Preparation is the Best Defence

By Steve Lawson To state the obvious: by far the best response to an atrocity is to make sure that a proper defence is in place before the atrocity. After a security incident has happened, there is pressure to ‘do something’, especially from the media and government. The media tend to look at the spectacular and government looks at the politics. Security professionals should be prepared to weather pressure from both of … [Read more...]

Through The Looking Glass: Future-Proofing Your Security Investment

The time has come to upgrade that outdated security system you have been operating for what seems like an eternity. You have done your homework and built your business case, and you have finally been granted approval to proceed. As your mind fast-forwards with visions of an intuitive security-centric design, multi-camera views, synchronised and instant playback, and motion searching for improved forensic analysis, you … [Read more...]

Teaching Sales Staff To Respond Effectively To EAS Alarms

Most readers are familiar with electronic article surveillance (EAS) systems and their utilisation as a fundamental loss prevention (LP) tool. A recent article stated that approximately 80 percent of American retailers utilise some EAS tools, but only 44 percent of LP professionals describe it as effectively executed. This article focuses on addressing one of the biggest downfalls when utilising EAS systems – the lack of … [Read more...]

GLOBAL THREATS DRIVES HOLOGRAM 2017 GROWTH, SAYS TRADE BODY

The IHMA’s Dr Mark Deakes says there will be continuing demand for authentication and brand protection holograms in 2017 CONTINUING demand for effective security devices to meet global threats will drive growth for authentication and brand protection holograms in 2017, says the industry trade body. Next year marks 70 years since the first commercial hologram was developed and the International Hologram Manufacturers … [Read more...]

The Myths About IP Versus Traditional Access Control

As the popularity of IP (Internet protocol) CCTV continues to grow, manufacturers, integrators, consultants and, most importantly, clients are increasingly looking at IP for their other security system solutions. The IP electronic access control technology, while not as mature as its CCTV counterpart, is becoming more common as manufacturers try to emulate the successes of IP CCTV. As with the initial introduction of IP … [Read more...]

IP-Enabled Equipment Continues To Grow In The South-East Asia Region

During the course of recent IHS research on the access control market, the Asia-Pacific region was the fastest growing area globally. The region is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.3 percent, reaching $1.6 billion revenue in 2020. One particular trend that started to develop last year was the adoption of panels and other Internet Protocol (IP) based equipment. The use of IP-enabled equipment … [Read more...]

Standalone Security Systems Versus Integrated Systems

There are a number of reasons why clients opt for an integrated security solution, usually to increase the overall level of security, or make it easier to manage. Reducing threats and risks is the whole purpose of security, but has integration increased vulnerabilities? Options for clients include separate standalone or disparate security systems, integrated security systems and/or a dedicated platform such as a … [Read more...]

Alarm Online

Physical security systems have benefited from the technology revolution. Control modules are network-aware, or at least they connect to a PC. Some are PCs. They interact with a website account, or they contain a website. They provide remote access. They get system updates. The great thing about this is that users can interact with the system and configure and review it without needing all those special tools used in … [Read more...]

Engineers Patent Limited-Range Projectile To Reduce Collateral Damage

Imagine a bullet that could self-destruct if it missed its target. Apparently, it is not as far-fetched an idea as we might think. Three employees of the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) were recently awarded with a US patent for their proof of concept work on a limited-range projectile. Brian Kim, Mark Minisi and Stephen McFarlane filed collectively for the patent on 7th May 2013 … [Read more...]

The Growth of IP-Enabled Access Control in Asia Pacific

The adoption of panels and other IP-based equipment in the Asia Pacific market has ramped up significantly in 2015, and growth is expected to accelerate from 2016 through 2020. In fact revenue from IP-enabled panels will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.8 percent from 2015 to 2020. The total market for access-control panels is expected to reach $499.3 million in 2020, and IP-enabled panels will make up … [Read more...]

Salto XS4 Mini

https://youtu.be/r4Rk7MISTbY We check out the XS4 Mini from Salto, the latest addition to Salto's range of easy to use, easy to install and easy manage access control range.     … [Read more...]

Access Control Expectations for 2016

As physical and logical (IT) threats to corporations evolve, so must electronic access control. Additional deployments of logical and physical access control, mobile credentials, biometrics and cloud-based services are expected in 2016. To ensure success – and speed growth -- access control companies need to keep pace with the ever-changing market environment. The global access control market grew 6.6 percent in 2015 … [Read more...]

Why Storage Is Now a Critical Component of CCTV Systems

  Storage is now a critical part of a robust video surveillance solution. Increasing camera resolutions, longer retention times, and increasing use of analytics all lead to larger digital storage capacity requirements. Across the industry, storage demands are increasing at existing sites undergoing upgrades and refreshes, and also in greenfield installations. Quantum, a global leader of the storage industry, now … [Read more...]

Introducing The Hikvision Blazer Pro All-in-One Server

  Hikvision Blazer Pro All-in-One server is a video management software station that comes preloaded with a licensed VMS in a Windows environment, boasting advanced features in storage capacity, system scalability and centralized management. Easy deployment & maintenance Blazer Pro has a pre-installed activated operating system (Win 8.1) and a preloaded VMS, which makes the unit even more … [Read more...]

SecuSafe Launches New DigiGuard 3MP IP Turret Network POE Camera

SecuSafe Pty Ltd, an Australian importer and distributor of electronic security products located in Sydney, introduces their new 3MP IP Turret Network POE Camera for SME surveillance industry. The attractive DigiGuard Matrix IR Turret Network Surveillance IP Camera, is fitted with a 2.8mm security lens available in grey and white colour, this can achieve an impressive wide angle view of 98° at 2MP (1920 x 1080) and 3MP … [Read more...]

Redefining Wireless Security

Despite advances in IP camera and security management system technologies, , founder and CEO of P2 Wireless Technologies, realised that the backend of most surveillance network designs is still heavily reliant on cable. P2 focuses on the creation of innovative, reliable and large-scale wireless mesh networking technologies for industrial and commercial use. Based in the prestigious Hong Kong Science Park, P2 has … [Read more...]