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Milestone Systems ranked Number One global VMS provider by IHS Markit for tenth year in succession

For the tenth year in a row, Milestone Systems has been ranked as the Number One global VMS vendor by company revenue. That’s according to market research conducted by business intelligence provider IHS Markit. In 2017, Milestone Systems enjoyed a global VMS market share of 10.2%, with 9.1% being the corresponding figure in 2016.

“The world market for VMS is estimated to have grown by 8% in 2017,” said Jon Cropley, senior principal analyst for video surveillance at IHS Markit. “Supply to this market is gradually becoming more concentrated. The top largest vendors are estimated to have accounted for 48% of global revenues in 2015. In comparison, this figure was 57% in 2017.”

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Lars Thinggaard, president and CEO at Milestone Systems, stated: “Milestone Systems experienced a solid VMS revenue growth of 21% over 2016, which was almost triple that of the market. There is no doubt that our open platform community and partnership business model is the reason for this positive development, and we’re proud to be a trusted and reliable partner in the community.”

Thinggaard concluded: “We will keep investing in our partner community, focusing on new technologies within cameras, access control and video analytics. We believe in a future where video will play an even more significant role in understanding data sources from the increasing numbers of devices that connect people and assets.”

Milestone Systems not only retained the Number One position globally, but also holds the top spot in Europe, the Middle East and Africa thanks to a market share that increased to 17.1% from 14.8% in 2016.

The company maintains its top position in the APAC region, with a market share of 12.4% compared to 11.7% the year before.

Finally, Milestone Systems jumped one spot in the Americas and is now ranked as second overall in the region (with an 11.3% market share compared to 9.6% in 2016).

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CDVI UK receives Cyber Essentials accreditation

CDVI UK has announced the company’s successful accreditation to the Cyber Essentials security standards. Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed and industry-supported scheme designed to help organisations protect themselves against common online threats. This set of basic technical controls assists organisations in protecting themselves against common online security threats.

This certification is consistent with the continual desire of CDVI UK to offer secured solutions and products.

CDVI UK has been working with Luke Hargreaves, managing director at Cloud Smart Solutions, to secure the company’s IT network against cyber attacks. The business now has up-to-date and operative cyber security measures in place.

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The latest update of the ATRIUM web-based access control to General Data Protection Regulation standards shows that CDVI’s product development is fully connected to the latest trends in the security industry.

The CDVI Group develops products ranging from biometric and online access control solutions through to electromagnetic locking, keypads, stand-alone entrance systems and door automation.

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Spiceworks survey shows one-in-four organisations “not confident” over security of cloud-stored data

Spiceworks has published the results of a new survey examining the adoption and perceptions of cloud storage and file sharing services in businesses across Europe and North America. The results show that Microsoft OneDrive is the most commonly used service, followed by Google Drive and Dropbox (among others). The findings indicate that, although the adoption of cloud storage services has grown rapidly, a quarter of business technology buyers are still concerned about hosting company data in the cloud and are therefore prioritising security when evaluating solution providers.

According to a similar Spiceworks report issued back in March 2016, 53% of organisations were using cloud storage and file sharing services. Among those organisations, 33% were using Dropbox, 31% were using Microsoft OneDrive and 27% were using Google Drive. However, the 2016 report revealed that OneDrive had the highest planned adoption rates.

Today, 80% of organisations are using cloud storage services, while an additional 16% plan to deploy a solution within the next two years. Currently, 51% of organisations are using Microsoft OneDrive, 34% are using Google Drive and 34% are using Dropbox. Additionally, 13% of businesses are currently using Apple iCloud, 6% are using Box, 6% are using Citrix ShareFile and 3% are using Amazon Drive.

When examining adoption rates by company size, the results show that OneDrive has the highest usage in enterprises – defined as businesses with more than 1,000 employees – with an adoption rate of 59%, compared to Google Drive at 29% and Dropbox at 25%.

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Although OneDrive also claims the top spot in SMEs, the gap in adoption rates among the top players is much smaller. For example, among mid-size businesses with 100 to 999 employees, 54% are using OneDrive, 35% are using Dropbox and 33% are using Google Drive. In small businesses with one to 99 employees, 47% are using OneDrive compared to 39% using Google Drive and 34% using Dropbox.

Security: the most important factor for service selection

Among business technology buyers involved in the purchase decisions for cloud storage services at their organisation, security was considered the most important factor when evaluating providers. In fact, 97% said that security is an important to extremely important factor followed by reliability (96%), cost (93%), ease of use (93%) and vendor reputation (89%). Conversely, technology buyers believe factors such as document collaboration (67%) and app/tool integrations (59%) still matter, but are less important.

When asked to select up to five attributes that they most associate with the top providers, 39% of business technology buyers primarily associate OneDrive with being secure, compared to Google Drive at 28% and Dropbox at 19%. Google Drive ranks the highest in terms of reliability and cost-effectiveness, while Dropbox ranks the highest when it comes to ease of use. Additionally, Microsoft OneDrive was recognised as a trusted vendor and for being integrated with existing apps/tools.

Security of data stored in the cloud

Despite the pervasiveness of cloud storage and file sharing services, some organisations are not confident in the security of their data stored within those services. In fact, 25%of technology buyers believe their data in the cloud is ‘not at all’ to ‘somewhat’ secure. This is perhaps because 16% of organisations have experienced one or more security incidents – such as unauthorised access, stolen credentials or data theft – via their cloud storage service in the last 12 months.

Therefore, organisations are taking extra steps to enhance their data security when using cloud storage and file sharing services. 57% of organisations only allow employees to use cloud storage providers approved by their IT Department, 55% enforce user access controls and 48% train employees on how to use cloud storage services properly.

However, other security measures are less common, such as enforcing multi-factor authentication when using these services (28%), putting a cloud storage/file-sharing security policy in place (28%) and encrypting data in transit (26%) and at rest (22%) via their cloud storage service.

“It’s evident organisations are putting more trust into cloud storage services, but some are still hesitant despite the recent growth in adoption,” explained Peter Tsai, senior technology analyst at Spiceworks. “Although cloud storage services often include features that help in securing sensitive corporate information, there will always be risks involved when entrusting data to a third party.”

The Spiceworks survey was conducted in April and included the views of 544 respondents. Respondents are among the millions of business technology professionals in Spiceworks and represent a variety of company sizes, including SMEs and enterprises. Respondents come from a variety of industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, non-profits, education, Government and finance.

*For more information and a complete list of survey results visit https://community.spiceworks.com/blog/3058-cloud-storage-services-who-claims-the-top-spot-among-microsoft-google-dropbox

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dormakaba issues brochure and video on cyber security and data protection

Security and access solutions specialist dormakaba has launched its latest brochure promoting products that protect the physical security of Data Centres, server rooms and server racks. Created with building services professionals in mind, the brochure includes products suitable for high security applications where the protection of data is paramount. Accompanying the brochure, dormakaba has also created a video to highlight the importance of physical access for secure Data Centres. 

The physical security of data plays a key role in ensuring that information is kept secure and safe from misuse. Whether private to an organisation or an individual, organisations have a responsibility to ensure that all data is kept secure throughout its lifecycle (ie from the time it’s created right through to the time that it’s used and, finally, through to the time it’s archived).

The first section of the brochure introduces the main challenges faced when securing data, including where sensitive data resides and how it’s stored. With site access restricted to a select group of individuals, Data Centres and server rooms are environments that require secure and compliant access solutions.

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The brochure also includes product categories that recommend fit for purpose solutions depending on the desired application. These range from cylinder and key systems to electronic access control and safe locks.

“With the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation due to come into force on Friday 25 May, organisations now have a heightened awareness of their responsibilities when it comes to protecting personal data,” said Clive Baker, director of security locking at dormakaba. “While many have brought in new policies to guarantee the protection of information, the physical aspect of data security is often overlooked. This brochure has been created to educate those responsible for ensuring compliance with ever more stringent legislation.”

*To view the video accompanying the brochure visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_G_OXK-dSw&t=1s

**Free copies of dormakaba’s new brochure may be downloaded at: www.dormakaba.co.uk or contact marketing.gb@dormakaba.com

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New distribution deal agreed between Norbain and Satel UK

Satel UK – the national distributor for high-quality security systems manufacturer Satel – is delighted to announce a new partnership with Norbain, one of the UK’s largest distributors of IP, CCTV, access control and intruder detection solutions. The agreement will see Norbain stock and distribute Satel’s range of graded PIR detectors, intruder alarm boards and sirens in the UK.

Satel’s PIR sensor range has been configured to be both tamper-resistant and reliable, while devices are able to compensate for a wide ambient temperature range and adjust their performance to the requirements of the user and the protected premises (for example, adjustments can be made to ensure pet immunity).

Additionally, certain Satel PIR sensors can be used to implement building automation functions when the house alarm system is unarmed.

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“We’re exceptionally pleased with this partnership and believe that Norbain is the perfect company to represent Satel in this market,” stated Bert McGaughey, supply chain manager at Satel UK. “Our products offer incredible quality and serious reliability coupled with flexible features that make them perfect for commercial and retail premises. We’re excited to see more and more UK installers using Satel systems in their projects in the coming months and years.”

Steve Marshall, divisional director for new business initiatives at Norbain, responded: “We believe that Satel’s range is an incredibly good fit within our product line-up, and bolsters the options available for installers when it comes to graded alarm systems. We’re delighted to be working with Satel and very much look forward to a fruitful and rewarding relationship.”

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The new additions to Norbain’s portfolio will be showcased for the first time at the Norbain North Roadshow, which takes place on 17 May at the Macron Stadium in Bolton. As well as demonstrating the company’s CCTV, access control and intruder detection portfolio, there will be talks on both cyber security and the GDPR – both crucial topics for the security industry.

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Nortech strengthens business partnership with Nedap

After a strong start to 2018, access control specialist Nortech has once again been recognised as a certified partner of Nedap for long-range identification.

Following the presentation of the certification at this year’s Intertraffic exhibition, Nortech’s managing director Stephen Blackler commented: “Nortech is proud to be part of the Certified Partner Programme as it shows the company’s commitment and ability with Nedap’s long-range identification products as part of our vehicle access solutions.”

Having been part of the certified programme since 2010, Nortech recently visited Intertraffic 2018 in Amsterdam to support Nedap and cement its relationship with its distributors and the many contacts the company has in the traffic industry. During the show, Nedap presented its leading smart parking and vehicle identification solutions to the market, including its TRANSIT, uPASS and ANPR readers for long-range identification.

In addition to its ongoing long-range identification partnership, Nedap has recently visited Nortech at the company’s Cwmbran headquarters to give technical training on its long-range products to Nortech’s technical support team. Intensive training ensures that Nortech staff can provide in-depth support to its customers on Nedap products.

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With many years’ experience in the automatic vehicle identification business, Nortech knows that offering the best quality equipment and the right equipment for the job will avoid potential problems at a later juncture.

Nortech works with Nedap to offer free tailored training courses that discuss the technologies involved and how and where to apply them plus guidance on correct installation with practical hands-on training.

Nedap’s safe, secure and efficient technology is both cost-effective and convenient and can easily be applied to parking and security applications. For these reasons and many more, the popular uPASS Target has recently been nominated as a finalist in the PSI Premier Awards 2018.

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Videx launches IP Intercom range for end users

Videx has launched IP intercoms that are ideal for a wide range of installations including office blocks, apartment complexes, hospitals and commercial buildings enabling the door entry system to use existing networks and save both cost and installation time.

The Videx IP system is available as a convenient kit and as an expandable system which can be customised to suit the needs of any building. 12 gauge, 316 grade stainless steel vandal-resistant entrance panels are available along with the popular 4000 Series modular style, all with a wide angle colour camera and with one call button up to a maximum of 42 and an input for an optional second camera.

Neil Thomas, national sales manager at Videx, said: “The beauty of IP systems over conventional systems is that they don’t need dedicated wiring infrastructure and can be used on new or existing networks. These networks can be shared with other technologies such as CCTV, access control, building management and many others.”

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The kits includes a wall mount 6200 Series videophone and the entrance panel which is available in standard or vandal-resistant form with surface or flush mounting options. The videophone includes a touch screen 3.5” colour display enabling the end user to customise a range of settings as well as initiate calls to entrance points, neighbours and internally to other extensions with the facility to have up to 16 videophones in each apartment or office.

An event log can also be viewed on the videophone with a video capture feature to see missed callers. The kit includes a 1.25 A 12 V DC power supply which can be used to power the entrance panel, a lock release and the videophone if required. The videophone can also be powered via Power over Ethernet (POE) from a POE switch.

Thomas added: “IP systems are generally very flexible and can allow for connections over an unlimited distance while using existing LAN, WAN, Wi-Fi and 3G/4G infrastructures and the Videx iOS and Android Apps. Installers are now very familiar with IP technologies allowing them to use existing knowledge and experience gained while installing other security systems such as access control and CCTV. IP systems offer greater flexibility to the installer, making it very simple to expand and alter a system as the need arises.”

Bespoke panel sizes are available upon request. Entrance panels and videophones all have two relay outputs, two inputs and RS485 connectivity which can be used for a variety of functions such as door/gate release and the activation of auxiliary functions.

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