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HID Global names its first N. American implementation partner

HID Global names its first N. American implementation partner

Editor / Provider: HID Global | Updated: 12/6/2012 | Article type: Security 50

HID Global, a worldwide provider in secure identity solutions, named Axiad IDS as the first North American partner in its Identity Assurance Implementation Partner Program (IPP). Through the IPP, which provides training, tools and on-going assistance to aid partners with their professional services engagements, Axiad IDS is now certified to deploy all HID Global identity assurance solutions, including ActivID CMS, 4TRESST authentication server and pivCLASS government solutions.

“Early on, we recognized the importance of being able to add value for our channel partners by bringing them a higher level of product knowledge and implementation experience than typical distributors,” said Bassam Al-Khalidi, Principal Consultant and CEO of Axiad IDS. “Identity assurance deployments are crucial to both our reseller partners and their customers, and they can now benefit from the investment we have made in achieving IPP accreditation.”

User communities within organizations are not just internal employees, but also partners and customers, adding complexity to the integration of physical and logical security systems. Therefore strong authentication is increasingly recognized as a critical component underpinning complete security for organizations. Because these security requirements, including those driven by compliance regulations, continue to press the limits of IT resources, it is essential that organizations leverage specialists such as Axiad IDS to assist in the design, implementation and support of security and authentication projects.

As an accredited member of IPP, Axiad IDS demonstrates its knowledge of HID Global's identity assurance solution portfolio, including versatile strong authentication services and smart card management solutions. In addition, Axiad IDS is a certified Train the Trainer TTT partner and a value-added distributor of HID Global identity assurance products.

“We've worked with Axiad IDS for many years, and know firsthand their expertise in digital identity solutions for enterprise, healthcare and government organizations,” said Hilding Arrehed, Director of worldwide professional services and technology partner programs, Identity Assurance, at HID Global. “With this partnership, Axiad IDS can take full advantage of our professional services investments in order to fulfill the identity management and authentication needs of its clients.”

Bosch IP cameras compatible with March Networks VMS

Bosch IP cameras compatible with March Networks VMS

Editor / Provider: March Networks | Updated: 12/6/2012 | Article type: Security 50

March Networks, a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions, is pleased to announce that its Command VMS is fully integrated with the Bosch line of advanced video surveillance cameras. The certified integration provides March Networks systems integrators and customers with additional flexibility when selecting the most suitable solution for their needs. It simplifies and speeds deployments, while enabling organizations to maximize existing technology investments.

March Networks is committed to pre-integrating its open Command VMS with best-in-class security products and systems. This newest integration with Bosch's 5.50 API IP cameras ensures out-of-the-box support for features including audio capture, H.264 and M-JPEG video compression, motion detection, physical alarms and robust I/O and PTZ control.

“We are pleased that March Networks has completed the implementation of our latest firmware, which enables their partners and customers to transparently select any of our latest cameras,” said Rudolf Spielberger, Head of Bosch's Integration Partner Program. “That includes a broad range of SD and HD cameras for everyday needs from our Advantage Line range, and specialized cameras such as the Autodome 800 HD camera and the new Dinion HDR camera with unprecedented light sensitivity.”

The certified integration makes it even easier for existing Bosch IP camera customers to adopt and benefit from the capabilities of March Networks VMS. The software 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 a browser-based client interface.

Built with an emphasis on efficiency and user-focused design, the VMS delivers key features including mass configuration, alarm monitoring and management, real-time alerting with handling and acknowledgment procedures, and one-click access to associated camera views and alarm playback. A time-saving text overlay capability allows organizations to configure, view and export superimposed retail point-of-sale, license plate or other text data onto associated video to speed investigations and improve overall operational awareness.

“This collaboration offers both Bosch and March Networks customers a superior, end-to-end solution that's easy to deploy and manage,” said Net Payne, Chief Marketing Officer of March Networks. “It affirms our commitment to open, standards-based systems and broadens the addressable markets for our award-winning Command VMS.”

Old acquaintances but new entries in 2012

Old acquaintances but new entries in 2012

Editor / Provider: a&s International | Updated: 12/5/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Among the many changes that took place over the last year, 2012's Security 50 ranking welcomes a few “new” faces — Arecont Vision, Optex, Safran Group, Tiandy Digital Technology, TKH Group and Tyco Security Products. Either through strategic M&A (split in Tyco's case) or organic growth, these companies made it to this year's list with remarkable performance.

Arecont thrived with its continued focus on developing megapixel imaging solutions. Its products are being used in every major vertical market all over the world.

In late 2010, Optex acquired Fiber Sensys, which specialized in fiber-based intrusion detection and had major operations in North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, to facilitate Optex's growth as an international brand. At the same time, Fiber Sensys has been able to accelerate its innovations by leveraging Optex's financial resources. To further expand the business, Optex acquired Raytec, a developer and supplier of LED illumination for security systems and cameras, in the beginning of 2012. By acquiring this company, Optex strengthened its presence in Europe and diversified its product lines.

In July 2011, Safran finalized the acquisition of L-1 Identity Solutions, a leading identity management and biometric solutions provider with the extensive Bioscrypt portfolio. Renamed Morpho Trust, this business unit significantly enhanced Safran's identity credentialing and management capabilities, contributing to a huge portion of Safran's 2011 revenue.

Tiandy, the only “newcomer” from China this year, is becoming a prominent surveillance systems provider, with a broad range of innovative and cost-effective products. The company is seeking out more international opportunities to expand the brand, portfolio of offerings and revenue streams.

In the beginning of 2011, TKH acquired Optelecom-NKF, a global supplier of advanced video surveillance solutions and now operating under the name Siqura, setting itself apart in the fields of VCA, detection systems and integrated security solutions. This transaction helped the company secure larger, international contracts. As a result of broadened business opportunities, this newly acquired business unit contributed to much of TKH's 2011 revenue growth.

Last but not least, Tyco Security Products bought Visonic in 2011 and got separated from Tyco International in September 2012. The Visonic acquisition strengthened Tyco's intrusion detection footprint in EMEA and broadened the DSC wireless portfolio and its target markets. The leaner and meaner Tyco shall ensure quicker response to market conditions and integration of technological advances.

Hikvision hits the jackpot in New Mexico

Hikvision hits the jackpot in New Mexico

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 12/3/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Santa Ana Star Casino
Whether you are keen to indulge in a game or two, help yourself to a sumptuous feast at the buffet restaurant, or relax and enjoy a live music performance by your favorite artiste, New Mexico’s Santa Ana Star Casino comes to mind. But it is more than just a regular casino. It offers a great golf course, a 36-lane bowling alley and a ton of entertainment options for families and individuals. Needless to say, Santa Ana Star Casino is a hugely popular attraction among tourists and local residents in Santa Ana Pueblo, and there is only more room for growth.

Ocean’s Eleven Are Not Welcome
While there are seasonal upswings in the number of patrons, the Santa Ana Star Casino has a well-established and loyal customer base. Indeed, with so many visitors comes greater responsibility. The casino is responsible for creating a safe and healthy environment for these regular and repeat visitors. Every casino requires a meticulous surveillance system to monitor all activities on its premises. We all enjoyed the Ocean’s Eleven movies but not when we operate a top of the line casino. All casinos attract a wide variety of characters with unpredictable demographics. And therefore, they often fall prey to unlawful activities, be it cheating at games, theft, threats, and such. While Santa Ana Star Casino is no exception, it needs a top of the line system in view of its size. All activities must be conveniently monitored and necessary coordinated alerts must be generated 24/7. This system must also be able to integrate with their legacy windows-based system. In addition, the system must also sync with the casino’s extensive database.

From Theory to Practice
Finding a vendor for this ideal solution was by no means a simple feat. This vendor must not only be high reputed, it must also have extensive experience in securing challenging settings like casinos that are always packed. After intense rounds of selections, Hikvision was shortlisted as the most suitable candidate to protect Santa Ana Star Casino from unauthorized and irregular activities, be it from disruptive staff or unruly patrons.

As a world-renowned player in the global surveillance industry, Hikvision boasts of immense experience with these state-of-the-art surveillance technologies. For Santa Ana Star Casino, the proposed system comprised the DS-2CD762MF-(I)FB(H) network cameras, the DS-9016HFI-S DVR recording system, and the iVMS-4000 software.

The DS-2CD762MF-(I)FB(H) network cameras have dimensions of 160mm x 134mm (6.30”×5.30”), small enough to be unnoticeable on the ceilings. It has a viewing range of 89 degrees – 24 degrees, supporting audio and video streams, with a maximum image resolution of 1280 x 960 pixels.

The DS-9016HFI-S DVR recording system offers H.264 video compression capabilities with a 4-channel 1080P real time recording and HDMI resolutions. It has advanced motion detection and supports up to eight SATA hard disks. Finally, the iVMS-4000 software enables views from 64 cameras simultaneously. Up to 16 channels can be played back synchronously. Most importantly, the software enables a seamless integration of the cameras and recording system. In addition, with an easy backup function using USB and optical media, time stands still in the casino! Even an upgraded Ocean’s Eleven has to think twice about breaching its defenses!

It Is Five Star.
Before installing Hikvision’s system, it was an impossible task to keep a close watch on the huge premises. The seemingly insurmountable challenge was addressed with Hikvision’s state-of-the-art surveillance technologies. “It sets our minds at ease. Now I know everything is under control!” said Casino staff member who has been working there for 10 years.

Dennis Edeal, Dir. of Surveillance of Santa Ana Star Casino, who was part of the steering committee for the project explained that “there were many choices. But Hikvision’s solution provided was the most cost-effective. Integrating the components to build the system is never easy. But the support and service we received was the best of the best.” Indeed, the system addressed the challenges and exceeded the expectations of Santa Ana Star Casino. It was a scalable system that will serve them well for a very long time.

Spanish Deusto University covers its bases with a total surveillance solution from LILIN

Spanish Deusto University covers its bases with a total surveillance solution from LILIN

Editor / Provider: Submitted by Merit LILIN | Updated: 12/3/2012 | Article type: Education

Despite global economic uncertainty, the physical security market for the education vertical is not slowing down, and LILIN has just the right solution for it. One of its recent projects was the prestigious University of Deusto located on the Spanish coast. Founded in 1886 and currently home to nearly 10,000 students, the university is comprised of two campuses Bilbao and San Sebastian. The Bilbao campus covers an area of 350,000 square meters, accommodating the main university building along with various libraries and historic monuments. With an existing analog CCTV system that had become unreliable, difficult to monitor and consequently did not meet security requirements, the protection team at Deusto knew it was time to look for a new solution.

They knew that the new solution needed to overcome the previous difficulties but also recognized that it must provide additional benefits, namely HD, flexibility and operational simplicity. From a solution provider's perspective, the obvious answer would be to shift the system from analog to IP; numerous advantages would then be experienced.?

LILIN cameras were among several brands that endured technical tests by the security team at the Bilbao campus. Having outperformed the others throughout the testing stage, LILIN's IP range proved to provide greater flexibility and third-party integration, thanks to its ONVIF conformance. As the world's first solution provider to release ONVIF-compliant products, interoperability is no longer an issue for LILIN customers and end users. The openness means systems can be expanded with ease at any point in the future. The security team admired this element of the LILIN range, together with the HD and ease of use offered. For the project, LILIN recommended more than 80 cameras and more than 10 switches; a combination of high-speed domes, mini domes and external IR cameras were installed throughout the site. The LILIN iMEGAPRO range offers HD, high frame rate recording and stunning performance in low-light conditions. The solution allows the protection team at Deusto to address key areas of risk throughout the day and into the night via an easy-to-operate system. The result means that better care and enhanced safety have been provided for every student.

The security director praised the project and the LILIN solution. The administration, monitoring and scalability of all the equipment provide a manageable and affordable system, and the university is already looking forward to the next LILIN IP project, the San Sebastian campus. As the university continues to grow, the IP system provided by LILIN will undoubtedly expand, but with the same levels of ease and reliability. Watch this space!

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Changing role of systems integrators

Changing role of systems integrators

Editor / Provider: IMS Research | Updated: 11/30/2012 | Article type: Hot Topics

A new report from IMS Research (now part of IHS) has found that the transition to IP-based technology in the security industry is changing the role of its systems integrators. Factors such as an increasingly competitive environment as new IT integrators enter the marketplace, declining product margins, and the increased importance of networking knowledge, are all contributing to this change. On the bright side, there are rewards for those integrators that adapt. The world market for systems integration is forecast to grow at an average rate of almost 10 percent to 2016.

Paul Bremner, Market Analyst at IMS Research comments, “As more IT integrators have been entering this market they have been fundamentally changing the way security systems integrators do business. IT integrators have brought their business model of lower equipment costs but higher service costs, and this has translated well when dealing with IP-based technology, which often requires a lot of network planning in the design stage to offer the best available solution. Design & consultancy services are likely to become a larger part of the typical integrator's revenues. Such services include risk analysis, vulnerability assessment and client security policy analysis, to name but a few.”

The report, Security Systems Integration – World – 2012, found that one strategy some integrators were taking was to focus on specific vertical markets, as the knowledge the integrator gains from one project can then be directly applied to another project in the same vertical. This can further bolster the margin obtained from services, which can sometimes exceed 30 percent. This compares favorably with equipment margins, which can be lower than 10 percent in extreme cases.

Bremner continues, “The opportunity for design & consultancy revenues is highly dependent on the vertical market in question. Projects in transportation for example, are much more likely to include design & consultancy revenues than projects in either retail or commercial. This is mainly due to the nature of the projects themselves, but is also, in part, due to the different organizational structures found within those verticals.”

This all said, the integrator should not lose focus on providing the highest quality technology solution to their customers. Keeping track of major developments from their product vendors will still be fundamental to their success. The world market for physical security equipment sold through integrators and installers is forecast to be worth over $38 billion in 2016.

 

Vivotek fisheye camera compatible with Qnap VMS

Vivotek fisheye camera compatible with Qnap VMS

Editor / Provider: Vivotek | Updated: 11/30/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Qnap Security announced that its VioStor NVR series is among the first VMS platforms to support FE8172/72V, Vivotek's 5-megapixel fisheye camera. The NVR's institutive navigation tool allows users to digitally zoom into areas of a hemispheric image in both live or playback view. Users can also view a complete scene unfold without obstruction while -simultaneously displaying multiple independent dewarped views from a FE8172/72V camera.

The NVR is a professional surveillance system featuring cutting-edge hardware and software designs that deliver remarkable monitoring and recording performance in real-time video. With a powerful Quad-core Intel Xeon E3 Processor, the high-end VioStor model delivers superb performance at a throughput rate of 450 Mbps to ensure stable recording of multiple megapixel cameras, with RAID storage to secure mission critical data. The Vivotek FE8172/72V camera comes with a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor which enables viewing resolution of 1920x1920 or 1080p at up to 30 fps via a 1.05 mm fisheye lens for 180 degrees panoramic view or 360 degrees surround view. The camera is able to provide the greatest coverage with the finest details for excellent surveillance footage. Vivotek IP8172P is also supported for those looking for box camera with focus assist button to allow users to precisely adjust the camera focus. The combination of Vivotek and Qnap not only provides dependable RAID storage and supreme megapixel processing power, but also enables 360-degree viewing and significantly expands field-of-views without blind spots.

"There is massive potential for 360-degree solutions to cover open areas such as airports, shopping malls, parking lots, retail stores and offices," said Harry Hu, President of Vivotek USA. "Qnap's deep integration has allowed impressive viewing capabilities with Vivotek's fisheye technology, and also helps capture HD videos with robust and reliable storage, delivering effective solutions proven to support medium to large scale surveillance projects."

"In security applications and solutions today, 360-degree solutions are becoming a critical component. People want to see their surroundings without any obstructions or blind spots," said Shawn Chu, Product Manager at QNAP Security. "Combined with the VioStor NVR's intuitive interface, the Vivotek FE8172/72V camera delivers total situational awareness."

Smart tech, safe house, simple life

Smart tech, safe house, simple life

Editor / Provider: By Tevin Wang, a&s International | Updated: 11/27/2012 | Article type: Tech Corner

Rapid advances in video, communication and networking technologies have driven up adoption of home automation and control systems considerably. Homeowners can now, more easily than ever, keep an eye or ear on their property and loved ones, through smartphone video streams, text messages or app alerts, to look or listen in on any anomalies and take control of security, safety, automation and HVAC systems in real time, on the go.

- Globally, the home automation (HA) and control systems market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 16.1 percent, from US$16.9 billion in 2011 to $35.6 billion in 2016, according to MarketsandMarkets' research. Over the next five years, the managed HA market will grow at a CAGR of 60 percent between 2012 and 2017, based on ABI Research estimates. Annual worldwide revenues from the residential remote video monitoring and surveillance market were projected, by IMS Research, to surpass $480 million by 2013.
- According to the US “National Crime Victimization Survey,” more than 17 million US households experienced property crimes in 2011. The US market for HA devices and systems was approximately $3.4 billion in 2011, and is expected to exceed $5.5 billion in 2016, representing a CAGR of 10.5 percent, according to an Electronics.ca Publications report; about 58 percent of the market goes to lighting, home entertainment and security systems, and the remaining 42 percent consists of HVAC and energy management.
- The growth of the APAC HA market is fueled by high-speed broadband connections, developments in home networking and advances in 3-G communications technologies, according to In-Stat. Japan and South Korea hold the leading positions, while Australia and New Zealand present high development potential. Among these, South Korea has the highest penetration of HA systems and services in the region. China, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore are potential markets.
- Remote home security is growing rapidly in Europe, at a CAGR of roughly 20 percent, as cloud-based services become more readily available to householders, according to IMS Research. Although Europe is a strong market, it is only 40 percent of the size of the Americas market. Prominent service providers include CameraManager.com, Y-Cam, NeoCam, Logitech, D-Link, VSG, IPeye, 1000eyes and Virgin Media's IP CCTV. Research from Frost & Sullivan indicates the European HA market will reach $300 million by 2015.

HA in Various Capacities

Basic integration is where a cause-and-effect relationship is established; for instance, a detector will send a signal directly to a relay that will switch something on or off. No programming is required. Full integration involves constant monitoring and controlling, and programming will be required. For instance, if an alert is sent to the control panel, the control panel will then signal the monitoring station to dispatch emergency services to your home. Most building codes today require hardwired smoke detectors be placed in homes, with battery-powered type detectors being used as backup only.

 
Geo-fences can now be set up indoors, to allow for access to specific areas of the house; this is particular useful when temporary help (such as babysitters or contractors) is needed and the homeowner is not always around. Some service providers now add two-way audio to control panels to provide verbal verification or deterrence, preventing unnecessary dispatch of first responders, which can be costly and punishable by hefty fines. Surveillance cameras are offered in advanced packages by some; any motion in the house triggers a text, app or video verification, and a prompt for proper response.


Approximately 56 percent of the average home's energy usage is on HVAC, according to the US Department of Energy. Some service providers offer more efficient energy management by connecting thermostats, refrigerators, lights and window shades to the control panel. Lighting control is another HA feature; dimmers and switches are integrated and programmed with motion detection so that lights can be automatically turned on or off wherever and whenever necessary. All the functions can be combined with physical security and intrusion detectors, and be controlled and viewed on the same control panel or a smartphone or tablet computer.

 
The US market for telemedicine devices and services will be worth more than $3.5 billion by 2014, according to Pike & Fischer research. A home medical-alert system includes a two-way voice intercom with a pendant. In the event of an emergency with a press on the intercom or pendant, monitoring personnel will send help, dispatch an ambulance or notify a relative or neighbor. Other processes suited for residential machine-to-machine telemedicine include diabetes, blood pressure and cardiac rhythm management monitoring. Telehealth is often less costly and produces better health results than occasional checkups and repeated hospital stays, according to a New York Times interview with Dr. Steven Landers, Head of the Cleveland Clinic's home health care unit.

Downs & Ups
Homeowners are staying put in the wake of the current housing market, said Sean Goldstein, VP of Marketing at Crestron. “Instead of moving, they are adding value to their homes in the form of HA. We see this as a tremendous opportunity for HA.” To maximize security, safety, convenience and energy savings, all the disparate systems should be intelligently integrated and controlled in a fundamentally different and new way.

Price is still the biggest growth inhibitor for HA systems. To manufacturers, how to keep costs down while offering quality and easy-to-use products and satisfying services should be a key development focus. At the end of the day, HA is not rocket science; with the maturation of technology and education of the market, the HA market is expected to prosper.

With larger and clearer touch screens, user can access more information without constant button-pushing or screen-sliding. Geographic-information systems (GIS) can be integrated with HA. In case of emergency, the message or alarm sent by the HA system could integrate GIS coordinates so that dispatchers can contact the proper authorities with specific directions, thus speeding up response time and minimizing damage.

Customizable HA systems are now possible, as flexible packages or personal designs are a key to winning the heart of the client. “A revolution is taking place in the appeal, deliver, support and pricing of HA systems, as the technology moves from being a high-ticket investment to becoming another newly essential monthly service,” said an ABI Research analyst. Easy, reliable and stable HA systems that are also fun to use are the key to winning greater adoption.

A Nov. 2012 study from IMS Research projects that the global market for smart-home devices will more than quadruple in the coming five years, growing from less than 20 million nodes in 2012, to more than 90 million in 2017. One of the main drivers is the increasing number of service providers branching into the managed home control space. A number of American telcos and security providers, such as ADT, Verizon, Comcast, Rogers Communications, Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications, are already offering a range of smart-home solutions via a cloud-based managed service approach.

Similar offerings are also either deployed or in the pipeline for European counterparts, such as Swisscom, Bouygues Telecom and many others. Some companies are instead opting to develop and white-label a common platform for partner companies, as Deutsche Telecom is doing with the Qivicon solution.

To date, ZigBee and Z-Wave have been favored by a number of managed service providers. According to Lisa Arrowsmith, Associate Director of Connectivity at IMS, “Z-Wave and ZigBee have both gained strong traction in the North American market, deploying in managed home systems which are predominately aimed around home monitoring — with a high number of relatively low-cost nodes, such as magnetic contacts as well as in comfort and convenience applications. In the European market, energy management is set to be the key driver of managed home system deployments, with devices such as smart plugs and HVAC controls. Here, there is a more fragmented approach to connectivity technologies, with a range of standards and proprietary technologies being used.”

While ZigBee and Z-Wave dominate the managed service market today, a range of other low-power wireless technologies, such as EnOcean and DECT ULE, are set to take the stage as shipments of these technologies gain traction. Arrowsmith continued, “The energy-harvesting properties of EnOcean can be attractive for service providers and consumers alike, reducing maintenance and support costs. DECT ULE will also see significant uptake in managed systems, as it can enable existing DECT gateway customers to add home control functionality via an over-the-air software upgrade.”

2013 — Never a dull moment

2013 — Never a dull moment

Editor / Provider: Submitted by Johnson Controls | Updated: 11/26/2012 | Article type: Hot Topics

Security has become a rapidly evolving and highly complex industry. The cables connecting card readers have been cut in favor of wireless networks. Surveillance video no longer exists on film or tape, but is stored as a string of digital data. And marketers and human resource specialists have found uses for equipment once intended to solely secure people and property. As we complete another year, it is a good time to review some of the industry's changes, challenges and successes. Also, it is a time to reflect on what the new year may bring to the industry's manufacturers, solution providers, integrators and end users.

First, a quick caveat is in order. Any predictions are based on today's economic, social and political conditions. In our volatile, interconnected world, changes in one region of the globe can significantly impact others. That aside, here is Johnson Controls' look at the security industry as we enter 2013.

Despite an uncertain global economy, the industry held its ground over the last year. With slow construction growth forecast in Europe, North America and most of Asia, global industry sales are likely to remain fairly flat throughout 2013. While there certainly will be some major new projects, much of the business in these regions will focus on upgrades and retrofits of existing security systems.

Fortunately, there are some brighter spots. Demand for security products and services will grow in Latin America, particularly in Brazil, where a construction boom is underway in advance of the 2014 World Cup tournament and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. That growth will mean more sales of surveillance cameras, card readers and turnstiles (to accommodate many new stadiums and arenas being built).

Also in Latin America, security directors now expect physical security information management (PSIM) software to be a part of each new project. They value the software solution's ability to collect and combine information from existing disparate security — and even building automation — systems into one integrated, intelligent system offering a single point of control.

The Middle East is another bright spot, as development is continuing at a strong pace with not only some of the world's tallest buildings, but in effect entirely new cities.

Growth Verticals
Growth in many vertical markets was slow throughout 2012. More of the same will likely take place in 2013, as most budgets are expected to remain tight. But, there are still exciting markets to follow.

Around the world, more children and young adults need to be kept secure on school and college campuses. As a result, the education market will continue its growth in 2013. Health care should be another growth area, particularly in the U.S., where government programs are pushing hospitals to provide better care for more people within the same facilities. The need to increase throughput while maintaining patient satisfaction will help drive increased sales of security products and services.

Securing utility sites can be vital to a region's or even a nation's economic health. As a result, they will require more cameras and card readers and also visitor management systems. The latter will allow security personnel to run Internet-based criminal and terrorist watch background checks on visitors before allowing them to enter a facility.

Retail is another interesting vertical. Probably more than any other market, retailers have found innovative ways to use security data, particularly video. For example, retailers review video to help determine staffing needs, product placement and customers' traffic patterns and shopping habits.

Hot Products
In video surveillance, DVRs will continue to give way to intuitively controlled video management systems and mass storage devices. Rather than review hours of video, a security team can now use software to provide a synopsis of user-defined important or critical events. Using retail as an example, the end user may want to review only the shopping habits of families of three or more people entering a store. Synopsis software can find and present only that video.

Access control will continue to grow closer to the door with smart, edge-based devices. Many will be wireless and operate from an existing or newly built Wi-Fi networks. There will be less hardware but the same or greater capacities. Wireless units will expand access control to remote sites that might have previously been impossible to protect.

Mass notification is primed for growth. It provides real-time information to all building occupants and those in the immediate vicinity during an emergency. Using a combination of interior and exterior speakers and strobe lights, many top mass notification systems will integrate with a building's fire alarm system.

And expect a continued proliferation of mobile phones and tablets apps, allowing security personnel to review live or recorded video, obtain access audit trails and receive alarms while in the field.

What's Trending
Don't anticipate many revolutionary breakthroughs in 2013, but instead expect small, incremental upgrades to existing products and solutions. There are still many inventive people working on the next great development, but until the global economy improves, manufacturers are not likely looking to add them along with the required sales and marketing efforts needed to grow a new product.

That, however, does not rule out some relatively new products and services continuing to gain traction. Remote storage of video and data will head for the clouds. Cloud-based services still face some bandwidth issues, especially for video, as well as skepticism among some security directors that want total control of their data. But that is changing as the cloud environment has proven to be a secure and cost-effective means of storing and accessing data. As the acceptance of the cloud concept grows, there will be greater demand for managed services. Integrators monitor and store an end user's security data and handle alarm situations. This provides monthly recurring revenue for the integrator and allows the end user to realign or eliminate manpower dedicated to security and focus more on an organization's core competencies.

Also expect to see more end users move toward converging the security function with building automation, linking security with environment, lighting and other systems into a single point of control. This adds convenience, reduces manpower needs and enhances the value of an end user's facility.

Industry Issues
Finding ways to do more with less will be a challenge for end users. Security directors, faced with tight budgets, must be more selective in their choices of integrators and product manufacturers. They will look for innovation, features and service, while being very aware of price.

In many organizations, the security department is seen as a loss center. Showing ROI helps pave the way for a larger security budget. That requires security directors, integrators and manufacturers working together to prove security reduces the threat level, increases operational efficiencies and offers broad assistance to nonsecurity areas of a business.

And end users will continue to push for open standards as they seek to protect their legacy systems. As equipment fails, a security director wants the option of replacing it with units offering the feature sets and price they want — knowing it will integrate with existing systems.

Manufacturers face the challenge of making the products that end users want and need badly enough they will buy them. That requires closer communication with customers and integrators to be sure the cameras, card readers and other equipment meet the security needs of today and into the future.

For integrators, the new IT-centric world is changing the profile of a typical technician or even a salesperson. That means integrators will have to cast a broader net — searching telephony, IT, software development and other related industries — to find qualified employees.

And to shore up geographical areas where they lack a presence, larger integrators will continue to buy their smaller competitors. Manufacturers will continue to acquire small niche companies that can bring already marketed offerings at an attractive price.

2013 and Beyond
End users will no longer accept stand-alone technology. Even the standard definition of integration as linking access control, video surveillance and alarm points no longer applies.

Integration today means making security work with existing business applications, different databases and operating systems. This more complex integration means more available data, moving bidirectional between systems to create new opportunities and ways to solve end-user problems and concerns. The challenge for all industry segments will be to stay level or ahead of technology changes. The winners will be those that understand what to build and add value to their products, services and operations.

One thing that the new year will not be is dull.

What's driving 2013?

What's driving 2013?

Editor / Provider: Submitted by Siemens Building Technologies | Updated: 11/23/2012 | Article type: Hot Topics

The fire safety industry is rather homogenous, even though requirements vary from country to country due to regional/national legislation. The security industry, on the other hand, is a highly fragmented one, with few “big” vendors and many small and niche vendors; however, that is starting to change and consolidate. In building automation, customers are asking for optimized energy efficiency and sustainability solutions. Overall, demand is driven by the increasing threat of crime and terrorism, as well as more and more urban agglomerations.

Twenty years from now, approximately 60 percent of the world's population will live in cities. The need for public safety and security to protect people, assets and infrastructures will increase dramatically because wherever many people live and work within a small area, security as well as comfort is crucial. Cities that are not able to provide a safe and secure environment are less attractive for people and companies to settle down.

With this big picture in mind, Siemens Building Technologies looks into some factors that will be shaping and driving the security and safety industries in the next few years.

Systems Integration
The traditional divide between security, safety and building automation systems is blurring. Customers are asking for complete, integrated emergency and building automation solutions, as well as value-added services, encompassing electric installation, heating, ventilation, climate control, lighting, access control, video surveillance, alarm systems, fire detection and evacuation.

Convergence
Convergence in buildings is being pushed further, with IT-based and IP-based solutions driving physical security closer to the IT industry. There are increased needs to use existing IT infrastructure in medium-to-large installations, running business and security systems in parallel.

Wireless
As wireless communication technology matures, it will be used alongside wired communication infrastructure in order to optimize installations in specific security and safety environments. A good example is renovation jobs and refurbishing at locations where it is difficult to install wiring like in historical buildings or museums.

Data Leveraging
Data collected in different IT systems is being used for improving security solutions. For instance, access control data could support safe evacuation in an emergency. This increases the need for handling of and analyzing large amounts of data. A good example is video analytics: it is possible to define an object in a video surveillance sequence and then automatically search for all sequences when the object was moved, such as a car in a parking lot.

Corporate Security
Today's corporate security officers are not only faced with threats that are diverse and interconnected, but must also contend with an evolving business environment. Protective measures can no longer be just site-specific or even country-specific, but must take on a comprehensive approach. Such corporate security solutions range from single- to multisite scenarios and allow for complete situational awareness of sites, including remote operation, as both central and local management stations can deploy safety and security standards and processes across the entire organization.

Intelligence
Intelligent response systems and solutions allow for intelligent and dynamic handling of and reaction to incidents, such as integration of fire safety with voice alarm, mass notification, evacuation, fire extinguishing, emergency lighting and building automation on one platform. Demand for intelligent evacuations is driven by buildings that are getting higher in urban areas, or large sports venues and campuses. Siemens recently presented prototype evacuation simulation software that is used to optimize escape routes in buildings and stadiums. The software could also be used in future building automation and intelligent response systems in order to directly influence evacuations.

TCO
Under today's economic conditions, the total cost of ownership (TCO) of safety, security and building automation solutions over the entire life cycle is getting more scrutiny. Optimizing the TCO does not only mean consolidating all systems into one, making the access and operations far more efficient; it also means providing flexibility to adapt to rapid changes, like opening or closing of branch offices, moving production facilities and similar organizational adaptations.

Hosted/Managed Services
As corporations focus more on their core competencies, security and building automation in the forms of hosted and managed services and comprehensive risk management are outsourced. Cost pressure and efficiency targets, in markets such as large corporations, chemical and pharmaceutical companies, airports and power utilities, are creating greater demand for innovative security services. This is expected to drive remote management and servicing of security and safety systems. Remotely commanding security operations and services can bring to the end user cost reduction, increased protection of manned and unmanned locations, and more efficient management of multiple remote locations from a central control room.

Energy Monitoring
Energy performance monitoring means constantly checking installed building automation systems. Reports are then generated with the ultimate goal of optimizing and fine-tuning the performance of the installed systems. In some regions, this is already part of law facing building owners and operators, who have to monitor the energy consumption of the building and over time come up with optimization measures to reduce the amount of energy used for their building.

Vertical Solutions
Customers are asking for more customized solutions for individual industries and vertical markets, such as airports and data centers. A data center-specific solution, for example, helps the center be run 24/7. The offer comprises, among other modules, aspiring smoke detectors to detect smoldering fires, which are typical for data centers because of their cabling; conventional fire detectors would take too long to react to smoldering fires. For the extinguishing part, Siemens has developed technology to prevent possible damage to hard-disk drives with gas-extinguishing systems.

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