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Johnson Controls releases CEM Systems DCM 400 four-door intelligent encrypted IP controller

Johnson Controls has announced the introduction of the CEM Systems DCM 400 four-door intelligent encrypted IP controller. It’s an intelligent controller which provides a secure and cost-effective solution for the bi-directional control of up to four doors.

The DCM 400 is designed to directly interface with CEM Systems AC2000 access control system (v10.2 and higher) and Wiegand or CEM Systems approved and supplied Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP v2) smart card readers.

Using powerful 32-bit processors, the DCM 400 gives full offline verification and decision making at the point of entry, with a local cardholder database of up to 500,000 cards and storage of up to 80,000 offline events designed to ensure improved communications and response at the door.

The DCM 400 contains a number of features to improve ease of installation and maintenance. These include an LCD display and a 12-character keypad to allow configuration and troubleshooting directly on the board.

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A graphical overlay wiring guide and spare network points on the DCM 400 allow for local access to diagnostic web pages. The enclosure has been designed with a removable door for ease of access, an increased number of punch-outs (20 mm and 25 mm) and cable tie points for improved cable management options.

Smart power features include automatic detection of 10.5 V DC to 28 V DC power supplies. This simplifies installation without the need for jumper-links or configuration.

The DCM 400 dashboard web page, which can be accessed locally and remotely, provides end users’ installers with improved troubleshooting, monitoring and configuration of the DCM 400 and any equipment that’s connected to it.

The DCM 400 is also a future-proof solution for those who wish to migrate from Wiegand readers to more secure OSDP v2 readers. Both can be supported on the same 400 unit.

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Delta Security installs integrated security solution at Grasmere Primary School

Delta Security – a specialist in automated, high-security solutions – has installed an integrated access control and IP-based HD CCTV system at Grasmere Primary School to enhance security for students and streamline access for teachers and visitors.

Local to Delta Security, the Hackney-based school had been relying on security systems and processes that were not integrated. Large numbers of keys were required for the safe management of the school.

Nick Mallender, head teacher at Grasmere Primary School, stated: “The organisation of the keys and systems gave our site manager additional work and avoidable stress.”

Mallender approached Delta Security after having worked with the company in a previous role. “In addition to my experience, speaking with other head teachers it was clear that Delta Security has a reputation for providing ‘The Gold Standard’ of security to schools in the area.”

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Delta Security specified a Salto access control system that enables school officials to print colour photograph ID cards that also work as access control cards. Each ID access card is programmed according to the employee or visitors’ access authorisation and ID cards can be deleted at the touch of a button should they be lost or stolen.

Working hand-in-hand with the access control ID card system is an IP-based HD CCTV system that provides visual confirmation of who has accessed the site and when.

“It has transformed security on the site,” observed Mallender. “In addition to knowing who on site is meant to be there, we can also protect our confidential documents by restricting access to their location. The CCTV is also much more comprehensive, giving us access to high-quality footage when required.”

Delta Security pre-issued ID cards to employees before works began at the end of the school holidays. Essential to Mallender was ensuring the chosen system was user-friendly. “When implementing change that affects all staff and visitors it’s vital that everyone feels comfortable with how it all works. Dave Mundy, Delta’s managing director, gave comprehensive training and I’m confident that everyone can take ownership of the new system.”

Commitment to the community

Grasmere Primary School is home to approximately 240 students. It prides itself on being highly inclusive for children with medical and special educational needs and has a commitment to local community, the arts and innovative teaching methods.

“We now feel we’ve brought our security system in line with the innovative culture of our school,” concluded Mallender. “I would not hesitate in recommending Delta Security to other schools. Both Dave his and the team of engineers’ communication was second to none, making the installation process absolutely seamless.”

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AlproMAX7 mechanical mortice deadlocks secure maximum rating

Alpro, the independent supplier of door access control and hardware, has launched a new range of ultra-secure mechanical mortice deadlocks designated the AlproMAX7.

Independently tested under extreme physical attack by test and certification house Element Materials Technology, the AlproMAX7 complies with BS EN 12209, the most stringent British and European Standard for mechanically-operated locks, latches and locking plates.

The AlproMAX7 has been tested to the most stringent classification regarding security, Grade 7, which is denoted as ‘very high security with drill resistance’. As well as being tested to withstand a side load of up to 10 kilonewtons, the new locks were subject to a five-minute constant attack with a drill.

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The most likely sources of attack are would-be intruders armed with hand-held tools and cordless drills. The drill-resistant and completely sealed case on the AlproMAX7 means that, even if the door were attacked with a drill, it prevents access to the internal mechanism of the lock. With an upgraded cylinder and an external escutcheon, intruders would also be unable to attack from the most commonly used angle.

Evaluation of the new lock at the testing facility also included salt spray testing, function during temperature changes and durability testing.

Products tested to British and European Standards provide greater durability, longer warranty periods, peace of mind and evidence of professional specification.

Alpro is offering a seven-year manufacturer’s guarantee with this product.

The AlproMAX7 offers fabricators and engineers 30 mm and 40 mm backset options and has been designed to retrofit existing hook locks without any modification to the lock, door or frame.

Peter Keen, sales director at Alpro, explained: “Alpro has invested significantly in R&D to realise the AlproMAX7. We’re excited to be able to offer our customers and end users an increased level of door security and the peace of mind that goes with it.”

Keen added: “While the AlproMAX7 fills a void in high-security, mission-critical applications, its price and features are also finding favour in other applications. Furthermore, we believe we’re the only manufacturer to have an independently tested Europrofile cylinder mechanical deadlock that complies with BS EN 12209 Grade 7.”

The AlproMAX7 is specifically designed for aluminium and steel doors for the commercial market.

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Nortech controllers manage access at shared parking facilities

The CPC202 and CPC204 Shared Occupancy Controllers from access controls specialist Nortech are compact, standalone, intelligent units that control access for groups of users sharing the same parking facility.

A single CPC204 Shared Occupancy Controller can provide full access control to a parking facility that’s shared by up to four independent user groups. As well as validating user credentials, it will monitor usage and prevent each user group from exceeding its allocated number of parking spaces. In addition, it will work almost any barrier/gate system.

The CRC202 Shared Occupancy Controller can be used to control access to a parking facility by a single group of users, preventing over-occupancy of the facility. It can also be used to manage the sharing of a facility by two user groups.

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Both Shared Occupancy Controllers provide a comprehensive range of access control functions such as restricting parking to certain times of the day, preventing the abuse of pass cards (pass back) and supporting visitor management by dint of using group-specific PIN codes.

The controllers support independent readers and gate controls for entry and exit gates/barriers and work with most types of card reader/vehicle ID reader. They have capacity for up to four count groups (CPC204) or two count groups (CPC202) and can accommodate anything up to 9,999 users per group.

The CPC202 and CPC204 devices also have capacity for up to 65,000 cards/tokens, provide a choice of counting methods and can control up to four message signs, Space/Full signs or traffic signals.

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The compact and easy-to-install controllers optimise parking capacity, thereby maximising return on investment. They also help to prevent parking in unauthorised areas. This not only improves safety, but also avoids disputes and minimises disruption to a given location.

Other benefits include the saving of fuel and reducing of pollution by preventing drivers from entering the car park when spaces are not available as well as the comprehensive range of access control features. The visual indication of which companies have spaces available also helps to avoid queuing and enables each tenant company to manage their own parking allocation.

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TDSi appoints new channel partner manager for Northern England and Scotland

Integrated security solutions manufacturer TDSi welcomes Gwen Curran to the business as its new channel partner manager (North). Curran’s role is a pivotal one in TDSi’s ongoing relationship with its channel partners in Northern England and Scotland.

John Davies, managing director of TDSi, commented: “Channel partners are a lifeblood for TDSi and we have a close working relationship with them as we build our business together. We’re very pleased to welcome Gwen to this highly important role. She will be a key contact for our channel partners across the North.”

Reflecting upon her new position, Curran commented: “My new role means I will be working closely with leading channel partners in the North to grow awareness of our full access control offer supported by the wider TDSi integrated security portfolio. I’ll be here to support our installation partners with all of their TDSi needs, but equally to support their business with end users and grow joint revenue overall.”

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Gwen Curran: joining the team at TDSi

Curran’s career in the security industry started in 2004 when she joined Norbain, working as an internal account manager with the distributor for over a decade. Across those ten years, Curran worked with leading manufacturers on a range of security systems and products including CCTV, IP solutions, access control, gate automation and intruder alarm systems.

In 2013, Curran joined the Risco Group before taking on her new role at TDSi. 

Continued Curran: “Access control is an element of the security industry that’s growing at a rapid pace and, as part of the TDSi team, I aim to be an integral part of this vibrant sector. As a leading British security solutions manufacturer, TDSi’s systems are at the heart of many exciting projects, which often include close integration with many other leading brands and manufacturers.”

Curran concluded: “I’m looking forward to working alongside our channel partners and to being a key part of TDSi’s rich ongoing history and helping to grow the business.”

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Customer service at Paxton recognised with 2019 Brighton & Hove Business Awards success

Access control solutions specialist Paxton’s “world-class customer service” has been recognised at the Brighton & Hove Business Awards (BAHBAS). The Brighton-based global technology company, which designs and manufactures security solutions, picked up the Best Customer Service Award at the BAHBAS 2019, which widely regarded as a benchmark for excellence in the business world.

This year’s Judges were impressed by Paxton’s customer service strategy, which is based on providing support pre-sales, during installation and afterwards, whatever the customer’s requirements might be.

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The company’s technical support team is also renowned for providing an exceptional standard of support globally, ensuring customers have the crucial information needed to install Paxton products. The team handles enquiries from customers in the UK, France, Germany, South Africa, USA and the UAE. On average, it receives 99% good feedback, while its UK and US teams have recently broken their previous record by achieving 100% positive feedback in a single month.

Support manager Andy Edwards said: “Providing a world-class level of service to our customers around the world is a priority for us and I’m so pleased these efforts have been recognised by the Brighton & Hove business community. Congratulations to everyone at Paxton whose hard work has led to this award. Our customer teams have a genuine interest in technology which means they’re truly dedicated to offering world-class support.”

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Edwards went on to comment: “I would also like to thank our customers. Their invaluable feedback allows us to really shape the service we provide. Undoubtedly, their loyalty has made the business what it is today. Paxton has seen rapid growth in recent years, but has always maintained the same values – nurturing employees and providing a first-rate service for customers.”

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London jeweller strikes gold with Mul-T-Lock CLIQ

Mul-T-Lock has supplied a high-end jeweller in London with CLIQ locks in order to help the business manage access to cabinets holding valuable items. 

Stocking bespoke pieces and precious stones, the jeweller was looking for a high-level security solution that allowed sales personnel access to individual glass cabinets, without the worry that if one of the keys was lost or misplaced that they would then have to replace the entire suite. 

Over 50 CLIQ cam locks from Mul-T-Lock were installed at the jewellers on each of the cabinets, offering maximum security with the added benefit of audit trail capabilities. 

These capabilities include the ability to schedule individual access permissions for each key, as well as to provide time-limited access. In the case of this particular jewellers, each member of staff was given access to a selection of cabinets at varying times, with individual permissions set by the administrator.

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For example, access could be set for only business hours, meaning that the cabinet could not be accessed at evenings or weekends. Similarly, each time a user opens a lock, that action will be recorded in the system, meaning that the administrator can keep an eye on operations electronically. 

Specialist Mul-T-Lock integrator Elelock Systems specified and installed the CLIQ locks at the jewellers after weeks of careful consultation with the business owner to better understand the store’s requirements. 

Chrys Chrysostomou, managing director of Elelock, told Risk Xtra: “One of the biggest concerns for this particular jeweller was the threat of compromised security if cabinet keys were lost. Mul-T-Lock’s CLIQ technology means you can revoke access in minutes, whereas with a traditional system you would have needed to replace the whole lock, in turn costing time and money. With no cabling, the system was easy to configure and install, making it suitable for a variety of applications. The store manager also received hands-on training from ourselves and Mul-T-Lock, alongside the jeweller’s head of IT and its security representative.” 

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Suresh Peri, commercial and technical manager at Mul-T-Lock, added: “Our CLIQ system is ideal for retail applications where there are a number of members of staff who need access at varying times, or that require individual permissions for access to high security storage rooms, cabinets or drawers. Being able to revoke access permissions when a member of staff leaves the business also allows retailers to uphold their security and reduce ongoing maintenance costs.”

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