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Relive FIREX 2017: Watch the highlights across three days at London ExCeL

We ve compressed hours of footage into a few minutes of highlights from FIREX International 2017.

Filmed on the show floor over three busy, eventful days at ExCeL London, this video features interviews with top industry figures and the latest fire-detection and protection technologies.

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5 things you may not know that your video management system can do

If you ve visited any of the major security trade show this year, such as Intersec, ISC West or IFSEC International, you will have no doubt seen some of the latest video management systems (VMS). But what does a next generation VMS offer you over and above your incumbent system and is it worth upgrading? Here are five things you may be surprised to know a next-generation VMS is capable of: 1.

Gain access to more video sources without adding more cameras Typically, the primary source of video for the control room are fixed surveillance cameras, but this is beginning to change, with advances in mobile devices and dedicated applications developed for the security industry. Today, it is possible employees (and even citizens) to transmit video from mobile devices to the control room in real-time, from anywhere. In essence, you are adding a whole new sensor to the security system without investing in a single piece of hardware, as the devices are already there!

2. Add new video analytics applications with ease Video analytics applications have been in use for a long time, but earlier versions bear little resemblance to the powerful analytics solutions that can be integrated within the latest VMS . They are evening embracing cutting-edge advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning. One such example is ability to make video searchable and in turn reduce the time taken to locate and track person/s of interest from hours to minutes. The time when it will be possible to search for specific items, colours, movement and even the detection of risks through leading indicators is not far from becoming a reality.

3. Save on upgrading to a full-blow PSIM solution PSIM and situation management systems have a vitally important role to play for many organisations, but others simply want to better manage their security operations, and would benefit substantially from some of the capabilities inherent within PSIM systems. This is one of the major advantages of next-generation VMS. You can integrate and centrally manage the core security systems access control, intrusion detection, fire and of course video (the hallmark of every good VMS). However, in addition it can be extended with incident management capabilities, giving a greater degree of situational awareness that in turn makes decision-making and incident response far more effective and consistent.

4. Control PTZ use case In addition to receiving video from mobile devices, it is also possible to push important information from the control room out to the mobile devices of field personnel, responders and other stakeholders. A mobile application that is bi-directional and fully integrated with your VMS allows control room operators to share live and recorded video, delivering what they are seeing in the control room out to those on-site attending to the incident.

5. Integrate video feeds from drone mounted cameras Drones have become hot property and rightly so (having their very own Drone Zone at IFSEC in London last month). A VMS can distribute video feeds from drones in real-time, providing responders and operations teams with surveillance footage that would be impossible to get unless an aircraft was on site.

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IFSEC 2017 in review: Borders & Infrastructure Expo makes triumphant debut and Brian Cox draws biggest-ever keynote audience 

Professor Brian Cox gave a thought-provoking lecture on the origins of the universe in front of a record audience at the Honeywell-sponsored Keynote Theatre in Safety and Health Expo 2017, which was co-located with IFSEC 2017. Addressing a packed audience, the TV presenter and physicist extraordinaire said he had asked the organisers if they needed me to talk about safety and security. They said no; just talk about the universe.

Other keynotes included double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes, rugby union Referee Nigel Owens MBE and Falklands War veteran Simon Weston CBE. Product launches Elsewhere, IFSEC International which took place over three days between 20-20 June at London ExCeL was, as usual, the chosen launchpad for a plethora of brand-new, cutting-edge products. Among the innovations unveiled at the show was Veracity s end-to-end command and control system, Edesix s new body-worn camera series, Calipsa s AI-powered video monitoring platform and Redvision s quietest, fastest ever PTZ and mould-breaking rugged camera enclosure. IDIS, meanwhile, introduced a new seven-year warranty the longest in the industry. Read more about the products launched at IFSEC here. Borders & Infrastructure Expo Perhaps the most significant new feature introduced for the 2017 edition was Borders & Infrastructure Expo. Sponsored by Genetec, this show within a show featured the Drone Zone, BRE Global/LPCB Attack Testing Zone, VIP Meeting Service, JSaRC and the Borders & Infrastructure Theatre. Former IATA (International Air Transport Association) chief John Hedley argued that we re making life too easy for terrorists in the Borders & Infrastructure Theatre on day one. We also reported on how police and security drone use on the rise.

Speaking of drones, The Drone Zone wowed the crowds with live airborne demonstrations of drone technology from Yuneec and Aviat Drones, among other innovative developers and service providers, with support from the UK Drone Show. Installer World An area of the show dedicated to installers was another IFSEC first. Sponsored by RISCO, Installer World featured the Tool Zone where, courtesy of Anglia Tools, visitors could sample a wide range of hand and power tools and take advantage of exclusive discounts workwear, the Engineers of Tomorrow competition, recruitment consultants and a networking bar all in one place. Installers, engineers and integrators could test and trial more than 10,000 of the latest products from leading suppliers such as Hikvision and Panasonic. embedded content Videos and photos The whole experience was documented expertly once again by IFSEC TV (courtesy of Silverstream), with exhibitors demonstrating some of their latest innovations to camera as they did to visitors. Among the interviewees was Martin Gren, who co-founded the surveillance giant in 1984 and recently topped the security manufacturers/service providers category in our roll call of the Top 50 influencers in security & fire 2017. Watch some highlights from across the three days here or check out some of the best photos from London ExCeL. As is becoming an IFSEC Global tradition, we challenged security technology vendors at IFSEC 2017 to pitch their products to camera in just 30 seconds. The challenge was taken up by Paxton, HID Global, Pelco, CSL, AxxonSoft, Dahua, Uniview Technologies, Vanderbilt, Kedacom, LT Security, Promise Technology and Genetec.

Seminars The seminar theatres were particularly busy in a year when security-related issues have rarely been out of the national and international headlines. In the Security Management Theatre, a packed audience heard how video analytics was oversold and underutilised but key to preventing terror attacks. We also reported from the same theatre on the trends shaping the future of access control. The Tavcom Theatre, meanwhile, featured presentations on cybersecurity, preparing CCTV evidence for the criminal courts and how to optimise your network for CCTV, among other things. Browse through all our content about IFSEC International 2017 here. Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals. Specifically looking at topics such as open platforms, 4K, low-light cameras, video analytics, warranties and this year due to the growing threat posed, the cybersecurity landscape.

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Wavestore VMS platform on show again at Europe s largest annual security exhibition

IFSEC 2017 At IFSEC open platform video management software (VMS) developed by British firm Wavestore will demonstrated via two of the company s technology partners. Wavestore is focused on developing its highly secure VMS platform to deliver more features to meet the needs of the security industry and also ensure compatibility with associated devices and sub-systems produced by Wavestore s technology partners. The Wavestore team will be demonstrating the latest features of the company s VMS on both the UniView (D750) and Vivotek (E500) stands.

Whether the requirement is simply for video, or the need for a fully integrated solution for up to tens of thousands of cameras, Wavestore s VMS can help deliver a scalable and completely future-proof security camera based security for businesses, enterprises and public sector organisations. Wavestore operates an ever-expanding technology partner programme allowing partners to benefit from seamless integrations across a host of best-in-breed brands encompassing cameras, access control, video analytics and much more , says Enrico Bizzaro, head of integrations at Wavestore. In addition, Wavestore s open platform is compliant with ONVIF profile-S, to bring enhanced flexibility to camera choice, so users can achieve maximum return on investment from their security systems. Choosing Wavestore can help reduce the total cost of ownership through provision of free technical support and different VMS upgrade bundles, so technology partners can stay up to date with new features without signing up to expensive recurring support contracts. Check out Wavestore s latest products at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. The Wavestore team will be demonstrating the latest features of the company s VMS on both the UniView (D750) and Vivotek (E500) stands . Get your free badge now. Visit Europe s only large-scale security event in 2017 Taking place in London, 20 22 June 2017, IFSEC International gives you exclusive hands-on access to over 10,000 security solutions, live product demonstrations, and networking with over 27,000 security professionals. Covering every aspect of security, from access control and video surveillance to smart buildings, cyber, border control and so much more.

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Genetec announces product line-up

IFSEC 2017 During IFSEC in June, Genetec will be exhibiting Security Center 5.6, with new HTML5 web client, as well as previewing access control-as-a-service and new applications for retail and law enforcement. Montreal-based Genetec, which provides open architecture security and public safety solutions, will be at stand F500 at IFSEC taking place at ExCeL in London from 20-22 June. On its stand the company will demonstrate and preview its latest technologies that help integrators as well as end-users protect, improve and implement security measures within their environments.

Genetec will demonstrate Security Center 5.6, the latest version of the company s unified, open architecture IP security platform. Visitors will also be able to learn about Genetec Retail Sense, an analytics application for retail marketing and operations, as well as Genetec Clearance, which is a collaborative case management offering for law enforcement and security professionals. In addition a wide range of supported video, access control, and storage hardware and software systems from the Genetec ecosystem of partners will also be demonstrated. Synergis Genetec plans to offer a preview of its upcoming Synergis access-control-as-a-service, which can minimise reliance on corporate IT, eliminating the need for servers on premises and other costly IT equipment. Connected to Microsoft Azure, the technology can be deployed quickly and readily and can also be scaled as companies grow, providing maximum security for customer data. Genetec will also sponsor a new, speaking series called Borders & Infrastructure Theatre, to address the specific needs for managing large-scale multi-stakeholder security issues, like border control, critical national infrastructure, law enforcement and transport security. Andrew Elvish, vice president of marketing at Genetec says: Visitors to our stand at IFSEC this year will see that despite the extraordinary technology on display, Genetec s focus remains squarely on protecting the everyday. This latest version of Security Center includes advanced authentication, authorisation and encryption standards plus a new HTML5 web client with an enhanced mapping interface, new access control and video device integrations, as well as the ability to use number plates as access control credentials with the new AutoVu SharpV camera. Genetec recently released the latest version of off-street parking enforcement software Free-Flow.

The company has also been confirmed as sponsor of the Borders & Infrastructure Expo, which makes its debut within IFSEC this year. Check out the latest solutions from Genetec at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find Genetec on stand F500.

Get your free badge now. Visit Europe s only large-scale security event in 2017 Taking place in London, 20 22 June 2017, IFSEC International gives you exclusive hands-on access to over 10,000 security solutions, live product demonstrations, and networking with over 27,000 security professionals. Covering every aspect of security, from access control and video surveillance to smart buildings, cyber, border control and so much more.

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TDSi and Litestar announce Singapore partnership

Asian markets UK-based integrated security products manufacturer TDSi has entered a partnership with Singaporean installer Litestar Technologies to increase its foothold in the region. Litestar supplies integrated electronic security systems to small and mid-sized firms, as well as multinationals and governments the Asia-Pacific region. John Davies, managing director of TDSi, says: Litestar is a premium security installation expert with considerable technical expertise and unrivalled local market knowledge This is a very exciting region to be involved with and we look forward to growing our business together.

Though Singapore is a mature market for access control, it remains lucrative and Litestar is confident there is scope for growing its market share with TDSi. Singapore is a fast-paced and cosmopolitan state undergoing plenty of change. TDSi s scalable products are well suited to the local market. In addition the company offers a wide range of access control products, which can integrate with third party systems, which allows Litestar to offer customers a fully integrated security offering. Litestar Technologies was established in 2007 by a group of security professionals with the aim of bringing world-class technologies in security to all its customers that also provide a good return on investment. Check out the latest security solutions from TDSi at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find them on stands A1250 and B1250. Get your free badge now. Can you afford not to attend?

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Vanderbilt to demonstrate SPC Connect and ACT365 at IFSEC 2017

Cloud-based solutions At IFSEC International 2017, being held 20-22 June in London s ExCeL, Vanderbilt will be exhibiting its cloud-based security products and services. Alongside Vanderbilt s access control, intrusion and video products, the company will also be demonstrating SPC Connect, which allows installers to monitor, manage, and maintain Vanderbilt SPC panels remotely from portable electronic devices including smartphones. Also on display will be ACT365, Vanderbilt s integrated access control and video management system, which allows for remote setup, servicing and support.

Both are cloud-based so the power, scalability and simplicity of the cloud can be leveraged for the delivery of new features. Joe Grillo, CEO of Vanderbilt, says: Having transformed other areas of business and industry, the cloud is now set to revolutionise the security industry. The cloud is the name given to computing functions and services hosted off-site. These tend to be provided as a service and can be accessed over any internet-enabled device. Market research firm IDC recently estimated that cloud services will grow 24% to $122 billion ( 94 billion) in 2017. Of this, software-as-a-service business applications, such as Vanderbilt s SPC Connect and ACT365, will attract 60% of all cloud spending. The cloud lets security installers set up, manage and maintain large, networked security systems remotely, so they can reduce site visits, saving time and money, by addressing service issues that can be resolved remotely instead. embedded content End-users benefit from a system that can be maintained more efficiently and reconfigured and adapted as their requirements change. Cloud-based security products and offerings from Vanderbilt help integrate core security functions such as access control, intrusion and video.

As an example, ACT365 allows remote verification of a building s visitor from real-time video images captured at the point of entry. Access can then be granted remotely. If a door is forced or an alarm is activated, ACT365 gives users immediate recall and locates recorded footage of the incident. This eliminates time and effort traditionally required to match up times on different security systems and sift through camera footage to locate an incident. Borrowing from the pay-as-you-go model common to most cloud services, Vanderbilt s cloud-based solutions are affordable and offer flexibility for growing organisations. Vanderbilt is sharing its expertise in cloud-based security solutions in a presentation called Cloud on the Horizon: Are you prepared? that will address a range of topics and provide advice for those seeking to integrate their security needs with cloud computing. Check out the latest security solutions from Vanderbilt at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find them on stand E1225.

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The seven security firms that made it onto the FT1000

Fast-growing firms Seven security firms have made it into the FT1000, the Financial Times listing of Europe s highest growth companies. All but two the others were based in Germany and Ireland were based in the UK. Integration firm Hadrian Technology ranked the highest at number 252 in the list.

Established 18 years ago in Seaham, north-east England the company advises clients, in retail, hospitality and leisure industries as well as the public sector, on the design, installation and maintenance of bespoke CCTV, operating software and digital cloud-based storage. The FT1000, which compiled the rankings with the help of Statista, measures growth, in terms of profitability and other factors, between 2012 and 2015. Over this period Hadrian Technology saw its revenue grow by 486%, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 80.3%. Cybersecurity firms Next, at number 305, is Defenx, a cybersecurity company founded in 2009. The firm saw a 404% growth in revenue between 2012 and 2015, and a CAGR of 71%. Defenx provides extensive security and cloud backup services for desktops, mobiles and business networks. Established in 2003, MWR InfoSecurity is a consultancy providing targeted security expertise and solutions for industries including finance, insurance and energy. The firm also provides training in proactive web, network and mobile defence. The company saw a 119% growth in revenues and a CAGR of 29.9% between 2012 and 2015.

London-based Ward Security saw a 66% revenue growth and a CAGR of 18.3% Hornet Security, based in Germany, is another cyber security firm, which offers cloud based security services to business customers. Services include spam filters, advanced web protection, email encryption, archiving and continuity, encrypted online security and hosted exchanges. The firm saw a 93% growth in revenues between 2012 and 2015, with a CAGR of 24.6% over the same period. Synergy Security Solutions in Ireland saw a 92% revenue growth and a CAGR of 24.3% between 2012 and 2015. The company provides bespoke security offerings and services to corporates, as well as to the retail, shopping centre, manufacturing, IT and industrial sectors. Services include manned security, switchboard personnel, to security scanning and CCTV operation and monitoring. London-based Ward Security saw a 66% revenue growth and a CAGR of 18.3%. The company provides security services spanning CCTV operation and monitoring, property management, guard dog security, keyholding services, security guard patrol services and response alarm systems. At 997 on the list Paxton, based in Brighton, is primarily a producer of security products including access control systems and security panels.

The company has been in business since 1985. Paxton saw a 57% growth in revenue between 2012 and 2015 and a CAGR of 16.2%. Can you afford not to attend?

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Vanderbilt adds cloud-based connectivity technology for remote monitoring of SPC range

Access control panels Provider of access control and security systems Vanderbilt has added SPC Connect, a hosted cloud-based solution, to its SPC product portfolio, enabling installers to monitor, manage and maintain SPC panels remotely from any location. Sectors/verticals Commercial and public sector offices Retail Warehouses and storage Banks and financial centres Manufacturing facilities Features The Vanderbilt SPC series of hybrid intrusion detection systems enable cost-effective design and installation wired and wireless capabilities for intrusion coverage Flexibility SPC can be tailored to small businesses through to large multinational enterprises Ability to update SPC panels remotely, saving time and money on dedicated site trips, or hardware and software upgrades SPC Connect users can manage SPC panels, performing operations and status checks across groups of systems, instantly and remotely Remote access of event logs or cameras views Possibility of configuring direct messaging by email in the event of an alarm, via an internet connected web browser Payments Customers have the option of subscription payments, reducing costs associated with the upfront purchase and installation of traditional software solutions, as well as ongoing maintenance and upgrades costs As an installer s business grows and more users need to be added, the monthly SPC Connect subscription can be adjusted End users can download the SPC Connect app for free from the Apple Store or on Google Play, providing an interface that contributes clearer arming and status information as needed. All of the user s interactions through SPC Connect are secured with financial-grade SSL security, offering peace-of-mind and powerful control.

Vanderbilt says Joe Grillo, Vanderbilt CEO, says: Mobile capability is at a premium in our society, and many businesses require the ability to control their security on the go. SPC Connect allows this in an easy-to-use application for complete control over the intrusion detection systems already in place, and offers a cost-effective solution for end users, dealers and installers. Check out the latest security solutions from Vanderbilt at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find them on stand E1225. Get your free badge now. Can you afford not to attend? Driven by rising concerns over public and private sector safety, the access control market is set to be worth a substantial $8.6 billion by 2018. Register for IFSEC International 2017 to discover the latest products designed to protect your buildings, your assets, and your people. Meet with leading access control suppliers, quiz them first hand on their latest products and see new technology in action.

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Trial of passive infrared sensors deemed a success

OPTEX A trial of outdoor, wireless passive infrared sensors (PIRS) could lead to more deployments in residential security applications. OPTEX has been working with Wolverhampton-based Amron Security to protect an isolated residential property in the west Midlands countryside in the UK. As the home is exposed on all four sides by main roads and fields, the owner was concerned the property, including detached garages, would be a target for intruders.

Paul Bishop, contracts manager and senior installer at Amron Security, showed initial scepticism when OPTEX proposed using wireless PIRS technology. He says: As an installer I feel more comfortable using outdoor sensors only when alarms can be visually verified remotely, as it is far from ideal for false or nuisance alarms to trigger with no possibility for verification. However, I haven t experienced any false alarm problems with these outdoor PIRS, which have performed flawlessly. According to Bishop the technology has performed to such a high standard that Amron Security has started specifying OPTEX s sensors at further sites. Since the installation in 2016 there has not been a single false alarm. Paul Bishop, contracts manager and senior installer, Amron Security The PIRS specified by OPTEX include five of its VXI-R and two FTN-R sensors. They have some of the lowest false alarm rates and highest detection rates in the industry. Both types are battery-operated detectors that wirelessly connect to a Ricochet-enabled alarm panel via OPTEX s pre-configured and pre-connected Ricochet-enabled wireless transmitter, the BGR-01, which is fitted into the back of each sensor. The VXI-R sensors have a 12m wide angle of detection, while the FTN-R sensors provide a shorter detection range in a curtain-like pattern.

Combining the two variants optimises the level of security defence around a property. All of the tamper-proof sensors are equipped with OPTEX s latest analytics programming that includes small animal tolerance and enhanced weather protection to avoid false alarms. The battery life is around three years. Amron Security maintains the sensors and provides a remote monitoring service. Since the installation in 2016 there has not been a single false alarm, says Bishop. OPTEX is a Japan-headquartered global supplier of security detectors based on IR, for indoor and outdoor applications. Check out the latest security solutions from OPTEX at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find them on stand E600. Get your free badge now.

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