Residential security systems
Comelit Group, as a founder partner to The Security Event, is excited to return to exhibit with the launch of the latest integrated solutions, comprising an array of smart security and fire safety systems for residential and commercial premises. On stand 3a/B10, Comelit will be presenting its new Logifire addressable panel, which has been designed to offer a simple to install, fire safety solution that is compliant with to latest standards. It is complemented with a new range of detectors, offe...
With The Security Event 2021, organised by Nineteen Group, less than two months away, the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) is putting in place preparations, to make its exhibition stand at the renowned security event, considered a key destination for the UK commercial and residential security installer/integrator community. The Security Event 2021 The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) is delighted to be an official event partner at The Security Event 2021 The National Security Inspecto...
NAPCO Security Technologies, Inc., one of the renowned manufacturers and designers of high-tech electronic security devices, wireless recurring communication services for intrusion and fire alarm systems, as well as a global provider of school safety solutions, has announced that it will be showcasing new products at the ISC West 2021 trade show, which is slated to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, from July 19 to July 21, 2021, at the Sands Expo Center. During the ISC West show, NAPCO will be s...
Euralarm’s Services Section reports an important step forward for service providers and end-users of remote services: the very positive vote on the EN 50710, requirements for the provision of secure remote services for fire safety systems and security systems. The successful vote is the icing on the cake of the section’s efforts to guarantee more certainty for a future in which remote services play an increasingly important role. Secure remote services Jon Könz, Chair of Eura...
IDnow, a German-based leader in identity verification-as-a-service solutions announced that it has agreed to acquire ARIADNEXT, a French company specialising in remote identity verification and digital identity creation. With IDnow and ARIADNEXT joining forces, the companies can provide one comprehensive identity verification platform, ranging from AI-driven to human-assisted technology and from online to point-of-sale verification options. The combination further increases the services IDnow...
Videoloft’s cloud video surveillance platform provides users with a powerful yet highly cost-effective remote recording solution while providing resellers with a new potential revenue stream to add to their offering portfolio. For large surveillance system users, Videoloft’s cloud video surveillance solution provides affordable secure offsite video backup. For SMBs (small and medium businesses), Videoloft’s ability to record up to 8MP direct to the cloud provides a powerf...
SnapAV, a globally renowned source of professional audio and video, surveillance, control, networking, and remote management solutions, has announced that it has become Snap One. According to the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) John Heyman, the new name reflects the company’s goal to be the top provider of solutions, services, and platforms for custom installation integrators, whose businesses have grown well beyond AV products. Rebranding strategy The name ‘SnapAV’ no longer fully represents who we are or our aspirations for the future" “The name ‘SnapAV’ no longer fully represents who we are or our aspirations for the future,” said John Heyman, adding “We kept the name ‘Snap’ because of our ongoing mission to make our partners’ lives easier. Snap One builds upon this legacy and reinforces our aspiration to be the integrator’s most valued and most trusted partner.” He further said, “We want to be the one place with the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art products, the one shopping experience that can be done online or in-store, and the one partner that professionals can depend on, when installing and supporting the amazing experiences that their customers desire.” SnapAV and Control4 unified under Snap One The new name also represents a unified company that includes legacy SnapAV and Control4 organisations, following the major merger in 2019. “Together, now as Snap One, the company can serve as the industry's central source for everything needed to succeed, today and in the future,” said John Heyman. He adds, “The name Snap One emphasizes our desire to be the one-stop-source for the solutions that integrators need, including control, whether it’s with our own solutions or third-party products.” Single unified portal Later this year, Snap One will unveil one unified portal so integrators can research, quote, and purchase any products from a single location. The company will also have one streamlined loyalty program. “Our goal has always been to offer great products and top-tier services that simplify the integrator's life and support their business,” said John Heyman, adding “Our new platforms and services are designed to do just that.” Access Networks and Parasol acquisitions Snap One designs, manufactures, and distributes smart solutions for homes and businesses The announcement of a new company name comes on the heels of several major corporate developments, including the acquisition of networking provider, Access Networks and a significant investment in remote support solutions provider, Parasol. Snap One designs, manufactures, and distributes smart solutions for homes and businesses, to make life more enjoyable, connected, and secure. The company’s product platform includes over 4,300 proprietary SKUs in entertainment, connectivity, and infrastructure, along with two software platforms (OvrC and Control4 OS3) that provide broad interoperability with thousands of third-party products from hundreds of vendors. Value-added tools, training, and support Snap One’s business platform enables partners to shop online and in 27 (and counting) brick-and-mortar stores, both of which provide value-added tools, training, and support that drive business efficiencies that enable integrators to be more successful. “Created out of respect and passion for smart technology, this company was founded by technology integrators who saw a better way to do things. We realised integrators needed a better partner to purchase, deliver, and support products for connected homes and businesses, and since 2005, we’ve been able to do that,” said John Heyman. He continues, “Snap One represents our central mission and reminds current and future customers that we strive to be the one company in the industry that can provide a range of solutions, services and options in a snap.”
Infosecurity Europe, Europe’s number one information security event, has announced the three Keynote Speakers who will headline its virtual conference (13-15 July 2021): Robert Hannigan, former Director-General of GCHQ, Ian Hill, Global Director of Cyber Security, Royal BAM Group NV, and Robin Smith, Head of Cyber and Information Security with Aston Martin. Following the UK government’s delay in lifting the final COVID-19 restrictions, Reed Exhibitions – the organiser of Infosecurity Europe – postponed the live exhibition and conference until 2022. All visitors, exhibitors, and press who have registered for the in-person event will have full access to the virtual event. Those that haven’t yet registered can do so on the event website. Rising nation-state cyber activity The Keynote Speaker on Day One (13 July) will be Robert Hannigan, former Director-General of GCHQ. A leading authority on cybersecurity, cyber conflict, and the application of technology in national security, Robert currently serves as the Chairman of BlueVoyant international. As director of GCHQ, he led the creation of the UK’s National Cybersecurity Centre and oversaw the UK’s pioneering Active Cyber Defence programme. In his presentation Discussing the Rising Nation-State Cyber Activity and its Impacts, (Tuesday 13 July, 10:00-10:40), Robert will discuss the reality of nation-state-sponsored cybercrime, how to mitigate that risk, and develop resilient information infrastructure. War of attrition in cyberspace Ian will discuss the dynamics of what global warfare will look like in the 21st century Confirmed for Day Two (14 July) is Ian Hill, Global Director of Cyber Security, Royal BAM Group NV. Ian has over 25 years of experience within the telecoms, IT managed services, internet, and hosting industries. Today he’s responsible for the Royal BAM Group’s cybersecurity strategy and posture and drives a growing maturity through transforming and aligning cybersecurity across the group as part of its global IT transformation journey. In his session, The War of Attrition in Cyber Space (Wednesday 14 July, 10:00-10:40), Ian will look at the different dynamics of what global warfare will look like in the 21st century and how cyber defenders can better prepare for what’s to come. Aston Martin's Road to Zero Threats Opening the conference on Day Three (15 July) will be Robin Smith, Head of Cyber and Information Security, Aston Martin. Robin is an experienced privacy and security programme leader, focusing on foresight strategies to transform organisations. He has worked across law enforcement, health and UK think tanks to promote 'freedom through information. In his case study, Aston Martin's Road to Zero Threats (Thursday, 15th July, 10:00-10:40) Robin will share how Aston Martin has worked in collaboration with the UK Police Service to enhance its threat intelligence programme. 24/7 open access pass Once they’ve registered for the virtual event, visitors will receive a login to the Infosecurity Europe 2021 online platform, which will be open for access 24/7 until 29th July. From there, they can browse the full programme and add the presentations and sessions that interest them to their plan. After they have gone live, the three keynote presentations will be available to view on-demand until 29th July. Infosecurity Europe’s Keynote Stage is where the industry’s most qualified professionals share their experience " Nicole Mills, Exhibition Director at Infosecurity Group said, “Infosecurity Europe’s Keynote Stage is where the industry’s most experienced and qualified professionals share what they’ve learned from decades of safeguarding people, organisations, and nations.” “The latest additions to our virtual conference programme allow us to hear actionable insights from three experts who’ve faced some of the toughest challenges any security leader could experience during their career. This is exactly what makes Infosecurity Europe a ‘must attend the event – whether it’s live or online.” Line-up of presentations The Infosecurity Europe virtual event will feature a rich line-up of presentations, talks, and discussions. Among the confirmed sessions are: An opening keynote presentation each day featuring speakers from the cutting-edge of information security who are tackling major challenges every day. Information Security Exchange – a forum for suppliers and end-users to engage in discussion about the latest developments, debate the latest issues, and exchange ideas. Technology Showcase – bite-size 25 min presentations showcasing the latest innovations and developments in the product, service, and solutions space. Talking Tactics – a series of real-life case studies providing practical and actionable knowledge around improving security strategy and cyber-resilience. Participants will also be able to engage with exhibitors and browse their products via the virtual Infosecurity Europe platform, and arrange one-to-one video meetings with them. The full programme will be shared via updates and published on the website soon.
The Hellenic Armed Forces and Security Services’ impressive participation in DEFEA 2021 underscores the importance of this first international exhibition. The Ministry of National Defence, under the auspices of which DEFEA takes place, with its active co-operation in the organisation of the event, utilises the benefits coming out of the exhibition, hosting his counterparts, as well as Chiefs of General Staffs from allied and friendly countries. Organising a ministerial round table, as well as other conferences highlights the geopolitical aspects of DEFEA. Industrial co-operation Concurrently the General Directorate of Defence Investments and Armaments, participating in the exhibition, opens prospects for industrial co-operation with the companies present in DEFEA. Additionally, the Ministry of Merchant Marine placed DEFEA under its auspices and will be present in the exhibition. Training capabilities The General Staff of the Hellenic Armed Forces will present in DEFEA the training capabilities of the Hellenic Services The General Staff of the Hellenic Armed Forces will present in DEFEA the training capabilities of the Hellenic Services and especially the international joint exercises with friendly and allied countries. These exercises are focused on the high standards of the Hellenic Armed Forces as well as the opportunities provided by the terrain of Greece. The Hellenic Police, as well as the Hellenic Coast Guard, will present in DEFEA, both their important work on the security of the citizens and their contribution to the complex task of border protection in land and sea. Exhibitors DEFEA will be focused on the Hellenic Defence Industry which will make a dynamic presence with 97 state-owned and private industries among the total of the 312 exhibitors of DEFEA. Some of these factories have been founded more than a century ago and they have an invaluable contribution to the national defence of Greece. The Greek companies participating in DEFEA, are: HELLENIC AEROSPACE INDUSTRY SA HELLENIC DEFENCE SYSTEMS SA (EBO - PYRKAL) ADVANCED ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AEGEAN PROJECTS PC AEROSPACE MANAGEMENT AND SUPPPORT PCC AETHER AERONAUTICS PC AKMON SA ALEXMOLDS ALPHA SYSTEMS / URO ALS NSD - NAVAL SHIP DESIGNS ALTHOM ALTUS LSA SA ANORAK ARIEXPO ENGINEERING SA ARISTOMENOPOULOS P. LTD ARMS CHOICE EUROPE ATCOR AVIATEC SA AXON ENGINEERING SA B & T COMPOSITES BARRACUDA CENSUS SA DBDC INTERNATIONAL DEFENCE PUBLICATIONS & EVENTS DEFENCE & DIPLOMACY / EXPANSION CONSULTING SOLUTIONS LTD DEFENSE TECHNOLOGIES DNM GROUP DOUBLE ACTION DEFENCE SA DRONE SOLUTIONS SA EFA VENTURES SA IN. SA ELFON LTD ELMON SA ELVO - HELLENIC VEHICLE INDUSTRY EODH SA ERMA FIRST ESK ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS SA ES SYSTEMS SA ESCAPE ENGINEERING ETME EUROTRADE SA EYEONIX FARAD S.A. HEAT EXCHANGERS FARANTOS GEORGE FEAC ENGINEERING PC FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY - HELLAS (FORTH) FOXTROT GLENTOS SA – KIBO CABINS A. AVIATION SERVICES SA GENERAL DIRECTORATE FOR DEFENCE INVESTMENTS AND ARMAMENTS GLASSART® - MULTISYSTEMS HOUSING INDUSTRY GRANTEX S.A. HARLAS INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT SA HASDIG HELLENIC DEFENCE & TECHNOLOGY (DYROS PUBLICATIONS LTD) HELLENIC DEFENSE VEHICLE SYSTEMS SINGLE MEMBER SA (HDVS) HELLENIC INSTRUMENTS HEL/NIC NAT/NAL DEFENCE GENERAL STAFF/PUBLIC REL/IONS DIRECTORATE HELLENIC POLICE HELLENIC REPUBLIC MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEFENCE HELLENIC REPUBLIC REGION OF WESTERN MACEDONIA HEMEXPO – HELLENIC MARINE EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS & EXPORTERS INTERKLARK INTERMAT GROUP SA INTRACOM DEFENSE - IDE KOLIBIOTI BROS - KOLIBIOTI GROUP MENGIA SA MEVACO SA MIKRON MACHINING HELLAS MILITAIR MILTECH HELLAS SA MINISTRY OF MARITIME AFFAIRS AND INSULAR POLICY MORPHITECH MORTEK TELECOMMUNICATIONS MOTOCRAFT SA MPD GREECE SA MTS EXPOLOGISTICS LTD NANOPHOS SA NATIONAL & KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS (N.K.U.A.) NATO MISSILE FIRING INSTALLATION (NAMFI) NORTH AEGEAN SLOPS EMAE ORPHEE BEINOGLOU INTERNATIONAL FORWARDES PASS DEFENCE LTD PETROPOULOS PETROS AEBE PRIME PRODUCT LTD PRISMA ELECTRONICS SA PROTON SA PTISI PRESS S.M.P.C. REALISCAPE SATWAYS Ltd. SCYTALYS SA SEKPY SGL ENGINEERING LTD SIAMIDIS SA SOUKOS ROBOTS SA SPIRIT AERONAUTICAL SYSTEMS SA SSMART SA - SIGNAAL HELLAS SA TEMMA SA THEON SENSORS SA TRADE TECH UCANDRONE PC UNIVERSITY OF PATRAS APPLIED MECHANICS LABORATORY VALPAK SA VANOS SA VASILIKOS IMPORT TRADE VECTOR TECHNOLOGIES LTD VIKING NORSAFE LIFE - SAVING EQUIPMENT HELLAS SA VIPPON SA
ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions announces that the SARGENT 8200 Series Electrified Mortise Lock with EcoFlex® Technology has achieved Living Product Challenge certification from the International Living Future Institute. Satisfying stringent compliance criteria to receive the Declare label, architects, designers and specifiers now have an additional electrified locking hardware solution with this higher level of certification, along with other products from ASSA ABLOY, to meet all their green building project specifications. The Living Product Challenge and corresponding Living Building Challenge™ is considered the world’s most advanced and transparent third-party verification program, encouraging manufacturers to create products that are healthy, inspirational and give back to the environment across their lifecycles. EcoFlex was selected for its superlative energy-saving attributes: EcoFlex is 96% more energy efficient than standard electrified mortise locks and electrified exit trim up to 95% as certified by GreenCircle. EcoFlex electrified mortise lock “This is an incredible, significant achievement in the building materials industry, reflecting the move to sustainability in commercial and institutional building products,” said Amy Musanti, Director of Sustainability, Door Security Solutions, ASSA ABLOY. “Certification and labeling are becoming more commonplace for the industry overall, even for doors and hardware, which tend to be complex.” The product also completed a Red List Compliant Declare label, for use in projects pursuing Living Building Challenge The EcoFlex electrified mortise lock met all seven core attributes to achieve Imperative certification: responsible place, water footprint, energy footprint, Red List Free, responsible industry, ethical supply chain, inspiration and education. As part of the certification, the product also completed a Red List Compliant Declare label, for use in projects pursuing Living Building Challenge, LEED or WELL. A comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) was also performed on the product to achieve this status. Sustainability as a key driver “There are currently 24 certified products in the world – and very few of those are as heavily configured as EcoFlex which has over 100 components,” said Musanti, adding that products vary - from skateboards, planters, carpet, office furniture and cabling, to name a few. “This product has the potential to be at the forefront of architectural specifications as project teams work toward a more efficient, healthier and equitable building footprint.” Sustainability is a key driver throughout ASSA ABLOY's value chain and an important element in innovation, sourcing, production and employee development.
Senseware has announced the release of IAQ-I, a groundbreaking, first-to-market, real-time solution, to measure the effectiveness of bipolar ionisation and air health. Following the outbreak of COVID-19 and the public uproar around air safety, many air purification methods rose in popularity, with Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization (NPBI) taking the lead. Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization NBPI systems claim to safely clean indoor air by leveraging an electronic charge to create a high concentration of positive and negative ions. These ions are purported to travel through the air, continuously seeking out and attaching to potentially harmful contaminant particles for removal from the air. With the growing demand for clean air solutions, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) released the following statement, “Consumers should request testing data that quantitatively demonstrates a clear protective benefit and occupant safety under conditions consistent with the intended use.” IAQ-I, wireless ion sensing solution IAQ-I allows facilities to validate the effectiveness of their ionisation systems, with robust real-time data Senseware's first-to-market wireless ion sensing solution, IAQ-I allows facilities to validate the effectiveness of their ionisation systems, with robust real-time data. Developed in response to customer demand, Senseware's groundbreaking IAQ-I enables ionisation users to gain valuable measurement data, in order to assess the efficacy of their ionisation system, all through a small 4 x 8 inch non-obtrusive unit. IAQ-I represents the latest advancement in Senseware's market-renowned IAQ technology portfolio, measuring a wide range of air quality conditions, including particulate natter (PM 0.3-1.0, 2.5, 10), VOCs, CO2, temperature, and humidity. Visualisation of ion concentrations in air Air quality measures are displayed on an easy to use private or public dashboard, reflective of real-time environmental conditions. Senseware's, one-of-a-kind IAQ-I technology allows for visualisation of the ion concentrations in the air, and critically enables assessment of the effectiveness of an ionisation system, and most importantly the overall health of the air. Senseware's Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Julien Stamatakis said, “As a scientist, I believe in the power of data to guide business decisions. It's crucial that IAQ-I not only measure ions, but also PM and VOC for a complete air health check.” Improving air quality Without the endorsement of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ASHRAE or other monitoring groups, many have been left wondering, if their investment in ionisation systems has had the intended clean air impact. Senseware's IAQ-I allows these questions to be answered for the first time ever.
2N, internet-enabled intercoms, and access control systems company, has launched the new 2N® IP Style intercom with a next-generation platform supported by an Axis processor. Sleek design with a touchscreen display The 2N® IP Style sets new standards in access control simplicity, performance, and aesthetic appeal, and will meet the specific needs of owners of modern residential and office buildings. 2N® IP Style’s attractive, large 10” touchscreen LCD provides a complete, detailed view of incoming visitors. To ensure its durability, it is protected by scratch-resistant 4-mm tempered glass. Users will also benefit from the ‘smartphone-style' touchscreen display with instant response and smooth animations. In another breakthrough, the 2N® IP Style has also been designed to deliver different office and residential screen capabilities in one. In this way, it can meet the differing needs of commercial office and luxury developments. Visitor identification via WDR technologies The 2N® IP Style gives the building owner or user all the decision-intelligence they need at their door Drawing on the processing power of Axis’ Artpec 7 chip and the flexibility benefits of edge IP devices, the 2N® IP Style gives the building owner or user all the decision-intelligence they need at their door. Because of this new chipset, the intercom platform can handle multiple simultaneous full HD streams and provides a full-colour picture without any artificial light. Its 5MPx camera’s incorporation of Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) technologies ensures full image quality and identification of the visitor, even in darkness or uneven lighting conditions outside. In these ways, this intercom sets a new benchmark for ease of use and building security. Fast and easy access control Based on feedback from security and installation companies, 2N has also developed a new installation mechanism for the new intercom. The patented tilt-out system allows installers to use both hands to work with the cables, making installation faster as well as easier. Michal Kratochvíl, CEO of 2N Telekomunikace, said, “The 2N® IP Style revolutionises access control for modern apartments and office buildings. The intercom incorporates the best camera, the best video transmission, and display, and has a quality user interface which can be activated by a simple tap of a smart device – all wrapped in a timeless design.” WaveKey access technology The new intercom unit allows faster and simpler access because it supports the widest range of access control technologies – including the latest and fastest Bluetooth-enabled mobile access technology, WaveKey, as well as all card technologies. It also has a smart PIN keypad. With WaveKey access technology implemented in the intercom, the 2N® IP Style supports Touch, Tap in App, and Motion modes. The Motion mode means that if a user has an authorised application on their mobile device, the unit’s camera registers any movement from that person in a 170° field of view and automatically opens the door. High building security & easy access With a certification of IP65 and IK08, the 2N® IP Style is well suited to outdoor and harsh environment applications Michal Kratochvíl added, “Developers and users of luxury homes and high-end offices expect the highest standards in building security and ease of access. We are meeting, and indeed exceeding, these needs with the new 2N® IP Style, which redefines the performance, capabilities, and aesthetic appeal of access control units.” “The new intercom draws on our 30-year record in access control unit design and unrivalled expertise in open standards integration. Through that commitment to cutting-edge devices and setting industry benchmarks, the 2N® IP Style brings together the power of Axis’ Artpec 7 processor, beautiful glass panel housing, and the speed and simplicity of Bluetooth with WaveKey access technology.” “We believe the 2N® IP Style will become the intercom of choice for forward-looking developers for many years to come. Applications The 2N® IP Style unit is designed and manufactured with a commitment to open protocols so, as with other intercoms from 2N’s portfolio, it can be integrated with the best in high-performance third-party systems. Manufactured in the Czech Republic from hard-wearing materials, and with a protection certification of IP65 and IK08, the 2N® IP Style is well suited to outdoor and harsh environment applications.
Whenever you say the word “security” in today’s world of digitalisation and technology, minds immediately jump to online security. Encryption, passwords, and website security are all common areas of concern for today’s security teams – so much so that we often pass over physical security installations entirely. But we shouldn’t, because contrary to popular belief, security doors aren’t just for banks and safes. High-security doors are deployed and used across everything from home spaces to offices, venues, communal entrances, and more – offering an extra level of safety designed to keep unwanted guests out and keep the people inside safe. In this blog, we will be uncovering some of the benefits of installing high-security doors besides the obvious – offering a high level of security. Benefits of high-security doors When you start telling someone about high-security doors, they often immediately think of thick steel doors with unbreakable locks. But modern security doors are nothing like that, with the marketplace filled with different options including ventilated louvre doors, reinforced hammer glass doors, and classic metal doors. And with each style comes a different set of benefits. 1) High-security doors keep businesses and properties safe If anything is going to put burglars off and keep your inside space safe, it’s high-security doors. High-security doors not only help keep burglars away but also saves on the cost of investing in expensive home security systems With such a wide array of options on the market, from double or triple glazing through to top-level security doors for industrial properties and homes, customers can choose the weight of their door and its finish – meaning that they have a choice between making their high-security decision obvious or concealing it for the benefit of aesthetics. This not only helps keep burglars away from your home or office space and reduces the crime rate, but also saves on the cost of investing in expensive alarms and home security systems. 2) Dual purpose benefits from top-level manufacturers Modern high-security doors from retailers like Premier SSL not only provide industrial-strength but are also classed as fire doors – meaning that they keep people inside safe on two accounts. On top of that, high-security doors no longer look like the entrance to a bank – in fact, most manufacturers now work with materials that deliver an aesthetically pleasing finish that can complement your building or inside space. This means you can benefit from everything from a wood effect finish to a decorative trim and more. 3) Cut costs in Winter and Summer Managing bills at home often mean juggling the art of keeping the house cool enough in summer and warm enough in winter. On one hand, with high-security doors which are effective fire doors and are made to measure and tailored to your home, the heat and warm air inside your home are trapped inside during the winter to keep your home cozy. This helps to cut the cost of heating and ensures your family is protected during the winter months. Mesh layered security Meanwhile, for those who opt for the mesh layered security doors or Louvre doors, in summer you can keep your home or inside space cool and filled with fresh air even while the doors are closed and secured. This ensures adequate ventilation and is a popular choice with homeowners today as it cuts the cost of bills and expensive air conditioning and helps prevent issues like mould which can occur in damp spaces with little airflow. Louvre security doors also help to retain the same level of privacy as a solid door but with a high level of airflow – making them ideal for communal areas and spaces with a high footfall. 4) Keep pets and children safe A security door is enough to deter a burglar to keep your little ones and pets safe and contained inside the house A security door is enough to deter a burglar – so is certainly more than sufficient to keep your little ones and pets safe and contained inside the house. Preventing access to dangerous situations such as being outdoors on their own and entering the kitchen on their own is a benefit that many families revel in – with a range of options including the mesh-covered security doors to retain ventilation and natural light and create more of a homely feel. 5) Feeling safe and secure in your own space This one may seem obvious but it’s one of the biggest benefits – feeling safe even when on your own. Security doors mean that you can rest easy in your own space, in complete control of the locking mechanism and the entry of anyone besides yourself. Most of the security doors recognised by modern standards can withstand ballistics and crowbar tampering – even those with ventilation breaks. On top of that, they have a certain degree of water tightness and resistance to wind, meaning that they also keep you safe from home or building damage. 6) Versatility The vast array of security doors on the market right now means that versatility is possible – in the way that doors are locked, the way that they look, and the additional features they provide. Many of the high-security doors we and other retailers offer also provide complete sound ventilation and are ideally suited to everything from a modern new build to something more traditional in its feel and aesthetics. Uses of security doors High-security doors are a popular addition to modern homes and office spaces, as well as communal spaces and venues As previously touched on, security doors are no longer just for banks and high-security institutes. High-security doors are a popular addition to modern homes and office spaces, as well as communal spaces and venues. The versatility presented by the locking mechanism and access tools means that users can select everything from an entry fob to a code and a traditional key as a means of getting inside. The Takeaway High-security doors are an increasingly popular solution for nurturing safety both in commercial spaces and private homes. With options from solid steel doors to louver doors, triple and double glazed doors, and fire doors available on the market for every space and with made to measure manufacturing options, it has never been easier to equip your home against intruders and keep your family or work team safe and comfortable. Best of all for the modern homeowner, high-security doors no longer create an eyesore – instead, reflecting the same design aesthetic focus as you might expect from an interior company.
With the continued rolling back of COVID restrictions in the UK, there is a palpable sense of relief. A mixture of mass vaccinations, widespread testing, and track and tracing of the infection is helping to enable a healthy bounce back for businesses – with secure access control taking an important role in facilitating this. However, rather than just being a reaction to the wake of the pandemic, there is every sign that the economy, and consequently the security sector as well, are both rebuilding and reshaping for the long-term new normal. Prioritising Safety Already deemed an essential service even during the first wave of the pandemic, the security industry has of course taken a vital role in protecting people and property throughout the crisis. Now that venues in the UK are starting to reopen again, our services are key to occupancy management and ensuring that disease transmission is limited as far as possible. Access control is also key in reassuring people that their safety is a priority. Making the upgrade It’s all been about choosing the most suitable components and technology that already existed with a few “tweaks” Businesses and organisations have a duty of care to their employees and the safety of visitors – so controlling access, employing lateral flow testing, and deploying suitable Track & Trace mechanisms are all key components. I think those outside our industry are surprised to learn that most of the technology being deployed and used hasn’t just magically developed since COVID appeared – it’s all been about choosing the most suitable components and technology that already existed albeit with a few development “tweaks” or adjustments for the situation at hand. This includes using or installing facial recognition readers rather than using fingerprint or contact tokens, it is swapping to automatic request to exit sensors instead of buttons; it is using powered secure doors rather than having people all grab the same handle. Using mobile credentials is also a key technology choice – why not use the highly secure, easy to manage, cost-effective, and of course contact-free benefits of this approach? Touchless solutions We have seen a clear shift in organisations looking to protect their staff and visitors. For instance, we have a big utility customer in Southeast Asia that has just replaced close to 200 sites using fingerprint readers with an additional facial recognition capability. We have also seen a big rise in demand for touchless request to exit sensors and Bluetooth Low Energy Readers for use with smartphone authentication. Working together Integration of security systems is of course nothing new, but in the post-pandemic or endemic age, it has perhaps never been more important. Installations need to be simple, straightforward, and rapid to help maintain safe distancing but also to ensure systems can be deployed as soon as they are needed. The world is changing and developing rapidly and there is simply no place for systems that don’t work with others or cause the end-user considerable cost and inconvenience to upgrade. This flexible delivery of security solutions perfectly matches the evolving and increasing demands of the market. It’s clear that end-users want systems that work well and can easily integrate with their existing systems – not only security but all the other business components which work in unison with each other over a shared network. Great opportunities ahead The recent work-from-home trend is also clearly changing the way organisations and businesses interact with the built environment. Lots of companies are downsizing, offices are being split up, there is lots of revitalisation and reuse of existing office space – all of which creates considerable opportunities for security providers. UK inflation more than doubled in April 2021 with unemployment figures dropping and the Pound rising in value There are also, in the UK at least, clear signs that the construction industry is rapidly growing again -with a forecast of 8% rebound and growth this year. UK inflation more than doubled in April 2021 with unemployment figures dropping and the Pound rising in value – all positive signs for UK-based security providers. Undoubtedly the highly successful UK vaccination rollout has helped considerably, but there are signs that the Eurozone looks set to improve considerably over the next few months as well. Using integrated access control Undoubtedly the pandemic has made security markets around the world more aware of the benefits of integrated access control in managing the needs of the new normal COVID endemic environment. For example, as a business, we have always had keen interest from the UK healthcare sector, but over the last 12 months, we have seen a big growth in previously modest international markets including Morocco, Kuwait, Bahrain, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Thailand – all of which are very keen to adopt improved access control solutions. Learning the lessons Nobody would deny the last year or so has been unprecedentedly tough on everyone, as a society we have had to make huge changes and sacrifices. Governments, organisations, and businesses all need to be better prepared in the future, to understand the things that went wrong and those that were successful. However, there is a world beyond the immediate pandemic and its effects. Flexible working practices and the changes these will have to the way we live and work will undoubtedly present great opportunities for the security sector in helping the world evolve. The pandemic has been a wake-up call for many organisations with regards to their duty of care to employees – particularly when it comes to mental health and providing a sensible work/life balance. Where we work and the safety of these facilities has received far more scrutiny than before. Flexible security systems Integrated security solutions have a vital role to play in not only protecting the safety of people during the post-lockdown return to work but also in the evolution of the built environment and move towards smart cities - which inevitably will now need to consider greater flexibility in securing home working spaces rather than just traditional places of work. Importantly, powerful access control and integrated security systems need to be flexible to the uncertainties ahead. The COVID pandemic has shown that nothing can be considered certain, except the need for greater flexibility and resilience in the way we operate our professional and personal interactions.
Access control and door entry is a huge responsibility, and challenge, for local authorities and housing associations UK wide. For councils, they’re accountable for the security and safety of many public facilities such as leisure centres, libraries as well as residential housing developments which are often large scale and home to hundreds of people. Housing associations manage affordable rental housing which also means they’re responsible for the appropriate access control management for each individual house or flat. Technology developments have enabled better entry systems that are far more secure yet also more convenient and easier to manage. For example, with modern intercom and access control systems, remote management and communication is something that offers local authorities and housing associations features that enable them to reduce costs and cut their carbon footprints by managing multiple sites from one place. On the other hand, such technological innovation has meant that local authority and housing association specifiers and consultants now have a wide range of systems and products to choose from which can cause issues in ensuring the right system for a specific building or development is chosen. Choosing an appropritate access control system In choosing an appropriate system, local authorities and housing associations need to opt for a cost effective solution that can be easily maintained with excellent support from the manufacturer and guarantees that the system and system parts will remain supported for the duration of its expected life cycle. It is also important that the chosen system is flexible to cater for the varying needs of the tenants and visitors. Of increasing importance is the reduction of anti-social behaviour which new technology can help by providing the use of data loggers which track the use and events of a door entry system, allowing specific evidence to be located by integrating with CCTV. Using technology to our advantage Through advancements in management systems and services, we can gain a much better visual representation of the events and general usage of an intercom entry system and not just its proximity access control. Systems, for example, can now send email alarms or notifications to the administrator or management. We are now able to modify user rights and access levels on the go from a mobile app which enables a much greater control over service and maintenance engineers, such as making sure they have full access when required via an app, rather than arriving to site with the incorrect keys or access fob. Systems, for example, can now send email alarms or notifications to the administrator or management Dealing with tenant’s lost and stolen keys has never been so easy either. The blocking or deletion of lost fobs and adding a new fob can be carried out in minutes while at the same time removing the cost of sending an engineer to the development to programme new fobs. This greatly reduces the carbon footprint of the whole task as fobs can now be sent out via post to a secure location for collection. Technology has also helped local authorities and housing associations to overcome the issue of not being able to have a concierge or building manager available 24/7 at some developments. Now with internet communication, it’s possible for tenants and visitors to get in touch with someone should they need assistance, whether that’s from within the apartment or from an entrance point. For example, lets take the Videx VX2200 with IP concierge integration. This system is exceptionally flexible, enabling calls to be answered on Videx intercoms and also mobile phones if required. With the integration of the IP concierge each block can be either standalone or networked via the internet back to a central control room. Reduced maintenance costs and carbon footprint We work with a wide range of local authorities and housing associations to help them overcome access control and door entry challenges. One organisation we have recently partnered with is The Living Group to help them greatly reduce their maintenance costs and carbon footprint by installing the MiAccess offline proximity system on many of their developments across the North East. Technology developments have enabled better entry systems that are far more secure yet also more convenient and easier to manage By installing an appropriate system, The Living Group has managed to overcome issues caused by the existing system’s limitations and also enabled much more flexibility when it comes to effectively managing the access control system of all their included developments. For those responsible for effective and appropriate access control, the management of the systems are easier, quicker and there’s no delay or on-going costs for needing a specialist programme to modify fobs and access rights as this can now all carried out in-house. Improved security legislation Further advancements in programmes such as Secured by Design (SBD), a police initiative that improves the security of buildings and their immediate surroundings to provide safe places to live, work and visit, means that there’s more security legislation being implemented that’s making intercoms and access control more secure, without affecting ease and convenience. Videx holds an SBD accreditation and we know, from first-hand experience, how it’s making a difference in keeping tenants safe. When you combine the safety features promoted by an SBD member company like ourselves with the likes of the Videx event logging, image capture and ability to modify access users on the go, for example, we can help to create a very safe and secure environment. Personally, I think there needs to be a greater emphasis on the role of security legislation Technology has completely transformed the way local authorities and housing association are able to choose, install and manage door entry and access control systems for tenants and visitors alike. Personally, I think there needs to be a greater emphasis on the role of security legislation such as Secured by Design to ensure all councils and housing association consultants are up to date with what constitutes a robust and secure system that’s also cost effective too. In my role, I see weaknesses in systems and constant ongoing costs that could easily be avoided. For instance, features such as timed remote entry means local authority and housing association management no longer need to worry about keys being lost, the wrong keys being supplied or locks needing to be changed. With new systems such as the Videx MiAccess and Videx WS4 range, we can help to massively reduce a housing association’s or council’s carbon footprint and engineer costs by allowing them the access to management and control from an offsite location. Crime prevention We can also use live and logged events to help prevent crime in different ways, from antisocial behaviour growing around a tenant being called or visited much more regularly than others, to knowing a tenant is currently still living at a property but isn’t paying rent or answering to any correspondence. Technology enables local authorities and housing associations to receive detailed data and therefore behavioural insights on the people under their management and care. If consultants and specifiers are advised on the most appropriate systems that meet their specific entry needs, they can ensure greater, safer and more convenient access control that meets the requirements of both the end user and the those responsible for its effective management.
Convergint Technologies’ rapid growth has come through a combination of organic growth and acquisitions — they have acquired 35 companies since 2014. Growth has been a focus since day one when the founders started the systems integration company with 10 colleagues in a basement. Today, the diverse company includes more than 5,000 employees globally. As technology has advanced and business practices have evolved, Convergint’s core values and beliefs have guided their path forward. Customer-centric approach Convergint’s culture is a critical aspect of the company, from the executive level to frontline colleagues. “It is essential that the companies we look to acquire and develop partnerships with directly align with our people-first, customer-centric, inclusive culture centered on colleagues and customers,” says Mike Mathes, Executive Vice President, Convergint Technologies. “This approach has allowed us to maintain and grow our number of colleagues across our acquisitions and enables us to continue being our customers’ best service provider.” Integration practices Many practices have to be form-fitted to each individual acquisition A simple but important consideration as Convergint grows through acquisitions is: No two companies are the same. While some integration practices can be standardised across the company, many practices have to be form-fitted to each individual acquisition, says Mathes. “Our objective is not to come in and immediately implement change. We want to build on what has already been successful within the local market and share our learned experiences. There is plenty we can learn from each other and create a much better organisation.” Mathes says that Convergint’s view of a successful acquisition is that 1+1=3. “The end result is always much more impactful than what we anticipated,” he says. “Every acquisition brings with it an experienced leadership team, dedicated and skilled colleagues, vertical market and technological expertise. Most acquisitions are in geographies where we do not already operate, so with every acquisition, we increase our capability to serve our customers much better.” Also, the network of Global Convergint Technology Centres (CTCs) helps expand clientele, and the Convergint Development Centre (CDC) offers new support capabilities allowing acquisitions to grow at a very high rate. Expanding service Are there more acquisitions to come? Mathes says Convergint is always open to further expanding its footprint across the globe, improving its ability to service customers, deepening their technical expertise, and continuing to expand service offerings across the current and new vertical markets. However, the current focus remains on several key factors: service to colleagues, customers, and communities. “While obviously, acquisitions fuel our growth, the addition of these organisations to Convergint has really improved our ability to service clients on a global basis,” says Mathes. Acquiring ICD Security Solutions in Asia, for example, made Convergint a pioneer in that market for U.S.-based multi-national companies. Meeting customers demand “Convergint does not weigh market conditions when making an acquisition decision,” says Mathes. Rather, they are primarily focused on meeting or exceeding their customer’s needs on a local to a global level. They see acquisitions as a potential way to extend their geographic reach so they can be closer to customers. An acquisition might also expand technological or vertical market expertise. “The end goal is for us to enhance our service capabilities by attracting and retaining talented colleagues and leaders to better service our customers,” says Mathes. Enhancing and expanding services Convergint identifies how to leverage the expertise to further enhance and expand current service options “Economies of scale” have not been a consideration. They have never sought to acquire companies and restructure them in the process, for example. Rather, each company brings forth a unique skillset, is carefully vetted by the executive team, and provides purpose in the company's mission and vision for the future.” “Frontline colleagues are Convergint’s most valuable assets,” says Mathes. Rather than restructuring and eliminating skilled, knowledgeable colleagues, Convergint identifies how they can leverage the expertise to further enhance and expand current service options for customers. “Our colleagues and their skill sets are our competitive advantage—they remain an essential element to our success,” says Mathes. Demand for integrator services “We continue to experience a growing demand for innovative solutions across electronic security, fire alarm, and life safety,” says Mathes. “As companies innovate further and rely on technologies such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, IoT, and cloud solutions, we expect to see an increased demand for integrator services. Our customers demand a local service provider who is responsive and can meet their needs, which is why Convergint aims to be its customers’ best service provider.” This year, Convergint is celebrating its 20th anniversary. In 2021, they will continue to focus on the same critical components that have dominated since day one taking care of colleagues, customers, and the communities where they operate.
The cloud is here to stay. Its resilience and ability to connect the world during during the COVID-19 pandemic has proved its worth, even to the uninitiated who have now witnessed first-hand the value of connected systems. Video and access control as a service provides a flexible and fluid security and business solution to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving industry, where the changing threat landscape means investing in the cloud is an investment towards success. This article will look back at our articles in 2020 about the growing popularity of cloud solutions for physical security, with links to the original content. Product offering While most people agree on the definition of “cloud,” there are several points about the terminology that may require clarification. Private cloud or public cloud? VSaaS or unlimited storage for video? Beyond the basics, the terms become foggy, reflecting a variety of notions about how cloud services fit into the broader physical security marketplace. As cloud usage becomes more popular, it’s important that marketers be precise in their terminology, and that integrators and end users be diligent in understanding the specifics of available product offerings. Different meanings “The cloud has many different possible connotations, depending on the context,” says Yu Hao Lin of Rasilient Systems, one of our Expert Roundtable panelists. For example, corporate CIOs will more likely understand the cloud to be a private cloud platform. As such, the public cloud is a ubiquitous term while the private cloud is more specified. Cloud system security Security of cloud systems is an ongoing discussion in the industry, especially how cloud system cybersecurity compares to that of on-premise systems. Our Expert Panel Roundtable weighed in on this question. “While both kinds of security systems serve their purpose, it can be argued that the streamlined updates that are commonplace with cloud-based solutions may put them at more of an advantage when it comes to data security,” says panelist Eric Widlitz of Vanderbilt Industries. “Also, most reputable cloud-based solutions are running in secured data centers by companies such as Google, Microsoft or Amazon, so you also get to take advantage of all the security layers they have protecting your data.” Hybrid cloud video security solution A growing list of cloud players reinforces the importance of the cloud in the future of physical security There are several relatively new companies pushing cloud in a big way. Verkada is fast-growing company currently currently focusing to deliver an all-in-one hybrid cloud video security solution powered by edge processing inside the camera. The growing list of cloud players reinforces the importance of the cloud in the future of physical security. Combining AI and cloud video One company investing in the cloud is Eagle Eye Networks, which has raised $40 million of Series E funding from venture capital firm Accel to finance the realisation of their vision to combine AI and cloud video. The money will allow Eagle Eye to continue its steep growth curve and leverage AI on its true cloud platform to reshape video surveillance. “The investment will make video surveillance smarter and safer for end-users,” says Ken Francis, President. Eagle Eye offers an application programming interface (API) to enable the integration of best-in-breed third-party AI and analytics systems to leverage the video. Eagle Eye is also investing in its own AI development and hiring additional development and customer service personnel. Hirsch Velocity Cirrus and MobilisID Identiv introduced the Hirsch Velocity Cirrus cloud-based Access Control as a Service (ACaaS) solution and MobilisID smart mobile physical access control solution. Hirsch Velocity Cirrus is an optimal solution for both end-users and integrators, with lower upfront costs, reduced maintenance, enhanced portability, and the future-proof assurance of automatic security updates and feature sets. MobilisID is a smart mobile physical access control solution that uses Bluetooth and capacitive technologies to allow frictionless access to a controlled environment without the need to present a credential. Advantages and disadvantages Advantages of cloud-based physical security technologies are many, when supporting staff The advantages of cloud-based physical security technologies are many, and have wide-ranging applications for all areas of the transport sector; across stations, transport hubs and vehicles. When used to support staff and complement existing processes, such systems can prove invaluable for transport professionals in helping to create a safer working environment, promoting confidence among personnel and passengers, and assuring passengers who are fearful about the current pandemic that all possible precautions are being taken during their journey. 5G supporting cloud-based applications 5G is the first communication environment that is cloud-native. As such, such, 5G networks will support cloud-based applications in a way that 4G, 3G and 2G can’t support. For instance, sensors (e.g. in a manufacturing plant) often have small internal storage and rely on synced devices (e.g. gateways) to interact with the cloud. Soon, these sensors will be able to work more efficiently, interacting with the cloud via the ultra-low latency and the edge computing capabilities supported by 5G networks. Increasing use of IoT Unlike current IoT services that make performance trade-offs to get the best from these existing wireless technologies, 5G networks will be designed to bring the high levels of performance needed for the increasing use of IoT. It will enable a perceived fully ubiquitous connected world, with the boosted capacity offered by 5G networks transferring exponentially more data at a much quicker rate.
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.
A new large scale social housing complex, developed by Metroman Ltd, has joined forces with Videx UK to install a state-of-the-art door entry system for its residents. The London based development is split into 11 apartment blocks - Anika House and Jasleen Court - and fitted with Videx’s flagship VX2200 door entry system along with Videx MiAccess access control and hands-free video monitors. Suitable entry system Installer Dave Abrams, who owns DA & Son, was asked to recommend a suitable entry system that not only provided first rate security but was also easy for residents to use and convenient too. As well as meeting residents’ needs, the system also had to meet specific regulations, including Secured by Design (SBD), a police initiative for designing out crime to improve the safety and security of where people live. SBD’s product-based accreditation scheme - the Police Preferred Specification - provides a recognised standard for all security products that can deter and reduce crime. The Videx VX2200 system is one product that has the accreditation. Convenient door entry The VX2200 panel is also fitted with Videx’s standalone offline proximity system The VX2200 panel is also fitted with Videx’s standalone offline proximity system, MiAccess which enables the use of remote management of the access control system including adding and removing access key fobs, for example if a fob stops working, needs replaced or a new user needs to be added, a visit to the development isn’t needed. Dave Abrams said: “I recommended the Videx VX2200 as I have installed the system several times before and it’s a great kit for secure and convenient door entry. Being SBD accredited also means that it’s a system that actively deters and reduces anti-social crime such as vandalism. Videx has a long-standing reputation of providing first class products with lifelong support. I know if there’s any issue with the system, it will be quickly and easily resolved through the Videx tech team. The post installation customer support really is second to none.” Maximum-security benefits The VX2200 is a preferred choice for a wide range of residential developments across the UK including social housing because of its ease of use and maximum-security benefits it provides. The VX2200 is a preferred choice for a wide range of residential developments It can cater for a wide range of buildings from 1-way systems to much larger systems that include up to 1,000 apartments making its flexibility a very attractive choice for secure and convenient entry on a large range of projects. Mabs Alam, Regional Sales Manager for London and South East at Videx UK, said: “Not only is the VX2200 a highly versatile entry system, it’s also accredited by Secured by Design, a key police initiative for designing out physical crime meaning it has been tested to the highest of security standards.” Ensuring maximum security “Because of the integrated MiAccess, residents simply need a programmed fob to gain access to their home and if they lose or misplace a fob, it can be reprogrammed remotely with another one easily and quickly by a management team.” “This means the system requires minimum maintenance and there’s no routine software upgrades needed either. What’s more there’s no moving parts, just the video handsets in each of the individual apartments. It’s such an easy to use and effective system and one of our most popular entry choices for residential developments in particular. The addition of MiAccess makes the system even more easy to use and maintain while ensuring maximum security.”
Phipps Houses is the oldest and largest not-for-profit developer, owner, and manager of affordable housing in New York City. Its social services affiliate, Phipps Neighbourhoods, provides children, youth, and families in low-income neighbourhood’s the opportunities they need to thrive through comprehensive education and career programs and access to community services. Together they are changing lives in New York City. To provide perspective, since it was founded in 1905, Phipps Houses has developed more than 6,000 affordable apartments, valued at over $1 billion, providing homes to more than 15,000 people in communities across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens. Affordable housing portfolio The organisation has an active pipeline of new development projects totalling 1,400 units. Including its own property, Phipps manages an affordable housing portfolio of nearly 10,000 apartments throughout New York City. Phipps Neighbourhoods serves over 12,000 children, teens, and adults annually in more than 30 programs. Phipps manages an affordable housing portfolio of nearly 10,000 apartments throughout New York City Community-based programs include Pre-K; after-school programs; summer camp; STEAM programming; college prep; career readiness and job training; resident support; and community programs for children and adults. Affordable housing developments, coupled with community-building human services and high-quality property management, create communities that assist residents and their neighbours realise their dreams and fulfill their potential. In a city that never sleeps, bustling communities require unique consideration when protecting residents, staff, and volunteers 24x7. Video security system While Phipps Houses had a video security system in place, it was complex and only accessible to a few highly-trained security professionals within the organisation. This meant if an incident occurred outside of regular working hours, it would either go undetected or have a delayed and reactive response putting residents, staff, and volunteers at risk. Phipps Houses required a simple solution that: Easily works with existing systems and video surveillance hardware, enhancing already-installed readers, door sensors, and cameras with smart technology. Is accessible to non-security professionals on staff. Both security operators and staff receive a more efficient and confident experience protecting Phipps Houses communities. Plus, deploying new or expanded systems is effortless; using the cloud offloads the usual burden from security Delivers 24x7 proactive security. Ava’s AI capabilities and powerful video analytics make even Phipps Houses’ existing surveillance cameras accessible through the cloud to provide ubiquitous video security coverage, a necessity for truly real-time, proactive security. AI-powered video analytics Phipps Houses turned to integrated security experts New York Security Solutions Inc. (NYSS), Ava, and Feenics to deliver a complete and simple intelligent video security solution. Specific elements of the Phipps Houses new intelligent video surveillance solution include: Proactive security - Powerful AI-powered video analytics allows events to be visually captured as they happen - simplifying operations. Connecting the dots with alerts - If a door, for instance, is propped open or authorisation fails, a map view shows the location and image in real-time. Finds things fast - Real-time forensic searches across all Phipps Houses locations and neighbourhoods reduces the burden on security teams and staff alike. Modern remote management - Now, operators can monitor access control and physical security events remotely from any web browser or device, providing true 24x7 visibility—critical in the city that never sleeps. Scalable - Phipps Houses’ new solution addresses all of the non-profit organisation’s needs across its many properties. Plus, Phipps Houses didn’t have to replace its current cameras. It was able to integrate Ava’s cutting-edge video management system, Ava Aware, with the existing infrastructure to make its current cameras smart. Open - Ava Aware integrates seamlessly with Feenics’ access control solution to provide 24x7 monitoring, including proactive alerts in the event of a failure. Integrated video security The simplicity of the system meant anyone on Phipps staff can jump in and resolve an issue With more than 15,000 people living in Phipps housing across the Greater New York area, the number one priority is the safety, security, and overall well-being of the residents. Seconds matter when protecting a community of this size. The new video security solution provided by Ava allowed Phipps Houses to proactively investigate incidents quickly, 24x7. The simplicity of the system meant anyone on Phipps staff can jump in and resolve an issue — not just their trained security personnel. “A non-profit like Phipps Houses doesn’t have extra bandwidth or resources to expend on costly infrastructure changes. We chose an integrated video security and access control solution for Phipps because it provides the level of security needed while also addressing the housing community’s unique requirements." "Added bonus, by partnering with Ava and Feenics, we were able to leverage existing cameras allowing us to be good stewards of Phipps Houses resources,” said Gregory Keeling, New York Security Solutions, Inc.
Situated at an altitude of 5500 feet above sea level, Namchi (means Sky High) is one of the famous and biggest tourist destinations in Sikkim, a state of northeast India. Surrounded by the spectacular view of the mountains, emerald, and green forest, Namchi is well-known for its old monasteries, sacred temples, and annual festivals such as Namchi Mahotsav. Smart Cities Mission Namchi was selected to be part of the Smart Cities Mission, an ambitious programme of Govt. of India. Under this programme, the city aspires to be a ‘world-class’ tourist destination and simultaneously maintain ecological balance with a vibrant community, offering an enriched quality of life supported by a robust local economy. In recent years, the city infrastructure has also shown rapid growth and welcoming thousands of tourists each year, hence, making the city vulnerable to threats driven by overcrowding, chaotic traffic, haphazard parking in addition to other law & order issues. In the first phase of the project, Namchi Smart City Limited wanted to cover its citizens as well as tourists with a robust surveillance system with proper traffic management without disrupting the normal day-to-day activities. The solution Videonetics designed a modular and scalable unified solution, based on its Intelligent VMS and AI & DL powered Video Analytics After a thorough assessment of the requirements and consequent discussions with the officials of Namchi Smart City Limited, Videonetics designed a modular and scalable unified solution, based on its Intelligent VMS and AI & DL powered Video Analytics, aimed to ensure continuous monitoring, efficient traffic monitoring, quicker response times and faster access to evidence in case of investigations and law & order management. Eyeing on every corner of the city A group of over 120 IP Cameras has been installed at the important locations to monitor the entry and exit points connecting to the city, public ways, transport hubs, tourist attractions, markets, streets, traffic junctions to name a few. Now, security operators can easily view and manage citywide deployed IP cameras with the intuitive interface of Videonetics Intelligent VMS, having complete situational awareness, and can respond smartly to critical situations. Moreover, the smart navigation feature of Intelligent VMS allows simultaneous viewing of the life and the recorded videos in the same interface, which helps in prompt investigation of past activities without taking their eye off from the current incidents. Parking and directional analytics Namchi being a hilly terrain has narrow roads with the limited scope of turning it into broader ones, the authorities used to manage the traffic by declaring some of the roads as a one-way carriage. Frequently, the city faced chaotic traffic congestion and accidents, due to unauthorized parking and wrong-way driving. The unified solution empowers command control operators to receive real-time insights and predict unusual behaviour To address such concerns, Videonetics Artificial Intelligence-powered video analytics including No Parking Detection and Wrong-Way Movement Detection were deployed to detect such situations. Operators are notified as soon as any vehicle is parked in a restricted zone and if any vehicle moves in the wrong direction. The Videonetics unified solution empowers command control operators to receive real-time insights from the city and upon recognition or prediction of unusual behaviour, they receive an immediate alert and notify the authorities. Centralised view of the city Videonetics Intelligent VMS and Video Analytics application are seamlessly integrated with Namchi Operations Center (NOC), an Integrated Command Control Center (ICCC), to simplify the response coordination between stakeholders and speeding up incident resolution. Working in conjunction with city administration, control room operators can switch from camera to camera using dynamic maps, which empowers them to obtain critical event information as well as manage emergencies by alerting respective stakeholders for quick action. And when necessary, Videonetics's unified solution makes it possible to share forensic videos across departments, facilitating more collaborative and successful response efforts. Open architecture solution The sagacious collaboration between Videonetics, Astrikos Consulting, and Namchi Smart City Ltd, has become an exemplary model for other cities. AI-Unified Solution has exceeded the city administration’s expectations in terms of its intuitive functionalities Videonetics Unified Solution has exceeded city administration’s expectations in terms of its intuitive functionalities, identifying suspicious activities, and ensuring smooth traffic movements. And the solution’s open architecture allows the seamless addition of more cameras and integration with other security systems as the city continues to grow and identify more needs. It signifies future development potential with maximum impact on people. Situational awareness Furthermore, the integrated solution has been extremely helpful for the city authority in aggregating and visualising the video data collected over time, to deliver critical statistical information such as directional traffic data, traffic flow insights, hotspots of public gathering, etc. Eventually, increasing the situational awareness, standardising response protocol and implementing SOPs at the city level and enhancing collaboration across various departments/bodies emphasising “the citizens come first” mindset of Namchi city.
Gujarat Medical and Education Research Society is an initiative taken up by the State Government of Gujarat to improve the Human Development Index in the state by establishing new medical colleges. This, in turn, will increase the availability of qualified doctors and ensure the spread of health care services and medical knowledge. GMERS Ahmedabad is also one such initiative. Spread across five buildings, the campus has a hospital setup with a capacity of 720 beds. Challenge faced Centralised monitoring and management - Being aware of the various security challenges that an education hub faces, GMERS Ahmedabad had already installed 400+ cameras to secure the campus. However, they faced difficulty while centrally monitoring the entire system. Also, since the campus is divided into five buildings, it was challenging to manage all at once. Real-time security - Due to the large area, it was difficult to extend quick and real-time security to various parts of the campus. Being a medical college, they needed a technically sound system that could provide notifications in real-time during critical situations. Matrix VMS VMS allowed the flexibility of incorporating other brand’s cameras and integration with other security systems Matrix offered SATATYA SAMAS as the solution. It is a video management software that provides a common platform for all the existing security systems. Existing 400+ cameras were configured in the software and thus, could be centrally monitored from a dedicated room. Apart from this, VMS allowed the flexibility of incorporating other brand’s cameras and integration with other security systems as well, like Fire Alarms. User-control Moreover, with the availability of user-based control, it was ensured that the surveillance system is being managed by the right security personnel. For example, the security guard was restricted to viewing rights, and only the IT personnel was given administrator rights. This assures data security. SMS and Email alerts for notification were also configured to provide prompt support in case of urgency. Furthermore, features like E-Map enabled swift notifications about the health status of cameras and devices. Results Unified platform for centralised control Instant aid during urgency The flexibility of future expansion
An intelligent network of 20 Axis EN fire panels from fire and life safety systems manufacturer, Advanced, have been installed at HaDo Centrosa Garden in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. HaDo Centrosa Garden is a 70,000 sq. m development of eight 30-storey luxury residential towers and 115 townhouses, located in the heart of Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City. The upscale condominium complex’s facilities will include a swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts, fitness centre, rooftop gardens, a park, school, library and commercial centre. System with high-speed networking capabilities Vietsafe and KP Technology were confident in Axis EN’s ability to deliver the seamless networking needed A key requirement for this large-scale complex was a system with high-speed networking capabilities, to enable instantaneous sharing of communications between panels. To meet this need, fire protection companies Vietsafe and KP Technology chose 20 Advanced Axis EN fire alarm control panels, alongside 3,000 addressable devices, for installation in the eight residential towers. With many successful installations of Advanced products undertaken by both companies, Vietsafe and KP Technology were confident in Axis EN’s ability to deliver the seamless networking needed, while its ease of installation, testing, commissioning and operation would ensure minimal issues once the panels were on site. Axis EN fire alarm control panels installed Le Manh Dung, Director of Vietsafe, said “An Axis EN fire system was the clear choice for a project of this nature. Advanced is well respected in the fire industry, and its solutions are straightforward in terms of installation and operation, thanks to features such as built-in isolators for sequence addressing, which considerably reduces installation time.” Axis EN is EN54 parts 2, 4 and 13 approved and its panels can be used in single-loop, single-panel format or easily configured into high-speed, multi-loop networks of up to 200 nodes covering huge areas. Advanced’s reputation for ease of installation and configuration, as well as its wide peripheral range make its products customisable to almost any application. False alarm management and reduction Pham Thanh Phong, Director of KP Technology, said “As a key partner to KP Technology, Advanced is a fire system supplier we can trust, to deliver high-performing, high-quality solutions that are easy to install and to use. Features such as Axis EN’s false alarm management and reduction capabilities are extremely useful in high-rise residential sites, such as HaDo Centrosa Garden.” Pham Thanh Phong adds, “Repeated false alarms are not only intrusive, they can also lead to complacency and delayed reactions to real fire alarms. Having the ability to refine and configure protection so specifically, and according to the requirements of specific areas within a building, helps to keep unwanted alarms to a minimum and reduces disruption and risk for residents.” AlarmCalm software and MxPro 5 fire system AlarmCalm software comes as standard with any Axis EN and MxPro 5 fire system AlarmCalm software comes as standard with any Axis EN and MxPro 5 fire system, taking advantage of Advanced’s high-speed robust panels and networks to offer a best-in-class solution for managing verification and investigation delays to outputs. It allows the false alarm management strategy for a site to be refined precisely and to take account of occupants’ needs and area usage. It also includes the optional AlarmCalm button, a loop device that allows residents or trained staff to indicate whether they believe a signal in their area is due to a false alarm. Axis EN fire system Tin Le Than, Advanced’s Sales and Business Development Manager for South East Asia, said “As a modern, vibrant complex for thousands of people living and working in the centre of Ho Chi Minh, the fire protection for the HaDo Centrosa Garden development is a key priority.” Tin Le Than adds, “As an industry-renowned solution, the Axis EN fire system will deliver complete peace of mind to the building owners and residents of the complex. I am pleased to have been able to support our fantastic partners at Vietsafe and KP Technology with the equipment needed to fulfill their requirements.” Global projects Advanced, owned by FTSE 100 Company, Halma PLC, protects a wide range of sites across South East Asia including the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, University of Macau and Hong Kong Central Library. Halma is a global group of life-saving technology companies with a clear purpose to grow a safer, cleaner, healthier future for everyone, every day.
Boon Edam Inc., a front-runner in security entrances and architectural revolving doors, announced that the Arta’a Arts Centre in Aalter, Belgium has installed a Crystal TQ revolving door, bringing the Arts Centre into full compliance with European safety requirements. The all-glass door also enhances the environment by creating a comfortable entryway full of natural light. Constructed in 2020, the Arta’a Arts Centre houses numerous facilities, including the Academy for Music, Literature and Dance; the Academy for Visual Arts; the municipal library; a documentation centre; and the culture and tourism unit. In addition to these public areas, there are residential apartments above the Centre that are also accessed by the building’s main entry. In coordination with Basil Architecture, Boon Edam took on the challenge of designing an entrance solution that would be safe and secure while also complimenting the building’s beautiful architecture. Designing a multi-use building The Arts Centre building is six stories tall, with two of the stories located underground level. The residential apartments are located on stories 2-4, and the facilities that comprise the Arts Centre are located on the first floor, and the two underground floors. The Basil Architecture team was challenged to incorporate natural light into the two underground floors while also buffering the sound of a full rehearsing orchestra in the evening for those living in the upstairs apartments. The addition of the Crystal TQ door at the entrance also lent a hand in flooding the building with natural light To address the lighting issue, the architects strategically placed large glass areas, or “light wells” in areas that would shine down onto the underground floors. They also incorporated a bright and unique yellow colour into the Centre to give the impression of more light in the building. The addition of the Crystal TQ all-glass revolving door at the entrance also lent a hand in flooding the building with natural light. The Crystal TQ revolving door is constructed from glass with only the most minimal stainless-steel frame and capping. Because the Crystal TQ is the most transparent revolving door available, it makes an excellent addition to any building facade. The door is available in 3- or 4-wing configurations and is easy for the general public to push through. Requirements for the building’s main entrance When considering the type of door to incorporate into the Arts Centre entrance, architects had several requirements: The capability of handling the large flow of residents and visitors, especially during peak times Easy to use for young and old The ability to lock the door down after-hours, while still allowing entry to apartment residents An open, bright, and elegant design to match the building interior The Crystal TQ revolving door checked all these boxes and more.
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Perimeter security is the first line of defence against intruders entering a business or premises. Traditionally associated with low-tech options such as fencing, the field of perimeter security has expanded in recent years and now encompasses a range of high-tech options. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What are the latest trends in perimeter security technology?
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When technology performs a required task effectively, there is little reason to upgrade to the ‘next big thing’. In this regard, the physical security market is notoriously slow to change. Much of yesterday’s most robust and dependable equipment is still in place at thousands of customer sites, still performing as well as the day it was installed. However, there comes a point when any technology becomes outdated. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: Which security technologies are becoming outdated or obsolete?