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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.
The BX Shield is a series of curtain outdoor motion sensors with up to 12m detection range on each side. Ideal for the detection of people in the immediate boundary of your home or office building, the outdoor detectors feature four PIRs, two on each side. The left and right detection area can be set up completely independently from each other. The BXS-RAM is the wireless bi-colour model with anti-masking. Independent left/right motion detection The outdoor motion sensor’s detection range, sensibility and alarm output can be set independently on the left and the right. The detection distance can easily be set at 2.5m, 3.5m, 6m, 8.5m to 12m on each side, and the sensitivity can be set from low to extremely high, detecting as small a difference in temperature as 1 degree Celsius. The BX Shield can be easily connected to a fixed dome CCTV camera to send a visual alarm when people enter the immediate boundary of the premises. Versatile design The BX Shield curtain sensor has been designed with the user in mind. A 90-degree unlocking system allows easy access to the settings area, while a spirit level helps to fix the sensor on straight. Black and silver face covers are available, enabling the outdoor curtain sensor to blend into its environment. Four PIRs in one sensor Why two PIR in each side? - To offer the best performance needed in an outdoor environment. On each side, the BX Shield motion sensor features two passive infrared beams; one pointing towards the floor and one pointing away from the sensor. Both beams need to trigger to confirm the detection. This system will ignore small to medium-sized animals such as dogs and detect only people. Applications Buildings Perimeters Approach House Key features Wireless curtain PIR up to 12m per side with anti-masking Completely independent detection setting Versatile and easy-to-install design Not affected by environment or small animals Connect to new or existing wireless alarm panel The BXS-RAM is a battery-powered sensor (no cabling requested) in which most wireless transmitters available in the market can be fitted. This enables the sensor to connect to an existing or new wireless alarm panel. The anti-masking function ensures that if the alarm panel will be notified if someone has sprayed, covered the sensor or changed its position.
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 the age of massive data breaches, phishing attacks and password hacks, user credentials are increasingly unsafe. So how can organisations secure accounts without making life more difficult for users? Marc Vanmaele, CEO of TrustBuilder, explains. User credentials give us a sense of security. Users select their password, it's personal and memorable to them, and it's likely that it includes special characters and numbers for added security. Sadly, this sense is most likely false. If it's anything like the 5.4 billion user IDs on haveibeenpwned.com, their login has already been compromised. If it's not listed, it could be soon. Recent estimates state that 8 million more credentials are compromised every day. Ensuring safe access Data breaches, ransomware and phishing campaigns are increasingly easy to pull off. Cyber criminals can easily find the tools they need on Google with little to no technical knowledge. Breached passwords are readily available to cyber criminals on the internet. Those that haven’t been breached can also be guessed, phished or cracked using one of the many “brute-force” tools available on the internet. It's becoming clear that login credentials are no longer enough to secure your users' accounts. Meanwhile, organisations have a responsibility and an ever-stricter legal obligation to protect their users’ sensitive data. This makes ensuring safe access to the services they need challenging, particularly when trying to provide a user experience that won’t cause frustration – or worse, lose your customers’ interest. After GDPR was implemented across the European Union, organisations could face a fine of up to €20 million, or 4% annual global turnover Importance of data protection So how can businesses ensure their users can safely and simply access the services they need while keeping intruders out, and why is it so important to strike that balance? After GDPR was implemented across the European Union, organisations could face a fine of up to €20 million, or 4% annual global turnover – whichever is higher, should they seriously fail to comply with their data protection obligations. This alone was enough to prompt many organisations to get serious about their user’s security. Still, not every business followed suit. Cloud security risks Breaches were most commonly identified in organisations using cloud computing or where staff use personal devices According to a recent survey conducted at Infosecurity Europe, more than a quarter of organisations did not feel ready to comply with GDPR in August 2018 – three months after the compliance deadline. Meanwhile, according to the UK Government’s 2018 Cyber Security Breaches survey, 45% of businesses reported breaches or attacks in the last 12 months. According to the report, logins are less secure when accessing services in the cloud where they aren't protected by enterprise firewalls and security systems. Moreover, breaches were most commonly identified in organisations using cloud computing or where staff use personal devices (known as BYOD). According to the survey, 61% of UK organisations use cloud-based services. The figure is higher in banking and finance (74%), IT and communications (81%) and education (75%). Additionally, 45% of businesses have BYOD. This indicates a precarious situation. The majority of businesses hold personal data on users electronically and may be placing users at risk if their IT environments are not adequately protected. Hackers have developed a wide range of tools to crack passwords, and these are readily available within a couple of clicks on a search engine Hacking methodology In a recent exposé on LifeHacker, Internet standards expert John Pozadzides revealed multiple methods hackers use to bypass even the most secure passwords. According to John’s revelations, 20% of passwords are simple enough to guess using easily accessible information. But that doesn’t leave the remaining 80% safe. Hackers have developed a wide range of tools to crack passwords, and these are readily available within a couple of clicks on a search engine. Brute force attacks are one of the easiest methods, but criminals also use increasingly sophisticated phishing campaigns to fool users into handing over their passwords. Users expect organisations to protect their passwords and keep intruders out of their accounts Once a threat actor has access to one password, they can easily gain access to multiple accounts. This is because, according to Mashable, 87% of users aged 18-30 and 81% of users aged 31+ reuse the same passwords across multiple accounts. It’s becoming clear that passwords are no longer enough to keep online accounts secure. Securing data with simplicity Users expect organisations to protect their passwords and keep intruders out of their accounts. As a result of a data breach, companies will of course suffer financial losses through fines and remediation costs. Beyond the immediate financial repercussions, however, the reputational damage can be seriously costly. A recent Gemalto study showed that 44% of consumers would leave their bank in the event of a security breach, and 38% would switch to a competitor offering a better service. Simplicity is equally important, however. For example, if it’s not delivered in ecommerce, one in three customers will abandon their purchase – as a recent report by Magnetic North revealed. If a login process is confusing, staff may be tempted to help themselves access the information they need by slipping out of secure habits. They may write their passwords down, share them with other members of staff, and may be more susceptible to social engineering attacks. So how do organisations strike the right balance? For many, Identity and Access Management solutions help to deliver secure access across the entire estate. It’s important though that these enable simplicity for the organisation, as well as users. Organisations need an IAM solution that will adapt to both of these factors, providing them with the ability to apply tough access policies when and where they are needed and prioritising swift access where it’s safe to do so Flexible IAM While IAM is highly recommended, organisations should seek solutions that offer the flexibility to define their own balance between a seamless end-user journey and the need for a high level of identity assurance. Organisations’ identity management requirements will change over time. So too will their IT environments. Organisations need an IAM solution that will adapt to both of these factors, providing them with the ability to apply tough access policies when and where they are needed and prioritising swift access where it’s safe to do so. Importantly, the best solutions will be those that enable this flexibility without spending significant time and resource each time adaptations need to be made. Those that do will provide the best return on investment for organisations looking to keep intruders at bay, while enabling users to log in safely and simply.
There’s only so much a corporation can do to counteract the threat of a major incident. You can ask everyone to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious, but you cannot stop someone intent on deliberately starting a fire, threatening a work colleague with a knife or something much worse. And of course, most businesses recognise that even routine events – such as burst pipes, IT system failures, extreme weather event or power outages – can have significant consequences unless they are quickly brought under control. Training security officers Governments and organisations across the world are increasingly encouraging businesses to re-assess risks and to plan for and conduct drills for major emergencies. This is driving different agencies and companies to invest in new skills, resources and systems, and encouraging businesses to routinely re-evaluate their emergency response strategies. UK police forces are increasingly training security officers in the public and private sectors on how best to react to potential terrorist incidents For example: UK police forces are increasingly training security officers in the public and private sectors on how best to react to potential terrorist incidents, as part of the UK government’s Action Counter Terrorism programme. And organisations including the Association of University Chief Security Officers (AUCSO) and Higher Education Business Continuity Network (HEBCoN) are developing customised training for their members to improve their own response and business continuity plans. Mass notifications systems Whether an organisation is facing a terrorist attack or a severe weather event, follow up reports consistently identify that the same types of challenges are common to all crisis situations, with similar errors often occurring again and again. Typically, these are centred on three key areas: poor communications, fractured command and control structures, and delayed deployment of resources. Communications skills and technologies clearly play a pivotal role in how effective an organisation is in responding to major incidents, particularly when it comes to assessing the situation and its implications, moving people towards safety and providing updates as an incident unfolds. However, when an organisation is considering its technology options, emergency response and mass notification systems (MNS) are often touted as the ideal platform to deliver all the required critical communications and ongoing updates. UK police forces are increasingly training security officers in the public and private sectors on how best to react to potential terrorist incidents Emergency notification system All the incident reporting, command and control, and communications functions have been brought together on a single platform But, if an organisation does not know exactly where all its staff or students are, and it cannot see the location and availability of its first responders and other emergency coordinators relative to them and the incident, then how useful is it to send a top-down alert to everyone? And what about fast moving or multi-centre incidents, where previously agreed evacuation procedures, recommended actions or mustering points may need to change if an incident takes an unexpected turn? Many organisations may have been lulled into believing that an emergency notification system will allow them to confidently handle all the communications aspects of virtually any crisis. In reality, too many businesses are still unaware that there are now much more sophisticated and proven technologies where all the incident reporting, command and control, and communications functions have been brought together on a single platform. Using live map tracking The benefit of using these advanced and more integrated approaches – often categorised as mobile distributed command and control systems – is that they enable faster and better decision making in a crisis using real-time feedback and two-way dialogue with those closest to the emergency. And they avoid the risks of any potential delays, miscommunications or mistakes that can happen when an organisation is under pressure to respond and often switching between multiple systems. Leading universities and multi-national corporations are already using new mobile/web-enabled platforms to improve their incident response These next generation emergency management platforms have been specifically designed to enable real-time mapping of an organisation’s security assets and its users on a single screen and to fully integrate it with a highly targeted geo-fenced notification capability. The mass notification aspect of the system can then be used to advise specific groups on the best actions to take at their location as an incident develops. The use of live map tracking enables real time mapping of an organisation's security assets Segmented messaging Many leading universities and multi-national corporations are already using these new mobile/web-enabled platforms to plan, manage and improve their incident response, leading to 50% faster reactions and more positive outcomes.During a crisis, users can receive push notifications so the security centre can immediately see their exact location and advise them accordingly The systems have been widely adopted within the higher-education sector, but they are equally applicable to any large company with multiple international sites or those situated in research or corporate campuses where the bulk of assets and people are based in one or more key locations. Typically, systems provide users with a smartphone app that they can use to call for immediate emergency or first aid support when at work, or to report something suspicious which could prevent an apparently minor incident from escalating into a full-scale emergency. During a crisis, users can receive push notifications, SMS and E-mails asking them to open the app if they are not already logged in, so the security centre can immediately see their exact location and advise them accordingly. Supporting dispersed mustering Now that communications can be more nimble, responsive and flexible this can support the increasing numbers of planners are recognising the advantages of dispersed mustering. This is a strategy that has been developed to reduce the risk of secondary attacks on unprotected people complying with instructions to evacuate from premises and gather in what are, effectively, exposed locations. It is now acknowledged that evacuees waiting outside for any length of time are more vulnerable to targeted attacks or to injury, from flying glass for example. With dispersed mustering – a strategy made more effective by these new mobile distributed command and control systems - a building’s occupants can be advised not to go outside, but to move to known safe internal locations. People in each specific area can then be kept regularly updated. Many corporations are now using new mobile/web-enabled platforms to improve their incident response Coordination between response agencies The software platforms can be integrated with an organisation’s fixed security infrastructure to take real-time sharing of information First responders are permanently logged in, so the emergency operations centre can see their exact locations in real-time and can advise what actions to take in mustering people or in setting up and protecting security cordons. Bringing everything together on one platform, with real-time feedback and in a fully integrated system also removes what is often seen as the weakest communication link in managing any major incident: the need to rely on conventional two-way radio as the sole means of communication between the command and control centre and its first responders and other team members on the ground. The software platforms can be integrated with an organisation’s fixed security infrastructure to take real-time sharing of information to a new level for improved collaboration, coordination and communications between users, the incident management team and external agencies. Improving emergency response strategies One of the most powerful features of some of these new systems is the ability to record and view all alerts, responses and the detailed conversations between first responders, emergency coordinators and other parties. This allows the systems to be used to simulate major incidents involving inputs from the emergency services and other key agencies and to ensure the organisation’s crisis management plans have been fully tested against a range of possible incident scenarios.
As we approach National Safe Schools Week (October 21-27), it is appropriate for a conversation to begin regarding establishing standards for K12 school security. Currently no standards exist for assisting schools navigate the complexity of understanding what they need, how much it will cost and how they will secure their learning environments. Security industry experts The Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) is one of the organisations at the forefront of establishing security standards for schools. In 2014, the Security Industry Association (SIA) and the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) formed PASS, which brought together a cross functional group of members including school officials, safe schools’ consultants, law enforcement and security industry experts to collaborate and develop a coordinated approach to protecting K-12 students and staff. School administrators are often contacted repeatedly by organisations with multiple safety and security products PASS has provided valuable insights regarding an ‘All Hazards’ approach to school safety and security. In fact, PASS suggests that school administrators are challenged with two decisions: Determining what they need to do How to prioritise Safe school environment School administrators are experts in running schools and providing education. However, most are not security experts and do not understand the complexity of implementing a comprehensive physical security and safety program across their districts. Still, they are often contacted repeatedly by organisations with multiple safety and security products. School administrators are experts in running schools and providing education, but most are not security experts Some of these organisations recognise their products are just pieces of a safe school environment puzzle and how they fit in, whereas others focus on specific applications and do not understand how their specific solutions may affect life safety codes and Americans with Disabilities Act law. (Note: Many ‘barricade devices’ fall into this latter category and actually introduce liability concerns with the unintended consequences of their use.)Schools incorporate evacuation drills as part of their emergency preparedness plans and practice on a regular basis Even for experts, the plethora of options and disparate systems required to integrate a safety and security approach at schools is daunting. The ongoing challenge is integrating access control, video, mass notification, and/or visitor management products into a single, effective, and appropriate system the owner can understand, utilise, and afford and that meet local codes and ADA laws. In the absence of standards, schools are likely to amass a collection of devices that do not constitute a comprehensive solution. Lack of consensus In years past, the our industry and commercial buildings adhered to legacy codes – like Building Officials and Code Administrators International Inc. (BOCA), Uniform Building Code (UBC), Southern Building Code Congress International Inc. (SBBCI), and International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) – which have traditionally been revised every three years, while local jurisdictions decided what versions to adopt and enforce. Currently, however, there is a move toward the International Building Code (IBC), which is published by the International Code Council (ICC) and includes standards and guidance for commercial buildings on doors, windows, and other openings.A risk assessment is the next step toward developing a comprehensive security plan, and begins with developing a trend analysis Still, despite this migration of codes from a patchwork of local decisions to global guidelines, there remains a lack of consensus around school security. The current fragmented approach causes confusion regarding how new schools are designed and how to retrofit existing school buildings, whose average age is 45+ years. Right protection equipment One can point to the fact that there hasn’t been one student lost in a school fire in over 50 years as testament to standards like NFPA 80 and NFPA 101 being referenced in model building codes. Additionally, schools incorporate evacuation drills as part of their emergency preparedness plans and practice on a regular basis. It’s not just having the right protection equipment in the building, it’s also having a procedural layer in place to make sure everyone knows their roles and responsibilities in the event of fire. The stress of the actual event can limit ones’ ability to think clearly. Practice makes perfect. Why would we approach school security any differently? School security is a team effort, and it is important to understand all the areas security impacts and involves School security is a team effort. It is important to understand all the areas security impacts and involves. PASS suggests starting with a basic team consisting of: Security Director Local Law Enforcement School Administrator Integrator Door and Hardware Consultant IT Director Comprehensive security plan Quantifying and mitigating risk are the jobs of security professionals and school administrators A risk assessment is the next step toward developing a comprehensive security plan. This often begins with conducting a trend analysis requiring the collection of data from a variety of public and private sources. The challenge is to pull these pieces into a usable and easily understood format that provides a guide for current and future risk concerns. Risk assessment and mitigation can never eliminate risk. Quantifying and mitigating risk are the jobs of security professionals and school administrators. Data from the following sources can help measure risk: Campus: Review incident report trends for at least the past 36 months. Area and city: Review crime data from local law enforcement for the surrounding neighborhood and city. Screening procedures: How is hiring conducted? Anonymous tip reporting systems: Enabling students, staff members, parents and the community to anonymously alert administrators to perceived and actual threats. Social media monitoring: such monitoring can provide important information that can be used to identify risks. Monitoring social media could help measure risk for school safety Delay adversarial behaviors These assessments can then be incorporated into the best practice approach of Layered Security. Layered security combines best practice components within each layer that effectively deter, detect and delay adversarial behaviors. Layered security works from the outside in. As one layer is bypassed, another layer provides an additional level of protection. The asset being protected is at the center of the layers – students, staff and authorised visitors. PASS defines five layers of Security:As one layer is bypassed, another layer provides an additional level of protection District Wide Property Perimeter Parking Lot Perimeter Building Perimeter Classroom/Interior Perimeter Appropriate Tier target Each layer can be broken down into Tier levels with Tier 1 being basic and Tier 4 being the highest level of security (Figure 1) . It is important to understand that the demographics of individual school buildings varies, even within the same district. Security experts will quickly point out that ‘if you’ve seen one school, you’ve seen one school’. The assessments will determine the appropriate Tier target. Figure 1 Each layer includes essential protective elements, or components, of security. Every layer does not necessarily include all seven of these common components, and a layer may include additional components unique to that particular layer. Safety and security components Policies & Procedures People (roles & training) Architectural Communication Access Control Video Surveillance Detection and Alarms While components are not listed in a priority order, three components included in all layers are policies and procedures, the roles and training of people, and communication. These components often perform a function in every layer and every tier in each layer. Three tools come together in the PASS approach as outlined in the new 4th Edition of the PASS Guidelines (Figure 2) - the Layers are established and defined, a Checklist/Assessment breaks down each layer into tiered best practices which then tie into the guidelines where a narrative explains each best practice in more detail. Figure 2 Schools need not reinvent the wheel when it comes to school security planning. Following the best practices of Risk Assessments and Layered Security will ensure that every school building in a district will have a unique and comprehensive plan that is tailored to their individual needs.
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