.R.T. protocolInfrared remote control includedEmbedded Linux OS - OS embedded in flashDVRs in the Honeywell ‘Performance Series' ideally complement the extensive range of Honeywell Performance cameras. Contact us today!

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Honeywell announces DVR integration with ESI control room management software
Honeywell announces DVR integration with ESI control room management software

Honeywell recently announced the integration of its Fusion and HRDP Digital Video Recorders (DVR) with European Systems Integration’s (ESI) remote monitoring and remote assistance software. The new compatibility with ESI’s V1(video / client server) and F1 (alarm receiver front-end) central station modules means security installers can offer a comprehensive centrally monitored DVR solution to end users through Honeywell’s Fusion and HRDP product range, and know that the solution will be fully supported within the ESI video monitoring platform. Based on an open protocol approach, the integration allows installers to sell HRDP and Fusion solutions to end users who require a centrally monitored solution. Equally, it means installers and central monitoring stations are in a position to return to customer sites where Fusion or HRDP DVRs have been installed as a classic standalone solution, and sell a supplementary monitoring contract based on ESI’s software. In addition to providing extra revenue, this is also an opportunity to reinforce an installer’s customer relationship and reduce churn. “We are delighted to be in a position to provide integration with ESI’s robust and proven central monitoring software to security professionals using Honeywell’s Fusion or HRDP DVRs,” comments Daniel Wan, UK Marketing Leader, Honeywell Security Group. “In addition to creating new revenue streams for installers, this integration will also provide customers with the flexibility to outsource or monitor surveillance in-house according to their requirements.”“We have worked extensively with Honeywell over several months to develop the integration to ensure the best possible functionality with the Honeywell range for use within remote monitoring applications,” adds Paul Dodds, UK Country Manager, ESI. ESI is a manufacturer of remote monitoring and remote assistance stations that has grown rapidly in the UK and Europe with over 300 installations to date. ESI’s software has been developed over 11 years and offers end users with both video and intruder monitoring on the same platform through the same Central Monitoring Station. For more information about ESI’s integration software visit http://www.esifrance.net/ For more information about Honeywell’s Fusion and HRDP range of DVRs visit www.honeywell.com/security/uk/systems

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Honeywell Rapid Eye™ Hybrid HD DVR provides reliable access remotely, locally and at limited bandwidth
Honeywell Rapid Eye™ Hybrid HD DVR provides reliable access remotely, locally and at limited bandwidth

With 16 channels capable of supporting images from analogue and IP surveillance cameras, the hybrid nature of the Rapid Eye™ Hybrid HD DVR makes it an ideal solution for customers at all stages of their journey from analogue to IP, providing a flexible, scalable offering that allows them to migrate at their own pace.  Additional IP cameras can be installed without the need for extra licences and Rapid Eye Hybrid HD will automatically identify their dynamic address on a network. Rapid Eye Hybrid HD can record, search and transmit video, audio and data transactions while simultaneously providing users with both live monitoring and post-event playback operation. Significantly, the product's highly interactive user interfaces - complete with PTZ mouse control - are available remotely, locally and at a limited bandwidth, offering customers increased ease of use and flexibility of operation which in turn reduces training time and boosts employee productivity. The Rapid Eye Hybrid HD has the added benefit of full integration with the suite of Honeywell security products including MAXPRO® VMS, WIN-PAK® and Pro-Watch® access control platforms. This robust access control integration, combined with its strength as a loss prevention analysis tool with an in-built, PCI compliant, data capture capability makes Rapid Eye Hybrid HD DVR a perfect application for retail deployments in particular. The range of data storage options offered by Rapid Eye Hybrid HD runs from 500 GB to 4 TB. In order to optimise its storage capacity, the product uses H.261/263 proprietary codecs to compress images providing better picture quality, lower file sizes and more video storage volume than an MPEG-4 model. Other features that boost the product's effectiveness include Rapid Clip - which simplifies, speeds up and protects remote clip generation to a USB device or internal DVD-RW - and the Rapid Eye with Active Alert® option which incorporates eight channels of intelligent video analytics and standard Rapid Eye functionality to enable false alarm reduction.

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The NEW Honeywell Video Systems Product Guide, a indepth single-source portal to Video Surveillance
The NEW Honeywell Video Systems Product Guide, a indepth single-source portal to Video Surveillance

A comprehensive choice of:CAMERASThe Honeywell Video range comprises the E-series, Wide Dynamic and the Systems-series, which, between them, suit all possible application requirements.LENSESCorrect lens selection is one of the most critical elements in maximising the effectiveness of any CCTV installation. Honeywell has all your essential requirements.HARDWAREMade from extruded aluminium with a polycarbonate, scratch resistant window, all Honeywell housings are durable and lightweight.STATIC DOMESHoneywell’s fixed domes provide the perfect solution for any unobtrusive surveillance requirements.FULLY FUNCTIONAL DOMESOur innovative range of domes combine industry-leading features with state-of-the-art design, making them the ideal choice for virtually all CCTV applications.REMOTE TRANSMISSIONThe Honeywell Video Transmission range has been specially designed to fulfill all the remote monitoring, control and management needs of CCTV installations.SWITCHERS AND MATRICESThe Honeywell family of switching and telemetry controllers provides a complete range of solutions for CCTV operations of any size.RECORDING & IP SOLUTIONSNever before has a single supplier offered such a comprehensive range of analogue and digital recording solutions.MONITORSAll Honeywell’s colour and monochrome monitors have a tough, durable metal cabinet for the reduction of electrical interference.TWISTED PAIRHoneywell’s ‘Enterprise’ approach to complete system solutions – discover the power of total security integration.TRAININGProviding critical support behind the product, our comprehensive training and service package is designed to bring 100% customer delight through a ‘hands on’ approach.Honeywell, your Partner of Choice in Security.

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Digital video recorders (DVRs) - Expert commentary

4 smart ways to use security to power the business of the future
4 smart ways to use security to power the business of the future

In the new era of work, our relationship with the workplace is defined by flexibility and mobility. Employees are working across the home, office, and blended spaces more than ever before, as well as working varied hours to suit the modern work schedule.  This new hybrid workforce model holds the potential for more diverse talent and better productivity, but it also comes with its challenges – one being how to ensure security, health, and safety in the workplace.  Strong and smart security ecosystem While nearly one-third of companies report that they’ve implemented a hybrid model, according to a recent survey by STANLEY Security, many still have much to do to prepare their office for the future.  Building a strong – and smart – security ecosystem is crucial in preparing for the future. As such, businesses should consider technologies that help protect their people, as well as safeguard their assets, optimise their operations, and secure their network. 1)Protect your people  Implementation of a security ecosystem combines health, safety, and security hardware and software solutions seamlessly Nearly 60% of mid-market and enterprise businesses across the UK and US report that the health and safety of their employees and customers are a primary concern when implementing modern and hybrid working models.  This begs the question: How can businesses create a safe and healthy work environment when 59% are planning to bring employees back on-site in some capacity within the next 18 months? The answer lies, in part, in the implementation of a security ecosystem that combines various health, safety, and security hardware and software solutions seamlessly. Integrating platform Nearly half (46%) of business decision-makers say they are interested in adopting an integrated platform such as this. This means integrating traditional and digital security solutions, then leveraging the data and insights they produce to further enhance the workplace experience. Take this example:  With employees and visitors moving in and out of the office at different times, a business may lack oversight of occupancy or density levels, people flow, workspace scheduling, visitor check-in processes, and more. However, with visitor management, access control, and other building/business systems integrated, employees can reserve a workspace for a specific date and time and be granted access to the building. Leveraging AI and machine learning Visitors can pre-register, answer a health screening questionnaire, and receive a mobile credential before arriving. Once the visitor arrives on-site, the system can alert the respective department – all without the close contact typically required for traditional visitor check-in processes. When layering artificial intelligence and machine learning on top of the data, a business may identify trends in people flow and opportunities to optimise congested areas. They may also see that certain rooms within the building get more use than others and leverage these insights to manage their space more effectively.  All of this is powered by a security ecosystem that can help a business better protect its people while realising other benefits in the process. 2) Safeguard your assets Businesses are concerned about the security of their assets when it comes to the hybrid workforce model Even more, businesses are concerned about the security of their assets when it comes to the hybrid workforce model. About 72% of leaders say this is, in fact, their primary concern with the hybrid approach.  This figure isn’t surprising when you consider the impact of the pandemic, which left many businesses closed either temporarily or permanently, with few people allowed on-site to manage facility operations.  As a result of the pandemic, we saw tech adoption accelerate at an astonishing rate – simply because businesses had to implement cloud and remote technologies to survive during a time when buildings were closed indefinitely.  Remote management and visibility This was particularly true for security solutions, such as cloud video surveillance and cloud access control solutions like wireless IoT-connected locks. Nine out of 10 businesses (91%) report that they have already implemented cloud security technology; of those, nearly half (48%) stated that this was due to the pandemic. These technologies allow for remote management and provide visibility into business operations at the same time. In a retail setting, for example, cloud video surveillance allows businesses to identify and track not only criminal activity, but also foot traffic patterns, peak operating hours, staff shortages, and more.  Loss prevention strategy When integrated with the retailer’s point-of-sale (POS) system, businesses can gain greater insights into their traffic counts, end cap effectiveness, loyalty card activity, and a variety of POS exceptions, such as high-dollar transactions, repeated transactions, excessive returns, employee discounts, and more. For retailers especially, a security ecosystem means a more efficient loss prevention strategy that helps safeguard assets and profits. 3) Optimise your operations The “future of work” is still very much a work in progress, but one thing is clear: Businesses are looking for ways to increase efficiencies, drive cost savings, and, ultimately, optimise their operations – especially now with the challenges posed by price inflation. A relatively untapped opportunity for businesses to achieve these goals lies within their security infrastructure. Security technology and solutions gather incredibly rich data which, when unlocked, can help businesses understand how their buildings are being used, when the busiest times are, where there are highly trafficked areas, and more.  Leveraging cloud video surveillance systems, businesses could identify emerging staff training needs Cloud video surveillance systems For example, by leveraging the insights produced by cloud video surveillance systems, businesses could identify emerging staff training needs, which could ultimately result in improved employee satisfaction and reduced attrition. However, much of this data sits untouched within the infrastructure, leaving businesses unaware of the opportunities in front of them. 44% of businesses that currently use a cloud security system for its primary use say they want to know how else this technology can be utilised, and an additional 20% aren’t even aware that it could be used in other ways. AI and analytics The interest in adoption is promising for the office of the future, especially when we see that the majority of businesses (78%) would consider using AI and analytics technologies to optimise their operations, helping their business to operate more effectively and efficiently.  The increase in adoption of cloud technology – paired with the rise in interest in AI, machine learning, and advanced analytics – could make it possible for businesses to uncover invaluable insights from their security infrastructure and leverage them to adapt and build business resilience. 4) Secure your network Advanced technology help businesses improve their cybersecurity, making it harder for hackers to gain entry With cyber threats becoming more prevalent, businesses are increasingly looking to secure their networks and protect their data. More than half (54%) of those surveyed expressed interest in using AI, machine learning, and advanced analytics to secure their network by identifying and eliminating cybersecurity threats.  Advanced and automated technology can help businesses improve their cybersecurity, making it harder for hackers to gain entry to the larger corporate network. Modern cybersecurity tools that use AI and machine learning can detect anomalies in network traffic or alert and act on suspicious behaviour.   Cybersecurity software For example, if an IoT device suddenly begins broadcasting and establishing connections with multiple devices, cybersecurity software could detect this abnormal behaviour, send an alert, and suspend traffic or quarantine an endpoint immediately – saving precious time during a potential breach.  A single data breach could result in widespread distrust from workers and customers, potentially leading to decreased business as well as litigation issues. As such, businesses need to take action to update and strengthen their defences so that they can avoid downtime and continue to operate with peace of mind.  Prepare your business for the future Businesses will continue to look for more ways to extract value out of their existing infrastructure, including their security technology. For many, the tools to do so are already in place, it’s just a matter of unlocking the insights with a security ecosystem.  With such an ecosystem – one that helps protect a business’ people, assets, and network, while optimising operations – companies can better safeguard the future of their workspaces and usher in the new era of work with confidence. 

How are new management systems innovating the hospitality industry?
How are new management systems innovating the hospitality industry?

Technology has certainly become an intrinsic part of our day-to-day lives, from the retail industry, to food and beverage outlets, and even within the health and fitness industry. It’s all around us, in varying formats, making processes more efficient. It has refined some of our older approaches, and in the hospitality industry, this is certainly true. Technological advances are leading the way forward for the future of hotels, and with the sector now free from COVID-19 restrictions, venues are looking for ways to improve the guest experience with technology. A staggering recent statistic has suggested that 75 percent of activities in hospitality could one day become automated — so where exactly are we heading on this journey into the future of hotels? Join Cairn Collection, owner of The Stirling Highland, and explore a whole host of innovations that are changing the face of hotel management systems. The 21st-century check-in desk The breadth of technology that is slowly becoming more widely available is transforming the hospitality industry The digital age is constantly finding new ways to innovate and prove its value and worth for modern consumers, and the breadth of technology that is slowly becoming more widely available is transforming the hospitality industry. In the past, connotations of a check-in desk were long queues and excessive pieces of paper — from room service menus to a mini catalogue of highlights of the local area. Technological innovations such as face recognition are one of the major ways that this process is changing. Using artificial intelligence A handful of hotels have already trialled or introduced artificial intelligence (AI) into their daily running, and it looks set to become far more mainstream by 2025. From paying the bill by using biometrics to allowing hotel managers to handle data more efficiently, AI looks set to be welcomed with the potential for it to reduce costs by 13 percent. The entire hotel check-in process could become automated, making one of the most established parts of the hotel experience redundant — but staff could be freed up to engage with customers, allowing them to get into their rooms quicker in the meantime. Many venues have even gone fully paperless when it comes to checking in, choosing instead to upload the process to cloud computing systems where information can be stored and viewed by connected devices. Convenience is the key More hotels operate their room unlocking facilities through mobile phone-connected technology, NFC After having checked in to a hotel, guests will want to explore the room that they’ve booked. Doing so has never been easier, and the classic magstripe locks which were once the most commonly used method of accessing hotel rooms are being progressively phased out. More and more hotels now operate their room unlocking facilities through mobile phone-connected technology, near-field communication (NFC).  This technology allows for data transfer at up to 424 kb per second, and it is enabled when connected devices come into contact with each other. Mobile key systems Most mobile key systems require guests to download and activate a key through the hotel’s digital app, and upon arrival, they can use the activated key to unlock the door to their hotel room. Combined with online/digital check-in services, guests can use the e-key to check in early or at a time that suits them best, knowing that they don’t have to wait around to pick up a physical key. Small touches like this build a sense of brand familiarity for customers, as well as streamline their hotel experience, and this distinguishes them from competitors. Hotel management systems Hotel management systems need to account for the experience that guests have while staying at the venue Of course, hotel management systems also need to account for the experience that guests have while staying at the venue and technology can do a lot to enhance this. Hotels have to innovate the spaces that they are presenting to their customers and technology has become a valuable asset to help enhance customer satisfaction, as the hotel room is certainly not simply a place for rest anymore. Voice-enabled devices Voice-enabled devices are becoming common features in rooms, with popular models such as Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri, and Amazon Echo providing guests with information on the local area — if you’re looking for the perfect backdrop to the business dinner you’re attending, just ask Alexa! Hotels could even record and distribute their personalised voice messaging to help reinforce the brand presence into the technology. Technology can help you attract and retain customers by offering services above and beyond what they’d usually receive A room and then some As the generational switch to millennials and Gen Z continues, the need for an experience has grown and, through a mixture of technology, hotels can cater to these revised consumer needs. From setting up messaging platforms to providing a remote control that monitors absolutely everything in the room — from atmospheric mood lighting to music streaming services and more, a hotel room can be whatever the user wants, and the experience is therefore generated by the customer. Technology doesn’t stop advancing, and there are constantly new, refined approaches to hotel management systems that have marked a stark departure from ways of the past. With guests returning after over a year of COVID-19 restrictions, competition for their business is even tougher. Technology can help you attract and retain customers by offering services above and beyond what they’d usually receive.

Why is key management so important?
Why is key management so important?

More and more business security practices are going digital. Mechanical keys are still the backbone of most corporate security plans, and it can be very expensive for companies to switch to electronic access control on a large scale. Therefore, enterprises need to choose the most suitable access control system. What is key management? Key management is the process of protecting, tracking, and scheduling mechanical keys. Why is this important? Because the key carries access to sensitive locations and assets within the organisation, when you increase the security of the key, you can enhance the security of these valuable resources. The key management system also controls the cost of using physical keys. The system reduces the overhead caused by key loss or security breaches. Some smaller companies may be able to adopt a paper-and-pencil key management protocol. Larger companies, or those who want to better understand and control keys, usually choose to use an electronic key management system. Key management systems can store and assign keys securely and increase the efficiency of organisation Why use a key management system? The key management system can become the cornerstone of your key control process. At the most basic level, key management systems can accomplish two things that paper and pen systems cannot: they store and assign keys securely, and they increase the efficiency of your organisation's use of keys through automation and analysis. What can key management systems do? 1) Improve access control By better protecting the keys, you can improve the access control to the spaces and devices unlocked by these keys. You can use your key management to simplify the process of providing temporary employees with one-time-key access. In addition, the system can record all their key access records, so that everyone's behavior can be traced. 2) Enhanced accountability traceability The software is a good key management system that can generate reports on key usage, user access requests, access exceptions, and loss. In addition, you can track and audit key usage in real-time. Combined with a comprehensive key control strategy, you will implement better accountability for key use to meet any industry or risk management compliance standards. 3) Reduce costs and prevent losses When an employee loses a key, you will incur direct costs for a replacement key or relocking it when it is lost When an employee loses a key, you will incur direct costs, including purchasing a replacement key or relocking it when it is lost. However, the indirect cost of key loss is usually more significant. This is because employees first spend time looking for the lost key and then process the replacement request, all of which time is not spent on production work. 4) Improve workflow As we discussed, keys are often used in important workflows. The key management system allows you to better control these workflows. A passive electronic lock system, also known as a key-centric access control system, has outstanding advantages in key management. Compared with the electronic access control system, the passive electronic lock system's "passive" characteristics have reduced the update cost for many enterprises.

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Honeywell announces the release of Pro-Watch 5.5 software upgrade and Pro-Watch VMS R700 to enhance productivity and situational awareness
Honeywell announces the release of Pro-Watch 5.5 software upgrade and Pro-Watch VMS R700 to enhance productivity and situational awareness

Honeywell has announced that the company is launching the Pro-Watch 5.5, the latest iteration of its Pro-Watch Integrated Security Suite. The Honeywell Pro-Watch Integrated Security Suite is a software platform that is designed for enterprise and critical infrastructure markets, to help protect people and property, optimise productivity, and ensure compliance with industry regulations, all while helping to reduce operational costs. Honeywell Pro-Watch Intelligent Command Pro-Watch 5.5 upgrade enables operators to respond rapidly and effectively to alarms or incidents Honeywell Pro-Watch Intelligent Command, a user interface that allows organisations to construct a security system with total situational awareness, via the seamless integration of video and access control solutions, can now be upgraded to Pro-Watch 5.5. The Pro-Watch 5.5 upgrade enables operators to respond rapidly and effectively to alarms or incidents, by providing actionable intelligence, including a unified alarm view with maps and associated video, which includes the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be followed, thereby enhancing compliance with advanced reporting, and reducing security risks. Key benefits and features of the Pro-Watch 5.5 include allowing users to: Improve situational awareness: It provides a unified view of alarms and maps, incident workflows, and a space/area builder, in order to create logical zones and group-based, multi-site views. Upgrade integration with cyber security and data privacy: It integrates a new PW7K controller, enhances cyber security with Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) and improves data privacy with selective masking. Enhance compliance: It enhances compliance with advanced reporting and reduces security risks, through an SOP process, and end-to-end TLS 1.2 encryption, and guided alarm/incident response. Increase productivity and system uptime: It improves operator efficiency with intuitive controls for effective incident management and simplifies maintenance with remote bulk camera firmware upgrade, and camera password changes capabilities, which includes specific non-Honeywell cameras. Pro-Watch Video Management System (VMS) R700 Honeywell is also launching the Pro-Watch Video Management System (VMS) R700 Honeywell is also launching the Pro-Watch Video Management System (VMS) R700, the latest iteration of its feature-rich and user-friendly video management software platform. Pro-Watch VMS R700 controls video subsystems, to collect, manage and present video, in a clear and concise manner. Honeywell’s Pro-Watch VMS R700 also intelligently determines the capabilities of each subsystem, across various sites, allowing video management of digital video devices, through a unified configuration and viewer. Key benefits and features of Pro-Watch VMS R700 include allowing users to: Enhance productivity: It allows users to access video footage and respond to alarms, via mobile app – anytime, anywhere. New video core features: It reduces solution cost with advanced GPU video rendering, salvo sequences, 64-bits optimised recording engine and optimised server deployments. Provide emerging technology support: It works with H.265 smart video compression codec, multi-imager and fish-eye cameras. Improve situational awareness: It provides multiple camera views in web clients, new integrations with artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics systems, and geographic information system (GIS) online maps. Integrate with Honeywell Series 70 AI cameras: It integrates natively with current and future Honeywell cameras for edge analytics and annotations, for licence plate recognition, intelligent video analytics and object classifications video analytics. Honeywell Pro-Watch Integrated Security Suite Pro-Watch Video Management System (VMS) R700 is part of the Honeywell Pro-Watch Integrated Security Suite, a software platform, which is specially designed for enterprise and critical infrastructure markets, to help protect people and property, optimise productivity and ensure compliance with industry regulations, all while helping to reduce operational costs. To enhance situational awareness, Honeywell’s Pro-Watch VMS R700 easily integrates with Honeywell Pro-Watch Intelligent Command, a web-based user interface that provides organisations the ability to construct a security system with total situational awareness, in order to better protect people, property and assets.

Soloinsight to showcase their CloudGate VIAM platform at the CREtech New York 2021
Soloinsight to showcase their CloudGate VIAM platform at the CREtech New York 2021

Soloinsight Inc., a workflow automation platform company, will be featured at this year’s CREtech event in New York City. The company’s CEO, Carter Kennedy, will be a panelist for the show’s ‘The Ever-Evolving and Future of Access Control’ session on Wednesday, October 13th at 11 am EST. As a company that was recently awarded the Security Industry Association’s (SIA) new product showcase award in the hosted solutions/managed services category, Soloinsight is no stranger to innovating in the commercial real estate and access control industries. Workflow automation platform Soloinsight has integrated with some of the biggest names in the access control and visitor identity spaces Their product, CloudGate, is a visitor identity and access management (VIAM) platform that delivers unprecedented security and an intuitive guest and host experience at multiple locations via the cloud, on-prem, or hybrid infrastructures. Since the introduction of CloudGate, Soloinsight has integrated with some of the biggest names in the access control and visitor identity spaces, such as Johnson Controls, LenelS2, and Honeywell, to deliver a secure and seamless security workflow automation platform. With a platform that touches nearly every point in visitor and access management — from its mobile concierge technology, self-service kiosks, and turnstile integrations, Soloinsight is poised to be a game-changer in the commercial real estate industry. “We are excited to partner with access control manufacturers and property management companies to alleviate these challenges and advance their access control systems to the next level.” - President and CTO, Farhan Masood.

Alarm Man of NC offers state-of-the-art security solutions in North Carolina
Alarm Man of NC offers state-of-the-art security solutions in North Carolina

Alarm Man is one of the most trusted security solution providers that offer dedicated services in areas of North Carolina and has been the pioneer in the domain since its establishment in 1980. This family-owned and the locally based company offers state-of-the-art security systems to residential and business establishments alike. Hence, be it for fire alarms in Cary and Raleigh, North Carolina or security and surveillance systems, Alarm Man of NC, is the most trusted name in the whole of North Carolina. HD cameras The range of services offered by Alarm Man of NC includes installation, repair, and maintenance of security systems, monitoring devices, HD cameras, and CCTV, fire alarms, and more. Alarm Man is also an authorised dealer of Honeywell, and their technicians and professionals have vast knowledge in the effective handling of all their products. They specialise in carrying out seamless installations without disrupting the schedules of the property owners The system installations done by their professional technicians are done in a manner that they do not take up much space on the walls and are totally in sync with the overall look and feel of the space. Their skilled professionals have the due experience and knowledge to meet all the code requirements while installing the security systems. They specialise in carrying out seamless installations without disrupting the schedules of the property owners. Honeywell's Total Connect Alarm Man of NC looks forward to satisfying its clients by ensuring maximum security to their residential property and businesses so that one can live life carefreely. They also offer medical alert systems part of Honeywell's Total Connect so aging relatives can get quick help in an emergency. The security systems in Raleigh and Cary, North Carolina are designed in a manner that they can create awareness of mishaps just at the right time. Besides, the services provided by this company are just a call away from the clients. One has to dial 919-682-3379 to have a word with them.

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