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Marriott Hotel in the U.K. enhances customer service and staff efficiency with key control

Marriott Hotel in the U.K. enhances customer service and staff efficiency with key control

Editor / Provider: Morse Watchmans | Updated: 2/1/2013 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

Luxurious amenities, ideal location, responsive service and fine dining are just some of the features of a first class hotel. First impressions can change quickly, however, if guests must wait in long lines when reception staff is slowed by additional chores such as dispensing and recording building keys used by maintenance or housekeeping.

At the four-star Birmingham Marriott Hotel in Birmingham, England, hotel management has moved to ensure an exceptional first impression by removing this task from reception staff. Now, authorized maintenance and housekeeping staff access keys from a Morse Watchmans KeyWatcher key control system, located away from the public eye. The system automatically documents all activity so management has an accurate record of who accessed keys and when.

"A lot of paper work and time was needed with the manual system of signing keys in and out," said Steve Hargreaves, Assistant Director of Finance at Birmingham Marriott Hotel. "By installing the KeyWatcher system, reception no longer has to manage this process and they have more time to better serve our guests."

The KeyWatcher cabinet installed at the hotel is designed with a biometric (fingerprint) access interface. Once the biometric information has been verified, the cabinet unlocks and keys can be removed or returned. Each individual key is secured to a SmartKey locking mechanism which readily accommodates both hard keys and plastic key cards. The mechanism features a built-in memory chip; data from the chip is stored every time a key is inserted into a key slot, providing a remotely accessible data trail for every key in the system.

Hargreaves comments that reports generated by the KeyWatcher system are very useful for tracking key usage and in improving overall operational and security procedures. He said, "We utilize various reports to trace missing keys, keep better control of assets and help ensure timely follow-up action if there is an incident."

The automated KeyWatcher management system cannot be manipulated or easily tampered with and provides the hotel with a safe secure method of storing and tracking keys. For example, personnel cannot exchange keys during or at the end of a shift because the key management system will notate that a key was not returned or that it was returned by another user.

"The system not only keeps the keys much safer than our previous manual system, but it also makes staff more responsible for their department keys," adds Hargreaves.

While other key management systems available on the market were reviewed, Hargreaves selected the Morse Watchmans solution based on a variety of considerations including price, performance and ease of use. He notes that the company's reputation for quality and service also was a leading factor.

Security management made easy

Security management made easy

Editor / Provider: Tevin Wang, a&s International | Updated: 1/18/2013 | Article type: Tech Corner

Having physical access control integrated with video surveillance, intrusion detection and logical access systems as a complete security management platform enables a wider range of capabilities and possibilities. a&s explores how recent innovation in integrated access and security management helps better provide visible benefits to all involved.

The ability to integrate surveillance with access control is no longer considered a luxury in the market, but a necessary step to providing a comprehensive picture of security operations to an end user, said Dr. Michael Luetzeler, member of the ONVIF Steering Committee. "Using products that conform to interoperability specifications such as ONVIF, those integrations are simplified with the use of a common interface. ONVIF's pending release, for 2013, of its specification to include access control functions such as door monitoring and control will govern interoperability between access control and video surveillance systems, as well as among individual components of an access control system."

Physical access control systems integrated with network video devices would use the specification to position a PTZ dome camera for recording a person's entry after a card swipe at a particular door or activating network video recording on an invalid card swipe, Luetzeler continued. "By providing a common language, an access control standard will allow a system that enables IP-based door controllers from a variety of different manufacturers to browse devices, creating a list of types of readers and connections, and subscribe to card reader and door controller events. The same standard would also be used for device discovering and management, and controlling the outputs of the system, such as opening and locking doors, enabling or disabling access points, or switching networked field devices on and off."

Tangible Benefits
The integration should deliver complete, multilayered and versatile authentication. It should also provide broad support for authentication devices and methods. The goal is better prevention of malicious denial of service attacks, improved and more streamlined incident management when breaches occur, and more efficient risk management, said John Davies, MD of Time and Data Systems International (TDSi).

The system should use an open-standard platform that can integrate with existing computing environments, such as Windows, Linux and Mac, for desktop authentication. “When enterprises need to upgrade, they should be able to simply download firmware updates or deploy field-upgradable solutions,” said Wei Jin Lee, Sales Director for ASEAN, HID Global (Assa Abloy). “Converged access solutions help organizations enforce consistent policies, and they foster the use of consolidated audit logs throughout the enterprise. Another important consideration is for organizations to future-proof their investments on mobile platforms.”

The true benefit to the end user is the increased level of security. “By automating the integration between the physical and logical systems, identities are automatically deactivated upon termination of an employee, removing any chance of someone forgetting to remove or deprovision an identity,” said Eric Joseph, Solutions Engineering Manager, S2 Security. “Additionally, it reduces the opportunity for logical accounts to be hacked by only allowing them to be accessed by valid cardholders in the facility.”

Lowering the TCO and increasing the ROI are also highly demanded. “The end user saves time and money because they are only managing one system and using one credential for both systems,” said Kim Rahfaldt, PR Manager at Amag Technology (a G4S Technology company).

Manageability and Outlook
Network stability and bandwidth will influence system performance, especially if there is video surveillance involved. “One of the biggest network challenges we face is educating the IT department on the effect of a security management system on the network,” Joseph said. “When initial conversations are started, the IT department can be very standoffish about having additional systems and information riding on their network, and potentially slowing it down. Once we are able to explain the minimum impact access control events have on the network, this becomes alleviated. Additionally, with video recording being done at individual sites or on the edge, and streamed back to security operations centers as needed, video bandwidth can be managed in a much easier way.”

The deployment does not stop at the IT department. “The management of access control systems regularly involves several departments within an organization, such as HR, IT, building management, parking services, food services, and, of course, security management,” said Steven Lewis, Senior PM at Tyco Security Product. “It is imperative that the management teams within these departments are aligned with consistent policies and procedures to ensure the performance of the platform.”

Another challenge of traditional systems is software updates. Microsoft regularly provides service packs and other updates to the Windows operating system for maintenance purposes. “This leads to increased responsibilities for the IT department,” Joseph said. “As we are able to provide alternatives to Windows-based systems, we are easily able to avoid these challenges and reduce the strain on IT personnel.”

Access control management systems have long life spans of typically more than 10 years, meaning there is more to think about than the initial cost. With TCO considerations, four key points should be taken into account: cost of acquisition, installation, operation and maintenance.

Other considerations include openness to other vendors' hardware, zero downtime, reliability and robustness, Holger Maier, PM for Security Systems, Bosch Security Systems cautioned. “It's been challenging to find and certify good sales partners or systems integrators in all parts of the world to handle the combination of many different domains, from access control over surveillance to fire and building management, plus IT and network knowledge.”

For now, proprietary systems make true integration difficult, as access control is not as tightly regulated as the intrusion and fire industries are. “In Europe, the existing EN50133 standard has been around for a while, but isn't used by everyone because the technology has moved on so rapidly,” Davies said. “There is, however, a new IEC standard which started development about 18 months ago and is currently out for parallel voting. As is usual with a lot of standards when in development, there are some good points and some contentious points. It is refreshing, though, to see a new standard being developed at the global level, and what is encouraging is the speed at which this standard has evolved.”

Stay tuned for more development!

French hotel chain in Lithuania upgrades security system for enhanced customer experience

French hotel chain in Lithuania upgrades security system for enhanced customer experience

Editor / Provider: Salto Systems | Updated: 1/16/2013 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

The brand new Ibis Kaunas Center hotel (IKCT)in Kaunas, Lithuania, has installed a bespoke electronic access control solution from Salto.

Located within walking distance of the historic old town, close to both railway and bus stations and with easy highway access to Kaunas International Airport, Kaunas is the second-largest city in Lithuania. The country is the largest of the three Baltic States, and is situated along the south-eastern shore of the Baltic Sea, to the east of Sweden and Denmark.

The new hotel features 125 air conditioned guest rooms and, as the latest addition to the Ibis chain, is part of Accor's leading economy hotel brand. Ibis has expanded continuously and is now Europe's largest economy hotel chain and the world's fourth largest in its category with 933 hotels and more than 113,000 rooms across 53 countries in all five continents.

Safety and security is very much a focus for hotels, so with specific regard to its guest room security the challenge for the Ibis Kaunas Centre hotel was to find a reliable security system that would not only complement the modern aesthetics of the building and its design, but operate seamlessly and discreetly in the background while giving guests reliable, unobtrusive 24/7 protection.

Agnieszka Filipowicz, Salto Business Development Manager Eastern Europe, says "Hotels probably have one of the toughest security tasks of all. On the one hand they have their own guests staying in the building but added to this are lots of other people they don't know including delivery people, maintenance people and non-residents coming in to use bars, restaurants, conference rooms, business services, sporting facilities and more.

So working in consultation with the hotel's owner Donetas Karciauskas and local Salto business partner Eurospynos, we designed a highly secure and flexible electronic access control system for all of their guest room needs installing 125 Aelement locks, 125 Energy Saving Devices, 4 XS4 locks, 4 online wall readers and our HAMS 100 software synchronized to their OPERA PMS system."

Tadas Cepulis of Salto partner Eurospynos says "Aelement has been developed with the needs of hotels in mind and features a range of hospitality-specific applications including the ability to control the security of the entire hotel from a single location. This includes granting access privileges to individual guest rooms and gathering audit trail data from every door in real time – all without leaving the front desk. Other benefits for the hotel include instant room move and instant extended stay abilities as well as lost card cancellation, intrusion alarm, door ajar alarm, remote opening, real time audit trail, passage mode activation for meeting rooms and automated low battery reporting."

And not only that but Aelement is also NFC enabled. So when this technology becomes standard on smartphones in the near future guests will be able to use their NFC enabled smartphones to emulate a normal Mifare smart card turning it into their hotel room key. 

Filipowicz comments, "After a considerable period researching the available applications and products that he thought may be suitable, the owner of the hotel chose Salto Systems for their reputation as manufacturers of advanced technology security solutions to the hotel and hospitality industry and the Aelement product in particular for its sleek looks and cutting edge design. He knows it to be the best on the market and, as he says himself, I've opened Ibis Hotel and my main priorities were uncompromised security and maximum convenience to hotel guests. Also maximum energy saving. And I was able to achieve this by choosing Salto."

Finally Aiste Cistoviene, Front Desk Manager of the ibis Kaunas Center hotel, says "To ensure our guests are secure during their stay with us, we wanted a stylish high performance locking system that not only looked good, but also offered us the latest technology and was capable of growing with us in the future. Salto has provided us with all of this and more."

Helsinki music center deploys locking and door-opening systems

Helsinki music center deploys locking and door-opening systems

Editor / Provider: Assa Abloy | Updated: 12/28/2012 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Designing a locking and door opening solution for the new 1,600-door Helsinki Music Center in Toolonlahti, Helsinki, was no simple task, but Assa Abloy rose to the challenge.

A total of 243 designs were submitted for the Helsinki Music Center building, in a competition won by Turku-based architects Laiho-Pulkkinen-Raunio with a proposal titled “A Mezza Voce”. The music center's 38,600 square meters of space are distributed between eight floors – four below ground and four above. It was a very demanding project for all suppliers, including Abloy. Planning the locks was a major undertaking as the building has 1,600 doors – 400 of which are fitted with access control. The doors also come in a wide range of sizes and widths, with the tallest being five meters high.

Construction work began in May 2006 and the music center opened its doors in August 2011. In 2007, when the architects were planning the doors, Marko Pietikainen, Abloy's district manager, began working on the project at architects Laiho-Pulkkinen-Raunio's office in Turku on the southwest coast of Finland. As the planning activities progressed, responsibility for the building's locking and door-opening solutions was transferred to Riitta Nikander-Koivula, an Abloy project sales representative. Design of the locking system was handled by Noora Piironen, an Abloy lock designer, and implemented by Turvaykkoset, an Abloy-authorized locksmith. By all accounts, the level of cooperation between all parties was excellent and great care and skill ensured the success of the project.

“Cooperation between the main contractor, sub-contractors and the architects on all aspects of the locking system contract was very smooth,” says Turvaykkoset's Markus Savolainen. “It was a challenging project completed on a tight schedule.”

RFID-based security tech checked into 6-star Czech suite

RFID-based security tech checked into 6-star Czech suite

Editor / Provider: Assa Abloy | Updated: 12/13/2012 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

VingCard Elsafe, the global provider in hospitality security and part of the Assa Abloy Group, proudly announces that Prague's most glamorous hotel has selected RFID security technology among its launch amenities. One Room Hotel (ORH)—located 66 meters above the ground in Prague's tallest building, Tower Park Prague in the Czech Republic.

As its name suggests,ORH is a single suite of 6-star quality that commands a breathtaking view of Prague's historic Zizkov district. Following a complete renovation of the iconic Tower Park Prague, the building now features an upgraded lookout observatory, restaurant and bar to complement ORH. The property boasts the hotel industry's premier modern luxury amenities, including the Signature RFID locking system from VingCard Elsafe.

VingCard Elsafe's suite of RFID locking systems feature contactless access control via RFID encoded communication and secure anti-cloning software. Recent advancements to VingCard Elsafe's RFID technology have enabled RFID locks to read keycards from more than twice as far as before. Additionally, VingCard Elsafe RFID solutions are designed to be easily adapted to NFC.

In addition to the RFID locking system, ORH also deploys a bespoke version of Elsafe's Infinity II RFID safe in a luxurious white finish. State-of-the-art Infinity by Elsafe UL-listed safes employ the latest locking technology, including anti-tamper labyrinths and solid-steel hinges, placing it on par with the most secure in-room safes in the world. With its audit trail, spring-loaded door and Flash-RAM memory, the safe is perfect for protecting guests' valuables, and the attractive, adaptable design makes it ideal for any hotel environment.

"ORH is honored to offer our guests the use of distinctive VingCard locks, which are the most advanced available and which provide high user comfort through their contactless identification protocols," says Roman Lain, owner of ORH. "The Elsafe Infinity II RFID safes are likewise a leading product in their category. The safes are fully compatible with Signature RFID locks, meaning a guest need only use a single card for both. This makes the VingCard Elsafe products indisputably the premium security technologies in the industry, and a perfect fit for the world's most exclusive hotel."

Assa Abloy's VingCard appoints President for N. America

Assa Abloy's VingCard appoints President for N. America

Editor / Provider: Assa Abloy | Updated: 12/7/2012 | Article type: Security 50

VingCard Elsafe, the global provider for hospitality security, announces the promotion of William J. (Bill) Oliver to the position of President for North America, effective January 1, 2013. Oliver will continue as VingCard Elsafe's VP and GM for the North America region until the end of the year, and he will remain based out of Assa Abloy Hospitality's North America headquarters in the Dallas area.

One of the most respected executives in the hospitality technology sector, Oliver joined Assa Abloy Hospitality in July 2011 in a role created specifically for him. He was responsible for leading all sales and customer operations for VingCard Elsafe brands in the United States and Canada, streamlining operations and maximizing customer satisfaction through enhanced service and support. His appointment was the centerpiece of a renewed focus on improving customer service operations at VingCard Elsafe, and his dedication to fulfilling the rapidly changing technology needs of the global hospitality industry resulted in one of the company's most successful years ever.

“We have seen considerable improvement in our service delivery and customer focus since Bill joined our team last year, and he has made a significant impact on our customer satisfaction this year across North America,” says Tim Shea, President of A Assa Abloy Hospitality. “We anticipate another strong year in 2013, and Bill will help us maintain that positive momentum by ensuring our organizational goals remain aligned with customer needs and expectations.”

Assa Abloy Hospitality's core brands include VingCard electronic locking solutions, Elsafe digital in-room safes and Orion by VingCard Elsafe energy management systems.

Oliver's resume is impressive. During his successful 27-year career, he has also managed a wide range of hotel properties, from premium-branded, full-service hotels and casino resorts to independent boutique hotels with prestigious groups such as Marriott, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and Doubletree. In addition, he has held Board of Director level positions with various Hotel/Motel Associations and regional Convention and Visitors Bureaus.

Before joining VingCard Elsafe, he founded and headed Evolve Hospitality Group, a successful hotel industry consultancy that assisted both global manufacturers and hospitality companies with business development, financial and operational improvements. He also logged more than six years as an executive for hospitality security technology vendors, including a stint as Vice President of Sales & Operations for North America and EMEA. Other previous roles include senior management positions with prestigious hospitality organizations, such as Noble Investment Group, Winegardner & Hammons, Vista Host, and Peabody Hotel Group, among others.

Looking beyond the 2012 ranks

Looking beyond the 2012 ranks

Editor / Provider: By Tevin Wang and Judy Wang, a&s International | Updated: 12/6/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Consensus among the physical, electronic security industry is that the marketplace out there is highly fragmented and support-intensive. Cream of the crop, by unbiased financial performance, is not easy to muster, let alone gathering a representative 50. In this feature, a&s looks into the 2012 Security 50 who survived and/or thrived, to highlight changes, trends and directions for the near future.

The 2012 Security 50 ranking was based on 2011 financial results. 2011 was supposed to be a “rebound” year, and yet not everyone passed with flying colors. Some gained momentum, sales and market share, while others continued their struggle to find the best approach to defying declining revenues.

Video surveillance, compared to other product groups, had fairly strong revenue growth with an average of 19.5 percent. Avigilon saw its revenue grow to US$59.1 million, up 86 percent from 2010; its gross profit also grew a whopping 89.7 percent. Asian manufacturers Hdpro and Vivotek have also scaled the ranking ladder. As a matter of fact, nine of the top 10 companies for revenue growth are dedicated providers of video surveillance solutions. Chinese manufacturer Tiandy Digital Technology made its debut in this year's ranking; this company is coming on strong with 50.1-percent and 60.6-percent growth in revenue and profit, respectively.

The average revenue growth for the access control manufacturers on the Security 50 ranking was a mere 0.5 percent. Access control giant Assa Abloy (Global Technologies division) clinches the spot as top player again with $826 million in revenue, up 14.8 percent from 2010. According to its financial report, demand for RFID devices rose sharply in 2011, as it upgraded its numerous customers' previously installed locks, which used a magnetic stripe card locking system, to more secure, flexible and user-friendly locks that employ RFID. SimonsVoss Technologies also performed well, growing 18.4 percent in 2011. Korean manufacturer Suprema posted considerable revenue growth, up 21.9 percent from 2010 to $36.4 million in 2011, while another Asian vendor RCG restructured and suffered.

In profit growth, the top 10 include IP video solutions providers Avigilon, Mobotix and Synectics, security and safety systems provider Napco Security Technologies, and Asian elite Hdpro, Tiandy, Hikvision Digital Technology, Dahua Technology, Kocom and Win4Net.

Fast Growing Companies
Last year was quite significant for Avigilon, Mobotix and Arecont Vision. Avigilon achieved 86-percent growth, the highest among the 2012 ranking. Mobotix grew 35.9 percent, and Arecont Vision rose 25 percent. All three are pioneers in multimegapixel cameras and are enjoying the growth phase of the network camera product life cycle.

“In November, we went public on the Toronto Stock Exchange,” said Keith Marett, VP of Marketing and Communications. “In less than a year, we doubled our ITO price. In this day and age, that's a significant achievement to be able to deliver those kinds of results to shareholders. In 2011, Avigilon was named the fastest growing software company in North America by Deloitte's Fast 500 ranking.”

“Mobotix is like Apple,” said Magnus Ekerot, CEO of Mobotix. “We have full control of what we want to be. Putting standards aside, we should think about end users; they should have the freedom with installations and no extra fees for buying management software. Why we do something different is for the sake of end users. We also think about how we can help systems integrators and distributors make money and keep the margin they should have.”

Arecont Vision
“When it comes to surveillance, pixels (resolution) are all that matters,” said Becky Zhou, VP of Sales for APAC. ”Think about how much area can be covered by a camera. For a VGA resolution camera, you get about 1,500 pixels per dollar. For a 10-megapixel camera, it is about 1,800 pixels per dollar. This is more cost-effective, and the ROI is better. The megapixel camera is right in the initial, high-growth phase of its product life cycle. We are expecting more growth in the near future.”







EU Results, Surprisingly Good
For European companies, the average revenue growth was 17.4 percent, which is roughly 6 percentage points higher than the year before. Despite the financial struggles in southern Europe, double-digit revenue growth was posted by Assa Abloy, Axis Communications, Geutebruck, Mobotix, Milestone Systems, Nedap, Safran Group, SimonsVoss, Synectics and TKH Group, averaging at 22.3 percent.

It is worth noting that the three German companies that made the 2012 ranking — SimonsVoss, Mobotix and Geutebruck — all enjoyed consistent, uninterrupted growth, thanks to their strong domestic market and high market presence, averaging an uptick of 23.7 percent.

Minor Bumps in APAC
The average revenue growth from APAC companies, on the other hand, had somewhat lost momentum. Over the past three years, Korean and Taiwanese companies, which used to be the security world's go-to-factories, have been facing stiff challenges brought on by global financial and economic crises and the rise of Chinese manufacturers. Hikvision and Dahua, apparent locomotives of Chinese security manufacturing, have intensified the price competition for their geographically adjacent opponents. Over the past three years, the 10 Korean companies have been able to hold on to and remain in the Security 50 ranking, while two of the nine Taiwanese companies dropped out of the ranking this year.

Interestingly, with an average 17.5-percent revenue increase, the ranking's Korean manufacturers outperformed the overall average growth of 14 percent. While Hdpro's exceptional 83.7 percent lifted the bloc's average, ITX Security's 11.7-percent dip was a clear indication that the days of siloed analog devices are numbered.

Taiwanese players, in contrast, did not enjoy a fruitful 2011, the average revenue growth was a mere 8.8 percent, and three out of the seven Taiwanese companies suffered revenue losses. Dynacolor, Yoko Technology and Everfocus Electronics reported 16.4 percent, 16 percent and 12.3 percent revenue losses, respectively. Vivotek and Geovision, on the contrary, represented a small number of Taiwanese companies who did well in 2011 and invested in IP-based and vertical-specific solutions, with revenue increases of 62.1 percent and 27 percent, respectively.

Despite the successes of Hikvision and Dahua, another prominent Chinese (Hong Kong) company, RCG, encountered a severe organizational and financial struggle, with a revenue decline of 54.2 percent. Average growth for Chinese companies also turned lukewarm in 2011, which might be an implication that the domestic market has slowed, and those looking to grow will need to figure out how to make their mark in the international market.

Warning Sign
The average gross profit margin from 2012 Security 50 was a humble 12.6 percent, a clear warning sign that the security industry is following in the footsteps of the IT industry in terms of ever-decreasing profits.

To stay profitable means to differentiate and stay unique. Mobotix enjoyed a 76.8-percent gross profit margin to lead the top 50, followed by Milestone Systems' 75.8 percent — these were just two stellar examples from many in terms of system architecture and channel distribution.

Unveiling 2012 a&s Security 50

Unveiling 2012 a&s Security 50

Editor / Provider: a&s International | Updated: 11/30/2012 | Article type: Hot Topics

a&s annual ranking Security 50 is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2012, with new rising stars as well new growth drivers and challenges. The physical, electronic security industry's only ranking of global hardware and software solutions providers by revenue, Security 50 salutes the champions who have demonstrated spirits of innovation, dedication and perseverance despite challenging economic conditions. Their experience, know-how and insights help shed light on future development paths, setting a new bar for themselves and the industry as a whole, to evolve and advance.

 a&s sister publication is unveiling the complete 2012 ranking and coverage in the coming weeks, on a dedicated microsite. Be sure to check out this year's solution providers and their viewpoints!


Strategic Highlights

Hans-Gernot Illig, CEO and President of SimonsVoss Technologies

Wireless locking and access control systems are still in the early introduction stage of their product life cycle, and we are expecting continued excellent growth potential of our products.

Lars Thinggaard, CEO and President of Milestone Systems

Milestone tunes into customers' real needs; they asked for video on smartphones, and we delivered video on smartphones. That's why we lead the industry.

Huimin Pang, CEO of Dali Technology


Dali is devoted to developing thermal imaging sensors and producing related products for security applications.
Owen Chen, Chairman of Vivotek

Vivotek's dedication to and persistence on developing solutions that best fulfill user requirements are clearly palpated by our partners and clients worldwide, and the resulting growth in market share as of late has been phenomenal.

Lin Dai, CEO of Tiandy Digital Technology

We made huge progress this year by growing 50 percent compared to 2011, but it is still not enough. Next, we will focus more on how to better cater to customer needs and speed up our services.

Liquan Fu, President of Dahua Technology

We at Dahua never stop thinking about how to improve ourselves and explore new technologies. With our strong R&D capacity and professional teams, we are super confident in keeping this strong momentum and providing much more than expected.

Keen Yao, International Marketing Director, Hikvision Digital Technology

This year, Hikvision has been recognized as the world's No. 1 video surveillance equipment provider as per IMS Research 2012 report, which is an affirmation of our ongoing business model. Looking forward, we will continue to produce innovative surveillance products and solutions in order to bring greater value and versatility to our customers.

Singaporean public housing goes digital in locking mechanisms

Singaporean public housing goes digital in locking mechanisms

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

Digital locks and other high-tech home security solutions are becoming increasingly important to the 85 percent of Singapore residents living in housing managed by the government's Housing and Development Board (HDB).

Consequently more and more HDB residents are willing to spend their own money on security solutions such as digital locks, biometric readers and surveillance systems, reports STProperty, a Singapore real-estate website.

Jean Tay, a 37-year-old mother of two, is one of them. “It is to safeguard my family,” said Tay, who seven months ago organized a bulk purchase of locks for about 30 residents in her estate.

The growing security consciousness, driven in part by longer working hours and greater levels of international travel, has resulted in 2,000 Yale digital door lock sales to HDB flat owners, with about 20 percent of these customers purchasing their locks through group purchases.

Alan Goh, Retail Business Development Manager of Assa Abloy Singapore, says word of mouth is partly behind the surge in demand. “Social media sites such as Facebook and renovation forums have become a good platform for discussing security needs and highlighting the advantages of digital locks,” Goh said.

As well as increased security, digital locks provide the convenience of keyless entry.

Assa Abloy wireless locks compatible with HID Global Genuine

Assa Abloy wireless locks compatible with HID Global Genuine

Editor / Provider: HID Global | Updated: 11/23/2012 | Article type: Security 50

HID Global, a provider for secure identity solutions, announced that parent company Assa Abloy′s innovative Aperio wireless lock family can deliver all of the benefits of the Genuine HID value proposition for performance, value and service, including interoperability with Seos credentials from HID Global and Assa Abloy, and with the HID Global iCLASS SE reader platform. Aperio lock technology enables doors to be integrated into an access control system without having to install wiring, make any structural changes to the doors, or modify existing access control credentials or system software.

Assa Abloy's Aperio locks have been Genuine HID Technology (GHT) certified and further extend the industry's broadest portfolio of end-user options for creating trusted, advanced and dependable secure identity solutions. Aperio lock technology provides organizations with an easy way to wirelessly link mechanical door locks to new or existing access control systems so that the doors can be opened with RFID cards rather than keys. As a certified GHT, Aperio also supports HID Global's iCLASS SE platform, which is the benchmark for highly adaptable, interoperable and secure access control solutions, and includes Seos credentials for improved security, privacy and portability. Additionally, Aperio locks support iCLASS, MIFARE and DESFire, as well as low frequency 125 kHz HID Prox and EM410x technologies.

By certifying Assa Abloy's wireless lock family as a GHT, Assa Abloy and HID Global give Aperio customers the assurance that these products are supported by a wide array of innovative and interoperable solutions that have been enhanced by an international network of partnerships and alliances and are manufactured in worldwide ISO-certified facilities. This Genuine HID commitment also means that all products are backed by the industry's strongest delivery-and-response platform plus global product warranty and agency certifications. Aperio customers also benefit from interoperability with the HID Global iCLASS SE platform and Seos credentials. Based on open standards, the iCLASS platform ensures that technology investments can be leveraged in the future, and that today's access control solutions will work with future products including those using NFC-enabled smartphones and other devices.

“Aperio products with Genuine HID Technology will enable a wide array of revolutionary new security solutions for our customers,” said Chris Bone, VP of Access Control at Assa Abloy EMEA. “Aperio's Genuine HID Technology certification gives customers the assurance of an exceptionally high level of quality and service, and extensive options for creating an access control infrastructure that includes wireless electronic locking technology, among other current and future capabilities.”

“This certification brings the world's most successful lock brand into the industry's top access control portfolio,” said Kerry Reid, VP of HID Connect at HID Global. “Combining Aperio with Genuine HID Technology significantly broadens the range of innovative products and solutions that we can offer our customers to help them meet their secure identity needs, and further demonstrates the power of HID Global and Assa Abloy's collective technology innovation and leadership.”

HID Global and Assa Abloy continue to reinforce the value of their combined portfolios for customers who have rapidly converging requirements for physical and logical access control systems, door opening solutions, locks and security products. The two companies' combined portfolios also extend to mobile access control and locking solutions that work with NFC-enabled smartphones and other mobile devices. The collective offering includes readers and locks, secure tokens for logical access control, and the Seos ecosystem of interoperable products and services for the over-the-air issuing, delivering and revoking of digital keys that enable mobile devices to open doors to homes, hotels, offices, hospitals, universities, and industrial and commercial buildings.

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