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HID Global continues expansion of the Seos ecosystem with new strategic partners

HID Global continues expansion of the Seos ecosystem with new strategic partners

Editor / Provider: HID Global | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, announced the addition of new strategic partners who have joined the company's Enterprise Application Partners program during the third calendar quarter, further expanding the ecosystem of available products that are powered by award-winning Seos technology.

“Our application partners are extremely excited by the potential of Seos technology as a common standard that establishes privacy and trust in the communication of secure identity data on cards, smartphones and wearables,” said Kerry Reid, Vice President of Embedded Solutions with HID Global. “As of the quarter's close, there are an additional 10 Seos-ready enterprise products and applications that can recognize and trust an HID Global secure identity using Seos technology.”

The ecosystem of Seos-capable enterprise applications encompasses solutions for a broad and growing range of use cases, including PC login and authentication to IT systems and cloud applications, secure print job collection, cashless payments for point of sale and automated vending, building access, opening door locks, elevator access, parking access, and time and attendance management.

Partners joining the Seos ecosystem in the third quarter of 2014 include:
* Jetmobile, which has combined its SecureJet solution for VDI, BYOD and serverless secure printing, strong authentication and active cost reduction with HID Global's family of PKI smartcards and dual-frequency, multi-technology access control readers, powered by Seos.
* Ricoh China, which provides its customers with a wide variety of solutions for secure print authentication.

SecureJet Enterprise from Jetmobile fully leverages HID Global's PKI smart cards and proximity card capabilities: “Our multivendor Seos-capable SecureJet Enterprise solution allows large enterprise companies to ensure printed and scanned documents don't fall into the wrong hands, and it actively reduces costs, whether documents come from a PC, a MFP, a mobile device or a server. It provides strong authentication, PKI encrypted printing and emails, secure BYOD mobile printing and rules-based printing to printers and MFPs of all brands,” said Jean-Francois d'Estalenx, CEO of Jetmobile. “The high security Seos technology is a key part of our vertical industry secure printing connectors for Banks and Insurance, Oil & Gas, Public Sector, Healthcare and SAP printing, all available from Jetmobile across the world.”

“Ricoh China has been an HID Global partner for many years, for secure print authentication solutions that support color and black-and-white MFPs in our MP and MPC series printer line,” said Michael Ke, Manager, Technology Center, Sales Strategy Department with Ricoh China. “We have worked together closely to help our customers take control of document production with a cost-effective, hardware-free system that enables them to simultaneously control copier and printer access, manage account codes, track use, increase user mobility and minimize waste. By making our solutions Seos-capable, our customers can now also benefit from the interoperability and enhanced security of this important new open standard for credential technology.”

Seos technology has been adopted across HID Global as its standard to establish trusted and private communications for secure identities. Seos technology is chip-independent, enabling it to be easily ported across different hardware devices of different manufacturing origin. An HID Global secure identity including a Secure Identity Object® (SIO®) can be loaded onto a Seos-ready card at the time of manufacturing or provisioned to a Seos-ready phone via HID Mobile Access. HID Global's secure identities provide an additional layer of trust over and above the protection offered by the underlying card or phone.

Morpho places first in NIST 2014 MINEX fingerprint benchmark

Morpho places first in NIST 2014 MINEX fingerprint benchmark

Editor / Provider: Morpho (Safran) | Updated: 11/21/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Morpho (Safran) announced that its fingerprint matching technology placed first in the ongoing Minutiae Interoperability Exchange Test (MINEX) sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)*.

Results published by NIST reveal that Morpho ranked first in all 3 major categories. All tests are done with fingerprint “templates” which are digital representations of fingerprint images created for matching and storage.

Over 30 companies submitted technology for NIST testing. Morpho achieved top performance in the following areas:
* First in fingerprint matching accuracy using Morpho templates and matching algorithms. Morpho's matching results are 60% higher than the next closest vendor.
* First in template interoperability in which Morpho templates out performed all other templates no matter which vendor's matcher was used. Morpho's template interoperability results are 10% higher than the next closest vendor.
* First in matcher interoperability, where Morpho's matcher out performed all other matchers no matter which vendor template was used. Morpho's matching interchangeability scored 44% better than the next closest vendor.

“The 2014 MINEX benchmark results confirm Morpho's leadership in the field of biometric identification,” observed Celeste Thomasson, CEO of the U.S. company MorphoTrak. “For government agencies tasked with ensuring security and safety, using superior technology helps avoid security lapses, missed identifications and other serious vulnerabilities for law enforcement, border control, access control, traveler safety, etc. The results of Morpho's continuing R&D investments are apparent in these tests and in our growing list of worldwide customers who choose security as their top priority.”

Interoperability among various vendors and deployed systems is key to the exchange of records, and accuracy in matching for meaningful identification. Morpho-encoded fingerprints provide the greatest number of accurate matches, under the broadest range of conditions.

*The NIST program's mandates are to measure and publish performance and interoperability of template and matching capabilities, and to establish compliance standards for template encoders and matchers for the U. S. Government's Personal Identity Verification (PIV) program. Test results for all compliant ongoing MINEX vendors are published on the NIST website. In this table, Morpho is represented as 4S.

Honeywell seminars aim to help midwest schools better understand and prepare for security threats

Honeywell seminars aim to help midwest schools better understand and prepare for security threats

Editor / Provider: Honeywell | Updated: 11/18/2014 | Article type: Security 50

In conjunction with local security integrators, Honeywell is leading a series of seminars throughout the Midwest that educate school officials on how to identify, prevent, and react to real-life security threats in schools.

Participants in the free seminars are taught how to employ an integrated access control, intrusion and video surveillance security platform to effectively prepare for and respond to emergency incidents. The six-hour seminar, geared toward school superintendents, administrators and facility managers, features a hands-on demonstration of integrated security solutions from Honeywell. The sessions also include information especially relevant for school security, presented by a local security integrator as well as members of local law enforcement. Additionally, each session includes a demonstration from Dave Trudeau, president of Clear Armor™, who shows the importance of glass laminate and how it can be implemented to effectively protect life, health and property from criminal or natural threats.

“The headlines lately are filled with stories about horrific incidents at schools. These sessions give us an opportunity to engage in meaningful dialog with school officials at the grassroots level and illustrate solutions that meet the unique needs of the education sector,” said Bruce Montgomery, business development manager for Honeywell and a former law enforcement professional. “Everyone who attends has been really impressed how flexible and scalable it is, and how easy it is to implement.”

In addition to learning about the latest security solutions, school officials are also able to meet with and share ideas with their peers. Participants receive a certificate for a free system analysis by a certified security integrator and recommendations for improving their security operational plan. Earlier this fall, the first seminars were launched across the Midwest, touching major cities in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Texas, Wisconsin, Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Additional meetings are being planned in 2015 for schools in Kansas City, MO; Lincoln, NE; Nashville, TN; and Louisville, KY.

Comprehensive access control solutions feature at Secutech 2015

Comprehensive access control solutions feature at Secutech 2015

Editor / Provider: Secutech | Updated: 11/18/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

Access control has long been a vital portion of physical security and can be divided into three categories, namely password-based access control, card-based access control, and biometrics-based access control, according to the system's input, transmission, and control methods. The functions and characteristics of each type of access control are explained here in this article.

Password-based access control: This is a system that requires a password to open doors. The electronic lock will open once the password is deemed correct. The advantage is that the system requires no keys or cards; only the password needs to be entered. But there are some disadvantages, too. One of them is that the key-in and reading of passwords may take some time. This may result in a long queue as workers enter a building to get to work. Another disadvantage is a low level of security: passwords can be guessed by people's gestures or stains that they leave on the keypad. Passwords are also easily forgotten or revealed. That's why access control systems based on passwords have become less and less popular.

Card-based access control systems can be further divided into two subcategories: those using contact cards and those using contactless cards. Contact cards, which can be broken or worn out, have become less common and are seen only at banks or unmanned ATM vestibules. Contactless cards, meanwhile, are durable, cost-effective, fast, and more secure. These features have made contactless cards the mainstream access control technology at present time. Contactless cards, indeed, are seen as the embodiment of access control.

The last category is biometrics, which identifies people based on their particular physical attributes. Common biometrics technologies include fingerprints, finger veins, iris scans, and facial recognition. A key advantage is that cards are not required for opening doors. In addition, overlapping or duplication of physical attributes is extremely unlikely, making the system secure. A disadvantage is that biometrics solutions are expensive. Meanwhile, physical attributes may change according to variations in the environment. For example, disparities in humidity may cause minor changes to fingerprints, while finger veins and the face may change along with age. The iris may change slightly due to eye diseases. These changes may increase the system's false acceptance rate and false recognition rate. Yet, the accuracy of biometrics systems has improved continuously, and cost has gone down by the year. This has led to increased deployment.

In addition, in recent years we are seeing more diverse applications in different vertical markets. These include NFC- and RFID-based access control and solutions that combine access control and mobile equipment. All these products and solutions will feature at the Access Control Pavilion – Asia's most comprehensive access control exhibition – at secutech 2015, held from April 28 to 30. To find out which access control companies will take part in the show, please go to www.secutech.com.

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Secutech, the annual international exhibition and conference for world-class manufacturers and discerning buyers of security products and solutions, will take place from 28 – 30 April 2015 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center in Taiwan.
Now in its 18th year, secutech features some 500 exhibitors from 20 countries and attracts over 26,000 visitors. Dedicated pavilions for the following sectors: Surveillance | Software & Management Systems | Transmission & Networks | Smart Homes | Key Components / Parts | Electronic Systems

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Casino x VCA say no to wrong doers

Casino x VCA say no to wrong doers

Editor / Provider: Lisa Hsu, a&s International | Updated: 11/18/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Everyone knows what surveillance cameras in casinos are for, but no one really worries about them unless they have something to hide, and for people who do, they hide it well. No longer do casinos bet solely on security cameras to spot crime ongoing in their premises, with video content analysis (VCA) to detect any unusual incidents, the house will always win.

Casino get thousands of visitors on a daily basis, and with people bustling in and out of the premises, it gets hard to keep track of what is going on. Cameras are employed to cover every inch of the property to ensure there is no unlawful activity or accidents. However, with all the video coverage, it is impossible to expect humans to not miss a single frame that could lead to suspicious activity when monitoring the casino.

Most common threats in casinos
Although casinos have gaming regulations that are implemented for safety measures, law enforcement employed to fight crime, and surveillance cameras on every gaming table, there are still people out there who believe rules are there to be broken. According to the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, approximately 500 people are arrested each year for attempting to cheat at casinos in the state of Nevada, U.S., and out of the total number of arrested, nearly a third of those arrests are casino employees. This staggering fact has urged casinos to be more aware of their security, as even insiders cannot resist the lure of “easy money.”

VCA is not just the eye in the sky
Perhaps it is because of the large amounts of cash situated on the premises, but casinos have always been a natural target for criminal activity. Some of the most common threats in casinos are cheating, theft, and fraud. In a gaming facility constantly humming with activity, it is impractical to only rely on the security team to be able to identify all potentially suspicious activity. In the past, most casinos encountered various crimes even under conditions where video surveillance cameras were installed. Insufficient resolution to identify offenders, the need for humans to constantly watch or monitor screens, or even the fact that cameras might be easily damaged could all result in a poor video surveillance system.

Ever since intelligent video solutions have been introduced to the gaming industry, more game frauds have been detected, said Maike Hermanns, Marketing Assistant of ViDiCore. Specifically with industries moving from analog to IP systems, detection and management of incidents have become faster and more efficient, observed Maor Mishkin, Director, Product Champion of Video Analytics of DVTel.

Theft
There are many features of VCA that can be used to detect theft. Features such as motion of stationary objects, which alerts the operator if an item is moved without authorization. By programming VCA to detect suspicious directional movement, stealing can also be detected, such as reaching over a counter top, or a gaming table to steal chips. However, “there are plenty of other technologies used to track individual items, i.e., RFID tags, or those that provide perimeter security at the exit of stores using tagging systems. However, video analytics can provide a backup to these systems in real-time and forensically,” notes Bill Flind, CEO of Ipsotek. According to Mishkin, VCA can detect theft as long as there is enough video coverage with great resolution for prosecution needs.

Loitering
Loitering is quite frequently a precursor to crime, so suspicious persons hanging around a site, particularly a known trouble spot will be identified, and the operator's attention drawn to the situation. Features such as after-hours human presence detection and dwell filters can support security staff to protect the casino at night. “When monitoring the entrance hall, every time an object appears in the predefined zone, an alarm is triggered,” explained Hermanns, “dwell filters can detect people who loiter over a suspicious time within a zone. For example, someone behind a gambling table without joining in, or in the casino shop without purchasing something.”

With features such as tailgating detection, it can detect if an individual or vehicle follows the person or vehicle in front too closely to gain access to controlled entrances or barriers. Similarly, virtual tripwire or sterile zone monitoring is used in applications for detecting intruders in high security or safety sensitive areas. This attribute is especially helpful to detect critical areas like the strong room, said Hermanns. “If someone enters the room, and within a predefined time zone a second person enters the room, an alarm is triggered.” As casinos should be cautious of insider and outsider jobs, “cash rooms and back office video coverage can identify internal and external issues,” said Mishkin.

Cheating
In the casino, gamers and dishonest employees continue to search for new methods to cheat the house. VCA can effectively detect cheats and other kinds of tampered activities, such as insertion of electronic devices into slot machines to rig the game.

It is important to note that some situations provide no substitute for the trained eye of an expert security operator, such as the swift movement of hand mucking. That being said, more routine behaviors, such as breaking in to a sensitive perimeter or loitering in a car park can be easily detected. It is in these scenarios where VCA can prove to be most effective, providing surveillance 24 hours a day.

Accidents
In a venue constantly full of people that serves free or low-cost alcohol, accidents are bound to happen in casinos. VCA can provide real-time alerts to security when they detect someone has fallen, and can document the incident to refer to later for slip-andfall liability mitigation. “Most companies use intelligent video solutions for security applications, such as theft or vandalism. However, we are seeing a growing number of companies using intelligent video solutions for safety purposes. A good example is workers' compensation issues that arise when employees get injured on the job. This also applies to casinos when a customer or employee may get injured,” says Mishkin. Similarly, Flind also believes health and safety monitoring and enforcement are important to prevent accidents for both staff and customers.

“Video analytics can provide a good platform for identifying a multitude of issues, for example, blocked fire exits, smoke detection, or concentration of a crowd using heat mapping technology. Evidence from these kinds of alerts can help to prevent accidents and provide video footage to establish the cause of the violation.”

Marketing
Traditionally, VCA was designed and used for security purposes only. However, the role of VCA has evolved to also help businesses improve customer service. According to Daniel Wan, UK Channel Marketing Manager of Honeywell Security, “VCA can provide an alternative view and identify potential opportunities rather than threats. In a store, loitering could be a sign of a potential crime, however it could also be a sign of something else: indecision. This kind of insight could prove invaluable to the floor manager who can then deploy a sales assistant to assist the customer. Casinos can use this intelligence in much the same way ensuring customers are looked after.”

“These modern systems can also help managers improve customer service levels. Nothing is more off putting to a potential customer than a long queue. Again, video solutions normally applied for security purposes can provide a store manager with a way of tracking the buildup of queues and alerting the relevant staff accordingly in order to ensure customers are seen to in a timely fashion. In larger venues with limited on-floor staff, this can be particularly important as it is easy for some customers to be overlooked,” said Wan.

Business data generated can improve customer service as well as measure the return on dollars spent on various promotion, merchandising and marketing activities. Frank Sheu, President of hiQview explained that VCA can support casinos to decide their marketing strategies based on customers' gender and age. People counting can monitor queue length and wait time in gaming and retail services, if a certain threshold is crossed, additional staff will be allocated to quicken the process. According to Mishkin, VCA can also analyze traffic paths and high density areas to pinpoint premium positioning within the facility and the most appropriate locations for promotional campaigns. Hermanns also observed that “counting people at entrances or exits, or in specific areas makes it possible to optimize staff planning by matching numbers of staff with numbers of gamblers, analyze which tables or machines are preferred or less used, and evaluate marketing campaigns.”

Integration brings extra benefits in management
VCA can also be used to analyze and detect unusual events by integrating with other technologies. According to Mishkin, “intelligent video solutions incorporate many internal and external technologies, which can be comprised of physical sensors, such as access control and video analytics, to assist with the detection and forensic process of a casino. For example, a door forced alarm is received and a camera can be positioned to the door to record the activity or the video can be bookmarked and viewed at a later time.” According to Flind, “there is a huge potential to utilize information gathered through a variety of systems. Platforms such as PSIM or incident management systems breakdown the traditional view of information held in silos. Using intelligent video solutions to augment existing systems enriches data leading to greater situational understanding, statistical evidence, and trigger actions in corresponding technologies.” Integrated with other systems, VCA's capabilities enables users to transform solutions into intelligent tools that respond to the practical challenges faced in the casino. By integrating incident management software with the functions of VCA, the security department of casinos can receive the latest information of incidents and arrange the security staff to handle the incidents immediately.

Let there be (stable) light
In a casion setting, unstable lighting conditions can be a major problem that can lead to false alarms. Features like IR illuminators with an illumination distance up to 20 meters or digital wide range dynamics for optimal backlight compensation can help with this issue, explained Hermanns. “Furthermore, the integrated video helps to deal with difficult light conditions. A self-learning algorithm automatically adapts to environmental changes ignoring light changes due to artificial light or repetitive movements, e.g., from gambling machines. Moreover, video analytics adjusts to image degradation e.g., caused by blinding effects,” she added.

Don`t tamper with VCA
One of the most important aspects of VCA is capable of protecting itself from being altered without authorization. ”The intelligent video solution includes tamper protection, so that moving, bagging, and defocusing of the camera are detected, and an alarm is triggered in the event of it,” explained Hermanns. Without this feature, all aspects of the solution would be deemed worthless if surveillance could be simply removed.

Is it all just a hype?
Talk of intelligent video solutions have been going around for years, and rumors about how futuristic it is have left end users disappointed. The hype has led people to believe VCA can detect crime before it has actually taken place, and unfortunately, that is one of the things video analytics cannot do.

Video analytics are essentially based on algorithms that have simple mathematical rules and simple measurements of color, size, and shape for decision making. Users configure VCA to supervise an area, program what to monitor and what to ignore. Analytics cannot tell the difference between a car and a person as the human brain does, we understand what we are seeing due to our common sense. VCA on the other hand, view the pixels it captures and recognizes a human based on their moving limbs, whereas a car would have a constant silhouette. In that sense, intelligent video is not smarter than a human. However, VCA when set up correctly, can be more accurate and efficient than humans when identifying specific behaviors, such as stealing over a counter, as VCA does not take breaks or get sore eyes.

That being said, video analytics is not for every industry. It is essential to realize what issues or threats an industry is facing before deciding on a security solution. For instance, VCA would not be appropriate for people counting in places that are too crowded, as the technology would have difficulty categorizing pixels into individual humans due to constant overlapping — for example, train stations at rush hour.

What it all comes down to
Surveillance has come a long way since the days of video motion detection. VCA may still be taking baby steps easing into the gaming industry, but in situations that rely immensely on video analytics, such as loitering and theft, they create great benefits by saving human resources. For gaming industries, VCA is a helpful tool for various applications; however, at this moment the inability to be detailed enough to capture a professional cheater's sleight of hand may be a limitation for companies who plan to solely use VCA as their only security solution. We hope in the future VCA can be sophisticated enough to analyze detailed human behavior with minimum false positives.

EverFocus to showcase comprehensive solutions with latest line-up at Intersec 2015

EverFocus to showcase comprehensive solutions with latest line-up at Intersec 2015

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by EverFocus | Updated: 11/17/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

EverFocus is going to exhibit its recent and upcoming products at Intersec, the leading international platform of security and surveillance industry in the Middle East and North Africa region during 18th to 20th January, 2015. EverFocus will highlight its position at the event as a solution provider to offer customers with the most customizable surveillance solutions utilizing its complete product line-up including eZ.IP, eZ.HD, mobile and access control series that we will demonstrate this time.

EverFocus will display our latest products with a focus on four main areas: The eZ.IP series comprises a diverse array of function-abundant IP cameras with true plug & play 8-channel NVRs. It features an IP video surveillance solution that stresses ease-of-use and intuitive user experience. On top of that, the eZ Tracker function, the synergy of fisheye and PTZ camera will also be showcased at our booth. The eZ.HD series is another series which EverFocus would be more than eager to introduce to our analog CCTV customers. The eZ.HD DVRs and cameras adopts the latest Analog HD technology, permitting excellent high-quality images of resolution up to 720P which is way superior to traditional analog CCTV. Moreover, it's easy to install and integrate with the existing CCTV systems, so this new eZ.HD video surveillance system will definitely prove itself a truly cost-effective solution. As for the mobile surveillance solution — one of EverFocus' long-recognized strengths — in this year, we will introduce a brand-new hybrid mobile DVR (EMV401/801/1601) which supports a combination of both IP and analog mobile cameras in order to have a wider range of application. Lastly, the access control products which have already gain a large market share in China will also be exhibited at Intersec 2015.

As a matter of fact, this year, we have another main emphasis – Genie XMS, EverFocus' open systems integration platform. It is well-designed with a scalable and modular architecture; therefore it can easily integrate with various applications according to different security objectives. Thus, scalability, flexibility and reliability are the defining factors of this platform which EverFocus will strongly promote at this event. To deliver this clear image to customers, all the product series mentioned above will be displayed in a way that everything is connected and can be all threaded through Genie XMS.

The Genie XMS will be run on our enterprise-level 8-bay rack mount Commander 2 ENVR8008 or the 4-bay tower Elite 2 NVR8004X which will connect all the IP-based devices including IP cameras, NVRs (ENVR8304E), hybrid mobile DVRs (EMV1601) and access control products, respectively demonstrating different functions and applications such as eZ Tracker, Access Control, the License Plate Recognition (LPR) and fleet management (xFleet).

Other innovations showcased this time include our hot-seller IP Sidekick (ESK1000), a small gadget to simplify your IP camera's viewing angle and focus adjustments on installation site, and the useful Palun, a PoE-powered Video Balun. It can transmit both power and digital IP video signal over coaxial cable from PoE device to IP camera so that you can simply use it to upgrade the surveillance system from analog to IP, leveraging the existing coaxial infrastructure without re-cabling.

We are very glad to introduce our flexible and scalable security solutions at the event. If you are interested in our products and solutions, please visit us at booth S1H-33C Intersec, in Dubai, UAE, during 18th to 20th January, 2015!

ASSA ABLOY Aperio secures i2 office solutions across the UK

ASSA ABLOY Aperio secures i2 office solutions across the UK

Editor / Provider: ASSA ABLOY | Updated: 11/13/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

ASSA ABLOY Access Control's innovative Aperio wireless locking solution is the preferred choice for specialist serviced office providers i2 Office.

Customer
i2 Office offers fully serviced and furnished offices of the highest quality on flexible terms with the latest technology to suit all sizes of business in city center locations across the UK.

Challenge
Each of i2 Office's sublets had been hardwired into an existing access control system, which had proved costly and time consuming. When it decided to upgrade its security systems, the customer therefore wanted inspirational security technology that was user friendly and that eliminated the use of cabling around doors.

Solution
Each office is now secured with Aperio wireless locks. This eliminates the use of cabling and operates without needing to replace the existing access control system, thereby minimizing installation costs. Access can be granted or denied instantly without having to update cards, which benefits i2 Office when there is a change of tenant, as it saves time and resources. Installing Aperio wireless locks has transformed each of i2 Office's sublets into an aesthetically pleasing, safe and secure environment for everyone.

Tyco Security Products showcases growing technology portfolio in Milan

Tyco Security Products showcases growing technology portfolio in Milan

Editor / Provider: Tyco Security Products | Updated: 11/12/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Tyco Security Products, part of Tyco, the world's largest pure-play fire protection and security company, will demonstrate a new slate of innovative technology introductions at Sicurezza 2014, 12 to 14 November, Rho, Milano, on Pavilion 3, Stand E01 G06.

“The growing complexities of the security environment, whether within a large enterprise or at a single location, are demanding intuitive yet sophisticated solutions that allow users to focus on the management of their security department or business,” said Phil Dashey, Vice President and General Manager, EMEA, Tyco Security Products. “The seamless unifications between our products enable security personnel to make quick and informed decisions, whilst avoiding integration challenges.”

With its expanding video portfolio, Tyco Security Products continues to lead the market in offering a diverse set of high resolution IP camera, recording and video management system (VMS) platforms from its American Dynamics and Exacq Technologies brands. New from American Dynamics is the VideoEdge Micro, a compact version of the popular VideoEdge network video recorder, ideal for small sites with limited space. The new VideoEdge and victor v4.5 flagship video management system (VMS) solution brings new analytics capabilities such as heat mapping and POS integration with ease of use functionalities like auto discovery and watermarking.

New from Exacq is the EasyConnect automatic IP camera connector feature that allows users to find, address and connect multiple IP cameras to their network automatically. EasyConnect supports IP cameras from Illustra, Axis Communications and Arecont Vision, totaling more than 400 cameras. Exacq is also introducing the E-Series encoder, which converts analogue camera video into network video streams for use on exacqVision systems. The latest release of the exacqVision 6.4 VMS introduces VideoPush, which allows users to easily push selected cameras or entire views to another monitor, such as a public display monitor or video wall.

Complementing the array of choices in recording and management platforms is a wide range of HD IP cameras, including the low-cost Illustra Flex Series, the Illustra Compact Mini-Domes and Mini-Bullets, the industry's fastest Illustra 625 PTZand the Illustra 825 Fisheye, with onboard de-warping technology.

Headlining the intrusion portfolio for Tyco Security Products is Bentel Security's 3.50 release of the ABSOLUTA intruder alarm control panel, offering full support via the ABS-IP LAN board for Sur-Gard receiver communications, BOSS programming software for customised email notifications, and ITV2 support for third party integration opportunities. The newABSOLUTA M-TOUCH touchscreen keypad features a 7” full colour display, and the ABSOLUTA App enables remote control of ABSOLUTA control panels remotely a smartphone using IP or GPRS connection or SMS commands.

Visonic is introducing PowerMaster Version 18, based on the market-leading PowerG technology that is the backbone of several new devices, including the PowerMaster-33 “hidden” panel, KP-250 two-way wireless keypad, ultrathin invisible magnetic transmitters, stylish handheld panic buttons and new advanced featured software for the widely installed PM-10 and PM-30 panels. Visonic is also introducing Tower Cam PG2, a wireless outdoor PIR that is a perfect solution for visual alarm verification and advanced warning.

Rounding out the intrusion portfolio is PowerSeries Neo from DSC, an innovative solution for residential and scalable commercial installations that combines the flexibility of a modular, hardwired system with the simplicity of a wide range of wireless devices and peripherals. PowerSeries Neo leverages the superior capabilities of PowerG – the security industry's leading-edge wireless intrusion technology – and features innovative alarm verification solutions, along with a comprehensive remote service software suite for intuitive management.

CEM Systems will display emerald(tm), the industry's most multifunctional intelligent touch screen terminal in conjunction with the powerful AC2000 access control and integrated security management system. AC2000 offers customers a resilient security solution that has the flexibility to be customised and integrated to third party systems to suit project needs.

The iSTAR Ultra network door controller from Software House uniquely supports traditional hard-wired access control doors and wireless locksets all in the same controller, up to 32 readers. The newest version of the powerful C•CURE 9000access control and security management software platform utilises the victor Unified Client from American Dynamics, enabling users to easily view access control events, video, and intrusion alarms from one central user interface or remotely on the go using C.CURE Go app.

Rounding out the access control offerings will be the new Kantech Intevo integrated security platform, designed to be up and running in minimal time. It includes a customised dashboard for easy system management and is preloaded with Kantech's EntraPass Corporate Edition security management software and exacqVision video management software.

ASSA ABLOY's mobile access solution debuts at select Starwood hotels around the world

ASSA ABLOY's mobile access solution debuts at select Starwood hotels around the world

Editor / Provider: ASSA ABLOY | Updated: 11/12/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

ASSA ABLOY Mobile Access for Hospitality goes live when Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, introduces SPG® Keyless, a keyless entry system allowing Starwood Preferred Guest® members to use their smartphone as a key. Rolling out to Aloft, Element and W Hotels across the globe, SPG Keyless makes its official debut in 10 hotels in markets including Beijing, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles and Doha. Starwood will rapidly rollout SPG Keyless to be available on 30,000 doors in 150 hotels by early 2015.

Starwood has installed mobile access enabled locks from ASSA ABLOY Hospitality and in partnership with ASSA ABLOY designed functionality for seamless customer interaction. SPG members with Bluetooth Smart-enabled smartphones will receive the guest room Seos Mobile ID with their room number via the SPG App before arriving at the hotel – allowing them to proceed straight to their room and gain access by presenting the smartphone to the reader on the hotel room door. Guests will appreciate not having to wait to check-in at reception, where possible. Starwood associates will appreciate having more time to engage with their guests in meaningful ways to and deliver a more personalized level of service.

“ASSA ABLOY Mobile Access is powered by our award-winning Seos® technology that turns smart devices into trusted credentials for opening doors. Supporting Bluetooth Smart and NFC, ASSA ABLOY Mobile Access is used with the company's mobile-enabled locks and readers, and includes Mobile IDs, Mobile Access Apps and services for managing Mobile IDs on mobile devices. The solution makes it possible to use the broadest range of iOS®- and Android™-based smartphones and other smart devices to access buildings, and open doors and gates conveniently” says Johan Molin, President and CEO ASSA ABLOY.

HOW IT WORKS
* SPG Members must register their phone once through the SPG App and allow push notifications.
* After booking a reservation at an SPG Keyless hotel and approximately 24 hours before arrival, SPG members are invited to opt-in to SPG Keyless.
* Guests will receive a push notification noting that they are checked in and the SPG App will update with his/her room number and the Seos Mobile ID when the room is ready.
* Upon arrival at the hotel, the guest can completely bypass the front desk (where available) and go directly to his/her room.
* Then, after ensuring his/her Bluetooth is enabled, the guest simply opens the SPG App, holds the smartphone to the door lock, waits for the solid green light and enters the room.

The 18th Secutech offers biz opportunities for global security players

The 18th Secutech offers biz opportunities for global security players

Editor / Provider: Secutech | Updated: 11/10/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Secutech is the annual international exhibition and conference for world-class manufacturers and discerning buyers of security products and solutions. The 18th edition is officially confirmed to take place from 28 – 30 April 2015 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center in Taiwan.

Mr Parson Lee, Managing Director of organiser Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd, said: “The upcoming edition of Secutech will be held in April. This strategic timing allows exhibitors to present their latest technologies and launch new products during the optimum sourcing season. The show is highly anticipated by suppliers from across the globe, especially those in China, South Korea and Taiwan. These three major manufacturing bases account for up to 70% of the global security-based product output. We will once again serve as a premier networking platform for fair participants to form strategic partnerships and distributorships.”

Two debut product zones with enhanced categorisation cater to industry needs
Secutech 2015 aims to cater to demand for a wider spectrum of safety and security-related products. As a result, six special product zones, two of which are new additions to the fair, will be featured. The latest zones cover:

* Transmission & Network
Transmission distance limitations have been a major obstacle for HD migration. However, recent advancements in transmission and networking technologies allow video feeds to be sent at higher speeds. The Transmission & Network zone will feature leading Taiwanese information and communications technology (ICT) solution providers to present last mile technologies. There will also be a demonstration area for industry professionals to exchange ideas for smoother HD migration.

*Software & Storage
Higher resolution images are propelling intensive usage of data storage and management. The Software & Storage zone will be a networking platform for hardware makers, software developers and system integrators to interact. This zone aims to raise awareness of Video Management Software (VMS) and Video Content Analytics (VCA) technologies in Asia. VMS is the foundation for video monitoring, analysis and recording. The development of its extensive application is influential to various vertical markets in the industry. Regarding VCA technologies, they automatically analyse video to detect and determine temporal and spatial events. These technologies are applicable to home automation, retail, transport, safety and security.

These two zones make their debut alongside returning product zones for Access Control, Key Components & Parts, IP & HD World, and Smart Home. All zones aim to promote development within the industry.

Secutech will also organise a series of highly thought-provoking seminars. Prominent industry players, keen on sharing their knowledge and experiences, will be the speakers. Highlights include the Global Digital Security Forum (GDSF) and the Composec Conference. Attendees can expect to gain insights into the evolving global security industry through presentations and interactions with experts.

For more details about Secutech 2015, please visit www.secutech.com. Alternatively, please call Ms Sandra Chen at +886 2 2659 9080 ext 761, or send an email to sandra.chen@newera.messefrankfurt.com.

With 12 events, Messe Frankfurt is one of the world's leading organisers of fairs and congresses for the expanding international field of safety and security technology. Nine trade fairs and three high-grade congresses in Germany, Asia, the Middle East, South America and the Russia Federation provide optimum opportunities for gaining a foothold in these dynamic growth markets. Further information is available at www.safety-security.messefrankfurt.com

Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is one of the world's leading trade fair organisers, generating around €545 million in sales and employing some 2,000 people worldwide. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 28 subsidiaries and around 50 international Sales Partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in more than 150 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at more than 30 locations around the globe. In 2013, Messe Frankfurt organised a total of 113 trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany. Comprising an area of 578,000 square metres, Messe Frankfurt's exhibition grounds are home to ten exhibition halls. The company also operates two congress centres. The company is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 percent and the State of Hesse 40 percent.

For more information, please visit our website at http://www.messefrankfurt.com/.

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