Today's security environments are more complex and sophisticated than ever, with technology evolving rapidly. For those responsible for critical national infrastructure estates, it can be a challenge to navigate this technology minefield and select the right solutions that can deliver the best value. UK Security Expo 2017 Synectics, whose solutions protect cities, transport assets, energy and utilities projects, and high-security sites worldwide, finds a misconception can exist within some agencies and businesses operating in the CNI sector around the use of legacy technology and infrastructure, and its impact on safety, security and operational systems management. The incorrect belief is that a ‘rip out and replace’ scenario is required that is both disruptive and costly. For this very reason, CNI sites are slow to adopt a complete migration to IP solutions, and capitalise on the latest innovations. Exhibiting at this year’s UK Security Expo (Olympia, London 29-30 November, stand F26), the global surveillance business aims to address this issue by demonstrating how organisations can cost-effectively scale-up and advance critical asset protection, while also maximising investment in existing systems and technologies. Estate-wide systems integration Greg Alcorn, Divisional Director, Transport & Infrastructure at Synectics, said: “Sites critical to our national infrastructure, and indeed our daily lives, are those which stand to benefit most from intelligent integration. The organisations responsible for these vast estates and infrastructure can significantly improve overall situational awareness and real-time multi-agency collaboration, even remotely. To avoid the trap of falling behind the curve, understanding the importance of estate-wide systems integration is key.” "To avoid the trap offalling behind thecurve, understandingthe importance ofestate-wide systems integration is key" Migrating to IP technologies and connecting their disparate data sources in this way enables organisations to identify threats and operational intelligence that would otherwise be difficult or even impossible. Staff safety is crucial “For example,” explained Greg, “thermal camera video, drone footage, GIS mapping and other sensors, combined with data for interrogation and risk investigation, can have a significant influence on advancing predictive maintenance strategies and avoiding downtime. This data analysis can alert maintenance teams of issues requiring attention before they develop. The data generated from pre-existing third-party systems can be mined for trends that help increase efficiencies and drive process improvements via a single unified management platform. “Staff safety within CNI environments is also crucial, particularly as the sites and/or network can be spread across the entire country, and lone workers are common. Unifying technology such as access control, communication channels and devices, and RFID tags on security passes can mitigate these challenges by pinpointing staff status, location and nearest emergency support at all times. An intelligently integrated command and control solution also facilitates rapid and informed multi-agency collaboration should an incident occur. The possibilities are virtually limitless.” Updating legacy systems But these estates and their infrastructure also tend to have an extensive investment in legacy technology, which in many cases is a perceived deterrent to upscaling and implementing the latest technology. “We are working with our customers to educate them on the steps to take, and we collaborate with them to design an integrated solution that can work with their legacy systems but scaled appropriately to take advantage of future requirements,” said Greg. “With an open architecture command and control platform such as Synergy 3, organisations can invest in the latest technology at a pace and budget to suit their specific needs.” "Our ethos as a businesshas always been to develop solutions that add value and focus on customers’ needs" To support this goal, Synectics has published a number of white papers to promote best practice in CNI protection, and to explain key IP networking considerations including legacy technology integration. These, alongside papers specifically dedicated to rail, airports, and public space protection, will be available during the show. Synectics sector specialists Synectics’ sector specialists will be on hand to demonstrate key capabilities of Synergy 3, and discuss the wide range of benefits made possible by connecting and converging systems. David Aindow, Product and Technology Director at Synectics, said: “Our ethos as a business has always been to develop solutions that add value and focus on customers’ needs which is why shows like UK Security Expo are so important. “As well as demonstrating how today’s solutions can support those charged with protecting our critical infrastructure, we get to engage with delegates to appreciate their challenges and gain insight into how they are currently applying IP technologies so that we can advise the most beneficial way possible.”
Synectics has received Lenel factory certification and joined the Lenel OpenAccess Alliance Program (OAAP). Synectics’ Synergy 3 interfaces with the OnGuard® access control system and works with more than 135 security products. Factory testing complete “Synectics has completed required factory testing at Lenel to validate the functionality of its interface to OnGuard. Synectics’ customers are now able to fully and seamlessly benefit from the respective feature sets with ease and complete peace of mind,” said Zach Roth, Director of Strategic Alliances, Lenel. “We look forward to their continued involvement in the Lenel OpenAccess Alliance Program.” David Aindow, Product and Technology Director at Synectics states: “As a business committed to open architecture design, it is our responsibility to work with leading solution providers to ensure compatibility. It means our customers have greater freedom and flexibility in their security and site management system selection. “Achieving Lenel OnGuard system certification for version 7.1 and 7.2 reflects this commitment, is great for Synergy 3 users, and has cemented a business relationship we hope to nurture through our membership in Lenel’s OpenAccess Alliance Program.” Open architecture platform Synergy 3 is an enterprise class, flexible, open architecture platform that enables alarms and events, security and process control sub-systems, video, and data to be monitored, managed, and recorded from a single unified interface. Through Lenel’s OnGuard access control system, Synergy 3 users are able to view current hardware status, open doors, set reader modes, control access alarms, activate/deactivate pulse outputs, and detect risk indicators such as forced or held doors, tampering and equipment failures. Designed with ease of use, Synergy 3 supports open standards-based products such as ONVIF, PSIA, OPC, MODBUS and Lenel OnGuard, along with a wide range of proprietary interfaces to the world’s leading security vendors.
Vemotion with Synectics to integrate its video and streaming solutions with the Synergy command and control platform Wireless transmission technology specialist Vemotion has announced a key strategic alliance with a major global security brand. The Thirsk-based security group is working with Synectics to integrate its video and streaming solutions with the Synergy command and control platform. Synectics and Vemotion first came together on a project for Wakefield Council and it became clear to both parties that it would make a lot of sense to integrate their products to the mutual advantage of both. Vemotion, Synectics collaboration “We are proud to be working in partnership with a globally recognised brand like Synectics,” said Stewart McCone, CEO of Vemotion. “Integration with Synergy allowed Wakefield Council to benefit from the best of both worlds in terms of our wireless know-how and Synectics best in class platform. Such partnerships are very much and we are looking forward to working with Synectics on several new projects.” Wakefield council is one of the first to benefit from the Vemotion Synergy collaboration, which provided them with great flexibility. It identified hot spot areas not covered by the existing fibre network and used Vemotion to facilitate wireless rapid deployment in these target locations, with transmissions feeding directly into the Synergy platform. “We know how important flexibility and interoperability are to our customers and are pleased to add integration with Vemotion’s advanced cellular technology to our portfolio,” said David Aindow, Product and Technology Director at Synectics. “Re-deployable cameras that can be moved to address ‘hot spot’ problem areas are increasingly viable solutions, as is the ability to view footage from remote locations and mobile deployments and working together, Vemotion and Synetics can offer a compelling solution.” Security challenges faced by Wakefield council In Wakefield, the council faced increasing antisocial behaviour incidents in outlying, smaller, town centres not covered by existing CCTV fibre networks; they turned to Vemotion to provide a rapid deployment solution and Synectics for platform. “Wakefield is faced with the classic modern day safety and security challenges of a large, metropolitan area,” added Stewart. “With increasing scrutiny on resource allocation, managers need quick technology fixes that don’t mean major additional capex spend. The beauty of Vemotion and Synectics is flexibility: we solve and react to day to day operational problems, as well as offering a strategic CCTV deployment plan.” “We [Vemotion & Synectics] solve and react to day to day operational problems, as well as offering a strategic CCTV deployment plan", says Stewart McCone, CEO of Vemotion In one specific anti-social behaviour hotspot, it was proving impossible to control or respond to all the complaints and incidents, yet within three months of deployment on-site, incidents had been totally eradicated. Wakefield is also looking to install the technology for traffic management purposes, enabling traffic data to be sent and thereby assist motorists with real time instant traffic news that will help them navigate more quickly and easily. In this way, Synergy and Vemotion are offering additional benefits not originally envisaged - all important considerations for those with tight budgets to take into account. “Against a backdrop of budget cuts, achieving objectives where the right infrastructure is not already in place is tough,” added David. “Vemotion solutions provide an ideal and cost effective answer to this issue and through integration with Synergy, operators can capitalise on this while still being able to monitor and control all data within a single environment.” Public video surveillance solutions Synectics has extensive experience in developing and delivering surveillance solutions for public space applications. Its systems, many of which incorporate Synectics’ proven command and control platform Synergy, are already deployed in two-thirds of the UK’s cities and half of London’s boroughs. Moving forward, Synergy and Vemotion will be working with other councils and public space bodies looking to benefit from wireless and deployable surveillance systems. Vemotion’s encoding and streaming products enable video data to be transmitted wirelessly from surveillance cameras over any network and allows footage to be streamed from any device - ideal for councils in need of temporary or re-deployable solutions to extend and enhance their public space surveillance network.