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King County Provides Real-Time Mass Notification with Tyco Security Products Solutions

The Challenge

King County is the most populous county in the state of Washington, and the 13th most populous county in the United States. ­­Security personnel wanted to upgrade its existing access control platform to be able to integrate additional subsystems such as emergency notification and central station functions with the ability to synthesize data from these systems and provide real-time sophisticated notifications.

King County

The Solution

Tyco Security Products implemented a system with a single user interface and advanced reporting features, which can be drawn from many different systems and devices to form a comprehensive picture of events:

Benefits

  • King County TrainEasy management through one integrated solution
  • Singular interface and advanced reporting features
  • Seamless integration with existing central station receiver for a much cleaner alarm handling experience
  • Ability to synthesize data from many different points giving operators a macro and micro view
  • Provides real time, in-progress event updates to a wide range of employees and security staff members

Read the entire case study here.

Camosun College Utilizes Tyco Security Products for Complete Security Solution

Challenge

Camosun College is a multi-campus, community college with a student population of approximately 16,000. Located in Victoria, British Columbia, the college offers more than 160 academic programs and includes two campuses.

With new construction taking place on campus along with renovation, Camosun College sought an integrated security solution that could integrate with their existing Kantech access control system and existing cameras while also cost-effectively upgrading to newer, easier to use IP technology.

Camosun College

Solution

Camosun College selected Tyco Security Products to provide a complete security solution. Tyco’s video surveillance, intrusion and access control system allowed the college greater control to operate all security systems from one, easy-to-use interface.

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Benefits

  • Saves time and money with faster response to critical alarms
  • Quicker investigations and simpler for employees to navigate
  • Easy operation through one integrated interface
  • Cost-effective migration from analog to IP video system
  • Support for entire security system from one company
  • Protect campus’ students, staff and visitors
Camosun Case Study

The Tyco Security Products Road Show is Coming to Texas

Complete & Unified Security Solutions

Tyco Security Products presents its new complete and unified security solution to Texas. Hear from Tyco leaders and end users, network with industry professionals and see a demo of our latest product innovations.

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Our Roadshow includes:

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The Colony TopGolf
3760 Blair Oaks Drive
The Colony, TX 75056

March 16, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (CST)
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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

Solution

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.

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can help you easily migrate from analog to IP.

Tyco Security Products Showing Smart Home Solutions at CES 2016

CESTyco Security Products will showcase smart home solutions in our debut appearance at the 2016 CES show, January 6-9, 2016 in Las Vegas. CES  provides an ideal platform to feature the company’s expanding range of technology-inspired products and capabilities for the smart home.

IQ Panel

Highlighting the CES booth will be:

  • The IQ panel, which coupled with Alarm.com’s interactive service, enables homeowners to:
    • remotely arm and disarm their security systems
    • view camera feeds
    • receive event notifications and system status updates
    • control lights, locks, thermostats and other home digital devices.
  • A wide range of sensors and other peripherals which integrate with the IQ panel, including:
    • smart door sensors
    • window contact sensors
    • other smart sensors
  • A full portfolio of security grade home automation/smart home sensors which work across the broad portfolios of smart home ecosystems

Smart HomeTyco Security Products brings its deep experience in home security to many aspects of the smart home environment. As part of its strategy to leverage open standards for unified IoT adoption, Tyco serves on the Board of Directors and as a sponsor of The Thread Group, the not-for-profit consortium responsible for market education around the Thread networking protocol, which connects products in the home. Tyco Security Products delivers the broadest connected home connectivity portfolio, with products that support technologies like Thread, ZigBee, Zwave, WiFi and PowerG. The company’s solutions also enable interactive services as well as smart home and home automation services — partnering with companies like Alarm.com, iControl, ADT (Global), Works with Nest, Telguard, SmartThings, IFTTT, and others.

Solutions from Tyco Security Products will also be featured in other areas on the CES show floor, including a technology demonstration sponsored by The Thread Group at booth 70560, as well in the Texas Instruments (TI) Village, located off the show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s North Hall in rooms N115-N120.

For more information on smart home solutions, visit us at CES booth #71557 in the Sands Expo.  For more information on Tyco Security Products, visit www.tycosecurityproducts.com.

New exacqVision, Kantech and DSC Combined Security Solution

With the introduction of exacqVision 7.4, Tyco Security Products now  offers a complete platform for users to operate video surveillance, intrusion and access control from one easy-to-use interface. The new DSC PowerSeries Neo native integration combined with the Kantech access control integration introduced in exacqVision 7.2, gives users greater control to operate all security operations at once, reducing complexity for security personnel while saving time and money.

New exacqVision Video & DSC PowerSeries Neo Intrusion Integration

exacqVision 7.4 offers a complete platform for users to manage video surveillance, access control and now intrusion from one easy-to-use interface. Through exacqVision Camera Links, users can arm and disarm the system by simply clicking in live view and entering the access code.

exacqVision NEO Alarms Map

PowerSeries NEOWith the DSC PowerSeries Neo integration users can:

  • Arm and disarm the system
  • Arm and disarm from Exacq Mobile
  • Receive push notifications on Exacq Mobile for triggered alarms
  • See partition and zone status on cameras
  • See partition and zone status on maps
  • Configure event linking actions
  • Configure event monitoring actions

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exacqVision Video & Kantech EntraPass Access Control

exacqVision 7.2 introduced Kantech EntraPass integration, providing users with the ability to control doors and locks directly from the live view page of the exacqVision client. With this integration, door controls can be associated with cameras using exacqVision Camera Links. This integration puts the most needed access control commands at the operator’s fingertips to vastly improve response time to critical alarms and events.

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The integration displays door status on maps and allows for configuration of Event Linking actions triggered by EntraPass door status alerts. All exacqVision users can see the door status on linked cameras, but must input Kantech permissions to operate doors.

Learn more about how Tyco Security Products can provide a complete security solution.

Streamlining Installs with Embedded Lock Power Management

A large percentage of any access control project is in the installation, especially the wiring. This is one of the reasons behind the popularity of wireless locks in our industry. But most customers prefer the traditional wired approach for their critical access control doors, and with newer control panels the idea of “embedded lock power management” is helping to save on costs.

In previous generations of access controllers, the controller did not switch the electronic lock’s circuit directly. The panel’s small on-board relay was used as a pilot relay to switch a larger relay, located on an external board. This external relay was then used to energize or de-energize the actual locking device.  Having this external device in the circuit helped to protect the control panel against damage due to lock inrush current and other transients. The external board also had two other jobs – to provide individual fuse protection for each lock circuit, and, to provide a means of accomplishing fire override on a per-lock basis.

Fire override is obviously important from a life safety perspective. Upon an alarm signal from the building’s fire alarm system, selected locks must revert to their “fail safe” position, allowing free egress. This interlock must be accomplished in a manner that does not involve any software or firmware – it has to be “hard-wired” into the circuit or device. In some locales an additional fireman’s “key switch” override is required – when the main fire alarm signal is deactivated, locks must not go back to their locked positions until a fireman activates a manual key switch, signifying that the building is all clear.

Lastly, this external board normally featured socketed relays, to help reduce service costs. It’s much easier to replace a single relay than to replace an entire board.

But these external boards add tremendous cost to an access control project, not just in equipment cost, but in wiring labor and also in panel real estate required. Every lock output needs to be wired up twice – first from the controller to the external relay board, and second, from the relay board to the actual locking device. And in some cases a separate enclosure may be required for the board, or, the lock power supply enclosure grew in size to accommodate the boards.

Software House

To help reduce these costs, the idea of “embedded lock power management” was introduced. Basically it means taking all the functionality of these external relay boards, and adding it directly onto the access controller, eliminating the need for the external board. Duplicate lock output wiring is eliminated, and the whole system becomes much easier to maintain and troubleshoot.  The access controller must have individual protection on each lock output circuit, and must have a means to accomplish fire alarm interlocking that does not rely on the controller’s firmware. And, the controller must be sure to feature socketed relays, to keep repair costs down. In some cases the controller can even have two distinct lock power feeds, with the ability to select which one to use on a per lock basis – for example, a 12V and 24V feed can be used for the controller, and at each lock circuit you can choose between a 12V and 24V supply voltage.

Embedded lock power management – give it a try. The end result is a more streamlined installation, using less panel space, and, you’ll enjoy tremendous installation savings.

Let us know if you’ve had some experience with this method of installation.

No excuses: Everyone has access to access control

gymIf you’ve ever been on a diet or exercise program, you probably understand the concept of self-sabotage. Even before you get started on your strategy to cut back calories, or run for 30 minutes every morning, or join a gym, you’re already thinking of excuses for why those plans won’t work: I forgot to buy the right food, I twisted my ankle, I need that money for the kids’ field trips.

Getting started with an access control solution, especially for entry-level users, can also be a situation in which the excuses start to mount before the installation begins.

There are concerns that it will be too difficult to manage: Who has the IT background to sit at a PC and install the software? Or that it will take too long to set up: Who has time to configure all those readers and door controllers? Or maybe the objection is that your organization is too decentralized: You’re just one medical clinic within a larger network, so how does this even work for you? Does your company have to invest in an enterprise-level system, or is there a different option?

Fortunately, there are solutions on the market that have been geared to address just  those particular concerns. The new access control network appliances are aimed at customers such as satellite offices and locations for clinics, schools and small businesses that aren’t large enough in scale for a true enterprise system, but still want access control functionality and scalability.

In many instances, these types of sites are looking for access control for a couple dozen doors or more, but don’t have the manpower for full-time system management. But if they can be presented with an out-of-the-box solution that is ready-to-go with preinstalled software and preconfigured databases making it easy to add in access points, they are less likely to turn to that list of excuses for avoiding access control.

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Network appliance solutions are also ideal for those in an expansion or change mode. A new school is built, so you just add an appliance for that location. Your small company buys a competitor, and you now have two offices in nearby cities that need access control, so you bring in units for each of those sites.And because these solutions are web-based, they can be managed from any location. So the office manager at the clinic can make updates or someone at another office can handle them if the situation warrants it.

The days of thinking of excuses for adopting access control are dwindling as more small and mid-size operations tap into the intuitive, easy-to-operate new products on the market. So now you just need to focus on that diet.