ADT Inc., a provider of monitored security and interactive home and business automation solutions in the United States and Canada, announced the acquisition of Advanced Cabling Systems, one of the leading technology integration companies in the mid-south. Advanced Cabling Systems will join forces with Red Hawk Fire & Security. Headquartered in North Little Rock, Arkansas, and founded in 1997, Advanced has regional offices in Lowell, Arkansas, Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Ozark, Mis...
GJD has hit the ground running in 2019 with the appointment of Jason Hill as the company’s Commercial Director. Mark Tibbenham, Managing Director of GJD has big plans for the British manufacturer of external motion detectors and LED illuminators, and has recruited Jason Hill to help deliver on his aspirations. GJD Expands In The US Commenting on the new appointment, Mark said: “Even though we were 2017 recipients of the Queens Award for Enterprise, International Trade there are a s...
Ambarella, Inc. a developer of high-resolution video processing and computer vision semiconductors, introduced the CV25 camera System-on-Chip (SoC), the latest in the CVflow family, combining advanced image processing, high-resolution video encoding and CVflow computer vision processing in a single, extremely low power design. The CV25's CVflow architecture provides the Deep Neural Network (DNN) processing required for the next generation of affordable and intelligent home monitoring, professio...
ADT Inc., global provider of monitored security and interactive home and business automation solutions in the United States and Canada, has announced the unveiling of its newly redesigned smart home security system – the ADT Command Panel & Control Platform (ADT Command) – as well as a suite of smart security and home automation products at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES). This year’s theme, “Real Protection,” will highlight the products ADT offers to ensure...
Home-grown technology firm Connexin has been announced winners of the IoT Breakthrough Award for Smart City Deployment of the Year, for the Newcastle Smart Road pilot. This year’s awards program attracted more than 3,500 global nominations covering a range of categories, including industrial and enterprise IoT, smart city, connected home, home automation and connected car. Connexin fought off stiff competition to join an impressive array of companies winning awards from other categories i...
ADT Inc., global provider of monitored security and interactive home and business automation solutions in the United States and Canada, and West Corporation (“West”), a global provider of technology-enabled services, has announced that they have entered into an agreement to enhance customer experiences with 911 emergency communications. Through this arrangement, ADT will use West’s Emergency Response Link (ERL) to help ensure homes and businesses monitored by ADT benefit from t...
Johnson Controls announces the release of Metasys 10.0, designed to deliver more unified building management. This latest Metasys release provides facility personnel with smarter building automation, faster responses to critical alarms and new integrations with fire detection, security and lighting systems – all with visibility from a single common interface. Metasys 10.0 Integrations Metasys 10.0 introduces a new and improved set of integrations. These include new integrations with C·CURE 9000 Access Control and victor Video Management Systems, and simpler integrations with SIMPLEX Fire Systems and with lighting systems from leading lighting providers. “Metasys has always delivered a strong integrations platform, but we’re really excited about how easy we’re making it for customers to integrate both HVAC and non-HVAC systems into Metasys 10.0,” said Chris Eichmann, vice president and general manager, Global Controls Products, Johnson Controls. “Providing our customers with access to critical system data from a single, intuitively-designed interface makes it faster and easier for them to do their jobs. We’re seeing some great early successes at sites like Georgia-Pacific in Atlanta.” Metasys Application Programming Interface Metasys API enables data to be securely extracted from Metasys 10.0 and integrated with Johnson Controls or third-party data visualization tools for robust data analysis A new Metasys Application Programming Interface (API) enables data to be securely extracted from Metasys 10.0 and integrated with Johnson Controls or third-party data visualization tools for robust data analysis and reporting. Several new hardware devices were also added to Metasys 10.0, including: Two new equipment controllers with removable screw terminal blocks for easy installation, high capacity memory and fast processing A new 4-in-1 network sensor series with the ability to sense temperature, humidity, CO2 and occupancy – all with one sensor A new TEC3000 thermostat controller with color touchscreen Metasys User Interface (UI) Another innovative feature is Ethernet ring topology support for Metasys IP equipment controllers. Delivered as part of Johnson Controls’ collaboration with Cisco, it allows controllers to be configured in a ring network, improving system reliability and resiliency. As part of the new Metasys release, the Metasys User Interface (UI) introduces several new features that reduce operators’ time on task. A key feature is the ability for users to schedule reports to be delivered via email and save and execute report templates on demand, reducing time spent configuring and providing reports. Efficient Building Management And Automation For more than a quarter century, Metasys building automation has delivered consistent results to meet even the most complex building management needs. This new major release keeps today’s buildings on top of change, with all the Metasys benefits one expects, including: Operational savings through extended building management capabilities and enhanced productivity Energy savings through coordinated control, precise data and peak equipment performance IT and platform security through best-practice processes Faster troubleshooting and response through advanced diagnostics Greater occupant comfort, security and satisfaction
Check Point announces a technology integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Security Hub, a unified security service, which centralises view and management for security alerts. This integration, together with the addition of Dome9 to the CloudGuard portfolio, following its recent acquisition by Check Point, allows enterprises to access multi-layered security and nearly continuous compliance capabilities from the central console of AWS Security Hub. By leveraging AWS Security Hub, Check Point can provide a nearly seamless experience to customers in providing additional protection to their AWS environments against advanced cyber-threats in real time and mitigating compliance risks at any scale. Enhanced Threat Prevention CloudGuard IaaS adds contextual information such as asset tags, security groups and availability zones to dynamically update security policies AWS Security Hub provides users with a comprehensive view of their high-priority security alerts and compliance status by aggregating, organizing, and prioritising alerts, or findings, from multiple AWS services, such as Amazon GuardDuty, Amazon Inspector, and Amazon Macie as well as from AWS Partner Network (APN) security solutions. The findings are then visually summarised on integrated dashboards with actionable graphs and tables. The Check Point CloudGuard solution natively integrates with AWS Security Hub to provide customers with better visibility into gaps in their security and compliance posture, and context-rich security intelligence for enhanced threat prevention. CloudGuard IaaS adds contextual information such as asset tags, security groups and availability zones to dynamically update security policies and provide AWS Security Hub with visibility into threat alerts based on deep event correlation and rule-based cloud intrusion detection. To complete the picture, customers leveraging the CloudGuard Dome9 solution can analyze and respond to events triggered by its sophisticated nearly continuous compliance and governance framework. Continuous Network Monitoring Enterprises using it benefit from powerful features that prevent 5th generation cyber-attacks in their hybrid environments. These features include: Threat prevention of both North-South and East-West cyber-attacks based on contextual awareness and attribution of network traffic to cloud-native ephemeral services Real-time alerts on network vulnerabilities, with nearly continuous network monitoring and alerting based on easily customisable policies Comprehensive visibility into cloud assets and security configurations Nearly continuous compliance monitoring and enforcement of security posture Fully integrated security capabilities, including firewall, IPS, application control, IPsec VPN, antivirus, anti-bot and more Unified management of security policies across hybrid environments (datacenter, private and public clouds) Manage Cloud Environments Check Point has been at the forefront of cloud security automation solutions that have built deep integrations with a broad range of AWS security services" “AWS is a leader among cloud services providers, delivering powerful security capabilities that help enterprises deploy and manage cloud environments with enhanced security features at scale,” says Itai Greenberg, Vice President of Product Management at Check Point Security. “Check Point has been at the forefront of cloud security automation solutions that have built deep integrations with a broad range of AWS security services. We are privileged to offer integration with AWS Security Hub to deliver comprehensive visibility into ongoing security and compliance risks, and end-to-end workflows to mitigate risks.” “We are happy to have Check Point as a launch APN Partner integrating the CloudGuard IaaS solution with AWS Security Hub,” said Dan Plastina, Vice President, Security Services, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “Check Point offers advanced threat prevention capabilities to AWS customers. The integration with support for AWS Security Hub makes it even easier for our shared customers to access and act on their cloud security insights.”
Telguard released new voice commands for HomeControl Flex, its interactive service solution. Using Alexa, HomeControl Flex subscribers can arm their security system and ask the status of the alarm system. Voice-Operated Alarm Systems “Our commitment to helping security dealers succeed in the residential market is at the core of what we do,” said George Brody, President of Telguard. “Helping them stay current with connected home technology gives them the advantage of integrating with the home owner’s lifestyle while still protecting their life safety.” A recent survey with Clear Seas Research found that nearly two-thirds of security professionals are highly interested in identifying a “voice-operated feature” to offer to residential customers for use with current or future home security systems. Four-in-five security professionals expect residential customer requests for security voice-operated alarm systems to increase over the next year. Telguard FlexHub Z-Wave Controller Telguard continues to enhance HomeControl Flex with new features that meet the demands of our subscribers" “Telguard continues to enhance HomeControl Flex with new features that meet the demands of our subscribers,” added Ryan Thompson, VP of Sales for Smith Thompson Home Security. “By adding voice-operated commands, we can acquire new subscribers and keep our current subscribers engaged by connecting Alexa to their security system.” The HomeControl Flex Security Panel Control Alexa skill is now available for all subscribers. HomeControl Flex is Telguard’s interactive service that security dealers resell to their residential subscribers and brand as their own. This marks the second skill for Telguard in the Amazon marketplace. Previously, Telguard announced an Alexa skill for its security panel on its Telguard FlexHub Z-Wave Controller.
GJD, a UK manufacturer, designer and supplier of professional external detector equipment, as well as Infra-Red and White-Light LED illuminators is proud to announce that its IP drivers are officially Control4 certified. The certification means GJD’s IP devices are Control4 ready straight out of the box, further enhancing GJD’s commitment to the Custom Install industry. The drivers are listed on the Control4, Janus Technology and GJD websites. All certified drivers must pass stringent testing in Control4 labs, ensuring smooth and seamless integration. GJD’s certification includes the incorporation of Simple Device Discovery Protocol (SDDP), which makes integrating GJD IP devices with a Control4 system easy and seamless. Passive Infrared Detectors Mark Tibbenham, GJD’s Managing Director commented: “We are extremely proud that our IP drivers are C4 certified. GJD is fully committed to providing Custom Integrators with all of the benefits of a truly customizable network-based security system. Our partnership will make it even easier for CI’s to install and configure GJD into Control4 home and commercial automation projects”. GJD offers a wide variety of IP devices ranging from external passive infrared detectors and highly accurate laser sensors for perimeter protection GJD offers a wide variety of IP devices ranging from external passive infrared detectors and highly accurate laser sensors for perimeter protection and intruder detection, to Infra-Red and White-Light LED illuminators for intelligent lighting. There is also a certified driver for the company’s IPAnything Module, which is an I/O Converter, designed to convert any type of analog sensor to an IP system, or vice versa. Personalized Automation GJD’s professional IP technology provides transformative benefits including early intruder warning alerts to provide an alarm when the intruder is at the boundary, rather than alerting the user when the threat is already inside the building. More unique benefits include utilizing detectors to measure outdoor light level and ambient temperature, which optimize environmental control. Overall an integrated GJD and Control4 system provides convenience, peace of mind and extremely reliable security detection to create a comfortable and safe environment for the user. Founded in 2003, Control4 is a provider of personalized automation and control solutions, which allows the user to control virtually any device in a home or business automatically. Control4 provides an affordable way to control and automate security, lighting, energy and music in a single room or throughout the entire home. The partnership between GJD and Control4 will bring even more versatile smart solutions for home and commercial projects.
WeSuite, a software manufacturer of sales management tools for technology sales and service providers, announces that its corporate-wide implementation of DevOps best practices has positioned the company at the forefront of software developers prepared to meet market demand for more agile and responsive solutions. The transformation of WeSuite’s entire business model to drive its organizational performance puts it at a distinct advantage in its ability to deliver a premium user experience and value to its customers in the Security, IT, AV and electrical contracting and service industries. Benefits include faster and more frequent feature updates to its software, more reliable performance with fewer errors, and the ability to respond more quickly and directly to customer feedback. Sales Management Platform A 2018 survey reported by website statista.com reports that only 17% of software companies, worldwide, have fully embraced DevOps. At the same time, Forrester Research reports that 64% of companies are dissatisfied with how long it takes them to release new features to customers, and only 23% of enterprises are issuing new releases at least once a month. In addition, it offers third-party integrations with applications for financial ERP, document signing and storage, parts database and pricing The WeSuite sales management platform encompasses a suite of software solutions along with a wide range of tightly integrated add-on modules capable of automating all sales functions from ‘contact to contract’. In addition, it offers third-party integrations with applications for financial ERP, document signing and storage, parts database and pricing, lead automation and calendar/contact sync. DevOps Empowers WeSuite DevOps empowers WeSuite to update its code with confidence that changes made in one area of its software will not have unintended consequences elsewhere. This is possible through the implementation of coding standards that partition all software components into self-contained units and rigorous, automated testing procedures for all code modifications prior to release. Based on initial deployment of DevOps methodologies, the company has seen a 25% increase in the quality of its code with more improvement to come, along with a 50% decrease in the time required to release new code. Customers can now anticipate new releases as frequently as every 90 days. WeSuite will closely monitor its customers’ appetite for the cadence of releases and will increase or scale back velocity accordingly. “WeSuite’s customers know that the best way to maximize their technology sales is to employ the right sales technology. With our full embrace of DevOps best practices, we are positioned to provide sales management software that can quickly grow and evolve with our customers’ needs. The tools they invest in now will remain equally fresh and relevant years from now,” said Tracy Larson, WeSuite’s President.
Pivot3, the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) performance and technology pioneer, announced that it experienced more than 50-percent growth in bookings in Q1-Q3 2018 over the same period in 2017, with significant growth among large enterprises and complex, mission-critical use cases. With IT requiring automation and intelligence to manage increasingly complex workloads and multi-cloud environments, Pivot3 saw high demand for its Hybrid Cloud solutions. Pivot3 also experienced continued expansion with Internet of Things use cases, particularly with Smart and Safe City initiatives. “Q3 2018 was remarkable for Pivot3, from our growth in sales and introduction of new products to the announcement of our global strategic partnership with Lenovo,” said Ron Nash, CEO, Pivot3. “Enterprises are demanding more from IT, and our growth indicates that the market is increasingly aware of Pivot3 and the power of our Intelligence Engine to simplify management at scale as well as deliver the security and resilience needed to support mission-critical workloads.” Continued adoption of its Hybrid Cloud solutions, representing more than 60 percent of new sales in Q3Pivot3’s Developments In Q3 2018: More than 50-percent growth in bookings in Q1-Q3 2018 compared to the same period in 2017, with 86 percent of new bookings in Q3 comprising large enterprises. A 95-percent increase in average deal size in Q3 2018 over the 2017 average. Nearly 65 percent of 2018 sales to date have come from satisfied existing customers expanding their deployments to include multiple mixed workloads. Additionally, more than 70 percent of new customers deployed multiple mixed workloads on Pivot3’s platform, indicating that customers are increasingly – and repeatedly – relying on Pivot3’s Intelligence Engine to automate and manage multiple mission-critical applications on a single platform. Continued adoption of its Hybrid Cloud solutions, representing more than 60 percent of new sales in Q3. Named a Strong Performer in Hyperconverged Infrastructure in The Forrester Wave: Hyperconverged Infrastructure, Q3 2018. Pivot3 ranked within the top three vendors in the current offering category and achieved the highest scores possible for the criteria of built-in security, customer support options and quality of operations and support. Announced a global strategic partnership with Lenovo to develop, market and sell solutions optimized for mission-critical Smart City applications and use cases, both in the core data center and at the edge. Continued growth of mission-critical Smart City initiatives, including with the City of Bogotá, Colombia, which is deploying a highly-efficient Lenovo/Pivot3 solution to achieve maximum infrastructure efficiency and scale as its surveillance needs grow. Launched Intelligent Edge Command and Control, a new ruggedized and SWaP-optimized Hybrid Cloud solution to support sophisticated analytics, VDI and IoT use cases for defense, intelligence and other extreme operations at the ‘tactical edge’. Released a new large-scale IoT solution designed to support mission-critical deployments of 500TB or more with greater resilience, scale and ease of use, fundamentally altering the economic equation for customers in large IoT data capture scenarios. A diverse range of new customers, including numerous military and federal agencies as well as local governments, a nuclear research facility, multiple educational institutions, a large manufacturing organization and a major sports and entertainment complex. The top industry verticals represented in Q3 sales include government, logistics and transportation, energy and utilities, hospitality, and education. Certified its infrastructure solutions for mission-critical IoT, Safe Cities and Smart Building environments operating with Milestone Systems video management software. This allows organizations to gain access to infrastructure proven to deliver the performance, resilience and scale required in mission-critical environments. Advanced Resilience And Security The key to Pivot3’s differentiation in the HCI market lies in their Intelligence Engine, which delivers advanced resilience and security"“IT organizations need new levels of automation in their infrastructure to provide the resiliency, availability and low latency required to support rapidly expanding volumes of data and the proliferation of applications and business services,” said Mike Leone, Senior Analyst from Enterprise Strategy Group. “The key to Pivot3’s differentiation in the HCI market lies in their Intelligence Engine, which delivers advanced resilience and security, and automates manageability at scale for customers’ most demanding workloads.” “Pivot3 has led the industry in supporting mission-critical use cases where security, resilience and management simplicity are required at enterprise scale,” said Nash. “As customers turn to IT to solve their most pressing business challenges, automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning will become key drivers in enabling the next wave of enterprise-scale digital transformation. Pivot3 is positioned to support this evolution with a foundation of Hybrid Cloud and IoT solutions for the enterprise’s most critical environments.”
In the state of the residential security market today, we see many who are offering home security packages that rely on numerous sensors and multiple devices to provide a comprehensive coverage of the home and provide peace of mind. Each individual sensor or device within the package provides a specific functionality, and the user finds himself burdened by an overwhelming amount of sensors and devices. This overload is intensified by the penetration of additional IoT and smart devices into the home, such as pet-cams or smart speakers that add to the burden of installation and maintenance. In addition, we are witnessing the rise in popularity of DIY security devices, indicating that users are looking for models and technologies that provide both contract flexibility and simplicity of use. The past years have seen major advancements in radar technology, which have brought the formerly military technology into the consumer space. Radars provide interesting prospects for home security and smart homes due to several inherent characteristics which give it an advantage over existing technologies. The resolution of an advanced radar sensor enables not only presence detection, but also provides advanced features for security, automation and well-being Advanced Security And Automation Features Of primary importance, a consumer designed radar sensor provides the user with full privacy, but the use of radar is also beneficial because it is indifferent to environmental, temperature and lighting conditions. In addition, radar signals (at certain frequencies) are capable of penetrating through almost any type of material, enabling concealed installation, robust monitoring in cluttered spaces and even the coverage of several separate rooms with only one device. In terms of capabilities, simple time of flight 2-antenna radar sensors, which have been around for a while, do not provide much additional value in comparison to existing solutions and are not necessarily competitive in terms of pricing. However, the new generation of radar sensors are also opening up new capabilities previously achieved with optics only. Today, the resolution of an advanced radar sensor is high enough to enable not only presence detection, but also to provide advanced features for security, automation and well-being, all in one. Imagine for example, that the security sensor installed in your elderly parent’s home could also detect a fall having occurred, monitor the breathing of a baby or even leaks in your wall. Due to the unique field of view that radar provides as well as the multi-functional potential, this technology will be the key to the awaited convergence of smart home functionalities and minimization of home devices. The security sensor installed in your elderly parent’s home could also detect a fall having occurred Secret Of The Consumer Radar A radar sensor’s accuracy and its ability to support wide functionality and applications is determined initially by its resolution, which is based on two key factors: bandwidth and number of channels. The wider the bandwidth and the more channels the radar supports, the more accurate the data received. Imagine the difference between a 1990s television model and a 4K 2018 television model - As the resolution is ever improving, the sharper and more detailed is the image. When looking at the short-range radar sensor market, prominent companies such as Texas Instruments and NXP are offering radar-on-chip solutions supporting 2\3 transmitters (Tx) and 3\4 receivers (Rx), mainly utilizing frequency bands of 77-81GHz, as they target mostly automotive and autonomous driving applications. Another company that develops such radar-on-chip solution is Vayyar Imaging, an Israeli start-up, founded in 2011, that developed a radar sensor for 3D imaging. Vayyar Imaging directly targets the smart home and security markets with its radar-on-chip, developing modules and products for intruder detection, automation and elderly care (fall detection). Providing not only chips, but complete systems, the new model makes radar technology highly available and accessible. The radar-on-chip technology opens the door to installation of security and well-being devices in locations where privacy or environmental conditions pose an issue Radar-On-Chip Solution The radar-on-chip solution supports 72 full transceivers, an integrated DSP and radar bands between 3-81GHz. The resolution provided by this type of specification is high enough to provide subtle information about people’s real time location posture (lying down\falling\sitting\walking), and breathing, and enables to classify pets from humans, but it is low enough as to not compromise privacy. This type of technology opens the door to installation of security and well-being devices in locations where privacy or environmental conditions pose an issue, such as in bathrooms or heavily lit environments. Moreover, utilization of this technology allows to dramatically minimise the numbers of sensors installed in the home, as it provides full home coverage with just one or two sensors and enables using the same HW to support additional capabilities such as breath monitoring, fall detection and highly accurate automation. Using AI and machine learning, the data derived by these sensors can be leveraged to provide smarter, verified alerts on the one hand and whole new insights on the on the other. The sensor can be tuned to learn the location of the house entrances or boundaries, where the inhabitants are expected to be at night, or where they should be expected to enter from into the home, adding new logics to the traditional yes\no decision making. Home security is widely regarded as a necessity, provides peace of mind to people and is integral to people's day to day lives Additional Smart Home Services Among the evolving home technology verticals, security is by far the most relevant and integral to people’s day to day lives. Home security is widely regarded as a necessity and provides peace of mind to people. Being a legacy industry with many well-known and well-trusted brands, security players are well positioned to introduce new technology into the home and have the ability and credibility to expand their offerings to additional smart home services by utilizing existing infrastructure and channels. With technology giants entering the security arena through the smart home door the DIY security solution market expected to explode with a CAGR of 22.4% (according to a report by Persistence Market Research). Now that new pricing and service models offer minimal commitment, traditional security players will need to step up. Security companies will need to explore new technologies and expand their offering if they intend to stay relevant and competitive in a market trending on functionality converge and minimization of maintenance and installation costs.
There are many notable trends on the horizon for the physical security and surveillance industry. In the growing area of low-latency live video streaming applications, we will see the continued move to HTML5 playback. For the security industry, live video streaming is an enabling technology that provides many opportunities for dealers and integrators to leverage additional services for the customers. Flash’s Loss, HTML5’s Gain To be effective, the technology needs to be able to stream consistently and reliably from a variety of devices, platforms, browsers and mediums, such as NVRs, on-premise servers or the cloud. HTML5 is now an effective replacement for often-vulnerable Flash browser technology in live streaming workflows. Flash, a plug-in to current browsers, has been a lightning rod for hacking vulnerabilities and malware. As such, most modern browser providers have begun to disable Flash by default, requiring additional actions by users, while support for the technology may be discontinued altogether in the near future. HTML5 implementations can be either cloud-based, or peer-to-peer streamed without Flash technology. Users who can stream live from camera to their choice of device, while enabling low-latency HTML5, gain greater efficiencies and less-expensive platform bandwidth costs.Support for Flash-based technology may be discontinued altogether in the near future Traditional Security Integration In addition, peering live streaming video directly from on-premises cameras and NVRs will take off for security applications, based, in part, on the significant reductions possible in direct operating costs, and a lower total cost of ownership for the end user. Peer-to-peer streaming reduces bandwidth costs and infrastructure requirements by streaming directly from IP cameras, mobile devices, drones, loT devices, to browsers, phones and tablets. It effectively removes implementation challenges from the physical IT infrastructure, while still permitting precise client control of content. Other significant trends will include continued integration of traditional security and live video streaming products and applications into emerging home automation standards including Apple’s HomeKit, Google’s Home and Amazon’s Alexa. We will also see the ongoing move to metadata-driven analytics and smarter, real-time event notifications directly benefitting the physical security industry and providing a deeper, more targeted proactive response. Peer-to-peer streaming reduces bandwidth costs and infrastructure requirements by streaming directly from drones to browsers Winners And Losers These will be the losers in 2018: manufacturers or software providers who continue using Flash-based players will begin losing significant market share; any company not looking to be more open with their integrations and APIs will lose ground as deployments become increasingly interconnected. EvoStream In 2018 Last year was significant for EvoStream in peer-to-peer live video streaming, as we continued our goal to migrate OEMs off heavy back-end streaming and into peering workflows. As the market has become educated on the advantages, they have clearly stepped up to using metadata software that brings additional intelligence which results in reduced bandwidth requirements, high scalability and flexible deployments.Manufacturers or software providers who continue using Flash-based players will begin losing significant market share in 2018 We have continued to focus not only on peer video, but taking it to the next level – providing the metadata, commands and other various channels necessary to fully replace existing robust streaming back-ends – and this strategy made a big difference for us in the win column for 2017. Much of the challenge for our company has revolved around the spotty support for both WebRTC and low-latency video streaming in HTML5. We’ve had to do more media player creation than we otherwise would have liked, to allow for the one-to-two second latencies we now can achieve in video-streaming surveillance from lens-to-lens. Looking further into 2018 we’ll be interested in some of the emerging Forward Error Correction (FEC) protocols like SRT and how they can improve streaming directly from cameras and NVRs. In 2018 we’ll also be bringing easier integrations to connect devices embedding our software to home automation platforms such as Apple HomeKit, Google Home and Alexa.
In the wake of Securing New Ground event in New York City in 2016, the Security Industry Association (SIA) published an inaugural “Security Megatrends” report that assessed for major “megatrends” for the security industry in 2017. 10 Major Megatrends Only days ago, SIA published “Security Megatrends: The 2018 Vision for the Security Industry,” again identifying 10 major megatrends to watch in the year ahead. SIA saw a great deal of activity unfold in 2017, as it predicted, and tweaked several of the major megatrends for the year ahead while also identifying fresh concerns for the industry to watch. For example, for 2017, SIA predicted the Internet of Things (IoT) would forge new integrations between a vast, ever-growing array of systems, sensors, devices and services. Physical security, once a separate process made up of a distinct continuum of items, grew more networked with other services and things across IoT connections. As we continue into 2018, SIA foresees consumer applications leading the networking of connected devices, deepening home security connections into IoT. Cross-industry Devices Take The Lead While enterprise investments have lagged in previous years, businesses will ramp up their use of connected solutions in the years ahead. Specific industry verticals, such as process sensors for electricity plants or real-time location devices in healthcare, will continue to drive enterprise investment in IoT.Going into 2018, cross-industry devices like those used in smart buildings, such as physical security systems, will take the lead Going into 2018, cross-industry devices like those used in smart buildings, such as physical security systems, will take the lead. Gartner Inc. expects cross-industry devices to reach 4.4 billion units by 2020 with vertical industry-specific devices at 3.2 billion in use. Transformation Of The Channel Hand in hand with IoT developments, we see the emergence of a new megatrend in 2018 with the Transformation of the Channel. Consumers will demand flexibility, and companies will deliver. Month-to-month contracts from professional providers along with no contract monitoring will challenge fixed models of two- or three-year contracts. Traditional security providers will focus more on deepening the customer experience and enhancing convenience and service. The rise of IoT also places an emphasis on cybersecurity, and security dealers will react by seeking manufacturers and technology partners with cyber-hardened network-connected devices.
When Linus Yale Sr. invented the pin tumbler cylinder lock, it was the start of an iconic security brand that would eventually be known all over the world. What began in a lock shop in Newport, N.Y., would eventually evolve into the global presence of the brand “Yale” that we know today. The Yale brand was purchased in August 2000 by the Swedish lock manufacturer ASSA ABLOY Group, which expanded Yale’s global presence in the ensuing years and recently has led the way into smart locks and building automation. This year, ASSA ABLOY is marking the 175th anniversary of the Yale brand. Global home security brand “People all over the world trust the brand to protect what they love most in their homes,” says Kate Clark, Managing Director of Yale EMEA at ASSA ABLOY. Although Yale has a successful commercial sector business in the United States, in the rest of the world Yale is a residential brand. The Yale brand is well known in 130 countries from Australia to the Czech Republic to Colombia, and is popular in Africa, too. In the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) market alone, Yale has around 20,000 products; that’s without counting products sold in the Asia-Pacific and Americas regions. Yale is familiar as a generic term for “lock” in some areas and is one of the largest home security brands in the world. Expansion Into Digital Locks Good old-fashioned cylinder locks still look nice and cost the right amount of money, so they are in demand “I think we stand for safety, quality and reliability, and that hasn’t changed,” says Clark. “It’s as important now as ever. We have tried to pioneer new technology in the industry, new innovations. The rate of acceleration has increased, and there are so many technologies we have to understand and work with.” Growing beyond its heritage in mechanical locking systems, Yale is now expanding into digital locks that can protect homes with a high level of security synonymous with the Yale brand. The current selection of locks includes partnerships with tech brands such as Nest Labs (Google) and Alexa (Amazon). There is a rapid acceleration of growth in the electro-mechanical lock market. But even as the focus expands to smart locks and partnerships with tech companies, Yale continues to dedicate time and resources to the design of their core mechanical products. Good old-fashioned cylinder locks still look nice and cost the right amount of money, so they are in demand. Yale padlocks and bike locks also keep the name top-of-mind. There’s an ongoing education process as home locks expand beyond the use of mechanical devices and even personal identification (PIN) codes. Beyond Mechanical Locks And PIN Codes “It’s important for people to know that we have been around a long time, and we want to celebrate that,” says Clark. “It’s a fantastic story around the brand and what we have achieved. Internally we have a lot of people doing a lot of great things with the brand. We inspire people working with the brand and show them that this is the pedigree, and it should be cherished. We are also raising awareness among younger people, so they know that we are still relevant.” We have an obligation to show people that the new technologies are just as secure as mechanical locks" There’s an ongoing education process as home locks expand beyond the use of mechanical devices and even personal identification (PIN) codes. “We have to take people on a journey,” says Clark. “We have an obligation to show them that the new technologies are just as secure as mechanical locks. If we eliminate PIN codes, we have to do it in a secure and safe way. Then suddenly access to your home can be made available by a company you trust.” Smart Home Security “We have a responsibility to do our best job with the new technology – it’s wonderful, but it needs to be used correctly,” says Clark. “I personally feel a responsibility to do that in the right way.” For example, in working with Amazon and Alexa to remotely authorize the delivery of a parcel to a home, concerns of security must be weighed carefully along with issues of convenience. “It’s important that we get the balance right,” says Clark. “We need to know the right person is giving the right voice command to lock a lock. We have to be true to our core as ‘security first.’” Will Yale be here another 175 years? Clark says she doesn’t expect to be around to find out but will do her best to preserve and promote the brand until she hands it off to a new caretaker.
As Internet of Things (IoT) devices go, networked video cameras are particularly significant. Connected to the internet and using on-board processing, cameras are subject to infection by malware and can be targeted by Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. Hacking of cameras also threatens privacy by allowing unauthorized access to video footage. The performance of hacked cameras can be degraded, and they may become unable to communicate properly when needed. Ensuring cybersecurity is a challenge, and the fragmented structure of the video surveillance market contributes to that challenge. A variety of companies are involved in manufacturing, integrating, installing and operating video systems, and cybersecurity threats can enter the picture at any stage. “It’s not always clear who is responsible,” says Yotam Gutman, vice president of marketing for SecuriThings, a cybersecurity company. “However, the only entities who can ensure cybersecurity are the security integrator and the service provider. They will bear the financial pain and are willing to pay for cybersecurity. An extra $1 or $2 per camera per month is not expensive.” SecuriThings’ “lightweight software agent” runs in the background of video cameras, sending information to an analytics system in the cloud IoT Device Security Management At the recent IFSEC trade show in London, SecuriThings unveiled its IoT Device Security Management (IDSM) approach to enable integrators to ensure cybersecurity. Founded in 2015, the company has around 20 employees in Tel Aviv, Israel, and operates a sales office in New York City. SecuriThings’ “lightweight software agent” runs in the background of video cameras, collecting metadata on camera processes and connections and sending information back to an analytics system in the cloud. Drag-and-drop deployment enables a camera to begin generating data within seconds and requiring only two mouse clicks. The cloud system analyzes data, pinpoints abnormalities, identifies new users, detects multiple entry attempts and tracks other camera processes to identify any cyberattacks. It monitors all devices, gateways, users and APIs to detect threats in real-time and mitigate the threats based on a pre-determined security policy. Machine learning tools also analyze more subtle activities that can indicate insider abuse. For example, a user support center can identify if cameras are being accessed improperly by employees, thus preventing insider abuse. Certified Vendor Agnostic Software SecuriThings is working with camera manufacturers and video management system (VMS) manufacturers to certify operation of its software agents with various camera models and systems. Working through integrators, such as Johnson Controls, is the fastest route to market, SecuriThings has determined. The system can be added after the fact to existing installations for immediate monitoring and remediation, or it can easily be incorporated into new systems as they are launched. “We have a strong sales team in the United States focusing on bringing the technology to more local and national integrators,” says Gutman. Certification ensures SecuriThings’ software agent can be installed in most modern camera models without negatively impacting operation; the software is vendor agnostic. Another eventual route to market is to work with camera manufacturers to install the SecuriThings software agent in cameras at the factory. In this scenario, the system can easily be “clicked on” when cameras are installed. The SecuriThings cloud system generates a dashboard that tracks system activities to identify any cybersecurity threats IoT Security Operations Center SecuriThings operation is transparent to the VMS, and the company works with VMS manufacturers to ensure the code operates seamlessly with their systems. Cloud analytics generate a dashboard that tracks system activities, and/or a managed service monitors the system and notifies customers if there is a problem. “We monitor it from our IoT Security Operations Center, a fully managed service that ensures the real-time detection and mitigation of IoT cyber-threats,” says Gutman. “We found that end-customers don’t have the manpower to monitor the system, so our experts can guide them.”Access control and cloud-based access control will be the next systems under cyberattack, and they are almost as vulnerable" A benefit for camera manufacturers is the ability of a system like SecuriThings to “level the playing field” on issues of cybersecurity, says Gutman. The approach provides a higher level of cybersecurity confidence for integrators and users, including those using cameras that have previously had cybersecurity problems such as “back door” access. SecuriThings has certified its software for use with Hikvision cameras and is in the process of certifying with Dahua, says Gutman. “Western manufacturers say their products are more secure, but we can help all camera manufacturers prove that they are just as secure,” says Gutman. “Integrators and users can log into a device and see all the activity.” Securing Connected Devices From Cyber Threats Beyond video, SecuriThings’ products target the full range of connected devices in the Internet of Things (IoT). The SecuriThings security solution enables real-time visibility and control of IoT devices deployed in massive numbers in smart cities, physical security, building automation, home entertainment and more. Video surveillance is an early focus because of market need, an opportunity to gain traction, and the critical nature of security applications. But the challenges are much broader than video surveillance. “We are seeing similar risks to other devices,” says Gutman. “Access control and cloud-based access control will be the next systems under cyberattack, and they are almost as vulnerable. If you can disable the access control system, you can cause a lot of problems.” Other connected devices that could be at risk include building automation and heating and cooling (HVAC) systems.
Has there ever been a better time for a security trade show in Europe? Shifting threats such as terrorism and a volatile political climate serve as reminders every day of the importance of security in our lives, and even the role of technology. IFSEC opened in London on Tuesday at the ExCeL center, covering every aspect of security, from access control and video surveillance to home automation and perimeter security. Amid sweltering heat, attendees came to find the latest-and-greatest innovations to meet changing security challenges. Substance Over Style Many of the technology announcements were "repurposed" news previously unveiled in the United States at the spring ISC West show in Las Vegas. Even so, there was plenty to see, although foot traffic seemed a little slow on the first day. Several people commented on how IFSEC is different from ISC West. The US market, exemplified by ISC West, tends to emphasize superlatives and flashy market claims, while the European market is more about substance. That observation comes from Moti Shabtai, CEO and President of Qognify, who said he has a larger share of conversations at IFSEC about how a solution can address specific needs. "Europe isn't one single market," he reminds us. "There are more different kinds of customers and different approaches, while the US market has a more unified way of thinking." Safe and secure cities applications (and "smart cities") are more prominent in Europe. While in the US, utility applications are higher profile, driven by a need to conform to NERC/FERC standards. The European market has more different kinds of customers and different approaches "The competition in Europe is more varied, with more smaller players, depending on which product and market," adds Kim Loy, Director of Marketing for Vanderbilt. "It makes it a more dynamic landscape." One variable Loy points to is how advanced each European market is from a technology perspective. For example, the Nordic countries -- Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland -- tend to embrace technology, and Vanderbilt is already seeing success there with its cloud-based products, the ACT365 cloud access control and video system and SBC Connect for cloud-managed intrusion detection. Current events in Europe add an air of urgency to the show. Several recent terrorist attacks have highlighted the need for more and better security. In emergency situations, often the security industry's contributions come after the fact, notes Shabtai. It took police in Brussels, Belgium, five days to find a suspect in the 2016 terrorist attack there. However, technologies such as Qognify's Suspect Search can now sift through databases to find video clips relevant to an investigation within minutes. More analysis of disparate information can in some cases provide predictive capabilities, or at least help direct investigations aimed at preventing such events. Adapting To Vertical Markets Many exhibits at IFSEC reflect the trend we are seeing of companies expanding their product selection beyond what was previously their core competency. Several video companies, in particular, are displaying an expanding array of products. It's a continuation of the familiar trend of video companies like Genetec, Avigilon, Hikvision and others expanding into access control systems. At IFSEC, Genetec says they are focusing on outcomes rather than technology, highlighting systems designed for specific use cases and vertical markets. Importantly, Genetec's systems provide flexibility to adapt to a variety of issues in various markets, whether a specific vertical or in the United States, Europe, or anywhere in the world. Privacy and cybersecurity are especially relevant in Europe Privacy and cybersecurity are hot-button issues for Genetec, says Jean-Philippe Deby, EMEA Business Development Director. It's especially relevant in Europe, where the European Union has embraced general data protection regulations (GDPR) that require compliance by May 2018 (The UK has committed to compliance despite the Brexit vote.) It's another element in the industry's growing focus on cybersecurity and systems highlighting "privacy by design." But global business trends are eliminating some of the differences in the security industry around the world, says Dr. Peter Kim, Senior Director of IDIS. Globalisation Trumps Regional Phasing "Perhaps the biggest difference at IFSEC this year is the realisation that there is less of a difference than ever before between the US and European markets," he says. "Globalisation increasingly means access in Europe to brands and their product offerings is more equal than ever before—something you see here at this and all of the major security shows around the world. New technologies are increasingly rolled out globally either at the same time or close together, as opposed to regional phasing." Europe and America have different drivers and priorities at different times, including those influenced by geopolitics and recent crises, which can drive demand for technology to meet specific security requirements, Kim notes. Avigilon dominates the signage and video displays as visitors enter the ExCeL Centre One thing both markets have in common right now is geopolitical churn in various forms—including the threat of terror and a number of significant elections—which can lead to increased uncertainty. "This is especially relevant for government contracts, as public projects, which can be quite substantial from a security standpoint, often stall in such environments," Kim notes. Avigilon Dominates The Show Avigilon is one company that is introducing new products at IFSEC (that were not previously viewed at ISC West). They include the Avigilon Presence Detector (APD), a sensor that combines self-learning analytics with impulse radar technology to accurately detect the presence of a person even if they have stopped moving or are hidden. The sensor is designed for indoor locations such as vestibules within banks, pharmacies, retail stores and health care facilities. Avigilon is also highlighting a new Mini Dome Camera Line, and integration of its Access Control Manager (ACM) system with biometrics, among other products. Avigilon is making a big splash at the show. They dominate the signage and video displays as visitors enter the ExCeL Center. I'm looking forward to seeing more interesting technologies in the remaining two days of the show.
ProdataKey (PDK), an innovator of cloud-based networked and wireless access control products and services, and Dwelo LLC, a provider of smart-home solutions purpose-built for apartment owners, managers and residents, has announced a partnership that is seamlessly integrating PDK’s cloud access control technology into the Dwelo smart apartment platform. Dwelo’s web and mobile software, which currently offers apartment dwellers the ability to control smart devices such as light switches, thermostats and door deadbolts for their individual units, has added features to manage access to common areas of their building or community, such as entry gates, clubhouse, gym and laundry facilities. These spaces can now be secured by PDK’s cloud access control solution, pdk.io, providing apartment property managers and owners with valuable operational efficiencies. The administrative software interface, not visible to residents, enables management to easily establish and enforce authorized hours of use for common facilities. An audit trail reports all traffic into the property, including any one-time credentials issued by residents, which can be used to assist in investigations in cases of theft or vandalism. When residents move out, their access to unit, common, and perimeter access is immediately deactivated, eliminating the risks that accompany traditional keys that would otherwise remain in circulation. The system is subscription based, with property managers able to recoup the cost in both efficiencies and enhanced revenue Scalable And Affordable Security Solutions Beyond operational efficiencies, residents can unlock perimeter and common doors or gates using the same mobile app they use to control their apartments. In addition, they have the ability to use their phones or computers to generate temporary, one-time credentials that allow visitors, delivery and service people to gain access as needed. These features add to the conveniences afforded to residents living in Dwelo-enabled smart apartments. Both Dwelo and PDK have built successful businesses by leveraging the power of cloud technology to create scalable, affordable solutions that offer unprecedented ease of installation for contractors and simple usability for customers. With their combined areas of expertise in home automation and security, together they see an opportunity to serve a large and generally neglected market sector – apartment renters who desire the same smart home technological conveniences as today’s home owners and seek out communities that offer those smart home solutions. The Dwelo/PDK solution is available for both new construction and retrofits. After an initial per-unit installation charge, the system is subscription based, with property managers able to recoup the cost in both efficiencies and enhanced revenue. Enhanced Apartment Living “Dwelo is thrilled to be partnering with such an innovative company as PDK. PDK is a technology leader in the electronic access control space, and Dwelo and its customers are already benefitting from their forward-thinking approach to access." Our partnership will bring tangible benefits to all stakeholders involved within the multi-family residential market sector" "The consolidation of smart home control and perimeter and common area access control, in one platform, is a powerful marriage for multifamily property owners. We look forward, with PDK, to crafting more solutions that address the specific needs of these customers,” says Mike Rovito, CEO of Dwelo, LLC. “PDKs solution has been embraced by customers in the commercial sector for its simple ease of use and platform flexibility. Our wireless and PoE options allow for cost-effective takeover of legacy equipment, while supporting new construction projects with all the benefits derived from leveraging the network." "Our mantra, simplicity without compromise, dovetails perfectly with Dwelo’s corporate mission to enhance apartment living through easily accessible IoT technology. Our partnership will bring tangible benefits to all stakeholders involved within the multi-family residential market sector,” says Evan Tree, CEO of ProdataKey.
The whole package of functions is easily accessible through residents’ mobile phones Exceeding traditional intercom, Android intercom solution generates unprecedented user experience by not only offering friendlier UI, easier understanding and superior operation, but also serving as a smarter platform for integrating various applications. The Akuvox all-Android intercom solution has built a comfortable and smart living environment beyond intercom for home owners in its recent residential project. The project involved 1,200 luxury apartments in Europe. Integration and mobility were two keywords of the project requirement. The solution was expected to incorporate intercom, home automation and phone system, and the whole package of functions should be easily accessible through residents’ mobile phones. Solutions And Benefits Akuvox’s all-Android intercom solution included indoor monitor-IT82, video door phone-R29 and video guard phone-R48G, supported by its cloud and mobile app. The various terminals delivered best-in-class SIP communication, with Their expertly-tuned Android OS along with APIs offered immense openness to 3rd-party developers for customization, and the configuration, upgrading and maintenance of the solution were efficiently accomplished on the cloud, thanks to which, users could also use mobile apps to obtain all features anywhere and anytime. As a result, the solution benefited both the system integrator and the residents greatly. Intuitive user experience Easy integration with other systems, such as home automation Top-notch audio and video quality Unlimited mobility Streamlined management and enhanced productivity Unique Application Scenarios Searching name on video door phone. Visitors could search names from the contact entries loaded into R29. Adding brilliance to the search experience, the large touch screen could display more names and its customized background picture was welcoming and pleasing. Home Automation. Through its eight connectors, IT82 was exploited as a control panel for smart home devices, such as in-home security sensors, smart lighting and smart metering. Also, consolidating community-wide IP cameras, the solution allowed residents to monitor the neighborhood via an app installed on IT82. Integration with phone system. Various services were realized through the video guard phone. The community guard used it to call the resident’s indoor monitor to confirm visitors’ identity, to grant/deny access, or to push messages to indoor monitors. Vice versa, residents can send property service requests from indoor monitors to the guard phone. Keeping track of home while away. Through the mobile app, residents answered calls, unlocked doors, checked the live camera feed from door phones and handled alerts sent by indoor monitors. Keeping track of the property status led to stringent security. Why Akuvox? Akuvox is a front-runner in SIP and Android-based intercom, accumulating 12-year SIP experience and almost 10-years of Android competence, achieving many breakthroughs in their convergence. It is one of the few intercom suppliers that offer massively-deployed Android solutions, which not only deliver stable system, but also possess exceptional capability of deep customization.
IP technology has revolutionised the home and business security market. Digital systems have many advantages compared to conventional systems used in the security and building sectors. The innovative spirit of Fermax, which for more than six decades has invested in new technologies, has contributed to the development of its IP technology: LYNX by FERMAX. This article discusses some of the architecture projects that have relied on FERMAX’s IP solutions, and the advantages and functionalities of LYNX. IP Technology Transforms Security In a world with greater connectivity and integration, IP technology has transformed security systems, including the video door entry system, positioning itself as one of the best options in the market, as well as offering new standards in processing capacity and performance. LYNX by FERMAX is a state-of-the-art IP video door entry system which has been integrated in some of the most prestigious residential and commercial projects in the world. These projects are constructions that expect to take a step forward in the management of communication, security and comfort for residents. LYNX optimally combines the benefits of integrating communication systems based on the TCP/IP protocol and the needs of real estate developers, systems integrators and end users, achieving the perfect combination of technology, engineering and design. Thanks to the projects in which LYNX has already been installed, its IP systems demonstrate its capacity and efficiency in large buildings, making complex installations easier with long distances. Projects That Integrate With LYNX By Fermax One 57 (United States) Designed by award-winning Christian de Portzamparc, One 57 is one of the tallest residential buildings in New York; a super luxury project in Manhattan. Le Nouvel KLCC (Malaysia) A spectacular real estate project in front of the Petrona Towers, designed by the famous architect Jean Nouvel and comprising of two 49-story towers and 195 luxury apartments. Miras Park (Kazahstan) A unique and high quality residential complex, comprised of 8 blocks. Settler’s Cove (Australia) An award-winning complex located in Queensland, one of the most desired areas of Australia. Settler's cove is an award-winning complex in Queensland Why Large Architecture Projects Choose LYNX Among its most outstanding features, FERMAX puts special emphasis on: Unlimited technical capacity: The MESH network architecture as a distributed network brings robustness to the system and contrasts with most commercial offers. With a single installation of LYNX, it is possible to manage up to 5,000 monitors, unlimited point-to-point distances in the installation, and even unlimited channels for conversations and data transmission. LYNX is designed to allow different devices involved in a facility to talk to each other. Full integration: Provides freedom of choice to configure the system and automate it according to user needs. The system can integrate different solutions for the communication, security and residential or commercial comfort: door entry, access control, home automation, video surveillance cameras, elevator control – either through Fermax products or third-party applications. The end user perceives different integrated technologies as part of a single solution. Extra Security: LYNX incorporates a 3DES and SRTP encryption and maintains a permanent, reliable and easy connection with the building staff, guaranteeing the protection and safety of each resident. It ensures the privacy of the conversations and makes any attempt to sabotage the system more difficult. LYNX provides freedom of choice to configure the system and automate it according to user needs Easy installation and configuration: It is a system designed to be installed by both digital integration professionals and classic installers of audio and video door entry systems. Customization: LYNX offers a multitude of configuration possibilities, with unique and personalized solutions for each project. Complete management: The operation of LYNX Property Management or Guard Units is simple and intuitive, a software specially created for the Fermax IP system. Outstanding product design: The devices and terminals associated with LYNX provide a level of design that is unequalled, which has turned Fermax into an international reference. Refined lines, elegance and simplicity, in addition to the careful selection of high quality materials and perfect finishes. The guarantee of a specialist brand: LYNX is an advanced technological solution from IP protocols – combining solid experience in the video door entry sector and a constant capacity for innovating. LYNX Features And Functionalities The property owner or resident has many advantages when installing LYNX devices. The IP door entry monitor becomes the screen to manage inside the home, from the most essential feature such as door opening or calling the elevator, to the control and automation of temperature, alarms, visualizing the video surveillance video installed in the complex, or talking to the concierge or neighbors, alongside other advanced functions.
Sigma Designs, a provider of intelligent system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for connected smart TV platforms and smart home IoT, announces that Japan’s largest telco corporation, KDDI, uses Z-Wave as the wireless mesh technology powering their smart home solution, au HOME, designed specifically for network operators. Au HOME With Z-Wave KDDI is growing its lifestyle brand for consumers with the expansion of the popular au mobile service beyond communications into home services aimed to capture a piece of the growing smart home market and extend it in Japan. The fully integrated, plug-and-play smart home service, au HOME, will leverage Z-Wave for a broad array of sensors, outlets, locks, and other connected devices essential for the delivery of optimal home security, automation, and smart metering services. Au HOME with Z-Wave will allow au smartphone users with the service to easily monitor their home on-the-go and control home temperatures, lock doors and windows, control lighting, and measure power consumption. "We are excited to be working with KDDI to bring Z-Wave technology to Japan," said Raoul Wijgergangs, VP of Sigma Designs' Z-Wave Business Unit. "Capitalizing on the smart home market requires thoughtful solutions that address the real challenges faced by both service providers and end consumers. KDDI's system will allow them to easily introduce new smart home technology and allow consumers to expand their smart home functionality without fear of incompatibility. As the market leader and most secure and interoperable smart home protocol, Z-Wave is perfect for powering KDDI's innovative new service." Z-Wave Smart Home Z-Wave smart home deployments have been at the forefront of new telco initiatives in the U.S. and Europe for many years. The market in Asia is now rapidly closing the gap with all three major providers in Republic of Korea, SK, KT and LGU+, offering programs capped off with this announcement by industry giant, KDDI in Japan. The au HOME smart home solution with Z-Wave will be available for consumers in Japan at the end of July 2017.
Elekta glass entry panels have been installed to minimize visual impact on the iconic architecture Urmet has added to its portfolio of heritage buildings with an installation at the world-famous former BBC Television Center in White City, London. The 14-acre complex is one of the capital’s most recognizable landmarks, with a frontage and statues that are known to television viewers around the world. Many features are Grade II-listed and will remain as part of the new residential, leisure, and commercial complex.Urmet iPervoice IP Door Entry System Developers, Stanhope plc, are using Urmet’s open platform iPervoice IP door entry system on an initial phase of 430 apartments and penthouses for visitor announcement, system management by concierge staff, and lift control interface.Elekta glass entry panels have been specified to minimize visual impact on the iconic Fifties architecture. These panels have been fitted at 40 entrance points and connected over the Cat5e network allowing visitors to communicate with residents. The Elekta is a Power over Ethernet (PoE) panel that features a 3.5-inch color display and allows both audio and video messages to be recorded. The panel will also detect if a door has been left open and there is a duress function for anybody who feels under threat. At large sites, the panel can display a route map from the external entry gates to the selected residence. The Elekta features soft-touch controls and can be flush-mounted. Urmet also supplied a number of bespoke external posts for installing the panels in areas of Television Center where the buildings have a glass-fronted or a curtain-wall exterior. "Urmet’s unobtrusive designs allow architects to maintain period feel, but also empower residents with functionality" Urmet MAX IP Android-Powered Touchscreen On certain panels in communal areas, there are additional one-button call units for contacting the 24-hour concierge staff. These are from Urmet’s Sinthesi Steel range and feature a wide-angle 120° camera, vandal-resistant body, and impact resistance to IK09. In the apartments, residents respond to calls from the entrance panels and communicate with their visitors using Urmet’s newly launched MAX IP Android-powered touchscreen. This is a seven-inch tablet-style device that uses swipe and gesture conventions familiar to any smartphone user. The MAX IP has a 2-megapixel camera and a 1024x600 pixel screen. Intelligent Lift Management An important feature of the MAX IP is a lift icon that generates a signal to the lift interface when pressed. Residents can call the lift to their floor or send it to the ground level to receive a guest or delivery person—all without leaving their apartment. The lift occupant can only travel to the floor for which they have permission and they are prevented from visiting other levels. This function is a core requirement of Secured by Design (SBD), the official UK Police initiative that seeks to ‘design-out crime’ through physical security. Urmet is fully committed to SBD and was an early adopter of the scheme. Television Center also uses Urmet’s switchboard software, which allows concierges to manage calls, receive and create alarms, and send messages on a global, group or individual basis. The software simplifies these functions by presenting the concierge with an intuitive screen menu and empowers staff through an overall site awareness that contributes to resident safety. Concierges will work from a lobby formed from the original ‘stage door’ entrance to Television Center. "Urmet excels at populating our touchscreens with factory-controlled third-party apps for integration to home automation and network systems" App-Based SolutionMark Hagger, Sales & Marketing Director at Urmet, said: “Urmet excels at populating our touchscreens with factory-controlled third-party apps for integration to home automation and network systems. This is a direction in which developers and installers want our sector to move and the trend was also emphasized by prospective end-users when they looked at the system in the marketing suite created by developers, Stanhope.” He continued: “Many of our projects involve door entry at sites that retain the original fabric of an historic building. Urmet’s unobtrusive designs allow architects to maintain period feel, but also empower residents with functionality. This is becoming one of the many strengths of the iPervoice system.” Protecting Heritage Facility After its opening by the Queen in 1960, the studios at White City created programs ranging from Blue Peter to Children in Need for over fifty years, until 2012. Known from now on as Television Center, the overall site covers 145 acres. The architect is London-based practice, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, which will retain components such as the Helios statue and mosaic work.The recent Urmet installation is on the initial Helios apartment block. The scheme will finally include 950 new homes, offices, restaurants, cafés, a cinema, shops, hotels, and an additional campus for Imperial College. A piazza the size of Trafalgar Square will be created in the original frontage.
Urmet's solution will offer screening of visitors and the ability to integrate with home automation apps Urmet, an international manufacturer of video door entry solutions, has secured the order to supply the latest IP door entry systems for a new development of luxury apartments at a £500 million mixed-use development near Oxford Street in London’s West End. Rathbone Square is a 2.3-acre project consisting of new office space, retail outlets, a public square and 142 luxury apartments. The buildings have been designed by Make Architects and are being constructed by Lend Lease for developers Great Portland Estates. The site is a former Royal Mail sorting office in Fitzrovia and forms part of the £1 billion development of Tottenham Court Road in preparation for the Crossrail railway construction project.Visitor Screening RequirementsThe Urmet equipment at the apartments and penthouses is being installed by nationwide building services contractor TClarke and will operate from IPervoice, Urmet’s IP door entry software platform. The building services company required a single system that would offer both the comprehensive screening of visitors and the ability to integrate with third-party home automation apps that control everything from blinds to lighting.Visitors make calls using external stainless steel Elekta entrance panels. These Power over Ethernet (PoE) panels feature a 3.5” color display with a 2-megapixel camera, allowing the recording of both video and audio messages. Compact dimensions and sleek lines will ensure the equipment has minimal impact on the period architecture surrounding Rathbone Square, which includes a number of Georgian buildings. With an impact-resistance rating of IK09, the unit also offer minimal pry points to prevent vandalism.Gesture-driven Touchscreen The system enables call-forwarding to mobile phones via Urmet’s Call2U App when residents are away from home and even allows users to grant access from their remote location A key feature in the apartments is that Rathbone Square residents will communicate with their visitors via Urmet’s latest black MAX IP Android-powered touchscreen. This is a 7” device with quad-core processor that provides processing power to run the most demanding applications and functions like a normal tablet. The system enables call-forwarding to mobile phones via Urmet’s Call2U App when residents are away from home and even allows users to grant access from their remote location. Families can take advantage of this feature on up to four devices simultaneously. TClarke has also used Urmet’s concierge switchboard software, which enables the 24-hour concierge staff to manage calls, receive and create alarms, generate usage reports, and send messages on a global, group and individual basis. The software simplifies these functions by presenting the concierge with an intuitive screen menu and gives operators overall site awareness and visibility that adds to resident security.Compliance With ‘Secured By Design’Throughout the Rathbone Square project, TClarke has worked to the requirements of Secured by Design (the official UK police flagship supporting the principles of ‘designing out crime’). The MAX IP touchscreen (now available in both black and white) ensures adherence to these recommendations with its generous 1024 x 600 pixel screen and destination control for lifts. The screen features an elevator icon, while logic control within the IPervoice software allows the resident to limit a delivery person’s access to the floor for which they have permission. Secured by Design mandates intelligent elevator management of this kind. Commitment To Open Platforms As the project matures, the MAX IP touchscreen will become a true portal. It will integrate with a host of third-party home automation apps “The Rathbone Square project shows us working in a collaborative environment with installer and developer,” says Mark Hagger, Urmet’s Sales and Marketing Director. “As the project matures, the MAX IP touchscreen will become a true portal. It will integrate with a host of third-party home automation apps, including lighting and blind control.” The various sections of Rathbone Square have either six or eight floors, with three basement levels. The office space is on the south side of the building close to Oxford Street, while the residential block faces Fitzrovia. First In A Hundred YearsRathbone Square consists of two ‘L’-shaped buildings, one incorporating the residential units and the other office space for which Castel UK, part of the Urmet Group of companies, provided an IP intercom solution. The exteriors feature precast concrete cladding and metalwork with a focus on low carbon footprint throughout from Hilson Moran, which is acting as sustainability consultant. Many of the apartments at Rathbone Square have balconies overlooking a central garden. Residents can enjoy facilities such as a gymnasium, 18-meter pool, sauna, screening room and even a wine storage and tasting room. The adjacent public square is the first such area built in London for 100 years.