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Highlights of Biometrics Readers and Technical news

Highlights of Biometrics Readers and Technical news

Editor / Provider: Erica Lin | Updated: 8/29/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

While government agencies and enterprises nowadays require higher-and-higher level verification systems for better managing personal-identification operations, biometric solutions have shared a vital part of market with its reliability and uniqueness. The biometric technology progress never stops for wider and wider applications.

HID Global brings Intelligence to Door with EDGE EVO Solo Solution

HID Global brings Intelligence to Door with EDGE EVO Solo Solution

Editor / Provider: HID Global | Updated: 8/27/2014 | Article type: Security 50

HID Global announced the release of its EDGE EVO Solo IP-enabled solution that brings intelligence and decision-making to the door for advanced and highly customizable networked access control. As a single-door solution, EDGE EVO Solo is part of the company's new generation EDGE EVO open and scalable controller platform that enables an extensive range of access control functionality, including real-time monitoring, report generation and the use of the system hardware for complimentary applications.

EDGE EVO Solo is a remotely managed stand-alone solution that utilizes a standard web browser and does not require software to be installed on PCs. It also provides the ability to power all devices around a door using Power over Ethernet (PoE), significantly reducing total door installation costs by removing the need to install a separate, dedicated power supply. EDGE EVO Solo utilizes less expensive CAT5 wiring compared to traditional structured cable, and it can be fully upgradeable to an EDGE EVO Host solution as access control demands increase.

“Offering the convenience of contactless physical access control along with PC login and a variety of additional smart card-enabled applications, EDGE EVO Solo is ideal for small- and medium-sized businesses managing a single door for ten to hundreds of cardholders,” said John Fenske, vice president of Product Marketing, Physical Access Control with HID Global. “The solution's intuitive web interface also enables a number of simple management features, making it easy understand for users that know little to nothing about access control.”

Morpho presents fastest contactless fingerprint scanner at GIS 2014

Morpho presents fastest contactless fingerprint scanner at GIS 2014

Editor / Provider: Morpho (Safran) | Updated: 8/27/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Morpho (Safran) announced the commercial launch of Finger On the Fly, the fastest contactless four finger scanner. Using advanced imaging technology, this innovation simultaneously captures four fingerprints from a single wave of the hand. Finger On the Fly will be on display at the 2014 Global Identity Summit in Tampa.

. Finger on the Fly simultaneously delivers high security through multi finger matching, and extremely fast touchless convenience. Delivering high-resolution fingerprint capture in less than one second, Finger On the Fly is also the market's fastest contactless biometric device.

Finger on the Fly ensures that markets and industries which necessitate truly touchless operation can now also benefit from the world's leading fingerprint technology from Morpho. Finger On the Fly is ideally suited for applications such as border control at airports, access control at sensitive and high traffic sites, flow management and a wide range of other situations where high speed enrollment and matching, as well as convenience and security are a priority.

“We are excited to revolutionize the fingerprint identification solutions market with this new product. Our teams have worked tirelessly to this end and we are truly proud of this achievement,” stated Thomas Chenevier, Senior Vice President, Products and Innovation at Morpho. “As a world leader, Morpho is committed to continually innovate and advance biometric technologies.”

UK Security Market(2-2): Hot and crowded

UK Security Market(2-2): Hot and crowded

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 8/27/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

The UK security market carries some special features; the most notorious is its large number of legacy analog systems. In addition, bearing the consideration over extra cost of re-cabling and labor, complexity of different projects, and requirement toward high quality, UK customers naturally take extra caution in making purchases and adopting new technologies, such as IP. Over the years, the IP adoption speed has picked up dramatically for a country with high resistance to IP; however, it is still comparatively slower than the US, Middle Eastern, and Scandinavian regions. According to different vendors' comments, the ratio of analog to IP installation in the U.K. is around 50-to-50 or 40-to-60. Steve Carney, Director of Video Product Line Management at Tyco Security Products, dissected the IP growth momentum and said, “The price of IP security products has become more challenging over the past 12 months. It pushes the higher-end IP market to generate more values, such as embracing more intelligent video and mobility in security systems. It also helps stimulate the traditional, cost-driven, analog market (such as the U.K.) to adopt more IP.“

Fully Supports Different Technologies
In a country with widespread legacy systems, companies in the U.K. pay extra attention to developing different technologies, such as encoders/ switchers or hybrid systems to fulfill the requirements for fusing analog and IP systems together. Gerard Otterspeer, Regional Marketing Manager of Video Systems for EMEA at Bosch Security Systems, suggested, “The U.K. has a large base of legacy systems. So, there is always a need to make sure if your systems are able to integrate with legacy systems. We feel that the UK market is going IP quite fast; roughly, 60 percent of our projects here use IP. When providing the IP products here, we also have to ensure they connect with other analog systems too.” In addition, “It is very important to have full product portfolios to support the large legacy market. We do have a wide range of products, such as encoders, and also HD hybrid cameras supporting IP and analog,” he highlighted.

This was also echoed by Axis. Andres Vigren, Product Manager for Axis Communications said, “The U.K. has a history of analog. We are coming from IT. It is very important to have a complete portfolio also including encoders and media converters, to make sure that customers can easily upgrade from analog to IP. Media converters are easy to deploy which you can still keep your coaxial cables.”

Looking to another group of companies, they bring a different statement in appropriate solutions to this market by highlighting the major benefits of using hybrid systems. Carney said, “We have heavily invested in the migration solutions, particularly hybrid solutions that employ a mix of analog and IP technology. I think the encoder market has disappointed some people in some aspects since it costs more for hardware and software for further upgrade. Some people expect encoders could be the transition point, but I would say the transition actually begins with hybrid NVRs and DVRs.” He further explained, “Tyco's American Dynamics and Exacq hybrid NVRs have IP and analog inputs. So, just because in the future the customer fully upgrades to IP, the processing power remains the same whether the device is handling analog or IP video."

March Networks also focused on hybrid NVRs, Stefano Torri, European Sales Director at March Networks said, “Inside the hybrid NVR is a box of encoders, so you can connect it with IP cameras and of course support analog. It is one well set-up alliance, embedded with video management software and added in video analytics. We develop our own video analytics, which we called ‘business intelligence.' We provide a very strong video analytics and value-added software for transaction integration with POS and ATM systems, particularly for big commercial, retail, and banking sector.”

End-to-End Solutions to cater to SIs
Due to the aforementioned considerations of UK customers and extra cost over installation, companies usually have to cater to what systems integrators really need and also bring more added values. Therefore, the total cost of ownership (TCO), return on investment (ROI), and ease of installation are most often evaluated when selecting products and designing systems.

The number of companies who provide end-to-end solutions rise in the market to further ensure systems have seamless compatibility and interoperability. Andrew Myung, Director of Strategy & Planning Team for Global Business Division at IDIS emphasized, “To optimize the values of total video surveillance solutions, education to customers is very important. The obvious example is especially when the retail customers have chain stores around the country; it carries extra time and cost to upgrade their systems within all their branches. Therefore, what we propose is the simplicity of IP systems with the idea of ‘plug-and-play,' which is very similar to the old, analog systems. Since what we provide is a very wide, end-to-end product line, the hefty increase of installation and maintenance time, labor and difficulties can largely be alleviated.” In the U.K., brand awareness and quality are important. What is worth noticing is IDIS, well-known in the OEM business for a long while, spent a very short timeframe preparation to complete its full IP video product lines and market its own brands in the U.K. and other European regions. This year, it has already launched 4K cameras, NVRs, and also monitors.

Full Video & Access Control
Integration to Simplify Work for SIs Solution providers are also working on developing integrated systems. Avigilon, another end-to-end solutions provider, this year, further demonstrated its integrated access control platform, which is able to manage an alarm from access control and video in one single platform. “Our most recent version of access control software includes the introduction of an appliance, which is an ideal solution for up to 32 readers, to address the physical security needs of small to mediumsized sites. It simplifies security with a cost-effective, all-in-one appliance,” said Ian Povey, Director of Product Marketing and Product Management for Avigilon, in a press release.

Carney continued, “Tyco also invested very heavily in integration of our video and access control systems. Both of our video and access control now are able to be integrated into one single platform, which we see as being a requirement for the middle to high-end market. These integrated solutions can better manage the work flow and cost, and provide better service.”

Since the UK market is quite crowded, companies are looking for more added values to differentiate their security systems. Meanwhile, end users no longer want standalone products but integrated solutions from a single company. Andrew Dicken, GM of System Solutions Group of Panasonic System Communications Company Europe said, “The market trend we have seen over the past five years across the EU, not just the UK, is a move toward integrated systems. Panasonic's System Solutions Group has engineering teams working globally on projects that integrate numerous products with proprietary or third party software and total security technologies.”

On the manufacturers' side, forming partnerships over technologies or strategic alliances is a common approach to develop integrated solutions. Panasonic's entrance into the European access control market is a very obvious example. To become a total solution provider, Panasonic Europe expanded its access control product line by forming a strategic alliance with Bravida Fire & Security, a leading access control and intruder alarm company based in Scandinavia. Dicken commented, “Through this strategic alliance, Bravida is able to use Panasonic's video surveillance and fire platform, and Panasonic uses Bravida's access control and intruder platform. Two companies are forming an alliance, a synergy of two major brands in Europe. We are designing products together and also are integration partners. Besides, we are able to share the market intelligence as well as engineering and sales resources.”

Third-party Partnership Calls for Open Platform
To cater to what systems integrators and end users need, some companies work on third-party integration and partnerships. Peter Ainsworth, Head of Product & Marketing at Samsung Techwin Europe said, “What we are highlighting this year is the processing power of our latest DSP chipset that is incorporated into our latest generation of video surveillance cameras is such that we can offer customers complete freedom and flexibility to choose the edge based video analytics App, which best matches their individual requirements. The DSP chipset has the ability to run multiple applications simultaneously and so, in addition to utilizing video analytics for security or business intelligence purposes, customers have the option to run a wide range of other types of Apps such as, for example, cloud storage.”

Another example is PSIM, which benefits most large enterprises, is able to integrate more non-traditional security sensors into the solution to get more operational benefits and save money to increase ROI, according to Jamie Wilson, Marketing Manager of Security of EMEA at NICE Systems. One case is PSIM collocates with VMS in building management systems to control lights, ventilation systems, and lift management. The integration enables the data from other systems to come in PSIM.

Constructing Security ecosystems
Telling from the latest development in the UK security market, it won't work if companies just follow the traditional way to do security business. Even manufacturers need to leverage the strength from other manufacturers to create new business and markets, not to mention other channel players. We can expect in the future for many security ecosystems to be built up. Again, companies working hard in the U.K. provide valuable examples for other markets, too.

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Software House expands iSTAR controller portfolio

Software House expands iSTAR controller portfolio

Editor / Provider: Software House | Updated: 8/26/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Software House, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, introduces iSTAR Ultra, a 32 reader network door controller built on the Linux platform for improved security and scalability.

iSTAR Ultra uniquely combines support for traditional hard-wired access control doors with support for wireless locksets, all in the same controller. Up to 32 readers are supported by iSTAR Ultra, of which 16 may come from the Access Control Module's (ACM) I/O units; the rest can be made up of ASSA ABLOY Aperio wireless lock sets and devices. iSTAR Ultra communicates with the latest version of C•CURE 9000 security and event management system for a complete access control solution.

In addition to the increased reader capacity, iSTAR Ultra also provides a higher capacity of inputs and outputs per controller – near double the amount supported by iSTAR Pro today.

Ideal for enterprise and government applications, iSTAR Ultra features dual GigE network ports and FIPS 197 certified AES 256 network encryption. Custom key management, embedded Denial-of-Service protection, DNS support, and an embedded web diagnostics tool provide customers with the ultimate in network security and reliability.

iSTAR Ultra's unique lock power management features, including socketed output relays, eliminate the need for separate lock power interface boards. Dual lock power feeds on each ACM can be used for selection of individual lock voltage (12V/24V, for example), or for battery and non battery-backed power sources to comply with certain local life safety codes.

“iSTAR Ultra moves the Software House controller technology into a true appliance-based platform, providing higher levels of security,” said Jason Ouellette, Access Control Product Line Director, for Tyco Security Products. “iSTAR Ultra also provides lock power management built into the controller to help decrease overall installation costs while increasing the capacity of the controller. This controller is critical as the foundation of our embedded architecture, which will enable cloud-based access control solutions in the future.”

With its wall-mount and rack-mount options, iSTAR Ultra offers flexibility for installations, helping to conserve valuable server room space. An ideal choice for areas that have many readers in close proximity to the panel, iSTAR Ultra also supports up to 16 RS-485 ports, allowing installers to maximize distances to each door.

NICE voice biometrics Real-time Authentication Solution awarded

NICE voice biometrics Real-time Authentication Solution awarded

Editor / Provider: NICE Systems | Updated: 8/21/2014 | Article type: Security 50

NICE Systems announced that it won a Star Performer Award from Speech Technology magazine for its NICE Real-Time Authentication solution.

The NICE Real-Time Authentication solution uses voice biometrics to validate customers as they conduct a conversation with a contact center agent, using their voice as a unique identifier, all without PINs, passwords or key phrases to remember. This has been proven to simplify the often rigorous authentication process and reduce average handle time by up to 45 seconds per call. NICE not only improves the customer experience but provides additional layers of security to protect customers, including dynamic security questions as a second layer of authentication for elevated risk scenarios such as suspected fraudulent calls or high worth transactions.

Voice biometrics has long been hindered by an arduous registration process, which resulted in low enrollment and therefore lower returns. NICE Seamless Passive Enrollment creates voice prints from previous call recordings, solving this problem and enabling a scalable, cost effective solution.

David Myron, Speech Technology magazine's editorial director
Speech Technology's Star Performer Award recognizes the industry's biggest speech technology innovators. “These technologies will undoubtedly help shape the future of the speech technology industry. The awards reveal some of the hottest industry developments. The most notable advancements are in various speech-enabled mobile applications (such as voice biometrics, visual IVR, wearables, and mobile voice search), as well as natural language and analytics technologies.”

Miki Migdal, President, NICE Enterprise Product Group
“We are thrilled to be recognized by Speech Technology magazine for NICE Real-Time Authentication. Our solution is changing the way companies service their customers by helping them quickly and safely improve the customer experience while protecting against fraud. This award is further proof of how NICE develops innovative technology to help organizations get closer to their customers.”

Suprema launches Xpass S2 for IP Access Control

Suprema launches Xpass S2 for IP Access Control

Editor / Provider: Suprema | Updated: 8/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Suprema, Inc., the Korea-based provider of technology in biometrics and security, announces the launch of a new model of IP access control multi-smartcard reader and controller, 'Xpass S2'.

Compared to its predecessor Xpass Slim, Xpass S2 is remarkably enhanced in RF performance as it now supports reading of various more card technology standards including MiFare, DESFire, ISO14443A/B, ISO15693 and FeliCa, as well as NFC. It also reads and writes data on the card sectors.

In addition, with IP65 ingress protection rating, Xpass S2 is equipped with built-in adaptive heater and works under a harsh environment at a wide operational temperate range of -35 degrees Celsius to 65 degrees Celsius. It also supports expanded capacity, up to 50,000 user badges and 100,000 event logs for enterprise level organizations as well as small and medium sized businesses.

Xpass S2 comes not only with TCP/IP interface, but also more traditional interfaces such as RS485 and Wiegand to provide higher flexibility and multiple installation options for different environments. A built-in relay and a configurable Wiegeand interface enable Xpass S2 to be used as a standalone controller with other 3rd party readers.

The device is designed by focusing on satisfying both aesthetic and practical aspects, featuring multi-color LED indicator and extra slim profile of 11.4 mm. Measuring 80 mm of height and 120 mm of width, it perfectly fits switchboxes for most US, EU and APAC countries to provide easier installation.

"The Xpass S2 is the latest addition to our growing access control lineup and provides extra flexibility for our customers in designing their access control systems with or without biometric solutions," said Young S. Moon, Vice President of Suprema Inc. "Along with our biometric access control system, the Xpass S2 is expected to set Suprema as a leader in IP access control, meeting various needs for flexibility, complexity and scalability."

Kantech releases Intevo with exacqVision VMS software

Kantech releases Intevo with exacqVision VMS software

Editor / Provider: Tyco Security Products | Updated: 8/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Kantech, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, one of  the world's largest pure-play fire protection and security companies, announces the release of the Intevo integrated security platform which now includes the latest version of the exacqVision video management system (VMS) software.

Designed to unify access control, IP video and intrusion for small to medium-sized businesses, Intevo seamlessly integrates the Kantech EntraPass software with exacqVision VMS software into a single solution. Intevo also includes support for DSC PowerSeries and MAXSYS alarm panel integration, giving users plug-and-play capability.

“With the move to the Exacq software, Intevo brings the powerful and intuitive features of the exacqVision VMS, such as faster and more intuitive video searching capabilities, to customers as part of an easy to deploy, integrated security platform,” said Scott McNulty, Senior Product Manager, Tyco Security Products.

The exacqVision software features SpeedSearch, where video frames automatically populate on the screen upon conducting a search and advance as the timeline cursor is moved. Users can also begin an investigation while video is still downloading, providing faster access to the necessary evidence, particularly for low bandwidth connections.

Intevo is optimized for the use of American Dynamics Illustra Series HD cameras — supporting up to 32 IP cameras per system. Using the exacqVision software, Intevo supports over 2,000 models of the industry's leading IP camera including fisheye/panoramic models with client-side de-warping.

The Intevo platform is preloaded with the latest version of Kantech's EntraPass Corporate Edition security management software, which supports the EntraPass Web remote user platform and the EntraPass Go mobile application right out of the box. EntraPass allows customers to view, manage and play back video linked to access control events as well as perform everyday access control functions such as locking and unlocking doors.

SimonsVoss launches new

SimonsVoss launches new "SmartIntego" product line

Editor / Provider: SimonsVoss | Updated: 8/19/2014 | Article type: Security 50

With the system integration solution SimonsVoss SmartIntego connections to existing complex access control systems are now easier than ever before. System component auto-configuration in the SmartIntego Manager ensures that there is far less work involved in component integration compared to other systems.

Of all technologies deployed in buildings, security technologies are of particular crucial significance. Systems for fire and burglar alarms, video surveillance and access control contribute enormously to people's security and safety. To reduce complexity amalgamation of different systems are on the increase. In buildings such as hospitals, universities, public authorities equipped with several office doors and conference rooms, an extensive access control system is often already installed, usually a card-based system with an online access control station. Access authorizations are stored there and also secure the classic offline card reader. With the development of SmartIntego SimonsVoss provides the ideal solution to handle system integration into already existing access control systems. SmartIntego consists of the electronic components locking cylinder, door fitting SmartHandle and GatewayNode.

Oliver Quaisser, Sales Director for SmartIntego, describes the SimonsVoss system integration product: "For many building operators, equipping an entire building with card readers and wiring them is too costly, too complex and in some cases due to building specifications simply not possible. Card readers are normally only employed for outside doors or safety-relevant doors. In other cases, the doors are equipped with mechanical systems and keys. To replace these mechanical systems, SimonsVoss is offering a cost-effective overall solution with SmartIntego, which seamlessly integrates into the existing access control system, providing a fast return on investment.“ With this new product line SimonsVoss targets the leading international system integrators.

The electronic locking cylinder - SmartIntego and electronic door fitting SmartHandle - SmartIntego supports the transmission standards of all conventional card formats such as MIFARE Classic, MIFARE Plus, MIFARE DESFire/EV1, Legic Advant UID, HID iClass UID and MIFARE UID. Installation is performed without any cables and drilling. With a battery life of up to 80,000 locking operations in online mode, the components do not require any maintenance for several years.

The GatewayNode - SmartIntego ensures the perfect connection between the digital locking cylinder or SmartHandle and the central building security control system. As an intermediary device between the intelligence in cylinders and door fittings on the one hand and the access control system on the other, the GatewayNode ensures seamless cooperation between peripheral devices and the security software. A series of characteristics transform the radio-based hub with an RS485 and TCP/IP interface into an exceptionally powerful access manager. Each GatewayNode is capable of handling up to 16 locking devices. Thanks to its highly developed internal components, it is able to transmit so-called white lists with up to 250 entries from the access control system to the peripheral devices and keep them up to date. This ensures optimum flexibility, even in offline mode.

 

LAX extends incident management with NICE Situator web app

LAX extends incident management with NICE Situator web app

Editor / Provider: NICE Systems | Updated: 8/18/2014 | Article type: Security 50

NICE Systems and AECOM Technology Corporation announced that they are helping Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) extend its situation management capabilities from the control room to the field. The airport deployed the NICE Situator Enterprise Geographical Information System (EGIS) Web application, which enables field personnel to view on their tablets all open security and operational incidents in Situator and log new incidents. This creates a shared environment for managing incidents, leading to better collaboration between teams, increased situational awareness for all operators and more-effective responses.

The Web application uses the sophisticated geospatial and mapping capabilities of Esri's ArcGIS Server to provide customized, layered views of airport buildings, property and infrastructure. All relevant incident stakeholders can visualize the same incident on a map and engage in interactive dialogue via the comments log. They can also share response plans, like an evacuation route, by drawing on the map, annotating it and saving it to the system.

The Web application will also help field operators more efficiently manage day-to-day tasks, such as Federal Aviation Administration-mandated Part 139 airfield inspections. Under Federal Aviation Regulations Part 139, United States commercial service airports are required to conduct various assessments of each runway; examine pavement markings, lighting, signs and safety areas; and oversee ground vehicle operations. If an issue arises, field operators can easily create a new incident on their mobile devices, which is resolved through Situator's workflows and recorded for compliance purposes.

Part of the Los Angeles World Airports, LAX has been using NICE Situator since 2011 to integrate information from various security and operational systems, like video surveillance, CCTV and access control, as well as to generate automated, adaptive response plans. With the Web application, first responders and field operations personnel receive all information from Situator in real time. They can immediately pull up assets in an impact zone – for instance, a video camera within 100 feet of the incident – or use the application's robust search engine to search for nearby geospatial assets, like the exits closest to an incident location. They can also create new incidents, manage ongoing ones and complete specific tasks assigned to them, reducing reliance on radio communications and enhancing compliance.

Dominic Nessi, Deputy Executive Director/Chief Information Officer at Los Angeles World Airports
“The NICE-AECOM solution is allowing us to transform the way we manage safety, security, and operations at LAX. Based on our ongoing success with NICE Situator, we sought a way to apply these capabilities to our field operations. Now, not only are we able to maximize the use of our existing PSIM, situation management and GIS technologies, we are strengthening our entire security and operations apparatus.”

Kevin Carlson, Vice President, Aviation Systems, AECOM
“We are excited to partner with NICE to bring this unique solution to LAX, and to help fulfill the airport's vision for real-time interactive dialogue and collaboration. By combining an airport's EGIS infrastructure with an enterprise situation management platform, organizations can leverage geospatial information for more effective collaboration in support of both daily operations and emergency response.”

Chris Wooten, Executive Vice President, NICE Security Group
“Extending the reach of NICE Situator into the field significantly augments security operations. In a dynamic airport environment like LAX, it is critical to maintain a direct line of communication between multiple users by providing situation management capabilities both inside and outside of the control room. This model for mobile situation management demonstrates NICE's leadership and technology innovation, which can be tailored to the needs of other airports and industries as well.”

NICE's security solutions help organizations capture, analyze and leverage big data to anticipate, manage and mitigate security and safety risks, improve operations, and make the world a safer place. The NICE security, intelligence and cyber offerings provide valuable insights that enable enterprises and governments to take the best action at the right time by correlating structured and unstructured data from multiple sensors and channels, detecting irregular patterns and recognizing trends. NICE Security solutions are used by thousands of customers worldwide, including transportation systems, critical infrastructure, city centers, banks, enterprises and government agencies.

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