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SALTO Systems upgrades Australian College access control security

SALTO Systems upgrades Australian College access control security

Editor / Provider: SALTO Systems | Updated: 10/8/2013 | Article type: Education

The customer
St Paul's College in Sydney, Australia, is an all-male Anglican residential college and affiliated with the University of Sydney. Founded in 1856, it is Australia's oldest university college and has nearly 200 residents, of whom about 150 are undergraduates; with the remainder being graduates undertaking further study or holding university positions.

The college has a substantial tutorial program and uses the principle of peer tutoring, a development of the idea of ‘peer assisted study'. Nearly all tutors are students in college, and most of them are undergraduates, at most a year or two further advanced than their class. As a result university work is drawn to the centre of college life, and teaching and intellectual leadership is part of the mainstream conversation. The organisation of the tutorial system is largely in the hands of students, under the supervision of the Senior Tutor. Social networking is also used by the students to supplement teaching.

The buildings at St Paul's College date from the late 1850's up through to those constructed in the 1960's, 1970's and 1990's. There had been many changes to the locking installations over the years meaning the college had ongoing problems with students loosing keys giving them the expense of having to replace locks and keys on a regular basis.

This meant that security could have the potential to be compromised at times, making it difficult to ensure the safety of students and their assets. After all, a College or residence building can be a tempting target for opportunistic thieves as many students, besides money and credit cards, can often have a variety of expensive electronic equipment with them including laptop computers, mobile phones, iPods and so on.

Recognising that effective protection against such risks would require an extensive overhaul of their security equipment and procedures, the College decided the answer was to remove mechanical cylinders and keys from their buildings and replace them with a modern electronic access control system.

“When I first met David Rees of SALTO Systems at a conference I told him about our challenge of wanting to upgrade security but that we needed something suitable for our heritage doors dating from 1858. At that time his response was “I can't help yet, but we are about to launch a product that is exactly what you want” says Derek Watt, Executive Manager at St Paul's College in Sydney.

“That product was the SALTO GEO (Global Electronic Opening) cylinder comments David Rees, Managing Director SALTO Systems Australia Pty Ltd.

“Derek explained to me that the mechanical lock installation within the College was not providing the level of protection or security required to manage the access movement of the students. To achieve this a more robust product was required, one which would not only offer a greater degree of physical protection but also provide a full complement of modern access control benefits including smart fob operation, audit trail information, flexible calendars, auto locking and unlocking and so on.

Given the fact that the College was designed by one of Australia's most well-known architects, Edmund Blackett, who also designed one of the major cathedrals in Sydney and the University of Sydney, this heritage aspect also created special demands for the installation of the access control system needed to provide control over entry to and movement within the College.”

SALTO GEO proved the ideal solution as it has been specially designed and developed for use with doors where normal escutcheons cannot be fitted or are not allowed i.e. on certain types of fire doors, some multipoint locking systems or, as in this case, antique doors in historic or listed buildings.

GEO locks can be fully integrated with the full SALTO platform, and are a versatile, cost effective solution. They incorporate SALTO's patented Data-On-Card SVN (SALTO Virtual Network) which can manage many thousands or even millions of individual doors and users if necessary. This allows the stand-alone cylinders and locks to upload, store and download the latest access information as people use their RFID fobs around the College. The cancelled fob list can be updated, key fobs can be cancelled and audit trail reports can be downloaded in both wire free or wireless environments depending on the locks selected. All of which gives the College additional security and operating benefits compared to standard locking systems.

With a decision made and a contract awarded, SALTO partner W. F. O'Brien Pty, one of Sydney's leading door and access control specialists, began the job of removing the 200 plus mechanical cylinders from across the College site and replacing them with GEO RIM cylinders, which are designed to fit most doors that are equipped with surface mounted lock cases.

Chris Drake of W. F. O'Brien's says “David Rees and I had looked carefully at the layout of the College and noted the position and condition of the various doors to make sure we fully understood what the customer wanted, and then planned the rolling replacement of the locks in a structured manner.

Installation was straightforward, with no unforeseen surprises that can sometimes occur when working with older doors and properties. Now the College operates an easy to use, proven, future proof access control security solution that provides 24/7 critical security protection. The end result is a solution that the customer loves, the students find easy to use and that the heritage architect is very happy with.”

Results and development potential
Due to the installation of their SALTO GEO system, St Paul's College in Sydney now has a reliable and effective solution for ensuring security across its campus.

Derek Watt, Executive Manager at St Paul's College in Sydney concludes “If you want to keep ahead of the game, you need to be doing innovative things – especially from the security point of view. With the technology we have now, we are both more discreet and more secure.

It has so far proven robust in the hands of young men aged between 18-23 and our housekeeping staff now have individual key fobs coded for access limited by both area of the College and time of day.

Overall we're very pleased with the efficiency of the SALTO product. It has maintained the aesthetic integrity of our heritage doors while giving us the control we wanted, with the added flexibility to easily grow to meet any additional future security requirements we may have.”

Napco robust access control functionality with Accelaterm CICP2800

Napco robust access control functionality with Accelaterm CICP2800

Editor / Provider: Napco Security Technologies | Updated: 8/6/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Napco Security Technologies recently announced availability of the Continental Access Accelaterm CICP2800 Super-Speed 16-Door Controller that provides significantly greater speed, functionality and integration for credential performance and each supports 8 to16 readers and 40,000 to one million cardholders.

When coupled with Continental Access' new CA3000 version 2.9 software, the controller provides robust access control functionality and seamless integration with alarms, locking devices and a growing list of video systems as the Company continues to sign video integration partners that ensure seamless integration with these systems and constitute a robust, feature-rich security platform.

Richard Soloway, Chairman and President, stated, "Our new Accelaterm Controller meets market-driven demand for speed, functionality, integration and ease of use. The Accelaterm is 10 times faster than competing products and fully downloads data and firmware in five minutes. We are also delivering in-demand features such as the ability to run the CardAccess 3000 as a service and the ability to streamline operator logins with the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol compliance. Support and training for integrators on the new robust Super-Speed 16 door Accelaterm Controller will be at integrator locations as well as at Napco's training center at its headquarters Amityville, N.Y. This best-in-class product is an important addition for our Continental division and demonstrates our commitment to provide our customer base with the most advanced, integrated technology and to stay at the forefront of the security marketplace."

Salto provides RFID access control solution for Royal University

Salto provides RFID access control solution for Royal University

Editor / Provider: Salto Systems | Updated: 7/24/2013 | Article type: Education

Established in 1845 the Royal Agricultural University, president HRH Prince of Wales who lives at nearby Highgrove House, was the first agricultural school to be established in the English speaking world. As a leading university it offers over 40 career-focussed programmes within its School of Agriculture, School of Business and School of Real Estate and Land Management covering agriculture, equine management, business and rural land and property management and is home to a vibrant community of over 1000 students.

“The former mechanical lock installation within the university was not providing the level of protection or security information reporting required to manage the access movement of the students” comments Jim Caola, Sales Manager of Guardian Security South West, the local Salto certificated partner.

“To prevent this a more robust product was required, one which would not only offer a greater degree of physical protection but also provide a full complement of modern access control benefits including smart card operation, audit trail information, flexible calendars, auto locking and unlocking and so on” Caola said.

Having a security solution that is reliable and dependable is obviously important for a campus housing so many young people. And with an increasing number of female students choosing to study at the Royal Agricultural University, electronic locking was found to appeal to both the students themselves and their parents as it is perceived to be safer and more secure than other forms of security.

Salto was selected by the university as they are market leaders in education security systems, providing access control solutions to the many of the world's top universities including Oxford, Cambridge and Princeton among others.

The result has been the implementation the Salto platform, a single system that allows the university to integrate all staff and student physical security needs through networked stand-alone locks and on-line wall readers to provide real-time access control across campus.

This has been retro fitted into existing buildings, replacing the outdated mechanical keyed system, as well as installed into new build properties to offer an up to date security solution that delivers far greater control over who can access what, where and when and provide full audit trail accountability to resolve any access issues should these arise.

The upgrade is being carried out on a rolling project basis with all properties being fitted with Salto locking system wall readers and electronic escutcheons in a stainless steel finish.

The first phase consisted of two accommodation blocks fitting 2 online doors controlled by wall readers at ‘hot spot' main entranceways to control perimeter security, 20 offline bedroom doors and 4 offline office doors. The second phase saw the main building, conference rooms and services areas protected.

The third phase is seeing all residential accommodation – currently 350 bedrooms across campus - secured with Salto. Wall readers have been fitted to all main entrance doors with the internal keyed doors being upgraded on a rolling basis. Corridor doors have timed entrance/exit times, auto locking at pre-determined times. The newest building – West Lodge – has 58 bedrooms secured with the Salto solution as are the main car park barriers.

The campus wide system uses Salto's patented data-on-card SVN(Salto Virtual Network) technology which is capable of controlling an unlimited number of users and doors in a single system.

The handle sets read, receive and write information via Mifare cards as students enter and leave the accommodation buildings and since most access related information is kept encrypted on these cards, the perimeter door mounted wall readers are able to update and receive information from the cards at any time.

This provides 90% of the benefits of a fully online access control system at the cost of a stand alone system, and as the students use their smart ID cards, they build up an on-card audit trails enabling RAU Estates management to track their movement through both the offline and online parts of the system as and when required. And if a card is lost or stolen it can be quickly deleted from the system.

Phil Wood, Facilities Manager at the Royal Agricultural University comments: “We're very impressed with the Salto product. Its advanced system design gives an impressive degree of control over our student accommodation security. And as this same accommodation is also used by Conference delegates during the summer months when our normal students are not in residence, the flexibility of our new locking system endorses the fact that we can safely and securely look after these visitors too.”.

Integration just what the doctor ordered

Integration just what the doctor ordered

Editor / Provider: Tevin Wang, a&s International | Updated: 7/29/2013 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The high-stress environment of health care requires more control. An integrated system allows a hospital's security staff to be more efficient, creating a more secure environment. Wireless locks, asset management, and the convergence of physical and logical access control enable organizations to leverage existing investments to create a fully interoperable security solution. Ultimately, there will be a return from improved security, efficiency, and patient satisfaction.

Wireless electronic locks are becoming standard for health care facilities. They anchor the principle of reducing complexity in all areas. “These have become an inexpensive way for facilities to enter the ‘badge-access' world. Limited expertise is needed and they allow the ability to report access and usage details for security,” said Ben Myers, Director of Plant Operations at Deaconess Medical Center.

Ease of installation is another crucial factor, making wireless locks more common. Installers can install wireless locks without running wires to every door, which is easier, cheaper, faster, and less intrusive to patient areas, compared to wired solutions “Wireless locks can easily be installed to secure areas where hard-wired controls may not have been present before, due to the difficulty or impracticability of installation,” said John Davies, MD at TDSi. Wireless locks provide the benefit of not having to run cable in hospitals and not incur as much dust prevention and infection control during installation.

Wireless locks offer improved security over wired systems, which are dependent on potentially vulnerable wires to operate. “Wireless locking systems allows end users the ability to control access to areas of their facilities from a central networked computer or from a remote workstation,” said Kenneth Mara, President and CEO at World Wide Security. “Wireless locking systems are an essential part of the security installation. This allows for the integration of biometrics access and area cameras into the locking system. Controlled access and a view of those coming and going offers supreme security and flexibility.”

Strong Pulse
While automated asset management is in the early stages of deployment, the potential is huge. “With more than 10,000 hospitals and more than 1.7 million hospital beds in the U.S. alone, there are significant opportunities to deploy solutions,” said Ryan Maley, Director of Strategic Marketing, Zigbee Alliance. “Some of the drivers pushing adoption include the falling cost of the technology itself, the introduction of standards like Zigbee Health Care which help create interoperability among devices, and the needs of health care providers, who are increasingly judged on outcomes rather than simply on treatment.”

Asset management with RFID technology or mesh networks brings greater transparency to hospitals. “RFID tags can be used to track high-value items, which in a hospital are likely to be important for the provision of services in critical situations,” Davies said. “They can also be used to track elderly or psychiatric patients, as well as infants, who may be a danger to themselves or others. RFID tags can also be used to track pharmaceutical products or containers to ensure they are not removed by unauthorized individuals.”

The latest RFID tags include GPS for watching and knowing where the tag is. “This is great for locating any asset or person. The tags with greater reach are smaller and very affordable. Some of these tags also come with the two-way and three-way communications ability as well as integrating area cameras, so the tag can activate the security system around it during the alarm event. These tags can be integrated into the security system for alarm and event monitoring, making sure people and items are where they are supposed to be,” Mara said. “We are now able to locate the asset being tracked, to communicate with it, to provide third-party viewing with law enforcement, as well as to locate where the asset is, all at the same time. The hospital industry was one of the first to embrace this technology, using it for movement of both the patients and the employees. It has also been used successfully in the hospital setting as inventory management for equipment, supplies and medical samples. It is Instrumental in lowering the chances of mixing up patient samples, which was once so commonplace.”

Logical Choice
The ability to combine physical and logical access control on a single credential improves user convenience while increasing security and reducing deployment and operational costs. “There is an obvious synergy between physical and IT security within an IP-based access control environment. These solutions enable organizations to leverage their existing credential investment to seamlessly add logical access control for network log-on and create a fully interoperable, multilayered security solution across company networks, systems and facilities. They also help organizations enforce more consistent policies, while facilitating the use of consolidated audit logs throughout the enterprise,” said Sheila Stromberg, Director, Corporate End User Strategies at HID Global. “A key to realizing the benefits of IP-based, networked access control is the use of an open and scalable platform. This ensures that information can be seamlessly exchanged between the previously disparate systems. Systems based on open standards also make it easier for users to expand, customize and integrate solutions while delivering more robust security. Standards-based solutions also give users the flexibility to choose from many different products and suppliers, and to tailor these solutions to their own, specific needs.”

“The integration of physical and logical access control via wireless locking could provide the benefits of an added layer of security on top of badging and passwords without adding complexity for the end user,” said Scott Bartlett, CEO at Southwest Surveillance Systems. “With wireless locks, re-securing accessed resources becomes automatic as well. The less interference a security system creates, the more valuable it becomes.” While physical and logical access control systems are a comprehensive suite for security systems integrating all the necessary technology to make a customized security management system for a customer, this is not an out-of-the box solution, cautioned Mara. “All companies enjoy being the primary company on-site to perform all the tasks associated with advanced security solutions over a long period of time. This is not always possible, so it is vital to understand every aspect of technology from programming to trouble shooting and to re-engineering, when necessary.”

Myers agreed. “This is where most health care facilities currently live and have issues. The IT security solutions often do not correlate or talk to the access control. This requires multiple databases that are managed by separate departments.”

“It is very common that the systems are installed by separate departments with different providers. Retrofitting them to play together can be costly,” said William Plante, Director of Professional Services at Aronson Security Group. “Getting to the front end of this process would be key to an organizations success.”

Since many health care facilities and hospitals do not have the financial resources to start from scratch with new security technologies, open standards-based solutions would be the logical choice. “If physical and logical access control systems are installed at different times by different people, it may be harder to ensure the integration and compatibility of security tools,” Davies said. “Many logical access control installers are now ensuring the compatibility with physical security, but there is some way to go with regards to physical security installers automatically linking to logical security systems.”

Most hospitals view security as a cost rather than an investment. Cost-effective solutions are the ones driving movement. Although there is a push towards cost-efficiency, hospitals must balance protecting patients and employees against workflow efficiency. “Most hospitals understand the significant cost of inefficiencies like underutilized assets,” Maley said. “Additionally, there will be a return from improved patient satisfaction and as hospitals are increasingly measured on patient outcomes, improved service through the use of technology will actually allow hospitals to increase the payments they receive for providing high-quality services.”

Under “Obamacare” legislation, hospital reimbursements are partially tied to patient satisfaction scores. “Having an unwelcomed event at a hospital that could have been prevented with basic security measures is very harmful to that organization's reputation. With increasing crime rates and potential threats against staff, patients and visitors, it becomes increasingly important and challenging to provide a high level of security,” said Matt Vellek, Southeast Regional Sales Manager at AMAG Technology. “With the convergence of IT and security as well as the integrations that are available, it makes the system more of a management tool for the organization, which drastically shifts it from a cost to an investment.”

Scottish swimming center upgrades access control infrastructure for international games

Scottish swimming center upgrades access control infrastructure for international games

Editor / Provider: Salto Systems | Updated: 7/5/2013 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Scotland's newest international sporting facility, the Tollcross International Swimming Center in Glasgow, has installed Salto RFID electronic locks to provide a state-of-the-art access control solution as part of its overall security package.

The center has just re-opened its doors to the public after a US$20.7 million (£13.8million) refurbishment to make it ready to host the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The 2015 IPC World Swimming Championships have also been awarded to the venue and it is also at the heart of the city's bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

As well as the pool improvements, Tollcross will also be a community facility. The fitness suite has been doubled in size to become one of the biggest and best equipped gyms in the city with 85 cardiovascular and strength conditioning stations, and a range of equipment is available for people with disabilities, including three hand cycles and six fixed resistance machines.

To handle security into and within the facility, Tollcross International Swimming Center has deployed a contactless RFID access control solution from Salto Systems and fitted it to a variety of internal room and storeroom doors.

David Brown from Scotdor, Salto's local partner that won the contract and carried out the installation, comments “We fitted a range of standalone battery powered RFID products from Salto'sproduct including 79 handle sets in a smart and practical stainless steel finish, 2 double sided locker units, 3 online doors and 3 electronic cylinder controlled doors.

For the online doors, we were required to install a separate network from the main system to comply with the client's requirements and the Data Protection Act not to transfer data for these doors across from the main network. This was no problem, and we were able to install and set up the controlling software for these doors completely to the client's satisfaction.”

Brown continues “The centre has been very impressed with the technical ability of the products, in particular the ability to control access via the Mifare smart ID cards. Since most access related information is kept encrypted on these cards, the locks are able to update and receive information from the cards at any time. So not only is the system easy to use, but its functionality has practically all the benefits of a fully on line access control system at the cost of a standalone system.

The ‘smart' access cards build up 'on-card' audit trails through normal use giving the centre complete control over access and enabling the movement of staff to be controlled and tracked if and as required. This enables a complete access profile of each individual to be established and updated as necessary as well as having the ability to see who accessed what door, where and when.

Cards can be programmed to allow access to specific rooms or areas within the centre for selected periods only, with the doors auto locking at pre-specified times as required. And if card security is breached due to the loss or theft of a card, it can be instantly deleted without the need or cost of rekeying or changing locks – saving the centre time and money.”


Assa Abloy/VingCard Elsafe introduces interactive RFID locking solution

Assa Abloy/VingCard Elsafe introduces interactive RFID locking solution

Editor / Provider: Assa Abloy/VingCard | Updated: 7/1/2013 | Article type: Security 50

VingCard Elsafe, the global supplier in hospitality security and part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, announces the introduction of “Allure by VingCard,” a highly innovative RFID locking solution with a unique, interactive design and more features than ever before available in an electronic locking system.

VingCard Elsafe initiated a growing trend toward minimizing lock hardware on the guestroom door with the introduction of its Essence by VingCard locking system last year. Created with the hotel designer in mind, Allure by VingCard is a flexible, design-centric hardware and software solution that takes the minimalistic “invisible lock” concept one step further.

With Allure by VingCard, all external hardware on the door has now been completely eliminated through the use of a futuristic signage panel that adds a host of additional benefits and functionality to the locking system. These include a higher degree of flexibility in design, as well as the ability to add guest-facing in-room features such as “Do Not Disturb (DND) and “Make Up Room” (MUR) notifications to hotel staff. This is accomplished through an interactive touch panel located inside the room, An LED light on the door lock alerts staff of the request, so that guests are not disturbed unnecessarily.

An attractive exterior panel, easily installed on the wall next to the door in both reconstruction and new construction hotels, can be used to showcase the hotel's logo to allow for personalization. It also includes a touch doorbell, displays the room number, and notifies the guest when the door has been unlocked. The flexible design allows it to be used either as a component of a VingCard RFID locking system or as a pure DND/MUR panel-only configuration, which can be installed in properties that already have a locking system in place.


UK school gym shapes up access control for wider use

UK school gym shapes up access control for wider use

Editor / Provider: Assa Abloy | Updated: 6/27/2013 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

St Paul's Academy in London has deployed electronic security handles from Assa Abloy at its new gym. The implementation ensures the security of the fitness suite while offering convenient, keyless access to staff, pupils and outside visitors. The system was installed by local locksmith AW Keil.

At London's St Paul's Academy, they work hard to incorporate sport – as well as business and enterprise – into students' daily lives. Their new gym is also available for use by the local community, both during and outside school hours.

"We've invested significantly in the fitness suite to encourage students, staff and the wider community to maintain a healthy lifestyle," said Terry Grant, Premises Manager of St Paul's Academy. "The facility accommodates many ‘out of school clubs,' but for this to be successful, we had to source a security solution we could manage that offered keyless access.”

"It looks like a handle, but we can give visitors a PIN that can be changed as often as we like,” said Grant. “We are already looking at more areas at the academy where we can install it.” The handle is securely fixed from the inside of the door, preventing removal from the outside. For safety reasons, the internal handle always allows easy exit.

"We recommended the electronic security handle because it's such a simple and instant way of achieving all the benefits of an electromechanical solution, with no need for any secondary locking unit,” said Darren Griffiths, owner of AW Keil. "Designed to enable conveniently controlled access to any door, it can handle high-usage passage doors such as the gym entrance point here.”

When not in passage mode, the handle can be easily relocked, turning it back into a “code to access” digital door lock. There are right- and left-hand versions, both with a stainless steel finish and a satin chrome trim. The CE-marked handle conforms to the mechanical requirements of EN1906.

Identive launches online training program

Identive launches online training program

Editor / Provider: Identive Group | Updated: 6/7/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Identive Group, a provider of solutions and services for the identification, security and RFID industries, announced that the award winning training programs for its Hirsch access control and security systems are now available online. Targeted online courses are available to introduce Identive products and solutions to new users, explore the feature and capabilities of new technology or enhance users' skills and knowledge. This new online offering allows dealers, channel partners and users to complete courses at convenient times and at their own pace as an alternative to attending live classes at Identive's training facilities in California and Germany.

Identive's online access control courses encompass the full breadth of topics included in the Company's classroom-based training program, including:
- Velocity Security Management Software System Administration;
- System Architecture;
- Optimizing System Design;
- Controller Capabilities and Installation;
- Wiring and Wire Requirements;
- Locking Systems and Lock Power Calculation;
- Readers and Biometrics; and
- Surveillance Video and Other Integrations.

“Our new online learning program gives customers and channel partners significant flexibility to obtain the knowledge they need to be successful with their security projects,” said Scott Chillemi, Technical Training and Publications Manager of Identive. “Educating technicians and front-line users is key to successful system implementations and produces long-term benefits. Training is critical to allow our partners to design bid and install their systems faster and more smoothly, limit expensive callbacks and corrective changes, and deliver more satisfactory performance. Our online courses eliminate barriers to obtaining training such as travel costs and time restrictions to ensure that our end-users can achieve optimal results with their systems.”

Identive's online training courses are available to customers and dealers globally and meet the continuing accreditation requirements of the Hirsch certification program.

Brazilian dept store reduces loss with HD eyes

Brazilian dept store reduces loss with HD eyes

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 6/4/2013 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Established in 1983, Grippon, a growing department store chain based in Brazil recently installed a HD surveillance system consisting of 40 Avigilon HD domes,VMS, and encoders to protect its 1997.41 square meters (21,500 square feet) retail store in Queimados from theft. With the assistance of TecnoComp, a leading provider of IT services in Brazil, and the supplier, Paris Cabos, Grippon chose to install the HD surveillance system at the three story shop that opened in 2011.

Domes deployed range from 1 to 2-megapixels to monitor the interior and exterior of the store. The company used HD panoramic IP domes with HD stream management, allowing four sensors to make a panoramic coverage from a camera (180 degrees or 360 degrees). With pre-focused lenses, the cameras are vandal, water and dust proof. The IT staff manages the surveillance system from their desktops using the VMS. The control center is remote and accessed via web. “Since there is no image loss or locking of the system, you can manage the system from home as if you were in the store,” said Alexsandro Ribeiro, IT Manager at Grippon.
The store used an Avigilon encoder to integrate the existing analog cameras into the VMS. “The use of the encoder, combined with the VMS, modernizes the existing analog installation without the need of total replacement, preserving part of the initial investment and incorporating these analog cameras to the digital management and recording system,” explained Claudinei Maia, Commercial Director at Paris Cabos.

Ribeiro also found the superior image quality and the user-friendly VMS platform to be valuable and efficient resources when dealing with shoplifters. Theft sometimes involved three to four people, under the previous system the department store often lost the ability to detect other shoplifters when focusing on one, explained Ribero. The new system, however, has overcome this issue.

The system has been cost-effective for Grippon. “We had a 50 percent reduction in the cost of infrastructure when we chose the high quality IP panoramic cameras of 180 degrees and 360 degrees, because they require less network points and infrastructure,” stated Ribeiro, who pointed out using less hardware will also reduce the cost of future maintenance. Ribeiro believes initial investments will be paid off in two years at the most with the savings generated. Grippon plans on implementing a similar system in other stores in the chain as well as future locations.

Assa Abloy integrates security and sustainability in PoE locks

Assa Abloy integrates security and sustainability in PoE locks

Editor / Provider: Assa Abloy | Updated: 5/31/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Facilities are faced with the challenge of increasing security within the restraints of their existing budget with minimal disruption to the building. Together with the growing trend of sustainable building design, many facilities seek to leverage existing infrastructure while maximizing energy efficiency and achieving sustainability goals

To meet this end-user security challenge, Group brands Corbin Russwin and Sargent have developed IP-enabled PoE and WiFi locking solutions that utilize existing infrastructure to expand access control. These high performing electronic access control solutions, particularly PoE locks, help achieve numerous sustainability goals. The Corbin Russwin Access 800 IP1 PoE lock easily brings online access control to more doors and provides substantial advantages, including minimized components – access control functions (e.g. door position monitoring and request to exit sensor) are incorporated in one lock body rather than separately purchased and installed components. This PoE lock uses 50% less power per activation than traditional access control solutions using PoE, and significantly less standby power than traditional access control. Facilities also re-use existing building infrastructure adding to the overall ROI savings.

The Access 800 IP1 exemplifies a new generation of energy-efficient, sustainable access control products. When the total Life Cycle Assessment of a PoE system is considered, the result is less energy and material used during manufacturing, shipping, installation and use.

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