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Increasing adoption of situational awareness systems in critical infrastructure

Increasing adoption of situational awareness systems in critical infrastructure

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu, a&s international | Updated: 4/8/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Situational awareness has become a leading consideration in the protection of critical infrastructures, particularly for sites that want to conduct higher risk management and decrease the damage caused by potential threats. According to a market research report by MarketsandMarkets, the global security market for situational awareness systems — ranging from access control; physical security information management (PSIM) software; human-machine interface (HMI); video systems; and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defense systems — is expected to generate revenue of US$168.3 billion by 2020, growing at an estimated CAGR of 10.1 percent from 2013 to 2020. Every critical site demands a different level of integration, mostly dependent on the possible challenges and threats.

Ranging from natural conditions to social demonstrations, critical infrastructures need to be prepared for whatever may jeopardize the security of their sites. Critical infrastructures often cover a vast area and contain hazardous substances, making them an even bigger challenge to protect. If a critical site is not properly secured, any attack could possibly lead to hazardous consequences. In order to be able to instantly respond to a threatening incident, the solution has to allow operators to deploy every subsystem in the site through the same centralized management platform. More importantly, the centralized management platform should be able to communicate with both new and legacy systems. To answer the unique requirements of the critical infrastructure sector, many situational awareness systems, particularly PSIM solutions, have been strongly promoted in this market.

During the last few years, adoption of PSIM solutions has dramatically increased in the critical infrastructure sector. As an emerging segment, the PSIM market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 25.8 percent from 2013 to 2019, due to the decreasing prices and increasing awareness among end users, according to Transparency Market Research. “It can be said that by pure volume, PSIM software may still be in the innovation phase of adoption, which is around 2.5 percent of all available customers; on the other hand, there are some indicators that suggest that PSIM software adopting has moved into an early adoption phase, which is around 13.5 percent of customers,” said Joshua Phillips, Director of Marketing of Enterprise and Critical Infrastructure of Video Intelligence Solutions at Verint Systems.

PSIM solutions are being increasingly used in government applications, such as law enforcement agencies, the military, ports, airports, transit systems, civilian agencies, and corporations with critical infrastructure assets. For instance, the city of Baltimore, U.S., has used PSIM to link assets and creat interoperability between around 50 agencies for large-scale public events. While, the new World Trade Center complex in New York City, U.S., has decided to use PSIM software as part of the ground-up solution for security and building management systems, according to Darren Chalmers-Stevens, VP of EMEA at VidSys.

PSIM solutions seem to be the answer to the demand of centralized management systems, offering efficient threat-response procedures. PSIM software provides organizations with a seamless interface, integrating security systems, building management, and on-site facilities and subsystems that enable operators to deploy every device when required. Furthermore, PSIM software is able to integrate systems — such as perimeter, intrusion/motion detection, video surveillance, access control, fire alarm, mass notification systems, audio, gas detection, radio communication, Internet, IT, and building automation — both legacy and new, making them interoperable on the same interface and workable with supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.

Pre-Programmed Course of Responses
In addition to enhancing centralized management, PSIM software can proactively protect critical sites from potential threats and minimize damage with a series of coordinated and predetermined responses. “A PSIM solution allows organizations responsible for critical infrastructure protection (CIP) to take a proactive approach to security by implementing measures supported by resilient business processes for identifying, investigating, responding to, and recovering from a range of security threats,” stated Keith Bloodworth, CEO of CNL Software. “The pre-programmed response is done by tailoring the solution to manage the standard operating procedures as dictated by the plant or facility and by building an effective network of communications with external systems, and in an emergency, this may prevent a disaster turning into a tragedy with massive impact.” Once the system is aware of danger or an abnormal event around the site, the PSIM software will send out notifications to related individuals, and suggest a series of tailored operating procedures.

As an open software platform, PSIM software is able to integrate analog and IP-based devices and systems, aggregate information from all facilities, communicate among integrated systems, and then provide real-time alarm and event verification, as well as prioritize emergency response, which can ease labor intensive operations and increase efficiency, as Chalmers-Stevens explained. For instance, if an alarm is triggered by a sensor or motion detector somewhere on the site, corresponding live surveillance images from around the location will then be automatically presented to an operator in the security center. In the mean time, the geospatial location will be sent to the PSIM system, which then identifies the incident site on a map and responds to the threat accordingly. Since the threat-response procedures are all pre-programmed, any operator on that shift would know exactly how to deal with the problem.

PSIM software is used for situation management; however, it has become harder to satisfy end users' requirements from various verticals, as this software is mostly focused on security and overlooks specific demands from different sectors. For example, “In areas subject to flooding and landslides, the cost-benefit of the pluviometer [rain gauge] integration far outweighs the value many PSIM solutions provide by integrating to the standard players in the security area,” Phillips pointed out. “The critical infrastructure customer finds it more affordable to replace one or more of the existing video systems than to wait for a PSIM provider to adapt to their environment.”

Despite the fact that PSIM software can provide critical infrastructures with a totally integrated platform, there are still some challenges that PSIM vendors have to contend with. One problem is reaching a consensus on total integration between all the departments in an organization, especially the IT and security teams. Since different departments have different security concerns, some might be nervous about sharing access to a database and servers on a centralized platform for example, according to Chalmers-Stevens.

In addition, critical infrastructure is a competitive sector in the security market, especially since required solutions and security management platforms can be provided by not only PSIM companies but many other VMS companies as well. A PSIM solution can be far above most end users' budgets — critical infrastructures usually have a higher budget for hardware, but software products are not always given the same consideration, according to Bloodworth. In order to deploy similar integration and management systems, end users must sometimes make compromises, opting for other affordable solutions and products that offer them acceptable and alike functionality.

Even though past obstacles remain as issue, PSIM software manufacturers continue to pay attention to the education of end users in critical infrastructures every year. PSIM software, as an example here, demonstrates how important it is for critical infrastructures to improve their total security via situational awareness systems and the benefits they can get from the systems. It could be expected that, in addition to PSIM solutions, the adoption of situational awareness systems will peak significantly in the coming years.

Proximex expands partnership with Bosch Security

Proximex expands partnership with Bosch Security

Editor / Provider: Tyco | Updated: 3/28/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Proximex, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, announces the continued expansion of its partnership with Bosch Security Systems, through the integration of its Surveillint Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) solution with video management and intrusion detection and control systems from Bosch. These enhancements, which represent integrations with the Bosch Video Management System (BVMS), the company's latest intrusion control panels -- G Series (GV4) and B Series – and improved support for Conettix D6600 Communications Receivers, continue to add value for joint customers who require the accurate display and correlation of critical information to manage a security incident more efficiently from their PSIM system.

“This partnership with Bosch underscores our desire to continue to collaborate with our partners and innovate in all areas of security, helping Surveillint users to do their jobs more quickly and realize the full value of their security investments,” said Chatura Liyanage, Group Product Manager, Proximex. “The new integration with the Bosch video management platform and the continued improvements to the alarm monitoring integrations are significant extensions of that collaboration and innovation.”

BVMS 4.5 is an enterprise-class client/server based video management system offering superior alarm handling, and a mobile client for viewing live and playback video. Using Surveillint, which connects and correlates information from disparate systems into one centralized environment, users can manage Bosch video alerts with workflow automation for improved and faster incident response and create event reports for more proactive management of security operations.

Additional integrations between Surveillint and Bosch G Series and B Series panels and the Conettix D6600 Receiver enable end users to receive information from the panels into Surveillint as well as collect, analyze and display detailed alarm information through Surveillint.

“Joining our detailed video streams and reliable alarm communications with data from other systems through Surveillint provides a complete picture of security activity in a single view,” says Brad Eck, Integration Manager, North America, Bosch Security Systems. “The partnership with Proximex provides our mutual customers with a higher level of situational awareness to improve how security events are handled and to mitigate risk.”

These latest integrations will be demonstrated at the Bosch Security Systems Booth 14051 at ISC West, April 2-4 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Nev.

European fashion retailer has security sewn up with Axis

European fashion retailer has security sewn up with Axis

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 3/26/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

International apparel brand SuperGroup decided to transition its legacy surveillance system to a modern, feature-rich IP network camera system. It needed the new surveillance system to provide greater coverage of the shop floor and high-risk areas, with HDTV quality video for improved offender identification. The retailer requested one, simple, scalable surveillance set-up that could be implemented across its European stores. The facilities to build-in advanced analytics and mobile access were also of fundamental importance.

Axis partnered with video management software and network video recording specialist, Wavestore, to specify a custom surveillance solution which met all of Super- Group's needs. Axis' ultra-compact fixed domes from the AXIS M30 and AXIS P33 Network Camera Series were chosen for all SuperGroup's UK installation because of their crystal-clear picture quality and broad field of view.

Axis' camera's versatility allowed them to seamlessly blend in with the unique industrial aesthetic of Super-Group's stores.

Together with its partner, Wavestore, Axis delivered total surveillance coverage for SuperGroup, while reducing the camera count at each store by between 60% and 80% and increasing incident identification to 100%.

Following successful installations in six of SuperGroup's UK stores, there are plans to install the new system in another 30 stores over the coming year. In addition, Axis and Wavestore have formulated a migration path, using Axis video encoders, to phase out SuperGroup's analogue system.

Axis cameras outperform the competition
SuperGroup is an internationally recognized, UK-based fashion retailer. Its merchandise is sold in approximately 100 countries throughout the world, comprising 105 UK and Continental European standalone retail stores, 71 UK and 56 international concessions, and 143 franchised and licensed stores. The group is known for its strong attention to detail, both in the production of the merchandise and in the layout and aesthetic of its stores.

When looking for a new surveillance set-up, the priority was inconspicuous cameras with HDTV image quality video. When tested against other leading manufacturers' products, Axis cameras proved to be the most adaptable to SuperGroup's challenging store environment. Darren Conway, health and safety and loss prevention manager at SuperGroup, explained: “We have a very specific aesthetic in all our stores, characterized by dynamic, low-level lighting, reflective surfaces and LED signs; we've found that a lot of cameras lose image detail in these conditions.”

In response, Axis installed a variety of Wide-Range Dynamic Capture cameras to ensure identification quality images were being captured – even on the brightest of days. Darren continued: “With the old system, we had to flood the stores with around 30 analogue cameras. In such a confined space, they really detracted from the look of the store fit-out and we were still experiencing an unacceptable number of blind spots. With Axis, we've reduced the camera count to between six and 12 cameras, which cover the entire store in perfect HDTV quality.”

Working in partnership to deliver the best results
One of SuperGroup's key requirements was to improve image quality of surveillance coverage at each till point whist not increasing camera numbers. To achieve this, Axis' unique Corridor Format display was used to switch the aspect ratio of the video footage from a 16:9 to a 9:16 ratio, allowing SuperGroup to maximize its view area.

Working closely with partners, Wavestore, which provided the video management software for the project and NEDAP, the manufacturer of the store's electronic article surveillance (EAS) system, Axis was able to bring the different aspects of physical security within the store onto one unified platform. Further integrations between Axis and Wavestore are also being trailed in SuperGroup's UK stores, where a solution has been devised to automatically notify nearby staff when a customer enters the fitting room area. As well as encouraging better customer service, these smart analytics help to heighten security in a high-risk area.

Applications beyond simple surveillance
When combined with other business intelligence functions, progressive integrations between the SuperGroup's surveillance and physical security systems ensure an increased return on investment, and benefits beyond straightforward loss prevention. Darren said: “We've been very impressed with the system so far and are about to trial some more advanced functionality when we install the system into our next new store opening. Whenever we've presented Axis and Wavestore with a problem, they've come back with an almost immediate solution. At every stage of the installation, Axis' support and customer service has been second to none.”

[Secutech2014] a&s Live interview with major distributor from Ireland

[Secutech2014] a&s Live interview with major distributor from Ireland

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai | Updated: 3/21/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

a&s spent time with Paul Hennessy, MD at Northwood Technology, one of Ireland's major distributors of CCTV Systems, IP systems, access control, and intruder & fire alarms, at secutech 2014 to talk about its business strategy of sourcing products and selecting partners.

Q: Could you briefly introduce your company?
A: Northwood Technology, the company, is from Ireland and here sourcing different security products for a whole system. We deal with around 60 percent of CCTV business. Our company has design team and also consultant team. We work with large end users and large system integrators very closely to meet their demands and also discuss the product performance that they need. We usually design the system together with our customers. So, it is important that we get good partners.

I have been in the physical security industry for more than 20 years. Northwood Technology has been 10 years now, focuses on physical security. The big growth for us is providing the equipments for protecting the perimeter of the building. It is a big market in Ireland to do the remote monitoring, from central stations. And, there is also a significant shift from conventional, analog CCTV to IP-based video surveillance. IP-based video surveillance goes really fast to change all the industry. That's also why I am here at secutech. Our company wants to do it faster to migrate from analog to IP.

Q: What is your past experience in doing business in Asia?
A: When you go to all the trade shows in Asia, it is very hard to qualify who are the manufacturers and who is the agent. That is because many companies here present themselves as manufacturers. It is upsetting sometimes. We are misled in the past. We thought we dealt with manufacturers, but actually not. Especially, whenever there are some changes on the product design, we can't get much about the new product features, if we don't deal with manufacturers. It caused many problems in our business.

So, it is very important that we have to meet some real manufacturers here at secutech for HD IP cameras and recorders. I believe Asian vendor is very strong in video surveillance.

Q: Why targeting Asian products?
A: We are looking for some Asian OEM partners who are able to provide some uniqueness in their company and also products. I think North American brands are very strong in the enterprise level. We work very closely with some of them for some significant projects in the enterprise level. We have worked with our partners, mostly from North America, for many big banks and football stadium in Ireland. But, in the low to mid-range markets, I think Asian manufacturers can create more values here with more cost-effective solutions.

IFSEC, this year, is in June. We are here since we want to progress everything earlier. We are interested to meet quality Asian companies to see their factories and also quality control.

Q: What are your criteria for selecting OEM partners?
A: We do carefully evaluate our OEM partners in terms of the product reliability, their attitude in doing OEM business, and communication with their R&D team. In terms of the product side, we are looking for some companies that are able to develop the products on their own. For example, do they do their own casing or software which you won't see the same kind in some other areas?

The people we are dealing with should be countable. We had bad experience since some companies do not control their quality. We have no interest of just bringing boxes from a country and selling them in our country. We want to build up a good relationship with the manufacturers.

Q: What about the security market in Ireland?
A: Ireland is just coming out of recession. Ireland has been in recession for the past 4 years. This year, it starts to grow. In the past, many banks collapsed, even worse than the U.K. But, this year, we call it “growth” in our economy. Real estate sector starts to increase slowly. It crashed around 50 percent in Ireland in the past. It grew 4 percent in the last 7 to 8 months. The capital also has nearly 8 percent growth. That is a good sign. So, companies start to reinvest and expand again. That is why our business has grown. So, that is why I am here.

Comparatively, Europe is still really unstable because of lots of influences from Russia and Ukraine crisis and whether the U.K. will join the Euro Zone, which also affects the entire strength of Euro Zone. And, there are a lot of banks in the Europe that are still insolvent. Europe still has many problems to deal with in the following 5 to 10 years. However, Ireland, as a standalone country, is doing okay. Even though we still have challenges but the future outlook is pretty good.

In Ireland, here, we will have the report commission in 2014. Some consultant companies will also get involved. The nation will analyze all the market sectors, in terms of physical guarding, central station monitoring, access control, and so on. Another thing is the recession brings more criminality in Ireland, which meant it brought high security consciousness. Security business is growing. Our business grew by doubt digitals last year.

Axis appointed Dominic Sorrentino  as distribution manager of North American

Axis appointed Dominic Sorrentino as distribution manager of North American

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 3/18/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Axis Communications, the provider in network video, announced that security industry veteran Dominic Sorrentino has joined the company as national sales manager for distribution.

Sorrentino brings more than 20 years of experience in the physical security industry to Axis. In this new role he will manage the North American team of distribution managers.

“This is an exciting time to join Axis, which continues to expand as a company and continues to lead the network video market,” said Sorrentino. “I look forward to further strengthening Axis' partnerships and creating new opportunities.”

“Axis has always been a channel-oriented company committed to its two-tier sales model,” said Larry Newman, director of sales for North America. “With Sorrentino's experience and leadership, Axis will continue to cultivate its partnerships and drive strategic initiatives with our distributors.”

Prior to joining Axis, Sorrentino held marketing, sales and business development positions with companies such as Stanley Supply & Services, Verint Systems, and Bosch Security Systems. Sorrentino, who served in the United States Air Force as an avionics engineer, earned his Associate of Science (AS) in Avionics Engineering from the University of Maryland and is currently completing a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Phoenix.

Sorrentino is based out of the North American headquarters in Chelmsford, Mass. and will report directly to Larry Newman.

Avigilon releases Access Control Manager 5.0

Avigilon releases Access Control Manager 5.0

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 3/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Avigilon Corporation, a global end-to-end security solutions provider, introduced Access Control Manager (ACM) 5.0 to its innovative and expanding product portfolio. The addition of ACM 5.0 marks the completion of the operational integration of RedCloud Security, acquired by Avigilon in May 2013.

ACM 5.0 represents the next generation of the Avigilon Access Control product line, available to customers globally. As one of the most open and scalable access control products in the surveillance industry, ACM 5.0 offers an IT-friendly security solution for organizations of all sizes that seamlessly integrates identity management, video surveillance systems and physical security.

Avigilon is leveraging its industry-leading global sales channel to reach customers around the world and maximize market penetration for its access control solutions. With the addition of access control to the company's growing product portfolio, Avigilon is well positioned to meet the security needs of customers that require both access control and video surveillance. These complementary solutions create unique opportunities for Avigilon to participate in a larger share of the global security market.

“The introduction of ACM 5.0 allows us to offer our customers a more robust portfolio of end-to-end security solutions,” said Pedro Simoes, senior vice president of global sales at Avigilon. “The technology's ease of use and plug and play functionality, combined with Avigilon's high-definition video surveillance solution, allows us to meet the growing demands of the global security market.”

Access Control Manager 5.0 Technology
Easy to use, ACM 5.0 achieves the highest level of scalability and flexibility, enabling the system to grow with organizational needs. Built on an open architecture, the secure, web-based technology allows organizations to effectively manage security across multiple sites from any location around the world, enabling organizations to conveniently manage access to facilities from a single platform. To simplify deployment and management of permissions, Avigilon's access control solution seamlessly integrates with Active Directory, many HR databases and any other IT and logical security systems.

Proximex and Barco integrate solutions to increase situational awareness

Proximex and Barco integrate solutions to increase situational awareness

Editor / Provider: Tyco | Updated: 3/7/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Proximex, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, announces the integration of its Surveillint Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) solution with the Control Room Management Suite (CMS) from Barco, a leader in enterprise visualization and collaboration.

Under this collaboration, security operators using Surveillint can easily select particular camera sources to be shown in pre-defined areas on Barco CMS-powered video walls and displays. The integration also extends Surveillint's capacity to fully leverage the “perspectives” concept within the CMS environment, by grouping cameras and other sources that enhance situational awareness in a visually correlated way.

“In mission-critical situations, it's incumbent upon security personnel to have the most complete information available and be able to show and share that information with others in the security operations center,” says Chatura Liyanage, Group Product Manager for Proximex. “By integrating with Barco's Control Room Management Suite, we're now able to give operators a higher level of awareness and visualization of everything that is happening, so they can react faster and collaborate more efficiently.”

Operators can easily share their Surveillint Operations or Video Console by choosing from a set of pre-programmed perspectives which can be loaded to the Barco CMS-powered video wall or display. Sharing perspectives from Surveillint can be performed manually by an operator or triggered automatically based on events as determined by the pre-set business rules and managed through administrator access.

For security operators, the Proximex Surveillint and Barco CMS integration will enhance the decision-making process by increasing situational awareness and shortening reaction times through the sharing of video and Surveillint consoles on a single Barco video wall display, or, across multiple similar displays located remotely. This visual collaboration and integrated display management also reduces training time for security staff and enables bringing in remote experts much faster.

“Barco has been supremely focused on developing technologies that empower customers to share the right visual information at the right time, and our latest collaborative visualization platform accomplishes this objective,” says Suchit Rout, Director - Global Strategic Alliances, Barco. “Through this Strategic Alliance with Proximex, we've further enhanced this capability, equipping control room personnel with best-in-class tools to view better, share faster and resolve quicker, in the most efficient way possible.”

Morpho receives security printing certification for document printing

Morpho receives security printing certification for document printing

Editor / Provider: Morpho (Safran) | Updated: 3/6/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Morpho (Safran) has achieved one the highest security printing certifications from Intergraf for one of its production facilities located in the Netherlands. Morpho is the first company in the world to meet the stringent requirements of ISO 14298, a new standard for the Management of Security Printing Processes.

Many public and private sector customers across the world choose Morpho to supply state-of-the-art electronic documents (passports, ID cards, driver licenses, bank card etc) which are produced in highly secure factories. With this new certification, customers have the assurance that their documents will be printed in the most secure environment using the most secure set of processes.

ISO 14298 brings together a wide variety of controls including logical security, physical security, quality assurance and financial security to guarantee maximum security throughout the entire printing process. Using this International Standard, the organization establishes, documents, implements and maintains a security printing management system which is regularly reviewed to continually improve its effectiveness.

“We are extremely proud to be the first company in the world to achieve this level of certification for security printing,” stated Philippe Petitcolin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Morpho. “Our customers look to us for the most innovative and secure e-document solutions and this achievement recognizes our commitment to meeting their needs. Morpho's persistent focus on security spans the entire process from personnel vetting to product accountability to shipment.”

“We have been offering certifications for over 10 years in order to promote and protect the interests of security printers and their suppliers. We are now able to offer an ISO standard that certifies a new level of trust to guarantee maximum security at every step from development to deployment. Morpho was one of the first companies to obtain an Intergraf certification in the past and we are very pleased to announce that the first ISO 14298 certificate is granted to its Haarlem site,” says Beatrice Klose, Secretary General of Intergraf.

Milestone widens devices support with more than 3,000 products

Milestone widens devices support with more than 3,000 products

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 3/3/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has released Device Pack 7.2 for partners and customers using Milestone Xprotect security solutions. Device Pack 7.2 has deep driver support for more than 3,000 devices, which means that Milestone has added more than 2,000 supported devices since 2011. This speedy development has only been possible due to Milestone's dedicated efforts to drive the uptake of open platform technology in the physical security industry.

The Milestone Device Packs include optimized drivers that enable all the relevant capabilities of a camera or other hardware device to be managed fully by the XProtect software. Milestone works closely with the device manufacturers in the Manufacturer Alliance Program (MAP) to achieve the optimal interaction between their devices and the XProtect VMS. This ensures the highest quality for a video surveillance solution - very important for total system operability, efficiency and stability.

Milestone is actively promoting driver standards like ONVIF and PSIA, but these standards are not always able to keep up with the rapid development of security device hardware. Milestone steps up with dedicated, deep driver support to ensure that partners can leverage the newest device technologies in their solutions, with the freedom to choose camera models from more than 100 manufacturers in the Manufacturer Alliance Partner (MAP) network.

Christian Bohn, Milestone Systems VP Corporate Marketing & Alliances, says: “The release of Device Pack 7.2 with deep support for a record number of devices clearly highlights our total dedication to give our partners not only the best VMS, but also the broadest and most comprehensive device support in the market. The ability to add 2,000 devices in just 3 years is only made possible by having an open platform strategy, and clearly showcases the power of our open platform. We celebrated this at Intersec 2014 in Dubai, where we announced the 3000th supported device was the AXIS Q6045 HD high-speed PTZ dome camera, and it was a pleasure recognizing a key Alliance Partner this way.”

The supported devices in the Milestone Device Pack 7.2 span from simple USB webcams to highly specialized thermography cameras from Pelco by Schneider Electrics that enable precise monitoring of temperature. These cameras can be used in the food industry, for example, to ensure that refrigerated and frozen goods always are kept at the right temperature for freshness and safety. Another supported option comes from the Bosch Security Systems MIC Series 550 cameras with integrated lens wipers. Here the Milestone deep driver support enables an XProtect customer to activate the wiper from the VMS, ensuring clear images even in the worst rainstorm.

Magal S3 appoints Ilan Kaplan as CEO of CyberSeal

Magal S3 appoints Ilan Kaplan as CEO of CyberSeal

Editor / Provider: Magal Security Systems | Updated: 2/25/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Magal Security Systems, announced that Ilan Kaplan has been appointed CEO of CyberSeal, a wholly owned subsidiary of Magal that was acquired last year. Mr. Kaplan will manage the CyberSeal's growth together with the company's founders.

Kaplan has 25 years of diverse experience in the networking and communication infrastructure areas. Prior to joining Magal, he headed the Mobile Solutions line of business at Gilat Satellite Networks. Previously, he served as President of RaySat Antenna Systems, a company he co-founded, which was subsequently acquired by Gilat.

Kaplan had extensive experience in the United States, where he held senior positions at IBM (GBS, Wireless, Security and Privacy Practice), leading a nationwide wireless infrastructure program. At Spacenet (a subsidiary of Gilat), he supervised the development and implementation of sophisticated satellite network programs. Mr. Kaplan holds a BSc degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Magna Cum Laude) from Ben Gurion University in Israel.

“We welcome Ilan to our management team and we are confident that his extensive experience will substantially help expand our business horizons,” said Eitan Livneh, President and CEO of Magal S3. “Responding to the market demand for integrated cyber and physical security, we see CyberSeal's cyber security offering as an emerging opportunity for Magal.”

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