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ONVIF set to discuss role of access control in smart buildings environment at ISC West 2019

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, will be participating in ISC West 2019, which runs from 10-12 April at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. The organisation will have a presence in the exhibition area as well as participating in the education programme.

The ONVIF Lounge (Booth L0) is where attendees can catch up on the latest ONVIF-related updates, relax and also recharge their mobile devices.

In addition, ONVIF will also be taking part in a panel discussion from SIA Education@ISC, the Security Industry Association’s educational programming at ISC West. Bob Dolan (director of technology at Anixter), Per Björkdahl (chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee) and Bryan Montany (principal analyst within IHS Markit’s Access Control Intelligence Service) will present a panel discussion under the heading ‘Driving the Future: How Interoperability Standards in Access Control Can Enable Smart Building Success’. The goal of the session is to highlight the importance of an open platform approach as a building block for future Internet of Things functionality by discussing the role of access control systems within a smart building environment.

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“As standards evolve along with the industry, there’s more and more demand for a system-to-system approach towards standards, in addition to the already prevalent interoperability standards within a single system,” asserted Björkdahl. “By examining how access control systems might fit into a bigger system, we can begin to see how different systems can complement each other through a common interface, in turn allowing for cost savings and ease of use for the end user.”

Founded in 2008, ONVIF exists to drive interoperability for IP-based physical security products. The organisation has a global member base of established camera, video management system and access control manufacturers realising nearly 12,000 Profile-conformant products.

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Per Björkdahl: chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee

ONVIF offers Profile S for streaming video, Profile G for recording and storage, Profile C for physical access control, Profile Q for improved out-of-the-box functionality, Profile A for broader access control configuration and Profile T for advanced streaming.

ONVIF continues to work with its members in order to expand the number of IP interoperability solutions ONVIF-conformant products can provide.

*Further information about ONVIF-conformant products, member companies and their conformant models is available on the ONVIF website at www.onvif.org

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Genetec awarded Platinum Premier status in Mercury Security’s partner programme

Unified security, public safety, operations and business intelligence solutions provider Genetec has announced that Mercury Security (part of HID Global, the global leader in OEM access control technology) has awarded the company the highest status level – ie Platinum Premier – within its successful partner programme.

The Platinum Premier status recognises Mercury Security’s select business partners who demonstrate continued market growth, strong integration with Mercury’s own solutions and a shared interest in the open architecture approach towards access control.

“As a Mercury Security partner and reseller since 2014, we take pride in having achieved Platinum Premier status in just a few short years,” said Georges Tannous, director of strategic alliances at Genetec. “Mercury Security is a key partner in the development of our access control strategy as we’re aligned in our efforts to provide innovative and cyber-secure access control solutions based on an open architecture.”

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Matt Barnette, vice-president at Mercury Security, responded: “Genetec has demonstrated significant growth with the Mercury Security brand of products over the last several years. This growth, coupled with the business’ continued investment in the open platform philosophy, has driven its well-earned recognition as a Platinum Premier partner. We look forward to working together with the Genetec team to deliver open, scaleable and secure solutions for our collective end users.”

According to the 2017-2018 Access Control Intelligence Database put together by market researcher IHS, Genetec has rapidly risen to become one of the leading developers of access control software with a Top Five ranking in the Americas and a strong global market share growth.

Genetec’s flagship product, Security Center, is an open architecture platform that unifies IP-based video surveillance, access control, ANPR, communications and analytics. Genetec also develops cloud-based solutions and services designed to improve security and contribute towards new levels of operational intelligence for Governments, enterprises and vertical markets including the transport sector.

Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Montreal, Genetec serves its global customer base via an extensive network of resellers, integrators, certified channel partners and consultants in upwards of 80 countries.

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3xLOGIC brings new standards of security innovation to European market

3xLOGIC, the provider of integrated and intelligent security solutions, has announced its launch into the European market, bringing with it a weath of knowledge and expertise. An innovator in server and cloud-based security technology for over 15 years, the US-headquartered organisation is now part of STANLEY Products and Solutions (SPS) and joins PAC/GDX and PACOM within SPS with a view towards building “the strongest, most innovative security manufacturer in the industry”.

The businesses will continue to operate under their own brand identities as usual and will report to a global management team as STANLEY Products and Solutions under the leadership of CEO Matthew Kushner, thereby ensuring a consistent product and innovation strategy.

With the brand’s launch in Europe, customers will now be able to enjoy the numerous benefits of 3xLOGIC’s access control, video surveillance and video management system (VMS) technology. All 3xLOGIC products are designed to be fully integrated and provide end user customers with comprehensive, cost-effective and state-of-the-art security infrastructures that are easy to manage, simple to install and can be scaled to meet evolving  needs.

Just as importantly, the advanced integration capabilities on offer afford security installers and system integrators alike significant opportunities to work with their end user customers on more innovative and multi-dimensional security systems.

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Commenting on this exciting industry development, Gary Rowden (vice-president of commercial sales at SPS) said: “3xLOGIC has an enviable track record in redefining what’s possible with security technology and its success in the highly competitive US market is testament to its ability to stay one step ahead. I’m delighted that our customers in Europe will now have the opportunity to find out exactly why 3xLOGIC leads the way in security system integration. I believe the brand offers a unique and exciting proposition for  customers across the entire continent.”

3xLOGIC products will be available in Europe through the existing PAC channel, with full access to its customer service and technical support teams. This means that end users will be able to rely on a tried-and-trusted supply chain, with products specified correctly and delivered on time, every time.

As part of ambitious plans to expand quickly across Europe, 3xLOGIC is also in the process of recruiting significant business development positions for the UK and mainland Europe in order to drive further growth and market penetration. This activity will be augmented by a dedicated partner programme offering security installers and system integrators a wide array of benefits.

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Gary Rowden concluded: “This move extends our product portfolio, giving our customers more choice and flexibility backed by a global organisational structure. I’m delighted to be part of this next chapter in 3xLOGIC’s history.”

*Plans are underway for a webinar that will take place on Tuesday 12 March and provide a full solutions overview. Further details and registration information are available at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3954771098623787522

**For more information on 3xLOGIC’s’s infinias access control solution visit: https://pacgdx.com/products/3xlogic

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Nortech’s booster tags offer “seamless solution” for vehicle and driver access identifications

Access control solutions specialist Nortech is now offering long-range vehicle and driver identification tags to grant “seamless access” to approaching vehicles. Designed to accompany the company’s popular TRANSIT reader range, the new tags are ideal for use in staff car parks, priority vehicle control, industrial site access control, fleet and parking management.

Key features include simultaneous driver and vehicle identification, a reading distance of up to 10 metres, easy windshield mounting with suction pads and maximum perimeter security.

The TRANSIT Prox Booster (120-125 KHz), SMARTCARD Booster (13.56 MHz) and SMARTCARD Booster Ultimate (2.45 GHz and 433 MHz) enable long range driver-based identification. Driver-based ID systems, a building access card and in-vehicle booster ensure that a vehicle can never gain access to a secured area unless occupied by an authorised driver.

The booster is used in combination with a personal access credential and is an easy-to-integrate solution for vehicle access, eliminating the need to issue new cards.

The booster is placed on the windshield on the inside of a vehicle. When an authorised building access card is inserted into the booster, it’s read and then boosted to the external Nedap TRANSIT reader. The TRANSIT reader then transmits the credential ID to any standard back end security panel. If the credential is authorised and access is granted the gate will open automatically. Removal of the driver ID then allows the access card to be used for building access.

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End users also have the facility to match up vehicles and drivers as a separate ID (ie vehicle ID) can be programmed into the booster on certain models. This ensures the right driver is with the right vehicle.

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The TRANSIT Prox Booster 2G supports proximity access control cards operating on 120-125 kHz such as HID prox, EM and Nedap. The SMARTCARD Booster 2G supports ISO 14443 or 15693-compliant smart cards (eg MIFARE, MIFARE DESFIRE, LEGIC, Calypso and HID iClass) operating on 13.56 MHz.

The SMARTCARD Booster Ultimate is also available for almost all card technologies. It supports ISO 14443 or 15693-compliant smart cards (eg MIFARE, MIFARE DESFIRE, LEGIC, Calypso and HID iClass) operating on 13.56 MHz.

The advanced tag authentication of the SMARTCARD Booster Ultimate is only functional when the Security Key Pack has been installed in the TRANSIT Ultimate.

The SMARTCARD Booster Ultimate operates with two frequencies using the 2.45 GHz for robust vehicle identification and the 433 MHz frequency for advanced tag authentication using AES standards. A bi-directional communication feature in combination with the SMARTCARD Booster Ultimate has also made it possible to write information on the drivers’ access control card when the vehicle enters or leaves a perimeter.

Credits, offline access rights or other information can be changed dynamically upon perimeter access.

Typical booster applications are high-security areas like airports, seaports, military bases, utilities company sites, corporate and educational campuses, police, fire and other installations where vehicles must be assigned to a specific driver.

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Shining a light on Raytec and Wavestore’s systems integration move

The recent announcement that Wavestore’s open platform Video Management Software (VMS) has been successfully integrated with Raytec’s lighting solutions means that operators are now able to match the security requirements for individual locations throughout a site with a wide range of lighting options managed directly from Wavestore’s front-end ‘one screen, total control’ display. 

Raytec and Wavestore’s technical teams have worked closely together to develop an intelligent lighting solution which can be controlled via Wavestore’s VMS by simply clicking on fully-customisable buttons. The solution also enables the ideal lighting for each situation to be automatically selected when a moving object is detected or by metadata-triggered events from other systems and software, such as access control, ANPR, alarm sensors, cameras, face recognition and other forms of video analytics.

“There are so many different reasons why our end user clients may need supplementary lighting and this smart solution provides them with the flexibility to choose from a long list of options which exactly meet their requirements,” explained Enrico Bizzaro, head of integrations for Wavestore.

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Minimising energy costs

“Our clients tell us that minimising energy costs and light pollution is important to them, so this integrated solution has been designed to ensure lights are only turned on when needed. This could be, for example, at an access control reader location in order to visually verify the identity of a card holder or to enhance the ability to read the number plate of a vehicle entering a site. Lighting is also quite often used to add to the deterrent factor of a video surveillance system and, in this respect, operators can choose different options such as SOS, Hi-Lo and Wave light effects.”

The benefits offered by the deep level of integration between the two technologies are available  as standard across Wavestore Premium, Wavestore Enterprise and Wavestore Ultimate channel license levels. 

First to support Hybrid LED illuminators

Wavestore was the first VMS to support Raytec’s Hybrid LED illuminators which bring the benefits of White Light and infrared technology into a single unit. With less cabling required, the 2-in-1 solution reduces installation costs as well as negating the capital cost of deploying two separate lighting units.

Wavestore enables the Hybrid LED illuminators to be controlled individually or as a group with all commands, such as scheduled on/off timings and brightness, securely authenticated by Wavestore in order to prevent unauthorised access to the illuminators over the network.

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Nedap Security Management quality assured with ISO 27001 certification

Nedap Security Management’s standards of excellence have achieved another stamp of approval with ISO 27001 certification. This assures that all of the company’s products and services, including the AEOS access control system, are fully compliant with the highest international standards for information security.

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Fokko van der Zee, managing director of Nedap Security Management, informed Risk Xtra: “This is the formal confirmation of our ambition to excel at everything we do. A crucial aspect of that, and particularly in today’s market, is being fully compliant with the laws and regulations relating to the security of information. We’ve worked hard to achieve this certification over the last year and will continue to push forward to achieve ever higher standards.”

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Milestone Systems introduces ‘Push-To-Talk’ feature in Mobile Client

In the latest update of Milestone Systems’ XProtect 2019 R1 video management software (VMS), the company has introduced two-way audio in the Mobile Client, enabling end users to speak to people on camera directly from their mobile devices.

The first XProtect release of 2019 extends the usability of the Smart Client and takes it outside the Control Room with support for both one and two-way audio in the Mobile Client. This is beneficial for ‘on-the-go’ security personnel whose tasks require them to be away from the Smart Client on occasion.

One-way audio allows end users to listen to audio captured by the microphone connected to the camera directly from their mobile phones using the Milestone Mobile application. Users can also increase their situational awareness when video isn’t available, such as in extreme darkness or when an incident happens outside of the camera’s viewing range.

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Two-way audio takes the audio capability a step further with Push-to-Talk, a feature that allows users to speak through the camera-connected speaker directly from their mobile phones. This enables security personnel to use their VMS systems preventatively for things like access control, crowd warnings and intruder alerts – all available on mobile. 

The 2019 R1 version of XProtect also includes support for two-way audio in the Web Client. Two-way audio allows end users to speak through the camera-connected speaker directly from the Web Client anywhere. This transforms the VMS system into an interactive tool and allows users to respond quickly to access control requests and incident prevention without having to be present in the Control Room or on-premise.

The 2019 R1 version of XProtect takes the system’s resistance against cyber security threats a step forward by encrypting all communication between the recording server and other servers and clients connected to it. This certificate-based encryption requires that all components communicating with the recording server (including third party solutions integrated with the VMS system) follow a strict certification process, guaranteeing the system’s resistance against cyber security threats. This system design provides the end user with the best level of performance encrypted end-to-end.

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