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The 2022 State of Physical Access Control Report

Security products round-up – January 2022

IFSEC Global takes readers through the latest product launches and updates to hit the security market across January. This month we cover the latest in lone worker monitoring, smart buildings protection, touchless access control and more!

Marshalls Landscape Protection 

Discreet public space protection 

Marshalls Landscape Protection has launched Verso – a street furniture range that offers both rated and unrated products. 

Marshalls says the range helps architects and specifiers protect public spaces without compromising on design or aesthetics. Modules within the range are available with two ratings and include unrated options, allowing designers to create cohesive schemes where the protective elements are completely indistinguishable.

Jaz Vilkhu, Managing Director, Marshalls Fencing, says: “The new collection has been developed to help specifiers seamlessly blend varying levels of protection throughout a space, creating secure and attractive schemes.”

Abloy UK 

Access by mobile 

A mobile credentials solution has been launched by Abloy UK to provide secure ‘keys’ for businesses. 

Abloy claims that its Incedo Business mobile keys can be enabled on mobile phones, tablets, watches and other wearable electronic devices, allowing the device to function as a user’s credential to enter an office or other facilities.

Credentials can be issued, changed or revoked to temporary staff and visitors, with smart devices able to add another layer of security with their biometric authentication and screen locking. Mobile credentials eliminate the need for a key, card or fob, which also reduces touchpoints and the use of plastic materials. 

Hanwha Techwin 

Infrared panoramic camera 

Hanwha Techwin Europe says its PNM-9031RV infrared panoramic camera provides operators with a seamless continuous view of a wide area, with no overlap or gaps.  

Using it, users are able to deploy fewer cameras to monitor a wide-area scene, with the 15MP 4-lens panoramic camera delivering a 192o stitching image in a 3:1 aspect ratio (6720 x 2240). 

According to the company, the unit is equipped with WiseIR integrated infrared illuminators, with an illumination range of up to 20m. High image quality is complemented by automatic image stitching that provides an uninterrupted single image view over a wide area. Operators can set areas of interest to focus on through virtual channels that can trigger alerts using intelligent video analytics.  

Uri Guterman, Head of Product & Marketing for Hanwha Techwin Europe, said: “We are very excited to add this IR panoramic camera to our portfolio, as it offers breakthrough technology very cost-effectively”. 

Vismo 

Lone worker monitoring 

An app that aims to help organisations monitor the safety of lone workers has been launched by Vismo.   

According to Vismo, the app allows employees to raise alerts with security teams if they find themselves in a high-risk situation. Key details are displayed, including the employee’s last known location, the time of the alert, their phone number and email address, and access to an audio recording from when the alert was activated.  

Vismo says its app ensures employers have all the necessary information at hand, so they can act quickly when employees finds themselves in high risk situations. 

“The new Monitor App enables employee alerts to be closely monitored, ultimately ensuring support is sent to those who need it,” said Craig Swallow, Vismo’s CEO. “Our customers were telling us that alert administrators such as their security team needed more immediacy of alert notification. Vismo is dedicated to listening to client feedback and continually implementing new features into its products and services. Vismo Monitor is a great example of that.”  

Honeywell 

Smart buildings protection

A new solution designed to detect known and unknown attacks on operational technology (OT) environments in commercial buildings has been launched by Honeywell. 

Honeywell Threat Defense Platform (HTDP) powered by Acalvio uses active defence – featuring autonomous deception tactics to outsmart attackers – and provides what is described as “high fidelity threat detection”. 

HTDP uses deception tactics to confuse and mislead threats away from critical assets and devices resulting, says Honeywell, in low false alerts and a high rate of detection. The solution leads threat actors to decoy assets, which appear to be valuable OT and IT devices; however, none of the devices are real and there is no access to enterprise assets. The solution makes critical operational devices harder to find, slowing down adversaries and helping security teams capture them faster. 

 Advanced artificial intelligence makes the service easy to use and scalable, says Honeywell, and it is suitable for organisations that want advanced intrusion detection in their building network, without having to install or operate complex technology. It can be deployed across both IT and OT environments as either an on-premises offering or cloud service.  

Videoloft 

Cloud plus local viewing 

According to video surveillance platform, Videoloft, customers can now have local viewing as an option with its cloud based service, by connecting a monitor to the cloud adapter to watch their live feeds on a local display.  

Now, as well as remote camera viewing from the Videoloft iOS or Android apps or browser-based webviewer, live video feeds can be watched on a monitor over the local network. 

Laura Worrell, Chief Operating Officer, Videoloft, says: “We’re definitely seeing increased adoption of cloud-only video solutions across a wide variety of sectors. Cloud-only installations used to be limited to customers with a specific requirement to only store video offsite, but it’s now becoming the norm.” 

Johnson Controls 

Cyber-resilient door controller 

What is described by the company as a next generation door controller designed for cyber resiliency has been launched by Johnson Controls.  

Suitable for mid-size to large-scale deployments, the iSTAR Ultra G2 allegedly supports both wired and wireless locksets, with expanded memory capacity to ensure the device grows with customer needs, and can manage up to one million credentials for up to 32 doors. Advanced enterprise features, such as dual GigE network ports using TLS 1.3 network authentication and cluster-based anti-passback, provide the power to handle demanding access control applications. 

 Rick Focke of Johnson Controls, says: “The addition of the iSTAR Ultra G2 expands our portfolio of door controllers to include one of the most expandable solutions available in the market. This device is an important solution for customers who need a highly scalable and cyber-resilient solution that serves as the heart of the access control system, connecting readers, sensors, software and locking devices.”   

Touchless Biometric Systems 

Access on the fly 

According to Touchless Biometric Systems, its 3D Fly is a touchless scanning terminal designed to be secure and hygienic, using one of the strongest and most stable biometric markers – fingerprints.  

Designed for access control in high throughput environments – such as on speed gates and turnstiles – the sensor captures a high-resolution image of the entire hand and extracts biometrics of up to four fingers. 

This sensor technology identifies a person within a second. Combined with fast data processing, it results in a process that is said to be fast enough that users can present their hands while walking, without stopping or slowing down. 

Suprema 

Touchless access 

Suprema says it will be launching BioStation 3 this year, with improved features reflecting the needs of operators, installers and end-users. It provides higher accuracy, faster recognition speed and a lower false acceptance rate, even with faces covered with masks. It also includes support for multiple credential options. 

Hanchul Kim, Superma’s CEO, says: “BioStation 3, being the first release in Suprema’s third generation product lineup, is expected to offer an enhanced experience for operators, installers and end-users. Moreover, Suprema will continue to play its [role] in environmental protection by minimising pollution caused by plastic access cards, through emphasising the advantages of using biometric and mobile access solutions.” 

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