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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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GJD enjoys inaugural appearance at Integrated Systems Europe 2018

GJD exhibited at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) for the first time this year, with the exhibition proving to be a great success for the company. The business introduced its TechSmart brand, which consists of IP-enabled precision perimeter motion sensors and LED illuminators.

GJD’s TechSmart range is well suited for a wide range of categories including smart buildings, security lighting and access control in the commercial sector.

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Mark Tibbenham, GJD’s managing director, commented: “Thank You to everyone who contributed to making ISE 2018 a success for GJD. We’re thrilled that we had lots of interest about our IP solutions. The exhibition was a great opportunity for us to meet new customers and demonstrate our product range. We’ve re-booked for next year and very much looking forward to exhibiting again.”

TechSmart is Control 4, Crestron and RTI-ready. The range is easily integrated with existing building management systems. Products can also be installed as stand-alone intelligent IP devices to enable custom integrators to create smart actions that suit specific end user customer requirements.

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EUSAS-Euralarm Fire Safety Conference focuses on R&D and standardisation

The results of cutting-edge research on fire safety were presented during a joint conference of EUSAS and Euralarm, the European research and Trade Associations in the sector. R&D’s potential impact on current and future standardisation work was a further point of focus for the event.

The joint EUSAS-Euralarm Conference took place on February 7-8 at the Berlin offices of Bosch Security Systems and determined to discover how cutting-edge innovation in the fire safety sector will drive the development of future standards and make buildings and people safer than they have ever been.

The event brought together 60 top specialists in the field of fire safety research, engineering and standardisation representing various European countries. Introducing the event were EUSAS chairman Professor Dr Andreas Czylwik, Euralarm president Enzo Peduzzi and, on behalf of the event’s host, Christoph Hampe.

The programme was divided into four sessions: false alarms, performance and quality testing, evacuation systems and fire safety in smart buildings.

As yet unpublished research on false alarms data gathered in Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland and Sweden was presented by Dr Sebastian Festag from ZVEI, the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association, and Lance Rütimann from SES, the Swiss Association of Security Product Manufacturers. Both are Euralarm delegates in the Task Group on False Alarms and have derived a common approach to an empirical analysis of false alarm data.

Wolfgang Krüll from the University of Duisburg-Essen presented reproducible testing procedures for false alarms and three new testing devices which have been developed for those procedures. In parallel, statistics from Iceland were presented by Gudmundur Gunnarsson of the MVS Iceland Construction Authority.

The problem of testing a safety device’s performance over its whole lifetime was first presented by Thomas Litterst of Hekatron, including detail of a specific testing process he has developed. As demonstrated by Thorsten Schultze from the University of Duisburg-Essen, products currently on the market are largely compliant with current standard’s requirements on age limits and could potentially function correctly well beyond.

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Raman Chagger from the Building Research Establishment in England also showed that optical smoke detectors developed in the 1980s function perfectly in modern environments.

Another matter is the mechanism of drift compensation, making up for the aging of a device and the build-up of dirt on sensors, which has the potential to delay the detection of slowly developing fires. That’s according to Florence Daniault from the Wagner Group.

Evacuation systems was the third topic. It was discussed by Dr Karl Fridolf from WSP, an engineering services group, who exposed the theoretical framework of human behaviour in situations of fire, and how behavioural aspects could be better considered in safety design.

Video fire detection and its influence on evacuation was presented by Dr Tjark Windisch from Bosch Security Systems. On the day, Dr Windisch called for greater efforts when it comes to standardising video fire detection.

The final topic, smart buildings, was first discussed by Raman Chagger from the perspective of visual alarm devices. He demonstrated how the product standard together with suitable guidelines in a code of practice needs to be based on more solid research.

Dr Peter Harris from United Technologies Corporation showed how favouring interoperability and data sharing in smart buildings could bring about ‘context-aware smoke detection’.

In a final presentation, Marc Chenevoy from Euralarm highlighted the difficulties inherent with standardising interoperable systems in smart buildings, but reported on positive progress being made within European standardisation bodies.

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ONVIF chairman to deliver presentation as part of IoT and standards-focused Memoori webinar

ONVIF, the leading global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, is pleased to announce that Per Björkdahl, chairman of its Steering Committee, will be the featured presenter in the webinar Physical Security, IoT and Open Standards, which runs on 17 August at 4.00 pm BST. The webinar is hosted by Memoori, an independent market research company that studies the physical security, smart buildings and energy management markets.

The webinar will examine how the Internet of Things and cloud computing have already shaped the physical security industry, and will also cover the development of ONVIF’s profiles.

Cyber security from a physical security standards viewpoint will be considered, focusing on how open standards can help secure sensitive communications between devices. ONVIF’s cyber security strategies and future profile developments will also be discussed, and there’ll be a brief interactive Q&A session to close the hour-long presentation.

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“This webinar is for end users, integrators and anyone else who’s interested in how ONVIF can be a valuable tool in IoT and other deployments that require secure communications between multiple devices and clients,” explained Björkdahl.

*To register for the ONVIF webinar visit Memoori’s website. This free, live webinar is sponsored by Tridium

**Further information is also available on ONVIF’s website: www.onvif.org

ONVIF releases Profile Q for advanced security

ONVIF has just released Profile Q, the specification that features quick and easy discovery, set-up and configuration of conformant devices as well as advanced security features.

Profile Q offers out-of-the-box functionality for systems integrators and end users with an easy set-up mechanism and basic device level configuration, streamlining the set-up and connection of systems and devices.

Profile Q also supports Transport Layer Security (TLS), a secure communication protocol that allows ONVIF devices themselves to communicate with clients across a network in a way that protects against tampering and eavesdropping.

Until now, Profile Q has been in release candidate status in order to provide industry review and feedback prior to the final release.

“With the final release of Profile Q, integrators and end users can expect out-of-the-box interoperability between ONVIF conformant cameras and video management systems,” said Steven Dillingham, chairman of ONVIF’s Profile Q Working Group.

“Our development of this Profile is an indication of ONVIF’s response to the market’s request for a more streamlined set-up and deployment process.”

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IFSEC International 2016: Smart Zone launched by UBM

IFSEC International organiser UBM has announced the new Smart Zone exhibition and feature area for the 2016 event, which takes place at London’s ExCeL from 21-23 June.

Security systems and services are playing increasingly vital roles in building automation which makes IFSEC a strategically significant platform to present current technologies and research to the market.

The IFSEC Smart Zone will concentrate on two key areas. #ifsecsmarthome will focus on the burgeoning home automation sector which will provide installers, integrators, housebuilders, housing professionals and architects with an opportunity to see and experience the latest in home automation technologies from leading suppliers such as Texecom, Y3K, Paxton Access, Yale and LILIN.

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#ifsecsmarthome will come to life as an actual house located at the centre of the exhibition area wherein visitors can meet and discuss the systems’ capabilities with suppliers and trial the technologies on offer. Exhibitors will be able to showcase their products and solutions for all visiting IFSEC professionals with an interest in the home automation sector.

Jason Hill, group vice-president at LILIN, stated: “IFSEC is embarking on an exciting new path with the introduction of #ifsecsmarthome as it’s an area of significant growth on the global stage. The integrated home is very much a reality today and represents a tremendous opportunity for progressive installers and integrators. With security consistently reported as the key driver for home automation, we feel this is the logical direction for IFSEC to move in. We feel we’re well placed to centrally support IFSEC with this new feature.”

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On a larger scale and of direct relevance to the commercial, public and residential sectors alike, #ifsecsmartbuildings will look at how a fully connected building provides cost and efficiency benefits to building managers.

#ifsecsmartbuildings will take the form of an interactive display showcasing a full range of integrated building management solutions. The feature will highlight integrated solutions aimed at property management, retail, transport, the utilities and energy, providing visitors with a complete overview of how real-time networked smart solutions interact and deliver tangible business information.

In addition to the IFSEC Smart Zone feature areas will be the Smart Zone Theatre which will provide free learning and development seminars focused on home automation and smart buildings. The programme will be delivered by a range of leading experts and concentrate on key areas such as the Internet of Things, systems integration, business intelligence, building information management, cyber security and a series of highly relevant Case Studies.

Continuing evolution of the show

Gerry Dunphy, event director for IFSEC International, explained: “The IFSEC Smart Zone is an important part of the show’s continuing evolution as we look to present new and diverse applications of security products and services as vital aspects of building management systems. #ifsecsmarthome will promote exciting developments in home automation that will be of direct interest to installers looking to supplement their range of services. For its part, #ifsecsmartbuildings will present integrators, consultants, architects, facilities directors, civic authorities and building owners with key solutions to make their assets more sustainable, productive and cost-effective.’’

IFSEC International will once again be presented as part of UBM EMEA’s Protection and Management Series, the UK’s largest event dedicated to protecting and managing property, people and information.

The series incorporates major events including FIREX International, The Facilities Show, Safety & Health Expo and Service Management Expo.

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IFSEC International set to participate in London First’s 2015 Global Resilience Summit

IFSEC International, Europe’s biggest annual security event, has announced its participation at this year’s Global Resilience Summit, taking place in London on 15 October. The Global Resilience Summit aims to inspire creative thinking around all aspects of security and resilience within major global cities while at the same time encouraging innovation through Best Practice and networking.

With more than half of the world’s population living in urban areas and that figure predicted to grow to two-thirds by 2050, there are a number of security and resilience challenges specific to this environment. The 2015 Global Resilience Summit aims to address these issues and explore the many options to ensure our major cities and their citizens are kept safe.

As part of its contribution to the Global Resilience Summit, which is organised by London First, IFSEC International will provide detailed information on its new Smart Buildings and Home Automation Zone, due to launch at the 2016 event in London. Within this new area at IFSEC International, a host of products and solutions that support buildings, cities and automated homes will be demonstrated. Each area will explore how security solutions can be interconnected and rendered interoperable such that they can play a vital role in providing stronger resilience, greater security and a safer future within both our domestic and urban areas.

IFSEC International is participating in London First's Global Resilience Summit 2015

IFSEC International is participating in London First’s Global Resilience Summit 2015

Gerry Dunphy, event director for IFSEC International, explained: “We’re really looking forward to being part of the Global Resilience Summit. Increasingly, we’re seeing the integration of smart technologies across all of our exhibitors at IFSEC International, with security professionals continually examining how all of these systems can work together to enhance security offerings and, subsequently, create safer cities.”

*Attendees at the Global Resilience Summit can find out more about IFSEC International and the new Smart Buildings Zone by visiting Stand 14

**The Global Resilience Summit runs at Kings Place in central London. Further information is available on the event’s dedicated website at: http://londonfirst.co.uk/events/global-resilience-summit/

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