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IHS Research Note: Impact of Access Control on Mechanical Locking Devices

Adi Pavlovic (analyst for access control, fire and security at IHS) comments on how the adoption of access control systems is impacting mechanical and peripheral locking devices.

The increased popularity of electronic access control systems is contributing to the market growth of electric strikes and electromagnetic locks, each of which is forecast to outperform mechanical locks through 2017.

From 2012 to 2017, IHS expects global revenues for electromagnetic locks and electric strikes will grow at compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) of 6.9% and 7.8% respectively. In comparison, mechanical locks are projected to experience a weaker CAGR of 4.5% in the same time frame.

Access control systems are becoming increasingly popular because they provide a higher level of security while offering integration opportunities with time management and building automation systems. While the main barrier for growth of electronic access control is higher upfront cost, the long term benefits involve reduction in costs associated with re-keying mechanical cylinders.

Typical Mechanical Door Lock

Typical Mechanical Door Lock

Although the trend towards access control solutions is driving the uptake of electric locking devices, they are not completely replacing mechanical locks.

IHS expects most applications still require a mechanical lock override in the case of a power failure or system error. Thus, access control is only limiting the growth of mechanical solutions in the medium-term, not necessarily replacing them.

Electric lock uptake

In terms of electric lock uptake, electromagnetic locks and electric strikes are the most common electric locking devices used in accordance with access control systems.

Traditionally, electromagnetic locks have been the standard solution. However, mature markets such as the United States and Western Europe have started adopting electric strikes at a stronger pace.

Electric strikes are assumed to be more secure, aesthetically-pleasing and more energy efficient than electromagnetic locks and are projected to have stronger growth from 2012 to 2017 in every region except Asia. This is due to the Chinese market’s preference for using electromagnetic locks over electric strikes.

Electromagnetic locks are easier to manufacture, more affordable and simpler to install making them ideal for more price-competitive markets such as China.

This trend towards electric locking solutions is not only impacting mechanical locks, but also exit devices as well. Globally, standard mechanical exit devices were estimated by IHS to account for 70.8% of all exit device revenues in 2012. This number is projected to decline to 69.8% by 2017 due to the increased adoption of electrified trim and electrified latch retraction exit devices.

Solutions that implement electric locking devices as a means of security will commonly install electric exit devices for egress in order to fulfil a complete access control system.

Growth and predicted revenues

Overall, the trend towards electric locking solutions is active on a global level. While growth for mechanical locks is expected to be somewhat limited due to this trend, the global mechanical locks market is still projected to have healthy growth in the medium-term.

In terms of revenue, when comparing the markets for exit devices, mechanical locks and electric locks (strikes and electromagnetic), IHS estimates that about 77% were mechanical in 2012.

By 2017, IHS expects the market for mechanical solutions to represent only 71%.

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Sodexo appoints Simon Pears as global security director

Sodexo, the world’s largest services company, has announced that Simon Pears has been appointed global security director to enhance the company’s capabilities in providing global professional security services.

Pears joined Sodexo UK and Ireland back in 2007 and was instrumental in establishing and delivering Secure by Sodexo, the company’s security offer. Secure by Sodexo has been extremely successful in providing clients with professional security services, and is now ranked in the top 1% of security providers for quality delivery in the UK.

Ian Mills, group vice-president for Sodexo’s Worldwide Technical Expertise Platform, commented: “Simon has a unique ability to understand, design and implement policy, procedure and process that delivers cost-effective and highly efficient security solutions to our clients. He has worked extensively on delivering industry-leading regulatory compliance within Sodexo and has built a network of key industry contacts both in the UK and beyond.”

Mills added: “In December 2013, Simon was admitted to the Register of Chartered Security Professionals having met the stringent criteria, an achievement which is testament to his commitment and professionalism in the provision of security services. We look forward to Simon helping us develop Sodexo’s worldwide security capabilities.”

Simon Pears: promoted to global security director at Sodexo

Simon Pears: promoted to global security director at Sodexo

In his new role, Pears will be responsible for supporting the Sodexo Group by developing and co-ordinating all aspects of the security business model across all countries. He’ll also be supporting the implementation of regional and country security processes and driving standardisation, consistency and Best Practice across the Sodexo business.

In addition, Pears is to support the marketing offer development and tender preparation for security expertise as well as the security contracts within Sodexo’s international large accounts to drive Best Practice and ensure contractual requirements are being delivered.

Pears is a member of the Security Industry Authority Standards and Strategy Working Group and represents the International Professional Security Association (IPSA) on the Security Regulatory Alliance in preparation for the introduction of business licensing in the UK.

Pears’ memberships encompass IPSA, ASIS, The Security Institute, The Security Institute of Ireland and The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals.

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Solent NHS Trust selects Skyguard to protect community-based staff

Solent NHS Trust has chosen Skyguard to protect 700 of its lone working staff after conducting a thorough OJEU tender process.

The Trust provides specialist community and mental health services to local people, principally in the Portsmouth and Southampton area with some services reaching across a wider part of Hampshire.

Due to the nature of the services provided there’s a significant proportion of the Trust’s 3,800-plus staff who work in the community, often on a solo basis.

Recent alarming statistics show that 21% of NHS mental health staff across England and Wales have reported at least one physical assault in the past year.

Simon Zammit, Solent NHS Trust’s Local Security Management Specialist, was entrusted to implement appropriate and effective lone worker protection to ensure the safety and well-being of the Trust’s community-based clinical staff.

Solent NHS Trust has selected Skyguard to protect 700 of its lone working staff after conducting a thorough OJEU tender process

Solent NHS Trust has selected Skyguard to protect 700 of its lone working staff after conducting a thorough OJEU tender process

An EU tender process commenced with the intention of sourcing the most appropriate and cost-effective solution for the Trust’s needs. Upon a thorough evaluation of each supplier’s proposal, due to the combination of its technical and financial bid, Skyguard was awarded the contract to supply 700 MySOS personal safety devices to the Trust.

Simplicity of operation

Skyguard was chosen for a number of reasons. First, the MySOS device’s design and technical specification impressed the award committee. With simple one button alarm activation, an alarm containing the user’s personal details and GPS location is sent to Skyguard’s 24/7 Incident Management Centre where highly-trained controllers will manage any emergency.

Although the device has a wealth of features and functions, the simplicity of operation and the flexibility afforded to users in the way the device can be carried was a big plus point.

It wasn’t just the MySOS that the Trust was impressed with. The protection of employees and those in your care is a serious business, and to be awarded a contract to safeguard high-risk staff requires assurances of the highest level.

Skyguard is externally audited and approved to the highest industry standards – BS 8484:2011, BS 5979 (Category II) and the Association of Chief Police Officer’s ‘Secured by Design’ accolade. Compliance with these standards plus the adherence to NHS Information Governance requirements demonstrated Skyguard’s ongoing commitment to supplying the very best in lone worker protection.

Effective implementation plan

Since the award of the contract, Skyguard has worked closely with the Trust to ensure an effective implementation plan was put into action. Zammit was impressed with the professional support during the implementation, which was tailored to suit the needs of the organisation in training staff and deploying units at the earliest opportunity.

Zammit commented: “A deciding factor in choosing Skyguard was the clear demonstration of the company’s desire to work with the Trust to ensure an effective roll-out. We’ve been proven right in our choice. The service from Skyguard has been very professional, right from the early days during the procurement project through the implementation, where the company has proven to be extremely flexible and helpful, and then into the operational deployment of the service and devices.”

Skyguard’s service has already proven invaluable for at least one Solent NHS Trust community nurse. Upon leaving a visit with a patient, she came across an elderly man having a seizure and drifting out of consciousness. The nurse activated her MySOS device, calling for help while providing CPR.

Skyguard’s controllers were able to manage the emergency, calling and directing an ambulance to the scene, which enabled the nurse to concentrate on keeping the gentleman alive. Skyguard can prove a vital lifeline in many forms – not just lone worker protection.

Allowing staff to focus on their roles

Will Murray, Skyguard’s marketing director, commented: “More and more NHS Trusts are switching to Skyguard because our service is easy to use, reliable and responsive. These are essential qualities when you are facing a potentially life-threatening situation, giving staff confidence and allowing them to focus on their job.”

When asked if he would recommend Skyguard to other Trusts, Simon Zammit commented: “I have already. Simply because the service has been great and provides real reassurance to our staff, while helping the Trust to fulfil its Duty of Care.”

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Challenge of airport perimeter security highlighted by Christmas Day breaches

In his latest Research Note, Blake Kozak (senior analyst for access control, fire and security at IHS) comments on the recent perimeter security breaches at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and Newark International Airport in the United States.

Protecting the perimeter of airports remains a difficult task across the US. On 25 December 2013, perimeter fence breaches occurred at two separate airports: Newark, New Jersey and Phoenix, Arizona.

In 2013, IHS estimated electronic perimeter security installations at airports in the US to be worth about $25 million for the hardware and software alone, or about 9% of the perimeter security market in the US.

The breach at Newark went unnoticed for 24 hours, when security footage was reviewed and revealed the trespass. At the time of the incident, Newark reportedly had CCTV and motion sensors in place which alarmed. However, there was a significant delay in response.

At Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, no electronic perimeter security systems are in place, with the airport operator instead relying on layered physical barriers, cameras and airport employees.

Newark International Airport

Newark International Airport

As of 2013, no update has been made for any guidelines surrounding the requirement for perimeter security at airports. Most of the requirements are for physical fencing, not electronic security.

Additionally, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) isn’t directly responsible for all security functions within an airport, and perimeter security is one of those areas.

Perimeter security is primarily the responsibility of airport operators. That said, the airport operators must adhere to certain security plans that meet Federal standards.

The budget for perimeter security falls with the airport operator and is not funded by the TSA. Two examples of regulations that must be abided by include 49 CFR Part 1542 and 14 CFR 139.

Overall, IHS expects that airport management teams will continue to invest in perimeter security and the investment will be for technologies such as fence sensors, radars and video analytics – all sensor types which will not be impacted by the noise and vibrations of aircraft.

Since many, airports have a limited budget, they must work to win grants in order to procure such a solution.

For their part, manufacturers should continue to work with airport operators in order to provide the most cost-effective solutions and evidence of a solution’s reliability and proven probability of detection in real-life Case Studies.

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Axis Communications strengthens regional management team

Network video specialist Axis Communications is gearing up for continued growth in 2014 with a key new appointment and a promotion within its senior management team in Northern Europe.

Dominic Jones joins Axis Communications in the role of regional marketing manager and will be based in Watford.

Prior to joining Axis, Jones spent two years with Samsung Techwin Europe as the company’s European marketing manager. In his new role, he’ll be responsible for overseeing all marketing activity conducted by the company throughout the UK and Nordic markets.

Indeed, Jones will play a significant part in helping Axis Communications maintain its market-leading position.

Dominic Jones: joining Axis Communications from Samsung Techwin Europe

Dominic Jones: joining Axis Communications from Samsung Techwin Europe

Commenting on his appointment, Jones said: “Axis Communications enjoys a reputation as a fast-growing, entrepreneurial company with an open-minded culture. The business has a history of delivering innovative solutions that create new opportunities for all of its partners, and this is something I hope to build upon in 2014.”

New role for Daren Lang

Also moving into a new role is Daren Lang, who has been a key member of the Axis Communications UK sales and business development team for the last six years.

Lang will now assume the role of regional business development manager for Northern Europe, with responsibility for driving convergence in industry segments as well as strengthening the ADP, TPP and A&E programs for technology partners and consultants.

Daren Lang: regional business development manager for Northern Europe at Axis Communications

Daren Lang: regional business development manager for Northern Europe at Axis Communications

Speaking about this new role, Lang commented: “Both the people and the culture at Axis Communications are very special, and I’m proud to be part of such a fantastic team. I look forward to the challenge of my new role, growing the business development team and increasing Axis’ presence across a wider section of market segments. It’s our ambition for Axis Communications to be recognised worldwide as the brand of choice for video surveillance.”

Dominic and Daren’s appointments will form part of a strategic move to strengthen Axis’ regional sales and marketing provision and help meet the rapid growth in demand for the company’s products.

Atul Rajput: regional director for Northern Europe

Atul Rajput: regional director for Northern Europe

Atul Rajput, regional director for Northern Europe, added: “We’re delighted to welcome Dominic and Daren into their new roles. Axis Communications has always strived to offer ‘Best in Class’ support for its wide network of loyal partners and leverage those relationships to deliver ‘Best of Breed’ solutions. The expansion of the Northern Europe division will help us to continue to support our channel in focusing on cost-effective solutions that deliver real business value for our customers that not only raise the bar for safety and security, but also positively impact operations and business processes.”

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