Articles by Daryn Flynn
Threats such as Mifare hacking, the General Data Protection regulation coming in 2016, and the need for security to integrate with other IT-based systems – these are just some of the challenges security manufacturers and system users have to deal with and respond to. Daryn Flynn, Business Development Manager at Nedap Security Management, states that external factors such as these do provoke change in physical security systems, but it’s reactive change. In the IT world, on the other hand, innovation and product development occur quickly and proactively. So why do manufacturers of physical security systems have a more reactive attitude towards the changing world? Why does it take external pressure to bring about innovation? Design for change The physical security industry doesn’t seem to have caught up with the idea that systems should be developed to meet future change. With almost any current physical security solution, dedicated software and hardware combine to provide specific functionality. A change in functionality, therefore, requires both software and hardware development. Such systems don’t allow for fast responses to changes affecting the industry. And they don’t anticipate future needs. From a client’s perspective, systems based on dedicated hardware and software require significant investment for changes to be made, making them inflexible and expansion unnecessarily expensive. Adoption of open standards The adoption of open standards will make products more transparent and create fair competition focused on added value, unique features, product usability, design and innovative ideas In IT, the decoupling of hardware and software has been a proven principle for many years, and so has the use of open standards. The latter approach is now being adopted by the physical security industry. Almost all video management systems and cameras, for example, have adopted ONVIF standards. And, from an access control perspective, card technologies and readers are interoperable. Recently, a new standardisation protocol was introduced for integrating offline locks within access control systems (Standardised Offline Access Application – SOAA). The paradox is the use of generic hardware will make it easier to implement these standards, as it only requires development of software not hardware. The adoption of these standards offers many benefits to security system users, of which freedom of choice and dealing with legacy might be the most important. Introducing standards allows clients to mix and match not only the cameras they need or the card readers that best fit their budget, it also allows them to select the specific functionality that suits their security policy. Transforming the industry The adoption of both generic hardware and open standards will benefit clients significantly and, in fact, transform the industry. Uncoupling software from hardware allows manufacturers to respond faster to changes. Moreover, it will allow for innovation, as the time to get new products and features to market will decrease. This will allow the entire security industry to react to change quicker, and it will also encourage the industry to be proactive and innovative. The adoption of open standards will, ultimately, result in a different type of competition. Openness will make products more transparent and create fair competition focused on added value, unique features, product usability, design and innovative ideas, instead of hardware prices.
IFSEC International 2016 by all measures was a successful show. Two of the three days clearly met (or exceeded) exhibitors’ expectations. The third day was slower, but is it any wonder? Heavy rains and resulting commuter train complications would have discouraged all but the most determined. And there was another distraction, too: It was the day of the Brexit vote, when the United Kingdom made history. Results of that momentous vote underlined the sense of uncertainty I felt on the first day of IFSEC, and also ensured the gamut of ramifications – political and economic – that will impact the security marketplace for years to come. So the last day of IFSEC was definitely historic! And just days after the close of IFSEC comes word of another terrorist bombing, this one at the airport in Istanbul, Turkey, again reiterating to the security industry the importance of what we do. Clearly, multiple factors suggest continued instability in the European region, and internationally, pointing to the use of more technologies like those displayed at IFSEC 2016. Canon's complementary camera lines Axis is expanding its product line beyond cameras into other devices operating on the Internet of Things I had an interesting discussion on the last day of IFSEC with Julian Rutland, Canon’s European Network Visual Solutions Marketing Director. Industry observers (including me) have wondered about the thinking behind a large corporate parent (i.e., Canon) operating two camera lines – Axis and Canon – seemingly in direct competition. For its part, Axis has repeatedly emphasised its independence from Canon, and is also expanding its product line beyond cameras into other devices operating on the Internet of Things. Canon is taking a very different path, says Rutland (who was careful not to comment on “strategy.”) Canon is seeking to complement what Axis is doing, rather than competing head-on. Specifically, Rutland says Canon is looking to leverage their "general business" presence and their "global accounts team" (i.e., the ones that sell Canon copiers, scanners and other office equipment). Canon will sell their general business customers on video "solutions" – in many cases leveraging that other familiar Canon sister company, Milestone Systems. This approach (outside the traditional security channel, where Axis is strong), allows Canon cameras a route to success that doesn’t require them to compete head-to-head with Axis. And by leveraging Milestone's open "community," they are maximising the corporate synergies there, too. New Canon products at the show included cameras that have an “IR band pass filter” that takes out the glare from halogen headlights for vehicle license plate recognition (ANPR) applications; the stand highlighted an integration with Intelico. Other solutions announced in the Canon stand included integration with Digital Barriers for real-time streaming on cellular networks. The system, for safe cities applications, adjusts image quality and frame rates automatically according to available bandwidth. There was also an integration with Ipsotek (video analytics, accredited by the UK Home Office) for high-end critical infrastructure applications. Successful year for Vanderbilt I also caught up with Vanderbilt CEO Joe Grillo on the last day. It’s been exactly a year since Vanderbilt’s acquisition of Siemens Security Products business, and it’s been a busy transition. They have been at almost every trade show in Europe during the last year to build the Vanderbilt brand. Vanderbilt has also consolidated its access control platforms into the Aliro 2 solution, which uses firmware by sister company Mercury. At IFSEC, Vanderbilt also demonstrated the SPC intrusion line, including the SPC Connect cloud-based system. Also, the Eventys CCTV range provides plug-and-play installation and intuitive interface for small- to medium-sized installations that require up to 20 cameras. Significant security trends from Nedap “In the last months, you have started to see awareness that, in the physical security world, there is a cyber-threat that affects everything" Daryn Flynn, Nedap’s UK security management manager, confirmed trends I had heard several times at the show. One was the growing awareness of wireless locks (whether online or offline). Wireless locks expand the ability to protect a variety of doors in an organisation – no one size fits all. A mixed topology of online and offline locks provides plenty of options, says Flynn. Another familiar topic I heard at Nedap is cybersecurity, and there is a new acknowledgement in the market of its importance. “In the last months, you have started to see awareness that, in the physical security world, there is a cyber-threat that affects everything,” says Flynn. “It’s becoming much more mainstream.” Flynn says Nedap’s goal with its AEOS security management platform was to create a product that does not have an end of life. The flexibility of the system is an advantage for users, who can adapt to changes – different people, different risks, different buildings – because everything is based on reprogrammable software. “In security that represents value,” he says. “When people invest in a technology, they want a long life.” At Heathrow Airport traveling home from IFSEC, the passenger screening lines moved fast, and my carry-on bag was scanned, thoroughly searched, swabbed for explosives residue, and scanned again — as it should be.
Standardisation means that customers can use multiple electronic offline locks and handle them in the same way Nedap Security Management, the developer of the first open security management platform AEOS, is demonstrating the open standard for electronic offline locks at both the Nedap and the Assa Abloy stand at IFSEC 2016. Visitors to stand F1475 in Hall S7, at Excel, London, from 21st-23rd June will have the opportunity to see a live demonstration of the Open Security Standard (OSS) Association. Open Security Standard (OSS) AssociationAn access control system is a long-term investment and must therefore be future-proof. Risks change, new security requirements are introduced, but business continuity must never be put at risk. AEOS is designed so that customers are always able to respond. Nedap is also the co-founder of Open Security Standard (OSS) Association. Standardisation and integration Daryn Flynn, Business Manager UK at Nedap Security Management said: “By having this standardisation, customers will be able to use multiple electronic offline locks from multiple suppliers and handle them in one and the same way in their security systems. This is user friendly for those who have to manage the authorisations and convenient for the card user.”“It also makes the integration of offline locks easier, once the customer has integrated one offline lock system, he has integrated all. With electronic offline locks, you can save investment on the infrastructure like cabling or wireless access points. For doors which are in areas where not many people enter, or the security can be downsized instead of being monitored real time, or cabling and wireless is impossible, the electronic offline lock is a perfect solution. Thanks to OSS this becomes a standard and will enable customers to save costs on integration and allow them to choose the right product. In the end, the customer is free to decide which solution fits best, given the circumstances.”Assa Abloy and Nedap will have a joint OSS demonstration on both the Nedap F1475 stand and the Assa Abloy E1100 stand.
Axis and Nedap emphasise the need to uncouple software from hardware in order to respond faster to changes Both Axis and Nedap feel the importance of a scalable and flexible security solution for the end user. Daren Lang, Regional Manager Business Development Northern Europe at Axis Communications and Daryn Flynn, Business Development Manager UK at Nedap Security Management discuss how this can be achieved and emphasise the need to uncouple software from hardware in order to respond faster to changes. Security systems are becoming ever more complex and sophisticated. Which aspects are most important to the user? Daren Lang says: “Our experience shows that a scalable, flexible solution is of the utmost importance for the end user. After all, what’s the point of an extensive security system that is only designed to address today’s challenges, but in a few years will be obsolete. Never forget: in an increasingly networked world, people want simple, user-friendly, flexible and open systems. Therefore, Axis has always based our products and services on open IP networks — not only in video security, but also in access control. “But before we talk about new technologies, first let’s look at today’s market. Many analogue, hybrid or IP solutions available today have the problem of being proprietary systems, offering very limited flexibility. Integrating third-party products is practically impossible. Users therefore very often have to make a long-term bet on just one vendor. Upgrading or expanding security systems, whether it be cameras, audio or card readers is often complex, expensive and time-consuming, because cables have to be laid and connected to a main unit or a central server. But the industry is changing. IP is an interesting alternative here and offers a wide choice of different functions that can’t be implemented with analog technology alone. But most of all, it is the users’ expectations for remote access, high image quality, event management, simple integration and better scalability that are setting the pace for developing IP systems. For example, IP systems are easy, fast and inexpensive to install, thanks to a flexible, open platform, which makes easy networking with other IP-based areas possible at all levels of operation.” "Openness to additional features and integration with other parts of a security system is essential for the end-user" Daryn Flynn confirms: “Exactly, openness to additional features and integration with other parts of a security system is essential for the end-user. Because their needs will change over the years, a flexible and open system is able to adapt to those changes. The physical security industry doesn’t seem to have caught up with the idea that systems should be developed that are able to meet future change. With almost any current physical security solution, proprietary software and hardware combine to provide specific functionality. A change in functionality, therefore, requires both software and hardware to be developed. Such systems don’t allow for fast responses to changes affecting end users, and they don’t anticipate future needs. From a client’s perspective, systems based on proprietary hardware and software require a significant investment every time a change needs to be made, making them inflexible and expansion unnecessarily expensive. To meet the needs of users, software and hardware should be decoupled and open standards should be used.” The access control market is fiercely competitive. In what direction do you think developments will go? Daryn Flynn states: “We believe that the adoption of both generic hardware and open standards will benefit end users significantly and is transforming the industry. Uncoupling software from hardware allows manufacturers to respond faster to changes. Moreover, it will enable innovation, as the time to get new products and features to market will decrease. This will allow the entire security industry to react to change quicker, and it will also encourage the industry to be proactive and innovative. The adoption of open standards will, ultimately, result in a different type of competition. Openness will make products more transparent and create fair competition focused on added value, unique features, product usability, design and innovative ideas, instead of hardware prices.” “We see it the same way,” adds Daren Lang. “An example is the security corridor which can be found in retail stores. It separates the sales area from the room where the money and sensitive data are stored. An integrated system with access control and video surveillance provides visual data. Using intelligent functions, such as “tailgating” software, the camera recognises when several people are present in the passageway. The result: an alarm goes off in the video management system and recording starts. Plus, the security system notifies the security managers, who choose to authorise entry or not.” What are the technical advantages of an open system compared to a proprietary one? "The physical security industry doesn’t seem to have caught up with the idea that systems should be developed that are able to meet future change" Daren Lang of Axis explains: “Conventional access control systems usually depend on fixed cabling of each element — the card reader, the door opener, the door locks, the door position switch, etc. — to a central unit or server. With proprietary systems, end users are often tied to a single vendor for hardware and software. And even then, one shouldn’t underestimate how complex these systems are to manage. Installation and configuration of a proprietary system is often much more laborious than an open one, requiring personnel trained for that specific system. IP systems, however, use existing network infrastructures. “Power over Ethernet” (PoE) powers electric door openers, readers and other components. This means that the data connection and the power supply run through a single cable, which greatly simplifies cable installation. Colour-coded connections make installation fast and simple. Plug & play and off you go! Because IP-based systems don’t have to be hard wired to a central control unit or a central server, flexible, scalable, non-proprietary installations can be done quickly and easily. These solutions are not only versatile to use, but they also save money. That is because a network-based system is no longer bound to a specific scale but can be expanded door by door and reader by reader as needed.” Daryn Flynn adds: “Additionally, the use of open standards will further improve the freedom to integrate different solutions from different manufacturers. This will prevent vendor lock-in, and enable users to deal with legacy systems. Introducing open standards allows clients to mix and match not only the cameras they need or the card readers that best fit their budget, it also allows them to select the specific functionality that suits their security policy.”
Nedap will present on the vulnerability of physical security systems to cyber attacks at the ASIS conference Nedap is diamond sponsor of the ASIS European Security Conference & Exhibition, just like the last 2 editions of the conference. Besides the sponsoring of the well-known Welcome Party, Nedap will also be actively present during the ASIS Conference & Exhibition the 7th and 8th of April in London. At this conference, Nedap will present on the fact that physical security systems today are vulnerable to cyber security attacks. This needs to be addressed – but by who? Physical security vulnerability Access control systems are often not perceived as being IT systems connected to the network. Due to this lack of awareness, the requirements to secure IT systems are not yet imposed to physical access control systems. “Consequently, access control systems are currently vulnerable to cyber-attacks which can have dramatic impact on the protected premises”, says Daryn Flynn, Business Development Manager at Nedap Security Management. “These risks can no longer be accepted by the security industry, so the question is raised: who should take responsibility?” Nedap's role at ASIS European Conference & Exhibition 2016 As a thought-leader in the security industry, Nedap plays an important role at the ASIS European Conference & Exhibition. That is why, for the third time in row, Nedap is organising the Welcome Party – the annual opening of the event that has proven to be very successful and well-perceived by its visitors. Moreover, Nedap participates in the panel discussion, presents at the Technology & Solutions Track and can be found in the exhibition area. Why? Sieger Volkers, Managing Director of Nedap Security Management explains: “Nedap always thrives at being in touch with users in the industry to learn about the challenges they’re facing so we can develop solutions that help them overcome these challenges. Also, as a manufacturer we see it as our responsibility to help customers by sharing knowledge. And not just our knowledge, but also the knowledge that sits with experts in the field. ASIS is a great opportunity to do exactly this.” Nedap will discuss the vulnerability of access control systems to cyber-attacks on Thursday 7th April at 14:50 GMT. You can meet the team and find more information on the topic at their stand C9. The ASIS Welcome Party, powered by Nedap will take place on 6th of April 2016 in the Leadenhall Building on the evening of the 15th ASIS European Security Conference & Exhibition in London.
Nedap developed a presentation about the innovation and integration of the new software release – AEOS v3.1 At IFSEC, Daryn Flynn, UK Security Business Manager, presented at the Innovation centre and highlighted why the modular software (think ‘apps’) design of Nedap has never been more relevant. For those wanting to build security solutions that will offer performance today but also longevity and future adaptability, read on... The 3 i’s – IFSEC, innovation and integration The IFSEC 2015 event promoted ‘innovation’ and ‘integration’. Nedap developed a presentation about the innovation and integration of the new software release – AEOS v3.1. But what is innovative about it and how does it deliver enhanced integration for users? The drive to innovate security solutions and to deliver enhanced integration must be focused on achieving the objective of customer value – we want to deliver simpler, faster, longer-lasting solutions for our clients. Today’s security manager (but also consultants and integrators) are faced with many security challenges – e.g. legacy systems, IT demands, regulations and, budget constraints. Against this seemingly doom-laden landscape however it is possible to find the opportunity to propose modern, innovative solutions that can solve modern security challenges and create an ideal platform for future technology. Background trends This year we have seen the 40th anniversary of Moore’s Law which in simplified terms observes that processing power of computers would double every 2-years. We should expect that this incredible processor performance offers advantages to an industry full of controllers, right? Other relevant trends include the acceptance of software to deliver functionality and of multi-application devices – the prime example being smart phones, where one device manages many applications and deploying new functionality is simple – install an app! Nedap is the first security supplier that has taken this approach to their security hardware and created a true multi-application device that has functionality (access control, sensor management, intercom, lockers, IP camera control and programmable logic) determined by adaptable, modular software - the widely used term ‘app’ best describes this. Like the smart phone, the functionality of the Nedap controller is not limited – users can always add an app! Nedap’s innovative integration Imagine a controller with incredible processing performance - sufficient to be able to manage multiple applications on one device. Then add the flexibility of software apps that can be deployed to create functionality that can be changed, reconfigured and updated easily. Users are close to imagining a Nedap AEOS controller.
The new programme provides Nedap a means for integrators to become accredited to sell and support Nedap solutions Nedap Security Management is proud to announce that Trinity Fire & Security has joined the UK Channel Partner Programme. Nedap has introduced this new programme in order to work closer with its partners than ever before and it provides a means for integrators to become accredited to sell and support Nedap solutions. Daryn Flynn, UK Country Manager at Nedap, is excited at the prolonged relationship with Trinity: “We have worked with Trinity for a number of years and have been able to deliver a number of good projects. By signing up to our new programme, we are now able to work closer than ever before. Trinity are able to deploy our newly released AEOS hardware line giving us both more opportunities. I’m excited by the prospect of growing and developing an already strong relationship and taking it to the next level” Rob Holiday, Sales Director at Trinity, is equally positive: “Nedap has been an important core partner of ours for years. We are looking forward with excitement at the prospect of developing this relationship further. We see the new AEOS hardware line as a key solution in our portfolio and are extremely positive over the business opportunities it can bring for us”.
At IFSEC, Nedap will demonstrate the world’s first software based security management platform: AEOS Nedap Security Management, developer and manufacturer of the first software-based security management platform – AEOS, is collaborating with different security professionals at IFSEC to solve security challenges that IFSEC visitors are facing. Security experts such as prominent security consultants and Physical Security Managers from leading organisations, collaborate with Nedap to share their knowledge and experience with visitors during IFSEC. Visitors are invited to discuss and find answers to their security challenges at Nedap’s social hub: stand E1450 in the London ExCeL. “IFSEC is a social event for security professionals to meet, find new ideas and solve challenges - and that’s exactly what we’ll be offering”, says Daryn Flynn, Nedap’s country manager for the UK. At IFSEC 2014 Nedap are collaborating with experienced security professionals to discuss, debate and offer solutions to your challenges. Besides answering questions and sharing knowledge, prominent security experts from Perpetuity Research & Consultancy International, Atkins Consultants Ltd., CHQ Consultants, Canon and Assa Abloy are hosting seminars on the stand to discuss challenges that are current in the industry, e.g.: the convergence of IT and physical security and the value of security to the business. At IFSEC, Nedap Security Management will demonstrate the world’s first software based security management platform: AEOS. AEOS uses generic controllers which can accommodate functionality for access control, intrusion detection, video management and locker management via software. This unique AEOS architecture allows for one truly integrated, flexible platform instead of drivers linking separate servers and systems. "IFSEC is a social event for security professionals to meet, find new ideas and solve challenges - and that’s exactly what we’ll be offering" The new AEOS 3.1 application builds on the usability of AEOS, giving a unified design, while keeping in mind the different users. From the Configuration & Maintenance application to the Identity & Authorisation interface – AEOS maps to the way people actually work. This also applies to AEOS Surveillance, this renewed web application gives users a clear overview at all times. This clarity reduces the chance of mistakes, while increasing security and responsiveness. “The response to AEOS 3.0 has been incredible, and we’re excited for clients to experience the new AEOS 3.1 with a clear and consistent design for all applications," said Arjan Bouter, Nedap’s director of sales. “Our clients need to protect their people, property, intellectual assets and reputation. And with AEOS 3.1 we believe customers can focus on what is most important – a secure environment.” The new 3.1 application will be demonstrated at IFSEC, showing visitors the possibilities for managing access control, intrusion detection, video management and locker management on one single platform, within one single application. A team of Nedap experts will be available on stand E1450 to meet with visitors and answer any questions.