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Critical infrastructure and Government GSOCs drive CNL Software’s IPSecurityCenter V5.7 PSIM

CNL Software, the Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) system software specialist, has announced the release of IPSecurityCenter V5.7. This latest release includes many feature enhancements that increase performance and reduce operational response times in large-scale, multi-sited and mission-critical deployments of IPSecurityCenter and will benefit those in the transportation, corporate security and public safety markets.

According to CNL, IPSecurityCenter leads the Global Security Operations Centre (GSOC) market for PSIM. This latest release improves CNL Software’s ability to manage across multiple Security Operations Centres (SOCs) and GSOCs, keeping the entire operation in harmony using enterprise wide visualisation to support the overall security mission for critical infrastructure and large-scale Government security programmes.

“We continue to invest heavily in developing the features that customers, partners and industry leaders inspire us to create,” commented Simon Knightley, CTO at CNL Software. “We listen to our customers and understand what’s important to them. Their ideas help us to innovate new ways in which to support them in making the GSOC a faster and more effective hub for all mission-critical security and life safety-related activity. They want their Control Rooms to see more, act faster and collaborate better throughout the whole organisation, which we help them to achieve using IPSecurityCenter V5.7.”

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CNL states that the V5.7 release differentiates CNL Software from other PSIM vendors and establishes IPSecurityCenter as the first choice PSIM solution for large-scale Government security programmes, critical infrastructure and facilities protection.

Some of the main enhancements within the new release include:

*More scalable for larger deployments: Enhancements support greater control over large-scale federated solutions, driving tightly managed GSOC operations
*Faster and more responsive: Improvements include faster access to historic alarm data with fewer clicks and rapid access to video from remote locations
*Support for 64-bit video: This ensures IPSecurityCenter leverages the latest developments in video technology and multi-thread processing for faster and more scalable solutions
*General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)-ready security platform: Enhancements ensure that IPSecurityCenter is ready for the most demanding compliance processes, with security features such as two-factor authentication included such that there are no unauthorised changes to the system
*Improved decision support: Developments include new interactive dashboards that allow operators to access key performance indicators in real-time using a customisable device that can highlight alarm, human and machine data alike

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Amthal wins support contract to maintain security solutions for Mitsubishi Electric’s UK headquarters and regional offices

Amthal Fire & Security has been awarded a new support contract with global technology leader Mitsubishi Electric Europe to upgrade and maintain security solutions at the latter’s UK headquarters in Hatfield and across its estate of regional UK offices.

Mitsubishi Electric has eight regional offices, including its UK head office in Hatfield, supporting over 700 staff members. The new contract with Amthal covers the provision of support and maintenance across each of Mitsubishi Electric’s sites to ensure that security arrangements, including CCTV, intruder alarm and access control solutions, are maintained to the highest level and upgraded quickly where required.

Karen Kelsall, facilities co-ordinator for Mitsubishi Electric’s Business Services team, observed: “Each of our UK office locations has its own security arrangements that must be maintained on a regular basis. We needed to source a reliable company that could not only meet this requirement, but also ensure that we continue to offer our staff complete peace of mind at their place of work.”

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Mitsubishi Electric’s head office in Hatfield

Kelsall continued: “Amthal proved themselves even before the contract was signed, responding to several different site requests quickly and with true technical capability and professionalism. In addition, being a local company to our head office makes a difference when it comes to ensuring the efficient and sustainable supplier service that we now look forward to building.”

Jamie Allam, commercial director for Amthal Fire & Security, responded: “This contract award is extremely significant for Amthal. It’s great for us to be associated with such a global brand. It also demonstrates our commitment to our customers, both new and existing. The team’s knowledge, experience and expertise together with an ability to react quickly and ‘get the job done’ undoubtedly contributed to our appointment. We will continue to work in partnership with Mitsubishi Electric to deliver the highest levels of operational excellence and continuity of service, both on a local basis for its main office and regionally across all sites.”

Amthal Fire & Security is dedicated to satisfying end user needs for security safety and convenience, offering design, installation, service and remote monitoring services for advanced electronic fire and security solutions including intruder alarms, access control and CCTV systems.

The business is accredited by the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board, the United Kingdom Accreditation Service and British Approvals for Fire Equipment.

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Apollo set to showcase new SOTERIA Dimension solution at Security Essen 2018

Apollo Fire Detectors, the specialist designer and manufacturer of high quality fire detection equipment, will be showcasing its latest Test Set and SOTERIA Dimension, the latest addition to the SOTERIA range, at Security Essen 2018.

A full demonstration of the new Apollo Test Set – a portable testing device designed to help commissioning and system maintenance engineers – will be on display at Stand 6A58 in Hall 6 of Messe Essen.

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Apollo’s Test Set

“We’re very excited to be able to showcase our innovative Test Set at Security Essen this year,” enthused Ed Browning, sales and marketing director at Apollo. “We’ll be setting up a range of Apollo fire detectors, wired into a loop, in order to demonstrate the fault-finding capabilities of our Test Set live on the stand.”

The Apollo Test Set guarantees that the correct loop configuration is in place before an active control panel is installed and has the ability to interrogate and control all units connected to the device, either as individual units or complete circuits. The Test Set boasts a user-friendly touch screen display and is compatible with all Apollo analogue addressable protocols – ie XP95, Discovery and CoreProtocol.

In addition to the Test Set demonstration, Apollo will be showcasing the most recent addition to the SOTERIA range – SOTERIA Dimension and Dimension Specialist. These state-of-the-art fire detection devices use new optical sensing technology in a ‘virtual sensing chamber’. The flush-fitting detector combines functionality and style, and is designed to fit perfectly in locations with the most demanding aesthetic requirements.

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SOTERIA Dimension

The SOTERIA Dimension Specialist detector also features an anti-ligature metal faceplate and tamper-resistant screws. It has been tested and approved for anti-ligature certification to TS001 and meets the Ministry of Justice’s specifications STD/E/SPEC/038. This detector offers greater resilience against interference or damage and is ideal for prisons, custodial suites and healthcare establishments.

*For more information visit https://www.apollo-fire.co.uk/

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Videx introduces online Product Builder application for security professionals

Door entry and access control solutions specialist Videx has launched its renowned Product Builder application online. The digital variant includes all of the features contained in the original CD Product Builder that enables the end user to create an access control solution meeting their needs in an easy-to-use format.

Commenting on the move, Rob Sands (technical director at Videx UK) explained: “The online Product Builder is both desktop and mobile friendly and can be used with any browser on Windows, Android and Apple iOS devices and with any size screen. It’s just the same as the CD version and works via a log-in system whereby users can keep track of their system builds and share details with others if they’d like to via e-mail.”

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Key features of the online Product Builder include a dashboard where users can see their current and previous builds. They can create, view, edit and then print a PDF of their build. The online version provides a very simple six-step wizard to build any type of system and create a parts list with prices, parts descriptions and images.

Sands added: “Users can also customise printouts and PDFs with their company logo and address, set discount structures and mark up prices and also stipulate what systems they prefer. The tool provides a tailored experience for each user.”

*To register for the online Product Builder visit www.videxbuilder.com and choose the ‘Register’ option

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Chubb opens new high performance workspace development in Blackburn

Chubb Fire & Security recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of a new high performance workspace in Blackburn. The new building will house a total of 400 employees from Chubb and affiliates of Otis UK and Carrier Controls UK, serving as a showcase for the capabilities of all three brands.

Tracy Cordes, managing director of Chubb Fire & Security, informed Risk Xtra: “With this new building, we’ve created a safer, smarter and more sustainable environment that will be a great place for our employees and their colleagues to work. The building is on track to achieve a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM rating, so it will be among the Top 25% of buildings for sustainability in the UK.”

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Tracy Cordes and Craig Forbes open the new workspace

The development, which saw the demolition of three existing Chubb buildings on the Shadsworth Business Park, has resulted in a modern environment for employees working in IT, finance, supply chain and customer services. It’s also the new home for two specific businesses of Chubb: Chubb Systems – which specialises in the most complex, enterprise-wide installations including those for critical infrastructure – and Chubb Community Care, encompassing its R&D and engineering teams.

“This is the culmination of many years of hard work for the Chubb team, from planning through to build and relocation,” said Craig Forbes, finance director at Chubb. “We’re delighted with the results and believe that this move greatly enhances our credentials as a good local Blackburn employer. We’re also extremely grateful for the support of the council, the local community and the contractors who have made it all possible.”

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Traka’s integrated security solutions on display at Security Essen in September

Traka will be exhibiting at Security Essen (which runs from 25-28 September at Messe Essen) to present the company’s latest software and hardware solutions for key and asset management. 

On Stand 3G140, visitors will be able to witness fully-integrated demonstrations of Traka Web, an enterprise class web-based administration software platform that enables complete management of Traka Touch key and locker systems from any device, even on a remote basis.

Also on show will be Traka’s integrated solutions and security cabinets, among them the latest V-Touch compact key management system and Rack Manager solutions.

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Martin Woodhouse

Martin Woodhouse, Traka’s international sales director, stated: “As part of the ASSA ABLOY Group of companies, Traka is looking forward to Security Essen.  This year is about us demonstrating how our solutions can bring tangible returns on investment for both small and enterprise-level businesses. Further, the value proposition of Traka’s solutions helps minimise operational costs, increase productivity and ensure the efficient use of company assets.”

 

Woodhouse concluded: “Security Essen is the right international platform to demonstrate our proven integrated solutions. We want visitors to Stand 3G140 to see for themselves how easy, intuitive and comprehensive our systems are in the real world. With full audit capabilities, our systems present an all-encompassing safe and secure solution.”

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Paxton named ‘Company of the Year’ at Brighton and Hove Business Awards

Paxton, the global brand of electronic IP access control and door entry systems, is celebrating being named ‘Company of the Year’ at the Brighton and Hove Business Awards. The company was also highly commended in the International Business of the Year category.

The Brighton and Hove Business Awards are supported by the city’s leading organisations and are established as a benchmark for excellence in today’s competitive business environment. In selecting the ‘Company of the Year’, the experienced panel of judges were looking for “the company that has truly achieved all-round business excellence in terms of year-on-year financial performance, strategic direction, employee relations, Corporate Social Responsibility, innovation and a first-class service and/or product offering.”

The awards ceremony, which took place on Saturday 14 July, was attended by Nicola O’Donnell, Human Resources director at Paxton, and resourcing business partner Devin Yuille, along with representatives from other local businesses.

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Nicola O’Donnell collects Paxton’s award

Commenting on the win, Adam Stroud, Paxton’s CEO, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have scooped ‘Company of the Year’ at the Brighton and Hove Business Awards, and to have been commended for our international presence. It’s a massive honour to be recognised among the top businesses in Brighton, and to be the only security manufacturer to win an award.”

Stroud continued: “We aim to be world-class in all that we do, 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.”

In conclusion, Stroud added: “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’d like to thank all of the Paxton team. They have been responsible for our success to date, and will continue to determine the extent of our future successes.”

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