Managing keys and high value assets can now be used seamlessly within centralized management platforms, following the integration of Maxxess eFusion with Traka from ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions, globally renowned provider of intelligent management solutions for keys and equipment. Traka solutions “With Traka solutions globally deployed in many market sectors such as critical infrastructure, retail, logistics, hospitality and corporate environments - and increasingly integrated with access...
The physical security industry is moving fast. Evolving risks, new technologies and business changes all converged and had a profound impact on the industry in 2019. Looking back at our top articles of the year – as measured by those that received the most “clicks” at our website – provides a decent summary of how the industry evolved this year. Timely and important issues in the security marketplace dominated our list of most-clicked-upon articles in 2019. In the world o...
Two of the most familiar names in the physical security market – Pelco and Panasonic – underwent ownership changes during 2019. Consolidation continued on multiple other fronts. Security service companies, video companies and access control companies were all among the entities involved in merger and acquisition (M&A) activity during the last 12 months. In short, the industry landscape continues to transform in response to a changing market. Here's a look at the Top 10 M&A s...
NAPCO Security Technologies introduces a new optional dealer tool for its cellular communicator line. New StarLink Signal Strength Tester enables dealers to quickly perform a site survey test of the protected premises to identify the optimum installation and mounting location for any StarLink Cellular Communicator, using an easy visual LED signal strength indicator. The tester includes a desktop stand and built-in rechargeable power pack with plug-in AC transformer. Models are available in blac...
LenelS2, a provider of advanced security systems, introduces OnGuard version 7.6, its latest enterprise security management system that offers rich feature and operability enhancements to its access control platform, while also extending its cloud compatibility, integration capabilities and convenience. LenelS2 is a part of Carrier, a global provider of innovative heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. “With th...
The tickets for INTERSCHUTZ 2020, which runs from 15 to 20 June 2020 in Hannover, are available as an electronic, cellphone or wallet ticket. A one-day ticket costs 20 euros if purchased in advance – significantly cheaper than buying a ticket at the box office on the day, when it will cost 25 euros. There is a concessionary rate of 15 euros for schoolchildren and students. A full-event ticket, valid for all six days of the show, is also cheaper if purchased in advance – 45 eur...
Konica Minolta is making the next big advance in intelligent video technology by launching the MOBOTIX 7 smart solution platform and the M73 IoT camera that uses it. The latest generation of MOBOTIX video cameras offers a whole new set of functions plus application solutions based on deep learning, opening up new possibilities far beyond traditional video security. The M73 comes with more than 15 apps integrated into its camera software, which can be used to optimize business processes in practically any industry. Integrated facial recognition MOBOTIX 7 is the by far powerful and decentralized and secure modular IoT video system" "MOBOTIX 7 is the by far powerful and decentralized and secure modular IoT video system based on ‘Made in Germany’ and Deep Learning modules, jointly developed with Konica Minolta" explains Gary Fletcher-Moore, Head of Sales – Intelligent Video Solutions, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Limited. "With the MOBOTIX 7 platform and its new range of intelligent apps we will revolutionize numerous IoT processes for our customers." By combining image sensors and environmental sensors with AI-based analytics, industrial enterprises can increase their production efficiency and improve preventive maintenance or fire prevention measures. For transport applications, the integrated facial recognition, traffic monitoring and object recognition capabilities ensure that drivers are immediately aware of hazards, thus improving road safety for drivers, passengers and other road users. High-Quality professional market The new MOBOTIX M73 IoT camera features high-octane processor technology, meaning it easily provides the latest state of the art in camera performance, such as 4K resolution at 30 fps or 120 dB WDR (Wide Dynamic Range). Only high-quality professional market and partner solutions are integrated In keeping with current demands, the camera is also highly energy efficient: despite a total power consumption of less than 25 watts (PoE+), each M73 is a complete video system that features 8-GB DVR as standard — so no additional servers or storage devices are required. The pre-installed apps come with a 30-day free trial, after which users can purchase a license for each app as required. Only high-quality professional market and partner solutions are integrated, all of which have been tested and certified by MOBOTIX as meeting the highest standards in terms of quality and cyber security. Intelligent video monitoring This opens up countless applications for use — for example, one of the MOBOTIX camera apps can detect when a building is in danger of becoming overcrowded. In this case, the camera immediately and automatically triggers a diversion for any further persons wishing to enter the building, thus reliably preventing accidents and panic. There are no limits to the applications the camera can be used for There are no limits to the applications the camera can be used for, and the solution platform is particularly suitable for sectors such as building engineering, energy, civil engineering, industry and production, public services, retail, healthcare, and education. The examples given above show that intelligent video monitoring means much more than simply recording footage and analyzing it. Highest level of cybersecurity Together with MOBOTIX, Konica Minolta aims to develop a multitude of other solutions based on artificial intelligence to help predict events and facilitate the early introduction of effective countermeasures aimed at protecting the environment, buildings, systems, people or animals. The MOBOTIX 7 and M73 provide apps with functions such as the ability to recognize faces, characteristics, age, mood or sex, as well as specialized custom solutions. "MOBOTIX 7 meets the requirements of a wide range of industries, including transport, retail, industry and public services, as well as fire prevention," says Gary Fletcher-Moore, adding: "The MOBOTIX systems had to have the highest level of cybersecurity in order to be released on the market in accordance with global standards such as ONVIF."
Matrix is gearing up for participation in the 13th edition of The International Fire & Security Exhibition and Conference (IFSEC) India. The company will be demonstrating their latest Time-Attendance and Access Control device COSEC ARGO along with People Mobility Management and Video Surveillance solutions. At the event, Matrix will be showcasing COSEC ARGO, their performance, design and engineering wonder, equipped with an enhanced IPS LCD touchscreen for a visually splendid experience. The addition of Gorilla glass ensures enhanced toughness. This device has higher processing speed, wall and flush mounting options, and increased fingerprint and event storage capacity. It is specifically designed for serious Time-Attendance and Access Control applications. Standalone Access Control solution Their enterprise grade IP Cameras – NETRA will also be exhibited at the event. Furthermore, this device offers connectivity options like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, PoE, and USB. Last but not the least, IP65 and IK08 certifications make it suitable for challenging and outdoor installations. Our solution experts will be demonstrating the Standalone Access Control solution and exhibiting the Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance system as well. They will also elaborate their cloud based Time-Attendance solution. Matrix Video Surveillance solution experts will be talking about the company’s Parking Management solution, which is known to easily solve parking woes faced by organizations. Their enterprise grade IP Cameras – NETRA will also be exhibited at the event. NVRX - PARAM, Matrix’s Network Video Recorders, and SAMAS - Video Management System will be highlighted at the event too. Advanced Security solutions “IFSEC is South Asia’s largest security, civil protection and fire safety show, which in turn provides us with a platform to expand our ties with industry experts and system integrators. The event also serves as a great stage for highlighting our well-engineered solutions. We aim to use this opportunity to expand our network and spread the word about our technologically advanced Security solutions,” commented Vihar Soni, Marketing Manager, Matrix Comsec.
Dortronics, a pioneer in electric locking hardware and controls for the security industry, is showcasing several access control solutions at ISC East (Booth 447), November 20-21 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Dortronics will highlight the capabilities of its 4800 series interlock door controller, waterproof pushbuttons, and electric strikes that can accommodate a wide range of applications and markets and can solve multiple security challenges. Operating door interlock and mantrap systems Unlocking or opening one door automatically secures other designated doors within the Interlock The Dortronics Interlock (4800 series) controller is a cost-effective method for operating door interlock and mantrap systems of up to five doors, specifically for applications like cleanrooms, back areas for casinos and prisons, in addition to retail, healthcare, and professional buildings to help improve overall safety and security. The 4800 Series Door is user programmable and can be field configured. It allows for designated doors to be unlocked or open at any time. Unlocking or opening one door automatically secures other designated doors within the Interlock. Additional features include a watchdog circuit to monitor operation, LED input/output status indication and voltage spike/surge protection. Providing end users with customized solutions Dortronics Waterproof Pushbuttons (models 5276 and 5277) have been specifically designed and manufactured to withstand harsh environments. The solutions feature LED illumination, large lockdown & panic buttons, key reset operation, momentary action, pneumatic time delay, adjustable time delay, waterproof & wash-down rated units, narrow, single and dual gang plate configurations with off the shelf or custom engraving and finishes. Model 5276 is guarded and waterproof, while model 5277 is touch sensitive and weather proof. “From our interlocking and mantrap solutions to our door control products, we can provide end users and integrators with customized solutions that can solve multiple needs,” said Bryan Sanderford, National Sales Manager, Dortronics Systems, Inc. “We look forward to showcasing each product’s numerous capabilities to ISC East 2019 attendees.”
Qognify, the trusted advisor and provider of physical security and enterprise incident management software solutions will be present at Intersec 2020. The company will demonstrate the latest version of its state-of-the-art video management system, Cayuga as well as its newly released, web-based central management platform, Umbrella. Focusing on the outcomes of customers that place a premium on physical security, safety and operations, both products enable organizations especially in the logistics and retail sector to increase security and process transparency and derive valuable business insights. Cayuga (R14) video management system Qognify will showcase the current version of Cayuga (R14) and the new Umbrella software on booth SA-C41 at Intersec 2020, which takes place from 19 – 21 January 2020, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center, Dubai, UAE. The company will once again be joined by its representative in the region, Electronic Design. The presentation at Intersec will highlight new trends in security management and how Qognify’s portfolio of premium solutions provides a central hub, from which all company-wide security-related systems can be managed. Enhanced cyber security Being developed at Qognify’s technology hub in Bruchsal, Germany, Cayuga R14 was launched earlier this year, bringing to market a professional next-generation VMS that not only supports more than 5,000 different devices from more than 80 different hardware manufacturers, but also provides cyber security for the growing number of IP video surveillance systems in use. Intersec 2020 is the ideal place for Qognify to demonstrate its latest innovations to end customers, partners" It builds the basis for Umbrella, a ground-breaking platform that can be deployed securely in the cloud or on-premise to enable centralized system monitoring, administration and license management for distributed Cayuga video systems. Intersec 2020 Kaj Svenningson, Director of Sales for the Middle East and Africa at Qognify, explains, “Qognify is one of the most renowned VMS providers and has been developing solutions for more than 20 years. Cayuga – and recently also Umbrella – have attracted a lot of attention from organizations operating in a wide range of sectors throughout the Middle East, most notably in logistics and retail.” Svenningson adds, “As one of the world’s largest trade fairs for security, safety and fire protection, Intersec 2020 is the ideal place for Qognify to demonstrate its latest innovations to end customers, partners and interested parties in the region.”
ADT Commercial is expanding its presence in Atlanta with the purchase of Critical Systems. Headquartered in Marietta, Georgia and established in 2002, Critical Systems specializes in enterprise-class fire alarm, fire suppression, life safety and integrated building security solutions for high-rise properties, healthcare campuses and mission-critical data, manufacturing and distribution facilities in Atlanta and its suburbs. “Critical Systems brings the power of nearly two decades of experience integrating sophisticated fire, life safety and security systems to help protect some of Atlanta’s most high-risk commercial facilities and will be instrumental in helping drive our commercial growth platform across the Southeast,” said Executive Vice President, ADT Commercial, Dan Bresingham. Emergency communications systems “The addition of Critical Systems to our team deepens the range of services we can offer customers in Atlanta and the region whether providing fail-safe emergency communications systems in high-rise buildings or special hazard fire suppression at data centers, Critical Systems has the distinctive and specialized skills and service mindset to deliver peace of mind to commercial customers,” said Senior Vice President Field Operations, ADT Commercial, Michael McWilliams. President of Critical Systems Bill Van Loan is enthusiastic about the additional resources and reach that aligning with ADT Commercial can provide to customers. “Combining the professionalism and know-how of our well-trained technicians with the backing of ADT Commercial reinforces our commitment to customers especially for large, complex systems or multi-site projects,” said Van Loan.
IFSEC, representing the world’s largest and most successful series of integrated security events, is expanding into the Egyptian market with the launch of IFSEC Egypt. This event will be held in Cairo’s EIEC on 4-6 November 2020 and will be held alongside fire safety show FIREX Egypt, which takes place for the first time on 3-5 November 2019, and the long-established power and energy event Electricx. IFSEC Egypt introduces the successful IFSEC brand to a large and growing market, providing security and fire manufacturers with a new opportunity to access engaged buyers from across North Africa. Opportunities for the security sector are increasing within this market, which is complemented by the rapid growth of Egypt’s oil and gas industry, adding a further dimension to the event. Program of urban redevelopment Infrastructure – in particular urban transport – has been the focus of government investment Egypt is the ideal choice for this extension of the IFSEC brand. The country is the third-largest projects market in the MENA region – after Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – and its central location at a crossroads between Europe, Asia and Africa make it an ideal entry point for regional and international firms. Currently there are around USD 17.4 billion worth of power projects and USD 57.4 billion worth of transport projects in the Egyptian construction pipeline – a total projects market worth USD 395.7 billion. Egypt is set to continue this expansion with more construction projects. A 2017 report by HSBC stated the market would witness a 95% increase in cash-led construction spending over the course of the year. In addition, The Greater Cairo area is currently undergoing a significant transformation. Integrated security event Infrastructure – in particular urban transport – has been the focus of government investment, and a plan incorporating metro, light rail and river transport forms part of the ‘Vision 2050’ program of urban redevelopment. With a national population soon set to exceed 100 million, and with 19 million people in Cairo alone, Egypt’s capital has a potential market larger than the Netherlands, Greece, Sweden, Switzerland and Austria. This makes Cairo the ideal access point to the North African market, and highlights the need for a dedicated integrated security event serving the region. IFSEC Strategy Director Gerry Dunphy said: “IFSEC Egypt is an exciting opportunity to access a growing and dynamic new market and provides a fantastic opening for regional and international firms into the North Africa region." Unique security challenges "With an integrated security market currently under-served by a comprehensive security event and unique security challenges concerning regional industries such as oil and gas, the need for an event like IFSEC Egypt is clear. I believe it will be enormously beneficial to both local security providers and the IFSEC brand itself. In addition, the launch of FIREX Egypt this year means we’ll be prepared to leverage the strengths of this new environment when it comes to the opening of IFSEC Egypt in 2020.”
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.
One of the responsibilities of construction project managers is to account for risks during the initial planning for a project and mitigate them. With all the tools, construction materials, and heavy machinery during the initial stages of a project, the construction site is a dangerous place to be at. However, this is not the only risk that project managers need to protect a site from. With plenty of valuables both physical and virtual within a construction site, it is also a prime target for theft and arson. Improving the security of construction sites It is important now more than ever that construction business owners and project managers invest in improving the security of construction sites. After all, security on construction sites is for the protection not only of valuable assets but also of workers and members of the public. Investing in adequate resources for construction site security can prevent several issues, including: Theft of expensive tools and construction equipment Cybersecurity breaches leading to loss of sensitive information such as invoice data Arson resulting in loss of life and property Vandalism of construction site property Trespassing by unauthorized parties and exposure to construction site dangers Risks of injuries that can result in litigation and legal claims Identifying security issues Having a dedicated security team in place is a good first step in bolstering a construction site’s security. They will be able to prevent theft, vandalism, and deter unauthorized personnel from entering the site. They can also identify security issues that can potentially arise and even respond quickly to accidents and other calamities should they occur. Having a dedicated security team in place is a good first step in bolstering a construction site’s security For a better implementation of construction site security measures, it is critical that business owners and managers assess an assessment of the site itself. This will help identify both internal and external risks that can affect the site’s security and guide project managers in putting systems in place to address them. Construction site security checklist To guide you, here is a sample template that you can use to form your own construction site security checklist. SECURITY COORDINATION YES NO 1. Does the site have designated security coordinators? 2. Are the security coordinators available for contact during non-business hours? 3. Does the construction site provide a means to contact the police, fire department, and other relevant authorities in case of emergencies? 4. Does the construction site have a written security plan, including procedures for specific scenarios? 5. If so, are construction site employees aware of the security plan? GENERAL MACHINERY YES NO 1. Are all machinery adequately marked? (Identification number, corporate logo, tags, etc.) 2. Have all the machinery been inventoried? (Serial number, brand, model, value, etc.) 3. Does the project have a list of the names of operators handling the machinery? 4. Are all the machinery fitted with immobilizers and tracking devices when appropriate? 5. Are all the machinery stored in a secure area with a proper surveillance system? 6. Are the keys to the machinery stored in a separate, secure area? TOOLS AND OTHER EQUIPMENT YES NO 1. Are all power tools and hand equipment marked? (Identification number, corporate logo, tags, etc.) 2. Have all power tools and hand equipment been inventoried? (Serial number, brand, model, value, etc.) 3. Are tools and equipment fitted with tags and tracking devices when appropriate? 4. Are tools and equipment stored in a secure place? INVENTORY CONTROL YES NO 1. Is there a system in place to check material inventory to ensure they are not misplaced or stolen? 2. Are there procedures in place for checking materials that go in and out of the construction site? 3. Is there a set schedule for checking materials and equipment? 4. If so, do the records show that the schedule is followed strictly? 5. Are all material suppliers arriving for delivery properly identified? (e.g license plates, driver’s license, etc) CONSTRUCTION SITE PERIMETER YES NO 1. Is there a physical barrier in place to secure the site? 2. Is the number of gates kept to a minimum? 3. Are there uniformed guards at every gate to check personnel and vehicles entering and leaving the site? 4. Are security warnings displayed prominently at all entry points? 5. Are entry points adequately secured? (With industry-grade padlocks, steel chains, etc.) 6. Is there an alarm system? 7. Is the locking system integrated with the alarm? 8. Is the site perimeter regularly inspected? 9. Are “NO TRESPASSING” signs displayed prominently along the perimeter? LIGHTING AND SURVEILLANCE YES NO 1. Is there sufficient lighting on the construction site? 2. Is there a dedicated staff member assigned to check if the lighting is working properly? 3. Is the site protected by CCTV cameras? 4. Are there signs posted on site indicating the presence of security cameras? 5. Are there motion detection lights installed on-site? INTERNAL CONTROLS YES NO 1. Is there a policy on employee theft? 2. Are employees aware of the policy? 3. Are employees required to check in and check out company properties when using them? 4. Are staff members encouraged to report suspicious activity? 5. Is there a hotline employees can call to report security lapses and breaches? SITE VISITORS YES NO 1. Are visitors checking in and out? 2. Are vehicles entering and exiting the site recorded? CYBERSECURITY YES NO 1. Are the construction site’s documents and other sensitive data stored in the cloud securely? 2. Does the company have a strong password policy? 3. Are asset-tracking data accessible online? 4. Are confidential documents and data regularly backed up? 5. Are employees well-informed about current cyberattack methods such as phishing? Security is a serious business in construction. Because of the dangers already present on your construction site, a lapse in security can have devastating effects on your business’s operations. Not only do you risk losing money in a security breach, but more importantly, you also risk endangering the lives of your site’s personnel and third parties. Business owners and project managers need to make a concerted effort to educate employees about security and double down on their best practices for protecting their sites.
Growing up, I was surrounded by the military way of life as my father was a Captain in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and my grandfather and uncles all served in the military. Even from a young age, I knew I was going to serve our country. My 22-year career in the military includes serving in the United States Air Force, the California Air National Guard and as a reservist assigned to an active-duty Air Force unit. Training and development operations Over the course of my military career, I held a variety of assignments from starting out as a Gate Guard to becoming a Flight Chief and Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) of a Security Forces section. I retired from the military as a Master Sergeant. After my deployment to Afghanistan, I joined Allied Universal as a security director. My 17-year career at Allied Universal encompasses roles including Service Manager and General Manager at the West Los Angeles Branch and leading the Training and Development operations and Fire Life Safety Division. In 2008, I was tasked to develop and implement the company’s Healthcare Division. Attaining meaningful employment opportunities Below are just a few reasons why the physical security sector is a natural fit for military veterans: Self-Discipline and Organization Coveted in Security Sector - I believe that the skills learned in the military, such as self-discipline and organization, have provided the necessary tools to be successful. I truly enjoy working with other veterans at my company as we all know that we can count on each other to get the job done right. This bond and sense of commitment to each other is always there. Multi-faceted Career Paths Available - The security sector also offers veterans the ability to attain meaningful employment opportunities with multi-faceted career paths. A veteran’s background and experience are highly valued in this sector and there are many positions to match our skill sets and expertise. The responsibility we have for those in our charge is really not any different than what we have learned in the military. Team Players - Teamwork is a lesson all military veterans learn. In the military, you live and work together, and are taught to support your team members and efficiently collaborate with the people around you. This is an invaluable skill in the security sector whether you are seeking an entry level or management position. No Military to Civilian Decoder Needed - Veterans need a ‘military to civilian decoder’ system to help explain the significance of their military skills and how they translate to the general employment landscape. The physical security sector, however, understands the language of the military and don’t generally require that military responsibilities be coded into language that non-military can understand. Securing mid-Level appointments The physical security sector features a wide variety of jobs from entry level, middle management to senior positions. A retired veteran with a pension may look to the security sector for part-time or full-time entry level work. Other former military, who are not eligible for retirement benefits, may secure mid-level appointments with the goal of climbing the ladder to the highest rungs. The flexibility and opportunity are unparalleled in the security sector. Veterans generally enter the workforce with identifiable skills that can be transferred to the physical security world and are often skilled in technical trends pertinent to business and industry. And what they don't know, they are eager to learn - making them receptive and ready hires in physical security environments that value ongoing learning and training.
Could millions of burglar and fire alarm control units be recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission? That could be the upshot when the independent agency of the U.S. government rules on a 'Complaint of Non-Conforming Products' investigation requested on behalf of a consultant/forensic expert who says he has identified non-compliance dangers and vulnerabilities related to the devices. Breaching security standards Jeffrey Zwirn, an alarm and security forensic expert, says he has identified problems with the alarm devices and has posted online a series of videos confirming that they do not operate in conformance with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) 985 and 103 and NFPA 72 (National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code) Standards. Specifically, the single data-bus circuits of the hardwired devices can be short-circuited and become either fully or partially non-functional. The U.S. Consumer Safety Product Commission is tasked with promoting the safety of consumer products by addressing “unreasonable risks” of injury, such as risk of fire, chemical exposure, electrical malfunction or mechanical failure.The U.S. Consumer Safety Product Commission is tasked with promoting the safety of consumer products Typically, the CSPC evaluates such requests and determines what corrective action, if any, is appropriate, in this case possibly by the end of the year. IDS Research & Development Inc. (Zwirn’s company) and Connaughton Group LLC, a product integrity consulting firm, sent a request to the CSPC on Sept. 20 asking for an investigation of products across the North American household fire and burglar alarm control units and commercial burglar and fire alarm control panel category. Recalling alarm control units The request estimates that “hundreds of millions” of the units were sold and installed across the United States. They include products sold under brand names such as Honeywell, DSC, NAPCO, ELK Products, and Interlogix. If the recall were to happen, it would be the largest recall in the history of the alarm industry. The request states: “It is our expert opinion that these non-conforming control panels present a foreseeably dangerous and serious public safety hazard and risk to all of the unsuspecting consumers, their families and business owners who have these control panels installed in their homes and businesses.”These non-conforming control panels present a foreseeably dangerous and serious public safety hazard" Zwirn has also submitted the products for investigation by UL and Intertek Testing Services Inc., which respectively provide the UL and ETL certification marks and are Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTL). Outcomes of those investigations are forthcoming. Jeffrey Zwirn also promotes and sells a product, The Interceptor, that would address the vulnerability. It is a microprocessor designed to protect the data-bus and auxiliary power output wiring installed throughout a protected premises.
As the deal/no deal prospects of Brexit are tossed in a whirlwind of UK and EU politics, the uncertainty of the back-and-forth has broadly impacted general economic trends, and by extension, the physical security market. The new deadline for a Brexit agreement is October 31, already postponed six months from the scheduled April 12 departure date. Numbers show that Britain’s GDP shrank in the second quarter, possibly reflecting fewer exports because of Brexit uncertainty. And beyond the current indecision lies the long-term impact of a possible change in trading status between the United Kingdom and continental Europe. Other issues include capital flow and labor mobility. Brexit uncertainty leading to security concerns Loss of shared information with the EU will make the UK less safe “Companies … are unclear about their future,” comments Martin Warren of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. “Companies are making decisions now about jobs, supply chains, headquarters and asset locations, incurring significant, and possibly unnecessary, cost and upheaval.” Warren fears the destructive effects of a ‘no deal’ outcome and hopes politicians will break the deadlock and restore business confidence. Security implications of Brexit extend beyond economics. Loss of shared information with the EU will make the UK less safe. Extradition across EU borders will be more difficult, and exchange of data such as fingerprints and vehicle registrations is at risk. The Irish border after Brexit is of particular concern to security professionals. Countering threat of international terrorism Robert Hall of London First and Alison Wakefield of Security Institute say the security impact of departing the EU will be long lasting and profound. “In security terms, the UK will still have to contend with international terrorism, transnational crime and the global movement of people, all challenges that require wide scale cooperation.” They add that leaving the EU will require “a significant investment in people, resources and databases to cope with the anticipated volumes of traffic through ports, airports and tunnels.” Analyst company IHS Markit earlier commented about the impact on the security industry of Brexit’s drag on the UK economy, “Access control, intruder and fire alarm markets typically track construction rates closely and are forecast to be affected most. However, a large cut to infrastructure spending would be just as damaging to the video surveillance market.” UK security companies Prefer ‘soft exit’ from EU If a ‘soft exit’ trade deal is not negotiated, the UK would have to revert to WTO trade rules If a ‘soft exit’ trade deal is not negotiated, the UK would have to revert to World Trade Organization (WTO) trade rules, which means tariffs on trade between the UK and the EU, says IHS Markit. There are five British-based access-control and intruder-alarm vendors supplying the European market in significant quantity – each with revenue exceeding $10 million. IHS Markit estimates these companies combined account for less than 10 percent of total European, Middle-Eastern and African (EMEA) market revenues for both industries. Uncertain future of UK security marketplace Asset protection specialist VPS Security Services has warned that the ongoing Brexit saga will likely lead to a rise in vacant commercial and residential properties as developers and investors are more reluctant to move forward with their UK real estate strategies. Seemingly endless machinations and shifting proposals are making the eventual outcome of Brexit very much a guessing game. Uncertainty translates into a volatile and changing outlook, and the eventual impact on the broader economy is an open question. As a reflection of that economy, the security marketplace will inevitably feel the economic impact, too, not to mention the new security challenges likely to ensue.
Ethics is a particularly important subject in an industry such as fire and security because the result of unethical actions might make the difference in life and death. For example, if an employee acts unethically when servicing a fire extinguisher, the result could be to burn down the building. Although ethics is not a common topic of discussion in the fire and security industry, perhaps it should be. Chubb Fire and Security is a company that provides an example of how an emphasis on ethics can benefit a company, their employees, their customers and the whole world. Fire safety and security risks “The fire and security industry is different than others because lives and people’s safety are on the line,” says Harv Dulay, Director of Ethics and Compliance at Chubb Fire and Security. “Our purpose is to protect clients from fire safety and security risks. This is a business where no one should take short cuts. It is important to do the right thing all the time, every time, and it’s about protecting lives and property.” At Chubb, we have a code of ethics, our ‘bible,’ that is issued to employees when they start" “At Chubb, we have a code of ethics, our ‘bible,’ that is issued to employees when they start,” says Dulay. “Within the bible are core fundamental rules about what’s acceptable and not acceptable. We lay it out for employees very specifically. They understand and embrace the code of ethics, which is based on trust, integrity, respect, innovation and excellence.” “If you get those right, the business moves in the right direction. A key piece of our ethics policy is based on trust. We relate to others with openness, transparency, and empathy. It makes Chubb a better place to work and enables us to provide better service to customers.” Fire audit For Chubb, ethics is not just theoretical, but ethical concepts play out every day in practical ways. An example might be an engineer who goes to a customer’s site and is asked to do a task that is outside his or her duties and/or not allowed under the ethics policy. The pressure might be even greater if the employee is struggling to meet a sales figure. The code of ethics addresses specific situations and outlines the behavior that is expected. In another example, a customer asked a Chubb technician to forge a certificate saying the customer had previously passed a fire audit in order to validate his previous year’s insurance. Showing ethical integrity, the technician was able to cite the company’s Code of Ethics and refuse to do it. The technician also reported the situation to his Ethics and Compliance Officer. Customers benefit, too. Delivering ethics excellence It’s a message heard from the top down, from everyone in the company" One of Chubb’s sales associates immediately reporting a situation in which all the tenders and competitors’ prices were visible as they prepared a tender for upload to a customer portal. Not only did the sales associate deliver ethics excellence by reporting the issue, he also helped a grateful customer who thereby avoided anti-trust issues, says Dulay. “Ethics is not just a current issue,” says Dulay. “It’s embedded in our values and has been since the beginning. Ethics is making sure people do the right things.” Ethics is integrated into the Chubb business model, and everyone knows what is expected of them. “It’s a message heard from the top down, from everyone in the company.” On-Line training modules Ethics discussions begin for employees at Chubb when they join the company; clear instructions about ethics are included as part of employee induction. There are nine modules of ethics training during employee orientation, and a discussion with an Ethics and Compliance Officer is part of the onboarding process. The training program includes information about ethics, company expectations around ethics, where to go for questions about ethical issues, and details of the anonymous ombudsman program. Additionally, field staff are trained by their supervisors via regular face-to-face ethics toolbox talks. Office staff complete a series of on-line ethics training modules regularly. A series of supervisor-led trainings encourage managers to deliver face-to-face ethics training to their team, citing real-life examples. Healthy discussions are encouraged to deal with any ‘gray areas.’ Worldwide implementation of data security Some 14,000 employees globally have multiple options when it comes to reporting an issue Dulay estimates that ethics and compliance officers spend about half their time answering questions and clarifying for employees what’s expected in the code of ethics. Some 14,000 employees globally have multiple options when it comes to reporting an issue, and there are full-time Ethics and Compliances Officers in every country where Chubb does business. A reflection of Chubb’s global approach to compliance is their worldwide implementation of data security requirements of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); the company saw the benefits of the program for any jurisdiction. Training and education are part of Chubb’s investment in ethics. For example, a recent module on ‘respect in the workplace’ covered the need to create a company culture in which everyone feels respected. “Training and continuous communication are embedded in the organization,” says Dulay. Managing potential conflicts proactively “We invest in the process,” says Dulay. “We have had employees who left the company and then come back. They realized the importance of ethics and rejoined us. We start with the foundation that we would rather lose business than give up our ethical standards,” says Dulay. Some business is not worth getting if you don’t adhere to your values" “We won’t abandon our policies even if there is money at stake. Some business is not worth getting if you don’t adhere to your values. We manage potential conflicts proactively by creating and instituting methods in which employees have access to tools they can use to be successful and adaptable in times of change,” says Dulay. “Also, we will not tolerate retaliation against any employee who reports wrongdoing – regardless of the outcome of the investigation.” Forming good ethics behavior And while there is no specific monetary value assigned to good ethical practices, success can be measured. “We measure it by people’s conduct, the number of cases we have, and awareness,” says Dulay. “It’s good for employee morale, and it’s good for customers and our business. It’s not measurable, but it is fundamental for business and customers.” “The work we do as a company can impact people’s lives so it is important that everyone has an understanding of the importance of their role,” says Dulay. A common misconception about ethics is: “If no one is watching, it must be ok.” However, Dulay says it is the things employees do when no one is watching or checking in on them that form good ethics behavior. During training, Chubb emphasizes that ethics is about doing the right thing, all the time even if no one is watching.
Located in the Southern Vietnamese metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City, the Deutsches Haus office tower is a symbol of cooperation between Germany and Vietnam. Opened in September 2017, it is the country’s first building to earn LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) Platinum environmental certification and serves as a cultural, commercial and diplomatic hub in the region. Next to the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany the 25-story building with a 40,000-square-meters floor area is home to regional offices of international firms such as VISA, Adidas, Schneider Electric, and Bosch Vietnam. As premium amenities, Deutsches Haus also features a gourmet cafe, multifunctional conference and events area, health club, and rooftop restaurant. Creating a challenging security environment Deutsches Haus needs to meet the highest security demands: All security systems, including security guard teams From a security manager’s perspective, this multi-use blend of diplomacy, business, and leisure facilities – in a building fully accessible to the public – creates a challenging security environment. As the seat of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Deutsches Haus needs to meet the highest security demands: All security systems, including security guard teams, have to be approved by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany. Adding to the challenge, Deutsches Haus is located opposite from the Consulate General of the United States of America – and in close vicinity to the Consulate General of France and the British Consulate General – on a busy intersection between two main streets. Therefore, monitoring pedestrians and automobile traffic on the building’s perimeter is just as crucial to end-to-end security as tracking public and high-security areas on the inside. Detecting security events automatically In search of an adequate video security solution, the team at Deutsches Haus knew that high-definition cameras alone would not suffice. The reason: When several hundred cameras are required to secure an area of this size, personnel tend to be overwhelmed by the amount of video feeds. After only 20 minutes, the average operator misses 90 percent of important scenes, as studies have proven. Bosch experts covered the building and its perimeter with network security cameras For this reason, modern IP security cameras feature Intelligent Video Analytics – using algorithms and AI-based image recognition – to support operators by detecting security events automatically. Bosch experts covered the building and its perimeter with network security cameras featuring built-in Intelligent Video Analytics. Indoor areas like the entrance doors, reception area, lobby, café, as well as parking garages and corridors to the fire escape staircases are monitored by over 170 DINION IP starlight 7000 HD and FLEXIDOME IP panoramic 7000 MP cameras. Alerting security personnel of illicit behavior The building’s elevators are also protected by Bosch cameras. Thanks to built-in-intelligence, IP cameras automatically alert security personnel of illicit behavior, for instance persons accessing restricted areas. The building’s perimeter and parking lot are safeguarded outdoor-approved AUTODOME IP starlight 7000 HD cameras with pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) capabilities. Integrated with a third-party solution to open barriers for authorized vehicles, the cameras can automatically track moving objects such as cars and pedestrians – and warn personnel of threats – with their 30x zoom lens while obtaining images under low light conditions via Bosch starlight technology combined with Intelligent Video Analytics. As a key requisite, the networked cameras are able to withstand the city’s four-month rain period and prove resistant to vandalism. Enhancing safety of building occupants The staff can easily announce and notify a building guest about a forgotten purse which was left in the café PAVIRO, the Public Address and Voice Evacuation system of Bosch was installed in the building for the safety of building occupants. The PAVIRO solution makes it possible for occupants to feel safe in the building while enjoying high quality music and excellent Public Address speech intelligibility. The staff can easily announce and notify a building guest about a forgotten purse which was left in the café. To make building evacuations as efficient as possible, the PAVIRO solution provides phased evacuation: automated messages direct occupants to immediate safety. Next to this, building occupants and guests can also enjoy high-quality music in the rooftop restaurant, café, health club and event areas which of course contributes to the nice building atmosphere. Providing government-Grade security For the building owner, PAVIRO can establish long-term cost-saving and minimize total cost of ownership. The system is especially eco-friendly because less amplifiers are needed due to power-load sharing of the amplifier architecture, which in turn requires fewer batteries. Since opening day, the Bosch system has provided government-grade security at Deutsches Haus in Ho Chi Minh City. “I am proud to have Bosch both as a tenant and as a brand who secures Deutsches Haus with their high quality and reliable video security cameras and sound systems,” added Ryan Lower, Property Director, Colliers International – Deutsches Haus. While meeting the challenge of securing diplomatic and enterprise assets in a publicly accessible building, the future-proof solution provides an important reference in this dynamic market.
Idesco devised a transparent reader to simplify Infobric’s construction site system management, making it powerfully adaptable to widely different market needs and technology standards. For a while, construction sites have provided a textbook example of how much electronic access control systems can benefit managers. Controlling access to a site, including restricted zones, machinery access (such as lifts and elevators), increases both security and safety, while also helping track authorized personnel and even equipment utilization. Ensuring regulatory compliance Infobric Ease possesses a wide range of functionality, from site access to energy control and much more An automatic, electric system, with that much functionality combined in a single service meets a high-value need in the construction industry. Today, Infobric provides a cloud-based digital platform, Infobric Ease, to help construction site managers monitor and secure key elements, such as site safety, while increasing worker productivity and ensuring regulatory compliance. Infobric Ease possesses a wide range of functionality, from site access to energy control and much more. In addition to simplifying site management and boosting worker productivity, it simplifies sites’ compliance with staff ledger regulation across a number of European countries. Worker productivity has been enhanced by the elimination of queues to register new staff on site and attendance. Lastly, controlled access increases worker safety while reducing theft and vandalism. Simplifying worker attendance monitoring Cloud management contributes even more to time and labor cost savings while also letting site owners conveniently fulfill their law-mandated employer obligations. To prevent tax avoidance and illegal workers, some European countries require construction site managers to upload the employee data registered in their staff ledgers – which Infobric Ease also provides, thereby also simplifying worker attendance monitoring. In short, the digital tracking of all this data saves significant time and money. The RFID industry commonly labels this type of reader ‘transparent’, because it seamlessly transmits transponder data Infobric integrated Idesco’s 9 CD 2.0 Slim Pin T reader into Infobric Ease as its vital front-end interface with construction workers. The RFID industry commonly labels this type of reader ‘transparent’, because it seamlessly transmits transponder data – fully-encrypted to ANSSI Level 1 Architecture specification – directly to a system, without any mediating keys. This lets systems themselves directly control all aspects of transactions – including data collection and reader response – resulting in both a highly secure and a cost-effective solution. Several identification card standards For integrators like Infobric, 9 CD 2.0 Slim Pin T’s direct, ‘transparent’, interaction between transponder and system not only simplifies transactions. It also lets them use more of the available features in the chips in workers’ transponders. This further benefits site owners and security managers because system updates can be implemented with greater agility and cost savings. “There are several identification card standards we adapt our products and systems to work with. So, we really wanted a card reader we could use in all our markets, without needing different hardware updates after a system upgrade or launching a new functionality across our different markets. The ‘transparent’ reader from Idesco turned out to be the perfect solution”, says Björn Hilliges, IT & Electronics Director at Infobric. Product design and expertise Every month, the Infobric Ease system handles approx. 11,000,000 card readings" “Infobric and Idesco have been co-operating for more than 10 years and through several product development projects. Over the years, Idesco repeatedly demonstrated their excellent quality in both product design and expertise, always providing us with products and solutions that reliably withstood very rough, inclement conditions amid frequent use at our customers’ construction sites,” says Björn Hilliges, IT & Electronics Director at Infobric. “Every month, the Infobric Ease system handles approx. 11,000,000 card readings. So, Idesco is a key partner for Infobric, and each day their readers fill a vital role at approx. 15,000 construction sites,” says Björn Hilliges, IT & Electronics Director at Infobric. Convenient regulatory compliance Infobric ease benefits for construction sites Convenient regulatory compliance on staff ledger registration in numerous European countries Increased productivity by reducing administrative tasks Time savings from agile system updating (despite differing card standards in different markets) because reader updates are no longer needed Enhanced reader functionality for workers with included keypads Reliability of Scandinavian-designed readers that are robust, weather-proof, maintenance-free Sites can now substantively help prevent undocumented labor and unprofessional contractors Infobric Ease features: Cloud-mediated service Seamless data collection Energy control Regulatory-compliant staff ledger Automated electronic access Mobile attendance & access Staff access control Vehicle access control Machine control Smart locks Making construction sites safer Infobric designs systems that make construction sites safer, more productive and reduce costs. Infobric’s solutions ensure the right people are in the right place at the right time at the site. Infobric provides with the best-working solution for the worksite, for both work hours and after, in packages that have been serving successfully on European construction sites large and small. Their goal is to become the digitization partner for the construction industry in the Nordics. With 30 years of experience, RFID technology pioneer Idesco Oy makes RFID readers, transponders, controllers and touch screen devices. Every day, for customers around the world, their devices collect data and enhance security for a variety of access control, vehicle identification, logistics and inventory systems.
WDH, one of the UK’s largest housing associations which manages more than 31000 homes, has awarded Openview Security Solutions a major contract to install the latest security and fire protection systems for a pilot scheme at Low Cross Court, a high-rise building with thirty four dwellings. OpenView was awarded the contract after winning an open tender to the CCTV, door entry, access control, fire alarm, sprinklers, fire stopping and additional fire safety measures controlled by a full management and control system. According to Daniel Boardman, WDH’s Property Compliance Manager: “We specified the use of the highest grade technologies with built-in future-proofing to ensure that maximum benefits were achieved over the longer term for our tenants. This pilot was an essential part of the program to determine the suitability and feasibility of the different systems before rolling them out to the remaining high-rise buildings as part of our ongoing Strategic Improvement Programme. It will help in delivering our vision to create confident communities and improve the lives of local people.” Cloud-based access control WDH invited OpenView to tender after seeing how the company has enabled Your Homes Newcastle (YHN) to deploy a suite of smart living solutions across a city-wide IT infrastructure. The organization wanted to find out if a similar system would work in Wakefield. It subsequently carried out a detailed evaluation of all the latest technology solutions and employed an independent consultant to develop the scope of works for the pilot scheme where the integrated systems would be thoroughly tested and evaluated. The new system enables the rapid identification of incidents that require urgent action to be taken OpenView ensured the full integration of all systems. They included 4K Avigilon CCTV, IP-based smart living solution, cloud-based access control from KMS and a Citrix-based web portal that provides online access to all installed systems. Fire protection measures include fire alarm, sprinklers, fire stopping and additional fire safety systems including automatic opening vents for the dispersal of smoke in the event of a fire and Part 6 automatic fire detection from AICO Smart Solutions. All systems are connected on a Cat6 IP network infrastructure. Smart living solutions The new system enables the rapid identification of incidents that require urgent action to be taken. For example, in the event of a fire in an individual dwelling, WDH operators can quickly identify the precise location and call the tenant to verify the situation before initiating an agreed sequence of events. Andy Ward, Sales Director at OpenView, added: “Deploying state-of-the-art fire and security systems in high rise buildings is helping WDH to meet and exceed its obligations regarding the safety of tenants. The system not only offers the highest level of security, but also provides the organization with the flexibility to add smart living solutions such as telecare services without any infrastructure upgrades.”
Four networked MxPro 5 fire panels from global systems provider, Advanced, are now protecting one of Serbia’s most prestigious higher education facilities. The project at the University of Belgrade’s School of Electrical Engineering, involved installing a fire system to reliably protect lives and property while respecting the value and authenticity of its 1920s features. This meant overcoming various problems presented by outdated construction methods, inaccessible areas and high ceilings. 4-loop and 1-loop MxPro 5 fire panels Advanced’s partner in Serbia, TVI Ltd, was responsible for the design, installation, commissioning of the project Thanks to their performance, quality and ease of use, a network of three of Advanced’s 4-loop and one of its 1-loop MxPro 5 fire panels, including over 1000 Argus detectors, were chose to protect the entirety of this top educational and scientific institution, including the facilities of Civil Design, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. Advanced’s local partner in Serbia, TVI Ltd, was responsible for the design, installation and commissioning of the project. Electrical Engineer, Radomir Kerkez, at TVI Ltd, said, “The flexibility of Advanced’s fire panels to adapt to sites both large and small is what makes us choose them time and time again. Advanced products make even the most complex installation challenges straightforward and we can always rely on them to deliver complete protection.” Multiprotocol fire system solution MxPro 5 is a renowned multiprotocol fire system solution and was recently certified to the EN 54 standard by FM (Factory Mutual). It offers customers a choice of two panel ranges, four detector protocols and a completely open installer network, backed up by free training and support. MxPro panels can be used in single-loop, single-panel format or easily configured into high-speed, multi-loop networks of up to 200 nodes covering huge areas. MxPro’s legendary ease of installation and configuration plus wide peripheral range, make it customizable to almost any application. Building fire safety Our fire systems offer many ways to meet the challenges of protecting a building’s heritage"Vladimir Zrnic, Advanced’s Regional Sales Manager for Southern Europe, said, “Our fire systems offer many ways to meet the challenges of protecting a building’s heritage features while providing robust and reliable fire protection. It is great to see that potential put into practice in yet another successful and prestigious site.” Advanced, owned by FTSE 100 company - Halma PLC, has a long history of protecting some of Europe’s most notable and prestigious buildings, including Athens’ Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia and Sofia’s Sofia University. Intelligent fire systems firm Advanced is a globally renowned company in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. The legendary performance, quality and ease-of-use of its products see Advanced specified in locations all over the world, from single-panel installations to large, multi-site networks. Advanced’s products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control, fire paging and false alarm management systems.
Amthal Fire & Security has installed a bespoke designed Keyzapp management system at its head offices, to ensure the safekeeping and accountability of client keys at all times. Electronic Fire and security company Amthal required a system to improve key management processes, especially as the business has seen significant growth with an increased number of customer keys being kept on site for property protection, maintenance and monitoring services. Audit control capability for key transactions Keyzapp was selected due to its flexible design. This enabled Amthal to create a system that was easy for authorised engineers to operate, whilst management could rely on audit control capability for all key transactions, without the need for a dedicated member of staff 24/7 manually issuing and recording them. It’s really automated our complete process and has proven to save the engineering team valuable time and resource" Says Simon Kendall, Amthal Supply Chain Leader: “Amthal has a growing network of dedicated engineers that work across the country, with varying access requirements for customer’s keys that are all kept at Amthal offices. Completing manual audits for keys taken had become increasingly time consuming to ensure awareness of allocations and traceability. “The implementation of Keyzapp’s system has made such a difference. It’s really automated our complete process and has proven to save the engineering team valuable time and resource, which they can dedicate to better serving our customers. It runs itself in the background and if there is an issue, it can be resolved quickly and efficiently.” Control to key access with smart credentials Keyzapp’s simple management solutions are designed using latest technology to decrease downtime and improve work efficiencies. The ability to further add control to key access with smart credentials and audit capability ensures full visibility of keys at any time. Tim Hill, Keyzapp Director added: “What Amthal demonstrates is the importance of attention to key control. We worked with the team to tailor our system around the business requirements for asset management, including allowing 24 / 7 access with no need for dedicated staff issuing keys. “The management side has also been scaled around ensuring instant traceability to ensure growing number of keys held on site are accounted for at all times. It’s great to see it’s made such a positive impact on a leading fire and security specialist, who prides itself on ‘protecting what’s precious,’ which includes its key customer assets!” Traceability and visibility for valuable equipment Our engineers find it simple to use, and we’ve even recorded improved site attendance times" So impressed with Keyzapp, Amthal is now working on a bespoke system to manage the specialist loan equipment being booked in and out of its office stores and warehouse, to reflect the same level of traceability and visibility for valuable equipment. Jamie Allam, Commercial Director Amthal Fire & Security concluded: “Keyzapp had an instant impact on the whole team, with improved time and operational savings. Our engineers find it simple to use, and we’ve even recorded improved site attendance times. Plus the management capability is great from our perspective to help towards the efficient, operational running of our business.” User needs for security safety and convenience Independently owned, Amthal Fire & Security is dedicated to satisfying end user needs for security safety and convenience offering design, installation, service and remote monitoring of advanced electronic fire & security solutions, including intruder, Fire, Access and CCTV systems. Amthal Fire & Security is accredited by the Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board (SSAIB) United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS) and British Approvals for Fire Equipment (BAFE.)
A video surveillance system with around 40 IP and thermal cameras from Dahua Technology has been installed at Yarmouth Harbor on the Isle of Wight. The harbor consists of a large marina, docks for the Wightlink Ferry terminal, and pontoons and boat moorings upstream. The previous system was becoming outdated, with poor picture quality and cabling issues. Following a number of thefts from boats and boat fires in neighboring harbors, a new solution – including a thermal imaging capability – was specified. Sensitive fire alarm system Automatic people-counting technology has been incorporated into the cameras to as a health and safety measure The Dahua cameras are a mix of thermal bullets, IR bullets, Ultra PTZs, IR domes and fisheye cameras. The thermal cameras are especially suited to wide area outdoor video surveillance and are ideal for the large, water-based environments at the harbor. The cameras feature Vox uncooled thermal sensor technology and high thermal sensitivity at less than 40mK, enabling them to capture more image details and temperature fluctuations. With a built-in fire detection functionality, the cameras provide an extremely sensitive fire alarm system. The IR bullet cameras feature highly efficient H.265 encoding technology, PoE and IR illumination at up to 50 meters, as well as a wide dynamic range, providing vivid images even in the most intense contrast lighting conditions and delivering powerful day/night surveillance in a compact package. At one of the moorings upriver, there is no power supply on isolated pontoons, so wind power and solar energy have been harnessed to operate the cameras. Automatic people-counting technology Images are transmitted wirelessly back to a control room at the main harbor office. When the control room is not staffed, Yarmouth Harbor can nominate individuals to receive alerts and images on their tablets and smartphones via the Dahua surveillance app. The surveillance system has transformed our ability to monitor the harbour for safety and security" As well as the harbor itself, the system also covers the adjacent Yarmouth pier, a Grade II listed structure said to be the longest wooden pier in the UK and recently refurbished. Automatic people-counting technology has been incorporated into the cameras at the pier’s entrance to monitor numbers on the pier as a health and safety measure. Straightforward use “The new surveillance system has transformed our ability to monitor the harbor for the safety and security of our customers, staff and the visiting public,” said Dave Rice of Yarmouth Harbor Commissioners. “The HD picture quality is superb and you can pick out people’s faces, so there is no comparison with the previous cameras. The system has proved straightforward to use and we are delighted with its performance to date.” “This proved an interesting project to work on, not least because parts of the installation had to be carried out by boat,” said Chris Snell, managing director of security installation firm, Central Southern Security. "The Dahua equipment has been a pleasure to work with and will provide Yarmouth Harbor with a great solution for many years to come.”
Round table discussion
Tools such as standard operating procedures (SOPs) and checklists ensure that every factor is considered when installing a physical security system – or do they? Security system installations are detailed projects, and any overlooked detail is a missed opportunity to make the system better. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What is the most overlooked factor when installing physical security systems?
The high cost of thermal imaging cameras historically made their use more likely in specialized law enforcement and military applications. However, lower pricing of thermal imaging technologies has opened up a new and expanding market for thermal cameras in the mainstream. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What are the new opportunities for thermal cameras in mainstream physical security?
Fire and security systems are two elements of the same mission: To keep buildings and their occupants safe. However, the two systems often operate independently and may not be integrated. Should there be more integration and what are the pitfalls? We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What are the challenges and opportunities of integrating security and fire systems?