All posts by Tyco Security Products

Learn about wireless protocols for building automation and security at ISC East

Tyco Security Products has teamed up with SIA Education @ ISC East to offer a free education session for attendees at the ISC East show in New York, November 16-17. The session qualifies for CE hours with many relevant industry bodies.

This will be an informative session to provide a basic understanding of the wireless protocols most commonly used in today’s smart buildings and homes. It will focus on the main open protocols and PowerG as an example of a proprietary protocol.

Attendees will gain an understanding of:

  • The importance of the wireless protocol when planning a building automation and/or security & safety installation
  • The main applicable network topologies
  • An overview of each of the main wireless protocols used in building automation and building security, and their key applications
  • The key considerations for building automation and security & safety
  • Relative performance of each of the wireless protocols across key aspects of building automation and security
  • Options for leveraging the different wireless protocols according to the primary application(s)

ISC East 2016 Banner

If you’ll be at the ISC East show, be sure to join the class and boost your knowledge of wireless protocols.

Register

The wireless protocols education session qualifies for CE hours with:

  • ALOA – Education Credits (AEU)
  • ASIS – Continuing Professional Education Credits (CPE)
  • NICET- Continuing Professional Development Points (CPD)

And, don’t forget to stop by the following Tyco Security Products booths at ISC East:

ISC East 2016
Javits Center North
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY

Smart Card Considerations Revealed

With the threat of card cloning and door controller interceptions ever increasing, the industry recommendation is to use smart cards to secure credentials; but for many companies the move is daunting. For small companies the concerns are about cost, knowledge and selecting the best solution to meet their needs. Larger companies will have the additional concern of scale and how they physically manage the migration process and roll out of the new smart cards; especially if multiple sites and systems are deployed globally.

CEM Systems

There are four major factors for companies to consider:

1. COST
While cost was a prohibitive factor in the beginning, we are now starting to see this change. The industry’s drive towards more secure technologies with multiple layers of encryption is pushing the cost of smart cards down. This not only offers a future proof technology platform for access control and other business functions but immediately protects against the growing threat of authentication breaches.

2. SECURITY
Although smart cards typically offer strong layers of security, companies must consider the entire security of their smart card solution from the credential right down to the reader level at the door. It is no good having a highly encrypted smart card when the card number is easily played back across a vulnerable Wiegand interface from a third party reader at the door. The communication channel between the card reader and controller must be secure. This can be achieved using secure RS485 communication protocol, as well as industry standard Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP), which also means customers are not tied to one manufacturer.

3. COMPATIBILITY
Think about more than just the physical security of your building or site. Ask yourself “Is this smart card technology compatible with my existing security systems, products and technology?” Choosing the right smart card solution is definitely not clear cut.

For example at some large organisations not all sites will have access control readers from the same manufacturer and crucially not all manufacturers can read from an encrypted area of a smart card. Every company has different challenges and questions such as “Can I integrate with other products using the new cards?” and ‘Will my secure card work with my other business systems?”. These are just some of the important questions you need to ask yourself and your solutions provider before choosing your smart card.

4. KEY MANAGEMENT
Ok, so you have chosen the smart card technology and solution that is right for your business. The next consideration is whether you should manage your own smart card keys? You can buy blank smart cards and self-manage your own keys or you can opt for pre-personalised smart cards from the manufacturer. Again there is no one size fits all answer here. The pros and cons need analysed depending on your business and resources. Carefully look at resources needed for self-key management, as well as the security considerations of storing your keys on site. For some projects the cost of managing their own cards could far outweigh any other cost savings made.

Other technical considerations also need to be made, for example do you want your solution to read the Unique Identifier (UID) of the cards or the Private Secure Number (PSN) and should you use diversified keys or static keys?

There are many benefits of opting for smart cards already pre-personalised. It’s the manufacturer who takes responsibility for ensuring compatibility of smart cards with third party readers and other security systems. They manage the key security and storage securely offsite and they absorb the costs associated with smart card key management – including the sourcing of NDA’s (Non-Disclosure Agreements) from external system providers.

In many cases however organizations consider control of their own keys for physical access control and other applications an essential element to security. If you do decide that user defined personalisation is the way to go, then speak to your manufacturer to see if they support you buying your own blank smart cards and if the cards are compatible with their products. Also ask your security manufacturer if they have a software utility or application within their security management system that enables you to create your own encrypted keysets in a manageable, intuitive and step-by-step way. This very often will eradicate any pitfalls of smart card encryption and transition.

CEM Systems Launches New Website

CEM Systems website has been revamped to improve user experience and share valuable CEM Systems’ industry knowledge and resources.
CEM Webpages

VISIT THE SITE NOW

What’s New?

  • Responsive site, mobile friendly
  • CEM Systems blog sharing industry topics and knowledge
  • Updated Support/Login section
    • Greater access to software and hardware installation manuals
    • Training “how-to” videos
    • Product Knowledge webinars
    • Consultant zone and AC2000 specification builder tool

Get Registered
Are you registered on the CEM Systems support section? Register today!

Harland and Wolff Chooses Tyco Security Products AC2000 Access Control Solution

The Challenge
As a large scale and potentially hazardous environment, with large numbers of people, the Harland and Wolff site presents a unique range of security challenges. Environmental Health and Safety Management is a vital part of Harland and Wolff’s business, so selecting the right security management solution was of paramount importance.

Harland and Wolff Cranes
The Solution
CEM Systems’ AC2000 access control software with key modules including Mustering and Zone Monitor, combined with S610 readers in turnstiles and S3040 portable readers for the dry dock, provided a solution that could not be circumvented and ensured accurate person count data in case of an emergency.

CEM AC2000 Security Hub Family

Benefits

  • Increased staff visibility with real time monitoring of card holder movements
  • Improved asset tracking with emerald Checklist feature
  • Mustering time reduced from 45 minutes to 9 minutes
  • Increased security in high security areas with biometric verification
  • Improved operational efficiency with emerald remote applications and built in audio intercom

School Campus Enhances Perimeter Security with Complete Tyco Security Products Solution

About Queen Elizabeth Grammar School

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and Wakefield Girls High School educate students in West and South Yorkshire, England. The large campus includes about 4 buildings of varying sizes some dating back to the 16th century. A 19-person governing body and 500-person teaching and support staff work to better the education for 2,100 pupils yearly.

The Challenge

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and Wakefield Girls’ High School, located in Yorkshire, England, wanted a completely unified security system to secure the perimeter of the campus, while minimizing investigation time and improving security operations. Additionally, they wanted cameras that produced clear images to identify people as well as a management system that was easy to use.

 

Wakefield Grammar School

The Solution

After a complete site survey and evaluation, the school selected Reflex Systems of South Yorkshire, England as their integrator.

Queen Elizabeth Grammar and Wakefield School increased its security across its five-school campus with a complete Tyco Security Products solution including:

exacqVision Kantech Onboard

“They had done quite a bit of research on everything. Once they came to us, we decided that going with the Kantech embedded software was the best decision from a future-proofing point of view,” explained Steven Ward, technical director, Reflex Systems.

BenefitsIP Camera

Improved Camera Performance

With camera performance and image quality being the two most important factors for the school, the new Illustra Pro cameras give them the opportunity to cover all entry and exit points on campus and see critical details in areas with no sunlight. The strong integration between exacqVision VMS software and Illustra cameras simplified the deployment and optimized the performance. exacqVision automatically discovers cameras and addresses in exacqVision with EasyConnect.

exacqVision EasyConnect

Reduced Hardware Expenses

exacqVision recorders with Kantech Onboard reduce the hardware expenses and amount of rack space needed with the access control system pre-loaded on the network video recorder. The recorder came pre-loaded and pre-licensed with Kantech EntraPass Corporate access control system software at no additional cost.  With the integration of access control and video into one system, they were able to improve response time to critical alarms and events. With exacqVision CameraLinks, school operators can quickly access the most needed commands from live view and further search video evidence associated with entry and exit points.

“The installation went absolutely seamlessly. We prewired extra IT points where cameras were going to be and when it came time to connect everything to the network, they were snapped in and up and working right away. It was a great experience.”
– David Butterfield
Estates and Contracts Manager
Wakefield Grammar School Foundation

Contact our sales team to learn more about how to utilize our solution for your school:

Read more about this success story.

CEM Systems – AC2000 Security Hub

The AC2000 Security Hub, from CEM Systems, is the new centralised command and control application for the AC2000 security management system; seamlessly blending IP security surveillance systems and alarm processing into a single, simple, intuitive user interface.

CEM AC2000 SecurityHub Multiscreen
Simple and Intuitive Interface
Modern user interface that is highly configurable, making system alarms and events easy to see and respond to.

Supports Multiple Users and Sites
Suitable for small or large sites, AC2000 Security Hub can be used on multiple screens and configured for use by multiple users, and across multiple sites.

Configurable Graphical Maps
Enables security personnel to easily see the site and easily allocate and respond to any alarms or events.

Comprehensive Report Tools
Built-in, easily accessible reports include Alarms, Alarm Priorities, Alarm Escalation or User Reports, giving access to data on the go to help improve site security.

Integrated Systems
Integrate video, fire, intrusion and building management systems with AC2000 Security Hub for a fully comprehensive command and control centre.

Webinar
AC2000 Security Hub

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
8:00 AM BST/ 4:00 PM BST
Register
Register

Video

Brochure

Webpage

CEM Systems – emerald Entry Checklist

emerald, from CEM Systems, is a state of the art intelligent access control terminal. Working with the AC2000 security management system, emerald provides more than access control at the door.

emeraldemerald Entry Checklist

Supplement and improve the Health and Safety policies of your facility with the emerald Entry Checklist feature;

  • Displays up to 5 images that the card holder must affirm for entry or exit of a secure area
  • Enforce Health and Safety or Security policies by ensuring that key questions are answered
  • Meet compliance requirements now or in the future

Learn more – request a demo

Video

Brochure

exacqVision Integrates with Hartmann Controls Access Control System

exacqVision now supports integration with Hartmann Controls Protector.net web-based access control system for faster response to critical alarms with immediate video verification.

Hartmann Controls develops the protector.net access control system, a web-based software utilizing the latest Microsoft Technologies for users to administer access control from any browser-enabled device.

Hartmann Controls

This integration features:

  • Auto detects cameras within exacqVision to quickly find cameras within the list
  • Supports multistreaming cameras for multiple views from a single camera and to optimize video storage
  • Links access control events to video for instant search and playback minimizing investigation time
  • View live and recorded video within access control web interface

This integration requires exacqVision version 7.8 or later with a current exacqVision Professional or Enterprise license using Protector.net version 2.7.

To learn more about configuring the integration, visit our access control integration page.

Watch this video to see how it works.

See Tyco Security Products at ASIS 2016

ASIS 2016Visit the Tyco Security Products booth #1801 at ASIS 2016 in Orlando September 12-14, 2016 to see the latest security solutions in video, access control and intrusion systems.

Connected Partner Booths
You can also find our solutions displayed in the following Connected Partner Program booths:

Partner Booth #
Bosch 2727
Deister Electronics 1342
DMP 2513
EyeLock 1307
March Networks 1614
Morse Watchman 3651
Pelco 2300
Rightcrowd 1357
Salto 2434
Shooter Detection Systems 963
Stanley   2001

ASIS 2016
September 12-14, 2016
Orange County Convention Center
9899 International Dr.
Orlando, FL
Website
Request a meeting with us

Register today to get a free pass to the exhibit hall.

Learn more about our Tyco Security Products Connected Partner Program.