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Wireless access control: the Truth is Out There… or is it?

Wireless access control: the Truth is Out There… or is it?

Editor / Provider: Chris Bone, ASSA ABLOY | Updated: 3/31/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Let's begin with something that's hardly front-page news: the market potential for wireless access control is huge. At January's Intersec exhibition forecasts of 15% annual growth in the Middle East region alone were suggested. ASSA ABLOY's own data predicts that wireless locks could make up 30% of the total market within a decade.

The potential is there.

But when ASSA ABLOY worked with IFSECglobal.com last year on a major market survey of security managers, industry insiders and decision-makers, we encountered some big surprises. The conclusion: our market knows less than you think about wireless locks.

Wireless access control systems can run fully integrated with an existing wired system,
even if it incorporates CCTV or
energy management functions.

For starters, almost two-thirds of those we surveyed thought that fitting a wireless access control system would be disruptive to an already fitted traditional system. In fact, wireless access control systems—including our own battery-powered Aperio® locks—can run fully integrated with an existing wired system, even if it incorporates CCTV or energy management functions. Integrations have been exhibited, by ASSA ABLOY and other leading access control manufacturers. Installation is quick and easy.

Around a third of our respondents using wired access control had no idea that wireless systems use much less energy. Because wireless locks are battery powered and only “wake up” when a credential is presented, they consume a tiny fraction of the power used by always-on wired mag locks. And battery life? Not a problem—that's another market myth shared by close to 100% of our research group, who expected wireless lock batteries to drain too quickly. In fact, our own Aperio® or SMARTair™ locks run for approximately 2 years on a new battery.

If you thought wireless locks don't support multiple credentials, sorry, you're wrong. Products that offer multi-authentication via PIN, smart card or mobile phone are out there. What about the fact that wireless locks are not secure? Another myth: there are CE and EN certified, or even fire-rated products available, including for security doors.

Most ironic of all, over half of those we surveyed cited “fear of the expense” as a reason not to upgrade to wireless. In fact, when you factor in major savings on energy costs and maintenance bills, even a fairly small facility could save thousands of euros by making the switch to wireless locks.

The challenge is there. Potential is huge, but the market is suffering from some serious misconceptions. As a global industry leader we have begun a game of knowledge whack-a-mole, and all of us with a stake in the future of wireless access control need to get involved.

There are so many myths about what wireless locks can and can't do. Our solution? ASSA ABLOY has launched a true facts campaign—“Busting the myths about wireless access”—aimed at professional end-users. Not specifically about our locks, but wireless locks in general.

                                        - By Chris Bone, Vice President Access Control Solutions EMEA, ASSA ABLOY

About Chris Bone: Specialist in the Electronic Security Industry for more than 20 years Several roles within industry leading companies such as Honeywell and ASSA ABLOY Extensive knowledge of all aspects of building automation

SimonsVoss enters into system integration partnership with Mercury Security

SimonsVoss enters into system integration partnership with Mercury Security

Editor / Provider: SimonsVoss | Updated: 3/30/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

SimonsVoss and the global leader in the manufacturer of access control panels Mercury Security agree to collaborate in the field of system integration.

The cooperation is a gain for both sides: by integrating SmartIntego into its Authentic Mercury platform, Mercury is able to offer the SimonsVoss solution for integrated access control, SmartIntego, to its customers. For SimonsVoss, the cooperation with Mercury and its 20 globally active partner businesses involved in building security technology opens up an entirely new customer group. Having delivered more than three million access control panels, Mercury has the largest installed base of access control hardware worldwide.

SmartIntego is an extremely appealing product for Mercury and its partners: the solution can be seamlessly integrated into existing complex access control systems for building security technology. The wireless and battery-driven digital locking cylinder, door fittings or padlocks are easy to install and communicate with the panel via wireless radio technology. This does away with extensive conversions for building operators. All existing ID media can be put to further use, so there are no extra costs involved in the conversion process. Plus no additional software is required for the integration into an existing access control system.

'The particular advantage of the SimonsVoss SmartIntego line is the integration into the Mercury access control panel by means of the radio-based gateway node via TCP/IP, which means that unlike RS485-based systems, no additional cables need to be installed. Existing IP infrastructures can be put to further use,' says Oliver Quaisser, SmartIntego Sales Director.

“We are very excited about our technology partnership with SimonsVoss and the ability to deliver SmartIntego products through the Authentic Mercury platform,” said Frank Gasztonyi, CTO of Mercury Security. “This integration enables our OEM partners to extend their Mercury interface by incorporating SimonsVoss' wireless lock capabilities within their access control solutions. The SimonsVoss partnership further demonstrates the value of the Authentic Mercury platform allowing our partners to leverage their existing investment with the Mercury family of products.”

SimonsVoss and Mercury will be presenting their solutions together for the first time at the International Security Conference & Exhibition (ISC West) in Las Vegas in April 2015.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Campus deploys advanced security camera system

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Campus deploys advanced security camera system

Editor / Provider: Scallop Imaging | Updated: 3/27/2015 | Article type: Education

HIGHLIGHTS
* Designed a state-of-the-art surveillance system
* Enhanced public safety initiatives and improved operational efficiencies
* Streamlined monitoring capabilities
* Integrated various technologies delivering a new layer of safety and security

CUSTOMER
With a population of more than 53,000 students, faculty, and staff, the University of Illinois is a “city within a city.” Like any municipality, the university works to prevent and respond to criminal activity and emergencies by offering a variety of programs that create a safer place in which to study, work and socialize.

Campus lighting improvements, emergency phones, Student Patrol and self-defense classes are just a few of the resources available to enhance student safety. The university has also invested in the technologies to support its safe campus initiatives, including access control and video security systems. At the Urbana-Champaign campus in east-central Illinois, for example, the University Police and Campus Informational Technologies and Educational Services (CITES) group have partnered to design an advanced, campus-wide security camera system, which includes Scallop Imaging cameras to better protect students, staff and assets across the 1,800-acre campus.

CHALLENGE
When the university made the decision to add more cameras to its existing system, there were two primary areas of focus: situational awareness and image identification. Scallop Imaging delivers full situational awareness with a constant 180° view and simultaneous zoom details in one standard video frame, delivering on both key requirements. “Scallop Imaging addressed our need for a camera that could deliver awareness in areas across campus where we wanted a wider view, such as hallways and open areas,” explained Uros Marjanovic, Network Service Engineer at the University of Illinois. Each department is responsible for its own security budget, so cost was also a key consideration.

SOLUTION
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus has hundreds of cameras installed in academic, athletic, cultural and student housing buildings, as well as outdoor public areas. “The Department of Public Safety takes a holistic approach towards security on campus, with the camera system being a key piece of that plan,” said Ken Felsman, Life Safety Engineer at the University of Illinois, who explained that the campus-wide system runs on Milestone Systems open platform IP video management software (VMS). The team has installed 150 Scallop Imaging cameras – about 16 percent of the total camera count – including both the D7-180 and M6-200 security cameras in areas where standard cameras were unable to perform at a high enough standard for clear identification.

The 6 MP Scallop Imaging M6-200 camera is the first distributed image panoramic camera specifically designed to provide outstanding image quality under very low-light conditions, giving the university the ability to accurately see events at any time of the day or night. “We installed the M6-200 cameras in areas that are naturally darker or not well lit and in corridors where there are exposed light switches that can be turned off,” noted Marjanovic.

As part of its mandate to provide patrol, investigation and emergency response services, the University Police have access to the campus-wide camera system 24/7. “Campus Police use the information gathered to create reports about specific events and can easily export video to share with stakeholders if necessary,” commented Felsman.

RESULTS
Each department requests system access for specific employees to see their departmental cameras. Those employees may use the cameras primarily for live viewing. “Someone might check the cameras to be sure the path to the parking lot is clear before leaving at the end of the day,” said Felsman. The Scallop Imaging technologies directly address the university's key requirement for complete situational awareness and detailed image quality, while meeting budget requirements. Instead of the traditional “one lens, one piece of film” box camera approach, Scallop Imaging distributes the imaging task among multiple sensors and combines their output at video rates in the camera itself to work similar to the human eye. Delivering a true 180° view without using fish-eye lenses that can distort images, Scallop Imaging can deliver exceptional image quality.

The cameras are durable, easy to install and have an extremely low failure rate. “We do all installations in-house and found it very straightforward,” affirmed Marjanovic.

One of the main reasons the university chose to install Scallop Imaging cameras was because of the cameras' sleek and discreet form factor. The fact that Scallop cameras blend in where conventional cameras do not was of particular importance because the university strives to maintain the architectural integrity of its buildings “Scallop cameras fit in better with the campus' overall design than a traditional dome camera mounted on a wall would,” commented Marjanovic. The cameras are so discreet that individuals walking by may not even know that there are cameras in the area.

From a security and safety standpoint, the university's goal is to deter criminal activity and protect students and staff from potential harm using a variety of methods and tools. “The Scallop Imaging cameras have helped achieve objectives put forth by our Department of Public Safety,” concluded Marjanovic. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus plans to add more as the need arises and funding becomes available.

Bosch upgrades fire protection in one of Germany's largest data centers

Bosch upgrades fire protection in one of Germany's largest data centers

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 3/26/2015 | Article type: Infrastructure

Bosch Security Systems has upgraded the fire protection system of the Telehouse data center in Frankfurt and installed a modular and networked solution based on its Universal Security System UGM 2040. Using its Building Integration System (BIS), Bosch has also integrated the new fire panel into existing Bosch solutions for access control and intrusion detection.

With a total area of 25,000 square meters, the data center run by Telehouse Deutschland GmbH is one of the largest in the country. Many international corporations, financial service providers as well as providers of cloud services use the data center as their primary or backup site to ensure uninterrupted operation of their critical IT systems. Next to redundant IT infrastructures, Telehouse also offers an emergency power supply supporting full load operations for three days as well as sophisticated and comprehensive solutions for physical safety and security for its servers.

The new fire protection solution comprises the highly scalable Universal Security System UGM 2040 and eleven concentrators supporting the different zones of the building.
All systems are networked via optical fiber
in a ring topology.

Existing fire extinguishing and sprinkler systems were also connected to the UGM 2040. More than 3,800 fire detectors and a large number of smoke aspiration systems were installed throughout the data center. Critical detector data such as temperature, operation hours and degree of pollution are constantly collected and stored in a database (condition monitoring).

Based on these data, Telehouse can very exactly plan both maintenance and replacement of individual detectors. Continuous analysis of disturbance variables also allows very timely reaction to critical developments.

The customers of Telehouse demand the highest security levels for their critical IT systems. To guarantee this security, Telehouse has developed a very good partnership with Bosch over the years. With security solutions from Bosch, Telehouse can very flexibly respond to customer's requirements and also ensure fully certified operation.

The new fire protection system meets all requirements as set forth in the EN54 norm. Due to its modular architecture, it can easily be adapted to changing needs whenever these come up.

Synergy 3 command and control platform chosen for Jakarta International Airport

Synergy 3 command and control platform chosen for Jakarta International Airport

Editor / Provider: Synectics | Updated: 3/25/2015 | Article type: Infrastructure

One of the world's busiest airports has selected Synectics' Synergy 3 command and control platform as the integrated airport security and safety management solution for its new terminal building.

Development of the Terminal 3 Ultimate at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, in conjunction with the revitalization of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, is part of the Indonesian Government's plans to boost annual passenger numbers beyond 60 million people.

Working in partnership with systems integrator Jaya Teknik, which is leading the security management solution in the terminal development, Synectics has secured a significant contract to supply an integrated airport security and safety solution with their Synergy 3 command and control platform. Jaya Teknik is part of the Jaya Group of companies, one of the companies in the PT. Kawahape Jaya Consortium.

Airport operator PT. Angkasa Pura II (Persero) - (AP II) will use Synergy 3 to monitor and manage more than 6,000 integrated safety and security edge devices from a range of sub-systems; including CCTV cameras, access control panels, fire alarm points, baggage x-ray scanners and intelligent video analytics.

A flexible, open platform that is database agnostic, Synergy 3 enables alarms and events, security and process control sub-systems, video, and data to be monitored, recorded, and managed from a single unified operator interface. The fully customizable user interface and user-driven dynamic workflows that ensure compliance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) were key features for AP II.

Linda Hadi, Vice Director at Jaya Teknik TICT Division, said: “Synectics was selected for this project because they were able to demonstrate extensive experience in designing and delivering mission critical solutions. It was essential we selected a partner who could provide a reliable, resilient and scalable solution that supported integration with multiple edge device sub systems. Another critical factor was the need to have access to dedicated local support, which Synectics provides through its regional office in Singapore.”

The solution will see integration with intelligent video analytics, access control, fire detection, baggage x-ray scanners and CCTV.

Chris Bishop, International Business Development Manager at Synectics, said: “We are very excited to have been selected for such a high profile project in the ASEAN region. The innovative solution we are providing will enable AP II operators to dynamically manage all aspects of the airport security and safety infrastructure through our enterprise platform Synergy 3.”

Suprema reports record revenues and market capital for 2014

Suprema reports record revenues and market capital for 2014

Editor / Provider: Suprema | Updated: 3/24/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Suprema announced financial results for its 2014 fiscal year ended Dec 31, 2014. The company posted record high yearly revenue of $65.5 million (USD) and increase in market capital to $357 million (USD).

The results were fueled by all-time record revenue from access control and time & attendance devices as well as a strong performance in ID solution device sales.

The revenue jumped 26.2% from $49.2 million (USD) from 2013, and market capital again reported double-digit growth. The revenue growth has well exceeded Suprema's 5 year average CAGR of 17.8%.

Among four different global region groups, Europe had the lions' share of revenue with 41%. Americas followed up with 21% of the total revenue. Asia & Pacific and Middle East & Africa had revenue distribution of 20% and 18% respectively.

“I believe the healthy growth of Suprema's revenue is a testament to the superior quality of our products and services.” Said James Lee, Suprema's CEO. “Strong growth in an established market such as Europe is proof of our competitiveness. The new products scheduled for release in 2015, along with our recently released BioStar 2, Web-based Open Security Platform, will set the foundation for Suprema's market expansion in 2015.”

Specialized selects MOBOTIX CCTV and access control solution to protect UK head office

Specialized selects MOBOTIX CCTV and access control solution to protect UK head office

Editor / Provider: MOBOTIX | Updated: 3/19/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

MOBOTIX AG, a leading manufacturer of digital high-resolution, network-based video security systems has released details of a project at Specialized Bicycle Components in the UK to secure access to its headquarters, workshop and showroom protecting high value engineering tools and concept models.

Specialized is one of the most famous cycling brands in the world, with its iconic ‘S' favoured by professional road cyclists and mountain bikers the world over. With headquarters and design teams in California, the company's UK head office in Chessington includes extensive workshop and engineering expertise as well as a collection of high end models and concept designs within its showroom.

As part of a continual assessment of its security and procedures, in late 2014, Operations and Logistics Manager Ken Butler began a process to strengthen its general security and access control. “Although our UK headquarters are within a secured business park, we felt that with the prominence of our brand and value of some of the items within the showroom, our security could do with improvement.”

The UK site includes finances, sales and HR departments alongside a showroom and engineering workshop. The site also has extensive car parking and welcomes high profile figures from the cycling world for meetings within its well-equipped boardroom. “As an engineering focussed company, we are very conscious of using the right technology for any task and this ethos also extended to our choice of access control and CCTV system.”

Butler sought recommendations from another trusted supplier for a specialist able to advise it on strengthening its security posture. “Switchnet Systems came to us highly recommended as knowledgeable and highly skilled security specialists and at our initial meeting introduced us to the MOBOTIX technology which fitted well with our requirements for a powerful system without the complexity, maintenance or reliability issues that legacy CCTV has traditionally experienced.”

Switchnet Systems proposed using a MOBOTIX decentralised CCTV and access control system across its headquarters building.

The system removes the need for a central control room and allowed Specialized to set up flexible access control and monitoring options at multiple location as well as mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.

Working closely with MOBOTIX Award Winning distributor NBM, Switchnet Systems undertook a site survey and rapid implementation project over a 6 week period. Using the existing local area network with the addition of just a single additional network switch and NAS for archiving video footage, Switchnet Systems installed 11 MOBOTIX CCTV cameras, providing 13 individual video streams plus a T25 video door station. The system is also integrated with multimedia phones at several places in the building with handsets to allow rapid verification of visitors and remote door opening. The majority of the system comprises of MOBOTIX Q25 cameras offering a 360° all-round view to capture an entire room, a panorama function and a quad view to show images from four different angles simultaneously.

“The solution proposed by Switchnet Systems uses far fewer cameras than we expected while still monitoring every inch of our ground floor and entrances with exceptionally high quality video,” says Butler, “We were also impressed by the attention to detail and ability to meet some of our technical requirements demonstrated by Switchnet Systems and the MOBOTIX technology.”

Butler points to one example where the front door is connected to the MOBOTIX T25 and sensors provide an alert sent to the multimedia handsets to warn that a door has been wedged or left open for an extended period of time. “The CCTV cameras are virtually undetectable and the functionality and features of the system are simple to operate yet extremely powerful without requiring a dedicated security guard.” The system has performed flawlessly since installation and Butler is now evaluating the use of MOBOTIX to upgrade its 35,000 sq/ft equipment warehouse. “This has been a successful project that matches our ethos of innovation and engineering excellence while protecting our staff and visitors without obtrusive cameras or obstructive access controls.”

Milestone Systems names WLANmall/Continental Computers as regional partner

Milestone Systems names WLANmall/Continental Computers as regional partner

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 3/13/2015 | Article type: Security 50

WLANmall and its parent company, Continental Computers, were named Milestone Systems' 2014 Regional Partner of the Year at the 10th Annual Milestone Integration Platform Symposium (MIPS) 2015 in Las Vegas.

WLANmall was recognized because of the sophisticated surveillance systems it planned, built and implemented throughout the US, which included Milestone Systems open platform IP video management software (VMS), for a variety of customers, including:

A sprawling technology campus with multiple locations that required facility control/monitoring (Milestone XProtect Professional/Milestone XProtect Access Control Module); Numerous law enforcement agencies for both covert (i.e. undercover investigations) and overt (i.e. public space observation) surveillance (Milestone XProtect Corporate); Several municipalities to ensure public safety (Milestone XProtect Corporate); and Elementary, secondary and tertiary educational facilities for student protection and early notice of suspect activity (Milestone XProtect VMS).

“We are honored to receive this award from Milestone Systems, which is such an innovator in the IP video management space,” said Ronen Isaac, vice president of WLANmall. “Milestone continues to expand its offerings of leading edge, scalable and reliable solutions that have been the cornerstone of our end-to-end security and surveillance systems that help keep our customer assets secure and municipalities safer.”

“WLANmall is the winner of our Regional Partner of the Year award for 2014 for showing dedication to the Milestone brand and for a strong mutual partnership that has produced significant revenue growth year over year,” said Tim Palmquist, VP Americas for Milestone Systems. “Their commitment to achieving and maintaining Milestone's Expert Certification in its staff has resulted in exceptional quality in the design, installation and support of our XProtect video management systems.”

Suprema unveils new IP access control platform BioStar2

Suprema unveils new IP access control platform BioStar2

Editor / Provider: Suprema | Updated: 3/11/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Suprema, a global provider of biometrics and security technology, launches BioStar 2, a web-based IP access control platform. BioStar 2 seamlessly integrates Suprema's award winning biometric technology with an enhanced security solution to offer simplicity, convenience and performance.

BioStar 2 is built with a new design style that focuses on enhancing user experience. All of the functions and features of the system can be used with only a few simple clicks. The system is accessible via web browsers, making the system independent from operating systems or device platforms.

The convenience of the system is driven by a number of automations throughout installation and maintenance. Automatic device discovery avoids tedious manual data input and detection processes. The feature allows the installer to simply select and configure the device from the list of connected devices within the network. Additionally, all future updates for BioStar 2 will be made available from a cloud-based resource. The optional automatic update feature will ensure that the system is up-to-date with the latest versions of firmware made available.

BioStar 2 offers uncompromising performance with the ability to handle large system capacities. The system can accommodate up to 1,000 devices. The data transfer to large numbersof devices is processed via Hyper Data Transfer to reduce the system downtime during maintenance. The system also allows unlimited time schedules and advanced user group settings to support complex access control setups.

“Suprema is excited to introduce the next generation access control solution that is fitting for the current technological environment” said Young S. Moon, Vice President of Suprema Inc. “We believe that the current technological environment is progressing in such a dynamic way, that securing flexibility and versatility to the new system was one of the key objectives. The system is developed to be web-friendly using the latest web standards and is not dependent on any specific operating system or client device unlike a number of different solutions in the market. With the newly found versatility, we expect BioStar 2 to serve as a foundation that we develop and expand to satisfy our customers' growing needs.”

ASSA ABLOY and Siemens enhance safe passage at Hamburg's HafenCity

ASSA ABLOY and Siemens enhance safe passage at Hamburg's HafenCity

Editor / Provider: ASSA ABLOY | Updated: 3/11/2015 | Article type: Education

When it came to protecting the new site of Hamburg's HafenCity University, only a modern, flexible access control system would make the grade. The university turned to SIEMENS and ASSA ABLOY and to supply it. The university's goals were to maximize the transparency of site security and to minimize unnecessary costs. The answer was innovative electronic access control from SIEMENS, fully integrated with ASSA ABLOY`s wireless Aperio lock technology. The landmark waterfront site has been fitted with around 500 battery-powered Aperio Offline electronic cylinders connected to the SIEMENS access control system.

The new university building accommodates around 2,400 students plus 460 staff, and includes flexible-use spaces including a media centre and library, seminar rooms, laboratories, and offices for research groups. Students and staff open doors with RFID-enabled smart cards.

The flexibility of Aperio means HCU's IT department now has greater control and can respond to organizational changes in real time. To enhance security, the validity period can be adjusted for different use authorizations. In combination with online readers and doors, additional doors can be fitted with wireless Aperio Offline cylinders whenever needed.

About Aperio: Available on the global market place, ASSA ABLOY's Aperio Technology enables a wide range of access control providers to cost-effectively integrate non-wired doors with mechanical locks into access control systems.

About HafenCity University Hamburg: Around 2,400 students are enrolled at HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU), on courses including architecture, civil engineering, geomatics, city planning and urban design. The striking new university building lies on the southern bank of the Grasbrook, in one of Hamburg's most important redevelopment locations.

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