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HID Global and Tyco Security Products' Software House joined FICAM solutions for PACS

HID Global and Tyco Security Products' Software House joined FICAM solutions for PACS

Editor / Provider: HID Global | Updated: 10/31/2013 | Article type: Security 50

HID Global and Tyco Security Products, part of Tyco, announced that the companies have joined forces to deliver the industry's first fully FICAM-compliant solutions for end-to-end physical access control systems (PACS). The complete offering comprises each company's federal identity solutions, providing added value through increased security, cost efficiencies and interoperability. The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) introduced the new FICAM testing requirements earlier this year as part of a realignment of its Approved Products List (APL) with the FICAM roadmap for standardization and a consistent approach to deploying and managing appropriate identity assurance, credentialing, and access control services.

The GSA test program included subjecting the system components to dozens of attacks to ensure that the system is not prone denial of service, credential spoofing, or other types of unauthorized access. The FICAM testing program ensures that products conform with existing APL approval procedures, and integrate other vendors' products to create a complete end-to-end high assurance solution that government agencies can procure. End-to-end systems are tested both as individual components as well as holistically to ensure that agencies meet all of the requirements in FIPS 201 and SP 800-116.

“FICAM testing is by far the most comprehensive testing that we have seen,” stated Bob Fontana, vice president of engineering, Federal Identity Solutions with HID Global. “HID Global is excited to be part of the first FICAM-compliant system approved by the GSA and available to the U.S. Government. The government has raised the bar in standardization and HID Global has met this challenge, offering federal agencies improved security solutions.”

The HID Global and Tyco Security Products PACS solution includes: HID Global's pivCLASS Registration Engine, pivCLASS Certificate Manager, pivCLASS Reader Services, pivCLASS Authentication Module (PAM), pivCLASS IDPublisher, and pivCLASS RK40/RKCL40 readers, as well as Tyco Security Products' Software House CCURE 9000 security and event management system.

The pivCLASS Registration Engine seamlessly integrates with Tyco's Software House CCURE 9000 for PIV and PIV-I card validation, provisioning, and de-provisioning when a certificate is no longer valid. Credentials presented at the door are cryptographically challenged by the pivCLASS PAM. If the card is authentic and valid, the card identifier is passed to the Software House iSTAR controller, which performs the authorization check before admitting the cardholder. A special messaging interface ensures that all invalid transactions are captured and forwarded to the CCURE 9000 PACS event monitor.

“The successful testing of Software House's CCURE 9000 for FICAM end-to-end compliance, together with HID Global's pivCLASS Government Solutions portfolio, assures U.S. Federal agencies that they are procuring FICAM solutions that will meet all of the FIPS 201processing standards,” said Stafford Mahfouz, Manager of Government programs for Software House, Tyco Security Products.

Napco locks protect Notre Dame High, alma mater to many celebrities

Napco locks protect Notre Dame High, alma mater to many celebrities

Editor / Provider: Napco Security Technologies | Updated: 10/31/2013 | Article type: Security 50

NAPCO Security Technologies, one of the world's suppliers of high performance electronic security equipment for over 30 years, shared that the security and access control provided by its Alarm Lock Trilogy Locks has proven so successful that their numbers have increased all over the famed Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California. Notre Dame's system now includes the next generation networked Trilogy Networx wireless models. Notre Dame is part of the Company's growing list of educational institutional references using advanced Trilogy locks for their convenient ID card or PIN code access-control to doors inside and out. Of increasing importance today, is that they can also offer classroom lock-down from portable keyfobs up to five hundred feet away to protect students, faculty and staff in an emergency or active shooter event. The new global-functioning Networx lock models have the capability to lock-down an entire school or campus from any one lock or from the school server in ten seconds.

Richard Soloway, Chairman and President of NAPCO commented, "These access control products are an ideal answer to the daunting and problematic trend we increasingly see today of school shootings and violence on campus. This sad turn of events has made security a top priority for educational institutions across our nation. Everyone involved in schools, from parents and educators, to facility managers, are seeking actionable steps to take. Notre Dame is another example of how well NAPCO's broad line of state-of-the-art security and lockdown solutions perform on guard, protecting staff and students of all ages, from preschool and daycare, middle and high school, right through colleges & universities. No other company can match our comprehensive and innovative security offerings, for institutions of all sizes and budgets, because security is all we do, and we have decades of experience built into every NAPCO product."

Proudly chosen to secure Notre Dame High School, Alarm Lock Trilogy locks are protecting the school's current student body of 1,200 students and 100+ faculty and administrative personnel, in an institution that has graduated an incredible group since its founding in 1947. They include well-known celebrities in the fields of sports, film and government. Notables among them include actress Kirsten Dunst, actorsJerry Mathers (Leave It to Beaver) and Ed Begley Jr., director Nick Cassavetes, singer Katherine McPhee (American Idol), MLB GM Pat Gillick (3X World Series Champion), MLB players Chris Dickerson (Baltimore Orioles), Jack McDowell (3X All-Star and Cy Young Award winner) and Giancarlo Stanton (Miami Marlins); NFL players Justin Fargas (Oakland Raiders) and Nick Folk (New York Jets), sports broadcaster Mary Strong and Admiral Michael Mullen.

Trilogy locks have been used to secure Notre Dame for about seven years and now cover more than a hundred doors, including server-controllable Trilogy Networx with global lock and unlock functions. "Field-proven Alarm Lock Trilogy locks are both advanced and rugged, making them a favorite in K-12s, colleges and universities. They're the ideal package -- easy deployment, dependability and affordability, because they're literally a top electronic access control system in lock form," added Mr. Soloway. "Notre Dame faculty members can conveniently carry a Prox keyfob to access their building, classrooms and labs, while access given to outside contractors, housekeeping, and other service personnel can be managed with temporary IDs. Plus, the locks can also be set to automatically lock or unlock at a given school schedule daily or weekly, so teachers and facility people have less to worry about. Meanwhile, in a crisis the Networx Locks can lock intruders out of classrooms or let first responders in everywhere at once, in mere seconds, activated from any one lock, keyfob or their computer network."

Munich 'Palais an der Oper' plays safe with Bosch

Munich 'Palais an der Oper' plays safe with Bosch

Editor / Provider: Bosch Security Systems | Updated: 10/30/2013 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

During a major reconstruction, one of the most prestigious real estates in Munich was equipped with safety and security systems from Bosch. The company implemented a comprehensive security solution in the “Palais an der Oper”, formerly known as the “Residenzpost”, which had been one of Munich's main post offices. Bosch will also be responsible for ongoing maintenance of these systems.

The “Palais an der Oper” leaves a strong imprint on historic Max-Joseph square in Munich, being neighbored by the opera house and the former royal castle. In the course of a major redevelopment, the building underwent complete reconstruction, while the heritage-protected facade with its characteristic arcades designed by Leo von Klenze was completely preserved. Stuttgart based LBBW Immobilien GmbH and Accumulata Immobilien Development GmbH, Munich, have then sold the “Palais an der Oper” to a group of private investors – details were not disclosed. Since completion in June 2013, the “Palais an der Oper” is home of exclusive shops and restaurants, upmarket offices and luxurious apartments.

Fire protection in the "Palais" is guaranteed by the Modular Fire Panel 5000 Series from Bosch, while a Dynacord sound and evacuation system eases smooth evacuation of the staircases in case of fire. Further, Bosch installed access control and intrusion detection systems as well as a BOS indoor radio. Day and night cameras operated via the Video Management System BVMS are used to monitor the entire site.

Bosch was also awarded some contracts with individual business renters within the “Palais an der Oper”. Due to the luxury ambience of the shops these required sophisticated planning to ensure safety without sacrificing optics. For such demanding environments, Bosch offers its Smoke Detector 500 Series which can seamlessly integrate into ceilings and also adapt to the ceiling's color.

ASSA ABLOY: Stronger growth in Americas, Asia Pacific and global technologies

ASSA ABLOY: Stronger growth in Americas, Asia Pacific and global technologies

Editor / Provider: ASSA ABLOY | Updated: 10/28/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Assa Alboy's sales totaled $1,919.2 M (SEK 12,131 M), an increase of 5% compared with the third quarter of 2012. Organic growth for comparable units was 3%. Acquired units contributed 3%. Exchange-rate effects had an impact of $–21.0 M (SEK –133 M) on sales, that is –1%.

Operating income before depreciation, EBITDA, amounted to $ 370 M (SEK 2,339 M). The corresponding EBITDA margin was 19.3%. The Group's operating income, EBIT, amounted to $330.6 M (SEK 2,090 M), a rise of 8%. The operating margin was 17.2%.

Net financial items amounted to $–19.6 M (SEK –124 M). The Group's income before tax amounted to $311 M (SEK 1,966 M), an improvement of 11% compared with the previous year. Exchange-rate effects had an impact of $–8.2 M (SEK –52 M) on the Group's income before tax. The profit margin was 16.2%. The underlying effective tax rate on an annual basis is expected to be 25%. Earnings per share amounted to $0.6 (SEK 3.98), an increase of 13 %.< /p> - Sales rose by 5%, with organic growth of 3%, and totaled $1,919.9 M (SEK 12,131 M).
- Strong growth in Americas, Asia Pacific and Global Technologies.
- Stable but low demand in EMEA and Entrance Systems.
- Operating income (EBIT) increased by 8% and amounted to $330.6 M (SEK 2,090 M). The operating margin was 17.2%.
- Net income amounted to $223.2 M (SEK 1,474 M).
- Earnings per share rose by 13% to $0.6 (SEK 3.98).
- Operating cash flow increased by 11% and amounted to $344.1 (SEK 2,175 M).
- Preparation for a new restructuring program has begun, with a planned launch in the fourth quarter.
- Contracts have been signed for the acquisition of Ameristar (USA), Mercor (Poland), Xinmao (China) and Huasheng (China), which have combined annual sales of around $316.4 (SEK 2,000 M).

“I am very pleased to report that Americas, Asia Pacific and Global Technologies all had strong organic growth,” says Johan Molin, President and CEO. “EMEA also grew, by 1% organically, and showed clear signs of having bottomed out, while Entrance Systems had a surprisingly small fall of just 1% despite its exposure to European industry. Total growth for the Group was 6% in local currencies, made up of 3% organic growth and 3% acquired growth. Exchange-rate effects remained negative at -1%, which meant that total growth ended up at 5%.

“The Group's earnings reached a record level, largely due to good growth arising from new products, which accounted for 26% of sales value, with growth in electromechanical products especially strong. In addition, major savings and efficiency measures in production continued to make good contributions to earnings.

“Agreements of acquisition where signed with several interesting companies during the quarter. Especially exciting is the acquisition of Ameristar, which complements our product portfolio in North America very well. Investment in emerging markets also continued with the acquisitions of Mercor in Poland and Huasheng and Xinmao in China. In total these acquisitions will provide an addition of around $316.4 M (SEK 2,000 M) to our sales.

“My judgment is that the world economy is slowly on the way to improving, although still affected by the budget cutbacks that many countries are making. Our strategy therefore remains unchanged, to reduce our dependence on mature markets and to expand strongly in the emerging markets, which are expected to go on growing well. Another continuing priority will be investments in new products, especially in the growth area of electromechanics.”

Sales for the part-year period totaled $5,575.2 M (SEK 35,239 M), representing an increase of 2%. Organic growth was 2%. Acquired units contributed 4%. Exchange-rate effects had an impact of $–161.5 M (SEK –1,021 M) on sales, that is –4%, compared with the first nine months of 2012.

Operating income before depreciation, EBITDA, for the part-year period amounted to $1,024 M (SEK 6,477 M). The corresponding margin was 18.4%. The Group's operating income, EBIT, amounted to $905.2 (SEK 5,722 M), which was an increase of 5%. The corresponding EBIT operating margin was 16.2%.

Earnings per share for the part-year period amounted to $1.7 (SEK 10.76), a rise of 6%. Operating cash flow totaled $674.3 M (SEK 4,262 M).

The preparation of a new restructuring program has begun, with a planned launch in the fourth quarter. A total of some thirty production units and offices are expected to be closed over a three-year period. The restructuring costs are expected to total about $158.2 M (SEK 1,000 M) and the payback time is estimated to be around three years.

Payments related to all existing restructuring programs amounted to $18.6 M (SEK 118 M) in the quarter. The restructuring programs proceeded according to plan and led to a reduction in personnel of 127 people during the quarter and 7,084 people since the projects began. At the end of the quarter provisions of $105 M (SEK 664 M) remained in the balance sheet for carrying out the programs.

Sales for the quarter in EMEA division totaled $500 M (SEK 3,163 M), with organic growth of 1%. The market showed growth in Scandinavia, Finland, Eastern Europe, Germany, Italy and Africa, and stable demand in Britain. Sales growth in France, the Netherlands, Spain and Israel was negative. Acquired growth amounted to 1%. Operating income totaled $86.2 M (SEK 545 M), which represented an operating margin (EBIT) of 17.2%. Return on capital employed amounted to 20.0%. Operating cash flow before interest paid totaled $96.9 M (SEK 613 M).

Sales for the quarter in Americas division totaled $409.7 M (SEK 2,590 M), with organic growth of 7%. The sales trends for traditional lock products, electromechanical products, the private residential market and South America were very strong. Security doors and high-security products showed good growth, while Canada and Mexico showed a weak negative trend. Acquired growth amounted to 0%. Operating income totaled $ 86.8 M (SEK 549 M) and the operating margin was 21.2%. Return on capital employed amounted to 25.7%. Operating cash flow before interest paid totaled $106.4 M (SEK 673 M).

Sales for the quarter in Asia Pacific division totaled $331.4 M (SEK 2,095 M), with organic growth of 6%. Australia, New Zealand and South Korea showed strong growth. China showed good growth, while South-East Asia had a weakly negative trend. Acquired growth amounted to 2%. Operating income totaled $52.3 M (SEK 331 M), representing an operating margin (EBIT) of 15.8%. The quarter's return on capital employed amounted to 20.8%. Operating cash flow before interest paid totaled $30.5 M (SEK 193 M).

Sales for the quarter in Global Technologies division totaled $20.2 M (SEK 1,645 M), with organic growth of 7%. HID had strong growth in access control and logical access together with a strong growth in project orders. Identification technology was stable while Government ID had a negative trend. Hospitality showed strong growth, mainly from the important renovation market. Profitability improved for both Business Units. Acquired growth amounted to 0%. The division's operating income amounted to $51.5 M (SEK 326 M), with an operating margin (EBIT) of 19.8%. Return on capital employed amounted to 21.1%. Operating cash flow before interest paid totaled $49.5 M (SEK 313 M).

Sales for the quarter in Entrance Systems division totaled $458.8 M (SEK 2,900 M), with organic growth of –1%. Demand in Europe remained weak while Americas and Asia showed good growth. Sales in door automation and industrial doors were stable. The trends for high-speed doors and docking systems were negative. The sales trend for Ditec remained negative, affected by the weak economic trend in southern Europe. Acquired growth amounted to 11%. Operating income totaled $64 M (SEK 405 M), giving an operating margin of 14.0%. Return on capital employed amounted to 11.6%. Operating cash flow before interest paid totaled $77 M (SEK 487 M).

During the quarter one minor acquisition was consolidated. The combined acquisition price for the six acquisitions completed in the part-year period amounted to $38.9 M (SEK 246 M), and preliminary acquisition analyses indicate that goodwill and other intangible assets with indefinite useful life amount to $32.5 M (SEK 206 M). The acquisition price is adjusted for acquired net debt and estimated earn outs. Estimated earn-outs amount to 12.4 M (SEK 79 M).

On 6 September it was announced that ASSA ABLOY had signed a contract to acquire Mercor SA's fire-door business. Mercor is a leading Polish manufacturer of security and fire doors in eastern Europe. The company has about 550 employees and its sales in 2013 are expected to total $58.5 M (SEK 370 M).

On 1 October it was announced that ASSA ABLOY had signed a contract to acquire the American company Ameristar, the leading American manufacturer of perimeter security in the form of high-security fences and gates. The company has about 650 employees and its sales in 2013 are expected to total about $174 M (SEK 1,100 M).

On 14 October it was announced that ASSA ABLOY had signed contracts to acquire the Chinese companies Xinmao and Huasheng, regional leaders in fire and security doors in the provinces of Heilongjiang and Shandong respectively. The companies have 360 and 460 employees respectively and their sales in 2014 are expected to total $30 M (SEK 190 M) and $33.2 M (SEK 210 M) respectively.

In August 2013 the joint-venture contract with Pan Pan in China was terminated by ASSA ABLOY's acquisition of the outstanding 30% of shares.

Magnus Kagevik has been appointed Executive Vice President and Head of Asia Pacific Division with effect from 1 January 2014. He succeeds Jonas Persson who is leaving ASSA ABLOY after four years for a position outside the Group. Magnus Kagevik has worked at ASSA ABLOY since 2007 as Vice President Operations in EMEA division and was appointed Market Region Manager for eastern Europe in 2011.

Increasing the efficiency of energy use in the Group's factories and sales companies is a priority area for achieving a reduced environmental impact and lower costs. The improvement work is managed locally in the Group's units, often with support from the Kaizen methodology to identify and prioritize different activities. By such methods Abloy Oy in Finland has reduced its annual energy consumption by 7,000 MWh. This means that in the last three years it has cut its energy consumption per manufactured product by over 10%.

The Group's ambition is to continue to increase the information contained in its external sustainability reporting, for example as regards energy consumption, emission of greenhouse gases and related improvement activities. In its reporting to the CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) for the 2012 business year, the Group's points score improved to 69 points, against 38 in the previous year.

Other operating income for the Parent company ASSA ABLOY AB totaled $221.6 M (SEK 1,401 M) for the part-year period. Income before tax amounted to $304.7 M (SEK 1,926 M). Investments in tangible and intangible assets totaled $12.8 M (SEK 81 M). Liquidity is good and the equity ratio was 46.3%.

ASSA ABLOY applies International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as endorsed by the European Union. Significant accounting and valuation principles are detailed on pages 90-95 of the 2012 Annual Report.

This Interim Report was prepared in accordance with IAS 34 ‘Interim Financial Reporting' and the Annual Accounts Act. The Interim Report for the Parent company was prepared in accordance with the Annual Accounts Act and RFR 2 ‘Reporting by a Legal Entity'.

In 2013 financial reporting is affected by changes relating to the reporting of defined-benefit pension plans. The changed accounting principles remove the option of using the so-called corridor method: that is, the option of reporting only a proportion of actuarial gains and losses as income or expense. The significant changed valuations are instead reported as they arise in ‘Other comprehensive income'. The changes also mean that the return on plan assets is no longer reported as expected return but is reported as an interest income item in the income statement, based on the value of the discount rate at the start of the financial year. The accounting principles for defined-benefit pension plans are therefore changed from the Group's accounting principles in the 2012 Annual Report and the Interim Reports published earlier in 2012.

The new principles affect reporting retroactively, and the opening balance at 1 January 2012 has been recalculated, as have the comparatives for 2012. On the balance-sheet date of 1 January 2012, pension obligations and net debt increased by $172.7 M (SEK 1,092 M). Equity was reduced by $116.6 M (SEK 737 M) and financial assets increased by $56.1 M (SEK 355 M). Operating income for the quarter and the full year 2012 is unchanged. Financial items for the quarter and the full year 2012 improved by $2.8 M (SEK 18 M) and $8.3 M (SEK 53 M) respectively. The tax expense for the quarter and the full year 2012 increased by $0.94 M (SEK 6 M) and $0.94 M (SEK 6 M) respectively. Net profit for the quarter and the full year 2012 increased by $1.8 M (SEK 12 M) and $7.4 M (SEK 47 M) respectively. Earnings per share after dilution for the quarter and the full year 2012 increased by $0.004 (SEK 0.03) per share and $0.02 (SEK 0.13) per share respectively.

EverFocus promotes Taiwan strengths to Brazilian media

EverFocus promotes Taiwan strengths to Brazilian media

Editor / Provider: EverFocus | Updated: 10/25/2013 | Article type: Security 50

In early October, Taiwan External Trade Development Council, TAITRA invited Brazilian mainstream TV channel “Band” and the chief editor Victor Hugo Piiroja of the largest security control magazine “Revista Digital Security” to visit EverFocus production center in Sengkeng, New Taipei City, Taiwan. In addition to magazine interview, this is the first time this year for EverFocus to have a general TV media in EverFocus production center.

Thanks to TAITRA, EverFocus's continuing efforts to promote Taiwanese products and brand to the global market have drawn the international media's attention once again. The interview gave EverFocus a great opportunity to show their products and their high quality production environment which they are very proud of to Brazil media.

The interview of the “Revista Digital Security” magazine is also a beneficial exchange of market information between Taiwan and Brazil. EverFocus once again confirmed that there is a strong demand of security monitoring products in Latin American countries. The growth rate of surveillance products' demand in Brazil is more than other Latin American regions at an annual growth rate of 10%. Two biggest upcoming sporting events 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil will increase the demand certainly.

From 2011 to 2014, the Brazilian government will provide public safety services and security equipment investment of approximately $ 20 billion. Among them, video surveillance systems, radio communication equipment, access control systems, biometric devices , metal detectors , police protection equipment , fluorescent vests , fire extinguishing equipment will be the major focuses. Therefore, the exchange of the latest marketing information is very favorable.

EverFocus is fortunate enough to make it on to the Brazilian television; the report is expected to be broadcasted in November in the prime time of evening news period with an average viewer of 10 million people.

CEM Systems, Pelco and Honeywell secure the New South Glasgow Hospitals

CEM Systems, Pelco and Honeywell secure the New South Glasgow Hospitals

Editor / Provider: CEM Systems | Updated: 10/25/2013 | Article type: Commercial Markets

CEM Systems, part of Tyco Security Products announce that they have won the contract to secure the largest single NHS hospital build in Scotland; the New South Glasgow Hospitals, part of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The publicly funded development will give Glasgow one of the most advanced adult acute services hospitals in the UK and will be the biggest critical care complex in Scotland.

CEM Approved Reseller Boston Networks is installing a multi million pound Intelligent Building solution for the new super hospital which features the CEM AC2000 Security Management System (SMS), securing over 400 doors throughout the facility. Construction work commenced on site early 2010 and is due for completion in 2015. The main contractor on the project is Brookfield Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd.

The powerful CEM AC2000 system will secure the brand New Adult and Children's hospital. The new 14 floor adult hospital will house 1109 beds, state of the art emergency, acute receiving, critical care, 30 modern operating theatres, diagnostic services and a full range of in-patient and day case paediatric services.

“At the New South Glasgow hospitals, AC2000 will provide a highly flexible and integrated security solution by linking to both Pelco Endura CCTV and Honeywell Galaxy Intruder Detection Systems” said Philip Verner, Regional Sales Director, EMEA, CEM Systems. “The CEM AC2000 system has many high level integrations in its portfolio, which enables it to act as a powerful Security Management System for South Glasgow hospital.

Commenting on the partnership, Paul Goodbrand, Director of Intelligent Buildings, Boston Networks states, ‘‘Due to the sheer scale and complexity of the New South Glasgow Hospitals project, Boston Networks had to consider numerous factors when choosing our security partners, such as future proof technology, integration capabilities and the ability to provide a solution that would allow us to meet all elements of the installation and commissioning program”.

In addition to high integration capabilities, the CEM AC2000 system offers a comprehensive set of software applications that enhance site operations. The New South Glasgow Hospitals will utilise both AC2000 VIPPS (Visual Imaging & Pass Production System), which allows users to design professional, quality ID passes which can include text, logos, graphics, photos, barcodes and signatures, and AC2000 AED (Alarm Event Display). AC2000 AED provides a dynamic and real-time graphical view of all alarms and events that occur on the AC2000 system.

As a new building with an Ethernet infrastructure the hospital was also able to utilise CEM's Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology. This means that only one Ethernet cable is required at the door, ensuring simplified installation and time savings; a welcomed benefit in such a huge project.

“The technological capabilities of CEM's unique Power over Ethernet (PoE) solution along with AC2000 met the needs of the Hospital's multifaceted Access Control demands and also provided Boston Networks with the integration capabilities essential to deliver a robust and future proof IP security solution, within program and budget”, continued Paul Goodbrand, Director of Intelligent Buildings, Boston Networks . “By having complete control of the installation and working closely with CEM, Boston Networks will ensure that we meet and exceed the project milestones, installation and commissioning dates.”

CEM EtherProx readers will also be used to secure the site. EtherProx is the industry's smallest Ethernet card reader with integrated keypad, LCD display and internal database giving off-line validation and intelligent decision-making at the point of entry, even when host communications are not available. EtherProx readers can display hospital cardholders with immediate text descriptions on the swipe of their card i.e. a hospital porter trying to access the hospital pharmacy may get the message - Access Denied and a red LED will flash indicating access has not be granted.

ASSA ABLOY, MAXXESS and HikVision secure BMCE Bank headquarters

ASSA ABLOY, MAXXESS and HikVision secure BMCE Bank headquarters

Editor / Provider: ASSA ABLOY | Updated: 10/24/2013 | Article type: Security 50

ASSA ABLOY's Aperio wireless locking technology has been installed at the headquarters of BMCE Bank in Casablanca, to provide an instant upgrade to an access control system, without compromising aesthetics.

BMCE Bank is one of the largest commercial banks in Morocco, with a network of 540 branches. As part of a complete overhaul of its headquarters security arrangements, ASSA ABLOY Access Control's Aperio wireless locking technology was selected for 50 of its glass doors.

With Aperio's flexible design and ability to work with RS485 protocol and Wiegand Interface, together with iCLASS, MIFARE Plus and DESFire RFID-technology credentials, there was no issue with it instantly connecting to the existing online access control system at BMCE Bank, with minimal modification to doors and premises.

Says Chris Bone, ASSA ABLOY Vice President Access Control EMEA: “To have selected Aperio for such a prestigious building, where security is of paramount importance, is true testament to the abilities of this revolutionary technology. This installation really demonstrates how Aperio can provide end users in any market across the globe, with a simple and intelligent way of upgrading the controllability and security levels of their premises.”

ASSA ABLOY Access Control worked alongside MAXXESS who provided an eFusion security management system and HikVision, which installed a 100 camera surveillance system, incorporating a hybrid recording solution. The contract to implement the complete integrated system was awarded to CST Securite, a Moroccan security systems integrator.

Six “musts” for selecting and installing VMS

Six “musts” for selecting and installing VMS

Editor / Provider: The Editorial Department, a&s International | Updated: 10/23/2013 | Article type: Tech Corner

When it comes to configuring surveillance solutions, it all comes down to two important factors—openness and customization. Over the years, video management software (VMS) has emerged as a business-enabling technology where a more open platform allows the integration of other value-adding system combinations such as POS, RFID, video analytics, time and attendance, access control, and more. The ease of use, improved algorithms, and data libraries are improving its reliability. The result is that the value of video is increased both in real time and when viewing recorded video.

According to Jumbi Edulbehram, VP of Business Development at Next Level Security Systems, the decision-making process can be varied and complex when considering VMS solutions. These factors include price, ease of use, integration, features, and intelligence.

One of the most important considerations when purchasing and installing VMS is total cost of ownership. For total cost of ownership, some key points should be taken into account: cost of installation, cost of maintenance, and time to deploy and conduct the system setup.

Another critical requirement is that the VMS should be simple and easy to use. As video surveillance systems become more complex, people using surveillance systems not only include security personnel, but also administrative and IT staff. Different users will have unique needs when accessing video. “It's important that everyone involved – from the head of security to workstation operators – can quickly find their way around the system and know how to configure it,” said Alan Ataev, Global Sales Director at AxxonSoft. For instance, there is a security customer who has certain wants and needs, as well as a business user and administrator, and their demands differ. Being able to have an interface that communicates with these different groups is important.

Gadi Piran, President of OnSSI agrees. “The VMS's interface needs to be as intuitive as possible, and should not require technical savvy to operate. Users should not be required to memorize codes or commands, and the system should display all, and only, the actions available at the current time for each individual camera.”

Ease of deployment
Deploying VMS can be a complicated task. “System integrators have to be educated on networking, hardware, operating systems, and edge devices to name a few,” Krugliak said. “The fewer tasks the installer is required to perform, the more automatic the setup procedure will be and therefore, the sooner the system installer can complete the project.”

Fully-supported hardware list should be as many as possible. It is always preferable to go with an open VMS solution capable of integrating a great variety of third party IP cameras and encoders. This ensures end users have greater freedom to select best of breed hardware. “We can already see today that the world [of] security [industry] is heading for network solutions in a big way,” Ataev said. “Right now, we have 1,300 models of IP cameras integrated with AxxonSoft products, and this number is constantly growing.” An open platform not only enables the user to optimize the system to do the job at hand, it also reduces long-term costs as it is possible to change components without a forklift upgrade.

Customization & Scalability
Video is just one component in the overall security operation. The VMS may need to integrate with other systems, including access control, video content analytics, license plate recognition, facial recognition, fence detection systems, fire alarm systems, and others. In addition, users should be able to customize the software to meet their unique needs. Whether or not SDK is extensive enough in order to enable customers to develop integrations or to customize the user interface to meet their needs becomes crucial.

The VMS architecture and how it fits within the network environment also needs to be considered. “A VMS solution that can adapt to any network and scale to thousands of cameras as the system evolves over time ensures customers are future proofed and can grow their system as required,” Palatsoukas said. For some verticals with a large camera count system, such as airports, the VMS should allow for growth with more locations, more recording servers, more cameras, and more users, without paying a penalty for going from one system size to another. For instance, an airport video surveillance system is typically composed of several hundred or thousands of cameras. The large camera count also comes with a large number of users, alarms, and workflows, which all in turn needs to be supported by the VMS. In this case, a suitable VMS needs to have the appropriate scalable architecture in order to support this infrastructure.

High Availability and Redundancy
In addition to the number of hardware components, the number of clients on a server can take a toll on the system. “It is crucial to ensure that the VMS has built-in capabilities to ensure that video is recorded and can be reviewed at all times,” Palatsoukas said.

A built-in mechanism in the VMS to offer continuous system access, uninterrupted video streaming, health monitoring, and system self-check is especially crucial for verticals that cannot afford the downtime. “High availability is of the utmost importance for a security system that is used to minimize threats and protect assets,” added Palatsoukas. “An offline system can result in revenue losses through operations stoppage and theft, hence making it very important to minimize downtime. The embedded high availability features are tailored specifically for the VMS, minimizing configuration and management time. They are also less expensive than third-party solutions.”

For critical use, such as casinos or banks, redundancy is a key concern as storage itself might take 30 to 40 percent of the total surveillance system price. A smart redundancy feature saves storage space and money since only triggered event footage is stored as backup. “In casino and city surveillance, smart redundancy is important as there will be enormous amounts of information and simple 1-1 redundancy is very wasteful,” said Patrick Lim, Director of Sales and Marketing at Ademco Far East (an Ademco Security Group Company). “Smart redundancy can reduce up to 50 percent of additional cost, which is ideal in controlling the budget and space needed.”

Intelligence and Automation
Security has traditionally been used to protect assets in a passive fashion. However, VMS allows video surveillance to go beyond traditional security by gathering business intelligence and driving decisions. A system with intelligent video analytics can combine multiple video analytic events using rules dependency to trigger an alarm and to minimize false alarms. “The system must be able to intelligently generate and distribute valid alerts in a variety of forms – video, text, audio, data and other – so that operators are no longer required to view live video from dozens, hundreds, and thousands of cameras,” Piran said.

Automation is important for remote sites as combining different security and non-security systems under a set of rules requires automated security. For instance, when reviewing the VMS, it is important that users seek out an automated platform that will deliver the video intelligence necessary to help security personnel rapidly detect, act on, and investigate security breaches and other threats.

Automation can include lighting, access control, door management, and more. It can also include more complicated tasks such as automated system health monitoring. “Automated system health monitoring is a critical feature to help users manage geographically distributed video operations, while enhancing system uptime and reliability to ensure video is being captured and is available for review at all times,” said Debjit Das, VP of Global Marketing, Video and Situation Intelligence Solutions, Verint Systems.

A large project may have multiple security systems scattered on multiple sites, creating a lot of complexity for the operator who might have to connect to multiple applications on different computers. “Being able to watch live and playback video, receive events, and run reports from multiple sites with one application makes operations easier for the users, who can concentrate on identifying and analyzing security threats,” Palatsoukas said.

The automation feature is important for remote sites. “Software features such as smart tracking of personnel, activities and events become very important, as they may have very limited security manpower at sites looking at cameras over a very large area,” added Lim.

User-centric mindset Picking the wrong VMS solution can be catastrophic and the consequence is not as simple as replacing a surveillance camera. Knowing the capability of VMS, project complexity, and user needs will help integrators at the start and avoid a mismatch scenario.

Homework for Integrators
Integrators might start by outlining end-user needs. Steven Lowrance, Applications Engineering Manager at Aronson Security Group offers some of the following tips. Below are some of the questions that help integrators better understanding a situation and system requirements:
1. How many cameras will there be? 
2. Is there a need for specialty cameras or brands (thermal, IR, covert, etc)? 
3. Where are those cameras located?
4. What is the recording schedule? 
5. Will the system be used for live viewing or more for forensic use after an event? 
6. Do users need advanced applications such as video analytics? 
7. How many users will view the cameras? 
8. Is permission restriction necessary to the business? 
9. Is centralized administration of users and devices important? 
10.Does the business have a server operating system requirement or restriction? 
11.Is integration with other systems a requirement?

Jeffersonville upgrades cloud-based access control for Dog Park with Brivo Systems

Jeffersonville upgrades cloud-based access control for Dog Park with Brivo Systems

Editor / Provider: Brivo Systems, Photo courtesy of City of Jeffersonville | Updated: 10/23/2013 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Brivo Systems in cloud applications for security management announced that Jeffersonville, Indiana, continues to roll out the Brivo OnAir hosted cloud-based access control and video surveillance management solution to a number of different departments and locations throughout the city. Security Pros is the Brivo dealer and installer for this on-going project.

Jeffersonville is the county seat for Clark County, Indiana. It is directly across the Ohio River to the north of Louisville, Kentucky, and is home to approximately 45,000 residents.

Over a number of years, Chris Gilbert, and his company Security Pros, has been working with various officials of the Jeffersonville government to upgrade the city's access control management capabilities. Brivo cloud-based access control has been installed to manage access at the city's wastewater treatment plants to control all access gates, and to manage the Department of Streets' access points and buildings. Recently, Gilbert has been working with the Police Department to specify Brivo OnAir for the new police building.

“We are doing the majority of the city's access management with Brivo,” explained Chris Gilbert, Founder and President, Security Pros. “We've installed video surveillance cameras for this city as well, but lately most of the demand is for installing Brivo OnAir at an expanded number of locations.” Presently, the city manages about 30 access points with Brivo. Gilbert expects that number to increase substantially over the next year or so.

Recently, the city completed a $4 million renovation at Vissing Park, one of their more prominent parks—new softballs fields, press box, and bathrooms. Problems arose because park staff locked the bathrooms at 4:30 or 5 PM upon leaving, but park users still needed facilities. Simply leaving the bathrooms open or on electronic timers invited vandalism and graffiti. Paul Northam, Director of Parks and Recreation, came to Gilbert looking for a solution.

“We were familiar with the Brivo technology and we knew we could simply set up automatic schedules for the two sets of bathrooms at the park and connect and transmit wirelessly. Now, the public has access from 6 am to 10 pm and we have a record of the access for each bathroom,” said Northam. As the city has continued to expand its use of Brivo OnAir, other possible uses have emerged.

Jeffersonville recently upgraded public facilities by building Highland Dog Park, but how to manage access and even generate revenue? By installing Brivo at the two dog park entrances and providing access cards in exchange for an annual fee, residents and their dogs can now enjoy all dog parks have to offer, and they know they and their pets are safe. Northam explained, “The dogs need to have five different kinds of vaccinations and all five must be up to date for the dog owner's access card to stay valid.”

Dog vaccinations can expire all on one day in the year or on five different days. With Brivo it doesn't matter; Gilbert programs the access cards for the one year membership, but also to “turn off” if any of the vaccinations is not renewed prior to expiration. This provides the owner with plenty of incentive to keep vaccinations up to date and to pay the annual fee on a timely basis.

As the city looks to build future dog parks, the Brivo technology offers a winning solution. Also, as new public parks are built and existing parks are updated and/or expanded, Gilbert sees excellent potential to install Brivo and to help the city move toward standardizing on one technology for all their access control needs.

Gilbert and Security Pros provide consultation and installation expertise for Jeffersonville, and they also offer managed access control services for any of the city's departments who wish to delegate those administrative duties.

IndigoVision Unveils video management software Control Center Eagle

IndigoVision Unveils video management software Control Center Eagle

Editor / Provider: IndigoVision | Updated: 10/21/2013 | Article type: Security 50

With a revolutionary user interface, advanced Motion Search technology, real time alarm tracking and "client licence-free" installation, Control Center Eagle is the future of video management software.

"IndigoVision launched the original Control Center eleven years ago in 2002", stated Paul Murphy, IndigoVision Head of Marketing. "Control Center revolutionized security and was the first truly scalable VMS. Other innovative features included live, playback and administration in a single user interface and intuitive software PTZ control.

Since then, a number of other security companies have copied the Control Center name but their software just doesn't come close in terms of performance and operation. We wanted to name the new version of Control Center after something that was fitting and couldn't simply be stolen or copied."

Paul continued, "As Control Center was first released eleven years ago, we wanted to highlight this technological pedigree and also the intelligent engineering carried out by the IndigoVision software design teams. It seemed only fitting that this latest version of Control Center be named after the legendary Apollo 11 lunar landing module – Eagle"

"Ever since Control Center hit the market in 2002, IndigoVision's focus has always been on helping security operators to carry out their duties as easily and efficiently as possible," explains Alex Swanson, IndigoVision's Head of Engineering, "For example, our highly intuitive interface allows operators to simply click on an area on the map and Control Center's intelligence instantly knows what cameras cover that location, meaning operators need not worry about memorizing camera names."

Control Center Eagle contains a number of additional features designed to make installation, maintenance and operation of security systems extremely easy. IndigoVision's advanced Motion Search algorithms and ground-breaking Motion Thumbnail technology allows operators to find the right evidence quicker than any other VMS. Third party systems, such as access control, perimeter detection and building management systems can be seamlessly incorporated to give advanced and fully integrated video and alarm management.

Paul Murphy concluded, "When you are an industry trailblazer, competitors will steal your ideas. We recently launched the IndigoVision Enhanced range of IP cameras – and months later some competitors are trying to use the same name. We look forward to the influx of copycat Control Center applications being renamed, knowing that just like eleven years ago in 2002, IndigoVision was the first."

Control Center Eagle has inbuilt ONVIF IP camera support, supports over 300 non-ONVIF IP camera models through IndigoVision's Camera Gatweay and has supports for all major IndigoVision IP cameras and analog encoders released since 2003.

Indigovision's unrivalled Software Upgrade Plan (SUP) means any IndigoVision customer with an active SUP agreement has access to the latest version of Control Center, with future releases Control Center Intrepid and Control Center Aquarius scheduled for release in 2014 and 2015.

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