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Texecom launches Texecom Connect security and automation platform

Texecom’s new connectivity platform, Texecom Connect, allows security professionals to deliver enhanced smart solutions for commercial customers without compromising on core security principles. With Texecom Connect, security installers are able to offer end user customers a secure system with the additional benefits of automation, smart management and flexible control, all from Texecom’s established and familiar Premier Elite range of control panels.

The Texecom Connect concept is a very simple one. At its heart is a professional quality graded intruder alarm system that uses the proven Premier Elite range of control panels. Along with the intruder alarm system, security installers can offer a more immersive experience for the customer, allowing them to take control of the system, along with other peripherals such as video, lighting and power management.

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Texecom Connect is compatible with all Premier Elite control panels including legacy systems (via a firmware update). Texecom Connect enhances Premier Elite alarm systems with the addition of an App, smart communicator and API. Together, these allow end users to engage with their intruder alarm solutions in an intuitive and flexible way, ensuring that advanced security, building control and site automation can all be managed easily and securely from any connected and authorised iOS smart phone or tablet device.

For end users, Texecom Connect aims to transform the user experience. The Texecom Connect App is designed to provide an environment where end users actively want to interact with their system solutions.

For security installers, Texecom Connect ensures that, while smart functionality can be added to increase the value of the system, this doesn’t impact upon, nor compromise the performance of the graded professional intruder alarm systems.

Clym Brown, marketing director at Texecom, said: “Texecom Connect introduces a choice of connectivity options to transform the user experience, enabling intruder alarm systems to deliver customer value every day. Texecom Connect uses technology to make people’s lives easier, not more complex. The Texecom Connect App has been carefully designed to allow end users access to an array of custom features and to tailor their App experience for their own personal and particular needs, without the need for them to resort to complicated programming.”

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BSIA endorses new NPCC Security Systems Group guide to preventing false Hold-Up Alarms

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has contributed to a guide which aims to help installers of Hold-Up Alarm (HUA) systems to reduce the number of false alarms. Developed by the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s Security Systems Group, the guide provides an overview of the impacts that false alarms have and offers recommendations on how installers can help to reduce them.

These recommendations include:

*take HUA Systems out of service before work starts and remember to return them to full service when work has been completed

*remind users of the proper use of HUAs as advised by the police – they’re for use during an attack or the threat of an attack involving persons at premises protected by the HUA (a brawl outside the premises or petty theft is not proper use)

*recommend the repositioning of HUAs vulnerable to damage following changes to internal layout of premises

*ensure HUA fixings and covers are secure during service visits and remind users to report minor damage

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*remind users of their duty to inform contractors working at the premises that HUAs are installed and active

*discuss the correct use of HUAs with all employees who have direct contact with customers

These simple steps can help to reduce the number of false alarms, thereby reducing the impact on the police service and maintaining the reputation of Alarm Receiving Centres and installers.

David Wilkinson, director of technical services at the BSIA, explained: “The BSIA is fully supportive of initiatives to reduce the number of false alarms generated from security equipment. Preventing false Hold-Up Alarm activations will help to ensure that such alarms remain an effective method for delivering a rapid police response and maintain users’ confidence in security systems.”

Wilkinson continued: “The new guide provides installers with simple recommendations that can help to prevent false alarms during installation, maintenance and use. The BSIA is pleased to endorse the guide, and I’m sure that this document will prove beneficial to installers and service engineers alike.”

The guide can be downloaded from the BSIA’s website: www.bsia.co.uk/publications/publications-search-results/preventing-false-hold-up-alarms

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Euralarm announces detail of 2018 Symposium in Bucharest

Euralarm has announced the date of its next Symposium, which will take place in Bucharest, Romania on 4 June 2018. This will be the second time that Romania has hosted this event, showing the country’s commitment to European electronic fire safety and security.

Euralarm member ARTS, the Romanian Association for Security Technique presided over by Liviu Mateescu, will host the event. “Romania is a market that’s expanding,” explained Mateescu. “For next year’s Symposium, we’re aiming to achieve the largest audience for this event to date.”

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The Euralarm Symposium has become a ‘must attend’ event for professionals in the fire safety and security sectors. Every year, it brings together all stakeholders in the fire and security markets, including installers, system integrators, manufacturers, end users, facility managers and certification bodies.

Topics for the Euralarm Symposium 2018 will be announced later on this year. In 2017, the event focused on the future of fire and security services across Europe and turning the digital service market into business opportunities.

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Nedap shows latest innovation in cyber-secured access control at Milestone Systems’ Integration Expo

Nedap is playing a key role at Milestone Systems’ Integration Expo event on Tuesday 12 September in Daventry as it shows its AEOS end-to-end security solution.  The free-to-attend event affords delegates a unique opportunity to see how integrated solutions are developed, and will bring together installers, developers, integrators and specially-selected Milestone Alliance Partners including Nedap (Milestone Systems’ New Solution Partner of the Year).

In dedicated sessions throughout the day, Nedap will describe its collaborative approach with a ‘Best of Breed’ partner, namely Milestone. Delegates will have the opportunity to see first-hand how the integration between Nedap’s AEOS and the Milestone X-Protect Access Plug-In allows end users to enjoy the features of an advanced access control system inside the Milestone VMS environment. This allows operators to exchange cardholder information, monitor entrances, manage alarms and perform full video verification, all in one integrated system.

“As Milestone’s New Solution Partner of the Year, NEDAP is thrilled to be involved in Milestone’s Integration Expo,” said Jeroen Harmsen, director of product management for NEDAP Security Management. “We look forward to showing delegates how innovative access control solutions can drive opportunities for their businesses.”

NedapDigitalDoorCrucially, Nedap’s AEOS end-to-end solution provides end-to-end security, a key requirement given increasing concerns about connecting devices to the Internet of Things (IoT). An open platform is essential if all the information between IoT-connected devices is to be processed and shared with other systems.

While any system that connects to the Internet will imply a high security risk, Nedap’s solution effectively manages the risk of cyber attacks. By encrypting all communication between a card, the controller and the server, security is ensured at every level of the access control system: from the level of the door to the very core of the AEOS system.

Card readers have no role in decrypting data, for example, so secure communication between card and controller is guaranteed.

Digital certificates, meanwhile, are stored in the same Secure Access Module, in turn ensuring secure communication between controller and server.

For the first time in the market, AEOS end-to-end security offers protection against both physical and digital threats and limits the risks of attack.

More information on the end-to-end security assured by Nedap’s AEOS can be found in this video: http://www.nedapsecurity.com/news/end-end-security-helps-customers-secure-their-network

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Free seminar set to help buyers and installers improve cyber security

Helping security buyers and installers to navigate the complex world of cyber security is the aim of a forthcoming event organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA). Supported by the Fire Industry Association (FIA), the event takes place in Solihull on Wednesday 4 October.

This free-to-attend, half-day gathering will include presentations from a wide range of cyber security experts and offer a particular focus on the potential vulnerabilities of ‘connected products’ – meaning any security product (ie intruder alarms, video surveillance systems and access control) that could be accessed or operated remotely via the Internet – and how these vulnerabilities can be combated.

Delegates will be informed about the potential cyber risks facing their business, with presentations from the West Midlands Police digital cyber crime team and an engaging and surprising demonstration from the Scottish Business Resilience Centre’s team of ‘ethical hackers’.

Attendees will also find out how they can combat the cyber threats they face, with presentations outlining the benefits of the Government’s Cyber Essentials accreditation and introducing the BSIA’s ongoing work in the field of cyber security.

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Finally, delegates will benefit from a summary of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is set to come into force in early 2018.

The event is open to security and fire solutions buyers and installers, or indeed anybody from either industry with an interest in improving their business’ cyber security and data protection policies.

Registration for the event will be open from 9.00 am, with presentations kicking off at 9.45 am and the event expected to finish at around 1.30 pm. A full programme and online booking forms for both delegates and exhibitors are available on the BSIA’s website at: https://www.bsia.co.uk/events.aspx

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Hikvision UK & Ireland launches ‘Hikvision Insight’ for security installers and systems integrators

Hikvision UK & Ireland is renowned for hosting a series of well-attended Roadshows twice yearly that brings the company’s technologies and solutions to cities close to security installers and systems integrators across the UK and Ireland.

In October, the Hikvision Roadshows will be “taken to the next level” with the introduction of ‘Hikvision Insight’a new series of events designed to educate installers and systems integrators on the latest advances from the security solutions manufacturer.

Visiting seven cities across the UK and Ireland, ‘Hikvision Insight’ 2017 will showcase the latest products and solutions from the company, among them the ultra-low light camera DarkfighterX which produces full colour images 24 hours a day, the all-in-one iVMS station Hikvision Blazer, Hikvision’s video wall technology, thermal technology, ultra HD 4K solutions and the latest in deep learning (including face capture and face comparison technology).

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“We’re looking forward to taking Hikvision out on the road again and demonstrating our latest products and solutions,” said Andy Keeley, head of marketing for Hikvision UK and Ireland. “With plenty of new solutions on show including our Deep Learning technology, thermal, 4K and updates to our IP3.0 and Turbo 4.0 ranges, we’re looking forward to giving professional security installers and systems integrators an insight into the future of video surveillance.”

Besides the demonstration area, Hikvision will also be hosting a number of seminars which will educate systems integrators and security installers on the latest technologies on show and how these will benefit their end user customers.

Hikvision will be joined by authorised distributors ADI Global, DVS, Dynamic CCTV, EZCCTV, Mercury, Norbain and RWL as well as technology partners Pyronix, Seagate and Milestone Systems, all of whom will be demonstrating the value they bring to a Hikvision solution.

*To find out more about ‘Hikvision Insight’ and the dates and locations for each event visit www.hikvision.co.uk/insight

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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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