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...
Digital Monitoring Products (DMP) is excited to announce the launch of its XTLtouch security panel. Unlike any other DMP security system, the XTLtouch is an enhanced all-in-one, combining DMP’s elegant, intuitive 5-inch graphic touchscreen keypad with the popular XTLplus. All-in-one security system “The XTLtouch represents the natural extension of our proven XT and XTLplus security technology,” says DMP Vice President of Sales Mark NeSmith. “Our XTLplus set the standard...
ASSA ABLOY Architectural Door Accessories, ASSA ABLOY Glass Solutions, Arrow Lock and Door Hardware, and Architectural Hardware Group brands Corbin Russwin, Norton, RIXSON, SARGENT and Yale, have proudly announced the launch of a comprehensive digital library, designed to offer fast, easy access to valuable product information. ASSA ABLOY Digital Library More than 300 catalogs, brochures, price books and other literature are featured in the new digital library, which comprises a highly visual...
Using a smart phone as an access control credential is an idea whose time has come – or has it? The flexible uses of smart phones are transforming our lives in multiple ways, and the devices are replacing everything from our alarm clocks to our wallets to our televisions. However, the transformation from using a card to using a mobile credential for access control is far from a no-brainer for many organisations, which obstacles to a fast or easy transition. We asked this week’s Exper...
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 & Securit...
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....
Analysis from IHS Markit shows revenues generated by the mission critical LTE ecosystem are set to increase across all major sectors to 2021. Leading the way is the utilities market, with 120% growth, followed by public safety, where revenues are set to double. Transport is predicted to see growth of 80%, just beating the 75% increase expected from the industrial sector. Catalysed by TCCA, mission critical communications features and services have been a key priority of 3GPP in recent years The successful evolution of the LTE critical communications market is dependent on the incorporation of critical users’ specific requirements; features such as Push-to-Talk and Group Call which are not currently available on commercial networks. Global critical communications industry Catalysed by TCCA, mission critical communications features and services have been a key priority of 3GPP in recent years and have been specified and incorporated into 3GPP Releases since R13. Work is progressing on the development of products and services, with an increasing number of manufacturers and commercial mobile operators entering the critical communications market. The second ETSI Mission Critical Push to Talk (MCPTT) Plugtests event was held earlier this year, where as well as voice, Mission Critical Data and Mission Critical Video interworking capabilities were tested for the first time. This work is expected to evolve as 3GPP takes more requirements from different sectors of the global critical communications industry on board. Broadband-capable network solutions “The growing appetite for broadband-enabled data applications, and the increasing possibility of spectrum allocation in many parts of the world, means that the market for private/hybrid broadband networks for LMR/PMR users will continue to expand across multiple sectors,” said Jesus Gonzalez, IHS Markit Senior Analyst, Critical Communications Technology. The growing appetite for broadband-enabled data applications, and the increasing possibility of spectrum allocation in many parts of the world"“As a result, the critical communications industry will move towards a mix of broadband-capable network solutions such as private LTE or the various operating models possible with commercial and private LTE. It is unlikely that users will adopt broadband solutions to the exclusion of existing LMR/PMR, but adoption will be along the lines of a complementary service that allows users to communicate across LMR/PMR and cellular networks, depending on specific operational requirements.” Revenue projections by sector Mission Critical LTE Ecosystem – Revenues Utilities From $75m in 2018 to $165m in 2021 – increase of 120 per cent Mission Critical LTE Ecosystem – Revenues Public Safety From $3bn in 2018 to $5.9bn in 2021 – increase of almost 100 percent Mission Critical LTE Ecosystem – Revenues Transport From $472m in 2018 to $849m in 2021 – increase of 80 per cent Mission Critical LTE Ecosystem – Revenues Industrial From $362m in 2018 to $633m in 2021 – increase of 75 per cent The figures include revenues from infrastructure, LTE Devices, Managed Services and System Integration IHS Markit definitions of LTE networks re revenue projections: Hybrid: Revenues attributed to data/PTT over LTE over a combination (hybrid) of private networks based on commercial cellular technology and public commercial cellular networks that have dedicated access enhancements for users. Private: Data over private networks (100% privately owned infrastructure) based on LTE cellular technology.
Sargent and Greenleaf (S&G), a division of STANLEY Security that manufactures high-quality mechanical and electronic locks, announces its newest locking solution that provides safe security with access gained through a mobile app, eliminating the need for a keypad. Called AxisBlu, the lock combines Bluetooth technology with S&G’s proven lock components for a truly secure safe lock option. Just launched, AxisBlu uses an easy-to-install, unobtrusive medallion that connects via Bluetooth to an app on the user’s mobile device to remotely gain access to the designated safe anywhere within a 30-foot radius. With multiple layers of authentication, and the ability to pair up to five mobile devices, AxisBlu provides a convenient and secure solution for safe operation. Also, AxisBlu is available with the time-tested keypad, allowing for access manually or via the app. AxisBlu mobile locking solution AxisBlu is available with the time-tested keypad, allowing for access manually or via the app“With AxisBlu, our customers have the best of both convenience and security,” stated Keith Deaton, COO of Sargent and Greenleaf. “We’ve combined the latest Bluetooth technology with our proven lock body to create a new option for safe security – void of a keypad – by accessing your safe via your mobile app.” AxisBlu’s main features include: The latest Bluetooth upgrades that bring the technology up to S&G’s stringent security standards. New functionality and multiple levels of authentication in mobile devices make the Bluetooth connectivity a reliable, fully secure method of access. Proven security of S&G’s Titan motorised locking device with firmware enhancements for even greater protection. Unparallel convenience with the ability to pair up to five mobile devices along with 10 users, allowing immediate Bluetooth access via the AxisBlu app. AxisBlu Kits are available in three complete packages to accommodate all that is needed to install or retrofit AxisBlu to the safe. The options for purchase include a Medallion Kit and two Keypad Kits. Installation is easy, leveraging multiple components for added security and matching standard safe lock footprints and machining. AxisBlu Medallion Kit for Immediate Access We hope AxisBlu will help the end user, for example, safely secure their firearms with ease from their mobile device"With the Medallion Kit, the sleek, modern design positions the lock keypad on the user’s mobile device instead of the safe front, providing immediate access. The Bluetooth module has been engineered to provide access through the safe door by using the existing spindle hole for wide-range antenna placement and operates at a range of up to 30 feet. Firmware enhancements allow S&G’s Titan Lock to function securely with a mobile device using Bluetooth technology. The medallion uses an internal battery box, which is not required with the keypad kits. Keypad Kits for Wider Range of Operators There are two Keypad Kits available with varied components. The first is a one-battery keypad with a black platinum finish accessed via the AxisBlu app or manually, allowing controlled access for a wider range of operators. The QuickMount keypad, which is also Bluetooth compatible, allows for easier and quicker retrofit or installation. AxisBlu is designed for safe manufacturers, businesses, distributors and consumers. “We hope AxisBlu will help the end user, for example, safely secure their firearms with ease from their mobile device,” said Deaton.
Rhombus Systems, an enterprise video security startup, is redefining video security for businesses around the world with their AI-powered security camera – the Rhombus R1. This next-generation security camera has the ability to learn and alert users to an unidentified person, making threat detection faster than ever before. Rhombus’s video security system continuously analyses video to help organisations better secure their physical spaces. Today the company announced a $3 million seed round led by Lemnos Labs, with participation from Promus Ventures and Portfolia, to help accelerate its growth and transform video security. With Rhombus, users have the power to trust or flag certain faces giving it the ability to pre-emptively detect potential threatsRhombus Systems is a major advancement to outdated CCTV systems that encounter a wide range of problems, such as bulky hardware, difficult installations, complicated servers, outdated network video recorders (NVRs) and the risk of becoming compromised. The R1 solves these issues and can even examine its environment, people, objects and motion to improve its overall performance. Pre-emptive detection of potential threats “Traditional business video security is outdated,” said Garrett Larsson, Rhombus Systems Co-founder and CEO. “By combining AI and computer vision, we are able to offer a video security system unlike any other. Modern businesses and organisations want better technology, and our system symbolises the first step, and our commitment, in providing next-generation solutions to better understand and protect our spaces.” With Rhombus, users have the power to trust or flag certain faces giving it the ability to pre-emptively detect potential threats. For example, if the cameras identify an individual or object that is prohibited from a school campus or business, the system can provide their location and alert the appropriate personnel with real-time notifications, all without having to monitor a video feed. The system can also count and record the number of unique people, measure foot traffic, and pull quantitative data to help businesses understand how their space is being utilised. Cloud-managed secure access system Rhombus is entirely cloud managed, allowing users to securely access their system from any computer or mobile device“We previously managed a system that couldn’t scale with our growth,” said Arik Levy, CEO of Luxer One which makes package delivery smart lockers. “They seem to have really taken their time in solving the problems that exist with traditional systems. The productivity and features we’ve gained was like a breath of fresh air.” The Rhombus R1 cameras are plug-and-play – meaning they can be setup, taken down, and moved in a matter of minutes providing unique flexibility and scalability. Rhombus is entirely cloud managed, allowing users to securely access their system from any computer or mobile device. End-to-end encryption and automatic firmware updates come standard to ensure the system itself is secure. Seamless IT integrations, such as single sign-on (SSO), Office 365, and Slack are included to make managing the system and user-experience effortless. Rhombus’s $3 million seed round will allow them to execute its vision in replacing outdated video security systems to better protect organisations, as well as accelerate its growth into different sectors, and recruit more talent for sales and marketing.
LOCKEN was established in 2003, combining the knowledge and expertise of its three founders, Arnaud Flecchia, Roland de la Chapelle and Stéphane Conreux. Well established within the telecom and IT world, this threesome has transformed the business of access control: thanks to breakthrough technology, based on intelligent keys and user-friendly software, they brought to the market a solution that required no wiring or maintenance. This was a remarkable leap forward that has fully benefited major telecom, energy and water distribution infrastructures, where isolated and sensitive, external sites are the norm. LOCKEN Key and Web Request software 2014 saw the advent of the MyLocken application and new customised services were developed around access control In 2004, just a year after the company was setup, the LOCKEN key was sending its data via a remote device directly connected to the system. Awarded the "Trophée de l'innovation" in 2007, LOCKEN picked up the pace of innovation from then on. In 2009, the company released the LOCKEN Web Request software application, a complementary module improving coordination of the activities of technicians on sites. 2014 saw the advent of the MyLocken application and new customised services were developed around access control. The following year, the application took on a new dimension to meet the specific needs of customers with customised functions, such as authorisations, declarations of presence on site and reporting of anomalies, combined with new technologies like beacon and RFID. LOCKEN Smart Access In 2015, LOCKEN completed development of the software application termed LOCKEN Smart Access (LSA) In 2015, LOCKEN completed development of the software application termed LOCKEN Smart Access (LSA), the first multi-technology access management platform, making it a major breakthrough that would emerge as the cornerstone of its future strategy, since the system could now control different types of identifiers such as keys, badges and smartphones. In 2017, LSA's ergonomics were upgraded to a more graphic approach, in line with new practices using applications like Google Maps. Contactless Key and Bluetooth module Over time, major companies in the transport, industry, banking, and local government sectors have followed the lead of multi-site companies and turned to LOCKEN, attracted by its "customer business line optimisation" philosophy. In 2016, the merger with the Italian manufacturer ISEO opened up new avenues: the contactless key with a Bluetooth module arrived on the scene. More efficient and more secure, it has allowed LOCKEN to build leading-edge equipment into its offering. And to empower, today, its customers with tomorrow's cutting-edge technology.
In today’s era of globalisation, it is important to have talented and skilled employees in different locations. To significantly improve field operation, managing and analysing your team deployed in the field is a key task. Whether it is logistics, hospitality, construction or retail industries, it is essential to have effective communication with workers to keep up their morale and for better planning of field employees. With the traditional system, it becomes a herculean task to manage remote employees. Matrix COSEC Field Visit Management Matrix COSEC Field Visit Management is a comprehensive web-based field employee’s portal. It involves management of field employee’s activities and of Field Tasks carried out by employees under various Field Schedules. It provides live tracking of field employee schedules via reports with real-time notifications on exceptions. Key Features: Create Schedules of Individual Users Assignment of Daily Work Tasks View Field Visit Status Live Tracking of Schedule Status via reports SMS and Email Notifications on Exception
STANLEY Security, a trusted name in the world of security, has partnered with London-based security start-up Doordeck to launch the Stanley OneDoor smartphone-based access control system. Stanley OneDoor can be used with existing STANLEY access control products and rolled out to an entire building in under one hour, without the need for any new hardware. Designed to be quick and simple to use, Stanley OneDoor removes the need for keycards and tags and all the management and associated costs that entails. Instead, users gain access via their smartphones through the Stanley OneDoor App, ‘reading’ Stanley OneDoor tiles using either a QR code, via the app, or an NFC chip, just like Apple Pay and Google Pay. Costs associated with managing an access control system are largely removed, making Stanley OneDoor even more cost-effective Bank-level encryption Highly flexible, the system is secured with bank-level encryption and can also be used with traditional cards and tags where required. For STANLEY Security access control customers, Stanley OneDoor provides significant benefits with no capital expenditure. Instead, there is a competitively priced monthly subscription fee per door, with unlimited users. Furthermore, costs associated with managing an access control system are largely removed, making Stanley OneDoor even more cost-effective. Access can be managed remotely, with no requirement to be present to issue a virtual key. All administration functions are also managed online and are comparable to existing systems. Cost-effective and convenient There are environmental benefits to be had from this approach as existing hardware is used rather than heading for landfill and plastic cards and tags become a thing of the past. Stanley OneDoor is not only cost-effective and convenient but also highly secure: lost or misplaced keycards are a regular occurrence and represent a security threat. People are far more mindful of their Smartphone and, even if they are lost or stolen, remain more secure as fingerprint and facial recognition means the Stanley OneDoor app doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Refreshingly innovative technology For high-security sites, Stanley OneDoor can also be configured to use restricted wi-fi networks and GPS Geofencing as additional security layers. Plus, with immediately accessible usage logs and access data, administrators can see up-to-date statistics about who’s in their building and how it’s being used. OneDoor is one of the first solutions to emerge from our new approach to product development"Matthew Marriott, General Manager for STANLEY Security Great Britain, considers OneDoor to be a breakthrough product in access control: “OneDoor is one of the first solutions to emerge from our new approach to product development. We are partnering with tech start-ups and companies at an early stage to bring refreshingly innovative technology to the market in a commercially viable form. We are pleased to be working with Doordeck on this project and are now in a position to take OneDoor to market.” Effective access control systems William Bainborough, Chief Executive of Doordeck, said: “We are extremely excited to be partnering with STANLEY Security for Stanley OneDoor. We feel STANLEY Security not only understands the commercial value that Stanley OneDoor can bring to our customers, but also truly appreciates the technological expertise behind it.” Stanley OneDoor joins STANLEY Security’s comprehensive range of access control solutions including STANLEY NT500, Paxton, PLAN and in the enterprise level access control PACOM, Lenel, S2, Honeywell Prowatch, C-Cure Software House and Genetec. STANLEY’s team of security experts has decades of experience designing and installing effective access control systems in a broad range of industries.
Ask a student, or pretty much anyone, what they think about “access control” and you’ll get a shrug. Conversely, all of us are enthusiastic about security and convenience. Students across Europe are discovering SMARTair wireless access control gives them both. Adding SMARTair access control to a door involves just replacing a standard cylinder or escutcheon with a digital, smartphone- or smart-card–operated electronic lock. It’s hassle-free to make the switch to SMARTair. And with a system design focused on user experience, SMARTair takes some of the everyday pain out of student life. Wherever you fit SMARTair, it’s easy to configure access cards to enable payments in the canteen or at vending machines; for changing room locker locks; and for the photocopier or library loans. You can’t do that with a metal key. MIFARE RFID cards At Madrid’s prestigious Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros (CUNEF) students now open doors with smart MIFARE RFID cards instead of keys At Madrid’s prestigious Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros (CUNEF) students now open doors with smart MIFARE RFID cards instead of keys. CUNEF fitted escutcheons to monitor and ease access to different areas of the university for 1,600 students, without the need for expensive wired door locks. If a student loses their card, there’s no threat to campus security. A manager issues a new credential which automatically cancels the lost card — much faster than changing a lock. When Mezzino took ownership of Rialto Court — apartments for students attending Durham University and Teesside University — they replaced a mechanical master key system with SMARTair. From the company’s point of view, the high annual tenant turnover and a need for scheduled cleaning and summer shutdown were becoming difficult to manage with physical keys. Students also reaped the benefits of their new, user-friendly access system. They have the confidence no previous resident of their flat has copied a physical key. At Funway Academic Resort in Madrid, student rooms are also locked with SMARTair escutcheons. Energy-saving wall devices inside rooms regulate electricity use, and students each have their own safe locked with a SMARTair cabinet lock. The Funway gym, study rooms, games rooms, swimming pool and changing rooms, spa and staff areas are also locked with SMARTair escutcheons — and open with the same smart-card. SMARTair Openow solution The recent launch of the SMARTair Openow solution puts credentials on a mobile phoneThere’s more to come from SMARTair. The recent launch of the SMARTair Openow solution puts credentials on a mobile phone. With SMARTair and the Openow app, students can open their rooms and authorised doors with a smartphone. If you have your phone, you’re already carrying your keys. Student services or facilities managers issue virtual keys over-the-air — and can revoke them whenever they choose — so there’s no need for a key-card handover meeting, at the beginning or end of term. A time-limited virtual key arrives ahead of the first day and automatically expires when it’s time to vacate your halls. Mobile credentials Mobile credentials will be a big hit. Student life goes on inside the handset, as much as IRL (“In Real Life”, for the uninitiated). Last year’s Deloitte Mobile Consumer Survey found a fifth of 18- to 24-year-olds even check their phone for messages in the middle of the night*. From a security standpoint, phone-based credentials have another advantage. Checking our phones is “habitual”, “unconscious” and “repetitive”, according to one study**. We know very quickly if it is missing. How soon would you notice a missing plastic card, especially if you were enjoying yourself on a night out? Biometric security Plus, a virtual key on every student’s smartphone potentially provides an extra layer of biometric protection for every controlled university door Plus, a virtual key on every student’s smartphone potentially provides an extra layer of biometric protection for every controlled university door. Fingerprint, and even face and iris, scanners are commonplace on smartphones. ”Generation Z students were raised as digital natives,” says Felix Moran, SMARTair Product Manager at ASSA ABLOY. ”They expect convenience as a standard feature, not a mechanical solution used in Ancient Egypt. In Europe’s increasingly international, marketized higher education ecosystem, attracting these tech-savvy students is critical, as is keeping them satisfied with the campus experience.” SMARTair TS1000 software The complete SMARTair solution includes wireless escutcheons, cylinders, wall readers, locker locks and more; the intuitive SMARTair TS1000 software; and the enhanced new Openow app functionality. It works out the box and is easy to install — and even easier to operate.
Communication makes the world much, much smaller - but it also becomes critical to everyone. Once life-enriching communication technologies are embraced, not only do we like and enjoy the benefits, but we also become hooked on it day and night. "There is no doubt that the transportation industry is benefiting from always available communications, making sure drivers, mechanics, dispatchers are always connected and can exchange information when necessary," says Sagi Subocki, Vice President of Products and Marketing for MCC technology leader Softil. "However, for the most part until now, the transportation industry has had to rely on the traditional radio or simply standard mobile phones to perform all communications tasks. That's about to change with the advent of Mission Critical Communications over LTE and 5G as defined in the 3GPP Release 13-15 standard," adds Subocki. Mission critical communication over LTE MCC over LTE offers push to talk, push to video, text and multimedia chat, as well as location information for groups and point to point communications Mission critical communication (MCC) over LTE offers push to talk, push to video, text and multimedia chat, as well as location information for groups and point to point communications. Think about a driver who can push a button and instantly talk to all drivers within a 50-mile radius, for example, to inform them of road conditions, accidents, road works and other incidents. In the event of a breakdown, the truck driver can quickly obtain help from experts using video chat, which makes a driver's life a lot easier. Using the same MCC over LTE capabilities, the driver can see the location of all other drivers using the same radios, can engage in chat sessions with nearby garages and much, much more. And let's not forget that MCC over LTE communications can be prioritised over regular public mobile voice and data traffic, which can help in the case of accidents and natural disasters. Advanced communication solutions in Mining While different from the transportation industry, mining's reliance on advanced communication technologies might be even greater than the needs of the transportation market. Subocki explains: "Mission critical push to talk and push to video with guaranteed, prioritised delivery might well make the difference for mining workers. The ability to ask for urgent assistance simply at the push of a button is crucial in the day-to-day operations of an oil rig and a diamond mine." But the benefits of MCC over LTE don't stop there. As MCC over LTE communication is delivered over modern, very capable, rugged smartphones, these devices can be used to interface and collect data from all available sensors - air quality, temperature, radiation, presence of dangerous gases - all this information can be obtained automatically via MCC over LTE integration with IoT and can be used to increase safety. Drones in MCC over LTE In addition to engaging with all sensors, MCC over LTE communications can include drones which would provide video feeds whenever necessary In addition to engaging with all sensors, MCC over LTE communications can include drones which would provide video feeds whenever necessary - and the 3GPP MCPTT Release 16 standard will extend mission critical communication to include robots, which might be priceless. "Think about the implications of sending an MCC enabled robot to investigate a mine explosion and you'll see the future of MCC over LTE and 5G communications in the mining industry," adds Subocki. Market Value and Outlook A report from ABI Research found the total mission-critical communications market for base stations, repeaters, handsets and infrastructure in 2022 will be US$10 billion. The North American market continues to account for more than half of this world market with the rapidly growing Asia-Pacific region in second place with a 20 percent market share. Public-safety radio was the ancestor of critical communications providing mission-critical voice services and continues to represent over half of this market, followed by the industrial, transportation and utility segments. However, the need for mobile broadband data has also entered the equation driving critical communications systems to evolve to digital radio for data handling and spectrum efficiency. As a result, critical communications systems are slowly evolving from the current TETRA, Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) and Project 25 (P25) to coexist and interoperate with Long Term Evolution (LTE)-based systems. Softil's MCC over LTE Leadership Softil is a leader in Mission Critical Communication over LTE solutions for developers. Historically, Softil always focused on the full embrace of open communication standards - starting from close participation in the work of the appropriate SDOs, then developing best-of-breed APIs and implementation of the relevant standards, and most importantly, paying utmost attention to the interoperability of the offered solution by active participation and leading all relevant industry-wide interoperability testing events. Softil actively participates in development of the MCC over LTE standards in 3GPP, as well as interoperability testing at the ETSI Plugtest Events. Most importantly, Softil 3GPP Release 13-15 compliant client SDK implementation had been already commercially deployed on the market - in Korea, Softil powers latest and greatest implementation of the MCC over LTE-R communication devices installed on the newest high-speed train line, such as one connecting Incheon airport to PyongChang during the Olympic games.
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.”
An initial investment of $100 million launched the first American public university campus in Mexico: Arkansas State University Campus Queretaro (ASUCQ). Within five years of its 2017 opening, around 7,500 staff and students are expected to use the site, including campus accommodation for up to 1,500 students. To accompany such a high-profile development, the university needed security and access control systems with a trusted and proven track record protecting staff, students and other university assets. They sought a technology-based solution to reduce security risks across the campus, and specifically an access control system able to monitor multiple spaces and monitor all access points in real time. System software and hardware should make it fast and intuitive to generate or modify access rights for any campus user. A single solution needed to work across both common university facilities and separate areas with student accommodation. Monitoring campus in real time With the SMARTair Wireless Online option, facilities managers monitor the campus in real time, with live updating of who enters where, and when ASUCQ turned to SMARTair to protect its investment and site users. So far, around 600 SMARTair battery-powered online escutcheons have been installed across campus. High traffic flows through many campus doors required robust access control devices. With the SMARTair Wireless Online option, facilities managers monitor the campus in real time, with live updating of who enters where, and when. Intuitive SMARTair software enables all day-to-day administration from a central control point. "SMARTair is a very secure access control system that is also very intuitive for user and access management,” says Jose Alfonso Suarez Torres, Operations Chief at ASUCQ. Future plans for ASUCQ envision a ‘university city’ with up to 20,000 students — all protected in real time with SMARTair access control. And because a SMARTair system is wireless, expanding and upgrading access control will never disrupt the daily work or campus life at this fast-growing university. SMARTair mobile solution Openow A single interaction with the SMARTair TS1000 software is all it takes to make a virtual key disappear automatically from a user’s Openow app The new SMARTair mobile solution, Openow also gives facility managers the option to send, revoke and amend the validity of users’ keys, wherever they (or the keyholder) may be — with no need for physical credentials like keys or smart-cards. Students and staff save time, with no access cards to collect or validate. Each user installs and validates their Openow app and collects keys virtually. Tap a SMARTair escutcheon with your phone... and the door unlocks, if you are authorised to enter. Administrators save time and resource at the end of a student or staff member’s time on campus. A single interaction with the SMARTair TS1000 software is all it takes to make a virtual key disappear automatically from a user’s Openow app. A simple, secure, modern solution to university access control.
The saying goes that “business is business,” but many experienced executives in this industry have come to learn that a few ounces of compassion and understanding can sometimes be both necessary and appreciated. Operations don't always go as planned; we know that uncontrollable, tragic incidents may occur, and we want to be sure we're there for our customers and partners when they need it the most. This time of need often presents itself during a significant crisis, such as the one Puerto Rico experienced and continues to face from the devastation of two major hurricanes in September 2017. Hurricane Maria, which made landfall on Sept. 20, and was considered a “catastrophic event,” brought intense rain and wind to the island for longer than 30 hours, leaving residents without power, communication and water. TimeQuest reconfigures access control solutions Vanderbilt dealer TimeQuest Technologies, located in San Juan, was forced to suspend active projects and focus all resources on recovery The destruction and damage to roads, communities and businesses changed the lives of almost everyone involved — with the inability to access supermarkets, banks and gas stations, daily tasks were severely interrupted, and so too were security activities. Vanderbilt dealer TimeQuest Technologies, located in San Juan, was forced to suspend active projects and focus all resources on recovery. With its customers' having lost everything and their buildings destroyed, TimeQuest Technologies Vice President Alberto Cupeles took his team to visit each in person, surveying the need for basic necessities and offering their assistance. As its customers started to begin construction in the aftermath, TimeQuest Technologies was forced to reconfigure and reconstruct its access control systems, software and solutions, while trying to adjust to a shift in electricity and combatting inconsistent power from day to day. Vanderbilt-TimeQuest collaborate on disaster relief Having known Vanderbilt for more than 20 years, Cupeles was grateful for the trustworthy and sympathetic relationship that had developed over time, extending far beyond daily business operations. Both companies worked together to ensure overarching support and commitment to restoration, allowing TimeQuest Technologies to spend its time and effort where it was needed most. “The help we received helped not just our customers but also our families,” Cupeles said. “This wasn't just a business-only situation. There were people in the middle.” Collaborations in the security industry often run deeper than what's seen on the surface; when dealing with an unexpected occurrence, at the end of the day, providing comfort and consideration should always take precedence.
3xLOGIC, Inc., a provider of integrated, intelligent security solutions, and a three-time Deloitte Technology Fast 500 winner, announced that Frederick Douglass High School (FDHS) has deployed a highly-successful video surveillance installation that helps ensure two points of alarm verification to sharply reduce false alarms. In the summer of 2017, Sonitrol of Lexington and Bates Security completed one of the companies’ most innovative installations. The project includes verified audio detection, verified video, and an advanced access control system. FDHS, located in Lexington, KY, comprises 350,000+ sq. ft. with over 90 staff and hundreds of students. The video surveillance system utilises 192 3xLOGIC HD and IP camera models with analytics software for verification and network health monitoring WDR HD and IP cameras for clear pictures The video surveillance system utilises 192 3xLOGIC HD and IP camera models with analytics software for verification and network health monitoring. Sixty cameras are deployed outside the building and 130+ are located inside throughout the facility. The system features wide dynamic range cameras that automatically adjust to environmental lighting and allow the end user to see clearly out of a sun-lit window or in pitch-black darkness. The cameras record to six 3xLOGIC V7300 servers. “Every door has a strike and motion detection, every lower level room has an audio sensor,” explained Sean Moberly, Sonitrol of Lexington Project Manager, who designed the system. “Every entry has a sensor and panic buttons, and we have Sonitrol access control for 12-15 doors. We concealed the door readers with built-in pockets, so the reader is not exposed but still effectively reads cards. We have video verification at every entry door.” Easily accessible security system Moberly continued, “School staff and Law Enforcement are extremely pleased with 3xLOGIC and the technology the company offers. They love the image clarity and the range of coverage it provides with the zoom feature. They appreciate the ability for easy access with cell phones and laptop computers and told us how user friendly the system is. Upon receiving an audio detection alarm at the central station, the Sonitrol operator also receives video footage for every camera connected to that alarm point “This technology allows the user to conduct faster, more efficient searches, and it enables staff to narrow searches to one area, such as a specific door, and find out quickly what you need to know. The school is so pleased they are considering migrating from their current VMS software to 3xLOGIC VIGIL. In fact, we’re talking to multiple schools who are interested in moving to VIGIL for their existing VMS.” Double verification with audio and video detection The installation features verified audio detection operating in conjunction with the verified video system. Upon receiving an audio detection alarm at the central station, the Sonitrol operator also receives video footage for every camera connected to that alarm point. This ensures double verification before alerting police dispatch and provides responding officers with up-to-the-minute intelligence on what they’ll face upon arriving at the high school. Law enforcement and the administration stated that they use it all the time to recover property from thefts or for situations where an item was lost or mislaid. FDHS administration reported that they once used the camera system to help figure out what staff propped a door open over one weekend so they could address the issue directly with that person. The ability for Sonitrol to monitor the system in real time helps ensure there will be fewer incidents of cameras and recorders being down for any length of time VIGIL Central Management monitoring software Another unique and valuable service Sonitrol of Lexington provides the high school is 3xLOGIC’s VIGIL Central Management (VCM) or health-check monitoring software. Before the client is even aware, Sonitrol of Lexington can detect and repair camera failures, as well as server and hard drive issues without even going on site. The ability for Sonitrol to monitor the system in real time helps ensure there will be fewer incidents of cameras and recorders being down for any length of time. In the long term, VCM keeps the facility much safer and reduces repair costs. The system eliminates troublesome, costly false alarms with its two points of verification. The entire system can be conveniently managed by any device with internet access or via the 3xLOGIC mobile app, View Lite II. Bates Security and Sonitrol of Lexington recently received a SAMMY Installation of the Year award for this powerful, highly-effective security system.