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Percepto to operate live overseas autonomous drone missions from IFSEC International

Percepto, the autonomous industrial drone solutions developer, has announced that it will operate and broadcast live overseas autonomous drone missions from Stand IF2146 at IFSEC International 2019 (which runs at London’s ExCeL from 18-20 June). The company will also launch the next generation of its industrial and enterprise grade ‘Drone-in-a-Box’ system solution, including new software improvements and an enhanced all-weather base station.

This is the first time that Percepto has brought its autonomous drone solution to the UK and Europe’s leading security event. The company will afford security practitioners the opportunity to discover how current drone technology can be used to improve security and safety, reduce risk and optimise operations.

On Wednesday 19 June at 11.00 am, Percepto is hosting an exclusive media event including a live broadcast of an autonomous drone mission being carried out in Israel. There will also be a Q&A session with Ariel Avitan, co-founder and chief commercial officer of Percepto, who informed Risk Xtra: “We will demonstrate how the Percepto solution delivers aerial surveillance through patrols, real-time detection and tracking of humans and vehicles, as well as anomaly detection, all without the need for an on-site operator or pilot.”

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Visitors to IFSEC International will witness how Percepto’s Sparrow drones take-off automatically to perform pre-scheduled missions such as patrolling a perimeter. Should a drone detect an object of interest (ie a person or a vehicle in a restricted area), an alert is automatically triggered and the Control Room operator is able to instantly view the real-time camera footage as the drone tracks the object.

Sparrow drones can also be used as first responders when launched on-demand by an operator or when triggered via an integrated system such as a smart fence.

Once a mission has been completed, the drone returns to its base station – a highly secure enclosed weather-proof box stationed in the field – where automated post-flight checks and fast battery charging is completed, ensuring the drone is primed for the next mission. Percepto’s all-new base station is a key feature of its next generation release and will be on display for the first time at IFSEC International.

“Drones will become part of the fabric of security and surveillance operations,” added Avitan. “Whether deployed stand-alone or fully integrated with the Control Room’s VMS or other security systems, Percepto’s drones provide today’s security teams with a level of aerial surveillance that was once inconceivable and unattainable for the majority of large-scale enterprises.”

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Security sensor manufacturer OPTEX celebrates 40th Anniversary in 2019

Sensor manufacturer OPTEX is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2019 and, as a result, the company has taken a look back at the changes in the industry and its impact on them.

Founded on 25 May 1979, the idea and principles of the company were first agreed in a coffee house in Kyoto, Japan between Toru Kobayashi (an electronics engineer) and three of his colleagues. They had a vision for a new business. A business that had sensing technology at its very heart. Precision technology, in fact, that could detect the ‘status’ and ‘changes’ of both people and things.

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Soon after its creation, OPTEX recorded a number of significant milestones. In 1980, the business developed the world’s first automatic door sensor using Far-Infrared technology (a technology now adopted as standard). Then, in 1983, OPTEX developed one of the first wireless outdoor security sensors. This was a significant innovation at the time.

On the security side of the business specifically, OPTEX’s sensing algorithm know-how, built up through many years of field-based technological development, is arguably the company’s most valuable asset and absolutely central to the evolution of its Far-Infrared, Near-Infrared and laser sensor technologies.

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Toru Kobayashi

In 2000, OPTEX developed laser technology designed for security applications and brought the innovative LiDARs REDSCAN RLS-3060 to market. IP-ready and featuring very precise detection using X&Y co-ordinates, the sensor opened up new possibilities for many different security applications.

Alongside this, OPTEX developed its PIR range starting with the curtain FTN Series, the Super Multidimensional Analysis (SMDA) logic – sensing analytics to make the sensor very stable.

Toru Kamimura, CEO of OPTEX in Japan, stated: “The company is proud of what it has achieved to date.” The OPTEX Group now plays host to 1,963 employees across 35 companies. delivering products and services the world over. Annual turnover is approximately $366 million.

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Toru Kamimura

“OPTEX never stands still,” continued Kamimura. “We’re taking our knowledge and ‘know-how’ to new levels, using machine learning and Artificial Intelligence software to enhance detection algorithms and introduce greater automation, while at the same time creating the sensor detection technology for the next generation of security professionals. Together with our technology partners, we’re developing more customised solutions to solve specific security or safety-related issues.”

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TDSi introduces updated version of GARDiS integrated security software

Integrated security solutions manufacturer TDSi is proud to announce the launch of the latest enhanced version of its new GARDiS software. GARDiS Version 1.1 provides extra functionality and support for end users and security installers.

Tina Baker, software development manager at TDSi, commented: “The latest version of the GARDiS software brings considerable additions to the platform. These include Multiple Access Levels per person, an Office Mode (featuring a Double Tap) and the facility to import people’s details and keys rapidly to facilitate the on-boarding of new authorised users.”

The TDSi GARDiS Access Management Software was launched at the end of last year, ahead of the demonstration of its new prototype GARDiS Controller in April. The GARDiS software and hardware range is designed to give powerful, yet highly user friendly and fully-integrated security thanks to web-based software and integrated hardware.

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Further new functions of GARDiS Version 1.1 include ACU Holidays, which can be set against Door-Free access, Access Modes (Card Only/Card+PIN/PIN Only) and specific doors within access levels. There are new screens for ease of use, including ‘Assign multiple access levels to doors’ and ‘Assign multiple people to access levels’.

It’s also now possible to assign multiple access levels per person and temporary access level assignment, for example allowing specific people to unlock the required doors for meetings and then reverting to controlled access when finished. The GARDiS Installer program is also included and ready to use when the system’s activated to ensure security is up-and-running as soon as possible.

Baker added: “The latest version of the GARDiS software shows the rapid pace of development and evolution that the whole range embodies. Flexibility and enhanced security are vital to combat the latest threats and ensure that end users feel safe and can continue to go about their daily business unhindered by the systems that protect them.”

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GTXM-Octopus partnership “transforms real-time market insights into advantages” for growth businesses

GTXM’s new partnership with global competitive intelligence agency Octopus further strengthens a diverse ecosystem of specialist capabilities. This partnership offers an exciting opportunity for GTXM’s customers by meeting an increasing need for real-time market insights and providing the answers businesses need today.

GTXM is quickly establishing itself as a leading growth partner for tech companies within the security and built environment markets. The combination of its approach to new business and breadth of intelligence on new markets is empowering ambitious organisations to successfully discover and win new customers.

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Terry Sallas

Terry Sallas, director and co-founder of GTXM, informed Risk Xtra: “Customers need new business activities to be intelligent and systematic, but also responsive to real-time insights. This partnership is evidence of our conviction to place the right market intelligence at the heart of every growth programme we provide. We’re excited about what this means for customers.”

UK-based Octopus manages intelligence projects and discrete internal intelligence services. The business works with companies of various sizes, from UK middle market technology companies through to Far East multi-national manufacturers. Octopus answers questions, offers recommendations to flourish, wins more business, understands markets and protects against and disrupts competitors.

Graeme Dixon, CEO of Octopus, observed: “The GTXM partnership provides a powerful extension to the Octopus offer. Its insight-based programmes and expertise will help our customers to act quickly on the market intelligence that we provide in order to create compelling advantages within their growth markets.”

*For more information e-mail info@gtxm.co.uk or access www.gtxm.co.uk

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Euralarm’s “year of change” outlined in Annual Report 2018-2019

Euralarm has released its Annual Report for 2018-2019. The period is described as “a year of change” for the organisation. With a new president, Board, general director and section leaders in place and the final integration of the Extinguishing Section in the overall structure, the association is now “ready to move forwards” into the future. 

The Annual Report covers the period between the General Assemblies of the association and follows the structure of Euralarm, with every section and Technical Committee of the association summarising their activities over the previous year and, where appropriate, providing forecasts and details of plans for the future.

A running theme of the document is Euralarm’s work on building strategic alliances. Throughout the Annual Report, the activities of the Euralarm sections underline the importance and necessity of co-operation in the fire safety and security business. Such co-operation ensures that Euralarm’s voice is heard in Brussels both on the political and the standardisation side of the equation.

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New technologies, changes in the macroeconomic environment, the new EU Parliament and the reshaping of the international landscape will afford Euralarm both challenges and opportunities. Set against this background, it’s important for Euralarm to generate far-reaching acknowledgement of what it does among European politicians and policy-makers and to keep these and other relevant stakeholders involved in the industry.

Across 2018-2019, there has been an ongoing growth in membership for Euralarm with Eaton Electrical Products and Halma plc joining as new members of the Fire Section. This continuous growth, in line with the trend of the previous years, is “a sign of trust” in Euralarm, its organisation, vision and strategy, all of which are detailed in the Annual Report.

*Euralarm’s Annual Report 2018-2019 can be downloaded from the Euralarm website: https://www.euralarm.org/euralarm-publications/annual-report/annual-report-2018-2019

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Arc Monitoring appoints Jo Hastings in marketing executive’s role

Arc Monitoring, the NSI Gold-approved CCTV monitoring and Alarm Receiving Centre, has appointed Jo Hastings as the company’s new marketing executive.

Hastings brings five years’ worth of B2B marketing and design experience to Arc Monitoring, which was formed back in 1999. Having graduated with a BA Honours degree in Media Production at Plymouth Marjon, Hastings most recently worked at publishing company Reach plc.

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Wayne Dietrich welcomes Jo Hastings to Arc Monitoring

Through time, Hastings has developed a variety of marketing skills and has particular strengths in advertising, design and social media. How, Hastings will be focusing on creating Arc Monitoring’s marketing strategy in line with the business’ strategic goals.

Commenting on her new role, Hastings informed Risk Xtra: “I’m really looking forward to working with such an innovative company and having a whole new industry to learn about. It’s an exciting time in my career to be taking on new challenges and working with the team at Arc Monitoring.”

Wayne Dietrich, business development manager at Arc Monitoring, added: “We’re really excited to welcome Jo to Arc Monitoring in this newly created role and look forward to her experience contributing to growing our customer base of professional installers across the UK. The position further compliments our ongoing investment in people and infrastructure to cement our position as the independent remote monitoring expert.”

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Xellip2’s integration with Milestone VMS affords “seamless control” for end users

Castel’s open protocol Xellip2 IP intercom has been integrated with Milestone’s Xprotect video management system (VMS) to offer “seamless interoperability” between systems.

The ONVIF-compatible Xellip2 features a 1200 x 800 wide-angle HD camera. Sporting a sleek and contemporary design with backlit and flushed nameplates, the Xellip2 has two output relays and two inputs for third party integration. It also features two Ethernet ports (one PoE plus an additional one for serial/bus architecture type and loopback).

Other highlights include echo and noise cancellation, a built-in induction loop for compliance with disability discrimination legislation, audio feedback and call status LEDs, power back-up, a built-in web browser and the ability to record audio and video.

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The integration enables all the components of the intercom system – ie camera, microphone, speaker and button – to be monitored and controlled from the Xprotect interface.

The VMS enables users to record video via the event button or via motion detection, record audio, trigger actions via the rule engine (such as the display on a matrix or on Xprotect’s dynamic image wall), send pre-recorded messages to the intercom’s speaker, reassign an alarm and display a flashing icon in the case of detection.

“Interoperability between Castel’s intercom systems and video management systems is now a key demand from our markets, with developments in the latest Xellip2 intercom range offering the perfect answer to this challenge,” explained Atmane Bensghir, business development manager at Castel. “This integration with Milestone’s VMS puts end users firmly in control, enabling them to manage their video entry and security systems using a single interface.”

The easy integration of the Xellip 2, combined with the XProtect access module, enriches the Milestone Smartclient with an integrated intercom client. This module allows the display of a pop-up alert to pinpoint a call made from an intercom.

Milestone Access pop-up notification enables video monitoring at the relevant intercom and two-way audio communication with the intercom directly from the Milestone Smartclient, as well as the opening of a door and association of intercom information with access control data.

*Readers of Risk Xtra who would like to test the Milestone solution can register at www.milestonesys.com and request a partner account for free demonstration licences

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