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Paxton announces inaugural recipients of new Scholarship Programme

Paxton, the global brand of electronic IP access control and door entry systems, has announced the first recipients of its new scholarship programme in conjunction with the University of Brighton.

Launched in November last year, the initiative offers the opportunity for students studying engineering and product design-related courses at the University of Brighton to win one of three scholarship places each worth £10,000 plus a three-month paid work placement with the company from July this year.

As part of the scholarship, the selected scholars will participate in technology research projects at Paxton that will then form the final year project of their degree course.

Last November, the company hosted a student open day at its new state-of-the-art facility, the Paxton Technology Centre, which was attended by over 100 students from the University of Brighton. The open day provided the students with the opportunity to learn more about the company and the application process, meet Paxton’s experts in product development and research and receive hands-on technology demonstrations of the company’s diverse product range.

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From those that applied, 16 students were then invited to an assessment day where they undertook a series of practical tasks and interviews. Following this, the successful three students were then selected. They are Yury Johnson (aged 20, who’s studying for a BEng in Electronics and Computing), Laurence Budd (aged 21, and who’s studying for a BSc in Computer Science) and Sam Innes (aged 20 and who’s also studying towards a BSc in Computer Science).

Commenting on the student programme, Adam Stroud (Paxton’s CEO) said: “I’d like to congratulate the three students that have secured the 2018 Paxton Scholarship. The Paxton Scholarship is a long-term initiative designed to ensure that we can secure the bright minds needed for the company’s continued success and prosperity. I’m thrilled at how the initiative was embraced by both the team at Paxton as well as the students and staff at the University of Brighton.”

Stroud continued: “We hope that the Paxton Scholarship will mean much more than just financial help for those students involved. Industry experience, without having to take a year out, will be invaluable to their development and help them to decide what career they wish to pursue. We also believe it will continue to highlight the diverse range of roles available within the security industry and the opportunities offered by a growing and exciting business sector.”

Sam Davies, the University of Brighton’s director of philanthropy and alumni engagement, stated: “Congratulations to the students and to Paxton for introducing this exciting and unique opportunity. We’re delighted to have partnered with Paxton in establishing this new scholarship programme which provides our students with access to the realities of the workplace and the challenges companies like Paxton face on a day-to-day basis.”

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MOBOTIX launches ‘Cactus Concept’ to set focus on cyber security for video surveillance

MOBOTIX has announced a heightened focus on cyber security by implementing the ‘Cactus Concept’. The concept aims to deliver a comprehensive approach towards protecting MOBOTIX products against the threat of cyber attacks along with education and tools to help customers and partners alike in building and maintaining secure video surveillance and access control environments.

The ‘Cactus Concept’ will raise awareness among potential and existing MOBOTIX customers of the importance of data security in network-based video security systems and how organisations can protect themselves through cost-efficient and intelligent solutions. End-to-end encryption with no blind spots is required, from the image source via the data cables and the data storage through to the VMS on the end user’s computer.

Like a cactus, whose every limb is covered in thorns, all of the modules (camera, storage, cables, VMS) in the MOBOTIX system have ‘digital thorns’ that protect them from unauthorised access.

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“Modern video surveillance and access control technologies help protect people, places and property across the world, but they’re increasingly targeted by criminals aiming to infiltrate, take-over or disable them,” explained Thomas Lausten, CEO of MOBOTIX. “With the Internet of Things trend adding billions of IP-connected devices each year, our industry must lead the way in creating secure platforms that can reduce the risks posed by these damaging attacks.”

MOBOTIX firmly believes in its ‘Cactus Concept’ to protect every element of the design, manufacture and operation of each device along with end-to-end encryption across the entire usage and management cycle.

To ensure the highest levels of security, MOBOTIX uses the services of SySS, a highly regarded and independent third party security testing company that examines the security of both software and hardware elements. SySS customers include Basler Versicherungen, Bundeswehr, CreditPlus Bank AG, Daimler, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Flugsicherung, Festo, Hewlett Packard, Innenministerium/LKA Niedersachsen, SAP, Schaeffler, Schufa, T-Systems and Union Investment.

Sebastian Schreiber, CEO at SySS, added: “MOBOTIX has a contract with us to provide further penetration testing of its technology elements. The initial platform testing on a current camera model revealed very positive results. We’ll now continue security testing as an ongoing process.”

Thomas Lausten concluded: “Cyber security has been and will continue to be a core focus for us. We look forward to working with our peers in the industry, as well as customers and Government agencies, in order to protect the very technologies and systems that help make society safer for us all.”

*For more information visit www.cactusconcept.com

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Johnson Controls introduces C•CURE Go Install App from Software House

Johnson Controls has announced the introduction of the C•CURE Go Install App for use with the Software House iSTAR Ultra LT. The new App provides a more efficient and convenient means of configuring or updating information on the iSTAR Ultra LT controller without having to physically access the unit.

Working with an embedded Bluetooth antenna that can be turned on and off remotely to ensure network security, end users simply log into the C•CURE Go Install App to perform a host of tasks, including configuring the network settings on the controller, rebooting the device and checking its status.

The App is ideal for use with iSTAR Ultra LT controllers that are difficult to access for manual configuration, such as those units located high above doorways or perhaps behind ceiling tiles.

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The password-protected App works for end users within range of the controller, including in-house security staff, integrators or system installers. Using the App replaces having to make changes on or check status directly from the controller.

“Using the C•CURE Go Install App with the iSTAR Ultra LT minimises the disruption that can be caused by having to access the controller itself,” said Rafael Schrijvers, access control product marketing manager (EMEA) within the Building Technologies & Solutions business at Johnson Controls.

“Increasingly, there are applications, such as hospitals with sealed ceilings, where physical access to the controller just isn’t feasible. Using the intuitive App to perform myriad tasks provides a more efficient option.”

*For more information on the C•CURE Go Install App for use with the iSTAR Ultra LT visit http://www.swhouse.com

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Tyco Security Products announces C•CURE Partner of the Year

Representatives from many of the UK’s leading security system integrators attended the recent Software House C•CURE Awards Dinner which saw Vindex Systems acknowledged as C•CURE Partner of the Year.

The award was presented to Clive Talbot, CEO of Vindex Systems, by Gordon Morrison, GB sales director for the Tyco Security Products access control and video brands, at an awards dinner which took place on 7 December at the Old Mutual private dining facilities within Millennium Bridge House in central London.

On the night, it was also announced that the Project of the Year Award had been won by Frontline Security Solutions.

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“Our congratulations and thanks go to the Vindex Systems and Frontline Security Solutions’ teams,” said Gordon Morrison (pictured, above right) with Paul McCann and Clive Talbot). “Their ongoing support for C•CURE has been a major contributing factor in a significant growth in sales during 2017. Our thanks also go to all of our other Enterprise Partners. It’s with the help of their expert input that we’re able to maintain C•CURE 9000’s reputation as being the most feature-rich and user-friendly access control platform available.”

Morrison continued: “The evening was a great success. We plan to hold the awards annually in order to recognise the achievements of our loyal network of system integrators who are growing their businesses, while also enabling their clients to capitalise on the real life practical benefits offered by C•CURE.”

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Inner Range’s Inception access control system honoured by ASIAL Award

Inner Range’s Inception access control and intruder system has been honoured by the Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL). Inception won the Access Control Product of the Year Award at the annual Australian Security Industry Awards for Excellence, held in Melbourne.

These awards designed to recognise the hard work, excellence and innovation of companies and individuals in the security industry.

Tim Northwood, general manager of Inner Range Europe, said: “Inception winning this prestigious award is testament to the huge team effort that goes in to creating and continually improving the system, which ultimately makes life easier for our customers when it comes to managing their security. Inception is a budget-friendly and flexible integrated access control and security system. It’s quick and easy to install and simple to operate, offering a real competitive advantage for end users.”

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Inception is a web-based access control and intruder detection system that has its software built directly in to the controller. It’s designed to be intuitive, accessible and easy to use for both installers and end users.

The award-winning Inception has proven to be an excellent addition to the company’s product line. Other products produced by Inner Range include Integriti, an intelligent integrated security solution for managing and controlling single and multiple sites at local, national and global levels, and also Integriti Encrypted High Security, which offers end-to-end encryption with Mac authentication.

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Johnson Controls releases latest version of CEM Systems AC2000 Security Management System

Johnson Controls has released CEM Systems AC2000 v8.0 Feature Pack 1, which offers new features that increase the performance, simplicity and scope of the AC2000 access control system suite from CEM Systems. The range of CEM Systems access control readers has also been enhanced with the release of the CEM S700s serial intelligent reader.

CEM Systems AC2000 v8.0 Feature Pack 1 includes improvements to the user experience with multi-language selection and an application search option as part of AC2000 Floatbar. Emerald audit history reports have been added for ‘Checklist’ and ‘Flight Info’ such that reports can be run on emerald transactions for checklists, gate allocations and flight selections. Other enhancements include the addition of Rolling Transaction Display within the AC2000 Security Hub Command and Control application.

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The CEM Systems S700s is a next generation intelligent reader and controller housed in a single device, removing the need for an additional control panel in the system design. Designed for use with the AC2000 access control and security management system, the CEM Systems S700s controls access to restricted areas while providing users with an innovative and future-proof access control solution offering a variety of door modes.

The CEM Systems S700s has been designed to be as user friendly as possible and guide the end user though intuitive graphical messages displayed via the reader’s LCD. A full offline database ensures the reader has up-to-date card information when operating in off-line mode.

Further enhancements to the CEM hardware range include support for the CEM Systems S700 Exit Reader as an extension to the CEM Systems emerald intelligent access terminal, providing a similar look, feel and user experience across bi-directional doors.

*For more information visit www.cemsys.com

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Videx introduces vandal-resistant GSM access control system

Videx has launched its vandal-resistant GSM system that can provide access control to a wide range of gated properties, office blocks and commercial buildings. The new system uses mobile technology to communicate and operate doors, automatic gates, car parks and remote site applications, making it a perfect security solution for unmanned sites and communications outside of normal business hours.

The solution is available as part of the 4000 Series modular door entry system in a range of styles including surface and flush panels in 12 gauge 316 grade stainless steel. Custom panel sizes are also available. All vandal-resistant panel variations can be engraved with a legend or provided with back-lit name plate windows. The system also provides optional proximity access control for up to 1,000 users.

Neil Thomas, national sales manager at Videx, said: “GSM systems enable calls to be placed from an entrance point to any mobile or landline telephone. Entry can then be granted using the telephone keypad. Two key and innovative features of our new vandal-resistant GSM system is that it can call up to 24 users, with a divert facility of up to three numbers if the others are engaged or unanswered, while up to 1,000 telephone numbers can be stored to take advantage of the ‘dial to open’ feature which enables callers to dial the intercom and release the door/gate without being charged for the call.”

Proximity access control is also an option. A voice annunciation and LCD display can be connected if required, which can then include scroll buttons to search for specific users via the screen.

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GSM systems require minimum installation and set-up time, allowing them to be installed in places which would be too difficult or too expensive to hard-wire. There’s no need for any cabling to telephone points as the system uses the existing mobile network infrastructure, allowing calls to be made to anywhere in the world.

Thomas added: “Systems can be installed in a very short space of time requiring only the mounting of the entrance panel and connection to a power supply, antenna and gate or door releasing device. Our new system also comes with an event log to record events that can be viewed using PC software.”

Programming and maintenance of the user’s details, access control codes and fobs may all be controlled via SMS text messages and via a PC using a USB connection. The GSM system’s flexibility allows changes to be made remotely without the need to revisit the site. Dry contact relay output, additional switched 0V output, push to exit button input and auxiliary inputs are all available.

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