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Perimeter protection is one of the most effective ways to prevent an intruder. A more secure system is one that alerts the user of the presence of an intruder, before they can break into the property. It’s a simple idea, but fitting an external detector comes with challenges. Install the brand-new XDL12TT-AM and provide up to 12m premium and robust pet-friendly external detection. Consisting of two independent Passive Infrared (PIR) sensors and one microwave sensor, the Tri-Technology (TT) of the XDL12TT-AM utilises Tri-Signal Detection Logic to identify the presence of an intruder. This provides reliable and stable external detection as all three sensors must be activated sequentially in quick succession to create an alarm. This enhances the detector’s immunity to environmental disturbances and limits the risk of false alarms. With Dual-Vision Pet Immune Technology, each PIR sensor of the XDL12TT-AM has its own dedicated volumetric field of view. The top PIR detects outwards and up, while the bottom PIR detects outwards and down, without overlapping. This setup, alongside Tri-Signal Detection Logic, delivers highly secure sequential detection and increases its tolerance to pet immunity. So, should any large dogs or cats stray into the coverage plane, it would only be picked up by the bottom PIR and the microwave sensors and therefore an alarm condition would not be activated. However, the lens coverage of the PIRs are angled so that any human will be detected walking through both PIR coverage planes. Therefore, as all three sensors are activated, so would an alarm condition. This increases the detectors stability and limits the risk of false alarms. In terms of changing conditions and swaying vegetation, the XDL12TT-AM features Anti-Sway Analytics. This advanced digital filter distinguishing between the movements of trees and plants from that of an intruder, to maintain optimum performance. The detector also boasts IP55 weatherproof rating, thick polycarbonate plastics and fully sealed optics for optimum external performance. It has even been moulded with a stabilising material to prevent discolouration over time! The XDL12TT-WE also features Anti-Interference Technology to prevent intruders from bypassing detection. This consists of Anti-Masking, which is a Grade 3 Patented Technology that protects against any attempt to mask any of the three sensors with cardboard, duct tape, sprays, lacquers or aluminium foil. It also consists of Anti-Blocking, which is a Grade 4 Technology that prevents the system from being armed if there is anything blocking the vision of any of the sensors. Therefore, to arm the system, whatever is blocking the detector from detecting needs to be removed first. Providing either volumetric or curtain coverage to suit the area that needs protecting, each lens can also be masked to restrict the coverage area. This is particularly useful in areas where busy roads can cause false alarms. The detector also boasts three different frequency bands to avoid any interference (cross-talk) that can occur when two or more detectors with the same frequency band are installed within close proximity of each other. This also allows multiple to be fitted, including the use of a fixed bracket, which enables two to be fitted back to back, providing 24m range with 180° volumetric coverage. Whatever the requirement, the XDL12TT-AM provides the ideal external security solution.
Pyronix, the intrusion specialist of the world-leading Hikvision group, is delighted to announce the launch of the Enforcer 64 total wireless security solution. Taking residential security to a new level, the Enforcer 64 is as quick-to-fit, easy-to-use and reliable as ever before, but features a new modern design and V12.5 firmware for Hik-Connect compatibility and dual path communication capability. “We are absolutely committed to driving market applications towards total solutions, with the upmost attention for innovation and quality,” Laurence Kenny, Pyronix Marketing Manager, comments. He continues: “With the Enforcer 64 we have delivered this in abundance with a complete solution that fuses security, video and lifestyle enhancements, with greater communication contingency and reassurance.” Pyronix first introduced the Enforcer wireless control panel in 2012. Since then it has consistently won multiple coveted industry awards, due to the company’s commitment to continuous improvement and innovative technological advancements by its dedicated R&D team. These developments have culminated in the Enforcer 64, which comes with heightened capabilities to enable security and monitoring in one solution. The Enforcer 64 utilises Pyronix award-winning two-way wireless technology, which is now expandable to 64 wireless inputs thanks to V12.5 firmware; double the number of the previous Enforcer solution. This makes adding wireless outdoor XD detectors, indoor KX detectors, sounders, keypads or safety devices easy, to suit any installation preference, without having to compromise. “The Pyronix Enforcer is our premier wireless solution for professional security installers and integrators, utilising the award-winning features it is renowned for within the security industry as the foundation for further development,” Laurence comments. He continues: “We have further developed it to be expandable to 64 wireless inputs, delivering greater installation capability whilst fusing it with Hikvision’s extensive range of video equipment, iVMS via Hik-Connect for seamless functionality; all of which combine to provide a total solution.” The panel is certified to Grade 2 and perfectly suited for residential and small to medium sized commercial applications. It also delivers for multiple installation preferences, with complete compatibility with the whole range of communication modules. The solution also boasts hybrid capabilities, with the ability to add any of the complete range of wireless and wired peripherals, alongside the ability to add up to 30 automation outputs. The Enforcer 64 fuses intrusion and video to bring together intrusion and video on one platform for enhanced customer value and upsell opportunities.
The Avigilon Presence Detector (APD) is a discrete impulse radar device that combines self-learning analytics with impulse radar technology to accurately detect the presence of a person even if they have stopped moving or are hidden. The device scans, learns, and continuously adapts to its environment, helping to reduce false positive events. Designed for indoor locations such as ATM rooms and other closed indoor vestibules within banks, pharmacies, health care facilities and retail stores, the APD can accurately detect a person’s presence through blankets, cardboard, wood and drywall. When integrated with Avigilon Control Center video management software, the sensor is designed to alert operators of security events while still maintaining privacy.
As the intruder market increasingly converges, with products and solutions entering from various rival markets, the time to integrate and evolve is now. There has been a rapid increase in end-user targeting, with solutions that deliver more than just security, but lifestyle solutions, including remote video monitoring, automation capabilities and more. This added value makes a system a desired enhancement to day-to-day life, rather than simply a grudge purchase to deter or alert of intrusion. It’s time to advance into new market applications and grow your business, by offering it all, with the totally integrated Enforcer V12 and Hik-Connect smart device application. With professional security integrity in mind, Hik-Connect is a user-friendly smart device application that brings together Pyronix multi-award-winning intruder security systems and technologies, with Hikvision’s world-leading video surveillance technologies and innovation. This seamless synergy enables you to deliver fully integrated and secure systems that are easy-to-install, flexible, extensive and meet your end users’ needs and desires. Thanks to seamless Hik-Connect integration, you can offer the ability to arm and disarm, check the status of any detector or sensor on the system and control any automation outputs, as well as access complete video monitoring of the property from anywhere, thanks to compatibility with any Hikvision video device. Available on Android and iOS, your end users can check any events, monitor when their children have arrived home safe from school, see what pets are getting up to, monitor outbuildings or even answer their front door or respond to deliveries with mic-enabled cameras, as well as see all the push notifications they have received - all from the palm of their hand. Should an event occur on the system, they can also simply and easily switch between their control panel and cameras for quick video verification. This simple switching also allows for easy multi-site monitoring, access to camera recordings and previews of live-streams. Deliver a security and video monitoring centre in the palm of the end user’s hand for any residential or commercial purpose. Hik-Connect is compatible with app-enabled Pyronix Grade 2 and Grade 3 security systems; offering outstanding usability and flexibility that is simple to install and easy to use. It’s time to advance. It’s time to integrate.
One of the main advantages of Software-as-a-Service solutions is interconnectivity. The cloud allows us to work in a completely different way than was possible before. In the past, an installer would have to get in their van and make a site visit to investigate any complaints or issues from their customer. Now, this can all be done remotely through SaaS-solutions like Vanderbilt’s SPC Connect, changing the entire service interaction quite dramatically. Vanderbilt wants to continue that evolution. Customers now expect very high levels of service from installers. SaaS-solutions are the perfect enabler to achieve this. With SPC Connect, Vanderbilt is delivering an ecosystem that will allow installers to have a better communication environment with their customers. The latest service release of SPC Connect brings installers closer to their customers by creating a platform where they can communicate more freely with each other. This ability to have more open communication between installer and end user, in a secure mechanism such as SPC Connect, will have a significant impact on increasing the level of service for all parties. Customer notifications Installers can communicate through the SPC Connect network directly to their customers. This feature allows installers to create a message that will appear directly in the user’s app and in their email. The messaging editor provides editing capabilities and the inclusion of links. The installer can also download the list of all customers interested in their message. User restrictions This enhancement delivers the security company greater control of the level of service they wish to offer through SPC Connect. The function allows the security company to define what operations are permitted by a user such as: Blocking Email; Blocking Push Notification; Blocking Alarm Verification; Blocking Mobile App; and Blocking Verification Web. Alarm verification via mobile devices If an SPC panel is part of an SPC Connect installer account, then a new feature will activate on the user device that will allow the user to view verification data. If the SPC panel is not part of a company, or the company has chosen to block this feature, then the users of that panel will not see any change. When this enhancement is enabled, when an alarm occurs that has verification, the user will be able to view the data and talk and listen live to site.
ReX expands the boundaries of the protected area. The range extender controls the system devices connected to it enabling the user to place them at a considerable distance from the hub — in a high-rise office, in a detached garage or in a large production plant — while maintaining a stable connection. ReX acts as a reliable link between the hub and Ajax devices. Depending on the requirements, all detectors or only some of them can operate via the intelligent range extender. While regular range extenders represent the weakest link in the security systems increasing the risk of losing the alarm signal during transmission, ReX takes the reliability and resilience of Ajax to a new level. After the hub, ReX is the second decision-making center. It integrates detectors into an autonomous group within the system. If the connection with the hub is interrupted for some reason, ReX will assume control: it will receive an alarm signal from the detector and activate the siren to attract attention to the incident and scare off the burglar.
Exhibiting at Security Essen, Hall 5, Booth B48. Version 8.0 of long-range award-winning LiDAR – the REDSCAN RLS-3060 series and its configuration software REDSCAN Manager are both available. The new firmware enables additional detection modes including loitering detection, day/night pattern to the 30m radius RLS-3060L, while it allows the high end model to extend its detection area to 50m radius. The RLS-3060L will offer more flexibility in managing dry contacts with the option to switch from normally open (N.O.) to normally closed (N.C.). The RLS-3060L model ver. 8.0 features more detection zones and detection modes as well as greater flexibility with settings. The standard 2D LiDAR provides 30m radius detection range with 4 detection zones when used in analogue configuration and 8 zones in IP configuration. Loitering and selectable pattern modes are now available. Alarm duration and detection time settings are also more adjustable.
Version 8.0 of long-range award-winning LiDAR – the REDSCAN RLS-3060 series and its configuration software REDSCAN Manager are both now available. The laser sensor with the new firmware version, together with the new configuration software provide a number of new features for both the standard model, RLS-3060L, and the high-end model, RLS-3060SH. The RLS-3060SH will offer more flexibility in managing dry contacts with the option to switch from normally open (N.O.) to normally closed (N.C.). The RLS-3060-SH provides additional detection modes to the L model, such as indoor ceiling protection and vehicle detection mode, and has one major new feature – an extended detection area between 30 and 50m. When used in horizontal detection it creates a pre-warning zone from 30 to 50m radius that is able to detect larger objects such as vehicles. In vertical mode when mounted at 3m off the ground, it can detect a standing or squatting person over 100m making it ideal to pick up intruders, a long wall or fence.
Exhibiting at Security Essen, Hall 6, Booth 6D90. Wireless technology is coming of age, with two-way communication capabilities now cementing wireless’ reliability. Vanderbilt’s SPC Wireless range includes detectors, panic buttons, fobs, and a transceiver, and has a number of benefits intended to make installers’ day-to-day work life easier. The SPC wireless range can extend to 500 meters, proving a more cost effective alternative than having to wire an entire building with cable. This range of 500 meters also cuts down on install time, ultimately cutting down on an installer’s expenses. SPC Wireless devices use the industry-leading Energizer® lithium batteries, meaning an extended battery life of five years. This means installers don’t have to go to site as often to keep changing out batteries, freeing up time for more urgent tasks. Settings for the SPC Wireless range are all configurable over the air. Again, this reduces the need for time-consuming site visits. Most other products require the physical need to flick dipswitches to change commands but Vanderbilt’s SPC Wireless is aimed at convenience first. All-in-all, installs for SPC Wireless are designed to be hassle-free. You just put up the control panel, wire the mains to it, place the wireless detector in position, and you’re good to go. In contrast, a wired solution can take, at a minimum, a day’s work fitting cable. By reducing time on site, Vanderbilt’s SPC Wireless can enable installers to get more work done elsewhere, essentially meaning more profits from more jobs.
Strong wireless signalling, multi-award-winning Enforcer two-way wireless technology and a whole host of intelligent reliability, security and detection features have all gone into the XDL12TT-WE. The first low-mount wireless outdoor detector of the Pyronix range combines multi-award-winning Enforcer two-way wireless technology with dependable external detection protocols, including: Dual-Vision Pet Immune, Tri-Signal Detection Logic and Gaussian Frequency Modulation (GFM), to deliver a highly dependable wireless external detector. IP55 weatherproof rated and consisting of two independent passive infrared (PIR) sensors and one microwave (MW) sensor in one common housing, its Tri-Technology (TT) delivers advanced outdoor protection. This is because, to identify the presence of an intruder, the XDL12TT-WE utilises Tri-Signal Detection Logic alongside TT, whereby all three sensors must be activated sequentially in quick succession to create an alarm. This heightens the detector’s immunity to false alarms and ensures optimum detection performance in external conditions. Along with Tri-Signal Detection Logic and TT, Pyronix has also pre-empted potential false alarm issues from the presence of pets or swaying vegetation, by including Dual-Vision Pet Immune and Anti-Sway Analytics features. Dual-Vision Pet Immune of the XDL12TT-WE consists of its two PIRs having a dedicated volumetric field of view, with the top PIR detecting outwards and up, while the bottom PIR detects outwards and down, without either crossing the central horizontal plane between them. This setup of non-overlapping PIR sensors alongside Tri-Signal Detection Logic, delivers highly secure sequential detection and increases its tolerance to pet immunity. Anti-Sway Analytics digitally filters the environment to distinguish between the movement of trees and plants from the movements of an intruder, so that false alarm activations are kept to an absolute minimum. These external detection protocols then benefit from the advantages of Enforcer two-way wireless technology, with full supervision, anti-jamming and 128-bit wireless protocol encryption, to maximise the new XDL12TT-WE’s reliability; ensuring signals transmitted by the system are protected and any code-grabbing is prevented. Two-way wireless also brings with it a whole host of installation benefits, without the invasive nature of fitting wired peripherals. This increases the efficiency of the installation for our customers, while providing a steadfast detector for end-users. In terms of the wireless signal, the XDL12TT-WE’s high sensitivity receiver is capable of a wireless signal range of up to 1.6km in open space, which reduces the need for repeaters and therefore reduces the installation cost. In addition, the high-sensitivity antenna of the XDL12TT-WE ensures that the signals being transmitted and received are as strong as possible, by utilising GFM to spread the signal, while reducing unwanted noise and harmonics. This enables the outdoor detector to meet stringent European, ETSI and other worldwide standards. When it comes to wireless outdoor security, why not deliver the XDL12TT-WE?
The residential home security market is rapidly migrating away from PSTN lines toward IP communications. As a result, security service providers need to adopt new communications technologies. Visonic offers a complete set of solutions for IP-based security services. Our solutions are ideal for service providers who wish to take advantage of this large and fast-growing Internet opportunity to not only meet changing customer needs but also to maximise recurring revenues.Visonic's range of IP solutions offers compelling advantages for alarm monitoring stations and security service providers. These advantages include more reliable communication, reduced costs and the opportunity to differentiate through premium services.IP Management Platform - IPMPA unique service management platform that provides a total solution for the management of IP-based services. It serves as the IP receiver for all Visonic communications modules (GPRS and broadband). The unique architecture of Visonic's IPMP - targeted to the needs of security service providers - makes it one of the most cost-effective IP service management solutions on the market. A single IPMP receiver can easily handle up to 20,000 accounts at a keep-alive period of 2 minutes. The IPMP delivers the events received to the central station software using standard receiver protocols, so the ARC software does not need any special adaptations in order to work with IPMP.The IPMP supervises the IP and cellular internal modules and forwards all events received from them to the central station software. This enabling the central station operator to track an alarmed system quickly, and to view the alarm-time recorded images via a standard web browser on the operator console, with no need to leave his/her work station. PowerLink An Internet-based solution for advanced home security and control. It provides a plug and play broadband IP event notification solution for alarm central stations. Also, it can be expanded with up to 12 cameras placed around the premises to create a comprehensive IP-based video alarm verification solution.GPRS connectivity Our GPRS modules ensure maximum reliability of event delivery to the alarm central station. It also includes advanced features such as two-way voice communication and SMS control.Add to Compare
The PIMA GSM-100™ is a tri-band GSM module, which integrates fully with PIMA’s control panels - a full-data transmitter that supports most popular Central Monitoring Stations (CMS) protocols. Integrated GSM module (installed in the same box as the control panel) Easy and simple installation: Just plug it to the panel and it is set for operation Does not require phone line and thus requires no special settings and adjustments Fully programmed via the alarm system keypad, locally or remotely via a windows based download software, or via a fast programmer tool Full-Data Reporting Tri-band engine, suitable almost anywhere in the worldThe unit is highly suitable as backup to a regular PSTN line communicator, in building & construction plants where a PSTN line is unavailable or as the main communicator with boats in marinas, holiday homes, etc. where leasing a PSTN line is unwarranted.In addition, the GSM-100™ presents a number of opportunities for Central Monitoring Stations (CMS), as the GSM module sends short messages via voice channel requiring no additional CMS hardware, with low operational costs and vast coverage with the GSM network.Add to Compare
The SD3, showcased at FIREX 2007, is the latest development in Menvier's world-beating speech dialler range. In addition to the standard PSTN connection, the SD3 also has an integral, full-function GSM module enabling it to use any of the standard mobile phone networks. The SD3 accepts all standard SIM cards (not supplied).The unit is user programmable allowing the user to digitally record a standard ‘home' message and up to eight individual trigger messages, enter up to ten contact phone numbers and select the type of message for each input. A user can select to send messages (either spoken or SMS text) via either connection or via both, if both, they can further pre-select which will dial first. Four programmable outputs are provided allowing designated users to dial into an SD3 at anytime and remotely switch up to four connected devices. These can also be controlled when a message has been received and the line is still open. The integral microphone allows any person called to listen-in to the premises and even talk back, if required.SD3 has an additional unique feature that opens up a whole new area of use for speech diallers. When an input is triggered, an automatic digital sound recorder can be programmed to record and store either the next 15 or 30 seconds of sound received from the integral microphone. This can be replayed either at the unit itself or, remotely, from anywhere in the world, via a fixed or mobile telephone.An integral, digital sensor can be preset at any given temperature from 0°C - 50°C and will automatically transmit a message when that temperature has been reached or exceeded. Ideal for ensuring that buildings or rooms never get to too cold if the heating system fails.The wide operating voltage range, 10.5VDC -28VDC, enables an SD3 to be used for monitoring virtually any kind of system, intruder, fire, access or Building Management System (BMS). Reducing the need for an installer to have to stock separate 12 and 24VDC versions.Cooper showcased the SD3 along with a wide range of their other products at FIREX 2007.Add to Compare
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In 2017, IoT-based cyberattacks increased by 600%. As the industry moves towards the mass adoption of interconnected physical security devices, end users have found a plethora of advantages, broadening the scope of traditional video surveillance solutions beyond simple safety measures. Thanks in part to these recent advancements, our physical solutions are at a higher risk than ever before. With today’s ever evolving digital landscape and the increasing complexity of physical and cyber-attacks, it’s imperative to take specific precautions to combat these threats. Video surveillance systems Cybersecurity is not usually the first concern to come to mind When you think of a video surveillance system, cybersecurity is not usually the first concern to come to mind, since digital threats are usually thought of as separate from physical security. Unfortunately, these two are becoming increasingly intertwined as intruders continue to use inventive methods in order to access an organisation's assets. Hacks and data breaches are among the top cyber concerns, but many overlook the fact that weak cybersecurity practices can lead to physical danger as well. Organisations that deploy video surveillance devices paired with advanced analytics programs often leave themselves vulnerable to a breach without even realising it. While they may be intelligent, IoT devices are soft targets that cybercriminals and hackers can easily exploit, crippling a physical security system from the inside out. Physical security manufacturers Whether looking to simply gain access to internal data, or paralyse a system prior to a physical attack, allowing hackers easy access to surveillance systems can only end poorly. In order to stay competitive, manufacturers within the security industry are trading in their traditional analogue technology and moving towards interconnected devices. Due to this, security can no longer be solely focused on the physical elements and end users have taken note. The first step towards more secured solutions starts with physical security manufacturers choosing to make cybersecurity a priority for all products, from endpoint to edge and beyond. Gone are the days of end users underestimating the importance of reliability within their solutions. Manufacturers that choose to invest time and research into the development of cyber-hardening will be ahead of the curve and an asset to all. Wireless communication systems Integrators also become complicit in any issues that may arise in the future Aside from simply making the commitment to improve cyber hygiene, there are solid steps that manufacturers can take. One simple action is incorporating tools and features into devices that allow end users to more easily configure their cyber protection settings. Similarly, working with a third party to perform penetration testing on products can help to ensure the backend security of IoT devices. This gives customers peace of mind and manufacturers a competitive edge. While deficient cybersecurity standards can reflect poorly on manufacturers by installing vulnerable devices on a network, integrators also become complicit in any issues that may arise in the future. Just last year, ADT was forced to settle a $16 million class action lawsuit when the company installed an unencrypted wireless communication system that rendered an organisation open to hacks. Cybersecurity services In addition, we’ve all heard of the bans, taxes and tariffs the U.S. government has recently put on certain manufacturers, depending on their country of origin and cybersecurity practices. Lawsuits aside, employing proper cybersecurity standards can give integrators a competitive advantage. With the proliferation of hacks, malware, and ransomware, integrators that can ease their client's cyber-woes are already a step ahead. By choosing to work with cybersecurity-focused manufacturers who provide clients with vulnerability testing and educate end users on best practices, integrators can not only thrive but find new sources of RMR. Education, collaboration and participation are three pillars when tackling cybersecurity from all angles. For dealers and integrators who have yet to add cybersecurity services to their business portfolios, scouting out a strategic IT partner could be the answer. Unlocking countless opportunities Becoming educated on the topic of cybersecurity and its importance for an organisation is the first step Physical security integrators who feel uncomfortable diving headfirst into the digital realm may find that strategically aligning themselves with an IT or cyber firm will unlock countless opportunities. By opening the door to a partnership with an IT-focused firm, integrators receive the benefit of cybersecurity insight on future projects and a new source of RMR through continued consulting with current customers. In exchange, the IT firm gains a new source of clients in an industry otherwise untapped. This is a win for all those involved. While manufacturers, dealers and integrators play a large part in the cybersecurity of physical systems, end users also play a crucial role. Becoming educated on the topic of cybersecurity and its importance for an organisation is the first step. Commonplace cybersecurity standards Below is a list of commonplace cybersecurity standards that all organisations should work to implement for the protection of their own video surveillance solutions: Always keep camera firmware up to date for the latest cyber protections. Change default passwords, especially those of admins, to keep the system locked to outside users. Create different user groups with separate rights to ensure all users have only the permissions they need. Set an encryption key for surveillance recordings to safeguard footage against intruders and prevent hackers from accessing a system through a backdoor. Enable notifications, whether for error codes or storage failures, to keep up to date with all systems happenings. Create/configure an OpenVPN connection for secured remote access. Check the web server log on a regular basis to see who is accessing the system. Ensure that web crawling is forbidden to prevent images or data found on your device from being made searchable. Avoid exposing devices to the internet unless strictly necessary to reduce the risk of attacks.
Johnson Controls recently unveiled the findings of its 2018 Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey that examined the current and planned investments and key drivers to improve energy efficiency and building systems integration in facilities. Systems integration was identified as one of the top technologies expected to have the biggest impact on the implementation in smart buildings over the next five years, with respondents planning to invest in security, fire and life-safety integrations more so than any other systems integration in the next year. As advanced, connected technologies drive the evolution of smart buildings, security and safety technologies are at the center of more intelligent strategies as they attribute to overall building operations and efficiencies. SourceSecurity.com spoke with Johnson Controls, Building Solutions, North America, VP of Marketing, Hank Monaco, and Senior National Director of Municipal Infrastructure and Smart Cities, Lisa Brown, about the results of the study, smart technology investments and the benefits of a holistic building strategy that integrates security and fire and life-safety systems with core building systems. Q: What is the most striking result from the survey, and what does it mean in the context of a building’s safety and security systems? The results show an increased understanding about the value of integrating safety and security systems with other building systems Hank Monaco: Investment in building system integration increased 23 percent in 2019 compared to 2018, the largest increase of any measure in the survey. When respondents were asked more specifically what systems they we planning to invest in over the next year, fire and life safety integration (61%) and security system integration (58%) were the top two priorities for organisations. The results show an increased understanding about the value of integrating safety and security systems with other building systems to improve overall operations and bolster capabilities beyond the intended function of an individual system. Q: The survey covers integration of fire, life safety and security systems as part of "smart building" systems. How do smarter buildings increase the effectiveness of security and life safety systems? Hank Monaco: A true “smart building” integrates all building systems – security, fire and life-safety, HVAC, lighting etc. – to create a connected, digital infrastructure that enables individual technologies to be more intelligent and perform more advanced functions beyond what they can do on their own. For example, when sensors and video surveillance are integrated with lighting systems, if abnormal activity is detected on the building premise, key stakeholders can be automatically alerted to increase emergency response time. With integrated video surveillance, they also gain the ability to access surveillance footage remotely to assess the situation. When sensors and video surveillance are integrated with lighting systems abnormal activity on the premise can automatically be detected Q: How can integrated security and life safety systems contribute to greater energy efficiency in a smart building environment? Hank Monaco: Security, fire and life-safety systems can help to inform other building systems about how a facility is used, high-trafficked areas and the flow of occupants within a building. Integrated building solutions produce a myriad of data that can be leveraged to increase operational efficiencies. From an energy efficiency standpoint, actionable insights are particularly useful for areas that are not frequently occupied or off-peak hours as you wouldn’t want to heat or cool an entire building for just one person coming in on the weekend. When video surveillance is integrated with HVAC and lighting systems, it can monitor occupancy in a room or hallway. The video analytics can then control the dimming of lights and the temperature depending on occupant levels in a specific vicinity. Similarly, when access control systems are integrated with these same systems, once a card is presented to the reader, it can signal the lights or HVAC system to turn on. In this example, systems integration can ultimately help enable energy savings in the long run. Security and life safety systems contribute to help enable greater energy efficiency and energy savings in the long run Q: What other benefits of integration are there (beyond the core security and life safety functions)? Hank Monaco: Beyond increased security, fire and life-safety functions, the benefits of systems integration include: Increased data and analytics to garner a holistic, streamlined understanding of how systems function and how to improve productivity Ability to track usage to increase efficiency and reduce operational costs Enhanced occupant experience and comfort Increased productivity and workflow to support business objectives Smart-ready, connected environment that can support future technology advancements Q: What lesson or action point should a building owner/operator take from the survey? How can the owner of an existing building leverage the benefits of the smart building environment incrementally and absent a complete overhaul? Lisa Brown: Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator found that 77% of organisations plan to make investments in energy efficiency and smarter building technology this year. This percentage demonstrates an increased understanding of the benefits of smart buildings and highlights the proactive efforts building owners are taking to adopt advanced technologies. There is an increased understanding that buildings operate more effectively when different building systems are connected As smart buildings continue to evolve, more facilities are beginning to explore opportunities to advance their own spaces. A complete overhaul of legacy systems is not necessary as small investments today can help position a facility to more easily adopt technologies at scale in the future. As a first step, it’s important for building owners to conduct an assessment and establish a strategy that defines a comprehensive set of requirements and prioritises use-cases and implementations. From there, incremental investments and updates can be made over a realistic timeline. Q: What is the ROI of smart buildings? Lisa Brown: As demonstrated by our survey, there is an increased understanding that buildings operate more effectively when different building systems are connected. The advanced analytics and more streamlined data that is gathered through systems integration can provide the building-performance metrics to help better understand the return on investment (ROI) of the building systems. This data is used to better understand the environment and make assessments and improvements overtime to increase efficiencies. Moreover, analytics and data provide valuable insights into where action is needed and what type of return can be expected from key investments.
Across the country, law enforcement officers are finding it increasingly difficult to respond to the near overwhelming number of calls coming from security alarms. Police departments commonly define a false alarm as a call, which upon investigation, shows no evidence of criminal activity, such as broken windows, forced doors, items missing, or people injured. While false alarms bog down police, they can also negatively impact customers and integrators. End users can expect hefty fines for false alarm responses, and when these customers receive large bills from the city, many turn to installers, dealers, and even manufacturers expecting them to accept the responsibility and pay the bill. What first brought the issue of alarm verification to your attention? It is crucial to both see a situation and concurrently listen to any corresponding sounds to gain full insight I’ve been aware of the problem of false alarms for about 5 years. I believed audio capture, through microphone deployment, could be an active part of the solution when used as a second source for indicating ‘out of the norm’ activity and as an equal component with the video surveillance technology. In 2015, I found similarly minded security professionals when introduced to the Partnership for Priority Verified Alarm Response. After reading PPVAR’s paper on ‘Audio Verified Alarms Best Practices; [April 2015],’ I knew that the Partnership was on to something important. In our lives, two of the five senses we count on day-in and day-out are sight and sound. It is crucial to both see a situation and concurrently listen to any corresponding sounds to gain full insight. What is the false alarm rate? In 2016, the International Association of Chiefs of Police reported that over 98 percent of all alarm calls in the United States were false. This number is obviously staggering, and something we need to work towards correcting. Why did this issue resonate so strongly with you? When I first investigated this issue, I was sure that the security industry would have already recognised this and was acting to ensure improved alarm verification, preferably through a combination of audio and video technologies. However, I quickly saw that this was not the case, or even close to the norm. I have questioned the rationale behind the lack of adoption and found the deployment of audio is often hindered by the concern of privacy. I’ve spearheaded many initiatives to explain the monitoring policies surrounding audio As CEO of Louroe Electronics, I’ve spearheaded many initiatives to explain the monitoring policies surrounding audio. I’ve had to reassure many security personnel and customers how the law supports the use of audio in public places as long as there is no expectation of privacy. By dispelling fears with facts around deploying and implementing audio sensors, customers can confidently include audio in their surveillance systems and gain a more effective security solution. Who is affected by this? Truth be told, everyone from the end user to the manufacturer is affected by this issue. Not to mention the strain this puts on law enforcement who are tired of ‘wasting time’ and effort out in the field on these nuisance alerts. When an end user receives a bill for their false alarm, many of them will immediately blame the integrator and or the monitoring center for a faulty set up and management and expect the integrator to remedy the situation, including carry the burden of paying the fines. The integrator, on the other hand, will turn to the manufacturer, assuming faulty equipment and installation instructions; therefore, looking for reimbursement for the cost. What is the average false alarm fee? It depends on many factors, and especially your first responder assigned location for responseIt depends on many factors, and especially your first responder assigned location for response. According to the Urban Institute, fees generally range from $25-$100 for the first offense, rising as high as a few thousand dollars per false alarm if a location has a large number in a single year. What’s worse, in extreme cases, alarm systems may even be blacklisted by the police dispatch center if they have raised too many false alarms in the past. Why do you believe audio is the ideal technology for secondary source verification? Video surveillance has been the main option for security monitoring and alarm validation for decades, however industry professionals are realising that video alone is not enough. Video only tells half of the story, by adding audio capture, the responsible party gains a turnkey solution with the ability to gather additional evidence to verify alerts and expand overall awareness. In reality, audio’s range is greater than the field of view for a camera. Sound pickup is 360 degrees, capturing voices, gunshots, breaking glass, sirens, or other important details that a fixed camera many not see. How would a secondary source verification system work with audio? Using a video monitoring solution equipped with audio, the microphone will pick up the sounds at the time a visual alert or alarm is triggered. If embedded with classification analytics, the microphone will send alerts for specific detected sounds. The captured audio, and any notifications are immediately sent to the monitoring station, where trained personnel can listen to the sound clip, along with live audio and video from their station. When law enforcement receives a validated alarm, they can better prioritise the response From here, an informed decision can then be made about the validity of the alarm, along with what the current threat is at the location. If the alarm is in fact valid, the information is then passed along to the law enforcement within minutes. When law enforcement receives a validated alarm, they can better prioritise the response. It also provides more information in a forensic evaluation. Are there any additional resources you would suggest looking into? Yes, we would suggest looking into the following to see a few different perspectives on the matter: NSA Support For 2018 Model Ordinance For Alarm Management and False Alarm Reduction Partnership for Priority Verified Alarm Response Support for the Term “Verified Alarm” and Prioritising Verified Alarm Responses Urban Institute Opportunities for Police Cost Savings without Sacrificing Service Quality: Reducing False Alarms
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