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dormakaba introduces Argus barrier system for first line of access security

Stylish with intuitive access control, the new Argus range from dormakaba is a contemporarily designed barrier system that allows fluid movement while providing a first line of access security. 

The Argus range is badged as “the ultimate combination of efficient functionality and sleek styling” available in three models – Argus 40, Argus 60 and Argus 80. Featuring glass or plastic door leaves, the Argus 60 and 80 models also feature soft ambient lighting options to complement interior design and create a warm, welcoming entrance for authorised visitors.

Through the new motor drive system, barrier operation is also whisper quiet such that in busy lobby areas with multiple lanes the Argus isn’t intrusive, which helps in creating a more relaxed reception for staff and visitors. Through “class-leading” power consumption, building energy efficiencies are improved.

Flexible for a variety of applications, the passage widths are adjustable up to 1,600 mm so they’re able to suit any building or access requirements. For increased security, the door leaves can also be provided up to 1,800 mm height, while still retaining a 200 mm ground clearance.

Segregation sensors

Argus also contains highly efficient segregation sensors ensuring the door leaves move exactly before and after a person has passed through, not while they’re inside. The Argus 40 sensor uses a horizontal strip that’s able to detect people from 300 mm away with an optional hip height sensor to optimise this.

The Argus 60 and 80 models feature an “L”-shaped detection array with additional vertical sensor so unauthorised visitors can now be detected faster – to 100 mm from the person in front. This also means even if a person is carrying a suitcase, a delivery trolley or is a wheelchair user, the sensors will remain open only for the authorised individual.

Each barrier can be integrated into the emergency or fire alarm control system. This means that, when an alarm is activated, the door leaves will automatically open and stay open to allow for easy means of escape. In addition, the Argus 60 and Argus 80’s ambient lighting can then be changed into escape lighting, clearly guiding occupants to the exits, which can be crucial in the event of thick smoke or darkness.

Saferoute Control Unit

Argus barriers can also be specified with the dormakaba Saferoute Control Unit, which provides local emergency opening. An authorised individual with the master key switch can easily reset the system in the event of a test or false alarm. 

Lee Chandler, product marketing manager for Automatic Entrance Systems at dormakaba, stated: “Our new Argus series combines style with effective building access control and meets the complex requirements of the the modern office environment without compromising on aesthetics or performance.”

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Orange completes 515 million Euros acquisition of SecureLink to reinforce cyber security operations in Europe

Orange has completed the acquisition of 100% of SecureLink, the leading independent cyber security player in Europe. Since signing a binding agreement with the investment fund Investcorp back in May, Orange has obtained approval from the relevant authorities enabling the business to complete the transaction for an enterprise value of 515 million Euros.

With more than 660 employees, SecureLink reported revenues of 248 million Euros in 2018. The company serves more than 2,100 customers from a wide range of industries. SecureLink offers its customers specialist services in cyber security consulting, security maintenance and around-the-clock support from its Cyber Security Operations Centres (CyberSOCs), as well as advanced incident detection and response capabilities.

Thanks to SecureLink’s strong presence in Europe, Orange is significantly strengthening its ability to support customers across their regional footprints, while also developing a unique scale in the industry.

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SecureLink’s teams based in Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, Germany, Denmark and Norway, along with its four CyberSOCs, represent a key asset for Orange Cyberdefense in its ambition to become the European leader in this market, where ensuring a local presence is now essential for customers.

In the face of increasingly sophisticated and global threats, cyber security has become a critical issue for businesses and institutions. It’s a growing market that requires both a critical size to respond to the complexity of attacks and close proximity to customers.

Orange reported more than 600 million Euros in pro forma sales in 2018 and boasts over 2,100 cyber security experts within its ranks.

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ASSA ABLOY launches ASSA Triton² cylinder platform with patent until 2036

The Door Hardware and Access Control Group, which is a business unit of ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK and Ireland, has launched its high-security and patented ASSA Triton² cylinder platform.

ASSA Triton² is a high-end master key solution with long-life patent protection until 2036. The solution has been expertly designed and extensively tested in Scandinavia to guarantee the high quality, exceptional durability and excellent performance expected from an ASSA cylinder.

ASSA Triton²’s “unrivalled” master keying capability is suited to environments that require large and complex master key suites, such as hospitals and healthcare estates where key control and durability are paramount.

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The comprehensive range of cylinders in the ASSA Triton² range, along with the master keying capability, guarantees that this new solution meets the requirements of the largest and most complex suites.

Network of Vantage Partners

ASSA Triton² is exclusively available through ASSA ABLOY’s authorised network of ASSA Vantage Partners, providing customers with the assurance they will be served through only the most trusted and capable partners. ASSA Triton² cylinders and keys can only be ordered, assembled or cut by their ASSA Vantage Partner, in turn affording complete security and peace of mind.

ASSA Triton² features an undercut profile resistant to 3D copying and other patented features, ensuring that a given suite will not be compromised. The platform exceeds the requirements laid out in BS EN 1303:2015. It offers Grade 6, the highest level of key-related security.

Furthermore, ASSA Triton² has been fire tested in accordance with BS EN 1634-1:2000. ASSA ABLOY also supplies an environmental product declaration with ASSA Triton², showcasing its green credentials and compliance with sustainability regulations.

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Another key benefit of ASSA Triton² is the ability to upgrade and integrate with ASSA CLIQ Remote (specifically the 5900 range). This combines the strength and durability of a mechanical cylinder and the flexibility of an electronic system with programmable keys, offering flexible control over access rights. That affords end users the flexibility to upgrade part of their suite where the highest level of security and/or controlled access to specific areas is required.

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Paul Johnson, director of business development for ASSA cylinders, explained to Risk Xtra: “ASSA ABLOY cylinder platforms are market-leading and world-renowned for their high levels of security, durability and capability.”

Johnson continued: “We’re excited to launch the new ASSA Triton² cylinder platform, which offers excellent security and long-life patent protection until 2036. ASSA Triton²’s excellent master keying capability and comprehensive range means there are no project requirements that ASSA Triton² cannot satisfy.”

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In conclusion, Johnson stated: “We’re looking forward to working with our ASSA Vantage Partners to make ASSA Triton² the only end user choice on large and complex projects, where customers require a premium commercial cylinder platform supported by the highest levels of security and reliability.”

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Evolution invests in people development with appointment of Louise Gough as Human Resources manager

Evolution, the integrated fire and security solutions specialist, has appointed Louise Gough as its new Human Resources (HR) manager to lead the business’ recruitment strategy, implement new training and development opportunities, manage employee relations and provide support to the wider business.

Gough joins Evolution with a wealth of HR management experience, including eight years’s service with a market-leading integrated security business where she was also involved in project and bid work and facilities management. Prior to that, Gough worked for a number of large manufacturing and construction firms.

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Louise Gough: the new HR manager at Evolution

Now, Gough is looking forward to helping drive even further business growth at Evolution. “It’s a very exciting time for the business,” explained Gough in conversation with Risk Xtra. “The workforce has expanded considerably already this year and further growth is expected as a result of the business being successful in winning some large projects n the UK, the Republic of Ireland and further afield in Europe.”

Further, Gough stated: “I hope to add real value to the business and will start by closely reviewing our recruitment and wider people strategies and use my knowledge and experience to implement new methods that enable us to work smarter, while also enhancing our strong position within the integrated security sector. I want to take the HR burden away from the senior managers and allow them to focus more closely on their own roles, which in turn will lead to more proactive and productive teams.”

Richard Lambert, managing director of Evolution, enthused: “We’re delighted that Louise is joining the team. She has proven experience and great sector knowledge which will be invaluable. There’s no doubt Louise will help to drive the business forward as we continue our plans to grow in the UK and Europe.”

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Life safety expert Baldwin Boxall joins Fire Industry Association

Life safety and voice alarm expert Baldwin Boxall has recently become a member of the Fire Industry Association (FIA). With over 800 members, the FIA is the largest fire protection-focused Trade Association in the UK. Its objective is to promote, improve and perfect fire protection methods, devices, services and apparatus through training and technical support as well as assist in the shaping of legislation and professional fire industry standards.

Baldwin Boxall’s sales and marketing director Nick Baldwin informed Risk Xtra: “Our own mission has always been to supply products and solutions that set the industry benchmark and to develop meaningful relationships with our customers so that they know we are a company upon whom they can rely. We feel that the FIA reflects those values and that we and our customers can only benefit from this move.”

BaldwinBoxallBaldwin added: “We’re delighted to become part of the FIA family and look forward to working in partnership with the organisation and becoming involved with industry training, promoting Best Practice and realising the various networking opportunities that being a member also brings.”

Baldwin Boxall provides a range of solutions for end users in charge of fire safety programme management, among them EN54 voice alarms, emergency voice communication systems, PA systems, room panels and Nurse Call solutions.

*Further information is available online at http://www.baldwinboxall.co.uk

 

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dormakaba UK completes merger of Chartwell Doors and Security Solutions Ltd

dormakaba UK acquired Chartwell Doors and Security Solutions Ltd on 1 August last year and has since been working to integrate the business through an important transition phase. The full merger – which was completed on 1 July 2019 – will see dormakaba UK extend its product offer while also assisting with growth and expansion into new sectors. 

Chartwell Doors and Security Solutions Ltd specialises in automatic, security and fabrication solutions. Its product offer ranges from automatic and manual doors, gates and barriers through to bollards and roller shutters. This will complement dormakaba UK’s existing service offer. The acquisition and integration provides an opportunity for dormakaba UK to achieve greater customer reach. 

Paul Wright, regional service director at dormakaba UK, told Risk Xtra: “I’m really pleased with how well our businesses have interacted during this successful process and I’m delighted to welcome Chartwell Doors and Security Solutions Ltd into our organisation. This development will further strengthen us in our service delivery, while also seeing us continue with profitable growth. We look forward to continuing our journey over the new financial year.”

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The acquisition demonstrates dormakaba UK’s commitment to provide its customers with quality access solutions and shows its bold ambition to become the trusted industry leader. A broader range of customers will now be able to access the full and combined product range from both dormakaba UK and Chartwell Doors and Security Solutions Ltd. The fabrication and service branch of dormakaba UK will be located at the Fareham site.

Ken Norish, managing director of Chartwell Doors and Security Solutions Ltd, said: “Chartwell Doors and Security Solutions Ltd has grown strongly over the past decade, but the business had reached a natural limit that couldn’t be exceeded without external investment. Through the acquisition, dormakaba UK will provide access to an additional customer base, a much broader pool of engineers and the back office systems we need to ensure efficiency. This is an exciting move for us and I’m looking forward to working together with dormakaba UK to achieve continued success in our sector.”

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ONVIF hosts 20th Developers’ Plugfest in Tokyo

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, recently hosted its 20th Developers’ Plugfest in Tokyo. It’s a milestone that, the organisation believes, firmly emphasises the continued growth and demand for interoperable solutions.

Developers and engineers from 22 ONVIF member companies gathered at the three-day event to test their implementations of ONVIF Profiles with other ONVIF Profile-conformant products. Developers can test their products independently for Profile conformance, as well as test for interoperability between their devices and those developed by other manufacturers.

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With 47 members testing their implementations of the six ONVIF Profiles, attendees logged nearly 250 hours of testing. In addition to Profile interoperability tests, all ONVIF clients had the opportunity to test using the ONVIF Device/Client Test Tool. From there, attendees were able to discuss with Test Tool developers any issues that arose during conformance testing.

“The continued level of engagement from our member companies at what’s now our 20th Developers’ Plugfest showcases the importance of interoperability to the industry at large,” said Per Björkdahl, chair of the ONVIF Steering Committee. “As new Profiles are developed to meet ever-changing market needs, it’s more important than ever for companies to collaborate and exchange ideas to create the best new conformant technologies possible.”

ONVIF Developers’ Plugfests are held twice each year around the world to enable the global ONVIF membership to gather for testing of their implementations. The next Developers’ Plugfest is scheduled to be held this coming November in Rome.

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Per Björkdahl: chair of the ONVIF Steering Committee

Founded in 2008, ONVIF is an industry forum driving interoperability for IP-based physical security products. The organisation has a global member base of established camera, video management system and access control companies and more than 13,000 Profile-conformant products.

ONVIF offers Profile S for basic streaming video, Profile G for edge storage and retrieval, Profile C for door control and event management, Profile Q for quick installation, Profile A for access control configuration and Profile T for advanced video streaming.

ONVIF continues to work with its members to expand the number of IP interoperability solutions ONVIF-conformant products can provide.

*Further information about ONVIF-conformant products, including member companies and their conformant models, is available on the ONVIF website at www.onvif.org

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