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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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TDSi’s EXgarde solution shortlisted in Benchmark Innovation Awards 2016

Integrated security solutions developer TDSi has announced that its EXgarde Enterprise solution has been shortlisted in the Access Control Software category of the Benchmark Innovation Awards 2016. Organised by Risk UK’s sister title Benchmark Magazine, these awards recognise products, systems or services that enhance and advance the delivery of secure, flexible and beneficial security solutions for end users.

John Davies, managing director of TDSi, commented: “We’re very excited that EXgarde Enterprise is a finalist in these industry-recognised and respected awards. EXgarde is a flagship software solution within our integrated security portfolio, offering complete control of any security and access control situation all from one central portal. We look forward to hearing the result when it’s announced in July.”

EXgarde is a fully-featured access management PC software application that combines an intuitive GUI and powerful integration capabilities in a single package. Supporting multiple doors as standard, with the option to extend this with an unlimited door licence, EXgarde meets the needs of even the largest of access control networks.

TDSi Benchmark Finalist

With EXgarde, integration and expansion are key features and there are numerous possibilities to integrate with the latest CCTV and biometric technologies. The software is compatible with many otherwise disparate security systems, both from TDSi and other manufacturers, including third party ODBC databases (using SDK or predefined protocol), building management, fire and intruder systems, DVR equipment and biometric readers.

Leading compatible systems include Milestone Systems’ XProtect Access and the recently-launched ASSA Abloy’s KS100 server wireless cabinet electronic lock as well as SimonsVoss’ SmartIntego online locking solutions, Texecom’s Premier and Premier Elite range of intruder alarms and  ASSA Abloy’s Aperio wireless locking technology, along with TDSi’s own VUgarde2 IP CCTV VMS software and advanced DIGIgarde readers.

Recent additions to EXgarde include a Tenant Event Split option, an Elevator Dispatch facility and a security tours function.

*For further details on TDSi’ EXgarde range as well as the company’s full suite of security solutions visit: www.tdsi.co.uk

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TDSi reports 25% increase in export market visitors to its stand at IFSEC International 2015

Reporting a 25% increase in export market visitors to its stand at IFSEC International 2015, integrated security solutions developer TDSi believes this reflects the continued and rapid expansion of the global security market. Interest at the show also indicated a continued customer demand for fully-integrated solutions rather than just security components.

Post-event, TDSi’s managing director John Davies told Risk: “IFSEC International is a great barometer of the state of the security sector. It was obvious from this year’s event that the market has become truly globalised, with a sizeable increase in visitors travelling from other regions to see the latest and best solutions that the security sector has to offer.”

Davies continued: “I’m also pleased to say that the feedback we had from visitors is that our own approach to fully-integrated security systems is essential in the post-recession market. Rather than just purchasing security products, the evolving security consumer wants intelligent, flexible and comprehensively integrated systems. These are exactly what TDSi offers and continues to research and develop.”

The international nature of the event also confirmed assumptions on the geographical markets’ strengths and weaknesses. “In comparison to China, South East Asia and the Middle East,” urged Davies, “the European market has somewhat plateaued, partially due to a degree of uncertainty still looming over the Euro Zone. In the UK, TDSi is benefiting from a healthy upturn in the market and we anticipate a very healthy growth figure of 10+% this year. This may be partially due to having a new majority UK Government and thus a stable business environment for the next five years, in contrast to the situation that’s pertaining in Europe.”

TDSi's stand at IFSEC International 2015

TDSi’s stand at IFSEC International 2015

Security, IT and building control systems

Davies also explained to Risk UK that the demand for security systems designed to work with IT and buildings control systems is rapidly becoming truly global in nature.

“Security operators and consumers have become very well versed in what’s possible,” he said, “largely because of the rise in trends such as the Internet of Things. They now demand this flexibility from all of their technology purchases. These are exciting times with real optimism and increased funding. For their part, providers need to stay on top of demand and offer the very best solutions in what continues to be a highly competitive and ‘savvy’ buyers market.”

There was also a noticeable increase in the volume of new visitors at IFSEC International, as TDSi’s product and marketing manager Sarah Phillips observed during the show (which ran from 16-18 June at London’s ExCeL).

“IFSEC International has always been an excellent opportunity for security solutions providers, installers, integrators, consultants and end users to make contact,” stated Phillips. “That was very apparent this year. IFSEC remains an ideal platform to reacquaint with both existing partners and customers.”

Phillips added: “Many end users approached our team for advice. Naturally, we’re very keen to preserve the channel structure of our business so we do actively refer customers to our partners, but equally this gives us a greater insight into the needs of security operators. This kind of detail is invaluable for our business and product development streams.”

One of the main themes on TDSi’s stand at IFSEC International 2015 was a demonstration of the considerable benefits of using the company’s solutions in conjunction with those produced by other specialist manufacturers, among them Texecom, Milestone Systems, ASSA Abloy and SimonsVoss.

Sarah Phillips (centre) with Team TDSi at London's ExCeL

Sarah Phillips (centre) with Team TDSi at London’s ExCeL

This year, visitors took particular interest in TDSi’s new range of readers (including MIFARE Plus, DESFire and NFC technologies for added security and flexibility) as well as the enhanced web access portal for EXgarde.

In conclusion, Phillips explained: “Visitors are always excited to see brand new products and the readers are one of the staple lines in our product portfolio. IFSEC International is one of the highlights of our year and, with our continued success at the show, that situation will remain so for many years to come.”

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TDSi launches EXgarde 4.4 version of integrated security software solution

TDSi has announced the launch of EXgarde 4.4, the latest version of its fully integrated access control solution. EXgarde 4.4 offers a Tenant Event Split option, Elevator Dispatch facility, integration with SimonsVoss’ wireless locking solutions, an updated EXtour Module, a security tours function and a new EXgarde Web Interface.

EXgarde 4.4 adds considerable additional functionality, as Mike Sussman (TDSi’s technical director) explained to Risk UK: “While EXgarde 4.4 shares many functions of previous versions,” said Sussman, “this latest version has been designed to incorporate a wide array of new features which add useful additional value to what’s already a heavily feature-rich and comprehensive security solution.”

Sussman continued: “The new features are designed for a myriad of uses, from giving landlords greater control over access rights to ensuring lift systems work in conjunction with access control through IP connectivity. Equally, we’ve included full integration with SimonsVoss’ wireless locking systems for improved flexibility and scope of installation, updated the EXtour module to assist security teams with their scheduled tours and designed a web interface which will give greater flexibility as to where security operators use and manage EXgarde.”

Tenant Event Split

EXgarde 4.4 allows landlords to partition visibility of system and operator events according to the tenant using them. For example, if EXgarde is overseeing a number of different facilities it will be preferable that tenants are not privy to the details of other sites or properties. Landlords can specify the access and information rights allotted to the user.

Elevator Dispatch

This special function is designed to speed up travel and ease congestion in high traffic buildings. When a key holder enters the access controlled area through the entrance/turnstile, EXgarde informs the elevator system which then calculates the quickest elevator route to their destination floor (and notifies/guides them automatically).

SimonsVoss Integration

The new version of EXgarde features full integration with the SimonsVoss SmartIntego Online locking solutions. When used in conjunction with TDSi’s core systems, this allows greater flexibility in remote areas where access control may be more difficult to implement.

Extour Module update

EXgarde PRO’s Extour Module update allows the end user to pre-define specific security tours using existing access control readers. Each specified tour defines the order in which the readers should be visited along with the set time they should be checked.

Alarms in EXtour indicate in real-time if specific tour points have not been reached, in turn alerting operators to a potential emergency situation.

EXgarde Web Interface

TDSi’s new web interface allows security operators/users to log into the server via their chosen web browser. This permits access to key functionality, such as adding and removing key holders and keys, remote door control, basic reporting and live event monitoring.

EXgarde 4.4 is available in three options to match the applications of the operator/end user:

  • EXgarde Express: Entry level version designed for a single site and up to 32 doors with limited features
  • EXgarde PRO: Advanced level, feature-rich version which is multi-site compatible and can control up to 32 doors. An upgrade to ‘Unlimited’ is also available
  • EXgarde Enterprise: Unlimited door version designed for enterprise-level operations

*For further details on EXgarde 4.4 visit www.tdsi.co.uk

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TDSi set to debut new-look stand and latest products for end users at IFSEC International 2015

TDSi will be showcasing its fully integrated security solutions – including the new version of the company’s powerful EXgarde security management software – on its newly-designed stand at IFSEC International. TDSi.s representatives will be on Stand F1100 from 16-18 June at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London’s Docklands.

The new-look stand will feature an eye-catching and fresh layout and design, demonstrating the versatility of TDSi’s product range which encompasses everything from one door applications through to multi-site systems.

On display will be TDSi’s SOLOgarde, MICROgarde and EXcel controllers in addition to enterprise solutions featuring the combined possibilities rendered by the company’s software products, including EXgarde security management and VUgarde CCTV software integration.

TDSi’s platform also has the ability to smoothly interact with Texecom alarm control panels, ASSA ABLOY’s Aperio and SimonsVoss’ SmartIntego wireless door locks as well as Milestone’s Video Management Solutions software.

John Davies: managing director at TDSi

John Davies: managing director at TDSi

Additionally, TDSi’s stand at IFSEC International 2015 will feature a separate section designed to showcase its new reader range, including proximity, MIFARE PLUS, MIFARE DESfire and dual technology readers.

TDSi will be showing visitors how the company’s wide range of security products provide powerful solutions to any integrated physical and IT security requirement. The company will also be presenting the considerable benefits of joining its partner scheme, which includes support for growth and business development for members, as well as offering comprehensive technical support.

Sarah Phillips: product and marketing manager at TDSi

Sarah Phillips: product and marketing manager at TDSi

Reflecting upon the upcoming event, Sarah Phillips (product and marketing manager at TDSi) commented: “We’re excited to be exhibiting at IFSEC International once again and looking forward to unveiling our new and larger stand. The show is one of the biggest in the security calendar so we’ve pulled out all the stops to make an even bigger splash this year when it comes to showcasing our very latest offerings.”

Phillips added: “We’re also keen to discuss how our partner programme has been developed to fully meet individual customer needs and ensure that all of our partners receive the exact level of support they need.”

TDSi’s new stand is a direct response to the high visitor numbers the company experienced at the show in 2014.

In conclusion, Phillips told Risk UK: “We have added more touch-points to the new stand so that visitors can experience our products and services interactively as well as speak directly to members our team. We will also be offering access to our technical team who’ll be able to answer any specific questions that visitors may have.”

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