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ASSA ABLOY UK relaunches Foundations Plus training course for security professionals

Access control solutions specialist ASSA ABLOY UK has relaunched its popular Foundations Plus course, which covers minimum performance standards, Dynamic Lockdown and the Construction Products Regulation.

The Foundations training course covers the majority of standards applicable to doorsets – from hinges through to door selectors – and helps delegates to understand the needs of a door, from its location within the building to the purpose the door must fulfil.

The Foundations Plus course represents an advanced add-on to the basic Foundations course, going one step further in educating delegates on industry terminology. This provides attendees with the knowledge to specify products that are suitable for both the application and door type.

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The course covers the locking and escape requirements for access control electric locking in both retrofit and new build applications, in turn ensuring a safe and secure solution. Enrolment on the Foundations Plus course is subject to having successfully completed the Foundations course.

Pat Jefferies, commercial director at ASSA ABLOY UK, said: “The first relaunched Foundations Plus course was successfully hosted at ASSA ABLOY UK’S headquarters on Friday 23 February, with a full house of customers and specifiers. The course uses the theory and knowledge gained from the basic Foundations course to ensure the correct specification of compliant electric locking solutions for access control doors. It provides an excellent link from the Foundations course to our more advanced training modules such as Electric Locking.”

Jefferies added: “Foundations and Foundations Plus can both be used to gain valuable Continuing Professional Development points, so we encourage anyone involved in the specification of doors and access control solutions, whether they’re an installer, a security manager, an end user or specifier, to be involved.”

*Foundations Plus course dates for 2018 are Friday 25 May, Friday 27 July and Friday 19 October. For further information or to book a place on one of the courses, visit www.abloy.co.uk/academy, call 01902 364 500 or e-mail: academy@abloy.co.uk

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Genetec announces technology partnership with SimonsVoss

Genetec, the provider of open architecture security and public safety solutions, has announced a technology partnership with SimonsVoss, the manufacturer of electronic locks. Through this partnership, Genetec will be able to integrate the SimonsVoss SmartIntego digital locking cylinder, the ‘Smart Handle’ and padlock wireless locks with its own Synergis solution (the IP-based access control core system in Genetec’s Security Center, the company’s unified IP security platform. This will offer a cost-effective and scaleable solution for a wide range of end user customers, including security and risk managers operating in the spheres of higher education, healthcare, retail and Government institutions.

Customers will be able to enroll SimonsVoss locks into their Synergis access control system with Version 5.6 of Security Center, which is expected to be available in early Q2 2017 through the Genetec Channel Partner Programme.

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With the cost of hardwired access control installation increasing, in the main due to infrastructure complexity and compliance requirements, the ease and speed of installation of a wireless access control solution saves customers money. It also greatly enhances an organisation’s security for staff, visitors and property (both physical and intellectual).

For systems integrators, this integration will offer a greater choice of industry-standard wireless electronic locks. Overall system design and deployment will be greatly simplified, allowing Genetec-certified channel partners to leverage wireless locks and significantly reduce the installation time and labour costs typically associated with hardwired solutions.

“We’re thrilled to add the SimonsVoss brand to our expanding portfolio of supported locks,” said Derek Arcuri, product marketing manager at Genetec. “Both companies will now be able to offer end users and systems integrators alike a greater choice in access control hardware, whether for designing a new physical security system or updating an existing one.”

Bernhard Sommer, managing director at SimonsVoss, added: “The integration of our SmartIntego locks with the enterprise-class Synergis access control software from Genetec will enable a scaleable access control solution that meets today’s needs while providing an easy pathway to future upgrades.”

When Synergis and SimonsVoss locks are deployed alongside Genetec video surveillance products, end users will be able to view all of their lock events and activities seamlessly linked with live or recorded video, giving them a more complete and unified view of their organisation’s security.

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Veracity set to join partners at BETT 2017 as education sector demands reliable and long-term storage of HD video

Veracity – a leading provider of innovative and intelligent solutions that solve real-world IP video challenges in transmission, storage and display – has just announced its inaugural attendance at the BETT Show.

The BETT Show takes place between 25-28 January at London’s ExCeL, and is the largest education technology event in Europe. By partnering with Kingsfield Computer Products Ltd on Stand G372 and Kent CCTV & Data Ltd on Stand E370, Veracity will show visitors from schools, colleges and the further education world that choosing to use higher definition cameras to record in much greater detail is now perfectly possible by dint of using the company’s award-winning surveillance storage product COLDSTORE.

Depending on the environment and the use of open platform cameras, it’s also possible to reduce the systems’ overall total cost of ownership by recording direct to COLDSTORE from the cameras, cutting out the additional hardware, VMS licence and energy costs of NVRs.

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Alastair McLeod: Group CEO of Veracity

“No longer need you worry about reducing the recorded resolution from your cameras to conserve hard disk space,” explained Alastair McLeod, Group CEO of Veracity, to risk and security managers operational in the education sector, “or recording in high definition for short periods only. Security teams looking after retail centres are already realising the benefits of being able to record continuously in high definition, enabling them to retrospectively interrogate CCTV footage in greater detail than previously possible.”

McLeod added: “COLDSTORE’s recording design, which uses only two hard disk drives at a time in a mirrored overlapping pair sequence, extends the life of those disks considerably and reduces system energy consumption by around 90% when compared to similar-sized RAID systems.”

Veracity’s transmission products will be available for visitors to view. These include the industry-benchmark HIGHWIRE family of products, enabling the latest IP cameras to be installed over legacy coax networks without re-cabling and associated business disruption.

Also of interest will be the POINTSOURCE Wireless solution, which enables security installers to locally view IP cameras on a smart phone during installation

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Bosch makes video analytics at the edge a new built-in standard for all IP cameras

Escalating demand for highly-detailed, 24/7 video images produces colossal amounts of data which requires extensive transmission and storage capacity as well as time-consuming monitoring and assessment. With this in mind, Bosch Security Systems has announced the roll-out of video analytics inside its cameras (ie ‘at the edge’) as a standard feature. By enhancing both its existing and future IP cameras with this technology, Bosch will enable end users to effortlessly search through large amounts of video data and duly pinpoint the information that matters most to them.

In the next 12 months, Bosch Security Systems’ complete range of IP cameras will come fully-equipped with video analytics at the edge. Bosch’s Starlight family will be the first to feature a full suite of 15 of its new Essential Video Analytics, starting with the DINION IP Starlight 6000 fixed box and FLEXIDOME IP Starlight 6000 fixed dome cameras.

All top-of-the-line IP 7000 and IP 8000 Starlight cameras will come equipped with the company’s state-of-the-art Intelligent Video Analytics offering up to 17 different analytic possibilities for risk and security managers.

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Video analytics inside the camera create an intelligent video security system using metadata, which means adding sense and structure to video data already at the point of capture (ie ‘at the edge’) and enabling each camera to operate independently.

Decentralising intelligence in this way eliminates a single point of failure (central analytics server), meaning that if one camera or encoder fails, the system maintains full performance. With built-in (or ‘edge’) analytics, each camera in the network can then interpret captured video data and alert end users of potential security threats in real-time based on configurable triggers.

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Video analytics at the edge will allow end users to instantly and easily retrieve specific footage from hours of stored video. Also, by focusing on the point where data is captured and only streaming the data that’s needed, network strain and storage requirements are significantly reduced.

Data streamed can include all image data or the metadata alone, depending on the specific application requirements. The end results are relevant, immediate alerts and key statistics, enhancing the accuracy of the video security system and reducing the margin of error that comes with 24/7 live monitoring by security personnel.

All Bosch video analytics algorithms are developed in-house together with the automotive division to deliver the most reliable and robust solution for network video security solutions.

Small and medium-sized businesses, large retail stores, commercial buildings and warehouses will benefit from Essential Video Analytics. This suite of video analytics delivers 15 different video analytics algorithms that can be used for smart movement detection as well as business analytics. It allows a single camera solution to be used for enforcing Health and Safety regulations, intelligent intrusion and idle-object detection as well as to perform crowd density assessment.

It also provides useful business metrics for various applications such as people counting and crowd density information.

Cameras equipped with Bosch’s state-of-the-art Intelligent Video Analytics have the added capacity to deliver the highest level of accuracy for mission critical applications such as perimeter protection for airports and critical infrastructures, ship tracking and traffic monitoring. Intelligent Video Analytics stands has the ability to differentiate between genuine security events and known false triggers such as challenging environments where snow, wind, rain, water reflections and distance could make images even more difficult to interpret.

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Genetec unveils collaborative case management system to improve investigation workflows

Genetec, a leading provider of open architecture IP security solutions, has developed Genetec Clearance, a case management system specifically designed to speed up investigations by allowing different organisations to collect, manage and share video evidence and other relevant case information.

Genetec Clearance is expected to be available in Q4 2016 via subscription, through certified Genetec channel partners and resellers.

Genetec Clearance allows police officers, investigators and security managers to gather digital evidence from a variety of sources (such as Genetec’s Security Center and other video management systems, body-worn devices, in-car systems and mobile phone footage from bystanders and witnesses) and easily store, manage, review and share it from within a single application.

Genetec Clearance enables collaboration across independent agencies and private sector organisations. All pertinent files related to cases (video files as well as audio, images and documents, etc) are centralised and can be securely shared between investigators or requested by third parties without needing to physically ship or deliver the recordings.

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As the application is not licensed per seat, access can be shared with as many users as needed without incurring any additional fees. With built-in video redaction (patent pending), the privacy of bystanders can be protected by allowing identifiable information to be masked before sending video to other stakeholders. All user actions initiated within the system, whether internal or external, are automatically tracked to ensure the chain of custody of the evidence is maintained at all times.

“The increased evidence that’s now available from video surveillance systems, body-worn cameras and witnesses can help solve crimes,” explained Erick Ceresato, product manager at Genetec. “However, the sheer amount of data to be managed can also become cumbersome to process and review, in turn increasing the time spent on case preparation rather than the investigation itself. That’s why we’ve developed a case management system to help automate certain tasks that are frequently performed on a manual basis and to facilitate collaboration between law enforcement, corporate security departments, legal entities and the public.”

Today’s organisations are looking at ways to streamline their evidence sharing process while maintaining stringent audit capabilities. The growing volume of video recordings has become increasingly complex to manage and it’s important for users to collaborate while also maintaining a clear chain of custody. As Genetec Clearance supports many common video codecs, video evidence can easily be reviewed, while also eliminating the time-consuming manual process of video codec conversion.

Designed as an open platform, Genetec Clearance APIs can be used to integrate with third party systems and automate the upload of video recordings and associated metadata to be reviewed within the system. Integration with Record Management Systems enables law enforcement departments to automate the creation of new cases with their existing record system, thereby reducing the need for duplicate data entry.

Genetec Clearance is available on a subscription basis and includes access to all the latest software updates and features. Updates are automated within the system as they become available, requiring no additional intervention from the client’s own staff.

*For more information on Genetec Clearance visit www.genetec.com

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Zaun enhances ArmaWeave with ability to rake and PIDs

The “most intruder-resistant fence” on the high security market can now be raked across undulations in ground levels due to manufacturer Zaun developing an installation method to make best use of the properties of the high security fabric.

The ArmaWeave fencing is produced on the world’s largest mesh weaving machine at Zaun’s West Midlands manufacturing base. It limits the need for stepping panels on slopes and reduces installation costs significantly compared with standard welded mesh systems while still conforming to the highest rated standards for fencing products defending against forcible attack.

Zaun co-founder and director Alastair Henman told Risk UK: “We had to invest in the weaving machine ahead of the sales in the belief that we could produce an innovative product which installers, specifiers and managers at high security facilities would want.”

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ArmaWeave is tested to the very highest standards and can be combined with other intruder systems, electronics and access control to create the “optimum integrated fencing” solution.

Its “unique” properties add substantial resistance to cutting attacks perpetrated by hand, powered and non-contact tools. The tight mesh pattern provides no climbing aids, once again limiting the potential for unwanted intrusion.

In a further development, ArmaWeave has been approved for use with a range of microphonic perimeter intrusion detection (PID) cable systems after testing for many months at a Ministry of Defence facility.

Zaun wins MEI Physical Security Award 2015

Zaun Group has won the Physical Security Award 2015, which was presented by former England cricket captain Graham Gooch at the Major Events Summit in London.

Trade body Major Events International (MEI) has established the Summit as what it plans to become an annual flagship event aimed at showcasing the expertise of its members and offering a peer-to-peer knowledge sharing forum for the sector.

The Summit takes place over two days with day one covering safety, security and resilience and Day Two focused around venue technology and operations.

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Zaun joined MEI a year ago to extend its opportunities to supply temporary high security fencing systems to major sporting events worldwide.

MEI has provided international business services and market penetration for more than eight years to companies who want to take advantage of Olympic and World Cup opportunities and win more business in major events.

It interfaces with the international mega sporting events market and can offer in-country early entry support including proposal development, translation, sustained customer contact and market intelligence.

MEI boasts contacts and connections with the key players in the UK, Europe, Russia, Qatar, Brazil, USA, China, Japan and Australasia.

Zaun supplied temporary high security fencing for last summer’s 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and for the 2012 London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

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Clay by SALTO access control solution on show at MLA Expo in October

SALTO Systems, together with partner EMS Distribution, will be presenting Clay by SALTO on Stand 217 at this year’s MLA Expo, which runs at the Telford International Centre from 2-4 October.

In a world where everything is becoming smarter, security and risk management professionals are looking for new solutions that make sense in an increasingly digital-focused environment. They want to substitute mechanical locks with secure electronic products, in turn creating keyless buildings that are smart to own, operate and manage.

Clay by SALTO is the ideal solution for achieving this. It’s a secure, cloud-based wireless locking solution that provides security professionals with a smart access control system that’s easy and quick to install, commission and manage.

Existing mechanical locks would be replaced with Clay smart locks. They fit any type of door. It’s then a case of installing Clay IQ that serves as the hub between the wireless lock and the cloud. This is simple to set up. There’s no configuration needed. It’s truly a plug-and-play solution.

The Clay by SALTO access control solution

The Clay by SALTO access control solution

The software is then set up for end users to control the access rights around ‘Whom?’, ‘When?’ and ‘Where?’

There’s no requirement for installation on a server. End users simply manage and control their Clay access control system by downloading the my-Clay app. This works with any Internet-connected device, be it a PC, tablet or smart phone. The result is immediate access control from everywhere, with alarms and notifications as they happen.

Clay by SALTO provides end users with excellent functionality and performance. It offers a flexible management system that requires no software installation nor the cost of a fully-wired electronic product.

Advanced SALTO access set-up secures No Man’s Fort 

A mile offshore from the Isle of Wight you can find one of Britain’s most unique Victorian structures. Built between 1867 and 1880, No Man’s Fort has recently been re-launched as a luxury hotel and party venue by AmaZing Venues, part of the Clarenco Group. 

Originally designed to house 80 soldiers defending the country from possible invasion, No Man’s Fort has been turned it into a unique ‘get-away’ destination playing host to 22 luxury bedrooms, a dining room that can seat 200 people, games rooms, a laser battle arena, an outdoor terrace with a sun deck, a hot tub, a sauna and, of course, that much-needed parking space for your helicopter!

No Man's Fort: now a luxury hotel development

No Man’s Fort: now a luxury hotel development

SALTO Systems’ partner Lock-Tech Systems was employed to design and install the hotel’s access control system.

The client was particularly concerned about providing a feature-rich technical solution in keeping with the aesthetics of the doors inside No Man’s Fort. To meet this specification, Lock-Tech selected SALTO’s Aelement electronic locking system, which combines all the features of SALTO’s award-winning access control solution with the ability to incorporate the uniqueness of the client’s existing door handles.

Aelement has been developed with the needs of hotels in mind and features a range of hospitality-specific applications, including the ability to control the security of the entire hotel from a single location. This encompasses granting access privileges to individual guest rooms and gathering audit trail data from every door in real-time – all without leaving the front desk.

Other benefits for the hotel include instant room move and instant extended stay abilities, as well as lost card cancellation, intrusion alarm, door ajar alarm, remote opening, real-time audit trails, passage mode activation for meeting rooms and automated low battery reporting.

This technology mix affords the hotel’s management the ability to continuously upgrade security without having to upgrade the locks, saving on operating costs while providing what’s most needed – total control.

“This project stood out for me because of the logistics involved in just getting to the site,” urged Lock-Tech’s systems manager Anthony Harvey. “A helicopter may have come in handy at times to be honest! Despite the logistical challenges, our team pulled together and delivered a system that exceeds the customer’s expectations. I’m sure it will continue to do so for many years to come.”

Phil Harvey, managing director at Lock-Tech, added: “This project demonstrates Lock-Tech’s ability to meet customer requirements no matter how difficult or impossible the task may seem. We look forward to continuing to work with AmaZing Venues on any of the company’s exciting future developments.”

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