Near Field Communication
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...
International Procurement Services (IPS) announces the release of the Research Electronics International (REI) ANDRE Deluxe Near-Field Detection Receiver which offers higher frequency detection range, ultrasonic detection, new software and a new antenna which extends the frequency detection range to 12 GHz. ANDRE Deluxe Near-Field Detection Receiver The ANDRE detects signal activity and displays a histogram of signal strength over time The ANDRE detects signal activity and displays a histogram...
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 cost...
Considering how much the modern smartphone has become a common everyday tool and cultural icon, it’s hard to believe it has only been with us for a relatively short space of time. The first Apple iPhone was launched in 2007 and yet in a little over a decade the smartphone has become as essential as our keys or wallet. From its conception as a multi-faceted communications device, it has morphed into something far more integrated in our daily lives. Services such as Apple Pay, Android Pay a...
There are several that make the widespread adoption now difficult, the first of which is the pitfalls of different phones and the platforms on which they run. Not everyone carries the same type of phone - or even a smartphone. When you have 3,000 people in a company who all need credentials to access a facility, it is rarely feasible to give each person a phone that will run the application needed. Another consideration is how to handle visitors and contractors that might require short- or long...
HID Global, a global provider of trusted identity solutions, has won the Security Sales & Integration (SSI) magazine’s 2018 MVP award for the company’s novel HID Trusted Tag Services for fire and safety compliance. The panel of judges included security industry leaders who selected HID’s IoT solution based on its innovation, functionality, competitive advantages and benefits to the integrator. HID Trusted Tag Services take a giant leap forward in the effectiveness of fire...
Following the success of the first Hereford Defence and Security Expo in 2017, Harrison Clark Rickerbys, one of the UK’s Top 100 law firms, is organising a second major defence and security expo, the Three Counties Defence and Security Expo (3CDSE) 2018, which will be held at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern on 31st May 2018. The event, which will be of interest to those involved in private and public safety and security, crime prevention and those serving in the police forces as well as to those in the military and broader defence and security industry, is the inspiration of Richard Morgan, partner and head of the Defence, Security and the Forces team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys. Richard said; “The first event at The Courtyard Theatre, Hereford, was over-subscribed, reaching the venue capacity of 30 exhibitors (with an unfulfilled waiting list of interested businesses) and 400 delegates, who attended from across the UK. Building on this success, the event has been scaled up, and we’re delighted that the Three Counties Showground in Malvern will be this year’s venue, with capacity for up to 150 exhibitors and 2,000 delegates.”Local business groups and government bodies have partnered with Harrison Clark Rickerbys to support the event Business networking He continued; “The regional dynamic and still relatively intimate scale of the event offers business to business networking opportunities between contributors to the defence and security sector in the Three Counties area as well as with prime contractors and the military. This means that unlike larger expos, delegates have the opportunity to meet with decision makers.” 3CDSE will be run in partnership with The Manufacturers’ Organisation (EEF) and its dedicated defence sub-group, National Defence Industries (NDI). Local business groups and government bodies, including the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, Worcestershire Business Central, Hereford Enterprise Zone/Skylon Park, Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership have also partnered with Harrison Clark Rickerbys to support the event. Support and participation With a theme of innovation, commitments of support and participation have been received from many senior military speakers including Brigadier Robin Sergeant, Head of Future Force Development of the British Army; Danny Wootton, Head of Innovation, MoD and Colonel Jani Marok RMR, Head of the Royal Marine Reserves. Leading defence and security experts from prime industry contractors such as Vodafone, BAE Systems and Thales will also be presenting and exhibiting, alongside leading defence and security businesses and experts based in the Three Counties. The exhibition space will be zoned, to include cyber security, hardware and vehicles, IT and communications (C4ITS) and unmanned aerial vehicles.Given the introduction of DEFCON 658, GDPR and the NIS Directive, we see the value in our sector coming together Sharing security lessons Dr Alex Tarter, head of Cyber Consulting at Thales, has been working in the field of critical national infrastructure cyber security for over 10 years, and will be one of the presenters at the event. Dr. Tarter said; “Thales believes in the strength and diversity of the defence and security supply chain which is why we’re happy to support the Three Counties Defence and Security Expo." "Given the recent significant changes to our industry through the introduction of DEFCON 658, GDPR and the NIS Directive, we see the value in our sector coming together, sharing valuable lessons learned and contributing to the creation of a vibrant and secure environment for UK PLC to continue to blossom on the world-stage.” Workshops and presentations In addition to the presentation programme, there will be a networking breakfast with a keynote speaker, as well as a full day of workshops and presentations covering international trade, grants and finance and practical information about doing business with the MoD.3CDSE will appeal to those operating in the defence and security industry Outside the exhibition hall there will be a military display; inside, alongside the main defence and security exhibition, there will be a professional village presenting organisations such as banks and recruitment businesses who provide professional advice and specialist services to the defence industry. Members of the West Midlands Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association will also be on hand to answer employer queries about the MoD’s Employer Covenant. Richard Morgan concluded; “3CDSE will appeal to those operating in the defence and security industry, those seeking products and services from the industry and those seeking to engage with the industry for joint ventures, employment, education or other initiatives.”
The rapid adoption of employee scheduling and workforce management software SmartTask gathered pace last year with record levels of growth in the UK and internationally. In particular, there was an 81% increase in the number of field service businesses using the system during 2017, which now includes over 100 manned security providers and 15% of the ACS Pacesetters. “Over the past few years we have worked hard to understand the needs of the manned security industry to develop a solution that possesses the right mix of employee scheduling and workforce management functionality,” explains Paul Ridden, CEO of SmartTask. “This has enabled us to achieve impressive growth last year both domestically and worldwide, with our software now being used in 15 countries and successful trials underway in mainland Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australasia.” Intelligent rostering functionality The number of locations that are now coordinated using SmartTask grew by 160% in 2017 to over 16,000, across a 17,000-strong employed and subcontracted workforce. In fact, the variety of managed sites expanded significantly to include: Football stadiums, national museums, retail developments, industrial estates, science parks, schools, universities, factories, airports, banks, hospitals and even a F1 racing team.The intelligent rostering functionality is being used to schedule almost one million hours of work per month SmartTask continued to help manned security providers to gain visibility and control over customer sites with more than 250,000 patrols monitored, over 5.5 million NFC checkpoints scanned, and 50,000 electronic Smartforms processed during 2017. Meanwhile, the intelligent rostering functionality is being used to schedule almost one million hours of work per month, as well as calculating £40 million of employee pay and £50 million of customer billing over the past year. Towards cloud-based solutions A number of new innovations were introduced in 2017 in response to changing needs within the security marketplace. Using its established expertise within the sector and taking advantage of the latest technological developments, SmartTask introduced a new vetting capability to simplify appropriate employee screening and background checks. A comprehensive trial of Smartbeacons was also undertaken as part of a project to extend patrol monitoring and proof of presence options. “2017 saw the number of businesses depending on SmartTask expand by more than 80%. This record growth is down to our ability to develop a highly adaptable, scalable and affordable cloud-based solution that achieves proven business and operational benefits for manned security providers. We are looking forward to building on this success and expect to continue this growth trend through 2018 and beyond.”
HID Global, a developer of trusted identity solutions, has identified the top trends in the identity technology industry for 2018. The company points towards increased cloud and mobile access adoption, more focus on securing the Internet of Things (IoT), and data analytics as some of the top trends that will take centre stage in developing more intelligent, connected experiences this year. “Trusted identities will emerge this year as the fundamental building blocks for organisations to create environments that connect people, places and things,” said Samuel Asarnoj, Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy & Business Development with HID Global. “The user experience will be redefined by mobile, IoT and cloud technologies and deliver new capabilities for the future.” HID Global sees five significant trends in 2018 that will influence how organisations leverage the power of trusted identities. Cloud-based identity management Increased awareness of the cloud’s ease of deployment, flexibility, connectivity options and productivity benefits will escalate adoption. Access control cloud platforms with APIs and SDKs will fuel new software solutions that expand choices for organisations to get the most out of their investments. Cloud-based card issuance will drive adoption due to its simplicity, security and cost structure, while governments increasingly investigate how printed IDs can be complemented by cloud-issued mobile citizen IDs.Increased awareness of the cloud’s ease of deployment, flexibility, connectivity options and productivity benefits will escalate adoption Cloud authentication and credential management will further integrate mobile devices, tokens, cards and machine-to-machine endpoints. Digital certificates in the IoT will draw upon the trusted cloud services to deliver and manage certificates across thousands of devices. Enhanced IoT security Digital certificates will become a core component for adding trust in the IoT by issuing unique digital IDs to printers and encoders, mobile phones, tablets, video cameras and building automation systems, plus a broader range of things like connected cars and medical devices. Apple iOS 11 ‘read’ support of NFC will fuel adoption of IoT-based applications such as brand protection, customer loyalty programmes and other use cases that will further drive the need to enhance security in the IoT. Increased mobile access adoption 2017 was the year mobile access went mainstream and adoption will accelerate even further in 2018. Maturity in mobile solutions and integration into other systems, coupled with mobile’s ability to enhance user convenience, improve operational efficiency and provide higher security will drive accelerated growth for mobile access and mainstream adoption. Card emulation, the NFC mode most coveted for mobile access control, remains reserved exclusive to Apple Pay. This leaves Bluetooth as the communication standard for cross-platform mobile access support. Still, organisations will invest in readers and other infrastructure that supports NFC and BLE to prepare for future possibilities.Devices, access control systems, IoT applications and other solutions connected to the cloud will provide robust data for advanced analytics Convergence of physical and digital security The concept of Physical Identity & Access Management (PIAM) will drive convergence of physical and digital security to a single credential, putting identity at the centre of all use cases. Government, finance, energy and other regulated markets will emerge as the forerunners using these solutions for secure access to buildings, email, websites and VPN. New converged identity models that use cloud authentication and mobile devices are also emerging, such as the ability to verify a person’s presence at a location, mobile IDs that validate physical citizen IDs, and smart cards that authenticate users to enterprise resources. Analytics-driven risk-based intelligence Devices, access control systems, IoT applications and other solutions connected to the cloud will provide robust data for advanced analytics. Insights from these analytics can be used to optimise workflow solutions and provide more seamless access for end users. Predictive analytics and biometrics will play a crucial role in people-centric security and address employee demands for workplaces to deliver premium, more individualised services. Analytics will also help reduce downtime in the enterprise, spur factory automation and improve compliance via condition monitoring that is based on real-time location and sensing solutions.
HID Global, a global provider of trusted identity solutions, has identified the top trends in the identity technology industry for 2018. The company points towards increased cloud and mobile access adoption, more focus on securing the Internet of Things (IoT), and data analytics as some of the top trends that will take centre stage in developing more intelligent, connected experiences this year. “Trusted identities will emerge this year as the fundamental building blocks for organisations to create environments that connect people, places and things,” said Samuel Asarnoj, Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy & Business Development with HID Global. “The user experience will be redefined by mobile, IoT and cloud technologies and deliver new capabilities for the future.” HID Global sees five significant trends in 2018 that will influence how organisations leverage the power of trusted identities. Organisations embracing the benefits of the cloud Increased awareness of the cloud’s ease of deployment, flexibility, connectivity options and productivity benefits will escalate adoption. Access control cloud platforms with APIs and SDKs will fuel new software solutions that expand choices for organisations to get the most out of their investments. Cloud-based card issuance will drive adoption due to its simplicity, security and cost structure, while governments increasingly investigate how printed IDs can be complemented by cloud-issued mobile citizen IDs. Cloud authentication and credential management will further integrate mobile devices, tokens, cards and machine-to-machine endpoints. And digital certificates in the IoT will draw upon the trusted cloud services to deliver and manage certificates across thousands of devices. Connected devices and environments focusses on IoT security Digital certificates will become a core component for adding trust in the IoT by issuing unique digital IDs to printers and encoders, mobile phones, tablets, video cameras and building automation systems, plus a broader range of things like connected cars and medical devices. Apple iOS 11 ‘read’ support of NFC will fuel adoption of IoT-based applications such as brand protection, customer loyalty programs and other use cases that will further drive the need to enhance security in the IoT. Growth of mobile access control solutions 2017 was the year mobile access went mainstream and adoption will accelerate even further in 2018. Maturity in mobile solutions and integration into other systems, coupled with mobile’s ability to enhance user convenience, improve operational efficiency and provide higher security will drive accelerated growth for mobile access and mainstream adoption. Card emulation, the NFC mode most coveted for mobile access control, remains reserved exclusive to Apple Pay; this leaves Bluetooth as the communication standard for cross-platform mobile access support. Still, organisations will invest in readers and other infrastructure that supports NFC and BLE to prepare for future possibilities. Convergence of physical and digital security The concept of Physical Identity & Access Management (PIAM) will drive convergence of physical and digital security to a single credential, putting identity at the centre of all use cases. Government, finance, energy and other regulated markets will emerge as the forerunners using these solutions for secure access to buildings, email, websites and VPN. New converged identity models that use cloud authentication and mobile devices are also emerging, such as the ability to verify a person’s presence at a location, mobile IDs that validate physical citizen IDs, and smart cards that authenticate users to enterprise resources. Advanced analytics to optimise workflow solutions Devices, access control systems, IoT applications and other solutions connected to the cloud will provide robust data for advanced analytics. Insights from these analytics can be used to optimise workflow solutions and provide more seamless access for end users. Predictive analytics and biometrics will play a crucial role in people-centric security and address employee demands for workplaces to deliver premium, more individualised services. Analytics will also help reduce downtime in the enterprise, spur factory automation and improve compliance via condition monitoring that is based on real-time location and sensing solutions.
The next level in hotel lock engineering for hospitality, Ælement Fusion, is packed with innovative features including a JustIN Mobile application for mobile access with NFC and BLE engine, SALTO BLUEnet wireless technology for real-time access control management and the SALTO Virtual Network (SVN) data-on-card technology. RFID-compatible electronic lock SALTO’s new Ælement Fusion is an electronic lock with a sleek round reader that eliminates lock hardware on the door by encasing all electronic components inside the door itself, making security virtually invisible. The Ælement Fusion is SALTO’s latest evolution in hotel lock engineering that increases security, improves operations and enhances décor. The Ælement Fusion is compatible with RFID and BLE (Bluetooth) technologies that integrate seamlessly with mobile applications including SALTO Systems’ JustIN Mobile. Providing a minimalistic design that blends in with any hotel décor, the Ælement Fusion’s small, customisable light ring reader (available in black or white) offers a discreet electronic lock for hotels looking to deploy electronic access control with a stylish, yet technologically-advanced solution. SALTO offers a variety of door handles and finishes to complement any door style.Ælement Fusion is the future of the hospitality industry’s electronic locking technology" Advanced wireless technology “For more than a decade, our intention has been to create an invisible electronic hotel lock. The Ælement Fusion is the realisation of that vision,” said Marc Handels, SALTO Systems CMSO. “With the introduction of Ælement nine years ago, we revolutionised the hotel electronic lock market. AElement Fusion marks a new era for SALTO Hospitality — one in which the electronic lock disappears into the guest experience.” Security, efficiency and design are all essential aspects of access control in the highly competitive hospitality sector. Ælement Fusion incorporates SALTO’s stand-alone, battery-powered electronic lock and technology, SVN data-on-card and advanced wireless technology, with online, real-time capabilities — all without using wires. JustIN Mobile powered door security “Ælement Fusion is the future of the hospitality industry’s electronic locking technology,” said Handels. “It is packed with incredible new technologies, like the innovative JustIN Mobile application that allows guests and staff to use their smartphone as a key, beautiful design light ring contactless reader, and SALTO BLUEnet wireless engine for real-time access control.” To help architects, designers and engineers decide which is the best Ælement Fusion model, SALTO has developed an innovative tool that allows complete visualisation and customisation of the locking solutions chosen by the user. By accessing the web page, the user is able to select the door lock model online to configure and create their customised door by personalising everything. This smart tool will help visitors select different designs and lock models, giving them an idea of how the solutions will look on different types of doors and with different finishes.
Identiv, Inc. announced the company has entered into a distribution partnership with Development Trading Company (DTC), the first and leading security printing and services company in Saudi Arabia. In partnership with DTC, Identiv will bring its portfolio of highly secure smart card reader technology and credentials to the Middle East for the first time. This global expansion reflects Identiv’s goal to make affordable, high-security access and identification solutions universally available. Identiv’s smart card-based products for physical and logical access control Utilized around the world, Identiv’s smart card-based products and solutions enable security and identification applications, transaction systems, e-health and e-government applications. Identiv’s smart card reader portfolio features the broadest variety of contact, contactless, and mobile smart card reader and terminal technology, and digital identity and transaction platforms. Available in varied form factors, Identiv’s comprehensive, end-to-end portfolio of credentials can be used for physical and logical access control, converged access solutions for building and computer access, transit payment, brand protection, time and attendance, cashless vending, and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Identiv’s cards are available as single-technology credentials, multi-technology, or credentials with a contact chip for high-assurance deployments using digital certificates. DTC joins Identiv’s 400+ distribution partners and customers in over 50 countries worldwide. “Identiv shares DTC’s enthusiasm of forging into the connected future of physical and logical access control,” said Dr. Manfred Mueller, Identiv COO and General Manager, Smart Card Readers and Transponders. “For the first time ever, Identiv will offer its complete portfolio of smart card reader technology and credentials to the Middle East, made possible by this exciting new partnership.” DTC aims to bring RFID technology, classified document protection and high security access control to the Gulf region “DTC is focused on bringing radio frequency identification (RFID), brand authenticity, document protection, secure credentials, and the highest security access control to the Middle East,” said Sultan M. Al Ammari, DTC Operations Manager. “We are thrilled to partner with Identiv, the most trusted global provider of physical security and secure identification solutions, and provide our partners with Identiv’s cutting-edge smart card reader and credential technology.” Identiv is proud to be connected to a growing number of national distribution partners who support the company’s smart card reader, credential, and radio frequency (RFID), near field communication (NFC), and inlay business units. This expert network of security solution distributors supports the industry by delivering progressive, innovative technology to their customers.
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.”
HID Global, a global provider of trusted identity solutions, has announced that HID is the world’s first ticketing solution provider to be certified to deliver more secure, lower cost, faster contactless tickets based on an open standard called Calypso Light Application (CLAP). CLAP-certified SOMA Atlas Public transportation authorities around the world no longer need to accept lower security, incompatibility and slower speeds or be locked into a proprietary low-end ticket system. HID’s CLAP-certified solution, SOMA Atlas, is now recognised by the Calypso Networks Association (CNA) as providing interoperability and greater flexibility to transportation operators. “HID Global is bringing a new level of trust to low-cost contactless tickets for public transportation by supporting an open standard that will overtake the proprietary memory cards commonly used for low-end tickets, such as single trip tickets,” said Cesare Paciello, Vice President, Ticketing & Transport with HID Global. “Being the first ticket provider in the world to achieve Calypso Light Application certification positions HID strongly to lead the way to enable mid-sized and smaller public transportation networks to do next-generation automated fare collection.” Contactless CLAP ticketing Recognised widely and deployed in many countries for secure, fast and flexible ticketing, Calypso is an open standard of contactless ticketing, suitable for multiple applications, especially public transportation in which Calypso cards and NFC mobile phones are used. To extend the success of the Calypso standard and help solve the incompatibility of low-cost tickets, a worldwide group of transport operators in the Calypso Networks Association, a not-for-profit standards body, ratified a set of specifications for the Calypso Light Application standard. CLAP tickets have the same security as high-end tickets, such as sports season tickets, but at a lower cost CLAP tickets have the same security as high-end tickets, such as sports season tickets, but at a lower cost than typical Calypso tickets. CLAP is also simple to deploy because, unlike proprietary memory cards, the use of CLAP tickets does not require development work to be integrated into an Automated Fare Collection (AFC) System. Automated Fare Collection System To become the first ticketing solution provider to receive the CLAP certification, HID had to pass the technical evaluation that was conducted by Elitt, a CNA-accredited laboratory. HID has been working with Calypso technology since 2014, resulting in the development of the SOMA Atlas, an OS architecture that combines the multi-application capabilities of the KIAT operating system with the Calypso 3.1 standard. HID achieved its first Calypso certification in July 2016 with SOMA Atlas V1, which proved to be one of the fastest products of its kind. RFID, key management and smart card tokens As the next logical step in its evolution of an open standards-based approach, HID’s ticketing and transportation team in Italy developed the CLAP-certified SOMA Atlas OS architecture to broaden the customer acceptance of more secure ticketing by small to mid-sized transportation operators. Known as the ticketing solution provider that delivered millions of tickets for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, HID provides end-to-end ticketing solutions, including transportation ticketing terminals, data capturing software, key management capabilities, RFID paper tickets, smart card tokens, smart wristbands, among other components. Its multi-application operating systems can be integrated with existing hardware.
More than seven years after the implementation of the Guangzhou Government shared network phase 1, initially built for the 2010 Asia Games, Airbus has been selected to supply further state-of-the-art secure communications equipment towards a new project called go-for-metro in Guangzhou City. Go-for-metro, featuring two phases, aims in fully securing Guangzhou suburb and rural metro lines. Phase I of this project has undergone work to fully secure nine brand new metro lines with the installation of a DXTA Tetra server and TB3 base stations in 2016. The DXTA is a next-generation, mission-critical communication device and the newest addition to the DXT product family. The ‘A’ in DXTA stands for Advanced Telecommunication Computing Architecture (ATCA), which is widely used in all major global telecom networks. Thanks to the new hardware, the DXTA boasts of improved capacity and provides increased flexibility for both Tetra and hybrid networks. DXTA Airbus Tetra server to serve ten metro lines in Phase II Airbus will equally participate in Phase II of this project as they recently won the bid to secure ten existing operational metro lines, and will provide DXTA, and TB3 base stations, and more than 3,000 terminals. The go-for-metro project will make the Guangzhou Government Shared Network the second biggest Tetra network in APAC region, just after Beijing Government Shared Network, also provided by Airbus. The Guangzhou Government network will provide smooth communications in both on-ground and under-ground areas for more than 45,000 subscribers from government authorities. In addition to the government network go-for-metro project, Airbus is also the supplier of Tetra radio communication systems for seven metro lines and provides mission-critical communications for metro users and secures daily operations in Guangzhou. Furthermore, Airbus provided the Tetra radio communications system for the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.
MyTAG.io and HID Global created a system that integrates data key management, security patrol and contractor services into a single interface CityPoint is one of London’s most iconic structures. The arched roof with cantilevered buttresses reaches 417 feet (127 meters) skyward, flanked by low-rise extensions creating two 12-story galleria and a ground floor winter garden with sloping, glazed roofs. CityPoint’s 35 stories of structural steel, glass and aluminum includes over 706,000 sq. feet (65,600 sq. m) of office space, ground-level shops and restaurants, a fitness center, multi-level underground parking and basement level storage. The tallest in London when it was first built in 1967, the CityPoint building has evolved along with the historic city, adapting to changing demands by implementing advanced technology to keep pace with today’s requirements. “Technology and tenant needs have changed dramatically since this building first opened 50 years ago,” said Lee Murray, CityPoint building manager. “CityPoint thrives today by adapting quickly to change, and striving to operate our facilities at the forefront of technology.” Challenges Operated by CityPoint’s Estate Management Team, CityPoint’s mission is to ensure an optimal environment for businesses to conduct enterprise activities, while maintaining high security standards that protect tenants, their guests, their assets, as well as CityPoint staff and contractors. Thousands of people pour into and out of the building with each day’s cycle, while CityPoint staff and contractors maintain 24-hour watch over the operations. Among their daily functions, three potential areas of improvement had been identified for the facility: Automated key management. Over 220 physical keys unlock distinct areas within the facility. CityPoint staff is assigned varying levels of authorisation, designating which keys they are allowed to use to access secure areas as needed. A manual, paper-based system for tracking the distribution and collection of keys had proven time consuming, ineffective and inaccurate, resulting in lost and stolen keys on a regular basis. Improved security patrol. Security officers and contractors patrol 280 designated points within the building and an additional 15 points on the surrounding grounds every day. A handheld wand was used to collect a digital timestamp at each numbered checkpoint, with the data downloaded to computers only after the completion of each individual patrol. Incident reports were handwritten, meaning they were largely un-actionable until each patrol was finished. Even then, the written reports had to be cross-referenced with the numerical checkpoint data for verification. Better contractor management. Dozens of mechanical and security contractors on site daily help keep CityPoint running smoothly. A significant operational expense, CityPoint lacked a means for accurately auditing billable time for contracted services. “MyTAG showed us how their solutions integrated with NFC technology from HID Global could enhance the accuracy and efficiency of all three areas with a common platform,” said Lee Murray. Several hundred HID Global NFC tags were deployed to identify assets, checkpoints and people throughout the facility Solutions MyTAG.io and HID Global partnered to create a system for CityPoint that integrates data key management, security patrol and contractor services into a single interface to deliver more accurate information in real time. Near field communication (NFC) technology enabled seamless deployment of the solution throughout the facility, with minimal investment in infrastructure. Cloud-based solutions, including MyTAG’s security management software and HID Trusted Tag® Services, allowed CityPoint to deploy this comprehensive solution using their existing computer infrastructure, standard NFC-enabled smartphones and tablets, and NFC readers that connected to computers via USB. The cloud-based system further enabled CityPoint’s estate management team to customise the interface with their commercial property information, employee information, contractor details and other data to provide complete control and visibility into facility operations. “The CityPoint solution required placement of unique identifiers at hundreds of points within the building and the surrounding grounds outside, in addition to equipping the staff and contractors,” said Mark Robinton, Direcor of Business Development and Strategic Innovation with HID Global. “HID Global offers the industry’s broadest, most flexible line of NFC transponders to meet different environmental and security needs, which made it possible to fulfill the exceptional and diverse requirements at CityPoint.” Several hundred HID Global NFC tags were deployed to identify assets, checkpoints and people throughout the facility. HID Epoxy Tag Keyfob transponders, designed to provide unique identities to keys, were ideal for CityPoint’s key management application. HID Inlays & Labels were used to designate numerous patrol checkpoints throughout the building. NFC Stickers custom-printed with a CityPoint illustration fit seamlessly with the building’s interior design standards, while clearly marking each point for guards to tap on their daily tours. To designate outdoor checkpoints, HID Poly Tag transponders were chosen for their ability to withstand exposure to seasonal elements. Familiar ISO Card badges enable contractors to check in and out easily at NFC terminals. “HID Trusted Tag Services enables proof of presence, with frictionless authentication - which is the ideal match for commercial and private real estate properties” A simple tap is all the training most personnel needed to ensure effective system deployment, while HID Trusted Tag® Services – in contrast to traditional NFC tags - ensured each tap with an NFC device is secure, unique and impossible to clone. Key management: To use a physical key, a user can now just tap a tablet computer with the keyfob and enter an authorised identity. The user is then notified of when the key is due to be returned. When returned, the user taps the tablet again to check the key back in. MyTAG.io generates a main dashboard screen showing all keys that are checked out, who has them, and when they are due back. Security patrol: On patrol, security guards can now simply tap each checkpoint on his/her designated tour with their NFC-enabled smartphone. MyTAG.io identifies each checkpoint by name, and automatically uploads timestamp information and updates databases in real time. The MyTAG.io system records a guard’s progress automatically and can trigger an alert should too much time pass between checkpoints. If a guard encounters an incident, they can use their smartphone to generate a detailed report – including photo or video evidence if necessary – and immediately escalates activity as needed according to preset protocols. Contractor management: Contractors are now issued pre-printed NFC ISO cards upon arrival at CityPoint. They tap a tablet computer to check in and confirm their identities. Another tap records the completion of their assignment, and the card is returned to facility management for re-use. Benefits “HID Trusted Tag Services enables proof of presence, with frictionless authentication - which is the ideal match for commercial and private real estate properties,” said Mike George, managing director of MyTAG. “With full integration into MyTAG.io, the opportunities are limitless to deploy secure proof of presence and other trusted NFC capabilities throughout CityPoint as their business needs continue to evolve.” CityPoint has significantly reduced staff time previously spent manually logging and tracking keys, not to mention time and resources spent replacing lost or stolen keys. Not only can the team account for each key instantaneously, they now have access to historical issuance and return activities to better understand which keys are in greatest demand and by whom. The improved security patrols deliver greater peace of mind for tenants and staff, through more timely, accurate and detailed reporting The improved security patrols deliver greater peace of mind for tenants and staff, through more timely, accurate and detailed reporting. Even when an individual security guard is on patrol, the guard is constantly connected to facilities management, creating proven interactions at every checkpoint. MyTAG.io can track the time lapse between checkpoints, and in the event that a guard does not reach a consecutive point in the prescribed amount of time, the system can trigger an appropriate alarm – from a reminder message to the guard, to an alert for facilities staff to investigate further. This provides added assurance to guards that they have constant communication with facility staff, even when walking tours alone. Results CityPoint reports that the NFC and cloud-based solution has reduced the time it takes for individual security patrols, due to the increased efficiency of digital tracking versus the previously cumbersome manual recording of checkpoints and incidents. Eliminating the paperwork also enables each guard to more effectively observe surroundings. CityPoint has also recognised improvement in the management of their contract employee partners. More accurate, auditable time and attendance ensures CityPoint is paying only for services rendered, and contractors are ensured fair compensation for work completed. Reports detail site visits and activities, providing management insight and substantiation for contractor invoices.
The university needed its access control system to be easy to expand without forfeiting earlier investments Operating a large university campus in a busy urban setting can be challenging enough. When the campus spans dozens of geographically dispersed buildings housing expensive equipment and high-value student work product, the challenge becomes even more complex. Academy of Art University in San Francisco met these challenges with an access control system that simultaneously delivers the security it needs along with important new capabilities and an improved campus experience. Challenges The Academy of Art University in San Francisco was established in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens, a fine art painter and creative director for Sunset Magazine. Opened in a single rented loft initially to teach advertising art, the university soon assembled a distinguished faculty of practicing art and design professionals with a shared philosophy: hire established professionals to teach future professionals. Today, the university has more than 18,000 students and 30 areas of academic emphasis, making it the country’s largest private school of art and design. At the same time, the university boasts a thriving campus life including clubs, special events, social activities, and its Urban Knights athletic program which competes at the NCAA Division II level. By the mid-2000s, the Academy of Art University occupied approximately 20 buildings housing classrooms, offices and residential halls that were scattered across the city. Each location had multiple points of access, and was protected only by basic locks and metal keys. The inadequate security of this arrangement became painfully apparent after a daylight break-in and burglary at one of the university residence halls resulted in significant property losses. According to the university’s campus safety director, Mike Petricca, this was unacceptable for a university that prides itself in giving students a safe place to learn where they could nurture their creativity and put countless hours into valuable work portfolios. To improve security, the university took what previously was a one-man campus safety organization augmented by security guards and replaced it with an organisation spanning 130 employees, a 24-hour patrol team, a campus communications centre with emergency dispatching service, and round-the-clock safety hosts stationed at most buildings. Additionally, the university embarked on a programme to secure every building across its widely dispersed campus. “What has resulted is the nation’s first university to be completely locked down with all access controlled through a single, centralised system,” Petricca said. “Securing all of our doors with an access control system was the single most important thing we had to do to improve our campus security.” In addition to increasing campus safety and security, the university also needed its access control system to be easy to expand without forfeiting earlier investments. Meeting the twin needs for both security and scalability would require a move to a system based on an open architecture that could support multiple card technologies and future enhancements. With this platform in place, the university’s cardholders would eventually be able to more than just open doors with their ID cards, including making secure purchases and gaining access to Urban Knights athletic events. The university installed a total of nearly 260 readers at approximately 50 buildings including 17 residential halls Solutions The Academy of Art University turned for its solution to Microbiz Security Company, a long-time HID Global partner and leading provider of consolidated security solutions including video surveillance, intrusion and access control products. Microbiz recommended the HID Global iCLASS SE® platform, including the company’s multiCLASS SE™ readers that support both its Indala® low-frequency, entry-level proximity cards for physical access control, as well as HID Global’s iCLASS SE high-security smart card credentials. The iCLASS SE platform can be used with iCLASS, MIFARE® and DESFire® card technology, as well as iCLASS Seos™ high-security smart card credentials. Both iCLASS SE and iCLASS Seos card technology use HID Global’s Secure Identity Object (SIO) data model, which represents many forms of identity information on any device that has been enabled to work within the secure boundary and central identity-management ecosystem of the company’s Trusted Identity Platform (TIP). TIP and SIOs enable iCLASS Seos credentials to be carried inside Near Field Communications (NFC)-enabled smartphones in a managed access environment. The Academy of Art sees this as an important future capability that will be extremely attractive to students, faculty and staff who rely more and more heavily on smartphones for a variety of daily tasks. In the first two months after initiating deployment, the university installed approximately 40 multiCLASS readers at 14 buildings. It has since installed a total of nearly 260 readers at approximately 50 buildings including 17 residential halls. Every residential hall and computer lab is now protected, and the university continues to install new readers as it acquires buildings and adds or reconfigures rooms to house valuable equipment and assets. The university has realised a number of important benefits from its new access control system, including documented reductions in theft even as enrolment has increased, and an improved campus experience Additionally, the university has completely replaced the previous magnetic stripe (magstripe) cards that had been issued but were never carried or used. The university is now issuing approximately 65,000 to 75,000 ID cards each semester using HID Global’s Corporate 1000 programme, which provides a unique 35-bit card format that supports just over 1 million individual card numbers for use with standard HID proximity readers. Approximately 25,000 cards are in use at any given time, and card numbers are tracked in the manufacturing process to ensure they are not duplicated. The university’s access control system automatically turns the cards off at the conclusion of one semester and back on again at the beginning of the next, or permanently disables the student’s identity following their resignation or failure to re-enroll. With its new access control solution, metal keys are no longer required and the ID cards enable users to open doors much more quickly, which can be very important in an urban environment. Also, the same card that is used to open doors can also be used to enter Urban Knights sporting events, or make purchases using Knight Kash, the university’s debit program for meals and cashless vending. The Academy of Art University created its Knight Kash programme to be the ultimate complement to the university experience. ID cards are used not just for dining on campus, but also at off-campus merchant partner establishments to provide the greatest possible flexibility, variety and value. The university also uses the cards for a part- and full-time employee payroll system, and is considering using the cards for student attendance systems and other applications in the future, as well as enabling users to carry the ID cards on their smartphones. Results The university has realised a number of important benefits from its new access control system, including documented reductions in theft even as enrolment has increased, and an improved campus experience. The system has also significantly improved reporting capabilities, enabling the security team to, for instance, provide valuable input about building usage that resulted in new building access hours and policies. “We’ve certainly seen a lot of change at our campus, in terms of technologies, policies and procedures, and it was all necessary in order for us to achieve the security we needed along with an enhanced experience for everyone that spends time here,” Petricca said. “With our new access control foundation in place, we can now embrace change and rely on this system infrastructure to support future improvements that will benefit faculty and staff, as well as students and their parents.”
SmartTask’s custom smartforms replace existing paper-based processes and reduce administration Oakpark Security Systems, an independent security business across East Anglia, London, and the South East of England, has expanded its use of employee scheduling and mobile workforce management solution SmartTask having achieved a host of business and operational benefits. The company has adopted its custom reporting package having successfully rolled out SmartTask’s advanced proof of attendance and incident notification solution across its mobile response and manned guarding teams. SmartTask has already reduced administration by between 15 and 20 hours a month, with further savings expected with the adoption of the latest functionality. Meanwhile, the system has helped Oakpark to win two security contracts in recent months and is supporting ongoing customer retention by delivering higher levels of service. This investment in leading technology solutions is also making a key contribution to its top two per cent SIA Approved Contractor Scheme rating. Oakpark will use SmartTask’s custom smartforms to replace existing paper-based processes to streamline certain areas of the business and reduce administration. In particular, vacant property inspections and supervisor visits will now use SmartTask-enabled tablets to electronically-capture information for assessments and evaluations, which are then uploaded to an online portal for viewing and analysis. Easy monitoring and reporting for security personnel SmartTask was originally selected to capture proof of attendance for Oakpark’s Mobile Response Teams, replacing a patrol monitoring system SmartTask was originally selected to capture proof of attendance for Oakpark’s Mobile Response Teams, replacing a previous patrol monitoring system that was no longer fit for purpose. Security officers use SmartTask installed on a smartphone to scan unique NFC checkpoint tags at key locations around customer sites to prove that predefined routes have been patrolled. Information is electronically recorded to the online portal, accessible to both Oakpark staff and customers, making it possible to monitor performance. Following the initial success of the system, SmartTask was rolled out across 14 sites within Oakpark’s manned guarding operation. The company also enhanced the functionality to include incident reporting, enabling both mobile and static security officers to generate notifications for immediate or future action. Using a dropdown menu officers can select from a list of incident categories, input up to 1,000 characters and attach supporting photographic evidence. Each alert is sent direct to Oakpark’s 24/7 control room or direct to a customer contact, providing live visibility of any issues. Improved operational control for security business Edward Smith, Risk & Resilience Manager at Oakpark Security Systems Ltd commented, “We are using SmartTask to support our growth strategy within target markets. It is helping us differentiate our offering and deliver industry best practise, based on our ability to provide advanced data capture and reporting. As a result, we are enhancing service levels, maximising business opportunities and simplifying back-office functions.” Paul Ridden, Managing Director of Skillweb said, “SmartTask is an advanced and simple to use employee scheduling and mobile workforce management solution that enables security businesses to better plan and manage their officers, so they are at the right place, at the right time. As a result, an increasing number of organisations, such as Oakpark Security Systems, are using the software to improve operational control, enhance customer satisfaction, and support duty of care to staff.”