AMG, the ISO 9001:2015 approved UK manufacturer and global provider of environmentally robust fibre, analogue, IP/Ethernet, wireless & hybrid communication transmission solutions, has announced the start of a global growth plan. Capitalising on significant new external investment, AMG plans to promote its British designed and manufactured products to markets around the world. There will be investment to significantly increase the AMG product range, to increase its technical and sales resourc...
ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions, a global provider in access solutions, announces the integration of their Aperio™ wireless lock technology with the Pinnacle Advanced access control software and 1700 Intelligent Controller from Sielox LLC, a designer of innovative Layered Security Solutions since 1979. Aperio will integrate with Version 10.4 of Pinnacle™ Access Control Platform. A feature-rich, event-management software solution, Pinnacle provides superior access control management and...
ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions, a global provider in access solutions, announces the integration of their Aperio™ wireless lock technology with the Pinnacle Advanced access control software and 1700 Intelligent Controller from Sielox LLC, a designer of innovative Layered Security Solutions since 1979. Aperio will integrate with Version 10.4 of Pinnacle™ Access Control Platform. A feature-rich, event-management software solution, Pinnacle provides superior access control management and...
Threat Extinguisher, a Columbus, Ohio based innovator of a patented, innovative, non-lethal active shooter violence solution, has partnered with Paul Boucherle CPP CSC, founder of Matterhorn Consulting, LLC, to continue guiding their growth. Sam Fasone shared their core mission, "Our passion is saving lives in situations of extreme violence by providing an effective means of communication and defensive solution to the average person during highly stressful events. We have implemented our soluti...
Luxul, the innovator of IP networking solutions for AV integrators, announces its technology lineup for CEDIA Expo 2019, taking place September 12-14 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. In Legrand | AV's booth 905, Luxul will exhibit a wide range of solutions that deliver reliable, high-performance networks in smart homes, including a new wireless mesh solution and cloud remote monitoring and management system; Self-Healing managed Gigabit switches; the next generation of wireless cont...
Luxul, globally renowned innovator of IP networking solutions for AV integrators, has announced releasing the next generation to its flagship XWC-1000 wireless controller, the high-tech XWC-2000 wireless controller device. XWC-2000 wireless controller The new controller utilises Luxul's exclusive Roam Assist technology to ensure the active roaming of mobile client devices and simple deployment of up to 32 wireless access points (AP) for large installations. In wireless networks that utilise m...
In business and at home, the smartphone is a remote control for our lives. It’s a calendar and a credit card. We book holidays and do our daily banking. With video calling technology, we can even be in two places at once (or make it seem that way). Could there be untapped potential in using mobile phones for access control, too? According to official EU data, by 2016 94% of European large businesses were issuing their workers with some sort of connected mobile device. We seem to use our smartphones for everything. Yet mobile phones are under utilised when it comes to building security and access management. Mobile access Evolving technologies now enable us to manage access rights via mobile phone apps Evolving technologies now enable us to manage access rights via mobile phone apps, open a door with a virtual key credential, and much more. An estimated 44 million mobile credentials will be downloaded by 2021, according to a recent IHS Markit forecast. Smartphones enable wireless access control: Convenience: Part of the reason Apple Pay, Instagram and many more mobile services succeed is for the simple reason, we like to carry less stuff. With secure credentials on your phone, there’s no more need for a fob, a plastic smart-card or anything similar. Security: A screen-lock adds an extra layer of PIN, swipe passcode or fingerprint security. With phones, multi-factor authentication is baked into the credential. And how quickly would you notice if a plastic key-card went missing? Nowhere near as fast as you’d spot your smart phone was gone. Flexibility: Security and facility managers can do things with virtual keys that are impossible with a plastic credential. They can issue, revoke or amend them instantly and from anywhere with secure cloud access via a mobile phone. However briefly a temporary visitor needs to enter your building, the easiest way to let them in is with their phone. Efficiency: Scrap the queues at reception waiting for temporary visitor permits, waste fewer hours in plastic key-card handover meetings and spend less of your budget replacing lost and damaged credentials. Phone-based access control saves businesses time and money. Compatibility: Mobile phones are machines built for connectivity, including with your existing RFID locks. Bluetooth and NFC radio technology are already inside most modern smartphones. Every future viable wireless and contactless technology will be there, too. Another recent analyst report suggested as many as 20% of organisations would use smartphones for access, in place of plastic smart-cards, by 2020. The move to mobile access control seems inevitable. “Other highly security-aware industries like banking demonstrate the advantages of the smartphone,” says Thomas Schulz, Director Marketing & Communications Digital and Access Solutions at ASSA ABLOY EMEA. “Similarly, we see fast-growing interest in unlocking doors and other openings with mobile credentials, and in facility managers administering access rights via their smartphone.” SMARTair Openow solution “To take one example from our portfolio of mobile access solutions, security managers using our new SMARTair Openow solution manage all users’ virtual keys inside a secure app. If an administrator cancels a virtual key, it vanishes immediately from a user’s Openow app.” Schulz points to the new Arkansas State University campus in Mexico, where students and staff have no access cards to collect or validate. Every site user installs and validates their own Openow app and collects keys virtually. Wireless access control Smartphones add convenience and functionality right across our wireless access control product" “Smartphones add convenience and functionality right across our wireless access control product and solutions portfolio,” said Schulz. “Users can unlock our Aperio wireless locks with a Seos mobile credential. Small and medium-sized business managers can run their own access control with no specialist knowledge, using just the CLIQ Go app and their phone.” He further adds, “For companies with a remote workforce, the CLIQ Connect app updates access rights of programmable keys with just a secure Bluetooth connection. Access control from your mobile phone offers so many efficiency advantages. I’d encourage everyone involved in managing access control to take a look.”
Edesix, global provider of Body Worn Cameras (BWC), has announced that it will be launching its latest VideoBadge, the VB-400, at IFSEC 2019. VideoBadge VB-400 BWC The VB-400 will be predominantly aimed at the policing and security sectors, where officers on the front line utilise BWCs to help prevent both criminal and anti-social behaviour when out on patrol. Additionally, the captured footage not only provides greater transparency of interactions with the public, but also significantly increases early guilty pleas when used in a prosecution. This latest Body Worn Camera from Edesix has been designed to be a simple, unobtrusive addition to any uniform This latest Body Worn Camera from Edesix has been designed to be a simple, unobtrusive addition to any uniform. The VB-400 has a market-leading IP67 ingress protection rating and delivers full 1080p HD recording capabilities to capture evidence-quality footage, Bluetooth sensor monitoring, and built-in GPS functionality which will greatly simplify camera asset management across large estates. Other features include a full-shift battery life, Wi-Fi streaming, 120 degree horizontal field of view and haptic and audio feedback alerts to show when recording has been activated. BWCs revolutionise security, policing “The use of BWCs is revolutionising policing and security around the globe, and the launch of our new VB-400 is going to take this protection to the next level,” explains Richie McBride, managing director of Edesix. “Our next generation VB-400 has been built for the connected world, and provides real-time GPS functionality, streaming and the ability to seamlessly interface with its environment." Bluetooth sensor monitoring "The VB-400’s new Bluetooth sensor monitoring also enables hands-free incident recording. All these new features have been designed to assist the connected officer, and undoubtedly means it is the #1 Body Worn Camera for policing and security.” Edesix will be showcasing its new VB-400 at this year’s IFSEC.
Matrix aims at increasing the networking opportunities by explaining decision makers the application of latest telecom and security solutions at the International Police Expo. The event organised on 19th and 20th July’19 gathers high level professionals of defence forces and gives them an overview of technologically advanced solutions. From telecom domain, Matrix will be showcasing enterprise meeting solution - PARISAT meeting server at the event. The conferencing server is engineered for 15 video and 150 audio participants enabling police force to collaborate from different locations and solve critical situations at the earliest. At the event, Matrix will exhibit pure IP Solution - PRASAR UCS that enables armed forces’ personnel to connect wirelessly from remote locations. Multiple connectivity options Matrix will showcase its aadhaar enabled biometric device Matrix Unified Communication Server – SARVAM UCS will also be highlighted at the event. Equipped to support radio ports and in-skin GSM connectivity, the solution enhances connectivity between field personnel helping them manage emergency situations effectively in less period of time. Matrix will also showcase its GSM and VoIP gateways that allows police and defence forces to make an easy switch to the modern network while retaining their existing infrastructure. Matrix will showcase its aadhaar enabled biometric device. It’s the only Linux based device available in Indian market with card and finger authentication. The device comes with multiple connectivity options like Wi-Fi, PoE, Ethernet and i.e. our Aadhaar based authentication device is purposely designed for marking attendance of government employees and is the only embedded device available in Indian market currently. Time-attendance solutions Matrix will be showcasing enterprise grade access control and time-attendance solutions engineered with features such as auto push events to server, automatic fingerprint distribution, instant notification, 300+ customised reports generation, scheduler services including backup and more. Furthermore, access control being the prime requirement in terms of security, Matrix will present its standalone access control solution with license free environment, whereby a single panel can handle up to 255 doors and 25,000 users. Get a glimpse into the cutting-edge Matrix biometric solutions with multiple credentials such as face, fingerprint, palm vein, RFID card and PIN options at International Police Expo. Matrix will also be showcasing an enterprise-grade video management system designed, engineered and built specifically for growing multi-location organisations. The entire solution focuses on automating processes and enhancing efficiency of organisations. Real-time security Matrix will be showcasing its new extreme series of Network Video Recorder (NVRX) at the event Matrix will also be showcasing a new range of audio compatible and compact professional series IP cameras powered by SONY STARVIS series sensors with EXMOR technology. This gives the cameras an edge over others in terms of exceptional low light performance, consistent image quality during varying light conditions (True WDR), better bandwidth optimisation, video analytics such as intrusion detection, perimeter security, loitering detection and many other features. Furthermore, Matrix will be showcasing its new extreme series of Network Video Recorder (NVRX) at the event. This NVR is equipped with 4K decoding capacity and characteristics like cascading (up to 20 NVRs), camera-wise recording retention, TCP notifications for remote locations and database level integration. Moreover, these latest NVRs are also backed with an intelligent software that helps detect threats and send instant notifications for real-time security. Products’ features and applications “We are enthusiastic about explaining our latest products’ features and applications to the key people of the defence industry. We will give brief insight on how our solutions can help the armed forces serve the society in a better way”, said Jatin Desai, Marketing Manager. Matrix cordially invites everyone to visit them at Stall Number: 21, International Police Expo 2019, Pragati Maidan Delhi on 19th and 20th July to have a sneak peek at the future of Telecom and Security solutions.
AMG, the ISO 9001:2015 approved UK manufacturer and provider of environmentally robust fibre, analogue, IP/ethernet, wireless & hybrid communication transmission solutions, is inviting visitors to IFSEC 2019 to see their latest range of transmission technologies, at stand number IF131. To be found on AMG partner stand, ICAD, who provide world-class technology services for facilities, AMG will be exhibiting models representing their latest industrial switches with up to 90W PoE capability and new Skywave 3F Wireless range. Web-browser interface Visitors will see AMG’s range of managed ‘PLUS’ industrial Ethernet switches which feature 90W PoE per port On the ICAD stand, visitors will see AMG’s range of managed ‘PLUS’ industrial Ethernet switches which feature 90W PoE per port and offer full Layer 2 Managed Ethernet functionality. Compliant with all IEEE 802.3 variants (u/ab/x/z), the new switches have up to 8 Fast or Gigabit Ethernet ports, with up to 2 additional Dual Speed SFP ports for data uplink, and as with all AMG Managed ‘Plus’ switches, a console port as standard, and a web-browser interface for configuration of all aspects of the device. Supporting 10/100/1000Mbps data rates, full duplex, the DIN rail mountable devices are ideally suited for connecting and powering field based equipment (such as IP CCTV cameras and industrial controllers) to Ethernet networks, using all variants of multimode and single mode fibre to cover distances up to 120Kms. Wireless communication Extremely compact and lightweight, AMG will also show the new AMG8870F-06 Skywave 3F Outdoor Wireless Radio, designed to deliver the highest performance and stability available in the 5GHz 802.11ac class. Skywave 3F’s feature-rich operating system is optimised for ultra-high performance wireless communication Skywave 3F’s feature-rich operating system is optimised for ultra-high performance wireless communication with 450Mbps compressed video throughput, utilising a powerful hardware platform and incorporating a QCA 9563 CPU (750 MHz), QCA 9882 radio, 64Mbs of RAM and 16Mb flash memory. The AMG8870F-06 radio is an ideal solution for capacity demanding point-to-point or point-to-multipoint network applications. Industrial switches “We’re looking forward to discussing AMG's existing and new range of technologies that offer a broad range of high-performance transmission solutions for any application,” says Sara Fisher, Business Development Director at AMG. “We’re delighted to be involved with ICAD and will be co-promoting the deployment of our industrial switches, up to 90W PoE capability and new wireless range, to support world-class system projects.” At the show, AMG’s Sara Fisher, Alan Hayes and Leona Hayes will be on hand to discuss any technology or project requirement.
DTC Broadcast has announced a formal and extensive North American partnership with U.S. based Wave Central, a major provider of wireless broadcast camera and transmission technologies. High-end Radio Frequency (RF) solutions Wave Central specialises in providing high-end RF solutions for major sports venues across North America. The partnership is structured in a way that gives Wave Central full access to the DTC product portfolio. DTC’s OEM technology will continue to be used within Wave Central’s product portfolio, providing the North American market with regional sales and support, reinforced by Wave Central’s vast RF expertise. Wave Central’s General Manager Tom Doyle, said, “The benefits of being able to quickly sell, service and support these powerful, well-proven technologies across North America will be huge for fans of Wave Central and DTC’s professional wireless products.” DTC transmitters Wave Central now has a major hand in augmenting and extending our technology roadmap" Existing DTC transmitters and other broadcast technologies will gradually be re-branded in North America to reflect the new association with Wave Central. The first official public showcase for the partnership and products is at NAB 2019 in Booths C6934 and C1108. DTC Vice President, Broadcast Sales, JP Delport said, “This partnership with Wave Central is not only one of selling product, but also providing world class customer support. Wave Central now has a major hand in augmenting and extending our technology roadmap with more tailored solutions to suit the various markets that exist within North America. The partnership is a major milestone in the ongoing growth and success of DTC Broadcast worldwide.” Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology Wave Central Executive Vice President, Anthony Sangiovanni, concurs, “North American customers demand cutting-edge technology, require custom solutions and expect good value for their investment. This new partnership with DTC Broadcast will deliver on these demands and so much more. By combining both our companies’ strengths, we can better serve North American broadcasters with world class technology and the after-sales service they deserve.”
Global security solutions provider, RISCO Group, is taking its team of experts to The Security Event at the NEC Birmingham this April. Agility4 wireless system From the 9th to the 11th of April, RISCO’s team of engineers and product professionals will be showcasing the company’s latest products including the recently updated Agility4 wireless system which includes outdoor intruder detection, a newly designed keypad and a PIR (passive infrared) camera detector. The team will also be introducing new wireless keypads, detectors and communication devices at the show. The event is dedicated to UK security professionals, installers and integrators who will have the chance to experience RISCO’s innovative technology first-hand as well as learning about upcoming releases. Ian Stones, Head of UK sales at the firm, said “We have some really exciting and innovative product releases coming up this year including a potentially game changing device which will be unveiled for the first time at the show. We can’t wait to introduce these new developments to our installers.” Installer Cloud Visitors to our stand on SE56 will have the opportunity to see the Secured by Design accredited Installer Cloud and the new Agility4 system" He adds, “I’m looking forward to sharing more at The Security Event and RISCO’s team of experienced engineers will also be available for technical demonstrations and to answer any questions. Visitors to our stand on SE56 will have the opportunity to see the Secured by Design accredited Installer Cloud and the new Agility4 system. We love bringing our technology to life and can’t wait to join our industry peers at the event.” Further to speakers and interactive educational content, The Security Event will also host a ‘Designing Out Crime Zone’ in association with Secured by Design, a national police crime prevention initiative. “We are looking forward to revealing updates, launching new products and sharing expert knowledge with visitors to the event,” added Ian.
In 2017, IoT-based cyberattacks increased by 600%. As the industry moves towards the mass adoption of interconnected physical security devices, end users have found a plethora of advantages, broadening the scope of traditional video surveillance solutions beyond simple safety measures. Thanks in part to these recent advancements, our physical solutions are at a higher risk than ever before. With today’s ever evolving digital landscape and the increasing complexity of physical and cyber-attacks, it’s imperative to take specific precautions to combat these threats. Video surveillance systems Cybersecurity is not usually the first concern to come to mind When you think of a video surveillance system, cybersecurity is not usually the first concern to come to mind, since digital threats are usually thought of as separate from physical security. Unfortunately, these two are becoming increasingly intertwined as intruders continue to use inventive methods in order to access an organisation's assets. Hacks and data breaches are among the top cyber concerns, but many overlook the fact that weak cybersecurity practices can lead to physical danger as well. Organisations that deploy video surveillance devices paired with advanced analytics programs often leave themselves vulnerable to a breach without even realising it. While they may be intelligent, IoT devices are soft targets that cybercriminals and hackers can easily exploit, crippling a physical security system from the inside out. Physical security manufacturers Whether looking to simply gain access to internal data, or paralyse a system prior to a physical attack, allowing hackers easy access to surveillance systems can only end poorly. In order to stay competitive, manufacturers within the security industry are trading in their traditional analogue technology and moving towards interconnected devices. Due to this, security can no longer be solely focused on the physical elements and end users have taken note. The first step towards more secured solutions starts with physical security manufacturers choosing to make cybersecurity a priority for all products, from endpoint to edge and beyond. Gone are the days of end users underestimating the importance of reliability within their solutions. Manufacturers that choose to invest time and research into the development of cyber-hardening will be ahead of the curve and an asset to all. Wireless communication systems Integrators also become complicit in any issues that may arise in the future Aside from simply making the commitment to improve cyber hygiene, there are solid steps that manufacturers can take. One simple action is incorporating tools and features into devices that allow end users to more easily configure their cyber protection settings. Similarly, working with a third party to perform penetration testing on products can help to ensure the backend security of IoT devices. This gives customers peace of mind and manufacturers a competitive edge. While deficient cybersecurity standards can reflect poorly on manufacturers by installing vulnerable devices on a network, integrators also become complicit in any issues that may arise in the future. Just last year, ADT was forced to settle a $16 million class action lawsuit when the company installed an unencrypted wireless communication system that rendered an organisation open to hacks. Cybersecurity services In addition, we’ve all heard of the bans, taxes and tariffs the U.S. government has recently put on certain manufacturers, depending on their country of origin and cybersecurity practices. Lawsuits aside, employing proper cybersecurity standards can give integrators a competitive advantage. With the proliferation of hacks, malware, and ransomware, integrators that can ease their client's cyber-woes are already a step ahead. By choosing to work with cybersecurity-focused manufacturers who provide clients with vulnerability testing and educate end users on best practices, integrators can not only thrive but find new sources of RMR. Education, collaboration and participation are three pillars when tackling cybersecurity from all angles. For dealers and integrators who have yet to add cybersecurity services to their business portfolios, scouting out a strategic IT partner could be the answer. Unlocking countless opportunities Becoming educated on the topic of cybersecurity and its importance for an organisation is the first step Physical security integrators who feel uncomfortable diving headfirst into the digital realm may find that strategically aligning themselves with an IT or cyber firm will unlock countless opportunities. By opening the door to a partnership with an IT-focused firm, integrators receive the benefit of cybersecurity insight on future projects and a new source of RMR through continued consulting with current customers. In exchange, the IT firm gains a new source of clients in an industry otherwise untapped. This is a win for all those involved. While manufacturers, dealers and integrators play a large part in the cybersecurity of physical systems, end users also play a crucial role. Becoming educated on the topic of cybersecurity and its importance for an organisation is the first step. Commonplace cybersecurity standards Below is a list of commonplace cybersecurity standards that all organisations should work to implement for the protection of their own video surveillance solutions: Always keep camera firmware up to date for the latest cyber protections. Change default passwords, especially those of admins, to keep the system locked to outside users. Create different user groups with separate rights to ensure all users have only the permissions they need. Set an encryption key for surveillance recordings to safeguard footage against intruders and prevent hackers from accessing a system through a backdoor. Enable notifications, whether for error codes or storage failures, to keep up to date with all systems happenings. Create/configure an OpenVPN connection for secured remote access. Check the web server log on a regular basis to see who is accessing the system. Ensure that web crawling is forbidden to prevent images or data found on your device from being made searchable. Avoid exposing devices to the internet unless strictly necessary to reduce the risk of attacks.
There’s almost no installation that goes 100-percent smoothly in the field of video surveillance. Unexpected issues routinely arise that can increase time on the job, cost of the project and frustration. Manufacturers work on the product side to help ensure their products are easy to install and – when troublesome situations do arise – are flexible enough for installers to quickly find a remedy. Importance of ease of installation Ease of installation is a very important part of the project to the system integrator because the cost of labour is variable Ease of installation is a very important part of the project to the system integrator because the cost of labour is variable and can be very expensive. In some cases, the cost of labour to install a camera can be more than the cost of the camera! If labour costs are high – or are more expensive than a system integrator planned – they can lose a great deal of money on a project. If a cautious system integrator includes too high of an estimate for labour in a project bid, his overall bid will to high and it could cost him the project. The easier the camera is to install, the lower the labour cost, subsequently achieving higher savings for end-users. Hence it is essential that camera manufacturers develop products that are easy to install or are flexible in the field for system integrators and installers who know that time is money. Enterprise projects can involve thousands of cameras installed Simplifying installation of cameras Camera installation typically involves an electrician, the camera installer and the person who configures the VMS (Video Management Software). Of course, one person can play all three roles, and in many cases, does, but enterprise projects can involve dozens, hundreds or even thousands of cameras with teams of individuals involved in an installation. The electrician runs conduit with an electrical or PoE (Power over Ethernet) connection to the housing or the backplate of the camera; the installer then installs the camera at that location, hooking it up to power; and then a configurator adds cameras to the network and makes adjustments – renaming the camera, setting the frame rate, enabling WDR (Wide Dynamic Range), and the like. When it’s a project that involves different players for any of these functions, there is the potential for a bottleneck and delay in project completion. And if a system integrator is paying an electrician, installer and software configurator – and they are all three on site waiting for each other to finish – that’s a system integrator’s worst-case scenario. Enhancement through modular cameras Video surveillance camera manufacturers like Hanwha Techwin are producing products that take different roles Video surveillance camera manufacturers like Hanwha Techwin are producing products that take the different roles of electrician, installer and configurator into consideration, allowing them to complete their tasks independently. With a focus on modular design which includes a USB dongle, a device manager, magnetic module and included accessories, the Wisenet X series Plus is one of the fastest cameras to install, service and upgrade – saving installers time and money. Wisenet X series Plus cameras have a detachable camera module that utilise magnets to lock into the housing for instant configuration. Electricians can run conduit with a single PoE connection to the back plate/housing while the configurator is working on configuring the camera module, allowing security professionals to later snap the camera into place in just minutes. The VMS configurator can then come and add the cameras to the network and program their functionality. Modular cameras offer flexibility In the past, an end user might determine after the camera is installed that there aren’t enough pixels on target, or they need certain different functions like video analytics for example, resulting in the time-consuming replacement of the entire camera. With modular-designed cameras, the camera module can be swapped with a new one without having to focus or replace the camera – even to change the resolution or field of view, also Wisenet X series Plus has optional PTRZ modules that can be remotely adjusted to the field of view and the position of the camera lens. Making camera adjustments in the field is also now easier and perhaps even safer. Installers have been known to climb a ladder and juggle a bulky laptop to access the network to be able to see video of how the camera is positioned. Or they’ve had to use analogue video output to view the video feed on a separate monitor which provides the field of view, but not megapixel quality. Using a smartphone, the installer can wirelessly see full and not cropped quality video directly from the camera Wisenet X series Plus cameras have a USB port that allows installers to connect it to a small dongle that converts the camera to a Wi-Fi device. Using a smartphone, the installer can wirelessly see full and not cropped quality video directly from the camera. It’s a much easier way to evaluate video while at the camera. Eliminating the second person looking at live view on a computer guiding through a cellphone to the installer to accurately point the camera to the proper position. If system integrators can do some of the legwork prior to even getting on site, it can reduce cost and improve efficiency. Imagine having 300 cameras ready to send to a project site. To configure those cameras, a system integrator has to take each camera out of the box, plug each into a switch, configure it, take it off of the switch and put it back in the box. To improve this process, camera manufacturers have now developed packaging that provides access to the camera port without even having to remove it from the box. It’s an innovative solution that saves time. Modular cameras have optional PTRZ modules that can be remotely adjusted to the field of view Software programs help in enhancing installation Whether it’s a one-man show or a team of electricians, installers and configurators, software programs can greatly enhance the installation process. Device managers are important tools in adding multiple cameras to a project. Using that 300-camera project, for example, it’s easier when a manufacturer has a device manager that allows the mass programming and configuration of cameras. Adding 300 cameras one by one is time consuming and leaves room for error when making so many multiple entries. A device manager should be able to scan the network and locate its devices, allowing them to be grouped, configured and much more. Every video surveillance camera project is going to have its ups and downs. But camera manufacturers can do their part in the production process to address the many issues known to slow down progress. It’s impressive that many are taking the lead in producing innovations like modular camera design, flexibility in the field and accessible packaging that can truly reduce installation cost and improve efficiency.
As most of us are well aware by now, from 25th May 2018, every EU country will be subject to the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), changing the way personal data is handled by strengthening compliance requirements and introducing strict penalties for failing to adequately protect personal data. All UK businesses must be conscious of the new rules and make the necessary changes, since non-compliance can result in data breaches and massive fines of up to 20 million Euros, or 4% of turnover - whichever is highest. The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) holds that there are a staggering six million active CCTV cameras currently being used in the UK. Most businesses of all types and size will be using some type of CCTV, whether it be for security purposes, health and safety or monitoring. People’s rights and freedoms cannot be overridden, as employees at work still have a right to privacyRight to privacy What businesses need to be aware of though, is that the images and footage of people captured by their surveillance system is classified as personal data under GDPR, which means that those who operate this type of surveillance must ensure that they are complying with the new regulations. Under GDPR, those who operate CCTV cameras must be able to demonstrate that there is a strong, transparent, ‘fair’ reason for doing so. People’s rights and freedoms cannot be overridden, even at work – employees still have a right to privacy. If you haven’t done so already, you should immediately conduct a full data privacy impact assessment, as recommended by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) code of practice. This will help you determine if there is a legitimate reason for processing data through CCTV footage, while ensuring that you are not excessively impacting the privacy rights of the people captured. Justifying privacy impact assessments If you are unsure of how to carry out a privacy impact assessment, there are experts out there who can help you An example of legitimate justification would be a construction site owner introducing wireless CCTV cameras to monitor and secure their site from would-be criminals. In this case, to meet legitimate purpose, the footage must be of sufficient quality and the images captured must be readily available for police examination if such a request is made. An illegitimate reason, on the other hand, would be the installation of CCTV purely to track the behaviour of employees, which could be viewed as an invasion of privacy. However, if you can say it is there for health and safety purposes, with evidence to back this up, you might then have a justifiable explanation. If you are unsure of how to carry out a privacy impact assessment, there are experts out there who can help you. Maintaining transparency Under GDPR, ‘transparency’ is important when processing data, which means data subjects, i.e. those whose images are captured by CCTV, are entitled to know that they are being filmed, which means you must inform them of the CCTV presence. To best ensure you are upholding this rule, it is a good idea to display prominent, unambiguous signs within the CCTV area to communicate that you are capturing footage and give people a number to contact for more information. Not only does this inform people that they could be under surveillance, but by placing prominent signage you are also helping to deter trespassers, who are less likely to enter a premises if they know might be filmed. Those whose images are captured by CCTV are entitled to know that they are being filmed Data retention One of the main aspects of GDPR is that personal data cannot be stored forever; it must only be kept for as long as its purpose requires (usually 30 days is recommended). As such, every camera your business operates will have to be assessed in order to ascertain how long footage is to be retained and why. Each case will be subjective and there are no hard and fast rules as to the ideal retention period. It is up to you to determine an acceptable period, taking into account people’s rights when deciding what is best. The upside is most modern CCTV cameras will allow the operator to set specific data retention limits. Individuals can request access for free under the new GDPR, making the likelihood of requests higherResponding to data requests As it falls under personal data, people can request access to CCTV footage which relates to them and the CCTV operator is required to disclose it. However, you must ensure that the person requesting to see the footage is the person who is present in it. By providing access to the footage, you must be wary not to disclose any personal data of other people, which may mean blurring out sections of the footage (e.g. containing number plates or images of other people) is necessary to avoid data breaches. Moreover, once a request for data access has been made, this must be provided without delay and within one month at the latest. This can be extended by two months where the request is complex or numerous. As such, you should ensure that there are appropriate policies in place within your working environment to ensure that employees know how to respond to individual data requests. Under the old rules, there used to be an admin fee for such requests, but this has been scrapped and now individuals can request access for free under GDPR, making the likelihood of requests higher. GDPR awareness among security service providers It’s always important to use a highly reputable security service provider who should be well aware of the GDPR rules Under GDPR, security suppliers are ‘data processors’, which means that the clients of them should have contracts in place outlining what the security supplier can do with the data. As such, you must ensure that sub-contractors working for your business, such as security suppliers, installers or engineers, are following the rules too. You will be opening up your business to potential data breaches if you are allowing such third parties to access, remove or distribute personal data captured by the CCTV. This is why it’s always important to use a highly reputable security service provider who should be well aware of the GDPR rules. If you don’t know, just ask! Ensuring fair usage The introduction of GDPR is certainly going to pose some interesting challenges for all businesses and how it unfolds is yet to be seen. The tighter regulations show that it is no longer acceptable to not be aware of or not understand the rules surrounding personal data and that such breaches will be taken seriously. However, they should certainly not discourage CCTV use, but instead operators should seek to guarantee fair usage is upheld and take steps to ensure that people know how and why they are being recorded.
After a period of rapid international expansion, the next step for Ajax Systems is to set deeper roots in each market and become more sustainable. The manufacturer of wireless security equipment will continue to extend the range of Ajax products and capabilities by responding to local requests. Smart home management options and automation scenarios will be a significant focus for the next year. Wireless security equipment The systems are resistant to false alarms, regularly update over the air Established in 2011 in Kyiv, Ukraine, Ajax Systems produces wireless security equipment for end users and small-medium-sized businesses. Ajax is a complete eco-system. The devices are ready to work out of the box. There are 24 devices for protecting residential and commercial properties from intrusion, fire, and floods as well as a set of automation modules. Users treat them as gadgets that make their homes smarter. Ajax wireless systems are easier to maintain, configure, and monitor for installers as well as for security companies, according to Ajax. The systems are resistant to false alarms, regularly update over the air, and can be easily expanded to cover premises of any size. IoT-based security systems “Our IoT-product approach to security systems, gadget-like industrial design, and user-friendly interfaces disrupted the market in 2016,” says Valentine Hrytsenko, Chief Marketing Officer at Ajax Systems. “After receiving global recognition in the security market, the company grew 80-fold.” Today, Ajax IoT-based security systems protect more than 200,000 people in 80 countries around the world from break-ins, fires, leaks and other threats. “Our mission is to reshape security and make it a common attribute of every household,” says Hrytsenko. Ajax wireless systems are easier to maintain, configure, and monitor for installers Ajax smart technology Ajax smart technology features a combination of reliable hardware and intelligent software. A proprietary Jeweller two-way radio protocol allows placing devices at a distance of up to 2000 meters from the hub in an open space. The system is encrypted, resistant to jamming and code grabbing. Ajax detectors feature false alarm-preventing algorithms: Haze Flow, ZOE, LISA, SmartDetect. The hubs run on a real-time operating system, Malevich OS that processes the commands and sends the alarms. Ajax Cloud service helps to control the system from anywhere in the world using native apps. Easy and seamless installation Ajax features system scalability, flexible management of administrative rights"Easy installation facilitates Ajax on-boarding. The company says 67% of Ajax users purchase additional security devices within the first six months. And an average system configuration consists of nine items. “We focus primarily on the residential, small and medium-sized businesses,” says Hrytsenko. “In the residential segment, Ajax covers the needs to detect break-ins, prevent fires and floods. Ajax devices are visually appealing to fit any home and business interior seamlessly. For the small and medium-sized business, Ajax features system scalability, flexible management of administrative rights, informative notifications, professional maintenance software, as well as integration of the security camera streams for centralised monitoring.” Route-to-market approach Ajax Systems’ route-to-market approach is two-fold. First, they develop strategic partnerships with the local professional security equipment distributors in each country. From the distributors, Ajax equipment goes to the installers, system integrators, security companies, etc. In addition, Ajax seeks to build brand recognition and actualise the concept of security by weaving it into the daily routine of a general audience. “We form a good understanding of their security needs,” says Hrytsenko. As with any new technology, there is an adoption curve for both B2B and B2C clients. Thus, the educational challenge is persistent for Ajax from country to country. Ajax Systems’ route-to-market approach is two-fold Wireless security systems “On a professional market, new products are often met with understandable suspicion,” says Hrytsenko. However, a huge misconception is that user-friendly equipment is either hard to customise or unreliable. Not true, he says. After testing in five accredited laboratories, Ajax devices successfully earned Grade 2 certification for compliance with the requirements of the international standard EN50131-1:2006. Grade 2 is the highest reliability grade a wireless security system can get.
The basic need for public safety is one of the biggest forces driving the adoption of smart city solutions: approaches that seek to solve urban challenges through technological means. The thinking behind these initiatives is that with enough internet connectivity and real-time data, surely environmental, social, economic, and public health issues should become more manageable. However, just adding more technology is not the whole answer. Although technology is necessary for an urban area to transition in to a safe and smart city, technology alone isn’t sufficient. Truly smart cities are savvy cities and that includes how they employ software, sensing, communications and other technologies to meet their needs. Cities need solutions that help find what you need and convert the ‘too much information’ into ‘actionable intelligence’ Some of those initiatives, however, like red light cameras or computerised flight passenger screening systems, have amounted to little more than ‘security theater’, which might waste limited resources and further delay the smart city transition due to over-hyped solutions and unrealistic projected return on investment. In other words, technology doesn’t necessarily result in more safety. But does this mean we are also more likely to quickly find what we need? Cities need solutions that help find what you need (e.g. a missing child or a suspect) and convert the ‘too much information’ into ‘actionable intelligence’. Data capture form to appear here! Better connectivity promotes safety There is a growing shift towards younger generations wanting to live in the city where they have access to public transportation, restaurants and entertainment. They also expect to live in a safer environment, and this is where the smart city approach comes into play with the introduction of WiFi in parks and public spaces, along with surveillance systems. These two solutions and services can now sit on the same network, thanks to better connectivity options and interference free solutions, such as mmWave wireless radios. Younger generations expect to live in a safer environment, and this is where the smart city approach comes into play with the introduction of WiFi in parks and public spaces, along with surveillance systems For example, Siklu Inc., a provider of mmWave wireless solutions, announces Smart City deployments based on Siklu’s broad E-band and V-band product portfolio previously reached, and now have likely surpassed, a milestone of 100 cities installed. Smart Cities, which were initially defined as municipalities connecting low data rate sensors for water, gas and more, have been evolving to demand high-capacity connectivity at gigabit-per-second speed. This high-bandwidth network infrastructure is needed to support new applications such as video security, public Wi-Fi backhaul, and private city network deployments. Linking AI and smart cities Dubai is an example of how artificial intelligence and smart city projects have become intrinsically linked. Under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, authorities in Dubai have set out to “make Dubai the happiest city on Earth” by adopting cutting-edge smart city initiatives. Dubai Police has launched a range of public safety initiatives including Smart Police iOS apps, traffic accident and location systems, and SOS apps for wearable devices. Dubai Police shows how artificial intelligence can power new Robocop prototypes – unarmed, life-sized patrolling robots carrying facial recognition software and automatic license plate recognition (ALPR). Authorities in Dubai have set out to “make Dubai the happiest city on Earth” by adopting cutting-edge smart city initiatives NVIDIA’s Metropolis™ intelligent video analytics platform is paving the way for the creation of AI cities. Metropolis Deep Learning makes cities safer and smarter by applying deep learning to video streams for applications such as public safety, traffic management and resource optimisation. More than 50 NVIDIA AI city partner companies are already providing products and applications that use deep learning on GPUs. “Deep learning is enabling powerful intelligent video analytics that turn anonymised video into real-time valuable insights, enhancing safety and improving lives,” said Deepu Talla, vice president and general manager of the Tegra business at NVIDIA. “The NVIDIA Metropolis platform enables customers to put AI behind every video stream to create smarter cities.” Smarter access control in cities Advanced software suites can provide access to all operations performed by users A smart city is one that uses information and communication technologies to increase operational efficiency, share information with the public and improve both the quality of government services and resident welfare. Smart access control is an important step forward in providing technologically advanced security management and access solutions to support the ambitions of smart cities and their respectively smart industries. With high volumes of people entering and exiting different areas of the city, it is important to be able to trace who has been where, when and for how long. Advanced software suites can provide access to all operations performed by users, including a complete audit trail. This information is often used by business owners or managers for audits, improvements or compliance.
Time for an indepth review of IFSEC 2019 in London. This show had fewer exhibitors than previous shows, and the ‘vibe’ was definitely more low-key. Fewer exhibitors meant larger aisles and plenty of room to breathe, and the slower pace provided time for exhibitors to reflect (often negatively) on the return on investment (ROI) of large trade shows. There was little buzz on the first day of the show, but spirits picked up on the second day (when, not coincidentally, some exhibitors served drinks to attendees at their stands). Enterprise security solutions One eye-catcher was smart wireless security provider Ajax Systems’ stylish black stand Many exhibitors compared IFSEC unfavourably to ISC West in the United States and even to Intersec in Dubai. Others seemed willing to be lured back to Birmingham (previous location for IFSEC) to participate in the upstart competitor, The Security Event, next spring. However, not all the IFSEC 2019 reviews were negative. Vaion made the most of their small stand toward the back of the hall. They experienced brisk traffic right up until the end of the show. Happy with the response, the provider of real-time enterprise security solutions reportedly has already committed to IFSEC 2020. Other exhibitors also made the most of their space at IFSEC; one eye-catcher was smart wireless security provider Ajax Systems’ stylish black stand. Vaion made the most of their small stand toward the back of the hall Latest new products Nedap launched a new product, AEOS 2019.1, that is five time faster and more stable than its predecessor. It uses HTML5 – no more reliance on Adobe. Feedback has been good. The company has also increased its integration of open security standards (OSS). Traka showcased smart lockers, which are modular, scalable, and staff can easily replace broken equipment. Product features can be adapted to specific sectors (i.e., retail, prisons). Traka spends 30% of its revenue on research and development, developing their own engineering. The company has seen massive growth in the UK and Europe. Hanwha Techwin lured visitors into the center of their stand with drinks and ice cream, surrounded by the latest new products. Hanwha promoted their investment in a manufacturing facility in Vietnam and showcased Wisenet cameras with enhanced 4K images, digital auto tracking, and less motion blur for clearer images. Video verification product A multi-sensor model captures wide areas with a single camera. Hanwha also offered some value-priced cameras that feature easy self-install and are swappable. Optex launched a new product called ‘the Bridge’, a video verification product that bridges CCTV on a digital video recorder (DVR) to intruder alarms. Hanwha showcased Wisenet cameras with enhanced 4K images UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter announced ‘Security By Default’, a set of minimum requirements that will guarantee users that network video security products are as secure as possible in their default settings right out of the box. Hikvision promoted their support for Secure by Default and expressed hopes the initiative would be embraced by other companies and create a new best practice for camera cybersecurity. Hikvision also promoted their retail solution, which includes on-site redaction for GDPR compliance, shelf detection incorporating artificial intelligence, and use of heat mapping to analyse customer foot traffic. Generating revenue Safety and Security Things (SAST), another IFSEC exhibitor, is in the process of creating an ‘app store’ for the security market. Striving to achieve critical mass with participation by a wide range of systems integrators and manufacturers, SAST has a goal of launching to the public in Q1 next year in time for ISC West. Hanwha Techwin is among the players that have already joined the alliance A pilot version will debut this autumn, and they already have 26 apps and six camera manufacturers toward that goal. With a staff of 120, mostly based in Munich, SAST expects to begin generating revenue in 2020 and to grow rapidly. An investment by Bosch is financing start-up operations. Open Security & Safety Alliance (OSSA) is creating standards and a platform to enable the sale of apps in the security market. Large industry players Hanwha Techwin is among the players that have already joined the alliance, and OSSA is seeking to add other large companies, such as Axis, Genetec and Hikvision. Engaging integrators, app developers and software providers as well as camera manufacturers will generate widespread support to ensure the initiative succeeds. Although currently most OSSA members are based in the EU and Asia, it is a global organisation open to any company in the world. Many large industry players are now missing from the IFSEC show floor; the most noticeable new abstainer this year was Milestone. And the downturn seems likely to continue: Exhibitors were largely noncommittal about returning next year, although organisers were urging them during the exhibition to sign up for 2020.
SMARTair® Wireless Online access management has proven a simple, school-wide electronic solution for greater control and security at Westbridge. Each staff member carries one RFID credential card programmed with access rights personalised to their individual role. In an emergency, the school can institute a complete lockdown via the centralised system. “Having a SMARTair® system in place has given us peace of mind. It’s quicker, it’s safer and it’s simple,” says Joanna Brunton, Executive Officer at Westbridge School. The school’s teaching, administration and residential buildings require multiple layers of access control, for both staff and students. The inflexibility of a legacy mechanical locking system had presented facility management and pupil safety challenges for years.“With over 50 staff, we needed more subtlety in assigning access permissions, which you simply can’t do with a bundle of metal keys,” explains Joanna Brunton, Westbridge School’s Executive Officer. New access system The system would need to be installed over the holidays for minimal disruption to the school’s busy calendar Beyond replacing and upgrading outmoded, inflexible mechanical key security, Westbridge had a number of requirements for its new access system. Devices in the new, unified system would replace piecemeal mechanical locking on 80+ doors around the site. School leaders wanted access control already proven in the field, with a track record of successful installations managing access in schools worldwide. New electronic locks must provide a real-time audit trail, so facility managers always know which doors are opened by which staff cards. The new system would also need to work within the school’s security budget — and be installed over the holidays, for minimal disruption to the school’s busy calendar. "We essentially had a safety and security need,” adds Joanna Brunton. “We needed to be able to discourage students from going where they didn’t need to be on site or redirect a student who was in a heightened state from re-entering a classroom and potentially disrupting the class or causing damage.” Wireless and battery operated SMARTair® solution has done everything we wanted it to do in terms of safety, security and monitoring" System administration is easy even for non-specialists. “I taught staff how to use the software and encode access cards,” says Kylie Bray, director at Western Lock Services, who have long managed hardware maintenance for Westbridge. “If a staff member loses their card, you can go straight in and delete it." The intuitive SMARTair® system software can open or secure individual zones, connecting to individual locks via a network of 9 hubs. “We now have the ability to set higher security for specific areas of our site, especially over the school holidays when students have gone home,” says Joanna Brunton. “Our regular maintenance contractors have their own access keys, so they just get straight on with their work without calling us to meet them for access. This keeps our time, and their costs, down. SMARTair® door devices are wireless and battery operated. Because there’s no need to run cabling to individual doors, installation was fast and cost-efficient. From a facilities management point of view, the solution has done everything we wanted it to do in terms of safety, security and monitoring,” adds Joanna.
Airbus has completed the upgrade of the Port of Sydney VTS (Vessel Traffic Services), through its maritime product family STYRIS®. Airbus’ maritime security and safety solution ensures the complete traffic monitoring of Sydney Habour and Port Botany, both managed by the Port Authority of New South Wales (Port Authority). The recently completed upgrade of Sydney’s VTS to STYRIS® comes after the agreement signed in 2010, when Airbus was initially awarded the contract to supply the Sydney VTS system. In 2019, with this upgrade Airbus offers the Port Authority the latest VTS Product Generation of Airbus, providing an efficient way to manage the increasing vessel traffic while meeting updated local VTS regulations. Radar coverage of the Sydney VTS The Airbus VTS system provides the Port Authority with real-time maritime information Airbus has also extended the radar coverage of the Sydney VTS with the integration of a new radar site, located in Circular Quay, following the relocation of the former 115 metre high AMP Building radar to a new home in Darling Harbour. With an offshore overview for pre-planning all vessel entries, the Airbus VTS system provides the Port Authority with real-time maritime information, helps organise port traffic, provide navigation assistance to vessels entering Sydney waters and ensures smooth operational conditions. Complex environment for authorities The Port of Sydney is arranged in two distinct areas: Port Jackson (commonly named Sydney Harbour), home to the famous and distinct Sydney Opera House and heritage-listed Sydney Harbour Bridge and Port Botany. While Port Botany plays a significant part in the trade handled through the Ports, Sydney Harbour also receives a large number of daily vessel movements, from small leisure boats to the largest passenger cruise ships, through the Passenger Terminals. In addition, there are large volumes of Sydney ferry services that form part of the city public transportation network with its hub is located in Circular Quay. The Sydney waters with their high density of traffic represent a complex environment to manage for the Port Authority, whose focus is not only to drive the operational efficiency of Sydney Ports but also to ensure every movement is conducted safely for all who use the busy waterways. VTS system at Sydney The Port of Sydney becomes ever busier, with over 1,200 vessel visits in 2018 including 350 cruise ships Each year, the Port of Sydney becomes ever busier, with over 1,200 vessel visits in 2018 including 350 cruise ships, some of which can carry up to 5,000 passengers plus crew, and 1.6 million passengers passing through Port Authority terminals. The VTS system is a major component of Sydney waters operational safety management and especially in the monitoring of key events such as the popular Sydney New Year’s Eve Midnight Fireworks, the Australia Day Regatta and the annual 630 nautical mile (1,170 km) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Responses to varied scenarios Philip Holliday, Chief Operating Officer and Habour Master Sydney at Port Authority of New South Wales (Port Authority), said: “Managing this port is a particular challenge, especially taking into account the high density of maritime traffic, which is very diverse in nature. Airbus brings state of the art maritime vessel traffic services to support responses to the many and varied scenarios that may arise: From the standard monitoring of the maritime traffic to specific requirements for enhanced reponse capability during unexpected situations.” “The longstanding and successful partnership in Australia between Airbus and the Port Authority continues with a new chapter: the upgrade of the Sydney VTS. Since 2010, Airbus has monitored the traffic of Australia’s main harbours. I’m proud that we can support the harbour authorities in their day to day challenges to make the Australian ports safer and protect people's ways of life,” said Evert Dudok, Head of Communications, Intelligence and Security at Airbus.
Comelit 4 camera wireless CCTV system has been selected on site at the iconic, Grade II listed Chichester Cathedral, to protect the retail area and provide 24x7 high-quality monitoring capability and extra peace of mind for staff. Wireless CCTV surveillance This magnificent Cathedral has stood at the centre of Chichester for over 900 years. With unique architecture from each century of its life, this Cathedral is both ancient and modern, where original medieval features sit alongside world famous contemporary artworks. Any works needed to consider the sensitivities of working in such a historic building. A representative from Chichester Cathedral commented, “When it came to upgrading CCTV for the retail area, we contacted Envisage Technology Ltd who recommended Comelit’s 4 camera wireless CCTV system. It has proven to be the perfect solution, with the system proving simple to install. Staff now have access to monitors by the till points that also act as a significant visual deterrent. The high-quality images available add extra peace of mind.” Four camera wireless CCTV Kevin Brown, Managing Director, Envisage Technology added, “Chichester Cathedral is one of the most prestigious visitor sites in West Sussex. Comelit’s wireless CCTV specification, coming from such a renowned brand, provided the necessary infrastructure to embrace the need for delicate installation, minimising the need to run cables, and still provide the high-quality footage. We can support the ongoing maintenance process to ensue volunteers, customers and staff are kept safe and secure.” Comelit’s simple four camera wireless CCTV system provides a clear, detailed and well-defined high-resolution image Comelit’s simple four camera wireless CCTV system provides a clear, detailed and well-defined high-resolution image. Installed outside of opening hours to avoid disruption to the retail environment, monitors were positioned directly by the till points, enabling staff to have full visual access of the complete area at all times. Retail surveillance Tim Edmonds, Comeilt CCTV Manager concluded, “The retail area, established in such a significant Cathedral is a great example of how Comelit’s wireless CCTV system can be used to protect any environment.” “Working with Envisage, the solution was presented as a simple, yet effective option, installed with absolutely no impact on the surrounding building. The result is a powerful visual deterrent and peace of mind that staff in store, and in back offices can keep an eye on operations quickly and easily, on a 24x7 basis.”
The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) deploys unique security solution to protect medieval chapel as important restoration work begins Axis Communications, globally renowned firm dealing in network video technology, has been working alongside The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) to bring a medieval property back to life so that one day it can be used as a home. Deploying Axis network cameras The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, a UK charity organisation, based out of London, sought a unique solution to protect a circa C15 chapel in need of restoration and deployed a network camera solution to monitor the site remotely for intruders and to act as a deterrent against theft of materials. The SPAB is dedicated to protecting and repairing historic buildings, and recently purchased former chapel St Andrews The SPAB is dedicated to protecting and repairing historic buildings, and recently purchased former chapel St Andrews near Maidstone, Kent, with the aim of breathing life back into the structure. In recent years its main roles have been advice, training and campaigning. However, the recently purchased building, its first new repair project in almost 50 years, will allow the SPAB to teach others the practical skills required to care for such a building, whilst also returning a historic building to the housing market. Protecting and securing historic buildings The Axis solution has negated the need to have a security resource on site to protect the premises. The video surveillance and intrusion detection system has already successfully identified intruders entering the grounds of the building. Additionally, the network cameras can document the restoration work as it takes place on a daily basis and have also been useful in detecting local wildlife to provide the Kent Wildlife Trust with an idea of the range of animals with homes around the location, including many foxes. The technologies used included: Four AXIS Companion Bullet LE cameras, delivering HD video quality with built-in IR illumination for effective surveillance in darkness An AXIS Companion Cube camera with a built-in microphone and mini-speaker to effectively deter intruders AXIS Companion Recorder, providing a wireless access point for mobile devices. Network camera surveillance The image quality of the cameras is fantastic, especially at night" Matthew Slocombe, director of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, commented, “The image quality of the cameras is fantastic, especially at night when it is, of course, usually more difficult to identify potential threats. We are grateful to Axis Communications for providing this work and equipment free of charge, it means we can put our resources into saving St Andrews, Boxley – a truly special building.” The SPAB believes that ensuring the future of our culturally and historically important buildings can improve our environment and wellbeing. Because this drive to create a better world is in line with Axis’ ethos of innovating for a smarter, safer world and doing good in the community, the cameras were donated for the purposes of securing the premises during the conservation works. Efficient intrusion detection David Needham, UK & Ireland Sales Manager at Axis Communications, said “We felt we wanted to get involved with this project as we recognised an organisation that was trying to help others and do good in the community, which is core to our values as a business. Since the installation, the cameras have identified young adults entering the building’s grounds, but not harming the property. It’s also seen local residents stopping and challenging people looking to enter unlawfully. This has meant there is no need to deploy security personnel to secure the site, saving the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings time and money.”
Located in the city centre of New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, Chaffers Marina is home to some of the country’s most exclusive multi-million-dollar vessels and receives visitors from around the world. With 185 berths across 5 piers, Chaffers Marina’s location amidst public areas presents unique security risks and facilities management challenges. In 2011, Chaffers Marina began working with Gallagher and today utilises some of the latest Bluetooth and mobile technology to deliver effortless site and facilities access for staff and marina users. Risk management & accountability With a location in the central business district of Wellington, Chaffers Marina sits amidst public areas including a city park. Historically, when the park hosted events and festivals, members of the public would unlawfully access the marina piers and climb aboard vessels. It was these incidents that initially prompted Chaffers Marina to review their current systems and find new site management and CCTV solutions. To mitigate the risks posed by unauthorised site access, Chaffer’s Marina installed cameras across the site To mitigate the risks posed by unauthorised site access, Chaffer’s Marina installed cameras across the site and introduced alarmed and monitored gates on each pier with Gallagher access control readers. In addition to preventing unauthorised access by the general public, the access control solution provides a reliable method for the Marina to manage and report on the activity of contractors on site. “It’s absolutely vital that we not only manage who gets on and off of the piers, but that we have also have a thorough audit trail supported by video footage.” says Ken Burt, Marina Manager at Chaffer’s Marina. Bluetooth T15 readers Chaffer’s Marina is utilising Gallagher’s Bluetooth T15 Readers across the site and is experiencing a significant increase in efficiency as a result. “Staff and contractors moving around the site with equipment or pushing trolleys, don’t have to stop to dig out a key or card to unlock the gate” says Ken. “Instead, the Bluetooth reader communicates with the mobile phone in our pocket and unlocks it automatically, it just makes life so much easier.” Likewise, marina users are able to move effortlessly around the site, accessing the piers, office, and the comprehensive amenities building, all via the Bluetooth connection on their mobile device. Gallagher’s mobile technology is having a considerable impact on the administrative side of the business too. To date, visiting vessels taking temporary berths would need to be met by a member of the Chaffers Marina team, in order to hand over an access card to provide pier and facility access. Mobile Connect App Through Gallagher’s Mobile Connect App, Chaffer’s administrative staff can now issue an access credential directly to a visitor’s mobile device before they’ve even arrived at the marina. “We’re very excited about this technology” said Ken, “aside from how simple and impressive it is for our visitors, the impact on our administration - particularly having to retrieve or replace unreturned visitor’s cards - is huge.” Gallagher’s Command Centre Mobile App makes life even easier for marina manager Ken, by enabling him to manage alarms, user access, and gate status, remotely via a mobile device. “I primarily use Command Centre Mobile on my iPad after hours” said Ken. “When someone calls me after hours about an access issue, I can now manage it from home on my tablet, that’s incredibly efficient for us and delivers a huge saving on call outs.” Harsh environmental conditions Gallagher’s T15 readers are the ideal choice for outdoor application Chaffer’s Marina faces harsh environmental conditions that put any external hardware to the test. Gallagher’s T15 readers are the ideal choice for outdoor application and were designed specifically to meet the needs of all-weather environments. “We’d had problems with previous hardware becoming damaged by water, wind, and salt.” said Ken. “Gallagher’s T15 readers were developed in direct consultation with us and other sites that have difficult conditions. The team at Gallagher really do listen to what we say and incorporate it in their design, and because of that, I have every confidence in the products Gallagher makes.” says Ken. Forward thinking To further enhance operational efficiency across their site, Chaffers Marina is currently looking to leverage Gallagher’s mobile and Bluetooth technology to automate and simplify members’ access to power facilities. According to Ken “Gallagher’s technology presents some opportunities for us to be really innovative in how we deliver and record access to different facilities on our site, we’re exploring those ideas as we speak.”
Each of Denmark’s 550 individual Free Schools shares a common ethos: parents and students participate together in activities outside school hours, including weekends. It’s excellent for building a school community. Not so easy for managing security, when issuing and tracking keys becomes a 7-day task every week. The Vejle Friskole turned to SMARTair® wireless access control for a solution. Previously, key management ate up “a very long time, approximately 5 hours a week,” explains Henrik Kækel, Technical Service Officer at Vejle Friskole. Individual access permissions Vejle Friskole’s mechanical keys have been replaced by a SMARTair access control system Secure wireless electronic locks, already proven in schools across Europe, were the answer. Vejle Friskole’s mechanical keys have been replaced by a SMARTair® access control system. Over 80 doors and cabinets around the school are secured with SMARTair® wireless devices. Even at a historic property like Vejle Friskole, battery-powered SMARTair® devices are easy and unobtrusive to retrofit. Now approximately 250 students, teachers and parents each carry their own key fob, programmed with individual access permissions. Because the SMARTair® system portfolio has locking devices tailored to different kinds of openings, everyone at the Friskole opens the right doors and cabinets with a single fob. There’s no more need for the school to distribute separate keys for student or staff lockers, for example. Issuing fobs “It was really bad because we had big problems with keys that were lost,” says Henrik Kækel. “There was a lot of work in key administration.” SMARTair® is easy for the school to manage. Today, Vejle Friskole staff spend around 5 minutes a week managing their access system. It's incredibly easy to figure out... it takes 1 minute to code a student" “It's incredibly easy to figure out... it takes 1 minute to code a student,” he adds. Even managing the leasing of school buildings for non-school events is simple and secure. School facilities staff issue fobs for the duration of the event, then cancel them immediately afterwards – with no concerns someone may have copied a physical key. Saving staff time In addition to making everyday life easier and saving staff time and admin costs, SMARTair® has increased security. Using the intuitive SMARTair® software, they always have an overview of who has been at the school, and when. Audit trails are generated and monitored in real time using their SMARTair® system. And it's no disaster if a credential gets lost. Henrik adds: “Then we cancel the credential and issue a new one.” Vejle Friskole’s SMARTair® system is easy, fast and cost-effective to extend to new doors, cabinets and users — at the beginning of a new school year, or any time they choose. To learn more about how SMARTair® can make your school safer — and save you time and expense — visit https://campaigns.assaabloyopeningsolutions.eu/smartair-schools