Radio frequency Identification
Vicon Industries, Inc., designer and manufacturer of video surveillance and access control software, hardware and components brings a new level of convenience and simplicity to its VAX Access Control solution with today’s introduction of mobile credentialing. This new feature allows VAX customers to present their smartphones, instead of cards or fobs, to specialised Bluetooth-enabled VAX door readers. Smartphone and mobile credentialing Upon installation of a custom smartphone “wal...
Getac has announced the launch of the new F110-Ex fully-rugged tablet, as an enhancement to its popular F110 model, designed to deliver unrivalled efficiency, reliability and safety to workers in hazardous environments. In many industrial sectors, extreme temperatures, poor weather conditions and close contact with dangerous substances are all factors to contend with daily. Workers need devices they can rely on for efficient field maintenance, accurate safety checks and equipment monitori...
I have been thinking a lot about the U.S. government’s ban on video surveillance technologies by Hikvision and Dahua. In general, I question the wisdom and logic of the ban and am frankly puzzled as to how it came to be. Allow me to elaborate. Chinese camera manufacturers Reality check: the government ban is based on concerns about the potential misuse of cameras, not actual misuse. Before the government ban, you occasionally heard about some government entities deciding not to use camer...
LOCKEN was established in 2003, combining the knowledge and expertise of its three founders, Arnaud Flecchia, Roland de la Chapelle and Stéphane Conreux. Well established within the telecom and IT world, this threesome has transformed the business of access control: thanks to breakthrough technology, based on intelligent keys and user-friendly software, they brought to the market a solution that required no wiring or maintenance. This was a remarkable leap forward that has fully benefited...
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...
AES Corporation, global manufacturer of long-range wireless private mesh radio alarm communication products and services, is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Lyon as the new Regional Sales Manager covering all of the New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania territory. AES Corp. new regional sales manager Lyon brings over 16 years of successful sales operations and security experience to AES. In his new role, he is responsible for engaging new business development efforts,...
A magnitude-6.9 earthquake hit the Indonesian islands of Lombok and Bali at around 6.45pm on August 5, 2018, with more than 90 people dead and hundreds more injured. The immediate focus is search, rescue and meeting the basic needs of people affected by the earthquake. To help improve collaboration efficiency in the search, rescue and evacuation, Hytera donated communications equipment in the first minute to Palang Merah Indonesia (PMI), the Indonesian Red Cross. Mobile communications support In the morning on August 6, Hytera Indonesian subsidiary in Jakarta set up an emergency response team and immediately contacted PMI, whose volunteers and staff were providing medical support to the survivors and helping to evacuate people from the coastal areas. After confirming PMI was in need of mobile communications support, Hytera emergency response team swiftly proposed a communications solution consisting of advanced DMR portable radios, mobile radios and repeaters. On August 7, a joint meeting between Hytera engineers and PMI technicians was organised to go through the solution details and possible scenarios where the solution could be used for. At around 3pm in the afternoon, Hytera devices were handed over to PMI team, and Hytera emergency response team were on standby to provide assistance for upcoming rescue efforts. I was informed that Hytera had delivered 50 units of portable radio and other equipment to the Indonesian Red Cross office in Jakarta" Portable radio and other equipment "I hope those donated devices could be used into the rescue as soon as possible, thanks for the help," said Mr. Sunarbowo Sandi, Head of the PMI Headquarter, when receiving devices from Jerry Gao, Sales Manager of Hytera Indonesia. Gwendolyn Pang, Head of East Asia, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said, "I was informed that Hytera had delivered 50 units of portable radio and other equipment to the Indonesian Red Cross office in Jakarta. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Indonesian Red Cross welcome more donations for the earthquake operation. IFRC would like to establish regional or global partnership with Hytera." Support to rescue and relief operations In addition, Hytera CSR team in China headquarters contacted BlueSky Rescue and the East Asia of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, expressing its sustained attention upon the disaster and willingness to provide further support to help rescue operations if it is needed. As a global provider of innovative Professional Mobile Radio communications solutions, Hytera is committed to fulfilling its social responsibilities by leveraging cutting-edge technology and product portfolio to support rescue and relief operations on a global scale. Hytera played an active role in providing support to emergency response efforts such as the Japan Tsunami in 2011, the Nepal Earthquake in 2015, the floods in Myanmar in 2016, Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas in 2017 and Laos Dam Collapse last month.
HID Global, global provider of trusted identity solutions, announced that it has won the 2018 RFID Journal Live! Best New Product award for its new Mini Tamper-Evident Beacon, the industry’s first Bluetooth beacon to provide anti-theft protection for IoT-based location services and conditioning monitoring applications. “The latest addition to our IoT services for asset management addresses the escalating need to protect sensitive assets and equipment in more connected and intelligent environments,” said Marc Bielmann, Vice President and Managing Director for Identification Technologies at HID Global. “This accolade validates HID’s evolution in our identification and sensing technologies portfolio, which is focused on driving more secure, intuitive and efficient operations.” HID Mini Tamper-Evident Beacon HID’s Mini Tamper-Evident Beacon can be fully integrated into HID Location Services and HID Condition Monitoring Enabled by Bluvision, HID’s Mini Tamper-Evident Beacon can be fully integrated into HID Location Services (for item management) and HID Condition Monitoring (for managing the operational performance and health of equipment). Once integrated, real-time alerts and notifications can be sent when a beacon has been damaged or removed from an asset. John Sailer, Chief Operating Officer of Bluvision added, “The beacon packs a cost-effective solution into a small form factor to reduce risks and increase security using innovative conductive technology that enables the revolutionary deployment of tamper-evident IoT ecosystems. The combination of its size and security capabilities is what makes the beacon highly desirable to customers.” Inventory and asset tracking HID’s Mini Tamper-Evident Beacon is ideal for managing critical, proprietary and high value assets across three primary use cases: HID Location Services to track assets, inventory and equipment with 1-2-meter accuracy using real-time location services. HID Location Services to monitor gateways or portals, and to know when assets are near specified areas using proximity-based location services. HID Condition Monitoring to track the temperature, motion and vibration of vending machines, HVAC systems, equipment and motorised machinery to help determine the health and performance for more data-driven maintenance. The new Bluetooth beacon was selected by a panel of independent judges who recognised the most groundbreaking solutions that deliver business value, reduce cost and improve efficiencies.
SALTO BLUEnet Wireless has been developed to meet the highest demands related to security and ease of use. This access control system is networked through Bluetooth RF and especially designed for doors where real-time control is required. SALTO BLUEnet can be installed as an independent system or can complement SALTO Virtual Network (SVN) in areas of a building where real-time control is required. Control and management of all access points can be done remotely and in real-time from one or more administrator workstations. The SALTO BLUEnet Wireless engine allows the operator to monitor live access control events and provides the ability to unlock doors, change opening mode, lockdown, live door status monitoring or change physical access rules in the access plan, in real-time and wirelessly. Wireless network architecture: One gateway can communicate with 7 nodes, while each node can operate up to 16 doorsAccess point control & management Control and management of all access points remotely and in real-time from one or more administrator workstations. If radio frequency is interrupted or breaks down, the access system will continue to work, as the virtual network of the battery-operated locks remains operative through SALTO SVN. Wireless network architecture: One gateway can communicate with 7 nodes. Each node can operate up to 16 doors, with a maximum distance of 15ft (16m) between the lock and the node. All by using one single IP address. SALTO BLUEnet Wireless capability Advanced security with standard encryption communications Escutcheons and cylinders receive blacklist information and remove cancelled keys from the system in real-time Receive audit trail information in real-time and view door access without having to visit the door Real-time door control: This includes door alarm, intrusion alarm, single lockdown and remote door opening Real-time battery control enables maintenance to view escutcheon power status in real-time At SALTO, the goal is to always give the customers the products they need to meet the challenges they face. That’s why the company has developed SALTO BLUEnet Wireless to help users achieve tomorrow’s keyless buildings today with innovative thinking and advanced technology.
Cost-optimised digital technologies are the fastest-growing digital licensed mobile radio (LMR) technology, as global LMR users migrate to digital. Deployments of cost-optimised digital technologies increased by 16 percent in 2017, reaching more than $1 billion in revenue, compared to an average of 7 percent growth for the overall LMR market. More than 3 million users adopted cost-optimised digital technologies for the first time in 2017, and the installed base of these types of solutions will more than double between 2017 and 2022. Cost-optimised digital technologies Digital LMR users out-numbered those of analog for the first time in 2017 Cost-optimised digital technologies, a term coined by IHS Markit to include digital mobile radio (DMR), next generation digital narrowband (NXDN) and professional digital trunking (PDT), will remain the fastest growing global LMR technologies, at least until 2022. The global success of these technologies has been multi-faceted, as multi-tiered options, increasing competition and advances in capabilities have provided an increasingly cost-effective migration path from analog-to-digital communications. Digital LMR users out-numbered those of analog for the first time in 2017, however there remains a huge opportunity for the market to continue to convert to digital. Increasing awareness of the benefits of LMR technology for mission-critical and business-critical organisations around the world have facilitated this growth. More users are turning to trunked cost-optimised digital solutions to meet their scalable communications requirements. The deployment of trunked networks has increased significantly over the last couple of years, as transportation hubs, utility companies, mines, and public safety and security organisations have adopted these technologies. Cost-optimised digital technology has also been successful globally, irrespective of the level of economic development in any particular region Digital LMR technology Cost-optimised digital technology has also been successful globally, irrespective of the level of economic development in any particular region Cost-optimised digital technology has also been successful globally, irrespective of the level of economic development in any particular region. The largest markets in 2017 were North America and Asia, with Asia being the fastest-growing market, accounting for half of all deployments. In developed regions, where the private sector accounts for a larger proportion of economic growth, transportation and the industrial sector will be the largest adopters of cost-optimised digital technologies. In developing regions, where there is no single national adoption of higher-end technologies (e.g., TETRA, TETRAPOL or P25), adoption rates by public safety and security organisations will be more prevalent. LTE technology This market will continue to grow, despite the developments of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology on the world stage. As nationwide networks continue to grow, private LTE networks have emerged in China, South America, Australia, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria. Mexico built a nationwide LTE network — Red Compartida — in 2018. Other national LTE networks are expected to be deployed in South Korea and the United Kingdom, while Angola has opted for a TETRA and LTE convergence solution for its national communications network. The United States has affirmed its commitment to rolling out its nationwide FirstNet LTE network, with AT&T securing a 25-year contract to build and maintain the network. 5G wireless communications The next generation of wireless communication is on the horizon, with commercial carriers in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Far East developing 5G capabilities Furthermore, the next generation of wireless communication is on the horizon, with commercial carriers in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, China and South Korea developing 5G capabilities that leverage new radio spectrum and technologies, to deliver ubiquity, low latency and future adaptability. The emergence of 5G is a fulcrum in the evolution of mobile technology, moving from a technology that has had transformative effects on personal communications, to one that transforms entire industries and economies. Despite the emergence of LTE and next-generation mobile broadband technology, IHS Markit projects LMR adoption will continue to grow. Because LMR technology provides mission-critical voice and data communications, public-safety organisations, along with airports and other mission-critical commercial organisations, require guaranteed communications in times of emergency. Mission-critical voice and data communications As LTE becomes more established and proves its ability to meet the critical voice communications requirements of emergency services, IHS Markit projects that over the next few years, LTE will complement critical voice with data, rather than replace LMR altogether. Only in the medium- to long-term of five to ten years, as capital investments are considered in nationwide or large-scale deployments, will LTE substitute for TETRA, TETRAPOL and other high-end LMR technologies.
Hytera Communications Corp. Ltd., Hytera America, Inc., and Hytera Communications America (West), Inc. (collectively, "Hytera") has filed a petition at the US International Trade Commission (ITC) requesting review of a Final Initial Determination issued on July 3, 2018 by ITC Administrative Law (ALJ) Judge MaryJoan McNamara that features in Hytera's Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) products sold in the US infringe patents of Motorola Solutions, Inc. (MSI). Hytera files petition at US ITC Hytera's position remains that its products sold in the US do not infringe MSI's patents, and that the initial determination is incorrect. MSI originally asserted seven patents in its complaint but later withdrew three. ALJ McNamara ruled that a limited number of claims in the four remaining patents at issue are infringed, but also determined that MSI did not satisfy the technical industry prong of the domestic industry requirement as to another of its patents and did not find Hytera to have violated the statute with respect to that patent. During proceedings in this case, before the period for factual discovery ended, Hytera had produced for the ALJ's consideration documents and source code related to several new designs. In addition to asking the ITC to reverse the ALJ's initial determination, Hytera has also petitioned the Commission to affirm that these latest products are not infringing. Hytera is confident that our designs for our next-generation DMR product portfolio do not infringe any of the asserted patents of MSI" Digital Mobile Radio products "Hytera is confident that our designs for our next-generation DMR product portfolio do not infringe any of the asserted patents of MSI," said Tom Wineland, Vice President of Hytera Communications America (West), Inc. "MSI did not oppose our new designs based on six of the asserted patents." In June of 2018, Hytera announced a new range of features for its digital mobile radio (DMR) portfolio, including its mobile radios, portable radios, and repeaters. These new features include extending full-duplex calling into repeater-mode operation (RMO) and direct-mode operation (DMO), enlarging full-duplex coverage beyond trunking mode without requiring extra hardware. Hytera also extended its over-the-air programming capability to conventional repeater operation, allowing individual radios to be reprogrammed remotely. Furthermore, optimised push-to-talk (PTT) functionality allows users to talk instantly after PTT even before a call is established. Hytera portable radios and repeaters Hytera's new features for digital mobile and portable radios and repeaters promote higher productivity" "Hytera's new features for digital mobile and portable radios and repeaters promote higher productivity, help improve the safety of users, and offer a better user experience," added Hytera's Wineland. "They boost Hytera’s leading position in providing innovative, versatile, high-quality DMR solutions that also present a compelling value to our dealers and customers." Hytera's petition before the ITC remains confidential by terms established by the Commission, which typically completes reviews within 120 days. Since the Commission has not issued its final decision, there is presently no constraint on the import or sale of any of Hytera’s products. Hytera also learned in May of 2018 that the US Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Trial and Appeal Board has accepted three Hytera petitions to invalidate MSI's patents based on prior art. "Hytera looks forward to the disposition of this case at the ITC and to resolving the series of nuisance litigations our competitor has filed against us," adds Wineland. "Hytera is focused on innovation and prefers to compete fairly in the marketplace rather than in the courtroom. Hytera is confident that our products do not infringe."
Siklu Inc., the global supplier of mmWave wireless solutions, has awarded Convergint Technologies, worldwide service-based systems integrator, as their Top Security Systems Integrator Partner in North America in 2017-2018. This decision was based upon the successful partnership between the companies over the past 2 years. Siklu wireless fiber solutions Siklu’s wireless fiber solutions were chosen by Convergint in a number of video surveillance projects across North America, including University Village in Seattle, the cities of Gardena, Lakewood, Bakersfield and many more. Recent projects include the Columbus International Airport, where Convergint upgraded local area network connectivity by installing Siklu’s multi-gigabit radios in two days. This solution provided interference-free connectivity as a fiber extension throughout inclement weather conditions. A broad selection of Siklu mmWave wireless products with a range of frequencies and distances are supported in the partnership, including P2P as well as P2MP, leveraging narrow beams in the uncongested frequency bands of 60-70/80 GHz, which are immune to heavy Wi-Fi signals. Transmitting high bandwidth information across security networks, the mmWave solutions are ideal for mission critical and smart cities deployments that demand secured always-on connectivity. We are extremely pleased with the overall performance of Siklu’s solutions" mmWave wireless products “We are extremely pleased with the overall performance of Siklu’s solutions,” said Tony Varco, VP Security Division at Convergint. “Our customers increasingly demand advanced solutions that perform at a high level combined with a low cost of ownership, and Siklu’s technology delivers in both areas. They offer a scalable, high-capacity wireless solution without compromising reliability and enables Convergint to continue to deliver high-quality service.” “We’re pleased to work with Convergint as one of our leading security partners,” said Eyal Assa, CEO of Siklu. “Siklu expands the infrastructure offering for Convergint customers, enabling them to benefit from industry-leading performance to create a network which is ready for the next generation of IoT.”
Hytera, a global provider of innovative Professional Mobile Radio (PMR) communications solutions, announces that it has signed contracts with Secretariat of Public Security of the State of Alagoas, Brazil to provide TETRA communications infrastructure as the expansion of the statewide mission critical communications network and four-year maintenance service. The total contracts value is around 6.5 million US dollars with the infrastructure contract around 1.3 million and the service contract around 5.2 million. “We are excited being chosen as the equipment and service provider of Alagoas’s statewide TETRA system. The state authority shows confidence in Hytera’s ability to deliver advanced and reliable public safety communications networks. For the expansion, we presented the latest development of TETRA technologies,” said John Zhou, the General Manager of Hytera Brazil. “The new contracts as a milestone for Hytera Brazil recognise us not only as a leading TETRA solution provider, but also a trusted service provider, and it is the embodiment of Hytera transformation globally.” In early 2014 Hytera delivered TETRA infrastructure, terminals and dispatcher to the public safety users of State of Alagoas TETRA communications network In early 2014 Hytera delivered TETRA infrastructure, terminals and dispatcher to the public safety users of State of Alagoas, who were modernising its communications systems to better serve the communities and prepare for the global soccer fiesta, the World Cup 2014. The newly signed equipment contract includes 31 sites with Hytera’s latest TETRA innovation, DIB R5 base station. It adopts a maintenance-free, space-saving design and can be installed on walls, antenna masts or in tunnels. Thanks to its low power consumption and passive cooling, it is ideal for use in areas where power supply is critical or where there is a need for battery-based, portable base station solutions. With the expansion of the TETRA network, different public safety forces such as police, firefighters and emergency response in the State of Alagoas will share the network to facilitate optimal cooperation when the situation requires, which is another big step forward by the local authorities to improve the security of the state.
Communication makes the world much, much smaller - but it also becomes critical to everyone. Once life-enriching communication technologies are embraced, not only do we like and enjoy the benefits, but we also become hooked on it day and night. "There is no doubt that the transportation industry is benefiting from always available communications, making sure drivers, mechanics, dispatchers are always connected and can exchange information when necessary," says Sagi Subocki, Vice President of Products and Marketing for MCC technology leader Softil. "However, for the most part until now, the transportation industry has had to rely on the traditional radio or simply standard mobile phones to perform all communications tasks. That's about to change with the advent of Mission Critical Communications over LTE and 5G as defined in the 3GPP Release 13-15 standard," adds Subocki. Mission critical communication over LTE MCC over LTE offers push to talk, push to video, text and multimedia chat, as well as location information for groups and point to point communications Mission critical communication (MCC) over LTE offers push to talk, push to video, text and multimedia chat, as well as location information for groups and point to point communications. Think about a driver who can push a button and instantly talk to all drivers within a 50-mile radius, for example, to inform them of road conditions, accidents, road works and other incidents. In the event of a breakdown, the truck driver can quickly obtain help from experts using video chat, which makes a driver's life a lot easier. Using the same MCC over LTE capabilities, the driver can see the location of all other drivers using the same radios, can engage in chat sessions with nearby garages and much, much more. And let's not forget that MCC over LTE communications can be prioritised over regular public mobile voice and data traffic, which can help in the case of accidents and natural disasters. Advanced communication solutions in Mining While different from the transportation industry, mining's reliance on advanced communication technologies might be even greater than the needs of the transportation market. Subocki explains: "Mission critical push to talk and push to video with guaranteed, prioritised delivery might well make the difference for mining workers. The ability to ask for urgent assistance simply at the push of a button is crucial in the day-to-day operations of an oil rig and a diamond mine." But the benefits of MCC over LTE don't stop there. As MCC over LTE communication is delivered over modern, very capable, rugged smartphones, these devices can be used to interface and collect data from all available sensors - air quality, temperature, radiation, presence of dangerous gases - all this information can be obtained automatically via MCC over LTE integration with IoT and can be used to increase safety. Drones in MCC over LTE In addition to engaging with all sensors, MCC over LTE communications can include drones which would provide video feeds whenever necessary In addition to engaging with all sensors, MCC over LTE communications can include drones which would provide video feeds whenever necessary - and the 3GPP MCPTT Release 16 standard will extend mission critical communication to include robots, which might be priceless. "Think about the implications of sending an MCC enabled robot to investigate a mine explosion and you'll see the future of MCC over LTE and 5G communications in the mining industry," adds Subocki. Market Value and Outlook A report from ABI Research found the total mission-critical communications market for base stations, repeaters, handsets and infrastructure in 2022 will be US$10 billion. The North American market continues to account for more than half of this world market with the rapidly growing Asia-Pacific region in second place with a 20 percent market share. Public-safety radio was the ancestor of critical communications providing mission-critical voice services and continues to represent over half of this market, followed by the industrial, transportation and utility segments. However, the need for mobile broadband data has also entered the equation driving critical communications systems to evolve to digital radio for data handling and spectrum efficiency. As a result, critical communications systems are slowly evolving from the current TETRA, Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) and Project 25 (P25) to coexist and interoperate with Long Term Evolution (LTE)-based systems. Softil's MCC over LTE Leadership Softil is a leader in Mission Critical Communication over LTE solutions for developers. Historically, Softil always focused on the full embrace of open communication standards - starting from close participation in the work of the appropriate SDOs, then developing best-of-breed APIs and implementation of the relevant standards, and most importantly, paying utmost attention to the interoperability of the offered solution by active participation and leading all relevant industry-wide interoperability testing events. Softil actively participates in development of the MCC over LTE standards in 3GPP, as well as interoperability testing at the ETSI Plugtest Events. Most importantly, Softil 3GPP Release 13-15 compliant client SDK implementation had been already commercially deployed on the market - in Korea, Softil powers latest and greatest implementation of the MCC over LTE-R communication devices installed on the newest high-speed train line, such as one connecting Incheon airport to PyongChang during the Olympic games.
March Networks, a pioneer in the delivery of video surveillance and video-based business intelligence solutions to the cannabis industry, is pleased to announce that one of Canada’s largest cannabis producers has selected its complete cannabis video solution to provide security, loss prevention and operational insights for its retail dispensaries. The publicly-traded producer, with multiple brands and a global presence, chose the March Networks solution based on its proven reliability, ability to support thousands of locations, and its Searchlight business intelligence software. March Networks Searchlight provides organisations with valuable information on customer service, risk mitigation, corporate compliance and other operations through the integration of surveillance video, point-of-sale (POS) transaction data and customer data analytics. The solution delivers an enhanced level of tracking and compliance by correlating video with the RFID data in the Searchlight softwareEnhanced level of tracking “Early on, we recognised the security and operational requirements of the tightly-regulated cannabis market and evolved our offering to uniquely address those needs,” said Peter Strom, President and CEO, March Networks. “Today, we are proud to be the solution of choice for cannabis operators, including this leading Canadian-based producer in advance of the legalisation of the country’s recreational marijuana market in October.” Just last week, the government of Ontario – Canada’s largest province by population – opened up the sale of marijuana to private retailers, reversing a previous decision that would have seen sales limited to government-run outlets only. Across the United States, March Networks currently works with multiple cannabis operators, providing intelligent video solutions for dispensaries and cultivation facilities. In states like Colorado, where radio frequency identification (RFID) tagging from seed to sale is mandated by law, the solution delivers an enhanced level of tracking and compliance by correlating video with the RFID data in the Searchlight software. The producer will be able to centrally manage the entire system and easily schedule software updates using March Networks Command Enterprise Server software Deploying NVRs and 3D analytics sensors In addition to March Networks Searchlight, the Canadian cannabis producer will deploy the company’s hybrid network video recorders (NVRs) in each retail store, as well as integrated 3D analytics sensors to gather valuable metrics on customer traffic and wait times. The producer will be able to centrally manage the entire system and easily schedule software updates using March Networks Command Enterprise Server software. The powerful video management software is an ideal solution for organisations with multiple distributed locations, providing capabilities such as mass device management and LDAP integration to enable secure multi-level user access and authentication. It also delivers remote system health monitoring to ensure video is always there when needed – a critical feature to help ensure cannabis operators remain compliant with video surveillance requirements at all times.
HID Global, global trusted identity solutions provider has announced that it has been appointed the ‘official ticket maker’ for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the largest and most important sports event in the world. HID Global will deliver more than 3 million secure RFID tickets for the 64 matches of the 2018 World Cup, which will be held in 11 host cities of the Russian Federation from 14 June to 15 July 2018. The 2018 FIFA World Cup ticket is a smart ticket containing a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) inlay and manufactured with special security papers The 2018 FIFA World Cup ticket is a smart ticket containing a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) inlay and manufactured with special security papers and integrates several security features designed to prevent counterfeiting and forgery. Data that is stored in a ticket’s RFID chip is encrypted and digitally signed. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tickets “HID Global is providing FIFA with a formidable defence against ticket fraud and simplifying the process of a fan’s picking a ticket and using it to tap and go into the stadium,” said Stefan Widing, President and CEO of HID Global. “We’re confident that this RFID solution, along with the other advanced ticket security features, will give FIFA and attendees an extra level of security and a better overall FIFA World Cup experience.” Illicit ticket sales are a major concern for FIFA World Cup events, where tickets are always in very high demand. In a recent press release, FIFA reminded prospective tournament attendees that “FIFA regards the illicit sale and distribution of tickets as a serious issue and in cooperation with local authorities, including consumer protection agencies in numerous countries, strives to identify and curb unauthorised ticket sales.” FIFA cautions soccer fans that tickets obtained from any other source than the official FIFA.com/tickets website will be automatically cancelled once identified, barring the holder access to the stadium or to any refund or other compensation. RFID differs from traditional barcoded tickets, which can more easily be counterfeited RFID technology helps curb ticket fraud RFID differs from traditional barcoded tickets, which can more easily be counterfeited. RFID transmits the unique identity of a ticket and ticket holder via radio waves. Unlike barcode readers, RFID scanners do not need a line of sight with the RFID chips. This means attendees can simply tap their tickets to a reader to validate them and gain access to an event, speeding up admissions dramatically in high-volume events such as World Cup matches. As part of the project, HID Global has also provided pre-personalisation, fulfillment, consignment and delivery services for the secure tickets, in addition to the development of middleware and a key management system dedicated to the event cycle, including the libraries for the access control device key management. HID’s ticketing solution represents a new way to provide secure tickets at an event and play “goalkeeper” against fraud.
Airbus has expanded the range of its application portfolio for the Tactilon Dabat and partnered with new professional application developers. The aim is to better serve the communications markets in the field of public safety, transportation and healthcare. At the CCW exhibition in Berlin from 15 to 17 May 2018, Airbus is showcasing selected applications for professionals that combine multimedia real-time functions with highest standards of security. “The apps that we showcase at the CCW work in various areas, whether it is industry, public safety or the health sector. They meet specific customer needs and requirements for different regions in the world,” explains Rahim Zaknoun, Head of Innovation & Developer Ecosystem at Secure Land Communications of Airbus. "We selected these apps for our customers and created them for the hybrid Tactilon Dabat.” For instance, the digitalised Triage application from Exomi helps first responders (paramedics) to send complex health data of patients from the ambulance on the scene to the hospital. The delivery of the constantly updated information is standardised and reliable. It can easily be shared not only via the Tactilon Dabat, the Android smartphone and Tetra radio in one device, but also on other platforms in control rooms or in the field. Thus, the application streamlines processes and accelerates a more accurate treatment for the patients. Commanders and group members (Tetra and smartphone users) can easily follow each other on the Dabat’s display based on a map configuration with GPS Live video sharing platform The application ES-Core features a live video sharing function that is secure and supports external video sources, such as from drones or vehicles. Even with little radio coverage the transmission is of high quality. Moreover, footing can be stored as evidence or for the purpose of analysis. “Clearly, this is a tool for police officers. However, paramedics work increasingly with this app on the scene and companies can also master situations by transmitting a live video stream,” says Rahim Zaknoun. Another application can fill frequently the gap of non-existing radio coverage in many public buildings: the ‘indoor positioning’ system for large sites creates a real-time situational awareness when communication groups move around in- and outdoors. Based on a map configuration with a GPS function, commanders and group members (Tetra and smartphone users) can easily follow each other on the Dabat’s display. The application serves especially security personnel in airports, train stations, or event sites: no configuration is needed, a seamless in- and outdoor positioning is put in place and the app works without broadband connection. Track Worker Protection In order to save lives of railway track workers and minimise the risk of collisions, the company Intelligence on Wheels invented the app ‘Track Worker Protection’. This application with a clear map display receives permanent train location updates. Our SmarTWISP application developer programme is the key reference point when it comes to creating secure apps" The signals will be sent from the train operator’s control room and the train itself, which is equipped with a Train Collision Avoidance System. Critical scenarios can now be easily managed with the Tactilon Dabat and the ‘track worker protection’. “Our SmarTWISP application developer programme is the key reference point when it comes to creating secure apps,” says Rahim Zaknoun. “It enables the innovation and professional application development on the top of Airbus’ existing communication technology. It boosts our strong developer ecosystem."
Multitone Electronics plc, a specialist in the design, manufacture and implementation of integrated communications, will be exhibiting its Eko range of patient and staff protection systems on Stand 404 at the Design in Mental Health conference and exhibition. The event takes place at the National Conference Centre near Birmingham, from 15th-16th May. Multitone will exhibiting its Eko family of safeguarding systems, which includes the award winning EkoTek and EkoCare communications solutions for staff/patient protection and lone workers. The Eko range is an onsite two-way wireless protection system that raises an alarm or summons help at a touch of a button. Matt Byrom, Product Manager at Multitone commented, “The Eko family of products is designed to provide reliable but discreet protection, that is perfect for mental healthcare facilities." "The system has been proven in hospitals around the world, including The Retreat in York, a treatment centre for mental health needs, where it enables staff and patients to easily summon assistance to their exact location using either a portable device or wall-mounted button.” The Design in Mental Health show is the perfect opportunity for anyone in the NHS or private healthcare industry to understand the advantages of Multitone’s solutions" Failsafe wireless technology With separate alarm levels for assist and emergency, alerts are routed via a smart radio-based network of beacons and repeaters. The alert can be forwarded to any device or set of devices including pagers, two-way radios, DECT phones, email or a mobile smart device, via a dedicated and highly secure app. Using wireless, failsafe technology, EkoTek and EkoCare both offer cost-effective installation (with no need for mains rewiring), long battery life and impressive reliability. In the unlikely event of a network repeater failing, the message is rerouted to ensure the alert is always delivered. The devices are also IP67 rated (resisting dirt and cleaning with sprays or disinfectant) and the system can also be integrated with fire alarm systems. Matt concluded, “This event focuses on the design of mental health facilities and creating calm therapeutic environments for the benefit of patients and staff alike, which is precisely the approach of the Eko family of products. The Design in Mental Health show is the perfect opportunity for anyone in the NHS or private healthcare industry to understand the advantages of Multitone’s solutions and to discuss specific requirements with the team on our stand.”