Biometric time and attendance
As building security becomes smarter, the need for electronic access control systems spreads further. Wired access points and security doors have long been the backbone. Yet at the same time, even buildings with extensive electronic systems leave mechanically locked doors unmonitored and unguarded — and certainly not ‘smart’. Mechanical locks cannot be connected. Thankfully, the latest generation of wireless locks can replace them easily and integrate them seamlessly within alm...
Iris ID, global provider of iris recognition technology, and GenKey, a trusted provider of biometric identification solutions, has announced the integration of iris recognition cameras and matching engine into GenKey’s biometric ID platform, to provide an all-in-one solution for various biometric registration and verification initiatives. Advanced security and privacy Iris ID iCAM TD100 and iCAM T10 cameras and IrisAccelerator matching engine have been integrated into GenKey’s ID s...
Matrix Comsec, a manufacturer and provider of security and telecom solutions, is participating in ISC WEST 2019, Las Vegas, USA on 10th April 2019. Matrix will be showcasing its comprehensive range of IP video surveillance, people mobility management - an innovative range of access control and time-attendance solutions at the event. Both these solutions are specifically designed for large and multi-location enterprises, SME and SMB organisations. Matrix is known for offering technology driven,...
User authentication deficiencies, endpoint data leakage and excessive user permissions are the three most common cybersecurity risks facing health systems and hospitals, according to new data from Clearwater CyberIntelligence Institute. At the HIMSS19 Global Conference and Exhibition, February 11-15, 2019 in Orlando, Florida, ELATEC will be demonstrating its uniquely flexible radio frequency identification (RFID) reader, which mitigates these issues by strengthening user authentication for acce...
Matrix, a manufacturer and pioneer in telecom and security solutions, is participating at INDIA ELECTRONICS EXPO & INDIASOFT, Hyderabad, India, from 4th to 5th Feb 2019. Matrix will be unveiling its recently launched COSEC ARGO. Matrix will also be exhibiting its other video surveillance, people mobility and telecom solutions at the event. Matrix will be showcasing its new extreme series of network video recorder (NVRX) at the event. This NVR is equipped with 4K decoding capacity and charac...
Matrix Comsec, global manufacturer and provider of Security and Telecom solutions, is participating in IT EXPO 2019 at Fort Lauderdale, Florida to be held from 30th Jan to 1st Feb 2019. Matrix will be showcasing its comprehensive range of people mobility management, IP video surveillance and unified communication solutions at the event. Matrix is known for its customer centric, innovative range of solutions for unified communications, IP video surveillance, access control and time-attendance app...
Suprema is set to showcase its latest facial recognition technology, biometric-driven enterprise access control and industry leading-fingerprint identification solutions at Intersec 2019, which will be held in Dubai from January 20 - 22, 2019. Exclusive to Intersec 2019, Suprema will showcase its prototype next-generation facial recognition solution designed to provide enhanced level of accuracy, speed and convenience. Touchless biometrics Suprema will also introduce BioStar 2 Device Manager App, the latest addition to the company's enterprise-level security solution which enables comprehensive access reader configurations and settings on the go with smartphones. In addition, Suprema will demonstrate its full range of centralised and distributed access control solutions as well as biometric time attendance solutions. Suprema ID will also team up with Suprema at Intersec 2019 to introduce the world's slimmest FAP30 fingerprint scanner"Our next-generation facial recognition terminal is designed to fulfil the growing demand of touchless biometric technology within the more-secure, larger scale access control and time attendance applications in Middle East markets. “While providing second-to-none facial recognition performance, the new device also offers improved versatility and lower cost of ownership packed in a compact form-factor. Upon its official launching in mid-2019, we are expecting larger growth in GCC countries where demands for touchless biometrics are stronger than other part of the world," said Mohamed Elshenawy, Sales Director at Suprema Middle East. Suprema ID Suprema ID, the Suprema group's identification business company, will also team up with Suprema at Intersec 2019 to introduce the world's slimmest FAP30 fingerprint scanner. The new scanner is fully compliant to FBI MobileID FAP30 specifications and provides deep-learning based anti-spoofing technology. Using Suprema's latest optics and proprietary multi dynamic-range technique, the scanner also provides reliable performance under extreme lighting conditions up to 100k lux of direct sunlight.
Matrix Comsec has confirmed its participation in the 27th Convergence India 2019 event, to be held in the Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 29th - 31st January 2019. Matrix will be showcasing its complete range of Enterprise IP-PBXs, Unified Communication Server for Modern Enterprises, IP-PBX for SMB & SME, VoIP & GSM Gateways and new portfolio of IP Communication endpoints. PARISAT VC video conferencing Matrix is well-known for its indigenous and innovative range of solutions for Unified Communications, IP Video Surveillance, Access Control, and Time-Attendance. Each of our solutions is specifically designed for large, multi-location enterprises, SME and SMB organisations. Matrix Comsec continuously works towards keeping abreast with the constantly upgrading technology by designing and manufacturing solutions that are equipped with the latest technology. Matrix will be presenting some of its indigenously engineered Telecom solutions at the 27th Convergence 2019 Meet. Matrix Comsec will be showcasing its recently launched video conferencing solution – PARISAT VC as the highlight of the event. This Enterprise Meeting solution sets a new benchmark by offering enhanced video and voice capabilities. PARISAT meets the communication needs of modern enterprises to brainstorm ideas and devise effective strategies. Matrix PARISAT VC empowers organisations to make quick decisions and enhance customer experience. Matrix Network Management Matrix will be exhibiting its all-in-one solution for centralised control of every connected Matrix communication server and Gateway within a single network Matrix will be exhibiting its all-in-one solution for centralised control of every connected Matrix communication server and Gateway within a single network. Range of Gateways - Based on SIP (Session Initiation Protocol), Matrix range of Gateways allows easy integration with most of IP-PBX, TDM PBX, Softswitch and Hosted solutions. This award-winning series of Matrix Gateways is perfect for enterprise and carrier-class solutions. Matrix Telecom solutions Starting from a single port VoIP adaptor to high density VoIP-GSM-PRI-FXO/FXS Gateways, Matrix Telecom Solutions align with all requirements of Small to Large Business. Preloaded with superior voice quality and state-of-the-art routing features, Matrix Gateways are ideal for multi-site connectivity, remote survivability and SIP trunking. “Convergence India is a major technology event bringing ICT professionals on a common platform. Matrix is all set to showcase its latest Telecom solutions at Convergence this year. We look forward to meeting key decision makers and service providers and give them a first-hand experience of our Telecom solutions that are redefining business communications and providing a competitive advantage to our customers worldwide.” said Ganesh Jivani, Managing Director, Matrix Comsec.
Iris ID, a global provider of iris recognition technology, announced its iCAM 7S series has been certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) under license number R-41110639, the national standards-setting body for India. The recently mandatory BIS certification attests to the safety, quality and reliability of electronic, medical, construction and other many other commercial and consumer products. The iCAM 7S series and other company products are extensively used by India’s Unique Identification Authority as part of the country’s national identity program. Registrations, known as Aadhaar numbers, are used for Indians to apply for a passport, obtain a driver’s license, receive social services and many other daily activities. More than 1 billion citizens are enrolled in the program. Used for access control, time and attendance Once a product has passed BIS certification, manufacturers may use the agency’s mark on products used in IndiaMohammed Murad, vice president global sales and business development, Iris ID, said the BIS certification is similar to Underwriters Laboratories (UL) standards found throughout the world and the CE mark used in Europe. “We’re pleased to have received BIS certification as India is a very important market for Iris ID,” he said. “Our products are used not only by government agencies, but also by many commercial organisations.” Once a product has passed BIS certification, manufacturers may use the agency’s mark on products used in India. Iris ID authentication systems are currently used worldwide for access control, time and attendance, national ID programs, border crossings, voter registration and many other applications.
Evolis, global provider of personalisation systems for plastic cards, announced the creation of a subsidiary in Tokyo under the name of Evolis Japan. Evolis Japan Operational since January 7, 2019, Evolis Japan will market the entire Evolis product range and offer technical support. Since 2008, Evolis has been present in Japan through a distributor. The creation of a local subsidiary aims at strengthening relations with local partners in order to accelerate the group’s business development and maximise the chances to establish a long-term presence in Japan. Card personalisation solutions Evolis Japan’s mission is to expand the traditional distribution network, develop a new network dedicated to new sectors and to strengthen its ability to reply to demands of government bodies and financial institutions. "Japan is one of the world’s leading economies with more than 125 million people. We therefore see strong potential in several key markets for card personalisation. The creation of a Japanese company will help us reinforcing our existing business relationships and facilitate the development of new partnerships" says Emmanuel Picot, president of Evolis.
Matrix Comsec confirmes it will be hosting its maiden event Insight in Philippines on 24th January 2019. Solution experts will be exhibiting innovative unified communication, video surveillance, access control and time-attendance solutions at the event. They will also be highlighting the benefits of partnering with Matrix for the attendees. Matrix is well-known for its indigenous and innovative range of solutions for IP video surveillance, access control, time-attendance and unified communications. All our solutions are specifically designed to meet the imminent needs of large, multi-location enterprises, SME and SMB organisations. Typical deployment scenarios Matrix Comsec continuously works towards keeping abreast with the constantly upgrading technology by designing and manufacturing solutions that are equipped with the latest technology. Matrix solution experts will be explaining in detail our enterprise grade unified communication and security solutions at the Matrix Insight. Matrix Unified Communication, Video Surveillance, Access Control and Time-Attendance solutions will be key highlightsMatrix unified communication, video surveillance, access control and time-attendance solutions will be key highlights at the Matrix Insight Philippines. The solution experts will provide insights on key solution benefits, typical deployment scenarios, success stories and technology framework of our solutions. Matrix team will also explain how Matrix partners benefit in terms of growth, differentiated products, profit margins and OEM support. Automated cafeteria NVRX - The recently launched extreme series of Network Video Recorders will be exhibited at the event. These recorders come with 4K decoding capacity, allowing viewing high resolution live feed. IP cameras – Matrix IP cameras are equipped with the H.265 compression technique which saves up to 50% on storage space. Video Management System – The video management system of Matrix assists in centralised command and control of the entire surveillance. Time-attendance – Matrix time-attendance solutions allows organisations to collect and manage accurate attendance data of employees. Access control – Matrix access control solutions enhances security of organisations and meets their requirements irrespective of its size, layout, locations and timings. Cafeteria management – The solution offers automated cafeteria process right from placing an order to payment. Unified communication – This enterprise grade communication solution offers collaboration, communication, messaging and mobility. Network management solution – Matrix will be exhibiting its all-in-one solution for centralised control of every connected Matrix communication server and gateway within a single network. Video conferencing solution – PARISAT VC - the enterprise meeting solution sets a new benchmark by offering enhanced video and voice capabilities. Standard market requirements “Philippines is a growing market and a potential foothold for Matrix Comsec to spread its footprints. Our products meet the standard market requirements of the Philippines market. Moreover, Matrix Insight has served as a great platform for understanding the local market, study current and upcoming trends and design our solutions accordingly.” “We aim to expand our network and get a foot into the Philippines market”, commented Ganesh Jivani, MD Matrix Comsec.
Matrix has announced that it will be participating in one of the world’s premier and most prestigious trade fair for security, safety & fire protection, Intersec 2019. The expo is to be held in the Dubai World Trade Center, Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 20th to 22nd January 2019. Matrix will be launching its new door controller and exhibiting its time-attendance, access control and video surveillance solutions at the event. Constantly upgrading technology Matrix is well-known for its indigenous and innovative range of solutions for IP video surveillance, access control, time-attendance and unified communications. All these solutions are specifically designed for large, multi-location enterprises, SME and SMB organisations. Matrix Comsec continuously works towards keeping abreast with the constantly upgrading technology by designing and manufacturing solutions that are equipped with the latest technology. Matrix will be presenting some of its indigenously engineered security solutions at Intersec 2019 in Dubai. Overall, Matrix is focused on new generation technologies such as video analytics, AI, deep learning, cloud, etc. COSEC ARGO next-gen door controller Matrix Comsec is going to launch COSEC ARGO – the next generation door controller with a blend of performance and aesthetics Matrix Comsec is going to launch COSEC ARGO – the next generation door controller with a blend of performance and aesthetics. The door controller is equipped with features like 3.5” IPS touchscreen LCD with gorilla glass, elegant aesthetic with full frontal glass, open connectivity with ethernet, Wi-Fi, BLE, USB, PoE, ultrafast fingerprint identification (2x fast sensor), wall and flush mount options, simple and clean installation with minimum wiring, intuitive user experience, vandal resistant enclosure with IK08, and suitable for outdoor applications with IP65. It benefits organisations with reduced user verification time, higher security, versatility, improved productivity, low IT infrastructure cost, future proof, flexibility, etc. Additionally, the device comes with higher processing speed, wall and flush mounting options, and increased fingerprint and event storage capacity, further enhancing its efficiency. Live demonstrations of COSEC VYOM and ARGO solutions Matrix will demonstrate live working of two of its unique and innovative solutions: 1) COSEC VYOM – Solution experts will discuss how it assists users in using applications, hardware and software all as a service simultaneously. 2) COSEC ARGO – Solutions experts will discuss at length its differentiating features and how they make the device the next gen door controller when it comes to access control. Matrix NETRA IP cameras and PARAM series of NVRX Matrix NETRA series of 2MP & 3MP IP cameras – They offer superior image quality along with multiple streams, video analytics and edge recording. Matrix PARAM series of NVRX – These next-gen Network Video Recorders offering high resolution recording, live viewing of multiple streams, innovative cascading, powerful investigator and instant notifications. Weighbridge Integration solution – It collects pictorial evidence of inward or outward vehicles by mapping unique numbers such as license plates, challan numbers or token numbers for further verification and auditing. Parking Management solution – It addresses the need for automated functioning of small, medium or large parking areas.
Iris recognition measures the unique patterns in the coloured portion of the eye (the iris) and compares that ‘signature’ to the one on file Since the late 1990s, iris recognition technology has been used in banks and airports as a means of identity authentication. Today, its use is widespread in government facilities, schools/research centres, correctional/judicial facilities, healthcare and others. There are a number of reasons for its rising popularity, but first, a brief overview of the technology is in order. Iris recognition measures the unique patterns in the coloured portion of the eye (the iris) and compares that ‘signature’ to the one on file in the system to verify and authenticate identity. The iris pattern has the most desirable properties for verification compared to other biometrics because of its uniqueness, stability over time and relatively easy accessibility. It also has the highest accuracy among all biometrics. Today’s iris recognition systems have been designed for ease of use and to lessen any perceived concern about the technology 1. Ease of use Today’s iris recognition systems have been designed for ease of use and to lessen any perceived concern about the technology. In fact, it’s as simple as taking a selfie. In the enrolment process a camera captures a detailed image of the iris and the system’s biometric software makes a template or 'map' of the person's iris pattern for storage in the system. To verify identity later, an individual simply looks at the iris reader from a comfortable distance, and the system compares the patterns in the individual's iris against the templates stored in the database. If there's a match, the individual’s identity is verified. 2. Cost Whether used in security or business applications, iris readers are proving cost effective – particularly from a lifecycle perspective. There are no cards to be replaced when worn out or lost; no RFID blocking sleeves are necessary to prevent hacking; and operations can be streamlined through reduced time and labour. Some systems allow scanning of up to 30 people per minute from a distance of several feet. And because no contact with the camera is required, either for enrolment or authentication, wear and tear on the cameras and contamination issues are greatly reduced. In a real sense, card-based systems are using the card as confirmation of the identity of the person carrying the card 3. Vulnerability It has been said that using lower-accuracy access systems such as cards/readers for facility access is the equivalent of locking a car door – easily compromised. Stolen cards can be duplicated or the information contained in the card can be used to hack into other areas of a facility. These vulnerabilities can lead to a less secure environment and put the safety of employees, visitors and assets at risk. Iris readers can overcome many of these concerns and help ensure a higher level of security. There are no cards to be lost, loaned or duplicated, and iris information cannot be falsified. An iris cannot be shared or stolen, and iris readers cannot be fooled by makeup, hair or clothing changes. 4. Identity authentication In common access control systems, access is authorised either by the reader/controller or by the reader/server based on presentation of a pre-programmed access card by the individual. Neither decision is dependent upon any type of identity recognition. Without physical identity verification, the reader does not have the ability to confirm that the user is in fact the individual assigned to that card. Even two-factor authentication (i.e. access card plus PIN or password) can be defeated with readily available skimmers In a real sense, card-based systems are using the card as confirmation of the identity of the person carrying the card. However, because cards can be stolen, loaned, lost or duplicated, that link is both tenuous and vulnerable. Even two-factor authentication (i.e. access card plus PIN or password) can be defeated with readily available skimmers. Iris recognition access control systems on the other hand require authenticated identification before allowing access. The individual is uniquely and permanently linked to their iris. Some readers even work in outdoor environments as well as through eyeglasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses. 5. Multiple uses As an identity management solution, iris readers have been deployed in mainstream security locations in addition to environments as diverse as federal, state and local law enforcement, correctional facilities, travel and border security, healthcare and financial services as well as sports and entertainment venues. Outside security applications, organisations that are investigating ways to update and improve business procedures are considering the efficiency and productivity gains with the use of biometrics. Examples include protecting against insurance fraud, maintaining time and attendance records, and even ensuring a patient gets the right medication in a hospital. And, because of the non-contact interface – the user simply looks into the iris reader – the technology is often selected for applications where the user is gloved, such as in pharmaceutical manufacturing or in a construction site or port, or in environments where users wear protective clothing. A benefit of iris recognition systems is the capability for integration with other security systems to improve access control security 6. Integration Another benefit of iris recognition systems is the capability for integration with other security systems to improve access control security and provide greater operational efficiencies. For example, available today are IOM Android® tablets that fuse access control readers, biometrics, keypads, intercoms, cameras and more. These iris biometric-embedded tablets combine the accuracy and convenience of iris recognition with the functionality and customisation of a mobile computing platform for increased security levels. The high functioning tablets can also be integrated with building management functions and time and attendance systems for even greater efficiencies. The high functioning tablets can also be integrated with building management functions and time and attendance systems for even greater efficiencies 7. Throughput Efficiency in system usage is critical for high volume throughput in applications such as airports/border crossings. It’s also critical in maintaining efficient throughput in facility access or at large public venues where lengthy delays could lead to user dissatisfaction and ultimately security vulnerabilities. To overcome these obstacles, new systems on the market offer high speed, making it possible for users to simply walk through a checkpoint without the need to stop and look into a reader. Iris recognition’s accuracy rates also contribute to ease of throughput. It’s extremely low FAR (False Acceptance Rates) and FRR (False Rejection Rates) are superior to those of other biometric modalities, making it better positioned for widespread usage. Iris recognition has proven to be a game changer in both physical and logical security. Its strong authentication capability also has potential for the home security market in devices such as biometric locks, Bluetooth devices and even cloud-based security. As costs come down, innovations will abound and the seven things you now know will help you navigate the future of biometric security.
It’s become a hot topic lately, but what are the real prospects for the smart home and home automation market? More specifically, what role can the security industry play in what is seen as a growth area? Earlier this year, IFSEC International in London saw the launch of a new home automation zone featuring a replica smart home, showcasing a range of interconnected devices such as intruder alarms, CCTV, biometric readers, door entry solutions and locks, as well as wireless control of blinds, lighting and heating, and 4K video and audio distribution. But despite the market entry of some big names such as Google’s Nest, Apple’s HomeKit, and telecommunications giants AT&T and Deutsche Telekom, are we really on the threshold of a home automation revolution? Not quite, according to market intelligence firm Ovum. It says growth is still limited to certain niche segments – mainly the higher end of the market and early adopters of technology. Michael Philpott, Senior Practice Leader, Consumer Services at Ovum says one of the main drivers is basic product lifecycles – if you are having a new boiler and thermostat fitted, why not get the latest ‘smart’ version? “What the market has failed to do is convince the mass-market that smart technology provides enough benefit to stimulate a purchase outside of the normal cycle.” Security and privacy There are other reasons for the measured growth in home automation. Key inhibitors to rapid growth include technology fragmentation, a lack of adequate security, products too complicated to use or install, a lack of consumer trust and concerns over reliability. “Many of the products on the market today have inadequate security and provide easy targets for hackers, not just to gain access to those devices, but the connected home in general,” says Philpott. “Privacy of data is the next [concern]. To maximise the potential of the smart home, consumers will be asked to share an increasing amount of data and personal information. Keeping control of who can access that data, however, will be essential in order to retain consumer trust.” In spite of these hurdles, Ovum sees the smart home market growing quite strongly, with worldwide revenues rising from $19 billion in 2016 to $76 billion by 2020. Breaking down that 2016 figure, connected home support accounts for around $3.6 billion, home automation is just $162 million, home security/monitoring is at $2.7 billion, and smart energy at $1.2 billion. Products like Google Nest and Sonos are making everyone aware of the benefits of smart technology and whole-house solutions So why are telecommunications companies such as AT&T and Deutsche Telekom active in the market, or at least preparing to be? “Telcos are looking for new revenue streams beyond broadband access,” says Philpott. “Operators believe that over time the smart home market will be significant and believe [that] as the owners of the networks, as well as having existing customer relations with millions of consumers, they are well positioned to play a part in the smart home.” Security industry role In terms of a service which can attract recurring revenue, the security industry can play a pivotal role in the smart home market. “Recurring revenues from home automation services are harder to develop outside of home security, where customers are already used to paying a monthly fee for a security monitoring service,” says Philpott. “There are other potential and interesting business models being explored, however, that could become significant over time. These include things like new home insurance models, appliance-as-a-service and household goods replenishment.” Does this mean the home automation market is about to take off? “One of the big mistakes many make is that they assume – based on some of the hype and big market investments – that the smart home market is set to explode,” he says. “This is not the case – growth is going to be slow and steady. Everyone needs to be realistic about that, rather than expecting some rapid ramp up simply because some big names have entered the market.” "Operators believe that over time the smart home market will be significant and believe [that] they are well positioned to play a part in the smart home" Surprisingly for what has historically been something of a grudge purchase, in the context of home automation security is seen as a solution some consumers are willing to pay for. “There is a lot of interest around home security as it is something that a certain segment of the market is willing to pay for,” says Philpott. “Everyone wants to feel safe in their homes, but that doesn’t mean everyone feels the need to invest in an electronic alarm or monitoring system. The trick therefore is to expand outside the traditional home alarm market. Other products can be monetised, but the industry needs to be more innovative in developing the business model. For example, very few people will pay $100 for a flood sensor, but they may consider installing one if it meant they somehow reduced their home insurance premiums.” High end sees growth But what’s the view from the sharp end of the market? Installation company Cyberhomes works predominantly in the high-end residential market in the UK and has seen steady growth over the last few years. As one of the firm’s directors, Andy Mack, says: “There is an increased expectation that properties of £4m value or greater will have a centralised control system for lighting, heating, AV and security. Once these systems are integrated it allows a wide range of automation options to be programmed, such as turning on lights when an intruder alarm is triggered.” Mack says an increased awareness among project designers and specifiers is a key driver. “At the high-end, architects and interior designers are more aware of the need to integrate home technology and the importance of having it professionally installed; whereas at the entry level, products like Google Nest and Sonos are making everyone aware of the benefits of smart technology and whole-house solutions.” But who is likely to benefit from the spoils of the smart home – companies like Cyberhomes or security integrators? “Many home automation specialists, Cyberhomes included, will work closely with security integrators in order to provide a seamless solution for the home owner. Security companies like Co-ordinated, who we partner with on many projects, are aware of what can be achieved by integrating intruder alarms and fire detection into a home control system; but they leave the specialist programming to us.” The lack of customer knowledge hinders the uptake of smart home technology, but that is improving Market threats The lack of customer knowledge hinders the uptake of smart home technology, but that is improving as more people understand what integrated smart home technology is capable of. As for the other threats to its adoption, Mack says: “A home automation company should be involved with the network infrastructure of a property and will ‘lock down’ as many security risks as possible. A well-designed and well-installed smart home should be extremely reliable. We are often called in to try and solve problems with an existing smart home system installed by someone else, and it is usually a poor installation that is causing many of the unreliability issues, rather than the equipment itself.” Is a fragmented market with differing technology and standards putting off potential customers? “Not in the high-end sector, as it is the responsibility of the home automation company to specify only products that they know will work correctly with the control system being installed – this can incorporate a surprisingly wide range of third-party equipment from a large number of manufacturers." “For entry level customers, there are a number of competing standards around and this can cause confusion and also limit the useful lifetime of any chosen solution. Companies like Apple are trying to simplify this with technologies like HomeKit, but that is taking a while to get any traction in the market.” Save
Workplace mobility is on the rise, which means organisations have an increasing number of employees who travel or work from home. In fact, there were 96.2 million mobile workers in 2015 and IDC predicts that mobile workers will account for nearly three quarters (72.3 percent) of the total U.S. workforce by 2020. While the growth of mobile workers is a boon to productivity both inside and outside the workplace, it also creates unique communication challenges – especially in emergency situations. One of the major worries for an organisation is the safety of its employees, whether they’re on-site, at a different office location, on-the-road, in the field or in the air. When disaster strikes, organisations need to quickly communicate with their employees in case of a location-based event (active shooter, fire, explosion, natural disaster or terrorist attack) to help protect their safety and direct them to take specific actions. For example, if there are angry protesters in the same area an employee is travelling, it is important to be able to notify that person to keep them out of harm’s way. Employer duty of care This leaves companies with a tough task – do you know where your people are at all times? How can employers fulfil their Duty of Care and ensure employees are safe in times of crisis, no matter where they are located? This is easier said than done. According to Ernst & Young’s latest Global Mobility Effectiveness Survey, only 30 percent of companies have a system in place for tracking business travellers. In addition, contractors, visitors and vendors are difficult to reach and account for when travelling in and around your facilities. But, with the help of timely location data collected from building access control systems, wifi access points, travel management systems and more, safety-conscious organisations can automatically keep employee locations current – even when employees are traveling or moving between buildings and campuses. In such instances, organisations can improve security preparedness and employee safety by harnessing location-based technologies that help them ensure they can send the right message at the right time. The increasing regularity of critical events worldwide necessitates the need to locate and alert employees of any nearby risks at a moment’s notice. Dynamic location tracking and alerting has huge potential for safeguarding the well-being of mobile workers. Many organisations have started to integrate critical communication solutions with physical security systems to rapidly identify, communicate with and account for employees during these disruptive events. Everything from modest access control systems to sophisticated biometric systems can track specific employee movements When implementing location-aware alerting systems, it’s important for organisations to keep the following best practices in mind: Aggregate location data across multiple systems The beauty of today’s digital world is that everything is connected and many of the devices and technologies we use on a daily basis transmit data instantaneously – meaning employee locations (or, at the very least, last known locations) can be automatically acquired. Everything from modest access control and badging systems to more sophisticated biometric systems that require fingerprint and facial recognition track specific employee movements between corporate buildings. Wi-Fi access points act similarly, providing location information linked to laptops, apps and other devices your employees connect to throughout your facilities. By tapping into these systems, companies can maintain a database of where their employees are and use that data for triggering automated incident communication for rostering, mustering and site evacuation purposes at the moment emergencies occur. Merge travel risk management with location alerting But what about when someone is working remotely or travelling? Corporate travel management tools, and travel security services companies like International SOS, provide specific travel details and itineraries for individual employees – so you know where they’re traveling to, how they’re getting there (airplane, bus, train), as well as where they’ll be staying once they get there. Data doesn’t exist in a silo, so a good location alerting system will aggregate and store data from as many sources as possible. This enables organisations to locate and communicate with staff during global events and emergencies and help determine if they are safe or need assistance – no matter where they are. Again, this helps you meet your Duty of Care to keep your team safe at all times. Ensure employee and building databases are accurate Location-based notification systems, from badging systems to Wi-Fi access points, need quality data that is up-to-date and accurate in order to effectively reach an organisation’s employee base. Traditional methods of importing data, including importing spreadsheets and call lists, just won’t cut it. While these sources important contact path information like landline numbers and addresses, they clearly lack the many other contact paths that employees will be most likely to notice right away while travelling, such as cellphones and email. Collecting correct and relevant contact data, such as personal or BYOD phones, can ensure that messages are received and responded to by relevant employees. The best communications systems are those that are multimodal and allow for two-way communications between the organisation and its employees Automate communication and collaboration Once location data is gathered and stored, it must be connected to an incident communications solution that can instantaneously distribute targeted alerts in the case of an emergency. The best communications systems are those that are multimodal and allow for two-way communications between the organization and its employees. When a location-based emergency occurs, the systems that can send messages to a targeted geographic region – whether that is a specific building, floor, neighborhood or zip code – instead of the entire employee directory, will be the most effective in ensuring the right messages are sent to the right people. Additionally, if recipients can acknowledge that a message was received, it allows organisations to identify who is safe – and who may still be in harm’s way and needs help. Every minute counts Let’s say a fire breaks out in a corporate building on the fifth floor and an emergency alert is sent out to all employees in the building. You know that three employees used their security badges to swipe in to that floor earlier that afternoon, but only one responded to your emergency alert. Because you have enabled two-way communications and expect responses from employees that are safe and unharmed, you now know that there is a very real possibility that the other two employees are incapacitated and could be in immediate danger. Building upon this idea, systems that enable employees to initiate communications are much more impactful in protecting their safety in location-based emergencies. If an employee finds him or herself in an active shooter situation, for example, panic button app capabilities are extremely valuable. Panic buttons have the capability of sending a message to an organisation’s security team – automatically transmitting the employee’s location, as well as any shared audio and video with just the push of a button. During critical events, man-made incidents or natural disasters, the ability to identify and reach employees with reliable, automated communications that harness geo-intelligent tools can not only protect your business assets, but can be the difference between life and death for your staff. Because every minute counts, you can’t afford to waste time searching spreadsheets, directories and schedules to notify your employees. Automated communications that utilise available location data enable organisations to connect with employees more effectively, helping to ensure their safety during critical events worldwide.
Security vigilance can be sporadic at many companies and institutions. Facilities tend to tighten security in the days after a scary event happens or makes headlines, and people are generally tolerant of the associated inconvenience – for a time. But as memory fades, so too does tolerance for being inconvenienced. We want to be safe, but we also don’t want to be bothered. We want a security system that both provides safety and is unobtrusive. Security doesn’t have to be inconvenient. That’s a core message of FST Biometrics, which leverages multiple technologies to identify people in motion, ensuring non-invasive, seamless security in a variety of environments. “In Motion Identification” FST Biometrics’ system analyses body size, gait, movement and direction as an individual approaches an entry point, and then uses facial recognition to confirm that person as someone authorised to enter a facility The approach, says FST Biometrics, is to combine facial recognition biometrics with analysis of body behaviour and characteristics. Their system analyses body size, gait, movement and direction as an individual approaches an entry point, and then uses facial recognition to confirm that person as someone authorised to enter a facility. It all happens without the individual realising it or thinking about it – in effect, tightened security is invisible and non-intrusive to the environment being protected. FST Biometrics calls it “In Motion Identification” (IMID). The benefits are obvious in a global environment where security increasingly is needed everywhere. “It’s very accurate identification that translates into security without a high visibility of security,” says Arie Melamed, CMO of FST Biometrics. “If you have security that isn’t invasive, and without changing the status quo of life, people feel safer and they will be safer.” Accuracy With a false accept rate around 3 in 10,000, the system is sufficient for all but the most secure facilities, says Melamed. If additional security is needed, the system can also implement a voice recognition element, or other multi-factor identification such as cards or smart phone credentials can be added (with resulting false accept rates around 1 in 1 million). FST Biometrics’ software includes visitor management and access control suites, too. It can also be integrated with access control platforms such as Lenel, Tyco’s C-Cure, Honeywell and others. Analysing body recognition factors FST Biometrics analyses body recognition factors as an individual approaches an entry point to narrow the field of possible identities, from which a face is confirmed at the entry point. Narrowing the possible matches from 10,000 to 500 or fewer, the system both simplifies the task of recognising the face and eliminates a majority of possible false accepts, thus improving the accuracy of the total system. Body characteristics are analysed at distances ranging 12 to 18 feet from the entry point, and the final facial recognition takes place 2 or 3 feet from the entry. The system can be used with doors, speed gates or turnstiles, or even in an open environment where a security guard is notified if a person isn’t recognised. The company claims throughput at turnstiles of 30 people per minute. “It’s very accurate identification that translates into security without a high visibility of security. If you have security that isn’t invasive, and without changing the status quo of life, people feel safer and they will be safer”, says Arie Melamed, CMO of FST Biometrics The software system works with standard hardware, including a 5 megapixel IP camera installed at the entry point, and a server. Only the facial image is enrolled in the system. Over time, the system then “learns” information about body behaviour and characteristics -- and applies the data to simplifying identification and increasing accuracy. About FST Biometrics FST Biometrics was founded in 2007 by the former head of Israel’s military intelligence. The company installed the first systems in customer facilities in 2012, and has been receiving feedback since then. In 2014, they began to focus on the enterprise market, including “open campuses” that want security but without the “feel” of security. Clients include corporate, retail, financial services, telecommunications, residential and governmental sectors. Melamed says a new $15 million investment in FST Biometrics by GMF Capital is an endorsement of the company’s approach and a statement of trust. “We know how hard they look for uniqueness [in companies they invest in],” he says. “They are looking for companies that are changing the world.” Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak will represent GMF Capital on the FST Biometrics Board of Directors. FST Biometrics has also introduced a system that uses an Android-based mobile device (such as a smart phone with a camera) to enable a security guard to recognise people without being tied to a specific location, even in an environment such as a parking garage. After the identity is confirmed, the mobile system advises whether the person can enter and may also list who is authorised to be a passenger in their car (to identify possible car-jacking scenarios).
Visiting with the youngest "old company" in the security market: One of the newest companies at this year’s ISC West show is 130 years old. Allegion launched in December 2013 as a standalone, publicly-traded company following the spinoff of the commercial and residential security businesses from Ingersoll Rand. Making its high-profile debut at ISC West in Las Vegas, Allegion sponsored the kick-off ceremony and featured a big booth full of familiar brands like Schlage and Von Duprin. I caught up with Dave Petratis, chairman, president and CEO of Allegion, for a quick interview at the company’s booth. Some in the security market may remember Petratis as chief operating officer and CEO of Schneider Electric North America from 2002 to 2008. He comes to Allegion from Quanex, a Houston-based manufacturer of engineered materials and components for building products. SourceSecurity.com: So what’s the Allegion story at the ISC West show? Petratis: We’re a brand new company with 130-year-old roots. We sponsored the ISC kick-off this morning, so that certainly got some attention. I’m really amazed by the level of foot traffic at the show. We’re a new company, deep roots. We launched Dec. 2, 2013 and we have been extremely well received by our employees, our channel partners and the financial community. We are already involved in acquisitions and joint ventures. That’s what was lacking under Ingersoll Rand. There wasn’t a lot of aggressiveness to build through mergers and acquisitions. We have the ability to do that. We have the ability to invest, the feet on the street, spec writers, new products. That’s really the message here. We’re a company that you touch every day through Schlage, Von Duprin, LCN. We’re independent and moving very quickly. SourceSecurity.com: What is your brand strategy related to the new name? Petratis: We’re a house of brands. Allegion will be the umbrella, but as we acquire, we will plug those brands into the umbrella and continue to run with our master brands, which are Schage, Von Duprin, LCN, CISA and Interflex. When you have that installed base around the world, it’s pretty powerful. We wouldn’t want to distance ourselves from that at all. As we bolt on and buy new companies, they’ll be part of Allegion. SourceSecurity.com: Have there been any residual effects from the Ingersoll Rand era? Petratis: The transformation and launch of the company have been extremely smooth. But I wouldn’t underestimate the amount of work involved. Anytime you create a brand and go out and raise $1.8 billion in capital to buy the company, IPO the company, there’s a tremendous amount of work. That work is behind us. The most exciting thing that I feel going forward after joining the company is: I have the capability to go out and touch the industry and touch our customers and think about the future. SourceSecurity.com: What will be your news a year from now? Petratis: Growth, investment, open protocols. We think having capabilities in an open environment is good for customers. Customers want to have choices and don’t want to get locked into proprietary systems. As an independent company, we have all the ability to drive that.
“These are children. There is no reason to scan a kid. Just because the government can do this is no reason the government should be doing this.” The impassioned argument, quoted by The Florida Current, comes from a Florida state legislator who introduced a bill aimed at stopping public school systems from collecting biometric data on children. The ominous-sounding practice actually has a practical side – use of a fingerprint or palm scan can enable a school system to get thousands of students through a lunch line in a short period of time. The schools have found a quick fingerprint scan is faster, and more secure, than use of an identity card or PIN number. The system has been used in 83 schools for several years in one district and reflects an investment of $300,000, according to the newspaper. The system could also be used to identify parents, employees and volunteers, which could help to prevent strangers from sneaking into a school function. It may fall to those in the security market who understand the technology to provide the needed information to defuse concerns The proposed bill, which is “pending reference review,” would provide for parental notification of data collected on students by schools. (It also would require the school to phase out Social Security numbers, replaced by a unique ID number developed by the state Department of Education.) I'm not sure exactly what the problem is with “scanning a kid,” as long as there are no adverse health effects, a concern I am sure has been addressed (and in any case was not an argument presented in Florida against the technology). I don't have a problem with parental notification; it's the underlying attitude toward technology implied in the bill that I find troubling. As I understand it, the intent of biometric systems is to confirm an identity. A student enrols in the system with a fingerprint or palm print scan, and the system stores only data points from that scan, which are compared with data points when the individual uses the system again. The system doesn't actually store a complete fingerprint, and there is no massive centralized database of children's fingerprints that could be stolen or otherwise compromised. If I'm wrong, someone correct me – please. Too often, negative responses to technology are based on misunderstanding. Emotions can get in the way of information. It may fall to those in the security market who understand the technology to provide the needed information to defuse concerns. UPDATE: Florida’s Senate Bill 188, which imposes a blanket prohibition on the use of biometric identification technology within the Florida public school system, was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott on May 12, 2014. This despite a letter from the Security Industry Association opposing the bill. SIA’s letter read in part: “While SIA understands the legislature’s concern for protecting the privacy of Florida students, we are troubled that widespread misperceptions about the nature and use of biometrics technology has enabled passage of the bill without a thorough debate examining the student safety and local economic implications — and despite any reported cases of identity theft or misuse of information collected by such systems.”
Serving a large geographical area of the North Island of New Zealand, the Waikato District Health Board (Waikato DHB) provides hospital and community-based health services to a population of nearly 400,000 people. With a wide range of security needs that include protecting staff and patients, securing high-risk facilities, restricting unauthorised access to medication and medical equipment, and streamlining contractor and car park management, Waikato DHB required a security solution that could be applied to both high and low security areas. The system al so needed to provide a comprehensive audit trail and detailed reporting, to identify access movements by employees and help meet legal requirements around the safe and secure storage of medication and equipment. Gallagher single access card control system Gallagher’s access control solution for Waikato DHB utilises a single access-card system that simply and instantly updates access permissions Gallagher’s access control solution for Waikato DHB utilises a single access-card system that simply and instantly updates access permissions, as well as streamlining car parking services. Where high-level security is needed, Gallagher’s system offers Waikato DHB the ability to lock-down areas of the hospital when required, isolating areas and restricting access. Gallagher’s Command Centre Mobile application also delivers duress notifications from buttons located around the hospital directly to a guard's mobile device. Electronic Tag Boards allow contractors to easily sign on and off of the site, ensuring Waikato DHB meets health and safety requirements. In an environment where access profiles change on a daily basis as staff move between different departments, Gallagher’s access control system and Command Centre central management platform ensure staff can approach doors with the confidence that they can enter or leave areas as necessary. The access card system has also reduced the risks associated with handling keys, along with providing detailed reports to meet comprehensive auditing requirements, saving time and cost. 'Security Ward Standard' Waikato DHB's experience with Gallagher products ultimately led them to develop a 'Security Ward Standard' detailing the minimum-security equipment required for new buildings, greatly reducing time spent producing specification documents and gathering approvals. As Waikato DHB's security requirements continue to evolve, Gallagher’s systems provide future-proofing with a software maintenance agreement ensuring they operate the very latest software available. Fast facts about the project Industry: Healthcare Business type: Hospital Number of employees: 6,500 Site Size: 18 hectares with 176,000 sq.metres of buildings Number of doors: Over 730 access-controlled doors; 40 alarmed and monitored refrigerators/freezers; 15 carpark barrier arms; 1 gate. Gallagher solutions and technology utilised: Command Centre Controller 6000 T-Series readers Tag Boards Car park Management
Integrity Security Group is using SmartTask’s SmartForms to gain added visibility and dramatically cut down on its administrative burden. Having adopted the employee scheduling and mobile workforce management software last year for the provision of proof of attendance, control room management and staff rostering, the company is now using its electronic data capture functionality to streamline a range of operational processes. Initially, SmartForms are being used for vacant property and mobile patrol inspections as well as daily vehicle checks, already saving more than 15 hours of admin a month. SmartTask SmartForms The SmartForms replace previous paper-based processes that were increasingly difficult to manage by the office-based admin team “We are now using the SmartTask SmartForms to help reduce administration, capture critical work data and enforce health and safety procedures,” explains James Chittil, General Manager at Integrity Security Group. “We are constantly looking at clever ways to take advantage of the software’s rich functionality, so we can continue to simplify and enhance the way we operate.” The SmartForms replace previous paper-based processes that were increasingly difficult to manage by the office-based admin team. All reporting for vacant property and mobile patrol inspections – for both scheduled patrols and alarm activations – are now completed using a SmartTask-enabled smartphone. By electronically capturing all relevant information, including photo evidence, Integrity can quickly provide customers with a status update and details of all undertaken work as well as respond to any identified issues. Vehicle checks and fleet management Meanwhile, daily vehicle checks for Integrity’s fleet of vans are now completed using a specially-developed SmartForm, so the company can instantly see if drivers are complying with this health and safety procedure. Any vehicle-related problems or damage can be raised by the driver and actioned immediately by the admin team to mitigate fleet risk. Mileage data is also captured through the software, enabling maintenance requirements to be tracked and scheduled at appropriate intervals. “The SmartForms are enabling us to dramatically reduce paperwork and remove manual processes. This is making it much simpler for both our security officers in the field and our office-based admin team to capture, collate and communicate essential operational data. This is not only helping us make better use of our valuable resources, but also enhance the service we are providing to customers,” added James Chittil. Paul Ridden, CEO of SmartTask commented: “Our experience within the security sector means we are continually developing new functionality that overcome real-world problems for our customers. This is the reason we are working in partnership with a growing number of security businesses who recognise the value they can gain and the benefits they can achieve from using the SmartTask software.” Integrity selected SmartTask to replace an outdated time and attendance system, enabling it to effectively monitor the whereabouts and welfare of staff Lone worker protection Integrity selected SmartTask to replace an outdated time and attendance system, enabling it to effectively monitor the whereabouts and welfare of staff as part of its commitment to lone worker protection. The company is also using the intelligent rostering functionality to streamline internal planning processes, while the interactive dashboard supported the launch of a dedicated, out-of-hours control room operation by providing a live view of all scheduled shifts and expected or missed check calls. SmartTask is an advanced and simple-to-use employee scheduling and mobile workforce management solution that enables security companies to better plan and manage their workers, so they are at the right place, at the right time. The cloud-based software solution combines intelligent rostering, live monitoring and integrated proof of attendance across both static and mobile teams, making it the ideal tool to improve operational control, enhance customer satisfaction, and support duty of care to staff.
A chain of one-stop shopping destination is one of the pioneers of discount shopping center in the UAE and Dubai. With a selected chain of suppliers, they offer the widest choices of products at very affordable prices. The products of this retail chain range from daily food items to beauty products and perfumes. Household items such as kitchenware, tableware, appliances, decors and electronics including mobile phones and computer accessories are also available here. The store offer apparels such as ladies wear, menswear, and children’s wear, in addition to shoes, bags, school and office supplies. Branches of this retail chain are located in more than eight locations with the one in Sharjah being the biggest branch till date. Easy attendance management Since branches of this retail chain are spread across UAE, managing attendance of every employee became a tedious task. Moreover, keeping track of each of their IN and OUT timings, overtime, leaves, and shift management for multiple locations from a single location was another challenge the retailer faced. Attendance management, multiple shift management and over time calculation became tricky challenges to deal with. Apart from that, they required specific type of reports to map everything department or location wise. Matrix offered its dynamic range of biometric hardware products along with the software solutions to complement the devices Matrix offered its dynamic range of biometric hardware products along with the software solutions to complement the devices. As the retail chain is an exponentially growing company building stores at several locations, Matrix offered its Time-Attendance module along with fingerprint and card based door controller, COSEC DOOR FOT. This solution assisted in easy attendance management of employees along with their shift and overtime management. Analysis of employees’ attendance The solution also allowed generation of several specific types of reports with detailed filtering options for smooth process and analysis of employees’ attendance details. Matrix People Mobility Management solution assisted the retail chain achieve following results: Centralised Attendance Management and Monitoring Easy Shift & Schedule Management Elimination of Overtime Issues Smooth HR Process with Various Precise Reports The products used for providing solutions: COSEC DOOR FOT - Fingerprint and Card based Door Controller for Time-Attendance COSEC CENTRA ME - Application Server Platform with 500 or more Users and Expandable up to 1,000 Users COSEC ME TAM - Time-Attendance Module for 500 or more Users COSEC USER100 - User license for 100 users
Bluffton Self Help, a non-profit organisation providing food, clothing and financial assistance to low-income residents of Bluffton, S.C., has gone high tech with an Iris ID iris recognition system tracking the hours of paid staff and volunteers. An Iris ID iCAM R100 camera replaces mag stripe cards, said Tony O’Brien, president of Sourcecode LLC, a South Carolina-based software development firm. He designed the iris system, as well as a computer network and telephone system for Bluffton Self Help. Saving the cost of purchasing ID cards “When I started working with the group it was still using sign-in sheets for its patrons to receive benefits,” he said. “I helped move them to a swipe card system about seven years ago. Then last summer I suggested to the executive director we could use iris identification to eliminate the cards.” The iris-based system saved Bluffton Self Help from purchasing and printing new and replacement ID cardsAccording to O’Brien, the iris-based system saved Bluffton Self Help from purchasing and printing new and replacement ID cards for the five paid staff members and more than 250 volunteers who regularly use the system. The Iris ID system paid for itself in about five months, O’Brien said. After staff inputs a new volunteer’s data, it takes seconds to enrol the person in the system. The person stands in front of a camera which takes a picture of both eyes (irises). Software turns the photo into a digital template stored on the organisation’s computers network. The same camera is later used to identify volunteers arrive and leave in a process that takes less than two seconds. Monitoring volunteers’ working hours Kimberly Hall, executive director, Bluffton Self Help, said the volunteers, many of them senior citizens, tell her the system is easy and fun to use. “Our volunteers love it,” she said. “And with the touch of a button on our computer we can see how many hours our volunteers have worked.” With the touch of a button on our computer we can see how many hours our volunteers have worked"Hall estimated volunteers annually provide about $1.2 million worth of services. That’s important to know when the privately funded group seeks contributions from donors who often want to make sure the organisation has the manpower to ensure those in need are receiving services. Hall said patrons still use the swipe card system as many are undocumented residents and fearful of new technologies. She hopes education will change that as Iris ID’s stored digital templates cannot be reconstructed to identify a person. Accurate and easy to use systems Mohammed Murad, vice president global sales and business development, Iris ID, said the Bluffton Self Help system shows how iris recognition technology is appropriate for virtually any organisation needing identity verification for security or time and attendance. “Systems from Iris ID are affordable, accurate and easy to use,” he said. “They’re no longer just for government organisations or Fortune 500 companies. The company is excited to be a technology provider to many non-profit organisations around the world.”
It began with a desire to help students fit in. Officials in Maine School Administrative District (MSAD) 58 introduced uniform bar-coded plastic ID cards to replace their existing colour-coded punch cards so that students eligible for free lunches would not easily be identified by their friends. “In the past, students used punch cards to buy their lunches,” said Angel Allen, Technology Director for both MSAD 58 and neighboring district, MSAD 9. “The different colors identified their economic status for other students to see. It was not a good thing.” Some students chose not to eat rather than be embarrassed by the color of their card. The issue is a significant one. Between 40 and 60 percent of students in MSAD 58 qualify for a reduced lunch program, according to Allen. The district, which sits in a rural area of Franklin County, Maine, covers 500 square miles and serves 1,000 students through five schools. Using ID cards was not new to the Maine school administrators. Sister district, MSAD 9, had been using ID cards as visual identity for its staff for a long time, according to Allen, but “the old system was a beast.” Direct-to-Card Printer/Encoder MSAD 58 began using ID cards printed on a new Fargo DTC300 Direct-to-Card Printer/Encoder for the hot lunch program in the fall of 2005, with the lunch director printing the cards. A second printer was purchased in 2006 and is operating out of the superintendent’s office to create staff ID and lunch cards. MSAD 58 continues to expand its use of ID cards: It created a debit system in which parents can apply money to the card so their children can charge against it rather than carrying money to school. ID cards without photos are used for substitute teachers, volunteers and parents who enter the schools. Students and faculty can check out library materials using their ID cards. Students without drivers’ licenses have even used their school ID cards for identification on school trips. In 2006, thanks to her experience in MSAD 58, Allen added a Fargo DTC400 printer to MSAD 9 Building access solutions “We also use the ID cards as medical emergency cards,” said Allen. “They are particularly useful on field trips to identify students with allergies, diabetes or asthma and to provide emergency contact numbers.” In 2006, thanks to her experience in MSAD 58, Allen added a Fargo DTC400 printer to MSAD 9. The district is printing RFID cards for staff ID and building access. There is also a DTC300 for the student lunch program. “My experience in MSAD 58 introduced me to Fargo,” said Allen. MSAD 9 includes nine schools and serves 2,500 students. Here, the ability to print on two sides of a card was important, as administrators wanted a bar code on the back to work with the district’s time card system and door access program. In addition, the district is initiating a new lunch program, and a library program is in the works. Software integration “In MSAD 58, we began printing small, key chain ID cards from perforated card stock,” said Allen. “Each includes the student’s name and a bar code. Being able to carry their ID card on a key chain helps prevent students from losing their cards.” Nevertheless, a $1 replacement fee is charged each lost card, although the fee was never meant to build revenue. “It’s just enough to aggravate the students,” Allen said. TAll students carry the same plastic ID card. Information on their lunch status is contained in a bar code on the back of the card. “Now, everyone has the same card,” said Allen. “The bar code number is scanned into the cafeteria software, and only the computer can distinguish who is eligible for a reduced lunch from those who are not.” Fargo printers are well known for their ability to print bar codes with the level of clarity to be read by scanners Student ID cards “The big thing with schools is technology,” said Jennifer Clancy, ID Wholesaler Marketing Manager (www.idwholesaler.com), who sold Allen the printers. “In Angel’s case, she is creating a system where the student ID is a stored-value card for the lunch program using a bar code. Fargo printers are well known for their ability to print bar codes with the level of clarity to be read by scanners. Schools nationwide are instituting policies where a visible ID is required of students, faculty and staff at all times. With a visible ID, there is no excuse for a person to be somewhere he or she is not supposed to be. Individuals can be better identified and dealt with by the existing school protocols.” Requirements for the ID cards differ between high school and elementary school students. High school students are required to carry their ID cards at all times. In the elementary schools, students grab their ID cards from a rack on the wall outside the lunch room each day before lunch. Cards are scanned by the cashier and put back in a basket, so someone can replace them in the rack after lunch. “Younger kids can’t be responsible for remembering to bring their card every day,” Allen said. School security system Employees, especially those with multi-school assignments, such as administrators, supervisors, plant operations, maintenance, food service and transportation personnel are required to display their identification card at all times when performing duties for the school system. “Schools that have a student photo ID program in place are starting to expand the use of the cards to applications such as library checkout, lunch program management, equipment checkout, access to computers, student activity passes and bus access,” said Clancy. “More advanced schools are moving to cashless vending, lunchroom use or activity attendance.” Allen, who is responsible for the technology in both MSAD 58 and MSAD 9, envisions expansion of the ID card program, especially the RFID technology component for access control. “We try things in one place and then take them beyond,” she said. “That’s the cooperative nature of our districts.” But for now, simply using ID cards to help students fit in during lunch is a huge step forward.
Varsity Management is an innovative education system focused on learning and leadership. Varsity offers well-designed courses plans that are in sync with the state and national board curricula. Based on the re-engineered learning patterns, these plans help teachers provide multisensory learning and develop social and thinking skills in students. Varsity Management is empowering 3,85,000+ students annually with its presence across 465+ schools, PAN India. Recording accurate attendance data The main requirement of the organisation was to bring its time-attendance under the same network umbrella. Varsity Management Pvt Ltd wanted to manage time-attendance of more than 15,000 employees at 100+ locations across India. Initially, they were using traditional methods for attendance marking. As a result, they were facing many problems in maintaining records of the same. Hence, they required an efficient system for maintaining and recording accurate attendance data of staff members. They required a biometric hardware solution that could precisely capture employees’ attendance. Moreover, they needed instant SMS notifications for certain events like missing in/out punch, attendance summary, etc. Matrix meticulously studied the needs of Varsity Management along with its regional partner Vigilant Technologies Time-attendance management solution Matrix meticulously studied the needs of the institute along with its regional partner Vigilant Technologies. Having discussed in depth with Varsity’s team, Matrix offered its comprehensive Time-Attendance solution for managing and tracking staff movement from a single place. Matrix has installed 130 COSEC DOOR FOT V3 biometric time-attendance terminals at 100 locations across India. HR/Admin could easily track attendance of all employees and generate different types of reports for timely salary payment. Now users are updated instantly on different events like missing in/out punch, attendance summary, etc. when it occurs. Benefits of biometric time-attendance terminal Centralised Monitoring and Control Efficient Time-Attendance Management Quick and Easy Salary Calculations Improved Productivity Customised Reports
Round table discussion
The concept of how security systems can contribute to the broader business goals of a company is not new. It seems we have been talking about benefits of security systems beyond “just” security for more than a decade. Given the expanding role of technologies in the market, including video and access control, at what point is the term “security” too restrictive to accurately describe what our industry does? We asked the Expert Panel Roundtable for their responses to this premise: Is the description “security technology” too narrow given the broader application possibilities of today’s systems? Why?
Big data is a buzzword, and data – presumably of all sizes – is a driving force in the physical security market. As systems become more sophisticated and expand their capabilities, the result is more data; in some cases, a lot more data. But a key question is: What do we do with the data? How do we use it to provide value? How do we interpret it, and transform it into useful information and/or intelligence? We presented the topic of data to our Expert Panel Roundtable and came away with a range of thoughts on its changing – and expanding – role in the physical security market (and beyond). We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How is a greater emphasis on data changing the physical security market?
A clear image is the desired end-result of video systems – or is it? In a growing number of applications, it’s not the image itself, but rather what information can be gained from the image, that is most important. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable to comment on some of the ways information from video is valuable to end users. Specifically, we asked: In what applications does information derived from video images provide more value than the images themselves?