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TDSi recognises Masco Security Services and GTIE in Annual Partner Awards 2017-2018

Integrated security manufacturer TDSi has recognised Masco Security Services as European System Integrator of the Year and GTIE as Strategic Growth Partner of the Year in the company’s prestigious 2017-2018 Partner Awards.

Malta-based Masco Security Services has been awarded European System Integrator of the Year in recognition of its work in the access control segment, specifically for projects including the new Transport Malta headquarters in Lija, the Spinola Park offices in St Julian’s, Bit8’s offices in Gzira and the new Busy Bee factory in Mriehel.

Upon receiving the award, a spokesperson for Masco Security Services commented: “We would like to thank TDSi for its constant support, our clients for their continued faith in our services and, above all, our dedicated team for their hard work and excellent service.”

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French security specialist GTIE won the Strategic Growth Partner Award in recognition of a number of projects, including a security installation at Clinique Saint Yves which uses TDSi’s new GARDiS readers.

Mica Negrilic, TDSi’s international business development manager, stated: “GTIE has also shown a great interest in taking our new GARDiS software to a broad spectrum of clients, and we’re already seeing a number of new opportunities that promise significant growth in the local security market.”

Negrilic concluded: “This has been another exciting and successful year for TDSi and, undoubtedly, much of this success comes down to the hard work and commitment of our excellent partners. Masco Security Services and GTIE richly deserve these accolades and we very much look forward to continuing our successful working relationship with both companies going forward.”

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OPTEX showcases high security intrusion detection solutions at Security Essen

Next month, the OPTEX EMEA team will be showcasing its range of intrusion detection and perimeter protection sensors on Stand 5B48 in Hall 5 at Security Essen 2018.

The global sensor manufacturer’s stand will include a broad range of applications for its intelligent intrusion sensors and demonstrate how they can further enhance the overall effectiveness and reliability of CCTV and integrated security systems.

OPTEX will be showcasing its multi-layered intrusion detection capabilities for commercial premises and critical infrastructure sites. The company will demonstrate, for example, how a fenced perimeter can be protected using fibre optic sensors from a group company, FiberSensys. Alternatively, ‘virtual’ perimeter walls can be generated by using its REDSCAN laser-scan detectors. The newly-launched RLS-3060SH Version 8 enables detection up to 100 metres in vertical mode.

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To protect the approaches to a building, OPTEX will be demonstrating both its long-range motion sensors. The SIP Series sensors are capable of detecting objects within an area of 100×4 metres or 50×30 metres and provide three independent zones to drive cameras positions. The new version of the RLS-3060 LiDAR has more application-specific modes. There’s now an extended range for a pre-warning zone beyond a 30-metre radius up to 50 metres.

For asset protection, and particularly to protect high-value or potentially hazardous items, the high resolution REDSCAN RLS-2020 can create a virtual shield that will detect something as small as a child’s hand.

“Since the opening of our German office last September, opportunities within the region have been increasing and we look forward to exhibiting at Essen and meeting our customers to discuss potential projects,” observed Masaya Kida, managing director of OPTEX EMEA. “The wider European team will be on the stand, including the sales teams from the Benelux region and Eastern Europe as well as the Nordics. Our EMEA product, technical and marketing managers will also be there.”

Kida added: “Our sensors are part of an overall security solution. We hope to show visitors how our different sensing technologies can be used for a variety of applications. Some sensors, such as our LiDAR products – the REDSCAN series, are highly versatile and reliable, even in the most challenging of outdoor conditions.”

As a business, OPTEX continues to go from strength to strength in Europe as its sensors become integrated with an increasing number of VMS platforms, including Genetec. OPTEX will also be exhibiting on Genetec’s Stand (5G30 in Hall 5).

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TDSi awards ADI Global UK Distributor of the Year for “exceptional” year-on-year sales growth

Integrated security manufacturer TDSi has awarded ADI Global Distribution its UK Distributor of the Year Award 2017-2018. The award was presented to ADI Global’s product manager for access control, Joe Davies, and EMEA product manager for access control Glenn Davies at IFSEC International.

While presenting the award, Andy Cross (distribution channel manager at TDSi) commented: “ADI Global has proven time and again that it’s an excellent security distributor, with the highly impressive 30% growth speaking for itself. TDSi only sells its products via our channel partners and therefore this commitment is of paramount importance to our business. I’m delighted to present this richly deserved award to our friends at ADI Global.”

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ADI Global’s Joe Davies responded: “We’re honoured to have been recognised by TDSI in this year’s Partner Awards. It’s important that we sell and supply the best systems to our customers and their end users. TDSi’s solutions provide not only market-leading systems, but also highly impressive Return on Investment. The company has a well-deserved reputation for innovation and quality, along with keen pricing, which are three key attractions for any security buyer.”

Having the largest distribution branch network in the UK security industry, ADI Global Distribution delivers unsurpassed service and 24-hour online access. The company prides itself on building trusted and personal business partnerships with its installation customers, providing the necessary tools and security systems to enhance their capabilities and expand their business.

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Harper Chalice’s systems now integrate with ISM’s Genesys PSIM solution

Harper Chalice has announced that its range of perimeter security systems are now able to fully integrate with the Genesys Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) manufactured by Intergrated Security Manufacturing (ISM).

Genesys is the culmination of thousands of man-hours, engineering excellence and patent-approved application. It’s a fully-integrated PSIM system capable of integrating multiple solutions. Interoperability is enabled from one holistic platform. Genesys encompasses high levels of functionality, exceptional ease of use, graceful redundancy and advanced alarm handling.

The Genesys system works on a network of Windows 7 or Windows 10-compatible PC workstations. These have overall control of all electronic security systems installed at each site.

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The Genesys System integrates Harper Chalice’s network system, namely SecureBus. The integration allows for centralised monitoring and control of all of the perimeter intrusion detection systems in the latter’s range.

The SecureBus network not only provides complete control and monitoring of the systems in the field, but also affords live system feedback and the ability to adjust alarm settings and thresholds. This provides better management of the overall security systems as well as helping to reduce maintenance costs through proactive management of the systems.

Harper Chalice’s managing director Chris Hackett said: “This integration is another example of the developments we’re making to our systems. We’re moving forward with integration partnerships to provide our customers with improved functionality and system performance.”

Hackett added: “Understanding that our clients have to consider not only capital cost of the systems, but also the full life costs, we’re continually looking at ways in which to minimise these costs, while also increasing the value added in our overall solutions.”

Stephen Smith, ISM’s managing director, responded: “We’re very pleased to add Harper Chalice integration into our Genesys integrated security management platform, allowing high levels of integration and control from this excellent technology. It has been a pleasure working with Chris and his team to provide a comprehensive integration. It’s always refreshing when the protocol is well documented and offers high levels of control to provide the end user with an excellent and comprehensive experience.”

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TDSi enters new partnership arrangement with Enterprise Security Distribution

Integrated security solutions developer TDSi has announce the detail of a new distribution partnership with Enterprise Security Distribution. The partnership deal will see TDSi’s products and services being offered across the UK through Enterprise Security Distribution’s network of regional branches.

Andy Cross, TDSi’s distribution channel manager, commented: “We have ambitious plans to grow and further develop our distribution partnerships and Enterprise Security Distribution is a perfect partner. With a network of ten branches across the UK, ranging from Kent right up to Manchester, Enterprise Security Distribution boasts highly impressive market penetration and professional expertise across numerous sectors.”

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Tony Streams, managing director at Enterprise Security Distribution, responded: “TDSi offers an unbeatable range of innovative and reliable security systems which provide high levels of RoI. Backed by class-leading technology and support services, we believe this partnership with TDSi will offer our customers improved choice and access to some of the best security solutions available.”

TDSi only sells its products through designated channel partners, so expert distribution partnerships are the key to its success. Andy Cross explained: “We rely upon the knowledge and market relationship of our partners to supply our customers with TDSi products and support. It would be impossible for us to reach and support all of these customers without this expert help. Therefore, it’s vital that we forge the right partnerships to ensure market growth and mutual success in growing our business.”

TDSi’s distribution partners have their specific expertise and focus, be that by geographical location or specific vertical sector. Cross concluded: “Enterprise Security Distribution has enviable expertise in not only access control systems, but also CCTV, intruder detection and fire safety systems. We believe our products are a great fit as part of these fully-integrated solutions and we’re very excited indeed to be opening this new chapter of co-operation.”

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TDSi’s Ian Hoare gains Master’s degree from Bournemouth University

Integrated security manufacturer TDSi has announced that its software analyst and developer Ian Hoare has graduated with a Master’s degree in Cyber Security and Human Factors from Bournemouth University. Hoare’s qualification demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to research, education and training.

TDSi’s managing director John Davies commented: “We’re very proud that Ian has earned his Master’s degree, having worked extremely hard to study alongside his role at TDSi. As a company, we champion education and training as it benefits not only the person and the business, but also the security industry as a whole.”

Hoare elaborated on the significance of his new degree for his role at TDSi. “This new qualification demonstrates that I’m up-to-date with the very latest advances in cloud computing and online security. The TDSi team is always at the forefront of secure software for the modern world, but we’re keen to illustrate this with Continuing Professional Development, giving additional confidence to our customers that all has been done to secure their data.”

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As part of his graduation process, Hoare produced a dissertation that examines the secure development life-cycle and how it can fit into the agile development process. He commented: “The Agile development process doesn’t allow for any security processes. There’s an argument that it shouldn’t, as it’s an overhead of the initial development.”

Hoare concluded: “However, it’s important to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities within the system, as the financial costs are far greater if vulnerabilities are found after the product is released. This is even more important with the EU’s looming General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force in May next year.”

Hoare’s Master’s in Cyber Security and Human Factors is just part of an ongoing process of training and research. He concluded: “The cloud environment is continuously changing, with new threats evolving. It’s vital to use this knowledge now and to continuously keep this learning and information updated as technology and security needs evolve.”

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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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