Nedap is responding directly to new challenges in the security arena by dint of deploying software components in security systems. These challenges arise from changing laws and regulations and also increasing external threats, such as those posed by online hackers. In view of these changes, security managers are being forced to deal with a completely new reality.
During Security Essen 2014, Nedap demonstrated how security systems may be directly adjusted to meet new requirements in the field of security thanks to the modification of software. Together with other opinion leaders in the industry, Nedap also considered the question of how to respond to new and developing market trends. Open standards and new software solutions play a crucial role in this regard.
“The security world is constantly changing, and new laws and regulations can have a major impact on the design of security systems,” explained Ruben Wegman, CEO at Nedap. “The number of threats a security system must offer protection against is also constantly increasing. This presents a difficult situation given that systems are based on hardware and therefore both fixed and closed in nature.”
Wegman continued: “These systems cannot adapt to the new reality of the security manager. The only way to solve this issue is with software. Software modifications not only allow the end user to respond flexibly to current requirements, but also to new security issues that may arise in the future.”
At Security Essen, Nedap demonstrated that it’s possible to respond easily to existing and future requirements by separating hardware and software. For example, by offering anti-passback as a software component, the security system can be adjusted directly to changing rules without any alterations necessary in terms of the hardware. Anti-passback ensures that an individual cannot re-enter a building using an access badge unless the badge has first left the building. This prevents the access badge from being given to other people.
Open standards for more flexibility
The use of open standards can also result in greater flexibility for host organisations. For example, SOAA – the open standard for electronic offline locks – provides organisations with greater choice when it comes to such locks in addition to a more secure system.
Until recently, it was hardly possible to combine multiple electronic offline locks from different suppliers into a single access control system. However, this is a requirement for many large European companies who indicate that they will no longer be investing in such locks until there’s some form of standardisation.
Companies including Assa Abloy, Uhlman & Zacher and Nedap used Security Essen as a platform to show what the SOAA standard means in practice. The open standard allows companies to easily integrate different brands of offline locks, meaning that end users can now choose the product that best fits their bespoke needs. This provides the host company with freedom of choice and saves costs as the end user will no longer be tied to one supplier.
The combination of open standards and software-based solutions enables companies to build on their current security system without having to constantly purchase, install and commission completely new solutions.
Ultimately, end user customers need partners who can help them make a risk-free investment, and who will act as an advisor and keep them informed about new developments. Effective collaboration between suppliers is also important, partly to avoid integration problems. A perfect example of this is the integration of the new Axis A1001 Door Controller with Nedap’s AEOS security management software.
Watch a video http://vimeo.com/108207483 recorded at Essen and featuring thought leaders discussing new trends and challenges in the security sector.