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Avigilon's Redcloud talks about the acquisition

Avigilon's Redcloud talks about the acquisition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Goodyear in Canada curtail access tailgating with IP eyes

Goodyear in Canada curtail access tailgating with IP eyes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


French shopping mall unifies security management

French shopping mall unifies security management

Editor / Provider: Bosch Security Systems | Updated: 6/20/2013 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The largest shopping mall in Northwestern France, the Atlantis shopping mall in Saint-Herblain near Nantes, upgraded its stand-alone security systems for video surveillance, access control and intrusion detection to a centrally managed integrated IP-based security system during a major reconstruction between 2010 and 2012. To ensure smooth integration and reliable interoperability, the entire technology should come from a single vendor and be installed by experienced local partners with extensive knowledge of the chosen products. Bosch Security Systems teamed up with system integrator ISO Security and AMR Services to design a customized integrated security solution that comprises of 125 new HD cameras, Bosch VMS, 80 access control readers and intrusion alarm system with about 1,300 detection points that are integrated into Bosch's building integration system for the 10.62-acre (43,000 square meters) shopping mall.

Originally built in late 1980s, the mall has undergone a major reconstruction and enlargement between 2010 and 2012. The mall management decided to take this opportunity to also upgrade their security systems. Rather than the existing stand-alone systems for video surveillance, access control and intrusion detection they wanted to install an integrated security solution based on the IP protocol and centrally managed via a single console and user interface.

ISO and AMR have been long-time partners of Bosch, thus guaranteeing the required expertise. Also, ISO Security had already been supplying video solutions to the Atlantis mall since 2008, including PTZ dome and fixed domes, managed by the VMS. The scope of the new project was to replace existing intrusion detection and access control solutions with IP-based technology, extend video surveillance through installation of 125 new HD cameras and at the same time integrate all technologies into one consistent security solution. It should also lay the foundation for an integrated building management system, comprising security systems as well as public address, heating and air conditioning and control of electricity and water.

During the bidding process, an integrated team of all three companies designed an integrated security system that finally convinced the mall management. But the decision was not only based on the design and the capabilities of the solution itself. It was also heavily influenced by the fact that, with AMR and ISO, the Atlantis mall could rely on very comprehensive expertise on the installer level. The solution was first presented in November 2011, followed by a working demo in February 2012. The installation was then completed by the end of that year.

The intrusion alarm system is a scalable solution for medium-to-large applications. It can connect up to eight sLSN modules with up to 127 sensors or inputs/outputs each for maximum security and flexibility. All programming of the sensors and modules connected to the LSN loop is stored in the panel, avoiding the need to reprogram in case a sensor or module needs to be replaced. The data bus can also be used to connect up to 32 keypads with a maximum of 1,000 users.

In the Atlantis mall, VMS manages cameras throughout the entire mall including public areas as well as individual stores and parking areas. Access control is implemented by means of AMC2 modular controllers and AMC readers. Each controller can control a group of one to eight access points. At Atlantis, AMC controllers and readers protect all restricted areas of the mall from unauthorized access. All the individual solutions support communications via the IP protocol, making it easy to integrate them using the BIS. BIS allows one single operator to manage and configure all the different security systems of the Atlantis mall from one central console with a unified and intuitive user interface.

All security components are integrated and centrally managed via Bosch's building integration system. This is a modular security and safety management system which can be customized to suit users specific needs. Individual modules integrate subsystems such as video surveillance, intrusion alarm, access control, and fire alarm, allowing customers to reduce costs by licensing only what they really need while offering an easy upgrade path, should requirements change in the future. So while the BIS at Atlantis mall is configured to integrate and manage access control, intrusion detection and video surveillance today, it will also allow to integrate other building technologies in the future.

German facility manager turns to interoperable access control

German facility manager turns to interoperable access control

Editor / Provider: HID Global | Updated: 6/19/2013 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Munich-based Design Offices, a provider of temporary office space rents in Germany has recently deployed an interoperable and scalable access control system consisting of HID Global IP-based card reader and multi-layered security readers. For the project, Design Office partnered with Swiss system integrator, Performance Buildings. Performance Buildings currently operates in Switzerland, Germany and in the USA.

As part of their technology offering for tenants, Performance Buildings and Design Offices were looking for a technology solution provider that met their standards for a secure office access system that was interoperable, convenient, customizable, future-proofed, and at the same time easy to use and delivered cost benefits.

“We're not just offering rooms, we're offering end-users of the office space– tenants or temporary ‘on-demand' end-users of the office space, a secure environment where they can work, meet, hold conferences and provide training sessions in a location where they feel comfortable, and for us, which includes offering all the technological solutions they need in today's modern world,” said Phill Handy, Managing Director from Design Offices.

“So, for example, we wanted to be able to offer 24-hour access to rooms, automated check-in and check-out services but without having to provide staff or all the paper-based procedures,” Handy explained.“We also wanted people to be able to book rooms on the move, so it was critical that easy-to-use online options were available.”

Performance Buildings in Germany selected HID Global products because it was the only company with the ability to support their cutting-edge IT architecture and provide the flexibility that they required. The core solution implemented was an IP-based card reader that meets the demands of open architecture, IP-centric environments and provides fully distributed intelligence and decision making right to the door, leveraging the IT infrastructure to the maximum extent possible.

“The addition of the IP-based card reader provides the access intelligence to do much more than open doors with cards,” said Vishal Mallick, CEO, Performance Buildings. “The fact that it is open and IP-based allows us to integrate the card reader device into our IT-centric architecture and use authenticated credentials to drive lighting, climate and audio visual systems today, as well as room bookings and facility management task allocation in the future.”

In addition, the access control system provided tenants flexibility in using a range of new and existing access card technologies, such as contactless proximity cards and smart cards, or more advanced technology such as NFC smartphones to access the office building and rooms. Office visitors could also be provided access to office workspaces via Performance Buildings touch screen that was enabled by HID Global's IP-card readers to open doors. Furthermore, the IP-based card readers also allowed for cost efficiencies, as the initial investment outlay was reduced through the reader's use of PoE. Finally, HID Global's open architecture based OPIN application program interface (API) was highly cost-effective and required relatively little effort to create a robust integrated solution with the IP-based readers or controllers.

“With its (IP-based card reader) API, it could be easily integrated into our software and installed,” explained Mallick. “Also, HID Global's multi-layer security readers allow us to have one standardized product for the vast majority of buildings due to its interoperability with a range of legacy and existing smart cards in our facility.”

With a robust system that powered Design Offices' shared workspaces, Performance Buildings reported that it had seen a ROI within six-months of their deployment in Munich and improved efficiencies by reducing paperwork thereafter. As the company continues to expand, the use of HID Global solutions will continue to broaden. “We're going to take their combined solutions with us when we move to Dusseldorf, Berlin and Hamburg and we're doing this because it allows us to be more efficient while providing our clients – existing tenants or temporary clients ‘on-demand' with the security, privacy and ease of use that they've been looking for,” said Handy.

British brewery migrates to scalable access control system

British brewery migrates to scalable access control system

Editor / Provider: Grosvenor Technology | Updated: 6/18/2013 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Robinsons Brewery, an independent family brewer in UK, recently upgraded its ageing access control system at facilities in Stockport and Bedbury to Grosvenor Technology's scalable network access control system consisting of HID cards and network door controllers. The new access control system was installed by Advance Security UK.

The original access control system at Robinsons' Unicorn Brewery in Stockport and Packaging Center at Bredbury was rapidly becoming obsolete when, with the assistance of their electrical contractors Piggott & Whitfield, they approached Advance Security to help update the system. Advance Security immediately recognized that the flexibility of the Janus technology was the ideal solution for the project. However, before they could even start the upgrade, the original system failed and Robinsons had problems with a new batch of cards, as Des Collins, Robinson's Health, Safety and Security Advisor explains:

“We had a batch of cards from our existing supplier that was delivered without the magnetic strip being programmed. When we couldn't get a response from the suppliers Grosvenor stepped in and designed an encoder that allowed us to program the cards ourselves, saving us time and money...Advance also made some temporary repairs to the system to keep us going during the upgrade – all free of charge.”

A phased approach has been adopted that allows the system to be upgraded with minimum disruption and to accommodate available budgets. The access control system also allows Robinsons to upgrade existing swipe card readers to proximity readers. Dual function HID proximity cards that also include the magstripe technology, work on both systems.

Robinsons has realized additional savings by using Grosvenor's Ethernet version door controllers. These are installed directly onto the brewer's existing LAN without the need for extensive new wiring. Each IDC can control two doors/locks and interface to a wide range of industry standard card readers and lock mechanisms. Every card profile associated with a specific IDC is downloaded to the controller to ensure uninterrupted access to the buildings in the event of a network or power failure. Each new version of access control software maintains backwards compatibility with previous versions of controllers, maintaining a client's investment with existing access control hardware that may have been installed over the last 15 years.

Tyco launches 2013 training program in DACH region

Tyco launches 2013 training program in DACH region

Editor / Provider: Tyco Security Products | Updated: 6/17/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Tyco Security Products, part of Tyco announces an inaugural series of in-depth technology presentations and training events for dealers, integrators, monitoring stations and their customers in the DACH region. With 11 events held in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in June and September, the series will offer unique educational opportunities to new customers as well as installers already familiar with the Tyco Security Products portfolio.

The events bring to life several product introductions, including new interactive capabilities from the Visonic PowerMaster system and an expanded IP camera line and revitalized Video Edge NVRs from American Dynamics. These technology advancements demonstrate Tyco Security Products' focus on delivering an intuitive user experience to their customers. An extensive representation of the company's technology portfolio will also be on display, with receivers from Sur-Gard, access control solutions from Kantech and intrusion systems from DSC and Bentel Security

Each event in June will also feature a series of 30-minute presentations where attendees will receive more in depth information from product experts. The short sessions will also provide perspective on upcoming developments within the various product lines.

In September, a one day training session will focus on the capabilities of Visonic's PowerMaster product family and its powerful PowerG wireless technology, ideal for high-end residential premises and commercial installations. The training will provide an overview of the unique innovations of PowerG and new opportunities for installers to enhance operations and increase revenue using the new interactive services.

As a highlight, the events series will also feature the Tyco Security Products demonstration van, a mobile demo unit that functions as a self-contained showcase of the very latest integrated technologies in the Tyco Security Products portfolio. The van features intrusion, video surveillance and access control products and is designed to bring the latest security innovations directly to the integrator or customer location.

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