The Electronic Security Expo (ESX) sought to redefine the traditional purpose of industry shows within the electronic security and life safety channel. On June 3-6, ESX 2019 offered an outlet for professionals to come together in a collaborative environment — and it was a hit for many looking for a more modern take on the traditional “badge scan” expo, according to the organisers. Networking and connections Throughout the two expo days of the event, 78% of attendees reported...
Specialist provider of tech and cyber-security staffing solutions, La Fosse Associates, launches a first-of-its-kind pro bono recruitment and advisory practice to help charities combat the threat of a cyber-attack on their organisations. La Fosse Pro Bono will operate with charities throughout the UK. In 2018, one in five UK charities fell victim to a cyber-attack and the number is expected to continue in line with the size of the sector itself. Indeed, latest figures show there are 200,000 reg...
Radiflow, a provider of industrial cybersecurity solutions for industrial automation networks, and Trusted Cyber Security Solutions (TCSS), a provider of cybersecurity services and solution, jointly announce that TCSS has joined Radiflow’s OT MSSP Partner program in order to expand its service offerings and pursue market opportunities to provide managed OT cybersecurity services to its industrial customers across central and southern Europe. TCSS is a growing cybersecurity systems integra...
Security 101, one of the nation’s fastest growing security integrators, continues to expand nationally with the addition of a new office in the San Francisco Bay Area. The office will serve San Francisco and the surrounding metropolitan area, and will engineer, install, operate, monitor, manage and maintain integrated security solutions for local small, midmarket and enterprise business customers. Local tech companies Veteran entrepreneur Rob Chamberlin is the latest franchise owner to...
Percepto, the provider of autonomous industrial drone solutions, launches the next generation of its AI-powered autonomous industrial Drone-in-a-Box (DIB). Available now, the solution includes a highly portable, smaller, lighter-weight and extreme weather resistant base station. Adding field-proven 5G compatibility, the new DIB also features seamless integration of 2D mapping and 3D modelling, highly customised reporting, comprehensive compliance and enhanced safety functions. The award-winning...
Synectics commences the roll-out of Synergy 3 2019, the latest release of its command and control platform for demanding surveillance and security environments. Introducing enhanced customisable mapping, camera management, and third-party integration capabilities, the feature-rich platform is the most customer-centric iteration of the software to date and aims to make the Synergy 3 experience more user-friendly. The new release will be available across Synectics’ key markets, spanning tra...
Iris ID, a global provider of iris recognition technology, announced its award-winning multimode iCAM M300 handheld biometric platform now offers gateless access control, time and attendance and employee mustering for both commercial and government markets. The new functions are possible with embedded XPressEntry software from Telaeris, a provider of real-time personnel tracking solutions. Also using Iris ID’s Iris Access EAC software, the iCAM M300 continues to provide an ideal portable biometric enrolment and identification solution for law enforcement, border control and national ID programs – all from the convenience of an Android mobile device. Users of the iCAM M300 can extend their door-mounted iris readers using a cloud-based mobile server that automatically syncs all users, access and activity data. Handheld solution for iris authentication It is exciting to partner with Iris ID to provide a powerful handheld solution for iris authentication"“The addition of the Telaeris XPressEntry software enables us to add important new functions for our commercial and government customers,” said Mohammed Murad, vice president global sales and business development, Iris ID. “The iCAM M300 is now ideal for virtually any use requiring mobile identity authentication.” "It is exciting to partner with Iris ID to provide a powerful handheld solution for iris authentication," said David Carta, chief executive officer, Telaeris. "Iris ID's multimodal device, combined with XPressEntry from Telaeris, allows security integrators and end users to easily integrate mobile iris identification technology into their existing physical access control infrastructure." FBI-compliant 500DPI fingerprint collection The iCAM M300 has embedded cameras for simultaneous capture of both iris and facial modes. An optional snap-on module provides for an FBI-compliant 500DPI, single fingerprint collection. Also included are magstripe and contactless card support, as well as an MRZ reader to verify ePassports. Communications protocols include NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 4G LTE. The Security Industry Association named the iCAM M300 the best mobile app in the 2018 New Product Showcase.
Suprema, a provider of biometrics and security technologies, announces that it has integrated its latest BioStar 2 solution into Nedap's access control system, AEOS. This will enable organisations around the world to use Suprema's incredibly accurate fingerprint recognition technology in combination with AEOS. Ruben Brinkman, alliance manager at Nedap explains: “There's a growing global demand for smarter, more secure ways of identifying people. Biometric technology is pushing the limits in this arena, consolidating increased security with unparalleled convenience. We're fully embracing these developments and view the Biostar integration as a valuable extension to our proposition. We're very excited to welcome Suprema to our ecosystem of technology partners and are looking forward to future developments.” Best biometric security Suprema achieved this integration by using Nedap's Bio-API, which was specifically developed to enable biometric manufacturers to integrate their solutions into AEOS. Suprema will provide users with the best biometric security available in the market" “The integration of Suprema BioStar 2 with Nedap's AEOS is an ideal combination of best-of-breed solutions in access control and biometrics. To maximise the benefits of Nedap's access control solution, Suprema will provide users with the best biometric security available in the market,” said Hanchul Kim, global sales director at Suprema. The integration is so seamless that there's no need for operators to switch from screen to screen - they can continue working in AEOS to manage finger enrolment and biometric identities. Provide strong encryption The biometric profiles are stored in BioStar and are constantly synchronised with AEOS; an information exchange safeguarded through SSL certificates, which provide strong encryption. Both Nedap's and Suprema's clients deal with an exceptional variety of security requirements. “This can make project implementation complex in nature,” Ruben Brinkman remarks. He continues: “So the primary goal for this integration has always been to provide a truly flexible and scalable solution that's easy to implement and maintain. It's been well received by the market, with the first projects already in the pipeline.” Both Nedap and Suprema are strongly committed to maintaining this integration, ensuring future backward compatibility and adding new functionalities along the way.
Sargent and Greenleaf (S&G), a manufacturer of high-quality mechanical and electronic locks, announces that it has been acquired by OpenGate Capital, a global private equity firm. News of S&G and OpenGate Capital entering into an agreement to acquire was initially announced in January and financial terms were not disclosed. “With the support from OpenGate Capital, we are working to develop and release advanced locking solutions for safes, vaults, ATMS and highly sensitive environments quicker to market while building even stronger customer relationships,” said Keith Deaton, COO at Sargent and Greenleaf. Multiple industry awardsOpenGate Capital is a global private equity firm that strives to acquire and optimise lower middle market businesses “S&G has won multiple industry awards over the past five years in recognition of product innovation in the many channels of businesses we serve, and working with OpenGate Capital, we are enthusiastic about the many exciting opportunities that lay ahead.” Established in 2005, OpenGate Capital is a global private equity firm that strives to acquire and optimise lower middle market businesses throughout North American and Europe. Leaders within both companies will collaborate to leverage resources to support S&G’s mission to drive innovation into the business through technological enhancements. S&G will transition into a stand-alone business under the ownership of OpenGate Capital. “Through our collaboration with the management team at S&G, we have already developed many new initiatives to accelerate the company’s growth and apply new technologies to its broad and deep product line,” said Paul Bridwell, Managing Director at OpenGate Capital, who is responsible for managing and supporting operations of the firm’s investments in North America. “This is a business with a deep and rich heritage and we’re incredibly proud to welcome S&G into our second fund’s portfolio.”
Dahua Technology, a video-centric smart IoT solution provider, announces the addition of the new StereoVision camera: a 3MP dual-sensor, people-counting camera that incorporates Artificial Intelligence (AI). The camera uses advanced image processing technology for improved depth perception to count people with up to 98% accuracy. The close, side-by-side positioning of the StereoVision camera’s dual lenses allows each sensor to capture images of the same area from slightly different angles, resulting in higher depth perception. The camera then combines real-time people-counting and behaviour analytics with video images. By unifying video surveillance and operational capabilities in one device, the camera helps users make more business operations decisions more efficiently. People-counting cameras Retail environments, museums, sports venues, or other areas where AI can be used to keep track of headcount can all benefit from the StereoVision camera. The camera can monitor capacity during crowded events, send an alert when entry or checkout lines become long, and help reduce loitering by notifying users when visitors idle for a specified period of time. The camera can easily integrate with regional people-counting cameras to give users a better understanding In addition to counting those who enter and exit a location, the camera can easily integrate with regional people-counting cameras to give users a better understanding of how people move throughout the area. “In a retail environment, the StereoVision camera arms managers with valuable information to improve customer service and make merchandising decisions,” adds Jennifer Hackenburg, senior product marketing manager for Dahua Technology USA. “It can gauge areas of interest for product positioning, or measure foot traffic at mall entrances to identify prime retail space, for example.” Wide dynamic range The camera can also analyse data to improve customer conversion rates, such as count the number of people who walk past a store and then compare the data to the number of sales generated. Other features of the camera include a built-in microphone, an onboard SD card slot to store video at the edge, and Dahua Technology’s proprietary Smart H.265+ codec, which saves up to 90% on bandwidth and storage compared to H.264. A low lux level of 0.009, digital wide dynamic range, and Smart IR up to 33 feet ensure reliable performance in low-light, low-contrast, and bright scenes. “Dahua Technology is pleased to present this high-performing AI solution made for business intelligence,” Hackenburg remarked. “By offering cameras that can go beyond basic security, we are able to empower dealers to grow their business by providing their customers with a higher ROI for their security spend.”
INTERSCHUTZ isn’t like other shows. The international mega-event doesn’t open its gates for another year, but the pre-show preparations are already on the home straight, with exhibition space bookings currently running at a massive 92 percent of 2015 levels. The show will feature numerous conferences, forums and contests, and the participating companies and first-responder organisations are making increasingly detailed plans about what they will be showing and offering visitors. Amid all of the excitement and anticipation, the advice to exhibitors and visitors alike is this: it pays – literally – to plan early. First-responder organisations There’s a palpable air of excitement around INTERSCHUTZ, and it’s building by the minute" “There’s a palpable air of excitement around INTERSCHUTZ, and it’s building by the minute,” said Martin Folkerts, Global Director INTERSCHUTZ at Deutsche Messe. “It is a real thrill to be organising an event that is so important to an entire industry and which means so much, both at a business and an emotional level. Everyone’s really putting their heart and soul into INTERSCHUTZ.” Which is all the more reason for participants to start planning early. “People really should be making their hotel and bed & breakfast bookings now,” Folkerts said. “Other options may involve leveraging contacts with fire departments and other first-responder organisations in the Hannover region or using our mobile home park.” Located in Laatzen, right next-door to the exhibition venue, the park has 400 berths for trailers and motor homes that are available to be booked right now. Admission tickets for INTERSCHUTZ will be available from November on – just in time for the Christmas shopping season. Non-commercial exhibitors The main display categories at INTERSCHUTZ 2020 are fire fighting, fire prevention, rescue services, civil protection, communication & control center solutions, and protective equipment. For the very first time in the show’s history, there will be an overarching theme that will underlie and bring together all the various exhibitions and the supporting program. It’s ‘Teams, Tactics, Technology – Connected for Protection and Rescue’ and it is a call to action to discuss and embrace the opportunities and challenges of digital transformation and the connective power of dialogue and exchange among the participating actors from many different organisations. There have been a number of significant changes since the last show, in 2015. Apart from a more transparent site layout, these include a better mix of industrial companies and first-responder organisations, or, in INTERSCHUTZ parlance, commercial and non-commercial exhibitors. Key sector associations As well as the exhibition stands, INTERSCHUTZ 2020 will feature a richly varied program of events On this score, the organisers and INTERSCHUTZ partner the German Fire Protection Association (GFPA) are well advanced in their negotiations with key sector associations and first-responder organisations. As a result, more than 70 non-commercial exhibitors have already been confirmed and assigned exhibition spaces in the halls – spaces in signposted theme areas that accurately reflect their services and sectors. This means visitors will be able to head to the theme areas of interest to them and find all the relevant providers conveniently grouped at the one location. As well as the exhibition stands, INTERSCHUTZ 2020 will feature a richly varied program of events. The big highlights here include the 29th German Firefighting Convention, which will be staged in tandem with INTERSCHUTZ in downtown Hannover and at the Hannover Exhibition Center. Fire service personnel The German Fire Services Association (DFV), also an INTERSCHUTZ partner, will be running a whole range of events on the sidelines of the convention. The convention will be opened at a reception hosted by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is also expected to put in an appearance at the event. ‘Sicherheit.Leben’ (Safety.Life) is the motto of an international conference which will cover key future challenges, such as climate change, facing the fire services. There will also be a concert for fire service personnel at the exhibition center There will also be a concert for fire service personnel at the exhibition center. Members of the public will be able see first-hand the enormous diversity of the fire services at a multi-day street showcase in downtown Hannover. In keeping with the keynote theme for next year’s INTERSCHUTZ, the group pavilion organised by the German Fire Services Association and its various partners at INTERSCHUTZ will put the spotlight on collaboration and integration across national borders. Outdoor demonstration site The 29th German Firefighting Convention is being organised in collaboration with the State of Lower Saxony, the Lower Saxony Firefighters Association, the City of Hannover and the Hannover Fire Department. There will also be excitement and adrenalin aplenty, thanks to the action-packed program on the outdoor demonstration site, the smokejumping demonstration, the height rescue contest, and events like the Holmatro Extrication Challenge. Rounding off the INTERSCHUTZ offering will be numerous events featuring high-calibre speakers, such as the Hannover Emergency Care Symposium run by St. John Ambulance, the Civil Protection Symposium and the International Summit for Rescue and Emergency Services. Three days of next year’s show will be devoted to particular countries: on Tuesday the spotlight will be on France, on Wednesday Italy will be in the limelight, and on Thursday the USA will take centre stage.
HID Global, a provider of trusted identity solutions, will showcase its latest physical access control and secure identity solutions at IFSEC London in Hall 7, stand IF 2130, June 18-20. For the first time in the UK, HID Global will present its recently launched biometric fingerprint reader for secure access control, and a new, game-changing augmented reality tool. The company will also highlight new integrations using HID’s cloud-based card issuance for streamlined enterprise deployments and its award-winning mobile access control solution. Trusted identity solutions HID Global will present its extensive portfolio of trusted identity solutions and provide visitors hands-on demonstrations in Hall 7, stand IF 2130. Solution demonstrations include: HID SAFE allows identity information to be captured from physical access control systemsBiometrics at the door using HID’s new iCLASS SE RB25F fingerprint reader, which merges credential excellence with HID’s globally-patented multispectral imaging technology to fuel broad adoption of biometrics at the door. The high-performance reader provides an unrivalled experience by dramatically increasing image capture performance and fingerprint matching in under a second, significantly reducing delays that were previously symptomatic of biometric solutions. New Augmented Reality technology that innovates how integrators, installers and consultants deploy and use HID’s access control product. The game-changing HID AR Reader Tool optimises and expedites installation, while simplifying onsite upgrades and support with a powerful combination of 3D data and guided animations in real-world environments. HID Reader Manager, a tool that streamlines management of iCLASS SE and multiCLASS SE readers. It consists of two new elements: an app (available on both iOS and Android) for configuration, inspection and firmware updates of readers equipped with a Bluetooth and OSDP module, and an administration portal to grant key authorisation. HID Mobile Access for accessing doors, gates and more using a smartphone, tablet or wearable, and HID Location Services for accurate, real-time location awareness and occupancy data to optimise safety, meet compliance and reduce facility costs. HID’s latest card personalisation solutions, including the HID FARGO HDP6600 High Definition Printer/Encoder designed to save customers time, money and energy by cutting in half the time it takes to print the first ID card, while doubling overall throughput as compared to many alternatives. A powerful combo: HID FARGO Connect + HID SAFE: HID SAFE, Enterprise, a centralised platform for identity management, combined with the revolutionary cloud-based card issuance solution HID FARGO Connect, takes seamless on-boarding and credential issuance to a new level. HID SAFE allows identity information to be captured from physical access control systems, active directory, HR, and other external systems so that it can be pre-loaded prior to printing a credential. On 19th June, Spencer Marshall, Director of Sales Northern Europe, will participate in a panel discussion on ‘A security culture for your organisation’ in the keynote arena at 11:00.
The healthcare sector is a crucial part of a functioning society as it provides life-saving care and reassurance to the population. A key part of ensuring the professionals in this industry have the best work environment is the ongoing security of the facilities. Overcoming environmental challenges Hospitals are challenging environments for security integrators. There is little room for mistakes because staff, patients and assets cannot be compromised. Medical centres and their facilities can be vast complexes and security teams must be confident in their ability to identify and nullify threats as soon as possible. Chubb provided Queensland Children’s Hospital's security team with a simple and easy-to-use tool Chubb Fire & Security offers a range of intelligent video and access control systems to solve these challenges. The Queensland Children’s Hospital in Australia, formerly named Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, is the major specialist children’s hospital for families living in Queensland and Northern New South Wales. The facility not only provides care to the local families but also the state’s sickest and most critically injured children who need highly specialised care. This state-of-the-art hospital, coupled with a leading academic and research facility and the high calibre staff, provides a platform to continue to develop as a leader in paediatric health care, education and research. Comprehensive security solution Chubb developed a solution for Queensland Children’s Hospital that included access control, video management, communications and asset tracking. By creating a common infrastructure for all security systems managed through a comprehensive user interface, Chubb provided the hospital’s security team with a simple and easy-to-use tool that enables them to resolve situations as they happen and action events automatically on command. Chubb also developed a 3D model of the building that allows the security team to respond quickly to a wide variety of events. The protection of patients and staff is naturally a hospital's number one priority Also crucial to the implementation of security systems in a hospital is minimal disruption to its everyday operations. Professionals in hospitals are working 24/7 so there is little time when it comes to disabling security systems for maintenance or repairs. Continued maintenance and upgrades are vital elements to Chubb’s work and key to this is a great deal of collaboration with clinical and operational stakeholders. Securing mission-critical environment Hospital facilities are not always state-of-the-art and often face the slow upgrade process that a limited budget imparts. However, through the audit and update of security systems, steps can be taken to ensure continued operations without external disruption. The protection of patients and staff is naturally a hospital's number one priority and Chubb shares the same commitment to making sure the environment is safe and secure. Carrying out a technically demanding project in a large, mission-critical environment like a hospital takes strong teamwork, including expert strategic partners, and collaboration between stakeholders.
In 2017, IoT-based cyberattacks increased by 600%. As the industry moves towards the mass adoption of interconnected physical security devices, end users have found a plethora of advantages, broadening the scope of traditional video surveillance solutions beyond simple safety measures. Thanks in part to these recent advancements, our physical solutions are at a higher risk than ever before. With today’s ever evolving digital landscape and the increasing complexity of physical and cyber-attacks, it’s imperative to take specific precautions to combat these threats. Video surveillance systems Cybersecurity is not usually the first concern to come to mind When you think of a video surveillance system, cybersecurity is not usually the first concern to come to mind, since digital threats are usually thought of as separate from physical security. Unfortunately, these two are becoming increasingly intertwined as intruders continue to use inventive methods in order to access an organisation's assets. Hacks and data breaches are among the top cyber concerns, but many overlook the fact that weak cybersecurity practices can lead to physical danger as well. Organisations that deploy video surveillance devices paired with advanced analytics programs often leave themselves vulnerable to a breach without even realising it. While they may be intelligent, IoT devices are soft targets that cybercriminals and hackers can easily exploit, crippling a physical security system from the inside out. Physical security manufacturers Whether looking to simply gain access to internal data, or paralyse a system prior to a physical attack, allowing hackers easy access to surveillance systems can only end poorly. In order to stay competitive, manufacturers within the security industry are trading in their traditional analogue technology and moving towards interconnected devices. Due to this, security can no longer be solely focused on the physical elements and end users have taken note. The first step towards more secured solutions starts with physical security manufacturers choosing to make cybersecurity a priority for all products, from endpoint to edge and beyond. Gone are the days of end users underestimating the importance of reliability within their solutions. Manufacturers that choose to invest time and research into the development of cyber-hardening will be ahead of the curve and an asset to all. Wireless communication systems Integrators also become complicit in any issues that may arise in the future Aside from simply making the commitment to improve cyber hygiene, there are solid steps that manufacturers can take. One simple action is incorporating tools and features into devices that allow end users to more easily configure their cyber protection settings. Similarly, working with a third party to perform penetration testing on products can help to ensure the backend security of IoT devices. This gives customers peace of mind and manufacturers a competitive edge. While deficient cybersecurity standards can reflect poorly on manufacturers by installing vulnerable devices on a network, integrators also become complicit in any issues that may arise in the future. Just last year, ADT was forced to settle a $16 million class action lawsuit when the company installed an unencrypted wireless communication system that rendered an organisation open to hacks. Cybersecurity services In addition, we’ve all heard of the bans, taxes and tariffs the U.S. government has recently put on certain manufacturers, depending on their country of origin and cybersecurity practices. Lawsuits aside, employing proper cybersecurity standards can give integrators a competitive advantage. With the proliferation of hacks, malware, and ransomware, integrators that can ease their client's cyber-woes are already a step ahead. By choosing to work with cybersecurity-focused manufacturers who provide clients with vulnerability testing and educate end users on best practices, integrators can not only thrive but find new sources of RMR. Education, collaboration and participation are three pillars when tackling cybersecurity from all angles. For dealers and integrators who have yet to add cybersecurity services to their business portfolios, scouting out a strategic IT partner could be the answer. Unlocking countless opportunities Becoming educated on the topic of cybersecurity and its importance for an organisation is the first step Physical security integrators who feel uncomfortable diving headfirst into the digital realm may find that strategically aligning themselves with an IT or cyber firm will unlock countless opportunities. By opening the door to a partnership with an IT-focused firm, integrators receive the benefit of cybersecurity insight on future projects and a new source of RMR through continued consulting with current customers. In exchange, the IT firm gains a new source of clients in an industry otherwise untapped. This is a win for all those involved. While manufacturers, dealers and integrators play a large part in the cybersecurity of physical systems, end users also play a crucial role. Becoming educated on the topic of cybersecurity and its importance for an organisation is the first step. Commonplace cybersecurity standards Below is a list of commonplace cybersecurity standards that all organisations should work to implement for the protection of their own video surveillance solutions: Always keep camera firmware up to date for the latest cyber protections. Change default passwords, especially those of admins, to keep the system locked to outside users. Create different user groups with separate rights to ensure all users have only the permissions they need. Set an encryption key for surveillance recordings to safeguard footage against intruders and prevent hackers from accessing a system through a backdoor. Enable notifications, whether for error codes or storage failures, to keep up to date with all systems happenings. Create/configure an OpenVPN connection for secured remote access. Check the web server log on a regular basis to see who is accessing the system. Ensure that web crawling is forbidden to prevent images or data found on your device from being made searchable. Avoid exposing devices to the internet unless strictly necessary to reduce the risk of attacks.
There’s no question that the popularity of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) security and home automation products is on the rise. The reasons for the growth in DIY sales are numerous, including increased awareness of home automation products, fast set-up, limited (if any) installation costs, and interoperability with other smart security products. In fact, with the parallel rise of smart home hubs like Alexa and Google Home, many people are opting to attempt the set-up of smart home devices without any professional assistance. According to a 2018 Residential Security Market Report prepared by Parks Associates and Security Sales & Integration magazine, “More than 60% of installing dealers now report that DIY systems are biting into demand for their services.” But the rise in DIY is not entirely bad news for security and home automation installers and dealers. There are a number of ways to view this glass as half-full. Let’s look at a few of them. Increase in revenue for dealers With their lower cost and perceived ease of installation, DIY products have broken down barriers for additional purchaseThere are reasons for dealers and installers to be cheerful about the rise of DIY. For one thing, according to that same Residential Security Market Report from Parks Associates, residential security dealers are doing quite well. The report states, “In 2017, revenues were up an average 7.72% for security dealers.” What about installations? The report goes on to say, “For 2017, the average number of installs per dealer was 22 per month, compared to 17 per month in 2016.” So, revenues are up for security dealers, and at least part of the reason can be attributed to the fact that DIY products can raise overall awareness of and spur interest in other home automation and security products. With their lower cost and perceived ease of installation, DIY products have actually broken down barriers for the additional purchase, and installation, of complete, professionally installed systems. Wireless, connected smart locks For example, the sale of wireless, connected smart locks (viewed by some consumers as DIY) can lead to opportunities for further home automation product sales and professional installations. Connected smart locks can actually act as an extension of a smart hub or controller. They can be used to wirelessly communicate with and control all the devices that make up a home automation system, including lighting, entertainment, thermostats, air, alarms, shades and more. With their lower cost and perceived ease of installation, DIY products have actually broken down barriers for new security installations And they can do all this from a prime, convenient location – the front door, as well as other points of entry like the side or back doors. Plus, smart lock conversion kits like Kwikset Convert let homeowners easily bring home automation capabilities to their door without altering the aesthetics of the entry. Connected smart locks can allow homeowners to set up their home with custom scenarios, right before they step inside. For example, residents can program their lock so that every time they unlock the door, a foyer light goes on, temperatures begin to rise to a set level – even connected coffee makers can begin to make a cup. Portfolio of home automation products One of the best ways to mitigate the ‘threat’ of DIY sales is for dealers and installers to become more versatileSmart locks are just one example of the potential of DIY products to spark a homeowner’s interest in a wide range of other home automation devices, many of which would benefit from professional installation. One of the best ways to mitigate the ‘threat’ of DIY sales is for dealers and installers to become more versatile and offer a complete portfolio of home automation products. The larger the home automation offering, the more devices there are to sell and install, the larger the installation required, the greater the need for professional installation. Many homeowners who feel like they have a certain level of handiness will start by trying to do it themselves with a DIY product. But things don’t always go as planned, especially if they are attempting to set up a robust home automation system. First off, just because a product is DIY doesn’t mean that the old products that are being replaced are going to easily make way for the new. A DIY thermostat or smart lock might require that the old equipment (and possibly wires) get tugged out of the wall. Messy holes might need to be filled. Advantages of professional installation Even after the old system has been removed, homeowners planning on setting up a connected system may soon realise they don’t have the electrical skills or technological know-how to install and connect all devices, get a system programmed correctly, and get everything up and running smoothly. Professional installers have learned from experience; there’s very little that they haven’t seen before. With their years of experience, installers know the best way to automate a home and how to create a custom smart home experience Do-it-yourselfers might be able to solve problems by searching the internet and finding videos. But, then again, they might not. After going the DIY route once, many full-home automation system enthusiasts are beginning to realise that the best way to get things done right the first time is to leave the installation and set-up to a professional. Professional installers can and should bring an extra level of experience and guidance to the process. Their services should go beyond tech installation and also include interface design. With their years of experience, installers know the best way to automate a home – how to create a custom smart home experience that doesn’t make the user feel less than smart. Selling additional home automation products If a problem arises due to installation error, the DIYer does not have any recourse to correct these mistakesResidential security dealers who offer professional installation should be willing to embrace the DIYer who has attempted to do a self-install but has not been able to complete the process successfully. With an open mind to this scenario, they can save the day for the DIYer, as well as create an opportunity to sell additional home automation equipment that the DIYer may not have known to be available. The disparity between DIY and professional installation also brings to light the fact that there are no ‘satisfaction guarantees’ and no ‘installation/labour warranty’ available when a home automation system is installed by a DIYer. If a problem arises with either the equipment connectivity due to installation error, or if a piece of equipment is installed incorrectly, the DIYer does not have any recourse to correct these mistakes. This may not be as critical if a DIYer installs a minor piece of equipment, but with something as critical as securing and protecting their home with a home automation and security system, most people want full peace of mind that everything has been installed correctly. Reduces connection instability According to a 2017 study by the analyst firm, IHS Markit, “The quality of the equipment is usually higher in professionally installed systems, and professional configuration and setup greatly reduces the potential for connection instability…” This is an issue that DIYers may come to realise over time. On the other hand, one issue DIYers may recognise right away, especially if they are attempting to connect multiple devices, is that the connectivity may be inconsistent. Professionally installed devices operating on a wireless protocol might deliver better, consistent, longer-range connectivity IHS Markit explains that, “DIY systems rely on open protocols and Wi-Fi connectivity that can sometimes be unreliable, creating connection issues. Some of the sensors can become unrecognisable to the system, requiring intervention from the user. In contrast, professional wireless systems rely on UL- or EN-certified equipment to operate on the basis of proprietary frequency, enabling them to work with the control panel much more seamlessly.” In other words, professionally installed devices operating on a wireless protocol, even an open-source protocol like Z-Wave, might deliver better, consistent, longer-range connectivity, and fewer headaches. Not everyone is a DIY customer There are customers who want someone to install the devices correctly and help them learn how to use and maintain themThere’s no doubt that there’s a segment of the security and home automation market that loves to spend their free time doing their own home improvement. They are watching videos, reading how-to books and manuals, and enjoying every minute. There’s also a segment of the market whose top goal is to save money up front. For these customers, there’s no getting around the joy of saving money with the lower cost of many DIY products. But there are also a great number of prospective customers out there for whom DIY is of absolutely no interest. These consumers do not want to be their own IT department. They want expert help: they want someone to install the devices correctly and help them learn how to use and maintain them. The IHS Markit study points out what many home automation dealers already know: that the elder and aging-in-place markets are an ideal destination for the security and convenience of home automation products. The study says, “Many senior citizens are not tech savvy enough to install a DIY system by themselves, so they tend to rely on professionally installed systems that are usually maintained by a family member.” Along with the senior citizens market, there are many other market segments out there that still desire worry-free professional installation. Installers should offer a range of products that includes some DIY products, and some leave-it-to-a-pro products Producing complete and custom solutions Perhaps the best way for dealers and installers to stave off that feeling of doom that they might have about DIY is to tackle the problem head on and be creative. Offer a range of products that includes some DIY products, and some leave-it-to-a-pro products – consider the DIY product a great entry point for a more comprehensive system. Play up the peace of mind that comes with professional installations and support that pitch with flexible monitoring contracts and service plans. Share what you do and why; relay your passion for producing complete and custom solutions and communicate how you add value to any and every sale. No one, not even the most tech-savvy consumer, wants to install their own products if the end result is that the product doesn’t work the way it should. That’s where the pros can, should and will always come into play.
Attendees strolling the exhibit hall at IFSEC International, 18-20 June, 2019, at ExCel London, will be hearing a lot about artificial intelligence, convergence and GDPR. These industry hot topics are representative of major trends in the industry, from new technologies to new ways of designing systems to new privacy requirements. The education sessions at IFSEC International will also address these timely subjects – and provide a welcome chance to sit down and consider the ‘bigger picture.’ Here are some sessions to consider: Artificial Intelligence The session will examine the ‘connectionism’ aspect of AI with reference to machine learning and neural networks A session on artificial intelligence asks: ‘Will AI change the face of the Electronic Security Industry?’ The session will examine the ‘connectionism’ aspect of AI with reference to machine learning and neural networks. Connectionism, or neuronlike computing, developed out of our understanding of how the human brain works at the neural level. Each neuron in the brain is akin to a simple digital processor, and the brain as a whole is like a computing machine. Has the time come for artificial intelligence and machine learning for security? That’s the focus of another session that will explore where AI is headed and if it can help move security practice from prevention to real-time threat detection. Is AI a technology looking for a problem to solve? Is it mature enough for mainstream usage in security scenarios? Does AI present a ‘double-edged risk’ (i.e., because enterprises and attackers have access to the same tools)? Convergence A combined security approach – unifying physical security and cybersecurity – is a real and immediate need in today’s high-risk and high-threat environment. By leveraging disparate sources of data, organisations can effectively manage a situation in real-time without having to go to multiple individual subsystems to get the job done. A panel session at IFSEC will discuss the concept, reality, and evolution of both physical and cybersecurity teams collaborating in the same Security Operations Centre. Here are some other sessions related to convergence of physical and cybersecurity: How converged security centres respond in real-time to physical and online threats How converged technologies ease prevention and response to unauthorised physical/logical access to corporate facilities and networks How chief security officers can benefit from data analytics and converged platforms to understand the complex physical and cyber risks posed to transport systems. GDPR Whilst the regulations provide a more comprehensive basis in law for the management of personal data The introduction in 2018 of the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018 have elevated compliance requirements for video surveillance systems. That’s the subject of the session ‘GDPR – Video Surveillance: Balancing Privacy and Security.’ Whilst the regulations provide a more comprehensive basis in law for the management of personal data, they are part of a wider legal consideration for security technologies. Transparency, accountability and impacts on privacy must be actively integrated into security systems from the outset to retain the trust of those they affect. The work of the Information Commissioner (ICO) and the Surveillance Camera Commissioner (SCC) with their respective Codes of Practice provide a bedrock for effective governance. The 2018 Biometrics Strategy for the Home Office and their partners addresses the need for clear and transparent arrangements to ensure risks to privacy are weigh alongside the benefits. The session will examine these complexities and look at what owners and operators of security systems must consider when striving to balance privacy and security.
The focus of the global security industry will shift to London this month for IFSEC International, Europe’s ‘integrated’ security event focusing on the latest technologies and the opportunity to learn from the industry’s top leaders and experts. IFSEC will be held from 18-20 June, 2019, at ExCel London, welcoming 27,000 security directors and managers, installers, integrators and distributors. The exhibition at IFSEC may not be as large as previous years, and several big players are conspicuously absent. Even so, there will be plenty of innovation on display, including big exhibitors such as Avigilon, Axis, Dahua, dormakaba, FLIR, Genetec, Hanwha Techwin, HID Global, Hikvision, IDIS, and Uniview. Exhibitions will likely reflect a continuing shift in emphasis away from individual products and toward integrated solutions, including some end-to-end solutions provided by single manufacturers. Also, likely to be abundantly evident at IFSEC will be a trend toward manufacturers who partner together to provide integrated solutions. For example, look for some manufacturers to host other manufacturers at kiosks within their stands. Texecom will explain the value of training and digital services and their impact on the future of the industryValue of security training Emphasis will continue to be on the practical aspects of using technology: Throughout the show floor, designated technicians wearing ‘Show Me How’ badges will provide demonstrations of products and solutions on display at the various stands. Texecom will explain the value of training and digital services and their impact on the future of the industry. The Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) Attack Testing Zone features LPCB’s security experts conducting live attack tests on a range of perimeter and façade security products, as well as safes, security enclosures and padlocks. More than 35 hours of seminar sessions will cover timely topics such as ‘Future Proof your CCTV Networks’, ‘Social Media and Internet Security’ and ‘AI and Machine Learning for Security’. Security topics at the Keynote Arena This year, topics will include video analytics, AI, machine learning, GDPR, Brexit and security in smart citiesThe new programme will replicate last year’s successful changes. The Keynote Arena will again be placed at the heart of IFSEC, sponsored by Western Digital. The Keynote Arena will host influential speakers and real-life case studies to inspire attendees. Topical issues will take front and centre, from cybersecurity to ethical and legal challenges to extremism. This year, topics will also include video analytics, AI, machine learning, GDPR, Brexit and security in smart cities. The Future of Security Theatre will present CPD-accredited sessions and presentations that share a vision of the industry’s future and answer burning questions about critical topics, technologies and issues. Education partner Tavcom will present the programme of education dedicated to the ideas, products and innovations driving the industry’s development. The Converged Security Theatre will highlight new approaches that combine cyber and physical defences to tackle dangerous security threats. Included will be real-time technical solutions enhanced by artificial intelligence, powered by Vidsys and partners. Participation by government organisations The Government Pavilion will feature representatives from government bodies such as JSaRC, DIT, and DSOFor the third consecutive year, The Government Pavilion will feature representatives from government bodies such as JSaRC (Home Office & Counter Terror Unit), the Department of International Trade (DIT), and the Defence & Security Organization (DSO). New this year will be participation by the British Transport Police. IFSEC 2019 will again present a snapshot of how manufacturers from across video, access control and intrusion detection are continuing to innovate and collaborate to stay competitive in the challenging market. Innovations first unveiled in the spring at the ISC West 2019 show in the United States will be promoted anew for the European and global markets. IFSEC will be co-locating with FIREX International, a dedicated fire safety event that attracts 18,000 fire prevention and protection professionals; the FACILITIES Show highlighting building management and workplace technologies; and the Safety & Health Expo, dedicated to innovative health and safety products. IFSEC attendees can access the Smart Buildings Expo, the Workplace Wellbeing Show, and the Sprinkler & Suppression Presentation Area within the co-located events.
Facial recognition has seen huge breakthroughs since the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) first began testing in 2010. Accuracy has seen massive gains, especially from 2013-2018. In the 2018 test, the most accurate algorithm was 20 times more accurate than the 2013 equivalent. Essentially, 95 percent of the matches that failed in 2013 now yield correct results. Compare that to 2010-2013, when the most accurate algorithm reduced its error rate by 30 percent. This reduction in error rates since 2013 is due to wholesale replacement of the old algorithms with new ones based on deep convolutional neural networks — completely revolutionising the technology. Optimal recognition results SAFR says it delivers optimal recognition results with 99.86 percent accuracy in under 100 milliseconds One entrant in the newly energised market is RealNetworks, whose SAFR for Security is an AI-based facial recognition solution for live video that integrates video management system (VMS) solutions. With 24/7 monitoring, SAFR detects and matches millions of faces accurately in real time, enabling teams to manage a watchlist across any number of video feeds. SAFR says it delivers optimal recognition results with 99.86 percent accuracy in under 100 milliseconds, even in real-world conditions where faces are in motion, at different angles, under poor lighting, or partially obscured. SAFR builds on RealNetworks’ 23-year history in video technologies. Launched in July 2018, SAFR — secure, accurate facial recognition — is enabling new applications for security, convenience, and analytics. Create security responses “We seek to be the world’s most trusted facial recognition platform and are delighted to partner with customers in the security industry and elsewhere to shape a more secure, convenient future worldwide,” says Dan Grimm, Vice President of Computer Vision and General Manager of SAFR at RealNetworks. “Security professionals are asked to keep us safe 24/7, monitoring a burgeoning number of cameras, and we help make them more effective.” SAFR targets facial recognition for live video, identifying camera-unaware faces moving in real-world conditions. In the April 2019 NIST results, SAFR tested as the fastest and most compact solution among algorithms with less than 0.022 False Non-Match Rate — 62 percent faster than the average speed, according to the company. SAFR now provides capabilities such as live video overlays alerting security professionals to events in real time, automatic bookmarks with rich metadata for investigative work, and alerts that can be customised to create security responses. SAFR uses one-sixth the compute power of competing facial recognition solutions Facial recognition algorithms Five years ago, facial recognition algorithms would struggle to match forward-facing people from still images, let alone camera-unaware moving faces from live video with variations in rotation and tilt. SAFR says they have achieved a balance of accuracy and performance for live video. A contributor to this accuracy is consistency across a range of skin tones. The algorithm was trained on a highly diverse global set of over 10 million non-simulated real-world faces. SAFR was optimised for speed and can sample a face multiple times during the same period of time as other algorithms, subsequently increasing its accuracy. SAFR achieves the performance through edge processing. Distributed architecture enables efficient bandwidth consumption, reducing the roundtrip latency of facial recognition speed to under 100 milliseconds. The savings lower total cost of ownership (TCO): SAFR uses one-sixth the compute power of competing facial recognition solutions, equating to $500,000 or so in savings on a 250-camera deployment. Integrated experience SAFR also uses off-the-shelf hardware and is optimised to leverage inexpensive GPUs SAFR also uses off-the-shelf hardware and is optimised to leverage inexpensive GPUs. SAFR can be deployed on premises or in the cloud, and supports Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android. When SAFR is paired with a VMS, such as Milestone XProtect or Genetec Security Center, the integrated experience includes 24/7 monitoring to detect and match faces in real-time. Features include live video overlays within the VMS to identify strangers, threats, concerns, unrecognised persons, VIPs, employees, or other tagged individuals in live video. Real-time alerts can be customised for when persons of interest appear on a video camera feed. Additionally, automatic bookmarks with rich metadata make for easier investigative review of security footage. Facial recognition technology is increasingly in demand to improve safety across various industry verticals. Better customer experience Large enterprises with high-visitor flows and heightened security — such as transportation hubs, stadiums, universities, and hospitals — need to know in real time when persons of interest or those on watchlists appear on camera. Sports stadiums could apply facial recognition to deny entry to banned patrons, locate lost children, or recognise VIPs to deliver a better customer experience. Hospitals need access control to restricted areas and pharmaceutical storage closets Hospitals need access control to restricted areas and pharmaceutical storage closets. Airports and transit centres value traffic flows, demographic composition, and dwell times to help improve scheduling. SAFR for Security is available worldwide, and the company partners with VMS providers such as Milestone, Genetec, Digifort, and IPConfigure by Paliton Networks. They are actively working to support additional VMS solutions and have sales teams located in major metropolitan cities around the world. Security professionals “The job of the security professional is critical in today’s world,” says Grimm. “SAFR for Security helps mitigate the challenges of the important work security professionals do to keep us all safe.” In designing and developing SAFR, RealNetworks considered diversity and the uniqueness of each person; Grimm says their massive global training data set is a competitive advantage. SAFR is designed with privacy in mind. All facial images and signatures are AES-256 encrypted in transit or at rest. “SAFR is powerful enterprise-grade software that is continuously improving through innovation and many years of expertise,” says Grimm.
Wellington is the southernmost capital city in the world and is the centre of New Zealand government. With the second highest population in the country, Wellington is a large coastal city with a diverse range of facilities and attractions. A large portion of those facilities and attractions are the responsibility of the Wellington City Council (WCC) – a local body government organisation employing around 1,800 staff. As with all councils that manage a large number of facilities on behalf of their city, the WCC has a broad range of security needs and an accountability to the rate-paying citizens of Wellington. Since 2001, WCC has met those security needs with Gallagher’s integrated security solutions. Central management platform WCC developed a five year plan to migrate all 150 sites on to the Gallagher system With 1,800 employees and 150 sites located across Wellington, the council has a large number of people and assets to secure. With sites including libraries, swimming pool complexes, community and recreation centres, housing blocks, a city zoo, event facilities, and a multi-story central office building, the security requirements vary considerably. “We’re responsible for securing and monitoring all 150 sites around the clock” said Chetan Prasad, Security Manager for Wellington City Council. “It’s imperative we have a reliable system that provides us with a complete view of activity at all sites”. In order to deliver this, WCC uses Gallagher’s Command Centre central management platform to manage security across numerous sites. Utilising a single security platform has been a long-term objective of the council. Initially operating six different systems, WCC developed a five year plan to migrate all 150 sites on to the Gallagher system. Chetan links the Council’s growth with their need to become smarter about how security is managed. Primary security solution “Gallagher’s system has enabled us to standardise our infrastructure and bring all elements including alarm management, fire systems, vehicle bollards, video surveillance, facility and carpark access, reporting, visitor management, and more, on to one platform. That was a key factor in why we chose Gallagher initially, and why we will continue with them as our primary security solution.” Visibility is critical when you have 150 independent sites to secure. An integration between Command Centre and over 400 cameras located throughout the WCC’s facilities provides live video footage to the security team. “Our camera integration with Command Centre means that in addition to being able to continuously observe critical areas, any site alarm that is triggered will immediately bring up a live video feed for the security staff in our control room. This visibility is invaluable for us in activating appropriate responses and, in the event of a crime, being able to provide crucial evidence to police” said Prasad. Electronic access control WCC is utilising Gallagher security technology to ensure staff are protected In addition to securing facilities and assets, WCC secures and protects staff working at each of its sites. From initiatives like integrating building elevators with access control to prohibit unauthorised entry, to the integration of panic buttons at each site, WCC is utilising Gallagher security technology to ensure staff are protected and that in the event of an incident, a rapid security response is initiated. According to Prasad, the Gallagher system is delivering cost savings to the Council in several key areas. The first area relates to the shift from traditional key systems to smart card technology. “With such a large staff base and so many sites, we inevitably faced challenges with traditional keys being lost or not returned by staff or contractors” said Prasad. Rekeying a site cost the Council approximately $4,000 each time – an expense that has now been eliminated by the replacement of traditional lock and key systems with electronic access control. Visitor management solution “Now if a card is lost or not returned, we simply deactivate it in our system. Not only is it a solution that saves us money” said Prasad, “it is also a solution that can be applied instantly.” Similarly, the ability for security personnel to assess a site and reprogram an alarm remotely, also saves the council considerable costs associated with dispatching guards to site. The second area where cost savings are apparent relates to intelligent automation. An integration with WCC’s HR system means that as staff leave employment, their cardholder profiles are automatically disabled in the system. The use of Gallagher’s Visitor Management solution, means that appropriate staff are automatically notified if a guest or contractor fails to sign out or return a key. These two automations alone, save the WCC security team approximately 4-5 days of cardholder administration each year. Software maintenance contract WCC elected to take a 10 year Software Maintenance agreement with Gallagher In 2014, following 13 years as a Gallagher customer, WCC elected to take a 10 year Software Maintenance agreement with Gallagher. The Software Maintenance contract ensures the Council have access to the latest developments as soon as they are released, keeping WCC at the forefront of security technology. “Software Maintenance makes good business sense” says Prasad. “It gives us access to a comprehensive range of licensable features and benefits, and ensures our upgrade costs are effectively distributed.” Prasad describes the Council’s confidence in Gallagher as another significant factor in the 10 year agreement. “We have found Gallagher’s security solution to be a reliable and versatile, highly secure, modern system. It has supported our significant growth to date, and we are committed to using Gallagher systems for the Wellington City Council’s future.”
Comelit has ensured future residents at Kebbell Homes’ new luxury Aubury Place development can experience smart door entry with the installation of its latest Mini Handsfree monitors. Set in Chiswick, London, Aubury Place is a new gated community of nine four, five and six bedroom homes. Every element of the design is focussed on creating an exceptional first impression, right from the bespoke touch screen entrance panel. Comelit’s Specification team, together with chosen installers Wheeler Electrical, was involved with Kebbell from the initial design process, through the works programme to project completion. Door entry requests Kebbell was instantly impressed with the capability of newly launched Mini Handsfree Wi-Fi Monitors Whilst originally, Comelit’s stylish Icona monitors were considered, Kebbell was instantly impressed with the capability of newly launched Mini Handsfree Wi-Fi Monitors. The new Comelit system would enable new residents to respond to door entry requests from any compatible mobile and benefit from video memory, to record missed calls. Says Andrea Fawell Sales and Marketing Director at Kebbell Homes: “The aim with Aubury Place, as with all our developments, was to offer families spacious home options in prime locations. The ideals of luxury, convenience, comfort and understated elegance were all of paramount importance, and seeing everything from our resident’s point of view, to ensure our homes allow natural flows in tune with daily living.” Mobile connected lifestyle “Every small detail has been carefully considered and this is where Comelit latest options for door entry fitted our requirements. It means our residents can benefit from the latest technology, seamlessly installed, enabling them to instantly respond to door entry requests, with video, from wherever they are. And we can achieve this without compromising on the style, look and feel of this beautiful collection of homes.” Kebbell Homes is well-known for meticulously planning and creating homes of exceptional quality" Ed Wheeler, Director from Wheeler Electrical added: “Kebbell Homes is well-known for meticulously planning and creating homes of exceptional quality. When it came to door entry at Aubury Place, Comelit was the specification of choice and the new Mini Handsfree Monitors exceeded expectation, even over an initially approved specification. It has proven itself more cost effective and a better fit for today’s increasingly mobile connected lifestyle choice.” Powerful security solution Each home at Aubury Place has been fitted with a Mini Handsfree monitor complete with integrated WiFi, operating through Comelit’s innovative VIP system. At the striking gates to the development is Comelit’s premium stainless steel flush mounted 316 Touch entrance Panel, branded to Kebbell Homes. The system enables new residents to grant access through the vehicle gates or adjacent pedestrian gate using the 4.3” internal monitor or a dedicated mobile app. And up to fifteen smart devices can be connected to each and every property’s individual WiFi monitor. Daniel Wood, Southern Sales Manager at Comelit UK concluded: “Comelit worked closely with Kebbell Homes to ensure the door entry system installed, achieved the desired balance between timeless style and latest technology. The combined solution, completed using our very latest app enabled monitors, provides aspiring residents with a powerful security solution and the convenience of audio and visual communication, together with ease of use in everyday life.”
Located in the South East of England, Basingstoke and Deane is a local government district and borough in the county of Hampshire. With Basingstoke as its largest town, the area is known for family-friendly living and is home to over 175,000 people. Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council consists of 60 elected members who discuss local politics, municipal budgets and taxes at regular meetings. For full transparency with the members of their constituency, the council streams live video of all its meetings, including public votes, on their YouTube channel. Automatic camera control To ensure a high level of video production, the Borough Council decided to upgrade their conference system. After discussing their requirements with Andover-based system integrator VP Bastion, a fully IP-based DICENTIS Conference System from Bosch was installed. The system meets the council’s key priorities by offering the highest audio quality, full integration of live voting, built-in automatic camera control and direct streaming with speaker-name indication. Council members wanted the freedom to sit anywhere in the council chamber during council sessions Additionally, council members wanted the freedom to sit anywhere in the council chamber during council sessions – while still being automatically identifiable on camera – and the installation needed to accommodate for the limited desk space and cabling voids. The system includes 63 DICENTIS Discussion devices with touchscreens (to support the required voting and identification capabilities for council members), nine DICENTIS discussion-only devices for guest speakers, and automatic camera control software. High directive microphones All the discussion devices are mounted on raised brackets to maximise desk space and are equipped with high directive microphones to deliver crystal-clear audio. Council members have the freedom to sit at any seat in the meeting room, as the system automatically registers their presence at a specific location thanks to the NFC (Near Field Communication) card registration on the discussion devices. When a speaker activates its microphone, the system’s automatic camera control points the camera towards their location, zooming in and displaying their image on the big screen. Additional features were added to the installation thanks to DICENTIS’ compatibility with third-party software. Two companies – Arbor Media, European market leader in conference recording and streaming services, and MVI Engineering, expert in creating conference software solutions – worked together to create a webcasting and conference control software package that was integrated with the DICENTIS system. Integrated conference system The new DICENTIS system has supported a seamless and transparent democratic process This solution helped to fulfil all the Borough Council’s requirements, including report generation via live image feed and identification by name and party affiliation on the council’s YouTube channel. In addition to displaying the DICENTIS-enabled voting results on the council chamber’s big screen, it is now possible to share the voting results on the YouTube Live feed. Since the installation, the new DICENTIS system has supported a seamless and transparent democratic process at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. “Having a fully integrated conference system with audio-video feeds from meetings automatically streamed to the council’s YouTube channel was a must,” says Iain Steele, Director of VP Bastion. Behind the scenes, via the third-party MVI Engineering application, the system automatically upgrades to the latest software versions. These centralised updates save time and operating costs. With the potential to increase the system’s functionality and size in the upcoming years, the council has a future-proof and expandable conference solution from Bosch, which already supplies around 50 percent of councils in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
With a population of more than 40,000, the City of Linden, New Jersey is part of the New York Metropolitan Area. It is located 13 miles southwest of Manhattan and borders Staten Island. In an effort to improve public safety and reduce crime, the city decided to modernise its video surveillance system. The City of Linden (the City) had more than 150 outdated, analogue cameras deployed throughout its buildings and parks. These consisted of an assortment of off-brand devices that lacked sufficient resolution, speed, and frame rates. To provide the highest quality video, the City decided to invest in a new citywide IP camera system. Purpose of video surveillance system Moving to IP cameras would require the City to increase its bandwidth capacity and upgrade its network video recorders (NVRs) to a more efficient, reliable, and secure video storage solution. This video surveillance system would need to: Support megapixel camera quality Be deployed at the network’s edge in various City buildings Stream video back to City Hall yet not be a burden on costs or bandwidth Be secure, simple to deploy, and easily expandable Work with world-class IP cameras and video management systems The City’s Department of Public Safety, led by the Police Department, oversaw the project. They hired Eastern Datacomm, a highly recommended system integrator out of Hackensack, New Jersey, to manage the entire project, from the installation of fibre lines for Internet to deploying the IP cameras and video surveillance appliances. Extra layer of security for clients Razberi makes it simple to manage and secure video surveillance and network-connected device solutionsOne reason the City of Linden chose Eastern Datacomm is because it has standardised on Razberi Technologies video surveillance appliances and software for all installations, providing an extra layer of security for its clients. Razberi makes it simple to manage and secure video surveillance and network-connected device solutions. Razberi appliances are highly reliable and network-optimised for megapixel quality. With the ability to record at the network’s edge and centrally, the Razberi suite of appliances also provide the flexibility that the City requires. A one-click VLAN setup establishes a private, secure network for camera traffic. Razberi’s intelligent video solutions are rightsized for the application including data centre, edge/fog, and rugged applications along with the ability to add cybersecurity protections. The appliances are also open to work with world-class video management solutions (VMS) and IP cameras. Built-in Razberi Monitor health monitoring software ensures the video surveillance system – all the way to each camera – is operating 24x7 without video loss or disruption. Installation of 250 IP cameras A Razberi EndpointDefender appliance is integrated with each Core device to provide Power over Ethernet+ (PoE+)Today, the City of Linden has more than 250 Panasonic IP cameras deployed across 13 locations. The main site is City Hall, which includes the Police Department. Cameras are also installed in four fire houses, two youth centres, the library, and various points around the train station and parking lot. At City Hall, Eastern Datacomm installed four Razberi Core appliances. These robust, server-class appliances centrally record heavier video surveillance workloads. This enables the City to be in compliance with the State of New Jersey’s retention law, which mandates that municipal video recordings be kept for 90 days. In addition, a Razberi EndpointDefender appliance is integrated with each Core device to provide Power over Ethernet+ (PoE+). EndpointDefender includes the Razberi CameraDefense cybersecurity software solution, should the City need it in the future. This extends industry best practice cyber protections all the way to the camera or Internet of Things (IoT) endpoint. ServerSwitchIQ edge appliances The ServerSwitchIQ’s compact size and ease of deployment worked for the City’s remote outdoor security camera locationsIn the City’s other buildings, the integrator deployed 12 Razberi ServerSwitchIQ edge appliances. More than an NVR, these devices combine a PoE+ switch, server, storage, and intelligence. By recording video near the network’s edge closer to the cameras, the appliances enable City workers at each location to monitor and play back video when needed. There is no need to constantly stream video back to City Hall, which reduces the impact of megapixel cameras on the network. The ServerSwitchIQ’s compact size and ease of deployment also worked for the City’s remote outdoor security camera locations. Each is small enough to fit into telco rooms under lock and key while handling the amount of cameras required. The City did not have to deploy servers, cabinets, and other equipment traditionally used for video surveillance systems. Eastern Datacomm monitors the video surveillance system via the Razberi Monitor software, which provides automated, real-time collection of system component properties and status such as storage disks, CPU Temperature, RAID arrays, and network traffic. With 24x7 monitoring and alerts, especially if a camera fails or goes down, Eastern Datacomm can take corrective action immediately. Reducing crime and enhancing quality of life The system is enabling the Police department to fulfil our mission to reduce crime, improve the delivery of Police services"“Our upgraded video surveillance system with the IP cameras and Razberi appliances gives the City of Linden one of the most state-of-the-art video surveillance systems in the country,” said David Hart, Chief of Police, City of Linden Police Department. “The system is enabling the Police department to fulfil our mission to reduce crime, improve the delivery of Police services, and enhance the quality of life for Linden residents. We have already solved some criminal cases using the security system with its reliable, high-quality video footage.” The City of Linden anticipates adding more cameras over time. They are working on a five-year plan to put more cameras in their 39 parks and other buildings. Each Razberi appliance can accommodate up to 24 IP cameras, making the system easily expandable.
ProdataKey (PDK), an innovator of cloud-based networked and wireless access control products and services, announced that Corning High School, in Corning, Arkansas, has increased its security and greatly enhanced its lockdown capabilities by installing the pdk io wireless access control system. Pdk io is a wireless, cloud-based solution that provides advantages such as around-the-clock accessibility, remote management, superior backup and redundancy, automated updates, and strong cyber security. The installation was undertaken by Blue Sky Technologies (Blue Sky) of Jonesboro, Arkansas. Wireless PDK solution The system is proving to be a useful tool for monitoring student traffic patterns and identifying problem behaviours Corning High School comprises seven buildings connected by breezeways, designed in an open style common to campuses constructed in the 1960s. Integrator Blue Sky chose the wireless PDK solution because it was perfectly suited to the multi-building layout, with no need to run copper or fibre cable to all connected door locations. As a result, material and labour costs were greatly reduced – a major plus for the small and budget-conscious school district. The installation includes exterior doors for each of the classroom buildings and a few other key locations. As budgets permit, additional doors will be added throughout the high school as well as in other district buildings. The wireless connectivity makes the solution exceptionally scalable; new doors can be immediately brought online through connection with the system’s wireless mesh network without additional infrastructure. Enhancing campus security In addition to enhancing the security of the campus by automating the unlocking and locking of exterior doors to align with the high school’s bell schedule, the system is also proving to be a useful tool for monitoring student traffic patterns and identifying problem behaviours. Faculty and support staff find the pdk io system to be much more convenient than the traditional locks and keysClassrooms are each allocated with ‘student fobs’ for use by students who need to travel between buildings during class periods when doors are otherwise locked. Their use of the fobs enables administrators to track where the students go, making sure they head to the intended destination (i.e. the library or nurse’s office) rather than elsewhere. Suitable access control solution for schools Faculty and support staff find the pdk io system to be much more convenient than the traditional locks and keys that previously secured most doors. Permission groups, managed through the pdk io software, control different access levels for teachers, administrators and custodians. Programming of special door schedules, as well initiating lockdown conditions, can all be handled by the IT staff using the mobile interface. Brian Duckworth, sales consultant with Blue Sky, says, “Pdk io has become our go-to access control solution for K-12 installations because the wireless aspect leads to such major cost savings for the schools, which are always budget-challenged. In addition, the installation process causes very little disruption for the students and teachers.” Keeping students safe and secure Pdk io is ideal for K-12 applications, providing educators with a tool that’s powerful and easy to manage"School Superintendent Kellee Smith adds, “We strive to make our campus a place where our students enjoy the freedom to focus fully on learning because they’re not worrying about safety and security. This solution is making our goal so much easier to meet. It’s also making the teachers’ daily routines less stressful and they really like it.” “PDK is passionate about creating technology that delivers security and peace-of-mind, and what could be more important than keeping our children safe?” says ProdataKey’s President, Jeffery Perri. “Pdk io is ideal for K-12 applications, providing educators with a tool that’s powerful and easy to manage, affordable, scalable over time, and is sure to provide value for the long term.”
Ports of Jersey operate the island’s busy harbours and airports, providing high-quality services and facilities to enrich the experiences and journeys of their customers, with Jersey Marinas offering 1,000 berths across three award-winning locations close to the vibrant waterfront at St Helier. At very busy times of the year, such as the annual Jersey Regatta, the sheer volume of visitor traffic arriving from both land and sea can present serious problems. With particular challenges arising from managing car parking, and the issuance of port entry digital keys for boats harbouring. Smart access control solution Ports of Jersey needed a smart access control solution capable of managing short-term parking at St Helier harbour Ports of Jersey needed a smart access control solution capable of managing short-term parking at St Helier harbour. The system needed to be intelligent enough to manage complex bookings for use by berth and mooring holders dropping off and loading gear onto boats, before parking elsewhere long-term. The existing solution was no longer cost effective, and was open to abuse by some users. In addition, Ports of Jersey also required an upgrade to the out of date Jersey Marinas security gate access control system. At peak times this system needed to be able to cope with rapid, high capacity issuance of smart cards to vessel owners and boat crews wishing to access the marina and marina hospitality faculties. Smart installation SALTO partner JMH Technology was asked to provide a new car park access control solution and resolve the looming problem of needing to issue 1,000 cards, at a cost of over £100,000. A replacement car park access control system was installed based on new technology smart cards and 2,000 cards issued. This project was highly cost-effective with installation and card issuance totalling less than just card issuance on the previous system. Future savings also assured thanks to a choice of more cost-effective cards. Abuse of short-term parking has been cut, and the experience for visitors is improved. JMH Technology is in the process of adding more reader-controlled doors To drive yet more efficiency and further reduce overheads the system has subsequently been updated at both St Helier and Albert Pier car park, with smart installation of the latest SALTO access control technology. The upgrade continues, and JMH Technology is in the process of adding more reader-controlled doors and smart handles across the facility. Security assessment A full security assessment was carried out at Jersey Marinas, and a decision taken to replace all of the expensive and temperamental mechanical code locks with a full online access control system. By engineering a bespoke solution that integrated a SALTO kiosk system with a touch screen unit interface, Jersey Marinas staff are now able to allocate more than 500 cards during the high-tide window. With extra capacity on tap when they need it to cope with high demand at peak times, and valuable cost savings made. The SALTO system provided is technically robust and cost-effective to expand. As a partitioned system Ports of Jersey now have a global overview, with each department able to see the section relevant to them. This enables micro management of cost savings across equipment and cards and allows staff to get permissioned access to all necessary parts of the Ports infrastructure without delay.
Round table discussion
The definition of a standard is “an authoritative principle or rule that usually implies a model or pattern for guidance, by comparison with which the quantity, excellence, correctness, etc., of other things may be determined.” In technology markets, such as physical security, standards are agreed-upon language, specifications or processes that are used across the board by multiple stakeholders to enable easier interconnectivity and smoother operation of systems. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How are standards shaping change in the physical security market?
Cybersecurity has become the ultimate buzzword in the physical security market. And it also represents one of the industry’s most intractable challenges. Several years ago, the problem with cybersecurity was lack of awareness among physical security practitioners. It’s now safe to say that awareness has increased. Everyone today talks about cybersecurity, but has it helped the larger problem? We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: Is greater awareness helping to increase the cybersecurity of physical security systems?
What is a business, or an industry, but a collection of people and the results of their work? People make all the difference in the destiny of a business or industry. And the people involved in a business reflect the impact of demographic changes – and the passage of time. The security industry has been largely built by Baby Boomers, who are getting older and increasingly stepping aside to make way for younger folks. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: Is there a “new generation” of employees and managers entering the physical security marketplace, and what will be the impact?