ASSA ABLOY Electronic Security Hardware announced the launch of the Securitron AQ Series Power Supplies, one of the most flexible, scalable solutions available, to protect and enhance the performance of any access control device or system. Available in one to 16 Amp variants to support the smallest single door systems to the largest enterprise access control systems, customers can use any combination of the seven power supplies and nine distribution boards in any UL listed enclosure and maintai...
ProWire Unified Power Systems from LifeSafety Power is a pre-wired, UL/ULC certified power solution that is ready to install, simplifying and standardizing access control installations across an enterprise. The precision wiring design of ProWire eliminates field wiring variability so end users can establish equipment installation standards for consistent, professional and repeatable results across multiple sites, campuses and locations. ProWire eliminates hours of internal panel wiring, includin...
High-quality products are the building blocks of successful physical security systems. How they are packaged may sometimes be seen as an unimportant detail or an afterthought. But should it be? Effective packaging can serve many functions, from creating a favorable customer impression to ensuring the product isn’t damaged in transit. Packaging can also contribute to ease of installation. On the negative side, excess packaging can be an environmental concern, especially for customers who ar...
Digital Monitoring Products (DMP) and LifeSafety Power have announced an integration delivering a customized enclosure that simplifies installing power supply and sub-assemblies for access control. “A lot of our dealers have told us they like using LifeSafety power supplies and enclosures,” says Adam Kinder, product manager for DMP Access Control. In combination with our controllers he adds, “It’s a solution that requires no modification.” DCLASS Integrated DMP Po...
March Networks, a global provider of intelligent video solutions, has announced the March Networks RideSafe RT Series IP Recorder, a new video recording and management platform designed to help passenger rail operators improve security and incident investigation using integrated high-definition (HD) video and vehicle data. Available in two 20-channel models – the RT20E and the RT20EP with eight PoE ports for vehicles that require integrated camera power – the RideSafe RT Series IP R...
The Duke Energy Corporation, one of the largest utilities in the word, has hired Brian Harrell as Managing Director, Enterprise Protective Services. Harrell is widely seen as an industry expert on critical infrastructure protection, with a specific focus on power grid security. He is the former Director of Critical Infrastructure Protection Programs and Director of Operations for the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) while at the North American Electric Reliability Co...
Altronix, a manufacturer of power and data transmission products for the professional security industry, is showcasing a host of new Trove Access and Power Integration Solutions here at ISC West 2018 (booth #11073). Trove easily combines Altronix power with access controllers from the industry’s leading manufacturers. DMP, ProdataKey (PDK), Sielox, and ZKTeco USA now join Altronix’s extensive list of access control manufacturers to capitalize on the benefits that Trove solutions deliver. “Trove is engineered to help system designers easily layout power supplies, access controllers and accessories in an organized streamlined manner, which saves time, reduces costs and conserves valuable space,” said Alan Forman, President, Altronix Corporation. “We are pleased to collaborate with the industry’s leading access manufacturers, increasing ROI and providing value-added features for our mutual customers.”Removable backplanes designed for specific access control brands allow installers to easily configure and test system configurations Simplifying Security Deployments Trove Access and Power Integration Solutions simplify board layout and wire management, while providing extreme flexibility and scalability when designing and deploying access systems. Removable backplanes designed for specific access control brands allow installers to easily configure and test system configurations prior to on-site installation, reducing time and labour and increasing profitability. In addition to the Trove1 and Trove2 Series, Altronix introduced Trove3 for the largest access control deployments. Altronix Trove now supports over 40 brands, including: AMAG, Bosch, CDVI, DMP, Genetec, HID, Honeywell, Kantech, Keyscan, Lenel, Mercury, ProdataKey (PDK), Sielox, Software House and ZKTeco USA with more to come. Trove enclosures include a cam lock, tamper switch, mounting hardware, and provide ample room to accommodate back-up batteries. Altronix also offers a free Trove System Design Tool to further simplify the product selection and design process.
Interlogix, a provider of security and life safety solutions, has launched new products to make home and commercial security more convenient and effective, including two 5-inch, full-colour LCD secondary touch screen controllers for the Simon and Concord security systems. Interlogix also introduced a new photoelectric smoke detector with built-in heat and freeze sensors and a new Command Button for controlling home automation tasks. Interlogix is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. The Simon full-color, LCD secondary touch screen is an ideal way to provide up to four additional points of system control throughout a home. The screens quickly and seamlessly connect to the Simon panel using the Interlogix wireless protocol.The Concord 5-inch touch screen provides home and business owners with at-a-glance status information to conveniently control their Concord system Home And Business Security Monitoring When installed with a Simon panel equipped with Alarm.com services, the touch screens enable control of other functions including Z-Wave wireless lights, thermostats, door locks and other appliances. The 5-inch touch screen provides status icons to identify open windows and doors, last motion detected and a ‘my property’ icon that covers all other areas on the system. A built-in rechargeable battery provides backup power in case of an outage. The Concord 5-inch touch screen provides home and business owners with at-a-glance status information to easily and conveniently control their Concord system. The screen supports multi-partition control and system arming. Integrated speakers provide chime and siren sounds, notifying system owners of alarm conditions. Convenient System Control Power is supplied and backed up by the panel battery. Multiple screens can be added, the total number dependent on power requirements of other system devices. The touch screen is compatible with Concord 4 security system versions 4.5 or later. “It only takes a glance at these 5-inch touch screens to see the status of a home or business owner’s security system,” said Michael Chiavacci, general manager, Interlogix, North America. “They can be placed in multiple locations to provide more convenient system control.”The units are compatible with the Interlogix Simon, NetworX, Concord and UltraSync alarm panels Smoke Detectors With Wireless Connectivity The Interlogix SDX-135Z photoelectric smoke detector with heat and freeze sensors uses wireless connectivity to ensure when one unit senses smoke, all detectors on the network will go into alarm mode. The detectors can be used simultaneously as a smoke/heat detector and freeze sensor - which alerts users if surrounding area temperature drops below a certain point. They feature a 10-year sealed battery and continually monitored operational status, providing a visual notification of network or unit failure. The units are compatible with the Interlogix Simon, NetworX, Concord and UltraSync alarm panels. Enhanced Automation Capability The new Interlogix Command Button is a compact device that can be used to control individual Z-Wave devices and trigger multi-device automations. “Control of lights, locks and other devices using an Interlogix security panel has never been easier,” said Chiavacci. “Now with a single push, the compact and wireless Interlogix Command Button can trigger up to three different, simultaneous automations on the UltraSync system and other Interlogix panels paired with Alarm.com interactive services.” The button’s low-profile design makes it perfect for enhancing automation capability throughout homes and small businesses. The new touch screens, smoke detector and Command Button are available from Interlogix dealers throughout North America.
BQT Solutions, a manufacturer of high-security card and biometric readers and locks, will be exhibiting at ISC West 2018 in Las Vegas on April 10-13 at booth 20134. The company is proud to be showcasing a selection of new innovations this year including the YG10 Roller Door lock, which is also featured in ISC West’s new product showcase. BQT Solutions provides a wide range of both off-the-shelf products and customized access control solutions. BQT is trusted by some of the most high-risk organizations in the world and works with major system integrators, security consultants and end users to develop tailored solutions that fulfil a range of access control requirements. Daniel DeBlasio, Vice President of Sales, BQT Solutions America, Inc comments, “BQT is excited to see that the market is further embracing the convergence of physical access and IT, a trend that we at BQT Solutions have embraced from the beginning with our approach to open platforms. ISC West is a perfect opportunity to demonstrate to customers how BQT is continuing to bring new and exciting innovations that enable them to get the best out of their access control solution.” The YG80 lock is powered by a super capacitor instead of a battery backup, ensuring increased reliability and life expectancy Enhanced User Experience BQT Solutions will be showing a sneak peak of their latest software integration between their miPASS Access TMS Software and Paxton’s Net2 Software. Dan continues, “We are very excited to be partnering with Paxton to produce a more streamlined user experience for our customers. With this integration users can be enrolled for our biometric readers directly through the Paxton Net2 Software. This eliminates the need to have two separate interfaces for managing your access control credentials.” BQT Solutions has also announced the impending launch of their latest roller door lock - YG80 or Orca lock. BQT has built on the success of the highly popular YG10 to offer a host of additional features to cater to a broader range of applications. These include a tamper detection switch and an internal heater for cold storage and transportation environment requirements. Furthermore, the YG80 is powered by a super capacitor instead of a battery backup, ensuring increased reliability and life expectancy. The unit is highly robust in extreme weather conditions, with a 3‐meter flying cable through an IP68 rated cable gland. This lock will be available from August 2018. The FFT Group is well placed in risk management services and technologies Fiber Optics To Biometrics BQT’s products will also be featured by Future Fibre Technologies at booth 19125. Together, Future Fibre Technologies and BQT comprise the technology division of the newly formed FFT Group, the result of FFT’s successful takeover of BQT’s parent company, MaxSec. The new group is well placed in risk management services and technologies, already trusted by some of the most security conscious commercial, industrial, military and government clients in the world. Visitors can benefit from a broader portfolio of complementary solutions encompassing both fiber optic intrusion detection and biometric and card access control. Risk Mitigation Solution Mark Horton, Global Sales and Marketing Director (Technology Division) remarked, “We are pleased to have FFT and BQT exhibiting together this year. ISC West represents another step towards integrating both companies so that we can offer our collective customer base a more comprehensive range of solutions to protect their businesses.” “I look forward to introducing current customers to a second range of high quality products that offers clear synergies with the solutions they are already familiar with. Both companies manufacture market leading products that are now available from a single source, for those requiring a superior risk mitigation solution.”
Altronix, global power and data transmission solutions provider for the professional security industry, is showcasing a unique access power controller at ISC West 2018 (booth #11073) that allows one to deploy two locking devices or readers with different power requirements simultaneously. ACMS8 Access Power Controller The ACMS8 Dual-Voltage Access Power Controller, stacks together with Altronix’s VR6 Voltage Regulator to distribute 12VDC or 24VDC from a single 24VDC power source over each of the unit’s individually selectable eight outputs, reducing the cost of multiple power supplies at access locations with multiple devices. The ACMS8 can also be used standalone with two individual power supplies when more power per output is required. The ACMS8 allows installers to distribute more power over multiple outputs" “The ACMS8 delivers power to multiple access control devices from a single source, eliminating the cost of additional equipment and their related installation expenses,” said Ronnie Pennington, National Sales Engineer, Altronix Corporation. “In addition, the ACMS8 allows installers to distribute more power over multiple outputs while maximising valuable enclosure space.” Emergency Input Trigger The ACMS8 can provide power to a variety of access control devices, including magnetic locks, electric strikes and magnetic door holders. The unit’s emergency input trigger enables egress and alarm monitoring. The disconnect feature is individually selectable for any or all of the eight outputs. Spade connectors allow installers to daisy chain multiple ACMS8 modules for larger system applications. All outputs on the ACMS8 are fused protected and are also available with PTC protected outputs, model ACMS8CB. As with all Altronix products, the ACMS8 Multi-Output Access Power Controller is manufactured in the U.S.A. and is backed by a lifetime warranty.
Viakoo, a provider of automated system and data verification solutions for video surveillance and access control, is introducing a new IoT Tracker at ISC West 2018 (booth #33087). Designed to leverage their proven technology, the new IoT tracker helps to deliver verification for other IoT devices on the network. Viakoo’s unique solution has gained traction by providing a comprehensive system for ensuring that access and video surveillance devices are operating within expected parameters, alerting security officers/managers when problems arise. Now, with the IoT Tracker, the company is doing the same for other IP-connected devices, including Wi-Fi locks, security entrances, uninterrupted power supplies, visitor management systems and more.IoT Tracker was created to help users verify connectivity of IP-connected devices on a regular basis Cost-Effective Solution The Viakoo IoT Tracker is scalable and cost-effective. It was created to help users verify connectivity of IP-connected devices on a regular basis to ensure they remain operational, in addition to gathering data through Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) to provide reliable and complete updates on the operational status of each device. It also provides a simple solution, eliminating the need to develop an expensive or cumbersome custom tool. “Our users require visibility and automation for IP devices beyond video surveillance and access control networks,” said Bud Broomhead, CEO, Viakoo. “Viakoo’s thorough knowledge of proactive automation served as a natural basis for us to provide a solution for all IoT devices utilized by physical security systems.”
Ecolink, a brand in security and home automation products from Universal Electronics, will showcase the latest and most advanced wireless sensors and solutions at ISC West 2018, booth #2043 in April. This year, Ecolink will address the increasingly vital need for pro-security dealers to differentiate themselves across the smart home market in response to growing demand and competition. With more than 30 years of innovation and an unparalleled breadth of solutions, the Ecolink brand continues to offer pro-security dealers unprecedented access to the highest quality, cost-effective wireless products. Product demos will include: Wireless door/window sensor with local bypass –Designed for optimal RF range and reliable detection for all 345MHz and 433MHz compatible security control panels. The patented bypass feature reduces false alarms while making the system easier to use. One of the thinnest sensors on the market, each box contains both brown and white colour options to blend into the decor of any home easily. Hardwired to wireless takeover module – Easily converts up to 8 hardwired zones into 8 independent wireless zones. Fully battery powered, with up to 10-year battery life. Compatible with all 345MHz systems this product will significantly reduce your installation time and cost. Wireless remote fob – An easy-to-use, 4-button wireless remote that is water resistant and features exceptional wireless range. Easily the industry’s most attractive and high-end ‘feeling’ remote ever. FireFighter – A simple and reliable safeguard that enhances existing UL smoke and carbon monoxide detection sensors by wirelessly associating them an existing home security system.
Hikvision, a global manufacturer and supplier of video surveillance equipment, is helping to ensure a safe and reliable electricity supply across South Africa, with the deployment of a massive remote surveillance monitoring solution, covering thousands of electricity substations and power transmission lines. Operated by the largest electricity power distributor in South Africa, Eskom, a network of more than 400,000 kilometers of overhead power lines and several thousand electricity substations, provides electricity to the country’s domestic and business customers. In recent years, this critical power infrastructure has become the target for cable theft, metal theft and other infrastructure related crimes, resulting in vastly expensive and disruptive damage and losses to service providers.Eskom enlisted the help of South Africa’s Combined Private Investigations (CPI) Mitigating Equipment Thefts Organized criminals have increasingly targeted the more remote sections of the supply network, stealing copper cabling, metal and industry grade batteries. Up to 15 incidents per day are currently being reported. If not seriously addressed, it could lead to the interruption of the supply to thousands of domestic customers; commercial operations, hospitals and railway systems. To combat this wide-scale problem, the national electricity provider (Eskom) enlisted the help of South Africa’s leading information driven investigation company, Combined Private Investigations (CPI). CPI was established by a number of experienced law enforcement agents, forensic investigators and corporate security officials, primarily to investigate a high-level cartel for one of the largest parastatals in South Africa. Currently, CPI is the sole supplier of investigations to several parastatals, with an acknowledged record of addressing copper cable and other infrastructure-related crimes successfully, achieving very high recovery levels. CPI arrests between 35 to 85 cable thieves per month and maintains a conviction rate on average of 90%.The impact of downtime for a substation hit by material theft can be significant Preventing Power Loss As a corporate investigations firm comprising over 900 staff members across 18 locations, CPI specializes in the prevention and investigation of non-ferrous metal theft. The company’s main objective is to support electricity supply companies and railway service providers in their fight against organized crime syndicates targeting electrical networks for illegal gain. “Copper and metal theft targeting the power transmission infrastructure has become a real problem for maintaining the reliable supply of electricity in South Africa,” says Roy Robertson, Principal Director of CPI. “The impact of downtime for a substation hit by material theft can be significant, with loss of power to homes, hospitals, schools, factories and public transport services." Intelligence-Driven Approach "These incidents can also have a massive detrimental effect on the provision of key support services, as well as to basic health and safety, so it was vital to our client that not only should the perpetrators of these crimes be investigated and brought to justice, but that the theft incident rate should be significantly reduced.” “To do this, and as a priority, we needed to protect the most vulnerable and remote electricity substations, as these sites were being targeted and experiencing the highest percentage of theft and associated service disruption. At CPI we strive to capitalize on the latest technologies to support our intelligence-driven approach. As such, we approached global surveillance leader Hikvision, to provide the latest electronic security solutions to effectively combat the thefts.”Hikvision Smart Video Content Analytics (VCA) technology embedded into the cameras was set-up for intruder detection Smart Video Analytics Providing a technical team to assess at remote sites, CPI collaborated with Hikvision to assess the most effective technical specification of products to detect and deter thefts. This specification then formed a blueprint to be rolled-out across all of the most vulnerable electricity substations across South Africa. Using their own engineering teams, CPI installed Hikvision DS-2CD2T42WD-I8 and DS-2DE5120W-AE cameras covering the internal and perimeter areas of each remote site. Equipped with 4MP resolution, 120dB Wide Dynamic Range, 3D DNR, EXIR high performance LEDs and 80 metres IR range, the DS-2CD2T42WD-I8 4MP EXIR Network Bullet Camera was the perfect choice to monitor the remote substations, utilizing its advanced performance to provide crystal clear images day and night. Additionally, the Hikvision DS-2DE5120W-AE 1.3MP 20X Network PTZ Cameras were used to provide 3D intelligent positioning and 20X Optical Zoom, to deliver instant visual confirmation on any on-site intruder detection – and all in crystal clear 1.3MP resolution. In conjunction with PIR devices covering the sites’ perimeters, Hikvision Smart Video Content Analytics (VCA) technology embedded into the specified cameras was set-up to perform intruder detection utilizing line detection, to confirm alarm activations and eliminate false alarms.Hikvision’s advanced iVMS 5200 professional software with video wall driver was used to monitor thousands of remote sites Central Monitoring Recorded locally to Hikvision IDS-9632 NXI-1816S Embedded Plug & Play NVRs, specified due to their superior performance and system stability, the NVR’s simple installation reduce engineering installation and set-up time on site, whilst up to 6 megapixel recording resolution and a capacity of up to 4 SATA interfaces ensured the high-quality of local recording needed. Both live and recorded images are transmitted over a wireless LAN, back to CPI’s own control room located at their National Operations Centre in Johannesburg. At the control room, Hikvision’s advanced iVMS 5200 professional software with optional video wall driver was deployed to enable CPI operators to monitor the thousands of remote sites on 24/7 basis, via a ‘monitoring by exception’ basis. Intrusion Detection Monitoring the massive Hikvision integrated surveillance system, in the event of an automated intruder alert being activated to indicate unauthorized movement on-site, surveillance operators are able to quickly visually verify the activity in seconds, examining the high-performance camera network’s high-resolution images. During the process, all evidential video is tagged and automatically archived for future identification and prosecution usage. In the event of unauthorized intruders being detected, the CPI control room operators can instigate a host of anti-intrusion measures, including the dispatch of rapid response teams to a specific locationWe no longer need to deploy response personnel to a site when it may be the subject of a false alarm Integrated Surveillance "These teams comprise highly trained operatives ready to tackle any situation,” continues Roy. “The Hikvision surveillance system ensures we can respond very rapidly to any intrusion detected at the sites, and our manned guard response teams are equipped to get to sites as quickly as is possible, to catch the perpetrators in the act. "We can even call on our Robinson helicopter R44 Police equipped with infra-red camera that can rapidly deploy personnel to reach the most remote locations in just a matter of minutes.” “We work closely with the police and various local authorities, using the evidential video footage produced by the Hikvision systems to very good effect in prosecution cases. The high-definition quality of the Hikvision camera images have proved critical in detecting and prosecuting offenders of metal theft." "Not only is it reducing these incidents, but it enables us to visually confirm the precise cause of an alarm at any remote site at the touch of a button. This means we no longer need to deploy response personnel to a site when it may be the subject of a false alarm – negating the waste of valuable man hours and costs, and vastly improving the effectiveness of our security operation.”We plan to harness more Hikvision technology to fortify power transmission security in South Africa Drone-Assisted Surveillance “We have been so impressed with the Hikvision surveillance technology and the support we have received that we are continuing to roll out this Hikvision based security blueprint to many other power substation sites across South Africa,” Roy continues. “To date, over 1,000 electrical substations are protected by Hikvision systems - making a real difference to the provision of a reliable power service to all sections of industry and society across South Africa.” “In future, we plan to harness more Hikvision technology to fortify power transmission security in South Africa. From additional electronic surveillance systems, to the use of camera-equipped Hikvision Quad-rotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) to protect remote sites and respond to incidents – we’re looking forward to completing more successful projects with the assistance of Hikvision’s highly capable technology solutions.”
Veracity, a manufacturer of IP transmission devices, surveillance storage arrays and integrated command and control systems, has announced details of projects carried out by Wildlife Windows Ltd, a leading designer of innovative wildlife camera systems. The company uses technology from Veracity to help safeguard wildlife from the impact of humans along with meeting growing statutory and corporate responsibility requirements. For over a decade, Wildlife Windows Ltd has specialized in installing multiple camera systems for nature reserve visitor centers and supplying monitoring equipment for conservation professionals and ecological consultants. The team has returned time and again to Veracity’s range of IP transmission tools and products to help them deliver for their customers. Wildlife Windows Ltd has specialised in installing multiple camera systems for nature reserve visitor centers Wildlife Window’s Surveillance Systems What sets Wildlife Windows apart from other companies offering similar services is its extensive knowledge and understanding of wildlife and conservation acquired over the past 25 years as enthusiastic naturalists, as well as in professional roles. With customers including the National Trust, RSPB and several large private companies particularly within construction, Wildlife Windows often has to overcome significant technical challenges to install surveillance systems in hard-to-reach locations with limited power and connectivity. In many situations, the company turns to technology from Veracity which Co-Founder Jason Fathers says, “…has proved extremely useful both during the installation stages and as a key component in a number of challenging projects over the last few years.” What sets Wildlife Windows is its extensive knowledge and understanding of wildlife IP Video Although originally working with analog cameras, in recent years the company has largely switched to IP video and with it gained many advantages in terms of flexibility and quality. Yet running power and connectivity over longer distances is still tricky. As an example, some years ago a high profile project helped to protect, relocate and ultimately return nesting Peregrine Falcons at Battersea Power Station in London. The company needed to install multiple cameras within a complex structure which would have become inaccessible as building work progressed. The challenge was connecting up to 4 IP cameras over an existing coax cable across a 400 meter run and, in this instance, Veracity HIGHWIRE Powerstar Quad proved vital. The project also benefited from using Veracity’s POINTSOURCE Plus for powering POE IP cameras in-situ to complete camera alignment, focus, configuration and test from a locally-connected laptop. This also showed the client that the cameras were functioning as expected before the next phase of construction that would make access to the installation almost impossible. Veracity’s POINTSOURCE Plus for powering POE IP cameras in-situ to complete camera alignment Veracity OUTREACH Max In other instances, Jason and his team have relied on Veracity OUTREACH Max to overcome the distance limitations of Ethernet and Power over Ethernet (POE) to deliver projects in hard-to-reach rural locations, including the positioning of fixed cameras above an Osprey nest in Scotland. “Veracity offers a good balance between price and performance and it is pretty robust kit,” says Fathers. “Over the years, we have used a lot of the Veracity transmission products in some pretty harsh conditions and we have not had a single failure,” he added.
Secure I.T. Environments Ltd, one of the UK’s leading design and build companies of modular data centres, containerised data centres and refurbishment of existing data centres, has announced the completion of its data centre relocation project for Ridgeons, Timber and Builders Merchants. The project involved the closure of a data centre, originally built by Secure I.T. Environments in 2007, and relocation to new facilities on an existing Ridgeons depot site, following the sale of land in Cambridge. Throughout its lifetime the original site was maintained and serviced by Secure I.T. Environments giving the company an excellent understanding of the client’s needs. New Site Design Is Challenging Due To Its Smaller Size The new site design introduced, is challenging due to its smaller size and location, however, given the team’s close relationship with Ridgeons, a design solution was found and the associated risks with planning the transfer of services were mitigated. The project was completed in just 10 weeks. New developments in server and cabinet technology meant no compromise had to be made on the compute and storage power available to Ridgeons, despite the new data centre site being smaller. The project included new incoming power supply, UPS in N+1 format, energy efficient air conditioning, structured cabling, access control / CCTV, a Novec fire suppression and detection system, 19” cabinets with intelligent power distribution, environmental monitoring, as well as general building works. Secure Decommissioning Of The Ridgeon Site Secure I.T. Environments will also relocate the existing generator as part of decommissioning the original site, creating cost savings for Ridgeons. The full decommissioning project will involve taking out all the fire suppression, air conditioning, UPS, cabinets cabling and power. The team will also decommission the structure, ensuring that is securely and responsibly recycled, only disposing of materials when needed and in a way that will minimize waste and environmental impact. “The team at Secure I.T. Environments is by far one of the best I have had the pleasure of working with,” said Nathan Draper, Group IT Manager at Ridgeons. “The decision to move a data centre is not something to be taken lightly and requires great planning if the day to day running of your business relies on those services. Secure I.T. Environments’ approach gave us great confidence that the risks were low, and it has all gone to plan.” Chris Wellfair, Projects Director at Secure I.T. Environments, added “The relationship we have with Ridgeons has been a long-standing one that is set to continue. To be selected for their next data centre project ten years after we first started working with them, shows the depth of trust they had in us to deliver the project with minimum risk and value for money.”
Hikvison’s outdoor cameras provide a wide coverage area for effective perimeter protection Hikvision USA, a provider of innovative, award-winning video surveillance products, delivered a new security system that will be used for classroom instruction as well as security at Kids World, a non-profit school for students with disabilities, located in Taylorsville, Utah. Kids World School The system was installed over the holidays. Since its founding in 2005, Kids World has helped students (pre-school to 7th grade) with a variety of challenging disabilities, said Kids World Founder Brandon Francis. “We help students get their behavior, social skills, and academics to the point where they can be successful in school and in their community,” Francis said. “We become a family to our students and I always hate to see them graduate our program, but it’s great to see them confident and ready to flourish in their next educational setting.” Several Kids World graduates have moved on to public school settings. One child, who was nonverbal initially, started speaking after participating in an auditory therapy program at Kids World. The Hikvision solution replaced an outdated system. Cameras are used for security when the school is vacant, during recess on the school’s playground, in the classrooms, and in the pickup/drop-off area. Inside the classrooms, teachers use video for monitoring and visual feedback. Easy Installation And Superior Performance Kids World’s new Hikvision system is designed for very easy installation, versatility, and is ideally suited to a small education-vertical environment. The system includes three Hikvision DS-2CD2432F-IW 3MP Indoor IR Wifi Cube cameras; one DS-2CD2542FWD-IWS 4MP WDR Mini Dome Network camera; four DS-2CD2132F-IWS MP Vandal-proof Network Dome cameras; and a DS-7716NI-I4/16P Embedded Plug & Play 4K NVR, with a built-in POE switch. “This is one example of the many ways that Hikvision invests in the communities where we do business” All of the cameras feature higher definition, affording better security and better coverage for the safety of the children. The outdoor cameras provide a wide coverage area for effective perimeter protection. The indoor cameras are low profile, which makes them unobtrusive in the classroom. The 4MP indoor dome camera features very wide, 106-degree coverage for the classroom, and all indoor cameras have audio recording capability, which Kids World teachers will use for instructional purposes. All of the cameras are also Wifi capable for a dynamic range of deployment opportunities. Kids World has two classrooms and 16- to 20 students. In addition to regular school hours, Kids World offers one-on-one therapy, tutoring, and after-school programs. Tailor-Made Surveillance Solution Hikvision has solutions that are tailored specifically to the education market, with systems that are appropriate for a wide variety of K-12 and higher education applications. “We’re particularly pleased to provide technical expertise and video surveillance equipment to help support Kids World teachers and students,” said Alex Asnovich, Director of Marketing for Hikvision USA. “This is one example of the many ways that Hikvision invests in the communities where we do business,” he added.A few years ago, Kids World moved from its original location in a commercial park to a residential neighborhood. “I did an extensive study and found that a home-like environment is the most beneficial for students with and without disabilities. This type of environment helps students feel safe, secure, and at home. As a result, students have a higher self-esteem, are more ready to learn, have higher outcomes, and feel less anxiety then in a commercial building,” Francis said. “The Hikvision cameras will really make a difference for our students and their families, providing security and a helping hand in the classroom too,” Francis added.
The battery-powered CLIQ keys are programmable, allowing time-limited access rights Upgrading security at Electricity North West Limited presents quite a challenge. The company owns 57,000 kilometers of overhead lines and underground cables, as well as 34,000 transformers, in urban and remote rural locations across north-west England. The company needs an access control solution that meets critical infrastructure standards for attack resistance. Key management must be secure and straightforward. Audit trails must be available on demand. CLIQ locking technology from ASSA ABLOY ticked the boxes. Controlled Access Rights Key loss can compromise a mechanical key system, and result in unauthorized entry to operational sites. With CLIQ technology, Electricity North West Limited’s key management is watertight and complex workflows can be managed in an efficient way. The battery-powered CLIQ keys are programmable, so a temporary contractor can be issued with a key that permits entry to specific sites for a time-limited period. After the authorization period ends, the key no longer works. Easy Audits And Security With the same CLIQ software, it’s straightforward to generate an audit trail for any individual lock, key or system user, allowing Electricity North West Limited to quickly see who has accessed which secure areas, and when. Even a lost key no longer presents a security risk: it can simply be de-authorized using the admin software. Remote Access Management To date, ASSA ABLOY installation partner Lincoln Security has fitted almost 15,000 locking cylinders at Electricity North West Limited’s multiple infrastructure sites. The new CLIQ system offers a high degree of flexibility, as mechanical locking cylinders were installed where access control functionality was not needed. All other access points were equipped with CLIQ cylinders to control and monitor access. Electricity North West Limited now has almost 2,000 CLIQ user keys and 43 CLIQ programming devices to update key access rights remotely. Meeting Security Standards Padlocks secure gates, fences any many more external locking points. Electricity North West Limited’s old brass padlocks had on occasion been targeted by thieves for their scrap value. The new CLIQ padlocks all meet required security standards, are tested to BS EN12320, and are certified to LPS 1654. CLIQ padlocks are also made from chrome-plated hardened steel, with no significant scrap value—yet another persistent problem eliminated by CLIQ locking technology. Save
Quantum’s StorNext platform manages enormous volumes of data for GWDG Quantum Corp. announced that two of Europe’s premier research institutions are using the company’s StorNext workflow storage as the foundation for managing their growing data and enabling a range of scientific initiatives. GWDG, the computing center for the University of Göttingen, and Computing and IT competence center for the Max Planck Society deployed StorNext-powered disk and tape systems in a multi-tier solution to meet its performance and access requirements for 7PB of data. Separately, the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry also turned to Quantum for an end-to-end storage and archive solution that would support greater collaboration and continuous access to an ever-expanding volume of data. High-Performance Shared Access And Massive Archive GWDG supports more than 40,000 users and needed a high-performance storage system that could handle billions of files and, with data volumes nearly doubling annually, scale to meet rapidly rising demand. In addition, the storage platform had to support a multi-tier storage environment, including making 2.5PB of data on disk and 4.5PB on tape accessible from a single file system. StorNext has met all these scale, performance, and access requirements. Today it enables the center’s IT group to support users across a range of operating systems and manage a large and growing data archive without hiring extra staff or diverting people from other projects. "StorNext has met our needseven as our workflows havebecome more demanding andour environment has evolved" As just one example of the benefits Quantum has delivered, GWDG provides the center’s High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster with shared access to data from the StorNext environment at speeds far above its requirements. The IT group installed StorNext distributed LAN clients on HPC nodes for access over Ethernet, generating speeds of 3.2GB/second, compared to the 2GB/second performance HPC users had requested. As a result, these users can move large amounts of data into the cluster for processing and out again for long-term storage. Simultaneous Data Access And Integrated Protection The Max Planck Institute for Chemistry explores the chemical processes in the atmosphere and the interaction between air, water, earth and man, producing huge volumes of raw data. One research project involving the study of climate change in the Brazilian rainforest includes measurement devices collecting up to 80GB of data daily. The data is then transported to a data center in Germany, where it is processed and made available to researchers around the world. Faced with skyrocketing data growth from initiatives such as this, the need to provide simultaneous data access to multiple researchers, and a data backup system that couldn’t keep up, the institute worked with Microstaxx, a leading system integrator, to identify a solution and selected StorNext. Today the data management platform provides the performance needed to support multiple parallel streams of data, the ability to scale rapidly and easily as new projects are launched and the simultaneous data access that helps drive greater productivity. By delivering robust performance, capacity, and support for a full range of client operating systems (including Linux, UNIX, Windows, and Mac), StorNext has also reduced the need for teams to acquire and maintain their own storage environments. "StorNext allows us toprovide a lot more capacityquickly and easily" Scalar i6000 Tape Library In addition, the institute has benefited from the integrated data protection StorNext provides. Leveraging multi-tier data management and a Quantum Scalar i6000 tape library, Max Planck can protect research data automatically and continuously in the background. Quantum’s Active Vault feature enables archiving of tapes inside the library instead of on a shelf, thereby minimizing costs and cartridge handling while improving security and access to vaulted content. At the same time, Quantum’s policy-driven Extended Data Life Management helps prevent data loss by periodically checking the data on a tape and copying it to a new tape if a problem is detected. Dr. Philipp Wieder, Deputy Head, GWDG, states: “In our experience, StorNext is the only platform that can handle the number of files and amount of data we manage while also delivering high performance. StorNext has met our needs even as our workflows have become more demanding and our environment has evolved.” Thomas Disper, CISO and Head of IT, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, said: “With the StorNext platform, we have removed barriers to research. It allows us to provide a lot more capacity quickly and easily. We don’t need to give research teams data limits, and storage for new projects can be ready in an afternoon.” Save