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, impro...
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 securit...
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...
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 configurat...
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 considerab...
Videx has launched its new IP intercoms that are ideal for a wide range of installations including office blocks, apartment complexes, hospitals and commercial buildings enabling the door entry system to utilise existing networks saving both cost and installation time. The Videx IP system is available as a convenient kit and as an expandable system which can be customised to suit the needs of any building. 12 gauge, 316 grade stainless steel vandal resistant entrance panels are available along...
ASSA ABLOY group brands Corbin Russwin and SARGENT, announced an expansion of their award-winning EcoFlexTM technology with the launch of the new EcoFlex exit trim. The EcoFlex exit trim can be used as an electrified exit device in stand-alone applications, in conjunction with a wall reader, or as part of an integrated access control lock, making it an excellent solution for a variety of applications, including K-12 and Higher Education, Healthcare, and Hospitality. “Architects and designers are focusing on sustainable building design while reducing energy consumption within a facility,” said Peter Boriskin, Vice President commercial products, ASSA ABLOY. “Our new EcoFlex exit trims offer significant energy savings, while maintaining high levels of system design flexibility and reliability.” The trims are field configurable for fail-safe and fail-secure operation, meaning a single device can now support multiple applications and uses within a facility Reducing the cost of ownership In comparison with solenoid-based exit trims, the EcoFlex exit trims use an innovative motor-driven actuator that reduces energy consumption by up to 95%, as certified by GreenCircle. The actuator also greatly improves reliability, offers quieter operation, and eliminates the overheating that solenoid trims are prone to, reducing maintenance requirements and lowering the overall cost of ownership. EcoFlex technology is third-party certified to help facilities lower their overall energy use. These reductions may contribute to requirements of energy efficient building certification programs, such as LEED. In addition to energy efficiency, the EcoFlex exit trims also offer greater flexibility in system design. The adaptable solution operates between 12-24 VDC, making it less sensitive to power changes and able to support longer cable runs without impacting performance. The trims are field configurable for fail-safe and fail-secure operation which means a single device can now support multiple applications and uses within a facility. This allows stocking distributors and wholesalers to stock a single trim and configure it to each specific opening. EcoFlex technology is now featured in all electrified mortise locks and exit trims from Corbin Russwin and SARGENT Energy-efficient solution “This product was built to provide our customers with a sustainable exit device solution that is dependable and extremely energy-efficient,” concludes Boriskin. “ASSA ABLOY is invested in the success of our customers. It’s our mission to be partners in innovation, delivering new products that directly meet their needs now and into the future.” EcoFlex technology is now featured in all electrified mortise locks and exit trims from Corbin Russwin and SARGENT. To learn more about the award-winning range of EcoFlex products, visit ASSA ABLOY in during ISC West 2018 in booth #8061.
Secutech India 2018 opens this week amid growing industry demand for products in the security, fire and safety industries. The trade fair will take place in Mumbai from 5 – 7 April at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, and will provide regional buyers the opportunity to source products from some of the world’s leading safety and security brands. With India’s accelerating economic growth continuing to drive industry demand, the fair presents an ideal opportunity for leading players to network and trade with each other under one roof. Under the themes of intelligent security, fire & safety and security solutions for manufacturing facilities, the fair will play host to some of the latest technological innovations. Products and solutions will encompass cutting edge developments for manufacturing facilities, hospitals and schools AI enabled smart city solutions Products and solutions will encompass cutting edge developments in areas including AI and deep learning technologies, low light cameras, smart city, traffic monitoring, license plate recognition and security for manufacturing facilities, hospitals and schools. Showcasing these products and solutions will be some of the world’s most advanced companies as they compete to meet market demands in over 15,000 sqm of exhibition space. Represented amongst more than 120 participating companies will be key industry players including: Axis Video Systems, Boon Edam Entrance Technology, CP Plus, Dahua Technology, Enterprise Software Solutions Lab, Genius Vision Digital, Globus Infocom, Halma, HID, Honeywell, iComply Veracity Surveillance, Milestone Systems, Infinova, Naffco, Prama Hikvision, Seagate Technology HDD, Tyco Fire & Security, Uniview, Videonetics, Allied Telesis, Vivotek, and ZKTeco. Fire Safety and Security Conclaves Sourcing products from these companies will be buyers representing diverse vertical market sectors including transportation, construction, finance, retail, hospitality and real estate with approximately 25,000 buyers expected to be in attendance. These will include local manufacturers, commercial building owners, system integrators, distributors, real estate developers, project owners and government bodies. In order to encourage networking and promote discussion relevant to the key issues facing India’s security and fire & safety industries, a series of specialised seminar programmes will be held during the fair. Two separate conclaves – the Safety and Security Conclave and the Fire and Safety Conclave will welcome industry and business leaders such as Puneet Garkhel (Partner, PwC), Mala Singh (Co-Chairman, IGBC Green Residential Societies Rating System), and Deepak Pokhariyal (Vice President, Reliance Industries). The Security Consultant’s Association of India will co-organise the SECONA Shield Awards Key discussions The platform will facilitate discussions on current trends and future developments relating to key industry topics including: Smart cities and infrastructure, moving beyond the smart city paradigm Critical infrastructure – risk mitigation strategies and integrated operations centre Banking and information security: preparing for the unexpected New age technologies in the banking sector, convergence of cyber security and physical security Intelligent IoT – the role of artificial intelligence SECONA shield awards Meanwhile, the Security Consultant’s Association of India will co-organise the SECONA Shield Awards. Taking place on 6th April, the awards will recognise top players in India’s security market. Nominations will be focused in 11 categories including innovative product of the year in security software, security product of the year, and safe city project of the year.
When asked about what the market should be thinking about in 2018, I am left offering an answer that serves as an urgent call to action: prepare yourself for change! The security industry is soon likely to see a dramatic shift from the traditional segmentation of commercial and residential security. Smart phones, mobile technologies, cloud computing, and having everything provided ‘as a service’ in peoples’ lives means users of buildings have a new set of expectations. In many ways, the coming crosspollination of residential and commercial security offerings means we will have a better idea of best practices. The convenience of residential spaces will combine with the robust security of commercial facilities, for example. But this also means a higher level of demand will be placed on security integrators, facility managers and owners. Operations groups may need to change drastically to offer new technologies. Security as a service is likely to become more common. And new technologies are emerging that will facilitate this change and require new skillsets and expertise. So, what the market should be thinking about right now is: how do we all, collectively, keep up? More critical is finding ways to offer or utilise new technologies and total solutions that make operations easier Ensuring security preparedness As it stands now, in terms of physical security for doors and openings, we are currently in a world where we can secure almost anything. Be it hospital, school, file cabinet, server rack, grain silo or barn that is off the electrical grid, we have a solution for that. So being hyper-aware of your industry, its offerings, and how the products work together is important, as it means every location that needs security can have security. But perhaps more critical is finding ways to offer or utilise new technologies and total solutions that make operations easier, moving security components deeper into a building, facility or campus, and building and leveraging on partnerships where everyone is invested in the other’s success. Here are a few suggestions for addressing these issues. Training in new security solutions Perhaps the biggest change in the near term will be emerging technologies that will alter how we currently use security solutions. Be it cloud-based security, intelligent keys, new types of credentials, or simply a better software for management, the need to be well-versed on these offerings is key. To this end, it is important to not only know what offerings exist in the security world, but also be well-trained on them. Seek out a manufacturer that is willing to offer training and education on products, strategies and solutions. While it is important to secure server rooms at the point of entry, it might also make sense to provide a cabinet lock with audit capabilities on the rack or cabinet itself Identifying an end goal Further, approach the integration and implementation of these technologies with a collaborative mindset. For dealers and integrators this means utilising new technologies to better secure a facility for a client. As a building owner or manager, it means making tenant and occupant life better while streamlining your own operations. The ultimate goal of any new technology is to meet customer needs in the very best possible way. And that goal should trickle down from manufacturer to integrator to the facility manager and ultimately the end user. Don’t just implement technology for the sake of doing so. Do it with purpose by identifying an end goal and utilising these amazing solutions to achieve that. Identifying an end goal also means seeking out the core requirements a building has to provide users with the expected level of security and service. This is obviously dependent on the building, and it doesn’t always mean physically moving into a building, but rather looking at ways to move further into the operations of a business. Securing access to buildings Government facilities are undergoing a transition to security requirements dictated by the FICAM programme For some businesses, keeping server racks or file cabinets secure can be critical. And while it is important to secure these rooms at the point of entry, it might also make sense to provide a cabinet lock with audit capabilities on the rack or cabinet itself. New opportunities also fall into this category. Government facilities are currently undergoing a transition to security requirements dictated by the Federal Government’s Identity, Credential, and Access Management (FICAM) programme. FICAM sets standards for implementation of secure access to all government facilities and mandates the use of FIPS 201 Personal Identity Verification (PIV) for federal employees and contractors. This means that PIV enabled access points will be required on the perimeters, interiors and other openings. Finding ways to retrofit these affordably, efficiently and effectively means offering more secure openings on what is likely to be a tight budget. This can also apply to offsite facilities. Earlier I mentioned barns and grain silos – locations that are often left off electrical grids but can come with the need for auditing capabilities – and a solution exists for that. So, while a corporate headquarters might be under robust lock and key, it is always good to ask about other locations that could use a simple security upgrade. Personal Identity Verification-enabled access points will be required on the perimeters, interiors and other openings Establishing security partnerships Again, the best way to achieve readiness with this approach is to be aware of the market and its offerings, and to engage in collaborative partnerships. Collaborative partnerships are critical for everyone who is tasked with protecting the people and places that matter most. Manufacturers rely on the integrators and building supervisors to understand the new and developing needs in the industry. Integrators then must rely on manufacturers to provide these solutions, offer education and training, and be in constant contact about the newest technologies available. Collaborative partnerships are critical for everyone who is tasked with protecting the people and places that matter mostAnd building owners or managers must both be aware of their tenant and end user needs and demands – be it for new technologies or even seeking out sustainability solutions. In turn, they need to know they can rely on a collaborative approach from an integrator and manufacturer who is invested in their success. Industry collaboration for a secure future Again, the biggest thing we must all need to consider now is how to prepare for the future. Treading water is simply not enough in the security market anymore. New technologies and performance expectations are forcing us to consider ways to better serve our clients – whether we are a manufacturer, integrator or in charge of facilities. And the best way to do this is together. We are all invested in the success of one another, and in the people who use the places we strive to keep safe. By seeking out, developing, and cultivating these partnerships in collaboration and innovation, we are able to help one another prepare for the future that is becoming more complex, intriguing and exciting every day.
At ISC West 2018, in booth #14079, Hanwha Techwin America, supplier of IP and analogue video surveillance solutions, will announce two new Wisenet multi-sensor cameras. The Wisenet PNM-7000VD (2-head) and PNM-9000VQ (4-head) combine powerful performance in a small form factor at an affordable price. For maximum adaptability, configurable fixed-focus lens/CMOS sensor modules are available in multiple fields of view which can be easily installed onsite. With high frame-rates (60/30fps), true WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) and a powerful suite of analytics built in, the cameras bring a new level of quality and value to the multi-directional camera market. Utilising a single IP address over one cat5 cable requires only one VMS license further reducing the cost to install, service, and support. “Our latest multi-directional cameras set a new bar for performance,” said Paul Kong, Technical Director, Hanwha Techwin America. “The modular lens design, together with advanced Wisenet P series features like WDR, built-in analytics, and high frame-rates, is significant for the industry.” A solution for hospitals, schools, and retail, both cameras allow for individual on-screen displays and a full suite of video analytics including loitering, directional detection, fog detection, tampering, motion detection, and objects entering or exiting an area. Hallway view aspect ratios are also supported for monitoring of vertical shaped areas.
Tomorrow’s commercial buildings are safer, smarter, more comfortable and efficient. At this year’s Light & Building 2018 show, Bosch experts will showcase networked systems and services at booth C60 in Hall 9.1. Bosch applies its many years of experience as a system integrator and the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) to safeguard people, values and the environment as a complete supplier of building solutions. Foremost among the complete solutions available from Bosch for fast and reliable early on-site detection of fires is the video-based fire detection system, AVIOTEC IP starlight 8000. In November 2017, it became the world’s first such system to be approved by VdS Schadenverhütung, a independent German certification body. For meeting the requirements of small to mid-sized applications, like in nursery schools, schools, hotels, stores and office buildings, Bosch stresses solutions centering on the FPA 1100 fire panel. Its principal advantages are simple installation, startup and operation. In addition to helping customers plan systems to meet their needs, Bosch also supports installers for commissioning and maintaining them with the aid of various remote services based on the cloud-based EffiLink platform.Evaluation of energy and process data via a single user interface reveals ways to optimise processes Customised security management Bosch enables customised security management solutions with the Building Integration System (BIS). This doubles as a user-friendly interface for fire alarm, intrusion detection or access control systems, and as a central management platform for large, complex solutions spanning multiple sites. When it is supplemented with automatic video image transfer capabilities and tailored action plans, security staff have all relevant information at their fingertips. In order to effectively manage energy and resources in buildings and production facilities, Bosch’s building experts provide integrated solutions based on the Energy Platform, which targets manufacturing enterprises in particular. This powerful cloud-based software solution distills information from various sources into meaningful metrics. Evaluation of energy and process data via a single user interface reveals ways to optimise processes and provides the basis for evolving toward Industry 4.0. Integrated healthcare security solutions Bosch’s building experts will also present integrated solutions for the healthcare sector at the Light and Building 2018 show in Frankfurt. Smart hospitals are the wave of the future, holding enormous potential for improving processes and enabling greater efficiency. These solutions streamline building operation, reduce staff workloads and ensure greater comfort for patients. The portfolio covers the areas of security, energy efficiency, communication and building management, giving clients a full toolset from one source for optimising the entire value chain. It is backed by flexible financing and operating models.
Oncam, a global provider of 360-degree video capture and business intelligence technology, has announced the addition of the Evolution 180 product range to its portfolio, building upon the experience and heritage of the company's 360-degree technology. The addition of the panoramic 180-degree camera range meets the needs of customers in a variety of markets that require a purpose-built, wall-mounted camera with Panoramic+ views from a single sensor. Environments that benefit from this unique view include education, hospitality, casinos, banking, retail and transportation, which demand monitoring large walkways, open spaces and corridors without blind spots.The camera further boosts the capabilities of Oncam's product portfolio with top quality imagery from a single sensor Panoramic+ view camera “Customer demand for a dedicated high-quality 180-degree technology was the driving force in the development of our latest product. They wanted a camera that was tailor-made for true panoramic views." "Currently, 180-degree views in the market are created with a single sensor 360-degree camera in panorama mode, which isn’t an ideal approach as it doesn’t allow the use of the full width of the sensor.” said Jon Marsh, Vice President of Product, Oncam. “This is why we’ve created the Panoramic+ view, which dictated the design of the product putting more pixels on target than any other panoramic camera." "This innovation further boosts the capabilities of our product portfolio and builds on the proven track record of top quality imagery from a single sensor for which Oncam is known. Furthermore, the Evolution 180 enables us to reach a greater segment of the marketplace that requires and demands full coverage from their surveillance solutions.”It is a true day/night camera that does not require SDK de-warping Integration flexibility The Evolution 180 camera range has been introduced with the Indoor model, available immediately in black or white, and a robust and attractive Outdoor model, which will be available in April 2018. The Evolution 180 range offers a 12MP sensor and 6MP de-warped panoramic image with Oncam’s Angle Compensation Technology, which provides adaptive de-warping. It is a true day/night camera that does not require SDK de-warping as the Panoramic+ view is created natively in the camera. The solution is ONVIF Profile S compliant for added integration flexibility with the leading video management systems on the market today.
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.”
Safety is at the forefront of hospitals across the nation. According to a landmark report To Err is Human (2000) by The Institute of Medicine (IOM), between 44,000 and 98,000 patients die a year in the U.S. due to preventable medical errors including wrongful administration of medication. Beyond the cost of human life, these errors cost the healthcare industry as much as $29 million per year. This figure takes into account the expenses associated with additional care, loss of income and disability so as to reduce medication administration errors, hospitals are modifying their current medical dispensing systems in operation to prevent and eliminate these errors. Based in Portsmouth, Ohio, Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) is one such hospital that is addressing this concern. A 222-bed hospital that provides emergency and surgical care, as well as a wide range of other health-care services, SOMC employs 2,200 full and part-time doctors and volunteers. SOMC has a medical staff of more than 140 board-certified or board-eligible physicians and specialists and is supported by more than 800 volunteers. WALLaroo 2000 wall station The WALLaroo 2000 wall station featured a cabinet mounted outside each patient’s room to temporarily stock the non-narcotic medications prior to dispensing One of the “Best Practices” outlined in the IOM report calls for the healthcare industry to utilise technology, such as bed side bar coding, to improve patient identification. To meet these standards, SOMC quickly modernised their process from relying heavily on a two-cart dispensing system that included laptops on wheels (LOW’s) and pharmacy carts, to a system that was more efficient and accurate. The new solution, the WALLaroo 2000 wall station, featured a cabinet mounted outside each patient’s room to temporarily stock the non-narcotic medications prior to dispensing. SOMC’s IT department was tasked with finding a way to integrate the wall stations with a state-of-the-art access control system that was equipped with an access-controlled lock and reader. By implementing this solution, SOMC has been able to strictly adhere to their patient’s rights as they pertain to medication dispensing, which includes: the right patient, the right medication, the right dose, the right time and the right route of administration. Centrally networked access control system “When we started our quest for an access-control solution, we looked for two things,” said Dennis Ward, information services and applications manager for SOMC. “First SOMC needed a solution that would be centrally networked with the current eMAR system, as well as have a main power source. Additionally, we needed to replace the magnetic strip on employee badges with a more effective technology.” Ward consulted with several companies within the security industry, including Accu-Tech, SecuriCo, Microman and HID Global, before finding the optimal solution- SecuriCo’s Securus Web software solution. The solution operates with a HID EdgeReader coupled with iCLASS 2K (37-bit) smart cards and Rutherford Controls 3513 Lock. SecurusWeb software solution SOMC project requirements indicated that both a Web-based software solution and an IP PoE Access Control solution were required" “SOMC project requirements indicated that both a Web-based software solution and an IP PoE Access Control solution were required,” said Jim Andrews, president of SecuriCo, Inc. “After Dennis and I reviewed the project requirements and discussed the design options with AccuTech and Microman, everyone agreed that the SecurusWeb software solution with a pre-configured HID EdgeReader and iCLASS 2K (37-bit) smart cards were the perfect fit for the hospital’s unique access control needs.” According to Ward, “As I conducted product research in the security information space, I noted that most available solutions were based on HID technology. This was important since the hospital was growing, and our security needs would grow, too. HID Global has a great industry reputation so it was a natural and easy decision to select the company’s solutions and OEM partner, SecuriCo, Inc.” Installing WALLaroo wall stations and HID EdgeReader Since Ward had never implemented a project like this before, he obtained samples of one of the WALLaroo wall stations, a HID EdgeReader and evaluation software from SecuriCo. Using the samples, he created a prototype that would fit all his access control needs and serve SOMC in the best possible way. Installed by Microman, these pre-programmed wall units have the SOMC specifications that Ward devised. While physical access control is delivered through the HID EdgeReader and iCLASS cards, the control of the hardware is provided through SecuriCo’s Securus Web software. The software controls which individuals are granted access to each station based upon a preset access level, which includes the day and time access is allowed. In addition, the application also records how access is added and removed. This innovative solution also enables pharmacy technicians to deliver barcoded, 24-hour scheduled, non-narcotic medications to the secured wall mounted stations. Using their authorised HID iCLASS cards, the nursing staff is then able to access and administer the medication. SecurusWeb and HID Global’s Edge IP access solutions SecurusWeb and HID Global’s Edge IP access solutions can make it easier to meet the unique and demanding needs of healthcare applications, as experienced by SOMC Thinking outside the box and using innovative products like SecurusWeb and HID Global’s Edge IP access solutions can make it easier to meet the unique and demanding needs of healthcare applications, as experienced by SOMC. Accuracy for patient medication dispensing has improved significantly thanks to the new solution. Workflow is also more efficient because the amount of time it previously took nurses to go to the medication room and retrieve new medications has been significantly reduced. Additionally, medication is secure and located where the staff expects it to be, while eliminating the need for medication carts, making the hospital hallways accessible and less cluttered. With the original installation of 73 of HID’s EdgeReaders being such a great success, SOMC ordered and installed an additional102 EdgeReaders in the hospital’s new North Tower, including 12 on the first floor Heart Care Unit (HCU), 30 on the second floor in the Surgical-Vascular Care Unit (SVCU), 30 on the third floor in the Medical-Surgical Care Unit (MSCU), and 30 more that are located on the fourth floor in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU).
It was over a century ago that Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) was founded, as a gift by industrialist Uri T. Hungerford. The vision was to create a community hospital that would serve as a beacon of hope and a place of comfort for the ill and injured. 100 years later, that same community spirit has helped CHH evolve into a vibrant, independent, affordable healthcare network that delivers a comprehensive range of healthcare programs and services for over 100,000 lives in Northwestern Connecticut. A challenging safety diagnosis Avigilon has made us more efficient as we don’t have to spend much time sifting through large amounts of video” Charlotte Hungerford Hospital prides itself on supporting patient and staff safety in all hospital areas and locations. Several years ago, they found themselves with an outdated security system that lacked quality video coverage and recording capabilities. CHH struggled with reliable video playback and faced frequent system crashes. As a result, the hospital’s security operators were often unable to provide accurate evidence during forensic investigations and many liability claims and hospital incidents went unresolved. CHH needed a cost-effective, comprehensive security solution that could protect patients and staff across multiple locations while still being flexible enough to scale with the hospital’s growing needs. Avigilon AI & Analytics technology With a desire to improve its legacy surveillance system, CHH looked to Avigilon’s advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technology and video analytics to meet their security needs. CHH began a multi-phase upgrade that included installing over 100 Avigilon cameras with self-learning video analytics, deploying AI-based Avigilon Appearance Search technology and using impulse radar technology with the Avigilon Presence Detector (APD) Sensor. Avigilon Appearance Search technology – a sophisticated deep learning AI search engine – helps CHH quickly locate a specific person or vehicle of interest across all cameras both inside the hospital and care centers as well as outside parking lots. This technology provides CHH’s operators with enhanced situational awareness, enabling fast event response and helping to save time and effort during critical investigations. To protect areas of the hospital where cameras cannot be installed, CHH installed the Avigilon Presence Detector (APD), a discreet impulse radar device with self-learning radar analytics that scans, learns, and continuously adapts to its environment. Avigilon Presence Detector sensors Our Security Department’s mission at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is the safety of our patients, visitors, and employees” Capable of detecting persons who aren’t moving or are hidden, the APD sensors help improve situational awareness for CHH staff, and are used in areas where cameras are not permitted, such as restrooms or change rooms. When integrated with Avigilon Control Center (ACC) video management software, APD sensors alert CHH operators of human presence while still maintaining privacy. Avigilon H4 cameras were used throughout the hospital to provide exceptional image quality and built-in self-learning video analytics, which provides accurate detection and notification of movement of people and vehicles. CHH also deployed HD Multi-sensor cameras which provide up to four camera views per camera installation, using only one camera license and network drop. This allows CHH’s staff to efficiently cover all angles in order to detect, verify, and act on potential security events across the hospital’s premises. Avigilon H4 and HD multi-sensor cameras At the core of CHH is a desire to help the community and still serve as the beacon of compassion it was founded to be 100 years ago. With these values in mind, the hospital’s mission when it comes to security is the safety of patients, visitors, and employees. Avigilon’s AI solutions have helped achieve this by moving the CHH system from legacy to advanced and providing effective monitoring around the clock while also helping to create operational efficiencies. Since deploying ACC software, CHH’s operators spend significantly less time reviewing recorded video, allowing them to focus on proactive event response. Working with Avigilon, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital has a roadmap for continued growth and exceptional patient safety.
HID FARGO DTC printers and Databac Group’s Data ReWrite rewritable cards smooth the process of appointment scheduling, reminders and check-ins, while cutting clinic costs and saving dentists’ and patients’ time. Siprored ID card issuing system The cards were designed with patient convenience in mind by serving as a means to easily access their appointment and payment history Dedicated to serving clients in the dental sector, software development and installation company, Siprored realised that the ID card issuing system used by their client network of seven independent dental clinics was out-of-date and expensive. Keeping the significant flow of patients and services that is characteristic of their customers’ larger clinics in mind, Siprored began searching for a printing solution. The old system involved printing the barcode containing each patient’s data onto a patient ID card. This code was then scanned with a reader that triggered the program to automatically inform dentists when a patient had arrived for their appointment and checked them into the digital waiting area. The cards were designed with patient convenience in mind by serving as a means to easily access their appointment and payment history. Although the various clinics received positive feedback on this system from their patients, the clinics also faced the inefficiency and added cost of having to constantly print lots of cards and change their printer ink cartridges. Databac Data ReWrite cards Siprored worked with its ID partner, Databac Group, to identify the right solution that would meet each of the seven clinics’ needsSiprored worked with its ID partner, Databac Group, to identify the right solution that would meet each of the seven clinics’ needs. It was clear that rewritable technology would help them maintain the professional image of the patient cards, but with greater efficiency and less material waste. Databac did not hesitate in recommending HID Global’s FARGO printers, based on their advanced capabilities and functionality. Databac Managing Director Charles Balcomb said: “The combination of our Data ReWrite cards and HID FARGO’s rewritable printers really draws out the full benefits of this technology. The same cards can be used again and again with no loss of quality over hundreds of uses.” The deployment process for implementing the HID FARGO DTC1000 took very little time. As an added benefit, the costs of the FARGO printers were comparable to that of using a color printer without rewritable technology, which lowered the total cost of the upgrade. HID FARGO DTC1000 printer We selected HID Global’s DTC printers, as they offer full color printing and feature reprinting/rewritable capability" “We selected HID Global’s DTC printers, as they offer full color printing and feature reprinting/rewritable capability, so patients can use the same card several times, thereby reducing costs,” said Estefanía Barreiro, Administrative Manager at Siprored. “Installation of the printer and drivers was fast and, following a few tests, we had everything working perfectly. The whole process from start to finish took less than a month.” While they began with HID FARGO DTC1000 printers in some facilities, Siprored recently upgraded to the HID FARGO DTC1250e. Although each clinic is independent and offers different services, they all use Databac’s Data Rewrite cards, which can be printed, erased and reprinted up to 500 times. To help differentiate between location and type of appointment, Siprored worked with the clinics to develop a color-coded patient system. Patient ID cards for a cleaning were one color, and orthodontics or implant-related appointment were another color. Siprored continues to keep all of this information organised through its software system, Gesionet. Rewritable cards Since initial deployment, seven clinics have bought and distributed over 24,000 rewritable cards for new patientsSince initial deployment, seven clinics have bought and distributed over 24,000 rewritable cards for new patients. Barreiro explains that this has had multiple benefits, the first being patient satisfaction. “Our clients are very happy with the system, since their patients are going home with a card printed with their next visits,” she said. She further added, “This translates into fewer missed appointments and less time wasted by the dentist. One clinic also noticed that patients are seeing it as very modern and at the forefront of new technology: patients like handing over their patient ID card so the receptionist can ‘magically’ erase their previous appointments and print future appointments on it. This is all done very quickly, in just a single step.” The ability to reprint ID cards allows for clinics and Siprored to cut costs. Thanks to rewritable technology, the printers do not require a print ribbon, meaning clinics do not have to spend money on ink cartridges. Siprored calculated that they have saved around 100 color printing ribbons, worth over 8,600 USD, plus the time saved in changing the cartridges. Siprored is excited by the idea of producing cards with chips should their network of clinics require advanced technology in the future. “It makes us happy to know that we’re pioneers in implementing change that benefits our customers and their patients,” Barreiro said
ANSecurity, a specialist in advanced network and data security, has announced a successful project with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to move to the SHA-2 cryptographic standard to help strengthen its security posture. With over 12,000 computing devices and 500 servers under its management, Nottinghamshire Healthcare has maintained an ongoing strategy to continually improve its security controls. Most of its systems are used internally and unconnected to the internet. However, increased use of BYOD and more interconnection has prompted the IT department to instigate a migration of its PKI infrastructure to the newer SHA-2 (Secure Hash Algorithm 2), a set of cryptographic hash functions that is widely used in security applications and protocols, including TLS and SSL, PGP, SSH, S/MIME, and IPsec. ANSecurity helped the Trust to overcome the complexity of its legacy PKI, along with dependencies on existing services including mobile device onboarding and remote access control Overcoming the complexity of legacy PKI “SHA-1 has been depreciated in terms of its security capability, however not all our applications or servers natively supported SHA-2 which meant we needed to consider the upgrade with the context of a wider application server upgrade,” explains Andy Spencer, System Team Leader for Nottinghamshire Healthcare, “It is a significant project that we felt could benefit from dedicated security expertise for which we turned to ANSecurity.” ANSecurity helped the Trust to overcome the complexity of its legacy PKI, along with dependencies on existing services including mobile device onboarding and remote access control. As Jason Parry, Network Security Architect for ANSecurity explains, “We discussed at length with Andy and his team the merits of several deployment scenarios to determine the best course of action. Next, we agreed a process with various business groups who consume PKI and once ratified completed our standard scope of works documentation with pre-requisites to streamline the deployment.” The entire migration project including legacy operating systems migration and remediation of weaknesses within the SHA-1 signatures took just 3 days Improved security posture The actual project was driven by the Nottinghamshire Healthcare’s IT department under guidance from ANSecurity to ensure high levels of knowledge transfer. The entire migration project including legacy operating systems migration and remediation of weaknesses within the SHA-1 signatures took just 3 days, leading to improved security posture without any disruption to its 24/7 operations. “Any organisations with a legacy windows PKI environment need to perform something similar,” Parry explains, “This may not require a wholesale replacement and in many cases, it might be applicable to perform a simpler migration to new servers along with an upgrade that renews existing PKI infrastructure.” ANSecurity have performed dozens of these projects over the last 24 months and has a significant number planned for the next year. “The NHS with its large number of legacy systems is a sector that is rapidly moving to SHA-2,” says Parry. “Busy IT staff that may have overlooked these types of projects due to the complexity of legacy applications servers should not be overly concerned as the process for migration is relatively straightforward and uses a well understood process.”
Dahua Technology, manufacturer and supplier of video surveillance products provides its patented HDCVI solution to secure Lulu Hypermarket in Muscat, Oman. Lulu Hypermarket is a hypermarket chain and retail venture started by Lulu Group International in 2000. It has over 30,000 employees of various nationalities. Lulu Hypermarket is one of the largest retail chains in Asia and is the biggest in the Middle East, with 115 outlets in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and one in Kochi, India. It is amongst the world’s 50 fastest growing retailers, according to research firm Deloitte. Dahua’s security solution Dahua provided HDCVI technology to secure the branch of Lulu Hypermarket in Muscat with cooperation from its system integrator China Communications Services. This is the first time that Dahua and China Communications Services have cooperated for an entire CCTV project. The two teams’ deep experience in CCTV resulted in a smooth and successful implementation for Lulu. Lulu mainly used Dahua HDCVI Professional series products, including HDCVI cameras, HDCVI DVRs, VMS, IP storage, video wall, etc. Around 250 HDCVI cameras, including bullet, dome and PTZ, were provided by Dahua. A video wall display unit was used in the control centre and IP SAN storage devices are used to meet 90 days recording requirements.Dahua appreciated the teamwork with China Communications Services, which made the project successful and was happily accepted by Lulu Hypermarket" Dahua HDCVI Professional series adopts the patented DH5000 chipset and high-performance CMOS sensor. The camera retains the ease-of-use of an analogue system while offering up to 1080P HD video output. Pro series is suitable for the users who want to secure small-and-medium-scale applications like airports, hospitals, schools, upscale hotels or banks. Collaborations for success "HDCVI is Dahua-patented technology featuring HD analogue video transmission over coaxial cable, allowing reliable long-distance HD transmission at lower cost. As for the Lulu Hypermarket, we provided our HDCVI professional series products to protect the whole market,” said Rio Mao, Sales Director of APAC at Dahua Technology. “Dahua appreciated the teamwork with China Communications Services, which made the project successful and was happily accepted by Lulu Hypermarket. We are obviously looking for further cooperation with China Communications Services for more projects.” "We really appreciate this great support from Dahua, and we have more confidence to work with Dahua together in the whole Middle East market,” said Zhu Linghua, Manager of Overseas Department at China Communications Services. “I believe we can achieve more mutually-beneficial project starts from this successful case and continue cooperation with each other in the near future.”