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Vanderbilt recently launched the latest updates to VCredential, their cloud-based credential management platform that offers users the ability to create and manage Bluetooth credentials independent of the access control platform. What is VCredential? VCredential represents Bluetooth access control technology that is easy to use, simple to navigate, and offers the added benefit of mobility for users. Originally launched in September 2020, VCredential was developed in response to the growing trend of virtualization, a shift in the market to touchless door access, and the ever-evolving landscape of added security threats. Now, 10 months on from that first release, VCredential has been developed further. The key feature of this new release is the simplification of the authorization process that allows customers to use a Bluetooth credential. What’s New? VCredential was proving such an intriguing option for customers that this latest release now means that the process of creating and managing Bluetooth credentials is even faster. The process has been reduced to a simple two-step program now. Admin sends out an email invitation to the user. This email contains instructions for the user on downloading the VI Mobile ID app alongside a 6-digit alphanumeric activation code. The end-user downloads the VI Mobile ID Bluetooth app enters the activation code. The credential is now ready for use. It is as simple as that. Why Use VCredential? All the original benefits of VCredential still remain. Smartphone credentials are time and cost-effective alternatives to managing physical credentials that enable mobile phones to be used just like a traditional access control card or tag. The addition of mobile credential functionality is critical in today’s threat landscape as more users demand touch-free flexibility and a streamlined approach to visitor management and access control. VCredential is a one-off license purchase as opposed to a subscription-based model that would include annual charges per virtual credential. With this latest version, now credentials on lost, stolen, or old phones can be deactivated and transferred over to a customer’s new device meaning there are truly no hidden or extra costs, allowing for big savings in the long-term. Greater Control Moreover, thanks to additional integration functions, the creation, and management of Bluetooth credentials can now be carried out directly by the administrator within ACTpro and SiPass integrated systems for easier management and greater control. Meanwhile, the integration with the award-winning ACTpro reduces the workload on the operator by automating the issuing of Bluetooth credentials to cardholders from within the ACTpro software. It also enables the customer to manage credential allocation through this single interface.
Highly secure – Like all Seos credentials, Seos Essential is Secure Identity Object® (SIO)-enabled, which allows for multi-layered security beyond card technology and the protection of identity data from unauthorized access Simplified, cost-effective migration – Support for read/write identification is provided using 125 kHz contactless technology to enable migration from legacy 125 kHz credential technologies Convenient – Fully supported by HID Signo, iCLASS SE®, multiCLASS® SE, HID Prox and Indala reader platforms Heightened privacy protection – Seos Essential offers best-in-class data and privacy protection by incorporating mutual authentication and secure messaging mechanisms into stringent best practices for data protection
Secu365 is built specifically for small and medium business owners, simplifying security interactions for property managers, tenants, employees and visitors. Regardless of what type of service you provide, if you have a brick-and-mortar business, a well-rounded and easy-to-use security system is not just important—it's essential. Just take a look at a few of the benefits that you might be concerned about and get from the business security system Monitor customers and employees with video surveillance in case of any accidents that happen Help prevent theft, vandalism, and other crimes With a mobile device, remotely control your business from anywhere Furthermore, as businesses continue to maintain a mostly remote workforce, the drive towards adopting cloud-based and hybrid solutions has grown as well.Thus, with 24/7 video monitoring, indoor and outdoor cameras, integrated with biometric or mobile access—Secu365 system is the perfect way to protect your small business. It enables visual multi-validation of alarm events and real-time remote control.
Remote access control from anywhere Built on a cybersecure web platform, the Software House C•CURE 9000 Web-Base client lets you manage personnel and monitor alarms from anywhere in the world on any PC with an internet browser. With an adaptive interface, you get the information that you need when you need it. The C•CURE 9000 Web-Base client allows you to easily perform tasks such as configuring, editing, and viewing personnel records and user credentials, and assigning clearances and roles. Alarm monitoring is also made easy with color-coded bubble images for a visually dynamic user experience. Along with the Event Viewer, manual actions and intrusion zones have been designed to handle core alarm management functions for critical infrastructure projects. Balancing security responsibilities Customize what employees can view based on their roles within an organization using Web Views. This allows you to streamline productivity and balance both responsibility and workload. Corporate security administrators can delegate control to individual department managers allowing them to grant access in the physical areas for which they are responsible. Customization for enhanced user experience With the C•CURE 9000 web-based client, you can dynamically change the appearance of personnel screens, customizing the user interface to show different tabs, columns, and fields based on a user’s role within the organization. Simply drag and drop from a list of more than 100 fields to show only the fields you need to see, streamlining and enhancing the user experience. A responsive layout automatically adjusts and adapts to device screen size and orientation.
Anviz CrossChex is a personnel identity verification, access control and time attendance management system. The system facilitates management of personnel information by biometric technology and helps meet customer's time attendance and access control requirements. CrossChex Cloud is a cloud-based time attendance software and can be used to access data anywhere, anytime, from any browser. You can schedule attendance requirements for a specific employee and create shifts for their work period within one click. During this global pandemic, CrossChex Cloud can work with Anviz biometric time clocks to enable users to check whether their employees are wearing a mask or not, and get timely reports on - employee attendance record, entrance record, and temperature record.
HID Global, the worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, has announced the most feature-rich implementation of the latest MIFARE DESFire EV3 credential. This new access control credential based on NXP MIFARE DESFire EV3 delivers this technology’s full range of advanced security and privacy capabilities and reinforces them with HID’s powerful model for identity data protection. This HID credential provides AES128 encryption, a secure channel for protecting card data from man-in-the-middle attacks, and a random unique identifier (UID) for protecting user privacy. The credential works with readers based on MIFARE DESFire EV1 and EV2 products and is interoperable with HID® Signo™, iCLASS SE®, and multiCLASS SE® readers. In addition to choosing standard or custom security profiles to meet their specific needs, users can take advantage of HID’s Secure Identity Object™ (SIO®) model that protects a credential’s identity data through key diversification, authentication signatures, and encryption. Users can create multi-technology cards with HID’s credential based on NXP MIFARE DESFire EV3 to provide a smooth migration path from vulnerable legacy, low-frequency 125 kHz-based systems to modern and secure credential technology. What are the benefits of HID Global’s MIFARE DESFire EV3 credential solution? Feature-rich security that offers profile choices to fit your needs Advanced security features that aren’t available elsewhere, such as modern encryption, mutual authentication and secure messaging and SIOs Key management and card formatting that adhere to the highest standards of data protection and governance Click here for more information.
Symmetry Mobile is a web credential application designed to be used with AMAG Technology’s Symmetry Bluetooth readers. Symmetry Mobile is a convenient solution for organizations using mobile devices or in conjunction with physical credentials for users who are transitioning to a mobile system to gain access to secured doors. It works with AMAG’s Symmetry Access Control system, as well as other access control systems, providing a seamless, efficient and cost-effective solution for enterprise users deploying more than one system. The touchless solution supports multi-factor authentication when used with a PIN or biometric (fingerprint or facial recognition) on both Android and Apple iOS devices. Users can type their PIN or use a biometric on their phone, eliminating the need to touch the reader and in support of COVID-19 guidelines. The frictionless setup of a credential eliminates the need to physically interact with the security team. Organizations can centrally issue and manage mobile credentials, photos and devices to their entire user base from a remote location, eliminating the need to buy and carry a physical credential and come into the badge office. The virtual credential in Symmetry Mobile displays a person’s name and photo. An unlimited number of credentials can be stored within their digital wallet, allowing people who need to access multiple sites using different access control systems to use the same mobile device. In an effort to support businesses that required employees to be on-site and ensure the health and safety of the labor force, AMAG developed a customizable health screening questionnaire to help reduce the risk of potentially infected employees from entering a building. Upon successful completion of the questionnaire, an employee’s physical access card or mobile credential will be enabled for a specified period of time, for example, one day. If the form is not completed successfully, the access card will expire and the employee will be denied access to the building. The system will send email notifications to managers for visibility. The questionnaire’s functionality operates independently and can be used on virtually any existing Symmetry Access Control system installation — and without any local infrastructure changes. Symmetry Mobile data is highly secure, as all of the data is encrypted when sent to the reader or stored on the phone, ensuring the mobile solution is completely secure. Users can customize the signal strength and read range on a per device and/or per person basis, increasing security and accommodating those who may need a longer read range, such as a person in a wheelchair, to open a door. Door read and unlock time is less than 1.2 seconds. Symmetry Mobile is available as a hosted or on-premise solution. The app is available in English, Spanish, French and Arabic, and is available now in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
Incedo™ Business Cloud access management from ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions is created for businesses on the move, who need a flexible security solution which grows with them. Now, security managers managing an Incedo Business solution can work remotely too – while maintaining complete control over their building’s access points. Incedo connects security software and hardware within a single, seamless platform. To accommodate the restless change and disruption of modern business life, Incedo enables scaling up or down on demand. And now, the new Incedo Business Cloud management keeps security and facility managers in control of their premises from wherever they happen to be right now. Incedo Business Cloud solves many pressing daily challenges of access management, Managers no longer need to be on-site to handle day-to-day security. It operates securely 24/7 from any PC with an internet connection. Installing the system is easy, with no complex integrations needed. Software updates are regular and automatic, with real-time reports and analytics available with a few clicks.
HID® Signo™ Readers bring today’s organizations into the future of access control. Beyond its sleek, modern design, this cutting-edge reader platform provides flexible, reliable performance with support for an unmatched range of credential technologies. HID Signo extends the leadership position of HID Global in the access control industry while providing unrivaled security and powerful performance with the addition of new features to better fortify facilities and beyond. Upgrading your access control readers to HID Signo ensures convenience and security today while preparing you for whatever comes tomorrow—this is the signature promise of Signo. Key Features Highly Versatile - Support for the widest range of credential technologies, including HID Mobile Access via native Bluetooth and Near Field Communication (NFC) capability. Also features Apple’s Enhanced Contactless Polling (ECP) to support credentials in the Apple Wallet. Unparalleled Performance - Ultra secure storage of cryptographic keys on certified secure element hardware, plus a new surface detection feature that allows the reader to automatically recalibrate and optimize read range performance. Connected to the Future - All readers include out-of-the-box support for Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) for secure bidirectional communication. Each reader is also designed to be connected and managed remotely without “sneakernet” or the need to be physically touched.
With the SMARTair® Openow™ app, security managers enjoy Update-on-Card functionality and a touchless credential handling process. Openow brings online benefits to existing offline devices in a SMARTair access control system, so management tasks are completed more efficiently. Powerful features usually only available in online mode are now enabled for SMARTair offline locks — without any need to fit dedicated wall updaters or communications HUBs. This means no cabling at all; and faster, less invasive installation. Now, every time a user opens a SMARTair door with Openow, the event and entire door history are reported in the SMARTair software, alerting security managers about low battery status, access denied, out of time zone and more. Openow is the convenient mobile solution for SMARTair wireless access control systems. Users store validated digital keys securely in their own Openow app. To open a SMARTair lock, they simply tap their phone against its inbuilt BLE reader. An encrypted Bluetooth connection connects the phone and locking device to quickly approve or deny a unlock request. With Openow, if you have your phone, you are already carrying your keys. Facility managers get through their access management workload faster when they replace traditional card and tag credentials with Openow. Because Openow and the intuitive SMARTair TS1000 software handle everything, virtual keys may be securely deployed over-the-air to anywhere in the world and security managers can easily and quickly update access plans. Delays in issuing or revoking keys for sensitive doors no longer jeopardize site security or business efficiency. There are no physical credentials to handle or track; no card encoders to buy; and no queues at reception for staff or visitors awaiting credentials being issued. The entire credential handling process — for both building users and security managers — is touchless.
With resistance to attack and extreme weather, wire-free installation and battery-powered operation, the new SMARTair i-gate Electronic Padlock is built for use almost anywhere. This new device in the SMARTair wireless access control range enables facility managers to add real-time control to non-electrified gates, cupboards, cabinets, closets, crates and more — wherever they are and whatever the climate. Security and access needs do not stop at the perimeter door. Yet finding reliable locking devices which are easy to operate with an electronic access system can be difficult. Gates and outbuildings are hard to reach with cabling. Access devices may not have the resilience required for operation outdoors. The i-gate meets all these challenges. The SMARTair i-gate padlock is robust enough for almost any climate. It has a watertight cover (IP68 rating) and an internal cylinder with Durability EN 15684 Class 6 Certification. It is battery powered and works with all standard proximity credential technologies, including MIFARE®, DESFire and iCLASS®, as well as Bluetooth Low Energy. Upgrading an existing padlocked closure involves simply swapping the devices and integrating the i-gate Padlock into an existing or new SMARTair wireless access control system. No drilling or wiring is required. Exterior and interior openings previously unsuited to electronic access control can now be controlled and monitored from the SMARTair TS1000 or Web Manager. An i-gate is compatible with any SMARTair system management option, including mobile management via the Openowä app.
Another large survey confirms the growing importance of integration across building security functions. According to the Wireless Access Control Report 2021, “95% [of security professionals] cited system integration [of access control] with other building/security management functions to be ‘somewhat’ or ‘very’ important” for the coming five years. Extensive expertise in the security sector made Plexus’ procurement team aware of this growing need for connectivity across functions — including access control. Plexus managers sought a more flexible access system for their own head office in Swansea, Wales. Alongside integrated control, Plexus prioritized modern access control with lower maintenance costs than their current system, as well as the potential to be operated securely from the cloud. Any new installation should offer the option to further scale — in any direction — in the future. They require a broad choice of wireless and wired door devices and readers for multiple types of opening — and of course a straightforward upgrade path for both hardware and software. ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions’ Incedo™ Business platform is now running at Plexus. Installing wireless locks, readers and controllers from the broad ASSA ABLOY range was fast and simple, streamlining their switch to Incedo Business. “Hardware architecture is well manufactured, and this goes hand-in-hand with software that has fantastic ease of use,” says Marcus Elphick, Operations Director at Plexus Fire and Security. Coming soon: fully featured cloud management With keyless locking and Incedo Business management software, Plexus managers control exactly who goes where around their offices. They can set times when defined user groups may open specific doors. It keeps staff moving and safe without the hassle of physical keys. The “new software has been seamless, much simpler and [with a] common sense approach to structure,” says Marcus Elphick. Incedo Business software is intuitive to operate from any PC. The entire Incedo platform is fully flexible and modular, allowing Plexus to add more locks or change management software options whenever they need. They are already planning to extend control: remote sites, entrance gates and warehouse access control will be covered, too. “We have been so pleased with the system and its capabilities,” he adds. Plexus aim to quickly upgrade to new Incedo Business Cloud management, which offers them real-time 24/7 access from anywhere, and for a greater number of doors, as they look to expand coverage to more sites. “Incedo’s integrated access control platform already delivers connectivity and convenience,” says Stephanie Ordan, VP Digital and Access Solutions at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions EMEA. “Now it delivers in the cloud, too. Incedo keeps premises secure and filters access intelligently, to manage the ever-changing movement of people — from anywhere.” “Your business is not static, and there is no reason why your security should be.” “Incedo’s system management options scale from entry level up to cloud-based administration,” adds Kevin Hoare, Incedo Product Unit Director at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions EMEA. “You can manage multiple sites and third-party integrations, including security solutions like CCTV. Scale up and down, add or remove hardware and credentials on demand — or switch system management options — all within your single environment. Migration between local and cloud management is always seamless in any direction, ensuring total flexibility for your business.” Whatever the 2020s bring next, Incedo gives security the flexibility to adapt.
Identification Modes: Face, card, password multiple ways to choose, convenient, flexible and safe to use Attendance Status: User-defined function keys to switch attendance state, meeting multiple identification needs Card: Standard EM, Optional Mifare Open the Door Remotely: Remote opening through network and software management Security: Security incident monitoring and alarm Access Control Interface: Support Relay Output, Wiegand26/34 Input and output, magnetic, etc. Infrared Sensing: Infrared sensor activation U Disk Download: Support U disk, user information record backup And firmware upgrade Multi-language: Support Global Multilingual Display
The MG137 and MG139 Manual Gates are designed for security applications where the frequency of use does not require an automatic barrier, yet a chain or swing gate is impractical or unsightly. The MG137 features a 2-inch square steel arm while the MG139 features a 3.5-inch round arm. The MG137 can be used for drives up to 15 feet and the MG139 can be used for drives up to 22 feet. Both can be installed with minimum equipment. When down and locked, they provide a positive restraint to vehicular traffic.Add to Compare
The model BB10M Heavy Duty Security Gate powered by an integral hydraulic power unit can protect road widths up to 33feet(10.0M). The BB10M incorporates a high reliability electro-hydraulic pump powered by a 1.5 hp motor, hydraulic pump, pressure control unit, a precision hydraulic actuator driving a crank assembly supported by high grade. The BB10MS model is a variance of the standard gate, with a self contained cable beam, this beam replacing the normal boom. The cable beam is secured in the fully down position between two crash rated posts.Add to Compare
The TT280 Linear Crash Gate will withstand the impact of a 6,803 kg vehicle striking the gate at 80 KPH, suffering no significant damage. The TT280 was created for the highest security applications such as embassies, government facilities and corporate headquarters. The gate can be tailored to match the surrounding decor in a wide variety of architectural treatments. Delta Scientific's sliding security gates are all crash rated. One model, the TT280, pictured here, exceeds every known standard for crash worthiness. Some models operate without contact with the ground across the opening, one is a manually operated swing gate while others operate with rack and pinion drives across V-groove wheel ground tracks while incorporating IR safety beam and safety edges. Swing versions are also available. The clear openings range from 12 to 30 feet (3,657 mm to 9,144 mm). The standard height for all, except the swing gate, is 109 inches (2,769 mm).Add to Compare
Delta Scientific Corporation SC3000S high security cantilever gate is ideal for installations that need rugged performance. The drive mechanism is electro-mechanical or hydraulic. Final drive is via rack and pinion with V-groove wheels in sub-grade or at-grade ground tracks.Add to Compare
Delta Scientific Corporation DSC 288 high security sliding gate has a positive latch pin latch that secures the gate in the fully closed position and protects against mobs forcing the gate open. The gate also has programmable logic controller (PLC) with inteli gate control features. It has built in safety edge, IR safety beam and inductive safety loops.Add to Compare
Delta Scientific Corporation TT300 S rolling pedestrian gate is ideal for installations that need rugged performance, the drive mechanism is electro-mechanical or hydraulic. Final drive is via rack and pinion with V-groove wheels in sub-grade or at-grade ground tracks.Add to Compare
Delta Scientific Corporation TT300 rolling pedestrian gate is ideal for installations that need rugged performance, the drive mechanism is electro-mechanical or hydraulic. Final drive is via rack and pinion with V-groove wheels in sub-grade or at-grade ground tracks.Add to Compare
The Gallagher High Voltage Gate Switch provides a continuous energized connection across a closed gate and prevents receiving a shock when the gate is opened. Designed with safety in mind, the High Voltage Gate Switch: transfers high voltage signal to sliding gates is designed to prevent intruder bypass meets health and safety criteria robust construction is suitable for all swing or sliding gates has a high misalignment tolerance.Add to Compare
Delta Scientific AG812 vehicle access gate is an all-purpose semaphore type parking control gate for use with wood or aluminium gate arms. It is designed and configured to meet a broad range of vehicle control and parking needs. The drive train, the control logic module and the cabinet are built to withstand heavy industrial traffic and parking control requirements. Additionally, it includes an interface with revenue systems, vehicle identification systems, card readers, remote control stations and buried detectors.Add to Compare
Delta Scientific SG1420 is a 10 to 18 foot (3m to 5.5m) double reduction drive gate. The drive train, the control logic module and the cabinet are built to withstand heavy industrial traffic and parking control requirements. Additionally, it includes an interface with revenue systems, vehicle identification systems, card readers, remote control stations and buried detectors. The gate also handles longer arms. It is UL listed.Add to Compare
BG-P870 is a double fixed folding security gates that help control and regulate access to halways and receiving dock doors while allowing for unimpeded air flow and visibility. These folding gates are manufactured from corrosion-resistant galvanized steel and can pivot and swing 180 degrees for unobstructed access when open.Add to Compare
Cova Security Gates 10601 is the first generation bi folding automated speed gate product but nonetheless remains the perfect solution where height and span of opening are critical factors. The bi fold gate is ideally suited for special appearances and bespoke design and is frequently used by architects when specifying timber, glass and sheet steel requirements. Standard finish - powder coated in a RAL colour to suit. Can provide effective width of 10 metres and 5 metres height.Add to Compare
Bi-fold gates, also referred to as Speed gates, quick fold gates and fast gates are available to suit aperture widths of up to 7.0m. They operate at a speed of 1m per second, and are fully compatible with any access control system.Add to Compare
The Fortress Structural Slide Gate, manufactured by Tymetal Corp., is a cantilever system of unique double track design appropriate for openings up to 40 feet for singles and up to 80 feet for doubles. The frame is fabricated from aluminum alloy extrusions with a top primary member rectangular in cross section and the bottom member a structural channel. Vertical members at the ends of the frame and between the counterbalance and opening are square in cross section with nominal base dimensions of no less than 2” x 2”.Add to Compare
A robust and heavy-duty design, the Newgate Type 1 sliding gate delivers high performance levels time after time. It is available in two styles, cantilever for spans of up to 9.5 metres (single leaf) or 19 metres (double leaf) and tracked up to 17.5 metres (single leaf) or 35 metres (double leaf).Add to Compare
The LoTracker is the renowned Cantilevered Sliding Gate from Frontier Pitts which secures widths up to 15m. The Ultimate Cantilevered Security Sliding Gate which requires no ground track or support across the roadway. The gateleaf is supported by a main bottom beam, which slides 100mm above the road surface. The balance is provided by a unique enclosed runback track, which enables the gate to be fully projected across the roadway without tipping. The LoTracker Sliding Gate is 100% duty rated and designed for continuous & frequent use.Add to Compare
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Schools were never designed and built with social distancing in mind. So, it’s perhaps not surprising that as children returned to schools, for the autumn term this year, the prospect of outdoor classes and assemblies was mooted in the media and by the Government. Many in the education sector are making the case that, should there be further COVID-19 outbreaks, in the coming months, it would be better to utilise outside space, rather than resort to closing schools. In the COVID-19 era, head teachers are considering taking learning and large gatherings, such as assemblies outdoors, when possible. Managing ‘class bubbles’, hygiene and ventilation While Dr. Yvonne Doyle, the Medical Director of Public Health England (PHE) has publicly reassured parents that schools are not the ‘drivers’ or ‘hubs’ of COVID-19-19 infection in communities, there is a lot of pressure on school leaders to manage ‘class bubbles’, extra cleaning and hygiene, ventilation, and COVID-19 testing, to protect families and staff. It’s a logical step to switch, in certain circumstances, to outdoor activities where fresh air is on tap, and social distancing is far easier to manage. Specially built outdoor classrooms Across the school and nursery sector, there’s ongoing investment in specially built outdoor classrooms Across the school and nursery sector, there’s ongoing investment in specially built outdoor classrooms, which had been growing in popularity, even before the pandemic. These facilities offer numerous benefits as an extension of existing learning spaces and provide children the opportunity for hands-on learning, beyond a stuffy classroom. However, if outdoor spaces are routinely called upon as part of COVID-19 contingency planning, how can schools ensure that their outdoor classrooms and wider areas are secure, robust, and fit for purpose? When specifying outdoor classrooms and learning spaces, it’s essential to take into account the well-being of the students and staff, who will use them, noise pollution and acoustics. Most importantly, education managers need to ensure the surrounding area is secured and adequately protected from threats, including terrorism. Perimeter security measures for schools How can schools and nurseries secure their perimeters, so that outdoor learning is totally safe for all? A starting point is to seek out architects and suppliers, who have a good understanding of security standards. Worryingly, Jacksons Fencing’s research recently found that only one-third of architects are seeing both LPS 1175 and the UK police initiative, Secured by Design (SBD) physical security standards, specified for schools. This highlights a lost opportunity for architects to propose solutions that are appropriate to the level of risk and needs of the school, without turning the site into an unwelcoming fortress. Helping schools identify specific security needs Head teachers would be wise to work with architects, who not only know the latest security standards inside and out, but are also are willing to play a more advisory role, helping the school identify exactly what is needed. Head teachers should prioritise solutions appropriate to their site’s specific risks It’s also vital that architects don’t simply replace existing fencing and gates, with the same security systems that have been in place for years. Instead, they will need to meet changing needs and risks. Our research finds that teachers often report issues, with the school perimeter and gates, from being climbed over (28%) and causing injury, to gates not locking properly (10%). Head teachers should prioritise solutions appropriate to their site’s specific risks, which sometimes require altering of existing measures. School fencing is an important aspect of any education site. As well as defining its boundary and making a visual distinction between public and private property, the fencing and gates that surround and secure a school, will typically meet a wide variety of other important criteria, including preventing unauthorised entry to the grounds, protecting pupils, staff, and visitors from accidents and injury, deterring theft and anti-social behaviour, and reducing the risk of malicious damage, and acts of terrorism. Welded mesh panels for perimeter fencing Popular options for schools include welded mesh panels for perimeter fencing or sports areas, and railing systems to act as demarcation, in order to control foot and car traffic. Within the outlying boundary, barriers, bollards and parking posts will keep pedestrians, and vehicles safe from each other, while timber fencing and gates can be designed to control the flow of people, around the grounds and reduce the areas, where students can be hidden from view. Automated gates and access control Perimeter fencing must be complemented with safe entrances and exits for vehicles and pedestrians. Every school has unique entry-control requirements, determined by factors, such as size, location and the local environment. These needs influence the decisions you make, when preparing technical specifications for school security gates. Do you require gates to be steel or timber, manual or automated, single or double leaf? Specialist suppliers will be in the best position to offer inputs on school gates, which typically need to offer solid security and durability, with a welcoming aesthetic. Specifying access control system When specifying a school access system, it’s important to consider the areas of the school When specifying a school access system, it’s important to consider the areas of the school, such as sports fields, car parks, and children’s play and learning areas, and whether it requires playground segregation. Selected gates should meet the design of the fencing, to create a secure perimeter with no weak points, with automated gates conforming to all current safety regulations. . Noise pollution can be a problem as well, including noise coming in or leaving the school in residential areas. If more teaching is to be carried out outside, it’s worth considering acoustic barriers to reduce noise in and around the school. Timber acoustic barriers for security and privacy Timber acoustic barriers offer security and privacy, and can reduce noise levels, by as much as 32 decibels (in laboratory conditions), so are ideal for city centre schools or those located close to busy highways. There are many ways to build an outdoor classroom. Timber products can help to create a welcoming environment, such as wooden shelters, pergolas, fencing, and decking. Always check that high quality timber, ideally guaranteed for 25 years against rot and insect attack, is being used to provide an attractive, cost-effective, safe and sustainable solution, for all weather conditions. DBS approved installers And of course, installers must be DBS approved, so that they can install outdoor classrooms, during school holidays, or within term time, with minimal disruption. The COVID-19 pandemic had a huge impact on schools and learning. While nobody wants to think of fresh outbreaks of the infection, or any other virus, installing an outdoor classroom made from high-quality, long-lasting materials is a great way to future-proof school learning and ensure safety, and preparedness. Putting extra thought and care into the security angle will provide schools with decades of protection against a host of unforeseen events.
Heras was a premium partner exhibitor at this year’s International Security Expo (ISE) – and it’s fair to say that visitors couldn’t miss the stand, which was at the entrance of the Grand Hall at London’s Olympia. Heras’s Country Marketing Manager (UK) Rebecca Hughes pinpoints five things that the Heras team learned from the show and talking to visitors. 1) Physical still just as important as cyber Cyber(security) was the buzzword of the show – and there was lots of innovation on display. But what came across loud and clear for Heras was that physical security is still absolutely vital for UK sites of national importance, data centres, warehouses, and distribution hubs. These sites need clear demarcation, effective entrance control, and detection to make sure that perimeters aren’t breached and that only authorised personnel and visitors can enter the site and specific areas within the site. And, if there are any deviations from this, there needs to be a swift and accurate response. The rapid growth in the construction of warehouses to cope with the demand from online shopping highlights the need to secure these sites and protect the valuable stock held in them. 2) PIDSs the star of the show Heras showed PIDSs complement and increase the overall effectiveness of both existing and specified perimeter protection We piqued a lot of media interest with our ‘listening fence’, and our team enjoyed demonstrating our newly launched, next-generation perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDSs). GeoMic was mounted on Zenith A1 (SR1) fencing, and GeoPoint was mounted on Zenith SR3 fencing. Both were demoed by the Heras team to show how PIDSs complement and greatly increase the overall effectiveness of both existing and specified perimeter protection fence and gate lines. GeoMic uses a discreet microphonic sensor cable (alpha) that listens for sounds – such as those generated from an intrusion attempt – around the entire perimeter. And the GeoPoint sensor system utilises multiple sensors that are distributed along the fence line to detect movement and vibration. 3) Fuel shortages prompt downtime conversations The ISE fell just after a weekend of panic fuel buying across the UK, after widespread media reporting of a shortage of lorry drivers for fuel tankers. This naturally led to lots of conversations with visitors about the issue of business interruption and the risks and implications if sites are compromised. We work closely with the operators of many sites of national importance, data centres, warehouses, and distribution hubs, and disruption – be it protestors blockading entrances to sites or more aggressive tactics involving breaking into sites – is not an option because the knock-on effects can be costly and potentially damaging to an organisation’s ability to operate. 4) More than fencing The issue of business interruption flowed into conversations with visitors about the range of products we offer. Put simply, everyone knows us as the ‘fencing people’ – but that’s the tip of the iceberg. Connect offers real-time insights into the status of an entrance control system, with remote monitoring of user access and alerts As Europe’s end-to-end supplier of permanent and mobile perimeter protection solutions, we delighted in telling visitors about our key areas of expertise: demarcation, entrance control, detection, integrated systems, and maintenance. For us, maintenance is the unsung hero of effective security, and we had demonstrations of Connect, our breakthrough cloud-based portal that offers real-time insights into the status of an entrance control system, with remote monitoring of user access and automatic alerts and notifications via smartphone, tablet or PC. It also enables users to open access systems via mobile phone, as well as enables Heras to provide remote and proactive monitoring of the systems. This integrates with the company’s Essential, Premium and Premium VIP maintenance support packages. 5) It’s good to meet people again The last thing we learned is just how great it is to meet people again. The UK security industry came out in force for the ISE, and it was fantastic to meet people who we’d only ever seen on a screen via Zoom or Teams. Nothing beats talking to a real person over a cup of coffee – and boy, had we missed it! As a business, the ISE was fantastic for Heras, not just in the quality of enquirers but more importantly in the connections we made with new people and in reconnecting with people we hadn’t seen for a couple of years. One last thing… Fight Club Heras's new projects include UK sites of national importance, data centres, warehouses, and distribution hubs OK, it’s not strictly the sixth thing we learned, but it reminds me of the film Fight Club, starring Brad Pitt. And that is: “The first rule of Fight Club is: you don’t talk about Fight Club.” The first rule at Heras is that we can’t talk about the vast majority of the projects and installations we get involved in because of the sensitivity around many of the sites we support – which is hard, especially at shows such as the ISE. We generally say that these have included UK sites of national importance, data centres, warehouses, and distribution hubs. But no names. This is such a shame, as one journalist said that the likes of the BBC would feature Heras much more prominently if we were able to give examples of the scope and complexity of the projects we get involved in.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated our digital dependency, on a global scale. Data centres have become even more critical to modern society. The processing and storage of information underpin the economy, characterised by a consistent increase in the volume of data and applications, and reliance upon the internet and IT services. Data centres classed as CNI As such, they are now classed as Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) and sit under the protection of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI). As land continues to surge in value, data centre operators are often limited for choice, on where they place their sites and are increasingly forced to consider developed areas, close to other infrastructures, such as housing or industrial sites. Complex security needs One misconception when it comes to data centres is that physical security is straightforward One misconception when it comes to data centres is that physical security is straightforward. However, in practice, things are far more complex. On top of protecting the external perimeter, thought must also be given to factors, such as access control, hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM), protecting power infrastructure, as well as standby generators and localising security devices to operate independently of the main data centre. Face value How a site looks is more important than you may think. Specify security that appears too hostile risks blatantly advertising that you’re protecting a valuable target, ironically making it more interesting to opportunistic intruders. The heightened security that we recommend to clients for these types of sites, include 4 m high-security fences, coils of razor wire, CCTV, and floodlighting. When used together in an integrated approach, it’s easy to see how they make the site appear hostile against its surroundings. However, it must appear secure enough to give the client peace of mind that the site is adequately protected. Getting the balance right is crucial. So, how do you balance security, acoustics and aesthetics harmoniously? Security comes first These are essential facilities and as a result, they require appropriate security investment. Cutting corners leads to a greater long-term expense and increases the likelihood of highly disruptive attacks. Checkpoints Fortunately, guidance is available through independent accreditations and certifications, such as the Loss Prevention Certification Board’s (LPCB) LPS 1175 ratings, the PAS 68 HVM rating, CPNI approval, and the police initiative - Secured by Design (SBD). Thorough technical evaluation and quality audit These bodies employ thorough technical evaluation work and rigorous quality audit processes to ensure products deliver proven levels of protection. With untested security measures, you will not know whether a product works until an attack occurs. Specifying products accredited by established bodies removes this concern. High maintenance Simply installing security measures and hoping for the best will not guarantee 24/7 protection. Just as you would keep computer software and hardware updated, to provide the best level of protection for the data, physical security also needs to be well-maintained, in order to ensure it is providing optimum performance. Importance of testing physical security parameters Inspecting the fence line may seem obvious and straightforward, but it needs to be done regularly. From our experience, this is something that is frequently overlooked. The research we conducted revealed that 63% of companies never test their physical security. They should check the perimeter on both sides and look for any attempted breaches. Foliage, weather conditions or topography changes can also affect security integrity. Companies should also check all fixtures and fittings, looking for damage and corrosion, and clear any litter and debris away. Accessibility When considering access control, speed gates offer an excellent solution for data centres. How quickly a gate can open and close is essential, especially when access to the site is restricted. The consequences of access control equipment failing can be extremely serious, far over a minor irritation or inconvenience. Vehicle and pedestrian barriers, especially if automated, require special attention to maintain effective security and efficiency. Volume control Data centres don’t generally make the best neighbours. The noise created from their 24-hour operation can be considerable. HVAC systems, event-triggered security and fire alarms, HV substations, and vehicle traffic can quickly become unbearable for residents. Secure and soundproof perimeter As well as having excellent noise-reducing properties, timber is also a robust material for security fencing So, how do you create a secure and soundproof perimeter? Fortunately, through LPS 1175 certification and CPNI approval, it is possible to combine high-security performance and up to 28dB of noise reduction capabilities. As well as having excellent noise-reducing properties, timber is also a robust material for security fencing. Seamlessly locking thick timber boards create a flat face, making climbing difficult and the solid boards prevent lines of sight into the facility. For extra protection, steel mesh can either be added to one side of the fence or sandwiched between the timber boards, making it extremely difficult to break through. A fair façade A high-security timber fence can be both, aesthetically pleasing and disguise its security credentials. Its pleasant natural façade provides a foil to the stern steel bars and mesh, often seen with other high-security solutions. Of course, it’s still important that fencing serves its primary purposes, so make sure you refer to certifications, to establish a product’s security and acoustic performance. Better protected The value of data cannot be overstated. A breach can have severe consequences for public safety and the economy, leading to serious national security implications. Countering varied security threats Data centres are faced with an incredibly diverse range of threats, including activism, sabotage, trespass, and terrorism on a daily basis. It’s no wonder the government has taken an active role in assisting with their protection through the medium of the CPNI and NCSC. By working with government bodies such as the CPNI and certification boards like the LPCB, specifiers can access a vault of useful knowledge and advice. This will guide them to effective and quality products that are appropriate for their specific site in question, ensuring it’s kept safe and secure.
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