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Best of both worlds: Why an IoT that is both open and secure should be a right, not a privilege

A recent report by SAS and the Centre for Economics and Business Research estimated that by 2020, big data and the internet of things (IoT) will be worth 322bn to the UK economy, and account for 2.7% of GDP. Gartner forecasts that IoT endpoints will reach a global installed base of 20.4 billion units by 2020. IoT networks are already critical to global public and private sector infrastructure, delivering ever expanding capacities and potential benefits.

However, among the many pressures that are rising from the growth of IoT, two are becoming critical: throttled growth of new applications caused by non-interoperative, proprietary technology; and a widening field of security vulnerabilities, only growing more pressing as IoT permeates modern life. As IoT networks connect more and more services throughout our cities, business and homes they are rapidly becoming one of the most critical technologies underpinning our daily lives. Yet we see a great discrepancy in the requirements and demands of cities, utilities and enterprises on the network operators. Does this mean they are not taking their role as seriously as they should, or instead that the essential requirements are not yet well understood? It might seem like wishful thinking to expect that IoT networks should be both open to future development and secure against attack. It isn t. In fact, demanding the best in both these areas is utterly essential. IoT is moving beyond its roots, where devices were predominantly single-ownership/ single-use solutions. They are now able to connect to several different domains and work best when they have open and equal access to data, controllers and platforms simultaneously.

At the same time, security standards are being agreed to ensure that all devices are insulated against and able to respond to breaches. At Silver Spring Networks, we felt it was time that the buyers of IoT Networks understood how important and achievable balancing security and openness has become. Delivering security at a city-wide scale Persistent detection and safeguards from unauthorised access are two of the most important rights that all IoT network providers should confidently demand. Many IoT network platforms have only the most introductory and basic security measures which, given the interconnected nature of most networks, permits serious vulnerabilities to develop. The 2016 DDOS attack on Dyn, one of the companies running the internet s domain name system, provides an example of the repercussions of insufficiently secured IoT devices: disrupting of the connection of thousands of internet users from big online retailers and other popular sites. Shortly after this attack, a tech industry veteran demonstrated the vulnerability of unsecured IoT devices even further. By connecting a $55 IoT security camera to the internet, it was discovered that a full penetration cyber-attack could be carried out in just 98 seconds. IoT networks are large and are often very complex, with multiple points of entry and multiple touchpoints. Furthermore, when compared to computers, tablets and phones they typically have simplified user interfaces to reduce cost and simplify installation.

However, the assumption that large IoT networks cannot be made secure is wrong. Best in class IoT networks harness top-tier, military grade security, including features such as automated, asymmetric key exchange and rotation; hardened crypto processors used in key generation and storage; AES encryption to protect data in transit; and authentication via certificates at multiple layers, including prior to network enrolment. The ability to deploy formware upgrades swiftly and reliably to all nodes in a network is also an essential feature to ensure that networks remain secure across coming decades. Organisations working with IoT networks should be able to confirm that this level of security is present across their entire network, and address any segments where those standards are not or cannot be met. Ensuring an open, adaptable and future-fit network Cyber-attacks will always present a significant and costly liability to IoT networks, but they are not the only threat to consider. We live in a world where technology is evolving at a break-neck pace and new applications are emerging constantly. Networks which are locked into a single vendor s products or proprietary platform, which can t easily adapt to innovation, will also be the cause to painful costs down the line. The best insurance against this future is to deploy a solution based on proper industry standards. Proprietary technologies posing as standards (LoRaWAN, for example) effectively lock in to an ecosystem built around a single chipset.

This threatens interoperability down the line, which leads to massive and costly technical iteration and system integration efforts, all while capping the network s ultimate functionality. The best way to ensure a diverse ecosystem is to implement open, standards-based technologies that are demonstrated to be interoperable at every level of the system. The Wireless Smart Ubiquitous Network (Wi-SUN) standard is set up on this principle. Wi-SUN was designed to underpin the operation and deployment on next-generation star, mesh and hybrid networks. These networks are designed to capitalise on many connected paths, to deliver fast, reliable and city-scale coverage. Each node relays data for the network to provide strong and stable connectivity. Wi-SUN is maintained by a third-party organisation that constantly tests to certify that the IoT equipment is both conformant to the standard and interoperable with other certified networks, fostering a diverse ecosystem. Open standards allow a far greater number of providers to develop solutions, which are tested for interoperability, ensuring those solutions can work together. The best new IoT software, whether it be for management of Smart Grid applications (smart metering, real time grid balancing, renewable management etc.), management of city services (Smart street lighting, traffic flow optimisation, flood monitoring and management, Smart parking optimisation etc.), smart logistics, smart agriculture or many others the best and most effective functionality will only be unlocked through comprehensive, integrated end-to-end solutions.

Networks built around an industry standard that emphasises openness and development is essential to delivering this. Your right to best-in-class IoT At Silver Spring Networks, we think that its past time that IoT network providers were held to standards which reflect the incredible impact of IoT technology on society, now and into the future. We have set out the lessons we have delivering 26 million IoT devices across five continents into a bill of 10 rights IoT customers must be empowered to demand be enshrined in any IoT network services agreement. Security and openness are just two of these. IoT s potential to provide an incredible uplift to society across the world has only just begun to unfold. The buyers of IoT networks have the means to steer this future, by arming themselves with the information and courage to demand nothing less than the absolute best from their providers. 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.

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Advanced launches peripheral expansion network node for more flexible, configurable networking

Fire systems Advanced claims its latest new product makes networking more flexible and configurable than ever. The PENN (peripheral expansion network node) is a card and network node that accommodates Advanced s range of peripheral input and output cards anywhere on the network, and up to 1.5km from the nearest fire panel or next PENN node. Covering everything from input, interface and i/o cards to relay, sounder, LED and switch cards, up to 32 peripheral cards can be attached to a PENN and 199 PENNs can be added to a network.

More than 6,000 peripheral cards can therefore be added almost anywhere around the network. Until now, peripheral cards could only be connected to a fire panel s P-BUS although Advanced stresses that this remains an option and no more distant than 10 metres from the panel. Advanced s ease-of-use and the power and resilience of its networking are already well understood and admired, says Aston Bowles, head of marketing at Advanced. The PENN provides our customers with more freedom, even simpler installation, and configuration that improves performance and reduces installation costs. Freeing the peripheral cards from the panel is a good idea, but the creative ways our customers are using the PENN and peripheral cards to solve installation and configuration challenges is genuinely surprising, and we re seeing it used on all manner and sizes of projects.

The PENN is currently compatible with Advanced s MxPro multiprotocol panels and Axis EN fire systems.

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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Nedap previews IFSEC 2017: vehicle identification, mobile access and more

Nedap has a big focus on mobile access at IFSEC 2017. Mainland Europe is well presented at the trade and Nedap Identification Systems uses the show to launch new products and new innovations. To preview IFSEC 2017, we asked Maarten Mijwaart, general manager of Nedap Identification Systems, what he expects from Nedap at IFSEC 2017.

IFSEC Global: What solutions and products will Nedap be demonstrating this year? Maarten Mijwaart: This year we will demonstrate to the industry that we have invested significantly in further expanding and improving our portfolio of security products. A few examples are: Last year we introduced MACE, our platform for mobile access control. We have greatly improved the possibilities of the cloud based MACE Admin Portal. Virtual cards can now be easily distributed and also revoked by our partners or their end users. Virtual cards can be customized to reflect the corporate style of customers. And we can even authenticate the identity of the virtual card holder by using the fingerprint if that is stored in the phone operating system. Our uPASS product line of Rain RFID / UHF readers is expanded with uPASS Target, our best performing long range UHF reader for vehicle identification to date. The uPASS Target can now also be equipped with a second antenna to expand the reading area or to support an entry and exit lane with one reader.

We have also added new UHF tags to our portfolio. A UHF Rearview Mirror Tag that motorists can easily hang on their rear-view mirror. Additionally, EPC GEN2 V2 cards and windshield tags are available that support security enhancements based on AES encryption. Our TRANSIT Ultimate readers for high end vehicle and driver identification have been redesigned last year. This year we are focusing on improvements to optimize the overall performance and configurability of this market leading RFID reader. IG: Why should end users stop by at the Nedap booth this year? MM : We feel that many people are not aware of the benefits that our products can bring. Making security systems a little more convenient for people to use will greatly increase the support of people in organizations for the security systems that are implemented. Access control systems that slow down people or their vehicles often end up not being used in the best way possible, which decrease the security level of your organisation.

Security should not be in the way of people. Our solutions make security and convenience go hand in hand. In the building and outside the building. For people and for vehicles. IG: Why should system integrators consider working with Nedap and its products? MM : Well, for one because we understand the importance of our partner channel. We understand that they are the one that convert our products into solutions for their clients. That is why we try and make their lives as easy as possible. Our long range readers are engineered to support specific applications as good as possible.

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We are constantly working on expanding and improving our portfolio. With only one simple reason: we d like to make sure that, in our field, we are the logical choice to work with. Now and in the future.

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IFSEC 2017 preview: Abloy UK on Cliq Connect, sustainability, and the benefits of electric locks

Sponsored by Genetec, Borders & Infrastructure Expo will take place between 20-22 June 2017 as part of IFSEC International and the wider Protection & Management Series. IFSEC exhibitor Abloy UK, which provides high quality electric and mechanical security locking solutions, is focusing on borders and critical infrastructure this year, the company s head of PEU, Steve Wintle, told IFSEC Global in an interview you can read below. IFSEC Global: What s your priority at IFSEC?

Steve Wintle: The focus this year on borders and infrastructure. That s an area that Abloy are very focused on, especially with Cliq Connect and how it s evolving. Cliq offers benefits not just from a security and health and safety point of view but also delivers operational efficiencies. IG: What kind of customers will you be looking to meet at the event? SW: I m hoping that we re going to meet people from all national infrastructure sectors. We re involved across all sectors, but our focus is on national infrastructure. We have quite good relationships in some sectors, not quite as good in others. And therefore we re definitely looking to broaden our relationships or opportunities across all CNI sectors. Steve Wintle IG: What is so special about Cliq?

SW: It is becoming a recognised solution for infrastructure. On the back of that we are continuing to develop and add more features to Cliq. One recent addition is mapping. Through integration with permit to work systems we ve got examples of where we ve used it with infrastructure. It s providing greater control and tightening up not just from a security point of view but from a health and safety one too. You re able to ensure that whoever is working on a certain plant or within certain areas are compliant and trained to be working on that kind of equipment or within those areas. IG: And what about the people who install or integrate the systems? How do you work with them? SW: We have a network of approved installers.

They ve been through training, and because of their geographical locations are able to provide day to day technical support whether it be for electro-mechanical or mechanical systems. So we have a well-established network of installers and distributors who are able to work with and support the end user on a local basis. IG: How important is sustainability? Is this something you re striving to improve? SW: Absolutely. It s something we re getting asked about constantly. Whenever we re tendering for contracts, especially within infrastructure, part of the prequalification is often questions on how we manage the environment or risk to environment, sustainability of raw material, resources, and use of natural resources or power or water. So the Abloy Group has people who are driving that internally to make sure we re staying up there with the latest government guidance on sustainability. But it s also driven by our customers.

Because they re being encouraged to use businesses that are environmentally aware and can support them in achieving their green credentials. IG: Going back to IFSEC, is there anything else you want to highlight? SW: We will be showing a new J handle often used on data racks and our electric lock range which is very relevant following recent events in Manchester and London as an the electric lock can provide a more effective method of securing a building in a dynamic lock down scenario and is fully compliant with BS EN 13637. The reason electric locks can be very effective is that they always provide a mechanical means of escape but will self-lock even without power, unlike a magnet that once the power is cut the door is left insecure. In terms of green credentials electric locks also only use power when operated whereas magnets use power constantly so electric locks deliver a significant reduction in the carbon footprint of a business. We will also be demonstrating CliQ Connect, which takes key control to another level. The benefit of CliQ Connect being that if a key is lost or stolen, it won t open anything until it s been activated by the owner of the key or via integration with a permit-to-work system. Which is ideal for handing to contractors and knowing that the contractor can t access a site without prior authorisation, which is critical for managing health and safety as well as security benefits, especially for CNI critical national infrastructure sites. IFSEC International takes place between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL.

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We need joint cyber-physical teams for cyber-physical alerts

IFSEC presentations James Willison BA, MA, MSyI is a respected specialist in security convergence and enterprise risk management. Also founder of Unified Security Ltd, Willison is speaking at IFSEC 2017 about How vendors can support ESRM and CSM strategies and What security managers need to know about cybersecurity . We caught up with James to find out a little more about these topics in advance of Europe s largest annual security show.

IFSEC International takes place between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. Get your free badge now. IFSEC Global: Hi, James, please tell us a bit about what you ll be talking about at IFSEC with Sarb Sembhi James Willison: We re going to be talking about how vendors can support enterprise security risk management. There s lots happening in the corporate strategy of bringing risk silos together and identifying cyber-physical attacks which is great. However, how can vendors help them better achieve this? Can they provide technologies which will actually calculate enterprise security risks? How can they make sure they re supplying secure software and secure technology? We ll also cover the strategic side of security management. So security managers, what do they do on their side?

How do they manage technology they re going to buy, how do they know it s good rather than bad so looking at principles really. It s high level strategy rather than technical. We won t be giving details on all the firewall stuff or what sort of software you re using. It s more about what sort of thing you should be looking for and relationships between suppliers and installers and what impressions they re giving the client. I m doing that talk with Sarb Sembhi. What we re saying to vendors is you ve got an opportunity to lead the market in identity access management because the information security guys aren t really doing it on a large scale IG: And what about your talk, alongside Steven Kenny of Axis Communications, about cybersecurity? JW: We ll be talking about what Axis are doing, which I know quite a lot about because I m working with them. Steve will cover hardening the cybersecurity of their products and systems and I will look at how these should be managed in an enterprise or smart city. And I ll be giving a strategic look at multi-disciplinary security teaming, which is what converged security really is.

But basically I ll be saying that people have talked about convergence quite a lot in the last few years, all over the world. But what we need is united cyber-physical teams working in tandem on cyber-physical alerts. Barclays recently merged their physical and cybersecurity teams into one big security team with technology that is cyber-physical and responding in real time. The highest level of achievement in this area would be them, Deutsche Telekom and BT. Some corporations are doing this converged security management but others are doing enterprise security, which is looking at all security risks but their teams are still siloed. So they re looking at all security risks but separately. What we re advocating is that even if you can t form one big department because of organisational problems, you form a separate team that includes both information and physical security people not just one or the other. CISOs tend not to think physical security systems providers really have the capability to offer cyber-physical security solutions IG: At least it makes sure they re talking to each other JW: Yes. I know these teams exist, but they re quite rare.

In our talk we consider how these teams can use converged technologies to respond to attacks on their physical security systems. We look at important actions to take in this area and this will be of particular relevance for security professionals working in the smart cities of the future. Out of interest, South Korea, a leader in smart cities, had an InfoSec type show recently and they had 15-20,000 information security people there, with 28,000 physical. So that was interesting as they discussed cyber-physical security, convergence, IoT and new technologies. Something to watch IG: Why do you think there is so little take up of cyber-physical security offerings from physical security vendors? JW: I think because the people looking after that would usually be the chief information security officer, and they don t think physical security systems providers really have the capability to offer cyber-physical security solutions. These vendors have specialised in physical up until now and to get into that market is quite hard because there are a lot of information security type access systems, obviously for IT, but identity access management is a big part of that. I think some of that will converge. I ve been to conferences where they talk about identity access management all day because it s on the network.

Then there are loads of products around that and some will include a physical element. What we re saying in our talk is you ve got an opportunity to lead the market because the information security guys aren t really doing it on a large scale. It s a growth area. And the internet of things obviously will impact all this. IG: Could you just clarify the kind of security professionals who will benefit from the talk? JW: We have a three-pronged approach. What you should be doing in your organisation to converge or have multi-disciplinary teams and how you can do that. You can take the initiative by going to HR and saying you want to form one, can you help me, because maybe I m not getting help from the IT people. So that shows initiative, to see what they say back before they come back and make you do it anyway.

HR might just realise they can form one department to save money. They no longer need two security functions. That s been an issue in the past. Someone tells them they need only one person to run the whole security department to include every area of security. There s this fear that all the chief information security guys are going to take over physical security. A lot of jobs are now advertised in this area, when you dig deep into them they re looking for chief information security officers. The IT companies don t see the point of siloing off. They tend to be more digitalised and, well, you need to know about IT anyway. But if you don t know about it, what are you doing here?

IG: As ever, it sounds like the technology is evolving faster than the corporate culture can keep up with. Is there anything else you want to mention? JW: Just that we re publishing a white paper with Axis on this subject, called Supporting Enterprise Security Risk Management, How vendors can support ESRM and CSM strategies . We are delighted to announce that this will be launched at IFSEC and available as a PDF on the Axis website (click here) or if you contact me at [email protected] We hope to have some printed copies for those who attend our presentation! So please come and get a copy! James Willison is speaking twice at IFSEC 2017: 20 June / 14:00-14:40 / Supporting Enterprise Security Management How vendors can support ESRM and CSM strategies / James Willison and S arb Sembhi, CTO & CISO, Virtually Informed / Borders & Infrastructure Theatre 21 June / 13:30-13:55 / What security managers need to know about cybersecurity / James Willison and Steven Kenny, Axis Communications / Security Management Theatre View the full conference agenda here IFSEC International takes place between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. Get your free badge now. Visit Europe s only large-scale security event in 2017 IFSEC International is taking place at Excel London, 20 22 June 2017, here are 5 reasons you should attend: Exclusive hands-on access to over 10,000 brand new security solutions Network with over 27,000 security professionals Discounts of up to 30% exclusively for IFSEC 150 hours of seminars, workshops and keynote speeches A 1-2-1 meetings service to pre-book face to face meetings.

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Aperio H100 from ASSA ABLOY: easy-to-integrate wireless access control tech now inside a stylish door handle

The new Aperio H100 packs the power and flexibility of wireless access control into one slim, cleverly designed door handle. With easy retrofitting to almost any interior door and comprehensive RFID compatibility, the new Aperio H100 handle makes extending access control to more doors cost-effective by integrating with a vast range of third-party systems. The Aperio H100 s stylish design is perfect for indoor office and facility doors that receive high levels of traffic.

The Aperio H100 can work within an online access control system or offline as a standalone device. A battery fits inside the handle, ensuring a minimal footprint and a discreet look to gel with any contemporary door style. The Aperio H100 is easy to retrofit on existing doors, with no drilling and no wiring required. Any existing mechanical cylinder can still be used. The Aperio H100 is specified with maximum flexibility and designed to fit almost any format of interior door. The Aperio H100 is compatible with most common European (DIN) and Scandinavian mortise locks, in wooden, steel, tubular frame or glass doors with standard lock cases. It comes in left- and right-hand versions for a door between 35mm and 80mm thickness, with optional U-handle and USB adaptor. The Aperio H100 is compatible with multiple RFID technologies, including iCLASS /ISO14443B, iCLASS SE, Seos , MIFARE Classic, Plus and EV1, and DESFire SE. Like all Aperio devices, our new handle can upgrade site security for a very affordable price, says Matthias Wei , Product Manager Aperio at ASSA ABLOY EMEA.

The Aperio H100 further extends a range which adds access control wirelessly to exterior and interior doors, from fire and safety doors with regulatory requirements to meeting rooms, labs and offices. The new Aperio H100 handle completes a comprehensive range of Aperio wireless access control devices that already includes online and offline Aperio cylinders (C100/C900) and escutcheons (E100/E900); an online and offline lock (L100/L900); and a wireless lock for bringing server racks and cabinets (KS100) into the same access control system as doors. To discover more about how Aperio enhances security and convenience at any premises, you can watch a short film here. The new Aperio H100 handle will be showcased at IFSEC International, Excel London, 20 22 June 2017. Get your free badge now. Stylish door handle to extend an access control system About ASSA ABLOY ASSA ABLOY is the global leader in door opening solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user needs for security, safety and convenience. Since its formation in 1994, ASSA ABLOY has grown from a regional company into an international group with about 47,000 employees, operations in more than 70 countries and sales close to SEK 71 billion. In the fast-growing electromechanical security segment, the Group has a leading position in areas such as access control, identification technology, door automation and hotel security. Visit Europe s only large-scale security event in 2017 IFSEC International is taking place at Excel London, 20 22 June 2017, here are 5 reasons you should attend: Exclusive hands-on access to over 10,000 brand new security solutions Network with over 27,000 security professionals Discounts of up to 30% exclusively for IFSEC 150 hours of seminars, workshops and keynote speeches A 1-2-1 meetings service to pre-book face to face meetings.

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Magnetically-driven PTZ cameras and bespoke camera housing: Redvision rejects one-size-fits-all ethos of CCTV market

Paul Hucker, founder, Redvision Redvision recently unveiled two innovations that it believes distinguishes itself in a market characterised by homogeneity and a misguided emphasis on driving down the price of hardware. Unveiled to a select audience of customers and contacts the Volant is a PTZ camera that Redvision says moves faster, more accurately and more quietly than anything else on the market. Vega, meanwhile, means integrators can offer clients the chance to customise camera housing to meet their aesthetic needs.

IFSEC Global caught up with the company s founder and director, Paul Hucker, and MD, Dermot Grace, to find out how the company is positioning itself in the surveillance market and its plans for IFSEC. The Volant and Vega ranges will be launched officially at IFSEC International 2017 between 20-22 June. You can find Redvision on stand D1150. Get your free badge now. IFSEC Global: Hi, Paul. Hi, Dermot. Where do you sit in what is a crowded CCTV market? And what are your USPs? Dermot Grace: Redvision is one of the pioneers of the rugged PTZ Pan, Tilt, Zoom marketplace.

There are probably three or four major manufacturers worldwide and we would probably command a substantial market, certainly within the UK market. Our routes to market have historically largely been through our distribution partners, which we re looking to develop further within Continental Europe. IG: The next obvious question is about your new product launches Paul Hucker: We re at IFSEC to launch two new product ranges: Vega and Volant. Volant is the fastest, most Dermot Grace, MD, Redvision accurate, quietest PTZ on the planet. A PTZ used to move at 60 degrees per second but with the Volant it s now almost instantaneous: about 400 degrees per second. Volant will move to the exact position it needs to go to. If cameras respond quicker you stand a much better chance of getting evidential or dynamic information. Because the cost of installing a camera in a town centre is huge, people don t spend enough money on the cost of the equipment itself. Paul Hucker It also has infinity motors which can remember exactly where they were before.

PTZs have motors and gears and the gears add a degree of inaccuracy and a degree of wear. But the infinity motors are magnetically driven so the motor s resolution is huge compared to a geared system. It will register within 0.01 of a degree every time That means cameras can cover a larger area or a smaller area at distance more effectively. So it s very much for areas where they want the best in what technology can offer right now. With this camera range we have standard cameras and cameras with adaptive IR and adaptive white light. Adaptive means the actual beam angle of the illumination varies with the angle of the zoom lens. We have a number of high net worth customers who like the white light because it s a visual deterrent. Another feature of the Volant is it is completely silent. That s because it s moving by magnetic force.

We re the only company using infinity drive motors in a big PTZ. We ve taken something generally used in military and using it in a commercial application. While it s more expensive than the commodity products, the overall cost of ownership is low. Because the cost of installing a camera in a town centre is huge and people don t spend enough money on the cost of the equipment itself. The equipment is running continuously, and continuously moving, so it has a very high duty cycle. We ve had high demand already for a lot of public buildings to be monitored using a thermal version of the Volant. One reason is it s so much more accurate and better at analytics than other PTZs. You can apply analytics to it with certainty that you ll get the same picture every time. It s the equivalent of a static camera with up to 200 positions.

All we re trying to say is one size doesn t fit all. Driven by price, most CCTV players have come up with the same solution. Paul Hucker IG: The customised housing concept of the Vega range is an interesting innovation in a market where, frankly, one bullet camera looks very much like the next DG: One USP Redvision has as a business is its complete flexibility. We can come up with different paint finishes and it s surprising how many customers do need these specialisations. It could be colours. Bournemouth College had a particular colour. This was done within a week or so, so it s a very fast turnaround. PH: The Volant is a side-mount PTZ rather than a normal PTZ, which gives us flexibility to do custom options on the camera mechanism. For clients we can offer different lens options for thermals.

IG: To what extent do you think there s too much focus on the price of hardware? PH: I think it s a huge issue. We are potentially devaluing the overall marketplace by focusing on price rather than functionality. If you look at other sectors hi-fi systems or cars people go for premium brands for a reason. I m not saying there isn t room for budget brands, but at the moment we re in danger of devaluing the options. DG: So much so that installers are saying to us great, this is a different solution that I can take to my customers. They can differentiate themselves with their customers. It s pretty much solution selling. PH: All we re trying to say is one size doesn t fit all.

The Vega is a range of camera houses we ve launched because driven by price, most CCTV players have come up with the same solution. The cameras are getting smaller and smaller and less obtrusive, which is a good thing in some respects, but we feel cameras should have a bit of physical presence and be a bit tougher. We want to do several variants of the Vega housing to look more like street furniture. For example it can be colour coded on a public building. It s got things like a built-in windscreen wiper as it rains in the UK a lot. DG: And when it s in the parked position, you can t see it, it s out of the field of view. Also, within the camera housing we ve got the opportunity for PoE. PH: This is being launched at IFSEC as a concept with empty housing but we will add to it. We re creating an explosion-proof version.

Explosion-proof cameras generally have a stainless steel tube with stainless steel ends and one with a little window and it s not developed much over the past 20-30 years. DG: In fact, the number of ancillary equipment manufacturers has declined so there s little choice. The demand is out there. Paul always says let s say you want a camera in a BMW showroom they may want the camera housing in the BMW colours. Most manufacturers are only set up for mass production. But we ve got applications where we ve adapted our standard product for critical applications like the nuclear industry. Dermot Grace PH: Because it has very easy access into the camera housing you can do all your PoE or fibre convertor work in there. Anything that normally goes in the junction box, you can put in the housing. You don t need an ugly junction box on the wall, it s one less thing to install, and it s all integrated.

It s been designed so it can work both ways. Normally a camera housing has a top and a bottom. The Vega is symmetrical in look, so on a garage forecourt, for example, it could go under a canopy, you switch the bracket and it looks OK. It looks more aesthetically pleasing. IG: ?What kind of verticals do you particularly thrive, or hope to thrive, in? PH: Town centre application is our biggest single market. High net worth individuals and any CNI areas are important too. DG: If we take our existing X-Series domes, they re big in the utilities sector and in the remote deployable sector. The thermal market in general is growing quite substantially.

So we re challenging this product to sit across a wide spectrum of marketplaces. As well as traditional CCTV we re looking at military applications and other verticals we can move into. PH: Also it s more led by the quality integrators that actually want to keep some value in the project. They re selling the benefits of Redvision through their channels. You have to bear in mind we re a product manufacturer who doesn t sell products directly to the end user although we do show the end user. It s not always easy to work out the exact routes. We ve lost more of the smaller installers to lower cost kit. But the larger integrator, the likes of ADT, Quadrant can see the benefits of Redvision. DG: Whenever we ve shown this product to a customer in a pre-launch meeting they ve said wow, that looks really nice.

The same will apply to the camera housing. Even the ATEX housing is designed differently. Ease of use will be far better than what exists out there and it will be competitively priced because of the way it s been engineered. PH: In short, we ll be exploring more verticals because our ambition is to get to a 10m company in the next three years. Now we re a 3m company so we have to find niches for that. We re not going after the mass market. IG: What about distribution? DG: We ve signed an agreement with industry professionals representing five brands to represent Redvision throughout Scandinavia, central Europe and Southern Europe. They will use IFSEC as the launch platform.

Unlike many large companies, you can phone us and talk to someone. Paul Hucker IG: What are your thoughts on the future of CCTV? PH: We think use of thermal imaging will become four times as common over the next five years and we think the price will halve. So there will be price pressure but not to the same degree as other markets. We certainly see within five years that a third of our business or more will be on that product. We also see ourselves getting involved in other niche verticals and promoting the cosmetic side of CCTV. IG: Is there a benefit in being British? PH: We re more in touch with the needs of the UK market. There are several unique features resulting from our contact with the UK market.

DG: Most manufacturers are only set up for mass production. But we ve got applications where we ve adapted our standard product for critical applications like the nuclear industry. So that s how we d differentiate ourselves from a high volume manufacturer: total flexibility. IG: Do customers want the ability to customise? DG: Certainly. I think the fundamental thing is it s the voice of the customer that we re listening to. We reposition our products based on that. We also focus on customer service. Our turnaround time on any return is a maximum of 72 hours on receipt, 48 hours of those are on test.

PH: We ve had reports that some of our competitors take three months. These investments are long term and customers want to know they have good back-up for 5-10 years. DG: Our lead time to most distributors is seven working days. PH: The other thing is, three of our guys are on tech support. Unlike many large companies, you can phone us and talk to someone. If you have an issue onsite and normally it s install related rather than product related we are there 9-5, Monday to Friday. DG: We also have people who can attend site. Sometimes a problem has nothing to do with the product; it might be the VMS software controlling it. We have people in the north and south.

In our offices we have hot desks, so if someone phones in about an Avigilon platform, we can put that into the desktop and bring it up. So we can quickly replicate what they re talking about and talk them through what they need to do. PH: We can either do key by key or take over the set up if we need to. DG: We can accommodate most commonly used platforms, from 20 or so manufacturers. We recently had an event at our factory and people were taken aback with our flexibility and support. PH: It s an expensive resource for us to run but it s a big security net for the customer. DG: We re the industry s safe pair of hands. IG: So what are your hopes and expectations for IFSEC 2017? DG: At IFSEC we would like the opportunity to talk to distributors and integrators across the world because there s no limit to what we can t do.

PH: And now we have a network of people across Europe who can support those contracts. We work with BSC Europe. One of our biggest problems previously with IFSEC is we ve not been well equipped to follow up leads outside the UK. But now we have the network to follow those up. DG: We re always open to talk to people about any new products they want. Should there be a custom requirement for another partner, we d look into that. The Volant and Vega ranges will be launched and on display at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find Redvision on stand D1150. Get your free badge now.

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ComNet enhances cybersecurity for port connections

IFSEC exhibitor ComNet Europe, part of the US manufacturer or transmission and communication networking equipment ComNet Communication Networks, has introduced a new cybersecurity feature in its latest generation of self-managed switches. Known as Port Guardian, the feature has the capability to physically disconnect a port if unauthorised access is detected. Port Guardian can provide a line of defence in situations where network access is attempted by disconnecting an IP-addressable device on the edge in order to connect to the network.

Port Guardian senses the disconnection activity and in response an SNMP notification is sent to the head end. The affected port is physically locked out, preventing access. The network administrator can reopen the port once the threat is eliminated. The Port Guardian feature also rejects access through an activity known as spoofing by disconnecting the port when an interruption is sensed. Port Guardian is being added to the newest generation of ComNet SMS products, including the CNGE2+2SMS and CNGE4+2SMS. The feature will also be available on the new ComNet USA-made line of managed switches. According to Steve Clarke, ComNet Europe managing director: Cybersecurity is not something confined to just a security IP network. Any network can be infiltrated. By introducing this valuable feature on these cutting-edge products, we can provide another unmatched advantage to our partners.

Check out ComNet s latest products at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find ComNet on stand D450 . 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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