SALTO Electronic Door Locks & Locking Devices(48)
Trying to imagine what a particular design of handle set will look like on a door is not always an easy task. Different finishes and different door materials can make it hard to visualise exactly what the actual combination will look like in a building. To address this SALTO Systems have developed a useful app that uses augmented reality to accurately display how their new XS4 Mini electronic lock will look in a variety of combinations via a tablet or smart phone. The app contains information about XS4 Mini, a gallery of images, tech specs and a door configurator where you point the camera of your tablet or smart phone at the cover of the XS4 mini catalogue to see a 360° view of how XS4 Mini will look on that door with a choice of handle styles. SALTO is the first access control company to develop and use this technology to present their products, enabling potential XS4 Mini users to view exactly how it will look on their own doors. It is part of a comprehensive range of ‘go to market tools’ developed for our new generation of XS4 2.0 re-volution products including a dedicated XS4 Mini website, new vertical market catalogues, new SALTO access control portal for our partners, new experience centre, social initiatives and much more. To use the new tool, simply download the XS4 Mini App in your preferred format (iOS or Android) to access the augmented reality application which will give you a selectable virtual preview of the XS4 Mini product range to see how the XS4 Mini will look on your door.Add to Compare
SALTO Systems has launched additional new models to its best selling GEO (Global Electronic Opening) cylinder range. Already one of the most versatile electronic cylinders available on the market, the new models include Swiss profile cylinders, Scandinavian cylinders and cog wheel cam cylinders. These are joined by a new panic function cylinder specially designed to fit panic locks that need a fixed cam position, grips for use in DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) environments enabling anyone with a disability to be able to easily open doors fitted with GEO cylinders and finally a detachable, removable knob version. Modular, flexible and easy to fit, the IP66 rated SALTO GEO can be used in any type of door. Part of SALTO’s innovative 360° wire free locking solution, it is fully compatible with most RFID technologies meaning no more problems with master key management. So whether you want to control a standard door, glass door, aluminium door, steel door, a lift or elevator, a car park, entry to a data centre, access to a server rack, the security of a container or anything else SALTO GEO is the answer. And thanks’ to SALTO’s Data-On-Card and wireless real-time on-line technology, users can manage access credentials and add, restrict or delete access privileges on the fly. And GEO’s open architecture means it can also be used to connect to an existing security system to create a fully integrated platform, delivering increased efficiency, cost savings and complete access control flexibility.Add to Compare
The XS4 electronic lock with keypad is a brand new product that provides increased levels of security and control. For doors where extra security may be required, it offers users a choice of multiple security authentication methods to control access including proximity card, combined use of a PIN code + proximity card or a separate keypad code. Designed for use in schools, colleges, universities, student dorms, airports, government buildings, military installations and for use on any doors where an extra layer of security is required, the electronic lock with keypad is the latest addition to the innovative XS4 range. Smart, secure and innovative, it needs no hard wiring and provides a totally wire free networked electronic locking solution with a great range of features. It is also available in a wireless version for online real-time control. The lock can be operated in 3 modes, proximity card only, Pin (Personal Identification Number) code + proximity card or keypad code only. With standard proximity card mode the lock is locked at all times until opened with the users proximity card that has access rights to the room. When using PIN code + card mode each user has their own personal code. Typically this might be used in student dorms, where extra security and dual authentication (presenting both a card and typing in the PIN code) are needed. Users can have up to an 8-digit PIN Code. In keypad code only mode, the lock itself has an access code that is used for user authentication.Every user that goes through that door knows the keypad code. When two users share the same office or room, they are the only ones that know the keypad code of their room. Several calendars can be programmed every day, giving the ability to use passage mode type opening during the day, and dual authentication only at night. The KEYPAD code can be composed of up to 8 digits. Available in European, Scandinavian and ANSI wide body versions in both Mifare/DESfire and HID iClass technologies, the new XS4 electronic lock with keypad can handle up to 64,000 doors and 4,000,000 users per system and store the last 1,000 events in its audit trail memory. And in addition, it can also be fitted with a wide range of handle styles, making it the perfect choice for those doors where additional security verification is needed.Add to Compare
The new SALTO GEO UK oval cylinder is IP66 certified against dust ingress and corrosion and offers a choice of RFID carrier including: iButton, Legic Prime, Legic Advant, Mifare, DESfire, Mifare Ultralight C. The contactless version is also NFC compatible. Six colour finishes are available: satin chrome, polished chrome, polished brass, satin brass, black satin chromiun and a BioCote® antimicrobial coating finish. Installing SALTO GEO is simple, easy and quick. It enables you to convert almost any door into a fully featured access controlled door giving you total control at all times over who is able to access what, where and when. SALTO GEO also means no more problems with master key management. With SALTO’s Data-on-Card technology, users can manage access credentials and add, restrict or delete access privileges on the fly. If you would like to find out more about SALTO GEO, part of our wire-free solutions platform, contact SALTO for further information.Add to Compare
Extensive range of compact sized electronic cylinders designed for doors where fitting an electronic escutcheon is not possible or required. Totally wire-free and networked through SALTO Virtual Network and SALTO Wireless network. Available for mortise and RIM standards, as well as heavy duty deadbolt, padlock, cam lock and server rack (swing handle) solutions.Add to Compare
Developed specifically for the hotel market, Aelement allows you to integrate all your physical security needs into one stylish, energy efficient, reliable wire-free system. It enables hoteliers to control the security of their entire building, grant access privileges to individual rooms and gather audit trail data from every door - all without leaving the front desk.And thanks to SALTO's new WiDNA technology, you no longer have to choose between the on-line and off-line world. All Aelement locks are designed to be wireless ready right out of the box, users simply choose whether the functionality is activated or not.All you need to do is choose the mode of operation you want "Wireless on-line" or "Wireless ready". If you choose "Wireless on-line" your locks are on-line and communicate in real time with the server. This gives you real time control over the entire property. If you chose "Wireless ready", your locks communicate with the server daily on differed-time communication mode. Wireless ready locks can be "switched" to real time "Wireless on-line mode" at any time. Just plug in the USB-sized RF communication antenna and you are ready to go.The backbone of the system is a series of gateways and repeaters that act as antennas, collecting and sending information from the computer server directly to the wireless locks. One gateway can manage several electronic locks as well as repeaters, minimizing infrastructure costs and maximizing flexibility.It operates on a 2.4GHz wireless network over an 802.15.4 protocol and works with every popular mainstream RFID technology such as Mifare and Desfire, the latest versions of Mifare Plus and Desfire EV1, as well as with standard low cost hotel guest cards. And thanks to its automated "self healing" capabilities plus SALTO patented SVN™ network redundancy, if Aelement should lose RF connection at any time it will automatically scan for a new connection to an alternative gateway or repeater, restoring communication and maintaining security.All Aelement locks are designed to be wireless ready right out of the box, users simply choose whether the functionality is activated or notAdvanced security and convenient access management are its core values enabling simple management of guest cards and doors as well as staff cards and back of house doors in a single system. Aelement features a wide range of advanced and innovative hotel management benefits including instant room move and instant extended stay abilities as well as lost card cancellation, intrusion alarm, door ajar alarm, remote opening, real time audit trail, passage mode activation for meeting rooms and automated low battery reporting.For staff management it can provide on-line staff tracking, real time monitoring, dynamic master key functionality and instant master card cancellation. All master cards are uniquely assigned to the specific individual, and have no limitations to how a locking plan is conceived. The card does not need to belong to a group and you can also centrally authorize any card at random and list doors or zones with no need for grouping.There is also no need to issue and collect staff cards every day. Staff cards can be programmed not to work at night (outside their individual time shift) and can be centrally cancelled at will at a moments notice, and changes to the locking schedule can be made on the fly, with no need to manually re-program locks or re-issue cards.But Aelement also has more to offer. Not only is it a secure, easy to use access control system that's packed with technology, it's also a stunning piece of design too.The minimalistic design of its RFID reader looks stylish and discreet on any door. It is available in two contemporary colours, Pearl Black and Ice White, and can be combined with a wide range of designer handles, including a selection from Italian manufacturer Olivari exclusive to SALTO, to make a bold statement that will complement and enhance the interior design of any hotel.Add to Compare
SALTO Systems' latest electronic access control innovations include its class leading NFC (Near Field Communications) solutions, its RFID wireless products for Residential, Healthcare and Education applications, Sallis wireless technology for integrations and Clay™ SALTO’s new secure cloud based access control system that is revolutionary in design, usability and features. Other new innovations include the versatile GEO (Global Electronic Opening) electronic cylinder lock now available with a stylish white reader, as well as GEO Wireless. Modular, flexible and easy to fit, the IP66 rated SALTO GEO can be used in any type of door. Part of SALTO’s innovative 360° wire free locking solution, it is fully compatible with most RFID technologies meaning no more problems with master key management. SALTO also provides the XS4 electronic locker lock, now available with HiD iClass technology, and designed to provide a high level of security protection and control access to a wide range of lockers, cupboards, display cabinets, boxes, cases and more.Add to Compare
SALTO Systems European profile GEO cylinders have received BZ+ physical security equipment certification from VdS, one of Germany’s leading independent testing institutions for fire protection and security. As approved by VdS, these electronic cylinders deliver high levels of protection against picking attacks and medium protection against aggravated burglary. They are approved for use as ancillary control equipment alongside burglar alarm systems (according to VdS 2119). They come with integrated pulling protection and thus may be used together with a burglar resistant security plate of class B (or higher) without pulling protection. This certification is valid for SALTO European profile half cylinders, European profile cylinders with thumb turn, European profile double cylinders, and European profile cylinders cog-wheel cam with product numbers G8Exx and G9xx. All GEO cylinders are completely integrated within SALTO System’s XS4 access control platform. They support SALTO Virtual Network (SVN) as well as several contactless RFID systems, such as Mifare, DESfire, DESfire EV1, Legic prime and Legic advant.Add to Compare
SALTO Systems, world leaders in advanced wire free and wireless access control solutions, announces the launch of a new range of products all powered by the latest generation of LEGIC advant contactless smart card technology. Already partnered with LEGIC Identsystems Ltd, the leading manufacturer of contactless smart card technology for personal identification, the strong relationship between the two companies will allow SALTO to further expand its product platform by offering an increased range of online and offline access control products based on the secure LEGIC advant technology and respond to the globally increasing demand for LEGIC based security solutions. LEGIC advant is a range of powerful and flexible reader chips for 13.56 MHz contactless smart card technology, used for access control, time & attendance, cashless payment, public transportation and more. Compatible with ISO 14443 A, ISO 15693 and LEGIC prime, its ultra small size and extremely low power consumption makes it a perfect choice for battery-operated applications such as the SALTO access control solution. “The application of LEGIC advant technology into our range of XS4 electronic escutcheons, wall readers, SALTO GEO cylinder locks and more is extremely important to further strengthen our international business offering” explains Marc Handels, Vice President Global Marketing of SALTO Systems. “It gives us access to one of the most significant identification technologies on the market and means we can fulfill the growing demand from our worldwide customer base for a LEGIC advant based security solution integrated into SALTO’s class leading access control system.”Add to Compare
The versatile XS4 Keypad escutcheon from SALTO Systems is designed to provide increased protection and control for doors where extra security may be required. Available in both wire free and wireless versions, the new product offers users a choice of multiple security authentication methods to control access including proximity card, combined use of a PIN code + proximity card or a separate keypad code. Users can have up to an 8-digit PIN Code. XS4 Keypad can be operated in 3 modes: proximity card only, PIN (Personal Identification Number) code + proximity card or keypad code only. With standard proximity card mode the lock is locked at all times until opened with the users proximity card that has access rights to the room. When using PIN code + card mode each user has their own personal code. Typically this might be used in student dorms, where extra security and dual authentication (presenting both a card and typing in the PIN code) are needed. The XS4 Keypad escutcheon from SALTO Systems is available for use with a wide range of mainstream RFID technologies including: HID iClass, DESfire, DESfire EV1, Mifare, Mifare plus and Mifare Ultralight C.Add to Compare
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There’s no question that the popularity of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) security and home automation products is on the rise. The reasons for the growth in DIY sales are numerous, including increased awareness of home automation products, fast set-up, limited (if any) installation costs, and interoperability with other smart security products. In fact, with the parallel rise of smart home hubs like Alexa and Google Home, many people are opting to attempt the set-up of smart home devices without any professional assistance. According to a 2018 Residential Security Market Report prepared by Parks Associates and Security Sales & Integration magazine, “More than 60% of installing dealers now report that DIY systems are biting into demand for their services.” But the rise in DIY is not entirely bad news for security and home automation installers and dealers. There are a number of ways to view this glass as half-full. Let’s look at a few of them. Increase in revenue for dealers With their lower cost and perceived ease of installation, DIY products have broken down barriers for additional purchaseThere are reasons for dealers and installers to be cheerful about the rise of DIY. For one thing, according to that same Residential Security Market Report from Parks Associates, residential security dealers are doing quite well. The report states, “In 2017, revenues were up an average 7.72% for security dealers.” What about installations? The report goes on to say, “For 2017, the average number of installs per dealer was 22 per month, compared to 17 per month in 2016.” So, revenues are up for security dealers, and at least part of the reason can be attributed to the fact that DIY products can raise overall awareness of and spur interest in other home automation and security products. With their lower cost and perceived ease of installation, DIY products have actually broken down barriers for the additional purchase, and installation, of complete, professionally installed systems. Wireless, connected smart locks For example, the sale of wireless, connected smart locks (viewed by some consumers as DIY) can lead to opportunities for further home automation product sales and professional installations. Connected smart locks can actually act as an extension of a smart hub or controller. They can be used to wirelessly communicate with and control all the devices that make up a home automation system, including lighting, entertainment, thermostats, air, alarms, shades and more. With their lower cost and perceived ease of installation, DIY products have actually broken down barriers for new security installations And they can do all this from a prime, convenient location – the front door, as well as other points of entry like the side or back doors. Plus, smart lock conversion kits like Kwikset Convert let homeowners easily bring home automation capabilities to their door without altering the aesthetics of the entry. Connected smart locks can allow homeowners to set up their home with custom scenarios, right before they step inside. For example, residents can program their lock so that every time they unlock the door, a foyer light goes on, temperatures begin to rise to a set level – even connected coffee makers can begin to make a cup. Portfolio of home automation products One of the best ways to mitigate the ‘threat’ of DIY sales is for dealers and installers to become more versatileSmart locks are just one example of the potential of DIY products to spark a homeowner’s interest in a wide range of other home automation devices, many of which would benefit from professional installation. One of the best ways to mitigate the ‘threat’ of DIY sales is for dealers and installers to become more versatile and offer a complete portfolio of home automation products. The larger the home automation offering, the more devices there are to sell and install, the larger the installation required, the greater the need for professional installation. Many homeowners who feel like they have a certain level of handiness will start by trying to do it themselves with a DIY product. But things don’t always go as planned, especially if they are attempting to set up a robust home automation system. First off, just because a product is DIY doesn’t mean that the old products that are being replaced are going to easily make way for the new. A DIY thermostat or smart lock might require that the old equipment (and possibly wires) get tugged out of the wall. Messy holes might need to be filled. Advantages of professional installation Even after the old system has been removed, homeowners planning on setting up a connected system may soon realise they don’t have the electrical skills or technological know-how to install and connect all devices, get a system programmed correctly, and get everything up and running smoothly. Professional installers have learned from experience; there’s very little that they haven’t seen before. With their years of experience, installers know the best way to automate a home and how to create a custom smart home experience Do-it-yourselfers might be able to solve problems by searching the internet and finding videos. But, then again, they might not. After going the DIY route once, many full-home automation system enthusiasts are beginning to realise that the best way to get things done right the first time is to leave the installation and set-up to a professional. Professional installers can and should bring an extra level of experience and guidance to the process. Their services should go beyond tech installation and also include interface design. With their years of experience, installers know the best way to automate a home – how to create a custom smart home experience that doesn’t make the user feel less than smart. Selling additional home automation products If a problem arises due to installation error, the DIYer does not have any recourse to correct these mistakesResidential security dealers who offer professional installation should be willing to embrace the DIYer who has attempted to do a self-install but has not been able to complete the process successfully. With an open mind to this scenario, they can save the day for the DIYer, as well as create an opportunity to sell additional home automation equipment that the DIYer may not have known to be available. The disparity between DIY and professional installation also brings to light the fact that there are no ‘satisfaction guarantees’ and no ‘installation/labour warranty’ available when a home automation system is installed by a DIYer. If a problem arises with either the equipment connectivity due to installation error, or if a piece of equipment is installed incorrectly, the DIYer does not have any recourse to correct these mistakes. This may not be as critical if a DIYer installs a minor piece of equipment, but with something as critical as securing and protecting their home with a home automation and security system, most people want full peace of mind that everything has been installed correctly. Reduces connection instability According to a 2017 study by the analyst firm, IHS Markit, “The quality of the equipment is usually higher in professionally installed systems, and professional configuration and setup greatly reduces the potential for connection instability…” This is an issue that DIYers may come to realise over time. On the other hand, one issue DIYers may recognise right away, especially if they are attempting to connect multiple devices, is that the connectivity may be inconsistent. Professionally installed devices operating on a wireless protocol might deliver better, consistent, longer-range connectivity IHS Markit explains that, “DIY systems rely on open protocols and Wi-Fi connectivity that can sometimes be unreliable, creating connection issues. Some of the sensors can become unrecognisable to the system, requiring intervention from the user. In contrast, professional wireless systems rely on UL- or EN-certified equipment to operate on the basis of proprietary frequency, enabling them to work with the control panel much more seamlessly.” In other words, professionally installed devices operating on a wireless protocol, even an open-source protocol like Z-Wave, might deliver better, consistent, longer-range connectivity, and fewer headaches. Not everyone is a DIY customer There are customers who want someone to install the devices correctly and help them learn how to use and maintain themThere’s no doubt that there’s a segment of the security and home automation market that loves to spend their free time doing their own home improvement. They are watching videos, reading how-to books and manuals, and enjoying every minute. There’s also a segment of the market whose top goal is to save money up front. For these customers, there’s no getting around the joy of saving money with the lower cost of many DIY products. But there are also a great number of prospective customers out there for whom DIY is of absolutely no interest. These consumers do not want to be their own IT department. They want expert help: they want someone to install the devices correctly and help them learn how to use and maintain them. The IHS Markit study points out what many home automation dealers already know: that the elder and aging-in-place markets are an ideal destination for the security and convenience of home automation products. The study says, “Many senior citizens are not tech savvy enough to install a DIY system by themselves, so they tend to rely on professionally installed systems that are usually maintained by a family member.” Along with the senior citizens market, there are many other market segments out there that still desire worry-free professional installation. Installers should offer a range of products that includes some DIY products, and some leave-it-to-a-pro products Producing complete and custom solutions Perhaps the best way for dealers and installers to stave off that feeling of doom that they might have about DIY is to tackle the problem head on and be creative. Offer a range of products that includes some DIY products, and some leave-it-to-a-pro products – consider the DIY product a great entry point for a more comprehensive system. Play up the peace of mind that comes with professional installations and support that pitch with flexible monitoring contracts and service plans. Share what you do and why; relay your passion for producing complete and custom solutions and communicate how you add value to any and every sale. No one, not even the most tech-savvy consumer, wants to install their own products if the end result is that the product doesn’t work the way it should. That’s where the pros can, should and will always come into play.
The extensive analysis and discussion preceding any decision to implement a new physical security solution – whether it’s hardware, software or a combination of both – often focuses on technology, ROI and effectiveness. When it comes to deciding what type of security entrances to install at your facility, you will almost certainly also consider the aesthetics of the product, along with throughput and, if you’re smart, you’ll also look into service concerns. Each of these factors has its important place within the evaluation process, and none should be overlooked as they all have a significant effect on how well your entrances will perform once they are installed. Culture influences door solution decisions How significant will the change from current entrances to security entrances be for employees? Still, one additional factor actually trumps everything: if you have not considered your organisation’s culture in choosing a security entrance, you may be missing the most important piece of the puzzle. Culture is a part of every other decision factor when selecting an entry solution. Before you make a decision about what type of entrance to deploy, you need to consider and understand the values, environment and personality of your organisation and personnel. For example, how significant will the change from current entrances to security entrances be for employees? If people are accustomed to simply walking through a standard swinging door with no access control, this will be a culture change. Beyond this, whether you are considering a type of turnstile, a security revolving door or possibly a mantrap portal, simply walking through it will be a significant change as well. Training employees on door security You’ll want to know whether employees have ever used security entrances before. If these types of entrances are in place in another part of the facility, or in a facility they’ve worked in at an earlier time, the adjustment will not be as great as if they’ve never used them at all. Consider, too, how your personnel typically react to changes like this in the organisation or at your facility. They may be quite adaptable, in which case there will be less work to do in advance to prepare them. However, the opposite may also be true, which will require you to take meaningful steps in order to achieve buy-in and train employees to properly use the new entrances. With the increased importance of workplace security, discussing new entrances with workforces will help maintain a safer environment Communicate through the decision-making process All of this will need to be communicated to your staff, of course. There are a number of ways to disseminate information without it appearing to come down as a dictate. Your personnel are a community, so news about changes should be shared rather than simply decreed. As part of this process, you’ll need to give some thought to the level of involvement you want for your staff in the decision-making process. Finally, do not overlook the special needs among your personnel population. You undoubtedly have older individuals on staff, as well as disabled persons and others who bring service animals to the office. Entrances need to be accessible to all, and you never want to be in the position of having a gap in accessibility pointed out to you by the individual who has been adversely affected. New security entrance installation By communicating early and often with your personnel, you can alleviate a great deal of the anxiety Once you have made the decision about which security entrances to install, training your personnel on how to use the new security entrances – both before and after the installation – will help to smooth the transition. Because workplace security is such a big issue right now, it makes sense to discuss the new entrances in the context of helping to maintain a safer environment. They will prevent violent individuals from entering, decrease theft, and most of all, promote greater peace of mind during the workday. If you can help them take control of their own safety in a responsible way, you have achieved much more than just a compliant workforce. By communicating early and often with your personnel, you can alleviate a great deal of the anxiety and concern that surrounds a significant change in the work environment. Schedule group meetings Consider your employees; what type of communications do they respond best to? A few suggestions to educate staff on the benefits of the new entrances include: Typically, you would communicate a general message 2-3 months in advance and then provide more specific information (for example, impacts to fire egress, using certain entrances during construction) in a follow up message closer to the installation date. Schedule group meetings to: announce the rationale for increased security, share statistics on crime, review the new security changes that are coming, show drawings/photos of the new doors/turnstiles, and show the orientation videos available from the manufacturer. These meetings are an excellent way to work through user questions and directly address any concerns. Once the installation of a new security system is complete, it is a good idea to have an "ambassador" on board to help employees use these new systems Ensure you monitor public areas If you are implementing a lot of new changes, such as a new access control system, new guard service and security entrances, you might consider hosting a ‘security fair’ on a given day and have the selected vendors come for a day with tabletop displays to meet employees and answer questions during their lunch. This could be a great way to break the ice in a large organisation. Make user orientation videos (provided by the manufacturer) available in several ways, for example: Intranet Site Monitors in public areas—lounges, cafeteria, hallways, etc. Send to all staff as email attachments Immediately after installation, once the doors or turnstiles are operational but before they are put into service, train ‘ambassadors’ on how to use the door/turnstile. Have these people monitor and assist employees during peak traffic times. What is the ultimate success of the installation? By communicating clearly and openly with your population you can greatly facilitate adoption and satisfaction If you have thousands of employees, consider dividing them into groups and introduce the new entrance to one group at a time (Group A on Monday, Group B on Tuesday, etc.) to allow a little extra orientation time. Place user education ‘quick steps’ posters next to the door/turnstiles for a few weeks to help employees remember the basic steps and guidelines, e.g., ‘stand in front of the turnstile, swipe badge, wait for green light, proceed.’ Ask your manufacturer to provide these or artwork. While there are always going to be people who are resistant to change, by communicating clearly and openly with your population you can greatly facilitate adoption and satisfaction. Your responsiveness to any issues and complaints that arise during and after the implementation is equally fundamental to the ultimate success of the installation.
It’s not surprising that people are nervous about the security of newer technologies, many of which are part of the Internet of Things (IoT). While they offer greater efficiency and connectivity, some people still hesitate. After all, there seems to be a constant stream of news stories about multinational corporations being breached or hackers taking control of smart home devices. Both of these scenarios can feel personal. No one likes the idea of their data falling into criminal hands. And we especially don’t like the thought that someone can, even virtually, come into our private spaces. The reality, though, is that, when you choose the right technology and undertake the proper procedures, IoT devices are incredibly secure. That said, one of the spaces where we see continued confusion is around access control systems (ACS) that are deployed over networks, particularly in relation to mobile access, smartcards, and electronic locks. These technologies are often perceived as being less secure and therefore more vulnerable to attacks than older ACS systems or devices. In the interest of clearing up any confusion, it is important to provide good, reliable information. With this in mind, there are some myths out there about the security of ACS that need to be debunked. The fact that these devices communicate with an ACS via Bluetooth or Near Field Communication (NFC) leads to one of the main myths we encounter Myth #1: Mobile credentials are not secure The first myth we have to look at exists around mobile credentials. Mobile credentials allow cardholders to access secured doors and areas with their mobile devices. The fact that these devices communicate with an ACS via Bluetooth or Near Field Communication (NFC) leads to one of the main myths we encounter about the security of credentialed information. There is a persistent belief that Bluetooth is not secure. In particular, people seem to be concerned that using mobile credentials makes your organisation more vulnerable to skimming attacks. While focusing on the medium of communication is an important consideration when an organisation deploys a mobile credentialing system, the concerns about Bluetooth miss the mark. Bluetooth and NFC are simply channels over which information is transmitted. Believing that Bluetooth is not secure would be the same as suggesting that the internet is not secure. In both cases, the security of your communication depends on the technology, protocols, and safeguards we all have in place. So, instead of wondering about Bluetooth or NFC, users should be focused on the security of the devices themselves. Before deploying mobile credentials, ask your vendor (1) how the credential is generated, stored, and secured on the device, (2) how the device communicates with the reader, and (3) how the reader securely accesses the credential information. When you deploy smartcard technology as part of your ACS, you should choose the latest generation, such as MiFARE DesFIRE EV1 or EV2 and HID iCLASS SEOS Myth #2: All smartcards are equally secure The question “how secure are my smartcards?” is a serious one. And the answer can depend on the generation of the cards themselves. For example, while older smartcards like MiFARE CLASSIC and HID iCLASS Classic offer better encryption than proxy cards and magstripe credentials, they have been compromised. Using these older technologies can make your organisation vulnerable. As a result, when you deploy smartcard technology as part of your ACS, you should choose the latest generation, such as MiFARE DesFIRE EV1 or EV2 and HID iCLASS SEOS. In this way, you will be protecting your system as well as your buildings or facilities. Some traditional readers and controllers can also pose a serious risk to your organisation if they use the Wiegand protocol, which offers no security. While you can upgrade to a more secure protocol like OSDP version 2, electronic locks are a very secure alternative worth considering. It is also important to understand that not all smartcard readers are compatible with all smartcard types. When they are not compatible, the built-in security designed to keep your system safe will not match up and you will essentially forego security as your smartcard-reader will not read the credentials at all. Instead, it will simply read the non-secure portion—the Card Serial Number (CSN) —of the smartcard that is accessible to everyone. While some manufacturers suggest that this is an advantage because their readers can work with any smartcard, the truth is that they are not reading from the secure part of the card, which can put your system and premises at risk. Using electronic locks can help protect facilities and networks through various security protocols, including encryption and authentication Myth #3: Electronic locks are more vulnerable These days, there are still many who believe that electronic locks, especially wireless locks, are more vulnerable to cybercriminal activity as compared to traditional readers and controllers. The concern here is that electronic locks can allow cybercriminals to both access your network to get data and intercept commands from the gateway or nodes over the air that would allow them access to your buildings or facilities. The reality is that using electronic locks can help protect facilities and networks through various security protocols, including encryption and authentication. Additionally, because many of these locks remain operational regardless of network status, they provide real-time door monitoring. This means that many electronic locks not only prevent unauthorised access but also keep operators informed about their status at all times, even if a network goes down. Outdated technology and old analogue systems are more vulnerable to attacks When it comes to deploying electronic locks, it is important to remember that, like any device on your network, they must have built-in security features that will allow you to keep your information, people, and facilities safe. Be prepared to unlock future benefits Ultimately, the information in your IP-based ACS is at no greater risk than any other information being transmitted over the network. We just have to be smart about how we connect, transmit, and store our data. In the end, maintaining the status quo and refusing to move away from old technology is not a viable option. Outdated technology and old analogue systems are more vulnerable to attacks. The reason it is so important to debunk myths around ACS and, at the same time, get people thinking about network security in the right way is that network-based systems can offer an ever-increasing number of benefits. When we deploy new technology using industry best practices and purchase devices from trusted vendors, we put ourselves and our networks in the best possible position to take full advantage of all that our increasingly connected world has to offer.
Many exhibitors at GSX 2019 saw the show as a success, despite slower booth traffic on the second and third days. According to show sponsor ASIS International, there were more than 20,000 registrants from 125 countries around the world, including those who attended the conference as well as the exhibition. Exhibitors definitely put their best feet forward, enthusiastically promoting their technology breakthroughs, but how convincing were they? The comments from at least one attendee – a large corporate end user who represents a key demographic for show organisers – bluntly suggest that healthy scepticism was on display side-by-side with the promotional energy in play.On this floor, there are some lies being given out. Ask the tough questions, make the exhibitors show you" “On this floor, there are some lies being given out,” said Rudy A. Wolter, CTO, Security and Investigative Services for Citigroup, a financial services corporation. He advised fellow attendees to “listen for them, ferret them out, ask the tough questions. Make [the exhibitors] show you.” “Don’t be afraid to ask these men and women questions,” added Wolter. “Don’t be afraid to challenge them. If you don’t challenge them, they’re not getting any better which means we aren’t getting any better. At the end of the day, they’re the leaders; they’re the ones making change; they’re the ones touching systems; they’re the ones helping integration.” Banking security with Verint At Citigroup, Wolter oversees 1,300 bank branches in North America that use Verint systems, including 23,000 cameras tied into a single command centre. Skepticism aside, Wolter also provided evidence that even tough customers can be brought around. Specifically, he is sold on Verint: “When you have a problem, this company listens,” he told attendees at a Verint gathering on the show floor. New at GSX 2019 is the Verint Video Investigator, which is software that empowers investigators to quickly find the data they need to identify security threats in near real-time. In all, Verint serves in excess of 2,300 individual financial institutions, with tens of thousands of branches. Wolter was one of several end users willing to sing their praises publicly. Other GSX exhibitors were also proud to have their own real-world success stories. Placing the emphasis on outcomes At GSX, I heard more than once that outcomes are more important than technologies. Customers don’t want to hear about technologies, but rather about what those technologies can do for them. Avigilon, now a subsidiary of Motorola Solutions, is another company that is focused on outcomes rather than technology per se. “Instead of focusing on megapixels and terabytes, the end user is focused on perimeter security, loss prevention and risk management,” says John Kedzierski, Sr. VP of Video Solutions at Motorola Solutions. “We are working to provide that outcome." The end user is focused on perimeter security, loss prevention and risk management" How operators work to ensure outcomes is another aspect that is changing, says Kedzierski. “Watching video is obsolete,” he says. Using Avigilon’s new system, the operator instead is looking at colour-coded hexagons; one color means motion, another means an analytic event. Operators click on various hexagons to view video. Also at GSX 2019, Avigilon featured its new H5A camera line, with expanded object classification analytics, detailed object detection, and tracking in crowded scenes; and focused on the Avigilon Blue cloud system. They are working to make every camera capable of detecting faces, which can be matched to a watch list. How technology addresses marketplace changes Addressing the changing marketplace was another GSX theme. As the workplace changes, ASSA ABLOY Americas is adapting its technology to address new employment practices such as "hot-desking", and remote and mobile workers, says Peter Boriskin, Chief Technology Officer. Systems have to be able both to protect assets and also to provide flexibility to accommodate the changing workforce, he said. Corporate acquisitions are directly expanding the capabilities that ASSA ABLOY brings to the market. For example, they recently acquired Luxer One, a locker company that enables secure delivery of packages without customers needing to stand in line or wait for service. Deliveries can be made in seconds. Peter Boriskin of ASSA ABLOY Americas led a booth tour, including new power capabilities gained in the acquisition of LifeSafety Power Another recent ASSA ABLOY acquisition is LifeSafety Power, which is expanding the company’s capability to provide proactive data on wired systems by tracking power usage. For example, a spike in current might mean a problem with a component. Compiling “intelligent triggers” enables creation of a dashboard to provide analytics of wired systems. ASSA ABLOY has also been devising predictive analytics of wireless locks to predict battery life, for instance, and to address other maintenance challenges. “We want to know what’s going on at a door without visiting it,” says Boriskin. New exhibitors make their mark New exhibitors were part of the GSX mix. One new exhibitor was Vaion. It’s their first trade show after launching at IFSEC in London in June. Vaion combines a small camera portfolio with on-premise servers and software managed through the cloud for an end-to-end solution. Tormod Ree, co-founder and CEO, calls it a “hybrid cloud delivery model”. Vaion is also a “more proactive security model”, said Ree. Video is analysed for anomalies, and the server “learns” what is normal and not normal. The system provides alerts and notifications, occupancy counting and traffic control, among other features. And “overlays” are employed to present information on a map. Vaion can highlight video that is more likely to be relevant and prioritise feeds that have more activity. Vaion designs the hardware, which is manufactured in Taiwan. Vaion was a first-time exhibitor at GSX 2019 with their end-to-end video system; Tomod Ree is co-founder and CEO Gunshot detection technology EAGL Technology displayed their “Firefly” gunshot detection technology at GSX 2019. Based on technology originally developed for use in the military for sniper detection, the U.S. Department of Energy adapted it to civilian uses after the Sandy Hook School shooting. Boaz Raz, CEO, said the technology is the “most advanced and affordable, wireless for use indoors or outdoors, and it can control doors and cameras”. It doesn’t “listen” for gunshots like some competitors; rather it measures energy for “6 sigma” accuracy (almost 100%). Defining, and redefining, end-to-end solutions End-to-end solutions were all the rage at GSX 2019, but Allied Universal was one exhibitor that pondered what, exactly, is an end-to-end solution? It means different things to different people. For example, a video company’s end-to-end solution would not include access control. When Allied Universal claims to offer an end-to-end solution, they mean it in the broadest definition of the term, including all security systems deployed for a customer as well as the important human element (i.e., manguarding). “The industry’s emphasis on ‘end-to-end’ doesn’t encompass a full solution,” says Mike Mullison, Allied Universal’s Chief Information Officer. “When somebody uses the term end-to-end, you have to ask: What’s at both ends?” The lines between cyber and physical threats are blurring. Clients want full-service solutions" “The lines between cyber and physical threats are blurring,” adds Mullison. “Clients want full-service solutions.” Allied Universal is adding new technology elements to its offering, and Mullison says “the next phase of growth will be fueled by technology.” Allied Universal recently introduced the Heliaus product, a smart phone app that accesses an analytics engine to predict outcomes and prescribe optimum responses. It literally puts technology in a security guard’s hand. One customer has found that use of the technology resulted in a 20% reduction in safety and security incidents. The latest in access control among exhibitors In addition to video, access control had a big profile at GSX 2019, as evidenced by ASSA ABLOY America and many other companies. Another example is SALTO Systems, featuring its new NEO cylinder for wireless access control and the SALTO Virtual Network (SVN); the SVN-Flex extends and increases the number of updating points directly to the door. The SVN-Flex extends and increases the number of updating points directly to the door The compact SALTO NEO Cylinder is designed for doors where fitting an electronic escutcheon is not possible or required and can be installed on standard doors, server racks, gates, cabinets, electric switches, or sliding doors. Low energy consumption results in 110,000 cycles with just one set of batteries. Other SALTO products are SALTO KS (Keys as a Service); SALTO BLUEnet Wireless for Bluetooth RF-driven real-time control of doors; the XS4 One Deadlatch stand-alone electronic lock; and JustIN Mobile, which replaces the need for an access card by securely sending a mobile key Over the Air (OTA) to an iOS or Android device from SALTO’s ProAccess SPACE management software. The next step in integration A new company reflecting the GSX emphasis on integration is Security and Safety Things (SAST), which is still in launch mode but expects to have its first pilot customers in the Q4. The first camera vendors embracing the SAST platform will have cameras for sale at ISC West in the spring. SAST is creating an Internet of Things (IoT) platform for the next generation of security cameras. The SAST App Store will allow developers to build and market new applications, similar to today’s app stores for smartphones.SAST is creating an IoT platform for the next generation of security cameras “SAST is a technology platform, but it is also a business platform and a relationship platform,” said Emmanuel Ventadour, VP Sales and Marketing. For app developers, SAST also provides non-technical commercial services (i.e., easing their route to market.) Hartmut Schaper, CEO, emphasises the “openness” of the company. Even though they are a spinoff of Bosch, they are treating every camera manufacturer equally, he says. For integrators, the use of apps can expand their field of play. Apps will empower integrators to use video for more business processes – not just security – and expand their reach with customers, says Schaper. From scepticism to sales There were plenty of product claims at GSX to feed the skepticism of even the toughest of potential customers. Fortunately, product claims were only the beginning of conversations with attendees at this year’s show. No doubt manufacturers were put through their paces more than once, and a few of them even came out on the other side with potential new business to show for their efforts. That’s the true measure of success at GSX 2019, or any trade show. Click here to read our reviews from Day One and Day Two of the show.
Europes’ locksmith exhibition returns to the Telford International Centre from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October 2019 and SALTO is exhibiting on stand H2.86. Run by the Master Locksmiths Association, the MLA Expo is the ‘must attend’ event of the year for the locksmith industry, a trade show that can’t be missed! Smart home security products The Expo occupies two halls at the purpose-built exhibition centre in Telford. With over 100 manufacturers and suppliers exhibiting, the MLA Expo is the No. 1 show in the locksmithing and physical security industry. SALTO will be exhibiting its range of Danalock smart home security products which can replace the traditional home door key with an electronic system that allows you to use your smart phone to control your door, your guests and your home. Visit SALTO at stand H2.86 and see how easy Danalock is to install and manage, and how it provides for a truly smart home when it comes to residential security.
SALTO Systems has appointed Ralph Clifton to the commercial sales team position of the Central US Region as Senior Account Manager. SALTO Central region manager Based in Detroit, Ralph will oversee the growth and development of commercial sales key accounts for the Central US Region. The Central US region includes the States of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. Ralph will report to SALTO Business Development Director David Latreille. “Ralph is a tremendous addition to the SALTO team,” said David Latreille. “His extensive experience with leading technology providers and his proven success in developing and managing accounts will be key as he leads this important area. We welcome Ralph and look forward to great success and continued growth.” Enterprise security expert Prior to joining SALTO, Ralph served as key account manager for several leading technology companies including AVI-SPL, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell. His expertise includes a high level of knowledge in enterprise software, services, virtualisation, cloud, security, networking, IoT, Big Data, and storage. He has been recognised with multiple awards, including Top Performer and the Vendor Merit Award. “SALTO is a dynamic organisation that owns a fantastic segment of the security and access space,” said Ralph. “I bring years of technical sales experience to the SALTO team through my tenure with leading technology companies. SALTO is a natural evolution of the work I’ve done and I expect that we will do great things together.”
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