Kentec Electronics, a life safety system manufacturer, has strengthened its international in-country sales team with the appointment of Morné Müller as Business Development Manager Africa. Morné joins recent recruits Ibrahim Ariqat, Business Development Manager Middle East, and Eloi Del Valle, International Business Development Manager. Eloi, based in Barcelona, works within Kentec’s central European and Scandinavian markets, while Ibrahim, who is based in Dubai, operates within the Middle East and Gulf markets. Morné has extensive experience within the fire and security industry, having managed a subsidiary entity for a communications engineering company that develops and supplies products for the fire and security industry. In his new role, Morné is responsible for Kentec customers in the African regions. Life safety systems Key, during this time, will be supporting customers in ensuring life safety systems are installed safely and within specific COVID-19 environments and regulations. Morné says what impressed him about Kentec was the warm professionalism of employees: “There is an experienced and knowledgeable team at Kentec and I am looking forward to contributing to the good work they do. Kentec’s suite of highly-reliable life-safety products will support me in this goal.” Efficient international operations We have furthered our ability to operate internationally without the need to travel amid the Coronavirus outbreak" Eloi, Ibrahim and Morné all have in-country experience within the fire sector. The result is that the team understands the languages, regulations and business cultures within the territories that they work. This supports Kentec in operating its international operations efficiently and effectively during this uncharted time, and beyond. Kevin Swann, Managing Director at Kentec, says the new team significantly strengthens Kentec’s ability to operate internationally despite the Coronavirus outbreak: “We have furthered our ability to operate internationally without the need to travel amid the Coronavirus outbreak. The team’s extensive knowledge and experience within the industry make it a valuable asset for Kentec.” Protect essential sectors With the team reporting into Costas Constantinides, Head of International Business Development, he says he is proud that Kentec has been able to grow its International team to support clients’ life safety needs: “We are lucky that our International team is accustomed to working from home, and is very well set up to support our customers. During this crisis, it is more important than ever to ensure essential sectors such as healthcare, data centres, and infrastructure are protected from fire.” Costas adds, “Having an experienced and professional, international-origin team, strategically based, demonstrates the paramount importance for Kentec to be even closer to its partners, clients and associates, and to ensure we understand different cultures – so vital for business development’’.
The latest generation ZeroWire and UltraSync technologies from Interlogix, a brand represented by UTC Fire & Security UK Ltd in the United Kingdom, are the solutions being used by leading security provider Bellit Security. UltraSync’s app-controlled and ZeroWire’s wireless packages bring together intruder, video and home automation features and add the advantage of 24/7 control via the user’s mobile phone. Bellit Security Managing Director Daniel Halenko believes they are ‘game-changing’ products. “ZeroWire and UltraSync together give homeowners exactly the right mix of affordability, ease of use and convenience. This is a significant upgrade on what we’ve seen before and a major opportunity to shake up the industry.” Smart phone and central monitoring options "From our first completed projects, we could see how much customers love the technology – it really excites them" The ZeroWire panel, along with its associated UltraSync app, is designed to be monitored either through the user’s smart phone or via connection to a central monitoring station. Configuring ZeroWire is simple and based upon the concept of ‘scenes.’ A scene encapsulates a group of up to 16 actions, such as turning on the lights or disarming the system, which can then be triggered either manually, through a system event such as an alarm, or via a time schedule. A typical scene might be to turn off lights, lock locks and shut the garage door when leaving. Another scene might be to activate a sounder, start a camera recording and send an email when a sensor detects an intruder. “From our first completed projects, we could see how much customers love the technology – it really excites them,” says Halenko. “We are incredibly positive about its potential.” Residential installations Blackburn-based Bellit Security has already begun investing in marketing ZeroWire smart home systems. One of their latest projects is a new, high-end residential property and it illustrates why this new technology is so appealing. The homeowner is a single mother with two teenagers who needed a solution that would not only provide peace of mind but make her busy life easier. For her, it was about home-management and life-management as much as security. Her previous property had been seriously damaged by a flood caused by a frozen pipe. She loved that, with Z-Wave controlled valves installed, the ZeroWire smart home system not only detects flooding but can automatically turn the main water supply off. She doesn’t have to be at home to turn off the water supply and doesn’t even have to know where the stop-valve is - just one example of the kind of control she now has over her property. This feature alone will be a major attraction for other customers, such as those with blocks of apartments to manage. Also at her property, Bellit Security installed two internal wireless cameras, wireless door and window contacts, and three wireless Passive Infra Red (PIR) detectors. All wirelessly signal back to the ZeroWire panel, which can then communicate with either a central monitoring station or a mobile phone, depending on the customer’s wishes. In this case, the homeowner used the UltraSync app from her mobile phone to view her cameras, see the status of the intruder system and control items such as lights and thermostats. Smart home functionality provides a means for a mother to check in on her home, and her teenage children, wherever she is Remote monitoring Smart home functionality provides a means for a mother to check in on her home, and her teenage children, wherever she is. This doesn’t mean spying on family members but getting phone notifications that somebody has arrived home safely at the time they are expected. For people looking after potentially vulnerable family members, the benefits are also clear. The UltraSync app, using geo-location technology paired with a smartphone’s GPS, can advise the ZeroWire panel when a user has left or returned to a predefined physical location. Another added feature: the ZeroWire panel can automatically turn off Z-Wave lights when the user has left home and then turn the lights back on as the user returns home. This is done by the user putting a “geo-fence” around the house at the desired distance, so the home ‘wakes up’ and is ready to welcome them when they arrive. This includes things like the lights and heat turning on and the alarm system turning off. No longer would a homeowner have to search for their keys while the security system counts down to activation. Mobile alarm notifications Lastly, the ZeroWire can “push,” or send, alarm notifications to the homeowner’s mobile phone. When the system detects an intruder (or any specified alarm event), it sends a message to the user’s mobile phone. The user can then view the cameras, check whether there’s a problem and make an informed decision about how to respond, including contacting emergency services if necessary. “Bellit Security is a great example of how security providers are using UTC Fire & Security technology to offer customers exciting, life-enhancing smart home solutions,” says Kevin Swann, managing director, UTC Fire & Security UK Ltd. “Now, with ZeroWire and UltraSync, homeowners can manage their properties remotely and have convenience, control and peace of mind. These are solutions that consumers will embrace because they enhance their busy lives in a very obvious way.” It’s a message UTC Fire & Security and many security providers are convinced the industry – and its customers - are not only ready for but keen to hear. Smart home automation is attracting a lot of attention these days, within the security sector and beyond Smart home automation systems Smart home automation is attracting a lot of attention these days, within the security sector and beyond, with companies such as Apple and Google developing visions for consumer lifestyles that are transformed by the Internet of Things. But with its established position in both the security and fire segments – which are subject to well-established commercial standards – UTC Fire & Security is well-placed to be among the industry leaders. These innovative offerings reflect that. For communications, ZeroWire utilises IP, WiFi and optional GSM connections. The non-proprietary Z-Wave protocol is supported, which gives access to over 1,700 third party products such as thermostats, locks and lights. With EN Grade 2 and PD6662 accreditation, ZeroWire meets the required standards for police response to alarms if required. The ZeroWire range of wireless peripherals includes indoor and outdoor cameras, a smoke detector, door/window sensors, indoor and outdoor sirens, a range of PIR detectors and a two-way key fob. With support of the Z-Wave protocol, this extends support to include third-party products such as thermostats, locks, plugs and dimmers. ZeroWire provides a single platform for both home security and automation. ZeroWire and UltraSync provide homeowners with a proven smart home automation system Easy installations Ease of installation and on-going support has been a major consideration in the design philosophy of ZeroWire. All sensors are connected wirelessly so no wiring is required. Additionally, the UltraSync capability means that communication with a central monitoring station is established simply by plugging in the network cable and the ZeroWire unit ‘dials home’ itself, via the cloud, without the need for any IT knowledge such as port forwarding. Once installed, with the plug and play remote connection established, support such as configuration changes or firmware updates can be handled remotely. ZeroWire and UltraSync provide homeowners with a proven smart home automation system, incorporating a traditional security capability along with control of a wide range of additional products such as camera and thermostats. Allowing ease of mind and convenience for a variety of customers, regardless of location.
TruPortal 1.7.1 delivers key features that help users manage their people, property and assets more efficiently UTC Fire & Security UK Ltd. will be showcasing the new features introduced with the latest update to the TruPortal access control system at IFSEC International June 21-23 in London. TruPortal is a web-based, multi-building solution, which offers mobile device applications for remote management, video surveillance and mustering. TruPortal 1.7.1 delivers key features that help users manage their people, property and assets more efficiently, with smoother third-party interfacing and extra operating functions. UTC Fire & Security UK Ltd. is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. Otis Compass Dispatching Control The latest version of TruPortal's access control expands capabilities to elevators and lifts with the newest Otis Compass® Dispatching Control with v2.0 security communication protocol. Users will now be able to use their cards to access specific floors in the most efficient manner by using their badge. It also features hardwired elevator control, which allows elevators to be configured as controllers that can manage access permissions. “The new TruPortal 1.7.1 is our most compelling value access control proposition to date, providing installers and end-users with great functionality and new levels of flexibility and integration,” said Kevin Swann, Managing Director, UTC Fire & Security UK Ltd. TruVision TVR Mobile HD It allows video viewing through the TruVision® TVRMobile HD application for iOS® and Android™ enabled devices and provides comprehensive accessibility and dynamic domain name systems capabilities that enable users to map IP addresses and customise names to each device. The generic driver for the TruPortal recorder offers compatibility with all TruVision recorders, including the new TVR12HD, TVR44HD and TVN 70. In addition, TruPortal 1.7.1 is also compatible with the TruPortal phone and tablet mobile app for iOS and Android, enabling users to remotely control video surveillance, access reports and perform door commands. Furthermore, a mustering web-client application gathers and accounts for cardholders in the event of an incident or emergency. Security clearances to convert system components This new version now also offers users with appropriate security clearances the ability to use conversion wizards, making it easier to convert system components and data repositories to the Lenel® OnGuard® 7.0 security management platform. Overall, TruPortal 1.7.1 is a perfect fit for access control systems ranging from two to 20 doors, offering scalability for up to 64 doors without requiring an on-site server or software license. It offers customers easy installation, intuitive operation and low cost of ownership.
UTC Fire & Security UK Ltd. is announcing two enhancements to its TruVision® line: the addition of new analytics features designed to increase ease of deployment, as well as expansion of its range of intelligence outdoor/indoor IP cameras. UTC Fire & Security UK Ltd. is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. New intelligence capabilities include face, audio, cross line, intrusion, defocus and scene change detection features. “The on-board capabilities of these powerful new devices bring new levels of performance to CCTV system installers and designers,” said Kevin Swann, country manager, UTC Fire & Security UK. “They make sophisticated video analytics even more practical to deploy and easy to use, whilst ensuring quality images with efficient bandwidth and storage use.” Face detection feature The face detection feature can be used for alarm triggering and for event recording, whilst the audio detection can alarm when noise levels exceed or fall below pre-defined values while filtering out background noise interference. With the intrusion detection function, users can set an area within the surveillance scene to protect and when the area is entered, a set of alarm actions can be triggered. The defocus detection function triggers an alarm if the image becomes blurred for any reason and a hallway view function rotates the image, allowing users to capture and view key information down a long corridor. The cameras can also decrease image quality in areas defined as non- regions of interest to maximise bandwidth and storage. This function can also deliver enhanced image quality in the target region of interest under the same bit rate stream conditions. Advanced Motion Detection The scene change detection function can be used to detect the change of the surveillance environment as a result of external factors, such as the unauthorised rotation of a camera. The cross line function detects whenever an object passes across a pre-defined virtual plane and a series of linkage methods will be triggered if any object is detected. The user can also select an Advanced Motion Detection (or Expert Motion Detection) mode and configure the sensitivity and proportion for different detection areas. The expanded TruVision megapixel HD camera range includes 10 new models, including the 1.3MPX and 3MPX, box, dome and bullet models. The new TruVision models also offer key features including: triple stream, which is composed of two independent main streams and a sub-stream; Electronic Image Stabilisation, which negates the effect of vibration; and Defog, which is designed to improve the clarity of images captured in adverse conditions including rain, smoke and fog. The new range supports Edge storage (64GB) via on-board SD (SecureDigital) slots and features improved Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) technology (120dB WDR). The cameras also deliver a low bit rate and stream latency and can operate up to 50fps on the 1.3MPX models (with WDR off).
UTC Fire & Security UK Ltd. announced the new version 1.6 firmware release for the TruPortal™ web-based system for small and medium-sized access control applications, featuring smoother third-party integration and extra operating functions. UTC Fire & Security UK Ltd. is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. TruPortal 1.6 is the perfect fit for access control systems ranging from two to 20 doors, offering scalability for up to 64 doors and not requiring an on-site server or software. It offers customers easy installation, intuitive operation and low cost of ownership. With this latest TruPortal release, system installers will benefit from free-of-charge documented Web application programming interfaces, enabling easy integration with third-party systems via the use of third-party middleware to connect with TruPortal’s controls, functions and database. PIN-only functionality New features include the option for PIN-only functionality for readers, additional methods for badge enrollment and an administrator password reset option. Less experienced users browsing through the user interface will appreciate the ability to enable and disable wizards. A generic TruPortal recorder driver now enhances the support of future TruPortal devices and TruPortal 1.6 offers compatibility with a number of recorders including the TVR 12, TVR 42, TVN10, TVN21 and TVN21P. Enabling users to remotely control video surveillance, access reports and perform door commands, TruPortal 1.6 is also compatible with the TruPortal mobile app for iOS and Android users (phone and tablet). Its IP-based single door controller, supporting two readers and PoE (Power over Ethernet) makes TruPortal an easy and efficient solution for installers. The system also offers scheduled database and event back-ups, action triggers with email notification and compatibility with most web browsers. Ability to use conversion wizards Finally, TruPortal 1.6 offers users with appropriate security requirements the ability to use conversion wizards, making it easier to move system components and data repositories to the security management platform, Lenel® OnGuard® 7.0. Lenel is a global leader in advanced security systems and services and is a unit of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, “The new TruPortal 1.6 offers installers and end-users a compelling value proposition, with new levels of flexibility and functions in access control,” said Kevin Swann, country manager, UTC Fire & Security UK.
The PIRcam will be introduced at IFSEC and allows images of alarm events to be sent to end users’ smartphones UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., will launch a strong line-up of new intrusion, video and fire products at the upcoming International Fire and Security Exhibition and Conference (IFSEC). Among the integration-focused offerings will be a new technology that can send images from a security event directly to a user’s smartphone. “We are seeing that a lot of installers who traditionally specialised in one or two areas are now looking for wider opportunities. The move toward integration is becoming much stronger and being driven by demand from end users and by installers who are offering more in order to win business,” said Kevin Swann, country manager, Fire & Security UK, UTC Building & Industrial Systems. A straightforward example of integration that will be highlighted at IFSEC is the company’s well-established access control technology, TruPortal™, which now links easily with its TruVision® video technology to offer myriad benefits. Installers can set up a system that records or shows video images of door access events, such as unauthorised-access attempts or all door-entry activity on specified doors. False-alarm incidents can be reduced by tying access control to intrusion systems, so that only authorised alarm system managers can gain entry while the alarm is set. Another example of integration across technologies is the Aritech™ PIRcam. The PIRcam will be introduced at IFSEC and allows images of alarm events to be sent to end users’ smartphones, providing easy and immediate visual verification of an intrusion alarm. The PIRcam also provides the central monitoring station (CMS) with tools to prioritise events and allocate efforts more efficiently. Providing supporting data and images, in case of any alarm notification, will enable central monitoring personnel to service their customers more professionally. “At this year’s IFSEC, we’re looking forward to demonstrating how technology is making integrated systems easier to design, install and manage, as well as how installers and end users can get more value from these technologies,” Swann added.
UTC will introduce TruVision TVN 10, a plug-and-play entry-level network video recorder (NVR) at IFSEC 2014 UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., is launching new video recording and management solutions at the upcoming International Fire and Security Exhibition and Conference (IFSEC), stand G1300, Hall S14. As part of its exhibit, the company will introduce TruVision TVN 10, a plug-and-play entry-level network video recorder (NVR) featuring megapixel resolution at analogue system prices without the need to deploy expensive information technology infrastructure. The TVN 10 helps integrators support smaller commercial installations of megapixel technology by providing an affordable, easily deployed solution. The unit offers an all-in-one design with Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports built into the chassis and full control via front panel buttons and a mouse. The TVN 10 can also be operated remotely using its full-featured Web browser interface or the TruVision Navigator video management and TVRmobile software applications. “Installing the TVN 10 is easy and cost-effective,” said Kevin Swann, country manager, Fire & Security UK, UTC Building & Industrial Systems. “This NVR is a flexible, high-performance solution. Whether you need to protect one site or hundreds, they can now all be controlled remotely from a smartphone or tablet.” The company will also showcase three additional video recorders. The NVR 21 plus can record video from eight to 32 IP cameras in real-time, high-definition resolution. Two new high-performance analogue digital video recorders (DVRs), the TVR 42 and TVR 12, offer premium 960H resolution while recording up to four, eight and 16 cameras. TruVision Navigator 5, Interlogix’s open-architecture commercial video management software, has also been updated to accommodate new cameras and recorders while remaining backward-compatible. Navigator 5 is compliant with Internet protocol (IP) cameras from all major manufacturers and integrates, manages and controls multiple recording devices, such as DVRs, hybrid DVR-NVRs and commercial off-the-shelf servers. The software also allows the deployment of any combination of analogue and IP devices within the same environment.