TDSi’s Comprehensive Product Range Features Extensive Integration And Network Capabilities
TDSi’s Comprehensive Product Range Features Extensive Integration And Network Capabilities

TDSi's extensive suite of products has been designed with integration and network capability to the forefront, with IP connectivity a standard feature across the range.Amongst the company's most recent product developments are the addition of an IP option to the proven MICROgarde range and an updated version of the access management software system, EXgarde PRO, which provides powerful integration capability.MICROgarde IPMICROgarde IP is a powerful addition to TDSi's range of controllers.  Available for both one and two door controller options, this product offers all the functionality of the established MICROgarde system - with the added benefit of being able to be directly connected to a LAN or WAN.MICROgarde offers an extremely cost-effective, entry level controller, containing many of the features that would ordinarily only be found in much larger, more expensive systems. Operating with TDSi or third party readers, the system has an operational capacity of 5,000 card holders and is capable of supporting up to 400 doors - as well as controlling the automatic release of fire doors, upon an active input.Featuring distributed intelligence, MICROgarde controllers can operate as a fully integrated part of a system network, providing users with full control and event reporting - which may be customised to suit specific needs.Integration Capability with EXgarde PROEXgarde PRO is TDSi's market-leading, fully featured access management software application that delivers a wide range of functionality through a user-friendly interface.The new version, V3, offers unparalleled integration capabilities, providing users with a flexible and dynamic platform and the ability for complete building and security management.Through the use of a suite of database tools, EXgarde PRO delivers seamless integration with a wide range of proprietary and bespoke systems - such as Schools Information Management Systems, HR, Payroll, Time and Attendance, CCTV, Fire, Intruder and One-card software applications, offering the potential for considerable resource savings, in both time and cost.Powerful and versatile, EXgarde PRO is capable of controlling a single door at one site with a small number of users, right up to thousands of doors across multiple sites with thousands of users.

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TDSi Offers Combined IP And PSU With Latest Model Of Popular MICROgarde Controllers
TDSi Offers Combined IP And PSU With Latest Model Of Popular MICROgarde Controllers

TDSi is pleased to add a new model to its MICROgarde controller range, offering integrated IP and PSU. The MICROgarde entry level range of networkable access control products give many of the benefits of a bigger system, without the need for a big budget. For organizations exploring the world of access control for the first time, MICROgarde offers easy installation, reduced cost of ownership and highly competitive pricing to offer the best value and most practical access control system available. The addition of this latest model means MICROgarde I and MICROgarde II can be purchased with IP, Power Supply or both, offering customers greater choice. MICROgarde also delivers unrivalled flexibility of system design. Available in one or two door versions, TDSi has designed the product to cater for the diverse range of needs and situations that may arise. All controllers feature distributed intelligence (with a battery backup), meaning the controller operates and makes decisions even when communication to the host PC is lost. Should this happen, events are stored within the controller until communication is restored and this is uploaded with no loss of data. MICROgarde also offers a further money saving and practical advantage by its ability to be integrated with other TDSi or third-party systems such as CCTV, biometrics and photo ID cards - to make the most of other building services investments. TDSi has also designed MICROgarde to make the life of installers easier, with a number of useful features to significantly reduce the effort and time required for installation and/or integration. To find out more about the benefits of installing and using TDSi's MICROgarde controllers please visit: www.tdsi.co.uk/microgarde or contact us on 01202 723535.  

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TDSi Has Launched A Re-designed Power Supply Unit For Its EX Series Access Control Units
TDSi Has Launched A Re-designed Power Supply Unit For Its EX Series Access Control Units

TDSi has launched a re-designed power supply unit for its EX series of access control units.The new unit incorporates a range of key design and performance enhancements, resulting in significant improvements to the ease, speed, and therefore the cost of installation.Key features of the new system include:Low profile case - new design makes the installation less obtrusiveFully accessible mains input connections - allows the incoming supply to be connected without the need to dismantle any part of the caseHigh-quality 3 A output - minimizes noise and maximises reliabilityFused distribution of power - provides individual fused supplies for both the access control unit and the associated locksKnock-outs for interfacing to trunking and conduit - provides multiple installation optionMultiple rear cable entry optionsSimple cable screen termination clamps - provides reliable connection of the cable screensSpace for standby battery with charging facility - provides un-interrupted operation in the event of power failureLEDs to indicate power supply or fuse failure - provides diagnostic aid in the event of a system problem TDSi's range of EX-series units continues to provide users with the widest choice to meet their access control needs, as well as the ability to support future expansion of the system, if required.  The company's EXpert range also provides for more advanced hardware integration - such as lift control and alarm point monitoring.

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Now Available From TDSi, SOLOgarde Is A Dedicated Stand Alone Door Controller
Now Available From TDSi, SOLOgarde Is A Dedicated Stand Alone Door Controller

Now available from TDSi, SOLOgarde is a dedicated stand-alone door controller.  Providing a high-quality, cost-effective access control solution for a wide range of applications, SOLOgarde is fast and easy to install and to program. Capable of supporting up to 1,000 users, SOLOgarde utilizes the highly secure MIFARE® smartcard technology, enabling users to carry and use just a single card for multiple applications.The SOLOgarde controller provides a great deal of flexibility.  For example, the ‘toggle mode' feature allows the system to be used to set or unset an intruder alarm for specific users.  The same functionality may be used to allow specified cardholders to unlock and then lock specific rooms for a period of time, simply by presenting their card to the reader at the start and end of the period. The unit has been developed with the needs of disabled users in mind; a DDA user group automatically applies an extended lock time for card-holders assigned to that preset group. SOLOgarde features an innovative hand-held programmer.  Easy to use, the programmer completely eliminates the need to manage and control shadow cards, allowing not only the easy and clear management of all user cards, but also enabling more advanced functionality - including controller settings and diagnostic features. A second reader may also be connected to the SOLOgarde controller providing true read-in/read-out capability.Installation is quick and straightforward.  SOLOgarde requires just a standard electrical back box - there is no need for a special enclosure and the spring-loaded terminals mean that no special fitting tools are required.

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Automatic Gates: Making The Right Investment For Access Control
Automatic Gates: Making The Right Investment For Access Control

The experience of the COVID-19 pandemic has made us all more conscious of who is coming and going from our property. Whether it is a family home, business premises or public building, property owners want full control over access for protection and peace of mind. As a provider of access control technologies, we are seeing a growing demand for automated gates with a variety of access control systems. There are a number of considerations that buyers need to make when investing. And as an installer, there is advice that you can offer to help your clients make the right choice for their property. Here are some of the key considerations you’ll need to make and discuss with your client. Whomever you buy from, you should be offered more than a simple instruction manual. Electronic locks, magnetic locks and code security In the first instance, you’ll need to advise on the type of lock and access control available. Electronic locks release on the operation of the automation system to allow the gates to open. Locks are required for all non-locking (also known as reversible) operators and are recommended for any gate on a multi-user site or any gate over 2.5m. Apply the same logic to an automated gate as you would to a domestic door – for example, you wouldn’t fit your front door with a lock on the same side as the hinges or a drop bolt at the hinge end of a manual gate so why dispense with this logic when the gate is automated? Electronic locks release on the operation of the automation system to allow the gates to open There are a number of locks on the market including magnetic locks, drop locks that “shoot” a bolt into the ground and side latching locks. These are all designed for external use. While the gate itself will provide physical security, the customer will want to feel in control of who enters their property, when and for what purpose. Consider access for mail and deliveries, waste disposal and visitors arriving on foot etc. There is a range of options available. Intercom systems will allow the user to vet visitors, keypad entry can allow remote access for visitors with a specific code, remote controls allow an oncoming driver to open the gates without getting out of the vehicle, and a timer control can be used to open or close the gates at certain times of the day. Vehicle detection loops can be installed discreetly under the tarmac allowing the presence of vehicles to exit the gates and prevent closing while obstructed. Sliding gates versus swinging gates There are a number of locks on the market including magnetic locks, drop locks that “shoot” a bolt into the ground and side latching locks Gates can be automated to either swing or to slide open and in the case of swinging gates, the opener may be concealed underground or gate mounted. The most suitable opener for your installation will depend on the space available and the type of gate selected. Concealed underground automation is ideal for highly ornate gates. However, where gates are fully infilled (typical of many timber designs), gate mounted openers are concealed from the front of the gate by the gate leaf and present a cost-effective option. The choice between slide and swing is largely down to space - swing gates require a clear space for their opening arc while sliding gates require space to one or both sides of the gate. Sliding gates are perhaps the best choice where the drive slopes or when drive space is limited, as they use the least space when opening. Voltage Most swing gate and sliding systems are available in 24v or 230v. The 24v systems still need 230v mains power – there is a transformer built into the 24v control panels. Deciding which voltage to use can include a combination of factors such as the material of the gates, the location of the system and the safety features you want. Concealed underground automation is ideal for highly ornate gates With wrought iron gates, the wind can pass through them whereas with fully boarded wooden gates (popular because they give full privacy) the wind has nowhere to go, so they act like sails. For commercial or industrial applications with larger entrances and a heavy gate, you may need 3 Phase 400v power (sliding gates only). Installing gate motors in confined spaces The environment in which you are fitting may well influence which gate and motor you recommend. Will it be in an exposed area which is subject to the elements? Will it be positioned on a slope? Sliding gates are perhaps the best choice where the drive slopes or when drive space is limited Installers have always faced the challenge of installing gate motors in confined spaces. When fitting a pedestrian gate, there is often limited space in which to work – potentially making an installation time consuming and technically demanding. If this is the case for you, consider a gate operator which is designed specifically for installations with limited space for maneuver. An example of this is the E5 compact gate operator. The operator is not only small but has an optional slide lever attachment designed for installations where there is extremely limited space, meaning that just 8cm of the pillar is needed for installation. What’s more, improved fixing points and a simple ‘hook and fasten’ process means assembly is safe, quick and straight forward. Ultimately, you’ll be looking for a good quality, reliable product with good service. Work with a supplier that offers more than just a manual. If they are happy to offer training, their time and advice when you buy, the chances are you’ll get their support long term.

4 Ways To Keep Your Workplace Protected From COVID-19
4 Ways To Keep Your Workplace Protected From COVID-19

The unprecedented global impact of COVID-19 has taken its toll on all of us, but as cases of the virus thankfully recede, employers are now forced to confront how they can enable a safe return to work for employees. For many employers, this means they will have to carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment, redesign workspaces to maintain social distances, carry out more frequent cleaning, manage the transmission risk and find alternatives to touch-based security devices. Protecting workplace occupants in any emergency requires preparation and clear communication. This is especially critical in a health crisis involving an infectious disease. These are some of the essential best practices that could help organizations reduce the impact on their employees and operations during this pandemic. 1. Use a visitor management system With a visitor management system, organizations have a single source of real-time and historical insights into who is, or was recently, in the workplace. This is especially important because of the need to perform contact tracing should anyone in the organization show symptoms of COVID-19, meaning everyone they have been in contact with needs to be contacted and asked to isolate. Yet still, first impressions are made at the front desk or lobby, where the visitor experience needs to be a positive one. At the same time, though, any emergency event requires that there be strict control over who is entering the workplace. This policy also needs to be clearly communicated to visitors. Doing this minimizes risk to visitors as well as the workforce. In addition to delivering a high-quality visitor experience, the ideal visitor management system must: Enable organizations to meet regulatory compliance mandates and facilitate check-in at a self-service kiosk to minimize wait times. Customize the visitor experience to support specific security needs, such as accelerating and simplifying check-in or requiring additional security pre-checks. Automate compliance as it relates to visitor access rules with historical visit reports. 2. Pre-check questions at visitor registration kiosks Organizations can strengthen security at the registration kiosk using a flexible, enterprise-grade visitor management system to add visitor sign-in steps. This has proven successful in the past when used to control the spread of infectious disease during an outbreak. An example of this is a U.S. children's hospital which managed to reduce facility infection rates by 25 percent over a two-year period using a commercial, off-the-shelf physical identity and access management (PIAM) solution from HID Global. The solution provides two particularly important capabilities that can be used by organizations to protect their workplace from the uncontrolled spread of an infectious disease: Enhance visitor registration policy with additional mandatory questions to help identify any visitors who may need other screenings. Extend the visitor registration kiosk with a mandatory pop-up asking further questions during visitor check-in. 3. Understand who has visited your workplace Successful controlling the spread of infection throughout a facility requires the ability to automatically maintain an auditable trail of activity. This can be done using an enterprise-grade visitor management system that makes it easy to retrieve historical visit reports. This provides a timeline of who was in the workplace, and when they were there. Key features include: A single dashboard providing useful visitor insights at your fingertips. Historical reports that provide visitor details including location and contact information, all in compliance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other privacy regulations. 4. Clearly communicate how infection risks can be reduced Global organizations must actively communicate with visitors and employees on the outbreak of infectious diseases and follow best practices outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO). Here are several things organizations can do in this area to help maintain a safe and healthy workplace: Re-enforce and communicate WHO best practices with guideline posters in the front lobby and throughout the workplace. Add posters that also encourage regular and thorough washing of hands. Encourage everyone to cough or sneese into their shirt sleeve in their flexed elbow or cover their mouth and nose with a tissue. Encourage everyone to keep a relatively safe distance from each other and use alternatives to handshakes when saying hello. Organizations must contend with a variety of workplace challenges during the outbreak of an infectious disease. These challenges can be solved with best practices that include a comprehensive visitor management system that automates critical check-in policies and maintains an auditable trail of visitor activity.  

The Intersection Of Education And Fire And Security
The Intersection Of Education And Fire And Security

Protecting against fire and security risks is an essential aspect of life for people and across all sectors. However, there is an increasing expectation and demand on fire and security providers, in areas such as education. The securitisation of our world paired with the rapid speed of communication and news updates means that young people especially have the potential to be more aware of potential dangers and threats to their own safety and the safety of those around them. Education institutions are large and sometimes sprawling sites that present considerable fire and security challenges. From Kindergartens to Colleges Each education site brings distinct challenges, with differing facilities and specialties, as well as the need to maintain the capacity of students, teachers and lecturers to study, learn and teach at the high level expected.Each education site brings distinct challenges, with differing facilities and specialties While some schools and universities are based in urban areas with a mix of heritage and high rise buildings, others are sprawled across green open spaces. Some of these sites have specialised sporting facilities, while others may be focused on engineering or scientific study, with costly technical equipment. Kindergartens and primary schools have their own unique requirements. Parents expect the highest safety standards, while schools require safety in addition to efficient facilities management. The demographic of these institutions is predominantly young children, who are often unaware of or only just learning about fire safety and personal safety. This creates a huge vulnerability and an added onus on teachers to keep their students safe. Facial recognition at West Academy of Beijing In response to this need, Chubb China upgraded the closed-circuit television (CCTV) system for Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) focusing on elevating video content analytic features, including maximised CCTV monitoring, automatic police calling, and a smart search solution. Complementing this, a facial recognition system capable of finding the exact location of a student on campus within 30 seconds was added, aided by real-time remote gate operation. This integrated and advanced system resulted won the "High Quality Educational Technology Suppliers for School" award for the WAB project at the 2019 BEED Asia Future Oriented Construction of Universities and Schools Seminar. This award recognizes outstanding solution design and project execution. Parents expect the highest safety standards, while schools require safety in addition to efficient facilities management Awareness remains important at university As students graduate from kindergarten, primary school, junior and senior school, they become more aware of fire safety, relevant dangers and how to protect themselves. Unfortunately, external dangers remain. There are particularly high stakes for university campus facilities managers The safety of students in a university environment is also critical. It is often the first time young people live away from their family home and have the independence of adulthood. For this reason, there are particularly high stakes for university campus facilities managers. In the eventuality of a fire, students could be at great risk and, beyond the immediacy of physical harm, this can have serious ramifications for the reputation of an educational institution. Integrated solutions Integrated solutions must be nimble and adapted to a range of site types including campus residences, recreational areas, open spaces and lecture theatres. Chubb Sicli recently identified and overcame these challenges through the installation of a full suite of fire safety and security equipment and services at Webster University Geneva. Established in Switzerland in 1978, Webster University Geneva is an accredited American university campus that offers programs in English to students interested in undergraduate or graduate-level education.  Located in the Commune of Bellevue, just a few kilometres from Geneva's central station, the campus of Webster University Geneva includes five buildings in a park-style atmosphere. Full fire and security audit Chubb Sicli provided Webster’s fire extinguisher maintenance for over 25 years. This business relationship led to a full fire and security audit that identified the need for updates to the university’s security installation. The initial audit showed several improvements to the university’s security profile were needed.The challenge was to create and provide an effective and interconnected fire and security solution The challenge was to create and provide an effective and interconnected fire and security solution, enhancing the security of the student population and its ever-evolving needs. This included complete fire detection and intruder alarms for all five buildings, upgrades to existing CCTV systems, new video surveillance equipment and an automated fire extinguishing system in the kitchen areas. In addition to this integrated system solution, Webster University required access control for all main entrances, with the requirement that all documentation to be made available in English, because Webster is an American company. Customized solution Chubb Sicli’s quality, capability, and security expertise provided a customized solution for the unique educational establishment. Not only was the solution both tailored and integrated, the approach and planning were based on audit, fire extinguisher and emergency light maintenance, fire detection, intrusion detection, access control, video surveillance and Fire Detection. Through dedicated and integrated fire safety support, Chubb provides students and families peace of mind and security. From the moment a young child enters the education system, Chubb’s diligent and effective surveillance and fire safety systems work to prevent and protect, offering a new kind of ‘end-to-end’ service for education systems around the world.

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How is AI Changing the Security Market?
How is AI Changing the Security Market?

Artificial intelligence is more than just the latest buzzword in the security marketplace. In some cases, smarter computer technologies like AI and machine learning (ML) are helping to transform how security operates. AI is also expanding the industry’s use cases, sometimes even beyond the historic province of the security realm. It turns out that AI is also a timely tool in the middle of a global pandemic. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How is artificial intelligence (AI) changing the security market?

Apprentice Product Engineer Oscar Johnson Joins The Team At TDSi’s Poole-Based Headquarters
Apprentice Product Engineer Oscar Johnson Joins The Team At TDSi’s Poole-Based Headquarters

Integrated security manufacturer TDSi is pleased to announce its first higher-level Apprentice, trainee Product Engineer Oscar Johnson. Oscar is currently studying for a Higher National Certificate (HNC) at Bournemouth and Poole College for two years, but will continue as a Degree Apprentice for a further four years, with a permanent role at TDSi alongside his studies. TDSi’s Managing Director, John Davies commented, “It’s great to welcome Oscar to TDSi. He’s the first candidate to take up a higher-level apprenticeship at TDSi and he’ll be a great asset to our development team, as we ramp up product development and augment products in the GARDiS family and ecosystem." Skills for security This is a great opportunity for me and there is so much variation and job rotation within my new role" "The security industry is leading the way on the apprenticeship front, with initiatives through Skills for Security (part of the BSIA), and TDSi is excited about the energy and innovative thinking that apprentices bring to the table as our ‘Boomers’ retire.” Having studied Engineering at college for the last year alongside his previous role in Occupational Health, 22-year-old Oscar is excited by his new role and the opportunities at TDSi. He stated, “This is a great opportunity for me and there is so much variation and job rotation within my new role. I am working within the Development Team, mainly alongside our Product Engineer, Russell Marande, to gain valuable experience and training in this cutting-edge technology company.” Future of security Oscar comes from nearby Bournemouth and has spent most of his life in the area, apart from a year living on the Gold Coast in Australia. “Living in Australia was an amazing experience and tied in well with my other great passions of surfing and photography. I still enjoy surfing and continue to sell photos through my Instagram.” With an eye on the future of technology, Oscar is also excited to be joining a technology company which is helping to shape the future of security. “It is fascinating finding out how TDSi is adapting towards the future and seeing what great new products will be released before they are unveiled to the public. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me at TDSi.”

Are Privacy Concerns Stifling Innovation in Security?
Are Privacy Concerns Stifling Innovation in Security?

Facial recognition is the latest technology to be targeted because of concerns about privacy. If such concerns cloud the public perception, they can be harmful to technology markets. Whether the concerns are genuine or based on misinformation is often beside the point; the practical damage has already been done. But beyond market demand, what is the impact of privacy concerns on technology innovation? We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: Are privacy concerns stifling innovation in security and related markets? 

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