Pelco by Schneider Electric, global provider of intelligent video surveillance solutions, announced the release of the GFC Professional 4K, a video camera delivering 8 MP resolution detail for demanding video security applications with heavy foot and vehicular traffic. The GFC Professional 4K is also designed to support challenging lighting conditions that are typical in city surveillance, airports, seaports, traffic, gaming facilities, corrections, commercial, and hospitality deployments. GFC...
Last week, the Schedule 84 Suppliers Research Panel participated in reviewing the 2018 contracting year with the GSA Schedule 84 leadership team. Our panel group consists of experienced contractors and consultants meeting for a monthly conference call. Schedule 84 is the GSA Schedules Contract for Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Security, Facilities Management, Fire and Rescue. Our opinions are part of a research programme to provide valuable feedback to the GSA Schedule 84 programme and...
Sentinel Consulting, a premier Manhattan-based full-service security consulting firm that advises high-profile, high-net-worth clients in the areas of security management, law enforcement, emergency services and security technology, announced the launch of its new Unmanned Technology Planning and Design Services. Applications for unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, as well as robots and autonomous ground vehicles, will now be formally represented within Sentinel’s comprehensive plan...
Hikvision, the global supplier of innovative video surveillance products and solutions, exhibited the latest AI products and technologies at 2018 Security China. More than 1,000 organisations participated in the exhibition which attracted a diverse audience of global distributors, integrators, IT professionals, technology enthusiasts and consumers to join the conversations about solutions around AI, intelligent security, cloud and other mega trends. At the show, Hikvision announced the release...
Bates Security, LLC, a commercial and residential security company based in Kentucky with branches in Prestonsburg, Kentucky and Jacksonville, Florida, is happy to announce the recent acquisition of HITEC Security from Tommy Kidd of Pikeville, Kentucky. Bates Security and HITEC are a perfect match as both are family owned and operated businesses based in Kentucky. With the acquisition, Bates will be adding over 600 accounts to its customer base in Prestonsburg, where Bates does business under t...
Traka 21, the innovative plug-and-play key management solution for small and medium-sized businesses, is now offered by ASSA ABLOY Access Control, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions. Traka 21 key management solution Designed to provide a simple, efficient and affordable system to help users manage their keys, Traka 21 ensures organisations can trace business assets at all times. The system individually locks every single key or keyset stored in the system...
STANLEY Security is delighted to announce that it is the first security company to achieve BIM Level 2 accreditation in the UK. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a shared knowledge resource, providing all the information about every component of a building, in one easy to access place. It enables construction professionals to digitally model a building and use the BIM data to reduce the risk of mistakes or discrepancies at an early stage, making for more cost-effective, safe construction, improved carbon performance and predictable planning. As one of UK’s premier security companies, STANLEY Security’s customer base extends from small businesses with a single intruder alarm system through to large integrated security systems operating across multiple sites in the commercial and public sectors. STANLEY Security is a proactive company that has its finger on the pulse of the security sector to identify where the market is going"Achieving BIM Level 2 accreditation has become increasingly important not only for full participation in public sector projects – construction suppliers tendering for centrally procured government projects must be working at BIM Level 2 – but for organisations in the commercial sector looking to reap the benefits of this advanced approach to construction. Aligned with the BIM philosophy Jason Wescombe, Design Manager – GB at STANLEY Security, explains: “From early in 2017 we noticed increasing customer enquiries relating to BIM services, ranging from design and construction, including COBie, to the provision of BIM Object Libraries. There was also increased Pre-Qualification Questionnaires relating to BIM Level 2, which was very much a new turn of events. “STANLEY Security is a proactive company that has its finger on the pulse of the security sector to identify where the market is going. We very much focus on identifying technology solutions that minimise financial outlay for a client; in this sense, we are very much aligned with the BIM philosophy. “We went out to the market to actively engage customers on the subject of BIM and it quickly became clear that BIM Level 2 capabilities had to be developed to meet future client requirements, and not just in the public sector.” BIM Level 2 Accreditation GAP Analysis BIM Level 2 facilitates well-informed decision making for greater clarity, better communications and better efficiencySTANLEY Security worked with Excitech, a technology solutions and services provider to the construction sector, to undertake a BIM Level 2 Accreditation GAP Analysis and provide consultancy and training in BIM Level 2. The transition to BIM Level 2 processes was achieved over a period of 18 months, following a full Lloyds Register BIM Level 2 Assessment to ensure all processes were in place, understood and adopted, culminated in full accreditation. According to the BSI, BIM Level 2 facilitates well-informed decision making for greater clarity, better communications and better efficiency. Cost savings of around 33% across CAPEX and OPEX are possible by following a Level 2 BIM process. As the cost of operating and maintaining buildings and facilities can represent up to 85% of the whole-life cost, savings can pay back any upfront premium in construction expenses in just a few years.
Artificial Intelligence will play an important role in the Middle East commercial security market’s future, as interconnected video surveillance systems and autonomous IP-based solutions become the norm, said the boss of a global video surveillance manufacturer. Gaurav Khemka, the Director of CP PLUS, said mining scores of data to find answers and facilitate prompt decision making has become simpler with the help of video analytics and digital surveillance, solving multiple problems across a range of applications, from small retail outlets to high-level government intelligence agencies. Video analytics to benefit multiple sectors CP PLUS is one of more than 1,300 exhibitors from 59 countries at the upcoming Intersec 2019 exhibition in Dubai“There are countless opportunities and problems waiting to be solved by video analytics, as the computing power of IP cameras continues to improve,” said Khemka. “Benefits will be seen across multiple sectors, from assisting intelligence agencies to local retail outlets, and perhaps, in the future, a fully predictive surveillance system may be a reality.” CP PLUS is one of more than 1,300 exhibitors from 59 countries at the upcoming Intersec 2019 exhibition in Dubai, the world’s leading trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection. Khemka said the company has completed numerous projects in the Middle East, last year, highlighting the UAE’s Landmark Group as one of its flagship references. IP Cameras for Landmark’s retail outlets “The Landmark Group is a multinational conglomerate involved in consumer retail while it also has interests in hospitality and leisure, healthcare and mall management,” added Khemka. Round the clock surveillance was a major requirement for Landmark Group’s vast network of retail outlets, and CP PLUS provided more than 1,500 IP cameras for this purpose. While retail is one industry vertical that has benefitted from the value-added offerings of integrated security systems and video analytics, Khemka said almost all other industry verticals are now catching on: “Today security has transcended from a need for safety to that of value addition and an enabler for people and processes,” Khemka said. Integration with fire and alarm systems CP PLUS will put the spotlight on its Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things based technologies at Intersec 2019“When integrated with other aspects of security such as fire and alarm systems, it can not only create a complete security ecosystem but also a huge support for managing operations and manpower. As such, all verticals, be it banking, education, hospitality, law enforcement, real estate, retail, or transportation, have identified with the need and adopted it wholeheartedly.” CP PLUS will put the spotlight on its Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things based technologies at the 21st edition of Intersec, which takes place from 20-22 January at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. It will line-up alongside more than 500 global solutions providers in the three-day event’s Commercial Security section, the largest of seven dedicated show sections that include Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Homeland Security & Policing, Physical & Perimeter Security, Information Security, and Smart Home & Building Automation. GESAB at Intersec 2019 Spanish company GESAB is another international player in the Commercial Security section looking to build its network with key regional decision makers of security and defence-related projects. EC3 is one of the world’s largest and most modern control centres, tasked with monitoring Dubai’s mass transit network A returning exhibitor to Intersec in 2019, GESAB specialises in technical solutions for the design, manufacture and installation of both control centre and data processing centre projects. The Madrid-based company was involved in the Dubai RTA’s (Roads and Transport Authority) new Enterprise Command and Control Centre (EC3). Opened in 2017, EC3 is one of the world’s largest and most modern control centres, tasked with monitoring Dubai’s mass transit network, including the Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, public buses, taxis and marine transit systems. Developing technical furniture for EC3 project Fernando Cajal, International Sales Manager for GESAB in the Middle East, said GESAB’s role in EC3, which came through a contact made at Intersec, was to develop the technical furniture for the Main Control Room, Security OCC, Tram back up room, IT SOC Room, Lecture Room, and Gold and Silver Rooms. “EC3 is an unparalleled project for facilities where the future becomes a reality today,” said Cajal. “It’s also an example of why the security industry contributes the greatest number of projects to GESAB, and why the Middle East is a reference market due to its capacity to generate constant business and large-scale projects.” GESAB will showcase at Intersec 2019 its own custom designed and manufactured range of technical furniture and control consoles, along with its Dynamic IP-based KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) system called DeskWall. Importance of video and analysis systems GESAB will showcase at Intersec 2019 its Dynamic IP-based KVM system called DeskWall Cajal said CCTV platforms and control centres are used for the control and management of security, both in the private sphere and in public spaces, adding: “It’s in this sense that video and analysis systems are of vital importance. “The future related to digital surveillance and video analytics, in regards to our expertise, is of control rooms where the tasks are developed in a collaborative integrated way but in individual ergonomic work positions that have the capacity to operate with technologies such as big format screens and high-efficiency digital KVM solutions like DeskWall.” Many more of the world’s leading security solutions providers have also confirmed their participation at the 21st edition of Intersec, including 18 of the global top 20, such as Hikvision, Assa Abloy, Axis Communications, Flir Systems, Hanwha Techwin, Avigilon, Infinova, Nedap, IDIS, and Milestone Systems. Commercial security market growth All of these have also enjoyed considerable success in the Middle East commercial security market that, according to analysts 6Wresearch, will grow by nearly 17 percent annually over the next six years, valuing US$7.4 billion in 2024, compared to an estimated US$2.9 billion in 2018. With 75 percent of the regional market in 2017 (US$1.87 billion), video surveillance is by far the largest product segment, followed by access control (US$367 million), and intrusion detection (US$262 million). The two Gulf nations of Saudi Arabia and the UAE are the largest contributors to the Middle East commercial security market Retail and banking currently hold the lion’s share of the regional market by industry verticals according to 6Wresearch, with an 8.6 percent (US$249 million) and 7.5 percent (US$217 million) share respectively. Meanwhile, the two Gulf nations of Saudi Arabia and the UAE are the largest contributors to the Middle East commercial security market, with Saudi Arabia holding a 31 percent stake (US$899 million), and the UAE 24 percent (US$696 million). Showcasing AI and automation technologies Andreas Rex, Intersec’s Show Director, said: “The Middle East commercial security market has evolved significantly over the years and Intersec exhibitors in this area have always stayed ahead of the curve when it comes to presenting new technologies and innovations for varied end-user verticals, from retail and hospitality, to banking, transport, government, aviation, and smart city concepts. “New-age solutions are all about automation, AI, and resource efficiency, and Intersec 2019 will showcase a wide spectrum of the latest developments in the commercial security sector.” Intersec 2019 returns early next year with a revamped conference line-up, including a three-day Intersec Future Security Summit raising key issues on Artificial Intelligence, security integration, emergency preparedness and response, data protection, IoT and much more. Return of SIRA and Drone Zone Returning popular features in 2019 include the Drone Zone, an Outdoor Demo Area, a Smart Home Pavilion Returning is the SIRA (Security Industry Regulatory Agency) Forum, with the latest updates in security law and industry regulations in Dubai, while a one-day Fire Safety and Protection Conference will involve authorities, fire chiefs, engineers, fire fighters and emergency response professionals. Returning popular features in 2019 include the Drone Zone, an Outdoor Demo Area, a Smart Home Pavilion and the Safety Design in Buildings Pavilion. More than 150 exhibitors will be participating for the first time, while Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, UK, and the USA comprise the 15 country pavilions. Intersec 2019 is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and supported by the Dubai Police, Dubai Police Academy, Dubai Civil Defence, SIRA, and the Dubai Municipality.
Identiv, Inc., a global provider of physical security and secure identification, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Thursby Software Systems, Inc., an Arlington, Texas-based provider of security software for mobile devices. The acquisition is expected to strengthen Identiv’s identity offerings with complete solutions for secure and convenient logical access across smart cards and derived credentials on Apple iOS and Android mobile devices. It is also a major strategic step towards Identiv’s vision of converged, highly secure yet frictionless access to information and places through a single identity and a single infrastructure platform. Thursby’s software solutions provide strong security for enterprise and personal mobility, supporting bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and two-factor authentication (2FA) on mobile devices. The company enables Department of Defense (DoD) issued Common Access Cards (CAC), federally issued Personal Identification Verification (PIV) cards, derived credentials, and commercially issued PIV-I cards to access, sign, encrypt, and decrypt information and emails from Apple iOS and Android mobile phones or tablet devices. The company’s deep government strengths and mobile app expertise are core elements in our vision for federal and commercial security solutions" Accessing information on-the-go These capabilities have allowed over a hundred thousand DoD and federal employees, including the U.S. Navy Reserve via the Ready-2-Serve (R2S) mobile application, to use personal and government-furnished mobile devices to access needed information on-the-go. Thursby has sold more than one million software licenses to a range of customers and industries, including government, healthcare, finance, energy, education, research, Fortune 500, Global 2000, and OEMs. “This combination substantially strengthens our position as a trusted provider of convenient high-security solutions to government and enterprise customers,” said Steven Humphreys, CEO of Identiv. “Thursby has built deep, long-standing customer relationships, completely aligned with our strategy of providing secure software platforms that are customisable to specific customer preferences. Thursby's solutions truly deliver beyond its customers' expectations, providing both high security and terrific end-user convenience. The company’s deep government strengths and mobile app expertise are core elements in our vision for federal and commercial security solutions.” Supplier of smart card readers “Thursby’s seamless support of both government-grade smart card deployments and derived credentials also aligns with our philosophy of supporting customers' adoption of technologies at their own pace, optimised for their own use cases. We believe this accretive acquisition is a strategic step that moves us closer to achieving our long-term target business model, generating higher margins, improving profitability, and delivering a solutions platform that transforms our industry.” We are excited to be joining the Identiv team who shares our passion for bringing together security and innovation for our customers" Bill Thursby, President and Founder of Thursby Software Systems, commented: "In our 32 years, we have prided ourselves as being a leader in technology while remaining small and responsive. By becoming part of the Identiv family, we will retain our strengths while taking on the additional benefits of a large international company with an excellent reputation." “We first partnered with Identiv in 2011 as both a supplier of smart card readers and a customer by adding the Thursby Sub Rosa license to the Identiv mobile reader line-up. We are excited to be joining the Identiv team who shares our passion for bringing together security and innovation for our customers.” Securing BYOD and mobile access "We started working with Thursby and Identiv in 2016 to enhance productivity and secure BYOD and mobile access for our Reservists," said Tim Bentjen, Director of IT Development, Navy Reserve. "Thursby has been a key partner in making sure our applications are highly secure, yet convenient, in the field. To ensure compatibility of our secure mobile applications on Android platforms, we have leveraged the Identiv smart fold reader/mobile dongle."
ADT Inc., the provider of monitored security and interactive home and business automation solutions in the United States and Canada, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Boca Raton, FL-based Red Hawk Fire & Security, a leader in commercial fire, life safety and security services and portfolio company of Comvest Partners, for $317.5 million in cash. This transaction accelerates ADT’s growth in the commercial security market and expands the company’s product portfolio with the introduction of commercial fire safety related solutions. It is the latest in a series of strategic acquisitions made over the last year to drive commercial growth and build on ADT’s strong foundation of superior customer service. With the addition of Red Hawk, ADT will have an increased geographic footprint and enhanced customer service capabilities across the nation. Revenues from the combined company’s business customers are expected to represent approximately 25% of total revenue. Red Hawk is a pioneer in the design, installation, integration, monitoring and servicing of commercial fire, security and life safety solutionsOffers mission-critical solutions Red Hawk is a pioneer in the design, installation, integration, monitoring and servicing of commercial fire, security and life safety solutions. Red Hawk represents one of the few last independent large national commercial integrators, offering complex, mission-critical solutions across its 45 district locations and is expected to generate approximately $300 million of revenues in 2018. In recent years, Red Hawk has demonstrated double-digit revenue growth across a diverse set of customers, markets and geographies, leveraging its strong local presence backed by its nationwide footprint and differentiated fire and security expertise. Expanding business and service capabilities “Commercial security is one of the core pillars of ADT’s growth strategy and today’s announcement marks a significant step in our concerted efforts to expand our commercial business with the critical capabilities and services that our customers expect,” said ADT President and incoming CEO, Jim DeVries. We are excited to welcome the talented and experienced Red Hawk team to the ADT family while expanding our geographic reach"“Red Hawk’s exceptional portfolio of commercial fire and security solutions complements ADT’s existing commercial business, positioning us to provide a superior customer experience at a local and national level. We are excited to welcome the talented and experienced Red Hawk team to the ADT family while expanding our geographic reach, service capabilities and product offerings. Having long admired Red Hawk, we are confident that combining the strengths of our two companies will allow us to deliver increased value to our customers and shareholders.” Providing high-quality customer service “We are delighted to join a company with ADT’s resources, growth potential and shared commitment to providing high quality customer service and innovative solutions to customers,” said Red Hawk President and CEO Michael McWilliams. “We look forward to our future with ADT, which we are confident will help us to achieve our next phase of growth.” “It was a rewarding and collaborative experience working with Michael McWilliams, Mark Foley, Red Hawk’s CFO, and the other members of Red Hawk’s senior management team to build Red Hawk into a market leader from our original acquisition, and Red Hawk is positioned to continue to thrive under ADT’s leadership,” said Roger Marrero, the Managing Partner of Comvest Partners. Strategic and financial benefits of transaction Substantial increase in scale to accelerate ADT’s commercial growth: The combined commercial business will have substantially increased scale with an expanded commercial technician work force that will allow the company to meet growing customer demand across the U.S. and provide enhanced customer service capabilities. This transaction creates the opportunity to leverage the capabilities of both organisations to create a more robust and differentiated commercial security offering in a highly fragmented industry. Introduction of fire safety solutions: This transaction expands ADT’s product portfolio with the introduction of Red Hawk’s fire safety solutions, allowing the company to become a single destination for both fire and security needs at the commercial level. The company intends to leverage Red Hawk’s fire safety solutions and expertise to help capture new business opportunities with new and existing customers. Compelling long-term financial benefits: Given the strong financial and operating profile of Red Hawk’s business – which, similar to ADT’s growing commercial and multi-site businesses, has a very attractive net customer acquisition cost and retention characteristics – the acquisition is expected to be accretive to free cash flow generation, before taking into account meaningful expected cost benefits. The completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the fourth quarter 2018.
Secutech, the business platform for safety and security products returns for its 22nd edition next year with a sharpened focus on artificial intelligence and IoT technology. The fair will be held from 8 – 10 May 2019 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Centre in Taipei. IoT and artificial intelligence technologies are continuing to transform the security industry by opening up new avenues for product functionality. The traditional surveillance camera that was once used solely for security purposes, for example, can now also be used to collect useful business information such as customer footfall and purchasing patterns. As these technologies continue to blur the boundaries between sectors, they are also opening up more opportunities for integrated security. Security subsystems such as surveillance cameras, security alarms and access control systems, for example, can now be integrated and tracked from a single monitoring centre through the IoT. This allows end-users to tailor security systems that track specific priorities such as perimeter security and fire safety through one unified system. Secutech allows the professionals to come together to network, and exchange information with regards to new technologies"Opportunity for networking Speaking about the role of Secutech within this shifting technological landscape, Ms Regina Tsai, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd said: “As the regional business hub for security industry professionals, Secutech allows the professionals to come together to network, conduct business and exchange information with regards to new technologies for Asia’s fast growing vertical markets. “At the last edition, we welcomed a record 427 exhibitors as well as over 19,900 visitors to the show. The upcoming edition of the fair will have a strong focus on artificial intelligence and the IoT, but it will also be highly multifaceted with security solutions for buyers from all walks of security.” Zones dedicated for AI and cybersecurity Products from the six categories of security, IoT security, IT/ ICT automation, mechanical and electrical equipment, as well as industrial safety will be hosted at Secutech 2019. Seven thematic zones will allow trade visitors to easily identify specific technologies. In the realm of artificial intelligence and the IoT, zones will be designated for ‘AI + Software’, ‘LPWAN applications’, ‘Smart locks’, ‘Cyber security’ as well as ‘Smart factory and industrial safety’. The concurrent Info Security event will delve into security protocols for IoT devices as well as IP-based security systemsMeanwhile there will also be dedicated zones for ‘Police equipment’ and ‘RFID applications’. With so many products at the fair set to feature IoT technology, the concurrent Info Security event will delve into security protocols for IoT devices as well as IP-based security systems. To highlight the unique business applications of new technologies, there will also be seven intelligent solution pavilions spread across the show floor. The pavilions will display specialised security solutions for the vertical markets of retail, factory, transportation, parking, healthcare, hotels and community. SMAhome renamed as SMABIoT Many visitors travel long distances to attend Secutech each year because the show allows them to stay ahead of the curve in a wide range of industry sectors. Three concurrent events for ‘Mobility’, ‘Fire & Safety’, and ‘SMABIoT’ will allow such visitors to catch up on emerging trends for specific product groups during the 2019 edition of the fair. The successful SMAhome will return under the new name of SMABIoT as the first event of its kind in Asia to accommodate buyers from the smart building IoT market segment. Visitors to the event will have the opportunity to source smart solutions for commercial and residential buildings as well as the healthcare and hospitality industries. A ‘Smart Solution Centre’ will be featured at SMABIoT to demonstrate the real-world applications of smart home ecosystems and robotsFeatured products will be imbedded with facial recognition, voice command and deep learning technology and will include a selection of brands with cross-disciplinary applications. A ‘Smart Solution Centre’ will also be featured at SMABIoT to demonstrate the real-world applications of smart home ecosystems and robots for home, elderly care, smart community and smart hotel. Spotlight on intelligent transportation solutions Sector specific insights will also be available at the concurrent Mobility event, which will place a spotlight on intelligent transportation solutions. The event will focus on commercial vehicle and smart parking solutions and will host the ‘Intelligent Transportation Pavilion’ with product applications for smart road, smart railway and fleet management. Meanwhile, fairgoers searching for the latest fire and safety equipment will have the opportunity to do so at the concurrent international Fire & Safety event, which will run into its 18th edition during the show. Continuing its role as the regional hub for fire safety and disaster management, the event will feature two zones focusing on smart fire safety and smart disaster prevention and mitigation.
Smart sensors, intelligent drives, modular production, automated logistics systems and holistic solutions for intelligent manufacturing – Hannover Messe has it all. The world’s premier trade fair for industrial technology will open its gates under the motto ‘Integrated Industry – Industrial Intelligence’. The motto reflects the organiser’s desire to show how the close integration of automation, power transmission and fluid power and software and IT can supercharge industrial production. At Hannover Messe 2019, this pivotal confluence of technologies will be clustered at Integrated Automation, Motion & Drives (IAMD) – a mega-show spanning 14 exhibition halls. Automation and robotics solutions The IAMD show will feature the full range of products and solutions, including factory and process automation systems, industrial IT, robotics In 2019, the integration, digitisation and interconnection of industrial technologies will transform the world’s manufacturing industries more than ever before. In recognition of this, the IAMD show will feature the full range of products and solutions for the factory of the future, including factory and process automation systems, industrial IT, robotics, smart drives, and intelligent hydraulics and pneumatics systems. All the exhibits will share one unifying theme: ‘Industrial Intelligence’, which is also the official lead theme for Hannover Messe 2019. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are helping to eliminate production downtime, boost efficiency and ensure the seamless integration and operation of all the different parts that make up smart factories. The over 200,000 trade visitors attending the upcoming Hannover Messe will come from a diverse range of user industries. But most will come to the fair with the same clear objective in mind: to find the right state-of-the-art smart automation solutions for their manufacturing operations. For the companies they represent, digitisation is the key to keeping their competitive edge. Integration of industrial technologies IAMD will showcase the best power transmission and fluid power technologies the world has to offer" “Automation solutions for the digitisation and smart integration of industrial technologies will be the focus of the upcoming IAMD show,” said Arno Reich, Global Director IAMD for Hannover Messe. “IAMD will also showcase the best power transmission and fluid power technologies the world has to offer, as well as serving as a central forum for debate on the latest market and technology trends.” While there are still over six months to go until the gates open on the next Hannover Messe, a large number of market leaders – among them Siemens, ABB, Festo, Bosch Rexroth, Schneider Electric, Phoenix Contact and Beckhoff – have already registered display space. Confirmed exhibitors of intelligent power transmission and fluid power technology solutions include SEW EURODRIVE, Schaeffler, Continental, Aventics, Hydac, KTR, Parker Hannifin, Trelleborg and ZF Friedrichshafen. Innovative robotics solutions All the market leaders in the robotics industry will also be represented at the show, including FANUC, KUKA, Yaskawa, Kawasaki, Universal Robots, HIWIN and Mitsubishi. Hannover Messe’s robotics showcase has been growing steadily for many years and reliably delivers an accurate snapshot of the current state-of-the-art. A key trend in the industry has been the emergence of cobots (collaborative robots), which, rather than replacing humans, are designed to work alongside them. At the upcoming Hannover Messe, the most innovative robotics solutions will once again be celebrated as part of the ROBOTICS AWARD. At the upcoming Hannover Messe, the most innovative robotics solutions will once again be celebrated as part of the ROBOTICS AWARD Sensor systems are a key enabling technology for fully integrated, interconnected and intelligent operations across a wide range of different industries, including the energy industry, the mechanical engineering industry and the eMobility sector. The fact that sensor technology has become something of a unifying theme throughout Hannover Messe will be borne out by leading market players, such as ifm electronic, SICK, Pepperl + Fuchs, Hans Turck and Balluff. Industry 4.0 solutions Apart from the exhibits, trade visitors can look forward to a comprehensive supporting programme of forums and special presentations, including the Hannover Messe PUMP PLAZA; the Wireless, M2M & IoT display; the Application Park showcase for robot manufacturers, systems integrators and image processing specialists; and a new SME Pavilion where small and mid-sized companies will present their Industry 4.0 solutions. Among Hannover Messe's many platforms for learning, knowledge sharing and lively debate on the latest trends and developments will be the new Motion & Drives Forum and the well-established Automation and Industry 4.0 forums within the IAMD show.
Nationwide Building Society has partnered with Traka to provide an intelligent key management system in its branches. The partnership will enhance the Society’s processes in its network, for the benefit of its employees and members. Nationwide has around 18,000 employees and around 650 branches across the UK. Previously branch managers were initially being relied upon to have ensured the management and safety of branch keys throughout the working day, and overnight. This has been a time constraining and manual process, but an essential part of branch security. Traka’s intelligent key management solution has been trialled, originally tested across 21 sites, and systems Key management process Traka’s intelligent key management solution has been trialled, originally tested across 21 sites, and systems now operate across Nationwide’s UK-wide branch network. Richard Newland, Director of Branch & Workplace Transformation at Nationwide said; “There was an opportunity to greatly improve our key management process, to make it easier for our colleagues to manage branch keys.” Seamless installation process “The introduction of Traka key management systems moved us into a more digital management system. Our colleagues no longer need to solely manage keys, and the audit trail capability has helped us to remove the manual paper recording and see the instant status of keys at any one time.” Traka worked closely with Nationwide to understand bespoke requirements for key management across its branch network, ensuring a seamless installation process under a tight timeframe for delivery. Once installed, Traka worked closely with individual branches to ensure staff had full training in the use of key management systems and access control solutions for authorised personnel. In Nationwide’s case, Traka has made a significant difference from an operational perspective Accurate audit trail Tom Smith, Traka Market Development Manager added: “What our relationship with Nationwide demonstrates is our preferred approach to working with clients, in true partnership. Our aim is to understand bespoke requirements for key management and ensure our systems can accommodate, without compromising on ease of use for staff.” “In Nationwide’s case, Traka has made a significant difference from an operational perspective. The main resolution being staff no longer need to solely manage keys, and instead, they can focus on servicing members needs more efficiently. Nationwide has total peace of mind they have a secure and accurate audit trail of all keys, across every branch in its network.”
A compressive video surveillance solution consisting of 96 cameras from Dahua Technology UK is being installed at the striking Fort Dunlop commercial and retail site, overlooking the M6 motorway in Birmingham. Built for Dunlop Rubber, Fort Dunlop became the tyre-maker’s flagship production facility and at one time was the world’s largest factory, employing 3,200 workers. After production stopped in the 1980s, the building lay derelict before being redeveloped into 360,000 square feet of office and retail space, also now with an adjoining hotel. Cameras include the 12MP panoramic internal IPC-EBW81230 fisheye camera and the external panoramic IPC-PDBW8802 dome cameraPanoramic fisheye and dome cameras Much of the site’s previous video surveillance system was installed during the refurbishment in 2006, but with advances in modern technology, it was felt that the current system was no longer meeting basic requirements. An external consultant assessed the site and put forward plans for an upgrade. Bromsgrove-based Champion Security Installations won the bid for the upgrade project. Installed over two phases, the design consists of a total of 96 static and PTZ cameras from Full HD to 4K resolutions. Cameras include the 12MP panoramic internal IPC-EBW81230 fisheye camera, which uses H.265/H.264 triple-stream encoding, and the external panoramic IPC-PDBW8802 dome camera, with four 2-Megapixel progressive scan CMOS sensors and day/night functionality. Images are managed and recorder by a 128-channel, ultra 4K NVR616 network video recorder. The aim was to meet all of the different security, health and safety criteria, as well as ensure ease of use for the operators" Ensuring safety of staff and building “Having undertaken a full review of the security systems at Fort Dunlop, it became clear that a replacement CCTV system was required to ensure protection of the staff, visitors and building,” said a spokesperson from Savills. “Three different options were presented by contractors, but it quickly became clear that the Dahua system presented by Champion Security met our brief. The system installed has changed the way we monitor and protect our asset, and its ease of use has been a revelation to our site staff.” A spokesperson from Champion Security Installations added, “We have worked with the management of Fort Dunlop for a number of years now, so we designed the new IP CCTV system in consultation with them. The aim was to meet all of the different security, health and safety criteria, as well as ensure ease of use for the operators. Having installed Dahua equipment at a number of sites, we invited them to assist with the design of the Fort Dunlop system using a number of their new products. Working in conjunction with Dahua and Oprema Ltd, the project was delivered on time and within budget.”
UK perimeter solutions manufacturer, Jacksons Fencing, has recently completed a project at Portsmouth Retail Park, the latest addition to Portsmouth City Council’s investment portfolio. The £17m development aims to generate up to £1m a year for local services, create jobs and contribute to the city’s revitalisation. Development and construction firm Simons Group undertook the 70,000 sq. ft. build while Jacksons Fencing won the tender to supply and install fencing and access control for the perimeter of the service areas and plant and bin stores. A secure perimeter was important, as any disruption to the service areas would negatively impact day-to-day operations. Air conditioning units, loading areas and bin stores can be vulnerable to vandalism and anti-social behaviour, so protecting these areas against unauthorised access not only prevents accidents and theft, but also ensures operational efficiency and protecting businesses from financial loss and liability. Jacksons Fencing also installed two single leaf and four double leaf EuroGuard swing gates, which seamlessly match the perimeter fencing Balancing security and aesthetics While the retail park and the stores within the development need protection, it is also a public space that depends on attracting shoppers, and so required a welcoming aesthetic. To fulfil these requirements, 100m of Jacksons EuroGuard Regular fencing at 3m high was installed. Ideal for commercial properties, EuroGuard Regular is able to secure the premises without appearing imposing or fortress-like. Its anti-climb design and vandal-proof panel to post fixings give the panels the strength and rigidity to effectively demark public and private spaces, deter potential intruders, or simply keep shoppers and young children out of harm’s way. To provide efficient access for staff, delivery and service vehicles, Jacksons Fencing also installed two single leaf and four double leaf EuroGuard swing gates, which seamlessly match the perimeter fencing. Turnkey security support Head of Commercial Sales at Jacksons Fencing Cris Francis comments: “Simons Group is one of the biggest names in retail construction and development, so this is a significant project for Jacksons, and testament to the high quality of our products and expertise of our team.” Brian Hodgkin, Commercial Manager at Simons Group, adds: “It’s obviously crucial that our projects are properly secured and we were pleased to work together with Jacksons to ensure security on the Portsmouth Retail park was of the highest standard.” Jacksons Fencing designs and manufactures high-quality security fencing and has a wide range of perimeter solutions ideal for a variety of projects. Their team of technical and engineering experts have worked on many different bespoke projects, providing full turnkey support to meet any requirements their clients have.
Security has become one of the priorities to be focused on for the operation of commercial buildings because many people come in and out of the buildings every day. IP surveillance solutions are particularly essential for those commercial applications generally used in a wider and more open areas, owing to the requirement of system scalability. Surveon commercial solutions, including high-reliability cameras with wide monitoring area, feature-rich CMS with multiple access as well as RAID NVR with flexible storage expansion. These enterprise solutions help commercial buildings to prevent the incidents such as thefts or other illegalities, effectively safeguarding the property and profits in time. Enhanced storage and data security When designing a suitable surveillance system, commercial buildings might encounter some major challenges such as open field and wide monitoring area. Under such circumstances, Surveon’s 3-megapixel camera will be the best solution. Surveon’s RAID NVR allows users to scale up the storage capacity through iSCSI (SAN/NAS) and JBOD It provides 1.5-time larger monitoring range at 30 FPS, offering a cost-effective option for monitoring wide areas. Besides, Surveon cameras are with industrial-grade components and 3-year warranty to ensure long-term operations. Its quality can be proved by the extremely low RMA rate, and reliability can be assured. The data protection of recorded videos and the flexible expansion of storage capacity for future scale up are of great importance to the planning of commercial surveillance. Surveon’s RAID NVR allows users to scale up the storage capacity through iSCSI (SAN/NAS) and JBOD, bringing commercial buildings a convenient and budget-saving option that they can expand storage capacity by demand or yearly budget instead of buying entire system at the beginning. Efficient management with reduced risk Surveon’s enterprise Central Management Software provides superior features including interactive video walls, matrix screen displays, centralised alarm management, and high scalability for thousands of cameras and multiple clients, allowing the management level and the security guards to keep every detail under control and review both live and stored videos through browsers or mobile applications anytime, anywhere. Surveon was chosen as the supplier of a comprehensive networked security solution for KL Tower, the highest building in Malaysia. The security project manager for the KL Tower said, “Surveon’s full end-to-end integration, including enterprise VMS and storage that supports up to 300TB, helps us manage the project in the most efficient way and brings the lowest risk.” Surveon's commercial solutions have also been deployed at Historic Buildings in Poland, ISP server rooms in Taiwan, and the building of airline catering service provider in Hong Kong.
Ward Security has been appointed as the security provider for British Arab Commercial Bank following a competitive tender process. The appointment will see the team manage the security at BACB’s Mansion House premises in London, supplying both concierge and security guarding personnel. The British Arab Commercial Bank is a UK regulated bank that has operated for more than 40 years with an expertise in international finance and a focus on helping companies to develop and grow trade in new markets with confidence. Kevin Ward, Managing Director of Ward Security said, “We are delighted to have been awarded such a prestigious contract by the bank. We believe our philosophy of providing people who are both professional and dedicated to delivering high quality standards closely matches the principles of the bank. All our clients need bespoke solutions that consider the key security needs both today and, in the future, and our tender clearly communicated that to the bank. We look forward to working with them.”A key speciality of Wards Security is the provision of search and guard dogs Dog guarding projects Steve Cook, Director of Facilities at British Arab Commercial Bank said, “We have been impressed with the high standards and accreditations that Ward Security work to and maintain but mostly this company is clearly very passionate about what they do." "Not only have they identified efficiencies and new ways to work they have delivered a proposal to us with fresh enthusiasm. The team at Ward Security are already integrating well into our team and we are pleased with the appointment of them as our new security provider.” From its headquarters in London Ward Security provides a full range of security services to high profile companies nationwide and it has regional offices covering Kent, The Midlands and South East England regions employing a team of over 900 security personnel. A key speciality of the company is the provision of search and guard dogs. It works closely with the City of London Police and both Bromley and Bexley Borough Councils on a number of specialist dog guarding projects.
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.”