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 m...
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 an...
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 i...
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...
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 ha...
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 sy...
Siklu Inc., a provider of millimetre-wave wireless solutions, announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with ALLNET, a Germany-based company with more than 20 years of communications, IT, and security distribution experience including design and technical support. Millimetre wave wireless radios ALLNET will now carry Siklu’s complete line of millimetre wave wireless radios, an arrangement which will greatly expand the availability of Siklu’s products within Germany. Initially the distribution agreement will focus on the DACH region and is expected to expand to other regions in Europe in the future. Products that will be offered through ALLNET includes Siklu’s mmWave EtherHaul line of products, which provide connectivity for street level and rooftops for residential and business broadband, security cameras, Wi-Fi and Mobile backhaul, and other last mile services. Delivering multigigabit broadband services Siklu leads the millimetre wave radio market and leverage narrow beams in the uncongested 60, 70/80 GHz spectrum delivering multigigabit broadband services and transmitting information across security networks, providing interference free and secured communication infrastructure and making it ideal for service providers and mission critical customers. "Siklu is excited to be included as part of ALLNET’s wireless communication solution providers" "Siklu is an industry recognised leading mmWave provider with tens of thousands of installations worldwide," said Tjorben Teunissen, Director BU Network Solution from ALLNET. "We are delighted to add such a successful line of products to our portfolio and to make Siklu’s mmWave radios readily available to our customers in Europe." Wireless communication solutions “Siklu is excited to be included as part of ALLNET’s wireless communication solution providers,” said Aviram Segal, EMEA Sales Director from Siklu. “This agreement enables Siklu to reach a broader audience and to educate them about the benefits of interference free millimetre wave technology.” The Siklu EtherHaul mmW products family will be showcased at the ANGA COM 2017 event in Messe Köln, Germany from May 30 - June 1, as part of the ALLNET booth #8/N20.
Russian Railways began to provide a new service designed to relieve Russia's Far East ports and attract additional freight traffic to the Trans-Siberian Railway. According to analysts' forecasts, the volume of coal transported towards the region will increase by 2.5 times by 2030. Ice-free seaport The ice-free seaport of Rajin is therefore of great interest to customers exporting coal. The daily ship loading rate of this complex is up to 14,000 tons, depending on the vessel's tonnage. And all these shipments require the highest level of security. Heads of sea and river transport infrastructure objects are looking for new video surveillance and warning systems technologies & solutions. TB Forum 2018 is one of the largest congresses for transport professionals in Russia and CIS countries. Security specialists are discussing the latest legislation changes in the field of transport security and are looking for new equipment to secure their facilities. Manufacturers, developers, and integrators are invited to demonstrate their solutions, the latest products and modern methods and technologies for ensuring the safety on Transport.
Both companies will provide Tetra-based TMD880i modems to more than 1,200 siren sites all over Norway The Norwegian civil defence organisation “Sivilforsvaret” has started to modernise its nationwide public warning system with the help of Airbus Defence and Space and TC Connect AS. Both companies will provide Tetra-based TMD880i modems to more than 1,200 siren sites all over Norway, connecting the warning system to the national multi-agency public safety radiocommunications network Nodnett. Integration of warning systems The Norwegian Ministry of Justice decided to integrate the warning system into the Tetra-based Nodnett network because the warning system’s current technology is due to expire soon. TC Connect will deliver and install Airbus Defence and Space Tetra TMD880i data modules as part of the complete modernisation programme. TC Connect played a key role in designing the cabinet for the control unit that is called “VRIO”. It combines the Tetra TMD880i modem with a Remote Terminal Unit. TC Connect has already successfully sold this interface to the Swedish market for several years. In addition, the company developed the programme’s software to satisfy customer requirements. Regular update services are included in the project’s scope. Installation began in autumn 2016 and will continue throughout 2017. “Following our recent deliveries of handheld TH1n slimline radios to the healthcare sector and P8GR Tetra pagers to the firefighters, this is yet another good example of innovative solutions we are providing together with TC Connect to the Norwegian market”, said Anna Hyyrynen, Partner Sales & New Solutions Manager at Airbus Defence and Space. Transference of data Besides its ability to link the warning system to Nodnett, the TDM880i modem transfers high volumes of data to the Tetra network. It also tracks vehicles with GPS positioning in real time. The modem interface can be managed remotely, e.g. via smart grid or supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA). Since 2008, TC Connect has been a business partner of Airbus Defence and Space. Headquartered in Oslo, with four additional offices around Norway, the distributor of Professional Mobile Radio technology provides solutions and services for various mission-critical needs, including several public safety authorities both in Norway and in Sweden.
Intersec Saudi Arabia 2017 is expected to host more than 100 exhibitors, including 22 launch partners Saudi Arabia and the UAE are leading the upward trend for the fire safety systems market in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), as stringent government regulations fuel demand for the replacement of existing and outdated equipment. According to consultancy firm 6Wresearch, the GCC’s fire safety systems market was worth US $ 1.36 billion in 2015, with Saudi Arabia (US $ 598.4 million), and the UAE (US $ 394.4 million) comprising 73 per cent of the regional market. The other Gulf States of Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait accounted for US $ 367.2 million (27 per cent). Fire safety system market growth 6Wresearch said Saudi’s fire safety systems and equipment market is projected to grow six per cent annually from 2016 – 2020. By 2022, the market is estimated to be worth US $ 632.2 million, attributed to a recovery in the construction and real estate verticals. Other factors driving regional demand for new fire safety systems include government and transportation sectors, residential, retail, and hospitality verticals, while Saudi’s Vision 2030 and the upcoming Dubai Expo 2020 in the UAE is also likely to boost further growth. The latest market updates were told to more than 100 fire, safety and security industry professionals at a three-day Saudi roadshow promoting the upcoming Intersec exhibitions in Dubai and Jeddah. Intersec Dubai 2017 The first edition of IntersecSaudi Arabia meanwhile is expected to host more than100 exhibitors, including 22launch partners Intersec, the world’s leading exhibition for security, safety, and fire protection, runs from 22-24 January 2017 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, while Intersec Saudi Arabia will take place from 2-4 May 2017 at the Jeddah Centre for Forums & Events. In its 19th edition, Intersec 2017 will feature more than 1,300 exhibitors from 54 countries spanning over 55,000sqm of exhibition space, registering a 10 per cent growth over the previous year. Intersec Saudi Arabia 2017 The first edition of Intersec Saudi Arabia meanwhile is expected to host more than 100 exhibitors, including 22 launch partners; Al Alameya Group, Axis Communications, Bristol Fire Engineering – Corodex, the British Security Industry Association, CP Plus, Dahua, dorma + kaba, Draeger, Genetec, Hanwha Techwin, Harco Group, HID Global, Hikvision, Milestone, NAFFCO, Nedap, Pelco by Schneider Electric, Promise Technology, Smiths Detection, Tadween, NITIE, and ZMR. Fire & rescue section Fire & Rescue is one of seven show sections at Intersec 2017, and has nearly doubled in size over the last four years. The section, which attracted 350 exhibitors in 2016, is expected to continue its growth trend in 2017, having attracted the likes of Apollo, bsi, Bristol, Chemours, Fike, Hochiki, Grupo Komtes, LPCB, NAFFCO, Oshkosh, Rapidrop, Scott Safety, Securiton, SFFECO, Siemens, UL, and Velox. “Ongoing investments in the commercial, retail, industrial, hospitality, and the healthcare sectors, combined with upcoming high profile international events, means growth is the buzz word across all sectors in the GCC, and this also applies to the fire safety market,” said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the organiser of Intersec, and Intersec Saudi Arabia. “Improvements in the enforcement of fire codes in the construction sector, and the constant need for fire protection and life safety means the GCC’s fire safety market is estimated to grow annually by 14-16 per cent to reach US$3.15 billion by 2020.” "Expenditures in the MiddleEast oil and gas sector are expected to increase by morethan 19 per cent for the 5-year period ending in 2017" “This robust demand for the latest equipment, fire protection and firefighting systems is reflected in the strong growth in the Fire & Rescue section at Intersec, while Intersec Saudi Arabia too will host the biggest names in the fire protection market,” added Pauwels. Oil & gas Oil & Gas is another key sector for the fire protection industry, and will be a key target area for Hochiki at Intersec 2017. The Japanese-headquartered company specialises in commercial and industrial fire detection and emergency lighting solutions, and will showcase its latest range of fire detection products designed specifically for use in oil refineries, gas processing plants and other high risk environments. “Expenditures in the Middle East oil and gas sector are expected to increase by more than 19 per cent for the 5-year period ending in 2017,” said Robert Head, Assistant Managing Director at Hochiki Middle East. “When operating in such hazardous environments, it’s important to ensure the building’s fire safety systems are robust and reliable. There is a variety of fire detection products designed specifically for use in oil refineries, gas processing plants and other high risk environments.” “Intrinsically Safe devices (IS) restrict the electrical and thermal energy in the circuit ensuring that ignition in an explosive atmosphere cannot occur; making them ideal for use in oil and gas facilities as well as chemical engineering plants. Hochiki have a wide range of IS devices, from smoke detectors to flame detectors, which have all been certified by BASEEFA to IECEx and ATEX,” added Head. New panel & product launches Global Fire Equipment from Portugal, a manufacturer of fire detection and extinguishing systems will return to Intersec 2017 with the launch of its new panels and several other products like PA/VA systems, and web enabled interfaces. "Our goal is to establish longterm partnerships with agents working in the security fieldwith the purpose of expandingour global presence whichcovers more than 70 countries" João Paulo Ajami, the Commercial Director for Global Fire Equipment, said, “We had several interesting projects in Saudi Arabia in the last 12 months, while exhibiting at Intersec has helped us launch several good distribution channels in countries like Kenya, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Tanzania, and Pakistan.” “Our goal is to establish long term partnerships with agents working in the security field with the purpose of expanding our global presence which covers more than 70 countries. Our systems are applied in residential, commercial and industrial sectors and its subsectors, since fire detection is applicable to almost all construction sectors.” Regional fire safety codes Elsewhere, Aman Fire Protection, an Oman-based fire protection engineering consultancy, will look to increase its business contacts at Intersec 2017 and explain the fire codes approvals process to those undertaking projects in the Middle East. Anthony Cole, Technical Director at Aman Fire Protection, highlighted the growing trend for better awareness of regional fire safety codes following recent fire incidents across the GCC. “There’s an increase in awareness for the need for review and approval of materials used in construction by fire protection consultants especially in high rise projects following the several high profile fires,” said Cole. “Oil & Gas, military, power and energy creation, large commercial developments such as shopping malls and integrated tourism leisure projects are the most important industries our business is targeting now.” Intersec’s other core sections include Commercial Security, Homeland Security & Policing, Safety & Health, Information Security, Smart Home and Physical & Perimeter Security. Save Save Save Save
6,433 visitors attended The Emergency Services Show 2016, including a 45% increase in overseas visitors Last week’s Emergency Services Show was the biggest in its 10-year history and provided a fascinating insight to the UK’s fast-evolving emergency services industry. The move to the larger Hall 5 at the NEC enabled the organisers to offer more free learning and networking opportunities than ever before, with over 80 free seminar sessions, numerous CPD workshops and skills stations, live demonstrations and water rescue displays on the Pendigo Lake directly outside the exhibition hall. A record number of 6,433 visitors were attracted which included a 45 per cent increase in overseas visitors. Exhibiting at the event, Alex Creamer, Head of Business Development at Steroplast Healthcare Ltd said, “It’s a great gateway to the emergency services sector. You are covering everything from coastguards to the police to the military. There’s a wide range of buyers here including emergency services from abroad.” Introducing innovative features The event broke new ground with features dedicated to drones and ICT innovation, and a new “show within a show” which showcased the work of the fire and rescue services in the areas of health, well-being and prevention for the first time. Supported by the Fire Kills campaign and Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA), Home Safety 2016 comprised a free two-day seminar programmer and a dedicated exhibition showcasing specialist equipment for the safe home. "The Emergency Services Show was an outstanding success for us at Dechoker Europe Ltd and our distributors, Pro-Trainings Europe and Community Heartbeat Trust" Over 20 per cent of the 460 exhibition stands were taken by new exhibitors. These included WASP Rescue. The Warning Alarm for Stability Protection (WASP) was most recently deployed on the high profile bridge collapse on the M20 to monitor the remaining pier to ensure rescue workers were protected during the recovery and clean up phase. Co-founder of WASP Rescue, Matt Keogh said, “This was our first ever show. There were a lot of people there who need this equipment and I could spend six months travelling the country to speak to all the people I have spoken to in the last two days – fire services from all over the UK… It’s money well spent in my opinion.” Another company making its UK debut was Dechoker. Director of European Operations, Alan Walton said, “The Emergency Services Show was an outstanding success for us at Dechoker Europe Ltd and our distributors, Pro-Trainings Europe and Community Heartbeat Trust. The level of interest in our life-saving Dechoker Anti-Choking Device was phenomenal! We will certainly be present at the 2017 show.” Emergency service collaborations Successful partnerships between the emergency services and other agencies were showcased within the seminar programmes and on the exhibition stands. In the Learning Zone (curated and inspired by JESIP and the National Operational Guidance Programme) senior figures from the fire, police and ambulance services shared their experiences of co-responding to incidents including the Bosley Mill fire, Christmas 2015 floods and Shoreham air crash. Meanwhile at the entrance to the show, Excelerate handed over a joint command unit to Northamptonshire Police and Fire and Rescue Service. The new command unit will provide a base for commanders when in attendance at large scale or major incidents. All of Excelerate’s integrated technologies have been designed to facilitate joint working, while enhancing operational efficiency and further supporting resilience for Northamptonshire’s incident response capability. With the Government's drive towards greater collaboration and sharing of resources across the emergency services, this new joint command unit is at the forefront of this transition. "This year’s event perfectly captured the spirit ofcollaboration between the emergency services and thevital role played by new technologies" In the ICT Innovation Theatre, the session on the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) presented by the Home Office, Motorola and EE attracted a great deal of interest. ESMCP is the programmer to replace Airwave and provide integrated critical voice and broadband data services for the three emergency services. Learning opportunities The College of Paramedics area was expanded this year enabling over 700 people to attend the CPD sessions on the first day alone. Elsewhere the new Trauma Care & Education Zone offered further CPD opportunities through four skills stations covering airway management, hemorrhage control, splinting and immobilisation and burns. Physio Control’s own Learning Centre also proved very popular. David Brown, Event Director for The Emergency Services Show said, “The Emergency Services Show represents the UK’s largest multi-agency gathering, and it continues to grow. This year’s event perfectly captured the spirit of collaboration between the emergency services and the vital role played by new technologies. We were delighted with the way in which our new features and exhibitors were received and are grateful for the support of the many organisations and sponsors who have helped us to ensure the show evolves each year. We are already brimming with ideas of how we can further build on this for next year’s event.” The Emergency Services Show will return to Hall 5 at the NEC from 20th to 21st September 2017. Save
Hanwha and Oxehealth have launched an innovative camera-based health monitoring system for secure room environments Hanwha Techwin, the globally renowned manufacturer of Samsung branded video surveillance solutions, has launched, in partnership with Oxehealth, the developer of contact-free health monitoring software, an innovative camera-based health monitoring system for secure room environments. Innovative surveillance solutions “The technology partnership we have formed with Oxehealth is a perfect example of how Hanwha Techwin is delivering against its commitment to provide innovative video surveillance solutions that fulfil real market needs,” said Mr. Cheol Kyo Kim, President & CEO of Hanwha Techwin Co. Limited. “Combining our award winning open platform cameras that are able to capture superb quality high definition images with Oxehealth software, means that we can provide users with a solution that offers both peace of mind and increased operational efficiency.” Samsung branded cameras, working in harmony with Oxehealth contact-free health monitoring software, presents police, mental health institutions and prisons with the opportunity to remotely measure the movement, heart rate and breathing of detainees and patients. Quickly alerts staff of physiological changes The solution has been successfully trialled by UK police and mental health organisations, and with increasing awareness worldwide of the need for early intervention measures in order to reduce deaths in custody, Hanwha Techwin and Oxehealth will jointly be globally promoting a solution that quickly alerts supervising staff to any sudden, dramatic change in a detainee’s physiology. Commenting on the global partnership which was formalised on 5th April, 2016, Jonathan Chevallier, CEO at Oxehealth said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Hanwha Techwin: they have an impressive track record of manufacturing robust, high performance video surveillance solutions for demanding mission critical and high security applications. We see them as fantastic Founding Partners in the Oxehealth Partner Network. We are looking forward to working with the Hanwha Techwin team to promote this market leading camera based health monitoring solution to secure room environments, as well as, in the future, exploring the opportunities for the technology in other market sectors.”
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.
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?