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dormakaba UK completes merger of Chartwell Doors and Security Solutions Ltd

dormakaba UK acquired Chartwell Doors and Security Solutions Ltd on 1 August last year and has since been working to integrate the business through an important transition phase. The full merger – which was completed on 1 July 2019 – will see dormakaba UK extend its product offer while also assisting with growth and expansion into new sectors. 

Chartwell Doors and Security Solutions Ltd specialises in automatic, security and fabrication solutions. Its product offer ranges from automatic and manual doors, gates and barriers through to bollards and roller shutters. This will complement dormakaba UK’s existing service offer. The acquisition and integration provides an opportunity for dormakaba UK to achieve greater customer reach. 

Paul Wright, regional service director at dormakaba UK, told Risk Xtra: “I’m really pleased with how well our businesses have interacted during this successful process and I’m delighted to welcome Chartwell Doors and Security Solutions Ltd into our organisation. This development will further strengthen us in our service delivery, while also seeing us continue with profitable growth. We look forward to continuing our journey over the new financial year.”

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The acquisition demonstrates dormakaba UK’s commitment to provide its customers with quality access solutions and shows its bold ambition to become the trusted industry leader. A broader range of customers will now be able to access the full and combined product range from both dormakaba UK and Chartwell Doors and Security Solutions Ltd. The fabrication and service branch of dormakaba UK will be located at the Fareham site.

Ken Norish, managing director of Chartwell Doors and Security Solutions Ltd, said: “Chartwell Doors and Security Solutions Ltd has grown strongly over the past decade, but the business had reached a natural limit that couldn’t be exceeded without external investment. Through the acquisition, dormakaba UK will provide access to an additional customer base, a much broader pool of engineers and the back office systems we need to ensure efficiency. This is an exciting move for us and I’m looking forward to working together with dormakaba UK to achieve continued success in our sector.”

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ONVIF hosts 20th Developers’ Plugfest in Tokyo

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, recently hosted its 20th Developers’ Plugfest in Tokyo. It’s a milestone that, the organisation believes, firmly emphasises the continued growth and demand for interoperable solutions.

Developers and engineers from 22 ONVIF member companies gathered at the three-day event to test their implementations of ONVIF Profiles with other ONVIF Profile-conformant products. Developers can test their products independently for Profile conformance, as well as test for interoperability between their devices and those developed by other manufacturers.

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With 47 members testing their implementations of the six ONVIF Profiles, attendees logged nearly 250 hours of testing. In addition to Profile interoperability tests, all ONVIF clients had the opportunity to test using the ONVIF Device/Client Test Tool. From there, attendees were able to discuss with Test Tool developers any issues that arose during conformance testing.

“The continued level of engagement from our member companies at what’s now our 20th Developers’ Plugfest showcases the importance of interoperability to the industry at large,” said Per Björkdahl, chair of the ONVIF Steering Committee. “As new Profiles are developed to meet ever-changing market needs, it’s more important than ever for companies to collaborate and exchange ideas to create the best new conformant technologies possible.”

ONVIF Developers’ Plugfests are held twice each year around the world to enable the global ONVIF membership to gather for testing of their implementations. The next Developers’ Plugfest is scheduled to be held this coming November in Rome.

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Per Björkdahl: chair of the ONVIF Steering Committee

Founded in 2008, ONVIF is an industry forum driving interoperability for IP-based physical security products. The organisation has a global member base of established camera, video management system and access control companies and more than 13,000 Profile-conformant products.

ONVIF offers Profile S for basic streaming video, Profile G for edge storage and retrieval, Profile C for door control and event management, Profile Q for quick installation, Profile A for access control configuration and Profile T for advanced video streaming.

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

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

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ONVIF makes plans to highlight member companies at IFSEC International 2019

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, will be exhibiting at IFSEC International 2019. The show runs at ExCeL in London from 18-20 June. The organisation will be joined by 40-plus ONVIF member companies.

As part of its presence at the exhibition, ONVIF will host the ONVIF Lounge on Stand IF2524, which provides charging stations for attendee use throughout the show. Representatives from ONVIF and various member companies will be present at the booth throughout the event to answer questions about ONVIF and provide insight on how they use the ONVIF standards for their businesses. Participating companies will include Hikvision, Costain, Synectics and TDSi.

“We’re happy to be exhibiting at IFSEC again this year, giving those who are unfamiliar with ONVIF the opportunity to learn more,” said Per Björkdahl, chair of the ONVIF Steering Committee. “ONVIF provides valuable tools that can make things easier for practising security professionals and their host organisations. We hope that, by having member companies present on Stand IF2524, attendees gain the inside track on what it means to be an ONVIF member.”

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IFSEC International is Europe’s largest dedicated security exhibition, with more than 27,000 security professionals expected to attend this year’s event.

Founded in 2008, ONVIF has a global base of established member companies whi produce cameras, video management systems and access control solutions, in trun realising more than 12,000 Profile-conformant products.

ONVIF offers Profile S for basic streaming video, Profile G for edge storage and retrieval, Profile C for door control and event management, Profile Q for quick installation, Profile A for access control configuration and Profile T for advanced video streaming.

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

*Further information about ONVIF-conformant products is available on the ONVIF website at www.onvif.org

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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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Milestone Systems releases support for ONVIF-based camera line from MOBOTIX

Milestone Systems released its Device Pack 10.0a in October and now supports the MOBOTIX MOVE camera series. MOBOTIX MOVE is an independent product line providing customers with everything from a single source. MOVE stands for the use of mechanically moving parts in the cameras, meaning that MOBOTIX has parted with its previous product policy of only offering decentralised video systems. The MOBOTIX MOVE product line is the first motorised devices and ONVIF-based camera line to be produced by MOBOTIX.

“We’re glad to be supporting the first ONVIF-compliant products introduced by MOBOTIX as we believe this will enable us to realise a faster release to market going forward,” said Jesper Just Jensen, vice-president of products at Milestone Systems.

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With the Device Pack 10.0a, Milestone Systems also supports new firmware for MOBOTIX’s Mx6 cameras. Mx6 cameras use a powerful CPU that delivers up to 34 fps in Full-HD. This allows for even better capture of quick movements. The camera line has more capacity for software applications (such as 3D motion analysis and license plate capture) in the camera.

Philipp Helmes, MOBOTIX’s product manager for integration solutions, observed: “Milestone Systems is one of the largest technology partners for MOBOTIX AG. Due to the growing global demand for our cyber-secure premium cameras, we’re very pleased to announce the release of the Device Pack 10.0a, which now enables the integration of the entire MOBOTIX camera world into the Milestone VMS, our Mx6 Internet of Things series as well as the latest MOVE cameras.”

Milestone Systems now supports more than 7,000 devices. 40% of its drivers are integrated through ONVIF, an open industry forum that provides and promotes standardised interfaces for the effective interoperability of IP-based physical security products and solutions.

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ONVIF reflects on 2018 activities at 10th Annual General Meeting

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, held its Annual General Meeting earlier this month, with an overview of important activities in 2018 and perspectives on the year ahead the order of the day. Attendees heard presentations on the final release of Profile T, an advancement which represents how ONVIF is keeping pace with technological advancements that affect product development and interoperability between IP-based physical security products.

In an acknowledgement of the organisation’s 10th Anniversary, ONVIF chairman Per Björkdahl highlighted the forum’s achievements over the past decade, including an overview of the six ONVIF Profiles, with a clear emphasis on the newly-released Profile T for advanced video streaming.

Collectively, the ONVIF Profiles provide support for more than 10,000 conformant products that are increasingly included in various bid and specification processes in projects around the world. Björkdahl also cited the continued involvement of ONVIF as part of the work of the International Electrotechnical Commission’s TC79 for international standardisation.

ONVIF also recognised the contributions of four individuals from various ONVIF Technical Committees for their work on different profiles and committees. Fredrik Svensson of Axis Communications and Dora Han of Hikvision were recipients of the ONVIF Award acknowledging individuals and companies who have made significant contributions to the organisation. As chairman of the Profile T Working Group, Svensson was a leading force in the development and successful final release of the Profile T specification. Han received anaward for her extensions to the specification, and also for supporting the development of other members’ extensions to the specification.

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Distinguished Service Awards

One of two 2018 ONVIF Distinguished Service Awards was bestowed upon Baldvin Gislason Bern of Axis Communications for his role in developing and proofing the evolution concept as chair of the Technical Services Device Test Tool Evolution. Joining him in receiving this award was Dr Hasan Timucin Ozdemir of Panasonic, who served as chairman of the ONVIF Video Enhancement Working Group from 2009-2018. This Working Group is directly responsible for formulating and prototyping new features for the ONVIF specification.

“All of our award recipients have shown their significant and long-term commitment to the organisation as a whole, and in turn have directly and positively impacted the work of ONVIF,” enthused Björkdahl. “The success of our organisation would not be possible without the innovative contributions and hard work of our members. For that, we say Thank You.”

ONVIF Technical Committee chair Hans Busch of Bosch spoke to members about the specification development roadmap and its alignment to the standardisation activities within the IEC TC 79 Working Groups for video surveillance and physical access control standards. Technical Services Committee chair Andreas Schneider of Sony gave an overview of the Committee’s work on new and existing profiles, client and device test tools, updates to the conformance process and tools and Developers’ Plugfests.

ONVIF Communications Committee chair Tim Shen of Dahua provided a recap of ONVIF communication efforts in 2018. There has been a continued focus on market education about the specific Profiles through presence at industry events coupled with much media activity. Shen also reported on the success of the first-ever ONVIF Open Source Spotlight Challenge that took place earlier this year.

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ONVIF chairman Per Björkdahl

Election results

The results of the annual elections for ONVIF’s committees were announced by Kevin Schader, ONVIF’s executive director.

Re-elected to the ONVIF Steering Committee were Mayur Salgar of Honeywell and Stuart Rawling of Pelco by Schneider Electric. For the Technical Committee, Hanwha Techwin’s Sujith Raman, Pelco by Schneider Electric’s Steve Wolf and Tyco Security Products’ Stephen Serplus were re-elected, while Hikvision’s Dora Han joined the Technical Committee as a new member.

Bob Dolan of Anixter and Giri Guntipalli from Honeywell were re-elected to the Technical Services Committee, along with new member Marwan Obeidat of Pelco by Schneider Electric.

Tim Shen of Dahua, Jens Berthelsen of Hikvision and Xinming Kang of Honeywell were re-elected to the ONVIF Communications Committee, while Cathy Zhou of Huawei joined as a new member. Founding members Axis Communications, Bosch and Sony automatically retain seats on the Steering, Technical and Technical Services Committees.

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

 

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Fastline and Zaun reap instant rewards from shareholding investment move

“Fantastic synergies” and a fresh driving influence mean that Fastline and Zaun are already reaping the benefits of the recent shareholding investment by Fastline and the appointment of the company’s managing director Mike Fellows to the Zaun Group’s Board of Directors.

Fellows and Zaun’s co-founder and owner Alastair Henman see this as only the start of the creation of a ‘united powerhouse’ for the UK and international fencing market to be achieved through close collaboration, combined sales efforts, joint procurement and the use of space to increase stock and production capacity.

In addition to this, there are clear advantages to be explored in the potential combination of specialist equipment and personnel skill sets. Henman stated: “We see this very much as the whole being greater than a sum of the parts.”

Fastline is currently one of only a handful of companies in the UK with in-house palisade rolling, boasting one of the most modern production lines currently in operation. The facility operates 24 hours per day to deal with an ever-growing demand. Add to that the welded and woven mesh production at Zaun along with laser and robot technology and there’s little that this collaboration cannot achieve.

Fastline is renowned for the quality of its products which encompass a near unlimited catalogue due to the business’ ability to produce standard items and also fabricate to highly bespoke requirements.

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Mike Fellows (left, managing director at Fastline) and Zaun’s co-founder and owner Alastair Henman

Fellows insight and expertise in the field have ensured that growth for Fastline has been constant and shows no sign of waning. In parallel, Zaun’s proven ability to deliver the most technically demanding and high security projects complements Fastline’s penetration of the general and medium security market.

Fastline has already benefited from an increased capacity for railing production and is capitalising on more opportunities by using Zaun’s labour and robotic welding technology. The companies will maintain large combined stock levels of standard perimeter systems going forward to enable “unrivalled” lead times.

Fastline is now actively pushing Zaun’s products to its own extensive customer base, in turn opening up a plethora of new business opportunities. Similarly, Zaun is now much better placed to serve existing and new customers with an expanded range of railings, palisade and associated products.

Henman concluded: “Fastline and Zaun are enjoying the immediate benefits of an intriguing and, I’m sure to some, surprising relationship within the perimeter security industry. Our varied customer base and, as we both agree, quite different modus operandi seem to have ignited the best of both companies. This was a move not expected by any in the industry, but one that undoubtedly all will now be watching with interest.”

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