S.A.F.E., the Safety Alerts for Education Foundation, announced that it is donating the Safety Alerts for Education (S.A.F.E.) emergency mobile alerts platform to all schools, colleges and Universities across the US for free and in perpetuity. This is the exact same, fully featured system that has been in use by The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and other Federal, state and local agencies, and police departments across the country...
Allegion, a provider of security products and solutions, announced its ENGAGE IP Gateway integrated with the latest version of RS2 Technologies’ Access It! Universal.Net software. RS2 Technologies released Version 7 of its software on March 11, which enables it to support Schlage Control, Schlage LE and Schlage NDE wireless locks as well as the Von Duprin Remote Undogging (RU) and Remote Monitoring (RM) options via the ENGAGE IP Gateway. “Allegion is excited to grow our offering wit...
SilverShield Safety & Information Systems, providers of the industry’s most advanced cloud-based multi-platform solution, is demonstrating the capabilities of their visitor management and communication software at ISC West this week. Originally developed for school campus applications, the software incorporates a fully-integrated suite of modules including visitor management, lockdown initiation and much more. “Our desire for a better way to protect the students, staff and visit...
An innovative technology is changing the way law enforcement agencies combat crime and ensure public safety. Footprint, a web-based situational awareness software, aggregates, analyses and monitors data from multiple video monitoring systems and other sensors in one intuitive platform. The tool enables law enforcement to solve cases quicker using data-driven decisions, while minimising manpower and driving down costs as a result. Copp Integrated Systems, a Dayton, Ohio-based security systems su...
Attendance has been growing steadily year-over-year for ISC West, and the 2018 show exceeded 30,000 total industry visitors for the first time. So it’s safe to expect ISC West 2019, April 10-12 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, will be bigger than ever. Preregistration for the 2019 show is on track to bring even more visitors than last year. “This is a show for everyone, for converged security,” says Mary Beth Shaughnessy, Event Director for Reed Exhibitions. “We bring a l...
Videx Security has appointed a new Regional Sales Manager for the London and South East region. Mabs Alam has vast sales and management experience and understands the access control and door entry market well. He takes on the role to help drive business opportunity and growth specifically in the South East region including London. Mabs will be focused on generating new business opportunities as well as maintaining positive relationships with existing customers. Improving relationships with dis...
SMARTair wireless access control system is designed for schools. With intuitive management software, credentials and battery-powered locks in many configurations, it is easy to install and convenient for non-technical staff to use. The system can handle a large number of users and logs every interaction, so incidents are investigated efficiently. The system is more cost-efficient to run than wired access control or traditional mechanical security. Doors require minimal alterations when SMARTair battery-powered devices are fitted, because there is no wiring around the door. Real-time online functionality Accessible from a PC, tablet or mobile device, the software puts site managers in total control A lost card is much cheaper and less hassle to replace than any physical key. There’s no need to change the locks, merely to delete a card’s authorisation from the system. When needs change, it’s easy to extend coverage to more locks or combine offline and real-time online functionality within the same installation. Accessible from a PC, tablet or mobile device, the software puts site managers in total control. They check door status at a glance. Profiles can be created for different user groups — teachers, cleaners and office managers, for example — and state tables allow doors to switch between open access and card/PIN control at different times of day. It’s equally easy to manage more than one installation from a single interface — for example, if an administrator manages multiple sites or federated schools. High-traffic environments Features can be tailored to every building or door, as required. For example, opening times can be longer for disabled users or privacy overrides enabled at selected doors. Thanks to reliable audit capabilities, SMARTair software can double as your automated roll-call system. SMARTair devices fit many kinds of opening. Battery-powered escutcheons are a robust solution for most doors — and offer an optional PINpad for extra security. SMARTair wall readers protect higher-security openings and high-traffic environments, like exterior doors and parking areas. Wall readers also suit doors fitted with a fire alarm — science labs, for example. And SMARTair secures more than just doors. For lockers in communal areas or changing rooms, SMARTair cabinet locks with integrated RFID readers work within the same system. Key management It was really bad before because we had big problems with keys that were lost" So, a programmable card that unlocks the main door can double as a locker key. The same credential can make payments in the canteen. And so on. In Denmark, Vejle Friskole saved a huge amount of time switching to SMARTair. Key management was eating up “a very long time, approximately 5 hours a week,” explains Henrik Kækel, the school’s Technical Service Officer. Now mechanical keys have been replaced, and over 80 doors and cabinets are secured by SMARTair devices. SMARTair is easy to manage. "It was really bad before because we had big problems with keys that were lost,” says Henrik Kækel. “There was a lot of work in key administration.” Today, Vejle Friskole staff spend around 5 minutes a week managing their access system. “It's incredibly easy to figure out... it takes 1 minute to code a student,” Henrik adds. Out-of-hours access At Lycée Kreisker, in France, school managers faced a similar dilemma. How to replace an existing, stressful solution which involved managing two separate key systems? Security was paramount: any access system must ensure the safety of 2,500 staff and students and meet France’s tough school security regulations. SMARTair readers now control access through the main gate — every school’s critical first line of defence. Classrooms are locked with wireless escutcheons. Non-technical, in-house staff carry out basic administration via the easy-to-use SMARTair software. System configuration is affordably outsourced. So, for example, doors can be pre-programmed to remain open between 9am and 5pm but require a credential for out-of-hours access.
IPVideo Corporation, a manufacturer of IP-based video surveillance and command centre solutions, announces that it will be showcasing two of its latest detection technologies at ISC West 2019 taking place on April 10th-12th at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas. Developed to improve school safety, this new vape and aggression detection product – HALO IoT Smart Sensor will be unveiled at IPVideo’s booth #20001 along with a new concealed weapons detection system – ViewScan. IPVideo continues to carve the path when it comes to creating a safer environment for schools and recently launched these new products to help schools facilitate security measures that will keep students and staff safe. Alert security personnel IPVideo’s ViewScan is the safest and least invasive concealed weapons detection system out there IPVideo’s HALO IoT Smart Sensor alerts security personnel to environmental changes caused by vape and smoking in normally unsupervised areas such as bathrooms, classrooms, locker rooms and hallways. In addition, HALO can detect fluctuations in noise levels to help identify and alert security personnel about aggressive behaviour such as gun shots, glass breaking or yelling; making it the perfect tool for alerting students, staff and security to an active shooter incident taking place on school grounds. IPVideo’s ViewScan is the safest and least invasive concealed weapons detection system out there. The ViewScan does not emit any radiation and is perfectly safe for children, pregnant women and all medical devices including pacemakers. Its easy-to-use PC-based software displays and tracks those who are carrying threat objects such as knives, guns, and razor blades. Creating safer environment It can also detect and locate threat objects which have been covered or masked with materials such as aluminium foil, lead and plastic; creating a safer environment for schools by preventing an active shooter situation. The device is portable and can be moved and set up in under 15 minutes. The device works so fast it keeps delays to a minimum and parents and school boards really appreciate that the technology eliminates the need for pat-down searches. “The ISC West show is the perfect venue to showcase these two new detection products that were developed as part of our mission to be the thought leader in school safety,” states David Antar, President of IPVideo Corp. “We are using the latest in IoT technology coupled with sophisticated analytics to help alert school personnel in real-time of any possible threats affecting their school.” Detect room occupancy IPVideo’s ViewScan is the safest and least invasive concealed weapons detection system out there Automated situational awareness is the key to improving safety and security in schools and IPVideo is on the forefront of this new technology. HALO can detect room occupancy, sound frequency, gunshots, aggressive behaviour, smoking, motion & light detection, temperature and humidity changes as well as any dangerous compounds found at the school. ViewScan helps scan every person safely who enters a school building, without the need for body pat-down searches which increases the flexibility of schools to monitor anyone entering or exiting a building even after hours. ISC West attendees can stop by booth #20001 and see live demonstrations of both HALO IoT Smart Sensor and ViewScan and witness first-hand how IPVideo is delivering first class detection products to help schools increase safety measures. IPVideo is actively looking to enrol national resellers and integrators who support the school and campus markets.
Aiphone, the international manufacturer of intercom and security communication products, released ‘Best Practices for Keeping Students Safe: A Guide to Campus Security’, an eBook providing public and private K-12, college and university campus administrators with proven best practices for protecting an entire campus population. The free 31-page eBook looks at current technologies, policies and procedures required to handle a variety of security challenges. It includes interactive checklists to prepare for new security projects and for choosing a security integrator. There are quick safety tips, as well as a list of resources for finding additional security information. Determining the total cost of ownership Sections look at everyday occurrences such as theft and vandalism, along with every administrator’s nightmare – an active shooter. There’s information about determining the total cost of ownership of new projects; the need to properly maintain equipment; ways a security investment can be shared with other campus departments; and the use of environmental design to heighten security. Dana Pruiett, marketing manager, Aiphone, said the education sector has long been an important market for the company. Through the years, Aiphone has worked closely with administrators, law enforcement, integrators and others involved in campus security. Collated expert insights “We gathered insights from internal and external experts with decades of combined campus security experience to provide up-to-date, practical information that administrators can use before, during and after their next major security project,” she said. “Our convenient, interactive resource can be used to help keep students, staff and assets safe by addressing the overall security puzzle. We’re proud to supply an important piece of the solution.”
With its commitment to continuous improvement, Pyronix is delighted to announce the release of its new and improved ProControl+ app version 2.0. Listening to customer feedback, the latest version sports a new and improved Graphical User Interface (GUI), as well as boosted User Experience (UX), with added features and functions to deliver even more value to installers and end users alike. Voice push notifications “We’re really excited by these latest developments to ProControl+,” Laurence Kenny, Pyronix Marketing Manager, said. ProControl+ version 2.0 extends the capabilities of professional security and video monitoring, with push and voice push notifications now selectable via the PyronixCloud infrastructure. This allows specific voice push notifications to be delivered via ProControl+ This advances the setup of the system for the installer and user, tailoring the function to suit the needs and desires required. This capability is extended further with the installer also able to program switcher inputs into the control panel. This allows specific voice push notifications to be delivered via ProControl+. Video monitoring capabilities So, for example, should an outdoor XD detector be programmed as a switcher zone, when an intruder is detected, a ‘Perimeter Breached’ voice notification will be delivered via the app to alert the user of the activity. If the installer pairs this with an outdoor Mini Dome camera, the user would also be able to switch to video to visually verify what’s happening and take appropriate action. As part of these developments, face ID and fingerprint capabilities have also been added into the login process of ProControl+; adding an extra layer of security to video monitoring. Users can now access video monitoring capabilities with their face or fingerprint instead. One complete solution “We’re proactively developing ProControl+ to deliver more and more value within our app and Cloud solutions,” Laurence said. He continues: “By using ProControl+, the capability, convenience and scope of security is becoming increasingly more interactive, with intrusion, video, voice and control seamlessly delivered in one complete solution.” With Pyronix and ProControl+ installers are keeping their users informed" “We recognised with our developments within ProControl+ that voice push notifications deliver a unique selling point, so we have made these selectable and able to combine with our portfolio of products to offer a complete and custom system every time.” Perimeter breached notification “So, whether it is an outdoor XD detector generating a ‘Perimeter Breached’ notification before a break-in can occur, a smoke detector, a CO detector, or simply their children coming home from school, users can pick which notifications they receive, how they receive them and can switch to video to verify the activity.” “With Pyronix and ProControl+ installers are keeping their users informed and in control with a system that differentiates their business from any other on the intruder market.” Compatible with all Hikvision video products and with more developments in the pipeline, ProControl+ continues to deliver.
Interlogix, a provider of security and life-safety solutions, introduced TruVision Navigator version 8.0. This latest release of the popular unified security software includes enhanced video streaming capabilities, integration with the Interlogix UltraSync Modular Hub systems and tighter integration with IFS networking switches. Interlogix is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. The TruVision Navigator version 8.0 system is now a 64-bit application that supports a separate graphics processing unit (GPU) to provide smoother rendering of live and recorded video. The powerful updated software lets end users display more than 50 full-resolution mainstream video tiles. The embedded device manager setup tool enables TruVision Navigator 8.0 users to easily discover TruVision devicesIntegration with the UltraSync Modular Hub panels and Interlogix security sensors provide alarm notifications directly from intrusion system components to the user interface. The increased connectivity with IFS switches allows the system to remotely recycle specific ports to reboot connected cameras for troubleshooting. Better performance and additional integrations “Users can now manage an entire family of connected Interlogix security platforms including TruVision video, TruPortal access control, UltraSync intrusion and IFS network switches,” said Edward Hamilton, video product management leader – Americas, Interlogix. “This software update provides greater performance and additional native integrations to meet a wider range of end-user security and performance needs.” The embedded device manager setup tool enables TruVision Navigator 8.0 users to easily discover TruVision recorders, cameras, TruPortal and UltraSync panels and IFS network switches when configuring the system. Once configured, each component’s icon can be dragged and dropped on a computer map interface to help users manage facilities at a glance. Users can also interact directly with different parts of the system, such as opening a door or accessing a camera by double-clicking on the icon. Insight into operations Pop-up live video on event monitor when triggered by an alarm eventThe IFS switches help users better manage their systems by providing additional insight into operations such as bandwidth usage of connected devices. The latest release also allows users to create their own device names for easier identification. The TruVision Navigator system builds upon its robust video application and with this release launches additional features such as: Pop-up live video on event monitor when triggered by an alarm event Built-in TruVision 360o camera de-warping Task scheduling and main video stream control that helps reduce bandwidth needs during peak network traffic periods Automatic health diagnostic service to maintain system uptime. “With its powerful new video streaming capabilities and added integrations, the TruVision Navigator 8.0 unified security solution is well-positioned to manage small- to mid-commercial applications such as warehouses, schools or multi-store franchises,” said Hamilton.
From towers and moats to modern walls and wire mesh, physical perimeter fortifications have been around for millennia. Today’s technology brings us various types of electronic perimeter protection systems, mainly detecting or possibly preventing would-be intruders from crossing over into protected areas. Now, most traditional perimeter protection systems use active infrared detection. However, this type of detection method falls short in stability and reliability. Just before an intrusion happens, or while it is happening, traditional IR cannot make accurate predictions, and, lacking video data, it can be rather difficult to locate key alarm points. Furthermore, terrain, environment, and other factors often cause underreporting, false alarms, or other inaccurate results. Camera with built-in PIR detector The Turbo HD PIR Camera uses advanced video surveillance technologies to improve alarm accuracy and prevent intrusionsIn order to resolve these problems, Hikvision’s Turbo HD Passive Infrared (PIR) Camera uses advanced video surveillance technologies to improve alarm accuracy and prevent intrusions. As a result, perimeter protection jumps to a whole new level for residential areas, around factories, warehouses, schools and other settings. The most striking features of this camera are the rapid response rate and alarm accuracy when suspicious people cross established perimeters. The camera has a built-in PIR detector that captures infrared light given off by human bodies and distinguishes it from other visual ‘noise’. It can be equipped with Hikvision’s Turbo HD K series DVR’s motion detection to filter false alarms caused by moving targets without human body IR emission. This way, filtering false alarms reduces storage space and costs, and it also means more efficient post-event footage search. Intrusion detection and crime prevention Hikvision’s Turbo HD PIR Camera can be used with the Hikvision’s Turbo HD K-Series DVRs for perimeter protectionIn addition, the camera features a strong and immediate deterrent by producing a flashing white strobe light that serves as a warning signal to stop intruders. And with ultra low-light technology, the white light serves as supplemental lighting, enabling the camera to capture clear images of suspects as evidence when the alarm is triggered, even in extremely dark environments. Hikvision’s Turbo HD PIR Camera can be used with the Hikvision’s Turbo HD K-Series DVRs for perimeter protection, with both the intrusion warning function and its ability to keep an eye on monitoring areas in real-time with front-end devices. When an intrusion occurs, it can issue a warning immediately and notify security personnel to go right to the scene. In some cases, intruders will be deterred and leave – thus crime can be prevented, not just detected. The camera can support a broad range of perimeter protection and security system processes for pre-warning, warning in process, and evidence collection after an event. It has truly improved monitoring functions, surpassing the traditional ‘post-event investigation’ approach, and helps change perimeter protection from passive monitoring to active deterrence, protecting people and assets.
When a child goes missing in a large, crowded mall, we have a panicking mom asking for help from the staff, at least a dozen cameras in the area, and assuming the child has gone missing for only 15 minutes, about 3 hours’ worth of video to look through to find the child. Typical security staff response would be to monitor the video wall while reviewing the footage and making a verbal announcement throughout the mall so the staff can keep an eye out for her. There is no telling how long it will take, while every second feels like hours under pressure. As more time passes, the possible areas where the child can be will widen, it becomes more time-consuming to search manually, and the likelihood of finding the child decreases. What if we can avoid all of that and directly search for that particular girl in less than 1 second? Artificial neural networks are improving every day and now enable us to search for a person across all selected camera streamsWith Artificial Intelligence, we can. Artificial neural networks are improving every day and now enable us to search for a person across all selected camera streams in a fraction of a second, using only one photo of that person. The photo does not even have to be a full frontal, passport-type mugshot; it can be a selfie image of the person at a party, as long as the face is there, the AI can find her and match her face with the hundreds or thousands of faces in the locations of interest. The search result is obtained in nearly real time as she passes by a certain camera. Distinguishing humans from animals and statues The AI system continuously analyses video streams from the surveillance cameras in its network, distinguishes human faces from non-human objects such as statues and animals, and much like a human brain, stores information about those faces in its memory, a mental image of the facial features so to speak. When we, the system user, upload an image of the person of interest to the AI system, the AI detects the face(s) in that image along with their particular features, search its memory for similar faces, and shows us where and when the person has appeared. We are in control of selecting the time period (up to days) and place (cameras) to search, and we can adjust the similarity level, i.e., how much a face matches the uploaded photo, to expand or fine-tune the search result according to our need. Furthermore, because the camera names and time stamps are available, the system can be linked with maps to track and predict the path of the person of interest. AI Face Search is not Face Recognition for two reasons: it protects people’s privacy, and it is lightweight Protecting people’s privacy with AI Face Search All features of face recognition can be enabled by the system user, such as to notify staff members when a person of interest is approaching the store AI Face Search is not Face Recognition for two reasons: it protects people’s privacy, and it is lightweight. First, with AI Face Search, no names, ID, personal information, or lists of any type are required to be saved in the system. The uploaded image can be erased from the system after use, there is no face database, and all faces in the camera live view can be blurred out post-processing to guarantee GDPR compliance. Second, the lack of a required face database, a live view with frames drawn around the detected faces and constant face matching in the background also significantly reduces the amount of computing resource to process the video stream, hence the lightweight. Face Search versus Face Recognition AI Face Search Face Recognition Quick search for a particular person in video footage Identify everyone in video footage Match detected face(s) in video stream to target face(s) in an uploaded image Match detected face(s) in video stream to a database Do not store faces and names in a database Must have a database with ID info Automatically protect privacy for GDPR compliance in public places May require additional paperwork to comply with privacy regulations Lightweight solution Complex solution for large-scale deployment Main use: locate persons of interest in a large area Main use: identify a person who passes through a checkpoint Of course, all features of face recognition can be enabled by the system user if necessary, such as to notify staff members when a person of interest is approaching the store, but the flexibility to not have such features and to use the search tool as a simple Google-like device particularly for people and images is the advantage of AI Face Search.Because Face Search is not based on face recognition, no faces and name identifications are stored Advantages of AI Face Search Artificial Intelligence has advanced so far in the past few years that its facial understanding capability is equivalent to that of a human. The AI will recognise the person of interest whether he has glasses, wears a hat, is drinking water, or is at an angle away from the camera. In summary, the advantages of Face Search: High efficiency: a target person can be located within a few seconds, which enables fast response time. High performance: high accuracy in a large database and stable performance, much like Google search for text-based queries. Easy setup and usage: AI appliance with the built-in face search engine can be customised to integrate to any existing NVR/VMS/camera system or as a standalone unit depending on the customer’s needs. The simple-to-use interface requires minimal training and no special programming skills. High-cost saving: the time saving and ease of use translate to orders of magnitude less manual effort than traditionally required, which means money saving. Scalability: AI can scale much faster and at a wider scope than human effort. AI performance simply relies on computing resource, and each Face Search appliance typically comes with the optimal hardware for any system size depending on the customer need, which can go up to thousands of cameras. Privacy: AI Face Search is not face recognition. For face recognition, there are privacy laws that limits the usage. Because Face Search is not based on face recognition, no faces and name identifications are stored, so Face Search can be used in many public environments to identify faces against past and real-time video recordings. AI Face Search match detected face(s) in video stream to target face(s) in an uploaded image Common use cases of AI Face Search In addition to the scenario of missing child in a shopping mall, other common use cases for the AI Face Search technology include: Retail management: Search, detect and locate VIP guests in hotels, shopping centres, resorts, etc. to promptly attend to their needs, track their behaviour pattern, and predict locations that they tend to visit. Crime suspect: Quickly search for and prove/disprove the presence of suspects (thief, robber, terrorist, etc.) in an incident at certain locations and time. School campus protection: With the recent increase in number of mass shootings in school campuses, there is a need to identify, locate and stop a weapon carrier on campus as soon as possible before he can start shooting. Face Search will enable the authorities to locate the suspect and trace his movements within seconds using multiple camera feeds from different areas on campus. Only one clear image of the suspect’s face is sufficient. In the race of technology development in response to business needs and security concerns, AI Face Search is a simple, lightweight solution for airports, shopping centres, schools, resorts, etc. to increase our efficiency, minimise manual effort in searching for people when incidents occur on site, and actively prevent potential incidents from occurring. By Paul Sun, CEO of IronYun, and Mai Truong, Marketing Manager of IronYun
Schools today are charged to provide an environment that is both safe and conducive to learning, which can be difficult considering the range of security incidents and challenges they face, including bullying, fights, graffiti, theft and more. In addition to working within often tight budgetary constraints, a main challenge is to provide the highest level of security in an aesthetically pleasing way that doesn’t make students feel as if they are in prison. While these two needs may seem mutually exclusive to some degree, that doesn’t have to be the case. School security can be achieved without building 20-foot walls or putting barbed wire around the perimeter. The key to balancing the security and learning environment can be found in the four pillars of a good school security strategy, namely people, practices, technology and physical environment. A mobile app or text notification system could be used to alert students and staff of potential problems Situational awareness One of the most effective measures to take is to educate staff and even students to learn to be aware about their surroundings and adopt the 'If you see something, say something' mentality. In an emergency, time is of the essence, so the speed of response becomes critical. Educating staff and students to recognise potential problems and report them is a good first step. Augmenting this with mobile apps and/or texting capabilities, for example, that allow someone to send a photo to school security or law enforcement for quick assessment and evaluation, can speed response even more. A mobile app or text notification system could also be used to alert students and staff of potential problems and provide instructions on what steps to take in order to remain safe. By providing real-time situational awareness about potential responses, these types of technologies can reduce the number of armed guards or resource officers needed to patrol a school or campus, which also makes students more comfortable and able to learn in a non-prison-like environment. Security best practices Every school should establish a set of security policies and procedures and ensure that staff and students understand what to do if they suspect a problem or if an incident should unfold at the school. However, too often, schools may not know where to start when seeking out best practices. And once these policies are in place, there may be confusion about how to audit them to ensure people are properly educated. The NFPA has begun work on a school security standard that would address a range of issues schools face on a daily basis A number of organisations are available to aid with this process, such as the Partner Alliance for School Safety a group founded in cooperation with SIA (Security Industry Association), which provides resources and tools to help schools and security professionals evaluate and establish the best security protection for their buildings. These guidelines and best practices are designed to help schools spend their often limited funds on the right security solutions. Safe and Sound Schools provides downloadable school security toolkits, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has recently released the NFPA 3000 Active shooter response guidelines and has begun work on a school security standard that would address a range of issues schools face on a daily basis. The key takeaway is that the information is out there, and the organisations mentioned above are excellent resources for helping schools create safe, secure and learning-conducive environments. Technology in school security The second thing that needs to be considered is how technology can be brought to bear to contribute to school security. Video surveillance with video analytics can be deployed to monitor areas at certain times of day. For example, once school starts, there shouldn’t be a lot of activity in the parking lot or in particular areas around the school. For these situations, intelligent cameras with video analytics can be used to detect activity in those areas of interest to alert school security that something may need their attention. This might be a vehicle entering a lot or driving against the normal traffic flow, which may simply be a parent arriving to pick their child up early, or it could be something worth following up on. Radar detection is ideal for perimeters, where a device can be set up unobtrusively to alert when someone enters a particular area In any case, this is something that should be brought to the attention of someone who can quickly assess the situation and determine what, if any, response is needed. Because the goal in a potentially dangerous situation is speed response times. The faster you’re able to detect something using technology, the faster you’re able to respond. Therefore, being able to identify something happening in a parking lot and alert school resource officers could provide 30 seconds or a minute head start for response, which can get the school into a lockdown situation and get first responders on site more quickly.Facial recognition systems and providing access through smartphones could help create a more welcoming and secure environment for students, staff and parents After-hour monitoring solutions Monitoring buildings and facilities after hours presents a different set of challenges. For sporting events, the National Center for Spectator Sports and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi provides best practice guidance for sporting facilities and events not only just for universities but even including those at high schools. It’s been shown that using lighting at night can deter crime. However, it can be expensive to keep a building and grounds illuminated all night, every night. To mitigate these concerns and potential costs, there are video cameras available with extreme low-light capability that allows them to see in near-dark or in some cases complete darkness. This allows a school to save money by turning lights off while achieving a level of surveillance performance similar to daytime deployments. Radar detection Another technology for effective school security, both during and after school hours, is radar detection. This is ideal for perimeters, where a device can be set up unobtrusively to alert when someone enters a particular area. Radar can be deployed with a single PTZ camera, which can track whatever has been detected to provide real-time situational awareness for a school resource officer or law enforcement to investigate to determine the potential threat, if any, related to the perimeter breach.Following the four pillars of school security can ease the process while improving the effectiveness and efficiency of securing educational facilities More often than not, schools are faced with issues that are not necessarily the worst-case scenario everyone fears, such as how to identify parents and others who are authorised to pick a child up from school early. In this instance, facial recognition systems and providing access through smartphones could help create a more welcoming and secure environment for students, staff and parents. Lighting and landscaping In addition to technology, one of the things that can contribute to a safer school environment is environmental design. CPTED provides four basic principles, one of which is natural surveillance, which follows a 'see and be seen' philosophy. In other words, when people know they can be seen, they are less likely to commit a crime. The main points in this general principle are lighting and landscaping. For example, a school doesn’t want to block potentially vulnerable areas with landscaping, so the height and thickness of any potential landscaping elements should be carefully considered. In general, openness and visibility should be the guiding factors. Securing physical environment Another aspect of the physical environment is maintenance. If a window gets broken but isn’t fixed right away, that tends to invite vandalism. These are just two of the guidelines CPTED offers for creating a more secure environment that doesn’t feel like a prison. In general, finding the right mix between maintaining security and providing a welcoming, aesthetically pleasing and learning-conducive environment can seem like a difficult – if not impossible – task. Following the four pillars of school security can ease the process while improving the effectiveness and efficiency of securing educational facilities.
Over the course of the past few months, I have discussed a myriad of topics, from Big Data, the Internet of Things and emerging video surveillance-use cases, to analytics, storage complexities and IT technologies like virtualisation and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). All of these trends have a significant effect on the security market, and in April they were highlighted in spades at ISC West. It’s great to talk about these trends but it’s far better to see how they are being leveraged in real-world applications. That’s really where we can all see the true value of new solutions and concepts. We’re lucky enough to work with some leading organisations that want others to benefit from their experience and I’m happy to have the opportunity to share two of these applications with you. Protecting educational facilities UCF has adopted advancements in technology, particularly video surveillance solutions, to help ensure stronger security on campus Educational institutions face an increasingly complex risk environment. Recent high-profile incidents emphasise these risks and magnify the vulnerabilities that educational facilities face. These incidents have led to more public demand for improved security solutions across campuses. The primary mission of these organisations is to deliver quality education to students, and they face the challenge of balancing between a highly secure facility and one that supports open interaction. The University of Central Florida is no different. This organisation, one of the largest universities in the country, has adopted advancements in technology, particularly video surveillance solutions, to help ensure stronger security on campus. Active shooter incidents In March 2013, UCF faced an active shooter situation in which a former student planned to pull the fire alarm in a residence hall and then attack his classmates as the building was evacuated. However, the shooter’s gun jammed, and as officers were closing in on the gunman, he took his own life. During the university’s response to the incident, accessibility to critical video data was a major issue. Educational institutions face an increasingly complex risk environment UCF had cameras in the area where the incident took place, but first responders had no way of viewing the footage without being at the physical location of the video recorder. At the time, UCF had a wide variety of standalone systems in place, including non-integrated video surveillance, access control and intrusion systems. As a result, there was no way to centralise video management, viewing and analysis. Upgrading from analogue systems Altogether, its security system consisted of older analogue platforms that were reaching end of life, 58 standalone servers, 12,000 access points and a wide variety of DVRs — all being managed in a siloed manner. UCF needed a solution that would allow officials to centralise system management, store video data more effectively and reliably, and enable the security team to deliver situational awareness to responders when needed. Security leaders sought a way to further modernise its security, surveillance, access control and IT infrastructure The university deployed an HCI solution, one that is optimised for demanding, data-intensive workloads like video surveillance. Using standard off-the-shelf server hardware, the system aggregates the storage and compute resources from multiple servers into a single unified pool that all cameras can access, which maximises performance and storage capacity utilisation. The platform also hosts the university’s video management solution, which serves as a centralised source to manage video and effectively protect its security data. Because of the growing demand for video across UCF's campuses — for both safety and business purposes — the HCI solution’s ability to eliminate the opportunity for data loss and easily scale were key components in its selection. Protecting air travel and airports In 2012, Charleston International Airport embarked on an ambitious upgrade project dubbed the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program. The $200 million initiative was designed to modernise and expand the facility to meet increased passenger demand. While the aesthetics and amenities of the airport were under construction, security leaders sought a way to further modernise its security, surveillance, access control and IT infrastructure. The IT and security teams needed to address the challenges of their existing standalone server environment, which included siloed systems, management complexity and high administrative and equipment costs. Charleston International Airport embarked on an ambitious upgrade project dubbed the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program Considering the high value of the airport’s video, security and IT data, it required a solution that could deliver reliable data protection, system resiliency and fault tolerance. The airport is required to store video for 30 days, but it seeks to expand its retention time to 60 days. Therefore, technology that can scale simply was key in the selection process. Storage system updates It also required a storage platform that could manage the demanding and write-intensive nature of its nearly 250 IP surveillance cameras — a challenging task for traditional video recorders. The airport deployed HCI appliances to better manage captured video data and expand its archive capability for video surveillance. Users rely on video to validate whether something did or did not happen - and this is essential in airports HCI surveillance solutions are designed to provide industry-leading resiliency. Even if multiple hardware failures occur, including an entire appliance, video management servers will remain online and recording, and any previously recorded video will continue to be protected and accessible. Reducing expenses and costs The solution also reduced total cost of operations by consolidating servers, storage and client workstations into one enterprise-class solution that is easily managed from a single user interface, without the need for specialised IT skills. These use cases demonstrate the value emerging technologies bring to these types of modern environments. And they show that solutions like HCI are no longer simply much-talked about technology trends. Video, IT and security data is critical to organisations of all types and they need to ensure their investment in capturing this data is protected. From a security standpoint, users rely on video to validate whether something did or did not happen. If that video data isn’t protected, they lose a very valuable investigative tool. That isn’t an option in today’s complex environment. That’s is why it is paramount to understand how new technologies can help expand current capabilities and evolve security operations. This can’t be left to chance.
The Emerging Technology Zone (ETZ) at ISC West welcomes new startups to the security industry; a requirement for exhibitors is that they have been in business for five years or less. This year, the ETZ will be in the Venetian Ballroom, a new section at ISC West 2019, incorporating companies that were previously featured in the “Global Expo” area along with mid-sized domestic companies and the return of the successful Emerging Technology Zone section. Now located in the Venetian Ballroom adjacent to the Sands Convention Center, this group of exhibitors will also have three large entrances of their own. Latest technology companies The ETZ will be a draw in and of itself and will do better for us than being on the main show floor" “The Emerging Technology Zone is a place for attendees to see the latest technology companies all in one place, rather than searching out individual companies all over the main show floor,” says Tom Buckley, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, for Qumulex, a 2019 exhibitor in the Emerging Technology Zone (ETZ). “The ETZ was an easy choice for us and is, in fact, the deciding factor in our taking a booth,” says Buckley. “As a technology startup, we wanted to be located with the other new companies. The ETZ will be a draw in and of itself and will do better for us than being on the main show floor.” Consistent customer lifetime Qumulex (Booth 40932) was formed in late 2018 by the founders of Exacq and Infinias. The new mobile-first, unified video surveillance and access control platform enables security integrators to increase recurring revenue and achieve consistent customer lifetime value, says Buckley. ”We are launching in the fall of 2019 but are exhibiting at ISC West due to early interest from security integrators wanting an early preview of what is coming.” Also among the 40 or so exhibitors in the Emerging Technology Zone will be a range of new technologies, from artificial intelligence (AI) to cloud solutions to wearables to lighting solutions and more. Video analytics platform Simple, intuitive situational awareness platform that gives first responders a tactical advantage Another ETZ exhibitor is ZeroEyes (Booth 40821), an intelligent video analytics platform, powered by AI, to detect weapons and recognise faces in real time. The company’s goal is to provide school administrators and decision-makers with a simple, intuitive situational awareness platform that gives first responders a tactical advantage. The company was founded by five former Navy SEALS with a combined 50 years of combat experience. “Our platform is being developed right now and has hit an inflection point where artificial intelligence and graphics processors are both capable enough and cost effective,” says Mike Lahiff, ZeroEyes CEO. “This technology is just at the point where it is ready for a wider release and not just for early adopters.” The company will be doing live demonstrations of the product in real time. “It is one thing to tell everyone our capabilities, but it is much more powerful to show our capabilities,” says Rob Huberty, ZeroEyes COO. “We will have cameras set up that are typical of school security systems. These cameras will be linked to the best available hardware on the market. We will showcase our software as it will actually be used in practice.” Companies at ETZ Last year’s Emerging Technology Zone, located downstairs on the lower level of the Sands Convention Center, had a lot of foot traffic and created positive feedback. Some of last year’s Emerging Technology Zone companies are exhibiting in the main exhibit hall this year, emphasising its role as a ‘stepping stone’ as new companies enter the market and then achieve critical mass. This year’s ETZ exhibitors will be looking for a similar level of results from the show. Our expectation is to demonstrate the huge value proposition in proactive security solutions in schools" “We will quantify our success at ISC West in the number of partners and integrators that decide they cannot live without our product,” says Lahiff. “Our expectation is to demonstrate the huge value proposition in proactive security solutions in schools. We want to have partners after the show ready to install our product.” Pre-show preparation will help ensure success. “We are inviting prospects and arranging demos ahead of time,” says Buckley of Qumulex. “Success at any trade show starts before the show. We’re fairly certain about the turnout we will get and the level of interest that integrators will have. We are sending out invites to several thousand security integrators to gain early interest. We also have a suite off the show floor for more in-depth demos.” Affordable solutions The Emerging Technology Zone, along with the other exhibitors in the Venetian Ballroom, will be among the must-see highlights of ISC West. “Attendees will get to see the future in security,” says Huberty. “They will see actual solutions that are affordable and make sense. These solutions will have a clear value proposition.”
If you’re heading to ISC West in Las Vegas this year, it’s helpful to acknowledge immediately that there’s no way you can experience all aspects of the show. Just not enough time and too many options. Once you give up on seeing everything, you can immediately lower stress. But you also raise the stakes in terms of picking and choosing exactly what you have time for – or want to make time for. Hoping to help out as we all set our ISC West priorities, here are some ways to make the most of ISC West. Get there early If you think the show starts on Wednesday (April 10), you have already missed the boat. Wednesday is the first day of the ISC West Exhibition, but there is a whole day of conference programming the day before – on Tuesday, the 9th. So plan to arrive early for conference sessions such as the End User Physical Security and Strategic Management tracks, a whole day of presentations by the PSA Security Network, and many other conference sessions. Learn from the best You can also learn about Body-Worn Cameras for Government Personnel, School Safety and Private SecurityWant to hear about Taming the Surveillance Data Monster? There’s a session on Thursday. Want to learn about Establishing a Corporate Drone Program? That session is on Wednesday the 10th. They’re among the wealth of information-sharing sessions at ISC West. You can also learn about Body-Worn Cameras for Government Personnel, School Safety and Private Security; 3D Virtualisation for Physical Security; and Using Enterprise Security Risk Management to Define Security's Value. Plan for the future So much at ISC West is geared toward the future – new opportunities, tomorrow’s hot new product, and the start of business ventures that will be profitable for years to come. Some of the conference sessions are especially forward-looking, too, including a session on Thursday about the Stadium of the Future. A session called Getting Smarter and Safer: The Campuses of Tomorrow is on Wednesday, April 10. Another Wednesday session is Meet the Jetsons: Understanding the Promise and Challenges of Smart Cities. The Vision of the Future of the ISOC (Intelligent Security Operations Center) is on Thursday, as is the Smart Home of the Future session. All in all, ISC West can help you focus on the future in a big way. Meet someone new Programs like SIA’s New Product Showcase can help, by recognising innovation in a variety of product categoriesISC West sometimes emits the vibe of a yearly reunion of friends (who happen to be in business together). It’s great to see old friends again, but we shouldn’t miss the chance to meet new people, too. There is a multitude of networking events related to the industry’s big spring gathering, so the opportunities to expand one’s network and meet new people are abundant. Making the most of them takes effort, and some level of strategy. And there are also other, not-so-obvious moments to make new friends and acquaintances – whether it’s sharing a taxi or waiting for the next session to start. Bring a lot of business cards Find something new The chance to view industry innovation is a huge draw of ISC West, but it can take discipline to separate the wheat from the chaff. The latest-and-greatest could literally be anywhere on that big trade show floor. Programs like SIA’s New Product Showcase can help, by recognising innovation in a variety of product categories. The announcements of winners will be made on April 10, and, historically, these awards have gone to some of the newest and most innovative products at ISC West. A What’s New at ISC West session on Wednesday can provide additional guidance. Do good in addition to doing well A 10-year tradition at ISC West is the Security 5K/2k Run/Walk, a charity event benefiting Mission 500’s fundraising efforts to assist children in crisisISC West is all about business, but there’s also a specific opportunity to help make the world a better place. A 10-year tradition at ISC West is the Security 5K/2k Run/Walk, a charity event benefiting Mission 500’s fundraising efforts to assist children in crisis around the world. Why not avoid a late night on April 10th and rise early on the 11th to be a part of a remarkable event that has united the security industry to provide aid for children in need? Say thank you Showing gratitude is an under-emphasised opportunity at ISC West, where the promise of new fortunes can eclipse our successes of the past. We will all see colleagues and friends we have been doing business with for years, so what better time to express a simple ‘thank you’, buy them a drink, propose a toast, celebrate? Helping to set a tone of gratitude is the ‘Official ISC West Customer Appreciation Party’ on Thursday. Parties are one way to say thanks, and a heartfelt verbal expression is another. ISC West will provide plenty of both – and they’re not to be missed.
School shootings continue, as does a search for answers. What solutions are there to prevent school shootings and/or to improve the response (and thus minimise the death toll)? In the physical security industry, we like to think we have solutions that can help, if not “solve”, the problem, but realistically speaking, how effective are they at the end of the day? We like to think we have solutions that can help, if not “solve”, the problem: but how effective are they at the end of the day? The sad answer – even after dozens of school shootings and even in the wrenching aftermath of the latest one – is that we don’t know. There is a gaping lack of knowledge and research when it comes to measuring the effectiveness of preventative measures as they relate to school shootings. Scarce resources on preventative measures The dearth of knowledge on the subject leaves schools at risk of spending scarce resources on measures that don’t have any real impact, or worse, that have a negative effect on education environments. The natural impulse following a school shooting is to do something – anything – to prevent the tragedy from happening again at any school, but especially at my school. But how is money best spent?Successful businesses are a good thing, but not at the expense of misspending education resources on solutions that don’t solve anything Congress has passed the Stop School Violence Act of 2018 to provide $50 million per year to develop programs to train students, teachers and law enforcement to prevent violence, and to create anonymous reporting systems, such as hot lines, for school violence threats. The bill authorises another $25 million for improvements to school’s physical security infrastructures. Congress also provides $1.1 billion in Title IV block grants, which districts can use to pay for diverse needs such as security systems. Several states are providing additional funding for physical safety measures and campus police, and local districts are also stretching their budgets to address security concerns. But is that money being targeted to measures that will help the situation? What is the role of technology in preventing school violence, and are we as an industry at risk of over-selling our preventative capabilities and diverting money from other measures that might have more impact? Successful businesses are a good thing, but not at the expense of misspending education resources on solutions that don’t solve anything. More metal detectors, armed guards and police officers could cause anxiety in some students and even interfere with the learning process Studies on school safety and protection Researchers, advocates and educators gathered this fall at American University to consider the need for better research to inform decision-making on safety, reported Education Week.The field is in desperate need of more evidence on what works, and schools want this information presented to them" A 2016 study by the Rand Corp. points to the problem: Lack of data and research on what works and what doesn’t. “Despite growth in the school safety-technology sector, rigorous research about the effectiveness of these technologies is virtually non-existent,” according to Rand. “The field is in desperate need of more evidence on what works, and schools want this information presented to them in vetted, digestible ways to help them with procurement.” Jeremy Finn, a professor of education at the University of Buffalo, has pointed out the difficulty of assessing the effectiveness of measures designed to deter events that likely won’t occur anyway. “How do you know when you have deterred a school shooting?” he asks. “It didn’t happen.” The effects on our students Might technologies aimed at making schools more secure have an adverse effect on the learning environment? More metal detectors, armed guards and police officers could cause anxiety in some students and even interfere with the learning process. The physical security industry should freely acknowledge that the technologies we offer are only part of the solution to school violence Do security measures aimed at preventing active shooting incidents absorb resources that might better be used to address a more general and/or likely security threat such as vandalism or student discipline? Theoretically, security measures in general should help to prevent the probability of an active shooter at the same time they are addressing a wider range of concerns and threats. But do they? At the very least, we in the physical security market should be aware, and should freely acknowledge, that the technologies we offer are only part of the solution to school violence. Schools should take the broadest possible approach to the range of security challenges, and technology should be one tool among many. Furthermore, better data to measure what works is sorely needed to illuminate the best path forward.
IDF Aluminium has installed transom closers, solenoid locks and hook locks from Alpro Architectural Hardware at a building in a historic section of London’s Finsbury Square. 4 Chiswell Street backs onto the Artillery Ground which has seen archery in Tudor times, some of the first organised games of cricket in the 1730s and even a hot-air balloon flight in 1784. The four-storey structure was refurbished by main contractor Parkeray to a design by Ben Adams Architects that created column-free office space with exposed concrete soffit and a signature golden mesh & grille facade based on curtain walling with bold circles. Automatic voltage regulation The glazing is unusual since the Reynaers’ curtain walling for the double-height reception uses innovative bracketry to support massive panes from Euroview Architectural Glass. The Alpro closers are on the distinctive gilt exterior doors and the client is also benefiting from solenoid bolts in the door heads. Alpro transverse action deadlocking bolts offer high levels of physical strength with holding forces of up to 2,000kg Alpro transverse action deadlocking bolts offer high levels of physical strength with holding forces of up to 2,000kg, a bolt throw of 14mm and models with oversize pins. The advanced microprocessor module provides power reduction allowing for continuous operation without heat generation as well as automatic voltage regulation, dual monitoring and access control features to fully monitor and control movement. Installers can use housings from the same series for surface mounting which facilitates the securing of glass doors. Dress plates are offered for a clean finish. Public sector environments The 4 Chiswell Street refurbishment was carried out with tenants in occupation and even involved use of abseiling techniques to replace glazing. A temporary reception was created for access and egress. Daylight has been maximised and floor-to-ceiling height is used wherever possible in a design that meets the Equality Act and includes a revised fire strategy. IDF specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of aluminium doors. The door projects are often in business and public sector environments where usage may be high but maintenance costs must be minimised. IDF has 30 years’ experience in the shop front and commercial door market. The company ensures a quality service by designing and fabricating all of its doors and shop fronts in-house with no use of sub-contractors. The client portfolio covers transport, local government, healthcare and education from schools through to universities.
Boon Edam Inc., a global provider of security entrances and architectural revolving doors, announced that Utrecht University in The Netherlands has installed a custom-made, TQM manual revolving door at the entrance to the school’s newest addition, the Viktor J. Koningsberger building, dedicated to the faculties of Geosciences, Science and Medicine. Renowned Rotterdam-based architects, Ectory Hoogstad, were asked to create a building at Utrecht University that would serve as an addition to two other existing buildings: the Minnaert building and the Buys Ballot building. The new entrance had to be functional and recognisable, but also belong to the story of the building as a whole"Joost Ector, Director and Project Architect, explains, "All buildings had to be combined into one educational centre for the science faculties. We solved that very simply by making a kind of 'loop' on the first floor; a circuit that runs through all the buildings. A new building has been added on the corner, and that is what has become the Koningsberger building. Through the 'walk', all buildings are now connected, and the students can easily walk from one building to another.” Functional and aesthetic entrance The central themes in the design of this iconic building are lightness, openness and transparency. These properties are reflected in the façade and play an important role at the main entrance. "Of course, we want you to be able to enter the cluster of buildings from all sides of the campus easily,” says Ector. “So the new entrance had to be functional and recognisable, but also belong to the story of the building as a whole. You walk down to the building, make that little turn through the entrance and then you suddenly see that the big atrium going up a hundred times. We just love that!" TQM manual revolving door Once we decided to go with a manual revolving door, there was obviously only one name that stood out - and that was Boon Edam"When it came to selecting the entrance to the new building addition, Ector said his choice for the revolving door came naturally. “Once we decided to go with a manual revolving door, there was obviously only one name that stood out - and that was Boon Edam. We knew that Boon Edam made premium products and was capable of doing what we needed when it comes to these kinds of custom-made solutions. We came to our final solution after close consultation with their experts." The TQM manual revolving door installed at the Koningsberger building is nine meters (29-1/2 feet) high and is constructed almost entirely of glass. Nine-meter high rotating parts were not desirable, so a different solution was chosen. Installing illuminated cylinder A special tall, illuminated cylinder was installed above the revolving door for an impressive and recognisable appearance. "Our inspiration were old houses, such as canal houses,” explains Ector. “There is sometimes a kind of 'lantern' incorporated in the skylight above the front door in these old-fashioned homes. We utilised this in the TQM revolving door. “The cylinder was pulled upwards, and an illuminated element was manufactured. This constructed feature can be seen from both the outside and inside and serves as a beacon of light in the evening to help guide and locate the entrance.”
Grafisch Lyceum Utrecht (GLU) is a creative and safe school that specialises in various multi-media disciplines as well as communications, media management and marketing. With approximately 2,100 students, GLU is located in Utrecht, The Netherlands and as at any education establishment, the protection of its staff and students is of paramount importance, which saw the school first implement a surveillance system in its new main building in 1998. Unobtrusive video surveillance In 2004, following several burglaries over the previous four years, Sead Hafizovic, GLU’s Safety and Security Supervisor identified the need to upgrade security provisions. The current surveillance systems consisted of five analogue cameras connected to a video recorder that required the changing of video tapes daily, and Hafizovic recognised this was no longer fit for purpose. Located across two facilities in Utrecht, GLU’s the main building in Vondellaan features glass walls and multiple access points giving the school an open and creative feel that Hafizovic wanted to maintain, making the need for unobtrusive security measures an important factor. Following a thorough assessment by both GLU and Trigion, a mix of 30 IDIS analogue cameras together with motion detectors were implementedHafizovic turned to trusted partner Trigion, a systems integrator responsible for all the school’s security measures encompassing intruder, access control and video surveillance. Acting as an advisor, Trigion was tasked to find the most effective surveillance solution that would meet the security and performance needs of the school, while having the flexibility to scale and adapt as security and operational requirements changed. Migration from analogue to HD IP surveillance Following a thorough assessment by both GLU and Trigion, a mix of 30 IDIS analogue cameras together with motion detectors were implemented. The new security system proved incredibly effective in reducing crime as well as health and safety incidents and was gradually extended over the next ten years to include cameras in all strategic locations. In 2013, the GLU went about updating the school’s security policy to include the use of cameras and their related images. While working alongside Trigion to develop the policy, Trigion advised GLU to make the move from analogue to high-definition IP to vastly improve performance and thereby further increase safety and security. Since the existing IDIS system was still reliably operating, GLU needed to be convinced of the investment. IDIS HD IP cameras and NVRs GLU was operating a mix of IDIS analogue and HD networked cameras connected to IDIS NVRs all seamlessly managed through IDIS Center Trigion first installed two networked HD cameras next to the existing surveillance system. Both systems could be viewed easily through IDIS Center, totally cost-free video management software (VMS). The improved performance in terms of crisp picture quality, fast retrieval of footage and the easy and rapid installation quickly convinced GLU to implement a phased upgrade from analogue to IP. By 2014, GLU was operating a mix of IDIS analogue and HD networked cameras connected to IDIS network video recorders (NVRs) all seamlessly managed through IDIS Center, providing a high performance, centralised monitoring capability. Since implementation the number incidents of internal theft, harassment, fighting and drug taking has reduced to almost zero—a measurable result Hafizovic is very proud of. The security policy has been shared with students and they fully understand their rights and obligations when it comes to the use of surveillance in the school and the importance of personal safety. Adapting to safety and security provisions The innate flexibility and backward compatibility of the IDIS solution allows GLU to continuously improve and adapt safety and security provisions, effectively enabling the school to upgrade to next generation IDIS technology when it comes online and integrate with other systems as required. In 2015, GLU was voted the third best school in a nationwide survey, in which GLU scored top in the areas of safety and security. Later the same year, the King of The Netherlands, Willem Alexander and Jet Bussemaker, the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science visited GLU to witness its achievements for themselves, proving a proud day for GLU staff and students.
Amthal has created a scalable programme of works to upgrade security at St Albans School and ensure staff and pupils can inspire learning and develop values and skills to the highest standards, in a secure environment. With former students including the renowned Professor Stephen Hawking, St Albans School, ‘the first school in Hertfordshire’ has a rich history as a celebrated independent boys’ school and co-educational Sixth Form. With an architectural mixture of buildings dating back from the Roman-era cellar, to modern extensions built in the 1990s, alongside a well-equipped field study centre and sports facilities, the grounds-care team was keen to ensure security was kept up-to-date. Co-curricular facilities Amthal was able to present an all-encompassing solution right from the perimeter systems through to CCTV and internal access control" Gary Douglas, Estates Manager at St Albans School commented: “As a school catering for over 860 pupils, it is our priority to deliver a robust level of security for everyone who works and learns here. In addition, the historical significance of the School is something we are immensely proud of and we are committed to ensuring the buildings and facilities are cared for at every level.” “With a view to upgrading our security to enable smarter solutions, Amthal was able to present an all-encompassing solution right from the perimeter systems through to CCTV and internal access control. These enhancements were carefully planned into a programme of works that is scaleable to work around learning timetables and the continued projects designed to further our excellent academic and co-curricular facilities.” Right security systems Amthal worked closely with the team at St Albans School right from the initial design process, acting in a project management capacity to ensure the right security systems were selected to suit the school. Not only did this require solutions that offered the smartest capability for the perimeter systems, where Avigilon CCTV was installed, but also working within school buildings and including Paxton Access Control that could be installed seamlessly, all without compromising on the historical ambience of the architecture throughout the site. Today, St Albans School is one of the leading day schools in the country, a centre of educational excellence" Paul Rosenthal, Sales Director at Amthal added: “There has been a school on the Abbey Gateway site for more than 1,000 years. Today, St Albans School is one of the leading day schools in the country, a centre of educational excellence, occupying a campus that has been transformed and continues to grow.” Expandable solution “It is an absolute privilege as a local company to be on board to support the Estates Team to secure the School. We were very careful in our planning and design stages to structure a full team approach with leading suppliers, and present an expandable solution with the capacity to integrate with the requirements of this very impressive multi-dimensional educational institution.” Independently owned, Amthal Fire & Security is dedicated to satisfying end user needs for security safety and convenience offering design, installation, service and remote monitoring of advanced electronic fire & security solutions, including intruder, Fire, Access and CCTV systems. Amthal Fire & Security is accredited by the Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board (SSAIB) United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS) and British Approvals for Fire Equipment (BAFE.)
Knightscope, Inc., a developer of advanced physical security technologies focussed on enhancing U.S. security operations, announced that it is has taken a major step in its commitment to help better secure schools across the country by selecting Clovis Unified School District in California as its beta testing location for a suite of new technologies under development. The Company had prior announced this effort earlier this year when it solicited students to get involved and submit essays on how Knightscope’s fully autonomous security robots could help in a school setting. Security robots to monitor school safety “With over 100,000 schools in the country, we need to develop a new set of tools and technologies as a critical part of our long-term mission to better secure the United States of America,” said William Santana Li, chairman and chief executive officer, Knightscope, Inc. Knightscope’s robots will provide the authoritative presence needed on a school campus and provide actual intelligence by filling in the blind spots"“Being able to utilise a real-world environment to test, sample, and iterate on new capabilities while inspiring students to pursue STEM careers is certainly a winning combination,” continued Li. “As a teacher of thirty years, my philosophy has always been to be proactive instead of reactive, and the idea of security robots monitoring a school is definitely a proactive approach to school safety. Knightscope’s robots will provide the authoritative presence needed on a school campus and provide actual intelligence by filling in the blind spots with their ‘eyes and ears,’” said Clifford A. Nitschke, Jr., AP United States Government and Politics Instructor, Clovis North High School. Trialling a new technology in school safety Mr. Nitschke’s class submitted the winning proposal to Knightscope. “We are honoured to be chosen by Knightscope and to be given the opportunity to pilot a new and exciting technology in the field of school safety.” The Clovis United Unified School District Governing Board is scheduled to meet on January 16, 2019 to formally accept the beta testing program by Knightscope. The meeting is planned to occur at 6:30pm at the Clovis Unified Professional Development Building, 1680 David E Cook Way, Clovis, CA 93611. Assuming an approval by the Board, the parties will determine implementation timing thereafter.
A two-year programme to transform security at Heriot-Watt University campuses around the world, facilitated by CriticalArc’s SafeZone technology, has been recognised with one of the UK’s top security industry awards. The innovative partnership between Heriot-Watt and CriticalArc has been named as ‘Security Project of the Year’ in the 2018 Security & Fire Excellence Awards run in association with IFSEC International and Firex International. The award, sponsored by the British Security Industry Association, is highly competitive and a major accolade for the winners. Improving service response Two years ago, Les Allan, Heriot-Watt’s Director of Safety and Security Services and his team at the university embarked on a strategy to transform all aspects of their operations. They wanted to modernise their service across five campuses, in the UK, Dubai, and Malaysia to provide much greater care for students and staff. A key factor in the team’s success has been the way it uses CriticalArc’s SafeZone technology across all five international campuses It was an ambitious undertaking, but it has already delivered impressive results, measurably improving service response times by over fifty percent, upgrading security department capabilities and skills and raising the job status and remuneration for officers involved. A key factor in the team’s success has been the way it uses CriticalArc’s SafeZone technology across all five international campuses, making Heriot-Watt the first university department to take this global approach. Real-time incident management SafeZone technology has transformed the way officers interact with students and staff wherever they are - on campus or and when travelling off-site – so they can provide assistance in case of emergencies or other incidents. Les Allan’s team has already responded to serious medical emergencies using the system and now they have the tools to manage a full range of live-incident risks. “SafeZone lets my team communicate quickly with individuals and groups,” explains Les Allan, Heriot-Watt, Director of Safety and Security Services. “Using it they can receive alerts and pinpoint the location of anyone needing assistance. They can deploy officers more quickly and keep track of ongoing situations as they develop. It’s really letting them do things they couldn’t have dreamed of before.” Better support for students & staff The Heriot-Watt team is also using new technology to support staff and students on campus while travelling and during fieldwork. They can ‘geo-fence’ additional areas as required. Between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018, a total of 5398 security incidents were attended at the Edinburgh Campus The result has been a significant improvement in engagement between the security department – now restyled as Safeguarding Services – students and staff. Between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018, a total of 5398 security incidents were attended at the Edinburgh Campus (the first to adopt SafeZone); 3542 of these incidents (66%) involved assisting or interacting with students (rising from 33% in 2013). Efficient, responsive and capable services The results have been impressive but Les Allan, who is currently also serving as Chair of the Association of University Chief Security Officers (AUCSO) in Scotland, says his ambition is to go much further. “We are delighted at our incredible success at the Security and Fire Excellence Awards as winners of the Security Project of the Year category. This joint award for Heriot-Watt University and our friends at CritcalArc is a testimony to the power of working in partnership for mutual benefit and delivery of excellence with a world-leading solution. We are committed to continuing development and enhancement of our partnership with CriticalArc.” Darren Chalmers-Stevens, CriticalArc, Managing Director, EMEA and APAC, noted: “I’m delighted that the forward-looking partnership between Heriot-Watt University and CriticalArc has been so clearly successful. This major award is further proof of how we work closely with all our customers and are leading the way in providing better protection and enabling more efficient, responsive and capable services.”
Round table discussion
Physical security technologies operate successfully in many different markets, but in which markets do they fall short? Physical security is a difficult challenge that can sometime defy the best efforts of manufacturers, integrators and end users. This is especially the case in some of the more problematic markets and applications where even the best technology has to offer may not be good enough, or could it be that the best technology has not been adequately applied? We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable to reflect on instances when the industry may fall short: Which segments of the physical security industry are most under-served and why?
Using a smart phone as an access control credential is an idea whose time has come – or has it? The flexible uses of smart phones are transforming our lives in multiple ways, and the devices are replacing everything from our alarm clocks to our wallets to our televisions. However, the transformation from using a card to using a mobile credential for access control is far from a no-brainer for many organisations, which obstacles to a fast or easy transition. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: When will mobile credentials dominate access control, and what are the obstacles to greater adoption?
The new year presents new opportunities for the physical security marketplace. In many ways, 2018 will undoubtedly see further development of trends we saw in 2017. In fact, some of the trends determining the future of the physical security industry have been in place for many years. However, not every event in 2018 can be foreseen or easily predicted. To be sure, it is sometimes the surprises that keep life interesting! We asked this week Expert Panel Roundtable: What will be the security market’s biggest surprise in 2018?