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Assa Abloy door locking solutions applied in Expo transformation

Assa Abloy door locking solutions applied in Expo transformation

Editor / Provider: Assa Abloy | Updated: 4/9/2014 | Article type: Security 50

ASSA ABLOY Iberia drew on its wide range of door locking solutions for the huge transformation project of the Expo Zaragoza complex in Spain.

Estudio Lamela was founded in 1954. The architectural firm has developed more than 1,600 projects in 32 countries: residential, offices, hotels, sport facilities, healthcare, transportation and urban planning.

The Expo Zaragoza 2008 buildings were to undergo a major project to transform into the largest business park in Spain, including a “City of Justice.” ASSA ABLOY Iberia (TESA), a leader in systems and locking solutions for residential and institutional markets, took up the challenge.

ASSA ABLOY Iberia (TESA) worked closely with the architects and constructors to agree on the best security products and solutions for the transformation of these fantastic buildings.

It met the challenge by supplying solutions for 1,800 doors such as panic exit devices (UNIVERSAL series), cylinders (TK100), master key cylinders (1,400 units), locks (CF60, 2030, 2210 and 2240), handles (SENA and OBBAL), surface-mounted door closers (TEX14), concealed door closers (CT4500 and CT500) and door coordinators.

UK Co-operative Food embraces IP video surveillance with Axis

UK Co-operative Food embraces IP video surveillance with Axis

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 4/1/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The welfare of customers and colleagues is taken extremely seriously at The Co-operative Food. In order to enhance the safety and security of its stores, the retailer undertook a review of its incumbent analog surveillance systems with the aim of improving colleague safety, incident detection, response times and conviction rates though the adoption of IP video technology.

Installer and Axis partner, Kings Security, developed an interactive security solution that utilized Axis networked video cameras to measurably increase the personal wellbeing of Co-operative colleagues, and improve loss prevention across the supermarket estate.

The final installation incorporated Axis' compact fixed dome cameras and high performance video encoders, controlled by a Milestone Professional operating system, sitting on a Razberi server.

Live surveillance footage from each store is streamed to a central control room and monitored by a dedicated operator at Kings Security. Staff can directly communicate with the control room via an incident button and operators can both listen to and broadcast messages in-store.

The Co-operative Food reported an average 50% reduction in reported instances of crime and a significant reduction in unrecorded loss from theft of attractive commodities in stores where Axis cameras had been installed. Following a staff engagement survey, an average 34% increase in ‘perception of safety in the workplace' was reported, as measured against the previous year. Feedback from local law enforcement has also been positive, with system footage routinely used to support prosecutions.

Making the switch from analog to digital
The Co-operative Food is the UK's fifth biggest food retailer, with almost 2,800 local, convenience and medium-sized stores. Its supermarkets range from between 1,000 and 24,000 sq ft. It has food stores in every UK postal area, and over 75,000 employees, serving a total of 14.5 million customers per week.

Having acquired much of its estate though a substantial acquisition and integration program, diverse surveillance set-ups existed across the chain, operating in silo, with no centralized control platform. Axis partner, Kings Security, was selected to transition the retailer onto one unified, future-proof security system and implement a sustainable asset renewal program.

Graham Watt, loss prevention manager at The Co-operative Food, explained: “Our stores trade from 6am to 11pm across very mixed-demographic locations. Some sites are higher risk than others. We needed a system that would cope with disparities in each location, could be easily scaled up or down as necessary, and that would connect the estate on one integrated platform. “After analyzing the market, we chose Axis because its product range and camera quality meant we could use a minimum number of suppliers and maintain the same blueprint system across the entire estate.”

Colleague and customer comfort is a top priority
The solution was an interactive security network that improved surveillance cover for high-risk stores and increased the safety and security of customers and colleagues. Kings Security installed an ‘incident button' that could be pro-actively used to alert control room operators when a colleague feels at risk. Steve Evans, commercial director at Kings Security, said: “We have a 24-hour manned control room, with a dedicated operator monitoring up to 20 stores. If an incident occurs or a staff member anticipates that a situation may escalate, they can alert the operator. It's incredibly comforting for staff to know that someone is watching over them and that support is on-hand whenever necessary.”

When locking-up, colleagues can request that operators assess the area, using the cameras to scan and identify any potential threats. Steve added: “Axis' unique Lightfinder technology means the picture quality is clear and precise – even in the dead of night.” AXIS P8221 network I/O audio module adds two-way audio capabilities, allowing control room operators to make in-store announcements, speak directly to colleagues or deliver instructions.

Subtle and effective surveillance
Axis' camera's wide angle view allows fewer units to be used to deliver full coverage of the shop floor and sensitive areas. Graham explained: “We often change store layouts – promoting specific products, reorganizing shelves etc. The picture quality, maneuverability and depth of field of Axis' cameras mean that there's no need to increase camera numbers or move them around whenever we have a re-shuffle.”

Axis cameras have also helped fulfill the retailer's central aim of improving the comfort of its staff and shoppers, thanks to the camera's discreet and compact design.“Security should never be obtrusive,” says Graham. “The system Kings Security and Axis have delivered provides an effective deterrent for thieves, but is subtle and effective enough to ensure that customers and colleagues feel protected, not scrutinized.”

SALTO Systems safeguard Antrim Area Hospital in Northern Ireland

SALTO Systems safeguard Antrim Area Hospital in Northern Ireland

Editor / Provider: SALTO | Updated: 3/25/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

SALTO Systems announced they are securing Antrim Area Hospital; the largest hospital in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, one of five health trusts in Northern Ireland.

The Northern Trust delivers a broad range of health and social care services across 10 council areas. It provides services for a population of approximately 460,000 and also supplies services to Rathlin, the only inhabited island in Northern Ireland.

Belfast based SALTO Certificated Partner Ambar Systems has installed the state-of-the-art online wireless XS4 security solution in the hospital. This features SALTO's unique Data-on-Card technology, and currently secures 80 doors throughout the new emergency department of the hospital, supplemented by 300 XS4 locker locks.

The powerful SALTO XS4 platform secures specific zones and doors within the department with complete security. The locker locks have been fitted to staff lockers, drug cupboards, mobile trolleys in resuscitation and major trauma areas, as well as to patients bedside cabinets on the wards.

At Antrim Area Hospital, XS4 delivers a highly flexible and integrated security solution by providing a specialized healthcare access solution tailored to the hospitals specific needs and helps improve staff and patient safety as well as the facility's quality of care” said Gerald Etherson, Product Manager of Ambar Systems. “The XS4 platform is in use at hospitals all over the world, making it a tried and tested security management system for Antrim Area Hospital.

Commenting on the installation, Paul Carr, National Accounts Manager, SALTO Systems states, “The challenges involved in securing a hospital are unlike those in many other buildings. Most hospitals have relatively easy access because they want to provide a welcoming environment and while this dictates that it is often necessary to allow for high levels of public access to the hospital and other health service amenities, including the routes linking different departments, entry to many back of house areas and most other facilities often need to be restricted for the protection of both patients and property.

Precisely how this is achieved depends on many factors including the level of security required in specific areas and the numbers of people likely to need access to those areas in the course of their work. The XS4 online wireless solution delivers real-time high level security with all the convenience of battery operated access control, and limits access to restricted areas and permits only authorised personnel to enter.

It is the perfect choice for applications that need a system with low power consumption, providing online control without any need to hard wire. Gateways are connected by Ethernet/WIFI to the controlling PC and repeaters then positioned in pre-defined wireless zones. The system is then set up and it is ready to go. The battery powered escutcheons configure themselves automatically through their SALTO software and then use their built-in low power (2.4Ghz) radio transceivers to communicate with the gateways to create a real-time wireless access control network.

Smart staff ID cards can be programmed to allow access to specific rooms or areas within the hospital for selected periods only, with the doors auto locking at pre-specified times as required. And if key security is breached due to the loss of an ID card, it can be instantly deleted from the system without the need or cost of rekeying or changing locks – saving the hospital time and money.

Bosch launches EN Grade 3 curtain detector with PIR and radar system

Bosch launches EN Grade 3 curtain detector with PIR and radar system

Editor / Provider: Bosch Security | Updated: 3/24/2014 | Article type: Security 50

With the new Professional Series TriTech+ Curtain Detector with Anti-mask, Bosch Security Systems completes its range of professional grade motion detectors. This unit is ideal for monitoring long, narrow interior spaces such as hallways, storefronts, loading docks, or storage aisles, offering dip switch selection between 2 coverage areas: 30 x 2.6 meter or 8 x1 meter. No matter the range selected, Bosch Sensor Data Fusion Signal Processing combines Passive Infrared (PIR) and ultra-low power microwave Doppler radar with multiple built-in environmental sensors to ensure the most reliable detection performance available in a motion detector.

In order to meet the demanding requirements for this application, Bosch has developed a new curtain specific infrared lens and radar system. Optimizing both technologies is required to ensure reliable detection within the protected area while simultaneously reducing false alarms caused by disturbances from the sides. This sets this product apart from traditional detectors that achieve curtain coverage simply by masking parts of the infrared lens, while continuing to use their standard 90 degree coverage radar systems that far exceed the desired area of detection.

The new detector also offers the highest level of security, e.g. through its Multi-point Anti-mask with Integrated Spray detection (MANTIS), certified by an accredited lab to EN50131-2-4 Grade 3.This makes it the perfect choice for high security applications such as banks, jewelry stores, or warehouses. As with all Bosch wall mount detectors, this model comes in a two-piece design with self-locking enclosure to reduce installation time by more than 25% compared to conventional designs where the circuit board needs to be removed for installation and screws are deployed for securing the cover. The optical chamber and electronics are sealed behind a protective cover to prevent accidental damage, as well as reducing false alarms from drafts and insects. Last but not least, the detector is equipped with an integrated bubble level for easy installation.

The new Professional Series TriTech+ Curtain Detector with Anti-mask will be available in 2 versions: model “ISC-PDL1-WAC30H” operating at 10.588 GHz for France and the UK; and model “ISC-PDL1-WAC30G” operating at 10.524 GHz for other European, Middle East and African markets. The launch will commence from March 2014 onwards.


Napco  releases new CA3000 version 2.9 software for robust access control

Napco releases new CA3000 version 2.9 software for robust access control

Editor / Provider: Napco | Updated: 2/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

ContinentalAccess, a division of Napco Security Technologies, has recently released new CA3000 version 2.9 software, that not only provides robust access control functionality and seamless integration with alarms, locking and a growing list of video systems, but offers a host of many new sought-after features.

These features include: the ability to run the CardAccess 3000 and associated applications as Windows services and the ability to control access to the CardAccess GUI using Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). Support for the Continental's new and robust Super-Speed 16 door Accelaterm Controller is also available. Plus, more video integration partners have been added to their growing list, now including Pelco, HiTron, Milestone, Dedicated Micros, as well as Salient & Integral.

New CA3000 v2.9 also includes many enhancements to the existing features, providing the front-end of Napco Fusion, it is the complete seamless interoperable solution for Gemini Intrusion & Fire Systems, Access Control, Video and Wireless Locks. The CardAccess 3000 version 2.9 software also provides additional support for sister division, Alarm Lock's Trilogy Networx locks, now in both cylindrical and mortise models, with the utilization of a Door position contact and Request To Exit (RTE) button feature.

Continental offers training classes across the country and free online webinars, as well as retrofit rebate programs and cost-saving software upgrade plans.

ASSA ABLOY provides access control solution to Sochi Olympics

ASSA ABLOY provides access control solution to Sochi Olympics

Editor / Provider: ASSA ABLOY | Updated: 2/13/2014 | Article type: Security 50

ASSA ABLOY Group companies have played an integral part in readying the resort town of Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, providing door and locking solutions for the international airport, sporting facilities and hotels.

The biggest project for Abloy, an ASSA ABLOY Group company with a large presence in Russia, has been providing door automatics, door closers, mechanical and electric locks with ABLOY PROTEC cylinders locks – almost its entire product range – for the international airport being built for the Olympics. The company has also provided door and locking solutions for hotels and sporting facilities, like the skating arenas.

“The Olympics in Sochi have been the biggest investment program in Russia for the last few years,” says Matti Heikkila, managing director for Abloy Russia. “It's important that we get a substantial number of projects that show Abloy as a solid brand in Russia, and let international visitors get a feel for the quality of Abloy products.”

VingCard Elsafe, another ASSA ABLOY Group company, has also been contributing to the construction in Sochi. The company has installed electronic card locks in about 60% of new hotel rooms built in the city – 12,000 rooms – and safes in about 6,000 rooms.

Both companies have been hard at work since Sochi was awarded the Olympics back in 2007. Playing such a large role in the games is a central part of ASSA ABLOY Group's strategy to focus more on emerging markets like Russia. The company is already positioning itself for the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia.

“The Olympics has offered us a way to increase our sales, market share and create a bigger footprint for ourselves in Russia,” says Stefan Nedelcu, the area manager for East Europe for ASSA ABLOY Hospitality. “This is a very tough market and all of our competitors are present here, so we have to take advantage of all opportunities.”

The facilities that these companies are contributing to in Sochi will be used long after the Olympic flame is extinguished. The Formula One Russian Grand Prix will be held in Sochi in June 2014, and there is a plan to later turn many of the hotels into apartment buildings.

“This is a key project for Russia and a chance to show how it can manage these big events,” Heikkila says. “Almost everyone in Russia is awaiting these games and is so happy to be hosting. We are very proud to be a part of the Olympic construction.”

NAPCO iBridge signals paradigm shift in smart home market

NAPCO iBridge signals paradigm shift in smart home market

Editor / Provider: Napco | Updated: 1/22/2014 | Article type: Security 50

NAPCO Security Technologies, a supplier of high-performance electronic security equipment for over 30 years, reported vibrant growth for its iBridge Connected Home solutions.

The launch occurred approximately nine months ago and new activations have grown sequentially 62% and 45% for the 3 months ended September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2013, respectively. These SaaS-based products, which enable remote management of thermostats, locks, lighting, video cameras, security systems and small appliances via most smartphones, create a growing base of recurring revenue for NAPCO, and dealers share in the recurring revenue opportunity, creating a strong incentive to sell the product to their end users.

Richard Soloway, CEO, stated, "The trend toward technology to facilitate a connected home is clear, driving the sales growth we are experiencing for our comprehensive iBridge solution. NAPCO pioneered 1 of the first connected home, internet-enabled products, with the launch of the iSee Video product line, a few years ago. The first product of its kind, iSee Video gave consumers the ability to see real-time video of their homes, from any smartphone, tablet or PC. Building upon that proprietary, patented technology, we developed for iSee Video, last Spring saw the launch of the iBridge product line, the most comprehensive suite of broadband-based, connected home solutions on the market today."

Installed by NAPCO's vast dealer network, a complete iBridge system enables consumers to remotely control and schedule, all major home systems, including:
* Security
* Thermostats
* Lighting
* Small appliances
* Motion/occupancy sensing
* Video cameras and recorders
* Door locks

Additionally, text, email and video notifications are sent to users, notifying them of any important status conditions or events. All of this utility is controlled by the consumer using free NAPCO proprietary apps, when using a smartphone or tablet or operating from any available internet-connected PC.

The iBridge system is the most feature-rich option in the connected home category when it comes to video, delivering an unrivaled ability to transmit real-time, high-resolution and frame rate video to consumers anytime, anywhere, through any internet-enabled device. By contrast, most of NAPCO's competitors rely on limited bandwidth, cellular networks and as a result, are limited to distributing low-quality, still snapshots, rather than true video. Most impressively, iBridge is the only connected home, server-based product line in the industry, that enables consumers to record and access 24/7 video recordings of their residences, remotely, via the internet. iBridge also works with a NAPCO 7-inch, Wi-Fi, touch screen tablet, for local control. This wireless, centralized control center lets people operate their alarm systems, video cameras, electronic locking, lighting and temperature management systems, from anywhere in the home.

Mr. Soloway continued, "The trend is clear, and consumer adoption is increasing. We are still in the early stages of this paradigm shift, but consumers increasingly recognize the benefits of monitoring and controlling their home systems, from almost anywhere via their smart devices. Some of the largest companies in the world are participating in the connected home movement, and NAPCO is excited to be part of this emerging and accelerating trend."

2014 market forecast: Financial, education and healthcare markets to grow in US

2014 market forecast: Financial, education and healthcare markets to grow in US

Editor / Provider: Tyco intergrated security | Updated: 12/24/2013 | Article type: Hot Topics

Even though US economic recovery is still staggering, Dan Schroeder, Vice President of Sales of Tyco Integrated Security, still remains optimistic — predicting the financial market, as well as education and healthcare will still present outstanding sales figures in 2014.

The financial services market
“In the next year we expect to see an increase in the financial services market. We've been working closely with our customers to better understand what the new ‘branch of tomorrow' will look like so we can continue to develop solutions which meet their ever evolving needs.” Schroeder explains.

Tyco expects an increase in store performance and customer experience. This will be done by continuing to implement effective security technology such as advanced video intelligence with higher-definition megapixel cameras to provide better images and more efficient coverage, access control solutions for ATM vestibules, as well as code automation to help ensure alarm codes stay in the right hands.

Education and healthcare
Moreover, Schroeders also points out 2 specific areas where are expected to see an increase in access control solutions: education and healthcare. “For healthcare, we've been seeing an uptick in demand for wireless lock technology. For example, in addition to the facility doors, hospitals and medical buildings have requested innovative locking mechanisms that bring access control to non-traditional applications such as storage cabinets for clinical consumables. ” Schroeder says.

“On the other hand”, Schroeder emphasizes, “many school administrators are now reassessing their security measures and emergency management plans. The majority of which are specifically focused on schools entrances, and are looking to integrate solutions like video intercom and visitor management systems. We predict that in the next year, these 2 sectors will continue to increase their spending on these types of security solutions. ”

A neglected market: crowd control
Additionally, Schroeder also addresses a neglected area in the past where is starting to show impressive growth — crowd control. “Tyco Integrated Security is very involved in the communities we serve and have become a resource to keeping the people of these communities safe.” Schroeder says. “For instance, we recently worked with Fenway to provide security solutions that were utilized during the World Series. Moving into 2014, Tyco Integrated Security will continue to work with the arenas, stadiums, and cities to provide the solutions they need during large-scale events. ”

A new zeitgeist: customer experience improvement
Speaking of product trends, Schroeder emphasizes the importance of customer experience improvement. “As our customers' security needs continue to evolve, so will our company. We are always looking for new ways to improve the customer experience and provide the best set of security solutions available. 1 way we've done this is by offering world class solutions manufactured by our sister company, Tyco Security Products. “

Tyco Security Products recently acquired Exacq, a developer of open architecture video management systems (VMS) for security and surveillance applications for the mid-size market space. By leveraging the partnership between its sister company, Tyco now has an opportunity to expand its video technology portfolio while strengthening its presence in the mid-market space. The quality of Exacq's products coupled with ease of use and ease of installation are expected to help Tyco address the needs of a different type of video users than we do with our current portfolio.

Schroeder says, “our end users are increasingly looking to us to provide security as a service, and moving forward, we expect mobile security technologies will address this need. For example, with mobile security management tools, business owners can remotely manage security systems from a mobile device, improve visibility with real time alerts and video clips, as well as improve work-life balance and optimize efficiency by conveniently supervising multiple locations from anywhere. “

New challenges underway
Even though the financial market, as well as education and healthcare are expected to see robust growth in sales; there is still a string of challenges underway in the year of 2004 for Tyco, specifically in brand differentiation, keeping employees up-to-date with the changing protocols and standards, and marketing Tyco as a globalized brand.

“1 of the biggest challenges we face as a system integrator is finding a way to differentiate our brand in a crowded market space. At Tyco Integrated Security, we stand out from our competition by working closely with our customers to ensure they receive the security solutions that not only meet, but exceed their expectations. This is done by utilizing partnerships with other companies, providing technology that's easy to use and by offering resources, such as the Centers of Excellence that provides organizations access to a robust source of information to enable well-informed decision making. “Schroeder says.

Moreover, Schroeder also expresses his concerns over how to keeping employees up-to-date with the changing protocols and evolving standards. “This has been another challenge. At Tyco Integrated Security, we take every step to ensure employees are properly equipped to handle each and every situation. Some ways we do this is through annual training sessions for all technicians, conducting frequent assessments to ensure that training is fully understood and learned, as well as offering online education tools on specific security technologies that are available to all employees. “

“Finally, a third challenge has been to continue to market a globalized brand. “, he points out, “ As multinationals globalize their security practices, they face a world fragmented with different regulations, cultures and standards that go beyond the changing standards in the U.S. By working with the third-party partners who have the necessary knowledge, experience and resources, Tyco Integrated Security has developed a global service delivery platform with greater consistency and simplicity. “

SimonsVoss promotes NFC access solution MobileKey

SimonsVoss promotes NFC access solution MobileKey

Editor / Provider: SimonsVoss | Updated: 11/26/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Ready for the NFC smartphone future
The new NFC application from SimonsVoss now makes it possible to make this vision reality for a wide range of practical applications: for example, it can furnish the users' smartphone with access authorizations via mobile phone networks and allow them NFC-based access to the renowned SimonsVoss locks – in other words to digital locking cylinders, digital Smart Handles and digital Smart Relays.

A practical application example: in the past, care providers and maintenance personnel had to procure the corresponding keys for their duties from a key depot and return them again afterwards. This was very time consuming and valuable working time was wasted every time.

With the new NFC-based key distribution procedure from SimonsVoss, access authorizations can now be sent directly to the employees' smartphones from the headquarters on a daily basis and, in emergencies, even for limited periods of time. At the place it is used, the mobile phone then communicates with the corresponding SimonsVoss lock components via an NFC interface. If the respective authorizations exist, the doors, gates and barriers are opened.

Access technology via app
From a technical perspective, it functions extremely easily from the user's point of view: the users download the SimonsVoss MobileKey app from the Apple Appstore to their iPhone. The locking systems administrator assigns the lock authorizations to his users as usual. Whenever something changes for a user with an NFC smartphone, a new smartcard data set is generated automatically and pushed to a central OTA (over the air) key server.

The user can then collect his daily or hourly lock authorizations simply at the push of a key in his MobileKey app. The keys can be configured by the administrator in such a way that they only work for a specified validity period and then expire again. The corresponding doors can then be opened – when the respective authorizations exist – by simply holding the smartphone to the reader integrated in the lock.

2013 Security50 access control(2-2): Product trends from mechanical to electronic

2013 Security50 access control(2-2): Product trends from mechanical to electronic

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 11/26/2013 | Article type: Hot Topics

Product Trends
Industry experts feel that a number of technologies are maturing and will likely continue to grow incrementally in market share. These include, in addition to the shift from mechanical to electronic locks that has been in progress over the past decade, NFC, biometrics, and PoE and wireless systems. Furthermore, the development of open standards will surely have an impact on the access control landscape. Standardization is definitely in the books, with both ONVIF and PSIA announcing actions in this direction. ONVIF announced a specification to enable interoperability between clients and devices of physical access control in August. Meanwhile, in September, PSIA announced the launching of a Physical-Logical Access Interoperability Working Group to synchronize the two spheres.

Mechanical to Electronic
The shift from mechanical locks to electronic access control continues to drive the market.

Electronic access control systems have overcome the shortcomings of traditional mechanical access control systems. However, this convenience in access control also comes with new threats, such as intrusions via forged documents, tailgating, and identity theft.

This technological shift is reflected in Assa Abloy's strategy. “We've put a lot of emphasis in the last years on our electrical mechanical business. Consequently, we're grown dramatically in that area of the business in the last few years, and it now represents some 26 percent of our overall business in EMEA,” noted Bone.

“That's a market area that is growing, much faster, compared to the traditional mechanical area. For the existing established markets in Western Europe, there may be a lot less green field construction, but there is a lot of refurbishments going on. In Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia, there are a lot of new construction projects that we are benefiting from,” added Bone.

A definite trend, mobile device enabled applications continue to seep Security solutions at high-risk locations need to evolve and persevere in a digital era. into the access control product offerings in the market. The proliferation of smart devices will continue to popularize NFC and mobile technology.

While NFC technology has been around for a decade, it is in 2012 that the industry laid the foundation for mobile access control deployment on NFC-enabled mobile devices. However, industry experts have noted that is unlikely that NFC-enabled smartphones will completely replace physical smart cards in the near future; instead, mobile access control solutions will coexist with cards. Nevertheless, a key benefit of NFC-enabled mobile access control is the ability to fuse logical and physical access control through embedding credentials in a smartphone.

In line with this trend, several manufacturers are boarding the NFC ship accordingly. TDSi, for example, is rolling out NFC compatible readers in 2014. “It is very clear that many end users want to use their mobile device for security access and the whole industry needs to take note of this,” said Davies.

Universities are likely to be early adopters of NFC-enabled access control. Unlike hotels where there is high turnover of guests staying for a relatively short period of time, universities are more of a closed environment, in that you know how many students there are and who they are. Hence, despite the large population, you can allocate access rights to each student for a term/semester and there will be relatively few changes thereafter, mentioned a source from Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies.

Wireless Locks
Wireless locks are also being deployed in the US residential market and manufacturers are optimistic about the future of wireless locks for homes. Wireless locks offer increased situational awareness and better management ability, noted an access control provider.

The retrofit fit market is offering plenty of opportunities for wireless access control. It is estimated that up to 70% of electronic locking systems now incorporate wireless products, which reduce installation time by up to 50 percent, and system costs by up to 25%. Verticals like healthcare can also benefit greatly from wireless solutions because of the importance of access control to sensitive data and locations cannot be compromised even if budgets are tight.

In line with this trend, Assa Abloy is seeing high double-digit growth for its wireless lock with radio technology. The combination of wireless and radio technology enables the end user to easily integrate security doors into an access control system at a reasonable price. Once integrated, access authorizations are manageable online and in real time.

According to a report by ASD Reports, the global biometrics market is expected to reach $10 billion by 2014.

The government sector is leading the adoption of biometric applications used in national identity, electronic passport, or border control projects. Large enterprises and healthcare facilities have also adopted biometric technology for logical and physical access control applications to better secure their assets. In the near future, it is anticipated that social networking sites will use biometrics for authentication.

Mobile devices are starting to incorporate biometrics for access control as well — Apple's iPhone 5s is an example. Hence, mobile-based biometrics is also forecasted to perform well in the next five years, with both the FBI and UK police force expected to be equipped with mobile-based identity solutions.

Finally, access control cards are also beginning to include biometric and other multifactor authentication information to enhance identity validation.

Currently, fingerprint is the most commonly adopted form of biometrics, but face recognition will most likely become its successor in the years to come. Increased implementations of face recognition technology stem from its enhanced accuracy, as well as its contactless, noninvasive nature when capturing and recognizing an individual.

Logical and Physical Convergence
With the number of devices connected to the Internet surpassing the 5 billion milestone in 2010 and expected to reach 22 billion by 2020, fusing physical and logical access control becomes a necessity if security is to be maintained sufficiently.

With the growing popularity of online banking, logical access control is now an important infrastructure for banks and financial institutions. For instance, in the U.K. alone, online banking losses rose from $37.6 million in 2005 to almost $96.7 million in 2009. Meanwhile, phishing attacks, where customers are led to fake bank websites via an email that appears legitimate rose from 1,700 to 51,000 in the same period. Moreover, these threats could originate from any corner of the world with an internet connection. The recent arrest of eight men in connection with a reported $2 million robbery at a UK bank was allegedly accomplished by compromising both the bank's physical and logical security. Consequently, enterprises should note that rimes are highly organized and evolving rapidly, making it crucial that logical and physical security are prioritized equally.

Regulation and standardization will make convergence a reality. In the current market, unfortunately, proprietary systems are impeding complete integration. Furthermore, the access control industry is not as tightly regulated, in contrast to the intruder and fire industries. However, with the announcement of an access control standard by ONVIF and PSIA, will likely change that.

Clear Skies Ahead
To conclude, 2013 has been a solid year for access control companies and the year ahead promises to be more or less stable. The industry will continue to expand on current marketing strategies, while promoting the uptake of new technology. Furthermore, access control hardware is becoming a commodity. "This is on one side driven by initiatives for open standards (PSIA, IEC, OSDP, SOAA), and on the other side by pressure on prices from the market. Following this development, we can conclude that, in the near future, the difference will be in software. This includes not only server software applications, but also software functionalities on the controller level,” said Arjun Bouter, Sales Director of Nedap Security Management.

2013 Security50 access control(2-1): Standardization hits industry

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