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Open Options, Entertech Systems and Suprema team up for integrated access control solutions

Open Options, Entertech Systems and Suprema team up for integrated access control solutions

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

Open Options, an industry leader in open platform access control solutions, and ENTERTECH SYSTEMS, the official operating partner for Suprema, Inc. in U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland and Puerto Rico, have joined to provide an integrated and reliable solution for mass adoption of biometric access control.

As a result of this partnership, Open Options' DNA Fusion access control software now integrates with Suprema's line of biometric fingerprint detection, card, and PIN devices, including BioStation T2, BioStation, BioEntry Plus, BioEntry W, and BioLite Net via ENTERTECH SYSTEMS' BioConnect application. Instead of having to manage badge records in two different systems – DNA Fusion for access control and another for the biometric templates – BioConnect is the sync between the two systems. This advantage results in allowing customers to enroll cardholders directly in DNA Fusion with information being passed to Suprema, which avoids having to enter duplicate data in two systems, saving time and labor.

DNA Fusion Version 6 – just released in March – features the expansive integration of third-party systems through Open Options FLEX API (Application Programming Interface) which provides a mechanism for external parties such as ENTERTECH SYSTEMS to develop an interface to Fusion software.

“This partnership enables ENTERTECH SYSTEMS to fulfill our mission to overcome three major obstacles to mainstream adoption of biometrics. With our BioConnect application coupled with the strength of DNA Fusion and Suprema devices, we are taking another strong step forward in reducing the cost, complexity, and user onboarding issues that have traditionally hindered biometrics adoption,” said Rob Douglas, Chief Executive Officer of ENTERTECH SYSTEMS.

“In addition to providing innovative access control solutions, Open Options develops strategic partnerships which we feel can lower the barriers to entry to newer and more sophisticated technologies such as biometrics. We are proud to be working with ENTERTECH SYSTEMS and Suprema as they are a market leader,” said Steve Fisher, Chief Executive Officer of Open Options.

Open Options products work together to provide a complete security solution including visitor management, photo ID, and more. The Open Options flagship access control software, DNA Fusion, is an open platform solution that interfaces seamlessly with other systems such as video, biometrics, and intercom. ENTERTECH SYSTEMS offers a variety of Suprema biometric technologies available for mainstream adoption and use in a wide array of markets, including critical infrastructure, healthcare, education, commercial and financial settings and more.

[Secutech2014] EverFocus total solutions for high-end home security market

[Secutech2014] EverFocus total solutions for high-end home security market

Editor / Provider: Weili Lin | Updated: 3/21/2014 | Article type: Security 50

EverFocus released intelligent door solutions for buildings. The solution consists of network access controller unit, card reader, fingerprint access control device, IP camera and user-friendly software Genie XMS. The system also supports analog and HD-SDI cameras. EverFocus acts a total solution and service provider in the high-end home security market.

The network access controller EFC302 supports two card readers, expandable to eight readers. The system goes with EAN3300, a 3-megapixel box camera, supporting true day and night surveillance. The camera supports on-board storage via a microSD or SDHC card. 12VDC and PoE are both supported for power supply. Two-way audio communication is also provided. In addition, the camera can support up to 2048x1536 video resolution, and multiple video formats like H.264, M-JPEG and MPEG-4.

Lumidigm fingerprint sensors track vaccination records

Lumidigm fingerprint sensors track vaccination records

Editor / Provider: Lumidigm | Updated: 3/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Lumidigm, part of HID Global, announced that its multispectral imaging fingerprint sensors, as part of a solution created by VaxTrac, will help to stop vaccine waste at 31 new clinics in southern Benin. The latest version of the VaxTrac system uses fingerprints of both mother and child for more robust identification. The use of fingerprints for vaccine tracking has already become very popular. In a preliminary assessment, the use of biometrics in the vaccination process has led to a 10% increase in the number of women returning to the clinics.

“The women are always asking for their baby's fingerprints to be taken,” affirms Aplogan Nicephore Ange-Guy, vaccinator in Allada, Benin. “There is a growing demand for it. They say to me, ‘Take my child's fingerprint.' They think it's cool.”

Without a proper and reliable means of identification, vaccine wastage rates are higher than 50 percent in some of the most challenging African locales. VaxTrac solves this problem with a biometric vaccination registry that is operated and managed in the field with low-cost mobile devices. Adult and child patients are identified in the registry with fingerprint sensors from Lumidigm. Returning patients can pull up their vaccination records with the touch of a finger, allowing the healthcare worker to deliver appropriate care.

The expansion in Benin, generously funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, includes full-scale, comprehensive training of new health workers and an updated version of the VaxTrac system that features reporting mechanisms for health workers and VaxTrac partners at the Ministry of Health, as well as a dashboard and other customized information features available at the clinic level.

"The new expansion is really exciting!” adds Meredith Baker, project manager, VaxTrac. “It's amazing to work with our Benin staff to grow what started as just a notebook and a fingerprint scanner into a vast network of highly trained health workers who are engaged with our project every day and are proud to say that they have a VaxTrac system at their clinic."

Suprema announces BioEntry W supporting HID iCLASS SE

Suprema announces BioEntry W supporting HID iCLASS SE

Editor / Provider: Suprema | Updated: 3/10/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Suprema, a global provider of technology in biometrics and security, announced the launch of a new version next generation BioEntry W access control terminal, which is embedded with HID Global's iCLASS SE smart card technologies.

In conjunction with the expansion of its RF technology, the enhanced BioEntry W was upgraded with HID iCLASS SE as well as enhancements for FeliCa IC cards which are most widely used in Japan and the region.

BioEntry W exquisitely blends benefits of IP access control system with high-level security provided by fingerprint biometrics. Featuring a vandal-resistance and IP65 rated structure, BioEntry W is ideally designed for outdoor installation while offering exceptional durability in harsh environments. With its extensive communication interfaces and PoE (Power over Ethernet) capability, it is the ultimate outdoor fingerprint terminals for access control systems in the global market.

With this enhanced version BioEntry W and its robust market presence serving as momentum, Suprema plans to reinforce and expand its business and marketing strategies globally.

2014 security industry growth driven by customer service

2014 security industry growth driven by customer service

Editor / Provider: Memoori | Updated: 3/5/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Financial results for the major manufacturers of security products in the Q4 of 2013 and Q1 of 2014 show a steady growth in revenues and profitability. There is also confidence to forecast that this trend will continue for the rest of 2014.

Few had forecast growth rates much above double figures through organic growth, only  those that are intending to grow faster through acquisition or have annual revenues below $100m. Sifting through their annual reports there is little to find about major new innovative products that will allow them to rapidly increase market share; but a steady flow of incremental improvements showing that product performance will improve to meet customer needs.

The recent annual report on the Security Business showed that the first 3 quarters of 2013 outperformed what most stakeholders had forecast; despite setbacks in economic fortunes in the western developed world. In the first 3 quarters of 2013 it grew by 8% and this marginally increased for the remainder of that year.

This performance was built on the same factors that delivered growth in 2012 – a combination of strong growth in IP Video Networking products, buoyant markets in Asia, solid growth in North America and higher levels of penetration in vertical markets such as transport, retail and health and education.

A little more light at the end of the tunnel would suggest better trading conditions in 2014 right across the developed world causing security equipment buyers to have more confidence that 2014 is the time to replace their old systems; provided they can be sure that their replacements improve the effectiveness of security, reduce operating costs and deliver an improved ROI on the investment.

In this article, 3 leaders are examined in their field; Axis Communications in IP Video Surveillance, HID Global in Access Control and the current fastest growing Video Surveillance company Avigilon, showing how they have created strong robust companies through different business models that should deliver winning performances in 2014.

Axis Communications founded in Sweden in 1984 pioneered the development of IP Network video cameras and brought it to market in 1996, maintained a strong R&D programme since then. It has so far grown solely through organic growth. It is the only company that we have identified in the security industry of its size that has achieved year on year growth without acquiring its rivals.

Even when it recently diversified into Access Control it did not do this through acquisition. Throughout the last 10 years it has gained a reputation for reliable high quality products, which sell at a premium. Its products get to market through all distribution channels and it spends a lot of effort in working with those channels to make sure that the benefits of their products are delivered to the end customer.

With such a large number of manufacturers in the video surveillance business it is hard to produce product differentiation across the whole range but Axis is regarded as supreme at the higher end of the market in the enterprise class where maximum security is vital. In the middle market they face challenges where “OK” cameras at lower prices are regarded as good enough by a lot of end users.

Avigilon founded in 2004 with sales currently running around $200m is approximately a quarter of the size of Axis but its growth in 2013 was 100% and has a market capitalization of around $1 Billion.

This is, to say at the very least, a remarkable performance. Currently they operate at the other end of the size spectrum to Axis with some 95% of customers being in the small to medium size category with only 5% enterprise class clients. They do not sell direct and have a very strong relationship with dealers and system integrators. Their phenomenal growth has to be more than a good product and marketing. It is most likely to be a combination of faster growth in midmarket and building up loyalty through their distribution channels by not selling direct. They have forecast revenue of $500 million by 2016.

In 2013 they acquired 2 companies. RedCloud Security, an innovative provider of web-based, physical and virtual access control systems. Through the acquisition, Avigilon adds a complementary product line to its end-to-end high-definition surveillance solution and provides the Company with access to a growing segment of the global security market. Despite it being a different product it fits in neatly with their existing distribution network.

Avigilon announced a definitive agreement to acquire the video analytics company VideoIQ, for cash consideration of US$32 million. Founded in 2006, VideoIQ has grown to become a leader in real-time intelligent video analytics solutions for security and business intelligence applications. VideoIQ has a developed portfolio of video analytics intellectual property, with 23 patents granted or pending, trade secrets and know-how.

It fits in directly with their existing business. Both of these acquisitions should deliver much more revenue than both companies achieved in 2013 and at the same time will provide their system integrators with a more comprehensive solution.

HID Global, a major subsidiary of Assa Abloy, a global leader in door opening solutions. Founded in 1994 Assa Abloy has grown from a regional company to an international company with annual sales of $7.2 billion (2012) a 12% growth on the previous year, mainly achieved through an astute acquisition programme involving 150 acquisitions. HID Global sales in 2012 are estimated at £3.3 billion having increased their contribution.

Assa Abloy acquired HID (Hughes Identification Devices) in 2000 and over the last 13 years has incorporated some 15 companies into the HID organization. Starting with Access Control products through Motorola Indala they have progressed to identification technologies with Active Identity being a major acquisition in 2010.

Since then major acquisitions have included LaserCard, IdenTrust, Lumidigm and Codebench. The combination of the companies' has made HID Global a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions that use multispectral imaging technology, software, and biometric fingerprint sensors to authenticate identities with a high degree of certainty.

HID Global have delivered growth over 12% in the last 2 years despite difficult trading conditions and are now have a strong cash flow and good financial stability to continue growth through organic means and acquisition.

Morpho launches multifunction biometric tablet

Morpho launches multifunction biometric tablet

Editor / Provider: Morpho (Safran) | Updated: 2/26/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Mobile business and services are revolutionizing day-to-day life, bringing convenience and time savings to a life on-the-move. With mobile applications involving increasingly sensitive data, it is absolutely imperative that every transaction and all data remain secure: mobility must not threaten security.

Morpho presents MorphoTablet, an enterprise class touch-sensitive device which adds the security of biometrics (fingerprint + face) and cryptographic functions to mobile operations.

MorphoTablet offers the perfect platform for mobility, versatility and data security, enabling you to deliver trusted services in any sector, anytime, anywhere.

Features at a Glance
*Android-based tablet with incorporated FBI PIV IQS and STQC certified optical fingerprint sensor
*Tamper-proof hardware, cryptographic functions and secure device management
*Integrated NFC and contact/contactless smartcard readers
*Cellular (Voice & Data), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth communication
*Ready to host customer specific developments or pre-loaded with Morpho proprietary applications

Biometric access control solutions

Biometric access control solutions

Editor / Provider: Alf Chang | Updated: 2/21/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

Biometrics has become one of the most prominent technologies in access control because it is reliable, convenient and secure. Secutech 2014 features Asia's biggest gathering of access control equipment, including biometric solutions from some of the leading manufacturers.

The 4 characteristics of biometric access control solutions are:
1. Speed and stability: Using infrared sensing, users can have their credentials quickly scanned without having to actually touch the scanners. In addition, most environments have little negative impact on the reliability of biometric credentials or the accuracy of scanners.

2. Convenience: Most biometric scanners use an all-on-screen design that lays out all controls in a single touchscreen display. The UI is also usually optimized for usability and convenience. Since leading manufacturers serve a global customer base, their devices generally feature multiple languages for users to choose from.

3. Security: Biometric access control systems are generally designed to protect facilities from backdoors in the system and coerced users. Depending on the security level, systems may use multiple authentication methods—such as requiring a user to also input a passcode or swipe an ID card—or require multiple people to be simultaneously authenticated. Systems can also be configured to include backdoors, such as different actions for different palms, to serve as a silent alarm in the case of coercion.

4. Integration: IP networks greatly increase the viability of creating an IP-based all-encompassing smart home system through the integration of biometric access control, alarm, video surveillance and other systems.

Comparison of 4 major authentication methods for access control.

Authentication Method

ID Card

Fingerprint Scanning

Retinal Scanning

Vascular Pattern Recognition

Security

Easy to counterfeit; no built-in permissions

High security

One of the most accurate biometric technologies, due to its unchanging nature

More secure and reliable

Reliability

Relies on network software to process information from subsystems

Accuracy is impacted by moisture, dirt and other artifacts on fingers

Fewer false positives and negatives

High accuracy

Convenience

Requires maintenence and operation of central management system; easy to lose

Wide range of applications; users are not require to carry additional accessories

Fast

Less intimidating

For detailed information on Access Control and Biometrics, please register for Secutech 2014

Morpho (Safran) launches software solution for access control

Morpho (Safran) launches software solution for access control

Editor / Provider: Morpho (Safran) | Updated: 2/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Morpho launches M2A, a software application designed to build reliable biometric databases and manage a network of intelligent Access Control and Time & Attendance biometric terminals.

With a fast growing demand for secure, biometric-based solutions in the world of physical access control and workforce management, a flexible tool capable of following security and IT industries advancements is a must. M2A (MorphoAccess Administration) is Morpho's answer to meet customers' needs, today and tomorrow.

Trustworthy user databases
Its fresh, intuitive, web-based interface ensures seamless and scalable deployments, from small installations with a single administration station to large sites requiring client/server architectures.

By using Morpho's unique, advanced, task-specific tools for user enrollment, M2A ensures the highest quality biometric data is captured to create trustworthy databases and maximize the performance of the biometric system. User registration workflow includes biometric and demographic data collection, portrait acquisition and creation of badges using industry standard contactless technologies.

M2A implements a straightforward process (configuration, group management, user record broadcast, etc.) to administer the whole range of MorphoAccess terminals, which includes fingerprint and multimodal (finger vein / fingerprint) devices.

Simplified workforce management
The application makes workforce management easier with the capability to:

Schedule employees access time slots, program remotely terminal Time & Attendance function keys, monitor and store transaction logs in a central database able to interface with payroll applications. In addition, the M2A real-time tracking function can be relied on to know who is on site, anytime.

“We are very proud to introduce M2A, an essential component of our new Access Control and Time & Attendance ecosystem. It paves the way for our new range of devices… the 1st unveiled being the MorphoAccess SIGMA Series”, says Francoise Tondeux, Product Manager at Morpho.

Morpho FastZone transport card receives Calypso Best Innovation Award

Morpho FastZone transport card receives Calypso Best Innovation Award

Editor / Provider: Morpho (Safran) | Updated: 2/14/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Morpho (Safran) announced that its FastZone transport card has been honored as the “Best Innovation 2013” by the Calypso Network Association. The first edition of this award recognizes market players who contributed to the promotion of Calypso, the only electronic ticketing platform specified by transit operators for transit operators.

Morpho's FastZone is a multi-service transport card with high-level security features. It has an embedded Calypso application and an ePurse as well as some attractive new features. It is the only multi-application transport card on the market that offers strong authentication functions via its public key infrastructure (PKI). This enables cardholders to conveniently sign documents online or to access very secure areas on the Internet, while biometrics capabilities allow use of a fingerprint instead of a pin code for authentication.

FastZone can be integrated in any existing transport infrastructure. In addition, the multifunctional solution can be deployed as a city card or university card with access management and payment functions.

Paolo Villasco, Vice President and General Manager Banking Business Unit at Morpho Business Solutions Division said: “We are honored to receive the Calypso Award, as it recognizes our dedication to innovation and Morpho's outstanding knowledge in security and biometrics.”

MorphoTrust adds 3 states with $25M to enrollment business

MorphoTrust adds 3 states with $25M to enrollment business

Editor / Provider: MorphoTrust Safran | Updated: 2/7/2014 | Article type: Security 50

MorphoTrust USA (Safran), an American provider of identity solutions and services, has won new programs to provide fingerprint-based background checks for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, the New Jersey Department of Public Safety, Division of State Police and fingerprint channeling services in Nevada for the Department of Public Safety, increasing public safety through the vetting of individuals working in childcare, education, nursing, law enforcement and more. These agreements could yield up to $25.2 million in revenue over the next 6 years.

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security is working with MorphoTrust to establish a system for applicants that are mandated by recent legislation to obtain fingerprint-based background checks, including caregivers and applicants seeking to become adoptive or foster parents. The background check system will also include Massachusetts public and private schools, including current and prospective employees and volunteers, as well as, subcontractors and laborers who perform regular work on school grounds or have regular contact with children. The program will enroll up to 245,000 applicants annually at 33 enrollment centers around the state. The one-year contract can be renewed for 5 additional one-year periods and could generate approximately $9.1 million in its entirety.

The Nevada Department of Public Safety civilian enrollment and channeling program includes individuals seeking employment, volunteer and licensing opportunities in the state that require a fingerprint-based background check, including real estate, gaming, housing authorities, education and insurance. The program's goal is to enroll 60,000 individual applicants per year. The 4 years contract can be renewed for 2 additional one-year periods and could generate nearly $700,000 over the full duration.

The program with the New Jersey Division of State Police will enroll an estimated 340,000-400,000 applicants annually. All individuals in the state who are mandated by legislation to submit to fingerprint criminal history background checks will use the services of MorphoTrust. This includes but is not limited to licensing, foster and adoptive parents, employment, firearms applications and volunteering. The three-year contract can be renewed with two additional one-year periods and could generate $15.4 million in revenues.

“These awards recognize MorphoTrust's leadership as an enrollment services provider, specifically with regard to the secure capture and transmission of fingerprints to support many state and federal programs and commercial businesses,” said Bob Eckel, CEO of MorphoTrust. “Identity verification – ensuring individuals are who they claim to be – has never been more important, especially when it comes to taking care of our children and accessing our healthcare and public safety systems.”

Applicants for these contracts will be serviced in the company's convenient IdentoGO Centers. IdentoGO Centers by MorphoTrust provide a convenient place for a growing number of identity-related services through a nationwide network of professional locations, staffed by trained enrollment agents. Spanning all 50 states and U.S. territories the primary service offered in each center is the secure capture and transmission of electronic fingerprints.

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