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S2 Security launches S2 Magic Monitor version 5

Unified security management S2 Security has launched version 5 of S2 Magic Monitor, which brings access control and video surveillance together with forensics, digital signage and real-time data feeds into a unified interface. New features Dynamic cells. Customise Magic Monitor to meet specific operational requirements and program with dynamic content such as interactive floor plans.

Follow events on screen by navigating through between and through various cameras. Supports touch screen-capable, responsive digital signage for general use throughout the enterprise in public areas such as lobbies and cafeterias Enhanced S2 NetBox access control and event monitoring system integration . Userw can view S2 NetBox systems and portals, drag and drop portals into Magic Monitor cells to view access history with photo identification and momentary unlock directly from the portal cell Extra third-party video management system support Now supports video management systems from Avigilon (Control Center 5 and 6), Milestone (2014, 2016 and 2017) and Tyco (exacqVision) S2 Security says Version 5 brings more advances than ever, allowing users to create maps, floor plans and command panels with amazing ease, says John L Moss, CEO of S2 Security. New support for Avigilon and Milestone 2017 video servers makes Magic Monitor a truly universal user interface for video surveillance applications. Availability S2 Security-certified integrators can already download version 5 via S2 Support Central. Visit the website to find out more. About S2 Security S2 Security Corporation specialises in IP-based access control, video management and mobile security management systems.

Products, which include S2 NetBox Series, S2 NetVR Series, S2 Magic Monitor, S2 Global and S2 Mobile Security Officer, are pitched to premises and businesses of all sizes, from small offices to global corporations with multiple sites.

S2 solutions operate on an open platform and support access control, video surveillance, alarm monitoring, temperature monitoring, intercom and digital signage.

Botched software update disables unlocking function on hundreds of smart locks

LockState The demise of the humble mechanical lock and key might be some way off yet. For all the possibilities they open up, so-called smart locks can readily become dumb in several scenarios. Hundreds of people recently discovered that they were unable to open their doors by their usual means when their smart locks were disabled digitally, at least by a botched software update.

Earlier this month LockState issued an update to its 6000i series smart locks that was designed for its later-generation 7000i models. The 6000i locks were subsequently unable to reconnect to the company s web service. As well as the remote locking and unlocking function, the mistake cost users access to remote access, status alerts and keypad entry code-management. The company couldn t even remedy the situation with a remote fix, meaning customers have to return part of the lock for repair turnaround time one week or wait three weeks or longer for delivery of a replacement lock. In a statement, the company attempted some damage limitation by giving owners one free year of access to connected services. Roughly 500 locks have been affected, says LockState. Users had to resort to the time-honoured method of inserting a metal key. Anyone using the locks for Airbnb hosting may be more inconvenienced still. Users of the peer-to-peer accommodation portal can make letting out property easier in theory by recruiting the services of LockState through the Host Assist program.

Around 200 Airbnb hosts are reported to have been affected. 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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CSL recruits head of BT Redcare Andy Fyvie

NEW HIRE CSL has appointed Andy Fyvie as head of European customer development. Andy, who joins the specialist in M2M/IoT devices from competitor BT Redcare, has 16 years experience in the fire and security sector. As head of BT Redcare Fyvie oversaw the rollout of Redcare networks in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

In his new role he will join CSL s operational team, which develops new service initiatives and product propositions with the help of CSL customers. Joining a future facing, fast-growing and innovative company like CSL is a great opportunity, says Fyvie. Having seen the success they have had in recent years I am looking forward to adding my industry experience to the team and helping the company to continue its expansion. Said CSL CEO Ed Heale: We are delighted to announce Andy s appointment. His knowledge and expertise will greatly assist us in sustaining our first-class customer service and product innovations. 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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Turn your employees into human security sensors: Qognify launches Qognify Extend

situational awareness Qognify has launched a range of integrated mobile solutions with which organisations can enhance situational awareness by harnessing field resources and responders. Cloud-based and powered by CloudScann, Qognify Extend effectively extends the reach, coverage and effectiveness of the control room by turning personnel and their smartphones into human sensors. Qognify Extend integrates with Qognify Situator, an open platform, situation management solution, and VisionHub, Qognify s video management system.

It also works as a standalone solution. Qognify Extend triggers incidents automatically in Situator, including textual, visual and geographic information captured by a smartphone. Features Advanced GIS capabilities display map location Video feed from surveillance cameras in area will pop-up and an adaptive response plan , based on organisation s best practices, guides operator actions Connectivity to VisionHub and Qognify s video analytics suite enhances automatic information analysis and takes effective action eg through apprehension of a suspect through Suspect Search. Qognify Extend modules SeeItSendIt: Field personnel can report into control room with their smartphones Live Video Broadcast: Personnel can broadcast live video directly to control room Dispatch : provides operators with simple Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) functionality, including locating closest guard, suggesting best route to the incident, sending notifications and comments to guards mobile phones. Personal Safety: Personal security features include monitoring an individual s progress along a route, immediate report of distress situations via a panic button, and raising an alert for any failure to arrive safely Qognify VICC (Visual Intelligence Command Center) a desktop application that collects and aggregates information from various mobile applications, presenting it on a map Qognify and CloudScann say We re proud to partner with Qognify, the leader in Situation Management, said Dan Kerning, CEO of CloudScann, a specialist in crowdsourcing, human intelligence and data mining for the enterprise market. . extending to the field is firstly about collecting invaluable information, yet the trick is establishing the link to the control room, and providing a new layer of data and intelligence, allowing operators to act faster to resolve them. Says Moti Shabtai, CEO and president of Qognify: The ubiquitous nature of smartphones together with their range of capabilities, makes them an ideal tool to leverage for improving security, safety and operations. Bringing these into Situator and VisionHub is a no-brainer, as it s the Qognify vision is to provide as many sources of information as possible- smartly. With Qognify Extend, organisations can literally extend coverage, turning personnel and their mobile phones into smart sensors.

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Wavestore launches version v6.8 of its video management software

VMS Wavestore has launched v6.8 of its open-platform, Linux-based video management software (VMS). The latest incarnation includes support for VMWare ESXi, which brings virtualization to the Wavestore VMS platform. Operators with virtual machines, which can license the VMS via the internet or a virtual-machine dongle, can reduce energy, software, and IT administration costs.

Version 6.8 also introduces to Wavestore s WaveView client software dynamic search and instant display of ad-hoc groups of devices. For instance, type in ground floor will filter down to all devices with ground floor in its name. Our one screen, total control philosophy drives us to ensure that our Partners can seamlessly bring a wide range of technologies together so that operators can easy work day-to-day with Wavestore s VMS , says Julian Inman, Head of Product Management. Wavestore s VMS running in a virtualised environment can even be used in conjunction with traditional Wavestore NVRs/HVRs and the operator can simply see and control the entire mixed group from a single screen if they wish. We bring together multiple devices, such as cameras, access control, intruder detection and advanced analytics; and now multiple server technologies all with the same easy to use front end to deliver a fully scalable and future-proof solution . The latest version of Wavestore s VMS will now integrate with the latest smart IP camera feature sets from Hikvision and Uniview, the AllGoVision analytics suite, while individual detection zones from Optex Redscan detectors can now be associated with specific actions. Now shipping with all new orders, Wavestore v6.8 is available as an upgrade for existing users with active upgrade bundles. The package comes in a block of six successive in-version upgrades without any time limit imposed. 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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Benchmark Innovation Awards 2017: winners revealed

Security tech Avigilon and Vanderbilt are among the winners of Benchmark Magazine s Innovation Awards 2017, which reward excellence across nine categories of physical security technology. Rigorously testing hardware and software under a range of conditions, Benchmark Magazine is akin to the Which Magazine of the physical security industry. Find out below which products won the accolades across nine categories.

Video Surveillance (Hardware): Hanwha Techwin Wisenet X Hanwha Techwin s new Wisenet X series harnesses the Wisenet V processing engine and delivers mainstream functionality with advanced features. The Taiwanese surveillance brand has added H.265 compression and the second generation of the WiseStream dynamic encoding engine, which reduces bandwidth consumption (and includes dynamic GOP). Wisenet X also boasts 150dB WDR (taking on four instead of two frames to balance out uneven lighting), gyro sensor-based image stabilisation, enhanced low light performance, dual slots for SD-based edge recording, advanced analytics functionality and WiFi set-up support. The Wisenet X camera range comprises two-and five-megapixel models as well as bullet, static dome, box and PTZ variants. The Wisenet X camera range is more than the sum total of its parts, which is what makes it an interesting proposition! Benchmark Magazine Find out more about the winning solution from Benchmark Magazine. Video Surveillance (Software): SeeTec Cayuga Infinity X The flagship VMS from SeeTec can add sector-specific extensions including logistics-ready integrations, ANPR and warehouse management. Cayuga S50X supports up to 50 cameras on a single server. S Cayuga S100 can accommodate up to 100 channels on two servers with basic video analytics, motion detection and advanced event management.

Cayuga Infinity supports unlimited devices and servers along with numerous video analytics options, while Cayuga Infinity X also adds failover recording and video wall management. An open platform solution, Cayuga Infinity X can integrate directly with more than 1,000 devices via direct integrations. ONVIF compliance makes possible additional integrations, which are simplified by smart drivers. Combines power with simplicity, and ticks all the boxes for those who want advanced security and site management. Benchmark Magazine Find out more about the winning solution from Benchmark Magazine. Access Control (Hardware): Inner Range Inception This browser-based access control system with integrated intruder alarm permits easy connectivity with a regular PC, smartphone or tablet. Inception, whose software is hosted on the controller unit, can operate as a standalone system and the browser-based interface means there is no software to install nor licensing costs. Inception supports up to 32 doors with readers for entry/exit and can monitor up to 512 detection points via its alarm monitoring functionality. There are universal inputs and outputs to accommodate not just CCTV monitoring, but lighting control, HVAC management, lift control and more besides too.

Delivers a high level of performance, whilst also retaining a good degree of simplicity. It is flexible enough for most access control needs, and the inclusion of alarm monitoring adds value for a wide range of sites. It also does all of this at a competitive price point. Benchmark Magazine Find out more about the winning solution from Benchmark Magazine. Access Control (Software): Vanderbilt ACT365 Vanderbilt inherited ACT365 when it acquired Access Control Technology Ltd in 2016 a shrewd move if this accolade is anything to go by. ACT365 combines access control with video management functionality with what Benchmark describes as a seamless integration . ACT365, which is cloud-based, can be used remotely via tablet or smartphone. In practice, therefore, the operator could communicate with a visitor, verify their identity and open the door remotely from a smartphone without being physically on site themselves. ACT365 creates a unified integrated system, delivering flexibility and control for business owners whilst also reducing the amount of required infrastructure and resources to protect a site.

Benchmark Magazine Find out more about the winning solution from Benchmark Magazine. Site Protection (Hardware): OPTEX RLS-2020S Hitherto the sole preserve of high-security applications in critical national infrastructure because they were costly and bulky laser detectors are now more accessible for a wider range of verticals thank to innovations like the RLS-2020S from Optex. The RLS-2020S can be used both outdoors and indoors and achieves a 20 x 20 metre detection range. Multiple set-up configurations mean that this laser detector can cope with a range of scenarios that traditional sensors struggle with. Laser-based sensors can accurately detect objects and map them using X and Y coordinates. When people or objects are detected, PTZ-enabled cameras can then pinpoint and track the intruders. The RLS-2020S laser detector makes the technology more accessible for mainstream applications, delivers a small and discreet cost-effective option and also provides an enhanced level of performance in terms of catch performance and reliability. Benchmark Magazine Find out more about the winning solution from Benchmark Magazine. Site Protection (Software): Texecom Connect Based on Texecom s graded Premier Elite security system, Texecom Connect is an automation platform that is based on the current control panel range.

Installers and integrators can offer Texecom Connect upgrades to customers with existing Premier Elite systems. The Premier Elite range supports the Ricochet, mesh-based wireless platform, which itself won a Benchmark Innovation Award. Ricochet technology permits flexible communication between wireless field devices and the control panel. The heart of any Texecom Connect system will be a professionally installed graded alarm system without any compromises or dumbing down to allow the smart functions to be realised. This is important as it adds value without reducing security or the role of the installer or integrator. Benchmark Magazine Find out more about the winning solution from Benchmark Magazine. Intelligent Systems: Avigilon Appearance Search Aviglon s Appearance Search technology applies deep learning techniques to identify and retrieve video footage relevant to an investigation or management of an ongoing event. For all the potential of big data, operators can readily get overwhelmed with the sheer volume of data generated by video analytics platforms. Avigilon s Appearance Search technology, which can be acessed via Avigilon s Control Center VMS software, scans many hours worth of recorded footage and swiftly identify relevant video data to track a person or vehicle.

It can quickly identify routes taken, previous visits and last-known locations. Avigilon s Appearance Search technology enhances the level of security at a site by enabling end users to quickly locate targets of interest, such as specific persons or vehicles, across an entire site. This capability can not only improve incident response times, but additionally makes post-event investigations simpler and more thorough. Benchmark Magazine Find out more about the winning solution from Benchmark Magazine. embedded content Business Intelligence: Genetec Retail Sense The Business Intelligence category represents the diversification of security tech into non-security disciplines. Through analytics functions like heat-mapping and queue management, analytics platforms like Genetec Retail Sense generate and interpret data to create insights that can generate operational efficiencies for businesses mostly in the retail sector. Providing analysis of footfall, bottlenecks and shopper behaviour, Genetec Retail Analytics and other solutions of its ilk can no longer be written off as a grudge purchase in the way that security systems often were. Through real-time insights generated in reports by Retail Sense, retailers can utilise the intelligence gathered, allowing them to better understand consumers, make informed decisions and increase both consumer engagement and in-store profitability. Benchmark Magazine Find out more about the winning solution from Benchmark Magazine.

Infrastructure: Secure Logiq HA Servers With beefed-up processing capabilities, Secure Logiq s HA range of analytics-optimised servers have been designed for enterprise customers. i7 Extreme edition processors increase substantially the clock speed achieved, helping it to meet the processing-heavy demands of modern analytics platforms. With advances in GPU technology bringing deep learning and video analytics to the fore, appropriate server hardware is increasingly key to optimal performance.

Getting it wrong can cause the system to crash, slow down or become unstable. With experience in the video surveillance industry, Secure Logiq realises the importance of the right balance between performance and reliability for security systems. Benchmark Magazine Find out more about the winning solution from Benchmark Magazine.

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The Axis Partner Showcase to return with integrated solutions from 35 vendors

Installers and integrators Axis Communications is inviting security installers and integrators to attend its Axis Partner Showcase event in October. Scheduled for 11 October 2017 in Manchester, the open day will showcase technologies from 35 vendors that integrate with Axis surveillance solutions. The products on show, which will encompass fields beyond security, will include the latest in retail analytics, behavioural analysis, hosted services and cybersecurity, among other areas.

Confirmed exhibitors include Morphean, Milestone Systems, Genetec and ASSA Abloy. Axis ran its first Axis Partner Showcase in 2015 and said feedback was overwhelmingly positive. New possibilities As connectivity and the integration of products continues, the security needs of businesses change opening up new possibilities, said Daren Lang, regional manager of business development for Northern Europe at Axis Communications. Our strategies and solutions must therefore change to meet the new opportunities created. We are thrilled to announce the return of the Axis Partner Showcase. This event is designed to demonstrate how our partners, in conjunction with Axis, can deliver solutions that stand the test of time whether looking at the shift from forensic to real time analysis, how to deal with issues around cybersecurity, or keeping pace with new regulations such as GDPR. As security requirements shift, we see an increasing demand for alternative solutions. Instead of focusing on surveillance alone, businesses are increasingly seeking ways in which smart systems can be integrated, ensuring technology is flexible and future facing. This is how we help ensure that technology is not only fit for purpose, but fit for the future.

Atul Rajput, regional director for Northern Europe at Axis Communications, said: The pace of innovation is core to Axis philosophy and is of critical importance to keep each of our customers and partners up-to-date with the technology available today as well as its potential for tomorrow. Our showcase event brings this under one roof, providing the best forum available to experience these innovations in person. The Axis Partner Showcase takes place on 11 October 2017, between 10am and 4pm, at Tenants Hall, Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN.

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TDSi agrees distribution deal with Anixter

Vendor news Anixter has joined Norbain, ADI, Pro-Vision, Advanced Access and Midwich in agreeing to distribute TDSi s security solutions. Although some customers may be surprised by how many different suppliers provide our products, we only sell indirectly, so TDSi completely relies upon its channel partnerships to grow our market share and drive our success, says TDSi distribution channel manager Andy Cross, who joined the Poole-based company late last year with a remit to strengthen and forge new distribution partnerships. This is even more evident as physical security systems become further integrated with all other parts of the IT and business systems networks.

About the need to broaden TDSi s reach across verticals and geographically he adds: It would be impossible for TDSi alone to reach this many different customers, let alone offer the infrastructure to supply the many types of end user that benefit from using our systems. Such partnerships reflect a growing demand among customers for procuring fully integrated solutions from a single supplier. Naturally integrated security systems such as access control, CCTV and intruder alarms combine well to offer powerful and complete protection solutions. At the same time, increasingly this technology is becoming closely associated with other IT and business systems purchases. Buyers are looking to improve their ROI by ensuring all their purchases can be sourced together, with the assurance they can be fully integrated easily. Established in 1982, UK-headquartered company TDSi develops access control systems, biometric readers, security management software and IP CCTV video management software. UK Channel Partner of the Year North In other TDSi news, ABCA has been named UK Partner of the Year North at the integrated security specialist s annual Partner Awards. ABCA s managing director, Philip Miller, was presented with the award by TDSi channel partner manager Neil Hughes. I am delighted and proud to accept this award on behalf of the entire team at ABCA, said Miller.

We work very closely with TDSi to ensure our customers receive the best security solutions. We specify TDSi products because they offer outstanding quality of service and value for money, which helps us provide our clients with very attractive levels of ROI in a highly competitive market. We very much look forward to continuing and growing our highly successful partnership. Neil Hughes, said: ABCA has continuously proven and demonstrated the highest levels of technical expertise, market awareness and professionalism which makes it an ideal TDSi partner. With a highly keen interest in the market, ABCA has grown its business with TDSi significantly throughout the last 12 months, with a stand-out project for access control in seven schools in South Yorkshire. This award is richly deserved and we are proud to be forging a continued partnership of success. Established in 1986, ABCA Systems provides specialist electrical systems for large public-sector organisations and private residential home owners.

With the slogan One Call, We do it all ABCA installs multi-disciplined, fully integrated systems and surveys, designs, quotes, installs and maintains them without the need of multiple contractors for multiple systems.

Engineers of Tomorrow 2017 winners revealed

For those who missed the event, IFSEC Global is delighted to reveal the heat winners of the 19th annual Engineers of Tomorrow competition, which takes place annually at IFSEC International. The contest pits more than 50 young engineers against each other in an installation challenge taking place across three days at London ExCeL. Competitors have 90 minutes in which to install and find faults with a security system.

Overall heat winners and their employers will be invited to the Security & Fire Excellence Awards, taking place in November. Heat winners: Day one winners: Corrie Stewart and Martin Hannaway , New College Lanarkshire Day two heat winners: Danny Harding and Max Wheeler, Chubb Fire & Security Day three heat winners: Sean Reynolds and Josh Williams, Trinity Fire and Security Systems Day one heat winners: Corrie Stewart and Martin Hannaway, New College Lanarkshire Day two heat winners: Danny Harding and Max Wheeler, Chubb Fire & Security Day three heat winners: Sean Reynolds and Josh Williams, Trinity Fire and Security Systems Sponsored by CSL DualCom, NSI, SSAIB and Skills for Security the competition serves as a platform through which apprentices and engineers not only burnish their credentials as installers/engineers but help to raise the profile of their employers too. Launched 18 years ago by Skills For Security (then the Security Industry Training Organisation) as the IFSEC Apprentice Challenge the Engineers of Tomorrow competition gave rise to the 100 in 100 initiative six years ago. Now called Apprentices for Fire and Security this initiative targets the placement of 100 security apprentices in 100 days. Apprentices for Fire and Security, which was co-founded by Skills for Security and CSL DualCom group managing director Simon Banks, has already helped launch the careers of more than 3,000 young apprentices. The winners also earn NVQ portfolio credits. Entries are now open for 2018. embedded content 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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Divergent data collection methodologies hampering European efforts to reduce false alarms, says Euralarm

Fire detection A lack of coordination between fire services and others involved in the analysis of fire alarm data is hampering efforts to reduce false alarms across Europe, a forthcoming study will conclude. Euralarm has reviewed how fire services in Germany, the UK, Switzerland, Sweden and Austria collect and analyse data generated by responses to fire alarms. Noting sharp differences in methodologies, a study by the European body representing fire system manufacturers across Europe has called for greater collaboration between stakeholders in their efforts to reduce false alarms.

False alarms can be reduced with the deployment of modern multi-sensor fire detectors and regular, appropriate maintenance of fire detection systems. However, a dearth of data into false alarms is hampering efforts to address a problem that costs the UK in excess of 1bn a year. A study conducted by Euralarm in 2012 showed that data sources were missing or too divergent to draw meaningful comparisons. The association says that reliable details, like data pools, on the range of false alarm causes are needed to define and deploy effective countermeasures. Conducted by the Euralarm Task Group False Alarm in Germany, Great Britain (England), Switzerland, Sweden and Austria (Vorlarberg), the project s objective has been to calculate false alarm ratios based on four different models. The study concluded that comparison of fire alarm data in the respective countries is hampered by a lack of common terminology and processes. Application guidelines are national and therefore data is collected and handled quite differently from country to country. Narrow or wrong measures are being implemented as a result, says Euralarm. A common approach is perfectly feasible, the association believes, if the fire safety industry, fire services and building owners resolve to cooperate more closely.

The report will be published in autumn 2017. Euralarm represents the electronic fire and security industry across Europe. Founded in 1970, the association represents more than 5,000 companies within the fire safety and security industry.