Genetec Inc., a technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, today shared the results of its ‘Physical Security in EMEA 2021’ report, based on insights from over 1,500 physical security professionals. The report takes a closer look at how physical security teams across Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) are leveraging technology to manage both short-term needs and long-term priorities. The findings offer useful insights for those responsible for developing their organisation’s own infrastructure and security strategies. 2020 has refocused priorities The realities of COVID-19, and the subsequent shift to work at home, have emphasized the value of technology that can provide greater insight and control. As a result, video analytics, access control, and identity management were all identified as strategic technologies for 2021. “Last year we saw a seismic shift in the way companies approach security. The access control boom within facilities showed that the physical security industry is capable of streamlining innovative solutions—particularly when there’s a demand for enhanced safety. As we enter a new chapter, the industry must continue to adapt to changing requirements and invest in the latest enabling solutions to help make our workplaces safer, healthier, and more secure,” said Cyrille Becker, Managing Director of Europe at Genetec. Cybersecurity is a strategic priority Cybercrime is primed to reach record heights in 2021, with the rise of work-from-home and the growing adoption of IoT Cybercrime is primed to reach record heights in 2021, with the rise of work-from-home and the growing adoption of IoT. Against this backdrop, 67% of respondents are planning to prioritise the improvement of their cybersecurity strategy in 2021. “The rise of cybercrime has highlighted cyber and physical security measures can no longer be treated as separate conversations. Physical security professionals must partner with their counterparts in IT to understand the true limits of the security perimeter and mitigate against risk. This requires solidifying a resilient cyber-physical security framework, to ensure trusted devices are integrated into the network and subsequently configured, updated, and managed throughout their operational life,” said Christian Morin, Vice President of Cloud Services and CSO at Genetec, Inc. Accelerating adoption of cloud and hybrid cloud Physical security departments have traditionally been slower to adopt the cloud; however, the survey results indicate the situation is rapidly changing. Almost two-thirds of respondents reporting the pandemic has somewhat (51%) or greatly (12.5%) accelerated their cloud strategy in relation to physical security. “The unprecedented shift to remote work and the resulting need for supporting technology, has highlighted the importance of cloud computing and, if business leaders had not been convinced of its benefits before, they are likely to be now,” added Morin. Survey methodology In January 2021, Genetec EMEA surveyed physical security professionals based in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Following a review of submissions and data cleansing, 1,550 respondents were included in the sample for analysis.
Genetec Inc., a renowned technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations and business intelligence solutions, announced the launch of its brand new Virtual Experience Centre. The platform enables channel partners and end-users to easily and efficiently collaborate with Genetec employees to discuss projects, view demos and access materials, in one virtual environment from anywhere in the world. The online platform recreates the same personalised interaction of visiting the existing Genetec Experience Centers in Montreal, Paris, London, Dubai and Singapore. By invitation, individuals and groups can efficiently dive deep into the world of security, operations and intelligence from wherever they are based. All without having to factor in travel costs or journey times. IP security systems Those who visit the Virtual Experience Centre, are able to get the right information and tools to thrive in the modern era" The virtual centre easily accommodates meetings, events and high-level demonstrations of the Genetec unified security platform, which helps simplify operations by seamlessly blending IP security systems within a single intuitive interface. From access control, video surveillance, and automatic licence plate recognition to communications, intrusion detection, and analytics, Genetec empowers organisations through enhanced situational awareness, unified command and control, and connectivity to the cloud. "By engaging in an online environment, those who visit the Virtual Experience Center, are able to get the right information and tools to thrive in the modern era, where physical and cyber threats are evolving faster than ever. As security continues to top the news agenda, our experts are on hand to discuss and present how a unified approach can protect increasingly networked and high-risk environments," said Cyrille Becker, General Manager for Europe at Genetec. With the Virtual Experience Center, Genetec demonstrates its commitment to investing in innovation that improves the end-to-end customer experience. The virtual centre, adds to its roster of innovation labs around the world, offering greater flexibility and reach.
Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), a renowned technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, announced the opening of its 16th global office in Vienna, Austria. Ideally located to support the company’s expanding footprint in Central Europe and serve as a hub for the DACH region, the new headquarters in Vienna will support the company’s fast-growing R&D, regional sales and support teams. With a multilingual staff representing eighteen nationalities, the Austria team brings a unique mix of different cultures and ideas. Following the acquisition of Austrian video analytics company KiwiSecurity, the Vienna-based R&D team will focus on multiple areas including privacy and video analytics solutions that enable customers to protect people’s privacy while increasing security and operational efficiency. Long-term growth strategy A fast-growing company, Genetec continues to expand its DACH operation and is actively recruiting talented individuals to join the team throughout that region. Genetec serves its global customers via an extensive network of resellers and integrators “The new Vienna offices will give us the perfect platform to continue expanding our footprint into Central Europe and sustain the continued year-on-year growth we have achieved in Europe and the rest of the world,” said Cyrille Becker, General Manager for Europe, at Genetec Inc. “While right now everyone is safely working from home, our new offices will be there to support our long-term growth strategy and better meet the needs of our channel partners, end-users, and prospects in the region.” Innovative technology company Genetec Inc. is an innovative technology company with a broad solutions portfolio that encompasses security, intelligence, and operations. The company’s flagship product, security centre, is an open-architecture platform that unifies IP-based video surveillance, access control, automatic licence plate recognition (ANPR), communications, and analytics. Genetec also develops cloud-based solutions and services designed to improve security, and contribute new levels of operational intelligence for governments, enterprises, transport, and the communities in which one lives. Founded in 1997, and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Genetec serves its global customers via an extensive network of resellers, integrators, certified channel partners, and consultants in over 80 countries.
Genetec Inc., a technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, announced that the KiwiVision Privacy Protector from KiwiSecurity has been re-certified with the European Privacy Seal (EuroPriSe). The European Privacy Seal is awarded to IT-based products that are compatible with European data protection laws and excel in privacy protection. KiwiVision Privacy Protector is the unified real-time video anonymisation module in Genetec Security Center, the company’s comprehensive, open-architecture security platform that combines video surveillance, access control, automatic license plate recognition (ALPR), communications, and analytics. GDPR-ready In addition to this re-certification, the EuroPriSe Authority (Bonn, Germany) has added new testing and criteria to assure all products meet the unique standards that incorporate new requirements mandated by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which goes into effect May 25, 2018. Privacy Protector was evaluated for its capabilities of adherence to the new GDPR legislative privacy requirements, and was confirmed as the only software in the surveillance and safety industry to meet these criteria. “We are pleased to re-certify KiwiVision Privacy Protector, which is now an integrated feature in Genetec Security Center, for the fourth consecutive term by the European Privacy Seal certification authority,” said Sebastian Meissner, Head of the EuroPriSe Certification Authority. “Additionally, this re-certification comes with the special distinction that the Privacy Protector software is ‘GDPR-ready’, meeting the highest certifiable compliance with the European Union (EU) privacy standards,” added Meissner. Tested in accordance to EU privacy laws and policies For a software or hardware product to obtain the ‘GDPR-ready’ European Privacy Seal, the source code is tested to ensure that there are no vulnerabilities that can be exploited or hacked to suspend privacy protection (destructive anonymisation), assuring that product conformity with the GDPR is verified. It is crucial that the examination is conducted by an independent and impartial institution, and that all criteria are made public. The EuroPriSe seal is valid for two years and must be re-awarded after its expiration. This ensures that the product always complies with the latest EU privacy laws and policies. “Genetec takes privacy, authorisation, encryption, and secure data archiving very seriously in our commitment to help our customers ‘Protect the Everyday’,” said Cyrille Becker, General Manager for Europe at Genetec. “We are pleased that KiwiVision Privacy Protector has once again received the EuroPriSe re-certification, which will extend an even greater level of confidence and trust for Genetec customers,” added Becker.
The two new executive appointments at Genetec align with the opening of the new Genetec European HQ in Paris Genetec Inc., a provider of open-architecture and unified IP security solutions, has announced two new senior executive appointments and new European headquarters in the eighth arrondissement of Paris, France. Mr. Cyrille Becker joins Genetec as General Manager, Europe and will oversee European operations, positioning the business for growth in the European market. Mr. Jos Beernink has been appointed Vice President of Sales, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), where he will direct the sales organisation, developing new business and helping the channels address growing business demand. Genetec new executives Mr. Cyrille Becker is a seasoned business developer with fifteen years of experience in the security industry. He most recently served as a Business Unit General Manager at Stanley Security France, a long-time Genetec partner. His key competencies include leading large and diverse teams, fostering organic growth and developing new market opportunities. Mr. Jos Beernink joins from another valued Genetec partner, Honeywell, where he worked as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In this role, his primary remit was to drive territory growth, which he will apply in his new position at Genetec. Mr. Beernink has been a highly respected member of the technology sector for over twenty years. New Genetec European HQ These two executive appointments at Genetec align with the opening of the new Genetec European headquarters, located at 6 Rue Daru in central Paris, a short walk from the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées. Designed to accommodate the rapid growth of Genetec in the European market, the office spans three floors with expanded facilities for engineering, sales, support, training, client and technology partner demonstrations and events. “With the strategic appointments of Mr. Beernink and Mr. Becker, and our expanded European headquarters in Paris, we are well positioned to address the rapid business growth that Genetec has experienced over the past years, and meet the needs for physical security across the many different vertical markets we serve in Europe,” said Georges Karam, Chief Commercial Officer at Genetec. “We look forward to welcoming new and existing partners, integrators and end-users to our new facility.”