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Critical infrastructure and Government GSOCs drive CNL Software’s IPSecurityCenter V5.7 PSIM

CNL Software, the Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) system software specialist, has announced the release of IPSecurityCenter V5.7. This latest release includes many feature enhancements that increase performance and reduce operational response times in large-scale, multi-sited and mission-critical deployments of IPSecurityCenter and will benefit those in the transportation, corporate security and public safety markets.

According to CNL, IPSecurityCenter leads the Global Security Operations Centre (GSOC) market for PSIM. This latest release improves CNL Software’s ability to manage across multiple Security Operations Centres (SOCs) and GSOCs, keeping the entire operation in harmony using enterprise wide visualisation to support the overall security mission for critical infrastructure and large-scale Government security programmes.

“We continue to invest heavily in developing the features that customers, partners and industry leaders inspire us to create,” commented Simon Knightley, CTO at CNL Software. “We listen to our customers and understand what’s important to them. Their ideas help us to innovate new ways in which to support them in making the GSOC a faster and more effective hub for all mission-critical security and life safety-related activity. They want their Control Rooms to see more, act faster and collaborate better throughout the whole organisation, which we help them to achieve using IPSecurityCenter V5.7.”

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CNL states that the V5.7 release differentiates CNL Software from other PSIM vendors and establishes IPSecurityCenter as the first choice PSIM solution for large-scale Government security programmes, critical infrastructure and facilities protection.

Some of the main enhancements within the new release include:

*More scalable for larger deployments: Enhancements support greater control over large-scale federated solutions, driving tightly managed GSOC operations
*Faster and more responsive: Improvements include faster access to historic alarm data with fewer clicks and rapid access to video from remote locations
*Support for 64-bit video: This ensures IPSecurityCenter leverages the latest developments in video technology and multi-thread processing for faster and more scalable solutions
*General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)-ready security platform: Enhancements ensure that IPSecurityCenter is ready for the most demanding compliance processes, with security features such as two-factor authentication included such that there are no unauthorised changes to the system
*Improved decision support: Developments include new interactive dashboards that allow operators to access key performance indicators in real-time using a customisable device that can highlight alarm, human and machine data alike

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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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ISM’s Genesys Enterprise ISMS technology meets CPNI standard for CAPSS

Intergrated Security Manufacturing (ISM) has received formal notification from the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) that its Genesys integrated security management system (ISMS) has met the CPNI’s standard for CAPSS.

Genesys will be included in the Catalogue of Security Equipment and can be advertised as being “Approved for UK Government Use. For details contact the CPNI.”

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Steve Smith, managing director of ISM, is delighted with the news. “Genesys goes beyond Physical Security Information Management to offer unparalleled scale, redundancy and ease of use for operators of Critical National Infrastructure sites,” stated Smith. “Already in widespread use across the world, Genesys is a proven solution.”

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360 Vision Technology and Visual Management Systems guard against cyber attacks

As more and more security systems and devices become IP networked, it’s important for security installers and end users alike to consider how their systems will be protected against the possibility of cyber attacks. Providing a solution to the concerns around cyber security and hacking, CCTV specialist 360 Vision Technology has partnered with software control provider Visual Management Systems to provide security operators with an effective solution designed to guard against IP surveillance system cyber attacks.

Without the right level of network security measures in place, system users can be left vulnerable, resulting in exposure to the type of hacking and malware attacks that have recently hit the news headlines.

A serious security breach of an IP network can lead to system inoperability and network downtime and, at worst, direct access to corporate networks for the cyber criminals.

To provide IP surveillance system installers and operators with peace of mind, when used together both 360 Vision Technology cameras and Visual Management Systems’ TITAN SECURE Physical Security Information Management system can exceed 802.1x authentication protocols and encryption to provide “the ultimate protection” for surveillance networks via the latest patent pending technology.

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Designed to Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure standards, this advanced protocol and encryption technology is said to offer a “far higher level” of hacking protection.

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Ultimately, security and IT managers have much to gain by implementing the security advantages of a 802.1x authenticated network. Conversely, they also have a lot to lose should they ignore the security risks involved.

“As part of our ongoing development of products and deep integration techniques, we looked closely at the vulnerabilities of current camera systems and found that expert hackers could easily take control of standard network cameras, and even those models with HTTPS certification,” explained John Downie, sales director at Visual Management Systems. “Employing 802.1x authentication at both the camera and control end using 360 Vision Technology cameras and TITAN SECURE in combination is the most effective way in which to fully secure an IP camera network.”

Mark Rees, business development director at 360 Vision Technology, added: “Designed to protect organisations against hacking and ransomware attacks, the latest 360 Vision Technology IP surveillance cameras include advanced 802.1x encryption protection. Designed and built in the UK, our high-performance camera technology offers customers proven reliability, advanced imaging performance and effective cyber security for use within any high or general level camera surveillance application.”

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Five key security scenarios for OPTEX’s sensors at IFSEC International 2017

At IFSEC International 2017, sensor manufacturer OPTEX will be exhibiting a range of different products and solutions centred around five key security scenarios from perimeter protection and tailgating detection to Internet of Things (IoT)-based alarm systems.

Within a high security perimeter protection zone, OPTEX will showcase its Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure-approved fibre optic fence detection system. The Fiber Sensys FD-322 Series solution detects intruders climbing or attempting to cut through a fence.

OPTEX’s REDSCAN RLS-3060 can create another layer of security around the perimeter fence to warn if anyone or any vehicle is approaching.

The perimeter intrusion detection systems have been fully integrated with the GEMOS PSIM platform and can trigger video surveillance drones to fly to the point of intrusion and send a live video stream to the Security Control Centre.

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In a second zone, OPTEX will be showcasing its time of flight technology, allowing visitors to IFSEC gain a better understanding of its capabilities. This technology allows a scene to be mapped in 3D and give an accurate representation of the objects present. It’s used in Accurance 3D, OPTEX’s tailgating detection system for interlocks, and could also be used for other applications such as object protection.

The award-winning laser scan detector REDSCAN RLS-2020 will also be at the show, with OPTEX representatives demonstrating its ability to protect assets and detect people jumping over turnstiles or climbing through skylights. This solution is already proven in identifying small objects or thrown objects being smuggled into restricted areas.

For both commercial and residential security, OPTEX will be demonstrating its new wireless infrared beam (namely the SL-TNR) that works with universal batteries (CR123) and can be partly hardwired, as well as its new range of pre-built beam towers.

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The last zone will include live demonstrations of how OPTEX’s wireless outdoor sensors, including the new VX Shield Series, are ideally suited to IoT applications, sending alarms and other data via the cloud to a smart phone or remote monitoring station.

Jacques Vaarre, managing director of OPTEX, stated: “We feel that the live demonstration route is the best way to show the range of applications that can be achieved with our sensors. In addition to exhibiting at IFSEC International 2017, we’ll also be making presentations in the Borders and Infrastructure and Security Management Theatres to discuss innovations around access control systems and deliver Case Studies focused on protecting critical infrastructure against intrusion.”

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ISM heralds success of ‘Technology Days’ aimed at promoting benefits of PSIM in the Middle East

Intergrated Security Manufacturing (ISM) has hosted the first of a series of ‘Technology Days’ in Oman to demonstrate the design, development and thinking behind the latest Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) technology.

The company, whose Genesys PSIM platform is already installed in a number of high security sites throughout the Middle East, organised the events to promote the key considerations in specifying a PSIM solution: system architecture (ie how the system works, its resilience/redundancy and the impact of networks, etc), ease of use (including the simplicity of operator training) and life-cycle costs (as well as the overall return on investment).

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Petri Hitches, ISM’s sales manager for the Middle East, enthused that the response to the presentations has been overwhelming. “The days were designed to be informative and educational, to heighten the awareness of what today’s PSIM systems are able to achieve and what makes a project successful. They were extremely well received.”

Audiences included high ranking officials from the regulators and local law enforcement agencies, as well as consultants, security integrators and end users responsible for various critical infrastructure projects.

The Technology Days were in part co-hosted by Ingenuity Technologies LLC of Oman.

ISM intends to organise and announce further dates later in the year.

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Qognify receives Lenel factory certification under Lenel’s OpenAccess Alliance Program

Qognify has announced the completion of certification to the most recent versions of Lenel’s OnGuard 7.1 and 7.2 access control system. Situator, Qognify’s dedicated situation management/Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) solution now interfaces with the OnGuard system, providing organisations with the added value of improved workflow between the two systems, including sensor configuration, alarm activation and deactivation and door access control: all through Situator.

“Qognify has completed the required factory testing at Lenel to validate the functionality of its interface to OnGuard,” said Zach Roth, OAAP product manager at Lenel. “Our mutual clients will benefit from centralised access security management and maintaining consistent levels of response. We look forward to their continued involvement in the Lenel OpenAccess Alliance Program.”

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Moti Shabtai (pictured), president of Qognify, explained: “We’re proud to be certified by Lenel and to be able to make our complementary solutions even more accessible for our clients. Qognify is dedicated to openness and providing the security marketplace with a broad range of high quality, open integration products. This certification from Lenel further exemplifies this commitment, and simultaneously bolsters our clients’ ability to focus on managing security situations, rather than going back and forth between systems.”

Situator allows organisations to create a common operating picture from Big Data collected by their various sensors and systems, bringing fast situation awareness and facilitating effective processes in response. The solution includes an analytical engine that enables converting the data into operational actionable intelligence.

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Veracity partners with industry leaders and returns to ASIS International 2016

Veracity, a leading provider of innovative, intelligent solutions that solve real-world IP video challenges in transmission, storage and display, reflects significant growth through sales of its COLDSTORE solution with a return to the ASIS International event in the US.

At the show, which runs from 12-15 September at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Veracity will be demonstrating TRINITY, the system architecture which enables IP cameras to record direct to the company’s COLDSTORE sequential recording system.

There will be solution demonstrations with camera partners Hanwha Techwin America at Booth 2641 and Axis Communications (Booth 3101). Their open platform cameras provide the necessary capabilities to create a server-less system using high-performance megapixel camera recording. This is ideal for non-monitored and remote access systems and easily integrated within Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) systems.

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“Innovative products such as COLDSTORE and close partnership initiatives such as TRINITY are essential for our community of installers to help differentiate themselves,” said Scott Sereboff, global sales director and CEO of Veracity USA, “enabling them to deliver high value projects to end user customers with a wide variety of use cases and technical considerations.”

Veracity delivers innovative, intelligent solutions that solve real-world IP video challenges in transmission, storage and display. For over a decade, its products and designs have been trusted and recommended by security system integrators, enterprise clients and major industry partners. The solid foundations of its in-depth expertise and a highly-talented team enables the business to work with key companies in the industry and continuously create new opportunities and growth for both itself and its myriad partners.

 

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Qognify strengthens EMEA presence with opening of new central London head office

Qognify, formerly NICE Security, has announced the opening of its EMEA head office in central London. The new office is the home of Qognify’s regional sales and management team that also provides training and support services to its partners and customers.

Located at Blackfriars on the banks of The River Thames, the new office boasts a cutting-edge solution demonstration suite, showcasing the company’s full portfolio including the latest version of its situation management platform, Situator 8.0 (incorporating the Operational Intelligence Center), its new intelligent IP video surveillance suite and management systems (VisionHub), and the next generation real-time video analytics solution, designated Suspect Search.

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Qognify has a well-established business partner​ programme​ and an impressive customer base throughout EMEA, which includes Aeroexpress, ProRail, Oslo Airport, Millennium BCP, Naftoport and many others.

Eran Noam, EMEA vice-president at Qognify, commented: “Our prestigious new EMEA head office in London is the ideal location from which we can provide the best possible service to our growing customer base in the region and to our partners, all the while delivering our market-leading solutions.”

As a business, Qognify helps organisations mitigate risk, maintain business continuity and optimise their operations. The Qognify portfolio includes video management, video and data analytics and PSIM solutions deployed in financial institutions, for transportation agencies, at airports and seaports, for utility companies and city centres and to secure many of the world’s highest-profile public events.

*For further information visit: www.Qognify.com

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CNL Software increases presence in Middle East region

Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) specialist CNL Software* will be presenting its IPSecurityCenter PSIM solution at the biennial International Security National Resilience Exhibition & Conference** (ISNR) in Abu Dhabi. The news comes at a time when the business is increasing its commitment to the Middle East region with the addition of senior operations, technical and development staff.

At the last ISNR show in 2014, CNL Software announced its intentions to open a local office and Centre of Excellence in Abu Dhabi. Two years on and the company now has a fully functioning team in Abu Dhabi offering operations, sales, delivery, support and development capabilities to support its PSIM customers and partners in the Middle East.

“Our IPSecurityCenter PSIM solution has been in great demand in the Middle East, and we’ve secured strategic projects in the GCC region from Safe City developments through to mass transportation, national security and state-of-the-art buildings,” explained Daniel Bloodworth, general manager at CNL Software in the Middle East.

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“We’ve increased our staff count in the region by over 300% since our last visit to ISNR, and will continue to strengthen the team over the next 24 months to support our PSIM customers and partners.”

Adlan Hussain, vice-president of marketing at CNL Software, added: “ISNR has established itself as a leading regional show for fire and security professionals. The UAE’s Ministry of the Interior and Reed Exhibitions have done a sterling job in creating a platform designed to engage regional decision makers.”

Hussain also told Risk UK: “Our PSIM technology has become the region’s leading integration and management product for mission-critical environments. ISNR has been part of that journey, allowing us to meet with the right people in order to demonstrate the capabilities of IPSecurityCenter.”

*For more information about CNL Software’s PSIM solutions and deployments, visit Stand 3131 at ISNR in Abu Dhabi between 15-17 March. To book a demonstration send an e-mail to: marketing@cnlsoftware.com.

**Organised by the UAE’s Ministry of the Interior and Reed Exhibitions, the biennial International Exhibition for National Security and Resilience (ISNR) is the Gulf region’s foremost platform dedicated to homeland security, safety and national resilience. Now in its seventh year, ISNR will host over 500 exhibiting companies from 40 countries, 18,000 local and regional visitors and over 200 Government buyers and delegation members. For more information visit: http://www.isnrabudhabi.com

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