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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.

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ASSA ABLOY Intelligent Openings Showroom drive to Eastern Canada

ASSA ABLOY Intelligent Openings Showroom drive to Eastern Canada

Editor / Provider: ASSA ABLOY | Updated: 10/29/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Discover how to implement locking solutions that provide the right level of security to protect specific assets behind each door. The ASSA ABLOY Intelligent Openings Showroom presents an overview of security technologies ranging from simple mechanical locks to the latest highly intelligent locking solutions.

Advancements in security technology give end users a full range of options to secure their facility. This enables more precise selection of locking products to protect the specific assets behind each opening. ASSA ABLOY Intelligent Openings Showroom,28 Oct 2013 - 7 Nov 2013, offers users a firsthand look at the following features of each technology including:

Mechanical locks and keys
Keypad locks for home and office
Offline locks and eCylinders with audit trail functions
Locks that connect to an IP network through WiFi and Ethernet connections
Open-architecture Integrated Wiegand locks and strikes that operate off third-party software
Campus security locks in offline, IP and WiFi configurations
Intelligent doorway components—lock, power operator, electric strike, credential reader, switch—that connect, communicate and continuously relay their status to a security network
Higher security with architecturally pleasing designs

ASSA ABLOY, MAXXESS and HikVision secure BMCE Bank headquarters

ASSA ABLOY, MAXXESS and HikVision secure BMCE Bank headquarters

Editor / Provider: ASSA ABLOY | Updated: 10/24/2013 | Article type: Security 50

ASSA ABLOY's Aperio wireless locking technology has been installed at the headquarters of BMCE Bank in Casablanca, to provide an instant upgrade to an access control system, without compromising aesthetics.

BMCE Bank is one of the largest commercial banks in Morocco, with a network of 540 branches. As part of a complete overhaul of its headquarters security arrangements, ASSA ABLOY Access Control's Aperio wireless locking technology was selected for 50 of its glass doors.

With Aperio's flexible design and ability to work with RS485 protocol and Wiegand Interface, together with iCLASS, MIFARE Plus and DESFire RFID-technology credentials, there was no issue with it instantly connecting to the existing online access control system at BMCE Bank, with minimal modification to doors and premises.

Says Chris Bone, ASSA ABLOY Vice President Access Control EMEA: “To have selected Aperio for such a prestigious building, where security is of paramount importance, is true testament to the abilities of this revolutionary technology. This installation really demonstrates how Aperio can provide end users in any market across the globe, with a simple and intelligent way of upgrading the controllability and security levels of their premises.”

ASSA ABLOY Access Control worked alongside MAXXESS who provided an eFusion security management system and HikVision, which installed a 100 camera surveillance system, incorporating a hybrid recording solution. The contract to implement the complete integrated system was awarded to CST Securite, a Moroccan security systems integrator.

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.”

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