Suprema BioStar 2.1, Open Security Platform, Offers Improved Usability And Expandability For Users And Developers
Suprema BioStar 2.1, Open Security Platform, Offers Improved Usability And Expandability For Users And Developers

The new Suprema BioStar 2.1 includes number of software and hardware that further improves usability and expandability of the platform. The release includes BioStar 2 API, BioStar 2 Device SDK, and BioStar 2 Cloud Solutions. Additionally, the platform expands its product portfolio to include BioStar 2 Mobile App and DM-20 multi-door control module. The platform offers number of different integration options via its API or Extensions Framework. The new device SDK enables other security solutions to directly manage Suprema devices. Along with mobile app and DM-20, the enhanced built-in access control functionality allows system designers to configure complex systems and have users to easily maintain the system.  Development Support The comprehensive line up of software tools give developers wide range of development options for BioStar 2. BioStar 2 API is a set of REST APIs, which uses JSON formatted data for requests and responses for easier understanding. The API is designed to manage complex operations so that developers can focus on developing customer access control system or integrating biometrics into 3rd party systems. If developers wishes to use BioStar 2 as the basis of development platform, they can use extension framework to incorporate additional functionality into BioStar 2.  BioStar 2 functionality is built with concept of modularized application. The enhanced access control feature is offered as an additional module to the core platform and it is developed using BioStar 2 API. The API itself will be available as an open source software for developers to use it as a reference for custom development. Furthermore compact BioStar 2 server requires minimal system resources and provides flexibility to be installed in multiple hardware such as Time Attendance terminal, NVR, NAS or IoT Hub.  Extended Usability BioStar 2.0 offered high user convenience such as automatic user synchronization, device discovery and update notification. The 2.1 release extends user convenience and combines new enhanced access control features to extend usability of the platform. The new features include ability set anti-passback and fire alarm rules to provide more comprehensive solution. User convenience is also extended through user import/export feature to manager large users quickly and efficiently.  The DM-20 accessory can be connected to Suprema master device to be used to replace traditional legacy controllers and use 3rd party Wiegand readers to configure the system. BioStar 2 Mobile App that has been developed using BioStar 2 API gives access freedom by utilizing connection through BioStar 2 Cloud to control the system and perform multiple operations. It can manage users on the fly, control doors remotely, and receive notification even when the operator is not monitoring a stationary client window.

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Safety In Smart Cities: How Video Surveillance Keeps Security Front And Center
Safety In Smart Cities: How Video Surveillance Keeps Security Front And Center

Urban populations are expanding rapidly around the globe, with an expected growth of 1.56 billion by 2040. As the number of people living and working in cities continues to grow, the ability to keep everyone safe is an increasing challenge. However, technology companies are developing products and solutions with these futuristic cities in mind, as the reality is closer than you may think. Solutions that can help to watch over public places and share data insights with city workers and officials are increasingly enabling smart cities to improve the experience and safety of the people who reside there. Rising scope of 5G, AI, IoT and the Cloud The main foundations that underpin smart cities are 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Cloud. Each is equally important, and together, these technologies enable city officials to gather and analyze more detailed insights than ever before. For public safety in particular, having IoT and cloud systems in place will be one of the biggest factors to improving the quality of life for citizens. Smart cities have come a long way in the last few decades, but to truly make a smart city safe, real-time situational awareness and cross-agency collaboration are key areas which must be developed as a priority. Innovative surveillance cameras with integrated IoT Public places need to be safe, whether that is an open park, shopping center, or the main roads through towns Public places need to be safe, whether that is an open park, shopping center, or the main roads through towns. From dangerous drivers to terrorist attacks, petty crime on the streets to high profile bank robberies, innovative surveillance cameras with integrated IoT and cloud technologies can go some way to helping respond quickly to, and in some cases even prevent, the most serious incidents. Many existing safety systems in cities rely on aging and in some places legacy technology, such as video surveillance cameras. Many of these also use on-premises systems rather than utilising the benefits of the cloud. Smart programming to deliver greater insights These issues, though not creating a major problem today, do make it more challenging for governments and councils to update their security. Changing every camera in a city is a huge undertaking, but in turn, doing so would enable all cameras to be connected to the cloud, and provide more detailed information which can be analyzed by smart programming to deliver greater insights. The physical technologies that are currently present in most urban areas lack the intelligent connectivity, interoperability and integration interfaces that smart cities need. Adopting digital technologies isn’t a luxury, but a necessity. Smart surveillance systems It enables teams to gather data from multiple sources throughout the city in real-time, and be alerted to incidents as soon as they occur. Increased connectivity and collaboration ensures that all teams that need to be aware of a situation are informed instantly. For example, a smart surveillance system can identify when a road accident has occurred. It can not only alert the nearest ambulance to attend the scene, but also the local police force to dispatch officers. An advanced system that can implement road diversions could also close roads around the incident immediately and divert traffic to other routes, keeping everyone moving and avoiding a build-up of vehicles. This is just one example: without digital systems, analyzing patterns of vehicle movements to address congestion issues could be compromised, as would the ability to build real-time crime maps and deploy data analytics which make predictive policing and more effective crowd management possible. Cloud-based technologies Cloud-based technologies provide the interoperability, scalability and automation Cloud-based technologies provide the interoperability, scalability and automation that is needed to overcome the limitations of traditional security systems. Using these, smart cities can develop a fully open systems architecture that delivers interoperation with both local and other remote open systems. The intelligence of cloud systems can not only continue to allow for greater insights as technology develops over time, but it can do so with minimal additional infrastructure investment. Smart surveillance in the real world Mexico City has a population of almost 9 million people, but if you include the whole metropolitan area, this number rises sharply to over 21 million in total, making it one of the largest cities on the planet. Seven years ago, the city first introduced its Safe City initiative, and ever since has been developing newer and smarter ways to keep its citizens safe. In particular, its cloud-based security initiative is making a huge impact. Over the past three years, Mexico City has installed 58,000 new video surveillance cameras throughout the city, in public spaces and on transport, all of which are connected to the City’s C5 (Command, Control, Computers, Communications and Citizen Contact) facility. Smart Cities operations The solution enables officers as well as the general public to upload videos via a mobile app to share information quickly, fixed, body-worn and vehicle cameras can also be integrated to provide exceptional insight into the city’s operations. The cloud-based platform can easily be upgraded to include the latest technology innovations such as license plate reading, behavioral analysis software, video analytics and facial recognition software, which will all continue to bring down crime rates and boost response times to incidents. The right cloud approach Making the shift to cloud-based systems enables smart cities to eliminate dependence on fiber-optic connectivity and take advantage of a variety of Internet and wireless connectivity options that can significantly reduce application and communication infrastructure costs. Smart cities need to be effective in years to come, not just in the present day, or else officials have missed one of the key aspects of a truly smart city. System designers must build technology foundations now that can be easily adapted in the future to support new infrastructure as it becomes available. Open system architecture An open system architecture will also be vital for smart cities to enhance their operations For example, this could include opting for a true cloud application that can support cloud-managed local devices and automate their management. An open system architecture will also be vital for smart cities to enhance their operations and deliver additional value-add services to citizens as greater capabilities become possible in the years to come. The advances today in cloud and IoT technologies are rapid, and city officials and authorities have more options now to develop their smart cities than ever before and crucially, to use these innovations to improve public safety. New safety features Though implementing these cloud-based systems now requires investment, as new safety features are designed, there will be lower costs and challenges associated with introducing these because the basic infrastructure will already exist. Whether that’s gunshot detection or enabling the sharing of video infrastructure and data across multiple agencies in real time, smart video surveillance on cloud-based systems can bring a wealth of the new opportunities.

Biometrics Provides Industries With Security, Access Control And Data Protection
Biometrics Provides Industries With Security, Access Control And Data Protection

Several major players vigorously employ biometric recognition technologies around the globe. Governments use biometrics to control immigration, security, and create national databases of biometric profiles. Being one of the most striking examples, the Indian Aadhaar includes face photos, iris, and fingerprints of about 1.2 billion people. Financial institutions, on their part, make use of biometrics to protect transactions by confirming a client's identity, as well as develop and provide services without clients visiting the office. Besides, biometric technology ensures security and optimizes passenger traffic at transport facilities and collects data about customers, and investigates theft and other incidents in retail stores. Widespread use of biometrics Business, which suddenly boosted the development of biometrics, is an active user of biometric technology Business, which suddenly boosted the development of biometrics, is another active user of biometric technology. Industries choose biometric systems, as these systems are impossible to trick in terms of security, access control, and data protection. Being in demand in business, these three tasks are also relevant for the industry. However, the use of biometrics at industrial sites is discussed unfairly seldom. Therefore, it is the face identification that is the most convenient there, as workers often use gloves, or their hands may be contaminated, and the palm pattern is distorted by heavy labor. All these features make it difficult to recognize people by fingerprints or veins and significantly reduce identification reliability. Therefore, industries seek facial recognition solutions. Thus, let us demonstrate the application of face recognition technology at different enterprises, regardless of the area. Facial recognition use in incident management Facial biometric products are known to automate and improve the efficiency of security services by enriching any VMS system. These systems provide an opportunity of instantly informing the operator about recognized or unrecognized people, and their list membership, as well as save all the detected images for further security incident investigation. Furthermore, some sophisticated facial biometric systems even provide an opportunity to build a map of the movements of specific people around a site. Besides, it is relevant not only for conducting investigations but also in countering the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Identifying and tracking COVID-19 positive cases Therefore, if an employee or visitor with a positive COVID-19 test enters a facility, the system will help to track his/her movement and identify his/her specific location. It will also help to take the necessary measures for spot sanitary processing. Thus, the introduction of biometric facial recognition at the industrial enterprise can improve and speed up the incidents’ response and investigations without spending hours watching the video archive. Access control system to secure physical assets The right access control system can help industries secure physical and informational assets The right access control system can help industries secure physical and informational assets, cut personnel costs, and keep employees safe. Facial recognition systems may enrich access control systems of any company by providing more security. As biometric characteristics, by which the system assesses the compliance of a person with the available profiles in the database, cannot be faked or passed. The human factor is also reduced to zero, due to the fact that while identity documents can be changed, the inspector can make a mistake or treat his/her task carelessly, be in collusion with an intruder, the biometric system simply compares a person in front of the camera with the biometric profiles database. Biometric facial identification software For example, RecFaces product Id-Gate, a specialized software product for reliable access control to the site, checks the access rights by using biometric facial identification alone or in conjunction with traditional IDs (electronic passes, access keys, etc.), which means that there is almost a zero probability of passing to the site by someone else's ID. The access control system’s functionality allows one to strictly account the number and time of all the facility’s visitors and also track their movement. When unauthorized access is attempted or a person from the stop list is detected, Id-Gate sends an automatic notification to the access control system and operator. Enhanced data and information security Even despite the division of access to different industrial enterprise areas, the security service needs to provide independent information system security. Employees with the same facility access rights may have different access rights to data. However, in that case, a personal password is not enough, as an employee may forget it, write it down and leave it as a reminder, tell a colleague to do something for him/her during the vacation, or just enter it at another person’s presence. Password-free biometric authentication systems make the procedure user-friendly and secure Password-free biometric authentication Password-free biometric authentication systems make the procedure user-friendly and secure. Such systems usually provide an option of two-step verification when successful password entry is additionally confirmed by biometric recognition. Hence, it is particularly relevant due to the current lockdown in many countries. To sum up, the application of biometric technologies solves several issues of the industry, such as: Optimizes and partially automates the work of the security service, as it provides reliable identification and verification of visitors/employees, reduces the amount of time spent on finding a person on video and making a map of his/her movements, without spending hours on watching video archive in case of investigation. Provides a high level of reliability and protection from unauthorized access to the enterprise and the information system. Provides a two-step verification of the user/visitor (including password and biometric data) and almost eliminates the risk of substitution of user data/ID.

Physical Security in 2021: Post-Pandemic Solutions
Physical Security in 2021: Post-Pandemic Solutions

In a world forever changed by the coronavirus pandemic, companies worldwide are now expanding their concept of physical security to best safeguard their facilities and employees. Few incidents have had as much of an impact on businesses globally as the COVID-19 pandemic; much of the world is still struggling to contain COVID-19, navigating the lasting effects and exploring what the “new normal” looks like. While some organizations are still engaged primarily in “anywhere operations”, i.e. remote work, many organizations are implementing strategic physical security solutions that better protect everyone through the use of video surveillance technology and advanced intelligence capabilities. As this new normal takes hold within the business environment, security strategies will largely be centered around several key initiatives like access control, people counting, occupancy controls, temperature screening, contact tracing, and reducing office touch points. With the use of a video management system (VMS) in the shadow of COVID-19, occupancy data from a VMS can trigger a lockdown and not permit new entrants until the occupancy drops below a certain threshold; this is significantly useful for organizations that have returned to in-person work.  But there’s a caveat: though many legacy security systems are being re-evaluated to allow for touchless or frictionless access control — a move designed to eliminate the need for employees and visitors to physically touch a surface when using an access control system — upgrading the outdated technologies can be cumbersome and expensive, especially for organizations that had not planned for an interruption like the pandemic. Security contractors will be vital So, what is the solution? Security contractors will play a vital role in helping end-users across a range of vertical markets — large and small — to achieve their goals in the new paradigm. For some, this may mean leveraging existing access control and video surveillance systems with upgrades where needed. For others, an entire overhaul is made possible with budget friendly solutions for businesses to migrate to integrated access control through end-to-end security solutions that tie into existing infrastructures without major disruptions (meaning the organization will never be left vulnerable). Cybersecurity is becoming even more intertwined with physical security There is massive transformation occurring in the security industry, most notably the movement to digitise physical access and integrate it with video management systems and surveillance. This shift means that cybersecurity is becoming even more intertwined with physical security, allowing organizations the ability to correlate the metadata of people’s behaviors and activities — a plus point for those looking to remain vigilant against future pandemic-esque business interruptions. Access, video, and audio are converging into consolidated platforms. Due to lower costs and pairings with IP-based, wireless infrastructure, there are infinite solution configurations. IT security requirements are beginning to apply to physical security because of this integrated infrastructure. Multi-factor authentication The security industry is also beginning to see a trend of multi-factor authentication, which is going to dominate in the days to come as it makes solutions more reliable. Most people carry smartphones these days, which have green check communication capabilities that allow easy multi-factor authentication. Costs are going down, and algorithms are getting better, making more people willing to try it. Some new solutions have both the fingerprint reader and a camera for facial biometrics Some new solutions have both the fingerprint reader and a camera for facial biometrics. Cameras and CCD modules cost almost nothing, and they do not have to be super high-end anymore, especially if organizations are doing one-to-one verification. It’s not just about security now; it is security, health, and safety. Access control with video, intelligent readers, and credentials is a perfect platform for next generation solutions.

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Suprema Airfob Patch Selected 30 Top Technology Innovations Of 2020 By Security Sales And Integration
Suprema Airfob Patch Selected 30 Top Technology Innovations Of 2020 By Security Sales And Integration

Suprema, a global provider of access control, biometrics and time and attendance solutions, announced that its Airfob Patch was selected as one of the 30 Top Technology Innovations of 2020 by Security Sales and Integration (SSI), an organization dedicated to providing technology and business content for security dealers and integrators. Security Sales and Integration has been announcing the Top 30 Technology Innovations every year for more than a decade. SSI’s Top 30 Technology Innovations is set apart from other awards program in that it is not submission-based or requires entry fee. Relying on their decades of industry expertise and experience, technical editors of SSI select the innovations that most benefit security dealers and integrators. The product that garnered Suprema the honor is Airfob Patch, an adhesive-backed device that attaches to existing RFID card readers to make them compatible with cellphone credentials. RF field signals We are honored that Airfob Patch was recognized as one of the top technology innovations of the year" When attached to card readers, Airfob Patch acquires cellphone credential compatibility as well as OSDP or Wiegand communication with the reader. Airfob Patch also harvests power from the RF field signals transmitted from the reader, eliminating the need for battery or wiring construction. “We are honored that Airfob Patch was recognized as one of the top technology innovations of the year. Suprema will continue its R&D efforts to keep introducing products and solutions truly beneficial to the company’s partners in the industry,” said Young S. Moon, the CEO of Suprema Inc. Access card solution Suprema Mobile Access and Airfob Patch were developed by MOCA System, a Suprema affiliate company that began in 2019 to focus on mobile access card solution. MOCA System has developed solutions, currently under patent evaluation, based on stable Bluetooth-based wireless communication method.

Suprema’s Biometric Intelligent Access Controller, CoreStation Attains UL 294 Compliance
Suprema’s Biometric Intelligent Access Controller, CoreStation Attains UL 294 Compliance

Suprema, a globally renowned company in access control, biometrics and time & attendance solutions, has announced that its intelligent biometric access controller, CoreStation has acquired UL 294 compliance. UL 294 compliance UL 294 is a certification designed especially to ensure the safety and reliability of access control products. The certification has significance to larger customers, like government institutions, corporations, and medical and banking verticals that value reliability of access control system, more than smaller organizations. “We are glad to announce that Suprema CoreStation has been recognized by an internationally renowned label for its safety and reliability. This means that CoreStation meets the industry’s highest standards and customers looking for top-notch access control solution can be assured to choose Suprema,” said Young S. Moon, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Suprema Inc. CoreStation, intelligent biometric access controller Suprema CoreStation is an intelligent door controller that provides advantages of biometric-enabled security over centralized access control systems. CoreStation is capable of offering comprehensive access control functionalities for up to 132 access points, handling up to 500,000 users. The device also provides centralized biometric template management and interfaces with complete set of reader technologies including RS-485(OSDP) and Wiegand.

Suprema Announces Partnership With DVS To Expand Distribution Portfolio
Suprema Announces Partnership With DVS To Expand Distribution Portfolio

Suprema, a globally renowned company in access control, biometrics and time & attendance solutions, has announced its new partnership with DVS Ltd., a security solutions distributor in the United Kingdom. Suprema – DVS partnership DVS is a well-established distributor of video surveillance products in the UK. By becoming DVS’s first dedicated access control and biometric partner, Suprema aims to expand its customer base, providing UK customers with comprehensive security solutions inclusive of security video cameras. DVS will benefit from being able to supply Suprema’s wide range of products that encompasses controllers, biometric security devices, card readers as well as mobile credential solutions and time and attendance software.  Biometric access control solutions expert Suprema expects the partnership to create true customer value, bringing better service to advanced security solutions" “Suprema is very excited to work in partnership with DVS Ltd. They have an outstanding reputation in the security industry for being innovators both in marketing and technical delivery. Suprema expects the partnership to create true customer value, bringing better service to those that need advanced security solutions,” said Jamie McMillen, the Managing Director of Suprema Systems UK Ltd. “DVS is equally excited to partner with Suprema, an industry-renowned biometric access control solution manufacturer. Suprema products are well-respected in the industry as highly-reliable, feature-reach and well-integrated into various VMS solutions,” said David Davies, the Chief Technical Officer of DVS Ltd. Fusion face recognition technology David adds, “This partnership will bring the best of both worlds, allowing our customer base to access Suprema products and our technical design and support expertise. DVS is truly excited to bring brands like Suprema to market.” Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Suprema continues to grow in the market, meeting the needs for contactless access control in the new normal. Suprema’s biometric products, such as the recently released FaceStation F2 with innovative fusion face recognition technology and skin temperature screening are well-received, as well as its other solutions like the access control and time attendance software, BioStar 2 and mobile credential solution, Suprema Mobile Access.

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