Videx Introduces Online Product Builder

Videx, the experts in door entry and access control, has launched its renowned Product Builder application online. It includes all the features in the original CD Product Builder that enables you to create an access control solution to meet your specific needs, in an easy-to-use step through wizard.

Commenting on the introduction of the online version, Rob Sands, Technical Director at Videx UK, said: “The online Product Builder is both desktop and mobile friendly and can be used with any browser on Windows, Android and Apple iOS devices, with any size screen. It’s just the same as the CD version and works via a log in system where users can keep track of their system builds and share with others if they’d like to, via email.”

Key features of the online Product Builder include a dashboard, where users can see their current and previous builds. They can view, edit, print, create a PDF of their build, and choose to email and share with others if they wanted. The online version provides a very simple 6 step wizard to build any type of system and create a parts list with prices, parts descriptions and images.

Rob added: “Users can also customise printouts and PDFs with their company logo and address, set discount structures and mark up prices and also stipulate what systems they prefer, with the ability to use only these systems they prefer or stock, so that the tool provides a tailored experience to each user.”

To register for the online Product Builder, please visit www.videxbuilder.com and choose the ‘register’ option.

 

New Service Director at Stanley Security launches customer initiatives

To maintain a high level of customer service and product quality to stay true to its longstanding reputation in the industry, Stephen Hodgkinson-Soto, STANLEY Security’s new Service Director GB is concentrating on raising customer support levels, efficiency, health & safety practices and driving forward product development within the company.

Stephen has been with STANLEY Security since 2015, with his previous role as an Installation Manager in the USA.  After moving back to the UK, where he was born and lived for his first 15 years, he joined STANLEY Security GB in 2017 as its new Service Director. 

Recognising the “large learning curve” faced by this promotion, Stephen embraces the challenge and brings with him considerable skills and enthusiasm which are already bearing fruit.  “Earlier in my career I worked within the hotel industry and learnt a lot about customer service – American style!” states Stephen.  “I’m looking to bring some of these aspects to the security industry which is lacking in excellent customer service across the board.  It is my intent, with the backing of the full STANLEY team – including our new General Manager Matthew Marriott – to ensure STANLEY leads the way here and stand outs from other players in the market.”

Stephen is working closely alongside Leanne Taylor, Head of Customer Service, to achieve this.  Together they have already introduced the Customer First programme which moves away from traditional reactionary models in customer service to a more advanced pro active approach. Customer First is a wide sweeping programme addressing all areas of STANLEY’s customer service, from a ‘Customer Discussion Guide’ aimed at maintainingpositive contact with customers throughout their contract period through to a Bespoke Management service for customers that require more focussed attention.

With responsibilities for a field service team comprising 110 engineers and associated regional managers across GB, Stephen is also concentrating on improving efficiency amongst the team by ensuring they have the right equipment to perform their tasks and meet customers’ expectations.  As part of this he has introduced an engineer training programme, which will instil engineers with additional knowledge via courses paid by STANLEY.  He is also looking to create a more formalised career path for engineers to recognise and reward their skills and experience.  “Investing in our workforce is a priority” states Stephen, “as they not only undertake the work on the ground, but are also our company ambassadors who have the most direct contact with our customers.  We want them to be the best in the business and fly the flag for STANLEY Security.”

Stephen’s remit as Service Director at STANLEY Security also includes overseeing health and safety, training and technology, as well as quality and compliance for the business.

Even with all these activities initiated in a relatively short time, Stephen still has plenty of plans for the future, including forming a remote maintenance team to specialise in resolving system issues without physical proximity. This will save resources and time for both STANLEY Security and the customer.  He is also working with the product team to develop new cutting edge solutions for security and beyond.

Stephen Hodgkinson-Soto commented, “Since joining, I have been working towards internal developments which aim to uphold STANLEY’s position in the market and to also set us apart as a true forward thinking leader. It is only by continuously strengthening our core internal practices that we can raise our game to excel at servicing our customers. We believe in the necessity of constant improvement to stay ahead.  It’s challenging and demanding, but we have the right team in place, the right attitude and the capability.”

For more information on STANLEY Security, please go to www.stanleysecurity.co.uk

Comelit turns up the heat with IFSEC success

Comelit Group successfully inspired at IFSEC, introducing new and existing customers to its innovative fire division alongside stylish new video door entry systems, home automation and CCTV.

On stand E120, led by an intimate press event, the global leaders in door entry solutions demonstrated its evolution to include specialist fire solutions, including conventional and addressable panels, which has already proven successful across Europe.

The group also showcased its architect-designed video doorbell, Visto, presenting its ability to connect via a home WiFi network to allow homeowners to see, hear and speak with visitors at any time, or from any location via a smart phone or tablet.

And alongside latest in smart CCTV systems, guests to the stand were able to see live demonstrations of the newly launched Mini Handsfree monitor with integrated Wifi that stands as a real game-change to offer installers an easy upgrade opportunity.

Says Francesca Boeris, Managing Director Comelit Group UK: ”The Comelit Group stand created a real buzz at IFSEC 2018.  Our product and service innovation demonstrated how Comelit has successfully navigated the journey from being leaders in door entry to embracing fire detection services, to create a connected future.

“Visitors to the stand were really enthusiastic about how Comelit Group is helping to drive the smart door entry revolution, without compromising on style.  We are already processing our extensive number of leads, from installers and integrators to developers, consultants and end users, and look forward to being back in touch with those who could see the potential in our impressive fire and security solutions.”

For more information on Comelit Group or its product range, please visit can be found atwww.comelitgroup.com

Videx Wins ADI Supplier of the Year Award

We are delighted to win ADI’s Supplier of the Year Award 2017. ADI Global Distribution has the largest branch network in the UK security industry so beating 300 suppliers to win the accolade is a huge achievement!

Each UK ADI product manager selected their top five suppliers, which all ADI employees reviewed and picked a winner based on a range of criteria including customer service, product availability, and technical support. The competition was tough but Videx beat the other finalists to secure the award.

Commenting on the win, Sian Luxton, Key Accounts Manager at Videx, said: “It’s amazing to win Supplier of the Year, considering how many other providers we were up against. The award is definitely well deserved and is an absolute credit to the Videx team who, across multiple departments, from tech support to the estimating team and accounts, has delivered first rate service consistently across the year, providing the ADI team with what they need, when they need it. Well done!”

The award, which was announced at a recent conference attended by ADI Global Distribution staff and suppliers, recognises the expertise, diligence and commitment of the Videx team. Videx has been working with ADI for over 20 years and has developed a strong and stable relationship with the international distributor, which has enabled us to get our wide range of access control and door entry systems in front of the right audience, to help meet their physical security requirements.

Videx Introduces New Two Wire Video Entry System

Videx, the experts in access control and door entry, have introduced a new video entry system that boasts a 3.5” handsfree colour monitor, integrated optional proximity for up to 50 users, that only requires two wires to link the door panels, videophones and PSUs together.

Rob Sands, Technical Director at Videx UK, said: “The wiring of these systems is very simple, meaning installation is quick and easy, so they’re a great door entry solution for houses, flats, apartments and small offices. They’re very flexible too so can be expanded to accommodate additional entrances or videophones, for example, should the need arise.”

The system’s features include a day and night camera with infra-red illumination, call progress LEDs and an optional second camera that can be connected to each entrance for additional security. Up to four devices can be fitted within each apartment with the additional benefit of intercommunication between devices, meaning the video kit is a great choice for residential entry.

Rob added: “The new system, which has between 1-12 call buttons and comes in our new updated 4000 series design, also provides proximity access if required, which can be integrated into the standard size door panel with the proximity reader concealed behind the name plate window. Coded keypad for entry is also available in the video kit range, which also provides a speaker unit with loudspeaker function, microphone volume controls and balance control, a lock release delay, and 13º camera tilting. It’s an easy to install, extremely user friendly but highly functional door entry solution.”

To find out more about the new two wire video kit, please visit: www.videxuk.com or call 0870 300 1240.

Videx Completes Bespoke Residential and Commercial Door Entry Installation

Videx, in partnership with Enterprise Security Technologies, has successfully installed a complex door entry management system at Connaught House, which provides private residential housing and commercial offices in the heart of London.

The key access control requirements was to provide a secure easy-to-use system with 24-hour video door entry to visitors, providing a clear image of the person arriving. The door entry panel also had to be designed to specific requirements so that it could be easily installed into the existing environment.

Talking about the installation, Ben Davies, South East Sales Manager at Videx, said: “Most residents at Connaught House are internationally based – as far away as Saudi Arabia and India – and they come and go from their properties, using their apartment as a London base, but they mainly live elsewhere. Providing secure and convenient access control was therefore an absolute priority. A key aspect of the project was to also install a system that was specifically designed to meet the client’s needs so a bespoke panel was created so that the old panel could be replaced, using existing cables, without expense or time spent on making alternations to the surrounding brickwork or having to repair any damage from the installation of the new panel.”

Enterprise Security Technologies, working closely with Videx, recommended and installed the Videx flagship VX2200 digital door entry system to ensure the security of the apartments and building but also allow easy and convenient access as well as 24-hour contact with a concierge and security team.

Neil Cook, Director at Enterprise Security Technologies, added: “It was a complex project but by matching the client’s bespoke requirements to one of Videx’s leading door entry systems, we were able to overcome the challenges presented, quickly and smoothly. Residents can clearly see visitors on a video image and grant access easily if needs be or contact a 24-hour security team immediately if required. We recommended that our client chose the Videx VX2200 system because of its audio and visual qualities coupled with its ease of use.”

For more information about the door entry systems Videx makes specifically for commercial and residential properties, please visit: www.videxuk.com or call 0870 300 1240.

Bicycle parking at Translink stations secured with SALTO

As part of a Translink initiative to encourage more motorists to leave their cars at home and use trains and buses for their journeys, cyclists across Northern Ireland can now benefit from 38 new bike shelter/storage facilities at local stations.

The brand name of Northern Ireland’s integrated bus and rail public transport company, Translink is a public corporation which provides public transport in the region. Northern Ireland Railways, Ulsterbus and Metro are also part of Translink.

The first two secure cycle compounds have just opened at Belfast’s Holywood and Lisburn railway stations while other more traditional shelters have been rolled out across the province. It’s a welcome move and will hopefully encourage many more people to cycle. Up to now the lack of secure cycle parking has been something of a barrier to some people, and Translink have recognised that investing in the latest secure access control technology could help overcome this for the benefit of passengers and staff alike.

Martin Nixon from Ambar Systems, the local SALTO authorised dealer in Northern Ireland, says “This is the first time access control via the Cloud has been used in a project of this kind. Using SALTO’s new KS ‘Keys as a Service’ technology, access to the secure bicycle shelter which can accommodate up to 30 bicycles at Holywood and is internally lit at night, is via a secure tag available from Translink.

“When the cyclist presents their tag to the wall reader located on the outside of the shelter it communicates via the Cloud with a SALTO IQ unit located nearby. This instantly verifies the identity of the cyclist and whether they have access rights to that shelter. If valid the wall reader releases electro-magnetic locks on the door of the shelter and the cyclist is able to gain access. At the same time Translink receives a notification that that particular tag, at that time and day, has accessed the shelter. If the cyclist loses their tag at any time it can be instantly blocked and a new one assigned, says Martin.”

Translink Group Chief Executive Chris Conway said: “This is good news for all our customers who want to enjoy an active lifestyle enabling them to easily integrate both cycling and public transport into their regular journeys.

“Cycling offers a healthy, flexible, inexpensive and environmentally-friendly way to travel for people of all ages. 65% of everyday journeys in NI are less than five miles – perfect distances for a leisurely cycle.

“Existing cycle facilities are popular with many at capacity so this significant development will provide our customers with convenient parking for easy transfer onto the bus or train.

“2018 is also the Year of Infrastructure and we will monitor the success of this pilot scheme with a view to future development to ensure our passenger facilities are as attractive and accessible as possible. We’re now encouraging our customers to use these new bike shelter facilities as part of their daily active travel routine,” said Chris.

FLIR Introduces Quasar™ 4x2K Panoramic Security Camera with Four High-Definition Sensors

FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) today introduced the Quasar 4x2K panoramic camera featuring four, full-high-definition visible sensors. The latest security camera in the FLIR Quasar family, the 4x2K produces 4K resolution for highly detailed scenes. The mini-dome camera offers wide area surveillance to monitor cities, critical infrastructure, and other high-profile security areas.

Offering interchangeable field-of-view options of 180- and 360-degrees, the Quasar 4x2K can replace multipleindividual cameras, allowing security operators to reduce the number of security cameras required for monitoring wide areas. With automatic stitching that combines the four sensors into a 180-degree view, the camera generates a highly detailed, seamless image that eliminates blind spots and scene duplication. Built-in infrared illumination automatically adjusts to the 180- or 360-degree viewing mode and monitors without the need to illuminate the scene.

The Quasar 4x2K integrates with FLIR’s video management systems (VMS) and major third-party VMS. Using a one-step configuration process that guarantees quick and efficient mounting, the Quasar 4x2K easily adjusts to either 180- or 360-degree viewing mode in the field. With an IP67 environmentally-rated dome enclosure to withstand mist, rain, and accidental submersion, the Quasar 4x2K provides 24/7 video surveillance either in- or outdoors.

The Quasar 4x2K camera is available to purchase now through established FLIR dealers and integrators. For more information on the Quasar 4x2K panoramic camera and FLIR’s complete enterprise camera line, visit www.flir.com/security/4x2K

STANLEY Product & Technology sets new standards in access control with its PACOM 8707 display card reader

STANLEY Product & Technology, the leading provider of security and access control solutions, has announced the introduction of its next generation display card reader – PACOM 8707. Developed around the company’s highly successful PACOM Unison platform, PACOM 8707 will initially be available in the Nordics, with the intention to roll it out across other countries and regions in due course.

PACOM 8707 has been specifically designed to meet the requirements of companies of all sizes that want the mostsecure access control solution possible. As the first line of defence against those wishing to infiltrate operational technology systems and information, PACOM 8707 incorporates state-of-the-art card management and authentication, and supports all generations of the MIFARE protocol, including MIFARE Classic, MIFARE Plus (Levels 1 and 3), as well as MIFARE DESFire EV1 and MIFARE DESFire EV2. It also supports radio frequency identification (RFID) based cards and the Wiegand over the air protocol.

In order to provide an enhanced level of protection against hackers, PACOM 8707 also supports the latest version of the Security Industry Association’s (SIA) Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) to ensure that sniffing devices can’t be installed behind the reader or along the communications path. The use of OSDP also allows means the card reader can safely interface with control panels or other security management systems.

When used in modern commercial buildings, display card readers not only have to offer a high level of security and performance – they have to look good and be user friendly too. These elements have been designed into PACOM 8707 with a timeless and user-friendly design that is based around a cutting edge organic lighting emitting diode (OLED) display. This offers a solution that is much sharper than traditional liquid crystal displays (LCD) and can be read at wider angles and brighter light conditions, ensuring the information is readable in almost any environmental condition.

The screen itself can be used to display both text and graphics, facilitating customisation and the opportunity to, for example, incorporate corporate logos or provide basic instructions to users on what action to take next. This is all made possible thanks to 16 backlit buttons, which are also designed to be accessible to people with disabilities.

Remote and local programming and configuration couldn’t be easier. Programming cards or manual card reader programming devices are not required, as the downloading of encryption keys is carried out from PACOM Unison software, which then configures the card reader along with the rest of the security system. Alternatively, it can be locally configured through the OLED display when installed by an on-site systems integrator. Furthermore, the PACOM 8707 is highly flexible and its 10-30V DC range can accept a wider range of input voltages, ensuring that it can be installed in nearly any environment both indoors and outdoors.

Gavin O’Keeffe, Global Technical Director at STANLEY Product & Technology, commented, ‘The PACOM 8707 sets a new standard in display card reader technology and elevates the functionality and performance capabilities of the PACOM Unison platform. The features we have introduced in PACOM 8707 make it the most secure, functional, flexible and user friendly device of its kind and it will meet the ever-growing demands of end users, as well cementing our leading market position.’

For further information please contact James Ford, Director Global Marketing,                

Email: James.Ford@sbdinc.com;
T:  01753 500537
; or visit www.pacom.com

 

STANLEY Product and Technology specialises in security, access control and door entry solutions. Our systems are designed for a wide spectrum of applications, ranging from small enterprises which require complete plug-and-play solutions, to extremely demanding, complex and boundless environments with a need for seamless and effective 3rd-party integrations.

Our world-class portfolio comprises of three trusted brands: PACOM, PAC and GDX which have a combined experience of over 100 years in the security industry. Driven by constant innovation and continuously evolving physical and cyber threats, our solutions provide unparalleled quality of products and services to protect people, property and assets.

 

STANLEY Product & Technology is part of STANLEY Black & Decker, one of the 500 largest public companies in the USA, worth over 10 billion USD. STANLEY Black & Decker operates in 131 locations worldwide, with 45,000+ employees and 50,000 products.

Nedap’s AEOS given the green light by Kone and landmark Three Snowhill building

AEOS, Nedap’s access control system, has been granted an acceptance test certificate by Kone – a global leader in the lift and escalator industry. This is a big step forward for both security and access management, as AEOS can now be integrated with each of Kone’s six lift types.

Integration in action
The first project to benefit from this type of lift integration will be Three Snowhill in Birmingham in the UK. This new landmark has 18 stories and a floor space of 420,000 square feet. A high-end, multi-tenant new office building, it will sit in the heart of Birmingham’s financial district.

Large-scale application

GBE Fire & Security has chosen Nedap Security Management to equip the building with AEOS, providing functionality including access control, lift destination control and vehicle identification. In total, 240 doors will be fitted with the AEOS software-based system, which was developed and built by Nedap.

Increasing safety

Ross Bale, security specialist at Nedap Security management says: “Three Snowhill will become a busy hub with a high volume of local people working there and visitors coming from far and wide. We’re proud to make a significant contribution to the safety of everyone that will be using the building in the near future.”

The official opening of Three Snowhill is expected to be in March 2019.

Videx Launches New Vandal Resistant GSM System – New System Comes with Integrated Proximity Access Control

Videx launched its vandal resistant GSM system that can provide access control to a wide range of gated properties, office blocks and commercial buildings.

The new system uses mobile technology to communicate and operate doors, automatic gates, car parks and remote site applications, making it a perfect security solution for unmanned sites and communications outside of normal business hours.

It is available as part of the 4000 Series modular door entry system in a range of styles including surface and flush panels in 12 gauge 316 grade stainless steel. Custom panel sizes are also available.  All vandal resistant panel variations can be engraved with legend or provided with back lit name plate windows. The system also provides optional proximity access control for up to 1,000 users.

Neil Thomas National Sales Manager at Videx, said: “GSM systems enable calls to be placed from an entrance point to any mobile or land line telephone. Entry can then be granted using the telephone keypad. Two key, innovative features of our new vandal resistant GSM system is that it can call up to 24 users, with a divert facility of up to three numbers if the others are engaged or unanswered, and up to 1,000 telephone numbers can be stored to take advantage of the ‘dial to open’ feature which enables callers to dial the intercom and release the door/gate without being charged for the call. Proximity access control is also an option and a voice annunciation and LCD display can also be connected if required which can then include scroll buttons to search for users via the screen.”

GSM systems require minimum installation and setup time, allowing them to be installed in places which would be too difficult or too expensive to hard wire. There is no need for any cabling to telephone points as the system utilises the existing mobile network infrastructure, allowing calls to be made to anywhere in the world.

Neil added: “Systems can be installed in a very short space of time requiring only the mounting of the entrance panel, the connection to a power supply, antenna and gate or door releasing device. Our new system also comes with an event log that can record events that can be viewed using PC software.”

Programming and maintenance of the user’s details, access control codes and fobs can all be controlled via SMS text messages and via a PC using a USB connection. The GSM system’s flexibility allows changes to be made remotely without the need to revisit the site. Dry contact relay output, additional switched 0V output, push to exit button input and auxiliary inputs are all available.

For more information about the new vandal resistant GSM system, please visit www.videxuk.com or contact 0870 300 1240.

Videx Launches New Offline Access Control System – MiAccess offers Ease of Use, Installation and Lower Cost

Videx has launched a new offline, standalone proximity access control system.

MiAccess is ideal for a wide range of buildings that have single or multiple entrances. This includes offices, residential homes and small guest houses, as well as fitness centres, caravan parks and small hotels.

Steve Natton, Special Projects Manager at Videx, said: “The beauty of MiAccess is that it can be part of a multiple entrance (80 maximum) system without the need to cable between devices. This means that it’s extremely easy to install and very cost effective too, ideal for smaller installations saving installation time while still maintaining system flexibility.”’

A free software (PROA-MS for access control and PROH-MS for hotels and guest houses) allows you to configure the different access levels, the user rights, and to view reports. Access rights of each user are stored on the Mifare cards. The system can be completely managed from the user-friendly PC programme, reducing the installation cost and complications associated with routing cables around a building. Multiple sites can be managed from the same PC programme making this ideal for engineers who maintain several installations. The system also allows the management of all access points to be controlled from your PC using read/write Mifare cards to transfer data to and from the readers when required or alternatively, data can be transferred using the USB port found on each reader.

Steve added: “This is a complete user-friendly and competitive access control solution. It’s perfect for sites where an online solution cannot be used due to cable restraints, or when a network system is simply not needed. The installation is much easier because the only cabling requirements are to the lock release mechanism and a power supply.”

Systems require only one or more Mifare proximity readers (available in a surface silver or black finish and in a flush white, silver or grey finish), the management software, Mifare cards and a USB desktop reader for enrolment. An optional exit push button with a built-in remote relay is also available if higher security is needed.

To find out more about MiAccess, please visit: www.videxuk.com or call 0870 300 1240.

ACRE sells Mercury Security Products to HID Global

In a strategic move, ACRE divests of Mercury Security Products to HID Global

Las Vegas, Nevada, Sept. 18, 2017: Access Control Related Enterprises, LLC (ACRE), owner of Vanderbilt, a manufacturer of access control, intrusion and video solutions, and ComNet, a manufacturer of video and data transmission equipment, has announced the sale of Mercury Security Products (Mercury) to HID Global (HID), a subsidiary of ASSA ABLOY, AB.

ACRE CEO Joseph Grillo stated, “Divesting Mercury after many years of success since ACRE purchased the business in 2013 is a strategic move that allows ACRE to focus on its core Access Control, Video and Intrusion businesses under the Vanderbilt and Comnet brands. HID is the perfect home to provide for the continued growth and success of Mercury, which will remain a valued technology supplier to Vanderbilt.”

The ACRE portfolio consists of global brands with proven technologies, a long acclaimed reputation for innovation and a high level of customer service and support. Vanderbilt provides over 2,000 products across access control, intrusion, video and cloud-based access and video systems in 95 countries. ComNet offers a broad line of fiber optic, copper, and wireless video and data transmission equipment designed for security and surveillance applications in intelligent transportation systems, utility and industrial markets.

HID’s acquisition of Mercury Security is subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. It is expected to close in Q4 2017. Financial terms of the agreement are not being publicly disclosed. Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc. and Raymond James & Associates, Inc. acted as financial advisors to ACRE and Mercury.

About ACRE: ACRE was formed in 2012 by security industry veteran Joseph Grillo as a platform to consolidate acquisitions in the electronic security industry. ACRE acquired the Schlage SMS business from Ingersoll Rand in 2012, followed by the 2013 acquisition of Mercury, the 2015 purchase of the Security Products Division of Siemens AG, and the 2016 acquisitions of Access Control Technology (ACT) and ComNet.

About Mercury: Mercury Security Products, located in Long Beach, California, is a global leader in the supply of OEM access control hardware. Mercury has an installed base of 4 million control panels world wide and has been providing enhanced access control technology to its valued partners since 1992.

About HID Global: HID Global powers the trusted identities of the world’s people, places and things.  Millions of people around the world use HID products and services to navigate their everyday lives, and over 2 billion things are connected through HID technology. HID works with governments, educational institutions, hospitals, financial institutions, industrial businesses and some of the most innovative companies on the planet. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, HID Global has over 3,200 employees worldwide and operates in more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand.

WPS wins new parking system contract at Middlesbrough shopping centre

Sophisticated ParkAdvance™ parking system technology from WPS, one of the UK’s leading parking equipment manufacturers, is to be installed at the Cleveland Centre, a recently refurbished shopping centre complex in Middlesbrough’s town centre.

ParkAdvance™ is a pay-on-foot system which is ideally suited to shopping centre environments where the customer experience is vital and reliability and flexibility are key. It features a new IP-based operating system architecture that enables the parking system to simply and directly connect with multiple technologies being deployed in car parks both now and in the future. Read more