Gates & Fencing
Tamworth-based trade association, DHF (Door & Hardware Federation), has, this week, launched its CSCS-approved card partner scheme in collaboration with the Automatic Door Suppliers Association (ADSA). The DHF CSCS card provision is for those who work with industrial doors, domestic garage doors, automated gates & traffic barriers and metal or timber doors. CSCS cards for construction workers “Whilst not a legislative requirement, CSCS cards are supported by the government and pr...
Growing up, I was surrounded by the military way of life as my father was a Captain in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and my grandfather and uncles all served in the military. Even from a young age, I knew I was going to serve our country. My 22-year career in the military includes serving in the United States Air Force, the California Air National Guard and as a reservist assigned to an active-duty Air Force unit. Training and development operations Over the course of my military c...
Today, the world is connected like never before. Your watch is connected to your phone, which is connected to your tablet and so on. As we’ve begun to embrace this ‘smart’ lifestyle, what we’re really embracing is the integration of systems. Why do we connect our devices? The simplest answer is that it makes life easier. But, if that’s the case, why stop at our own personal devices? Connection, when applied to a business’ operations, is no different: it lowe...
Nexkey, an end-to-end provider of mobile access control solutions, today announced that it has raised a $6 million Series A round led by Upfront Ventures. Manu Kumar’s K9 Ventures, Mark IV Capital and Anand Chandrasekaran, former Head of Platform for Messenger at Facebook also participated in the round. Secure, cloud-connected app Nexkey’s secure, cloud-connected app turns any smartphone into a digital key, allowing businesses to do away with cumbersome keycards, fobs, and metal ke...
Global threat detection and security technologies company, Smiths Detection is showcasing for the first time an integrated checkpoint solution at inter airport Europe 2019, which harnesses biometric technology to enable risk-based screening practices. With air passenger growth predicted to double by 2037, the aviation industry will be challenged to support this capacity growth whilst providing operational efficiencies and meeting shifting passenger expectations of the airport experience. To cop...
Security and Safety Things GmbH demonstrated their open IoT platform for video surveillance cameras at GSX in Chicago in September, showcasing real world examples of the Security and Safety Things camera operating system and global IoT marketplace in preparation for worldwide launch early next year. The Security and Safety Things OS, the world’s first open and standardised operating system for surveillance cameras, has a growing list of manufacturer partners who have adopted the OS for us...
Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) has announced that its automated gate safety campaign, Gate Safety Week, has become Gate Safety Month. The Tamworth-based trade association launched the initiative in 2014; since then, the campaign has received increasing national attention and the support of some of the most influential organisations in the security, enforcement, inspection, education and safety sectors, such as HSE and The British Safety Council. “Such is the profile of Gate Safety Week, that despite already having a year-round presence, it seemed entirely natural to extend the focused campaign from just one week in October, to the entire month,” explain DHF’s Commercial Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens. “In support of this, DHF is offering a £35 discount on the one-day Level Two Award in Automated Gate & Traffic Barrier Safety training courses (both accredited and non-accredited), taking place during the safety awareness month. These fall on 17th October in Barnsley, and 22nd October in Tamworth.” Ideal for installers The course is to educate public on the dangers of poorly installed powered gates The courses, ideal for installers and maintenance engineers of automated gates and traffic barriers, will provide delegates with knowledge on the safety standards and legal practices in their industry. DHF’s continuing commitment to tackling the thorny issue of gate safety has shone a much-needed spotlight on unsafe automated gates and raised awareness of what proper installation and maintenance should look like, in addition to how to prevent accidents. In 2019, its objectives remain unchanged: to educate and inform professional installers, industry contacts and the general public on the dangers centred around poorly installed and maintained powered gates, in addition to how to report an unsafe gate and what to look for. Reducing safety risks associated with automated gates “When Gate Safety Week started in 2014, it was estimated that more than 70% of the 500,000 automated gates in service in the UK were deemed unfit for use, but as a result of our efforts, significant progress has been made, such as the launch of the industry code of practice, DHF TS 011:2016.” says Patricia. The code, which was updated in 2019, was created to reduce the safety risks associated with automated gates and traffic barriers to as low as is reasonably practicable and was created after discussions with HSE (Health and Safety Executive). DHF’s Gate Safety Week campaign has continued to gain real traction since 2014 and we’re delighted to extend this to Gate Safety Month; through our training programmes, technical specifications, and collaborative working, we have seen an encouraging improvement in the quality of gate installations as well as the knowledge of installers in the UK," concludes Patricia. "We will continue to work extremely hard to ensure that the risk of injury, or death, caused by automated gates is eliminated.”
In a world where many electronic access systems offer greater convenience and flexibility than mechanical keys, what can really make the difference? Instead of being tied to mains electricity, what if one could carry the power with them? With a CLIQ wireless access control system, a battery inside each key powers all electromechanical CLIQ cylinders and padlocks. Authorised key-holders carry a single battery-powered key programmed with only their pre-defined access permissions. Keeping the solution’s power source independent of the locks and padlocks makes CLIQ management and operation more efficient. No need of cabling or electrical wiring Keys have a typical battery life of 5 years. When it is time to change the battery, anyone can do it. No expert needed, and no need to visit all CLIQ locks to reprogram or check their power. With CLIQ, all the power one needs is in their key. Because CLIQ devices are wireless and battery-powered, one does not need cabling around the doorCLIQ locks have other advantages, too. Because CLIQ devices are wireless and battery-powered, one does not need cabling around the door. There is no need for any invasive electrical wiring when one installs CLIQ key access control. And thanks to CLIQ’s menu of software options, one can decide how to manage users’ access rights. CLIQ Local Manager can administer their system via a local software installation; the CLIQ Web Manager runs securely in the cloud. ASSA ABLOY also offers a convenient Software as a Service solution option with round-the-clock support, maintenance and incident reporting as standard, and Service Level Agreements delivering data redundancy and up to 99.5% availability. eCLIQ wireless access system A fully electronic addition to the CLIQ portfolio, the eCLIQ wireless access system is built around secure microelectronics with AES encryption. Robust and durable, eCLIQ electronic cylinders are available for doors, cabinets, lifts, alarm boxes, machines and entrance gates. An integrated lubricant reservoir ensures they remain maintenance-free for up to 200,000 cycles. “This evolution of our award-winning CLIQ technology is already protecting businesses and public services across Europe,” says Stephan Schulz, CLIQ Product Manager at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions EMEA. “Organisations in a range of sectors, and with differing building types – from Italy’s Creval Bank to University Hospital Frankfurt – have learned that eCLIQ provides the control and flexibility their premises need.”
Globally renowned entrance control specialist, Meesons has announced unveiling a range of new service plans to make specifying and maintaining its range of speed gates and security portals even easier. Customers can now choose between three service plan options; Total Service Plan, Next Day Plus Service Plan and Next Day Service Plan. Alternatively, a tailored service plan can be created to meet individual client’s needs. Total Service Plan The Total Service Plan includes AM/ PM on-site response time, two preventative maintenance visits per annum The Total Service Plan includes AM/ PM on-site response time, two preventative maintenance visits per annum and all parts and labour included. Next Day Plus Service Plan differs only in the fact that it is next day onsite response and is available Nationwide. Customers looking for a pay-as-they-go approach to parts, but still at preferential rates, can choose the Next Day Service Plan, although many like the fact that the first two options include all parts, making facilities budgeting easier. Critical Spares Pack With the fast next day response, Meesons strives to keep downtime to a minimum and recommends that customers chosen service plan is complemented with a Critical Spares Pack to ensure they have the necessary parts on site when they are needed most. Responsiveness is at the centre of all three Meesons’ service plans, which will help keep customers offices, data centres, gyms, leisure centres and a vast range of other facilities fully functional with minimal downtime. Enhanced accuracy of security products Customers that choose a Meesons’ Service Plan will have the peace of mind that their sites will remain open and secure, whilst other benefits include increased accuracy of the security product, improved traffic flow through smoother operation and reduced product downtime, maintaining the safety of users and easier maintenance budgeting. Having a planned maintenance programme in place will also maintain safety of users, detect component wear on cycles performed and ensure a preferential rate for replacement parts and labour. Service plans expansion Investment in the new service plans include the appointment of a service sales manager and service administrator Business investment behind the new service plans include the appointment of a service sales manager and service administrator to help support the wider range of service plans available. Meesons has also expanded its existing team of technicians based around the country to ensure local responsiveness and maintain its exemplary service as the business has more than doubled in size over the last few years. Speed gates and security portals The company currently services and maintains speed gates and security portals at more than 650 existing customer premises throughout the UK. These facilities range from critical national infrastructure, to large corporate clients through to budget gym sites where access is required 24/7 to maintain revenue. Through extensive knowledge of the product, having installed and maintained the Meesons range of speed gates and security portals, the new service sales manager will be able to guide customers on the best service plan to suit their individual needs. Access control solutions provider The company also identified a market segment that was seeking both supply of speed gates and security portals Jeremy Terry, Chief Executive Officer at Meesons, said: “We are committed to delivering individual client attention, focus and market adaptation to ensure that we help customers find the right access control solution to meet their needs. Service will be a key growth area for us over the next few years as we offer planned and responsive maintenance programmes, including a rapid response team on the ground that are able to act quicker than anyone else in the market.” Meesons took the decision to invest in its service plans following unprecedented demand from customers and high, consistent growth over the last few years. The company also identified a market segment that was seeking both supply of speed gates and security portals, with the backup of local, exceptional service engineers who could offer them responsive and planned maintenance plans.
SALTO Systems SVN-Flex is a feature that enables SALTO stand-alone electronic locks and cylinders to update user credentials directly at the door. This SALTO access control technology makes keyless, wire-free smart buildings a reality. SVN-Flex maximises the potential, efficiency, and reliability of the SALTO Virtual Network (SVN), increasing the security, control, and convenience for users while reducing the cost of installation. “SVN-Flex is a game changer that creates a new standard in access control,” said Marc Handels, Chief Technical Officer of SALTO Systems. “The door is the ultimate touch point in an access control system and making its wireless smart lock hardware an updating point for user credentials maximises functionality and brings an unprecedented level of convenience and security for both end users and system administrators.” Increases the number of updating points SVN-Flex functionality can be enabled on any product in the SALTO XS4 BLUEnet-enabled electronic lock rangeBased on SALTO’s BLUEnet wireless communications technology, SVN core technology, and in combination with the trusted access control management platform and high-quality XS4 electronic locking solutions, SVN-Flex extends and increases the number of updating points directly to any door. SVN-Flex functionality can be enabled on any product in the SALTO XS4 BLUEnet-enabled electronic lock range. SVN-Flex is managed via SALTO’s ProAccess SPACE web-based access control management software. Adding SVN-Flex to an access control solution results in an exponential increase in security, control, effectiveness, and convenience for users and system managers, as the communication between devices flows in real-time on wireless online access points and much faster on offline points. Ability to cross-link wireless locks SVN-Flex dramatically reduces the cost of installing additional updating points in an access control system yet provides the capability of adding updating points where required. It might have been challenging in the past to provide several updating points on one building floor when required for security, for example. With SVN-Flex, however, the options for affordable updating points are endless: emergency exits, hall doors, gates equipped with mechanical cylinders, perimeter doors, and much more. Benefit of SVN-Flex includes the ability to easily cross-link stand-alone, wireless locks and online access points Another benefit of SVN-Flex includes the ability to easily cross-link stand-alone, wireless locks and online access points and integrate into existing IT networks without consuming valuable resources. This produces a reliable, on-premise infrastructure for access control that is designed to adapt and grow with any demand; from just one door and user up to hundreds of doors with thousands of users. Data-on-card backbone core technology In the event of a network failure, SVN-Flex continues to operate seamlessly via SALTO’s SVN data-on-card backbone core technology, ensuring that no one will be locked out or any unwanted access will be permitted. Because SVN-Flex is based on SALTO’s SVN core technology, it’s compatible on sites that already use SVN. Just by installing SALTO BLUEnet wireless locks or cylinders in high traffic access points, current SALTO customers will benefit from a boost in their existing SVN system because it will increase the number of updating points. Our products are designed to be affordable and functional for customers of any size" The rest of the offline installation will still work autonomously, but vital information like blacklist dissemination, user access plan updates, battery status reports, or access audit trail reports will be updated more frequently. Smart access control solutions “SVN-Flex is yet another example of SALTO’s commitment to delivering the most technologically-advanced access control solutions on the market – smart, contactless, and mobile,” said Handels. “And although our products always include the latest in innovation, they are designed to be affordable and functional for customers of any size: from a two-room office to a university with thousands of doors.” SVN-Flex boasts numerous features and benefits which is why SALTO developed a special microsite that provides detailed product information and explains how the supporting technology works together to deliver a comprehensive access control solution.
Digital Watchdog® (DW®), the pioneer in digital recorders, surveillance cameras and related management software, announces the release of our new SiteWatch™ and NightWatch™ lines of motion detectors and illuminators. The new products are the perfect additions to any surveillance system that requires robust external lighting and cutting-edge motion detection. All DW® detectors and illuminators are fully integrated with DW Spectrum® IPVMS and can be controlled and managed remotely from the software. Enhanced security applications The DW-DTLA500 laser sensor knows the exact position of an object and offers adaptive alarm settings The DW-DTPIRIPW and DW-DTMWIPW SiteWatch™ motion detectors are quad-element passive infra-red (PIR) external movement detectors that combine advanced signal processing and unique optical systems. The detector’s quad PIR sensing module is equipped with two (2) volt free and two (2) negative switched outputs with a programmable beam range of up to 98.5ft (30m), avoiding boundary overspill and offering truly exceptional resistance to false alarms. The DW-DTLA500 SiteWatch™ laser sensor monitors and locates intrusions for enhanced security applications or where physical fences are not desirable or possible. The 1640ft (500m) sensor works without reflectors and reacts in fractions of a second. The DW-DTLA500 laser sensor knows the exact position of an object and offers adaptive alarm settings. The NightWatch™ outdoor illuminators are IP-enabled Infra-Red (IR) (DW-ILIRIP850, DW-ILIRIP940) and White-Light LED (DW-ILWLIPM) illuminators. Effective perimeter protection The illuminators incorporate the latest surface mount LEDs, combined with enhanced optical output and outstanding reliability to provide users with smart lighting solutions for a wide range of applications. The NightWatch™ lighting includes an interchangeable lens pack to deliver a variety of angles out of the box; this provides users with the flexibility to create different elliptical beam profiles to suit specific lifestyle requirements. The illuminators can include up to three illuminators as an ideal lighting solution for any of DW’s surveillance cameras The illuminators can include up to three illuminators as an ideal lighting solution for any of DW’s surveillance cameras, including panoramic multi-sensor and fisheye models. “With the addition of SiteWatch™ IP-enabled motion detectors, we extend the power of DW Spectrum‘s robust rules engine with effective perimeter protection,” said Patrick Kelly, Director of IP Sales, DW®. “When combined with the NightWatch™ line of IP-enabled high-performance illuminators, which provide high-quality lighting, we achieve maximum image quality and powerful deterrence capabilities. SiteWatch™ and NightWatch™ are a natural complement to our MEGApix® line of cameras.” SiteWatch Features External movement detector Quad element PIR sensor Passive infra-red (PIR) and microwave detection technologies Two (2) volt-free outputs Two (2) negative-switched outputs Up to 98.5ft (30m) detection (DW-DTPIRIPW and DW-DTMWIPW) Up to 1640ft (500m) detection (DW-DTLA500) Exceptional resistance to false alarms Advanced signal processing, quad pyro and optical systems Trigger lights and smart devices when movement is detected 10º - 70º detection angle (DW-DTPIRIPW and DW-DTMWIPW) Direct integration with DW Spectrum® IPVMS Intruder notifications Set up lux-level events to operate blinds and curtains Environmental temperature monitoring to help manage internal air conditioning and heating 20 fully adaptable alarm zones to meet any situation (DW-DTLA500) IP alarms and relay output (DW-DTLA500) Alarm notifications (DW-DTLA500) Web Interface built-in PoE class 1 and 2 and DC48V IP environmental-rated housing NightWatch Features Infra-Red (IR) and White-light LED illuminators Interchangeable lens pack to deliver a variety of angles out of the box Create different elliptical beam profiles Coverage distance up to 374’ (115m) (DW-ILIRIP940, DW-ILWLIPM) Coverage distance up to 614’ (187m) (DW-ILIRIP850) Configure lights to switch on when motion is detected Activate white-light to deter intruders (DW-ILWLIPM) Adjustable photocell and illumination levels 850nm – 940nm wavelength (DW-ILIRIP850, DW-ILIRIP940) Visible Spectrum wavelength (400- 750nm) (DW-ILWLIPM) Web Interface built-in High-power Dual-Core™ LEDs, with advanced, current limited, integral control circuitry IP66 environmental-rated dust-tight and water-resistant IK 09-rated impact-resistant
Videonetics, the Visual Computing Platform Development Company, launches world’s first safety & security solution for Safer Workforce, Safer Workplace and Industrial Township Monitoring, powered by its patented DeeperLook - Artificial Intelligence & Deep Learning platform for critical infrastructure, heavy industries, manufacturing plants, factories, construction sites and warehouses to name a few. Indigenously developed on AI & DL DeeperLook platform, Videonetics Industrial solution is designed with emphasis on preventive security, centralised visibility along with efficiently complying to Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) and Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) standard. The industrial security & safety solution ensures safer workforce and safer workplace and help optimise business operations. Challenges faced by organisations Organisations are facing challenges such as violence, terrorism, worker agitations, disgruntled employees, theft and pilferageAs per the International Labour Organization (ILO), nearly 2.8 million workers die each year from occupational hazards and work-related diseases. An additional 374 million workers suffer from non-fatal occupational accidents. The workdays lost because of accidents cost as much as 4% of the world GDP. Apart from the OSH related concerns, organisations are facing other challenges such as violence, terrorism, worker agitations, disgruntled employees, theft and pilferage. It is the moral and legal responsibility of businesses to provide safe and secure workplaces. The solution suite has manifold applications including Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Detection such as safety helmets, safety jackets/aprons, safety glasses, safety boots etc., Production/Manufacturing Floor Area Monitoring, Worker Behaviour Monitoring, Person Slip & Fall Detection, Oil/Water Spillage Detection, Worker Head Count & Zone Monitoring, Person Occupancy & Heatmap, Fire & Smoke Detection, Graffiti and Vandalism Detection, Property Cleanliness Detection & Garbage Management, Crowd Formation Detection, Perimeter Protection, Object Classification, Theft & Pilferage Detection, Movement of Fork Lifts or other machinery inside shop floors, Vehicle Entry-Exit Monitoring Using ANPR for Effective Gate Management, Vehicle Movement Inside Plant Area Monitoring using ANPR, Parking Zone Monitoring and Speed Detection, Facial Recognition, Employee Management, etc. to name a few. Supports integration with third party systems There are many other use cases which can be developed to meet specific needs of an industry vertical. The solution also supports open framework for integration with third party systems such as SCADA, IBMS, HRMS, ERP, Emergency Evacuation Systems, Fire Alarm and Access Control Systems, etc. The platform can also integrate and communicate with external law enforcement and emergency service management systems like Dial 100, 102, Medical Services, etc. Mitigating safety & security risks Our solutions are well-competent to solve industry’s day-to-day challenges as well as address critical needs"Expressing on the launch, Dr Tinku Acharya, Fellow IEEE, Founder & MD stated, “I am proud to announce that Videonetics is the first company to introduce end-to-end AI & DL powered Safety & Security Solution for industries." “Field-proven and tested with real-time video data of varied environment, our solutions are well-competent to solve industry’s day-to-day challenges as well as address critical needs such as mitigating safety & security risks, improving work environment, reducing production loss and improving profitability, improve workers/employees occupational safety, create situational awareness, maintaining business continuity and optimising operations for organisations, assets and infrastructure.” With Videonetics industrial solution, the stake holders are empowered to stay one step ahead of security breaches for timely interventions, improving operational efficiency while keeping property and people safe.
Public spaces in cities and suburbs are important places for community development and promoting outdoor recreation. These areas may include main streets, parks, promenades, band shells and fields. Such locations are often utilised by public event planners for community activities, including summer festivals, wintertime ice skating rink installations, music concerts and art fairs. As the year drew to a close, holiday and Christmas markets as well as major New Year’s Eve events, presented cities with constant public event security needs. The public nature of these events increases risks of incidents with high-speed vehicles that put attendees in danger. Fortunately, there are three ways for public space managers to prevent casualty-causing collisions and further promote the use of local public areas. Developing an effective action plan When strategising how to react to an alert, think about what time of the year and time of day the event is occurring It is important to have a plan developed before an incident or accident occurs. Warning systems, utilising doppler radar and digital loop technologies, alert guards to abnormal vehicle velocity changes in the surrounding area. Managers of public areas should organise a meeting with public safety authorities and local agencies to discuss what must immediately occur when a high-speed vehicle is approaching a public event. When strategising how to react to an alert, think about what time of the year and time of day the event is occurring. Having such a reaction plan in place combines technology and strategic planning to ensure everyone is on the same page to effectively target a threat and promote overall event safety. Securing public areas Ideally, there will be no need to implement a well-conceived action plan. After all, taking preventive measures to secure public areas where events take place is important to keep people safe from accidental vehicle collisions and intentional attacks. Protect attendees by clearly separating pedestrian and vehicle locations using security devices such as – Barricades Portable barriers Bollards Install guard booths Avoid the risk of vandalism and theft, making sure people are safe when walking back to the cars at night by keeping parking areas illuminated with flood lights. Install guard booths with employees who monitor activity in the parking area and who are prepared to react if an alert is triggered. Furthermore, prevent accidental collisions by clearly marking the parking area with informative warning signs and using barricades to direct traffic. These three tips can be used by public area managers to promote security at the next community event. Additionally, the technologies used to secure an event can also be used as infrastructure for year-round security. Installing gates that shut when the public space is closed or using aesthetically pleasing bollards are steps any public area manager can take to promote community safety.
As anyone who has ever flown on a commercial airline since 2001 knows, security measures at airports are well enforced and the emphasis on traveller safety is all around the airport and its grounds. Mass transportation, meanwhile, presents a special but not any less significant challenge when it comes to determining security issues. These facilities need to develop the means to protect a constantly changing and large population of passengers. And unlike airports these facilities often have hundreds of points of entry and exit on multiple modes—buses, subways, light rail, commuter trains, even ferries. About 2 million Americans will use the nation’s airways on a given work day, while 35 million people will board some form of public transportation. In fact, statistics have shown that nearly 11 billion trips are taken on public transportation every year. In some large metropolitan areas in North America where mass transit is well established, more than 20 percent of the area’s inhabitants get around via public transportation.About 2 million Americans will use the nation’s airways on a given work day, while 35 million people will board some form of public transportation Solving mass transit security For transportation officials and their security providers, solving the mass transit security issue begins with determining the key concerns and then creating the proper responses via security systems, policies and procedures to mitigate the risks. Although vandalism and graffiti are very visible signs of criminal behaviour in mass transit settings such as bus stops and subway stations, this is not where transportation officials typically focus their energy. Fences and gates can secure out-of-service buses and train cars, as can remote surveillance methods to keep such vandalism at a minimum. Instead, it is the day-to-day safety and security of transit riders and employees that should become the highest priority. This begins with creating the safest environment possible that is highlighted with appropriate signage and, when necessary, audible warnings, and supporting that with technology, such as surveillance cameras, that will document what has happened if an incident occurs.Analytics can also be useful in alerting security about other suspicious behaviours at a transit stop, such as an untended bag or package Crime prevention in transportation Analytics can also be useful in alerting security about other suspicious behaviours at a transit stop, such as an untended bag or package Incidents of concern within a transit setting can take several forms, ranging from legitimate accidents or crimes to false claims such as faked fall down the stairs to potential and actual suicides. Bus and subway stations also have become magnets for homeless people who may put themselves and others in harm’s way by trying to access less secure public areas within a station as temporary shelters. If someone is injured on a subway platform and the transit provider is held liable, it could be on the hook for hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars. Suicides are a major concern for operators, with personnel now being trained to look for individuals who seem distressed, are loitering in the area or are intentionally putting themselves in a dangerous situation, such as standing too close to the edge of a platform. The deployment of video analytics, which can be programmed to send alerts when certain pre-set actions occur, can help determine when such dangerous behaviours come into play. Analytics can also be useful in alerting security about other suspicious behaviours at a transit stop, such as an untended bag or package or a person going into a restricted area. Whether it is on the bus, train or ferry or at the stops themselves, cameras and intuitive video management systems are the key to both active and forensic transit security. Some cities use buses that are up to 60 feet long and those can be equipped with up to a dozen cameras Train security and safety By using the proper cameras and recording systems in a transit environment, quick-acting personnel can locate a person of interest who boarded a train at one station, follow him during his trip and produce a crisp, clear identifiable image at the end. Those setting up the system thus should keep in mind proper camera positioning, resolution and motion-based changes to framerates or other compression settings. A typical 30-foot bus often has six cameras—one each at the front and middle doors, two more within the bus and then one looking forward and another looking behind the bus. The latter two are important in the event of accidents to verify liability. Some cities use buses that are up to 60 feet long and those can be equipped with up to a dozen cameras.Train stations often deploy high-definition cameras to better support facial recognition software to get that actionable image Train cars are similarly equipped with two to four cameras to view activity down the centre aisle. Within the stations themselves, there can be from 15 to 30 or more cameras capturing wide-angle shots. Train stations, which have a restricted point of egress, often deploy high-definition cameras to better support facial recognition software to get that actionable image. Installing the right technology for the solution Although bandwidth and storage can be a concern, with motion-based recording, the resolution can be bumped up during event, resulting in a 1-megapixel stream jumping to 4 or even 8mbps when needed. By changing the resolution on demand, end users can cut their storage needs significantly. Transportation settings often rely on the same technology used in other security installations, primarily mini dome cameras, although there are some mini transit domes built specifically for the environment with the proper aesthetics. Because of vandalism threats, transit typically avoids pendant mounts, which can be more easily grabbed and damaged. Temperature ratings for cameras also come into play in cold climates with cameras often getting outdoor exposure.Today’s new buses and trains are constructed with the cameras onboard and newer stations also take security into consideration at the earliest design stage As trains and buses move along their routes, especially those that service outlying areas, Internet connectivity becomes an issue as well. Because it may be difficult for video to be sent in transit, security bus barns are equipped with Wi-Fi so video from onboard cameras can be downloaded at the end of the day. And the use of hardened recorders at the stations allows security personnel to retrieve recorded video. Transit security with modern technology Today’s new buses and trains are constructed with the cameras onboard and newer stations also take security into consideration at the earliest design stage. Older infrastructure from long-standing subway and bus terminals can prove to be a challenge when adding security, but these issues aren’t insurmountable. Often the solution is to add more cameras to cover the same square footage because of less-than-ideal sight lines and to place conduit wherever it works best, which may mean positioning it under platforms or in other out-of-the-way places within older stations. Looking ahead, transit security will continue to evolve, not only as new stations and modes of transportation are added to the system, but in terms of communicating with commuters. People can expect to get mass notification alerts on their mobile devices, and those same devices can provide vital data to transportation entities to better develop their overall systems.
While there is much hype around drone technology today, initial successful drone usage for security can be dated back to the 1960s, when the US utilised the Lightning Bug 147, a camera-equipped unmanned aerial vehicle that could travel 600 miles for surveillance in Vietnam, China and Korea. Drones for effective surveillance Since this initial deployment, drones have been used for a variety of security and surveillance applications. However, as professional-grade commercial drones incorporate newer, more advanced features and technologies, their capabilities will allow for many new scenarios and applications within fully-integrated security systems. The security industry, in addition to first response and law enforcement, will be among the first to truly experience the benefits of the most current drone technologies. And, these industries have already started to utilise drones in new ways—the most recent example being the use of commercial drones to save lives during hurricanes Irma and Harvey. For these reasons, UAVs are becoming an integral tool in multiple industries and according to PwC, will have an expected total value of $127 billion by 2020, $10.5 billion of which will be in security applications of drones.There is room to improve on cost, efficiency and safety, so the opportunity for commercial drone technologies is large Drones in fire, border and perimeter security Current drone users in the security arena are comprised of law enforcement, fire departments, border security and first responders, who primarily use UAVs for border control, perimeter surveillance and monitoring, anti-terror operations and searching for missing persons. These tasks generally require manned teams and can even include helicopters, the results being costly, time-consuming and potentially dangerous. Alternatively, these teams use consumer-grade drones, which simply lack the capabilities and levels of security necessary to be used safely for such operations. This makes the opportunity for commercial drone technologies large, as there is room to significantly improve on cost, efficiency and safety. By adding autonomous drones to their arsenals, security forces are able to accomplish their objectives more easily and effectively by removing the need for a security team member to operate the drone—as it works on its own—and instead, focus on responding to the security situation at hand. Employing fully autonomous systems, especially in surveillance, is a critical feature most drone systems currently don't allow UAVs can also enter narrow spaces, produce minimal noise, and can be equipped with night vision cameras and thermal sensors, allowing them to see beyond what the human eye can detect. They can also quickly cover large expanses of ground and access hard to reach places. However, most drones today have not reached the pinnacle of what is possible for advanced commercial UAVs. Drawbacks of current drone solutions Despite how far drone technology has come, drones used in security settings are still riddled with shortcomings. This is apparent in the build quality of current drones, most of which are made from hardened plastic, which falters when faced with rough weather conditions or after experiencing tough falls and crashes. Closed-system integration is another key element current UAVs lack. Not being able to integrate drones into wider closed-security systems creates major gaps in the efficacy of security operations. The use of carbon fibre in the build of drone hulls will increase drones' weather durability - and ultimately make them more valuable Lastly, employing fully autonomous systems, especially in surveillance, is a critical feature most drone systems currently don't allow - both due to shortcomings in the technology and due to the need for regulations to catch up to the advancements and capabilities of drone technologies. The combination of these drawbacks can create lacklustre drone results, and when lives are on the line, these results simply aren't enough. Why commercial drones can make a difference That being said, 2018 is the year where the security sector will experience increased drone adoption. That’s because there are some drone technologies being developed today that overcome many of the shortcomings outlined above. These are the technologies we will see having the greatest impact within the security industry. Here are some of the drivers of change, both in the industry and technology that will allow drones to effectively integrate into the security market: Increased processing power: This will allow autonomous drones, powered by AI technology, to track objects in real time, and adjust their courses and actions as needed. This allows for greater drone operational efficiency while simultaneously drawing less power from the battery, thereby lengthening the drone’s flying time. These improved processors will also make way for increased broadcast range capabilities, allowing for longer distance drone operations. Regulations will catch up to the technology: This is a trend we began to see at the tail end of 2017. Governments in both the United States and Europe have realised that drone regulations must keep up to gain the most from UAV technologies, as well as to counter the use of drones for terror or other nefarious tasks. To that end, the US government began talks with drone developers to discuss the expansion of commercial drone operations, and the UK government introduced tougher regulations to crackdown on dangerous flying and criminal drone use. Drone regulation will move in favour of autonomous drone operation: As governments increase regulations in favour of the commercial drone industry, commercial players will increase pressure to allow for fully autonomous operation. Full autonomy means Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) drone functionality. This enables drone operators to fly a UAV with the drone out of their line of sight, maximising the capabilities of the UAV, and in the case of security missions, keeping the pilot out of harm’s way. New materials will increase drone hull durability: As drone makers will have learned from their drones’ lack of weather resistance following the tumultuous hurricanes the U.S. experienced this past year, the use of carbon fibre in the build of drone hulls will increase their weather durability. Better capabilities will encourage adoption among security: New commercial drones will have longer flight times, longer battery lives, will carry heavier payloads, and will integrate advanced computer vision technologies and real-time connectivity. This will enable drones on security missions in remote areas to send a live stream of their field of vision to drone operators at a central command station. Full integration of security systems: The interoperability of a variety of technologies will make drones another sensor in fully integrated and closed security systems that may include smart fences, security cameras and other infrastructure elements. Full integration also means that these elements will be controlled from the same central command centre, whether for securing a specific facility, or as part of surveillance system on a military base, or other closed location. This will allow security personnel to use drones more effectively, saving time, money, and increasing the safety of security professionals in the field. This year is going to be huge for the drone security market, as it is about to experience a significant improvement in drone performance, which will lead to a widespread escalation in drone adoption. The results will be prolific for both drone makers and security force users.
A USB drive from Heathrow Airport, found on a London street in late October, contained confidential information about accessing restricted areas at the airport and security measures used to protect the Queen. The drive also contained a timetable for anti-terrorism patrols at the airport and documentation of the ultrasound system used by Heathrow security to check perimeter fences and runways for breaches. The data was not encrypted, and the London resident who found it turned it over to a newspaper reporter. How cybersecurity impacts physical security The incident highlights a number of issues for security professionals. One is the interrelated nature of cybersecurity and physical security, and how a failure of one can directly impact the other. Another is extending cybersecurity outside the firewall, considering the inherent risks of USB drives and the need to manage “endpoint security,” such as restricting access to a system’s USB ports. An important security failure in the case of the Heathrow incident was lack of encryption of the USB drive, says Ruben Lugo, Strategic Product Marketing Manager at Kingston Technology, which provides a line of USB drives with hardware-based encryption. “If you block out all the USB ports, it can restrict productivity, and employees are not as efficient as they should be,” says Lugo. He says companies should be using more encrypted USB drives to combine the productivity advantages of allowing USB access while protecting the information on the drives. Data protection regulations Protection of data – whether inside the firewall or outside – is increasingly important in an age of greater cybersecurity regulation. The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) creates new safeguards and requirements for protecting personal data, with a compliance deadline of May 25, 2018, after which noncompliance can result in expensive fines. A disgruntled employee used a USB drive to steal banking information for 30,000 people, as published by Tom Brant in: “Report: FDIC Employees Caused Repeated Security Breaches,” PC Magazine, July 15, 2016 Regulations also include New York State's 23NYCR500 cybersecurity requirements that financial services companies protect customer information and related IT systems. The New York regulation requires each company to assess its specific risk profile and design a programme to address its risks, ensuring the safety and soundness of the institution and protecting customers. Hardware-based encryption Providing a cybersecurity tool, Kingston highlighted its hardware-based encrypted USB drives at the recent ASIS show in Dallas. A USB drive with hardware-based encryption is self-contained and doesn’t require a software element on the host computer. No software vulnerability eliminates the possibility of brute-force, sniffing and memory hash attacks. Digitally signed firmware cannot be altered, and there is a physical layer of protection, too. The drives come in epoxy-dipped/filled cases that prevent access to the physical memory. In contrast, a USB drive with software encryption uses software that runs on the host computer and is vulnerable to attacks. The use of AES 256-bit encryption in XTS mode ensures that anyone who finds a USB drive, such as the man in London, cannot access the information. The drive wipes itself clean after 10 attempts of guessing the password. “Encrypted drives are not complicated,” says Lugo. “They are a simple solution that anyone can implement.” Kingston’s encrypted USB drives are priced between $40 and $600, depending on the capacity and covering needs ranging from a small business owner to military- and government-grade products. Kingston also provides products for use inside the firewall, including business and enterprise solid state drives (SSDs), offering high density and extreme performance, and their server premier DRAM memory products providing performance and flexibility. To learn more about Kingston, please visit www.kingston.com
The massacre in Las Vegas is both sadly familiar and terrifyingly novel. Because of the recent series of violent attacks on innocent people gathered in public places, high body counts are no longer unheard-of, although the 59 dead after the Las Vegas tragedy sets a depressing new record. These news stories have become so grimly commonplace as to dull our collective sensitivity to their shock. However, the modus operandi of the latest attack, apparently by a “lone wolf” – carefully planned and involving a stockpile of nearly two dozen guns gathered in a hotel room – prompts new soul-searching about how public events are secured, not to mention a re-evaluation of security in the hospitality sector. Public events at risk from attack The sniper attack from a 32nd-floor room at Mandalay Bay, overlooking 22,000 people attending a country music festival, has been compared to “shooting fish in a barrel.” When the bullets rained down, there was nowhere to hide. The attack came from outside the “perimeter” of the event, so any additional screening of attendees would not have prevented it. Such attacks are not unheard of, but to what extent might it have been foreseen in this instance? It’s a new concern to add to the mounting list of possible risks at public events, such as a car in the crowd or a bomb in a backpack. Add to the list a firearm assault from above. If security is supposed to protect against that which is reasonable and foreseeable, this tragedy clearly expands the list. Preventative measures for sniper attacks Certainly, there are measures that can prevent sniper attacks, such as police officer sharpshooters positioned on nearby rooftops scanning the windows of nearby buildings for potential threats. Such measures are routinely employed for high-security events such as a Presidential visit, but not generally for a country music concert. Should organisers of public events reevaluate the level of risk, now that the dangers have been demonstrated in a dramatic and deadly fashion? Broadly speaking, nearby buildings with lines-of-sight to public areas are a new security risk to be considered. Might public events need to be located somewhere else? What about parades down city streets, or Times Square at New Year’s Eve? New York’s Police Commissioner James O’Neill may have said it best: “We do understand that no city or town in this country is completely immune.” Security in hospitality sector The implication of the Las Vegas massacre for the hospitality industry is an additional issue. Hotels and resorts such as Mandalay Bay have not generally embraced technologies like the explosives scanners or X-ray machines used at airport terminals, at least not in the United States. Most hospitality companies keep their focus on things like limiting theft, controlling unruly guests, or keeping strangers from roaming the halls. In contrast, hotels in the Middle East and Asia, where there has historically been more chance of violence, have a higher level of security. Hotels and resorts such as Mandalay Bay have not generally embraced technologies like the explosives scanners or X-ray machines used at airport terminals Even in Las Vegas, where the gaming and hospitality industries embrace video in a big way, the emphasis is not on watching guests who may be stockpiling firearms. What might the impact of greater security be on guests and, by extension, a hotel’s business? In a competitive market that emphasises the guest experience, any negativity suggested by additional security measures would likely be evaluated carefully lest it impact the bottom line. Anything perceived as invasive of a guest’s privacy would be frowned upon. Our appetite and/or tolerance for tighter security in the wake of a tragedy will inevitably dissipate over time. In short, the hospitality industry is likely to continue to be a “soft target” for years to come. New security training and technologies Might a higher level of training among hotel staff to promote awareness of suspicious behavior make a difference? It’s a low-profile, comparatively low-cost possibility many hospitality professionals will be looking at in the days to come. There are less obtrusive technologies on the market that could help. For example, Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts, has said they have installed “non-visible” metal detectors at every entrance. One manufacturer of such equipment is PatriotOne Technologies, which offers a “cognitive microwave radar technology” embedded in a wall or stand-alone unit at a controlled access point. The company made news at last week’s ASIS show by announcing integration of its system with March Networks’ video recording solution. Concerns for security trade shows The latest tragedy hits especially close to home for those in the security industry who travel to Las Vegas every year for the ISC West show. Mandalay Bay is at the other end of the strip from much of the ISC West activity, but the attack still seems to hit directly in our neighbourhood. Next year, the security market will be going to Vegas at least twice, for ISC West in the spring and again for the ASIS 2018 show in the fall. Somewhere in the midst of those events may be a solution that could help prevent such tragedies. We can all hope so. Meanwhile, our thoughts are with the victims of the Las Vegas massacre, their families and friends.
The attack on Parliament in London is another reminder that a facility's security is only as strong as its weakest point. In this case, it was a frequently used gate in New Palace Yard that was left unlocked. Known as Carriage Gates, the entrance is generally monitored by police officers. Could the weakness have led to the attack? Could the attack have been prevented (or minimised) if the gate had been bolted shut? Planned ‘complete security overhaul’ Finger pointing in the wake of such incidents may seem counterproductive, but there is value in assessing any lessons learned. Reports of a planned "complete security overhaul" in the wake of the London attack make sense. In any case, the existing security procedures likely minimised the impact of the attack, which could have been even worse and more deadly. As it was, a terrorist drove a vehicle down a Westminster Bridge pavement crowded with pedestrians and into a perimeter fence. Getting out of the car, the man stabbed the first officer he encountered after entering the unlocked gate; the officer later died of his wounds. Five people were killed, including the attacker, who was shot to death. Twenty-nine were wounded, including seven reported in critical condition. The low-tech, rudimentary nature of the attack is another reminder of the changing face of terrorism The changing face of terrorism The low-tech, rudimentary nature of the attack is another reminder of the changing face of terrorism. Previous emphasis on elaborate, carefully planned attacks seems to have given way to a more barebones approach to creating terror: Simply drive a vehicle into a crowd of people. Planning more elaborate attacks tends to involve more people and could leave an electronic trail to enable security and anti-terrorism agencies to uncover plots before they can be carried out. In contrast, driving a vehicle into a crowd is easier, might involve fewer perpetrators and likely needs little advanced planning. Successful detection of more elaborate plots has led terrorism groups to resort to the simpler route. Several terrorist-related web sites have reportedly encouraged followers to use vehicles as weapons of terrorism. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the London attack. The plan was simple and almost undetectable until it happened. Vehicle barriers Vehicle barriers can help prevent such attacks, whether concrete or moveable bollards, steel fencing, crash-rated portable barriers, or other measures. They are currently used all over the world, including government buildings and high-profile locales where pedestrians might gather. The Elysee Palace is fortified by high walls and steel fencesand is restricted from trafficand protected by armed patrols For example, Berlin's Reichstag has fences in front of the building's main entrance and is surrounded by low concrete blocks, although it is largely accessible to the public with no fences on the other sides. The European Parliament headquarters in Brussels is protected by low steel bollards on the roadside, and the French National Assembly's front gates are protected by concrete bollards to prevent high-speed ramming. France's Elysee Palace is fortified by high walls and steel fences, and is restricted from traffic and protected by armed patrols. Vehicle traffic around the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., is restricted; steel railings several feet high, also encircled by steel bollards and chains, protect the perimeter of the White House. Such venues will be the subject of new security evaluations, even as Britons look for answers about how the latest attack could have been prevented. The challenge is that any weak spot could be the point of entry for the next tragedy.
The Danish Superliga football club Brøndby IF were aware that family attendance had fallen at some of the more high-profile games, such as the local derby with F.C. Copenhagen, due to concerns over hooliganism and safety. With an average attendance of 14,000 people per game, and up to 100 registered persons on the stadium blacklist for causing trouble, the football club wanted to find a way to make genuine fans feel safer by preventing problems before they could occur. Improving security With the use of cameras and facial recognition, blacklisted offenders can now be automatically identified in the crowd before they attempt to enter the stadium. This system identifies any individuals registered on the offenders list and alerts security staff to prevent them from entering. The automated procedure at the stadium entrance also decreases congestion at the gates, so genuine fans can get into the stadium faster. As well as improving security outside, the system allows staff more time to focus their attention on creating a safe and entertaining environment for those inside the stadium. The technology can identify faces that are difficult to recognise with conventional techniques Facial recognition server The Panasonic facial recognition software ensures high levels of accuracy. The technology can identify faces that are difficult to recognise with conventional techniques, such as those taken from an acute angle and even when part of the face is concealed or hidden by sunglasses or scarves. In fact, the National Institute of Standards of Technology (NIST) in independent testing identified the system as the most accurate facial recognition server on the market. And the system is already working. One blacklisted offender was prevented from entering the stadium at the very first home game of the season in mid-July and he will receive a fine and extended ban. Protection of personal data However, some fans were initially sceptical about the scheme. They were worried about the Big Brother concerns of privacy and personal data protection. These fears quickly faded once the club explained the sensitive way that the scheme had been implemented. Security personnel remain in control of the process at every stage. The technology flags potential blacklisted offenders and the security advisers then take over and investigate further before taking action. People-led and technology supported The solution is people-led and technology supported. Personal data privacy is also protected because the facial recognition technology does not store the images or data of any supporters, other than those registered on the blacklist. In addition, all personal data is stored on an internal server, not connected to the internet or to any other system, significantly reducing any cyber risk of data breach. After seeing the results of the technology and receiving reassurances about data protection, both Brøndby management and fans alike have welcomed the new technology. Moving forward there is also the potential to utilise a national hooligan register with the system to help spot travelling troublemakers within Denmark.
Delta Scientific, the prominent manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally, announced that, on Monday, October 7, at approximately 7 am, a Delta MP5000 portable barrier stopped a stolen Dodge Ram pick-up truck at an entrance gate of the Naval Air Station - Corpus Christi. The stolen car was chased by the local police onto the base. The barrier then impacted the rear of the vehicle, disabling it. Simultaneously, the Air Station announced that an unauthorised person was on base and the facility immediately would go under lockdown with all gates secured to all traffic. Having taken flight after the truck was stopped by the barrier, the intruder was quickly apprehended within the hour and taken into custody by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. "This is the second attempted intrusion into the Naval Air Station - Corpus Christi in eight months," explained Greg Hamm, Delta vice president of sales and marketing. Control vehicle access "On February 14, a Delta MP5000 portable barrier stopped a stolen Ford Edge crossover SUV at the North Gate. The trespasser had driven across the base to escape but crashed into the Delta unit and erupted into flames. The driver was shot and killed." Delta's totally self-contained MP5000 mobile deployable vehicle crash barriers now carry an ASTM rating as high as M50, able to stop and disable a 15,000 lb (66.7 kN) G.V.W. vehicle moving at 50 mph (80.4 kph). They tow into position to control vehicle access within 15 minutes. No excavation or sub-surface preparation is required. Once positioned, the mobile barricades will unpack themselves by using hydraulics to raise and lower the barriers off their wheels. DC-powered pumps will then raise or lower the barriers. Once the event is over, procedures are reversed and the barriers are towed away.
The City of Boston is known for many things – from Fenway Park to the Boston Marathon to the bar from Cheers, the city is full of iconic landmarks, events, cultural assets, education centers, and more. Boston is also recognised for its vast history, especially downtown, where hundred-year-old buildings have been preserved or restored. There is also a mixture of new property development, including 33 Congress Street, in the heart of the financial district, which combines the best of historical design with new construction. Building security 33 Congress incorporates more than 400,000 square feet of office and retail space 33 Congress incorporates more than 400,000 square feet of office and retail space, transforming the historic neighborhood and positioning the area as a dynamic downtown destination. The project was designed by Arrowstreet, an award-winning architecture and design firm, and was led by Jason King, AIA, LEED, AP, BD+C, Senior Associate for Arrowstreet. According to King, the 33 Congress Street building consisted of three different structures that were built at separate times: in 1904, 1906, and in 1922 and then all combined into one space. While the space functioned as one building, there were three separate elevator cores, sets of restrooms, sets of stairs, and more. Those entities needed to be reconfigured into one. The most striking feature of 33 Congress is a new, modern glass and steel structure, containing 6 additional floors of office space that sits on top of the original three masonry buildings. Another important project goal was to upgrade the main lobby to a modern design that allowed public access, increased security for building employees, and respected several historical aspects. Secure access control “We needed a way to get people into the new, main elevator lobby quickly due to the high volume of traffic that we were anticipating would take place after the redesign,” King said. “We also wanted to create an entrance that would create a better flow of entry from the sidewalk into the building.” The original building had an existing revolving door, but it was small and surrounded by stone. “It was dark and uninviting,” King said. “We were creating an open and airy Class A lobby space and wanted visitors to clearly see the ornate, coffered ceiling and experience the grand and historic nature of the lobby as they entered.” Crystal TQ revolving door King implemented a Boon Edam Crystal TQ manual revolving door to lead visitors in the double height lobby space King implemented a Boon Edam Crystal TQ manual revolving door to lead visitors in the double height lobby space. The Crystal TQ is constructed virtually completely from glass with only a few stainless steel accents to ensure the solidity of the revolving door. It fits seamlessly with modern glass facades but can also be a beautiful eye catcher in more traditional or classic designs. For employee access, the building’s previous design did not incorporate turnstiles to the elevator banks. “The building did have card reader access, but only at certain doors and locations,” King said. Lifeline Speedlane Swing King installed four lanes of Boon Edam Lifeline Speedlane Swing optical turnstiles and two Winglock Swing model access gates to provide secure employee access to the building’s upper floors. The Lifeline Speedlane Swing turnstile manages and channels the flow of people entering and moving around buildings. It employs sensors that detect visitors approaching, with pulsing light strips to guide the user. A sleep function saves on energy use. It can be customised with dimensional and glass choices, including corporate identity colors or other options, so that it either blends-in or stands-out from its surroundings. Boon Edam Winglock Swing The Boon Edam Winglock Swing is constructed from stainless steel and a single glass panel The Boon Edam Winglock Swing is constructed from stainless steel and a single glass panel, and is unobtrusive in nature and design. The access gate easily manages bi-directional traffic, with LED lights that signal if the gate is in use or on standby. The access gate ties into a manned security desk located near the front doors. Employees gain access to the building through either the Lifeline turnstiles, or a Winglock Swing access gate, while building visitors can receive credentials at the security desk. Entrance solution King said, “We started the process looking at Boon Edam from a security and an aesthetic standpoint. We went through multiple product options but always had a Boon Edam product as the basis of the design. We have been happy with Boon Edam entrance solutions and we are planning to use them again for future projects.”
NiskhamSWAT, a charity that provides hot meals and everyday essentials to homeless people in the UK, has partnered with Videx Security, to overcome their access control and entry challenges. The charity, which was established in 2009 in West London, now serves disadvantaged communities in Oxford, Reading, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Slough, Windsor and Lancashire as well as London. It’s run by volunteers and the charity currently has 1,300 volunteers across the country, serving those who need it the most. Need of a convenient access control solution We needed a more flexible and convenient access control solution that still provided a high level of security too"Randeep S. Lall, Global Operations Director at the charity, said: “We provide 3,000 meals per week to those in need which means our main warehouse in London is extremely busy 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Security and appropriate access and entry are so important." “Although we have a secured electric gate that drivers have to report to in order to gain entry, it meant someone had to permanently stay at the warehouse to grant delivery and collection vans access. This wasn’t sustainable given we are a completely volunteer led organisation. We needed a more flexible and convenient access control solution that still provided a high level of security too.” NiskhamSWAT, who have recently won a Queen’s Award for voluntary service, worked with leading access control and door entry distributor, ADI to overcome their entry challenges. GSM audio kit with code lock Joseph Davies at ADI explained: “We recommended a GSM access control system to NiskhamSWAT to help solve their entry issues. After researching which solution would work best, we advised that the charity used a Videx two-way GSM audio kit with code lock and proximity access control in a 4000 series style panel.” The GSM system we’ve donated to them enables people to answer calls to their front door or gate from mobile phone" Neil Thomas, National Sales Manager at Videx, continued: “When ADI contacted us, we were more than happy to help provide a system that could solve NiskhamSWAT’s access problem. The GSM system we’ve donated to them enables people to answer calls to their front door or gate from their mobile phone or landline, so they never have to miss that important visitor and are made aware of who has visited even when they are not there.” Easy programming of the entrance panel For NiskhamSWAT, this means that no one is required to remain at the warehouse 24/7 to authorise access. If a van arrives for a collection or delivery and no one is there, the system will call the designated number for access and has the facility to divert to another number if the first call is not answered, with a maximum of up to four numbers per button. Programming the entrance panel can easily be carried out either by SMS or dialling into the system using a telephone without a keypad. Randeep at NiskhamSWAT added: “Huge thanks to ADI and Videx for the donation and free installation from Image Security too. It’s helped us out massively as it meant no one has to stay at the warehouse, freeing up precious volunteering time that can be put to better use elsewhere. It’s so much more convenient to receive a call when someone is asking for access. I can verify the caller and swiftly authorise or deny access.”
Merthyr County Council were experiencing high levels of break-ins and thefts in its three household recycling sites resulting in high repair and replacement costs. The Council employed a security company to man guard three sites which cost over £150,000 per annum however, the break-ins were still occurring. The Gallagher Channel Partner designed a solution to detect, deter and protect. They installed a Gallagher Monitored Pulse Fence to detect intruders climbing or breaking through the fence, deter by delivering a short, sharp but safe shock, while protecting the Council's assets and on-going operation. Cost-effective installation The system was retrofitted to an existing fence structure ensuring an easy, efficient and cost-effective installation. Since the fence was installed break-ins have ceased and the requirement for man guarding is no longer needed. Electrical Statutory Compliance Inspector at Merthyr County Council, Les Lewis, said: “I was thrilled with the completed project. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it has met all of our security requirements. It has also helped make huge cost savings as we no longer require manned security out of hours or need to repair damaged fences and replace expensive assets. I believe the Gallagher system will pay for itself within 18 months.”
K9 Fuels are a family run, fuel distribution business providing an efficient and customer focused service in and around Lincolnshire. Since moving to their new premises on an industrial site, they weren’t able to leave their fuel trucks in the yard because of constant break-ins and theft. CCTV was installed but wasn't enough of a deterrent. Seeing a Gallagher monitored pulse fence at nearby TC Harrison, K9 Fuels wanted more information on how a similar system could benefit them. Monitored building alarm A simple stand-alone, four zone system linked to their existing monitored building alarm was installed. There is potential to upgrade this to a network based system, using the same F32 fence energisers, if the company expands. System height is 3.0m (32 wire), with a fence length of approximately 200 metres including one sliding gate and one double leaf gate. The break-ins stopped after the monitored pulse fence was installed and K9 Fuels are at ease knowing that their premises are monitored and protected 24 hours a day.
Round table discussion
In the digital age, software is a component of almost all systems, including those that drive the physical security market. A trend toward hardware commoditisation is making the role of software even more central to providing value to security solutions. Software developments make more things possible and drive innovation in the market. We asked this week's Expert Panel Roundtable: How do software improvements drive physical security?
The residential/smart home market is undergoing revolutionary transformation, with a flood of new products and technologies helping to make our homes more connected, easier to manage and, yes, smarter. These massive steps forward provide challenges, and also opportunities, for the security industry, which has played a major role in protecting homes and residents for decades. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How are changes in the residential/smart home market impacting security?