PACOM Systems, part of STANLEY Product & Technology, a provider of security and access control solutions, has announced that its PACOM 8003 intelligent security control panel has achieved BS8243 PD662-2017 approval. A true hybrid panel, the PACOM 8003 is capable of delivering both advanced access control and EN Grade 3 intrusion detection, and this exciting development means that its level of adoption can be significantly expanded throughout the UK, which will help provide a growing number of end users with the most cost-effective intruder alarm system approach to building security.

Driven by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), due to the number of false and unwanted alarms that the police service had to attend, BS8243 PD662-2017 offers recommendations on the installation, maintenance and management of intruder and hold-up alarm system. It defines the method by which alarms are confirmed, the means of un-setting the security system, and the options of remote signalling that are permissible in order to gain a police response. 

Enhanced security with PACOM Edge

Confirmation can be carried out in a number of ways including video, audio and sequential alarm verification, and the PACOM 8003 can play a vital role in this process. An intelligent, IP-enabled, hybrid device, it is built using PACOM-Edge technology and, by offering advanced security capabilities across an organisation’s Ethernet backbone, it reduces the need for traditional security cabling.

Furthermore, it offers up to eight configurable five state inputs and eight outputs comprising two relays and six open collectors. Inputs can be expanded up to 64 and outputs can be expanded up to 32 via the addition of on-board expansion modules and/or remote I/O devices.

The PACOM 8003 can significantly improve return on investment through a security solution that is engineered to protect people, property and assets"

PACOM 8003’s new BS8243 PD662-2017 status follows its approval as an EN 50131 Grade 3 product and, with high demand currently across the UK and Europe for intelligent control panels, STANLEY Product & Technology believes that this situation will lead to significant interest. With features such as a network port and the option of onboard access as standard, it will greatly enhance the level of choice available to systems integrators.

Improved return on investment

Over the last few years there has been a seismic shift in the technology that is incorporated into modern intruder alarm systems, and manufacturers have to demonstrate fresh and innovative thinking and design,” commented Gavin O'Keeffe, Global Technical Director at STANLEY Product & Technology.

The PACOM 8003 can significantly improve return on investment through a security solution that has been carefully engineered to protect people, property and assets. Achieving BS8243 PD662-2017 approval means that more customers and end users will now be able to find out why the PACOM 8003 delivers more scalability, power and flexibility than any other integrated control panel in its class.”

Share with LinkedIn Share with Twitter Share with Facebook Share with Facebook
Download PDF version

In case you missed it

What is the impact of lighting on video performance?
What is the impact of lighting on video performance?

Dark video images contain little or no information about the subject being surveilled. Absence of light can make it difficult to see a face, or to distinguish the color of clothing or of an automobile. Adding light to a scene is one solution, but there are also new technologies that empower modern video cameras to see better in any light. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: what impact does lighting have on the performance of video systems?

What are the security challenges of protecting the cannabis industry?
What are the security challenges of protecting the cannabis industry?

The advent of a truly new market for the physical security industry is a rare occurrence. Particularly rare is a new market that is both fast-growing and provides an environment that is not just conducive to application of physical security technologies but that actually demands it. Such is the case with the market for legalised marijuana. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: what are the security challenges of protecting the cannabis industry?

COVID-19 worries boost prospects of touchless biometric systems
COVID-19 worries boost prospects of touchless biometric systems

Spread of the novel coronavirus has jolted awareness of hygiene as it relates to touching surfaces such as keypads. No longer in favour are contact-based modalities including use of personal identification numbers (PINs) and keypads, and the shift has been sudden and long-term. Both customers and manufacturers were taken by surprise by this aspect of the virus’s impact and are therefore scrambling for solutions. Immediate impact of the change includes suspension of time and attendance systems that are touch-based. Some two-factor authentication systems are being downgraded to RFID-only, abandoning the keypad and/or biometric components that contributed to higher security, but are now unacceptable because they involve touching. Touchless biometric systems in demand The trend has translated into a sharp decline in purchase of touch modality and a sharp increase in the demand for touchless systems, says Alex Zarrabi, President of Touchless Biometrics Systems (TBS). Biometrics solutions are being affected unequally, depending on whether they involve touch sensing, he says. Spread of the novel coronavirus has jolted awareness of hygiene as it relates to touching surfaces such as keypads “Users do not want to touch anything anymore,” says Zarrabi. “From our company’s experience, we see it as a huge catalyst for touchless suppliers. We have projects being accelerated for touchless demand and have closed a number of large contracts very fast. I’m sure it’s true for anyone who is supplying touchless solutions.” Biometric systems are also seeing the addition of thermal sensors to measure body temperature in addition to the other sensors driving the system. Fingerscans and hybrid face systems TBS offers 2D and 3D systems, including both fingerscans and hybrid face/iris systems to provide touchless identification at access control points. Contactless and hygienic, the 2D Eye system is a hybrid system that combines the convenience of facial technology with the higher security of iris recognition. The system recognises the face and then detects the iris from the face image and zeros in to scan the iris. The user experiences the system as any other face recognition system. The facial aspect quickens the process, and the iris scan heightens accuracy. TBS also offers the 2D Eye Thermo system that combines face, iris and temperature measurement using a thermal sensor module. TBS's 2D Eye Thermo system combines face, iris and temperature measurement using a thermal sensor module Another TBS system is a 3D Touchless Fingerscan system that provides accuracy and tolerance, anti-spoofing, and is resilient to water, oil, dust and dirt. The 2D+ Multispectral for fingerprints combines 2D sensing with “multispectral” subsurface identification, which is resilient to contaminants and can read fingerprints that are oily, wet, dry or damaged – or even through a latex glove. In addition, the 3D+ system by TBS provides frictionless, no-contact readings even for people going through the system in a queue. The system fills the market gap for consent-based true on-the-fly systems, says Zarrabi. The system captures properties of the hand and has applications in the COVID environment, he says. The higher accuracy and security ratings are suitable for critical infrastructure applications, and there is no contact; the system is fully hygienic. Integration with access control systems Integration of TBS biometrics with a variety of third-party access control systems is easy. A “middleware” subsystem is connected to the network. Readers are connected to the subsystem and also to the corporate access control system. An interface with the TBS subsystem coordinates with the access control system. For example, a thermal camera used as part of the biometric reader can override the green light of the access control system if a high temperature (suggesting COVID-19 infection, for example) is detected. The enrollment process is convenient and flexible and can occur at an enrollment station or at an administration desk. Remote enrollment can also be accomplished using images from a CCTV camera. All templates are encrypted. Remotely enrolled employees can have access to any location they need within minutes. The 3D+ system by TBS provides frictionless, no-contact readings even for people going through the system in a queue Although there are other touchless technologies available, they cannot effectively replace biometrics, says Zarrabi. For example, a centrally managed system that uses a Bluetooth signal from a smart phone could provide convenience, is “touchless,” and could suffice for some sites. However, the system only confirms the presence and “identity” of a smart phone – not the person who should be carrying it. “There has been a lot of curiosity about touchless, but this change is strong, and there is fear of a possible second wave of COVID-19 or a return in two or three years,” says Zarrabi. “We really are seeing customers seriously shifting to touchless.”