Near Field Communication

SmartTask software ensures efficient workforce scheduling and management for manned security providers

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 t...

HID Global highlights IoT, cloud, and mobile-based identity technology trends for 2018

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 cr...

SALTO’s Ælement Fusion real-time access control solution enhances hotel security

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 en...

Identiv enters Middle East market with distribution partnership with Development Trading Company (DTC)

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...

COMPRION’s The Design Validation nominated for SESAMES Awards during TRUSTECH 2017

The Design Validation, a new COMPRION test solution that enables manufacturers and integrators of NFC readers to validate their implementation early in the development phase is short-listed for the SESAMES Awards. The awards are part of the TRUSTECH show in Cannes, showcasing the best innovations in the trust-based tech industry. The winners of the awards will be presented in Cannes, at the Palais des Festivals on the French Riviera. Vector Field Probe “The main advantage of the Design V...

Aiphone upgrades GT series multi-tenant video intercom with remote programming, NFC updates and multi-building communication features

Aiphone Corp., the international manufacturer of intercom and entry security products, announced upgrades to its popular GT Series multi-tenant video intercom featuring hassle-free, quick system programming and staff communication between multiple buildings. Convenience is enhanced as dealers and/or building management can remotely update tenant directories using a logical network. Updating tenant names and dialing numbers can also be accomplished onsite using an NFC-equipped Android phone or t...

Round Table Discussions

How are smartphones impacting the physical security market?

Rapid changes in technology span both the consumer and the physical security markets. In the consumer market, technology innovation is nowhere more apparent than in the palms of our hands, where we all hold the latest smartphones and mobile devices. Simply put, the unprecedented power and capabilities of today’s smart phones have changed our lives. No wonder they are also having an impact on our business of physical security systems. Although a consumer product, smartphones increasingly pl...

What security applications are best suited to smartphone apps?

How mobile telephones have transformed into “smartphones” is one of the great technology stories of our time. What once was a single-function device now can do almost anything – display video, pay for groceries, monitor our health. The smartphones we carry in our pockets today have more computing power than the “super computers” of yesteryear, and that power has found many uses in a seemingly endless array of “apps.” Some of them are directly related to...

What is the most surprising development you have seen in the security marketplace in the last 12 months? What is the impact of that development?

This week brought a big surprise to the security and video surveillance market; specifically, the announcement of Canon’s plans to acquire iconic IP camera manufacturer Axis. But surprises happen all the time, especially in a dynamic, technology-driven market like physical security. Those who have been involved in this market for many years have often been surprised, for better or worse, at the various twists and turns over time. It’s part of what keeps life interesting! This week, w...