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VideoEdge Network Video Recorder (NVR) becomes first product to attain UL 2900-2-3 Level 3 cybersecurity readiness certification from UL

VideoEdge Receives the Highest UL Cybersecurity Assurance Program Certification

Resilience to cyber-attack has become an important acceptance criteria for customers to base product selection on. Until now there hasn’t been an independent validation for both product and business practices designed to address the cybersecurity readiness of physical security products. When Underwriter Laboratories (UL) introduced the UL 2900-2-3, Tyco Security seized the opportunity and became the vendor to submit a product (namely, the VideoEdge Network Video Recorder) to undergo this new certification. On March 22, 2018, VideoEdge version 5.2 became the first product to obtain UL 2900-2-3 Level 3 (L3) certification.

Benefits of using UL2900-2-3 Level 3 Certified VideoEdge

With this new cybersecurity certification comes added benefits for the customer.

  • Cybersecurity certification that is specific to Electronic Physical Security products.
  • The added assurance that is gained when a product is measured against an established product baseline for cyber protection.
  • A common criteria for cybersecurity that can be used for product selection.
  • The proven quality and trust that UL certifications are globally recognized for.
  • The piece of mind that customers have when they take an important step towards protecting their business against the modern reality of cyber threats.

What is UL 2900-2-3 cybersecurity readiness certification?

UL 2900 is a series of standards that provide testable software cybersecurity criteria for network-connectable products. This series addresses specific types of products with the UL 2900-2-3 Standard specially addressing Electronic Physical Security systems. Other standards in the UL 2900 series address healthcare systems and industrial control systems.

UL 2900-2-3 Process

Within UL 2900-2-3 there are three levels of certification.

  • Level 1 (L1) is the minimum level of assessment and validates the fundamental requirements.
  • Level 2 (L2) provides an assessment of the security capabilities of a product with knowledge of internal security controls of the product in addition to the L1 requirements
  • Level 3 (L3) provides an assessment of security capabilities of a product with knowledge of internal security controls of the product and knowledge of the business practices of the vendor to support the lifecycle of the product in addition to the L1 and L2 requirements.

Therefore, the VideoEdge certification as complaint with UL 2900-2-3 at Level 3 is at the highest level of Electronic Physical Security Product certification. As a level 3 assessment, the VideoEdge business practices were evaluated (product development, incident response and internal ongoing testing and evaluation of security vulnerabilities of products.)

The UL Cybersecurity Assurance Program (UL CAP) for electronic physical security systems assesses product compliance against the UL 2900-2-3 Standard. This program was developed with input from the U.S. Federal government as well as other major stakeholders from academia and industry.

Why did we choose UL?

While other cybersecurity certifications are available, the UL 2900-2-3 compliance standard is specific to electronic physical security products  and UL, as a testing company, is globally recognized with experience promoting safe environments since 1894. The range of products that can be addressed with UL 2900-2-3 includes the range of systems that are offered by Tyco security including surveillance cameras, emergency communications systems,  intrusion detection systems and access control systems.  Under the Tyco, Cyber Protection Product Security Program, we are focused on enhancing the cybersecurity of our products, so partnering with an industry known company to certify our practices is another way we can bring peace of mind to our customers.

About VideoEdge

VideoEdge network video recorders are available with a full range of appliances to manage surveillance in comprehensive environments both on-site and remotely. Maintain dozens cameras per network video recorder with capabilities for both IP and hybrid installations. The flexibility of VideoEdge provides users with powerful analytics to gain employee and consumer information that aid in forensic investigation or business intelligence.

Video Edge Monitor and Storage


The powerful VideoEdge NVR platform was developed under the Tyco, Cyber Protection Product Security Program which combines secure product development, testing and evaluation, and configuration guidelines for compliance. This holistic cyber mindset begins at initial design concept, continues through product development, and is supported through deployment, including a rapid incident response to meet the comprehensive and evolving cybersecurity environments. Through the rapid incident response service, a dedicated cybersecurity team quickly assesses new threats and vulnerabilities and advises customers on how they may reduce their cybersecurity exposure.

For more information on the VideoEdge network video recording solution, please click here.

Tyco Security Products’ Connected Partner Program welcomes victor and EntraPass

Tyco Security Products adds American Dynamics victor video management system software and Kantech EntraPass access control system and Hatrix managed access control system to its Connected Partner Program.

Connected Partner Program

This program gives third-party technology partners including access control, alarm/intrusion, building management, elevator, emergency communication and RFID the opportunity to integrate with our security solutions. Our robust integration development packages, including software, documentation, sample codes and engineering support time, offer partners the tools to achieve a direct integration.

Benefits of partnering with Tyco Security Products through the Connected Partner Program:

  • Provide a unified solution to your customers and increase your business potential
  • Access to Tyco Security Products fully equipped labs
  • Easily complete the self-certification process
  • Support from dedicated Connected Partner Program, technical and engineering teams
  • Access the development system from anywhere with a remote login [Kantech only]

View the current victor integrations. Interested third-party partners can submit an online interest form.

Get started today!

If you have questions regarding the Connected Partner Program, contact us at tspconnect@tycoint.com.

Airport security soars on strength of integrated platform

Ever expanding and seemingly always in flux, airports present great opportunities but also major challenges for security integrators and security technology providers.

Airport Security Today

Today’s modern airports are security-centric enterprises that have multi-faceted surveillance and access control systems. Although airport security was heightened after the terrorist attacks in the United States on 9/11, anytime these facilities undergo some degree of modernization or add to their footprint, they are presented with the prospect of taking security to the next level.

However, any changes to an airport security system must take into account the substantial technological investment that has already been made as well as the importance of keeping the systems manageable on 24/7 basis.

About Izmir Airport

At Turkey’s Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport, this blending of old and new occurred as the airport constructed a new domestic terminal with a security system that needed to mesh with the one in the existing terminal installed more than 10 years earlier.

While the airport’s operator TAV-Ege was eager to introduce IP-based products into the new terminal, it also wanted to leverage its existing and still highly functional components from the old terminal such as analog cameras.

Izmir Airport


To meet the airport’s needs, together with the help of integrator Sensormatic Guvenlik Hizmetleri, Tyco Security Products presented airport officials with an integrated solution that could accommodate the 700 analog cameras from the old terminal, while also handling the 600 new IP cameras from the newly constructed building.

The installation of modern VideoEdge network video recorders (NVR) from American Dynamics and backbone systems like the victor unified security solution and Software House’s C-CURE 9000 security and event management platform ensured that the airport would manage both old and new cameras and access systems seamlessly from a single platform.

Izmir Security Center

The new unified platform also brought a fuller feature set to the airport, offering video analytics within the NVRs so security staff could:

  • Recognize and address threats more easily
  • Save time with real-time alerts of objects abandoned
  • Intelligent, powerful analytics automate security operations
  • Greatly reduce time searching for incident evidence
  • Presents better control of restricted areas through the C-CURE access control system
  •  Brings together CCTV and access so system operators can now view video along with any alarms that occurs

Even as the capabilities of the system have increased, however, the ability to manage it remains intuitive and straightforward, which is critical in a potentially high-risk environment like a major airport.

Izmir Security camera

As Turkey’s fourth busiest airport, Tyco Security Products complete solution has poised Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport for growth and scalability to allow for future system upgrades and even camera additions if warranted.

And as more airports undergo this type of expansion, the demand for integrated solutions that bring old and new systems together should only increase.

Read the entire case study.

Learn more about how Tyco Security Products
can help you easily migrate from analog to IP.

Technology for Safer Schools

safer schoolsViolence in American schools over the past two decades has resulted in the real need for an increase in security technology in the school setting. Federal government initiatives like Safe Schools, Healthy Students have been created to bring together school officials, law enforcement, and surrounding community leaders.

Along with federal grants, these initiatives have helped generate a national awareness for the increase of school security technologies to help keep our schools safe. Be sure to read Cheryl Shea’s blog post, “Technology for Safer Schools”, on the Tyco Security Products Blog to see what types of technologies are being deployed in the school setting and how manufacturers like Tyco Security Products are working to meet the specific requirements and limited budgets of this industry.

What are your areas of concern regarding school safety, let us know by leaving a comment.

Tyco Security Products looks ahead to new opportunities with Visonic

Approaching the end of yet another year makes us all reflect on the accomplishments and challenges of the past 12 months and look ahead with optimism at the year to come. Our outlook for 2012 at Tyco Security Products, particularly for our intrusion portfolio, is especially exciting as we begin the process of integrating new technologies, new employees and new vision into our already dynamic organization.

Visonic logosLast week we announced the completion of our acquisition ofVisonic, a global developer of wireless intrusion and personal emergency response systems. Based in Tel Aviv, this nearly 40-year-old company has proven itself as a fellow innovator in the wireless space. Along with that innovative spirit, Visonic brings to Tyco Security Products strong sales channels in Europe and a state of the art manufacturing center in Israel.

The addition of Visonic to our intrusion business will add not only complementary geographic coverage in sales and distribution but additional technology platforms for several Tyco Security Products brands to leverage. The company’s newly introduced PowerG long-range wireless technology will further our goal of making inroads into the emerging commercial intrusion market.

And there’s so much more this acquisition adds to our portfolio.  Visonic’s personal emergency response systems bring those capabilities to our lineup for the first time, along with additionalexpertise in RFID tracking through Visonic’s flagship Elpas technology. We envision that in combination with our existing access control brands, this active RFID technology will enable us to offer new strategic benefits to customers in markets such as healthcare and corrections, providing us the ability to add not only people tracking but asset tracking for loss prevention and business management purposes as well.

Along with the great technology platforms, Visonic will add about 500 new employees and state of the art manufacturing and R&D facilities in Tel Aviv and Kiryat Gat, Israel to our fold. These facilities will be used in tandem with our own R&D and manufacturing locations in Bridgeland and Toronto, Canada.

Above all, we were most pleased to find this caliber of a company that shares not only complementary technologies and presence but some of the corporate values we hold dear — customer focus, quality, creativity and integrity. That alone will make our work of coming together as one organization much more seamless and more immediately beneficial to our customers, employees, and shareholders.

We hope you will join us in welcoming the Visonic family to Tyco Security Products and we look forward to the new possibilities that our expanded team can create for you.

Beyond CCTV: Growth within Tyco Security Products

Recently we had the pleasure of announcing our exciting plans to grow our intrusion technology portfolio. With our signing of an agreement to acquire Visonic Ltd a few weeks ago we expect to be officially welcoming them into the Tyco Security Products fold very soon. We’re thrilled with our plans to acquire this unique and innovative company that has deep roots in the security industry and strong strategic sales channels. It represents a key opportunity for us to increase our market presence in the intrusion space in key global markets.

While this is a major move for our intrusion portfolio, it’s only one area of growth within Tyco Security Products. Acquiring new technologies has historically been part of our strategy, but our investments into R&D and engineering are also a significant driver behind the inventive solutions we strive to continually offer the market. The push for continued product development and for integrationsbetween our different technologies is a hallmark of our individual brands and of Tyco Security Products as a whole.

To insure our roadmap development and integration plans are supported and evolve to meet the changing needs of our global customers we continue to make investments into the resources required – like engineering and product management. In fact, in 2010 we added about 200 new employees worldwide, with the greater majority of these new resources being engineers. The hard work of our combined product teams and other valued employee resources has enabled Tyco Security Products to retool each of our major product offerings over the past two years to ensure that we maintain a competitive edge and continue to offer relevant solutions to today’s security issues.

Beyond CCTVLast month at ASIS we had the opportunity to show the industry some of the fruits of this talent pool. Several recent new innovations have been added to our product portfolio,including some that made their debut at the show. Our newIMPASSA wireless intrusion system offers a unique feature set including two-way wireless functionality, an integrated communicator for secure alarm communications and a distributed wireless approach for easier installation and setup.

On the video side, we introduced a new version of our victor unified video client and VideoEdge NVR, furthering our strategy to simplify video management for large sites like airports, hospitals and universities. This means easier prioritizing and sharing of video within the facility’s operations center for improved response time. In addition, our easy-to-install Illustra IP video camera family continues to grow, with the addition of the Illustra 600 minidome camera.

Finally, our access control offerings – Software House’s C•CURE 9000 and Kantech’s hattrix securityservice platforms – continue to break new ground in their respective segments of access control and expanding new possibilities for large and small organizations alike.

Armed with these recent advancements and the power within our individual brand legacies, I look forward to the accomplishments we will achieve in the next six months as we gear up for ISC West.

Let us know which products you are using to help your organization or customers meet their security needs by leaving us a comment below.