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Surge protection for security installations: 2017 saw increased investment
Surge protection for security installations: 2017 saw increased investment

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.

Adaptive transmission systems evolve with advanced communications
Adaptive transmission systems evolve with advanced communications

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

Extenders convert media for longer video distance runs
Extenders convert media for longer video distance runs

IP/PoE systems eliminate the need for local power, thus saving installation costs Cost considerations are an important reason to use existing installed cable as part of a new system infrastructure. Extenders in the form of media converters can help. For almost three decades, video surveillance systems existed in the form of analogue systems. Video coaxial cable was the primary method of transmission with a limited distance of about 750 feet. Analogue systems required separate power supply located at each security camera site. Today, new technology often solves one problem and creates another. Internet Protocol/Power over Ethernet (IP/PoE) systems eliminate the need for local power supply, thus saving installation costs. The drawback is the restriction to only 328 feet and the required use of Cat 5e or above cable. Extended transmission distance So tens of thousands of video surveillance cameras are waiting to be converted to IP, and have been transmitting over coax at distances two-and-a-quarter-times greater than the Ethernet limit. The advent of extenders helps to solve this problem. In addition, the use of extenders for Cat cable and even single-pair alarm wire helps to add to the types of IP/PoE conversions while extending distance as far as three thousand feet. Tens of thousands of camerasare waiting to be converted to IP,and have been transmitting overcoax at distances two-and-a-quarter-times greater than theEthernet limit Considerations while using extenders Use of extenders requires taking several considerations into account. First and most important is a careful reading of specifications. A statement can be true while not applying to your applications. Let’s take IP/PoE transmission over coax as an example. A manufacturer’s product can state it has this feature and will meet your transmission requirement of X number of thousand feet. However, a careful reading reveals that achieving this requires RG 6 cable while you have RG 59 installed. You need to maintain a 100Mbps bandwidth and provide your cable with 12.95 watts of power. But as both bandwidth and power decrease with distances obtainable from many types of extensions, you realise that both are much less at the extended distance you require. In short, just depending on a product to make a simple specification statement is not enough when it comes to infrastructure considerations and especially with regards to extenders. Save Save

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Dantech promotes lower cost Paxton Net2 installations with DA481 and DA482 access control power centres
Dantech promotes lower cost Paxton Net2 installations with DA481 and DA482 access control power centres

Dantech Electronic Engineering, the UK manufacturer of power supplies and ancillary equipment for security applications, is promoting faster, neater and lower-cost Paxton Net2 installations with its DA481 and DA482 integrated Access Control Power Centres. Dantech Power Centres Supporting installers’ profitability by reducing equipment and mains cabling costs, Dantech Power Centres provide reliable 12v DC switch-mode power for either two (DA481) or four (DA482) Paxton Net2 PCBs. The rugged power supply module provides two sets of outputs for each controller position: 500mA for the controller and 2A for lock power. All outputs are protected by self-resetting fuses and equipped with status LEDs. With only a single fire alarm input required to the Power Centre, lock power outputs are individually selectable as either continuously powered or fire-switched. Two (continuously charged) VRLA battery packs up to 12Ah can be mounted in the Power Centre, ensuring continuity of security in the event of a mains power failure. Mains and battery status can be monitored via volt-free contacts, and batteries are protected by automatic deep-discharge disconnection. In addition, the physical security of the Power Centre is assured by its key-lockable and tamper-protected steel enclosure. Cost-effective installation Dantech Power Centres drive down installation costs. With just one fused spur required for each Power Centre instead of one per door controller, electrical installation costs are greatly reduced, and mains cabling can be completed more quickly. Equipment mounting, connection and commissioning also require less engineering time, and ongoing maintenance will be both simpler and more economical for the life of the system. Available from all leading distributors, Dantech Power Centres are the ideal solution for installing two or four Net2 access control units, whether centrally or at convenient locations around a protected site.

Dantech joins Axis Communications’ Technology Partner Program to deliver innovative power solutions
Dantech joins Axis Communications’ Technology Partner Program to deliver innovative power solutions

The Axis partner network consists of 80,000 resellers and system designer partners in 179 countries With over four decades of experience and innovation in power supply technology, Dantech Electronic Engineering, the UK manufacturer of off-the-shelf and bespoke specialist power supplies and ancillary equipment for security applications, has joined the Axis Communications’ Technology Partner Program. Innovative and secure power technology Known worldwide as the market leading security manufacturer of network video solutions, to sustain quality video performance for its customers base, Axis Communications has enlisted Dantech into the TPP program to provide innovative and secure 24/7 power technology—via Dantech’s comprehensive range of power supply solutions. The Axis partner network of 80,000 resellers and system designer partners in 179 countries will now have access Dantech’s unparalleled expertise in low voltage and Power over Ethernet (PoE) power supplies, to help them deliver total security system solutions. Analogue and PoE power supply Known for their extensive range of analogue and PoE power supply and ancillary products, Dantech’s unique range of power products enable camera surveillance or access control equipment to be deployed whether specified with DC or AC low voltage, PoE, or with a mixture of supply voltages to suit the requirements of individual components. With Dantech technology, power distribution decisions based on key factors such as reliability, continuity, accessibility, compliance, physical security, and cost can all be catered for, to deliver robust and flexible networked power solutions. “Dantech’s range of innovative equipment will enable our system integration partners to provide a wide range of power supply options for Axis products” “We are thrilled to partner an industry innovator such as Axis,” says Tim Scott, Director at Dantech Electronic Engineering. “Through the Technology Partner Program initiative, we are looking forward to raising awareness of the critical role effective power delivery plays in supporting robust 24/7 video and access control solutions, and for mission critical applications, without interruption of service, utilising full battery back-up.” Switch mode power supplies“We are very excited about the opportunity to extend the benefits of our unique range of analogue and switch mode power supplies, including UPS battery back-up, PoE switch and PoE injector power products, to a whole new audience.” “Axis Northern Europe are delighted to have Dantech join the TPP program,” says Doug Adams, Business Development Manager - ADP/TPP at Axis Communications, Northern Europe. “Dantech’s range of innovative equipment will enable our system integration partners to provide a wide range of power supply options for Axis products.”

Dantech invests in new production lines and refitting to increase capacity and efficiency
Dantech invests in new production lines and refitting to increase capacity and efficiency

The new lift connects over 10,000 sq./ft. of space spread over three floors Dantech Electronic Engineering, a UK manufacturer of off-the-shelf and bespoke specialist power supplies and ancillary equipment for security applications, has invested in a major expansion and refit to increase its production capacity. New production lines At one of the company’s two production sites in Maldon, Essex, Dantech has installed new state-of-the-art production lines covering 2,500 sq./ft. Improving the flow of goods transfer around the multi-story facility, part of the refit has included a new high-capacity elevator. Greatly enhancing the movement of pallets of goods and people, the new lift connects over 10,000 sq./ft. of space spread over three floors. In addition, all-new racking in conjunction with forklift and pallet trucks have made more efficient use of the building’s available space. For example, with many tons of steel and alloy being delivered frequently, it is important for them to be stored quickly and safely, ready for use. The new improved facility layout allows these goods to be delivered directly to the appropriate storage or production departments, such as CNC machine feeds. Maximising all-round production volumes, departments such as metalworking now also enjoy a much larger workspace area too. Improving production efficiency “The new refit was designed to improve the capacity and production efficiency of our unique and diverse range of electronic products,” says Tim Scott, Director at Dantech Electronic Engineering. “Dantech power supply and ancillary products require many specialist skills to produce, to meet with an ever-increasing demand for products, our investment into new production lines and refitting will help to substantially increase our production capacity and overall efficiency.”