Managing IT and data risk is a challenging job. When we outsource our IT, applications and data processing to third-parties more and more every day, managing that risk becomes almost impossible. No longer are our data and systems contained within an infrastructure that we have full control over. We now give vendors our data, and allow them to conduct operations on our behalf. The problem is, we don’t control their infrastructure, and we can never fully look under the hood to unders...
Rave Mobile Safety (Rave), a trusted partner for safety software protecting millions of individuals, released key findings from its 2018 survey, Emergency Preparedness and Security Trends in Healthcare after polling hundreds of healthcare safety leaders across the United States. The survey results, which will be revealed in a webinar on Thursday, October 25, examined the current and most pressing emergency concerns for hospitals and healthcare facilities. Specific building emergencies, such as...
SALTO Systems, a manufacturer of electronic access control solutions, has appointed David Latreille to the new position of Senior Account Manager for the Eastern United States. David previously served as SALTO's Senior Account Manager for Hospitality. Based in New York, David will develop, strengthen and execute sales strategies and support key SALTO end user and partner program goals within the Eastern United States region. Areas within David’s territory include New England; New York sta...
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise and BCDVideo, a provider of innovative, purpose-built IP video storage solutions, announces they are working together to address the growing demand of businesses to enhance public security and safety via video surveillance and networking. Advances in video surveillance are helping cities, hospitals, hotels, sporting and entertainment venues focus on improving public safety, deterring crime and helping police solve crimes, and providing first responders with situational...
LifeSafety Power Inc., global manufacturer and creator of a new category of intelligent power solutions, brings critical resiliency, redundancy and networking capabilities with the release of Helix Armour. Designed for seamless failover protection with automatic backup switchover of AC or DC circuitry to reduce the risk of system downtime or outage, Helix Armour sets a bold new standard in reliability and network power management for mission critical physical security and life safety application...
This week sees Nedap Security Management launch its new brand tagline, ‘Security for Life’. The words are new but the future-facing, people-first approach that it communicates is what drove the development of AEOS, the access control system by Nedap. And it’s what continues to drive the brand’s initiatives such as recent AEOS performance optimisation and its Global Client Programme. AEOS access control system Nedap invests in continuous research and development to ensur...
Sielox LLC, a provider of layered security solutions, is featuring its award-winning Sielox CLASS (Crisis Lockdown Alert Status System) Emergency Notification and Response Solution here at GSX 2018 in booth #3914. CLASS dramatically improves emergency notification and response capabilities, saving time and potentially saving lives. Initially designed for the education market, CLASS is also proving to be a highly effective resource for corporate campuses, hospitals and large facilities across a range of markets to manage all hazards, including threatening situations, inclement weather and more. “Sielox has purpose-designed CLASS to provide instant notification of emergency situations with communications between occupants and first responders. Additionally, CLASS provides scalability for future expansion, and the ability to integrate with access control as an integral component in a layered security solution,” said Karen Evans, CEO and President, Sielox. “These capabilities alone put CLASS in a class by itself.” Five programmable colour-coded alert levels CLASS can issue messages with response instructions specific to each alert level via email or text, and override any PC on the network to ensure the highest visibility of alert status CLASS provides vital emergency status details to responders so they can best manage events. Administrators or any designated initiator can issue an emergency alert to notify responders of conditions in real time while communicating status via one of five programmable colour-coded alert levels. Occupants within the facility can then report status at their specific location enabling responders to view detailed facility maps with compiled room-by-room, colour-coded conditions that update in real time as the situation evolves. A chat feature enables two-way communications between occupants and first responders to exchange detailed information or instructions. CLASS can also issue messages with response instructions specific to each alert level via email or text, and override any PC on the network to ensure the highest visibility of alert status. Providing additional ability to responders A browser-based application that functions across LAN, Wi-Fi, WAN or high-speed cellular service for maximum accessibility, CLASS is designed for stand-alone or integrated system operation. CLASS can integrate with any system or device with an IP address providing authorised responders with the additional ability to view live cameras, change access control permissions, lock doors, and more. CLASS also provides for event archiving, with chronological event sequences that can capture who/what/when/where information, providing an audit trail to support event re-creation and review if needed. Because CLASS is an embedded appliance, there are no annual hosting fees – further contributing to the solution’s low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Issuing medical alerts in case of emergencies CLASS is being utilised to issue medical alerts on school playgrounds in the event a child is injured during recess to quickly dispatch emergency personnel to the site Sielox CLASS has been successfully deployed in school districts across the U.S. One example is at the Catoosa County Public Schools in Georgia, where CLASS is being used to fulfil several different safety and security objectives. Here, CLASS is being utilised to issue medical alerts on school playgrounds in the event a child is injured during recess to quickly dispatch emergency personnel to the site. CLASS is also being used by teachers for morning check-in to let administrators know that they and their students are in the building. Each classroom is represented by a different colour and a different square on CLASS, so school administrators know the status of every connected classroom. In the event of an incident, a chat box will pop up for all CLASS users where communication can take place. CLASS also gives first responders and administrators at Catoosa County Public Schools a clear picture of where students and teachers are at any given moment. For example, if teachers leave the building or take students off campus, they use CLASS to let school administrators know that they are no longer on the premises, which is critical information in the event of an emergency.The Catoosa County Public School district utilises CLASS as part of its layered security and safety Integration with video surveillance systems The Catoosa County Public School district also utilises CLASS as part of its layered security and safety system through integration with the schools’ video surveillance systems. The district’s integrated camera systems employs motion detection with a video window pop-up that appears in CLASS to help alert and notify first responders and administrators of an intruder’s location in a lockdown situation. In the event of a lockdown, teachers receive notification and receive a bullet list of instructions on what to do with two camera views of the hallway outside their classroom. This allows teachers to see if there’s any danger outside the doorway so they can better decide if it’s safe to exit the area. The Catoosa County Public Schools district plans to have CLASS deployed at all 17 schools by the end of the 2018/2019 school year.
Security expert Abloy UK is inviting healthcare professionals to stand 239 at the Health & Care Innovation Expo 2018, to discuss innovative technologies that improve key management and security across all areas of hospital estates. Held at Manchester Central, the Health & Care Innovation Expo is the biggest NHS-led event in the calendar, running for two days on 5 and 6 September 2018. The healthcare environment can be extremely demanding, with pressure to fulfil compliance, improve security, increase efficiency, meet CQC standards and achieve maximum value from any investment. Effective healthcare security With this in mind, Abloy offers bespoke cost-effective solutions to the security problems faced on healthcare estates, from compliant security doors to drug security and patient lockers, with particular success helping to improve key management and security of controlled drugs. The range and requirements of areas that need to be secured across healthcare estates is extensive and includes IT and data centres, plant rooms, hazardous materials storage and waste, HR and Executive offices, drug cabinets, lockers, theatres and labs, central pharmacy, mortuary, treatment rooms and wards, and outbuildings. The system is proven to save nurses up to 40 minutes per shift searching for keys and improve security of controlled drugs Improved security access Bespoke solutions can be created using PROTEC2 CLIQ technology, which incorporates microelectronics that enable auditing and time scheduling of access rights, recording who used which key and when. The system is proven to save nurses up to 40 minutes per shift searching for keys and improve security of controlled drugs. What’s more, PROTEC2 CLIQ is government approved and complies with the Controlled Drugs Regulations offering an ideal solution for drugs cabinets, POD lockers and mobile drugs trolleys, to help you pass your CQC audit. eCLIQ master key locking system Other solutions include the eCLIQ master key locking system and TRAKA 21 key management system, as well as an extensive range of Emergency and Panic Escape Doors and door furniture compliant with BS EN 179 and BS EN 1125. Shaun Powell, General Sales Manager at Abloy UK, said: “This is the first time we have exhibited at the Health & Care Innovation Expo, and we’re really keen to meet visitors to discuss how we can help with key management and security for healthcare estates.” “Our innovative solutions are installed in over 25 key healthcare institutions across the UK, including Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Spire Hospital Manchester and North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust, so please visit us on stand 239 to discuss how we can help you.”
In real life people usually don’t want to get into the drama of being seen as someone other than themselves. The misrecognition problem is not only time consuming, dignity compromising but also, in lots of cases, life threatening, if certain dangerous people are not correctly identified in time. This mistake is no longer affordable in today’s context, whether for an individual, a group or society as a whole. Fortunately, the facial recognition technology has matured, and the security solution based on the said technology is being widely used across the world. Dahua Technology, a premier solution provider in the global surveillance industry, is especially good in this realm as has been proved by multiple championship and new records in major international challenges, including Multiple Object Tracking Challenge, the KITTI 2D Object Detection Evaluation 2012, KITTI Flow Benchmark, Task [Word Recognition] of Incidental Scene Text Challenge and Born-Digital Image Challenge. A Smart AI algorithm optimises the image captured in multiple angles or blurred in motion and translates the face feature into a digital model Dahua facial recognition It is necessary to explain some basic rules concerning how facial recognition works before the tour to see how Dahua Technology’s products & solutions are applied in various daily scenes. Simply put, big data is useless if the accuracy and efficiency of facial recognition has not been improved to a certain level. The face detection, whether from a snapshot or from a stream of video, requires not only a high-quality camera but more importantly, a smart AI algorithm that optimises the image captured in multiple angles or blurred in motion and translates the face feature into a digital model which can be crosschecked in the database. The whole process, from taking the picture to comparison, takes as short as 300ms. Suppose there's Tom, a middle level manager in his mid-30s. Let’s follow Tom for a day and see how Dahua Technology’s facial recognition solution plays its role in his perfectly ordinary life. Building security system Tom hurried to his company on the 30th floor of a class A office building, the kind with additional barriers in the lobby between the front gate and elevators. There were long lines in front of the access control machines. Tom reached into his pocket and found unfortunately his access card wasn't there. But Tom should worry no more because the building had just updated the security system with Dahua’s facial recognition solution, which overcame various shortcomings of traditional ways of card or fingerprint scanning, including low efficiency and inadequate security. Compared to a card, apparently it is much less likely for one to lose/replicate/borrow a face. And the access control was no longer a gamble if one's fingerprint works. The powerful cameras with deep learning AI, detect the faces and digitalise the features and compare them purely through numbers Deep learning AI detection Here’s exactly how Dahua’s facial recognition solution works in this scene. The powerful cameras blessed with deep learning AI, detect the faces and digitalise the features and compare them purely through numbers with the ones in the database which takes less than 1 second. The beauty of the solution goes both ways since the company no longer needs to make a card or import finger prints for the newly employed but simply upload their photos into the database that contains up to 10,000 faces. Besides offices, this solution can also be applied to any place that has a high standard for access control, like customs, schools, residential communities, etc. Smart access solution Tom stepped into a bank. On behalf of his company, Tom had some serious business to discuss with the bank, which, at this hour, was full of people. And before Tom started to worry about the time to be spent waiting and if he could make it to the next meeting on time, he heard his last name called and was led into the VIP room. Now how did the bank manage do that? Not by human efforts for sure. No clerk could remember each and every face and match it with a particular name and particular business without making any mistake. That’s why a facial recognition solution is essential to the business. The immediate detection of a VIP face could be easily matched with the white list in the database. No delay or misidentification and all VIP treatment. This goes not only for banks. Hotels, hospitals and casinos alike will also benefit from this solution that secures the proper respect those exceptional customers deserve. Preventing unauthorised access Tom went to the vault of the bank for the first time in his life. He was happy that now he was trusted by the company with such important mission. He walked fast and went in front of the escort. But before he could raise his hand to touch the door of the vault, a warning siren was triggered. The escort, with a reassuring smile, caught up and patted on Tom's shoulder and explained the whole situation to him. No unauthorised personnel could intrude the sensitive areas blessed with Dahua’s facial recognition solution No unauthorised personnel, be it Tom or Jerry, could intrude the sensitive areas blessed with Dahua’s facial recognition solution. The face captured and automatically optimised by the camera would be put into real time comparison with the authorised faces in the data base and the low percentage of similarity, from a pure mathematical point of view, would immediately trigger the alarm. Other limited access areas like labs and archives will also enjoy better protection with this facial recognition solution. Security identification management After a long day’s work, Tom went to see a football game with a friend. The show began even before they entered the stadium because they saw an infamous football hooligan got rejected and taken away outside the entrance gate. Tom, who had been through plenty of adventures during the day, kind of figured out what happened. And Tom’s friend, who happened to be an employee of Dahua Technology, took the chance to explain how Dahua’s facial recognition solution informed the security force to deal with any persona non grata on the black list as soon as they showed their faces. Of course, this solution could be widely applied to other areas like airports, train stations, or in other words, city management. So, this was a day in Tom’s life, which was endowed with some dramatic coincidence but totally realistic in every scene. These examples were far from exhaustion of all the possible applications of Dahua facial recognition solution that fully activates big data gathered and thus spawns a great many creative applications in terms of security and business, resulting indeed into a Safer Society and Smarter Living, as has always been envisioned by Dahua Technology.
Pelco by Schneider Electric, a global provider of video surveillance solutions made two announcements that improve the user experience for video surveillance operators by enhancing visibility of events and enabling faster response. Feature-packed VideoXpert Software Release with Enhanced Panomersive Viewing Pelco’s VideoXpert Video Management System, version 2.5 (VX v2.5), is packed with numerous new capabilities including enhanced ‘Panomersive’ immersive context viewing when using Pelco’s Optera camera with Pelco Camera-Link technology and a Pelco ‘Enhanced’ series Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) camera. This new feature allows system users to automatically and seamlessly shift from the panoramic view of Optera to a targeted subject or object within the same view using a nearby Pelco PTZ camera. The operator simply clicks on the panoramic view in Optera, and the PTZ instantly moves to the same spot" Combining immersive context viewing with PTZ cameras “Combining immersive cameras with PTZs has been attempted by competitors in the past, but our ability to easily link separate Optera and PTZ cameras provides security directors with a great deal of flexibility in how they design their system while potentially saving money by using previously deployed cameras,” said Robert Beliles, Pelco Chief Marketing Officer. “The operator simply clicks on the panoramic view in Optera, and the PTZ instantly moves to the same spot. This combination of immersive context viewing combined with PTZ detail and tracking at distance allows operators to spend less time locating the object or person of interest, and more time recording their movements.” Flexible Monitor Wall enhancement VideoXpert v2.5 is one of the larger releases in terms of long sought-after features in a video management system (VMS). VX v2.5 delivers a new Rules Engine User Interface and a new flexible Monitor Wall enhancement to make the creation of any size monitor wall and the ability to send events to any specific monitor quickly and easily. The Evolution 180 camera provides a dewarped view without blind spots to capture the areas of greatest interest Beliles concluded, “Several features in the VX v2.5 release significantly advance Pelco’s efforts to drive relevant and contextual video where and when it's needed, enabling impactful responses as well as effective automation. New analytics overlays in the VX v2.5 Ops Center Client allows operators to easily view and then export relevant video footage with the same analytics overlays to law enforcement far more efficiently than what is available in the market today.” Fisheye Evolution 180 panoramic camera Pelco also announced the release of a new camera, the Evolution 180, which provides a dewarped view without blind spots to capture the areas of greatest interest, making it ideal for crowded areas like banks, hotels, malls, schools and eateries, as well as hospital and clinic waiting rooms. Typically, ceiling-mounted fisheye cameras present less detail on faces and objects that are situated at the periphery of the camera’s field of view, or captures the tops of subjects’ heads when located directly below the camera. Available in indoor and outdoor versions, the wall-mounted Pelco Evolution 180 with true day and night capability is built by Oncam and is specifically designed to deliver a high-definition panoramic view, including a detailed eye-level view of people and vehicles. The Evolution 180 focusses on areas of interest while providing 12 percent more pixels per foot and minimising storage and bandwidth requirements" Minimising storage and bandwidth requirements “In contrast to conventional fisheye panoramic cameras that waste pixels on low interest views of ceilings and floors, the Evolution 180 focusses on areas of interest while providing 12 percent more pixels per foot and minimising storage and bandwidth requirements. Thus, the Evolution 180 is an affordable solution that further helps price-sensitive customers,” said Kevin Saldanha, Principal Product Manager for the Evolution 180. Both the Pelco Evolution 180 and VideoXpert v2.5 are available now.
AMAG Technology, a security solution provider specialising in access control, video management, policy-based identity solutions, visitor management and incident and case management, welcomes TagMaster as its newest member of the Symmetry Preferred Partner Program. TagMaster’s XT 1 and XT Mini long-range readers integrate with AMAG’s Symmetry™ Access Control software. AMAG Technology and TagMaster cooperatively tested and approved this integration. The quick and easy configuration of our TagMaster long distance RFID readers enables safe and secure access to AMAG Technology’s Symmetry Access Control Long-range reader integration “We welcome TagMaster into the Symmetry Preferred Partner Program and look forward to a long, mutually beneficial partnership,” said AMAG Technology Vice President, Products and Partner Programs, Jason Schimpf. “Joint customers will benefit from the Symmetry Access Control and TagMaster Long-Range reader integration when controlling vehicle access is critical to having a secure environment.” “We are very happy that TagMaster has become part of the Symmetry Preferred Partner program and to be AMAG certified for our RFID long distance readers,” said Peter Grøntved - International Sales Director EMEA, Traffic, TagMaster. “The quick and easy configuration of our TagMaster long distance RFID readers enables safe and secure access to AMAG Technology’s Symmetry Access Control. Partners and security professionals now have an outstanding opportunity to connect TagMaster RFID long range readers to their local Symmetry Access Control when needing long range identification for automatic vehicle detection.” The readers communicate with Symmetry to secure locations like hospitals, schools, gated communities and airports Vehicle tracking TagMaster’s XT 1 and XT Mini RFID long-range readers integrate with Symmetry to provide flexible long-range access to secure areas from 10-26 feet, and are perfect for tracking vehicle entry into parking lots or large scale systems. The readers communicate with Symmetry to secure locations like hospitals, schools, gated communities and airports. About TagMaster TagMaster designs and provides advanced identification systems based on radio and vision technologies; RFID, ANPR and Infomobility, for use in demanding environments. TagMaster’s innovative solutions use RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) and Traffic Monitoring technologies to optimize mobility and communication – thus creating safer societies with smoother traffic flows and more sustainable urban environments.
The physical environment of a healthcare facility is the foundation of all that occurs in it. Implementing effective safety and security solutions creates an environment that enhances the building for those working and staying in such facilities. With the ever-changing landscape that is the healthcare provision, it’s important to opt for solutions that provide the cornerstones for success and progression, rather than act as sources of limitation. Healthcare facilities present a considerably complex security challenge. Optimising a facility’s physical environment – that is, everything from door hardware to locks and access control – has a direct link to improved patient health and safety, staff safety, security and performance, in turn, increasing operational efficiencies and financial outcomes. The scope of solutions available to the UK market means that healthcare facilities can opt for solutions that fit their specific needs and requirements Factors affecting the selection of security solutions There are multiple influencing factors to choosing the right solutions, such as reducing noise, maximising free passage for optimum people movement, minimising cross-contamination, administering adequate preparation for emergency situations and allowing safe and efficient egress when necessary. Years ago, older healthcare buildings with outdated or damaged hardware were limited by choice, and the upgrades that were available weren’t always an appropriately fitted replacement. Notwithstanding this, any budgeting pressures these facilities faced led to a reluctance to upgrade old traditional systems. Today, however, the scope of solutions available to the UK market means that healthcare facilities, such as hospital buildings, can opt for solutions that fit their specific needs and requirements, aligning with their values and targets along the way. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 enforced the responsibility that facility managers and business owners have in remaining fire safety compliant Fire safety compliance A recent report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has revealed that almost a third of private hospitals in England are failing on patient safety. Professor Ted Baker, chief inspector of hospitals at the CQC, said that a part of this was because of a lack of formal governance protocols. This includes “a lack of safety checks and poor monitoring of risks,” where safety has neglected to be viewed as a corporate responsibility. In reality, the safety of patients – and staff, for that matter – expands further than just day-to-day internal procedures. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 enforced the responsibility that facility managers and business owners have in remaining fire safety compliant. Fire doors, in particular, need to be given meticulous attention to ensure compliance. The slightest damage could render a fire door inadequate, putting lives at risk in the event of a fire. Regular checks, such as fire door operation and up-to-date risk assessments, are crucial to maximising patient and staff satisfaction, maintaining legislation compliance and, ultimately, keeping everyone on the premises safe. When hospital staff need to carry medical supplies, push gurneys or carts, or move quickly, doors and door hardware must allow smooth access into and from a room Efficient door access and egress In situations that require high levels of egress, such as during busier periods and in emergency situations like an evacuation, it is essential hospitals are equipped with doors and door hardware which accommodate these needs. Methodical solutions such as cross-corridor openings support this range of requirements, aiding egress whilst also resisting damage, operating quietly and aiding wheelchair access. When hospital staff need to carry medical supplies, push gurneys or carts, or move quickly, doors and door hardware must allow smooth access into and from a room whilst also providing privacy and safety for a patient. On top of this, doors should be fitted with easy-open features. For example, support staff should have their hands free to aid the young, the elderly and those with disabilities who need assistance. Electromagnetic and cam-action door closers are ideal for high-use internal areas that require doors to be held open, swing-free or have lighter operational forces, making them the perfect solution for hospitals and care homes. With the help of networked access control with real-time management and monitoring, all sensitive areas can be made secure for both patients and staff Access control for sensitive areas As healthcare staff levels are showing a slight decrease in recent reports, it’s important for door hardware to assist the challenges staff may face rather than limit day-to-day running. Certain areas within healthcare facilities are high security such as pharmacies, patient records and medical supplies, which require a higher level of security and restricted access. These sensitive areas in the facility require records of when and by whom the area was accessed. They also need to stop unauthorised access to these areas. With the help of networked access control with real-time management and monitoring, all sensitive areas can be made secure for both patients and staff. Door hardware with anti-bacterial protection Bacteria-resistance is a beneficial operational feature in preventing the spread of germs that contribute to hospital-acquired infections. Around 80 percent of infections are transmitted through our environment, from the air we breathe to the surfaces we touch. Being one of the most common harbourers of bacterium, door handles, grabrails and other contact surfaces can exacerbate cross-contamination, presenting a focal-point that facilitates the transmission of germs throughout a building. For that extra layer of cleanliness, door hardware with in-built anti-bacterial protection – such as exit devices and lever furniture – helps to battle against the spreading of germs. Not only is a clean and safe environment a basic standard set by the CQC, it can also improve patient and staff satisfaction, leading to a well-organised and efficient-running healthcare facility overall.
Like many inpatient health facilities around Europe, the Centre Psychothérapique de Nancy (CPN) in France had a persistent problem with lost physical keys. If a key went missing — lost or misplaced, by a resident or staff member — multiple cylinders in a unit would need to be replaced. The expense in terms of staff time and money was significant, and never-ending. And like many other health centres, CPN turned to Aperio wireless technology for a solution. Over 160 Aperio wireless escutcheons have been installed across the CPN premises integrated with the access control system from Delta Security Solutions, most on the doors to patients’ rooms. Now, everyone the ability to circulate freely without needing to carry a cumbersome key. Tracking door security in real time Because the Aperio integration at CPN is online, security staff can now keep track of all door security in real timeBecause the Aperio integration at CPN is online, security staff can now keep track of all door security in real time — which was not possible with the old mechanical master-key system. If a resident loses their credential, facilities staff simply cancel it instantly and reissue another, ensuring security at the site remains intact. Some dorm-style rooms at CPN have multiple beds; in these, Aperio escutcheons secure cupboards for every inpatient, so their personal belongings are kept safe without physical keys or needing to remember PIN codes. The old key-operated safes have been removed, saving CPN the recurring cost of re-keying or replacing safe locks. Securing pharmacy and medicine store The Aperio H100 handle packs the power and flexibility of Aperio wireless access control into one slim interior door handle“Previously when a unit key was lost, we would have to change every cylinder it opened — which for some keys would be very expensive,” says Cédric Marchal, technical services engineer at CPN. At CPN, Aperio devices also secure areas where residents are not permitted, including staff rooms, offices and sensitive zones like the pharmacy and medicine store. Alongside the escutcheons deployed at CPN, the Aperio device range includes online and offline Aperio cylinders; an online security lock; a wireless lock for bringing server racks and cabinets into the same access control system as doors; and the new Aperio H100 handle, which packs the power and flexibility of Aperio wireless access control into one slim interior door handle. Every year since 2011, CPN have budgeted for an expansion in their Aperio system. Every year, more doors at their site are covered — enhancing the safety and well-being of patients. Enabled by Aperio wireless access control technology, the upgrading process continues.
3xLOGIC, Inc., a provider of integrated, intelligent security solutions, and a three-time Deloitte Technology Fast 500 winner, announced Estill County Emergency Medical Services, located in Irvine, KY, is successfully using infinias access control from 3xLOGIC to improve security and give hard-working staff needed peace of mind to focus on their important work. Bates Security, Lexington, Kentucky, designed, installed, and oversees the system. Shelia Wise, in charge of accounting and training for Estill EMS, oversaw the process to upgrade security at the County’s EMS facility. “We were looking to secure a building that is in operation 24/7/365.” Working on behalf of the County EMS’s Board of Directors, Wise and her team assembled three bids and in the process got a real education on access control, what different systems can do, and what their real security needs were. Securing the medical room Our main goals were to secure our medical room, per DEA regulations, and to make our facility safe when staff are here"“Our main goals were to secure our medical room, per DEA regulations, and to make our facility safe when staff are here, but also when they need to clear out at a moment’s notice,” explained Wise. Ultimately, the Board of Directors choose inifinias access control because it met the wide-ranging needs of the County EMS. “We chose the best system for the price and the feature set,” said Wise. Installation was completed about two years ago and the infinias system manages a total of six doors at the main EMS building, two of which are internal, including the medical room where drugs are stored. Later, two more doors were added at a sub-station location. “A top concern is the medical room,” said Wise, “I have to be notified when someone is accessing that door. Now, I get an alert anytime someone is attempting to access that secure room anywhere I am, I don’t need to be onsite. Wise and other staff manage their eight doors from a single interface, by any computer with an Internet connection—anytime, anywhere. Access management for employees “It was important that I could easily operate the system software without help from anyone else. And Sean Moberly from Bates is always available for questions and any maintenance that’s needed. It’s a great feeling to know that when we’re away doing our jobs all our worldly possessions back at the facility are protected and we don’t have to worry,” said Wise. The infinias system manages access for all employees, some outside contractors, and the Chairman of the Board of DirectorsEstill County EMS has 35-40 employees and at any given time upwards to 15 people are at the main station on a daily basis. The infinias system manages access for all employees, some outside contractors, who do radio and computer maintenance, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Ms. Wise also grants temporary access to hospital staff who use the facility for training. User-friendly access control system As the main administrator, Ms. Wise has created five different sub-groups among all employees and visitors, providing each group with the access privileges they need to do their jobs, while ensuring that only a few individuals have full access to all doors and areas. “I think the system works really well. There was a short learning curve, but it’s quite user-friendly and we’ve not had any problems. From what I was told at our original meeting with Bates through operations today, we got exactly what we were told, and we’re very satisfied,” Wise concluded.
Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex opened in 2017, designed by Todd Architects has recently won Building of the Year – Public Award at the Building & Architect of the Year Awards. The complex presents two wards with 40 single in-patient rooms and aims to promote patient privacy and dignity whilst complying with the latest infection prevention and control standards. A further 22 recovery beds are available for patients recuperating from Day Case Surgery. Working with Building Protection Systems and the Primary Health Trust, Comelit Group created a solution to allow access to visitors after ‘normal hours’ when a Department or entrance is locked-down. Ability to communicate There were many different elements that had to be considered carefully when researching how to effectively manage the hospital security systems" The main requirement was for combined Access and Intercom system to divert to a separate location and provide the same ability to communicate with the caller and release the door remotely. Clive Kinnear, Senior Manager – F&S Systems Sales At Building Protection Systems added: “There were many different elements that had to be considered carefully when researching how to effectively manage the hospital security systems. Not least to provide a welcoming and calming environment that supports patients, staff and visitor health and well-being.” “Any security technology must be strategically placed, unobtrusive and not affect the aesthetics. And it is with the intention of creating this balance Comelit Group really showed their true market leading ability in the sector, to understand our intentions and ensure the best, centrally managed door entry solution was installed throughout the complex.” Emergency call points The overall solution was the integration of an Intercom to communicate across the Trust’s IT Network. Door entrance panels were connected and the system programmed to ensure out of hours calls are automatically transferred. This covers main entrances to the building and also Car Parking Barrier Help Stations to assist with car park barrier issues. Comelit Group provided over 50 systems across the whole site, using both its renowned ViP and Simplebus system technologies Comelit Group provided over 50 systems across the whole site, using both its renowned ViP and Simplebus system technologies. A mix of Vandalcom and Ikall Entry panels were used, calling Icona Video monitors. A further range of emergency call points are located in the car park, all centrally managed and provided with a concierge unit facility and off site monitoring, using Comelit’s C-Bridge to connect to the South Western Area Hospital in Enniskillen. Integrated approach Mike Campbell. Business Development Manager at Comelit Group UK concluded: “Providing security for hospitals involves more than the best choice of products and services – it also requires best practices and an integrated approach to ensure security incorporating door entry, safety and convenience.” “The adaptability of our ViP technology allowed us to work with the contractors to supply a high-¬quality system and offer greater flexibility and reliability. By installing this together with our flagship Simplebus solution, Omagh Hospital & Primary Care Complex can achieve maximum communication with no signal loss over the complete grounds. And this is on a 24 / 7 / 365 basis, including car park facilities, for the benefit and security of all staff, patients and visitors.”
The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) is the first Ambulance Service to trial body worn video cameras in a scheme that launches this week. Approximately 40 of the Trust’s frontline staff will be trying out the use of body cameras in a bid to offer them greater support against the rise of incidents of violence and aggression. Alan Gallagher, Head of Risk, said: “The health, safety and welfare of our staff are of utmost importance. We want to take every precaution possible to ensure that our employees are safe whilst at work.” NEAS staff adorn body worn cameras “Our staff are reporting more incidents of this nature and we are working closely with the police and other partners to respond to those perpetrators with warning letters and, where necessary, criminal action. From previous reports, we know that most of these circumstances happen away from CCTV covered areas so using body worn video cameras will mean that our staff can record evidence of abuse or assaults when they happen, such as when they are in a residential property attending to a patient." We will continue to work on measures to reduce assaults and liaise with police colleagues" "This move is designed to help us bring more prosecutions against people who put our staff at risk and reduce the assaults and abuse they are currently facing in the line of their work. There really is nothing more disheartening than being hurt by someone that you’ve gone to help, particularly when they already work in such challenging circumstances.” Fighting crime “We will continue to work on measures to reduce assaults and liaise with police colleagues to ensure action is taken following any criminal acts against staff or the Trust. We encourage all valuable NHS colleagues not to tolerate such behaviour.” The number of reported physical assaults on NEAS staff has increased by 23% compared to last year. The numbers of addresses across the North East flagged for the potential caution or violence has also increased. This sits against a backdrop of more than 350 prosecutions that have been brought for attacks on ambulance staff over the last year nationally. The scale of the problem is believed to be much greater. Emergency workers’ safety This follows a new law that was recently introduced, the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill, in which individuals who assault, or attack emergency workers will face longer jail terms if found guilty. The Bill was designed to recognise the debt of gratitude the public feels towards emergency services, and for the courage, commitment and dedication they show every day in carrying out their duties. Footage will be admissible as evidence in the court of law utilising Edesix VideoManager software platform Mr. Gallagher continued, “We welcome anything that will help to deter people from abusing or assaulting our staff and we hope that by reporting incidents and providing credible evidence where we can, courts might be able to be much tougher when sentencing those found guilty of assaulting and threatening our staff, prosecuting those people to the full extent of the law.” Edesix VideoManager software Footage obtained in the event of an assault or abuse will be admissible as evidence in the court of law utilising the features available in the Edesix VideoManager software platform. It will only be used for the purposes of providing evidence to the Police in any enquiry intended for the health, safety and protection of staff. The tamper proof cameras, software and support for the three-month trial have been provided free by Edesix. Richie McBride, Chief Executive Officer of Edesix commented, "We're pleased to provide the North East Ambulance Service with our cameras to enhance the protection of staff and to deter any aggressive behaviour towards NEAS workers."
Hospital Wattwil opened the doors to its new inpatient wing in March 2018. The 88 patient beds in total are being fitted with LEGIC technology in the final completion stage. This innovative service offers comfort, security and efficiency for the patient and hospital operator. A monitor is installed at every patient bed. The patients can identify themselves using an RFID smartcard or bracelet and log into their bed computer at any time. Innovative smartcard technology Information such as menus, services and other special hospital information can be accessed through the hospital’s extranet. The resulting costs can be easily and instantly debited from the card’s account. Cabinets by the patient’s bed and the lighting and curtain controls can also be accessed using the smartcard. All of this makes the processes at the hospital much easier. Patients learn how to use the system intuitively and welcome this helpful and smart technology. System expansion with personalised treatment information and appointments or transfer to smartphones and tablets is already being planned System expansion with personalised treatment information and appointments or transfer to smartphones and tablets is already being planned: another step towards a digital hospital. Wattwil has already taken the first step with digital patient files. The processes are being increasingly automated. This reduces paper processes and guarantees efficient process management. Integrated hospital security The system was integrated, and the project was completed by the company Ondamedia, which has the necessary experience in this field. Advantages for the end user: Easy to use thanks to the intuitive user interface All the information is available at every patient bed Different applications in the hospital using one system Highly reliable and secure information André Juszko Head of Technology / Medical Technology, Hospital Wattwil commented - “With the technology from LEGIC we have every opportunity to integrate more applications at the hospital in future.”
Three years after its original decision to single source video monitoring solutions from Hanwha Techwin, (previously known as Samsung Techwin) the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is now investing in the latest Wisenet camera and recording technology to help create a safe environment for patients, staff and visitors within its mental health units. Over 380 Wisenet X H.265 network cameras have recently been installed at 9 mental health units located throughout the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust estate. These are in addition to the large numbers of earlier generation Wisenet cameras which were installed at 19 other units during previous phases of the project. “We were pleasantly surprised to learn that the price of the Wisenet X cameras is lower than the older models which they supersede and yet they deliver superior performance and enhanced feature sets,” said Mark Milliard, Capital Projects Manager at the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. “It was an easy decision therefore to deploy various Wisenet X models throughout the 9 mental health units.” Safeguarding staff, patients and visitors We are committed to the Safewards’ initiative, whose key aim is to reduce the rates of conflict within in-patient mental health settings" The safety of its staff, patients and visitors is fundamentally important to the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and it needs to be able to constantly and unobtrusively monitor patient activity. The Trust, which currently provides care for over 40,000 people with mental health problems, offers a range of specialist services that are dedicated to the care and recovery of anyone experiencing mental ill health or substance misuse issues across Norfolk and Suffolk. Although some of the mental health units are secure, the majority allow the free movement of patients. “We are committed to the Safewards’ initiative, whose key aim is to reduce the rates of conflict within in-patient mental health settings,” said Mark Milliard, “We believe that the use of smart technology, such as IP network-based video monitoring systems, can play a large role in helping us achieve this objective.” Upgrading to IP network-based systems Mark, who has worked within NHS Estates since 1986, has over recent years overseen the migration of the Trust’s analogue CCTV systems to IP network-based solutions. “The analogue systems which were installed a number of years ago became increasingly unreliable and we made the decision to upgrade them with IP network-based systems,” explained Mark. I was particularly impressed with the quality of the images which could be captured by the Wisenet cameras" “A key advantage of being able to transmit images over the network is that it provides the flexibility for any authorised user to view live or recorded video captured by any of the cameras from their PCs. We realised that this would provide us with much more flexibility in terms of how we monitor activity at the mental health units, compared to the analogue CCTV systems which could only transmit captured images to a central location.” Monitoring high-definition images “It made sense to source the cameras from just one manufacturer and from an ongoing maintenance point of view, to deploy the minimum possible number of different camera models,” said Mark. “I decided to carry out my own research as to which manufacturer had a product portfolio which could best cover all our requirements, as well as offering us the value we were looking for. “Part of the value formulae had to include a rock-solid reputation for reliability, as well as cameras with advanced technical features which would allow us to capture and monitor high definition images, regardless of the location or environmental conditions.” Mark’s extensive evaluation of a large number of manufacturers resulted in a shortlist of two, from which Hanwha Techwin emerged as the winner. “Both companies were able to show evidence as to the reliability of their cameras,” said Mark. “However, I was particularly impressed with the quality of the images which could be captured by the Wisenet cameras and the fact that each camera, depending on its location, could be configured to multi-stream images at different frame rates and at different resolutions. This offers a significant benefit from a network bandwidth management point of view.” Wisenet cameras with 150dB WDR technology Among the Wisenet X cameras recently installed are a number of XNP-6370R two megapixel 37x network IR PTZ domes which allow operators to zoom into observe close up detail of any activity The majority of the cameras installed at the 9 mental health units are Wisenet XNV-6080R two megapixel vandal-resistant network domes which have built-in IR illumination and utilise H.265 compression to minimise bandwidth and video storage requirements. Equipped with the world’s best 150dB Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) technology and the world’s best motorised varifocal F0.94 low light lens, Wisenet X cameras such as the XNV-6080R, are supercharged by the most powerful DSP chipset ever incorporated into a full camera range. Together, these features ensure superb quality colour images are captured, regardless of the environment or the time of day. The processing power of the Wisenet X chipset also provides the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust with the option to run multiple on-board third-party analytics applications. PTZ domes, fishnet and panoramic cameras Also, among the Wisenet X cameras recently installed are a number of XNP-6370R two megapixel 37x network IR PTZ domes which allow operators to zoom into observe close up detail of any activity. In addition, a number of Wisenet XNF-8010R 4 megapixel 360° fisheye and Wisenet PNM-9020V 7.3 megapixel 180° panoramic cameras have been installed, in order to efficiently reduce the number of cameras which would normally be needed to monitor wide open areas within the mental health units. With 4HDDs, the XRN-1610S offers a potential on-board storage capacity of up to 24TB, with additional storage possible via e-SATA Images from all the recently installed cameras are being recorded onto Wisenet XRN-1610S Network Video Recorders (NVRs). With 4HDDs, the XRN-1610S offers a potential on-board storage capacity of up to 24TB, with additional storage possible via e-SATA. It also supports WiseStream, a complementary compression technology which dynamically controls encoding, balancing quality and compression according to movement in the image. Bandwidth efficiency is improved by up to 75% compared to current H.264 technology when WiseStream is combined with H.265 compression. Relaxed and secure working environment “There is nothing wrong with the earlier generation of Wisenet cameras which we currently continue to use at most of the mental health units, but there is no doubt that the Wisenet X models are making it even easier for us to maintain a relaxed and secure working environment for our colleagues whilst keeping our patients safe,” added Mark Milliard. “Over the coming months we will continue our programme of updating the systems at other mental health units and in this respect, we have decided to continue to single source the cameras and recording devices from Hanwha Techwin.”