Louroe Electronics, globally renowned audio monitoring technology solutions firm, celebrated its 40th anniversary in business with a special visit from US Congressman Tony Cárdenas. Representing the 29th district of California for the last six years, Congressman Cárdenas presented a commemorative certificate to the Louroe team and congratulated them for their achievement. Key partners, customers and representatives from the business and security technology communities attended the...
As part of Security Officer Appreciation Week, Corps Security is hosting an inaugural ‘Thank Your Security Officer Day’ on Thursday 19th September to thank their dedicated security guards. Working in partnership with a range of clients, the management team at Corps Security will thank their security officers in person as well as sharing stories across several social media platforms to acknowledge those who go above and beyond delivering an unprecedented level of service. Security Off...
Percepto, a global market expert for autonomous industrial drone solutions, will change the perception that drones are the enemy of the airport, at the ACI EUROPE Security Summit, which is being hosted in Tel Aviv, Israel, from 17th – 19th September 2019. In a presentation entitled ‘Drones in Airports Friends or Foes?’ Percepto will address how the latest innovations in drone technology can improve airport safety, security and operations. VP of Marketing at Percepto, Illy Grub...
Brilliant, manufacturer of Brilliant Smart Home Control system, and Schlage, a brand of Allegion that has been creating stylish and innovative door hardware for almost 100 years, has announced at CEDIA Expo 2019 a new collaboration designed to bring more convenience and simplicity to the smart home and home technology industry. Complete access control Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt integration with Brilliant Smart Home Control for seamless access control Schlage’s innovative smart l...
Ping Identity, a globally renowned pioneer in intelligent identity solutions, has announced details of its 2019 IDENTIFY customer conference series, taking place in multiple international cities, including Chicago, London, New York, Sydney and Melbourne. With a focus on driving innovation across the enterprise, attendees will hear from CISOs and identity and access management (IAM) thought leaders at some of the world’s most prominent organizations, including Allied Irish Banks, BlueCross...
The Security Industry Association (SIA) has named George W. Anderson as the 2019 recipient of the SIA Insightful Practitioner Award, an honor recognizing excellence in promoting the implementation of innovative security solutions. Anderson – who retired from the New York Police Department (NYPD) in 2011 after 30 years of service – is the director of World Trade Center security for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and serves as chair of the Private Sector Liaison Committ...
Vantage Controls, a brand of Legrand | AV Residential Solutions, announced that it will exhibit its end-to-end human-centric lighting (HCL) solutions at an interactive demonstration at CEDIA Expo 2019. In Legrand | AV's booth 905, the company will showcase load controls, user interfaces including the new EasyTouch Glass, and programming software that comes together to provide precise dimming for tunable light fixtures utilizing the Lumenetix araya5 light engine – delivering the benefits of ‘Lighting for Life’ in residential spaces. intelligent lighting control with LED lamps HCL systems render these conditions indoors by combining intelligent lighting control with tunable LED lamps and fixturesOur internal clocks – or circadian rhythms – are daily cycles of biological activity based on a 24-hour period and influenced by regular variations in the environment, primarily the Earth's natural lighting cycle. We depend on this cycle for hormone production, metabolism, and sleep/wake cycles – basically our entire well-being. The optimal lighting conditions for humans are what we see outside. HCL systems render these conditions indoors by combining intelligent lighting control with tunable LED lamps and fixtures that have the ability to change their color tone or intensity to match the dynamic range of light. Integration with automated shading systems "'Lighting for Life' means not only enhancing the aesthetics of a space, but the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of its occupants," said Fritz Werder, vice president and general manager of Legrand Residential AV Systems. "Vantage's HCL solutions make it easy for integrators to meet the growing demand for this experience in residential spaces by reducing the complexity of the design, installation, and operation of tunable LED lighting systems. In addition, they offer seamless integration with QMotion's automated shading systems for the optimal balance of natural and artificial light." EasyTouch Glass modular keypad station Vantage's EasyTouch Glass modular keypad station combines powerful functionality with a sleek, contemporary designMaking its debut at CEDIA Expo 2019 is Vantage's new EasyTouch Glass modular keypad station, which combines powerful functionality with a sleek, contemporary design. Available with up to five programmable buttons for different scenes – such as ‘Welcome’, ‘Away’, or ‘Party’ – not only does the EasyTouch Glass allow users to set the lighting in a space with one touch, it can also incorporate control over shades, speakers, garage doors, and more. Completely customisable to each project, the keypad allows installers to mix and match colors for trims, buttons, and faceplates, while an inner-surface ink layering process ensures consistent color definition and reflectivity. Buttons are laser-engraved in a TrueType font, with the letters illuminated by adjustable RGB backlighting in the user's color of choice. An ambient light sensor automatically adjusts the backlighting based on the time of day, and users can easily determine which scenes are active based on the button's color or intensity. DMX-DALI-GATEWAY and InFusion Controller II Also on display at CEDIA Expo 2019 will be Vantage's DMX-DALI-GATEWAY and InFusion Controller II. For today's complex lighting system, the gateway provides 512 DMX channels, as well as 64 channels of DALI control. The Vantage controller is programmed to match the daily sunrise/sunset schedule shift throughout the year that best supports people's natural circadian rhythm based on the location of each installation. The controller integrates with QMotion advanced automated shading solutions for a human-centric experiencearaya5-enabled fixtures that are demonstrated to work with the Vantage controller include LF Illumination, WAC Lighting, and more. Vantage also works well with new LED light sources including Lumsatream low voltage lighting and other innovative color-tuning manufacturers. In addition, the controller seamlessly integrates with QMotion advanced automated shading solutions for a complete human-centric experience. Equinox glass LCD touchscreen controllers Other highlighted user interfaces will include Vantage's Equinox line of glass LCD touchscreen controllers for a smartphone-type navigation experience, and EasyTouch II keypads with up to five programmable buttons for control of lights and shades individually or in user-defined scenes. To quickly program complete HCL systems, Vantage's Design Center will be on display. The software makes it fast and simple for integrators to configure the intensity, hue, saturation, and correlated color temperature (CCT) of tunable lighting, while creating automated schedules and timers. At booth 905, visitors will also have an opportunity to experience how all Legrand | AV Residential Solutions brands – Chief, Da-Lite, Luxul, Middle Atlantic Products, Nuvo, On-Q, QMotion, SANUS, and Vantage – come together to deliver amazing AV experiences that transform the smart home. The company has also planned sweepstakes and giveaways at its booth, as well as several educational opportunities for integrators.
Dortronics, globally renowned off-the-shelf and customized door control solutions provider, is showcasing its next generation intelligent interlock controllers at GSX 2019 (booth #1333). The newly enhanced 4800 Series offers an abundance of intelligent interlock features providing a higher degree of versatility to accommodate a wide range of applications and markets. 4800 Series Door Interlock Controller The 4800 Series Door Interlock Controller accommodates up to five doors, including doors with automatic openers “Our 4800 Series door interlock controllers are a one board solution that provides installers complete control of all operating and configuration options without complex software,” said John Fitzpatrick, President of Dortronics Systems, Inc. “This further leverages the enhanced security provided by these interlocks for use for both mainstream and specialized applications.” The 4800 Series Door Interlock Controller accommodates up to five doors, including doors with automatic openers. The unit features adjustable timers for propped door time, panic release unlock time, and unlock pause time for REX unlock time. Additional features include 12 inputs for door status, request for access, interlock override and emergency unlock. The unit’s 17 outputs control door locks (fail-safe or fail-secure), traffic lights and mirror door status with alarm outputs. Intelligent interlock controllers Additional features include a watchdog circuit to monitor operation, LED input/output status indication and voltage spike/surge protection. The 4800 Series is available as a controller board only or with a 4-amp Class 2 UL 294 power supply. Once predominantly deployed for specialty applications like cleanrooms, back areas for casinos and prisons, intelligent interlock controllers (also commonly referred to as mantraps) are now widely used for retail, healthcare, and professional buildings to help improve overall safety and security. The versatility provided with Dortronics 4800 Series Door Interlock Controller further simplifies deployment.
Dortronics, a pioneer in off-the-shelf and customized door control solutions, is showcasing the company’s custom design and manufacturing capabilities, and its highly versatile 4800 Series Door Interlock Controller at GSX 2019 (booth #1333). “The demand for customized door control solutions continues to grow as more facilities look to implement more robust security safeguards that seamlessly integrate with their surrounding environment,” said John Fitzpatrick, President of Dortronics Systems, Inc. “Dortronics provides new and existing customers with the personal consultation they need to design, manufacture and deliver customized door control solutions with fast turn-around times and at affordable prices.” Showcasing 4800 Series Door Interlock Controller The 4800 Series is available as a controller board only or with a 4-amp Class 2 UL 294 power supplyDortronics’ products are designed and manufactured at the company’s headquarters in Sag Harbor, NY. This facilitates the company’s unique ability to quickly custom fabricate a wide range of door control products including: switches with durable, highly-visible laser etched or engraved paint filled lettering; and custom plate sizes and annunciators in almost any shape and size. Dortronics is also showcasing its highly versatile 4800 Series Door Interlock Controller at GSX 2019, which accommodates up to five doors, including doors with automatic openers. The unit’s 17 outputs control door locks (fail-safe or fail-secure), traffic lights and mirror door status with alarm outputs with a long list of features that includes adjustable timers for propped door time, panic release unlock time, and unlock pause time for Request-to-Exit unlock time. Additional features include 12 inputs for door status, request for access, interlock override and emergency unlock. A watchdog circuit to monitor operation, LED input/output status indication and voltage spike/surge protection are also included. The 4800 Series is available as a controller board only or with a 4-amp Class 2 UL 294 power supply.
Dortronics, a pioneer in off-the-shelf and customized door control solutions, is displaying a wide assortment of custom designed and manufactured products at GSX 2019 in booth #1333. The display enforces the company’s ability to quickly respond to users’ and installers’ increased demand for customized door control products. “Dortronics is uniquely positioned to deliver door and access control products with custom finishes and engraving with fast turnaround times and at the right price,” said John Fitzpatrick, President of Dortronics Systems, Inc. “All product design and manufacturing takes place on-site at our Sag Harbor, NY headquarters, which provides us with distinct turn-around and quality control advantages over off-shore suppliers.” Delivers switches in different form factors Dortronics’ flexible and versatile manufacturing facility can deliver an extensive range of customized products including: a wide selection of switches in different form factors with highly-visible laser etched or engraved paint-filled lettering; and custom plate sizes and annunciators in almost any shape and size. Dortronics’ fast order fulfillment turnaround assures installers will get what they need fast to avoid installation delays. Dortronics also offers a comprehensive line of magnetic locks, push buttons, and key switches in special finishes such as polished or brushed chrome or brass, as well as color-anodized aluminum from stock.
Altronix, a pioneer in power and data transmission products for the professional security industry, is featuring its new Maximal Fit series of access power controllers at GSX 2019, booth 933. These units provide system designers and integrators with a more compact and economical alternative to our popular Maximal series. “Our new Maximal Fit models lower the cost of deploying access control, utilizing less space,” said Alan Forman, President, Altronix Corporation. Single or dual power supply/Chargers Units can be easily customized or pre-installed with myriad combinations of Altronix power and sub-assembliesDesigned to save valuable wall space, the new compact Maximal Fit Series includes models with single or dual power supply/chargers with or without sub-assemblies and accessories to meet a wide range of system requirements. Units can also be easily customized or pre-installed with myriad combinations of Altronix power and sub-assemblies. Power supply features include: supervised fire alarm disconnect; low power cutoff and overvoltage protection; built-in battery charger that is 30-50% faster; room to accommodate up to four 12AH/12VDC batteries and are network ready by adding a LINQ2 network communication module to control, monitor and report power/diagnostics. Altronix Maximal Fit is manufactured in the U.S.A., and backed by a lifetime warranty.
ASIS International, the association of security management professionals, released its Enterprise Security Risk Management (ESRM) Guideline, which takes a different approach to traditional security. The new guideline is the first strategic security management tool of its kind, elevating the security function by establishing a partnership between security professionals and business leaders to manage security risks. The objective of ESRM is to identify, evaluate, and mitigate the likelihood and/or impact of security risks to the organization with priority given to protective activities that help enable the organization to advance its overall mission. ESRM positions the security professional as a trusted advisor to help guide asset owners through the process of making security risk management decisions. Maintaining high performance over time “We’re very proud to provide this foundational tool to ASIS members—and the security industry at-large—to help guide them through adoption of ESRM within their organizations” said David R. Feeney, CPP, PMP, Chairman of the ASIS ESRM Guideline Technical Committee. The new guideline further outlines how the ESRM Cycle is built on a foundation of transparency ESRM recommends that security professionals maintain an understanding of the organization’s overall strategy, including its mission and vision, core values, operating environment, and stakeholders. Understanding this context will enable security professionals to effectively support and align with the organization’s strategic goals. The new guideline further outlines how the ESRM Cycle is built on a foundation of transparency, governance, partnership with stakeholders, and holistic risk management. By continually repeating the ESRM Cycle, security professionals can bring ESRM practice to maturity and maintain high performance over time. Global development of ESRM “We remain committed to the global development of ESRM, and the release of our ESRM Guideline demonstrates the ASIS Board of Director’s on-going support to formalize ESRM globally,” said Tim McCreight, ASIS Global Board sponsor of the ESRM Initiative. Security professionals can learn more about ESRM during the Introduction to Enterprise Security Risk Management classroom program on September 8 at McCormick Place in Chicago—the convening place of Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2019. ASIS members receive free digital access to the new ESRM Guideline on the ASIS website. Non-members may purchase a softcover or read-only copy of the Guideline online in the ASIS Store. GSX attendees can purchase a copy in the ASIS Bookstore onsite and learn more about ASIS standards currently in development by visiting the ASIS Hub (Booth #2027) in the exhibit hall.
Thousands of security professionals gathered Nov. 14-15 at the Javits Center in New York City to explore new products, solutions and technologies, network with security luminaries and obtain high-quality industry education. ISC East, sponsored by the Security Industry Association (SIA), is the Northeast’s largest security industry event; more than 7,000 security professionals attended or exhibited at this year’s conference. Following day 1 of ISC East, SIA gathered industry luminaries and experts for SIA Honors Night, an annual event featuring a cocktail reception, a gala dinner benefiting Mission 500, engaging entertainment and an awards ceremony recognizing industry leaders. Sold-Out Event SIA Honors Night 2018 was a sold-out event held at the Current at Chelsea Piers. The awards presented at SIA Honors Night 2018 were: SIA Progress Award (presented by SIA’s Women in Security Forum) – Eddie Reynolds, president and CEO, iluminar Inc. Women in Biometrics Awards (co-founded by SIA and SecureIDNews and co-presented with sponsors FindBiometrics, IDEMIA and SIA’s Women in Security Forum) – Kelly Gallagher, senior account manager at NEC Corporation of America; Lisa MacDonald, director of the Identity Management Division in the Office of Biometric identity Management at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Colleen Manaher, executive director of U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Lora Sims, senior biometric examiner at Ideal Innovations, Inc.; and Anne Wang, director of biometric technology research and development at Gemalto Cogent SIA Insightful Practitioner Award – Guy M. Grace, Jr., chair of the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools Steering Committee and director of security and emergency planning for Littleton Public Schools in the Denver suburb of Littleton, Colorado Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award – Larry Folsom, co-founder and president, I-View Now George R. Lippert Memorial Award – Pat Comunale, retired security industry veteran, former member of the SIA Board of Directors and former CEO and president for Tri-Ed Distribution, an Anixter company Standout Keynotes SIA Honors Night also highlighted Mission 500, a charity that advocates for children and families living in extreme poverty in the United States Honors Night guests enjoyed keynote remarks from Bonnie St. John, a Paralympic ski medalist, Fortune 500 business consultant, Rhodes scholar, former White House official and best-selling author. St. John discussed her journey to become the first African-American ever to win medals in Winter Olympic competition despite having her right leg amputated at age five and shared her top lessons from mentors and her advice for cultivating resilience. SIA Honors Night also highlighted Mission 500, a charity that advocates for children and families living in extreme poverty in the United States; each year, SIA Honors Night raises funds for Mission 500. SIA presented 26 engaging education sessions through the SIA Education @ ISC East program, including two standout keynotes and four hands-on workshops. Hundreds of conference attendees participated in these sessions, with impressive speakers like Valerie Thomas, ethical hacker and executive consultant at Securicon; Pierre Bourgeix, president at ESI Convergent; Scott Swann, president and CEO of IDEMIA National Security Solutions; and Jumbi Edulbehram, regional president – Americas, Oncam. SIA sponsored Infosecurity North America’s Keynote Stage, the central hub of the event Confronting Emerging Threats Highlighted education sessions at this year’s conference included: Friend or Foe? Technology Disruption and the Physical Security Industry, a keynote address by Philip Halpin, senior vice president and head of global security at Brown Brothers Harriman, one of the country’s oldest and largest privately held financial firms 21st Century Best Practices: Reporting From the Front Lines on How Law Enforcement and the Security Industry Are Confronting Emerging Threats, a keynote address by James A. Gagliano, a retired FBI supervisory special agent, CNN law enforcement analyst and adjunct assistant professor at St. John’s University Cybersecurity Professionals ISC East 2018 was co-located with two additional conferences – Infosecurity North America and Unmanned Security Expo Additional cutting-edge topics covered in the education sessions included the move to smart cities, convergence in the security industry and the use of artificial intelligence in video analytics. ISC East 2018 was co-located with two additional conferences – Infosecurity North America and Unmanned Security Expo. SIA sponsored Infosecurity North America’s Keynote Stage, the central hub of the event, which featured a presentation from world-famous hacker Kevin Mitnick, insights from Dave Hogue of the National Security Agency’s Cybersecurity Threat Operations Center, a discussion on the cyber skills shortage gap and ways to attract, develop and retain talented cybersecurity professionals and more. Handle Sensitive Data Additional events at ISC East 2018 included: A breakfast presented by ISC Security Events and SIA’s Women in Security Forum featuring a panel discussion celebrating women in security and supporting the participation and advancement of women in the industry Paid hands-on workshops providing cutting-edge information and valuable insights on the most current business trends, technologies and new developments in security Free exhibitor product training sessions sharing live, in-depth demonstrations A meeting with SIA’s Data Privacy Advisory Board, which provides information and best practices to help SIA members handle sensitive data in a safe and secure manner to protect the personally identifiable information of their employees, partners and customers from potential breaches
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are the rage in tech right now and not surprisingly, many cyber companies are beginning to automate an increasing amount of their operations. Some of this is great, particularly when it assists cybersecurity professionals to automate mundane tasks and focus more of their attention on higher level analysis. But so far, machine learning is more hype than helpful for cybersecurity, but that does not mean you can’t automate some tasks to keep your organization safe. Effective Machine Learning Applications At its most basic, machine learning technology is supposed to enable cybersecurity companies to predict the nature of future attacks based on past behavior, similar to how Netflix displays what you want to watch based on what you’ve previously viewed. According to Jack Gold, president and principal analyst at J. Gold Associates, this innovation can assist cyber companies to transition away from a “signature-based” system to detect malware. Instead, he sees more companies adopting a machine learning approach that aims to analyze past incidents in a broader manner and aggregate information from a multitude of sources. Machine learning technology is supposed to enable cybersecurity companies to predict the nature of future attacks Specifically, some machine learning applications for cybersecurity are effective at doing the following: detecting malicious activity, helping security officers determine what tasks they need to complete in an investigation process, analyzing mobile endpoints, decreasing the number of false positive threats, automating repetitive tasks like interrupting ransomware, and potentially closing some zero-day vulnerabilities. A number of tech giants have invested in these capabilities recently, including Google, which is employing machine learning to help protect Android mobile endpoints. Amazon also bought a startup called harvest.AI to help it aggregate and better understand data located on the S3 cloud storage service. Limitations Of AI For Cybersecurity That said, the signal-to-noise ratio for threat intelligence-type automation events isn't effective for most organizations at the moment. The reality is automating threat intelligence - or in other words, identifying adversaries automatically - is difficult to execute within an organization because every company’s threats, vulnerabilities, and risks are unique. Ultimately, machine learning can help cybersecurity outfits, but it can’t replace many important functions. In an article for Forbes, Alexander Polyakov explains well why machine learning’s applications for cybersecurity are limited. He writes, “There will always be a person who tries to find issues in our systems and bypass them. Therefore, if we detect 90% [of] attacks today, new methods will be invented tomorrow.” Cybersecurity outfits can pair their human intellect with machine technology to catch hackers before they do too much damage Put in another way, there is a reason that machine learning is very good at predicting events like the weather. As McAfee CTO Steve Grobman described at McAfee MPOWER, their annual security conference, the weather abides by laws of physics. So even with phenomena such as global warming, the weather will largely act in the future based on how it has been in the past. Pairing Human Intellect And Machine Technology Cyber attacks, meanwhile, are the complete opposite. Hackers become smarter, and are always one step ahead of cybersecurity officers, inherently and frequently shifting their strategies so that CISOs will not detect them. For all the incidents machine learning technology can identify, which is helpful, there will always be sophisticated attacks that no machine learning algorithm will be able to find. It is also worth stating a simple fact: Humans hack. While they may use fancy technology to deploy these attacks, it is a human-led effort. Therefore, at the highest level, cybersecurity officers will be the only force able to stop hackers from penetrating critical networks. Machines don’t fully understand us. Only humans can still (and probably always) comprehend hackers’ larger strategy. Instead, cybersecurity outfits can pair their human intellect with machine technology to sort through data faster and catch hackers before they do too much damage. No cybersecurity company should be led by robots -- and that’s a good thing.
The physical security industry is rapidly changing, ever evolving, and one that is growing faster than most other sectors of the greater global market. The latest research shows that the forecasted growth rates will be a compound average growth rate (CAGR) of 7.2% and a total market revenue opportunity of $41.27B through 2022. These economic indicators make the industry a very attractive investment for entrepreneurs and for investment from large corporations from other industries. At ISC West 2018, this was extremely evident as there was a palpable buzz from technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, cloud-based video management systems and cloud-based access control systems. New market entrants such as Amazon, and a seemingly increased interest and investment from the likes of Intel, IBM, and even Microsoft were present and contributed strongly to the buzz of the industry’s largest tradeshow.The global managed security services market is projected to reach nearly $40.97 Bn, with a CAGR of 16.6% over the next five years Need For Education And Enhanced Security With the increased profile of the industry, one can clearly see that the physical security industry is expanding globally to new consumers; bringing with it an increased need to further secure products and services with comprehensive physical and cybersecurity protocols and the need for education. This convergence of physical security and cybersecurity will create new industry leaders that will emerge to lead a new segment of the combined market through strong investment and leadership. According to a report published from Allied Market Research (AMR), the global managed security services market is projected to reach nearly $40.97B, with a CAGR of 16.6% over the next five years. Correlating these two market data points, the forecast for the physical security market is expected to have nearly 18% of the total market opportunity comprised of cloud services at nearly $7B. Sharing Security Service Best Practices In September 2017 at the Cloud+ Conference in Austin, Texas, the leaders of the Access Control as a service (ACaaS) and Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) markets, converged to share industry trends, observations of customer adoption, best practices in implementation and service, financial models, and several in-depth discussions on securing physical security of cloud implementations through cybersecurity. The physical security market will have nearly 18% of the total market opportunity comprised of cloud services These cybersecurity discussions absolutely dominated every discussion with the clear message that as a cloud service provider, manufacturers and integrators must continue to create robust and scalable cybersecurity offerings to protect customer data and facilities. Interestingly, an analysis of all of the past cyber breaches was presented by keynote speaker Dean Drako of Eagle Eye Networks, who, through a powerful visual diagram, noted that all existing breaches in the physical security industry were entirely on manufacturer provided hardware solutions; VMS physically installed on customer premises, and camera specific vulnerabilities across multiple providers.Network personnel, cybersecurity personnel, firewall experts, and cloud-specific software development staff all need to be added to core physical security engineering expertise Cloud Versus Non-Cloud Services The insight that one was able to glean from this information and, that of a greater analysis of cybersecurity hacks across all industries, was that manufacturers and providers of cloud services were more secure and reliable by orders of magnitude than non-cloud solutions. The reason for these phenomena also became glaringly evident; the security protocols of a cloud service provider is central to the business’s value proposition and as such should be addressed across all levels of manufacturing, implementation, and customer utilization. Conversely, non-cloud deployed products rely on field implemented cyber strategies from integrators and end users which often expose lack of skills, education and budget to fully secure these physical security products. Ensuring Successful Deployment As a SaaS service provider, the technical personnel makeup results in an expansion of staff and expertise. Network personnel, cybersecurity personnel, firewall experts, and cloud-specific software development staff all need to be added to core physical security engineering expertise to ensure that the product developed can be successfully implemented and deployed.Implementing a process to protect millions of customer’s data records and facilities begins with mapping out a strategy to secure software and hardware. These new jobs in the physical security industry will astronomically expand as the market continues to grow $6 Bn in a little over 4 years providing new opportunities to existing and new personnel to enter the industry. As a leader in access control hardware and an ACaaS provider, ISONAS has taken it upon themselves to implement a process to ensure that their customers can easily implement their products and gain great peace of mind in regard to the security of the solutions. Data Security Strategies Implementing a process to protect millions of customer’s data records and facilities begins with mapping out a strategy to secure software and hardware. This means employing high-level, seasoned cloud deployment experts to create a strategy in our AWS infrastructure and all ancillary supporting technologies to minimize attack surfaces, create complex, proprietary associations in a multi-layered and multi-tiered connection throughout the application and lastly ensuring that all communication to and from customers’ devices are encrypted and secured. Implementing a process to protect customer’s data records and facilities begins with mapping out a strategy to secure software and hardware Once implemented ISONAS took it upon themselves to validate the infrastructure and the customers experience by subjecting the environments to 3rd party penetration tests. Addressing Cyber Threats These tests, taken up quarterly, ensure a customer that the latest in cyber threats are being addressed and that the manufacturer is providing the latest solutions available in the market.Integration implementation personnel should gain greater knowledge in networks and cybersecurity best practices for their solutions An added benefit is that customers gain the scalable benefits of enterprise corporate cybersecurity protocols at a fraction of the cost of implementing these on their individual premises. As an industry, however, it is not simply the responsibility of the cloud service provider to ensure that the customers data in video and access control are being protected. It is also incumbent on the integrator to ensure that the installation and implementation of the products and solutions are deployed in an educated and skill-based manner. Knowledge Of Networks And Cybersecurity Best Practices The products and services utilized must be easy to implement, be clear in their requirements of the end user networks, and simplistic to apply. Nearly all manufacturers of these products are working diligently to ensure that the integrator has all of the tools at their fingertips to ensure a successful implementation. However, it will remain important that the integration implementation personnel gain a greater knowledge in networks and cybersecurity best practices for their solutions.The products and services utilized must be easy to implement, be clear in their requirements of the end user networks, and simplistic to apply In most cases, this will mean additional jobs for new higher-level personnel, access to additional services to provide to end users, and an elevation of networking and security expertise within their business. Expanding The Reach Of Physical Security These new-found skills and expertise will likely bleed into new markets and expand the reach of the traditional physical security market. It truly is an exciting time to be a part of a rapidly expanding market in the physical security space and to watch the industry react to the growing need for cybersecurity within products and services. In the next four years, there will be new innovations, new investments, and new winners and losers in products and services. It seems clear that those integrators and manufacturers who have begun to create the strategies and products for tomorrow will be well ahead of those who are not actively addressing the need for SaaS products, yet the window to opportunity remains wide open.
One of the common characteristics of trade shows is booths with walls and walls of new products. Sometimes exhibitors seem intent on displaying everything in their portfolio, even though the displays appear cluttered and may not be welcoming. In an age of system sales, in particular, the emphasis on products can seem off kilter. Discussions with exhibitors at this year’s GSX show reveal a new awareness of the need for less cluttered booths, but the equipment walls persist. Here’s a review of Day 2 from the show floor. Allegion embraces more open booth design At GSX 2019, Allegion is among the exhibitors embracing a new, more open booth design that encourages engagement with customers and puts less emphasis on product displays. Discussions at the Allegion booth have centered around the value proposition and lower complexity of network-connected access control systems. The approach has been gaining a higher profile at Allegion since the company acquired Isonas, whose system configuration involves a reader-controller connected to the network via power-over-Ethernet cable. “Customers are also asking about Bluetooth technology and mobile applications,” said Jonathan Mooney, Allegion sales leader. Allegion is looking to deploy the Isonas software in other products in their portfolio; it will be offered in the range of Schlage wireless locks by the middle of 2020.The benefit of the cloud and network is to remove a lot of complexity and unnecessary costs for access control" “The benefit of the cloud and network is to remove a lot of complexity and unnecessary costs for access control,” said Mooney. Bosch offers complete security solution Bosch is introducing 55 new products at GSX 2019, but when it comes down to it, the company’s overarching message is not about individual products but about how they can be combined into a larger system. “At the end of the day, the message from Bosch is ‘how do I create a complete security solution?’” said Paul Garms, Bosch Director, Regional Marketing Security. “That’s what we are trying to demonstrate: How do all these things integrate?” Most of interest to attendees are actual demonstrations, which are a unique aspect of the trade show experience. “It’s nice at a show where we can really demonstrate what we are talking about when we say ‘integrated solution,’” said Garms. “And people can say, ‘oh yeah, if I trip this video analytic, the speaker will warn me I am approaching a restricted area.’ Or, when the manager signs in on the intrusion panel, now the associate can access a door he wasn’t able to before. It’s that integration and the complete solution that resonates. People are also interested in new products. At a show, they like to see them in operation.” At the Bosch booth, there is a big wall that illustrates some integration possibilities. An array of cameras was among the 55 new products introduced by Bosch, which also emphasized systems. Machine learning and advanced video analytics One implementation featured on the wall is Bosch’s Camera Trainer machine learning system. The system can “train” a camera to recognize a car in a parking lot, for example. Among the new Bosch products is the Autodome 7000i, the next generation of a best-selling camera, now with H.265 encoding and analytics such as line crossing. There is also an outdoor panoramic camera that is adjustable to 180-degree or 360-degree views. The new, less expensive 3000i series cameras provide an affordable option with edge analytics and Bosch’s data security protection included. Integration from Honeywell as well as 'the big picture' At Honeywell Security Group, Senior Product Manager G. Eric Green said the show seems to be much better attended than last year, “and we have had a lot of interest in our products.” Even end-user attendees typical of the GSX show are interested in the details of technology, as well as “the bigger picture,” commented Green. “Some of our booth visitors want to get into the weeds,” he said. “They say they want this piece of hardware. But they also also interested in the big picture. How things are interacting is very important.”Honeywell announced the 30 Series IP cameras, which can be used as part of video systems that comply with National Defense Authorization Act Section 889" “Most customers have installed products from other vendors that they expect us to work with. So integration is always at the top of the list. Can you work with these guys? Do you have an API? Do you support this piece of equipment? We always hear that a lot,” said Green. “There are customers who want best-in-breed products, but they’re not necessarily concerned about that coming from one manufacturer,” he said. “Other customers want ‘one throat to choke.’ When something goes wrong, they don’t want any finger-pointing.” Web-based security console and frictionless access control Honeywell is showing a beta version of its Pro-Watch 5.0 product, which is coming out in Q1 next year. It is an integrated security console that provides a map view of access control, video management, intrusion and other third party systems. The web-based platform offers access to each element, all controlled by permissions. “We are also building in an incident workflow engine that allows an operator to see exactly what steps he should take when something occurs as defined by the supervisor or a security director,” said Green. “It can literally walk you through, and it is completely freeform. Whatever you want it to say, it will say. This works in conjunction with access control, video, and all the things we talk to.” The Honeywell booth was a busy place on day two of GSX 2019 Another new Honeywell product is the OmniAssure Touch reader, a “frictionless” device that can read a credential off a smart phone in a user’s pocket. The user merely touches the reader, and it scans the area for a nearby mobile device that is authorized, and you can walk through the door. Honeywell also announced the 30 Series IP cameras, which are encrypted and can be used as part of video systems that comply with National Defense Authorization Act Section 889. They are made in Taiwan. Arcules' cloud security solution “There are fewer people here at GSX 2019, but we have seen a lot of really big companies looking for a cloud service,” said Andreas Pettersson, CEO of cloud video company Arcules. At previous shows, questions about the cloud often seemed out of curiosity. Now, potential customers are more decisive: They say “we want to move to the cloud.” Pettersson theorized that concerns about a possible weakening economy may prompt some companies to avoid the large capital expenditure of procuring a new on-premise system and instead opt for the minimal investment needed for a cloud system. Monthly operating expenses of a cloud system are also predictable and more easily managed, said Pettersson.At previous shows, questions about the cloud often seemed out of curiosity. Now, potential customers are more decisive Arcules is proactive on the subject of cybersecurity and has a two-page handout that summarizes the cybersecurity advantages of their system. They are eager to talk about cybersecurity as it relates to cloud systems, said Pettersson. He said that, in his experience, on-premise systems tend to have more cybersecurity issues, whether because ports are left open or a firewall is implemented incorrectly. Users may also seek to bypass the firewall — a dangerous practice that is not an option with cloud systems. Security patches may not have been implemented; in a cloud system, such updates are pushed out automatically. The recurring monthly revenue (RMR) aspect of cloud systems are a windfall to integrators who embrace the cloud. “One integrator said he went on vacation for the first time in years because he had the extra money coming in,” said Pettersson. Control room integration from Vistacom "We're still fairly new to GSX, as our first show was 5 years ago, but what we have noticed is that the show continues to attract valuable attendees and drive critical conversations around what companies like ours must bring to the table in order to be successful in this space," said Dan Gundry, Director of Sales and Marketing, Vistacom. "We've had so many chances to learn from and share with potential customers and partners, and as a result, we continue to forge great relationships.” Vistacom is highlighting its control room integration and the value enterprise organizations can gain from implementing one in their facility. The company works alongside end-user customers and security integrators to build a command center space, taking into account video wall display technology, operator consoles and furniture, audio and lighting considerations, as well as temperature and more, in an effort to optimize these centers. Stay tuned for the full GSX 2019 show review.
Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2019 will blow into the Windy City this fall, combining a tradeshow, a full schedule of professional education sessions, plenty of industry networking opportunities, and an annual reunion of the top professionals from around the world tasked with protecting people, property and assets. GSX – the trade show and industry event 'formerly known as' the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits – will be Sept. 8-12 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The show promises to 'elevate the event experience with modern education learning experiences, revitalized networking opportunities, and a reimagined trade show floor.' More than 550 exhibitors will be featured in the expo hall (open Sept. 10-12), according to ASIS International. Chicago is a great location for GSX, as evidenced by the successful 2013 ASIS show. Cutting-Edge solutions X1 Stage sessions are designed to highlight cutting-edge solutions and increase contextual understanding GSX seeks to attract more attendees to the exhibition hall with education events positioned alongside the industry’s latest-and-greatest equipment and technology exhibits. On the expo floor, the GSX: Disruption District will include new and enhanced programs such as the X Learning stages, the D3 (drones, droids, defense) Learning Theater, the Pitch Competition and the Innovative Product Awards. X Learning is a series of experiential sessions. X1 Stage sessions are designed to highlight cutting-edge solutions and increase contextual understanding of new technology. GSX: Startup Sector highlights new companies with emerging technologies; and GSX: Pitch Competition brings together entrepreneurs, investors and industry leaders to feature early-stage startup pitches. Career HQ will provide free resume reviews, career coaching, professional development and networking opportunities. A Sharpshooter Contest sponsored by Smart Simulators and SB Tactical will allow contestants donating $20 to compete for $500 in prizes each day. Pre-Conference certification courses More than 300 security courses, plus pre-conference certification courses, will provide security professionals expertise to enhance their career development. Programming will be led by ASIS and InfraGard subject matter experts. (InfraGard is a non-profit organization serving as a public-private partnership between U.S. businesses and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.) Seventeen education tracks will serve the needs of security professionals interested in topics from business continuity to crime/loss prevention, law and ethics to national security, information security to physical and operational security. The show also provides opportunities for dealers, installers, integrators, consultants, specifiers, architects and engineers 'Game Changer' sessions will address hot and controversial topics, including 'The Ever-Changing Drone Landscape: What You Need to Know' and 'Accelerating Digital Transformation: Insights and Applications.' Ian Bremmer of Eurasia Group will speak on navigating the geopolitical landscape; Steve Demetriou and Joe Olivarez of Jacobs, a global professional services company, will speak about harnessing technology and big data to make strategic decisions. Providing new opportunities Wednesday morning, General John F. Kelly of the U.S. Marine Corps (Ret), will provide insight into the evolving geopolitical landscape around the world. His keynote presentation on Sept. 11 will kick off Military and Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Tarah Wheeler, cyber security researcher, will speak on protecting assets in the age of cybersecurity leaks and scandals. More than 20,000 registered attendees are expected from 110-plus countries across the entire industry Although the attendee emphasis is on security end-users, the show also provides opportunities for dealers, installers, integrators, consultants, specifiers, architects and engineers. More than 20,000 registered attendees are expected from 110-plus countries across the entire industry, according to ASIS International. Networking events will include an ASIS Town Hall Meeting on the afternoon of Sept. 8, aimed at opening communication between ASIS staff and membership. There will be an Opening Night Celebration Sept. 8 centred on the theme 'Chicago on the Silver Screen' at Revel Motor Row, a popular Chicago landmark originally home to the Illinois Auto Club. Emphasis on education On Monday (Sept. 9) a networking luncheon will be followed by the Awards Reception later in the day. A reception in the evening will present the Karen Marquez Honors Award, recognizing a female security professional. Tuesday (Sept. 10) will have a Happy Hour at the exhibit hall, followed later by a Women in Security and Young Professionals Happy Hour. Wednesday evening will be the President’s Reception at Wintrust Arena, with a 1980s theme. The annual trade show has declined in recent years, and ASIS International has implemented changes that seek to reinvigorate the show, culminating in the rebranding last year. One challenge is that the show’s emphasis on education keeps attendees engaged for hours of the day, making it harder to meet the expectations of exhibiting companies who want more booth traffic. More attractions on the show floor, including the Tuesday happy hour, are aimed at increasing overall foot traffic in the hall.
Time for an indepth review of IFSEC 2019 in London. This show had fewer exhibitors than previous shows, and the ‘vibe’ was definitely more low-key. Fewer exhibitors meant larger aisles and plenty of room to breathe, and the slower pace provided time for exhibitors to reflect (often negatively) on the return on investment (ROI) of large trade shows. There was little buzz on the first day of the show, but spirits picked up on the second day (when, not coincidentally, some exhibitors served drinks to attendees at their stands). Enterprise security solutions One eye-catcher was smart wireless security provider Ajax Systems’ stylish black stand Many exhibitors compared IFSEC unfavorably to ISC West in the United States and even to Intersec in Dubai. Others seemed willing to be lured back to Birmingham (previous location for IFSEC) to participate in the upstart competitor, The Security Event, next spring. However, not all the IFSEC 2019 reviews were negative. Vaion made the most of their small stand toward the back of the hall. They experienced brisk traffic right up until the end of the show. Happy with the response, the provider of real-time enterprise security solutions reportedly has already committed to IFSEC 2020. Other exhibitors also made the most of their space at IFSEC; one eye-catcher was smart wireless security provider Ajax Systems’ stylish black stand. Vaion made the most of their small stand toward the back of the hall Latest new products Nedap launched a new product, AEOS 2019.1, that is five time faster and more stable than its predecessor. It uses HTML5 – no more reliance on Adobe. Feedback has been good. The company has also increased its integration of open security standards (OSS). Traka showcased smart lockers, which are modular, scalable, and staff can easily replace broken equipment. Product features can be adapted to specific sectors (i.e., retail, prisons). Traka spends 30% of its revenue on research and development, developing their own engineering. The company has seen massive growth in the UK and Europe. Hanwha Techwin lured visitors into the centre of their stand with drinks and ice cream, surrounded by the latest new products. Hanwha promoted their investment in a manufacturing facility in Vietnam and showcased Wisenet cameras with enhanced 4K images, digital auto tracking, and less motion blur for clearer images. Video verification product A multi-sensor model captures wide areas with a single camera. Hanwha also offered some value-priced cameras that feature easy self-install and are swappable. Optex launched a new product called ‘the Bridge’, a video verification product that bridges CCTV on a digital video recorder (DVR) to intruder alarms. Hanwha showcased Wisenet cameras with enhanced 4K images UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter announced ‘Security By Default’, a set of minimum requirements that will guarantee users that network video security products are as secure as possible in their default settings right out of the box. Hikvision promoted their support for Secure by Default and expressed hopes the initiative would be embraced by other companies and create a new best practice for camera cybersecurity. Hikvision also promoted their retail solution, which includes on-site redaction for GDPR compliance, shelf detection incorporating artificial intelligence, and use of heat mapping to analyze customer foot traffic. Generating revenue Safety and Security Things (SAST), another IFSEC exhibitor, is in the process of creating an ‘app store’ for the security market. Striving to achieve critical mass with participation by a wide range of systems integrators and manufacturers, SAST has a goal of launching to the public in Q1 next year in time for ISC West. Hanwha Techwin is among the players that have already joined the alliance A pilot version will debut this autumn, and they already have 26 apps and six camera manufacturers toward that goal. With a staff of 120, mostly based in Munich, SAST expects to begin generating revenue in 2020 and to grow rapidly. An investment by Bosch is financing start-up operations. Open Security & Safety Alliance (OSSA) is creating standards and a platform to enable the sale of apps in the security market. Large industry players Hanwha Techwin is among the players that have already joined the alliance, and OSSA is seeking to add other large companies, such as Axis, Genetec and Hikvision. Engaging integrators, app developers and software providers as well as camera manufacturers will generate widespread support to ensure the initiative succeeds. Although currently most OSSA members are based in the EU and Asia, it is a global organization open to any company in the world. Many large industry players are now missing from the IFSEC show floor; the most noticeable new abstainer this year was Milestone. And the downturn seems likely to continue: Exhibitors were largely noncommittal about returning next year, although organizers were urging them during the exhibition to sign up for 2020.
Apstec Systems (Apstec) announces that its Human Security Radar (HSR) system will be deployed at the Palexpo Exhibition and Congress Centre in Geneva to improve safety and security for the International Motor Show 2019. Asptec’s HSR system is the world’s first fully automatic real-time mass people screening solution. Held over a period of ten days, the Geneva International Motor Show is one of the automotive industry’s flagship events and attracts large numbers of visitors every year. The organisers are anticipating up to three-quarters of a million visitors over the duration of this year’s event, with capacity reaching 150,000 attendees a day during peak times. Largest Conference Centres The Palexpo is one of the largest conference centres in Europe, and as such has a duty of care to its visitors HSR is uniquely well suited to managing this level of throughput and providing a high level of security without causing disruption to the flow of visitors into the venue, or negatively impacting their experience. Two HSR systems will be deployed for the show, each capable of screening up to 10,000 people per hour. The Palexpo is one of the largest conference centres in Europe, and as such has a duty of care to its visitors. Traditional security checkpoints or manual searches, which scan one individual at a time, are not suited to large venues and public places, leading to queues and delays. Although security is still paramount, attention has moved towards the need to add a critical level of defense that doesn’t impede visitor experience. Cost-effective solution HSR was designed to address this challenge, and offers a practical and cost-effective solution to security screening in high footfall scenarios. The first fully automated, real-time mass screening solution, HSR provides seamless security to protect public places from terrorist attacks. Developed by specialists in the fields of radio physics, electronics and software engineering, the walkthrough system has been built in conjunction with authorities and ‘end users’ in security and counter-terrorism. HSR screens for mass casualty threats including improvised explosive devices concealed on the body or in body-worn bags, and firearms wherever they are carried, without the need for an operator to inspect suspect materials. It leverages centimeter wave technology, meaning it can discriminate explosives from benign materials, with a high degree of accuracy. Security screening The Palexpo’s deployment of HSR is the latest major implementation of this new technology Gregory Labzovsky, CEO, Apstec, explained: “Until recently, it’s been almost impossible to secure public spaces in a simple and cost-effective way, with existing approaches to security screening proving to be impractical, inconvenient and expensive to operate. HSR enables venue owners to close a critical security capability gap without impacting the experience of their patrons. We’re delighted to be working with The Geneva International Motor Show to enhance safety for thousands of motoring exhibitors and enthusiasts.” The Palexpo’s deployment of HSR is the latest major implementation of this new technology. The system has been installed in some of the world’s busiest airports, as well as in sports stadiums, entertainment venues, mass transport hubs and networks.
Siklu Inc., a global provider of millimeter-wave solutions, announced that it has been selected by the City of Cambridge, England, to provide wireless connectivity for the city’s CCTV surveillance system in its town center. The Siklu EtherHaul radios deployed in Cambridge City Centre replace the 5.8 GHz wireless technology previously used by the city for its CCTV network. Wireless mmWave Technology Cambridge City Centre is a commercial and historic district that is adjacent to Cambridge University, making it a high traffic area for traditional 5 GHz wireless networks that are used by businesses, university departments and residents. Siklu radios bypass the congested 5.8 GHz spectrum wireless frequency by using the millimeter wave spectrum to transmit information across Cambridge’s CCTV networks, providing an interference-free and secured communication infrastructure for the city. “Siklu’s millimeter wave technology eliminated the camera latency issues that the previous wireless infrastructure presented,” said Ron Johnson, the owner of Videcom Security, which installed the Siklu radios for the city. “The CCTV network in the city center is now so robust that we have been able to install additional cameras in the area for more comprehensive security coverage without sacrificing fiber-like network speed, reliability and stability.” Secure Network Communication The public CCTV system shared by Cambridge and several other cities in the district monitors 254 cameras total, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year to monitor public events, thwart crime, manage traffic and provide residents and businesses with a safe place to live and work. Unlike legacy wireless networks whose wide beams can be vulnerable to interception, the Siklu radios deployed in Cambridge’s CCTV system use ultra-narrow beams in the 60GHz millimeter wave spectrum to transmit information across the network securely, making the radios inherently secure from interceptions and hacking. As a result, sensitive information can be transmitted across the network securely. “As technology advances and physical security requires more and more security and reliable network bandwidth, Siklu can offer cities like Cambridge the infrastructure needed to keep city centers and other areas safe,” said Eyal Assa, Siklu’s CEO. The Siklu EtherHaul mmWave product line will be showcased at IFSEC as part of Milestone Systems’ stand #E750, where Siklu will also conduct a live demonstration.
More than one hundred years after the first race, ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest, or roughly translated, the Automobile Club of the West), creator and organiser of the famous 24 hours of Le Mans, has selected the leading integrator of a secure and traceable access control solution, LOCKEN for its fast and reliable security system. 24 Hours Of Le Mans Behind the tireless car tracks, there is a set of intricate and complex facilities. In close proximity to the entrance, which welcomes more than quarter of a million spectators, there is a Museum, about 40 restaurants, 20 shops, a medical center, security stations all along the circuit, paddocks, where more than 10,000 competition tyres are stored, and of course the stands for each of the 60 competitors. This accounts for hundreds of different access points, requiring a variety of permissions, which must be closely controlled and monitored by ACO. Access rights are extensive for ACO employees, and some of the circuit’s customers, such as Porsche, which operates a modern building on the track side, while competitors and special guests have limited rights. The Porsche Experience Centre allows fans to try out its cars, all year round, on an allocated part of the circuit. With approximately 800,000 visitors hosted on the site each year, ACO has to account for 300,000 accesses, 53,000 of which must be managed during the competition, or the equivalent of 1,800 accesses controlled per day in June. The system already handles 544 points on the site, with 407 different keys to enable access LOCKEN’s Cyberlock Solution The specific requirements for access to its enclosure led ACO to focus on the management of access rights, to ensure perfect traceability for all stakeholders. The scope and diversity of facilities, which total several hundreds of crossing points, requires a secure, yet flexible solution. LOCKEN’s Cyberlock solution is based on unique key-centric technology, which provides the highest possible levels of security and efficiency, with the power delivered by a re-chargeable digital smart key and innovative software (including traceable data). Key-centric access management is built with the user in mind, it is based around three elements, a smart key, digital cylinders, and a unique software suite, providing robust access control. A trial phase, over several years, has allowed ACO to confirm the reliability and ease of use of the technologies, and LOCKEN to illustrate its enhanced capabilities. The system already handles 544 points on the site, with 407 different keys to enable access. Enhanced Access Control Solutions Toze Coelho, who is in charge of access within the operational management at ACO, comments: "In 2016, we equipped the sports module, which is at the heart of the race, dedicated to the management of safety - monitoring by cameras/monitors - where instructions are given to the commissioners positioned along the track. This space is highly sensitive, equipped with multiple networks, and is prohibited to the public.” “Our aim is to extend this process to provide full access control, and we are particularly keen to equip the Museum of the 24 hours of Le Mans with the LOCKEN solution." By contributing to the security of the 24 hours of Le Mans circuit, LOCKEN has positioned itself as a leading player in providing enhanced access control solutions to international venues and events.
Technical furniture manufacturer Thinking Space Systems have improved the working environment of CCTV operators at Blackburn with Darwen Council, with custom designed control room furniture recently installed within their new CCTV hub. Thinking Space were awarded the contract to provide control room furniture for the brand-new CCTV hub at Blackburn with Darwen Council. Accommodating four operators and two supervisors, the cool blues and greys for the interior for the room were matched by Thinking Space with their ergonomic furniture, to create a calm and peaceful environment for this 24/7 monitoring station. Of particular interest in this project was the 11 meter spanning Evolution media wall manufactured and installed by Thinking Space. Perfect alignment was key in ensuring the correct sight lines for operators and an aesthetically pleasing finish for the 33 large flat screens, mounted in a configuration of three rows of eleven. Thinking Space used laser positioning technology to achieve an accurate solution. Blackburn With Darwen Council CCTV hub The hub was officially opened in March 2017 with Thinking Space invited to the proceedings. Based in King George’s Hall, Blackburn, the new control room monitors over 240 cameras across East Lancashire in a bid to cut crime and make cost savings. Opening the new facility, which had been in operation since the previous month, Assistant Chief Constable Mark Bates and Council leader Mohammed Khan from Blackburn with Darwin Council led the proceedings, hailing the complete project as a resounding success. Peter Wareing, CCTV Services Manager for Blackburn with Darwen Council explained why communications between all parties ensured its success. “Thinking Space worked closely with both myself and our CCTV installers from day one, providing me with 2D and 3D images of the finished product, allowing me to better convince Partners of the finished article. As the project progressed, Thinking Space were in regular contact with me to ensure that I was receiving exactly what I needed” explained Peter. “The build and install went smoothly, something a project manager looks forward to! The finished article really looks the part and provided that wow factor, with sight lines all taken account of and Operators able to provide an excellent service in comfort.” See their furniture demonstrations at Stand H1125, IFSEC International from 20-22nd June.
Navi Mumbai officials have the benefit of operating in a modern environment, maximising Qognify’s Safe City solution Qognify, the provider of big data solutions for physical security and operations, announces the successful implementation of its market-leading Safe City solution in Navi Mumbai, a planned township that was established to handle the population overflow from the overcrowded and ever-growing city of Mumbai. Together with CIDCO (City and Industrial Development Corporation, the agency established for managing the new city) and system integrator WIPRO, Qognify has designed an integrated and holistic solution that helps Navi police to maintain law, order and safety. As a planned township, Navi Mumbai officials have the benefit of operating in a modern environment, allowing to maximize Qognify’s Safe City solution. At the core of the solution are Qognify Situator, an advanced Situation Management platform, and Qognify’s Video Management Solution, which controls the hundreds of surveillance cameras throughout the city. Safe City Solution Functions With the solution’s implementation, the city has gained the ability to improve traffic management, deter criminal activity, effectively manage response to events, and resolve investigations efficiently: A central command center is using the platform to monitor entry and exit points of the city, toll points, traffic junctions, accident prone road sections, subway and railway stations, schools, key residential areas, open markets, and key utility infrastructure areas such as electrical substations and the main water supply lines. Special “Emergency Communication Boxes” act as “panic buttons” and allow people to generate alerts and communicate directly to the control room in case of emergency. Qognify’s video management solution provides high quality video feeds. Smart integration with Agent Vi’s video analytics solutions enables immediate detection and extraction of security and safety incidents from surveillance cameras throughout the city. This integration enables the triggering of real-time, automatic alerts of incidents in Qognify Situator, that in turn, generates the appropriate operating procedure and response plan for the operators to act upon. "The Navi Mumbai security program goes far beyond a CCTV system" Situator provides a unified, operational view of the city by integrating all the components of the solution, while providing advanced collaboration capabilities for field personnel who are able to send real time images as well as videos to the control room with the type of the incident at hand and the GIS coordinates of the field respondent. Navi Mumbai Security Program “The Navi Mumbai security program goes far beyond a CCTV system,” said Mr. Soma Vijayakumar, CIDCO. “It is a smart solution that integrates video, emergency response, traffic control, license plate identification and more. Qognify is the core important element of this platform, providing a solution which is among the most modern and advanced available anywhere.” “Navi Mumbai has embarked on a remarkable program which will enhance the safety and security of its citizen, visitors and assets,” said Moti Shabtai, Qognify’s President. “We’re proud to be a part of this multi-solution, multi-agency project that fulfills the vision of the city authorities to provide a security and safety to its constituents.” Qognify will be featuring its security and operations solutions in booth 9101 at ISC West, April 5-7 in Las Vegas.
Hikvision will showcase its cutting edge video surveillance solutions at ISC West 2016 in Las Vegas, booth 14059 Hikvision USA, the North American leader in innovative, award-winning video surveillance products, has partnered with the Sunset Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles to provide a security solution for round-the-clock surveillance. Located on the bustling Sunset Strip, the hotel had a great need for versatile, user-friendly cameras and recorders that allowed their staff to keep an eye on the premises at all times. A variety of Hikvision models now protect the hotel guests and serve as powerful tools to keep hotel operations running smoothly. 24-Hour Video Surveillance The hotel had outgrown their legacy analog system and was hoping to upgrade to cameras that provided broad coverage and high-quality images in a variety of interior and exterior environments. It was also important that the interface for the security system was easy for employees to learn. “We wanted something that we could use from an operational standpoint and from a safety standpoint,” explained Brenda Elias, Operations Manager for the Sunset Plaza. Ms. Elias turned to Constantin Paul Bunea, the founder and CEO of Darkcad Tec, who had been serving as systems integrator for the hotel for ten years. After considering the options available on the market, he felt confident that Hikvision was the brand that would meet their needs. “I selected Hikvision cameras because the quality is very high, third party integration is easy, and the company provides excellent technical support.” Mr. Bunea stated. Versatility And Scalability Of Hikvision Products Darkcad Tec installed over twenty Hikvision IP cameras throughout the hotel, each well suited for a specific function. The DS-2CD2332-I turret, with Hikvision’s patented EXIR infrared technology, is being used in the parking garage, boasting image quality clear enough to make out license plates. A 3 MP fisheye camera, the DS-2CD6332FWD-I, allows for a 360° view of the main entrance. Cameras such as the DS-2CD2132F-I dome are being used at other hotel entrances, where HD real-time video is essential. This surveillance system is but one example of Hikvision products providing benefit to hotels all across North America. “The versatility and scalability of Hikvision products make them well-suited for a wide range of vertical markets,” stated Jeffrey He, President of Hikvision USA and Hikvision Canada. “We are pleased to serve our customers in the hospitality industry as they seek to provide safe and enjoyable experiences for their guests.” Hikvision At ISC West 2016 To learn more about Hikvision’s cutting edge video surveillance solutions, see them in person at ISC West in Las Vegas, booth 14059, April 6-8.
Round table discussion
The reviews are in, and ISC West was another hit. Brisk attendance and a comprehensive lineup of the industry’s top companies and products contributed to another successful show for Reed Exhibitions. Our Expert Panel Roundtable, who have attended many such events, added their own reflections to the industry’s post-ISC glow. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How successful was ISC West 2018 for security industry exhibitors and visitors?
A big trade show, such as the upcoming ISC West, has a lot to offer for attendees. How can attendees maximize the value they get out of ISC West? For advice, we go to our Expert Panel Roundtable, all seasoned veterans of many big trade shows. Specifically, we asked the panel: How can attendees get the most out of a big trade show like ISC West?
A busy trade show abounds with new products and expanded features, colorful signage and blinking video screens, all competing for attention from busy attendees. It’s a microcosm of how the security marketplace – or any market, for that matter – sells its products. But what happens if the reality turns out different to the sales pitch? What happens when product or system performance doesn’t quite live up to the claims? Some would call that hype, and it can lead to disillusioned and frustrated customers. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What is the negative impact of hype in the security marketplace?