Daily Archives: 12/08/2015

Rossiyskie Zheleznye Dorogi employs Xtralis’ VESDA-E VLQ to protect vital compact Data Rooms

Russian Railways (Rossiyskie Zheleznye Dorogi, or RZhD) owns and operates Russia’s entire rail system, annually carrying over one billion passengers. With more than 85,000 km of track to maintain and 1.2 billion tonnes of freight shipped each year, RZhD operates the third largest rail network in the world.

RZhD has 12 main lines, many of which provide direct connections to the European and Asian national railway systems including Finland, France, Germany, Poland, China, Mongolia and North Korea.

To support its logistically complex and economically vital operation, RZhD maintains a large number of Data Rooms which vary in size but have one thing in common: the key-critical computing and switching equipment contained in each must be protected from smoke and fire.

As a result, RZhD selected VESDA by Xtralis for this important task.

Xtralis solutions currently protect approximately 50% of new metro and subway constructions worldwide. Indeed, RZhD already employs various VESDA models, from the VFT-15 addressable aspirating smoke detector to Laser Compact (VLC), Laser Focus (VLF), Laser Plus (VLP) and Laser Scanner (VLS).

These solutions protect seven larger Data Rooms on key railway lines, including Privolzhsk, Gorky, South Ural, West Siberian, Oktyabrskaya Railways, Far Eastern Railways and North-Caucasus Railways.

With a communications network modernisation, RZhD began deploying compact Data Rooms across its network. Until recently, these locations, with areas up to 12 m2, featured conventional detection. Upon the introduction of VESDA-E VLQ, RZhD immediately began a program to equip these Data Rooms with VESDA-E VLQ units.

RZhD recognised that, even if small in scale, fires within spaces housing critical infrastructure can result in substantial transportation interruptions. Common causes of fire in these environments include overheating electrical components, cables, power supplies and faulty lighting or mechanical systems.

Xtralis created VESDA-E VLQ specifically to deliver cost-effective very early warning smoke detection for compact areas like Data Rooms. A single VLQ unit can replace as many as four standard spot-type smoke detectors, protecting areas up to 100 m2.

As the RZhD network continues to grow, Xtralis expects to continue to equip the vital rail transport system with VESDA-E VLQ detection solutions.

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Zaplox Mobile Key Services integrated with SALTO Systems’ access control solution for hotels

Zaplox – a recognised market innovator when it comes to advanced Mobile Key Services for the global hospitality industry – has now integrated its solution with SALTO Systems, in turn providing hotels and their guests with “unmatched convenience” and “superior satisfaction”.

Zaplox becomes the first Mobile Key Services company to announce its integration with SALTO Systems. The new strategic global partnership formed between the two companies allows any property with SALTO BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy)-enabled locks installed to easily implement mobile access functionality for guests while at the same time experiencing the “unique operational benefits” that Zaplox Mobile Key Services provide.

Through the new technology integration with Zaplox, guests of properties with SALTO access control systems will now be able to use their smart phones for guest room access. For their part, hoteliers can offer and promote revenue-creating smart services with full customisation and hotel branding on the Zaplox Mobile Key Services app platform.

The Zaplox-SALTO Systems partnerships will benefit hotel managers and their guest residents

The Zaplox-SALTO Systems partnerships will benefit hotel managers and their guest residents

This wide range of ancillary services, which can be made available in the app, includes mobile check-in and check-out, room upgrades, restaurant bookings, room service and special offers.

The user-friendly Zaplox Mobile Key Services app is easily downloaded and available for all major smart phone platforms. With recent industry research indicating that more than 70% of business and leisure travellers would opt to use their smart phones as a check-in alternative, Zaplox Mobile Key Services duly allow guests to bypass the front desk altogether.

Additionally, mobile keys are highly secure since a guest’s smart phone is less likely to be misplaced than a plastic key card and. typically, is password protected. Should a guest lose their phone, mobile keys may easily be revoked and reassigned in real time by hotel staff.

Raising the bar for guest room security

In less than a decade, SALTO has become one of the world’s top five manufacturers of electronic access control systems. The company has a strong tradition of delivering the latest in guest room access technology and has launched a series of innovations since its founding, raising the bar for guest room security to new heights.

By combining SALTO smart locks with Zaplox Mobile Key Services, hotels benefit from enhanced cost efficiencies through streamlined operations and revenue opportunities, allowing front desk staff to focus on other aspects of guest service and communication.

“We’re thrilled to serve as the first mobile key app provider for SALTO Systems, in turn providing the company and its clients with an integration-ready solution that’s instantly available for commercialisation around the globe,” said Magnus Friberg, CEO at Zaplox,

“This is a very important collaboration for Zaplox as it opens up new market possibilities together with an industry-renowned partner. We strongly believe that mobile keys and the additional services included will improve both guest loyalty and enhance the guest experience by making it a smooth and comfortable proposition.“

Jennifer Stack, vice-president of marketing at SALTO Systems, responded: “Research shows guest demand for the use of smart phones and apps as part of their hotel experience is increasing. This integration with Zaplox is perfect for delivering an exciting range of benefits enabling guests to enjoy all the advantages provided by integrated smart technology designed to maximise the flexibility and enjoyment of their hotel stay.”

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Chelsea FC signs Rembrandt security solution from Intrepid at start of 2015-2016 Premier League campaign

Over the summer, Chelsea FC has been busy with pre-season preparations at its Stamford Bridge retail Megastore in readiness for the start of the new Premier League season. Closed since the end of May, the Megastore has undergone its first major refurbishment since the official opening over a decade ago.

The new, larger Megastore, which opened on Monday 3 August, features lots of innovations designed to improve the visitor experience. Store security and marketing tools have also been upgraded to improve efficiency for the Megastore’s management team.

Intrepid Security was tasked to replace the existing Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) tagging system (which the company originally installed five years ago) with its latest RF system. Designated Rembrandt, this helps to update the look of the security to match the new store interior, in addition to providing the benefits of the latest tagging technology and reliability.

The Chelsea Megastore at the Premier League club's Stamford Bridge ground in West London

The Chelsea Megastore at the Premier League club’s Stamford Bridge ground in West London

The Rembrandt systems are sited at three points in the store: one at the entrance and one at each of the two exits (one of which is only open on match days to cope with the 10,000-plus fans who pass through the doors).

Intrepid has also added five thermal overhead people counters within the store, in turn allowing the Megastore’s management to monitor traffic flow on each of the two floors, as well as between floors, on the two staircases. This should enable the team to improve staffing levels as well as merchandising, and generally give a much better level of service to their customers by fully understanding the routes through the store.

Paul Newbury, who has overseen the project for Intrepid Security, told Risk UK: “The new Rembrandt tagging system is technically superior to anything else available for the price point and is working a treat. By working closely with the retail team at Chelsea FC, we made sure they received the people counter coverage they require. By monitoring the people traffic by counter location, members of the team will be able to identify customer ‘hotspots’ and generally busier areas within the store so that they can then maximise future merchandising opportunities.”

The club already has already gained valuable merchandising data following the first home game of the season against Swansea City which they will build on through the coming months to expand sales and merchandise even smarter.

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MLA issues stark security warning to students and landlords ahead of new university term

Students and their landlords are being urged by the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) to tighten up security procedures in order to avoid becoming victims of crime when university term starts again.

Students are one of the highest ‘at risk’ groups when it comes to crime, and are often targeted for high value laptops, TVs and entertainment equipment which is all-too-frequently left in plain view and unsecured against intruders.

As letting out a house or flat to students is a thriving business, the MLA is urging landlords to make home security a top priority to ensure that tenants, property and possessions are safe.

Students are also being warned to take simple precautions to prevent their possessions and equipment from being stolen when they move into a new property – or return to their old digs – at the end of September.

Dr Steffan George: development director at the MLA

Dr Steffan George: development director at the MLA

The MLA is encouraging youngsters and their parents to question what locking systems are in place, when they were last replaced and how the copying of keys is controlled.

The organisation advises landlords to consult an MLA-approved locksmith, who will be able to carry out a security assessment on property and recommend suitable locks and fittings, as well as providing input from a safety point of view.

Dr Steffan George, development director at the MLA, said: “Whether they’re going to university for the first time or returning to study for another year, students will often find themselves in new accommodation. It’s important that they’re fully aware of security to keep themselves and their possessions safe as students are often regarded as an easy target by thieves.”

George continued: “By taking simple precautions, landlords and students can avoid many of the risks that can lead to crime and taint the student experience. It’s landlords’ duty to act in a responsible manner and they should install quality locks with patented keys which cannot be copied without proof of ownership or restricted keys that cannot be easily copied due to their unique design.”

The MLA has issued the following guidelines to students and landlords:

  • Ensure good quality locks are installed on both the main door and the bedroom door. For convenience, the locks can be configured so that each individual bedroom key also opens the front door
  • Inspect doors and windows to make sure appropriate locks are fitted, in good condition and meet insurance requirements. If unsure, ask a vetted MLA locksmith for advice and a full security assessment
  • Keep valuable items out of sight, away from doors or windows, and remember to lock rooms and the front door when you go out
  • Don’t hide a key under a doormat or flower pot as criminals are aware of this method, particularly in student areas
  • Don’t leave doors open when outside or if friends are going in and out of the property as a thief can take advantage
  • If a room or property is going to be unoccupied for a number of weeks, students should take all valuables with them or make sure they are out of view
  • When entering the property, ensure that nobody ‘tailgates’ you and gains entry
  • Ensure locks are correctly specified regarding egress in homes of multiple occupancy (exit without the use of a key is required in flats, apartments and shared houses with locks on individual bedroom doors)

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Urmet provides bespoke access solution at former foreign missionary college in London

Urmet’s IPervoice video entry and access control solution has been installed at St Joseph’s Gate, an apartment complex located at a former foreign missionary college in Mill Hill, London.

The system was chosen for the redevelopment of the Berkeley Group’s site due to its simple installation process and the ability of Urmet products to blend in with the Grade II-listed architecture present at the location.

Residents and visitors benefit from Urmet’s digital video door entry panels which communicate with touchscreen iModo monitors inside the apartments. The Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) external panels are Urmet’s Elekta Glass units, housed in a design that has minimal visual impact on the building.

St Joseph’s Gate is an apartment complex located at a former foreign missionary college in Mill Hill, London

St Joseph’s Gate is an apartment complex located at a former foreign missionary college in Mill Hill, London

IPervoice has been installed across the whole location, with its server connected to a dedicated LAN that routes all communication between the external and internal devices supplied by Urmet. This solution has produced cost-savings for the property management client and is also a ‘green’ approach since only one LAN is required for both access control and video entry.

The iModo monitors make no dedicated cable infrastructure demands and are simply integrated with general network cable.

Access control is managed by Urmet’s PC-based concierge switchboard software, with an intuitive wizard simplifying day-to-day operation. Residents at St Joseph’s Gate use proximity key fob tokens with car owners also using RF cards. The site manager operating the switchboard is presented with simple screen menu options to search for, add, delete and suspend tokens, as well as generate reports when required.

Urmet worked closely with the installation company to create bespoke pedestrian and vehicle posts for the entry panels, with the posts finished in a black powder coat to achieve the unobtrusive visual effect desired by the client.

Options for visitors to the site

Residents and visitors enter via a gatehouse, which is staffed by a concierge. An Urmet reader with RF capability allows long-range activation by residents while they are still in their vehicles. Visitors have the choice of making a call directly to an apartment from the post-mounted video entry panels or via the concierge’s switchboard.

Occupants answer calls at the entry panels and communicate with visitors using iModo 7” touchscreen monitors within their apartments. The role of the monitors extends well beyond these functions. Optimising the lifestyle of people living at locations employing Urmet’s access control is one of the company’s core objectives. Residents benefit enormously from an ‘away mode’ that allows them to receive calls made to the monitors on their smart phones and tablets when they are off-site. Families are even able to use this feature on up to four devices.

The iModo can also record a message, which is then played to visitors at the external entry panel when the resident is away or simply doesn’t want to be disturbed.

Being server-based, the IPervoice system conducts live status sampling on the health of network devices. Network alarms are displayed on the concierge switchboard software with diagnostics presented in real-time for local or remote viewing.

Mark Hagger, Urmet’s sales and marketing director, said: “An unusual feature of this project is that all of the entry panels at St Joseph’s Place are post-mounted. The building dates from Victorian times and is in the Jacobean style. This meant that the visual appeal of the exterior could not be compromised. We have successfully delivered numerous projects for the Berkeley Group on previous occasions, although mainly for new-build projects. Consequently, this restoration project was both interesting and challenging. It’s certainly one that we are proud to have been involved in.”

In Greater London alone, Urmet equipment has been specified for residential projects including Chelsea Creek, 375 Kensington High Street, Cobalt Place (Battersea Village), One Tower Bridge, Fulham Reach, Goodman’s Fields and the former Walthamstow Stadium.

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Texecom launches 32-zone, Ricochet-enabled Wireless Kits for security professionals

Texecom has recently revamped and enhanced its UK Wireless Kit offering. Designed to provide enhanced performance and more value when compared with previous wireless offerings, Texecom’s five new 32-zone Wireless Kits simplify the Premier Elite Wireless Kit range, making selection of the right Ricochet-enabled Wireless Kit even easier than before.

All Texecom Wireless Kits are based on the Premier Elite 48 platform, offering up to 32 Ricochet-enabled wireless zones in wireless, self-contained and hybrid panel formats.

Compatible with the latest Premier Elite mobile apps and Premier Elite ComWiFi connectivity, each Premier Elite Wireless Kit provides scalability and design flexibility.

Texecom Ricochet Wireless Kits

Texecom Ricochet Wireless Kits

These new Premier Elite Wireless Kits provide a higher quality specification and greater value than previous models.

Texecom will be discontinuing older Wireless Kits.

*Further details can be found on the Texecom website (www.texe.com)

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