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SCATI provides surveillance solution controlling 300 bank branches in Venezuela

SCATI provides surveillance solution controlling 300 bank branches in Venezuela

Editor / Provider: SCATI | Updated: 7/3/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The video-surveillance solution implemented by SCATI has the capacity to control 300 bank branches and more than 1,000 ATMs distributed throughout the country

The facility houses the corporate headquarters of a large financial institution and is located in the fifth highest skyscraper in Venezuela. The building, which is 159 metres tall, was inaugurated in 1982 and has 32 floors, including 4 for parking. The purpose of the project is to offer the company a complete security solution for its network of banking branches and ATMs as well as other special installations.

The solution to provide security for BBVA headquarters consists of more than 20 SCATI VISION IP video recorders able to record more than 700 IP and analogue cameras installed, with enough storage to capture high-definition images. SCATI's security platform can manage multiple CCTV systems in 3 special facilities, 300 bank branches and more than 1,000 ATMs distributed throughout Venezuela from a single control centre.

The video recorders are managed by three SCATI WATCHER management workstations with hardware redundancy, located in the control centre of the building and with support from the AMC (Advanced Management Centre). This powerful software has been designed for easy remote administration of the complete plant of video recorders and offers multiple functionalities to cover the needs of bank operators: video display, equipment configuration, alarm management, advanced search functions, map management and the generation of groups of devices, among others.

The main control centre is also equipped with the powerful SCATI WALL management and monitoring tool for professional monitoring of a large number of cameras. This application offers high response capacity in the event of incidents thanks to automatic display of video associated with alarms.

Users can manage and view all the cameras installed in the building from a single station and set up the scenarios that best match their distribution and critical video surveillance areas.

The control centre consists of two virtual matrices with two SCATI WALL operator workstations, each covering four monitors and capable of managing up to 64 cameras and viewing scenarios from up to 36 cameras simultaneously at 300 IPS and up to HDTV resolution, or 4CIF in the case of analogue cameras.

The 20 latest-generation video recorders installed are equipped with redundant power supplies, hard discs (Raid6) and network cards (teaming). In addition, 40 encoders are installed to convert analogue signals to IP.

The project also entails the design and installation of a dedicated fibre network, with redundancy between control centres through a 20Gb/s LAN backbone and a latest generation network infrastructure that enables optimum CCTV system performance, ensuring availability of the video and future growth.

The hybrid solution for video management provided by SCATI allows scalable migration to an IP system using the existing cameras without over-dimensioning the recording equipment. This is a comprehensive and flexible solution to manage and monitor a large number of geographically dispersed unattended systems: bank agencies, ATMs and corporate offices.

The implemented solution offers high image-quality and availability for the identification of offences in real time. It is based on state-of-the-art compression formats that optimize and adapt to available bandwidth.

SCATI SUITE's powerful tools make it easy to customize and automate video recorder plant maintenance and supervision tasks and reduce the management resources required.

Among the solutions implemented is SCATI HUB, from which users can perform advanced management of alarms triggered in any security facility. It is characterized by easy integration with all the security systems of the facility: access control, anti-intrusion systems, physical sensors, etc., thereby enabling centralized management of all the alarms from a single control centre. Minimum incident response times are ensured by its wide range of customized parameters and the possibility to program automatic actions in the event of alarms.

The institution thereby benefits from automatic supervision and management of its large number of remote devices and has considerably reduced ATM fraud. At the same time, this flexible platform optimizes all the resources by generating automated tasks.

Reshaping the EMEA region for access control

Reshaping the EMEA region for access control

Editor / Provider: Blake Kozak, IHS analyst | Updated: 7/1/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

On the heels of the recent announcement that Kaba and DORMA would merge, comes the news that Allegion plans to acquire SimonsVoss from HgCapital. This latest merger would again reshape the access-control market in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The merger of Allegion and SimonsVoss would immediately create the second largest company in the EMEA region, after the market leader, Assa Abloy. The merged Kaba and DORMA would then rank third in the region.

Note: This most recent merger still requires approval, by the German Bundeskartellamt, which prohibited a planned merger of Assa Abloy and SimonsVoss back in 2008.

SimonsVoss, the world's largest supplier of digital cylinder locks, currently has limited penetration in the Americas, so this move will certainly help the company enter this highly competitive region. Furthermore, the acquisition will help create a more well-rounded portfolio for both companies. IHS estimates that the majority of SimonsVoss revenues are generated from electronic locks and credentials, while Allegion has a more diverse portfolio that spans wall readers, panels, software and electronic locks.

For the overall electronic access-control market, larger companies are starting to come together to provide seamless solutions, increase in-house expertise and expand the supply chain with a global focus. There have been many mergers in the past; however, most were regional and specific. We are now seeing many more high-value acquisitions that immediately affect market share rankings.

If access-control companies continue to merge and expand in this manner, the move toward more open standards may take a step backward, because end-users will have wider product ranges and greater expertise from a single source.

Even so, IHS expects these types of acquisitions will continue, as suppliers bolster their positions, not only on a regional basis, but also to take advantage of end-user growth (e.g., residential, utilities, healthcare) and services (e.g., ACaaS and VSaaS).

It remains to be seen if video and access-control companies will cross over and provide a more fully integrated solution, or if companies will continue to enrich their current portfolios on a more linear path. One key acquisition strategy could be centered on capabilities and expertise across multiple disciplines.

Today it is becoming increasingly crucial for companies to have IT, software and platform expertise, in addition to equipment. These acquisitions will increasingly focus on helping companies expand beyond components.

EtherWAN certified as a network solution partner with Milestone

EtherWAN certified as a network solution partner with Milestone

Editor / Provider: EtherWAN Systems | Updated: 6/30/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

EtherWAN Systems, a leading manufacturer and provider of industrial network solutions, announces the endorsement of Solution Partner by Milestone Systems, the leader in open platform IP surveillance video management software (VMS). EtherWAN has proven successful network integration of IT infrastructure components, access control and Milestone VMS in the large-scale IP surveillance scenario.

In an IP surveillance project in South East Asia, EtherWAN's EX17242 24-port Power over Ethernet switches have formed a steady IP network with CAT6 and fiber optic connections; As a result, the PoE cameras, SCADA and access control systems on site communicate seamlessly through EtherWAN's Ethernet transmission equipment. The surveillance data is collected and sent to the control center for further event and alarm notifications processed by XProtect® Professional, a comprehensive open platform VMS by Milestone. Such integration is made possible in consequence of the implementation of Milestone Integration Platform Software Development Kit (MIP SDK).

“EtherWAN is glad to join Milestone's Solution Partners in light of shaping reliable network transmission, minimizing installation and maintenance time of IP surveillance systems,” states Ben Chiang, Business Development Manager of EtherWAN, “We will continue to accumulate and share outstanding integration experience with our global partners and distribution channels in order to provide the most reliable network solutions for both Milestone and EtherWAN users. In order to fulfill this mission, we will make long-term efforts to work with all partners from different application fields.”

IDIS completes successful integration with Gallagher and Paxton

IDIS completes successful integration with Gallagher and Paxton

Editor / Provider: IDIS | Updated: 6/30/2015 | Article type: Security 50

IDIS announces that is has completed the successful integration of its flagship end-to-end surveillance solution, DirectIP, with Gallagher Command Centre and Paxton's Net2 access control, with both integrated solutions featured on the IDIS stand at this year's IFSEC International in London.

The Gallagher Command Centre provides a critical business platform, delivering organisational security and operational continuity. The platform goes beyond conventional access control, enforcing business policies, allowing the management of multiple clearances, licenses and competences for cardholders to ensure duty of care, and health and safety obligations are met. Key functions include visitor management, time and attendance, monitoring and tracking, intruder alarm detection and emergency management.

The IDIS integration with DirectIP DR 2/4/6000 Series of NVRs and Gallagher Command Centre Version 7.2, enables powerful and seamless functionality through the Gallagher interface.

Core features include live full-HD video streaming and the ability to easily search and instantaneously retrieve recorded images of incidents Alarms can be used to trigger cameras to turn to pre-set positions or tours and initiate a real-time operator response, as well as giving users complete PTZ control.

Paxton's Net2 is an advanced PC-based access control solution offering centralised and scalable administration and control of sites from one to hundreds of doors for up to 50,000 users. Net2 perfectly tailors access privileges to groups or individuals quickly and easily through an intuitive and user-friendly interface. This makes Net2 a perfect combination with IDIS DirectIP surveillance, as both solutions combine high performance with simplicity of installation, operation and maintenance to ensure a low cost of ownership.

The new integration of Net2 Version 5.1 and DirectIP enables simple plug-and-play installation of the IDIS DR 2/4/6000 Series of NVRs using auto detect technology through Net2's interface. Features include full-HD live streaming, easily retrieval and play back of time selected footage and the ability to use two-way audio from the control room to camera locations. DirectIP NVRs provide the video recording linking site incidents and alarms to corresponding video. Pre and post event recording options ensure video evidence of events, such as a forced door, is captured from numerous angles in full-HD, while operators have full PTZ control to verify alarms in real time.

Brian Song, Managing Director of IDIS Europe, commented: "Since the launch of DirectIP two years ago, we've focussed on working with best-of-breed technology partners in order to deliver truly integrated security solutions. By integrating with Gallagher and Paxton, we are enabling customers to close security gaps caused by disparate security systems, improve operator effectiveness and efficiency, while improving situational awareness and the ability for organisations to better respond to threats and incidents"

Allegion to acquire electronic lock company SimonsVoss

Allegion to acquire electronic lock company SimonsVoss

Editor / Provider: SimonsVoss | Updated: 6/30/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Allegion, a leading global security products and solutions provider, has agreed, through its subsidiary Allegion Luxembourg Holding & Financing S.à r.l, to acquire SimonsVoss Technologies GmbH from HgCapital. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of this year, subject to regulatory approvals.

SimonsVoss, headquartered in Munich, Germany, is an electronic lock company with a leading position in the growing European electronic market segment. The company's comprehensive suite of solutions for electronic access control is sold globally. As a strong brand that's well-known for innovation, SimonsVoss brings a legacy of global experts and technical expertise in the safety and security business. SimonsVoss generated sales of approximately €52 million in 2014 and has approximately 275 employees.

“SimonsVoss is highly complementary to Allegion's portfolio and provides sound synergy opportunities,” said David D. Petratis, chairman, president and CEO of Allegion.

By adding SimonsVoss to the Allegion family of brands, we are expanding our technical expertise and solidifying our global leadership in electro-mechanical convergence.
We believe SimonsVoss has strong growth prospects and established channel partners in a number of international markets, allowing Allegion to expand its product offering, while Allegion's demand creation capability will benefit the SimonsVoss brand.”

Following the closing of the transaction, SimonsVoss is expected to operate within the EMEIA region of Allegion. SimonsVoss CEO Bernhard Sommer will continue to lead the business. Sommer said joining Allegion will provide the German company with exciting opportunities.

“We are pleased with what we have achieved with the active support of HgCapital throughout our partnership. Allegion's global footprint in both the commercial and residential security markets will help drive new growth opportunities for us,” Sommer said. “At the same time, SimonsVoss can contribute industry-leading technology to help Allegion develop more security solutions for unique customer needs. This is a great fit for both companies, and we look forward to joining the Allegion family.”

Macro trends driving global demand for network security solutions

Macro trends driving global demand for network security solutions

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 6/29/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

The global market for network cameras is expected to grow by between 16 to 22 percent annually in the next three to four years, according to reports by market research companies TSR and IHS. A large part of the growth is expected to be in the Asian and Latin American markets. The Chinese market for CCTV and video surveillance equipment, which also includes analogue cameras, amounted to 33 percent of the total global market in 2013, which was then worth USD 13.5 billion.

Axis has an indirect distribution model and a network of more than 75,000 partners in 179 countries. Axis' sales are made to distributors, who in turn sell to system integrators and resellers, who sell to the end customer. Axis offers a broad portfolio of network-based products and solutions to enterprise, medium and small customers in nine different customer segments: transportation, retail, bank & finance, city surveillance, critical infrastructure, education, manufacturing, healthcare and public sector.

Axis' competitors are large international vendors as well as small niched companies, in total over 400 competitors globally. Mature markets are characterized by competiveness around quality and new technology while some emerging markets are instead characterized more by price competitiveness.

Urbanization and rapid developments in IP-connectivity are driving the continuously growing demand for network security solutions

The latest World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report identifies failure of critical infrastructure and severe social unrest as two main global risks during 2015. The need to create a safer and more secure society continues to be the overarching driving force behind continued strong growth in the global video surveillance market.

The demand for IP-based security solutions continue to grow in all market regions and the most prominent driving forces for this are urbanization and technology development,
both global in nature.

On the one hand, continued strong market demand is tied to dynamic macroeconomic factors having to do with social- and economic development, especially rapid urbanization. On the other hand, rapid developments in IP-technology and the rise of hyper-connectivity, often referred to as the Internet of Things, are creating new areas of use for network video in areas not typically associated with video surveillance, namely visual and business intelligence.

Urbanization drives the need for intelligent security solutions
With ongoing rapid expansion of urban areas in Asia, Africa and other areas, pressure on transportation and other critical infrastructure is mounting. The latest World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report identifies failure of critical infrastructure and severe social unrest as two main global risks during 2015.

Prevents and solves crime
Growing population density in urban areas across the world increases the need to build smarter cities that can meet the security needs of its citizens, who have a right to feel safe. Surveillance camera technology is increasingly viewed as a critical component for law enforcement's ability to solve and prevent crime. There is growing public acceptance for video surveillance and mounting societal willingness in general to use technology to help ensure the safety of citizens.

Innovations in network video technology have led to a number of advanced privacy protection solutions that can be used to ensure that cameras only record what's necessary and that the material is protected and safely stored. For example, functions such as privacy masks that automatically blur faces or configurable pan, tilt and zoom limits can provide additional privacy protection while encryption and IP address filtering enable increased data protection.

Developing cities require more intelligence
Large scale investments in infrastructure such as public transportation systems, new housing developments, energy infrastructure and industries are all driving global demand for smart and effective security solutions.

Network solutions for smart cities
Intelligent security solutions are crucial building blocks for constructing the environmentally and socially sustainable cities of the future. Network camera solutions can for example measure traffic flows and provide real-time intelligence to traffic controllers, carefully monitor large areas around power plants, ports and other critical infrastructure to help protect against sabotage and terrorist attacks, help protect passengers and employees of public transportation systems, prevent vandalization and protect government buildings and schools.

The hyper-connected world/Developments in IP-based technology
New technology and the rise of the hyper-connected world is another main driving force for the global network video market. Increasingly sophisticated network camera technologies are allowing cameras to be integrated with physical access control systems and used together with software solutions, mobile devices and cloud technology. Integrated security systems that combine network cameras with physical access control systems and software solutions, are now used to heighten security in for example schools, hospitals and government buildings.

The development of advanced video analytics solutions has created a new area of use, namely around video as visual intelligence, commonly referred to as business intelligence. Network camera end-users who want to optimize their business processes are increasingly looking to surveillance solutions for answers. Whether it is to optimize cost, functionality, efficiency or security, customers are increasingly relying on network video and thus demanding various new innovative solutions.

Today, customers in both private and public sector segments request solutions that are tailored for their specific needs. Whether it is to enable people to create a smarter, safer world or to find new business opportunities through visual intelligence, innovations combining network camera and IP-technology have opened the door for highly advanced and specialized solutions.

Security has wheelie bin provided

Security has wheelie bin provided

Editor / Provider: ASSA ABLOY | Updated: 6/26/2015 | Article type: Infrastructure

ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, a division of ASSA ABLOY UK, the global leader in door opening solutions has supplied security doors for communal bin stores to Thames Valley Housing.

The Twickenham based housing association, is responsible for over 14,500 homes, including traditional rented housing, shared ownership and student accommodation.

The Security Doors team was challenged to find a secure and durable solution to conceal bin stores located in various streets around Worcester Park to replace existing dilapidated timber doors.

ASSA ABLOY Security Doors worked closely with DigiGroup, to specify and supply Powershield steel security doors to the project, which deliver the strength and durability needed to withstand aggressive usage and harsh weather conditions. The doors were fitted with mechanical combination locks, providing access for residents and authorised users.

As well as Powershield steel doorsets, Security Doors designed and manufactured robust wall ventilation grills to replace damaged timber ventilation grills.

Dave Tindall, Project Surveyor at Thames Valley Housing, said: “Our previous bin doors were broken and could not be closed; leaving a risk that the bin stores could be misused. Security Doors and DigiGroup were able to provide us with an attractive and durable solution.”

Mike Cullen, Managing Director at DigiGroup, said: “Security Doors supported us with their knowledge and capability throughout the project, enabling us to protect bin stores at Lancaster Way, Pondside, Parkview Crescent and Thames Avenue.”

Nigel Cronin, Sales Manager at Security Doors, said: “Working closely with DigiGroup, we were able to supply doorsets to Thames Valley Housing that will withstand the test of time and minimise repair and maintenance bills.”

Customized and networked security solution from Bosch for new prestigious building complex in Mexico City

Customized and networked security solution from Bosch for new prestigious building complex in Mexico City

Editor / Provider: Bosch Security Systems | Updated: 6/26/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Bosch Security Systems was chosen as the supplier of a comprehensive networked security solution for the new building complex Capital Reforma in Mexico's capital city. The solution comprises video surveillance systems, fire detection and voice evacuation systems as well as access control. The entire solution can be monitored and operated centrally.

Capital Reforma is located in a prestigious neighborhood with many tourist attractions, luxurious restaurants, office buildings and public art exhibitions. It has also become a traditional place for the Mexicans to celebrate; for example, many parades make their way through this avenue. Capital Reforma is a multi-purpose building complex with two 108 meter high towers each with 25 floors and 30.000 square meters of office space, 14.000 square meters of luxury condominiums and a parking space with 1.760 square meters. In order to provide a secure environment for visitors and anybody working or living in the building complex, a comprehensive security solution fulfilling any requirements of the different areas was needed.

With regard to fire detection, the local Bosch partner Insecom decided on an integrated and highly-scalable solution that is based on the Modular Fire Panel 5000 Series.

The selected fire detectors 420 Series guarantee fast and immediate response on the one hand, on the other hand robustness against false alarms and thus provide reliable operation in each of the different areas.

Miguel A. Reyes from Insecom confirms: "Bosch not only offers the flexible and high quality products we are looking for, but also proves to be a great partner to work with. Additionally, the Modular Fire Panel 5000 Series is much easier to install, operate and maintain than the third party systems we had mostly used in the past.”

An important aspect of the Bosch systems is also the offered backwards compatibility, something Insecom had missed with other suppliers before, where they had been faced with frequent model changes. The fire detection system is interfaced with the PLENA Voice Alarm system, which allows the operator to distribute targeted evacuation instructions tailored to the different areas and their escape routes.

A comprehensive video solution has been realized using the AUTODOME IP cameras, which meet the requirements of the building's aesthetic. The cameras provide high quality images, even in low light or high contrast. Access control is based on the Bosch AMC (Access Modular Controller) and efficiently rounds off the security solution. Access, registration and control of visitors and tenants are consequently ensured at any time.

Now available! Xesar 2.0 with virtual network

Now available! Xesar 2.0 with virtual network

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by EVVA | Updated: 6/24/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Xesar is the innovation from EVVA. Developed and manufactured in Austria, the electronic locking system offers companies a wide variety of products, areas of application and beautiful, timeless design. With Xesar 2.0 we have enhanced Xesar by a virtual network and countless new functions only twelve months after its market launch.

Employees, customers, suppliers – scores of people access and exit companies every day. In this process, it is particularly important to quickly, easily and efficiently assign access authorisations.

Xesar controls complex outdoor and indoor tasks in companies, such as offices, trade, retail, healthcare and educational facilities, but also cultural institutions and leisure facilities. You can flexibly grant and revoke access authorisations.

Now available! Xesar 2.0 offers increased transparency, convenience and security
With the free Xesar 2.0 download we have enhanced Xesar by countless new functions only twelve months after its market launch. Xesar 2.0 provides an improved overview, more convenient operation as well as maintenance and the system is highly secure in any application. From today Xesar 2.0 will be available to download for all new Xesar customers at

With the new software release EVVA will also offer a trailblazing enhancement as an optional extra: the virtual network. "Xesar 2.0 with the virtual network is unique on the market for electronic access system. Thanks to the maximum level of available and up-to-date data it is possible for the first time to obtain an overview of doors with outdated states that still require updating and blocked identification media that are still in circulation with only one click", Christoph Karl, EVVA Xesar product manager, explains. The virtual network must be additionally enabled using the Softwareplus card.

The virtual network is enabled using the Softwareplus card
The virtual network uses the issued identification media to exchange information between software and doors to always keep the system up to date. "The Softwareplus card is required to enable the Xesar virtual network. It is available from any EVVA Partner. Then simply expose the code on the rear of the card, enter it in the Xesar software in the Softwareplus package section. The virtual network is then activated for a period of three years."

Identification media are provided with update information (blacklist) from a central coding station (also possible with wall readers from autumn 2015). Select any validity periods for identification media: "We recommend validity periods of under ten days to keep the level of upto-date identification media in circulation to a maximum", Karl explains.

The information is then transferred from door to door on the way through the facility. In this process, identification media update door states and collect door information, such as battery states, access events, deletions or unlocking attempts by blocked media. The information is subsequently passed on to coding stations, where it is evaluated to reconfigure the security status in the software.

"Security has never been as transparent as with the new Xesar virtual network. The automatic, real-time evaluation feature means your facility is always up to date in terms of security", Karl adds in light of the functional enhancements of Xesar.

A release promotion for projects with over 30 doors
We have launched an introductory promotion on the occasion of the Xesar 2.0 release: if you as an EVVA Partner order products for a project with a minimum of thirty doors between 1 July up to and including 31 October you receive the Softwareplus card free of charge.

In Umeå, Aperio helps define a sustainable future for assisted living

In Umeå, Aperio helps define a sustainable future for assisted living

Editor / Provider: ASSA ABLOY | Updated: 6/24/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The largest city in northern Sweden, Umeå built a new flagship assisted living facility in Teg to provide accommodation and on-site rehabilitation for people with dementia and physical illnesses. The choice for the access control system was Tidomat integrated with Aperio wireless lock technology from ASSA ABLOY.

Key requirements for the facility's locking solution included a people-centred, secure electronic access control system that would be suited to keeping a vulnerable client group safe combined with a sustainable technology to cut unnecessary energy use at the new facility.

Each of the 110 Aperio equipped doors is connected wirelessly to the access control system. There's also a locker in every room that can only be opened, via electronic lock, by the correct resident or a member of staff.

Aperio wireless locks are battery powered, and so use much less energy than wired magnetic security locks. They only “wake up” when a credential is presented to the reader.

In fact, an Aperio lock and reader combined uses only 0.001 kWh of energy per year. This compares with 55.2 kWh per year for a typical wired lock and reader*.

The energy-efficient Aperio installation is flexible and future-proofed: it allows Umeå Social Services to bring further facilities into the access control system, if required at a later date. “This is the first step,” says Åsa Jernbom, planning secretary at Umeå Social Services. “Because we're going to build more assisted living facilities, so we need to think in the long term—smart and sustainable. Umeå is setting the standard with this new facility.”

Joacim Äwrnlund, Aperio Sales Manager Sweden at ASSA ABLOY, adds: “We are very proud of the energy- and carbon-saving credentials of our battery-powered locks. In the long term, installing wireless locks like Aperio also guarantees cost savings, thanks to reduced energy consumption and lower carbon emissions from a site.”

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 Äldrecentret Teg: In Umeå, northern Sweden's largest city, Äldrecentret Teg is a new assisted living facility built to provide accommodation and on-site rehabilitation for people with dementia and physical illnesses. From hearing loops built into the floor to Aperio wireless locks on the doors, technology is at the heart of the new centre.

* See ASSA ABLOY's Aperio white paper, “Energy efficiency—it's in your hands” for calculations.

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