Hybrid surveillance systems
Quantum Corp. has announced the release of the new VS-Series, an efficient, flexible storage cloud platform that has been specially designed for surveillance and industrial IoT applications. The VS-Series is available in a broad range of server choices, suitable for deployments with fewer than ten cameras, up to the largest environments with thousands of cameras. Using the VS-Series security platform, security professionals can efficiently record and store video surveillance footage and run an e...
Senstar, global provider of video management and perimeter intrusion detection solutions, is pleased to introduce two new products at ISC West - Senstar Symphony Access Control (AC) and the FiberPatrol FP400 zone-based intrusion detection system for fence applications. Symphony AC is an open software solution designed to support the industry’s most trusted brands of access control and intrusion hardware. Available as an extension to the Symphony Video Management Software (VMS), the module...
DITEK, global provider of surge protection solutions, is exhibiting its comprehensive line of Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS), Network Protection, and indoor/outdoor Surge Protection Devices this week at ISC West 2019 (booth #6117). “We released a number of new solutions in 2018 that will help users ensure that their devices and equipment are always powered and protected against damaging surges and lightning strikes,” said Michael Molinari, General Manager, DITEK. “We are...
AMAG Technology announces the release of Symmetry CompleteView 20/20, a video management software solution designed to operate as a stand-alone system or integrate with the Symmetry platform that includes intrusion management, access control, identity management, visitor management, incident and case management, command and control software and mobile technology to deliver a complete end-to-end security solution. Symmetry CompleteView 20/20 VMS Symmetry CompleteView 20/20 provides users with a...
Aqua Security, global platform provider for securing container-based and cloud native applications, has announced version 3.5 of its cloud native security platform, which now protects a wide range of cloud native technologies, including applications using serverless functions. Customers can deploy end-to-end security to establish a consistent policy enforcement layer spanning container, serverless containers (such as AWS Fargate) and serverless functions (such as AWS Lambda). Aqua CSP v3.5 In...
Pivot3, global provider of security, Internet of Things (IoT) and hybrid cloud infrastructure solutions, has announced the introduction of the Pivot3 Architect and Engineer (A&E) Program. This initiative will provide architects, engineers and consultants with the resources and support needed to make intelligent decisions when specifying infrastructure platforms at the core of enterprise-class IoT, video surveillance and security solutions for their clients. Pivot3 A&E Program The Pivo...
Pulse Secure, global provider of Secure Access solutions to both enterprises and service providers, has announced the launch of new packaging of its award-winning Pulse Access Suite for Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs). The solution offers service providers an accelerated, cost-effective means to differentiate and build out their service portfolio to meet the massive demand for protected connectivity to cloud applications and hybrid IT resources. Pulse Secure Pulse Secure offers a comprehensive, integrated and highly interoperable set of Secure Access solutions spanning remote, mobile and cloud access security; network visibility and access control; and application delivery. The suite allows service providers to extend lucrative access protection, endpoint compliance, threat response and availability services for the data center, hosted in the cloud or running as SaaS. The service provider packaging optimises capital expenditure through an on-demand, pay-per-use model. MSSPs can spin up or spin down virtual Secure Access instances and licenses at a cost based on the number of concurrent monthly users. On-demand provisioning and tiered, user-based pricing gives service providers needed flexibility for customer onboarding, growth spurts and business downturns. Managed Security Services (MSS) The Managed Security Services (MSS) market 'constitutes approximately 60 percent of the overall security outsourcing market' According to a recent Gartner report1, the Managed Security Services (MSS) market 'constitutes approximately 60 percent of the overall security outsourcing market , generating $18.7 billion in revenue in 2017 and growing at a CAGR of 11 percent through 2021. It is important to view MSS in the context of broader security outsourcing, because large enterprises are increasingly looking for hybrid engagements that include a mix of shared and dedicated service delivery components.' Key market trends in that report include: Moving beyond monitoring of only network-based security technologies, particularly the network perimeter, with increasing focus on the endpoint (e.g. managed EDR services) Increasing movement toward more customised outcomes for buyers Buyer demand for capabilities to monitor popular SaaS applications, and public cloud service providers and IaaS Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) and Network Access Control (NAC) As enterprises are seeking more complete offerings from fewer managed security service providers, MSSPs in turn are seeking to expand service scope while reducing business risk and operational complexity. In comparison to working with point solutions that are limited due to custom integration, disparate management and licensing constraints, Pulse Secure uniquely offers MSSPs integrated Virtual Private Network (VPN), Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM), Network Access Control (NAC) and virtual Application Delivery Controller (ADC) solutions within a unified management framework for data center and hybrid IT implementation. Pulse Secure Access Suite for MSSPs MSSP packaging, including user-based licensing, will be available to authorised channel partners at the end of November through Pulse Secure’s global distributors MSSP packaging, including user-based licensing, will be available to authorised channel partners at the end of November through Pulse Secure’s global distributors. The Pulse Secure Access Suite for MSSPs’ list price starts at $6 USD MSRP per concurrent user per month for the first 500 users with higher discounts available for larger user counts. The solution includes a multi-tenant, centralised management system and licensing server that gives MSSPs operational oversight while also providing clients with dashboard visibility. The solution includes virtual appliance form factors for VMware, KVM and Hyper-V, and supports deployment in hosted cloud environments such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS. “Ensuring secure access is more challenging than ever given the dynamics of cyber threats, IT consumerisation and software-defined data centers. Enterprises of all sizes are overwhelmed and increasingly looking to MSSPs for expertise and capacity,” said Scott Gordon, chief marketing officer at Pulse Secure. “Pulse Secure gives MSSP leaders an easy, proven and no-risk path to extend services and increase revenues for hybrid IT secure access. More importantly, our new MSSP packaging enables our service provider partners and their customers to deliver ubiquitous access productivity while ensuring compliance.” Managed Access Services “Pulse Secure has been a key vendor for our managed access services. In my team’s experience, Pulse is the only one that has reliably delivered as-advertised stability, performance and manageability, as well as new feature sets that satisfy our highly demanding clients,” said Nicholas Klein, SOC supervisor at GTT Managed Secure Access Group. “With Pulse Secure, our services are backed by a rock-solid, flexible platform paired with a responsive support team, allowing us to focus on the value-add aspects of our managed service for our customers.” “As business, government and educational institutions are building out their cloud-enabled infrastructure, enterprises must consider how to enforce appropriate resource and data access while delivering high usability for their users. indevis offers enterprises the benefit of expertise, resources, and experience to design and implement an integrated data center and cloud access strategy,” said Wolfgang Kurz, founder and CTO at indevis. “We believe Pulse Secure offers a breadth of Secure Access capabilities and interoperability that give our customers greater freedom to optimize and defend their mobile and cloud computing initiatives. We appreciate the operational and licensing advantages that the Pulse Secure packaging provides our customers and us.” Internet of Enterprises Orange Business Services is a leader in the Internet of Enterprises, the emerging digital business ecosystem powered by data" “Orange Business Services is a leader in the Internet of Enterprises, the emerging digital business ecosystem powered by data. We are at the core of our customers’ data journey,” said Nicolas Drogou, head of Orange Cyberdefense APAC. “Ensuring the security of the data and its journey end to end is paramount to us being the trusted partner for their Digital Transformation. Pulse Secure is a cornerstone solution within our managed security services suite. The features and scalability of its Secure Access suite enable us to tackle the complex Secure Access challenges that organizations face in an increasingly volatile threat landscape.” “RKON’s customers are building out significant mobile and cloud investments where potential exposure to cyberattacks, compliance and visibility gaps are top of mind,” said Jeff Mullarkey, CEO of RKON, a leading-edge MSSP based in Chicago. He further added, “Ensuring always-on and protected access to resources is foundational to their businesses. We support enterprises across all verticals with a specific emphasis in the mergers and acquisitions space. Our Managed Secure Access practice leverages the Pulse Secure platform's reliability and broad capabilities.”
Securitas Services Holding UK Ltd (Securitas) has announced its acquisition of R&R Frontline Services Ltd and R&R Frontline Services UK Ltd. As part of the Securitas Group, R&R Frontline Services Ltd and R&R Frontline Services UK Ltd will continue to deliver local, professional security services to clients and will transition to operate under the Securitas brand for the future. With more than 70 employees, R&R Frontline Services Ltd and R&R Frontline Services UK Ltd, specialise in both static and mobile security services in Oxford, Banbury and across Oxfordshire. Their expertise and customer portfolio are an excellent complement to the existing Securitas business. Securitas strengthens Vision 2020 strategy Securitas is a global security services provider, specialising in protective services built on people, technology and knowledge, and operating in 58 markets worldwide. Securitas layers six Protective Services: On-site, Mobile, Remote, Electronic Security, Fire & Safety and Corporate Risk Management to offer intelligent, value driven, total security solutions to its clients. The security of the future will rely on people, technology and knowledge" The acquisition of R&R Frontline Services Ltd and R&R Frontline Services UK Ltd strengthens the portfolio of Securitas UK, as it continues to build its electronic alarm surveillance services and mobile security services for small and medium-sized businesses across the UK, as part of its Vision 2020 strategy. Danny Williams, Securitas UK, Managing Director, North and South West explains “The security of the future will rely on people, technology and knowledge to ensure clients receive value driven, predictive, total security solutions. These acquisitions offer an exciting opportunity for Securitas to strengthen and expand its protective services and customer offering, creating value for clients, employees and shareholders, whilst supporting our strategy for future growth.” Richard Powell, Managing Director, R&R Frontline Services Ltd commented, “Securitas is a leading global player in the security industry and this a great opportunity for both our officers and our clients.”
Secutech Vietnam 2018 reached new heights as it closed its doors, having seen visitor numbers shoot up to an estimated 13,800+ (2017: 12,097). Positive feedback from buyers and exhibitors alike also cemented the fair’s position as the ideal shop window into the regional security industry. Secutech Vietnam 2018 The new Smart Home and Smart Building zone was added to the show floor this year alongside the returning Security zone and the Fire & Safety zone The enlarged show occupied the entirety of Hall A at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center and was categorised into three separate zones that accommodated buyers from different sectors. Of particular note was the new Smart Home and Smart Building zone, which was added to the show floor this year alongside the returning Security zone and the Fire & Safety zone. The addition of the new zone contributed to an uptick in exhibitor numbers at the show, which rose 16% from last year’s total to reach 310 exhibitors from 20 countries and regions (2017: 270). The knock-on effect of this increase was an 11% rise in exhibition space, which reached 10,000 sqm (2017: 9,000 sqm). Speaking about the driving forces behind these impressive numbers, Ms. Regina Tsai, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd said: “The high number of government and commercial sector development projects in Vietnam has translated into significant demand for surveillance, access control, biometric recognition and other related security and fire safety solutions. With this in mind, I am delighted that buyers are increasingly recognising Secutech Vietnam as the place to source these products and cross paths with major international and domestic suppliers.” Smart Home and Smart Building solutions A large number of suppliers were present at the Smart Home and Smart Building zone, which was a hive of activity during the fair. Astec, Dahua, Phuong Viet, Samsung, Smart Z and a blend of related companies displayed products at the zone, with solutions that stretched from home automation and controls, to intelligent building and energy saving devices. The addition of these technologies to the show floor contributed to making the 2018 edition of Secutech Vietnam the most comprehensive to date. One notable debutant at Secutech Vietnam was hosted at the new zone in the form of the Z-Wave Pavilion. The flourishing residential property sector helped to attract system integrators, distributors and end users of home automation technologies to the pavilion, which housed smart lock manufacturers Saykey and Kaadas. Meanwhile, SMAhome also made its first appearance at Secutech Vietnam with a host of IoT enabled technologies for Smart Home. Fire and Safety solutions Two other pavilions to experience high footfall during the show were the Korea Fire Institute (KFI) and UL Pavilions at the Fire & Safety zone Two other pavilions to experience high footfall during the show were the Korea Fire Institute (KFI) and UL Pavilions at the Fire & Safety zone. A host of Korean companies and associations were present at the KFI Pavilion to showcase fire extinguishers, fire alarms, fire hoses, alarm control units, firefighting suits, escape chutes, valves, and related equipment. Meanwhile, the UL Pavilion was home to UL certified fire safety products from brands such as CSJ, HD Fire, NM Fire, Newage Fire, PCJ, UL and WEFLO. Plenty of attention and positive feedback also surrounded the new Singapore Pavilion. Led by the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, the pavilion featured modular control platforms, key management systems, facial recognition systems, and surveillance solutions with applications for Vietnam’s growing smart city market. Smart Solutions Vietnam Forum To supplement the exhibition portion of Secutech Vietnam, a fringe programme of concurrent events was organised to promote information exchange. One highlight was the new Smart Solutions Vietnam Forum which allowed speakers from high profile companies Bosch, Kedacom, ICP DAS, Samsung, Seagate, and Western Digital to deliver presentations about their latest innovations as well as future industry trends. The well-received forum, which was followed by a business networking party, focused on new and upcoming solutions for the six vertical markets of smart transportation, smart storage, smart factory, smart building, smart enterprise, and smart city. Fire & Safety Rescue Seminar Further opportunities for learning and information exchange were on offer at the Fire & Safety Rescue Seminar Meanwhile, further opportunities for learning and information exchange were on offer at the Fire & Safety Rescue Seminar which returned again this year with a host of informative presentations, such as “Fire Safety Applications for Industrial Revolution 4.0”. Among the speakers were members of the Korea Fire Institute and UL pavilions, who discussed solutions for factory, building and personal safety.
Honeywell invites attendees to ISC West 2018 and visit Honeywell’s booth #14025 from April 11 to 13 in Las Vegas, to see the latest connected home and buildings technologies. Visitors will get an early preview of Honeywell Home’s next generation security solutions –from All-in-One to Tower versions – featuring smart designs to keep users safe and connected. Dealers can experience how Honeywell’s voice, video and mobile solutions integrate with today’s connected consumer lifestyle and help create new opportunities. Honeywell will also be showcasing the Total Connect platform and Alarmnet 360, as well as new solutions across video surveillance and access control, new lines of fire alarm panels, and smoke detection devices. Now more than ever, integration and connectivity are becoming more important to home and business owners alike" Honeywell Total Connect and Alarmnet 360 “Now more than ever, integration and connectivity are becoming more important to home and business owners alike,” said Alice DeBiasio, vice president and general manager, Professional Security, Honeywell Home and Building Technologies. “With an expanding ecosystem, software advancements and innovative technologies, Honeywell is delivering solutions to connect and protect homes and buildings and optimise how people live and work. We are committed to working with our professional security dealers and helping them grow their businesses as our industry continues to evolve.” Honeywell is announcing key integrations as part of the company’s ‘Works with Honeywell’ API program Technologies on display in the booth will include: Next generation residential security platform: New product portfolio with multiple designs to meet customer needs. Product family includes the Tower, 5-inch and 7-inch panels, security hub, hybrid solution, and range of peripherals. Built on a common platform, dealers can learn one system and know them all for easy installation and support. Total Connect Remote Services: Honeywell is announcing key integrations as part of the company’s ‘Works with Honeywell’ API program. Total Connect will integrate with Chamberlain and LiftMaster MyQ smart garage door control, and now 'Works with Amazon Alexa' to give users voice control of their security system from their connected home platform of choice. Partition support with leading VISTA panels will also be on display. LTE (Long Term Evolution) Cellular Communicators: An expanded line of 4G LTE radios provide enhanced security and system longevity. MAXPRO Cloud: The next release of the connected security platform will combine video, access and intrusion for small-to-medium-sized (SMB) businesses that manage multiple sites. NetAXS 123: The next iteration of access control solution that offers increased efficiency with a faster, user-friendly design that makes it simple to install. Pro-Watch Vendor and Identity Management Portal: This latest release allows remote submission and authorisation of access control credentials and privileges for third-party vendors and contractors. Performance Series: All-in-one, multi-format enabled line of DVRs, ENVRs HQA and IP Cameras offer a flexible upgrade and expansion path for small and medium video installations. equIP Series: The growing line of IP cameras includes 2MP to 12MP 4K camera models to deliver scalable high-quality video and offers an open and flexible platform for integration. Fire-Lite and Silent Knight Smoke Detection Devices: This new line offers system reliability against false alarms, and reduced installation and maintenance costs. INTEVIO Public Address: A robust and economical paging solution that supports business, institutional and industrial operation with effective voice communication. In addition, Scott Harkins, vice president and general manager of Honeywell Connected Home, will participate in the session 'Connected Home - The Future is Now' on Wednesday, April 11, at 9:45-10:45 a.m. PDT. The panel session will explore how the ‘Internet of Things’ wave is impacting the connected and smart home space, and the opportunities it presents for security dealers.
The National Security Inspectorate’s (NSI) team of 34 full-time, expert auditors recently gathered in Maidenhead to participate in advanced training and sharing of best practice, as part of their continual development. This unique, highly respected team clocks up on average 3.25 million miles each year, fulfilling around 3500 audit days across more than 1800 approved companies. As part of its commitment to raising standards within the industry, NSI’s audit team is increasingly adopting hybrid powered vehicles which deliver low emissions and excellent fuel economy. “Up to 37 miles of my daily commute to audits can be completed on electric only power, as I charge my car every night. It’s beneficial knowing I can select electric mode when driving through residential and city areas, thus reducing pollution,” advises NSI Auditor Doug Malcolm. Having owned a hybrid vehicle prior to starting my employment with NSI, it was an easy decision to opt for one" Zero emission zones NSI Auditor Dave Bartram comments: “Having owned a hybrid vehicle prior to starting my employment with NSI, it was an easy decision to opt for one. I’m not an eco-warrior but I do feel passionate about contributing to cleaner emissions. As discussions are underway with respect to zero emission zones in major city centres, the continued ability to drive into zero emission zones is a great positive." "I believe we will see more and more of these types of vehicles in the coming years, as the benefits far out way the future impacts and limitations of solely combustion engine cars.” NSI’s forward-looking approach to its vehicle fleet is just one of the ways in which the UK’s leading certification body in the security and fire safety sectors is delivering greater efficiency and environmental benefits. The organisation’s integrated audit policy has been a welcome and proactive step, benefitting its clients through cost saving as well as delivering the environmental benefit of fewer road miles.
Pulse Secure, a provider of secure access solutions for people, devices, things and services, announced a key new release of the Pulse Secure Virtual Application Delivery Controller (vADC). The new solution brings an industry step change in enterprise management and analytics, giving IT and security professionals detailed information about data flows through each application and providing actionable insights into the behavior of applications across virtual and cloud platforms. Following last year’s acquisition of the vADC product line from Brocade, this announcement demonstrates Pulse Secure’s commitment to product innovation and the vADC market segment, which is experiencing dramatic growth and is a driver behind today’s digital business transformation initiatives. “This new vADC release from Pulse Secure overcomes the challenges of early application visibility tools, which can be expensive and require a lot of care and feeding to set up and maintain. By offering a turn-key approach to application visualisation and analytics with intuitive analysis tools, this solution enables a customer to quickly drill down and gain a better understanding of application performance as well as pinpoint patterns and problems that can be optimised and repaired." "The flexible licensing model lets enterprises tightly align their IT spend with demand and avoid over spending,” said Mike Fratto, Research Director at GlobalData. “I look forward to seeing where Pulse Secure goes with its vADC platform and closing the loop with orchestration in the future.” Virtual ADC analytics allows IT and security professionals to readily view high-level dashboards and drill down to detailed behavioural data flows" Pulse Services Director version 18.1 Pulse Services Director version 18.1 supports customers moving to virtual, cloud, software and micro-service-centric architectures. IT and security professionals no longer have to wade through large streams of unstructured data in order to identify patterns and unusual events. Powerful new intuitive graphical analytics make it easy to visualise end-to-end application traffic flows in order to baseline normal activity and highlight issues that need to be addressed, leading to quicker investigation, interpretation and corrective actions. Customers benefit from: Graphical analysis of data flows through the application Insights into application behaviour Segment-by-segment breakdown of traffic statistics Microsecond-accurate timing analysis and connection tracing Drill downs into performance problems and identification of optimisation strategies Sharable reports for closer collaboration with co-workers “We are excited by our pace of innovation and business growth since we have been acquired by Pulse Secure. In just six months, we are enjoying new flagship customer wins across a variety of industries and realising healthy revenue growth,” said Marion Smith, VP and GM, vADC Business Unit at Pulse Secure. “Virtual ADC analytics allows IT and security professionals to readily view high-level dashboards and drill down to detailed behavioral data flows of each application in real time. The enhanced operational insight, triage and reporting capabilities in this new release demonstrate our continued commitment to leading the virtual ADC market with world class products and services.” Pulse SD automates the management, licensing, and metering of virtual network services for Pulse Secure vADC Enterprise management Pulse SD Version 18.1 brings other Enterprise Management (EM) capabilities into the same package, including centralised backup and restore of ADC instances as well as centralised authentication for administration of ADC instances. It also supports centralised logging and Application Data Export for integration with third-party analytics engines. Pulse SD automates the management, licensing, and metering of virtual network services for Pulse Secure vADC, one of the most advanced virtual application delivery controllers in the market today. Intelligent access capabilities “We have been fortunate to be involved with Pulse Virtual Traffic Manager for over 12 years and are very excited about the opportunity to work with Pulse Secure following its acquisition of vADC. Many of our customers already use Traffic Manager’s built-in activity graphs for traffic analysis and visibility, and this new release will give customers a centralised view of the data with rich analytical tools." "We expect to see new and innovative solutions come out of Pulse Secure leveraging its best-in-class Secure Access and Traffic Manager platforms,” said Ken Tan, Sales Director at Network Armada. “This release is the first step in a larger vision to help provide customers with more intuitive tools enabling visibility, availability and control of their applications. You will see us build on this release in the future as we start to bring our Secure Access product portfolio together to include intelligent access capabilities around hybrid cloud,” added Smith.
IP video recording systems offer high-resimaging, speed & analytics to its end users Familiarity with analogue systems Familiarity is one factor in the slow conversion of casino customers to IP technologies. Many end users and integrators are comfortable with and have long-term experience with the more simplistic analogue systems. However, as IP systems continue to become easier to install and maintain with more plug-and-play technology, this dynamic should change. A problem of latency when controlling pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) functions of IP systems also suffered by comparison to responsive analogue technology, but the problem has been solved. The conversion from analogue to IP has been slower than expected, but the trend is beginning to accelerate, says Larry Wanvig, senior national account manager – gaming, Tyco Security Products. Most casinos recognise the benefits that IP can offer in terms of resolution, speed, control and integrations, he adds. As such, casinos often turn to a hybrid approach and try to slowly phase in newer IP video recording systems and cameras. It seems that smaller casinos migrate and adopt IP technology more quickly than the larger “corporate” casinos, which have been a bit slower to make those types of investments, Wanvig says. However, IP conversion is largely decided by budgetary factors. One of Tyco’s casino customers has been a long-time Intellex DVR user and is now deploying the Victor Unified Client and preparing for migration to IP while continuing to use their existing digital video recorders (DVRs). Victor Unified Client allows the casino and others to migrate as budgets permit by providing a single user interface not only for the newer network video recorder (NVR) technology, but also for the older DVR technology. This maximises the casino’s investment and makes the transition to IP easier. Improved resolution & control renews IP interest High video resolution, a unified interface that leverages video and access control, and reductions in PTZ camera control latency have all impacted casinos’ acceptance of IP significantly, says Wanvig. With increased resolution come improvements in live and recorded video as well as playback quality, which deliver more detail for investigation and incident confirmation. Most casinos recognise the benefitsthat IP can offer in terms of resolution,speed, control and integrations. Casinosoften turn to a hybrid approach and tryto slowly phase in newer IP videorecording systems and cameras The significantly reduced latency of Tyco’s Illustra IP PTZ dome – it can move to position in as fast as 512 degrees per second – has really accelerated the acceptance of IP within gaming. Compared to the responsiveness of traditional analogue PTZ technology, some of the earlier IP PTZ cameras experienced significant lag time between the real-time movement of the object and when the image was displayed, making tracking an object difficult. The responsiveness of the new PTZ dome far surpasses that of these older IP PTZ cameras. Tyco Security Products has been providing market-specific products and support to the casino surveillance market for more than 30 years. Historically, Tyco has provided analogue matrix systems to help casino operators easily manage multiple viewing monitors from a single keyboard and Intellex DVRs to help casinos migrate to digital video recording. Today, as casinos upgrade their analogue cameras and recording equipment and move to IP cameras, NVRs and virtual matrix systems, Tyco’s Victor Unified Client provides seamless control of both analogue and IP environments from a single user interface. Tyco’s low-latency cameras give this casino real-time tracking and monitoring, high-resolution imaging, and low bandwidth usage, which cut costs. Powerful NVRs allow the casino to use multiple video streams for live and recorded video and to access it quickly. The unified client leverages real-time alarms and events with video surveillance to give the casino a comprehensive view of their facilities. Any casino that values high-resolution imaging, speed, advanced analytics and complete view of its security could benefit from a similar deployment.
Suffice it to say 2014 was a pivotal year for the majority of alarm dealers and installers. Many have had to change their way of thinking and their method of doing business, while adapting to ever-changing technology. But those who continue to reinvent their go-to-market model prove that the integration business is the place to be – and there’s money to be made, albeit it not in simply installing boxes and hardware. In fact, that mind-set changed several years ago, and the participating companies have not looked back since. Competition is always at the doorstep and comes from every angle in the industry - from Google’s Nest energy management to recent announcements that U.S. Cellular (OnLook home automation platform) has joined the ranks of offering security and interactive services, to the likes of Comcast Xfinity, AT&T Digital Life and Time-Warner Cable. And while U.S. Cellular and AT&T Digital Life duke it out, saying they both will excel at the customer “experience,” it’s something that has already fundamentally changed the face of the traditional security industry. Maybe it began after the first break-up of the “Bells” in the mid-80s or later, but most dealers and integrators understand that they are the local, national and traditional firms that can provide the much-needed service every customer craves. Customers will pay more for service, for that personal touch, for being able to reach a live person and perhaps even the owner of the company. And that mind-set has also moved the industry more fully into the role of trusted service provider. The year of managed services Across the country, managed services now takes a starring role. Guidant Partners of Nashville changed completely from a break-fix model to a fully-managed IT services role. The changeover required many technology adaptations and capital investments in-house so they could go about providing predictive analysis of networking equipment. The rewards have brought new business to the company and allowed technicians to work smarter, not harder, in many cases avoiding a costly ($250 on average) truck roll. Securadyne Systems, Dallas, also takes the managed services approach, betting on cloud-based services to help its vertical market customers reduce the total cost of ownership and budget more efficiently for regular operating expenses, versus large capital outlays. Advance Technology, Scarborough, Maine, also moved fully into managed services several years ago and calls its proactive plan White Glove Service. President Rob Simopoulos says it’s the only way for systems integration companies to thrive and prosper today. Competition is always at the doorstep and comes from every angle in the industry Technology also assisted the security community in 2014. Remote monitoring and maintenance devices have helped companies deal remotely with their customer’s networks and network-connected devices, and these predictive hardware devices will continue to mature and provide new areas of service. Video surveillance has moved squarely into the realm of business intelligence and data gathering, providing much more than security and adding further value to the arsenal of services, making dealers stickier to their customers. Other 2015 predictions: Cloud-based services will continue to gain strength, but integrators need to be assured customer data is safe and secure. Video surveillance will be more reliable and couple with intrusion detection and access control for additional layers of security. That sleeping giant, access control, will take centre stage, and move from not only providing perimeter and interior security, but data, identity and credential management. Recurring monthly revenue remains critical, but how companies attain it is still in question. Many will see the proverbial “lightbulb” that they should work on their existing customers to garner more RMR and stop chasing too much from new customers. The security industry is a great place to be and will continue to grow. However, only those companies who take it on full force will realize the potential. There are many family-owned businesses who will try to make the transition to the brave new world of services; some will make it and some won’t. Those who do will find their stature in the industry elevated like never before.
This year’s Super Bowl LIII American football game to determine the champions of the National Football League (NFL), has been protected by 360 Vision Technology’s ruggedised-Hybrid Invictus PTZ camera. The cameras were deployed as part of Security Centres International’s high-performance Mobile Advanced Safety Tower (MAST) rapid deployment camera solution. In all, 10 rapid deployment MAST units were deployed in various areas surrounding the brand new, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and State Farm Arena in Atlanta Georgia. With over 1 million fans expected to participate in Super Bowl and the 10-day fan festival, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), was keen to complement the existing CCTV networks around the grounds and mass transit point footfall areas, such as bus and rail stations. HD surveillance imaging MAST is the only product of its kind that would readily integrate into the existing CCTV infrastructure" Stuart Bostock, Executive Group President at Security Centres International explains why the 360 Vision Invictus camera based MAST system was chosen by MARTA: “Featuring world-class HD surveillance imaging, leading-edge design, robustness, zero infrastructure requirements and seamless Video Management System (VMS) integration, MAST is the only product of its kind that would readily integrate into the existing CCTV infrastructure. Additionally, MAST benefits from a significantly smaller footprint than similar trailer based stand-alone surveillance systems.” “MAST has been developed to answer the need for a more sophisticated and flexible surveillance system for infrastructure and public space safety, including large crowd gatherings, as in this application. MAST is unique, as it combines a rapidly deployable unit with some of the most advanced safety and surveillance technology available – the very reason why we selected 360 Vision Technology’s Invictus camera for its core imaging technology.” Full 1080P HD PTZ camera Invictus’ low-power consumption greatly assists the longevity of critical battery power when deployed in the field" Mark Rees Managing Director of 360 Vision Technology added: “360 Vision Technology’s Invictus is a high-performance, ruggedized all-in-one PTZ camera with full 1080P HD and ultra low-light camera technology - making it the perfect choice for off-grid temporary/rapid deployment mobile surveillance rigs, such as MAST. Additionally, Invictus’ low-power consumption greatly assists the longevity of critical battery power when deployed in the field – extending MAST’s operational performance for deployment in more remote applications.” “The Invictus camera’s unparalleled mix of competitive cost and advanced Predator low-light camera imaging technology makes it the perfect imaging component for the innovative MAST system.” MAST units at Super Bowl LIII The use of the MAST units integrated to the existing fixed camera points during Super Bowl LIII week proved a huge success with high-definition images transmitted back to the MARTA Emergency Operations Centre via a mobile network. System operators were able to identify and tackle a number of incidents Thanks to the high quality of images received, system operators were able to identify and tackle a number of incidents, including a vehicle theft. Additionally, the images were also used to predict areas of dense footfall, tackle crowd control safety issues, and manage general health and safety concerns. The deployment of the Invictus based camera system at Super Bowl LIII proved such a success that plans are already in place for deployment at other large-scale US sporting events, including the NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship in 2020 and for city centre deployment across Atlanta.
Raytec Hybrid IP PoE illuminators have been installed to protect a residential palace in Lebanon. The palace located in the Lebanese mountains outside Beirut lies at an altitude of 1,150 metres above the Lamartine Valley. The ornate design and treasured contents of the palace meant the client wanted an advanced security solution for the premises to protect both indoor and outdoor areas. The client approached local security company, Security Engineering, who specialise in complex integration between various systems, to provide an effective solution for their property. Combining CCTV surveillance with intrusion alarm Raytec’s Vario2 IP PoE Hybrid 8 units were selected for use on this project and would be used alongside Optex laser beam detectors and Bosch camerasThe client wanted to achieve high levels of security which they could control and activate remotely. Security Engineering recognised this would be best achieved using a range of different devices to provide a complete solution, combining CCTV surveillance with an intrusion alarm system. As well as the need for IR lighting to assist the CCTV system in the challenging low light conditions, the client also wanted to use White-Light as a deterrent to any potential intruders whenever an alarm was raised. Raytec’s Vario2 IP PoE Hybrid 8 units were selected for use on this project and would be used alongside Optex laser beam detectors and Bosch cameras (equipped with video analytics) and intrusion panel. All devices were linked to a Bosch Video Management System (BVMS), which would be used to control the system. Together, these devices would provide the client with the CCTV surveillance and intrusion alarm system they required and would be connected using TCP/IP technology in a unified communications protocol. High quality images for day/night surveillance The quality of illumination meant the camera analytics could clearly identify any intruders approaching the palace and boosted the accuracy of detectionAs the only IP enabled illuminator combining White-Light and Infra-Red into a single unit, Raytec’s Hybrid illuminators provided the client with the greatest level of functionality, flexibility and control. In Infra-Red mode, the illuminators provide high quality images for general night-time surveillance. The quality of illumination meant the camera analytics could clearly identify any intruders approaching the palace and boosted the accuracy of detection. Crucially for the client, Hybrid’s dual functionality also meant White-Light could be triggered as a deterrent (when an alarm was activated by the camera analytics or the Optex laser beam) to scare off any intruders. As well as being able to easily control the entire system remotely through the VMS, the entire system also linked to an indoor keypad or mobile app which had to be activated in order to arm the system. This ensured the deterrent lighting was only enabled when needed and couldn’t be triggered by false alarms. Using Infra-Red and White-Light together From the outset, Security Engineering identified the need to use both Infra-Red and White-Light illumination. Combining Infra-Red, White-Light and IP capability in a single illuminator, Hybrid represents the most advanced product of its type in today’s security market, providing the client with a more dynamic security response and tight integration with the other devices being used as part of the solution. Hybrid achieves the same power and distance as two dedicated illuminators; an important factor for the challenging low light conditions Thanks to Hybrid’s IP capability, all elements of the solution could work together seamlessly. As an open platform, all Raytec IP illuminators can easily integrate with a wide range of security devices; in this instance, Optex detectors and Bosch cameras. This gave Security Engineering greater flexibility when specifying their solution. Same power as two dedicated illuminators Hybrid’s dual use also helped to reduce the number of illuminators used on-site (previously the client would have had to install separate, dedicated White-Light and Infra-Red illuminators), reducing outlay on infrastructure and cabling by half. With no compromise on performance, Hybrid achieves the same power and distance as two dedicated illuminators; an important factor for the challenging low light conditions. Khaled Jaber, Security Engineering Managing Director comments: “Due to low light challenging conditions, and in order to maintain quality and efficiency of our Bosch cameras, we decided to use Raytec product for the advanced features it offered in enhancing the overall night image and delivering optimised end result of the camera under the given circumstances.”
On his 2018 two-day visit to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis’s scheduled activity was protected by high-performance Predator and Invictus cameras from UK CCTV design and manufacturing company, 360 Vision Technology. Specialists in a wide range of leading-edge CCTV, Access Control, PA, AV and radio communications, County Kildare-based Mongey Communications was chosen to provide the additional security surveillance protection measures necessary to secure the Pope’s visit to Dublin. With the massive crowds expected to see the pontiff, the temporary surveillance installation needed to be minimally disruptive and use mobile radio to provide the multi-scene coverage required during the two-day visit. Multi-site CCTV surveillance The camera images were to be used for co-ordination and management by multiple agencies To support an existing small-scale CCTV installation at the Pope’s final venue of Phoenix Park (the largest enclosed city park in Europe), there was a need for further camera coverage along the park’s approach routes, entrance/exit gates, search areas and general areas of crowd movement and congregation. A similar solution was also required for the Pope’s visit to the Knock Shrine pilgrimage site and the Capuchin Day Centre, where public space CCTV was again already in place but of limited overall coverage. Full integration with the existing CCTV system at the 82,300 capacity Croke Park stadium for a papal address to the Festival of Families extravaganza was also required, with communications and CCTV feeds from all locations required to be transmitted back to local on-site control rooms at each location, and additionally to a central Command and Control room at Dublin Castle. At the main Command and Control Centre, the camera images were to be used for co-ordination and management by multiple agencies, including the Office of Public works (OPW), Garda Síochána, Defence Forces Ireland, Dublin Fire Brigade, HSE / Ambulance Services and Civil Defence. High-definition video security to secure Phoenix Park “With 300,000 people expected to attend a papal mass at Phoenix Park to close the World Meeting of Families, we were briefed to provide the very best possible reliability and imaging performance from the additional cameras we employed,” explains Kevin McGrath of Mongey Communications. We needed to be confident of camera reliability straight out of the box, along with simple and fast set-up" He further added, “With this in mind, we needed to be confident of camera reliability straight out of the box, along with simple and fast set-up, and quality high-definition video for forward transmission to the various control rooms. Our very positive experience of employing 360 Vision Technology cameras on many high-security installations in the past led us to be confident about the image and build quality of the manufacturer’s cameras, and product support.” “So, to fulfil the challenges we faced for this high-profile project, we specified the latest version of 360 Vision’s Predator camera, and also their new cost-effective and ruggedised Invictus Hybrid HD PTZ camera.” 360 Vision Invictus Hybrid HD PTZ camera The new 360 Vision Invictus cameras specified for the project employ the latest compact camera modules with a choice of 20:1 or 30:1 zoom and are available with 1/2.8” Sony StarVis or 1/1.9” Sony Exmor (Ultra) sensor packages. Bridging the divide between analogue and IP technology, all Invictus cameras are equipped with Hybrid functionality enabling installation in existing analogue systems and also in full 1080P HD IP video streaming networks. Alongside ONVIF 2.4 Profile S compatibility, this means the Invictus range is not only economical, but simple to install, providing Mongey Communications engineers with a reliable, flexible and high- performance solution with which to enhance the existing electronic surveillance measures for the Pope’s 2018 visit. HD IP video streaming networks An upright camera mount design allows full 360-degree continuous pan and unobstructed field of view Further enhancing camera reliability for this important event, the new Invictus camera range design draws cost-effectively on features usually associated with very high-end cameras, including construction from high grade, hardened aluminium and stainless steel, to ensure a rugged, durable and compact camera. An upright camera mount design allows full 360-degree continuous pan and unobstructed field of view, plus the ability to tilt above the horizon – enabling operators to view targets above camera installation height (i.e. up hills) – an invaluable asset where cameras were being installed in the difficult installation and operational conditions of Phoenix Park. Technical relationship with 360 Vision Technology “Our decision to once again entrust the provision of the best technology available for the project to 360 Vision Technology was proven correct, and we had no issues of consequence with the installation, commissioning and performance of all the cameras - straight out of the box,” explains Kevin. “Because of the condensed set-up period available and challenging terrain of some of the installation areas, we had to act fast to ensure the successful inclusion and full control of the cameras for the multi-agency command and control room,” adds Kevin. “Here our technical relationship with 360 Vision Technology really paid dividends throughout this time-critical project, affording easy integration of all the additional cameras into the control room’s Cathexis VMS. Cathexis VMS Images from the cameras were relayed back to the various event control centres In all, over 60 additional 360 Vision Technology cameras were employed over the various sites throughout the Pope’s visit. With extensive digging and cabling not a practical option, images from the cameras were relayed back to the various event control centres via a network of reliable and secure microwave transmission links, powered by temporary generators and back-up batteries. “The new Invictus cameras were perfect for the role thanks to their low power consumption compared to other similar specification PTZ cameras,” explains Kevin. “Low power consumption really helps when adding multiple cameras to a network with a temporary power system - and meant we could add more cameras for the benefit of maximum scene coverage.” High-speed fibre-optic connectivity High-speed fibre-optic connectivity between the various remote sites and Dublin Castle was installed, together with video walls at the various control rooms. “The Pope’s visit was a great success with no security issues reported,” says Kevin. “Images relayed to the control room from the additional 360 Vision Technology cameras were vital in the smooth running of the visit and allowed all of the state agencies involved to keep a constant update on the movements of the vast crowds drawn over the pontiff’s two-day visit.” “Our long-term technical partnership with 360 Vision Technology and our direct input in to the development of their new products really pays off with high-profile projects like this,” concludes Kevin. “We have many new and exciting installation challenges on the horizon and I’m confident that 360 Vision Technology camera products will continue to be an integral part of those future projects.”
Pulse Secure, a provider of Secure Access solutions to both enterprises and service providers, has announced that Entegrus has successfully deployed Pulse Policy Secure advanced network access control (NAC), to strengthen overall visibility and access security across their hybrid IT infrastructure. Entegrus, a Canadian energy company, leveraged their existing Pulse Secure virtual private network (VPN) implementation to expedite NAC deployment and fortify their infrastructure in accordance with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) guidelines. As a result, their security organisation extended visibility for remote and on-premise users and devices, as well as enhanced endpoint compliance and Internet of Things (IoT) risk mitigation. We have increased our security posture, and for the most part, there has been zero impact on our end users" Pulse Secure-Entegrus collaboration Entegrus serves over 58,000 customers throughout Ontario. They bring electricity, renewable energy and water across three large regions, with a workforce spread out over 2,300 square miles. Entegrus’ objective is to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective provision of energy and related billing services, while providing high levels of service to its customers, partners and the communities it serves. IT security plays a critical role in protecting their delivery of energy and data services. “The threat landscape is constantly evolving, forcing us to always consider how we can go one step further. With a widely distributed IT infrastructure, we considered NAC as an effective way to improve our security posture without dramatically altering how we operate,” said Dave Cullen, manager of information systems for Entegrus. “We have a long-standing relationship with Pulse Secure. The level of integration between Pulse Secure secure sockets layer (SSL) and NAC, as well as the extended feature set, made it a straightforward choice for us. Perhaps, the two most important things are that we have increased our security posture, and for the most part, there has been zero impact on our end users.” Active control with seamless network access Ensuring always active control while maintaining flexible, seamless access to network and application resources is an essential requirement for utility providers. Within such highly regulated industries, best practices dictate a constant cycle of security readiness review and improvement to meet an increasingly potent threat posed by cyber threat actors. NAC provides foundational endpoint intelligence, resource access enforcement and IoT defences that support industry and regulatory compliance guidelines. These compliance requisites apply to both regional and large national critical infrastructure providers. For stretched IT departments, Pulse Secure’s Secure Access solutions are designed to streamline deployment and on-going administration using an easy, integrated, policy-driven platform that works with a customer’s existing installed base and network infrastructure. In addition, Pulse Secure’s VPN solution utilises the same endpoint client, policy engine and appliance management as the NAC solution. Entegrus took advantage of this platform capability to rapidly implement NAC. As a result, they gained dynamic intelligence, unified policy management, automated enforcement and threat response through a single management console. We needed to make sure our secure access technologies could adapt to new regulatory requirements and new business needs" Secure access solutions Cullen highlights numerous benefits, including a simplified method of managing complex policies and user access rights, as well as an enforceable method of checking end-point devices to ensure that only properly patched operating systems can connect to the network. Another advantage of Pulse Policy Secure was evident after Entegrus recently merged with London, Ontario-based St. Thomas Energy. “We needed to make sure our secure access technologies could adapt to new regulatory requirements and new business needs, as the recent merger added new, unqualified infrastructure and grew our customer base by around a third, which also led to the hiring of 28 new staff members,” Cullen added.
A security camera provided by Hikvision USA Inc., the North American supplier of innovative, award-winning video surveillance products and solutions, was installed by Holmes Security to help Spinner’s Pizza in Fayetteville, NC to improve efficiency. Established in 1999, Spinner’s Pizza is a popular restaurant with a dedicated following and a very busy lunch crowd. Owner Spero Poulos thought of using a “Pizza Cam” to streamline operations during their busiest times. “Holmes Security had installed Hikvision cameras for security in and around the restaurant. We decided, why not use it for the service efficiency and accuracy?” said Poulos. Innovative camera-kitchen monitor system The restaurant owner needed to improve efficiency. The combination of a camera with a kitchen monitor “keeps the staff from running to the buffet just to check what needs to be cooked." Poulos noted that when staff members leave the kitchen they’re “invariably stopped by customers and friends that want to chat. That can slow down the replenishment process." Spinner’s analog and IP hybrid system includes mini domes, bullets and turret cameras. Holmes Security recommended and installed the Hikvision DS-2CE56D5T 1080p Turbo HD-TVI Turret camera for the buffet to deliver HD quality over the existing coax cabling. The turret camera is positioned to capture the entire line of pizzas on the buffet. “We’re able to keep the buffet full at all times. When someone is on a tight lunch break, the last thing you want them to do is wait for their food. With the Hikvision camera in place, they no longer have to wait,” said Poulos. The Pizza Cam enables the operation to be run from the kitchen monitor with no downtime. Monitoring the Hikvision Turbo HD-TVI Turret camera from the kitchen improved efficiency since staff can check the status easily and quickly Ruggedised camera for heat tolerance “Heat tolerance was a big consideration based on the camera’s position in relation to the buffet itself. The specs showed that the Hikvision camera’s operating temperature range was 22 below to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, so we knew it could withstand the heat,” Dave Foster, sales and marketing manager for Holmes Security, told Hikvision. Holmes Security is a 109-year old, family-owned company based in Fayetteville, NC. They use Hikvision cameras because “we have found over time that Hikvision provides higher quality, is easier to install, program and maintain. Tech support is great, and the software is consistent as well. Plus, we have great reps and a great rapport with Hikvision personnel,” said Foster. Holmes Security positioned the camera to the upper right of the buffet to capture the entire line of pizzas. Spinner’s kitchen staff can now see the entire buffet from a monitor in the kitchen, allowing the chefs to stay ahead of customer demand. Poulos adds that he gets “comments all the time about what a great idea it is. The customers especially like the fact that they don’t have to wait for new pizzas to be placed on the buffet.” Greater efficiency and improved operations Spinner’s Pizza is delivering a better experience to its customers by keeping its buffet stocked with fresh pizza. Monitoring the Hikvision Turbo HD-TVI Turret camera from the kitchen improved efficiency since staff do not have to run out to the food line to check the status. The system allows servers to concentrate on serving. The Hikvision Pizza Cam delivers ease of operations for the restaurant staff, owner, and patrons. “Our strength in the field is the partnership among Hikvision, our integrators and their customers, collaborating together to find innovative ways to solve real-world problems,” said Alex Asnovich, director of marketing for Hikvision. “Spinner’s Pizza is a great example of applying our technology to achieve business results in a retail restaurant environment.”
The Melbourne Cricket Ground, known to fans as simply ‘The G’, is Australia’s largest and most iconic sporting venue. With a history dating back to 1853, upwards of 100,000 fans as well as thousands of catering and hospitality staff, hundreds of security officers, police, medical teams, and media crews, as well as sports teams and match officials, flood the site. After a site survey, it was found that the existing access control system not only needed to be replaced, but taking the new public threat levels into account, access control needed to be significantly expanded to protect equipment and infrastructure across the site. Access control-building management integration A key challenge for Frances was that MCG’s electronic security and building management systems were incompatible with each other In addition, a management solution was required that could weave the existing surveillance gear together with the new access control system, as well as other electronic security and building management solutions. Whatever solution was implemented, it also had to be scalable and completely future-proof. MCG facilities manager Andy Frances quickly realised the key to the MCG’s electronic security future would be an open architecture networked solution. A key challenge for Frances was that MCG’s electronic security and building management systems were incompatible with each other and the multiple layers of cabling infrastructure that sprawled across the site were a complete unknown. Frances also knew that he would need a powerful graphical user interface that incorporated mapping, which meant all the hardware employed across the site had to be built for a networked environment. Networked access control According to Frances, integrating the entire system in a networked environment was a crucial factor According to Frances, integrating the entire system in a networked environment was a crucial factor. Frances explains that in terms of what he wanted to achieve at The G, the main goals were to upgrade the access control system, including door controllers and door hardware, and to look at software management programs for controlling access control, CCTV and alarms. “Given the current state of technology, the first thing we had to look at was the security infrastructure,” Frances states. “I saw the key to the site was going to be a futureproof network infrastructure supporting video surveillance, access control and alarm monitoring, integrated by a powerful software management solution.” “That overall management solution was important because for our critical infrastructure areas, we wanted a system that would allow us to know if a door was forced open, and to have some auditing capability,” says Frances. VertX IP access control solution All parts of the new system have been selected on the basis of their ability to support open architecture. The network components include off-the-shelf hardware and firmware installed in IT rooms and supported by the IT department. This part of the system includes switchers and the recording solution. The access control side is the major part of the new installation at the MCG, with Genetec Security Center’s Synergis module supporting VertX IP access control solution, a powerful modular solution designed to carry access control solutions into an IP environment. According to Frances, as the decision solidified and VertX came to the fore, a catastrophic failure of the existing access control system took over the decision-making process. OPIN application programming interface What we liked about VertX was the fact that along with its excellent functionality, HID Global would provide the specifications of that product to any software manufacturer" “While we were calmly assessing the product, we had a failure of the access control system we couldn’t recover from,” Frances explains. “Fortunately, we had already talked to HID about the VertX IP access control solution”, says Frances. “What we liked about VertX was the fact that along with its excellent functionality, HID Global would provide the specifications of that product to any software manufacturer. This satisfied our IT team because it was non-proprietary.” The MCG’s need for open architecture and the proprietary nature of virtually all other access control systems meant HID Global’s VertX solution built on HID’s OPIN application programming interface was the perfect solution for this application. OPIN enables HID Global’s Edge access control devices to operate seamlessly with any management software and in almost any conceivable configuration. The perfect compatibility of VertX meant that it was the first component of the new access control solution selected, which is uncommon. The operational functionality of VertX was also an important part of the decision-making process. Non-proprietary management software “When looking at HID Global’s VertX, there are some key elements that are important. If the system goes offline, it has a cache and when the network is available, VertX downloads all interim events - that was an important thing for us,” Frances says. “While we wanted a fully networked system, we didn’t want to lose any data if the network was offline. We also wanted to retain functionality - we wanted to have the doors operate as they normally would under all circumstances.” Most importantly, VertX’s OPIN architecture allowed the use of non-proprietary management software – this was a major issue for MCG. VertX’s hybrid nature meant virtually the entire site’s existing RS-485 cable could be retained. This saved an enormous amount of money, given the challenges of re-cabling a site so large and heavily constructed. HID’s V1000 network controllerThis robust and highly intelligent Linux-based unit is really the hero of HID’s VertX solutionNo account of the MCG’s access control solution is complete without recognition of the power and capability of HID Global’s V1000 Network Controller. This robust and highly intelligent Linux-based unit is really the hero of HID’s VertX solution. With its RISC processing the V1000 pulls system smarts all the way down to remote network closets giving multiple benefits. The V1000 reduces the number of dedicated ports the access control system needs and buffers events when the network is down. And the V1000 can receive and action commands from third party control software and is also able to activate a digital dialer or GSM modem in the event of longer network failure. Genetec Security Center Frances has no doubt that he has made the right decision going with a fully networked solution at the MCG. “I think the networked model works very well and there’s no question this is the way most security managers on large sites should be heading,” Frances says. “Working with HID Global has been very good for most the same reasons – they understood where we were at and what we wanted. HID Global is able to come to the party very quickly with a system designed with this sort of solution in mind. I can pick up the phone and speak to them and get things resolved.” “The way things are now I can call up the integrator and discuss changes and improvements and talk about ways to keep things within budget. If there’s a location where a low-cost camera works well, and I can save money for other things, then I can buy that. If Bosch releases a new high-end camera for external environments, then I can buy a hundred of those. And it’s the same with access control readers, or if Genetec releases a new version of a module, I can upgrade to it and know I have the best possible system at any given moment,” Frances states. Integrators Australia installed the HID Global VertX access control solution at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. It is managed across the site’s network by Genetec’s Security Center software that includes a Synergis access control module and Omnicast video surveillance module.
Round table discussion
Cities are increasingly connected using information and communication technologies, a trend often referred to as “smart cities.” In much the same way, “safe cities” initiatives are uniting businesses, city officials, law enforcement and other stakeholders in an effort to maximise the safety of businesses and citizens and to minimise theft and crime. Safe cities programmes seek to leverage a variety of resources, including public-private partnerships, to make urban communities safer places to live, work and shop. It’s a rapidly growing market for physical security products and systems. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What are the physical security challenges of "safe cities" applications, and how is the market meeting those challenges?