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2013 Security50 access control(2-2): Product trends from mechanical to electronic

2013 Security50 access control(2-2): Product trends from mechanical to electronic

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 11/26/2013 | Article type: Hot Topics

Product Trends
Industry experts feel that a number of technologies are maturing and will likely continue to grow incrementally in market share. These include, in addition to the shift from mechanical to electronic locks that has been in progress over the past decade, NFC, biometrics, and PoE and wireless systems. Furthermore, the development of open standards will surely have an impact on the access control landscape. Standardization is definitely in the books, with both ONVIF and PSIA announcing actions in this direction. ONVIF announced a specification to enable interoperability between clients and devices of physical access control in August. Meanwhile, in September, PSIA announced the launching of a Physical-Logical Access Interoperability Working Group to synchronize the two spheres.

Mechanical to Electronic
The shift from mechanical locks to electronic access control continues to drive the market.

Electronic access control systems have overcome the shortcomings of traditional mechanical access control systems. However, this convenience in access control also comes with new threats, such as intrusions via forged documents, tailgating, and identity theft.

This technological shift is reflected in Assa Abloy's strategy. “We've put a lot of emphasis in the last years on our electrical mechanical business. Consequently, we're grown dramatically in that area of the business in the last few years, and it now represents some 26 percent of our overall business in EMEA,” noted Bone.

“That's a market area that is growing, much faster, compared to the traditional mechanical area. For the existing established markets in Western Europe, there may be a lot less green field construction, but there is a lot of refurbishments going on. In Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia, there are a lot of new construction projects that we are benefiting from,” added Bone.

A definite trend, mobile device enabled applications continue to seep Security solutions at high-risk locations need to evolve and persevere in a digital era. into the access control product offerings in the market. The proliferation of smart devices will continue to popularize NFC and mobile technology.

While NFC technology has been around for a decade, it is in 2012 that the industry laid the foundation for mobile access control deployment on NFC-enabled mobile devices. However, industry experts have noted that is unlikely that NFC-enabled smartphones will completely replace physical smart cards in the near future; instead, mobile access control solutions will coexist with cards. Nevertheless, a key benefit of NFC-enabled mobile access control is the ability to fuse logical and physical access control through embedding credentials in a smartphone.

In line with this trend, several manufacturers are boarding the NFC ship accordingly. TDSi, for example, is rolling out NFC compatible readers in 2014. “It is very clear that many end users want to use their mobile device for security access and the whole industry needs to take note of this,” said Davies.

Universities are likely to be early adopters of NFC-enabled access control. Unlike hotels where there is high turnover of guests staying for a relatively short period of time, universities are more of a closed environment, in that you know how many students there are and who they are. Hence, despite the large population, you can allocate access rights to each student for a term/semester and there will be relatively few changes thereafter, mentioned a source from Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies.

Wireless Locks
Wireless locks are also being deployed in the US residential market and manufacturers are optimistic about the future of wireless locks for homes. Wireless locks offer increased situational awareness and better management ability, noted an access control provider.

The retrofit fit market is offering plenty of opportunities for wireless access control. It is estimated that up to 70% of electronic locking systems now incorporate wireless products, which reduce installation time by up to 50 percent, and system costs by up to 25%. Verticals like healthcare can also benefit greatly from wireless solutions because of the importance of access control to sensitive data and locations cannot be compromised even if budgets are tight.

In line with this trend, Assa Abloy is seeing high double-digit growth for its wireless lock with radio technology. The combination of wireless and radio technology enables the end user to easily integrate security doors into an access control system at a reasonable price. Once integrated, access authorizations are manageable online and in real time.

According to a report by ASD Reports, the global biometrics market is expected to reach $10 billion by 2014.

The government sector is leading the adoption of biometric applications used in national identity, electronic passport, or border control projects. Large enterprises and healthcare facilities have also adopted biometric technology for logical and physical access control applications to better secure their assets. In the near future, it is anticipated that social networking sites will use biometrics for authentication.

Mobile devices are starting to incorporate biometrics for access control as well — Apple's iPhone 5s is an example. Hence, mobile-based biometrics is also forecasted to perform well in the next five years, with both the FBI and UK police force expected to be equipped with mobile-based identity solutions.

Finally, access control cards are also beginning to include biometric and other multifactor authentication information to enhance identity validation.

Currently, fingerprint is the most commonly adopted form of biometrics, but face recognition will most likely become its successor in the years to come. Increased implementations of face recognition technology stem from its enhanced accuracy, as well as its contactless, noninvasive nature when capturing and recognizing an individual.

Logical and Physical Convergence
With the number of devices connected to the Internet surpassing the 5 billion milestone in 2010 and expected to reach 22 billion by 2020, fusing physical and logical access control becomes a necessity if security is to be maintained sufficiently.

With the growing popularity of online banking, logical access control is now an important infrastructure for banks and financial institutions. For instance, in the U.K. alone, online banking losses rose from $37.6 million in 2005 to almost $96.7 million in 2009. Meanwhile, phishing attacks, where customers are led to fake bank websites via an email that appears legitimate rose from 1,700 to 51,000 in the same period. Moreover, these threats could originate from any corner of the world with an internet connection. The recent arrest of eight men in connection with a reported $2 million robbery at a UK bank was allegedly accomplished by compromising both the bank's physical and logical security. Consequently, enterprises should note that rimes are highly organized and evolving rapidly, making it crucial that logical and physical security are prioritized equally.

Regulation and standardization will make convergence a reality. In the current market, unfortunately, proprietary systems are impeding complete integration. Furthermore, the access control industry is not as tightly regulated, in contrast to the intruder and fire industries. However, with the announcement of an access control standard by ONVIF and PSIA, will likely change that.

Clear Skies Ahead
To conclude, 2013 has been a solid year for access control companies and the year ahead promises to be more or less stable. The industry will continue to expand on current marketing strategies, while promoting the uptake of new technology. Furthermore, access control hardware is becoming a commodity. "This is on one side driven by initiatives for open standards (PSIA, IEC, OSDP, SOAA), and on the other side by pressure on prices from the market. Following this development, we can conclude that, in the near future, the difference will be in software. This includes not only server software applications, but also software functionalities on the controller level,” said Arjun Bouter, Sales Director of Nedap Security Management.

2013 Security50 access control(2-1): Standardization hits industry

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Nedap to support  2022 World Cup by securing event

Nedap to support 2022 World Cup by securing event

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 11/22/2013 | Article type: Security 50

The Netherlands government and companies offers their full support to Qatar to make the 2022 FIFA World Cup a grand success. An Orange Pavilion was created and represented by an expert team of e.g. engineers, architects and security firms, including Nedap.

The World Cup in Qatar needs to be a great experience, but the event should be safe and secure as well. Nedap, along with other Dutch companies, contributed to ASPIRE4SPORT, a recognized world-class conference and the Middle East's leading sports business congress and exhibition. Nedap shared its knowledge and experience on securing public venues, such as the stadiums for the 2012 edition of the European Championship in Ukraine.

With Holland's famous ex-soccer player, Ronald de Boer, who was brand ambassador of the successful Qatar 2022 World Cup bid and the Dutch ambassador in Qatar being there to host the Dutch Hour, visitors were enabled to meet unique Dutch companies associated to the Dutch Sports Infrastructure. The companies are working together to create a platform for international exchange of innovations and ideas around the largest sports events like Football World Cups, such as Qatar 2022. By attending ASPIRE4SPORT, for example, the Dutch industry seeks for international co-operations for innovations that offer green technologies, efficiency and safety around large international sports events.

Nedap expands partner network in Kuwait

Nedap expands partner network in Kuwait

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 11/7/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Nedap Security Management announced business partner network expansion in Kuwait with Gulfnet Communications Company, a renowned company in security business, whose main focus is on the Kuwaiti market.

Both partners aim to working together on multiple projects in the Kuwaiti market in the years to come. American University School has been one of the projects that both companies have successfully cooperated on in 2013.

The Kuwaiti market will benefit from the experience and knowledge of the IT technology provider Gulfnet combined with the AEOS solution driven by IT standards. Partnering with Gulfnet, Nedap is expanding its business and service network in the Middle East region, contributing to deliver implementation of their security management platform AEOS.

Nedap selects their business partners based on expertise with integration of AEOS with other building systems and services for installation, implementation and maintenance of AEOS. After successfully completing a comprehensive AEOS training course, Gulfnet became a qualified installer and recognized system maintainer of AEOS.

Honeywell's Galaxy intrusion panel integrated with Nedap AEOS

Honeywell's Galaxy intrusion panel integrated with Nedap AEOS

Editor / Provider: Nedap Security | Updated: 11/4/2013 | Article type: Security 50

The Galaxy 520 intrusion panel from Honeywell is fully integrated with AEOS - the open security management platform of Nedap, making optimum use of previously made investments. AEOS enables easy access control and video management functionality to the Galaxy intrusion detection system.

As the functionalities of the Galaxy intrusion panel are fully integrated in the web-based graphic alarm handler of AEOS, they can be armed and disarmed remotely. Alarms can also be fully processed in AEOS linking video images to them. This considerably reduces the number of unnecessary alarms. With the use central storage, all the data are accessible in a single database.

Highlights of the integration with the Galaxy 520:

Put an end to false alarms and reduce the consequences of distractions while arming or disarming the intrusion detection system. During the process, all doors are blocked so unauthorized persons can never enter the area and trigger the system.

Alarms triggered by the connected sensors are handled more quickly and thoroughly using a fully web-based AEOS graphical alarm handler. Alarms are processed completely and logged in AEOS.

Video images are displayed live within AEOS video management and recorded during the activation and deactivation of the intrusion detection system. It immediately provides relevant video image when an alarm is triggered.

In AEOS, it is possible to follow the route of the security guard and the arming and disarming of intrusion detection systems (AEOS Guard Tour). This provides continuous monitoring of the situation.

UK telco EE adopts Nedap AEOS access platform

UK telco EE adopts Nedap AEOS access platform

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 9/27/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Everything Everywhere, the UK's most advanced digital communications company, plan to expand throughout the UK and they are confident that by choosing AEOS, they have a future-proof security system that can grow and expand as they do.

After a lengthy selection process, EE selected Nedap because of the modern, versatile design of their access control platform – AEOS. Unique within the marketplace, AEOS is a powerful software-driven platform that couples functionality and powerful hardware, tailored for individual configurations. AEOS can be adjusted and expanded to meet future expectations.

Security and scalability can be found in many systems but the versatility to connect and configure more than just access control on a single controller impressed the EE team that have an eye for value and future usability. EE can access system their new system anywhere due to the 100% web-based interface and have saved from not installing client software at any site.

The installation of the project is to be carried out by Nedap's partner Reliance High Tech and the 3-way partnership of manufacturer, integrator and customer will combine to map out the future security for Everything Everywhere.

Nedap AEOS platform integrated Honeywell NOTIFIER fire alarm control panels

Nedap AEOS platform integrated Honeywell NOTIFIER fire alarm control panels

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 8/12/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Nedap now offers integration of the Notifier fire alarm system within its security management platform AEOS.

AEOS offers integration of the Notifier fire alarm system within it's easy to use web based user-interface. All statuses of Fire Control Panels are shown in AEOS so all relevant functionality can be handled from one web based application.

The integration is beneficial because;
- it enables users to react faster
In case of a fire alarm, the location of it will be automatically shown in the AEOS Graphical Alarm Handler. The relevant camera will immediately pop-up so users can see real-time footage and details of who has entered and left the specific area. This enables users to make fast, accurate decisions about what action to take.

- it allows for automatic responses to events
AEOS allows users to design customised responses to scenarios enabling them to plan carefully for incidents before they happen. So in a panic situation the user can activate the appropriate, pre-defined settings with just one button, maintaining the applying policy in case of fire.

UK access control sees above-average growth

UK access control sees above-average growth

Editor / Provider: Alyssa Fann, a&s International (with reporting from John Shi) | Updated: 7/17/2013 | Article type: Hot Topics

The global access control market is set to top US$2.3 billion globally by the end of 2013, up from $2.1 billion in 2011, according to a recent report by IMS Research (an IHS company). In terms of regional markets, however, the European market is slow as a whole, but that is not reflective of the entire region. For instance, in Assa Abloy's Q1 report, the company found positive growth in the Americas and Asia, but the European economy continued to weaken, which produced a negative outcome for its EMEA market and for the entrance systems product categories. However, while some southern parts of Europe experienced organic decline in the first quarter, other parts such as Russia, East Europe, Turkey, the Middle East, and Africa experienced satisfactory growth, driven by the introduction of new products, emerging markets within the EMEA region, specification of projects, and acquisitions.

Nevertheless, the access control market is growing amidst the tough environment. “Europe is challenging, especially the southern part of Europe, such as Italy and Spain. However, I think the access control part of the business is growing much faster than the average. In other words, even though the overall market is not growing, access control is still growing, and we are seeing a huge demand for all the new locks and technology, in spite of the sluggish market conditions,” said Tzachi Wiesenfeld, Executive VP and Head of EMEA at Assa Abloy.

Market Drivers
Several factors are driving the access control market. According to market intelligence provider Key Note, governments and businesses now hold an increasing amount of information about the public, consumers, and personnel. Together with the continuous threat of crime and terrorism, the need for more reliable and intelligent security systems to allow only authorized personnel into a particular site at a specified time becomes paramount.

The complexity of daily operations in an urbanized society has also driven the trend towards the integration of access control systems with other security systems.

“Over recent months we have seen a clear move from our clients and prospects towards a need for a more integrated approach but also with a view to taking advantage of new technology when it arrives over the coming years. This means that end users are starting to realize that they need to consider a solution that easily integrates with other devices. Being able to adapt access control and video to work together is still the main criteria,” noted Daryn Flynn, UK Sales Director at Nedap.

The U.K.
A European region where the access control sector is defying the general economic slowdown is the U.K. According to Key Note, the 2010 UK access control market was worth an estimated $476.3 million at the 2011 end-user prices. It further estimated that the UK access control market will grow by 12.7 percent between 2011 and 2015, driven by the recovery within the construction industry. This growth is expected to be subdued at first, due to construction output being hampered by public sector spending cuts. Growth is expected to be more significant as public sector spending recovers.

In the U.K., construction output and orders increased since 2010, generating demand for access control systems. In addition, the upgrading and refurbishment of old systems is also driving the market. “Upgrading is key driver of the market. We have a lot of projects where we upgrade old products with new products. This is not new to us though, because we estimate that two-thirds of our global business is from recurring revenue from the after-market, and only one-third is coming from new projects. Of course there are still new projects, but there are less of them compared to the past. However, the influence on us is only one-third, but on the other hand, the after-market is still going strong," noted Wiesenfeld.

Even though the U.K. economy has remained relatively flat, the government increased spending in education, noted John Davies, MD of Time and Data Systems International (TDSi). The U.K. has an abundant number of old universities, many of them being the first few universities in the English-speaking world. Access control in these universities is updated as new technology is introduced into the market, such as electronic locks or integration.

According to Wiesenfeld, the education vertical has always been exciting in the U.K. “It's not new. There are hundreds and hundreds of universities and schools in the U.K., making it a huge vertical. Also, in the U.K. it is very common for students to live away from home. In dormitories, for example, the solutions required are very similar to hotels, and this makes electronic locks a natural application for them because it is easier to control, more flexible and a huge advantage over and above mechanical keys. So whilst it is not a new vertical sector, it is one that is still growing.”

“For example, universities and higher education institutes would likely install traditional electronic access controlled locks around the perimeter and main entrances of buildings, but use wireless electronic locks indoors. This enables the students to use the same smart card embedded with their credentials to access all the areas they need. Hence, for an education institute project, there might be 500 sets of locks secured via “traditional” access control, and 2,500 sets of wireless electronic locks which would be installed in halls of residence for example,” commented Davies on the education vertical.

NFC Uptake
The uptake of NFC technology for access control in universities is growing. “Unlike hotels, where there is high turnover of guests staying for a relatively short period of time, universities are more of closed environment, in that you know how many students there are and who they are. Therefore, despite the large population you can allocate access rights to each student for a term/ semester and there will be relatively few changes thereafter," said Peter Romanov, EMEIA Sales Leader of Standard EAC Solutions at Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies.

In the future, as the technology becomes more mature, TDSi plans to incorporate it into their product offering. “In the next two or three years, we plan to incorporate NFC technology into our family of readers. In addition, facial recognition is becoming more prevalent as it identifies who you are, and then you could use your mobile phone and credential to access premises and facilities,” said Davies.

Currently, the NFC infrastructure is still developing. “In order to facilitate wide market adoption, universal NFC-enabled handsets to support the existing primary operating systems will be required. Network operators will intrinsically become part of the access control equation and, ultimately, the provisioning process. Solutions will also need to support open standards to foster the availability of interoperable products and future-proof the access control infrastructure, ensuring that in investments in today's technologies can be leveraged in the future. However, given the complexity and diversity of the mobile landscape itself, all development work will be a big undertaking,” said Antony Gibson, Channel Sales Manager for the U.K. and Nordics at HID Global.

The wider economic environment has tightened government budgets, and the increase in energy costs have also prompted governments to look into energy saving methods. In Europe and the U.K. in particular, government buildings are starting to set targets on the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. This calls for the integration of access control and building management. For example, the lights may only be triggered to turn on when the access control system sends a signal. Seeing a trend in this, TDSi, for example, began integrating access control with building management, video surveillance, and intruder alarms five years ago. While the governments have not specifically enforced emission reduction rules, there is still growing demand due to the rising costs of energy in Europe.

SMBs require access control too, but often lack the funds to take advantage of technology that is available to their larger counterparts. Salto Systems developed a solution to bring electronic access control systems to SMBs. “A cloud-based access control solution gives SMB owners the opportunity to install a wireless solution at the fraction of the cost of a hard wired access system. They only need to pay a subscription fee and with the system, they can easily manage their access control system in real-time and remotely, thus eliminating the problems and limitations of mechanical solutions,” said Marc Handels, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer at Salto Systems.

The access contorl market outlook is relatively positive. It is forecasted to grow slowly in the immediate future, but significantly in the long term. Improvements in technology, integration, and interoperability will drive competiveness in the market.

Polish airport in Lublin manages security on one single platform

Polish airport in Lublin manages security on one single platform

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 7/1/2013 | Article type: Infrastructure

Lublin Airport was opened on Dec 17, 2012. The hypermodern, completely new airport decided to implement access control, intrusion and video management on one single Nedap security management platform, integrated on one controller. Due to the radically simple AEOS architecture, they didn't have to purchase, implement and maintain three different systems, but only one. Bearing in mind that they wanted to build a hypermodern airport, they were also impressed by the elegant design of Nedap's products.

Qumak, Nedap's certified business partner in Poland, implemented AEOS at Lublin Airport. The project included sophisticated functionalities, like guard tour, security levels, carrier auto block and response to event. Because of AEOS's open standards, also an integration with perimetric control, specific radar solution and Flir thermal cameras with live view in AEOS was realized.

For Nedap, cooperating with the different parties to build a completely new airport was special. This is because other airport projects included reconstruction or upgrading of existing infrastructures. A good example of this is the Poznan Lawica Airport, where AEOS contributed to modernization and extension for the European Football Championships 2012.

Assa Abloy, Nedap and others launch offline access standard

Assa Abloy, Nedap and others launch offline access standard

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 6/7/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Until recently it was hardly possible to combine several brands of electronic offline locks of different kinds of suppliers into one access control system. However, integration is a demand of many large European companies, who have announced without standardization they would not invest in electronic offline locks anymore. To meet this demand, Assa Abloy, Dorma, Nedap and Zugang have developed a new standard, the Standard Offline Access Application (SOAA).

By implementing this standard it will be easy for companies to integrate multiple electronic offline locks from multiple suppliers. Each company is therefore free to choose the product which fits best. This freedom of choice will result in reduced prices, as they are not depending on one supplier anymore. Besides that, standardization also increases the security level. Standards are open and therefore tested and investigated by everyone. This is the most secure way.

Companies that want to profit of these advantages can specify the SOAA standard in their tender. They can request information about SOAA without obligations at the SOAA secretary:


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UK hospital tightens the electronic screws on drug dispensation

UK hospital tightens the electronic screws on drug dispensation

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 5/10/2013 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The Darent Valley Hospital in U.K. has recently chosen Nedap's security management platform to secure their drug cupboards. Access to the drug cupboards can be managed within the platform, via the standard integrated locker management functionality. This micro-level access control functionality is putting an end to key-management.
The hospital's Intensive Therapy Unit housed 16 cupboards with key based locks. Approximately 65 nurses hold keys for the drug cabinets. Due to the frequency of use, the locks were wearing out, causing disruption while locks were replaced, getting extra keys cut and issuing keys to people working across different shifts.

The key based locks in the existing cupboards were replaced with Nedap MIFARE electronic locks, integrated into the security management platform. The staff were provided with MIFARE smart cards instead of keys. This solved the problem of locks wearing out and brought key-management to an end.

In addition, locker management enables access to the drug cupboards to be managed from a web-based software application. As each person is registered within the system, the user-friendly software application enables a supervisor to quickly and easily check who has accessed the drug cupboards at any time. In this way, it became not only an extremely practical, but also a secure solution with full audit capabilities.
Currently the hospital uses the locker management functionality of the security management platform to secure their drug cupboards. In the future, the hospital could choose to easily expand the system with other platform features, such as access control, intrusion or video surveillance.

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