LenelS2, a front-runner in advanced security systems and services, announced the integration of its OnGuard® and NetBox™ access control systems with Seek Thermal’s Seek Scan thermal imaging system. The new integration allows businesses to identify individuals with elevated skin temperature through a contactless solution and allow or deny entry based on this reading. Carrier Healthy Buildings Program The integrated solution joins the Carrier Healthy Buildings Program suite of offerings to help deliver healthier, safer, more efficient, and productive indoor environments. LenelS2 is a part of Carrier Global Corporation, a foremost provider of healthy, safe, and sustainable building, and cold chain solutions. Building safety during and beyond COVID-19 “Carrier’s Healthy Buildings Program provides solutions and services that support a safer, more confident return to buildings, whether that’s a school, office building, or a manufacturing plant,” said Ross McKay, General Manager, Global Video Solutions, LenelS2. “The Seek Scan system integration with LenelS2 access control systems will provide end-users with additional levels of convenience and control they need to help maximize building safety procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.” Design and performance The Seek Scan system delivers the same performance as a handheld infrared temporal thermometer As one of the most affordable thermal temperature screening solutions meeting FDA guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Seek Scan system is designed to automate body temperature screening. With accuracy readings within a fraction of a degree, the Seek Scan system delivers the same performance as a handheld infrared temporal thermometer, but it is automated from a safe social distance. Through its application programming interface (API), the Seek Scan system is accessible anywhere on a network, enabling integrators and business owners to access and manage the system. Strategic collaboration “As we strive to help reopen offices and other gathering spaces, daily temperature scanning is one important aspect of a comprehensive strategy to help ensure healthier environments,” said Mike Muench, CEO and President, Seek Thermal. “As the demand for thermal screening and integrated API solutions grows, our strategic collaboration with LenelS2 will help deliver this affordable system to a myriad of businesses and organizations.”
CaleyLock Edinburgh was established in 1973 and is one of the longest established locksmiths in Edinburgh – the current owners took it over in 2011 and moved into their brand-new purpose-built premises in December 2017. CaleyLock installs and commissions as well as builds cylinders and padlocks in-house and their main customers belong to utilities, commercial, high-end residential, banking, local authorities and leisure sectors. When preparing to move to their new premises, they needed a security solution which would not only secure their premises, but also enable them to create a Showroom for customers – this is where CLIQ from Abloy came in. CaleyLock worked together with Abloy UK to install CLIQ throughout their premises to secure a number of external and internal doors. A key benefit that CaleyLock have gained from the installation of CLIQ is the ability to change access rights for employees CLIQ Monitoring & Access Solutions A key benefit that CaleyLock have gained from the installation of CLIQ is the ability to change access rights for people including employees, and monitor the access to restricted areas. The owners also now have peace of mind that nobody can access unauthorized areas outside of work hours and lost or stolen keys can easily be deleted from the system. CaleyLock are also delighted to now have a CLIQ Showroom to be able to demonstrate PROTEC2 CLIQ from Abloy to customers and end-users in a real-life working environment, which has proven to be efficient in displaying the benefits that CLIQ can bring to any organization, big or small. Ross McKay, Director of CaleyLock Edinburgh said of the installation “We find CLIQ is working really well for us, as our new premises are purpose built – there were no locks installed initially so this has been a great upgrade to the security. As part of the system, we also have a low energy Bluetooth key which is ideal for people working in remote areas as we can see from the audit trail who has accessed specific sites, and when.”
As the dust settles after ASIS 2017 in Dallas, most agree it was a good show. It was different in some respects from previous shows, but several of the changes seemed to work well. Launching the exhibition on Tuesday instead of Monday was a big hit, and who could fault the idea of happy hour drinks on the show floor? Attendance may not have broken records, but end user VIPs were among the crowd, and foot traffic held up fairly well, even on the final, shortened day. STANLEY Security Virtual Reality Experience What the show lacked in big, new product announcements, it made up for in an abundance of industry buzzwords, such as virtual reality, Internet of Things, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence. Virtual reality (VR) is among the “enhanced” security solutions highlighted by Stanley Security at its ASIS booth. The interactive “virtual reality experience” provides training for critical response situations, such as active shooter, security assessment and suspicious behavior, and fire safety. The trainee wears VR goggles and holds two controller wands to “teleport” and to interact with elements within the environment, which can be customized to an end-user’s specific site. The system provides realistic training scenarios to improve decision-making and reduce human error – I tried it out and managed to escape a fire. Stanley is partnering with HTX Labs to provide the system, previewed at ASIS 2017 and available in three to six months. Another theme at the Stanley Security booth was an emphasis on internet of things (IoT) management and monitoring, specifically a system that monitors a system’s health and event status at a very deep level. Continuous automated oversight of a customer’s system reduces downtime, enhances safety, lowers costs, and delivers automated proof of compliance to standards. The system analyses and monitors performance on a constant basis and is customizable. Stanley partners with Viakoo to provide the cloud-based system. Cybersecurity Challenge Cybersecurity was emphasized at many ASIS booths, reflecting growing concerns in the industry and a realisation that cybersecurity is a shared challenge among manufacturers, integrators and end users. An example was the CyberVigilant system from IndigoVision, which monitors an IP video network and picks up anomalies that point to cybersecurity risks. The patented system combines IndigoVision’s IP expertise with specific knowledge of a site’s cameras, NVRs and workstations. It can detect anomalies such as unauthorized configuration access attempts, network reconnaissance/scans, device access from unauthorized clients, shell access, use of unauthorized DNS, NTP and SMTP servers; and denial of service (DoS) attacks. The interactive “virtual reality experience” provides training for critical response situations CyberVigilant is incorporated into IndigoVision’s new Control Center 15.0 software release, which also includes Control Center Mobile and artificial intelligence powered by BriefCam. Potential Impact Of Deep Learning And AI Software improvements were also a theme, including, for example, Open Options’ release of Version 7 of its DNA Fusion “flagship” access control software, which embraces an open platform using Mercury access control panels. The system integrates with more than 30 technology partners (to date), including manufacturers of intelligent locks, video management systems, critical communications, elevator systems, and other solutions. Features include an updated user interface, and operation reminiscent of the familiar Microsoft look and feel. A differentiator is a “drag-and-drop” capability, allowing customers to “drag” an access level and associate it with an individual cardholder or a group. The potential impact of deep learning and artificial intelligence (AI) is just now working its way through the market. Video companies like IDIS are evaluating AI and developing systems to implement it, likely in the next few months (in time for ISC West?) “We want to make sure our AI-based video analytics meet the needs of the market,” says Josh Keaton, IDIS America regional sales manager. He says much of the early implementations of AI are aimed at showcasing a company’s capabilities rather than solving real-world problems. IDIS’ Deep Learning Analytics (IDLA) engine, still being developed, is built on 2.6 million images of people, buses, and vehicles, and the company will seek to double that number going forward and to broaden the categories. “The founders of IDIS have a background in video analytics and AI, so we are committed that when our AI hits the market, it will serve the real world,” says Keaton. “The idea of deep learning is that you can look at a scene and natively understand how the pattern has changed,” he adds. “You can’t categorize everything; the camera has to learn.” Transport, Enterprise And Smart Cities Some of the companies seeking to leverage the power of the ASIS show did not have booths on the show floor. Some players, such as VidSys, met with end users and integrators in meeting rooms in the adjacent Omni hotel. (VidSys was also a partner in the Motorola booth.) “It’s the largest turnout we have ever had,” said Neil Chung, VidSys vice president, systems and solutions engineering. IDIS’ Deep Learning Analytics (IDLA) engine contributed to the high profile of artificial intelligence (AI) at the show The converged security and information management (CSIM) company was highlighting a suite of video and big data analytics capabilities added to their system through a partnership with Micro Focus. The AI system works “in the background” to characterize and filter out anomalies (false positives) to alert customers only to situations that require attention. VidSys focuses on large transportation, commercial campus/enterprise customers, and smart cities, where they interface with a variety of sensors. “The most excitement is over our social media integration and how external events can affect their business,” says Chung. In addition to security and other internal systems, VidSys can monitor outside sources, such as RSS and Twitter feeds through technology partners such as DataMiner. “If an event happens near a customer facility, we can use our business rules to notify them. People are realising that there’s more information outside the systems that they control, and they want to start taking advantage of it.” The Move To Road Shows Another company not exhibiting at ASIS 2017 was Lenel Systems International, which is redirecting the marketing funds from exhibiting at ASIS to a series of “road shows” to spread the word about what’s new with the company. I caught up with Ross McKay, Lenel’s Global Director of Product Management, who provided an update. Lenel’s new OnGuard release (v7.4) is coming in December, including a thin client monitoring app, the newest element in a trend toward operating OnGuard through mobile devices. “We are at a tipping point,” says McKay. “Customers can do the job without being behind a desktop. Guards can do their jobs while mobile.” The concept of a centralized control center is being questioned, and security operations are becoming more decentralized and device-independent. “The thick client is dying,” he says. “They will coexist for the immediate future.” OnGuard v7.4 The next release of OnGuard will also proactively support customers’ move to the cloud. Customers want to be able to put physical security servers in the cloud (such as Microsoft Azure). “The thin client and the cloud story – the webisation and the cloudisation of OnGuard -- go hand-in-hand,” says McKay. The changes are driving adoption of OnGuard into a lower tier of customers (small- and medium-sized businesses), although the enterprise will continue to be Lenel’s main market. A full SAAS solution is forthcoming in April 2018.) Lenel will also be releasing a new version of the Blue Diamond mobile app, which leverages Bluetooth technology to enable a mobile phone to serve as an access control credential. The new version will enable favorites, allow nicknaming of doors, and quick-connect to favorite doors to simplify operation. Despite the shift in marketing approach, McKay says Lenel continues to be a big supporter of the ASIS show. “ASIS is alive and healthy and will continue to be vibrant, continuing to reinvent itself,” he says. Attendees at this year’s show would likely agree.
The OnGuard 7.3 platform delivers on convenience with support for the new Lenel BlueDiamond mobile ecosystem Lenel, a provider of advanced security systems, introduces the OnGuard 7.3 security management platform. This latest release of the proven OnGuard system is web- and mobile-ready, adding performance, convenience and operational efficiency. Lenel is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. The OnGuard 7.3 platform delivers on convenience with support for the new Lenel BlueDiamond mobile ecosystem, which allows smart devices to be used as secure credentials. This provides a secure way to eliminate the cost and security concerns with plastic badges. To offer added choice, multi-technology readers with a Bluetooth low energy module and a secure Cloud server are also supported, as are third-party mobile credentials. Enhanced Flexibility “New enhancements like additional web-based apps and native support for mobile credential issuance make this Lenel’s most flexible and integrated solution to date,” says Ross McKay, director product management, Lenel. “New enhancements like additional web-based apps and native support for mobile credential issuance make this Lenel’s most flexible and integrated solution to date” The new OnGuard credentials module, a web-based cardholder, credential and access rights management application, offers enhanced efficiency by allowing users to access the OnGuard security management system without the need for client software installation or upgrades. This latest release also supports the new Lenel console, a web-based application that ties core, web-based and third-party components of the system into one unified launch pad for improved performance. OnGuard 7.3 Highlights Other highlights of OnGuard 7.3 include: New hardware offering InfoGraphics and Software House iSTAR Pro paths to OnGuard migration, in addition to existing CASI and Honeywell solutions A BACnet interface allowing an information exchange between the OnGuard system and many building automation systems to help reduce costs and improve operational efficiency Integrated authentication of FIPS-201credentials Value Added Resellers (VARs) and end users will also benefit from Lenel’s newly released OpenAccess API, providing developers an expanding web-services interface to the OnGuard security management system. “The OnGuard 7.3 platform maximizes its open-architecture design allowing Lenel to continue adding and enhancing features that benefit our VARs and end users,” says McKay.
No doubt about it, the ASIS International show is smaller than in years past. And there is (the usual) grumbling about slow attendee traffic (and the also predictable counter-arguments about “the quality of the leads.”) Some of the security and safety technology being featured was introduced earlier at ISC West, but there is still plenty to see in the exhibit hall. Growth Of Mobile Credentials Mobile credentials are a hot topic again, and Lenel has joined the growing number of companies supplying a mobile credentialing system to the market. Lenel’s Blue Diamond mobile credentials are based on technology developed by United Technologies sister company Supra. The use of a cell phone (by Supra) to open a real estate key box has already been adapted to the hospitality industry (with a deployment at Hilton Hotels), and now as an access control credential, part of Lenel’s OnGuard Version 7.3 release for the commercial and industrial security market. The components of the system are a Bluetooth reader, a virtual credential provided through a smart phone app, a cloud-based credentialing portal, and integration with the latest version of OnGuard. Offering a full solution is simpler to implement, and Lenel even has an “in-line” Bluetooth reader that can be used to add Bluetooth capabilities to existing systems. It’s just one aspect of the OnGuard 7.3 release that also is “reinventing the OnGuard experience,” according to Ross McKay, Lenel Systems International’s Director of Project Management. Future Adoption Mobile credentials are big talk at ASIS, but how long before they will be widely used? Estimates are all over the map, but research firm IMS has projected the percentage adoption of mobile credentialing at 19 percent by 2020 (according to McKay of Lenel). "Our industry is slow to adopt, but if you show mobile credentialing to end users, they get it immediately, anything you can give them on a phone, they will use" But Steve Van Till, president and CEO of Brivo, which launched its mobile credentialing system at last year’s ASIS, sees a range of possibilities in terms of adoption. Witnessing the fast adoption of smart phones as alternatives to perform a large number of daily tasks, some say mass adoption could only be a couple of years away. On the other hand, in our market, a lot of people are still using proximity cards (despite introductions of superior alternatives over the years). That legacy argues for slow adoption indeed. “Our industry is slow to adopt, but if you show mobile credentialing to end users, they get it immediately,” says Van Till. “Anything you can give them on a phone, they will use.” Because ASIS is an end user show, exhibitors tend to reflect on the changing dynamic of selling to end users. Changing Purchasing Dynamics How end users buy products may be changing -- obviously the IT department is having a greater influence than ever before. But what hasn’t changed is the importance of creating a system that will keep end users satisfied as they use it day-to-day for years after the installation is complete. IT may be yielding more influence, but at the end of the day, it’s the security customers -- the attendees at ASIS -- who must be satisfied. “While the IT infrastructure and personnel are involved in how decisions are made, security personnel are still heavily involved,” says Sharad Shekhar, CEO of Pelco by Schneider Electric. “On a day-to-day operations level, it’s the security user who either truly benefits or gets truly hurt by the product. We face IT challenges up front, but the day-to-day utility of our products in the market is judged by the security people, not the IT people.” Shekhar says feedback from those day-to-day end users is one factor that makes a show like ASIS so important. “We need to get continuous feedback to guide our future product development,” says Shekhar. “The type of people who do security -- they like stability. They like certainty because it’s the nature of the business. They want to apply solutions that have been vetted, that are proven. Customers can’t afford to make a mistake.” "The type of people who do security - they like stability. They like certainty because it’s the nature of the business" At ASIS, Pelco is showing its VideoXpert open video management system (VMS) platform, integrated with the Optera multi-sensor panoramic camera. The ability of the VMS to display a seamless multi-sensor image is getting good feedback from customers. Pelco’s core strategy is to focus on four major verticals -- gaming, city surveillance, oil and gas, and ports. They devote a range of resources to each of the major verticals, including multi-functional teams including research and development, engineering, product support and marketing personnel. A fifth core vertical in the United States is corrections, and Pelco also sells in secondary verticals such as education, healthcare, etc., although they are focusing more on the core verticals. Education And Training Education is an important aspect of the ASIS show, there are rooms and rooms of educational sessions on a range of topics going on concurrently with the trade show. But education is also happening on the show floor, often in the form of presentations from vendors in theater-like areas of their booths. Promise Technology, a manufacturer of storage systems, is a first-time ASIS exhibitor that is providing educational sessions in their presentation theater in cooperation with VMS partners. “There is a lot of information in education and training,” says John van den Elzen, Managing Director, Worldwide Surveillance Business Unit, Promise Technology. “End users like to know how a solution is working. They don’t want to hassle with it if it doesn’t work. We qualify all the VMS vendors before the product comes to market. We know it works. We have a good relationship with the VMS vendors and work together if there is a problem -- no finger-pointing.” Promise provides RAID storage systems that are specifically targeted to the security market, and promote the products using security terms rather than IT terms. And they listen to feedback, whether at a trade show or at the many education events they have held globally to growing numbers of attendees. “This is very successful,” says van den Elzen. “People have a lack of knowledge and we look to fill in that gap.” There’s more knowledge to be had, and more exhibitors to visit in the second day of ASIS.
On-Net Surveillance Systems, Inc. (OnSSI) has received factory certification from Lenel under the Lenel OpenAccess Alliance Program. OnSSI’s Ocularis version 5.1 video management software (VMS) now interfaces with the latest versions of Lenel OnGuard 2013 SP2 and OnGuard 7.0 SP1 to enable seamless functionality between the systems. This certification expands on OnSSI’s previous interface with the OnGuard system and Ocularis, providing customers a more comprehensive and effective physical security system option. Strengthening Relations “OnSSI has completed required factory testing at Lenel to validate the functionality of its interface to the OnGuard 2013 and OnGuard 7.0 systems. This certification strengthens the existing relationship between these two technologies, allowing management of multiple cameras and event handling through the OnGuard system,” said Ross McKay, Director of Product Management, Lenel. “We look forward to OnSSI’s continued involvement in the Lenel OpenAccess Alliance Program.” “Achieving Lenel certification for Ocularis ensures seamless interaction between the latest versions of Ocularis and Lenel’s OnGuard platform to deliver a comprehensive video security and access control solution,” said Mulli Diamant, VP of International Business Development, OnSSI. “As Ocularis and the OnGuard system are updated, we will continue to work with Lenel to ensure that users can continue to take advantage of the strengths of both solutions.” Ocularis VMS OnSSI’s Ocularis offers comprehensive video surveillance and access control event management for streaming, recording and managing an unlimited number of cameras per system with PSIM functionality. Ocularis’ work flow provides a collaborative environment in which video and alerts from across the organization are organized into meaningful events for efficient shared handling and documentation. Ocularis is offered in three levels: Professional, designed for organizations operating multiple locations with small- to mid-sized camera counts; Enterprise, built for a wide range of mid to large IT-centric organizations; and Ultimate, created for large organizations with extended command and control needs and recording server failover.
Lenel Systems International announced the release of OnGuard® 7.0 – the next generation of its leading security management platform with a host of feature enhancements including faster and improved enterprise cardholder replication performance, new features and certifications for end users, and added integrations with other leading third-party and UTC Building & Industrial Systems brands. Lenel is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. “We listened to our value-added resellers (VARs) and end customers and incorporated many of their ideas into this significant new release to make our industry-leading OnGuard platform even better,” said Ross McKay, director, product management, integrated solutions & advanced services, Lenel. Delivers Near-Time Cardholder Replication As a result of a new service-oriented architecture (SOA), the Lenel OnGuard 7.0 platform now delivers near-time cardholder replication, providing a significant increase in speed that will directly benefit the largest and most globally distributed users. Cardholder updates are automatically delivered to their target within seconds of changes being made. Enhancements for the U.S. government segment include support for IPv6 on both Lenel Access and Security Series hardware platforms; extended user ID, which allows support for large-format government IDs such as FASC-N/UUID; and integration with HID Global's pivCLASS® Government Solutions to provide “authentication at the door” for government credentials. IPv6 Functionality Beneficial For Customers In Europe, Middle East & Africa Additionally, 7.0 certification for FICAM FIPS-201 is planned to be available shortly after release (FICAM certification is already available with OnGuard 6.6). The IPv6 functionality is also beneficial for customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, while the other added features are only applicable for the US market. The OnGuard 7.0 platform has further been enhanced with the addition of new and improved integrations with UTC Building & Industrial Systems product lines that include the Edwards® EST3 life safety control platform, TruVision® digital video recorders and network video recorders – supporting the TVR 11, TVR 41 and TVR 60 DVRs and the TVN 20, TVN 21 and TVN 50 NVRs –– and Otis Elevator Company’s CompassPlus™ destination management system controls. OnGuard’s video platform, LNVR 7.1, also incorporates a number of new and integrated features requested by VARs and end users. Other new features in OnGuard 7.0 include: Archiving to a secondary database Improved monitoring usability and FIFO alarm handling Alarm acknowledgement instruction hyperlinks Updated support of Casi firmware and hardware migration options Interface capability for ASSA ABLOY Aperio® wireless locks Integration with Allegion Schlage AD-400 Wireless and AD-300 Hardwired Locks Compatibility with EDGE EVO® from HID Global's Network Access Control Solutions Strong Video Interface With Support For More Than 350 Third-Party Cameras OnGuard users continue to benefit from a feature-rich solution that includes Web-based applications, a strong video interface with support for more than 350 third-party cameras, and Lenel’s Open Access Alliance Program with more than 120 partners and 200 product interfaces. The open-architecture design seamlessly integrates a full suite of security management technologies designed for each user’s specific needs – from a small four-door business to a globally dispersed enterprise. “The OnGuard 7.0 platform has been field-tested and is proven to meet the demands of VARs and large system users,” McKay said. “For customers still using earlier versions of OnGuard, upgrading to 7.0 brings many new features and benefits – in addition to enhancements made in the last two service pack releases in 2014.” OnGuard 7.0 is available now through Lenel value added resellers throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Lenel Systems International recently announced the release of OnGuard® 7.0 – the next generation of its leading security management platform with a host of feature enhancements including faster and improved enterprise cardholder replication performance, new features and certifications for end users, and added integrations with other leading third-party and UTC Building & Industrial Systems brands. Lenel is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. “We listened to our value-added resellers (VARs) and end customers and incorporated many of their ideas into this significant new release to make our industry-leading OnGuard platform even better,” said Ross McKay, director product management, integrated solutions & advanced services, Lenel. As a result of a new service-oriented architecture (SOA), the Lenel OnGuard 7.0 platform now delivers near-time cardholder replication, providing a significant increase in speed that will directly benefit the largest and most globally distributed users. Cardholder updates are automatically delivered to their target within seconds of changes being made. Enhancements for the U.S. government segment include support for IPv6 on both Lenel Access and Security Series hardware platforms; extended user ID, which allows support for large-format government IDs such as FASC-N/UUID; and integration with HID Global's pivCLASS® Government Solutions to provide “authentication at the door” for government credentials. Additionally, 7.0 certification for FICAM FIPS-201 is planned to be available shortly after release (FICAM certification is already available with OnGuard 6.6). The OnGuard 7.0 platform has further been enhanced with the addition of new and improved integrations with UTC Building & Industrial Systems product lines that include the Edwards® EST3 life safety control platform, Interlogix TruVision® digital video recorders and network video recorders – supporting the TVR 11, TVR 41 and TVR 60 DVRs and the TVN 20, TVN 21 and TVN 50 NVRs – and Otis Elevator Company’s CompassPlus™ destination management system controls. OnGuard’s video platform, LNVR 7.1, also incorporates a number of new and integrated features requested by VARs and end users via Lenel’s firstname.lastname@example.org website. Other new features in OnGuard 7.0 include: Archiving to a secondary database Improved monitoring usability and FIFO alarm handling Alarm acknowledgement instruction hyperlinks Updated support of Casi firmware and hardware migration options Interface capability for ASSA ABLOY Aperio® wireless locks Integration with Allegion Schlage AD-400 Wireless and AD-300 Hardwired Locks Compatibility with EDGE EVO® from HID Global's Network Access Control Solutions OnGuard users continue to benefit from a feature-rich solution that includes Web-based applications, a strong video interface with support for more than 350 third-party cameras, and Lenel’s Open Access Alliance Program with more than 120 partners and 200 product interfaces. The open-architecture design seamlessly integrates a full suite of security management technologies designed for each user’s specific needs — from a small four-door business to a globally dispersed enterprise. “The OnGuard 7.0 platform has been field-tested and is proven to meet the demands of VARs and large system users,” McKay said. “For customers still using earlier versions of OnGuard, upgrading to 7.0 brings many new features and benefits – in addition to enhancements made in the last two service pack releases in 2014.” OnGuard 7.0 is available now through Lenel VARs throughout the Americas.
Lenel Systems International recently announced the integration of its industry-leading OnGuard security management platform with products made by three UTC Building & Industrial Systems brands, bringing enhanced capabilities and ease-of-use to customers. The OnGuard platform now integrates with Otis Elevator Company’s CompassPlus™ building destination management system, the Edwards® EST3 integration life safety systems and Interlogix® TruVision® video recorders. Lenel, Otis, Edwards and Interlogix are parts of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. “Integrating these products with OnGuard allows for centralized, seamless management of critical security and building management features from one unified platform,” said Ross McKay, director product management, integrated solutions & advanced services, Lenel. The OnGuard platform’s new virtual panel integration with the Otis CompassPlus system offers secure elevator bank access – facilitating orderly traffic flow, identifying cardholders requesting elevators, and automatically defining the floor or floors accessible to each person. The CompassPlus system improves service by directing passengers to assigned cars. The integration provides security through validation of credentials and secures floor access based on the occupant’s privileges provided by Lenel OnGuard with no additional access hardware required. CompassPlus access control features can restrict elevator travel between designated floors, or even separate passengers traveling to different secured floors, by directing them to different elevators. The integration also allows centralized OnGuard monitoring and provides an audit trail for all transactions, including the status of Otis controllers and terminal modes and events in the Lenel OnGuard display. “Lenel continues to invest in OnGuard platform integrations to deliver more value to a broad base of customers,” McKay said. The Edwards EST3 platform integration will provide added life safety capabilities, including secondary annunciation from fire panels and the ability to link fire alarm points to video, provide dynamic map displays, and trigger mustering so occupants are safely accounted for. Associating video — as with the Interlogix TruVision integration — with destination management systems and life safety control platforms significantly enhances monitoring and decision-making. The integration of several TruVision recorders from Interlogix expands the portfolio of video options for Lenel customers. The nine IP, analog and hybrid recorders are built on a reliable embedded Linux operating system and offer broad camera support including Interlogix and third-party IP cameras.
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