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exacqVision VMS integrates with Software house C-Cure 9000

exacqVision VMS integrates with Software house C-Cure 9000

Editor / Provider: exacq(Tyco) | Updated: 12/23/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Exacq Technologies announces a new integration with Software House's C-Cure 9000 version 2.20 security and event management system. C-Cure 9000 is a powerful access control system that uses multiple CPU cores and 64-bit operating systems, making it 1 of the fastest and most secure industry solutions.

The integration of C-CURE 9000 and exacqVision VMS software provides an environment where video and access control events are combined into 1 powerful solution. With the capability of displaying and recording video associated with access control events, this integration works seamlessly to link video with these events into a single interface. Additionally, by using pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) controls, users can search for activities occurring at various access points to find and export the related videos.

Bringing together video surveillance and access control into the same security system gives end-users an advanced, centralized way to monitor activities and improve overall security.

The pocket-sized connected home

The pocket-sized connected home

Editor / Provider: a&s Editorial Department | Updated: 12/20/2013 | Article type: Tech Corner

Mobility has become a key selling point for connected home systems. With the popularity of smart devices, consumers have translated their need for on-hand convenience into all aspects of life, including connected home systems. To keep up with consumer demands, the security industry has come up with ways to put connected homes into the pockets of consumers in the form of mobile apps.

The mobile digital wave and smart networking have contributed to a new trend in connected homes — the mobile connected home. Mobile support has already become a basic requirement for connected home systems. Now, with these systems being able to connect to mobile devices, connected homes have made the leap from conceptual idea to tangible mobile remote controls into the hands of users.

From Keypads to Touchscreens

Having made the move from analog intercoms to video door phones to smart systems, connected home servers (processors) have become complex electronic devices. Available connected home servers can be split into 2 categories. The first can be wall-mounted or embedded in a video door phone. This type often uses TFT touchscreens with built-in camera lenses and can be used for home automation functions such as access control, intercom, security, and lighting control. The second is an independent server that is paired with a wall-mounted touchscreen. The server and home equipment can then be linked via wired or wireless connection.

Regardless of whether it is an integrated or independent server, it should be low in power consumption and high in stability, unlike PCs which have an endless amount of functions that can affect efficiency and stability.

Therefore, most industry experts believe that independent control systems are more logical and better suited for professional use, as intercom and control interfaces on touchscreens can be customized and servers can independently process the power supply and high voltage.

Remote Controlling Made Easy by Wireless and Mobile Communication

Wireless communication is another key to extended equipment control for connected homes. Both WiFi and 3G have become a part of daily life. Being able to connect to these wireless communications has expanded the possibilities for servers to remotely control.

Connected home servers need to support one of the several different communications protocols on the market — among which are ZigBee and Z-Wave. These protocols allow for even more flexibility in regard to controlling home appliances and are particularly useful for homes that do not adhere to a specific communications interface. Because of this, connected home systems need to provide even more wired and wireless applications for engineers and construction companies to more easily introduce into digital homes.

The mobilization trend has made the average remote control obsolete to modern users, no longer meeting their needs. The ability to remotely control with mobile devices has helped more people accept and understand the concept of connected homes — it has also become a main selling point for construction companies. As a result, the majority of manufacturers now provide apps that complement their system.

Bringing Android and iOS into Connected Homes

Generally, connected home servers used Linux Embedded or Windows Embedded Compact, also known as WinCE, operating systems. In order to allow servers to connect to external networks and allow for more flexibility with functions, connected home and software manufacturers are capitalizing on the mobile trend by using the Android and iOS platforms. Both Android and iOS platforms can be used for apps and remote controlling of surveillance equipment, turning them into user interface platforms for connected home servers and helping to open up connected homes to the masses.

Due to the openness of embedded systems, more connected homes are using embedded operating systems. The openness of these systems gives software engineers the freedom to customize a system to meet specific needs. Software engineers can remove unnecessary functions, as well as optimize original source codes for their operating system, allowing the different requirements of different users to be met. However, the popularization and openness of these systems also make these servers more susceptible to malware. Therefore, it is important to remember that in regard to network security there are risks to connecting connected home servers to external networks. As a result, servers normally seize external network information from networks that have already been authorized.

Furthermore, servers furnished with USB and Micro SD slots are more susceptible to viruses and security breaches. To address these problems companies have made adjustments to I/O interface designs that not only make them easier to use, but guarantee security as well.

Android Versus iOS
The bulk of home control apps support the Android operating system; however, there are many apps for iOS too.

Making connected homes available to all levels of society is the goal of C.Y. Chang, President of Infairy Technology, a Taiwan-based company that has been devoted to the connected home domain for 10 years. Affordability and accessibility are two of the most important factors for Infairy. To accomplish these things, Chang emphasizes software over hardware and has chosen the Android platform as their main solution.

Choosing to use Android and Java, companies and developers are able to easily customize their free codes to fit their individual needs. Because Android is open source and supports Infairy's open source design, it is more befitting than the iOS platform. While the openness of the Android platform is an advantage to Infairy, Jarrod Bell, Co-founder of CommandFusion notes that while their software supports automatic scaling of the interface, the openness and “very diverse range of screen resolutions and pixel densities make it more difficult to design an interface that will work on any Android device.”

Although the home automation software provided by CommandFusion, an Australian-based company specializing in automation software and hardware, runs on both iOS and Android platforms, Bell points out that “iOS devices feature a limited range of touch panel resolutions, making it easier to configure the user interface in our app to work on any iOS device. For this reason, iOS is a simpler platform for integrators to use when it comes to developing touch panel control interfaces.”

Mobile Devices to replace Fixed mounted Interfaces

Most companies also provide web platforms to apps for increased compatibility. Thus giving users the ability to control their homes from any location via a network browser, whether it be a PC, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone.

“There is no ‘one-size-fits-all' [system] definition but rather a way to meet the needs for a variety of lifestyles, while having a convenient and reliable solution,” said David Gottlieb, Global Marketing Communications Leader for Honeywell Security. There is of course one trend many companies are getting in on — remote control and access via smartphones, tablets, and computers.

A Honeywell solution will allow homeowners to control everything from lifestyle features, the security system, cameras, etc. directly from their mobile devices without the controller.

The current trend is moving away from fixed mounted user interfaces, with an increased preference for complete mobile access using a mobile device or tablet,” notes Tom Cunningham, Director of Product Marketing at Legrand Home Systems. “Using a smartphone or tablet device, customers can view live camera feeds, select and play music, adjust the volume, or control lighting levels in their home from any location.”

Crestron's mobile app enables users to use mobile devices running on Android or iOS to take full control of all the technology and systems in their house. “Users can monitor and control lights, media, climate, security, and more from a mobile roadband or WiFi connection,” according to Phoebe Chu, Assistant Marketing & Communications Director of Crestron Asia.

All About Apps

The importance of app software for connected home systems is a focus of both Infairy and CommandFusion. The app developed by Infairy takes a different approach to connected homes. Bypassing complicated installation and wiring problems for installers their app can be loaded onto any Android-based smart device via internet connection — no need for special panels.

Having encountered problems with wireless protocol compatibility in the past, the software development kit (SDK) provided by Infairy serves as a medium allowing different devices to talk to each other and work independently, regardless of protocols. This allows the system to link to different systems with different standards, as well as follows Infairy's open source design. Infairy freely provides their SDK and source codes to manufacturers who can then customize the codes to fit their needs. The flexibility of apps is also seen in CommandFusion's app. Bell explains that their app “can integrate with any IP enabled device or system, so long as the third party equipment has a way to be controlled via IP, our app can directly communicate with the equipment.” It was also noted that CommandFusion's app can simultaneously control any number of IP-enabled third party equipment without the need of any extra hardware.

The ability to pocket one's home control system is not just convenient; it is also a cost-effective way to enjoy the luxuries of a connected home without losing out on the functionality of full-blown home automation system. Now, app-based connected home solutions, like Infairy's offering, are able to provide more than just home automation and fire and safety; they can also supply energy management and living conveniences, such as weather forecasts and healthcare consulting.

As the worldwide market for smart connected devices continues to grow, the security industry must continue to capitalize on this trend of mobility, not only to keep up with consumer wants, but also to keep competitive in a growing market.

Canon partners with Nedap to provide video management platform

Canon partners with Nedap to provide video management platform

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 12/20/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Canon Europe has been selected and accredited as a hardware security partner by Nedap, an innovative developer of intelligent security solutions. The new partnership makes Canon's entire range of network cameras available to Nedap's customers through compatibility with its AEOS security management software and provides a powerful video management package to system integrators and end-users.

The accreditation will bring a number of benefits to system integrators and customers by extending Canon's already market-leading set of in-built analytics, and is compatible with Canon's entire range of network cameras. This includes its latest range of Full HD, Ultra Compact S-Series cameras. Nedap's AEOS solution will build on this by providing functionalities for access control, intrusion detection, video management and locker management in 1 fully integrated platform.

Upgrade to Canon's high-quality portfolio
Existing Nedap customers already using its AEOS solution for video management can now upgrade to any of Canon's high-quality portfolio. The integrated platform will also support future additions to Canon's network camera range, meaning that customers will always have access to a solution that is compatible with the most advanced level of analytics.

“There is a lot of change within security management, which is why we look to produce an agile solution that can adapt with our customer's needs,” says Albert Dercksen, head of research and development, Nedap Security Management. “Our software supports Canon's cameras perfectly, and joint customers will benefit from an easier to use platform that displays a high quality range of analytics and advanced solutions.”

Add on value
“We are constantly looking for ways to improve our customers experience with our network camera range,” says Julian Rutland, Product Strategy and Planning Director, Network Security Cameras. “Nedap's AEOS is compatible with our existing security equipment. This includes our popular M and H series as well as new additions, which is great news for our customers who want to future proof their security solution. This means that customers are reassured that their security is always fully optimized and of the highest quality.”

Canon uses its 70 - year's experience as a high quality lens manufacturer to develop network cameras which deliver exceptional image quality and capture best in class images in all light conditions. Canon's range of network security cameras are simple to install and are supported by an extensive 3 year Swap Warranty program.

IDIS to launch DirectIP surveillance at Intersec 2014

IDIS to launch DirectIP surveillance at Intersec 2014

Editor / Provider: IDIS | Updated: 12/18/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Global surveillance leader, IDIS, has announced plans to debut its industry-changing DirectIP surveillance solutions at next month's Intersec Expo in Dubai. The exhibition will provide a launch pad for DirectIP, supporting 2014 growth plans for the Middle East region.

IDIS will showcase the game-changing DirectIP solutions on stand 231C, Sheikh Saeed Hall 1 during Intersec 2014 from 19 – 21 January 2014, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Packaged as a one-stop-shop solution, comprising a range of cameras, network video recorders (NVR) and comprehensive video management software, DirectIP delivers unrivalled plug-and-play simplicity, combined with highest-quality performance, compatibility all at attractive pricing levels.

Presented across 5 dynamic “experience zones,” IDIS will take visitors through each zone to demonstrate exactly how DirectIP delivers benefits across the entire security buying chain, from distributors, dealers, installers and integrators through to end user customers.

DirectIP is truly plug and play, offering an intuitive user interface similar to that of analogue systems in terms of configuration, usability and day-to-day operation. Visitors will learn how DirectIP eliminates the need for IP addressing and frees installers of the need to develop expert IT and network skills. The IDIS team welcomes Intersec delegates to take the DirectIP simplicity challenge, by setting up NVRs and cameras to enable instant live HD streaming in a matter of minutes.

High performance
DirectIP NVRs performs 5 key Pentaplex processes simultaneously, including real-time live monitoring and recording at HD resolution with no degradation of image quality, network interruption and little to no latency compared with competitive solutions.

Managed through IDIS video management software, visitors will see in action how DirectIP enables integration with third party systems and devices such as access control, ATMs and point of sale systems.

Cost effectiveness
DirectIP delivers cost savings across the entire security buying chain; through eliminating annual license fees, reducing the time and cost associated with installation, as well as bringing down training and maintenance requirements.

One-stop-shop solution
The IDIS stand will feature all the necessary elements and accessories to build a complete DirectIP solution. This rich connectivity provides a powerful yet intuitive solution, appropriate for a wide range of vertical markets and applications. DirectIP eases the multi-product burden on distributors and installers, by offering a complete and end-to-end HD video surveillance solution.

“We looked at how the industry installs and operates analogue systems and realized that networked HD video surveillance had become far too complicated and expensive. With DirectIP, we have eliminated complicated configuration and reduced installation costs to ensure simple, everyday use—resulting in significant value across the entire security buying chain. Visitors to the IDIS stand at Intersec will have the chance to clearly see that DirectIP is the next generation in HD surveillance,” noted, Albert Ryu, Vice President of IDIS.

Hikvision video surveillance integrated with Prysm AppVision PSIM

Hikvision video surveillance integrated with Prysm AppVision PSIM

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 12/17/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision and French security software developer Prysm recently announced the integration of all Hikvision products within the Prysm AppVision Physical Security Integration Manager. This combination allows Hikvision's products to be managed directly from the AppVision PSIM video wall and video matrix, for integrated security and building automation projects around the globe.

PSIM (Physical Security Information Management) is able to integrate different systems into a unified formula, such as video surveillance, access control, intrusion, fire and life safety, perimeter protection, or building automation. This also analyzes and assesses data from disparate systems, making intuitive decisions and also communicating with operators to form the proper response. With general awareness of this technology and its capability increasing over the years, PSIM markets now present robust opportunities for worldwide vendors.

“Our collaboration with Hikvision recognizes the leading market position that Hikvision is now enjoying in many of the markets where the AppVision Community Partners operate. It also demonstrates our commitment to open architecture. This tie-up means that our Community Partners are now better positioned to offer competitive, robust, and scalable integrated security solutions for the benefit of the industry," stated Liam Heatley, Export Sales Manager at Prysm.

Keen Yao, International Marketing Director at Hikvision, further commented, "AppVision PSIM brings many key advantages towards a security project. We are excited to see that these integrated technologies are already successfully deployed on many joint projects, and we look forward to working with Prysm Software on a number of combined projects in the near future.”

Tyco Security Products unveils purpose-built solutions at Intersec 2014

Tyco Security Products unveils purpose-built solutions at Intersec 2014

Editor / Provider: Tyco Security Products | Updated: 12/17/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Tyco Security Products, part of Tyco, will be returning to Intersec 2014 in Dubai with a comprehensive portfolio of purpose-built access control, video, intrusion and PSIM solutions.

The newly acquired Exacq Technologies will be shown for the first time on the Tyco Security Products stand SA/305C as further evidence of the company's recognition of the widely diverse way in which customers use their solutions. Best suited for those who use their their video solutions as an event-driven, forensic tool, Exacq's intuitive VMS platform – exacqVision - is the ideal complement to the company's American Dynamics VMS solution – VideoEdge and victor. These user-centric offerings cater to fundamentally different user needs, which Tyco Security Products identifies as a gap in the market today.

Another portfolio making its debut at the Tyco Security Products stand is Surveillint from Proximex, a Physical Security Information Management solution that connects and correlates information from disparate systems. Surveillint provides a single, centralized environment to help mitigate risk, ensure compliance and offer a quick ROI, and is tailored to users that require the most comprehensive of command and control platforms for total system management.

"As in many markets around the world, the security needs of users in the Middle East range from the smallest of businesses and residences to large corporate or industrial customers requiring the highest levels of protection," said Mike Ryan, president of Tyco Security Products. "With our expanded portfolio of purpose built solutions, we're pleased to offer customers a diverse array of options to meet their very specific security objectives, instead of the typical one size fits all approach."

This focus on user-specific objectives is also addressed by the vast offering of American Dynamics IP cameras that will be on display. The new Illustra Flex line provides very affordable, high-definition 1MP and 3MP video with excellent low light performance, providing businesses a cost-effective camera option without sacrificing image quality. For users with more active surveillance needs, the Illustra 625 PTZ is designed with exceptional speed and ultra-low latency performance for applications where locating, tracking and zooming in on subject details is critical.

The purpose-built philosophy is not new to the company which markets distinct access control solutions to different customers globally. The latest releases from three of those differentiated solutions – Software House, CEM and Kantech - will be on display on the stand.

Software House will showcase its new single-reader version of the popular iSTAR Edge controller. This new controller utilizes Power over Ethernet (PoE) to leverage existing network infrastructure, which dramatically reduces installation costs which otherwise can quickly get exorbitant for a security team looking for an enterprise solution. A new version of the security and event management platform, C-CURE 9000 v2.2, features a host of enhancements that simplify the management of personnel access, including features such as credential deactivation, custom clearances, and activating events based on activity.

CEM will debut the version 6.8 software release of its powerful AC2000 access control and integrated security management system, offering a host of new features including enhancements to the AC2000 WEB platform. At Intersec, AC2000 will be integrated with American Dynamics cameras and DSC alarm monitoring panels forming a single, integrated Tyco Security Products solution. Also from CEM is emerald, the industry's most advanced multifunctional intelligent access terminal, featuring an innovative touch screen reader and controller in one.

One of the highlights for Kantech is the new Kantech ioPass SA-550 Stand Alone Door Controller, which brings the reader and controller together in an easy-to-use software free solution. Rounding out the intuitive Kantech offerings is the Intevo Compact, an entry-level version of its innovative, easy to deploy security platform that integrates access control, IP video and intrusion for small to medium size enterprises.

ASSA ABLOY Australia secures Brisbane research facility

ASSA ABLOY Australia secures Brisbane research facility

Editor / Provider: ASSA ABLOY | Updated: 12/16/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Multiple state-of-the-art ASSA ABLOY products are ensuring first-rate security at the award-winning Translational Research Institute (TRI) building in Brisbane, Australia.

The $177 million, 32,000 square meter building is one of the largest medical research institutes in the southern hemisphere – therefore demanded a high-tech access control solution and first-rate security in keeping with the manner of research conducted at a world-class laboratory. The new seven-story TRI building comprises four floors of laboratory research plus facilities for research support, administration and teaching.

To meet the challenge, ASSA ABLOY Australia liaised with the architects and helped to prepare schedules. Complicated door and frame designs contributed to the complexity of the task.

The answer was to supply multiple products – under the Lockwood, ABLOY PROTEC and Padde by Lockwood brands – to secure this ground-breaking facility.

These include 3570 series Lockwood commercial mortise locks – both mechanical and electric – combined with 1800 series Lockwood commercial square end plate furniture. Trimec V-Locks and Padde electromagnets are used for access control and the keying system is ABLOY PROTEC.

This project proves to be another success for ASSA ABLOY Australia, which has already provided security solutions for several medical projects.

March Networks VMS receives Lenel Factory Certification

March Networks VMS receives Lenel Factory Certification

Editor / Provider: March Networks | Updated: 12/12/2013 | Article type: Security 50

March Networks, an intelligent IP video solutions provider, received factory certification from Lenel Systems International for OnGuard 2013 and 2012 on the latest release of its Command video management system (VMS) software and new 8000 Series Hybrid Network Video Recorders (NVRs). The certification provides organizations with a cohesive IP video surveillance and access control solution that enables faster incident response times, better risk mitigation and more efficient system management. Lenel, a market leader in access control security, is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

March Networks Command released 1.6 and the new 8000 Series Hybrid NVR systems running Visual Intelligence 5.7 software deliver advanced live monitoring, investigation and video surveillance management features across IP and hybrid IP/analog environments. Working together or as separate video surveillance solutions, they support a complete portfolio of IP cameras, encoders and video analytics. The software solutions also allow organizations to transition from traditional closed-circuit television systems to IP video networking cost-effectively and at their own pace.

Customers accessing the Command VMS in their OnGuard interface will enjoy key capabilities including live and recorded video display, dual video display on alarm, and complete video playback and pan-tilt-zoom control. The 8000 Series interface with OnGuard supports live and recorded video playback on demand or alarm, video motion detection (VMD) alarms in the OnGuard Alarm Monitoring application, indication of sync loss on any analog input in the OnGuard System Status Tree, and Enterprise Service Manager integration.

HID Global pivCLASS Government Solutions wins GSN 2013 Homeland Security Award

HID Global pivCLASS Government Solutions wins GSN 2013 Homeland Security Award

Editor / Provider: HID Global | Updated: 12/12/2013 | Article type: Security 50

HID Global, a secure identity solutions company, announced its pivCLASS 4.0 Government Solutions portfolio has been selected by Government Security News as the winner of the 2013 Homeland Security Award for Best Integrated System for HSPD-12 / FIPS-201 Compliance. The Homeland Security Awards annually recognize the top IT security and physical security solutions dedicated to protect federal, state, county and municipal government agencies.

“As the industry's first comprehensive FIPS-201 compliant solution for migrating access control systems to Personal Identity Verification (PIV), HID Global's pivCLASS portfolio is the only one of its kind to provide government agencies an end-to-end solution for using their PIV-enabled cards for public key infrastructure (PKI)-based physical access control,” said John Fenske, vice president of product marketing, Physical Access Control with HID Global. “The GSN Homeland Security Award is further evidence that pivCLASS provides essential tools to ensure government agencies are in compliance with FIPS-201 requirements by leveraging their existing access control system at the same time.”

As a key component of HID Global's Federal Identity offering, the award-winning pivCLASS 4.0 portfolio has successfully fulfilled the requirements of the U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA) comprehensive testing program, which ensures that the system is not prone denial of service, credential spoofing, or other types of unauthorized access.

HID Global's pivCLASS 4.0 Government Solutions portfolio is a GSA FICAM Certified validation system. Through a range of PIV registration, verification and readers, pivCLASS 4.0 supports credential verification of FIPS-201-based credentials (PIV, PIV-I, CIV, TWIC, FRAC, CAC) and physical access control registration into more than 30 different PACS head-end products.

CEM Systems releases new version of AC2000 Security

CEM Systems releases new version of AC2000 Security

Editor / Provider: Tyco Security Products | Updated: 12/11/2013 | Article type: Security 50

CEM Systems, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, announced the release of version 6.8 of AC2000, AC2000 Airport and AC2000 Lite integrated access control and security management software. The latest release offers new features that increase the performance and improve the functionality of the CEM AC2000 access control system.

AC2000 v6.8 brings new and enhanced functionality to emerald, CEM's revolutionary touch screen intelligent access terminal. emerald features a reader and controller in one, integrated VoIP (Voice over IP) intercom and a range of Remote Applications that enable elements of AC2000 software to be accessed directly and securely at the door. AC2000 v6.8 emerald enhancements include a unique Entry Checklist Mode feature, enhanced Advertising/ Information Announcements and new Remote Applications.

Entry Checklist Mode enables emerald to display a sequence of images and questions relating to business requirements such as Security or Health & Safety, that users must answer correctly before the door will open. For example on a construction site, these questions might include, are you wearing a hard hat? Are you wearing a high visibility vest? If the employee answers No to any of the mandatory questions the door will not open. This enables the business to enforce their Health & Safety Policy at the edge of their access control system.

The suite of emerald Remote Applications now includes a Room Booking application where the user can use emerald to view or book a meeting room directly at the door. This Room Booking application is also available as an AC2000 WEB application, allowing users to view and make a room booking on their PC or tablet via a standard internet browser.

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