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Frictionless systems provide access to a building without interfering at all with a user’s entry experience. Frictionless access means you can automatically pass through a gate without showing a credential or otherwise engaging, and with the system recognising who you are and allowing you to pass. In true frictionless access, everything works seamlessly, with unauthorised people obviously barred. But how close are we to realising frictionless access control? We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: Is frictionless access control a reality or an empty promise?
Already a strong player, particularly in New Zealand and Australia, Gallagher is still climbing in the U.S. market, which it sees as a big opportunity to invest in the company. Active in the United States for 10 years, Gallagher undertook a more aggressive growth strategy about five years ago. There are 52 employees in Gallagher’s U.S. security business, and about half the workforce has been hired in the last couple of years. They have grown from three sales territories to 16, operated by a full sales and engineering staff. Culture of innovation sets As it happens, Gallagher’s U.S. headquarters is located a short drive from my home office in the wider vicinity of Atlanta. I missed seeing them at GSX in Dallas, so we scheduled an in-person visit to catch up on their company. Gallagher’s strong culture of innovation sets them apart, as does their “people-first” commitment, says Scott Elliott, Gallagher’s Executive Vice-President, The Americas. “We have intentionally recruited for a diversity of thought that drives the business,” says Elliott. “We are a people business.” Melissa Vidakovic, Director of Marketing, Americas; and Scott Elliott, Executive VP, Americas, at Gallagher Security's office in Canton, GA. Unified approach An advantage Gallagher has in the market is total ownership of their supply chain; it manufactures each of the hundreds of products used across their solutions, from plastic components to readers to controllers to their own software systems. Among other advantages, the unified approach enables tighter control from a hardening and cybersecurity perspective, enabling them to minimize any threat vectors or vulnerabilities. The strategy also avoids dependence on third-party suppliers, which was a huge advantage during recent supply chain disruptions. While competitors struggled with availability issues related to third-party manufacturers, Gallagher’s supply was uninterrupted. Gallagher’s commitment Gallagher uses the same norms as the nation and subjects its effects to inner and outer penetration As a manufacturer serving a broad spectrum of markets, it’s Gallagher’s commitment to the high end of the market (e.g., high-security applications), where the company incorporates core tenets such as authentication and encryption. Gallagher uses some of the same standards as the government and subjects its products to internal and external penetration testing. These core strengths are also integral to Gallagher’s complete product line. “If it’s good enough for a high-level customer, it’s good enough for Mr. Business Owner,” says Elliott. The New Zealand company was founded in 1938 and was the first company to commercialize the electric fence, which it still uses for its agriculture business sector, separate from the security business. Gallagher entered the access control business 35 years ago in 1988 when a product used to restrict access to fuel pumps evolved into broader access control. Gallagher platform In the intervening years, the product has grown into a unified platform that incorporates access control, intrusion detection, and perimeter detection in a single ecosystem. “The platform is all-encompassing,” says Elliott. “No other platform does all three.” Augmenting access control, intrusion, and perimeter protection, there are other applications available in the Gallagher platform, such as workforce management, health and safety functions, and a spectrum of features useful to a wider stakeholder community. Fatigue management applications For example, Gallagher can implement routine randomized checks to proactively mitigate potential risks such as drug or alcohol abuse, thus ensuring workers are fit to work, to operate various machinery and that they do not pose a threat to fellow employees or the company. “Fatigue management” applications can monitor the use of equipment to avoid repetitive injuries or manage how long an employee works at a job site, requiring a worker to swipe or tap a card to a reader mounted on a machine to monitor and limit the time they operate that machine. Mobile mustering provides location and identification of evacuees in case of an emergency. Impact of digital transformation Gallagher’s “Better Ways of Working” concept zeroes in on the impact of digital transformation Gallagher is also embracing the “digital transformation” of the industry. Security companies must adapt to a more agile workforce and shifting processes, says Elliott. Gallagher’s “Better Ways of Working” concept zeroes in on the impact of digital transformation on their workforce. They also seek to address the changing workforce, where Gen-Z’ers work side-by-side with tenured, experienced workers, and where creating trust is the best approach to closing the generational gap. Gallagher also seeks to educate the market on trends such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, cloud adoption, various service delivery models, and other issues. Industry consolidation Gallagher has more than 1,200 employees; operates in 140 countries, from South America to Canada, Europe to the Asia-Pacific and Australia; and serves almost 16,000 customers. Gallagher is part of New Zealand’s growing technology export sector, which is growing 30% faster than the overall economy and is now the second-largest export sector in New Zealand. In an age of industry consolidation and a market dominated by corporate conglomerates, Gallagher is a privately held organization seeking to be agile and innovative, and to deliver customer value more quickly. Gallagher re-invests about 15% of its profits into research and development. “Our customer service is the primary reason people buy from us,” says Elliott. Security integrators Security integrators quickly appreciate the breadth and strength of the product line Gallagher positions itself as an alternative in a market in the midst of disruption. Brand awareness continues to be a challenge in the United States, and the sales team often hears the question: “Who is Gallagher?” Once the introduction is made, security integrators quickly appreciate the breadth and strength of the product line, says Elliott. “We allow our customers to select among best-of-breed platforms, and [using open systems,] we are not limited by the technology we offer,” says Elliott. “Our value proposition to the integrator channel is our focus on the relationship,” says Elliott. Supporting end users through an authorized, certified channel, Gallagher also emphasizes value, cost-competitiveness, and cybersecurity. “Our partner relationships are built around cultural alignment,” says Elliott. Product innovation perspective What’s ahead for Gallagher and for the industry as a whole? Hard to say, notes Elliott, given the unfolding of unpredictable geopolitical and financial trends. However, from a product innovation perspective, Gallagher will continue to evolve, balancing a dependence on “cash cow” legacy product lines with investment in leapfrog innovations such as frictionless access control, cloud platforms, and mobile systems. In general, Elliott predicts AI will yield an opportunity to analyze a person’s pattern of behavior and intent, thus enabling a security system to adapt down the road. “With the ability to predict with some degree of certainty what might happen, these capabilities will evolve,” says Elliott.
Amidst the challenges of a prevailing economic downturn, the retail sector finds itself grappling with an unparalleled rise in incidents of shoplifting, theft, and burglaries. The disconcerting scenes witnessed on London’s Oxford Street in August 2023, where crowds gathered, looting as many stores as possible, sent shockwaves across the nation’s retailers. This alarming surge in retail crime has put retailers on high alert, as they contend with a rising tide of security concerns. Shoplifting concerns Recent data from the Union of Shop Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW), has raised alarming concerns: shoplifting rates have surged by an unprecedented 24%. In the first half of 2023 alone, there were approximately 8 million reported shoplifting incidents. With the ongoing burden of the cost of living crisis and the approaching festive season, it is expected that these figures will keep surging. Implementing robust security measures Theft and prevention strategies cost retailers approximately £2 billion in 2021/2022 While more help from the Government to support retail workers and the businesses shoplifters target is certainly needed, the implementation of robust security measures will significantly contribute to deterring these crimes from occurring in the first place. British retailers spend millions on tools to deter and catch shoplifters inside stores, from CCTV and security guards to electronic tagging and alarms. The Grocer reported that theft and prevention strategies cost retailers approximately £2 billion in 2021/2022. Despite these initial costs, other threats are at play beyond the shop floor. Break-ins by criminal gangs For many large town centre stores and supermarkets, and units in retail parks, the rear doors and delivery areas are commonly targeted by criminal gangs. It’s not uncommon for thefts to occur from pallets or cages that have been unloaded from lorries and sit waiting to be moved into the building. After-hours break-ins are a risk for all store owners too, particularly over the festive season when a lot of high-value stock has been delivered to shops and supermarkets. Addressing anti-social behaviour The additional fencing was deemed an essential measure to safeguard the community Anti-social behaviour also poses a challenge for retailers. In 2022, an Aldi based in Derby invested in security fencing to protect staff and deter loitering groups. The additional fencing was deemed an essential measure to safeguard the community, as dangerous items were frequently found outside the store, including weapons and hypodermic needles. So how do physical security solutions such as fencing and gates help better protect retail establishments such as supermarkets and edge-of-town retail park shops? Fencing and gates: a critical component of retail security 1. Risk assessment and target hardening A thorough risk assessment will identify potential weak spots that require protection. ‘Target hardening’ involves implementing physical security measures that become more robust as they approach the target. This helps deter intruders while ensuring ease of access for customers and staff. 2. Effective perimeter security Opt for difficult-to-climb security fencing that provides a robust obstacle against thieves, vandals, and intruders Selecting fencing solutions according to the potential threats, site characteristics, and topography is crucial. It is important to specify fencing that strikes a balance and maintains a welcoming appearance while safeguarding external areas of the store or warehouse from potential harm and unauthorised access. Solid fencing which provides concealment can help to conceal expensive goods and remove them as a target for opportunistic theft. Opt for difficult-to-climb security fencing that provides a robust obstacle against thieves, vandals, and intruders. I recommend selecting a sufficiently tall and robust fence such as an acoustic barrier. Its noise-reducing properties are often beneficial for these types of sites too. 3. Controlling vehicular speeds and access To enhance security, consider controlling vehicular speeds and access. One effective approach is the installation of bollards at the ends of traditional high streets. This practice is already commonplace as a means of safeguarding against hostile vehicle attacks, but it can also play a pivotal role in preventing quick getaways of vehicles involved in potential heists. Additionally, employing road blockers and sliding gates at the rear entrances of delivery areas would serve to fortify security further. These measures can help in delaying vehicles, allowing for necessary checks to be conducted. 4. Balancing security with aesthetics The presence of high-security fencing can also make a site more of a target for vandals and burglars Another challenge is avoiding creating an imposing presence, especially important for areas situated near residential communities. The presence of high-security fencing can also make a site more of a target for vandals and burglars. To minimise this risk consider specifying timber fencing and traffic barriers to secure car parks, providing both security and a welcoming atmosphere for shoppers. Taking an integrated approach Combine secure perimeter fencing with effective lighting in places with shaded areas and at doors, gates, and shop windows, alongside Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems (PIDS), and strategically placed CCTV. These measures will hinder unauthorised entry and escape, increasing the likelihood of detection and apprehension. Prioritising employee wellbeing Installing robust security fencing, complemented by CCTV, good lighting, and guarding, creates a safe environment Installing robust security fencing, complemented by CCTV, good lighting, and guarding, creates a safe environment for employees. This not only safeguards their well-being but also provides peace of mind that they are protected effectively in the case of a burglary or crime. When selecting security products for retail sites, it is advisable to opt for items that have undergone rigorous testing and carry relevant certifications for their security level. Each component should meet industry-specific standards for its intended purpose and originate from manufacturers accredited under ISO 9001:2015. This ensures a high standard of quality and reliability in safeguarding the premises. High-quality security fencing As the cost-of-living crisis continues, crime rates increase, and the festive season approaches, the time to act and implement on-site security is now. By investing in comprehensive security measures, retailers can protect their assets, employees, and customers, ensuring a safer and more secure shopping environment for all. High-quality security fencing is also a sound investment, that requires little or no maintenance once installed. The best fencing solutions are extremely weather-resistant, and won’t suffer from rust or corrosion. With all sectors preparing to ride the rapids of recession in the coming year, improving on-site security while selecting cost-effective measures, is one surefire way to protect your people, your property, and your profits from harm.
There is safety in numbers, or so the expression goes. Generally speaking, several employees working together tend to be safer than a single employee working alone. Even so, some environments require that workers complete their jobs alone, thus presenting a unique combination of security vulnerabilities. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines a lone worker as “an employee working alone, such as in a confined space or isolated location.” We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How can security technologies help to protect "lone workers?"
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In a groundbreaking collaboration, Partisia Blockchain and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO Valais-Wallis) are poised to transform the management of digital identities for Swiss citizens. This partnership aims to develop a decentralised electronic identity system in harmony with the Swiss Federal Council’s unwavering commitment to data privacy and security. Redefining digital identity management This collaboration marks a significant leap toward redefining digital identity management in Switzerland. The joint project aims to empower individuals with control over their data, ensuring a future where privacy and security are not compromised. The primary objective of this project is to define the architecture for a self-sovereign identity (SSI)--based electronic identity (e-ID), creating a minimum viable product (MVP) and seamlessly integrating it into a public administration portal. SSI-based e-ID SSI solution empowers citizens by enabling them to wield credentials issued by public administrations The SSI solution empowers citizens by enabling them to wield credentials issued by public administrations in mobile applications, offering the autonomy to select the data they disclose when accessing services. Central to this innovation is blockchain technology, with Partisia Blockchain at the forefront, introducing a fast, sustainable, and privacy-centric blockchain solution. Enhancing security Kurt Nielsen, PhD, President of Partisia Blockchain, says, “We aim to place control firmly in the hands of individuals, allowing them to become the ultimate custodians of their personal information." "This approach not only enhances privacy but also elevates the level of security that individuals can expect from digital identity management.” Decentralised system This decentralised system ensures that the individual is the ultimate owner of their information Partisia Blockchain, known for its proficiency in zero-knowledge and private smart contracts, provides a platform where individuals exercise absolute control over their data. This decentralised system ensures that the individual is the ultimate owner of their information, setting a new standard in privacy and security. Simple, secure, and open-source approach Jean-Luc Beuchat, Professor at HES-SO Valais-Wallis, says, “We are thrilled to introduce our SSI solution, designed to provide a simple, secure, and open-source approach to digital identity management." "Its versatility makes it ideal for a wide range of applications, from government-issued e-IDs to humanitarian aid initiatives. Our scalable solution can be seamlessly adapted to meet the unique requirements of diverse organisations.” Target vision for an e-ID The paper outlined three technical approaches: a state identity provider, a public-key infrastructure, and SSI In response to the rejection of the Federal Act on Electronic Identification Services (e-ID Act) by Swiss citizens in March 2021, the Swiss Federal Council promptly recommended Parliament approve six motions addressing citizens’ concerns and proposing a new e-ID Act. This led to the drafting of technical solutions by the Federal Office of Justice (FOJ), including the discussion paper on the target vision for an e-ID in August 2021. The paper outlined three technical approaches: a state identity provider, a public-key infrastructure, and self-sovereign identity (SSI). Opting for the latter approach, the Federal Council is in the final stages of concluding consultations before the year’s end. Benefits of SSI The solution developed by Partisia Blockchain, DuoKey, and HES-SO Valais-Wallis is slated for presentation to the Swiss Federal Department of Justice before Christmas. Emphasising its various benefits, including non-disclosure of personal information, data usability for statistics and planning without revealing personal information, and its compliance with Swiss legislation, this solution aligns seamlessly with the vision outlined by the Swiss Federal Council. Reshaping digital identity The Partisia Blockchain and HES-SO Valais-Wallis’ joint solution is a pivotal moment in reshaping digital identity management in Switzerland, emphasising a commitment to privacy, security, and a decentralised approach. The joint efforts aim to echo the Swiss regulations of data governance, prioritising individual empowerment and stringent privacy measures. Privacy-preserving authentication Supported by proven cryptographic techniques, this system maintains data integrity and privacy The system relies on verifiable credentials (VCs) to ensure secure and privacy-preserving authentication along with SD-JWT selective disclosure. Managed through smart contracts deployed by a universally trusted governance framework, citizens can securely log into various web portals using these credentials. Supported by proven cryptographic techniques, this system maintains data integrity and privacy, ensuring a robust digital identity management solution. Energy efficiency, scalability, and data security Energy efficiency, scalability, and security have been at the core of our solution as well. Partisia Blockchain not only offers a sustainable choice but also ensures the scalability needed to accommodate any number of users while upholding the highest standards of security. The collaboration between Partisia Blockchain, DuoKey, and HES-SO Valais-Wallis marks a pivotal step forward in digital identity management in Switzerland, particularly in the context of the broader European landscape where projects, such as the European Union’s e-ID, are sparking discussions about privacy and data security. Robust privacy and security By focusing on an SSI-based e-ID and utilising zero-knowledge and private smart contracts, this solution aims to empower individuals with unparalleled control over their data. This approach not only ensures robust privacy and security but also sets a new standard in digital identity management, highlighting user empowerment and a commitment to a decentralised framework.
Suprema, a global pioneer in access control and biometrics, has been selected in the '2023 Global Top 50 Security Company' announced by a pioneering global security media, A&S International for the 13th consecutive year. List of top 50 companies A&S International annually announces a list of the top 50 companies pioneering the market based on product sales and revenue. Suprema has ranked in the top 50 for 13 consecutive years since 2011. Additionally, Suprema has been recognised in the ‘Global Top 5’ for 2023’s newly established ‘Access Control’ category. Growth of the access control market 42% of survey respondents are considering adoption of mobile-based access control systems According to global market research conducted by A&S International, the growth of the access control market is expected to surpass that of the video surveillance market in the next five years with the widespread adoption of mobile-based convenient access authentication. Close to 42% of survey respondents are considering adoption of mobile-based access control systems. Top 5 position Reflecting this trend, A&S International introduced a new ranking for the access control category in 2023. Securing the Top 5 position in this category is a true testament to Suprema’s 20 years of leadership in access control, biometrics, and mobile-based access control solutions. BioStation 2a Recently Suprema launched BioStation 2a, an innovative fingerprint recognition solution leveraging the most advanced NPU(Neural Processing Unit)-based AI technology. It is the world's first to adopt deep learning for fingerprint recognition providing dominating performance through accuracy and speed. Subscription-based cloud access control service Cloud-based access control services have gained significant attention in both domestic and global To expand on the innovation, Suprema introduced a subscription-based cloud access control service to conveniently integrate Suprema’s hard into any 3rd party cloud platforms. Cloud-based access control services have gained significant attention in both domestic and global markets with the rapid transition of business platforms to the cloud. Revenue growth and business expansion “Despite challenging market conditions, Suprema has demonstrated stable growth and continuous innovation, maintaining its position as one of the top 50 security companies globally for 13 years,” said Suprema Inc. CEO Hanchul Kim. “The company aims to strengthen its presence in the global market by pursuing revenue growth and business expansion in diverse countries across Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East.”
Codelocks is celebrating two years since its successful European expansion, providing access control solutions across the continent. In that time, Codelocks has completed projects with organisations of all sizes from solar-powered electric bike ports to storage solutions for some of Europe’s largest supermarket chains. Codelocks established its European operation in 2021 to meet customer demand and offer enhanced delivery and distribution. Its first strategic milestone was hiring European General Manager, Eddy van der Vegte, and establishing a warehouse and office in Enschede, The Netherlands, to enable Codelocks to provide customers with a localised service. Medical cabinetry manufacturers Commenting on European distribution and localised services, Eddy said, “By establishing a base in Europe, Codelocks has been able to offer customers a better service and avoid the issues of post-Brexit disruptions. We offer improved delivery and distribution, along with customer support in multiple languages. Our European customers appreciate this greatly and it has helped us to work on many multi-site and multi-country projects too.” Several of Codelocks’ largest European deals have been multi-site projects, working with partners and clients that operate across regions. These include providing KitLock locks for large festival locker arrays, bag storage for multi-site supermarkets, and medical cabinetry manufacturers with factories across Belgium, The Netherlands, and Spain. Temporary access codes Alongside KitLock, several of Codelocks’ product lines have contributed to its European market growth Commenting on the number of successful projects, Codelocks’ European Sales Manager, Steve Newman said, “Our European location makes us ideally situated to serve customers across regions and sites. For example, working with one of our partners, we provided KitLock locks to create a storage solution so customers can store bags when shopping at one of the largest supermarkets in Austria and Romania. The lockers give customers a place to store their belongings and help retail owners deter theft and minimise loss. It’s rewarding to know that Codelocks’ KitLocks are proving these large supermarkets and their customers with the exact access control solution they need.” Alongside KitLock, several of Codelocks’ product lines have contributed to its European market growth, notably its NetCode®-equipped smart locks. NetCode® allows date- and time-sensitive temporary access codes to be issued remotely using a web portal or smartphone app. Excellent customer service This allows companies to create self-service access control solutions that can also be integrated into web portals or booking systems. NetCode® has featured in tennis court access control solutions across Portugal and Belgium, in music studios in Belgium, and 100% renewable solar e-bike charging ports in Austria. Eddy van de Vegte said of Codelocks growth over the past two years, “Our expansion has been driven by our innovative products, our ability to distribute them across Europe, and our excellent customer service. As trends across Europe change because of things like hybrid working and sustainability efforts, Codelocks is providing access control solutions to make sure companies can meet new customer demands. In the UK, Codelocks has built a reputation for providing world-class support and products, and I’m pleased European customers now benefit from that too.”
Global channel services provider, Agilitas IT Solutions, is pleased to announce its strategic partnership this week with Solink, a world-class business that provides trusted, cloud video surveillance systems. Driven by a shared commitment to safety and customer service, paired with Agilitas’ global footprint and Solink's best-in-class technology, the partnership will empower both organisations to serve a broader global customer base. Video surveillance systems This partnership comes at a time when businesses are striving to take back control of their operations, resolve issues, and boost their bottom line. The companies will work together to deliver video surveillance systems to a range of industries, including retail, hospitality, enterprise and logistics. Solink’s platform offers one of the most comprehensive series of cloud video surveillance systems on the market. It provides businesses with a smart way to manage security, with visibility across all locations in real-time and advanced features that allow users to search, investigate, and share incidents with authorities. Global support network Solink provides a full suite of loss prevention tools enabling users to investigate a speciﬁc location For brick-and-mortar retailers looking to transform their business, Solink provides a full suite of loss prevention tools enabling users to investigate a speciﬁc location, a region of the ﬂoor, or even a particular transaction type. The platform can also align with an organisation’s POS system, offering the visibility needed for smart operations, staffing, and compliance. With over 30 years of experience, Agilitas has built a global support network that is aligned with the needs of today’s channel market. Its extensive service, logistics, and technical expertise can be accessed 24/7/365 to ensure companies remain operational around the clock. With this flexibility, Agilitas will be able to deploy Solink’s platform to Channel partners with ease, enabling them to scale and innovate with confidence. Customer deployment standards Speaking on the partnership, Josh Rudder, Sales Director at Solink said, "As we expand Solink in EMEA, more loss prevention teams can now leverage the power of the complete Solink platform to solve critical issues like ORC, fraud, and employee safety. A partner like Agilitas provides the integration expertise, reach, and scalability to help us meet high customer deployment standards." John Hayes-Warren, CEO of Agilitas concluded, “At Agilitas, we have a passion to innovate, exceed expectations and put our customers at the heart of everything we do. Solink shares this passion and has created a crucial hub for global business operations, security, and loss prevention strategies. Leveraging our growing network, we will be able to help more organisations gain complete visibility of their business.”
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From sporting events and shows to parties and concerts, whatever happens at the Rudolf Weber-Arena in Oberhausen, Germany, up to 12,700 spectators can be on hand to cheer on their idols. The venue is extremely popular with spectators and event organisers alike, not only because of the great variety of events on offer but also because of its size and central location in the Ruhr area. Bosch upgrade To ensure that event-goers continue to benefit from the highest standards of safety and security, the arena's technology was recently updated with a team of experts from Bosch Building Technologies playing a key role. The project involved upgrading the fire alarm, intrusion detection, public address, and voice alarm solution that Bosch originally installed when the arena was built in 1996. What’s more, this time round, the venue operators also opted to install a networked video security and access control solution from Bosch. Intelligent monitoring with high-performance cameras The new video solution can monitor all areas of the multi-purpose arena, both inside and outside The new video solution can monitor all areas of the multi-purpose arena, both inside and outside. These areas are monitored by over 30 IP cameras, including high-performance HD dome cameras that can be remotely controlled. 4K cameras are pointing at the entrances to certain areas, and public circulation areas are also monitored. Several cameras are equipped with intelligent video analysis technology that makes it easy to immediately spot unusual details, such as an unattended rucksack. What’s more, a forensic search function can be used to analyse the video data retrospectively, so that video evidence can be found more quickly for the police, for example. Video security “The introduction of this video security system was really important to us,” says Mirco Markfort, General Manager of the Rudolf Weber-Arena. "Before we had this technology to provide us with a complete and dependable overview, we had to rely solely on feedback from our security staff in and around the arena. Now, we can work directly from the control centre." More straightforward operations with new digital processes To control the access of suppliers and day visitors through the backstage entrance, Bosch implemented a state-of-the-art visitor management system. Visitors are registered using a tablet, after which staff automatically issue access badges. This solution also makes it possible to keep track of who is on the premises at any given time. If the building needs to be evacuated, it can be verified that everyone has left the arena. Easy-to-use management system By clicking on individual cameras on the plan, for example, staff can call up the relevant video feed Fire alarm, voice alarm, video security, intrusion detection, and access control are all integrated into one easy-to-use management system from Bosch. As a result, control centre staff can operate and manage all safety and security systems easily and comprehensively from a single workstation. A floor plan of the building, showing all levels, is displayed on the screen. By clicking on individual cameras on the plan, for example, staff can call up the relevant video feed. Technical support with round-the-clock service from Bosch Those responsible for the arena in Oberhausen also rely on Bosch when it comes to servicing and maintaining the overall solution. As an event venue, which is at its busiest in the evenings and weekends, the arena relies on the 24/7 availability of the service team, which can be on-site quickly if required or access the systems remotely without delay.
St. Benedict’s Catholic Primary School, an institution deeply rooted in religious values and commitment to a positive learning environment, has recently completed a significant enhancement project aimed at upgrading its perimeter fencing. Situated in Chatham, Kent, and renowned for its dedication to sustainability and fostering a safe atmosphere, the school partnered with Jacksons Fencing, a provider of fencing solutions, to upgrade security and aesthetics. Cohesive aesthetics aligned with school values Characterised by a strong brand identity centred around the colour red, St. Benedict’s undertook a mission to transform the school's visual appeal. Understanding the impact of the first impression, the school selected over 48 metres of Bow Top fencing, along with three gates, all polyester powder coated in a vibrant red (RAL 3020) to match existing elements on the campus. This architectural-grade finish not only complements the school's uniform and bike shed but also fosters a cohesive and welcoming learning environment. The importance of perimeter design in the school atmosphere Likewise, a fence in disrepair may raise concerns about the school's overall standard of care The fencing surrounding a school's perimeter, especially the entrance, plays a crucial role in shaping the impressions of pupils, prospective students, and parents. A design perceived as intimidating can create a hostile environment, impacting younger children's sense of security but at the same time, it must provide security. Likewise, a fence in disrepair may raise concerns about the school's overall standard of care. St. Benedict’s recognised the significance of first impressions and opted to replace its triple-point palisade fence because of its lacklustre and unwelcoming appearance. Fencing solution Once popular in the 80s and 90s, steel palisade fencing has become outdated and poses security flaws. The attachment of pales to rails with bolts allows for easy prying, providing unauthorised access without clear evidence of a breach. St. Benedict’s, with its strong brand identity, sought a fencing solution that addressed security concerns, reflected its values, and positively contributed to a cohesive learning environment. Bow Top Fencing: Blending security and aesthetics The fence's design allows for hedgehogs to pass, helping to create wildlife-friendly spaces Recognising the importance of security without compromising aesthetics, the school opted for Bow Top fencing, the design, both decorative and climb-resistant, ensures a safe and inviting atmosphere. The fence incorporates welded pale-through-rail construction with concealed panel-to-post connectors, providing a secure solution with no visible fixings. Furthermore, the fence's design allows for hedgehogs to pass, helping to create wildlife-friendly spaces and enhancing the school's environmental commitment. Sustainable, long-term solution With a 25-year service life guarantee against rust and manufacturing defects, the newly installed Bow Top fencing and gates offer a sustainable, long-term solution with minimal environmental impact. Commenting on this successful project, Peter Jackson, Managing Director at Jacksons Fencing, expressed, “St. Benedict’s thoughtful approach in choosing a solution that combines safety, sustainability, and visual harmony is commendable." "It’s been a pleasure contributing to the school's enhanced perimeter, and we're excited about the positive impact it will have on their campus. The fencing not only provides security but also enhances the school's branding and eco-friendly initiatives.”
Koning Willem I College in north-east Brabant, Netherlands, offers a broad range of educational and integration programmes. In total, around 18,000 students take 250 courses at its 16 locations. A new location on Onderwijsboulevard in 's-Hertogenbosch was designed to be a model modern educational institution and this included its access control. Need for a modern locking solution The imposing new building has modern rooms that provide opportunities for consultation, collaboration in small and large groups, presentations, and individual work. Access to these spaces required a flexible and modern locking solution, ideally with as few keys as possible. Easy integration Dependable security was needed for all kinds of valuable learning materials and sensitive information Employees and students must feel welcome and safe. Dependable security was needed for all kinds of valuable learning materials and sensitive information. “Easy integration with the existing access control system without additional software,” was the goal, according to Alex te Pas, functional manager of facilities management information systems. Keyless access for improved security and easier management “Within our organisation, we want to phase out the use of keys,” he says. “Because when employees left, we noticed that people often forgot to turn in keys or tokens. In the event of an audit, we then have a problem." Aperio locks Wireless Aperio locks communicate via Aperio Hubs which handle secure, real-time communication The college chose Aperio locks which are easy to integrate wirelessly with their existing Nedap AEOS access control system. No additional software is needed: wireless Aperio locks communicate via Aperio Hubs which handle secure, real-time communication between locks and the AEOS system. This way, college security staff have full control over access and can quickly revoke anyone’s access rights. Saves time and costs Because Aperio devices run on batteries, rather than mains power, there was no need to make any major adjustments to the doors. This saves both time and cost during installation. The ongoing cost of using these battery-powered locks is much lower than for equivalent wired electronic locks, which require an ‘always on’ connection to the power grid to maintain secure status. Aperio E100 Escutcheon E100 offers a convenient combination of free exit from the inside with automatic locking The college chose the Aperio E100 Escutcheon to secure doors throughout the building. The E100 offers a convenient combination of free exit from the inside with automatic locking on closure from the outside. It comes in a variety of specifications to fit different door security levels or everyday usage, including a version with PINpad which adds another level of control. 2-factor authentication With the additional PIN code, the risk of unauthorised access via a found or stolen pass is minimised. “We wanted to provide our technical rooms with 2-factor authentication. So here we chose Aperio locks with PIN code capability,” adds te Pas. Extending an AEOS system with Aperio wireless devices End-users can get even more out of an existing Nedap AEOS system by integrating Aperio Nedap’s versatile AEOS access control system integrates seamlessly with various Aperio devices. End-users can get even more out of an existing Nedap AEOS system by integrating Aperio cylinders, escutcheons, handles, and more, online and/or offline, giving security managers control over traffic to and through more areas at their premises. Nedap integration Nedap integration supports multiple devices from the Aperio range, including the award-winning wireless handle (H100), escutcheon (E100), cylinder (C100), and security lock (L100). Aperio devices are available for almost any interior or exterior door, including wooden and glass doors, as well as fire doors. Online integration with AEOS can use different interfaces (RS485 / IP), connecting lock and system via hubs that control up to 16 locks each. Powerful functions and events A full set of powerful functions and events is made available for any Aperio device within the AEOS interface, including door or battery status and tamper detection. AEOS software manages everything, eliminating unproductive tasks including any need to duplicate data entry saving time, and extending control without hassle for building users or administrators.
Vorbasse Market, known as 'Denmark's Biggest Family Tradition', is visited by up to 250,000 people every year. It began in 1730 as a horse and trader market and this continues, with the area hosting up to 500 horses, 650 traders, and more than 200 small animal traders annually. It has also expanded to include a campsite, one of Denmark’s largest traveling fairgrounds, and an entertainment programme that includes DJs and live music. The challenge at Vorbasse Market The team at Vorbasse Market needed a way to manage queues, crowds, and bottlenecks in critical areas around the market, while also ensuring the safety of visitors, traders, animals, and equipment. Operators needed oversight of many different areas of the market, with ease, and to respond quickly to any events that required their attention. Round-the-clock monitoring was especially vital because the market is not locked up at night, with members of the public still able to access areas within it. To improve visibility at night and in bad weather, the team was also looking for cameras with IR features. Improving situational awareness 24/7 The team turned to installers Outscale and Hanwha Vision to provide an intelligent, easy-to-use, video surveillance The team turned to installer Outscale and Hanwha Vision to provide an intelligent, easy-to-use, video surveillance system for 24/7 monitoring of Vorbasse Market. In total, 55 X and P Series cameras were installed across the site, with 45 of these XNV-6080R vandal-resistant IR dome cameras which are complemented by PND-A9081RV AI dome cameras. Deep learning for boosting team efficiency Working alongside these cameras are PND-A9081RV AI dome cameras that have deep learning built into each device. This reduces false alarms, alerting operators only to genuine events and decreasing their fatigue and frustration, as well as helping teams to work more efficiently. The cameras can detect loitering, different sounds, tampering, shock detection (which can indicate someone hitting the camera), and face mask-wearing. In addition, the PND-A9081RV comes with BestShot to help with bandwidth and storage limitations by only sharing the best captures of an image with operators. Clear imagery with the XNV-6080R With Hallway View, operators can monitor narrow areas such as walkways and around fences The XNV-6080R cameras feature video analytics that alert operators to loitering and tampering, plus audio detection for noises such as shouting or screaming. With Hallway View, operators can monitor narrow areas such as walkways and around fences. To deliver clear images day and night, the cameras come with IR that has a viewable length of 50m as well as Lens Distortion Correction which ensures natural-looking images. PTZ and bullet cameras complement AI The PND-A9081RV can complete PTZ handovers to the XNP-8250R IR PTZ camera to help operators better understand the context of an event, or track the movement of an object across the market. There are also bullet cameras, the XNO-8083R and XNO-C7083R, on-site that use AI analytics to detect objects (people, faces, and vehicles), virtual line crossing, motion, tampering, audio, shock, and appear/disappear. In addition, integrations with automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) ensure operators know what vehicles are on-site and can aid them in managing parking capacity. Wave VMS Ground staff can also view footage via smartphones or tablets, allowing them visibility Video footage is shared with operators via a video wall that is powered by the Wave VMS. This enables the team to quickly see and understand events as they unfold and to easily track individuals and vehicles at Vorbasse Market. Ground staff can also view footage via smartphones or tablets, allowing them visibility across the entire market while on-site and doing security patrols. Video insights to enhance visitor experiences As well as protecting visitors, video data insights are being shared with Vorbasse Market leadership to inform future planning. Popular routes through the market can be widened to reduce bottlenecks, for example, or staffing schedules can be planned based on seasonal data. People counting is being used by the Vorbasse Market team to better manage the flow of customers through the area, to ensure crowds are managed effectively for safety, and to offer the best visitor experience. Areas can be proactively closed before they become overcrowded. Use of AI By consolidating all footage into a single place, operators now have a greater understanding of activities across the market, when open and closed. AI allows them to keep abreast of any potential risks while managing crowds and proactively responding to events. This ensures that visitors to Vorbasse Market leave with wholly positive memories.