One of the biggest recent security divestitures in the news was the sale of Mercury Security to HID Global, which occurred around a year ago. The seller in that transaction was ACRE (Access Control Related Enterprises), also the parent company of Vanderbilt and ComNet. We recently spoke to founder and CEO Joe Grillo, a 30-year industry veteran, about the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market, ACRE’s future, and new opportunities opened up by the Mercury sale. Q: What’s new wit...
A dependable Internet connection is virtually every industry’s sustenance and without it, business dies. Yet many don’t realize how frequently the worst occurs, or how dramatically it could impact their livelihood. According to industry research, network downtime can cost small and midsize businesses (SMBs) anywhere from $5,600 per minute, to between $8,600 and $74,000 an hour. Whether it’s business continuity for users in retail/point-of-sale (POS), construction, banking, insu...
Figures from the 2018 edition of ‘The Wireless Access Control Report’ show continued strong growth for wireless vs. wired solutions. Why do you think security and facility managers are “cutting the wires” more and more? Advantages Of Wireless Access Control The energy-efficiency of wireless doors delivers significant cost savings"Russell Wagstaff, Director for Commercial Access Solutions, ASSA ABLOY EMEA says, “Among the many advantages of wireless discussed in th...
Nortek Security & Control LLC (NSC) announces the launch of Smart Areas partitioning for the 2GIG GC3 security panel, making it the first and only self-contained wireless security system with zone partitioning. The new functionality makes the benefits of partitioning easy and available to more homeowners than ever before, and is available immediately to every GC3 system – even installed systems – via the new v3.2 firmware release, with no added hardware modules required. Partiti...
SALTO Systems, a manufacturer of wire-free smart electronic locking solutions, has released SVN-Flex, a new feature that enables SALTO standalone electronic locks and cylinders to update user credentials directly at the door. This SALTO access control technology makes keyless, wire-free smart buildings a reality. SVN-Flex maximizes the potential, the efficiency and reliability of the SALTO Virtual Network (SVN), increasing the security, control and convenience for users while reducing the costs...
There’s growing noise around smart homes and smarter security. You’ve probably heard it. But there is a place where access control and more have been smart for decades: the workplace. Home automation and IoT are still playing catch-up with the commercial sector. A new insights report from ASSA ABLOY and IFSEC Global — “The Smart Door Locks Report 2018” — measures just how fast consumer smart technology is running. According to a survey conducted for the repor...
3xLOGIC, Inc., a provider of integrated, intelligent security solutions, and a three-time Deloitte Technology Fast 500 winner, announced the successful integration of the company’s infinias access control software with Allegion’s Engage platform of wireless locks. Residential Or Commercial Door Wireless locks are the controller, reader, power, door contact, and lock hardware all bundled together in one easy-to-install device. Allegion Wireless Locksets integrated with infinias are modular and customized for either mortise or cylinder locks. These wireless locks also offer custom lever styles and finishes, making them versatile for almost any residential or commercial door. The integrated wireless locks are a great answer for facilities that want to add access control to less active doors at a reasonable cost “This is a solution that’s perfect for any interior door application that requires complex access control wiring installations,” said Wayne Jared, 3xLOGIC VP of Engineering. “These wireless locks are also a great solution for doors where you would not normally put access control due to high cost.” Building Access Management These integrated wireless locks are a great answer for facilities that want to add access control to less active doors at a reasonable cost, thereby effectively extending access management to larger areas of their buildings. Jared continued, “These integrated locks significantly reduce installation cost per door, bringing many more doors onto the existing system that would usually be left out and unprotected.” Allegion’s Engage platform comprises both NDE cylindrical and LE mortise-type locks. Customers will be able to use the Allegion Configurator to build their custom lockset and to get list price. Users will get a wireless lockset, gateway, and license. The gateways are licensed by each device added to infinias and are supported by all infinias platforms, including infinias CLOUD. The wireless lock integration will be available through 3xLOGIC’s distribution channels, with General Availability commencing 18 October.
The Alarm Lock Division of Napco Security Technologies, Inc. is pleased to introduce the new Trilogy Networx Narrow Stile Wireless Access Prox/Digital Lock Trim, ideal for building management, professional offices, shared workspaces, classroom labs, retail stores and more. In an easy, trouble-free installation, it adds Trilogy keyless access lock convenience via PIN code or Prox ID, for up to 5000 users, anywhere there’s a glass door. Plus, by customer request, it includes new keyfob support, for locking, unlocking and global network lock-down emergencies. Trilogy Networx Narrow Stile Wireless Access Lock Trim, P/DL1300NW, are weatherproof, all-metal and vandal resistant. Networked to save manpower, they offer automatic lock or free-passage scheduling to all Adams Rite latch lock applications. Trilogy Networx locks communicate wirelessly via Gateways to Ethernet or 802.11B/G for a comprehensive wireless networked access control system, eliminating door-to-door programming and audit trail queries (35K), that can be auto-polled on schedule during non-peak hours, etc. Built-In HID Reader For Proximity ID Cards Trilogy Networx Narrow Stile Wireless Access Lock Trim offers unsurpassed battery life with advanced Power-Saver circuits The PDL model includes a built-in HID reader for easy use of existing or new proximity ID Cards. This also makes the PDL lock an excellent self-contained hosted access building management system, where the building manager’s access-managed clients are the users of the individual office suites he/she leases and maintains, providing a new service & RMR stream. For equipment cost savings the PDL or DL1300NW models use a choice of Networx Gateways, supporting 63 locks each, and multiple gateways can be used to support thousands of locks per system. Field-proven to be reliable and low-maintenance, Trilogy Networx Narrow Stile Wireless Access Lock Trim offers unsurpassed battery life with advanced Power-Saver circuits, for years of use, even in high-traffic areas, powered by 4 standard AA batteries. Available in US26D or US10B to match most doors, this advanced lock trim uses free DL-WINDOWS management software, and a 1-1/4” mortise rim cylinder, supplied.
The last day of Global Security Exchange (GSX) in Las Vegas proved to be the calm after the storm. But a slower third day could not undermine a largely successful 2018 show for exhibitors and attendees. Sometimes the success of a trade show isn’t measured by numbers of attendees (which were reportedly down again this year). Sometimes it’s the individual successes that make an impression. “Just learning about this made the whole trip worthwhile,” said one GSX attendee at the Johnson Controls booth, referring to the company’s new PowerSeries Pro intrusion devices. It’s the kind of feedback that makes the expense of exhibiting at a big trade show worthwhile. The new PowerSeries Pro is an extension of Johnson Controls’ existing line that is expressly designed for the commercial security market. The ‘hybrid’ (wired or wireless) device offers ease of installation and full cybersecurity including 128bit AES encryption with spread spectrum for no jamming or interference. It employs frequency hopping technology first developed for the Israeli defense force. Wireless Technology For Cybersecurity PowerG eliminates the need for wires by providing ‘invisible wired technology’, a marketing term that emphasises the cybersecurity of the product PowerSeries Pro uses PowerG wireless technology and expands the portfolio of PowerG devices from residential through commercial. For use in a wired solution, the main advantage is ease of installation; terminal blocks ‘pop out’ easily and can be wired and plugged back in. Alternatively, PowerG eliminates the need for wires by providing ‘invisible wired technology’, a marketing term that emphasises the cybersecurity of the product – wireless at the same level of cybersecurity as wired. Johnson Controls addresses three big factors with the product line: cybersecurity, user control, and easy installation and dependability. It’s part of Johnson Controls’ broader approach to provide ‘one-stop shopping’, enabling an end user to control their environments, video and access, and protect their contents, according to the company. Need For More Security In K-12 Schools In addition to reaching end users, lock company Allegion sees the show as an opportunity to meet with technology partners. “It’s great to bring together a concentration of people in the industry,” said Brad Aikin, Channel Led Business Leader, Integrator Channel. “We have had good conversations with technology companies here at the show in terms of partnering, both physical access control and OEM partners. We have also had good conversations with the integrator channel.” From speaking with education end users at GSX, Aikin sees a large unmet need for security in K-12 schools, more so than in colleges and universities. “K-12 is underserved,” he says. “They need to identify their priority of needs, and now they can serve needs they couldn’t before, both layering levels of security and phasing in implementation over time. Now things can be applied and tried out without disrupting the environment.” An example is the Von Duprin RU RM (Remote Undogging and Remote Monitoring) door exit devices, which are being integrated by access control partners Sielox, IDenticard and Vanderbilt. Intelligence is added to the door exit device to enable inexpensive monitoring of secondary, previously unconnected doors. The doors can be monitored and locked or unlocked at various points in the day. Lock company Allegion sees the show as an opportunity to meet with technology partners Bridging The Gap Between IT And Physical Security One exhibitor – ADT – noticed more information technology (IT) professionals accompanying their physical security counterparts at this year’s GSX exhibition. “They come along to kill dreams on the spot,” said Morgan Harris, Senior Director Enterprise Solutions, noting the IT department’s frequent hesitancy to add untrustworthy elements to the network. ADT is looking to transform and expand its 144-year-old brand in the commercial security space and has completed eight acquisitions in the last year to accomplish the goal. Some of the acquisitions build on ADT’s expanding cybersecurity initiative, which is both a fully-functioning stand-alone business and an effort to bridge the divide between IT and physical security. ADT is positioning itself to manage enterprise risk in the broadest sense. Combining IT And Cybersecurity The Internet of Things (IoT) is fuelling convergence but are we missing out on how to talk to each other and communicate effectively between IT and security?" “The Internet of Things (IoT) is fueling convergence but are we missing out on how to talk to each other and communicate effectively between IT and security?” asked Harris. “Projects have failed because information was lost in translation.” ADT seeks to have skillsets, experience and certifications on both sides of the issue. “It enables us to be the in-between,” says Harris. “We can blend the two together and be the translator. It’s great for both sides, advocating for security counterparts and for the network simplifies deployment and processes.” Harris sees a trade-off between cybersecurity and convenience in the industry. For example, if a manufacturer says they have a simplified process and only offers firmware updates once a year, cybersecurity suffers, he said. Lack of third-party testing is another way that manufacturers sometimes trade cybersecurity for convenience, at heightened risk to integrators and end users. Training Courses For Integrators And Partners Milestone Systems is expanding its level of involvement with integrator partners, and now provides Partner Business Reviews (PBR) to assess an integrator’s activities, sales and training, pipeline and marketing initiatives. The partner reviews often uncover issues that can be easily rectified through additional training, says Megan McHugh, Milestone’s Training Marketing Manager, Learning and Performance. Milestone uses a dashboard to track each integrator’s completed training courses and can point out additional courses needed to ensure an integrator partner’s success. Milestone offers a variety of in-person, e-learning and YouTube video courses to train installing partners, systems integrators and self-integrators on best practices Milestone offers a variety of in-person, e-learning and YouTube video courses (in 12 different languages) to train installing partners, systems integrators and self-integrators on best practices. ‘Cloud Labs’ are instructor-led online classes. All courses are linked to a variety of support resources. Sometimes a simple checklist accessed on a smart phone can ensure that every aspect of an install is performed and can instill added confidence in customers. The open platform company’s new agile development cycle – releasing multiple versions of XProtect software throughout the year – creates extra challenges to keep learning initiatives up to date. Along with each new release, various existing courses are updated. The concepts of “training and certification” are being replaced at Milestone with “learning and performance,” says McHugh. Milestone is also looking to hire 170 new R&D staff and open a new center in Barcelona (in addition to current R&D centers in Copenhagen and Sofia, Bulgaria). Making Camera Installation Easy Hanwha Techwin is another company that is seeing more interest in cybersecurity, as well as concern about whether a product is supported professionally. They have doubled-up production in South Korea and added capacity in Vietnam to avoid manufacturing in China. Thinking about their integrators, Hanwha Techwin is putting more emphasis on making installation easy. Installation costs may be up to 50 percent of a job, so easier installation frees up money to buy more or better cameras. With a new design of their cameras, an electrical contractor can now install the camera base and conduit, and then the integrator can easily plug in the camera later. Camera bases are common across multiple models, so a customer could switch out a 5-megapixel for a 2-megapixel camera later on if they want to (same housing plate). ‘Skins’ allow the color of cameras to be changed to match surrounding décor. “We are changing the idea of how people approach selling a camera, and it’s a whole new idea of how to install cameras,” said Tom Cook, Senior Vice President, North American Sales, Hanwha Techwin. Hanwha cameras can include a sound classification analytic to detect sounds such as gunshots Cameras With Sound Detection Technology Hanwha offers more flexibility in the field – interchangeable parts are packed together to enable configuration on site. And there is no need to stand on a ladder to position cameras; stepper motors help with remote camera positioning. Multi-sensor cameras have modules (combining lenses and sensors) that can be switched out at installation. Hanwha Techwin cameras can also include a sound classification analytic to detect sounds such as gunshots, screams or glass breaks, especially useful in K-12 education environments. Unification and the customer journey were a key emphasis for Genetec at GSX 2018. Unification for Genetec means combining multiple functions on one platform, from one vendor and using one source code. The company approaches the market by analyzing each customer’s journey as it relates to Genetec products. A typical customer journey involves (1) a company looking for standalone systems; (2) the need to centralize systems through integration and unification; (3) increasing automation and workflow; and (4) adding intelligence for more informed decision-making. “Genetec wants to get more in-depth with customers, be more comfortable with their business, and understand their challenges,” said Derek Arcuri, Product Marketing Manager. “We want to get naked with our customers.” Machine Learning Engine For Crime Prevention In the city of Chicago, Citigraf detects patterns in crime behavior and determines where a crime is likely to occur There was a big crowd at the Genetec booth, and not because the comment was applied literally. Genetec has divided itself into multiple parts, each focused on a vertical market such as retail or transportation. The approach is to operate as a ‘federation of startups’, with each market sector accountable to fill in the gaps in the portfolio to meet the specific needs of each vertical. For example, Genetec’s Citigraf is an unsupervised machine learning engine with an algorithm to detect anomalies and trends from a large pool of data in a municipal environment. In the city of Chicago, Citigraf detects patterns in crime behavior and determines where a crime is likely to occur. The system alerts operators in a bureau or area that has a higher risk level and should beef up the number of first responders. Chicago has seen a 39 percent decrease in average response time of first responders as a result. In the retail market, Genetec leverages the security infrastructure to analyze shopping trends and provide data for merchandising and operations. “Each customer is getting a portfolio of products tailored to the industry they are in,” says Arcuri. Demonstrating IoT Devices Axis Communications displayed its range of products at GSX, demonstrating its almost total transformation from an IP camera company to a supplier of a full range of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. “Axis is broadening its portfolio to include more solutions,” said Scott Dunn, Senior Director, Business Development Systems and Solutions. “Our success is driven by continuing to innovate our portfolio. The market is continuing to grow, and Axis is continuing to expand its market share.” Eight ‘Axis Customer Experience Centers’ around the United States help Axis stay close to their integrators, customers, partners and prospects. IP addressable audio speakers from Axis can provide music as a service, and then can be interrupted for audio messages on behalf of physical security Axis has offered access control IP edge devices since 2013, and now has a new A1601 door controller being sold with partner-only software (no embedded Axis software like previous A1001 devices). In audio products, Axis has a portfolio of speakers, intercoms, and public address systems. Acquisition Of IP Door Intercom Company Enhancing the audio line was acquisition in 2016 of 2N, an IP door intercom company headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic. In North America, the 2N team is now fully part of Axis. The line emphasises simple architecture, programmability, and the ability to integrate widely. The products use Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) to integrate through the cloud or peer-to-peer. IP addressable audio speakers from Axis can provide music as a service, and then can be interrupted for audio messages on behalf of physical security. Retail, education and enterprise customers are gravitating to IP audio. An IP bridge can tie existing analog components into the IP system. For perimeter security, Axis offers a radar device to help eliminate false alarms, as well as thermal cameras.
The Global Security Exchange (GSX) seems smaller this year, which is not surprising given the absence on the show floor of several big companies such as Hikvision and Assa Abloy (although their subsidiary HID Global has a big booth). A trend affecting the number of companies exhibiting at GSX 2018, and other trade shows, is industry consolidation, which is impacting the show even beyond the fewer exhibitors this year in Las Vegas. GSX is the new branding for the trade show formerly known as ASIS. There was an impressive crowd of visitors waiting for the show floor to open Tuesday morning; the conference part of the program began on Monday. After the attendees filed through the doors, the foot traffic seemed brisk throughout the morning, and was somewhat steady until the end of the first day. Exhibitors as a whole seemed pleased with the first day and cautiously optimistic about the rest of the show. Acquisitions And Consolidation HID Global announced on the first day that they will acquire Crossmatch - emphasizing the impact of consolidationEmphasising the impact of consolidation on the industry as a whole, and on this show, was an announcement from HID Global on the first day that they will acquire Crossmatch, a biometric identify management and secure authentication solutions provider. It’s a comparatively large acquisition for the company specializing in trusted identity solutions. Just days earlier, another acquisition also seemed to confirm the trend when UTC Climate, Controls and Security — the owner of Lenel — announced an agreement to acquire S2 Security. The fruits of another recent acquisition was on display at the GSX 2018 hall, where Isonas took its place near the front entrance as part of the Allegion booth, just three months after the global security provider acquired the ‘pure IP access control company.’ Isonas is well positioned in two of the three fastest growing segments of the access control market — IP hardware, which is growing 41 percent per year globally, and access control as a service, or ‘cloud’ technology, which is also outpacing the overall access control market. Allegion also has the third fast-growing segment, wireless locks, covered with its Schlage brand. "New Avenues Of Growth" The early days of new ownership is opening fresh opportunities for both organizations as Allegion seeks to leverage Isonas’ intellectual property and the smaller company finds new avenues of growth in the larger organization, says Rob Lydic, Isonas Global Vice President of Sales. Motorola joined Avigilon in a higher profile role at their booth, emphasizing consolidation in the industry Lydic sees a likelihood of additional acquisitions in the near future in the security space, given the large amount of capital currently available to be deployed, and the large number of entrepreneurial companies looking to make the leap, as Isonas did, from a small booth at the back of the hall to front-and-center as part of a big industry player. Another reflection of consolidation: Motorola Solutions is taking a much higher-profile role in the Avigilon booth. In addition to signage, ownership by Motorola is also impacting the Avigilon product offerings. For example, the Motorola Ally security incident management and communications system has been integrated with Avigilon’s analytics-based event detection, and is being positioned to serve the enterprise market. The system simplifies security operations with a single platform that allows access to critical data, including video and access control systems, directly from any web-enabled device. Another reflection of consolidation: Motorola Solutions is taking a much higher-profile role in the Avigilon booth Avigilon is displaying Motorola Solutions’ CommandCenter Aware integrated with Avigilon’s systems for use with public safety applications to provide dispatchers and intelligence analysts with video feeds, incident details, alerts, data mapping and responder location. Avigilon has also integrated its AI-driven Appearance Search technology with its Access Control Manager system, so video searches can be performed based on a badge credential. The system can automatically pull up any information, whether video or events in the access control system, based on the badge information. It can also be used to search for lost badges, or to view where a person is located in the building. Avigilon introduced an AI appliance that allows existing cameras to be integrated with Appearance SearchThe company introduced an AI appliance that allows existing (non-Avigilon) cameras (up to 20 two-megapixel cameras) to be integrated with Appearance Search. Also, the next generation of analytics allows detection of more things, such objects a person may be holding, or detection based on what they are wearing. The Growth Of The Cannabis Market Although attendees at GSX are generally understood to be more end users than integrators, Joe Grillo, CEO of ACRE, the parent company of Vanderbilt Industries and ComNet, says he sees little difference in attendees at GSX compared to the ISC West show in the spring. “We see all our resellers here,” he says. Grillo noticed that Day One booth traffic was “not consistently busy, but steady.” Grillo says ACRE expects to be active again soon in the mergers and acquisitions market. The company has grown through six acquisitions since its founding, and has had one divestiture (when it sold Mercury Security to HID last fall). Since selling Mercury, ACRE has been ‘back in the buying mode,’ just looking for the right opportunity, says Grillo. New markets are a theme at GSX, and one of the biggest new opportunities is the cannabis industry. Marijuana has been legalized in dozens of U.S. states, and Canada is on the verge of legalizing the drug. March Networks works with multiple cannabis operators to provide video solutions, point-of-sale transaction data, and customer analytics March Networks is among the companies targeting the cannabis industry in a big way. Already across the U.S., March Networks works with multiple cannabis operators to provide video solutions, point-of-sale transaction data, and customer analytics. The business intelligence solutions also aid compliance in the highly-regulated industry. March Networks provides radio frequency identification (RFID) tag to track plants throughout the channel, and tracking is integrated with video systems to provide correlated video views. A couple of exhibitors mentioned to me the need for commercial companies to deploy a comparable level of automation as their employees are accustomed to in the smart home environment. That suggests a need for things such as smartphone integration and voice commands. One exhibitor putting its toe in the water is Hanwha Techwin, which showed an Amazon Echo device used to control a video management system (VMS) with voice commands. Could the simple integration be a preview of the future of control rooms, where security officers merely talk to their equipment rather than operating controls? We’ll be talking to more companies (and maybe a few machines) on Day Two of the show, and will be reporting what we hear.
Everbridge, Inc., a provider in critical event management and enterprise safety software applications to help keep people safe and businesses running, announced the next generation of its Critical Event Management (CEM) Platform. Unveiling a single, turnkey operating environment for managing critical events, Everbridge customers can now leverage the company’s powerful visualization and orchestration capabilities built natively into its market-leading CEM platform. Everbridge’s next generation SaaS platform also features the ability to dynamically locate employees at risk and provide organizations with enhanced and actionable risk intelligence. Challenges In A Mobile World In today’s increasingly mobile world, organizations are challenged with managing critical incident preparedness, communications and response. Everbridge transcends this challenge by enabling any organization to leverage a single, integrated view for managing and responding to enterprise risk across business continuity, employee/asset safety, supply chain and business resiliency. Unifying its Visual Command Centre (VCC) software with its entire suite of CEM applications provides organizations with an end-to-end operating environment to take an ‘Assess, Locate, Act and Analyze’ closed loop approach to managing critical events. This unified solution enables organizations to: Assess – detect and gain situational clarity about a threat and its potential impact to people and assets Locate – pinpoint key stakeholders including responders and resolvers, those in an impact location, and others that need to know, i.e. government officials and business executive teams Act – initiate and manage automatic incident communications workflows to quickly and decisively mitigate or eliminate the impact of a threat Analyze – conduct analysis on actions taken to understand patterns and improve outcomes and preparation for the next critical event. This end-to-end approach enhances an organization’s ability to proactively anticipate threats to their people and assets and take actions such as adjusting supply chains and travel schedules to avoid risks. It also enables an organization to reduce cycle times in identifying threats, initiating response, and confirming that their people and assets are safe. Everbridge’s next generation SaaS platform also features the ability to dynamically locate employees at risk Visual Command Centre Key Goals “Our goal is to provide security and risk professionals with an end-to-end operating environment to mitigate or eliminate the impact of critical events to their organization,” said Imad Mouline, CTO at Everbridge. “The next generation of our CEM platform unifies real-time threat intelligence and situational awareness with the ability to dynamically locate people and assets, automate incident response workflows, and generate the metrics to measure the performance and impact of actions and outcomes.” This end-to-end approach enhances an organization’s ability to proactively anticipate threats to their people With Visual Command Centre software unified as a core component of the CEM Platform, organizations can receive immediately actionable data to easily visualise, assess, and predict which events could hamper or severely threaten their most valuable assets or continuity of operations. Providing a wide array of risk data that includes threat, reference, and contextual feeds from a variety of public, partner and proprietary sources, Everbridge provides customers with award-winning visualisations and user experiences including: A full complement of integrated risk event data sources including general safety and security, terrorism, Everbridge Nixle®, transportation-related, civil unrest, crime, weather, earthquakes, wildfires, and more. Contextual data sources to assist operators with workflow including weather overlays, live traffic cameras, traffic flow conditions, and geo-tagged social media feeds. Reference data sources including airport locations, critical infrastructure, and geo-political borders. Time, search, and spatial queries and filtering with Export to Excel for ease of use. As a result, organizations will be able to: Feed dynamic location data from access control systems, travel management solutions, Wi-Fi access points and other sources using Everbridge’s Safety Connection solution directly into VCC to enable location-aware intelligence for employees and other stakeholders. Automatically alert and stream live video to VCC when Everbridge cellphone app users signal SOS or miss a Safe Corridor check-in Embed Everbridge’s Incident Communications solution to provide seamless multi-modal communication and summarization of response to contacts affected by critical events. Incidents can be initiated using the company’s Crisis Commander® product workflow. As part of its next generation platform, Everbridge is also providing a new Admin Console, where customers can upload and manage their asset data, configure Visual Command Center data feeds, set Alert rules and permissions to manage access to data, and set Incident Communications integration preferences. The Admin Console provides full self-service capabilities for the customer.
Sielox LLC is showcasing the company’s latest Advanced Access Control and Emergency Notification and Response solutions here at GSX 2018 in booth #3914. Products on display included in the Sielox layered system approach include: CLASS (Crisis Lockdown Alert Status System) Emergency Notification and Lockdown Solution; Pinnacle Advanced Access Control Solution; AnyWare Browser-Based Access Control Platform; and the company’s highly touted 1700 Intelligent Controller. Sielox is also demonstrating extended mobile capabilities through the integration of the Conekt Mobile Credential Solution from Farpointe with the AnyWare and Pinnacle software platforms; and securing perimeter and interior doors solution with cost-effective wireless locks from Allegion. Sielox Pinnacle Access Control Platform Pinnacle is available in several configurations that can be specifically tailored to the needs of any size business or facility, or integrated in a layered systems model “Our layered approach takes into account the complexity of securing different types of facilities and organizations,” said Karen Evans, CEO and President, Sielox. “There is no one solution that can fully cover every location, incident or environment.” The Sielox Pinnacle Access Control Platform offers numerous advanced capabilities to provide users with greater control over their facilities' security with maximum flexibility to address current needs and the scalability to address future requirements. Pinnacle is available in several configurations that can be specifically tailored to the needs of any size business or facility, or integrated in a layered systems model. Recent enhancements to Pinnacle include a GUI, Microsoft support, two-man rule, privilege access levels and reports, data sharing and convenient new programming features. Notifying Responders In Real Time The Sielox CLASS (Crisis Lockdown Alert Status System) Emergency Notification and Response Solution provides vital emergency status details to responders so they can best manage events. Administrators or any designated initiator can issue an emergency alert to notify responders of conditions in real time while communicating status via one of five programmable color-coded alert levels. Occupants within the facility can then report status at their specific location enabling responders to view detailed facility maps with compiled room-by-room color-coded conditions that update in real time as the situation evolves. A chat feature enables two-way communications between occupants and first responders to exchange detailed information or instructions. CLASS can also issue messages with response instructions specific to each alert level via email or text, and override any PC on the network to ensure the highest visibility of alert status. Strengthening Network Security With SSL Certificates SSL certificates have been added to bolster network security, which allow specific users to enter as a Supervisor for upgrades and troubleshooting The Sielox innovative AnyWare Browser-Based Access Control Platform features a variety of enhancements that make it faster, easier and more scalable for small to mid-sized businesses to take access management mobile. The intuitive and easy-to-use AnyWare solution features a capacity from 8 up to 40 doors, allows for an increased number of controllers and readers, custom fields so users can add additional information to the software, the ability to add card holder images to the data record, and block a reader so only first responders have access. In addition to multiple card types being added, SSL certificates have been added to bolster network security, which allow specific users to enter as a Supervisor for upgrades and troubleshooting. Intelligent Fully-Distributed Controller The Sielox 1700 Intelligent Controller ‘no end of life’ design utilizes 32-bit technology with real-time operations to deliver exceptional speed, performance and reliability. For uncompromised security, the 1700 is an intelligent fully-distributed controller ensuring decisions even if communications have been interrupted. It also Incorporates a true IP solution with data transfer rates up to 100 mbps to the onboard processor. The 1700 features a removable secure digital (SD) card, with storage capacity ranging from 128 MB to 1 GB. The SD card can house a redundant controller configuration, cardholder database, events, maintenance log, wiring diagram, installation manual and more. Support for industry standard reader types and technologies include: FIPS 201(PIV), CAC, Wiegand, card and pin, proximity, biometric, smart card, magnetic stripe and barcode. No personal data is required or collected from the user or integrator, and multiple credentials can be stored on the app Conekt Mobile Credentials And Readers Integrated with Sielox’s 1700 Controller and the AnyWare and Pinnacle software platforms, Conekt Mobile Credentials and Readers from Farpointe Data use Bluetooth to enable communication between smartphones and readers. No personal data is required or collected from the user or integrator, and multiple credentials can be stored on the app. Sielox is also showcasing a unique and powerful integration with Allegion to increase perimeter security at K-12 schools. Utilising Sielox’s Pinnacle Access Control Platform and 1700 Intelligent Controllers, K-12 schools can seamlessly integrate the Remote Undogging (RU) and Remote Monitoring (RM) options available with Allegion’s Von Duprin and Schlage wireless locks, reducing overall costs for additional network cabling while increasing overall situational awareness and security with comprehensive lockdown capabilities.
Like many inpatient health facilities around Europe, the Centre Psychothérapique de Nancy (CPN) in France had a persistent problem with lost physical keys. If a key went missing — lost or misplaced, by a resident or staff member — multiple cylinders in a unit would need to be replaced. The expense in terms of staff time and money was significant, and never-ending. And like many other health centers, CPN turned to Aperio wireless technology for a solution. Over 160 Aperio wireless escutcheons have been installed across the CPN premises integrated with the access control system from Delta Security Solutions, most on the doors to patients’ rooms. Now, everyone the ability to circulate freely without needing to carry a cumbersome key. Tracking Door Security In Real Time Because the Aperio integration at CPN is online, security staff can now keep track of all door security in real timeBecause the Aperio integration at CPN is online, security staff can now keep track of all door security in real time — which was not possible with the old mechanical master-key system. If a resident loses their credential, facilities staff simply cancel it instantly and reissue another, ensuring security at the site remains intact. Some dorm-style rooms at CPN have multiple beds; in these, Aperio escutcheons secure cupboards for every inpatient, so their personal belongings are kept safe without physical keys or needing to remember PIN codes. The old key-operated safes have been removed, saving CPN the recurring cost of re-keying or replacing safe locks. Securing Pharmacy And Medicine Store The Aperio H100 handle packs the power and flexibility of Aperio wireless access control into one slim interior door handle“Previously when a unit key was lost, we would have to change every cylinder it opened — which for some keys would be very expensive,” says Cédric Marchal, technical services engineer at CPN. At CPN, Aperio devices also secure areas where residents are not permitted, including staff rooms, offices and sensitive zones like the pharmacy and medicine store. Alongside the escutcheons deployed at CPN, the Aperio device range includes online and offline Aperio cylinders; an online security lock; a wireless lock for bringing server racks and cabinets into the same access control system as doors; and the new Aperio H100 handle, which packs the power and flexibility of Aperio wireless access control into one slim interior door handle. Every year since 2011, CPN have budgeted for an expansion in their Aperio system. Every year, more doors at their site are covered — enhancing the safety and well-being of patients. Enabled by Aperio wireless access control technology, the upgrading process continues.
One of East Scotland’s largest independent housing associations, Fife Housing, has teamed up with access control and door entry experts, Videx, to equip 84 flats in and around the Fife area with bespoke access control systems, that have been tailormade to meet the entry requirements of residents. Working with installer Caledonia Fire and Security, Videx has supplied audio intercom systems to 14 blocks of flats, which each carry key features that make them an ideal access control solution for housing association tenants and their various entry needs. The panels are also fitted with Videx’s standalone offline proximity system, MiAccess, which works as part of a multiple entrance system without the need to cable between devices. Billy Paton, Scotland and Ireland Sales Manager at Videx, said: “The requirement was clear - Fife Housing needed a robust access control solution that was simple to use and navigate yet highly secure. The panels we made are to a bespoke size with many features to suit the specific needs of those who live there. For example, the panels included high visibility yellow ring bezel buttons that help the partially sighted.Videx has supplied audio intercom systems to 14 blocks of flats, which each carry key features that make them an ideal access control solution What’s more, the MiAccess proximity also means that the programming of fobs can be done remotely saving time, money and helping to reduce the carbon footprint because an engineer doesn’t need to go out to the developments each time a fob has been lost or damaged and needs replacing. Housing staff are also given a master card which allows access to each individual tenanted block.” All block panels are also engraved with appropriate numbers and addresses required, which is a key part of the bespoke service offered by Videx, that many housing associations find useful because it enables call buttons to be specifically named or labelled, helping the caller to speak to the right person when they visit or highlighting a concierge service/emergency number facility. Bespoke Service For New Access Control Fife Housing are really pleased with the new system, with residents expressing great feedback on how easy to use they are while being a nice, modern design too. David Todd, Contract Officer at Fife Housing, said: “Security yet ease of access and a user-friendly system that could be specifically made to meet the entry needs of all different types of residents, including those with disabilities, was imperative and the Videx system has provided exactly that. "What’s more, the team have been really supportive and hands on throughout the entire installation, working closely and positively with our installer and providing technical and practical advice both pre, during and post installation. The panels are also fitted with Videx’s standalone offline proximity system, MiAccess "I also know that if I had any issues with the system, or need to modify it according to entry needs, this wouldn’t be a problem and Videx would be on hand to help us do this. It’s been a pleasure to work with Steve and the team - the system is doing a sterling job.” Seamless Installation Process Andrew Thomson, Director at Caledonia Fire and Security, added: “The access control system we installed into each of the 14 Fife Housing blocks are not only manufactured to a high quality but look the part too which is not always easy to find. The intercom systems, including the MiAccess integration, were absolutely perfect for this development and, from an installation point view, such a seamless process. No cables, no fuss, no downtime. We install a lot of Videx systems across Scotland, and we’ve always found the products to be first class, as well as their bespoke approach and high level of technical support if we do need help when installing a system, either in the form of training pre-installation or onsite assistance during installation or just after. We couldn’t fault them.”
On September 2, torrential rain caused mountain flood and massive landslide swept Mengdong Town of Yunnan province in southwestern China. Local transportation, electricity and communications network were disrupted. At 9:00PM, in order to reinforce local rescue forces, Yunnan Provincial Fire Brigade dispatched 24 vehicles and 130 firefighters, who later experienced serious challenges in communications in areas where intermittent voice call and short messages in cellular service was available only on heights. Hytera swung into action immediately after being notified about the firefighting department’s emergency communications requirements. Hytera iMesh Broadband Network Solution A Hytera technical team brought the latest emergency communications equipment with them and joined the firefighters onsite. The team quickly set up an ad hoc wireless network with Hytera iMesh broadband networking solution. This broadband network has been facilitating real-time audio and video communications and coordination between the onsite forces and the Provincial Fire Brigade command center. Multiple casualties have been reported and more people are missing. The relief effort is ongoing.
Siklu, the provider of mmWave wireless solutions, provides a backbone network of gigabit radios to approximately 1000 homes and business subscribers of Gigamex, a mexiquense ISP in the City of Toluca. The main challenge in connecting the network was ensuring enough capacity for the access networks. Saturation in the 5GHz frequency band in the city center did not allow them to work to the maximum capacity of their previous legacy wireless radios, which could provide only less than 200 Mbps. This prevented Gigamex from integrating new subscribers into their network and expanding their coverage areas in Toluca. Siklu provided design consultation and utilized its SmartHaul Link Budget Calculator to validate the required link capacity and predicted performanceFast Delivery Time Gigamex searched for an alternative wireless solution that was not affected by the plethora of 5GHz WiFi Aps by operating on a separate, cleaner spectrum. Siklu mmWave solutions, operating in the 70-80Ghz spectrum with over 17GHz of bandwidth available, were chosen after an in-depth market research and investigation of previous success stories worldwide, to provide the required capacity and fast delivery time and ensure local technical presence. Siklu provided design consultation and utilized its SmartHaul Link Budget Calculator to validate the required link capacity and predicted performance. Twelve (12) point to point radios were installed between the city center and the surrounding mountains within 7 service distribution nodes from their nearby internet POP. Significant Savings The network was deployed throughout a total coverage area of 30 kilometers, delivering 99.99% availability with each radio boasting 2Gbps full-duplex capacity. The links were installed and aligned within 2 days and immediately began delivering reliable multigigabit performance. The reduced cost of acquisition and implementation of the links has resulted in significant savings for the company. Cost of a fibre deployment would have been at least 10 times higher than the cost of deploying Siklu’s mmWave linksThe alternate option to grow the network that had been considered was with fiber optics. The cost of a fiber deployment would have been at least 10 times higher than the cost of deploying Siklu’s mmWave links. Moreover, it allowed Gigamex to maintain the install base of customers and target a growth of at least 20% in new subscribers. Deliver Beyond Expectations “The current project is expected to grow and strengthen the Gigamex transport network without having to resort to a fully licensed spectrum” said Jesús Moran, COO at Gigamex. “We were not expecting a wireless vendor to perform as promised and were astounded that Siklu was able to deliver beyond our expectations with smooth operation and a robust network, supplying all the bandwidth we could hope for”. “Gigamex’s service is backhauled by Siklu’s carrier grade solutions, delivering blazing speeds to improve residents and business owners lives in Mexico” stated Eyal Assa, Siklu’s CEO. “Siklu’s success in Mexico including Grupo Pinsa and now Gigamex in the city of Toluca serve as examples of the best way to deliver gigabit performance economically in areas with limited fiber deployment.”
Covering hundreds of acres, Dunsfold Park near Guildford began life as a military airfield in 1942, before making its mark in aviation history for multiple innovations as part of BAe Systems until 1960. Later, the estate was acquired by the award-winning Rutland Group, who continue to manage the site, now in partnership with owners, Trinity College Cambridge. Today, in addition to its private airfield and motor test track, the estate has a thriving business park where over 100 companies employ 700 people. As a popular film location, it is home to the BBC’s Top Gear team and the backdrop to TV and Hollywood blockbusters from Casino Royale to Come Fly With Me. The continued rejuvenation of Dunsfold Park includes investment in sustainable new infrastructure, with plans to further develop the estate amenities and community. And every year, thousands of people celebrate the site’s illustrious history at its air and motoring show, Wings & Wheels. IDIS HD IP Video Solution To support the continued development of the high-profile, multi-use estate, the management team wanted to replace the legacy security system with an HD IP infrastructure to increase capacity, image quality and flexibility to scale. Although the estate is secured by a physical perimeter fence, 24/7 surveillance is a pre-requisite to ensure robust protection for the growing number of people working on site, the businesses and many high-value assets. With so many diverse uses – from landing jumbo jets and testing high-performance cars to housing high-tech businesses and hosting public events – upholding health, safety and security in all eventualities is vitally important. The customised design was built with state-of-the-art IDIS equipment to deliver seamless plug-and-play ease of useThe solution had to be easy to use and operate, extremely resilient and offer good value. A key objective was to improve 24/7 visibility of hard-to-reach locations in all weather conditions, like remote entrance gates, with the flexibility for operators to easily zone in on specific areas as required. Integrated Fiber Optic-Wireless IP HD Surveillance Following a successful pilot trial, the contract was awarded to expert security integrators ISD-Tech to deliver a comprehensive HD surveillance solution running on an integrated fiber optic and wireless IP network. The customized design was built with state-of-the-art IDIS equipment to deliver seamless plug-and-play ease of use, high-quality real-time images with no visible latency and industry-leading resilience, all from a single provider. Comprising hardware, software and peripherals from the IDIS DirectIP suite, the solution includes a mix of seamlessly integrated ruggedized infra-red PTZ from Redvision as well as static cameras, HD network video recorders (NVRs) and cost-free IDIS Center video management software. The versatile IDIS equipment ensured that challenges in the site environment could be easily overcome to provide complete 24/7 coverage, including long-range night-time visibility of previously hard-to-reach areas. The innovative solution is optimized to meet Dunsfold Park’s current surveillance requirements while providing the foundations to scale across the wider Dunsfold Park portfolio and add new technologies, such as ANPR, as its needs evolve.
Property is one of the biggest targets for crime in the UK, especially open land. There are thousands of acres worth of property across the UK which aren’t effectively secured, as a result of which they have become hot-beds for crime, anti-social behavior, and not least fly-tipping. Security therefore must be a top priority for property owners, too many of whom tend to favor traditional methods such as fencing or hiring security guards. But, these methods come with a premium budget, with manned security running at a cost typically of some £300 per day. Nor is it possible to guarantee that every inch of a property is monitored. An increasingly adopted solution is Ad Hoc Property Management’s Smart Tower Security System and Smart Alarm System. Ad Hoc’s Smart Camera Security Tower sits six metres tall with a 36x optical zoom magnifying distances of up to 150 yards Ad Hoc Smart Camera Security Haringey Council contacted Ad Hoc Property Management after one of its industrial sites, Rosebery Industrial Estate in London, was repeatedly being targeted by fly-tippers over the course of many years. Every time the property was dumped with waste, it was costing the council hundreds of pounds to have their waste contractor called out to clean-up. By November 2017, they had expensed literally hundreds of thousands of pounds. By the end of the month the first Ad Hoc Smart Camera Security Tower was deployed, since then costs and incidents have plummeted. In fact, there have been no major incidents and local residents and tenants alike are delighted, welcoming the improved local environment. Ad Hoc’s Smart Camera Security Tower sits six meters tall with a 36x optical zoom magnifying distances of up to 150 yards, and a 12x digital zoom to enhance optical performance. Using state-of-the-art SMART technology (the same technology used in monitoring US Defense Center, The Pentagon), the tower boasts a 360 degree camera which can be programmed to move zones at set intervals for 24/7 monitoring. Utilizing wireless technology, the camera is able to filter large objects from those that are small, ensuring the alarm is only triggered when there is a clear threat. Ad Hoc’s Smart Cameras have been deployed successfully by numerous property owners around the UK" Ad Hoc's Property Security Solutions “Open land is one of the biggest targets for waste dumping, but it doesn’t have to be. Ad Hoc’s Smart Cameras have been deployed successfully by numerous property owners around the UK, preventing anti-social behavior and, more importantly, reducing opportunity for property-related crime,” said Darren Tubb, General Manager, Ad Hoc Security UK Limited. Land owners aren’t the only ones who can benefit from Ad Hoc’s security solutions; property owners of retail spaces, industrial buildings and homes who traditionally look at hiring in security guards, can benefit too, deterring fly-tipping and other anti-social crimes. As it stands, if a property is fly-tipped and no one is caught, it is the responsibility of the property owner to remove the waste legally at their own expense, which means hiring in a company licensed to remove these materials. However, as more property owners become aware of the technology available to them through Ad Hoc, not just in protecting the property but in helping police to identify the culprits, we could see property damage and fly-tipping become a thing of the past.