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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.

Nedap expands presence in the U.S.

Nedap expands presence in the U.S.

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 4/15/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Dutch technology company Nedap incorporates business in the United States of America.

Nedap recently formed a legal corporate entity in the US to facilitate further expansion into the North American market. Effective as of April 1, part of the existing representation has been transitioned into the new Nedap identity in Delaware. Place of business remains at the current location in Atkinson NH, just north of Boston MA.

Several Nedap business units have been acting on the American market for over a decade establishing a sound base business with significant growth numbers over the last years.

The North American market dimensions represent a huge potential to a diversified technology company as Nedap. Increasing our local presence will support the objectives to accelerate the rate at which we succeed to capture these market opportunities.

Setting up a corporate entity reiterates our commitment to the North American market and its customers. The Nedap Inc. infrastructure supports our business units in their ongoing effort to provide Nedap propositions to the market. It enables Nedap to leverage the experience gained over the last years to the entire organization' benefit.

Establishing the US corporation also reconfirms engagement to Nedap' global accounts. "Having an official place of business in North America enables us to maintain an adequate level of support towards a growing number of global accounts on US territory."

Gerard Ezendam is appointed as the president and will officially head up the Nedap entity.

Nedap explains wireless parking sensors

Nedap explains wireless parking sensors

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 3/4/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Nedap strongly increased its footprint in the world of parking as a direct result of the SENSIT: wireless ground sensors that detect real-time vehicle occupancy at each individual parking spot.

Real-time parking data benefits
SENSIT offers a network of wireless ground sensors that detect the real-time occupancy of every single parking space. The system provides accurate data about the current parking situation to manage traffic flow efficiently, to create service for visitors and a better utilization of existing parking facilities.

Accurate parking sensor solution
People who are interested in innovative parking solutions understand these benefits and recognize the potential applications, but often are not yet aware of 'the reasons why' SENSIT is that accurate. Different elements ensure the impressive performance of Nedap's parking sensor system, such as:

1) double sensor technology (magnetic sensor + infrared eye) provides high accuracy levels under all weather conditions
2) fast, robust and scalable wireless network
3) proven battery lifetime of >5 years
4) 8 years of field experience in multiple installations world wide
5) different sensor models for on- and off-street parking applications
6) easy to integrate into third party systems through documented SOAP interfaces
7) real-time data output improves performance of traffic, guidance and enforcement software
8) the system is fully wireless. No cables are needed, not for sensors, not for peripherals

Real-time parking information is an essential component of efficient traffic and parking management. When cities are able to map out the total overview of parking occupancy visitors can be accurately informed about travel times, access routes and parking availability via dynamic signage on-street, smart phone apps or on-board navigation systems.

Nedap announces 2012 financials

Nedap announces 2012 financials

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 2/20/2013 | Article type: Security 50

The revenue of Nedap for the year 2012, at US$230.6 million (€ 171.9 million), was 13% up on 2011 ($204.3million). Corrected for the planned phasing-out of the traditional supplier activities, the growth in revenue was no less than 20%. Nearly all market groups - despite the difficult economic climate - managed to once more continue the solid upward trend of organic growth in revenue. The profit after taxes went up by 23% to $ 18.1 million (2011: $ 14.8 million). The earnings per share finished at $ 2.70 compared to $ 2.20 in 2011. Of the profit, 75% will be distributed as dividends. The dividend per share will therefore be $ 2.03 (2011: $ 1.65).

The market group AVI (Automatic Vehicle Identification, products for vehicle and driver identification and wireless parking systems) once more managed to achieve an impressive growth in revenue in 2012. With a complete range of long-distance recognition systems, AVI now offers the ideal solution for a whole variety of projects. The broad product portfolio - in combination with a further intensification of the marketing activities - resulted in higher revenue in virtually all countries where the market group is active.

Despite the difficult conditions in the retail market, the market group Retail (security, management and information systems for retail) managed to achieve a solid growth in revenue in 2012. The market group is becoming increasingly successful in developing attractive propositions for specific market segments, and winning clients for these propositions amongst leading retailers. To improve the quality of supply and distribution to multinational retailers, in 2012 a lot of effort was put into expanding the partner network. In addition, the Global Label Center in Hong Kong played an increasingly more important role for the propositions of the market group. During the year under review, the !FaST label was introduced, which is extremely effective for so-called "source protection". In addition to the fashion industry, where Nedap has always traditionally had a strong presence, the market group also explored excellent opportunities for growth in the food sector. On the basis of practical experience in supermarkets and megastores, the market group has developed a new anti-shoplifting system called !Sense. The market group is progressively moving further along the chain, from a supplier of just anti-shoplifting systems, to a partner for Store Technology. With Store !D, the market group offers retailers solutions that can help them to optimize their stock control with RFID technology.

After the robust growth in turnover during recent years, the Security Management market group (systems for access control, registration, payments, fire and intrusion alarms, surveillance, locker management, and biometrics) experienced a slowdown in 2012. The growth in turnover for security systems achieved by this market group with international clients was not enough to fully compensate for both the planned phasing-out of the activities of the former Education market group (attendance registration systems for schools) and the impact of the drop in the construction activity in the Netherlands. Over the past year, the trend of greater standardization in security systems pursued by major international enterprises has become more pronounced. Instead of trying to mesh together a multitude of local systems, there is now a shift towards the introduction of a single system for all branches. With the Nedap AEOS security management platform, the market group is excellently positioned to benefit from this trend. In 2012, the turnover from locker management systems also rose once more. More and more organizations are recognizing the benefits of using a single access pass for both doors and lockers. This all the more since office space will be used more flexibly with the spread of New Working methods.

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