Suprema, a provider of biometrics and security, announces that the company will showcase GDPR-ready enterprise access control solutions at Security Essen 2018 including its latest range of biometric readers, multi-band RF card readers, mobile credentials and access control software platform. At the show, Suprema will introduces BioLite N2, the world's best performing outdoor fingerprint terminal. BioLite N2 is designed for both the enterprise access control systems and time attendance applicati...
Code Blue Corporation, the industry pioneering manufacturer of emergency communication solutions, has named John Plooster its Director of Enterprise Solutions. Emergency communication networks Plooster will be responsible for leading Code Blue’s new Enterprise Solutions department, which will work with security integrators and information technology teams to design, implement and support sophisticated emergency communication networks. This includes combining Code Blue platforms like Emer...
Integrated security manufacturer TDSi will be introducing its new GARDiS software to the European market at Security Essen 2018 in Germany. Mica Negrilic, International Business Development Manager at TDSi commented, “We are proud and very excited to be appearing at Security Essen 2018, where we will be formally introducing our GARDiS software to the European market. Whilst we usually visit the bi-annual show, this the first time we have had a formal presence at the event for a few years...
In a proactive response to the increasing convergence of the physical security and professional A/V industries, XtraSales, Inc., a manufacturer’s representative serving the professional / commercial security sector, and On the Road Marketing, a professional A/V manufacturer’s representative firm serving manufacturers in the commercial Audio & Video industry, have announced a strategic alliance. Sophisticated security systems Demand for integrated and sophisticated security syst...
Axis Communications, Citilog and Genetec converge at ITS World Congress 2018 to showcase best-of-breed technology that is making roads safer, smarter and more sustainable Axis Communications, the market provider of network video technology, will be showcasing alongside Citilog and Genetec a best-of-breed traffic management solution to help ease congestion and identify traffic collisions in real-time at ITS World Congress 2018. The event, which takes place Copenhagen, is one of the most importan...
Vigitron, global manufacturer of complete networking solutions, announces an integration platform for its line of network switches with the SeeTec Cayuga Video Management Software. The integration will allow for status checking and health monitoring of connected devices to Vigitron’s network switches that are operating on the VM software by the German SeeTec GmbH. Working in conjunction with Vigitron’s unique ability to monitor connected devices and automatically establish reconnect...
PureTech Systems announces its latest capability, which provides for automated dispatch of a security drone to an alarm location. The alarm can originate from sensor sources capable of providing a location including PureActiv geospatial video analytics, radar, acoustic buried/fence sensor, UGS, access control, contact alarm, and user input. High resolution cameras, excellent stabilisation measures, lighter materials and better battery life have combined to make drones efficient surveillance platforms. PureTech System’s has leveraged these technology advancements along with its industry video analytics and flagship geospatial management system to provide automated security response that includes drone dispatch, flight path guidance to the alarm location, continuously updated drone location and camera Field-of-View on the GIS map, and live video from drone mounted cameras. Dispatch-Drone-to-Alarm features Automatic drone stand-off distance and altitude calculation for fixed camera payloads to ensure view of target, as well as, the ability to maintain target Other key features of the Dispatch-Drone-to-Alarm include: Takeoff / Return – Fully automated drone start, take off and return. Flightpath Guidance – Automatic upload of waypoints to direct the drone to the event location. The integration also allows for flight plan changes and waypoint additions after initial dispatch. Live Video – Live streaming video to the PureActiv geospatial video management system (VMS) during all stages of the mission. Full support of both visible and thermal camera feeds, including recording, playback and forensic review. Target Detect & Monitor– Automatic drone stand-off distance and altitude calculation for fixed camera payloads to ensure view of target, as well as, the ability to maintain target in the camera view via drone heading control. PTZ Control – if outfitted, remote PTZ control in hover mode. Drone Position Tracking – Drone location tracking and route display on map-based VMS. Drone Status Indication –Operator display of real-time drone status and health condition. Security surveillance tool “Recent technology advanced have made drones a very attractive security surveillance tool, providing an additional layer of automation, detection and response,” notes Eric Olson, PureTech Systems vice president of marketing. we envision to be a robust technology roadmap, utilising PureTech Systems’ patents related to airborne operation and detection from moving platforms “This integration, allowing for the automatic dispatch of a drone or UAV to a security event, is the first step in what we envision to be a robust technology roadmap, utilising PureTech Systems’ patents related to airborne operation and detection from moving platforms, our know-how in sensor integration, use of geospatial methods, deep learning and further evolution of drone technology to bring remote security and automation to the next level.” Five-hour endurance The first integration was performed with The Perimeter, a hybrid gas-electric multicopter drone from the company Skyfront. The Perimeter, which boasts a record-breaking five-hour endurance and 100+ mile range, will be featured with PureTech Systems’ dispatch-to-alarm capability at customer demonstrations taking place concurrent with this release. “The combination of the Perimeter drone and PureActiv video management system is a cost-effective, scalable, and fundamentally better way to secure very large installations. Property owners can have eyes on the ground at the site of a breach, miles away, in less than five minutes. We look forward to demonstrating this solution to customers with PureTech Systems,” says Troy Mestler, CEO of Skyfront.
Lenel, a provider in advanced security systems, offers an extensive set of new features and utilities with the introduction of OnGuard version 7.5. The enhanced OnGuard 7.5 access control solution deepens Lenel’s focus on unification, mobility, cybersecurity and cloud compatibility with platform updates, including enriched browser clients and a next-generation visitor management suite - all adding to its already substantial capabilities. Lenel is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. “OnGuard 7.5 delivers on all fronts – as a more unified, cybersecure, mobile- and cloud-based solution, providing today’s value-added resellers and end user customers with the advantages they demand from an enterprise security solution,” said Jeff Stanek, general manager, Lenel. “When OnGuard 7.5 is deployed in the cloud, onsite server hardware can be eliminated while software installations and updates can be reduced.” OnGuard 7.5 visitor management suite Updates to the OnGuard Monitor alarm management client deliver a unified mobile experienceThe OnGuard 7.5 visitor management suite now includes a new browser-based client, which delivers a concierge-like experience, enabling front desk attendants to utilise mobile devices to manage and engage with visitors, capture their photos and even print badges on the spot. Updates to the OnGuard Monitor alarm management client deliver a unified mobile experience that includes alarm, video and device management. By using OnGuard Monitor with video, security and other personnel can move between desktop and mobile devices while maintaining situational awareness, more important than ever in today’s workplace. A customisable layout, featuring live and recorded video linked to alarms or devices, enables users to view and personalise their monitoring environment. Cloud-based deployment Cybersecurity enhancements new to OnGuard 7.5 include support for third-party authentication solutions, providing a wide range of identity verification options for users logging into OnGuard via the OpenID Connect standard. For OnGuard internal user accounts, new rules have been added for enhanced password complexity and expiration. And OnGuard’s new Hardening Guide helps optimise installation and maintenance practices to guard against vulnerabilities. OnGuard 7.5 users have the option to subscribe, rather than buy licenses, for these services Cloud-based deployment is supported through Microsoft Azure Active Directory and the Microsoft SQL Server. OnGuard 7.5 users have the option to subscribe, rather than buy licenses, for these services. Additional OnGuard 7.5 enhancements include: Lenel Console 2.0, a clean, modern icon-based interface providing end users with a single launching point and centralised login for all Windows and browser-based clients across the OnGuard system. OnGuard Users client, a new browser-based tool enabling system administrators to perform user management and maintenance across multiple platforms including mobile devices. Support for the new Lenel X Series intelligent system controllers offering a Linux based hardware platform with USB connectivity for configuration or network support with 256-bit encryption upstream as well as downstream. Enhancements to OnGuard Visitor Self Service (an iPad app) enabling printing of check-in times and host names on visitor badges.
G4S, the global integrated security company, introduces the G4S Security Risk Management Model, a risk-based, data-driven approach to oversee enterprise security management. G4S helps businesses learn how to mitigate risk through a suite of software tools developed in partnership with industry experts and Georgia State University’s Center for Process Innovation. To build this tool, G4S went outside the security industry and worked with an academic partner, the Georgia State University Center for Process Innovation, to help them look at the issue from a completely new perspective. Using an Effects-Based Design planning method, G4S developed a comprehensive, consistent, and easy-to-use model that takes security risk management to a whole new level. Through analysing a customer’s risks and evaluating their resources, G4S and its related business units work together to deliver a resolution Security risk management Through analysing a customer’s risks and evaluating their resources, G4S and its related business units work together to deliver a resolution with proven methodology, backed by expertise, experience and research. “Our Security Risk Management Model uses researched-backed tools, combined with our highly trained Risk Management team, to deliver a customised security program that helps our clients prevent, contain and recover from risk,” said John Kenning, Regional CEO, G4S Americas. “We help our clients determine what their risks are and where to focus more resources to improve security.” Potential return on investment Security risk management is the backbone of a security program. It provides a holistic approach to optimising an entire security program, helping to identify obstacles to security risk issues, while providing insights into the potential return on investment. The G4S risk-based approach through the Security Risk Management Model minimises threats by addressing risks in proportion to their size and complexity. G4S works with clients to determine every resource they want to protect, the potential risks to these resources, and possible resolutions to mitigate the risks. After completing the assessment, clients can choose the level of service that fits their organisation’s security risk management needs.
ACRE, a global provider of integrated technology solutions and services, announced that ACRE, Vanderbilt and its subsidiaries, has entered into a strategic alliance with AlertEnterprise to expand and diversify technology options for customers. The AlertEnterprise suite of security convergence software, including its Physical Identity and Access Management (PIAM) solution, combined with the Vanderbilt Security Management Solution (SMS), will offer predictive analytics, compliance and advanced insider threat management capabilities to customers. This combination delivers large-scale enterprises and critical infrastructure customers the most advanced and tightly integrated security solution available anywhere. Providing best-in-class integrated solutions The agreement represents ACRE's vision to provide best-in-class integrated technology solutions and services through valuable partnerships with companies that share the same goals “Functional integration with ACRE and its brands accelerates our goal to provide enterprise-class physical identity and access management solutions to a broad, global market of technically discriminating clients,” said Jasvir Gill, Founder and CEO, AlertEnterprise. “This agreement enables ACRE and AlertEnterprise to cement global leadership in enterprise-class operational environments with advanced state-of-the-art IT-Physical-OT Security Convergence protection.” The agreement represents ACRE's vision to provide best-in-class integrated technology solutions and services through valuable partnerships with companies that share the same goals. By integrating innovative technology with its Vanderbilt and ComNet brands, ACRE ensures the continuous delivery of advanced security technology and networking communications solutions to thousands of customers around the world. Comprehensive approach “Partnering with AlertEnterprise also allows ACRE to offer corporations and critical infrastructure verticals a comprehensive approach to physical identity and access management across the enterprise,” said Ron Virden, COO, ACRE. “Our vision is to better predict threats and provide our customers, through meaningful collaboration, the ability to adopt cutting-edge technology that increases security, visibility and control.”
Boon Edam Inc., a global provider of security entrances and architectural revolving doors, announced they are emphasizing the theme of tailgating in booth #1715 at the GSX (formerly ASIS) exhibition in Las Vegas, NV from September 25-27. GSX is an annual event that brings together 22,000 participants from across the security profession for a week of networking, educational opportunities and discovering the latest security solutions. Boon Edam is also the official turnstile sponsor of the show. Access technologies are critical for granting or denying entry to secure areas within a building. However, these solutions are only effective at mitigating tailgating when coupled with security entrances. This complete solution ensures only one person enters per valid authorisation. The following solutions will be on display in Boon Edam’s booth: Preventing tailgating and intrusion Offering the highest level of security available in an entrance, the Circlelock security portal prevents intrusion into the most sensitive areas such as data centres Tourlock 180+90: The industry’s best-selling security revolving door will feature an AMAG Symmetry card reader to demonstrate access control integration paired with the door’s uniquely high, bi-directional throughput and its ability to prevent tailgating and piggybacking without manned supervision. Circlelock: Offering the highest level of security available in an entrance, the Circlelock security portal prevents intrusion into the most sensitive areas such as data centres. The portal will be configured to demonstrate two-factor authentication: an AMAG Symmetry card reader on the outside of the portal conducts the initial authorisation, followed by an iris scanning technology inside the portal from Iris ID called the iCAM7S Series reader, to confirm identity. Mantrap entrance with two-factor authentication Circlelock Combi: This half-portal solution is the newest entry from Boon Edam. The Combi transforms an existing swinging door into a high security mantrap entrance that prevents piggybacking. It also enables organisations to save on both space and renovation costs. In the booth, the half portal will demonstrate a two-factor authentication scenario: initial authentication using an AMAG Symmetry card reader to enter the portal, followed by facial scanning technology from StoneLock Pro to open the second door. Lifeline Speedlane Swing: The industry’s slimmest optical turnstile will feature a custom, integrated pedestal that incorporates the MorphoWave touchless fingerprint technology from IDEMIA. This solution enables high throughput with the enhanced security of rapid biometric identification, all in a stylish, cohesive design. Integrating card readers and barcode scanners The Boost is suitable for the integration of a variety of access control systems, ranging from card readers and barcode scanners to various biometric devices New! Lifeline Boost: A brand new, stylish access control pedestal designed by Boon Edam to perfectly complement the popular Lifeline optical turnstile series. The Boost is suitable for the integration of a variety of access control systems, ranging from card readers and barcode scanners to various biometric devices. BoonConnect: An IP-addressable, proprietary software system providing diagnostic and configuration tools for the Tourlock security revolving door and Circlelock mantrap portal. Users can remotely access door operations and events using devices such as a tablet, laptop or smartphone via a secured corporate network. Tailgating prize giveaway We’re celebrating our position as the market leader for security entrances, according to a recent report by IHS Markit, with a tailgating-themed prize giveaway. All visitors to GSX are invited to participate by visiting booth #1715 during show hours. Participants have the opportunity to win a variety of prizes that will help them make the most of the upcoming tailgating season: the Big Green Egg grill, a YETI cooler, StubHub tickets and much more. Winners will be selected at random after the exhibition, and an announcement will be made to all participants via email on October 5.
Eagle Eye Networks, the global provider of cloud-based video surveillance solutions, announced a partnership with Arlo Technologies, the pioneer in wire-free surveillance cameras, to combine the Arlo FlexPower Camera System with the Eagle Eye Cloud VMS. This new combined offering provides up to 4 wire-free cameras per Arlo FlexPower Base Station; with as many FlexPower Base Stations as desired connected to Eagle Eye Networks’ commercial grade Bridges or Cloud-Managed Video Recorders (CMVRs). Eagle Eye Cloud VMS is a provider of in cost effective, flexible, and cyber-secure, video surveillance. When installing an Eagle Eye Cloud VMS, a certified technician installs wired or wire-free cameras behind Eagle Eye Networks’ secure ‘CamLan’ network, protected by Eagle Eye Networks’ Bridge or CMVR. This best practice for video surveillance system installation insures maximum protection from predator bots attacking available and unprotected devices on the customer’s primary network. Reliable performance in SME environments Eagle Eye Networks’ global support organisation has experienced and assisted in hundreds of cases where certified resellers and customers have suffered through efforts to operate wireless cameras and off-the-shelf access points in commercial applications. “It is for this reason we are so very pleased to be working with the Arlo team,” stated Dean Drako, CEO of Eagle Eye Networks. “Arlo has a considerable pedigree in understanding the commercial wireless environment and designing solutions which perform reliably in the small or medium business environment.” The Arlo Flexpower Camera System easily integrates the cameras into their Eagle Eye Cloud VMSIn many retail surveillance applications, video customers experience ‘blind spots’ resulting from the inability or cost of getting wires in desired locations. The Arlo Flexpower Camera System enables customers to cost effectively locate high quality, battery powered cameras in blind spot areas and easily integrate the cameras into their Eagle Eye Cloud VMS. Most secure cloud video surveillance Global customers using Eagle Eye Cloud VMS enjoy the benefits of fully managed, regionally stored, redundant surveillance video without concern for cyberattacks and ‘lost video’. The Eagle Eye Cloud VMS user experience is rich with features designed specifically with multi-site, centrally managed users in mind. “We are very excited to partner with Eagle Eye Networks and expand the reach of the Arlo Flexpower product line,” stated Tom Babula, Senior Vice President of World Wide Sales at Arlo Technologies. “As the leader in commercial cloud surveillance, Eagle Eye Networks offers the most secure and extendable cloud video in the industry. With our wire-free system, our two brands can deliver an elegant solution that makes things simple for the customer and dealer.”
HID Global, a worldwide provider of trusted identity solutions, was selected by Skanska, one of the world’s project development and construction groups with operations in Europe and North America, to incorporate HID’s mobile solution for secure access to its new office complex in Warsaw. Powered by Seos, HID Mobile Access improves the user experience and increases security throughout the entire building – from the parking lot and elevators to areas with limited access to the public. Located at 173 Solidarności Avenue in Warsaw, the new Spark office complex is not only the new headquarters of Skanska, but a large part of the 70,000 square-meter office building has also been set aside for other tenants. Because the building is intended to be a mixed-tenant space, it was crucial to restrict access to secure areas from unauthorised visitors. Using smartphones for access The Spark building was designed to enable mobile access so that employees can now use their smartphones to open doors and enter secure areas. Skanska, with help from system integrator Sharry Europe, created a new system for building occupants that integrates numerous building applications, including HID Mobile Access. As a result, all building applications have been incorporated into an integrated mobile app, which marked an advancement in creating a more streamlined and convenient experience for the users. HID Mobile Access enhances the security for accessing our entire building" Both Spark building employees and their guests can now move throughout the building with nothing more than a smartphone, without the risk of them gaining access to restricted areas – unless the proper access rights are granted. When users arrive at the door, they simply tap their iOS and Android devices to an iCLASS SE reader using Near-Field Communications (NFC) or Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and HID’s ‘twist and go’ feature to gain access from a distance. Any changes to the user’s access rights are remotely managed by the administrator through a cloud-based portal. Integrating all building applications into one “HID Mobile Access enhances the security for accessing our entire building. In one application, we have integrated all building applications, such as parking, virtual reception and other Internet of Things functionality, bringing the whole user experience to a new level,” said Renata Nowakowska, Innovation Manager at Skanska. “One of the most pressing objectives for facility managers in smart buildings is to crack the code on how to enable as many building applications and services on mobile devices as possible in order to simplify how occupants move through a facility and interact with building services,” said Hilding Arrehed, Vice President of Cloud Services, Physical Access Control. “Skanska’s integration of HID Mobile Access into their mobile platform is a perfect example of how organisations are leveraging the power of mobile credentials and the cloud to realise the full potential of creating a connected and more intuitive experience for their users, while increasing security at the same time.”
International logistics giant DB Schenker has set benchmarks with its new headquarters in Essen. On 30,000 m² of floor space, the new building offers not only ideal working conditions, but it also features an impressive holistic building, safety and security technology concept from Siemens. All disciplines – room automation, access control, fire and intrusion detection, and video surveillance – are integrated in one central building management platform. Architecturally speaking, the Ruhr region metropolis of Essen continues to reinvent itself. One recent example is the new corporate headquarters of DB Schenker, a leading international logistics provider. In the spring of 2016, the company moved into a new eight-story office building located just a few steps from the city’s main train station. It has 30,000 m2 of floor space for 900 employees. DB Schenker has dubbed the X-shaped, fully gazed structure The Grid. From here, the Deutsche Bahn AG subsidiary manages its logistics network of 700,000 customers worldwide. Desigo room automation controllers With just a glance at the screen, operators can check the status of all the systems, devices and alarm management components – in each of the 431 rooms For its new corporate headquarters, DB Schenker wanted building technology from a single source. The building owners chose the Desigo building automation system from Siemens, a seamlessly integrated solution covering the entire range of building automation – from the field level to room automation to the management level. In addition, the Desigo solution can be adapted to new requirements at any time. The dimensions alone made the job extremely demanding. The system includes 560 Desigo room automation controllers, a DALI lighting control system, shading control for 2,000 blinds, an access control system with 40 Siport readers, a fire detection system with 1,500 detectors, an intrusion detection system with 50 elements, as well as video surveillance equipment. Advanced visualisation of building disciplines All the systems and devices at DB Schenker headquarters are interconnected via the Desigo CC building management platform. All disciplines can be centrally controlled, monitored and optimised from two operator screens. Support for open communication standards also allows the integration of third-party components. Even though DB Schenker uses an escape door control system from a specialised vendor, the doors can be unlocked via Desigo CC. For maintenance, all the fire detectors in an area can be switched off from the control centre, eliminating the need to send technicians to each location Desigo CC offers advanced visualisation of the integrated building disciplines. With just a glance at the screen, operators can check the status of all the systems, devices and alarm management components – in each of the 431 rooms. The setpoints for valve position, room temperature or lighting can be individually adjusted for every single device and room. On-screen graphics are used to control the various disciplines; Desigo CC displays floor plans identifying all the field devices installed in any given room or floor. Auto display of reports and trends This also allows central control of cross-disciplinary scenarios such as an event in a specific room or a fire in a particular area. In addition, cross-disciplinary timer groups can be defined. Alarms are displayed for all disciplines on one overview screen. Reports and trends can be displayed automatically if so desired: PDFs are created and e-mailed based on individual preferences. For maintenance, all the fire detectors in an area can be switched off from the control centre, eliminating the need to send technicians to each location. This saves DB Schenker building services a great deal of time and personnel costs. Adjusting temperature for energy efficiency The individual room controllers are connected to the central control system and can hence be operated centrally as well Every room at DB Schenker headquarters is equipped with integrated room automation controllers, allowing heating, cooling, lighting and shading to be adjusted for maximum energy efficiency. A total of 431 Desigo TRA individual room controllers were installed in offices, conference rooms and open spaces. They are equipped with sensors, but users can adjust the temperature, lighting and shading as desired using the room operator unit in each room. The panel displays a green or red leaf to indicate whether the settings are eco-friendly. Open KNX communication standards make the room operator units freely programmable. For example, the presentation scenario can be programmed from the operator unit in a conference room to simultaneously dim the lights, close the blinds and lower the projector. The individual room controllers are connected to the central control system and can hence be operated centrally as well. KNX standard DALI lighting controller The DALI lighting controller uses the KNX standard as well, making the digital lighting systems efficient and easy to operate. Defective light fixtures are identified immediately so they can be replaced as quickly as possible to avoid repeated complaints. Optional motion sensors for autonomous DALI lighting systems were not installed at The Grid. Instead, they are replaced by occupancy buttons on the room operator units. To save even more energy, weather sensors on the roof of the building control the blinds for optimal incident light. The measures taken to increase the energy efficiency of the building earned DB Schenker a LEED Silver certification Heating, ventilation and air conditioning use approximately 900 data points whose signals converge in seven plant rooms. Siemens supplied and installed the field devices for heating, cooling and ventilation and set up the control cabinets. The measures taken to increase the energy efficiency of the building earned DB Schenker a LEED Silver certification, demonstrating that the logistics provider takes its sustainability strategy seriously. EN 54-compliant FC2080 fire control panel The Siport system controls access to The Grid. 40 readers and 200 door locks with electric rotary knobs (offline cylinders) were installed. At DB Schenker’s request, the access system forwards timestamps to a separate system. The electric locking system secures nearly 300 doors. The fire protection system combines an EN 54-compliant FC2080 fire control panel with 1,500 fire detectors, 900 sounders and 40 loops. This latest and most powerful Siemens fire control panel was selected because of the size of the building. DB Schenker uses multi-protocol detectors that can be tailored to individual room parameters. If the room usage changes, i.e. if the space is converted to a computer or break room, the fire detection system can be adjusted without having to replace the sensors. Intrusion detection, video surveillance and VMS Siemens installed a CIC 2000 intrusion detection system, a SINVR video surveillance system and SiteIQ Analytics video management system Siemens also installed a CIC 2000 intrusion detection system according to VdS standards. 50 elements were integrated, including motion sensors and door monitors. A SINVR video surveillance system with the SiteIQ Analytics video management system rounds out the solution. 30 cameras are interconnected, 24 of them around the building as a virtual fence solution. Any violation of the defined security distance triggers automatic recording. Because the building borders on public streets, the video system uses partial pixelation. In the past, DB Schenker had to outsource building management to specialised vendors. Now Desigo CC gives the in-house building technicians everything they need on a central screen: heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, shading, fire detection and building security. The technicians work independently, although a five-year service contract ensures they can request support at any time. Siemens technicians and experts are available to assist DB Schenker technicians via remote access.
Located in the Northern Italian town of La Spezia, the Biblioteca Civica Pietro Mario Beghi is a state-of-the-art public library with an extensive collection of books and media across three floors. The 1,560-square meter facility with its bright, modern interior architecture was completed in April 2017 in a historic building remodeled by the architect’s firm 5+1AA. It continues the region’s long literary tradition: The harbor town is situated on the “Golfo dei Poeti” (meaning “Poet’s Golf”), named for the many writers and poets who have lauded the coastal area throughout history. EN 54 fire detection and alarm system standard Aside from a self-service book lending station, a child reading room and a 72-seat auditorium, the Beghi library is also home to the La Spezia Institute for the History of the Resistance and the Contemporary Age. With so many valuable books and original documents under one roof, end-to-end fire protection according to the high demands of the European Union’s EN 54 fire detection and fire alarm system standard – plus demands by the local fire brigade – was a prime requisite from the start. Choosing a fire alarm and evacuation solution for the library in an open tender, the municipality of La Spezia had an open ear when local system integrator Bagnone SNC proposed a comprehensive solution: An interface between a high-end fire alarm system and evacuation system delivered by Bosch as the single provider. Convincing the officials, the Bosch system could be installed discretely without disturbing the library’s upscale interior design. Addressable Fire Panel 1200 Series The comprehensive solution enables automated alarm messages and public addresses over wall-mounted speakers After receiving the contract, Bagnone SNC installed the Addressable Fire Panel 1200 Series from Bosch interfaced via a serial connection with the Plena Voice Alarm System, supporting also multi-stage evacuation. The comprehensive solution enables automated alarm messages and public addresses over wall-mounted speakers from Bosch that match the library’s color palette. The system accurately detects fires via automatic optical fire detectors and three beam smoke detectors strategically placed across the building. Alarms can also be triggered via manual call points, while in the case of an emergency, pre-recorded messages, sounders and strobes direct building occupants to safety. As a result of the interfaced solution, the Biblioteca Civica Pietro Mario Beghi benefits from highly accurate fire detection and efficient evacuation in an aesthetically pleasing package from Bosch as the single provider. “Our expectations have been exceeded in a major way. Everything went as planned from both a technical and a management point of view,” said Claudio Canneti, Technical Public Works Manager, La Spezia Municipality.
Completed in 2017, the Adana Integrated Health Campus is a state-of-the-art hospital complex in Turkey comprising three specialised clinics with a total capacity of 1,550 beds. Located in Adana - the country’s fifth-largest city - the over 318,000 square-meter facility is a public-private partnership project realised in cooperation with the Ministry of Health to serve patient populations from the surrounding Adana, Hatay and Osmaniye provinces. The Adana Integrated Health Campus prides itself in offering the highest level of care through specialised physicians and advanced equipment. The Main Hospital offers an Oncology Hospital as well as a Cardiology and Cardiovascular Hospital with a 367 bed capacity. The Maternity & Pediatrics Hospital have 349 beds and the General Hospital 584 beds. Before opening to the public, the project already won several awards, including Best Healthcare Project and World’s Largest Seismic Isolated Health Campus. IP-based video surveillance system When it came to choosing a security and safety solution for their high-profile health facility, officials in Adana wanted to integrate the most advanced hardware on a single platform covering four areas: video surveillance, access control, fire alarm plus public address and voice alarm. Bosch won the contract as the one-stop provider with the capacity to unify all systems via its Building Integration System (BIS) through different interfaces. The installation was completed by the Bosch partner Ateksis. The IP-based video surveillance system consists of 2,000 cameras for monitoring critical indoor and outdoor areas Due to the size and complexity of the modern campus, this level of integration proved a true test for the Bosch Building Integration System (BIS). The IP-based video surveillance system consists of 2,000 cameras for monitoring critical indoor and outdoor areas such as entrances and corridors. Managed on the Bosch Video Management System (BVMS), live feeds from high-definition FLEXIDOME, DINION IP starlight, and AUTODOME IP starlight cameras are monitored on-site through a single control room. Providing fire safety, BIS controls roughly 45,000 detection points, including 30,000 fire detectors, plus manual call points and interface modules across the campus. Use of RFID tags to prevent baby kidnapping For an extra level of integration, the hospital’s telephone switchboard is integrated into the public address and voice alarm system via BIS to enable public announcement and/or fire alarms from the nurse desks for immediate evacuation of patients and their relatives. And to safeguard the Maternity Clinic against ‘pink code’ cases (baby kidnapping), the Bosch access control integrates RFID tags on newborn babies to trigger alarms. By implementing a complete solution on a single platform from the start, Adana Integrated Health Campus sets the standard for exemplary patient safety in a system marked by low overall cost of ownership, maintenance costs, and failure rate. In the bigger picture, the state-of-the-art campus proves the end-to-end capabilities of Bosch Building Technologies and serves as a showcase for the next level of healthcare and integrated security.
People and vehicle access control specialist Nortech has recently seen St James’ Market in central London update and improve access to its site using Nedap’s uPASS Target system. Supplied by Nortech, Nedap’s uPASS Target was installed by leading supplier of integrated security systems Total Support Services (Security) Ltd, which was selected to supply the robust solution for long-range identification to its recently installed security gates at the market. Total Support Services (Security) Ltd, TSS, which designs and engineers its own brand of security products and equipment, was able to use its 26 years of experience in specialised security products and services to provide the ideal security and access system that fitted the client’s needs. TSS selected the uPASS Target as it is easy to integrate with any existing access control system so users don’t need to get out of their vehicles to get into the development. Reliable and easy to install system Guy Bulmer, Director at Total Security Services commented, “We use Nortech as they are our ‘go-to’ provider for access control and vehicle identification systems. We have had a great relationship with them for nearly 20 years, ever since we were asked to install a Norpass system for some clients, and it just went from there.” The uPASS Target is ideal both for access control to gated sites and for close monitoring of traffic flow activities at industrial sites and logistic depots He continued, “We certainly recommend Nortech products to others and we are very happy with the end result achieved for the client. We have our core products that we use because they are easy to install and they just work. Any issues are dealt with in a helpful and friendly way by the tech guys and we always get a reliable system at the end of it.” Ideal for access control and monitoring activities The uPASS Target is a robust solution for long-range identification of vehicles, people and rolling stock. It is ideal both for access control to gated sites and for close monitoring of traffic flow activities at industrial sites and logistic depots. Its plug-and-play features enable it to be installed in just a few simple steps, and its variety of industry-standard communication interfaces support seamless integration into any existing or new third-party systems for access control, logistic operations, security and parking. Nortech has supplied products and solutions to the security industry for over 25 years as an independent British company. The company uses extensive experience and expertise to create new security products to fit their clients’ needs and designs everything with the customer in mind.
Genetec Inc., global technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, announced that its unified platform, Security Center has been integrated with Secure Store, a profit protection and exception reporting solution developed by Appriss Retail. With this integration, retailers can now immediately disprove or validate suspicious transactions by accessing the security video evidence associated with suspected fraudulent activity. Security Center and Store integration Secure Store enables retailers to significantly mitigate losses related to fraud, theft, and operational/systemic breakdowns. Using artificial intelligence and machine learning, Secure Store performs advanced exception modeling from multiple data sources and enables immediate corrective action. US-based retailer, DICK’s Sporting Goods, is using the Security Center platform to monitor over 18,000 cameras across 720 stores and manage 230 cameras and 130 doors at its headquarters. The organisation is now using the joint Genetec/Appriss Retail solution to provide immediate insight, reduce shrink, improve profitability and achieve rapid ROI, as Jacob Gillette, Director of Loss Prevention and Operations, DICK’s Sporting Goods explains: Genetec/Appriss Retail solution The Genetec system, combined with the Appriss Retail Secure Store application gives us capabilities that help speed up our investigations" “The Genetec system, combined with the Appriss Retail Secure Store application gives us capabilities that help speed up our investigations, which has been hugely beneficial to our organisation. Our investigation team can now easily retrieve video from Security Center to validate suspicious transactions that are flagged by the Appriss Retail exception reporting system.” Thanks to the integration of Security Center and Secure Store, retailers can now simply click on the video icon within the Secure Store interface to immediately identify and review the security video related to individual transactions. This allows them to evaluate detailed evidence related to all refunds, transaction items, discrepancies between what is being scanned and what is on the bill, and quickly determine if there was indeed a problem. Importance of video evidence in fraud cases The open architecture of Security Center allows us to work with partners like Appriss to provide comprehensive solutions that benefit our joint end users" “When you investigate fraud, you need to be able to validate questionable behavior. This is why video evidence is so critical. Thanks to our partnership with Genetec, we are now able to provide our customers with immediate insights that allow them to make informed decisions and build defensible cases based on hard evidence,” said Corey Adams Vice President of Global Client Services for Appriss Retail. “We’re pleased to be able to assist retailers with integrations that help make their teams more productive and significantly reduce loss. The open architecture of Security Center allows us to work with partners like Appriss to provide comprehensive solutions that benefit our joint end users,” said Scott Thomas, Director of Retail Market Development at Genetec.