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Vanderbilt launches new programming application with SPC Connect Pro

Vanderbilt, the state-of-the-art security systems developer, has announced the release of SPC Connect Pro. SPC Connect Pro is the new programming tool for SPC systems. It’s a desktop application that allows security system installers to program all the functionality of SPC systems.

“Pro is designed to use the same interface as the SPC web page so, however you decide to program your SPC, the interface and programming options use the same intuitive interface,” explained John O’Donnell, product manager at Vanderbilt.

As SPC Connect Pro evolves from SPC Pro, several operations are enhanced for security installers. The tool now maintains a back-up of configurations files, allowing access to old files via a PC if the security installer should make changes.

Installers also benefit with the freedom to define their configurations, which can then be quickly reused at other installations.

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“With SPC Connect Pro, the evolution of SPC continues,” stated O’Donnell. “We at Vanderbilt aim to provide not only great products, but also support our customers as best we can. To that end, within the tool we have built in a new support system that will provide users with the latest support information from Vanderbilt and access to manuals and other support material.”

With additional support in the required SPC 3.8.5 firmware, SPC panels will now be discoverable when the panel is in full engineer mode, thus making connecting to systems faster and easier. For security professionals who are already using SPC Connect cloud services, the tool allows installers to access their systems from the tool, creating a secure connection to support their customers.

O’Donnell concluded: “An SPC Connect installer account is needed to access the tool. Installers can sign up for an installer account free of charge and use the tool immediately. Information and pricing are available from www.spcconnect.com.

*To download SPC Connect Pro visit: http://bit.ly/SPCConnectPro

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Hanwha Techwin Europe awarded Government’s prestigious Cyber Essentials certification

Hanwha Techwin Europe has been certified as being compliant with the UK Government-backed Cyber Essentials scheme. Administered by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the industry-supported scheme is designed to help organisations protect themselves against common cyber attacks.

The certificate awarded to Hanwha Techwin Europe verifies that the business has procedures in place specifically designed to minimise the threat of an attack on the IT infrastructure at the company’s headquarters in Chertsey, Surrey and extends to cover laptops used by field-based employees.

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“We’re constantly evaluating and updating our IT security in order to negate the risk of any disruption to our business or our business partners,” said Bob Hwang, managing director of Hanwha Techwin Europe. “Our cyber security programme is a key element of our ‘We Move With Trust’ philosophy and reflects the proactive stance we’re taking to protect confidential data.”

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Hwang continued: “Beyond the scope of the Cyber Essentials scheme, we remain vigilant to ensure that our Wisenet cameras, recording devices and software entrusted to protect property, people and assets are equipped to minimise the threat from cyber attacks. We have a sustained testing and monitoring programme in place designed to identify evolving new threats to the integrity of our solutions. We’re determined to be open and honest with our customers when new cyber security threats are identified and will move quickly to develop further advanced versions of our firmware to combat them.”

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AMG Systems launches new website and brand identity

AMG Systems – the UK manufacturer of intelligent, industrial grade, reliable edge-of-network transmission solutions – has launched a new website and refreshed its brand identity to better reflect its position as a market leader in the provision of specialist Ethernet and IP systems and products.

The new brand identity and website updates offer a visual representation of AMG’s capabilities as the only UK-based manufacturer of Ethernet switch technologies. The changes also incorporate a new tagline, ‘Transmission with Innovation’, which encapsulates AMG’s flexible and adaptable approach: developing innovative and custom-built solutions to overcome some of the most common transmission challenges in the most difficult environments.

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AMG Systems’ business development director Sara Fisher said: “We wanted to ensure that our new look reflected AMG’s unique approach and position in the specialist networking transmission sector. As a UK manufacturer of sophisticated IP and Ethernet switch solutions, we have complete control of our firmware thanks to our in-house technology design team. This means we’re far less vulnerable to cyber security issues than those manufacturers who source their firmware or products externally.”

Fisher went on to comment|: “We also have a long history of designing bespoke transmission solutions, integrating signals such as CCTV, standards-based or bespoke audio and any type of serial data on to the same Ethernet transmission network with systems to cater for almost any situation. Our new look and website are designed to convey that unique expertise and experience.”

*Access the company’s new website at: www.amgsystems.com

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Advanced’s AlarmCalm false alarm management system nominated for Tomorrow’s FM Award

Advanced’s AlarmCalm false alarm management (FAM) system has been nominated for the prestigious Tomorrow’s FM Awards 2017.

“We’re delighted to be nominated for this award by Tomorrow’s FM,” commented Aston Bowles, Advanced’s marketing manager, in conversation with Risk UK. “False alarms are one of the big issues currently faced by fire and facilities professionals. It was in response to this global problem that we developed AlarmCalm, which we believe is the most powerful and complete FAM solution available.”

AlarmCalm is a total package and features enhanced firmware, comprehensive configuration software for Advanced’s fire systems and new intelligent alarm acknowledgement devices called AlarmCalm Buttons. It provides total, easily-managed control over both automatic and manual alarm verification periods and investigation delays to outputs.

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In essence, AlarmCalm allows a site to be divided into FAM zones called building areas (up to 200 per panel or 40,000 per network). These are virtual areas used for FAM programming that, by default, match fire zones, but can be set independently to cover multiple zones and points or individual points.

The use of building areas makes even complicated cause-and-effect easy to set up.

There’s growing awareness of the role that trained staff or residents can play in helping to reduce false alarms. Advanced’s intelligent, loop-powered alarm acknowledgement device, the AlarmCalm Button, can be used to manually verify if an alarm signal is false. It includes robust fail-safes.

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