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Providing Fast and Secure Access in Life-Threatening Emergencies
Providing Fast and Secure Access in Life-Threatening Emergencies

A defibrillator can save the life of a person suffering from cardiac arrest – but it is most effective when used in the first few minutes of the patient collapsing. Studies have shown that a shock given within the first three minutes provides the best chance of survival and even one minute of further delay can substantially lower the chances of recovering. Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) were created to allow untrained members of the public to deliver life-saving treatment in those precious minutes before an ambulance arrives. There are currently over 10,000 in the UK, located in parks, offices, high streets and sporting venues, and they are especially popular in rural communities, where ambulance response times are longer. Every second counts Over the years there has been a long-running debate as to whether PADs should be kept openly accessible or locked. Leaving them open could lead to theft, vandalism or misuse. Leaving them locked could mean that precious moments are lost waiting for a local guardian to arrive – and could even cost a life. To save as many lives as possible, it’s clear that PADs need to be available 24/7, fully operational and easily accessible to users and local guardians. But there is a solution that can meet all these conditions – a lock that can protect against vandalism while providing convenient instant access when required. Life-saving solutions Over the years there has been a long-running debate as to whether PADs should be kept openly accessible or lockedDigital locks are ideal for securing PADs because they don’t require a key, and anyone can be given access over the phone. In the case of a cardiac arrest, the user calls 999 and the ambulance controller provides them with a simple, easy-to-remember code. The ambulance controller can then advise them, step by step, what to do. Local guardians, who have responsibility for the PAD, can be provided with an override key to enable them to monitor and maintain the defibrillator. The PAD cabinets built by Duchy Defibrillators show exactly how this works in practice. Based in rural Cornwall, Duchy Defibrillators manufactures, supplies and installs monitored PAD cabinets. To provide public access to the defibrillators, it needed a lock that could keep its cabinets secure, make them easily accessible and withstand the stormy Cornish weather. Codelocks recommended a digital electronic lock that could operate on a standalone battery, making it especially suitable for remote areas. As well as offering flexible access, digital locks come with a range of varying options and functions to suit different applications. As Duchy Defibrillator cabinets are installed in a wide variety of locations and sometimes need to withstand outdoor exposure, it opted for a robust electronic digital lock that is both affordable and easy to set up. A digital-access revolution Using smart locks in combination with a dedicated app or portal allows operators to send time-sensitive codes to end-users The example of Duchy Defibrillators shows how digital locks can be used to keep defibrillator cabinets secure while affording instant access to users when they are needed. But the flexibility of digital locks also makes them suitable for securing property and equipment in a wide variety of situations, especially for shared and public facilities. This is why you’ll increasingly see digital locks used to secure restricted areas in hospitals, schools and offices, as well as shared facilities like hotel and gym lockers, public restrooms and more. Digital locks are available for a number of specific applications, including doors, lockers and cabinets. They can range from simple mechanical locks through to more sophisticated electronic locks and state-of-the-art smart locks. Using smart locks in combination with a dedicated app or portal allows operators to send time-sensitive codes to end users – making them very popular for contactless entry and with facilities managers that need to manage access to buildings and campuses. One thing is certain – whatever your access control requirements are, there’s a keyless lock solution to suit. The digital access revolution is here.

The New Marriage Between AI and Stadiums
The New Marriage Between AI and Stadiums

Stadiums around the world are still paralyzed from the effects of COVID-19. Fans and spectators in masses have been absent from stadiums since April and there doesn’t seem to be a concrete plan on how or when they’ll be able to return to near capacity. The NBA recently opted to form a bubble philosophy concept in Disney’s facilities, although it’s been a relative success, it’s also been a $200 million temporary solution. This then begs the question: How long can stadiums survive like this without spectator’s present? History tells us that stadiums, venues and sport recover from disasters, so what can stadiums do to speed up the process? This is the catalyst for AI to be integrated on mass level to stadiums around the world. AI is the answer AI’s role in getting fans and spectators back is huge, through capabilities such as: Social Distance Monitoring Crowd Scanning/Metrics Facial Recognition Fever Detection Track & Trace Providing Behavioural Analytics Technologies such as IREX.ai is now working alongside National Leagues, Franchises and Governing Bodies to implement AI surveillance software into their CCTV/surveillance cameras. This is now creating a more collaborative effort from the operations team in stadiums, rather than purely security. Stadiums around the world are still paralyzed from the effects of COVID-19 AI surveillance software such as IREX.ai when implemented into the surveillance cameras can be accessed by designated users on any device and on any browser platform. Crowd metrics Arming stadiums with AI-powered surveillance tools can detect crowd metrics such as “people counting” and “group statistics”. This ensures stadium personnel can monitor social distancing with precision, accuracy and immediately. Alerts can be set up throughout parts of the stadium to alert senior staff members when overcrowding can appear with real time videos, analytics and photos to their hand-held device, such as a smartphone. Fever detection Thermal cameras have been implemented throughout facilities including stadiums and are helping assist to spot people with elevated temperatures. What IREX.ai implements is an alert system, coupled with facial recognition of any individual(s) that read an elevated body temperature. This alert system then provides security and health officials with a photo of the individual with the elevated body temperature, meaning staff can react quicker to the situation prevent this individual from entry. Pandemic monitoring by facial recognition  Thermal cameras have been implemented throughout facilities including stadiums and are helping assist to spot people with elevated temperatures Through facial recognition, staff members will be able to locate individuals through simply uploading a photo. It has never been easier to find a person of interest. With masks becoming an everyday part of society, facial recognition has come under scrutiny regarding the accuracy when a mask is worn. Irex.ai still maintains a 96% accuracy with individuals wearing masks and can set up alerts for any individuals not wearing a mask. Another important aspect of facial recognition is finding persons of interest quickly through technology like IREX.ai’s “searchveillance”. The future is here. Designated staff can track a person from when they enter the stadium by simply uploading their photograph. An example of how this can assist stadium personnel is to help relocate lost children inside the stadium with their guardians/parents when they are separated. Another attribute would be any individuals banned from entering the stadium would trigger alerts once they appear under surveillance, a fantastic collaborative tool to use with Law Enforcement.    Return on investment With security solutions, one of the biggest issues with any security investment is a lack of an ROI. This is where AI security is breaking the mould. The ability to provide business analytics, consumer/fan behaviours, traffic patterns, etc, allows other departments within the organization to gain vital information that can assist with their strategies and practices. Stadium security will never be the same in a post-COVID world, so why will its practices stay the same? AI & Stadiums is no longer the future, it’s the 2020 solution.

Wireless Technology Is Transforming Motion Detection
Wireless Technology Is Transforming Motion Detection

Motion detection is a key feature of security systems in residential and commercial environments. Until recently, systems have relied heavily on closed circuit television (CCTV) and passive infrared (PIR) sensors, which both require significant investment and infrastructure to install and monitor. Developments in wireless technology are increasing home security possibilities. Few years ago, these developments led Cognitive Systems to discover that the wireless signals surrounding oneself can be used to detect motion. Known in the wireless industry as WiFi sensing, this technology brings many benefits that other motion detection solutions have not been able to provide. The working of WiFi sensing At Cognitive Systems, the company has used WiFi sensing technology to develop a motion detection solution called WiFi Motion™, which measures and interprets disruptions in RF signals transmitted between WiFi devices. When movement occurs in a space, ripples in the wireless signals are created. WiFi Motion interprets these ripples and determines if an action, such as sending a notification, is needed. Enabling this functionality in a space is incredibly simple. With a software upgrade to only one’s WiFi access point (or mesh router), motion sensing capabilities are layered into one’s WiFi network. Existing connected WiFi devices then become motion detectors without detracting from their original functions or slowing down the network. Using artificial intelligence (AI), WiFi Motion establishes a benchmark of the motionless environment and learns movement patterns over time, which could be used to predict trends. This allows unusual movement patterns to be detected with greater accuracy while decreasing the potential for costly false alerts. WiFi Motion requires no line-of-sight or installation WiFi sensing and other home monitoring solutions All of these capabilities are made possible by WiFi sensing and together create a motion detection system that provides unparalleled accuracy, coverage, privacy and affordability compared to other solutions on the market. PIR integration is far more complex and imposes electronic and physical design restrictions compared to WiFi sensing. In terms of placement, PIR systems are difficult to install, requiring line-of-sight and a device in every room for localization. WiFi Motion requires no line-of-sight or installation and is also a scalable solution compared to PIR. Much like cameras, PIRs can only cover so much space, but WiFi Motion can cover the entire home and even detect motion in the dark and through walls, without adding additional devices to the home. WiFi Motion detects less distinguishing context than cameras and microphones, but more context than regular PIR sensors for the perfect balance of privacy and highly accurate motion detection. Privacy solution While cameras have been the security solution for years, WiFi Motion offers a more affordable solution that can rival the privacy and coverage capabilities of even the most high-end cameras. With such a wide coverage area, one might think that WiFi sensing infringes on privacy, but actually, the opposite is true. With WiFi Motion, the contextual information collected cannot be used to identify a specific individual, unlike cameras which can clearly identify a person’s face or microphones, which can identify a person’s voice. It is different from other smart home security options that use cameras and microphones because it only senses motion using WiFi signals - it doesn’t “see” or “listen” like a camera or microphone would. This provides opportunities for added security in spaces where privacy might be a concern and installing a camera may not be a comfortable solution, such as bathrooms and bedrooms. The data collected is also anonymized and highly encrypted according to stringent industry privacy standards. Existing connected WiFi devices then become motion detectors Additional WiFi sensing applications Since WiFi sensing technology requires no additional hardware or subscription fees, it is much more affordable than other motion detection solutions. It can be used as a standalone solution, or it can be easily layered into more complex systems. This ease of integration, scalability and relatively low cost brings a lot of potential for various applications. Motion detection can trigger other smart devices in the network to turn lights on or off In eldercare, for example, WiFi sensing can be used to help seniors live comfortably in their homes for as long as possible. With the increasing aging population and high costs associated with care homes, the market for this application is considerable. Caregivers can use an app to monitor movement in their loved one’s home and be alerted about unusual movement patterns that could indicate a concern. For smart homes and other environments that have a network of smart devices, the artificial intelligence (AI) component of the technology allows for improvements to automated features. Motion detection can trigger other smart devices in the network to turn lights on or off or make adjustments to the temperature in a room. Security for the commercial sector For office buildings and other commercial properties, it is easy to see how all of these features could be scaled up to offer a highly accurate and cost-effective motion sensing and smart device automation solution. Cognitive Systems is closely involved with the development of WiFi sensing technology, working with various industry groups to establish standards and help it reach its full potential. WiFi Motion is merely the tip of the iceberg in terms of motion sensing possibilities, but its applications in the world of security are undeniably compelling. It is an exciting time for the wireless industry, as one works with stakeholders in the security space to explore everything this technology can do.

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Safetrust Supercharges HID Readers With SABRE MODULE Touchless Mobile Access Solution
Safetrust Supercharges HID Readers With SABRE MODULE Touchless Mobile Access Solution

Safetrust, the globally renowned company in virtual credential solutions, has released touchless mobile access and WiFi options for the millions of HID iCLASS SE and multiCLASS SE readers deployed globally with their new SABRE MODULE. The 30-second plug-in makes the SABRE MODULE the fastest way to enable touchless mobile access at the door, turnstile or elevator, while using existing readers. SABRE MODULE touchless mobile access The SABRE MODULE enables hands-free authentication from a configurable distance As organizations transition back to the workplace, eliminating community touchpoints of legacy door readers is paramount for employee safety. Unlike traditional cards and keyfobs that in practice are touched at the reader, the SABRE MODULE enables hands-free authentication from a configurable distance. With dynamic credential management, administrators can instantly issue and reissue a secure mobile credential to employees or visitors with the click of a button, removing the need for face-to-face onboarding and handling cards. IoT technology integration with readers “Lifetime warranty should mean for a lifetime,” said Jason Hart, the Chief Executive Officer of Safetrust, adding “We independently developed the SABRE MODULE to extend the useful life of existing HID iCLASS SE and multiCLASS SE readers by adding the connectivity and sensor features that were missing.” Jason further stated, “By adding IoT technology to the reader, organizations can augment their traditional physical access solution and utilize the readers as network-connected sensors for touchless access, presence detection and remote management, in addition to being forward capable as industry standards evolve.” WiFi-enabled and full remote management The SABRE MODULE is WiFi-enabled and supports digital certificate 802.1x authentication, MQTT and SIA OSDP, allowing full remote management of the traditional RFID reader, no matter the reader’s current wiring configuration. The module is made in the USA and comes with a lifetime warranty.

Smart R Distribution And Safetrust Provide Touchless Identity Solution To Stop The Spread Of COVID-19
Smart R Distribution And Safetrust Provide Touchless Identity Solution To Stop The Spread Of COVID-19

Frictionless access control has become a must for many businesses that want to create a hygienic working environment for colleagues and visitors in a COVID-19 affected world. The availability of the Safetrust Touchless Identity solution from Smart R Distribution could not therefore come at a better time. The Safetrust Touchless Identity solution provides the opportunity for existing access control systems operating within airports, offices, education establishments, factories, hospitals, local authority and government buildings to be upgraded to support mobile credentials without having to incur the cost and disruption of replacing existing card readers. Mobile credentials application When plugged into the connector on the rear of an existing HID Global® iCLASS® card reader, a Safetrust Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) SABRE MODULE provides support for the Safetrust Wallet mobile credentials application. The ability to read securely programmed DESfire cards, as well as existing HID Global® iCLASS® credentials The ability to read securely programmed DESfire cards, as well as existing HID Global® iCLASS® credentials, means that users have the freedom to choose from multiple suppliers for their ongoing credential requirements. The SABRE DECAL has specifically been designed with the many thousands of installed HID Global® proximity card readers in mind, enabling them to be upgraded to support the Safetrust Wallet mobile credentials’ application within a minute. Touchless identity solution This is achieved by simply sticking the decal onto the HID reader. No new wiring or a battery is required, as the module has been engineered to take its power from the proximity card reader’s RFID emissions. With the help of SABRE INLINE connected to other types of card readers, the Touchless Identity solution works equally well with any manufacturer’s access control system which uses Wiegand readers. “Whichever system this solution is added to, it does not stop existing access control cards and readers from working, and this means end-users can migrate to a totally frictionless workplace at their own pace,” said Neill Williams, Director of Suffolk-based Smart R Distribution. Multiple access control cards The Touchless Identity solution also offers system integrators the opportunity to provide their clients with extra value" “Beyond the immediate need for people to have peace of mind in knowing they are working or visiting an environment where there are measures in place to restrict the possibility of COVID-19 being spread, the Touchless Identity solution also offers system integrators the opportunity to provide their clients with a considerable extra value from their existing access control systems.” “Safetrust’s SABRE USB, for example, when inserted into a laptop, PC, photocopier or vending machine, will ensure they can only be accessed or used by those with the appropriate encrypted mobile credentials securely stored on the Safetrust Wallet application running on their Android or iOS smartphone or tablet.” The Safetrust Wallet can store an unlimited number of credentials, enabling users to have a single identity to gain access to multiple buildings that may utilize different access control systems without having to carry around multiple access control cards.

Johnson Controls Announce Its C•CURE 9000 Security System Integration With HID Global’s Origo Mobile Identities And Seos Technology
Johnson Controls Announce Its C•CURE 9000 Security System Integration With HID Global’s Origo Mobile Identities And Seos Technology

Johnson Controls, the globally renowned technology provider for smart and sustainable buildings and architect of the OpenBlue digital platforms, announced the integration of its Tyco Software House C•CURE 9000 security and event management system with HID Global’s Origo Mobile Identities and Seos credential technology. This integration allows for the secure storage and over-air provisioning of access credentials to an end user’s smartphone to be used in lieu of a traditional access card. Innovative gesture-based technology With HID Global’s innovative gesture-based technology, a natural hand movement or bringing the device into the range of the reader allows users to gain access to any door equipped with an HID Global BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) door reader. This solution is also compatible with devices using Near-Field Communication (NFC). The integration with C•CURE 9000 enables Android or iOS devices to communicate with readers using ‘Tap’ mode The powerful integration with C•CURE 9000 enables Android or iOS devices to communicate with readers using ‘Tap’ mode for close range, or ‘Twist and Go’ mode for medium to long-range applications. This solution is optimized for mixed physical card and Mobile ID populations, which are protected using strong standards-based encryption (AES) that complements high-security physical card deployments. Additional features include: Over-air issuance enhances user experience, boosts efficiency and improves security Streamlines operational efficiency by managing mobile access through one intuitive platform Credentials can be easily managed, created, edited, issued and revoked within C•CURE 9000

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