Pyronix announced an addition to its camera range with the launch of the brand-new LightCamera. The outdoor Wi-Fi LightCamera offers another layer of perimeter protection to properties, with powerful Full-HD performance, ultra-bright lights and active defence capabilities. “We’ve brought this product to market as we understand evolving end user requirements, whilst also ensuring that our installers can remain at the cutting edge of developments. The LightCamera provides installers...
Hikvision, an IoT solution provider with video as its core competency, has announced its new generation of wireless alarm systems – the AX PRO – delivering comprehensive alarm solutions for both residential and commercial applications. The newly launched AX PRO product family includes a compact panel hub for a wide range of detectors and peripherals, covering intrusion detection, video verification, smoke detection, flood detection and home automation. Developed with both the instal...
The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has announced issuing a video safety message and a safety alert entitled ‘2020 Hurricane Season: Guidance for Chemical Plants During Extreme Weather Events’. Video and safety alert The video and safety alert highlight recent actions by the Centre for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) to produce industry guidance meant to help hazardous chemical facilities better prepare for extreme weather events. CSB Chairman Katherine Le...
A person infected with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) infects an average of 2.5 other people within five days. You do not need to be a mathematician to realise that early detection of infected people is key to successful pandemic containment. The aim of effective containment strategies is therefore not so much to reduce the number of absolute cases as it is to extend the time frame within which they occur. Without effective containment measures, the virus spreads rapidly and is beyond the capacity...
Newcastle Power Chair Football Club has received a generous donation to help them continue their achievements in the sport. A power chair, which costs £8,345, has been mainly financed by Videx Charitable Trust. The charity raises money for the purchase of highly specialised equipment that’s required to accommodate the physical needs of those living with cerebral palsy and help make their lives easier. Power Chair football is a unique sport that provides people with disabilities, inc...
Similar to the famous saying of Georges Clemenceau (“Father Victory”) that ”War is too serious a business to be left to generals”, the security matter nowadays is too serious to be entrusted to security guards, police or any personnel alone. The complexity of situations is well beyond the capacity of human eyes and brain, making modern technologies like AI suitable to play an essential role in the field work. As is seen in the recent case of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)...
Optex are preparing for a busy Security Essen show, where the sensor technologies company will demonstrate how the different detection technologies can improve security systems. Optex are showcasing new firmware for 2D Lidar scanners, with models now ranging from less than 20m to a 100m pre-warning zone, along with a new PIR to add to our outdoor intrusion range. For residential applications, they will be exhibiting the newly launched Shield PIR series that feature a volumetric 12m 90-degree model and a 12 side curtain PIR series, both with a versatile design with multiple housing options. The company will also be previewing new 180-degree outdoor PIRs, the WXI series, which will be launched in Europe soon. Multi-layered intrusion detection At their stand, there will be multi-layered intrusion detection capabilities for commercial premises and critical infrastructure sites. It will demonstrate, for example, how a fenced perimeter can be protected using fibre optic sensors from our sister company, FiberSensys. Virtual perimeter walls can be generated by using OPTEX’s REDSCAN laser-scan detectors Alternatively, ‘virtual’ perimeter walls can be generated by using OPTEX’s REDSCAN laser-scan detectors; the newly launched RLS-3060SH version 8 enables detection up to 100m in vertical mode. This extended range of 2D LiDAR sensors, which can create a virtual wall or plane, now features the new software and firmware version 8, with the RLS-3060SH model now featuring a pre-warning zone that can detect 50m in horizontal mode and 100m (50m each side) in vertical mode. Indoor and outdoor premise protection The Optex team will also be on hand to demonstrate the compact version of the 2D LiDAR scanner suitable for indoor and outdoor applications to protect assets and premises, their pre-built towers and long range PoE/IP sensors that are integrated with VMS and PSIM platforms including Ela-soft. For long range applications, Optex’s motion sensors, the SIP series, are capable of detecting objects in an area of 100x4m or 50x30m and provide three independent zones that can drive camera positions. Visitors to Security Essen can meet OPTEX EMEA management, sales, technical and marketing teams at Booth 5B48 in Hall 5, as well as on the stand of integrated VMS partner, Genetec at Hall 5, stand 5G30.
EUSAS and Euralarm, hosted by Airbus, recently organised their second joint conference, which was this year on the topic of aviation safety and security. It showed once again the importance of technological development for an industry endeavoured to protect lives with a particular relevance to the aeronautics and air transport sectors. Aviation safety & security The US Federal Aviation Administration reports yearly over 100 false fire alarms on airplanes, resulting in unplanned landings and turn-backs. The consequences for passengers, airlines’ reputations and managing flight routes make the issue of false alarms a priority for the companies providing fire detection devices for airplanes – and this is just one example of the challenges of safety and security on airplanes. Several organisations and companies gathered for two days on July 11th and 12th in Bremen, the second-largest Airbus site in Germany, where airplanes’ wings and fuselages are manufactured. Airbus, the biggest aeronautics and space company in Europe and a worldwide leader in the sector, was the host of a series of lectures and presentations on fire detection, fire suppression, evacuation and security in the aviation sector. This event was jointly organised by the European Society for Automatic Alarm Systems (EUSAS), a group connecting academia and industry, and Euralarm, which represents the European fire safety and security industry. Fire detection technologies The event addressed the special challenges of fire detection and extinguishing in airplanes, airports and in the aviation industry. From the depleting extinguishing agent reserves worldwide, to the large number and sheer size of airport buildings and hangars, which require specific solutions on top of traditional fire detection technologies. Furthermore, are the financial and time constraints for compliance testing in an industry where efficiency and safety are a must. Detection systems must provide an indication to the flight crew within one minute after the start of a fire The criteria used for fire detection testing on airplanes are stringent. Detection systems must provide an indication to the flight crew within one minute after the start of a fire, but also be highly resistant to false-alarms. This has led the aviation industry to ask for the most advanced technologies to be used on aircrafts: such as multi-wavelength, multi-scattering angle photoelectric detection, a field at the edge of applied physics, and which was presented by Kenneth Bell, from UTC Aerospace Systems. Green fire suppression system Another issue for the industry is the replacement of Halon, a gas that has a high global-warming factor and attacks the ozone layer in our atmosphere. This fire suppression agent is used in cargo compartments, as well as for turbine fire due to its favourable characteristics. The production of Halon has now been discontinued and stocks of recuperated gas are rapidly declining. While Terry Simpson and Edda Liu from UTC Aerospace Systems presented the overall current progress on the replacement of Halon for fire extinguishing and suppression, Dr. Jan Boris Philipp, from Diehl Aviation, in Germany, presented an alternative green fire suppression system manufactured by his company. Computer-simulated airport evacuation Many solutions presented at the conference were based on computer simulations. Real life fire extinguishing tests on airplanes are part of the certification process of new airplanes. To avoid environmental consequences, a newly developed simulation technique presented by Airbus’ Dr. Konstantin Kallergis, can now predict the fire suppressant’s behaviour inside the cargo compartment. Project ORPHEUS allows the computer-simulated modelling of an airport’s evacuation, as well as smoke spread prediction in case of fire Another illustration was the research project ORPHEUS, financed by the German federal government, which was presented by Dr. Lukas Arnold, from the Institute of Advanced Simulation in Jülich, near Cologne. It allows the computer-simulated modelling of an airport’s evacuation, as well as smoke spread prediction in case of fire. The evacuation test concept of an A380 aircraft was impressively shown by Wolfgang Moeller from Airbus: all 850 passengers and crew members could escape the aircraft in significantly less than 90 seconds. Video-based detection technologies On the topic of airports and hangars, the width and height of the buildings is generally the main problem, as was explained by Securiton’s Stefan Brügger. Automation and integration of electronic safety and security solutions presented by Maarten Wings from Bosch, while Roland Voraberger from g+m elektronik, a company in Switzerland, provided a concrete example for the connection of voice alarm systems to fire alarm systems, which is not as straightforward in airports as it would be in smaller buildings. The challenges of fire detection in buildings with high-ceilings, which is a case for most modern terminals, or half open hangars could be overcome in the future with video-based detection technologies or thermal radiation-based fire detectors, presented respectively by Soeren Wittmann from Bosch and Dr. Simon Trippler together with Dr. Jörg Kelleter from GTE Industrieelektronik. Video is, of course, also useful when it comes to security with video analysis against intrusion in security zones being presented by Securiton’s Thomas Hermes and Michael Seidl, from the Frankfurt Airport, the busiest in Europe by cargo traffic. Adaptive Escape Routing Systems Finally, in a demonstration that stood-out by its focus on a non-technology related topic, Dr. Sebastian Festag, representing Germany’s electronic industry association ZVEI, explained the concept of Adaptive Escape Routing Systems and shows why human behaviour is of major significance in an optimised evacuation and guidance strategy. The solution to fire and security challenges in aviation clearly lies in cutting edge technologies and research on fire safety and security, as well as in the standards, which sometimes lag behind the technology. Dr. André Freiling, from Airbus, a speaker at the event, noted that some standards used to testing smoke detection in aircrafts for example can date as far back as 1994.
On Booth 1339 from 30 April to 03 May at OTC Houston, E2S Warning Signals, a global independent manufacturer of audible and visible warning devices, is featuring its market-leading LED beacons technology. Along with multiple operating modes, the LED units offer extended operating life of more than 60000 hours, lower current requirements and higher output levels. The typical light output level from the LED units is a very bright 338 candela, significantly higher than the 120 candela effective intensity of a 5J Xenon tube unit. The LED beacons have five flash rates for warning beacon applications: 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0 Hz and double and triple flashes. They also offer high and low steady outputs for status indicator use.The field-replaceability of the lens filters enables the reassignment of beacon function to be a simple and quick process Field-replaceable lens filters DC voltage versions feature three remotely selectable stages, enabling multiple warnings to be signalled from one device. The same light engines and control electronics are common across all different product families: the STEx 316L stainless steel, the GNEx and E2x GRP and BEx and D2x marine grade LM6 aluminium enclosures, which provide a variety of mechanical protection, corrosion resistance, weight and price to suit different environmental requirements and applications. For all families, the Amber, Blue, Clear, Green, Magenta, Red and Yellow Polycarbonate, UV stable lenses are available as separate items; whilst enhancing the light output, the lens filters are also field replaceable without disassembly, enabling the reassignment of beacon function to be a simple and quick process. ATEX and IECEx compliance Also, on show will be two manual call point families, the latest additions to E2S’s SIL2 capable products that meet the remote monitoring and testing requirements of SIL2 systems. The spark-resistant, corrosion-proof GRP GNExCP6 and the marine grade, copper free LM6 (A413) aluminium BExCP3 explosion-proof manual call points, which meet the design requirements of EN54-11, are available in break glass, push button or tool reset versions, are certified to ATEX and IECEx standards, carry many other local certifications and are approved for use in Zone 1, 2, 21 and 22 hazardous areas for the initiation of fire and gas alarm systems.
Senstar has announced that FlexZone, its newest generation ranging fence-mounted intrusion detection sensor, has been certified to protect critical assets at U.S. Air Force (USAF) bases worldwide. FlexZone joins a number of other Senstar products on the USAF’s Approved Equipment List (AEL), including the OmniTrax buried intrusion detection sensor and the UltraWave microwave intrusion detection sensor. “To be added to the AEL, FlexZone underwent exhaustive qualification, testing and evaluation and proved to have all the necessary requirements,” said Kevin Bradley, President North America Sales and Service. “Senstar is very proud that FlexZone has been certified to protect critical assets of the USAF.” FlexZone provides early warning of intrusion FlexZone, along with the rest of Senstar’s portfolio of perimeter security technologies, provides early warning of intrusions along the perimeter of a site triggering deterrent devices such as security lighting or sirens, cueing up camera systems, and directing security personnel. Current Senstar products approved to protect USAF sites are FlexZone fence-mounted sensor, OmniTrax Buried Line Sensor (BLS), UltraWave Microwave Sensor, and the DTR-90 taut wire system. FlexZone, OmniTrax, and UltraWave provide a natural upgrade path to previously-approved older generation products, namely the FPS-2-2R fence-mounted sensor, Sentrax and Perimitrax Buried Line Sensors, and the Racon series of Microwave Sensors (MPS-14000-1, 14000-32, 16000-4, and 4100 respectively.
Yale Commercial, an ASSA ABLOY group company is pleased to announce its A-ALR emergency exit option for 6000 Series exit devices. Featuring the sleek lines of the original 6000 Series exit device, with the complete features of an alarmed exit device, the new A-ALR emergency exit option for the Yale 6000 Series exit device is suitable for commercial applications concerned with loss prevention, including retail, hospitality and more. The 6000 Series exit device with A-ALR emergency exit option has a highly durable aluminum rail design with ANSI/BHMA Grade 1 certification. The built-in alarm is powered by a 9V battery and sounds at 90 dB at 10 feet from the device. For applications requiring specific aesthetics, a complete range of Yale exit device trim is available. Other features include several alarm modes, low battery warning, tamper resistance, and a red LED indicator to clearly display that the device is armed.
OneEvent Technologies, a startup that created a predictive analytics engine for the building monitoring and security market, is adding a new humidity and temperature sensor to its lineup of innovative multi-sensors to augment its unique OnePrevent system. Acting as an additional layer of security, the OnePrevent system leverages a powerful cloud-based analytical engine that processes data collected by wireless sensors to determine what’s normal within a building or home environment. The system can help installation professionals grow their commercial and residential business with a preventative offering that is intuitive, easy to install, and complementary to existing building systems such as fire and burglary alarms. OneEvent humidity and temperature multi-sensor features The OneEvent humidity and temperature multi-sensor utilises state-of-the-art sensor IC technology, offering incredibly accurate measurements. Its wide operating range and excellent stability make it suitable for most harsh areas where accuracy is a must. The radio board interface allows the OneEvent transmitter to share environmental data with the OneEvent gateway, providing state-of-the-art predictive analysis, health checks and mobile client notification. Featuring a rugged case and a wide temperature operation range of -40ºC to 85ºC, the humidity and temperature sensor has been designed for commissioning, maintenance and daily end-user interface. Under normal conditions, the sensor transmits data to the OneEvent gateway every 180 seconds, but once a rapid increase or decrease in either humidity or temperature is measured (humidity changes > 3.5% in a 4-second time period or temperature changes > 0.2°C in a 4-second time period), the sensor switches to sending data every 4 seconds. The unit includes a tamperproof feature that sends an alert to the user if there is an unauthorised attempt to interfere with the sensor, and two replaceable CR123 batteries power the unit for up to 10 years. The sensor also transmits battery voltage and alerts the user when the batteries are low in power. OnePrevent system humidity and temperature sensor applications Commercial server rooms, which are prone to high temperature and humidity levels. IT managers can use data from the sensor to keep track and get alerts. Residential properties suffering from moisture buildup in basements and seasonal temperature variations, which can cause flooding or freezing pipes. Receive alerts before disaster strikes. Indoor pool areas, such as heater, mechanical and chemical rooms, which are at high risk for irregular humidity and temperature settings. Apartment complexes, where property managers can address two significant challenges – energy usage and tenant comfort – using multiple sensors. Restaurant cooking areas, where the overhead sensor can quickly identify a potential kitchen fire versus boiling water. Walk-in coolers and freezers, where the recording and maintaining of consistent temperatures are crucial. OneEvent’s humidity and temperature sensor is available now along with the multi-sensor smoke/temperature alarm, door/window sensor, multi-sensor presence detector and water sensor – all products that make up the OnePrevent system.
Many industries are, to a greater or lesser extent, in the throes of digital transformation. As with any change programme, digital transformation efforts often under-perform against expectations. Yet, the number of digital transformation programmes continue to increase, as commercial pressures intensify. As security professionals we need to embrace our role in digital transformation, as security is everybody’s business. For all those people weary of hearing about digital transformation and believe it’s a business fad, consider your own behaviours. If you use a smartphone to search, find, order, buy, message, watch, learn, play, bank, pay, enter, exit, navigate, communicate and more then you are part of the reason that digital transformation is a commercial necessity. The way we live our lives has changed significantly over the past twenty years and this needs to be reflected into how we rethink the way we do business. Digital transformation is about more than technology, it allows people to solve their traditional problems in new and better ways than before. Better can mean faster, at lower cost, using fewer resources, easier to maintain, more compliant and/or easier to report insights. IoT, criminal activity and security The number of internet connected devices worldwide is increasing at an exponential rate; by the end of 2025 there are expected to be 75.44 billion. Internet of Things (IoT) means digital transformation converges physical and digital for security professionals. Criminals use smarter digital tools such as malware, drones, key cloners, signal readers and more, which impact both physical and cybersecurity. To counter this, digital transformation provides security professionals with access As security professionals we need to embrace our role in digital transformation, as security is everybody’s businessto valuable actionable insights to identify and deter threats to people and assets. All transformation starts with an idea generated by people and ends with people experiencing the output. Therefore, digital transformation starts and ends with people. To ensure a solid foundation to any digital transformation agenda, people need to have a clear purpose to engage. This is where security leaders can inspire their colleagues with a laudable purpose of embracing disruption at the same time as focusing on safeguarding people and assets. Non-security colleagues should understand that security risks are advancing at a faster pace than enterprises can adapt. As a security leader, you are advocating a movement where your colleagues adopt relevant enterprise security risk management practices in their daily thinking and working. The message is clear that digital transformation presents abundant opportunities and these need to be evaluated alongside the proliferating security threats that can become a business continuity failure. Security professionals and digital influence The number of internet connected devices worldwide is increasing at an exponential rate; by the end of 2025 there are expected to be 75.44 billionSecurity professionals can influence digital transformation success by translating an enterprise’s strategy into secure operational reality. The security narrative should emphasise the people side of digital transformation and how technology can act as an enabler of a safe and secure experience, both for employees and customers. Operationally, digital transformation is about agility, adaptability and navigating uncertainty. Old ways of thinking and working will be blockers to transformation, so security leaders ought to identify the rapid enablers of a ‘secure’ digital transformation. Better people, processes and overall technology People generally don’t want more in their lives, they want better. Better people. Better data. Better technology. Better processes. Digital transformation creates significant ‘better’ benefits for security: For example, connected (IoT) sensors, video analytics at the edge and machine learning identify threats faster; workflow technologies and automation detect, investigate and remediate routine responses; cloud provides many benefits such as agility, scale and mobility; and, smartphones/digital devices provide real-time communication and collaboration. Tackling all the ‘better’ needs within a security approach is necessary – focusing on the prioritised commercial needs first. Think about how to drive radical simplification into digital transformation agendas to ensure complexity doesn’t create too many unmanageable risks. Designing enterprise security risk management into the business operating model will facilitate colleagues to be empowered for safe and secure change. Communicating security successes and breaches with commercial impact insights in a timely and concise manner across the enterprise will prove the value of active security engagement throughout digital transformation programmes. Transforming the world Digital technology is transforming the world around us, in a way that impacts every area of security. Security professionals are now businesspeople and technologists, in addition to their traditional security remits. Embracing this impacts security recruitment, training and employee engagement, within the security team and with non-security colleagues. Without a doubt, security professionals are integral to digital transformation programmes.
It can be taken as proven that the trends in urbanisation, the mobility of the population and the demographics, have had and will continue to have tremendous impact on our daily lives. These impacts were and are supported by disruptive technology changes (such as the evolution of the internet and mobile communication) and result in higher dependencies of almost all economic and social processes. Compared with former generations, we are spending most of our time in buildings or closed mobile containments/compartments (cars, public transport...), which support us with comfort, efficiency, safety and security. We've learned to extend our social lives through new virtual networks and we've adapted our working style to an almost 24/7 online state. This, and the absence of obvious potential danger, have led to a dismantling of old WWII sirens and to a reduction of capabilities. The European Union and many of its member states have started tests and trials to study new methods that could be used to reach a large number of people Close and intense co-operation All this makes us vulnerable to unplanned manmade incidents disrupting our day to day life as well as business, routines, and so on. Meanwhile, the well-evaluated research on global warming projects higher risks by an increased number of severe weather incidents for the future. Such past incidents have not spared any geographical or any organisational boundaries, and therefore call for a close and intense co-operation to limit their impact. As a reaction to the past experiences in managing incidents, experts and officers have highlighted the need for better preparedness. This resulted in an intense discussion of potential measures, such as modern public warning systems. With this in mind the European Union and many of its member states have started tests and trials to study new methods that could be used to reach a large number of people in the shortest possible time. SMS and other wireless services, such as cell broadcast messages to mobile phones, are obvious choices. They have already been tested in several countries. But what at first glance seems a surefire, easy-to-implement method proves problematic in view of the fact that only 30 percent of the citizens contacted read the message in real-time. Alert4All notification system SMS emergency broadcast messages are one method of warning and updating the public of crises in real-time The public warning system was also addressed by several FP7 projects, which have concluded research in this area. One such project was Alert4All, which successfully demonstrated in 2013 a public alerting concept in a clearly defined and emergent danger zone by introducing an enhanced public warning messaging protocol. Messages, based on this protocol, were transmitted via satellite and terrestrial systems to smart phones, tablets, navigation systems and television receivers.These systems have an undisputed track record for saving countless lives by alerting and guiding people to safety in crisis situations Using the Alert4All concept, first responders can stay in contact with the population from the outset of and throughout the crisis. Using the “buzz” from social media networks provides the required input to adjust the communication content. The Alert4All protocol also allows for the translation of alarm messages into the language the receiver normally uses to display information or messages. This means that a Spanish user could read the message in Spanish even while in England. On the other hand, electronic fire safety and security systems have been installed in buildings for more than 50 years. Their purpose is to detect an emerging danger in a building or building complex and notify people in time. These systems have an undisputed track record for saving countless lives by alerting and guiding people to safety in crisis situations. Millions of such systems are installed today in commercial and private buildings. Many of them are permanently connected to public and/or private alarm receiving stations. All of them are equipped with devices such as sirens, horns, strobe lights or loudspeakers. They could also be used to alert people of a public danger that might impact buildings or their occupants. PEARS emergency response Represented by a Euralarm team, together with the FP7 Alert4All project team, those systems showed their capability to take on a responsible role in public warning during the final demonstration in 2013 as well. Their installed base, their fault tolerance and their positive track record in securing assets and in preventing casualties could make them a perfect asset in the incident preparedness of modern societies, beside other technologies. Above all, civil protection organisations could lever “private” field resources in emergency management and extend the overall resources for big and disastrous incidents. Achieving this requires efforts at all levels and from all stakeholders, e.g. within CEN and within ETSI. Euralarm published a White Paper on such a public emergency alarm and response system (PEARS). Download the white paper here
School security has increasingly become an area of focus among school boards and municipalities. Officials are constantly seeking to implement or improve security and safety policies, procedures and technologies to offer the highest level of protection for students, staff and visitors. Every second counts in an emergency or crisis, making it imperative that schools have policies and procedures in place that make it possible to lock down buildings instantly while simultaneously providing alerts and critical information to on-site personnel and first responders to determine the most prudent course of action to safely evacuate occupants and apprehend intruders. At the same time, schools must also implement policies for performing day-to-day security functions, such as limiting access to facilities and identifying potential internal threats. There are a number of best practices that can help schools identify and address a wide variety of potential issues, including an active shooter, medical emergency, missing students or other crisis situations. Below are a few of the most effective best practices schools can follow to improve the safety and security of students, staff and visitors. Instant lockdown and notification In any crisis situation, time is of the essence. In some cases, a few seconds can mean the difference between safety and tragedy. Therefore, it’s important to implement policies and systems that instantly trigger lockdown and/or evacuation procedures as appropriate to increase security and maximise the safety of students, teachers and others in the building. Additionally, technologies that provide the ability to generate and send automatic alerts reduces the time to notify appropriate authorities, as well as any delays associated with those calls. Simple alert notification process When policies and procedures are overly complicated, at best they can waste valuable time in a crisis situation; at worst, they could be ignored completely. That’s why the alerting process should be as simple as possible while still being effective. Ideally, teachers should be able to generate alerts by the simple press of a button. Mobile capability that enables those alerts to be sent from a laptop, smartphone or tablet further increases safety by allowing teachers to send notifications from anywhere within the building. Effective two-way communication Schools must also implement policies for performing day-to-day security functions, such as limiting access to facilities and identifying potential internal threats In a crisis, the ability to communicate is critical. Therefore, schools must implement policies that dictate what information needs to be provided and how that information is communicated. Among the potential alerting tools are text message, email, phone, instant messaging or the school’s paging system. Regardless of the chosen medium, all communication must be two-way in order to provide up-to-date information to school officials and first responders. This will enable them to determine the appropriate next steps, whether that be to remain in lockdown mode or to initiate evacuation procedures depending on the specific crisis or situation or to communicate additional instructions to the teachers as the situation is evolving. Flexible security measures There is no guarantee that what works to increase safety and security today will also work tomorrow. Because potential threats to safety and security can and do change, it is important that whatever policies, procedures and technology a school implements today can also evolve to address those changes well into the future. It is also important that schools take into account the need to distinguish between a wide variety of possible situations to ensure the appropriate people are notified and correct procedures followed. For example, the response to an active shooter situation is going to be very different from the response to a fight that occurs in a hallway. Private alerting systems Some alerting policies and systems rely on teachers placing either a green or red card in the window of their classroom, combined with audible alarms and/or announcements. These procedures can actually do exactly the opposite of what they are intended to do. When a teacher places a card in the classroom window or under the door into the corridor they become visible from the outside and tell an intruder that the room is occupied, exposing themselves and their students to potential danger. Audible announcements tell students and staff to report to a specific location, but in doing so they inform an intruder or active shooter where to find victims. Therefore, schools should seek out procedures and technologies that generate alerts and enable private communication and reporting to keep vital knowledge from intruders. Real-time situational awareness School districts everywhere are struggling with tight budgets that don't leave much room for state-of-the-art access control and alerting systems A fast response is essential for quickly resolving a crisis and returning the school to a safe environment. However, this need for speed could potentially expose law enforcement and first responders to a dangerous, high-risk situation. With little or no information, including where within the building a crisis may be unfolding or how many people are involved, they are entering the situation blind. Schools must have procedures and/or technology that are capable of providing law enforcement and first responders with fully updated information about the incident. Real-time mobile-enabled status updates that include mapping information allow professionals to arrive at the scene with the vital awareness they need to enter the premises safely and make the best tactical manoeuvres to remove a threat as quickly as possible to protect students and staff. Cost-effective physical security solutions School districts everywhere are struggling with tight budgets that don’t leave much room for state-of-the-art access control and alerting systems and technologies. As a result, to fit these critical purchases into available funding, officials often “settle” for the solutions they can afford, even if they offer only limited functionality. The good news is that there are more robust, cost-effective solutions available that provide schools with the high level of security they need without busting budgets. Solutions that can be easily implemented using existing networks and infrastructure and/or offer the ability to integrate with other systems – mass notification and door locking systems, for example – further increase the cost-effectiveness and value these systems offer. The importance of protecting students, staff and visitors has made this critical function a main focus of school boards and municipalities everywhere. By following these top best practices, schools can ensure they are implementing the most effective mix of policies, procedures and technologies that enable the speed, communication and awareness that will increase the safety and security of students, staff and visitors – and potentially prevent a situation from becoming the kind of tragedy that makes national headlines.
In a school security lockdown, teachers typically display red or green cards on the doors or in the windows of their classrooms. The manual procedure uses red cards to alert to a crisis condition; green cards designate that everything is safe inside the classroom or office. Colour-coded crisis management system Physical security company Sielox has adapted the idea of using a colour scheme to characterise an emergency situation into its electronic security system. CLASS [Crisis Lockdown Alert Status System] by Sielox is an incident and crisis management solution that uses a variety of colours to designate the emergency conditions in various parts of a school building – red to alert to a crisis condition and green to designate "safe/secure." Colours are displayed on a schematic of the building, and new colours have been added, too, such as yellow for “unaccounted individual,” orange for “disturbance” and blue to designate a medical emergency. CLASS offers five different alert levels and eight different colours that are configurable to denote a wide variety of emergency or non-emergency situations (such as maintenance or homeroom check-in status). The system has provided an opportunity for Sielox to expand into the education market, where daily news headlines remind us of the potential for violence. The Sielox system also helps education end users manage more day-to-day situations, such as a possible medical emergency, or bullying, fighting, or other incidents. The system integrates easily with a school's various existing systems, using Internet URLs to make connections without additional cabling, and can provide email alerts, screen pop-ups, text messaging and communication with first responders. The system can also access video feeds directly from an IP camera (no license or hosting fees). It can integrate with access control, response plans, intercoms and other systems. "They don’t have to change their system.Our product goes in as a quarterback,and everything they have in place can stayintact – whatever their procedures are,we can enhance them" Instant alerts for first responders The CLASS system can drastically reduce the response time in an emergency, says Karen Evans, Sielox president and CEO, and the difference between a four-minute response time and one-second alert can be the difference between life and death. Also, knowing where within a building an emergency is occurring – using the system’s dynamic floorplan – can provide more information to enable first responders to act faster. “You get instant notification, a condition status, and you know where it is on the map, and the situation is qualified by texting and chatting back and forth,” says Evans. “Our core market is still access control, and we still play in every vertical market,” adds Evans. “But as a smaller player, we are sometimes lost in the shuffle or perceived as a ‘me-too’ player. But this capability has given new life to the business.” Sielox filed for a patent on the technology in November 2012, coincidentally a month or so before the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting incident in Newtown, Massachusetts, which raised awareness of school security vulnerabilities. Since Sandy Hook and other violent incidents that have dominated headlines in recent years, a variety of new panic alert systems, two-way chat functions and similar products and features have emerged onto the education security market. “Our system has about 10 different features, and any of the competitors might have two or three or four, but nobody has put the entire solution together like we have,” says Evans. Cost-effective security enhancement Evans points out that the sales cycle in the education market can be long – budgets may be set up to a year before any work is contracted. There are also more stakeholders involved in the decision-making, whether it’s a school principal, or superintendent, or SRO (school resource officer), or the IT department. Local first responders can also help to influence the purchase decision once they see how the system can make it easier for them to respond to an emergency, Evans notes. “When I am educating my business partners, I tell them if they can get an audience with anyone at a school, they should also engage someone from the local police, fire or EMS (Emergency Medical Services) into the meeting,” says Evans. “First responders absolutely love what we’re doing, and they let the schools know.” Law enforcement has even influenced development of the product – their suggestions have been integrated to make CLASS more user friendly for the first responder community. "Everybody thinks that systems aredesigned for extreme situations suchas Sandy Hook or Columbine, butschools can use the system every day. If situations are handled quickly,the severity of the injury is reduced" School consultants also favour the product because it enhances a school’s operating procedures rather than forcing them to change, says Evans. The system can also be employed cost-effectively. The Onslow County (North Carolina) School District installed the system in 37 schools for a total cost of less than $250,000. It’s a one-time deployment with no monthly licensing or hosting fees, and the system uses existing communication media and IT networks. “We’re not telling them to change anything unless their procedures need to be enhanced,” says Evans. “They don’t have to change their system. Our product goes in as a quarterback, and everything they have in place can stay intact. Whether there’s a threat in the community, they need to lock the perimeter, lock down internally, or if it’s a weather or bomb threat – whatever their procedures are, we can enhance them.” Other industry applications Too often stakeholders tend to think that video cameras are sufficient for school security. However, camera systems do little to promote faster response in an emergency. And the CLASS system is also helpful in the day-to-day operation of a school. “Everybody thinks that systems are designed for extreme situations such as Sandy Hook or Columbine,” Evans comments. “But schools can use the system every day. There are more injuries from bullying and fights, or a medical situation that wasn’t attended to correctly. If situations are handled quickly, the severity of the injury is reduced.” Sielox is actively looking for new integrator business partners seeking to expand in the school market. Evans emphasises the need to understand the crisis management component of security. CLASS has also caught the attention of a new population of dealer/installers for Sielox – those that sell sound and paging systems into the healthcare and education markets. The CLASS system also has applications in other markets. In the commercial/industrial sector, for example, CLASS can provide a more cost-effective and informative panic alarm system and communicate information such as weather threats, chemical evacuations, medical conditions or even a “suspicious individual.” The government market is also a possibility. And workplace violence incidents are in the news as often as school shootings.
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.
Everbridge, Inc., globally renowned provider of critical event management solutions, has announced that it has been selected by Peru’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MTC) to power the nation’s Sistema de Mensajería de Alerta Temprana de Emergencia (Sismate), Peru’s Early Warning Emergency Messaging System. The news marks the completion of contract negotiations with the MTC that Everbridge had initially disclosed in September, without naming the country. The win reinforces Everbridge’s position as the global leader in population warning systems with contracts in the Americas, EMEA, and APAC regions. Critical messages to mobile phones After the Sismate is deployed, it will be activated once Peru’s National Institute of Civil Defense detects a major incident After the Sismate is deployed, it will be activated once Peru’s National Institute of Civil Defense detects a major incident. The system, powered by Everbridge Public Warning, will send critical messages to mobile phones before, during and after the emergency. Sismate alerts can also be used in drills and to provide support in search and rescue operations. The Sismate is designed to serve over 37 million people including Peru’s 33 million residents and 4 million annual visitors. “This technology marks a milestone in risk and disaster management at the national level, which will be consolidated by combining joint efforts between various institutions and citizens,” explained Deputy Minister of Communications, Virginia Nakagawa to El Economista. National warning system “Everbridge is honoured to support Peru with its national warning system,” said David Meredith, Chief Executive Officer at Everbridge. “Peru joins a growing number of countries that have chosen to partner with Everbridge to implement a nationwide system to protect their population and visitors amid an escalating threat environment.” The Everbridge Platform has been deployed by more local, state, and national governments across the globe than any other solution, offering the ability to reach over 500 million people in more than 200 countries. In addition to Peru, Everbridge Public Warning has been deployed to reach the mobile populations on a country-wide scale in Sweden, Iceland, the Netherlands, Singapore, Greece, and a number of the largest states in India, and is currently being implemented in Australia. Everbridge Public Warning system Everbridge is the first population alerting provider to support four EU countries in conjunction with the recent EU mandate requiring member countries to have a population-wide alerting system in place by June 2022. Everbridge Public Warning represents the only multi-channel solution which allows countries to deploy their preferred combination of emergency communications methods. The Everbridge population warning system communicates across all phases of an incident, leverages location intelligence (static location, last known location, and expected location). It provides directed two-way communications, and enables countries to combine both speed of delivering alerts with the broadest reach to cover the full population and visitors.
Sony’s ultra-sensitive SNC-VB770 4K network cameras are helping maintain the safety of bridge users – and the physical integrity of the structure itself – at river crossings between the neighbouring states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. A total of twenty cameras have been installed by Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC), a Bi-State commission of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. This self-funded agency ensures safe, efficient and dependable journeys for road users and pedestrians. Potentially dangerous collisions A principal application for the cameras is the reliable 24/7 identification and monitoring of hazardous floating debris Several of the bridges controlled by DRJTBC are in areas, where homes are nearby, and local municipalities request not to use powerful artificial illumination at night to limit light pollution. This restriction made the SNC-VB770 an obvious choice for monitoring and surveillance, with its highly sensitive 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS image sensor capturing crisp 4K colour images in conditions of near total darkness. A principal application for the cameras is the reliable 24/7 identification and monitoring of hazardous floating debris. Objects like fallen trees or discarded gas tanks heading down river – especially in winter when water levels are high – pose the risk of impacting with the bridge supports, making early warning of potentially dangerous collisions essential for operational staff. Low-light performance In addition to monitoring for signs of loitering and other suspicious activity around the bridge supports, the cameras also help ensure the safety and security of pedestrians using walkways to cross the bridges, especially at night and in adverse conditions of rain and snow when visibility is poor. Supplied and installed by Schneider Electric, all cameras are mounted in weather-resistant housings and integrated with DRJTBC‘s Genetec Security Center network video management system platform. We subsequently put them through their paces in a live demo at two of our bridge locations" “We first previewed the Sony 4K cameras' capabilities at ISC West” explains Eric Freeman, Director of Public Safety & Bridge Security at Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. “We subsequently put them through their paces in a live demo at two of our bridge locations. Analysing video from the SNC-VB770 and comparing it against our existing cameras, the difference was immediately clear in terms of Sony’s extra detail and low-light performance.” Video surveillance applications “4K is an increasingly popular solution in a wide range of video surveillance applications” says Allen Chan, Manager Application Design for Sony Video Security at Bosch. “Many other 4K cameras currently on the market trade extra resolution for decreased sensitivity, and that’s a big issue in environments where available light is limited. The SNC-VB770 side-steps this challenge with its unprecedented sensitivity of ISO 409600 – giving an impressively clear view at night and in situations where other 4K cameras aren’t viable without installing costly additional illumination”.
The Tactilon Agnet application enables users to make instant group calls and send messages to Tetra users Airbus Defence and Space and the State Security Networks Group (Suomen Erillisverkot), the public safety operator of Finland’s national Tetra network VIRVE, will start a technical and operational pilot trial to test the Tactilon Agnet smartphone application, formerly known as TSA. This application allows the seamless and secure integration of nationwide public safety Tetra radio users with those who use Tactilon Agnet on their smartphones. Aims of the trial The intention of the trial is to confirm the complementarity of Tactilon Agnet’s group communication capabilities with Tetra mission-critical communication. The trial will take place under the network’s standard operating conditions. During the pilot test, which will go on until the end of the year, public broadband networks and the VIRVE Tetra services will be used simultaneously. The aim is to collect information on how mission-critical Tetra communication features can be operated in an LTE environment. “We are very pleased that Erillisverkot has decided to launch this trial with Tactilon Agnet,” explains Olivier Koczan, Head of Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space. “The fact that VIRVE users are participating in this test marks an important milestone for the development of this new technology which is tailored to the increasing demand for broadband group communication with multimedia features.” Smartphone application features The Tactilon Agnet application enables smartphone users to make instant group calls (Push-to-Talk feature) and send messages to Tetra users. Erillisverkot expects this functionality to significantly extend its communication service to governmental and other mission-critical organisations. By extending its portfolio, Erillisverkot aims to attract new users and user groups to the VIRVE Tetra service, thus bringing new subscribers and new business opportunities. Finland’s public safety organisations have been using the nationwide Tetra network from Airbus Defence and Space since 1998. In 2015, Airbus Defence and Space supplied Erillisverkot with “Tactilon Secure Mobile Virtual Network Operator” (Tactilon Secure MVNO). This solution provides highly resilient and secure broadband services based on safe access to commercial LTE network services.
Round table discussion
Ensuring privacy is often a concern for video surveillance systems, especially in situations where a system intended for “public” surveillance could somehow, perhaps inadvertently, view private areas or situations. The classic example is an apartment building whose windows are within the range of a video surveillance camera. How can you provide video surveillance without invading the privacy of the apartment dwellers? Integrators and end users often turn to technology for a solution. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Round Table: How can smart camera features (such as privacy masking and programmable pan-tilt-zoom) address concerns about privacy?