Mobile Access Trends
The holiday season is marked by festive spirit and family celebrations, but it is also the busiest time of year for retailers. Busy shoppers willing to spend money are an upside to the holiday shopping season, and many businesses depend on the holiday rush as a critical element to having a successful year. A downside of a busy holiday season is an increase in retail security threats including shoplifting. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How can technology address loss prevention challenges during the holiday shopping season?
The outlook for advancements in door security solutions is proving to be an extension of the positive trends that have emerged over the past few years and that continue to evolve in exciting new ways. That’s a good sign as we make our way along the road toward an ever-safer world. Improvements in a hybrid workforce Here’s what we’re seeing: More and more companies are rethinking the office space and how electronic access control (EAC) security and data can help better serve the hybrid workforce. More colleges and universities are adopting mobile credentials to meet the expectations of students. And we’re seeing EAC being integrated into more applications that go beyond the traditional doorway. Among K-12 schools, the current trend surrounds ensuring classroom doors are secured with proper locksets Among K-12 schools, the current trend surrounds ensuring classroom doors are secured with proper locksets, retrofitting where required, and reinforcing training for safe operation. We continue to experience steady demand for specialty doors and touchless openings in the healthcare industry. And we’re seeing an ever-increasing emphasis across the board on the aesthetics, sustainability, and resilience of door security products. Rethinking the workspace The use of electronic access control and security management infrastructure as a mechanism to do non-security tasks also continues to expand. One of the trends in building design is rethinking how people need to use workplace settings. Today, there’s less need to come into the company office and sit at a desk or cube to answer emails and use the computer. Instead, the focus is on designing spaces that facilitate collaboration and face-to-face interaction. Electronic access control and data This rethinking of spaces means that security professionals must work closely with architects and end users to assess how many people may likely be coming in during a typical week. EAC data can shed light on these patterns and improve the planning process to identify which technologies are the best fit for a facility and that support the primary mission of the organisation using that facility. Energy efficiency Access control data capture is helping to make building management platforms smarter for improving comfort Integration of EAC with other security systems is also trending higher. In addition to managing people entering and exiting openings, access control provides the kind of data and interaction that’s useful for developing apps to schedule hoteling (reserving unassigned desks), meeting rooms, and locker assignments. Access control data capture is helping to make building management platforms smarter as well as improving comfort, wellness, and energy efficiency by controlling HVAC, window coverings, and lighting. Mobile Credentials on the rise Mobile access is another trend that continues to skyrocket. Outside the hospitality space, we see this being driven primarily by student bodies at the university and college levels. Other sectors are recognising this flexibility as well, for the convenience it provides the user and for administrators responsible for issuing and modifying credentials, which can be implemented quickly and remotely. There are over 270 million smartphones in the U.S. currently, and people use them for everything today, whether it’s paying for an item with a mobile wallet or tapping a reader to gain access somewhere. Most of us always have our phones with us, so it’s very rare that we forget or lose them as we might with a keycard or brass key. We’re also far less likely to lend our phones to someone else to make a purchase or get in a door. Access-controlled lockers Speaking of purchases, the “amazonification” of so many businesses in the past three years is fueling the steady rise of package deliveries to college dormitories. The same applies to office buildings and multi-family units. This means greater demand for innovative access-controlled lockers to receive the deliveries, secure them, and ensure privacy. Along with lockers, EAC, mobile, and intelligent locks have been making their way into more non-traditional openings This is why you’re seeing a proliferation of locker systems like Luxer One in residence halls, offices, and other locations today. Along with lockers, EAC, mobile, and intelligent locks have been making their way into more non-traditional openings, including server cabinets, medication drawers and lockers, and critical unmanned infrastructure such as traffic control cabinets that dot nearly every intersection. K-12 security One of the best options for preventing loss of life during an active shooter event is to ensure that doors are locked and remain secured. The technology barrier to keeping kids and teachers safe is extremely low. If you can keep a door to a classroom or collaboration space secured, you can keep an intruder out until help arrives. And we’re not talking about needing new technologies to get the job done right, although we certainly continue to innovate them even for traditional door hardware. Automatically locking doors Classroom doors that require a key to lock and unlock them from the outside have been around for years. Additional models automatically lock when the door is closed, allowing the teacher to lock the door from either side and/or have an indicator to verify it’s secured. Of course, for safety and code compliance, free egress is always necessary so everyone can get out in an emergency. Lockset solutions The trend now is about ensuring the right classroom lockset solutions are in place and that faculty and staff are updated There should also be accommodations that ensure first responders and other authorised personnel can gain entry when necessary. The trend now is about ensuring the right classroom lockset solutions are in place (such as Corbin Russwin or SARGENT Classroom Intruder or Storeroom function locks), and that faculty and staff are well-versed and consistently updated on proper operation and safety procedures. Specialty doors and access convenience for healthcare Touchless (a.k.a. no-touch) and low-touch access technologies were developed as convenient opening solutions well before the pandemic. It’s logical then that demand has accelerated and continues to do so. Low-touch activation takes just an easy bump of a button with a forearm, elbow, or hip, or the press of a foot pedal. With fully touchless technology, a sensor automatically opens the door on approach. For restricted environments, a quick scan of a badge, phone, or fob activates the sensor. We’re also supplying more anti-microbial/anti-viral coating options today as part of further efforts to prevent the spread of germs in healthcare environments. Sliding and pocket doors In addition, there’s a bigger push in healthcare for sliding and pocket doors that are typically easier to open, save space by eliminating the radius required for a swinging door and feature newer insulating materials that make them more energy efficient and keep rooms quieter, more private, and more comfortable. Plus, they have a greater aesthetic quality to them with wood and other decorative finishes that are available. Architectural aesthetics The key is designing security and architectural hardware so they work in harmony and enhance the user experience When we think about trends, fashion and interior design often come to mind. Aesthetics apply to door openings as well and have become increasingly important to the architectural community and building industry. Just as fashion keeps upping the game by changing color palettes, textures, and patterns, so do the interior design world, doors and door hardware included. Retail stores often set the bar for interior design and inspire other commercial settings to follow. That’s why our company continuously invests in developing rich lines of styles, finishes, textures, and color palettes for everything from levers and pulls to specialty doors and glass door hardware solutions. The key is designing security and architectural hardware so they work in harmony and enhance the user experience within a space. Glass Glass is another trend that’s seeing continued growth due to its clean look, fire resistance, and 100% recyclability. It also contributes to sustainability by allowing light and warmth into a space. Great strides have been made with access control locks for glass recently, especially with our Aperio low-profile solutions that are fast becoming a hit with architects and interior designers. Demand for sustainable solutions and products Architects, designers, and builders also continue to place extremely high importance on the sustainability attributes of the products they choose for their projects. We’re fortunate that our company has been immersed in advancing sustainability for over 15 years and has made significant progress with ambitious goals for our operations, innovation, material ingredient sourcing, and manufacturing to lower the carbon footprint substantially. Third-party certifications Environmental Product Declarations, Health Product Declarations, and Declare Labels add another level of accountability Architects, builders, and end-users also expect their suppliers to seek and obtain third-party certifications of sustainable products to ensure compliance. All our sustainable products go through this process. Verifiers like GreenCircle Certified independently audit and validate our claims. Environmental Product Declarations, Health Product Declarations, and Declare Labels add another level of accountability. Resilience Last, but not least, is the trend toward becoming as resilient of a facility and operation as possible. Customers from all sectors are more focused than ever on ensuring the safety of those they employ, teach, heal, and house as well as the livelihoods their organisations provide. Whether it’s battening down the hatches with a FEMA-rated tornado shelter door, providing safe access with door security solutions that remain operational during outages, specifying certified sustainable materials, or deploying tighter cybersecurity measures in our increasingly interconnected world, built-in resilience is a must-have. Expect these intriguing door security trends to keep evolving for the better as we forge ahead with exciting solutions for even more valuable applications that help make life a safer and more open experience.
Collaboration among manufacturers in the physical security industry can result in systems that are easier to install for integrators and that provide a better customer experience for end users. Illustrating the point is the recent collaboration among a turnstile technology company, a supplier of short-range wireless readers/writers, and a biometric business focused on ‘frictionless’ access control. “The more manufacturers collaborate with each other, the more benefits for end users,” says Steve Caroselli, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Orion Entrance Control. Better collaboration means a better user experience We look for opportunities to collaborate and make sure the experience is above and beyond" Steve Caroselli adds, “Better collaboration means a better user experience. We look for opportunities to collaborate and make sure the experience is above and beyond.” Orion’s collaboration with ELATEC RFID Systems and SAFR touchless biometrics by RealNetworks Inc. highlights the advantages of manufacturers working together to ensure technologies operate smoothly in the real world. Taking ownership of the customer experience When Orion Entrance Control provides a SpeedGate swing-glass optical turnstile, they take full ownership of the customer’s experience. That means ensuring the turnstile application operates as it should, regardless of which component of the broader system might be at fault. To the customer experience, a card reader that doesn’t work is the equivalent of a turnstile that doesn’t work. Which component is at fault is irrelevant, and in fact, invisible, to the overall customer experience. Importance of dependable operation of turnstiles As the most visible element in many access control systems, dependable operation of turnstiles reflects positively on the manufacturer and on the entire system. Orion tests various third-party components with their turnstiles To ensure an optimum customer experience, Orion tests various third-party components with their turnstiles, in order to ensure flawless operation before a turnstile is delivered to a customer. Customers buying an Orion turnstile send the card readers they want to use to Orion’s corporate headquarters in Laconia, New Hampshire, USA, where Orion engineers ensure seamless operation. Ensuring optimum customer experience All readers are designed to be bolted to the wall rather than installed inside a turnstile In addition to scenario-based testing, readers are placed inside the turnstile for a streamline appearance, which can be a challenge given the variety of sizes and types of readers a customer might choose. All readers are designed to be bolted to the wall rather than installed inside a turnstile, which complicates adaptation efforts. In short, historically for Orion, ensuring the optimum customer experience involved extra time and effort, although obviously it was worth it. Providing flexibility for any environment Seeking to simplify the process, Orion has found an alternative to using many different types and models of card readers for its turnstiles. Deploying an RFID reader/writer from ELATEC provides flexibility to operate in a variety of card and reader environments, including almost all 125 kHz and 13.56 MHz contactless technologies. The product is compatible with low-frequency (LF), high-frequency (HF), near field communication (NFC) or Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) signals. An integrated BLE module supports mobile ID and authentication solutions. There is an integrated antenna for LF and HF to ensure excellent contactless performance. ‘Universal’ configuration of the ELATEC reader hardware Using applicable firmware, the ‘universal’ configuration of the ELATEC reader hardware is compatible with any card system. It works with all the access control protocols, including SEOS, OSDP and other open protocols. “We can stock an open SKU and flash the firmware as per the customer requirement,” says Steve Caroselli. The small form factor (around 1 1/2 inches square) of the ELATEC module lends itself to easy installation inside the turnstile housing. Easy availability of the ELATEC readers helps Orion continue to serve customers, despite recent disruptions in the supply chain. And, ELATEC’s reader hardware has earned global certifications that enable Orion to use their products for customers around the world. Testing to ensure smooth operation ELATEC was responsive at every stage as the relationship evolved, providing sample equipment for testing Before embracing the ELATEC reader module, Orion tested it for several months to ensure compatibility with its turnstiles. ELATEC was responsive at every stage as the relationship evolved, providing sample equipment for testing and working closely with the Orion team. Everyone in the ELATEC sales and engineering team, right up the company’s C-suite, worked to support Orion during the testing phase. In the end, in addition to other advantages, ELATEC’s detection speed and read range compares favorably to competing technologies. “We move really fast as an organisation, so we are looking for other organisations that move very fast,” says Steve Caroselli, adding “We met with ELATEC one week and had the equipment for testing the next week. We like to work with companies that move fast, and they are culturally aligned with how we do business.” Orion turnstiles with ELATEC TWN4 Palon Compact panel The Orion turnstiles incorporate an ELATEC TWN4 Palon Compact panel, a versatile panel-mount reader designed for integration into third-party products and devices. It supports enhanced interfaces, especially RS-485, and reflects the advantages and integrated tool support of the ELATEC TWN4 family. Orion is implementing SAFR SCAN biometric technology using hardware and software from RealNetworks Inc. “The selection of ELATEC products allows Orion to provide their customers and partners with a flexible RFID reader solution that supports numerous credential options and virtually all transponder technologies,” said Paul Massey, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ELATEC, Inc., adding “This is especially valuable in multi-tenet, multi-credential environments.” Orion works with all the various stakeholders – architects, consultants, integrators, and end users – to ensure total satisfaction with an installation. Biometric technology for ‘frictionless’ access control Orion is also implementing SAFR SCAN biometric technology into their turnstiles using hardware and software from RealNetworks Inc. The facial recognition reader technology, designed for mainstream commercial access control, provides a ‘frictionless’ experience, and allows users to pass through turnstiles at a walk. The system can authenticate up to 30 individuals per minute with 99.9% accuracy, despite varied lighting conditions. SAFR’s system provides a good user experience Orion designed a mounting system to incorporate the biometric reader into their turnstile design Orion designed a mounting system to incorporate the biometric reader into their turnstile design. SAFR’s system provides a good user experience, when it comes to enrollment. On each turnstile, the SAFR technology can operate separate from the ELATEC reader or in conjunction with it for multi-factor authentication in higher-security applications. Innovation for new applications A broad approach to the customer experience reflects Orion’s positioning as a technology company, in addition to being a manufacturer of turnstiles. Their Infinity software is the ecosystem ‘nerve centre’ platform to ensure operation and connected through a single ‘pane of glass.’ The need to protect more entrances beyond the lobby led Orion to develop its recently patented DoorGuard, a LIDAR-based solution that detects each person who passes through a doorway and prevents tailgating (like a turnstile) for applications, such as stairway doors, perimeter doors, data centres, IDF closets, etc. The software mimics the advantages of a turnstile to monitor access control and occupancy. Removing friction during installation and beyond Orion’s Constellation is a presence detection system that uses UWB (ultra-wideband) radar to sense where people are in a building for emergency response and building utilisation applications. “One of our core values is to remove friction and make customers’ lives easier,” says Steve Caroselli, adding “Our people-first philosophy is: What can we do to make your life better? We want to be systematic, and everything must be repeatable in terms of how we react and interact with customers.”
Connectivity is literally the difference between products operating individually and those combined into a more powerful system. Many of the devices that connect today’s security products reflect mature technologies that have been proven over time. However, innovation is also driving the need for new approaches to connectivity and networking. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What are the new developments in networking and connectivity for security?
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Pyronix announces new smart home products and adds new features to its HomeControl2.0 app, as the company continues to innovate within the intruder alarm and smart home markets. The highly advanced and simple-to-use smart device app, HomeControl2.0, makes managing and controlling security systems faster and more efficient. “We’ve been working hard to develop a number of new products and features for HomeControl2.0 that offer our installers innovative solutions for boosting growth and delivering true customer value,” said Laurence Kenny, Marketing Director. Power consumption monitoring Along with geofence alerts, biometric login, and intuitive navigation, HomeControl2.0 now includes SmartPlug compatibility. The update will enable the configuration of scenes and automations using the SmartPlug, which also offers on/off device control and power consumption monitoring. HomeControl2.0 now also offers increased functionality with its all-new Personal Help Alarm HomeControl2.0 now also offers increased functionality with its all-new Personal Help Alarm; enabling users to request help when they need it most. Should anyone ever find themselves in a distressing or potentially threatening situation, the app’s new personal security feature allows them to raise an alarm by sending a notification to family and/or friends that help is needed, whether inside or outside of the home. Instant push notification This is achieved by users creating and adding people to their very own security ‘bubble’, so that a safety alert can be sent to and received by them at the push of a button as necessary. Laurence Kenny said, “By simply pressing the ‘SOS button’, users can send an instant push notification to the other bubble members’ devices, alerting to distress and sharing their geolocation. The receiver(s) can then take action, opening Google or Apple maps to quickly find and come to the aid of the user as required. It’s great to be able to add more value to the app and give installers more to include in their Enforcer sales conversations with customers. We remain committed to developing HomeControl2.0 as security system control and management tool, and now as a personal security offering too.” Two-way communication Please note, while the Personal Help Alarm feature is designed to add an additional layer of personal security, the app is not intended as a replacement for other personal security measures or as a substitute for calling the emergency services. The DoorbellCam is their outdoor, wire-free doorbell camera, offering main-entrance protection The DoorbellCam is their outdoor, wire-free doorbell camera, offering main-entrance protection and two-way communication, while the DoorbellChime is a battery-operated sounder, designed to deliver full audio coverage throughout a property when the doorbell is pressed. The battery-powered, Wi-Fi connected DoorbellCam comes with Full-HD video, 130° wide-angle view, motion detection, real-time notifications and push-to-talk function. With these helpful features, users can see exactly what’s happening on their doorstep and answer the door, even when they’re not there. Delivering instant notification The device pairs with HomeControl2.0 to deliver instant notification when someone is at the door; and with its inbuilt mic and speaker, welcoming visitors and directing deliveries has never been easier. “The DoorbellCam works for everyone, no matter the property or door. With no wires, it’s easy to install and doesn’t require a Pyronix security system to work,” Laurence Kenny said. Installation is also hugely flexible, as there’s no need for a 240VAC supply Installation is also hugely flexible, as there’s no need for a 240VAC supply and all fixtures and fittings are included with the product, so it can be installed wherever it’s preferred. It also features fast pairing with the DoorbellChime, operating through its own RF channel. Attention-catching videos Over 3000 minutes of attention-catching videos and captured photos can be saved, played back and examined with an inserted 32GB SD card, so users will never miss a thing. Like the SmartPlug, the DoorbellCam can be integrated with other Pyronix smart home products to deliver a complete solution that makes life safer and easier for users. For example, scenes and automations can be set up to automatically switch a light on if the doorbell is pressed at night, making it safer for the customers to reach the door. Laurence Kenny adds, “It’s a really exciting time for Pyronix at the moment as we advance in the IoT security market and continue to develop our smart home security range. We remain committed to pushing technology boundaries to deliver complete solutions that work for our installers and users.” HomeControl2.0 is available on both Android and iOS platforms and downloadable via the Play Store or Apple App Store, connecting to Pyronix systems through the PyronixCloud infrastructure.
i-PRO Co., Ltd., a pioneer in professional security solutions for surveillance and public safety, announces its new NU-Series network video recorders (NVR), NDAA compliant with intel CPU. The new models are the successors to the NX100 and NX200 models, and are available in 4, 8, and 16 channel configurations with in-built PoE(+) power and a slim form factor for easy installation. With a focus on creating a plug and play as well as easy recording for smaller businesses, the NU-NVRs work with i-PRO or any other manufacturer cameras, and simply need to plug in to the HDMI monitor to begin security operations. AI-based analytics The NU-NVRs also bring AI-based analytics to small and medium businesses, flexible to suit many uses. Organisations seeking simple yet highly accurate AI-based analytics such as human and vehicle object detection (AI-VMD) can eliminate the need for a PC with the NU-Series NVRs, which are capable of receiving alarm notifications and playback without additional hardware and software. More powerful analytics for complex uses can be achieved through utilising i-PRO Active Guard More powerful analytics for complex uses can be achieved through utilising i-PRO Active Guard, in combination with a PC and WV-ASM300 management software. That way, users can be proactively notified of important events or create detailed forensic searches utilising up to 98 unique search and filter attributes between people and vehicles collected from i-PRO AI cameras. The NU-series NVRs offer increased situational awareness even in remote locations, when operators access via a secure browser interface or via smartphone with the i-PRO Mobile App. Enable data communication “i-PRO’s first NU-Series NVRs provide an easy to deploy all-in-one security solution,” said Gerard Figols, President of i-PRO EMEA. “Banks, Gas stations, supermarkets, restaurants -- any small-footprint location that needs constant surveillance can create an end-to-end, highly cybersecure ecosystem and access the power of AI while continuing to use existing equipment. We look forward to working with our partners to bring this capability and convenience to customers.” Key features include: Built-in PoE+ switch - The NU-Series can power up to 16 channels with a built-in PoE+ switch, eliminating the need to purchase a separate switch. The NU NVRs with PoE+ can supply power and enable data communication to the connected cameras via a single cable. Easy installation - The slim design of the NU-Series enables them to be installed directly on a wall, hanging horizontally or vertically, under a desk or in other small spots. No storage racks are required. Also, the NU-series have tool-less structure for HDD kitting. Longer retention window The 20TB HDD offers a longer retention window than most mid-range recorders 10x more storage than comparable NVRs - The i-PRO NU-series can support up to 20TB capacity per HDD unit, enabling system construction with high capacity (up to 20TB - 40TB), depending on the model. The 20TB HDD offers a longer retention window than most mid-range recorders, which typically store in the two-to-four TB range. Having a longer retention window allows for more footage to be available for a longer look-back window for potential investigations. Integration with i-PRO AI products - The NU-Series can support several AI applications and receive alarm notification and playback without a PC and video management software. All models include integrated support for i-PRO AI applications including AI-VMD, AI non-mask detection, AI Occupancy detection and AI Privacy Guard. It is also fully compatible with the i-PRO Active Guard intelligent search application. Cyber security protection High security – Offering the highest level of cyber security protection in the market, a GlobalSign® certificate is pre-installed on every model of the NU-Series. The FIPS 140-2 level 3 Certified Secure Element is guaranteeing customers using i-PRO NVRs with i-PRO cameras end-to-end security in line with compliance specifications. The new NU-Series range is fully NDAA compliant. High Connectivity - With RTSP protocol and ONVIF connection, NU-series can be connected with wide range of camera brands. Model configurations: Model NU301 supports 16 camera registrations, 16 PoE+ ports, and 2 HDD slots with RAID1. Model NU300 supports 16 camera registrations, 8 PoE+ ports, and 1 HDD slot. Model NU201 supports 8 camera registrations, 8 PoE+ ports, and 1 HDD slot. Model NU101 supports 4 camera registrations, 4 PoE+ ports, and 1 HDD slot. All models include Intel CPU, 2x HDMI outputs, and FIPS 140-2 level 3 certified secure elements for cybersecurity.
Global technical body EMVCo has issued its 100th Security Evaluation Certificate for Software-Based Mobile Payments (SBMP) solutions. This milestone reflects significant industry uptake from device manufacturers and product vendors to demonstrate the security of their solutions through a globally recognised programme, promoting trust and confidence across the payments ecosystem and simplifying the deployment of safe and secure mobile wallet solutions. Different security components The continued growth of mobile payments has increased the number of solutions deployed that use software applications to enable consumers to pay in-store. As these software-based solutions operate in the more vulnerable consumer device environment, mobile wallet providers use a layered security approach comprising various software and device components to combat threats. EMVCo introduced a dedicated Security Evaluation Process for SBMP in 2018 To support this layered security approach while ensuring flexibility and efficiencies, EMVCo introduced a dedicated Security Evaluation Process for SBMP in 2018 to assess the different security components that can be integrated into a SBMP solution. Specific components evaluated by EMVCo include software development kits (SDK), trusted execution environments (TEE), consumer device cardholder verification methods (CDCVM) such as biometrics/authenticators, attestation mechanisms, and software protection tools. Full mobile payment applications comprising various individual components can also be evaluated. Realise significant efficiencies “Advancing testing and evaluation processes is integral to enabling more consistent, convenient, and secure payment experiences,” comments Alisa Ellis, EMVCo Executive Committee Chair. “Issuing 100 Security Evaluation Certificates for SBMP Solutions is testament to increasing demand for secure mobile payments worldwide, and this is enabling mobile wallet providers to realise significant efficiencies and accelerate deployment by easily identifying the products that have been evaluated.” EMVCo Security Evaluations ensure that a payment product or solution has been assessed against the common EMVCo evaluation methodology and includes mechanisms and protections to withstand known attacks. SBMP Security Evaluations are conducted by a global network of 9 accredited laboratories, with EMVCo acting as a trusted authority. Approved products are listed on the EMVCo website.
Absolute Software, a provider of self-healing intelligent security solutions, has enhanced its resilient Zero Trust product capabilities with public API expansion, Absolute Connector for ServiceNow, and an expanded application resilience catalogue. The innovations are aimed at empowering users and customers with deeper visibility and intelligence, expanded software integrations, and a refreshed user experience through updates to Absolute Secure Endpoint and Absolute Secure Access. Absolute ZTNA The news builds on the launch of Absolute ZTNA – the industry’s first self-healing Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) solution and Absolute Insights for Endpoints and Networks, providing unparalleled intelligence into device, application, and network performance. The Absolute Platform enables IT and security teams to ensure their endpoints remain compliant and mission-critical applications remain operational and empowers them to transition from traditional VPNs to a resilient Zero Trust approach without hindering security or user productivity. Research findings Absolute’s a solution that complicates security operations and one that can impact employee productivity A recent 451 Research report validates Absolute’s differentiated platform approach and capabilities, saying: Too often, organisations don’t fully consider the resilience of the deployed zero-trust environment, and network access and device security are handled independently. It’s a solution that complicates security operations and one that can impact employee productivity. “Our common platform addresses a wide range of market needs, as we have the unique ability to apply self-healing capabilities to devices, applications, and network access,” said John Herrema, EVP of Products and Strategy at Absolute. Zero Trust approaches He adds, “Organisations are acknowledging that they need resilience-focussed Zero Trust approaches, capable of integrating endpoint and access assessments at every step.” John Herrema continues, “By providing the critical components needed to achieve that resiliency; deep visibility, intelligence, and firmware-embedded Persistence we are enabling them to not only protect devices, data, and users but also ensure critical controls are operating at maximum efficacy.” New features New capabilities available to Absolute Secure Endpoint customers in the latest product release include: Public API Expansion: The latest Absolute Secure Endpoint release adds new Public APIs to the existing library, allowing customers and partners to integrate the device actions into their existing workflows significantly improving the efficiency of their existing workflows and enhancing automation capabilities. Absolute Connector for ServiceNow™: The Absolute Connector for ServiceNow enables joint customers to access Absolute’s comprehensive asset intelligence and a single source of truth within their ServiceNow platform environment enabling them to efficiently respond to service requests, supplement their ServiceNow workflows, and rapidly demonstrate compliance. Expanded Application Resilience™ Catalogue: The Absolute Application Resilience catalogue includes support for more than 60 critical security applications that IT and security administrators can self-heal across their endpoints. Recent additions include WinMagic® MagicEndpoint™, Dell™ Trusted Device, Deep Instinct™, Norton 360™, OPSWAT™, UNOWHY™, Aranda Software™, and Pixart® MDM. Server and client enhancements The company also announced upcoming server and client enhancements to Absolute Secure Access, including: New Look and Feel: The names, status icons, fonts, and colours have been updated to reflect new product names and refreshed corporate brand; the core functionality and upgrade experience remain smooth and easy. SaaS Enhancements: The SaaS offering adds native NAT capabilities and enhanced alerting. Enhanced 5G Telemetry and Detection: Insights for Network dashboards that display cellular coverage, signal quality, and usage include the 5G mid-band spectrum, and reflect improved 5G sensitivity. Deeper Visibility: The Secure Access/webService API has been enhanced, offering programmatic access to key pool performance metrics, including status information for our Active/Active server infrastructure. Faster NAC Checks: NAC capabilities are optimised, significantly reducing the time it takes for the VPN to connect and begin tunneling traffic. Android Client Enhancements: Collecting network telemetry on Android devices can be done with the screen off to improve battery life, ensuring that administrators have actionable device and network information even if a device is in sleep mode. The Android cryptographic libraries providing FIPS 140-2 cryptography are also updated. The features included in the latest Absolute Secure Endpoint release have become available. The company expects to make Absolute Secure Access updates available to customers in January 2023.
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Finland’s Osuuskauppa PeeÄssä retail co-operative, a nationwide S-Group co-operative federation member, has deployed March Networks video surveillance systems across its footprint of 73 retail and service establishments. The co-op boasts 121,000 customer-owners in Finland’s Northern Savonia region, whose capital and largest city, Kuopio, is 384 kilometres north of Helsinki. The 73 retail and service locations include three Prisma Hypermarkets, 29 S-Market grocery stores, 15 convenience stores, 15 restaurants, six ABC gas stations, three hotels, a SOKOS department store, and a Kodin Terra hardware store. March Networks video surveillance systems The rollout began in September 2019 and currently includes 85 March Networks recorders, a mix of 8000 Series Hybrid NVRs and 9000 Series IP Recorders, and more than 1,500 March Networks cameras. A new hotel and supermarket currently under construction will bring the camera count close to 2,000. “We used to have several different video surveillance systems and 10 different camera models from six manufacturers,” said Kimmo Keränen, IT Manager for PeeÄssä retail co-operative. “Maintenance was almost impossible and the picture quality in some cases was very poor.” Time management challenge Central management was a key feature for PeeÄssä retail while looking for in its new surveillance system “On top of that, there was no synchronised timekeeping, so one system could be five minutes off and another one could be an hour off. That was a real problem because correct timekeeping is everything when you’re looking for evidence.” For this reason, central management was a key feature PeeÄssä retail co-operative was looking for in its new surveillance system. “A majority of the 19 S-Group regional co-ops were already using March Networks systems, so the decision was easy to make,” said Jan Österlund, ICT Manager with SafeIT, a systems integrator and March Networks Certified Solution Provider serving the S-Group and PeeÄssä accounts. Central monitoring and management With more than 1,000 NVRs and tens of thousands of cameras across the larger S-Group co-ops, central management is a huge timesaver. Österlund can push out firmware upgrades and device settings with a few simple mouse clicks using March Networks Command Enterprise Software. The advanced system management software is ideal for managing large distributed video surveillance architecture. Its health monitoring and mass management capabilities make it easy to look after thousands of recorders and cameras from one central location. “We can schedule upgrades by location type and opening hours to minimise any interference with recording during business hours,” explained Osterlund. Recorders and cameras in use The 8000 and 9000 Series recorders are 32-channel or 64-channel devices with either 20 TB or 40 TB of onboard storage, sufficient to capture 30 days of archived video. The majority of the 1,500 cameras are March Networks SE2 Indoor and Outdoor IR Domes, but SE2 IR MicroBullets, SE2 Pendant PTZ Domes, and legacy analogue cameras are also used for specific applications. Searchlight software integration Searchlight helps organisations gather business intelligence, which can help retailers with customer service S-Group is transitioning to a new point-of-sale system and has plans to integrate it with March Networks’ Searchlight for Retail software, which will allow the co-ops, including PeeÄssä, to identify suspicious transactions and instantly link to the associated video. Searchlight also helps organisations gather business intelligence, which can help retailers with operations, marketing, and customer service. “We are looking forward to acquiring the Brickstream 3D Gen2 sensors for queue management and people counting, and March Networks ME6 IR Domes for AI-powered analytics,” said Keränen. GDPR Compliance The March Networks system in place at PeeÄssä complies with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into effect in 2018 and aims to protect the personal data and privacy of EU citizens. System features like privacy masks, which allow users to block out specific parts of a camera’s field of view, are important for meeting the regulation. “GDPR compliance is one of the reasons why we recommended March Networks,” said Österlund. Video access, training, and monitoring Video is currently monitored by guards in three control rooms, but managers also have access to live and recorded video from their locations. Altogether, approximately 100 PeeÄssä staff have access to the video. “Training everyone to use the system was very easy,” remarked Österlund. “The March Networks system is very user-friendly, so we supplied step-by-step instructions on how to log in, pick a camera, play the video, and export it.” Crime management Video is regularly used to supply evidence for shoplifting and internal fraud investigations Video is regularly used to supply evidence for shoplifting and internal fraud investigations, but the much-improved video quality from the March Networks system was also welcomed by local law enforcement. The Eastern Finland Police Department has mapped the location of PeeÄssä’s publicly facing cameras in the National Police Board’s database of surveillance cameras to help access video for criminal investigation purposes. “Almost every week, we are asked for video from the police department,” said Keränen. Installation, time, and cost savings SafeIT’s experience with the March Networks deployments at other S-Group co-ops helped to streamline the installation at PeeÄssä. “We supplied local integrators with clear guidance on how to set up the cameras and NVRs,” said Österlund. Standardising on March Networks allows the PeeÄssä co-op to save time and reduce costs for system maintenance. The state-of-the-art video surveillance system is also much easier to use. “We are very satisfied with March Networks,” said Keränen. “It was a big project, but well worth doing.”
ISS (Intelligent Security Systems), a pioneer and leading global provider of video intelligence and data awareness solutions, announced that its SecurOS® UVSS (Under Vehicle Surveillance System) solution was deployed to protect stadiums and other venues throughout Qatar that are hosting matches and events as part of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. 40 UVSS units’ installation In partnership with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Qatar-based systems integrator Gulf Networks Security Solutions, and a large, on-site technical team, ISS installed 40 UVSS units at vehicle checkpoints for the eight World Cup stadiums in and around Doha along with three logistics areas and a fan zone to safeguard visitors and make the screening process safer, faster and more efficient. The UVSS units, which are portable and can be easily installed and dismantled with minimal damage to roadways, enable security personnel to scan the undercarriage of vehicles for foreign objects, such as explosives or contraband, in as little as three seconds, thereby eliminating the need for time-consuming, manual searches. Features Powered by NVIDA GPUs, the units can also be connected to ISS’s industry-leading license plate recognition (LPR) technology to keep track of vehicles entering and leaving the venues. Additional features, such as visual and magnetic suspicion maps as well as sliding zoom and 3D magnifying glass all of which are unique to the SecurOS® UVSS offer users to quickly find any potential threats that might be lurking underneath a vehicle. CEO comments I want to give a huge shout-out to the over 350 ISS team members who contributed to the success of this project" “Having ISS fingerprints on an epic event like the FIFA World Cup, which is being hosted in the Middle East for the first time, makes us extremely proud,” said Aluisio Figueiredo, Chief Executive Officer of ISS. “I want to give a huge shout-out to the over 350 ISS team members around the globe that, in one way or another, contributed to the success of this project that made the event safer for fans from around the world.” Zero deficiencies “I would like to thank the whole ISS team for this collective achievement,” said Sanjay Phatak, Managing Director for the Middle East at ISS. “Every team member offered their valuable input and I am amazed at what all of us have achieved.” “We are very proud of being the preferred partner for the 2022 FIFA World Cup for the provision of UVSS,” added ISS Qatar Country Manager Osama al Zarba. “After a few months of hard work and sleepless nights, the project was successfully implemented with zero deficiencies.”
Quality and accuracy are critical to delivering luxury developments that fulfil their promise and reward investment. At Six Senses, The Palm, Dubai, a 5-star hotel and branded residences award-winning architects Brewer Smith Brewer Group sought partners to streamline Building Information Modelling (BIM) and hardware specification. They chose ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions experts and software. BIM Brewer Smith Brewer Group (BSBG) is a long-standing advocate for the BIM process. In their experience, it improves productivity and fast-tracks delivery. It has helped them create a portfolio that displays pioneering technical efficiency in both designs and build. They adopt BIM from the concept stage, to coordinate information flow between designers, engineers, and external contractors. The right BIM collaboration improves workflows to promote creativity and a methodical, technically astute approach to building design. It also ensures open, transparent communication for the duration of the project. A software solution to speed up project delivery ASSA ABLOY’s Openings Studio™ was the preferred choice due to its BIM integration with the Revit® model" The wide-ranging expertise and knowledge of ASSA ABLOY’s specification teams made them the ideal partner to collaborate on such a prestigious project in Dubai. One key tool in optimising collaboration between BSBG and ASSA ABLOY at Six Senses, The Palm, was Openings Studio™ software. “ASSA ABLOY’s Openings Studio™ was the preferred choice due to its BIM integration with the Revit® model development and the ease of communication between the architects and hardware specialists,” explains Adam Drawl, Senior Architect at BSBG. Benefits of Openings Studio Detailed door solution specifications can be delivered within Openings Studio and then exported to design software when required by the Project Manager. Integration with Revit streamlines sharing of information and updating of hardware sets within the BIM environment. Openings Studio replaces the double-handling of information and time-wasting manual implementation. As the design progressed, Openings Studio made updating easy and prevented unwanted information loss. Data on hardware and certification requirements including fire and egress ratings were always available. Standards and certifications The collaboration accelerated specification for a vast range of ASSA ABLOY solutions at around 3,500 openings The collaboration accelerated specification for a vast range of ASSA ABLOY solutions at around 3,500 openings from steel and wooden doors to access control readers, electromechanical locks, and door closers. “Our specification teams can provide a whole suite of project support,” says Bala Vignesh at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solution EMEIA, adding ”Being based across Europe and the Middle East gives them in-depth knowledge on local standards and certifications for green building or fire safety, for example.” Supports all kinds of design Bala Vignesh adds, “They also offer a range of tools to support collaboration and save time for Architects and Project Managers. Not just Openings Studio, but also a BIM Library which is easily imported to support any design or build workflow.” “The onboarding and after-care experience was excellent,” confirms Mr. Drawl, adding “The ASSA ABLOY team was always readily available and proactive in developing the hardware sets and raising any concerns as they were occurring. Having their expertise is key.”
Every year, more data storage is required to meet the demands of Britain’s expanding population. With this, security is essential to comply with privacy regulations, avoid information loss, and safeguard against terrorism and espionage. As the need for a West Midlands data centre increased, a robust perimeter security solution was essential, particularly following the development of leisure facilities adjacent to the site. Fencing, gates, access control, and automation were installed to create a strong perimeter system. Preventing potential incidents The data centre is situated on a large, multi-occupancy green field site, as such a number of trees and shrubs had to be removed and the grounds made level to prepare for the works. In keeping with Jacksons Fencing’s environmental credentials, new saplings were planted to replace those that had been removed. In this case, a full underground radar survey was conducted to prevent potential incidents Correct preparation is key to ensure that installations can be implemented safely while also making sure no utilities are disrupted when digging. In this case, a full underground radar survey was conducted to prevent potential incidents and a new mains power line was connected to the locations requiring a supply as a result of the installation. Strong anti-climb solution When the foundation work was finished, installation of the fencing and gates commenced. In order to secure the perimeter and create a safe and long-lasting boundary, 296m of 2.5m high Barbican Defender® Xtreme fencing was installed. This features a vertical bar fence design and cranked pales, providing a strong anti-climb solution without the need for additional barbed tape or spikes. The sheer height of the fencing solution also reduces the temptation of unauthorised trespassing. A break-in could result in a threat to public safety, therefore tamper-proof fixings and concealed anti-vandal panel to post connectors were a vital addition to the project, to prevent any attempts to get through the fence. These design features create a strong and secure fence whilst still providing a smart aesthetic, creating a welcoming entry point for clients and staff. Manufactured from tubular steel which is hot dip galvanised, the fencing is strong and light therefore, making installation and transportation easier. Safe and secure gates To provide efficient and safe access and traffic control, several gates were installed To provide efficient and safe access and traffic control, several gates were installed, including a 6m wide automated Double Leaf Bi-Fold Speed Gate with traffic lights. Additionally, two dual-height access control posts were fitted; the integrated entry and exit systems use video intercoms and card reader systems at both car and lorry heights. Four manually operated 1.2m wide single-leaf gates were installed; two with keyed entry and emergency push pads on the secure side of the gate for emergencies, and the other two featuring self-closers and magnetic locks with shrouded exit push buttons and an entry card reader system. Safe pedestrian entrance A safe pedestrian entrance was installed via a 180° full height turnstile, which features a two-way audio intercom and keypad for entry, and a shrouded push-button for exit. These fencing, gating, and turnstiles solutions all benefit from a 25-year guarantee These fencing, gating, and turnstiles solutions all benefit from a 25-year guarantee and polyester powder-coating in green presents a welcome appearance for visitors and employees; ensuring it blends in with the surrounding area and stays looking good for years to come. It also limits the risk of repairs and replacements due to enhanced protection against rust, which is more common with low-quality, ill-prepared fencing. Opting for a cost-effective, long-life product with a high-security rating, ensures that the site’s boundary is well protected, not only from potential trespassers but also from vandals intending to cause damage. Security perimeter solutions Peter Jackson, Jacksons Fencing Managing Director, comments: “We are very pleased to have been involved in this project and provided this data centre with a secure perimeter, to keep the facility safe. The fact that these types of sites are becoming increasingly targeted by vandals or trespassers is unacceptable, but I am delighted that we’ve been able to help address the issue by installing robust fencing and security solutions to protect the site and people in the West Midlands.” He continues: “We hope that with the security perimeter solutions we’ve implemented, the service can continue to function without any disruption. We are incredibly confident in our products, and we hope that the Barbican Defender® Xtreme fencing and various gates can give the facility-owners peace of mind that their perimeter security will stand the test of time.”