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Unilever upgrades physical access at 800 sites worldwide

Unilever upgrades physical access at 800 sites worldwide

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 1/21/2013 | Article type: Commercial Markets

After a competitive selection process Unilever has chosen Nedap to deliver their global physical access solution. Nedap's security solution AEOS is able to meet Unilever's requirements in terms of flexibility, scalability and usability. AEOS is envisaged to secure over 20.000 doors in more than 800 Unilever sites around the world, including video surveillance. Nedap offers a global support model for implementation and maintenance of AEOS through its worldwide network of business partners.

"Unilever are a strategic client and this demonstrates the partnership we can build to deliver a global solution." says Jeroen Gieling, Manager Global Accounts at Nedap. "Our implementation delivery model, where we leverage our global spanning network of system integrators for implementations at site level, and our technology, which sits very naturally in the forward thinking information technology concept of Unilever, have proven to be the match that Unilever looked for." Ian Dunning, Global Facilities Director at Unilever adds: "The partnership between Unilever and Nedap forms a key part of our global programme for harmonization of key tools and processes – to achieve agility and scale, and to improve the experience of the users of our facilities, is core to Unilever. It is also an essential element of our overall Workplace transformation, as we continue to focus on delivering service excellence at the lowest possible cost. The AEOS system enables greater flexibility in how we operate our security solution to drive future innovation."

AEOS is a standardized solution for all Unilever sites. This standardization results in several global advantages, including cost savings, global reporting capability and enhanced user experience. One of the automated and centrally managed processes allows Unilever to easily make management reports for all Unilever locations from one single database, giving valuable business information. The implementation of self service capability of employees for access requests and badge activation greatly enhances user experience. The use of a single access badge for all locations the employees visit increases mobility and harmonizes all Unilever locations as one company, fully aligned to Unilever's agile working agenda.

Security giants preview 2013 (Part 2)

Security giants preview 2013 (Part 2)

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 12/30/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Everything about 2013 seems uncertain. a&s asks how industry heavyweights see the year will unfold.






More Practical Buyers
Carmen Lahr, Communications Director for Geutebruck

I think solution providers and end users are getting more realistic. Less attention is paid to marketing hype in megapixels and video analytics. The focus is more on solving problems with affordable solutions. As the market becomes more mature, buyers learn know how to evaluate products from a more realistic and more technical point of view.

At Geutebruck, we see a big trend toward user friendliness and simplicity of operation. This has been a significant part of our ongoing effort. Additionally, mobile devices are increasingly used, bringing new requirements and opportunities for manufacturers; we will include appropriate features for specific solutions when required.

IT Managers Become Decision Makers
Erica Meijer, Marketing Department, Nedap Security Management

We have observed the trend that many companies with IT and security systems are starting to integrate physical security into their IT systems. Now, not only security officers stay in charge of the security systems, but the IT managers are also very important decision makers.


Practical and Affordable Solutions
Gary Rowden, Sales and Marketing Director for Europe, Samsung Techwin

During 2010 and 2011, Samsung Techwin introduced approximately 200 new products. Many of the products introduced were part of our network range. There will, however, be a lower number of new products launched over the coming months. Having said that, we will not hesitate to introduce updated products as and when new technology becomes available or when we identify a gap in the market. A good example of this is the recent introduction of the seven new models in our “affordable” HD network camera series. Until now, the relatively high price of HD cameras has prohibited their use for the vast majority of projects, and feedback from the marketplace told us that customers were reluctant to pay for features that they may never need. We have, therefore, produced some cost-effective cameras and domes specifically to overcome this issue in that they incorporate most of the important features associated with HD technology, but at an affordable price level.

Holistic Security Intelligence
Debjit Das, VP of Global Marketing for Video Intelligence Solutions, Verint Systems

This industry trend continues and is getting stronger because large organizations are increasingly looking for solutions that can provide them holistic security intelligence leveraging the “big data” captured across all their systems — security and nonsecurity. Customers expect next-generation video and situational intelligence solutions to fulfill their needs — one that provides them with the actionable intelligence they need to identify, respond and manage incidents faster and more efficiently by leveraging information across all their systems, not just video. Moreover, customers are looking to harness the visual data captured by their video solutions to provide them the untapped business intelligence that has so far been either unavailable or was very resource-intensive to obtain.

Dubai landmark building manages vehicular access with simultaneous ALPR and RFID tags

Dubai landmark building manages vehicular access with simultaneous ALPR and RFID tags

Editor / Provider: Nedap AVI | Updated: 12/21/2012 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

At 829 meters, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, is currently the tallest man-made structure in the world. With more than 5,000 people moving in and out of this landmark building every day, fast and efficient traffic flow is vital to its day-to-day security management.

The client requested a car identification system capable of simultaneously identifying vehicles through the use of number plate recognition and RFID tags. This would allow security staff to quickly identify incoming cars, which would in turn reduce the wait time to enter the parking structure and thus increase the overall comfort experience for the residents of and visitors to the 900 apartments within the Burj Khalifa.

Nedap's TRANSIT readers offered the client reliable and robust solutions. Not only can they withstand the tower's harsh climate, TRANSIT readers fill all of the client's needs and require practically no maintenance. The client is particularly pleased that despite multiple lanes at each entrance to the underground parking area, the TRANSIT readers are capable of precisely tailoring the read range and read area, all while operating on multiple frequencies (to prevent interference and cross readings).

By relying on Nedap's Long Range solutions, the Burj Khalifa has yet another characteristic that reflects the strong and innovative image of this world-renowned building.

Looking beyond the 2012 ranks

Looking beyond the 2012 ranks

Editor / Provider: By Tevin Wang and Judy Wang, a&s International | Updated: 12/6/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Consensus among the physical, electronic security industry is that the marketplace out there is highly fragmented and support-intensive. Cream of the crop, by unbiased financial performance, is not easy to muster, let alone gathering a representative 50. In this feature, a&s looks into the 2012 Security 50 who survived and/or thrived, to highlight changes, trends and directions for the near future.

The 2012 Security 50 ranking was based on 2011 financial results. 2011 was supposed to be a “rebound” year, and yet not everyone passed with flying colors. Some gained momentum, sales and market share, while others continued their struggle to find the best approach to defying declining revenues.

Video surveillance, compared to other product groups, had fairly strong revenue growth with an average of 19.5 percent. Avigilon saw its revenue grow to US$59.1 million, up 86 percent from 2010; its gross profit also grew a whopping 89.7 percent. Asian manufacturers Hdpro and Vivotek have also scaled the ranking ladder. As a matter of fact, nine of the top 10 companies for revenue growth are dedicated providers of video surveillance solutions. Chinese manufacturer Tiandy Digital Technology made its debut in this year's ranking; this company is coming on strong with 50.1-percent and 60.6-percent growth in revenue and profit, respectively.

The average revenue growth for the access control manufacturers on the Security 50 ranking was a mere 0.5 percent. Access control giant Assa Abloy (Global Technologies division) clinches the spot as top player again with $826 million in revenue, up 14.8 percent from 2010. According to its financial report, demand for RFID devices rose sharply in 2011, as it upgraded its numerous customers' previously installed locks, which used a magnetic stripe card locking system, to more secure, flexible and user-friendly locks that employ RFID. SimonsVoss Technologies also performed well, growing 18.4 percent in 2011. Korean manufacturer Suprema posted considerable revenue growth, up 21.9 percent from 2010 to $36.4 million in 2011, while another Asian vendor RCG restructured and suffered.

In profit growth, the top 10 include IP video solutions providers Avigilon, Mobotix and Synectics, security and safety systems provider Napco Security Technologies, and Asian elite Hdpro, Tiandy, Hikvision Digital Technology, Dahua Technology, Kocom and Win4Net.

Fast Growing Companies
Last year was quite significant for Avigilon, Mobotix and Arecont Vision. Avigilon achieved 86-percent growth, the highest among the 2012 ranking. Mobotix grew 35.9 percent, and Arecont Vision rose 25 percent. All three are pioneers in multimegapixel cameras and are enjoying the growth phase of the network camera product life cycle.

“In November, we went public on the Toronto Stock Exchange,” said Keith Marett, VP of Marketing and Communications. “In less than a year, we doubled our ITO price. In this day and age, that's a significant achievement to be able to deliver those kinds of results to shareholders. In 2011, Avigilon was named the fastest growing software company in North America by Deloitte's Fast 500 ranking.”

“Mobotix is like Apple,” said Magnus Ekerot, CEO of Mobotix. “We have full control of what we want to be. Putting standards aside, we should think about end users; they should have the freedom with installations and no extra fees for buying management software. Why we do something different is for the sake of end users. We also think about how we can help systems integrators and distributors make money and keep the margin they should have.”

Arecont Vision
“When it comes to surveillance, pixels (resolution) are all that matters,” said Becky Zhou, VP of Sales for APAC. ”Think about how much area can be covered by a camera. For a VGA resolution camera, you get about 1,500 pixels per dollar. For a 10-megapixel camera, it is about 1,800 pixels per dollar. This is more cost-effective, and the ROI is better. The megapixel camera is right in the initial, high-growth phase of its product life cycle. We are expecting more growth in the near future.”







EU Results, Surprisingly Good
For European companies, the average revenue growth was 17.4 percent, which is roughly 6 percentage points higher than the year before. Despite the financial struggles in southern Europe, double-digit revenue growth was posted by Assa Abloy, Axis Communications, Geutebruck, Mobotix, Milestone Systems, Nedap, Safran Group, SimonsVoss, Synectics and TKH Group, averaging at 22.3 percent.

It is worth noting that the three German companies that made the 2012 ranking — SimonsVoss, Mobotix and Geutebruck — all enjoyed consistent, uninterrupted growth, thanks to their strong domestic market and high market presence, averaging an uptick of 23.7 percent.

Minor Bumps in APAC
The average revenue growth from APAC companies, on the other hand, had somewhat lost momentum. Over the past three years, Korean and Taiwanese companies, which used to be the security world's go-to-factories, have been facing stiff challenges brought on by global financial and economic crises and the rise of Chinese manufacturers. Hikvision and Dahua, apparent locomotives of Chinese security manufacturing, have intensified the price competition for their geographically adjacent opponents. Over the past three years, the 10 Korean companies have been able to hold on to and remain in the Security 50 ranking, while two of the nine Taiwanese companies dropped out of the ranking this year.

Interestingly, with an average 17.5-percent revenue increase, the ranking's Korean manufacturers outperformed the overall average growth of 14 percent. While Hdpro's exceptional 83.7 percent lifted the bloc's average, ITX Security's 11.7-percent dip was a clear indication that the days of siloed analog devices are numbered.

Taiwanese players, in contrast, did not enjoy a fruitful 2011, the average revenue growth was a mere 8.8 percent, and three out of the seven Taiwanese companies suffered revenue losses. Dynacolor, Yoko Technology and Everfocus Electronics reported 16.4 percent, 16 percent and 12.3 percent revenue losses, respectively. Vivotek and Geovision, on the contrary, represented a small number of Taiwanese companies who did well in 2011 and invested in IP-based and vertical-specific solutions, with revenue increases of 62.1 percent and 27 percent, respectively.

Despite the successes of Hikvision and Dahua, another prominent Chinese (Hong Kong) company, RCG, encountered a severe organizational and financial struggle, with a revenue decline of 54.2 percent. Average growth for Chinese companies also turned lukewarm in 2011, which might be an implication that the domestic market has slowed, and those looking to grow will need to figure out how to make their mark in the international market.

Warning Sign
The average gross profit margin from 2012 Security 50 was a humble 12.6 percent, a clear warning sign that the security industry is following in the footsteps of the IT industry in terms of ever-decreasing profits.

To stay profitable means to differentiate and stay unique. Mobotix enjoyed a 76.8-percent gross profit margin to lead the top 50, followed by Milestone Systems' 75.8 percent — these were just two stellar examples from many in terms of system architecture and channel distribution.

Nedap releases invisible retail anti-theft tags

Nedap releases invisible retail anti-theft tags

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 11/15/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Nedap Retail, a developer and supplier of innovative solutions for the retail market, in partnership with Kovi, a worldwide printed silicon electronics technology, unveiled a new category of Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) tags for the retail and fashion industry that can be invisibly embedded into clothing, shoes and other products, and can be deactivated permanently at point of sale.

!FaST, an "invisible" EAS solution, secures products, such as clothing and shoes, with anti-theft tags that are completely invisible and undetected by consumers, redefining the consumer experience and overall brand interaction within the retail industry. Unlike traditional EAS labels, after having been deactivated, !FaST will not reactivate due to the wearing or cleaning of garments or wearing of shoes. As a result, consumers will no longer face the embarrassment of triggering the anti-theft alarm systems of retail stores long after a product has been purchased. In addition, because !FaST is embedded into the lining of the clothing or the shoe upon manufacturing, it eliminates the need for bulky plastic "hard tags" that limit a consumer's ability to properly try on clothing or shoes, and that often damage the product when it is removed from the retail item. !FaST preserves the aesthetic visual impression of branded products that traditional hard tags impact negatively.

"!FaST is a technological breakthrough in the retail industry that allows for the true integration of EAS with the garment or shoe without the risk of consumer manipulation, while still having the benefits of applying it at the manufacturing level," said Rob Schuurman, Director and GM at Nedap Retail. "With !FaST, consumers do not notice products that are secured, thus leading to a better overall shopping experience, and at the same time lowering shrinkage. This exciting integration gives retailers access to a powerful solution that will increase customer satisfaction, brand loyalty, and buyer confidence."

Due to the risk of reactivation of integrated labels during consumer use, many shoe retailers have typically chosen not to deploy integrated EAS source tagging. In addition, to avoid theft, many retailers only display one shoe on the sales floor, requiring staff to leave the store floor to retrieve the second shoe in the backroom, while customers wait. As an alternative, retailers have punched hard tags through the leather of the shoe, restricting the ability of the consumer to assess the fit of the shoe, and causing permanent damage to the item. !FaST is the first solution that truly allows shoe retailers to embed fail-safe EAS technology into the sole of the shoe, allowing them to place both shoes safely on the showroom floor and providing consumers with a more comfortable shopping experience.

"We are proud that Kovio's unique printed silicon electronics technology is enabling Nedap Retail to create an entirely new class of EAS tags for applications in shoes and apparel," said Amir Mashkoori, CEO of Kovio. "The launch of this breakthrough EAS product demonstrates the significant potential for Kovio's printed silicon electronics platform technology in the retail industry."

EAS source tagging in the fashion and retail sectors offers many operational and cost advantages. By moving EAS tagging back into the supply chain, to the garment or shoe manufacturer level, retailers are able to eliminate the labor intensive application of hard tags in-store. In addition, iFaST technology is compatible with existing legacy 8.2MHz EAS detection and deactivation systems, which are used worldwide by a majority of retailers. This precludes the need for many retailers to change EAS technology, thereby substantially improving the ROI for retailers and brands.

Several world-class retailers have already decided to trial the !FaST technology throughout their store locations.

Nedap Expands Retail Partner Network in Poland

Nedap Expands Retail Partner Network in Poland

Editor / Provider: Submitted by Nedap | Updated: 7/20/2012 | Article type: Hot Topics

Nedap Retail recently expanded their partner network with a new and strong Polish partner, SSI S.A. With this new partner Nedap is able to deliver nationwide service of Electronic Article Surveillance products and the RFID based Store-!D products in Poland.

SSI is one of Poland's largest and most professional supplier of security and low voltage solutions in retail. Nedap Retail contracted SSI S.A. because of their wide network in Poland and their excellent technical skills and reputation.

Employees of SSI S.A. are already involved in Nedap's online- and on-site training- and certification programs to meet the high quality standards of our technology solutions. SSI S.A. has about 130 employees and is specialized in low and middle voltage installations.

Introduction of Cube in Poland
SSI will also introduce Nedap Cube to the Polish market. Cube is an integrated security and operations platform that helps the retailer to improve the security of their store, lower the operational cost and optimizes profit. With this new strong partner Nedap is able to sell, install and service Cube for local, national and global clients in Poland.

Nedap Scores at EURO 2012 Stadium in Ukraine

Nedap Scores at EURO 2012 Stadium in Ukraine

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 7/11/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Spain saved their best until last at UEFA EURO 2012, a final-record 4-0 victory in Kyiv completing an unprecedented hat-trick of major tournament wins. This record is set in the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, where almost 70,000 visitors followed the match. They could watch the match in a great and safe atmosphere, also thanks to the contribution of Nedap Security Management. Nedap Security Management contributed to this smooth and safe European Championship edition with AEOS security management system for access control and intrusion. In Kiev's Olympic Stadium, Nedap's business partner ISK Transexpo installed CONVEXS M80FC readers at the 480 access points. The venue also deploy AEOS's unique ‘security levels' functionality, enabling security managers to respond swiftly to any calamity that might occur at a major event like EURO 2012. In case of emergency, the system switches to a predefined emergency scenario with alternative access authorizations. This takes just seconds.

Like all other modern stadiums, Kiev is equipped, inside and out, with a permanent closed-circuit television system that can take still shots, and with colour monitors in a control room. AEOS is integrated with the CCTV and burglar alarm systems. Security management at the stadiums can monitor and handle alarms using the AEOS Graphical Alarm Handler; giving the operators clear work instructions. Combined with a graphical representation of buildings, the stadium layouts and alarms, the Graphical Alarm Handler shows the actual status of the alarms and who is handling them. Another very helpful tool used in both stadiums is the fully integrated “Guard Tour” that enables the extensive monitoring and audit trail of security guards. With the Guard Tour it is possible to define a sequence of card readers or alarm inputs that have to be checked within a pre-defined time span during routine tour. With the AEOS Guard Tour option, guards can be sent on their rounds of the premises while their progress is monitored from the control room.

Nedap Expects 19% Revenue Growth for First Half of 2012

Nedap Expects 19% Revenue Growth for First Half of 2012

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 7/5/2012 | Article type: Security 50

The executive board of N.V. Nederlandsche Apparatenfabriek “Nedap” expects for the 1st half-year 2012 to achieve higher growth in revenue and profit than was forecast in the interim report of 10 April 2012.

In April, a marked* rise in revenue growth was expected compared to the 1st half-year 2011 (revenues € 69.6 million). The executive board now expects revenue to reach around € 83 million. This is equivalent to growth of about 19%. Corrected for the discontinued supplier activities, the growth in revenue is almost 30%. Especially the market groups Agri and Power Supplies contributed to this higher revenue forecast. The costs for market and product development also remained at a relatively high level in the 1st half-year 2012. Nonetheless, because of the expected growth in revenue, the profit will show a sharp increase compared to the 1st half-year 2011. The financial half-yearly report for 2012 will be published on 7 August 2012 after trading hours.

For 2012 as a whole, the executive board expects - notwithstanding unforeseen circumstances - a further growth of the total revenue. The total revenue for 2011 was € 152.3 million. Excluding the discontinued supplier activities, the turnover for 2011 was € 142.7 million. The predictability of revenue and profit in the short to middle term is not helped, however, by the uncertain and volatile economic conditions in a number of regions and sectors relevant for Nedap. By continuing to invest in a broad product portfolio and worldwide marketing, Nedap is trying to reduce its susceptibility to such external influences.

*Nedap applies the ‘Scale of Mock' in its financial press releases. On this scale, the term ‘marked' is equivalent to 7%-12%.

Nedap Announces Integration With Pelco IP Video Management System

Nedap Announces Integration With Pelco IP Video Management System

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 6/19/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Nedap announces that Pelco Endura IP Video Management System is integrated with the NEDAP AEOS Security Management System. With this integration, the users of Pelco Endura systems will be presented a solution that has one single, web based, easy to use front-end interface.

From now on Pelco Endura customers will no longer need to open multiple applications to track alarms and video in system-specific monitors. All Pelco Video cameras are accessible for viewing from the web based AEOS user interface. Unique is that AEOS is not only linked to Endura cameras, but also to the Endura Storage Server. With the AEOS feature “responses to events” it is possible to react on a certain event, by jumping to the particular timestamp of that event and get the associated video from the Endura Storage Server. These recorded video streams are accessible in the web based AEOS live event monitor or eventlog.

This integrated system supports the following features:
● View live and playback video
● Video stream directly linked to events and alarms
● Play back from specified time
● Take a video snapshot
● Toggle between live and playback modes for selected cameras

Nedap Achieves Growth in Revenue of 14 Percent and Profit of 25 Percent in 2011

Nedap Achieves Growth in Revenue of 14 Percent and Profit of 25 Percent in 2011

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 4/5/2012 | Article type: Security 50

The revenue of the N.V. Nederlandsche Apparatenfabriek “Nedap” for the year 2011, at $ 243 million, were 14 percent up on 2010 ($213million). Revenue from in-house brand products grew by no less than 20 percent (2010: 17 percent). Nearly all market groups contributed to this organic growth. The profit after taxes was up by 25 percent from $ 14 in 2010 to $ 18 million in 2011. As a percentage, the profit amounted to 7.2 percent of revenue in 2011 (2010: 6.6 percent). The earnings per share finished at $2.61 compared to $ 2.07 in 2010. Of the profit, 75 percent will be distributed as dividends. The dividend per share will therefore be $ 1.96 (2010: $ 1.56).

The growth in revenue came from virtually all market groups, namely Agri, AVI, Healthcare, Power Supplies, Retail, and Security Management. As expected, only the revenue from the Library Solutions group remained flat. The growth in revenue is even more robust if the phasing out of the traditional supplier activities of the Specials market group, which was set in motion in 2009, is taken into account. A few years ago these supplier activities, amongst others to the telecom and automotive sectors, were still good for approximately 20 percent of the total revenue. During 2011, these activities had been reduced to less than 6 percent of revenue, and for 2012 this will go down to almost zero. The revenue from services (subscriptions and maintenance contracts) rose further in the year under review to $ 25 million (2010: $ 20 million). This was 10.1 percent of total revenue (2010: 9.6 percent).

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