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A quick overview on the current secuiry market trend

A quick overview on the current secuiry market trend

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 9/17/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Messe Frankfurt New Era, the leading integrated media service provider in Asia, today has held a seminar to share professional experience on security trend and industry aspects with providers in Taipei, Taiwan.

As IP system entered into the security market years ago, the entire industry has experienced a series of revolutionary changes. In today's market, in terms of deploying security systems, end users have more options than usual. A quick example, other than IP surveillance systems, end users can choose to update existing analog equipment to ccHDtv, CVI, TVI, or AHD systems in order to reach high-definition recording quality. Suppliers have realized that products make fewer profits now – the market has focused on systems integration, vertical applications, and multiple services.

It is all about intelligent and integration
End users started to set their eyes on intelligent systems and software that can provide added values on their business and management. The ideal of security is no longer merely about monitoring and access control; the ideal of security today suggesting surveillance, access control, and more importantly, making use of these data collected from security devices for managing purpose.

John Shi, the General Manager of Messe Frankfurt New Era, pointed out that future trend of the security industry will be about providing more integrated systems and platforms, such as physical security information management (PSIM), incident management system, and content analysis. The highly integrated platform helps critical verticals to achieve total security awareness for better protection; futhermore, it assists making effective business decision.

Personal device steps inside 
A prosperous potential can be seen in the consuming electronic market. Niche technologies are available for the end users now, for example, biometrics technique and NFC have been used on personal smart device. Intelligent systems can not only be used for professional surveillance, access control, business management, but also smart home and personal purposes.

The suppliers in the traditional security market are facing the same challenge – whether sticking to professional security product line or stepping into consuming product market at the same time.

 

New market strategy for the distributors
In order to survive all the challenges, distributors had to come up with more flexible market strategy. First of all, expanding the product line is a must. End users are looking for one-stop shop that provides all they need conveniently and skips possible technical problems; meanwhile, distributors have to be able to provide total solution to various verticals and projects. This trend indicates that distributor has to be able to supply various products (from the surveillance to storage, for instance), systems integration, and after-sale services that tailored to different cases.

Many leading providers in the market keep expanding local offices in order to provide the most instant services and to have connected relationship to the local market. On the other hand, providers tend to cooperate with more than one manufacturer just to make sure that they can provide solutions to any budgets and considerations.

March Networks aims for market growth in Europe

March Networks aims for market growth in Europe

Editor / Provider: March Networks | Updated: 9/3/2014 | Article type: Security 50

March Networks is implementing an ambitious development program to increase its market share and growth in the European video surveillance market, reflecting its expansion and success in North America. The program will be managed by European Sales Director, Stefano Torri, and will target key regions such as the UK, France and Italy.

This growth strategy, will focus on the expansion of local teams within March Networks, working closely with newly recruited and existing channel partners. Together they will target and support core vertical markets including banking, retail and transport, where March Networks already has a reputation for delivering quality market leading IP video management solutions.

The task for Stefano Torri will be to consolidate and grow March Networks' impressive net sales in the first quarter of 2014, which increased by 78% year-on-year compared to 2013. As well as the UK and France, where the objective is to triple revenues, he will be overseeing developments in the Benelux and Scandinavian regions, and will also oversee the introduction of a new Partner Program in Europe.

"Stefano Torri is well placed to spearhead this strategic drive for expansion in Europe,” said Peter Strom, President and CEO of March Networks. “He has proven managerial skills and a deep knowledge of the European market and we strongly believe that he will implement this intense development program, which aims to achieve global market leadership, with great success.”

Stefano Torri joined March Networks in 2013, following his previous role as European Sales Director for VideoIQ Inc, a market leader in the Video Content Analytics sector. He has over twenty years of channel sales management experience in the IT and physical security/video-surveillance markets, including roles at Mobotix AG and Plasmon plc.

Verint receives best physical security information management system award

Verint receives best physical security information management system award

Editor / Provider: Verint | Updated: 8/28/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Verint Systems has just been recognized by Government Security News (GSN) as part of the publication's 2014 Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards Program, in which its Verint SMC solution was named Best Physical Security Information Management System (PSIM).

The annual awards are presented to “vendor companies that have provided invaluable security technologies to the airports, seaports and border security facilities with whom they work,” according to GSN. “Verint joins many longtime leaders in these fields, in addition to new names that were recognized for their innovations and advances.”

“We're honored to have our technology recognized by Government Security News,” says Steve Weller, senior vice president and general manager, Verint Video and Situation Intelligence Solutions. “This distinction recognizes our focus on innovation and helping ensure the best possible security and public safety solutions, along with the real-world impact our physical security management systems can have.”

Verint SMC is a comprehensive software solution with capabilities that span all phases of situation management, including real-time situation awareness, efficient response and notification, investigation and debriefing, planning and compliance, and preventive intelligence. Based on an open, scalable and expandable platform, it integrates with a multitude of sensors and systems to help increase situation management and improve security and safety of people, property and assets.

UK Security Market(2-2): Hot and crowded

UK Security Market(2-2): Hot and crowded

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 8/27/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

The UK security market carries some special features; the most notorious is its large number of legacy analog systems. In addition, bearing the consideration over extra cost of re-cabling and labor, complexity of different projects, and requirement toward high quality, UK customers naturally take extra caution in making purchases and adopting new technologies, such as IP. Over the years, the IP adoption speed has picked up dramatically for a country with high resistance to IP; however, it is still comparatively slower than the US, Middle Eastern, and Scandinavian regions. According to different vendors' comments, the ratio of analog to IP installation in the U.K. is around 50-to-50 or 40-to-60. Steve Carney, Director of Video Product Line Management at Tyco Security Products, dissected the IP growth momentum and said, “The price of IP security products has become more challenging over the past 12 months. It pushes the higher-end IP market to generate more values, such as embracing more intelligent video and mobility in security systems. It also helps stimulate the traditional, cost-driven, analog market (such as the U.K.) to adopt more IP.“

Fully Supports Different Technologies
In a country with widespread legacy systems, companies in the U.K. pay extra attention to developing different technologies, such as encoders/ switchers or hybrid systems to fulfill the requirements for fusing analog and IP systems together. Gerard Otterspeer, Regional Marketing Manager of Video Systems for EMEA at Bosch Security Systems, suggested, “The U.K. has a large base of legacy systems. So, there is always a need to make sure if your systems are able to integrate with legacy systems. We feel that the UK market is going IP quite fast; roughly, 60 percent of our projects here use IP. When providing the IP products here, we also have to ensure they connect with other analog systems too.” In addition, “It is very important to have full product portfolios to support the large legacy market. We do have a wide range of products, such as encoders, and also HD hybrid cameras supporting IP and analog,” he highlighted.

This was also echoed by Axis. Andres Vigren, Product Manager for Axis Communications said, “The U.K. has a history of analog. We are coming from IT. It is very important to have a complete portfolio also including encoders and media converters, to make sure that customers can easily upgrade from analog to IP. Media converters are easy to deploy which you can still keep your coaxial cables.”

Looking to another group of companies, they bring a different statement in appropriate solutions to this market by highlighting the major benefits of using hybrid systems. Carney said, “We have heavily invested in the migration solutions, particularly hybrid solutions that employ a mix of analog and IP technology. I think the encoder market has disappointed some people in some aspects since it costs more for hardware and software for further upgrade. Some people expect encoders could be the transition point, but I would say the transition actually begins with hybrid NVRs and DVRs.” He further explained, “Tyco's American Dynamics and Exacq hybrid NVRs have IP and analog inputs. So, just because in the future the customer fully upgrades to IP, the processing power remains the same whether the device is handling analog or IP video."

March Networks also focused on hybrid NVRs, Stefano Torri, European Sales Director at March Networks said, “Inside the hybrid NVR is a box of encoders, so you can connect it with IP cameras and of course support analog. It is one well set-up alliance, embedded with video management software and added in video analytics. We develop our own video analytics, which we called ‘business intelligence.' We provide a very strong video analytics and value-added software for transaction integration with POS and ATM systems, particularly for big commercial, retail, and banking sector.”

End-to-End Solutions to cater to SIs
Due to the aforementioned considerations of UK customers and extra cost over installation, companies usually have to cater to what systems integrators really need and also bring more added values. Therefore, the total cost of ownership (TCO), return on investment (ROI), and ease of installation are most often evaluated when selecting products and designing systems.

The number of companies who provide end-to-end solutions rise in the market to further ensure systems have seamless compatibility and interoperability. Andrew Myung, Director of Strategy & Planning Team for Global Business Division at IDIS emphasized, “To optimize the values of total video surveillance solutions, education to customers is very important. The obvious example is especially when the retail customers have chain stores around the country; it carries extra time and cost to upgrade their systems within all their branches. Therefore, what we propose is the simplicity of IP systems with the idea of ‘plug-and-play,' which is very similar to the old, analog systems. Since what we provide is a very wide, end-to-end product line, the hefty increase of installation and maintenance time, labor and difficulties can largely be alleviated.” In the U.K., brand awareness and quality are important. What is worth noticing is IDIS, well-known in the OEM business for a long while, spent a very short timeframe preparation to complete its full IP video product lines and market its own brands in the U.K. and other European regions. This year, it has already launched 4K cameras, NVRs, and also monitors.

Full Video & Access Control
Integration to Simplify Work for SIs Solution providers are also working on developing integrated systems. Avigilon, another end-to-end solutions provider, this year, further demonstrated its integrated access control platform, which is able to manage an alarm from access control and video in one single platform. “Our most recent version of access control software includes the introduction of an appliance, which is an ideal solution for up to 32 readers, to address the physical security needs of small to mediumsized sites. It simplifies security with a cost-effective, all-in-one appliance,” said Ian Povey, Director of Product Marketing and Product Management for Avigilon, in a press release.

Carney continued, “Tyco also invested very heavily in integration of our video and access control systems. Both of our video and access control now are able to be integrated into one single platform, which we see as being a requirement for the middle to high-end market. These integrated solutions can better manage the work flow and cost, and provide better service.”

Since the UK market is quite crowded, companies are looking for more added values to differentiate their security systems. Meanwhile, end users no longer want standalone products but integrated solutions from a single company. Andrew Dicken, GM of System Solutions Group of Panasonic System Communications Company Europe said, “The market trend we have seen over the past five years across the EU, not just the UK, is a move toward integrated systems. Panasonic's System Solutions Group has engineering teams working globally on projects that integrate numerous products with proprietary or third party software and total security technologies.”

On the manufacturers' side, forming partnerships over technologies or strategic alliances is a common approach to develop integrated solutions. Panasonic's entrance into the European access control market is a very obvious example. To become a total solution provider, Panasonic Europe expanded its access control product line by forming a strategic alliance with Bravida Fire & Security, a leading access control and intruder alarm company based in Scandinavia. Dicken commented, “Through this strategic alliance, Bravida is able to use Panasonic's video surveillance and fire platform, and Panasonic uses Bravida's access control and intruder platform. Two companies are forming an alliance, a synergy of two major brands in Europe. We are designing products together and also are integration partners. Besides, we are able to share the market intelligence as well as engineering and sales resources.”

Third-party Partnership Calls for Open Platform
To cater to what systems integrators and end users need, some companies work on third-party integration and partnerships. Peter Ainsworth, Head of Product & Marketing at Samsung Techwin Europe said, “What we are highlighting this year is the processing power of our latest DSP chipset that is incorporated into our latest generation of video surveillance cameras is such that we can offer customers complete freedom and flexibility to choose the edge based video analytics App, which best matches their individual requirements. The DSP chipset has the ability to run multiple applications simultaneously and so, in addition to utilizing video analytics for security or business intelligence purposes, customers have the option to run a wide range of other types of Apps such as, for example, cloud storage.”

Another example is PSIM, which benefits most large enterprises, is able to integrate more non-traditional security sensors into the solution to get more operational benefits and save money to increase ROI, according to Jamie Wilson, Marketing Manager of Security of EMEA at NICE Systems. One case is PSIM collocates with VMS in building management systems to control lights, ventilation systems, and lift management. The integration enables the data from other systems to come in PSIM.

Constructing Security ecosystems
Telling from the latest development in the UK security market, it won't work if companies just follow the traditional way to do security business. Even manufacturers need to leverage the strength from other manufacturers to create new business and markets, not to mention other channel players. We can expect in the future for many security ecosystems to be built up. Again, companies working hard in the U.K. provide valuable examples for other markets, too.

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Exacq Technologies integrates with Proximex

Exacq Technologies integrates with Proximex

Editor / Provider: Exacq Technologies | Updated: 8/7/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Exacq Technologies, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, one of the manufacturers of video management system (VMS) software and servers used for video surveillance, has announced an integration with the Proximex Surveillint physical security information management (PSIM) solution. Surveillint connects and correlates information from disparate systems into one centralized environment to help mitigate risk, ensure compliance and lower total cost of ownership.

The exacqVision /Proximex Surveillint integration enables users to leverage the intuitive exacqVision VMS features within the Surveillint module. Video and events from the exacqVision server are delivered, synchronized and displayed through the Surveillint user interface along with events and notifications from a wide range of other physical security systems including access control, video analytics, perimeter security, storage solutions and more. With this integration, end users can further analyze and display live and recorded video with associated events and cameras (sensors) within a single platform, minimizing response time to security risks and threats.

Key features of the integration include the ability to manage the following VMS functions from the Surveillint interface:
* Create soft triggers and event links
* Detect cameras automatically
* Link events to show video correlated with sensors pre-programmed in Surveillint
* Control pan-tilt-zoom presets, snapshots and exported video

“The partnership with Proximex further develops our collaboration with PSIM solutions,” said Tom Buckley, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Exacq Technologies. “Combining our exacqVision VMS functionality into Surveillint provides a complete surveillance system for easily managing security.”

This integration requires exacqVision server 6.0 or later with a current exacqVision Professional or Enterprise license.

MOBOTIX announces partnership with PSIM developer icomply

MOBOTIX announces partnership with PSIM developer icomply

Editor / Provider: MOBOTIX | Updated: 8/5/2014 | Article type: Security 50

MOBOTIX AG, one of the manufacturers of digital high-resolution, network-based video security systems has released details of its partnership with icomply, the developer of V-TAS Pro, a Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) integration platform offering solutions for Critical National Infrastructure (CNI), Government, Retail and Transportation applications.

V-TAS Pro provides a centralised security platform which enables a wide range of security applications, such as Intruder Detection, Building Management and Fire Systems to connect concurrently on a common interface. Under the technology partnership, icomply have committed to fully integrating MOBOTIX technology into the V-TAS Pro software platform to enable seamless control of the entire MOBOTIX range.

“This is a valuable technology partnership for our channel partners and customers,” explains Dominic Chapman, UK Country Manager for MOBOTIX, “Through our partnership with icomply, we can build completely seamless security architectures that can benefit fully from the unique features offered by MOBOTIX technology in a multi-vendor environment through adherence with a common control platform.”

icomply provide a comprehensive range of software driven modules to create a seamless control room environment. Software modules such as Lone Worker, Guard Tour and Alarm Receiving work in addition to the everyday functions of a busy Control Room to provide a complete security package.

“We welcome the addition of MOBOTIX integration into V-TAS Pro and look forward to an ongoing technical and business relationship,” said Michael Gallagher, Business Development Director, icomply. “MOBOTIX is a highly regarded innovator and its products complement the open platform integration that we actively promote at icomply.”

Georgia State University upgrades access control system with Tyco

Georgia State University upgrades access control system with Tyco

Editor / Provider: Tyco | Updated: 8/5/2014 | Article type: Education

Georgia State University (GSU) is centered in historic downtown Atlanta. Its urban surroundings provide approximately 32,000 students with a distinguished education, as well as access to the city's government, culture, and business organizations. The University is considered a commuter school with 61 percent of first-year students living on campus and 17 percent of all undergraduates living on campus.

Since 1913, the University has seen significant growth. GSU built its first student housing facility in 2007 and, since then, has continually built and expanded its student housing facilities to include five different locations and 9 buildings for more than 4,000 students.

Roderick Padilla, assistant director of IT services at GSU and a 23-year veteran employee of the University, recalls a time when access control was just keys. “Two decades ago, campus security was dramatically different,” Padilla said. “I remember when you would have keys out there and wouldn't know who had them or how many people had the masters, the sub-masters and the sub-sub-masters. But, of course, with better IT and physical security, things have come a long way.”

Today, GSU has the largest campus police department of any school in the state with more than 100 employees. The challenge for the University is securing its urban campus, where students, as well as strangers, can walk the grounds. Campus housing includes extensive surveillance equipment, turnstiles and gates to get into each facility, card readers in elevators to limit access to certain floors, and parking decks with readers and access gates. With a growing student population, an urban environment, and increased incidents of campus and school violence around the country, campus security is particularly important at Georgia State.

GSU has a diverse mix of student housing locations to secure, which encompasses a variety of newly built and purchased conversions. An 1,100-occupancy dormitory named Piedmont North, for example, was once back-to-back hotels built for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. A Greek housing area with multiple buildings was built in 2010, and its first and largest dormitory called University Commons, (which was once named the 3rd Most Luxurious dormitory in the country by The Fiscal Times) houses 2,000 students and is open year round.

Challenge
Though keys have not been the primary source of access control in GSU's housing facilities for some time, the University was looking to upgrade its existing access control system due to a number of issues, including lack of integration capabilities and product support.

“We really wanted to replace our proprietary system with an open source system--something that would work with all the cameras and other equipment we have,” said Padilla. An open platform was particularly important to Padilla, as he wanted to limit the amount of equipment that would need to be replaced. The IT Services Department oversees a security area worth about $1.7 million in assets for student housing, including turnstiles, gates, 50 DVRs, more than 720 cameras, 25 access control panels and 150 card readers.

Solution
Working with a Tyco Security Products sales representative and GSU's integrator of seven-plus years, LMI Systems, the department decided on Software House's C.CURE 9000 security and event management system. Because of its open platform design, most of the existing equipment the University had did not need to be replaced. The University could capitalize on its existing physical security and surveillance, as well as increase the capabilities of the system with better integration and features. Some controllers were easily upgraded using Software House's Legacy Controller Upgrade Kits, which allow legacy controllers to be updated to an iSTAR Edge controller, without replacing the existing wall mounts.

“One of the factors that made the decision easy for [GSU] was that their peripherals didn't have to change,” said Heath Hunt, vice president of technology operations at LMI Systems. “It's more cost-effective when you are talking about just head-end equipment and software changes.”

Aside from an access control solution that would work with the University's existing security equipment, GSU was looking for a solution with superior reporting capabilities. “The reporting is exactly what we wanted,” Padilla said. “I can go to an entry log for any access card and see the recent history for a particular card or user as well as who gave the person access to that card. I didn't have that ability before and it's exactly what we need.”

With multiple Hall Directors and other staff members that are able to create cards for student residents, reliable audit trails and reporting features are essential for the security staff. For example, if a Hall Director creates a new card for a student whose card was lost, but forgets to flag the previous card as lost, anyone walking around the campus could pick up the card and have access to areas they are not allowed. With C?CURE 9000, GSU security staff can run daily reports on any users with more than one active card and immediately deactivate the card, as well as find out who created the card without flagging the old one, and bring that to the necessary staff member's attention to correct the mistake in the future.

“Another benefit is if someone tries to use a flagged card, not only will the card not work, but the system tells us someone is trying to use the card,” Padilla said. The software's integration with GSU's surveillance equipment even gives GSU PD a visual on the person.

“We didn't have good integration between our access control and cameras before,” Padilla explained. “We really wanted this critical enhancement to be able to pull video with an access event. These are key issues because students lose their cards all the time and being in the city of Atlanta, this is an open campus. The safety and security of the students is of utmost importance,” he said. Receiving the surveillance video from an event allows for quick, informed responses from staff and police in a variety of scenarios and emergencies beyond a lost card, Padilla said.

Aside from the importance of the solution's capabilities, timing was a big factor for Georgia State University. GSU's IT Services Department began talking about a new access control solution in the spring and needed to be sure everything would be installed over the summer and fully operational before fall classes were back in session.

LMI Systems had the system ready to go within three weeks and spent the summer migrating each housing facility and working on any issues. “It was a seamless transition,” said Padilla. “We didn't have to replace the cards since they were all fully compatible with the new system. It was a matter of recreating the access rights and exporting all the data.”

GSU closed all of its student housing facilities over the summer, with the exception of its largest residence hall, University Commons. Summer access cards were pre-created with access rights and University Commons was on the new system immediately. The rest of the summer was spent focusing on the other buildings with minimal disruption, said Padilla.

Future
With the new access control system up and running at GSU, the University can now focus on the future. While the current system uses access control to enter the resident facilities, Padilla would like to expand card access to individual rooms as well, for the next dormitory the University builds.

In addition, at some point, GSU would like to move to a one-card system, according to Padilla. Currently, students have separate housing cards, library cards and vending/ID cards. “We're not quite ready to do that yet, and I don't know exactly how we will decide to do that, but the student housing solution has been successful, so maybe it will serve as that benchmark we need for the rest of the University,” Padilla added.

Proximex announces PSIM solution Surveillint Essentials for SMB

Proximex announces PSIM solution Surveillint Essentials for SMB

Editor / Provider: Tyco | Updated: 8/4/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Proximex, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco , the world's largest pure-play fire protection and security company, announces the introduction of Surveillint Essentials, an entry level physical security information management (PSIM) solution for those seeking the latest technology in an easy-to-use, quick-to-implement format.

Ideal for users looking for an introductory, yet true PSIM offering, Surveillint Essentials is designed for small- to mid-size environments with existing video, intrusion, access control and fire systems. Through an integration module configuration wizard, users can easily configure and deploy integrations with other security, safety and video surveillance systems. A simple install package allows the installation of the product within minutes.

“We recognize that customers are seeking ways to improve their situational awareness and response time by consolidating multiple systems, yet they may not be ready to invest in the full PSIM enterprise solution,” said Chatura Liyanage, Group Product Manager for Proximex. “Surveillint Essentials is the bridge to start on that journey with a low cost, easy to deploy, easy to use package that allows them to leverage their existing security technology.”

Built on the Proximex Surveillint Enterprise Product, Surveillint Essentials can be upgraded to the full enterprise PSIM solution when needed without having to completely reconfigure the system, so that your existing investments are not wasted.

With Surveillint Essentials, sites enjoy improved operational efficiency with a solution that combines key security systems into a single operator console. The intuitive user interface enables operators to visualize various resources including sensor and alarm locations, access live and recorded video and execute sensor commands directly from hierarchical maps.

Surveillint Essentials also provides comprehensive video management capabilities, allowing users to view live and recorded video from multiple systems through a single interface, take video snapshots, generate video incident report packages, and configure video guard tours.

Incident assessment and response is improved with Surveillint Essentials because operators only see the relevant details from multiple sensors when an alarm is sounded. From there, they can hone in on the important factors such as alarm details and contextual information while recording operator notes and producing incident reports.

Surveillint Essentials will also be a valuable addition to integrators to offer a higher value proposition to their customers. With a solution that is easy to configure and deploy, and with out-of-the-box integrations available to the leading security systems, Surveillint Essentials complements integrators' existing line cards while providing them with new product revenue opportunities. It also provides integrators and others with the flexibility to develop their own unique solutions based on the Surveillint open integration platform.

Nedap research paper

Nedap research paper "Sorting out role based access control" awarded

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 8/1/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Managing identities and authorizations in any organization should be simple, regardless the size and scale of the organization. This improves compliance to the security policy, increases security, decreases human errors and saves time. However, Nedap noticed that when organizations and companies grow, the management of identities and authorizations often becomes prohibitively complex as management in this case involves, for example, more areas, more people and more schedules, and therefore more permissions and more access-rules.

Wouter Kuijper and Victor Ermolaev, both researchers of Nedap Security Management, have addressed this problem and demonstrated a solution to overcome complexity and enhance organizational scalability. They first identified a fragment of the popular framework for modelling access control rules, role based access control (RBAC) which allowed them to make an important conceptual step in developing a new form of RBAC particularly well suited to physical access control. Their introduction of polarized, bi-sorted role based access control suggests to treat permissions via demarcations separately from subjects via proper roles, moreover it allows safe and understandable mixing of positive specification style (i.e.: saying who has access) and negative specification style (i.e.: saying who does not have access). In contrast, ‘classic' role based access control does not distinguish proper roles from demarcations and it does not allow the negative specification style to be used. The researchers then propose a third dimension where the two administrative perspectives are linked up, which is access management itself, now recovered on a more manageable abstraction level, and much more suitable to the responsibilities of security officers working in large organizations. The decoupling of the 2 administrative perspectives has several benefits for practitioners working within physical security and ultimately leads to more organizational scalability. Presented at the 2014 ACM Symposium on Access Control Models and Technologies (SACMAT) in London, Ontario the research was awarded the Best Paper Award. The SACMAT symposium is organized by the ACM Special Interest group in Security Audit and Control (SIGSAC). It is the premier forum for researchers advancing the state of the art in access control.

MOBOTIX protects data centres and communication rooms in Leeds City Uni

MOBOTIX protects data centres and communication rooms in Leeds City Uni

Editor / Provider: MOBOTIX | Updated: 7/29/2014 | Article type: Security 50

MOBOTIX AG, one of the manufacturers of digital high-resolution, network-based video security systems has released details of a project at Leeds City College to secure access to critical data centres and communication rooms across multiple sites.

On 1st April 2009, Leeds City College was formed following the merger of three of the city's renowned colleges; Leeds College of Technology, Leeds Thomas Danby and Park Lane College Leeds & Keighley. Then in 2011, Joseph Priestley College also merged into the expanded new college, serving a community of over 40,000 students and employing in the region of 1,500 staff, making it one of the area's largest employers. In 2012, the College was given an OFSTED rating at “Grade 2, Good, with Outstanding features”, for the overall effectiveness of its provision.

Behind the scenes of the merger, four ICT infrastructures combined for the delivery of services while benefiting from the natural economies of scale created by the new larger entity. Following a tendering process, Leeds City College selected Express Data to lead a project to help design and build an integrated data network. Express Data is a trusted and long serving technical adviser and installation specialist that had previously worked with Leeds Thomas Danby College.

The new network would be built around a highly resilient fibre core to ensure that the loss of any one critical data centre or network link would allow for an active failover and continuation of ICT services. Another consideration was around the physical security of critical data and networking elements spread across Leeds at 15 college sites. “We run approximately 300 application servers and 770 network switches in support of over 40,000 students, 1,500 staff and have committed to a 98 % uptime,” says Dave Newsham, ?Service Delivery Manager for Leeds City College, “We are very proud to have consistently achieved this benchmark and making sure that critical network elements are properly maintained and secured with fully audited access is an essential requirement.”

Although the legacy colleges had previous installations of CCTV, these were predominantly focused on monitoring building access, common areas and car parking. Unfortunately, the notion of CCTV monitoring for ICT assets was supported in only an ad-hoc fashion by a few of them. Following due diligence and after seeking advice from Express Data, a solution based on MOBOTIX CCTV benefiting from distributed technology and built-in local storage was created to fulfil the technical implementation criteria while reducing the need for an expensive CCTV central control room or network upgrade.

“The majority of the locations are darkrooms or places with almost no footfall,” explains Newsham,” this means that most of the cameras show black screens or static images, and as such, there is no requirement to transmit high resolution video over the network all the time. However, if somebody enters these areas we need to be able to see exactly who it is and what they are doing. To meet this requirement, we have set up alerts to only send video back to our MxControlCenter software when there is a scene change such as a door opening or person entering a data centre or comms room.”

Newsham and his team also benefited from the built in temperature sensors in each MOBOTIX camera, “Although we have environmental monitoring at the larger sites, MOBOTIX now provides us with a solution for smaller comms rooms and as a backup to the other sensors,” he adds.

To date, Express Data has installed 20 MOBOTIX cameras across college sites including a number of Q24 and Q25 hemispheric models that cover entire rooms in high definition quality. “The use of hemispheric cameras providing a 360 degree viewpoint means that can monitor larger areas that would normally require several cameras with just a single MOBOTIX unit. This approach makes the deployment easier while reducing cost and complexity,” says Newsham.

“Our plan is to use MOBOTIX across the entire critical ICT infrastructure and the reliability and performance of the implementation has been faultless since the first unit went in during the summer of 2009,” adds Newsham, “We are now looking at some of the ‘bells and whistles' such as out of hours alerting and integrating monitoring into our new NOC (Network Operations Centre) and the MOBOTIX technology is certainly up to the task.”

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