Hikvision, a globally renowned provider of innovative security products and solutions, announced its new access control and time attendance offerings, the MinMoe Face Recognition Terminals, promising a new era of face recognition access control is coming. To meet a multitude of real-world scenarios and customer needs, the MinMoe Face Recognition Terminals lineup features four total series: Value Series, Pro Series, Ultra Series, and Face Recognition Modules for Turnstile. With powerful function...
Meesons, the specialists in entrance control solutions, announces an exclusive agreement with Perimeter Protection Group (PPG) to distribute its Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) solutions. The exclusive distributor agreement covers the installation and maintenance of PPG HVM products in the UK. PPG pioneers the world in perimeter protection products with over 65 years’ experience in the security field. The agreement provides Meesons with exclusivity to a range of high quality HVM solution...
As security requirements expand to smaller buildings and lobbies, architects and specifiers are looking for compact optical turnstiles that provide a high level of security in the limited space available. With this problem in mind, Alvarado has introduced its most compact barrier optical turnstile to date, the SU4500. Designed for high-end facilities where space is at a premium, the new SU4500 has a compact 38” cabinet length but doesn’t compromise on security, throughput performanc...
Boon Edam Inc., a globally renowned security entrances and architectural revolving doors provider, has announced that they are introducing a new optical turnstile, the Speedlane Compact, in a world premiere, in booth #8037 at the ISC West exhibition in Las Vegas on March 18-20, 2020. ISC West is the international largest security event in North America bringing together close to 30,000 participants for networking, education and discovery of new technology. In addition to showcasing this newest...
Galaxy Control Systems, a provider of integrated access control and security solutions, will demonstrate the latest enhancements to its flagship System Galaxy and Cloud Concierge Access Control Platforms at ISC West 2020 in booth 6089. The combined offering of best-in-breed on-premise and Cloud access control solutions provides users the ability to select and implement the solution they need most at the price point they can afford. Also featured will be a highly-versatile IP Intercom Entry Syst...
Aeroturn LLC, a turnstile manufacturer that offers 100% Made In The USA turnstiles, announced that the company is currently manufacturing multiple types of turnstile lanes - all ADA compliant- for five different GSA sites on the northeast, west and east coasts. Businesses, non-profit organisations, and educational institutions can obtain a GSA Schedule Contract to sell products and services to government customers and helps streamline the process. Aeroturn is currently a national preferred manu...
Intersec 2020, a popular security, safety, and fire protection trade show, held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, opened its doors to the latest security safety solutions and three days of agenda-setting discussion, as global industry sources tip the Middle East security sector for 10% annual growth over the next two years. With more than 1,100 exhibitors from 56 countries, Intersec was officially inaugurated by Major General Expert Rashid Thani Al Matrooshi, Director General of Dubai Civil Defence; Major General Abdullah Ali Al Ghaithi, Director of the General Department of Organisations Protective Security & Emergency at Dubai Police, and Major General Khalifa Ibrahim Al Sulais, CEO of the Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA). Automated security solutions As the region’s premier show for commercial security, Intersec plays a crucial role in shaping the the industry" The delegation met top-level dignitaries and representatives from Dubai Police; Came, a provider of automated security solutions; Netherlands-based Nedap, a specialist in systems for long-range identification, smart parking and vehicle access control; Chinese technology giant Huawei, and Axis Communications, a Swedish manufacturer of network cameras for physical security and video surveillance industries. “As the region’s premier show for commercial security, fire protection and safety, Intersec plays a crucial role in shaping the future of these industries,” said HH Sheikh Mansoor. “Protecting our people and assets is a principal responsibility for the UAE and with the Expo 2020 fast-approaching, the implementation of new best practices and technology will solidify the UAE’s position as a leader in security.” Artificial intelligence and machine learning Andreas Rex, Show Director at Messe Frankfurt Middle East, which organises Intersec, added: “No sector is exempt from technological advancement. The emergence of automation, biometrics, artificial intelligence and machine learning is transforming the face of the security sector and helping to address growing concerns surrounding unmanned aerial, cyber and identity fraud risks. As security risks become more complex, so too must the solutions designed to combat them.” As Intersec 2020 welcomed the global security industry to Dubai, the bullish security sector growth forecast was issued by Business France, the French government organisation charged with fostering French exports and promoting inward investment into the country. France, one of 15 international country pavilions at the three-day show at Dubai World Trade Centre, is debuting the most advanced technology emerging across seven broad product sectors: commercial security, smart home, cyber security, fire and rescue, safety and health, homeland security and policing, as well as perimeter and physical security. Access control systems The Czech Republic pavilion is hosting a similar contingent of companies including COMINFO “The Middle East region represents a particularly attractive market for the safety and security sector, which is expected to grow around 10% per year to 2022,” said Frederic Szabo, Managing Director, Business France Middle East, which is hosting 15 French companies at Intersec – 11 of which specialise in fire and rescue. “Increasing the capabilities of infrastructure, securing power plants and oil complexes, protecting sites and people for major events to come are all excellent reasons for French experts to extend their presence in the region,” added Szabo. The Czech Republic pavilion is hosting a similar contingent of companies including COMINFO, a manufacturer of turnstiles, gates and access control systems, which is leveraging Intersec to launch EasyGate Superb – the world’s slimmest, fully-equipped speed gate for access control. Next-generation security risks COMINFO’s regional launch of EasyGate Superb is one in hundreds of major transformative technology breakthroughs at the fair, where the scale of next-generation security risks and the intelligent technology required to prevent and defend against security threats are being explored by local, regional and global industry leaders at Intersec’s comprehensive conference programme. The four-pronged programme, which includes the Intersec Arena, the Future Security Summit and Intersec Fire Conference, and the Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA) forum, has drawn experts from more than 50 countries to Dubai. During a keynote address at the Intersec Arena on Sunday, Eng. Khalid Al Hammadi, Chairman of the Security Professionals Association (SPA), the first association for security professionals in the Middle East, announced the launch of SPA for SIRA, the Dubai agency tasked with ensuring the highest standards of security and safety in the emirate. AI and machine learning applications The event showcases the latest innovations and technologies in one of the most important years for the UAE SPA is a platform that allows security professionals to share and enhance their knowledge of industry best practices. “The industry is advancing towards technologies such as AI and machine learning applications, which will be used as part of the security protocols of Expo 2020,” said Eng Al Hammadi. “This is sure to create an array of job opportunities for individuals within the security sector, and SPA for SIRA will be there to act as a platform that bridges the gap between security professionals and regulators, as well as fostering a platform for knowledge exchange and development.” “Participating in Intersec enables our members to interact with a global network of security experts and learn about the latest security applications and trends within the industry. This event showcases the latest cutting-edge innovations and technologies in one of the most important years for the UAE, which will support the safe and secure logistics of Expo 2020 Dubai,” noted Al Hammadi. Digital and physical security At the conference, representatives from 35 governments, trade associations and non-profit institutions spanning the hydrocarbon, banking and finance, municipality, police, customs and healthcare sectors in the Middle East, Europe and the USA will map out the future security agenda over coming days. Digital security challenges, AI implementation, biometric innovations security loopholes in business ecosystems and the integration of digital and physical security to address critical threats are all key topics under the microscope. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Intersec is supported by Dubai Police, Dubai Police Academy, Dubai Civil Defence, SIRA and Dubai Municipality. Intersec is a trade exhibition and conference open to trade professionals only. The show is open from 10am – 6pm on 20 and 21 January and is held in Halls 2-8, Trade Centre Arena and Sheikh Saeed Halls 1-3 at Dubai World Trade Centre
Boon Edam Inc., a global provider of security entrances and architectural revolving doors, is proud to announce that a revived office building in London, 40 Lime Street, has installed an all-glass Crystal TQ revolving door at the main entrance, in addition to two sets of Speedlane Slide optical turnstiles for increased lobby security. Environment and Security 40 Lime Street is an investment and reinvestment company that has served the London market since 1985. It sits among some highly sought-after, iconic London landmarks, such as Lloyds London, The Shard and 20 Fenchurch Street. Seeking to revitalise all 9 floors of the interior office space, lead architects MMoserAssociates made it their goal to brand the new space as a destination for brokers, with a stylish space to welcome visitors and guests inside the front doors. This included looking into new entrance solutions to meet both security and environmental concerns. Glass Revolving Door They selected the Crystal TQ revolving door to minimise air infiltration while also providing a high aesthetic Architects specified a revolving door early into the design stage. With the building entrance on a main street, it was important that the entrance prevent the outside environment, including unconditioned air, noises, odors and debris, from penetrating into the lobby. They selected the Crystal TQ all-glass revolving door to minimise air infiltration while also providing a high aesthetic. The door also included a few features unique in a Crystal revolving door: a solid canopy, a bronze anodised finish and LED halo lighting. Additionally, automatic door wing locking was included to enhance security after-hours; access control card readers were installed to allow for safe after-hours entry for authorised staff. Optical Turnstiles for Lobby Security As a secondary line of control and security just inside the front doors, a set of Lifeline Speedlane Slide optical turnstiles were installed at either side of the lobby’s reception desk. The Speedlane Slide is known for its sleek design, the sliding motion of its barriers and its ability to offer quick throughput for users. The turnstiles’ aesthetics also fit into the new design of the office building, featuring glossy black glass and stainless steel accents.
A recent IHS Markit report predicted that, by 2030, there will be 125 billion Internet-connected devices participating in the now well-known and widespread Internet of Things (IoT). Network surveillance cameras, lifestyle wearables, and smart home devices are all prime examples of IoT solutions that are capturing an unprecedented amount of information. Now, there are more than three million data centres in the U.S. that are storing, processing and protecting this data. This data has become essential to everyday life for consumers and businesses alike. Consequently, perimeter security for data centres must be taken seriously. It is essential to execute strategies that proactively address security threats and prevent security breaches that would result in the loss of critical information. Best practices Here are five best practices for data centre perimeter security plans: DeterFirst, customers need to implement Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) strategies in order to deter physical breach attempts. This includes erecting fences and gates and using barbed wire. It also involves best practices such as planting tall shrubbery to encourage visitors to utilise better-lit and monitored passageways. CPTED strategies can even include designing winding roads, leading up to the data centre, to discourage vehicles from approaching at high speeds. DetectAs data centres operate 24/7, customers need to deploy solutions that can monitor the premises and detect threats around the clock. First-class FLIR thermal security cameras with long detection ranges and the ability to yield high-contrast images with rich detail are optimal for data centre deployments. These cameras are known for their high-performance even in adverse weather conditions, such as light rain, fog, smoke, or total darkness, that would render a standard video camera ineffective. When integrated with classification analytics, thermal cameras can distinguish between a human or vehicle. When paired with ground-based radar, customers gain redundancy and reduce the likelihood of a false positive. By deploying thermal cameras with HD visible cameras, remote operators can review thermal and visible video streams of the scene for improved alarm verification and intruder identification. DenyWhile video monitoring is one facet of data centre protection, it must be complemented by access control systems to deny entry to unauthorised individuals. Deploying technologies such as video intercoms, card readers, biometric technologies, and turnstiles to reduce piggybacking help to ensure only verified employees or visitors can enter the facility. As people walk further into the facility, from escorted areas to data centre rooms to the data centre cabinet, identity authentication is critical. DelayIntegrating multiple types of security technologies, from thermal to radar to access control, may necessitate higher-level management software so that operators can have a global view of all threats. With a physical security information management (PSIM) solution, operators can easily track all targets on map displays, send alerts to law enforcement, and if necessary, initiate lockdown procedures to seal off critical areas and isolate an intruder. DefendOn a digital level, strong perimeter security plans should also account for cyber threats for edge devices. Implementing cyber-hardening technologies such as network monitoring software, end-to-end encryption between archivers and cameras via Transport Layer Security, and the elimination backdoors are a few examples. Combining these practices to form a single, coherent, and interconnected security strategy ensures data centres are optimally protected.
Aeroturn LLC, global turnstile manufacturer that offers 100% Made in The USA turnstiles, has announced that the company will be returning to the ISC East 2019 show once again to showcase its groundbreaking turnstile solutions to the East Coast in booth #550. The show will take place at the Jacob Javits Center on November 20th and 21st 2019 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ISC East is the Northeast’s largest security trade show where over 7,000 security and public safety professionals convene in New York each year to meet experts from over 300 leading security brands. The combination of one-on-one conversations with the industry’s top innovators, special events, and cutting-edge education makes ISC East the security industry’s most comprehensive east coast event; making it a perfect venue for Aeroturn to continue making its mark on the security industry. Optical portal turnstiles Aeroturn recently joined forces with IPVideo Corp to deliver a one-of-a-kind security solution At the show, attendees will be able to view live demonstrations of Aeroturn’s Optical portal turnstiles with forced entry resistant glass along with a brand-new self-service security screening solution at booth #550. Aeroturn recently joined forces with IPVideo Corp, global manufacturer of audio/video recording, passive weapons detection systems and IOT sensor technology, to deliver a one-of-a-kind security solution that allows visitors/employees to be fully screened for weapons without a physical guard. Once a person enters IPVideo’s ViewScan metal detector and is cleared for entry, the Aeroturn X-Wing turnstile opens automatically and allows access. AeroScan remote integrated metal detector and turnstile “We are looking forward to not only bringing our individual turnstile solutions to the show floor; but introducing our new joint solution with IPVideo Corp. - the first remotely operated all-in-one integrated metal detector and turnstile solution called AeroScan,” states Michael Stoll, VP of Technical Sales & Marketing. He adds, “Aeroturn is proud to have joined forces with such an innovative company as IPVideo Corp. and looks forward to pushing the envelope even further with this new security screening solution.” In addition, Aeroturn will continue the tradition of giving away its complimentary Aeroturn hats in booth #550 at the ISC East 2019 show in New York till supplies last. Aeroturn turnstiles Aeroturn has built a solid reputation by gaining recognition as the industry standard when it comes to quality turnstilesOver the past 15 years, Aeroturn has built a solid reputation by gaining recognition as the industry standard when it comes to quality turnstiles. What makes Aeroturn turnstiles unique is the fact that it can accommodate forced entry resistant glass, which has become extremely important to schools. Moving forward, more and more schools and businesses will be implementing bullet resistant glass at entry points. At this year’s ISC East show, attendees will be able to see first-hand at booth #550 how Aeroturn’s optical portal mantrap turnstile can be used at critical checkpoints and implemented with a full height school guard glass set of moving panels. Self-service security screening A huge benefit of a single or dual portal mantrap turnstile is the engineered flexibility in creating customised solutions that are able to be integrated with metal screening technologies in high throughput locations. There are many options out there for turnstiles; however none offer a dual front door forced-entry resistant passage mantrap that can be fully integrated with metal detectors. The future of self-service security screening is here with one integrated security system working together to protect people and assets. Based out of Oxford, Connecticut, USA, Aeroturn LLC has been offering integrators and end users this century’s turnstiles that include a comprehensive range of turnstile products.
Boon Edam Inc., a global provider of security entrances and architectural revolving doors, announced they are demonstrating an integrated optical turnstile solution in booth #703 at the ISC East exhibition in New York City. ISC East is the largest security trade show in the Northeast region of the US, bringing together 7,000 security and public safety professionals with over 300 leading security brands for the 2-day event. Boon Edam is also the official turnstile sponsor of the show, which runs from November 20-21. Access control technologies are critical for granting or denying entry to secure areas within a building. However, these solutions must be integrated with security entrances to address the risk of intrusion from tailgating. Industry’s slimmest optical turnstile The Circlelock portals enable true multi-factor authentication and provides valuable metrics to predict the risk of infiltration Boon Edam will be displaying the industry’s slimmest optical turnstile, the Lifeline Speedlane Swing, with a custom, integrated pedestal that incorporates the MorphoWave™ touchless fingerprint technology from IDEMIA. This solution enables high throughput with the enhanced security of rapid biometric identification. Boon Edam entry experts will also be on-hand to discuss the entire range of security entrance solutions available, including the Tourlock 180 security revolving door and Circlelock mantrap portals. A popular choice among the Fortune 500, these solutions enable industries to comply with regulations by preventing tailgating and piggybacking without manned supervision. The Circlelock portals also enable true multi-factor authentication and provides valuable metrics to predict the risk of infiltration. For the 12th year in a row, Boon Edam is the official turnstile sponsor of ISC East. The company will display 5 lanes of the Lifeline Speedlane Open at the show’s main entrance. Security entrances The Open turnstile is part of the sleek and modern Lifeline Series of optical turnstiles launched in 2015, which has helped propel Boon Edam to the market-leading position for security entrances, according to “Pedestrian Entrance Control Equipment” by IHS Markit® for the 2014-2016 period.
Boon Edam Inc., a global pioneer in security entrances and architectural revolving doors, announced the results of a survey regarding the risks and security threats associated with tailgating. A majority of the respondents, made up of security professionals, believe that tailgating remains a critical threat and does not seem to be abating. Risk of a breach More than 185 end users and security advisors (consultants and integrators) within the U.S. and Canada responded to eight multiple-choice questions. All respondents shared the same three questions to begin the survey about their general perspective on the risk of a breach from tailgating. Unmanned barriers that prevent tailgating” are effective methods to curtail tailgating End users and the security advisors were then posed different questions to gain more insight into their perceptions about tailgating vulnerability within a facility versus across various industries. Participants were volunteers that responded to social media ads or were in Boon Edam’s contact database. Guards and barriers Based on what participants have seen in the media the past decade, 69% of all the respondents believe that security breaches resulting from tailgating either are holding at the same levels or are increasing. End-user perception of an increasing trend was greater with more than 43% saying they thought it was increasing, while only 35% of security advisors echoed that opinion. In response to this perceived threat, a strong majority of all respondents (77%) say that “guards and barriers” and “unmanned barriers that prevent tailgating” are effective methods to curtail tailgating, but only 18% of end-user respondents indicated they were using either option. There is also a sharp divide between end users and security advisors when it comes to the impact of a tailgate breach. Physical attack on the IT environment Eight percent of end-user respondents believe the cost of violent crime or theft due to tailgating is insignificant, while none (0%) of the security advisors agree. However, 54% of end users and 72% of security advisors believe the cost of a breach would be $500,000 up to “too high to measure.” Meaning that 46% of end users see the potential cost as lower than $500,000 while only 28% of security advisors believe the same. “The risk of tailgating (or the impact) depends on the nature of the business, the type of area and the risk scenarios to be expected. Theft of company goods, valuables, unauthorised entry of press, eavesdropping for espionage or a physical attack on the IT environment,” says one respondent. Turnstiles, security doors Most end user respondents realise that their facilities are vulnerable to physical infiltrationThe survey also highlights the fact that most end user respondents realise that their facilities are vulnerable to physical infiltration. The majority (78%) are taking a reactionary stance to deal with tailgating (using an access control system, guards, cameras and video management software). At the same time, the majority (74%) fail to track tailgating, yet they believe they are vulnerable to a physical breach from tailgating (71%). Only 18% of end users say they are currently using some kind of security entrance (turnstiles, security doors), in addition to other options to physically control access into their facilities. Four percent say they are not using any security technologies at all to curtail tailgating and only 54% say they must comply with government regulations. Potential impact of tailgating The survey demonstrates that security advisors seem to grasp the potential impact of tailgating better than their end-user clients in many cases. A solid majority of security advisors say they discuss the use of security entrances with their clients, with 63% saying they discuss with them ways to mitigate the risk of tailgating and another 68% add that they discuss means to comply with industry regulations. “Our survey shows that security end users and advisors in the Americas see tailgating as a threat that is growing and more needs to be done to address it,” comments Valerie Anderson, President of Boon Edam Inc. “Also, the cost of tailgating breaches is seen as potentially very expensive to priceless -- this indicates there will be continued investments in tailgating prevention at facilities in the coming years.” Prevent physical intrusion While both end users and security advisors agree on the threat posed by tailgating this survey also demonstrates that their perceptions differ. Both end users and security advisors overall see tailgating as a serious issue and there is a high level of perceived vulnerability. A strong majority believes that what they have is not enough to prevent physical intrusion and they understand that physical barriers are the best approach (with guards when applicable). Security advisors see the potential costs of a breach as more expensive than end users – likely because of their exposure to more data concerning breaches and the impact on organisations. They may need to find a way to convince end users the cost of a breach is more expensive than perceived. A majority of security advisors understand and recommend security entrances to mitigate tailgating, but a minority of end users have invested in them even when a majority of them believe they are vulnerable. This implies there are justification and/or budget and approval hurdles to overcome. A majority of end users and security advisors are aware of industry regulations and the need to comply with them. However, a solid majority of end users use reactive, forensic strategies for addressing tailgating (alarming and responding after the fact), which may put them at additional risk of incurring hefty fines.
Entrance control and access control - of the physical kind - are common terms in the security industry which are often used interchangeably, but should they be? Having worked both sides of the fence, with previous roles at TDSi and HID and now the Major Accounts and Marketing Manager at Integrated Design Limited, Tony Smith highlights the subtle but important differences between these two terms and the systems they refer to, outlining how they should work together to achieve optimal security. Access control is a system which provides discriminating authentication Access control provides a discriminating authentication process and comprises the software or hardware that defines the criteria for acceptance or denial Used to describe a system which performs identification of users and authentication of their credentials (deciding whether or not the bearer of those credentials is permitted admission) access control is an incredibly broad term. Access control provides a discriminating authentication process and comprises the software or hardware that defines the criteria for acceptance or denial of an individual to a restricted area. Entrance control – such as security turnstiles - takes the output of that validation and has the capability to see whether that criteria is being adhered to, either granting or denying access as appropriate. Entrance control is the hardware responsible for keeping people honest If access control verifies authorised personnel using their credentials – their face, fingerprints, PIN number, fob, key card etc – and decides whether or not they are permitted access, entrance control is the hardware which enforces that decision by making users present their credentials in the correct way, either opening to allow pedestrian access or remaining closed to bar entry and potentially raising an alarm. For example, a card reader acts as an access control device, recognising the card holder as having the correct permissions and saying ‘yes, this person can pass’. But, it’s the entrance control system – a turnstile, for example – which actually physically allows or denies access. Physical access and video surveillance Some entrance control systems don’t feature a physical barrier, however. Fastlane Optical turnstiles will not physically stop an unauthorised person from passing through, and instead alarm when someone fails to present valid credentials, alerting security staff that a breach has occurred. These kinds of turnstiles are suited to environments which just need to delineate between the public and secure side of an entrance, with less need to physically prevent unauthorised users from entering. State of the art access control integrations have been installed for award-winning complex, The Bower It’s also possible to capture video footage of any incidents, allowing security personnel to identify users failing to abide by the access control system’s rules, using It’s also possible to capture video footage of incidents, allowing security personnel to identify users failing to abide by access control system rules the footage to decide on the level of response required. The breach could have been the result of a member of staff being in a hurry and failing to show their card before passing through, in which case they can be reminded about the security protocol. Or, it could be an unidentified person who needs to be escorted from the premises. Entrance control and access control working together For optimum security, access control and entrance control should work together, with the entrance control system enhancing the use of the access control system, making it more efficient and better value for money. The two can’t effectively operate without each other. Security turnstiles, for example, require something to tell them that someone is about to enter – the access control system does this – and, the access control system needs a method of stopping people when they don’t badge in correctly. The two systems are complementary.
Back in the 1960s a lead engineer working in conjunction with the United States Navy for Lockheed’s Skunk Works team coined the acronym KISS, which translated to the design principle ‘keep it simple stupid’. The KISS principle embraces the concept of simplicity, stating that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than geared up to be more complicated. When it comes to physical security systems, this concept can also play a key element in its overall success. Secure work environments For years the tug of war in the security industry has pitted the need for a secure environment against the desire for technology that is convenient for users. However, finding a happy medium between the two has often seemed elusive. I believe you can design and have operational convenience at the same time as achieving high security" Jeff Spivey, a security consultant and the CEO of Security Risk Management, has this to say about it, “If there is an understanding of the security-related risks and their separate and/or collective impact on the organisation’s bottom line business goals, a resolution can be reached.” Jeff also does not think that convenience and high security have to be opposing each other. He says, “I believe you can design and have operational convenience at the same time as achieving high security.” Importance of secure access control The premise is that for organisations and spaces to be truly secure, they must be difficult to access. So, by its very nature, access control is designed to be restrictive, allowing only authorised staff and visitors to access a facility or other secured areas inside. This immediately puts convenience at odds with security. Most people will tolerate the restrictive nature of a controlled entrance using badge, card or biometric because they understand the need for security. When that technology gets in the way of staff traversing freely throughout the facility during the course of a business day, or hindering potential visitors or vendors from a positive experience entering the building, they become less tolerant, which often leads to negative feedback to the security staff. Enhancing corporate security Security consultants like Spivey and security directors all stress that understanding the threats and risk levels of an organisation will most likely dictate its physical security infrastructure and approach. All the technology in the world is useless if it is not embraced by those who are expected to use it and it doesn’t fit the culture of the organisation. Once employees and customers are educated about what security really is, they understand that they're not losing convenience, they're gaining freedom to move safely from point A to point B. Converged data and information shape new access options Migration of physical access control systems to a more network-centric platform is a game-changer for security technologies The migration of physical access control systems to a more network-centric platform has been a game-changer for emerging security technology options. The expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT), Near-Field Communication devices powered by Bluetooth technology, and the explosion of converged information systems and identity management tools that are now driving access control are making it easier than ever before for employees and visitors to apply for clearance, permissions and credentials. Wireless and proximity readers Advancements in high-performance wireless and proximity readers have enhanced the user’s access experience when presenting credentials at an entry and expediting movement throughout a facility. A user is now able to access a secured office from street-level without ever touching a key or card. Using a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or triggering a facial recognition technology, they enter the building through a security revolving door or turnstile. A total building automation approach adds extra convenience, as well as seamless security, when access technology is integrated into other systems like elevator controls. A total building automation approach adds extra convenience and seamless security How to Meet Security Concerns at the Entry While security managers are charged with providing their facilities the maximum level of security possible, there is always the human element to consider. But does the effort to make people comfortable with their security system ecosystem come at a cost? Does all this convenience and the drive to deliver a positive security experience reduce an organisation’s overall levels of security? And if so, how can we continue to deliver the same positive experience including speed of entry – while improving risk mitigation and threat prevention? Door entrances, barriers Users can slip through the door or turnstile barriers while they are still open after a credentialed individual has gone through Let’s examine some of the various types of entrances being used at most facilities and the security properties of each. With some entrance types, there is the possibility for security to fall short of its intended goals in a way that can’t be addressed by access control technology alone. In particular, with many types of doors and barriers, tailgating is possible: users can slip through the door or turnstile barriers while they are still open after a credentialed individual has gone through. To address this, many organisations hire security officers to supervise the entry. While this can help to reduce tailgating, it has been demonstrated that officers are not immune to social engineering and can often be “talked into” letting an unauthorised person into a facility. Deploying video cameras, sensors Some organisations have deployed video surveillance cameras or sensors to help identify tailgaters after the fact or a door left open for longer than rules allow. This approach is not uncommon where facilities have attempted to optimise throughput and maintain a positive experience for staff and visitors. Security staff monitoring the video feeds can alert management so that action can be taken – but this is at best a reactive solution. It does not keep the unauthorised persons from entering, and so is not a totally secure solution. Optical turnstiles, speedgates Security staff should carefully evaluate its facility’s needs and consider the technology that is built into the door itself Security staff should carefully evaluate its facility’s needs and consider the technology that is built into the door itself. Not all security entrances work the same way. And, there will always be a balance between security and convenience – the more secure the entry, the less convenient it is for your personnel and visitors to enter your facility. For example, it takes more time to provide 2-factor authentication and enter through a mantrap portal than to provide only one credential and enter through an optical turnstile or speedgate. Perimeter protection So, it is an important first step to determine what is right at every entrance point within and around the perimeter. Remember that convenience does not equate to throughput. Convenience is the ease and speed of entry experienced by each individual crossing that threshold, while throughput relates to the speed at which many individuals can gain access to the facility. A more convenient entry makes a better first impression on visitors and is good for overall employee morale. Throughput is more functional; employees need to get logged in to begin their workday (and often to clock in to get paid), and they quickly become frustrated and dissatisfied when waiting in a long line to enter or exit the premises. Considering form and function when designing a security entrance can ensure that those requiring both high-security and convenience are appeased.
The statistics are staggering. The death tolls are rising. And those who now fear environments that were once thought to be safe zones like school campuses, factories, commercial businesses and government facilities, find themselves having to add the routine of active-shooter drills into their traditional fire drill protocols. The latest active shooter statistics released by the FBI earlier this year in their annual active-shooter report designated 27 events as active shooter incidents in 2018. The report reveals that 16 of the 27 incidents occurred in areas of commerce, seven incidents occurred in business environments, and five incidents occurred in education environments. Deadly active-shooter events Six of the 12 deadliest shootings in the country have taken place in the past five years Six of the 12 deadliest shootings in the country have taken place in the past five years, including Sutherland Springs church, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the San Bernardino regional center, the Walmart in El Paso and the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, which have all occurred since 2015. Although these incidents occurred in facilities with designated entry points common to churches, schools and businesses, the two most deadly active-shooter events since 2015 were the Route 91 Harvest music festival shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 dead and the Pulse nightclub killings in Orlando where 49 perished. As Christopher Combs, special agent in charge of the FBI field office in San Antonio, Texas, said during a news conference following the August 31 mass shooting in Odessa, Texas that claimed seven lives: “We are now at almost every two weeks seeing an active shooter in this country." Active shooter incidents Between December 2000 and December 2018, the FBI’s distribution of active shooter incidents by location looks like this: Businesses Open to Pedestrian Traffic (74) Businesses Closed to Pedestrian Traffic (43) K-12 Schools (39) Institutions of Higher Learning (16) Non-Military Government Properties (28) Military Properties—Restricted (5) Healthcare Facilities (11) Houses of Worship (10) Private Properties (12) Malls (6) What the majority of these venues have in common is they all have a front entrance or chokepoint for anyone entering the facilities, which is why any active-shooter plan must include a strategy to secure that entry point. Situational awareness in perimeter and door security Preventing people with the wrong intentions from entering the space is the goal" According to Paul Franco, an A&E with more than 28 years of experience as a consultant and systems integrator focusing on schools, healthcare and large public and private facilities, that while active shooter incidents continue to rise, the residual effect has been an increase in situational awareness in perimeter and door security. “Certainly, protecting people and assets is the number one goal of all our clients. There are multiple considerations in facilities like K-12 and Healthcare. Preventing people with the wrong intentions from entering the space is the goal. But a critical consideration to emphasise to your client is getting that person out of your facility and not creating a more dangerous situation by locking the person in your facility,” says Franco. High-security turnstiles “Schools today are creating a space for vetting visitors prior to allowing access into the main facility. Using technology properly like high-security turnstiles offer great benefits in existing schools where space constraints and renovation costs can be impractical.” What steps should they be taken when recommending the proper door security to ensure the building is safe As a consultant/integrator, when discussions are had with a client that has a facility in a public space like a corporate building, government centre or industrial facility, what steps should they be taken when recommending the proper door security to ensure the building is safe and can protect its people and assets? For Frank Pisciotta, President and CEO of Business Protection Specialists, Inc. in Raleigh, North Carolina, a fundamental element of his security strategy is making appropriate recommendations that are broad-based and proactive. Properly identifying the adversaries “As a consultant, my recommendations must include properly identifying the adversaries who may show up at a client’s door, the likelihood of that event occurring, the consequences of that event occurring, determining if there are tripwires that can be set so an organisation can move their line of defence away from the door, educating employees to report potential threats and creating real-time actionable plans to respond to threats. A more reactionary posture might include such thing as target hardening such as ballistic resistant materials at entry access points to a facility,” Pisciotta says. Veteran consultant David Aggleton of Aggleton & Associates of Mission Viejo, California recommends that clients compartmentalise their higher security areas for limited access by adding multiple credential controls (card + keypad + biometric), along with ‘positive’ access systems that inhibit tailgating/piggybacking such as secure turnstiles, revolving door and mantrap if your entrances and security needs meet the required space and access throughput rates. Integrated solution of electronic access control Defining a single point of entry in some public facilities is becoming the new standard of care according to many A&Es and security consultants, especially in a school environment. This approach allows a concerted effort when it comes to staffing, visitor monitoring and an integrated technology solution. The bottom line remains: most buildings are vulnerable to a security breach A proactive stance to securing a door entryway will use an integrated solution of electronic access control, turnstiles, revolving doors and mantraps that can substantially improve a facility’s security profile. The bottom line remains: most buildings are vulnerable to a security breach, so it’s not a matter of if there will be a next active shooter tragedy, it’s only a matter of where. Enhancing access control assurance “There is no easy answer to this question,” says Pisciotta referring to how a secured entrance can deter an active shooter. “There have been at least two high-profile incidents of adversaries shooting their way into a facility through access control barriers. So, if the threat so dictates, a ballistic resistant might be required.” He concludes: “There is obviously no question that turnstiles, revolving doors and man traps enhance access control assurance. Electronic access control is easy to integrate with these devices and providing that credentials are secure, approval processes are in place, change management is properly managed and the appropriate auditing measures in place, access control objectives can be met.”
Despite any negativity you may hear, Hikvision is optimistic about their role in the U.S. market. “We demonstrate that we can be trusted, and that we should be trusted,” says Jeffrey He, Vice President, Hikvision, and President, Hikvision USA and Hikvision Canada. “We have sound products and technology. Our mission in the security industry is to protect, not to harm. Otherwise why would we be in this industry?” Hikvision is committed to investing in the North American market, where there was ‘positive year-over-year growth’ in 2018 and ‘strong’ sales in Q1 this year, according to Eric Chen, General Manager of Hikvision USA and Hikvision Canada. HikCentral central management software The company’s U.S. focus is shifting from products to solution sales, with emphasis on ‘mid-market’ small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The largest verticals are retail and education, and there are emerging opportunities in the cannabis market. Launch of the HikCentral central management software (CMS) is a component of the company’s solution-sales approach. Launch of the HikCentral central management software is a component of the company’s solution-sales approachMr. He acknowledges the growth of ‘anti-China sentiment’ in the United States and other parts of the world, which he says will impact Hikvision’s operations globally. Specifically, in the U.S., ‘political’ elements impacting Hikvision’s business include ongoing tariffs and a trade war, Congressional calls for export controls and sanctions, and a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that bans use of Chinese video surveillance products in government applications. Specifying cybersecurity initiatives at ISC West In spite of it all, Hikvision’s message at the recent ISC West show was overwhelmingly positive, and the company also detailed cybersecurity initiatives they say put the Chinese company ahead of many competitors in the industry. Eric Chen came in as General Manager last year; he previously spent a decade working for Hikvision in China. Chen reports solid 18.8% year-over-year growth for Hikvision globally, totalling $7.4 billion last year. He notes the company saw 40% compounded growth between 2010 and 2018. Globally, there are 34,000 employees, 16,000 of whom are research and development (R&D) engineers. Hikvision’s expanding global footprint includes 46 international branches. There are three manufacturing facilities in China, in addition to one in India. HikRewards program for HDP customers At ISC West, Hikvision’s theme was ‘Focus on Your Success’, including introduction of the HikRewards program that provides rebates to HDP (Hikvision Dealer Partner) customers, their core dealer base. A new online Hikvision Knowledge Library for HDPs provides training and reference materials dealers can share with employees. A new tech centre, introduced in December, provides data sheets, product information, and support resources. There is also a North American R&D team headquartered in Montreal. At the industry’s largest U.S. trade show, Hikvision unveiled a brand-new booth with plenty of open space and video walls A customer satisfaction survey launched in March provided good feedback from customers. “They know who to call if they have a problem,” says Chen. “We want to focus on making customers successful.” The success theme also extends to Hikvision employees, who are featured in videos describing their jobs and enthusiasm for Hikvision. There are some 400 employees in the North American operation. At the industry’s largest U.S. trade show, Hikvision unveiled a brand-new booth with plenty of open space and video walls. Half of the booth was focussed on solutions, especially retail and education, and also gaming and commercial real estate. Security products displayed at ISC West A variety of devices, including access control, intercoms and cameras, are integrated using the HikCentral CMS systemProduct highlights at the ISC West booth included the 32-megapixel PanoVu multi-sensor dome camera, whose 180-degree panoramic image was displayed on a 65-inch monitor. A variety of devices, including access control, intercoms and cameras, are integrated using the HikCentral CMS system. Some products new to the North American market, including intercoms, turnstiles, emergency call stations, and under-vehicle inspection, were displayed. Hikvision’s deep learning products are moving into their second generation, including the ability to obscure private information on videos to comply with GDPR/privacy requirements (previewed at ISC West and released later in the year). Algorithm components of Hikvision’s DeepInMind artificial intelligence are being adapted into a platform called AcuSense for value-priced products, which can recognise a human or vehicle and help filter out false alarms. Also being adapted to products with lower price points are the ColorVu system that incorporates visible light LEDs to provide colour images at night, and DarkFighter low-light capabilities. Penetration testing of cameras and NVRs As a global manufacturer, Hikvision faces a high level of scrutiny about cybersecurity, which Mr. Chen says is “a good thing for us,” enabling them to highlight the steps they are taking to improve cybersecurity. Chuck Davis, Director of Cybersecurity, outlined specific milestones Hikvision has achieved in its quest to provide world-class cybersecurity. Chuck Davis, Director of Cybersecurity, outlined specific milestones Hikvision has achieved in its quest to provide world-class cybersecurity In September 2017, Hikvision began working with third parties (including Rapid7) for penetration testing (ethical hacking) of its cameras and recorders. That same month, Hikvision set up a Cybersecurity Hotline open to anyone with questions about cybersecurity, including white-hat hackers and researchers. Even before that, Hikvision had an open-door policy on cybersecurity and a program for patching and disclosing responsibility. In February of 2018, Hikvision released a 40-page Cybersecurity White Paper describing cybersecurity testing and processes built into the software development lifecycle. That same month, Hikvision launched an Opened Source Code Transparency Center and offered an open invitation to anyone wanting to inspect Hikvision’s source code and let them know of any vulnerabilities. FIPS 140-2 certification by NIST Hikvision has also become a Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) Numbering Authority (CNA), which ensures their patching and incident reporting programs have been reviewed by a CNA partnering company. Hikvision's encryption module (HIKSSL) received Level 1 FIPS 140-2 certification to be used in both IP cameras and NVRsIn August, Hikvision received Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certification, a U.S. government encryption standard created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Hikvision's encryption module (HIKSSL) received Level 1 FIPS 140-2 certification to be used in both IP cameras and NVR products. Davis said the FIPS 140-2 certification process began before the NDAA ban on use of Hikvision products in the U.S. government, and in any case is a standard that ensures a high level of encryption. “We wanted to make sure we had the same level of technology,” he says. “It was not to win over the government.” Making industry more cybersecure “We are really trying to have third parties test and certify our equipment,” adds Davis. “We are trying to be open and transparent. Education and awareness are key.” “We need the trust of customers in the security community,” says Mr. He. “No matter what, we have to follow the highest standards to offset the concerns and accusations.” In April 2018, Davis became a member of the Security Industry Association (SIA) Cybersecurity Advisory Board to help make the entire industry more cybersecure through education, awareness and standards. Hikvision has also joined the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST at first.org), a global cybersecurity incident response consortium that cooperatively handles computer security incidents and promotes incident prevention programs. Davis has presented Cybersecurity Road Shows in 22 cities in the United States and Canada, and also in Australia and New Zealand. The 90-minute presentations focus on education awareness around cybersecurity and seek to get attendees engaged and aware about cybersecurity in business and also in their homes.
Recent technology advances – from the cloud to artificial intelligence, from mobile credentials to robotics – will have a high profile at the upcoming ISC West exhibition hall. Several of these technologies were recently designated by the Security Industry Association as the Top 8 security technologies for security and public safety. Some of them will also be a focus at the ISC West conference program, SIA Education@ISC, April 9-11 at the Sands Expo Center. This article will highlight some of those conference sessions. Topic: Cloud Systems and Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) Managed Video Services are saving TD Bank $500K annually, April 9, 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. Why TD Bank decided to roll out a managed services solution, what it took to deploy and how the bank is saving an astounding $500,000 annually. IT 4.0 and Video Surveillance: A Guide to the New Terminology and What It Means to You and Your Customers, April 11, 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. How IT 4.0 can enhance or change video surveillance, and consequently deliver additional value to customers, including explanations of terms such as cloud data centers, personal clouds, the edge, IoT sensors and data analytics. One of the sessions to cover how IT 4.0 can enhance or change video surveillance, and consequently deliver additional value to customers Topic: Artificial Intelligence (AI) In Video and Other Systems The Challenges and Opportunities of AI in Physical Security, April 10, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Looking toward what the future may hold for AI in physical security; the challenges and opportunities the technology has created; and how participants can leverage AI and machine learning with existing customers to grow their business. Deep Learning Demystified: Next-Generation AI Applied to Video, April 11, 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Dispelling the myths of the terms “deep learning” and “artificial intelligence,” and what the technologies can do in practical terms. Modern cameras find and identify faces and vehicles, analyse behavior and organise and control assets Neural Processing and Smart Cameras, April 9, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Deep learning-capable hardware is evolving at a frantic pace, and GPU and NPU (neural processing unit) co-processors are commonly embedded in cameras and video management systems. Modern cameras find and identify faces and vehicles, analyse behavior and organise and control assets. Analytics in the Video Central Station: Proper Deployment, Programming and Configuration to optimise operational and cost efficiencies, April 11, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. How analytics plays a critical role in reducing alarm traffic in a central station environment, allowing them to save money and realise other operational and performance efficiencies. Topic: Robotics and Autonomous Devices Robotic Aerial Security – Growth Trends and Best Practices, April 10, 11 a.m. to noon The lion’s share of growth in the robotic aerial security sector will come from autonomous systems and changing FAA regulations will soon allow companies to monitor and secure remote facilities with no human guards present. Racing drones are difficult to detect as they do not use GPS or radio frequency signals to identify the location of other devices How to Adapt to Address Drone Security, April 11, 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Drone industry professionals and a physical security design engineer will cover the realistic applications of drone systems and counter-drone solutions that can protect organisations and facilities. Next Generation Threat: Racing Drones, April 11, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Racing drones are difficult to detect as they do not use GPS or radio frequency signals to identify the location of other devices. This session will identify the potential risks these drones can pose to facilities, special events, and critical infrastructure. Establishing a Corporate Drone Program, April 10, 9:45 to 10:45 p.m. Is a corporate drone program an appropriate addition to an existing security program? How to understand and navigate the regulatory challenges and processes associated with starting up a commercial-use drone program. The Rise of Intelligence in Physical Security, April 11, 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. “Intelligence” incorporates a variety of subdomains from artificial intelligence to machine learning and contextual analysis. It is rapidly becoming a focus in the realm of IT security – and increasingly in the realm of physical security, too. Changing FAA regulations will soon allow companies to monitor and secure remote facilities with no human guards present Topic: Mobile Credentials Finding Their Place in Access Control How Biometrics Are Enabling the Convergence of Physical and Information Security, April 10, 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. At the center of convergence is one crucial building block: strong irrefutable identity powered by biometrics. Driving the Future: How Interoperability Standards in Access Control Can Enable Smart Building Success, April 9, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Growing user demand is driving new open platform approaches and the adoption of interoperability standards Growing user demand for unfettered and unlimited third-party integrations is now driving new open platform approaches and the adoption of interoperability standards. They are changing the dynamic of access control and its role within the smart building environment. Topic: Facial Biometrics in Professional Solutions How Biometrics Are Enabling the Convergence of Physical and Information Security, April 10, 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. Securing workstations, virtual desktops, turnstiles, front doors, mobile devices and more, biometric authentication is helping enterprises and governments worldwide to realise a more secure future. Topic: Voice Control in the Smart Home Environment Delivering the Smart Home of the Future, April 11, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. With the proliferation of connected smart devices, including voice control devices, consumers have a growing array of options for defining what their Smart Home experience could be.
Activity slowed on the last day of ISC West in Las Vegas, but there was plenty of momentum remaining and plenty more to see. In the end, Reed Exhibitions declared 2018 the biggest and most successful year to date for the show. There were an additional 4,000 square feet of exhibit space compared to last year and a 6 percent growth in overall attendance, according to Reed. The cloud, biometrics, deep learning and other technologies were among the big topics at the show, and even smaller exhibitors were pleased with the results. In particular, emerging technologies were successfully highlighted. Cloud-based video systems Cloud video company Eagle Eye Networks announced multiple new offerings at ISC West. One was the first cloud-based video system that accommodates HD-over-coax cameras using the HD-TVI protocol to operate over existing coaxial cabling. In effect, cameras connect with an HD-TVI recorder, which plugs into Eagle Eye Networks’ on-site hardware “bridge” connecting to the Internet. Eagle Eye Networks has also integrated Hikvision body-worn cameras into their cloud system; transmitting video using the Eagle Eye Bridge ensures end-to-end encryption and the evidentiary integrity of the video. Analytics in the cloud can be turned on and off at will for each camera, and could be deployed over a weekend and switched off the following week “A few years ago, fewer customers were ready to adopt the cloud,” says Ken Francis, President of Eagle Eye Networks. “Now market adoption is changing, and customers don’t want on-site hardware. End-users are driving the move to cloud systems.” He estimates the evolution is about halfway complete, and Eagle Eye Networks continues to sign up new dealers every month because their customers are asking for the cloud. Eagle Eye Networks’ third new offering at ISC West is “analytics in the cloud,” including familiar analytics such as intrusion, people counting and loitering. Francis says the economics of the cloud make implementation of analytics much more affordable – about $4 per camera. Analytics in the cloud can be turned on and off at will for each camera. For example, analytics could be deployed over a weekend and then switched off the following week. “It’s a far more economically attractive and cost-effective service than on-site,” says Francis. the economics of the cloud make implementation of analytics much more affordable Augmented identity: biometrics in security Biometrics continue to make their way into the mainstream of the security market, and IDEMIA brought its message of “augmented identity” to ISC West. IDEMIA (formerly OT-Morpho) provides systems to the largest biometrics users in the world, including big customers such as the FBI and Interpol, and large-scale government projects around the globe. “If you can handle projects that big, enterprise applications are no problem,” says Gary Jones, Vice President, Global Channel & Marketing, Biometric Access & Time Solutions. He says that the company’s technologies apply to any vertical market, and they are especially common in major airports and big financial institutions, in addition to government. The company’s MorphoWave product allows users to wave their hand, and the system captures a three-dimensional shape of fingerprints. The touchless system is also “frictionless” -- it enables fast decision-making that promotes high throughput rates. Artificial intelligence applications AI and deep learning have been big topics of conversation at ISC West, and I saw a company on the last day of the show with a different take on the subject. BrainChip uses a type of AI called “spiking neural networking” that models the operation of neurons in the human brain - in contrast to “convolutional neural networks,” which use a series of math functions to train from pre-labelled data sets. The BrainChip Studio software can search vast amounts of video footage rapidly to identify either faces, patterns or objects. Applications are in law enforcement, counter-terrorism and intelligence agencies.The BrainChip Studio software can search vast amounts of video footage rapidly to identify either faces, patterns or objects “We search for specific things,” said Bob Beachler, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Business Development. The software can search hundreds of live or recorded camera feeds for a unique graphic pattern on an item of clothing or on a bag carried by a person, for example. The technology only requires modest processing power and consumes little energy, so it can be used with legacy systems without requiring hardware or infrastructure upgrades. Emerging Technology Zone A new Emerging Technology Zone at ISC West included participation by around 40 companies that are startups and/or new to the security industry. The section opened an hour before the main show floor and was located near the registration area, which increased traffic. “Generally speaking some people said it was hard to find, but I think it’s better for us as someone new to the market, rather than being on the main floor where you can get lost in the shuffle,” said Jeffrey Weiner, Vice President, Networks & Business Solutions, at Mersoft. “It was really smart that they opened this an hour earlier.” Mersoft, one of the Emerging Technology Zone exhibitors, has developed a software product to help the security industry do a better job of streaming live video. The software eliminates the startup delay and lag in live video. With dedicated software, video can be consumed by a browser or mobile app more easily Live video streaming “We accomplish that in two ways,” says Weiner. “One, we don’t trans-code the video into another format. Instead, we convert a security camera’s video from RTSP (real time streaming protocol) to WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication), an open-source technology that has been used extensively in video conferencing, but not so much in security. The video can be consumed by a browser or mobile app more easily, and we don’t need a player on the client, which is another way we reduce lag.” Another advantage is that WebRTC is natively encrypted; every packet is encrypted. In contrast, applications that transmit RTSP have to be wrapped in a VPN (virtual private network) tunnel, which takes some effort to maintain and is a battery hog on a mobile device. Also, multi-casting of video is easier, even using streams of various resolutions. Mersoft works through partnerships, offering a cloud-hosted service on Amazon and a version that can be installed on a local server. They have worked with several DIY camera sellers (who use cloud services), and with some major commercial service providers. “A new partnership strategy we are exploring is with systems integrators, who can incorporate Mersoft and provide a differentiator by improving their video performance,” says Weiner. The 22-year-old company is new to security, and ISC West provides opportunities for in-depth conversations preparing for a future in the security sector. Customisable turnstile solutions Delta highlighted their new designer series turnstiles, whose colourful appearance led booth visitors to ask about customisation Even the smaller companies, located toward the back of the hall, were enthusiastic about ISC West this year. “The show has been great,” says Vanessa Howell, project manager of Delta Turnstiles. “We did get a lot of traffic. I am a niche product, so it’s not so much about quantity as quality [of leads]. I had great quality at the show.” Being away from competitors, which are grouped next to each other in the front of the hall, was an upside of the turnstile company’s booth location toward the back. Delta highlighted their new designer series turnstiles, whose colourful appearance led booth visitors to ask about customisation. “They ask: ‘Why are turnstiles only sold in basic models?’” says Howell. “’Why can’t they look like a piece of art since they are the first thing people see when they enter a building?’ People are very open to making them prettier.” Delta Turnstiles has been coming to ISC West since 2006. “I have manufacturer’s reps, and this is one of two times I get to see them in one place, and they bring a lot of customers to me at the booth,” says Howell. “This is my only face-to-face meetings with some customers. I speak mostly over the phone.” Valuable face-to-face engagement was a benefit of ISC West, and many of those meetings will likely set the stage for continuing successes in our vibrant market. Until next year.
Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust (DCLT) is a registered charity delivering premier leisure provision venues across Doncaster. DCLT offers a diverse range of health, fitness, leisure, and entertainment activities to customers to help to achieve a healthier community across Doncaster. DCLT’s premier venue, The Dome, required a new solution that would protect several areas, including one of the largest gym’s in Doncaster, The Fitness Village. DCLT had a specific brief for this project that specified enhancing the staff and customer experience, while simultaneously providing access control solutions to restricted areas from the general public, members, and staff alike. Alongside interfacing the onsite gym membership system to enable a single source of data to populate the access control and automate the process, the Trust was also in a transition period of moving members from barcode to RFID badges. Advanced fast-acting swing speed gates Moreover, the entrance to The Fitness Village gym was also under renovation. The access control system would also need to feature advanced fast-acting swing speed gates and slim lanes. Advanced user obstacle protection also had to be kept in consideration to keep members safe during peak times when there would be a high level of footfall from visitors. Solutions Provided: Oliver Law Security (OLS) did not hesitate to recommend the Vanderbilt ACT365 system. ACT365 is not only a fully cloud-based product; it offers a flexible solution for installation and management that OLS identified as a key ingredient to meet DCLT’s project brief. In addition to DCLT’s security requirement, OLS also realised ACT365 as an ideal solution for this task, given the product’s very focused API integration. Thanks to the ACT365 interface, OLS was able to integrate DCLT’s gym management system to enable single-source data to be used to populate the access control system, keep records up-to-date, and enhance customer experience. For instance, previously, the older system had taken up to 3-5 seconds to validate members and open the entry turnstiles. Once the API interface had been achieved, this validation is now done instantly through ACT365 and allows members with active memberships through the entry points without any minimal delay. The scope of this project, although not significant in the number of doors, was a very technical project with integration into SQL server and a third-party membership system with the potential for thousands of would-be users. Key Highlights: According to OLS, using ACT365 and its API interface is a game-changer for this type of project. With multiple updates per day, the access control system is always fully populated with the correct, validated members ensuring DCLT’s premier venue, The Dome, is protected against memberships that have lapsed. The system is very user-friendly and can grow with DCLT’s plan for the future, and adding further developed integration for other areas within the near future. The system is entirely cloud-based offers an off-premise solution with no additional new servers required or PC’s running software. Through the ACT365 app, DCLT’s site administrators can manage the system for staff. The solution that OLS has implemented has removed the need for old, antiquated technologies and moved DCLT’s security system forward to the cloud and future-proof solutions. The beauty of the interface is once the schedule runs, all information is autonomously sent to the ACT365 database, meaning adding new memberships, updating memberships, or revoking access is seamless, not tying up staff verifying and administering the membership/access control systems respectively.
Alvarado is pleased to announce the latest in state-of-the-art technology for guest admission applications, the IntraQ-SU5000 optical gate admission turnstile. Recently installed for guest entry validation at State Farm Arena in Atlanta and Gaylord Opryland Resort’s $90 million-dollar SoundWave Waterpark in Nashville, the IntraQ-SU5000 combines the self-validation and fast throughput of our admission devices with the intelligent optical detection system of our flagship SU5000 security turnstile. The result is a highly effective access control solution with an upscale look to complement any venue’s interior. Intelligent optical detection The IntraQ-SU5000’s intelligent optical detection system recognises and notifies of instances A driving reason behind both high-profile installations was the easy interaction between guests and the IntraQ-SU5000. The bright TFT touchscreen display provides customisable visual instructions and allows venues to display logos and generate revenue through on-screen advertising. As guests approach and validate their printed or digital credentials, panels open away, providing touchless entry. Because the devices offer self-validation, staff can greet and assist guests and pay greater attention to possible security threats. The results are faster validation and substantially higher throughput rates when compared to validation using handheld scanning devices. Helping to ensure that each guest is validated upon entry, the IntraQ-SU5000’s intelligent optical detection system recognises and notifies of instances such as tailgating or forced entry attempts. Blending seamlessly into any environment The IntraQ-SU5000’s many available options allow the units to blend seamlessly into any environment. Custom cabinet colours, panel illumination in team or venue colours and logo etching on the moving or side panels are just a few of the customisation options available. The IntraQ-SU5000 works seamlessly with Alvarado’s widely used GateLink10 admission control software The IntraQ-SU5000 works seamlessly with Alvarado’s widely used GateLink10 admission control software. A DirectConnect API is also available, supporting direct plug and play connections to widely used ticketing/access systems such as Ticketmaster (including Presence), Tickets.com, Paciolan, NeuLion, Accesso and many other ticketing companies in the collegiate, professional, performing arts and general admission space. Browser-based application As an added benefit, the IntraQ-SU5000 and all of Alvarado’s intelligent admission products come with GateUtility (GU). This browser-based application provides remote control of all Alvarado devices installed at a facility, allowing users to change screen graphics and sound files, open individual (or all) turnstile barriers to provide a clear passageway during or after event and update software and device configurations. With over 20 years’ experience providing admission devices and access control software, Alvarado products help venues around the globe transform the access process throughout the venue.
A grocery chain was experiencing a shoplifting problem at several of its locations. The shrinkage loss was significant and was impacting store profitability. Having worked with Alvarado in the past, the chain reached out to Garda Construction and Dale Staton at Alvarado to help craft a solution. The store had an open layout, and while visually appealing, shoppers could easily walk out without passing through a checkstand. EAS equipment would periodically alarm when a patron or thief walked out the door, but because alarms were common, they were generally ignored. Monitored checkstand area Dale explained that the optimum solution would be a barrier that allows patrons to easily enter the shopping floor For purposes of theft control, Dale explained that the optimum solution would be a barrier that allows patrons to easily enter the shopping floor, while providing a physical deterrent from exiting the store without first passing through a monitored checkstand area. Acting on Dale’s suggestion, the store installed Alvarado’s SW500 motorised gate with camera-based detection and presence technology, along with Alvarado’s modular post and railing. After patrons pass through the exterior bi-parting doors, they approach the gate to enter the merchandise area. The gate opens automatically, allowing access. When the gate is closed, if a patron (or thief) walks up to the gate to exit, a pulsing alarm sound warns the patron and alerts store personnel. If the patron backs out of the detection area, the alarm stops. If the patron continues and attempts to push or pull the gate open, a sustained alarm provides additional notification. Fewer false openings and unwanted alarms The use of camera-based detection provides significant benefits. Traditional detection technologies, such as microwave or PIR, make it very difficult (and sometimes impossible) to accurately define motion and presence sensing detection areas, resulting in unwanted openings and false alarms caused simply by normal store traffic patterns. After installation of Alvarado’s products, the traffic pattern into and out of the stores changed dramatically Alvarado’s camera-based detection technology, which is installed in the top cap of the gate, allows both the entry and exit sensing areas of the SW500 to be accurately defined using an included software application. An accurate detection pattern results in substantially greater application flexibility and far fewer false openings and unwanted alarms. After installation of Alvarado’s products, the traffic pattern into and out of the stores changed dramatically. Camera-based motion detection Store personnel also commented that numerous patrons suspected of being shoplifters stopped coming to the stores. The overall result was a significant decrease in theft and improved profitability that more than justified the equipment purchase and installation expense. From traditional retail turnstiles and gates, to the innovative SW500 motorised pedestrian gate with camera-based motion detection, Alvarado provides an array of entry control solutions to retail customers – as it has done since 1956. Our full product portfolio offers inexpensive and effective methods of controlling pedestrian traffic and shopping cart flow patterns and reducing shoplifting and shrinkage in retail and grocery stores.
The City of Boston is known for many things – from Fenway Park to the Boston Marathon to the bar from Cheers, the city is full of iconic landmarks, events, cultural assets, education centers, and more. Boston is also recognised for its vast history, especially downtown, where hundred-year-old buildings have been preserved or restored. There is also a mixture of new property development, including 33 Congress Street, in the heart of the financial district, which combines the best of historical design with new construction. Building security 33 Congress incorporates more than 400,000 square feet of office and retail space 33 Congress incorporates more than 400,000 square feet of office and retail space, transforming the historic neighborhood and positioning the area as a dynamic downtown destination. The project was designed by Arrowstreet, an award-winning architecture and design firm, and was led by Jason King, AIA, LEED, AP, BD+C, Senior Associate for Arrowstreet. According to King, the 33 Congress Street building consisted of three different structures that were built at separate times: in 1904, 1906, and in 1922 and then all combined into one space. While the space functioned as one building, there were three separate elevator cores, sets of restrooms, sets of stairs, and more. Those entities needed to be reconfigured into one. The most striking feature of 33 Congress is a new, modern glass and steel structure, containing 6 additional floors of office space that sits on top of the original three masonry buildings. Another important project goal was to upgrade the main lobby to a modern design that allowed public access, increased security for building employees, and respected several historical aspects. Secure access control “We needed a way to get people into the new, main elevator lobby quickly due to the high volume of traffic that we were anticipating would take place after the redesign,” King said. “We also wanted to create an entrance that would create a better flow of entry from the sidewalk into the building.” The original building had an existing revolving door, but it was small and surrounded by stone. “It was dark and uninviting,” King said. “We were creating an open and airy Class A lobby space and wanted visitors to clearly see the ornate, coffered ceiling and experience the grand and historic nature of the lobby as they entered.” Crystal TQ revolving door King implemented a Boon Edam Crystal TQ manual revolving door to lead visitors in the double height lobby space King implemented a Boon Edam Crystal TQ manual revolving door to lead visitors in the double height lobby space. The Crystal TQ is constructed virtually completely from glass with only a few stainless steel accents to ensure the solidity of the revolving door. It fits seamlessly with modern glass facades but can also be a beautiful eye catcher in more traditional or classic designs. For employee access, the building’s previous design did not incorporate turnstiles to the elevator banks. “The building did have card reader access, but only at certain doors and locations,” King said. Lifeline Speedlane Swing King installed four lanes of Boon Edam Lifeline Speedlane Swing optical turnstiles and two Winglock Swing model access gates to provide secure employee access to the building’s upper floors. The Lifeline Speedlane Swing turnstile manages and channels the flow of people entering and moving around buildings. It employs sensors that detect visitors approaching, with pulsing light strips to guide the user. A sleep function saves on energy use. It can be customised with dimensional and glass choices, including corporate identity colors or other options, so that it either blends-in or stands-out from its surroundings. Boon Edam Winglock Swing The Boon Edam Winglock Swing is constructed from stainless steel and a single glass panel The Boon Edam Winglock Swing is constructed from stainless steel and a single glass panel, and is unobtrusive in nature and design. The access gate easily manages bi-directional traffic, with LED lights that signal if the gate is in use or on standby. The access gate ties into a manned security desk located near the front doors. Employees gain access to the building through either the Lifeline turnstiles, or a Winglock Swing access gate, while building visitors can receive credentials at the security desk. Entrance solution King said, “We started the process looking at Boon Edam from a security and an aesthetic standpoint. We went through multiple product options but always had a Boon Edam product as the basis of the design. We have been happy with Boon Edam entrance solutions and we are planning to use them again for future projects.”
Seven disparate systems, tens of thousands of existing cards in circulation, new buildings requiring new systems, budget constraints - There are two approaches going forward: keep making it work, or work on a plan to centralise the system for some serious long-term efficiencies. University of East Anglia (UEA), located just outside Norwich city centre, has more than 14,000 students studying on campus, and over 2,000 employees. The city had donated what was the Earlham municipal golf course for the site of the campus, and traces of the fairways can still be seen around the grounds today. In 1962, Denys Lasdun was appointed as UEA’s founding architect. It was Lasdun who designed the University’s core buildings – the monumental Teaching Wall, the raised walkways, the central Square and the now famous ‘ziggurats’. Installation of Gallagher security system We needed a system that would give us the ability to keep using what we currently have"The striking ziggurats are like none other – the student accommodation, lining the embankment, are pyramidal in shape. While the historical buildings remain, new buildings and residences have also been developed. These developments and the increasing expectation of student accommodation acted as key drivers for a review of access on the campus. Jonathan Richardson, Access Control Project Manager & Senior Systems Specialist for Corporate Information Systems has championed the roll out of a Gallagher security system for the University. From his previous position as an editor for an IT publication, he relished in critiquing a system to see if it was all it was supposed to be. “We needed a system that would give us the ability to keep using what we currently have, and create an infrastructure to be able to develop it over time to how we envisage the system one day operating,” he says. Compatible with third party card formats The import and export facilities have made the system ideal for combining data from a range of student, personnel and accommodation systems. “We already had 42,000 cards in circulation – there was no way we could replace them. Gallagher was chosen for its ability to work with third party card formats.” We rely totally on the automatic imports to add and remove access as required" “Card data is imported/updated using the import export service with data from the Envision card production system. We additionally use data from a student system, accommodation system and a couple of bespoke databases to automatically calculate access groups – changes to access groups are again handled via the import export service. “There is no way we could realistically manage the level of changes with a manual system – we rely totally on the automatic imports to add and remove access as required. The integration is massive, and the impact it is having in terms of pulling different information sources together is huge.” Four times more secure system Jonathan describes the system as being a “catalyst for change on how security, data storage and management across a range of systems and databases are viewed. The implementation has been very transparent – people are unaware of the changeovers that have taken place. The dynamic updates are now happening, and the system is probably at least four times more secure now.” Jonathan mentions the difference is made by the level of technical support available from the manufacturer, from the UK and even head office (based in New Zealand) dialling in when required. Gallagher controls a range of devices including doors, automatic swing and slide doors, car park barriers, turnstilesGallagher controls a full range of devices including doors, automatic swing and slide doors, car park barriers, turnstiles and elevators. The system also facilitates electronic access for disabled flats for residents in wheelchairs. System Division functionality is used to give building owners their own portion of the system for management purposes. Checking tailgating and card enquiries For car parking, times are recorded for charging parking fees. Louis Chisholm, Transport co-ordinator, uses the Gallagher security system on a daily basis. When asked how she finds the system, Louis replies, “I love it. I can check all the things I need to without asking anyone else.” She uses the reporting to check for people tailgating, and checking any enquiries for specific cards. From parking to the library: students enter the library through turnstiles. Reports on usage patterns have been used to justify access funding to promote the resource. The audit trail has been called on for incidents occurring in the library that have put staff safety at risk, and even disputes on the return of books. Research laboratories and chemical stores rely on the system; previously dangerous chemicals have gone missing with no knowledge of who was there at the time. Changing Prox readers to Mifare We have plans to change the existing 125 Prox to Mifare and then roll out dual function cards to all cardholders"The University has around 150 doors (30 Gallagher Controllers) using third party magstripe readers. There are additionally around 20 Gallagher Prox readers (125 kHz) used in secure areas via a dual technology card. “We have plans to change the existing 125 Prox to Mifare and then roll out dual function cards to all cardholders – replacing magstripe readers with Gallagher Prox Mifare readers,” explains Jonathan. Once converted, this would take into consideration different facets – from the cafeterias to involving the local bus companies – in the use of the smart card technology. The success of Gallagher security systems in centralising access control and reporting has meant the system is being expanded rapidly, and introducing new functionality is ongoing.
The FeeMaster Smart Console from people and vehicle access control specialist Nortech provides a simple and cost-effective way of managing access to car parks and facilities for vehicles and pedestrians. All the access control data is encoded onto a Mifare card using the FeeMaster Smart Console. As a standalone system, there is no wiring between the access control point and the console, making it easy and cost effective to install. Parking management system The console can print customer receipts and/or barcode exit tokens Part of the popular FeeMaster range, the FeeMaster Smart attendant console is a compact, elegant and easy-to-install device that reads barcode tickets issued at an entry station, calculates the fees payable based on pre-programmed tariff details, and encodes reusable Mifare access control cards with validity data. If necessary, the console can print customer receipts and/or barcode exit tokens. It is also able to control a till drawer and can optionally provide a relay output signal which can be used by third equipment i.e. barrier control whenever a card has been encoded or an exit ticket printed. The FeeMaster Smart time-based parking management system is designed to provide information about the initial arrival time of each visitor and uses cards to strictly control customers’ access rights to car parks and facilities as well as the validity period. Fee calculation system Popular applications that have used the FeeMaster attendant’s console to control visitor access include Bristol Aquarium and Edinburgh Castle, where an easy to install and operate and an automatic fee calculation system with tariff and grace period settings included was required. Bristol Aquarium required a cost-effective and efficient product that would not only save money but would also make the constant stream of visitors easy to monitor. The barcode reader connects to a barrier/turnstile/gate at each site and opens once a valid barcode has been scanned by a visitor using easy to programme modes of operation. New security products Nortech has supplied products and solutions to the security industry for over 25 years The simple to use design makes the console ideal for reducing queues and keeping the flow of people moving during busy periods, is extremely versatile and can simultaneously support several methods of revenue generation. Edinburgh Castle has been benefiting from the FeeMaster system for a number of years, using it to control and manage the strict parking at its site. The console allows the staff to control any misuse of the car park and ensures that there are enough parking spaces without the need for expensive cabling or disruption. Nortech has supplied products and solutions to the security industry for over 25 years as an independent British company. The company uses extensive experience and expertise to create new security products to fit their clients’ needs and designs everything with the customer in mind.
Round table discussion
Tools such as standard operating procedures (SOPs) and checklists ensure that every factor is considered when installing a physical security system – or do they? Security system installations are detailed projects, and any overlooked detail is a missed opportunity to make the system better. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What is the most overlooked factor when installing physical security systems?
Even the most advanced and sophisticated security systems are limited in their effectiveness by a factor that is common to all systems – the human factor. How effectively integrators install systems and how productively users interface with their systems both depend largely on how well individual people are trained. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What is the changing role of training in the security and video surveillance market?
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