Video cameras are everywhere, and hundreds more are installed every day. Our society appears to be reaching a point of perpetual surveillance. It certainly feels as if we are always being watched even though it is not yet the case. But as cameras are becoming more common than ever, we are also entering a new era of privacy concerns and sensitivities, as evidenced by GDPR and other such initiatives. We presented this quandary to this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: Surveillance cameras can...
The upgraded Rave Guardian app now integrates with Rave Alert and allows college communities to easily connect through a custom mobile app. Rave Mobile Safety (Rave), a trusted partner for safety software protecting millions of individuals, revealed updates to its Rave Guardian platform to better equip students and staff to communicate vital campus updates. Rave Guardian, a safety app available for students to stay connected with campus safety officials, faculty and other students, now integrat...
Video surveillance as a service (VSaaS) is not just for commercial organisations. Federal, state and local governments can also realise benefits from the technology—and use it to deliver an integrated video surveillance system that addresses some of their unique security needs. Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) What is VSaaS? Simply stated, it’s a cloud-based video surveillance solution that is packaged and delivered as a service over the internet. The price varies depending...
Traka has launched a new downloadable white paper to open a discussion on the opportunities and challenges of introducing body worn technology into our communities. The white paper, entitled ‘Body Worn Camera Technology in our Community’, looks at the growing interest in the technology, especially across police and emergency services, prisons and education. Taken into account are the positives of video surveillance in each of these environments alongside the concerns cited, primaril...
NEC Corporation has announced the acquisition of UK-based IT services company Northgate Public Services Limited (NPS), accelerating the expansion of its international safety business. NEC is buying NPS for £475 million from international private equity firm Cinven. This acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of January 2018. Software and services for public sector Established in 1969, Northgate Public Services develops software and services for the public sector, mainly in th...
Following the announcement that the Kenyan Presidential elections will be re-scheduled for the 26th of October, organisers of Securexpo East Africa 2017 have stated that the exhibition will be postponed until January from the 31st to the 2nd of February. In a statement to the press, the exhibition’s Regional Director, Alexander Angus said “Elections always contain an element of uncertainty. We had originally hoped the election would not affect the exhibition at all, however, in ligh...
The Z-Wave Alliance, an open consortium of leading global companies deploying the Z-Wave smart home standard, announces the addition of ASSA ABLOY to the Alliance Board of Directors. Owner of leading and trusted lock brands such as Yale, Mul-T-Lock and ABLOY, ASSA ABLOY joins principal members ADT, Alarm.com, FIBARO, Huawei, Ingersoll-Rand, Jasco Products, LEEDARSON, LG Uplus, Nortek Security & Control, SmartThings, and Sigma Designs. Smart security and connected access control “ASSA ABLOY was already a leader in the smart lock industry and is clearly making moves to become a global force in smart security and connected access control,” said Mitchell Klein, Executive Director of the Z-Wave Alliance, “The entire Alliance will benefit from ASSA ABLOY’s contribution to the Board of Directors and leadership in the future.” The ASSA ABLOY Group is a global leader in door-opening solutions, manufacturing a range of products for commercial and consumer markets. The group has a complete range of door opening products, solutions and services for institutional, commercial and consumer markets, and a worldwide leading position in smart door locks. Currently offering Z-Wave enabled smart door locks, ASSA ABLOY made big news recently with the acquisition of August Home, another Alliance member and manufacturer of Z-Wave smart lock solutions. Z-Wave-enabled digital smart locks “We have strongly supported Z-Wave through our Yale smart locks and plan to play an even bigger role as a decision maker in the growing Z-Wave Alliance,” commented Kevin Kraus, Director Technology and Integration Support for Yale Residential at ASSA ABLOY Americas. “As a Board member, we want to help in developing global Z-Wave product requirements as we build out our smart lock offerings in various regions around the world.” As a principal member, ASSA ABLOY will participate in developing global Z-Wave product requirements and in promoting Z-Wave enabled digital smart locks worldwide.The Z-Wave Alliance has over 600 member companies worldwide and over 2100 certified smart home and IoT devices.
Microsemi Corporation, a provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, announced its new SyncServer S80 server integrating a GPS antenna, receiver and Network Time Protocol (NTP) timing server into a single ruggedised, environmentally hardened unit ideal for outdoor installation with physical security systems. The high-reliability device, well-suited to synchronise timing for IP security cameras, Access Control Devices, Digital Video Recorders (DVR) or Network Video Recorders (NVR) or operate as the master clock for time display networks common to transportation like railways and airports, education institutions and even small enterprise networks, secures accurate time to reduce network exposure to vulnerable public time servers or external attacks such as denial of service (DoS). Equipped with Power-over-Ethernet The network-ready SyncServer S80 is designed for easy integration into existing physical security networks and serves as the primary source of accurate time for the essential time stamps on security video footage. Equipped with Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), the device easily connects into an existing PoE infrastructure that runs power, timing and video feed through a single cable. In the cases where Ethernet infrastructure is in place but PoE is not available, the S80 can be powered through the addition of a Microsemi single-port PoE Injector or a managed 6, 12 or 24 port PoE Midspan. Since the S80 is also ruggedised for outdoor installations, it can connect to the network right alongside an existing outdoor camera installation, with the addition of a Microsemi PDS-104GO 4+1 managed outdoor switch. Once connected to the network, the S80 is ready to be the source of authoritative NTP time stamps for all video camera recordings. "Accurate, reliable and secure time stamps on video surveillance footage are essential to prove when a video was recorded" “Accurate, reliable and secure time stamps on video surveillance footage are essential to prove when a video was recorded. Our legal system has shown video footage may be inadmissible as court evidence without these accurate timestamps,” said Paul Skoog, senior product manager for Microsemi. “The challenge the SyncServer S80 solves is bringing that accurate and secure time into video surveillance networks, which are often network isolated for security or practical purposes from the outside world. The S80 is also a much more accurate, secure and reliable source of time inside the network versus using time from public time servers on the open internet, which are susceptible to spoofing and DoS attacks.” NTP Reflector technology According to a 2017 IHS Markit Top Video Surveillance Trends for 2017 report, 98 million network surveillance cameras will be shipped globally in 2017 in a market estimated to be growing at almost 7 percent annually. Many of these cameras are destined for isolated networks, including moving platforms such as ferries, where accurate time is essential to add the trusted “when” to video recordings. Microsemi’s new SyncServer S80 is designed to provide ultra-accurate, nanosecond caliber NTP time stamps using the company’s security-hardened NTP Reflector technology. Unlike other NTP servers often used for IP camera time stamps, Microsemi’s NTP Reflector also works as a central processing unit (CPU)-protecting firewall, shielding the S80 CPU from excessive NTP request loading, which negatively affects time stamp accuracy, reduces availability of time stamps and can leave the device susceptible to CPU freezing or system reset. The S80 is ideally suited for video networks with tens to thousands of IP cameras, with no degradation in NTP server performance while operating as the trusted source of accurate time on the network.
UNION, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, a global provider of door opening solutions, has launched the new keyPRIME patented dimple cylinder platform, with an all-new reversible key design. Through the existing patent protection and with an expected lifetime extension until 2036, UNION keyPRIME currently offers the longest patent protection in the market. The patent offers secure key control with key blanks only available from restricted UNION keyPRIME stockists and dealers. UNION keyPRIME is a high quality, value for money platform, purposely designed to meet the security needs of commercial, education and healthcare environments. It is also ideal for small business and local government use. It can be keyed for one or multiple doors, while cylinder upgrades or replacements are easy and convenient to install. Contemporary design with certified protections The platform is certified to the toughest requirements of BS EN 1303:2015, offering anti-pick, anti-drill, anti-bump and anti-pull protection as standard. The flat reversible key is an all-new contemporary design – constructed from strong, high quality nickel silver – that is built to last. All UNION keyPRIME cylinders feature a DIN 18252 cam for Euro cylinders, and is compatible wth all DIN standard lockcases. It is available as a master key, keyed alike or keyed to differ solution, in euro, single, double, or key and turn cylinder. Easy assembly and fully serviceable system UNION keyPRIME is also available in sub assembly form. Cylinders are quick and easy to assemble and keys are easy to cut, giving locksmiths a fully serviceable system to adapt to their customers’ needs. With over 100 years of experience, UNION’s master keying expertise and heritage is second to none. UNION’s dedicated, UK-based master key department is on hand to provide a market leading service. Craig Birch, Product Manager for Cylinders at ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, said: “UNION keyPRIME offers a great value for money master keyed system, with an assured level of security and protection for a wide range of applications. UNION keyPRIME is assembled in the UK at our state-of-the-art Willenhall manufacturing facility and is backed up by our market leading service from our experienced master key department.”
March Networks, a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions, announced the results of an independent survey exploring how fraud, customer service and security perceptions are impacting U.S. banking consumer decisions. Key results from the survey, commissioned by March Networks and conducted by leading market research firm Ipsos earlier this year, reveal that 15% of consumers experienced fraudulent bank account activity in 2016. Banks and credit unions responded successfully, however, with 85% of those consumers saying they were satisfied with how their financial institution handled the incident. Security influence on banking decisions Survey results also show that a continued focus on customer experience remains critical for banks and credit unions when it comes to retention, with 1 in 5 respondents (and a higher 1 in 4 Millennials) confirming they have switched banks in the past because of poor in-branch service. In addition, banking choices are influenced by how secure consumers feel when conducting transactions, either in their local branch, at an ATM or online. A majority of consumers (98%) felt most secure when conducting transactions at their local banking branch, compared with 92% when conducting transactions online and 85% using a mobile phone app. Further, 90% of consumers said they feel safer when they can see video surveillance cameras in their bank or credit union, and would choose a financial institution with surveillance over one without, all other things being equal. Key findings from the survey: Nearly half of consumers said waiting more than 5 minutes for service is unreasonable While poor customer service was the top reason consumers switched to a new bank, other drivers included the branch nearest them closing (14%), fraudulent bank account activity (9%) and safety concerns (9%) Half of consumers walked away from an ATM without conducting their intended transaction because someone was loitering in the vestibule 90% of consumers think that visible surveillance cameras help deter crimes 60% of consumers noticed a fraudulent transaction before their financial institution, leaving plenty of opportunity for banks and credit unions to be more proactive when it comes to identifying and notifying customers about potential fraud Intelligent video solutions “Banks and credit unions recognise that today’s consumers want a mix of in-person and online banking service options, and have very high expectations when it comes to security and customer service,” said Peter Strom, President and CEO, March Networks. “The positive takeaway from this survey is that financial institutions are meeting these expectations at present, however will need to get even more strategic to retain customers and attract new business in their extremely competitive environment.” For nearly two decades, March Networks’ intelligent video solutions have helped many of the world’s leading banks and credit unions address real-world business challenges efficiently and cost-effectively. More than 500 financial institutions rely on the company’s solutions to enhance security in their banking branches, corporate facilities and at ATMs; proactively identify and reduce losses from theft and fraud; and improve operations and corporate policy compliance. Using March Networks’ video-based business intelligence software, which integrates video with transaction data and analytics, financial institutions are also realising significant improvements in customer service, workforce management and operations.
For over 100 years, Adams Rite, an ASSA ABLOY Group brand, has been an industry leader in the commercial, industrial and institutional building construction industry. Recognised for innovative, forward-thinking design, this year Adams Rite is unveiling its new EX Series Exit Devices, showcasing advancements in mechanical to electrical upgrades, and providing a tech preview of the G100 Digital Glass Door Lock with wireless Aperio technology. EX Series exit devices features The new EX Series Exit Devices offer a sleek, flexible and installation-friendly solution featuring a universal hardware kit for aluminium, hollow metal, and wood applications and is available in three different lengths that can easily be cut in the field. The EX Series will launch with four models including the EX88 Interlocking Rim Exit Device, a robust and unique bolt design that interlocks the door to frame for enhanced strength and durability, the EX89 Pullman Rim Exit Device which is compatible with Adams Rite preload capable 74R2 Electric Strikes and surface mounted HES 9400 Series Electric Strikes, the EX76 CVR Exit Device with concealed adjustable rods and latching assemblies designed for easy installation, and the EX80 Series Dummy Push Bar whose flexible design comes standard with two monitoring switches and is field selectable for active or inactive configuration. Adams Rite will also showcase its Mechanical to Electrical upgrade path and products. End-users who are retrofitting an aluminium narrow stile installation are often looking to go from a completely mechanical lock to an electrified solution, which means products must be backward compatible. Adams Rite has long concentrated on designing latches and locks that are compatible with the Adams Rite MS Prep, saving time and money during upgrades. It also holds the aesthetics and integrity of an opening when upgrading to a new solution. Frameless glass door openings Adams Rite will be offering a tech preview of the G100 Series Wireless Digital Glass Door Lock with Aperio Technology, a surface-mounted digital door lock that extends access control capabilities to frameless glass door openings. Featuring 13.56 MHz contactless card technology and keypad options for keyless entry, audit trail, and integrated request to exit and door status monitoring. This makes the G100 the ideal digital glass door solution for retrofitting electronic access control enabling online access control functionality. With the new EX Series and an emphasis on mechanical to electrical upgrades and inventive new products such as the G100, Adams Rite continues to show industry leading innovation.
Axis adds to its growing offering for smart, network based audio solutions for use beyond traditional security. A new network audio bridge allows integration between analogue and network audio systems and lets customers benefit from the advantages of a network-based system, while keeping current analogue hardware. Axis also introduces a new network microphone console that, when paired together with Axis network speakers, creates a complete public-address system. The latest additions from Axis Communications, the market leader in network video, widen the possible use of audio to enhance business operations and safety and security. By making it smart and easy, the network audio bridge and the network microphone console adds value to a number of different use cases, such as background music and announcements in retail chains or paging solutions in public address systems in the education sector. It is possible to combine these with Axis network speakers in one system, with no central electronic equipment needed. Axis network audio systems are based on open standards, which means they are easy to integrate with other systems. AXIS C8033 Network Audio Bridge Many legacy systems use analogue speaker systems that are not compatible with digital speaker systems or digital audio sources. With AXIS C8033 Network Audio Bridge, it is possible to play music from an analogue line level source like a mobile, tablet or a professional streaming box through Axis network speakers, or connect a digital audio source such as AXIS Audio Player to play music in an analogue speaker system. 2N SIP Mic public address systems Axis also announces 2N SIP Mic, a compatible network microphone console from 2N, an Axis company, for use in public address systems. This smart network microphone console offers 12 configurable buttons and allows for flexible paging in multiple zones, to make live announcements and play pre-recorded messages. “With the new 2N SIP Mic, Axis network speakers are turned into complete public address systems that are perfect for the education sector. And by using the network audio bridge to connect existing analogue devices with Axis network audio systems, we make it very easy and cost-effective for the customer to benefit from all the advantages a digital system offers. Network audio also means that the system is easy to scale and is flexible enough to adapt to meet the customers’ changing demands. It is easy to instantly add or remove devices, compared to analogue systems where both hardware, software and cable installation needs to be changed”, says Håkan Hansson, Global Product Manager Audio, Axis Communications. Developing audio surveillance market “Using the intelligence of a network video system with accompanying audio can often be one of the most efficient ways of managing many issues faced by organisations. Retailers, for example, can manage queues by informing customers that tills on another floor are less busy. In schools, administrators can alert a pupil who is spotted out of class. These two examples are just a fraction of the potential benefits digital audio provides”, Hansson continues. “Considering we have driven the change from analogue to digital in the video surveillance market, these new products play an important role in developing the audio market in the same direction.”
GITAM University is a renowned research and innovation driven university in India. The university has three campuses - its main campus at Visakhapatnam with off campuses at Hyderabad and Bengaluru. During the last 36 years it has steadily evolved into a world class university, recognized for the experiential learning it offers, its competent and compassionate faculties, the stellar research laboratories, academic vibrancy and cosmopolitan culture. Known for its creative dynamism and flexibility, the university offers varied programs blending skill development and value orientation to shape the careers of students and develop holistic personality to be privileged members of the civil society. Criminal activities in education campuses were on a constant rise across the country, leading to serious concerns among educationalists. To add to it, incidents of ragging were on the rise even in reputed institutes, inflicting a negative impact on the reputation of institutes. Campus surveillance system Meanwhile, GITAM University was coming up with its new campus in Bangalore. Being a highly reputed institute for the last 36 years, it did not want to compromise on security and reputation of the institute. Being a large project, they were looking for a trusted Indian brand that could provide direct pre and post-sales support. The university wanted to operate the entire video surveillance system without a special IT infrastructure room and other peripherals The university wanted to operate the entire video surveillance system without a special IT infrastructure room and other peripherals like servers that complicate management and monitoring. The system had to be very easy to use so that it could also be operated by security guards without any hindrance. Being very particular about discipline and security, they wanted video recorders that could store recordings from all cameras for 45 days, while efficiently reducing storage costs simultaneously. Matrix IP cameras The solution was designed through a joint site visit by Matrix executives along with the System Integrator. It began by securing the periphery of all five buildings with a combination of 1.3MP and 2MP IP cameras based on estimated threat perception at each point. Areas with higher threat perception were covered with 2MP varifocal cameras, whereas areas with low or medium threat perception were covered with 1.3MP cameras. A total of 80 cameras were installed to secure the periphery of all five buildings. Interiors of the buildings were secured by mounting 1.3MP cameras in the corridors of all five buildings. Matrix 1.3MP camera, with a day as well as night vision range of 30 meters, ensured that the entire corridor was covered by a single camera. All in all, over 220 cameras were deployed in various areas of the building, covering every nook and corner of the campus. Live monitoring system These cameras provided crystal clear images with great detail that could be used to identify a person in case of an event. This acted as a deterrent for students indulging in ragging at hostels and helped the institute ensure security and discipline through live monitoring.Matrix appeared to be the only brand that could meet the requirement of monitoring all cameras without a server Furthermore, Matrix appeared to be the only brand that could meet the requirement of monitoring all cameras without a server. For this, Matrix connected all recorders in the setup in a master-slave configuration. Once this was done, the output could be taken directly on a TV from one of the video recorders through an HDMI cable, eliminating the server. This enabled the university to monitor all cameras connected to multiple devices without using a server. The entire setup was very easy to operate even for a security guard as it did not involve the complexity of a server. Optimised data storage To manage the storage requirement, all recorders supplied by Matrix supported 24TB internal storage that could comfortably store recordings of every camera for 45 days and optimise storage using Adaptive Recording and Camera-wise Recording Flexibility. Benefits: Prevention of Criminal Activities like Ragging, Molestation, etc. Enhanced Security Ease of Use
Matrix, a provider of telecom and security solutions, releases products at regular intervals anticipating the needs of different enterprises. The telecom product range includes unified communication servers, universal media gateways, collaboration endpoints and more. The government education institutes shoulder the huge responsibility of carving a bright future for students. They handle diverse duties and hence need proper internal communication for timely execution of numerous tasks. To fulfil the goal of offering quality education to students and coordinating lecture times or spreading important information such as syllabus and exam schedule, keeping the entire college on the same network becomes important. Advanced call management One of the government institutes imparting education regarding agriculture and horticulture sciences had similar requirements. Quick and easy connectivity amongst distant units of the facility led to the need of procuring a reliable communication solution. Being one of the most popular institutes for agriculture and horticulture sciences, the enquiry office received heavy call traffic from students. Wired connectivity was somehow troublesome due to existing infrastructure of the university. Matrix, in association with its partner Uniserve Telecom, studied distinct requirements of the institute and crafted a solution. One of the advanced IP-PBXs from Matrix products’ kitty was installed at the premises to establish robust internal connectivity. Since the communication solution had IP at core, it offered easy access of advanced call management features and connected multiple units with minimal wire installation. Matrix range of VoIP gateways was offered at different locations for bringing analogue extensions on the IP network. Cost-effective deployment A brief overview of the case is as follows: Challenges: Continuous communication between multiple departments Easy switch to latest technology Quick and smooth internal connectivity Solution: Advanced IP-PBX Business IP phones VoIP gateway Results: Resilient communication network Improved workforce collaboration Reduced telephony costs “We are enthralled to help a government institution upgrade their communication infrastructure. We are continuously working to add more features and platforms in our kitty to cater such distinct needs of the government organisations,” said Ganesh Jivani, Managing Director
Early in 2017, the School of Information and Communication (FIC) was inaugurated at the University of the Republic of Uruguay (Udelar). They announced a new headquarters to support the core mission of the school that was created in 2013. It regained a large space that had gone unused for decades, and part of the senior living facility, Asáma Dámaso Antonio. It is a structure of 8,500 square meters and four floors that now houses nearly 4,000 students, 200 teachers and 80 administrative and logistics staff on a daily basis. In the facility there are classrooms and administrative offices, a large and modern library, audio and video recording rooms and an advanced television studio. With the presence of such modern technological investments in the property, the concern about theft and damage increased, due to the high traffic of faculty, students and visitors who could access the equipment and devices. Necessity of increased security As Yonathan Benelli, IT manager at Udelar, states: "The new headquarters greatly increased the vulnerability points for security. Without a video system like the one now implemented, it would be unfeasible to maintain an acceptable level of security."The savings were not only in technology acquisition, but also in hardware and human resources. Benelli adds that despite the need for a professional video surveillance system for the educational institution, "it was unthinkable to carry out a traditional CCTV installation with coaxial cabling, due to its high cost. Therefore, the installation of a Milestone IP video management system within the existing IT network infrastructure versus performing a coaxial interconnection resulted in a very significant cost reduction." The savings were not only in technology acquisition, but also in hardware and human resources. "We estimate that without this system, we would have needed at least four added employees dedicated to surveillance. Also, we took advantage of existing hardware," emphasises Benelli. At the university the concern about theft and damage increased, due to the high traffic of people Simple and easy integration Foxsys, the company managing the technology integration for this project, proposed the implementation of the XProtect Professional solution from Milestone Systems. It is an open interface application designed for IP network video management software with easy, intuitive and powerful functions. The XProtect Smart Client interface has advanced search tools that combine with an easy-to-navigate video timeline, allowing users to quickly and accurately examine events. It also offers sophisticated export options, including the Storyboard feature, which helps consolidate relevant video evidence to gain a complete view of incidents. According to Juan Martín González, commercial director of Foxsys, “The XProtect professional software was selected because of the system’s alarm notifications which were important in this application.” He said the solution was complemented by two virtual machines that operate on an HP server and are managed by the software Promox, which proved highly reliable. Digital Watchdog and Hikvision cameras were used. The benefits include the capacity to manage multiple cameras simultaneously, comprehensive remote monitoring and more advanced recording “In particular, the DW cameras allowed us to have a 180-degree panorama of some specific areas and the HK cameras were extremely useful, because Milestone recognises the video analytics’ algorithms of crossing a perimeter line that run in the camera. A data network was implemented on Cat 6 UTP and HPE POE 1920 switches. In terms of storage, we used the NAS QNAP brand with eight bays of 4TB each, implementing a RAID 5 for more protection and data writing speed. We were surprised how well Milestone worked on a Proxmox virtual machine,” says Gonzalez. More advanced recording and navigation settings The benefits, as Benelli points out, are countless and include: the capacity to manage multiple cameras simultaneously; comprehensive remote monitoring; end-user event search functionality; more advanced recording and navigation settings; easier role definition and permissions management of user accessibility. “The implementation was a success in every sense, not only from the point of view of the service provided by the system, but also by the guidance, suggestions and labor that the company provided beyond the installation and configuration, in which all the required and additional goals were met,” concluded Benelli.
Dublin City University (DCU) is providing emergency supports to staff and students anywhere in the world through a mobile safety application called SafeZone which links users with the university emergency response team. Provided by technology firm CriticalArc, the app which DCU staff and students can download at no cost will enable students and staff to connect with DCU’s emergency response team if urgent help is required, first aid is needed, or an emergency occurs. Privacy protected security software DCU is the first university in the Republic of Ireland to roll-out SafeZone, which will be available to a student and staff population of almost 19,000 across the Glasnevin, St Patrick’s and All Hallows campuses. The app is also of use to university staff and students who are working and studying overseas. SafeZone is already in use in higher education institutions across the UK, Australia and the United States. As the system is privacy protected, a user's location will never be shared, unless they activate an alert for help Users can alert the University emergency response team by activating the app on their smartphone and by pressing either one of three alert button options (Emergency, First Aid or Help). The location of the user is then sent to security personnel who can coordinate to provide the necessary help, quickly and effectively. As the system is privacy protected, a user's location will never be shared, unless they activate an alert for help, within designated zones. The SafeZone app also enables people who are working alone or out of hours, for example in a research laboratory, to check in with the campus response team by activating a ‘check-in’ feature on the app which then sends their location and ID to campus response. Cross-country incident management In addition, SafeZone can be used in emergency situations or critical incidents by emergency response teams to issue information and updates to users. Furthermore, in the event of a critical incident overseas, the SafeZone app will allow the university campus emergency response team to check in with all registered users, account for their whereabouts and liaise with the relevant emergency services in the affected country. President of Dublin City University, Prof Brian MacCraith said, “Staff and student well-being and safety is of the utmost importance and the SafeZone technology further enhances both of these for staff and students across our campuses and while overseas, travelling, studying and working at other institutions. DCU is now a multi-campus environment and, by deploying SafeZone in conjunction with our existing campus emergency response team, it will enable us to respond, even more effectively and efficiently to students and staff who may need emergency support.” The use of this technology in conjunction with our campus emergency response team, will further enhance the DCU experienceSafe learning environment DCU Student Union President Niall Behan said, “We are pleased that DCU has become the first university in Ireland to use SafeZone, across all of our campuses and also for staff and students studying and working overseas. The use of this technology in conjunction with our campus emergency response team, will further enhance the DCU experience.” Glenn Farrant, Chief Executive Officer, CriticalArc, noted, “DCU is the first customer in the Republic of Ireland to demonstrate a visionary approach to safety and security by adopting SafeZone. As well as creating a safer learning environment for students and staff, SafeZone offers DCU a raft of benefits including boosting competitive advantage to prospective students, supporting international research and teaching as well as streamlining day-to-day activities.”
Biometric technology company Zwipe is proud to announce that Rose Bruford College, London’s International Drama School of Theatre & Performance has chosen Zwipe Access as the preferred solution for the prestigious school’s security needs both for students and staff. The deployment of the Zwipe biometric solution was secured by Kodit Security, Zwipe’s distribution partner and systems integrator in the United Kingdom. Integrated biometric access control Speaking on the selection of Zwipe Access, David White, Facilities Manager at Rose Bruford said, “The reason we chose Zwipe Access for our educational institution is that it is such a cost-effective migration to biometric access control which fits in perfectly with our existing system hardware and software platform.” Kodit Security specialises in electronic and physical security systems and has an extensive client network in the UK. Commenting on the deployment, Jack Reyner, Managing Director at Kodit Security said “Kodit Security UK has always maintained a very strong relationship with Rose Bruford College spanning over 15 years. Zwipe was the most obvious and easiest way to upgrade the institution’s current systems without the cost of upgrading existing infrastructure. The issue we had come across with other biometric solutions was the high cost involved with upgrading readers and software, if not the entire system. When we realised how simple and cost-effective it would be with the Zwipe biometric access card, we grasped the opportunity. The support we receive from Zwipe is unparalleled and having worked with other solutions providers in the past, nothing else even comes close to what Zwipe can offer.” Expanding deployment in education sector Commenting on the order John Laws, Zwipe’s Director of Sales EMEA said, “We are very pleased that Rose Bruford College has selected our solution and are very happy to be working with such a great partner in the UK, Kodit Security. We see the education sector as an ideal use case for Zwipe Access, as it allows institutions to integrate biometric access control in a quick and cost-effective manner with existing infrastructure, either for the entire premises or for secure areas such as labs and data centres. We have seen great interest throughout Europe, and are currently making progress to secure deployments with several other universities.”
Milestone XProtect, the leading open platform IP video management software (VMS), was selected to provide a 24-hour video security solution to protect a unique Pablo Picasso exhibit at the Tomie Ohtake Institute in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Tomie Ohtake Institute The Tomie Ohtake Institute covers 2,300 square meters, divided into seven gallery areas. For the Picasso exhibit, two large galleries measuring 300 square meters each were used. According to the systems integrator, the security objective for the Picasso exhibit was to make sure that there were no surveillance camera blind spots of the exhibit space. Since its opening in 2001, the Tomie Ohtake Institute has been recognised as one of the few places in Sao Palo specially designed—architecturally and conceptually—to host national and international exhibitions of visual arts, architecture, and design. “The Tomie Ohtake Institute is very popular among Brazilians. In 2014 alone, the Institute welcomed more than 1.3 million visitors to 210 art exhibits," said an integrator representative. "In this case, we carefully studied the location to determine the best plan for implementing a video monitoring and security system." Milestone solutions The Milestone XProtect VMS securely managed, displayed, and recorded video data for live, real-time monitoring, and stored video for the forensic review of events. The Milestone Mobile client enabled remote viewing of video images on iOS or Android mobile devices, in addition to the user interfaces using computers with high-speed Internet. The Picasso exhibit's total video security solution included the Milestone XProtect VMS, Milestone XProtect Smart Client, Milestone Mobile client, and Axis 3007-PV panoramic network cameras. The integrator also installed an Allied Telesis PoE Switch and SPEEDY fibre optic technology. The staff in charge of operating the system was provided with detailed user training and a general course on the use of video security. "Thanks to this total surveillance solution, there were no incidents during the Picasso exhibit,” said the integrator. "The system helped prevent problems and created a safe and secure experience for everyone who attended.”