Pulse Secure, the provider of software defined secure access solutions, announces that growing demand for hybrid IT and Zero Trust Secure Access, resulted in double digit deal volume growth in the first half of 2019. Additionally, the company announces significant achievements in product innovation, channel programs, customer service and talent acquisition. “Our sales growth demonstrates that we offer the most flexible and robust platform for Secure Access. We are ideally positioned to ca...
Connected Technologies LLC, maker of the award-winning patented Connect ONE integrated cloud-hosted security management platform, has boosted the capacity of its Access Expander to handle up to 100,000 users. Prior to developing this new programming capability the Access Expander handled up to 10,000 system users, depending on the panel manufacturer’s integration. Integrated access control Connect ONE allows security dealers to offer home automation with integrated access control Connec...
The Milestone Technology Partner Program, which formalises a high level of cooperation between Milestone and manufacturers such as Hanwha Techwin, comes with a rich set of benefits and well-defined requirements. The main objective of the Program which has three levels, with ‘Platinum’ being the highest, is to ensure that mutual end-user clients are able to achieve maximum value from their video surveillance systems. Video surveillance solutions “We are delighted to be acknow...
Driven by technology developments such as voice recognition, smart devices and the Internet of Things, our homes are getting “smarter” all the time. Increasingly, we expect our residential environments to be responsive to our voice commands, whether we are adjusting a thermostat, turning on a light, or lowering the window shade. Smarter home integration yields new opportunities and challenges for home security, too, which contributes an element of safety and protection to the conveni...
Genetec Inc., globally renowned technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, has announced that it is now offering multiple FICAM-(Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management) certified options for its Security Center Synergis access control system. Personal Identity Verification In a market that has been traditionally weighed down by limited solutions that are often proprietary, these new options offer non-proprietary, open-a...
Advanced Access is celebrating its Gold Partner status with Comelit UK to provide bespoke security for future-proof smart door entry solutions. Specialist access control and door entry distributor, Advanced Access works closely with Comelit, introducing its customers to innovative security systems including its stylish audio and visual door entry, latest technology. Advanced - Comelit partnership Says Sam Wade, Advanced Access UK Sales Manager, “For more than 10 years Advanced Access ha...
Digital Barriers and Capita have announced that they have signed a global strategic partnership to integrate their full suite of technology solutions, including live facial recognition with Capita’s control room solutions for emergency services. Facial recognition tech integration The agreement will see Digital Barriers’ ultra-low bandwidth live video streaming, body-worn camera, video analytics and live facial recognition technology integrated with Capita’s control room solutions for the emergency services, critical responders and national infrastructure providers. It will also be integrated with Capita’s digital evidence management platform. The collaboration means that facial recognition results can be shown in control rooms alongside other information The collaboration means that facial recognition results can be shown in control rooms alongside other information, and ultra-low bandwidth streaming will provide new ways to view emergencies from the control room, making the job of operators easier and ensuring the right resources are sent to help. Edge-intelligent solutions Under the terms of the agreement, Digital Barriers’ edge-intelligent solutions, which are already used by government and commercial organisations in more than sixty countries, will be made available through Capita’s global network. Digital Barriers will also promote Capita’s ControlWorks and VisionDS control room offerings via its own channels. Digital Barriers - Capita partnership Paul Eggleton, Managing Director of Capita Secure Solutions and Services said, “We are very excited to be signing this agreement with Digital Barriers. The integration of this technology with our portfolio truly sets us apart in being able to offer the best facial recognition technology to our customers around the world.” Zak Doffman, CEO of Digital Barriers added, “This is the perfect time to partner with Capita as there is strong demand from law enforcement for technological advancements that promote officer safety and efficiency. We look forward to working in close collaboration to further accelerate our international growth.”
Expansion of the Aqua-Pivotal collaboration delivers comprehensive security for application development and production environments on PCF. Aqua Security, global platform provider for securing container-based and cloud native applications, has announced the public release of Aqua Security’s runtime protection for Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF). Users of Pivotal’s platform can download and install the Aqua Security for PCF service from Pivotal Services Marketplace, and deploy an end-to-end solution for scanning, application assurance and runtime protection for their application workloads. Cloud Foundry Application Runtime PCF includes a widely deployed distribution of Cloud Foundry Application Runtime (CFAR) and allows customers to implement the same application platform on any major vendor’s cloud, on premises or in a hybrid model. “No matter where they began their journey with Pivotal, enterprises routinely begin pushing code into production faster and more frequently with our platform. Therefore, application security checks must be accessible within the deployment pipeline in order to scale safety and compliance,” said Angus MacDonald, GM Technology Ecosystem at Pivotal. Aqua Security for PCF service “Solutions such as Aqua provide the automation and controls necessary. Together, we hope to make the task of implementing end-to-end security simpler for our customers," Angus further states. Aqua Security for PCF is offered in two tiers – standard and advanced protection. The standard tier allows users to: Scan their applications for vulnerabilities during the Continuous Integration process Provision policies to block unauthorised applications during the staging phase Scan and monitor application or container artifacts for vulnerabilities, malware, and user activity Apply host assurance policies for application or container artifacts Aqua’s advanced protection tier includes all of the standard features with an added layer of security, allowing users to: Detect and block unapproved changes to running application workloads Monitor and control application activity based on customised policies View application network connections and apply firewall rules that whitelist authorised connections Leverage granular audit trails of access activity, scan events and coverage, application activity and system events Advanced runtime protection component Aqua Security for PCF installs natively as a Buildpack (containing the languages and services used by the app) Aqua Security for PCF installs natively as a Buildpack (containing the languages, runtimes, libraries, and services used by the app), and the advanced runtime protection component is implemented as a Bosh add-on, protecting all Pivotal Application Service apps without requiring any manual changes or individual re-deployments of Aqua per application. “Since introducing scanning for Pivotal Cloud Foundry last year, we have seen tremendous interest in the PCF platform at some of our largest customers”, said Upesh Patel, VP of Business Development for Aqua. “As they progressed in their application rollouts, they are now looking to protect their production-grade applications as well, and we are pleased to deliver the complete Aqua solution for Pivotal Cloud Foundry today.” Pivotal customers can get Aqua Security for PCF directly from the Pivotal services marketplace.
Reliance High-Tech, the independent security technology integrator and provider of lone worker protection services, has announced that it has relocated its headquarters to a new state-of-the-art facility in Station Road, Bracknell, from its previous site in Winnersh, Berkshire. The move follows a highly successful 12 months for the company and highlights its intention to significantly grow its operation and market share. The new offices offer more flexibility, a great new working environment for the company’s valued employees and convenient transport links by both road and rail for customers and partners. To showcase the company’s growing range of services, the facility boasts a purpose-built boardroom and customer innovation area, which invites visitors from a diverse array of vertical sectors to learn how Reliance High-Tech can help them achieve their security objectives in comfortable surroundings. Siloed security systems and integrated solutions Having a headquarters that allows us to further develop our strategic offering is vital as we move forward"Reliance High-Tech works with the very best technology partners in order to assist customers on their journeys from disparate, siloed security systems to fully integrated IT based solutions and, with the new innovation area, visitors now have the opportunity to see these first-hand. The company also runs its management, finance and sales functions from the new site, where its newly appointed sales director, Tom Clarke, will also be based. “The move to this new head office indicates our intention to rapidly expand the company’s success across key target areas with an absolute focus on supporting the changing needs of our customers,” commented Alistair Enser, Reliance High-Tech’s chief executive officer (CEO). “As a specialist niche integrator, with a strong interest in key technologies and helping customers navigate and gain incremental value through the fast changing and converging landscape of security, we operate at the cutting edge of service provision. Having a headquarters that allows us to further develop our strategic offering is vital as we move forward.”
Milestone Systems recently received the Security Equipment Approval from the Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA) of Dubai. SIRA is a government body regulating the security industry in the Emirate of Dubai, providing protection to the community using preventive security systems and precautionary measures. Video Guard security system Video Guard, an initiative by SIRA is specialised in monitoring security cameras in buildings, in the case of a problem or dysfunction. The video guard system will monitor security cameras in Dubai and provide direct notification to SIRA Clients and system maintenance companies. If VSS faults are detected, an alert is sent to user and service provider by email and SMS for immediate action. This program will make sure that all cameras are operating as per expectations and regulations. Based on a true open platform, Milestone XProtect shows its endless integration possibilities The Milestone XProtect Corporate, XProtect Expert and XProtect Professional+ video management software (VMS) are the first major VMS’ to be officially approved from SIRA. Based on a true open platform, Milestone XProtect shows its endless integration possibilities and strengths to embed third-party applications and business systems through the Milestone Integration Platform (MIP). Milestone Husky X8 NVR The Milestone Husky X8, a high performing network video recorder offering astonishing performance and extreme reliability, has also been certified by SIRA. This seal of approval is very important, as it helps customers identify solutions which live up to the UAE authorities’ requirements and the standards defined by SIRA. Milestone Systems is a globally renowned provider of open platform video management software; technology that helps the world see how to ensure safety, protect assets and increase business efficiency. The open platform technology enables the most extensive global partner community and drives collaboration and innovation in the development and use of network video. Reliable, scalable solutions In the Middle East since 2008, Milestone is a global company with reliable and scalable solutions that are proven in more than 150,000 sites worldwide. Since every installation is different, Milestone software is highly adaptable and can accommodate the changing needs of any businesses. Through the extensive partner network, customers have the ability to choose the optimal cameras, the best infrastructure and the prime third-party solutions suited to individual and changing needs. This provides the industry’s broadest knowledgebase only a local call away – important in distributed installations covering large geographic areas.
Comelit Group and Salto Systems have announced a state-of-the-art integration to enable a unique door entry and access control solution, operated via simple-to-use mobile app technology. Salto Systems is a Spanish company founded in 2001 with one objective: devising a world-class access control system simple to use and extremely efficient. Now, Salto has become one of the world’s top manufacturers of electronic access control system, the perfect partner for Comelit. Salto KS integrated App The Italian security specialist, known for its high specification solutions, has invested in creating the integration with Salto’s exclusive KS cloud-based access control system, following successful collaboration work with two UK leading property development companies. The Salto KS integrated App offers audio and visual functionality for building entrances and apartment doors The Salto KS integrated App, compatible with all leading smart phone and tablet technology and tailored to provide push notifications, offers audio and visual functionality for building entrances and apartment doors, to control all aspects of door entry. This includes providing remote, real-time access whilst not on site for deliveries and visitors, alongside communicating with concierge services. Home security Says Francesca Boeris, Managing Director Comelit Group UK, “With the way apps are delivered and maintained changing, home security is now everyone’s responsibility. What Comelit and Salto have delivered with this significant integration is future proof technology that paves the way for users to stay connected to their home.” “Our teams in the UK and Italy and Salto crew have worked closely together right from the initial design to maximise the opportunities with Salto’s KS cloud-based services and enable push notifications. But we know it’s only the first step. We are already working closely on next phases and further third-party integration, to strengthen Comelit’s position as the market leader in cloud technology. Comelit door entry system “We are incorporating more into our app capability and anticipating solutions that keep people powered and protected wherever they are, fitting today’s mobile-connected lifestyles.” The integration is now complete, offering each Resident the ability to manage and control the Comelit door entry and Salto access control from the Salto KS App. First phase, the app is now being specified into over 4,000 new apartments being planned for development.
Pivot3, global provider of intelligent infrastructure solutions, has announced the Virtual Security Operations Center (Virtual SOC), designed to address the need for security teams to access client workstations running video surveillance and other related systems in multiple locations without using expensive, dedicated client workstation hardware. Virtual Security Operations Center With the Pivot3 Virtual SOC, security teams can now get fully functional security workstation capabilities With the Pivot3 Virtual SOC, security teams can now get fully functional security workstation capabilities – including video surveillance, access control, PSIM, and other security-related systems – on more devices, more securely and more cost effectively than desktop workstations. Mission-critical security environments require remote and immediate access to video and other security data coming from cameras and devices at multiple locations to improve incident response times and situational awareness. Processing integrated security data Until now, however, these type of security operations centers have relied on dedicated, expensive physical workstations to process video streams and integrated security data, which require extremely high levels of compute power and exposes data to potential unauthorised access. Furthermore, physical workstations lack critical fail-over and high availability capabilities and are cumbersome to manage and administer. The Pivot3 Virtual SOC delivers fully functional client workstation capability to any device including low-cost thin/zero clients, remote client PCs and laptops, video walls and mobile devices. Replacing expensive graphics-enabled workstations with flexible, secure thin- and zero-clients reduces upfront capital equipment costs and on-going maintenance and management expenses. Data and cyber security The Pivot3 Virtual SOC works with any video management software, regardless of brand Video data is stored and secured in the Virtual SOC’s central storage system while only a secure, encrypted desktop image is streamed to the remote device, ensuring that all sensitive information remains protected and secured at the central host site. This also enables the security team to share video with outside agencies and organisations in a more immediate, secure and bandwidth-efficient fashion. The Pivot3 Virtual SOC works with any video management software, regardless of brand. “Security teams must have the ability to access video and related systems securely on any device, including mobile clients, to facilitate a faster and more intelligent response to an incident,” said Brandon Reich, Vice President, Security and IoT, Pivot3. Incident management “The Pivot3 Virtual SOC delivers virtualised video workstation capability that provides better security, faster remediation and a rich mobile experience for enhanced situational awareness and provides compelling economics since it eliminates the need for expensive, dedicated workstations.” Organisations with distributed locations such as university, corporate, and medical campus environments, airports, safe cities, casinos, entertainment complexes, and correctional facilities all benefit from high-performance, virtual security workstations to provide real-time insight in the event of an incident. Mission-critical security environments A security manager or agency can leverage the Pivot3 Virtual SOC to deliver real-time, fully functional security systems to any mobile device in use by distributed security personnel, reducing their risk through better situational awareness and faster response. Pivot3’s intelligent hybrid cloud and IoT solutions provide security, resilience and management simplicity “Within mission-critical security environments, organisations require a scalable and easy-to-manage solution that maintains the integrity of mission-critical video and data,” said Todd Brown, President, Affinitech, Inc. “The Pivot3 Virtual SOC exceeds all expectations by delivering a cost-effective replacement for physical workstations, improving ROI while increasing operator visibility.” Intelligent hybrid cloud, IoT Pivot3’s intelligent hybrid cloud and IoT solutions provide security, resilience and management simplicity at scale for customers’ mission-critical environments. Powered by the industry’s only Intelligence Engine, Pivot3 automates the management of multiple, mixed application workloads, delivers industry-leading performance at scale, eliminates unplanned downtime and reduces the cost of traditional IT infrastructure by half or more.
The industry faces numerous challenges in the coming year. Physical and cyber security threats continue to become more complex, and organisations are struggling to manage both physical and digital credentials as well as a rapidly growing number of connected endpoints in the Internet of Things (IoT). We are witnessing the collision of the enterprise with the IoT, and organisations now must establish trust and validate the identity of people as well as ‘things’ in an environment of increasingly stringent safety and data privacy regulations. Meanwhile, demand grows for smarter and more data-driven workplaces, a risk-based approach to threat protection, improved productivity and seamless, more convenient access to the enterprise and its physical and digital assets and services. Using smartphone apps to open doors Cloud technologies give people access through their mobile phones and other devices to many new, high-value experiencesEnterprise customers increasingly want to create trusted environments within which they can deliver valuable new user experiences. A major driver is growing demand for the ‘digital cohesion’ of being able to use smartphone apps to open doors, authenticate to enterprise data resources or access a building’s applications and services. Cloud technologies are a key piece of the solution. They give people access through their mobile phones and other devices to many new, high-value experiences. At the same time, they help fuel smarter, more data-driven workplace environments. With the arrival of today’s identity- and location-aware building systems that recognise people and use deep learning analytics to customise their office environment, the workplace is undergoing dramatic change. Improved fingerprint solutions Cloud-based platforms and application programming interfaces (APIs) will help bridge biometrics and access control in the enterprise, overcoming previous integration hurdles while providing a trusted platform that meets the concerns of accessibility and data protection in a connected environment. At the same time, the next generation of fingerprint solutions will deliver higher matching speed, better image capture quality and improved performance. The next generation of fingerprint solutions will deliver higher matching speed, better image capture quality and improved performance Liveness detection will ensure that captured data is from a living person. Biometrics authentication will also gain traction beyond access control in immigration and border control, law enforcement, military, defence and other public section use cases where higher security is needed. Flexible subscription models Access control solutions based on cloud platforms will also change how solutions are deployed. Siloed security and workplace optimisation solutions will be replaced with mobile apps that can be downloaded anywhere across a global ecosystem of millions of compatible and connected physical access control system endpoints. These connections will also facilitate new, more flexible subscription models for access control services. As an example, users will be able to more easily replenish mobile IDs if their smartphones are lost or must be replaced. Generating valuable insights with machine learning Machine learning analytics will be used to generate valuable insights from today’s access control solutionsEducation, finance, healthcare, enterprise, and other niche markets such as commercial real-estate and enterprises focussed on co-working spaces will benefit from a cloud-connected access control hardware foundation. There will be a faster path from design to deployment since developers will no longer have to create an entire vertically integrated solution. They will simply add an app experience to the existing access control infrastructure. New players will be drawn to the market resulting in a richer, more vibrant development community and accelerated innovation. Data analytics will be a rapidly growing area of interest. Machine learning analytics will be used to generate valuable insights from today’s access control solutions. Devices, access control systems, IoT applications, digital certificates and location services solutions, which are all connected to the cloud, will collectively deliver robust data with which to apply advanced analytics and risk-based intelligence. As organisations incorporate this type of analytics engine into their access control systems, they will improve security and personalise the user experience while driving better business decisions.
For those of you old enough to remember, video matrix switchers were once the heyday of surveillance camera control. These cumbersome antiques were at the heart of every major video surveillance system (CCTV at the time) in premier gaming properties, government installations and corporate industrial complexes. They required more physical labour to construct and configure than perhaps the pyramids – maybe not – but you get the picture. And then digital video made its way in to the market and everything changed, transforming the physical demands for camera control and management from a hardware-centric to a software driven process. We’ve come a long way in a few short years, and the borders that once defined IT and security continue to diminish, if not disappear completely There’s no doubt that this migration also presented significant challenges as many security professionals often struggled with all things IT and software programming being one of the industry’s soft spots. Fortunately, we’ve come a long way in a few short years, and the borders that once defined IT and security continue to diminish, if not disappear completely. However, the complexities of today’s VMS functionality can be intimidating for anyone tasked with installing one of these systems given all of the user-defined options available from the simplest camera sequencing and bandwidth allocations to mobile management and enterprise level integration. This is where truly advanced VMS solutions need to shine on both the operations and the design/build sides of the equation. Smart VMS design There are more solutions products labelled “VMS solutions” out there than ever before. The issue is the fact that many of these “solutions” really don’t fall into the category of a true VMS by today’s standards but offer basic camera and NVR control. No doubt that there is a place for such software programs in the market. However, VMS solutions from the likes of OnSSI and other industry-leading companies offer distinct and superior management and control capabilities for demanding security and business intelligence applications. Perhaps of equal importance, these top-tier VMS solutions incorporate provisions for installers, so they have a clear and easier implementation path. OnSSI offers VMS solutions with smart camera drivers Here are seven attributes that can assist with the design and implementation of an advanced VMS solution: 1) Open architecture platform We need the ability to easily integrate with other systems and scale for future developments and physical system growth The ability to easily integrate with other systems and scale for future developments and physical system growth is largely dependent on a systems platform architecture. Here’s where VMS solutions with open architecture provide a distinct advantage. Open-architecture solutions expand functionality by facilitating greater integration between multiple systems and components. This not only makes VMS solutions with open architecture easier to implement, it makes them extremely cost-efficient by eliminating the need for proprietary solutions. Open architecture systems also provide adherence to industry standards such as ONVIF and PSIA, as well as compression formats such as H.265 and MJPEG, and help ensure system integration and support of an extensive range of manufacturers’ cameras and off-the-shelf hardware. Be wary of VMS solutions with limited camera manufacturer support. 2) Simple licensing processes and pricing Camera licenses and pricing is always a touchy subject, as any misunderstanding of a specific VMS solutions’ licensing terms can prove to be costly after the fact. And it often seems that some VMS suppliers have gone to great lengths to complicate the process as to obscure actual Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Perhaps the most direct, simple and straightforward camera licensing and pricing method is to have one license per IP address used by each camera/encoder on multi-channel devices. These should be perpetual licenses with no required annual fees or subscriptions. Additionally, the licensing agreement should be all inclusive without added fees for multiple clients, failover servers, active directory support, I/O devices, redundant management servers, technical support or security patches and updates. 3) Mixing and matching camera license types The ability to mix and match different camera license types within the same system helps facilitate a seamless and simple migration of new and pre-existing systems with minimal downtime or interruption in operation. The ability to mix and match camera licenses not only saves valuable design and installation time, it can provide considerable savings when integrating large, multi-tenant systems. Mix and match capabilities also allow system designers to apply specific feature sets to specific groups of cameras to best leverage functionality and budgets, as well as providing the flexibility to implement an on-site, virtual, or cloud-based VMS solution, without any additional cost. 4) Auto camera detection and configuration Another VMS set-up feature that eases the install process is the ability to forego device registrations or MAC address requirements Another VMS set-up feature that eases the install process is the ability to forego device registrations or MAC address requirements. This functionality allows installers to instantly locate cameras on the network and configure them centrally so they can easily replace older cameras while seamlessly retaining video recorded from them. The auto detection capability should also include the ability to detect and import CSV files, which can then be stored and used to configure camera templates for future camera installation profiles. 5) Smart camera driver technology VMS solutions with smart camera drivers offer valuable assistance during system implementation, and any time new cameras are added to the network or replace older models. Manufacturer-specific smart camera drivers expand the range of model-specific static drivers. Instead of storing the device’s information (codecs, resolutions, frame rates, etc.) statically, a VMS with smart camera drivers queries devices for their capabilities using the manufacturers’ proprietary protocol. All that is required for configuration is that the camera is available on the network. Smart camera drivers eliminate the need to wait for model-specific drivers or installation of driver packs, allowing for newly released cameras to be used immediately. Network security is an area where leading VMS suppliers like OnSSI have ramped up development efforts to stay ahead of hackers 6) Importance of network security Network Security is perhaps the greatest challenge faced by industry professionals today Network security is perhaps the greatest challenge faced by industry professionals today. This is an area where leading VMS suppliers like OnSSI have ramped up development efforts to stay ahead of hackers. New security developments to look for include TLS 1.2 encryption protocols for camera-to-server communications (SSL 3.0 supported for older cameras), as well as server-to-server communications. Additional safeguards to consider include: randomised video databases with no camera identification information to secure recorded data; support for Active Directory authentication; AES encryption between servers and clients; and AES encrypted exporting. 7) Automatic updates Regardless of the supplier you select for your VMS solution, they should be consistently providing new updates and security patches on a frequent if not regular basis. Keeping up with these updates can be a burden and are often overlooked leading to system failures and breeches. Advanced VMS solutions now feature automatic update service checks on a system-wide basis, eliminating the need to manually update individual servers and devices. This ensures that your VMS system always has the latest drivers, fixes and updates which assures overall security while reducing TCO. So next time you’re getting a demo of the latest and greatest VMS solution, remember to ask what it offers in terms of design and implementation tools. Half the battle with new technologies is getting them installed and working properly. Without the right tools to accomplish these critical first steps, all the functionality in the world will do you little good.
Consolidation persisted in the physical security industry in 2018, and big companies such as Motorola, Canon and UTC continued to make moves. Also among the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) news in 2018 was a high-profile bankruptcy (that ended well), continuing consolidation in the integrator market, and the creation of a new entity called “LenelS2.” Here’s a look at the Top 10 M&A stories in 2018: 1. Motorola acquires Avigilon Motorola Solutions announced in February that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire video surveillance provider Avigilon in an all-cash transaction that enhances Motorola Solutions’ portfolio of mission-critical communications technologies. Avigilon products are used by a range of commercial and government customers including critical infrastructure, airports, government facilities, public venues, healthcare centers and retail. The company holds more than 750 U.S. and international patents. 2. UTC Climate, Control & Security buys S2 Security UTC Climate, Controls & Security agreed in September to acquire S2 Security, a developer of unified security and video management solutions. UTC subsequently combined S2 with its Lenel brand to create LenelS2, “a global leader in advanced access control systems and services” with “complementary strengths.” 3. Costar Technologies acquires Arecont Vision after bankruptcy Arecont Vision, the provider of IP-based megapixel camera and video surveillance solutions, announced in July that the acquisition by Costar Technologies, Inc. of its assets had been approved by the bankruptcy court. After the closing of the sale, the company began operating as Arecont Vision Costar, LLC and is part of Costar, a U.S. corporation that designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes a range of products for the video surveillance and machine vision markets. 4. Allegion acquires access control company ISONAS Allegion plc, a security products and solutions provider, agreed in June to acquire ISONAS through one of its subsidiaries. ISONAS’ edge-computing technology provides access control solutions for non-residential markets. ISONAS' devices – like its integrated reader-controllers – utilise power over ethernet, making them easy to install and cost effective as they utilise existing customer infrastructures. The company is based in Boulder, Colo. 5. HID buys Crossmatch for Biometrics HID Global announced that it had acquired Crossmatch, a provider of biometric identity management and secure authentication solutions, from Francisco Partners. Crossmatch’s portfolio of products includes biometric identity management hardware and software that complement HID’s broad portfolio of trusted identity products and services. 6. BriefCam announces acquisition by Canon BriefCam, a global provider of video synopsis and deep learning solutions, announced its acquisition in May by Canon Inc., a global digital imaging solutions company. The addition of BriefCam to Canon’s network video solutions products portfolio complements the Canon Group’s previous acquisitions of Axis Communications and Milestone Systems. 7. Allied Universal acquires U.S. Security Associates Allied Universal, a security and facility services company, finalised its acquisition of U.S. Security Associates (USSA) in October, further building on its position in the security services industry. This acquisition includes Andrews International (including its Government Services Division and Consulting and Investigations and International Division) and Staff Pro. 8. Johnson Controls acquires Smartvue Corp. Johnson Controls announced in April that it had acquired Smartvue, a global IoT and video provider that empowers cloud video surveillance and IoT video services. The addition of the Smartvue cloud-based video platform will enhance Johnson Controls’ offering of an end-to-end, smart cloud-based solution that can provide superior business data and intelligence to customers and added value to partners. 9. ADT acquires Red Hawk Fire & Security (and others) ADT Inc.’s acquisition of Red Hawk Fire & Security, Boca Raton, Fla., was the latest move in ADT Commercial’s strategy to buy up security integrator firms around the country and grow their footprint. In addition to the Red Hawk acquisition, announced in mid-October, ADT has acquired more than a half-dozen security system integration firms in the last year or so. 10. Convergint Technologies continues to acquire Convergint Technologies announced in August the acquisition of New Jersey-based Access Control Technologies (ACT), bringing further electronic security systems experience to Convergint's service capabilities. Convergint has strategically grown its service footprint across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific through strong organic growth and the completion of 18 acquisitions since early 2016. And it continues: Convergint announced acquisition of SI Technologies, Albany, N.Y., in November and Firstline Security Integration (FSI), Anaheim, Calif., in December. (And Convergint itself was acquired in February by private equity group Ares Management.)
The devil is in the details. The broader implications of the U.S. Government ban on Chinese video surveillance manufacturers are being clarified in the federal rule-making process, and a public hearing in July gave the industry a chance to speak up about the impact of the law. Ban on equipment The hearing centered on Section 889 of Title VII of the National Defense Authorisation Act (NDAA) for FY 2019, specifically paragraph (a)(1)(B). The paragraph "prohibits agencies from entering into a contract (or extending or renewing a contract) with an entity that uses any equipment, system, or service that uses covered telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part of any system." “Covered equipment” refers to products and services from Huawei, ZTE Corp., Hytera, Hikvision and Dahua “Covered equipment” refers to products and services from Huawei Technologies Co., ZTE Corp., Hytera Communications Corp., Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co. and Dahua Technology Co. Hikvision and Dahua are two of the largest manufacturers of video surveillance equipment, and Huawei manufactures HiSilicon chips widely used in video cameras. ‘Chinese ban’ provision The public hearing was part of the rule-making process for paragraph (a)(1)(B), which the industry has informally referred to as the “blacklist” provision of the NDAA. However, the “Chinese ban” provision [Paragraph (a)(1)(a)] is not at issue, was not covered by the public hearing, and is already scheduled to go into effect a year after the law was signed by President Trump (August 13, 2018). There were seven presentations at the public hearing. Presenters included the Security Industry Association (SIA), two Hikvision integrators, a representative of communications manufacturer Hytera, an economist and an attorney on behalf of telecommunications company Huawei, and Honeycomb Secure Systems, a federal contractor. There was no livestream or transcription of the meeting, although PowerPoint summaries of the 10-minute presentations were published. SIA emphasises on clarity In its presentation, the Security Industry Association (SIA) emphasised that contractors need clarity, i.e., that paragraph (a)(1)(B) applies to an entity's use of covered equipment or services in the performance of federal contracts, but NOT to non-federal sales or use of covered equipment by a contractor that is unrelated to federal work. SIA also focused on the distinction (and contrasting risk profiles) between video surveillance equipment, which are endpoint devices that may or may not be on the Internet, and telecommunications equipment. In contrast, telecommunications equipment is essential to Internet infrastructure and manages all data on a network, encrypted or not. Fully-compliant video surveillance products Security equipment suppliers and integrators doing federal work can offer fully compliant video surveillance products" SIA's presentation included the following "outcome" statement: "Security equipment suppliers and integrators doing federal work can offer fully compliant video surveillance products in the federal market, while offering other products tailored to technical requirements, price points and specific customer needs that vary widely for non-government commercial sectors – e.g. malls, banks, convenience stores, etc.” In other words, involvement in government contracts should not restrict an integrator’s flexibility to offer any and all products and services (included those from the listed Chinese companies) to non-government customers. The two integrators made similar points, specifically about their business with Hikvision. One presenter was Rick Williams, General Manager of Selcom, a systems integrator in Selma, Ala., with 10 employees. They have been a Hikvision partner since 2012 with a year-to-date revenue from Hikvision products of approximately $400,000. Hikvision integrators speak out A second integrator at the hearing was Mark Zuckerman of Clear Connection Inc., a security company in Beltsville, Md., with 32 local employees, that focuses on electronic security, telecommunications and IT. Clear Connection designs, installs and services systems throughout Metro DC and Baltimore, including commercial entities, schools and non-profit organisations. They do about $120,000 a year in business as a Hikvision partner and have over $500,000 in business awaiting federal NSGP [Nonprofit Security Grant Program] approval. In two almost identical presentations, the integrators sought clear guidance on how to comply with the language of the law as written, specifically confirmation that Section 889 of the NDAA does not apply to non-federal sales or use of covered equipment. "This is critical to my company as I provide integrated security solutions across multiple government and commercial markets, using a mix of products from different manufacturers tailored to the technical requirements, price points and customer needs that vary widely for each sector," said Williams. Hytera speaks at hearing It is not clear what Section 889 means, who it applies to, or how far its prohibitions extend" "It is not clear what Section 889 means, who it applies to, or how far its prohibitions extend," commented Zuckerman. "If interpreted broadly, some of my customers would be barred from entering into a federal contract because they have covered products installed in their facility to protect their property and staff.” Also presenting at the hearing was Hytera, a manufacturer of open standard digital mobile radio technology. The presentation emphasised that Hytera does not sell to U.S. telecommunications carriers, and does not supply 5G components or video surveillance equipment. Hytera equipment is used by federal customers such as the National Gallery of Art, National Archives, National Zoo and the Holocaust Museum. Impact on clients and commerce "These federal entities do not play a role in national security, and the Hytera systems do not connect to any critical systems," says the company. "However, the lack of clarity in the implementation of the NDAA has a significant impact on Federal, state and commercial clients, impacting competition and choice." Hytera's presentation continues: "Hytera has never been informed by any U.S. government entity that its equipment posed a national security risk and as such has not been given the opportunity to respond to any concerns. The result of Section 889 is the creation and circulation of misinformation in the marketplace." Hytera also said that the federal proposed rules and regulations should exempt federal agencies that do not include a national security component, and equipment not interconnected with the public network. Impact on cybersecurity Consolidating the number of equipment suppliers hinders rather than helps cybersecurity" James E. Gauch, an attorney with James Day speaking on behalf of Huawei, offered a global argument that could be applied to any of the banned companies: “Virtually all equipment manufacturers rely on a global supply chain and face security risks from a wide range of sources, excluding may be one or two vendors based on their national origin will not address these risks.” He adds, “However, consolidating the number of equipment suppliers hinders rather than helps cybersecurity. Creating a small number of dominant suppliers, regardless of national origin, reduces the incentives of those suppliers to embrace industry-leading standards and creates greater exposure to vulnerabilities of a single supplier.”
Physical security has been stuck in a forensic and siloed mindset for decades, while the rest of the enterprise has evolved and transformed into proactive, connected operations. A new security management platform based on artificial intelligence (AI) seeks to change that status quo by using modern tools for unification, analytics and controls. AI-based security management “Security teams are managing more moving parts than ever,” says Clayton Brown, Co-Founder of ReconaSense. “As it stands today, the industry can’t keep pace with the digital transformation and the ‘smart’ movement. Physical security must transition from forensic security to proactive, risk-adaptive security.” ReconaSense says the company is changing the physical security industry with AI-based technology and a risk-adaptive approach ReconaSense says the company is changing the physical security industry with AI-based technology and a risk-adaptive approach. “We’re focused on making security integrated, adaptive and proactive,” says Brown. The flagship product, ReconAccess, is a risk-adaptive physical access control system. It controls who can go where, when, in a building. Taken a step further, ReconAccess analyses risk to prevent an authorised person from entering a room if there is a danger or threat present. It also can spot abnormal activity that may warrant further investigation, i.e., insider threats. ReconAccess unification security solution ReconAccess is part of a unification platform that includes geospatial AI, mobile apps and analytics. ReconaSense helps organisations to mitigate risk effectively in two ways. First, the system pulls in data from disparate systems into a unified language. And then, it enables users to proactively identify risk and threats before they become issues. “We provide actionable guidance and unprecedented visibility so that they can implement appropriate controls for quick remediation and risk mitigation,” says Brown. In general, ReconaSense will improve life safety, future-proof physical security, and provide enhanced situational awareness, he says. Application programming interfaces (APIs) By creating a database translation layer through application programming interfaces (APIs), ReconaSense normalises diverse data into a common language, or database. Previous unification platforms have presented data from different systems into a common presentation layer. ReconaSense goes deeper by extracting, transforming and loading these diverse languages into a common format for humans and machines alike to understand what is going on across their operation in real-time. ReconaSense was honoured with the Security Industry Association (SIA) New Product Showcase Award for Access Control Software at ISC West 2019 Security and risk unification The ReconaSense security and risk unification platform integrates and translates siloed data across systems, devices and applications into a common language, which makes it easier to focus on what matters most and keep risk at bay. “We can change permissions in real time based on any individual behavior or environment,” says Brown. “Being able to assess risk on both sides of the door enables organisations to not only improve security but also improve life safety. We are also positioned to detect insider threats and to streamline operations overall.” Security and data integration ReconaSense provides a common operating picture integrating all the incoming security and relevant data across an organisation ReconaSense provides a common operating picture integrating all the incoming security and relevant data across an organisation. The security intelligence platform can detect early warning signs and abnormal events and implement remediation actions swiftly. The platform can more deeply integrate 3rd-party data systems, analyse and score the data for risk trends, and then activate changes with a native access control system based on this intelligence. ReconaSense works with traditional security integrators as its exclusive channel. They are actively adding more dealers to the network. At this point, distribution is not on the roadmap, but could be beyond the current horizon as the industry matures. Intelligent approach to physical security "The market is ready for the new technology", says Brown. “We must continue to educate integrators and end users on the need to move to a more proactive, intelligent and integrated approach for physical security,” he says. “We have to help demonstrate that AI is not as scary or far away as you think. It’s here today.” In one year, ReconaSense expects to grow its team and partner network significantly and to be deployed in a variety of sites across North America. The current team consists of technologists, engineers, IT and physical security experts and data scientists. ReconaSense is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and has a technology center in New York.
After a period of rapid international expansion, the next step for Ajax Systems is to set deeper roots in each market and become more sustainable. The manufacturer of wireless security equipment will continue to extend the range of Ajax products and capabilities by responding to local requests. Smart home management options and automation scenarios will be a significant focus for the next year. Wireless security equipment The systems are resistant to false alarms, regularly update over the air Established in 2011 in Kyiv, Ukraine, Ajax Systems produces wireless security equipment for end users and small-medium-sized businesses. Ajax is a complete eco-system. The devices are ready to work out of the box. There are 24 devices for protecting residential and commercial properties from intrusion, fire, and floods as well as a set of automation modules. Users treat them as gadgets that make their homes smarter. Ajax wireless systems are easier to maintain, configure, and monitor for installers as well as for security companies, according to Ajax. The systems are resistant to false alarms, regularly update over the air, and can be easily expanded to cover premises of any size. IoT-based security systems “Our IoT-product approach to security systems, gadget-like industrial design, and user-friendly interfaces disrupted the market in 2016,” says Valentine Hrytsenko, Chief Marketing Officer at Ajax Systems. “After receiving global recognition in the security market, the company grew 80-fold.” Today, Ajax IoT-based security systems protect more than 200,000 people in 80 countries around the world from break-ins, fires, leaks and other threats. “Our mission is to reshape security and make it a common attribute of every household,” says Hrytsenko. Ajax wireless systems are easier to maintain, configure, and monitor for installers Ajax smart technology Ajax smart technology features a combination of reliable hardware and intelligent software. A proprietary Jeweller two-way radio protocol allows placing devices at a distance of up to 2000 meters from the hub in an open space. The system is encrypted, resistant to jamming and code grabbing. Ajax detectors feature false alarm-preventing algorithms: Haze Flow, ZOE, LISA, SmartDetect. The hubs run on a real-time operating system, Malevich OS that processes the commands and sends the alarms. Ajax Cloud service helps to control the system from anywhere in the world using native apps. Easy and seamless installation Ajax features system scalability, flexible management of administrative rights"Easy installation facilitates Ajax on-boarding. The company says 67% of Ajax users purchase additional security devices within the first six months. And an average system configuration consists of nine items. “We focus primarily on the residential, small and medium-sized businesses,” says Hrytsenko. “In the residential segment, Ajax covers the needs to detect break-ins, prevent fires and floods. Ajax devices are visually appealing to fit any home and business interior seamlessly. For the small and medium-sized business, Ajax features system scalability, flexible management of administrative rights, informative notifications, professional maintenance software, as well as integration of the security camera streams for centralised monitoring.” Route-to-market approach Ajax Systems’ route-to-market approach is two-fold. First, they develop strategic partnerships with the local professional security equipment distributors in each country. From the distributors, Ajax equipment goes to the installers, system integrators, security companies, etc. In addition, Ajax seeks to build brand recognition and actualise the concept of security by weaving it into the daily routine of a general audience. “We form a good understanding of their security needs,” says Hrytsenko. As with any new technology, there is an adoption curve for both B2B and B2C clients. Thus, the educational challenge is persistent for Ajax from country to country. Ajax Systems’ route-to-market approach is two-fold Wireless security systems “On a professional market, new products are often met with understandable suspicion,” says Hrytsenko. However, a huge misconception is that user-friendly equipment is either hard to customise or unreliable. Not true, he says. After testing in five accredited laboratories, Ajax devices successfully earned Grade 2 certification for compliance with the requirements of the international standard EN50131-1:2006. Grade 2 is the highest reliability grade a wireless security system can get.
Health services and their funding have long been in the news, with social care and mental health coming in for particular attention. Both of these core areas are seeing a growing need for their services. While nationally this is a problem, there is good news in East Anglia with the opening of the 16 bedroom Samphire Ward at Chatterton House, a new acute care mental health facility in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. The build comprised of a refurbishment of two redundant wards linked to create one modern compliant 16 bed facility at a cost of £4m which is operated by North and West Norfolk Care Group, part of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT). NSFT provides inpatient and community-based mental health services in both Norfolk and Suffolk. It is also commissioned to provide in some of its localities, learning disability services, along with other specialist services including medium and low secure services and wellbeing. Continuim access control system Many of these sites use a legacy building access control system called Continuim The new facility is one of many sites across Norfolk and Suffolk that fall under management of the trust. Managing over 4,000 staff and controlling over 1500 access controlled doors across multiple sites. Many of these sites use a legacy building access control system called Continuim which is a bolt on module to Trend BMS, where all doors on this system are required to be wired on-line. Several years ago the trust wanted a more modern contactless access control solution for their facilities in Norfolk and Suffolk. They specifically wanted a solution that offered cost savings by not having to wire all doors. SALTO access control was chosen for fitting to new and refurbishment projects, with a view to possibly retro-fitting the new solution across all the existing sites on a rolling upgrade basis as time and future budgets allow. SALTO access control solution Security and Infrastructure Manager for the Strategic Estates department at the trust, Paul Evans, says “By choosing SALTO the trust were able to specify a mix of online and offline equipment. The cost saving for offline equipment enables the trust to specify more internal offline doors to become controllable as part of the access control system, thus giving us greater flexibility and security for our facilities.” Evans continues “Given the nature of our work and that some of our service users can have really challenging behaviour issues, it is vital that for their safety and that of the staff, we are able to control access simply and easily yet securely into and around the many different areas of the ward, the administration area and indeed the rest of the rooms in the building.” Contactless smart access control Reduced-ligature hardware working with contactless smart access control was needed in the user areas A standard off-the-shelf access control solution was not suitable as reduced-ligature hardware working with contactless smart access control was needed in the user areas together with anti-barricade doors, vision panels, automatic lockdown abilities, locker locks and a host of other special items and so we wanted a company with specialist experience in this field to carry out the supply and installation.” After going out to a competitive open tending process, local security specialist and certificated SALTO partner AC Leigh, based in Norwich, won the contract to secure the new facility. One of their lead designers, Simon Clarkson, worked with Paul and his team to design and deliver the system. Central monitoring system Clarkson, Health and Safety Director at AC Leigh says “We listened to what Paul and his team needed and especially how they wanted to manage and control the building and delivered a completely focused solution that allows central administration of the facility using hardware and software from SALTO Systems as the core of the solution.” On-line wall readers are used to control access into and around the building and these have been installed on main entry points, alongside bedroom doors and in ‘airlocks’ to control access from one area to another. SALTO slave control units Paul Evans says, “The latest SALTO online CU4200 control units were used on this project where data can be shared to SALTO slave control units via a single master control unit. This reduced the load on the already exhausted IT infrastructure which has meant that more online doors can be added to the SALTO system.” Bedroom doors are all fail secure with mechanical key override and are also anti-barricade. The facility has the bespoke ability to operate a standard 8 male, 8 female bedroom configurations. However, the trust wanted the flexibility to extend either male or female bedrooms to 10 bedrooms. This was achieved by two swing corridor doors. Electro-magnetic locks In standard operation, these powered swing doors are held open with electro-magnetic locks In standard operation, these powered swing doors are held open with electro-magnetic locks. In their swing scenario a key switch can be operated which releases the hold open magnet and energises the SALTO system powering a separate electronic locking device on the door. This enables the trust to easily maintain the required gender separation within the bedroom areas. Paul Evans comments “AC Leigh were able to configure the required solution easily and train the staff in its operation accordingly.” Aelement Fusion smart locks Other doors are fitted with Aelement Fusion smart locks. AC Leigh worked closely with the trust to design and manufacture special reduced ligature handles and reader covers to ensure that ligature points were reduced in conjunction with DHF technical specification TS001:2013 enhanced requirements and test methods for anti-ligature hardware. “The consultation between AC Leigh and the trust took several months with multiple prototypes being presented to the trust for approval.”, Evans says, adding “After looking at all the various options, the trust is happy that the best solution for this type of battery operated offline door has been chosen and installed at Chatterton house.” He also confirms that the bespoke design would be used as their preferred solution on future projects for this type of door. XS4 Mini locks Meanwhile in staff areas XS4 Mini locks are fitted. In open common areas, lockers are equipped with smart XS4 locker locks enabling each service user to have a secure storage place for their individual personal items. To operate the various doors, staff use their smartcard ID badges to gain access while service users use wristbands to access their bedroom, locker and certain permissible doors. SALTO SPACE electronic locking Tying all this together is SALTO SPACE a flexible, fully integrated electronic locking and software platform Tying all this together is SALTO SPACE a flexible, fully integrated electronic locking and software platform that enables operators to effectively manage every door and user access plan on-site via powerful web-based access control management software. Audit trail information from the doors is held for 31 days before deletion in accordance with the trust data policy. Simon Clarkson concludes “The client needed precise tailoring of access levels and the SALTO access control solution has empowered them with an intuitive, easy to use but adaptive system. The use of this standalone largely battery operated access control system will provide significant cost savings over the years to come compared with other systems, and will deliver a reduction in engineer call-outs and simplify system administration making for a long term secure and reliable access control solution for the trust.”
Siemens Mobility and globally renowned mission critical communications (MCX or MCC) enabler, Softil have jointly announced an agreement that will see a range of next generation communications solutions come to market for use in Long Term Evolution-Railway (LTE-R) railways as well as Mission-Critical Push-To-Talk (MCPTT) metro applications like underground/tram buses, etc. Siemens Mobility adopts Softil's BEEHD client framework to bring best-of-breed mission critical communications solutions to LTE-R rail networks; solutions will also support the UIC's FRMCS strategy to build a Global Rail Traffic Management System for the entire rail industry MCX solutions The MCX solutions will support the Future Railway Mobile Communications Systems of the UIC The MCX solutions will support the Future Railway Mobile Communications Systems (FRMCS) of the International Union of Railways (UIC) to build a Global Rail Traffic Management System (GRTMS) for the entire rail industry, bringing significant economic and operational benefits and efficiencies to operators in the process. "The rail industry is at the forefront of the mission-critical communication revolution and GSM-R based systems have already been replaced by LTE-R solutions in Asia Pacific (APAC) and the trend is expected to widen across other markets in 2019/20," says Pierre Hagendorf, Softil's CEO. "With Softil's BEEHD client framework at the heart of Siemens Mobility's next generation LTE-R offerings, the rail industry will have a range of supremely reliable solutions packed with rich communication features." The new radio system for the Railway industry has to guarantee the interoperability with GSM-R while delivering on these three main areas: Critical communications - Secure voice communication between driver and signaller, provision for emergency and group calls, real-time video imagery for any occurring incidents and the intelligent bearer for European Train Control System (ETCS) and Automatic Train Operation (ATO) operation; Performance communications - Track condition monitoring, Connected Driver Advisory System (C-DAS), on-train telemetry, maintenance of non-critical infrastructure, non-critical real-time video, wireless communication for on-train-staff; Business communications - passenger information system, passenger entertainment and passenger communication connections. Siemens Mobility will enable existing GSM-R users to develop a migration plan that will enable all of the above. BEEHD client technology LTE-R is the foundation for the railway variant of the 3GPP MCC over LTE/5G (MCPTT) standard "The rail industry is facing unprecedented challenges in handling increasing numbers of passengers and freight traffic loads," says Russell Clarke, General Manager, Mobile Communications at Siemens Mobility. "After careful analysis of market options, Siemens Mobility chose Softil's BEEHD client technology as the outstanding Software Development Kit (SDK) for our developers to build best-of-breed LTE-R communications solutions for the rail industry in the shortest timeframe." LTE-R is the foundation for the railway variant of the 3GPP MCC over LTE/5G (MCPTT) standard. What sets the LTE-R technology apart from the currently used GSM-R is that it brings the full power of broadband networks including voice, video, text, images, location and more and not just simple voice. LTE-R technology The Softil BEEHD framework is LTE-R compatible and will enable Siemens Mobility's solutions to deliver stable voice as well as data communications on trains running at speeds in excess of 400km/h. LTE-R technology makes possible live tracking of a train and transmitting railroad information to engine drivers, and also enables multimedia-based group calling and SMS services on top of voice call services. Additionally, real-time group/individual communication is made possible between train engineers and control centers. BEEHD IP communications solution is a cross-platform framework designed for system integrators BEEHD IP communications Softil's BEEHD IP communications solution is a cross-platform framework (SDK) designed for chipset vendors, device manufacturers, system integrators, application developers and service providers looking to accelerate the development of IP-based voice and video over LTE (VoLTE, ViLTE and MCPTT/MCX) solutions. The quality of the award-winning SDK is unmatched within the communications industry and BEEHD was proven to satisfy all required key performance indicators (KPIs) set by the 3GPP MCX standard, as well as often even stricter KPIs required by global carriers and service providers.
Modern office design needs an advanced access control system that is powerful, flexible and aesthetically in tune with workspace users and their needs. At Plexal, a new £15 million flexible work environment located in the heart of Olympic East London, where the city’s ‘innovation community’ meet to brainstorm and explore new ideas, Aperio achieves all the three virtues wirelessly. At Plexal enterprise and academia work together, with technology companies, start-ups, universities and creatives under one roof. Up to 800 entrepreneurs use the workspace to devise, create and launch products and services. Innovative access control solution Easy, non-disruptive installation of new locking devices was another goal: Plexal preferred a wireless solution Plexal required a tried-and-tested access control solution they could rely on for high-end security to protect this new co-working office against unauthorised intrusion and burglary. Easy, non-disruptive installation of new locking devices was another goal: Plexal preferred a wireless solution. Any chosen solution would need the flexibility to expand access control as Plexal’s site scales over time. Device aesthetics must complement a contemporary, light-filled interior design with lots of glass. Powerful, flexible, wireless connectivity Plexal offices are now fitted with Aperio wireless, access card-based locking technology. Plexal’s battery-powered Aperio locks are integrated with DoorFlow, NetNodes’ online platform for managing and auditing building access. So far, 59 Aperio L100 wireless high-security door locks have been installed and integrated online with DoorFlow. These Aperio locks provide Plexal with a high level of physical protection and transmit door status to DoorFlow in real time. Adaptable locking solution Plexal required an adaptable locking solution for a range of different doors and, with no wiring required" “Plexal required an adaptable locking solution for a range of different doors and, with no wiring required, it was quick and easy to install Aperio with minimal disruption,” says Stewart Johnson, Director at NetNodes. Because Aperio locks are battery- rather than mains-powered, the new wireless solution also keeps Plexal’s maintenance costs and energy consumption low. Aperio wireless locks use no power when idle, only “waking up” to read credentials or maintain a system heartbeat. Annual running cost savings over traditional wired doors are significant. Modern locking device design Aperio aesthetics were a good fit for Plexal’s modern workspace. “We have a futuristic-style, open-plan design here at Plexal — our offices are predominantly glass-fronted, so we needed an effective design which was not only robust but adaptable, too,” says John Herbert, Facilities Manager at Plexal. “What really appealed to me about ASSA ABLOY access control’s products was the aesthetic.” Aperio technology integration And because Aperio technology is built on an open platform for integration with almost any security or building management system, Plexal’s access control solution is fully future-proofed. They have the option to expand to new offices, floors or even buildings easily. Aperio can upgrade mechanically locked doors and wirelessly connect them — online or offline — to new or existing access control systems. This is achieved with minimal modification to doors and premises, offering a simple, cost-effective security upgrade. Aperio can upgrade mechanically locked doors and wirelessly connect them to new or existing access control systems Wireless access control “Should any additional doors need to be added to the system in the future, this can be done easily, without modifying or changing the aesthetics of the environment,” confirms Stewart Johnson. “This also minimises future installation costs, offering a cost-effective and straightforward access control upgrade.” “We foresee change in the not-too-distant future and are delighted at our options to modify,” adds John Herbert. Secure physical and digital access ASSA ABLOY's innovations enable safe, secure and convenient access to physical and digital places, offering efficient door opening solutions, electronic locking devices, trusted identity solutions and entrance automation technologies.
AlertEnterprise Inc., the physical-logical security convergence software company, announced that its Airport Guardian software has been selected by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) as the new Identity Management and Credentialing System (IMCS) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Airport Guardian cyber-physical security software will be deployed to deliver a new level of converged security, identity and access intelligence, and enhanced customer experience across IT, physical and OT systems. “At LAWA, we work hard to provide a high level of safety, security, and service for our customers, communities, and stakeholders,” said Aura Moore, Deputy Executive Director - CIO of LAX. “We’ve selected AlertEnterprise software as our new Identity Management and Credentialing System for its integrated, configurable, and futureproof design. This new system will enable us to improve security, enhance customer experience, minimise risk, and proactively enforce compliance for many years to come.” Ensuring real-time compliance With Airport Guardian software, LAX will be able to streamline and automate their entire badge lifecycle processWith Airport Guardian software, LAX will be able to streamline and automate their entire badge lifecycle process, from application to badge printing, and access provisioning. By automating core processes with role-based workflow and active policy enforcement, the airport can ensure compliance in real-time, which helps to eliminate costly auditing efforts. The deployment of Airport Guardian software will include a secure, web-based portal that will enable LAX personnel to manage employees, vendors, and visitors across their enterprise landscape. Applicants and Authorised Signatories will be able to start, save, and submit applications, including requesting access to critical areas that require additional approval. Streamline application processes With built-in schedule management, Airport Guardian software will help the LAWA Badge Office streamline application processes and enhance customer experience, including reduced wait times, and application status visibility to applicants and authorised signatories. The aviation content pack features DACS, STA, CHRC, Rap Back, and LMS integrations as part of the Airport Guardian software Airport Guardian software includes an aviation specific content pack comprised of Tenant Management, Incident Management, Asset Governance, built-in airport compliance, industry reporting, badge auditing, and process automation best practices. The aviation content pack features DACS, STA, CHRC, Rap Back, and Learning Management Systems (LMS) integrations as part of the Airport Guardian software. Airport Security Awareness training The Airport Guardian software’s powerful LMS integration feature is designed to assist LAX administration teams in tracking and enforcing mandatory training for personnel including active shooter, Airside Vehicle Operating Permit, and Airport Security Awareness training. “LAX is one of world’s premier and busiest airports, and we are thrilled that they have selected AlertEnterprise as part of their security modernisation and digital transformation,” said Ruby Deol, AlertEnterprise Chief Operating Officer. “Our game-changing approach of converged cyber-physical security is helping to make airports and critical infrastructure around the world more secure while creating a positive workforce and customer experience.”
ASSA ABLOY Project Specification Group, a unit of ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland, has partnered with ColladoCollins Architects to leverage the benefits of its Openings Studio BIM software to make significant time and cost savings on the former Shredded Wheat factory project. The project, a thriving new commercial and residential development based in Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire, will consist of over 643 units and more than 7,100 doorsets. Encompassing a sensitive refurbishment of former Shredded Wheat factory buildings, the project is part of a huge development that includes over 1,200 units in total. Opening Studio BIM software Openings Studio is a BIM software tool that was developed to significantly improve the process of door scheduling Using ASSA ABLOY’s Openings Studio software, ColladoCollins has been able to save weeks of time and manpower when specifying and managing ironmongery schedules for the project. Openings Studio is a BIM software tool that was developed to significantly improve the process of door scheduling, visualisation and more. Users are able to focus on the design, installation and management of door openings – all within an information-rich environment. Easy door installation and management Specifying as many as 7,100 doorsets can be an extremely time-intensive task. Using traditional methods, information would be provided in countless separate schedules and documents, which would require a Revit operator to manually create and update, with someone else to then check for errors. Then, as the project develops, information may become out of date and therefore require individual doors to be flagged up and re-sent for advice. The time and manpower that goes into this process is not only inefficient, but also ineffective, with the prospect of human error still a prominent possibility. Software integration For these reasons, ColladoCollins began to work closely with ASSA ABLOY Project Specification Group to integrate Openings Studio with their own Revit model, allowing the firm to be able find all the relevant information and ironmongery schedules in a single place, delivered in one document. Martin Russell, Project Leader at ColladoCollins, comments: “Moving to BIM was a natural progression for us, and as market leaders, ASSA ABLOY was the obvious choice to assist us.” Integration of door hardware ASSA ABLOY's inputs have vastly improved the integration of door hardware within the former Shredded Wheat Factory project"“Utilising the advice from Eric Spooner, BIM Manager at ASSA ABLOY, as well as the Openings Studio software itself, we have managed to free up our team from tirelessly working through door hardware schedules. This means we can focus on architecture and aesthetics, knowing the specification and integration of the ironmongery is in hand and will seamlessly feedback into the project within the allotted timescales. “The information and advice provided by ASSA ABLOY has vastly improved the integration of door hardware within the former Shredded Wheat Factory project. With a project of this size, sharing information can be quite a task – from large file sizes to sourcing relevant information. The prompts from Openings Studio make transforming information clear, concise and generally easy to follow. BIM software tools “At ColladoCollins, we pride ourselves on designing and delivering high quality buildings with a sensitive, sustainable approach, utilising a strong design ethos with a strong technical background whilst understanding the commercial challenges facing our clients. Openings Studio enhances our ability to provide this service and we would seize the opportunity to work with ASSA ABLOY on similar projects in the future.” Eric Spooner, BIM Manager at ASSA ABLOY, adds: “As Openings Studio flags up any queries and automatically updates in live time, it is easy to see any discrepancies and changes within the schedules. By re-sharing the model information, it then also allows us at ASSA ABLOY to view the changes and feedback to architects – allowing us to work in close collaboration at every stage of a project.”
The University of Birmingham educates over 30,000 students, with more than 6,000 doors providing access to student accommodation. Gallagher’s integrated access control solution is responsible for providing operational continuity and creating a safe and secure environment for residents. The University recently completed its new state-of-the-art student accommodation development, Chamberlain, which consists of a 19-storey tower and three low-rise blocks. An essential requirement was an integrated access control system, reducing the need for keys. Timothy Owen, General Manager of Student Accommodation at the University says, “We wanted to move away from using keys as students are prone to losing them and trying to manage thousands of locks and associated keys was a constant administration and financial drain.” In order to minimise the complexity of managing a new system, the University required a solution that integrated with, or was an extension of, their existing campus access control and accommodation management systems. “We need to maintain control over access to our buildings, while ensuring a duty of care to our residents and staff so that they can go about their business as required,” says Timothy. “Fundamentally, we needed a system that gives both us and our resident’s confidence in the security of the accommodation.” Gallagher Command Centre, together with the Aperio wireless locking technology, was selected as the University’s choice Aperio wireless locking technology A large and complex estate with buildings of different construction and age, the University needed a solution that was flexible enough to accommodate their unique requirements. Gallagher Command Centre, together with the Aperio wireless locking technology by ASSA ABLOY Access Control, was selected as the University’s preferred choice, meeting their security needs in a cost effective way while still delivering to the overall specification. Timothy says, “The completion of our new state of the art Chamberlain development was extremely close to the date of the first student arrival, so the team had to be dedicated and work flexibly to ensure it was ready in time – which it was.” Gallagher Command Centre integration The Gallagher Command Centre integration allows for the access key and student ID to be combined into one card, offering a number of benefits to both students and staff. Previously the accommodation arrival process required students to arrive at the University with their contracts and queue up so that a member of staff could sign them in manually and hand them the keys to their accommodation. From there students could head to their room. “Arrivals is always a busy time but with the help of the Gallagher solution we’ve not only improved the student experience but also the administration process,” says Timothy. “Now the student ID and accommodation key is encoded on to one card so it can be posted out in advance and access to the room automatically granted via the accommodation management system. Students no longer need to queue for keys, can get to their rooms instantly, and spend more time enjoying their arrival experience.” Secure, authorised access control The simple act of swiping an access card automatically checks the student in and an attendance report can be instantly generated The simple act of swiping an access card automatically checks the student in and a report can be generated to show who has arrived and who hasn’t, allowing staff to follow up accordingly. If the room is no longer required it can be quickly and easily re-allocated to another student, resulting in improved occupancy rates. Using Gallagher Command Centre together with the University’s accommodation management system allows staff to check on the well-being of students by monitoring the use of their access card. Student security and tracking The University also houses students under the age of 18, and one of the safeguarding requirements is that the University can monitor their whereabouts on a daily basis. Timothy adds, “This can be difficult to achieve with many students to track, but Gallagher Command Centre can easily confirm the time and location of our resident’s last door access, providing peace of mind that students who may be uncontactable are in fact on site.” University staff are also seeing positive improvements since the installation of the new system – particularly at the start of the year. The arrivals process is now less congested and more relaxed. The team have far fewer issues than with physical keys, enabling them to spend more time on the overall student experience. Since the installation of the first 800 bedrooms at Chamberlain, the University has already extended the system by a further 900 at Mason, with plans in place for an additional 1500 bedrooms this summer. Combined access and student ID card “Replacing keys with a combined access and student ID card has reduced our operational costs as we now have far fewer keys to purchase and store,” explains Timothy. “The student experience has improved and staff are now free to deal with urgent matters and offer a more personal service. We can easily create reports to help us audit access and have generally provided a much more modern and secure place to live and work.”
Round table discussion
In the digital age, software is a component of almost all systems, including those that drive the physical security market. A trend toward hardware commoditisation is making the role of software even more central to providing value to security solutions. Software developments make more things possible and drive innovation in the market. We asked this week's Expert Panel Roundtable: How do software improvements drive physical security?
What is a business, or an industry, but a collection of people and the results of their work? People make all the difference in the destiny of a business or industry. And the people involved in a business reflect the impact of demographic changes – and the passage of time. The security industry has been largely built by Baby Boomers, who are getting older and increasingly stepping aside to make way for younger folks. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: Is there a “new generation” of employees and managers entering the physical security marketplace, and what will be the impact?
The year ahead holds endless promise for the physical security industry, and much of that future will be determined by which technologies the industry embraces. The menu of possibilities is long – from artificial intelligence to the Internet of Things to the cloud and much more – and each technology trend has the potential to transform the market in its own way. We tapped into the collective expertise of our Expert Panel Roundtable to answer this question: What technology trend will have the biggest impact on the security market in 2019?