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Key industry players join forces to establish FiRa Consortium focused on Ultra-Wideband technology

Recognising the need for emerging applications to build on a strong foundation that supports interoperability among all categories of devices, sponsor members prominent in the spheres of access, secure connectivity and mobile/CE device solutions – namely the ASSA ABLOY Group (which includes HID Global and NXP Semiconductors), Samsung Electronics and Bosch –  have announced the launch of the FiRa Consortium.

The new coalition is designed to grow the Ultra-Wideband (UWB) ecosystem such that new use cases for fine ranging capabilities can thrive, ultimately setting a new standard in seamless user experiences. Sony Imaging Products & Solutions, LitePoint and the Telecommunications Technology Association are the first companies to join the newly-formed organisation.

The FiRa name, which stands for ‘Fine Ranging’, highlights UWB technology’s ability to deliver “unprecedented accuracy” when measuring the distance or determining the relative position of a target. Notably so in challenging environments, UWB technology outperforms other technologies in terms of accuracy, power consumption, robustness in RF connection and security “by a wide margin”

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Charlie Zhang, chair of the FiRa Consortium and vice-president of engineering at Samsung Electronics, stated: “As an industry consortium, we believe UWB technology can transform the way in which people experience connectivity. We’re very much committed to the widespread adoption of interoperable UWB technologies.”

IEEE Standard 802.15.4/4z in focus 

The starting point for UWB technology is the IEEE Standard 802.15.4/4z, which defines the essential characteristics for low data rate wireless connectivity and enhanced ranging. It’s the aim of the FiRa Consortium to build on what the IEEE has already established by developing an interoperability standard based on the IEEE’s profiled features, defining mechanisms that are out of scope of the IEEE standard and also pursuing activities that support rapid development of specific use cases. 

The capabilities of UWB promise to make it an essential technology in many areas, among them:

*Seamless access control UWB can identify an individual’s approach towards or away from a secured entrance, verify security credentials and let an authorised individual pass through an entrance without physically presenting the credential

*Location-based services UWB offers highly precise positioning, even in congested multi-path signal environments, thereby making it easier to navigate large venues such as airports and Shopping Centres or find a car in a multi-story parking garage. It also enables targeted digital marketing campaigns and foot traffic data. Retailers can present customised offers, Government agencies can tailor their notifications and entertainment venues can personalise recommendations during events

*Device-to-Device (Peer-to-Peer) services By providing precise relative distance and direction between two devices, UWB lets devices find the relative location of each other even without infrastructures such as anchors or access points. This allows people to easily find one another in crowded spaces or find items even when they’ve been placed in hidden areas

Use with other wireless technologies

Due to its low power spectral density, UWB offers little-to-no interference with other wireless standards, so it’s well suited for use with other wireless technologies including Near Field Communication (NFC), Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

There are also adjacent markets that leverage UWB in other ways, especially automotive. “The FiRa Consortium’s commitment to a complete ecosystem means we will work with other consortia and industry players to develop approaches and define parameters,” explained Charles Dachs, vice-chair of the FiRa Consortium and general manager at NXP Semiconductors.

FiRa Consortium members will have the chance to influence industry trends, gain early access to technical details, certify interoperable products, expand the UWB ecosystem and share expertise. Ramesh Songukrishnasamy, director and treasurer of the FiRa Consortium and CTO of HID Global, commented: “We encourage anyone from any relevant industry area who has a vested interest in the success of UWB to join us and contribute to the Consortium’s work.”

*To learn more about the FiRa Consortium and the benefits of membership visit www.firaconsortium.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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HID Global launches cloud platform to help create “worldwide innovation ecosystem” for connected workplaces

Trusted identity solutions specialist HID Global has announced the availability of its HID Origo cloud platform that “opens a brand new world of opportunities” for partners to create more seamless and intuitive workplace experiences built on HID’s proven access control infrastructure.

The platform combines HID’s technologies for mobile IDs (and location services in the future) with the company’s expansive access control architecture to bring together physical security and a wide range of building applications, services and Internet of Things (IoT) use cases via a unified cloud experience.

“HID Origo lays the foundation for a broad ecosystem of cloud-based access control technologies, products, services and business models that will accelerate workplace innovation,” said Hilding Arrehed, vice-president of cloud services within the Physical Access Control division at HID Global. “This solution dramatically increases our partners’ capabilities to create more connected and seamless building experiences for end users. The platform removes integration barriers between access control systems and smart building applications. We’ll continue to expand its value with capabilities that further improve how people securely move through a facility and interact with its services.”

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The new platform provides an app-based innovation model that delivers a comprehensive suite of integration, enablement, developer tools and services geared towards simplifying how partners and a growing community of new developers and resellers bring access control solutions to market. Rather than requiring that entire solutions be developed and enabled one customer or site at a time, HID Origo makes it possible to develop new applications and integrated solutions for HID’s complete installed base of millions of access control devices and systems all at once.

How HID Origo works

The HID Origo platform embeds cloud connections and IoT functionality as app extensions into mobile devices, HID readers and controllers, and gives developers direct access to this hardware via HID Origo application programming interfaces and software developer kits already proven through HID’s mobile access solution.

The platform also enables data analytics to be used for new capabilities, including remote reader configuration, predictive access control system maintenance and intent detection for more seamless and personalised workplace experiences.

Enabling new business models

Today, the platform enables subscription-based services, with customers already taking advantage of the model’s simplicity. Examples include a deployment by a world-leading biotechnology company who has been an early adopter of HID Origo subscription services for ordering and managing mobile ID replenishment over the air when employees lose or must replace their smart phones.

The company has replaced its traditional access control readers with 2,300 Bluetooth-enabled iCLASS SE readers to support its mixed environment of 12,000 mobile IDs and 40,000 Seos ID cards.

The subscription billing model offered through HID Origo makes it easier for the company to order and manage mobile IDs while improving forecasting, budgeting and reporting. It also actively streamlines transferring mobile ID subscription licenses across employees and registering multiple mobile IDs across multiple devices without any additional cost.

Click here to learn more about HID Origo.

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HID Global unveils detail behind indoor and outdoor positioning services for enterprise organisations at IFSEC

HID Global, the trusted identity solutions provider, will showcase its HID Global Location Services for Workforce Optimisation for the first time in Europe at IFSEC 2017 (Stand E1250).  The company will also highlight its broad range of secure access control solutions as well as other trusted identity offerings.

HID Location Services for Workforce Optimisation is a new solution designed to address a growing market need for accurate, real-time location of an organisation’s workforce. By combining innovative Internet of Things technology with the power of Bluetooth Low Energy, Wi-Fi and cloud-based solutions, organisations can gain increased visibility into the location of their workforce in a facility.

This makes it possible to analyse room usage for better building management and increased operational efficiency. Future use cases can include building automation capabilities, rich security features and capabilities that facilitate both life safety management and compliance.

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Harm Radstaak, vice-president and managing director of physical access control at HID Global, said: “As the latest addition to our portfolio, HID Location Services extends the traditional capabilities of access control to improve security and area governance within buildings. This new solution underscores our commitment to developing innovative trusted identity solutions that power people, places and things.”

HID Global will also be exhibiting its wide range of trusted identity solutions, including the following:

Convenient and secure door/gate access using smart phones, wearables and tablets via HID Mobile Access. Supporting NFC and Bluetooth Smart, it works with Apple and Android devices without additional accessories. HID Mobile Access supports 137 smart phone devices and opens 34,000 doors every day in 58 countries worldwide.

Intelligent visitor management with EasyLobby Solo that only takes 20 seconds to register a visitor, capture detailed information, print a badge and notify someone that a visitor has arrived.

Smarter, more connected buildings and workplaces using HID’s Extended Access Technology that expands the use of HID Global’s trusted identities beyond the door to incorporate parking access, secure printing, elevator access, vending and many more applications.

Expand access control systems with wireless lock technology ASSA ABLOY will launch new wireless locks on HID’s booth. The new locks work in conjunction with HID’s Seos credential technology, enabling a single ecosystem with HID access cards and ASSA locking systems.

Streamlined credential encoding, configuration and management with HID’s iCLASS SE CP1000 Encoder that provides a flexible solution for moving to upgrade to new credential technology and/or add additional layers of security to credentials, independent of card technology.

Leading-edge Lumidigm® biometrics solutions with multispectral imaging which read unique fingerprint characteristics from the surface/subsurface of the skin for superior matching performance. Lumidigm solutions are easy to integrate and are used worldwide in access control and time and attendance applications.

Manage the lifecycle of identities for physical access control using SAFE Physical Identity and Access Manager, a web-based solution that integrates with logical security systems to ensure synchronised and policy-based on-/off-boarding of identities and their physical access across multiple and disparate physical security systems.

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TDSi unveils detail of access control education programme for IFSEC International 2017

Integrated security manufacturer TDSi is pleased to announce details of its education programme to be conducted in the Tavcom Training Theatre at IFSEC International 2017. The schedule includes three presentations focusing on wireless locking, combining physical and cyber security in the cloud and open platforms. TDSi will also participate in a panel discussion on the future of access control. 

TDSi’s managing director John Davies will be making specific presentations on all three days of the event from 12.30 pm until 1.30 pm. On Tuesday 20 June, Davies will be talking about ‘Enhancing Security and Reducing Installation Time and Hassle with Wireless Locking’. The presentation on Wednesday 21 June focuses on ‘The Future of Open Platforms’ and, on Thursday 22 June, Davies will cover ‘The Benefits of Combining Physical and Cyber Security in the Cloud’.

Davies is one of a group of industry experts participating in a panel discussion on Wednesday 21 June from 2.00 pm-2.50 pm under the heading ‘The Future of Access Control’. He’ll be joined by Gareth Ellams (managing director of ASSA Abloy), Tony Smith (major accounts and marketing manager at Integrated Design) and Spencer Marshall, regional sales director at HID Global.

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“TDSi is committed to educating the security market,” urged Davies, “so it makes perfect sense that we’re partnering with our good friends at Tavcom and sponsoring the Tavcom Theatre [Stand B1250] this year. We’re also looking forward to engaging with an audience of security professionals and consumers to discuss key trends and look at some of the exciting developments in the security sphere which are shaping its future and, indeed, already having a profound effect.”

Synopses of the presentations

‘Enhancing Security and Reducing Installation Time and Hassle with Wireless Locking’

Wireless solutions are revolutionising the installation, administration and operation of physical security and access control systems. In this seminar, TDSi and Darren Gill from ASSA Abloy will demonstrate the considerable benefits of using wireless locking systems to effectively enhance any integrated security system.

‘The Future of Open Platforms’

TDSi along with Jarod Booth (regional security manager at Anixter) will discuss the impact of open platform systems and the benefits of ONVIF compliance, as well as answering questions from the floor, in turn addressing queries and concerns from the wider security industry. 

‘The Benefits of Combining Physical and Cyber Security in the Cloud’

Cloud-hosted security systems offer greater flexibility, convenience and control while at the same time maintaining the highest levels of protection. TDSi will showcase how Cloud hosting of systems benefits security operators and installers by offering the ideal solution at the right cost.

Alongside the programme of seminars and panel debates, TDSi will be running its own Technology Showcase. This will include live demonstrations for the company’s customers and partners. Additionally, TDSi’s systems will be on display on its distribution partner Anixter’s Stand (D1050), while TDSi’s EXgarde security software and controllers will be part of the display on the Suprema Stand (D1400), both of which are in the main hall at London’s ExCeL.

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HID Global collaborates with Honeywell Building Solutions to create mobile access experience for building occupants

HID Global, the secure identity solutions specialist, has just announced that Honeywell Building Solutions has integrated HID technology into its new Honeywell Vector Occupant App to transform the workplace environment, giving building occupants convenient and connected experiences in facilities.

With mobile access as one of its key features, the new Honeywell Vector Occupant App makes it possible for building occupants to use their mobile devices for card-free secure access to a single area of a building, an entire facility or multiple locations around the globe.

“HID Global shares a commitment with Honeywell to deliver a more satisfying, mobile-centric experience in smart buildings,” said Harm Radstaak, vice-president and managing director of the Physical Access Control Solutions business within HID Global. “We look forward to exploring opportunities with Honeywell to extend the benefits of using trusted identities on mobile devices for a variety of building services and applications.”

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Honeywell used tailored integration workshops and testing offered through HID Professional Services, along with the HID Seos credential technology and app SDKs, to create the customised mobile access solution for its occupant app. The solution features HID Global’s patented ‘Twist and Go’ gesture technology to open doors from a distance using a smart phone.

Working independently of underlying building systems, the app also includes HID Global’s mobile access system to streamline the management of trusted IDs for building administrators. The technology in the app supports mobile credentials, in turn providing building managers more control over credential transactions.

The Honeywell Vector Occupant App demonstrates the value of HID Global solutions that are part of the company’s mobility initiative, which enables users to confidently use more applications, on the go, with a trusted ID that can be carried on smart devices.

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Dot Origin partners with ASSA Abloy to enhance “pioneering” EdgeConnector solution

Dot Origin has partnered with ASSA Abloy Access Control, a UK division of ASSA Abloy, in a bid to enhance the pioneering EdgeConnector system.

Aperio wireless locks have been integrated within the EdgeConnector system for converged physical and logical access management. The solution provides host organisations with physical access control that’s truly integrated with their IT resource access management platform, in turn delivering enhanced security, simple management and easy installation.

All door access requests are processed centrally in real time, resulting in significant compliance and cyber security benefits.

Aperio is designed to upgrade mechanically-locked doors and wirelessly connect them online to new or existing access control systems. Aperio requires minimal modification to doors and premises, offering both a cost-effective and simple security upgrade.

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Left to Right: Nigel Cogram (sales manager for access control solutions at Dot Origin) pictured alongside David Hodgkiss (national sales manager at ASSA Abloy Access Control)

David Hodgkiss, national sales manager at ASSA Abloy Access Control, informed Risk UK: “Dot Origin shares our passion for providing integrated security solutions that deliver the greatest value for end users. Our partnership will enable Dot Origin’s EdgeConnector online door access control solutions to extend even further through the incorporation of Aperio wireless locks.”

Dan Isaaman, technical director and co-founder of Dot Origin, responded: “We’re excited to be able to provide our clients with solutions encompassing the Aperio product set. Dot Origin’s EdgeConnector solutions have already been integrated for a number of years with HID Global’s security products. This new partnership will present EdgeConnector’s end users with an extended choice of flexible installation configurations thanks to the versatility of ASSA Abloy’s Aperio wireless locks.”

EdgeConnector provides real-time, centralised access control decision-making capability without complexity. The system integrates directly with existing IT user administration tools based on Windows Active Directory or an alternative LDAP database.

Physical access management is fully scalable as standard from a server rack to whole buildings; across multiple sites worldwide and for any number of users without the usual restrictions and complexities involved with traditional access control systems.

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