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Honeywell adds voice commands to Tuxedo Touch for Smart home

Honeywell adds voice commands to Tuxedo Touch for Smart home

Editor / Provider: Honeywell | Updated: 8/27/2014 | Article type: Security 50

The home of the future took another step toward reality when Honeywell announced voice command capabilities for Tuxedo Touch, its touchscreen security and home automation controller that can serve as the central hub of a connected home or business. The technology now allows homeowners to use select voice commands such as “leaving the house” to perform a range of tasks, including arming their security systems, adjusting their thermostats, turning their lights on or off and locking their doors.

“Security today is just as much about the user experience as it is about keeping homes and businesses safe, and adding voice command capabilities to Tuxedo Touch is the latest illustration of that trend,” explained Alan Stoddard, senior marketing director, Honeywell Security Products Americas.

In addition to the voice capabilities, Honeywell announced several other enhancements to Tuxedo Touch, including:

* The ability to record video captured by security cameras
* Remote-upgradeable software that can be updated remotely without having to schedule on-site service
* ZWASupport for higher-resolution cameras that use H.264 and ONVIF protocol

Tuxedo Touch is the newest member of Honeywell’s VISTA series of home and building control solutions, which also include the newly launched VISTA Automation Module (VAM) that provides affordable, local home monitoring and control on mobile devices. Tuxedo Touch can connect a home’s or business’ VISTA security system with Z-Wave thermostats, locks, lighting systems and shades. Consumers can program the Tuxedo Touch, for example, to automatically lower thermostats and close shades when the security system is armed. Additionally, the product features a built-in Web server that allows users to control it using Web-enabled devices such as smartphones and tablets while on premises. Tuxedo Touch is also compatible with Honeywell’s Total Connect™ Remote Services, which allows homeowners to control their systems anywhere with an Internet connection.

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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Bosch to demonstrate maximize connected security in Essen

Bosch to demonstrate maximize connected security in Essen

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 8/22/2014 | Article type: Security 50

In today's interconnected world, smart businesses find ways to in-crease the intelligence and interoperability of every facet of their infrastructure. Discover in hall 3/stand 409 how Bosch gives end users intelligence at every level of your infrastructure: in the device, through the data transmission and at the point of use. So the users can turn smart connections into faster reactions.

Now let's take a look at our new products and solutions, which we are happy to present to you at our stand.

Let's begin with our latest IP camera, the DINION IP ultra 8000 MP. With the launch of its DINION IP ultra 8000 MP camera featuring latest 4K ultra HD technology, Bosch is changing the game when it comes to wide-angle yet detailed surveillance. This new camera simultaneously supports a wide-angle overview and multiple focus points on a single screen to focus on details without losing the bigger picture. Its 12 megapixel or 4K ultra HD resolution allows any given subject to be viewed in hitherto unknown detail even when zoomed-in. As a result, the DINION IP ultra 8000 MP offers the decisive clarity needed for collecting security relevant evidence for highly detailed and effective retrospective analysis. Now it is easy to keep an eye on the crowd, for example in a football stadium, and providing enough detail to identify individual persons

We have developed the MIC IP 7000 HD-family for extreme applications. These PTZ cameras combine high-quality HD image capture with an IP68/NEMA 6P certified housing, thus ensuring reliable monitoring in demanding weather, installation, and lighting conditions. This means the MIC IP 7000 HD family is particularly suitable for outdoor use. It provides IP video images of the highest quality, and is used among other things to provide security for inner cities, high-ways, and critical infrastructures.

Moving on now to Bosch's intrusion technology:
We have been continuously developing our AMAX 2100 to 4000 intrusion control panels for small to medium-sized applications since their market launch in the last year. This means that you can now conveniently program various macro functions via the panel control center. For example, an individual arming configuration can be performed via a button. An integrated audio alarm is now also available. In the event of an intrusion, the owner or the monitoring center receives a voice message from the panel and can respond immediately.

The fire detectors in Bosch's new AVENAR 4000 series deliver information that, as well as reporting a hazard, can also give clear, simple details regarding disturbance variables caused by radio masts, for example. This can significantly reduce the expenditure for the installation or maintenance of a system.

We would also like to present our cost-effective solution for audio playback in public address and voice alarm systems: The Line Isolator System (LIS) speaker.

The easy-to-install system comes without the need for expensive E30 wiring and creates redundant speaker loops for public address and voice alarm systems. LIS is certified for use in Europe in accordance with EN 54-16 and is suitable for commercial use in buildings with lots of speakers – such as office buildings and hotels.

Of course, this was just a small selection of what we would be happy to present to you live at our stand.

Milestone amps up with new sales director and managers

Milestone amps up with new sales director and managers

Editor / Provider: Milestone | Updated: 8/22/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems aims to continue its position as the market leader for open platform IP video management software (VMS): the company has recently hired more strong players for managing sales in North America, Austria, Germany and Switzerland and the UK. A new Finance Manager has also come on board in the US and the fast-growing Bulgarian office has a new HR Manager. The Danish headquarters has hired a Product Manager and Marketing Manager, too.

Mike Taylor is now the Director of Sales, North America, for Milestone Systems. Since July, he has been responsible for driving new business, tasked with expanding the local, regional and national integrator base and building out the consulting and Architects & Engineers (A&E) Program. Mike Taylor has been in the security industry for over 18 years in key roles that include Brivo Systems Senior Director of Sales and AMAG Technology Vice President of Sales, having started his career with ADT Security Systems.

 

 

 

 Peter Grubauer is Milestone Country Manager DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) since May. He has extensive experience in selling and managing sales teams, from previous positions with Novell, Polycom, Tandberg, Cisco Systems, and Vidyo. He works with a motivational management style from a proven history of building, guiding and retaining high-performance teams to develop and implement strategies for accelerated growth.

 

 

 

 Ava Parissay joined Milestone Systems at the Danish headquarters in June as Senior Products Manager in the Professional Business Unit. With a B.A.Sc. Computer Engineering and M.B.A. from Simon Fraser University, she has worked more than ten years in the high-tech industry, most recently as Product Manager at Avigilon in Canada where she was responsible for the device portfolio and integration program. Prior to this, she was a Product Manager and Head of User Interface Design at Macdonald Dettwiler and Associates.

“Ava will support our team in a number of activities across R&D, Sales and Marketing. She will take ownership of the strategic three-year roadmap for the Professional Business Unit,” says Janne Jacobsen, VP Professional Products, Milestone Systems.

 

 

MorphoTrak appoints Steve Vinsik as VP of new business unit

MorphoTrak appoints Steve Vinsik as VP of new business unit

Editor / Provider: Morpho (Safran) | Updated: 8/15/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Morpho (Safran) announces the appointment of Steve Vinsik as MorphoTrak’s new Vice President of Criminal Justice and Public Security, responsible for delivering biometric and security solutions across the company’s broad span of customers. This includes the FBI, DHS, DoD and many state and local law enforcement and civil agencies.

“Steve brings a wealth of experience and leadership to the excellent staff we have in our newly re-aligned organization,” explains Celeste Thomasson, MorphoTrak’s CEO. “He will help ensure the company remains focused on our customers and our objectives to deliver efficient, best value, cost-effective systems to government agencies at all levels throughout the United States.”

Steve Vinsik comes qualified for the position, having previously served as Vice President and Partner of Unisys Corporation’s Global Security Solutions business unit. He has over 18 years of experience as a delivery and solution executive with an extensive background in service delivery, business development, and portfolio management of security systems spanning biometrics, law enforcement solutions, video security, and cyber security solutions.

Curtin University: Uncomplicated security from  EVVA

Curtin University: Uncomplicated security from EVVA

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by EVVA | Updated: 8/13/2014 | Article type: Education

A total of 7,000 lock cylinders and 300 3KSplus locking system padlocks, made by Austrian manufacturer EVVA, are used at Curtin University in Western Australia. The experienced, Australian EVVA distributor Lock & Key installed the EVVA locking system.

Merging eight into one
Until 2011, the facilities at Curtin University had been operating eight different security systems. Security Supervisor Sean Daly reports: "we were faced with a security risk when patents for various systems were due to expire. Additionally, the use of many different locking systems made handling very difficult." For this reason, the management of Curtin University – more precisely a controlling committee – was seeking an alternative security solution. The requirements are very diverse: one single system must secure all six Curtin University campuses. It must be reliable and provide a long patent term.

A perfect choice
3KSplus is a system that meets all the requirements in the eyes of the committee and an independent security consultant. The system is ideal for locking systems with a complex structure and a vast number of different user groups. This applies most of all to systems with a changing structure and hence particularly for universities. Thanks to the patented, spring-less curve technology, this robust system is suitable for the toughest conditions. The overlapping curve key cuts guarantee optimum security. Additionally, the patent term of 3KSplus does not expire until 2025 and this consequently provides protection against copied keys, illegal replica keys and key manipulations.

Complicated circumstances
Security Supervisor Sean Daly and his team identified the circumstances at each door of the six campuses and compiled a system matrix. In the future, the matrix is intended to manage all 14,000 keys that were handed out to employees and suppliers. The campuses were divided into five zones. In Daly's opinion, this increases the security. "It also increases the system's options for enhancements", Daly continues. There is one grand master key for each zone. Additionally, there is a "master key" for each building and institute as well as individual keys for each room. Furthermore, various service keys will be handed over to service providers. System installation was launched in December 2011 and will carry on until June 2014.

Perfect collaboration
Sean Daly is delighted about the professional level of collaboration with Lock & Key. We were able to implement a difficult project in simple terms thanks to excellent collaboration. For Daly, 3KSplus complies with all the requirements: "the system is robust and reliable."

EVVA technology in the facility
3KSplus mechanical locking system
• 7,000 3KSplus cylinder units
• 300 3KSplus padlock units
• Around 14,000 key units

IDIS and Security Supplies sign distribution agreement

IDIS and Security Supplies sign distribution agreement

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

IDIS and Security Supplies, have signed a strategic partnership that sees the independent security systems distributor offering IDIS DirectIP, the award-winning, full-HD surveillance solution, through its network of branches in the UK.

The announcement follows DirectIP training for over 20 installers hosted at Security Supplies headquarters last month. The IDIS technical team demonstrated DirectIP as the perfect solution for installers to upgrade their customers from legacy analogue CCTV to high definition (HD) surveillance, without the complexity often associated with many IP systems. Featuring plug-and-play implementation coupled with high-performance technology, DirectIP eliminates the need for IP addressing and a deep knowledge of networks, to offer a cost effective networked and HD surveillance solution that can be deployed in hours.

Under the partnership agreement, Security Supplies combines its thirteen year track record and extensive industry knowledge, with dedicated and expert DirectIP sales and technical support across a range of security projects from surveillance upgrades through to highly integrated security solutions.

Martin Cowley, Channel Manager at IDIS Europe, said, “We recognised Security Supplies extensive surveillance expertise coupled with a bespoke customer support model. The agreement indicates the start of a long-term relationship to support installers and integrators from system design and project delivery through to on-going maintenance and support.”

Chris Davis, Managing Director of Security Supplies, added, “IDIS DirectIP simplifies the security buying chain by offering everything our installers need to build a full-HD and networked surveillance solution. The simplicity of installation combined with industry-leading image quality continues to impress both our installation partners and their end user customers.”

Invest in Russian security market – things need to know

Invest in Russian security market – things need to know

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 8/7/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Groteck Business Media, the leading B2B publisher and event organizer that has been serving security, telecom, IT, and broadcasting in Russian market, today co-hosts a seminar with Messe Frankfurt New Era in Taipei, Taiwan, talking about current Russian security market. Andrey Miroshkin, the CEO and owner of Groteck Business Media, and Olga Inshakova, Project Director of Groteck Business Media, presented a full aspect of current Russian market trend and a series of professional suggestions in terms of investing in this market.

Russian security market is forecast to keep growing in the following years, as several major international events such as 2016 IIHF World Championship and 2018 FIFA World Cup are coming up in Russia. Meanwhile, the government in Russia has highly focused on safe city and transportation security projects, whereas global security suppliers has targeted their market strategies on verticals more than usual.

CCTV and video surveillance devices and access control systems will still be taking up the largest proportion of imported security products in Russian market. While premium security systems imported to Russia are mainly manufactured by the U.S., European countries (GB, Germany, France, Italy, and Poland), Japan, and Israel, the component and systems equipped in these systems are mostly originated from China, according to Inshakova'. Interestingly, some hi-tech products in Russian market are mainly provided by Taiwanese, Chinese, and Korean suppliers.

As Miroshkin mentioned in the seminar, there are some basic options for the suppliers who intend to invest in the Russian security market; however, some potential issues need to be considered while making business call. For example, as care-free as it may seem, hiring a distributor cannot be merely about selling and delivering products to the end users. Handling promotion and advertising campaigns through independent local distributors can lead to disappointing outcome, especially when the distributors do not fully understand the investor's product lines and target verticals.

On the other hand, representative office could be a wiser choice. Running business through representative office suggests having better control over both promotion and distribution. However, Russian authorities forbid representative offices directly involved in commercial activities. In order to legally take part in commercial activities, the investors may consider opening branch offices to engage in commercial activities legally in Russia. Educating your customers is crucial in the Russian market, according to Miroshkin. Lacking of informative connection with the customers can easily give the competitors an upper hand. Furthermore, to make sure the promotion worth every penny, the investors need to think Russia-wide, because business works differently from Siberia and from Moscow – that is the reason for hiring more than one professional representative in Russia.

Bosch delivers integrated solution for Warsaw landmark building

Bosch delivers integrated solution for Warsaw landmark building

Editor / Provider: Bosch Security System | Updated: 8/7/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Bosch Security Systems has delivered a complete and integrated security solution for the New Union Square, a landmark building at historic Lublin Union Square in Warsaw, Poland. The New Union Square, which has been completed in May 2014, features a 23-story tower with two 7-story bars in a triangular alignment and contains a shopping center, offices and a large parking garage. It has a floor area of more than 100.000 square meters. Completely based on Bosch technology, local partner CORAL installed fire detection, access control, video surveillance and voice evacuation systems, all of them being networked and integrated through the IP protocol and the Bosch Building Integration System (BIS).

The building complex has a central monitoring room from which security staff can control all security systems. Thanks to the tight integration they can correlate events from the different subsystems and thus use all video cameras to verify alarms of the other systems in real time, greatly reducing reaction times and improving both operational and cost efficiency. The fire alarm system has a modular architecture with eight networked fire panels, which support more than 14.000 fire detectors, controls and external devices. In case of an alarm, the evacuation instruction can be distributed to different zones and to any of the installed 3.200 loudspeakers through Bosch's PRAESIDEO digital public address and voice evacuation system. This system is also used to broadcast music and advertisements in the shopping center during business hours.

The video system is comprised of 195 cameras, two servers with the Bosch Video Management System and seven disk arrays with a combined capacity of 110 Terabytes. This is sufficient to store more than one month worth of video data, thereby fulfilling a critical requirement of the building operator. Finally, the access control system features more than 240 readers, securing doors, elevators, reception areas, the main gates and tripod turnstiles.

The entire solution was designed as an integrated security system to combine the highest security level with great efficiency both in operations and cost. Supported by Bosch, CORAL developed and installed the entire solution perfectly in time for the opening.

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.

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