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European fashion retailer has security sewn up with Axis

European fashion retailer has security sewn up with Axis

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 3/26/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

International apparel brand SuperGroup decided to transition its legacy surveillance system to a modern, feature-rich IP network camera system. It needed the new surveillance system to provide greater coverage of the shop floor and high-risk areas, with HDTV quality video for improved offender identification. The retailer requested one, simple, scalable surveillance set-up that could be implemented across its European stores. The facilities to build-in advanced analytics and mobile access were also of fundamental importance.

Axis partnered with video management software and network video recording specialist, Wavestore, to specify a custom surveillance solution which met all of Super- Group's needs. Axis' ultra-compact fixed domes from the AXIS M30 and AXIS P33 Network Camera Series were chosen for all SuperGroup's UK installation because of their crystal-clear picture quality and broad field of view.

Axis' camera's versatility allowed them to seamlessly blend in with the unique industrial aesthetic of Super-Group's stores.

Together with its partner, Wavestore, Axis delivered total surveillance coverage for SuperGroup, while reducing the camera count at each store by between 60% and 80% and increasing incident identification to 100%.

Following successful installations in six of SuperGroup's UK stores, there are plans to install the new system in another 30 stores over the coming year. In addition, Axis and Wavestore have formulated a migration path, using Axis video encoders, to phase out SuperGroup's analogue system.

Axis cameras outperform the competition
SuperGroup is an internationally recognized, UK-based fashion retailer. Its merchandise is sold in approximately 100 countries throughout the world, comprising 105 UK and Continental European standalone retail stores, 71 UK and 56 international concessions, and 143 franchised and licensed stores. The group is known for its strong attention to detail, both in the production of the merchandise and in the layout and aesthetic of its stores.

When looking for a new surveillance set-up, the priority was inconspicuous cameras with HDTV image quality video. When tested against other leading manufacturers' products, Axis cameras proved to be the most adaptable to SuperGroup's challenging store environment. Darren Conway, health and safety and loss prevention manager at SuperGroup, explained: “We have a very specific aesthetic in all our stores, characterized by dynamic, low-level lighting, reflective surfaces and LED signs; we've found that a lot of cameras lose image detail in these conditions.”

In response, Axis installed a variety of Wide-Range Dynamic Capture cameras to ensure identification quality images were being captured – even on the brightest of days. Darren continued: “With the old system, we had to flood the stores with around 30 analogue cameras. In such a confined space, they really detracted from the look of the store fit-out and we were still experiencing an unacceptable number of blind spots. With Axis, we've reduced the camera count to between six and 12 cameras, which cover the entire store in perfect HDTV quality.”

Working in partnership to deliver the best results
One of SuperGroup's key requirements was to improve image quality of surveillance coverage at each till point whist not increasing camera numbers. To achieve this, Axis' unique Corridor Format display was used to switch the aspect ratio of the video footage from a 16:9 to a 9:16 ratio, allowing SuperGroup to maximize its view area.

Working closely with partners, Wavestore, which provided the video management software for the project and NEDAP, the manufacturer of the store's electronic article surveillance (EAS) system, Axis was able to bring the different aspects of physical security within the store onto one unified platform. Further integrations between Axis and Wavestore are also being trailed in SuperGroup's UK stores, where a solution has been devised to automatically notify nearby staff when a customer enters the fitting room area. As well as encouraging better customer service, these smart analytics help to heighten security in a high-risk area.

Applications beyond simple surveillance
When combined with other business intelligence functions, progressive integrations between the SuperGroup's surveillance and physical security systems ensure an increased return on investment, and benefits beyond straightforward loss prevention. Darren said: “We've been very impressed with the system so far and are about to trial some more advanced functionality when we install the system into our next new store opening. Whenever we've presented Axis and Wavestore with a problem, they've come back with an almost immediate solution. At every stage of the installation, Axis' support and customer service has been second to none.”

Nedap to expand market in United Arab Emirates with IT Works

Nedap to expand market in United Arab Emirates with IT Works

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 3/6/2014 | Article type: Security 50

After cooperating on several projects over the last few years, Nedap and IT Works have now formalized their partnership. The agreement is a reinforcement of the relationship that's already built as well as a statement to the ambitions of both companies for the upcoming years.

IT Works is a glocal converged communication provider focusing on consulting, designing and building services as well as providing operation and maintenance for telecommunication networks, security solutions, automation platforms and audio / video systems. It also is an international converged communication provider comprised of a team of trained professionals who can assist in the design, implementation and support of diverse systems across all industry.

With this new partner, Nedap is expanding its business and service network in the Middle East region, contributing to deliver implementation of their security management platform AEOS. Each Nedap business partner is an experienced system integrator.

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, IT Works became a qualified installer and recognized system maintainer of AEOS.

Nedap releases AEOS 3.1 web application

Nedap releases AEOS 3.1 web application

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 2/6/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Nedap Security Management announced AEOS 3.1 is available now. This new release builds on the usability of AEOS, giving users an unified design, while keeping in mind the different users.

From the Configuration & Maintenance application to the Identity & Authorisation interface – AEOS maps to the way people actually work. This also applies to AEOS Surveillance, this renewed web application gives users a clear overview at all times. This clarity reduces the chance of mistakes, while increasing security and responsiveness.

“The response to AEOS 3.0 has been incredible, and we're excited for customers to experience the new AEOS 3.1 with a clear and consistent design for all applications, “said Arjan Bouter, Nedap's director of sales. “Our customers need to protect their people, property, intellectual assets and reputation. And with AEOS 3.1 we believe customers can focus on what is most important – a secure environment.”

Dutch footwear brand Wolky attaches Nedap RFID label

Dutch footwear brand Wolky attaches Nedap RFID label

Editor / Provider: NEDAP | Updated: 1/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

The Dutch footwear brand Wolky has decided to attach RFID labels during the production of its shoes. The Wolky barcode label on the box will be replaced by a Wolky barcode label with integrated Nedap RFID label. The new labels will be introduced in a part of the range, but the aim is to apply RFID labels to all items from the Wolky winter collection 2014 onwards.

Rapid inventory taking & corrections
The RFID labels can be scanned in large numbers in a short period of time with the Nedap RFID scanner in the logistics chain and in the store. As a result, any deviations between the items sent and the items received, as well as any differences between actual stock levels and the administrative stock levels will be determined immediately and corrected. This is expected to lead to less 'no' sales, lower inventory costs, reduced losses, in addition to increased turnover and improved margins.

The first Wolky reseller has already integrated RFID successfully, by applying the RFID labels in store. In order to speed up the processes in the store, the Wolky brand received a request from this retailer to attach special RFID labels at the production stage. As it is expected that other resellers will also wish to apply RFID technology, Wolky has agreed to a phased introduction of a standard Wolky RFID label. Each Wolky reseller will be able to enjoy the benefits of RFID immediately, and at the same time, Wolky be able to use the RFID labels as a means of achieving efficiency benefits within its logistics chain.

Increased supply reliability & customer satisfaction
"We are continually on the lookout for new opportunities to increase supply reliability and to enable our resellers to be in a position to provide an improved service to their customers. For this reason and following a request from one of our biggest customers to apply RFID labels during production, we have agreed to the phased application of RFID labels in order to set new standards in the footwear industry", said Anthony Diks, CEO of Wolky BV International.

Rob Schuurman, Managing Director of Nedap Retail commented, "We are delighted that as an up-and-coming footwear brand, Wolky BV International has decided to apply Nedap RFID labels during production and to use the Nedap RFID solution to enable rapid inventory taking. Brands often find it difficult to predict the benefits that RFID can deliver, but even more retailers are now applying RFID and are asking their suppliers to deliver products that have already been supplied with an RFID label. That is why more and more brands are interested in applying RFID labels to products as standard and at the same time, are also benefiting from the significant benefits that can be achieved in terms of efficiency. Wolky is a clear frontrunner and will certainly set a standard that many other suppliers will follow."

Nedap AVI becomes “Nedap Identification Systems”

Nedap AVI becomes “Nedap Identification Systems”

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 1/15/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Nedap AVI has announced that with immediate effect it will globally operate under the new name Nedap Identification Systems.

The reason behind the name change is that over the past few years Nedap AVI (Automatic Vehicle Identification) has developed energetically and has expanded its portfolio, from a specialist in long-range RFID solutions for vehicle and driver identification to a solution provider. This portfolio also includes long-range identification of people in and around buildings, wireless vehicle detection sensors for on-street parking guidance and remote management of vehicle entrance points to restricted city zones.

Ruben Wegman, CEO of Nedap: “In the past few years, the product portfolio of Nedap Identification Systems has expanded rapidly. The group has been able to bring new relevant technologies to the industries of security, traffic and parking. Our long range RFID readers can be used indoors and outdoors for both vehicles and people. Current technological development enable access control solutions that combine security with high levels of convenience. This is the right moment to change our name and to prepare ourselves for future market demands. Along with the announcement of the new name, a new corporate design will be introduced.”

Nedap also announces a new activity that will be part of Nedap Identification Systems: Nedap Mobility Solutions. “This activity will bring together all of our solutions to help cities become smart about mobility. Our wireless parking detection system SENSIT as well as our advanced solution for vehicular city access control will be part of this activity. In 2013 Nedap saw the breakthrough for SENSIT. The wireless parking sensor market is a very promising one and so far we have already deployed the platform in several cities around the world. We expect that this is only the beginning. The city access control system so far has been mostly deployed in Dutch cities. Based on requests from foreign cities and the international interest in mobility solutions for cities, we came to the conclusion that now is the time to roll out this solution internationally,” says Maarten Mijwaart, business unit manager of Nedap Identification Systems.

Canon partners with Nedap to provide video management platform

Canon partners with Nedap to provide video management platform

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 12/20/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Canon Europe has been selected and accredited as a hardware security partner by Nedap, an innovative developer of intelligent security solutions. The new partnership makes Canon's entire range of network cameras available to Nedap's customers through compatibility with its AEOS security management software and provides a powerful video management package to system integrators and end-users.

The accreditation will bring a number of benefits to system integrators and customers by extending Canon's already market-leading set of in-built analytics, and is compatible with Canon's entire range of network cameras. This includes its latest range of Full HD, Ultra Compact S-Series cameras. Nedap's AEOS solution will build on this by providing functionalities for access control, intrusion detection, video management and locker management in 1 fully integrated platform.

Upgrade to Canon's high-quality portfolio
Existing Nedap customers already using its AEOS solution for video management can now upgrade to any of Canon's high-quality portfolio. The integrated platform will also support future additions to Canon's network camera range, meaning that customers will always have access to a solution that is compatible with the most advanced level of analytics.

“There is a lot of change within security management, which is why we look to produce an agile solution that can adapt with our customer's needs,” says Albert Dercksen, head of research and development, Nedap Security Management. “Our software supports Canon's cameras perfectly, and joint customers will benefit from an easier to use platform that displays a high quality range of analytics and advanced solutions.”

Add on value
“We are constantly looking for ways to improve our customers experience with our network camera range,” says Julian Rutland, Product Strategy and Planning Director, Network Security Cameras. “Nedap's AEOS is compatible with our existing security equipment. This includes our popular M and H series as well as new additions, which is great news for our customers who want to future proof their security solution. This means that customers are reassured that their security is always fully optimized and of the highest quality.”

Canon uses its 70 - year's experience as a high quality lens manufacturer to develop network cameras which deliver exceptional image quality and capture best in class images in all light conditions. Canon's range of network security cameras are simple to install and are supported by an extensive 3 year Swap Warranty program.

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.

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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.

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