ACRE, renowned global provider of state-of-the-art security systems, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire RS2 Technologies in Munster, Indiana. This purchase will enhance ACRE’s strategic expansion plans for strengthening its access control business and product portfolio. Following on from the recent acquisition of Open Options in December of 2018, ACRE continues to build its access control strength and reach in the North American market. ACRE’...
GET Group North America, global provider of end-to-end solutions for secure credentials with over 20 years of experience in identity management, has announced a partnership with Secure Planet, an I3 affiliated company, which provides facial recognition-based solutions of the highest overall quality, security, and value to U.S. Government, industry and commercial clients. Under the terms of the agreement, Secure Planet’s cutting-edge facial recognition technology will be incorporated in sel...
Rasilient Systems, the 17-year old Silicon Valley-based innovator in purpose-built-for-video storage solutions, debuted NFDCloud at ISC West. NFDCloud is a groundbreaking private cloud video storage solution for enterprise operations with multiple surveillance sites or branches, delivering a seismic shift in the established paradigms related to the cloud storage of video. Rasilient will be demonstrating this technology through the entirety of the show in booth #9109. The Rasilient NFDCloud solu...
RealNetworks, Inc., global provider of digital media software and services, has announced SAFR for Security, a new solution that integrates SAFR, the world’s premier facial recognition platform for live video, with leading video management systems (VMS) to provide enhanced visibility and situational awareness for security professionals. Announced at ISC West in Las Vegas, SAFR for Security is immediately available for worldwide deployment. SAFR for Security Heads of security at hospitals...
GlobalPlatform, the standard for secure digital services and devices, will bring its device security workshop to Washington DC on Thursday June 6, 2019. The day will demonstrate how GlobalPlatform specifications serve as a framework to build a secure connected world and are relevant to those involved in the development, deployment and use of trustworthy devices, with emphasis on their use in the government sector. Enterprise ID and IoT technologies Delegates joining the free workshop will gain...
Thailand’s leading business hub for security solutions, Secutech Thailand, is set to return from 28 – 31 October 2019 alongside Thailand Lighting Fair, Thailand Building Fair, and Digital Thailand Big Bang. Under the banner of ‘Smart City Solution Week 2019’, the four fairs together will serve as a one stop shop for smart city professionals to source all of the latest security, building automation, lighting and digital infrastructure solutions. “The Thai govern...
At ISC West 2019 (booth #13109), Sielox LLC is showcasing versatile new enhancements to its Pinnacle v.10.4 Access Control Platform. New functionality allows users to seamlessly access the features of Allegion’s Schlage Engage Wi-Fi locks enabling them to be easily integrated with Pinnacle Schlage Wi-Fi access platform feature. Additionally, Allegion Schlage wireless locks can now receive firmware updates through Sielox’s 1700 controller using Allegion ONR technology, which can save integrators tremendous time and money when upgrading and maintaining layered security systems using cost-effective wireless locks. Pinnacle v.10.4 access control platform Pinnacle v.10.4 provides seamless integration with Allegion Schlage NDE and LE wireless locks “Pinnacle v.10.4 provides a number of features that are exclusive to Sielox that further enhance the implementation and maintenance of Wi-Fi locks on our access control platform,” said Karen Evans, President, Sielox. “This, plus other new feature additions like LDAP (Active Directory) and improved security, further leverage the versatility and cost-efficiency of Pinnacle for myriad access control applications.” Pinnacle v.10.4 provides seamless integration with Allegion Schlage NDE and LE wireless locks so they can easily be incorporated as part of a facility’s overall access control system using existing Wi-Fi infrastructure. Integration with Allegion Schlage wireless locks The Pinnacle Schlage Wi-Fi integration provides access to the wireless locks’ features, enabling advanced door management capabilities along with credential management, detailed audit reports, and customisable screen layouts. With this integration, users are able to control an unlimited number of Allegion Schlage NDE and LE wireless locks, manage cardholder records, create access groups, define holiday schedules and more. Additional Schlage wireless lock fields are now reported in Pinnacle providing users a single dashboard to monitor the lock status. An industry first, Allegion Schlage NDE and LE wireless locks can receive firmware updates when using the Sielox 1700 Controller Allegion ONR feature via RS-485 communications. By pushing the ONR Firmware Package for Allegion Schlage wireless locks using 1700 Controllers, users and integrators can save both time and money. Transport Layer Security (TLS 1.2) An additional update to Pinnacle v.10 includes Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) Sielox has also added a new Transport Layer Security (TLS 1.2) enhancement to Pinnacle v.10.4. TLS, and its predecessor Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) for improved network security. TLS/SSL operates by establishing an encrypted communication path between two applications, "wrapping" the entire application protocol inside the secure link. This provides complete privacy for the entire transaction so that sensitive information is protected from unauthorised access while in transit. Pinnacle TLS 1.2, which is available to current Pinnacle users, provides compliant level security. An additional update to Pinnacle v.10 includes Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), a licensed service that can be installed on the same server as Pinnacle. The feature simplifies administration by assigning roles to users with permissions, which makes the overall solution more efficient and easier to use for larger security systems. Pinnacle 10.4 will be released in Q2 2019 and is available in several configurations that can be specifically tailored to the needs of any size business or facility or integrated in a layered systems model.
Maxxess Systems, the innovator in security solutions that empower total situational awareness for security enterprises, is showcasing its unique portfolio of video, access control and communications platforms that provide users with the highest levels of system integration, management and incident response technology here at ISC West 2019 (booth # 6065). Solutions on display include the U.S. public debut of Maxxess InSite awareness and response coordination system, the enhanced eFusion security management software and Maxxess’ MX+ web dashboard, the newly designed Ambit event management communications software, and a new Multi-Form Panic Solution that provides the lowest cost of entry for proactive protection. Access control and communications systems “Maxxess Systems transcend the capabilities of conventional video, access control and communications systems by empowering people and transforming security operations to deliver new levels of situational awareness and business intelligence,” said Nancy Islas, President of Maxxess Systems. “By combining systems intelligence and human intelligence on our unique open architecture platforms and intuitive interfaces, Maxxess Systems offers powerful, scalable solutions that can help stop events from happening, and better control incidents from the moment they begin.” The Maxxess solutions being demonstrated at ISC West 2019 include: The system combines 'system intelligence' and 'human intelligence' to detect and respond to unfolding events in real time Maxxess InSite Maxxess InSite awareness and response coordination system combines 'system intelligence' and 'human intelligence' to detect and respond to unfolding events in real time – all of which are queued, organised and displayed on a highly-intuitive user interface. Maxxess InSite enables early incident detection and action, allowing users to correlate data, improve response coordination, and deal with issues when they’re small – before they become large and costly. Maxxess InSite features an open-architecture framework to accommodate virtually any security or business intelligence application with comprehensive functionality. Over 50 different leading manufacturers are already integrated into Maxxess InSite, providing more combined capabilities and functionality than any other cross-platform solution available. This allows Maxxess InSite to be configured for virtually any security and business intelligence application, using any combination of software and hardware to deliver a highly-customised solution with unparalleled efficiency. eFusion security management software eFusion security management software is a “system intelligence” solution that integrates and correlates data from surveillance, access control and various other physical security and facility operations’ data onto a comprehensive monitoring and reporting dashboard. eFusion provides video and access system management and control capabilities along with alarm monitoring; remote access credentials tracking, authorisation, and de-authorisation; door/access status and more. eFusion can be deployed as a stand-alone management and control platform, or as a core component of Maxxess InSite. Advanced data processing New enhancements to eFusion include new Flow Control with auto expiration, and advanced data processing Proven globally in installations around the world, new enhancements to eFusion include new Flow Control with auto expiration, and advanced data processing. Flow Control allows users to configure the specific door(s) that must be used first to gain primary access to a facility with programmable timer setting. Advanced data processing correlates databases to accommodate complex relationship rules between the authoritative database and the Maxxess database. To further simplify user engagement with eFusion, Maxxess Systems’ MX+ web dashboard has also been further enhanced with new features including: System-wide lockdown; video management system (VMS) integration; mobile cardholder management operations with badge printing; access control status indication in an easy-to-read graphical format and schedule configuration. Ambit event management communications software Ambit event management communications software provides real-time “human intelligence” for alerts, notifications and status assessment via users’ smartphone and/or tablets, along with access control management. Ambit’s extensive communications and access control functionality provides security management and first responders with the critical on-site information and access system management they need to best handle unpredictable crises. A cloud-based solution, Ambit can be deployed as a stand-alone communications platform, or as a core component of Maxxess InSite. New enhancements to Ambit include: a new app design for easier operation including: a new status update window; an easily accessible panic button; support for multiple photos from the field; the ability to assign reports to designated groups and/or individuals; enhanced filtering for target audiences to receive mass broadcasts; NC4 integration to external intelligence software to enhance information gathering; auto-location detection for event status posts; and a texting option for users without the app to receive relevant mass broadcasts. Maxxess Systems’ new Multi-Form Panic Solution, provides the lowest cost of entry for proactive protection Multi-form Panic Solution Also featured is Maxxess Systems’ new Multi-Form Panic Solution, which provides the lowest cost of entry for proactive protection. Available for implementation with any Maxxess System platform or as a stand-alone solution, the new Multi-Form Panic Solution can be configured on any mobile device, PC keyboard or wearable device. Maxxess Systems also continues to expand its roster of technology partners and integrations with the addition of: Mercury LP and MR62e controllers; OTIS Elevator Compass Overwatch; enhanced Milestone Systems’ MIP and Geutebruck GeViScope integrations; as well as new integrations with salient systems, Avigilon, ISS (Intelligent Security Systems), Nedap and RemotePoint.
Tavcom Training, part of Linx International Group, has been chosen by leading alarm manufacturer Texecom to assist in providing professional training for installers. Through the Texecom Academy online portal, installers have the opportunity to gain a BTEC Level 3 intruder alarms qualification developed in conjunction with Tavcom Training. BTEC Level 3 Intruder Alarms course Wayne Foster, Technical Services Manager at Texecom states “Texecom Academy benefits our installers by giving them the skills and expertise to ensure the installation and maintenance of every Texecom system is done efficiently and to the highest possible standard. It also provides end users with the peace of mind that the work is being carried out by an installer with a recognised accredited qualification.” We are excited to be working with Texecom to deliver our BTEC Level 3 Intruder and Hold Up Alarms course" Andrew Saywell, Head of Sales at Tavcom Training adds, “We are excited to be working with Texecom to deliver our BTEC Level 3 Intruder and Hold Up Alarms course. Expert knowledge helps installers to stand out from the competition and provides their customers with the best service. We have worked very closely with Texecom to ensure the training syllabus perfectly matches the real world needs of the professionals who design, install, commission and service these systems.” Texecom – Tavcom partnership Wayne Foster continues, “Our expert teams are always on hand to offer support, but we also believe in empowering our installers with the knowledge they need to address any issues themselves. It is better for them, better for the end customer and better for us.” As a result, Texecom and Tavcom will also be providing ‘bite size’ training modules via their online portal. The modules are based on the top 20 technical support call topics identified by Texecom. Detection devices The first of these modules, entitled ‘Detection Devices’, will be offered free of charge to Texecom installers. Wayne Foster concludes, “We are committed to producing the highest quality products and ensuring our installation partners and end users receive the very best service.”
Interlogix, global provider of security and life-safety solutions, has re-launched its Interlogix Security Pro program, a premier national channel partner program offering Interlogix dealers a wide array of resources and incentives designed to help them successfully grow their businesses. Interlogix is a part of Carrier, a leading global provider of innovative heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. “The Interlogix Security Pro program is back and better than ever,” said Warren Hill, vice president, partner solutions, North America, Interlogix. “We listened to our dealers and designed a program with the resources they want and need to successfully compete in their service areas. It’s easy to join and participate and it’s open to all Interlogix dealers.” Interlogix Security Pro program The Interlogix Security Pro program will keep our dealers in demand and ahead of the competition" The Interlogix Security Pro program offers multiple award levels, designed to meet the needs of a wide range of dealers. Program benefits increase with each level and may include co-op marketing funds, new product samples, extended product warranties and preferential tech support. Other level-based program opportunities and benefits may include: Invitation to the annual Interlogix Elevate conference, with covered conference fees and travel benefits for qualifying program members Special product training Preferential positioning and designation on the dealer locator tool on the Interlogix website Networking through events and online communication opportunities Use of the Interlogix Security Pro logo and product image bank. Business-enhancing products As an Interlogix Security Pro member, dealers earn Pro Points to use on a range of business-enhancing products and services. The program’s four levels – registered, gold, platinum and diamond - make it easy to start with clear paths toward higher goals and greater success. The program also includes rewards for program members meeting or showing year-over-year growth. “The Interlogix Security Pro program will keep our dealers in demand and ahead of the competition,” said Hill. “This program is about making great dealers even better.”
ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware & Access Control is proud to announce that it will be exhibiting at the first ever The Security Event 2019, showcasing its latest security and integrated access control technology solutions. Taking place at the NEC in Birmingham from 9-11 April 2019, the show is a major new exhibition for the commercial and residential security market and is set to welcome more than 6,000 visitors. ARX security system ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware & Access Control will be available on stand SE172, alongside Abloy and HKC, highlighting how efficient and easy to install its innovative access control solutions are for security installers. Products that will be exhibited on the stand include eCLIQ, CLIQ Go, SMARTair and Aperio, as well as its extensive electromechanical offering and the ARX access control and alarm system. eCLIQ electronic key managementeCLIQ is a fully electronic key management system that delivers flexible and secure master key management to businesses, solving key control concerns eCLIQ is a fully electronic key management system that delivers flexible and secure master key management to businesses, solving key control concerns. The compact eCLIQ locking cylinder offers the highest levels of security. With the widest range of different cylinder types, the system is designed for every kind of use, from the company entrance gate to securing alarm systems, lifts, doors and cabinets. eCLIQ also helps solve the issue of lost keys, with users able to update access authorisations when required. It is easy to install too, with no drilling required, and offers a maintenance-free solution for up to 200,000 cycles. As such, eCLIQ is the only master key system a building will ever need. CLIQ Go electronic locking system CLIQ Go is a fully electronic locking system based on the highly successful and efficient CLIQ technology. The CLIQ Go app provides a high level of security and data protection and enables control over building security from a mobile device. The flexibility of key management is unrivalled when it comes to master keying for building security. CLIQ Go provides both security installers and business owners with the capability to manage access control on the go, achieved via a quick installation that requires no witting at the door. Operators can also easily revoke access rights via the CLIQ Go app, minisiming the risk of lost keys. SMARTair is a wireless online or offline fully scalable access control system that keeps users in touch with everything that’s happening in a building – who enters, where and when – ensuring complete control of site security. The new mobile app Openow will be presented at The Security Event too, which becomes a smartphone’s secure virtual credential. Aperio integrated access control solution Aperio enables mechanical locks to be wirelessly linked to an access control system in a convenient and cost-effective way Aperio enables mechanical locks to be wirelessly linked to an access control system in a convenient and cost-effective way. With products meeting BS EN 179 and BS EN 1125 standards, Aperio can help schools, universities and commercial environments cut energy costs, reduce time money spent on maintenance, and help deliver a flexible access control solution that can be easily adapted and updated when needed. Part of the Aperio range, the new H100 door handle will also be on display. Packing the power and flexibility of wireless access control into one slim, cleverly designed door handle, the Aperio H100 offers easy retrofitting to almost any interior door. It integrates with all the existing Aperio integrations seamlessly and can work within an online access control system or offline as a standalone device. ARX access control and alarm system ARX is a security platform with integrated alarm and access control capability, covering everything from fully monitored high security hard wired access control doors to wireless Aperio doors, in both on and offline configuration. The technology supports MIFARE DESFire EV2 and HID SEOS, providing the most secure credential formats available, while being a future-proof system too – BLE Pando Reader provides the ability to use a smartphone as a credential. Fully-monitored door security ARX creates a fully-monitored door environment, including electromechanical locks utilising ASSA ABLOY Hi-O technology Designed to easily integrate into third party security systems, and other ASSA ABLOY systems such as CLIQ and Traka, ARX offers an advanced graded alarm system, allowing deployment of dynamic lockdown with mobile notification to the ARX Go app. ARX creates a fully-monitored door environment, including electromechanical locks utilising ASSA ABLOY Hi-O technology. David Hodgkiss, Director of Access Control for ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware & Access Control, said: “We are delighted to be exhibiting at the first ever Security Event 2019 at the NEC in Birmingham, which will launch a new platform for showcasing the latest technologies and solutions available to security installers. As security threats become more diverse and complex, our latest solutions ensure security installers can specify a product for a customer that will overcome these challenges and deliver exceptional performance. We have a product offering that is truly unmatched, with one in every ten lock and security installations worldwide using our solutions. And with free coffee available on stand SE172 for anyone that comes and speaks to us about our access control offers, we look forward to welcoming everyone to our stand at The Security Event 2019.”
HID Global, global provider of trusted identity solutions, has announced the availability of the new HID Authentication Service, which is part of its cloud identity platform, designed to deliver a suite of trusted identity solutions. These services make it easy to manage and use identities through a secure cloud delivery model. This multi-tenant cloud authentication service offers large scale, simplified on-boarding of users and frictionless authentication for identity and access management (IAM) customers spanning a variety of industries. Regulations, such as GDPR, PSD2, the California Privacy Regulation and HIPAA, are causing organisations to struggle to provide the necessary security, convenience and compliance for user access. These organisations often deploy a patchwork of identity solutions – on-premise, cloud or hybrid – from different vendors that don’t work well together or don’t provide the necessary authentication services to meet their compliance needs. The result is complexity, IT overhead, organisational confusion and solutions that don’t scale or comply with regulatory requirements. HID Authentication Service HID’s new IAM cloud solution will continue to build in new services that allow organisations to leverage their existing technology to accomplish new identity goals The HID Authentication Service removes this complexity and the related challenges of providing multifactor authentication to a growing and diverse population of users. While other identity vendors offer single-purpose authentication solutions that may solve one problem, HID’s new IAM cloud solution will continue to build in new services that allow organisations to leverage their existing technology to accomplish new identity goals. It also provides centralised audit logs to simplify compliance capabilities and reduce the burden of audits. “HID Global continues its move toward cloud solutions with the addition of new IAM services, expanding the offering with a unifying technology platform for our millions of users,” said Brad Jarvis, Vice President & Managing Director of Identity & Access Management Solutions (IAMS) with HID Global. “HID is among the only IAM solution providers that can offer authentication for high security use cases all the way down to basic enterprise multifactor authentication. With this breadth of solutions, we believe that organisations in regulated markets, in particular, will gain the most significant benefits from the HID Authentication Service.” IAM cloud solution Users gain the benefits of the flexibility, scalability and cost-effectiveness of a cloud-based services IAM platform. In financial services, for example, access to high-value transactions can be protected by integrating API calls to the HID Authentication Service from third-party software, such as the Temenos T24 core banking platform. In healthcare, a partner can build patient access to healthcare portals to be HIPAA-compliant. To make this happen, HID is making APIs available to developers, partners and managed security service providers (MSSPs) to offer scalable, built-in authentication services. As a trusted partner, HID will provide toolkits to system integrators and IT programmers to support the rollout. At the same time, HID will continue to sell and support its award-winning on-premise IAM solutions. Multi-factor authentication HID’s new cloud solution is purpose-built for IT teams to manage identities in mixed environments HID’s new cloud solution is purpose-built for IT teams to manage identities in mixed environments. With sophisticated attacks on the rise, the HID Authentication Service is an ideal platform for handling a large-scale rollout, testing, provisioning and delivery of authentication services to protect networks and applications. HID Global powers the trusted identities of the global population and has one of the broadest portfolios of identity and access management products and services. These solutions range across a broad spectrum that includes multi-factor authentication, intelligence-driven risk-based authentication, physical identity and access management, credential management, digital signing and digital encryption. Users can also take advantage of the industry’s widest range of end-point authenticators, including mobile devices, smart cards and tokens, among others.
Edward Snowden’s name entered the cultural lexicon in 2013, after he leaked thousands of classified National Security Agency documents to journalists. He’s been variously called a traitor, a patriot, a revolutionary, a dissident and a whistleblower, but however you personally feel about him, there’s one way to categorise him that no one can dispute: He’s a thief. There’s no doubt about it: Snowden’s information didn’t belong to him, and the scary truth is that he is neither the first nor the last employee to attempt to smuggle secrets out of a building – and we need to learn from his success to try to prevent it from happening again. Since the dawn of the digital age, we’ve fought cyber pirates with tools like firewalls, encryption, strong passwords, antivirus software and white-hat hackers. But with so much attention on protecting against cyber risks, we sometimes forget about the other side of the coin: the risk that data will be physically removed from the building. Douglas Miorandi, director of federal programs, counter-terrorism and physical data security for Metrasens, recently discussed the major risks to physical data security with SourceSecurity.com. Q: What do you believe are the main physical threats to data? The biggest threats I have seen in the physical data security space have varied over the years, but there are four specific risks that remain the same across the board for any organisation, which are: Every organisation is at risk of having data walk out the building with that employee The Insider Threat The Outsider Threat The Seemingly Innocent Personal Item Poor or Nonexistent Screening To beginning with, every company or government agency has at least one disgruntled employee working for them, whether they know it or not, and that means every organisation is at risk of having data walk out the building with that employee. That is what security experts call the insider threat. Q: What do you think influences employees to steal data from their own organisation? People steal data from their workplaces because they see some means to an end, whether it’s to expose something embarrassing or damaging due to a personal vendetta, or because they can sell it to a competitor or the media and benefit financially – meaning they don’t even need to be disgruntled; they might just want a quick way to make a buck. Financial data, too, is attractive, both for insider trading and selling to the competition. People steal data from their workplaces because they see some means to an end, whether it’s to expose something embarrassing or damaging due to a personal vendetta, or because they can sell it to a competitor or the media and benefit financially This can happen to both private companies as well as government agencies. Take Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards for example, a Treasury Department employee who was caught in the act just last month, when she disclosed sensitive government information about figures connected to the Russia investigation to a reporter. She didn’t hack the system, she simply used a flash drive. And let’s not forget that Snowden was a contractor working for the NSA. Q: Many of us think of security threats coming from an outsider, do companies still face these type of threats? Yes. Unfortunately, organisations do not only need to worry about their own employees – companies and government agencies need to be wary of threats from outsiders. COTS devices include SD cards, external hard drives, audio recorders and even smart phones They can come in the form of the corporate spy – someone specifically hired to pose as a legitimate employee or private contractor in order to extract information – or the opportunistic thief – a contractor hired to work on a server or in sensitive areas who sees an opening and seizes it. Either one is equally damaging to sensitive data because of the physical access they have. Q: Whether it be an insider threat or an outsider threat, what are ways these individuals can steal sensitive data? There are two types of personal items that can be used to steal data: the commercially available off-the-shelf (COTS) variety, and the intentionally disguised variety. This is considered risk number three – the seemingly innocent personal item. COTS devices include SD cards, external hard drives, audio recorders and even smart phones, any of which can be used to transport audio, video and computer data in and out of a building. Intentionally disguised devices are straight out of the spy novel; they could be a recording device that looks like a car key fob, or a coffee mug with a USB drive hidden in a false bottom. Intentionally disguised devices are straight out of the spy novel; they could be a recording device that looks like a car key fob, or a coffee mug with a USB drive hidden in a false bottom Q: What is the difference between COTS and disguised devices? The difference between COTS and disguised devices is that if someone gets caught with a COTS device, security will know what it is and can confiscate it. The disguised device looks like a security-approved item anyone could be carrying into the workplace, making it especially devious. Sometimes these devices don’t just function to bring information out of a building; they are used to damage a server or hard drive once it’s plugged in to a computer or the network. Some are both – a recording device that extracts data and then destroys the hard drive. Companies with airtight cyber security protocols can sometimes fall down when it comes to physically screening peopleQ: With these types of discrete items, can security personnel still catch individuals in the act? For example, through security screenings? Poor or nonexistent screening is the most substantial security threat to any organisation when it comes to sensitive data. Whether it’s an employee, an outside contractor or a device, the physical security risks are real, and everyone and everything entering and leaving a building needs to be screened. Unfortunately, screening often isn’t occurring at all, or is ineffective or inconsistent when it does occur. Even companies with airtight cyber security protocols can sometimes fall down when it comes to physically screening people and stopping them from stealing data through recording devices. Q: It’s surprising that so many organisations would neglect physical security when protecting their data. It’s a huge mistake, and the consequences can be dire. They range from loss of customer trust, exorbitant lawsuits and tanking stock prices in the private sector; and risks to national security in the public sector. Costs and resource allocation increase as well during efforts to reactively fix or mitigate the effects of physically stolen data. For both the private and public sectors, the risk for data to be physically removed from a building has never been greater. Years ago, it was much harder for the average Joe to figure out where they could sell stolen data. Now, with the Deep Web, anyone with Tor can access forums requesting specific information from competing spy agencies, with instructions on how to deliver it, greatly reducing the risk of getting caught – and increasing the likelihood people will try it. Although it’s getting easier to sell data, the good news is that all of these threats are avoidable with the right measures. Physical data security and cybersecurity must be considered the yin and yang of an airtight policy that effectively protects sensitive or confidential assets from a malicious attack Q: So how can an organisation protect against these risks? There are a number of ways – and the first one requires a change of mindset. Not long ago, the building/physical security department and the IT/cybersecurity department were considered two different entities within an organisation, with little overlap or communication. Organisations now are realising that, because of the level of risk they face from both internal and external threats, they must take a holistic approach to data security. Physical data security and cybersecurity must be considered the yin and yang of an airtight policy that effectively protects sensitive or confidential assets from a malicious attack. Q: How can companies and government agencies combine both physical data security and cybersecurity initiatives? Physical security managers can advise cybersecurity managers on ways to reinforce their protocols – perhaps by implementing the newest surveillance cameras in sensitive areas, or removing ports on servers so that external drives cannot be used. Organisations need to create an effective program and ensure it stays effective so people know it’s not worth the hassle to try In turn, the cybersecurity team can let the physical security team know that they have outside contractors coming in to work on the server, and the physical security team can escort the contractors in and stand guard as they work. Constant communication and a symbiotic relationship between the two departments are crucial to creating an effective holistic security protocol and, once you’ve got the momentum going, don’t let it slow down. Sometimes efforts start off strong and then peter out if priorities change. When guards are down, it’s an excellent time for a malicious actor to strike. Organisations need to create an effective program and ensure it stays effective so people know it’s not worth the hassle to try. It’s not just about the mentality, though. Using the right technology is just as important. Q: What type of technology can you use to protect physical data? Many problems can be avoided by simply using the right technology to detect devices that bring threats in and carry proprietary information out. Electronics such as hard drives, cell phones, smart watches, SD cards and recording devices have a magnetic signature because of the ferrous metals inside them. Using a ferromagnetic detection system (FMDS) as people enter and exit a building or restricted area means that anything down to a small microSD card triggers an alert, allowing confiscation or further action as needed. Electronics such as hard drives, cell phones, smart watches, SD cards and recording devices have a magnetic signature because of the ferrous metals inside them Q: How does FMDS work? In the most basic terms, FMDS uses passive sensors that evaluate disturbances in the earth’s magnetic field made by something magnetic moving through its detection zone. Nothing can be used to shield the threat, because FMDS doesn’t detect metallic mass; it detects the magnetic signature, down to a millionth of the earth’s magnetic field. FMDS is the most reliable method of finding small electronics items and should be part of the “trust, but verify” model Although it is a passive technology, it is more effective and reliable than using hand wands or the walk-through metal detectors typically seen in an airport, which cannot detect very small ferrous metal objects. FMDS can see through body tissue and liquids, so items cannot be concealed anywhere on a person or with their belongings. Whether or not the items are turned on doesn’t matter; FMDS doesn’t work by detecting a signal, but rather by spotting the magnetic signature that electronics contain. This is ideal, because most recording devices do not emit any signal whatsoever. In my experience, FMDS is the most reliable method of finding small electronics items (as well as other ferrous metal objects, like weapons), and should be part of the “trust, but verify” model, in which companies assume the best of their employees and anyone else entering the building, but still take necessary precautions. Q: What are the key takeaways for organisations looking to enhance data security? The toughest challenge in the security sector – whether it’s cyber or physical – is remembering that the bad guys are constantly looking for ways to slip in through the cracks, and security departments need to stay one step ahead to ward off both internal and external threats. Recognising the existing threats, putting together a holistic security strategy, and using the right technology to detect illicit devices comprises an effective three-pronged approach to protecting an organisation’s data. Organisations cannot afford to be passive about security and assume employees won’t steal data and spies won’t sneak in. Strong countermeasures are necessary because data loss can come from both inside and outside, in both private and public sectors, from places not everyone thinks of – and with technology like FMDS acting as a backup to the human element, organisations can lock down their data and keep the wolves in sheep’s clothing from getting through the door.
There’s only so much a corporation can do to counteract the threat of a major incident. You can ask everyone to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious, but you cannot stop someone intent on deliberately starting a fire, threatening a work colleague with a knife or something much worse. And of course, most businesses recognise that even routine events – such as burst pipes, IT system failures, extreme weather event or power outages – can have significant consequences unless they are quickly brought under control. Training security officers Governments and organisations across the world are increasingly encouraging businesses to re-assess risks and to plan for and conduct drills for major emergencies. This is driving different agencies and companies to invest in new skills, resources and systems, and encouraging businesses to routinely re-evaluate their emergency response strategies. UK police forces are increasingly training security officers in the public and private sectors on how best to react to potential terrorist incidents For example: UK police forces are increasingly training security officers in the public and private sectors on how best to react to potential terrorist incidents, as part of the UK government’s Action Counter Terrorism programme. And organisations including the Association of University Chief Security Officers (AUCSO) and Higher Education Business Continuity Network (HEBCoN) are developing customised training for their members to improve their own response and business continuity plans. Mass notifications systems Whether an organisation is facing a terrorist attack or a severe weather event, follow up reports consistently identify that the same types of challenges are common to all crisis situations, with similar errors often occurring again and again. Typically, these are centred on three key areas: poor communications, fractured command and control structures, and delayed deployment of resources. Communications skills and technologies clearly play a pivotal role in how effective an organisation is in responding to major incidents, particularly when it comes to assessing the situation and its implications, moving people towards safety and providing updates as an incident unfolds. However, when an organisation is considering its technology options, emergency response and mass notification systems (MNS) are often touted as the ideal platform to deliver all the required critical communications and ongoing updates. UK police forces are increasingly training security officers in the public and private sectors on how best to react to potential terrorist incidents Emergency notification system All the incident reporting, command and control, and communications functions have been brought together on a single platform But, if an organisation does not know exactly where all its staff or students are, and it cannot see the location and availability of its first responders and other emergency coordinators relative to them and the incident, then how useful is it to send a top-down alert to everyone? And what about fast moving or multi-centre incidents, where previously agreed evacuation procedures, recommended actions or mustering points may need to change if an incident takes an unexpected turn? Many organisations may have been lulled into believing that an emergency notification system will allow them to confidently handle all the communications aspects of virtually any crisis. In reality, too many businesses are still unaware that there are now much more sophisticated and proven technologies where all the incident reporting, command and control, and communications functions have been brought together on a single platform. Using live map tracking The benefit of using these advanced and more integrated approaches – often categorised as mobile distributed command and control systems – is that they enable faster and better decision making in a crisis using real-time feedback and two-way dialogue with those closest to the emergency. And they avoid the risks of any potential delays, miscommunications or mistakes that can happen when an organisation is under pressure to respond and often switching between multiple systems. Leading universities and multi-national corporations are already using new mobile/web-enabled platforms to improve their incident response These next generation emergency management platforms have been specifically designed to enable real-time mapping of an organisation’s security assets and its users on a single screen and to fully integrate it with a highly targeted geo-fenced notification capability. The mass notification aspect of the system can then be used to advise specific groups on the best actions to take at their location as an incident develops. The use of live map tracking enables real time mapping of an organisation's security assets Segmented messaging Many leading universities and multi-national corporations are already using these new mobile/web-enabled platforms to plan, manage and improve their incident response, leading to 50% faster reactions and more positive outcomes.During a crisis, users can receive push notifications so the security centre can immediately see their exact location and advise them accordingly The systems have been widely adopted within the higher-education sector, but they are equally applicable to any large company with multiple international sites or those situated in research or corporate campuses where the bulk of assets and people are based in one or more key locations. Typically, systems provide users with a smartphone app that they can use to call for immediate emergency or first aid support when at work, or to report something suspicious which could prevent an apparently minor incident from escalating into a full-scale emergency. During a crisis, users can receive push notifications, SMS and E-mails asking them to open the app if they are not already logged in, so the security centre can immediately see their exact location and advise them accordingly. Supporting dispersed mustering Now that communications can be more nimble, responsive and flexible this can support the increasing numbers of planners are recognising the advantages of dispersed mustering. This is a strategy that has been developed to reduce the risk of secondary attacks on unprotected people complying with instructions to evacuate from premises and gather in what are, effectively, exposed locations. It is now acknowledged that evacuees waiting outside for any length of time are more vulnerable to targeted attacks or to injury, from flying glass for example. With dispersed mustering – a strategy made more effective by these new mobile distributed command and control systems - a building’s occupants can be advised not to go outside, but to move to known safe internal locations. People in each specific area can then be kept regularly updated. Many corporations are now using new mobile/web-enabled platforms to improve their incident response Coordination between response agencies The software platforms can be integrated with an organisation’s fixed security infrastructure to take real-time sharing of information First responders are permanently logged in, so the emergency operations centre can see their exact locations in real-time and can advise what actions to take in mustering people or in setting up and protecting security cordons. Bringing everything together on one platform, with real-time feedback and in a fully integrated system also removes what is often seen as the weakest communication link in managing any major incident: the need to rely on conventional two-way radio as the sole means of communication between the command and control centre and its first responders and other team members on the ground. The software platforms can be integrated with an organisation’s fixed security infrastructure to take real-time sharing of information to a new level for improved collaboration, coordination and communications between users, the incident management team and external agencies. Improving emergency response strategies One of the most powerful features of some of these new systems is the ability to record and view all alerts, responses and the detailed conversations between first responders, emergency coordinators and other parties. This allows the systems to be used to simulate major incidents involving inputs from the emergency services and other key agencies and to ensure the organisation’s crisis management plans have been fully tested against a range of possible incident scenarios.
Video surveillance across the world is growing exponentially and its major application is in both public safety and law enforcement. Traditionally, it has been fixed surveillance where cameras provide live streams from fixed cameras situated in what is considered strategic locations. But they are limited in what they can see given by their very definition of being "fixed." The future of video surveillance includes the deployment of more mobile video surveillance with the benefits it offers. Instead of fixed cameras, this is the ability to live stream from mobile devices on the move such as body-worn cams, drones, motorbikes, cars, helicopters and in some cases, even dogs!Sending drones into the air, for example for missing people or rescue missions, is much more cost-effective than deploying helicopters Advantages of mobile surveillance The advantage of mobile surveillance is that the camera can go to where the action is, rather than relying on the action going to where the camera is. Also, sending drones into the air, for example for missing people or rescue missions, is much more cost-effective than deploying helicopters. The ability to live stream video from cars and helicopters in high-speed pursuits can be used to take some of the operational issues from the first responders on the ground and share that “life and death” responsibility with the operational team leaders back in the command centre. This allows the first responders in the pursuit vehicle to focus on minimising risk while staying in close proximity of the fleeing vehicle, with direction from a higher authority who can see for themselves in real time the issues that are being experienced, and direct accordingly. In addition to showing video live stream from a pursuit car or motorcycle, by using inbuilt GPS tracking, the video can be displayed on a map in real time, allowing a command chief to better utilise additional resource and where to deploy them, through the use of displaying mapping information with real time video feed. It allows police chiefs to make better informed decisions in highly-charged environments. The 4G phone network can now be used with compressed video to live stream cost effectively Application in emergency situations The same is true of first responders in many different emergency situations. Mobile surveillance opens up a new area of efficiencies that previously was impossible to achieve. For example, special operations can wear action body-worn cameras when doing raids, fire departments can live stream from emergency situations with both thermal and daylight cameras, and paramedics can send video streams back to hospitals allowing doctors to remotely diagnose and prepare themselves for when patients arrive at the hospital. How can special operations and emergency first responders live stream video from a mobile camera with the issues of weight, reliability and picture-quality being considered? H265 mobile video compression Law enforcement insists on secure transmissions, and it is possible to encrypt video to the highest level of security available in the public domain The 4G phone network can now be used with compressed video to live stream cost effectively. The issue of course is that 4G is not always reliable. Soliton Systems has mitigated this risk of low mobile quality in certain areas, by building an H265 mobile video compression device that can use multiple SIM cards from different cellular providers simultaneously. H265 is the latest compression technique for video, that is 50% more effective than conventional H264, and coupling this with using multiple “bonded” SIM cards provides a highly reliable connection for live-streaming high-quality HD video. The 400-gram device with an internal battery can be connected to a small action cam, and can live-stream simultaneously over at least three different cellular providers, back to a command centre. Latency is typically less than a second, and new advance improvements are looking to reduce that latency further. Encrypted video transmission What about security? Law enforcement insists on secure transmissions, and it is possible to encrypt video to the highest level of security available in the public domain, i.e. AES256.What about integration into existing video infrastructure at the command centre? It is not untypical for a police force to have an existing video management system (VMS) at their command centre such as Milestone System’s Xprotect. The Soliton range of products are ONVIF-compliant, a standard used by video surveillance cameras for interoperability, allowing cameras and video devices that are ONVIF-compliant to simply “plug&play” into existing video management systems. These mobile transmitters are deployed with law enforcement and first responders across the globe. Their ability to provide secure, full HD quality and highly-reliable video streaming within a small unit, and to enable it to be integrated into the current eco-system that is already installed at the receiving end, has made them a favourite choice with many companies and government agencies.
Recent technology advances – from the cloud to artificial intelligence, from mobile credentials to robotics – will have a high profile at the upcoming ISC West exhibition hall. Several of these technologies were recently designated by the Security Industry Association as the Top 8 security technologies for security and public safety. Some of them will also be a focus at the ISC West conference program, SIA Education@ISC, April 9-11 at the Sands Expo Center. This article will highlight some of those conference sessions. Topic: Cloud Systems and Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) Managed Video Services are saving TD Bank $500K annually, April 9, 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. Why TD Bank decided to roll out a managed services solution, what it took to deploy and how the bank is saving an astounding $500,000 annually. IT 4.0 and Video Surveillance: A Guide to the New Terminology and What It Means to You and Your Customers, April 11, 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. How IT 4.0 can enhance or change video surveillance, and consequently deliver additional value to customers, including explanations of terms such as cloud data centers, personal clouds, the edge, IoT sensors and data analytics. One of the sessions to cover how IT 4.0 can enhance or change video surveillance, and consequently deliver additional value to customers Topic: Artificial Intelligence (AI) In Video and Other Systems The Challenges and Opportunities of AI in Physical Security, April 10, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Looking toward what the future may hold for AI in physical security; the challenges and opportunities the technology has created; and how participants can leverage AI and machine learning with existing customers to grow their business. Deep Learning Demystified: Next-Generation AI Applied to Video, April 11, 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Dispelling the myths of the terms “deep learning” and “artificial intelligence,” and what the technologies can do in practical terms. Modern cameras find and identify faces and vehicles, analyse behavior and organise and control assets Neural Processing and Smart Cameras, April 9, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Deep learning-capable hardware is evolving at a frantic pace, and GPU and NPU (neural processing unit) co-processors are commonly embedded in cameras and video management systems. Modern cameras find and identify faces and vehicles, analyse behavior and organise and control assets. Analytics in the Video Central Station: Proper Deployment, Programming and Configuration to optimise operational and cost efficiencies, April 11, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. How analytics plays a critical role in reducing alarm traffic in a central station environment, allowing them to save money and realise other operational and performance efficiencies. Topic: Robotics and Autonomous Devices Robotic Aerial Security – Growth Trends and Best Practices, April 10, 11 a.m. to noon The lion’s share of growth in the robotic aerial security sector will come from autonomous systems and changing FAA regulations will soon allow companies to monitor and secure remote facilities with no human guards present. Racing drones are difficult to detect as they do not use GPS or radio frequency signals to identify the location of other devices How to Adapt to Address Drone Security, April 11, 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Drone industry professionals and a physical security design engineer will cover the realistic applications of drone systems and counter-drone solutions that can protect organisations and facilities. Next Generation Threat: Racing Drones, April 11, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Racing drones are difficult to detect as they do not use GPS or radio frequency signals to identify the location of other devices. This session will identify the potential risks these drones can pose to facilities, special events, and critical infrastructure. Establishing a Corporate Drone Program, April 10, 9:45 to 10:45 p.m. Is a corporate drone program an appropriate addition to an existing security program? How to understand and navigate the regulatory challenges and processes associated with starting up a commercial-use drone program. The Rise of Intelligence in Physical Security, April 11, 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. “Intelligence” incorporates a variety of subdomains from artificial intelligence to machine learning and contextual analysis. It is rapidly becoming a focus in the realm of IT security – and increasingly in the realm of physical security, too. Changing FAA regulations will soon allow companies to monitor and secure remote facilities with no human guards present Topic: Mobile Credentials Finding Their Place in Access Control How Biometrics Are Enabling the Convergence of Physical and Information Security, April 10, 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. At the center of convergence is one crucial building block: strong irrefutable identity powered by biometrics. Driving the Future: How Interoperability Standards in Access Control Can Enable Smart Building Success, April 9, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Growing user demand is driving new open platform approaches and the adoption of interoperability standards Growing user demand for unfettered and unlimited third-party integrations is now driving new open platform approaches and the adoption of interoperability standards. They are changing the dynamic of access control and its role within the smart building environment. Topic: Facial Biometrics in Professional Solutions How Biometrics Are Enabling the Convergence of Physical and Information Security, April 10, 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. Securing workstations, virtual desktops, turnstiles, front doors, mobile devices and more, biometric authentication is helping enterprises and governments worldwide to realise a more secure future. Topic: Voice Control in the Smart Home Environment Delivering the Smart Home of the Future, April 11, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. With the proliferation of connected smart devices, including voice control devices, consumers have a growing array of options for defining what their Smart Home experience could be.
Choosing the right server for a video surveillance application comes down to one question: What does the customer expect from the system? Is it a retail location with two cameras that only needs video stored for 24 hours? Does the system need failover protection? What are the ramifications if a system goes down? Does business have to stop? How fast does the customer need to have access to video? Is it a regulated industry where immediate access is a requirement? How mission-critical is the video system to operations? Mission critical video surveillance solutions Such questions can point video system designers to the right technology for an application, and a manufacturer and reseller with a wide product offering ensure that the perfect solution is available and can be shipped quickly. It’s important to remember that this is not a “one size fits all” marketplace. Data capture form to appear here! Questions need to be asked on what an appropriate server solution will provide for the customer 1) JBOD - It stands for "just a bunch of disks" and refers to a collection of hard disks that have not been configured to work together. This approach is typical of stand-alone systems such as a retailer who has one or two cameras recording locally at a remote location, and who have a tolerance for occasionally losing video footage. 2) RAID 5/6 is a redundant array of independent disks in which data is stored across all the disks. The configuration provides more redundancy and reliability, better balance of disk usage, and more throughput and performance. RAID 5/6 is a redundant array of independent disks in which data is stored across all the disks 3) SAN or storage area network is a type of centralised storage providing enhanced accessibility to disk arrays. SAN provides high performance but is not as easy to expand. It is also less expensive than NAS systems. 4) NAS or network-attached storage is another type of centralised data storage. NAS systems are networked appliances containing storage drives. Benefits include faster data access, easier administration and simple configuration. NAS systems are easier to expand than SAN but provide less performance. NAS systems fit well in situations where customers have massive storage needs (or expect to in the future.) These are applications with lots of cameras and a need to retain high-frame-rate video for 180 days or longer. Typical uses include sports arenas, large cities, universities, corporate campuses and airports. Immediate access to video Highly available systems, such as SAN or NAS, are needed in any regulated industry. For example, in the cannabis grower market, an end user might need immediate access to video to show a compliance regulator. Gaming is another market in which immediate access to video is critical, and, for example, if a video system goes down at a table game, the gaming has to shut down, which is an expensive prospect to the casino. Therefore, reliability is critical. Video’s benefits beyond safety and security can also help to justify the costs of more expensive system Importance of video in risk mitigation In some instances, video is used primarily to manage risk, for example in litigation (or to avoid litigation) in a slip-and-fall claim or other court action. This is referred to as Loss Prevention. The ability to save thousands of dollars (or millions) by averting an expensive legal verdict can go a long way toward justifying the costs of systems. Video’s benefits beyond safety and security, such as for marketing and business analytics, can also help to justify the costs of more expensive systems. Identifying the right video server equipment Offering a variety of choices, and adapting those systems to specific applications, ensures customer satisfaction “A tradeoff of cost and needed functionality is at the center of decisions when buying server systems for video applications,” says Tom Larson, Chief Technology Officer, BCDVideo. “Identifying specifically what the customer needs from the system, and how important it is to meet those needs, points to the right choice in video server equipment. "Various technologies have advantages and some downsides, and it is the customer’s need for those advantages (and tolerance for the downsides) that determines which server equipment is right for the job.” Offering a variety of choices, and adapting those systems to specific applications, ensures customer satisfaction. The systems builder can help integrators analyse the site and project requirements and translate those into the right equipment and networking choices. What does the customer need and how much are they willing to pay for it? The real determination is “how important is the video?”
One factor aggravating concerns about workplace violence in corporate America is the easy availability of firearms. In many states, citizens, including employees, have the right to carry firearms onto a company’s property even though firearms are prohibited in the workplace. In effect, an employee prone to violence may have a firearm as near as their vehicle in the company parking lot. Currently, 23 states in the U.S. have so-called “parking lot storage” laws, which enable employees to store firearms in their vehicle’s trunk or glove box despite any corporate ban on weaponry. The laws have evolved as an expression of the Second Amendment “Right to Bear Arms” in the last decade or so. There is some variance in the laws from state to state, but they generally allow a citizen to carry a gun to and from work and keep it stored out of sight in their vehicle. Global Security Exchange (GSX) is the new branding for ASIS International’s annual conference and trade show Employee Second Amendment rights “The laws contend that employees should not have to give up their Second Amendment rights between home and the workplace and should be able to have a gun with them for protection from their front door at home to the front door of the workplace,” says Eddie Sorrells, Chief Operating Office/General Council of DSI Security Services. Sorrells will speak about the current state of the laws, how they came about, the nuances of state-to-state differences, and the possible impact on overall corporate security in a session titled “Employees Who Carry: Preventing Workplace Violence” at the upcoming GSX conference in Las Vegas, 23rd - 27th September. Global Security Exchange (GSX) is the new branding for ASIS International’s annual conference and trade show, attended by more than 22,000 security professionals from 100-plus countries. Sorrells’ session will be Sept. 24 from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Restrictions on gun visibility Employees may think the “right to carry” extends to the workplace, but the right only extends to the parking lot. The company still has the right to ban guns inside the premises. However, it is unlawful in some states for companies to search vehicles in parking lots, and companies who do so are violating the law, says Sorrells. Among the various state laws, some exempt public education institutions and other public venues. Depending on how the laws are written, there may be other exemptions, too. In Florida, for example, the law exempts any organisations that have explosives on site. With weapons on a company's property, a high-risk termination could potentially become violent Most laws require weapons to be stored securely out of sight. However, in Alabama, for example, it is legal to store validly permitted guns in full view during hunting season, Sorrells says. A resident of Alabama himself, Sorrells has been in the contract security business for 27 years, working mostly in multi-state operations. He has worked for 500 or so corporate security organisations throughout the country and is a practicing attorney who has studied issues of workplace violence and active shooters. “There is a political element to these laws, which were created with the goal of protecting Second Amendment rights,” says Sorrells, who says he sees arguments on both sides of the issue. However, political opinions aside, “if you’re a business owner, you have to contend with dozens of weapons on a company’s property,” he adds. “That could be an issue if a high-risk termination could potentially become violent. You have to assume there is a weapon in that person’s vehicle.” Sorrells' session will dive into the case law and illuminate some of the legal issues and how courts have addressed them GSX education program After the session, Sorrells hopes attendees will take away a good working knowledge of the state of the laws, how to comply with the laws, and issues such as posting of signs. The session will dive into the case law and illuminate some of the legal issues and how courts have addressed them. The timely session is an example of the valuable information attendees can gain by attending GSX. Sorrells has been attending the yearly ASIS International Conference and Exhibits for more than 20 years, at least since the mid-1990s. As the pre-eminent security organisation around the world, ASIS International provides unrivalled educational and networking opportunities at the yearly conference, he says. “There is a vast amount of networking and educational offerings on a wide variety of topics, including technology, legal issues, risk management, workplace violence, consulting, and anything under the sun,” says Sorrells. The newly branded GSX education program is led by subject matter experts from ASIS International, InfraGard (a public-private partnership between U.S. businesses and the Federal Bureau of Investigation), and ISSA (Information Systems Security Association). Sessions will deliver valuable, actionable takeaways to help attendees shape their security strategies. There will also be an exhibition of 550-plus suppliers and manufacturers highlighting the latest security solutions.
Boon Edam Inc., a global provider of security entrances and architectural revolving doors, announced that a recently renovated office space in Glasgow, Scotland, 191 West George Street, has installed Lifeline Speedlane Swing optical turnstiles for increased physical security and uncompromising aesthetics. A rising trend in the United Kingdom is the renovation of older office spaces. With a continuously growing workforce, cities across the country are transforming corporate offices into multi-level spaces with increased aesthetics. In keeping with this trend, the office space at 191 West George Street recently underwent a renovation. Revamped with space and simplicity in mind, the building’s atrium stands out due to its high-quality materials, including the sleek, Lifeline Speedlane Swing optical turnstiles used to control access to all occupants and visitors. Optical turnstiles integrated with access control The requirements were for an optical turnstile solution that could integrate with access control and had the versatility to control a large number of visitorsThe lead architect renovating 191 West George Street was Michael Laird Associates – a firm that flourishes in adaptable yet luxurious designs. Working directly with the architects, owners of the office space underwent a simple product selection process regarding security. The requirements were for an optical turnstile solution that could integrate with access control and had the versatility to control a large number of visitors. 191 West George Street is the home of a 6-level building with 87,000 sq. ft. of usable office space. The architects wanted to keep the look and feel of the entire building, open and clean, without any columns or other impeding structures. The designers chose a stainless-steel finish for the modern and sleek cabinets of the Speedlane Swing optical turnstiles to provide a perfect accent for the neutral white and mushroom colours of the lobby. Their minimal footprint allows them to integrate seamlessly into any location without being obtrusive to user access or aesthetic design. Lobby security solution All lanes can be controlled remotely via a device called BoonTouch that gives reception control to open or close lanes at any time191 was designed to be a bustling, flexible workspace for hundreds of daily users, and as space is rented and the building starts to experience higher traffic, the four lanes of optical turnstiles will be able to handle the load. Working in collaboration with Boon Edam’s sales and specification managers, the architect had a clear idea of what they were looking for in a lobby security solution. By reviewing a number of key elements related to security, throughput, aesthetics, safety, and technology, Boon Edam was able to map out all aspects of the entry requirements prior to selection and installation. The four-lane array of Speedlane Swing optical turnstiles includes a single, wide lane at the end. Wide lanes allow large groups to pass through as well as wheelchairs, dollies and luggage. All lanes can be controlled remotely via a device called BoonTouch that gives reception control to open or close lanes at any time.
Integrity Security Group is using SmartTask’s SmartForms to gain added visibility and dramatically cut down on its administrative burden. Having adopted the employee scheduling and mobile workforce management software last year for the provision of proof of attendance, control room management and staff rostering, the company is now using its electronic data capture functionality to streamline a range of operational processes. Initially, SmartForms are being used for vacant property and mobile patrol inspections as well as daily vehicle checks, already saving more than 15 hours of admin a month. SmartTask SmartForms The SmartForms replace previous paper-based processes that were increasingly difficult to manage by the office-based admin team “We are now using the SmartTask SmartForms to help reduce administration, capture critical work data and enforce health and safety procedures,” explains James Chittil, General Manager at Integrity Security Group. “We are constantly looking at clever ways to take advantage of the software’s rich functionality, so we can continue to simplify and enhance the way we operate.” The SmartForms replace previous paper-based processes that were increasingly difficult to manage by the office-based admin team. All reporting for vacant property and mobile patrol inspections – for both scheduled patrols and alarm activations – are now completed using a SmartTask-enabled smartphone. By electronically capturing all relevant information, including photo evidence, Integrity can quickly provide customers with a status update and details of all undertaken work as well as respond to any identified issues. Vehicle checks and fleet management Meanwhile, daily vehicle checks for Integrity’s fleet of vans are now completed using a specially-developed SmartForm, so the company can instantly see if drivers are complying with this health and safety procedure. Any vehicle-related problems or damage can be raised by the driver and actioned immediately by the admin team to mitigate fleet risk. Mileage data is also captured through the software, enabling maintenance requirements to be tracked and scheduled at appropriate intervals. “The SmartForms are enabling us to dramatically reduce paperwork and remove manual processes. This is making it much simpler for both our security officers in the field and our office-based admin team to capture, collate and communicate essential operational data. This is not only helping us make better use of our valuable resources, but also enhance the service we are providing to customers,” added James Chittil. Paul Ridden, CEO of SmartTask commented: “Our experience within the security sector means we are continually developing new functionality that overcome real-world problems for our customers. This is the reason we are working in partnership with a growing number of security businesses who recognise the value they can gain and the benefits they can achieve from using the SmartTask software.” Integrity selected SmartTask to replace an outdated time and attendance system, enabling it to effectively monitor the whereabouts and welfare of staff Lone worker protection Integrity selected SmartTask to replace an outdated time and attendance system, enabling it to effectively monitor the whereabouts and welfare of staff as part of its commitment to lone worker protection. The company is also using the intelligent rostering functionality to streamline internal planning processes, while the interactive dashboard supported the launch of a dedicated, out-of-hours control room operation by providing a live view of all scheduled shifts and expected or missed check calls. SmartTask is an advanced and simple-to-use employee scheduling and mobile workforce management solution that enables security companies to better plan and manage their workers, so they are at the right place, at the right time. The cloud-based software solution combines intelligent rostering, live monitoring and integrated proof of attendance across both static and mobile teams, making it the ideal tool to improve operational control, enhance customer satisfaction, and support duty of care to staff.
In early 2016, Secom plc, a fire and security specialist, was appointed to deliver a customised high-definition video surveillance solution for a new customer, Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL). As one of the world’s leading shipping companies, MOL is listed on the Nikkei and is part of Japan’s Mitsui Group, the major multinational corporate conglomerate. MOL has been navigating the oceans since 1884. During this time, it has grown and developed to become one of the world’s largest full-line marine transport groups. It has done this by anticipating the needs of its customers and constantly innovating to meet the demands of the future global economy. As a multi-modal marine transport and logistics group, its business encompasses an extensive fleet including bulk carriers, containerships, LNG carriers, oil tankers, car carriers, ferries and domestic transport. The company employs approximately 9,600 people worldwide with key European corporate functions based in London. Easily configurable HD cameras Secom’s challenge was to design and deliver a futureproof solution combining resilience, high-quality images and ease-of-use MOL needed a comprehensive surveillance solution for new European administrative offices located within an iconic building in London’s commercial City district. Secom’s challenge was to design and deliver a futureproof solution combining resilience, high-quality images and ease-of-use. Secom prides itself in going the extra mile so it needed to design a solution with the optimal mix of hardware and software guaranteed to deliver consistently reliable performance. It also had to ensure a low total cost of ownership without the high recurring annual licence fees associated with many video management software solutions. Given the importance of usability, a key priority was to specify HD cameras that could easily be configured and operated via very simple intuitive instructions by non-experts to avoid all potential user issues and minimise the need for call-outs. The solution would also need to be integrated with MOL’s internal IT network and offer the built-in flexibility to scale and accommodate future requirements. IDIS IP cameras and VMS solution The cameras provide comprehensive visibility throughout the offices and the VMS enables easy retrieval of high-quality HD imagesThe Secom surveillance solution comprised a tailored suite of IDIS IP equipment. The solution includes 32 full high-definition (HD) flat dome cameras, a 32-channel network video recorder (NVR) and IDIS Center video management software (VMS), which is bundled as part of the package with no additional licence fees. The Secom team found the solution very straightforward to implement from an engineering perspective. For MOL, ease-of-use has been achieved with a highly intuitive and user-friendly platform that can be easily accessed by in-house personnel. The cameras provide comprehensive visibility throughout the offices and the VMS enables easy retrieval of high-quality HD images, backed by detailed reporting. The solution has given MOL the powerful, highly effective surveillance system it required.
Texas A&M University-San Antonio (A&M-SA) has become the first university in the world to deploy an Indoor Positioning Solution across its entire campus for the purpose of providing the safest possible environment. The SafeZone indoor positioning solution, provided by CriticalArc, provides the campus police with an unprecedented three-dimensional view of multi-story buildings. For example, instead of receiving an alert about ‘an incident somewhere in the student union building’, they get pinpoint specifics, such as ‘it’s on the fourth floor, west wing, outside room 410’. "With indoor positioning and SafeZone, we're able to provide a faster response time, whether it's a medical emergency or an active shooter,” says Roger Stearns, A&M-SA’s assistant chief of Police, featured in this video. The entire police department benefits from advanced features such as heat mapping and incident playback to optimise performance" Safer environment for students The university’s Chief of Police Ron Davidson wanted to innovate with this full-coverage system because the campus was expanding, including a newly completed residence hall, which meant having students around the clock for the first time in A&M-SA’s history. He was committed to ensuring a safer environment for students, staff and visitors. In addition, Chief Davidson was in search of a common operating view that would provide the Emergency Operations Center and all officers on patrol a real-time location of all available officers and volunteers, as well as showing the location of all incidents ̶ essential for coordinating first responders and the Campus Community Emergency Response Team (CCERT). Heat mapping and incident playback “SafeZone is essential technology to position your organisation on the cutting edge of campus law enforcement. The real-time common operating view both enhances officer safety and acts a force multiplier. Plus, the entire police department benefits from advanced features such as heat mapping and incident playback to optimise performance,” Davidson said. Texas A&M-San Antonio has adopted the indoor positioning solution as a standard and will deploy it in all future buildings on campus. The solution is fully supported by the University’s Information Technology department and has been assessed for additional applications to enhance the student experience including wayfinding and research by academics in the newly completed Science and Technology building. Easy to maintain wireless installation The process to get the SafeZone indoor positioning solution deployed is a simple one, as it’s a wireless installation and easy to maintain"SafeZone was easy to deliver with no disruption to the campus. It was deployed in a matter of weeks during the summer break. “The process to get the SafeZone indoor positioning solution deployed is a simple one, as it’s a wireless installation and easy to maintain,” added Stearns. Organisations can install wireless, wearable duress alarms able to pinpoint anyone anywhere on campus as an alternative to fixed, expensive, wired panic alarms. Among other capabilities, SafeZone allows users to get the most rapid help simply by activating an alert, using an app or a wearable duress alarm. As soon as the alert is triggered, the location and details of the user are streamed to the monitoring team, allowing officers to coordinate a smarter, more targeted response. By enabling responders to visualise the precise location of an incident, anywhere on campus, SafeZone is much more powerful than traditional, fixed panic alarms and blue light telephones, which are more expensive to install and less accurate in operation. SafeZone public safety solution Glenn Farrant, Chief Executive Officer, CriticalArc, notes; “I’m delighted by the close partnership between A&M-SA and CriticalArc resulting in this ground-breaking implementation of the SafeZone public safety solution. Chief Davidson and his team are at the forefront of using this technology and we are pleased to be helping them improve the quality of life, and the learning experience, for everyone on their campus.” The SafeZone indoor positioning solution is commercially available worldwide for a range of university, hospital, enterprise and finance applications and is being deployed in more than 80 countries worldwide.
Jutting up to a height of 126 meters, the 36-story Prime Tower is Zurich’s tallest building and number two in Switzerland. Its 40,000 square meters of floor space can accommodate more than 2,000 workplaces. It is striking with its futuristic architecture and dark green reflective exterior. The tower’s impressive details include a 10-meter-high entrance hall and the CLOUDS bar and restaurant on the top floor boasting an unmatched view far out across the surrounding landscape. Bosch networked security solution The operator relies on Bosch to keep the building safe and secure. And to meet the Prime Tower’s unique requirements, the company’s experts recently implemented a modernisation project. One of the new system’s technical highlights is a combination of electronic and biometric access control. “Our owner, the firm of Swiss Prime Site Immobilien AG, attaches great importance to monitoring who exactly is inside the building at all times,” explained Annika Hammes, who heads the trustee department at Wincasa, a building services outfit that was contracted to design and execute the solution. Electronic and biometric access control Error-free biometric identification is accomplished by reading the vein patterns on the backs of people’s hands Error-free biometric identification is accomplished by reading the vein patterns on the backs of people’s hands. This is done contactlessly for very easy, comfortable use. A total of 120 hand vein readers have been installed in the building and connected to the controllers of the eight elevators. Once employees and guests have been biometrically registered, they board lifts that automatically take them to the right floors. Encrypted ID cards are used to access the rental units, thereby making sure that people can only enter zones for which they have been authorised. All relevant security information is collected in a management system so that the responsible employees always have everything in view and can respond quickly when there is a need. Bosch handled everything for this project: advising the client, and then planning and implementing the system. The modifications were made without interrupting use of the building, which was a major challenge not only for the project team, which therefore had to work very swiftly, but also for the tenants themselves. “This called for very close cooperation between the Bosch team and the mixed-use site management (MUSM) team of Wincasa AG, which met the requirements for continued building use while the work was ongoing,” explained Hammes.
Living in the era of global village, everything is rapid change. To keep up with the pace, the large-scale enterprises need to take every movement of branches in control, ensuring every policy has delivered well. HQ-Branch management, including central control, alarm synchronisation, data retention and protection is becoming a great important challenge to enterprises nowadays. Without integrating lots of systems and management tools, Surveon HQ-Branch security solutions provide VMS with easy remote deployment, advanced VA for alerts and post events search, storage with large capacities for 365-day recording, and local /remote replication through NAS or ISCSI, supporting headquarters (HQ) to easily manage all branches. Surveon Control Center and Enterprise NVRs Surveon Control Center provides enterprises with an easy remote deploymentUnlimited number of cameras, users, NVRs, and monitors are supported in one domain architecture, Surveon Control Center (SCC), which provides enterprises with an easy remote deployment. Its monitor wall can be set up with any combination of camera views, making HQ can be easier awarded every branch's movements. Surveon NVR embedded 12 Video Analytics which can identify and initiate alerts for various user-defined events, offering effective monitoring, detections, alerts, and responses to events for enterprises. For example, intrusion detection can prevent uninvited people from entering the sensitive areas. Moreover, the advanced Post VA Search provides enterprises an efficient tool to quickly identify useful information and relative footage from hundreds of hours of video recording, reducing the time and efforts of HQ security manager, making HQ-branch surveillance system more efficient. Data retention and storage Surveon Enterprise NVRs provide large capacities for 365-day non-stopping recordingThe data retention of recorded videos and the system which can support hundreds of camera records are of great importance to the planning of enterprise surveillance. Surveon Enterprise NVRs provide large capacities for 365-day non-stopping recording, fulfilling the long-time storage requirements from enterprises. Surveon NVR supports remote replication through NAS or ISCSI. Enterprise can keep 1st copy in local branch and 2nd copy in remote HQ. If the source data fails due to system malfunctions or disasters, enterprise can leverage the remote copy to restart services in a few minutes. Software integration Agribank, the largest commercial bank in Vietnam, and House Green, a home improvement retail chain in Taiwan, has adopted Surveon HQ-branch solutions. “Different from PC-based NVR solutions, Surveon adopts a system design fully customised for surveillance applications. This offers higher value for SIs, including advanced levels of integration and stability.” said the Sales Director of Surveon partner in Vietnam.
Round table discussion
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?
In today’s global economy, goods are manufactured all over the world and shipped to customers thousands of miles away. Where goods are manufactured thus becomes a mere detail. However, in the case of “Made in China”, the location of a manufacturer has become more high-profile and possibly more urgent. The U.S. government recently banned the use in government installations of video system components from two Chinese manufacturers, presumably because of cybersecurity concerns. A simmering trade war between China and the United States also emphasises other concerns related to Chinese manufacturing. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: Should "Made in China" be seen as a negative in the video surveillance marketplace? Why or why not?
Cloud computing has been around since the turn of the millennium. Over the years, the concept of storing and accessing programs over the Internet (instead of using an on-premises computer system) has grown in almost every realm of business. Some might say the physical security industry has come late to the party, delayed in some instances by (misguided?) concerns about cybersecurity of cloud systems. The bandwidth needed to transfer video to the cloud has also been a challenge. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What features of Cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) are the most valuable to the average user?