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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.

Napco lock division revenues grew 20% in 2013 Q1

Napco lock division revenues grew 20% in 2013 Q1

Editor / Provider: Napco | Updated: 5/14/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Napco Security Technologiesannounced financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2013.

Highlights:
- Net sales for the quarter were $17.2 million, unchanged from the year-ago period. Gains from door-locking product revenues were offset by decreases in revenues from intrusion products and, to a lesser, extent, access control products.
- Sales within the Marks brand of products grew 29% in the quarter, representing the third consecutive quarter of growth in this unit.
- Sales of NAPCO's high-margin commercial locking division and recurring revenue products delivered continued growth versus a year ago with StarLink2 recurring revenues increasing 20%, sequentially.
- Year-to-date (nine month) gross margins were relatively flat compared to last year (27.1% vs. 27.6%) despite $1.5 million in lower revenues due to weakness in the intrusion division and an incremental $700,000 in R&D investment in the current year.
- Debt, net of cash, has been reduced by $21.0 million from $35.9 million to $14.9 million since acquiring Marks in August of 2008. $2.4 million of this reduction occurred in the past nine months.

As a result of the lower debt levels and reductions in interest rates, net interest expense for the nine months decreased by $449,000 or 51% to $440,000 as compared to $889,000 for the same period a year ago.

Richard Soloway, Chairman and President of Napco stated, "For the third consecutive quarter, our Marks product line delivered a quarter of solid growth and is recovering nicely. We saw an up tick in our high-margin commercial locking division revenues as well as increases in recurring revenue from installations of StarLink2. These gains, however, were offset by lower revenue from the Intrusion product line as demand from distributors remains temporarily subdued, owing to continued effects of 'Superstorm Sandy' in some of our key markets, the consolidation of a few large intrusion distributors and decreased demand from one of our large intrusion dealers. Napco's StarLink2 wireless GSM alarm communicator continued to grow sales again this quarter, fueling the steady growth of products, which provide Napco with recurring revenue income. There is a strong and growing trend in the industry to install GSM-equipped signal communication versus traditional wired phone lines. We are seeing this same focus on technology in all areas of our industry and it is a primary reason we continue to invest heavily in research and development to deliver the next generation of technology-driven security products. For example, iBridge and iRemote comprise a suite of recurring revenue services, allowing consumers to remotely control their security systems, video cameras, thermostats, door locking, and lighting remotely from any smart phone or PC. Home automation is driving demand for this series of products and we are poised to benefit from this trend.

"Looking ahead, we expect our investments in next generation access control technology to contribute to our revenues beginning in the June quarter. In particular, we are pleased to announce that iBridge product shipments to dealers have now begun, and based on growing interest from distributors and installers, we expect solid sequential growth from this technologically advanced product throughout the remainder of this year and beyond. As iBridge begins to contribute to our Intrusion division's sales, combined with continued strength in our locking division and expected growth in our access control segment, we expect to deliver top-line growth, which should ultimately translate to even faster bottom-line expansion. As we move into the fourth fiscal quarter, historically our strongest quarter of the year, our optimism remains strong as we have the right products, supported by best-in-class technology, and the advantage of a low-cost manufacturing capability." Soloway concluded, "Subsequent to the end of the quarter, Continental access control booked a significant contract with a major university to install and integrate over 1,500 Networx wireless locks to enhance campus security and provide state-of-the-art access control. This sale, which represents the largest single order ever for Continental access control, and is among the largest in the history of our Company, validates our commitment to serving this important segment and we believe this could be the first of several in this growing market. We secured this contract, based on superior technology, our ability to deliver it quickly and also our ability to customize the product to meet the university's exacting architectural specifications. We are hard at work to deliver as much of this as possible in the fourth quarter, and we expect additional orders from other universities who are looking to improve on-campus security using state-of-the-art technology. As a recognized leader, we are well positioned to meet this demand."

 Australian shopping mall operator locks down back-of-house operations with high tech

Australian shopping mall operator locks down back-of-house operations with high tech

Editor / Provider: Morse Watchmans | Updated: 4/29/2013 | Article type: Commercial Markets

At Westfield Shopping Centers throughout Australia, the organization has implemented a key control and management solution with fingerprint biometrics that allows pre-approved personnel streamlined access to and from authorized center locations with comprehensive monitoring and report functionality. The solution is based on Morse Watchmans' key control and management system integrated with the National Work Authorization and Induction Training (NoWAIT) fingerprint recognition system, and was rolled out in shopping centers throughout Australia since late 2012.

Developed for Westfield by Blue Glue, an Australian system integrator, and their technology partner Morse Australia, the biometric security system known as contractor and visitor validation system seamlessly integrates with existing key control and management system for secure issuance of keys to pre-authorized individuals while touchscreen video technology provides for safety messaging to staff.
 
"Key control and management is an essential element in administering the security aspects of a large retail property,” said Alan Jones, Director, Blue Glue. The integrated solution at Westfield puts together Morse's key control with biometric technology and real time, centralized remote monitoring for an optimized system to enhance the security of back-of-house and operational areas.
 
With the new system, contractors, consultants and others will no longer have to sign in and wait for a key to be issued. Emergencies that occur during off hours can be more readily acted upon because contractors can access keys without having to wait for property management to arrive on scene. Enrollment in the system is through fingerprint identification and a one-time registration allows access at any site in the program. The system additionally issues a durable identification wristband with the name, date and time stamp and all access activity is recorded for auditing purposes.
 
According to Jones, a range of Westfield properties had been using Morse key control cabinets for the past 10 years to store, release and track keys used throughout a property. With the Morse's key control and management system, each key is locked into place inside the key cabinet using a locking device which has an integrated chip, so a user can only remove a key which he or she has permission to use. The other keys stored in the cabinet remain locked in place when the user enters his or her access code or scans their card or fingerprint. In doing so, the Morse system automatically controls who is able to use which keys.
 
Because the key control and management system was designed for interoperability with other systems, Blue Glue was able to seamlessly integrate the NoWAIT biometric system and have control through their Blue Glue net enterprise. “Key control and management system is a quality product with an RS-232 communications port and the assistance provided by Morse Australia for the protocols made the integration process very easy,” Jones added.
 
Proof of concept trials were performed at four shopping centers in the Sydney area and, based on their success, the program was rolled out on a national basis in late 2012.

Tyco Security/Kantech updates management software EntraPass

Tyco Security/Kantech updates management software EntraPass

Editor / Provider: Tyco Security Products | Updated: 4/18/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Kantech, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco has introduced EntraPass v6.00 security management software which takes the user experience to the next level by enhancing the portability, scalability and flexibility of the solution. The latest software build now includes support for the EntraPass Go mobile app and EntraPass Web, an intuitive web browser interface.

EntraPass Go enables security administrators to interact with the EntraPass software using a variety of mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. The easy-to-use mobile app gives you anytime, anywhere real-time management of over 20 security tasks, including managing/creating cards, locking/unlocking doors, requesting reports, and much more. EntraPass Go has been developed to work with iPhone, iPod Touch and Android powered phones. The app is also available for the iPad and Android powered Tablets.

EntraPass Web is a web application that allows security administrators the flexibility to access EntraPass from a standard web browser. The intuitive web browser interface provides real-time management capabilities for various security tasks, including telephone entry, card management, door control, live video, maps, alarm management, and much more. EntraPass Web also enhances the managed access control experience by ensuring portability and ease of use through its user friendly, intuitive, next generation interface.

"With the advent of EntraPass Web, we're bringing the simplicity to security professionals wherever they are, and allowing them greater accessibility to handle those important, day-to-day security-related tasks," said McNulty.

EntraPass software is scalable from a 4-door small office to enterprise level applications. This scalability is also built-into EntraPass Go and EntraPass Web.

With these enhancements, EntraPass v6.00 helps security administrators keep pace with rapidly changing security priorities and technology.

Tyco Security/Kantech updates management software

Tyco Security/Kantech updates management software

Editor / Provider: Tyco Security Products | Updated: 3/29/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Kantech, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, has introduced EntraPass v6.00 security management software which takes the user experience to the next level by enhancing the portability, scalability and flexibility of the solution. The latest software build now includes support for the EntraPass Go mobile app and EntraPass Web, an intuitive web browser interface.

EntraPass Go enables security administrators to interact with the EntraPass software using a variety of mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. The easy-to-use mobile app gives you anytime, anywhere real-time management of over 20 security tasks, including managing/creating cards, locking/unlocking doors, requesting reports, and much more. EntraPass Go has been developed to work with iPhone, iPod Touch and Android powered phones. The app is also available for the iPad and Android powered Tablets.

"Mobility, flexibility and on-the-go security is the future," said Scott McNulty, Senior Product Manager, Kantech. "With EntraPass Go, security administrators do not need to be tied to a workstation to make changes to their EntraPass system. Users can remotely control their security system from anywhere using EntraPass Go without having to physically return to the office."

EntraPass Web is a web application that allows security administrators the flexibility to access EntraPass from a standard web browser. The intuitive web browser interface provides real-time management capabilities for various security tasks, including telephone entry, card management, door control, live video, maps, alarm management, and much more. EntraPass Web also enhances the managed access control experience by ensuring portability and ease of use through its user friendly, intuitive, next generation interface.

"With the advent of EntraPass Web, we're bringing the simplicity to security professionals wherever they are, and allowing them greater accessibility to handle those important, day‐to-day security-related tasks," said McNulty.

EntraPass software is scalable from a 4-door small office to enterprise level applications. This scalability is also built‐into EntraPass Go and EntraPass Web.

UK university upgrades sustainable student housing on RFID

UK university upgrades sustainable student housing on RFID

Editor / Provider: Assa Abloy | Updated: 3/20/2013 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

The University of Liverpool in the U.K. recently made the decision to secure its 749-room student accommodation with an RFID-based door control solution from Assa Abloy. The solution allows for the simple upgrade of mechanical locks so that they can communicate with an existing access control system. Vine Court, a development that received an "excellent" BREEAM rating, forms part of the university’s extensive sustainable accommodation program, comprising shops and a 250-seat restaurant. Residents benefit from rainwater harvesting, solar thermal water heating and low-energy lighting and heating systems.

Assa presented the most cost-effective and easy-to-install security solution because it can be fitted without the need to modify any doors. "Aperio appealed to us because of its innovative design and ability to work as an integral part of the wider AGS security solution – which can encompass hard-wired, wireless and fire-free access control,” said Darren Clark, Senior PM at the university.

The offline locking solution allows for easy egress via the door handle when required and supports the client's Mifare RFID credentials. It was also important to the client that the system could be migrated to MIFARE microcontroller at a later time – without necessitating a change of door hardware. Other products used to secure the student accommodation include wireless door escutcheons, the new Union master key system and night latch cases.

Asia Update: Convex brings precision machinery to IP surveillance

Asia Update: Convex brings precision machinery to IP surveillance

Editor / Provider: Convex | Updated: 3/11/2013 | Article type: Hot Topics

Founded in 1997, Convex was a precision machinery manufacturer, providing semiconductor companies with production equipment. Now, Convex provides total solutions for network video and robotics as well. Myung-Ho Yoo, President and CEO of Convex, possesses a strong background and deep knowledge of optics and video surveillance technologies. Yoo's know-how enabled Convex to develop its new network speed dome modules with distinctive features. The module has a maximum preset speed of 600 degrees-per-second, and minimum pan/tilt speed at 0.01 degrees-per- second. Its pan-and-tilt system is equipped with sensors that can automatically detect and recover, within one degree of accuracy, to the position where incidents or movements occur. Capable of 360-degree pan and 190-degree tilt, this module supports multiple protocols with a highly precise pattern track sequence. It also comes with a locking stopper, which provides easy and secure installation.

Convex provides total solutions for IP surveillance, producing products ranging from network cameras and video rack systems to video walls and matrices. Yoo insisted the entire system — starting from the hardware and software — must be designed based on the module. In this way, clients are able to scale their systems according to their needs. Yoo pointed out that the whole purpose of Convex's design is to make IP surveillance more convenient, like the plug-and-play feature in traditional analog products.

UK bike 'garage' simplifies locker control

UK bike 'garage' simplifies locker control

Editor / Provider: Salto Systems | Updated: 3/7/2013 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

H2 Bike Run, a gym and bike club with 400 bike-parking spaces for cyclists and runners commuting to work in London's SOHO area, recently had Salto Systems electronic locker locks installed on more than 1,400 lockers in the facility to provide members secure storage. Local partner Ansador Security Solutions installed the locks that can be fully integrated with the Salto access control solution or be operated as a stand-alone system, said Chris Saxby, Sales and Specification Manager.

"Part of the belief was that the lockers had to be flexible enough to allow for change of use patterns, allowing for permanent storage use or variable — maximum 2 hours — use,” Saxby continued. To achieve, this Ansador fitted the locks with nine electronic escutcheon handle sets for European mortise locks, which provided the benefits of full access rights programmable via software, and an automatic audit trail facility to record the last 1,000 events at each locker.

Most OEM lockers are supplied with very basic mechanical locks that offer little in the way of protection. Salto locks solve this problem by offering the latest technology in a simple form factor. “The battery pack, electronic components and locking mechanism are all located on the inside of the locker door, safe from potential vandalism or sabotage,” commented Rex Palmer, Area Sales Manager for Salto.

The access reader is built into the locking handle, and the ID carrier — be it key card, wristband, key fob or bracelet using i-Button, Mifare, Mifare plus, DESfire, DESfire EV1, Ultralight C, HID iClass, Legic, Picopass or SKIDATA protocol — is simply presented to the reader and the lock will grant or deny access. A family option is available for multiple ID carriers to operate a single locker if required. In addition, the ergonomically designed handle is easy to operate even with wet hands, and a durable wipe clean construction is highly resistant to chemicals, UV radiation, physical wear and tear, Palmer added.

H2 founder and owner Piers Slater is already looking at 10 more potential sites in London. With future expansion plans and a possible move to other cities, the flexible lock system can easily grow to meet new requirements from H2.

Austrian hotel boasts homey feel with concealed security design

Austrian hotel boasts homey feel with concealed security design

Editor / Provider: Assa Abloy | Updated: 2/23/2013 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

VingCard Elsafe, an Assa Abloy company, installed the world's first concealed electronic door lock at 5-star Hotel Bristol in Vienna. The lock's minimalist design eliminates all lock hardware on the door, and encases all electronic components, including the reader, inside the door. The design covers the access device, making it practically "invisible" to hotel guests, which solves hotel design professionals' dilemma of blending lock hardware with hotel décor.

Although lock manufacturers made design progress in recent years by minimizing hardware and incorporating new technologies such as RFID and NFC, visible card readers remained on the door exterior. The minimalistic design could help hotels become more elegant and can fit in with the hotel's Art Deco design, said Matthias Winkler, co-owner of the 150-room hotel. The lock can help hotel designers stick to the current trend of giving hotels a more residential look.

VingCard RFID locking systems feature contactless capability via RFID-encoded communication and secure anti-cloning software. Additionally, NFC technology, which is expected to be in widespread use globally within a few years, was incorporated and will enable travelers to use mobile devices as room keys. The electronic lock also minimizes several other operational challenges inherent to guestroom-locking hardware, such as integration, installation and maintenance. The lock is compatible with VingCard's RF-online wireless door lock system that connects stand-alone electronic locks and other guestroom devices and systems, via a central property server.

VingCard Elsafe is confident in bringing this unique design and security solution to additional properties around the world, said Tim Shea, President.

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