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Polish airport in Lublin manages security on one single platform

Polish airport in Lublin manages security on one single platform

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 7/1/2013 | Article type: Infrastructure

Lublin Airport was opened on Dec 17, 2012. The hypermodern, completely new airport decided to implement access control, intrusion and video management on one single Nedap security management platform, integrated on one controller. Due to the radically simple AEOS architecture, they didn't have to purchase, implement and maintain three different systems, but only one. Bearing in mind that they wanted to build a hypermodern airport, they were also impressed by the elegant design of Nedap's products.

Qumak, Nedap's certified business partner in Poland, implemented AEOS at Lublin Airport. The project included sophisticated functionalities, like guard tour, security levels, carrier auto block and response to event. Because of AEOS's open standards, also an integration with perimetric control, specific radar solution and Flir thermal cameras with live view in AEOS was realized.

For Nedap, cooperating with the different parties to build a completely new airport was special. This is because other airport projects included reconstruction or upgrading of existing infrastructures. A good example of this is the Poznan Lawica Airport, where AEOS contributed to modernization and extension for the European Football Championships 2012.

Honeywell welcomes Armed Response Team to US dealer program

Honeywell welcomes Armed Response Team to US dealer program

Editor / Provider: Honeywell Security | Updated: 7/1/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Honeywell welcomed Armed Response Team (ART), an Albuquerque, N.M.-based security provider originally founded by a group of police officers, to its First Alert Professional (FAP) Dealer Program. The FAP program is the country's largest independent security dealer network.

For nearly a decade, ART has specialized in residential and commercial burglar, perimeter and fire alarms, access control solutions, and CCTV surveillance systems. The company is one of the country's most unique because it provides in-person response to burglar alarms using a team of former sworn, highly experienced police officers who maintain state certification.

“Our business' philosophy is to provide the best service to our customers, especially in an area where we've seen growth in alarm system use, demand for police resources, and high false alarm rates,” said David Meurer, President of Armed Response Team. “Becoming a FAP will allow us to tap into Honeywell's expertise, technological innovations and support, which helps strengthen our services to our customers.”

The FAP Dealer Program is one of the United States' most exclusive and prestigious security dealer programs. It provides customized support in sales techniques and marketing strategies for intrusion, fire, CCTV and access control systems in commercial and residential facilities. The reputable FAP product line is available only through the network. It is the largest independent security dealer network in North America with more than 500 participating security contractors.

Honeywell Security enhances integrated management platform

Honeywell Security enhances integrated management platform

Editor / Provider: Honeywell Security | Updated: 6/28/2013 | Article type: Security 50

The latest version of Honeywell's Pro-Watch security management system expands the added-value services dealers can provide to their customers. The Pro-Watch 4.1 security management system adds support for Honeywell's Vindicator high security intrusion detection system, as well as Salto disconnected readers and Mercury Security control panels. These enhancements provide users with advanced perimeter protection tools, and more options to extend access control to large and remote facilities.

An example of the Pro-Watch platform's ability to grow with an organization is the integration with Honeywell Vindicator, a high security intrusion detection system certified for use at military installations and nuclear facilities by the U.S. government. Through the Pro-Watch platform, Honeywell Integrated Security (HIS) integrators can deploy Vindicator products to enhance their customers' intrusion detection systems. The seamless integration with the Pro-Watch platform reduces deployment costs, strengthens perimeter protections and improves user productivity for customers by taking advantage of the graphic user interface (GUI) in the Pro-Watch platform.

The integration of Salto disconnected readers to the Pro-Watch platform further expands the added-value services integrators can deliver to their customers with large and remote facilities, such as healthcare and higher education institutions that typically have multiple buildings. The addition of disconnected readers from Salto to the Pro-Watch platform also complements the recent addition of wireless readers from IR Schlage. These solutions extend electronic access control to areas that were previously cost prohibitive to reach and give users access to the platform's advanced reporting functions.

Pro-Watch 4.1 also adds support for Mercury Security's standard protocol control panels. The addition gives integrators an easy path to migrate customers using third-party access control solutions, supported by Mercury Security control panels, to the Pro-Watch platform. Organizations have the option to keep or upgrade their existing access control hardware to Honeywell components, including readers and access cards. It's a significant benefit for organizations connecting multiple sites or hundreds of doors to the platform, because it reduces the cost and complexity of connecting disparate security systems to the Pro-Watch platform. Users also get access to the system's advanced badging and reporting functions to pull real-time dynamic reports.


UK school gym shapes up access control for wider use

UK school gym shapes up access control for wider use

Editor / Provider: Assa Abloy | Updated: 6/27/2013 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

St Paul's Academy in London has deployed electronic security handles from Assa Abloy at its new gym. The implementation ensures the security of the fitness suite while offering convenient, keyless access to staff, pupils and outside visitors. The system was installed by local locksmith AW Keil.

At London's St Paul's Academy, they work hard to incorporate sport – as well as business and enterprise – into students' daily lives. Their new gym is also available for use by the local community, both during and outside school hours.

"We've invested significantly in the fitness suite to encourage students, staff and the wider community to maintain a healthy lifestyle," said Terry Grant, Premises Manager of St Paul's Academy. "The facility accommodates many ‘out of school clubs,' but for this to be successful, we had to source a security solution we could manage that offered keyless access.”

"It looks like a handle, but we can give visitors a PIN that can be changed as often as we like,” said Grant. “We are already looking at more areas at the academy where we can install it.” The handle is securely fixed from the inside of the door, preventing removal from the outside. For safety reasons, the internal handle always allows easy exit.

"We recommended the electronic security handle because it's such a simple and instant way of achieving all the benefits of an electromechanical solution, with no need for any secondary locking unit,” said Darren Griffiths, owner of AW Keil. "Designed to enable conveniently controlled access to any door, it can handle high-usage passage doors such as the gym entrance point here.”

When not in passage mode, the handle can be easily relocked, turning it back into a “code to access” digital door lock. There are right- and left-hand versions, both with a stainless steel finish and a satin chrome trim. The CE-marked handle conforms to the mechanical requirements of EN1906.

Avigilon's Redcloud talks about the acquisition

Avigilon's Redcloud talks about the acquisition

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 6/27/2013 | Article type: Security 50

In late May, Avigilon announced the company had officially acquired RedCloud Security, a Virginia-based innovative provider of access control systems. Through the acquisition, Avigilon adds a complementary product line to its end-to-end HD surveillance solution and provides the company with access to a growing segment of the global security market. Analysts estimate the global market for electronic access control will reach US$6 billion by 2015.
RedCloud was founded by Terry Neely, former VP of engineering at Honeywell Access Systems, who brings 25 years of experience in databases, networking and physical access control. Neely and his team created RedCloud's access control so organizations can easily combine physical security and identity management.
Similar to Avigilon's HD surveillance solutions, RedCloud's products were engineered from the ground up. As a result, the company has experienced recent growth from selling their technology to large corporate and educational clients.
 “This acquisition brings new and exciting opportunities for Avigilon to participate in a larger share of the total security market,” said Alexander Fernandes, President and CEO of Avigilon.
A few days after the dust settled, we sat down with Neely to talk about the acquisition and the history of his company.
Congratulations on RedCloud joining the Avigilon team! How have the last few days been?

Neely: It's been good! There's a lot of stuff going on. The next three to six months, we're tying everything together. It's going to be a lot of work, but long term, I think it's going to be great.
How did the concept for RedCloud come about?
Neely: Being in the industry, you could see a trend to integrate more closely with IT security including identity management and physical access control. It was natural because it follows the same type of principles identify management does. So the idea was to build an access control system that took a lot of the same ideas from IT security and applied them to the physical space – which hadn't been done before. For example, we have tools built into the product that let us work out of the box with active directory, IT logging systems and with the database systems. The standard answer is from the physical side, you get a software development kit and you have to write a bunch of software. Our approach has been we give you the tools to make it all work. You don't have to write software to make it work, it's just a question of configuring it and plug-and-play, which is really how all the IT security products work. That was the concept, just trying to make that bridge as seamless and effortless as possible.               
How is your product different from what's already in the market?
Neely: Well there are three things that we do differently. The first thing is we don't make our own hardware, which kind of narrows out a big bunch of people in this space. We use off-the-shelf open hardware from Mercury or HID. Secondly, we are 100 percent browser based, so there's no thick client software. And the third thing the integration with IT that's plug-and-play right out of the box. Those three things combined make us unique.
Now that the acquisition is announced, how does it feel?

Neely: Very excited! In fact, one of the big things is being able to tie the video product and the access product together and come up with a common desktop workspace where people can move cameras and doors between both systems. To me, being able to do that plus the resources behind Avigilon and the sales team and the support, I think will just accelerate the growth that we've already been experiencing even faster.     
How did the relations with Avigilon start?
Neely: We have a joint customer in the Midwest. We worked with an Avigilon integrator and he told us that we should look into working with Avigilon because their system was high performing and produced excellent image quality. So we did an integration together and that's how the whole relationship got started.
What's in the future for RedCloud?
Neely: I see it as a great opportunity to grow the business. Being able to have a large company behind us, it takes away some of the nervousness that maybe some of the larger customers might have working with small companies. That now is off the table, so it really is a product and technology play which I think is really going to make a big difference for us going forward.

Assa Abloy/Traka expands in EMEA thru distributor Secure Technology Solutions

Assa Abloy/Traka expands in EMEA thru distributor Secure Technology Solutions

Editor / Provider: Traka | Updated: 6/26/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Traka, the industry's fastest-growing provider of electronic asset control solutions, has announced a strategic partnership for Secure Technology Solutions (STSL) to become a value-added distributor providing higher levels of support for Traka's EMEA regional customers, resellers and integration partners.

STSL, headquartered in Dartford, United Kingdom, will provide Traka's value-added resellers with proven industry experience, system engineering and product expertise to successfully support the integration of end user's physical access control installations with Traka solutions.

“The demand for Traka solutions in the EMEA region is growing rapidly with successful customer adoption and system integration. Traka's solution fits perfectly with our customer's requirements for a simple, scalable electronic asset control solution that pays for itself by providing comprehensive compliance and audit capabilities for keys and other assets. We are very proud to be associated with Traka, and this further demonstrates our commitment to promoting integrated solutions”, commented Justin Barrett, Director STSL.

The adoption of web-based access control solutions, such as RedCloud, is accelerating in international markets, especially across Europe. The STSL solutions team understands the market demand for the replacement of isolated, expensive client/server systems with web-based, open architecture solutions that outperform legacy systems which offer a lower cost of ownership.

“We are delighted with our partnership with STSL and we are starting this collaboration by holding a security symposium in central London on 9 July 2013, providing an excellent opportunity to present the latest technologies from Traka, HID, Redcloud Security and STSL's value added services” said Brenda Taylor, Sales and Marketing Director at Traka plc.

Goodyear in Canada curtail access tailgating with IP eyes

Goodyear in Canada curtail access tailgating with IP eyes

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 6/25/2013 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The Goodyear Canada manufacturing plant in Napanee, Ontario, recently upgraded its video surveillance system to an IP-based video surveillance system, consisting of Axis Communications PTZ network cameras, four-channel video encoders, and a VMS system that combines software and technology from Milestone, Cogito, Netshield and others, to improve access control and prevent tailgating at the 18.4 acres (800,000 square feet) facility. The system was installed at the plant gate by system integrator Forcefield Systems and Meglan Technologies.

Covering almost 18.4 acres, the plant produces approximately 1,900 tires daily, is open 365 days a year and has about 750 employees and contractors. With cartage companies, deliveries, visitors and staff coming and going, the main gate accommodates a great deal of traffic. Goodyear must approve every person who wishes to enter the property and monitor sensitive areas within the plant.

Goodyear opted to outsource its access control to security company Meglan Technologies. The gate video feed is sent wirelessly to be recorded at the plant, 0.5 kilometers away, and to Meglan's office, where it is monitored in real time and stored redundantly in the cloud. The installation also employs four-channel Axis video encoders to digitize existing analog cameras, custom outdoor servers, and a VMS system combining custom software and technology from Cogito, Milestone and Netshield, all integrated by an Averics system.

Prior to the upgrade, the quality of the security video did not allow Goodyear personnel to accurately identify people seeking entrance. An analog camera was used to view visitors but “our video looked like there was always bad fog,” said Larry Kimmerly, the plant's Security Manager. “Our people would hear the buzzer and simply let visitors in because we couldn't see them well.” While terrible image quality from the analog cameras was a problem, it wasn't the biggest one. That was Mother Nature. “There was a buried analog coax cable that ran alongside a pond [from the gate to the plant],” explained Jim Paterson, founder of Meglan Technologies. “Lightning strikes fried the old camera on a few occasions.” To overcome this environmental hurdle, Forcefield Systems installed PTZ network cameras and linked them wirelessly to the plant and Meglan's off-site monitoring center – thereby eliminating the inground wire need. Surge protectors and batteries ensure “the entire system can run even in a blackout,” said Jim Paterson, founder of Meglan.

The video is stored on-site for two weeks and video of any event requiring Meglan interaction is backed up to a data centre in Toronto and stored for at least three months, said Paterson. Multistreaming and multi-resolution functions are also utilized. Videos are stored in high resolution at the gate and a lower resolution version in the plant as back-up. Operators can switch resolutions, based on their needs.

The clear images delivered by the cameras enable Meglan staff to make positive identifications and view license plates and identifying critical information on vehicles, such as company names. Piggybacking – i.e. driving in after an authorized truck – has also been reduced. “Now when someone piggybacks we can follow that person through the video system. I make contact and find out what's going on,” Kimmerly said. “Before, we would get a report of a piggyback but would have no idea where that person was [once through the gate].”

The new system is also a deterrent for external and internal theft – including time theft. “We have fewer incidents now. After you effectively follow up on a few incidents, word spreads and people know they can't get away with it.” The system also supports forensic investigations, and video evidence has been successfully used by local police to thwart a province-wide theft ring.

Ukrainian police cruisers are now equipped with robust crime-fighting tools

Ukrainian police cruisers are now equipped with robust crime-fighting tools

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by EverFocus Electronics | Updated: 6/24/2013 | Article type: Government & Public Services

The Ukrainian State Traffic Inspectorate (STI) was established on April 14, 1977 as a branch of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Its mission is to oversee traffic and related law enforcement, as well as guarantee safety on Ukrainian roads, with a diverse set of responsibilities ranging from the location of stolen cars to accident prevention measures and traffic inspections. EverFocus Electronics' mobile solution was installed on all STI patrol cars to meet their event recording requirements.

The liberalization of the Ukrainian economy in the late 90s was accompanied by a marked increase in personal vehicle ownership, with corresponding rise in accidents and road crimes. In order to cope with increasing incidents and maintain public safety, the STI embarked on a long process of modernization and innovation, a process that continues to this day.

As part of this program, the STI has chosen to equip each patrol vehicle with a surveillance system, consisting of dual EMW330 vandal-resistant IR outdoor mobile cameras, an EMV400 mobile DVR and EN220 LCDs for review, in order to better document incidents and record event data, including information related to crashes or accidents.

The mobile, outdoor nature of the installation necessitated the use of products designed specifically for this type of application. EverFocus, in collaboration with local distributor OPTA in Kyiv, was able to provide the perfect solution. The solution pairs the EverFocus EMW330 – with dual-position lenses, 50-foot IR LEDs, internal heater and streamlined IP67-rated wedge form factor – to the shock-resistant, heat/cold-tolerant EMV400 to provide the robust, all-weather, mobile video and data recording capabilities that were demanded by the STI.

This advanced setup will assist the STI greatly in gathering and presenting evidence. EverFocus is proud to provide a solution that not only serves as an event data recorder but also acts as an effective behavior corrector, gathering evidence used to resolve citizen disputes, deter false complaints against officers, hold officers accountable for their actions, and ultimately help the STI keep the roadways of Ukraine safe in a professional manner.

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EverFocus Electronics Corporation is a leading integrated security solution provider. Our lineup includes CCTV cameras, DVRs, HDcctv, IP surveillance solutions, access control systems, as well as surveillance and access control peripherals. EverFocus has offices in the U.S., Germany, China, Japan, India, Taiwan and the U.K.

Belfast Int'l Airport passes the G8 test with portable readers

Belfast Int'l Airport passes the G8 test with portable readers

Editor / Provider: CEM Systems | Updated: 6/21/2013 | Article type: Infrastructure

CEM Systems, part of Tyco Security Products, is pleased to announce that it worked together with long-standing customer Belfast International Airport to increase security during the G8 Summit.

Already having portable access control readers on site as part of the existing CEM access control system, the Airport chose to increase the number of portable readers to ensure maximum security throughout this busy time. CEM portable readers enable on-site airport security staff to validate access control cards at remote parts of the site or areas with no mains power supply, and they can also be used for random checks.

The G8 is made up of world leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the USA and the UK. The EU is represented by the President of the European Commission & the President of the European Council. The 2013 G8 Summit was held at Lough Erne Resort in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, on 17 and 18 June and resulted in a significant increase in visitor numbers to Northern Ireland. As Northern Ireland's largest airport, it was imperative for Belfast International Airport that security was maintained at the highest standard.

“The time around the G8 was of great significance to Belfast International Airport. It was important that we provided the highest levels of security throughout the airport to ensure the safety of all our customers, and also that we kept disruption for travellers to a minimum. Installing additional CEM portable readers alongside our existing readers allowed us to do just this. The CEM portable readers were ideal in enabling us to conduct random security checks and to establish short term access check points in additional areas” said Suzanne Blair, Security Manager of Belfast International Airport.

“CEM Systems access control software and hardware solutions have long been used by airports to ensure the highest levels of security. We are delighted to have worked closely with Belfast International Airport during this significant time to ensure that the highest levels of security were maintained for the Airport and for Northern Ireland” said Andrew Fulton, Senior Director of Global Sales, CEM Systems.

Saudi King Abdulaziz Int'l Airport secures its future with integrated system

Saudi King Abdulaziz Int'l Airport secures its future with integrated system

Editor / Provider: Al Salem Johnson Controls | Updated: 6/21/2013 | Article type: Infrastructure

Al Salem Johnson Controls (ASJC) has been selected to provide integrated security systems including security access control systems and video surveillance systems for Jeddah's new KAIA (King Abdulaziz International Airport) Development Project – Phase 1 at a contract-signing event with ICAD (Innovative Contractors for Advanced Dimensions).

Following the signing ceremony, Eng. Basil Abdulaziz, VP and GM of KSA and Lebanon offices for Al Salem Johnson Controls said: “The airport expansion will one day serve more than 30 million passengers a year and our systems will help to keep them safe.”

The company is the subcontractor responsible for delivering systems, including the design, installation, testing and commissioning, integration, hand-over, warranty and maintenance. ASJC building security services and other safety solutions can help companies achieve safe environments that protect people and secure assets. ASJC designs and implements advanced security systems to simplify and improve operations and to make protection more cost effective.

Mohammed Saleh Bin Laden, VP of ICAD said: “KAIA is destined to become one of the most modern airports in the world and when the development project is completed it will be enhanced with state-of-the-art facilities including the most technologically advanced security systems.”

Johnson Controls was also represented during the signing by Magdy Mekky, VP and Managing Director for Middle East, Dr. Mohannad Al Shaikh, Director of Operations and administrations and William Thomas, Project Director.

“Johnson Controls capabilities and structure are uniquely aligned to cater to the ambitious growth plans of the Kingdom,” said Magdy Mekky. “Saudi Arabia represents a vital market and investment focus for Johnson Controls and we have ensured that our globally renowned expertise is available locally through ASJC.”


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