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The 2020s will be a wireless decade in access control, says Russell Wagstaff from ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions EMEA. He examines the trends data, and looks beyond mobile keys to brand new security roles for the smartphone. The benefits of wire-free electronic access control are well rehearsed. They are also more relevant than ever. A wireless solution gives facility managers deeper, more flexible control over who should have access, where and when, because installing, operating and integrating them is easier and less expensive than wiring more doors. Battery powered locks Many procurement teams are now aware of these cost advantages, but perhaps not their scale. Research for an ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions (AAOS) benchmarking exercise found installation stage to be the largest contributor to cost reduction. Comparing a typical installation of battery-powered Aperio locks versus wired locks at the same scale, the research projected an 80% saving in installers’ labour costs for customers who go cable-free. Battery powered locks all consume much less energy than traditional wired locks Operating costs are also lower for wireless: Battery powered locks all consume much less energy than traditional wired locks, which normally work via magnets connected permanently to electricity. Wireless locks only ‘wake up’ when presented with a credential for which they must make an access decision. AAOS estimated a 70% saving in energy use over a comparable lock’s lifetime. Find out more about wireless access control at ASSA ABLOY's upcoming 29th June webinar Deploying wireless locks In short, every time a business chooses a wireless lock rather than a wired door, they benefit from both installation and operating cost savings. A recent report from IFSEC Global, AAOS and Omdia reveals the extent to which the advantages of wireless are cutting through. Responses to a large survey of security professionals — end-users, installers, integrators and consultants serving large corporations and small- to medium-sized organisations in education, healthcare, industrial, commercial, infrastructure, retail, banking and other sectors — suggest almost four locations in ten (38%) have now deployed wireless locks as a part or the whole of their access solution. The corresponding data point from AAOS’s 2014 Report was 23%. Electronic access control Electronic access control is less dependent than ever on cabling Without doubt, electronic access control is less dependent than ever on cabling: Even after a year when many investments have been deferred or curtailed, the data reveals fast-growing adoption of wireless locks, technologies and systems. Is mobile access control — based on digital credentials or ‘virtual keys’ stored on a smartphone — an ideal security technology for this wire-free future? In fact, the same report finds mobile access is growing fast right now. Among those surveyed, 26% of end-users already offer mobile compatibility; 39% plan to roll out mobile access within two years. Before the mid-2020s, around two-thirds of access systems will employ the smartphone in some way. The smartphone is also convenient for gathering system insights Driving rapid adoption What is driving such rapid adoption? The convenience benefits for everyday users are obvious — witness the mobile boom in banking and payments, travel or event ticketing, transport, food delivery and countless more areas of modern life. Access control is a natural fit. If you have your phone, you are already carrying your keys: What could be easier? IBM forecasts that 1.87 billion people globally will be mobile workers by 2022 Less often discussed are the ways mobile management makes life easier for facility and security managers, too. Among those polled for the new Wireless Access Control Report, almost half (47%) agreed that ‘Mobile was more flexible than physical credentials, and 36% believe that mobile credentials make it easier to upgrade employee access rights at any time.’ IBM forecasts that 1.87 billion people globally will be mobile workers by 2022. Workers in every impacted sector require solutions which can get the job done from anywhere: Access management via smartphone offers this. Site management device The smartphone is also convenient for gathering system insights. For example, one new reporting and analytics tool for CLIQ key-based access control systems uses an app to collect, visualise and evaluate access data. Security system data could contribute to business success. The app’s clear, visual layout helps managers to instantly spot relevant trends, anomalies or patterns. It’s simple to export, to share insights across the business. Reinvented for learning — not just as a ‘key’ or site management device — the phone will help businesses make smarter, data-informed decisions. The smartphone will also play a major role in security — and everything else — for an exciting new generation of smart buildings. These buildings will derive their intelligence from interoperability. Over 90% of the report’s survey respondents highlighted the importance of integration across building functions including access control, CCTV, alarm and visitor management systems. Genuinely seamless integration They offer greater peace of mind than proprietary solutions which ‘lock you in’ for the long term Yet in practice, stumbling blocks remain on the road to deeper, genuinely seamless integration. More than a quarter of those polled felt held back by a lack of solutions developed to open standards. ‘Open standards are key for the momentum behind the shift towards system integration,’ notes the Report. As well as being more flexible, open solutions are better futureproofed. Shared standards ensure investments can be made today with confidence that hardware and firmware may be built on seamlessly in the future. They offer greater peace of mind than proprietary solutions which ‘lock you in’ for the long term. Open solutions and mobile management are critical to achieving the goals which end-users in every vertical are chasing: scalability, flexibility, sustainability, cost-efficiency and convenience.
In 2017, DITEK saw how power surges from the many natural disasters that took place damaged many businesses. In a natural disaster, or even everyday business operations, a facility’s entire investment in security, life safety and surveillance systems technology can be disabled or rendered useless in a few seconds. Surge protection solutions can mitigate those risks and protect security investments. Proactive approach to risk mitigation Throughout 2017, we also witnessed a change in how enterprises view surge protection, which included how investments are being made in surge protection to protect valuable security, life safety and surveillance systems, while also reducing downtime, manpower costs, liability vulnerabilities, and possibly compliance issues that can force businesses to actually cease operations. Effective security management is about mitigating risks. But risks cannot be mitigated without a proactive approach. Enterprises and integrators, who take the time to assess risk and to develop a strategy to incorporate effective detection, deter and response criteria to protect physical assets will be successful in 2018. 2018 and beyond That strategy includes designing surge protection into new security systems, while also adding surge protection to existing systems. Enterprises and security integrators who implement a surge protection strategy during security planning processes – or after – will be exercising prevention and mitigation, and they will be successful in 2018 and beyond. Surge protection devices have an untapped potential for enterprise surveillance and security systems In 2017, Ditek continued to offer security end users a solid surge protection solution. We also successfully educated system integrators, who are seeking value-added products or services to incorporate into their portfolios, on the importance of surge protection devices. Educating security integrators We believe that surge protection devices have an untapped potential for enterprise video surveillance and security systems, because they can and do meet safety and security challenges that have been rarely identified in the past. We are looking forward to 2018, when we will continue to develop new surge protection products – including a new product engineered to protect up to twelve individual fuel dispensers, which is critical to the financial operation of convenience stores. We will also continue to educate security integrators about the importance of including surge protection in the design/build RFP, to not only secure an enterprise’s valuable security equipment, but also to help integrators to differentiate their capabilities and knowledge from the competition.
The security market in 2016 saw an uptick in the economy, the introduction of new technologies, increased compliance requirements in key verticals, and rising concerns over the need for greater security. Users interested in upgrading or deploying new systems consistently chose networked system platforms. This trend further drove the demand for adaptive transmission solutions as a means of repurposing existing analogue infrastructure to accommodate IP devices on a networked platform. As this migration accelerated, product feature sets continued to evolve with the inclusion of advanced communications that let you monitor, control and report power/diagnostics from anywhere. These new products have also helped to stimulate new business opportunities for integrators by expanding their service offerings to include remote monitoring of these devices as a new source of recurring monthly revenue (RMR). PoE and adaptive transmission solutions In last year’s 2016 forecast, we discussed the integration trend and how PoE and adaptive transmission solutions with network communications were rapidly gaining traction and market share. As the year progressed, the trend increased with customers migrating towards systems that provided more data, faster transmission rates and more versatility, and accessibility anytime from anywhere. Altronix responded with more advanced product solutions. This growing trend makes it more critical than ever for the core power and transmission infrastructure that make up the foundation of these systems to include network communications for true integration. As effective and efficient as integrated IP systems have become, the cost to upgrade or install new networked systems can be prohibitive. In 2017, security professionals will require expanded options to capitalise on existing infrastructure while accommodating IP devices with new levels of performance. These new products will greatly reduce installation and maintenance costswhen deploying orupgrading systems We will see the introduction of new products that offer greater levels of integration with bundled capabilities such as PoE, network switches, versatile adaptive transmission capabilities to accommodate different types of cabling, greater bandwidth and speed, and management capabilities. These new products will greatly reduce installation and maintenance costs when deploying or upgrading systems. Altronix 2016 business overview Altronix’s evolution as a designer and manufacturer of versatile power supplies and accessories – and the addition of innovative PoE and adaptive transmission solutions with network communications – was significant in 2016. We have continued to deliver new products incorporating advances in power and communication technologies that solve real-world installation issues with the highest levels of performance and cost-efficiency. One of the most significant technologies contributing to our extensive portfolio of power and adaptive transmission products is our innovative LINQ™ Technology, which provides remote control of power, along with monitoring and reporting of diagnostics from anywhere you have internet access. LINQ completes the network communication cycle for networked systems by providing true integration for power supply and adaptive transmission products that are the foundation of every system. Altronix will continue to design, manufacture and introduce new power and adaptive transmission solutions in 2017 that live up to our longstanding reputation for outstanding quality, performance and reliability. See the full coverage of 2016/2017 Review and Forecast articles hereSave Save
Monitoring platform provider Bold Communications and Dahua Technology are pleased to announce that Bold has joined the ECO Partner Program. The Program is designed to create a closer integration and development relationship between Dahua and technology providers, with parties working to deliver an integrated monitoring solution for commercial ARCs and private control rooms. Security solutions typically require technology from more than one manufacturer. An integrated system will often incorporate legacy equipment, new technology and multiple product types. In the control room, a tool is needed to process the interaction between devices and present information, and tasks, to the operator in a clear and simple interface. This requires high-level system design and co-operation – the ECO Partner Program provides a platform for the process. “Interoperability is key for the monitoring business. Together with our technology partners, we are driven to develop more comprehensive solutions for the industry,” says James Wang, Dahua Vice President and General Manager of UK & Ireland. ECO Partner Program “The ECO Partner Program not only focuses on technical enhancements. It also offers our business partners the opportunity to explore our ecosystem and network with vendors with compatible solutions.” Alarm events can be generated by Dahua analytics, VMD or a third-party detection device Bold software supports compliance with industry standards for alarm and CCTV monitoring, using video verification to filter false activations and support an appropriate response. Alarm events can be generated by Dahua analytics, VMD or a third-party detection device and received by Gemini with live and pre-alarm video. With false, nuisance and duplicate alarms filtered out, and all information, video and handling tasks presented in a single display, the operator can focus on handling genuine alarm activations. Bold Gemini platform Integrated Visual Protection (IVP), a NSI Gold accredited ARC in London, provides specialist security services throughout the UK. The Bold Gemini platform enables IVP to provide a range of alarm and CCTV monitoring services, with Dahua a popular option. Operations Director, Piers Brown, commented, “To deliver a premium monitoring service for our clients means our operations have to be robust, seamless and efficient. Combining high quality CCTV images with fully featured ARC software helps us meet that standard.” Bold integration development and design is driven by new technology and the needs of the monitoring sector. Becoming an ECO Partner with Dahua Technology is another important step in that process.
Dahua Technology is pleased to announce the highly experienced QLS (QVIS Lighting and Security) has become a new distributor in the UK and Ireland market. “We are delighted to announce QLS as the latest distributor of Dahua products in the UK,” said James Wang, Vice President and the General Manager of the UK & Ireland. Video IoT technologies “With over 20 years’ industry experience and significant investments in stores and technology, QLS are well placed to boost the supply of Dahua Technology’s innovative video and security solutions across the UK and Ireland.” Dahua Technology is a video-centric smart IoT solution and service provider Dahua Technology is a video-centric smart IoT solution and service provider. Dahua Technology offers end-to-end security solutions, systems, and services, creating value for customers worldwide based on technological innovations. Dahua Technology continues to explore emerging opportunities based on video IoT technologies and enables valuable solutions across most sectors in the UK and Ireland. Developing product offering “We are passionate about delivering excellent value and support to the UK and Ireland security and surveillance market,” said Mat Brown, Managing Director at QLS. “Our partnership with Dahua Technology evolves from a strong base, and we look forward to furthering expanding and developing our product offering with the latest technology and industry trends.” QLS has a product portfolio that encompasses the full breadth of CCTV solutions. With extensive warehousing offering fast and efficient delivery, main offices in Havant, a growing number of stores under the Puretech banner and a mobile application, the company provides a comprehensive operation to meet the needs of security professionals in the UK and Ireland.
Installers and integrators are set to benefit from Dahua Technology’s new Partner app, which is available to download free of charge. Partner app The app is loaded with information to help installers specify the most appropriate products for their projects. This includes detailed product specifications and comparisons, a range of ‘how to’ videos and documents exploring common technical issues, which are searchable by category, and the latest news about Dahua products and services. A key feature of the app is providing technical support via an interactive Q&A function, so that installers can receive personalised support from Dahua’s local tech experts. It also provides a range of useful calculators, such as for selecting lenses and working out bandwidth capacity. Rewards in the form of Amazon vouchers The Partner app includes access to account details, showing rewards earned so far In addition, installers can claim rewards in the form of Amazon vouchers, by scanning the barcode of any Dahua product they have purchased, and can take advantage of products currently on promotion. The Partner app includes access to account details, showing rewards earned so far and enables installers to register their projects, in order to receive priority technical support. Easy-to-access product information “The partner app demonstrates that Dahua is at the forefront of providing easy-to-access and relevant product and technical information and support in an up-to-date and accessible format,” said Michael Lawrence, Dahua’s Marketing Director for UK & Ireland. Michael adds, “In addition, it provides exciting incentive and rewards schemes so that installers benefit further from selecting Dahua products and systems for their projects.” The Dahua Partner app is available from the App Store and Google Play.
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