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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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Hanwha Techwin to host ONVIF Developers’ Plugfest and F2F Technical Meeting

Video surveillance specialist Hanwha Techwin is currently hosting the 17th ONVIF Developers’ Plugfest which is taking place in The Plaza Hotel, Seoul in South Korea between 8 and 10 November.

As a ‘Local Sponsor’, Hanwha Techwin is supporting the opportunity for manufacturers participating in the Plugfest to test their devices for conformance to the ONVIF standard. This includes simulating real-life scenarios in order to assess the level of interoperability of different manufacturers’ devices operating simultaneously as part of a single system.

ONVIF is a non-profit global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products which was founded in 2008. Its members include manufacturers, systems integrators, end users, members of the security media, specifiers and other security professionals.

With integrated systems increasingly involving solutions from multiple manufacturers, ONVIF’s Plugfest events are important to the electronic security industry as they bring together technical experts in order to test device compatibility and agree up-to-date industrial standardisation of interfaces.

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Standardisation

During the Plugfest, around 20 global video surveillance and physical access control manufacturers are conducting peer-to-peer tests of devices and clients both under development and finalised to see how well they interact with each other. This is to enable any limitations to be identified before a product is launched.

Hanwha Techwin is taking the opportunity to test its cameras, recorders and Smart Security Manager software platform to ensure compatibility with other manufacturers’ products.

F2F Technical Meeting

Hanwha Techwin will be hosting the F2F (Face-to-Face) Technical Meeting from 1316 November which follows on from the Plugfest. The F2F Technical Meeting session focuses on the development of profiles and specifications including conformance and the ONVIF Test Tools. It’s performed after the engineers’ testing session. Full and contributing ONVIF members are invited to this meeting.

Hanwha Techwin has been a full member of ONVIF since 2009 and participated in activities such as forums to build industrial standardisation. The 17th Developers’ Plugfest is particularly significant to the company as its senior engineer, Sujith Raman, has been recognised for his contribution to the development of ONVIF protocol development and elected with honour to the organisation’s Technical Committee.

A spokesperson for Hanwha Techwin said: “In hosting the Plugfest and F2F events, we’re delighted to be able to demonstrate our support for ONVIF’s objectives. We’re committed to the process of the mutual exchange of technical knowledge with other members. We will share ideas, listen to each other, talk and grow together with our global partners for the benefit of our mutual customers.”

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Software development manager Tina Baker celebrates 13 years with TDSi

Tina Baker, software development manager at integrated security solutions manufacturer TDSi, is celebrating 13 years of service with the company. Having reached this impressive milestone, Baker has also been reflecting on the developments and evolution of the security software industry and what this could lead to in the future. 

“Since I joined TDSi there have been enormous changes in the security industry, especially in the software systems and applications connected to them,” urged Baker. “TDSi has been leading the move towards fully-integrated security software for a number of years now, and it’s gratifying to see the rest of the industry has followed suit as well.”

Baker began her career in security when she answered a job advert for a summer placement on display at Bournemouth University while nearing the end of a degree course in Software Engineering. “I knew that software would dominate many industries and wanted a career that would allow constant growth. I wanted to gain more experience developing software using different programming languages and TDSi offered me the opportunity that I was looking for.”

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TDSI’s Tina Baker: reflecting on 13 years with the Poole-based security solutions developer

Baker’s personal development has fittingly mirrored that of TDSi and the security industry it supplies. “TDSi has really nurtured my personal development, right from software programmer to development manager. At the same time, the industry has become far more integrated with building management systems which now commonly incorporate intruder alarms systems and CCTV as well as access control.”

A view of the future

While reflecting on the past and present, Baker also has an eye firmly fixed on the future and is clear on how she believes the security software sector will develop: “All the signs are that there will be continued and increased integration with building management systems, especially to comply with environmental legislation.”

Baker continued: “We will also see further biometric integration to heighten security and remove the need for ID cards. The market is also demanding more bi-directional integration, with security systems working even more closely with one another. More and more, we’re being asked for our SDKs so that other security companies can integrate our systems into theirs.”

Baker also has advice for young people looking for a career in security software development. “You need to enjoy continually learning new skills if you’re to keep up with the changes in technology. It’s also important to have a keen understanding of the close connection between physical access security and software security. Further systems integration means that the prevention of cyber attacks is essential.”

Focused and interested

When asked what has kept her focused on and interested in working for TDSi, Baker concluded: “The company champions professional development of its employees and, on a personal level, I really enjoy the interesting challenges that TDSi faces with ever-increasing integration needs. It’s a great company to work for, and I very much look forward to seeing what the future will bring in terms of technology and progress.”

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Traka UK launches V Touch solution for limited space key management

Traka UK has launched a new intelligent key cabinet specifically designed to offer controlled access management for critical keys at locations where space is limited and only a few credentials need to be managed.

The company has unveiled its new V Touch as a secure unit with a seven-inch touch display to accommodate up to five sets of keys.

Powered by Traka’s exclusive electronics system, the V Touch presents full audit control capability such that administrators know exactly what keys have been taken, and by whom, together with the ability to instantly access usage reports.

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Traka’s V Touch is recommended as part of a networked solution using Traka’s specialist Traka Web software to enable central control of critical keys.

Steve Bumphrey, UK sales director at Traka, stated: “We’ve created the V Touch as an intelligent key management system to help ensure keys and credentials can be securely managed, even where space is at an absolute premium. This could include on board ships or for remote locations requiring maintenance. We hope the launch of the V Touch, which comes equipped with all the traditional management benefits you would expect from a Traka Touch system, demonstrates our commitment to listening and continually evolving our product range to meet both new and existing customer requirements.”

With further features including a solid locking door, built-in power supply and full battery back-up in the event of a power failure, Traka’s V Touch is available with card reader or biometric access options to enable customer preference and accommodation of individual site requirements.

Traka provides intelligent key and equipment management control to better protect essential assets resulting in improved efficiency, reduced downtime, less damage, fewer losses, lower operating costs and significantly less administration, allied with transparency and greater accountability and responsibility.

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Abloy UK publishes White Paper focused on Smart Infrastructure Integration

Access control technology is increasingly forming part of a greater, fully-ntegrated infrastructure system that links every aspect of a building together. Successfully integrating digital automation and control systems, smart devices and data analytics with physical infrastructure can offer exciting opportunities for businesses, communities and Governments.

Next-generation Smart Integrated Infrastructure offers new prospects for effectively managing the way in which we live, work and grow, while at the same time allowing us all to remain safe and secure.

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With this in mind, Abloy UK has created a Smart Infrastructure Integration White Paper. This document explores how organisations in all sectors can take advantage of cutting-edge security and access controls, and how they can link into a wider connected ecosystem to deliver operational efficiencies to potentially under-resourced businesses.

*To view the full White Paper visit https://www.abloy.co.uk/en/abloy/abloy-co-uk/about-abloy/white-paper/smart-infrastructure-white-paper/

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New date announced for free-to-attend BSIA/FIA-supported cyber security seminar

A free-to-attend, half-day seminar which aims to help security buyers and installers alike to navigate the complex world of cyber security is being held in Solihull on Thursday 2 November.

Organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and supported by the Fire Industry Association (FIA), the event will include presentations from a wide range of cyber security experts, with a particular focus on the potential vulnerabilities of ‘connected products’ – meaning any security product that can be accessed or operated remotely via the Internet (eg intruder alarms, video surveillance systems and access control solutions) – and how these vulnerabilities can be combated.

Delegates will be informed about the potential cyber risks facing their business, with presentations from the West Midlands Police’s digital cyber crime team and the Scottish Business Resilience Centre’s team of ‘ethical hackers’.

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Attendees will also find out how the BSIA’s ongoing work in the field of cyber security is helping the security industry to protect itself and its customers.

Finally, delegates will benefit from a summary of the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation, which is set to come into force in May 2018.

The seminar is open to security and fire solutions buyers and installers, or indeed anybody from either industry with an interest in improving their business’ cyber security and data protection policies.

Registration for the event will be open from 9.00 am, with presentations starting at 9.45 am and the event expected to finish at around 1.30 pm.

*A full programme and online booking forms for both delegates and exhibitors are available from the BSIA’s website

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