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Evolution maintains quality standards with ISO certification

Evolution, the integrated fire and security solutions business, has achieved ISO 9001:2015 accreditation for Quality Management Systems.

The previous ISO 9001:2008 accreditation was well integrated within Evolution’s processes and procedures, enabling a smooth transition to the new standard which includes a number of important developments.

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One of the most significant is the need for a documented risk management process identifying the potential risks to the business. This required a comprehensive review of the company’s business continuity plan to enable the newly- created Risk Register to record the key areas at risk (along with the level of risk) in greater detail.

New emergency processes have also been created to include appropriate control measures designed to mitigate risks and identify those who may be affected.

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OPTEX to demonstrate enhanced perimeter security and boundary protection solutions at Intersec

OPTEX, the specialist sensor manufacturer, will demonstrate its recently enhanced long-range RLS-3060 LiDAR Series at Intersec, as well as showcasing its new 180-degree outdoor sensor which is ideal for boundary protection applications.

“OPTEX’s LiDARs have been successfully deployed in the Middle East region for years and across a number of applications ranging from perimeter security through to roof and asset protection,” explained Gaurav Mahajan, divisional manager for OPTEX in the Middle East. “At this year’s Intersec, we’re looking forward to showing the new functionalities of our long-range REDSCAN Series products.”

The long-range RLS-3060L has a detection range of up to 30 metres. It now features four detection areas that can be independently adjusted via an analogue connection and up to eight areas that may be adjusted via an IP connection. The inclusion of ‘Area Allocation’ and ‘Masking’ functions enables these detection zones to be precisely defined.

The advanced RLS-3060-SH model has been designed for harsher environments and extends the detection area to a 50-metre radius in horizontal mode. When in vertical detection mode, this model can detect a standing or squatting person over 100 metres away.

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Intersec 2019 is also an opportunity for OPTEX to showcase its new 180-degree outdoor sensor, which is ideal for protecting the boundary of residential and commercial premises. The new WXI 12m 180-degree outdoor PIR has left and right alarm outputs that trigger alarm signals from both sides individually, making it ideal for PTZ activation, direction, recognition and changing detection pattern by day and night.

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The WX Infinity Series features advanced Super Multi-Dimensional Analysis logic to differentiate between human beings and animals, advanced temperature compensation, an area masking shutter and a single or dual pulse count. Models are available as both hard-wired and battery-operated variants.

“With the launch of our new 180-degree PIR, we’re complementing our boundary protection range,” stated Masaya Kida, managing director of OPTEX EMEA. “We’re now able to offer single-sided and double-sided curtain PIRs and 90-degree volumetric and 180-degree volumetric sensors covering all areas around a given building.”

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OPTEX’s sister company Fiber Sensys will be showcasing its compact radar range which offers object tracking and object categorising that differentiates between vehicles, people and drones. This solution complements the firm’s fibre optic perimeter fence detection system by offering protection for wide open areas.

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Pelco to showcase broad end-to-end solution offers at Intersec 2019

Pelco by Schneider Electric, the video surveillance solutions developer, will be exhibiting solutions, services and products in various segment applications at Intersec 2019, which is to be held in Dubai from 20-22 January.

The company will share detail on a few soon-to-be released products and focus on how new technologies such as increased camera resolutions, cloud services and analytics are shaping the future.

Pelco will also feature significant updates to its VideoXpert VMS platform and the GFC Professional 4K camera, along with other new products including the award-winning Esprit Enhanced camera, with options for white and IR combination illumination.

Recognising that Pelco VMS and cameras are broadly deployed across a wide range of vertical market applications and trusted by some of the most demanding customers in the world, the company will be showcasing multiple vertical market applications for hospitality/commercial, education/correction, oil and gas, cities, traffic and airports.

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As technology continues to evolve, organisations face a multitude of challenges that require new solutions. Pelco will share detail on how its products, services and solutions are incorporating cyber security, higher resolution, compression, cloud and analytics capabilities within its portfolio of VideoXpert VMS, cameras and Professional Services to deliver “compelling and operationally successful” deployments.

Pelco will also detail how its newly-launched Professional Services provide a high level of support for both integrators and end users. By leveraging these services, customers and channel partners alike can gain access to a team of trained and certified professionals to assist them with network and system design. They can also help customers with configuration, auditing and onsite troubleshooting.

In addition to the newly-released GFC Professional Pro 4k camera, nearly 20 other Pelco products, solutions and services will be showcased. Among them are Pelco Camera Link, ExSite Enhanced cameras (explosion-proof), Optera cameras (seamless panoramic view), Esprit Enhanced cameras (high resolution PTZ) and IBD cameras (corner mount).

Visitors are encouraged to experience a hands-on demo of the GFC Pro 4K at Pelco’s Hospitality/Commercial and Traffic Monitoring-focused solution booths.

On 21 January, Pelco’s director of segment marketing, namely Stuart Rawling, will offera presentation on how to organise data chaos and assess the various ways in which connected devices impact the world today.

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ASSA ABLOY moves to acquire KEYper Systems in the US

ASSA ABLOY has signed an agreement to acquire KEYper Systems, a leading supplier of electronic and mechanical key management systems in the US with a strong presence in the automotive segment. KEYper was established in 1993 and operates from its headquarters in Harrisburg.

KEYper Systems will become a separate business unit of key and asset management specialist Traka and an operating unit of ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions. Ric Stone, president of KEYper, will report to Justin Sasse, managing director of Traka.

“KEYper’s product range and expertise, especially in the US automotive and property management market segments, will complement Traka’s extensive product range and specialist solutions in key and asset management solutions globally,” explained Justin Sasse, managing director of Traka. “This acquisition will allow us to leverage Traka’s technology to further develop KEYper’s offer for its existing customers, and also widen the product range globally for Traka in all of our market segments.”

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Danny Garrido, president of Traka Americas, added: “This transaction provides us with the opportunity to further strengthen our position in the industry, while at the same tie advancing Traka’s strategy to increase its presence in core markets globally. Traka and KEYper are an excellent strategic fit. We have highly complementary product and service offerings, strong sales and marketing operations and a shared dedication to quality customer service. We expect this combination to result in an even more effective and successful Traka.”

Ric Stone concluded: “I’m very pleased to be joining Traka and ASSA ABLOY. KEYper will be able to accelerate its product and market development and is looking forward to engaging with the wider Traka and ASSA ABLOY organisation in order to share knowledge and expertise.”

The acquisition is conditional upon the satisfaction of customary legal conditions and is expected to complete during the first quarter of 2019.

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Hochiki Europe and FIA host industry discussion focused on life safety in HMOs

Hochiki Europe, the manufacturer of life safety solutions, has partnered with the Fire Industry Association (FIA) to host an in-depth discussion on Best Practice when it comes to life safety in Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs).

Panellists were made up of professionals involved throughout the life safety procurement chain, including representatives from the manufacturing, facilities management, consultancy/specification and installation sectors as well as the FIA itself.

The participants were Ian Watts (emergency lighting manager, Hochiki Europe), Richard Wharram (regional sales manager, Hochiki Europe), Will Lloyd (technical manager, FIA), David Thewlis (director, Rosse Systems) and independent electrical engineer Neil Wright. The event followed on from the release of Hochiki Europe’s most recent White Paper outlining several grey areas regarding different systems being installed in HMOs.

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During the discussion session, which was held at the FIA’s Training Centre in Hampton, London, panellists debated having exclusive Part 1 or Part 6 systems within HMOs and  the benefits of having mixed systems in place. The discussion also focused on perceived confusion around the definition of an HMO, as well as specific challenges for duty holders and Best Practice when selecting emergency lighting in these types of buildings.

Paul Adams, marketing manager at Hochiki Europe, chaired the pane discussion. Adams commented: “This was a necessary and worthwhile discussion which brought up some urgent issues for all parties that must be addressed if we are to protect people living in HMOs. The general consensus around the table was that education and upskilling engineers is paramount.”

Adams concluded: “The life safety sector has so many different requirements for different buildings, depending on their intended purpose, but it has become clear that there’s a severe lack of clarity within the industry when it comes to Best Practice. The guidance and support is out there. We just need to show people where to access it and why it’s so vitally important.”

*The key points and conclusions outlined in the HMO-focused discussions can be found on Hochiki Europe’s website. A video series concentrating on the panel can be found on YouTube

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Jason Hill joins Board of motion detector specialist GJD Security

GJD Security has hit the ground running in 2019 with the appointment of Jason Hill as the company’s new commercial director. Mark Tibbenham, managing director of GJD, has big plans for the British manufacturer of external motion detectors and LED illuminators and has recruited Hill to help deliver on his aspirations.

Commenting on Hill’s appointment, Tibbenham said: “Even though we were 2017 recipients of the Queens Award for Enterprise (International Trade), there are a significant number of markets where we have no representation. Jason can help us to identify suitable distributors and partners globally. We’re also expanding in the US after opening an office in Los Angeles last year and focusing on the Home Automation market there. Jason is extremely well connected with that sector in North America.”

Tibbenham continued: “Most importantly, GJD has ambitious new product development plans and we need to communicate those effectively to a large potential market. Having worked with Jason over the last few years on a number of projects and partnerships, I felt he was the man we needed to take our business to the next phase.”

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Mark Tibbenham (left) and Jason Hill of GJD

Hill himself stated: “It’s very satisfying to be working for a British security manufacturer after all these years in the industry. GJD is growing fast and is already recognised as a UK export success story, but there’s still so much more potential. I will be busy travelling the world to meet new partners and supporting the US operation as it expands. Mark has already done the hard work of enabling the support of GJD products into Home Automation platforms so I need to work on market awareness. Reliable human detection in external applications is in huge demand from end users and we have the technology to deliver that. I have also seen the product roadmap for the next two years and there are some great projects on the horizon.”

Jason joins GJD from Taiwanese surveillance manufacturer LILIN, where he was UK managing director for 20 years and, latterly, Group vice-president. Hill has worked in the security industry since 1990, predominantly with manufacturers.

Founded in 1983, GJD manufactures, designs and supplies professional external detector equipment, as well as infrared and White Light LED illuminators. The company’s head office is located in Heywood, Greater Manchester.

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Hanwha Techwin “stands out from the crowd” in “competitive surveillance market”

Bob Hwang, managing director of Hanwha Techwin Europe, has provided an indication as to what’s in the company’s 2019 product pipeline. Here, he explains how working ever more closely with distribution partners and leading system integrators, and valuing the feedback they provide in terms of changing market demands, has delivered huge dividends for Hanwha Techwin when it comes to devising a successful product strategy.

We’ve enjoyed significant sales success over the past three years. There’s no doubt that this is largely due to our ability to truly understand how the market is evolving, which we have been able to do with the help of our field-based sales colleagues and our talented teams who have taken on board our customers’ feedback.

In addition to introducing new cameras and recording devices, this has also driven us to work in partnership with third party technology providers to develop solutions which are relevant to today’s market and provide our distribution partners and system integrators alike with a competitive edge.

During 2019, our customers can be assured that we will continue to be a market leader by taking advantage of emerging technologies which will enable them to achieve maximum value from their Wisenet video surveillance solutions.

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New products and solutions

Hanwha Techwin will be formally launching new additions to its Wisenet range throughout 2019 and we’ve given a strong indication as to what’s in the product pipeline.

With Artificial Intelligence (AI) and deep learning – which present exciting new opportunities for a wide range of sophisticated applications – now becoming more accessible to solution developers, we intend to introduce more solutions which support the latest AI technology.

The Wisenet 5 chipset, which is at the heart of the Wisenet X Series of cameras, will be used in other camera lines. There are also plans to introduce an even more advanced Wisenet 7 chipset.

There will be an updated version of the Wisenet WAVE Video Management Software (VMS) offering improved scaleability and interoperability for medium-sized installations, as well as a new version of Smart Security Manager which is designed for entry level, legacy and special projects. We shall continue to cooperate with third party VMS vendors for our high-end customers.

A key attribute of the new products which will be introduced over the coming months is that they’ve all been designed to improve the installers’ experience and reduce operational costs for end users. 

Smart solutions for vertical markets

We intend to sustain our efforts to seek out opportunities for introducing new and innovative solutions to complement existing Wisenet solutions developed jointly with our technology partners for strategic vertical sectors, such as retail and transportation.

Our Korean heritage and core values of ‘Challenge’, ‘Loyalty’ and ‘Integrity’, which are at the heart of ourWe Move With Trust’ central marketing theme, have equipped the business to stand out from the crowd. In order to have a brand name which is trusted, it’s not sufficient just to have products which are better than those of our competitors or for them to be more affordable. We also need to demonstrate a long-term commitment to provide customers with the highest levels of pre- and post-sales support.

In this respect, our message encompasses respect for our distribution and solution partners, our passion for quality and service and an extended five-year warranty support which we offer to our STEP Partners as part of a package of benefits designed to reward their loyalty and give them a competitive edge. 

Determined not to be complacent, Hanwha Techwin has declared its intention to continually monitor and test cyber security risks using third party security agencies and a dedicated cyber security team. When necessary, we will release in quick time new firmware to counter the latest threats.

This is an exciting time for our security business. The year has already begun well with the recent announcement that our new manufacturing facility in Vietnam is fully operational. This is just one of many reasons why I’m confident we will continue to succeed and be competitive in a market that continues to grow at pace.

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