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TDSi’s EXgarde solution shortlisted in Benchmark Innovation Awards 2016

Integrated security solutions developer TDSi has announced that its EXgarde Enterprise solution has been shortlisted in the Access Control Software category of the Benchmark Innovation Awards 2016. Organised by Risk UK’s sister title Benchmark Magazine, these awards recognise products, systems or services that enhance and advance the delivery of secure, flexible and beneficial security solutions for end users.

John Davies, managing director of TDSi, commented: “We’re very excited that EXgarde Enterprise is a finalist in these industry-recognised and respected awards. EXgarde is a flagship software solution within our integrated security portfolio, offering complete control of any security and access control situation all from one central portal. We look forward to hearing the result when it’s announced in July.”

EXgarde is a fully-featured access management PC software application that combines an intuitive GUI and powerful integration capabilities in a single package. Supporting multiple doors as standard, with the option to extend this with an unlimited door licence, EXgarde meets the needs of even the largest of access control networks.

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With EXgarde, integration and expansion are key features and there are numerous possibilities to integrate with the latest CCTV and biometric technologies. The software is compatible with many otherwise disparate security systems, both from TDSi and other manufacturers, including third party ODBC databases (using SDK or predefined protocol), building management, fire and intruder systems, DVR equipment and biometric readers.

Leading compatible systems include Milestone Systems’ XProtect Access and the recently-launched ASSA Abloy’s KS100 server wireless cabinet electronic lock as well as SimonsVoss’ SmartIntego online locking solutions, Texecom’s Premier and Premier Elite range of intruder alarms and  ASSA Abloy’s Aperio wireless locking technology, along with TDSi’s own VUgarde2 IP CCTV VMS software and advanced DIGIgarde readers.

Recent additions to EXgarde include a Tenant Event Split option, an Elevator Dispatch facility and a security tours function.

*For further details on TDSi’ EXgarde range as well as the company’s full suite of security solutions visit: www.tdsi.co.uk

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Tyco Security Products unveils all-new Cyber Protection Programme

Tyco Security Products is introducing its Cyber Protection Programme, a multifaceted initiative designed to provide an holistic approach towards cyber security protection for physical security through each phase of the product development lifecycle.

The company has developed its cyber security expertise after many years of providing critical solutions for the US Government and other large multinational customers, and holds several industry-firsts, including FISMA-ready access control and video solutions.

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“Our Cyber Protection Programme was born from our unique and broad experience in complying with Government regulatory standards and meeting the highly complex needs of multinational deployments,” said Steve Carney, senior director for integration platforms at Tyco Security Products.

“Our deep understanding of these regulatory issues helps us to better partner with our customers to more effectively mitigate risks from hackers, activists or other malicious threats when it comes to their physical security systems.”

The Cyber Protection Programme is led by a team responsible for monitoring the product development process and authorising final product release to ensure compliance with secure development Best Practice. Some of these Best Practices include:

*Developing and maintaining the company’s security standards for product development

*Performing security evaluations and testing on devices, applications and systems

*Providing guidance to help end users configure systems to comply with standards

*Performing in-house and independent third party security testing of Tyco Security Products solutions

*Evaluating and developing responses to possible vulnerabilities potentially affecting Tyco Security Products’ solutions as they’re discovered

The Cyber Protection Programme has already been implemented across several product lines, including Software House, American Dynamics and Illustra, while the Cyber Protection team is managing the long-term strategy for embedding the same cyber safety mindset across other product lines within the Tyco Security Products portfolio.

*To learn more about the Cyber Protection Programme visit: www.tycosecurityproducts.com/cyberprotection.aspx

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Dot Origin partners with ASSA Abloy to enhance “pioneering” EdgeConnector solution

Dot Origin has partnered with ASSA Abloy Access Control, a UK division of ASSA Abloy, in a bid to enhance the pioneering EdgeConnector system.

Aperio wireless locks have been integrated within the EdgeConnector system for converged physical and logical access management. The solution provides host organisations with physical access control that’s truly integrated with their IT resource access management platform, in turn delivering enhanced security, simple management and easy installation.

All door access requests are processed centrally in real time, resulting in significant compliance and cyber security benefits.

Aperio is designed to upgrade mechanically-locked doors and wirelessly connect them online to new or existing access control systems. Aperio requires minimal modification to doors and premises, offering both a cost-effective and simple security upgrade.

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Left to Right: Nigel Cogram (sales manager for access control solutions at Dot Origin) pictured alongside David Hodgkiss (national sales manager at ASSA Abloy Access Control)

David Hodgkiss, national sales manager at ASSA Abloy Access Control, informed Risk UK: “Dot Origin shares our passion for providing integrated security solutions that deliver the greatest value for end users. Our partnership will enable Dot Origin’s EdgeConnector online door access control solutions to extend even further through the incorporation of Aperio wireless locks.”

Dan Isaaman, technical director and co-founder of Dot Origin, responded: “We’re excited to be able to provide our clients with solutions encompassing the Aperio product set. Dot Origin’s EdgeConnector solutions have already been integrated for a number of years with HID Global’s security products. This new partnership will present EdgeConnector’s end users with an extended choice of flexible installation configurations thanks to the versatility of ASSA Abloy’s Aperio wireless locks.”

EdgeConnector provides real-time, centralised access control decision-making capability without complexity. The system integrates directly with existing IT user administration tools based on Windows Active Directory or an alternative LDAP database.

Physical access management is fully scalable as standard from a server rack to whole buildings; across multiple sites worldwide and for any number of users without the usual restrictions and complexities involved with traditional access control systems.

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CIS Security introduces fresh new look for officers on retained Spitalfields contract

CIS Security has been awarded the contract for security services at Spitalfields E1 Estate with managing agent CBRE. One of the first tasks was a uniform makeover designed to imbue quality while reflecting the diverse cross section of visitors to the destination on a daily basis.

Having supplied security services for the Spitalfields E1 Estate for the last 14 years, CIS Security has recently retained the contract across a further three years.

This vibrant mixed-use development is a stone’s throw from Liverpool Street Station and acts as a confluence between the City of London’s financial and technical zones and the cultural space that is Shoreditch.

Duties for the newly blue-suited and brogued security professionals on site include visitor engagement, access control for deliveries and staff car parking, monitoring of the CCTV system, opening up/lock-ups of the estate and patrolling all areas (which include a shopping mall and various wine bar-style pubs and restaurants).

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Commercial clients in the area 

The estate is home to a number of prominent commercial clients that include RBS and Allen & Overy. While the security for these is separate, there are close links with CIS Security’s operations team.

In addition to the commercial clients, Spitalfields E1 Estate hosts a number of open malls, high end retail units, restaurants, bars and creative independent traders. The location also boasts a number of high-profile art sculptures such as the I Goat by Kenny Hunter.

The Spitalfields security team is the contact point between the local residents and the estate tenants, duly monitoring noise levels and any anti-social behaviour. Members of the team also have a carefully nurtured culture of engaging in open dialogue with the youth cohort of the area to ensure all those who visit enjoy the estate’s facilities while being respectful to others.

Stable team in place

Estate manager Jason Dervin commented: “CIS Security’s longevity on this contract has been achieved through having a stable senior account management team in place who oversee an experienced, flexible and committed cohort of dedicated security personnel delivering an exceptional service.”

Dervin continued: “One of CIS Security’s key strengths throughout the company’s tenure has been the ability to evolve with the site, continuously innovating to support our changing needs, for example by acting as brand advocates and delivering information to the public; from directions to facts about art and historic artefacts to be found on site. The team takes time to regularly assess the changing landscape through user feedback in order to adapt its service. The team members continue to meet, and in many cases exceed our overall list of requirements.”

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Amanda McCloskey, sales and marketing director at CIS Security, said: “We’re thrilled that Spitalfields E1 Estate has chosen us to continue to care for its site. The new uniforms worn by our officer are smart and stylish, and represent just one way in which we’re working closely with Spitalfields E1 Estate’s management to deliver a premium service to this world-class business and cultural destination.”

Spitalfields: a brief history

Spitalfields takes its name from the hospital and priory, St. Mary’s Spittel which was founded in 1197. It’s an area of London known for its spirit and strong sense of community.

The landmark Truman’s Brewery opened in 1669 and, in 1682, King Charles II granted John Balch a Royal Charter giving him the right to hold a market on Thursdays and Saturdays in or near Spital Square. Visitors to the market today will find designers and artists selling fashions, homewares and accessories as well as a treasure trove of vintage and antique clothing, furniture and other wondrous oddments.

Since the 1970s, a thriving Bangladeshi community has developed and thrived in the area, in turn bringing new cultures, trades and business to the fore (the latter including the famous Brick Lane restaurant district).

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VCA’s analytics energise security and operations for oil and gas sector

Video analytics is increasingly being used as a powerful tool to help remotely monitor and protect vulnerable facilities such as gas and oil pipelines. According to Michael von Hauff, CEO of Osprey Informatics, it can also assist operations managers to improve productivity for the host organisation.

Since it was established in 2012, Osprey Informatics has been on a mission to revolutionise the use of video to automate and remotely manage industrial operations. Unlike traditional video surveillance models, the company believes that visual information should not be the exclusive domain of corporate security, but rather seen as an asset that can be used throughout an organisation, with a measurable return on investment.

Indeed, it’s this philosophy that has resulted in Osprey Informatics acquiring a long list of prestigious clients, among them Husky Energy and the Pembina Pipeline Corporation.

“A recent report published by MarketsandMarkets Research estimates the oil and gas security and service market will grow from a value of USD26.34 billion in 2015 to USD33.90 billion by 2020,” said von Hauff. “Perhaps this isn’t surprising given the ever-increasing sophisticated activities of organised criminal gangs, as well as the risk of terrorist attacks which can result in major disruption to supplies and potential loss of life, as well as damage to the environment.”

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Continuing this theme, von Hauff stated: “With this in mind, our clients are looking to invest in the latest video surveillance technology to ensure they can respond effectively to any threats. We have helped our clients achieve this objective by relying on VCA’s analytics solutions to play a key role.”

Event detection

VCA analytics, developed in the UK by a team of computer vision scientists, can detect movement within very small areas of a video image and provide operators with a powerful ‘exception’ reporting tool to help identify suspicious activity and, when appropriate, despatch security officers or quickly report the incident to one of the Emergency Services.

The ability to do this is significant as it’s widely acknowledged that operators can miss important events after monitoring video for more than 30 minutes or so. The possibility of this happening is increased when individual operators are tasked to view multiple screens.

Not to be confused with Video Motion Detection (VMD), which works on the basis of detecting changes in the light scales of pixels within a video image, VCA analytics is able to provide a far more reliable and accurate solution. It does so by analysing on a frame-by-frame basis the metadata related to the motion and properties of objects within a video stream. The result is a high detection rate and a dramatic reduction in the kind of false alarms that can be generated by VMD software.

Productivity, safety and security

“As part of an integrated video surveillance solution, VCA analytics can provide immediate access to images relevant to urgent operational events, allowing operators to respond quickly to production and environmental incidents as well as security threats,” added von Hauff.

“Companies operating in the oil and gas sector understand the need to protect the environment. They also take the responsibility of creating safe working conditions for employees very seriously and recognise the importance of compliance with Health and Safety policies. VCA analytics can clearly help in these areas. The same technology can be deployed to identify opportunities for improving operational efficiencies. It does this by providing accurate data on a wide range of activities, such as the movement of vehicles and personnel at facilities and remote sites.”

von Hauff cites Pembina Pipeline Corporation, which has grown into one of Canada’s largest integrated energy infrastructure companies over the last six decades, as an excellent example of one of its clients that has embraced video analytics as a way of protecting its investment in the infrastructure used to transport oil and natural gas across North America.

Using its own brand of HD IP cameras and domes with VCA analytics on board, Osprey Informatics has supplied a state-of-the-art monitoring solution that provides the Pembina Pipeline Corporation with a high level of situational awareness through the use of innovative, user-friendly technology to protect its people, assets and the environment.

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Honeywell expands Performance Series IP camera family

Honeywell has expanded its Performance Series IP camera family to include a new range of affordable, high-quality IP cameras that are easy to install, use and maintain.

The range introduces seven new IP cameras in dome, ball and bullet design, all of them perfect for commercial settings such as office buildings, retail stores and warehouses.

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Selected cameras from the new collection use Motorised Focal Zoom technology, which auto-focuses the lens after zoom operation. This allows the system installer to fine-tune camera focus and field of view off the ladder, making the install process easy and saving on labour costs.

Additionally, each camera captures crisp, clear images with high-resolution pixel detail, and offers correct object-aspect ratio to avoid on-screen distortion.

The cameras can be used immediately with Honeywell’s Performance Series embedded NVRs upon installation and are backed up by full customer support.

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Qognify’s Situator 8.0 chosen as finalist for Benchmark Innovation Awards 2016

Qognify Situator 8.0 has been selected as a finalist in the Site Protection Software category of the Benchmark Innovation Awards 2016. These annual awards recognise and reward innovative thinking and the delivery of benefits through advanced security solutions.

Launched by Qognify in February this year, Situator 8.0 adds actionable intelligence capabilities to the Situation Management platform with its new Operational Intelligence Center (OIC) module.

OIC helps organisations better leverage the Big Data flowing into their security and operational Control Centres. It constantly monitors data captured by Situator 8.0 and other systems and sources.

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The OIC features an advanced rule engine and business intelligence visualisation tools which build on Situator’s advanced situation management capabilities, correlation engine and Standard Operating Procedures, in turn yielding an enterprise-wide view of business performance against the host organisation’s own KPIs through the prisms of current business status, its trending performance as well as predictive view.

Moti Shabtai, president of Qognify, commented: “We’re proud that the innovation we have brought to market within Situator 8.0 and particularly the OIC has been recognised by the Benchmark Innovation Awards and Benchmark Magazine. Through Situator 8.0 and the OIC, we’re taking situational awareness to the next level.”

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Shabtai added: “Actionable Intelligence is about delivering insight on what’s happening or unfolding, together with critical ‘what to do next’ guidance. Relying on smart trend analysis, organisations will be able not only to handle incidents in the most effective manner, but also to be more proactive, anticipate events and align performance with business objectives.”

*The winners of the Benchmark Innovation Awards will be announced by Risk UK’s sister title Benchmark Magazine in July

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Reports of evidence loss on supposed eve of digital evidence mandate

Is it a coincidence that the revelations of evidence loss have hit the headlines as we approach the deadline of the Home Office mandate for digital evidence compliance, which comes into effect at the end of April? writes Jamie Wilson.

Given that, since the mandate was announced, there has been very little publicity surrounding the ‘stick’ approach towards driving forces to implement digital evidence management strategies, I suspect that it is indeed a coincidence.

The BBC has revealed the findings of a joint Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary report which says that there was a “widespread issue” involving the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) “misplacing discs containing sensitive evidence and information”.

For members of the public reading such an article it is sure to shock, but for those working in police forces right across England and Wales it may not be such a huge surprise.

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Discs are essentially physical pieces of evidence that need to be manually logged, booked-in, stored and retrieved, etc. With so many discs in circulation and physical storage space being limited, it’s perhaps not unexpected that on occasion they can be misplaced.

In 2014, the then policing and criminal justice minister Damian Green announced that by the end of April this year, all forces in England and Wales must be capable of sharing evidence digitally with the CPS and the courts.

One of the anticipated outcomes that this initiative would lead to was a significant drop in the use of discs as forces move towards lower cost, more secure and faster digital methods of capturing, securely storing and sharing evidence – recordings from Command and Control, body-worn camera feeds, videos and photos, etc.

What I’ve seen in the past 12 months from forces I’ve visited, or spoken with, has been hugely positive. There’s undoubtedly a concerted effort being made by senior officers to push forward the digital evidence agenda.

They’re being driven not just by a mandated obligation (if indeed this remains the case?), but a recognition of the operational rewards it can bring in closing cases quicker and making far better use of scant resources, enabling officers to do what they’re trained to do rather than creating, curating and couriering discs.

Jamie Wilson is Public Safety Marketing Manager (EMEA) at NICE Systems

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360 Vision Technology set to showcase camera range at CCTV User Group Conference

360 Vision Technology, the CCTV design and manufacturing company, will be displaying its range of cameras at the forthcoming CCTV User Group Conference, which runs from 23-25 May at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth.

Designed to deliver advanced situational awareness, identification and alert to activity within any surveillance application, 360 Vision Technology’s standard and high-performance imaging cameras will be on show.

Suitable for internal and external use, site perimeters, sterile and hazardous zones and zero light surveillance, 360 Vision Technology’s Predator all-in-one integrated surveillance cameras are available in a number of integrated technology options and with integrated IR and white light LED illuminators.

For any general through to high-security applications, 360 Vision Technology’s range of Predator analogue/HD Hybrid, polished stainless steel and radar cameras can supply the perfect imaging solution, also demonstrating full integration with a wide variety of systems control software.

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“No matter what the requirement, 360 Vision Technology has a surveillance camera model suitable for delivering advanced detection and identification across a wide range of demanding conditions,” explained Mark Rees, business development director at 360 Vision Technology.

“Whether the conditions are zero light, fog or long distance, our range of integrated radar, thermal, Hybrid and stainless steel imaging cameras combine rugged build quality with proven reliability in the field.”

The 360 Vision team will be on hand throughout the conference to discuss camera specifications or any existing or future surveillance project requirements.

*In the meantime, further information about 360 Vision Technology’s full range of camera products can be found at: www.360visiontechnology.com

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Genetec introduces new subscription-based ownership model for Security Center

Genetec, a leading provider of open architecture, unified IP security solutions, has announced a new subscription model for its flagship unified security platform designated Genetec Security Center.

Security Center Subscription introduces new flexible ownership and payment options that allow customers to gain access to Security Center on a ‘pay-as-you-go’ basis. Subscribing customers receive the same local, on-premises version of Security Center and pay for it on a monthly or annual basis, as opposed to purchasing the entire system up front.

When purchasing on subscription, customers also benefit from the Genetec online support resources and qualified support professionals’ expertise either by phone or through live chat, as well as access to Security Center Cloud services with risk-free trials included in the price.

Security Center Subscription is available immediately through the new Genetec self-service portal.

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Changing business model

A recent Gartner industry report noted that, by 2020, more than 80% of software vendors will change their business model from traditional license and maintenance to subscription, regardless of whether the software resides on-premises or in the cloud.

Along with the flexibility and affordability of a subscription model, the Gartner report finds that the value of short-term predictability trumps long-term costs, particularly when the ease of adding or relinquishing licenses is included in the picture.

The subscription model also moves the purchases from capital expenditure (CAPEX) to operational expenditure (OPEX). This enables customers who are looking to upgrade their systems to Security Center to do so from operational budgets allocated to their older, less capable security software.

“In the past few years, companies like Adobe, IBM, Oracle, Netflix and many other software companies have adopted flexible buying models with impressive success, offered as Technology-as-a-Service via the cloud or as a traditional on-premises installation with monthly or annual renewals,” said Andrew Elvish, vice-president of product management and marketing at Genetec.

“Genetec is leading the way in the physical security industry by offering customers an alternative ownership option for our successful video surveillance platform. Not only will customers enjoy the same fully-featured version of Security Center, but they will do so with lower up front expenditures, predicable recurring costs and access to the latest releases and Genetec support resources, all at no additional charge.”

Introducing Security Center Compact

As part of its new subscription model, Genetec is introducing Security Center Compact, a new entry-level edition of Security Center.

Only available through subscription, Security Center Compact supports up to 25 cameras and provides an easy ‘no training required’ option for customers with basic video management requirements.

A good fit for smaller sites, Security Center Compact systems can also be linked to larger systems through the Genetec Federation feature, allowing for centralised monitoring (as seen with city-wide surveillance and multi-site businesses or campuses).

The Compact edition features all of the camera integrations available in the enterprise edition of the software such that customers can choose the vendors they want to work with and design a system that best suits their business.

In addition to providing smaller site video surveillance, Security Center Compact offers a clear path as an organisation’s security needs evolve over time. Security Center Compact end users can simply update their subscription and purchase a higher edition of Security Center as their system grows, in turn avoiding the need to install and/or re-deploy new system software.

Introductory 90-Day Trial for Compact Edition

Beginning this month, Genetec-certified channel partners can sign up for a 90-day trial of Security Center Compact. To take advantage of this limited-time promotion, channel partners should visit the Genetec Channel Partner Portal for an instant download.

*For more information about Genetec Security Center Subscription and Genetec Security Center Compact visit: http://www.genetec.com/subscribe

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