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One of the main advantages of Software-as-a-Service solutions is interconnectivity. The cloud allows us to work in a completely different way than was possible before. In the past, an installer would have to get in their van and make a site visit to investigate any complaints or issues from their customer. Now, this can all be done remotely through SaaS-solutions like Vanderbilt’s SPC Connect, changing the entire service interaction quite dramatically. Vanderbilt wants to continue that evolution. Customers now expect very high levels of service from installers. SaaS-solutions are the perfect enabler to achieve this. With SPC Connect, Vanderbilt is delivering an ecosystem that will allow installers to have a better communication environment with their customers. The latest service release of SPC Connect brings installers closer to their customers by creating a platform where they can communicate more freely with each other. This ability to have more open communication between installer and end user, in a secure mechanism such as SPC Connect, will have a significant impact on increasing the level of service for all parties. Customer Notifications Installers can communicate through the SPC Connect network directly to their customers. This feature allows installers to create a message that will appear directly in the user’s app and in their email. The messaging editor provides editing capabilities and the inclusion of links. The installer can also download the list of all customers interested in their message. User Restrictions This enhancement delivers the security company greater control of the level of service they wish to offer through SPC Connect. The function allows the security company to define what operations are permitted by a user such as: Blocking Email; Blocking Push Notification; Blocking Alarm Verification; Blocking Cellphone App; and Blocking Verification Web. Alarm Verification Via Cellphone Devices If an SPC panel is part of an SPC Connect installer account, then a new feature will activate on the user device that will allow the user to view verification data. If the SPC panel is not part of a company, or the company has chosen to block this feature, then the users of that panel will not see any change. When this enhancement is enabled, when an alarm occurs that has verification, the user will be able to view the data and talk and listen live to site.
The Avigilon Presence Detector (APD) is a discreet impulse radar device that combines self-learning analytics with impulse radar technology to accurately detect the presence of a person even if they have stopped moving or are hidden. The device scans, learns, and continuously adapts to its environment, helping to reduce false positive events. Designed for indoor locations such as ATM rooms and other closed indoor vestibules within banks, pharmacies, health care facilities and retail stores, the APD can accurately detect a person’s presence through blankets, cardboard, wood and drywall. When integrated with Avigilon Control Center video management software, the sensor is designed to alert operators of security events while still maintaining privacy.
The BX Shield is a series of curtain outdoor motion sensors with up to 12m detection range on each side. Ideal for the detection of people in the immediate boundary of your home or office building, the outdoor detectors feature four PIRs, two on each side. The left and right detection area can be set up completely independently from each other. The BXS-RAM is the wireless bi-colour model with anti-masking. Independent left/right motion detection The outdoor motion sensor’s detection range, sensibility and alarm output can be set independently on the left and the right. The detection distance can easily be set at 2.5m, 3.5m, 6m, 8.5m to 12m on each side, and the sensitivity can be set from low to extremely high, detecting as small a difference in temperature as 1 degree Celsius. The BX Shield can be easily connected to a fixed dome CCTV camera to send a visual alarm when people enter the immediate boundary of the premises. Versatile design The BX Shield curtain sensor has been designed with the user in mind. A 90-degree unlocking system allows easy access to the settings area, while a spirit level helps to fix the sensor on straight. Black and silver face covers are available, enabling the outdoor curtain sensor to blend into its environment. Four PIRs in one sensor Why two PIR in each side? - To offer the best performance needed in an outdoor environment. On each side, the BX Shield motion sensor features two passive infrared beams; one pointing towards the floor and one pointing away from the sensor. Both beams need to trigger to confirm the detection. This system will ignore small to medium-sized animals such as dogs and detect only people. Applications Buildings Perimeters Approach House Key features Wireless curtain PIR up to 12m per side with anti-masking Completely independent detection setting Versatile and easy-to-install design Not affected by environment or small animals Connect to new or existing wireless alarm panel The BXS-RAM is a battery-powered sensor (no cabling requested) in which most wireless transmitters available in the market can be fitted. This enables the sensor to connect to an existing or new wireless alarm panel. The anti-masking function ensures that if the alarm panel will be notified if someone has sprayed, covered the sensor or changed its position.
Fiber-optic technology has proven to be extremely stable and reliable for fence PIDS, detecting intruders attempting to climb over, cut through, or crawl under a perimeter. And although the technology was previously considered prohibitive for small or medium-sized perimeters on the perception that it is too expensive and complicated to install, OPTEX, along with Fiber SenSys Inc, one of its group companies, has designed the RAPID REDFIBER series of affordable and easy-to-install kits, encouraging installers not to compromise on quality. The packaged systems, or kits, offer cost-effective and high-performance protection in two detection zones, ranging from 75m to 200m each, and also include all the necessary components needed for installation. Kit choices include two-channel Alarm Processing Units (APU), one including a PoE/IP module that is integrated with most Video Management Software (VMS) and PSIM platforms, the enclosure box, the pre-connected cable cut to fit 75m, 100m, 150m and 200m zones, the necessary ties to mount the cable on a perimeter, and calibration software. Ricky Miwa, Managing Director of OPTEX Europe, says the technology is highly resistant to extreme weather changes: “Fiber sensing cables are unaffected by harsh environments, including UV radiation, moisture, salt or lightning strikes, and distinguish between genuine intruders and nuisance alarms,” he says. The RAPID REDFIBER PoE module uses an event code that quickly transmits the alarm or event to the VMS software. As RAPID REDFIBER’s detection system sense an intrusion, the APU activates IP cameras to automatically record an event; whilst the VMS platform ensures any untoward activity can be acted upon immediately. “RAPID REDFIBER’s proven high performance rate and low maintenance costs combine to create a very low cost of ownership, making it a reliable and economical solution,” Ricky concludes.
DSC, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, redefines intrusion security with the introduction of PowerSeries Neo, a new scalable commercial and residential line of products which combines the flexibility of a modular, hardwired system with the simplicity of a wide range of compatible wireless devices. This brand new and exceptionally flexible platform leverages the superior capabilities of PowerG – the industry’s leading-edge wireless intrusion technology, making it the most comprehensive hybrid intrusion system in the market today. PowerSeries Neo also offers both ‘smart’ home and ‘smart’ business automation features with Alarm.com interactive services. With solutions for a full spectrum of installations, the PowerSeries Neo system offers a fully customizable system with a range of control panels and PowerG-enabled, easy to install wireless devices. At the core of the system are four control panels, ranging in capacity from 16 to 128 zones and two to eight partitions. Each panel starts with six or eight hardwired inputs, 2-4 hardwired outputs and PTSN communication on-board, with the capability for expansion, additional features and services. PowerSeries Neo offers a full range of optional cellular and/or IP communication methods in support of the industry’s transition away from traditional phone lines. Infused with industry-leading PowerG 2-way wireless communication, the system is able to hop between wireless frequency channels so that if one is jammed, it will move to a free frequency. This allows for seamless, reliable communication between the control panel and devices. In addition, PowerSeries Neo allows for devices to continuously measure the communication quality and automatically sets transmission power to the minimum required for reliable communication with the panel, thereby saving energy and battery life. Solid encryption technology offers an exceptionally high level of protection by guarding against digital attacks on the system. The PowerSeries Neo platform is also primed to reduce the incremental costs of false alarms by employing innovative, regionally compliant alarm verification solutions such as visual verification, two-way audio and sequential detection, while also offering additional RMR opportunities to dealers. WebSA, a professional end user application that manages multiple systems, gives users the ability to manage, monitor and control the functionality of their PowerSeries Neo security system through the use of user-friendly, intuitive interfaces accessed with real-time dashboards. A robust and feature rich platform, PowerSeries Neo is designed to reduce operational costs for dealers and provide ultimate reliability for end users. PowerSeries Neo offers a variety of control panels, a full suite of compatible PowerG- enabled wireless devices to include a PIR motion detector with integrated camera, repeaters and glass break sensors and a complete line of expansion modules, protecting the investment and ensuring growth in the future.
DSC Touch, an innovative smart panel which provides customers with home management and interactive security capabilities in an all-in-one, intuitive and easy to use interface. Uniquely based on Google's Android operating system and integrated with Alarm.com, DSC Touch employs WiFi, Bluetooth and Z-Wave technology for a completely wire-free install and 'all-in-one' wireless communications. 7 inch LCD resistive, single touch, 24bit RGB TouchScreen with 800 x 480 resolution Compatible with DSC 433Mhz One-way wireless products Dual-path connectivity with integrated WiFi and Cellular WiFi, Z-Wave, Bluetooth and Image Sensor radio connectivity for smart home automation Up to 242 role-based user codes (Dealer, Installer, Master, User, Guest, Duress) Remote services powered by Alarm.com Built-in front 0.3MP Fixed Focus camera for system Disarm and Alarm photos Contact app provides contact info of security provider and displays messages. Built-in siren Built-in two-way voice Software updates over WiFi and manually with a SD card Photo frame screensaver SD card slot for photos
A panel of experts. Next-generation security and comfort management. With innovative intrusion technology and lifestyle management, Interlogix™ control panels and keypads provide reliable and scalable protection for homes and businesses. Wired and wireless options are designed for simple installation and operation, delivering complete protection and lifestyle enhancement.
Security at your Fingertips PowerSeries high-quality, slim-profile keypads achieve a clean, unobtrusive look that homeowners welcome and installers will appreciate for their easy programming and installation. The keypads feature an input/output terminal that can be programmed to operate as a zone input, programmable output or as a low temperature sensor. The keypads also include adjustable backlit keys that address low-light situations and five programmable keys for simple one button activation of system functions. Easy To Use To simplify usage, the keypads feature five programmable keys for easy one-button activation of system functions. The default tasks assigned to the five function keys are stay arming, away arming, door chime, smoke detector reset and quick exit. With the quick exit function there’s no need to disarm and rearm the system every time an occupant leaves the house or lets the dog out, for example. Flexibility The keypads’ integrated temperature sensor can be programmed to activate when room temperature dips below 43° F (6° C) and restores at 47° F (8° C). Built-in logic prevents the panel from cycling in and out of alarm mode during minor temperature fluctuations, helping to reduce false alarms.) Wireless Convenience RF versions of the keypads are available. They include all of the same features as their hardwired equivalents and are able to support 32 wireless zones and 16 wireless keys without taking up a wireless zone slot.
IMPASSA is the newest, next generation wireless security system from DSC. IMPASSA comes with the defense and offense needed to protect the ‘king’ – the home and homeowner - including: An integrated HSPA (3G) cellular communicator. The flexibility of a distributed wireless system. 2-way audio communication. Defensive Strategy - Integrated Cellular Communicator As any good chess player knows, looking many moves ahead is critical for a checkmate. As more homeowners transition away from traditional phone lines towards VoIP (Voice over IP) or mobile wireless phones for communication, IMPASSA delivers alternate communication configurations including: HSPA (3G) Cellular communicator using the cellular network. Label library. In addition, IMPASSA includes a more traditional phone line communicator using the Plain Old Telephone Systems (POTS). The Flexibility of a Distributed Wireless System Because IMPASSA is a distributed wireless system, installers have the flexibility of positioning the panel away from the premise’s entry point. A WT5500 Wireless wire-free keypad can be installed near the entry point so that even if the premise is compromised, the main unit (the IMPASSA panel) cannot be located by the intruder and tampered with. For additional protection, 2-way wireless sirens can be installed away from the IMPASSA alarm system to further camouflage and protect its location. 2-Way Audio Communication for Ultimate Peace of Mind Sometimes even the ‘king’ needs advice, help or reassurance. IMPASSA delivers 2-way audio (VOX only or VOX and push-to-talk) alarm communication with the central monitoring station during alarm events for the homeowner’s peace of mind. With high-quality speakers and microphones, homeowners can easily talk directly to the central monitoring station as needed.Add to Compare
Get Control on the Go with the nuLinc Cellular Communicator and LinearLinc Mobile App Bring mobile control to any monitored security system quickly and easily with new Cellular technology from Linear: the nuLinc™ Wireless Communicator and the LinearLinc™ web-based Mobile App. Wireless Convenience for Users: Home or business owners get seamless, flexible control of their security systems via smart phones or computers with Internet access, from virtually anywhere … and at a significant savings! Profit Center for Dealers and Central Stations: Earn monthly revenues for system management and monitoring, while saving your accounts the cost of infrequently-used telephone lines. Fast Installation: Installs quickly, with no on-site configuration required. Compatible with Many Alarm Brands and Cell Networks: nuLinc instantly transforms hard-wired phone line alarm systems to cellular! Supporting most common security industry standard protocols, nuLinc and LinearLinc give you control on the go. For details, see your Linear distributor or sales rep, or visit www.linearcorp.com/linearlinc.Add to Compare
Seamlessly integrating multiple security elements, the NetworX™ system delivers optimum security for current and future needs of your home or small business. Particularly well-suited for new construction, NetworX offers a wide selection of hard-wired security elements including keypad, motion sensors, glassbreak detectors, smoke detectors and magnetic contacts. For added convenience, NetworX has extensive wireless capabilities backed by expert technicians experienced in optimal system design. This system also easily integrates with many third-party control systems such as home automation, lighting, HVAC and audio. Complete with cellular backup, NetworX represents one of the most advanced, expandable and reliable security solutions available. Control PanelsWith a track record of global security success, the NetworX™ product line includes a series of control panels that are universally compatible with all NX products and several GE wired and wireless accessories that can be scaled or modified to meet changing security requirements. The control panel functions as the “brains” of your security system, coordinating input from different sensors and transmitting alarm monitoring information to a central monitoring center. Fully versatile, these control panels accommodate a variety of integrated components that allow you to customize, and easily expand your system to meet your security requirements. All NetworX control panels have fire alarm verification capability to help prevent false alarms. NX-4The NX-4 control panel is a flexible, entry-level security system that features advanced technology for the detection of burglary, fire and environmental events. A cost-effective solution that is easy to install, the NX-4 is ideal for apartments, smaller homes and commercial environments. Equipped with the standard four hard-wired zones, the NX-4 can easily expand to eight fully programmable hard-wired zones, eight wireless zones or a combination of both. NX-6The NX-6 is a full-featured system designed to handle most medium-sized residential and commercial applications. Like all NetworX control panels, its modular design allows for complete integration of multiple systems within one enclosure. In addition to the features found on the NX-4 model, the NX-6 comes standard with six hard-wired zones and can easily expand to 12 fully programmable hard-wired zones, 16 wireless zones or a combination of both. NX-8 and NX-8EThe NX-8 and NX-8E represent the top-of-the-line systems for the most demanding home and commercial security needs. These feature-rich units include all the capabilities of the NX-6 model with options to accommodate an extensive number of keypads and users.
Copper Cop from Linear safeguards commercial air conditioning (HVAC) units from costly theft and destruction of copper condenser lines. This simple, two-part system – alarm interconnect box and cable harness -- triggers an alarm if the cables are tampered with, or an HVAC cover is removed. Ideal for environments especially vulnerable to theft: Unoccupied buildings Schools Single-Story Retail Buildings Places of Worship Rural and vacant facilities Cellular Network Facilities/Towers Remote Communication Centers Substation Outbuildings Field-Proven, Effective Theft Deterrence Installs quickly on HVAC unit exterior by any security contractor and is activated in minutes. No HVAC, Plumber‘s or Electrician’s license required. Ready to accept a wireless alarm transmitter or hard-wired connection to any security alarm panel. Bright yellow cable harness acts as a visual deterrent to would-be thieves. Does not trigger a false alarm even if fluctuations in refrigerant pressure or electrical power outages occur Learn more: Watch the Copper Cop Video here
Version 8.0 of long-range award-winning LiDAR – the REDSCAN RLS-3060 series and its configuration software REDSCAN Manager are both available. The new firmware enables additional detection modes including loitering detection, day/night pattern to the 30m radius RLS-3060L, while it allows the high end model to extend its detection area to 50m radius. The RLS-3060L will offer more flexibility in managing dry contacts with the option to switch from normally open (N.O.) to normally closed (N.C.). The RLS-3060L model ver. 8.0 features more detection zones and detection modes as well as greater flexibility with settings. The standard 2D LiDAR provides 30m radius detection range with 4 detection zones when used in analog configuration and 8 zones in IP configuration. Loitering and selectable pattern modes are now available. Alarm duration and detection time settings are also more adjustable.
The residential home security market is rapidly migrating away from PSTN lines toward IP communications. As a result, security service providers need to adopt new communications technologies. Visonic offers a complete set of solutions for IP-based security services. Our solutions are ideal for service providers who wish to take advantage of this large and fast-growing Internet opportunity to not only meet changing customer needs but also to maximize recurring revenues.Visonic's range of IP solutions offers compelling advantages for alarm monitoring stations and security service providers. These advantages include more reliable communication, reduced costs and the opportunity to differentiate through premium services.IP Management Platform - IPMPA unique service management platform that provides a total solution for the management of IP-based services. It serves as the IP receiver for all Visonic communications modules (GPRS and broadband). The unique architecture of Visonic's IPMP - targeted to the needs of security service providers - makes it one of the most cost-effective IP service management solutions on the market. A single IPMP receiver can easily handle up to 20,000 accounts at a keep-alive period of 2 minutes. The IPMP delivers the events received to the central station software using standard receiver protocols, so the ARC software does not need any special adaptations in order to work with IPMP.The IPMP supervises the IP and cellular internal modules and forwards all events received from them to the central station software. This enabling the central station operator to track an alarmed system quickly, and to view the alarm-time recorded images via a standard web browser on the operator console, with no need to leave his/her work station. PowerLink An Internet-based solution for advanced home security and control. It provides a plug and play broadband IP event notification solution for alarm central stations. Also, it can be expanded with up to 12 cameras placed around the premises to create a comprehensive IP-based video alarm verification solution.GPRS connectivity Our GPRS modules ensure maximum reliability of event delivery to the alarm central station. It also includes advanced features such as two-way voice communication and SMS control.Add to Compare
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Most technology companies have one goal in mind: to provide customers with high-quality, affordable products that can efficiently help streamline operations. Whether it's surveillance cameras, video management software, access control technology or any other type of security device, today's leading organizations invest in expertise in these product segments and strive to produce the highest quality solutions. To effectively fulfill this task, technology providers are always searching for emerging components to make their products and services even stronger. Oftentimes, a key aspect necessary to build a comprehensively robust solution involves finding like-minded partners that share a common goal and are willing to work together to create an integration that increases insight and intelligence.The interoperability between systems, devices and different types of applications should be intuitive and fast Key Factors For Security Integrations A basic factor in a partnership is openness. For an integration to perform seamlessly for the end user, the platform through which the technologies converge must follow standard protocols, easily operate with other platforms, allow freedom and customization, and provide adaptability. The interoperability between systems, devices and different types of applications should be intuitive and fast, enabling more time to be spent on analyzing critical data and responding to security events. The puzzle of a complete security solution contains many pieces, and it's often necessary to fuse together aspects from various providers to create a best-in-breed technology offering. When organizations collaborate, the end result is a simplified solution with an increased level of value. As threats become more severe and complex, customers demand solutions that combine different security and business elements into a single interface that can address a wide variety of risks. A unified security system requires a strong collaboration between technology providers and integrated solutions Interconnected Security Devices Users used to only look at specific security devices - such as cameras or door alarms - as each having a strong, autonomous purpose, but now, every device plays an important interconnected role. And the progression of the Internet of Things (IoT) has made this transition even easier, as maintaining a consistent and uniform communication and interconnectivity between devices has now become the norm. The IoT has also made it so that partnerships must not only exist between manufacturers, but also within the customer's organizational structure. Although exceptionally beneficial, the IoT brings with it an increased amount of cyber vulnerabilities. As security systems are networked to increase flexibility, the door is opened to a number of potential threats that could compromise the entire enterprise. This risk highlights the need for an internal partnership and knowledge sharing between a company's physical security professionals and its IT team. IT experts should be pulled into security decisions and positioned as collaborative partners to assist with software updates, data safety protocols and solving complex network challenges, ultimately leading to a more cyber secure solution.Partnerships are beneficial to both the companies involved and their customers Knowledge Sharing And Learning Aside from cybersecurity, the latest prominent security attacks and events have focused primarily on soft targets, such as schools, concerts or shopping malls. This has caused many technology providers to venture into different vertical markets, and strong partnerships streamline this crossover. Innovators can extend their geographic reach and purpose through integrations with other like-minded manufacturers or integrators to add new levels of functionalities. Of course, a partnership cannot operate properly and to the best of its ability without a core component: learning. In today's evolving business and risk environment, knowledge is critical. A shared knowledge base can open up new opportunities and lead to the strengthening of security across many levels. A truly powerful, unified security system requires a strong collaboration between technology providers and integrated solutions. Partnerships are beneficial to both the companies involved and their customers, and the results created through these alliances can reach far beyond a user's expectations, offering enhanced flexibility and extensive safety options.
Live events at large venues like arenas, stadiums or convention halls – whether they involve wrestlers breaking chairs over each other’s heads, Axl and Slash letting bygones be bygones and reuniting Guns ‘n’ Roses, your favorite NFL team annihilating the opposition 62-3, or a convention involving anything from politics to food to Star Trek – are exciting affairs that channel the camaraderie of the crowd into a powerful collective energy. But they also are vulnerable to threats. Physical Security Solutions Terrorists and other malefactors have known for centuries that any large gathering of people has inherent vulnerabilities on which they can prey: Crowds make it hard for security to keep track of any single person or spot unusual behavior, and the number of people congregated in one space amplifies the impact of any attack. In recent years, organizers of large events have augmented the security methods they use to protect a venue, using both walk-through metal detectors and hand wands, and deploying K9 and police units to patrol the lines to enter security. But these current methods share a universal flaw: to be caught, evil-doers have to be on the verge of actually entering the venue with hundreds of other people, which means they can still cause a massive amount of destruction. In a survey conducted by Brivo, 50 percent of business security leaders felt they lack adequate budget and financial resources to invest in physical security solutions. Augmented Security Measures Organisers of large events have augmented the security methods they use to protect a venue, using both walk-through metal detectors and hand wands Security professionals and event organizers are constantly on the verge of finding new methods to implement in order to add an extra layer of security at venues and large facilities. For example, at this year’s Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California, which attracts over 100,000 attendees each year, organizers boosted their security initiatives by adding drones, armed guards, magnetometers and dog patrols. Unfortunately, large entertainment festivals have been a target for ill-intended individuals. Last year, the 91 Route Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada took the lives of more than 50 people and injured over 500. In the United Kingdom, 22 people lost their lives to a suicide bomber at an Arianna Grande concert in the Manchester Arena. Yet, concerts aren’t the only place new security initiatives and technology need to be implemented in, but also sports arena and large facilities. Metrasens partnered with Villa Park, the football grounds for Aston Villa Football Club in the UK, to conduct a trial using FMDS technology, Proscreen 900, to screen fans Current Screening Methods Conventional walk-through metal detectors are a compromise between effective screening and high throughput, as they successfully detect metal objects, but only can screen about five or six people each minute. They are generally placed 10 to 20 yards from a venue’s front façade, either just outside or just inside, to screen people as they enter the facility. Hand wands are used for anyone that sets off the walk-through detector as a secondary screening method for confirmation. Many facilities also use observational methods to screen, such as drones, surveillance cameras, security officers or police walking the crowd and looking for suspicious behavior, or explosives-sniffing K9 units patrolling the area. Security personnel are aware of these pre-security-screening vulnerabilities around the perimeter of the venue Security Method Limitations Each of these methods has intrinsic limitations. Observational security methods are just that – observation-based, not detection-based. They rely much more heavily on human factors that introduce greater degrees of error and chance, and positive visual identification of a suspicious threat requires a relatively close proximity to observe the threat. They’re also slow and laborious. Walk-through detectors and wands will catch someone trying to enter a facility with a weapon, but by the time they do, it may be too late – a terrorist will already be well within proximity to do a lot of damage. Bad guys don’t need to actually enter the venue; they just need to get close enough to injure or kill a large number of people. That can happen – and has happened, such as with Manchester Arena bombing in 2017 – right at the security point, where a terrorist will be surrounded by dozens or hundreds of people and 10 to 20 yards away from the critical asset: the interior of the venue. Security personnel are aware of these pre-security-screening vulnerabilities around the perimeter of the venue. What they haven’t had until recently is a way to screen mass amounts of people for weapons of mass casualty as far away from the critical asset as they can, and as far away from densely populated areas as they can, all while not impeding throughput resulting from the requirement for patrons to divest their possessions. Expanding Security Reach With FMDS The far perimeter of a venue is an ideal place to screen for weapons of mass casualty. Most of the time, a terrorist is trying to get closer to the immediate perimeter of the venue, to inflict the most damage to large groups of people waiting to get in; farther away, event attendees are walking toward the entrance and thus are more dispersed, not standing in clusters or lines. This advance screening is possible using ferromagnetic detection systems (FMDS). The FMDS systems in the trial, Proscreen 900, were placed outside, where individuals were screened for large weapons before they even entered the football stadium Metrasens recently partnered with a football stadium in Birmingham, UK to conduct a trial using FMDS technology to screen fans. The trial took place in March at Villa Park, the football grounds for Aston Villa Football Club. The stadium can hold over 42,000 people. The FMDS systems in the trial, Proscreen 900, were placed outside, where individuals were screened for large weapons before they even entered the football stadium, adding an extra layer of security. FMDS is highly accurate – there is no false alarm rate, because it is programmed to find only what security personnel need to find In the most basic terms, FMDS uses passive sensors that evaluate disturbances in the earth’s magnetic field made by something magnetic moving through its detection zone. Everything else is invisible to it; it doesn’t see people, clothing, backpacks, purses, etc. Nothing can be used to shield the threat, because FMDS doesn’t detect metallic mass; it detects a magnetic signature, down to a millionth of the earth’s magnetic field. It is also highly accurate – there is no false alarm rate, because it is programmed to find only what security personnel need to find (e.g., a weapon). Although it is a passive technology, it is more effective and reliable than using observational security methods to screen a perimeter, because the technology will never miss something the way a human would. Recognizing Moving Magnetic Signatures An important point is that the system only works on moving objects. This makes it immune to environmental conflicts such as rebar that would trip up conventional metal detectors and allowing people to be screened quickly and unobtrusively without stopping to divest their possessions as they walk toward a venue – up to 50 or 60 people a minute. FMDS does not need people to be organized into lines or groups; it simply detects a magnetic signature on anything that passes. It runs on batteries – there is no need for an electricity source, as with a walk-through detector – and can be placed on just about any form factor (a pole, a stand, etc.). This gives security personnel flexibility when deploying FMDS, allowing them to create a wide perimeter around a venue without worrying about portability or a power source. Screening can be as obvious or as concealed as personnel prefer for a particular situation, based on the form factor they select. FMDS simply gives the opportunity to add a layer of security where there currently is not an effective solution All of these combine into a solution that creates a way to close a gap in mass screenings at large events, by expanding the secure perimeter and creating a highly accurate way to detect weapons of mass casualty farther away from a critical asset and large crowds. It does not replace screening for smaller items necessarily, and all large venues should use a layered security solution that also deploys tactics like roving security guards, walk-through metal detectors and hand wands. FMDS simply gives the opportunity to add a layer of security where there currently is not an effective solution. Effective Mass Screening Solution Pessimists sometimes muse the world is getting more dangerous with each passing year, and that technology is at least partially responsible for both the breadth and depth of the increasingly creative ways bad guys harm people. But some technologies also are responsible for helping to fight against those threats and make the world safer, and FMDS is one of those. By providing a foolproof method of detecting weapons of mass casualty before terrorists get too close to an event venue, FMDS gives event security personnel a way to better protect large events, making them less dangerous and keeping people safe. Images source: Metrasens
With the recent tragic events in Florida, it’s evident that schools require more tools to help ensure their students’ safety. With that, school and municipal officials all over the country are looking for more advanced ways to combat gun violence. While there is no perfect solution for the myriad of threats and emergencies with which our schools are confronted, many have looked to technology to help improve communications before, during and after incidents. For schools across the state of Arkansas; Nassau County, New York; Snohomish County, Washington; New Castel County, Delaware; Limestone County, Alabama and scores of others, the answer was the implementation of technologies that connect school personnel directly with local police, fire and EMS, and designated individuals at the school. Communication tools have proven invaluable when a potential active shooter situation was being discussed on social media Key to these schools’ choice in technology was the recognition that while the most traumatic of threats is the active assailant, any technology investment should be just as effective in handling the more frequent day-to-day incidents. Communication Technologies For Incident Management How have technologies such as mobile panic buttons and anonymous texting helped impact school safety? Here are a few examples: In Limestone County, Alabama, 9-1-1 Director Brandon Wallace led an effort to implement technology tools across the county to help prevent and more quickly notify personnel of possible emergency situations. Communication tools have proven invaluable especially when a potential active shooter situation was being discussed on social media. Advanced Technology Integration The technology not only connected directly to emergency personnel, but also ensured that school faculty were able to communicate with one another during a potential emergency and account for students. Following the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the school superintendent Dr. Joseph V. Erardi, Jr. chose to make communication technology a part of their new safety plan. The integration of advanced technology has given staff and teachers a greater sense of safety with not only active shooter events but also events like medical emergencies that require fast action and a quick response from public safety officials. Trainings ensure that staff and students are prepared for any type of situation and be on the same page in an emergency situation Implementing Enhanced Safety Measures What are some lessons learned from these schools that can be applied to protect students in other areas? Here are some tips for implementing more safety measures into schools: Make sure your solution has a daily use. Unfortunately, many great technologies have sat unused when emergencies struck simply because those involved weren’t familiar with them or were under extreme duress and forgot about them. Training is an obvious necessity, but finding solutions with daily use cases (such as value in medical emergencies) can have a huge impact not only on ROI but also during an incident. Evaluate past incidents. Response during past incidents can always help future plans. Whether incidents have been handled well or have room for improvement, it’s important to continue to develop incident responses. For Limestone County, Alabama, the use of technology in their response plan was first tested during a medical emergency which helped to confirm the continued use within the school. Knowing the ease of use and responsiveness of emergency response tools, the county decided to build upon the technology already in place to help thwart future incidents. Train staff on the newest measures. Snohomish County, Washington holds trainings with teachers and staff, alongside local emergency personnel to prepare for active shooter incidents. Trainings ensure that staff and students can be prepared for any type of situation and be on the same page in the event of an emergency. Especially as new technology is introduced, integrating the tools with staff first will help ensure greater adoption throughout the process. Integrate practice drills. Fire drills are a common part of the school year; why not implement practicing other scenarios which may affect your school? Not only will this help with preparedness but will also highlight any measures that might need to be adjusted. New tools can then be tested to ensure that all staff and students are comfortable in the event they will need to utilize it in the future. Expand those involved in your drills to be those who will actually be involved in an incident. All too often, drills are siloed and don’t include outside agencies. Re-Evaluating Safety Procedures Schools across the country can learn a lot from districts that have implemented and actually used new communications technologies addressing school safety, which are leading the way in how teachers and faculty are preparing to keep students safe. However, it will remain important to re-evaluate safety procedures and integrate technology to help ensure that these steps remain effective. As the tools continue to advance, the available safety measures will only continue to grow.
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