The Kwikset brand of Spectrum Brands, Inc. – Hardware & Home Improvement Division, announces the launch of SmartCode 955. Functioning as a commercial grade electronic lever, SmartCode 955 provides advanced security, strength and durability. It is the first commercial grade electronic lever from Kwikset - U.S. door hardware manufacturer - designed to serve the security needs of facility managers, residential and commercial property owners, and small business owners. SmartCode 955 elect...
ADT continues expanding capabilities and geographic reach via Red Hawk Fire & Security, ADT Commercial with the asset purchase agreement of Security Corporation, a commercial security integrator headquartered in Detroit, Mich., with offices in Novi (Detroit), Mich., and Columbus, Ohio. Family owned and operated since 1974, Security Corporation has earned customer loyalty by providing responsive customer service and innovative security products to businesses, financial institutions, academic...
Advanced video projects delivered by SECOM, Johnson Controls and ISD Tech have been recognised at IFSEC with a special award event on the IDIS stand. Over the last 12 months, large-scale implementations and high definition IP system upgrades, harnessing the latest IDIS technology, have given enhanced video capability at NHS facilities, fashion chains, coffee shops, variety stores, and market leaders in the eating-out sector. Each year, IDIS invites VIP guests to recognise outstanding achieveme...
Iris ID, a global provider of iris recognition technology, announced its award-winning multimode iCAM M300 handheld biometric platform now offers gateless access control, time and attendance and employee mustering for both commercial and government markets. The new functions are possible with embedded XPressEntry software from Telaeris, a provider of real-time personnel tracking solutions. Also using Iris ID’s Iris Access EAC software, the iCAM M300 continues to provide an ideal portable...
TAKEX Europe Ltd., renowned Japanese manufacturer of active and passive infrared perimeter intruder detection sensors, is slated to showcase their latest addition to their beam sensor family at this year’s IFSEC international at ExCel London, 18-20 June 2019. TAKEX detection sensors TAKEX detection sensors have been protecting people and property for more than 55 years, safeguarding domestic, commercial, and industrial premises and high-level Royal, Government, and military organisations...
This year from the 16th – 17th of April, the Landmark Centre in Lagos, Nigeria hosted the ninth edition of Securex West Africa. Over two bustling days of business, more than 2,300 professionals from across the Security, Fire and Safety industry crossed the threshold to witness key technology advancements, market trends and do business. Among the dignitaries to open the exhibition and conference this year was ACP Gbolahan Odugbemi, Assistant Commissioner of Police for Lagos State represent...
Echodyne, the manufacturer of innovative, high-performance, small electronically scanned array (ESA) radars for government and commercial markets, announced that Maureen Swanson, Manager of Public Policy and Partner Engagement, will speak on June 5th at 2pm at the FAA UAS Symposium in Baltimore. The event takes place at the Baltimore Convention Center. Swanson will participate on the panel entitled ‘UAS Mitigation at Airports’ and discuss the importance of precisely tracking and classifying objects of interest so that mitigation protocols can be triggered when appropriate. Echodyne’s MESA radars are best in class, offering the most detailed position data available. She will also touch on how radar data is useful for prosecuting operators for flying in restricted airspace. Governing future of drone operations The event, presented by the FAA and AUVSI, brings stakeholders from various entities, including the military, government, public safety and unmanned systems sectors, together to discuss the rules and concepts that will govern the future of drone operations. “As the popularity of drones continues to rise, the issue of securing our airports becomes more challenging,” Swanson said. “It’s critical to have technology that can accurately detect and track drones flying in restricted airspace, whether intentionally or not, to keep our airports and communities safe.”
Larson Electronics, a Texas-based company with over 40 years of experience spearheading the industrial lighting and equipment sectors, announced the release of an explosion proof digital pan tilt zoom security camera for remote observation in both indoor and outdoor hazardous locations. This day/night camera is high resolution and features a mechanical infrared cut filter and motion detection with up to 64GB of internal storage. The EXPCMR-PT-IP-POE-DPTZ explosion proof digital pan tilt zoom security camera is rated for use in Class I, Divisions 1 and 2, Groups B, C and D; Class I, Zones 1 and 2, Groups IIB+H2 and IIA; Class II, Divisions 1 and 2, Groups E, F and G; and Class III, Divisions 1 and 2 hazardous locations. This unit is made of durable copper-free aluminium and operates on 12V DC while consuming a maximum of 12W per system. This unit also features two 3/4" 14 NPT drilled and tapped conduit openings, one on the top and one on the bottom, for wiring. Equipped with 1.27 mm optical lens The explosion proof security camera is equipped with a 1.27 mm optical lens and produces up to 6.0 megapixel resolutionLarson Electronics’ explosion proof security camera is equipped with a 1.27 mm optical lens and produces up to 6.0 megapixel (3072 x 2048) resolution. Operators can choose from a 150-degree fisheye, 180-degree horizontal panoramic or ePTZ quad view. The camera features two-way audio using a built-in speaker and microphone and is IP66 rated waterproof. This camera can operate in harsh environments with temperatures ranging from -22 degrees F to 140 degrees F and 0% to 95% non-condensing, humid environments. This camera has Power over Ethernet (PoE) enabling data transfers and power to be passed through a single Ethernet cable and features a pole top mount with an attached slip fit yolk for easy installation. Suitable applications for this camera include remote observation of external facilities, indoor and outdoor security, commercial buildings, and more.
Risk management ‘must prepare for the worst’ is the latest stark warning from the UK Environment Agency, which suggests that, with global temperatures set to rise by up to four degrees Centigrade by 2100, some £1bn a year might be needed to be spent on flood management. Insurance statistics reveal that the most likely cause of claims in commercial buildings, retail premises, hotels and apartment blocks is water damage. UK insurers conﬁrm that water leakage is now the costliest and most common claim made by commercial customers with a total loss in the UK alone approaching £800 million. Damages due to water leakage Vimpex advises risk management that the efficient way to mitigate the risk of water damage is to continuously monitor for water leaksThe financial sector is particularly vulnerable to such potential losses with Data Centre outages costing an average of £12,000 per minute, hourly losses on the Stock Exchange around £4.5 million and Credit Card Clearance around £1.8 million. Water leakage damage costs alone can be significant and it is not just the obvious cost of physical damage to IT equipment and the fabric of the building, because even a minor water leak can result in significant business interruption including temporary relocation, increased employment costs and loss of proﬁts. Vimpex, an independent manufacturer and distributor of Life Safety products in the UK, advises risk management that the efficient way to mitigate the risk of water damage is to continuously monitor for water leaks. Leading the way in Water Detection technology is the Vimpex Hydrosense system, which, with its Vimpex Hydro-Cryer voice sounders, comprises the most sophisticated configurable water leak detection system on the market. Monitoring water leaks 24/7 Hydrosense systems deliver a new standard in Water Leak Detection to protect areas where water ingress could seriously damage electrical, communication and computer networks. It continuously monitors for water leaks around the clock, year in year out, with the facility for 72-hour battery standby in the event of power failure. Vimpex life safety technology provides the reliability and integrity of BSi approved fire detection systems, meaning there is virtually no risk of failure, downtime and significantly fewer false alarms. Hydrosense is on show at Firex International on Stand FX940 (18-20 June Excel London).
3xLOGIC, PAC/GDX and PACOM, providers of security and access control solutions, have announced they will be exhibiting on stand IF2930 at IFSEC International 2019, which takes place on 18th-20th June at ExCeL, London. For over 15 years as one of the USA’s most respected innovators in server, cloud and artificial intelligence-based solutions, 3xLOGIC has an enviable track record in redefining what’s possible with security technology. After successfully launching into the European market earlier this year, 3xLOGIC will exhibit its diverse range of cutting-edge products as well as demonstrate their integration capabilities. Leading the way is the integration of 3xLOGIC’s NVRs and standalone cameras into PACOM’s GMS and Unison product lines. VIGIL enterprise grade VMS 3xLOGIC’s VIGIL enterprise grade VMS is the driving force behind the VIGIL range of NVRs, DVRs and PoE cameras3xLOGIC’s VIGIL enterprise grade VMS is the driving force behind the VIGIL range of network video recorders (NVRs), digital video recorders (DVRs) and Power over Ethernet (PoE) cameras. To further enhance VIGIL’s suitability for multi-site environments, it has been integrated with the PACOM Graphical Management System (GMS). Engineered to communicate over an IP network, the PACOM GMS allows for full integration of access control, alarm monitoring, video surveillance and many other security functions. 3xLOGIC’s Visix Facial Recognition camera is making its European debut at IFSEC 2019. This special purpose, low cost, dual lens 2MP device is designed for instant face detection, and the identification and notification of persons of interest. Using camera-based analytics and 3xLOGIC’s exclusive facial recognition software and mobile app, users can review images and choose which individuals to place on a watch list. Unison security management Furthermore, 3xLOGIC’s Facial Recognition camera has recently been integrated into PACOM’s Unison security management platform. An open security solution designed specifically for campus-based organisations, Unison is the solution of choice for organisations within vertical sectors such as healthcare, universities, commercial buildings, public facilities, municipalities, airports, shipping ports and data centres. The combination of Facial Recognition capabilities with Unison improves operational efficiency by quickly and accurately identifying persons of interest, and streamlining processes to use this information to meet the organisation’s security and marketing goals. TRENDS empowers the user to interpret vast amounts of disparate data more effectively and efficiently than ever before For those looking to optimise organisational efficiency, 3xLOGIC’s TRENDS cloud-based business intelligence tool incorporates exception-based reporting, video data and third-party applications into an easy to use dashboard that provides a simple visual snapshot of business operations. TRENDS empowers the user to interpret vast amounts of disparate data more effectively and efficiently than ever before, offering unrivalled levels of visibility to quickly spot issues and liabilities that can seriously impact a company’s bottom line. Bluetooth-based card reader Last, but certainly not least, visitors will have the chance to get hands on with the new PAC GDX Bluetooth-based card reader technology, which has been specifically designed to meet the requirements of companies of all sizes that want the most secure access control solution possible. Experts from the company will be available for product demonstrations and to discuss a new online training programme that has been developed to enable installers and end users to get the very best out of their PAC GDX solution. “It has been a tremendously exciting year, and we are looking forward to discussing our activities with those attending IFSEC,” commented Matt Kushner, Global President, Stanley Products and Solutions. “With a combined legacy of over 100 years in the security industry, 3xLOGIC, PAC GDX and PACOM lead the way in the design and manufacture of video surveillance, access control, and business intelligence solutions. By visiting Stand IF2930 and talking to our experts, visitors have a fantastic opportunity to find out how our technology can enhance security provision in a diverse range of built environments and how we can help them achieve their operational and security objectives.”
After a busy three days of business exchanges in Mumbai, the 2019 edition of Secutech India was hailed as a success, with many participants commending the new smart home zone as a welcome addition to the show. A consensus was also reached on the effectiveness of the fair’s fringe events, which updated the market on smart city infrastructure and security technology. Travelling from the subcontinent and beyond, more than 20,000 security industry professionals visited the fair from 25 – 27 April 2019 at the Bombay Exhibition Center. “The new smart home zone and exhibitors of intelligent transportation technology were added to help participants take advantage of the growing market for smart devices and intelligent solutions,” said Ms Regina Tsai, the Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd. “The enthusiastic response to the new additions and the positive sentiments expressed about the fringe seminars demonstrate that the fair remains firmly in touch with the needs of the local market.” Commercial security and fire safety products The fair showcased the very best commercial security and fire safety products from regional heavyweightsOn top of smart home and intelligent transportation solutions, the fair showcased the very best commercial security and fire safety products from regional heavyweights. To the satisfaction of trade visitors, over 200 exhibitors were in attendance at the fair, including brands such as AAAG, Avigilon, Biomax, CP Plus, ESSL and Mantra. Altogether, the fair spanned 15,000 sqm, with the commercial security exhibitors forming the largest section. The applications of AI in video surveillance systems was a hot topic of conversation in the exhibition hall, where exhibitors such as Hikvision and Veracity demonstrated how the technology can be used to support processes such as facial recognition and automatic security alerts. Live demonstrations of threat detection systems also attracted great interest from trade visitors. Ideal occasion to launch new products From the standpoint of many international exhibitors, positive conditions in the domestic security market and a strong turnout of quality buyers, meant that the fair was an ideal occasion to find strategic partnerships and launch new products. A good example of this was the Shenzhen pavilion, which hosted an array of OEMs and ODMs from the smart home and intelligent building sectors. The participating companies at the pavilion were looking to find business partners, distributors and re-selling partners for the Indian market, but the pavilion was also of great interest to system integrators and consultants, who could find an array of security surveillance cameras, smart home devices and access control systems. Detection and alarm systems As part of the fire and safety event, a fire safety volunteer training took place on the third day of the fairAnother success was the concurrent fire and safety event, which returned for its 2nd edition as the destination for buyers to locate the latest firefighting products, emergency response systems and evacuation equipment. With the number of high-rise buildings in India increasing, the event was an important hub for the market to locate the relevant safety solutions, such as detection and alarm systems, emergency lighting and escape ladders. As part of the event, and in partnership with the Maharashtra fire services, a fire safety volunteer training took place on the third day of the fair, allowing participants to learn about the fundamentals of fire, safety precautions and evacuation drills. Bringing smart city fraternity together In addition to the fire safety training, the organisers of Secutech India, together with knowledge partners PwC India and Mitkat Advisory, formulated two days of seminars and conferences to deliver the most relevant market intelligence for India’s security professionals. Led by high profile industry members and representatives of local government departments, discussion points included the next five years development prospects for India’s smart cities, emergency response mechanisms and cyber security. A speaker at the Secutech Smart City Infrastructure Conference, Mr Samrendra Kumar, the Co-founder and MD of Mitkat Advisory, said that the forum was effective in bringing the regions smart and safe city fraternity together for productive discussions: “You have government officials, policy makers, law enforcement and other government departments in attendance. There are also OEMs and systems integrators. So, this is a great place to interact with a full array of people who are going to make tomorrow’s cities smarter and safer.” AI products and big data analysis This year we are focussed on AI products, deep learning technology and big data analysis"“We provide total solutions in the security and surveillance industry and we have participated at the fair several times since the first edition. This year we are focussed on AI products, deep learning technology and big data analysis. The industry is seeing the arrival of advanced solutions. Not just AI, but also things like big data. In just three days at the fair, we can get a complete picture of the market and an understanding of customer requirements." “It’s also an opportunity for us to exhibit our capabilities and new products. The quality of visitors is improving. A lot of systems integrators are coming in and we see people from different regions such as the South of India. The feedback from visitors has been positive and we will return again next year,” said Mr Ashish Dhakan, Managing Director, Prama Hikvision, India. Innovative LPR system “ESSL has been in existence since 2004 in the field of biometrics and over the years we have become market leaders. Our license plate recognition system, which we call LPR, is new and innovative. There are very few companies that are offering this solution in India. With the maturity that we have reached in this market, Secutech India is an ideal forum to meet up with our present channel buyers, interact with them, showcase our products, and more importantly, get feedback that we can use to make visions for the next year. “Our stand has great visibility and our booth is large with lots of space for customers to spend time with their products of interest. The feedback so far has been excellent, and we are definitely satisfied with the flow and quality of visitors. We will return again next year,” said Mr Roshan Bohra, Director, eSSL, India. UL listed CO2 separation system We specialise in different kinds of gas separation systems for the fire safety sector"“We specialise in different kinds of gas separation systems for the fire safety sector. Our CO2 separation system is a UL listed product. This is our second time exhibiting at the fair. We have returned because the quality of this show is high. Our main objective is to increase our brand exposure and show our presence in the market. “The organisers of the fair are doing a great job of connecting us with end users through the ‘connect’ business matching programme. The visitor quality has been good; it’s not just the numbers but it’s also the type of visitors. We have met decision makers from companies such as Reliance, HPCL, and BPCL, so we are happy with the result,” said Mr Kunal L Zatakia, Director, Swastik Synergy Engineering, India. Learning about the new products “I work for the Meteorological department of India, a Central government organisation in Bombay. This is my first time at the show, and I’m looking for products and solutions that can be used in our offices and buildings, such as biometrics. I have found a lot of new devices which I didn’t know about such as facial recognition products. The show is wonderful with a lot of visitors – it helps us understand the new products that are in the market,” said Mr Sunil G Kamble, Director, Met Department, Govt of India. The quality of exhibitors is good and some of the exhibitors have done a great job at reaching out to customers at the fair"“I am a system integrator from Mumbai, and I’ve been coming to the show for the past five years. I’m searching for new CCTV products and advanced technologies. The fair helps me to research any new solutions that the large companies are offering, and I have been able to learn a lot about new developments. I will definitely return again next year,” said Mr Ronald Rodrigues, Systems Integrator, Classic Network, India. “My company is involved in CRM solutions and I am here at the fair to network with companies from the same field. We would like our company to expand globally and this is a good step to meet others in the industry. The quality of exhibitors is good and some of the exhibitors have done a great job at reaching out to customers at the fair. This is a good place to explore different players in the industry. I will return again next year,” said Ms Pooja Khedekar, Customer Success Manager, Edge CRM, India.
Security industry stakeholders from across the subcontinent have descended upon Mumbai for the 8th edition of Secutech India, which opens its doors today at the Bombay Exhibition Center. Taking place from 25 – 27 April, the fair offers business, networking and sourcing opportunities for India’s commercial security, smart home and fire safety sectors. In addition, plenty of educational value can be gained through the fairs fringe events, which include a fire safety training and two full days of smart city and security technology forums. Ms Regina Tsai, the Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd, spoke about the distinguishing features of this year’s fair: “In response to market demands, this year’s show features more exhibitors from the smart home and intelligent transportation sectors. “Exciting products gaining traction in these sectors include home surveillance systems, integrated home networks and vehicle tracking solutions. We have also refined the fringe programme to incorporate the most relevant topics for the Indian market, including smart city solutions, cyber security, and the growing role of artificial intelligence.” Altogether, 100 exhibitors representing over 400 brands are featured across 15,000 sqm of exhibition space Security products on display The ‘Make in India’ initiative has sparked a renaissance among Indian OEMs, with many domestic security and fire safety brands such as ESSL, Mantra, Biomax and AAAG represented across the show floor. In addition to the domestic companies, there is also a significant international presence. Brands Avigilon, Hikvision, Vanderbilt and Veracity, join the fair’s strong exhibitor line-up to display the latest surveillance cameras, access control systems, intrusion alarms, police equipment, and perimeter security systems for the commercial and government sectors. Altogether, 100 exhibitors representing over 400 brands are featured across 15,000 sqm of exhibition space. A highlight of the international contingent is the Shenzhen pavilion, where buyers are able to find security, smart home solutions, components, networking communication systems and peripherals. Shenzhen is one of China’s powerhubs for security manufacturers, and the attending exhibitors were carefully selected to represent a wide array of solutions for visitors seeking OEM opportunities. Smart home zone The new smart home zone features a selection of smart cameras, locks and integrated networksAnother convergence point at the fair is the new smart home zone. Featuring a selection of smart cameras, locks and integrated networks, the zone serves as a hub for suppliers to connect with property developers, architects, system integrators and other related buyers. Elsewhere, the concurrent ‘Fire and safety India’ event is a significant attraction for the fire safety fraternity. The event returns for its 4th edition this year as the destination for visitors to get hands-on with the latest fire detection and alarm systems, firefighting gear, evacuation apparatus and rescue equipment. Whether trying to penetrate the Indian market or further bolster their brand exposure, exhibitors will be aiming to connect with as many trade visitors as possible during the show. Fair organisers are anticipating a similar visitor turnout to the previous edition, which attracted 22,720 trade visitors, including distributors, system integrators, architects and consultants. Smart City Infrastructure Conference On top of being a business and networking occasion, the fair adds even more value to the visitor experience through its fringe programme of forums, seminars and events. This year’s programme is headlined by the ‘Smart City Infrastructure Conference’, which takes place on day one. A panel discussion is set to examine how smart cities will develop in India over the next five yearsAs part of the conference, a panel discussion is set to examine how smart cities will develop in India over the next five years. Other discussions analyse emergency response mechanisms and cyber security in smart cities. In addition, the ‘Security Technology Conference’ takes place on the second day of the fringe programme to explore supply-chain security in e-commerce, as well as AI and its impact on the security industry. Fire safety training to raise awareness On the final day, industry experts will gather for the highly anticipated fire safety training day. As part of the concurrent ‘Fire and Safety India’ event, and run by the State of Maharashtra Fire Service and the Mumbai Fire Brigade, the training aims to raise awareness among corporate professionals and wider society. Important topics to be addressed during the training include the common causes of fire, fire safety precautions, fire drills, evacuation procedures and safety legislation. On top of providing a platform conducive to information exchange, the fringe programme is also a hub to celebrate the achievements of India’s security and fire safety fraternity. The SECONA Shield Awards return this year to acclaim OEMs, system integrators, consultants and end users for product innovations, R&D, successful projects, unique designs and outstanding individual contributions to India’s safety and security landscape. The awards are co-organised with the Security Consultants Association of India, and the winners will be announced on the 26th April.
The industry faces numerous challenges in the coming year. Physical and cyber security threats continue to become more complex, and organisations are struggling to manage both physical and digital credentials as well as a rapidly growing number of connected endpoints in the Internet of Things (IoT). We are witnessing the collision of the enterprise with the IoT, and organisations now must establish trust and validate the identity of people as well as ‘things’ in an environment of increasingly stringent safety and data privacy regulations. Meanwhile, demand grows for smarter and more data-driven workplaces, a risk-based approach to threat protection, improved productivity and seamless, more convenient access to the enterprise and its physical and digital assets and services. Using smartphone apps to open doors Cloud technologies give people access through their mobile phones and other devices to many new, high-value experiencesEnterprise customers increasingly want to create trusted environments within which they can deliver valuable new user experiences. A major driver is growing demand for the ‘digital cohesion’ of being able to use smartphone apps to open doors, authenticate to enterprise data resources or access a building’s applications and services. Cloud technologies are a key piece of the solution. They give people access through their mobile phones and other devices to many new, high-value experiences. At the same time, they help fuel smarter, more data-driven workplace environments. With the arrival of today’s identity- and location-aware building systems that recognise people and use deep learning analytics to customise their office environment, the workplace is undergoing dramatic change. Improved fingerprint solutions Cloud-based platforms and application programming interfaces (APIs) will help bridge biometrics and access control in the enterprise, overcoming previous integration hurdles while providing a trusted platform that meets the concerns of accessibility and data protection in a connected environment. At the same time, the next generation of fingerprint solutions will deliver higher matching speed, better image capture quality and improved performance. The next generation of fingerprint solutions will deliver higher matching speed, better image capture quality and improved performance Liveness detection will ensure that captured data is from a living person. Biometrics authentication will also gain traction beyond access control in immigration and border control, law enforcement, military, defence and other public section use cases where higher security is needed. Flexible subscription models Access control solutions based on cloud platforms will also change how solutions are deployed. Siloed security and workplace optimisation solutions will be replaced with mobile apps that can be downloaded anywhere across a global ecosystem of millions of compatible and connected physical access control system endpoints. These connections will also facilitate new, more flexible subscription models for access control services. As an example, users will be able to more easily replenish mobile IDs if their smartphones are lost or must be replaced. Generating valuable insights with machine learning Machine learning analytics will be used to generate valuable insights from today’s access control solutionsEducation, finance, healthcare, enterprise, and other niche markets such as commercial real-estate and enterprises focussed on co-working spaces will benefit from a cloud-connected access control hardware foundation. There will be a faster path from design to deployment since developers will no longer have to create an entire vertically integrated solution. They will simply add an app experience to the existing access control infrastructure. New players will be drawn to the market resulting in a richer, more vibrant development community and accelerated innovation. Data analytics will be a rapidly growing area of interest. Machine learning analytics will be used to generate valuable insights from today’s access control solutions. Devices, access control systems, IoT applications, digital certificates and location services solutions, which are all connected to the cloud, will collectively deliver robust data with which to apply advanced analytics and risk-based intelligence. As organisations incorporate this type of analytics engine into their access control systems, they will improve security and personalise the user experience while driving better business decisions.
Should ‘Made in China’ be seen as a negative in security systems and products? It’s an important and complex issue that merits a more detailed response than my recent comment in the Expert Panel Roundtable. For me, there are two sides of the answer to this question: Buying products that have certain negative attributes that are not in alignment with some part of a belief system or company mandate. Buying products that do not perform as advertised or do something that is unacceptable. For integrators and end users making the buying decisions, the drive to purchase products may not be based on either aspect and instead on the product that can do the best job for their business. But for others, a greater emphasis on the ethical implications of purchasing decisions drives decision-making. What is ethical consumption? Ethical consumption is a type of consumer activism that is based on the concept of ‘positive buying’ in that ethical products are favouredEthical consumption — often called ethical consumerism — is a type of consumer activism that is based on the concept of ‘positive buying’ in that ethical products are favoured, and products that are ethically questionable may be met with a ‘moral boycott’. This can be as simple as only buying organic produce or as complex as boycotting products made in a totalitarian regime that doesn't offer its citizens the same freedoms that we enjoy in the United States. Consider the goals of the Boston Tea Party or the National Consumers League (NCL), which was formed to protect and promote social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad. Some examples of considerations behind ethical consumption include fair trade, treatment of workers, genetic modification, locally made and processed goods, union-made products and services, humane animal treatment, and in general, labour issues and manufacturing practices that take these factors into account. Increase in ethical consumption The numbers show that ethical consumption is on the rise. In a 2017 study by Unilever, 33 percent of consumers reported choosing to buy and support brands that they believe are doing social or environmental good. In the same study, 53 percent of shoppers in the United Kingdom and 78 percent in the United States said they feel better when they buy products that are ‘sustainably’ produced. There’s clear evidence that products from some Chinese companies suffer from cybersecurity vulnerabilities Though the aforementioned question that sparked this conversation centres around concerns with products made in China, there are many other countries where, for example, governments/dictators are extremely repressive to all or parts of their populations, whose products, such as oil, diamonds, minerals, etc., we happily consume. There are also a number of countries that are a threat in terms of cybersecurity. It may be naive and simplistic to single out Chinese manufacturers. Impact on physical security products Product buying decisions based on factors other than product functionality, quality and price are also starting to permeate the security marketplace. While this hasn't been a large focus area from the business-to-business consumption side, it's something that should be considered for commercial security products for a variety of reasons. Hardware hacks are more difficult to pull off and potentially more devastating" There’s clear evidence that products from some Chinese companies suffer from cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Last fall, 30 U.S. companies, including Apple and Amazon, were potentially compromised when it was discovered that a tiny microchip in the motherboard of servers built in China that weren't a part of the original specification. According to a Bloomberg report, “This attack was something graver than the software-based incidents the world has grown accustomed to seeing. Hardware hacks are more difficult to pull off and potentially more devastating, promising the kind of long-term, stealth access that spy agencies are willing to invest millions of dollars and many years to get.” This, along with many other incidents, are changing the considerations behind purchasing decisions even in the physical security industry. Given that physical security products in general have been lax on cybersecurity, this is a welcome change. Combating tech-specific threats In early January, members of the U.S. Senate introduced bipartisan legislation to help combat tech-specific threats to national security posed by foreign actors and ensure U.S. technological supremacy by improving interagency coordination across the U.S. government. The bill creates the Office of Critical Technologies & Security at the White House, an indication that this issue is of critical importance to a number of players across the tech sector. Members of the U.S. Senate introduced bipartisan legislation to help combat tech-specific threats to national security posed by foreign actors To address a significant number of concerns around ethical production, there are certifications such as ISO 26000 which provides guidance on social responsibility by addressing accountability, transparency, ethical behaviour, respect for stakeholder interests, respect for rule of law, respect for international norms of behaviour and respect for human rights. While still emerging within physical security, companies that adhere to these and other standards do exist in the marketplace. Not buying products vulnerable to cyberattacks It may be counter-productive, even irresponsible, to brand all products from an entire country as unfit for purchasing. Some manufacturers’ products may be ethically questionable, or more vulnerable to cyberattacks than others; so not buying products made by those companies would make sense. The physical security industry might be playing a bit of catch up on this front, but I think we're beginning to see a shift toward this kind of responsible buying behaviour.
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 on to the GSA central office. The director of GSA Region 7 Schedules Program, the Schedule 84 Branch Chief and the Category Manager Subject Matter Expert who manages our suppliers' panel gave us their full attention as we discussed the successes of the programme, hot topics, problems and the future. We determined 2018 under the Schedule 84 team to be a year of innovative thoughts, cooperative effort and renewed enthusiasm Innovative review team We determined 2018 under the Schedule 84 team to be a year of innovative thoughts, cooperative effort, renewed enthusiasm and productive changes building upon the successes of 2017. There was high praise for the accessibility to the Schedule 84 staff. Their consistent quick response to questions and concerns, thinking outside the box and supporting the programme by partnering with their contractors was much appreciated. There has been a renewed spirit of partnering to cooperatively bring the best to agency customers. It seems to be working as per the Centre Director sales are growing for GSA Schedule 84. Advocating for the security industry In my experience, business development starts with the Administrator from Region 7 in Ft. Worth, TX. As the annual Schedule 84 Industry Day at the SSAC begins he is shaking every hand and passing out his cards looking folks right in the eye asking, “how can I help you?” They have the best practices and most organised paperwork. The SSAC director has chosen well in her staff and is hands-on in every endeavour to direct things along when challenges occur or to improve the programme. The new 84 Branch Chief is knowledgeable, innovative, tireless and has been heavily involved in advocating for the security industry It continues with the centre’s CASE Manager encouraging the contractors at events, visiting agency customers and promoting the GSA Schedules Program by helping coordinate the partnering. The new 84 Branch Chief is knowledgeable, innovative, tireless and has been heavily involved in advocating for the security industry for adding new technology, meeting with industry associations, understanding the complexity and challenges of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD12) and advocating for the purchasing Physical Access Control Systems (PACS) utilising the appropriate standards and the GSA Program among other innovations. As far as the supplier panel, we gave our GSA Schedule 84 team and leaders high praise for 2018. GSA also added new categories or SINs for clearly identifying Physical Access Control Products that appear on GSA’s Approved Product List Changes in the GSA programme Some changes this year in certain GSA programmes included the creation of a new category of products/services Special Item Number (SIN) for Order Level Materials (OLM) developed to assist with solution procurements. This new SIN was added to Schedules 03FAC, 56, 70, 71, 00Corp, 738X and 84. Under Schedule 84 it is SIN 84-500. GSA Schedule 84 consolidated many Special Items Numbers (SINs) to make finding products and services less complex Essentially this SIN allows agencies procuring under the aforementioned GSA Schedules’ programmes to purchase and the contractor to add items and services not known prior to the task as a Contract Line Item Number (CLIN) not to exceed 33% of the order. For more information and FAQs on OLMs go to www.gsa.gov/olm. This is not to take the place of “Open Market” items for adding products only that are not listed on a company’s GSA Contract. Physical access control products Previously, GSA Schedule 84 consolidated many Special Items Numbers (SINs) to make finding products and services less complex for the agencies. GSA also added new categories or SINs for clearly identifying Physical Access Control Products that appear on GSA’s Approved Product List according to the standards created under FIPS201. These products appear under SIN 246 35-7 after being tested and approved by GSA. To be qualified to install these products under the GSA Program at least one individual from the GSA Contractor company must complete the class and be CSEIP certified before applying for labour SIN 246 60-5. Additionally, the company must demonstrate certain qualifications and have past performance for this type of work. The Security Technology Alliance offers the training class and certification. Certified individuals and approved products are listed at www.idmanagement.gov. Companies listed with SIN 246-35 7 and SIN 246-60 5 may be found by searching at www.gsaelibrary.gsa.gov. Updates to guidance for procurement Updates to guidance for procurement of PACS will continue to be posted to the GSA PACS Ordering Guide Updates to guidance for procurement of PACS will continue to be posted to the GSA PACS Ordering Guide. The ordering guide posted at www.gsa.gov/firesecurity is a valuable support tool created to assist agencies with understanding the requirements of FIPS201 and procuring a PACS. The guide includes relevant regulations, FAQs, sample systems designs, sample statements of work, a list of key points of contract for additional help and questions. In partnership with GSA and guided by the GSA Ombudsman group, the Security Industry Association and the Security Technology Alliance members and their contractor companies participated in a GSA Reverse Industry PACS Training Day on September 17, 2018. We presented from an industry perspective important fact on PACS system requirements, procurement planning, providing information on resources and further educating with panel discussions, individual presentations and amusing skits to over 300 Government agency staff and acquisition specialists. You can find some of the unedited recording of the PACS Reverse Industry Day Training on YouTube. Some changes included the creation of a new category of products/services Special Item Number (SIN) for Order Level Materials (OLM) GSA Schedules Program A hot topic about the GSA programme for 2018 was also an issue for the prior year. The GSA Schedules Program is a streamlined contracting vehicle incorporating specific Federal Acquisition Regulations for more efficiently purchasing commercial items. Companies may apply per a continuous open season for a 5-year contract with three 5-year options to renew. Contractors are vetted for past performance, corporate experience and financial capability. Products and services are considered for offering to Federal, State and Local customers (for Schedule 84) with pricing that is determined to be fair and reasonable through negotiations with GSA. To make the determination for fair and reasonable pricing GSA carefully reviews the commercial practices of the contractor To make the determination for fair and reasonable pricing GSA carefully reviews the commercial practices of the contractor as well as the competition of identical or similar item pricing. The most vocal complaint of concern from the contractors was regarding the consideration of competitor contractors offering identical items with out-of-date pricing or holding a Letter of Supply not authorised by the manufacturer. GSA pricing tool Since the GSA utilises a pricing tool to determine if the pricing offered is competitive, a rogue competitor can cause a pricing action to possibly be rejected due to out of date information even as the manufacturer offers an update of the product. This is an issue on all GSA Contracts that the supplier panel hopes will be reconsidered by GSA policymakers at the central office. Most of us believe the Letters of Supply should only be issued by the manufacturer or with documented specific permission of the manufacturer to a reseller. Manufacturers may want to have a better understanding of the Letter of Supply, how it is considered by GSA and more carefully choose their Government partners for experience and compliance. Another challenge for the security community is regarding the lack of accessibility of participating dealers to GSA eBuy Overcoming challenges for the security community Contractors may only see RFQs which are posted under the Special items Number(s) that were awarded to their GSA Contract Another challenge for the security community is regarding the lack of accessibility of participating dealers to GSA eBuy. GSA eBuy is an online Request for Quotation (RFQ) programme that is for GSA Contract holders only. Agencies will post their requirements by Special Item Number for at a minimum 48 hours. Contractors may only see RFQs which are posted under the Special items Number(s) that were awarded to their GSA Contract. GSA Participating Dealers may take orders on behalf of a manufacturer if they are authorised under the manufacturer’s GSA Contract. They may also have an online PO Portal to receive orders. But they have no access to GSA eBuy to response to RFQs. Usually, under these arrangements, the manufacturers do not respond directly, so there is a problem using GSA eBuy for opportunities as their GSA Participating Dealers have no access to respond. GSA Schedule 84 leadership In some instances, a contracting officer may allow an emailed quotation. However, with the use of the electronic ordering system, this has become a common problem we hope to bring to the attention of policymakers. Some changes to the programmes may make the presentation of documentation more effective going forwardThe GSA Schedule 84 leadership has been helpful to explain the challenges to the agencies to try and resolve such issues. So, what’s up for 2019? GSA modernisation is coming. There will be improvements to their tools and more consolidations of SINs and more. There have been discussions of a revival of the GSA Expo. The Expo offered training for contracting staff both Government and private industry. Valuable tools for vendor training Equally important is the networking, meetings and the exhibits of the contractors. Expos have been discontinued since 2012 but smaller events have been growing as well as online webinar training. Webinars are valuable tools for GSA and vendor training, but they do not take the place of being able to meet your customers face-to-face. GSA online eOffer and eMod programme have made processing actions more efficient. Some changes to the programmes may make the presentation of documentation more effective going forward. The GSA online website for viewing the items on the GSA Contract and for purchasing items, GSA Advantage could definitely use an update as it has been basically the same for 20 years. Keep an eye on GSA Interact for the latest happenings with GSA.
Coming off a successful ISC West show, Honeywell is sharply focussed on product development, with an emphasis on advanced software. “We have a strong new product pipeline this year – more than two times the number of products than we’ve released in the past several years,” says Luis Rodriguez, Director of Product Marketing, Honeywell Commercial Security. “At ISC West, we received a lot of interest in how AI and new security systems are changing the market.” Although uses for AI are still emerging in security, Honeywell sees an important role for AI in building a connected system to ensure the safety and security of a building, and more importantly, its occupants. AI allows end users to go beyond monitoring activity on a surface level to really understand the scene – from who exactly is in the area to what they might be doing. As more data is processed over time, AI will continue to build on its learnings to help deliver a more accurate assessment of potential threats each time. Machine learning-based analytics End users should explore the use of machine learning-based analytics as machine learning is more advanced than AI-based systems, says Rodriguez. “When speaking to dealers and integrators, end users should also inquire about the detection accuracy of systems that use AI or machine learning technology, particularly around false positives and negatives.” Honeywell seeks to develop integrated security systems that provide the earliest detection “Additionally, end users should always ask to conduct site testing so to understand how well-suited the machine learning-based system is to the particular user’s native environment,” adds Rodriguez. “The testing will help identify the exact needs of their site.” Honeywell is reinvesting in its video portfolio, both in hardware and software innovation, as well as partnering with the top experts in the IT and education industries to stay ahead of customer demand. Honeywell seeks to develop integrated security systems that provide the earliest detection, enable the fastest response, centralise decision making, and allow customers to manage it all from anywhere. Solutions for vertical markets Honeywell Commercial Security is focussed on supporting vertical markets that have specific security needs such as education, banking and finance, and pharma. Each has unique nuances that call for tailored security approaches. “As Honeywell continues to develop its suite of security solutions for the future and identify personalised systems for each vertical, AI such as analytics, deep learning and facial recognition will play an integral role during research and testing,” says Rodriguez. Honeywell is developing video and audio analytics technology capable of studying crowd behaviour as well as detecting guns, gunshots An example is the education market, where eliminating human delay in reporting potential threats to law enforcement and creating faster systems that help omit single-point failures are key to protecting schools and ensuring students’ safety. To address those challenges, Honeywell is developing video and audio analytics technology capable of studying crowd behaviour as well as detecting guns, gunshots and fights, says Bruce Montgomery, Business Development Manager, Honeywell Commercial Security. Testing technology for sports security The software is able to visualise, automate planning, design and efficiency analysis of a video surveillance system"A partnership with University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) is testing technology such as MaxPro Video, Pro-Watch Access Control and UNP Mass Notification in the National Sport Security Laboratory and in connected real-world environments. “The analytics data gathered from these environments will help inform future security innovations,” says Montgomery. Another Honeywell partnership is with JVSG, whose CCTV Design Software offers a new way to design more affordable and higher quality video surveillance systems. Integrators and distributors are now able to add a range of models from Honeywell’s portfolio of Performance Series IP Cameras into their system design from the software’s database. “The software is able to visualise, automate planning, design and efficiency analysis of a video surveillance system,” says Jeremy Kimber, Director of Enterprise Global Product Management, Honeywell Security and Fire. The program is used by more than 7,000 CCTV designers in more than 130 countries around the world and is downloaded more than 60,000 times every year.
Knightscope’s long-term mission is to “make America the safest country in the world,” says William Santana Li, Chairman and CEO. “The company was started six years ago as we had grown tired and horrified by the ongoing violence in our country and decided to do something about it.” But are security robots the solution to crime and violence in the United States? “There are 2+ million law enforcement and security professionals trying to secure 328+ million people across the 50 states,” Mr. Li says. “The math just doesn’t work, which is why our country pays $1+ trillion in negative economic impact annually – a hidden tax we all pay in blood, tears and treasure.” Robots provide professionals with new tools. “We make really smart eyes and ears that operate 24/7/365 for an affordable price,” says Mr. Li. “We have actually operated more than 700,000 hours in the real world, both outdoors and indoors, across 15 states and are now operating across five time zones – fully autonomous without any human intervention.” Utilising robotics and AI AI helps Knightscope robots interact better with humans and perform activities like identifying peopleKnightscope is a security technology company that utilises self-driving technology, robotics and artificial intelligence to provide security professionals additional eyes and ears to do their jobs much more effectively – as well as provide a consistent around-the-clock physical deterrence to help minimise negative behaviour. Knightscope says its K1, K3 and K5 security robots, and accompanying user interface, the Knightscope Security Operations Center (KSOC), continue to make significant contributions to the safety of its client base. Artificial intelligence helps Knightscope robots interact better with humans and perform activities like identifying people, looking up license plates, detecting rogue wireless devices, having a machine-to-human dialogue and, in the future, detecting dangerous objects in a scene automatically. “Our long-term plan is to have the machines be able to see, feel, hear and smell, so advances in sensor capabilities, efforts in sensor fusion, and the future with 5G capabilities will make for profound advances,” says Mr. Li. Facial recognition software at ISC West 2019 was Knightscope’s fourth time exhibiting at ISC West, and they have also exhibited at GSX/ASIS, ISC East, numerous other trade shows, and have hosted some of their own. Mr. Li has seen the reaction to security robots evolve over the years. People are realising that the technology is not science fiction but science fact and looking to see how it can be an integral part of their respective security programs “At first, it was typically ‘what is that?’ or ‘what does it do?’ But the last 12 to 18 months have been very different. There has been much more meaningful, implementation-focussed dialogue, feedback, requests for new features, etc. Now folks are realising that our technology is not science fiction but science fact and looking to see how it can be an integral part of their respective security programs.” Their ISC West presence this year highlighted facial recognition software that utilises deep learning to detect, analyse and compare faces. Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, Calif., an existing Knightscope customer, is using the beta format on its K1 security robot platform. Additional benefits of using robots Knightscope has raised over $40 million to develop and deploy its technology and is backed by more than 6,000 family offices, accelerators, funds, private investors and four major corporations, says Mr. Li. As the machines get smarter and more capable over time – the number of applications will become endless" Robots also provide additional benefits beyond security, says Mr. Li, such as branding, community relations and public relations opportunities for clients. “In some cases, our clients have utilised our Concierge feature to allow for human-to-machine customer service interactions,” he says. “We have also been able to showcase and inspire STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students with practical applications of technology for the good of society. And robot selfies have certainly become a thing.” Endless number of applications In terms of vertical markets, in the near term, Knightscope has seen positive scaling and growth on corporate campuses and at logistics facilities, manufacturing plants, hospitals, casinos, commercial real estate and malls. “As the machines get smarter and more capable over time – the number of applications will become endless,” says Mr. Li. They currently drop new software code every two weeks and new hardware typically a couple of times a year. “In my opinion, it is ill advised for early stage technology companies to utilise B2G (business-to-government) sales as the initial go-to-market strategy,” says Mr. Li. “For Knightscope we have been primarily focussed on B2B (business-to-business) sales and actually until 2017 were geographically constrained to California only. What we are doing is technologically extremely difficult as these are effectively self-driving cars. Additionally, despite the never-ending international interest, we are laser focussed on the United States.”
Despite any negativity you may hear, Hikvision is optimistic about their role in the U.S. market. “We demonstrate that we can be trusted, and that we should be trusted,” says Jeffrey He, Vice President, Hikvision, and President, Hikvision USA and Hikvision Canada. “We have sound products and technology. Our mission in the security industry is to protect, not to harm. Otherwise why would we be in this industry?” Hikvision is committed to investing in the North American market, where there was ‘positive year-over-year growth’ in 2018 and ‘strong’ sales in Q1 this year, according to Eric Chen, General Manager of Hikvision USA and Hikvision Canada. HikCentral central management software The company’s U.S. focus is shifting from products to solution sales, with emphasis on ‘mid-market’ small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The largest verticals are retail and education, and there are emerging opportunities in the cannabis market. Launch of the HikCentral central management software (CMS) is a component of the company’s solution-sales approach. Launch of the HikCentral central management software is a component of the company’s solution-sales approachMr. He acknowledges the growth of ‘anti-China sentiment’ in the United States and other parts of the world, which he says will impact Hikvision’s operations globally. Specifically, in the U.S., ‘political’ elements impacting Hikvision’s business include ongoing tariffs and a trade war, Congressional calls for export controls and sanctions, and a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that bans use of Chinese video surveillance products in government applications. Specifying cybersecurity initiatives at ISC West In spite of it all, Hikvision’s message at the recent ISC West show was overwhelmingly positive, and the company also detailed cybersecurity initiatives they say put the Chinese company ahead of many competitors in the industry. Eric Chen came in as General Manager last year; he previously spent a decade working for Hikvision in China. Chen reports solid 18.8% year-over-year growth for Hikvision globally, totalling $7.4 billion last year. He notes the company saw 40% compounded growth between 2010 and 2018. Globally, there are 34,000 employees, 16,000 of whom are research and development (R&D) engineers. Hikvision’s expanding global footprint includes 46 international branches. There are three manufacturing facilities in China, in addition to one in India. HikRewards program for HDP customers At ISC West, Hikvision’s theme was ‘Focus on Your Success’, including introduction of the HikRewards program that provides rebates to HDP (Hikvision Dealer Partner) customers, their core dealer base. A new online Hikvision Knowledge Library for HDPs provides training and reference materials dealers can share with employees. A new tech centre, introduced in December, provides data sheets, product information, and support resources. There is also a North American R&D team headquartered in Montreal. At the industry’s largest U.S. trade show, Hikvision unveiled a brand-new booth with plenty of open space and video walls A customer satisfaction survey launched in March provided good feedback from customers. “They know who to call if they have a problem,” says Chen. “We want to focus on making customers successful.” The success theme also extends to Hikvision employees, who are featured in videos describing their jobs and enthusiasm for Hikvision. There are some 400 employees in the North American operation. At the industry’s largest U.S. trade show, Hikvision unveiled a brand-new booth with plenty of open space and video walls. Half of the booth was focussed on solutions, especially retail and education, and also gaming and commercial real estate. Security products displayed at ISC West A variety of devices, including access control, intercoms and cameras, are integrated using the HikCentral CMS systemProduct highlights at the ISC West booth included the 32-megapixel PanoVu multi-sensor dome camera, whose 180-degree panoramic image was displayed on a 65-inch monitor. A variety of devices, including access control, intercoms and cameras, are integrated using the HikCentral CMS system. Some products new to the North American market, including intercoms, turnstiles, emergency call stations, and under-vehicle inspection, were displayed. Hikvision’s deep learning products are moving into their second generation, including the ability to obscure private information on videos to comply with GDPR/privacy requirements (previewed at ISC West and released later in the year). Algorithm components of Hikvision’s DeepInMind artificial intelligence are being adapted into a platform called AcuSense for value-priced products, which can recognise a human or vehicle and help filter out false alarms. Also being adapted to products with lower price points are the ColorVu system that incorporates visible light LEDs to provide colour images at night, and DarkFighter low-light capabilities. Penetration testing of cameras and NVRs As a global manufacturer, Hikvision faces a high level of scrutiny about cybersecurity, which Mr. Chen says is “a good thing for us,” enabling them to highlight the steps they are taking to improve cybersecurity. Chuck Davis, Director of Cybersecurity, outlined specific milestones Hikvision has achieved in its quest to provide world-class cybersecurity. Chuck Davis, Director of Cybersecurity, outlined specific milestones Hikvision has achieved in its quest to provide world-class cybersecurity In September 2017, Hikvision began working with third parties (including Rapid7) for penetration testing (ethical hacking) of its cameras and recorders. That same month, Hikvision set up a Cybersecurity Hotline open to anyone with questions about cybersecurity, including white-hat hackers and researchers. Even before that, Hikvision had an open-door policy on cybersecurity and a program for patching and disclosing responsibility. In February of 2018, Hikvision released a 40-page Cybersecurity White Paper describing cybersecurity testing and processes built into the software development lifecycle. That same month, Hikvision launched an Opened Source Code Transparency Center and offered an open invitation to anyone wanting to inspect Hikvision’s source code and let them know of any vulnerabilities. FIPS 140-2 certification by NIST Hikvision has also become a Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) Numbering Authority (CNA), which ensures their patching and incident reporting programs have been reviewed by a CNA partnering company. Hikvision's encryption module (HIKSSL) received Level 1 FIPS 140-2 certification to be used in both IP cameras and NVRsIn August, Hikvision received Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certification, a U.S. government encryption standard created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Hikvision's encryption module (HIKSSL) received Level 1 FIPS 140-2 certification to be used in both IP cameras and NVR products. Davis said the FIPS 140-2 certification process began before the NDAA ban on use of Hikvision products in the U.S. government, and in any case is a standard that ensures a high level of encryption. “We wanted to make sure we had the same level of technology,” he says. “It was not to win over the government.” Making industry more cybersecure “We are really trying to have third parties test and certify our equipment,” adds Davis. “We are trying to be open and transparent. Education and awareness are key.” “We need the trust of customers in the security community,” says Mr. He. “No matter what, we have to follow the highest standards to offset the concerns and accusations.” In April 2018, Davis became a member of the Security Industry Association (SIA) Cybersecurity Advisory Board to help make the entire industry more cybersecure through education, awareness and standards. Hikvision has also joined the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST at first.org), a global cybersecurity incident response consortium that cooperatively handles computer security incidents and promotes incident prevention programs. Davis has presented Cybersecurity Road Shows in 22 cities in the United States and Canada, and also in Australia and New Zealand. The 90-minute presentations focus on education awareness around cybersecurity and seek to get attendees engaged and aware about cybersecurity in business and also in their homes.
ASSA ABLOY Project Specification Group, a unit of ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland, has partnered with ColladoCollins Architects to leverage the benefits of its Openings Studio BIM software to make significant time and cost savings on the former Shredded Wheat factory project. The project, a thriving new commercial and residential development based in Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire, will consist of over 643 units and more than 7,100 doorsets. Encompassing a sensitive refurbishment of former Shredded Wheat factory buildings, the project is part of a huge development that includes over 1,200 units in total. Opening Studio BIM software Openings Studio is a BIM software tool that was developed to significantly improve the process of door scheduling Using ASSA ABLOY’s Openings Studio software, ColladoCollins has been able to save weeks of time and manpower when specifying and managing ironmongery schedules for the project. Openings Studio is a BIM software tool that was developed to significantly improve the process of door scheduling, visualisation and more. Users are able to focus on the design, installation and management of door openings – all within an information-rich environment. Easy door installation and management Specifying as many as 7,100 doorsets can be an extremely time-intensive task. Using traditional methods, information would be provided in countless separate schedules and documents, which would require a Revit operator to manually create and update, with someone else to then check for errors. Then, as the project develops, information may become out of date and therefore require individual doors to be flagged up and re-sent for advice. The time and manpower that goes into this process is not only inefficient, but also ineffective, with the prospect of human error still a prominent possibility. Software integration For these reasons, ColladoCollins began to work closely with ASSA ABLOY Project Specification Group to integrate Openings Studio with their own Revit model, allowing the firm to be able find all the relevant information and ironmongery schedules in a single place, delivered in one document. Martin Russell, Project Leader at ColladoCollins, comments: “Moving to BIM was a natural progression for us, and as market leaders, ASSA ABLOY was the obvious choice to assist us.” Integration of door hardware ASSA ABLOY's inputs have vastly improved the integration of door hardware within the former Shredded Wheat Factory project"“Utilising the advice from Eric Spooner, BIM Manager at ASSA ABLOY, as well as the Openings Studio software itself, we have managed to free up our team from tirelessly working through door hardware schedules. This means we can focus on architecture and aesthetics, knowing the specification and integration of the ironmongery is in hand and will seamlessly feedback into the project within the allotted timescales. “The information and advice provided by ASSA ABLOY has vastly improved the integration of door hardware within the former Shredded Wheat Factory project. With a project of this size, sharing information can be quite a task – from large file sizes to sourcing relevant information. The prompts from Openings Studio make transforming information clear, concise and generally easy to follow. BIM software tools “At ColladoCollins, we pride ourselves on designing and delivering high quality buildings with a sensitive, sustainable approach, utilising a strong design ethos with a strong technical background whilst understanding the commercial challenges facing our clients. Openings Studio enhances our ability to provide this service and we would seize the opportunity to work with ASSA ABLOY on similar projects in the future.” Eric Spooner, BIM Manager at ASSA ABLOY, adds: “As Openings Studio flags up any queries and automatically updates in live time, it is easy to see any discrepancies and changes within the schedules. By re-sharing the model information, it then also allows us at ASSA ABLOY to view the changes and feedback to architects – allowing us to work in close collaboration at every stage of a project.”
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.
Round table discussion
When security topics become a part of current events, it is usually in a negative light. Security generally only becomes news when it fails, sometimes in a dramatic, high profile and tragic way. However, security failures can also shed light on lessons learned and opportunities to improve. Working toward better security can translate into the purchase of more goods and equipment supplied by our market. For additional insights into the intersection of security and current events, we asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: Good news or bad news? How do news reports and/or current events influence the general public’s opinion of physical security?
Employee turnover is a problem for many companies, especially among younger employees who have not developed the philosophy of employer loyalty that was common in previous generations. Nowadays, changing jobs is the norm. The idea of spending decades working for a single employer seems almost quaint in today’s economy. However, excessive employee turnover can be expensive for employers, who are looking for ways to keep their brightest and best employees happily toiling away as long as possible. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How can the physical security market promote better employee retention in a competitive employment environment?
The residential/smart home market is undergoing revolutionary transformation, with a flood of new products and technologies helping to make our homes more connected, easier to manage and, yes, smarter. These massive steps forward provide challenges, and also opportunities, for the security industry, which has played a major role in protecting homes and residents for decades. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How are changes in the residential/smart home market impacting security?