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C-TEC, WAGNER, Apollo, Vanderbilt and Kentec Electronics look to make their mark at Security Essen

Security Essen runs from Tuesday 27 September to Friday 30 September in Germany. This year, solution manufacturers C-TEC, WAGNER, Apollo, Vanderbilt and Kentec Electronics all have an array of systems to display alongside key messaging for end users, integrators and installers.

For its part, C-TEC will be showcasing its life-safety systems. Located for the first time in Hall 3, the action-packed area dedicated to fire detection and live demonstrations, C-TEC’s stand (3E14) is set to feature the company’s new CAST-protocol XFP 1-2 loop addressable fire system, the range of VdS-certified EN54-4 power supplies and its powerful 1-8 loop ZFP touchscreen-controlled addressable fire panels.

Also on display will be C-TECs popular BSI-certified conventional sounder isolator system, its new EN54-13 conventional fire alarm system solution and a wealth of other innovations specifically designed for the European market.

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Charlotte Manley, C-TEC’s sales director, told Risk UK: “We’re always very excited about Security Essen as it’s a truly international show and attracts visitors from all over the world. C-TEC has invested heavily in third party certification over the past decade, and we’re certainly reaping the rewards in Europe where the demand for certified systems is exceptionally high.”

Visions Become Reality

‘Visions Become Reality’ is the slogan under which WAGNER will be exhibiting at Security Essen. WAGNER’s stand (Hall 3, Stand 3D44) will feature innovative, future-safe fire prevention solutions, including air sampling smoke detectors, extinguishing technology, fire prevention and fire risk management.

WAGNER will be unveiling the TITANUS FUSION, a new all-rounder that combines the successful TITANUS family’s many advantages, such as LOGIC.SENS smoke development patterning and PIPE.GUARD air flow monitoring. The air sampling smoke detector can be used even in dusty environments and is accurate to temperatures as low as -30° C. It can monitor areas up to 3,200 m² in size, and is available in sensitivity levels of 0.5, 0.1 and 0.015 % LT/m.

This year, WAGNER is also introducing the TITANUS MULTI SENS, a pioneering system designed for areas where specific deceptive phenomena (such as cigarette smoke, theatrical fog or dust) can trigger false alarms. This new self-teaching air sampling smoke detector can tell the difference between false alarms and real fires. Visitors can experience this innovative, multi-dimensional optical detection system live in fire experiments.

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WAGNER’s vision of employing nitrogen as an extinguishing agent gave rise to the OxyReduct active fire prevention system. The introduction of this new technology at the end of the 1990s transformed the fire prevention market, as WAGNER began offering OxyReduct active fire prevention rather than reactive extinguishing solutions.

Security Essen will be featuring the newest generation of OxyReduct models: the powerful, compact, modular OxyReduct P-Line for larger protection areas and the noise-optimised, compact OxyReduct M-Line for modular nitrogen generation at rates of 10-90 m³/h.

Apollo to showcase next generation solution

Apollo Fire Detectors, a specialist in the design and manufacture of high quality fire detection products, will be showcasing its comprehensive range of products on Stand 3B14 at Security Essen.

The new SOTERIA range is the next generation in fire detection technology and is designed to improve detection, reduce false alarms and deliver improved reliability. SOTERIA is the start of an ongoing technology innovation at Apollo. The detectors have been extensively tested by members of the Apollo in-house testing team with facilities that boast some of the most advanced private testing equipment in the UK.

Alongside SOTERIA is Apollo’s enhanced protocol named CoreProtocol, the next generation in fire loop communication from Apollo giving greater control and more loop power. The new protocol builds on the established capabilities of XP95 and Discovery; with forward and backwards compatibility and the ability to manage a significantly increased number of devices.

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As well as the introduction of new products, Apollo will have its new 2016-2017 Product Catalogue available, a crucial guide for anyone who specifies or installs fire detection equipment. The catalogue features all of Apollo’s detection equipment, system components and specialist devices suitable for a wide range of environments.

Vanderbilt aims to be the talk of Security Essen

Vanderbilt will attend Security Essen for the first time this year, and will be exhibiting the latest developments across all three of its product ranges: access control, intruder detection and video surveillance.

At Security Essen, Vanderbilt will feature Aliro 2 – the latest generation of its access control solution. Building on the success of its predecessor and created alongside external developers, Aliro 2 is suitable for small through to medium-sized commercial applications, boasting easy-to-use Internet-based software and intuitive mobile features.

Using the advanced Mercury firmware platform, it supports – as standard – 64 doors and 5,000 users. With additional software licenses, the system can be increased up to 1,024 wired doors, 1,024 wireless doors and 25,000 users. Integration with Aperio is one of the highlights in the new feature set of Aliro 2, but there’s “much more to come” as this new system paves the way for Vanderbilt’s future migration strategy.

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Vanderbilt’s SPC intrusion panel will also be featured on the stand. Vanderbilt continues to develop attractive features for this range, including its SPC Connect. This cloud-based innovation provides customers with remote access to control panels, safe in the knowledge that the process is highly secure thanks to the implementation of financial grade SSL security.

New to the video portfolio is the Eventys range, a cost-effective range of cameras and recorders that are aimed at the simple set-up and plug-and-play approach. With an intuitive interface offering “outstanding functionality” and flexibility, Eventys is perfect for small to medium-sized installations that require up to 20 cameras.

Fire detection and alarm control panel solutions

Visitors to Stand 1A03 in Hall 1 Security Essen will be able to see some of the latest fire safety products from Kentec Electronics. Its extensive range of EN, UL and FM, marine, analogue, conventional and extinguishant fire control panel solutions are the first choice for many safety critical, prestigious locations across the world.

Kentec will be exhibiting its Syncro and Sigma ranges designed for the widest, most demanding range of applications. The Sigma XT range includes status units, Sigma XT+, the Sigma XT ECU hybrid solution and Syncro AS, plus its comprehensive range of UL-listed, FM-approved Elite RS analogue addressable fire control panels, Sigma A-XT releasing panel and status units and the UL-listed Sigma A-CP annunciator panel.

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Show visitors will be able to see live demonstrations of the company’s all-new Taktis range of fire alarm control equipment, which combines the very latest hardware and software to produce a powerful and sophisticated control and indication system that’s both simple to use and understand.

The flexibility of the Taktis platform means that it can be reconfigured to realise many other control and indication applications, with direct integration into intelligent buildings a reality for end users.

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Door & Hardware Federation issues stark warning to owners, managers and specifiers of powered access systems

Appearing at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court, Foodles Production (UK) Ltd – the London-based company – has pleaded guilty to criminal charges in relation to a prosecution brought by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) following a serious accident at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire involving actor Harrison Ford. Sentencing was due to take place on Monday 22 August, but has now been put back until October.

The accident occurred during production of ‘Star Wars Episode Seven: The Force Awakens’. 71 year-old Ford suffered a broken leg and other injuries when he was struck by a metal door on the set of the Millennium Falcon. The incident took place on 12 June 2014.

A spokesperson for the HSE said: “During the filming of ‘Star Wars Episode Seven: The Force Awakens’, the actor Harrison Ford was badly injured after he became trapped under a rapidly closing metal-framed door. The power of the door’s drive system was comparable to the weight of a small car. This was a foreseeable incident. Foodles Production (UK) Ltd has accepted that it failed to protect actors and staff. The HSE welcomes the firm’s guilty plea.”

The spokesperson continued: “Every employer in every industry has a legal duty to manage risks in the workplace. Risks are part and parcel of everyday life, and this is acknowledged by Health and Safety law, but they still need to be identified and managed in a proportionate way.”

In conclusion, the HSE spokesperson commented: “The British film industry has a world renowned reputation for making exceptional films. Managing on-set risks in a sensible and proportionate way for all actors and staff – regardless of their celebrity status – is vital for protecting both on-screen and off-screen talent, as well as safeguarding the reputation of the industry.”

Responsibilities of owners, managers and specifiers

According to the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF), whose constituent members manufacture, supply and maintain industrial and commercial doors, automated gates, garage doors and barriers, this high profile incident “throws into sharp focus” the responsibilities of owners and managers, and indeed all of those who specify powered access products and equipment.

The DHF’s training officer Nick Perkins said: “This court case serves as a warning to everybody involved in the powered access sector that they must ensure all adequate safety measures are provided wherever there’s the risk of people being injured by a moving door, gate or barrier. Without safety measures in place there’s the real risk of accidents leading to death, serious injury and criminal prosecution of those responsible.”

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Perkins continued: “In this case, Harrison Ford was pinned down by the hydraulically operated door. Luckily he survived, albeit with serious injuries that included a broken leg. His death was only prevented because someone was thankfully able to activate an emergency stop, but not before injury had been caused.”

Perkins added that owners and managers must ensure industrial doors, powered gates and traffic barriers – regardless of when they were installed – meet the current standards which detail the levels of safety required.

Owners are advised to ensure that their powered access systems and equipment are checked for safety against the current standards and regularly maintained by both properly trained and qualified specialists.

“As this court case shows,” asserted Perkins, “owners and all those responsible for powered access systems and equipment could face prosecution in the event of an incident at one of their sites. They should also be aware that installers and maintainers are also bound by criminal legislation to ensure that all work, whether carried out on a new or an existing access system, is absolutely safe.”

Perkins pointed out that adequate levels of safety in all powered access installations can be achieved by using one of several safety features including hold-to-run controls or light curtain/photo scanner presence detectors or by ensuring that correct force limitation is duly in place.

 

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CEM Systems announces winners of EMEA Business Partner of the Year Awards

CEM Systems, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, has just announced the winners of the 2016 CEM Business Partners of the Year Awards for the EMEA region.

FES Group received the CEM Business Partner of the Year Award for the UK and Ireland, Tyco Integrated Fire & Security for Europe, Tyco Fire and Security UAE for the Middle East and Acti-Tech for Africa.

The winners were announced at the prestigious annual CEM EMEA Conference in Belfast.

CEM resellers supply, install and service CEM security management systems throughout the world. As CEM Business Partners of the Year for EMEA, resellers are recognised for their work in delivering complex integrated projects and helping to grow the CEM business in their respective geographic markets.

“It’s an honour to award our top resellers with the 2016 CEM Business Partner of the Year Awards,” said Philip Verner, regional sales director (EMEA) at CEM Systems. “Our partners are critical to our success and, with our 2016 Business Partner Awards winners, we have significantly grown CEM sales in their respective markets. These awards not only recognise our business partners for sales delivered, but also for their commitment towards accredited CEM training and joint marketing initiatives. We look forward to a continued strong relationship with all of our business partners and customers”.

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FES Group received this year’s award for the UK and Ireland in recognition of its excellent technical expertise and ability to deliver large, integrated solutions particularly within educational and healthcare environments.

FES Group also exhibited commitment to training and gaining understanding of the value proposition of the CEM advanced offerings and is proactively promoting the solutions widely.

Tyco Integrated Fire & Security Netherlands won the award for Europe. Among other things, its success is attributed to its industry-leading experience in deploying integrated projects throughout the Netherlands.

“CEM’s AC2000 access control and security management system provides a highly secure solution that integrates with a range of third party security providers, including video, fire and intrusion,” said Hugo van Vliet, account manager for high end security at Tyco Integrated Fire & Security. “This makes it the ideal choice to deploy in complex projects. AC2000 can also be deployed by customers using one central server for multiple buildings. This architecture saves customers money, and is more flexible when they need access control in multiple sites.”

Security experts Tyco Fire and Security UAE were given the award for the Middle East in recognition of the organisation’s continued success in representing and promoting CEM in the region. “This award is great recognition for the work we have done with CEM Systems to secure a range of prestigious customers throughout the year,” enthused Craig Menzies, security division manager for Tyco Fire and Security UAE.

In the Africa category, distributor Acti-Tech was awarded for its project work and continued investment in supporting CEM through its demonstration facilities and major African exhibitions.

“We’re delighted to accept this award,” said Augustus Chalokwu, CTO at Acti-Tech. “CEM’s AC2000 access control solution continues to provide the highest levels of resilient and scalable security which we’ve successfully deployed in the Government, public, private and corporate sectors as well as many others. We look forward to continuing to build our knowledge of CEM solutions and developing our relationship with the firm.”

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TDSi bestows AlertSystems with Platinum Partner of the Year Award for 2016

Integrated security solutions manufacturer TDSi has awarded AlertSystems with its Platinum Partner of the Year Award for 2016. The award was presented to Ian Trayling of AlertSystems and recognises the expert installer for its close partnership with the security manufacturer.

Having received the award, Paul Brake (joint managing director of AlertSystems) said: “I speak for the whole team when I say we’re delighted and honoured to be presented with this award, which reflects how closely we work with TDSi to provide our customers with the best solutions and implementation. TDSi’s products offer outstanding quality of service and value for money, which in turn helps us to offer our clients very attractive RoI in a highly competitive market. We look forward to continuing our fruitful partnership.”

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Ian Trayling (left) and John Davies

TDSi’s channel partner manager Alex Rumsey is equally enthusiastic about the award. “AlertSystems has continuously delivered the highest levels of professionalism, technical expertise and market awareness which makes them an ideal partner for TDSi,” said Rumsey. “With a highly keen interest in the market, AlertSystems has grown its business with TDSi significantly throughout the last 12 months, with a stand-out project for Capita Customer Management and Marlborough College. This award is richly deserved and we’re proud to be forging a continued partnership of success.”

As one of the UK’s leading providers of electronic security systems to businesses, AlertSystems is committed to providing excellent products and outstanding customer care for organisations seeking high quality security solutions. With thousands of commercial security installations across the UK, the company is a trusted security supplier to organisations from all major industry sectors, including transport, logistics, food production, schools, universities, hotels, the utilities and waste management.

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Hanwha Techwin Europe expands Customer Satisfaction Team

In addition to investing in technicians based locally in countries across Europe, Hanwha Techwin Europe has also recruited a team of multilingual technicians and logistics experts who have been highly trained to provide advice on all products within the company’s wide range of video surveillance solutions.

“We know that having innovative, feature-rich cameras, recorders and software that can provide installers, system integrators and end users with a competitive edge isn’t enough,” said Bob Hwang, managing director at Hanwha Techwin Europe. “In order to achieve our ambition of being the market leader, we also have to offer outstanding pre- and post-sales support services. This includes efficient fulfilment of orders, RMAs and repairs, as well as offering Hotline telephone support for any customer who needs a rapid response to a technical query.”

Hwang continued: “The ongoing investment in our future by our new parent company means that we’ll continue to expand our Customer Service Team in line with demand and, in the process, work more closely with our customers. We’re endeavouring to continually improve in everything we do, and that’s why all requests for technical support, RMAs and repairs are recorded. These are key learning indicators which we can analyse and use as part of our product development cycle to ensure that our cameras and recording devices are the most reliable products on the market.”

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Bob Hwang: Managing Director at Hanwha Techwin Europe

Service

A facility in Holland, which provides a base for the Hanwha Techwin Europe multilingual team of technicians, also houses a repair centre which is enabling Hanwha Techwin Europe to consistently fulfil its commitment to a five-day turnaround on repairs if a fault develops. This is complemented by an Advanced Replacement service which is designed to provide installers with the assurance that they can repair a video surveillance system at the earliest possible opportunity.

Hanwha Techwin’s video surveillance products have proven to be highly reliable which is why the company confidently offers a full three year warranty. Nevertheless, it’s appreciated that, when a problem occurs, it can be frustrating to have to wait until a faulty product has been assessed before a replacement is supplied.

The Advance Replacement service means that, if a product develops a fault during the first year of its three-year warranty, a replacement will now be dispatched to a specified address within 48 hours of the request being received.

Customers who are part of the Hanwha Techwin STEP Partnership Programme can take advantage of the Advance Replacement service for up to two years of a product’s three-year warranty.

Logistics

The facility in Holland is also the company’s main European warehouse. Staffed by logistics experts, it’s actively ensuring that the company can deliver all in-stock orders to anywhere in Europe within three days.

“Our ongoing investment in customer service is enabling us to react quickly and effectively to a wide range of pre- and post-sales demands,” concluded Hwang. “Our distribution partners, for example, occasionally need to fulfil large orders which have not been forecasted. By working in harmony with colleagues in our manufacturing division, we’re consistently succeeding in delivering at least 90% of the products required for each of these orders within two weeks.”

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ITW Security Division launches new website and series of White Papers

ITW Security Division has re-launched its website for the personal ID and secure Government documents market (www.itwsecuritydivision.com) and provided the first in its new series of White Papers online.

The new website has been designed to highlight ITW Security Division’s complete range of security documents, features and technologies for Governments, project integrators and issuers in a modern and user-friendly experience, helping visitors to the site in locating the information they need much more quickly and easily.

The new image-led website is now much clearer and easier to navigate enabling users to search for relevant products, Case Studies and news that showcase the company’s Covid, Fasver and Imagedata product portfolio.

Additionally, a new Resources section also builds on ITW Security Division’s knowledge base and shares this with registered customers and visitor’s to the site.

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One new White Paper entitled ‘Level 1 Security – Long Live The King!’ presents the results of ITW Security Division’s own research and the continued demand for Level 1 Security features within the market, as well as recent developments in holographic features.

New White Papers will continue to be added, exploring ITW Security Division’s products, issues within the security documentation market and providing help in protecting documents and ID from counterfeiters.

“ITW Security Division offers a wealth of products and services to Governments and companies worldwide to enhance and protect their security documents,” explained Bob Carey, ITW Security Division’s business unit manager. “We wanted our website not only to reflect the breadth of our capabilities, but also to help users find inspiration and ideas for their projects.”

Carey added: “We work exceptionally closely with all of our customers to identify and meet the demanding production requirements of their personal ID and secure documents worldwide. Our website aims to truly represent this fact in both a highly visual and interesting fashion.”

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Delta Scientific’s HD2055 barrier passes 1,000,000 cycles testing procedure

Delta Scientific, the manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems, has announced that its HD2055 barrier which will stop a 15,000 pound (66.7 km) vehicle travelling at 50 mph (80 kpm) has just met the criteria of the United States Department of State for continuous operations of one million cycles.

The HD2055 solution was tested from February this year through until July. Testing was conducted in an external setting with exposure to full sunlight and the effects of climatic conditions. Cycle rate on the barrier was four per minute.

“This is another example of why vehicle access control solution buyers need to check for certified equipment,” emphasised Greg Hamm, Delta Scientific’s vice-president of sales and marketing. “Security professionals who need to protect their perimeters from terrorists and errant drivers must have the confidence that their barriers will perform their functions each and every time.”

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According to the report by the independent test facility: “The barrier system was found to be capable of 1,000,000 continuous operations without failure of any component necessary for continued barrier operation outside of scheduled maintenance.”

Upon impact, the barrier remains in its foundation and the opening stays blocked, providing a multiple hit capability. In its M50 crash test, the HD2055 completely disabled the test vehicle, causing severe damage to the occupant department and power train. The maximum penetration recorded was less than zero.

The P1 penetration rating was given because the penetration beyond the protected side of the barrier was less than 1.0 metre at the lower leading edge of the test vehicle’s cargo bed.

With its 24-inch (61 cm) shallow foundation and aesthetic design, the HD2055 obviates the concerns of interference with buried pipes, power lines and fibre optic communication lines. The shallow foundation also reduces installation complexity, time, materials and corresponding costs. The HD2055 is ideally suited to high water table locations and areas with corrosive soils. It provides low maintenance as all components are accessible from the sides or top of the barrier.

For increased security, the HD2055 leverages Delta Scientific’s proprietary counter-balanced technology to provide a 1.5 second emergency fast operation, thus responding to attacks very quickly indeed.

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