Axis Communications, the pioneer in network video technology, has been awarded full membership of SBD, part of the Police Crime Prevention Initiatives’ (PCPI) group of crime prevention organisations, which operate in support of the Police Service throughout the UK. Membership was awarded after 15 of Axis’ network video products were accredited for achieving SBD’s Police Preferred Specification (PPS) standards for security. The PPS accreditations include a variety of devices fr...
Boon Edam Inc., a global provide of security entrances and architectural revolving doors, announced the launch of an updated Turnlock full height turnstile that offers increased performance and an improved experience for users and installers alike. The update focuses on the design of the speed control mechanism and the overall construction of the turnstile’s top channel, providing improved rotation action and a significant reduction in overall weight of the top channel. In addition, the op...
To help optimise security business, Forlan GmbH now launch SAIMOS C3 CORE for Milestone XProtect®, a deeply integrated entry level analytics solution, that is easy to use and implement. Forlan GmbH is a European, independent OEM and software solution provider specialised in deep learning video analytics and appliances for networked video. C3 is a video analytics suite, which comes with web-based configuration and flexible interfacing options. Effective security, marketing, staff mana...
Optex are preparing for a busy Security Essen show, where the sensor technologies company will demonstrate how the different detection technologies can improve security systems. Optex are showcasing new firmware for 2D Lidar scanners, with models now ranging from less than 20m to a 100m pre-warning zone, along with a new PIR to add to our outdoor intrusion range. For residential applications, they will be exhibiting the newly launched Shield PIR series that feature a volumetric 12m 90-degree m...
Integrated security manufacturer TDSi is proud to announce its French office is celebrating its 20th Anniversary on 1st September 2018. Originally established as a branch of the UK-based company to service French customers, the office in Noisy-le-Grand, Paris now oversees sales and technical support operations across Europe and North Africa. TDSi’s Managing Director, John Davies commented, “TDSi has a long and distinguished presence in France with an excellent network of partners an...
The Bird Home Automation Group, manufacturer of DoorBird IP video intercoms, and the PropTech company KIWI.KI GmbH announced their collaboration today. The DoorBird D301, the IP Upgrade for analog door intercoms, is now compatible with the KIWI locking system. Analogue to app-based door intercoms The companies have partnered to create an integration solution ideal for businesses requiring the ability to access clients’ residences to perform contracted services. Businesses providing home...
Rosslare Enterprises Ltd., a worldwide provider of professional security solutions including access control, detectors and guard patrol, announced the launch of the Rosslare BLE-ID app. By installing the app in their smartphones, users can use the smartphone as a credential for access control and automation applications. The ID code generated by the app is unique to the device, and may be transferred easily by email to the system administrator. The main benefit of this technology is that the user is no longer obligated to carry a physical RFID card Cost-effective credential solution Rosslare’s new CSN SMART readers will appear in the app, and the user just needs to tap on the reader name to submit the credential to that particular reader. The main benefit of this technology is that the user is no longer obligated to carry a physical RFID card. In addition, the 10-meter operating range of the app introduces a new set of convenience factors. The CSN SMART readers feature a multi-credential UID read technology for contactless smart cards (13.56 MHz) that can read the Card Serial Number (CSN) of many smart card RFID standards. The readers have the ability to read Rosslare’s BLE credential technology and PIN codes (AY-H6355BT), providing the most cost-effective credential solution for any application. The readers are rated IP65 and feature a modern design that can fit comfortably in any installation environment, indoors or outdoors. The app is available for download from Google Play Store and App Store. The creation of the BLE app evolves from our customers, who needed an alternative credential that can be used together or as a physical credential card" Secure entrances with personal devices With the new release, clients utilising Rosslare technology are able to secure their facility entrances and exits using personal devices as identification. This new app makes access control more cost-effective and easier for Rosslare clients everywhere. "The creation of the BLE app evolves from our customers, who needed an alternative credential that is affordable, reliable, and their users will embrace, and can be used together or as a physical credential card. Step into the future with Rosslare smart solutions," said Ezra Ozer, Director of Marketing of Rosslare’s Security Products division.
Extending the coverage of traditional access control is expensive and intrusive. But there is a fast, easy and cost-effective alternative. Forget about keys and the hassles of key management by upgrading to Aperio wireless locks. Battery-powered Aperio RFID-equipped cylinders, escutcheons, handles and locks can be fitted as part of a new access control system, or extend an existing installation by linking new doors to the same system wirelessly. There’s no need for staff to change their access key-cards, nor for anyone to carry more than one credential. Less disruption to everyday business Aperio locks work within almost every major access control system on the market, from over 100 different manufacturers. And they are energy-efficient. Aperio wireless locks run on standard batteries and only ‘wake up’ when presented with a credential. They are not connected to the mains, and use no power when inactive. The only maintenance needed is a new standard battery on average every 40,000 cycles (typically 2 years). Installing wireless locks is more cost-effective than hard-wiring more doors, because there’s no cabling or invasive building work around the door. Faster installation also means less disruption to everyday business — a key advantage in fast-moving sectors. Aperio locks protect both exterior and interior doors, from fire and escape route doors to meeting rooms Minimised installation costs “Installation costs are minimized so more offices can be upgraded in shorter timescales,” says Larry Lowther, operations manager at OCS Security Solutions, who service UK workspace provider, i2 Office, with access control. “It saves us valuable time and resource,” confirms Philip Grace, CEO of i2 Office. “With Aperio we were able to quickly and easily install a complete online system,” adds Magnus Svensson, Infrastructure Manager at Lund University. The transition at Lund was practically invisible. The university’s existing MIFARE smart cards were retained, so there was no need for 42,000 students and 7,500 staff to return their cards for reprogramming, or even to reactivate their permissions via updaters. Built-in RFID readers Aperio devices with built-in RFID readers fit almost any opening or security level. Aperio locks protect both exterior and interior doors, from fire and escape route doors to meeting rooms, labs and offices; wooden, glass or aluminium doors are all suitable. The portfolio includes cylinders, escutcheons, handles and complete locks for security doors. Aperio locks are compatible with all common lock profiles: Euro, French, Finnish, Scandinavian and Swiss. Integration with your existing system can be Online or Offline.
Kwikset brand of Spectrum Brands, Inc. – Hardware & Home Improvement Division, a premier provider of residential security, announces the availability of Obsidian, a visually striking, low-profile touchscreen electronic deadbolt featuring “game changing” design. Obsidian deadbolts exemplify Kwikset’s commitment to combining modern design with a high level of security. Named after a dark, glasslike volcanic rock, Obsidian merges a sleek and modern exterior; a minimal, all-metal interior; and advanced mechanical and electronic security features. Eliminating the keyway also removes the threat of “lock picking” and “lock bumping,” attacks using special keys to defeat conventional pin and tumbler locks. Secure lock features “Obsidian’s unique, low-profile design will be extremely attractive to consumers as well as dealers,” said Keith Brandon, divisional Vice President of Residential Access Solutions, Spectrum Brands, Inc. – Hardware & Home Improvement Division. “We wanted to create a one-of-a-kind aesthetic, and we’re confident that we succeeded. We also made sure that we incorporated all of the features that make Kwikset locks the most secure locks available. From both a design and functionality perspective, we believe Obsidian is going to be a home run.” Obsidian is as strong in function as it is in form: the lock communicates wirelessly to security and home automation systems for total home control Kwikset’s first keywayless deadbolt, Obsidian features a very responsive, capacitive touchscreen for keyless entry. The cool white LED display delivers crisp, high-definition LED illumination, and a dedicated lock button provides users with convenient, fast one-touch locking. Obsidian is as strong in function as it is in form: the lock communicates wirelessly to security and home automation systems for total home control. Capacitive touchscreen for keyless entry An important feature of Obsidian is the incorporation of the Z-Wave 500 Series chip. The chip provides a number of enhancements, including extended wireless range and wireless security features that reduce the vulnerability of the network during enrollment, as well as increased battery life. Obsidian also includes Kwikset’s patented SecureScreen, an important feature that can help mask "smudge" attacks, in which passcodes can potentially be jeopardized by detecting frequently used numbers from the oily residues on the touchscreen surface. In the unlikely event the four AA batteries run out of power, backup power can be supplied via a 9V battery by touching terminals that are concealed so as not to detract from the contemporary appearance.
NAPCO Security Technologies, Inc. is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Randy Zornberg, Metro New York Sales Manager, for the New York Boroughs, Long Island, and Westchester, reporting to Napco SRVP, Northern Region, Dave Sheffey. Napco security new appointment Randy joins Napco’s sales team, with years of security experience, in all facets of the industry, including other fire companies, Siemens & Potter. Dave Sheffey said, “With Randy’s extensive fire background in particular, he’s joining Napco at an ideal time to support dealers, with our recent introductions of award-winning StarLink Fire Dual Path Universal Commercial Fire Communicators, ESX Innovation Award Winning FireLink FACP with built in StarLink comms; Firewolf Systems, as well as our other StarLink universal communicators, iBridge & Napco Gemini & Commercial lines.” As Napco Metro NY Sales Manager, Zornberg, a SUNY Poly, Engineering Tech Grad, based on Long Island will be providing sales support, new product introductions and applications solution assistance on Napco’s Communications, Intrusion & Commercial Fire Security Systems and Connected Home Solutions, throughout the region, i.e., Metropolitan New York, Long Island, and Westchester.
ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global provider in door opening solutions, is offering guidance on recent updates to BS 8300, the standard governing inclusive building access, and how they affect the commercial sector. A British standard setting out how buildings should be designed, constructed and maintained to create an accessible environment for disabled people, BS 8300 was first introduced in 2009. The standard is consistently updated to take account of important legislation – such as the Equality Act 2010 and Approved Document M – and shifting priorities for disabled access solutions, and was recently updated again. The latest update of the BS 8300 standard focuses on making the whole environment more universally accessible" Universal door access solution David Hindle, Head of Door Closer Sales at ASSA ABLOY UK, advises: “Although the overall aim of BS 8300 is to ensure everyone can use built environments equally, regardless of disability, previous versions of the standard have focused on the provision of accessibility solutions specifically for disabled people. In contrast, the latest update focuses on making the whole environment more universally accessible, rather than simply adding on separate facilities for disabled people.” “As such, building professionals in the commercial sector need to specify universally-applicable door closer solutions that take account of impairments or disabilities, while also providing maximum protection against smoke and fire. Balancing these two objectives is crucial.” Professionals responsible for installing door closers in the commercial sector need to be aware of the most relevant parts of the BS 8300 standard" BS 8300-compliant door opening solution “As BS 8300 addresses the requirements for everybody, regardless of disability, to enter, use and exit a building easily and independently, its scope covers all building features. Consequently, professionals responsible for installing door closers in the commercial sector need to be aware of the most relevant parts of the standard, and how the update affects existing guidance surrounding building interiors.” “Furthermore, they must also be aware of other important aspects to the update. These include the increasing use of BS 8300 by inspecting building officers, the importance of selecting high-quality hinges when adhering to the standard. The update advises on the maximum opening force for internal doors too, recommending a maximum opening force of 30N for the first 30 degrees of initial movement, and that this force must not exceed 22.5N from 30 to 60 degrees. Finally, it also covers how to best balance opening and closing force when specifying a BS 8300-compliant door opening solution.”
MOBOTIX is expanding its management team to include two new members. Following a successful restructuring, MOBOTIX is paving the way for sustainable growth with its new members, both experienced industry experts: Christiane Kampling will now serve as Head of Marketing & Corporate Communications and Hartmut Sprave as Chief Technical Officer. Both started with the company on June 1st, 2018. Christiane Kampling is taking over as Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications at MOBOTIX. She has held similar positions over the past few years at Covestro, Xchanging Continental Europe, and ING Investment Management. Kampling was also able to gather valuable insights as Marketing Director at Dell. In these positions, Kampling, who holds a degree in business, was responsible for business opportunities and implementing entire marketing strategies (B2B and B2C). She was also in charge of developing new go-to-market models for SMEs and end users as well as building business opportunities through strategic partnerships and cooperations. In addition, Kampling managed the media, PR, and advertising agencies as well as events and roadshows. Digital video technology expert As member of the Management Board and new Chief Technical Officer of the Technology Department, Hartmut Sprave is responsible for hardware, software, product management, quality management and strategic innovation at MOBOTIX. Sprave, who holds a degree in physics, previously served as Vice President Software at Loewe Technologies GmbH, where he was responsible for software development at numerous sites in Germany and abroad. As co-founder and CTO of MacroSystem Digital Video GmbH, he gained extensive experience in the area of digital video technology. “Christiane Kampling and Hartmut Sprave are both highly qualified experts, and we are pleased to welcome them to the MOBOTIX team,” says Thomas Lausten, Chief Executive Officer at MOBOTIX. “With our strong new Management Team, we are perfectly prepared for any upcoming challenge.”
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.
Beykent University in Istanbul Turkey was established as a non-profit organisation by Adem Celik-Beykent Educational Foundation and started its education programs in 1997. Since then, it has grown its teaching and research facilities over five campuses for a population of approximately 29,000 students. The university offers a high-quality learning experience which includes 72 Associate’s degrees, 69 Bachelor’s degrees and over 50 Postgraduate programs. Medical students at Beykent University need to take lab exercises including audiometry and advanced simulation. However, in the audiometry lab, only 3 out of 20 students among a class are able to observe in the silent cabin and there is no other access to this cabin from outside. Also, patient simulation by students needed to be reviewed more closely while and after performing the exercise for educational purpose. Hanwha Techwin high resolution cameras were installed in labs to support medical students High-res camera installation About 450 Hanwha Techwin cameras were installed at multiple campuses of the university from Oct. 2015 to Aug. 2017. Especially 5 Megapixel high resolution cameras (5 of SND-6084R, 11 of XNO-8080R) were installed in labs to support medical students’ education. In the audiometry lab, Wisenet cameras installed inside the cabin made the rest of 17 students standing outside able to observe what is happening when hearing tests are being carried out. For the advanced simulation lab, Wisenet cameras were transferring images and sounds of the exercise performance collected from 3 simulation rooms to 1 observation room, making it possible for students to see the mistakes and the good examples on projection or television screens. The University has also deployed Wisenet cameras and recorders in order to help create a safe and secure environment for students and teachers throughout the campuses including VIP house, classroom, auditorium, outdoor campus and Medical School and Faculty of Dentistry in Avalon Campus. Over 700 Winset cameras to be installed in other locations throughout the University" Wisenet camera integration results “The most important reason for us choosing Wisenet products was the efficient way they work smoothly with software applications. The functionality promised to us at the sales stage has been delivered and the Hanwha Techwin team in the Turkey office have handled the project with care from start to finish. They have always been just a phone call away when we needed them for problem solving and they also provided extensive trainings. Their willingness to ensure continuity of the project has been a major benefit to us. As a result, we will be continuing to install Wisenet cameras in other locations throughout the University and are planning to have about 700 installed by the end of the project,” Barkin Oktem, IT manager at Beykent University.
ASSA ABLOY UK Specification, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, a provider of door opening solutions, has assisted with the design and specification of doorsets and relevant hardware for the new Silverstone CE Primary School. Working alongside Northamptonshire County Council, local firm pHp Architects and contractor Lakehouse Construction, the UK Specification team helped deliver the full-scale build of the two-form entry primary school. Products specified included 92 ASSA ABLOY laminate-faced timber doorsets, complete with redwood frames and dark grey PVC edges, making them easy to clean and to help conceal scuffs from daily use. Timber doorsets The colour contrast between the edge of the door and the door surface also helped to achieve an inclusive environment, in line with the latest legislation and guidelines such as Approved Document M of The Building Regulations 2000 and BS8300:2009+A1:2010. The doorsets were complemented by a full ironmongery specification of ASSA 3228 ZP hinges, ASSA ABLOY DC200 Rack & Pinion Door Closers, Union Optimus 3 Locks, UNION J1000 door furniture and ASSA finger guards, which prevent pupils’ fingers from being trapped in closing doors. We have worked on a number of education projects and pride ourselves on tailoring the solutions we provide from our extensive experience in the sector" Masterkey access system The specification also included ASSA’s P600 cylinders for internal and external doors as well as external gates, providing the school with one masterkey system and permitting access to authorised personnel only. Chris Wayman, Associate at pHp Architects commented: “ASSA ABLOY UK Specification not only supplied high quality and fit-for-purpose products, but they also provided a full consultancy service, which took into account factors such as pupil comfort, flow of traffic around the school, as well as the need for staff to access certain areas of the building efficiently and securely. We are delighted with the finished result.” James Bloomfield, Headteacher at Silverstone CE Primary School said: “Working with the UK Specification team was straightforward from start to finish. The doors and ironmongery specified really enhance what is an exceptional building.” David Shields, National Specification Manager at ASSA ABLOY UK Specification, added: “We have worked on a number of education projects and pride ourselves on tailoring the solutions we provide from our extensive experience in the sector.” Risk management “The challenge in all schools is to prioritise safety and minimise the risk of injury, while providing a comfortable learning and teaching environment for both pupils and staff." "We believe we have not only achieved this, but also exceeded expectations with the solutions we helped design and specify via our BIM capabilities and personable one-to-one service.”
The Everett Public School district is located in Everett, Washington, the largest city in Snohomish County. The school System includes 27 schools spanning 39 square miles, with a Student population of almost 20,000. With so many campuses to monitor and protect, it was clear that the older surveillance system, a mix of off-brand analogue products accumulated over three decades located at each site, was no longer adequate. Thanks in part to a state-wide grant, in 2014, Everett Public Schools upgraded their entire video security infrastructure to a digital, IP-based system which included Wisenet cameras from Hanwha Techwin, and an OnSSI Ocularis Video Management Solution (VMS). Comprehensive video surveillance system The information technology department was asked to design a modern security system that would serve the district’s current needs, be cost effective and handle future expansion. To accomplish the task for all campuses, they recently constructed a centralised, state-of-the-art data centre for the district headquarters in Everett. The initial IP camera system, featuring Hanwha Techwin products, was installed in 2014 to provide security video coverage at the then new district headquarters by RFI Communications. In 2015 a district wide video system was installed by Cabling & Technology Services. The video surveillance system was built to provide information and access to multiple stakeholders in the school district. While campus security officers are primary users of the system, not everyone needs to see everything and the ability to precisely control access to feeds has been key to simplifying the system for administrators and principals, while still allowing law enforcement comprehensive access if required.The move from siloed analogue security systems for each school to a centralised hub architecture for all video feeds has been a huge success for the organisation Centralised IP surveillance system The move from siloed analogue security systems for each school to a centralised hub architecture for all video feeds has been a huge success for the organisation. The district has achieved a new level of control, quality and confidence. With over 600 cameras in use, and more Wisenet series cameras from Hanwha added regularly, the ability to expand and manage the system is a key benefit for the district and its security partners. Like a typical data centre, and unlike a typical school, the Everett Public Schools data centre has power backup and redundancies in place. In addition to the security infrastructure, all data processing for every system, across all campuses, happens centrally at the data centre. Edge analytics “The Hanwha Techwin cameras integrate perfectly with our VMS system and we particularly like the on-the-edge analytics that the cameras provide in addition to using motion to trigger recording,” says Brandon Knutson, Video Security System Manager for Everett Public Schools. “In most cases, we record only during motion or other analytic triggers. The latest Wisenet cameras come with an entire suite of analytics which includes loitering, intrusion, entry, exit, disappear, and more, but we mainly use the intrusion function, which we find very reliable.” Low light performance “We’ve been using the Wisenet X series for single imager cameras and we really like those,” adds Knutson. “Two significant differentiators about these cameras are their wide dynamic range and their performance in low light. It’s pretty phenomenal. Any camera can give you good daytime vision, but when things get tough it really separates out the camera vendors.”Two significant differentiators about these cameras are their wide dynamic range and their performance in low light" Multi-stream capabilities Because of the close integration with OnSSI, Knutson and the team are able to utilise the multi-stream capabilities of the Wisenet cameras, dynamically switching between an H.264 low res and H.265 high res image when required. When viewing a grid of 6 x 6 cameras on the Ocularis VMS, the smaller images can utilise the low-res stream. This keeps CPU/GPU usage low. If an operator clicks on an image to enlarge it, it automatically switches to the H.265 higher frame rate image for more detail and resolution. “We’re currently installing our first Wisenet 9080 multi-sensor and we’re excited by the economies of scale we can achieve with the se cameras, while making no sacrifices in terms of performance and flexibility,” says Knutson. “We are currently testing the X series rugged interior cameras. We’re particularly interested in the sound analytics that come with those cameras. We’re looking at gunshot, explosion, and glass breakage analytics.” Cybersecurity “We like Hanwha Techwin’s commitment to cyber-security. We’re very aware of the cyber-security issues surrounding some camera manufacturers, and we feel good about the company’s South Korean ownership. Moving forward, we have a new elementary school in planning, and we’ll be using Hanwha Techwin cameras there too. Thankfully, the Hanwha Techwin product line has a camera for every need that we have,” concludes Knutson.
Vicon Industries, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of video surveillance and access control software, hardware and components announced that the implementation of its end-to-end Valerus video management system at the Greek American Institute (GAI) in Bronx, NY has been completed. The installation was performed by the Long Island office of ITsavvy, a Chicago-based IT products and technology solutions provider. The new Vicon Valerus system encompasses the entire property, which includes the oldest continuously run Greek Orthodox School in the United States and the adjacent Church of Zoodohos Peghe and community centre. It includes cameras within the interior and around the exterior of all buildings and surrounding grounds and is managed and monitored through web-based Valerus VMS software, making it accessible to school administrators both onsite and to those logging in remotely via an internet browser. The Valerus interface provides customised views for each system user. Based upon log-in credentials, cameras that are of greatest interest to each administrator are displayed as part of their default settings. Our Valerus system provides schools and places of worship with sophisticated security solutions that are easy for non-technical administrators to use" Enhanced school security ITsavvy worked with GAI to identify camera placement to maximise coverage of all indoor and outdoor publicly accessible areas, selecting high resolution Vicon cameras models that could deliver clear visibility in a cost-effective manner. The use of 360-degree hemispheric cameras, in select locations, provide expansive coverage with no blind spots in busy areas where students often congregate. The new systems satisfy parents’ requests to provide enhanced security for the children who attend the school and provides administrators with tools to investigate and prosecute any future criminal activity. Demos Lorenzos, President of GAI’s School Board, says, “The Valerus system is simple to use but very advanced. Someone who isn’t technically savvy can easily navigate through it.” Bret McGowan, Vicon’s Senior V.P. of Sales and Marketing says that the system was designed with specifically that intent. “Schools and places of worship have been the scene of too many tragedies in recent years. Our Valerus system is designed to provide these types of facilities with sophisticated security solutions that are easy for non-technical administrators to use to their full capabilities.”
A safe school environment is a prerequisite for productive learning. When students feel as though their safety is compromised, this affects their learning performance. To enhance levels of security, it’s important to know which methods of lockdown are suited and which should be avoided. Andrew Shaw, architectural consultant for Allegion UK, discusses the importance of bespoke security solutions and prioritising quality. He says, 'Students need to feel safe in order to learn.' Safe and secure classroom environment Research has shown that classroom climate – all of the characteristics of a classroom – correlates with student achievement. This means that if students feel unsafe, it’s likely to affect their performance. However, because there’s no single, 'one size fits all' answer to security, implementing the 'right' solution may seem like a minefield. On top of knowing specific performance requirements, school governing bodies must know which locking protocols to adhere to and which to avoid School lockdown protocols Because of this, it’s now more important than ever that school officials not only know the options available to them but are also making decisions tailored to their own individual requirements. On top of knowing specific performance requirements, school governing bodies must know which locking protocols to adhere to and which to avoid. Security at every layer A safe and secure environment is at the crux of every successful school strategy. When it comes to classroom security, significance should be placed on how staff and teachers can maximise their protection and that of students. The key to any successful classroom lockdown operation is selecting the appropriate credentials based on individual requirements. Selecting appropriate credentials In addition to this, one thing that various credentials are often accused of is being too costly an investment to step into. In reality, a limited budget shouldn’t put a compromise on high-quality products. That’s not to ignore the fact that many schools are under budget pressures. However, the scope of security solutions available to the UK market means that schools are able to find solutions suited to their needs and budget. Implementing an effective lockdown safety plan, including staff protocol and places to hide, can also help you in being prepared for critical situations Dos There are a number of baseline protocols to uphold to ensure classroom security is kept at an all-time high. For example, remembering to keep doors closed and locked while rooms are in use will enable faster lockdown in emergency situations. Implementing an effective lockdown safety plan, including staff protocol and places to hide, can also help you in being prepared for critical situations. Installing hardware suited to your needs – whether mechanical, electronic or a combination – are each beneficial for everyday use as well as in emergencies. Don’ts There are some measures that don’t mitigate risk, they instead put staff and students in greater danger. It’s easy to overlook what may seem a harmless practice, but which is actually a violation of safety regulations – such as propping doors open and locking emergency exits. All entrances should aid free access and egress, not only for ease of passage but also in the event that emergency responders may be called to the site Cutting out unauthorised access All entrances should aid free access and egress, not only for ease of passage but also in the event that emergency responders may be called to the site. With locking credentials, it’s also important to keep control of who can access the buildings so that unauthorised persons are on record. Electronic access control systems, for example, are designed for stricter security on who has access to a site and at which time it was accessed. Electronic door access control Furthermore, one of the biggest fallacies in the door hardware industry is that quality must be compromised to make room for affordability. Whilst this could have been put down to a lack of choice years and years ago, there are now products tailored to each and every need notwithstanding limitations such as budgets. On top of this, it’s no use to switch out to a cheaper, less safe product that could ultimately cost more in the long-term if you’re to consider maintenance costs. Areas such as building entrances, must balance the need for access control with accessibility and freedom of movement The myth of ‘one size fits all’ Every school is as diverse as the people it houses. Multiple types of credentials may be used within a school, depending on your unique needs. Particular aspects that ought to be given consideration are the severity and probability of any potential risks, the effectiveness of mitigating potential risks, the ability of staff to implement lockdown, and the school’s budget. Areas such as building entrances, for example, must balance the need for access control with accessibility and freedom of movement.