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X1 is a new Alexa built-in voice-controlled smart home alarm system, incorporating home security, home automation, and emergency monitoring all-in-one. Users can talk to X1 directly and control the smart home system with the voice commands. Turn off the lights, arm the system, or apply a scene when there’s a need—all hands-free and without hassle. What’s more, with Climax’s Alexa built-in voice extenders (VRCP-WIFI-AVS) placed around the house, users can easily control the system with their voices via the nearest device to them, no matter they are in the living room or the kitchen. The two-way voice communication on X1 and voice extenders also offers peace of mind during emergency events. Having a safer and comfortable living environment is more easily and intuitively now. Alexa Built-in With Alexa built-in, users can talk to X1 directly and control the smart home system with the voice commands, realizing home security, home automation, and emergency monitoring without hassle. Two-way Voice X1 features two-way voice communication with echo cancellation, allowing for real-time conversation with anyone at home. Alexa Built-in Voice Extenders In a house equipped with Climax’s Alexa built-in Voice Extender (VRCP-WIFI-AVS), users can easily control the system with their voices via the nearest device to them. The two-way voice function on voice extenders also provides great assistance during emergency reporting. Smart Home Security X1 is compatible with Climax’s F1 technology. With its fast transmission and reliability, the alarm reports will be sent timely to build a safer home environment. Home Automation With integration of Z-Wave automation sensors, X1 enables users to remotely control lights or home appliances according to customized schedules, scenes, or rules. X1 is tailored to all users’ needs and enhances their quality of life. Emergency Monitoring X1 can also assimilate round the-clock sensors, like smoke & heat detectors, water sensors to prevent disasters and quick response during emergencies.
HSGW is an IP-based multi-functional RF, ZigBee, and Z-Wave smart home security gateway with optional add-on of Wi-Fi or 3G/LTE capabilities, providing comprehensive solutions, including remote management, home security, live visual monitoring, home automation, energy management and emergency monitoring, designed to bring all-around convenience, comfort and safety. Multiple Communication Paths 3G/LTE, IP (Ethernet), or WiFi Communication Paths Supports RF, ZigBee, or Z-Wave devices Optional expansion via USB dongle Remote Management 160 zones Smartphone App (iOS & Android) and Web browser Smart Home Services Climax’s HSGW Series provides comprehensive smart home services, including remote control, home security, live visual monitoring, home automation, energy management and emergency monitoring. World-Leading 2-Km RF Range The HSGW adopts Climax’s groundbreaking Security@2km Wireless Technology that delivers RF communication range of 2 kilometers (1.5 miles), fast signal transmission, and relentless reliability. Live Visual Monitoring The HSGW can be compatible with up to 6 IP cameras, and PIR cameras/PIR video cameras for visual verification and real-time monitoring. PIR Motion Cameras/IP Cameras captures images and record video clips when unauthorized motions are detected and sent to users and monitoring centers for immediate action. Alarm Reporting The IP-based HSGW can send alarm reporting in multiple formats, including alarm events in CID/SIA, SMS, Email, Push reporting via 3G/IP, and send videos and images over Email via IP. Built-in Siren The HSGW features a loud built-in siren to blare out immediate warning when emergencies occur. It can also incorporate additional indoor and outdoor sirens to establish a powerful early warning system. Backup Battery The HSGW have rechargeable battery backup, which means that the gateways will keep working even when the power is out, or if it was purposefully sabotaged. When it comes to your security system, there is no room for error. Home Automation The HSGW incorporates ZigBee and/or Z-Wave accessories to automate your home and enhance your life quality. You can easily tailor the HSGW’s services to meet your family’s needs anytime, anywhere via smartphone app and web browser. Energy Management The HSGW can integrate whole-house energy meters to report how much electricity the entire household uses and ZigBee/Z-Wave power meter switches to monitor the power consumption of individual home appliances. With this power-saving system you can develop a useful strategy to reduce energy consumption. 24-Hour Emergency Monitoring The HSGW can incorporate smoke/heat detectors, water sensors, air quality sensors, panic buttons, light and humidity sensors to protect user’s family and property from damage cause by fire, heat, water, or air toxins. This round the clock monitoring ensures comprehensive prevention of disasters and quick response during emergencies. Remote and Mobile Control: Vesta Home App The end user can download the Vesta Home App from the App Store or the Google Play Store to manage the HSGW, receive event reports and view alarm videos/images on a smartphone. Specifications Communication Path: IP (Ethernet) and/or WiFi Built-in Module: RF / Zigbee / Z-Wave Optional Expansion Via USB Dongle: WiFi, Z-Wave or 3G/LTE (requires 6B battery pack) Wireless Zones: 160 zones Reporting Method: CID/SIA, Email, SMS, Push Notification Programming Method: Web and App Zigbee Protocol: Zigbee Pro HA 1.2, 2.4GHz Z-Wave Protocol: Z-Wave Plus 500 Series, 868.40MHz (EU) / 908.40MHz (US) RF Frequencies: 433MHz / 868MHz 3G Frequencies: 900 / 1800 / 2100MHz LTE Frequencies: 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600MHz WiFi Module: 802.11 b/g/n Power Supply: (4B) 9V, 1A or (6B) 12V, 1A Backup Battery: (4B) 4.8V, 1100mAh, Ni-mH rechargeable battery pack; or (6B) 7.2V, 1100mAh, Ni-mH rechargeable battery pack (for 3G/LTE option); or (6B) 7.2V, 2300mAh Ni-mH rechargeable battery pack (for 3G/LTE option) Backup Battery Life: (4B) 6.5hrs* or (6B) 13hrs*, or (6B) 24hrs* Operating Temperature: -10°C to 45°C (14°F to 113°F) Operating Humidity: Up to 85% non-condensing Dimensions: 150mm x 140mm x 42mm
System Overview Adopt 24 GHZ radar chip for 24/7 all-weather high-accuracy detection in the range of 120 m/120°. Support radar-PTZ smart tracking, compatible with common Dahua speed domes. With radar detection and intelligent algorithms, ultra-low false positives and zero false negatives are achieved around the clock. Multiple PTZ cameras can be linked to one radar, and wide range global arming and detail tracking is realized simultaneously. The product is widely applied to various perimeter and intrusion arming sites such as villas, warehouses, prisons, airports, and oilfields to provide users with safer and more valuable security protection solutions. Functions K-band DetectionAdopt 24 GHz radar chip for detection with long distance, high accuracy, wide range, and 24/7 all weathers to realize ultra-low false positives and zero false negatives in armed regions. Radar+PTZ Smart TrackingSupport linkage between radar and common Dahua speed domes. Multiple speed domes can be linked with one radar (link up to 3 speed domes on web manager, and up to 8 on platform). Both radar and cameras can be installed separately. Multi Level Perimeter ProtectionSupport region setting with different alarm priority, external alarm linkage, human and vehicle filtering, and vehicle detection with low and medium speed. Front-end PTZ ControlLow delay with radar directly controlling camera tracking. Display radar-PTZ linkage on web manager, and one radar can link with multiple cameras. Video stream acquisition, and map and trajectory display on NVR or platform is also supported. Intelligent Algorithm of RadarIntelligent algorithm is used to identify complex scenes and achieve high accuracy in different scenarios. Alarm is triggered once radar detection range is covered or radar is rotated substantially. Support human and vehicle recognition. Centralized Platform ManagementSupport radar configurations and management of multiple radars on platforms. Display radar-PTZ smart tracking on the map. Ingress Protection and CertificationsMeet IP67 and IK09 ingress protection, and FCC ID and CE RED standards.
Ajax StarterKit Plus is designed for protection of homes, apartments, offices or commercial premises against intrusion. The kit consists of the Hub Plus intelligent control panel, MotionProtect motion detector, DoorProtect opening detector and SpaceControl key fob with panic button. Foundation for maximum protectionStarterKit Plus is the starting point for constructing a comprehensive security system for protection against intrusion. It can be connected to up to 150 various detectors and 50 cameras. The kit is scaled to rooms of any size due to additional devices: two-level apartment, three-storey mansion, office, shop or cafeteria, storage room. Easy installationStarterKit Plus is installed in 30 minutes. This requires minimum number of tools and efforts. All devices are ready to operate straight out the box: they come with default settings and pre-installed batteries. Interactive installation wizard in the mobile application will help you connect detectors and test detection zones. If you need expert installation, you can always contact the installers. Flexible access set upThe StarterKit Plus can be controlled using key fobs and a free mobile application. Up to 99 persons can arm and disarm the system, invite friends to monitor the room, receive notifications and respond to alarms. The system administrator controls the access and may limit rights of each user.
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.
BT Redcare Agile is the new Grade 2 risk, cost-effective alarm signalling service for businesses and homes. It works over a dual path - one signal is delivered over the telephone line, the other over a GPRS mobile connection. This means it can deliver a confirmed alarm activation (necessary for the police to respond) even if one of the paths fails or is damaged. If either path is tampered with by an intruder, the alarm receiving centre will be alerted and the relevant emergency services, or the authorised keyholder, can be contacted without delay. BT is a leading supplier of alarm signalling services in the UK. We work closely with the insurance industry to ensure our products and services have its full backing. BT Redcare Agile conforms to the latest police policies (ACPO and ACPOS), and fully complies with the European Standards for alarm signalling up to Grade 2. BT Redcare offers a range of alarm signalling services appropriate to the level of protection you need. For more information about BT Redcare's alarm signalling services, visit our website.Add to Compare
Do you have valuable stock on your premises? Is your building out of public sight? Do you want the police to respond as fast as possible if your premises are broken into? How long would it take your business to recover following a break-in?Just because you have an alarm system installed, it doesn't mean you're fully protected. BT Redcare GSM doubly protects because it uses two secure signalling paths to your alarm receiving centre. If either is tampered with by an intruder, or is faulty, the alarm receiving centre will be alerted and the relevant emergency services, or your authorised key holder, will be called.BT Redcare GSM uses the security of a BT phone line with the added protection of a GSM radio back-up path. If either is interfered with by an intruder, the other continues to monitor for any further alarms and transmits them as ‘confirmed activations' - extra confirmation that an intruder is on the premises and that the alarm isn't false. A ‘confirmed activation' attracts immediate response from the emergency services. BT Redcare GSM is ideal for all commercials risks and homes needing the highest level of security.BT Redcare GSM - maximum protection recommended by insurersHighly secure alarm signalling that provides double protection against all risksUses the BT Redcare secure networkAlerts the alarm receiving centre within secondsWorks for you every second of the day, 365 days of the yearWorks on existing BT telephone lineNo call charges to pay for on the signals sent via the phone line or radio pathNo additional cost for a new phone lineAdd to Compare
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The safeguarding of premises through the monitoring of entrance and exit points has traditionally been a very manual aspect of security. Human operators have been relied on to make decisions about who to admit and deny based on levels of authorisation and the appropriate credentials. But the access control business, like many industries before it, is undergoing its own digital transformation; one where the protection of premises, assets and people is increasingly delivered by interconnected systems utilising IoT devices and cloud infrastructure to offer greater levels of security and protection. Modern access control solutions range from simple card readers to two factor authentication systems using video surveillance as a secondary means of identification, right through to complex networks of thermal cameras, audio speakers and sensors. These systems, connected through the cloud, can be customised and scaled to meet the precise requirements of today’s customer. And it’s the ease of cloud integration, combined with open technologies and platforms that is encouraging increasing collaboration and exciting developments while rendering legacy systems largely unfit for purpose. Remote management and advanced diagnostics Cloud technology and IoT connectivity means remote management and advanced diagnostics form an integral part of every security solution.Cloud technology and IoT connectivity means remote management and advanced diagnostics form an integral part of every security solution. For example, as the world faces an unprecedented challenge and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause disruption, the ability to monitor and manage access to sites remotely is a welcome advantage for security teams who might otherwise have to check premises in person and risk breaking social distancing regulations. The benefits of not physically having to be on site extend to the locations within which these technologies can be utilised. As an example, within a critical infrastructure energy project, access can be granted remotely for maintenance on hard to reach locations. Advanced diagnostics can also play a part in such a scenario. When access control is integrated with video surveillance and IP audio, real-time monitoring of access points can identify possible trespassers with automated audio messages used to deter illegal access and making any dangers clear. And with video surveillance in the mix, high quality footage can be provided to authorities with real-time evidence of a crime in progress. Comprehensive protection in retail Within the retail industry, autonomous, cashier-less stores are already growing in popularity The use of connected technologies for advanced protection extends to many forward-looking applications. Within the retail industry, autonomous, cashier-less stores are already growing in popularity. Customers are able to use mobile technology to self-scan their chosen products and make payments, all from using a dedicated app. From an access control and security perspective, connected doors can be controlled to protect staff and monitor shopper movement. Remote management includes tasks such as rolling out firmware updates or restarting door controllers, with push notifications sent immediately to security personnel in the event of a breach or a door left open. Remote monitoring access control in storage In the storage facility space, this too can now be entirely run through the cloud with remote monitoring of access control and surveillance providing a secure and streamlined service. There is much to gain from automating the customer journey, where storage lockers are selected online and, following payment, customers are granted access. Through an app the customer can share their access with others, check event logs, and activate notifications. With traditional padlocks the sharing of access is not as practical, and it’s not easy for managers to keep a record of storage locker access. Online doors and locks enable monitoring capabilities and heightened security for both operators and customers. The elimination of manual tasks, in both scenarios, represents cost savings. When doors are connected to the cloud, their geographical location is rendered largely irrelevant. Online doors and locks enable monitoring capabilities and heightened security for both operators and customers They become IoT devices which are fully integrated and remotely programmable from anywhere, at any time. This creates a powerful advantage for the managers of these environments, making it possible to report on the status of a whole chain of stores, or to monitor access to numerous storage facilities, using the intelligence that the technology provides from the data it collects. Open platforms power continuous innovation All of these examples rely on open technology to make it possible, allowing developers and technology providers to avoid the pitfalls that come with the use of proprietary systems. The limitations of such systems have meant that the ideas, designs and concepts of the few have stifled the creativity and potential of the many, holding back innovation and letting the solutions become tired and their application predictable. Proprietary systems have meant that solution providers have been unable to meet their customers’ requirements until the latest upgrade becomes available or a new solution is rolled out. This use of open technology enables a system that allows for collaboration, the sharing of ideas and for the creation of partnerships to produce ground-breaking new applications of technology. Open systems demonstrate a confidence in a vendor’s own solutions and a willingness to share and encourage others to innovate and to facilitate joint learning. An example of the dynamic use of open technology is Axis’ physical access control hardware, which enables partners to develop their own cloud-based software for control and analysis of access points, all the while building and expanding on Axis’ technology platform. Modern access control solutions range from simple card readers to two factor authentication systems using video surveillance as a secondary means of identification Opportunities for growth Open hardware, systems and platforms create opportunities for smaller and younger companies to participate and compete, giving them a good starting point, and some leverage within the industry when building and improving upon existing, proven technologies. This is important for the evolution and continual relevance of the physical security industry in a digitally enabled world. Through increased collaboration across technology platforms, and utilising the full range of possibilities afforded by the cloud environment, the manufacturers, vendors and installers of today’s IP enabled access control systems can continue to create smart solutions to meet the ever-changing demands and requirements of their customers across industry.
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.
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