Home Security Systems
Inspired by SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg, Germany and its first sister event in China, SIAF – SPS Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou, Smart Industry Solutions Shanghai (SISS) was successfully held on 4 September. The conference took place concurrently with Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology (SIBT) and Shanghai Smart Home Technology (SSHT) this year for the first time, providing a supplementary programme for these fairs’ visitors to discover more about the latest manufacturing...
The Middle East’s outstanding security and fire safety projects and products will share the spotlight in Dubai next week, when they contest for the ultimate accolade at the region’s only awards ceremony dedicated to excellence in commercial security and fire protection. Security, Safety and Fire Protection Awards A stellar shortlist of 55 finalists from 150 entries has been selected for the inaugural Intersec Security, Safety and Fire Protection Middle East Awards, with the winners...
ADT Inc., a provider of security and automation solutions for homes and businesses, announced Digital Security by ADT, a new cybersecurity service that will offer peace of mind at home and on-the-go by helping protect a customer’s personal identity, digital data, home network and financial information. Identity Protection will be exclusively available on ADT’s enhanced e-Commerce platform, providing convenience and clarity for customers to shop for their security needs when and how t...
Ho Chi Minh City welcomes Vietnam’s largest trade fair for the safety, security and fire sectors this week, as security industry stakeholders from around the world gather at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center for the 11th edition of Secutech Vietnam. The rising security requirements of Vietnam’s commercial and residential property sectors have set the stage for a fruitful three days of business at the show, which takes place from 16 – 18 August 2018. A new zone showca...
Dojo by BullGuard, global supplier of IoT security solutions, and BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) has announced a partnership to develop advanced technologies for automated IoT threat detection, utilising artificial intelligence (AI) and highly advanced machine learning algorithms. Researchers from Cyber@BGU, the cyber research lab at BGU, global source for cybersecurity research and development, and Dojo by BullGuard will join forces...
Secutech Vietnam 2018 reached new heights as it closed its doors, having seen visitor numbers shoot up to an estimated 13,800+ (2017: 12,097). Positive feedback from buyers and exhibitors alike also cemented the fair’s position as the ideal shop window into the regional security industry. Secutech Vietnam 2018 The new Smart Home and Smart Building zone was added to the show floor this year alongside the returning Security zone and the Fire & Safety zone The enlarged show occupied the...
ONVIF, global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, has surpassed 10,000 conformant products that meet its global interoperability standards, further broadening the organisation’s offering and relevance in the IP-based physical security marketplace. IP-based physical security products This level of conformant products marks yet another milestone for ONVIF as it celebrates its 10th year as a standards organisation, providing interoperability specifications for IP-based physical security products. The Profiles offered by ONVIF address video surveillance and access control functions and are growing increasingly applicable in security and connectivity environments such as Safe City initiatives, IoT applications and intelligent building automation. “With more than 10,000 conformant products in its 10th year, the acceptance for ONVIF in the market has grown in a way that no one could have anticipated,” said Per Björkdahl, chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee. “This number represents not only the success of ONVIF, but how our member companies, many of whom are competitors, have collaborated to provide solutions that are relevant and needed in the market. This is a strong testament to the importance of standards in our rapidly evolving marketplace.” ONVIF open source standards ONVIF has continued to see a strong commitment from its member base representing a majority of the manufacturers in the industry In the past two years, ONVIF has continued to see a strong commitment from its member base representing a majority of the manufacturers in the industry, along with a dramatic increase in new conformant products. The numbers reflect the increasing demand for open source standards in the market, and ONVIF will continue to provide the framework for further conformant products that enable interoperability. ONVIF conformant products are produced only by ONVIF member companies and must support at least one ONVIF Profile. Products must be registered under the ONVIF list of conformant products to be considered conformant. The Conformant Products page on the ONVIF website, onvif.org, is the only authoritative list of ONVIF conformant products. Video management system and access control Founded in 2008, ONVIF is a leading and well-recognised industry forum driving interoperability for IP-based physical security products. The organisation has a global member base of established camera, video management system and access control companies and more than 10,000 profile conformant products. With Profile S for streaming video; Profile G for recording and storage; Profile C for physical access control; Profile Q for improved out-of-the-box functionality, Profile A for broader access control configuration and the Profile T Release Candidate for advanced streaming, ONVIF continues to work with its members to expand the number of IP interoperability solutions ONVIF conformant products can provide.
Last year, natural disasters in the U.S. cost homeowners and businesses a record $306 billion, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 1. While natural disasters can occur at any time throughout the year, the U.S. government recognises September as ‘National Preparedness Month’, an effort to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies. To help safeguard your valuables, The Master Lock Company provides peace of mind with trusted security products that help to protect valuable assets no matter the circumstance. The Master Lock Company develops products that offer enhanced durability, reliability and security" "We understand the value of reliable security, which is why we test our products against the toughest situations, including extreme weather conditions, harsh temperatures and physical attacks," said Justin Matuszek, director of product marketing at The Master Lock Company. "Our rigorous testing facilities coupled with our industry-leading consumer insights allow The Master Lock Company to develop products that offer enhanced durability, reliability and security." To help families prepare for natural disasters this September and throughout the year, The Master Lock Company offers a full suite of innovative security solutions, including: Protecting storage areas and documents Master Lock's Family of Stainless-Steel Padlocks: Master Lock offers a wide selection of stainless-steel padlocks that provide enhanced security, durability and reliability based on consumer needs and application. The Master Lock 5SSKAD Stainless Steel Padlock features a stainless-steel body and shackle, and brass 4-pin tumbler cylinder providing maximum weather resistance and enhanced security to protect storage areas, such as garages and sheds, as well as recreation vehicles like boats and four wheelers. SentrySafe Digital Fire Safe: With its UL Classified fire protection2 and ETL Verified water protection3, the SentrySafe Digital Fire Safe is the ideal storage solution to protect documents and valuable assets from wildfire and flood damages. Its solid steel construction provides durable and reliable protection in extreme weather while a pry-resistant hinge bar protects against theft. In the case of a power outage, it features an interior light, so you can easily access your items without additional lighting. Keeping valuables secure Master Lock SafeSpace Portable Personal Safe: For homeowners that need temporary security while on-the-go, the Master Lock SafeSpace Portable Safe allows for convenient and secure transportation of small personal items. Its durable construction is made to withstand abuse while its shock-absorbing foam on the interior protects valuables on the inside. Keep valuables secure by tightly wrapping the cable around a fixed object or double the cable to use as a carrying handle for easy transporting. New Master Lock Universal Lock Box: In the event of a natural disaster, lock boxes provide a secure way for friends, family and first responders to check on their loved ones. The new Master Lock Universal Lock Box is the only one on the market that features an adjustable shackle, so it can be affixed to almost any style of door hardware. Its wide metal body allows for enhanced durability, weather protection and security for spare keys to homes and other properties. Door Security Bar and Biometric Pistol Safe In addition to extreme weather conditions, the fall season brings a timely opportunity to ensure the security of your home and assets. Make sure your home is secure this season with the following security solutions: Master Lock 265D Adjustable Door Security Bar: Constructed with 20-gauge steel, The Master Lock No. 265D Security Door Bar securely keeps doors closed in case of attempted forced entries. The bar adjusts from 27-1/2 in. to fit most home and patio doors and can be adjusted to fit sliding doors. SentrySafe QAP2BEL XL Biometric Pistol Safe: With the SentrySafe XL Biometric Pistol Safe, gun owners can rest assured that their firearms are secure. Equipped with a biometric fingerprint scanner for fast, one-handed access, the biometric pistol safe features two-pistol capacity for additional firearm and ammunition storage, while interior lighting provides increased visibility in low-light situations, so you can easily access the safe. For homeowners looking to find the best safe for their needs, SentrySafe has recently launched its online SentrySafe Safe Selector tool that allows consumers to navigate the brand's selection of safes – whether it's an all-purpose safe, pistol safe, cash box, or portable safe for consumers on-the-go.
Kwikset brand of Spectrum Brands, Inc., Hardware and Home Improvement Division, global provider of residential security systems, announces a new Control4 version of its Signature Series Deadbolt with Home Connect. Utilising the popular Kwikset single-cylinder deadbolt as its foundation, this keypad-less lock is ideal for homeowners seeking the safety and peace of mind of a Home Connect solution who are already using or are considering a Control4 Smart Home. Control4 Signature Series Deadbolt Kwikset will be showing the Control4 version of its Signature Series Deadbolt with Home Connect at the Control4 Pavilion at CEDIA 2018 in San Diego, CA, September 6-8. As a Connects with Control4 certified partner, the new version for Control4 enables true remote locking and unlocking, allowing homeowners to access and control the lock from anywhere in the world, using the Control4 OS or Control4 App on a smartphone, tablet or internet connected device. As a result, they can lock a door while traveling for work or vacation and can also remotely provide access to their home to service providers, guests or other family members. Users can also receive notifications of the lock’s activity, as well as creating customised scenes within the home. The Control4-ready Kwikset Signature Series Deadbolt is ideal for consumers uncomfortable with keypad entry Remote locking and unlocking A new, discreet way to connect to the home, the Control4-ready Kwikset Signature Series Deadbolt is ideal for consumers uncomfortable with keypad entry or who prefer the aesthetics of a traditional deadbolt. Besides its use as a highly secure front-door lock, it can also be a great solution for extending connectivity to side and back doors. A unique feature of the Control4-ready is the two installation possibilities available to homeowners: SmartKey Security Replace the Entire Deadbolt: Users can change out both the interior and exterior of their current door lock to gain a smart lock. In this mode, the lock provides Kwikset’s patented SmartKey Security, which protects against advanced break-in techniques. It also allows homeowners to re-key the lock themselves in seconds. Traditional key functionality as a backup is also available. Convert Installation Application: Users can replace just the interior of the current door lock to convert it into a smart lock, maintaining the aesthetics of the current lock exterior. In this mode it is compatible with select, single-cylinder deadbolts including Kwikset, Weiser, Schlage, and Baldwin. Smart Home Solutions The Signature Series Deadbolt has become an extremely popular, affordable lock that brings homeowners the convenience of remote locking and unlocking from anywhere in the world" Keith Brandon, Kwikset’s Divisional Vice President – Residential Access Solutions (RAS) Sales and Marketing, noted that this new version for Control4 is a natural extension of one of the company’s most popular locks. “The Signature Series Deadbolt has become an extremely popular, affordable lock that brings homeowners the convenience of remote locking and unlocking from anywhere in the world,” he said. “It made perfect sense to bring this convenience and security to the users of Control4, a well-established smart home platform that is experiencing its own level of significant growth.” Encryption security The Signature Series Deadbolt with Home Connect also features: BHMA Grade 2 Certification, ensuring top quality durability; UL Certification with a 20-minute fire rating; and full 128-bit encryption security. In addition, the lock’s revolutionary tapered deadbolt design enables misaligned doors to lock without pulling and pushing a door shut. Remarkably easy to install, the new deadbolts require just a screwdriver, need no hard wiring, and operate on 4 AA batteries that will last for approximately one year.
Videx, the experts in access control and door entry, has enhanced its popular range of hands free colour video monitors with a new matt black soft touch finish. The monitors, which feature a 7-inch-high resolution colour LCD screen, are now available in both a matt black or satin white finish for a number of Videx’s popular door entry systems. Neil Thomas, National Sales Manager at Videx, said: “Video door entry is a very popular access control choice because it enables a resident to see and talk to a caller prior to opening the door which offers additional peace of mind and security as they have the option to deny access to a caller without having to open the door first. Our 6700 series of hands free monitors carry a number of advanced features such as entrance recall, door release, a do not disturb function and an optional video clip record facility while maintaining ease of use and installation.” Without the Micro SD card installed, the 6700 Series is able to store up to 100 still images of the caller while with a Micro SD card it’s possible to store up to 4096 still images Storage capability with SD card The monitors are available with a video memory feature that can be used with or without a Micro SD card to capture an image or short video of a caller enabling the occupant to see any visitors they may have missed throughout the day. Without the Micro SD card installed, the 6700 Series is able to store up to 100 still images of the caller while with a Micro SD card it’s possible to store up to 4096 still images or up to 512 15 second video clips of callers. The facility can be used manually where the user can press a button to either take a picture of the caller, start recording a short video clip or it can be used in an automatic mode where the picture/video clip will automatically be taken when a visitor calls - allowing the user to review any missed calls when they arrive home. The Micro SD card can also be removed allowing the images and video clips to be used in another device such as a mobile, tablet or PC. With the video monitors, there’s also a number of programmable features such as ring tone, privacy time and number of rings allowing each apartment to be customised to the client’s needs" Programmable features Neil added: “Due to popular demand, we are now able to offer the monitors in a matt black soft touch high end finish as well as the standard satin white finish, so that they complement any surrounding area or environment, as well as providing a great access control solution. With the video monitors, there’s also a number of programmable features such as ring tone, privacy time and number of rings allowing each apartment to be customised to the client’s needs.” Currently the monitors are available for the full video kit range, VX2200 6 wire system for low and high-rise apartments and the VX2300 2 wire system enabling these monitors to be used in one apartment systems through to systems with up to 1000 apartments.
Kwikset brand of Spectrum Brands, Inc. – Hardware & Home Improvement Division, provider of residential security, announces the availability of the contemporary versions of the company’s popular traditional deadbolts: the SmartCode 914 Deadbolt Lock and SmartCode 916 Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt. With their updated, modern designs, these new stylish versions of the industry’s leading wireless, access control locks continue to utilise Kwikset’s Home Connect technology. As a result, they integrate with home security and automation systems to deliver convenience and peace of mind to homeowners with remote locking/unlocking via smartphones and tablets. Wireless security features The new versions of the SmartCode 914 and SmartCode 916 with Home Connect technology incorporate the new Z-Wave 500 Series chip. The new chip provides a number of enhancements, including extended wireless range and wireless security features that reduce the vulnerability of the network during enrollment, as well as increased battery life. Said Keith Brandon, Divisional Vice President of Residential Access Solutions, Spectrum Brands, Inc. – Hardware & Home Improvement Division, “These additions to the SmartCode line exemplify Kwikset’s commitment to not only meeting customer demand for convenience-enhancing technology, security and innovation, but also providing a variety of aesthetic options.” SmartCode 916 also features Kwikset’s unique SecureScreen, which helps mask ‘smudge’ attacks Convenience of features Both the SmartCode 914 with its 10-button keypad and the SmartCode 916 with its responsive capacitive touchscreen offer the convenience of features like keyless entry and dedicated one-touch locking, as well as the security of an all-metal, tamper-resistant interior escutcheon, ensuring top-quality and durability. The SmartCode 916 also features Kwikset’s unique SecureScreen, which helps mask ‘smudge’ attacks in which users codes can be potentially jeopardised by detecting frequently used numbers from the oily residues on the touchscreen surface. Both locks are available in three finishes: Polished Chrome, Satin Nickel, and Venetian Bronze. MSRP for the SmartCode 914 is $199; MSRP for the SmartCode 916 is $229.
Control4 Corporation (NASDAQ: CTRL), a global provider of smart home solutions, announced the appointment of consumer-experience, product, and platform leader Charlie Kindel as Senior Vice President of Products & Services. Charlie was most recently at Amazon where he created and led the Alexa and Echo Smart Home efforts. The organisation he built and ran at Amazon proved that voice is a highly natural user interface for interacting with the home and the recent accelerated growth in smart home visibility is directly attributable to the broad reach and success of Alexa Smart Home. Prior to Amazon, Charlie built a suite of connected home products through his 21-year tenure at Microsoft, including Windows home networking, Windows Media Center, Windows Home Server, and Windows Phone. Smart home solutions “We enthusiastically welcome Charlie Kindel to the Control4 team to lead our global product and services organisation,” said Martin Plaehn, chairman and chief executive officer. “Charlie’s successful track record building the world’s most loved consumer and developer products fits perfectly with the Control4 vision. His broad experience across the domains of consumer media, home networking and computing, mobile and voice, as well as the creation of their underlying scalable platforms and ecosystems are all directly applicable disciplines for creating and delivering next-generation connected home experiences.” It’s gratifying to see individual and industry persistence paying off as connected home solutions are finally hitting mainstream households" “The idea of the smart, connected home is decades old and has been poised to take off many times,” said Charlie. “It’s gratifying to see individual and industry persistence paying off as connected home solutions are finally hitting mainstream households. However, many products and systems are still too complex and don’t work well across an entire home. By being customer-obsessed, Control4 has become the leader in whole-home connected solutions that are highly-refined, reliable, and simple to use. I’m excited I now get to focus on leading the smart home revolution from this different perspective.” Innovative consumer & developer products Charlie Kindel has 30 years of experience building some of the world’s most innovative and successful consumer and developer products, platform technologies, and partner ecosystems. This includes 21-years at Microsoft and five at Amazon. Most recently, Charlie created, led, and grew Amazon’s Alexa Smart Home division. At Microsoft, Charlie served as General Manager of the Windows Phone Developer Experience where he drove the creation of the application and game ecosystem for Windows Phone 7. During his tenure at Microsoft, Charlie helped create Premier Support, Internet Explorer, COM/ActiveX, Windows NT, Windows home networking, Windows Media Center, Windows Home Server, and Windows Phone 7. Charlie earned his Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1990. Charlie will succeed Eric Anderson, who announced his retirement plans earlier this year after serving as the company’s product and services executive since 2012.
Property is one of the biggest targets for crime in the UK, especially open land. There are thousands of acres worth of property across the UK which aren’t effectively secured, as a result of which they have become hot-beds for crime, anti-social behaviour, and not least fly-tipping. Security therefore must be a top priority for property owners, too many of whom tend to favour traditional methods such as fencing or hiring security guards. But, these methods come with a premium budget, with manned security running at a cost typically of some £300 per day. Nor is it possible to guarantee that every inch of a property is monitored. An increasingly adopted solution is Ad Hoc Property Management’s Smart Tower Security System and Smart Alarm System. Ad Hoc’s Smart Camera Security Tower sits six metres tall with a 36x optical zoom magnifying distances of up to 150 yards Ad Hoc Smart Camera Security Haringey Council contacted Ad Hoc Property Management after one of its industrial sites, Rosebery Industrial Estate in London, was repeatedly being targeted by fly-tippers over the course of many years. Every time the property was dumped with waste, it was costing the council hundreds of pounds to have their waste contractor called out to clean-up. By November 2017, they had expensed literally hundreds of thousands of pounds. By the end of the month the first Ad Hoc Smart Camera Security Tower was deployed, since then costs and incidents have plummeted. In fact, there have been no major incidents and local residents and tenants alike are delighted, welcoming the improved local environment. Ad Hoc’s Smart Camera Security Tower sits six metres tall with a 36x optical zoom magnifying distances of up to 150 yards, and a 12x digital zoom to enhance optical performance. Using state-of-the-art SMART technology (the same technology used in monitoring US Defence Centre, The Pentagon), the tower boasts a 360 degree camera which can be programmed to move zones at set intervals for 24/7 monitoring. Utilising wireless technology, the camera is able to filter large objects from those that are small, ensuring the alarm is only triggered when there is a clear threat. Ad Hoc’s Smart Cameras have been deployed successfully by numerous property owners around the UK" Ad Hoc's property security solutions “Open land is one of the biggest targets for waste dumping, but it doesn’t have to be. Ad Hoc’s Smart Cameras have been deployed successfully by numerous property owners around the UK, preventing anti-social behaviour and, more importantly, reducing opportunity for property-related crime,” said Darren Tubb, General Manager, Ad Hoc Security UK Limited. Land owners aren’t the only ones who can benefit from Ad Hoc’s security solutions; property owners of retail spaces, industrial buildings and homes who traditionally look at hiring in security guards, can benefit too, deterring fly-tipping and other anti-social crimes. As it stands, if a property is fly-tipped and no one is caught, it is the responsibility of the property owner to remove the waste legally at their own expense, which means hiring in a company licensed to remove these materials. However, as more property owners become aware of the technology available to them through Ad Hoc, not just in protecting the property but in helping police to identify the culprits, we could see property damage and fly-tipping become a thing of the past.
A landmark mixed-use development in Nigeria has been secured by the latest British perimeter technology. Crash-tested bi-folding speed gates with inlaid SR security-rated mesh panels have been installed at Nestoil Towers on Victoria island, Lagos, along with crash-tested bollards and blockers. Cova Security Gates from Crawley – creators of the crash-tested speed gate – won the contract to supply and install from Nigerian construction company Julius Berger. Nestoil Towers is a 15-storey mixed-use development consisting of 7,500 sq m of office space, 3,500 sq m of residential space High performance glass The prestigious Nestoil Towers is a 15-storey mixed-use development consisting of 7,500 sq m of office space, 3,500 sq m of residential space, a multi-storey parking facility as well as a recreational facility – and houses Julius Berger’s new corporate head office. The building form was created using gentle curved surfaces of high performance glass with horizontal tubular details which accentuate the sweeping effect of the curved façade. The arced curtain walls are further defined by a surround of solid white metal panels to complete the contemporary composition of this building. Cova were tasked to provide secure vehicle and pedestrian access and to protect access from the gatehouse for staff entrances and exits at different areas and around the main building. Security of the gates Cova supplied five crash-tested trackless bi-folding speed gates, one standard bi-folding gate, five rising arm barriers, four crash-rated bollards, a crash-tested shallow depth road blocker, a full-height double turnstile and a push button access control system that controlled the entire turnkey project. The gates were clad with steel fencing manufacturer Zaun’s SR2-rated Super10 steel mesh to add to the security of the gates. Cova’s design team manufactured each product bespoke to the client’s specific requirements for the project Cova’s design team manufactured each product bespoke to the client’s specific requirements for the project, because of the weight and material of the mesh, to ensure PAS68 test standards were fully met and foundation requirements, speed of opening and closing and power control were all as specified. Implement protection All gates and turnstiles were finished in ‘Signal White’ to blend in with the design of the tower and the fence line. Cova filled three 40ft containers for shipping to Nigeria with all products tested prior to leaving the factory as part of its ISO9001 process and by Julius Berger-appointed auditors. Installation was arduous and fraught with difficulties, but once completed, a Cova engineer provided full training to Nestoil Towers security team on how to operate the gates, blockers, barriers and turnstile on a daily basis so that they could correctly implement protection in the event of a terrorist vehicle attack.
Beykent University in Istanbul Turkey was established as a non-profit organisation by Adem Celik-Beykent Educational Foundation and started its education programs in 1997. Since then, it has grown its teaching and research facilities over five campuses for a population of approximately 29,000 students. The university offers a high-quality learning experience which includes 72 Associate’s degrees, 69 Bachelor’s degrees and over 50 Postgraduate programs. Medical students at Beykent University need to take lab exercises including audiometry and advanced simulation. However, in the audiometry lab, only 3 out of 20 students among a class are able to observe in the silent cabin and there is no other access to this cabin from outside. Also, patient simulation by students needed to be reviewed more closely while and after performing the exercise for educational purpose. Hanwha Techwin high resolution cameras were installed in labs to support medical students High-res camera installation About 450 Hanwha Techwin cameras were installed at multiple campuses of the university from Oct. 2015 to Aug. 2017. Especially 5 Megapixel high resolution cameras (5 of SND-6084R, 11 of XNO-8080R) were installed in labs to support medical students’ education. In the audiometry lab, Wisenet cameras installed inside the cabin made the rest of 17 students standing outside able to observe what is happening when hearing tests are being carried out. For the advanced simulation lab, Wisenet cameras were transferring images and sounds of the exercise performance collected from 3 simulation rooms to 1 observation room, making it possible for students to see the mistakes and the good examples on projection or television screens. The University has also deployed Wisenet cameras and recorders in order to help create a safe and secure environment for students and teachers throughout the campuses including VIP house, classroom, auditorium, outdoor campus and Medical School and Faculty of Dentistry in Avalon Campus. Over 700 Winset cameras to be installed in other locations throughout the University" Wisenet camera integration results “The most important reason for us choosing Wisenet products was the efficient way they work smoothly with software applications. The functionality promised to us at the sales stage has been delivered and the Hanwha Techwin team in the Turkey office have handled the project with care from start to finish. They have always been just a phone call away when we needed them for problem solving and they also provided extensive trainings. Their willingness to ensure continuity of the project has been a major benefit to us. As a result, we will be continuing to install Wisenet cameras in other locations throughout the University and are planning to have about 700 installed by the end of the project,” Barkin Oktem, IT manager at Beykent University.
DUOX, the Fermax 2 Wire digital system using stylish VEO video monitors was the system of choice for DUK Construction LTD responsible for the installation of electrical and security systems in this prestigious new development in South London consisting of 88 apartments and 5 communal entrances together with 13 bike and bin storage areas. DUOX access control system The Fermax system combines the modern innovative 2 wire DUOX access control system with high specification 316 MARINE grade stainless steel door entry panels, laser cut at the Fermax manufacturing facility in Valencia, Spain and specifically designed to meet the needs of the project by integrating a stylish proximity access control reader at each entry point. Networked CCTV also provided by Fermax UK completed the site security and door entry system The system provides ease of access for residents, visitors and trades people as well as offering a host of features for residents using the new DUOX VEO monitor installed in each apartment. As well as its elegant design the VEO monitor complete with handset provides the added PHOTOCALLER feature which enables residents to capture and store images of visitors who have called their apartment from the entrance panel while they were away. Networked CCTV also provided by Fermax UK completed the site security and door entry system. Fermax 2 wire DUOX system System design and onsite technical support by the Fermax engineering and commercial team ensured that the project was completed on time and to specification. DUK Construction project manager commented “The Fermax 2 wire DUOX system was very easy to install and we were given excellent support from Fermax UK in the face of very tight schedules and a number of technical challenges. We are delighted with the system solution provided by Fermax.” If you want to know more about DUOX advantages, download our e-book. Discover the power of digital in 2 wires!
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.
A security system provided by Hikvision USA Inc., the North American company that offers video surveillance products and solutions, was installed by Holmes Security Systems to provide full coverage security and remote monitoring for a custom home built by Whitney Blair Custom Homes and sponsored by Southern Living Magazine. Established in 1966 and published by Time Inc., Southern Living Magazine is one of the largest lifestyle brands in the country. The Southern Living Idea House is a custom home built annually that showcases top-of-the-line residential products and technologies. The 2017 Idea House was built on Bald Head Island in North Carolina and features a Hikvision security system. “Every year, we create an idyllic house that inspires millions of Southern Living readers with design and decorating ideas they can steal for themselves. Using the South's best architects, builders, designers, and landscapers, we reimagine the ultimate Southern home and bring it to life in the magazine, on southernliving.com, and on our social platforms. Now in its 28th year, no franchise is more eagerly anticipated by our audience than the Southern Living Idea House,” said Sid Evans, editor in chief of Southern Living.Holmes Security offered professional expertise and the Hikvision security camera system delivered high quality results Remote monitoring access Bald Head Island in North Carolina is known for its multi-million dollars vacation homes. The video surveillance equipment had to provide security with remote monitoring access for the homeowner. Whitney Blair Custom Homes, a major builder on Bald Head Island, sought out the expertise of Holmes Security Systems, a 109-year old security company with offices in both Fayetteville and Wilmington, NC. “It was an honor to be selected by Southern Living Magazine to be the builder for the 2017 Idea Home. Our success depends on the quality of our trade partners and their product selection, especially with an accelerated schedule and limited access with transportation by boat only. Holmes Security offered professional expertise and the Hikvision security camera system delivered high quality results with a design that fit the home’s style,” said Jeff Sanderson, president of Whitney Blair Custom Homes. Monitored fire alarm system Every house on Bald Head Island is required to have a monitored smoke and fire alarm system. Holmes Security owns and operates its own UL-listed central monitoring station, which influenced Whitney Blair’s decision to choose Holmes as a security partner. Other important considerations for the security system included aesthetics and functionality. As a Southern Living Idea home, it required innovative technology that could withstand a range of temperatures while being elegant and discreet. The video surveillance system had to blend seamlessly into the décor.Covering the indoor and outdoor space while keeping the camera placement discreet was challenging Security installation challenges The installation posed many, varied challenges. Bald Head Island is a car-free barrier island accessible only by boat and located about 35 miles south of Wilmington, N.C. All personnel, tools, and equipment had to travel to the island each day by ferry and then, once on the island, by golf cart. The Idea House is a two-story, 3,273 square foot structure with a separate two-door golf cart garage, topped by a crofter – a separate flexible living space similar to a mother-in-law suite with a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom/sitting area. The home boasts more than 1,300 square feet of outdoor living space with a paved patio, backyard fire pit, outdoor kitchen and lounge area. “Covering the indoor and outdoor space while keeping the camera placement discreet was challenging,” said Dave Foster, sales and marketing manager for Holmes Security Systems. “Also, the Idea House was completed in an amazing six-month timeframe. The accelerated construction schedule meant that deadlines were tight, and subcontractors were stumbling over each other at times. Communication with the builder, other subcontractors, our supplier, and our own installation team was key.” Full-coverage security Holmes Security recommended and installed an eight channel Hikvision DS-7608NI-E2/8P NVR with four terabytes (TB) of storage, paired with a Hikvision DS-D5021FC 21-inch monitor and six cameras to provide a customised, full-coverage security solution for the home. The builder wanted to store up to two weeks of video. Holmes Security selected the four terabyte Hikvision NVR for its capacity to store up to four weeks of video. The NVR was easy for Holmes Security to install and program and is also designed to be easy to use for the future homeowner. Five Hikvision DS-2CD2332-I Outdoor Turret cameras were installed to completely encircle the exterior of the home. Hikvision’s EXIR enhanced technology has built-in IR LEDs housed in a window separate from the camera lens to deliver superior viewing and recording quality in low light conditions, an important feature as Bald Head Island gets very dark at night.Whitney Blair included a second-floor equipment room to provide the homeowner with 24/7 access to video footage from an NVR Round-the-clock access to video footage Locations were chosen carefully to ensure key areas of the home would have coverage. The front and rear porches were equipped with turret cameras to view the front and rear doors, and one turret camera was installed to cover the garage door. The additional outdoor turrets were deployed to give the best angle of surveillance along the sides of the house. For the interior of the home, a Hikvision DS-2CD2532F-I Compact Dome camera was installed inside the front corner of the living room to cover living and dining areas. The dome camera captures the entire open space and provides good coverage of the front and rear doors while its low-profile blends seamlessly into the design. Whitney Blair included a second-floor equipment room to house the NVR and the monitor, to provide the homeowner with 24/7 access to video footage. Tailored security system with remote viewing Hikvision’s iVMS software provides remote viewing that will allow the future homeowner to access the camera feed from their smartphone, tablet or computer when away from the home.Southern Living donated a portion of each ticket sold to benefit the Old Baldy Foundation “Southern Living looks to the builder and subcontractors to offer innovative solutions that fit our vision for the design. Holmes Security recommended the Hikvision security camera system, and it met all the functional needs for security at the Idea House while delivering great aesthetics that blended with the décor,” said Misty Chandler, marketing manager at Time Inc. Once completed, the 2017 Southern Living Idea House was open for public tours, with thousands of people viewing the home. Southern Living donated a portion of each ticket sold to benefit the Old Baldy Foundation, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to maintaining North Carolina’s oldest lighthouse built in 1817 and located on Bald Head Island. After the initial Open House, Bald Head Island Realty hosted tours while also listing the property for sale. Surveillance expertise Whitney Blair Custom Homes currently has 19 additional Southern Living-inspired homes planned for construction on Bald Head Island. All will include Hikvision security systems. The Southern Living Idea House features the best in construction products and features. By combining aesthetic style, discrete camera placement with HD quality video and remote viewing, Hikvision’s security system provides full coverage for this custom home. Hikvision integrator partner Holmes Security System’s expertise, professionalism and adaptability to construction challenges enabled Southern Living and the home builder to provide the best in residential video surveillance for the future homeowner.