Mobile Access Trends

Which standards have had the greatest positive impact on physical security?
Which standards have had the greatest positive impact on physical security?

In the complex world of physical security systems, standards can enable disparate systems to be combined to function together as a cohesive whole. Standards help to ensure that all the “pieces” fit together to create a clear, unified picture. More broadly speaking, standards also play a role in ensuring best practices are deployed in a range of security-related situations. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: Which standards have had the greatest positive impact on physical security?

How mobile technology is redefining duty of care in organisations by Mark Niblett
How mobile technology is redefining duty of care in organisations by Mark Niblett

When a bomb detonated in the Port of Beirut, I had hundreds of employees under my care inside the blast zone. Within just two hours, I was able to determine who was impacted, understand their safety conditions, and share resources for on-the-ground support—all thanks to mobile technology. For Chief Security Officers, receiving calls like these launches a variety of protocols and necessary decision-making with the safety and security of people and assets as a top priority. And these calls are only becoming more common. Dependence on threat intelligence Mobile phones have dominated the post-COVID environment where people work from anywhere Threats ranging from natural disasters to geopolitical conflicts are becoming more frequent and complicate the responsibility organisations have in keeping their people safe. To meet these needs CSO’s are staying ahead of negative outcomes through creating a greater dependence on threat intelligence. In these times, effective, real-time risk management depends on hyper-local data from technology that is accessible, portable, and dynamic–such as cell phones. Mobile phones have revolutionised the way people live and work. They allow us all to walk around with a computer in our pocket, bringing the world to our fingertips and eliminating digital borders for over 90% of the world's population. Mobile phones have dominated the post-COVID environment where people work from anywhere and have geographically distributed teams but are also more vulnerable to threatening events. Mobile-friendly risk management platforms Mobile technology assigns workers with easy entry to data that can help keep them and their teams safe As we approach 2024, many organisations are adopting comprehensive risk management tools that empower personnel across the organisation with the intelligence and knowledge they need to stay safe wherever they are.  Mobile-friendly risk management platforms, such as Crisis24 Horizon, provide always-on awareness, on-hand threat intelligence, and immediate communications and distress signalling through location monitoring. Users receive location risk assessments and push notifications directly to their devices about nearby issues and threats no matter if they are on or off the job. While only select risk managers have complete control of the platform and all sensitive employee data is protected through encryption, the app distributes critical intel to foster a culture of shared awareness and responsibility. Thus, mobile technology empowers employees with easy access to information that can help keep them and their teams safe. Creating a culture of mobile technology adoption In the last few years, the world has proven the importance of being well-informed of risks and mitigation plans to minimise harm. However, psychological barriers tend to trump physical barriers when it comes to accessing the vast array of tools our mobile devices offer. World has proven the matter of being well-informed of risks and relief plans to minimise harm Adopting this technology and establishing a culture that enforces risk management across an organisation is a daunting challenge that demands substantial commitment from leadership to be successful. Some companies have tackled this challenge by positioning security technology as part of the organisation’s employee benefits package, such as commuter benefits and health insurance, to encourage people to take advantage of these resources and learn how to use them.   Cohesive risk management culture Technology is only as effective as the people whose actions it informs, which is why adoption and integration are so important. When a cohesive risk management culture meets a powerful technology platform, individuals are enabled to receive threat alerts and counter their impacts, letting others know when and how to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their team.  For more information on mobile technology and other security trends, check out the Global Risk Forecast, an annual report by Crisis24 that provides a comprehensive analysis of key events around the world most likely to affect operations in the coming year.

Is “frictionless access control” a reality or an empty promise?
Is “frictionless access control” a reality or an empty promise?

Frictionless systems provide access to a building without interfering at all with a user’s entry experience. Frictionless access means you can automatically pass through a gate without showing a credential or otherwise engaging, and with the system recognising who you are and allowing you to pass. In true frictionless access, everything works seamlessly, with unauthorised people obviously barred. But how close are we to realising frictionless access control? We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: Is frictionless access control a reality or an empty promise?

Ascending in the US, Gallagher Security emphasises culture and ‘people-first’
Ascending in the US, Gallagher Security emphasises culture and ‘people-first’

Already a strong player, particularly in New Zealand and Australia, Gallagher is still climbing in the U.S. market, which it sees as a big opportunity to invest in the company. Active in the United States for 10 years, Gallagher undertook a more aggressive growth strategy about five years ago. There are 52 employees in Gallagher’s U.S. security business, and about half the workforce has been hired in the last couple of years. They have grown from three sales territories to 16, operated by a full sales and engineering staff. Culture of innovation sets As it happens, Gallagher’s U.S. headquarters is located a short drive from my home office in the wider vicinity of Atlanta. I missed seeing them at GSX in Dallas, so we scheduled an in-person visit to catch up on their company. Gallagher’s strong culture of innovation sets them apart, as does their “people-first” commitment, says Scott Elliott, Gallagher’s Executive Vice-President, The Americas. “We have intentionally recruited for a diversity of thought that drives the business,” says Elliott. “We are a people business.” Melissa Vidakovic, Director of Marketing, Americas; and Scott Elliott, Executive VP, Americas, at Gallagher Security's office in Canton, GA. Unified approach An advantage Gallagher has in the market is total ownership of their supply chain; it manufactures each of the hundreds of products used across their solutions, from plastic components to readers to controllers to their own software systems.  Among other advantages, the unified approach enables tighter control from a hardening and cybersecurity perspective, enabling them to minimize any threat vectors or vulnerabilities. The strategy also avoids dependence on third-party suppliers, which was a huge advantage during recent supply chain disruptions. While competitors struggled with availability issues related to third-party manufacturers, Gallagher’s supply was uninterrupted. Gallagher’s commitment Gallagher uses the same norms as the nation and subjects its effects to inner and outer penetration As a manufacturer serving a broad spectrum of markets, it’s Gallagher’s commitment to the high end of the market (e.g., high-security applications), where the company incorporates core tenets such as authentication and encryption. Gallagher uses some of the same standards as the government and subjects its products to internal and external penetration testing. These core strengths are also integral to Gallagher’s complete product line. “If it’s good enough for a high-level customer, it’s good enough for Mr. Business Owner,” says Elliott. The New Zealand company was founded in 1938 and was the first company to commercialize the electric fence, which it still uses for its agriculture business sector, separate from the security business. Gallagher entered the access control business 35 years ago in 1988 when a product used to restrict access to fuel pumps evolved into broader access control. Gallagher platform In the intervening years, the product has grown into a unified platform that incorporates access control, intrusion detection, and perimeter detection in a single ecosystem. “The platform is all-encompassing,” says Elliott. “No other platform does all three.” Augmenting access control, intrusion, and perimeter protection, there are other applications available in the Gallagher platform, such as workforce management, health and safety functions, and a spectrum of features useful to a wider stakeholder community. Fatigue management applications For example, Gallagher can implement routine randomized checks to proactively mitigate potential risks such as drug or alcohol abuse, thus ensuring workers are fit to work, to operate various machinery and that they do not pose a threat to fellow employees or the company.  “Fatigue management” applications can monitor the use of equipment to avoid repetitive injuries or manage how long an employee works at a job site, requiring a worker to swipe or tap a card to a reader mounted on a machine to monitor and limit the time they operate that machine. Mobile mustering provides location and identification of evacuees in case of an emergency. Impact of digital transformation Gallagher’s “Better Ways of Working” concept zeroes in on the impact of digital transformation Gallagher is also embracing the “digital transformation” of the industry. Security companies must adapt to a more agile workforce and shifting processes, says Elliott. Gallagher’s “Better Ways of Working” concept zeroes in on the impact of digital transformation on their workforce. They also seek to address the changing workforce, where Gen-Z’ers work side-by-side with tenured, experienced workers, and where creating trust is the best approach to closing the generational gap.  Gallagher also seeks to educate the market on trends such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, cloud adoption, various service delivery models, and other issues. Industry consolidation Gallagher has more than 1,200 employees; operates in 140 countries, from South America to Canada, Europe to the Asia-Pacific and Australia; and serves almost 16,000 customers. Gallagher is part of New Zealand’s growing technology export sector, which is growing 30% faster than the overall economy and is now the second-largest export sector in New Zealand. In an age of industry consolidation and a market dominated by corporate conglomerates, Gallagher is a privately held organization seeking to be agile and innovative, and to deliver customer value more quickly. Gallagher re-invests about 15% of its profits into research and development. “Our customer service is the primary reason people buy from us,” says Elliott. Security integrators Security integrators quickly appreciate the breadth and strength of the product line Gallagher positions itself as an alternative in a market in the midst of disruption. Brand awareness continues to be a challenge in the United States, and the sales team often hears the question: “Who is Gallagher?” Once the introduction is made, security integrators quickly appreciate the breadth and strength of the product line, says Elliott. “We allow our customers to select among best-of-breed platforms, and [using open systems,] we are not limited by the technology we offer,” says Elliott. “Our value proposition to the integrator channel is our focus on the relationship,” says Elliott. Supporting end users through an authorized, certified channel, Gallagher also emphasizes value, cost-competitiveness, and cybersecurity. “Our partner relationships are built around cultural alignment,” says Elliott. Product innovation perspective What’s ahead for Gallagher and for the industry as a whole? Hard to say, notes Elliott, given the unfolding of unpredictable geopolitical and financial trends.  However, from a product innovation perspective, Gallagher will continue to evolve, balancing a dependence on “cash cow” legacy product lines with investment in leapfrog innovations such as frictionless access control, cloud platforms, and mobile systems. In general, Elliott predicts AI will yield an opportunity to analyze a person’s pattern of behavior and intent, thus enabling a security system to adapt down the road. “With the ability to predict with some degree of certainty what might happen, these capabilities will evolve,” says Elliott.

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Nice launches OS 8.8.601 update for home management software
Nice launches OS 8.8.601 update for home management software

Nice, a global pioneer in Home and Building Management solutions, released its Home Management OS 8.8.601 software update following its major feature release with the OS 8.8 in June 2023. WHAT: The Nice Home Management OS 8.8.601 software update delivers improved user experience, and enhanced performance, and introduces new drivers for more integration across utilities, video, security, climate, lighting and more. Features of software update Highlighted features from the software update include:  New drivers that offer integrations across security, climate, and lighting:   DSC PowerSeries Neo Security Panel  AprilAire S86WMUPR Thermostat   Xfinity IP driver with voice control via the Nice HR40 Multifunction Smart Remote, allowing users to search across all channels and streaming services enabled on the Xfinity box  Lutron Palladiom Climate Control   Lutron LEAP: Phantom Buttons, Button Press & Release Support (QSX, RA3), WarmDim Support (Lumaris), and Tuneable White Support (DALI, Lumaris)  Lutron Vive for the Lutron commercial line  Schlage WiFi Doorlocks  Utility integrations   BlueBOLT-CV3 Interface Card Support   NETGEAR AV power over ethernet (PoE) driver with Powerlink for the M4250, M4300, M4350, and M4500 series  Wattbox PDU driver with Powerlink for 300/700 and 800 series  300/700: WB-300-IP-3, WB-300VB-IP-5, WB-700-IPV-12 / WB-700CH-IPV-12  800: WB-800-IPVM-6, WB-800-IPVM-12  Enphase Solar Inverters give end users the ability to review the power production from their solar panels  Support of Real-Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) for an optimal streaming experience.   WHO: The upgrade is available for all Nice dealers who service customers with a Nice Home Management system.   WHEN: Nice Home Management OS 8.8.601 is available starting Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024. Nice partners can coordinate with their customers to confirm the preferred timing of the update to ensure a seamless process. WHY: With its mission to simplify everyday movements, Nice strives to implement continuous product and service enhancements that meet the demands of end-users to ensure a high quality and reliable home management experience.

VIPRE Security Group appoints Usman Choudhary as General Manager of Business Security Division
VIPRE Security Group appoints Usman Choudhary as General Manager of Business Security Division

VIPRE Security Group, a global cybersecurity solutions provider, has announced the executive appointment of Usman Choudhary as General Manager of its Business Security Division, encompassing VIPRE EDR and Advanced Threat Protection for Email, SafeSend for Email, and Inspired eLearning security awareness training. Democratising cybersecurity Usman Choudhary previously served as the Chief Product and Technology Officer at VIPRE. In this expanded role, he will champion VIPRE's mission to mitigate human risk through educational initiatives and cutting-edge technologies, with a vision to 'democratise cybersecurity'. Usman Choudhary’s focus will be on making the most advanced security solutions available to businesses of all sizes and making cybersecurity the responsibility of all, not just a few experts. This approach requires everyone to be educated about the risks posed by cyber threats. AI/ML-based advanced threat protection "I'm enthusiastic about our position as a trusted provider of comprehensive cybersecurity solutions for midsize enterprises," said Usman Choudhary. He adds, "Our commitment to affordability, ease of deployment, and exceptional customer support sets us apart. We take pride in delivering industry-pioneering AI/ML-based advanced threat protection to all of our global partners and customers." Extensive experience He has played instrumental roles in architecting mission-critical cyber defence systems Usman Choudhary brings a wealth of experience to this new role. With a cybersecurity journey spanning back to 2002, he has played instrumental roles in architecting mission-critical cyber defence systems, contributed to the evolution of cyber security by developing patented technologies, and held technical leadership positions in the financial services industry. Nate Simmons, President of Ziff Davis' Cybersecurity and Martech division, expressed excitement about Choudhary's leadership role, "VIPRE Security Group is a global organisation protecting millions of consumers and businesses." Cyberthreat protection Nate Simmons adds, "Usman is a highly accomplished pioneer with a passion for helping our customers protect their organisations from cyber threats." He continues, "Usman has an ambitious roadmap and I’m excited to have him lead the next phase of growth for VIPRE and Inspired eLearning.”

SIA launches consultation on new business approval scheme
SIA launches consultation on new business approval scheme

On 22 February 2024, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) launched a public consultation on the key principles that will underpin its business approval scheme going forward.  The changes under consideration will signal a significant shift in the way the SIA approves businesses under this scheme. It will also change how standards are defined for security businesses, ensuring public protection is at the heart of the new scheme.  Redefining standards During the past year (2023), the SIA has engaged with key stakeholders and industry through a series of roadshows and roundtables across the UK to inform its thinking.  The SIA is now seeking views on the principles that will underpin this change. It is a public consultation. Feedback is encouraged from the private security industry, its customers, representatives, and other standard-setting bodies, agencies, and individuals with an interest in public safety and the public.   Business Approvals scheme The scheme is voluntary, quality-based through which it promotes good practice and improvements The SIA currently approves around 750 security businesses within this 85 of the largest businesses by turnover account for around 40% of the total UK private security market, employing around 30% of individual SIA licence holders.  The Business Approvals scheme is the main way the SIA can influence improvements to business standards. It is a voluntary, quality-based scheme through which it promotes good practice and improvements in industry standards.  Scheme for public protection Steve McCormick, SIA Director of Licencing and Service Delivery, said, "Since the SIA established its approvals scheme in 2006, there have been many changes in terms of customer requirements, an increased demand for private security, and new emerging threats to public safety." He adds, “The growing recognition of the critical role private security plays in public safety means there is a clear need for a new scheme that is grounded in public protection." Raising industry standards Steve McCormick continues, "This is an opportunity to shape how the SIA sets standards for private security businesses to ensure they contribute to public protection and raise industry standards in the years ahead.” The consultation will run for six weeks and will close on 4 April 2024. A summary of responses to this consultation will be published within 12 weeks of its closing.

Delinea to acquire Fastpath to revolutionise privileged access and identity governance
Delinea to acquire Fastpath to revolutionise privileged access and identity governance

Delinea, a pioneering provider of solutions that seamlessly extend Privileged Access Management (PAM), announced a definitive agreement to acquire Fastpath, a pioneer in Identity Governance and Administration (IGA) and identity access rights. This strategic move follows Delinea's recent acquisition of Authomize and marks a significant expansion in Delinea's capabilities to enhance privileged access, controls, and governance, reducing organisational cybersecurity risk and ensuring compliance. User access and privileges By incorporating Fastpath’s expertise, Delinea is poised to offer a robust, AI-driven authorisation security platform making Delinea the definitive source for managing authorisation across infrastructure, applications, and data, providing unmatched insights and control over user access and privileges. Delinea is poised to offer a robust, AI-driven authorisation security platform making “This strategic acquisition by Delinea heralds a new era in identity security, establishing pioneering standards for Privileged Access Management in an increasingly digital and interconnected world, where cybersecurity challenges are constantly evolving,” said Art Gilliland, CEO of Delinea. “The addition of Fastpath will empower the Delinea Platform to dynamically control authorizations by assessing user risk. This advanced approach is crucial for securing modern, distributed environments across infrastructure, applications, and data." Authorisation and policy models  In a landscape, dominated by Infrastructure-as-a-Service and SaaS applications, organisations face a growing attack surface and challenges in managing data and identity sprawl. The combination of Fastpath with Delinea is timely, addressing these challenges head-on. It equips Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and their teams with advanced tools for managing the complex interactions between privileged users and corporate data.  "The challenge that CISOs are struggling with is that identities are increasingly decentralised, but that leaves a lot of open gaps for authorisation," said Martin Kuppinger, founder and Principal Analyst at KuppingerCole. "Authorisation and policy models need to be managed and more centralised, especially as privileged users are not limited to traditional admins but expand to line of business users. Solving the challenge of centralising, orchestrating, and automating authorisation is critical to effectively reduce risk and mitigate threats in decentralised environments spanning all identities." Fastpath's IGA capabilities Delinea is uniquely placed to offer profound insights and control mechanisms over user access Combining Fastpath's IGA capabilities with Authomize's Identity Threat Detection and Response (ITDR) technology, Delinea is uniquely positioned to offer profound insights and control mechanisms over user access.  This integration not only identifies overprivileged access and potential threats but also facilitates automated remediation through intelligent access controls, significantly enhancing data security and compliance. “There is a powerful synergy between Fastpath and Delinea,” commented Charles Snellgrove, CEO of Fastpath. Set of security challenges Snellgrove added: "In today's landscape, business pioneers face a complex set of security challenges. By bolstering capabilities to enhance privileged access, controls, and governance, organisations can effectively mitigate cybersecurity risks. The collaboration between Fastpath and Delinea marks a transformative milestone in identity security, offering unparalleled insights and control over user access and privileges." The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory review. Fastpath, a Pamlico Capital portfolio company since 2020, was represented by Raymond James.

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Morse Watchmans sees growing adoption of KeyWatcher Touch Solutions in municipalities across the globe
Morse Watchmans sees growing adoption of KeyWatcher Touch Solutions in municipalities across the globe

Morse Watchmans, the industry pioneer in key control and asset management systems, reports a rising number of international cities and municipalities installing the company’s flagship key control system, KeyWatcher® Touch, to secure the buildings, equipment, and vehicles utilised by various municipal departments. “From public works to waste departments, courthouses, and beyond, the adoption of our KeyWatcher Touch solution continues to resonate positively across so many diverse cities,” said Tim Purpura, VP of Global Sales and Marketing, Morse Watchmans. “We take pride in knowing that our systems are being used to facilitate secure and efficient operations for some of the public’s most critical services.” New KeyWatcher Touch system By implementing effective municipal key control measures, cities can mitigate the risks associated with unauthorised key access while maintaining the operational integrity of public works. Cities and metropolises can set a foundation of trust and confidence within their societies  This proactive approach not only safeguards against potential security breaches but also fosters accountability and responsible use of resources among city employees. In this way, cities and municipalities can establish a foundation of trust and confidence within their communities. In one instance, the Walworth County Public Works Department in Wisconsin implemented a new KeyWatcher Touch system after the original key box system failed to adequately support the county’s hundreds of keys for government buildings and county fleet vehicles. KeyWatcher Touch solution After seeing the success of the KeyWatcher Touch solution at the Department of Public Works, other departments within Walworth County have also begun installing their own KeyWatcher Systems. “These boxes are starting to catch on, and departments are really thinking about how they will use them for vehicles and building keys,” said John Miller, Senior Project Manager, Walworth County Public Works. The operational efficiencies of the KeyWatcher Touch solution are also appreciated Across the globe, the operational efficiencies of the KeyWatcher Touch solution are also appreciated. Blacktown City, a suburban community located approximately 22 miles west of Sydney, Australia, implemented a KeyWatcher Touch system at their Main Works Depot to help maintain usage accountability and eliminate the problem of missing or overdue vehicles, machinery, and building keys. KeyWatcher Touch automated control “We manage keys for at least 500 vehicles and machines here at the Depot and each of them has at least two to three sets of keys,” said Joe Haddad, Facility Manager, Blacktown City Main Works Depot. “Without the KeyWatcher Touch automated control and tracking, the job of accurately keeping track of these many keys would be almost impossible.”

Teledyne FLIR: FLIR Si124 acoustic imaging camera
Teledyne FLIR: FLIR Si124 acoustic imaging camera

Air Power East, a family-run business with over 30 years of experience as a premier distributor of Atlas Copco, specialises in providing high-quality compressed air systems to various industries across East Anglia. Under the leadership of Jason Sewell, the company has established a strong reputation for delivering reliable and efficient solutions. However, they faced a significant challenge in ensuring their systems were completely leak-free, a concern shared by their clients, including an agricultural manufacturer managed by Paul Musgrove. Jason highlighted the issue, stating, "Customers have been asking us to make sure that we can prove something that's completely leak-free." Challenge Musgrove was seeking an effective way to manage and maintain their compressed air systems Concurrently, Paul Musgrove was seeking an effective way to manage and maintain their compressed air systems, with a specific focus on reducing energy waste and operational costs, emphasising the need to "save money where we can, especially with energy prices as they are." This dual challenge called for an innovative approach to maintain Air Power East's commitment to quality and efficiency while addressing the specific needs of their clients. Solution To address the intertwined challenges, Jason reached out to Baseline-RTS, an independent supplier of training and predictive maintenance equipment. They introduced Air Power East to the FLIR Si124 camera, an advanced acoustic imaging tool, capable of accurately detecting air leaks. Jason explains, "We sat down and did a bit of market research on a few different models and then came to the top. So, we contacted FLIR to come along and show us the Si124, and we've loved it ever since." One-handed tool designed to quickly locate pressurised leaks in compressed air systems or detect discharge The Si124 is a lightweight, one-handed tool designed to quickly locate pressurised leaks in compressed air systems or detect partial discharge from high-voltage electrical systems. It is equipped with 124 microphones to produce a precise acoustic image that visually displays ultrasonic information. This image is transposed in real time on top of a digital camera picture, allowing users to accurately pinpoint the source of sound. The Si124 camera can detect issues up to 10 times faster than traditional methods, even in loud industrial environments. Additionally, it is compatible with FLIR Thermal Studio suite for offline editing, analysis, and advanced report creation, and it can help facilities save money on utility bills and delay the expense of installing new compressors. Results The use of the Si124 camera brought about transformative results. Jason explained the camera's effectiveness: "We've managed to walk around with the customer, showing them exactly what we're finding on our screen. And if we do find any small leaks, we can rectify them and then we can prove to the customer that their system is leak-free." This approach not only heightened the efficiency of the compressed air systems but also solidified customer trust in Air Power East's services. Camera enabled the detection of leaks amounting to approximately 100 cubic feet per minute Quantitative results underscore the Si124's impact. The camera enabled the detection of leaks amounting to approximately 100 cubic feet per minute (CFM), which is roughly 50 litres per second. This translates to about 18.5 kilowatts of compressor power, pioneering to substantial energy and cost savings, particularly in light of rising energy prices. Conclusion Air Power East's adoption of the FLIR Si124 camera to address the complex challenges in compressed air systems illustrates the power of innovative technology in industrial settings. The successful detection and rectification of air leaks not only enhanced operational efficiency but also led to considerable energy and cost savings for the agricultural manufacturer. This case study demonstrates the effectiveness of advanced tools in solving intricate industrial problems and highlights the importance of technology-driven solutions in optimising industrial processes.

ExpoFactory increases booth security with ASSA ABLOY's Digital PIN Door Lock Solution
ExpoFactory increases booth security with ASSA ABLOY's Digital PIN Door Lock Solution

Protecting booths at trade shows is a challenge. After all, exhibitors want a constant stream of high traffic, especially from people they are meeting for the first time. It’s why they attend such large-scale fairs.  Relying on exhibition-provided security is sadly not enough. Individual stands need their protection for areas where valuable equipment, product samples, or confidential commercial documents are kept.  Innovative, modern solution Barcelona-based ExpoFactory specialises in the design and building of award-winning exhibition stands for the MICE, retail, and habitats/architecture sectors. They understand that booth security is integral to customers’ needs and that keeping booths safe is not easy.   They hoped to identify an innovative, modern solution that would be more flexible and convenient than mechanical lock-and-key security.  Factors to consider Firstly, easy installation, to ensure that fitting locks did not slow down their build process Two more factors were critical in their choice. Firstly, easy installation, to ensure that fitting locks did not slow down their build process. Secondly, and equally important: The ability to easily reset and reuse devices. ExpoFactory needs locks that can be trusted to last.  Everyone has their PIN — no one carries keys  To replace manual, mechanical keys and cylinders, they chose Code Handle Door, a digital PIN door lock housed within an elegant handle. So far, 60 devices have been equipped. With a Code Handle, all that’s needed to unlock is a secure 4- to 6-digit PIN.  There’s no key to use, lose, or track, and no worries that it’s been copied.   Code Handle “Code Handle has a stylish design, easy installation, and eliminates the need for physical keys,” says Adelfio Marino, Logistics Centre Manager at ExpoFactory.  Installation is fast: the Code Handle fits over a standard cylinder and is fixed in place by two screws. Batteries slot inside for a minimal footprint. There’s no wiring or software to worry about. When the event is finished, it’s simple to reset the device ready to incorporate in another trade show stand. Upgrades booth security With Code Handle, the team leader chooses up to 9 different PINs for authorised staff Code Handle instantly upgrades booth security. It makes sure only the right people have access, not just anyone who happens upon the key. With no keys to track, organising stand security is easier, too. Everyone on the stand works faster because they don’t wait for a keyholder to appear. With Code Handle, the team leader chooses up to 9 different PINs for authorised staff (and cancels them anytime). Tailor-made digital solution It’s also a convenient digital solution tailor-made for busy trade shows: “Everything was easy and effective,” said Adelfio Marino, adding “And it makes our final product of higher quality. The customer prefers it.”  With its unique combination of durability, stylish design, and ease of use, the Code Handle digital lock has already been deployed to separate public and private spaces in all kinds of settings from clinics and pharmacies to shops and home offices.

Sustainable security upgrade at Tenterden Park with Jacksons Fencing EuroGuard system
Sustainable security upgrade at Tenterden Park with Jacksons Fencing EuroGuard system

In 2023, Tenterden Town Council completed the successful installation of vandal-proof fencing at a recreation ground situated in St Michaels village, in the borough of Ashford, Kent. The new fencing and gates enhance security around the groundskeeping equipment storage building, to provide convenient access and ensure the grounds can be neatly kept for all users of this cherished community space Creating a sanctuary Situated in the idyllic village of St Michaels, a stone’s throw from Tenterden town, the recreation ground serves as a focal point for residents and visitors alike. With amenities including a children’s play area, a skate park, and lush green spaces, it is a popular destination for leisure and recreation. Need for robust security measures To safeguard the well-being of park users and protect against vandalism, Tenterden Town Council enlisted fencing and security specialists, Jacksons Fencing to install robust security measures. After witnessing the premium quality of Jacksons Fencing’s previous installation at the play area in 2013, the council opted for over 80 metres of EuroGuard® Regular fencing, complemented by two 4.9 metre wide EuroGuard Flatform double leaf gates. Beyond the barriers EuroGuard Regular, with its large mesh apertures, ensures good visibility from both sides of the fence Supplied with a galvanised and architectural grade polyester powder-coated finish, the EuroGuard system stands as a stalwart defender against rust and corrosion, ensuring enduring resilience. Yet, its qualities extend beyond durability. EuroGuard Regular, with its large mesh apertures, ensures good visibility from both sides of the fence, crucial for surveillance needs, particularly in areas prone to vandalism. EuroGuard features Moreover, EuroGuard features unique mesh security clips, tightly securing panels to posts with tamper-proof fixings on the secure side of the fence, mitigating the risk of panel removal. This innovative design addresses issues that are commonly associated with mesh fencing, enhancing security and peace of mind for the community. Sustainable and sleek Echoing Tenterden Town Council's commitment to eco-conscious infrastructure, the EuroGuard fencing stands resplendent in its powder-coated black (RAL 9005) finish, marrying sustainability with sophistication. Not merely a barrier, but a beacon of security and style. Each product comes with the assurance of Jacksons Fencing’s 25-year guarantee, symbolising a commitment to quality and trust. Eco-friendly EuroGuard fencing system Commenting on the project, Peter Jackson, Managing Director, of Jacksons Fencing, said, "Security and sustainability are at the heart of our mission at Jacksons Fencing. We're proud to have partnered with Tenterden Town Council once again to enhance the safety and beauty of St. Michaels Recreation Ground." Peter Jackson adds, "Our EuroGuard fencing system not only provides robust protection against vandalism but also contributes to the eco-friendly ethos of the community. Together, we're reinforcing spaces where families can gather, play, and thrive."