LifeSafety Power continues to show its leadership in the intelligent networked power category, unveiling the NetLink NLX Network Communication Module, a remote monitoring device engineered to handle enterprise applications and specifications which require large numbers of network-managed outputs. NLX Network Communication Expanding the NetLink family, NLX is the next generation of network communications from LifeSafety Power, offering eight Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) ports instead of fo...
ESA is now offering select free CEU courses in recognition of the economic challenges for businesses affected by COVID-19. These six courses extend the opportunity to learn new topics and to work toward certification or licensing while many might have reduced workloads. Training gift certificate access The following courses are free in the month of March: Job Safety Reminders Troubleshooting Panels and Power Supplies Troubleshooting Intrusion Alarm Devices Codes and Standards Refresher...
For any access control job up to 96 doors, the user will soon be able to streamline the installations by centralising the power supply and access control modules, all in one secure enclosure. At this year’s ISC Show, don’t miss DMP’s expanded line of access enclosures, giving users multiple access system options to meet their applications. The new enclosures will allow the user to install multiple DMP access control modules and power supply, all together in one place. “T...
LifeSafety Power announces an integration between its NetLink™ network communication device and Genetec Security Center, an industry-preferred unified management software platform for IP devices. NetLink is designed for users to remotely monitor, control, program and report on system power and connected devices. It features patented battery management that includes health reporting, remote battery testing, email/SNMP alerts and other proactive notifications. With this integration users ca...
ASSA ABLOY is introducing a new power supply solution — the Securitron AQL Series with real-time monitoring capabilities from LifeSafety Power. The Securitron AQL Series, part of ASSA ABLOY’s Electronic Security Hardware offering, provides efficient, reliable power supplies to support access control systems – from single-door specs to expansive enterprise systems. It improves functionality and efficiency for the end user, saving time and money with real-time data and the abilit...
ExtraHop, the provider of cloud-native network detection and response, accelerates its market leadership with new capabilities that provide 360-degree threat visibility, detection, and response across multi-cloud, data centre, and IoT deployments in a single hosted solution. With ExtraHop® Reveal(x) Cloud™, security operations teams can harness the power of the cloud to eliminate friction in finding and addressing threats across workloads, reduce tool sprawl associated with multi-clou...
The original flagship FlexPower power supply line from LifeSafety Power has received a comprehensive design update with enhanced features and capabilities: FlexPower FPO Generation 2 (Gen2). LifeSafety Power, the globally renowned provider of innovative power solutions that focus on excellence in manufacturing and cost-saving installation and design, has redesigned the FlexPower line to bring additional improvements to installers and users in the access control market. FlexPower FPO Generation 2 (Gen2) FlexPower Gen2 adds groundbreaking features like OutSmart visual voltage indication across all boards FlexPower Gen2 adds groundbreaking features like OutSmart visual voltage indication across all boards, visually showing the technician the output voltage of the power supply boards and each distributed output. Optional RS-485 capability on FPO and M8 devices allow larger managed systems on fewer network drops with the new NLX NetLink module. Added data points such as AC input voltage and main output current on the FPO power supply and output cycle counts on the M8 give a better view of overall system health. Refinements like built-in low battery disconnect and battery current sensor lead to cleaner installations. Other enhancements including selectable sealed lead acid (SLA) or Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery charging, remote main output shutdown on FPO, built-in control relays on NLX and even deeper E4 and E8 enclosures demonstrate LSP’s commitment to customer needs and continuing to move the power supply forward from static device to an integrated part of the access control ecosystem. NetLink communication modules Gen2 distribution boards and NetLink communication modules began rolling out in 2019 and with the release of FPO Gen2 power supplies in Q2 2020 the update to the FlexPower product line will be complete. All FlexPower Generation 2 boards are easily identified by their red color and will replace the original green FlexPower boards across all product lines, including standard power, Unified Power, rackmount and other products. LifeSafety Power is a consummate innovator and specialist in physical security and access control, creating a new category of intelligent networking power solutions that monitor and manage system connectivity across the enterprise. The company embraces technology collaboration with some of the most recognisable companies in the industry. ISC West 2020 LifeSafety Power has carved a unique niche and along the way received numerous awards for its innovation, including Security Industry Association New Product of the Year; Security Today New Product of the Year; Most Valuable Product; and many others. LifeSafety Power was acquired by ASSA ABLOY in September 2019. FPO Gen 2 and other new LifeSafety Power products will be exhibited at ISC West 2020, slated to take place from March 18th to 20th in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA at booth no. 14115.
PureTech Systems Inc, is pleased to announce that deployment of its PureActiv wide area intrusion detection software system has been successfully completed at multiple Power Generation Sites in the U.S.. PureActiv integrates PureTech’s geospatial AI video analytics and other sensor technologies into a seamless Common Operating Picture. Additional site deployments are planned this year under an additional contract award. For security reasons, the client cannot be disclosed. "These deployments demonstrate that our patented perimeter intrusion detection software solution can be successfully deployed on a large scale in a very short time frame" stated Larry Bowe, President of PureTech Systems. "It speaks to the 15 years of investment we have made, not only in market-leading intrusion detection and classification, but also in ease of deployment and use."
ProdataKey (PDK), manufacturer of the cloud access control platform built for mobile, will introduce two new door controllers at the upcoming ISC West Show in Las Vegas, March 18-20. Visitors at the event will be among the first to view the company’s new eight door ‘eio+’ and the two door ‘dio.’ Each offer expanded benefits and functionality when used as part of a pdk io system. The 2-door dio unit includes a power monitoring feature that alerts dealers to any power-related issues. On-board ethernet, with auto-discovery powered by pdk io, simplifies installation and setup. In addition, optional accessory modules that enable wireless or cellular communication provide added flexibility. Offering cutting-edge hardware options The larger eio+ offers the advantage of consolidated power and multi-door control from a single enclosure. The internal board it powered by a built-in power supply. In addition, the expanded enclosure, measuring 16”x14”, provides room for an optional backup battery. The dio will include future upgradability to use OSDP. Jeff Perri, President of ProdataKey, says, “The strength of the pdk io solution is not just about the power of our mobile-first, cloud-based software platform. It’s also our commitment to offering cutting-edge hardware options that enhance every aspect of the user experience – from the perspective of both end users and our installing dealers. The new dio and eio+ are PDK’s latest offerings to deliver on this promise.” See the dio and eio+ on display at ProdataKey’s booth 20125 at ISC West.
Camden is pleased to introduce its CX-IRB Isolation Relay Module. It provides a compact and economical solution for isolation of devices from electrical noise and induced voltages. Providing relay activation status The CX-IRB relay is ideal for use in any low voltage system, including access control, telephone entry, and automatic doors. It features selectable 12 or 24 VSC operation and Double Pole / Double Throw (DPDT) relay contacts and rated 8 amps. The LED provides relay activation status. This small relay can be easily mounted anywhere with the Velcro tape provided and is backed by a full 3 year 'camden tough' warranty. These isolation relay modules are supported by a complete library of information on the Camden website, including pricing, sales sheets, manuals and images.
dormakaba launches the latest generation of its SVP self-locking emergency escape locks. The range is ideally suited for use on emergency exits and escape routes where doors requiring access control can be balanced with safety in an emergency. The SVP range of locks offers a number of different options from mechanical locking with emergency escape function to locks that also feature electronic access control and optional microswitch monitoring functions. Preventing unauthorised access The emergency escape function means that the door can be opened at any time in the exit direction The SVP locks ensure security with two-point locking - deadbolt and clawbolt latch - engaged automatically after closure. The emergency escape function means that the door can be opened at any time in the exit direction by simply operating the lever handle or panic bar. The products are certified and CE marked in accordance with both EN 179 and EN 1125 standards for emergency exits, in addition they have been successfully type-tested for conformity to the requirements of EN 14846/EN 12209 and are Certifire approved for use on fire doors. The SVP 6000 is ideal for external doors that must be secured to prevent unauthorised access into the building but also form part of the emergency escape route and therefore must provide free movement out of the building. Electro-mechanical lock Access control is made simple by the electro-mechanical lock that uses a solenoid to operate the bolt. It also allows the option for the lock to fail-safe or fail-secure in the event of power loss. It also features microswitch monitoring of the latch, deadbolt, cylinder and lever handle, allowing remote verification that the door is secured and a record of authorised and attempted access. The SVP 6000 also includes the option to set an ‘open mode’ where the outside handle is constantly engaged The SVP 6000 also includes the option to set an ‘open mode’ where the outside handle is constantly engaged, allowing access without an electronic access key during certain times. This provides the option to have free access during the day and secure the building at night or outside of working hours. The SVP 2000 Dorma Connected Work (DCW) offers the same access control, escape functionality and monitoring capabilities but with the addition of an electric motorised lock that allows remote unlocking via the integrated DCW Bus interface. Providing barrier free access They can also be combined with automatic swing door operators such as dormakaba’s ED 100 and ED 250 to provide barrier free access in high traffic environments. SVP locks are available in different models suitable for over-rebated or flush-closing timber/steel doors and also narrow stile doors. They are flexible in terms of their installation position thanks to the non-handed (universal) trip latch. Archie Teagle, Product Marketing Manager at dormakaba said: “Our highly adaptable SVP range of self-locking emergency escape locks has already been used in a wide range of applications. The release of the next generation of products provides improved functionality and greater versatility for building managers and end users.”
Barco, a provider of large video walls, introduces a new member in its innovative Barco UniSee LCD video wall range. Barco UniSee® 500, with a brightness level of 500 cd/m², brings all the advantages of the original Barco UniSee platform, plus some new features, to environments with controlled and reduced ambient lighting conditions. This includes meeting rooms, television studios, simulation systems and smaller control rooms. In this way, end-users can benefit from the unique Barco UniSee features and get even more value for their money. Avoiding information loss The launch of the award-winning Barco UniSee platform meant a landmark for LCD video walls The launch of the award-winning Barco UniSee platform meant a landmark for LCD video walls. Offering the world’s smallest optical seam, and almost eliminating the ‘black raster’ that traditionally interrupts the content shown on LCD video walls, Barco UniSee significantly reduces this disturbing impact on the viewing experience and avoids information loss. Furthermore, because the platform has been completely redesigned, it is also a huge step forward in terms of image quality, installation precision, serviceability and reliability. The new Barco UniSee 500 answers the market demand for an LCD video wall that excels in image quality, reliability and serviceability at a reduced brightness level and cost. This can be used in indoor environments that are mainly lit by artificial light, like office environments. For ergonomic reasons, the brightness levels of such video walls rarely exceed 400 cd/m² and don’t require the brightness levels of the original Barco UniSee solution. Controlled ambient lighting “End-users should be able to choose the right proposition, which is a combination of features, brightness and cost”, says Pietro Capretta, Product Manager LCD at Barco. “By offering Barco UniSee 500, we are now also optimally addressing the requirements of environments with controlled ambient lighting. This new solution complements our existing Barco UniSee video wall at 800 cd/m² that remains the recommended proposition for bright environments, for applications where viewers need to be attracted and/or impressed, but also in the case of large video walls that run 24/7 (as users benefit from extended lifetime).” This includes the UniSee Mount that automatically aligns the video wall and keeps it aligned over time All the other components and benefits of the original Barco UniSee platform are available in the new Barco UniSee 500. This includes the UniSee Mount that automatically aligns the video wall and keeps it aligned over time (using the power of gravity), provides the best image uniformity in the market, and uses the Sense X automatic colour and brightness calibration. Reduced power consumption What’s more, Barco UniSee 500 also includes some new features. Set-up and maintenance can now be performed faster and more easily using the upgraded UniSee Connect module. A wizard guides the user through the complete installation process and the individual panels are automatically recognised at the right position in the video wall. The new local dimming feature allows for higher contrast, lower radiated heat and reduced power consumption. Barco UniSee 500 can also benefit from the ecosystem partners that offer tailored components for the Barco UniSee platform. This includes touch overlays for increased interactivity, trim solutions for elegant integration in the environment, additional mounting structures to allow for free-standing set-ups, etc. There is even a specially designed curved mounting solution that makes it possible to have a concave curvature of your video wall for an increased ergonomic and immersive effect. Next to the premium Barco UniSee range, there is also the Barco OverView, consisting of the OverView LVD5521B and OverView KVD5521B, for entry level and mid-end applications.
The security market in 2016 saw an uptick in the economy, the introduction of new technologies, increased compliance requirements in key verticals, and rising concerns over the need for greater security. Users interested in upgrading or deploying new systems consistently chose networked system platforms. This trend further drove the demand for adaptive transmission solutions as a means of repurposing existing analogue infrastructure to accommodate IP devices on a networked platform. As this migration accelerated, product feature sets continued to evolve with the inclusion of advanced communications that let you monitor, control and report power/diagnostics from anywhere. These new products have also helped to stimulate new business opportunities for integrators by expanding their service offerings to include remote monitoring of these devices as a new source of recurring monthly revenue (RMR). PoE and adaptive transmission solutions In last year’s 2016 forecast, we discussed the integration trend and how PoE and adaptive transmission solutions with network communications were rapidly gaining traction and market share. As the year progressed, the trend increased with customers migrating towards systems that provided more data, faster transmission rates and more versatility, and accessibility anytime from anywhere. Altronix responded with more advanced product solutions. This growing trend makes it more critical than ever for the core power and transmission infrastructure that make up the foundation of these systems to include network communications for true integration. As effective and efficient as integrated IP systems have become, the cost to upgrade or install new networked systems can be prohibitive. In 2017, security professionals will require expanded options to capitalise on existing infrastructure while accommodating IP devices with new levels of performance. These new products will greatly reduce installation and maintenance costswhen deploying orupgrading systems We will see the introduction of new products that offer greater levels of integration with bundled capabilities such as PoE, network switches, versatile adaptive transmission capabilities to accommodate different types of cabling, greater bandwidth and speed, and management capabilities. These new products will greatly reduce installation and maintenance costs when deploying or upgrading systems. Altronix 2016 business overview Altronix’s evolution as a designer and manufacturer of versatile power supplies and accessories – and the addition of innovative PoE and adaptive transmission solutions with network communications – was significant in 2016. We have continued to deliver new products incorporating advances in power and communication technologies that solve real-world installation issues with the highest levels of performance and cost-efficiency. One of the most significant technologies contributing to our extensive portfolio of power and adaptive transmission products is our innovative LINQ™ Technology, which provides remote control of power, along with monitoring and reporting of diagnostics from anywhere you have internet access. LINQ completes the network communication cycle for networked systems by providing true integration for power supply and adaptive transmission products that are the foundation of every system. Altronix will continue to design, manufacture and introduce new power and adaptive transmission solutions in 2017 that live up to our longstanding reputation for outstanding quality, performance and reliability. See the full coverage of 2016/2017 Review and Forecast articles hereSave Save
As the trend from analogue to IP continues to progress, more and more security devices are IP-enabled for seamless network integration With rising concerns over organisations’ physical security and potential network vulnerabilities, it has become more important now than ever for security professionals and other decision makers to take actions that will guard against potential problems and help prevent system failures. One specific area of heightened focus is the implementation of advanced power solutions to ensure the reliability and consistency of every surveillance, access and security system within the organisation. To make informed decisions, system integrators and end users alike should consider industry trends and technology advances that may affect their choice of power solutions. 1. Integrated IP based systems As the trend from analogue to IP continues to progress, more and more security devices are IP-enabled for seamless network integration. By transmitting vast quantities of data, these products provide higher levels of security by enabling better overall networked system performance and cost-efficiency along with trending functionality such as analytics and system diagnostics. In fact, the ability to network, control and monitor all the core power and transmission devices that make up the foundation of a user’s surveillance and security system completes the IP network communications chain enabling truly networked systems. Systems designers and installers can achieve higher levels of integration that provide comprehensive remote monitoring, diagnostics and control In addition to the proliferation of products with advanced firmware that enables greater network throughput, the system integration process is also benefiting from innovative hardware-based solutions such as smartly designed equipment enclosures that easily integrate power with access controllers and accessories from leading manufacturers. These integration enclosures simplify board layout and wire management, greatly reducing installation and labour costs, and provide the versatility and scalability installers need to easily configure multiple products. The simple yet highly pragmatic design of enclosure backplanes makes this otherwise cumbersome aspect of integration faster, easier and extremely cost-efficient – all of which are tangible benefits for both users’ and installers’ alike. 2. Functionality Today’s power solutions are a far cry from conventional power products that have been the mainstay for years. With the addition of network communications now available in foundation power and transmission products, systems designers and installers can achieve higher levels of integration that provide comprehensive remote monitoring, diagnostics and control. Early intervention, preventative maintenance and service calls can be handled with higher degrees of accuracy, which improves overall security at users’ locations. The tangible benefits of power and transmission products with network communications provide a much more comprehensive networked system solution for the professional security industry at large. Simple tasks such as rebooting devices remotely can be easily accommodated with new smart power and transmission solutions For example, consider a scenario where there is a network failure involving a single device or group of devices such as cameras and/or electronic locks. Typically, power supplies are the first point of failure to be checked, but are most often not the source of the problem. Power solutions with embedded communications however can help to easily pinpoint the cause of the problem by monitoring all the devices they are connected to. The information provided by advanced power solutions with network communications reduces system downtime, helps eliminate service calls and provides faster response times when issues are detected. In addition to improving overall reliability, these capabilities can also significantly reduce end-users’ total cost of ownership through more efficient service management. Simple tasks such as rebooting devices remotely and scheduling back-up battery replacements can be easily accommodated with new smart power and transmission solutions. 3. Remote monitoring as an additional service Per a recent industry report from industry analyst IHS Markit, the global market for security systems integration reached $60.3 billion in 2015, including video surveillance, physical access control and intruder alarm systems, as well as the costs of installation and maintenance services. Going forward, the report forecasts the service industry to be the fastest growing sector of the overall market. The ability to monitor real-time diagnostics from virtually anywhere allows integrators to offer remote monitoring as an additional service As evidenced with new power and transmission solutions with network communication capabilities, new business opportunities for dealers, installers and integrators are being created in the service sector. The ability to monitor real-time diagnostics from virtually anywhere allows dealers and integrators to offer remote monitoring as an additional service, providing them with a new source of recurring monthly revenue (RMR). The data and alerts these solutions provide make it possible to quickly identify and mitigate potential and actual system issues prior to dispatching technicians, which saves time, reduces expenses, increases efficiency and improves overall security. 4. Infrastructure flexibility Surveillance and security installations almost always vary from project to project. Design builds must consider existing infrastructure and budgets in addition to the security issues they are intended to resolve. Among the new available solutions that address these issues are Ethernet over Coax (EoC) adaptive transmission solutions, which allows the upgrade of analogue infrastructure to IP. This equates to huge savings in eliminating the need for ripping and replacing existing cabling. An additional benefit is the ability to transmit both power and data for multiple devices over a single coax cable. For instance, deploying an all-in-one multi-port EoC receiver with integral PoE+ switch requires less individual pieces of equipment while providing a cleaner installation with a smaller footprint and for less costs. PoE midspans/endspans also continue to evolve offering more flexibility for today’s more advanced IP systems. For example, new outdoor versions include Hi-PoE to provide up to 60W to IP devices, and include SFP ports to accommodate fibre optic cabling for long distance applications. New managed midspans have also hit the market recently, providing more power along with network communications, greater bandwidth and integral battery charging capabilities. These solutions are designed to meet the demands created by devices such as multi-sensor megapixel cameras and illuminators while also offering higher transmission rates. High performance at low costs Power supplies and transmission devices with network communications and management capabilities are quickly becoming the new foundation for today’s advanced integrated surveillance, access and security systems. It’s time well spent for resellers and end-users alike to familiarise themselves on these new solutions as they can increase overall performance while actually reducing both short and long term expenses.
IP/PoE systems eliminate the need for local power, thus saving installation costs Cost considerations are an important reason to use existing installed cable as part of a new system infrastructure. Extenders in the form of media converters can help. For almost three decades, video surveillance systems existed in the form of analogue systems. Video coaxial cable was the primary method of transmission with a limited distance of about 750 feet. Analogue systems required separate power supply located at each security camera site. Today, new technology often solves one problem and creates another. Internet Protocol/Power over Ethernet (IP/PoE) systems eliminate the need for local power supply, thus saving installation costs. The drawback is the restriction to only 328 feet and the required use of Cat 5e or above cable. Extended transmission distance So tens of thousands of video surveillance cameras are waiting to be converted to IP, and have been transmitting over coax at distances two-and-a-quarter-times greater than the Ethernet limit. The advent of extenders helps to solve this problem. In addition, the use of extenders for Cat cable and even single-pair alarm wire helps to add to the types of IP/PoE conversions while extending distance as far as three thousand feet. Tens of thousands of camerasare waiting to be converted to IP,and have been transmitting overcoax at distances two-and-a-quarter-times greater than theEthernet limit Considerations while using extenders Use of extenders requires taking several considerations into account. First and most important is a careful reading of specifications. A statement can be true while not applying to your applications. Let’s take IP/PoE transmission over coax as an example. A manufacturer’s product can state it has this feature and will meet your transmission requirement of X number of thousand feet. However, a careful reading reveals that achieving this requires RG 6 cable while you have RG 59 installed. You need to maintain a 100Mbps bandwidth and provide your cable with 12.95 watts of power. But as both bandwidth and power decrease with distances obtainable from many types of extensions, you realise that both are much less at the extended distance you require. In short, just depending on a product to make a simple specification statement is not enough when it comes to infrastructure considerations and especially with regards to extenders. Save Save
Across the security industry, power supplies are too often an afterthought and the first item in an access control system to be value-engineered. However, when the power supply fails on a high-end access control device, the system becomes a very expensive paperweight. Fortunately, there are now power supply units available that can enhance system reliability by providing remote diagnostics and real-time reporting and analytics. There is also a mistaken perception that all power supplies are the same, says David Corbin, Director of ASSA ABLOY’S Power Management Strategic Business Unit. Access control and security applications Power supplies today are more important than ever for access control and security applications The fact is, a properly designed unit for today’s market must have a wide input range, a myriad of features, interface to network, have adequate transient protection, good surge capability and a demonstrated quality level for mission critical reliability, he says. “Power supplies today are more important than ever for access control and security applications,” says Corbin. “From heavy snowstorms in the Midwest and East Coast to the two million Californians that experienced unprecedented power outages, extreme weather conditions have created chaos for millions over the past few months. These events have resulted in students being locked out of schools, hospitals darkening and electronic keypads or card readers shutting down. With events like these on the rise, and an increased reliance on the technology we use to get in and out of the spaces we occupy, power supplies are critical for keeping systems up and running and people safe and secure.” ASSA ABLOY's LifeSafety Power’s FPO Intelligent Power Supplies and Helix Redundant Power Systems Installing right power supplies ASSA ABLOY has a range of products within the power supplies category, including LifeSafety Power’s FPO Intelligent Power Supplies and Helix Redundant Power Systems. ASSA ABLOY’s acquisition of LifeSafety Power in September expanded the company’s offering of smart integrated access control power solutions for OEMs, integrators and end-users. Other ASSA ABLOY power supply products include Securitron AQ Series Switching Power Supplies, and eco-friendly, linear, plug-in and solar power supplies, as well as Power over Ethernet (PoE). Access control is crucial to security and life safety, says Corbin. And without power, any protective system is useless. When the right power supplies are installed correctly, the system will have built-in backup power that will be triggered during an outage. Dependable power supplies, with regularly replaced and appropriately sized backup batteries, are critical to keeping occupants safe in an emergency event. Other ASSA ABLOY power supply products include Securitron AQ Series Switching Power Supplies Periodic testing of the battery When it comes to extreme weather conditions, the result of a power outage can lead to hazardous situations for employees, patients, residents and students, he says. Buildings that require power to gain access can leave people stranded outside or locked inside. “When access controls are disabled, intruders can easily enter buildings without notice, affording the opportunity for interruptions to power distribution, water supplies and other necessary public utilities,” says Corbin. Preparation for the next big power outage should include the sizing of power supplies to the system requirement with a reasonable safety factor for foreseeable system expansion and a battery set that is sized for operating the system for a period of time greater than the planned requirement, he says. Using a ‘smart’ power supply provides early warning of an impending failure; and consistent, periodic testing of the battery set keeps the system in peak operating condition. Predictive maintenance of access control Predictive analytics and data harvesting can help with predictive maintenance of access control Redundancy ensures that power remains available in the event of a failure, regardless of whether it is a blackout situation or a failure of the power supply itself, says Corbin. “In critical power installations where redundancy is vital, the system must have a properly sized and maintained backup battery,” says Corbin. “Additionally, further redundancy can be achieved via products like our Helix systems that provide for seamless switching between two different power supplies in the event of an electrical failure of one of the power supplies.” Corbin also notes there is a growing want and need for more data and analytics in the access control field. End users increasingly expect access control systems to be able to integrate with building information systems. Predictive analytics and data harvesting can help with predictive maintenance of access control and building systems. For example, intelligent power supplies can identify problems before they happen – such as performing periodic, automated battery tests and then notifying a central monitoring location and/or a facility manager of a battery that needs replacement. Lock operation can also be monitored on a real-time basis for failure or impending failure of a secured door opening, he says.
Facial recognition has seen huge breakthroughs since the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) first began testing in 2010. Accuracy has seen massive gains, especially from 2013-2018. In the 2018 test, the most accurate algorithm was 20 times more accurate than the 2013 equivalent. Essentially, 95 percent of the matches that failed in 2013 now yield correct results. Compare that to 2010-2013, when the most accurate algorithm reduced its error rate by 30 percent. This reduction in error rates since 2013 is due to wholesale replacement of the old algorithms with new ones based on deep convolutional neural networks — completely revolutionising the technology. Optimal recognition results SAFR says it delivers optimal recognition results with 99.86 percent accuracy in under 100 milliseconds One entrant in the newly energised market is RealNetworks, whose SAFR for Security is an AI-based facial recognition solution for live video that integrates video management system (VMS) solutions. With 24/7 monitoring, SAFR detects and matches millions of faces accurately in real time, enabling teams to manage a watchlist across any number of video feeds. SAFR says it delivers optimal recognition results with 99.86 percent accuracy in under 100 milliseconds, even in real-world conditions where faces are in motion, at different angles, under poor lighting, or partially obscured. SAFR builds on RealNetworks’ 23-year history in video technologies. Launched in July 2018, SAFR — secure, accurate facial recognition — is enabling new applications for security, convenience, and analytics. Create security responses “We seek to be the world’s most trusted facial recognition platform and are delighted to partner with customers in the security industry and elsewhere to shape a more secure, convenient future worldwide,” says Dan Grimm, Vice President of Computer Vision and General Manager of SAFR at RealNetworks. “Security professionals are asked to keep us safe 24/7, monitoring a burgeoning number of cameras, and we help make them more effective.” SAFR targets facial recognition for live video, identifying camera-unaware faces moving in real-world conditions. In the April 2019 NIST results, SAFR tested as the fastest and most compact solution among algorithms with less than 0.022 False Non-Match Rate — 62 percent faster than the average speed, according to the company. SAFR now provides capabilities such as live video overlays alerting security professionals to events in real time, automatic bookmarks with rich metadata for investigative work, and alerts that can be customised to create security responses. SAFR uses one-sixth the compute power of competing facial recognition solutions Facial recognition algorithms Five years ago, facial recognition algorithms would struggle to match forward-facing people from still images, let alone camera-unaware moving faces from live video with variations in rotation and tilt. SAFR says they have achieved a balance of accuracy and performance for live video. A contributor to this accuracy is consistency across a range of skin tones. The algorithm was trained on a highly diverse global set of over 10 million non-simulated real-world faces. SAFR was optimised for speed and can sample a face multiple times during the same period of time as other algorithms, subsequently increasing its accuracy. SAFR achieves the performance through edge processing. Distributed architecture enables efficient bandwidth consumption, reducing the roundtrip latency of facial recognition speed to under 100 milliseconds. The savings lower total cost of ownership (TCO): SAFR uses one-sixth the compute power of competing facial recognition solutions, equating to $500,000 or so in savings on a 250-camera deployment. Integrated experience SAFR also uses off-the-shelf hardware and is optimised to leverage inexpensive GPUs SAFR also uses off-the-shelf hardware and is optimised to leverage inexpensive GPUs. SAFR can be deployed on premises or in the cloud, and supports Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android. When SAFR is paired with a VMS, such as Milestone XProtect or Genetec Security Center, the integrated experience includes 24/7 monitoring to detect and match faces in real-time. Features include live video overlays within the VMS to identify strangers, threats, concerns, unrecognised persons, VIPs, employees, or other tagged individuals in live video. Real-time alerts can be customised for when persons of interest appear on a video camera feed. Additionally, automatic bookmarks with rich metadata make for easier investigative review of security footage. Facial recognition technology is increasingly in demand to improve safety across various industry verticals. Better customer experience Large enterprises with high-visitor flows and heightened security — such as transportation hubs, stadiums, universities, and hospitals — need to know in real time when persons of interest or those on watchlists appear on camera. Sports stadiums could apply facial recognition to deny entry to banned patrons, locate lost children, or recognise VIPs to deliver a better customer experience. Hospitals need access control to restricted areas and pharmaceutical storage closets Hospitals need access control to restricted areas and pharmaceutical storage closets. Airports and transit centres value traffic flows, demographic composition, and dwell times to help improve scheduling. SAFR for Security is available worldwide, and the company partners with VMS providers such as Milestone, Genetec, Digifort, and IPConfigure by Paliton Networks. They are actively working to support additional VMS solutions and have sales teams located in major metropolitan cities around the world. Security professionals “The job of the security professional is critical in today’s world,” says Grimm. “SAFR for Security helps mitigate the challenges of the important work security professionals do to keep us all safe.” In designing and developing SAFR, RealNetworks considered diversity and the uniqueness of each person; Grimm says their massive global training data set is a competitive advantage. SAFR is designed with privacy in mind. All facial images and signatures are AES-256 encrypted in transit or at rest. “SAFR is powerful enterprise-grade software that is continuously improving through innovation and many years of expertise,” says Grimm.
Established in 1976, Meghna Group of Industries (MGI) is a conglomerate in Bangladesh. MGI operates out of a large campus in Dhaka that houses its head office, 45 different manufacturing plants, and maintenance workshops, all under one roof. MGI has a turnover of over USD 3 billion, and an employee strength of over 30,000. Being an established and trusted group, it required operations to be suitably monitored, in order to ensure uninterrupted production, adherence to quality standards, and timely delivery of supplies to customers. So far, it had been monitored by manned security, with accompanying risks ranging from damage to assets, misuse of equipment, thefts, leakage of confidential information, employees’ safety, poor record keeping for vehicles entering or exiting the premises, and more. Providing investigation-friendly monitoring software Enabling IVA at various locations has helped in the monitoring of infrastructure Designing of the solution started with a joint site survey by Videonetics, MGI IT heads, and the system integrator. After extensive research, Videonetics developed a unified solution encompassing Intelligent Video Management Software (IVMS), Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA), and a customised ANPR system to read and capture licence plates in Bengali language. Key aspects of the solution included the following: Videonetics’s IVMS has been deployed to help in viewing and recording feeds from over 500 cameras installed in multiple factory locations. This is enabled over IP network in an efficient and elegant way. In addition, the solution provides investigation-friendly monitoring software at the front-end, while relegating all the complexity of the server software to the back-end. Enabling IVA at various locations has helped in the monitoring of infrastructure, vehicles, people, crowds and objects, for automatic detection and analysis of events of interest. Manned security to address safety The operators get a bird’s eye view of various sites from their centralised location, enabling them to respond quickly and effectively when an incident occurs. The solution has been installed on Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® which makes the overall system more secure and maintainable. Videonetics’s Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system has been customised to read license plates in Bengali. Regardless of the lighting conditions, the Bengali ANPR accurately captures with timestamp the licence plate of any vehicle as it appears in the camera’s field of view (FoV). The new implementation enables security operators to be deployed at the unified interface In addition, the system is integrated with the IVMS at the command and control centre, for viewing and analysing vehicular movements, and taking action, if required. THE IMPACT Prior to the installation of Videonetics’s solution, MGI used to rely on manned security to address safety, security and operational risks. However, the new implementation enables security operators to be deployed at the unified interface, for monitoring multiple sites such as assembly plant, warehouse, process, dispatch area, vehicle movement, and so on. Personal protection equipment detection So now, MGI operators can handle incidents of thefts, potential break-ins, unauthorised intrusions, and conduct investigations, without having to leave their desks. This has helped MGI in maximising resources and significantly reducing costs. But the biggest benefit has been to be able to provide a safer environment to its employees, and to secure its workplaces with optimisation in day-to-day operations. The open architecture of the solution allows MGI to continue adding, in a single interface, more AI & DL powered applications such as personal protection equipment detection, facial recognition, fire & smoke detection, workers slip/ fall detection, workers head count, vehicle movement management, to name a few. This makes it possible for the company to address all its security concerns with a holistic approach.
Located in the Southern Vietnamese metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City, the Deutsches Haus office tower is a symbol of cooperation between Germany and Vietnam. Opened in September 2017, it is the country’s first building to earn LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) Platinum environmental certification and serves as a cultural, commercial and diplomatic hub in the region. Next to the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany the 25-story building with a 40,000-square-meters floor area is home to regional offices of international firms such as VISA, Adidas, Schneider Electric, and Bosch Vietnam. As premium amenities, Deutsches Haus also features a gourmet cafe, multifunctional conference and events area, health club, and rooftop restaurant. Creating a challenging security environment Deutsches Haus needs to meet the highest security demands: All security systems, including security guard teams From a security manager’s perspective, this multi-use blend of diplomacy, business, and leisure facilities – in a building fully accessible to the public – creates a challenging security environment. As the seat of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Deutsches Haus needs to meet the highest security demands: All security systems, including security guard teams, have to be approved by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany. Adding to the challenge, Deutsches Haus is located opposite from the Consulate General of the United States of America – and in close vicinity to the Consulate General of France and the British Consulate General – on a busy intersection between two main streets. Therefore, monitoring pedestrians and automobile traffic on the building’s perimeter is just as crucial to end-to-end security as tracking public and high-security areas on the inside. Detecting security events automatically In search of an adequate video security solution, the team at Deutsches Haus knew that high-definition cameras alone would not suffice. The reason: When several hundred cameras are required to secure an area of this size, personnel tend to be overwhelmed by the amount of video feeds. After only 20 minutes, the average operator misses 90 percent of important scenes, as studies have proven. Bosch experts covered the building and its perimeter with network security cameras For this reason, modern IP security cameras feature Intelligent Video Analytics – using algorithms and AI-based image recognition – to support operators by detecting security events automatically. Bosch experts covered the building and its perimeter with network security cameras featuring built-in Intelligent Video Analytics. Indoor areas like the entrance doors, reception area, lobby, café, as well as parking garages and corridors to the fire escape staircases are monitored by over 170 DINION IP starlight 7000 HD and FLEXIDOME IP panoramic 7000 MP cameras. Alerting security personnel of illicit behaviour The building’s elevators are also protected by Bosch cameras. Thanks to built-in-intelligence, IP cameras automatically alert security personnel of illicit behaviour, for instance persons accessing restricted areas. The building’s perimeter and parking lot are safeguarded outdoor-approved AUTODOME IP starlight 7000 HD cameras with pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) capabilities. Integrated with a third-party solution to open barriers for authorised vehicles, the cameras can automatically track moving objects such as cars and pedestrians – and warn personnel of threats – with their 30x zoom lens while obtaining images under low light conditions via Bosch starlight technology combined with Intelligent Video Analytics. As a key requisite, the networked cameras are able to withstand the city’s four-month rain period and prove resistant to vandalism. Enhancing safety of building occupants The staff can easily announce and notify a building guest about a forgotten purse which was left in the café PAVIRO, the Public Address and Voice Evacuation system of Bosch was installed in the building for the safety of building occupants. The PAVIRO solution makes it possible for occupants to feel safe in the building while enjoying high quality music and excellent Public Address speech intelligibility. The staff can easily announce and notify a building guest about a forgotten purse which was left in the café. To make building evacuations as efficient as possible, the PAVIRO solution provides phased evacuation: automated messages direct occupants to immediate safety. Next to this, building occupants and guests can also enjoy high-quality music in the rooftop restaurant, café, health club and event areas which of course contributes to the nice building atmosphere. Providing government-grade security For the building owner, PAVIRO can establish long-term cost-saving and minimise total cost of ownership. The system is especially eco-friendly because less amplifiers are needed due to power-load sharing of the amplifier architecture, which in turn requires fewer batteries. Since opening day, the Bosch system has provided government-grade security at Deutsches Haus in Ho Chi Minh City. “I am proud to have Bosch both as a tenant and as a brand who secures Deutsches Haus with their high quality and reliable video security cameras and sound systems,” added Ryan Lower, Property Director, Colliers International – Deutsches Haus. While meeting the challenge of securing diplomatic and enterprise assets in a publicly accessible building, the future-proof solution provides an important reference in this dynamic market.
Idesco devised a transparent reader to simplify Infobric’s construction site system management, making it powerfully adaptable to widely different market needs and technology standards. For a while, construction sites have provided a textbook example of how much electronic access control systems can benefit managers. Controlling access to a site, including restricted zones, machinery access (such as lifts and elevators), increases both security and safety, while also helping track authorised personnel and even equipment utilisation. Ensuring regulatory compliance Infobric Ease possesses a wide range of functionality, from site access to energy control and much more An automatic, electric system, with that much functionality combined in a single service meets a high-value need in the construction industry. Today, Infobric provides a cloud-based digital platform, Infobric Ease, to help construction site managers monitor and secure key elements, such as site safety, while increasing worker productivity and ensuring regulatory compliance. Infobric Ease possesses a wide range of functionality, from site access to energy control and much more. In addition to simplifying site management and boosting worker productivity, it simplifies sites’ compliance with staff ledger regulation across a number of European countries. Worker productivity has been enhanced by the elimination of queues to register new staff on site and attendance. Lastly, controlled access increases worker safety while reducing theft and vandalism. Simplifying worker attendance monitoring Cloud management contributes even more to time and labour cost savings while also letting site owners conveniently fulfil their law-mandated employer obligations. To prevent tax avoidance and illegal workers, some European countries require construction site managers to upload the employee data registered in their staff ledgers – which Infobric Ease also provides, thereby also simplifying worker attendance monitoring. In short, the digital tracking of all this data saves significant time and money. The RFID industry commonly labels this type of reader ‘transparent’, because it seamlessly transmits transponder data Infobric integrated Idesco’s 9 CD 2.0 Slim Pin T reader into Infobric Ease as its vital front-end interface with construction workers. The RFID industry commonly labels this type of reader ‘transparent’, because it seamlessly transmits transponder data – fully-encrypted to ANSSI Level 1 Architecture specification – directly to a system, without any mediating keys. This lets systems themselves directly control all aspects of transactions – including data collection and reader response – resulting in both a highly secure and a cost-effective solution. Several identification card standards For integrators like Infobric, 9 CD 2.0 Slim Pin T’s direct, ‘transparent’, interaction between transponder and system not only simplifies transactions. It also lets them use more of the available features in the chips in workers’ transponders. This further benefits site owners and security managers because system updates can be implemented with greater agility and cost savings. “There are several identification card standards we adapt our products and systems to work with. So, we really wanted a card reader we could use in all our markets, without needing different hardware updates after a system upgrade or launching a new functionality across our different markets. The ‘transparent’ reader from Idesco turned out to be the perfect solution”, says Björn Hilliges, IT & Electronics Director at Infobric. Product design and expertise Every month, the Infobric Ease system handles approx. 11,000,000 card readings" “Infobric and Idesco have been co-operating for more than 10 years and through several product development projects. Over the years, Idesco repeatedly demonstrated their excellent quality in both product design and expertise, always providing us with products and solutions that reliably withstood very rough, inclement conditions amid frequent use at our customers’ construction sites,” says Björn Hilliges, IT & Electronics Director at Infobric. “Every month, the Infobric Ease system handles approx. 11,000,000 card readings. So, Idesco is a key partner for Infobric, and each day their readers fill a vital role at approx. 15,000 construction sites,” says Björn Hilliges, IT & Electronics Director at Infobric. Convenient regulatory compliance Infobric ease benefits for construction sites Convenient regulatory compliance on staff ledger registration in numerous European countries Increased productivity by reducing administrative tasks Time savings from agile system updating (despite differing card standards in different markets) because reader updates are no longer needed Enhanced reader functionality for workers with included keypads Reliability of Scandinavian-designed readers that are robust, weather-proof, maintenance-free Sites can now substantively help prevent undocumented labour and unprofessional contractors Infobric Ease features: Cloud-mediated service Seamless data collection Energy control Regulatory-compliant staff ledger Automated electronic access Mobile attendance & access Staff access control Vehicle access control Machine control Smart locks Making construction sites safer Infobric designs systems that make construction sites safer, more productive and reduce costs. Infobric’s solutions ensure the right people are in the right place at the right time at the site. Infobric provides with the best-working solution for the worksite, for both work hours and after, in packages that have been serving successfully on European construction sites large and small. Their goal is to become the digitisation partner for the construction industry in the Nordics. With 30 years of experience, RFID technology pioneer Idesco Oy makes RFID readers, transponders, controllers and touch screen devices. Every day, for customers around the world, their devices collect data and enhance security for a variety of access control, vehicle identification, logistics and inventory systems.
Around 30 IP video entry systems from Castel have been installed on the stunning new £330 million University of Northampton campus. The Waterside campus, developed on the site of a former power station bordering the town centre and River Nene, is designed for 21st century teaching and a low environmental impact. It has a full range of integrated learning environments and a 24/7 library and learning zone. The campus, which opened in autumn 2018 and can accommodate 14,000 students, has been developed in the Waterside area of the town and includes a learning hub, creative hub, sports centre, senate building, hotel and student accommodation village. Integrated with Salto access control system The entry stations have been integrated with the site’s Salto access control system Castel video entry stations, installed by Protec Fire & Security Group, have been fitted at the entrances to the senate building, the learning hub, car parks and service yards, while master stations have been fitted in the main security room, backup security room, at the senate reception desk and at the learning hub reception. The entry stations have been integrated with the site’s Salto access control system so that authorised cardholders can gain access using a key fob, while visitors seek entry via the video intercom. All entry points are single button and a Castel server is installed to handle unanswered calls via call routing and forwarding to other Castel IP handsets. Vandal-proof entry panels The Xellip IP solution delivers IP audio-video access across a PoE cabling network. Features such as a built-in induction loop, audio/call progress feedback and coloured LED pictograms help the university to comply with disability discrimination legislation. The entry panels are vandal-proof and the master stations feature a colour video touchscreen Features of the system include call waiting and priority calls, echo and noise cancellation, audio conferencing, group calls, privacy settings, call overflow, call forwarding and voice messaging. The entry panels are vandal-proof and the master stations feature a colour video touchscreen. Efficiently manage building access “The Castel video entry system complements the 21st century approach to university life reflected in our stunning new campus,” said Becky Bradshaw, Head of Campus Services at the University of Northampton. “We are very pleased with the way the system helps us manage access and security to our buildings in an efficient and relatively effortless way.” Simon Key, Project Manager at Protec Fire & Security Group, said: “The installation of the Castel system was trouble-free as everything was installed on an IP network, with PoE obviating the need for additional power supply cabling. We are delighted to have worked on this cutting-edge project, showcasing the role of state-of-the-art security systems on a brand new and impressive campus.”
Brian Ishikawa has always kept tight control over his video surveillance system, allowing only authorised personnel within his corporate security division to access video footage. So it was a change for Ishikawa, Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Security for the Bank of Hawaii, to get used to the idea of authorised staff from the bank’s branch division being able to review video for operational, compliance and marketing-related purposes. The insights collected from the video are helping the bank make more strategic decisions about staffing, customer service and even future branch design. Business intelligence Our March Networks surveillance platform is providing us with some significant business and non-security-related uses" “Our March Networks surveillance platform is providing us with some significant business and non-security-related uses,” Ishikawa explained. Bank of Hawaii, which operates 69 branches and 373 ATMs across Hawaii, American Samoa and the West Pacific, is currently using March Networks Searchlight for Banking software to gather business intelligence at its branches. Searchlight’s mix of surveillance video, teller/ATM transaction data and analytics delivers valuable insights into the bank’s operations, as well as helping to enhance security and uncover fraud. “Our branch division folks look at the data to get ideas on how we should do our branch operations or staffing differently,” he said. People counting data — collected by FLIR Brickstream3D sensors integrated with the Searchlight software — tells them which entrances and exits are most used so they can place marketing materials in high-traffic areas. Video surveillance products The information is also being used to help determine future branch layouts. Queue length and dwell time data, meanwhile, help them understand their busiest time of day, and day of the week, so they can staff branches appropriately. “It’s a huge plus for us,” said Ishikawa. “Our executive management team can see the benefits of the video solution, and the future possibilities for this data.” A forward-thinking bank that’s keen to try new technology, Bank of Hawaii began exploring Searchlight after its success with March Networks’ other video surveillance products. The bank first started using March Networks systems in 2015, when it was time to upgrade its legacy DVRs. At the time, Bank of Hawaii was relying on two different video platforms, and it wasn’t happy with their performance. After enlisting the help of a consultant, and doing his own research at security tradeshows, Ishikawa says the decision to go with March Networks was clear. Network video recorders 'March Networks’ products are really engineered for the banking environment" “I remember asking some of my banking counterparts, ‘Hey what are you guys using?’ And they strongly recommended March Networks,” he recalled. The consultant came to a similar conclusion. He said, "March Networks’ products are really engineered for the banking environment,’ so that helped us make the decision.” Bank of Hawaii is currently using March Networks 8000 Series Hybrid Network Video Recorders (NVRs) in about half of its banking branches. The Linux-based devices provide reliable video surveillance recording and management, and are also easy to service, which is a huge bonus for Ishikawa and his team. In addition, the 8000 Series rack mount units feature an innovative ‘dock and lock’ station that allows technicians to easily remove and service the recorder while leaving all rear connections clean and organised in place. Existing analogue cameras “With other companies, you have to power down the recorder for several minutes to service it, and that means unplugging and re-plugging all the inputs. You miss a number of minutes of recording during that time. With March Networks, we’re able to just pull out the hard drive and pop in another one without taking the NVR offline,” he said. “That’s huge for us.” According to Ishikawa, Bank of Hawaii also appreciates the 8000 Series’ hybrid support, which allowed the bank to continue using its existing analogue cameras, and the motion histograms in March Networks Command video management software, which show Ishikawa and his team where motion occurred and helps them rapidly locate video evidence. “Command’s modern interface is really user-friendly, and it’s very easy to find video,” said Ishikawa. Dynamic range technology Bank of Hawaii has installed MegaPX ATM Cameras, which are purpose-built for ATMs “When someone is telling you, ‘Hey we had a problem at this branch this morning, I don’t know what happened, but it must have been around this time’, we’re able to find that video much more quickly on a March Networks platform.” The bank’s high resolution cameras also make it easy to discern important details. In its newer branches, Bank of Hawaii is using March Networks ME4 Series IP cameras, which capture 4MP images and feature high dynamic range technology to optimise image quality in both low and bright light. The bank is also using Oncam 360° cameras for high-resolution panoramic views. For security at its bank machines, Bank of Hawaii has installed MegaPX ATM Cameras, which are purpose-built for ATMs. Video is integrated with the bank’s ATM transaction data in the Searchlight software for rapid investigations into customer complaints and potential fraud. More comprehensive oversight “It’s so easy to search,” said Ishikawa. “It takes us exactly to that transaction and the associated video so we can figure out what transpired.” The bank is also integrating its teller transaction data with video in Searchlight for more comprehensive oversight of its branches. The combination of video, transactions and analytics helps it get a more holistic view of its services. “Transaction data is not always indicative of how busy a branch is,” Ishikawa said, noting that lengthier conversations at the teller counter often create value because the customer returns later to access another bank product or service. Having video and analytics is an added layer of information. Being able to remotely access video also helps Ishikawa’s security team conduct virtual patrols. This saves them both time and money. Uniformed security member Capturing video of the incident helped underscore the serious nature of the situation “In the past, whenever there was an issue, we had a uniformed security member head out and physically check the branch. But with virtual patrols, we can do fewer physical visits and, when we do visit, it’s a more meaningful visit.” The security team, for example, can keep an eye on issues with vagrancy and loitering by simply logging into the Command software. March Networks video has helped the bank successfully address some of these issues. In one case, a person was routinely visiting a branch and causing disruptions by yelling and throwing deposit slips on the floor. “We don’t always know the situation, but if a person is yelling or displaying erratic behaviour, they pose a risk,” said Ishikawa. Capturing video of the incident helped underscore the serious nature of the situation. Investigating a fraud “We were able to show police that this was not a minor disruptive party. It was a very concerning issue for us. And it wasn’t just our bank, it was occurring in other banks, too.” Going forward, Bank of Hawaii is planning to migrate its remaining retail branches to March Networks. Given the widespread benefits of intelligent video, Ishikawa predicts that, like him, more bank security managers will receive requests to share their video surveillance securely with other departments. “In the future, it won’t just be security that’s asking for a video upgrade,” he said. “It’s going to be other parts of the business saying, ‘We want a piece of the pie too.’ Because surveillance is more than just investigating a fraud or robbery incident. Now, video surveillance is a lot more than that.”
Control and instrumentation specialist, CMR Philippines, has won undisclosed contract to supply and install advanced building management, CCTV and fire detection and alarm systems at one of the South East Asia’s pharmaceutical manufacturers. The work, undertaken at Unilab Pharmaceuticals’ new oral medicines and capsules Delta Amherst plant production plant in Laguna, Binan, sees the design and installation by CMR of facility-wide Siemens Apogee BMS, Siemens Cerberus FDAS and Hikvision CCTV systems. Comprehensive package The advanced computer-based BMS system will be used to control and monitor the 22,000 sq. ft plant’s mechanical and electrical installations and equipment such as ventilation, lighting and power systems. CMR is also providing engineering and testing services as part of a comprehensive package of technical support CMR is also providing engineering and testing services as part of a comprehensive package of technical support, which covers the installation, programming and commissioning of advanced CCTV and FDAS capabilities. The systems will provide improved safety and security for Unilab employees working at Laguna as the manufacturer looks to expand its capabilities through new investment in state-of-the-art manufacturing and production facilities. Critical operational requirements Unilab produces a wide range of prescription and consumer health products covering all major therapeutic segments. Many of these products are sector brands across the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Myanmar. Rojel Rivera, general manager at CMR PH, said: “We are a valued and trusted supplier to Unilab and other regional manufacturers, providing cost effective and precision engineered system-based solutions.” “We are building a strong reputation as a first-class supplier to customers such as Unilab, who are looking for technologies to meet critical operational requirements, alongside high levels of reliability and performance in demanding production environments.”
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High-quality products are the building blocks of successful physical security systems. How they are packaged may sometimes be seen as an unimportant detail or an afterthought. But should it be? Effective packaging can serve many functions, from creating a favorable customer impression to ensuring the product isn’t damaged in transit. Packaging can also contribute to ease of installation. On the negative side, excess packaging can be an environmental concern, especially for customers who are sensitive to green factors or to minimising waste. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: Is packaging of products important in the commercial security market? Why or why not?
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