Airports & Ports
- Arecont Vision cameras and Arteco VEMS software helps safeguard USS Iowa museum
- Security ready for take off: MOBOTIX helps protect 11 million passengers at major Italian airport
- Vanderbilt solutions facilitate free movement and effective safeguarding measures for airports
- Nedap AEOS controls access for Aéroport International de Genève
Banking & Finance
- Arecont Vision delivers megapixel camera solutions for banking and financial services
- Vanderbilt’s SPC intrusion detection is a solution worth banking on
- Pyronix PCX46 APP protects financial, industrial and commercial installations
- SeeTec Cayuga integrated solution protects Erste Group Bank AG in Vienna
- SeeTec's flexible and modular video security solution protects The Vienna University of Economics and Business
- Securing student accommodation with SMARTair™ access control
- Arecont Vision surveillance cameras secure Ottawa School District
- MOBOTIX video surveillance solution protects Edmund Rice College, Sydney
Government & Public Services
- Arecont Vision megapixel cameras slash healthcare video costs & increase quality and coverage
- Smart domotics: MOBOTIX cameras chosen for Conview Care solution
- SMARTair™ advanced wireless access control utilised by the Casa de la Misericordia care home in Pamplona
- CLIQ® electromechanical locking system improves staff access at QE Hospital, Birmingham
Hotels, Leisure & Entertainment
Industrial & Commercial
- Hikvision IP CCTV system secures perimeter and enables remote monitoring of workshop for GRW, South Africa
- Akuvox all-Android intercom solution ensures smart living environment
- VIVOTEK VAST used in successful IP surveillance project at Varun Beverages Ltd.
- Arecont Vision's megapixel solution enhances perimeter security at BASF China facility
- Remote monitoring with the Pyronix PCX46 APP Panel is here
- Remote monitoring with Vanderbilt’s SPC Connect and ACT365
- French water utility Eau de Valence selects CLIQ® access control to upgrade locking system
- Hikvision IP CCTV system secures perimeter and enables remote monitoring of workshop for GRW, South Africa
Retail & EAS
- MOBOTIX video surveillance cameras safeguard high-end jewellery for Meiller Jewellers
- Pyronix Octopus DQ takes a new approach to retail protection
- VIVOTEK provides IP surveillance system to Cea Point for retail store management
- CLIQ® technology allows flexible access and cuts key management costs at Festival Palace
The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a rich history of innovation. Since its founding in 1984, the facility has become one of the world’s leading public aquariums and ocean conservation organisations. Monterey Bay Aquarium has produced significant insights into the life history of sharks, sea otters, and bluefin tuna. The aquarium also was the first to exhibit a living kelp forest, and in 2004 it was the first to successfully exhibit and return to the wild a young great white shark. It is therefore no surprise that the Monterey Bay Aquarium desired the most innovative and state-of-the-art cameras as a key component for its security system, and Arecont Vision was able to deliver what they required. Until recently, the Monterey Bay Aquarium relied upon up to 60 analogue cameras for its video security needs Constant surveillance and monitoring The aquarium has a huge campus, with multiple separate properties and an average annual visitation of two million people. Until recently, the Monterey Bay Aquarium relied upon up to 60 analogue cameras for its video security needs. With such a large area to cover and with so many people to monitor, this type of system proved increasingly unreliable and insufficient to its growing security needs. The aquarium’s security staff also found it a major inconvenience that accessories and other parts for the system were exclusive to the original provider, limiting the security team’s options both technically and financially. The footage from the analogue cameras was monitored on monochrome screens and useful viewing of surveillance video was quite difficult at times. The quality of the images was low, and the inflexible nature of the cameras resulted in a number of blind spots throughout the aquarium’s large campus. Difficult lighting conditions The aquarium also has some very challenging lighting situations, requiring more specialised, versatile cameras in order to properly capture images. “We have some very difficult light levels here. The reflections of the water tanks can make certain areas lighter on camera than they are in person, or vice-versa,” stated Thomas Uretsky, Director of Security and Emergency Management for the facility. The security team reached the point where they knew they needed to upgrade. “The system needed more flexibility, multiple views on one camera, the works,” Mr. Uretsky said. “Blind spots needed to be eliminated, and we wanted as close to a 360-degree view as possible.” After thorough research, San Jose, California-based security integrator NSI Systems recommended Arecont Vision for the camera solution. The aquarium has a huge campus, with an average annual visitation of two million people Arecont Vision surveillance expertise Mr. Uretsky and the team at Monterey Bay Aquarium collaborated with Arecont Vision regarding what they were looking for, where coverage was needed, and how to best fit in into their budget. Monterey Bay Aquarium chose ExacqVision as their video management system, another solid partner to help upgrade their prior surveillance system. A range of different Arecont Vision cameras were ultimately deployed to serve the aquarium’s varying needs. Arecont Vision MicroDome cameras were ideal for the ticketing area and customer lines. The series includes Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) models, which can achieve clear images across extreme lighting conditions, such as those found in some of the indoor spaces at the aquarium. MicroDome cameras have an extremely low profile and only a 4” diameter, making them ideal for discrete security surveillance. When asked for his thoughts about the MicroDome camera, Mr. Uretsky responded, “They are small and nearly invisible to anyone who doesn’t know what they’re looking for. The fact that they have such a small footprint makes them ideal for us in the ticketing and front entrance areas.” The Monterey Bay Aquarium now has the unique and flexible camera solution it required, utilising 360-degree video Another favourite at Monterey Bay Aquarium were Arecont Vision SurroundVideo Omni G1 and G2 adjustable-view cameras. The SurroundVideo Omni series utilises a patented 360º track where each of its four-megapixel sensors can be moved to cover virtually any angle. Remote motorised focus simplified installation with the Omni G2. Combined with the ability to interchange lenses, the Monterey Bay Aquarium now has the unique and flexible camera solution it required. The customisable features of the camera also simplify future changes that may occur at the aquarium, saving time and money if construction or remodelling were to occur. “The SurroundVideo Omni cameras are some of our favourites because we are getting four cameras in one. They have the most flexibility,” said Kevin Wright, Monterey Bay Aquarium’s security manager. “Our blind spots are much more limited, and we don’t need to use nearly as many cameras as we previously had in those areas.” Although each camera offers four separate views, only a single PoE (Power over Ethernet) cable and a single software license is required for integration with the Exacq software, further reducing costs. Megapixel camera performance The system has performed incredibly well to date. Not only was it installed on time, but it was completed within budget. The Monterey Bay Aquarium monitors the system locally, 24-hours per day. The images are viewed on a dynamic video wall in the new Security Operations Center. While most footage is viewed on-site, some cameras have been enabled with the Exacq software for remote monitoring at satellite offices. For example, holding areas for rescued sea otters can be viewed remotely by a research team. Some cameras have been enabled with the Exacq software for remote monitoring off-site Arecont Vision cameras have helped the aquarium’s security department in a variety of ways, one of which is increasingly common: addressing bicycle theft. Individuals will sometimes access a public recreational trail that runs along the aquarium’s main campus to steal unattended bikes parked by visitors or staff. Unlike the previous analogue surveillance system, Arecont Vision’s megapixel cameras are able to provide the security department with good views and high-resolution images when reporting such incidents to the police department. The project at Monterey Bay Aquarium fulfilled a vast array of surveillance requirements — indoor and outdoor scenes, large and small spaces, low- to high-lighting conditions — and Arecont Vision cameras addressed each of the challenges. The deployment of the new cameras made an impression on Mr. Uretsky and his team. Making potential security solutions reality One installation inspired ideas for another, and Arecont Vision helped make these potential security solutions a reality as well. The continual partnership between the aquarium, the system integrator, and Arecont Vision has resulted in an ongoing collaboration between the three entities. “The reason we went with Arecont Vision was because it has a niche where a lot of manufacturers don’t, with its multi-view cameras,” Mr. Uretsky stated. Arecont Vision pioneered the first multi-sensor megapixel panoramic cameras in the surveillance industry in 2006, and has continued to enhance their capabilities, introducing adjustable-view Omni cameras in 2014. “These cameras have been fundamental as we systematically replace our old cameras with newer, megapixel versions. We are always improving and always adding cameras, so each time we’ve installed them we’ve been pleased.”
Organisations across the world face a new risk paradigm: one that encompasses cyber and physical threats. We’ve heard the stories associated with ATM skimming, identity theft, data breaches, scams, and phishing. Large financial services organisations are often the victim of hackers looking to steal corporate information and transactional data or funds, and criminals continue to become more sophisticated in their approach. Growth in cyber-attacks Additionally, cyber-threats have taken a front seat in the line-up of primary risks facing financial institutions today. And it is no surprise why: according to Cybersecurity Ventures, the amount of money taken in cyber heists, both in banking and elsewhere, was estimated at $3 trillion overall for 2015, and this substantial amount is expected to double by 2021. Cyber-attacks are becoming more prevalent, more complex and harder to address The fact that cyber-attacks are becoming more prevalent isn't the only issue; they're also becoming more complex and therefore harder to address. And although the convenient interconnectivity of the Internet of Things (IoT) creates many advantages for financial institutions, with that also comes an increased risk to dangerous threats. In today’s environment, banks, credit unions, and financial organisations of all types are primary targets for hackers. But it’s not just the monetary loss that these businesses need to be concerned about — there is also a threat to the brand, customer trust, and employee safety. All of these challenges and complexities open the door to new conversations and risks. Here are the top five critical questions today’s bank leaders need to be ready to answer. Should we collaborate to mitigate these threats effectively? Over the last decade, the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) and a demand for more mobile capabilities has changed the way people and businesses connect. But as the need for connectivity increases, so too does the need for increased security for physical assets, networks, and valuable corporate data. As a result, a dialogue between IT and physical security is necessary to help leaders gain a greater knowledge of how to best collaborate to ensure complete protection. Leaders must communicate closely to drive strategies that help identify vulnerabilities in a more proactive manner. The result of these conversations: a truly comprehensive approach to security intelligence. It’s not just the monetary loss that banks need to be concerned about – there is also a threat to customer trust and employee safety How can I pinpoint the important data for addressing cyber threats? To maintain a high level of security and ensure business continuity around the globe, companies seek solutions that help predict and identify threats in real time. But often, there are too many alerts generated by too many systems, and none of this raw data is actionable. Linking cyber and physical security together transforms alerts into actionable intelligence, which helps users connect the pieces of any situation and present a unified risk scenario to the appropriate analysts and operators. By capturing and analysing data in real time, enterprise organisations gain a visual representation of risks across the business while accessing information related to the most critical events happening at any given time. Not only does this unified process enable a higher and more proactive level of protection, but it also helps facilitate a plan of action based within a common, unified security operations centre. How can I inform of the importance of cybersecurity? Security leaders in banks need to feel prepared by staying updated, looking at common vulnerabilities, understanding the malware and challenges, and testing the environment. And collaboration is key to mitigation: Traditional security and fraud teams must work in conjunction with cyber teams to effectively handle all aspects of a cyber-attack. Additionally, CISOs need to “sell” cybersecurity to CEOs and the board by outlining the importance of protection through emphasising the impact of a potential cyber-attack on the business. Ensure you can verbally address the most critical risks to your senior leadership, including recent botnets, scams, and cyber gangs, to receive the support, and budget you need to address these threats head on. Is my system secure? It is critical that you are knowledgeable about the steps you can take to protect your security and network infrastructure from cyber-attacks. A firewall is useful to prevent hackers from accessing critical data on internal networks and computers Changing default passwords should be a first step, as some scams target devices with hard-coded factory defaults. Ensure software and firmware is up to date because updates often include fixes for potential vulnerabilities. These updates keep your devices and network more secure and increase overall system uptime. A firewall is useful to prevent hackers and unauthorised programs from accessing the critical business information and resources on internal networks and computers. Also, minimise potential risk by closing network ports and disabling services you don’t need. With all of these instances, it is best to work closely with your integrator partner and chosen vendor to ensure that your system is as secure as it can possibly be. What solutions are best to help mitigate risks? Technology is a great force multiplier. Security — both cyber and physical solutions — helps secure an entire branch footprint, alleviates risk, ensures operational compliance, and improves fraud investigations. Video surveillance systems, analytics, threat management platforms and more can provide organisations with intelligence and unprecedented protection from fraud, all while enhancing the customer experience. Overall, there are significant benefits to collaborating to gain comprehensive risk intelligence. By bringing various leaders, departments, technologies and strategies together, we can more effectively identify threats, develop trends and quickly access important data to ensure security and safety goals are realised.
Fifth Third Bancorp, one of the top 15 banks in the U.S., is well on its way toward completing a major upgrade of its March Networks video surveillance system. A customer since 2004, Fifth Third has deployed 12,000 March Networks cameras and approximately 1,400 March Networks 8000 Series Hybrid NVRs over a period of 36 months. Identification and apprehension of suspects “By the end of 2016, we’ll have a total of 1,600 new 8000 Series recorders,” said Mike Neugebauer, Fifth Third’s Vice-President and Director of Corporate Security, who oversees security for 1,300 full-service retail branches, as well as data centres, corporate offices and cash handling facilities across 12 states. The combination of March Networks MegaPX WDR MiniDome Z IP cameras, Analog WDR Indoor Domes and the 8000 Series Hybrid NVRs with advanced video compression allows Fifth Third to provide law enforcement authorities with high-quality video for the identification and apprehension of suspects. Video verification improves urgency “Bank robberies and break-ins appear to be trending higher nationally,” said Neugebauer. “Much of it is a consequence of the heroin epidemic. Typically, they’ll go through a window in the middle of the night to see what there is to steal.Security staff in our 24-hour monitoring centre can verify an alarm and tell responding law enforcement officers what we see" “We constantly get compliments from law enforcement about the quality of our video. Even if the bad guys show up with hoodies or masks, we can zoom in on clothing patterns and brand logos, partial facial features, tattoos or other distinguishing marks.” “Security staff in our 24-hour monitoring centre can verify an alarm and tell responding law enforcement officers what we see,” said Neugebauer. “Video verification is huge. It changes law enforcement’s urgency to respond.” Crystal-clear images In minutes, Fifth Third security staff can email crystal clear images of a suspect to police, dramatically improving the chances of apprehension. The March Networks MegaPX WDR MiniDome Z IP camera’s wide dynamic range and progressive scan in high resolution delivers excellent image quality even in bright backlit situations, while its H.264 compression technology reduces bandwidth and storage costs. The MiniDome Z also features Power-over-Ethernet and is ONVIF-compliant, allowing it to be used with a variety of third-party video surveillance systems. Linking video with teller and ATM transaction data allows fraud investigators to quickly establish the identity of an individual associated with a transaction The Analog WDR Indoor Dome also features wide dynamic range, progressive scan in high resolution and low light sensitivity, making it ideal for capturing quality images in a variety of lighting conditions. Mix of analogue and IP The 8000 Series Hybrid recorder is a perfect fit for Fifth Third, accommodating a mix of analogue and IP cameras and offering up to 16 TB of onboard storage across four hard drive slots. “Typically, we’ll have two IP MiniDomes and 14 analogue cameras per branch, but we’re starting to use more exterior-mounted IP cameras in our elevated risk branches, so storage is important to us,” said Neugebauer. “The other thing we like about the 8000 Series is how it gives us sharper images from our analogue cameras.” The availability of the 8000 Series Hybrid NVR in 4, 8, 16 and 32-channel configurations is also a plus because it allows Fifth Third to acquire a fit-for-purpose unit for every application. Compatibility issues The decision to standardise on March Networks cameras frees Fifth Third from having to worry about any compatibility issues. “When we weren’t buying March Networks cameras, it made management of the cameras a lot harder for us,” said Neugebauer. “That was especially the case for IP megapixel cameras and managing the software patches that have to go on them. The fact that our March Networks cameras work in concert with our NVRs means we don’t have to do any software loads like we had to do when we were buying another camera brand. We were managing many pieces of software instead of just one platform.” Transitioning to Command Enterprise and Searchlight Next on the agenda for Fifth Third is a transition to March Networks Command Enterprise video management software and the acquisition of March Networks’ Searchlight for Banking software. Fifth Third security staff can email crystal clear images of a suspect to police, dramatically improving the chances of apprehension Command Enterprise features a user-friendly, browser-based interface that provides support for up to 10,000 recorders and 128,000 video channels, while Searchlight for Banking is a suite of tools to speed fraud investigations and capture business intelligence such as tracking customer behaviour. Linking video with teller and ATM transaction data, for example, allows fraud investigators to quickly establish the identity of an individual associated with a transaction. Searchlight advantages “On the retail side, we also hope to take advantage of Searchlight to help us make better business decisions,” said Neugebauer. Using Searchlight’s queue length monitoring analytics, Fifth Third will be able to gather and compare metrics on branch traffic and speed of service. It can also be used to track self-serve kiosk usage and gather data on how long customers linger in front of marketing displays. Concurrent with the introduction of Searchlight, Fifth Third is also planning to acquire March Networks’ new MegaPX Indoor Analytics Dome camera with built-in intelligence. “We’ve just done some testing and we’re very pleased with it,” said Neugebauer. While security remains the primary application for video surveillance at Fifth Third, other “lines of business” are taking advantage of it. Weather damage and alarms “In the past, security directors were always hesitant to share their video surveillance system, but we share our system with our facilities and retail groups”, said Neugebauer. “They use it to see if the sidewalk has been shovelled or if the parking lot has been plowed in our northern branches. In Florida, where we’ve had some severe storms, they use it to see if the windows have been blown out or if we have water damage. “Our facilities group has really embraced it. We’ll put cameras in mechanical rooms, for example, so they can see the indicator light configurations on the control panels. It often saves them from making a trip to the site. If a technician gets an alarm from an HVAC system or a generator, for example, he can diagnose the problem remotely and take the necessary steps to resolve it.When we weren’t buying March Networks cameras, it made management of the cameras a lot harder for us" “Retail uses the system to look at compliance with opening and closing procedures. Or, they may have a teller who’s great at selling and go in to look at best practices for training purposes.Sharing their March Networks video surveillance system with other departments “makes funding easier for us,” said Neugebauer. Longer lifecycle However, underlying Fifth Third’s choice of a video surveillance supplier is March Networks’ track record for product durability. Fifth Third began retiring the 4000 C Series recorders it acquired in 2004 two years ago and will only complete the transition to new 8000 Series units in 2016. “Some of my peers in the industry are buying new recorders every three years,” said Neugebauer. “Everything has a lifecycle and we feel the lifecycle for March Networks products is significantly longer than most of the other systems out there.”
As physical stores look to push the boundaries of retail design, demand for non-intrusive security systems at the store entrance/exit is growing. Checkpoint Systems, a supplier of source to shopper solutions for the global retail industry, has responded with the launch of an underfloor RFID antenna, UF-1. Delivering the same market-leading quality as Checkpoint’s more traditional EAS antennas, but using unique, patented RFID reader technology, the UF-1 system offers a large read range, with the added benefit of harnessing the power of RFID data to improve inventory management within a completely invisible solution. Checkpoint Wirama RadarTM technology UF-1 is suited to a wide array of projects; from those wanting aesthetically pleasing, open entrances to malls that restrict the use of traditional EAS antennas across their openings, and retailers that need wide, obstruction free store doorways. Using patented Checkpoint Wirama RadarTM technology, the underfloor RFID-enabled solution can identify the direction of a tag passing over the antenna, whether into the store, out of the store, or along the door. It is also able to determine if an item is simply located nearby the exit or potentially being stolen – minimising false alarms. Simon Edgar, Senior Director - Product Management at Checkpoint Systems, commented: “We’re hugely excited to be launching this new underfloor RFID solution that will enable retailers to become even more creative with their store designs and help them improve their customers’ in-store experience. UF-1 is advanced floor-based solution and we expect it to be extremely popular among RFID early adopters.”
The next level in hotel security is here; SALTO's new AElement Fusion is packed with innovative features including a JustIN Mobile application for mobile access, SALTO BLUEnet wireless technology for real-time access control management and the SALTO Virtual Network (SVN) data-on-card technology. SALTO’s new AElement Fusion is an electronic lock with a sleek round reader that eliminates lock hardware on the door by encasing all electronic components inside the door itself, making security virtually invisible, it is compatible with RFID and BLE (Bluetooth) technologies that integrate seamlessly with mobile applications including SALTO Systems’ JustIN Mobile. Customisable light ring reader Providing a minimalistic design that blends in with any type of hotel décor, AElement Fusion’s small, customisable light ring reader (available in Black or White) offers a discreet electronic lock for hotels looking to deploy electronic access control with a stylish, yet technologically-advanced solution. “For more than a decade, our intention has been to create an invisible electronic hotel lock. AElement Fusion is the realisation of that vision. It is packed with new technologies like the innovative JustIN Mobile application that allows guests and staff to use their smartphone as a key, a beautifully designed contactless light ring reader, and a SALTO BLUEnet wireless engine for real-time access control" said Marc Handels, SALTO Systems Chief Marketing & Sales Officer. Advanced wireless technology Security, efficiency and design are all essential aspects of access control in the highly competitive hospitality sector. AElement Fusion incorporates SALTO’s stand-alone, battery-powered electronic lock and technology, SVN data-on-card and advanced wireless technology, with online, real-time capabilities — all without using wires.
HID Global, a provider of trusted identity solutions, has announced that the government of Tanzania has selected HID as its prime supplier for an end-to-end solution for issuing electronic passports as part of Tanzania’s transformative e-Immigration programme. The new ePassport was unveiled publicly as part of the inauguration of the end-to-end solution provided by HID Global. The solution incorporates advanced physical and electronic security features, automated passport verification capabilities and support for international standards. Marked by visually stunning landmark imagery, such as Mount Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar’s House of Wonders, the new Tanzania ePassport contains a contactless chip embedded in its polycarbonate datapage, which is proven as tamper-proof. HID Polycarbonate Electronic Datapage HID Global has partnered with DLRS Group for the manufacture of the passport booklets incorporating HID’s polycarbonate electronic datapage. This is the same partnership as for the current award-winning Irish electronic passport, with both the booklet and datapage manufactured at the two companies’ facilities in Ireland.The new ePassport will increase security and make travel easier for the country’s citizens The new ePassport will increase security while, at the same time, making travel easier for the country’s citizens, such as simply scanning their passports electronically at border control stations upon entry and exit. In addition, the new ePassport conforms to all international standards as set out by the International Civil Aviation Organization, ensuring seamless interactions by Tanzanians as they travel the world. “Tanzania is taking a leap forward in providing an electronic passport for our citizens,” said Dr. Anna Peter Makakala, Tanzania’s Commissioner General of Immigration. “Our people will be proud knowing they are carrying one of the most secure and modern passports in the world and can take advantage of some of the most advanced technology available.” New passports help enhance security Tanzania is not only modernising government services, but also raising security by enhancing the existing issuance process. Verifying the identities of travellers is a high priority for governments worldwide, as they crack down on counterfeit passports and upgrade border facilities. The e-Immigration solution includes an ePassport issuance system and personalisation facilities in Dar-Es-Salam and Zanzibar -- equipping the application centres and embassies – as well as biometric matching, border control, e-Visas, e-Permits and delivery of electronic passport books. Stefan Widing, President and CEO of HID Global, said, “We worked very closely with Tanzania’s government to conceptualise and bring into being this state-of the-art passport solution. Their government’s vision for faster, more secure electronic verification of identities matched our end-to-end solution capabilities for citizen identity. Working on a strict timeline, the Immigration team in Tanzania was a strong partner with us to deliver on this exemplary government project.”One of many benefits of the new e-passport solution from HID Global is that the holder can have an “emergency passport” on their smart phone Emergency passport on smartphone One of many benefits of the new e-passport solution from HID Global is that the holder can have an “emergency passport” on their smart phone, if their passport is stolen or lost in another country. The emergency passport, verifiable electronically by the embassy, allows the traveller to obtain the necessary document to return home or request a replacement passport without the need for further online checks, filling out forms or other time-consuming tasks. This mobile emergency passport is made possible using HID’s award-winning Seosâ technology for mobile citizen IDs, called HID goID. HID Global has shipped more than 150 million government-issued IDs in over 50 countries for major projects that include national ID, e-passport, foreign resident ID, driver’s licence and vehicle registration programmes. HID products and technology are present in sixty percent of all government issued electronic identity projects globally. Leveraging this experience, HID Global has formed a multi-year relationship with the government of Tanzania to ensure the highest levels of security for many years to come.
Many people think that water towers are only used as telephone antennas these days. In fact, those hefty, yet reassuringly familiar, old structures serve as reservoirs perched high above the rooftops. If you see one, there is a strong chance that it is managed by Veolia, one of two traditional operators and the world leader in environmental services. In 2016, the Veolia group supplied 100 million people with drinking water and 61 million people worldwide with wastewater services. Sites of critical importance Security is always a concern in this highly sensitive sector. Drinking water sites are classified as sites of critical importance and their security must be safeguarded in all circumstances, under the control of local administration and, where appropriate, military authorities.Security is always a concern in this highly sensitive sector The primary requirement is to prevent any risk of malicious intrusion. However, Veolia has its work cut out, since its sites are scattered all across the country, from large conurbations to small villages, and even out in the middle of nowhere. Collection systems must be as close as possible to springs and rivers and to complicate matters further, water towers sometimes host the equipment of telephony or energy operators, which need access in order to perform maintenance operations. Facilitating single key access In late 2016, Veolia in France chose LOCKEN as its preferred access control service. This gave all of its public service concessions (DSPs), spread throughout the country, access to the electronic key solution, with the transmission of access rights in real time. As always with LOCKEN solutions, the person seeking access now only needs a single key containing the necessary authorisations. Moreover, the keys are connected by Bluetooth to their smartphone, which communicates with the centralised access management system through the MyLocken App. The system combines flexibility and security, enabling Veolia to provide access rights to personnel upon their arrival at the site and, if necessary, for a single entry. The cable-free installation requires no additional operation other than the replacement of cylinders. The electronic keys can also open the numerous padlocks used on the storage tanks, as well as the key deposits intended for the partner operators positioned at the site entrances. The cable-free installation requires no additional operation other than the replacement of cylinders. Seamless integration Vincent Govelet, a buyer at Veolia, who champions the LOCKEN solution, explains: "LOCKEN provides a solution, which allows sensitive sites to be secured, without electrifying the equipped doors, while adapting to the mobility and multiple-use imperatives specific to Veolia Waters’ activities. "Bluetooth technology, coupled with a smartphone application, is particularly popular in the field for the distribution of access rights. The fact that the cylinders are weather-resistant is a decisive advantage in our business." Nick Dooley, Managing Director of LOCKEN UK says: “LOCKEN has secured over one million access points worldwide and has seen huge success with Veolia in France. There is big potential to replicate this achievement in the UK and we take great pride in offering a robust and reliable access control solution to an industry that is vulnerable to risks, including terrorism, vandalism and theft. With this collaboration, LOCKEN is once again demonstrating its reliability in securing the sensitive sites of network operators.”
National Business Crime Solution (NBCS), a not-for-profit organisation that enables the sharing of data between law enforcement agencies and the business community in order to reduce crime, is celebrating the success of the very first Business Impact Reduction Day (BIRD)—also known as Operation BIRD—an industry-led initiative that is designed to target and manage the effect of business related crime activity. Police-assisted retail surveillance The initial exercise took place at Westfield shopping centre in London, where 51 security and loss prevention professionals from across the industry joined forces with the police service and retailers to target prolific and persistent offenders. The brainchild of NBCS, Operation BIRD was supported by the Metropolitan Police’s Business Crime Hub, National Business Crime Centre, Territorial Support Group, London Borough of Newham and Westfield Stratford City—all of which played a vital role in planning and executing the manoeuvre. The day began with a full briefing and the identification of persistent offenders, who were to be apprehended in a safe manner with no violence. In addition, a team of ‘super-recognisers’ from the Metropolitan Police was present to identify any other offenders on the police radar.Perhaps the most significant, and unexpected, result of the day concerned the apprehension of a 15-year-old female from the north of England Officers in this unit have the ability to instantly place a familiar face, a skill that some researchers estimate is present in just one percent of the population. Successful implementation with civil recovery Operation BIRD proved to be a remarkable success with 18 detentions and various actions including penalty notices, community resolutions and civil recoveries, as well as a number of arrests and charges. Perhaps the most significant, and unexpected, result of the day concerned the apprehension of a 15-year-old female from the north of England, who it transpired was the victim of child sexual exploitation and was being coerced into shoplifting. She is now under the auspices of the child protection authorities and currently in care. Retail security education and training NBCS managing director, Dan Hardy, commented, “The story of how this vulnerable young person came to be shoplifting in Westfield shopping centre was truly shocking. It has brought into sharp focus why safeguarding intervention requires sensitive and considerate handling when dealing with the victims of child sexual exploitation. "It has also highlighted the need for security service providers to educate their officers on this subject and implement consistent training. NBCS will be looking to drive this forward with its industry partners, while further Operation BIRD activities will take place around the country in places that NBCS intelligence suggests are crime hotspots.” Detective chief inspector, Georgina Barnard, leader of the National Business Crime Centre, was equally impressed with the results. She concluded, “Operation BIRD has proved what can be achieved when relevant parties join forces to target and prevent the impact of business related crime activity. I applaud NBCS for this initiative and look forward to working on similar activities in the future.”
MARSS has secured a refit contract for the installation of its automated security systems, NiDAR and CLIMBERguard, on-board specialist merchant vessels. This project will integrate security radar and daylight/infrared cameras, as well as climber detection capability to deliver layered 360° surveillance for the monitoring, detection and tracking of surface objects in the vicinity of a vessel. Autonomous maritime perimeter security The NiDAR system developed by MARSS is providing all-round air, surface and underwater perimeter security to protect high-value maritime assets. Operating autonomously and discreetly 24/7, NiDAR tracks both known and unknown objects around a vessel, while smart software algorithms automatically analyse and rank threats, triggering alerts to notify users as required. Climber detection is achieved with the self-contained CLIMBERguard units that combine micro-radars, imaging sensors and processing to automatically detect, classify and track approaches close to and scaling the vessel sides. Multi-touch command and control interfaces present a clear situational awareness picture to crew as a fixed installation onboard or remotely via smart mobile devices aiding decision-making and rapid response. “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract that demonstrates the flexibility of MARSS systems to meet client requirements and deliver increased long-range security capability to vessels,” said Johannes Pinl, CEO & Founder. Current MARSS maritime projects include military, passenger, commercial and private vessels.
BNP Paribas is a European-centred banking group with over 190,000 employees in 74 countries. Like other banks, BNP Paribas Fortis is facing a range of threat vectors like robbery, vandalism and card fraud. Similarly, bank staff members require safeguarding from potential aggressors. Previously, the bank relied for video security on a fleet of analogue CCTV cameras. However, low-image quality frequently made it difficult to identify suspects, especially in dimly-lit and harsh backlight conditions, such as direct sunlight through a window or reflected by wet ground. Upgrading CCTV system To upgrade its current CCTV system, BNP Paribas Fortis opted to move to the benefits of an IP-based network video security solution to be able to directly integrate cameras into existing network infrastructure, as well as enable remote video monitoring.BNP Paribas Fortis has installed more than 4,400 Sony IP network cameras Working with security solutions provider SERIS technology and Stanley Security Benelux, BNP Paribas Fortis has installed more than 4,400 Sony IP network cameras. The reliable, high-performance cameras have been installed at the bank’s Belgian headquarters and commercial buildings all over the country. Designed for large-scale mission-critical security A blend of discrete minidome cameras (SNC-EM630, SNC-EM631, SNC-EM600, SNC-EM601 and SNC EM641) protects BNP Paribas Fortis premises. The cameras’ sensitive Exmor R CMOS sensor ensures crisp images with HD or Full HD resolution, while selected models offer IK10 resistance standards against unwanted tampering and vandalism. Hemispheric SNC-HM662 cameras offer a 360-degree all-round view in self-banking zones and bank lobbies. As well as deterring unauthorised loitering, it provides situational awareness of potentially aggressive customers who may be a threat to employees.As well as offering excellent image quality, their efficiency and reliable operation make a real contribution to lowering long-term ownership costs" Protected against harsh weather and vandalism, ruggedised SNC-WR602 and SNC-WR632C rapid dome cameras provide round-the-clock surveillance of outdoor areas. The cameras’ high dynamic range ensures clear images in a wide range of lighting conditions, accommodating extremes of bright light and shade in the same scene. The cameras are integrated using the XProtect Corporate IP Video Management Software (VMS) platform from Milestone Systems. Designed for large-scale mission-critical security applications, this manages convenient recording and sharing of video from multiple sites. Minimisation of hack risk BNP Paribas Fortis also values the Sony IP cameras’ excellent network security provision, with the risk of attacks from hackers minimised by regular firmware updates. “Sony cameras were the obvious choice to improve our video security capabilities”, confirms Michaël Thys, Expert Security Equipments at BNP Paribas Fortis. “As well as offering excellent image quality, their efficiency and reliable operation make a real contribution to lowering long-term ownership costs.” “The retail banking industry presents several challenges for any security solution,” adds Petra Swinnen, regional account manager for Sony Video Security Solutions. “This large-scale migration to Sony IP cameras has allowed BNP Paribas Fortis to protect its front-line operations, while giving valuable extra peace of mind to employees and customers alike.”
Senstar is pleased to announce its FiberPatrol ranging fibre optic intrusion detection system is successfully securing the perimeter of the US headquarters campus of a major international oil and gas company. FiberPatrol has been successfully up and running along the site’s 40,000 ft (7.57 mi) perimeter, consisting of three fence types and 40 gates, for several months. “Going into the project the customer was no stranger to perimeter security with various sites around the world using fence-mounted intrusion detection systems. However, the performance of the previously-installed systems was not always up to the customer’s expectations, particularly in regard to the nuisance alarm rate (NAR),” said Nancy Marshall, Executive Director of Business Development for Senstar. “With FiberPatrol, we were able to address the issue of NAR, as well as meet a number of other strict requirements. The system is working extremely well and the customer is very happy with the results.” Detect and locate intrusion attempts FiberPatrol’s advanced fibre optic technology detects and locates intrusion attempts along fences, offering the lowest NAR and highest Probability of detection (Pd) on the market. It also offers accurate location of intrusions even when there are multiple simultaneous intrusions or in the presence of non-localised environmental noise that would overwhelm the location capability of other long-range fibre optic sensors, and built-in cut immunity, meaning when set up in cut immunity configuration, it continues to provide detection on the full perimeter after a cable cut. FiberPatrol also passed the project’s mandatory penetration testing. The implementation of this project was a team effort, with Senstar working with integrator Kratos Public Safety and Security Solutions Inc. (PSS) and installer W-Industries Inc.
Security expert Abloy UK has supplied Crediton Care & Support Homes Ltd (CCSH) with a compliant electric-locking solution for Kite House, a new care facility in Crediton, Devon. CCSH specialise in providing residential care for people with autism, Aspergers, learning disabilities and mental health issues. Kite House is the newest of its facilities, offering a full range of residential, day-care and domiciliary services. Exeter-based Guardian Security handles all the security needs of CCSH, and was responsible for selecting the best solution to fit the requirements of Kite House. Access control specialists Guardian Security created a bespoke security solution, specifying seven Abloy solenoid electric locks to work in conjunction with the existing access control system. Fire safety compliant locks One of the key requirements for Kite House was the ability to lock down the facilities at any given point, and isolate areas such as the kitchen and quiet rooms if needed. They also wanted the facility to feel more like a home and less like a hospital, to make patients feel comfortable and relaxed in their surroundings.Abloy locks can withstand the heavy usage that comes from many people using the door for access daily Abloy EL560, EL460, and EL561 locks were recommended for use in the doors of high-traffic buildings because they can withstand the heavy usage that comes from many people using the door for access daily, making them ideal for this installation. Only the outside handle is electrically controlled, and the lock can always be opened by inside handle for easy egress. Mechanical opening by cylinder is always possible too, and the EL560, EL460, and EL561 locks are also compliant with EN179 and EN1125 fire and escape standards. Conformity to security regulations Sean Monger of Guardian Security commented, “For Kite House we had quite specific requirements when it came to access control. The locking solutions didn’t just need to be functional, they also had to be durable and of the highest quality. Abloy was the first choice, as its locks offered the highest quality and reliability, were able to withstand physical strength, and they also conform to regulations and compliance.” James Moore of CCSH added, “The works that were undertaken were done to a high standard and they have been helpful in responding to any enquiries that we have had.”
Lately, at the time of introduction of mobile communication, authorities were adamant to ban the use of wireless devices in hospitals. According to them, signals coming from mobile devices can jumble with the signals of monitors and other medical equipment, in turn hampering their functioning. However, American Medical Association and UK Medicines issued documents which negated the interference of cellular signals in functioning of medical devices. On the contrary many hospitals are using mobile phones to reduce medical errors, offer timely services, boost efficiency and decrease costs. GSM technology in medical domain Much before the introduction of GSM technology, there were many healthcare units that understood the importance of quick internal connectivity, and hence, invested in communication solutions. Since development of GSM technology was in its nascent stage at that point of time, the systems offered connectivity for legacy networks only. After successful use of GSM technology in other sectors, the healthcare domain also realised its importance and upgraded the existing infrastructure with the help of various and widely available GSM 3G Gateways. Before delving more into applications of GSM technology in the medical domain, let’s learn the basic concept of GSM technology. GSM is an acronym for Global System for Mobiles and its invention dates back to 1970. The technology uses the circuit switched method which divides 200 KHz frequency in to eight different slots of 900 MHz, 800 MHz and 1.8 GHz bands each. GSM technology offers wireless connectivity One of the main advantages of GSM technology lies in the fact that it offers wireless connectivity. In case of an emergency or when it comes to connecting areas devoid of wired connectivity, GSM technology plays an important role. However, if we consider a situation where the patient is seriously injured or is ill and all he or his companion has is a mobile phone then in this case connecting with the nearest healthcare unit becomes easy.In case of an emergency or when it comes to connecting areas devoid of wired connectivity, GSM technology plays an important role If connected with the doctor, then the injured patient can receive preliminary treatment while on the way to hospital. In case of an illness, doctors can study patient reports in case of any abnormalities and remain ready for the further tests, offering immediate treatment. In the hospital premises, if some patient, attendant or hospital staff gets stuck in the elevator or in power cut situation, GSM FCT helps the person to quickly connect with the nearest rescue services. Persons in these situations can call for help through the GSM SIM inserted in the deployed Fixed Cellular Terminal (FCT). In the above three situations, GSM was an important component for communication to take place. Some of the main reasons that supported wide implementation of GSM technology in the medical sector were its low cost, increased use of mobile devices and the availability of high speed internet. GSM technology used in basic telemedicine systems The basic telemedicine system comprises of four components: The patient unit, communication network, receiver unit/server side and the presentation unit. Although, the conceptualisation and invention of telemedicine dates back to 1989, the technology has not been able to get a prominent place in every nook and corner of the healthcare world. However, now in modern hospitals, the use of telemedicine is going rampant and GSM FCT device find its application here as well. Equipped with the facility to offer connectivity amongst mobile hospital staff, the FCT is the key element for tailoring a robust communication network. If the technologists are to be believed then in near future, healthcare units are going to witness huge transformations. In the next decade, hospitals will be including communication solutions based on the latest technology in their environment. The IT administration or key decision makers will have to perform the daunting task of scouting the market for systems which fit their exact requirements.
With 285 upscale bedrooms and suites offering panoramic views of the city, the 30-story Las Américas Golden Tower Hotel Panama, designed by Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott, is a landmark in the heart of the Panama City’s financial and business district. Its auditorium that can accommodate up to 460 people and seven flexible conference rooms, including restaurants and bars, hosts illustrious events ranging from the Panama Film Festival to the International Meeting of Economists and the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Panama. Bosch’s state-of-the-art safety and security system Bosch provided the new hotel with a comprehensive, state-of-the-art safety and security system covering fire protection, public address, access control and video security. The objective was the highest safety and security for guests, visitors and staff, with security being as unobtrusive and invisible as possible, blending in with the interior design of the rooms and common areas, to not interfere with the generous, luxurious style and decor of the hotel. Another requirement for the hotel was to manage the entire system centrally from one platform. For fire protection, more than 1,000 fire detection sensors were installed in corridors, conference rooms and common areas, all controlled by the Bosch Modular Fire Panel 5000 Series. Plena Voice Alarm SystemThe objective was the highest safety and security for guests, visitors and staff, with security being as unobtrusive and invisible as possible Also controlled by the central fire panel is a Plena Voice Alarm System with 250 loudspeakers, which were integrated into the interior design and distributed among common areas of the hotel as well as in corridors and conference spaces. It serves several purposes, such as playing ambient music, paging guests and – in the case of an emergency – making evacuation announcements. Bosch’s high-tech network IP camera For video security, a mix of 220 Bosch network cameras have been installed: AUTODOME IP 7000 cameras to monitor the perimeter of the hotel, DINION IP bullet 5000 HD cameras for the parking area, and inside the hotel FLEXIDOME IP 5000 HD cameras for the corridors. All network cameras are managed centrally via the Bosch Video Management System (BVMS). The Bosch access control system makes sure only employees and authorised hotel staff can enter restricted areas. FLEXIDOME IP 5000 HD cameras have been integrated with the access control system to improve levels of security by enabling access authorisation of hotel staff via video verification. The Building Integration System BIS The complete Bosch safety and security solution can be monitored and managed from one control room thanks to the integration into one single platform: The Building Integration System BIS from Bosch.
Johnson Controls has announced that Florida Atlantic University, based in Boca Raton, Fla., has selected the Software House C•CURE 9000 security and event management platform to secure a new building that is part of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, a facility which houses research, administration, and a medical clinic. Florida Atlantic University is one of 12 schools that is part of the state’s university system. The Boca Raton campus boasts 3,200 faculty and staff, providing educational services and support to 4,000 students. The College of Medicine, though small with 373 students, required a robust access control system that enabled the integration of video surveillance and the ability to partition access to specific areas of the facility. Florida Atlantic University is one of 12 schools that is part of the state’s university system Student access management With C•CURE 9000, Florida Atlantic University can easily manage student access to classrooms and laboratories, which can range from 24-hour access to the building to limited facility access during examination time. In addition, the university needed to restrict access to medical record rooms, the pharmacy and other sensitive areas. The access control system is also part of the Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt Biomedical building, with C•CURE 9000 providing coverage for all exterior entrances, research labs and elevators leading to animal research floors and the anatomy labs. With C•CURE 9000, Florida Atlantic University can easily manage student access to classrooms and laboratories Building security According to Patrick Garmon, Director of Security Technology for Florida Atlantic University, it was important to implement a system that enabled the university to manage student access to buildings by floor and room, not just to restrict overall building access. “Florida Atlantic University has harnessed the vast capabilities that C•CURE 9000 has to offer when it comes to security and access control management,” said Jason Ouellette, global product general manager, Access Control, Building Technologies & Solutions, Johnson Controls. “Whether managing access to laboratories, the pharmacy or medical records, C•CURE 9000 provides flexibility to easily manage and adjust the system based on current needs.” Florida Atlantic University has harnessed the vast capabilities that C•CURE 9000 has to offer when it comes to security and access control management C•CURE Go mobile application In the future, Florida Atlantic University plans to use the C•CURE Go mobile application, which will enable security personnel and its on-staff technician to change access status or remotely monitor the system using an iOS or Android mobile device.