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Videx debuts access control solutions range for end users

Door entry and access control systems developer Videx has launched a new access control range which provides enhanced features for businesses across the UK.

The new range offers tailor-made products that are compatible with standard single gang flush back boxes, making installation simple. The stand-alone or networked keypads, proximity readers and exit switches are available in six different colours to match surroundings and different types of buildings, both public and private.

“The existing access control product range available in today’s market is aesthetically quite limited,” said Neil Thomas, general manager at Videx. “Of course, there are a number of access control systems to manage entry through doors but most of the products do not fit in well with the décor of the building. The Videx range includes proximity readers, keypads and touch-to-exit switches in a compact design, which turns a necessary accessory into a modern, stylish feature within any home or building.”

The Videx products are designed for any building where access needs to be restricted, controlled or monitored. This includes commercial buildings such as shopping centres, offices and storage facilities through to public premises like schools, hospitals, doctor surgeries, nurseries and libraries.

 The new Videx access control solutions range

The new Videx access control solutions range

A key defining feature of the range is the multi-colour rectangular status LED. The proximity readers change colour depending on whether the user’s key fob is active (yellow), accepted (green) or denied (red).

The exit switch within the range is touch sensitive and also has the multi-colour notification – whether the door is closed (red) or open (green). Uniquely, it has a very clear, visual status indicator with ‘EXIT’ engraved in large letters making it easy to locate and operate, even from a distance.

Thomas continued: “The colour-coded status notification means all those who work within a given building can easily access and exit the secure areas. As well as making the exit signs very clear to see, this enables those with affected eyesight or partial eyesight to move through the building as they should. The range is compliant with the disability discrimination aspects of The Equality Act 2010, which is another important element for end users to consider when choosing which access control systems they would like to see installed.”

In conclusion, Thomas commented: “The new products with large rectangular status LEDs are designed to overcome the difficulty people may have in locating exit buttons when leaving a building. The compact size and choice of colours also allows installations to be custom-made to match the look and feel of that particular building, whatever the required specification.”

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TDSi recognises Partner Excellence in Annual Awards

Integrated security solutions specialist TDSi has announced the winners of its 2014 Partner Awards. Sovereign Fire and Security has won UK Platinum Partner of the Year and Siel Invest in Romania has been named as Export Partner of the Year.

The annual TDSi awards recognise partners’ excellence, not only in terms of sales performance but also in the areas of customer service, installation excellence and innovative integration.

John Davies, managing director of TDSi, commented: “We’re delighted to honour Sovereign Fire and Security and Siel Invest in this year’s awards. As a manufacturer and developer of integrated security solutions, we recognise the importance of our partners as the key link to our end users taking our products and services directly to the market. Both Sovereign Fire and Security and Siel Invest have excelled in their categories, demonstrating excellence in the planning and installation of projects that have enhanced customers’ security and offered superb value for money.”

The TDSi Sovereign Partner Awards 2014

The TDSi Sovereign Partner Awards 2014

Upon receiving the award, Marek Jakubczyk, managing director of Sovereign Fire and Security, said: “We’re proud to have been honoured in this year’s TDSi Partner Awards, especially in the coveted UK Platinum Partner of the Year category. TDSi’s systems offer the reliability and compatibility options that our clients need. When we specify and install these systems we take responsibility for the whole project, so we rely on working with partners that are experts in their field, offering products, services and support that encompass excellence. We look forward to our continued partnership and working closely with TDSi.”

Vlad Craciunescu, business development manager of Siel Invest, was equally pleased to receive the Export Partner of the Year Award from TDSi.

“The Romanian security market is a rapidly growing and exciting one which is demanding the latest integrated products to accompany the expansion of infrastructure,” explained Craciunescu. “Working with TDSi allows us to offer the best products and service at the right price point and is helping us to expand our security offering within the market. Along with our installation expertise and broad experience within the local market, this partnership is proving to be very fruitful indeed.”

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Mobile phone theft research report highlights models targeted by thieves

Research published by Home Secretary Theresa May not only highlights the most popular handsets targeted by thieves but also sets out practical steps to protect mobile phones from being stolen.

The research paper includes a ‘Mobile Phone Theft Ratio’ that shows which handsets may be most likely to be targeted by thieves.

The paper – which was produced with the Behavioural Insights Team and pieced together in consultation with the mobile phone industry – also sets out practical steps as to how members of the public can protect their mobile phones from being stolen.

The Mobile Phone Theft Ratio – based on data for the period August 2012 to January 2014 – is topped by the Apple iPhone models 5, 5C, 5S and 4S followed by the BlackBerry 9790 in fifth place. Samsung Galaxy and HTC phones also feature on the index.

Mobile phone theft is an increasing problem

Mobile phone theft is an increasing problem

The likelihood of a phone being targeted by thieves is driven by a number of factors, including the overall desirability of the phone itself, the ease of access to valuable personal data stored on handsets and the perceived risk of the phone being tracked once it has been stolen.

Level of theft remains a concern

Home Secretary Theresa May said: “Crime has fallen by more than 10% under this Government. This is good news for a safer England and Wales. However, the level of mobile phone theft remains a concern. People are increasingly carrying their lives in their pockets, with bank details, e-mails and other sensitive personal information easily accessible through mobile phones. This is why it’s vital that Government, the police service and industry work together to tackle this form of criminality.”

The Home Secretary continued: “The Mobile Phone Theft Ratio will inform consumers about which mobile phones are most targeted by thieves. We are also working with industry to stop the reactivation of phones overseas, thereby killing the export market on which organised criminals rely. The mobile phone industry is already taking vital action to introduce features that enable phones to be tracked and wiped if they are stolen. It’s encouraging to see that these security improvements have contributed to recorded theft from the person falling by 10% in the last year, according to the most recent crime statistics.”

The paper highlights the success of new features, such as the new iOS7 operating system developed by Apple, and the Find My Mobile and Reactivation Lock features introduced by Samsung.

Intelligence from the Metropolitan Police Service suggests that the iOS7 system has already affected the black market value of stolen phones.

The research paper also shows that people are most likely to have their phones stolen directly from their person (through pick-pocketing) or when the handset is briefly left unattended, for example at a table in a bar. The data highlights that certain groups are particularly vulnerable: 14-24 year olds, and most notably women are more likely than any other group to be the victims of mobile phone theft.

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