Senstar announced that Senstar Symphony (formerly Aimetis Symphony) has received Lenel factory certification and joined the Lenel OpenAccess Alliance Program (OAAP). Senstar Symphony interfaces with the OnGuard access control system, providing customers with an enhanced platform for security monitoring.
Access control verification
“Senstar has completed required factory testing at Lenel to validate the functionality of its interface to the OnGuard system. Symphony allows users to verify access control events directly through the operator client,” said John Marchioli, OAAP product management, Lenel. “We look forward to their continued involvement in the Lenel OpenAccess Alliance Program.”
“Users can easily video-verify their OnGuard access control events inside Symphony, allowing them to use one interface for all of their security monitoring,” said Justin Schorn, vice-president, product management at Senstar.
Symphony is a software platform that allows control of an entire video surveillance system from one central location. Users can connect and configure cameras, monitor open spaces, utilise video analytics and use centralised cloud management for multi-site deployments.
Senstar acquired Aimetis, the creator of Symphony, in April 2016. Since that time, the two companies have worked in parallel to continue to provide advanced perimeter intrusion detection systems, video management systems and analytics solutions. Over the coming months, Senstar and Aimetis will become one company, resulting in reduced complexity, improved performance and unified support.
It is generally understood that Video Management Software (VMS) is able to put operators firmly in control of a video surveillance system by allowing any combination of camera types and images to be displayed on control room screens and recorded at the same time. These include HD, 4K and ultra-high definition cameras, as well as 360° fisheye, thermal imaging and what may be legacy analogue cameras.
The latest generation of open-platform VMS, however, is functionally able to deliver so much more than just the efficient management of cameras and the recording and storage of data. The contribution it can make in terms of delivering added value and business benefits, as well as the future-proofing and reduction in the total cost of ownership of a security system, is being understood and deployed by a growing number of security professionals and savvy end-users alike.
VMS from manufacturers such as Wavestore, has the potential to be at the heart of a comprehensive electronic security solution
End-to-end security management system
Unlike end-to-end security systems or those that have very limited upgrade path opportunities, using an open-platform VMS enables integration with a host of technologies from any number of the world’s leading brands, as well as the opportunity to provide development services for specific requirements which can incorporate legacy or specialist technology into the solution.
VMS from manufacturers such as Wavestore, has the potential to be at the heart of a comprehensive electronic security solution by providing a platform which makes integration between disparate third-party technologies simple and creates a total solution that is much more powerful than the sum of its parts. These not only include technologies from camera manufacturers but also from access control, intelligent video analytics, intruder detection, point of sale, and other sensors and devices making it possible for users to effortlessly operate, monitor, control and manage a best-in-breed total security solution from a single screen.
Network video recorders
There is certainly no shortage of manufacturers producing traditional network video recorders (NVRs) and for many projects these will offer an effective method of recording and storing video, audio and associated data. However, even if these recording devices work on an open platform, and many do not, users will very much be in the hands of the manufacturer in terms of what cameras they would be able to use with their receptive NVRs and integration with other third-party technology will be limited, if at all available. If they have not already integrated the preferred manufacturer, users may have to wait in a queue until they do!
With VMS at the heart of an electronic security system, there is the flexibility to integrate with video surveillance cameras
Video surveillance system
With VMS at the heart of an electronic security system, there is the flexibility to integrate with video surveillance cameras from any manufacturer and have them interacting with virtually any third-party integration both today and as technology continues to move on. You are protected with a future-proof platform that allows you to take advantage of the technologies that will solve your specific problems. Plus, there is the freedom and scalability, subject to just a minimum specification, to run the VMS on a broad range of Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) hardware, reducing costs and having the freedom to choose exactly what works.
Future-proof security solutions
Moore’s Law can loosely be applied to video surveillance solutions. More and more data needs to be securely recorded and stored and actions triggered when an incident or pre-defined event occurs. As new threats emerge and new opportunities arise from the development of new innovative applications, the ability of a hard based solution to keep up with ever changing market demands, will be limited.
A one-off investment in an open-platform VMS will offer system integrators the opportunity to deliver a bespoke solution to their end-user client
Annual budget cycles and limitations may initially restrict users from buying everything on their wish list and their requirements will inevitably evolve over time. This may be because their day-to-day operational requirements have changed, their business has expanded or diversified, or simply because users’ expectations as to what can be achieved continues to increase as they gain some experience of operating a security solution and become more aware of the latest innovations.
One-off security investment
A one-off investment in an open-platform VMS will offer system integrators the opportunity to deliver a bespoke solution to their end-user client which provides flexible storage as their requirements change. It will also allow them to continue to use legacy cameras alongside current and future generations of products, systems and software.
Most importantly, it will allow them to adopt a ‘can do’ attitude when the client says “wouldn’t it be nice if…?’ to the idea of integrating an additional third-party system or incorporating some future technology, without having to suggest an entire existing system needs to be replaced.
Vanderbilt, a global provider of state-of-the-art security systems, announced that it would showcase the latest version of ACT Enterprise at Security Essen 2018.
Along with demonstrations of the access control software solution, visitors to Security Essen can explore the full range of products that Vanderbilt has to offer at Stand 6D90, with a significant focus on increased integration within the company’s products and with third-party systems.
The latest ACT Enterprise features, which include integration with Vanderbilt’s award-winning SPC intrusion system, a rules mapping engine, and a smartphone app, were previewed at the IFSEC tradeshow in London in June and received a wave of positive feedback from visitors to the show.
Apple & Android compatible
“Our ACT Enterprise Apple and Android compatible apps mean real-time monitoring, user management and administration from your smartphone. You can enable and disable alarms, lock and unlock doors, authorise users and check who’s in and who’s out – wherever you are. Security has never been more convenient, and you’ve never been more in control,” states Andrew Fulton, Head of Access Control Product Line at Vanderbilt.
The use of rules mapping simplifies the implementation of more complex events/alarms and associated actions for the installer/integrator"
ACT Enterprise’s rules mapping
One of the key features is the ease-of-use and simplicity of ACT Enterprise’s rules mapping to enable advanced configurations of various system inputs and outputs across the access control system, as well as integrated video and intruder elements of an integrated system.
“The use of rules mapping simplifies the implementation of more complex events/alarms and associated actions for the installer/integrator, by permitting the creation of logical relationships between system elements via a drag-and-drop interface. For the end user, the addition of rules mapping ensures that system interactions can be seamlessly introduced on a system-wide basis, thus enabling a higher level of added value to be realised, both for security and business-based functionalities,” outlines Michael Moyna, Technical Product Marketing Manager at Vanderbilt.
Assa Abloy Aperio integration
Integration will continue to be a priority, with a significant focus being placed on technology partnerships that enhance Vanderbilt's functionality and reach in the market. On top of ACT Enterprise's integration with SPC, the solution now integrates with Assa Abloy Aperio wireless components as well. In addition, the much-touted SPC-Milestone plugin will be on display.
This plugin enables users to control SPC from within the Milestone system. The plugin is aimed at improving the customer experience by providing a bi-directional communication strategy with the enhancement of a robust surveillance solution in line with the ethos of “the customer first." The SPC Milestone plugin features options such as filters for event transmissions, remote interaction based on customisable command profile, while ATS/ATP logs offer transparent communication.Vanderbilt’s newly released SPC Wireless devices, which include detectors, panic buttons, fobs, and a transceiver, will also be on show at Security Essen
SPC Wireless security devices
Vanderbilt’s newly released SPC Wireless devices, which include detectors, panic buttons, fobs, and a transceiver, will also be on show at Security Essen. The devices are discreet and tasteful in design with sleek and modern lines to complement the interior styles of many environments, such as retail stores and apartment buildings. This range of products was designed in response to growing consumer IoT trends, and as a result, presents a significant revenue opportunity for installers in boosting their SPC portfolio offering.
“Installsation for Vanderbilt's SPC Wireless devices were designed to be hassle-free. In contrast, a wired solution can take, at a minimum, a day’s work fitting cable. By reducing time on site, Vanderbilt’s SPC Wireless can enable installers to get more work done elsewhere, essentially meaning more profits from more jobs,” explains Ross Wilks, Head of Marketing Communications at Vanderbilt.
Vanderbilt will also be sharing its expertise in Software-as-a-Service solutions, with “how-to” demonstrations on ways that installers can get the most out of the company’s award-winning solutions, ACT365 and SPC Connect.
Dahua Technology, a solution provider in the global video surveillance industry, announced that an additional 88 models of its Eco-savvy 3.0, Wi-Fi 265 and H.265 PTZ series network cameras are now compatible with QNAP NAS from QNAP Systems, Inc. Now, more customers are able to choose Dahua Technology’s network cameras per their application scenarios.
Comprehensive video surveillance
Dahua Eco-savvy 3.0 network camera series can deliver real-time 4K video streams at 15 fps, providing security applications with impressive range of smart detection features including face detection, tripwire detection, and intrusion detection. Dahua Wi-Fi 265 series supports H.265 compression, Human Detection and Smart Tracking features. Dahua H.265 PTZ camera can provide large monitoring range with clear details, while the latest H.265 compression cuts bandwidth in half to ensure video recording with great security efficiency and lower cost.
QNAP keeps improving product and third-party software compatibility. It released QVR Pro surveillance solution, QVR Center central management software and QVR Guard failover application to integrate comprehensive video surveillance features into NAS, providing live monitoring, storage expandability and storage space management functions for home and business users.
Open, Integration and Innovation has been Dahua Technology’s guiding principle. In recent year, the company has been working with more and more renowned third-party platforms, like QNAP NAS in this case, to greatly broaden the application scale of its cameras. This enables security users to enjoy the products and services provided by Dahua Technology in more applications.
With security and safety a major focus during the recent World Cup in Russia, IDIS surveillance technology was chosen for a surveillance upgrade at the 45,000 capacity Rostov Arena and the 35,000 capacity Kaliningrad Stadium.
At both locations an IDIS Total Solution was installed with a total of 3000 IP cameras comprising full HD and H.265 models and PTZ cameras featuring Smart UX Controls v2.0, a range of full HD, true wide dynamic range (WDR), IR bullet cameras and full HD box cameras with all external cameras equipped to withstand Russia’s often harsh weather conditions.
IDIS technology deployed at these response centres enabled security staff to rapidly detect and respond to any breach of health and safety, suspicious behaviour or terrorist threat
IDIS Critical Failover to prevent data loss
A centralised surveillance monitoring centre utilising an IDIS ultra-thin bezel 55” video wall delivered command and control of the two stadiums and allowed security staff to access 60 days of archived footage from 50 remote IDIS DR-8364 NVRs implemented at situational centres. IDIS technology deployed at these response centres enabled security staff to rapidly detect and respond to any breach of health and safety, suspicious behaviour or terrorist threat.
For complete protection, IDIS Critical Failover was installed in order to prevent loss of vital recorded data during a range of fault conditions. The system automatically steps in to ensure continued recording in the event of network instability, network failure, storage failure, recorder hardware failure and power supply failure, in each case ensuring that no data is lost.
Our advanced technology helped to ensure safety and security by preventing unauthorised intrusion"
Preventing unauthorised intrusion
"The IDIS surveillance system, installed inside and around the stadium gave security controllers a complete overview of the site and perimeter fences,” said Joon Jun, President of the Global Business Division of IDIS. “Our advanced technology helped to ensure safety and security by preventing unauthorised intrusion.
"We are proud that our brand credibility and product stability has been recognised on the global stage at an event which was the focus of world attention. To safeguard thousands of visitors at these key venues, it was essential to use the most reliable technology including high-resolution surveillance cameras with waterproof and dustproof functions and a solution that prevented data loss in the event of network instability."
As an innovator in airport security, Oakland International Airport (OAK) announced that it has installed the Evolv Edge, a physical threat detection and prevention system powered by artificial intelligence, to streamline its employee screening program. This installation enhances OAK’s security posture by protecting against metallic and non-metallic threats while simultaneously improving operational efficiency.
Physical threat detection system OAK is committed to applying advanced, innovative solutions to complex security operations
OAK is committed to applying advanced, innovative solutions to complex security operations. The TSA acknowledged this commitment by selecting OAK as a TSA Innovation Site, a prestigious distinction that promotes improved efficiency and allows the airport to try technologies to benefit its growing passenger and employee base.
As the second busiest airport in northern California, passenger travel at OAK is on pace to surpass the 13.2 million travelers that passed through the airport last year. To accommodate this growth, more and more employees are being hired to work at OAK. Therefore, OAK began researching innovative solutions related to employee inspection methods and equipment. Evolv Edge provides OAK with the ability to screen employees for metallic and non-metallic threats with a fast, non-invasive process. Designed with built-in wheels for portability, OAK can easily move the system throughout the airport allowing maximum efficiency for its employee inspection program.
Non-invasive employee screening With Edge, organisations, such as OAK, can adapt a risk-based security approach while balancing security with positive experience
With this installation, OAK continues to be at the forefront of security through its use of modern technologies to combat today’s evolving threat landscape. By replacing traditional physical screenings with Evolv Edge’s precision, mobility and multi-threat detection capabilities, OAK can control access and respond to different threat scenarios quickly and efficiently. With Edge, organisations, such as OAK, can adapt a risk-based security approach while balancing security with positive experience.
“With today’s threat landscape, the security perimeter has expanded beyond traditional checkpoints,” said Mike Ellenbogen, CEO of Evolv Technology and a 20-year veteran in aviation security. “Evolv Edge’s flexibility and portability provides Oakland International Airport with an added layer of security when it comes to employee screening. Oakland International Airport is always at the forefront of innovation, and we will continue working closely with their team to ensure success and safety.”
3xLOGIC, Inc., a provider of integrated, intelligent security solutions, and a three-time Deloitte Technology Fast 500 winner, announced that Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. (parent of Panda Express, Panda Inn, and Hibachi-San) has completed deployment of 3xLOGIC’s VIGIL Trends Business Intelligence software to all of its North American locations. Interface Security Systems, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is the integrator and overall project manager for this ambitious endeavour.
Panda Express is the largest family-owned restaurant in America, with more than 2,000 stores globally, 35,000 associates and $3 billion in sales. Since it was established in 1983, Panda has steadily grown with roughly 125 stores opening each year. Privately owned and operated, the restaurant is guided by the core values of its co-founders and co-CEO, Andrew and Peggy Cherng and is dedicated to developing its team members and giving back to the community.
As of today, Trends is deployed at 1,960 locations and has been integrated with existing Interface video surveillance and alarm systems
Business intelligence solution
“As an industry leader, Panda Express’s culture sets an expectation of best-in-class results,” explained Lyle Forcum, executive director of asset protection at Panda Express. “Accordingly, we needed a state-of-the-art business intelligence solution to provide us with truly actionable information. Intelligence we can act on is central to Panda’s business strategy, which focuses on meeting high standards through continuous operational improvement.”
Starting in August 2017, 3xLOGIC and Interface Systems worked with Panda Express to customise Trends to meet the company’s unique, comprehensive needs. Interface began system deployment in QI 2018 with the first location going live in March 2018. As of today, Trends is deployed at 1,960 locations and has been integrated with existing Interface video surveillance and alarm systems.
Integration with intrusion and video systems
“It was impressive that we were able to integrate Trends so seamlessly with existing intrusion and video systems,” said Sean Foley, senior vice president of national accounts at Interface Systems, “and the entire solution was rolled out without a single technician visiting any store.”
Unlike many retail BI implementations, the focus at Panda Restaurant Group is not solely on loss prevention, but also on tracking and improving all operations at every store. Here are some of the key elements of store operations that Trends enables Panda to monitor, track, and improve:
Trends provides intrusion data, which shows when stores are opened and closed, deliveries are made, and whether the store is being remotely armed and disarmed
People Development. To set its people up for success, store managers are able to review all transactional behaviour and address opportunity areas with employees within two days.
Comparing Store Performance. The store managers’ Trends dashboard shows very clearly how the restaurant is performing compared to other stores in the region and to their prior month’s performance.
Optimising Store Efficiency. Trends visually displays how many people are working per hour, what job they are facilitating, and the revenue generated per hour.
Monitoring Intrusion Data. Trends provides intrusion data, which shows in a very simple display when stores are opened and closed, deliveries are made, cleaning is done, and whether the store is being remotely armed and disarmed.
Tracking Cash. Panda Express can track currency, how much is in the safe and when it was last counted, as well as petty cash spend along with scanned receipts for purchases.
Custom Dashboards. The system provides an array of dashboards for all levels in the organisation that give an at-a-glance or drilled-down overview of an employee’s priorities and responsibilities.
“At Panda, safety and loss prevention are key priorities in executing great operations,” said Lyle Forcum, executive director of asset protection at Panda Express. “We worked with 3xLOGIC and Interface for over a year to implement a highly-customised solution to meet these priorities. Now, we have a cutting-edge tool deployed across the entire enterprise that we can all be proud of.”
Derwent London, a FTSE 250 Index British-based property development and investment firm with a property portfolio worth £4.9 billion, acquired the White Chapel Building in central London in December 2015. The firm is renowned for using design-led approaches to create inspiring office space and began a two-phase project to regenerate the eight-storey commercial building.
The White Chapel Building
Derwent London’s complete refurbishment of the building meant they required a new security system Situated on an acre of land opposite Aldgate East Tube station, the White Chapel Building is valued between £100million and £200million and is home to various well-known brands including international mobile call company, Lebara, and global architecture and design firm, Perkins+Will. The lower floors, which are still being completed, are due to become home to a major new photography museum, Fotografiska. Derwent London’s complete refurbishment of the building meant they required a new security system that delivered solutions for all their own and potential tenants’ needs.
Intelligent IP-based access control system.
Tenant access to assigned floor/s and approved areas only.
Efficient system to manage visitors.
Ability to restrict unapproved visitors to lobby area.
Installation of 35 CCTV cameras with remote monitoring facilities.
Panic button and lock-down facilities in case of emergency.
Latest industry standards
Antron Security is an installer of bespoke security solutions and provides security installations for past 28 years Antron Security project managed the design and installation of the access control and security system for the White Chapel Building and acted as the ‘go to’ contact for client, Derwent London. Antron Security is an installer of bespoke security solutions and has been providing security installations to organisations for the past 28 years.
Taking care of the supply, design, installation and maintenance of security systems, Antron Security is NSI approved - meaning all staff and systems installed need to comply with the latest industry standards and are regularly inspected. Inner Range provided the core access control and intruder detection system that enabled Antron Security and Derwent London to build the bespoke solutions they needed. Inner Range is a pioneer of integrated access control and intruder detection systems.
It’s been a world leader in the design and manufacture of intelligent security solutions since it was established in 1988. More than 130,000 Inner Range systems have been installed in over 30 countries. Inner Range’s award winning integrated security systems offer smart building management at local, national and global levels.
“The flexibility of the Integriti system makes it future-proof as we can continue to meet the ever-changing requirements of the landlord and tenants via Inner Range’s ability to integrate with third party systems and devices such as lifts, intercoms, lighting and building management devices.” Jamie Crane, Commercial Director at Antron Security
Provides core security
Integriti allows around 2,000 people troublefree access to their approved parts of the building Inner Range’s award-winning access control system, Integriti, provides the core security solution for the White Chapel Building. The intelligent system integrates with a host of thirdparty products to become a PSIM system, managing not only security and building automation but also people and business continuity processes.
In this instance, Integriti allows around 2,000 people troublefree access to their approved parts of the building, as well as managing visitors efficiently and allowing security managers to monitor events easily and remotely.
35 CCTV cameras to allow security managers to view live and recorded events across the site. This includes remote monitoring, if security managers are off site.
Access via four IDL Fastlane lobby turnstiles to ensure only permitted persons can access areas beyond the reception and lobby area.
Lift integration – Tenants and visitors can only access approved floors using security credentials on their access card or smartphone.
Central security team
Smartphone access - Tenants and staff were set up to use their smartphones to open doors and other smart devices with the HID Mobile Access ‘Twist and Go’ mobile app. The Integriti system can read and check security credentials from users’ mobile phones to determine whether they are allowed access.
BluePoint passes can be read by Integriti at entrance turnstiles and lifts to ensure visitors can access areas agreed by the ‘host’A BluePoint visitor pass system was installed and integrated with Integriti to ensure a secure, reliable and trusted method of managing visitors. It allows ‘hosts’, such as tenants, to issue temporary passes for their visitors without needing to pass every request through a central security team. The passes can be issued on paper or via email.
They can also be issued as Apple Wallet or Google Pass credentials. These appear on the visitor’s smartphone with a QR code without the visitor having to search their phone for them.
Location and time-based information included in the pass ensure it appears when and where it is needed. The BluePoint passes can be read by Integriti at entrance turnstiles and lifts to ensure visitors can access areas agreed by the ‘host’.
Easy to use Smartcard entry system integrated for access via doors, lifts and entrance turnstiles. Cards issued to 500 users initially.
Panic button and lock down procedures for emergency situations.
Gigabytes of on-board memory at controller hardware level to ensure the system maintains complete functionality even if offline.
Seamless IP-based multi-controller system architecture options.
Easy plug-and-play in UniBus, an innovative in-cabinet bus which allows the connection of expansion modules, communications modules, and door and reader modules to extend the range and scope of the Integriti system.
Productive and efficient staff
Trouble-free tenant access to their approved parts of the building.
The improvements in access and security means reception staff are more productive and efficient.
Security managers are able to monitor events easily and remotely.
More accurate reporting on who is where in the building helps with health and safety as well as security activities.
The Integriti system allows the landlord to manage operational costs more effectively while providing tenants with a more secure working environment.
The end of the year is a great time to take stock of one’s accomplishments during the year, and to reflect on successes and failures, where we are and where we’re going. 2017 brought a lot of change to the physical security market, but were the changes positive or negative? Our Expert Panelists tend to be a thoughtful and reflective group, so we wanted to get their thoughts and insights at year-end about 2017 in the security market. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: Was 2017 a good year or bad year for the physical security industry -and why?
Video systems today offer more capabilities than ever. Consequently, the systems can be used in new ways. For a variety of reasons, however, many customers don’t take full advantage of the capabilities of their video systems and therefore are leaving value on the table. Education and training are tools to alleviate the situation, but the first step is to identify the new ways that video can be used. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How do customers under-utilise their video systems, and what should they do differently?
Companies in fast-moving industries tend to want half or more of their revenue to come from products released in the last three or so years. The logical extension of that philosophy is the demise of product "cash cows" that remain in a company's portfolio for many years. Where better to witness the shortening life cycles of technology products than in the smart phone market, where most of us buy into the hype of the "latest and greatest?" But does acceleration of new product introductions translate into shorter product life cycles in the field? We asked this week's Expert Panel Roundtable: What is an acceptable life cycle for a physical security system? Is there a trend toward systems being replaced more, or less, often?