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March Networks video surveillance selected to protect ATM in Sweden

March Networks video surveillance selected to protect ATM in Sweden

Editor / Provider: March Networks | Updated: 10/22/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

March Networks®, a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions, has announced that Bankomat AB, one of Sweden's largest ATM services providers, has selected the company's high-performance 8000 Series Hybrid NVRs for advanced security and asset protection of a 2,200 ATM network, with an initial large-scale rollout slated for completion by the end of 2014.

Bankomat is co-owned by the five largest banks in the country: Danske Bank, Handelsbanken, Nordea, SEB and Swedbank, and has been gradually consolidating each financial institution's ATM network. Many of the ATMs previously had no video surveillance or relied on a variety of different vendor platforms.

Stanley Security, a March Networks certified partner, recommended the March Networks 8704 Hybrid NVR as the ideal platform for Bankomat, and is currently managing the rollout. The 8704 model is designed for space-constrained locations like an ATM and has optimised H.264 compression – unique to March Networks – that delivers detailed HD video and noticeably sharper images from legacy analogue cameras without impacting video storage requirements. The highly-reliable recording platform also features an internal backup battery guaranteeing a systematic shutdown in the event of a power failure, a variety of security features and up to 2 TB of onboard storage.

“The unique model offered by Stanley Security and March Networks delivers greater efficiencies for ATM oversight,” explained Bankomat Security Chief Peter Svahn. “The ATMs are equipped with between two and four cameras. Many of the sites have older analogue cameras, but a transition to IP technology is in the works. IP cameras give us much better quality, so there's no reason I can see to work with analogue equipment.”

Stanley Security, which is also responsible for managing and servicing the video solution and retrieving video at Bankomat's request, is using March Networks' Enterprise Service Manager (ESM) software for centralised control of all recorder programming.

“The decision to standardise on March Networks made sense,” said Anders Gustafsson, Stanley Security's Stockholm-based Vertical Segment Manager for banking. “They are a preferred vendor in the banking market because of the functionality of their systems, their ease of use and reliability. It's not often that we have to replace a March Networks recorder.”

Complementing the video security at each ATM is Stanley's Pacom access control system, which allows security operations personnel to remotely unlock ATM service doors for authorised armoured car staff. Integration with the March Networks system allows Stanley Security guards to access video at the location to keep an eye on the scene and alert law enforcement in the event of a holdup or unauthorised access.

Tyco holds live demonstrations for dealers and integrators in Spain

Tyco holds live demonstrations for dealers and integrators in Spain

Editor / Provider: Tyco | Updated: 10/22/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Tyco Security Products recently conducted a series of technology events in Spain. The multi-day sessions hosted in late September and October provided educational opportunities to dealers, integrators, monitoring stations and their customers on both current products and new technologies implemented by Tyco Security Products.

These free events allowed more than 150 participants to meet with the sales and technical teams from the various Tyco Security Products brands, partake in discussions, and provide feedback on the company's offerings, integration plans and product roadmap. Live demonstrations of security solutions from Tyco Security Products alarm and intrusion brands (DSC, Sur-Gard, Visonic, and Bentel Security,) as well as access control brands for video surveillance (CEM Systems,Kantech, American Dynamics and Exacq Technologies) complemented the presentations.

“With stops in Madrid and Barcelona we brought the latest product information directly to our customers and provided them the ability to experience first hand the many synergies within our portfolio,” said Ángel Vázquez, Regional Sales Director – Europe, Tyco Security Products. “Offering an up-close look at these technologies that span access control, video and intrusion, attendees were able to determine how best to configure a state-of-the-art security system, whether for their clients or for their own business.”

The meetings highlighted several product introductions, including PowerSeries Neo from DSC, the industry's most comprehensive hybrid intrusion detection system, Visonic's innovative PowerMaster 33 wireless intrusion system, and the ABSOLUTA 3.5 G3 intrusion panel from Bentel. In access control, the innovative Intevo Compact platform from Kantech offers integrated access control, video and intrusion to the small and medium business market. American Dynamics presented its growing portfolio of IP HD cameras, including the cost-effective Illustra Flex series, the Illustra Compact series for discrete surveillance and the 180 to 360-degree Illustra 825 fisheye camera for active surveillance environments as well as the powerful victor and VideoEdge 4.5 network video management solution. Sur-Gard displayed the SG System 5, a new IP and analog compatible monitoring receiver. From Exacq Technologies, attendees experienced the exacqVision Edge solution, a full-featured server software that runs directly on an IP camera or encoder without the need for a separate server.

Vanderbilt agrees to acquire Siemens' security product business

Vanderbilt agrees to acquire Siemens' security product business

Editor / Provider: Vanderbilt Industries | Updated: 10/21/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Vanderbilt Industries, a global company of security systems, announced today it has entered into an agreement to acquire Siemens' Security Products business, part of the Siemens' Building Technologies Division. The business will be renamed Vanderbilt International. Security industry veteran Joseph J. Grillo will be Managing Director, working from the new operational headquarters in Germany.

• Acquisition will significantly boost Vanderbilt's market position in the European security systems market through a wider and more comprehensive range of products and solutions

• Siemens' Security Products (SP) complements existing Vanderbilt business portfolio as a leading supplier with widely recognized brands and long-term relationships with pre-eminent customers

Joseph Grillo stated that this transaction will considerably expand Vanderbilt's presence in the security industry by broadening the company's competitive position in a highly fragmented market with great growth potential.

“The acquisition of Siemens' Security Products, which fits our corporate strategy perfectly, matches Vanderbilt's solid foundation and strong legacy built from nearly three decades in the security industry,” said Joseph Grillo.

“Vanderbilt saw an opportunity to expand its product offering and geographic market coverage. The addition of SP represents significant value potential with its established installed base of customers and loyal resellers. The market trend is for integrated security management systems and more open solutions from trusted suppliers. SP clearly provides a vehicle to offer these solutions to a broader customer base,” Grillo added.

Siemens' SP consists of products in the access control, intrusion alarm, and video surveillance categories, which complement Vanderbilt Industries' fully integrated product offerings. The acquisition includes such well-known and established brands as Bewator and Cotag in the access control segment and Alarmcom and Europlex in the intrusion alarm space.

ASSA ABLOY door and perimeter solutions support America's safe schools week

ASSA ABLOY door and perimeter solutions support America's safe schools week

Editor / Provider: ASSA ABLOY | Updated: 10/22/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Developing a plan to secure a building's interior openings can be an overwhelming yet rewarding task. As a school facilities professional, the task is even more daunting – creating an environment of learning balanced with keeping all inhabitants safe and secure.

With America's Safe Schools Week (http://www.schoolsafety.us/safe-schools-week) taking place October 19-25, 2014, it is an appropriate time to take another look at your school security and reiterate the recommendation for interior security vestibules. A newly released retrofit option from Frameworks Manufacturing, an ASSA ABLOY Group brand can be the answer to slow down unwanted intruders.

Frameworks manufactures interior aluminum security vestibules can easily create a retrofit solution for a school facility's main entrance. Interior vestibules provide an added layer of security when faced with an intruder by delaying the individual entering the building.

Paul Timm, Physical Security Professional, and owner of RETA Security, Inc. assists school administrators in providing a safer and more secure environment. Mr. Timm explains that in the future, almost all school buildings will be built with secured vestibules at main entrances. However, the majority of existing schools were not designed that way, so there is now the need for better access control. "A secured vestibule at the main entry where visitors arrive becomes a place in the school where personnel have the opportunity to authorize the visitor before he or she can gain access to the rest of the facility," he noted.

Frameworks vestibules also offer increased day lighting, for bright entryways and LEED contributions. Additionally, depending on design, remodeled building envelopes with vestibules may be eligible for extensive energy savings according to ASHRAE 90.1 (Modeling of Air Infiltration through Door Openings).

Short lead times accommodate the demanding schedule for retrofitting an existing space. Frameworks standard finishes include the industry's most common options and custom paint colors are available if desired.

The keys to seamless healthcare solution

The keys to seamless healthcare solution

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 10/20/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

In the terms of security for healthcare vertical, there are different phases needed to be taken care of. Unauthorized access to the patient's medical record or expensive medications and equipment will not only cost the hospital a great fortune but also jeopardize their reputation. However, it is important to make sure that the visitors, patients, and injured are easy to go around in the hospital.

The multifaceted security challenge that the healthcare organizations are now facing now is to maintain flexible access and safe environment for patients and visitors while increasing protection on confidential data, staffs, equipment, and medications, suggested by Brian Song, Managing Director at IDIS Europe.

However, facing a more competitive market, many hospitals are demanded to upgrade infrastructure and heavily invest in IT systems in keeping accordance with regulations, and even expand into new areas beyond the hospital, according to Josh Phillips, Director of Marketing of Enterprise and Critical Infrastructure at Verint. “All new projects are selecting IP to match extensive investments that hospitals are making in IT infrastructure,” Phillips emphasized. “Those with analog are considering migration strategies.”

Regarding to the complex security demands from healthcare sector, asmag.com is going to present some highlights from the industry aspects.

Integration of Key and Facilities Management
The high staff turnover rate in a hospital can lead to unauthorized copies of keys distributed to people. Meanwhile, different security levels are in demand throughout the hospitals – from perimeter security for the surrounded area to personal storage. It is crucial to be able to distinguish individual access authority; in the mean time, making sure that patients and visitors are at their most convenience during their staying in the hospital. Therefore, instead of manual managing procedure, a comprehensive access control system that can effectively assist the manager to cope with urgent incidents is preferable.

“Having a master key system that can be managed centrally allows staff with the necessary authority to access rooms, without having to waste time trying to locate the correct key or find out the correct pass code,” said Tina Hughan, Marketing Director for ASSA ABLOY UK. Furthermore, the systems need to be easy and intuitive for less experienced users to manage.

Nothing can be more troublesome when it comes to physical key management. Imagine how much trouble you will have to go through if a person who possesses the key to the medication cabinet has left the building. “Integrating key management with access control allows businesses to meet their key and asset protection needs by implementing advanced key management and locker systems to provide a total solution for security and facilities management,” mentioned Ross Bale, Business Development Manager in the UK at Nedap.

Meanwhile, better management on the lockers can also reduce the physical lockers and space needed. “By seamlessly integrating electronic locker management into the access control platform, it ensures that the maximum numbers of lockers are available for staff to use,” Bale continued.

IP System and Video Analytics is Dominating
Hospital is one of the sectors that require high efficiency the most. When it comes to bringing out the utmost efficiency, IP systems are definitely the most convenient option. “In today's market, a majority of healthcare facilities seek out IP-based surveillance solutions. These technologies offer far more functionalities and return-on-investment than their analog counterparts,” stated Jack Meltzer, Senior Director of Global A&E Program at DVTEL.

Not only is CMOS sensor able to deliver high-resolution images with more details, but the real-time recording can be used for video analysis and integrated with alarms, access control, and other systems, helping end users to take appropriate actions on emergency immediately. For instance, IP surveillance systems can integrate with infant tagging systems at the nursery section in a hospital, providing live monitoring and deterring potential criminal activities, according to Meltzer.

“Video management software is suggested to install considering that the recording, live media data, and instant playback can be operated on a single computer or separate computers according to the client's preferences,” said Steve Ma, Executive Vice President at VIVOTEK.

Speaking of surveillance camera deployed by healthcare sector, other than superior low-light performance, a discrete design of the camera is often highlighted due to the demand not only on ensuring patient's privacy and also for blending into surrounded design. “Small form-factors cameras and cameras with WDR function and good low-light performance are suggested since they can be easily blended into the interior design and able to capture clear image quality under challenging lighting conditions,” recommended Ma.

PSIM Has You Fully Covered
Besides adopting surveillance and access control systems that come with added values, integrating all security systems under the same platform is trending in this vertical.

Lacking of prompt response to emergency may cost tens to hundreds of life in a hospital, leading to devastating consequence. In order to shorten response time to incidents, it is essential to have comprehensive preparation for any possible emergent scenarios.

“A PSIM based security management system offers healthcare environments with a wide range of benefits such as increased situational awareness, which enables a Common Operating Picture for all security operatives, as well as correlating intelligence for real time verification of alarms. It also provides improved efficiencies, which can be achieved from a reduction in false alarms, the prioritization of the most appropriate security resources, and better guidance of response teams using both audio and visual intelligence and helps to reduce training requirements,” said James Candy, VP Technical Services, CNL Software. “Sophisticated post incident reporting and dashboards also provide valuable insights helping to improve the overall performance of security personnel, processes and infrastructure.”

What's Coming Up

Home Care Market is Full of Potential
A promising growth on IP surveillance can be expected in the healthcare sector. As the budget remains a main concern for most of the hospital security manager, IP solution, coming with lower cost of ownership, is much more attractive.

Moreover, while the global population continues to grow and it will be even more difficult to provide sufficient rooms for all of the patients, a new healthcare market is rising. “It will become more common for the elderly and sick people to stay at home and receive treatment and support from the comfort of their home environment,” Johan Åkesson, Business Development Director for Retail at Axis Communications. “Within the home care market the use of network video surveillance plays an important role, making it possible for hospital staff to monitor patients in their home, follow up on treatment and take action in case something happens.”

RFID Propels Innovative Applications
“The recent launch of Apple's long-awaited tap-to-pay technology on its new iPhone 6, using NFC (near field communication) based technology, makes the residency of contactless access control on smartphone seem quite tangible and not too far away. The innovative world of gesture technology is also set to make an impact on how individuals will be able to control a variety of RFID devices,” suggested Hughan.

 

Editor's Highlights - Case Studies

SALTO Systems safeguard Antrim Area Hospital in Northern Ireland

Nedap keyless drug storage for Darent Valley hospital

Hospital in India kitted out with VIVOTEK cameras

AXIS helps you keep an eye from home on baby in the hospital




Nedap responds to market demands with software and open standards in security solutions

Nedap responds to market demands with software and open standards in security solutions

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 10/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Nedap responds to new challenges in the field of security with the use of software components in security systems. These challenges arise from changing laws and regulations – such as the Act on Privacy, proposed by the European Commission – and increasing external threats, such as hackers. Under the influence of these changes, Security Managers have to deal with a completely new reality. During Security Essen, Nedap demonstrated how security systems can be directly adjusted to meet new requirements in the field of security by modifying software. Together with other opinion leaders in the industry, Nedap also considered the question of how to respond to new trends. Open standards and new software solutions play a crucial role here.

‘The security world is constantly changing and new laws and regulations can have a major impact on the design of a security system. The number of threats a security system must offer protection against is also constantly increasing. This is difficult with systems that are based on hardware and which are therefore fixed and closed. These systems cannot adapt to the new reality of the Security Manager', says Ruben Wegman, CEO of Nedap. ‘The only way to solve this is with software. Software modifications not only allow you to respond flexibly to current requirements, but also to new security issues in future.'

During Security Essen, Nedap showed that it is possible to respond easily to existing and future requirements by separating hardware and software. For example, by offering anti-passback as a software component, the security system can be adjusted directly to changing rules, without having to adjust hardware. Anti-passback ensures that a person cannot re-enter a building using an access badge unless the badge has first left the building. This prevents the access badge from being lent to other people.

Open standards for more flexibility
The use of open standards can also result in greater flexibility in organisations. For example, SOAA – the open standard for electronic offline locks – provides organisations with greater choice when it comes to offline locks and a more secure system. Until recently, it was hardly possible to combine multiple electronic offline locks from different suppliers into a single access control system. However, this is a requirement for many large European companies, who indicate that they will no longer be investing in these locks until there is some form of standardisation. During Security Essen, companies such as Assa Abloy, Uhlman & Zacher and Nedap showed what this standard means in practice. The open standard allows companies to easily integrate different brands of offline locks, meaning companies can now choose the product that best fits their needs. This provides the company freedom of choice and saves costs, as they are no longer tied to one supplier. The combination of open standards and software-based solutions enables companies to build on their current system, without having to constantly buy completely new systems.

Companies need a partner who can help them make a risk-free investment, and who will act as an advisor and keep them informed about new developments. Effective collaboration between suppliers is also important, partly to avoid integration problems. The integration of the new AXIS A1001 Door Controller with AEOS software is a good example of this.

Thailand picking up the pieces

Thailand picking up the pieces

Editor / Provider: Steve Chin, a&s Asia | Updated: 10/17/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

At first glance, with its beautiful attractions and large populations of tourists, the Kingdom of Thailand might not seem all that bad or unstable. However, in the last year, political instability and corruption have ransacked the country and slowed economic growth to a halt. With a recent military coup and a new prime minister installed, Thailand looks to stabilize and rebuild its industries. “For the past few years, there have been lots of conflict and fighting. There has been little progress in the country. Right now though, with the military coup happening, the country has cooled down and is more stable. There are now strong indications that the Thai economy will recover,” said Suwich Chitkasemsuk, MD for Digitalcom.

A Glance Back
2013-14 have been two years of economic and political turmoil for Thailand. Stemming from the influence of Thaksin Shinawatra on Thai politics, the majority of the Thai population viewed Thaksin as highly corrupt and damaging to Thailand's democracy and economy. Coupled with the fact that political parties allied to Thaksin have won majorities in every election since 2001, the political hotbox became an issue of fierce debate and turbulence. With the aim of removing Thaksin's influence on politics and the creation of an elected “people's council” to oversee reforms, anti-government protests began in November 2013 calling for the resignation of Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of Thaksin. The protests eventually resulted in the Royal Thai Army declaring martial law throughout the nation, followed by the removal of power from Yingluck, a military coup d'état, and the establishment of a military junta. In recent events, Prayuth Chan-ocha, army chief of Thailand, has now been established as the new interim prime minister.

A BETTER OUTLOOK
Overall, the general consensus regarding the coup seems to be a positive one. Somchai Prajaksoot, MD of Digital Focus explained, “After the coup, the political situation is stable and the economic outlook is better. The security industries have still increased.” There is a definite sense of renewed, if wary, optimism that the new government will reinvigorate economic scenarios as well as the security industry, launching new projects, and creating a better, safer Thailand.

Projects Lead the Way
Key for the Thai security industry lies in government projects. Understandably, they have been few and far between. Feelings across the security market seem to be that one of the most harmful things during the periods of unrest was lack of government projects as well as broken promises. As Johnny Trivitayakhun, MD for Security Communication Center put it, “What was felt, and seriously impacted security companies were government-related projects, where payments were delayed extensively during the periods of unrest.” Pointing once again to the political factors, it's easy to Market Dynamics understand why government projects have been scarce or delayed, as the government's focus has been on quelling unrest and ensuring stability. Further complicating problems, Nuttawaj Chieobangyang, CEO for Coretech, also pointed out that many company projects in the past year have been lost, because the new government evaluates everything to a very fine degree. Every project will be under review, and if the price is too high, an auction will be held, which will shake the whole market. He further added that many companies are not very happy about this.

However, the general belief is that the new government will pursue what the previous governments have left undone. “Since the majority of the spending has to come from the government sector, in order to help drive the economy, I see no reason why there will be any negative impact. On the contrary, I believe that the current government is truly aware of how to best drive the economy, bringing peace and stability to Thailand,” said Trivitakaykhun. The transportation sector, city surveillance, and administration buildings are some government projects to keep an eye out in the future, he added. On the commercial side of things, feelings seem to be somewhat split. Another area of big impact for the security industry is that there seems to be overall more stability. According to Prajaksoot, commercial projects including banks, hotels, retail, and hospitals are still a big factor, as he cited Digital Focus' established dealer and SI network. Tanakrit Rojanasiraprapa, MD for Bacom Internetwork, also added, “Many big projects have been announced. After the coup, the commercial sector invested nearly US$1.5 billion in commercial projects including big groups of condos, department stores, and large buildings.” Trivitakaykhun echoed a similar feeling, “Commercial projects which were put on hold as a result of the coup, will eventually resume towards early next year.”

Arnon Kulawongvanich, MD for Bangkok OA, commented on a different side, explaining that he expects good movement from the private sectors. “The military government is busy trying to reshape everything, not only in the way they run the country, but the fact that they want to clean up everything. And cleaning up takes time,” he said. Because of this, it is of importance that the private, commercial sectors remain strong, being able to offer up larger scale projects. Kulawongvanich also mentioned that Bangkok OA, with 12 years of partnership with Samsung Techwin, continues to promote their solutions in car parking structures, access control, and visitor management. The company is also the exclusive partner of NUUO, working with local Thai software companies to further promote PSIM solutions.

Rollouts of 4G Postponed
The elephant in the room right now in Thailand is a question of how big of an impact the political situation has affected the Thai infrastructure. Because of delays in government projects, adoption of new technology and phase-outs of older ones have not occurred in some aspects yet. A very important factor critical to the Thai economy seems to be the adoption of LTE (4G). Originally promised a while ago, 4G technology and adoption in Thailand are still in its trial periods and are also still delayed. Trivitakakyhun also added, “4G in Thailand has yet to be officially seen, let alone reliable 3G services. Wireless communication obviously plays a drastic and important role when it comes to modern security solutions. Bureaucracy and political instability have cost Thailand dearly.” To add to this, Reuters also reported that in July, Thailand's military government postponed an auction of 4G mobile phone bandwidth for one year, potentially causing billions of dollars of lost investment and sales in a sector that accounts for a tenth of the economy. According to the same article, “Mobile network providers were banking on extra bandwidth to enable faster data communications services, creating an opportunity to increase revenue.”

Regardless of the project delay, 4G development still remains an important indicator to the country's development of network devices. “We do know that the respective bodies in the communication industry have done reviews to analyze the mobile management spectrum in 4G. Recently, there have been trials of LTE that is aimed at bringing the latest telecommunications knowledge and technological experience to the public and private sectors. We believe that this technology will be implemented in Thailand in due time,” said Nafis Jasmani, Regional Business Development Manager for South Asia Pacifc at Axis Communications.

MIGRATION OUT OF ANALOG
Tied into the issue of bandwidth, the adoption of IP-based solutions has also been impacted by the political situation. Nevertheless, with the political climate finally settling down, and the military government coming to terms with the economic scenarios, things are looking up. As William Ku, VP for the International Business Division at VIVOTEK mentioned, “At the current stage, most of the Thai users still use analog systems. The adoption of IP-based security solutions has not been totally prevalent yet. However, with increasing demand for clear and detailed footage in order to enhance security and intelligent video solutions for strengthening organization operation, the move from analog systems to IP-based security solutions is happening in the Thai security industry.” Another trend noted by Rio Mao, Sales Director of APAC at Dahua Technology is the fact that easy-to-use and affordable cost solutions will be ideal, and new functions to facilitate sales lie in value-added products in video surveillance systems. One thing worth keeping an eye out for, however, is the fact that city surveillance projects being touted by various city governments in Thailand are now aiming for IP-based solutions that are easy to integrate with existing solutions. According to Prajaksoot, “For city surveillance government projects, they now require certain specs of IP cameras. They are just now switching from analog to IP. Cameras are now very cheap,” which drives higher adoption of IP cameras.

HD-over-Coaxial a Factor
Another important factor to point out is the transition to HD-overcoaxial solutions and to IP from older analog systems. Recently, a number of Asian manufacturers, especially from Taiwan, China, and Korea, have been strongly promoting their latest HD-over-coaxial products, with very high price-effectiveness and long transmission distances. Some of the existing IP video surveillance providers have started to feel the decrease in their growth rates, because of the latest HD-over-coaxial products on the market. In the future, not just Thailand, but the entire Asian continent might start facing competition between IP and HD-over-coaxial, especially in the SMB sectors. This may result in the SMB sectors slowing down the migration to IP-based solutions.

China Grows its Market Shares
Tied directly into the surveillance markets, and hot on the heels of the video surveillance industry in Thailand, and indeed the rest of the world, is the giant that is China. In the analog video surveillance world, China is arguably number one in the world. With many large, established companies in China, they leave large footprints in the Thai industry. As Prajaksoot explained, Chinese companies are very competitive, very strong. They have also impacted the industry in more ways than one, forcing many distributors and providers across Thailand to slash prices and play catch up.

Because of the price factor as well as the notion of China's ever-improving quality, China will continue to play a very important and big role. “Cost consciousness is obviously the prime focus, from the client's point-of-view. China has a lot to serve and provide. Today, we are experiencing a level comfort when it comes to quality improvement and technological know-how, which makes Chinese manufactured products more attractive, especially when compared to other neighboring countries,” said Trivitakkayhun. Kittichai Samittwuttikul, Director for SMC Group, also brought up another factor in China, where he mentioned that price competitions with companies from Shenzhen are very high. A point elaborating on is the fact that some Shenzhen companies can even offer 720TVL cameras at the price of a 360TVL without sacrificing quality. By taking an aggressive approach to gaining the market, these companies are now putting FOB prices online and offering longer-term payment plans. In order to stay competitive, SMC Group has started to promote its own brand, establishing franchised outlet shops, as well as project design and installation shops for different projects.

HIGH HOPES FOR THE FUTURE
All-in-all, things are looking up in Thailand. Forecasters are predicting mild growth this year with stronger aspects the year after. “I believe that the Thai economy has shown signs of improvements, and growth momentum should pick up late this year. The changes that are happening will ensure both tourists and locals alike will start spending and investing,” said Trivitakakyhun. Ku also brought up the point that Thailand has been one of the founding countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and also one of the key ASEAN members. “ASEAN is a transnational organization for accelerating economic growth and regional prosperity.” One final factor lies also on the political side. Hopefully, as Prayuth Chan-ocha's government continues to settle in, stability and economic reforms will continue. The launching of better IP infrastructure and 4G will also play a big role. “Foreign investment in Thailand as a result of country reforms will also be a factor,” said Prajaksoot. Hopefully, this rings true and Thailand will again be prosperous and stable.

Phones get smarter as door openers

Phones get smarter as door openers

Editor / Provider: ASSA ABLOY | Updated: 10/16/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Using smartphones for access control has taken a major step forward following a second successful pilot project by HID Global – an ASSA ABLOY Group company – and RFI at on-demand media company Netflix.

The latest pilot showcased the benefits of using Bluetooth Smart and patented HID Global gesture technology for opening doors from a distance.

Pilot participants at Netflix used the HID Mobile Access solution on a variety of Samsung and Apple smartphones and utilized HID Global's patented ‘Twist and Go' gesture technology as a new, more convenient way to open doors.

“This latest project really illustrates how far mobile access control has come over the last couple of years,” says Amy Dee, director of procurement and facilities with Netflix. “The HID Mobile IDs and HID Mobile Access App are extremely easy to use, and HID Global's mobile-enabled readers meet all the needs of our demanding enterprise environment.”

A key element of the latest pilot was the use of Bluetooth Smart, as near-field communication (NFC) was the only short-range communication technology available for mobile access control during the first Netflix pilot in 2012.

Adding support for Bluetooth Smart enables mobile access control to be used with popular smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, without the need for accessories. Bluetooth Smart also delivers a longer connection range, which, coupled with HID Global's patented ‘Twist and Go' gesture technology, makes it possible to open doors and gates while driving or walking up to a mobile-enabled reader by simply rotating the smartphone.

Adrian Noriega, the RFI field project manager who installed HID Mobile Access for the Netflix pilot, says: “Once participants received the invitation code, they were able to use the app with ease. Also, having the ability to use the ‘Twist and Go' feature was very convenient. This solution really represents technology at its best, and is the next step in security and convenience for access control."

Nedap keyless drug storage for Darent Valley hospital

Nedap keyless drug storage for Darent Valley hospital

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 10/15/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

A hospital obviously needs to rely on safe storage for their drugs. Nedap enables to do so in cost effective, user friendly and keyless way.

‘Before, all of our 65 nurses owned mechanical keys to the 16 cupboards in our ITU ward. In a busy environment like this, the cupboards are sometimes opened 100 times a day. The locks wore out regularly and consequently the nurses bent or broke their keys all the time. Patient safety always comes first, and we had to be confident that the cupboards were secure at all times. We also had to comply with the national NHS policy to securely store the drugs. That's where Nedap came in.' --Tara Laybourne, Manager ITU ward Darent Valley hospital

Patient's safety comes first
‘In the busy environment of our ITU ward we have nurses working in shifts and visitors walking in and out. Consequently, the policy of the NHS trust is that we need to securely store our drugs. Before, we used key based cupboards to do so. Each of our 65 nurses owned a key to operate them, sometimes up to 100 times a day. As a result of the intensive use, the locks wore out regularly. Sometimes the nurses couldn't lock the cupboards properly anymore and bent or broke their keys as a result. Patient safety always comes first, and we had to be confident that the cupboards were secure at all times. We also had to comply with the national NHS policy to securely store the drugs. That's where Nedap came in.'

Recommendation for Nedap
‘When we asked our partner Carillion, facilitator of the NHS trust fund buildings, about a solution to comply with the NHS security policy, they recommended Nedap. They worked with Nedap before in other NHS site projects, for example NHS Crawley & Horsham hospital. Carillion had heard about the locker management functionality of Nedap's security management platform AEOS. They told us that this solution could help us solve our key-management problem in a cost effective way. Not only for us, but also for Carillion themselves,' says Tara.

No more key management
‘Because the mechanical keys and locks wore out all the time, Carillion had to come over very often to replace them. Also, every time you copy a key, the key gets worse. Eventually it didn't fit the lock anymore. It was an ongoing problem. That's why we chose AEOS Locker Management,' says Tara. ‘The main reason is that the locks can be operated with badges instead of keys. All of our nurses now have one single badge which operates every drug cupboard on the ITU ward.'Also from a maintenance point of view the electronic locker management solution is very cost effective; locks and keys don't have to be replaced anymore and as the locks are wired, there's no need to replace batteries. Tara says: ‘Generally, the solution serves a good purpose and is worth for money.'

Track and trace access
‘Apart from the fact that we can now secure the access to the cupboards, we can also track and trace who's accessed the cupboards at what time. That's also one of the reasons why we've chosen for AEOS Locker Management. According to NHS policy, we have to keep our drugs securely stored. They regularly perform audit trails to check if we comply to the policy. In case of an audit trail, we can easily prove that only authorized persons had access to the cupboards,' says Tara. AEOS Locker Management provides access control on micro level. Via an easy to use web application, accessible via every web browser, users can easily define who should have access to which lockable compartment at what time. When asked about the user friendliness of the system, Tara says: ‘We're happy about the system, but still finding our way around it though. Sometimes, when we issue a new badge to a new colleague, we accidently issue a visitor badge instead of an employee badge. Consequently, the new colleague can't open the cupboards. Then we know that we did something wrong. With a few mouse clicks we can fix our mistake; the system is easy to manage. To keep the process of managing the cupboards secure and clear, only myself and someone else are authorised to manage the system and assign badges. In case both of us are out, the others have an algorithm to check user history if necessary.'

User experiences
When asked about the cooperation with Nedap and its certified Business Partner, Tara says: ‘The cooperation was good. Nedap was available to come over in case of an event. For example, one time, the cupboard wouldn't close. It turned out that the hinges where dislocated. Because the nurses lean on it all the time, we had to renew them. So, it wasn't really due to the system. In the past keys were sometimes lost or misplaced. Since the installation of AEOS Locker Management, they never lost a badge, so that's a great benefit too.'

Future proof
Darent Valley hospital is now ready for the future. In case more drug cupboards should be equipped with Nedap's electronic locks, they can be integrated into the existing AEOS Locker Management system with a few mouse clicks. Because the hospital opted for the solid AEOS security management platform, they can also choose to add on functionalities like access control, intrusion or video management later on. For now, they only use the locker management functionality of the platform and they only pay for the locker management feature they use.

Darent Valley hospital
Darent Valley is a modern hospital in Kent offering professional care, exceptional quality. We provide patients with the latest technology for their treatment in safe, comfortable and clean surroundings. The hospital's team of around 2000 professional and friendly staff provides care for patients across a full range of day-patient, inpatient and out-patient care. We work closely with our local community to improve the standards of our services and welcome all patients both locally or further afield.

 

Nedap modern access control for the Protestant hospital

Nedap modern access control for the Protestant hospital

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 10/15/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

When ‘Christoph 7', the hospitals' quick response emergency team, rushes to an emergency such as a heart attack or a stroke somewhere within the hospital, there is no time to be lost: in the most serious case it can be a matter of life or death. Saving lives has absolute priority and requires unhindered access. The access control management system must therefore be prepared for this eventuality.

So the Team has its own special ‚Christoph 7‘ cards: held in front of any card reader they initiate elevator priority control. The elevator that is specially reserved for the emergency team is ordered to the appropriate floor. Only when a Christoph 7 card is used, the elevator will go to the selected floor with priority. The team can release the elevator for normal operation using the same card. This is just one of many features that the new access control system provides for the Protestant hospital in Mülheim. The system has been realised by the local company GST Gesellschaft für Sicherheitstechnik. Paving the way for flexibility
The foundation of the system goes back to an investment decision made in 2008. Back then the hospital changed from the outdated old system in a migration process to Nedap AEOS.

This comprehensive software-driven platform manages all the security requirements of one or many buildings. As well as access control, this includes identity and authorization management, IP video management and intrusion detection. Add to that the supervision and reporting with web-based alarm administration via a web-based, system-independent graphic interface. The Salto off-line system has been fully integrated into the AEOS security management platform and thereby enables the homogeneous administration of all components, people and functions. AEOS manages a total of 1,580 off-line lock systems. It manages all online doors and online functions, the access doors, the off-line lock system, room doors, patient cabinets and containers, employee cupboards as well as mobile care and food trolleys. New cards including photos are issued using the AEOS software. An ID card can be created on the card printer for every data record in the system and assigned to the corresponding person.

People instead of ID carriers
A particular advantage of the AEOS platform lies in the fact that it is not based on ID carriers but people. The difference is immediately noticeable, for example, if a card is lost. The entire employee record must not be re-entered in the system just because a persons' identification number is missing.

‘This particular criteria can be the deciding factor when choosing the system, above all if there are numerous locations at which the ID features must be distinguished‘, says Dietmar Vetten of GST. This fact permits the issue of multiple identification devices per person. For example, some people have two ID cards in one, that are valid in different hospitals. The cards replace the previously common bunches of keys. They don‘t just open doors and cabinets. Also, the elevator can be controlled with them. Meanwhile long-range readers have been installed near the elevators: these recognise when a bed is moved close to the elevator and permit priority use. The authorization can also be organised differentially so that a priority usage is only available if a member of staff arrives with a bed. If he is alone he will be treated like every other member of staff.

Emergency door monitoring and canteen trolleys
Applications of the security management system can be found everywhere. All doors that are on escape and rescue routes within the hospital are connected to AEOS. Alarms can now be alerted at a central point and forwarded, whereas they used to be raised by pressing an emergency button. The connection also prevents doors being opened without permission. If this happens an alarm is raised in AEOS so that the door can be closed again. An additional connection to the video surveillance system is also planned. The scope of the Nedap software reaches even as far as the catering service: the central food supply service is organised in this Mülheim hospital. The deep frozen food is delivered to the kitchen, divided into portions and stacked in the canteen trolleys. It is then thawed and carefully warmed up on the ward so that it doesn‘t arrive on the plates lukewarm, or even cold, because of the long transport distances. Each of these canteen trolleys has a transponder that automatically opens the door as it passes over the inductive loop in the floor directly below. In this way it is not necessary for a member of staff to manually open a door with their card and the kitchen remains accessible to authorised persons.

Central location – preferred parking
For shopping-lovers it is very practical to use the car park of the centrally located hospital, and so some employees had the idea of using their ID cards outside normal working hours. This is now prevented by a connection to the AEOS software, as Dietmar Vetten of GST explains: ‘The installer has fitted a card reader to the parking lot barrier that is connected to the AEOS system. This has saved having three separate proprietary parking management systems'. The parking spaces can be of ‚mixed‘ use according to an algorithm – that is, by visitors and by staff. The software shows the current occupancy status of each. If one of the staff park there too long an email is sent to the facility management personnel.

Although all the staff from the stand-by team has authorisation for the parking lot, only the person on duty can park there during his shift.

Optimum cooperation
With regard to the implementation of all these systems, no better praise can be given by the customer. This applies not only to the support by GST but also, as Georg Thies and Klaus Domscheit emphasize, for the ‘very good teamwork between Nedap and Salto'. The Salto striker portfolio, that has meanwhile been in use in the hospital for four years, provides an off-line product choice that is hard to beat. Good products alone are not decisive but also good communication within the triangle of manufacturer, installer and customer / user. As Axel Schmidt of Salto points out, this has already been tested ‘in hundreds of joint projects in Europe and worldwide'. During this time the cooperation has been optimised, as Christian Nagel of Nedap confirms: ‘Our emphasis is on the integration of our software because we have an open platform, therefore we work together with experienced partners on a longterm basis.'

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