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Verint enhances Nextiva in infrastructure and enterprise environments solutions

Verint enhances Nextiva in infrastructure and enterprise environments solutions

Editor / Provider: Verint | Updated: 10/2/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Verint Systems announced enhancements and new functionality to its Nextiva portfolio, a comprehensive suite of video and situation management solutions designed specifically for an array of verticals, including critical infrastructure and enterprise environments.

Among the latest capabilities in its Nextiva portfolio are a series of advancements designed to help security operations centers identify, manage, respond and investigate emerging security threats and situations more efficiently and effectively. They include:
Nextiva PSIM
Nextiva PSIM helps generate video-centric, real-time situation intelligence from vast amounts of data to enhance security, while streamlining management and optimizing costs. The latest version of the PSIM solution introduces deeper integrations with third-party systems for video management, access control, license plate and face recognition to help accelerate implementations and streamline usability. An expanded software development kit (SDK) enables integrators to develop customized applications and integrations based on specific project and customer parameters. Nextiva PSIM also includes visual tracking to track subjects across cameras. The software platform leverages proximity calculations and visual video layout to enable operators to track subjects in highly dense and complex environments.

An additional integration with ELERTS Security Ops Center provides a new Crowdsourcing Intelligence capability, enabling command, control and communications centers to provide situation awareness by allowing smartphone users to easily report safety and security concerns. Users can transmit photos, text and GPS locations to a designated command center and operators can broadcast safety alerts and watch-lists to ELERTS app users. This real-time, two-way communication between dispatchers and smartphone users further expands the capability of the Nextiva PSIM solution from being able to gather data and extract intelligence from sensors and systems to now leveraging localized human intelligence, instinct and intuition.

Nextiva Video Management Software
Nextiva Video Management Software offers an intuitive user interface to help streamline system management. New enhancements include the ability to play back high-definition (HD) footage on low bandwidth for remote investigation, while allowing the complete video details to be accessed as needed. This adaptive remote viewing capability delivers faster investigations for mobile or remote operations, and enables organizations to take advantage of the rich video detail delivered by today's HD surveillance cameras.

Nextiva Surveillance Analytics
Nextiva Surveillance Analytics leverages video to gain an enhanced level of security intelligence. Advanced and adapted algorithms deliver rapid detection. When combined with Nextiva Event Manager—a powerful application for collecting case-related video, audio and data in a searchable database—rule-based video content analysis helps operators prioritize video events with detected rules violations, allowing them to respond accordingly.

Nextiva IP Cameras
The new Verint Nextiva V5620PTZ is an IP pan-tilt-zoom surveillance camera equipped with 1080p HD resolution. Designed as a compact but robust appliance, the all-weather, high-speed PTZ camera features powerful zoom capabilities and superior image capture for comprehensive coverage of expansive environments. In addition, Verint's Nextiva V4320 WDR line features true wide dynamic range (WDR) technology using dual-shutter exposure to achieve a higher level of performance compared to digital WDR.

Verint also continues to provide third-party camera integration options through its compliance with the latest Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) specifications, including ONVIF Profile S.

Top 10 cloud surveillance challenges

Top 10 cloud surveillance challenges

Editor / Provider: Martin Renkis, Founder & CEO Smartvue Corporation | Updated: 10/1/2013 | Article type: Tech Corner

This presentation is designed to distill what is typically a few weeks of meetings with customers about their cloud video surveillance needs into to a few high-level challenges. Here are what we see as the 10 key challenges and a few thoughts on solutions.

1 Bandwidth
In real estate, it's location, location, location. And in cloud video surveillance, it's bandwidth, bandwidth and bandwidth. Cloud surveillance is all about transferring “heavy” video data across different networks. Without proper bandwidth, you have no cloud video surveillance or, even worse, an unreliable solution. If you look at bandwidth as your“pipe” to the Internet, you need a really good “pipe” to get video up to the cloud. Your pipe has both uploaded and downloaded speeds, which are usually different, and to get video to the cloud you need sufficient upload speed. As an example, a small retail store with five HD cameras might need a 10mbps “upload” pipe to get real-time HD video to the cloud. This can get expensive. Think about the fact that Comcast sells business internet with 10mbps upload for $199 a month.

There are a number options to deal with this situation including a “hybrid cloud” that stores some HD video locally and some online. Some cloud solutions offer small resolution video storage — which helps with bandwidth issues, but can defeat the purpose of HD cameras. The more advanced cloud video surveillance solutions optimize video for all different connection speeds and also offer “data forming” as well as “bandwidth management.” This insures your Internet connection is not taken over by video so processes like credit card processing, order entry, and inventory management work without interruption.

2 Storage
If we look at one definition of the cloud as “computing and data storage that is scalable, dynamic and available on demand,” there are two main parts to the story:“computing,” which is the delivery of video over the cloud, and “storage,” which is the archiving of video on the cloud. As mentioned earlier, video uses a lot of bandwidth, so the costs of storing and accessing video on the cloud can add up quickly. Using the five- camera example I mentioned before, video storage might be 1TB a month or more. Just for comparison sake, you can buy a 1TB HDD for $80 on the store.

Now guess how much 1TB of Amazon cloud storage will cost you: $97 a month! Also keep in mind the hidden costs for cloud storage, which include data transfer costs(access the video) and data redundancy costs (how many copies of your video are stored and where are they stored). Consider a cloud video surveillance solution that makes storage easy to understand and easy to buy. Storing low-resolution video online can reduce storage requirements but also reduces effectiveness of the video. And a “hybrid cloud” solution can store HD video locally and more critical video remotely.

3 Accessibility and Ease of Use
Having the cloud to centrally view and manage your video surveillance is not worth much if its not easy to use and limited by requirements of certain computers, operating systems, plug-ins, activeX components and other software. Consider a cloud video surveillance platform that has a elegant and simple to use interface works on almost any web browser, on almost any computer, tablet or smartphone, without custom software or plug-ins. This reduces installation and complexity of use — easily adding more value to your solution.

Consider support for common browsers like IE, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari on Windows and Apple computers and look for iOS, Android and Win8 apps on iPhone, iPad, Galaxy and other smartphones and tablets. You should not be limited to using your cloud surveillance system on a certain type of computer or device.

4 Speed
When it comes to security and business data, speed is important, but speed with quality is more so. A key value of cloud video surveillance is the ability to access it when you need it not only quickly, but with quality. Speed and quality can be especially important when it comes to viewing live video. If you log in to see cameras live on the cloud and what you see happened 5 seconds or a minute ago in a small, low quality format (that would make a postage stamp proud) for many customers, it does not provide a real solution. Keep in mind that even though a network might be fast and reliable, this is no guarantee of fast and reliable video experience — because the software behind the scenes will always contribute to performance. Consider cloud video surveillance solutions that provide speed and quality — and deliver this experience regardless of the speed of the network. The best way to test this is with real-world pilot and respected manufacturers gladly provide test systems at no cost.

5 Management
Because of the Internet and, in particular, the cloud, we are now dealing with customers that enjoy remote access to hundreds of locations, hundreds of miles away from each other. When being responsible for multiple locations, hundreds of cameras, and months of video, the need for “surveillance management” becomes mission critical. Insuring that cameras are operating and recording properly and live and that recorded video is easily accessible is all part of the job. Access to reports on system performance becomes a core part of any cloud video surveillance solution. Being notified immediately if a camera is down at any location and remotely upgrading systems as well as other troubleshooting can save big bucks when you don't have to send out a technician in a truck! Consider a cloud video surveillance solution that offers a single, easy-touse interface with the right features you need to manage your surveillance.

6 Security
Is video surveillance on the cloud secure? The evolution of the cloud itself is an evolution in trust — moving business services we are used to doing ourselves to other companies to handle. We put our trust in those companies. I would argue that your video surveillance is safer in the cloud than on your own computers. The major cloud platform companies such as Microsoft, Google and Amazon invest tremendous amounts of resources to maintain and improve security, and they rollout constant improvements to their systems. If you think about it, many corporations and even government entities like the GSA already trust their email to Google Gmail or Microsoft Hotmail and thousands of companies trust their most prized asset, customer information, to the Salesforce cloud. Even the director of the National Security Agency, General Keith Alexander, said he is convinced the cloud will ensure that people cannot see any data beyond what they need for their jobs. Another component of security is the physical location of the video. Most cloud services offer data redundancy that include multiple copies of data and even geographic redundancy where the data is duplicated in more than one physical location. Remember that by law, you are responsible for the security of your video surveillance data, whether its onsite — or on a cloud. Are there guarantees? No. But the cloud is proving to be the future more so every day. Note that now 60 percent of worldwide phone traffic is on Skype, which runs on the Microsoft cloud. That trust will continue to move toward the cloud.

7 Scalability
One of the key benefits of cloud computing is “elasticity,” which is the ability to deliver the exact amount of computing services and storage needed on demand. A cloud video surveillance solution should not only be able to support one or one million cameras or servers, but also make supporting any amount in between fast and simple to do. Consider a cloud video surveillance solution that is self-configuring and designed to work with hundreds of different cameras and almost any network infrastructure. It should reliably be able to grow from one location with five cameras to hundreds of locations with thousands of cameras then back down again — on demand and without long term contracts.

8 Self Service
Nobody likes to get locked into anything, especially technology, which changes so quickly. One of the key benefits of cloud solutions is the ability to use and pay for only what you need, when you need it. Consider a cloud video surveillance solution that enables you to quickly and easily increase and decrease cloud services and storage on demand, as needed, without penalty or long term contracts.

9 Update-ability
One of the amazing advantages of cloud solutions is that system improvements, new features, bug fixes and security upgrades can be rolled out to an entire enterprise automatically or on-demand. This insures that the solution can respond quickly to changing conditions such as new security threats or new requirements like analytics or integration with other technologies such as access control or PoS. Not only should software and cloud services be upgradeable, but hardware devices such as cloud servers and edge recorders should benefit from this service as well. Consider cloud video surveillance solutions that offer constant improvement through regular upgrades.

10 Transferability
Working with a cloud services provider comes down to trusting another company with your critical business services and data. Consider a cloud video surveillance solution provider that is focused on cloud services, has a proven track record and is committed long term to growing its services. As life is not perfect and as the Scouts always say, be prepared — and be prepared in advance to change vendors. The first thing you can do to protect yourself is to select cameras or encoders that use industry standard compression algorithms and industry standard video delivery protocols as well as APIs. Insure your cloud video surveillance solution offers on demand download access of all of your video from the cloud so that if you ever need to jump boats, you can — anytime you want to or need to.

Each of the 10 challenges have more than one solution and there may be additional challenges particular to your business. Reach out to peers in your industry for their experience, talk to different vendors, get a pilot at your location, and search Google for “cloud video surveillance” or “cloud cctv” for more.

Identive announces Steven Humphreys as new chairman of the board

Identive announces Steven Humphreys as new chairman of the board

Editor / Provider: Identive | Updated: 9/30/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Identive Group announces Steven Humphreys as its new chairman of the board and the promotion of Lawrence W. Midland to president and Dr. Manfred Mueller to chief operating officer of the company. All appointments are effective immediately.

“Identive's ability to operate as a united, focused company is strengthened with the appointments approved by our board today,” said Jason Hart, chief executive officer of Identive. “Steve brings practical wisdom and experience to the role of chairman, gained from his successes as a technology executive and as a long-time affiliate of the company. Larry and Manfred combine excellent operational performance with strong leadership and passion. These changes continue our momentum to refocus the company, simplify our structure and leverage our strong capabilities to deliver trusted access solutions for the connected world.”

In accepting the role of chairman, Humphreys said, “This is a time of major evolution for the security industry and an exciting time for Identive. The company has unique strengths and expertise to address the growing need to trust everything in the connected world – including people, buildings, information, and even assets. I look forward to working with Jason and the senior leadership team. On behalf of the board, I would like to express our appreciation to Ayman for his leadership and service.”

Steven Humphreys
Steven Humphreys, 52, has been a director of the company since 1996, an independent director since 2000, and previously served as chairman of the board from 2000 to 2007. From 1996 to 2000 he also served in the roles of president and chief executive officer. Humphreys succeeds Ayman S. Ashour.

During his 25-year career, Humphreys has led a number of technology companies, including Kleer Corporation, ActivCard Corporation and Caere Corporation. Currently, he serves as chief executive officer of Flywheel Software, Inc., a privately-held location-based mobile solutions company. He holds a BS degree from Yale University and MS and MBA degrees from Stanford University.

Executive Management Promotions
Lawrence W. Midland, 71, co-founded Hirsch Electronics in 1981 and led the company until its acquisition by Identive in 2009. Post-acquisition he has served as an executive officer and director of Identive, with particular emphasis on the HIRSCH brand of physical access control products, systems and services, which now comprise approximately one-quarter of the company's revenues. Prior to Hirsch Electronics, Midland served as president of several companies, held various sales positions in investment-related enterprises and was a field engineer with Shell Oil Company. He earned a BS degree in Physics (With Distinction) from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA degree from Pepperdine University.

Dr. Manfred Mueller, 43, has been with Identive for over 13 years in a variety of roles, focused on sales, marketing and operations. He has been an executive officer of the company since 2006, most recently heading Identive's global products business, which comprises approximately half of the company's revenues. Prior to joining the company, from 1998 to 2000 Mueller was a business product manager at BetaResearch GmbH, the digital TV technology development division of the Kirch Group. He holds MS and PhD degrees in Chemistry from Regensburg University in Germany and an MBA from the Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Lincoln's Inn Fields deploys access control system from ACT

Lincoln's Inn Fields deploys access control system from ACT

Editor / Provider: Access Control Technology | Updated: 9/30/2013 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Capital Fire and Security have completed installation of an access control system at a site in Lincoln's Inn Fields where lawyers have been practicing for over 600 years. The Grade-II listed building, in London's largest public square, is now fitted with hardware from Access Control Technology (ACT).

4 New Square, a set of chambers for prominent barristers, is located next to the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, commonly called the Old Bailey. Using ACT's proximity readers and door controllers, 4 New Square has added access control to over 100 doors.

The building hosts meetings between clients, solicitors and barristers for the most high-profile legal cases in the world, with many of the barristers being Queen's Counsel. After a demonstration, the client saw the benefits of a centrally controlled card-based access control system as opposed to traditional key-based systems. Flexible security is paramount, especially in an environment where lawyers working in the same building frequently appear on opposing sides of the same case.

Capital Fire and Security chose an ACT proximity reader with the ability to read highly secure and versatile smart-card technology, the ACTpro DESFire EV1 1040. This choice of advanced reader allows the client to use the same cards with time and attendance and PC logical access systems. With architectural integrity a major consideration, the ability to install the readers as either flush or surface-mounted ensured the installation had minimal architectural impact.

To complement the choice of readers, ACTpro 4000 door controllers have been fitted in the operational and administrative areas of 4 New Square. Used in conjunction with ACTpro door stations, these controllers can support 60,000 users and 1,024 user groups. The ACT hardware uses low bandwidth and auto-discovery for easy installation and maintenance, alongside advanced features such as timed anti-passback and counting areas.

To complement and manage the access control system, ACT's latest software platform, ACTpro Enterprise, is being used at 4 New Square. This role-based system is designed for the increasingly complex demands of a modern access control system. The design principle behind ACTpro Enterprise segregates different functionality by the user's role – such as the installer, the security guard and the system administrator – to ensure minimal accidental system changes and system maintenance. The modules within the application are called ‘ACTinstall', ‘ACTmonitor' and ‘ACTmanage'. The flexibility of ACTpro Enterprise is demonstrated with the integration of third-party products on this site such as the intruder alarm system.

ACTpro Enterprise has been designed to give users a familiar web-browser experience using hyperlinks, ‘backwards' and ‘forwards' buttons and powerful search functionality.

Ian Wheeler, IT Manager at 4 New Square, said: “ACTpro Enterprise allows us to assign rights based on roles, zones and time of the day. With ACT's access control system, a lost card is easily removed and a replacement issued straight away.

Flexibility, paired with ACTpro Enterprise's powerful reporting ability, means ACT access control really is an all-in-one solution for us.”

Capital Fire and Security design, supply and maintain access control, CCTV, and fire systems throughout London, working for clients in sectors including retail, banking, education, theatre and office management. The company is accredited by the National Security Inspectorate (NSI), the United Kingdom Accreditation Services and the Safe Contractor scheme.

UK telco EE adopts Nedap AEOS access platform

UK telco EE adopts Nedap AEOS access platform

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 9/27/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Everything Everywhere, the UK's most advanced digital communications company, plan to expand throughout the UK and they are confident that by choosing AEOS, they have a future-proof security system that can grow and expand as they do.

After a lengthy selection process, EE selected Nedap because of the modern, versatile design of their access control platform – AEOS. Unique within the marketplace, AEOS is a powerful software-driven platform that couples functionality and powerful hardware, tailored for individual configurations. AEOS can be adjusted and expanded to meet future expectations.

Security and scalability can be found in many systems but the versatility to connect and configure more than just access control on a single controller impressed the EE team that have an eye for value and future usability. EE can access system their new system anywhere due to the 100% web-based interface and have saved from not installing client software at any site.

The installation of the project is to be carried out by Nedap's partner Reliance High Tech and the 3-way partnership of manufacturer, integrator and customer will combine to map out the future security for Everything Everywhere.

Asia Update: NEC, Toshiba and others to supply aviation security infrastructure in Myanmar

Asia Update: NEC, Toshiba and others to supply aviation security infrastructure in Myanmar

Editor / Provider: Sumitomo | Updated: 9/26/2013 | Article type: Hot Topics

Sumitomo together with NEC Networks & System Integration Corporation, Toshiba and Morita Corporation concluded an agreement on September 10 with the Department of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Transport, Republic of the Union of Myanmar on the “Project for Improvement of Nationwide Airport Safety and Security”.

This Project is designed to help improve aviation safety at Myanmar's major airports (Yangon, Mandalay, Nyaung U, Heho, Thandwe, and Dawei). To satisfy the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards, equipment such as Doppler VHF radio range beacons and distance measuring equipment, flight procedure design systems, various aeronautical lights, and communication control units will be supplied to improve air traffic safety; and fire engines, X-ray screening machines, explosive detection devices and other equipment for airport security will be installed as necessary.

The Project is expected to enhance Myanmar's airports' capacity to handle the burgeoning air traffic in the region by improving the safety and reliability of air transport and establishing more efficient air routes.

Aviation demand in Myanmar is increasing each year in both the number of passengers and the volume of cargo. It is viewed that the country's aviation sector will most certainly increase in importance as it achieves greater economic development; however the installation of aviation safety facilities and airport security equipment is severely delayed.

Many local airports in particular still do not have adequate radio navigation facilities, and aircraft rely on low-precision instruments or visual contact, making it difficult to cope with sudden changes in the weather or other contingencies.

Furthermore, some local airports do not have adequate detection equipment for explosives and many improvements in the inspection procedures are necessary. In view of these circumstances, the government of Myanmar requested to the Japanese government for continued assistance in airport/aviation security and the provision of urgently needed equipment. In response to this request, an exchange of notes took place between the governments of Myanmar and Japan on March 22, 2013, with a grant agreement concluded between the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Myanmar that pledged 1.233 billion yen in Official Development Assistance (ODA). The Civil Aviation Bureau of Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has also been supporting aviation infrastructure upgrades internationally since 2011 through various meetings and conferences, and they're expected to start up medium- to long-term assistance programs for Myanmar.

Sumitomo Corporation as the prime contractor for this Project will be responsible for overall coordination. Myanmar is positioned as one of the company's key business regions in Sumitomo Corporation's medium-term management plan. Involved in businesses such as the creation of an industrial park in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone, Sumitomo Corporation in May 2013 received an order with NEC and other partners to make urgent improvements to communications networks, followed in June 2013 by an order for a project to improve railway safety and service, the company has been comprehensively engaged in a full range of infrastructure construction and improvement efforts in Myanmar.

It is also steadily building up a record of performance in the area of air traffic control systems, receiving orders in November 2010 from the Philippines and in August 2013 from Laos. Sumitomo Corporation will continue to seek orders for air traffic control projects in Asia and elsewhere to further boost aviation safety.

NEC will be providing the Project with Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) for radio measurement of distances between aircraft and aeronautical stations, while NESIC will be developing the relevant systems for radio communications and undertaking a full spectrum of tasks in building airport/aviation security infrastructure.

The NEC Group has been involved in the construction of Myanmar's communications infrastructure for 35 years, including telephone switchboard equipment, radio communication devices, satellite earth stations and broadcasting systems. An NEC branch office opened in Yangon in February 2013, which, in conjunction with execution management by NESIC (Thailand), a NESIC's Thai subsidiary, is putting in place the structures needed to support the development of communications networks in Myanmar.

As noted above, it joined with Sumitomo Corporation and others in a project to make urgent improvements to communication networks, receiving orders to build fiber-optic backbone communications networks linking three cities in Myanmar as well as LTE communications infrastructure within these cities.

In August 2013, NEC also opened an office in the capital city of Naypyidaw. In addition to undertaking the Project, NEC aims to assist with the future needs of Myanmar's public offices, local companies and other customers by, for instance, providing international communications networks via seabed cables, ICT infrastructure for rapidly developing industrial parks, disaster prevention solutions, security and e-government solutions, as well as servers and other high-volume retail items.

Toshiba will contribute to the Project by supplying three major airports, Nyaung U, Heho, and Thandwe, with Doppler VHF omnidirectional radio range (DVOR) beacons, the Project's principal air navigation systems. Toshiba has extensive experience in supplying air navigation systems in Japan and overseas, and continues to promote technology innovation that helps to improve air traffic safety and efficiency.

Toshiba Group has sold home electronics to Myanmar from its base in Singapore since the 1980's, and in social infrastructure, the company provided equipment for the Sedoci Hydropower Plant in 1985. Most recently, Toshiba Asia Pacific opened an office in Yangon in April 2013 that will allow Toshiba will establish a stronger presence in the country and support Myanmar's economic development.. Toshiba will strive to further contribute to Myanmar, and internationally, by providing high-quality, high-performance air navigation systems.

Morita under this Project will be in charge of providing aircraft rescue fire fighting vehicles and equipment for Yangon, Dawei, Nyaung U, and Heho airports. In line with its slogan of “protecting human life and Mother Earth,” Morita develops, manufactures and sells a broad range of products, including aircraft rescue fire fighting vehicles and other fire trucks (pumper trucks, ladder trucks, rescue vehicles, and fire engines for industrial complexes).

Since its establishment in 1907, Morita as a top manufacturer of fire-fighting and disaster-prevention vehicles has been in great part responsible for the development of fire-fighting technology in Japan, and its sales efforts now extend beyond Japan to countries in Asia, the Near/Middle East and Africa. The foundations of the Morita Group's business lie in its full-hearted commitment to manufacturing and, as it takes on the challenge of manufacturing products of even higher quality, it will be safeguarding the air gateways into Myanmar through this Project as the country pursues rapid development.

By building airport/aviation security infrastructure in Myanmar, where continued economic development is anticipated, Sumitomo Corporation, NEC, NESIC, Toshiba and Morita will work to complete this Project promptly to enhance the country's infrastructure safety and reliability. These companies also intend to cooperate in drafting proposals for upgrading aviation security infrastructure at other major local airports not covered by this Project.

Honeywell releases more value with managed access control system

Honeywell releases more value with managed access control system

Editor / Provider: Honeywell | Updated: 9/25/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Honeywell has released the WIN-PAK CS 4.2 managed access control system, which lets security dealers provide a wider range of value-added services to all types of organizations while reducing their installation and service costs.

WIN-PAK CS 4.2 takes the complexity and cost out of maintaining an access control system by moving the operating software and server hardware from the customer's site to the dealer's data center, providing operational cost savings and reducing capital expenses for dedicated computers or servers. Dealers benefit because they can create new sources of recurring monthly revenue (RMR) by delivering more value-added services to their customers including photo-ID badging, video verification of alarms and events, and enhanced report functionality from the new web interface.

“Companies want to simplify their security management and increase the value it brings to their businesses, and managed security services can help achieve this goal,” said John Smith, senior marketing manager at Honeywell Security Products Americas. “Having to dedicate security staff to manage the system, create photo-ID badges and provide updates to the access control software and server hardware are all time-consuming tasks for staff. WIN-PAK CS 4.2 lets dealers take these tasks off their customers' hands and payrolls while helping streamline business operations. These services are also a great way to create long-lasting customer relationships and reduce attrition.”

*Photo-ID Badging as a Service: Badge printers are expensive and cost-prohibitive or organizations with fewer than 100 employees. By providing badging services, security dealers can reduce the investment it takes for organizations to issue photo-IDs to employees. It's a service that provides more value to the customer by streamlining business operations and strengthening security procedures.
*Redesigned Web-based Interface: The new web-based interface provides users with the required functionality to manage day-to-day business without the hassle of installing expensive onsite software. Through the web-based interface, organizations can monitor their system's status, control doors, manage users, create customized report templates and automatically run reports, access video tutorials, and generate card audit trails and operator action reports.
*Video Verification: Video verification allows dealers to receive access control alerts and notifications tied to video events. Dealers can determine whether the alert is a potential threat and dispatch the appropriate authority to handle the situation. This can save organizations money by reducing false alarms and reduce law enforcement response times by verifying that the threat is real.

Axis enters into physical access control market with door controller

Axis enters into physical access control market with door controller

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 9/24/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Axis Communications enters the physical access control market by introducing a network door controller with built-in web-based software. AXIS A1001 Network Door Controller is a complement to Axis' existing portfolio of innovative network video products and creates unique integration possibilities for partners and end users.

Axis Communications enters the physical access control market by introducing a network door controller with built-in web-based software. AXIS A1001 Network Door Controller is a complement to Axis' existing portfolio of innovative network video products and creates unique integration possibilities for partners and end users.

“Bringing product innovation to the physical access control market is a natural step in Axis' development as there is a strong connection between access control and video surveillance. As the market leader in network cameras, Axis plays an important role in driving convergence to IP-based products in video surveillance. We now apply that expertise in IP technology to the physical access control market in the same way. The physical access control market is primed to make the shift to open IP technology,” said Ray Mauritsson, President and CEO, Axis Communications.

AXIS A1001 Network Door Controller is the first non-proprietary and open IP-based access controller on the market. It is a platform for two different solutions. AXIS Entry Manager (AXIS A1001 with built in software) is a ready-made solution for small- to mid-sized businesses—such as offices, industries and retail stores—with typically 10 doors and basic access control requirements.

For larger enterprise systems, AXIS A1001's open application programming interface enables Axis' Application Development Partners (ADP) to meet specific customer requirements. Initially, Axis ADP partners Aimetis, Genetec, IMRON, Milestone Systems, Next Level Security Systems and OnSSI are engaged in the development of solutions, which include video integration and advanced access control functionality.

Initially, Axis launches AXIS A1001 Network Door Controller in the US market in Q4 in 2013. The United States was an early adopter of network video technology and is also a huge market for physical access control. The value of the global physical access control market is about USD 3 billion (2012) and will increase to approximately USD 4.2 billion by 2017, which represents an annual growth of 7 percent, according to market research firm IHS.

“Axis started its innovative quest back in 1984 by developing protocol converters and then continued to printers and storage devices before inventing and launching the first network camera in 1996. Although we now enter the physical access control market, our focus will continue to be on network video products. We expect physical access control sales to represent a small, but important, part of our total business,” said Mauritsson.

Further features of the AXIS A1001 Network Door Controller include:
* Open architecture that allows easy integration of video, intrusion detection and other systems.
* Support for Power over Ethernet to reduce the need for separate power cables and proprietary cables.
* Cardholder data and system configurations are automatically stored and synchronized between controllers and the units can be managed from any computer in the system.
* Enabler for an ‘edge' solution with one controller for each door and a fixed price per door. It is fully scalable, eliminating the traditional central controller multiple of 4, 8, 16 or 32 doors.
* Support for most existing reader protocols and reader types, and standard IT and security equipment such as door locks and door position sensors.
* The installation wizard and the color coded connectors help users to complete the installation and verify that door locks, readers and other equipment are connected properly.
* The API is designed for compliance with ONVIF Profile C, which will enable interoperability between clients and devices of physical access control systems (PACS) and network-based video systems.

Honeywell upgrades NetAXS-123 Access Control System with EVL technology

Honeywell upgrades NetAXS-123 Access Control System with EVL technology

Editor / Provider: Honeywell | Updated: 9/24/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Honeywell announced a technology upgrade to its NetAXS-123 web-based modular access control system to make it easier for small to mid-size businesses to secure their doors. Ethernet virtual loop (EVL) technology uses a single IP address to talk to multiple control panels, making installation fast and simple. This allows dealers to drive down at-the-door costs by using their customers' existing local area networks (LAN) with Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), eliminating the requirement to run a dedicated wire loop to each control panel.

“Running wire takes time and money, so being able to use an existing LAN greatly reduces labor and material costs for both the security dealer and their customers,” said John Smith, senior marketing manager at Honeywell Security Products Americas. “NetAXS-123 with EVL technology gives dealers, especially those already offering IT services, a seamless way to deliver access control technology to small and medium-sized businesses.”

Through EVL and the LAN, dealers no longer need to configure each NetAXS-123 control panel individually. Instead the control panels are automatically discovered and linked together. As a result, dealers are able to connect multiple NetAXS-123 panels and automatically issue updates to the entire system, such as access card additions and rule changes.

NetAXS-123 control panels also drive down at-the-door costs by eliminating the need for multiple cables to be installed and run from a distant location. The new control panels provide a streamlined solution allowing cables to be installed just a few feet from the control panel for the lock, reader, egress and door contact. The benefits to dealers are lower installation costs and faster install times. NetAXS-123 also features options not found in most access control systems including elevator control, multiple input and output add-ons and integrated IP digital video tied to access control events.

Honeywell protects French retailer Jardiland with intruder and access control system

Honeywell protects French retailer Jardiland with intruder and access control system

Editor / Provider: Honeywell | Updated: 9/18/2013 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The Situation
Situated in the heart of the ZAC Porte Sud Retail Park, the Jardiland store was built in 2010 and opened later that year. It boasts 5,000 square metres of floor space comprising several secure areas including warehousing, offices, interior and exterior sales areas, and covered gardens. The store manager at Jardiland Orange, Mr Michel Bonifazio, who is also responsible for several other franchised Jardiland retail outlets (Istres and Grans), wanted the security system in the new store to manage intruder detection and access control with audio verified alarm triggers. To meet insurance requirements, the site also required monitoring by an APSAD-certified alarm receiving centre (ARC). In addition, Mr Bonifazio needed a solution that would protect the store during the day from the risk of armed robbery, reassure staff, ensure public safety and protect the stock.

The Solution
With experience and knowledge of Honeywell GalaxyR systems, Mr Bernard Gayraud, the manager of GT2S, recommended the GalaxyR Dimension integrated intruder and door control security solution. “We also have a good supplier, ADI Global Distribution,” said Mr Gayraud.The GalaxyR Dimension GD-96 control panel, certified NF&A2P type 3, was selected for the installation. Honeywell's two-way voice speakers with microphone that link directly to the ARC are integrated into the solution and provide the necessary audio verification to detect and distinguish genuine intruders. In addition, the Galaxy Dimension system manages access to the store and offices, and other high risk areas using proximity readers from Honeywell's OmniProx range. Badges are used by staff and other personnel and contractors depending on their security levels and access requirements. For example, cleaning contractors' badges are activated to enable access only during certain times. Overall, the Galaxy system manages access to the site for around 30 separate badge holders with schedules set up through the system to ensure that only certain people have access to the site outside business hours. the audio enables verification. At the end of the day, the system is reliable and we recommend it.”

The Benefits
Simplicity of system use

“The solution provides a complete intruder system with integrated door control all of which is managed by a single piece of software - the Galaxy User Management Suite – which is greatly appreciated,” added Mr Gayraud. The store manager can easily control the arming and disarming of the security alarm system using the Galaxy MK7 LCD keypad, and because it is connected to the ARC, the ARC operator is immediately notified when the system is armed. The store is open seven days a week, and therefore permanently secure.

Optimum security provided by audio verification
Twelve intercom terminals distributed at strategic points throughout the store ensure that the site remains connected to the ARC. Any suspected intrusion can therefore be detected and rapid site intervention initiated if a break-in is confirmed by the store manager or the Police. “The performance of the Honeywell audio verification system is superior to that of other brands,” states Mr Gayraud. “If the audio verification solution were not in place, it would not be possible to analyse accidental alarm triggers, particularly during the night,” insists Mr Bonifazio. “For example, if either a bird or an animal escapes from its cage in the pet department and triggers an alarm via a motion sensor, the audio enables verification. At the end of the day, the system is reliable and we recommend it.”

Flexibility and ease of installation
“Because the Galaxy system is compatible with almost any badge reader technology, we could directly and easily connect badge readers with door controllers,” emphasises Mr Gayraud. The Jardiland access control is secured by five proximity readers and two door controllers across the site. “With its dual bus, the Galaxy solution could be run in two directions in the building, which simplified the cabling work in the Jardiland store,” added Mr Gayraud. Galaxy Dimension GD-96 control panel manages around 90 zones on the Jardiland site.

Compatibility and adaptability
The Galaxy solution was also able to accommodate Jardiland's requirement for panic buttons at each till point. GT2S was also responsible for the installation of the perimeter devices in the store. A total of 12 Honeywell DUALR TEC dual-technology motion detectors were installed to protect the sales floor, and an additional seven to protect the office area. A crucial element of the system design was to protect the store garden area where it was essential to be able to detect and identify real break-ins in an area where the volume of plant stocks varies frequently.

A complete solution meeting both retail and wholesale requirements
The Galaxy Dimension range provides a comprehensive solution which is key to its popularity. It offers door control security, IP and RS232 interfacing and audio verification. It can monitor up to 520 zones, and the number of bus control units can be increased to four which helps simplify the design and cabling Mr Gayraud also praised the new Galaxy TouchCenter touch screen keypad due to its user friendly design and functionality.

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