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QNAP surveillance system successfully launched in Telekom Malaysia Berhad

QNAP surveillance system successfully launched in Telekom Malaysia Berhad

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by QNAP | Updated: 7/2/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Telekom Malaysia is the No. 1 provider of information communication technologies in Malaysia. Their strength not only lies in their products and services, but also in various aspects of the industry including research and development as well as value added innovations.

With its business continually expanding, Telekom Malaysia has invested in a few subsidiary companies like VADS Berhad (VADS), which is one of Malaysia's leading Managed ICT service providers; Multimedia University (MMU), a tertiary education institution, The Yellow Pages group business directory company, and others.

Telekom Malaysia's business and personnel has mushroomed in recent years to about 30,000 employees located in several office buildings, and TM continues to expand its office facilities in downtown Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia Telekom decided to upgrade facility security and deploy a new video surveillance system that would bring high scalability and integrated monitoring features to on-site security personnel. Based on the thousands of employees located throughout the offices in Kuala Lumpur and taking into consideration its already existing network structure, Malaysia Telekom's IT Manager decided a network-based surveillance solution with high integration flexibility and centralized management would best suit the company's needs. Implementation of this type of solution would simplify cable runs and eliminate reliance on CCTV type cameras, which usually have lower resolution and are more costly than modern IP cameras – and ultimately reduce costs while delivering superior video surveillance.

After consideration from various brands, the environmental conditions and specifications of this project, Telekom Malaysia narrowed its selection of 322 IP camera models from 3 reliable brands. To record the video surveillance, TM selected the standalone QNAP VioStor VS-8140U-RP NVR for its compatibility with cameras, six easy steps to set up and connect, along with the configuration that allows each camera to be supported by the VioStor's eight 6TB hard drives with RAID 5 redundancy, guaranteeing reliable video surveillance to protect TM's staff and facilities.

The Sony outdoor speed domes supported by QNAP VioStor NVR are mainly used to monitor the building's exterior surroundings, such the parking lot, opposite street and courtyard. The indoor speed dome is primarily used for the main lobby entrance and emergency exits as it supports a number of PTZ and audio features that allow real-time warning and help calls from some of the building corners. The MOBOTIX 360-degree Panorama, suitable for the filing rooms, indoor parking garages, and general office areas. It covers a wide range of surveillance, eliminating the need for any additional IP cameras, saving additional cost.

Another noteworthy feature is the advanced event management features built into the VioStor NVR. The initial configuration of motion detection, alarm input, connection failure, and recording failure can all be set for after-work hours. If any irregularity is detected, an alarm notification can be sent to Telekom Tower's security office. The guarding staff can then make the necessary protective measures accordingly. In terms of storage, each VS-8140U-RP can be linked with up to 40 IP cameras. With up to 48GB of highly reliable storage mated with H.264 video compression to save hard drive space, TM security personnel can reliably record and monitor all IP cameras installed around the facilities with ease.

GKB optimizes security system in Imperial Hotel Cebu in the Philippines

GKB optimizes security system in Imperial Hotel Cebu in the Philippines

Editor / Provider: GKB | Updated: 6/29/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The Imperial Palace Hotel and Resort is one of the luxury hotels located in Cebu which was rated by Times Magazine as the best hotel in Asia. The requirements for this project is to monitor the facility, providing high resolution image, allowing multiple view among cameras, requiring sufficient recoding retention days, and an unified alarm platform for CCTV and various sensors.

Firstly, GKB provides two separated NVRs GKB D3622TIR and GKB D3631TIR to meet the retention recording 30 days. Secondly, in order to deploy a unified video alarm platform with existing fire and smoke sensors, GKB chose to install IVAST (Integrated Video Alarm& Surveillance Technology) which receives alarm triggering signals directly from cameras which acting as an independent station from NVR. As for screen display, Imperial hotel uses Viewer11 which allows several security guards to access different NVRs to obtain live recording and playback. Such authorized accessing management is under privacy protection so that customers can not only manage with great convenience but also worry free from recording being hacked.

Products Installed
In this project, the Imperial hotel has installed GKB D3631TIR and GKB D3622TIR.

The greatest benefit would be an IVAST platform which enables fire and smoke detecting sensors being alarmed and notified on the monitoring screen. Such function brings easiness of operation and instant notification of fire and smoke emergency events. Moreover, GKB provides exclusive solutions and the most cost effective pricing with great warranted products duration and reliable installation service.

Macro trends driving global demand for network security solutions

Macro trends driving global demand for network security solutions

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 6/29/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

The global market for network cameras is expected to grow by between 16 to 22 percent annually in the next three to four years, according to reports by market research companies TSR and IHS. A large part of the growth is expected to be in the Asian and Latin American markets. The Chinese market for CCTV and video surveillance equipment, which also includes analogue cameras, amounted to 33 percent of the total global market in 2013, which was then worth USD 13.5 billion.

Axis has an indirect distribution model and a network of more than 75,000 partners in 179 countries. Axis' sales are made to distributors, who in turn sell to system integrators and resellers, who sell to the end customer. Axis offers a broad portfolio of network-based products and solutions to enterprise, medium and small customers in nine different customer segments: transportation, retail, bank & finance, city surveillance, critical infrastructure, education, manufacturing, healthcare and public sector.

Axis' competitors are large international vendors as well as small niched companies, in total over 400 competitors globally. Mature markets are characterized by competiveness around quality and new technology while some emerging markets are instead characterized more by price competitiveness.

Urbanization and rapid developments in IP-connectivity are driving the continuously growing demand for network security solutions

The latest World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report identifies failure of critical infrastructure and severe social unrest as two main global risks during 2015. The need to create a safer and more secure society continues to be the overarching driving force behind continued strong growth in the global video surveillance market.

The demand for IP-based security solutions continue to grow in all market regions and the most prominent driving forces for this are urbanization and technology development,
both global in nature.

On the one hand, continued strong market demand is tied to dynamic macroeconomic factors having to do with social- and economic development, especially rapid urbanization. On the other hand, rapid developments in IP-technology and the rise of hyper-connectivity, often referred to as the Internet of Things, are creating new areas of use for network video in areas not typically associated with video surveillance, namely visual and business intelligence.

Urbanization drives the need for intelligent security solutions
With ongoing rapid expansion of urban areas in Asia, Africa and other areas, pressure on transportation and other critical infrastructure is mounting. The latest World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report identifies failure of critical infrastructure and severe social unrest as two main global risks during 2015.

Prevents and solves crime
Growing population density in urban areas across the world increases the need to build smarter cities that can meet the security needs of its citizens, who have a right to feel safe. Surveillance camera technology is increasingly viewed as a critical component for law enforcement's ability to solve and prevent crime. There is growing public acceptance for video surveillance and mounting societal willingness in general to use technology to help ensure the safety of citizens.

Innovations in network video technology have led to a number of advanced privacy protection solutions that can be used to ensure that cameras only record what's necessary and that the material is protected and safely stored. For example, functions such as privacy masks that automatically blur faces or configurable pan, tilt and zoom limits can provide additional privacy protection while encryption and IP address filtering enable increased data protection.

Developing cities require more intelligence
Large scale investments in infrastructure such as public transportation systems, new housing developments, energy infrastructure and industries are all driving global demand for smart and effective security solutions.

Network solutions for smart cities
Intelligent security solutions are crucial building blocks for constructing the environmentally and socially sustainable cities of the future. Network camera solutions can for example measure traffic flows and provide real-time intelligence to traffic controllers, carefully monitor large areas around power plants, ports and other critical infrastructure to help protect against sabotage and terrorist attacks, help protect passengers and employees of public transportation systems, prevent vandalization and protect government buildings and schools.

The hyper-connected world/Developments in IP-based technology
New technology and the rise of the hyper-connected world is another main driving force for the global network video market. Increasingly sophisticated network camera technologies are allowing cameras to be integrated with physical access control systems and used together with software solutions, mobile devices and cloud technology. Integrated security systems that combine network cameras with physical access control systems and software solutions, are now used to heighten security in for example schools, hospitals and government buildings.

The development of advanced video analytics solutions has created a new area of use, namely around video as visual intelligence, commonly referred to as business intelligence. Network camera end-users who want to optimize their business processes are increasingly looking to surveillance solutions for answers. Whether it is to optimize cost, functionality, efficiency or security, customers are increasingly relying on network video and thus demanding various new innovative solutions.

Today, customers in both private and public sector segments request solutions that are tailored for their specific needs. Whether it is to enable people to create a smarter, safer world or to find new business opportunities through visual intelligence, innovations combining network camera and IP-technology have opened the door for highly advanced and specialized solutions.

IHS report on CCTV and video surveillance equipment market in Oceania region

IHS report on CCTV and video surveillance equipment market in Oceania region

Editor / Provider: Sandeep Nayak, IHS analyst | Updated: 6/25/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

The Oceania market for CCTV and video surveillance equipment, which is estimated to have been worth $190 million in 2014, is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 5.5% until 2019.

IHS forecasts that the market will experience a continued shift towards network video surveillance solutions. The Australian market is expected to account for most revenues across the forecast period, with an increasing number of government funded public surveillance projects being implemented.

Other key findings of the report include:

* The market in Oceania is not price sensitive and more emphasis has been provided on the specification of video surveillance equipment.

* Video management software solutions and cloud-based storage solutions are being incorporated into the enterprise surveillance solutions to provide better and easier management of the surveillance cameras and other peripherals.

* The Oceania market is a strong adopter of analytics. Particularly in the retail market as business intelligence applications are enabling end-users to monitor customer behaviour.

* Tourism has been experiencing a boost across Oceania region. With increasing number of tourists visiting the country, there is a need for advanced surveillance solutions to be incorporated into the region which is leading to the growth of the market.

Security industry heats up, as China tries to catch up

Security industry heats up, as China tries to catch up

Editor / Provider: a&s Editorial Team | Updated: 6/25/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

From the beginning of this decade there has been much talk about the growth of Chinese physical security manufacturers and how they had begun to hurt the market-shares of Western and other Asian companies with extremely low-cost products. Analysts and media have repeatedly highlighted the pressure that Chinese manufacturers exert on their foreign counterparts and how this is changing the global physical security business landscape.

Two major Chinese manufacturers, Hikvision and Dahua, had aggressively expanded their presence in global markets by 2014, moving up the value chain but continuing to maintain low prices. Research firm, Memoori Business Intelligence, had also warned that some very misleading figures are being published about their dominant size by basing their revenues on total system compared against product sales for Western companies.

Needless to say, with such strong opinions from industry-observers, distributors and systems integrators (SI) are considering how they should move forward in terms of partnerships and purchases, without having to compromise too much on their margins.

Persisting Quality and Durability Concerns
Despite a general uplift in outlook for some Chinese manufacturers, certain concerns still exist on their performance and these have prompted some distributers and SIs to take a wait and watch attitude. They believe that the quality has improved, but not to their level of satisfaction.

Nigel Hamley, Director of IPTV Division at the US-based Marshall Electronics, whose company has significant experience in multiple verticals including medical, government, education, AV market, and enterprise security, had come to Secutech 2015 in search of expanding its involvement with IP vendors that his company could partner with to diversify its product offerings. He feels that over the past five years, the major change he has seen in the industry is the growth of China.

As of now, his company has not purchased Chinese products as they have relied on the technological and advanced quality levels seen in Taiwanese and Korean products, but he admitted that Chinese manufacturers are improving and that in the future they might decide to purchase components such as parts for dome camera, mechanical and electronic parts, and chipsets, and may look to integrate those parts into finished goods.

Some SIs, while acknowledging that the quality of Chinese products have improved, pointed out that there are still concerns on their durability. Jignesh Shah, MD of India-based SI, Dots Info Systems, which has been in the video surveillance industry for the past eight years, stressed this point.

He said that the Indian market is flooded with Chinese products and that they are exerting strong pressure on the other brands, but added “if you are looking at a product to last from a year to three, then Chinese products are okay, if looking at a longer period, you have to look for other options.”

Roshan Punnilath, Head of Operations at Mega Security Systems in Saudi Arabia, too agreed that although the quality of Chinese products has improved, their durability is still a concern in the market. Distributors compensate this by providing extended warranties and replacement offers for damaged goods, but such haphazard solutions cannot be accepted for crucial installations like government projects.

Some distributors attribute these quality and durability issues to the Chinese manufacturers' lack of understanding of the industry. According to Johan Haryanto, MD of distributer, Hotware, that began business in Indonesia eight years ago as VIVOTEK's sole dealer for the country, Taiwanese brands stand out in comparison due to their knowledge of the field.

“It's because of the experience. Even though some [Chinese] companies are growing, they lack experience in the field,” Haryanto said. “So when compared within the same field, non-Chinese brands are better. Even though Chinese products are selling more, their Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) levels and number of defective pieces are still high.”

Margins, specialized requirements and service drive buyers to Taiwan
As the global economy tightens and businesses look to cut corners and remain profitable, it is inevitable that distributors and SIs give adequate focus to their income margins. This, in itself, is a difficult task when customers become more reluctant to spend money. But things become even more complicated when manufacturers themselves place their products at the lower end of the price chart.

Although a low-price product might look attractive to an end user, it's hardly the same for distributors and SIs who are forced to squeeze their profit margins.

Michael Grek, from Metro Global Technology Solutions in Australia said that he was looking to purchase Taiwanese products to offset the weak margins offered by Chinese manufacturers. He added that at present the Australian market is flooded with Chinese products, and as everyone begins to sell the same product, distributors are forced undercut each other constantly, a practice that hurts not just individual businesses but also the whole industry.

M Kumaraguru, MD of Malaysia-based SI, Maha Asia Sdn Bhd, took this point further, as he said that the lower prices of Chinese products are killing the market indirectly. “You need to maintain a certain standard and not try to keep taking the prices lower and lower until the margins become extremely narrow for us,” he said.

This concern is seen in other developed markets as well, according to Jonathan Okina, CEO of Okiusa, a US-based distributor of surveillance and alarm equipment with about 18 years of experience. Okina said that with Chinese brands like Hikvision becoming popular, distributors' work has doubled and tripled from before and they are forced to lower prices to stay competitive. Moises Faroy, President and CEO of another US-based distributor, CCTV Core, agreed to this, adding that low-price products from China and the price wars they have brought with them are the biggest market challenges at present.

Yet another key reason that prompts buyers to look to Taiwan is that Taiwanese manufacturers are able to provide solutions to various specific needs. Syed Jawed Ali Zaidi, President of GSS-Japan, a company that does systems integration for solar power plants, said that he comes to Taiwan for his purchases because Taiwanese manufacturers are able to provide him better customized services, which help him integrate different brands easily. Masahiko Yamamoto, President of another Japanese installer, Safety & Security, agrees that Taiwanese products are better and are improving every year, meeting Japanese quality requirements.

Then there is also the issue of service. Daniel Brami, Head of Business Development in Building Department at Mecalectro in France said that his company prefers products that are made in Taiwan, not just because of the quality but also because of the prompt response that they get from Taiwanese companies.

“China usually doesn't answer to customers,” he said. “I don't know if it's because China so big they don't care? We ask questions to both China and Taiwan [companies]. Taiwan answers on same day but China takes four to five days.”

Dean Klobucar, Export Director of Alarm Automatika, a SI and distributor based in Croatia, sums this up as Taiwanese companies being professionally stronger, despite having to compete with the large quantities of products that are produced in China. He added that from an SI's point of view, such a strong professional support is crucial to the business.

Chinese Attempt to outgrow the ‘cheap' label
Chinese products evidently struggle when it comes to matching up to the required quality standards. But perhaps the biggest challenge that Chinese manufacturers face may not be the quality of their products itself, but the perception that Chinese products are low in quality. Years of exporting low-quality products at extremely low prices have created a general opinion that Chinese manufacturers cannot be trusted. Listening to views from some distributors and SIs, it was evident that consistent efforts from some major Chinese vendors to change this label have had some effect.

Harry Chang, from the Singapore-based SI, King Island, hinted that the perception of Chinese products in his local market is improving, as he elaborated on his recent experience of buying a Dahua product. Chang said in the past the company used low-quality material, like plastic casing for an IR camera, and their R&D was not sufficient. Now he found that only the base of the product is made of plastic, which is an improvement over the past.

Echoing similar sentiments, Somchai Prajaksoot, MD of Digital Focus, an exclusive distributor for Hikvision in Thailand, said that SIs in his country are increasingly interested in the Chinese brand, compared to the past. With a strong local presence, Prajaksoot's company has managed to expand Hikvision products, especially in large government projects in the country. Recently Digital Focus won many government projects, which could never have happened five years ago.

Alberto Antinucci from the Italy-based Home Defender considers this a global trend, adding that it is no longer possible to generalize products from China as of low-quality. All countries have producers that are good and bad and eventually the demand depends on the buyer's needs.

“Today, you can't put a label such that if it's made in China, it's poor quality,” he said, adding that some of the Chinese companies that he had encountered were producing good-quality products.

Such thoughts have prompted some distributors and SIs to focus more on the product and not where it comes from. Edo Pribadi, MD of SI Adhivian Mitrakarsa in Indonesia said that he does not care where the product comes from as long as the quality is good.

“I'm not looking at where the products come from, what I need to know is what functions the products provide,” Pribadi said, adding that if the products from China can come with a guarantee of longer durability, he will go for it. Joni Iswanto, Director of another Indonesia-based SI and distributor, Lintastama Jelajah Informatika, was of the same opinion.

But this cannot be seen as a general trend, as several markets still hold a cautious approach to Chinese products. According to Kumaraguru, most of Malaysian market still considers Chinese manufacturers as of low price and low quality. Mario Sergio L. Machado, from the Brazilian distributor Telematica, also said that clients in his local market believe Taiwan products have a better image compared to their Chinese counterparts.

Ahmed Faiz, GM of Khonaini Computer Technologies in Saudi Arabia, had similar comments about his local market. He said that Chinese products have only managed to penetrate the low-end consumer market, while large projects are still handled by US, European and Taiwanese products.

Increased competition to aid the industry
As a general market observation though, some SIs are of the opinion that the rise of Chinese products may help the overall industry because it will boost competition. Theoretically, competition would limit complacency and force manufacturers to improve themselves. Daniel Ananthan, Head of Enterprise Business at VS Information Systems, one of the largest SIs in Sri Lanka, concurs to this idea.

“I personally believe that arrival of Chinese products is good for the market,” Ananthan said. “Once they improve themselves, other major manufacturers are also forced to change themselves and perhaps look for competitive prices.”

Such a thought does make sense, but not exactly in the sense that Chinese manufacturers are now viewing the market. Creating perfect competition does regulate the market to set realistic product prices, but Chinese manufacturers, with their ultra-low prices, do not seem to be looking for this.

Compete to Innovate, not to lower prices
Regardless of the discussions on the quality of manufacturers, industry players believe that given the sheer number of companies involved, the Chinese manufacturing sector might soon consolidate. This would inevitably remove the weaker manufacturers and let the good-quality brands survive. Some believe that at present, there are just a few Chinese manufacturers that can stand the test of time.

But regardless of improving quality, Chinese manufacturers continue to focus on low-pricing as their differentiating factor. Market analysts, while acknowledging that non-Chinese brands might need to compromise on margins while competing with China, warn against making price the sole factor for competition.

“Shaving off some margin may be necessary but to compete on price would be a disastrous policy for the Chinese will continue to lower their price if they have to,” noted Memoori Business Intelligence, indicating that the inevitable answer is, and has always been, innovation.

This is in line with opinions from some of the distributors and SIs as well. Golan Wishniya, CEO of Worldshop, a distributor from U.S., believes that Taiwanese products have better quality but said that he would like to see them focus more on smart solutions, and make more complex products like the stone camera, which are different, but are easy to use.

In the end, it is evident that distributors and SIs believe quality is of utmost priority, especially in the longer term. There is an instant attraction to lower prices, but such a consistent push to keep the costs down will not only harm product-quality, but is also a destructive business practice that crunches earnings. Going forward, the only constructive option is to invest more in R&D, understand customer requirements and proactively provide innovative solutions.

Grundig protects the National Archives of the United Arab Emirates

Grundig protects the National Archives of the United Arab Emirates

Editor / Provider: Grundig Security | Updated: 6/16/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The National Archives of the United Arab Emirates was established in 1968, at the request of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan. The National Archives is a collection of valuable, historical material of public and scientific relevance, housed in a purpose-built site in Abu Dhabi, UAE. It is imperative that a building and archive of such national and regional significance is well-protected. Many of the items stored are irreplaceable, including maps, photographs, documents and books.

Telectron, a well-respected and experienced security integrator, with offices in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai, was chosen to design and install a new, networked security and CCTV system to protect the building, its contents and staff. Telectron, established in 1974, just three years after the UAE itself was formed, has a long-standing reputation in UAE security.

The brief was to install an intelligent CCTV security system that provided alarm notifications of significant events, from a change in scene to active intrusion; provided 24/7 visual surveillance; and recorded and stored all video data. The system also had to be viewed from a number of remote locations, as well as be monitored centrally from a dedicated facility.

Telectron installed 140 Grundig IP cameras; 95x GCI-K1523D, 2 megapixel (2MP) indoor dome cameras positioned within the building; 20x GCI-K1585V, 2MP, vandal-resistant, external dome cameras around the building exterior and site perimeter; a 5x GCI-K1812W cameras in the elevator and an additional 20x 3MP, GCI-F0505B box cameras for high resolution images and recording. The cameras were positioned around the entire site, including the museum areas, entrances, public areas and server room. All the cameras offer exceptional image quality and reliability. A Milestone Corporate Level VMS system, using CISCO network switches, managed and controlled the system.

Mr Mazen Minawi of Telectron commented, “We have used Grundig cameras in a number of applications and have always been impressed by their exceptional image quality and reliability. In a high–end application like this one, it is essential that no cameras fail, compromising site security and putting priceless, irreplaceable artefacts at risk.”

Grundig offers a full support service to customers in the Middle East region, headed up by Yalcin Demirak. Services include project and sales support, technical certification for Grundig Security installers and post-sales support.

The National Archives are so important to the UAE, that their existence and practices became law in 2008. UAE president, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, officially designated the centre the ‘National Archives of the UAE' under the name ‘National Centre for Documentation and Research' (NCDR). The name was changed in 2014 to National Archives.

The National Archive is responsible for collecting, preserving, researching and documenting the history and heritage of the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf region in general. It also has an educational role, promoting cultural and historical awareness. In the light of current events in the region, its importance is hugely significant and its effective protection is mission-critical.

The state-of-the-art building includes a museum-style exhibition that can be viewed by the public; a 600 seat auditorium for lectures and educational purposes; a 3-D Reality Hall; and vast archive storage areas. Many of the items in the collections are rescued, then restored and preserved in highly controlled environments and atmospheres to ensure they remain intact.

The new security system is a success. Mr Fadi El Khoury, Head of Technical Support at the National Archives commented, ”We monitor all key areas of the site from our central control room. The facility has eight work stations with dual monitors for tracking anything of concern in real time. The VMS is installed onto three management servers, plus a failover server for additional backup. We also have a remote viewing facility for the Vice President and General Manager, if required. The National Archive is exceptionally well-protected and any incident or potential risk can be addressed appropriately and immediately.”

Grundig is proud to be protecting the National Archives of the United Arab Emirates, a site of such historical and global significance.

CEM AC2000 selected to secure the largest single NHS hospital in Scotland

CEM AC2000 selected to secure the largest single NHS hospital in Scotland

Editor / Provider: CEM Systems | Updated: 6/1/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

To secure the largest single NHS hospital build in Scotland, CEM AC2000 was selected to ensure the safety of patients and staff as well as the new hospital buildings.

AC2000 security management system and access control hardware provide the South Glasgow Hospitals with a comprehensive integrated security system to meet their requirements now and in the future.

CEM Approved Reseller Boston Networks installed the multi million pound Intelligent Building solution for the new super hospital, with CEM AC2000 security management system securing over 400 doors throughout the facility.

The new 14 floor adult hospital will house 1109 beds, state of the art emergency, acute receiving, critical care, 30 modern operating theatres, diagnostic services and a full range of in-patient and day case paediatric services.

Part of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the publicly funded hospital development gives Glasgow one of the most advanced adult acute service hospitals in the UK.

Working with CEM Approved Reseller Boston Networks the CEM AC2000 solution was selected as part of an overall Intelligent Building solution for this new state of the art hospital. Commenting on the partnership, Paul Goodbrand, Director of Intelligent Buildings, Boston Networks states, ‘‘Due to the sheer scale and complexity of the new South Glasgow Hospitals project, Boston Networks had to consider numerous factors when choosing our security partners, such as future proof technology, integration capabilities and the ability to provide a solution that would allow us to meet all elements of the installation and commissioning program”.

The CEM AC2000 system provides the South Glasgow Hospitals a powerful and fully integrated security management solution. AC2000 offers a comprehensive suite of client and browser based applications including central alarm monitoring, integrated command and control, sophisticated ID badging, visitor management and much more. The AC2000 set of software applications enhance site operations and security.

The new South Glasgow Hospitals utilize AC2000 VIPPS (Visual Imaging & Pass Production System), which allows users to design professional, quality ID passes which can include text, logos, graphics, photos, barcodes and signatures. The hospital can easily personalize ID badges to suit their security requirements, enabling them to produce both permanent and temporary ID badges for medical staff, students, contractors and other people who require access to the building.

The Hospital is also using AC2000 AED (Alarm Event Display). AC2000 AED provides a dynamic and real-time graphical view of all alarms and events that occur on the AC2000 system. AC2000 AED allows the hospital to easily view the status of their entire AC2000 system. Therefore if a door is forced at an access point, such as a ward entrance or pharmacy, an alarm will trigger on the AC200 AED, allowing hospital security to respond quickly.

Power over Ethernet
As a new building with an Ethernet infrastructure the hospital was also able to utilize CEM's Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology. This means that only one Ethernet cable is required at the door, ensuring simplified installation and time savings; a welcomed benefit in such a huge project.

“The technological capabilities of CEM's unique Power over Ethernet (PoE) solution along with AC2000 met the needs of the Hospital's multifaceted Access Control demands and also provided Boston Networks with the integration capabilities essential to deliver a robust and future proof IP security solution, within program and budget”, continued Paul Goodbrand, Director of Intelligent Buildings, Boston Networks . “By having complete control of the installation and working closely with CEM, Boston Networks will ensure that we meet and exceed the project milestones, installation and commissioning dates.”

The CEM AC2000 system acts as the central security management system, supporting high levels of integration and providing on central command and control interface for video, fire, intrusion and much more.

At the new South Glasgow Hospitals, AC2000 provides a highly flexible and integrated security solution by linking to both the Pelco Endura CCTV and Honeywell Galaxy Intruder Detection systems.

The AC2000 video interface for Pelco Endura provides the ability to associate access control alarms with Pelco Endura digital video clips. The system allows the Hospital to fully integrate the power of a Pelco Endura video system with the central AC2000 Alarm Event Display (AED) application. AED enables all alarms, events and associated camera footage to be displayed centrally on the AC2000 system.

The AC2000 Galaxy Dimension interface enables zones from intruder panels to be placed as icons on the AC2000 AED. This provides, on a single screen, a graphical representation of the physical layout of intruder sensors and allows for central alarm monitoring of both access control and intruder alarms.

CEM Hardware
The South Glasgow Hospitals have selected CEM EtherProx readers to secure the site. EtherProx is the industry's smallest Ethernet card reader with integrated keypad, LCD display and internal database giving off-line validation and intelligent decision-making at the point of entry, even when host communications are not available. EtherProx readers can display hospital cardholders with immediate text descriptions on the swipe of their card i.e. a hospital porter trying to access the hospital pharmacy may get the message - Access Denied and a red LED will flash indicating access has not be granted.

Grundig's versatile EX-SDI hybrid DVR works with EX-SDI, HD-SDI, 960H and 760H camera technologies

Grundig's versatile EX-SDI hybrid DVR works with EX-SDI, HD-SDI, 960H and 760H camera technologies

Editor / Provider: Grundig Security | Updated: 5/25/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Grundig has launched its new 16 channel EX-SDI (Extended Serial Digital Interface) hybrid DVR, the GRX-K4416A. The DVR records EX-SDI on all channels, but has the flexibility to record HD-SDI, 960H analogue and 760H analogue video streams simultaneously. CCTV systems using the DVR can include a combination of all coaxial-based video technologies, so existing and previously installed cameras can be re-used. The DVR will automatically configure each channel to suit individual camera video stream technologies.

EX-SDI technology, like HD-SDI, enables the transmission of HD digital video, in real time, over coaxial cable. Whereas HD-SDI has a 100m transmission limitation using RG59 coaxial cable, EX-SDI will transmit 330m.

This extends to 670m if the higher quality RG11 cable is used. Image quality is better than IP in live and similar to that of IP record mode. The DVR uses the simple, point-to-point installation method of analogue.

The new Grundig DVR provides comprehensive functionality for CCTV applications of all sizes and complexities. Its can be controlled using Grundig Control Center software, allowing cost-effective, EX-SDI, HD-SDI or analogue camera systems.

Grundig's Control Center software allows remote access to the DVRs for set up and configuration. It uses an Internet Explorer web browser for live viewing, playback, search, backup and remote configuration. Grundig's GD Viewer app also allows convenient viewing by iPhone or Android smartphones.

EX-SDI enables installers to offer customers a cost-effective, digital upgrade to analogue systems, saving money by re-using the same coaxial cable infrastructure.

FLIR presents affordable TCX Security Camera

FLIR presents affordable TCX Security Camera

Editor / Provider: FLIR | Updated: 5/22/2015 | Article type: Security 50

FLIR Systems will presents its new TCX Thermal Mini Bullet camera at this year's IFSEC exhibition in London. The FLIR TCX security camera combines 24/7 high-contrast thermal video and high-performance built-in video motion detection with a level of affordability that the industry has never seen. FLIR TCX is powered by the company's revolutionary Lepton camera core.

New TCX Thermal Mini Bullet
FLIR TCX outperforms visible-light security cameras by providing the advantage of seeing clearly in complete darkness without any illumination, in bright sunlight, through smoke, dust or even light fog – enhancing accuracy and dramatically reducing false alarms. Flexible for integration in any environment, indoors and out – even in temperatures as cold as -40°C – FLIR TCX is ideal for ensuring safety of public buildings, industrial facilities, large and small businesses, or residential areas. Featuring both intrusion detection and accurate video alarm verification in one device, FLIR TCX supports lighting control, people counting, retail traffic flow, and queue management, and enables a whole range of other applications including:
* Intrusion/presence detection: vehicles, people, animals
* Video alarm verification
* Night vision – 24/7 CCTV
* Residential security
* Short-range perimeter security
* Safety and fire assessment

“Whether you're a small business looking for intrusion detection and video alarm verification, a retail company looking for a solution to monitor customer traffic flow, or a small business trying to prevent break-ins, the TCX Mini Bullet is an extremely accurate solution,” said John Distelzweig, Vice President and General Manager of FLIR Security. “As a leader in thermal security, FLIR is advancing the technology in such a way that makes thermal cameras accessible for anyone.”

Full line of security products
At IFSEC 2015, FLIR will also present a number of innovations, which the company has recently added to its full line of security cameras, recorders, and software. One of these innovations is the FLIR FX, a compact, versatile Wi-Fi-enabled HD camera that integrates unique cloud-based analytics and flexible application-specific mounts. FLIR FX optional accessory mounts facilitate use in an array of applications including in-home monitoring, outdoor security, sports activity and vehicle dash-camera recording. Users can stream live video to a smartphone or tablet, record video to a Micro-SD card, review events that are recorded utilizing motion detection algorithms, communicate with two-way audio, and quickly review hours of video with FLIR's Cloud-based RapidRecap™ capability.

Defining a well-integrated access control management system

Defining a well-integrated access control management system

Editor / Provider: William Pao, a&s International | Updated: 5/21/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

A major trend in access control is its migration to IP. In fact, IP-based access control is now seen in most new buildings and projects around the world. According to IHS, IP-based access control accounted for nearly 60 percent of the market in 2014 due to a ramp-up of new constructions, in the process contributing to a 7.6 percent growth of the industry. As for this year, IHS's initial estimates put growth at 8.8 percent. In terms of regions, growth in North America may drop a bit, while APAC and Latin America are expected to pick up steam, according to a previous interview with Tyco Security Products.

Central to IP-based access control is the access control management system, which, when integrated with other subsystems, can do much more than merely granting or denying access to users as they walk to a building.

What Defines Well-Integrated
So what makes an access control management system well-integrated? There are several criteria, for example the types of subsystems that can be integrated, the ability to have them interoperate smoothly, and the flexibility the system provides when it comes to supporting the types of hardware and credential. Finally, open standards are key to ensure interoperability, future scalability, and cost reduction.

Systems that Can Be Integrated
One factor to determine whether an access control management system is well-integrated is its ability to integrate with different types of subsystems. “There are several subsystems that can be integrated into the access control management software, which goes beyond granting or denying access to users. Elevator, parking, meal vending, CCTV, and student ID cards are all examples of the subsystems that can be integrated,” said Tom Su, Sales Manager at Hundure Technology.

Besides the aforementioned, today's access control management systems can also integrate with HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) as well as telecommunications systems to save energy and provide more convenience for users.

“If the CEO presents his credential to the outside of the building, they will understand what areas of the building that CEO will get through to get to his office. There is no need to illuminate the entire building,” said Brad Aikin, Business Leader of Electronic Locks at Allegion. “The same thing extends over to telecommunications. When someone comes in, the system will transfer their out-of-office e-mail to in-office. It can not only adjust their e-mail status but also switch the forwarding to their desktop versus their mobile phone.”


Smooth Interoperability

A well-integrated access control management system can also allow the different subsystems to operate seamlessly at the same time, even to the point where “the customer cannot distinguish
the boundary between the systems,”
- said Daniel McVeagh, Senior PM at Gallagher.

“The best integrations which achieve this tend to exhibit the following traits: a comprehensive set of application programming interfaces (APIs), good integration documentation that allows the integrator to achieve a seamless and bug-free integration, a comprehensive testing process ensuring bugs and weaknesses in the integration are found before they reach the customer, and a track record of successful previous integrations.”


Compatibility With Different Hardware
A good access control management system should also be able to support different types of hardware and credentials.

“I think it is important for integrative systems that they can handle and integrate different types of hardware within the same system to be called well-integrated. For example, it should be able to handle different types of door controllers, as well as different readers and credential technologies to be truly integrative and offer the benefits of such an open system to the end-user/system owner,” said Ola Jönsson, Business Development Manager at Axis Communications.

“Depending on what region of the world or what vertical market, there are certain credentials that are prominent,” said Aikin. “I think it's very critical that the access control system be flexible to accommodate the credentials that the user has today, and also flexible enough to provide a migration path to what credentials will be in the future, whether that is near-field communication, or Bluetooth low energy.”

Mobile authentication by way of NFC or Bluetooth low energy can be supported by today's access control management systems as well. “The most basic approach is to replicate existing card-based access control principles: the phone communicates identity information to a reader, which passes it to the existing access control system,” said Eric Chiu, Segment Director of Physical Access for APAC at HID Global.


Openness Is Key
To enable this kind of integration, open standards are critical, ensuring that interoperability between disparate systems is achievable.

“Open protocols and agreed standards such as ONVIF have made it possible to integrate previously disparate systems and open up the possibilities of what a truly integrated security system can offer,” said Sarah Phillips, Product and Marketing Manager at TDSi. “Modern integrated access control systems offer a broad ability to work directly with other buildings control systems on this level rather than purely via hardware panels. For example the integration of intruder and fire detection systems directly into a centralized software platform gives greater situational control and automated responses to any issues.”

Openness, meanwhile, also ensures scalability, allowing users to add or integrate more systems into the access control management software, regardless of the brand. “Users also can simplify future infrastructure enhancements and modifications since they can invest in hardware platforms that are not tied to proprietary protocols and software,” said Chiu. “Basing solutions on an open architecture with standards-based APIs will enable customers to meet evolving requirements and future expansion needs while protecting the value of their overall investments.”


Access Control and Video Integration
Access control management systems integrated with videos is perhaps the most popular integration among users. Due to the increased situational awareness that they provide, such integrated solutions are seeing rising demands and applications, especially in areas that are more critical and sensitive in nature.

Rising Demand
Integration between access control and video is set to see rising demands. “I do think where there is video today, there is a desire to integrate it more closely with access,” said Aikin. “Today from what we have found, globally, the typical number of access points in a commercial building that have video and access management is 10 percent of less. With the devices becoming easier to deploy and lower in cost to acquire and manage, the market is able to deploy a credential reader or access control mechanism to the other 90 percent of openings.”

When access control and videos are integrated, no matter which one serves as the anchor platform, the two complement and add intelligence to each other. “When video is used as part of an integrated security management platform, it enriches the information provided by access control and intrusion detection, and vice versa,” said Arjan Bouter, Head of Sales at Nedap Security Management. “You get maximum control and protection of your premises and benefit from the unlimited scalability and extreme controllability.”

“While video management and access control have been integrated for some time, access control is now able to be deployed to more access points in the building, allowing a richer set of data to be used in video management,” said Aikin. “If you have access control tied to video, you are able to see what credential was utilized at what time of day and at what location, and that adds a lot of value in your video management. In the past, you were able to put an IP camera or Wi-Fi camera in, but you weren't able to afford to put a reader or access control device at that opening, so you had to scroll through footage and try to distinguish what was occurring simply based on the visual video. Now, because you are able to deploy access control at that portal as well, you're able to really connect it and sort it based on an audited event in a credential.”

Due to the increased situational awareness such integration brings, it is commonly used in higher security applications. “These include parts of a healthcare environment like pharmaceuticals or the maternity wards, where they are worried about infant abduction, and areas where there are sensitive assets or sensitive chemicals,” Aikin said.


Single User Interface
When videos and access control are integrated, they should be integrated on one single user interface to allow easy monitoring and control by the administrator.

“It is pointless to integrate video and access control if they need to be treated separately by the user,” said David Weinbach, PM at AMAG Technology. “While it may be logical to try to source all components from one supplier, that limits choice and may not allow an optimal solution. A better solution is one that allows different brands and multiple systems to be integrated in a way that makes the details of each transparent, and provides a consistent, common interface.”

Mobile Applications
Increasingly, video-access control integration will move towards mobile applications. “Mobile applications will become more widespread. That's the trend of the future,” said Su. “With video surveillance, monitoring of doors through one's mobile phone is now very common. If you integrate access control into it, you can control access from your mobile phone as well.”

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