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The physical security market continues to experience growth as users look to capitalize on the promises of emerging technologies and because of this, 2017 proved to be a great year for Oncam. In fact, this year was the best year in Oncam's history in terms of sales, as 360-degree fisheye cameras have gone from being a “specialty” camera used only in certain applications to a primary device for enabling total situational awareness. Today, many of our customers leverage 360-degree cameras exclusively to provide extensive coverage inside a facility or in a large outdoor area, with traditional narrow field-of-view cameras used only at “choke” points. Increase In Cybersecurity Threats And Breaches At the end of 2016, we predicted a major trend this year would be an increase in cybersecurity concerns for users of physical security systems, and we were right. An increase in cybersecurity threats and breaches have put organizations on watch. Based on this and the adoption of more IT-centric infrastructure and protocols, there is significant collaboration between IT and physical security, and true “convergence” is finally starting to happen. The adoption of video analytics also continued to increase this year, as most video surveillance projects involved the use of some form of analytics and data analysis. Demand For Safeguards As we move into 2018, the trends of 2017 will roll over, and cybersecurity will continue to be a major issue. Suppliers of hardware and software will put an even greater emphasis being cyber secure and end users will increasingly demand safeguards. Additionally, the deployment and use of advanced analytics based on newer artificial intelligence-based technologies will continue to increase. It will be the technology providers that find ways to allow users to capture additional value from the information collected by security systems that will accelerate growth. Oncam made significant investments in new products that leverage analytics and cloud technologies. In 2018, we will continue to invest in the development of new products, with a focus on solutions for particular applications across industry segments. Beyond our technology advancements, we've invested significantly in boosting our sales force in the Americas and adding industry experts to ensure sustained customer and partner success with our solutions. From our vantage point, Oncam is well positioned to capitalize on opportunities for growth in the coming year.
2017 was quite an interesting and eventful year for the physical security industry. The economy has been robust and technology has become progressively sophisticated—with interactive services, cloud computing and network-based solutions taking charge to provide new insights to installers and their end-user customers. The Internet of Things is creating increasingly integrated solutions, with a heightened emphasis on total connectivity. Changing Security Expectations World events have also put the spotlight on the need for comprehensive security at public events, tourist attractions and schools and campuses. Security is an expectation and systems integrators are becoming trusted advisors to their customers, who are looking to them to solve problems or issues. Residential systems are more robust and now, are migrating to the commercial side of the business. There’s a blurring of the lines of technology—many of the products that come to the security industry originate from the consumer side. This proposition is also changing expectations by both residential and commercial customers, who want common, easy operation from their smartphone or user interface. Unexpected was some of the biggest deals in the industry, including acquisitions by dominant companies who grew even larger and continued ongoing consolidation on the manufacturing side. Those who remain will need to be progressive and step up their game with the latest proven technologies. Selling hardware isn’t the end game any longer. It’s providing solutions that generate revenue for security dealers and offer a solid return on investment for the end-user. In addition, solutions need to be easier for the user, and integrate many different systems and components across the enterprise. Cybersecurity Safeguards End users want to get the most out of their solutions—and they want to be able to have more than safety and security. They are looking for the types of products that yield insights into system performance and give them the data the need for greater control and to proactively address any challenges or problems before they occur. Downtime is not an option and therefore, there’s an increased emphasis on consistent power so solutions are always on and running reliably. For security dealers and integrators, physical security and cybersecurity services will be part of their offerings and no longer separate disciplines Cybersecurity is a dominant conversation in the security industry these days and that buzz will continue into 2018. Because solutions are increasingly network connected, they have vulnerabilities that will have to be addressed by service providers and manufacturers. Manufacturers will need to take the upper hand in providing hardened products—testing and certifying for cybersecurity safeguards. That is not an easy task and can be expensive, but it needs to be done. Because cybersecurity is in constant evolution, many will go the route of outsourcing this component of their manufacturing to third parties well-versed in threat detection and hardening. Hardened products will also need to evolve with new emerging attacks. For security dealers and integrators, physical security and cybersecurity services will be part of their offerings and no longer separate disciplines. Intelligent Access Control Solutions Manufacturers no longer operate in silos. They are working with systems integrators to more fully understand their needs and those of the end-user. Manufacturers are also partnering with technology providers—bringing in the expertise of others so their solutions are comprehensive and holistic. We will continue to see integration of formerly disparate components, open systems and open APIs. There will also be strong migration to access control systems with edge intelligence and power over Ethernet, leveraging existing cabling for network connectivity. The winners will be those who take the lead in providing cyber secured and hardened products, as well as companies who partner with others to bring best of breed solutions to market. The losers will be those who continue to develop proprietary, closed systems and fail to recognize the importance of network connectivity for real-time, proactive reporting. Without networked power, the facility cannot yield the proper insights it needs to stay reliably connected 24/7 Ongoing Partner Success LifeSafety Power® has been working consistently and diligently on elevating the status of power from unintelligent hardware device to network-connected component that yields rich data for the user and allows the installer to provide remote monitoring and managed power services. We have changed the paradigm of power but there’s additional work to do to get people to understand the new, critical role power plays in comprehensive enterprise and campus security. Now, security installers can help the end user know what’s happening with locks, access control, gates or other connected solutions and fix problems before they happen. Without networked power, the facility cannot yield the proper insights it needs to stay reliably connected 24/7. We have also had continued, ongoing successes with our many partners in the access control community and that’s where we will further focus our efforts in 2018—working with leading security solution providers to present the best technologies and solutions that are reliable, certified and present the types of insights security dealers need to offer customers to provide the highest levels of service. This will also help security dealers and integrators differentiate themselves and compete more effectively in the crowded marketplace.
Part 1 in our Intercoms in Security Series Lambert-St. Louis International Airport uses Code Blue intercoms Organizations are demanding a new level of interoperability among mission-critical security systems. Intelligible audio, the ability to hear, be heard and be understood, is critical to communication, which is essential to the core security processes within an organization, as well as to emergency situations. Intelligible audio provides a platform to optimize various processes, including the use of security officers. “Our main thrust is to ensure our clients see intelligible and interoperable audio, not as an option, but as instrumental to their budget optimization, stakeholder communication and risk mitigation efforts,” says Jim Hoffpauir, President of Zenitel North America, a manufacturer of intercoms and other communications solutions. Iintercoms In Building Safety And Security The role of intercoms in building safety and security is a given across many markets, and that use is growing. Intercoms are used in campus call boxes, elevators, muster locations, and for emergency notification. The trend is toward video, audio and access control, all tied together. There is also an emphasis on providing intelligible audio in any environment, even demanding ones. The education market has historically been a large sector for intercoms. Emergency phones and intercoms traditionally have been found throughout education settings, including colleges and universities, where they remain quite popular. Expanding Markets For Two-way Communication In recent years, however, their popularity has also grown within the healthcare and mass transit sectors, where their versatility allows authorities to react to emergency situations while also providing a wide range of applications for non-emergency situations, such as car trouble or requests for directions. Intercoms can fulfill a variety of emergency and non-emergency needs in places like downtown Santa Ana, California (Photo courtesy Code Blue) “Markets of all sizes and shapes can benefit from a two-way communication solution that can help individuals place calls for assistance with first responders, police departments or customer service representatives,” says David Fleming, Chief Design Officer for Code Blue Corp. Intercoms For Public And Private Sectors Aiphone is another intercom manufacturer for which education is a big market. Bruce Czerwinski, U.S. General Sales Manager, Aiphone Corp., says about 80 percent of both public and private K-12 and higher education campuses are using at least one intercom in some form. That percentage grows to nearly 100 percent for hospitals, which are using intercoms as nurse-call stations and at parking facilities, exterior door entries, nurseries and pharmacies, he says. "About 40 percent of commercial units – from strip malls to large, multi-tenant campus settings – are using intercoms" Up to 70 percent of larger multi-family facilities are also using intercoms. And that percentage is even higher in older, heavily populated Eastern cities. Many locales have laws mandating the use of audio and video intercoms on buildings beyond a threshold number of units. About 40 percent of commercial units – from strip malls to large, multi-tenant campus settings – are using intercoms, says Czerwinski. In the past year, Aiphone’s emergency stations have become very popular, particularly in campus settings; both commercial and higher education. Also, a growing number of unmanned parking garages are using the stations to allow patrons to immediately reach first responders or security personnel. Each of these markets still has growth potential, but by its sheer size, the commercial market offers the greatest opportunities, according to Aiphone. Video-Enabled IP Intercoms Intercom usage differs widely in various global markets, according to Craig Szmania, CEO of 2N USA, a manufacturer of IP intercoms. In the North American market, intercom usage is relatively low compared to the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region, where intercoms are a more mature market. Security, convenience, systems integration and IP-versus-analog adoption are driving usage and growth to more than 20 percent year-over-year. More and more video-enabled IP intercoms are seen as an integral part of a system wide security and video solution, according to Szmania. “Our intercom portfolio targets all the major verticals, but we have had particular success in the education sector – K-12 and universities,” says Szmania. “These end users are looking for specific features in securing their campuses, providing convenience to their administrators, employing programmability for differing use scenarios throughout the campus, and integration to their telephony or other systems.” More and more video-enabled IP intercoms are seen as an integral part of a system wide security and video solution Szmania says the latter point is becoming a particular need in light of a requirement for campus-wide communication and coordination in emergency situations. “Our intercoms integrate seamlessly with third party solutions such as Cisco’s telephone systems that are the communication backbones of many schools and campuses,” he adds. IP-based Solutions In Residential Verticals Considering near-term growth potential, single family and multi-tenant residential verticals have fantastic opportunities for increased usage of door stations/intercoms in the United States, according to Szmania. The company has entered this space over the last several years and has grown to be a market leader in IP-based integrated solutions, especially in the home automation space. The adoption of IP networked solutions for condominiums and apartments is just taking off, driven in part by consumer demand for mobile-anywhere video, audio and door control. The service is also a driver for integrator/dealer adoption of the technology to provide recurring monthly revenue (RMR). 2N has also achieved triple-digit growth in commercial building installations over the past two years. Building owners, IT departments and security managers want and need a networked solution for control and security. 2N’s open platforms are a good fit, says Szmania. Read part 2 of our Security Intercoms series here
Videx, globally renowned manufacturer and supplier of access control and door entry systems, has strengthened its presence in the international access market by launching a new web server access control system, WS4. WS4 web server access control The WS4 web server access control system can manage up to 20 entrances locally or remotely from anywhere via a mobile phone, tablet or PC using a web browser to connect to the system. Additionally an app is available for both iOS and Android. The WS4 can have up to 2,500 users and store up to 50,000 events which can also be viewed online or via the app. The system also has up to 250 programmable access levels to restrict access to certain days and times for users. Easy and flexible installation The WS4 is designed to ensure installation and use is extremely easy and flexible" Sian Luxton, Key Accounts Manager at Videx, said “The WS4 is designed to ensure installation and use is extremely easy and flexible. There’s no need for a dedicated computer or requirement to download specific software; it’s completely managed via the web server. Operators simply need to register online with their serial number to start using the system’s software application and get it up and running.” The heart of the system is the WS4 controller available in a one entrance, two entrance and four entrance control cabinet complete with battery backed power supply. The cabinet includes an Ethernet connection to connect to a LAN or the internet allowing programming and management to be carried out from anywhere. Remote access control and management Sian Luxton adds, “What’s extremely attractive about the WS4 is that full management of the system can be carried out remotely. This can include the adding and deleting of users, the changing of settings and the viewing of event logs. Up to 10 operators can be setup with different access rights." He gave an example saying, “An administrator/manager or an installer or monitoring facilities only. Additionally, the firmware of the devices can also be updated remotely”. Seamless integration with Mifare proximity readers Mifare proximity readers and coded access keypads connect to the control cabinet via an RS485 link further simplifying the installation. Readers are available as a standalone surface in the compact black finish of the mini range of readers and can also be integrated into door entry panels, both vandal resistant and modular. Sian added, “Email alerts to inform the administrator or engineer of certain situations such as mains failure, devices offline or doors left open can also be set up. These can be categorized specifically too, so that the right person is alerted to any issue. For instance, offline device alerts can be emailed to the engineer, and ‘door open too long’ events to the system manager. Additionally, a daily or weekly email can be scheduled to inform the administrator or engineer of the health of the system, all online and connected to the internet.”
Favorable government initiatives towards energy efficiency, a resurgent construction sector, and the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), will turn the Middle East smart home market into a US$1.86 billion dollar industry by 2022, according to a recent study. The Middle East Smart Home Market report, authored by analysts TechSci Research, said demand for smart lighting, HVAC, security and access control, entertainment, and other IoT-connected home devices will grow 28 percent annually, with revenues more than tripling in value from an estimated US$536 million in 2017. The December 2017 study said video surveillance, intrusion and fire detection, along with access control would be among the fastest growing smart home segments, with revenues from these applications reaching US$332 million by 2022, up from US$91 million in 2017. Smart Home Security SolutionsAccess control will be among the fastest growing smart home segments In the GCC, high per capita incomes and growing preferences for luxurious, networked and high-tech homes is also a key factor, with the UAE (US$203 million) and Saudi Arabia (US$182 million) comprising 38 percent and 34 percent respectively of the entire Middle East smart home market in 2017. The two Gulf countries will hold a similar market share right up to 2022 according to the report, opening up plenty of opportunities for suppliers of home automation, security, entertainment, and energy management. Many players from across the globe will look to establish partnerships with regional real estate developers, consultants, integrators and installers at the upcoming Intersec 2018 exhibition in Dubai. The three-day security, safety, and fire protection trade fair runs from 21-23 January 2018 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, and features a Smart Home and Building Automation section. More than 30 of the event’s 1,300-plus exhibitors will be part of a dedicated Smart Home Pavilion, where they will showcase their latest home automation, security, access control, energy management systems, and multimedia technologies. Remote Wireless Monitoring Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Intersec’s organizer Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said, “Smart, networked and tech-driven homes are making the transition from the realms of fantasy to reality, as increased consumer awareness, favorable legislation, and falling installation costs drive smart home demand across the world. In the Middle East, security is an integral part of a home’s infrastructure, and deployment of security and access control systems such as wireless locks, IP-enabled devices, and iris detection systems, is increasing.” Smart, networked and tech-driven homes are making the transition from the realms of fantasy to reality" “The technology allows home-owners to monitor activities through their smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices from anywhere and anytime, and the latest solutions in the market will be on show at Intersec 2018’s Smart Home and Building Automation section.” IP-Based Integrated Security Bird Home Automation from Germany, and Italian companies Videx Electronics, FDF, Ksenia Security, and AVS Electronics, are among the global manufacturers sharing the stage at Intersec 2018’s Smart Home and Building Automation section, which at more than 300sqm, is 15 percent larger than the previous year. First-time exhibitor Ksenia Security will launch Lares 4.0, an IP-based integrated smart system where users can control through a single source the entire home eco-system, including access control, CCTV, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), along with other IoT-connected devices, such as entertainment systems. Lares 4.0 For Residential And Building Security Flavio Zarlenga, Sales and Marketing Director at Ksenia Security, said Lares 4.0 can be controlled at home with a mobile user interface or remotely via a dedicated mobile app. “It’s possible to receive, even by e-mail, not only main alarm signals but also important information about the system status, while by means of the integrated web-server, users can remotely manage the system using smartphones or tablets,” said Zarlenga. “Lares 4.0 represents by far the most advanced and reliable solution in the digital revolution for both security and home and building automation. It can control lights, climate, irrigation, doors, windows, or any type of IoT-connected appliances, on top of all the security aspects such as video surveillance, intrusion detection, or access control.” “We’re fully aware of the huge potential in the Middle East smart home and building automation market, and totally confident in our new IoT solutions to meet and exceed expectations,” added Zarlenga. “Our platforms are already fully integrated with the most important Home Automation Systems and, via cooperation with our local partners, we’ve recently developed some interesting projects in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan, and Bahrain.” We’re fully aware of the huge potential in the Middle East smart home and building automation market" Video Door Security Solutions Elsewhere, Spanish manufacturer Fermax, a specialist in audio and video door entry systems, will showcase its latest versions of audio and video access control kits, along with new IP solutions for building communications and security. Elena Ravello, Brand Manager of Fermax, said the company already has a strong presence in the Middle East, having worked on several projects across the region. “Fermax has been in the Middle East for more than ten years, and our door entry systems are installed in top reference constructions such as the Palm Jumeirah UpTown Motor City, and Princess Tower in Dubai,” said Ravello. “Fermax targets residential and commercial communications along with the security markets, and Intersec gives us the opportunity to launch new products, explain personally the technical specifications and the benefits of our products as well as show their operation. We also want to enhance our brand globally, and we take advantage of this big event to meet our partners and customers, and of course find new clients from all the Middle East, North Africa and Asia regions.” VOIP-Powered Home Automation AVS Electronics will also debut its new range of Raptor wireless home automation control panels at Intersec 2018, where it will demonstrate its KNX/MODBUS interface for seamless operation. CEO Fabio Baro said, “The latest trend in the smart home market is towards integration within systems. The more a solution can be integrated with other applications in today’s smart home environment, the more successful that solution will likely become.” The latest trend in the smart home market is towards integration within systems Others at Intersec 2018’s Smart Home and Building Automation section include Nuesmart with its smart battery lock and CP Plus with its range of home automation solutions including VOIP-based services. In its 20th anniversary edition, Intersec 2018 will occupy 59,000sqm across 12 halls, with the show’s other six sections covering Commercial Security, Fire & Rescue, Perimeter & Physical Security, Information & Cyber Security, Safety & Health, and Homeland Security & Policing. Drones Pavilion New developments include a Drones Pavilion and an indoor Drone Zone, while returning features include the Safety Design in Buildings Pavilion in the Fire & Rescue section, as well as an Outdoor Demonstration Zone of the latest fire rescue applications in action. A comprehensive three-day conference programme will be spearheaded by Dubai’s Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA) Forum, while other topics will cover cyber security, drones, artificial intelligence, commercial security, and fire protection.
Videx's three key vaults include: Cyberkey Vault 1, Cyberkey Vault 20 FX and CyberKey Vault WR Videx, Inc., the leader in the design and manufacturing of key-centric electronic access control (EAC) systems, offers intelligent key cabinets for secure storage and management of electronic smart keys. Videx offers three robust key vaults; the CyberKey Vault 1, CyberKey Vault 20 FX, and CyberKey Vault WR. Smart keys stored in the vaults are unprogrammed until an authorized user presents the proper credentials (either an RFID card or PIN). When the authorized access is granted, a key is then programmed with the user’s access permissions and released from the vault. “CyberKey Vaults are beneficial for users who want to automate the process of checking in and out keys,” said James McGowan, V.P. of Sales & Marketing at Videx. “The management software tracks when a CyberKey is dispensed, when it returns, and provides a report of the key’s audit trail to keep employees and contractors accountable.” Videx, Inc. will be showcasing the CyberKey Vault management system at the ASIS show in Philadelphia, PA, September 10-12, booth 730.
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