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Suprema launches Xpass S2 for IP Access Control

Suprema launches Xpass S2 for IP Access Control

Editor / Provider: Suprema | Updated: 8/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Suprema, Inc., the Korea-based provider of technology in biometrics and security, announces the launch of a new model of IP access control multi-smartcard reader and controller, 'Xpass S2'.

Compared to its predecessor Xpass Slim, Xpass S2 is remarkably enhanced in RF performance as it now supports reading of various more card technology standards including MiFare, DESFire, ISO14443A/B, ISO15693 and FeliCa, as well as NFC. It also reads and writes data on the card sectors.

In addition, with IP65 ingress protection rating, Xpass S2 is equipped with built-in adaptive heater and works under a harsh environment at a wide operational temperate range of -35 degrees Celsius to 65 degrees Celsius. It also supports expanded capacity, up to 50,000 user badges and 100,000 event logs for enterprise level organizations as well as small and medium sized businesses.

Xpass S2 comes not only with TCP/IP interface, but also more traditional interfaces such as RS485 and Wiegand to provide higher flexibility and multiple installation options for different environments. A built-in relay and a configurable Wiegeand interface enable Xpass S2 to be used as a standalone controller with other 3rd party readers.

The device is designed by focusing on satisfying both aesthetic and practical aspects, featuring multi-color LED indicator and extra slim profile of 11.4 mm. Measuring 80 mm of height and 120 mm of width, it perfectly fits switchboxes for most US, EU and APAC countries to provide easier installation.

"The Xpass S2 is the latest addition to our growing access control lineup and provides extra flexibility for our customers in designing their access control systems with or without biometric solutions," said Young S. Moon, Vice President of Suprema Inc. "Along with our biometric access control system, the Xpass S2 is expected to set Suprema as a leader in IP access control, meeting various needs for flexibility, complexity and scalability."

Kantech releases Intevo with exacqVision VMS software

Kantech releases Intevo with exacqVision VMS software

Editor / Provider: Tyco Security Products | Updated: 8/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Kantech, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, one of  the world's largest pure-play fire protection and security companies, announces the release of the Intevo integrated security platform which now includes the latest version of the exacqVision video management system (VMS) software.

Designed to unify access control, IP video and intrusion for small to medium-sized businesses, Intevo seamlessly integrates the Kantech EntraPass software with exacqVision VMS software into a single solution. Intevo also includes support for DSC PowerSeries and MAXSYS alarm panel integration, giving users plug-and-play capability.

“With the move to the Exacq software, Intevo brings the powerful and intuitive features of the exacqVision VMS, such as faster and more intuitive video searching capabilities, to customers as part of an easy to deploy, integrated security platform,” said Scott McNulty, Senior Product Manager, Tyco Security Products.

The exacqVision software features SpeedSearch, where video frames automatically populate on the screen upon conducting a search and advance as the timeline cursor is moved. Users can also begin an investigation while video is still downloading, providing faster access to the necessary evidence, particularly for low bandwidth connections.

Intevo is optimized for the use of American Dynamics Illustra Series HD cameras — supporting up to 32 IP cameras per system. Using the exacqVision software, Intevo supports over 2,000 models of the industry's leading IP camera including fisheye/panoramic models with client-side de-warping.

The Intevo platform is preloaded with the latest version of Kantech's EntraPass Corporate Edition security management software, which supports the EntraPass Web remote user platform and the EntraPass Go mobile application right out of the box. EntraPass allows customers to view, manage and play back video linked to access control events as well as perform everyday access control functions such as locking and unlocking doors.

SimonsVoss launches new

SimonsVoss launches new "SmartIntego" product line

Editor / Provider: SimonsVoss | Updated: 8/19/2014 | Article type: Security 50

With the system integration solution SimonsVoss SmartIntego connections to existing complex access control systems are now easier than ever before. System component auto-configuration in the SmartIntego Manager ensures that there is far less work involved in component integration compared to other systems.

Of all technologies deployed in buildings, security technologies are of particular crucial significance. Systems for fire and burglar alarms, video surveillance and access control contribute enormously to people's security and safety. To reduce complexity amalgamation of different systems are on the increase. In buildings such as hospitals, universities, public authorities equipped with several office doors and conference rooms, an extensive access control system is often already installed, usually a card-based system with an online access control station. Access authorizations are stored there and also secure the classic offline card reader. With the development of SmartIntego SimonsVoss provides the ideal solution to handle system integration into already existing access control systems. SmartIntego consists of the electronic components locking cylinder, door fitting SmartHandle and GatewayNode.

Oliver Quaisser, Sales Director for SmartIntego, describes the SimonsVoss system integration product: "For many building operators, equipping an entire building with card readers and wiring them is too costly, too complex and in some cases due to building specifications simply not possible. Card readers are normally only employed for outside doors or safety-relevant doors. In other cases, the doors are equipped with mechanical systems and keys. To replace these mechanical systems, SimonsVoss is offering a cost-effective overall solution with SmartIntego, which seamlessly integrates into the existing access control system, providing a fast return on investment.“ With this new product line SimonsVoss targets the leading international system integrators.

The electronic locking cylinder - SmartIntego and electronic door fitting SmartHandle - SmartIntego supports the transmission standards of all conventional card formats such as MIFARE Classic, MIFARE Plus, MIFARE DESFire/EV1, Legic Advant UID, HID iClass UID and MIFARE UID. Installation is performed without any cables and drilling. With a battery life of up to 80,000 locking operations in online mode, the components do not require any maintenance for several years.

The GatewayNode - SmartIntego ensures the perfect connection between the digital locking cylinder or SmartHandle and the central building security control system. As an intermediary device between the intelligence in cylinders and door fittings on the one hand and the access control system on the other, the GatewayNode ensures seamless cooperation between peripheral devices and the security software. A series of characteristics transform the radio-based hub with an RS485 and TCP/IP interface into an exceptionally powerful access manager. Each GatewayNode is capable of handling up to 16 locking devices. Thanks to its highly developed internal components, it is able to transmit so-called white lists with up to 250 entries from the access control system to the peripheral devices and keep them up to date. This ensures optimum flexibility, even in offline mode.

 

LAX extends incident management with NICE Situator web app

LAX extends incident management with NICE Situator web app

Editor / Provider: NICE Systems | Updated: 8/18/2014 | Article type: Security 50

NICE Systems and AECOM Technology Corporation announced that they are helping Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) extend its situation management capabilities from the control room to the field. The airport deployed the NICE Situator Enterprise Geographical Information System (EGIS) Web application, which enables field personnel to view on their tablets all open security and operational incidents in Situator and log new incidents. This creates a shared environment for managing incidents, leading to better collaboration between teams, increased situational awareness for all operators and more-effective responses.

The Web application uses the sophisticated geospatial and mapping capabilities of Esri's ArcGIS Server to provide customized, layered views of airport buildings, property and infrastructure. All relevant incident stakeholders can visualize the same incident on a map and engage in interactive dialogue via the comments log. They can also share response plans, like an evacuation route, by drawing on the map, annotating it and saving it to the system.

The Web application will also help field operators more efficiently manage day-to-day tasks, such as Federal Aviation Administration-mandated Part 139 airfield inspections. Under Federal Aviation Regulations Part 139, United States commercial service airports are required to conduct various assessments of each runway; examine pavement markings, lighting, signs and safety areas; and oversee ground vehicle operations. If an issue arises, field operators can easily create a new incident on their mobile devices, which is resolved through Situator's workflows and recorded for compliance purposes.

Part of the Los Angeles World Airports, LAX has been using NICE Situator since 2011 to integrate information from various security and operational systems, like video surveillance, CCTV and access control, as well as to generate automated, adaptive response plans. With the Web application, first responders and field operations personnel receive all information from Situator in real time. They can immediately pull up assets in an impact zone – for instance, a video camera within 100 feet of the incident – or use the application's robust search engine to search for nearby geospatial assets, like the exits closest to an incident location. They can also create new incidents, manage ongoing ones and complete specific tasks assigned to them, reducing reliance on radio communications and enhancing compliance.

Dominic Nessi, Deputy Executive Director/Chief Information Officer at Los Angeles World Airports
“The NICE-AECOM solution is allowing us to transform the way we manage safety, security, and operations at LAX. Based on our ongoing success with NICE Situator, we sought a way to apply these capabilities to our field operations. Now, not only are we able to maximize the use of our existing PSIM, situation management and GIS technologies, we are strengthening our entire security and operations apparatus.”

Kevin Carlson, Vice President, Aviation Systems, AECOM
“We are excited to partner with NICE to bring this unique solution to LAX, and to help fulfill the airport's vision for real-time interactive dialogue and collaboration. By combining an airport's EGIS infrastructure with an enterprise situation management platform, organizations can leverage geospatial information for more effective collaboration in support of both daily operations and emergency response.”

Chris Wooten, Executive Vice President, NICE Security Group
“Extending the reach of NICE Situator into the field significantly augments security operations. In a dynamic airport environment like LAX, it is critical to maintain a direct line of communication between multiple users by providing situation management capabilities both inside and outside of the control room. This model for mobile situation management demonstrates NICE's leadership and technology innovation, which can be tailored to the needs of other airports and industries as well.”

NICE's security solutions help organizations capture, analyze and leverage big data to anticipate, manage and mitigate security and safety risks, improve operations, and make the world a safer place. The NICE security, intelligence and cyber offerings provide valuable insights that enable enterprises and governments to take the best action at the right time by correlating structured and unstructured data from multiple sensors and channels, detecting irregular patterns and recognizing trends. NICE Security solutions are used by thousands of customers worldwide, including transportation systems, critical infrastructure, city centers, banks, enterprises and government agencies.

Smart lock: Unlocking a smarter, more secure home

Smart lock: Unlocking a smarter, more secure home

Editor / Provider: a&s SMAhome | Updated: 8/18/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

According to a survey by Consumer Reports, 67 percent of Americans rely on deadbolt locks as the primary mean to secure their homes. However, the survey also revealed that 20 percent of Americans leave the front door unlocked at least occasionally. Another problem is that door keys are small infrequently used objects that are easily misplaced. Smart locks set out to solve these problems, with some extra twists.

With the Internet of Things picking up momentum, its residential applications allow device makers to cheaply add wireless connectivity to everything in a home. Wireless connectivity, in conjunction with a strong focus on user experience, sets the stage for new types of residential access control systems. According to a recent report by NextMarket Insights, the global smart lock market will grow from $261 million today to $3.6 billion by 2019.

“The mainstreaming of the smart home is driving innovation in previously forgotten categories of home hardware and systems,” said Michael Wolf, Chief Analyst with NextMarket Insights. “Established security and home hardware companies increasingly face competition from upstarts who are introducing a new breed of smart and connected locks into the market.”

What is a smart lock?
A new type of wireless door lock that allows a user to use mobile devices to remotely lock or unlock the door, send permanent or temporary virtual keys to guests to grant access, and receive push notifications when the door is accessed. Some also integrate with smart home systems. These locks are generally affordable, rather than luxury items.

CURRENT OFFERINGS
At the moment, six smart locks have garnered the most media attention because they show the potential of a reimagined residential access control system that can be easy to install and use, and provides additional convenience compared to conventional deadbolt locks like remote access and integration with smart home systems. Push notifications and visitor logs also help boost security. The main theme is to make smartphones the primary key to the door, and a key fob, mechanical key or PIN code as backup plan. However, each company took a different approach with their smart lock designs.

Earlier smart locks, such as those made by Schlage and Yale were based on Z-Wave and Zigbee and were integrated into smart home platforms. However, multiple newer types of smart locks began appearing in 2013, offering direct control and user authentication from a smartphone app. These locks use Bluetooth Smart and WiFi connectivity to make the authentication process more convenient; the protocols are supported by most smartphones, which makes it easier to detect proximity with users carrying key-replacement devices.

The August Smart Lock was funded by angels and designed by Swiss designer Yves Behar. Users can control and manage the lock with an iOS, Android, or web app. Guests who have received a virtual key are able to unlock the August Smart Lock with their smartphones. Users can set the duration for which a virtual key is active, or manually disable them at any time. In addition to recording a visitation log, the lock also send a push notifi cation to a user's smartphone when guests go in or come out of the house.

Lockitron was the first smart lock to be successfully crowdfunded, although multiple design and manufacturing problems have delayed its shipping date long past its originally scheduled one, during which multiple competitors have sprung up and some have beat them to the market. It is a simple smart lock that fi ts directly over an existing deadbolt on the back of a door and is unlocked with a smartphone.

Users can also grant access to friends, family and guests through the app. The lock itself connects to a home network using WiFi, so it can send you notifi cations no matter where you are. Users with smartphones supporting Bluetooth Smart will see the door unlock automatically when an authorized device is in its range of detection. Goji was successfully crowdfunded on Indiegogo. When released, it will offer an additional option to open one's door through customer service representatives, who will be available 24/7. Aside from sending virtual keys, proximity-based unlocking and smartphonecontrolled operations, the smart lock can also snap a photo whenever someone is at the door and sends photo and text alerts to a user's smartphone; it also records all activities and makes the logs available through the Goji smartphone or web app. The Goji Smart lock replaces an existing deadbolt rather than retrofi t onto one and has high-tech-looking units on both the interior and exterior sides of the door.

The exterior-facing unit can display text and be opened to reveal a keyhole for physical keys. Kwikset Kevo debuted on the American reality competition series Shark Tank. Powered by UniKey and back by lock incumbent Kwikset, Kevo was the first of newer types of smart locks on the market. Kevo detects ekeys through Bluetooth, and its tap-to-open feature is a convenient way to open doors. Users do not receive notifi cations each time the door is unlocked, but can look up the lock's complete access history on the smartphone app. “A simple touch of the lock initiates verification between the smart device and the lock, unlocking or locking as a result. The user is no longer required to fi sh for keys, unload packages, pizzas or children from arms, said Dirk Wyckoff, VP of Sales and Marketing of UniKey Technologies. “On top of that, an administrator of the lock can send and delete additional eKeys for access to other people, determine the parameters of usage for those people (time or day, etc.), all without ever surrendering a physical key.”

Smart locks released by two other lock giants Schlage and Yale take a more conservative approach, but then they have been offering these locks for a much longer time. Both feature touchscreen number pads that look bulky and old-school, and do not provide flashy features like the other smart locks do. Both companies offer ZigBee and Z-Wave versions of their locks, which work well with many smart home systems. “We believe that while the smart and connected lock market today is largely Z-Wave and Zigbee based,” said Wolf. “There will be strong demand in coming years for newer direct-connect smart and cloud-connected locks using other radio interfaces."

IS NFC BECOMING A NONFACTOR IN THE SMART HOME?

NFC technology is highly secure and has a better overall power management profile than low energy Bluetooth, and there are clear use cases for the technology in a variety of security, access control, authentication and identification. A few years ago, it seemed like NFC was a serious technology to watch across a number of different segments. The most obvious was retail and payments, where Google threw its support behind NFC as a key technology for contactless payments. As a result, many retailers installed thousands of contactless payment systems with NFC technology over the last five years.

While Google was supportive, the other half of today's modern mobile duopoly has not been. Apple hasn't integrated the technology, at least not yet, and hasn't made clear whether they have any plans to do so anytime soon. Big retailers have been cautious about the technology without Apple's support, and some retailers, like Starbucks, have opted for alternatives like Square card readers. New alternatives and Apple's lack of support has led to waning interest in NFC as a retail payment technology, and recently some retailers who had installed it have actually started to disable the NFC capabilities.

In 2011 Yale, one of the big-three lock makers, announced they would integrate NFC into one their electronic locks and even demoed it at CES 2013, but they never released a NFC-integrated lock and based on my conversations with the company, it doesn't look like one is imminent.

Lockitron, a smart lock startup does have NFC in its forthcoming smart lock, but this is the only one of the new-generation smart locks that I know of with NFC integrated. However, the company is struggling to get locks out to its crowdfunded backers, and even if they do its not clear that this will give any momentum to NFC as an authentication technology for smart locks. Still, even with these few bright spots, it doesn't look to me like we're seeing significant interest in NFC in today's smart home. News in January that Apple had filed a patent for an NFC/Bluetooth LE/Wi-Fi usage in unified mobile payment implementation is a dim sparkle of hope on the horizon, because I think if Apple moves into NFC it could revive the technology. And, by extension, widespread adoption of NFC into iOS devices could give some much needed momentum to NFC in the smart home as well.

CONSTRAINTS
While advances in mechanical door locks have made them more secure over the past few thousand years, the relationship between people, doors and door locks have not changed: person + key = entry. With residential doors locks now incorporating IT and wireless connectivity, it seems possible that this relationship can be more convenient, efficient and secure. Perhaps locks can even be built-in to the doors, removing the need for a door knob. However, even though locks are no longer constrained by the complications of mechanical designs, it will be a while before radical changes will be affordable to most people.

The idea of futuristic doors that automatically open and close are nothing new; they can be seen in retail stores, hospitals, offi ce buildings and more. The problem is they are still too expensive for most homeowners, more so when security is added into the mix. “An automated system of your front door opening automatically on your approach in the manner you live your life with the affordable technology present today is not reality,” Wyckoff said. There are also other problems that have yet to be solved in products that cater to the average consumer. “Can every front door be aligned and insulated properly? What are suitable jams and thresholds? How about power availability?” Wyckoff asked. “Yes, but not at an acceptable cost to the masses. When addressing the mass market, we must respect what their front door looks like; in North America, it's a traditional door with a deadbolt cylindrical tubular lock. That door may swell with the seasons. That door may not quite latch properly and the deadbolt may even be used to simply hold it shut from a gentle breeze.”

“If I had a lot of extra money, there are materials and craftspeople that could install a very fancy entry system for me,” Wyckoff continued. “That system may not have UniKey's touch-to-open entry making it simple, but I bet it would be nice; I may just need to take out a second mortgage in order to pay for it. One of my kids may even have to forego college.”

MOVING FORWARD
The trade-off between what is possible and its cost of implementation places a limit at the front door, so it is safe to assume that the door itself will not go through any radical changes in the near future. However, the locks that are fitted onto the doors will see some interesting developments over the next few years. The standard key has worked for hundreds of years and is based on mature technology and manufacturing processes, making them cheap to produce and easy to replace. Smartphones, on the other hand, are much more expensive to replace—although opening the front door would probably be the least of a user's worries if the smartphone is misplaced. While it is unlikely that smartphones will replace mechanical keys in the near future, the introduction of smart locks show a glimmer of hope for better residential access control systems going mainstream.

 Video Doorphones Move Beyond Access Control
Video doorphones, or video intercoms, have evolved from mere entry management systems into into multifunctional devices that support network connectivity and home automation features. Video doorphones for smart home serve as the core of a smart home, integrating security, communication and home automation features. Video door phone systems generally comprises control monitors and and door stations with built-in megapixel cameras. Popular features consist of inter-building and remote communication, access control and guest monitoring.

However, manufacturers have a hard time differentiating their products from those of competitors because the industrial design needs to be conservative to be compatible with many types of decor and cannot follow design trends because product life is often tens of years. New features are also difficult to introduce because the system needs to be reliable. According to Amroad, “when functions are very similar, establishing a positive emotional connection with users is the key. Hence, design and quality are an important driver to differentiate a brand from another. Making durable products, from the aesthetical and material point of view, is essential. “Deployment is another big differentiation factor. Right now, installing these products is difficult, time-consuming, expensive. It is a task that can be completed only by highly trained technicians. However, in the next few months well designed systems will allow for quick and reliable installations in a matter of minutes, resulting in lower prices for clients and more efficient maintenance.”

6  Video Surveillance & Access Control solutions for education

6 Video Surveillance & Access Control solutions for education

Editor / Provider: Editorial Dept. | Updated: 8/15/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

As the number of students enrolled in higher education around the world is forecast to be more than double by 2025, campus security has gained more attention and even higher budget than usual in the security market. In August, asmag.com is presenting a collection of vertical applications for education institutions from some leading providers worldwide.

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Exacq hires regional sales manager for Northeast US

Exacq hires regional sales manager for Northeast US

Editor / Provider: Exacq | Updated: 8/15/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Exacq has announced that Jay Mele has accepted the position of Regional Sales Manager (RSM) for the Northeast US. Jay's territory includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island, New York, Northern New Jersey, and New Hampshire. He will report directly to Adam Messina, Northeast Regional Sales Director.

Jay Mele brings over 10 years of sales experience supporting the Northeast security industry. Jay specializes in IP video including cameras, video management software, analytics, network infrastructure, and storage, along with product knowledge and experience with access control, intrusion, and fire detection. His background includes working within sales and business development roles for industry leading manufacturers, most recently Axis Communications. Jay has the technical aptitude to sell and support complex systems and prides himself on problem solving and customer support skills.

HID OEM-embedded modules setting the pace

HID OEM-embedded modules setting the pace

Editor / Provider: Steve Chin, a&s Asia | Updated: 8/14/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

HID Global's OEM-embedded modules are now expanding their footprints into various new applications; amongst them, multifunction printers, the healthcare sector, and time attendance solutions.

HID Global's offerings of OEM-embedded modules continue to expand and consolidate into an extremely precise subsystem catered towards rewriting subsystems specifically designed for HID's own in-house designed modules. Expanding beyond access control and card readers, HID's modules are specifically catered being utilized in the healthcare sector, and for time attendance and secure printing. In addition, another of HID's goals for their embedded solutions is to bring added value to their end customers. By working with partner companies to extend the capabilities of their customers' existing HID credentials beyond just opening doors, HID is able to create solutions more specifically catered towards customer needs. As Jack Cheung, Director of Sales for Embedded Solutions in Asia Pacific at HID Global put it, “We offer our technology in big varieties. The subsystem can really speed up time to market, and can construct customers' target applications from scratch. It's proven in quality, and can greatly speed up development time.

One of the biggest applications currently utilizing HID's modules is secure printing. One is a module that can integrate into multifunction printers (MFP). Another is a USB reader with an embedded reader that can connect to printers. One of the trending drivers for this right now is the ability for companies to control printing usage. “Because a lot of companies are using employee cards, they would like to use those credentials to manage printing usage,” Cheung said. One big-name MFP provider currently utilizing HID's OEM modules is Konica Minolta.

HID Providing Smooth Migration Options to iCLASS SE Platforms
According to Cheung, there are 4 million HID cards actively in use right now. That means that HID has established a large installed customer base, with well-established brand awareness. As they continue to expand their ecosystem, HID's OEM modules will continue to establish themselves in future applications, pushing them further into the time attendance, healthcare, and secure printing sector. One of the notable trends in this direction is the beginning of phase-outs of old 125 KHz modules in favor of HID's own iCLASS SE platform. “The trend is moving towards higher frequencies. The important thing for modules is security. As far as basic principles, higher frequency modules should host a variety of better security features, so the market is heading to this direction.”

This is not to say that older frequency modules are no longer productive or useful anymore though. Adapting to the current trends, HID also produces modules called multiclass SE that is two-way adaptable for both the old 125 KHz standard as well as the new iCLASS SE. That, according to Cheung, is to continue to support legacy products, including solutions like older access control and time attendance systems, as well as older MFPs. For companies looking to move up from the old standard, multiCLASS SE supports various card technologies that capaciates a transition period to migrate from 125KHZ to high-frequency solutions, instead of swapping out all the cards at once.

HID Modules Prove its Worth by Shortening Time-to-Market
HID's Modules have helped companies shorten the time-to-market for their products because of less-needed investments in R&D, as well as better, and more adaptable smart card readers that are adjustable for a host of different solutions. Keep an eye out for the aforementioned migration to iCLASS SE platforms, especially in regards to mobile applications. An example of this usage would be using mobile phones for payments at electric vehicle charging stations (with iCLASS SE modules embedded in the charging terminals).

*For more up-to-date news for the Asian sector, please check out our Asia Corner section of the website.

EverFocus to showcase brand new solution at Security Essen 2014

EverFocus to showcase brand new solution at Security Essen 2014

Editor / Provider: EverFocus | Updated: 8/8/2014 | Article type: Security 50

EverFocus is prepared for exhibiting at Security Essen from 23rd – 26th September 2014. On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, Security Essen broadcasts more than 1,000 exhibitors from 40 countries and trade visitors from 115 countries are expected to meet in Essen.

This year, EverFocus plans to demonstrate open platform Central Management Software (CMS), Genie XMS, which is designed with a flexible architecture to offer large scale integration scalability. This surveillance management system is able to connect any devices or systems including IP cameras, DVRs, NVRs, access control, LPR and POS systems. Web pages or messages can also be displayed on the live view screen. The live view layout can be arranged in any form end users desired. Any systems can be modularized and integrated into Genie XMS as the customer wish!

The newly unveiled technology, eZ Tracker, will also be highlighted at EverFocus' booth. The eZ Tracker is designed for wide-area surveillance without compromising optimal image quality. Combining EverFocus network fisheye camera (EFN series) and EverFocus network speed dome camera (EPN series), this technology can be easily operated using a mouse. Click a desired location on the 360° surround view from the fisheye camera and the speed dome camera will be exactly triggered to track the location. Users can then utilize the smooth PTZ function on the speed dome camera view to zoom in or focus on a region of interest. Meanwhile, users can also monitor all the movements from the 360° surround view.

Moreover, EverFocus will showcase the innovative gadget, IP Sidekick (ESK1000), which is a simple, quick solution for IP-based camera installation. Equipped with PoE and Wi-Fi networking, the Sidekick allows users to view any PoE IP camera live views through browsers over iOS / Android mobile devices for camera adjustment. Users can also install EverFocus Sidekick App to instantly display the live views of all EverFocus IP cameras.

Another highlight will go to the Universal DVR. EverFocus EPHD16+U, an embedded Linux-based universal DVR, comes with 16-channel HD-SDI and analog video inputs. This product supports video signals from D1, 960H, 720P to 1080P in one single DVR and also features triple streams for live view, playback and recording. The EPHD16+U supports recording 480 (NTSP) / 400 (PAL) frames per second at 1080P, and can be played back 16 channels of HD-SDI recordings simultaneously. The model also supports RS-485 serial interface, 2 USB interfaces and 1 RJ45 (10/100/1000) Base-T Ethernet interface. Other than that, the EPHD16+U can be expanded up to 7 SATA devices (6 SATA HDDs and 1 eSATA), ensure the large capacity of the HD-SDI video recordings.

According to Aska Liu, Deputy Project Manager of EverFocus, since EverFocus has already provided a comprehensive product lineup, including IP, HD-SDI and analog hardware devices. The EPHD16+U can take all signals, no matter HD-SDI, 960H, or D1. Moreover, EverFocus also provides mobile apps, which allow users to view the HD-SDI camera streams via their mobile devices (iOS or Android platforms). The ease of high-quality and high-definition video is the most important piece. Users can take the HD-SDI video and record it in 1080P, see the HD-SDI video remotely or locally.

Except the above solutions, EverFocus will also demonstrate the Mobile and Access Control solutions on-site at EverFocus' booth, Hall 2.0 Stand 215.

Invest in Russian security market – things need to know

Invest in Russian security market – things need to know

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 8/7/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Groteck Business Media, the leading B2B publisher and event organizer that has been serving security, telecom, IT, and broadcasting in Russian market, today co-hosts a seminar with Messe Frankfurt New Era in Taipei, Taiwan, talking about current Russian security market. Andrey Miroshkin, the CEO and owner of Groteck Business Media, and Olga Inshakova, Project Director of Groteck Business Media, presented a full aspect of current Russian market trend and a series of professional suggestions in terms of investing in this market.

Russian security market is forecast to keep growing in the following years, as several major international events such as 2016 IIHF World Championship and 2018 FIFA World Cup are coming up in Russia. Meanwhile, the government in Russia has highly focused on safe city and transportation security projects, whereas global security suppliers has targeted their market strategies on verticals more than usual.

CCTV and video surveillance devices and access control systems will still be taking up the largest proportion of imported security products in Russian market. While premium security systems imported to Russia are mainly manufactured by the U.S., European countries (GB, Germany, France, Italy, and Poland), Japan, and Israel, the component and systems equipped in these systems are mostly originated from China, according to Inshakova'. Interestingly, some hi-tech products in Russian market are mainly provided by Taiwanese, Chinese, and Korean suppliers.

As Miroshkin mentioned in the seminar, there are some basic options for the suppliers who intend to invest in the Russian security market; however, some potential issues need to be considered while making business call. For example, as care-free as it may seem, hiring a distributor cannot be merely about selling and delivering products to the end users. Handling promotion and advertising campaigns through independent local distributors can lead to disappointing outcome, especially when the distributors do not fully understand the investor's product lines and target verticals.

On the other hand, representative office could be a wiser choice. Running business through representative office suggests having better control over both promotion and distribution. However, Russian authorities forbid representative offices directly involved in commercial activities. In order to legally take part in commercial activities, the investors may consider opening branch offices to engage in commercial activities legally in Russia. Educating your customers is crucial in the Russian market, according to Miroshkin. Lacking of informative connection with the customers can easily give the competitors an upper hand. Furthermore, to make sure the promotion worth every penny, the investors need to think Russia-wide, because business works differently from Siberia and from Moscow – that is the reason for hiring more than one professional representative in Russia.

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