The ability to treat patients in a secure environment is a base requirement of hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Whether facilities are large or small, security challenges abound, including perimeter security, access control of sensitive areas, video surveillance, and even a long list of cyber-risks. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What are the security challenges of hospitals and the healthcare industry?
PAC & GDX, providers of access control and door entry solutions, are showcasing the range and depth of their innovative technology on Stand IF2930 at IFSEC International 2019. From a single door installation to a fully integrated network based system, the company’s extensive portfolio provides unbeatable reliability and robust functionality, at a price point that enables installation in a diverse range of residential and commercial buildings. In order to provide integrators and end us...
DICE Corporation announced the launch of an all new Video Verification App at the Electronic Security Expo (ESX) in Indianapolis last week. The Video Verification App is a completely mobile browser-based tool used in conjunction with DICE’s CloudEye cloud video recording solution. If an event triggered by an alarm system occurs, app users have more control of how alarm center interaction is handled by viewing live video surveillance and other essential account information. Video Verificat...
Genetec Inc., a provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, announces it will display its flagship security platform, Security Centre 5.8, and its comprehensive suite of new features while exhibiting at IFSEC International 2019. This will be the first time the new functionality will have been displayed in Europe, taking place at ExCeL London from 18-20 June (Stand IF710). The unified platform has undergone a significant update recently, providin...
As the track cools from the Indy 500, the director of security for Indianapolis Motor Speedway events will speak as part of a panel at the Closing Keynote Luncheon at ESX on June 6 in Indianapolis. In this session, three carefully selected panelists will discuss ways to implement better strategies that help reduce violent crimes against employees, students, visitors and customers. To most effectively explore possible solutions, ESX will include panelists from diverse backgrounds who have handle...
Camden Door Controls, a provider of door activation and locking devices, is pleased to bring to market its CM-9800 Series Request to Exit switches. IP 66 rated and ADA & ROHS compliant, CM-9800 capacitive touch switches offer color selectable LED illumination with vandal and weather resistant cast metal construction, and an adjustable 0 to 60 second relay timer. Switch illumination is highly visible in low light conditions and is easily activated by either the switch or door (locked) status...
Vintra, a maker of video analytics powered by machine learning and artificial intelligence, announces an integration with Genetec Inc., unified security, public safety, operations and business intelligence solutions. Genetec customers can now benefit from FulcrumAI, Vintra’s deep learning video analytics solution integrated with Genetec Security Center to deliver real-time, total-environment intelligence from any camera source, fixed or mobile. Vintra has built its proprietary deep learning-powered video analytics solution, FulcrumAI, from the ground up, and has optimized its machine learning models to take advantage of the latest GPU hardware and acceleration techniques. The company’s solution can now be easily deployed to augment the majority of enterprise-grade security, safety, and productivity needs and scenarios. The full power of FulcrumAI is now available as an SDK integration with Security Center. Users can quickly search massive amounts of video from PTZs, body cameras, drones, dash cameras, and mobile phonesAs cameras continue to get smaller, better, and more cost-effective, and surveillance goes mobile through the deployment of drones, dashcams and bodycams, organizations today are faced with an overwhelming amount of video data. FulcrumAI gives organizations the brain capable of analyzing the burgeoning amount of video data streaming from fixed and mobile cameras, integrated directly into the Genetec Security Center platform. Real-Time Alarms And Alerts FulcrumAI integrates with Security Center to provide customers with rich analytics functionality as a task from within the familiar Security Center UI. Users can now easily create and activate both real-time rules for objects and face recognition-powered block lists from a tab within the Genetec software. Alarms and alerts generated by real-time rules are received in Security Desk’s Alarm Monitoring task. They are handled, identically, alongside any other alarms received by the system. Users can quickly search massive amounts of video from fixed cameras, PTZs, body cameras, drones, dash cameras, and mobile phones. Additionally, users can search for and set alarms on a growing list of descriptive attributes of objects such as people and vehicles, and within specific camera zones of interest. Relevant detections can be saved for investigative case reporting purposes. Prevents Potentially Harmful Events We’re excited to be working with Genetec to bring deep learning, neural network-based analytics that provide proactive prevention"“The integration of Vintra’s FulcrumAI with Security Center can help prevent potentially harmful events from unfolding and know exactly where those might occur, delivering fast and accurate results as well as timely situational awareness,” said Jordan Jaumeau, Director of development partnerships at Genetec Inc. “The integration leverages Genetec Security Center UI, allowing Security Center operators to gather intelligence and make decisions using their familiar Genetec environment” added Jaumeau. “We’re excited to be working with Genetec to bring deep learning, neural network-based analytics that provide proactive prevention, increased situational awareness and post-event video forensics to our enterprise, public safety, and transport customers,” said Patrick Vermont, Director of Product at Vintra. “The exciting integration of FulcrumAI and Security Center means measurably better security outcomes, a reduction in operational costs and an increase in employee productivity for forward-looking organizations that are operationalizing AI today.”
Miotta, formerly Mivatek, has unveiled its newest “Smarter Premises as a Service,” allowing global service providers to offer turnkey, RMR-based, smart home, enterprise, and care protection services. Miotta SPaaS Multi-Cloud Software The new Miotta Smarter Premises as a Service, or SPaaS, relies on Miotta’s advanced mobile-cloud software The new Miotta Smarter Premises as a Service, or SPaaS, relies on Miotta’s advanced mobile-cloud software. Using this specialized software, service providers can offer their customers turnkey, automated, expandable video-IoT systems with integrated multipurpose and multi-location capabilities. These systems ultimately provide homeowners with collaborative video-verified security, safety, and care service, giving them the utmost peace of mind by ensuring that all respective authorized mobile users are alerted in the event of a security- or health-related event. Competing with ADT, Vivint, Comcast, and AT&T, Miotta’s SPaaS requires no professional installers, a significant cost savings. Miotta’s mobile-cloud allows service providers to offer interactive/collaborative, high-roof-count monitoring services, while dramatically reducing the providers’ capital and operating expenses and enabling them to expand their geographic range and scope of service. This translates to increased ARPU (average revenue per user) and allows Miotta’s B2B customers to collect valuable premises data, increase brand awareness, and strengthen customer loyalty. These security services are not only available to residential users but to enterprises of all sizes as well. Video-IoT Security System Consumers will see considerable benefits from Miotta’s SPaaS offering. Starting with a simple video-IoT security system, consumers can easily expand their system to cover multi-location smarter homes, and business security systems covering video-verified security, safety, and care protection services in one single mobile-app. The addition of professional monitoring services provides consumers with an additional security safety net. Further, the video verification feature of the system will help to significantly reduce false alarm rates. The user collaboration app allows the system owner to manage video access privileges with video privacy and supervisory control The user collaboration app allows the system owner to manage video access privileges with video privacy and supervisory control. Owners and family members can be functionally separated from neighbors, friends, and concierge oversight while all are alerted simultaneously in the event of an emergency. The video-verified app also connects to professional monitoring call centers. The event video recording and verification prevents false alarms, and the recorded-event video evidence ensures prioritized emergency response from first responders. Smart Home Solution “We are excited to unveil our newest Smarter Premises partnership program not only to security dealers but to global service providers,” said Joe Liu, Miotta CEO. “Our turnkey, video-integrated security, safety, and care mobile-cloud has made smart home and enterprise protection easy and affordable for service providers and consumers.”
3xLOGIC, PAC/GDX and PACOM, providers of security and access control solutions, have announced they will be exhibiting on stand IF2930 at IFSEC International 2019, which takes place on 18th-20th June at ExCeL, London. For over 15 years as one of the USA’s most respected innovators in server, cloud and artificial intelligence-based solutions, 3xLOGIC has an enviable track record in redefining what’s possible with security technology. After successfully launching into the European market earlier this year, 3xLOGIC will exhibit its diverse range of cutting-edge products as well as demonstrate their integration capabilities. Leading the way is the integration of 3xLOGIC’s NVRs and standalone cameras into PACOM’s GMS and Unison product lines. VIGIL Enterprise Grade VMS 3xLOGIC’s VIGIL enterprise grade VMS is the driving force behind the VIGIL range of NVRs, DVRs and PoE cameras3xLOGIC’s VIGIL enterprise grade VMS is the driving force behind the VIGIL range of network video recorders (NVRs), digital video recorders (DVRs) and Power over Ethernet (PoE) cameras. To further enhance VIGIL’s suitability for multi-site environments, it has been integrated with the PACOM Graphical Management System (GMS). Engineered to communicate over an IP network, the PACOM GMS allows for full integration of access control, alarm monitoring, video surveillance and many other security functions. 3xLOGIC’s Visix Facial Recognition camera is making its European debut at IFSEC 2019. This special purpose, low cost, dual lens 2MP device is designed for instant face detection, and the identification and notification of persons of interest. Using camera-based analytics and 3xLOGIC’s exclusive facial recognition software and mobile app, users can review images and choose which individuals to place on a watch list. Unison Security Management Furthermore, 3xLOGIC’s Facial Recognition camera has recently been integrated into PACOM’s Unison security management platform. An open security solution designed specifically for campus-based organizations, Unison is the solution of choice for organizations within vertical sectors such as healthcare, universities, commercial buildings, public facilities, municipalities, airports, shipping ports and data centers. The combination of Facial Recognition capabilities with Unison improves operational efficiency by quickly and accurately identifying persons of interest, and streamlining processes to use this information to meet the organization’s security and marketing goals. TRENDS empowers the user to interpret vast amounts of disparate data more effectively and efficiently than ever before For those looking to optimize organizational efficiency, 3xLOGIC’s TRENDS cloud-based business intelligence tool incorporates exception-based reporting, video data and third-party applications into an easy to use dashboard that provides a simple visual snapshot of business operations. TRENDS empowers the user to interpret vast amounts of disparate data more effectively and efficiently than ever before, offering unrivalled levels of visibility to quickly spot issues and liabilities that can seriously impact a company’s bottom line. Bluetooth-Based Card Reader Last, but certainly not least, visitors will have the chance to get hands on with the new PAC GDX Bluetooth-based card reader technology, which has been specifically designed to meet the requirements of companies of all sizes that want the most secure access control solution possible. Experts from the company will be available for product demonstrations and to discuss a new online training program that has been developed to enable installers and end users to get the very best out of their PAC GDX solution. “It has been a tremendously exciting year, and we are looking forward to discussing our activities with those attending IFSEC,” commented Matt Kushner, Global President, Stanley Products and Solutions. “With a combined legacy of over 100 years in the security industry, 3xLOGIC, PAC GDX and PACOM lead the way in the design and manufacture of video surveillance, access control, and business intelligence solutions. By visiting Stand IF2930 and talking to our experts, visitors have a fantastic opportunity to find out how our technology can enhance security provision in a diverse range of built environments and how we can help them achieve their operational and security objectives.”
Maxxess Systems, the innovator in security solutions that empower total situational awareness for security enterprises, is showcasing its unique portfolio of video, access control and communications platforms that provide users with the highest levels of system integration, management and incident response technology at Expo Seguridad 2019 (booth #2524). Solutions on display include the Latin American public debut of Maxxess InSite awareness and response coordination system, the enhanced eFusion security management software and Maxxess’ MX+ Web Dashboard, the newly designed Ambit event management communications software, and a new Multi-Form Panic Solution that provides the lowest cost of entry for proactive protection. Combining Systems And Human Intelligence Maxxess solutions empower people and transform security operations to deliver new levels of situational awareness"“Maxxess solutions empower people and transform security operations to deliver new levels of situational awareness and business intelligence,” said Nancy Islas, President of Maxxess Systems. “By combining systems intelligence and human intelligence, our unique open architecture and intuitive platforms truly offer powerful, scalable solutions that can help stop events from happening, and better control incidents from the moment they begin.” The Maxxess solutions being demonstrated at Expo Seguridad 2019 include: Maxxess InSite awareness and response coordination system combines “system intelligence” and “human intelligence” to detect and respond to unfolding events in real time – all of which are queued, organized and displayed on a highly-intuitive user interface. Maxxess InSite enables early incident detection and action, allowing users to correlate data, improve response coordination, and deal with issues when they’re small – before they become large and costly. Maxxess InSite Maxxess InSite features an open-architecture framework to accommodate virtually any security or business intelligence application with comprehensive functionality. Over 50 different leading manufacturers are already integrated into Maxxess InSite, providing more combined capabilities and functionality than any other cross-platform solution available. eFusion security management software is a “system intelligence” solution that integrates and correlates data from surveillance, access control and various other physical security and facility operations’ data onto a comprehensive monitoring and reporting dashboard. eFusion Security Management Software eFusion provides video and access system management and control capabilities along with alarm monitoring eFusion provides video and access system management and control capabilities along with alarm monitoring; remote access credentials tracking, authorization, and de-authorization; door/access status; and more. Proven globally in installations around the world, new enhancements to eFusion include new Flow Control with auto expiration, and advanced data processing. Flow Control allows users to configure the specific door(s) that must be used first to gain primary access to a facility with programmable timer setting. Advanced data processing correlates databases to accommodate complex relationship rules between the authoritative database and the Maxxess database. Enhancements To MX+ Web Dashboard To further simplify user engagement with eFusion, Maxxess Systems’ MX+ Web Dashboard has also been further enhanced with new features including system-wide lockdown; Video Management System (VMS) integration; mobile cardholder management operations with badge printing; and access control status indication in an easy-to-read graphical format and schedule configuration. Ambit event management communications software provides real-time “human intelligence” for alerts, notifications and status assessment via users’ smartphone and/or tablets, along with access control management. Ambit’s extensive communications and access control functionality provides security management and first responders with the critical on-site information and access system management they need to best handle unpredictable crises. Ambit And Multi-Form Panic Solution Maxxess Systems’ new Multi-Form Panic Solution provides the lowest cost of entry for proactive protection A cloud-based solution, new enhancements to Ambit include: an app design for easier operation including: a status update window; an easily accessible panic button; support for multiple photos from the field; the ability to assign reports to designated groups and/or individuals; enhanced filtering for target audiences to receive mass broadcasts; NC4 integration to external intelligence software to enhance information gathering; auto-location detection for event status posts; and a texting option for users without the app to receive relevant mass broadcasts. Also featured is Maxxess Systems’ new Multi-Form Panic Solution, which provides the lowest cost of entry for proactive protection. Available for implementation with any Maxxess System platform or as a stand-alone solution, it can be configured on any mobile device, PC keyboard or wearable device. Expanding Technology Partners List Maxxess Systems also continues to expand its roster of technology partners and integrations with the addition of: Mercury LP and MR62e controllers; OTIS Elevator Compass Overwatch; enhanced Milestone Systems’ MIP and Geutebruck GeViScope integrations; as well as new integrations with Salient Systems, Avigilon, ISS (Intelligent Security Systems), Nedap and RemotePoint.
The inaugural Tech Security Summit met at the Sheraton Grand Nashville last week. Combining DICE Corporation’s annual DICE User Group Conference with a series of educational sessions and panel discussions, the April 29-May 2 event provided a platform for leaders in security and alarm monitoring to meet and examine new technology and revenue growth opportunities in an evolving industry. DICE Corporation President and CEO Cliff Dice kicked off day one with an energizing keynote presentation, explaining his inspiration behind launching a new conference platform. “I had the idea for a tech security summit because a lot of people in the security industry were coming to us asking if we could contribute to more panels and be part of the discussion.” Security Technology Companies For almost 30 years, you have turned to us to provide the best solutions you trust to run your businesses" “We are the predominant infrastructure provider in the industry, so it made sense that we would explore new ways to bring those leaders together with our engineers and expand our annual summit to include everyone in the industry,” Dice said. The recent news of other security technology companies being sold and restructured was also discussed in the keynote, with Dice assuring attendees of the company’s commitment to remaining a family business focused on quality and customer satisfaction. “We are not selling,” Dice said before discussing some of the company’s highlights from the last year. “For almost 30 years, you have turned to us to provide the best solutions you trust to run your businesses. This is a family business and we have a long-term vision to keep operating the company from one generation to another,” he said. Alarm Automation Software Much of the week’s sessions focused on value and usability. The company’s new CloudEye cloud video recording product stood out as a prime example of the company’s ability to streamline an in-demand technology without compromising functionality and performance. Jerry Corrion, DICE Corporation’s chief software architect, addressed the growing need for off-premises surveillance storage and gave attendees and in-depth look at the technology’s simple setup, the CloudEye Connect mobile tool, and how dashboards and integrations with alarm automation software provide additional advantages. DICE Corporation’s recently announced integrations with Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 financial management system DICE Corporation’s recently announced integrations with Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 financial management system was also a frequently discussed topic. As the first to bring integrated accounting to the security industry, the implementation of Dynamics 365 with the company’s Matrix web applications provides new opportunities for users, including fully automated reporting of RMR and attrition and reporting of industry metrics such as EBITA (earnings before interest taxes and amortization). Educational Opportunities Industry-specific dashboards and business intelligence tools were also showcased by the engineers behind the integrations. In addition to product information and educational opportunities, networking was a large component of the Tech Security Summit experience. Platinum sponsor ACKData sponsored outings at well-known Music City institutions like Famous Saloon, which offered a taste of Nashville to attendees. From sampling the city’s legendary barbecue to participating in line dancing, industry professionals were able to socialize with DICE staff and get to know the people behind the technology they use every day. “Downtown Nashville was the perfect backdrop for our evening networking events,” said Amy Augustin, director of marketing and communications for DICE Corporation. “Being able to get together outside of the summit setting gives us more opportunities to connect and grow as tech producers and users.” Panel Discussion The final day of the Tech Security Summit focused on training opportunities and panel discussions The final day of the Tech Security Summit focused on training opportunities and panel discussions. Joshua Greko outlined new additions in UL, including the changes that will affect monitoring centers going forward. An introduction to level one operator training was offered by the Monitoring Association as part of their Five-Diamond designation program to certify monitoring centers. The event concluded with a panel discussion featuring David Sylvester and Stephen Rubin of Davis Mergers & Acquisitions Group and Barry Epstein of Vertex Capital discussing topics related to acquisitions and the effects of changing markets in the security industry. For Cliff Dice, the 2019 Tech Security Summit proved to be a worthwhile experience in providing another source of information about new technology available to the security industry. “I’m really pleased with the new Tech Security Summit format. By providing a user-focused platform for our customers, tech experts, and security professionals, we were able to do something that was truly different and beneficial for the industry.”
Johnson Controls updates its popular Illustra Pro camera family with the Illustra Pro Mini-Dome, featuring new Smart Wide Dynamic Range that optimizes video quality while minimizing configuration time. Available in a complete range of image resolutions and lens options, the Pro Mini-Dome is ideal for a wide variety of deployments in both medium and large-sized facilities. Smart Wide Dynamic Range available in the Pro Gen3 Mini-Dome reduces configuration time while greatly improving the quality of the video stream in varying lighting environments. By effectively reading the scene, the Mini-Dome can adjust contrasting and overall scene balance without operator intervention. Additional Labor Savings The Pro Gen3 Mini-Dome also automatically adjusts settings to the desired mount for ceiling or wall Setup times are also reduced with the addition of configuration profiles, such as retail, gaming and indoor/outdoor scenes, where camera settings are automatically adjusted based on the environment, with a simple click of a button. The Pro Gen3 Mini-Dome also automatically adjusts settings to the desired mount for ceiling or wall for additional labor savings. “The smart technology embedded in our latest generation of Illustra Pro cameras automates picture tuning and ensures that what you see is always dynamically optimized even in changing scenes and lighting conditions. We are aiming to reduce operator setup and management costs while always delivering a perfectly configured picture,” said Ric Wilton, director of product management for Illustra. Video Intelligence Analytics “Adding intelligent, automated capabilities to our solutions is core to our product design and the Illustra portfolio.” Building off the previous generation of cameras, the Mini-Dome improves on important features such as Wide Dynamic Range, Illustra IntelliZip bandwidth management, effective failover redundancy, cybersecurity and Video Intelligence Analytics. Mini-Domes are available in three and eight MP options as well in Wide Field of View and Narrow Field of View options, and are not impeded by physical barriers such as a bubble housing. Enhanced Security Mode Users can offload analytic streaming from network video recorders to the edge on Illustra cameras Users can offload analytic streaming from network video recorders to the edge on Illustra cameras, saving time and resources. This feature, Video Intelligence Analytics, provides real-time, user-customisable event alarms that allow for quick reaction to incidents. By gathering transformative data instantly, users can better allocate human resources elsewhere. As part of the Tyco Cyber Protection Product Security Program, the new generation of Illustra Pro cameras will also have enhanced safeguards against cyber attacks. With cyber-threat resilience in mind, the solution includes ‘secure boot’ which prompts the installer to change passwords upon installation. Additional safeguard controls include an enhanced security mode which forces the use of complex, non-default passwords and encrypted communications.
There’s no question that the popularity of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) security and home automation products is on the rise. The reasons for the growth in DIY sales are numerous, including increased awareness of home automation products, fast set-up, limited (if any) installation costs, and interoperability with other smart security products. In fact, with the parallel rise of smart home hubs like Alexa and Google Home, many people are opting to attempt the set-up of smart home devices without any professional assistance. According to a 2018 Residential Security Market Report prepared by Parks Associates and Security Sales & Integration magazine, “More than 60% of installing dealers now report that DIY systems are biting into demand for their services.” But the rise in DIY is not entirely bad news for security and home automation installers and dealers. There are a number of ways to view this glass as half-full. Let’s look at a few of them. Increase In Revenue For Dealers With their lower cost and perceived ease of installation, DIY products have broken down barriers for additional purchaseThere are reasons for dealers and installers to be cheerful about the rise of DIY. For one thing, according to that same Residential Security Market Report from Parks Associates, residential security dealers are doing quite well. The report states, “In 2017, revenues were up an average 7.72% for security dealers.” What about installations? The report goes on to say, “For 2017, the average number of installs per dealer was 22 per month, compared to 17 per month in 2016.” So, revenues are up for security dealers, and at least part of the reason can be attributed to the fact that DIY products can raise overall awareness of and spur interest in other home automation and security products. With their lower cost and perceived ease of installation, DIY products have actually broken down barriers for the additional purchase, and installation, of complete, professionally installed systems. Wireless, Connected Smart Locks For example, the sale of wireless, connected smart locks (viewed by some consumers as DIY) can lead to opportunities for further home automation product sales and professional installations. Connected smart locks can actually act as an extension of a smart hub or controller. They can be used to wirelessly communicate with and control all the devices that make up a home automation system, including lighting, entertainment, thermostats, air, alarms, shades and more. With their lower cost and perceived ease of installation, DIY products have actually broken down barriers for new security installations And they can do all this from a prime, convenient location – the front door, as well as other points of entry like the side or back doors. Plus, smart lock conversion kits like Kwikset Convert let homeowners easily bring home automation capabilities to their door without altering the aesthetics of the entry. Connected smart locks can allow homeowners to set up their home with custom scenarios, right before they step inside. For example, residents can program their lock so that every time they unlock the door, a foyer light goes on, temperatures begin to rise to a set level – even connected coffee makers can begin to make a cup. Portfolio Of Home Automation Products One of the best ways to mitigate the ‘threat’ of DIY sales is for dealers and installers to become more versatileSmart locks are just one example of the potential of DIY products to spark a homeowner’s interest in a wide range of other home automation devices, many of which would benefit from professional installation. One of the best ways to mitigate the ‘threat’ of DIY sales is for dealers and installers to become more versatile and offer a complete portfolio of home automation products. The larger the home automation offering, the more devices there are to sell and install, the larger the installation required, the greater the need for professional installation. Many homeowners who feel like they have a certain level of handiness will start by trying to do it themselves with a DIY product. But things don’t always go as planned, especially if they are attempting to set up a robust home automation system. First off, just because a product is DIY doesn’t mean that the old products that are being replaced are going to easily make way for the new. A DIY thermostat or smart lock might require that the old equipment (and possibly wires) get tugged out of the wall. Messy holes might need to be filled. Advantages Of Professional Installation Even after the old system has been removed, homeowners planning on setting up a connected system may soon realize they don’t have the electrical skills or technological know-how to install and connect all devices, get a system programmed correctly, and get everything up and running smoothly. Professional installers have learned from experience; there’s very little that they haven’t seen before. With their years of experience, installers know the best way to automate a home and how to create a custom smart home experience Do-it-yourselfers might be able to solve problems by searching the internet and finding videos. But, then again, they might not. After going the DIY route once, many full-home automation system enthusiasts are beginning to realize that the best way to get things done right the first time is to leave the installation and set-up to a professional. Professional installers can and should bring an extra level of experience and guidance to the process. Their services should go beyond tech installation and also include interface design. With their years of experience, installers know the best way to automate a home – how to create a custom smart home experience that doesn’t make the user feel less than smart. Selling Additional Home Automation Products If a problem arises due to installation error, the DIYer does not have any recourse to correct these mistakesResidential security dealers who offer professional installation should be willing to embrace the DIYer who has attempted to do a self-install but has not been able to complete the process successfully. With an open mind to this scenario, they can save the day for the DIYer, as well as create an opportunity to sell additional home automation equipment that the DIYer may not have known to be available. The disparity between DIY and professional installation also brings to light the fact that there are no ‘satisfaction guarantees’ and no ‘installation/labor warranty’ available when a home automation system is installed by a DIYer. If a problem arises with either the equipment connectivity due to installation error, or if a piece of equipment is installed incorrectly, the DIYer does not have any recourse to correct these mistakes. This may not be as critical if a DIYer installs a minor piece of equipment, but with something as critical as securing and protecting their home with a home automation and security system, most people want full peace of mind that everything has been installed correctly. Reduces Connection Instability According to a 2017 study by the analyst firm, IHS Markit, “The quality of the equipment is usually higher in professionally installed systems, and professional configuration and setup greatly reduces the potential for connection instability…” This is an issue that DIYers may come to realize over time. On the other hand, one issue DIYers may recognize right away, especially if they are attempting to connect multiple devices, is that the connectivity may be inconsistent. Professionally installed devices operating on a wireless protocol might deliver better, consistent, longer-range connectivity IHS Markit explains that, “DIY systems rely on open protocols and Wi-Fi connectivity that can sometimes be unreliable, creating connection issues. Some of the sensors can become unrecognizable to the system, requiring intervention from the user. In contrast, professional wireless systems rely on UL- or EN-certified equipment to operate on the basis of proprietary frequency, enabling them to work with the control panel much more seamlessly.” In other words, professionally installed devices operating on a wireless protocol, even an open-source protocol like Z-Wave, might deliver better, consistent, longer-range connectivity, and fewer headaches. Not Everyone Is A DIY Customer There are customers who want someone to install the devices correctly and help them learn how to use and maintain themThere’s no doubt that there’s a segment of the security and home automation market that loves to spend their free time doing their own home improvement. They are watching videos, reading how-to books and manuals, and enjoying every minute. There’s also a segment of the market whose top goal is to save money up front. For these customers, there’s no getting around the joy of saving money with the lower cost of many DIY products. But there are also a great number of prospective customers out there for whom DIY is of absolutely no interest. These consumers do not want to be their own IT department. They want expert help: they want someone to install the devices correctly and help them learn how to use and maintain them. The IHS Markit study points out what many home automation dealers already know: that the elder and aging-in-place markets are an ideal destination for the security and convenience of home automation products. The study says, “Many senior citizens are not tech savvy enough to install a DIY system by themselves, so they tend to rely on professionally installed systems that are usually maintained by a family member.” Along with the senior citizens market, there are many other market segments out there that still desire worry-free professional installation. Installers should offer a range of products that includes some DIY products, and some leave-it-to-a-pro products Producing Complete And Custom Solutions Perhaps the best way for dealers and installers to stave off that feeling of doom that they might have about DIY is to tackle the problem head on and be creative. Offer a range of products that includes some DIY products, and some leave-it-to-a-pro products – consider the DIY product a great entry point for a more comprehensive system. Play up the peace of mind that comes with professional installations and support that pitch with flexible monitoring contracts and service plans. Share what you do and why; relay your passion for producing complete and custom solutions and communicate how you add value to any and every sale. No one, not even the most tech-savvy consumer, wants to install their own products if the end result is that the product doesn’t work the way it should. That’s where the pros can, should and will always come into play.
Artificial intelligence allows machines to do jobs previously done by people. When it comes to security and surveillance, this technology allows cameras and control room equipment to identify a wide range of threats automatically and in real time across hundreds or even thousands of cameras – allowing security teams to take immediate action to protect people and assets. AI Technology And Surveillance Solutions Artificial Intelligence technology built into surveillance solutions help organizations optimize their security Video surveillance cameras are the electronic eyes of any security operation. In the past, human supervision was needed to make sense of the images captured, and to assess whether certain events posed a security risk or not. With some organizations using hundreds or even thousands of cameras to protect their people and assets, manual review of footage is simply impossible – potentially leaving them vulnerable to security breaches. Advanced Artificial Intelligence technology built into surveillance solutions can help organizations overcome this challenge and optimize their security. This means cameras, control-room equipment and back-end infrastructure can now ‘learn’ about potential threats for themselves by recognizing people, vehicles and even behaviors. Detection And Prevention The manual interventions needed with traditional security systems mean that teams were frequently reacting to breaches that had already happened. Artificial intelligence changes all this by recognizing potential threats before they impact company’s people or assets – allowing security teams to react immediately to neutralise any potential threat. Artificial intelligence solutions can automatically trigger alerts when a person appears in a restricted area For example, artificial Intelligence solutions can automatically trigger alerts when a person appears in a restricted area, or when a vehicle with a blacklisted number plate enters a site. With alerts delivered in real time, teams can identify and react to security threats and protect people and assets more effectively. And because alerts are automated, potential threats are hardly missed or overlooked. How Does Artificial Intelligence Work? Artificial intelligence systems become more intelligent over time, building databases of potential threats and reacting to new events accordingly. This allows systems to ‘think for themselves’ and to alert teams of any suspicious events or people who are caught on camera. Artificial intelligence technologies use advanced algorithms based on Deep Learning to distinguish between different kinds of security events and threats. Technologies incorporated into the Hikvision portfolio include: Facial recognition which allows law enforcement personnel to identify suspects and commercial teams to identify VIP customers in real time. Vehicle identification which can be used to identify vehicle number plates and recognize different types of vehicles (even down to make and model), or to trigger alerts when vehicles enter restricted areas. Perimeter protection which helps organizations to identify real threats by distinguishing people and vehicles from other moving objects and keeping false alarms to a minimum. Business intelligence which employs people counting, queue detection, and heat mapping technologies, so that organizations can enhance operational efficiency by making use of the data report. Increasing Commercial Success Artificial intelligence isn’t just useful for identifying security threats – although this is a key strength of the technology. It can also help organizations increase their competitiveness and commercial success. For example, VIP customers who opt to participate in special marketing promotions or other incentives can be identified so staff can provide the right kind of service at the right time. This gives organizations the opportunity to personalize the service experience, foster loyalty and maximize customer lifetime revenues. Artificial Intelligence can help organizations to better understand customers and meet their needs more effectively In the same way, artificial Intelligence can help organizations to better understand customers and meet their needs more effectively – leading to more commercial opportunities. One feature – called People Counting – allows stores and commercial centers to map footfall at peak times, ensuring that staffing is optimized to meet demand. At the same time, stores can see which areas of the building customers visit most and adjust their merchandising and product positioning accordingly to maximize the sales opportunities. Artificial Intelligence At Hikvision Hikvision’s family of artificial intelligence products include the DeepinView network cameras and DeepinMind NVRs. The products help to tackle security with facial recognition; monitoring and counting of people; and recognition and detection of vehicles, to name a few. These features all depend on artificial intelligence technology to recognize, classify and respond to security threats. This article was written by Hikvision.
Johnson Controls recently unveiled the findings of its 2018 Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey that examined the current and planned investments and key drivers to improve energy efficiency and building systems integration in facilities. Systems integration was identified as one of the top technologies expected to have the biggest impact on the implementation in smart buildings over the next five years, with respondents planning to invest in security, fire and life-safety integrations more so than any other systems integration in the next year. As advanced, connected technologies drive the evolution of smart buildings, security and safety technologies are at the center of more intelligent strategies as they attribute to overall building operations and efficiencies. SecurityInformed.com spoke with Johnson Controls, Building Solutions, North America, VP of Marketing, Hank Monaco, and Senior National Director of Municipal Infrastructure and Smart Cities, Lisa Brown, about the results of the study, smart technology investments and the benefits of a holistic building strategy that integrates security and fire and life-safety systems with core building systems. Q: What is the most striking result from the survey, and what does it mean in the context of a building’s safety and security systems? The results show an increased understanding about the value of integrating safety and security systems with other building systems Hank Monaco: Investment in building system integration increased 23 percent in 2019 compared to 2018, the largest increase of any measure in the survey. When respondents were asked more specifically what systems they we planning to invest in over the next year, fire and life safety integration (61%) and security system integration (58%) were the top two priorities for organizations. The results show an increased understanding about the value of integrating safety and security systems with other building systems to improve overall operations and bolster capabilities beyond the intended function of an individual system. Q: The survey covers integration of fire, life safety and security systems as part of "smart building" systems. How do smarter buildings increase the effectiveness of security and life safety systems? Hank Monaco: A true “smart building” integrates all building systems – security, fire and life-safety, HVAC, lighting etc. – to create a connected, digital infrastructure that enables individual technologies to be more intelligent and perform more advanced functions beyond what they can do on their own. For example, when sensors and video surveillance are integrated with lighting systems, if abnormal activity is detected on the building premise, key stakeholders can be automatically alerted to increase emergency response time. With integrated video surveillance, they also gain the ability to access surveillance footage remotely to assess the situation. When sensors and video surveillance are integrated with lighting systems abnormal activity on the premise can automatically be detected Q: How can integrated security and life safety systems contribute to greater energy efficiency in a smart building environment? Hank Monaco: Security, fire and life-safety systems can help to inform other building systems about how a facility is used, high-trafficked areas and the flow of occupants within a building. Integrated building solutions produce a myriad of data that can be leveraged to increase operational efficiencies. From an energy efficiency standpoint, actionable insights are particularly useful for areas that are not frequently occupied or off-peak hours as you wouldn’t want to heat or cool an entire building for just one person coming in on the weekend. When video surveillance is integrated with HVAC and lighting systems, it can monitor occupancy in a room or hallway. The video analytics can then control the dimming of lights and the temperature depending on occupant levels in a specific vicinity. Similarly, when access control systems are integrated with these same systems, once a card is presented to the reader, it can signal the lights or HVAC system to turn on. In this example, systems integration can ultimately help enable energy savings in the long run. Security and life safety systems contribute to help enable greater energy efficiency and energy savings in the long run Q: What other benefits of integration are there (beyond the core security and life safety functions)? Hank Monaco: Beyond increased security, fire and life-safety functions, the benefits of systems integration include: Increased data and analytics to garner a holistic, streamlined understanding of how systems function and how to improve productivity Ability to track usage to increase efficiency and reduce operational costs Enhanced occupant experience and comfort Increased productivity and workflow to support business objectives Smart-ready, connected environment that can support future technology advancements Q: What lesson or action point should a building owner/operator take from the survey? How can the owner of an existing building leverage the benefits of the smart building environment incrementally and absent a complete overhaul? Lisa Brown: Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator found that 77% of organizations plan to make investments in energy efficiency and smarter building technology this year. This percentage demonstrates an increased understanding of the benefits of smart buildings and highlights the proactive efforts building owners are taking to adopt advanced technologies. There is an increased understanding that buildings operate more effectively when different building systems are connected As smart buildings continue to evolve, more facilities are beginning to explore opportunities to advance their own spaces. A complete overhaul of legacy systems is not necessary as small investments today can help position a facility to more easily adopt technologies at scale in the future. As a first step, it’s important for building owners to conduct an assessment and establish a strategy that defines a comprehensive set of requirements and prioritizes use-cases and implementations. From there, incremental investments and updates can be made over a realistic timeline. Q: What is the ROI of smart buildings? Lisa Brown: As demonstrated by our survey, there is an increased understanding that buildings operate more effectively when different building systems are connected. The advanced analytics and more streamlined data that is gathered through systems integration can provide the building-performance metrics to help better understand the return on investment (ROI) of the building systems. This data is used to better understand the environment and make assessments and improvements overtime to increase efficiencies. Moreover, analytics and data provide valuable insights into where action is needed and what type of return can be expected from key investments.
The excitement of ISC West 2019 continued until the very end – almost. Exhilarated by the first two busy days of the show, attendees and exhibitors seemed to welcome a slower third day. There were no complaints about booth traffic, and still plenty of thoughtful conversations taking place, everyone determined to maximize the value of face time with customers until the last second. Building An IoT Ecosystem In SAST At a show lacking in high-profile new technology announcements, the biggest news is perhaps the possible long-term impact of first-time exhibitor Security and Safety Things (SAST), a Bosch startup. SAST is building a new Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem for the security and safety industry, including an app store, an open and secure camera operating system, a software developer environment, and a portal for integrators. SOCs (system-on-chips inside cameras) are becoming much more capable" Their 1,800-square-foot booth was big for a first-time exhibitor, and the American football theme was well received, as was the substance of the company’s effort to drive innovation in a highly fragmented industry. Seeing actual cameras and apps on display at the ISC West booth is “more real than PowerPoint,” says Hartmut Schaper, CEO of Security and Safety Things (SAST). “For us, seeing is believing,” says Schaper. “It was important for us to show cameras and apps for the first time. People are surprised at how far down the road we are.” “This dynamic will change in the industry,” says Schaper. “SOCs (system-on-chips inside cameras) are becoming much more capable. Soon there will be more processing power on the edge. People will find a way to use the extra processing power.” “Seeing is believing” at the SAST booth at ISC West 2019, where CEO Hartmut Schaper showed several manufacturers’ cameras whose functionality can be expanded using Android apps Developing More Apps Several large manufacturers are already involved in the initiative, but there are some holdouts. “We are having ongoing talks with everyone to convince them to join,” Schaper says. “Some of the bigger ones will come around. We are not a camera manufacturer, and not a threat. We are owned by Bosch but are managed completely separately. There will be more and more apps developed, and momentum will increase.” “A year from now we will have successful customers we can talk about, and more camera manufacturers on board,” he says. “This year we are taxiing on the runway, but next year we will have cleared the tarmac and be climbing.” If the approach succeeds, their first appearance at ISC West will be remembered as historic. Future Of Surveillance Cameras Off the show floor, in a nearby meeting room, chip maker Ambarella demonstrated technologies that will be driving the future of video surveillance cameras, including more intelligence at the edge. “People have been using more traditional video analytics approaches, though most of them have been disappointing,” says Chris Day, Ambarella VP of Marketing and Business Development. “What is ground-breaking now is the use of neural networks and real artificial intelligence, which has increased capabilities 100x. "You will see camera products coming out over the next year that are massively better than before. It’s not just incrementally getting better. Cameras will be coming out later this year with analytics that are absolutely amazing based on [the new chips.]” Larry Anderson, editor-in-chief of SecurityInformed.com, talks about Ambarella HDR and Low Light Solutions with Jerome Gigot, Senior Director of Marketing for Ambarella. (Source: Ambarella) New Systems-on-Chips Ambarella has introduced four new systems-on-chips (SoCs) in the last year, with emphasis on computer vision (video analytics). The newest is the S6LM Camera SoC with 4K imaging technology, unveiled at ISC West. The S6LM includes Ambarella's latest high dynamic range (HDR) and low-light processing technology, highly efficient 4K H.264 and H.265 encoding, multi-streaming, on-chip 360-degree de-warping, cyber-security features, and a quad-core CPU. People shouldn’t forget what a good camera is, and there doesn’t have to be a tradeoff" “With so much focus on AI and computer vision, I’m concerned the industry has taken focus away from low light imaging, wide dynamic range and image quality,” says Day. “You have to see the details in an image. People shouldn’t forget what a good camera is, and there doesn’t have to be a tradeoff, it’s all included in one chip.” From Products To Systems With a new general manager on board (Daniel Gundlach, formerly of Bosch), FLIR Systems Security Division is continuing its transition from a product company to a solutions provider, removing internal silos to clear the path. FLIR offers a strong end-to-end portfolio for Smart Cities applications, including the TruWITNESS line of body worn cameras and newly acquired Aeryon drones. FLIR’s historical strength as the top thermal imaging provider continues, but today they are much more than a thermal imaging company, offering visible day/night cameras, infrared pan-tilt-zoom cameras, video management systems and other technologies to provide a broader platform. FLIR's Saros security cameras combine multiple security technologies, including thermal sensors, high-resolution visible imaging, IR and visible LED illuminators, onboard analytics and two-way audio and digital input/outputs. Products In Critical Infrastructure Applications In addition to Safe Cities, FLIR installs a range of products in critical infrastructure applications, such as oil and gas and electric utilities. Ports also tend to combine traditional security with an emphasis on perimeter protection, a FLIR strength. Existing perimeter protection applications can open opportunities for the broader platform. For example, installing a complete system in an airport that already uses FLIR’s thermal technology represents “low-hanging fruit” for the company, says Fredrik Wallberg, FLIR Director of Marketing – Security and Intelligent Transportation Systems. Ambarella demonstrates its latest imaging technology for video security during ISC West 2019 (Source: Ambarella) Integrated Solutions Bosch's Focus At the Bosch booth, there was an emphasis on integrated solutions and the customer experience. A mock retail store setup demonstrated systems such as overhead cameras for people counting and alarm communication to provide an alert if a refrigerator door is left ajar. A wireless panic button generates a silent alarm, communicates with a 2-way radio, and triggers a camera to focus on the area. An AVIOTEK IP camera alarms if there is a fire, based on observing actual flames rather than smoke. A new Bosch fixed dome camera series offers wireless remote commissioning capabilities that reduce installation and set-up time by up to 75 percent. Set-up only takes three steps: install the mounting bracket, connect the cables, and attach the camera module. Commissioning can be done wirelessly or remotely with no need for ladders or lifts. Dahua Marks Five Years In The States An IR illuminator is attached to each lens module to ensure there is always illumination in the field of view Time flies in the security industry, and it has already been five years since the Dahua brand entered the U.S. market. Today the company offers products through ADI and some 20 distributors, and has more than 30 technical consultants and technical support employees and 50 or 60 sales people in the field (including independent rep firms). “We are growing,” says Tim Shen, Director of Marketing at Dahua Technology USA. “It’s exciting for the company.” At ISC West, Dahua introduced a line of Multi-Flex panoramic cameras with lens modules that can be repositioned along an internal track for 180-, 270- or 360-degree views, providing flexibility for integrators. An IR illuminator is attached to each lens module to ensure there is always illumination in the field of view. Cost savings come from ease of installation (one camera instead of four) and only one VMS license (instead of four). AI And Night Color Cameras Dahua is also emphasising its Night Color cameras that remain in full color mode regardless of how dark it gets. There is no IR illumination or IR cut filter – the camera stays in color mode and displays any visible image in colour with as little as 1 lux of illumination. The 2 megapixel version is on display at ISC West, and a 4 megapixel version will come in the fall. A year ago at ISC West, Dahua emphasised its initiatives in artificial intelligence (AI) in order to position the company as a technology leader. This year, the message was more general – ‘Power Through Technology.’ The range of Dahua technologies includes AI, Night Color, Starlight low-light imaging, fifth-generation HDCVI, and e-POE (Enhanced Power over Ethernet). Dahua USA's Director of Marketing says "the market itself likes AI", and expects more AI applications to follow (Source: Dahua USA's LinkedIn) “When we present AI to customers, they are happy, but when it comes to the budget they don’t have it,” says Shen. “The market itself likes AI, and it’s very much a buzzword. But we still need a proof of concept that it can do something good for end users. We need time to develop broader applications. The ‘smart retail’ market and education are good places to start.” he says. “AI is for project business,” adds Jennifer Hackenburg, Dahua’s Senior Product Marketing Manager. “Projects that are looking at AI haven’t come to fruition yet; they are still in the pipeline. It’s not for your everyday business. They are implementing it, but not as fast.” Access Control Beyond Doors Access control should extend beyond doors. That’s the message I heard at the ASSA ABLOY booth, which displayed a variety of physical locks and intelligent access systems. An example is traffic cabinets, those metal boxes in public locations that could potentially be accessed to invade an internal network. ASSA ABLOY emphasises the need to secure the variety of enclosures, cabinets, drawers and small spaces ASSA ABLOY emphasizes the need to secure the variety of enclosures, cabinets, drawers and small spaces throughout an enterprise. The company’s ‘security continuum’ message draws attention to the need for the right level of security for the right opening, using existing infrastructure as well as new electronic technologies. “Customers face a combination of non-traditional access control and questions on how they can secure things that are not doors,” says David Corbin, ASSA ABLOY Director of Access Control Accessories. The security message is resonating beyond the traditional security department to involve other stakeholders in an enterprise, including IT directors. There is new awareness of vulnerabilities that have been there forever, such as traffic cabinets that can be opened with a key purchased on eBay.
Constantly optimizing deep learning algorithms yields better video analytics performance, even in complex applications such as facial recognition or in scenarios with variable lighting, angles, postures, expressions, accessories, resolution, etc. Deep learning, a form of artificial intelligence (AI), holds the potential to enable video analytics to deliver on long-promised, but not often delivered performance. Our AI series continues here with part 2. Adapting Existing Hardware Today, low-cost system-on-chip (SoC) camera components enable deep neural network (DNN) processing for the next generation of intelligent cameras, thus expanding the availability of AI processing to a broader market. AI software can even add learning capabilities by adapting existing hardware to AI applications AI software can even add learning capabilities by adapting existing hardware to AI applications. Today’s smartphones include cameras, gyroscopes and accelerometers to provide sufficient data to drive AI applications. Software can adapt existing hardware to transform them into AI devices capable of continuous learning in the field. Inside a video camera, real-time deep learning processing can be used to detect discarded objects, issue loitering alarms and detect people or objects entering a pre-defined field. Data capture form to appear here! Detect Anomalous Data Additional capabilities are applicable to demanding environments and mission-critical applications, such as the perimeter protection of airports, critical infrastructures and government buildings, border patrol, ship-tracking and traffic-monitoring (e.g. wrong-way detection, traffic-counts and monitoring roadsides for parked cars: all vital video security solutions). IoT is transforming the lowly security camera from a device that simply captures images, into an intelligent sensor that plays an integral role in gathering the kind of vital business data that can be used to improve commercial operations in areas beyond security. For example, cities are transitioning into smart cities. Deep learning enables systems to search surveillance footage, to detect anomalous data, and to shift surveillance from post-incident response to providing alerts during, or even before, an event. The ability of deep learning for video analytics is much more sophisticated and accurate Make Critical Decisions Deep learning can eliminate previous video analytics limitations such as dependence on a scene’s background. Deep learning is also more adept than humans at discerning subtle changes in an image. The ability of deep learning for video analytics is much more sophisticated – and accurate – than the programmed approaches previously employed to identify targets. AI is a timely solution in an age when there is more video surveillance than ever. There are too many cameras and too much recorded video for security operators to keep pace with. On top of that, people have short attention spans. AI is a technology that doesn’t get bored and can analyze more video data than humans. Systems are designed to bring the most important events and insight to users’ attention, freeing them to do what they do best: make critical decisions. Multiple Camera Streams AI can reduce information overload to enable humans to work with the data more efficiently The video benefits reflect the larger goal of AI to amplify human skills. AI can reduce information overload to enable humans to work with the data more efficiently. Another benefit is faster search, and new systems make searching video as easy as searching the internet. AI enables specific people or cameras to be located quickly across all the cameras at a site. Searching can be directed by a reference images or by physical descriptors such as gender or clothing color. Consider a scenario of a child missing from a crowded shopping mall: Every second can seem like hours, and artificial intelligence and neural networks can enable a rapid search among multiple camera streams using only one photo of the child. The photo does not have to be a full-frontal passport-type photos; it could be a selfie from a party as long as the face is there. Intrusion Detection Scenario AI can find her and match her face from among hundreds of thousands of faces captured from video, in nearly real time. AI can also continuously analyze video streams from the surveillance cameras in its network, distinguishing human faces from non-human objects such as statues and animals. Privacy concerns are minimal as there is no ID or personal information on the photo, and the image can be erased after use. And there is no database of stored images. In a perimeter security/intrusion detection scenario, an AI-driven video system can avoid false alarms by easily distinguishing different types of people and objects, e.g., in a region set up to detect people, a car driving by, a cat walking by, or a person’s shadow will not trigger the alarm. Part three coming soon. If you missed part one, see it here.
A few friends from the security industry will gather this April to see, hear and touch the latest technologies to make the world a safer place. Actually, more than a few: there will be more than 30,000 security professionals gathering at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas April 11-13 for the International Security Conference and Exposition, usually known as ISC West. Many of the attendees will be returning to what has become a yearly ritual. The site, the players, the pace and even atmosphere of ISC West are as familiar to many as a family reunion. But the industry is changing, and those changes will be reflected in big ways at ISC West. Let’s consider a few themes we will be hearing about at the show. The Cybersecurity Of Physical Security Systems Cybersecurity has gone from being the “elephant in the room” to an existential crisis for the physical security industry: How can an industry promote security unless its own products and systems can operate securely? For a long time, no one talked about cybersecurity. Some attending ISC West may wonder if now we are talking about it too much, at the risk of too much talk and not enough action. Almost every contribution to our “review and forecast” articles for 2018 mentioned cybersecurity. Every industry event I have attended so far this year has put cybersecurity front and center. It will certainly be a major topic at ISC West.Cybersecurity has gone from being the “elephant in the room” to an existential crisis for the physical security industry Here’s the challenge for attendees to ISC West: If every manufacturer talks earnestly about cybersecurity, how can potential customers tell who is really serious about the topic, and who is merely paying lip service to the latest industry buzzword? If we all agree that cybersecurity is “everyone’s problem” – not just manufacturers, but also integrators and users – does no one really take responsibility? As the industry becomes more educated about cybersecurity, we can expect more detailed and challenging questions on the subject to permeate the ISC West show floor. Some manufacturers have likened cybersecurity more broadly to the issue of trust. Do you trust a manufacturer to address cybersecurity issues? Or do you trust them in general? The cybersecurity discussions will begin even before the show floor opens, on Tuesday, April 10, in a session titled “Cybersecurity Tier Zero: A Guide to the First Steps of Cyber Hardening.” – just one of the many other education sessions on Tuesday. The Emergence Of Video Analytics 2.0 Deep learning and artificial intelligence (AI) have become more familiar to the physical security market, and some AI applications are driving new industry trends such as robotics and analyzing Big Data. But the biggest potential impact of deep learning is in the field of video analytics, a decades-old technology that has perpetually overpromised and underdelivered. The video analytics systems are not programmed, they “learn,” using massive data sets and neural networks and GPU processors and all the rest The new wave of video analytics products claims to provide a higher level of accuracy because they operate more like the human brain. These new systems are not programmed, they “learn,” using massive data sets and neural networks and GPU processors and all the rest. But consider the bottom line: Do the new video analytics products really perform and eliminate excessive false alarms? Can they effectively search large amounts of stored video and find the few frames that can make the difference in an investigation? Months have lapsed since the first deep learning products were announced, or at least, “teased”. It’s been sufficient time for manufacturers to develop products that are ready for market, but are they? ISC West attendees will be scouring the booths for the latest developments and asking tough questions about how well these newfangled systems will actually perform.It’s all happening in the smart home market – but how fast and what will be the impact on the traditional burglar alarm business The Changing Smart Home Market We all want Siri to set our thermostat or Cortana to arm the alarm system. We want to view video from our nanny-cams on our smart phones, and to turn on the lights from anywhere around the world. It’s all happening in the smart home market – but how fast and what will be the impact on the traditional burglar alarm business that is the bread-and-butter of many security companies? Bluetooth and Wi-Fi can make a lot of things happen in the smart home environment, but what about other networking standards such as ZigBee and Z-Wave? The stakes are huge, which is why the big tech companies – from Apple to Amazon to Google – are staking their claims in the home automation market. Just this year, Amazon has purchased Ring, a video doorbell and security camera company – which will also be exhibiting at ISC West. But it’s unclear what such moves in Silicon Valley will mean for traditional security companies. The growth of do-it-yourself (DIY) systems introduces even more variables, as do alarm companies with new business models and even cloud-based approaches. Many exhibitors at ISC West – from ADT to Z-Wave – are addressing the new smart home environment and can help those attending the show do the same. About 40 companies are exhibiting in the “Connected Home” arena. The Unmanned Security and Safety Expo will return, including a dedicated complimentary education theatre for attendees Drones, Robotics and Education From robots to drones to counter-drone solutions, there other new technologies being displayed at ISC West. The Unmanned Security and Safety Expo will return, including a dedicated complimentary education theater for attendees offering sessions on topics such as “Drones – Friends or Foes to the Security Industry?” There is a level of novelty to these technologies, and attendees might be lured by the entertainment value of a subject that may fall outside their job description. But one education session addresses the nuts and bolts in the real world: “Selling the Value of Security Robots by Setting Realistic Expectations.” Could these new gadgets play a bigger role than we think in the future of the security market? For all its familiarity, there is always something new for attendees at ISC West. It may be a startup company with an intriguing value proposition tucked into a tiny booth at the back of the hall. Or it could be a big surprise news announcement from a major player. For attendees, the best surprise of all is that valuable piece of information they can take home to make their business better. Here’s hoping you find it!
Village Roadshow Theme Parks (VRTP), Australia’s largest theme park operator, provides some of the most thrilling entertainment rides and slides available anywhere in the world. With its headquarters located on the Gold Coast, Australia’s holiday playground, it operates: Warner Bros. Movie World Wet ‘n’ Wild Water World Australian Outback Spectacular Sea World Paradise Country Sea World Resort and Water Park Over 5 million visitors per year, from families to thrill seekers, flock to this world of fun with action-packed shows and rides, marine and animal attractions, and adventure across seven large scale properties. Monitoring from Command Centre This enables monitoring from the Command Centre in the Gold Coast over all seven sites streamlining operationsWhen it comes to security, VRTP have always chosen access control and perimeter solutions supplier Gallagher as their long-term partner. A relationship that began in the mid-1980s, has grown to meet the expanding demands of each park. VRTP recently opened a new Wet ‘n’ Wild in Sydney, New South Wales, in December 2013. Two new parks based on Sea World and Wet ‘n’ Wild are currently under construction in Hainan, China. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sydney, opened to the public in December 2013, demonstrates Gallagher’s ability to extend security coverage across States, with its scalable and flexible solution. This enables monitoring from the main Command Centre in the Gold Coast over all seven sites streamlining operations. In the event of power loss from the main controller in the Gold Coast, Sydney sites have their own server backups to continue operations as normal. RFID wrists bands for staff access The model that VRTP and Gallagher have designed enables various operator levels to have separate divisions for creating cardholders. Different operator levels have authorized access to develop card holders for their sections. There are approximately 3,000 cardholders at all parks and growing. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sydney is the first Village Roadshow park to deploy staff RFID wrists bands that give them access to areas restricted by the public. Command Centre technology has given VRTP total site security across all parks VRTP’s guard workforce has been complimented by the Gallagher system working seamlessly together. Command Centre technology has also given VRTP total site security across all parks; within a year saving park operations approximately 20 hours a day in labor costs. Better visibility of services Gallagher delivers building automation and control through a high-level interface that provides strong communication between Gallagher Command Centre and the theme parks’ building systems. This has enabled integration to seven main panels and sub panels across the group giving security staff better visibility of all services, at all times. Efficiencies in alarm generation have improved with automatic escalation to the necessary staff member in a timely manner. Key industry challenges Health, safety, risk mitigation, and public relations Preserving assets and ambience Using integration to save costs and improve security efficiencies Gallagher technology used Gallagher Command Centre Gallagher T-Series Access Control Readers Gallagher high level video integration – more than 250 cameras Protection of marine animals Gallagher’s integrated security solution provides continuous surveillance across the parksAnimal safety and care is critical. Sea World is Australia’s premier marine park, with over 25 hectares (55 acres) of land. With a range of dolphins, seals, sharks, polar bears, and other marine life – their safety, and the reputation of Sea World, must be preserved. This also includes protecting Australian Outback Spectacular and Paradise Country animals and wildlife. Alongside video and alarm integration, Gallagher manages all primary entry points into parks. Once inside the parks, it manages restricted zones which include secured enclosures, particularly important for Sea World. Gallagher’s integrated security solution provides continuous surveillance across the parks, capturing any incidents which may occur on site. This is particularly important for Wet ‘n’ Wild water park which faces increased risk due to the nature of the environment. Wet ‘n’ Wild has been one of the group’s most successful theme parks with a growing attendance of approximately 1 million visitors every year. Investing in robust integrated system The VRTP security team has the ability to monitor and control from one locationVRTP are continually looking for ways to improve park operations, infrastructure, and processes to meet the needs of visitors and staff. With security taking a precedence in the last five years, VRTP made the decision to invest in a robust integrated system that to the public eye would go unseen. Gallagher’s strong history of service and the scope of their integrated security solutions gave VRTP confidence in selecting Gallagher for their upcoming internal infrastructure developments. With 250 cameras located discretely around all seven of VRTP’s properties, integrated back to the central control platform Gallagher Command Centre, the VRTP security team has the ability to monitor and control from one location. Intruder alarm management solution The integrated system plays an important role in securing the site overnight from would-be intrudersIn the Village Roadshow Studios, much importance is placed on securing assets, and protecting the privacy of high-profile guests. The Studios have attracted projects with a combined budget of around 2.5 billion dollars. There are eight large sound stages covering 10,844m2 (116,727 sq. ft), confirming it as one of the largest studios in the Southern Hemisphere. With intellectual property and assets that must be protected, the Gallagher 24-hour camera integration and intruder alarm management solution play a key role in protecting staff, visitors, and monitoring employee cash handling and service. The integrated system also plays an important role in securing the site overnight from would-be intruders. Duress alarm monitoring is a central integration used by security staff with 70 alarm zones across all parks. In the event of an emergency, a wireless help-call system can identify back to the Command Centre the name, description, and location via a detailed site plan for each park. This is a vital security element for protecting captive mammals and animals, and IT infrastructure.
The high-performance Predator Ultra HD PTZ video surveillance camera from UK CCTV manufacturer, 360 Vision Technology, has entered service at the National Coastwatch Institution’s (NCI) Felixstowe lookout station, to help protect lives along the coastline of the River Deben estuary. Felixstowe Coastwatch is a charity funded, volunteer-based organization with over 50 highly trained volunteers available to man lookout shifts. It’s also part of the NCI, a voluntary organization established in 1994 to restore a visual watch along UK shores, after many small Coastguard stations had been closed. Maritime navigation Felixstowe Coastwatch took over operations at the Lookout in April 1996 Under Felixstowe Coastwatch’s territory is the Deben estuary, whose treacherous shifting shingle banks and bar can present quite a challenge for maritime navigation, as Ian Clarke of Felixstowe Coastwatch explains: “Half of all call outs from the RNLI Harwich Lifeboat Station during 2016/17 were to attend incidents in this area, so it was clear that additional observation of the area would be beneficial and help to make it safer.” Felixstowe Coastwatch’s Lookout is built on top of Martello Tower ‘P’, one of the famous ‘Martello Towers’, built in the early 1800s as a defense against a possible invasion by Napoleon. The first lookout was originally built by HM Coastguard (replaced in 1979 by the current structure), who operated the Lookout until 1994. Felixstowe Coastwatch took over operations at the Lookout in April 1996. Experiencing CCTV cameras “Originally, the first idea to tackle the maritime issues at the River Deben estuary was to build an additional lookout tower,” says Ian. “That would have been a prohibitively costly exercise for a charity-based organization. However, after a visit to the NCI Station at Portland Bill, I was inspired by the use of CCTV there and interested to establish if video surveillance could be deployed to monitor the remote Deben estuary from our existing lookout station.” “The first task was to experience CCTV cameras in action, so we visited the Port of Felixstowe, the Felixstowe Town CCTV system and the Great Yarmouth Port Authority, where we saw the 360 Vision Predator in action. Impressed by the quality of its images, I contacted 360 Vision Technology for a demonstration, at which we were able to record video from the proposed location of the camera mast.” Comprehensive business case 360 Vision Technology had just launched their Predator equipped with a 40x optical zoom" “After the demonstration of the camera’s capability, I was able to prepare a detailed report to our trustees, setting out a comprehensive business case as to why a CCTV camera would offer the best solution to the issues we were facing at the mouth of the River Deben. I was able to use the recorded footage of the demonstration to produce a video highlighting the impressive capability of the imaging technology.” From Ian’s report, approval of the project was granted and the 360 Vision Predator Ultra HD was installed by STC Solutions Ltd, after funds were raised from council-allocated budget and fundraising events organized by Felixstowe Coastwatch volunteers. “When we placed the order, 360 Vision Technology had just launched their Predator equipped with a 40x optical zoom,” Ian continues. Wireless transmission solution “This was an important factor for us, as the entrance to the River Deben is expansive, and identifying vessels and individuals there would be greatly assisted by the optical zoom of the 360 Vision Predator camera.” With no line of sight from the camera to the lookout tower, an innovative wireless transmission solution was employed, using a belfry tower at a midway point in Felixstowe, where the signal is relayed to enable control and recording of the high definition images back at the lookout station. “Now operators can view superb live images of the River Deben, to confirm the identity, position and situation of vessels in the mouth of the river and if necessary, contact HM Coastguard if we observe any problems,” Ian explains. Seamless ONVIF integration Thanks to the broad integration capability of 360 Vision’s Predator Ultra HD, all surveillance video is archived for retrospective investigation, and controlled via a QVIS Viper NVR recorder. In addition, seamless ONVIF integration into Cambridge Pixel’s ‘RadarWatch’, a flexible client display application for radar display and target tracking, allows Felixstowe Coastwatch’s operators to set up virtual tripwire lines across dangerous areas of the river and shallow waters close to the main shipping channel. The trip alarms instantly alert operators and provide immediate verification of a vessel’s precise location Once crossed by a vessel, the trip alarms instantly alert operators and provide immediate verification of a vessel’s precise location, along with high-definition visual verification from the Predator camera. Also displayed as an overlay on screen, via the Predator Ultra camera and Cambridge Pixel technology integration, is Automatic Identification System (AIS) ship transponder information for each vessel, including a compass bearing supplied by the Predator camera’s head, which indicates which way the camera is pointing. Innovative installation “This means we can instantly identify and position any specific vessel we’re seeing with the camera,” says Ian. “We can also view the banks of the river and its beaches, to ensure that no members of the public are in danger.” Taking advantage of 360 Vision Technology’s any color and any finish design offer, the Predator Ultra camera was supplied in a Marine Grade white paint finish, and along with its powerful 40x zoom lens, is equipped with a ½” Ultra camera module to ensure maximum imaging performance, even in low-light conditions. This innovative installation has been so successful that Felixstowe Coastwatch are currently looking at other areas of the coastline where high-definition 360 Vision Predator Ultra HD cameras could assist with their daily operations, to protect the public and maritime traffic.
With a large campus comprising historic and modern buildings and significant research facilities and equipment, the University of Otago has assets in excess of $1.4 billion (NZD). In 2006, an internal security review of campus facilities identified that a number of critical areas – including laboratories where medical research is conducted on animals and human cadavers – could attain an increased level of security and achieve greater cost efficiency through the installation of Gallagher systems. A key priority of the security upgrade was to replace the traditional lock and key system in place in facilities across campus with Gallagher’s electronic access control solution. By moving to an entirely electronic system, the University has mitigated the risks associated with lost keys and unauthorized access. Lost and misplaced cards are reported and immediately deactivated ensuring complete control is maintained over facility access. Comprehensive alarm monitoring The team at the University of Otago needed an auditable system, capable of identifying access by people, place, and timeThe electronic system also allows for comprehensive alarm monitoring per door and per freezer, ensuring campus security is immediately notified if a door or freezer has been left open. Gallagher’s Mobile Client, available with the Command Centre v7.30 security management platform, means these alarm notifications can be communicated directly to security personnel’s Apple iPhone devices providing valuable information in real-time, to those outside of the control room. More than simply managing the access permissions across campus, the team at the University of Otago needed an auditable system, capable of identifying access by people, place, and time. Gallagher’s Command Centre application provides this high-level of traceability and enables the University to quickly and easily extract the exact information required both for internal use and for the regulatory audits required of research facilities. Identifying who accessed which areas “Due to the nature and value of our assets, it’s critical not just to control who has access to facilities but to be able to identify exactly when areas were accessed and to know who was there,” said Deputy Proctor at the University of Otago, Andrew Ferguson. Key industry challenges Eliminate the security threat that comes with lost keys Enhance the level of security for critical areas including Medical Research laboratories Procure a solution capable of producing comprehensive audit trails Introduce a secure, automated facilities management system Gallagher security products installed Command Centre Electronic card readers Syllabus Plus integration Syllabus Plus integration Syllabus Plus enables automation in the scheduling and booking of resources and equipment Founded in 1869, the University of Otago is New Zealand’s oldest university. Ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide, the University of Otago is New Zealand’s primary medical tertiary institute and is considered the top research university in New Zealand. The Gallagher system installed at the University of Otago includes a Syllabus Plus integration. Syllabus Plus enables automation in the scheduling and booking of resources and equipment through Command Centre. The University of Otago team were quick to see value in the opportunity to synchronize their access control system with class time-tables, and subsequently manage room resources by automatically unlocking doors. Easily search and book resources A key benefit for the University was a move away from the manual process of entering room bookings into Command Centre. In addition to removing the labor associated with this manual process, the university also found a reduction in the number of booking inaccuracies caused when people changed their plans, as staff can now quickly and independently reschedule their resource and room bookings if their requirements change. “Smart scheduling gives authorized users in our wider team the ability to quickly and easily search and book resources,” said Ferguson. “It’s a genuine time-saver for us and ensures our facilities are managed efficiently.” The university has implemented an ongoing software maintenance agreement with Gallagher To ensure the University of Otago’s security system remains at the forefront of technology, the university has implemented an ongoing software maintenance agreement with Gallagher to ensure they receive the latest system developments as they are released. “We would never go without software maintenance, it’s imperative that our high-end security be the best it can possibly be,” said Ferguson. Training for system operators In addition to ensuring their security products and systems are up-to-date, the University of Otago also ensures their system operators undergo regular training. According to Ferguson, “We arrange annual training with Gallagher for our Campus Watch security team. The training teaches the team valuable tips and tricks on how to utilize the system to its fullest.” During the years since the initial installation of Gallagher security systems, the University of Otago has experienced significant savings associated with not needing to re-key facilities or replace locks when traditional keys have been lost or not returned – maintenance that the University estimates used to cost tens of thousands of dollars each year.
In mid-2009, Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited opened City of Dreams, Macau – a casino and resort complex that quickly become one of the world’s premier entertainment and leisure destinations. The complex brings together a collection of world-renowned hotel brands, including Crown, Grand Hyatt, and Hard Rock, along with a casino area of approximately 448,000 square-feet and over 20 restaurants and bars. Also comprising an audio-visual multimedia experience, and ‘The House of Dancing Water’ – the world’s largest water-based extravaganza showcased in the purpose-built Dancing Water Theater. These unique and innovative entertainment, shopping, food and beverage offerings realize the company’s vision of bringing world-class integrated resort and entertainment experiences to Macau and Asia. Need of a robust security solution Melco Resorts was looking for a robust security solution capable of protecting high-value assetsHaving thousands of staff moving around the site meant that effective people management needed to be a significant part of the security solution. With a large site encompassing multiple areas and a staff of approximately 13,000, Melco Resorts was looking for a robust security solution capable of protecting high-value assets while providing a reliable and flexible system to support daily operations. In the years leading up to the opening of City of Dreams, Gallagher worked directly alongside Melco Resorts, and security partner Certis Security (Macau) Ltd, during the design and construction phases. The Gallagher team were highly involved in discussions and developments relating to software customizations and the final commissioning of critical security areas. MIFARE Classic card technology Part of the City of Dreams philosophy from day one was to operate a one-card, single service entity per staff member – not only for high-level security but across all system requirements. According to Billups, a lot of decisions around system choice were based on meeting the one-card philosophy. Utilizing MIFARE Classic card technology, 1700 access controlled doors were set up across the complex. Utilizing MIFARE Classic card technology, 1700 access controlled doors were set up across the complex Gallagher’s ability to encode the cards with data from multiple system providers was crucial in delivering the one-card policy. Along with Gallagher access data, third-party ASCII data encoding was also provided on the card for use by other on-site systems to achieve the objective of a single card philosophy. Latest generation data security The original system, comprising MIFARE Classic card technology, is now being upgraded to the latest MIFARE DESFire EV1 across all Melco Resorts properties. MIFARE DESFire EV1 provides the latest generation data security and encryption ensuring Melco Resorts globally stays at the forefront of technology. To further meet their one-card philosophy, Melco Resorts wanted a single card technology utilized across all three of their Macau complexes – City of Dreams, Altria Macau, and Studio City. In addition to enabling access across multiple properties, there was a requirement for a central monitoring system that could manage alarms escalated from any of the properties and register such alarms centrally in a main command structure. Highly integrated and expansive platform Gallagher’s multi-server technology delivers this, with seamless connection between all systems and across all sitesFuture-proofing was an important consideration of the security solution. “City of Dreams needed a system that catered well to growth, particularly in the areas of people management and access control. Gallagher provided us with the highly integrated and expansive platform we were looking for,” said Kelly Billups, Director of Security Technology & Administration for Melco Resorts. Gallagher’s multi-server technology delivers this, with seamless connection between all systems and across all sites. If communication between the facilities should fail due to a network fault or similar incident, each site’s security system will continue to function independently. According to Billups, the multi-server system has resulted in reduced labor costs due to the consolidation of security administration. Efficient movement of people The Gallagher system provides rapid response times to access requests ensuring the efficient movement of people in and out of areas. The instant dissemination of cardholder access and configuration data also ensures people have appropriate access delivered in real time. If cardholder access needs to be denied, this information is communicated and applied instantly across the site. In addition to door access activity, 5300 detection points are also monitored throughout the complexIn order to provide Melco Resorts with an audit trail of security events, all site activity is logged in a secure database. In addition to door access activity, 5300 detection points are also monitored throughout the complex. Reports are generated using a simple wizard-based system which steers the report generator through a step-by-step process ensuring the relevant data is retrieved. The City of Dreams site required integration with a number of external systems and Gallagher’s Command Centre central management software provided the platform to deliver this. Cameras integrated with Command Centre As surveillance is a key requirement for a casino, City of Dreams has thousands of cameras throughout the complex. A number of these cameras monitor critical back of house operations and are integrated with Command Centre to provide additional layers of security and enable further administrative functionality. A number of lower-level security points throughout the complex – which utilize traditional keys – integrate Command Centre with an electronic key management system. Keys are electronically released to personnel depending on their access permissions. Two high-level interfaces provide communication to all elevators connected to Command Centre There are approximately 80 elevator shafts located throughout the City of Dreams complex. Two high-level interfaces (Schindler and Otis) provide communication to all elevators connected to Command Centre where access control groups manage access to each of the floors. This integration is particularly important for heart-of-house elevators where access can be highly restricted to only authorized personnel. HR system integrated with Command Centre An integration between City of Dreams Human Resources (HR) system and Command Centre was established. The active connection between the two ensures that basic personnel information is automatically communicated from the HR system to Command Centre without the need for manual intervention. Because of this, the process of updating cardholder information and assigning access to cardholders is a quick and simple procedure – a must for a database of this size. The Gallagher system provides rapid response times to access requests ensuring the efficient movement of people in and out of areas. Where high-level (software) interfaces are not available, the Gallagher system connects with other services including: boom gates, motorized vehicle and pedestrian doors, and turnstiles, using what is commonly referred to as a low-level interface. A control relay in Gallagher’s Command Centre platform activates the door or gate, and in turn the status of the door or gate (open, closed) is reported back. Salto integrated guest locking system Melco Resorts requirement is to seamlessly integrate hotel guest-room locks with the Command Centre platformThe delivery of a high-level integration with a hotel guest-room locking solution is currently in development and will be a world first. Melco Resorts requirement is to seamlessly integrate hotel guest-room locks with the Command Centre platform in order to deliver high-level security across the entire complex. To deliver this solution, Gallagher is working with long-term partner Salto. The Salto integrated guest locking system is required to operate in conjunction with Melco Resorts high-security card encryption and encoding, while complimenting the hotel décor. Melco Resorts and Gallagher maintain an ongoing relationship which brings together Melco Resorts evolving requirements and Gallagher’s product development road map. “The relationship is key for us” said Billups, “having a team based in the region who meet with us regularly and having a level of engagement over development is very important.”
Wellington is the southernmost capital city in the world and is the center of New Zealand government. With the second highest population in the country, Wellington is a large coastal city with a diverse range of facilities and attractions. A large portion of those facilities and attractions are the responsibility of the Wellington City Council (WCC) – a local body government organization employing around 1,800 staff. As with all councils that manage a large number of facilities on behalf of their city, the WCC has a broad range of security needs and an accountability to the rate-paying citizens of Wellington. Since 2001, WCC has met those security needs with Gallagher’s integrated security solutions. Central management platform WCC developed a five year plan to migrate all 150 sites on to the Gallagher system With 1,800 employees and 150 sites located across Wellington, the council has a large number of people and assets to secure. With sites including libraries, swimming pool complexes, community and recreation centers, housing blocks, a city zoo, event facilities, and a multi-story central office building, the security requirements vary considerably. “We’re responsible for securing and monitoring all 150 sites around the clock” said Chetan Prasad, Security Manager for Wellington City Council. “It’s imperative we have a reliable system that provides us with a complete view of activity at all sites”. In order to deliver this, WCC uses Gallagher’s Command Centre central management platform to manage security across numerous sites. Utilizing a single security platform has been a long-term objective of the council. Initially operating six different systems, WCC developed a five year plan to migrate all 150 sites on to the Gallagher system. Chetan links the Council’s growth with their need to become smarter about how security is managed. Primary security solution “Gallagher’s system has enabled us to standardize our infrastructure and bring all elements including alarm management, fire systems, vehicle bollards, video surveillance, facility and carpark access, reporting, visitor management, and more, on to one platform. That was a key factor in why we chose Gallagher initially, and why we will continue with them as our primary security solution.” Visibility is critical when you have 150 independent sites to secure. An integration between Command Centre and over 400 cameras located throughout the WCC’s facilities provides live video footage to the security team. “Our camera integration with Command Centre means that in addition to being able to continuously observe critical areas, any site alarm that is triggered will immediately bring up a live video feed for the security staff in our control room. This visibility is invaluable for us in activating appropriate responses and, in the event of a crime, being able to provide crucial evidence to police” said Prasad. Electronic access control WCC is utilizing Gallagher security technology to ensure staff are protected In addition to securing facilities and assets, WCC secures and protects staff working at each of its sites. From initiatives like integrating building elevators with access control to prohibit unauthorized entry, to the integration of panic buttons at each site, WCC is utilizing Gallagher security technology to ensure staff are protected and that in the event of an incident, a rapid security response is initiated. According to Prasad, the Gallagher system is delivering cost savings to the Council in several key areas. The first area relates to the shift from traditional key systems to smart card technology. “With such a large staff base and so many sites, we inevitably faced challenges with traditional keys being lost or not returned by staff or contractors” said Prasad. Rekeying a site cost the Council approximately $4,000 each time – an expense that has now been eliminated by the replacement of traditional lock and key systems with electronic access control. Visitor management solution “Now if a card is lost or not returned, we simply deactivate it in our system. Not only is it a solution that saves us money” said Prasad, “it is also a solution that can be applied instantly.” Similarly, the ability for security personnel to assess a site and reprogram an alarm remotely, also saves the council considerable costs associated with dispatching guards to site. The second area where cost savings are apparent relates to intelligent automation. An integration with WCC’s HR system means that as staff leave employment, their cardholder profiles are automatically disabled in the system. The use of Gallagher’s Visitor Management solution, means that appropriate staff are automatically notified if a guest or contractor fails to sign out or return a key. These two automations alone, save the WCC security team approximately 4-5 days of cardholder administration each year. Software Maintenance contract WCC elected to take a 10 year Software Maintenance agreement with Gallagher In 2014, following 13 years as a Gallagher customer, WCC elected to take a 10 year Software Maintenance agreement with Gallagher. The Software Maintenance contract ensures the Council have access to the latest developments as soon as they are released, keeping WCC at the forefront of security technology. “Software Maintenance makes good business sense” says Prasad. “It gives us access to a comprehensive range of licensable features and benefits, and ensures our upgrade costs are effectively distributed.” Prasad describes the Council’s confidence in Gallagher as another significant factor in the 10 year agreement. “We have found Gallagher’s security solution to be a reliable and versatile, highly secure, modern system. It has supported our significant growth to date, and we are committed to using Gallagher systems for the Wellington City Council’s future.”
Zayed University is the newest of three government sponsored higher education institutes in the United Arab Emirates. The campus is located on the mainland of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, near the Abu Dhabi International Airport and Masdar. The 229,000m campus houses six colleges across 28 separate buildings, including faculty and administration buildings, a childcare facility, residence halls, classrooms, science and computer labs, cafeterias and a sports complex, all equipped with the latest technology. Future development plans will see the student population increase to 7,500 and the campus grow to cover a net area of 269,000m. Access to and from the campus is an important concern for Zayed University and is carefully managed around the clock to keep the 6,000 strong student body safe. Managing gate barriers and doors Banner sends a command directly to the Gallagher Door Controller to open that specific gate if entry or exit is allowedThe university employs Serco to implement and manage their security requirements. Serco partnered with Gallagher, selecting the Command Centre security platform to manage gate barriers and access controlled doors with just under 650 MIFARE readers and 130 controllers across the site. Zayed University implements a policy to provide students with a secure campus environment. This includes managing the entry and exit of the students based on their scheduled classes. To achieve this, Zayed University runs an interface between Command Centre and its Banner system. Banner is a comprehensive computer information system that contains information on courses, students, faculty, staff and alumni, including financial aid, finance and human resource components. Entry and exit requests for students to pass through the campus gates are sent from Command Centre to the Banner system for approval, using the Command Centre OPC Alarms and Events interface. Based on the time of the entry or exit and the student’s schedule, the Banner system decides whether the request is accepted or denied. Banner then sends a command directly to the Gallagher Door Controller to open that specific gate if entry or exit is allowed. Safe and secure environment for students Its intuitive user interface provides flexibility and easy management of operations"Gallagher security solutions provide the assurance and the knowledge that movement throughout campus is managed simply and efficiently to ensure a safe, secure environment. “Keeping students safe is of utmost importance to us,” says Mukesh Karsan, Serco IT Manager at Zayed University. “The Gallagher system helps us honor this commitment. Its intuitive user interface provides flexibility and easy management of operations.” He adds that he’s been “impressed with the reliability and robustness the system offers; it’s powerful, versatile and allows security personnel to carry out their day-to-day responsibilities with efficiency.” Gallagher solutions are trusted by education providers worldwide to: issue student and faculty access cards manage individual access rights control campus and dormitory access secure computer labs, science labs and other high-value assets integrate with scheduling and resource booking systems evacuate or lock down sites in case of an emergency Time and money saving solutions From intelligent integration with building management systems, to people and time efficiencies gained through automation and smart use of resources, Gallagher designs solutions that save time and money. Whether it’s across multiple zones within a single campus, or over multiple campuses, Gallagher solutions offer an intelligent, powerful way to ensure business continuity, protection of assets and keeping people safe.
Round table discussion
ISC West 2019 is in the industry’s rear-view mirror, and what a show it was! The busy three days in April offered a preview of exciting technologies and industry trends for the coming year. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What was the big news at ISC West 2019?
The year ahead holds endless promise for the physical security industry, and much of that future will be determined by which technologies the industry embraces. The menu of possibilities is long – from artificial intelligence to the Internet of Things to the cloud and much more – and each technology trend has the potential to transform the market in its own way. We tapped into the collective expertise of our Expert Panel Roundtable to answer this question: What technology trend will have the biggest impact on the security market in 2019?
Social media is part of our everyday lives, and increasingly it is also part of the security marketplace. Social media can be used for effective marketing and to communicate with customers, and it can be leveraged as a tool to make us all more secure. Communicating information in a crisis is another role social media can play to promote security. To elaborate on social media’s increasingly vital presence in the security marketplace, we asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What role can social media play in security?