Mobile credentials are set to become the mainstream choice for access control in office buildings as a new generation of workers are forcing employers and landlords to prioritise fast, secure and convenient access via their smartphones. Omdia predicts annual downloads of mobile credentials worldwide rising from 20 million in 2020 to 120 million by 2023 and 150 million in 2024. It is particularly bullish about Bluetooth, which it predicts to grow by more than three times the speed of the next highest-growth type of access control reader over the next four years (by 119% to 2024, which must not be ignored). Smart building technology This rings true taking into account the CBRE study, where nearly half of employees (49%) said that they would like to use digital solutions in the office, but that they are not widely accessible for them, and 30% of companies seeing smart building technology as a factor in choosing a building. Featuring 2N specialists, the online event will explore the key features of the new technology To help building managers and system integrators understand the benefits of the new patented mobile access technology, 2N is hosting a live webinar on 25th February. Featuring 2N specialists, the online event will explore the key features of the new technology including the new slimline office-focused access unit – where to use it and how this solution can address the needs of proposed and existing office buildings. Integrated access system Matt Raban, Distribution Manager for the UK and Ireland at 2N, said: “Developers in the UK realise that an integrated access system combined with a smartphone application will be the future of technologically advanced office buildings. In this country, it will become a competitive advantage for forward thinking building designers and facility managers.” “Our new technology couples near-instant responsiveness with intelligent security and will become the most reliable mobile access solution on the market.” The 2N On Air webinar takes place on Thursday 25th February at 15:00 CET. Speakers include Chief Sales Officer, Tomas Klima, and Chief Product Officer, Tomas Vystavel.
User friendly video intercom devices are quickly becoming a must-have product for homes and office buildings across the UK. However, some devices could be at risk of remote hacking attacks, leaving consumers vulnerable to cybersecurity breaches. Today’s intercom devices can easily be connected through a home internet connection, communicating with smartphones and managed simply through a computer, delivering many user benefits including flexibility and convenience. IP access control systems But before choosing a device, Tomáš Vystavěl, Chief Product Officer at 2N, a provider of IP access control systems, is urging people to do their research to ensure their preferred device meets high standards of security. Vystavěl sets out specific security concerns that may be found in the operating systems of some devices on the market. These vulnerabilities, which could allow hackers to obtain personal passwords or eavesdrop on conversations, include: Flaws in the operating system coding which would enable hackers to gain full access to the intercom device Web security weaknesses that allow an attacker to carry out random operating system (OS) commands on the server that is running an application, thus enabling access to the application and all its data Vulnerabilities in the system that allow a remote attacker to upload a manipulated ringtone file which could enable a complete system takeover Unsecured, non-encrypted communication that allow an attacker to listen in the conversation (man-in-the-middle attack) Video intercom device Installing a video intercom device offers users convenience, flexibility and home security" Tomáš Vystavěl, Chief Product Officer at 2N, said: “Installing a video intercom device offers users convenience, flexibility and home security. There are some great products on the market and I recommend consumers look for excellent security standards as well as a high quality user experience. No one wants to unwittingly give hackers opportunities to access their personal information. Consumers are strongly advised to do their research before choosing a video intercom device.” To ensure the best user experience Tomáš Vystavěl recommends people consider a number of other factors when choosing a video intercom device such as responsiveness, openness for the interconnection with other systems, reliability and quality of both sound and video images, as well as the quality of the overall product. Protecting their personal data 2N has just released the new 2N® Indoor View answering unit, the latest product in its portfolio of award-winning answering units. Developed with a focus on protecting customers from cybersecurity threats, the 2N® Indoor View uses 2N’s own operating system to provide users with the highest levels of security and protecting their personal data. The 2N® Indoor View answering unit is equipped with a 7” colour touchscreen display, providing a detailed view of people at the door from its scratch resistant 4-mm tempered glass panel. Users can easily and quickly display live video from the intercom and see who is at the front door in real-time, or they can replay missed or unanswered calls from unexpected visitors who have left a message.
2N, a global provider of IP access control systems, introduces its new 2N Indoor View answering unit for accepting video calls from 2N IP intercoms, making the whole intercom experience more stylish in the luxury apartments. The 2N Indoor View answering unit is equipped with a 7” colour touchscreen display, providing a detailed view of incoming people from its scratch resistant 4-mm tempered glass panel. Users can easily and quickly display live video from the intercom and see who is at the front door in real-time, or they can replay missed or unanswered calls from unexpected visitors who have left a message. As the video call preview is enlarged, residents can read a courier’s name tag with ease. HD audio and noise cancellation also optimise the listening experience. Home automation systems All four products in the portfolio were developed with a focus on protecting customers from cyber security threats In addition, users will appreciate how easy it is to operate the unit on the large display and the home screen can even display the current weather forecast. There is also a new office stand so the unit can be used in the office interior as well. The 2N Indoor View completes 2N’s portfolio of answering units for 2N door intercoms, each of which meets the needs of a different target group and has its own 2N operating system and stylish design. The other products in the portfolio are the 2N Indoor Touch 2.0, which provides full integration with home automation systems and was the winner of the prestigious Red Dot Design Award, 2N Indoor Talk which won the iF Design Award, and the 2N Indoor Compact, both designed for normal residential complexes. All four products in the portfolio were developed with a focus on protecting customers from cyber security threats as well as on ensuring their physical safety. Great user experience Tomáš Vystavěl, 2N’s Chief Product Officer, said: “We have been inspired by our customers and we know that they take design just as seriously as innovation. The 2N Indoor View is a premium answering unit which is the result of our ongoing commitment to developing cutting-edge devices and setting the industry benchmarks." "Modern residential apartments deserve a great looking unit, and no one will be embarrassed to put the 2N Indoor View on the wall of their kitchen or living room. It will fit perfectly and provide a stylish look with a great user experience.” Highest quality audio components This is a premium product, so it was essential to come up with a design which added real aesthetic value" The 2N Indoor View comes in either a black or white design and the emphasis was placed on the selection of components of the very highest quality. The answering unit is protected by highly-resistant, carefully crafted glass and utilises the highest quality audio components to achieve a clean sound without any echoe. The stylish new design was developed by a top Czech designer, Kryštof Nosál, who has won a number of prestigious international design awards including Red Dot, Good Design and the iF Design Award. Kryštof Nosál said: “This is a premium product, so it was essential to come up with a design which added real aesthetic value. It also needed to be flexible enough to fit seamlessly into all interiors." Custom operating system "The final design is an evolution from two earlier 2N products that we worked on - the Indoor Talk, which received an iF Design Award, and the Indoor Compact - with an emphasis on a sophisticated, classic look.” To install the device, all one needs is a UTP cable and an installation box. The 2N custom operating system is the guarantee of reliable operation and simple configuration. The device can also be configured remotely without the need to travel to the installation site. The product was developed and produced in Europe.