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Facial recognition “to open new avenues for smart cities” in 2022

In 2022 and beyond, facial recognition technology will play a key role in the future of global urban development and assist in improving the experience of smart citizens. From personal convenience through to enhanced public safety, the range of applications is wide-ranging. That’s the firm belief of facial recognition technology solutions provider Corsight AI.

Using their face as their credit card, members of the public will no longer have to leverage cash for payments or worry about a stolen/lost wallet. A secure biometric system – such as that being pioneered by Amazon Go stores – makes paying for goods or services effortless.  

In terms of security and access, workplaces are beginning to understand the value of the technology as it can enable the seamless flow of people and facilitate the protection of sensitive locations by restricting access to approved visitors only. Spaces such as building sites, maternity wards and Critical National Infrastructure locations can all benefit from this software.

Facial recognition can also be used in smart cities to help identify those at risk. In the case of searching for a missing child or an Alzheimer’s patient, facial recognition technology can significantly speed up the process.

There’s a particular concern right now about the safety of public streets, especially so for women. Facial recognition technology can prove useful for recognising unusual behaviour and identifying and tracking known offenders throughout the city environment. 

Higher standards in 2022

As is the case with any technology, there are potential risks to using facial recognition, such as threats to privacy, violations of rights and potential data theft. These concerns are of significant importance and have even forced the hand of some public and private organisations to limit the use of the technology. This calls for thoughtful Government regulation moving forward and heightened responsibility for facial recognition technology vendors and operators to comply with the rules.

Currently, documents such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are in place to set industry standards and provide ways for individuals to protect their personal data – and, by extension, their privacy and other Human Rights – which we’re seeing enforced. 

Although the industry continues to demand greater certainty from lawmakers, it’s evident that Best Practice is emerging from the application of the GDPR and its core principles. The use of Privacy Management Programmes and Data Protection Impact Assessments demonstrates the willingness to protect the data rights of citizens and maintain trust and confidence across our communities. A combination of these policies and their application will continue to ensure facial recognition technology can be used as a force for good. 

Cyber security

As data processing becomes more central to operations in 2022, organisations will need to be more responsive to the evolving cyber threat landscape. For facial recognition technology end users, in particular, securing biometric data will remain a top priority this year.

Cyber criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their methods, and will now typically seek the most sensitive data to hold at ransom. Vendors must therefore implement the most stringent security measures to protect sensitive data and ensure end users are working hard to stay on top of the threat.

Customers will also demand more transparency from organisations about how they’re using their biometric data and how it’s being stored and protected. To garner trust, users of facial recognition technology must be more explicit in its use and set clear measures on individual privacy and data protection.

In 2022 and beyond, Corsight AI expects to see further commitment from policymakers and industry to develop even higher standards that attain levels not seen before. The move towards ‘Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence’, greater regulation and a genuine commitment to Human Rights will support the development of this software such that it can be used as a force for good.

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Traka visualises significant efficiency savings for distribution centres

Traka has produced an animated video designed to highlight the solutions available for busy distribution centres such that their management teams can ensure they run like clockwork, in turn delivering goods on time and in full.

Pinpointing the key issues faced by distribution centres, and notably so when it comes to the management of hand-held devices, the two-minute clip outlines ways in which to save time, resources and money, while simultaneously allowing full visibility and traceability of assets at all times.

Lee Payne, market development manager for Traka UK, informed Security Matters: “Within any distribution centre it’s true to say that time is money, and particularly in the current environment. Teams are expected to meet strict deadlines throughout the day and night so that products can be processed correctly and efficiently and deliveries sent out.”

He added: “What this video demonstrates is how to ensure a distribution centre can always meet tight schedules. It doesn’t take a significant investment to make a difference. Simple technology updates such as the implementation of asset management lockers enable a smooth transition for team members who can immediately start their shifts with the equipment they need to operate.”

Efficiency tools

Included in the video is detail around how distribution centres can embrace the ideals of efficiency tools such as asset management to instantly optimise performance, control and monitor all physical processes and reduce the likelihood of human error.  

There’s also a dedicated step-by-step process illustrating how easy Traka’s modular systems are to use for team workers and management alike. These systems are developed with dedicated fault-reporting, charging facilities, first-in, first-out device rotation and access control integration capability alongside a full suite of management tools.

Payne concluded: “With the addition of our asset management solutions, distribution centres could save an impressive 72,000 labour hours per year simply by resolving issues such as teams waiting to receive and return fully operational hand-held devices. This is a significant efficiency saving that allows distribution hub managers to focus their attentions on an opportunity to support the economy thanks to the swift delivery of product.”

*The video is now live on Traka’s YouTube channel. To view the video visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkC7eSfKBKI

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Richard Ellis appointed interim managing director at ATG Access

ATG Access – the designer of vehicle barriers, road blockers and bollards and part of the HS Security Group of Hill & Smith Holdings plc – has just announced the appointment of a new interim managing director following the departure of Gavin Hepburn.

Richard Ellis joins the business with more than 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, having previously held senior positions including UK operations director for Interserve, operations director at Midas Group and, most recently, interim managing director at Berry Systems, another Hill & Smith Holdings plc company within the HS Security portfolio.

Starting as a brick layer at just 16 years of age, Ellis went on to study construction management at university. He was awarded the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Construction Manager of the Year Gold Award in 2006 before going on to become a CIOB Fellow in 2010.

In his new role as interim managing director at ATG Access, and as an extension of his own consultancy business, Ellis is ideally placed to support the company as it transitions to a new permanent managing director and will be instrumental in driving forward ATG Access under Hill & Smith’s ownership.

HVM specialist

Andrew Beaney, Group president (roads and security) for Hill & Smith Holdings plc, commented: “ATG Access is at the leading edge of the hostile vehicle mitigation industry and has been for many years. Richard’s extensive knowledge and experience will ensure that the people at the heart of ATG Access are supported through the transition period, while also providing an invaluable outsider’s perspective that can help to shine a spotlight on areas for growth or improvement.”

Speaking about his new appointment, Richard Ellis noted: “Throughout my employment with Berry Systems, I was extremely impressed with Hill & Smith, finding it to be a forward-thinking, modern plc with an autonomous business model which enables each unit to flourish in high growth niche markets.”

Ellis concluded: “When the opportunity arose with ATG Access, I was excited to continue my work for the group and guide an impressive business as it moves into a new era. I’m looking forward to making sure the business is in the best possible shape for a new permanent managing director, and also to make the transition process as positive as possible for everyone involved.”

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Tavcom Training raises £3,000 for Naomi House and Jacksplace

Tavcom Training, which is part of the Linx International Group of companies, has succeeded in raising £3,000 over the last 12 months for its nominated charities: Naomi House and Jacksplace. As part of the company’s 25th Anniversary celebrations, Tavcom Training pledged to make a financial donation for every training course booked between October 2020 and October this year in order to help make a difference to local families and children dealing with life-limiting illnesses.

Angus Darroch-Warren CSyP, managing director of the Linx International Group, said: “Tavcom Training and the Linx International Group are delighted to support the Naomi House and Jacksplace hospices and we look forward to developing the relationship over the coming years. These inspiring charities offer so much to local families who benefit greatly from the care given to family members faced with life-limiting and life-threatening circumstances. We’re all extremely proud of this achievement and hope that it will make a positive difference to many children and their families.”

Tavcom Training delivers accredited security systems training courses for installers, operators, managers and designers of video surveillance systems (ie CCTV), network IP solutions, intruder alarms, access control systems, fire alarms and all other types of electronic security systems.

The business offers a wide range of technical and non-technical courses within all security systems-related fields including security management, Control Room operations, system planning, project management, structured cabling, disaster recovery, counter eavesdropping, PAT testing and covert CCTV.

Expert hospice care

Naomi House and Jacksplace provide expert hospice care to more than 600 life-limited and life-threatened children, young adults and families from central southern England. Their nursing, care, play and family support teams are experts in delivering crucial emotional, spiritual and developmental as well as clinical and holistic care that children and young adults with some of the most complex medical needs require. They also offer vital respite support for families, giving them the chance to recharge their batteries and regroup in a calm and welcoming environment.

Connor Phillips, fundraising officer for Naomi House and Jacksplace, stated: “Everyone at the hospices has been completely blown away by Tavcom’s support. The company’s wonderful donation of £3,000 could fund many hours of a nurse’s vital care at Naomi House and Jacksplace. It’s only thanks to supporters like Tavcom that we’re able to be there for our families on the good days, difficult days and last days. Thank You so much to Tavcom Training.”

*For more information about Naomi House and Jacksplace, and the services they offer, visit https://www.naomihouse.org.uk/

**Further detail concerning Tavcom Training may be accessed online at www.tavcom.com

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Abloy UK wins £2.5 million contract with UK Power Networks

Abloy UK has been awarded a five-year contract with UK Power Networks valued at £2.5 million to upgrade the latter’s current mechanical locking systems to a combined electromechanical and mechanical locking solution. The move is designed to safeguard high and low voltage distribution networks.

UK Power Networks owns and maintains the electricity distribution network across South East England, the East of England and London. Rob Bennett, senior business development manager at Abloy UK, facilitated the partnership between the company and UK Power Networks.

Products specified for the project include a mix of Abloy PROTEC2 CLIQ electromechanical and PROTEC2 mechanical padlocks and cylinders, which will be controlled and administered using the CIPE Manager operating system.

It’s estimated that Abloy will supply around 9,500 padlocks per annum, together with programmable PROTEC2 CLIQ Bluetooth Low Energy keys, thereby enabling UK Power Networks’ system to be expanded in the future.

CLIQ offers high security and flexibility that supports the complex workflow of organisations in the energy sector by enabling audit trails to be generated for individual cylinders, padlocks, keys and system users.

If a key is lost or stolen this no longer creates a major security risk. Each individual key can be deactivated if required and have its access rights changed or removed using the CLIQ web manager software. This realises a truly dynamic and secure system.

The battery-powered CLIQ keys are programmable. A temporary contractor can be issued with a key that permits entry to specific sites for a limited time period only. After the authorisation period ends, the key cannot open the lock.

*Further detail concerning Abloy UK’s work in the energy sector is accessible online at https://bit.ly/31WB860

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Rebrand for Euralarm signalled by new logo and revamped website

Euralarm, the European Trade Association representing the electronic security and fire sectors, has undergone a rebranding exercise which has seen the organisation update its website at the same time as introducing a new logo and descriptive strapline.

The new website is specifically designed to reflect Euralarm’s core values, while in tandem the refreshed logo signifies to its core sectors precisely what the organisation represents. In short, Euralarm is multi-faceted, diverse, challenging, connected, transparent and proactive.

The website is also designed to present Euralarm’s expertise and leadership skills for the industry, the market, policy-makers and standards bodies. It features a clean and responsive modern design and enhanced functionality along with easy access to expert comment and advice.

As a platform for the latest industry news, insights and policy on the electronic security industry and the fire safety sector, the asite affords all visitors essential information concerning the services offered by Euralarm.

Further, the enhanced design also creates a clear journey for companies and those associations interested in becoming a member. Euralarm members make society safer and more secure through the provision of systems and services for intrusion detection, access control, video monitoring and alarm transmission in addition to fire detection and extinguishing.

Founded in 1970, Euralarm now represents over 5,000 companies within the security industry and fire safety sector with a combined value of 67 billion Euros. Euralarm’s members are national associations as well as individual companies from right across Europe. 

*Further information is available online at www.euralarm.org

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STid SPECTRE nano reader accelerates development of car park access control regimes

Access control solutions developer STid has announced the release of its new SPECTRE nano reader, which is “expected to set a new standard” in perimeter access control and simplified visitor management.

The multi-technology reader quickly recognises employees, visitors, vendors and their vehicles simultaneously for smooth, hands-free access control without compromising security. It’s a great solution for facilities like car parks, industrial sites, campuses and any other secured environment where a mix of people and vehicles need to be identified to enable instinctive and smooth, yet very secure access control.

This next generation hands-free reader increases speed of entry for anyone (or anything) on two feet, two wheels, four wheels or a whole fleet. It reads windshield tags, key fobs, cards, smart phones or wearables using UHF and Bluetooth to leverage end user preferences for easier adoption. It’s also part of the STid Mobile ID ecosystem, which turns smart phones into virtual cards for both vehicle and pedestrian access control.

Compatible with all access control systems worldwide, STid designed SPECTRE nano for easy integration regardless of managers’ tech expertise. The outside packaging is as rugged and durable as the technology to ensure the reader can stand up to harsh environments: everything from shock, heavy rain and dust to salt, frost and fire.

SPECTRE nano offers customised branding options to fit in at a bus station, a corporate office or within a private community and is ripe for use in high-security industries. A cost-effective solution, the new reader can be installed and (almost) forgotten, with no maintenance or batteries required.

Long range UHF reader

“The SPECTRE nano reader may be small in size, but it’s a full-blown long range UHF reader combined with the Bluetooth technology that’s used in our powerful and versatile STid Mobile ID solution,” explained Vincent Dupart, CEO of STid.

“It’s the missing link between vehicle identification and the smart identification of people. There’s no longer a need to install multiple readers at entrances where employees, visitors, contractors and their vehicles enter the facility. It can easily be integrated with any access control system or parking management solution. Basically, this means that any perimeter entrance can now be equipped easily with our STid Mobile ID solution and our vehicle identification solution. Since it supports both solutions simultaneously, it’s now also possible to identify the vehicle, using UHF, and the driver, using STid Mobile ID. This prevents the car from being used as a modern-day ‘Trojan Horse’.”

Designed for global customers, SPECTRE nano uses OSDP and SSCP protocols and has EAL5+-certified storage. Data authenticity and confidentiality are ensured using encryption methods recommended by worldwide organisations (eg ANSSI- and FIPs-compliant).

Encrypted and signed credentials provide anti-cloning and anti-replay protection, while system managers can quickly erase security keys as and when necessary.

*For more information visit https://stid-security.com/

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Maxxess appoints business development manager for UK and Ireland

Access control and integrated security management solutions developer Maxxess has expanded its UK and Ireland operations with the appointment of Russell Baker as business development and account manager.

Russell will be based out of the company’s European head office in Bracknell and handle the substantial increase in demand for the firm’s signature solution, namely the eFusion access control and security management platform.

Building on the success of Maxxess solutions in the corporate, higher education, hospitality and healthcare sectors and offering enterprise-class access control and integrated security, Baker will be support existing partners and end users as well as developing new relationships with systems integrators, consultants and end users right across the UK and Europe.

A familiar face in the security industry, Baker has over two decades of experience spanning video surveillance, access control, intruder alarms and systems integration. He started his career at Chubb and went on to sales management roles with security systems integrators and tech vendors including Vicon and Zenitel Group.

A long-standing member of the Association of Security Consultants, Baker boasts a proven track record in consulting roles as well as sales management.

Lee Copland, managing director of Maxxess for the EMEA region, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Russell. He’s well positioned to leverage the increasing demand for cost-effective and integrated systems that drive operational efficiency by digitising processes and workflows. He will build on Maxxess’ existing installed base as well as helping many more organisations upgrade and digitise their infrastructures and bring new technologies on line.”

Speaking about his new role, Baker told Security Matters: “With Maxxess eFusion and eVisitor enabling more affordable integrated site security and safety solutions, I’m looking forward to working closely with consultants and systems integrators alike in order to develop project opportunities. These solutions are now very much in demand as customers look towards better access and people management to support more flexible workplace operations in the post-pandemic environment.”

*For more information on Maxxess’ solutions visit maxxess-efusion.com

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TDSi’s GARDiS software now features full integration with Hikvision’s face recognition terminals and ANPR cameras

Integrated security solutions manufacturer TDSi’s powerful GARDiS access management software now supports full integration with Hikvision’s face recognition terminals and ANPR cameras.

John Davies, managing director of TDSi, commented: “Integration with Hikvision’s latest generation of intelligent cameras is part of TDSi’s ongoing mission to ensure that our powerful integrated access control solutions work directly with the best third party products on the market.”

Davies continued: “Our GARDiS software is perfectly placed to help end users cope and deal with rapidly changing and evolving needs. Our ethos is that customers must be able to choose the right components for their security network to meet their specific needs and budget, with the whole solution overseen by our powerful, centralised, but flexible GARDiS software.”

Providing options for Wiegand and Clock & Data protocol inputs, TDSi’s GARDiS software delivers quick and simple, but powerful integration with Hikvision’s face recognition terminal and the wider security network. This includes integration with ASSA ABLOY Aperio and SimonsVoss SmartIntego wireless locks, along with a wide choice of intruder alarms and CCTV systems.

GARDiS includes Lift Control, Area Occupancy and ANPR, all of which are designed to assist with not only security, but also the ongoing safeguarding of health requirements.

Key features

Integration with Hikvision’s face recognition terminals adds considerable functionality to any security network, with features including:

*Temperature measuring range: 30 °C to 45 °C (86 °F to 113 °F), with an accuracy of 0.1 ° C, deviation ± 0.5 °C

*Face mask wearing alert

*Multiple authentication modes (card and temperature, face and temperature, card and face and temperature, etc)

*Triggered voice prompt when detecting abnormal temperature

*Configurable door status (open/close) when detecting abnormal temperature

*6,000 face capacity, 6,000 card capacity and 100,000 event capacity

*Six attendance statuses – check-in, check out, break-in, break out, overtime in and overtime out

*Watchdog design and tamper function.

John Davies concluded: “The last 18 months have demonstrated the need for security and safety systems that can be rapidly deployed and installed and have the flexibility to evolve and grow to meet future user requirements. Be it individual end user projects or the delivery of rapidly expanding Security-as-a-Service solutions, the GARDiS integration with Hikvision’s systems is a perfect example of the potential for modern systems to work closely together and deliver potentially life-saving benefits.”

*For more information on TDSi’s GARDiS and the full range of integrated security and safety solutions visit www.tdsi.co.uk

**For further details on Hikvision’s range of products access www.hikvision.com/uk/

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Videx strengthens IPURE IP range thanks to array of new features

Videx has added a series of new features to its IPure IP range, thereby expanding the versatility of the system in providing a high-quality entry solution for a wide range of buildings.

The Videx IP system is an expandable system which can be customised to suit a range of entry needs, accommodating up to 42 apartments using conventional call button modules and vandal-resistant panels or a digital call panel option able to call up to 10,000 apartments. All entrance panels are available with voice annunciation to aid visitors during the call progress and deliver proximity access control.

The new features include a 7-inch touch screen handsfree video monitor, a 3.5-inch touch screen hands-free video monitor, an audio IP telephone and the Cloudbox which allows additional programmable input/output to be added to the system as well as being a gateway to using the app in apartments which don’t have a video monitor.

The new hands-free video monitors complement the existing 3.5-inch touch screen videophone with a handset. Up to 16 devices can be included in each apartment with advanced cascading flexibility if required.

Convenience and flexibility

James Gray, national sales manager at Videx, stated: “IP-controlled entry is one of the most convenient and flexible solutions available. The huge benefit of IP technology is that it doesn’t require dedicated wiring infrastructure and can be used on existing networks. These networks can be shared with other technologies such as CCTV, building management and many others, among them FTTH/PON infrastructures.”

Gray continued: “By adding even more features to our IP offering, we’re delivering great flexibility and greater convenience. A new end user interface has been introduced which complements the look and feel of the system across all platforms and can also be rolled out to existing systems through a firmware upgrade.”

He added: “What’s more, our IP system is managed through a simple PC wizard programme which allows the installer or engineer to completely customise the system to the building’s requirements. The wizard will detect all the devices on the system, allowing each to be set up as required and will also advise of any new firmware available. Using the wizard, the system can be connected to the cloud, allowing users of iOS and Android apps to receive calls, recall entrance panels with video and activate any of the outputs.”

Third party systems integration

SIP is now supported across the range allowing it to be integrated into third party SIP telephone systems. For further integration, the door panels now include an RTSP server, allowing video to be streamed to third party systems and http api to be used by third party systems.

The 7-inch monitor with full touch screen also has a number of added features which build on those already offered on other video monitors in the range. These include third party camera integration using RTSP with support for H.264 and H.265, home automation integration, picture-in-picture viewing, a built-in web server to access event logs, captured images and videos to play back and an optional Wi-Fi connection.

It’s possible for further features to be added by way of a simple firmware upgrade.

*To access more detail visit https://www.videxuk.com/the-ipure-ip-range-now-with-an-array-of-new-features/

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