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What changes had the biggest impact on security in 2022?
What changes had the biggest impact on security in 2022?

With 2023 well underway, it’s a good time to look back on what we learned in the tumultuous previous year. In the security marketplace, there was no shortage of technology developments and a few challenges that kept 2022 interesting, to say the least. But what can we learn from the past? We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What changes had the biggest impact on the security marketplace in 2022?

“The potential is enormous” - Interview with Dr. Henrik Siegle, CTO at Bosch Building Technologies
“The potential is enormous” - Interview with Dr. Henrik Siegle, CTO at Bosch Building Technologies

Dr. Henrik Siegle has been the CTO at Bosch Building Technologies since November 2021. In this interview, he speaks about the megatrends of energy efficiency and sustainability, and about new developments in the building technology sector. Dr. Siegle, the building industry is currently facing major challenges in the form of climate change and energy shortages. How is Bosch Building Technologies dealing with these challenges? Dr. Henrik Siegle: Energy efficiency and sustainability have long been key priorities for us – and, indeed, for the entire Bosch Group. For Bosch Building Technologies, this also particularly applies to building automation. We have continually built up our strengths in this area in recent years, including through the takeover of other companies, especially in the United States and Germany – all with the aim of making buildings more energy efficient and more sustainable. We do this in a variety of ways, including automated HVAC control systems based on presence detectors, intelligent lighting and shade control. This approach enables us to optimise the operation of buildings, cut costs for customers and play our part in saving resources. Bosch itself became climate-neutral in 2020. How did you manage that? To achieve climate neutrality, we have implemented measures in four key areas Dr. Henrik Siegle: Bosch started addressing energy efficiency issues early on, which is why the Bosch Group, with more than 400 sites worldwide, is already climate-neutral. To achieve climate neutrality, we have implemented measures in four key areas – increasing energy efficiency, using more renewable energy from our own production, purchasing green energy and, finally, offsetting unavoidable CO2 emissions. We are working on further optimising our mix of measures, because the Bosch Group is totally committed to energy efficiency. We want to promote use of our energy-efficient products, but that’s not all – we are also keen to demonstrate our corporate commitment to sustainability. That’s why we analysed all our divisions, documented energy consumption and developed strategies for each individual division to cut our use of energy further. As the Bosch Building Technologies division, we supply solutions for the Group. One example is our cloud-based energy platform, which is used to analyse the individual energy flows in a factory on a very frequent basis and to predict future consumption. This enables us to continuously optimise our energy consumption at each individual site. The Bosch plant in Homburg is a good example. Since introducing the energy platform there, we have cut CO2 emissions by 6,700 metric tons in the first two years alone – that’s a reduction of 12 percent. At the Bosch Group, we also aim to reduce the CO2 emissions that we don’t generate ourselves directly, but which are produced in the supply chain, for example, or when our products are used. At Bosch, we are aiming to reduce these emissions by 15 percent by 2030. Can you give us some more examples of what Bosch Building Technologies is doing to help improve sustainability? Dr. Henrik Siegle: There are many initiatives and projects underway to increase sustainability at Bosch Building Technologies. One example is an environmentally friendly packaging concept that recently won an award within the Bosch Group. The concept, which involves reusing packaging material, not only significantly reduces the volume of waste, but also speeds up the repackaging processes. What’s more, the optimised size of the packaging also substantially reduces freight and storage volumes, which again cuts CO2 emissions. Our remote services are another fantastic example of the steps we are taking to increase sustainability. By offering our customers remote maintenance, we reduce the working hours involved, but that’s not all – this also prevents our service engineers having to travel to the customers’ premises, which again helps cut CO2 emissions. What is the significance of energy efficiency in the building sector overall? Dr. Henrik Siegle: Alongside industry, the building sector is responsible for approximately 40 percent of total CO2 emissions, so energy efficiency is clearly hugely important. The high proportion of emissions demonstrates the enormous potential for reducing energy consumption in the building sector and what big contribution we can make in this area with our sustainable solutions. Bosch turned the climate neutrality that we achieved as a Group into a business model Bosch turned the climate neutrality that we achieved as a Group into a business model and set up Bosch Climate Solutions GmbH, which is now part of Bosch Building Technologies. This means we are now in a position to offer to develop a climate neutrality strategy for other companies and supply them with the solutions they need through our system integrator. Companies have growing obligations to report on what they are doing to help the environment – and that’s why we’re working together with our partners to develop the building management services suite, or BMSS for short. This open, domain-spanning service offering combines and integrates the individual building systems, services and software solutions from various areas of application. This means the reliable facts about sustainability that are needed for ESG reporting can be generated – in other words, facts that constitute evidence of environmentally friendly operations. When it comes to the demand for energy efficiency solutions, is there such a thing as a typical customer? Dr. Henrik Siegle: We have a huge range of customers – from schools and hospitals to drugstore chains and industrial sites. Bosch Building Technologies offers a smartphone-based solution to provide contactless access to buildings Alongside sustainability, the connection of individual systems in safety and security technology has been a key topic for a long time now. How is Bosch Building Technologies positioning itself here as a full-service provider? Dr. Henrik Siegle: When it comes to connectivity, Bosch Building Technologies benefits hugely from cross-divisional collaboration within the Bosch Group. Overall, connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT) are topics that we actively addressed at Bosch at a very early stage. As a result, we now have many years of experience of developing relevant technologies and applying these solutions professionally. There are a few solutions, in particular, that really stand out, such as Aviotec, our VdS-approved video-based fire detection system. The system’s security camera performs intelligent video analysis, which means we can detect a fire at a much earlier stage compared to conventional fire detection technology. What’s more, the camera’s built-in intelligence means it can be used for other purposes What’s more, the camera’s built-in intelligence means it can be used for other purposes, too, such as anti-intruder and anti-theft protection. We can also use it to monitor compliance with social distancing rules, for example. This is an innovative example of the connection of domains. However, it also goes without saying that connectivity plays a major role in our business within systems, too. In this context, I would like to mention our connected solutions that make it possible for technical building equipment processes to run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. These solutions include condition monitoring and predictive maintenance, for instance. One example is fire detection systems that independently supply information about their own operating condition and the necessary maintenance intervals. Another example comes from our Access & Intrusion business unit: We now also offer contactless access to buildings via a smartphone-based solution, i.e. via mobile credentials. In your view, what are the current and future market trends in security and building technology? Dr. Henrik Siegle: Well, regardless of market trends, it’s really important to us that we always put the customer at the centre of everything we do. What we want are solutions that meet customers’ needs – both now and in the future. Thanks to our user experience, or UX, method, we have an excellent understanding of what a customer actually wants and needs. That’s why we involve customers in the testing of our innovations as early as possible – it helps us find out whether and how the future product works in practice. We’re therefore always particularly close to our customers. We don’t just develop our products and solutions on this basis, but our services, too. When it comes to video security and intelligent building control in particular, artificial intelligence plays a key role Innovations in building technology are very wide ranging and, in my view, they all revolve around the megatrends of energy efficiency, sustainability, security and artificial intelligence. When it comes to video security and intelligent building control in particular, artificial intelligence plays a key role. This has huge potential – and we want to realise this potential more and more at Bosch. The video-based fire detection system that I’ve already mentioned is an excellent example. The thing that makes us stand out on the market is our business model, which is based on two key pillars. One of these is our system integrator business. This means we offer everything from a single source, right from the initial inquiry, consultancy and planning through to implementation and operation. The second pillar is our product business. The direct customer interface in the system integrator means we get direct feedback in the system integrator itself, both from customers themselves and from our colleagues. We incorporate this feedback into our product development processes. How is your system integrator business doing? Dr. Henrik Siegle: Very well. We’ve experienced good growth in this area in both Europe and North America. What’s more, just recently, we’ve also significantly expanded our system integrator business again through acquisitions in Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. One of our priorities is ensuring that our technology is always state of the art. Developing our expertise in this area also means that regular training for our associates is important, since technical developments are becoming more and more dynamic. Given this background, are you also feeling the impact of the skills shortage? Our business model can only work if we have skilled, motivated associates Dr. Henrik Siegle: It may sound obvious, but needless to say, our business model can only work if we have skilled, motivated associates. The question of how we attract new associates is not the only important one – it’s also vital to consider what we do for the ones we already employ. For example, we have our own academy spread across three sites in Germany, where we provide our associates with regular training, and we also put on a wide range of professional development seminars. To attract new talent, we offer dual study programmes along with programs for trainees, Master’s students and PhD students. We also often attend various career fairs. What’s more, we’re working more closely together with universities and institutes. We have quite a lot to offer in this regard. Our purpose, ‘Building solutions for a better life,’ doesn’t just motivate me personally – it also resonates very well outside Bosch. Bosch gives its associates the opportunity to work directly on important topics of both the present and the future with the aim of making the world a safer, more sustainable place – using state-of-the-art technologies such as artificial intelligence! Nevertheless, the skills shortage naturally still poses a major challenge.

What security challenges are impacting the hospitality market?
What security challenges are impacting the hospitality market?

From lodging to food service to event planning to tourism, the hospitality market faces a large and growing range of security threats and challenges. Given the competitiveness of the market and the heightened flow of information about customer satisfaction via social media, there is more at stake than ever as hospitality professionals seek to ensure the safety and security of guests. We asked this week's Expert Panel Roundtable: What security challenges are impacting the hospitality market of today?

Jackson Fencing presents tips to protect a place from burglary
Jackson Fencing presents tips to protect a place from burglary

We believe in integrated security solutions, so while a solid gate could prevent sight lines from the house, combining it with other measures such as alarms, motion sensing lighting, and CCTV will allow a good level of surveillance to keep you and your valuables safe. Burglary prevention tips Very few burglars are opportunists; instead, they may be regularly scanning and looking for weaknesses to capitalise on. It is therefore crucial never to give a burglar an opportunity to strike. Of course, the level of security required depends on the house and the area. We've outlined some burglary prevention tips to consider when securing your home. Keep radio and lights on  It’s an age-old trick but start by leaving the radio and lights on when you leave the house, to make the property appear occupied. If you have more than one car, park one on your driveway or ask a neighbour if they’d be happy to park their car there for the evening. Check back doors and gates around the perimeter of the home are locked and working effectively. Ideally, hinges and locks should be galvanised to provide added protection against rust. Choose a gate where the hinge and gate sit closely together to deter people from using the hinge as a foothold. Often our gates have the top hinge reversed so they can't be lifted off. Automated gates, motion-activated security lights Move ladders or large bins away from fences and walls, as these can be used as climbing aids Automated gates are a great way to help reduce access to the property, or grounds. As these gates block sightlines from the house, we would recommend also investing in motion-activated security lights, which will automatically illuminate an area if movement is detected. Lighting should be fitted to the front, side, and rear of the home. Move ladders or large bins away from fences and walls, as these can be used as climbing aids. Lock any tools inside your house, as these could be used to cut through security systems. Anti-burglar boundary Keep garden sheds securely locked, especially if there are high-value items in the shed such as bikes or lawnmowers. You should also padlock these to heavy, static objects so they can’t be easily shifted, should someone break in. Let nature lend a helping hand in creating an effective anti-burglar boundary on your side of any fencing, especially around any side access points. Stocking up on ‘defensive’ plants such as Berberis, Hawthorn or roses can help create an impenetrable barrier that the majority of burglars won’t want to entertain. Gravel paths and drives, trellis panel Install gravel paths and drives to make it difficult for anyone to approach the house without being heard Install gravel paths and drives to make it difficult for anyone to approach the house without being heard. Similarly, lay some gravel near any windows or doors. If you choose to add a trellis panel on top of a fence or gate which takes the overall height to over 2m, you will require planning permission. However, growing a thorny plant along the top of a 2m fence provided it does not feature any support structures does not require planning permission unless there are local restrictions in place. Check with your local planning authority first. Robust, secure perimeter fence and gate  Check that the property is protected by a robust, secure perimeter fence and gate which is sufficiently sturdy to frustrate any attempts to push it over, remove any panels or parts, kick it through or climb over it. Timber fencing is easily compromised if the posts securing the panels are rotten so always seek out a fence that offers a long lifetime guarantee against rot or boring insects. Security solution We also highly recommend that you do your research before settling on a security solution. It is an extensive market of different products, and too many fall into the trap of prioritising aesthetics, without considering quality and effectiveness. One of the main culprits of poor security design is generic steel palisade fencing, commonly used for houses that back onto public areas. Beware of repeated access  While it may look intimidating it does a poor job of resisting penetration. Despite its popularity and the widely held misconception that it offers an adequate perimeter security solution, it has inherent weaknesses that belie its capability. Its wide pales can hamper surveillance, while the bolted construction is a security risk. Simply removing or breaking the lower fixing on one or two pales would allow them to swing aside to give repeated access to the site without leaving any visible sign that the perimeter had been breached.

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Nice announces the launch of the SlideDriver™ II with new SmartTouch™ 725 Controller from HySecurity
Nice announces the launch of the SlideDriver™ II with new SmartTouch™ 725 Controller from HySecurity

Nice, a global manufacturer of smart home, security, and building automation solutions announces the next generation of SlideDriver from HySecurity: SlideDriver II hydraulic gate operator. Building on the SlideDriver legacy of providing durable and reliable security, the latest iteration utilises its most intelligent technology to date with the new SmartTouch 725 control board. The release of the SlideDriver II and the SmartTouch 725 controller reinforces the HySecurity brand’s commitment to delivering excellence as the preferred solution for sensitive perimeters. 20 added features With over 20 added features, including an improved user interface, the revamped controller delivers convenience and smart capabilities to the SlideDriver II, while offering simple integration with the HySecurity Installer App. Through the app, users have the ability to connect wirelessly with the controller to change settings, make adjustments, and run diagnostics. Preferred settings can then be stored as a record and reused on other operators to speed up configuration.  Reliable performance, latest technology We tested the model extensively with select partners and adapted the final version based on this feedback" “The SlideDriver II is the culmination of four decades of consistently reliable performance, combined with the latest technology of today,” said John Allen, Sr. Product Manager, Gate & Barrier, for Nice North America. “We tested the model extensively with select partners and adapted the final version based on this feedback. The result is a dramatic improvement to an already strong offering, with two controller options and a host of new features.” Accessibility and intelligence Building on previous models, the evolution of the SmartTouch controller addresses key areas of growth from consumer feedback without comprising the familiarity and consumer experience of the legacy technology. The model utilises the same aesthetic design as other commercial controllers to provide a consistent experience for partners and consumers, with a completely updated system to provide widened accessibility and intelligence for day-to-day users.  New features Simplified setup with the HySecurity Installer App. Integrated HyNet™ remote connectivity technology.  Remote configuration & diagnostics.  Dual contactless limit sensors. Adaptive Inherent Entrapment Sensor (IES). Customisation capability The SlideDriver product by HySecurity has provided over four decades of durability and smart security. Its 12-gauge steel chassis and tamper-resistant cover ensure optimal protection for any property from correctional facilities, to airports, data centres, and more, and a life that spans decades. With industrial-grade materials, it can move gates up to 20,000 pounds. The accompanied SmartTouch controller makes it easy to customise and cater to individual security needs. 

Face Verification 13.0 from Neurotechnology includes improved algorithms for face recognition and liveness detection
Face Verification 13.0 from Neurotechnology includes improved algorithms for face recognition and liveness detection

Neurotechnology, a provider of deep learning-based solutions and high-precision biometric identification technologies, has announced the release of their new Face Verification system. Face Verification 13.0 is designed for the integration of high-quality face capture, secure facial authentication and robust face liveness detection into mobile and web applications. It includes a small-footprint version of Neurotechnology’s latest facial recognition algorithm – which ranked among the top results in the NIST FRVT 1:1 evaluation – making it ideal for digital identity onboarding, payment, banking, telecommunications and other face recognition uses on personal devices. New Face Verification system The new Face Verification system has the ability to very accurately verify the identity of people wearing medical masks, as proven in the Face Mask Effects benchmark by NIST. The new presentation attack detection (PAD) algorithm has further achieved Level 1 certification by iBeta laboratory, in compliance with the requirements of the ISO/IEC 30107-3 standard, proving its robust resilience against spoof attacks, including photos, videos and 3D paper masks. Face Verification 13.0 Face Verification 13.0 also includes functionality that enables developers to easily automate any required updates of the recognition algorithm directly within the final user application. This ensures older data formats are compatible with Face Verification 13.0 algorithms for optimal accuracy. An application developed with Face Verification SDK can allow the end user to upgrade the old face data stored in his mobile to the new format in a secure and seamless way. Advanced biometric technology One of our fundamental goals is to keep our technology ahead of customer needs in the biometric sector" “One of our fundamental goals is to keep our technology ahead of customer needs in the biometric sector, so we are continually expanding the capabilities of our solutions,” said Antonello Mincone, Business Development Director for Neurotechnology. Antonello Mincone adds, “While the secure identity market offers a few seemingly similar products, our technology is differentiated by its superior reliability – due to our long experience in the field – and by its versatility in a wide range of applications.” Interoperable with other Neurotechnology products Face Verification 13.0 is easily interoperable with other Neurotechnology products for face recognition. For a complete digital ID management experience, Face Verification includes optional functionality for conducting duplicate identity checks during the enrollment phase through MegaMatcher ABIS. Face Verification is also compatible with MegaMatcher On Card from Neurotechnology to grant an extra layer of security during verification through the use of contactless smart cards. And compatibility with VeriLook SDK enables secure and private authentication within offline self-service kiosks. Available for purchase from Neurotechnology Face Verification 13.0 and the entire Neurotechnology biometric product line can be purchased from Neurotechnology and through distributors worldwide. A demo application of the web service is available at faceverification.online. An Android demo, a trial version of the SDK and a trial version of the web service are also available.

Viking’s new polycarbonate/ABS composite outdoor enclosures
Viking’s new polycarbonate/ABS composite outdoor enclosures

Viking Electronics Inc. introduces the new VE-9x12 series of outdoor enclosures, which provide the ultimate weather protection for users' Viking emergency phones, entry phones, or door boxes. Constructed of durable UV-stable polycarbonate/ABS composite, these enclosures are intended for years of outdoor service. VE-9x12 enclosures Available in Red, Yellow, and Black, the VE-9x12 enclosures are strong and lightweight with plenty of space for mounting Viking or third-party equipment. Each enclosure features an internal mounting panel to support specific surface mount or flush mount Viking devices. Models without an internal panel are also available, ideal for mounting non-Viking equipment. Easy installation, additional accessories  Installing the enclosures is easy because mounting holes can be drilled wherever necessary in the chassis. Conduit connections can be drilled out as needed making wiring easily accessible and installing equipment inside the enclosure straightforward. The VE-9x12 enclosures have a heavy-duty door labeled “Telephone” and feature a gasket seal to keep out even the harshest weather. An optional door return hinge spring (VE-SPG) is available to close the door of the enclosure after use. A push button lock and key set (VE-PBL) is also available if users choose to keep their enclosure locked.

SALTO Systems North America names new marketing leadership roles
SALTO Systems North America names new marketing leadership roles

SALTO Systems North America has elevated two marketing team members to new levels of leadership to help focus on the four pillars of SALTO NA's efforts: building the brand, fostering a culture of learning and impact, getting closer to the customer, and achieving sustainable growth.  Heena Virjee Heena Virjee has been named as Senior Manager-Marketing, North America. She will guide the continued growth and expansion of SALTO's electronic access control hardware and software security products, oversee the marketing team, shape the overall marketing strategy, and serve as the North American contact for media inquiries. Virjee joined SALTO in 2020 as a Creative Marketing Manager and quickly showed impressive leadership skills.  Experience in digital I'm excited for the SALTO brand and our North American team to achieve new levels of marketing reach and effectiveness" "Heena's superb leadership, engaging content creation, and wealth of experience have created the opportunity for her responsibilities to grow beyond the digital domain," said SALTO NA President Bill Wood. "I'm excited for the SALTO brand and our North America team to achieve new levels of marketing reach and effectiveness with Heena's stewardship." Improves access, security, and operations Virjee said she looks forward to leading the marketing team to continued success. "We have an incredible marketing team, and I know that together we can build upon the success we've accomplished," she said. "We're committed to building our brand and telling the story of how SALTO improves access, security, and operations for businesses large and small." Based in Atlanta, home of SALTO NA headquarters, Virjee reports to Colin DePree, Sales Strategy, SALTO NA. Ann Murphy Ann Murphy has been named as SALTO NA Marketing Manager–Canada. She will guide the overall marketing efforts for Canada and serves as the media contact for Canadian English and French-speaking publications. Murphy joined SALTO in 2019 as Sales and Marketing Coordinator for SALTO Canada. She has since expanded her duties beyond Canada to support SALTO Marketing NA. Based in the SALTO Montreal office in Quebec, she reports to Heena Virjee.  Enhancing company presence I look forward to continuing to contribute to SALTO's impressive growth in Canada and the U.S." "Ann has played a key role in growing SALTO's presence in Canada and has provided invaluable support to the U.S., as well," said Virjee. "We're thrilled that she will continue to help lead our growth efforts in this new role."  "I've had a tremendous three years with SALTO, and I look forward to continuing to contribute to SALTO's impressive growth in Canada and the U.S.," said Murphy. Steve Burk During a short transitional period, Steve Burk, who previously served as SALTO NA Director of Marketing, will shift his focus and work to accelerate internal momentum around onboarding, learning, and development, and a new rotational leadership development programme prior to assuming his new role as SALTO NA Area Manager. Upon this, Burk will assume sales and operational responsibilities for the Southeast area of the United States, including North Carolina, south to Florida, and west throughout Texas. 

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To deliver a new Brussels office building, ASSA ABLOY’s specification expertise and Openings Studio™ software were critical
To deliver a new Brussels office building, ASSA ABLOY’s specification expertise and Openings Studio™ software were critical

Project management for large building designs benefits from both collaboration and effective digitalisation. On a landmark new office development in central Brussels, ASSA ABLOY’s Openings Studio™ software helped achieve the ultimate goal: excellence in design, balancing cost, delivery time, and sustainability concerns. Quatuor Quatuor is a multi-purpose office, events, and coworking space in central Brussels, with an innovative design, certified Outstanding by BREEAM. Designed and overseen by Jaspers-Eyers Architects, it was a large project with an ever-evolving nature. The final design incorporated 1,800 doors, of many different types and required standards. For more than 15 years, Jaspers-Eyers has organised its projects around BIM principles. A successful BIM process maximises the efficiency of collaboration and communication between their stakeholders. To help deliver door and security solutions, they sought out a partner with in-depth specification knowledge and experience. Specifications ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions streamlined project collaboration with the developer client; contractors, and tenants For Quatuor, working with local experts at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions streamlined project collaboration with the developer client; contractors, and subcontractors; and with the building’s final end-users, the tenants. Specification input from ASSA ABLOY was invaluable, “Throughout the project, from the call for tenders to site follow-up, ASSA ABLOY was present to assist with updates, the definition of new products and information,” says Gilles Bollens at Jaspers-Eyers. Simplifying door Specification for door and security solutions can be time-consuming. At Quatuor, ASSA ABLOY’s experience and expertise accelerated the process. The local team of ASSA ABLOY BIM & Specification experts handled specification details and kept the central resource up-to-date and transparent, freeing up architects’ valuable time. ASSA ABLOY Openings Studio One key tool in successful collaboration was ASSA ABLOY Openings Studio. This software connected Jaspers-Eyers’ Revit® designs directly with databases holding specification data for the varied door solutions ASSA ABLOY supplied. These included ASSA ABLOY Cam-Motion® door closers; architectural hardware; Litto Project locks and cylinders; and ABLOY EL160 locks. Intuitive and easy management software It is the only tool that enables the management of doors as a whole, in such a fluid and complete way" Openings Studio enabled rapid, accurate updating of in-process designs with object data and parameterisations. “The evolution of projects… makes this configuration integration for objects, particularly hardware essential,” explains Gilles Bollens. “Use of the software is very intuitive. It is the only tool that enables the management of doors as a whole, in such a fluid and complete way.” Streamlining building design workflows Openings Studio is a key software tool for boosting specification efficiency on projects of any size. Its intuitive operation simplifies collaboration and information handling for all specifications around the door. Seamless exporting of specifications to design packages including Revit® and ARCHICAD® saves time. It replaces time-consuming updating via Excel and other manual methods, which are slow and prone to human error. Every change is logged in the software, so it’s easy to “rewind” to compare previous design ideas. Openings Studio also functions as a transparent communication channel for all stakeholders, available through a project and beyond via secure web login or a new mobile app.

ZeroEyes provides their proactive protection to the staff and students of Klamath Falls City Schools
ZeroEyes provides their proactive protection to the staff and students of Klamath Falls City Schools

ZeroEyes, creators of the only A.I.-based gun detection video analytics platform that holds the US Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act Designation, announces that its solution will be implemented by Klamath Falls City Schools to offer proactive protection for students and staff against gun-related threats. ZeroEyes’ A.I. technology is being layered on top of the schools’ existing security cameras, where it will identify brandished guns and dispatch alerts to safety personnel and local law enforcement as fast as 3 to 5 seconds from the moment of detection. School safety leaders “My top priority is the security of our students and faculty, which is why our district is one of Oregon’s foremost school safety leaders,” said Keith Brown, Superintendent of Klamath Falls City Schools. Together, we can ensure that our schools are a safe place to learn, grow and thrive" “From the moment I witnessed ZeroEyes’ innovative security solution in action, I knew it would be a game changer for our community. With ZeroEyes, we can preemptively protect our schools and respond quickly in the event of a gun-related emergency. Together, we can ensure that our schools are a safe place to learn, grow and thrive.” The public school district serves seven schools, including four elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and an alternative high school in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Crisis communication platforms It has made significant investments into security solutions, including partnerships with local law enforcement, an app that provides access to building blueprints and crisis communication platforms, and sexual predator screening. The district's new website also puts more information about the district in the hands of the community. ZeroEyes was founded by a group of former Navy SEALs and technologists that used hundreds of thousands of proprietary images and videos to train its AI to be the most comprehensive and superior gun detection technology on the market. Former U.S. military and law enforcement specialists verify every detection 24/7/365 from the in-house ZeroEyes Operations Center (ZOC) to deliver accurate and actionable intelligence on gun-related incidents, including the gunman's appearance, clothing, weapon, and real-time location. Informing law enforcement The ZOC receives images only when a brandished gun has been identified They can also de-escalate police response by informing law enforcement if the weapon detected is an AirSoft, BB or other type of non-lethal gun. ZeroEyes' A.I. was trained to detect only guns; it does not perform any facial recognition, so there is no risk of bias based on skin colour or other personal characteristics. The system also does not receive, record, store, or share personal or biometric data, videos or images of any kind. The ZOC receives images only when a brandished gun has been identified; at all other times, the monitoring screens remain blank. Furthermore, ZeroEyes is ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certified, verifying that all cyber protocols and controls meet rigorous international standards. Rigorous international standards “The recent increase in gun-related violence nationwide has made it critical for schools to have a robust security plan in place,” said Mike Lahiff, CEO and co-founder of ZeroEyes. “Klamath Falls City Schools has taken a proactive approach to ensuring the safety of students and staff by implementing a multi-layered security strategy, including ZeroEyes technology. We are honored to be a part of this effort and look forward to working closely with the district to keep their schools safe and secure." ZeroEyes is deployed across a variety of industries in 30+ states, including K-12 school districts, commercial property groups, shopping malls, places of worship, hospitals, military bases, manufacturing plants, casinos and Fortune 500 campuses.

Boon Edam secured entry solutions proven to mitigate risk and maintain compliance at data centres
Boon Edam secured entry solutions proven to mitigate risk and maintain compliance at data centres

Boon Edam Inc.’s secured entry solutions are proving effective for risk mitigation and regulatory compliance at essential data centres around the world. Layering Boon Edam secured entry solutions at all data centre perimeter entry and exit points and critical internal access points provides the strongest possible physical security measures to mitigate against unauthorised access. Physically secure access points “Data centre managers are tasked with three critical responsibilities: protecting the sensitive data of their clients, ensuring compliance with industry and government regulations, and minimising operational costs,” said Mark Perkins, Vice President - Strategic Markets Development, Boon Edam. He adds, “Our secured entry solutions address all three by physically securing access points to deliver ROI through guard cost reduction or reallocation while maintaining compliance with government, industry, and/or corporate-mandated standards.” Cyber-physical security Security revolving doors and mantrap portals installed at a data centre lobby can detect unauthorised entry attempts Data centres can achieve higher levels of cyber-physical security by deploying layers of Boon Edam’s secured entry solutions. A data centre surrounded by a security fence outfitted with a full-height turnstile for employee access deters infiltration at perimeter entrances. Security revolving doors and mantrap portals installed at a data centre lobby can detect unauthorised entry attempts, including piggybacking and tailgating to prevent unauthorised access in real-time and triggers a visual, audible, and electronic notification via the PACs. Biometric multifactor authentication technology For the protection of the most sensitive areas in a data centre, security mantrap portals equipped with biometric multifactor authentication technology enforce a confirmed single entry using an overhead sensor system called StereoVision. Once a user presents their credentials and the door opens, StereoVision scans the compartment, verifying the user is alone. Inside the portal, an internal biometric device can be used to verify identity, confirming that not only one person gets inside, but the right person.  Gramm-Leach-Bliley-Act compliance Boon Edam’s secured entry solutions help ensure data centres maintain compliance with the Gramm-Leach-Bliley-Act (GLBA), the recently updated FTC Safeguards Rule, FISMA, ISO 27001, HITRUST, PCI DSS, SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3, and ITAR. Automating compliance for physical barrier entry/exit points reduces security training and operating expenses while allowing data centres to better sustain continual operations. Boon Edam full height turnstiles, security revolving doors, and security mantrap portals further prevent Door Forced Open (DFO) and Door Held Open (DHO) alarms for easier compliance reporting. Tourlock 180 security revolving doors Boon Edam’s security revolving doors provide efficient passage preventing piggybacking and tailgating NTT, Ltd. (formerly RagingWire), amongst the largest and fastest growing data centres in the world, utilises Boon Edam Tourlock 180 security revolving doors at its Ashburn VA3 Data Centre, featuring 245,000 square feet of space, and its Sacramento CA3 Data Centre, a 180,000 square foot facility. Boon Edam’s security revolving doors provide efficient passage for hundreds of people daily at NTT’s data centres, preventing piggybacking and tailgating during both entry and exit. Fast and accurate  “Our customers expect our security entrances and anti-tailgating technologies to be extremely fast and accurate,” said Eddie Ankers, Vice President of Corporate Security, at NTT. Eddie Ankers adds, “By adding these doors to our defense-in-depth security strategy, we are providing the best possible protection system for our customers’ mission-critical equipment.”

Anviz FaceDeep 3 in scheduled buses of MME in Doha Qatar
Anviz FaceDeep 3 in scheduled buses of MME in Doha Qatar

The Ministry Of Municipality And Environment (MME) in Doha Qatar has nearly 100 scheduled buses for transferring employees and officials. In recent years, transportation costs are increasing, and managers need to ensure only employees could get on the designated buses. It is also a good plan to maintain employees’ health under COVID-19.  Challenge However, although the bus driver is easy to manage, and the time of buses is simple to schedule, it is not enough to reduce the cost and check bus passengers. Especially when many passengers are pouring into the buses in the morning and evening, it puts forward high requirements and strict standards for management and service. Result FaceDeep3 Series has dual cameras for precise facial recognition and can process 50 people in a minute About 80+ Anviz FaceDeep 3 4G are used on the regular buses after the officials of MME discussed and compared. They like the Flexible 4G communication between the CrossChex and terminals on the buses. The FaceDeep3 Series features dual cameras for highly precise facial recognition capabilities, with the platform able to identify a user in just 0.3 seconds, and can process 50 people in a minute. With the assistance of AI NPU, non-living body recognition such as videos and photos can be accurately excluded, and people wearing masks can be accurately identified. It is easy to work consistently in some places without internet or wifi as its stable 4G capability. Solution Employees are convenient and safe Recognize and clock in with the face in seconds, after the face of MME'S employee is aligned with the camera of the FaceDeep 3 on the bus, even if they are wearing the masks. Further, every employee will have designated buses, and strangers have no chance to get on. Thus, there is no need to check the passengers for bus drivers.  The cost of MME is reduced Information about the employee taking the bus will be sent to CrossChex Standard via 4G. Managers could collect data on which employees take which bus at what time. Therefore, managers could better schedule the shuttle lines as they get the data on bus occupancy and save costs by improving bus utilisation. The CrossChex Cloud is hosted in the cloud, requires no upkeep, and has a pricing structure that doesn't raise costs each time a new employee is added to the team.