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IFSEC International 2015: ASSA Abloy reports on a successful event highlighting integrated security solutions

ASSA Abloy used the platform of IFSEC International 2015 to showcase integrated security solutions and access control technology from its leading brands.

At ExCeL London between 16-18 June, the company revealed how its future-proof solutions enable customers to have the correct level of access across a wide range of end user markets, including the commercial, education, healthcare, transport and retail sectors.

Also demonstrated was the flexibility of the available solutions which is enabled through ‘open’ communication technology. Products from ASSA Abloy, Abloy, Mul-T-Lock, Traka and Yale were showcased.

The company’s stand featured an Integration Zone detailing how the group’s access control products offer “an unrivalled proposition” through the use of open communication protocols that are easily scalable and which can be integrated with most security systems (as well as being compatible with all major OEMs).

ASSA Abloy benefited from a successful IFSEC International 2015

ASSA Abloy benefited from a successful IFSEC International 2015

In essence, the Integration Zone showcased the group’s breadth of product offerings and global capability.

Chris Bone, vice-president of access control solutions for the EMEA region at ASSA Abloy, said: “IFSEC International 2015 proved to be a hugely important show for us, not only allowing us to showcase our latest product innovations but also providing the business with an excellent platform to display our ability to operate as a global solutions partner.”

Bone continued: “There was a constant stream of visitors to our stand, all of whom had the opportunity to hear first hand from our partners about why they choose to work with ASSA Abloy and to see the Integration Zone that successfully displayed the flexibility provided by our open communications systems.”

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LOCKEN launches intelligent CyberKey Vault 20S technology solution for safe key storage

LOCKEN – the developer of cable-free access control technology whose solution concentrates on power, intelligence and communication in one smart key – has announced the addition of the CyberKey Vault 20S to its range.

Based on Cyberlock technology, the Vault 20S brings additional value to LOCKEN’s solution in those environments where it’s more appropriate or advantageous to keep the keys in a centralised location.

The LOCKEN Vault

The LOCKEN Vault

The vault prevents keys from ever leaving the premises and, with an integrated on-board computer, it’s designed to secure up to 20 rechargeable digital keys at any one time.

The keys retained in the Vault 20S remain un-programmed until an authorised user presents an approved PIN or RFID device to the vault. The vault’s internal server will then programme a key with the specified permissions. Once the end user has returned the key to the cabinet, it charges the key’s battery and downloads the audit trail from its memory.

LOCKEN Open Key Cabinet and Keys

LOCKEN Open Key Cabinet and Keys

Nick Dooley, managing director of LOCKEN UK, explained: “This new multi-functional device meets the needs of many of our existing and potential single- and multi-site customers. It allows business managers to issue, programme and protect their smart keys simultaneously and to assign access rights in real-time. The solution will result in improved smart key management, heightened security and increased efficiencies.”

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Hochiki Europe research finds standards in European fire safety sector “are set to slip”

A new study conducted by Hochiki Europe has delivered a stark warning to the fire safety industry, with the company’s research finding that nearly half (49%) of European fire safety equipment installers are not familiar with the latest fire and emergency lighting legislation.

According to the survey of European fire equipment installers, over two thirds (67%) are looking to manufacturers specifically to improve their knowledge on fire and lighting safety legislation. This is closely followed by industry bodies, with 60% of respondents stating that they turn to professional associations in order to learn about the latest legislation.

Paul Adams, deputy marketing manager at Hochiki Europe, commented: “To think that nearly half of European installers we spoke to do not feel fully comfortable with current legislation is a shock. As manufacturers, we clearly need to step up and take responsibility for improving their understanding. We’ve had CPD courses and specialist training in place for a number of years now. These results highlight just how vital it is that we continue to provide free training for our installers as well as other members of the fire industry.”

Nearly two-fifths (39%) of respondents admitted they had not received any fire or emergency lighting training in the last two years, yet 90% of installers felt that their clients would benefit from them receiving more training.

Of those that had received training, 75% felt either confident or very confident in understanding different types of fire safety technology and recommending (and designing) a fire safety solution.

Limited sector knowledge

The study also examined confidence within key industry sectors, and revealed that eight out of ten (83%) installers feel they have enough knowledge to deliver the best fire safety solution for public sector or leisure projects.

Conversely, less than a fifth (18%) said they felt this way about offshore environments: a key growth sector they could be missing out on through lack of knowledge.

Adams concluded: “It’s not surprising that many Installers across Europe are struggling to keep up with legislation when they may have not received any training in the last two years. The results suggest that installers do understand and see the benefits of training on their ability to carry out projects effectively. It’s clear that we now have to come together as an industry to ensure that the correct training is being promoted and delivered across the board. Not only will this help installers feel more confident in their jobs, but would also protect the lives of people across Europe by ensuring that all fire safety standards are met on every project.”

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Xtralis ADPRO iRespond mobile app and Nano video transmitter victorious at 2015 PSI Premier Awards

The ADPRO iRespond mobile app and the HeiTel by Xtralis Nano video transmitter developed for body-worn cameras have won the Software/IT Product of the Year category at this year’s PSI Premier Awards run by Risk UK’s sister publication Professional Security Installer.

Xtralis provides mobile situational awareness solutions for end users, protecting and guiding first responders to deliver a comprehensive, effective and efficient response on a safe basis.

Left to Right: PSI's Editor Andy Clutton, Marie Kemshall of Xtralis and former England Rugby Union international player Brian Moore

Left to Right: PSI’s Editor Andy Clutton, Marie Kemshall of Xtralis and former England Rugby Union international player Brian Moore

ADPRO iRespond is a mobile application designed for first responders to provide event notification and live remote video views at sites protected by ADPRO Remotely Managed Multi-Service Gateways (RMG) including the FastTrace 2 and iFT Series. Armed with a simple PIN issued by the Central Monitoring Station, first responders obtain recorded and live situational awareness of a threat such that risk is reduced and response is efficient and effective.

The free application is available for Apple mobile devices in the iTunes app store at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adpro-irespond/id878110903.

Detail of the ADPRO iRespond

Detail of the ADPRO iRespond

The HeiTel by Xtralis Nano transmitter provides for the reliable transmission of live and recorded video, bi-directional audio and GPS information over wireless technologies including 4G, LTE and CDMA mobile phone technology as well as satellite, Wi-Fi and broadband networks.

The Nano transmitter is battery-powered and works with a wide variety of cameras. It’s ideal for body-worn vest configurations.

For its part, the live and recorded video may be accessed remotely from a Control Room, PC, laptop, iPad, PDA, iPhone or Android device. It’s possible for six people to access the images simultaneously in different places via different methods.

“We’re extremely proud to have won a PSI Award three years in a row,” commented Mick Goodfellow, vice-president of European sales at Xtralis. “Being chosen by professional security installers over six other solutions is a clear validation that Xtralis continues to deliver value and innovation for the security market.”

Goodfellow added: “Worldwide interest in iRespond and the Nano transmitter is incredible as first responders embrace Xtralis technology for efficient threat response. These solutions not only protect end customers, but also reduce risk and increase the overall effectiveness of first responders.”

The Xtralis Nano Device

The Xtralis Nano Device

Xtralis offers powerful solutions for the early detection of fire, gas and security threats. The company’s technologies prevent disasters by giving users time to respond before life, critical infrastructure or business continuity is compromised.

Protecting high value and irreplaceable assets belonging to the world’s top Governments and businesses, the company’s brands include VESDA and VESDA-E (very early warning aspirating smoke detection systems) ICAM for flexible ASD, the ECO gas detection and environmental monitoring modules for VESDA and ICAM systems, OSID (smoke detection for open areas) ADPRO and ADPRO-E (advanced, intelligent access, perimeter and intrusion detection solutions for multi-site and enterprise security), HeiTel – digital video remote monitoring – and ASIM for intelligent traffic detection.

*Further information for end users is available at: www.xtralis.com

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Kentec in great shape with The Gym Group in wake of fire alarm control panel installation project

A major expansion by one of the UK’s leading gym operators has seen new fire safety systems using Kentec fire alarm control panels installed within fitness centre premises across the country in order to protect both users and staff.

The Gym Group boasts in excess of 500,000 members just six years after the business first opened its doors. Members pay monthly fees with no contract commitments. The Gym Group plans to have opened 80, 24-hour gyms across the UK by the end of this year.

The fire safety systems at 21 of The Gym Group’s latest locations have been engineered and installed by independent system specialist Southern Fire Alarms using Kentec Syncro AS fire control panels and the Hochiki open communications protocol.

Kentec's fire safety solutions are being used at The Gym Group's premises

Kentec’s fire safety solutions are being used at The Gym Group’s premises

Customer requirements for 24-hour member access means that gyms are not always staffed so consideration had to be given to the positioning and accessibility of the fire control panels.

Kentec’s tamper-resistant windows were chosen to protect the fire alarm panels from unauthorised access to their controls while allowing access to the LED display and Zonal indicators.

To allow for the needs of all gym members, staff and visitors, some of whom may be hard of hearing or users of MP3 personal music devices, fire alarm indicators were designed into each system to provide visual naming of alarm activation.

Kentec’s flagship ‘open protocol’ Syncro Series is recognised as one of the most powerful systems of its type on the market today, guaranteeing the very highest standards of performance, safety and reliability that such busy venues demand.

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New face of Vista revealed at IFSEC International 2015

Vista used IFSEC International 2015 as the platform for announcing its exciting new look and direction. This change is visually represented by a fresh new logo which reflects the “clean, modern and progressive” ethos of the brand.

Driving this change was the desire to offer customers a CCTV solution that truly understands their needs and the needs of the market. Obviously, a large part of this rests with the products themselves.

Vista “doesn’t just make the products that everyone else is making”, with the operation “continually innovating, testing new technologies, listening to the market” and “forging new paths”. The result is a family of products that doesn’t always follow the pack, but always offers end users reliability, simplicity and “superb” results.

Vista’s VMS qulu is the epitome of this approach. Now at Version 2.3, qulu has provided the VMS market with a refreshing new approach to video interrogation and has a proven track record within a variety of different industries.

The all-new Vista branding

The all-new Vista branding

It’s not just about the products, though. Vista’s support environment brings together all the expertise and knowledge of a brand that’s been going strong for over 25 years. Vista can provide support every step of the way, from site visits to product demonstrations and on to specification. The business can even remove any risk in end users’ minds by providing demonstrations of products on site.

As well as working closely with integrators, end users and specifiers, Vista has strong partnerships with the other leading brands in the security business sector. Why? It allows Vista to offer customers a greater variety of solutions to best suit their needs.

The recent OEM partnership with global leaders HP for a range of rock solid servers is a great example of how these partnerships are developing. Vista is now also an Axis development partner, ensuring that its software benefits from full integration with Axis technology.

Gary Rowden, divisional director in charge of product management and business development for Norbain, explained: “This is a very exciting time for Vista. After a huge amount of research and development we’re now ready to implement the changes that will offer customers a reliable, innovative and solutions-based CCTV brand. Far more than just products, Vista can offer long-lasting, meaningful and beneficial relationships that help create opportunities and drive business.”

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DORMA targets new levels of security with introduction of ST FLEX Secure solution for end users

DORMA’s new ST FLEX Secure automatic sliding door combines contemporary aesthetics with maximum security to provide a stylish solution for end users complete with the latest in anti-intruder and anti-vandalism protection.

Tested to the RC2 resistance standard, the automatic sliding doors feature burglar-resistant laminated safety glass with a secure four-point locking device at the main closing edge. A continuous floor guide rail and anti-tamper protection prevents the door from being levered out by would-be intruders.

In addition, the monitored battery back-up system renders the system suitable for emergency escape routes.

Ideal for projects where security is of paramount importance, ST FLEX Secure also ensures that building entrances maintain a welcoming Front of House set-up. Compliant with disabled access legislation in the UK and Ireland, the fine-framed, transparent frontage can be fully-integrated with DORMA access control for a discreet access solution.

DORMA’s entire range of automatic doors is designed for full compatibility with its CODIC MasterCard and MATRIX professional electronic access control solutions.

DORMA's ST FLEX Secure access control solution for end users

DORMA’s ST FLEX Secure access control solution for end users

Introduction of the Bluetooth SmartKey App

In addition, early next year will see the introduction of the Bluetooth SmartKey App. Compatible with all DORMA’s automatic doors, the App represents an innovative approach to access control with the traditional card or fob authentication being replaced by remote access via smart phone or watch.

The need for wall readers is eliminated as the technology is integrated into the door system, in turn avoiding potential tampering and abuse and adding to the solution’s minimalist appearance.

Phil Jones, strategic marketing manager at DORMA UK, said: “The ST FLEX Secure automatic sliding door offers facilities and security or risk managers a fantastic automatic door solution that combines a stylish and welcoming appearance with industry-leading security features. In combining this new product with our range of access control systems, we’re delighted to be able to offer end users an holistic approach to access solutions, providing fully-integrated systems to ensure the highest standards of consistency, convenience and quality.”

*For further information access the following video: https://youtu.be/WR6-184giRA

**Updates on the launch of the SmartKey App system are available at: www.dorma.com or follow @DORMAUK on Twitter

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DED prepares for growth as Tim Downes acquires 100% of company’s share capital

DED – the distributor of Point of Sale (PoS), plastic card and OEM/kiosk products – has announced that a new chairman, Tim Downes, is now steering the business having acquired 100% of the company’s share capital.

Mike Davis, founder and chairman of DED (which has been a family-owned and run concern for over 30 years now) commented: “We started looking for someone that would take DED to another level thanks to the introduction of new ideas, enthusiasm and an in-depth knowledge of how to grow a distribution business. We were also looking for someone who would keep all of our current staff. Finally, after a long search, we’re delighted that Tim Downes meets all of those specific requirements.”

Downes brings with him a wealth of experience that will benefit plans to expand DED’s already proven track record in the PoS, plastic card and OEM/kiosk markets. He boasts considerable experience of driving growth in similar-sized businesses and is well recognised for his strategic approach to business growth and development.

When asked about the purchase of DED, Downes told Risk UK: “The team at DED is clearly very experienced, knowledgeable and talented and I’m really looking forward to developing future strategy from such a sound base point.”

On his plans for the future at DED, Downes commented: “The company’s strength in its established sectors is clear. My plan is to consolidate those strengths and then identify and develop additional synergistic business opportunities.”

Elliot Davis said: “I’m very excited about the future for DED and am looking forward to working with Tim. Together, we plan to grow the business with new products and solutions for our customers and build on what the team at DED has already achieved to date.”

Planning for an effective handover

Mike Davis and Christine Davis have now retired. Alex Davis is planning to study for a degree in Ancient History at the University of Kent, but will remain with the company initially to ensure that the accounts and logistics side of the business are handed over effectively during Downes’ first few months.

Elliot Davis will continue in his current position at DED, ensuring a seamless transition of ownership.

The staff and location of DED remain the same so it will be business as usual, with Elliot and Downes handling the day-to-day running of the company.

Formed in 1983, DED is based in Lydd, Kent. Accredited by the NQA to the BS EN ISO 9001:2008 Quality Standard, DED is a major distributor of solutions for a number of companies including Star Micronics, Datacard, Evolis, Zebra, Honeywell, Posiflex, Bixolon, Ergonomic Solutions, CipherLab, Tysso, Socket Mobile, Sbarco, iZettle, PayPal, Payleven, Nippon Primex and Axiohm.

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TDSi reports 25% increase in export market visitors to its stand at IFSEC International 2015

Reporting a 25% increase in export market visitors to its stand at IFSEC International 2015, integrated security solutions developer TDSi believes this reflects the continued and rapid expansion of the global security market. Interest at the show also indicated a continued customer demand for fully-integrated solutions rather than just security components.

Post-event, TDSi’s managing director John Davies told Risk: “IFSEC International is a great barometer of the state of the security sector. It was obvious from this year’s event that the market has become truly globalised, with a sizeable increase in visitors travelling from other regions to see the latest and best solutions that the security sector has to offer.”

Davies continued: “I’m also pleased to say that the feedback we had from visitors is that our own approach to fully-integrated security systems is essential in the post-recession market. Rather than just purchasing security products, the evolving security consumer wants intelligent, flexible and comprehensively integrated systems. These are exactly what TDSi offers and continues to research and develop.”

The international nature of the event also confirmed assumptions on the geographical markets’ strengths and weaknesses. “In comparison to China, South East Asia and the Middle East,” urged Davies, “the European market has somewhat plateaued, partially due to a degree of uncertainty still looming over the Euro Zone. In the UK, TDSi is benefiting from a healthy upturn in the market and we anticipate a very healthy growth figure of 10+% this year. This may be partially due to having a new majority UK Government and thus a stable business environment for the next five years, in contrast to the situation that’s pertaining in Europe.”

TDSi's stand at IFSEC International 2015

TDSi’s stand at IFSEC International 2015

Security, IT and building control systems

Davies also explained to Risk UK that the demand for security systems designed to work with IT and buildings control systems is rapidly becoming truly global in nature.

“Security operators and consumers have become very well versed in what’s possible,” he said, “largely because of the rise in trends such as the Internet of Things. They now demand this flexibility from all of their technology purchases. These are exciting times with real optimism and increased funding. For their part, providers need to stay on top of demand and offer the very best solutions in what continues to be a highly competitive and ‘savvy’ buyers market.”

There was also a noticeable increase in the volume of new visitors at IFSEC International, as TDSi’s product and marketing manager Sarah Phillips observed during the show (which ran from 16-18 June at London’s ExCeL).

“IFSEC International has always been an excellent opportunity for security solutions providers, installers, integrators, consultants and end users to make contact,” stated Phillips. “That was very apparent this year. IFSEC remains an ideal platform to reacquaint with both existing partners and customers.”

Phillips added: “Many end users approached our team for advice. Naturally, we’re very keen to preserve the channel structure of our business so we do actively refer customers to our partners, but equally this gives us a greater insight into the needs of security operators. This kind of detail is invaluable for our business and product development streams.”

One of the main themes on TDSi’s stand at IFSEC International 2015 was a demonstration of the considerable benefits of using the company’s solutions in conjunction with those produced by other specialist manufacturers, among them Texecom, Milestone Systems, ASSA Abloy and SimonsVoss.

Sarah Phillips (centre) with Team TDSi at London's ExCeL

Sarah Phillips (centre) with Team TDSi at London’s ExCeL

This year, visitors took particular interest in TDSi’s new range of readers (including MIFARE Plus, DESFire and NFC technologies for added security and flexibility) as well as the enhanced web access portal for EXgarde.

In conclusion, Phillips explained: “Visitors are always excited to see brand new products and the readers are one of the staple lines in our product portfolio. IFSEC International is one of the highlights of our year and, with our continued success at the show, that situation will remain so for many years to come.”

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Wavestore introduces updated version of its award-winning VMS

The latest update to Wavestore’s open platform Video Management Software (VMS) incorporates a long list of new and improved features designed to extend the lifespan of video surveillance systems and unlock the full potential of integrated security solutions for practising end users.

As well as offering improved management of network interfaces and camera display layouts, Version 5.50 delivers Wavestore’s client-side de-warping and interrogation functionality of 360° cameras across all software levels as standard.

Version 5.50 also features Wavestore’s powerful review suite which allows end users to easily search and instantaneously retrieve recorded images of incidents – even over very large amounts of footage – and display them alongside live images.

For evidence purposes, a fully-stitched together sequence of events from any number of cameras can easily be exported in a wide range of video formats with just three simple clicks of a mouse.

“We fully understand that, in such a competitive marketplace, we need to constantly innovate and make our VMS even easier to use in order to stand out from the crowd,” said James Smith, marketing director for Wavestore. “In this respect, Version 5.50 underscores our determination to offer so much more than just industry-leading video and recording management.”

Smith continued: “Many of the new and differentiating features have in fact been introduced as a direct result of listening and responding to customer requirements. They deliver against our ‘One Screen, Total Control and ‘Any Video, Any Format’ ethos, allowing what can be very complex operations to be undertaken with ease in the most user-friendly way even when, for example, integrating Best of Breed video analytics or access control.”

James Smith of Wavestore

James Smith of Wavestore

The introduction of Version 5.50 of Wavestore’s VMS coincides with the launch of the company’s ‘Better Together’ Partner Programme which offers support for the fast-growing worldwide network of installers and systems integrators who are choosing to recommend Wavestore to end user clients.

The Wavestore Partner Programme is designed to offer ‘real world advantages’ for companies involved in the design, installation and commissioning of video surveillance solutions.

Among the benefits on offer are project registration, system design and tender submission support as well as access to training, demonstration licences and PR services.

*Full listings of the features and capabilities of Version 5.50 Base, Premium and Enterprise levels can be downloaded at: www.wavestore.com/v550

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