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Security products round-up – April 2022

IFSEC Global takes readers through the latest product launches and software updates to hit the security market in April 2022. This month we cover new drone detection units, the latest in IoT technology and several new edge-based solutions! 

Ajax Systems

New desktop app for security systems

Ajax Systems has released the updated Pro Desktop app, which now combines all the tools to connect, maintain and monitor Ajax security systems.

Pro Desktop 3.2 will allow installation and service companies to manage the Pro accounts of staff and external contractors, give them temporary access to system settings and restrict access to sensitive information. When creating a company account, the app offers the selection of the requisite profile: alarm monitoring, or installation and maintenance. The company will then have access to seven different employee roles.

The app now features the ability to separate the company’s hubs from the installer’s Pro account hubs. Several hub lists are now available in the interface, and the installer can switch between them.

A company can have multiple installers, everyone with their own account, and an installer can work with multiple companies by switching between them in the app. All information from installed systems is synchronised with apps via Ajax Cloud, and transmitted and stored data is encrypted.

The Pro interface apps are said to provide real-time administration and control. These include:

  • The company profile can be changed at any time
  • An employee with the ‘Head of Installers’ role can add and manage installer accounts and provide access to system settings, but within the limits of the rights defined for the company account
  • The new Installer role is designed for those who work on-site. It connects the hub to the CMS, configures devices via the mobile app, and then maintains the system, remotely, if necessary. Installers can configure devices and view event logs of only those hubs that the company gave them access to
  • On request, an installer can get access to the Ajax settings temporarily for a set time. The Head of Installers can also assign a specific installer to a facility with permanent access to settings. In this case, the hub administrator has the final control over access to system settings
  • All installers’ actions are recorded and available for viewing in real time. The app provides a set of filters for a quick search

 

Siemens

New fire panels, IoT detector and mobile app
Siemens is expanding its Cerberus Pro fire safety offering with updated fire control panels, an IoT-enabled detector equipped for disturbance-free function testing, and the Cerberus Connect mobile app that complements the existing cloud apps.

The new FC720 fire control panel provides built-in connectivity through the X200 gateway which, says Siemens, simplifies installation and commissioning processes. The panel comes with an updated periphery board which significantly increases the power on the loop. With smaller panels and fewer loops than before, customers save costs and benefit from reduced planning complexity, explains the vendor.

In addition to Advanced Signal Analysis technology, the OOH740 detector is now also equipped with disturbance-free function test technology. This means that the detector can be programmed to conduct tests on a regular basis without human intervention. As a result, service providers don’t need to wait for the next mandatory check by a service technician, nor physically send someone to test the detector in a building.

With the Cerberus Connect App, fire safety staff can receive live notifications via a push option, and can check the status and event history of their site from anywhere and at any time.

 

Dedrone

Multi-layered mobile drone detection unit

A portable AI-powered drone detection unit has been launched by Dedrone. Dedrone Rapid Response detects, identifies, locates and analyses almost 300 drone types and offers the company’s AI-powered technology in a mobile platform attached to a tower, that can be towed and manoeuvred on a trailer using an SUV or truck. It helps ensure public safety at sports events, parades, concerts, large gatherings and police crime scenes.

Using cloud-enabled software, it pinpoints the drone, providing insights into its load and the pilot’s location as soon as it is turned on, so providing early-warning before breaching a no-fly zone.

The tower is said to be deployable in under 30 minutes and offers a range of 5km detection through a multi-layered solution, with two cameras to track multiple drones simultaneously. Additionally, multiple trailers can be networked to deliver drone security for larger events. The Dedrone solution was recently deployed by the St Petersburg police department for the 2022 IndyCar motor race, the Firestone Grand Prix.

“Dedrone was the ideal partner to help us provide an ‘eye in the sky’ and protect against illegal drones in the no-fly zone,” said Chief Anthony Holloway of St Petersburg police department. “We are proud to be the first police department in the US to deploy such sophisticated technology, as part of our larger commitment to ensuring that our entire community remains safe and secure.”

Dedrone says its solution is used by the governments of four G7 nations, nine US federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, and internationally by more than 65 critical infrastructure sites, 20 airports, 50 correctional facilities, and over 30 government agencies.

 

Paxton

New edge-based features for cameras

New Core and Pro series cameras have been released for the Paxton10 range. Features include edge processing for scalability, built-in edge storage, and plug-and-play installation.

The two new ranges are designed to offer different benefits with new hardware options providing more choice, flexibility, and scalability to suit a variety of projects and budgets. The Paxton10 system offers integrated access control and video management on a single online platform.

End-users have the ability to use license-free Bluetooth smart credentials and multi-site management functionality. The system is compatible with Paxton’s door entry and wireless door handle range, and can support up to 1,000 doors and 1,000 cameras.

The new cameras are suitable for installations of any size of commercial, public or residential building, according to the vendor. The Pro range includes a 2.8mm mini-bullet, vari-focal bullet and turret. All three 8MP cameras capture images in 4K HD. There’s a 256GB built-in memory, and the vari-focal bullet is also equipped with a vandal-resistant IK10 rating.

The Core series is a said to be a cost-effective solution for sites where hardware cost is a factor. The range includes a 2.8mm mini-bullet, mini-dome, and turret. All are 4MP cameras with 0.003 Lux low light performance and 64GB of edge storage. The mini-dome has a IK10 rated metal exterior.

The plug-and-play hardware makes it easy to connect to a Paxton10 network, while the system’s software has immediate automatic recognition and a drag and drop functionality.

 

Secured by Design

Secure connected device accreditation

SurachetShotivaranon-NetworkIoT-Business-AlamyStock-22A secure connected device accreditation has been launched by the official police security initiative, Secured by Design.

The UK Government’s Code of Practice for the Internet of Things – developed by Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – sets a benchmark for security for manufacturers to follow when developing IoT products for the UK market, based on the ETSI standard EN 303 645, the European standard on connected device security. Working closely with certifying bodies such as IASME, BSI and UL – who assess IoT products and services against the code of practice – Secured by Design’s IoT device assessment framework identifies the level of risk associated with an IoT device and its ecosystem, providing recommendations on the appropriate certification routes. Once third-party testing and independent certification for a product has been achieved, the company can apply to receive Secure Connected Device accreditation.

“There is an alarming increase in IoT devices experiencing a cyber-attack or breach over recent years, and that is mainly because most IoT devices aren’t produced with security at the forefront,” said Michelle Kradolfer, Secured by Design’s IoT Technical Officer. “With 35 billion internet connected devices being used worldwide, which is increasing significantly each year, it’s essential that we turn our focus on ensuring that IoT products and apps have the appropriate level of security in place, so that consumers can use them in a safe manner and reduce the risk of a cyber breach.

“That is why I am delighted to announce the launch of our new ‘Secure Connected Device’ accreditation, which is given to companies with IoT products that have taken the necessary steps to ensure [they meet] the relevant IoT standards and certifications. By obtaining this accreditation, companies are sending a clear message on the importance of IoT security within their products and services, which will make them stand out from the crowd and inspire confidence from their consumers.”

 

Oosto

Edge-based vision AI appliance

A near-edge device that is said to deliver the power and security of vision AI in a palm-sized device has been launched by Oosto.

The appliance is based on the Nvidia Jetson Xavier NX system on module, and is equipped with Oosto’s neural network models for video analytics that are optimised to support low-power devices. This was achieved, says the company, without compromising on performance, security or recognition accuracy, which historically required compute-intensive GPU processing servers.

“When organisations add more camera channels to their visual analytics operations, they immediately discover the headaches and high costs associated with scaling their existing infrastructure to accommodate the extra video channels,” said Dieter Joecker, Oosto’s CTO. “The Oosto vision AI appliance streamlines these expansions by effectively shifting the compute load associated with computer vision from on-premise servers to these low-power efficient appliances – saving significant hardware, power, cooling and failover costs.”

 

IDIS

Video analytics for all retailers

IDIS says its new AI Box for Retail allows smaller retailers the benefits of AI-powered business and customer intelligence in a cost-effective package. The DV-1304 is an NDAA-compliant, 4-channel add-on appliance that gives users additional functionality from either existing IDIS DirectIP network cameras and NVRs, or new systems.

With the advantages of plug-and-play installation and no licence fees, the DV-1304 delivers actionable intelligence, including queue monitoring, heat mapping, occupancy monitoring and real-time activity data from specified locations. It is designed to deliver detailed analytics using cameras positioned for perspective view, without needing additional top view cameras. This, says IDIS, minimises costs and makes it possible to analyse a wide range of metrics from even small-scale camera systems, without needing additional analytics software or edge camera upgrades.

A dashboard can integrate up to 32-channels, cost-free, giving store staff at-a-glance intelligence and making it easy for both local managers and head office teams to generate reports on day-to-day activity, or long-term or seasonal trends. Other features include people counting, mask-detection, occupancy and social distancing control.

“As retailers look to build customer loyalty and adapt to tough trading conditions, more than ever they need affordable tools and technology to help them drive efficiency across their operations,” said James Min, Managing Director of IDIS Europe. “Video analytics has a vital role to play, and our AI Retail Box is designed as a practical, affordable solution that will deliver immediate advantages.”

 

Axis Communications

All-in-one ceiling speakers

Two new multipurpose all-in-one network ceiling speakers have been unveiled by Axis Communications. The C1210-E and C1211-E network ceiling speakers can be used to proactively warn off intruders, deliver safety instructions, make general live or pre-recorded announcements, and be used to play background music.

Differing only in size and sound pressure, both speakers are said to be easy to integrate with video management software, VoIP telephony, and analytics. They offer what is described as flexible, discrete recessed ceiling installation with embedded audio management software that supports user, content, zone and scheduling management. While typically used indoors, both speakers can also be installed in sheltered areas, such as under the eaves of buildings.

New features include:

  • I/O ports, enabling integration with other systems and devices such as PIR sensors, buttons and strobe lights
  • Built-in LED to add visual status information
  • External microphone input, allowing the use of an additional microphone in situations where the speaker is installed far from the audience
  • IP44 rating
  • A backbox that meets plenum space requirements, allowing for secure installation and helping to limit unwanted noise spreading above the ceiling

The new speakers connect to standard networks and use Power over Ethernet (PoE) for both power and connectivity.

 

Inner Range

Enhancements for Integriti access control system

Direct integration with biometric readers, a free API for developers, and the ability to manage mobile credentials in bulk are among the new enhancements to Inner Range’s Integriti.

Software Version 22 includes the ability to directly integrate with biometric readers and manage mobile credentials in bulk. It also includes a new API (application programming interface), allowing developers access to a free platform to create new integrations for Integriti clients.

The improvements to Integriti’s biometric integration architecture mean it’s now possible to connect directly to compatible biometric readers and sync user data. Morpho Idemia is the first biometric solution to take advantage of the improved architecture.

Users can be enrolled directly within Integriti, without the need for third party software or servers, or via the web interface without the need for a thick client. Sites with many users also benefit from faster read speeds because of optimised user databases within the biometric readers, according to Inner Range.

Mobile credentials are now significantly easier to manage via new plugin architecture rather than a built-in communications handler. This allows security managers to create and assign mobile credentials in bulk, by managing credentials on a ‘per pool’ basis rather than making separate requests for each new user.

An updated XML API, known as REST API V2, allows developers to request a free integration key to authenticate a licence and create a new integration with Integriti. API endpoints are also now grouped by use, allowing developers and administrators more targeted access to the elements of the system they need, all with a simple tick in a box.

 

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