Telguard released new voice commands for HomeControl Flex, its interactive service solution. Using Alexa, HomeControl Flex subscribers can arm their security system and ask the status of the alarm system. Voice-operated alarm systems “Our commitment to helping security dealers succeed in the residential market is at the core of what we do,” said George Brody, President of Telguard. “Helping them stay current with connected home technology gives them the advantage of integrati...
Dahua Technology has been exhibiting its full line of machine vision products at Vision Stuttgart, a trade fair for machine vision, during November 6th to 8th at booth 1C22, Messe Stuttgart. With the -vision ‘Turning Vision into Productivity’, Dahua Technology highlights the company’s deep expertise and its roadmap for the future. Nowadays, manufacturing is evolving towards automation, but the key for productivity improvement lies in vision technologies like image capture, ana...
GJD, a UK manufacturer, designer and supplier of professional external detector equipment, as well as Infra-Red and White-Light LED illuminators is proud to announce that its IP drivers are officially Control4 certified. The certification means GJD’s IP devices are Control4 ready straight out of the box, further enhancing GJD’s commitment to the Custom Install industry. The drivers are listed on the Control4, Janus Technology, and GJD websites. All certified drivers must pass string...
Ivory Egg, specialists in KNX intelligent building technology and complementary solutions, congratulates one of its newly trained system integrators, Leo Walton, Owner, Electrobyte Ltd, as he secures huge recognition at this year’s Smart Solution Awards, part of UK Construction Week 2018. Electrobyte Ltd, specialists in the design, installation and commissioning of smart home systems, audio/visual systems and data networking, graced the winner podium at the Smart Solutions Awards 2018 to...
WeSuite, a software manufacturer of sales management tools for technology sales and service providers, announces that its corporate-wide implementation of DevOps best practices has positioned the company at the forefront of software developers prepared to meet market demand for more agile and responsive solutions. The transformation of WeSuite’s entire business model to drive its organisational performance puts it at a distinct advantage in its ability to deliver a premium user experience...
Pivot3, the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) performance and technology pioneer, announced that it experienced more than 50-percent growth in bookings in Q1-Q3 2018 over the same period in 2017, with significant growth among large enterprises and complex, mission-critical use cases. With IT requiring automation and intelligence to manage increasingly complex workloads and multi-cloud environments, Pivot3 saw high demand for its Hybrid Cloud solutions. Pivot3 also experienced continued expansi...
Artificial Intelligence will play an important role in the Middle East commercial security market’s future, as interconnected video surveillance systems and autonomous IP-based solutions become the norm, said the boss of a global video surveillance manufacturer. Gaurav Khemka, the Director of CP PLUS, said mining scores of data to find answers and facilitate prompt decision making has become simpler with the help of video analytics and digital surveillance, solving multiple problems across a range of applications, from small retail outlets to high-level government intelligence agencies. Video analytics to benefit multiple sectors CP PLUS is one of more than 1,300 exhibitors from 59 countries at the upcoming Intersec 2019 exhibition in Dubai“There are countless opportunities and problems waiting to be solved by video analytics, as the computing power of IP cameras continues to improve,” said Khemka. “Benefits will be seen across multiple sectors, from assisting intelligence agencies to local retail outlets, and perhaps, in the future, a fully predictive surveillance system may be a reality.” CP PLUS is one of more than 1,300 exhibitors from 59 countries at the upcoming Intersec 2019 exhibition in Dubai, the world’s leading trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection. Khemka said the company has completed numerous projects in the Middle East, last year, highlighting the UAE’s Landmark Group as one of its flagship references. IP Cameras for Landmark’s retail outlets “The Landmark Group is a multinational conglomerate involved in consumer retail while it also has interests in hospitality and leisure, healthcare and mall management,” added Khemka. Round the clock surveillance was a major requirement for Landmark Group’s vast network of retail outlets, and CP PLUS provided more than 1,500 IP cameras for this purpose. While retail is one industry vertical that has benefitted from the value-added offerings of integrated security systems and video analytics, Khemka said almost all other industry verticals are now catching on: “Today security has transcended from a need for safety to that of value addition and an enabler for people and processes,” Khemka said. Integration with fire and alarm systems CP PLUS will put the spotlight on its Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things based technologies at Intersec 2019“When integrated with other aspects of security such as fire and alarm systems, it can not only create a complete security ecosystem but also a huge support for managing operations and manpower. As such, all verticals, be it banking, education, hospitality, law enforcement, real estate, retail, or transportation, have identified with the need and adopted it wholeheartedly.” CP PLUS will put the spotlight on its Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things based technologies at the 21st edition of Intersec, which takes place from 20-22 January at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. It will line-up alongside more than 500 global solutions providers in the three-day event’s Commercial Security section, the largest of seven dedicated show sections that include Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Homeland Security & Policing, Physical & Perimeter Security, Information Security, and Smart Home & Building Automation. GESAB at Intersec 2019 Spanish company GESAB is another international player in the Commercial Security section looking to build its network with key regional decision makers of security and defence-related projects. EC3 is one of the world’s largest and most modern control centres, tasked with monitoring Dubai’s mass transit network A returning exhibitor to Intersec in 2019, GESAB specialises in technical solutions for the design, manufacture and installation of both control centre and data processing centre projects. The Madrid-based company was involved in the Dubai RTA’s (Roads and Transport Authority) new Enterprise Command and Control Centre (EC3). Opened in 2017, EC3 is one of the world’s largest and most modern control centres, tasked with monitoring Dubai’s mass transit network, including the Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, public buses, taxis and marine transit systems. Developing technical furniture for EC3 project Fernando Cajal, International Sales Manager for GESAB in the Middle East, said GESAB’s role in EC3, which came through a contact made at Intersec, was to develop the technical furniture for the Main Control Room, Security OCC, Tram back up room, IT SOC Room, Lecture Room, and Gold and Silver Rooms. “EC3 is an unparalleled project for facilities where the future becomes a reality today,” said Cajal. “It’s also an example of why the security industry contributes the greatest number of projects to GESAB, and why the Middle East is a reference market due to its capacity to generate constant business and large-scale projects.” GESAB will showcase at Intersec 2019 its own custom designed and manufactured range of technical furniture and control consoles, along with its Dynamic IP-based KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) system called DeskWall. Importance of video and analysis systems GESAB will showcase at Intersec 2019 its Dynamic IP-based KVM system called DeskWall Cajal said CCTV platforms and control centres are used for the control and management of security, both in the private sphere and in public spaces, adding: “It’s in this sense that video and analysis systems are of vital importance. “The future related to digital surveillance and video analytics, in regards to our expertise, is of control rooms where the tasks are developed in a collaborative integrated way but in individual ergonomic work positions that have the capacity to operate with technologies such as big format screens and high-efficiency digital KVM solutions like DeskWall.” Many more of the world’s leading security solutions providers have also confirmed their participation at the 21st edition of Intersec, including 18 of the global top 20, such as Hikvision, Assa Abloy, Axis Communications, Flir Systems, Hanwha Techwin, Avigilon, Infinova, Nedap, IDIS, and Milestone Systems. Commercial security market growth All of these have also enjoyed considerable success in the Middle East commercial security market that, according to analysts 6Wresearch, will grow by nearly 17 percent annually over the next six years, valuing US$7.4 billion in 2024, compared to an estimated US$2.9 billion in 2018. With 75 percent of the regional market in 2017 (US$1.87 billion), video surveillance is by far the largest product segment, followed by access control (US$367 million), and intrusion detection (US$262 million). The two Gulf nations of Saudi Arabia and the UAE are the largest contributors to the Middle East commercial security market Retail and banking currently hold the lion’s share of the regional market by industry verticals according to 6Wresearch, with an 8.6 percent (US$249 million) and 7.5 percent (US$217 million) share respectively. Meanwhile, the two Gulf nations of Saudi Arabia and the UAE are the largest contributors to the Middle East commercial security market, with Saudi Arabia holding a 31 percent stake (US$899 million), and the UAE 24 percent (US$696 million). Showcasing AI and automation technologies Andreas Rex, Intersec’s Show Director, said: “The Middle East commercial security market has evolved significantly over the years and Intersec exhibitors in this area have always stayed ahead of the curve when it comes to presenting new technologies and innovations for varied end-user verticals, from retail and hospitality, to banking, transport, government, aviation, and smart city concepts. “New-age solutions are all about automation, AI, and resource efficiency, and Intersec 2019 will showcase a wide spectrum of the latest developments in the commercial security sector.” Intersec 2019 returns early next year with a revamped conference line-up, including a three-day Intersec Future Security Summit raising key issues on Artificial Intelligence, security integration, emergency preparedness and response, data protection, IoT and much more. Return of SIRA and Drone Zone Returning popular features in 2019 include the Drone Zone, an Outdoor Demo Area, a Smart Home Pavilion Returning is the SIRA (Security Industry Regulatory Agency) Forum, with the latest updates in security law and industry regulations in Dubai, while a one-day Fire Safety and Protection Conference will involve authorities, fire chiefs, engineers, fire fighters and emergency response professionals. Returning popular features in 2019 include the Drone Zone, an Outdoor Demo Area, a Smart Home Pavilion and the Safety Design in Buildings Pavilion. More than 150 exhibitors will be participating for the first time, while Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, UK, and the USA comprise the 15 country pavilions. Intersec 2019 is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and supported by the Dubai Police, Dubai Police Academy, Dubai Civil Defence, SIRA, and the Dubai Municipality.
ADT Inc., the provider of monitored security and interactive home and business automation solutions in the United States and Canada, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Boca Raton, FL-based Red Hawk Fire & Security, a leader in commercial fire, life safety and security services and portfolio company of Comvest Partners, for $317.5 million in cash. This transaction accelerates ADT’s growth in the commercial security market and expands the company’s product portfolio with the introduction of commercial fire safety related solutions. It is the latest in a series of strategic acquisitions made over the last year to drive commercial growth and build on ADT’s strong foundation of superior customer service. With the addition of Red Hawk, ADT will have an increased geographic footprint and enhanced customer service capabilities across the nation. Revenues from the combined company’s business customers are expected to represent approximately 25% of total revenue. Red Hawk is a pioneer in the design, installation, integration, monitoring and servicing of commercial fire, security and life safety solutionsOffers mission-critical solutions Red Hawk is a pioneer in the design, installation, integration, monitoring and servicing of commercial fire, security and life safety solutions. Red Hawk represents one of the few last independent large national commercial integrators, offering complex, mission-critical solutions across its 45 district locations and is expected to generate approximately $300 million of revenues in 2018. In recent years, Red Hawk has demonstrated double-digit revenue growth across a diverse set of customers, markets and geographies, leveraging its strong local presence backed by its nationwide footprint and differentiated fire and security expertise. Expanding business and service capabilities “Commercial security is one of the core pillars of ADT’s growth strategy and today’s announcement marks a significant step in our concerted efforts to expand our commercial business with the critical capabilities and services that our customers expect,” said ADT President and incoming CEO, Jim DeVries. We are excited to welcome the talented and experienced Red Hawk team to the ADT family while expanding our geographic reach"“Red Hawk’s exceptional portfolio of commercial fire and security solutions complements ADT’s existing commercial business, positioning us to provide a superior customer experience at a local and national level. We are excited to welcome the talented and experienced Red Hawk team to the ADT family while expanding our geographic reach, service capabilities and product offerings. Having long admired Red Hawk, we are confident that combining the strengths of our two companies will allow us to deliver increased value to our customers and shareholders.” Providing high-quality customer service “We are delighted to join a company with ADT’s resources, growth potential and shared commitment to providing high quality customer service and innovative solutions to customers,” said Red Hawk President and CEO Michael McWilliams. “We look forward to our future with ADT, which we are confident will help us to achieve our next phase of growth.” “It was a rewarding and collaborative experience working with Michael McWilliams, Mark Foley, Red Hawk’s CFO, and the other members of Red Hawk’s senior management team to build Red Hawk into a market leader from our original acquisition, and Red Hawk is positioned to continue to thrive under ADT’s leadership,” said Roger Marrero, the Managing Partner of Comvest Partners. Strategic and financial benefits of transaction Substantial increase in scale to accelerate ADT’s commercial growth: The combined commercial business will have substantially increased scale with an expanded commercial technician work force that will allow the company to meet growing customer demand across the U.S. and provide enhanced customer service capabilities. This transaction creates the opportunity to leverage the capabilities of both organisations to create a more robust and differentiated commercial security offering in a highly fragmented industry. Introduction of fire safety solutions: This transaction expands ADT’s product portfolio with the introduction of Red Hawk’s fire safety solutions, allowing the company to become a single destination for both fire and security needs at the commercial level. The company intends to leverage Red Hawk’s fire safety solutions and expertise to help capture new business opportunities with new and existing customers. Compelling long-term financial benefits: Given the strong financial and operating profile of Red Hawk’s business – which, similar to ADT’s growing commercial and multi-site businesses, has a very attractive net customer acquisition cost and retention characteristics – the acquisition is expected to be accretive to free cash flow generation, before taking into account meaningful expected cost benefits. The completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the fourth quarter 2018.
When Linus Yale Sr. invented the pin tumbler cylinder lock, it was the start of an iconic security brand that would eventually be known all over the world. What began in a lock shop in Newport, New York, would eventually evolve into the global presence of the brand “Yale” that we know today. The Yale brand was purchased in August 2000 by the Swedish lock manufacturer ASSA ABLOY Group, which expanded Yale’s global presence in the ensuing years and recently has led the way into smart locks and building automation. This year, ASSA ABLOY is marking the 175th anniversary of the Yale brand. Global home security brand “People all over the world trust the brand to protect what they love most in their homes,” says Kate Clark, Managing Director of Yale EMEA at ASSA ABLOY. Although Yale has a successful commercial sector business in the United States, in the rest of the world Yale is a residential brand. The Yale brand is well known in 130 countries from Australia to the Czech Republic to Colombia, and is popular in Africa, too. In the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) market alone, Yale has around 20,000 products; that’s without counting products sold in the Asia-Pacific and Americas regions. Yale is familiar as a generic term for “lock” in some areas and is one of the largest home security brands in the world. Expansion into digital locks Good old-fashioned cylinder locks still look nice and cost the right amount of money, so they are in demand “I think we stand for safety, quality and reliability, and that hasn’t changed,” says Clark. “It’s as important now as ever. We have tried to pioneer new technology in the industry, new innovations. The rate of acceleration has increased, and there are so many technologies we have to understand and work with.” Growing beyond its heritage in mechanical locking systems, Yale is now expanding into digital locks that can protect homes with a high level of security synonymous with the Yale brand. The current selection of locks includes partnerships with tech brands such as Nest Labs (Google) and Alexa (Amazon). There is a rapid acceleration of growth in the electro-mechanical lock market. But even as the focus expands to smart locks and partnerships with tech companies, Yale continues to dedicate time and resources to the design of their core mechanical products. Good old-fashioned cylinder locks still look nice and cost the right amount of money, so they are in demand. Yale padlocks and bike locks also keep the name top-of-mind. There’s an ongoing education process as home locks expand beyond the use of mechanical devices and even personal identification (PIN) codes. Beyond mechanical locks and PIN codes “It’s important for people to know that we have been around a long time, and we want to celebrate that,” says Clark. “It’s a fantastic story around the brand and what we have achieved. Internally we have a lot of people doing a lot of great things with the brand. We inspire people working with the brand and show them that this is the pedigree, and it should be cherished. We are also raising awareness among younger people, so they know that we are still relevant.” We have an obligation to show people that the new technologies are just as secure as mechanical locks" There’s an ongoing education process as home locks expand beyond the use of mechanical devices and even personal identification (PIN) codes. “We have to take people on a journey,” says Clark. “We have an obligation to show them that the new technologies are just as secure as mechanical locks. If we eliminate PIN codes, we have to do it in a secure and safe way. Then suddenly access to your home can be made available by a company you trust.” Smart home security “We have a responsibility to do our best job with the new technology – it’s wonderful, but it needs to be used correctly,” says Clark. “I personally feel a responsibility to do that in the right way.” For example, in working with Amazon and Alexa to remotely authorise the delivery of a parcel to a home, concerns of security must be weighed carefully along with issues of convenience. “It’s important that we get the balance right,” says Clark. “We need to know the right person is giving the right voice command to lock a lock. We have to be true to our core as ‘security first.’” Will Yale be here another 175 years? Clark says she doesn’t expect to be around to find out but will do her best to preserve and promote the brand until she hands it off to a new caretaker.
Home8, a provider of video-verified connected devices for safety, security, and home automation, has agreed to provide Marantec America with Home8’s highly popular Video-VerifiedActionView Garage Door Control Relay System as a complement to Marantec’s flagship line of garage door openers. Home8 will supply the ActionView systems to Marantec America, a premier, Illinois-based manufacturer of access systems for both commercial and residential applications. Marantec will sell the systems as a third-party, value-added option to its extensive line of Synergy Garage Door Openers, under the Home8 brand. Integrated video verification Using a smartphone or other web-enabled device, users can remotely open or close their garage doorsThe Home8 Video-Verified ActionView Garage Door Control Relay System provides an unprecedented level of control over garage door openers. Using a smartphone or other web-enabled device, users can remotely open or close their garage doors. This allows users to perform a variety of important functions, such as allowing access to delivery people or letting in neighbours in the event of an emergency. It also means that users can close their garage door remotely if they drove away from home and left it open. Video verification is a particularly desirable feature. This allows users who might not remember whether or not they closed the garage door after leaving their house to visually check door status through real-time video. This feature provides a level of security and peace of mind not possible with simple text alerts. The system, which includes a security gateway (hub), WiFi camera, and garage door opener relay, can be connected by a professional garage door installer but is easy enough for the do-it-yourselfer to handle. Expandable home automation system According to Meikel Nagel, President and CEO of Marantec America, connectivity solutions are very much in demand in the areas of garage and garage door openers. When the company investigated the various options, Home8 went to the top of the list. What makes the system even more attractive is its expandability, allowing homeowners to add various home automation devices" “What really intrigued us about the Home8 system, besides being an established and reputable brand, is that it takes the initial need for opening and closing the garage door and brings it to a completely new level,” he explained. “From our initial feedback, the video capability has turned out to be the key selling point for homeowner; they have eyes on their garage now. “But what makes the system even more attractive is its expandability, allowing homeowners to add various home automation devices, even devices for connected health. Rather than having to purchase another system specifically for creating a smart home, users that purchase this Home8 system will already have a foundation for smart home integration.” New revenue streams for door dealers Nagel added that besides bringing home automation potential to those who purchase the system, it represents new revenue streams for garage door dealers and wholesalers -- the company’s primary sales channels -- who can now ‘upsell’ into smart home devices and other home automation products. According to Nagel, based on the success of this initial product rollout, Marantec may explore the possibility of selling additional Home8 products, as well as significantly increasing the number of ActionView Garage Door units the company orders.
NAPCO Security Technologies, known for developing innovative technology and reliable security solutions and services, is pleased to share that the all-new décor-neutral, iBridge Touch Touchscreen is gaining high popularity, especially used in conjunction with its new matching iBridge App, recently debuted on iTunes and Google Play. iBridge Touch is an advanced, neutral-color, décor-friendly, wall-mounted touchscreen that controls security and/or video and smart automation (IoT services). iBridge Touch and App Available in hardwire or wireless models, this slim-profile, high-res 7” full color touchscreen (#IBR-TOUCH & -WL, respectively) is ultra-responsive with a high-speed, quad-core processor, matching the iBridge Smart App for mobile services. iBridge Touch has an intuitive graphical icon-based user interface, helpful built-in voice prompts, onscreen MMS/SMS notifications, and offers easy one-touch security for arm, disarm, stay & away, plus a conventional keypad mode with multi-brand compatibility option. Integrated with StarLink Connect LTE Dual Path Cell In fact, iBridge Touch is ideally-teamed with the universal StarLink Connect LTE Dual Path Cell/IP Connected Hub Communicator (-Z model). When integrated together for smart home/business accounts, the StarLink Connect provides connectivity for Z-wave IoT control of standard Z-wave locks, lights, t-stats & small appliances, and onscreen Video, multi-viewing of up to 6 iBridge Video WAP-free hi-res cameras, including new doorbell, or original iSee Video Cameras. Additionally, when used with StarLink Connect, the universal communicator provides the iBridge Touch touchscreen with a conventional virtual keypad mode that mirrors top panel brand keypads, ADT/Honeywell, DSC & Napco, including providing dealers with full keypad programming capability. Other new dealer advantages include easy update command, a Configuration Wizard, and super easy WiFi network-connect.
Eyecloud Cam, smart home security camera, is now available via a Kickstarter campaign. Aimed at keeping house, family and belongings safe, Eyecloud Cam ensures affordable security with a single Eyecloud Cam costing less than $100. Eyecloud Cam home security camera Eyecloud Cam is a home security camera that constantly monitors the safety of the family and home by putting one of the most advanced computer vision AI technology right inside the camera. After positively identifying a threat, Eyecloud Cam sends out a notification with a description of the event, with unprecedented accuracy as to why it has chosen to send out this alarm. To make a Smart Home even more safe, Eyecloud is working on making the Eyecloud Cam fully compatible with Amazon Alexa. Computer vision AI technology Eyecloud Cam is completely cordless and requires no base station to operate The Eyecloud Cam is stylish, yet compact and discrete. Put the easy-to-mount Eyecloud Cam at the precise location to facilitate 24-hour detection and surveillance. An Eyecloud Cam at the front door can monitor visitors, inside the home, the Eyecloud Cam can warn of intruders, watch over pets and children, or could help provide early warning of safety incidents. To ensure the safety of property, put an Eyecloud Cam in the backyard or watch over the garage. With its long six-month battery life, onboard AI, and 8GB of local storage, Eyecloud Cam ensures all-round residential, family, and property security, even while power and internet access are unavailable. Eyecloud Cam is completely cordless and requires no base station to operate. Configurable for alert situations The cam's smart technology can tell the difference between intruders, visitors, acquaintances, or kids playing in the backyard, and sends alerts only when it detects unusual events. For privacy reasons, the Eyecloud Cam will send a text notification warning to all the connected users, who can then open the app to find out the real reason for the alert. The Eyecloud Cam is completely configurable for alert situations, from snapshots or videos, the owner is in complete control.
ProdataKey (PDK), an innovator of cloud-based networked and wireless access control products and services, and Dwelo LLC, a provider of smart-home solutions purpose-built for apartment owners, managers and residents, has announced a partnership that is seamlessly integrating PDK’s cloud access control technology into the Dwelo smart apartment platform. Dwelo’s web and mobile software, which currently offers apartment dwellers the ability to control smart devices such as light switches, thermostats and door deadbolts for their individual units, has added features to manage access to common areas of their building or community, such as entry gates, clubhouse, gym and laundry facilities. These spaces can now be secured by PDK’s cloud access control solution, pdk.io, providing apartment property managers and owners with valuable operational efficiencies. The administrative software interface, not visible to residents, enables management to easily establish and enforce authorised hours of use for common facilities. An audit trail reports all traffic into the property, including any one-time credentials issued by residents, which can be used to assist in investigations in cases of theft or vandalism. When residents move out, their access to unit, common, and perimeter access is immediately deactivated, eliminating the risks that accompany traditional keys that would otherwise remain in circulation. The system is subscription based, with property managers able to recoup the cost in both efficiencies and enhanced revenue Scalable and affordable security solutions Beyond operational efficiencies, residents can unlock perimeter and common doors or gates using the same mobile app they use to control their apartments. In addition, they have the ability to use their phones or computers to generate temporary, one-time credentials that allow visitors, delivery and service people to gain access as needed. These features add to the conveniences afforded to residents living in Dwelo-enabled smart apartments. Both Dwelo and PDK have built successful businesses by leveraging the power of cloud technology to create scalable, affordable solutions that offer unprecedented ease of installation for contractors and simple usability for customers. With their combined areas of expertise in home automation and security, together they see an opportunity to serve a large and generally neglected market sector – apartment renters who desire the same smart home technological conveniences as today’s home owners and seek out communities that offer those smart home solutions. The Dwelo/PDK solution is available for both new construction and retrofits. After an initial per-unit installation charge, the system is subscription based, with property managers able to recoup the cost in both efficiencies and enhanced revenue. Enhanced apartment living “Dwelo is thrilled to be partnering with such an innovative company as PDK. PDK is a technology leader in the electronic access control space, and Dwelo and its customers are already benefitting from their forward-thinking approach to access." Our partnership will bring tangible benefits to all stakeholders involved within the multi-family residential market sector" "The consolidation of smart home control and perimeter and common area access control, in one platform, is a powerful marriage for multifamily property owners. We look forward, with PDK, to crafting more solutions that address the specific needs of these customers,” says Mike Rovito, CEO of Dwelo, LLC. “PDKs solution has been embraced by customers in the commercial sector for its simple ease of use and platform flexibility. Our wireless and PoE options allow for cost-effective takeover of legacy equipment, while supporting new construction projects with all the benefits derived from leveraging the network." "Our mantra, simplicity without compromise, dovetails perfectly with Dwelo’s corporate mission to enhance apartment living through easily accessible IoT technology. Our partnership will bring tangible benefits to all stakeholders involved within the multi-family residential market sector,” says Evan Tree, CEO of ProdataKey.
Exceeding traditional intercom, Android intercom solution generates unprecedented user experience by not only offering friendlier UI, easier understanding and superior operation, but also serving as a smarter platform for integrating various applications. The Akuvox all-Android intercom solution has built a comfortable and smart living environment beyond intercom for home owners in its recent residential project. The project involved 1,200 luxury apartments in Europe. Integration and mobility were two keywords of the project requirement. The solution was expected to incorporate intercom, home automation and phone system, and the whole package of functions should be easily accessible through residents’ mobile phones. Solutions and benefits Akuvox’s all-Android intercom solution included indoor monitor-IT82, video door phone-R29 and video guard phone-R48G, supported by its cloud and mobile app. The various terminals delivered best-in-class SIP communication, with Their expertly-tuned Android OS along with APIs offered immense openness to 3rd-party developers for customisation, and the configuration, upgrading and maintenance of the solution were efficiently accomplished on the cloud, thanks to which, users could also use mobile apps to obtain all features anywhere and anytime. As a result, the solution benefited both the system integrator and the residents greatly. Intuitive user experience Easy integration with other systems, such as home automation Top-notch audio and video quality Unlimited mobility Streamlined management and enhanced productivity Unique application scenarios Searching name on video door phone. Visitors could search names from the contact entries loaded into R29. Adding brilliance to the search experience, the large touch screen could display more names and its customised background picture was welcoming and pleasing. Home Automation. Through its eight connectors, IT82 was exploited as a control panel for smart home devices, such as in-home security sensors, smart lighting and smart metering. Also, consolidating community-wide IP cameras, the solution allowed residents to monitor the neighbourhood via an app installed on IT82. Integration with phone system. Various services were realised through the video guard phone. The community guard used it to call the resident’s indoor monitor to confirm visitors’ identity, to grant/deny access, or to push messages to indoor monitors. Vice versa, residents can send property service requests from indoor monitors to the guard phone. Keeping track of home while away. Through the mobile app, residents answered calls, unlocked doors, checked the live camera feed from door phones and handled alerts sent by indoor monitors. Keeping track of the property status led to stringent security. Why Akuvox? Akuvox is a front-runner in SIP and Android-based intercom, accumulating 12-year SIP experience and almost 10-years of Android competence, achieving many breakthroughs in their convergence. It is one of the few intercom suppliers that offer massively-deployed Android solutions, which not only deliver stable system, but also possess exceptional capability of deep customisation.
IP technology has revolutionised the home and business security market. Digital systems have many advantages compared to conventional systems used in the security and building sectors. The innovative spirit of Fermax, which for more than six decades has invested in new technologies, has contributed to the development of its IP technology: LYNX by FERMAX. This article discusses some of the architecture projects that have relied on FERMAX’s IP solutions, and the advantages and functionalities of LYNX. IP technology transforms security In a world with greater connectivity and integration, IP technology has transformed security systems, including the video door entry system, positioning itself as one of the best options in the market, as well as offering new standards in processing capacity and performance. LYNX by FERMAX is a state-of-the-art IP video door entry system which has been integrated in some of the most prestigious residential and commercial projects in the world. These projects are constructions that expect to take a step forward in the management of communication, security and comfort for residents. LYNX optimally combines the benefits of integrating communication systems based on the TCP/IP protocol and the needs of real estate developers, systems integrators and end users, achieving the perfect combination of technology, engineering and design. Thanks to the projects in which LYNX has already been installed, its IP systems demonstrate its capacity and efficiency in large buildings, making complex installations easier with long distances. Projects that integrate with LYNX by Fermax One 57 (United States) Designed by award-winning Christian de Portzamparc, One 57 is one of the tallest residential buildings in New York; a super luxury project in Manhattan. Le Nouvel KLCC (Malaysia) A spectacular real estate project in front of the Petrona Towers, designed by the famous architect Jean Nouvel and comprising of two 49-storey towers and 195 luxury apartments. Miras Park (Kazahstan) A unique and high quality residential complex, comprised of 8 blocks. Settler’s Cove (Australia) An award-winning complex located in Queensland, one of the most desired areas of Australia. Settler's cove is an award-winning complex in Queensland Why large architecture projects choose LYNX Among its most outstanding features, FERMAX puts special emphasis on: Unlimited technical capacity: The MESH network architecture as a distributed network brings robustness to the system and contrasts with most commercial offers. With a single installation of LYNX, it is possible to manage up to 5,000 monitors, unlimited point-to-point distances in the installation, and even unlimited channels for conversations and data transmission. LYNX is designed to allow different devices involved in a facility to talk to each other. Full integration: Provides freedom of choice to configure the system and automate it according to user needs. The system can integrate different solutions for the communication, security and residential or commercial comfort: door entry, access control, home automation, video surveillance cameras, lift control – either through Fermax products or third-party applications. The end user perceives different integrated technologies as part of a single solution. Extra Security: LYNX incorporates a 3DES and SRTP encryption and maintains a permanent, reliable and easy connection with the building staff, guaranteeing the protection and safety of each resident. It ensures the privacy of the conversations and makes any attempt to sabotage the system more difficult. LYNX provides freedom of choice to configure the system and automate it according to user needs Easy installation and configuration: It is a system designed to be installed by both digital integration professionals and classic installers of audio and video door entry systems. Customisation: LYNX offers a multitude of configuration possibilities, with unique and personalised solutions for each project. Complete management: The operation of LYNX Property Management or Guard Units is simple and intuitive, a software specially created for the Fermax IP system. Outstanding product design: The devices and terminals associated with LYNX provide a level of design that is unequalled, which has turned Fermax into an international reference. Refined lines, elegance and simplicity, in addition to the careful selection of high quality materials and perfect finishes. The guarantee of a specialist brand: LYNX is an advanced technological solution from IP protocols – combining solid experience in the video door entry sector and a constant capacity for innovating. LYNX features and functionalities The property owner or resident has many advantages when installing LYNX devices. The IP door entry monitor becomes the screen to manage inside the home, from the most essential feature such as door opening or calling the lift, to the control and automation of temperature, alarms, visualising the video surveillance video installed in the complex, or talking to the concierge or neighbours, alongside other advanced functions.
Sigma Designs, a provider of intelligent system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for connected smart TV platforms and smart home IoT, announces that Japan’s largest telco corporation, KDDI, uses Z-Wave as the wireless mesh technology powering their smart home solution, au HOME, designed specifically for network operators. Au HOME with Z-Wave KDDI is growing its lifestyle brand for consumers with the expansion of the popular au mobile service beyond communications into home services aimed to capture a piece of the growing smart home market and extend it in Japan. The fully integrated, plug-and-play smart home service, au HOME, will leverage Z-Wave for a broad array of sensors, outlets, locks, and other connected devices essential for the delivery of optimal home security, automation, and smart metering services. Au HOME with Z-Wave will allow au smartphone users with the service to easily monitor their home on-the-go and control home temperatures, lock doors and windows, control lighting, and measure power consumption. "We are excited to be working with KDDI to bring Z-Wave technology to Japan," said Raoul Wijgergangs, VP of Sigma Designs' Z-Wave Business Unit. "Capitalising on the smart home market requires thoughtful solutions that address the real challenges faced by both service providers and end consumers. KDDI's system will allow them to easily introduce new smart home technology and allow consumers to expand their smart home functionality without fear of incompatibility. As the market leader and most secure and interoperable smart home protocol, Z-Wave is perfect for powering KDDI's innovative new service." Z-Wave Smart Home Z-Wave smart home deployments have been at the forefront of new telco initiatives in the U.S. and Europe for many years. The market in Asia is now rapidly closing the gap with all three major providers in Republic of Korea, SK, KT and LGU+, offering programs capped off with this announcement by industry giant, KDDI in Japan. The au HOME smart home solution with Z-Wave will be available for consumers in Japan at the end of July 2017.
Elekta glass entry panels have been installed to minimise visual impact on the iconic architecture Urmet has added to its portfolio of heritage buildings with an installation at the world-famous former BBC Television Centre in White City, London. The 14-acre complex is one of the capital’s most recognisable landmarks, with a frontage and statues that are known to television viewers around the world. Many features are Grade II-listed and will remain as part of the new residential, leisure, and commercial complex.Urmet iPervoice IP door entry system Developers, Stanhope plc, are using Urmet’s open platform iPervoice IP door entry system on an initial phase of 430 apartments and penthouses for visitor announcement, system management by concierge staff, and lift control interface.Elekta glass entry panels have been specified to minimise visual impact on the iconic Fifties architecture. These panels have been fitted at 40 entrance points and connected over the Cat5e network allowing visitors to communicate with residents. The Elekta is a Power over Ethernet (PoE) panel that features a 3.5-inch colour display and allows both audio and video messages to be recorded. The panel will also detect if a door has been left open and there is a duress function for anybody who feels under threat. At large sites, the panel can display a route map from the external entry gates to the selected residence. The Elekta features soft-touch controls and can be flush-mounted. Urmet also supplied a number of bespoke external posts for installing the panels in areas of Television Centre where the buildings have a glass-fronted or a curtain-wall exterior. "Urmet’s unobtrusive designs allow architects to maintain period feel, but also empower residents with functionality" Urmet MAX IP Android-powered touchscreen On certain panels in communal areas, there are additional one-button call units for contacting the 24-hour concierge staff. These are from Urmet’s Sinthesi Steel range and feature a wide-angle 120° camera, vandal-resistant body, and impact resistance to IK09.In the apartments, residents respond to calls from the entrance panels and communicate with their visitors using Urmet’s newly launched MAX IP Android-powered touchscreen. This is a seven-inch tablet-style device that uses swipe and gesture conventions familiar to any smartphone user. The MAX IP has a 2-megapixel camera and a 1024x600 pixel screen. Intelligent lift management An important feature of the MAX IP is a lift icon that generates a signal to the lift interface when pressed. Residents can call the lift to their floor or send it to the ground level to receive a guest or delivery person—all without leaving their apartment. The lift occupant can only travel to the floor for which they have permission and they are prevented from visiting other levels. This function is a core requirement of Secured by Design (SBD), the official UK Police initiative that seeks to ‘design-out crime’ through physical security. Urmet is fully committed to SBD and was an early adopter of the scheme.Television Centre also uses Urmet’s switchboard software, which allows concierges to manage calls, receive and create alarms, and send messages on a global, group or individual basis. The software simplifies these functions by presenting the concierge with an intuitive screen menu and empowers staff through an overall site awareness that contributes to resident safety. Concierges will work from a lobby formed from the original ‘stage door’ entrance to Television Centre. "Urmet excels at populating our touchscreens with factory-controlled third-party apps for integration to home automation and network systems" App-based solutionMark Hagger, Sales & Marketing Director at Urmet, said: “Urmet excels at populating our touchscreens with factory-controlled third-party apps for integration to home automation and network systems. This is a direction in which developers and installers want our sector to move and the trend was also emphasised by prospective end-users when they looked at the system in the marketing suite created by developers, Stanhope.” He continued: “Many of our projects involve door entry at sites that retain the original fabric of an historic building. Urmet’s unobtrusive designs allow architects to maintain period feel, but also empower residents with functionality. This is becoming one of the many strengths of the iPervoice system.” Protecting heritage facility After its opening by the Queen in 1960, the studios at White City created programmes ranging from Blue Peter to Children in Need for over fifty years, until 2012. Known from now on as Television Centre, the overall site covers 145 acres. The architect is London-based practice, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, which will retain components such as the Helios statue and mosaic work.The recent Urmet installation is on the initial Helios apartment block. The scheme will finally include 950 new homes, offices, restaurants, cafés, a cinema, shops, hotels, and an additional campus for Imperial College. A piazza the size of Trafalgar Square will be created in the original frontage.
Urmet's solution will offer screening of visitors and the ability to integrate with home automation apps Urmet, an international manufacturer of video door entry solutions, has secured the order to supply the latest IP door entry systems for a new development of luxury apartments at a £500 million mixed-use development near Oxford Street in London’s West End. Rathbone Square is a 2.3-acre project consisting of new office space, retail outlets, a public square and 142 luxury apartments. The buildings have been designed by Make Architects and are being constructed by Lend Lease for developers Great Portland Estates. The site is a former Royal Mail sorting office in Fitzrovia and forms part of the £1 billion development of Tottenham Court Road in preparation for the Crossrail railway construction project.Visitor screening requirementsThe Urmet equipment at the apartments and penthouses is being installed by nationwide building services contractor TClarke and will operate from IPervoice, Urmet’s IP door entry software platform. The building services company required a single system that would offer both the comprehensive screening of visitors and the ability to integrate with third-party home automation apps that control everything from blinds to lighting.Visitors make calls using external stainless steel Elekta entrance panels. These Power over Ethernet (PoE) panels feature a 3.5” colour display with a 2-megapixel camera, allowing the recording of both video and audio messages. Compact dimensions and sleek lines will ensure the equipment has minimal impact on the period architecture surrounding Rathbone Square, which includes a number of Georgian buildings. With an impact-resistance rating of IK09, the unit also offer minimal pry points to prevent vandalism.Gesture-driven touchscreen The system enables call-forwarding to mobile phones via Urmet’s Call2U App when residents are away from home and even allows users to grant access from their remote location A key feature in the apartments is that Rathbone Square residents will communicate with their visitors via Urmet’s latest black MAX IP Android-powered touchscreen. This is a 7” device with quad-core processor that provides processing power to run the most demanding applications and functions like a normal tablet. The system enables call-forwarding to mobile phones via Urmet’s Call2U App when residents are away from home and even allows users to grant access from their remote location. Families can take advantage of this feature on up to four devices simultaneously. TClarke has also used Urmet’s concierge switchboard software, which enables the 24-hour concierge staff to manage calls, receive and create alarms, generate usage reports, and send messages on a global, group and individual basis. The software simplifies these functions by presenting the concierge with an intuitive screen menu and gives operators overall site awareness and visibility that adds to resident security.Compliance with ‘Secured By Design’Throughout the Rathbone Square project, TClarke has worked to the requirements of Secured by Design (the official UK police flagship supporting the principles of ‘designing out crime’). The MAX IP touchscreen (now available in both black and white) ensures adherence to these recommendations with its generous 1024 x 600 pixel screen and destination control for lifts. The screen features a lift icon, while logic control within the IPervoice software allows the resident to limit a delivery person’s access to the floor for which they have permission. Secured by Design mandates intelligent lift management of this kind. Commitment to open platforms As the project matures, the MAX IP touchscreen will become a true portal. It will integrate with a host of third-party home automation apps “The Rathbone Square project shows us working in a collaborative environment with installer and developer,” says Mark Hagger, Urmet’s Sales and Marketing Director. “As the project matures, the MAX IP touchscreen will become a true portal. It will integrate with a host of third-party home automation apps, including lighting and blind control.” The various sections of Rathbone Square have either six or eight floors, with three basement levels. The office space is on the south side of the building close to Oxford Street, while the residential block faces Fitzrovia. First in a hundred yearsRathbone Square consists of two ‘L’-shaped buildings, one incorporating the residential units and the other office space for which Castel UK, part of the Urmet Group of companies, provided an IP intercom solution. The exteriors feature precast concrete cladding and metalwork with a focus on low carbon footprint throughout from Hilson Moran, which is acting as sustainability consultant. Many of the apartments at Rathbone Square have balconies overlooking a central garden. Residents can enjoy facilities such as a gymnasium, 18-metre pool, sauna, screening room and even a wine storage and tasting room. The adjacent public square is the first such area built in London for 100 years.