The Bird Home Automation Group, manufacturer of DoorBird IP video intercoms, and the PropTech company KIWI.KI GmbH announced their collaboration today. The DoorBird D301, the IP Upgrade for analog door intercoms, is now compatible with the KIWI locking system.
Analogue to app-based door intercoms
The companies have partnered to create an integration solution ideal for businesses requiring the ability to access clients’ residences to perform contracted services. Businesses providing home and elder care as well as cleaning and grounds keeping services can now flexibly manage and open authorised doors using the KIWI keyless access control platform.
The DoorBird D301 enables tenants in apartment buildings to convert their existing analogue door intercoms into app-based, smart door intercoms. When a visitor rings at the entrance door, the user receives a push notification on their smart device. The user can then speak with the visitor and open the house or apartment door using the DoorBird App. This allows for secure keyless access to the entrance area of the apartment building and, optionally, to the apartment.
The KIWI transponder, app, and portal allow users to open doors and manage access privileges digitally
Digital locking system
With KIWI doors can also be opened keylessly. The PropTech (Property Technology) company offers a digital locking system for doors of apartment buildings. The KIWI transponder, app, and portal allow users to open doors and manage access privileges digitally. This way, KIWI digitises key management for the housing industry and, moreover, serves as a platform for services that require access to buildings and apartments, such as parcel services or garbage collection companies.
IP door intercoms
“The integration of DoorBird into the KIWI platform benefits businesses providing home and elder care in particular, as they can now manage and open house and apartment doors easily. This new branch of business strengthens our market position as the leading manufacturer of IP door intercoms and smart upgrades for analog doorbells with the widest variety of compatibility options,” says Sascha Keller, CEO of the Bird Home Automation Group.
“With DoorBird we can expand our product portfolio, offering our customers even more flexible use of KIWI. We are especially pleased that DoorBird is a technology company based in Berlin, just like KIWI,” says KIWI co-founder and Executive Director Claudia Nagel explaining her reasons for the cooperation.
The cloud is an enabling technology that brings new opportunity to security dealers and integrators and a way to provide popular services to customers in every market vertical. A seamless integration between Bosch B and G Series Control Panels and Connect ONE by Connected Technologies LLC makes it simple for dealers to add intrusion detection and access control services from a single panel while using one interface to manage every customer.
Bosch-Connected Tech integration
“We’re excited to be working with Connected Technologies to offer this service to our dealers, whose feedback has been extremely positive as they continue to add customers,” said Tom Mechler, Regional Marketing Manager for Bosch. “This integration provides a complete intrusion and access control service along with mobile credentialing.”
Mike Simon, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Connected Technologies said Connect ONE enhances the Bosch panels, which are great platforms for dealers to offer value add services and increase their monthly recurring revenue streams.
The integration between Bosch panels and Connect ONE allows dealers to customise services that meet their business goals and customer’s needs"
Bosch Panels and Connect ONE
“The integration between Bosch panels and Connect ONE allows dealers to customise services that meet their business goals and customer’s needs—from residential to both small and large commercial projects,” said Simon. “It’s a complete, robust platform for intrusion and access control, with no need for a separate access control panel or hardware. Given the industry’s ongoing challenge in finding skilled technicians, it also allows dealers to standardise with Bosch panels, which is extremely important for training and inventory control.”
Remote Connect Cloud Service
Connect ONE also works in conjunction with the Remote Connect Cloud Service from Bosch, offering cloud-based connectivity to its B and G Series intrusion panels for remote programming and end-user app connectivity. This capability makes it easier to connect and program control panels without extensive IT experience or dedicated IT personnel. Remote Connect Cloud Service eliminates the need to change customer router settings, incoming firewall rules or use Domain Name Service (DNS) to access the systems remotely.
Connect One customers can easily add and delete codes and multiple locations can be seamlessly managed, viewed and controlled all simultaneously on one screen.
Senstar announced that Senstar Symphony (formerly Aimetis Symphony) has received Lenel factory certification and joined the Lenel OpenAccess Alliance Program (OAAP). Senstar Symphony interfaces with the OnGuard access control system, providing customers with an enhanced platform for security monitoring.
Access control verification
“Senstar has completed required factory testing at Lenel to validate the functionality of its interface to the OnGuard system. Symphony allows users to verify access control events directly through the operator client,” said John Marchioli, OAAP product management, Lenel. “We look forward to their continued involvement in the Lenel OpenAccess Alliance Program.”
“Users can easily video-verify their OnGuard access control events inside Symphony, allowing them to use one interface for all of their security monitoring,” said Justin Schorn, vice-president, product management at Senstar.
Symphony is a software platform that allows control of an entire video surveillance system from one central location. Users can connect and configure cameras, monitor open spaces, utilise video analytics and use centralised cloud management for multi-site deployments.
Senstar acquired Aimetis, the creator of Symphony, in April 2016. Since that time, the two companies have worked in parallel to continue to provide advanced perimeter intrusion detection systems, video management systems and analytics solutions. Over the coming months, Senstar and Aimetis will become one company, resulting in reduced complexity, improved performance and unified support.
Vanderbilt, a global provider of state-of-the-art security systems, announced that it would showcase the latest version of ACT Enterprise at Security Essen 2018.
Along with demonstrations of the access control software solution, visitors to Security Essen can explore the full range of products that Vanderbilt has to offer at Stand 6D90, with a significant focus on increased integration within the company’s products and with third-party systems.
The latest ACT Enterprise features, which include integration with Vanderbilt’s award-winning SPC intrusion system, a rules mapping engine, and a smartphone app, were previewed at the IFSEC tradeshow in London in June and received a wave of positive feedback from visitors to the show.
Apple & Android compatible
“Our ACT Enterprise Apple and Android compatible apps mean real-time monitoring, user management and administration from your smartphone. You can enable and disable alarms, lock and unlock doors, authorise users and check who’s in and who’s out – wherever you are. Security has never been more convenient, and you’ve never been more in control,” states Andrew Fulton, Head of Access Control Product Line at Vanderbilt.
The use of rules mapping simplifies the implementation of more complex events/alarms and associated actions for the installer/integrator"
ACT Enterprise’s rules mapping
One of the key features is the ease-of-use and simplicity of ACT Enterprise’s rules mapping to enable advanced configurations of various system inputs and outputs across the access control system, as well as integrated video and intruder elements of an integrated system.
“The use of rules mapping simplifies the implementation of more complex events/alarms and associated actions for the installer/integrator, by permitting the creation of logical relationships between system elements via a drag-and-drop interface. For the end user, the addition of rules mapping ensures that system interactions can be seamlessly introduced on a system-wide basis, thus enabling a higher level of added value to be realised, both for security and business-based functionalities,” outlines Michael Moyna, Technical Product Marketing Manager at Vanderbilt.
Assa Abloy Aperio integration
Integration will continue to be a priority, with a significant focus being placed on technology partnerships that enhance Vanderbilt's functionality and reach in the market. On top of ACT Enterprise's integration with SPC, the solution now integrates with Assa Abloy Aperio wireless components as well. In addition, the much-touted SPC-Milestone plugin will be on display.
This plugin enables users to control SPC from within the Milestone system. The plugin is aimed at improving the customer experience by providing a bi-directional communication strategy with the enhancement of a robust surveillance solution in line with the ethos of “the customer first." The SPC Milestone plugin features options such as filters for event transmissions, remote interaction based on customisable command profile, while ATS/ATP logs offer transparent communication.Vanderbilt’s newly released SPC Wireless devices, which include detectors, panic buttons, fobs, and a transceiver, will also be on show at Security Essen
SPC Wireless security devices
Vanderbilt’s newly released SPC Wireless devices, which include detectors, panic buttons, fobs, and a transceiver, will also be on show at Security Essen. The devices are discreet and tasteful in design with sleek and modern lines to complement the interior styles of many environments, such as retail stores and apartment buildings. This range of products was designed in response to growing consumer IoT trends, and as a result, presents a significant revenue opportunity for installers in boosting their SPC portfolio offering.
“Installsation for Vanderbilt's SPC Wireless devices were designed to be hassle-free. In contrast, a wired solution can take, at a minimum, a day’s work fitting cable. By reducing time on site, Vanderbilt’s SPC Wireless can enable installers to get more work done elsewhere, essentially meaning more profits from more jobs,” explains Ross Wilks, Head of Marketing Communications at Vanderbilt.
Vanderbilt will also be sharing its expertise in Software-as-a-Service solutions, with “how-to” demonstrations on ways that installers can get the most out of the company’s award-winning solutions, ACT365 and SPC Connect.
Varsity Management is an innovative education system focused on learning and leadership. Varsity offers well-designed courses plans that are in sync with the state and national board curricula. Based on the re-engineered learning patterns, these plans help teachers provide multisensory learning and develop social and thinking skills in students. Varsity Management is empowering 3,85,000+ students annually with its presence across 465+ schools, PAN India.
Recording accurate attendance data
The main requirement of the organisation was to bring its time-attendance under the same network umbrella. Varsity Management Pvt Ltd wanted to manage time-attendance of more than 15,000 employees at 100+ locations across India. Initially, they were using traditional methods for attendance marking. As a result, they were facing many problems in maintaining records of the same. Hence, they required an efficient system for maintaining and recording accurate attendance data of staff members. They required a biometric hardware solution that could precisely capture employees’ attendance. Moreover, they needed instant SMS notifications for certain events like missing in/out punch, attendance summary, etc.
Matrix meticulously studied the needs of Varsity Management along with its regional partner Vigilant Technologies
Time-attendance management solution
Matrix meticulously studied the needs of the institute along with its regional partner Vigilant Technologies. Having discussed in depth with Varsity’s team, Matrix offered its comprehensive Time-Attendance solution for managing and tracking staff movement from a single place.
Matrix has installed 130 COSEC DOOR FOT V3 biometric time-attendance terminals at 100 locations across India. HR/Admin could easily track attendance of all employees and generate different types of reports for timely salary payment. Now users are updated instantly on different events like missing in/out punch, attendance summary, etc. when it occurs.
Benefits of biometric time-attendance terminal
Centralised Monitoring and Control
Efficient Time-Attendance Management
Quick and Easy Salary Calculations
As one of the largest IT companies in Scandinavia, EVRY provides comprehensive computing, IT consulting, and business solutions to Nordic companies, financial institutions, public sector entities, and health authorities. While security at EVRY facilities is paramount, so is maintaining a leadership brand and accommodating a high flow of staff and visitors.
Boon Edam security doors
Entrances of EVRY facilities must provide a high level of security given the value and sensitivity of the work they do, as well as the presence of clients’ intellectual property and other data. Management was looking for entry designs that would not only provide a secure entry way, but would also display excellence in design, innovation and quality – elevating and supporting the overall perception of the firm for both staff and visitors.
The EVRY security team quickly zeroed in on Boon Edam as a premium entrance provider. When they heard that many Boon Edam entrances could be customised to meet aesthetic objectives or to match desired colors and finishes, they were compelled to come and see the samples in person.
Bravida system integrator Bravida, the system integrator who installed the Lifeline Speedlane Swing speed gates integrated them with cutting-edge access control technology
Bravida, the system integrator who installed the Lifeline Speedlane Swing speed gates integrated them with cutting-edge access control technology that communicated with security personnel. The combination of this physical and technological access control delivered a highly effective solution that met EVRY’s needs for both staff and visitor access control.
“The reception area of an IT company like EVRY was an ideal application for the Lifeline Swing speed gates,” explains Daan Van Beusekom, Product Manager Security Access, Royal Boon Edam. “The sleek, high-tech design of the turnstiles support EVRY’s brand positioning, and they provide a high-throughput, secure solution that meet EVRY’s demanding access requirements. The turnstiles also integrate with leading access control systems, making it easy to tie them in with EVRY’s existing security strategies and systems.”
Lifeline Speedlane Swing speed gates
The Lifeline Speedlane Swing speed gates are available in a wide selection of dimensional and glass choices to support a range of needs, such as higher security levels or disabled access. It features a slim form factor that creates an almost invisible gateway – instantly conveying an impression of sleek design that is reinforced by futuristic light pulses that guide user actions. Available in a range of colors and finishes, it can be customised to blend in or stand out, depending on the need for the installation.
Evolution has an established reputation for excellence having worked on many high-profile projects, designing, specifying, integrating and maintaining systems in some of the most demanding environments. Some of these projects have specified Third Millennium readers. Its brief was to deliver a solution that not only provided the highest levels of security, but also served to showcase Third Millennium readers and their capabilities in the best possible light.
Two cameras monitor the front and rear entry points, with access controlled by four Third Millennium RX Series RFID readers
Security management system
Peter Jones, Managing Director of Third Millennium, chose Evolution both for its proven technical prowess, and its reputation for working in highly sensitive areas: “We have been operating for some 20 years, and due to the nature of the business we have always been relatively covert,” he explains. “You won’t find our name emblazoned on the building, in fact we are situated in a business centre, in a multi-tenanted building. Our part of it has always been secure but it was time to upgrade to a higher level of security.”
Evolution devised a solution based on the S2 NetBox VR Quatro, a security management system which allows all access control, event monitoring and video surveillance to be managed through a single, user-friendly browser interface. Key personnel can therefore quickly and easily manage who comes in/out of the premises, with a full audit trail. Two cameras monitor the front and rear entry points, with access controlled by four Third Millennium RX Series RFID readers.
Third Millennium employees can choose a traditional Third Millennium card, whilst others are using an app on their mobile phone or their smart watch
Evolution RX Series range
The RX Series is a range of readers that combine sophisticated technology with clear aesthetic appeal, available as a gloss finish polycarbonate/ABS in either black or white. A subtle feature of the reader is the shadow line backplate, a simple design mechanism which offsets the reader a few millimetres from the mounting surface, making the unit appear to ‘float’ against the wall.
Being Bluetooth-enabled readers, Third Millennium employees can choose what type of pass they use. Some are opting for a ‘traditional’ Third Millennium card, whilst others are using an app on their mobile phone or their smart watch.
Standalone IP system
Having specified Third Millennium readers on many occasions, Evolution knows the technology well, including its integration capabilities. John Wust, Joint Managing Director at Evolution, says that they also understood their client’s need to keep the existing IT infrastructure separate: “We centred the solution around the S2’s Quatro since it can be deployed as a standalone IP system that does not require software or client licences, ideal for this kind of site. Keeping it separate from the IT system was also something that the Third Millennium team wanted.”
With a single box design, which minimises installation and maintenance costs, and with a licence for up to four cameras, the system has proven both being flexible and economical.
Wind farms produced a record 15% of Britain’s electricity last year, equating to more than twice the output from coal. There is no question that wind-generated electricity, which is non-polluting and renewable, is steadily gaining ground. Renvico is one of the major European players within this market, and has recently opted for the latest generation of electronic access control to secure its growing wind farm business.
Renvico’s wind farms are geographically dispersed in remote locations, meaning wind turbines and their substructures are often exposed to the elements, including extreme weather, from freezing and frost conditions to humidity and direct sunlight. It is therefore essential to have a robust access control solution, which is able to cope with climatic conditions and meets the demanding security requirements of an isolated site.
The rising numbers of subcontractors in this sector increases this risk, making monitoring and controlling access points more prevalent than ever in order to guarantee the quality of the services provided
Reliable access control to wind turbines
The key challenge that affects security in this industry is that sites are often located a considerable distance from one another, and therefore ensuring that sites are secure while also providing enhanced access control is essential. The rising numbers of subcontractors in this sector increases this risk, making monitoring and controlling access points more prevalent than ever in order to guarantee the quality of the services provided.
In fact, as Olivier Rouchouze, maintenance and operation manager at Renvico France, explains, this activity requires fool-proof security at sites and reliable control of access to wind turbines: "Some companies intervening on our wind farms have a mission, which is limited in time or space. For example, a technical inspector will be granted access to all our equipment, but only for a short period of time, corresponding to a specific assignment, while someone doing maintenance on a wind farm will have access for a longer period, but only to the equipment at the facility in question.
Granting access from centralised platform
“The system developed by LOCKEN allows us to give each intervening party personalised access for a fixed period, thanks to a unique key per user for all the equipment in our estate. In addition, access to these 100-metre-tall installations, which host high-voltage equipment, requires an authorisation for work at height and electrical interventions. Allocated in real time from a centralised platform, access rights are only granted by Renvico to people with up-to-date authorisations."
Renvico opted for the latest generation of LOCKEN electronic keys, which combine the features of state-of-the-art electronics with a mechanical component.
With the LOCKEN solution, once the necessary authorisations have been loaded, a single key per operator allows access to clearly defined equipment, whether wind turbines or substructures"
Replacing bunch of keys with a single key
“This spells the end for bunches of keys, which are tricky or even uncertain to manage, and which could end up stalling the work of personnel. The same goes for the problem of lost keys, which required us to take costly measures to ensure the highest levels of security,” says Olivier Rouchouze.
“With the LOCKEN solution, once the necessary authorisations have been loaded, a single key per operator allows access to clearly defined equipment, whether wind turbines or substructures, operated by Renvico. The key provides the energy needed to open the cylinders, which therefore do not require any electrical cabling. This feature ensures access to machines even when the power grid is faulty.”
LOCKEN's mechatronic solution
The electronic key with a mechanical component, termed mechatronic, chosen by Renvico, also has a Bluetooth module: the opening authorisation is transmitted to the key by the user's smartphone thanks to the MyLocken application.
LOCKEN's mechatronic solution combines two key features: the robustness of the key, brought by its mechanical keyprint, as well as its state-of-the-art, contactless transmission, and the flexibility of its use for the security manager, since the authorisations are fully adjustable via the LOCKEN Smart Access software program, which is adapted to the needs of each customer.
Five wind farms, each with 5 to 16 wind turbines, are already equipped. Renvico plans to roll the solution out to a further 13 wind farms in the coming weeks.
The reviews are in, and ISC West was another hit. Brisk attendance and a comprehensive lineup of the industry’s top companies and products contributed to another successful show for Reed Exhibitions. Our Expert Panel Roundtable, who have attended many such events, added their own reflections to the industry’s post-ISC glow. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How successful was ISC West 2018 for security industry exhibitors and visitors?
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?
How much does a security system cost? We all know that total costs associated with systems are substantially higher than the “price tag.” There are many elements, tangible and intangible, that contribute to the costs of owning and operating a system. Taking a broad view and finding ways to measure these additional costs enables integrators and users to get the most value from a system at the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO). However, measuring TCO can be easier said than done. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable to share the benefit of their collective expertise on the subject. Specifically, we asked: How should integrators and/or end users measure total cost of ownership (TCO) when quantifying the value of security systems?