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Bosch to demonstrate maximize connected security in Essen

Bosch to demonstrate maximize connected security in Essen

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 8/22/2014 | Article type: Security 50

In today's interconnected world, smart businesses find ways to in-crease the intelligence and interoperability of every facet of their infrastructure. Discover in hall 3/stand 409 how Bosch gives end users intelligence at every level of your infrastructure: in the device, through the data transmission and at the point of use. So the users can turn smart connections into faster reactions.

Now let's take a look at our new products and solutions, which we are happy to present to you at our stand.

Let's begin with our latest IP camera, the DINION IP ultra 8000 MP. With the launch of its DINION IP ultra 8000 MP camera featuring latest 4K ultra HD technology, Bosch is changing the game when it comes to wide-angle yet detailed surveillance. This new camera simultaneously supports a wide-angle overview and multiple focus points on a single screen to focus on details without losing the bigger picture. Its 12 megapixel or 4K ultra HD resolution allows any given subject to be viewed in hitherto unknown detail even when zoomed-in. As a result, the DINION IP ultra 8000 MP offers the decisive clarity needed for collecting security relevant evidence for highly detailed and effective retrospective analysis. Now it is easy to keep an eye on the crowd, for example in a football stadium, and providing enough detail to identify individual persons

We have developed the MIC IP 7000 HD-family for extreme applications. These PTZ cameras combine high-quality HD image capture with an IP68/NEMA 6P certified housing, thus ensuring reliable monitoring in demanding weather, installation, and lighting conditions. This means the MIC IP 7000 HD family is particularly suitable for outdoor use. It provides IP video images of the highest quality, and is used among other things to provide security for inner cities, high-ways, and critical infrastructures.

Moving on now to Bosch's intrusion technology:
We have been continuously developing our AMAX 2100 to 4000 intrusion control panels for small to medium-sized applications since their market launch in the last year. This means that you can now conveniently program various macro functions via the panel control center. For example, an individual arming configuration can be performed via a button. An integrated audio alarm is now also available. In the event of an intrusion, the owner or the monitoring center receives a voice message from the panel and can respond immediately.

The fire detectors in Bosch's new AVENAR 4000 series deliver information that, as well as reporting a hazard, can also give clear, simple details regarding disturbance variables caused by radio masts, for example. This can significantly reduce the expenditure for the installation or maintenance of a system.

We would also like to present our cost-effective solution for audio playback in public address and voice alarm systems: The Line Isolator System (LIS) speaker.

The easy-to-install system comes without the need for expensive E30 wiring and creates redundant speaker loops for public address and voice alarm systems. LIS is certified for use in Europe in accordance with EN 54-16 and is suitable for commercial use in buildings with lots of speakers – such as office buildings and hotels.

Of course, this was just a small selection of what we would be happy to present to you live at our stand.

Milestone amps up with new sales director and managers

Milestone amps up with new sales director and managers

Editor / Provider: Milestone | Updated: 8/22/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems aims to continue its position as the market leader for open platform IP video management software (VMS): the company has recently hired more strong players for managing sales in North America, Austria, Germany and Switzerland and the UK. A new Finance Manager has also come on board in the US and the fast-growing Bulgarian office has a new HR Manager. The Danish headquarters has hired a Product Manager and Marketing Manager, too.

Mike Taylor is now the Director of Sales, North America, for Milestone Systems. Since July, he has been responsible for driving new business, tasked with expanding the local, regional and national integrator base and building out the consulting and Architects & Engineers (A&E) Program. Mike Taylor has been in the security industry for over 18 years in key roles that include Brivo Systems Senior Director of Sales and AMAG Technology Vice President of Sales, having started his career with ADT Security Systems.

 

 

 

 Peter Grubauer is Milestone Country Manager DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) since May. He has extensive experience in selling and managing sales teams, from previous positions with Novell, Polycom, Tandberg, Cisco Systems, and Vidyo. He works with a motivational management style from a proven history of building, guiding and retaining high-performance teams to develop and implement strategies for accelerated growth.

 

 

 

 Ava Parissay joined Milestone Systems at the Danish headquarters in June as Senior Products Manager in the Professional Business Unit. With a B.A.Sc. Computer Engineering and M.B.A. from Simon Fraser University, she has worked more than ten years in the high-tech industry, most recently as Product Manager at Avigilon in Canada where she was responsible for the device portfolio and integration program. Prior to this, she was a Product Manager and Head of User Interface Design at Macdonald Dettwiler and Associates.

“Ava will support our team in a number of activities across R&D, Sales and Marketing. She will take ownership of the strategic three-year roadmap for the Professional Business Unit,” says Janne Jacobsen, VP Professional Products, Milestone Systems.

 

 

NUUO Mainconsole guards Costa Rican hydroelectricity plant

NUUO Mainconsole guards Costa Rican hydroelectricity plant

Editor / Provider: NUUO | Updated: 8/21/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

This project will not only help Costa Rica address its growing demand for electricity but also contribute to the country's goal of reducing its carbon emissions,' said Jean-Marc Aboussouan, who heads infrastructure financing for private sector projects at the IDB's Structured and Corporate Finance Department. “Moreover, the successful implementation of the environmental and social elements in this project will provide an important model for hydroelectric projects in Latin America.

Customer Profile
ICE stands for Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad. It is the Costa Rican government owned electricity and telecommunications services provider and generates annual revenues of around $1,844 million. One of their biggest projects in Central America is undoubtedly the Proyecto Hidroeléctrico Reventazón, or the Reventazón Hydroelectric Project. This project aims to construct a 305.5 MW hydropower plant in the Limon Province in Costa Rica, using waters from the Reventazón River to generate an average of 1,407 gigawatt-hour (GWh) of electricity per year. Once completed, the plant will represent approximately 10 percent of Costa Rica's total installed electricity generation capacity.

Solution
Approximately 3,000 workers work over a wide range of area involved in this project, and demand for security is huge in order to provide a safe and secure ground for workers and for management to monitor project progress. For unparalleled flexibility and NVR features, the system integrator chose NUUO Mainconsole solutions for this particular site. “NUUO products are very easy to install and we have great success with the solutions they offer from NUUO,” said Steve Herra Villalobos, coordinator of department of electronic security.

NUUO Mainconsole is among one of NUUO's best VMS solutions for enterprises. Stable, flexible, with easy integration options. NUUO Mainconsole is very easy to use and features special Tri-brid solution that incorporates both analog and digital camera inputs along with a capture card for maximum compatibility benefits.

Benefits
For a project as large as the hydroelectric project it is paramount to have local and remote viewing functions available along with efficient management of cameras spread through a large surrounding area. NUUO Mainconsole, outfitted with multi-stream capability that efficiently adjust streaming quality depending on viewing environments and connections speeds, can ensure the best viewing experience under any environment. Multi-stream means high resolution views can be streamed to the local viewing ports, and smaller, more efficient videos to the remote viewing app, saving precious bandwidth and ensure smooth video loading.

NUUO Mainconsole also provides additional features that were crucial for the project requirements. Individual recording channel data retention function allowed the project managers to keep video data for up to 45 days, and is available by individual channels, thus allowing considerable hard disk savings. NUUO Mainconsole also came with advanced video analytics with license plate recognition for additional security benefits.

Flexible, intelligent, powerful. These are the main benefits of NUUO Mainconsole. NUUO Mainconsole is the best choice when you have existing older analog systems but wants to upgrade to IP cams. It provides seamless integration between older and newer types of cameras. NUUO Mainconsole is also flexible. Choose from different combinations between software, capture card, and certified hybrid machines to ensure optimum performance. The configuration option is limitless.

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."

Reviews and rewards of 2014 GDSF China

Reviews and rewards of 2014 GDSF China

Editor / Provider: Erica Lin | Updated: 8/20/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

The 2014 a&s GDSF China has seen its last stop in Beijing on 19th August. The professional security event in China takes place in four cities from July to August starting from Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai, and last in Beijing. This annual events, gathering top security providers and professionals, have seen a total of 60 speeches, and demo shows brought by 15 global brands. The highlight issues this year include core techniques, vertical applications, and market trends. The GDSF China seminar agendas in the four cities are different respectively so as to fit the local market development and forecast further. Beside the three contest categories—HD IPC, Night Vision IPC, and NVR— featuring in each city, this show has also brought the idea of the latest and popular design trend in the market to global buyers.

Contest result and highlight of 2014 GDSF China

In Guangzhou, the three highlights focus on big data solutions of safe city, SVAC standards and up-to-date development, and intelligent analytics and application of video surveillance.

Contest winners in Guangzhou
In the voting contest , Dahua becomes the biggest winner of all categories.
- HD IPC: Dahua 2MP HD IP Camera(DH-IPC-HF8291E)
- Nigh vision IPC: Dahua (DH-IPC-HFW8291D)
- NVR: NVR (DH-NVR724DR-256)

In Chengdu, the two highlights are intelligent surveillance for new safe city, and the challenges of massive storage and integration of big data. The forum content features on new technologies of intelligent security surveillance, regarding storage, management, intelligent analytics of big data, and 4G applications.

Contest winners in Chengdu
-HD IPC: Blue Sky (BSR-IM2121-B0501)
-Nigh vision IPC: Hikvision (DS-2CD4026FWD )
-NVR: KEDACOM ( NVR2821H)

The Shanghai GDSF features financial and banking security as Shanghai is the international financial hub. The highlights focus on the new technical trends and applications of financial security.

Contest winners in Shanghai
-HD IPC: Panasonic (WV-SPN631H)
-Nigh vision IPC: Hikvision (DS-2CD4026FW)
-NVR: Blue Sky (BSR-NR8116H)

In GDSF Beijing, the building and upgrading of safe city is the focus of the seminars.

Contest winner in Beijing
-HD IPC: Samsung (SNB-7004P)
-Night vision IPC: Panasonic (WV-SPN631H)
-NVR: Uniview ( ISC6500 4U)

Samsung Techwin Beyond 1280H offers 1000TVL recording with analog systems

Samsung Techwin Beyond 1280H offers 1000TVL recording with analog systems

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

Samsung Techwin's new Beyond 1280H series of 1000 TV Lines analogue cameras are equipped as standard with a long list of innovative and technically advanced features which until now, users might have only expected to see built into IP network cameras.

To ensure that customers can gain maximum benefit from the outstanding quality images captured by the eight new analogue models, Samsung Techwin has also introduced new high performance 4, 8 and 16 channel Beyond DVRs which can simultaneously record the extremely high quality 1000 TV lines images in real time across all their channels.

“We have introduced the new Beyond 1280H series of analogue cameras and DVRs in support of those many thousands of CCTV users across Europe who want to cost effectively extend the life of their existing analogue systems,” said Tim Biddulph, Product Manager for the Security Solution division of Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd. “Whilst widespread adoption of video over IP is inevitable, there is nevertheless an almost countless number of existing analogue CCTV systems which are working satisfactorily. End-users may however now need identification grade images which their existing analogue cameras cannot deliver. The good news is that the Beyond series is fully interoperable with current, existing and legacy analogue systems.”

Many of the new highly competitively priced models feature enhanced Wide Dynamic Range which, with performance greater than 120dB, can accurately produce images in scenes that simultaneously contain very bright and very dark areas. They are also equipped with SSNR IV, Samsung Techwin's new generation of noise reduction technology, to deliver high resolution images in night time conditions without any smear or “ghosting”. Other key features include various forms of video analytics, and defog which can improve the clarity of images captured in poor weather conditions such as rain, smoke or fog.

Beyond DVRs
In addition to the Beyond 4 channel SRD-476D, 8 channel SRD-876D and 16 channel SRD-1676D, which can all record 1000 TV lines images in real time across all of their channels, Samsung Techwin has also introduced the 16 channel SRD-1656D, which has the ability to record in real time, CIF quality images captured by connected cameras. De-Interlace support on each channel ensures sharp, accurate display of still images.

All four new Beyond DVRs, which have a single channel audio output, offer the flexibility to separately configure each of their channels to make best use of the available storage capacity by enabling users to set the specific image quality/resolution required for each camera location. With the exception of the 4 channel SRD-476D which has a single internal HDD, the Beyond series of DVRS have four internal SATA HDDs and each provide the option for extra video storage via two external SATA ports.

The Beyond DVRs benefit from a new ultra user friendly GUI (Graphical User Interface) and offer authorised users the option to remotely view live or recorded video from a PC or any Android or IOS supported smartphone or tablet via Samsung Techwin's license-free SSM, SmartViewer or iPOLiS Mobile monitoring software. A built-in web viewer offers enhanced compatibility via Chrome, Explorer and Safari.

The new cameras and domes in the Beyond 1280H series are:
* SCB-5003 WDR 1280H bodied camera
* SCB-5000 1280H bodied camera
* SCD-5083 WDR 1280H Dome Camera
* SCD-5080 1280H Dome Camera
* SCV-5083 1280H WDR Vandal-Resistant Dome Camera
* SCV-5080 1280H Vandal-Resistant Dome Camera
* SCD-5083R 1280H WDR IR Dome Camera
* SCV-5083R Vandal-Resistant WDR IR Dome Camera

Collectively the first eight new models are designed to offer solutions for a wide range of applications and environments from offices, retail stores, schools and hospitals and warehouses, to more challenging environments such as airports, ports, transport facilities, car parks and town centres.

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.

Synectics' COEX camera stations awarded CSAus certification

Synectics' COEX camera stations awarded CSAus certification

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

Synectics' COEX C-range hazardous area camera stations have been awarded CSAus certification by the CSA Group.

Demonstrating that the range has been tested to U.S. standards for quality, safety and performance, the CSAus certification covers suitability for hazardous area use including locations where flammable gases, combustible dust or easily ignitable fibres and flyings are present.

The C-range camera stations are lightweight, corrosion resistant, and are operational in all light/visibility conditions and certified for temperatures ranging from -45°C to +60°C. Fully compatible with a variety of control systems and transmission methods - including IP and fibre optics - they are ideal for security and safety protection in hazardous classified locations in any environment.

The official CSAus hazardous area location categories achieved by the C-range are:
• Class I, Division 1, Groups A B C & D
• Class II, Division 1, Groups E F & G
• Class III, Temperature Code T5/T6

Steven J Williams, Manager – Business Development, the Americas, believes this is a significant development. He said: “Our COEX C-range of PTZ and fixed hazardous area camera stations have a strong international reputation, particularly within the oil and gas market where they protect some of the world's largest projects, both onshore and offshore. “Achieving CSAus certification demonstrates how well-deserved that reputation is, and gives our C-range the crucial ‘stamp of quality' that the Americas market requires.

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.

 

Burn baby burn: Southeast Asia's fire market fires up

Burn baby burn: Southeast Asia's fire market fires up

Editor / Provider: William Pao, a&s Asia | Updated: 8/15/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Southeast Asia's fire market is set for impressive growth, driven by various positive factors including the region's economic expansion and more stringent regulations, which have led to stronger demand. Meanwhile, end users are looking for better and more cutting-edge technology, which includes wireless and IP solutions.

The fire and safety market has never grown out of style as people attach significant importance to the protection of life and property. Recent estimates by Research and Markets estimate that the global fire safety market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.9 percent from 2013 to 2018, when the market size is expected to reach US$66.6 billion.

Among the places where growth in fire equipment and products are especially noticeable are Southeast Asia countries, including Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam. According to estimates by Frost & Sullivan, Southeast Asia's fire safety market will grow at a CAGR of 8.1 percent between now and 2017, reaching a size of $548.3 million by that year. “Yes, no doubt the Asian fire and safety market is set to grow successfully,” said Robin Chen, Marketing Manager of Lightak.

Economic Expansion
The upbeat sentiment certainly has to do with Southeast Asia's economy, which is on a roll. A recent survey from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development indicated that Southeast Asia economies will grow at a CAGR of 5.4 percent between now and 2018. Among them, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam will record high growth rates of 6 percent, 5.8 percent and 5.4 percent, respectively, over the next five years.

This expansion has led to a construction boom in the region and increased incomes for citizens, who now attach greater importance to fire safety. “There is definitely a stronger need for asset and life protection,” said Chen.

Regulations Trigger Demand
Tighter regulations on fire safety in Southeast Asia have also triggered demand for products. In Thailand, for example, fire alarm is law. Every building has to have fire alarm systems, according to Suwong Ratchawong, Fire Safety Technical Manager for Thailand at Siemens Ltd., Building Technologies Division.

Adds Warodom Sucharitakul, MD of Shinaracha Frotector, a Thailand-based fire protection consulting firm: “Fire safety systems are required in buildings higher than 23 meters or bigger than 10,000 square meters. There are also requirements that maintenance programs for fire safety systems be done in factories.”

Other Southeast Asian countries also have similar codes. In India, all buildings 15 meters in height or above must have a control room on the entrance floor of the building with communication systems to all floors. In Singapore, every floor of a building with height of 24 meters or above is required to have a water sprinkler system. These regulations create business opportunities for suppliers eyeing the Southeast Asia market.

Technological Trends
An increase in fire safety awareness in the region has led to growing interest in more sophisticated fire safety technology, for example addressable panels, wireless, and IP.

Addressable Panels
Addressable fire control panels hold several key advantages over conventional ones. In a conventional panel, which remains popular due to its lower cost, up to 80 loops can be included, with each loop connecting 20 to 30 devices such as detectors and call points. The drawback is that it can only identify the zone where is a fire may be taking place. An addressable fire control panel, on the other hand, can have hundreds of devices connected to a loop, each with its own unique address that enables the panel to recognize the exact location of the fire.

“There are more applications of addressable fire alarm systems from residential complexes to commercial projects, indicating increased demand and need for more precise detection,” said Henry Shaw, Overseas Manager at Horing Lih Industrial. According to the company, its addressable control panel can have a maximum of 32 loops, each able to connect with 250 addressable devices. That's a total of 8,000 addressable points.

Wireless
Besides the more mature fire safety solutions, Southeast Asian users are also exploring new technologies, for example wireless and IP. In the words of Lightak's Chen, there is definitely strong interest in these technologies, especially among those who can afford them. “In India, for instance, you've got lots of noblemen. These are the people who need protection the most,” he said.

Wireless fire products are those that require no wiring between devices and the panel. Examples include wireless alarms and detectors, which are becoming more prevalent in the market. “Wi-Fi is suitable for particular projects. For example, you have two or three buildings, and the distance between building and building may be 800 meters, making it quite difficult to lay cable or fiber optic,” Ratchawong said. “Also, for antique buildings, they cannot dig roads and put in fiber optic. That's when they can use Wi-Fi.”

IP
IP-based fire equipment is another phenomenon that has picked up steam in Southeast Asia. According to a recent report by IHS, a main reason for the technology's growing acceptance is its ability to connect with other devices in home automation systems. “Here, buildings are integrating fire equipment with building management, security, and lighting equipment to improve operational efficiencies and have fewer people reviewing and monitoring the information,” the report said.

Ratchawong corroborated IHS's observation. “Information technology like the Internet is already coming to Southeast Asia. Most of the owners and end users would like to incorporate fire alarm system into these technologies, like control panels communicating with each other through the Internet,” he said.

With new technologies emerging, it's important for suppliers to keep up with the changing market taste to ensure best business results. “Manufacturers always have to follow exactly what's needed by the customer,” said Lee Ran-huang, GM of Ching Gu Electronics. “You must also have a vision of what will be needed five to ten years later.”

Challenges
Price will continue to be a challenge for suppliers in the Southeast Asian market, where competition is fierce due mainly to cutthroat price war waged by Chinese manufacturers, who offer products at super low prices and in the process push out other players.

While smaller manufacturers find it hard to survive in this environment, larger companies respond by offering products with superior quality and functionality. Siemens, for example, has come up with products with intelligence in it. “Our detector has a microprocessor inside, with which it can make decisions on whether there is real fire, or it's just false alarm,” said Ratchawong.

Another challenge, in particular for smaller companies, is requirement that products be certified by international certification bodies like UL and FM. In large government or private projects, certified products must be used, and suppliers who can provide them have a better chance to win the contract. These suppliers tend to be larger companies who can afford the huge certification fees.

Rosy Prospects
Challenges aside, the Southeast Asia fire market is set for remarkable growth that can't be ignored. Regional economic expansion, the growing importance that people attach to safety, and the adoption of new fire technologies all contribute to rosy prospects for Southeast Asia's fire market down the road. The popular catchphrase “Burn, baby, burn” indeed encapsulates the sentiment that both manufacturers and users have for the market.

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