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NSI approved companies to receive 20% discount on all Tavcom training courses

From today, National Security Inspectorate (NSI) approved companies are entitled to claim a 20% discount on all Tavcom Training programmes.

A partnership arrangement between Tavcom Training, the UK supplier of practical and e-learning electronic security systems training and the NSI – the specialist certification body for the UK’s security and fire safety companies – has been established for the benefit of NSI approved companies.

Paul Tennent

Paul Tennent

NSI approved companies may now take advantage of a preferential rate for all Tavcom distance learning online programmes, as well as the traditional classroom and workshop-based courses conducted at its Hampshire Training Centre.

“The NSI and Tavcom share a vision of raising standards in the electronic security industry, and Tavcom’s offer underpins Best Practice in all aspects of a security system’s design, implementation, operation and maintenance,” said Paul Tennent, group sales director at Tavcom Training.

“We’re very pleased to have agreed this initiative. It’s designed to encourage installers, systems integrators, Control Room operators and organisations who are NSI approved to take the opportunity to improve their skill sets and, in the process, acquire career-enhancing accredited qualifications.”

Skills and knowledge enhancement

Commenting on the partnership, Richard Jenkins (CEO of the NSI) said: “Every year, our national team of auditors completes in the region of 4,000 regular and robust audits of NSI approved companies to verify their continual compliance with industry standards. We welcome the opportunity for our NSI approved companies to access high quality training courses in order to enhance their skills and knowledge as technological advances in the sector continue apace.”

Richard Jenkins

Richard Jenkins

Jenkins added: “The NSI runs its own popular training courses, primarily based on sector standards. By complementing this offer with Tavcom’s provision of quality, accredited courses, NSI’s approved companies have access to a broader range of cost-effective training options that will help to bolster the learning and development of their employees. NSI approved companies are able to take full advantage of this opportunity and we’re delighted that this partnership between our two organisations has been established.”

*An online version of the Tavcom Prospectus – which provides information on over 70 different classroom, workshop and online training courses – can be viewed at www.tavcom.com. Printed copies are available on request by e-mailing: sales@tavcom.com

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TDSi launches EXgarde 4.4 version of integrated security software solution

TDSi has announced the launch of EXgarde 4.4, the latest version of its fully integrated access control solution. EXgarde 4.4 offers a Tenant Event Split option, Elevator Dispatch facility, integration with SimonsVoss’ wireless locking solutions, an updated EXtour Module, a security tours function and a new EXgarde Web Interface.

EXgarde 4.4 adds considerable additional functionality, as Mike Sussman (TDSi’s technical director) explained to Risk UK: “While EXgarde 4.4 shares many functions of previous versions,” said Sussman, “this latest version has been designed to incorporate a wide array of new features which add useful additional value to what’s already a heavily feature-rich and comprehensive security solution.”

Sussman continued: “The new features are designed for a myriad of uses, from giving landlords greater control over access rights to ensuring lift systems work in conjunction with access control through IP connectivity. Equally, we’ve included full integration with SimonsVoss’ wireless locking systems for improved flexibility and scope of installation, updated the EXtour module to assist security teams with their scheduled tours and designed a web interface which will give greater flexibility as to where security operators use and manage EXgarde.”

Tenant Event Split

EXgarde 4.4 allows landlords to partition visibility of system and operator events according to the tenant using them. For example, if EXgarde is overseeing a number of different facilities it will be preferable that tenants are not privy to the details of other sites or properties. Landlords can specify the access and information rights allotted to the user.

Elevator Dispatch

This special function is designed to speed up travel and ease congestion in high traffic buildings. When a key holder enters the access controlled area through the entrance/turnstile, EXgarde informs the elevator system which then calculates the quickest elevator route to their destination floor (and notifies/guides them automatically).

SimonsVoss Integration

The new version of EXgarde features full integration with the SimonsVoss SmartIntego Online locking solutions. When used in conjunction with TDSi’s core systems, this allows greater flexibility in remote areas where access control may be more difficult to implement.

Extour Module update

EXgarde PRO’s Extour Module update allows the end user to pre-define specific security tours using existing access control readers. Each specified tour defines the order in which the readers should be visited along with the set time they should be checked.

Alarms in EXtour indicate in real-time if specific tour points have not been reached, in turn alerting operators to a potential emergency situation.

EXgarde Web Interface

TDSi’s new web interface allows security operators/users to log into the server via their chosen web browser. This permits access to key functionality, such as adding and removing key holders and keys, remote door control, basic reporting and live event monitoring.

EXgarde 4.4 is available in three options to match the applications of the operator/end user:

  • EXgarde Express: Entry level version designed for a single site and up to 32 doors with limited features
  • EXgarde PRO: Advanced level, feature-rich version which is multi-site compatible and can control up to 32 doors. An upgrade to ‘Unlimited’ is also available
  • EXgarde Enterprise: Unlimited door version designed for enterprise-level operations

*For further details on EXgarde 4.4 visit www.tdsi.co.uk

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TDSi to introduce benefits of MIFARE Plus and DESFire compatible readers at IFSEC International 2015

Integrated security solutions developer TDSi will be introducing the benefits of its new range of readers to visitors on Stand F1100 at IFSEC International 2015. Models in the range, which include new versions of the company’s MIFARE and Proximity Readers, are all compatible with MIFARE Plus and DESFire for added end user security and flexibility.

The new range of readers is an important addition to TDSi’s product catalogue. “Readers are a staple ingredient for many security access systems,” said managing director John Davies, “so we’ve listened closely to our customers, installers and partners to ensure these products offer exactly what’s needed and that we can stay ahead of the curve with regards to real security requirements.”

MIFARE Plus compatibility was highlighted as a central component in the development of the new TDSi readers. MIFARE Plus and DESFire technology provides even higher levels of security while maintaining the flexibility and affordability which has made the original MIFARE technology so popular.

Research suggests that installing/upgrading and using the MIFARE Plus and DESFire reader technology can cut the threat from cloned cards by 50%. For a small difference in cost, the end user customer can achieve the peace of mind of a more secure platform.

With backwards compatibility and several variant combinations, the new readers also ensure previous card reading investments are not made redundant by an upgrade and are suitable for all applications. This also offers the option to operate different types of cards on the same network, continuing the use of existing cards where appropriate until a full upgrade is ready to be implemented.

As well as the new readers, TDSi will also be showcasing the variety and versatility of its security product range, from one door applications through to multi-site systems. On display will be the company’s SOLOgarde, MICROgarde and EXcel controllers, as well as TDSi’s enterprise solutions, along with the combined possibilities of its software products (including EXgarde security management and VUgarde CCTV software integration).

Stand F1100 will be showing visitors the integration options of TDSi’s products with the expert security systems of other providers. Product and marketing manager Sarah Phillips told Risk UK: “The latest version of our complete security solution, EXgarde 4.4, has been designed to operate with the systems of other specialist providers in their field. This includes Milestone’s video surveillance solutions, Simons Voss’ wireless locking products, ASSA ABLOY’s Aperio locking systems and Texecom’s intruder systems.”

The company will also be presenting the considerable benefits of joining its partner scheme, which includes support for growth and business development for members, as well as offering comprehensive technical support.

Phillips concluded: “We’re keen to discuss how our partner programme has been developed to fully meet individual customer needs and to ensure that our partners receive the exact level of support they need. The TDSi team will be available on Stand F1100 throughout IFSEC International 2015 to talk to visitors whatever their security needs.”

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Showsec on fast track to more success in wake of Silverstone contract win

Event security and crowd management specialist Showsec has won a new contract with one of the UK’s most iconic sporting venues. The company is now providing its services at Silverstone, the world-renowned home of the Formula One British Grand Prix as well as many other high profile motor racing events in the sporting calendar.

The contract win represents a highly-significant development for Showsec as the company endeavours to develop an even stronger presence within the world of sport.

The greatest events in British motor racing take place at the Northamptonshire circuit during the course of a packed programme which runs from the end of March right through to the beginning of November.

Showsec has won a prestigious security and safety contract at Silverstone

Showsec has won a prestigious security and safety contract at Silverstone

“This is a prestigious opportunity for the company to work with a venue which rightfully enjoys iconic status in the world of sport and, indeed, beyond that arena,” explained Richard Church, Showsec’s regional manager for the Midlands. “We feel privileged to be given this chance of playing a key role in upholding that proud reputation over the busy programme of events which lies ahead, and look forward to this being the start of a long-term relationship with the client.”

Church added: “We believe there’s real synergy between Silverstone and ourselves in terms of the commitment to customer experience. Our own experience of successfully delivering crowd management and security plans for large-scale sporting events, such as the Tour de France last year, will certainly be of value to us in undertaking this exciting new challenge.”

Showsec is now drawing on its strong management infrastructure to lead operations at Silverstone over the coming months. The contract delivery will be headed up by Church and East Midlands area manager Joe Milner. Further support for account manager Chris Senior will be provided by area managers Ieuan Fury and Louise Stockden.

“The size and scale of this opportunity is highlighted by the fact that there are motor racing events virtually every weekend across a seven-month period,” stated Church. “The circuit does have its own in-house security team, though. In some cases, such as for smaller events, we will be providing support to that team, but at the other end of the scale there are massive occasions such as the British Grand Prix.”

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OPTEX set to highlight industry-specific security and safety solutions at IFSEC International 2015

The OPTEX Group will be exhibiting an extensive selection of smart access control and perimeter detection solutions at IFSEC International 2015, with an emphasis on the range of industrial and commercial applications for which its products are designed.

With the commercial audience in mind, OPTEX will be exhibiting its new iVISION+ on Stand E600. This is a wireless door and gate video entry system with up to 100 metres transmission range. Also on display will be battery-operated outdoor intrusion systems that now can integrate with the popular Ricochet-enabled wireless alarm panels for optimum performance.

For commercial and industrial applications, the OPTEX Group will be demonstrating key developments in its true integration capabilities. Farsight Security Services, for example, will be demonstrating its cloud-based monitoring solutions built around a combined Axis Communications camera/OPTEX Redwall sensor ‘core’ security system.

OPTEX will also be demonstrating exactly how its IP sensors are able to integrate with a multitude of PSIM and VMS providers to meet the demands of any high security project.

Detail of the OPTEX Accurance 3D solution

Detail of the OPTEX Accurance 3D solution

In terms of internal access control applications for high security projects such as data centres, banks, Government buildings and critical infrastructure, OPTEX is set to preview its new anti-tailgating access control solution known as Accurance 3D, as well as the SecurLan network cable protection technology.

Accurance 3D is a ‘time-of-flight’ tailgating and piggybacking detection technology that provides an extra layer of access control security. It features intelligent analytics to automatically detect intruders while also providing 3D height-colour co-ordinated images for system controllers.

“Safeguarding critical infrastructure, including data centres, requires a multi-layered approach,” said Ricky Miwa, managing director of OPTEX Europe, “from fibre optic perimeter intrusion detection systems to 3D thermal sensors for field detection and access control solutions designed for restricted access areas.”

Miwa added: “Our new sensing technologies are consistently delivering the very best in security solutions, while at the same time our ever-expanding partnerships with third party providers are delivering integrated solutions on a global scale.”

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Bulgaria’s prime security provider SOT chooses Winsted for Control Room furniture project

Control Room furniture developer Winsted has been chosen to equip a stunning new Control Room on behalf of Bulgaria’s leading security provider SOT 161.

Specialising in the delivery of a highly professional and focused range of security services, SOT is Bulgaria’s largest security provider. The company’s 4,500 security staff protect more than 85,000 sites across the country, all of which are managed centrally from the National Operations Centre in Sofia.

The National Operations Centre runs on a 24/7, 365 days a year basis and monitors the assets of numerous companies and properties, including Embassy residencies, Government buildings, banks, High Street stores, sports facilities, hotels, car dealerships, offices and ATMs.

SOT realised that the company’s staff had to be able to operate effectively in the Control Room as this is a major factor when it comes to influencing the response time and outcome of incidents. An ergonomic solution was a must.

Winsted was invited to provide ideas for the Control Rooms’ furniture requirements and duly produced computer-aided design (CAD) drawings and colour renders giving a complete visualisation of the project.

The SOT Control Room

The SOT Control Room

While great importance was given to workstations having an optimum ergonomic design, the use of space and aesthetics were also important considerations in selecting the correct console design and space layout for the Control Room.

Winsted proposed and delivered a solution based on a Prestige Sight-Line console, with a stand-alone M-View media wall selected for its modern aesthetics within a contemporary environment. Console design allows for 19” rack-mounted electronic equipment, while Winsted’s Versa-Trak display mounting system affords ergonomic comfort and ‘adjustability’.

Combined with VESA-compliant brackets, Versa-Trak has enabled screens to be easily attached and provides horizontal and vertical adjustability for optimal viewing angles and sight lines for the operating staff.

Also incorporated into the console design is an enhanced cable management system consisting of a large dual-cable raceway hidden inside the console, in turn keeping all cables hidden from view but easily accessible.

“The aim of the new Control Room was to create a solution that meets current requirements while at the same time affording flexibility for future extension needs,” commented Darren Allen, Winsted’s European sales manager. “Combined with the modern interior, the console design really does give the space a ‘wow’ factor.”

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ONVIF to highlight Profile Q with Quick Install Challenge at IFSEC International 2015

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, will be an exhibitor at IFSEC International 2015 in London, which runs from 16-18 June at ExCeL. On stand D530, ONVIF will host a Quick Install Challenge for its newest profile, Profile Q, and will also provide an interoperability demonstration on Profile S to highlight the functionality of its interoperability specifications for the physical security industry. 

“Our Profile Q Quick Install Challenge allows visitors to test for themselves how simple it is to connect Profile Q conformant devices and clients,” said Per Björkdahl, chairman of ONVIF’s Steering Committee. “With an additional demonstration of Profile S, ONVIF will highlight how interoperability between brands works in everyday applications.”

The Quick Install Challenge for Profile Q showcases the easy set-up of the new profile. Attendees will be tasked with setting up and connecting a Profile Q conformant camera and a Profile Q conformant video management system. A prize will be awarded to the participant with the fastest time.

ONVIF member companies are sponsoring ONVIF’s exhibitor’s booth at IFSEC International, as well as the interoperability demonstrations. The 2015 IFSEC International ONVIF sponsors are: Axis Communications, Bosch Security Systems, Synetics, Oncam, Meyertech, Hikvision and Panasonic.

Founded in 2008, ONVIF now consists of more than 500 member companies in six continents and more than 4,000 Profile conformant products. With Profile S for streaming video, Profile G for recording and storage, Profile C for physical access control and Profile Q for easy installation and advanced security features, ONVIF continues to work with its members to expand the number of IP video integration solutions ONVIF conformant products can provide.

Further information about ONVIF’s conformant products, including vendors and the conformant models, is available on ONVIF’s website at: www.onvif.org.

ONVIF was established to develop a global open standard for IP-based physical security products. Membership is open to manufacturers, software developers, consultants, system integrators, end users and other interest groups that wish to participate in the activities of ONVIF.

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