It's a very common purchase for people to seek a smart security camera to remotely link them to their home whilst at work. Now the emphasis has shifted, with a lot more people working from home, business owners should consider a surveillance device to deter would-be thieves, protecting valuable equipment crucial for businesses to operate successfully. A robust security camera setup can aid existing security staff, and give business owners peace of mind out of h...
The German video technology pioneer Dallmeier electronic is a sponsor of the Logistics Summit 2020 (1 October 2020 at Hannover Messe) and will present an extensive portfolio of video-based solutions for users in both the intralogistics and transport logistics sectors. Dallmeier's logistics expert Christian Linthaler will complete the manufacturer's presence with a technical presentation. One major challenge for many logistics companies is that of measuring the large number of packaged goods acc...
FLIR Systems, Inc. announced availability of the FLIR Occupancy Management Solution for FLIR Brickstream 3D Gen2 to automate occupancy counting within high traffic and capacity-limited areas. To support social distancing guidelines during and following the COVID-19 pandemic, the Occupancy Management Solution provides organisations with an easy-to-use, real-time capacity counting and display tool for multiple entries and exits. Organisations can automate capacity counting for high foot-traffic s...
Security & Safety Things GmbH (S&ST), together with its partners, is offering packages of smart security cameras and video analytic solutions designed to provide retailers with immediate solutions to practical challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic. AI tech on cameras in retail stores In an effort to assist retailers operating their shops in compliance with COVID-19 regulations, these packages will include test cameras running the S&ST operating system. Integrators and end-customer...
An innovative and highly accurate people counting technology from OPTEX, a global provider of sensing and detection, is at the heart of a series of new solutions to support social distancing in business and commercial environments as the COVID-19-enforced lockdown is being gradually lifted throughout the Europe, Middle and Africa region. Thanks to embedding the latest Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) protocol into OPTEX’s proven Akribos VC-1020 people counting system, three new...
Vanderbilt has explored best practices for protecting employees and visitors when they come to a building. Below, Vanderbilt outlines a scenario of how the products can be used for area counting and pre-booking systems for occupancy management when social distancing. Example Scenario: Vanderbilt’s access control solutions can manage the number of people in an area at any one time. Automated people counting systems offer a method of counting and limiting access to certain areas. Oper...
Life has just become much easier for control room operators and security personnel with the launch of 5 new Wisenet P ultra-high definition 4K AI cameras. In addition to capturing superb quality images, the new feature rich cameras from the Hanwha Techwin Premium range are equipped with deep learning video analytics which offer a high level of detection accuracy, whilst minimising false alarms. The license-free deep learning video analytics simultaneously detects and classifies various object types, including people, vehicles, faces and licence plates and is supported by Wisenet AI algorithms unique to Hanwha Techwin which are able to identify the attributes of objects or people, such as their age group, their gender or the colour of the clothing a person is wearing. Control room efficiency The algorithms are even able to recognise if a person is wearing glasses or is holding a bag The attributes are saved as metadata alongside the images captured by the new Wisenet P AI cameras, enabling users to quickly search for specific objects or incidents. The algorithms are even able to recognise if a person is wearing glasses or is holding a bag. To further increase operator efficiency, as well as minimise network bandwidth and data storage requirements, the new Wisenet P AI cameras have a BestShot feature which, as its name suggests, is able to select the best images which have been captured of a person or object, and only send these together with the associated metadata, to a storage server. False alarm reduction Operators are able to take advantage of VMS from leading software developers such as Genetec and Milestone, as well as Wisenet WAVE and Wisenet SSM, to forensically search for specific objects or people, by filtering the recorded metadata. The analytics can be configured to ignore video noise, waving trees, moving clouds and animals, all of which might normally be the cause of false alarms when standard motion detection technology or sensors are being used to detect activity. This ability to minimise time wasting and costly false alarms means control room operators and security personnel are able to focus on responding to real incidents and emergencies. At some point in the future, when the number of people being tested positive for COVID-19 begins to reduce, thought will no doubt be given as to how businesses will be able to safely reopen. Business intelligence solution The data can be displayed to provide managers with information on the number of people present Inevitably, social distancing rules will have to remain in place, and this is likely to mean only a specified number of people will be allowed to be in a controlled area at any one time. With this in mind, the Wisenet AI algorithms built into the new Wisenet P 4K AI cameras can be utilised to accurately count the number of people entering and leaving a premise. The data can be displayed to provide managers with information on the number of people present. The new Wisenet P AI cameras are likely to be of particular interest to the retail sector as they have been integrated with Wisenet Retail Insight (v2.0), which enables retailers to gain a greater understanding of customer behaviour and buying patterns. The Wisenet Retail Insight business intelligence solution utilises people counting, heat mapping and queue management applications to display statistical analytics on a centralised dashboard, along with other practical information such as weather reports. Analyse customer demographics With the help of Wisenet AI algorithms, Retail Insight is also able to display the age and gender of store visitors, allowing retailers to granularly analyse customer demographics. Other key features of the new Wisenet P AI cameras include: Digital auto-tracking: The cameras are able to transmit two streams of video, providing the option for operators to see a camera’s full field of view, whilst at the same time using a digital PTZ auto-tracking feature while viewing Full HD images to track the movements of a person or vehicle. Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) which performs at up to 120dB to produce clear images from scenes containing a challenging mix of bright and dark areas which normally results in overexposed or underexposed images. DC output: A 12V DC power supply with maximum 50mA provides sufficient power to support external devices, including LEDs, PIR sensors and glass break detectors, eliminating the need to install separate power supplies for each of them. Alarm in/out ports: Connected devices such as LEDs can be activated when a camera detects and classifies an object or person. 2 SD card slots allow video or data to be stored at the edge should there be disruption to the network. Video evidence, which might have been potentially lost, can be retrieved when the network connection has been restored. Motorised varifocal lens The new Wisenet P AI cameras are as follows: Wisenet PNB-A9001 - 4K AI box camera Wisenet PNO-A9081R - 4K AI bullet camera Wisenet PNV-A9081R - 4K AI vandal-resistant dome camera with built-in IR illumination Wisenet PND-A9081RF - 4K AI flush-mount dome camera with built-in IR illumination Wisenet PND-A9081RV - 4K AI dome camera with built-in IR illumination The dome cameras have a four-part magnetic modular design which makes them extremely easy to install With the exception of the Wisenet PNB-A9001, all models come supplied with a 4.5~10mm (2.2x) motorised varifocal lens which facilitates auto-tracking and allows operators to zoom into a camera’s field of view to see close up detail of any activity and functionality. The dome cameras have a four-part magnetic modular design which makes them extremely easy to install. The ability to prefigure IP network settings without the need to remove the camera modules from their packaging, also reduces the time an engineer has to spend on site and/or cause disruption. Video surveillance solutions “We are proud of all the new innovative products and solutions we have launched over recent months, but this new camera range is a particularly good example of how Hanwha Techwin is continuing its 30 year journey of innovation and adding real value to video surveillance solutions,” said Uri Guterman, Head of Product & Marketing for Hanwha Techwin Europe. “By harnessing the power of Deep Learning AI, we are providing security personnel with an extremely powerful and accurate tool to help them keep one step ahead of intruders and we are also able to provide businesses with information which could help them be more productive.”
In case of a large multi-national retailer or a smaller high-street retail store, security will be near the top of their list of priorities. In fact, the safety of visitors and staff, coupled with the security of goods, can be vital to any retailer’s success and profitability. CLIQ technology from the globally renowned security provider, Mul-T-Lock Technologies Ltd. offers a smart security solution for all types of retail applications, whether it be a chain of supermarkets or a standalone local retail shop. eCLIQ access control system for large retailers Mul-T-Lock’s eCLIQ access control system allows large retailers to manage access permissions remotely Mul-T-Lock Technologies’ eCLIQ access control system allows large retailers to manage access permissions remotely, from one central location, anywhere in the world. This includes the ability to schedule individual access permissions for each key, as well as to provide time-limited access. This is ideal for retailers with complex access and security requirements, such as 24-hour supermarkets, as it allows tailored access control for members of staff who may be coming and going at various times of the day, and also enables administrators to grant time-limited access control to contractors and delivery drivers. Authorised access control for staff If a key is lost or a member of staff leaves, access can also be revoked, which is particularly useful for retailers that suffer from a high staff turnover or employ seasonal staff for busier times of the year. This not only offers enhanced security but also significantly reduces whole life costing, as it removes the need to replace physical locks. It also facilitates keys to be validated daily, weekly or monthly to keep them continuously secure. Audit trail capabilities The system’s audit trail capabilities also allow business owners to access comprehensive data illustrating who accesses which lock and when, thereby making it ideal for those who are concerned about staff shrinkage or those who want to determine who should have access to certain assets. Working on a modular system, eCLIQ locks are quick and easy to install with no cabling required. Not only is maintenance not required for up to 200,000 cycles, but key batteries are also fast and easy to replace once every 30,000 operations, at a nominal cost to the business, with no need for specialist tools. CLIQ Go access control system for SMEs This access control system also includes the ability to schedule individual access permissions for each key Mul-T-Lock Technologies’ CLIQ Go access control system allows small to medium sized retailers to remotely manage security ‘on the go’. It boasts all the benefits of eCLIQ technology, but can be managed by a designated administrator via the CLIQ Go app. This access control system also includes the ability to schedule individual access permissions for each key, provide time-limited access, and revoke access to particular keys as and when needed – again, making it particularly useful for retailers that often suffer from a high staff turnover. High security eCLIQ locks Mul-T-Lock’s CLIQ Go is the ideal solution for a variety of applications, such as small to medium independent shops with a handful of staff who all need access at varying times, or that require individual permissions for access to storage rooms, for example. The high security eCLIQ locks are easy to configure, are suitable for all door types and can be easily fitted by a local locksmith. With no cabling, the cylinders can be retrofit to existing doors without causing any mess or disruption. The available cylinders are also suitable for a number of different applications, from cabinets housing high value items to all-weather padlocks for exterior gates. In fact, just one key can access doors, cupboards, elevators, machines and many other locking devices.
InfectProtect unveils a pioneering new access security product to help reduce infection within the workplace, allowing businesses to reopen safely in these uncertain times. SteriSecure SteriSecure is a bio-security device which integrates into a buildings current access control system to ensure 100% of people who gain access have clean, sanitised hands. It works as a relay device that sits in-between the access control panel and the entry method (door, turnstile, etc.), only passing on the unlock signal once both hands have been successfully coated with hand sanitiser. Bio-security product Unlike standard automatic hand sanitiser dispensers, SteriSecure has four spray nossles, two on top and two on the bottom, which ensure that users hands are fully coated and speeds up the application time allowing up to 30 uses per minute. This patent pending solution has been specifically designed to help prevent the spread of disease and infection This patent pending solution has been specifically designed to help prevent the spread of disease and infections and has already decrease staff sicknesses rates over a year by 80%, prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. Cost-effective sanitising solution Meaning one device could save a 100 person organisation over £60,000 per year in lost productivity, and with the stats currently showing 1 in 5 people who catch COVID-19 become seriously ill, being able to prevent the virus from entering or spreading within workplaces is more important than ever. Co-Founder, SteriSecure , Michael Howe, said “As the government starts to look at moving towards reopening our country, it’s vital that businesses put in place systems like SteriSecure to make sure their workplace is a safe environment for their staff and customers. At the end of the day so many people have been personally impacted by this pandemic, it’s every company’s duty to make sure they don’t do anything that potentially feeds the next wave of the outbreak.” SteriSecure units can be purchased directly from InfectProtect, but the company is currently looking to expand their national and international partnerships with specialist distributors and installers.
ASSA ABLOY’s Architectural Door Accessories Group has released a series of new hands-free door opening solutions to reduce the number of skin-to-surface touch-points people meet throughout the day. Rockwood hands-free door pulls Rockwood arm and foot pulls are easy-to-install, cost-effective options for hands-free door operation in new or pre-existing openings, which has become a major consideration for facility managers, owners, tenants, employees and the general public to minimise the spread of germs and bacteria. “Retrofitting existing spaces to help maximise employee and customer safety is on everyone’s mind as businesses and organisations start to develop their return to work plans,” said Cris G. Post, General Manager of Rockwood Products, ASSA ABLOY Architectural Door Accessories. Cris adds, “We’ve seen incredible demand to bring a high-quality, durable, cost-efficient solution to the market and we are rapidly deploying to customers across North America.” Hands-free door hardware Limiting contact and exposure with hands-free door hardware has become an important defense According to a recent Qualtrics report, the majority of people said they currently do not feel confident going to a restaurant (68%), go shopping (51%), or attend a sporting event (79%). When it comes to returning to work, 66% of people would feel uncomfortable right now and 74% of people agree that they want their work facility cleaned and disinfected regularly upon return. Despite that level of discomfort, many organisations are planning to reopen soon. Limiting contact and exposure with hands-free door hardware has become an important defense in reducing risk for building occupants and guests. Maximising employee and customer safety “ASSA ABLOY has always been committed to providing life safety and security solutions, and that’s become even more important in today’s environment,” said Doug Thompson, President, ASSA ABLOY Architectural Door Accessories and Glass Solutions. Doug adds, “The Rockwood team dramatically accelerated our product development pipeline to deliver this solution quickly to customers, helping them prepare to re-open schools, offices, restaurants, stores, and other public areas safely.” Rockwood Hands-Free Arm and Foot Pulls consist of sturdy stainless steel and are easy to install on wood, metal or aluminum doors. Additionally, they complement ADA standards and regulations to ensure all openings remain accessible to everyone.
A thermal imaging camera is an effective screening device for detecting individuals with elevated skin temperature. This type of monitoring can provide a rapid screening approach at high-traffic areas, like airports, hospitals, office buildings, and other areas where people congregate, to help identify those whose body temperature is elevated. Non-contact screening of EST Using a non-contact screening solution is one of the current measures to discover quickly individuals with elevated skin temperature (EST). The detection method is designed to help initial screening of EST, with use of medical equipment to further verify symptoms The detection method is designed to help initial screening of EST, with use of medical equipment to further verify symptoms, while reducing manual testing time and the safety risk to those involved in detection. Temperature Screening Solution Hikvision’s Temperature Screening Solution, with various product types and wide range of applications, is designed for the detection of skin-surface temperatures to achieve rapid and safe initial screening in public areas. Its flexibility means it can be used in a multitude of scenarios. Meanwhile, efficiency and cost is important for users. The question here is - What is the best solution for their needs? Temperature screening with fast deployment For high-traffic scenarios, such as urban traffic (train station, bus station, subway, airport, etc.), buildings (such as schools, enterprise parks, office buildings, shopping malls, etc.), a temporary temperature screening scheme can be used. Fast deployment is achieved separately with various devices, such as thermographic cameras, thermographic hand cameras, metal detector doors, etc. This temperature screening with fast deployment is economical and practical, and the deployment process and subsequent disassembly are easy and convenient. The temperature measurement accuracy is guaranteed to be within ± 0.5 ° C or ± 0.3 ° C (with a Blackbody calibrator) to meet the needs of initial screening. Temperature screening with access control In enterprises, schools, factories, communities and other internal areas where people are moving through, the MinMoe wall-mounting touch-free temperature screening terminal (DS-K1T671TM-3XF) can be used. The touch-free nature of the terminal makes access easier and safer, suitable for long-term temperature screening with access control for any building with a high footfall of people. Temperature screening on patrol solution The temperature measurement on patrol solution can also be called a manual inspection program on the move The temperature measurement on patrol solution can also be called a manual inspection program on the move. It can be quickly put into use at fixed entrances and exits for emergencies, for example at external events or building sites, or checkpoints. It can also be used for flexible inspection in high-speed exits, cabins, and engine rooms. Not only that, additionally, Hikvision thermographic bullet cameras support simultaneous temperature screening of multiple people, which can greatly improve the detection efficiency in busy scenarios. DeepinMind NVR and thermographic cameras Additionally, for some countries or regions that require people to wear masks, Hikvision also provides a solution that includes a DeepinMind NVR as well as the thermographic cameras. This delivers a special interface that can visually display temperature and mask status. Hikvision thermal temperature screening products have already been used in airports, ports, office buildings, and other places where many people congregate all over the world. They are providing fast and effective screening as an important part of the fight to maintain public safety and to help public health management.
VCA Technology, a globally renowned company in video analytics, announced the release of a new software tool to help retailers manage the monitoring of footfall and occupancy in their stores. The software is able to analyse shoppers’ movements in, out and around the store by simply mapping their gait – or how they walk – which is unique to everyone. Monitoring software tool By mapping this nature of movement, retailers will be able to differentiate shoppers whilst not infringing on their privacy. With retailers needing to manage social distancing within stores for the foreseeable future, this solution enables them to monitor the store and apply rules to trigger alerts. This is especially crucial in queue management, which would need rigorous manual oversight. Alerts, on the other hand, can help focus attention to where it’s needed; thereby keeping staff safe. Need for enhanced retail store safety The technology helps retailers manage this new normal, by integrating with existing software" Kevin Waterhouse, Managing Director, VCA Technology commented, “The COVID-19 pandemic has rewritten the rules of retail, and the social distancing policies we have seen introduced will not disappear when lockdown ends.” He adds, “The technology we’ve created helps retailers manage this new normal, by integrating with existing software yet providing extra value-adds. For example, the one in, one out policy is easy to manage in small shops, yet for superstores with multiple entrances and exits, it is much harder to regulate, without funnelling everyone through one door, creating queuing hazards.” Retail security Kevin further stated, “This pose analysis will help manage this digitally, thereby regulating store occupancy in a more efficient way, allowing for a seamless entrance and exit strategy.” The software can provide the data to create the following information: Queue counting Unique identifiers to prevent double counting Time-in-store analysis Heat maps Time at checkout analysis Staff detection Forensic search by unique ID Walk offs/basket abandonment The technology is already being trialled by a major Spanish retailer with their incumbent cameras and security software, and is available to retailers globally. Waterhouse concluded, “Store layouts will probably change in light of COVID-19, but until then, retailers need technology to be doing the heavy lifting and alerting to potential distancing breaches”. Retailers can use this intelligence to help form store strategies moving forward, to enable a more sophisticated response, whilst also ensuring shoppers’ privacy.
The height strip camera blends into the storeenvironment, conducting covert surveillanceundetected by potential criminals Video security systems could see a spike in Taiwan’s store security market, as more manufacturers start to release covert “height strip” cameras. These cameras offer an inconspicuous surveillance solution for Taiwan’s huge number of convenience stores, who are easy targets for criminals. One of the first things that potential criminals check for at their target stores or banks is where the security cameras are mounted, so they can avoid their faces being captured as evidence. Since the majority of surveillance cameras are ceiling-mounted, baseball caps or hoods are often used to avoid being caught on camera in a recognisable way. Capturing reliable facial images for identification is crucial to the security of stores and banks or any other business that can fall prey to criminals. Covert camera benefits for store security Specialty covert cameras such as height strip cameras provide a simple, yet discreet and cost-effective way to augment store security in small systems. As its exterior is disguised as a height strip, the camera blends in with the environment and its existence is unnoticed. In addition, such cameras are often placed by the exit, where fleeing criminals are most concerned about avoiding security cameras. Capturing reliable facial imagesfor identification is crucial to thesecurity of stores and banks orany other business that can fallprey to criminals VIVOTEK enters the height strip camera market This summer, Taiwanese security manufacturer VIVOTEK joined other big names, such as Axis, Honeywell and Verint in adding a height strip camera to its product offering. While it is not the first in the market to launch such a product, it has the advantage of being offered geographically within a large potential vertical market – Taiwan has the largest density of convenience stores in the world. Convenience stores: a vertical market, but vulnerable to crime According to 2014 statistics cited by China Times, a local news source, Taiwan has 10,000 convenience stores, or one for every 2,000 residents. These stores live up to their claims of convenience – catering their product offerings to their niche community, in addition to providing a wide array of services. These include mailing domestic and international packages, ATM banking, laundry service, and the collection of bills, traffic violation, tax and credit card payments. For instance, one convenience store located in Taipei 101, a must-visit for tourists, stocks up on pineapple cakes that are popular amongst tourists who take them back as souvenirs. Another located next to a duty-free store takes payments in Chinese Yuan, while those in scenic areas offer seating for customers to enjoy the breathtaking view while sipping store-bought coffee and nibbling on store-bought snacks. Since convenience stores are “alwaysopen”, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,even during the worst weather, theycan become easy targets for criminals.Moreover, convenience store productsare small and can be easily smuggledout of the shops without detection Statistics from 2005 ACNielsen Shopper Trends have shown that on average, out of a national population of 23 million, 80 percent of the Taiwanese urban household shoppers visit a convenience store at least once a week and 14 times a month. Since convenience stores are “always open”, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even during the worst weather, they can become easy targets for criminals. Moreover, convenience store products are small and can be easily smuggled out of the shops without detection. This makes height strip cameras ideal for optimising the video surveillance system within stores. Furthermore, all convenience stores currently have a height strip installed by the exit, so customers and would-be criminals may be so accustomed to its existence that they won’t suspect its true function. Height strip camera market potential Despite the large number of convenience stores in Taiwan, the market is not as fragmented as one might assume. Four major companies operate the convenience stores, with the exception of an isolated few. For instance, China Times reported that the convenience store industry leader owns approximately 5,000 stores, followed by 2,900 for the second largest, and 1,296 and 800 stores by the third and fourth largest, respectively. In other words, these are large projects not to be taken lightly!
High-sensitivity aspirating smoke detectors (ASDs) excel at providing very early warning of fires. Because of their high sensitivity chamber, their ability to cover large areas, and their ability to detect smoke in high-airflow environments, ASDs are ideal solutions for many common smoke detection applications. New ASD technology is enabling fire system designers to solve a much broader range of fire detection challenges, enabling them to take aspiration anywhere. In this article, Stephen Lederer, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Aspiration Business Unit at System Sensor, explains that the latest innovations in aspirating smoke detection technologies increase their effectiveness in traditional high-sensitivity applications, while also enabling them to meet a much wider range of fire detection challenges. Smoke Detection in Data Centres One of the most common applications for ASDs has been data facilities. Server rooms are home to expensive equipment and valuable business processes and data. In these facilities, every second of downtime accrued, transaction missed and byte of data destroyed due to smoke or fire can mean significant financial losses. In fact, according to a recent study by Emerson Network Power, downtime in a data centre has an average cost of about $500,000 per event. The potential for smoke and fire is heightened in data facilities as the electrical equipment they contain creates a high-heat-density environment. At the same time, air conditioning devices used to control the temperature create a high air flow and air filters used by the AC units can remove smoke particulate, making detecting smoke in data centres extremely challenging. ASDs overcome the challenges of protecting data centres by actively sampling air through a network of pipes. These pipes can be run above the ceiling, under the floor, in-between, in, and above server racks and cabinets, and in the return air duct of an air handling unit – anywhere smoke might travel. These detectors are capable of providing Very Early Warning Smoke Detection. This level of sensitivity, combined with multiple levels of alerts, enable facilities to implement a strategic response plan to address incipient fire conditions before costly damage and downtime can occur. Recent developments have enabled ASDs to potentially eliminate costs related false alarms A newer innovation that can enhance data centre smoke detection is increased nuisance immunity. Traditionally, nuisance alarms have been accepted as the cost of using a high-sensitivity aspirating detector. However, more advanced detection and filtering technology has greatly enhanced the nuisance immunity of some ASDs, enabling the detector to potentially eliminate costs-related false alarms. Smoke Detection in Warehouse Spaces A fire in a warehouse can potentially cost millions in lost inventory and downtime. Fires can also escalate quickly due to the amount of stored goods and the presence of combustible materials. But because of their size, these spaces present unique challenges to traditional detection devices. Large, open areas with high ceilings can cause smoke to dilute and not reach ceiling-mounted spot detectors in detectable quantities, and differences in temperature can cause stratification that prevents smoke from even reaching the ceiling. Aspirating smoke detectors can overcome many of the challenges typically present in warehouses. An ASD’s pipe system may be run vertically up racks and across the ceiling, taking samples along its pipe network to overcome the challenges of stratification. To further protect stored goods, pipes may also be run intra-rack to ensure complete coverage of a warehouse facility. If the warehouse is very large, a single ASD unit can cover several thousands of square metres of space, reducing the number of devices required. One common warehouse application challenge that has been difficult for ASDs to overcome is that the constant movement of inventory, forklifts, and air currents can release an unusual amount of dust and dirt into the air. This makes nuisance rejection a must in many warehouse environments. Again, recent developments in the filtering and detection of particulate have made it possible for some ASDs to provide the high-sensitivity required to detect very small levels of smoke while rejecting nuisance particulate from the detection equation. This mitigates the effects of dilution and enables a response before costly inventory damage can occur. Recent developments in the filtering and detection of particulate have made it possible for some ASDs to provide the high-sensitivity required to detect very small levels of smoke while rejecting nuisance particulate from the detection equation Another recent advance beneficial to these spaces is integral communications capabilities in the ASD that enable it to actively notify facility managers at the first instance of trouble. For example, there are devices that can communicate directly to the many major fire alarm panels without the need for any extra hardware. There are also devices that use an onboard Ethernet port to send e-mails to up to six individuals when set alarm thresholds are reached. The integral Ethernet capabilities also allow the device to be monitored anywhere in the facility via the Local Area Network (LAN), or anywhere in the world using a Web browser and a VPN-capable device. Smoke Detection in Cold Storage Spaces Costly loss of product and productivity are just two ways a fire can do a great deal of damage to cold storage facilities. However, due to low temperatures, normal UL listings for many traditional passive detection devices preclude their use in refrigerated storage applications. Furthermore, because cold storage environments have extremely dry atmospheres, high airflows, and the presence of highly combustible materials, fires can often spread very quickly. An ASD can be mounted outside the extreme environment in an easily accessible location. It then draws air through a pipe network that is run into the cold storage space, so the device is not exposed to the cold temperatures that prevent the use of many traditional devices. Temperatures within a cold storage facility can vary between –40°C and 18°C. There are systems, for example, listed to sample air as cold as -20°C. But if the air sample is colder than the listed ratings, it can be warmed before entering the device. Cold storage typically exists in a warehouse-style setting, so these facilities present many of the same challenges as warehouse applications. It is essential to protect freezers/chiller rooms, coolers, shipping bay areas, ceilings and ceiling voids. In addition to these areas, it is recommended to sample air from the return air path in the protected area. Samples may also be drawn from within the racks.
When Swinkels Family Brewers wanted to unify its access control internationally, it chose Nedap Security Management’s AEOS access control system, which enabled this producer of world-famous Bavaria beer to design a system around the people using it. AEOS access control system The facts & figures - 6 breweries 27 brands 130 countries 1,800+ employees Increase security, yet maintain openness Swinkels Family Brewers wanted a system that would match its people-first approach Swinkels Family Brewers had grown quickly and needed to review its security and apply more stringent measures. It was using two access control systems and wanted to unite everything on one platform. Most importantly, Swinkels Family Brewers wanted a system that would match its people-first approach, and provide the flexibility to adapt and scale in the future. First people, then technology Initially, Swinkels Family Brewers established a cross-department project group, which developed a new security policy. With that in place, the project group identified AEOS as the system to meet its long and growing list of requirements. During the planning stages, they consulted department managers on their needs. And before AEOS was implemented they ensured their people knew what to expect and why the change was happening. Key benefits: The system is designed around the people using it. Security is stronger but there’s a welcoming sense of warmth and openness. One unified system fulfils all access control needs. Several systems are linked to AEOS and updates transfer automatically. Flexibility to easily add new functionality, such as video monitoring, or scale the system. Scalable, robust access control solution Stefan Fehlhaber, Facility Manager at Swinkels stated, “We’re very impressed with the scalability, stability and robustness of AEOS. It’s very practical to use in daily life and is easy for our security people to operate. It’s also very convenient for our employees to be able to use one badge at different locations.”
A multi-diversified international conglomerate with a history that spans over four decades covering multiple businesses and activities. It has out rightly developed the first outlet concept mall in the Middle East. The mall is a home for over 1,200 of the world’s premium and top brands. The mall is the mark of true and ultimate value retail destination. This two storey mall houses 240 stores and services. This particular mall includes multiple stores that required a religious control on the occupancy rate of a store at various times of a year, in order to improve their service management by deploying staff, accordingly. Managing and avoiding overcrowding was one of their major concerns, wherein, they aimed to monitor and ensure customer convenience in peak hours. Occupancy control feature The People Counting feature helped them to procure a detailed analysis of people entering and leaving the mall After a comprehensive discussion with their team, Matrix SATATYA SAMAS was proposed. Being the first Outlet concept mall, Matrix SATATYA SAMAS Crowd Management was an answer to all their questions. The People Counting feature helped them to procure a detailed analysis of people entering and leaving the mall. Specifically, to identify and address the peak hours which helped them in ensuring customer convenience. Particularly, with the help of the graphical reports based on the statistics, they were able to recruit people beforehand to manage the crowd. A thorough analysis of the reports helped them map and formulate seasonal marketing campaigns and discounts based on the statistics to reap surplus profits. By deploying the occupancy control feature, they could easily analyse the most crowded areas in the mall. Furthermore, they could coin which advertisements or discounts attracted customers. Results Detailed Reports and Their Analysis Improved Crowd Management Better Customer Experience
Burglaries from outdoor ‘smash and grab’ have been costing retailers millions of dollars of loss. In order to detect if someone is trying to penetrate retail store buildings, retailers need to deploy a detection system that triggers activity and activate cameras and authorities. Redscan RLS02020S detectors Utilising the OPTEX Redscan RLS02020S vertical mode detection with Genetec RSA allowed the national retail company to achieve just this. OPTEX installed first 12 stores for a total of 105 RLS-2020S detectors for the initial project. Redscan covered the sides of the buildings as well as key areas of the roofs where needed. It was integrated into the Genetec RSA plugin that unifies OPTEX Redscan detectors with cameras creating full control of video recording and security events. Enhancing retail security Next opportunities are for installing RLS-2020S at 100’s of stores across the United States in 2020-2021. Due to the success of Redscan, the national systems integrator is now introducing the value of this application for other large retail end users.
With more than 2,200 locations and 41,000 associates, Panda Express is America’s family-owned and operated Asian dining concept. Challenged with losses at the point of sale (POS) and growing false alarm penalties, the company turned to Interface Security Systems, a managed services provider delivering managed network, interactive alarm monitoring, video surveillance and business intelligence solutions to help them dramatically decrease shrink and resolve security inadequacies. False alarms and fines Panda store managers faced continuous distractions from false alarms, receiving calls from the legacy alarm company at all hours of the night and incurring fines from local law enforcement for needless police dispatches. Interface monitoring centre instantly verify any alarm from a Panda store “When an alarm went off overnight, our managers would always err on the side of caution, send police in, or go in themselves. That was dangerous in itself if there was actually a burglary happening inside the store,” says Lyle Forcum, Executive Director of Asset Protection at Panda Restaurant Group, parent company of Panda Express. “Additionally, we were losing significant amounts of money on false alarm charges.” Suspicious transaction notification To address the false alarm challenge, Interface installed a next-generation IP Interactive Monitoring system with live video and two-way audio, which offers a virtual, guard-like level of protection in every Panda location. Operators in the Interface monitoring centre instantly verify any alarm from a Panda store with live streaming video, eliminating false alarms. Forcum reports that Panda is saving over $100K per year in false alarm fees Panda had also implemented a customised, exception-based POS reporting system, which notifies Panda management whenever a suspicious transaction takes place at the register. Interface took the tool a step further by integrating it with the video surveillance and alarm systems at each of the Panda locations, allowing management to immediately connect to the video of any problematic transaction. Identify anomalies and prevent shrink The solution enables loss prevention professionals to quickly identify anomalies and prevent shrink. Top offenders from thousands of employees doing millions of transactions can easily be bubbled up to the top. The combination of business intelligence and video surveillance resulted in a massive reduction in shrink and cash shortage at the register. The business intelligence provided allows for focused tracking and improved store operations With Interface, Panda has experienced vast improvements in security for its associates, customers and assets. Forcum reports that Panda is saving over $100K per year in false alarm fees and thousands of dollars per month per store in reduced shrink at the POS. Monitoring intrusion data The business intelligence provided allows for focused tracking and improved store operations, including people development, store performance data comparison, optimised store efficiencies, monitored intrusion data, and cash tracking. Panda and Interface have successfully partnered to create a potent security and loss prevention tool in the Quick Service Restaurant space. “Interface is a partner that's been collaborating with us on our needs from day one,” says Forcum. “The company understands what we need, and then it develops solutions towards that end. It doesn’t just come up with an off-the-shelf product and expect us to purchase it. Interface has shown a real commitment to our business. We meet with them regularly to collaborate on new initiatives and on emerging issues that Panda faces. The company has truly become part of that solution voluntarily and eagerly. Other business partners do not do that. Interface is, in fact, a true part of the Panda team.” A more detailed case study and video testimonial on Panda Express can be found on the Interface website.
Installation company Nessence recently integrated Vanderbilt’s ACT365 cloud-based access control and video management system with Mobile BankID in Sweden. This is a citizen identification solution that allows companies, banks, and government agencies to authenticate and conclude agreements with individuals over the internet. This integration comes together to solve a brief put forward by the supermarket chain, ICA Sweden. Tobias Olofsson, Project Sales Manager at Vanderbilt, explains that ICA Sweden is a retailer with a focus on food and health, and they wanted to be open earlier in the morning and later in the evening. “It would be too expensive to hire staff to stay open during these times in smaller locations. This is because the number of customers shopping early in the morning or late at night is minimal. But the store wants to be able to provide its customers with this value-added service,” says Olofsson. Unmanned solution To solve this, the supermarket wanted to open unmanned and needed a solution to allow customers to enter the store in a functioning and approved manner by the insurance company. In Olofsson’s opinion, ACT365 was the perfect solution for this project due to its easy deployment, easy operation, and a smooth web API for integration. “The success of this project means it is now possible for shoppers to open the supermarket’s entrance door by digitally signing into the Mobile BankID on their phone and presenting it to the ACT365 reader located on the outside of the door,” states Olofsson. Supermarket access system Moreover, good accessibility is maintained as all customers do not need to have specific cards or tags for the access system to be able to enter the supermarket. “A new modern solution has been developed to facilitate trade for private individuals, especially in smaller towns where food stores do not tend to stay open for as long as in the big cities. This project has resulted in increased profits for the supermarket, as well as increased accessibility and convenience for its customers,” concludes Olofsson.
Theft from stock rooms and shop floors is a persistent problem for retailers. With around €900 million lost annually to thieves in Belgium alone, upscale fashion boutique Patio sought an easy, low-cost deterrent. Code Handle locks fitted on key doors were the answer. A location on Leuven’s most exclusive shopping street did not insulate Patio from retail theft. Shoplifting is a growing problem in many European countries, and thefts had also proliferated at Patio. Thieves were using the store’s toilet to remove clothing tags. Some even went upstairs to Patio’s offices and stole valuable items. Code Handle® keeps your store rooms safe Code Handle proved an ideal solution for us to protect non-public spaces from the public" During a store renovation, manager Jeff Van den Bergh decided Patio’s offices and customer toilet needed proper security. Shoppers and visitors should not enjoy free, casual access to these sensitive rooms. However, he did not want staff wasting their time tracking physical keys when they could be helping customers. An expensive access control system was also ruled out. Door hardware had to look clean and contemporary, to meet the style-conscious standards of Patio’s interior. The store’s security contractor recommended Code Handle, which adds electronic PIN locking to doors without wires or an expensive access system. “Code Handle proved an ideal solution for us to protect non-public spaces from the public,” says Jeff Van den Bergh, Patio’s Store Manager. Door security Door security is operated by a discreet PIN-pad built into a brushed-chrome handle. Two standard batteries slot inside each Code Handle to power the digital security. These typically last for 30,000 lock/unlock cycles. "The design fits well within the store,” adds Mr Van den Bergh. Now, Patio customers still use the toilet — but not unsolicited. An employee unlocks the door for them without a key or pass. The door to Patio’s offices is closed to everyone, except staff who unlock it with a personal PIN. Code Handle comes with one Master PIN; the store manager issues up to 9 additional 4–6-digit PINs. When an employee leaves Patio, it’s simple to delete their PIN. For further information visit https://campaigns.assaabloyopeningsolutions.eu/codehandle
Round table discussion
Ten years is a long time, but it seems to pass in an instant in the world of security. In terms of technology, 2010 is ages ago. Changes in the market have been transformative during that decade, and we called on our Expert Panel Roundtable to highlight some of those changes. We asked this week’s panelists: What was the biggest change in the security industry in the 2010-2019 decade?
The obvious reason to buy security systems is to promote greater security. But in some cases, there are more specific and/or immediate motivators that lead to a security purchase. Everybody wants more security in the abstract, but how willing are we to pay for it? Security is sometimes seen as a “grudge purchase,” competing for tight corporate dollars with other investments that may seem more appealing or urgent. But other times an event occurs that moves security to the top of the list of priorities. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What motivators compel customers to buy more security systems?