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Bosch launches new AMAX  intrusion alarm systems

Bosch launches new AMAX intrusion alarm systems

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 4/23/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hybrid panels and wireless peripherals expand applications supported and improve performance
* Three intrusion alarm systems with 8, 32 and 64 zones
* Hybrid operation combines support of wired devices and the new RADION wireless family
* More flexibility and scalability allows customizable security for numerous applications

Munich – Bosch Security Systems completes its portfolio of intrusion alarm systems for residential and small to medium commercial applications with the launch of two new members of the AMAX family of control panels. This launch is further supported by the introduction of RADION, a new family of wireless peripherals. Private households as well as owners of SMBs (Small Medium Businesses) now have the flexibility to choose between wireless and wired detectors, thus protecting their assets with an individually configurable security solution.

Intrusion alarm systems for every purpose
Introduced in 2013, AMAX 4000 is now backed by two new intrusion control panels – AMAX 3000 and AMAX 2100. Together, the three solutions cover a three-step application range: AMAX 2100 is suitable for small applications with a maximum of 8 zones, AMAX 3000 is designed for facilities where 32 zones are required, and AMAX 4000 covers larger properties with up to 64 zones, for instance a medical center with several individual practices in the building. AMAX 3000 and 4000 can additionally be operated in hybrid mode, connecting wired detectors, such as Bosch Blue Line Gen2 Series, as well as wireless peripherals from the new RADION family. The compact AMAX 2100, running wired detectors only, completes the portfolio.

The new RADION wireless family includes motion detectors, surface and recessed mount door and window contacts, universal transmitter, keyfobs and smoke detector. This makes it suitable for new installations, as well as for use in existing installations thanks to compatibility with existing “DSRF” wireless systems and legacy control panels from Bosch. Furthermore, the RADION family offers another special feature: by using up to eight repeaters even remotely located detectors can be integrated in the AMAX alarm system, expanding system range up to 1,350 meters. In addition to numerous mechanical design features to improve the ease and reliability of installation, all RADION peripherals can be automatically enrolled within the intrusion system.

“The new AMAX family has a broad application spectrum covering nearly the complete European intrusion control panel market,” says Peter Hupka, product manager AMAX. “Bosch is thus further increasing the level of potential customization solutions, especially with AMAX 3000 and 4000. Their hybrid properties enable utilization of RADION wireless peripherals, reducing or eliminating the need for building work,” he explains further.

All three AMAX intrusion alarm systems, as well as the RADION family, are EN 50131 grade 2 certified. AMAX panels are available in eight language versions to suit diverse application needs. With 90 percent of the standard alarm situations pre-programed, they are also easy to install and operate. Alarm transmission uses a standard telephone landline (PSTN), while modules for additional transmission via IP and GSM/GPRS are available. Further, all AMAX intrusion alarm systems can be remotely controlled with programming software for PC and used for fire detection by integrating smoke detectors.

The complete AMAX and RADION family will be available in Europe, the Middle East and Africa from April 2014 onward.

VIVOTEK awarded the Best Mobile IP Camera at Brazil

VIVOTEK awarded the Best Mobile IP Camera at Brazil

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 4/23/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK is honored to announce its achievement in “Digital Security Awards 2014" at ISC Brazil, the international exhibition and conference for security held in Sao Paulo in 2014. VIVOTEK has won the Best Mobile IP Camera Award. The award was bestowed on VIVOTEK's fixed dome network camera MD8562.

At ISC Brazil 2014, Digital Security, the publication in security industry in Brazil, promoted its 3rd edition of Digital Security Award. Key players in the electronic security industry have joined the competition under different categories, such as equipment and solutions for video surveillance, VMS software, biometrics, access control solutions, and RFID. A dedicated website for this award has been especially established. Readers of Digital Security voted directly online, determining the award winners.

VIVOTEK's MD8562 is a compact, 2-megapixel network camera, which is especially designed for transportation applications such as buses, trains, and other vehicles. Featuring IK10-rated IP67-rated design, the camera can effectively resist from humidity, dust, vandalism and temperature fluctuations. Besides, being compliant with the EN50155 standard, the camera can withstand shock and vibration, delivering stable and reliable video during vehicle movement.

Designed with WDR Enhancement technology, the MD8562 can cope with challenging lighting conditions, identifying image details in extremely bright or dark environments. Video footage of in-vehicle activities or vehicle accidents can be fully and explicitly captured, ensuring passengers' safety during transit. With intelligent tamper detection feature, MD8562 can keep security staff or administrators notified once suffering video loss from being blocked or spray-painted.

American Dynamics includes compact IP mini-bullet to Illustra camera line

American Dynamics includes compact IP mini-bullet to Illustra camera line

Editor / Provider: American Dynamics | Updated: 4/22/2014 | Article type: Security 50

American Dynamics, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, introduces the Illustra 610 Compact IP Mini-Bullet Camera, an ideal video solution for small to mid-size businesses in need of reliable, affordable outdoor surveillance.

The Illustra 610 Compact IP Mini-Bullet camera provides exceptional video quality within a small framework, making it appropriate for indoor or outdoor active surveillance situations where the camera needs to blend into the environment. With 1080p resolution for crisp, clear high-definition video, the camera provides various viewing angles, including a horizontal view and a corridor mode to capture video in narrow hallways or other areas where the traditional landscape format won't do.

Using a built-in IR LED, the camera delivers useable video surveillance in a variety of lighting conditions. Its wide dynamic range further minimizes the impact on surveillance video caused by glare and high-contrast scenes.

“The combination of illuminator and true day/night functionality enables the Illustra 610 Compact IP Mini-Bullet camera to stay focused in changing light situations, delivering quality video surveillance even in total darkness," said Steve Carney, Director of Video Product Line Management for Tyco Security Products. “It's a great addition to our rapidly growing Illustra HD IP Camera line that provides industry-leading versatility and ease of use in an economical package.”

Multiple streams of H.264 and MJPEG compression ensure excellent image clarity with controlled bandwidth usage. A built-in micro SD/SDHC card slot enables several days of recording to be stored on a memory card. Also, when triggered, the embedded motion detection sensor in the camera can send an alert to the operator or an email to any address or handheld device.

The ONVIF-compliant camera configures quickly using the free Illustra Connect software that ships with all Illustra cameras. The software is designed to simplify network discovery and configuration, thus saving hours of installation time. The camera is also factory focused, eliminating the need for additional time at installation.

Standalone NVR is on the rise

Standalone NVR is on the rise

Editor / Provider: Tevin Wang. a&s Asia | Updated: 4/21/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Many brands are offering standalone NVRs, preparing to send first timers to IP solutions. These bundled packages not only offer clear images, but also are affordable and hassle-free solutions.

Dahua Technology
Ice Wu, Storage Product Director
Despite analog systems still take a large portion in Southeast Asia's security market, the IP migration pace is fast and furious with 2- 300% growth per year. Currently the analog-IP ratio is 7:3. Singapore and Korea have comparably better economies, IT infrastructure, plus their prevailing of 3G/4G networks; for them, the ratio is nearly 50/50.

Dahua's standalone NVRs are going great in various market segment ranging from top to entry-level. For instance, due to increased security awareness and city surveillance projects, highly reliable series like NVR6000DR, NVR724-256DR are wining projects after another for their supporting channels, large storage space, scalability, and intelligent video analytics.

Our project-based NVRs such as NVR7064-RH, are designed for banking, airport, train stations, and power stations for their HD video storage. Fisheye cameras are also a booster for NVR selling as DVRs do not support these 360-degree cameras. In this case, retails & malls are showing great potentials. Home surveillance market are also promising as bundled NVR package are easy to install even for an everyday family lacking IT knowledge. Compared with analog systems, network cameras offer clearer videos and remote monitoring capability.

It is clear that the whole security industry is migrating to HD. The path to HD varies though: one is via analog signals; another via digital ones. For analog upgrades, Dahua's HD-CVI solutions have advantages in costs, easy to install, plus no need to rewiring. A simple replacement with HD-CVI cameras can achieve HD.

IP solutions are more suitable for new projects, and customers have continuous demands for scalability. These segments tend to have IP-friendly environment, which saves a lot in wiring. PoE and WiFi NVRs, on the other hand, are more favorable to families for its plug & play setups.

Dahua's advantages include:
Total solution provider: Our complete product lines ranging from cameras, NVRs, VMS, and apps for smartphone viewing.
* One-stop solution offering high-, mid-, and entry-level solutions
* Future-proof and third-party supportive
* World-famous branding with reliable quality and fast service
* Exclusive codes offer clear Images

EverFocus Electronics
Benjamin Lee, Regional Sales Manager
Singapore has been well-positioned to achieve significant IP growth in Southeast Asia for its economics and IT infrastructure, followed by Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Myanmar. Singapore's mid- to high-end segments have steady requirements. Its IP-friendly infrastructure and strong demands for network cameras attribute to continuous requirements for NVRs. Transportation projects, commercial buildings, and hotels are major verticals adopt NVRs.

Our NVRs are largely deployed in commercial buildings in Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia. Vietnamese government projects prefer NVR solutions as well. Our mobile NVRs in Thailand are largely adopted as well. Compared with other Southeast Asian countries, Indonesia has been slow to pick up IP migration and NVR pace. Major verticals in Indonesia deploying NVRs are retails. Myanmar is showing great potentials in manufacturing and retail segments. Our targeted verticals in Southeast Asia are retails, commercial buildings, and SMBs, which usually are small projects and require fewer cameras.

Despite small systems, they usually request IP networking for remote monitoring and management. Standalone NVRs not only make IP solutions easier for smaller installers and operators, but also economical in costs. Standalone NVRs are often designed for 32 channels and under and require no additional IT training, making them affordable and easy to use.

Our long-term analog system users are showing great interest in IP and EverFocus has always looked highly on these established customers. We have been putting a lot of efforts for customer relationship maintenance by offering solutions catering to their needs. As for new customers who already have IT knowledge, it is always much for easier to promoting them IP-based solutions than those without IT know-how. Seeing this issue, EverFocus just launched plug & play standalone NVRs (ENVR8304D, ENVR8304E) targeting analog users who crave for one-stop IP migration. We believe that features like plug & play, easy to set up, and intuitive GUI are best weapons to win market share.

We will continue satisfying customer needs by fast offering the most suitable solutions with high interoperability. We will work more closely with local SIs this year by offering more solution-based packages with easy setups and scalability.Software is another area that we will add extra R&D efforts. Prompt urbanization in Southeast Asian cities brings out more mass transit system projects. There are going to be huge demands for mobile NVRs. Our reliable and innovative solutions definitely provide added values to customers.

Hikvision digital technology
Eric Shen, Product Marketing Manager
The network infrastructure in these Southeast Asian countries is very different, so does the IT knowledge of local system integrators. As such, the developments of embedded NVR in these areas have big difference. For example, Singapore is with good network infrastructure, and the local SIs are also proficient about network projects, this in result accelerates the development of embedded NVR in this country. Whilst in other Southeast Asian countries, due to the unmatured network environment, the NVR adoption will be a little bit delayed.

Actually, there is no specific vertical for NVR application. With IP adoption becoming widely accepted by users, embedded NVRs will also get applied in various verticals, such as financial institutions, city surveillance, transportation and retails, etc.

Embedded NVR is mainly adopted in newly established projects. Since for already existing analog applications, usually users are reluctant to transit from traditional CCTV system to IP system since IP surveillance needs more IT knowledge and higher cost associated with installation and maintenance, as well as higher requirement for network system. However, with IP security continues to boom, the requirement for HD surveillance improving, the IP products price is also getting much favorable than before as more and more manufacturers join in the competition in this area. Accordingly, NVR connection to IP cameras becomes much simpler, this allows convenient plug & play installation. Eventually, embedded NVR will be the main stream especially in new projects.

We promote the simplicity the combined NVR+IPC solution brings. As well, to note that embedded NVR will take the place of PC-based NVR in terms of ease of use, system stability and decoding capability; of note, plug and play NVR would play a more practical role to make easy installation and configuration.

Hikvision is always dedicated to the innovation of embedded NVR. As of now, we have developed NVR product supporting up-to 256-ch IP camera inputs and 24 HDD, with total throughput of 960Mbps (640Mbps for input / 320Mbps for output), specially designed for large-scale and high-end applications. This is the first in the security industry to compete against conventional NVRs.As mentioned before, we also address on the ease-of-use of products — the freedom, and comfort without hassles of cablings, configurations and complicated settings.

Coupling NVR with IP cameras is another method for promotion. Recently, we've put Hikvision Smart IPC in connection with our Netra-platform NVR to deliver a total Smart Solution, with front end camera delivering images of Smart Detection (instruction detection, face detection, line-crossing and much more), and backend NVR doing Smart search according to different period of time or locations, providing you with total control over the system.

NVR products will have increasing market share in SMB application, since the price of embedded NVRs is getting lower compared with PC-based NVR(with VMS software); in high-end applications, embedded NVR will also play a key role since it can well meet the requirement of system stability, compatibility and expansibility.

PC-based NVR still has its own stage, especially in large-scale projects; thus, it places great potential for embedded NVR to participate in this area. Embedded NVRs have overcome their perceived shortcomings in terms of storage capacity and types of storage medium through use of devices including IP-SAN and eSATA, etc. Furthermore, embedded NVRs can support interfaces for other surveillance devices which can be conveniently integrated with alarm systems and access control systems as well as PTZ remote control systems. This is very practical in large-scale applications. The benefits an embedded NVR offers over PC-based NVR — reliability, stability, complex decoding, low power consumption, ease of use and more — will eventually allow custmers to maximize the value of what they already own.

Senstar launches FlexZone: new ranging fence-mounted sensor

Senstar launches FlexZone: new ranging fence-mounted sensor

Editor / Provider: Senstar | Updated: 4/21/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Senstar, the well-known manufacturer of perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDS) has launched FlexZone, a new state-of-the-art ranging fence-mounted sensor. With three meter location accuracy, FlexZone enables flexible zoning through software.

Compared to non-ranging systems, FlexZone reports remarkably fewer nuisance alarms while maintaining a high probability of detection. It can detect and localize multiple simultaneous intrusions and provides many features that speed installation time.

Stewart Dewar, Product Manager at Senstar commented: “When designing FlexZone we considered the needs of both end users and installers.”

End users demand better performance when securing their critical sites, but want to reduce their total installed cost. To achieve this objective FlexZone supports 600m (1,968 feet) of sensor cable per processor, creates zones through software, and carries power and data on the sensor cable – dramatically reducing the costs of supporting infrastructure for large sites. In addition for small sites FlexZone can provide a “one box” solution with up to 4 zones reported by local relays

Installers want a speedy risk-free installation process and FlexZone delivers this with numerous ease-of-use features such as pre-installed openings with cable glands, convenient USB connection for setup, and a single software setup tool for all phases of the installation

“I am confident that the market will soon recognize the benefits of FlexZone, and see the result of our 33 years of experience fully manifested in this new product,” said Dewar.

AirLive IVS Face Detection surveillance system for casinos

AirLive IVS Face Detection surveillance system for casinos

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by AirLive | Updated: 4/17/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Casino surveillance system requires the ability to respond rapidly to incidents at low levels of lighting, which is one of the most technical-demanding requirements for surveillance systems with diverse operational requirements.

Gaming video surveillance needs to focus on the activities at the gaming tables and slot machines in order to settle disputes, prevent and detect cheating and also to protect the casino and players from dishonest employees. Evidential-level image quality is crucial for bringing the criminal to court successfully.

Casino surveillance systems from AirLive's IVS Face Detection embedded in MD-3025-IVS and BU-3026-IVS (Intelligent Video Surveillance) provide accurate video analytics that can be used to detect faces of people in the monitored area. This function automatically detects and captures a person's face and store in the storage. AirLive's analytics surveillance systems are able to set up the system alerts, take a snap shoot or record a short video when a face is detected in the frame of the image.

Besides Face Detection, AirLive IVS IP Camera has other 5 built-in IVS analytics including 5 powerful intelligence functions – Face Recognition, Object Counting, Trip Zone, E-Fence, i–Motion — for various applications in public places such as airports, stadiums, border crossings, offices, shopping mall, and buildings.

FLIR receives $18M production contracts for DR SKO program

FLIR receives $18M production contracts for DR SKO program

Editor / Provider: FLIR | Updated: 4/16/2014 | Article type: Security 50

FLIR Systems announced a full-rate production decision from the U.S. Department of Defense for FLIR's integrated chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) threat response system for the Dismounted Reconnaissance Sets, Kits, and Outfits (DR SKO) program. Additionally, FLIR has been awarded a $12.3 million order from the U.S. Army for low-rate initial production of DR SKO systems as well as a $5.8 million development contract from the U.S. Army for program management and logistics tasks related to the program.

The DR SKO program is a joint-service, Department of Defense initiative centered on CBRNE threat detection systems that will be utilized by the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Civil Support Teams. The FLIR DR SKO system provides an integrated set of CBRNE detection, identification, sample collection, testing, and personal safety kits that allow personnel to perform site assessment and consequence management missions. The program, originally called the Joint Nuclear Biological Chemical Reconnaissance System Increment II (JNBCRS2), has been in development since 2008.

Production under the order received is expected to be fulfilled during 2014 by FLIR's Detection segment facility in Elkridge, Maryland. Work under the development contract is expected to occur over the remainder of 2014.

"This decision and related orders solidify our position in providing CBRNE solutions and demonstrate FLIR's ability to provide advanced threat detection solutions via a distinctive commercially developed, military qualified (CDMQ) model," said Andy Teich, President and CEO of FLIR. "Receiving this conclusive production decision and these orders are a result of the work of our CBRNE detection and integration teams and is enabled by our broad suite of sensor technologies."

Pelco IP cams integrated with March Networks Command VMS

Pelco IP cams integrated with March Networks Command VMS

Editor / Provider: March Networks | Updated: 4/15/2014 | Article type: Security 50

March Networks and Pelco by Schneider Electric announced the integration of the March Networks Command video management system (VMS) with Sarix Series IP cameras, Spectra HD Dome PTZ and Sarix TI Thermal Imaging camera systems. The integration provides organizations with greater flexibility when selecting an IP video surveillance solution, and ensures faster, more cost-effective system deployment.

“We are excited by this support for our complete range of IP cameras, including our new Sarix Professional and Enhanced Ranges, by the March Networks VMS solution,” said Kristina Holmqvist, Business Development Manager EMEA at Pelco by Schneider Electric. “This integration provides the possibility for our joint customers to use our multipurpose range of cameras with March Networks' high performance solution.”

March Networks Command is a scalable, standards-based VMS designed to work seamlessly with leading security products and systems. This open approach makes it easy for customers to adopt the software solution and choose the IP edge devices that are best for their applications. Command is one of the only VMS solutions able to support complete surveillance system configuration and administration – in addition to live and archived video access – via its browser-based client interface.

Built upon the three pillars of innovative imaging science, sophisticated industrial design, and advanced processing power, Sarix delivers a crisp, clear image. With the Sarix Series, Pelco by Schneider Electric offers a complete line of IP bullet, box and dome cameras for any lighting condition, application and environment. All new Sarix cameras integrate with major third-party video management systems through the Pelco API, and other third-party software and systems through the ONVIF Profile S standard, and they work seamlessly with Pelco video management systems.

The deep Command 1.7 integration with Pelco IP cameras supports a complete list of capabilities including: audio capture; H.264, M-JPEG and MPEG4 video compression; multi-encoding; presets and tours; motion, Adaptive Motion and Directional Motion detection; and robust I/O and PTZ control.

“Working with best-in-class security manufacturers like Pelco to expand the choices available to our Command VMS customers is a priority for our company,” said Net Payne, Chief Marketing Officer, March Networks. “We are pleased to announce this integration and join Pelco's Partner First community.”

Morpho MobileTrace enhances passenger screening for JetBlue Airways

Morpho MobileTrace enhances passenger screening for JetBlue Airways

Editor / Provider: Morpho(Safran) | Updated: 4/11/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, has announced a contract with JetBlue Airways for 14 handheld MobileTrace explosive trace detectors (ETD).

Under terms of the contract, MobileTrace will be deployed this year to meet enhanced U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) passenger screening mandates for U.S.-bound flights from select JetBlue global locations. A powerful, user-friendly handheld, MobileTrace can simultaneously detect residue from explosives and narcotics in seconds on skin, clothing, parcels, bags, cargo, vehicles and other surfaces.

“Morpho thanks JetBlue for recognizing the operational and detection capabilities of MobileTrace by selecting it to protect travelers,” said Karen Bomba, president and CEO, Morpho Detection. “MobileTrace reflects Morpho's commitment to developing solutions that give airlines and airports the capabilities and mobility needed to protect travelers while planning for expansion and future security mandates.”

“Working with Morpho Detection has helped us upgrade our screening capabilities and maintain TSA compliance without impacting the customer experience,” said Ken Maxwell, Vice President of Corporate Security, JetBlue Airways.

IndigoVision regards access control and VMS most crucial in securiy systems

IndigoVision regards access control and VMS most crucial in securiy systems

Editor / Provider: IdigoVision | Updated: 4/10/2014 | Article type: Security 50

 John Semple, Head of Product Management for IndigoVision, explains the individual and collective strengths of Access Control and Video Management Software.

Both Access Control software and Video Management Software (VMS) have become vital components in modern security systems. However, many are confused as to how exactly the two should be deployed.

It is important to get this right, as the two have very different strengths and features, and deploying the wrong one as the front end could leave end users without features that could be useful, or even vital to their security system.

In this article, we will examine the strengths of both Access Control and VMS, and how the two can be used to enhance each other and provide a better all-round security system.

The Strength of Access Control
Access Control systems are designed with immediacy in mind. Whenever someone interacts with the system, by swiping an ID card for example, the system immediately informs the operator who is requesting clearance, and what they are attempting to access.

It does this by accessing an extensive database, which can include information such as names, pass codes etc.

One striking aspect of this process is how the system relies on the person in question co-operating with it; in order to be effective, it requires the subject to willingly interact with the system. Let's take, as an example, a member of staff walking up to a door to swipe their ID card; they actively wish to be identified as they know they are.

Access Control software, even with video integration, is designed for this type of installation. Video functionality is often a basic “live video” pop up, giving visual verification along with the Access Control database information.

Unfortunately, Access Control systems are ill-equipped to deal with an intruder actively seeking to bypass the system by forcing entry through a door or gate. It is also limited when dealing with intruders bypassing controlled entry points altogether by forcing entry through a window or fence. In cases such as this, basic video display in the Access Control software provides limited information beyond the initial alarm, making it difficult to establish precisely what happened and has limited pre and post-event video analysis capabilities.

The Advantages of Video Management
This is where VMS comes into its own, with its more proactive nature allowing it to detect intruders whether they choose to engage with the surveillance system or not.

This means that VMS can provide a complete visual account of events before during and after an incident, leaving operators in no doubt as to what transpired.

Indeed, the ability to review evidence from before during and after an event is one of VMS' greatest strengths. Designed with a more forensic-based approach in mind, VMS features tools, such as thumbnails and bookmarks, to allow specific clips to be marked, searched and reviewed effortlessly. The footage can then be easily exported to the appropriate authorities.

This means that VMS can quickly establish a detailed timeline of events leading up to and following the main incident, which can provide vital information in an investigation, or key evidence in a trial. IndigoVision's Control Center even water marks video, both at the point of recording and again at the point of export, to guarantee that the video is authentic and has not been tampered with.

The superior analytics the VMS supports such as motion detection are another asset, as they offer a wider variety of logics to trigger alarms. In the case of IndigoVision's Control Center there is an additional benefit in the form of Activity Controlled Frame rate, which allows cameras to function at low frame rate and only increase to full frame rate if an analytic is triggered with no impact on video quality, while greatly reducing storage.

It is also worth noting that the VMS offers far more comprehensive surveillance, for example if a building is protected by Access Control alone and a car outside is stolen, the system will be of limited help. A strong VMS however could capture the incident and provide valuable evidence to resolve the situation.

So while Access Control performs one specific function exceptionally well, VMS is able to provide the security surveillance for a variety of areas of the property to be secured, creating a more adaptable and comprehensive surveillance system. All of these features mean that VMS is highly effective in open areas, areas of high traffic where checkpoints are not feasible, or areas with multiple points of entry, such as an airport.

Integration – The Best of Both
With this in mind, it should come as no surprise to learn that Access Control and VMS providers have been working to integrate with one another.

This allows Access Control systems to employ more video functionality such as live & playback video and PTZ control & export, while VMS can monitor Access Control events such as elevator control, card tracing and advanced door monitoring.

In most cases though, it is still best to deploy Access Control and VMS side by side, as this creates a more robust and well-rounded system. If the security system has been designed around limited entry points, with Access Control entry, and the operator only requires a basic visual verification, then Access Control software may be sufficient.

However, the more advanced analytics and forensic capabilities of VMS, combined with its versatility and wider coverage, make it better suited for monitoring larger areas with numerous entry points. Therefore in these environments, VMS should be the front-end, with an integrated Access Control plugin to allow management of events and alarms.

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