Monthly Archives: February 2018

Hochiki Europe showcases intelligent life safety solutions at Light + Building 2018

Hochiki Europe, the manufacturer of life safety solutions, is exhibiting a range of intelligent emergency lighting products on Stand A85 in Hall 9.1 at the Light + Building event in Frankfurt on 18-23 March.

The company’s award-winning FIREscape emergency lighting system features LED technology based around an addressable control panel, and combines enhanced intelligence with environmentally-friendly performance. The fully-monitored system has been adopted by a number of hospitals, universities and airports due to the substantial cost savings it achieves for end users during its lifespan.

Visitors to Hochiki Europe’s stand will also see an example of FIREscape Lite – the self-contained emergency lighting kit designed to ensure building owners remain compliant with EU legislation at a reasonable cost.

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In addition, Hochiki Europe will be displaying FIREscape+, the combined fire detection and emergency lighting system that features wayfinding technology. The product has been created to save end users time and money, while also protecting the safety of building occupants.

At the show, members of the Hochiki Europe team will also be on stand to offer expertise and guidance on selecting the right systems and assist with project requirements.

As one of the most renowned trade fairs for lighting and building services technology, Light + Building will host over 2,600 exhibitors from across the globe.

Ian Watts, emergency lighting manager at Hochiki Europe, explained: “Effective emergency lighting solutions are imperative to the design of any building. As legislation changes and technology advances, we need to make sure duty holders across Europe are equipped with the knowledge they need to protect their occupants and remain efficient. By showcasing our extensive range of intelligent and low-carbon emergency lighting solutions at Light + Building 2018, we can demonstrate exactly how these smart systems address key safety and energy saving challenges faced by our customers.”

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Vista adds new end user-focused features and functions to Viper family

Vista has added new features and functions to the Viper range of NVRs, DVRs and associated matrix controllers. The Viper family was launched back in July last year and Vista is continually working on developing the range in line with customer requirements and feedback to ensure that “the perfect solution” can be offered.

Although the range is under continuous development, the overall purpose of the Viper family is to provide a multi-format recording platform, allowing end users to pull together Viper HD analogue DVRs and Viper IP NVRs into a single, seamless system.

The Viper virtual matrix controller affords end users complete control of the system through the uniform and intuitive central management software. The flexible range gives end users the opportunity to upgrade their systems at their own pace, with Vista providing high quality service throughout the process.

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The latest addition to the range is Viper Remote, the App that allows operators to be in constant contact with their security system. The App provides alarm notifications straight to the user’s device, affords the ability to view live and recorded images remotely, offers various display options and also an intuitive navigation system.

Wide-ranging search options ensure that time is saved when reviewing footage and that important security events can be found with ease. The App also allows for the management of devices in the system providing the opportunity to add and remove devices whenever necessary from any remote location.

Vista has also been working to enhance the functionality of the H5 range of NVRs. The latest development is the de-warping function that allows 360 degree camera images to be seen in a more user-friendly, 180 degree view. This helps to improve the end user experience by making reviewing images as simple as possible.

In response to ‘Voice of Customer’ feedback and suggestions, Vista has been working on making the range compatible with Immix. This is another hugely beneficial function which is on its way.

Bob Forehand, Vista’s technical manager, explained to Risk UK: “The Viper family is an incredibly flexible range that allows end users to ‘mix-and-match’ Viper units, combining both IP and analogue systems. The flexibility of the range means that the solution can be developed over time, saving on upfront costs and accounting for the requirements of growing or developing systems. The addition of Viper Remote, Viper Central and the upcoming introduction of Immix make the already differentiated and comprehensive offering even more inviting.”

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Paxton ranked 49th in The Sunday Times’ 100 Best Companies to Work For listing

Electronic IP access control and door entry systems specialist Paxton has been named as one of the UK’s top employers with its 49th placed ranking in The Sunday Times’ 100 Best Companies to Work for 2018 listing.

The annual survey run by the ‘Best Companies’ organisation recognises those organisations and managers who genuinely value and respect their employees. Paxton is the only security manufacturer included on the prestigious list.

The ranking was achieved following direct feedback provided by Paxton employees covering key areas of leadership: My Manager, My Company, Personal Growth, My Team, Well-Being, Fair Deal and Giving Something Back.

Highlights from the employee survey provide an excellent insight into what it’s like to work at the company. 96% of staff believe they can make a valuable contribution to the success of the company. 93% agree that the organisation is run on strong values and principles 90% of those taking part in the survey feel proud to work for Paxton.

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Commenting on the news, Adam Stroud (Paxton’s CEO) said: “We’re absolutely delighted to feature on this extremely prestigious list. This is the first time we have entered, so to appear at number 49 is a fantastic achievement. It’s a wonderful milestone in Paxton’s journey, embodying our ambition to be world-class in all that we do and encompassing everything from our products and services to our working environment. We’ve worked hard to develop a positive company culture and to support our staff on each step of their career with us. Due to rapid expansion and year-on-year business growth over the last two decades, three years has been the average time taken for Paxton to double in size. We’re now a sizeable company with over 300 employees. The incredible growth rate continues stronger than ever.”

Stroud concluded: “However, while hard work, focus, investment and a good strategy are essential to the success of the company, most important of all by a long way are the people that work for Paxton. I would like to personally thank all members of the Paxton team. They’ve been responsible for our success to date, and will continue to determine the extent of our future successes.”

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GJD enjoys inaugural appearance at Integrated Systems Europe 2018

GJD exhibited at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) for the first time this year, with the exhibition proving to be a great success for the company. The business introduced its TechSmart brand, which consists of IP-enabled precision perimeter motion sensors and LED illuminators.

GJD’s TechSmart range is well suited for a wide range of categories including smart buildings, security lighting and access control in the commercial sector.

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Mark Tibbenham, GJD’s managing director, commented: “Thank You to everyone who contributed to making ISE 2018 a success for GJD. We’re thrilled that we had lots of interest about our IP solutions. The exhibition was a great opportunity for us to meet new customers and demonstrate our product range. We’ve re-booked for next year and very much looking forward to exhibiting again.”

TechSmart is Control 4, Crestron and RTI-ready. The range is easily integrated with existing building management systems. Products can also be installed as stand-alone intelligent IP devices to enable custom integrators to create smart actions that suit specific end user customer requirements.

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Intercoax announces partnership and Webex training with Clear Vision Technologies

Intercoax, the global manufacturer of high-performance Ethernet-over-Coax and twisted pair video, data and Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) transmission products has announced a partnership agreement with Clear Vision Technologies.

Sharing a joint ethos of commitment to customers in the provision of high-quality transmission products, Clear Vision Technologies – the specialist distributor of IP, wireless and fibre optic transmission equipment – has entered into an agreement with Intercoax to become an official reseller and systems integrator of Intercoax products.

At the same time, Clear Vision Technologies has announced a joint collaboration with Intercoax to host two online Webex training events that will cover Intercoax transmission products, benefits and applications. Clear Vision Technologies is now inviting interested parties to register for the two scheduled Webex training sessions. These events are to be held on 6 March at 10.00 am and 8 March at 2.00 pm.

Registration is via sales@cv-tech.co.uk

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“Many of our customers are looking for faster and less intrusive ways of migrating legacy copper systems to IP,” explained Sarah Moss, commercial director at Clear Vision Technologies. “Using the Intercoax range, installers can easily upgrade to IP using existing infrastructure without the need to install new cabling, which keeps their costs and disruption to end user sites to an absolute minimum.”

Moss continued: “Intercoax has extensive expertise in Ethernet-over-Coax and twisted pair video, data and PoE technology. Most importantly, that expertise is backed up by solid customer support. The Intercoax product range offers just about every combination needed for upgrading to IP, whether it’s for a simple point-to-point camera link or a more comprehensive, multi-channel system upgrade.”

Vincent Matthys, CEO of Intercoax EMEA, responded: “We’re very pleased to be working with such a highly-experienced supplier of transmission solutions as Clear Vision Technologies. Our tried-and-tested Intercoax transmission technology is proven to support installers when they want to easily migrate analogue systems to IP over existing coax or UTP cable infrastructure and at extended distances. Now, our range of reliable single and multi-channel data and PoE solutions is available via a quality UK supplier.”

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EU’s GDPR and cyber security to be ‘hot topics’ at Hikvision Insight

Following on from the success of Hikvision Insight in October last year, Hikvision UK and Ireland is now pleased to announce a second series of events taking place in five cities across the UK and Ireland in March wherein presentations on both the European Union’s upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and cyber security will take centre stage.

Alongside the seminar programme, Hikvision will be showcasing its own security solutions including the latest in thermal solutions, Deep Learning technology, 180° and 360° technologies and Hikvision’s new video control software named HikCentral.

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“We take great pride in developing innovative solutions suitable for multiple applications,” said Gary Harmer, sales director for Hikvision UK and Ireland. “We’re looking forward to taking these solutions around the country such that professional security installers and system integrators can be get hands-on with our latest technologies. Hikvision Insight also allows us to update the market on our plans prior to the introduction of the GDPR later this year and outline the continuous developments we’re making in terms of the cyber security of our products.”

At these events, Hikvision will be joined by its authorised distribution partners and technology partners GJD, Pyronix and Seagate. GJD, the manufacturer and designer of smart electronic perimeter detection and high performance LED illumination equipment, is set to showcase its complete range of IP security solutions at the Hikvision Insight 2018 events, in turn demonstrating their use in real world scenarios.

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Mark Tibbenham, GJD’s managing director, commented: “We’re really proud to join Hikvision’s group of partners. The GJD and Hikvision integration delivers world-class IP solutions suitable for a wide range of sectors. We’re looking forward to exhibiting at the Hikvision Insight events and highlighting to visitors the advantages of connecting our technology with Hikvision.”

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Andy Keeley, head of marketing at Hikvision, added: “We’re looking forward to GJD joining us at our Hikvision Insight events. We’re excited to see the seamless integration between Hikvision and GJD’s technologies bringing a total security solution.”

*To find your nearest Hikvision Insight event and to register for your place visit www.hikvision.co.uk/insight

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Revader Security to demonstrate enhanced mobile CCTV system capabilities at Security and Policing 2018

Mobile CCTV manufacturer Revader Security will be demonstrating its new and improved redeployable cameras and mobile surveillance tower at Security and Policing 2018, which takes place at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre on 6-8 March.

The company’s specialist security products are engineered to perform in harsh environments. They’re straightforward to install in virtually any location and can be rapidly repositioned to respond to changing security demands. Power options include mains, battery, Power over Ethernet (PoE), diesel and renewable sources.

The company will be presenting two new products at the show – a new mobile CCTV tower and a compact redeployable CCTV solution.

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The Galaxy Mobile CCTV Tower is a complete outdoor surveillance solution on wheels which acts as an all-seeing ‘eye in the sky’. The product incorporates four high-end HD cameras set at 360° for 30-metre viewing, a single HD PTZ camera with 150-metre viewing, night vision capability, sensors, alarm inputs, audio, wireless/4G connectivity with dual SIM architecture, extensive local storage, remote monitoring/download and several power options ranging from battery through to diesel.

The CCTV tower is primarily intended for overt deployment by law enforcement and security operators in remote or hazardous locations or at public events and demonstrations. It has also attracted interest for use as a cost-effective solution for construction site CCTV and security guarding replacement in high security areas.

In parallel, Revader Security’s new compact redeployable CCTV solution, designated the Tuu, is constructed from high-grade aluminium or stainless steel and suitable for use in harsh IP67/IP68-rated environments. The Tuu network combines HD PTZ or 360° cameras with 5 TB on-board storage and PoE single cabling.

The units are ideally suited for use by the police, the military and Government customers for evidential recording in custody suites, bio-hazard units and interview rooms and at  operating bases. They’re also a cost-effective option for general purpose indoor and outdoor CCTV, offering end users the ability to rapidly reposition the cameras according to changing surveillance demands and operational requirements.

Stuart Caldecourt, managing director at Revader Security, told Risk UK: “We’re looking forward to demonstrating our enhanced redeployable CCTV solutions to police and Government customers at this important event. We’ve already had a great deal of interest in our new mobile CCTV towers from security operators wishing to replace traditional security guarding with a more cost-effective and reliable alternative. We’re also continuing to impress customers with our ruggedised and redeployable CCTV cameras which are being used in an ever-growing range of scenarios, from construction sites and quarries through to town centres and even in high security laboratories.”

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Next Generation Networks is focus of Euralarm Task Group Forum

The Europe-wide transition of traditional (ie PSTN) telecom networks towards all-IP communications networks that’s in different stages is having a significant impact on alarm signalling systems across countries. With this in mind, Euralarm’s Task Group on Next Generation Networks is now focusing on that transition.

Euralarm members the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and the Fire Industry Association are hosting a high-profile forum on how changes to the UK telecommunications network may affect the fire and security industry. The event will be held on Thursday 15 March at the offices of UBM in central London and offers the opportunity to hear from the experts about what the impact of the transition will be.

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Euralarm’s Task Group is also running a Workshop prior to the conference. To be held the day before, the Workshop is centred on developing an understanding of progress around Next Generation Networks across Europe. Members of the Task Group will consider what guidance and direction is of value to industry members and their customers going forward.

Euralarm members and other stakeholders and interested parties are invited to participate in the open forum, while the Workshop is for Euralarm members only.

More details about the Workshop can soon be found on the Euralarm website. Further information on the forum is available on the BSIA’s website.

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IDIS and Oprema sign new UK distribution agreement

Surveillance systems manufacturer IDIS has signed a new distribution agreement with Oprema, the multidisciplinary security solutions provider. A Fast Growth 50 company, Oprema has added the full IDIS Total Solution to its line-up.

The range of products involved includes the IDIS flagship offerings, among them the plug-and-play DirectIP as well as the advanced HD analogue over coax solution DirectCX. Both strengthen Oprema’s extensive portfolio of surveillance, access control, fire and other security brands.

Founded in 1997 by experts in computer science and Artificial Intelligence, IDIS operates manufacturing facilities based in South Korea and dedicated offices that offer training and technical support in the UK, Dubai and the USA. The company has grown to become a global security company that designs, develops and manufactures surveillance solutions for a wide range of commercial and public sector markets.

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Gareth Williams, sales director at Oprema, commented: “I’m delighted to announce a new strategic partnership with IDIS. The IDIS product range perfectly complements our multi-brand security portfolio and opens up a whole new range of surveillance solutions and opportunities for our customers. The IDIS product range delivers innovation that’s user-friendly, flexible, scaleable and able to meet every surveillance need, especially in the mid to high-end space.”

James Min, managing director of IDIS Europe, added: “The IDIS team is thrilled that we’ve signed a strategic distribution alliance with Oprema. Oprema shares our values of providing a complete end-to-end solution approach that’s consultative. The business has a passion for sales and technical support, training and reliable logistics, as well as professional services, such as pre-sales design, pre-configuration and on-site commissioning. We look forward to working closely with the Oprema team over the next year and beyond.”

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GDPR Readiness Checklist Tool launched by NW Security Group to help businesses comply with upcoming EU legislation

NW Security Group, the provider of IP video solutions and security consultancy, has launched a free European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Readiness Checklist Tool to help businesses quickly and easily determine if they’re adequately preparing for the new legislation. Due to come into effect on 25 May, the EU GDPR aims to ensure the protection of personally identifiable information. According to recent figures, over 50% of companies across the UK will not be ready for the GDPR by the stated deadline.

While awareness of the new legislation has risen in recent months, the consensus is that UK firms are under-prepared for the EU GDPR, and therefore at risk of fines as high as €20 million or 4% of a company’s annual turnover (whichever is greater).

As an expert in providing security consultancy and training, NW Security has been giving businesses across the UK guidance on how to ensure compliance by the May deadline in a series of awareness seminars. The GDPR Readiness Checklist Tool has formed a vital part of each seminar, helping attendees determine how effective their data protection processes are on their respective journeys towards GDPR compliance.

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Nigel Peers, senior consultant at NW Security, offers his thoughts on the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation and how companies must prepare for its introduction

“As a provider of IP-based security systems, we’ve always taken cyber security very seriously indeed to ensure the solutions we recommend to our customers protect the data that’s generated,” stated Nigel Peers, senior consultant at NW Security. “In recent months, we’ve been raising awareness with companies and helping them to assess their levels of preparedness for the GDPR using our quick Checklist Tool. As the timeframes become more urgent and levels of readiness are left wanting, we felt it would be helpful to make this free Checklist Tool available to more companies across the UK. It prompts them to think about how best to prepare themselves and their supply chains for the GDPR and provides an insight of just how comprehensive a full GDPR Organisational Readiness Assessment needs to be.”

One of the seminars was held at the Wirral Chamber of Commerce in Birkenhead, welcoming attendees from a range of businesses in the region to heighten understanding of the new GDPR and identify how it could impact their organisation. Laura Cross, director at Concentric HR, said of the seminar: “It was extremely informative and practical. We don’t feel fully prepared for the GDPR as yet, but events such as this have definitely increased our knowledge on the topic and given us great learnings to take back and implement within our firm.”

Cross continued: “The GDPR Readiness Checklist Tool was one of the most useful aspects of the seminar. It really helped me to understand where our business is currently on the journey towards GDPR compliance. Knowing that there are external experts out there that can support us along the way is extremely reassuring for our business.”

*To use the free EU GDPR Readiness Checklist Tooll visit: www.nwsecuritygroup.com/gdpr-readiness-quick-checklist

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