Nortech’s transit ultimate is best fit for demanding access control applications

People and vehicle access control specialist Nortech is now offering a robust long-range reader based on semi active RFID technology, which enables automatic vehicle identification at distances of up to 10 metres and speeds of up to 125 mph.

The TRANSIT Ultimate from Nedap is a high-end reader and is designed to perform well in both high security applications and demanding vehicular access control applications. It is also designed to perform under harsh environmental conditions.

It is ideal for use in staff car parks, for priority vehicle control, industrial site access control, fleet and parking management. The specially designed technology also makes it the perfect solution for tolling systems, distribution centres, bus lane control, taxi-feeder systems and vehicle access control.

The TRANSIT Ultimate offers the highest level of security and convenience for both vehicles and drivers. The built-in antenna, an integrated read range adjustment board and a variety of communication interfaces ensure that integration is both seamless and flexible. The identification lobe of the reader is a directed beam, offering precise determination of the detection area.

To work alongside the TRANSIT Ultimate, Nedap has designed five different tags to suit all environments. These are the Booster, Compact Tags, Window Button and Switch and the Heavy Duty Tag ISO.

The Booster combines long-range vehicle and driver identification at up to 10 metres. It supports HID prox, EM, Nedap, MIFARE, HID iClass and LEGIC credentials and comes with simultaneous driver and vehicle identification. The Compact Tags are small and credit card sized with identification up to seven metres. It benefits from dual side read capability and has an optional tag holder for windshield mounting.

The Window Button is a long range single ID tag that can identify for up to 10 metres. It is designed to suit the interior of a passenger vehicle and comes with a suction pad to allow for windshield mounting. It also benefits from automatic transmission of vehicle ID. The Window Button Switch long range single ID tag also identifies up to 10 metres and can be mounted with a with suction pad. User activated transmission of vehicle ID is included.

The Heavy Duty Tag ISO is a durable and weatherproof RFID tag suitable for applications requiring reliable long range identification in harsh environmental conditions. It is ideal for the ID of trucks, trailers, containers and fork lifts and has identification up to 10 metres.

Nortech has supplied products and solutions to the security industry for over 25 years as an independent British company. The company uses extensive experience and expertise to create new security products to fit their clients’ needs and designs everything with the customer in mind.

Further information is available from Nortech on 01633 485533 or by emailing or by visiting the company’s website at

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SICK Launches Plug-and-Play ‘Snapshot’ Sensor for 3D Security Detection

SICK has launched a configurable, plug-and-play 3D detection sensor based on its Visionary-T range of industrial 3D imaging cameras, harnessing the imaging power of SICK’s single-snapshot Time-of–Flight (TOF) technology for a range of detection, warning and security duties.

With on-board processing, the Visionary-T DT sensor can be easily set up to detect the presence or absence of 3D objects. It therefore offers a versatile, entry-level option for protection both of stand-alone objects or exhibits, and of large and complex wall-standing or mounted items such as furniture and statuary.

Tasks that were previously difficult to achieve with a fixed camera are now quickly and easily accomplished by the Visionary-T DT, for example to detect whether an installation has been damaged, moved, added to or otherwise affected.

The sensor provides 3D image analysis with a simple yes/no, occupied or unoccupied, signal depending on the configuration. A discrete output signal enables easy integration with an automated security system. Direct communication capability can be set up to a visual display, acoustic alarm or a PC, enabling activity recording for later appraisal of any incidents.

 “The SICK Visionary-T DT allows users to integrate 3D vision into automated security systems without the need to process raw data or to perform complex programming,” explains Neil Sandhu, SICK’s National Product Manager for Imaging, Measurement, Ranging and Systems.

“It therefore opens up opportunities for museums and galleries to easily achieve 3D detection tasks that were previously challenging to set up with one fixed camera.” 

SICK’s Visionary-T imaging sensors capture high-resolution real-time 3D images with one shot of light. With a sensing area range of up to 50 by 45 metres at 40 metres distance, the SICK Visionary-T DT provides excellent area coverage around objects.  The powerful light burst illuminates even matt and dark coloured objects, and the adjustable filters allow application-specific optimisation for enhanced detection quality.

The Visionary-T DT can be configured using a PC, SICK’s SOPAS software tool and a purpose-designed Graphical User Interface. 3D objects or detection zones can be taught from the camera without the need for complex programming.

For more information on the SICK Visionary-T range or other vision solutions, please contact Andrea Hornby on 01727 831121 or email

Who is preying on our unprotected data?

An unprotected infrastructure is often compared to an unlocked home with its windows wide open and the owners away on holiday. For hackers, breaking into such a system is fairly easy, if not entirely effortless. Last year, companies around the world were taught a bitter lesson about the need for continuous data protection – especially the ones that saw their revenues, and reputation shrink dramatically.

Focus around data protection has always been in the domain of cyber security, and businesses are now being alerted on how to successfully implement security measures to avoid malicious attacks, such as Disaster Recovery as a Service. However, research by the New York Times and the Observer reveals that a cyber security breach, may not be the only threat to the integrity of personal data – reckless use of social media can be a threat too.

The largest data leak in social network history

How and for whom people choose to vote has changed throughout history. Being able to know how to tackle the right voters, with a message that will resonate, seems to be a tactic that campaign managers and policymakers must now adopt if they want their voice to be heard.

Cambridge Analytica, a British data analytics company, claims to be doing just this. The company is giving a voice to people who pay for their services. But the voice is more emotional and less factual, as the firm’s Managing Director Mark Turnbull tried to explain to Channel 4 fixer – “It is not good to fight an election campaign on the facts because actually, it is all about emotion”.

Things got out of hand when it was revealed, that to service customers such as Republican Party of United States, Cambridge Analytica had been using tactics that have been described by the biggest media outlets as: unethical, callous and even potentially illegal.

Christopher Wylie, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, explains, that the organisation was responsible for harvesting personal data from around 50 million Facebook profiles. The data was later used to feed the algorithms working behind the proprietary psychometric modeling techniques that enable the firm to provide their clients with detailed analysis of the “units of culture” – aka an in-depth profiling of internet users.

The company is believed to have obtained vulnerable data through a psychometric app called thisisyourdigitallife, where users were asked to take personality tests and have their data collected for academic purposes, for a small compensation in return. The app had been designed, by an academic researcher – Aleksandr Kogan, a founder of Global Science Research, who also works at the University of Cambridge.

Kogan’s extensive academic work on inferring behavioral patterns from Facebook profiles was apparently supported with a grant from the Russian government.

Allegedly, the work Kogan did for Cambridge Analytica, played a significant role in electing Donald Trump as president of the United States – it helped target the hopes and fears of Americans living in the so-called swing states.

Although Facebook denies the incident to be qualified as a data breach, on the basis that Kogan accessed the information in “ a legitimate way, and through the proper channels”, it is hard not to join the crowds of disappointed Facebook subscribers in asking, “How secure IS our data on Facebook?”

The data leakiness on social media

Runaway data is not a new concept, especially when it comes to topics concerning privacy on social media. Seeing our own behaviors mirrored in the form of targeted advertising may feel like a violation of personal space, even if the methods of obtaining that data are legitimate. But algorithms, either created by Facebook or third parties, seem to know what we like but also, what we are like.

Whether we are simply victims of our own misconduct and naivety is yet to be decided. Nevertheless, it is probably worth mentioning, that people who answered Kogan’s test weren’t the first who had been lured by the incentive of finding out their personality types.

David Stillwell, the Deputy Director of the Psychometrics Centre at the University of Cambridge, was the first Cambridge academic to create a psychometric tool called Mypersonality app that he posted on Facebook shortly finishing his undergraduate degree in 2007.

The app was able to predict people’s personality based on five key features such as openness, neuroticism, extraversion, agreeableness, and conscientiousness. In total, the app managed to attract 6 million users; creating one of the richest databases of social information Stillwell has ever seen.

Personality tests make up just a small percentage of all available apps that users can use on social media. We rely on some of them more than others, but in general, it is hard to imagine a return to the pre-app world, no matter how much they violate our privacy.

Most of us are aware that keeping Facebook away from our personal data, means erasing other apps owned by the company, like Instagram or WhatsApp. For most, this would be unthinkable, and we’re often stuck in what scholar’s call a “privacy paradox”, where we continue using technologies and applications that are gathering our personal information – even if it’s not what we want.

Yet, it’s worth remembering that although mass data collection might seem to be “designed” in our everyday life, much of it is still a result of business attempting to deliver customized services and advertising more effectively. Not everything is done with malice. And not all private data has to fall into the hand, of people who will use it for duplicitous purposes.

And to get the full picture of how Facebook is using our data, we’ll have to wait for a response from Mark Zuckerberg, who has already been sent a formal request to comment on the scandal with Cambridge Analytica. Hopefully, it will arrive before the next decisive political moment.

Tor International Achieve PSC-1 Certification with IQ Verify

For the second year TOR International have successfully achieved certification to PSC-1 through IQ Verify. PSC- 1 is the international standard which provides a framework for a Security Operations Management System (SOMS) for businesses to deliver security services while operating in a hostile environment.

“We are delighted to confirm our continued certification to PSC-1. In working with us to achieve this goal, IQ Verify have struck a fine balance between supporting our requirements and adhering professionally and thoroughly to the exacting standards expected of PSC.1” said Piers Hill, CEO TOR International.

Being certified to this standard allows organisations to demonstrate their commitment and compliance to the legal obligations set out in both the PSC-1 standard and the Montreux Document and also demonstrates compliance with the principles and commitments outlined in the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers published by ICOCA.

Mark Salt, Director and General Manager of IQ Verify said “achieving this level of certification demonstrates Tor international’s commitment to offering benchmark services within a hostile environment”

For further information please contact
IQ Verify on 01527 910862 /

IQ Verify is an independent, international certification body accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), able to audit to UKAS accredited schemes and industry schemes, specializing in security, risk and resilience.

Tor International is a leading risk management and training organization promoting the health and safety of people worldwide. We are aligned with overarching US and UK government foreign policy objective, working with multiple stakeholders often in complex environments.

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: or call 0870 300 1240.

Wetlands project opens up East London ‘open-air lung’

An £8.7m visitor centre to open up access to one of the East End’s ‘open-air lungs’ has been completed at a strategic 500-acre Thames Water site.

The Walthamstow Wetlands project allows visitors to enjoy and learn about the Walthamstow Reservoirs’ distinctive built and natural heritage, which is unique in London.

Because the area includes water treatment stations and other operational sites it needed protection to separate public areas from CNI zones, for which Thames Water has ordered security fencing through Binns Fencing. Read more

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: 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.

ComNet Fiber Units Team Up With Vanderbilt’s SPC to Lay Down A Marker

Vanderbilt’s SPC was recently deployed to act as part of a security and communication solution between a toll booth and plaza located on the M1 between Dublin and Belfast.

At night time, the toll system is automated and therefore an intruder alarm system was needed for protection. The distance between the toll booth and plaza is 6.2 kilometers and the security systems – SPC and video cameras – had to be able to connect and operate over that distance sooperators could get an overview of activity at each site.

SPC replaced an existing Europlex legacy product that had the IFS fiber drivers connected and working on multimode fiber over the 6.2 kilometer distance. Due to this distance, the fiber driver was bespoke. Multimode is usually only specified for approximately two kilometers. However, when the 3GS legacy system was replaced for a new SPC panel, the communication over the fiber link stopped working.

The installation company, Precision Security, previously had to deploy a pair of fiber cables – two transmitters and two receivers – to transmit the signal back and forth successfully. However, in updating the site, they found that a single pair of ComNet fiber units, straight from the box, could successfully execute the task, despite only being specified for 4.5 kilometers.

The ComNet FDX60 multimode fiber units allowed the SPC X-Bus transmission to be converted from RS485 protocols to optical and back to RS485. This enabled the data between the SPC expanders to travel further distances.

The ComNet FDX60 (M,S)[-M] data transceivers provide point-to-point transmission of simplex or duplex EIA RS232/RS422/RS485 (2W/4W) data signals over one or two optical fibers. The transceivers are transparent to data encoding, allowing for broad-range compatibility. Models within this series are available for use with multimode or single mode optical fiber.

“ComNet came straight out of the box and was easy to use and to install. Its threshold is only around four kilometers, but it is working well beyond that. When I saw the name ComNet, I was pretty confident that it would work, to be honest. We previously worked with ComNet fiber managed switches, and we found that they always work as a sweet as a nut,” stated Victor Fields of Precision Security, who installed the fiber solution on site.

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Pickersgill-Kaye Locking Products Achieve Red Book Status

Pickersgill-Kaye, a trading division of ASSA ABLOY the global leader in door opening solutions, has teamed up with ASSA ABLOY Security Doors to achieve Loss Prevention Standards LPS 1175: Issue 7 SR3 and SR4 security rating approval for inclusion in the security door business ‘bible’, the British Research Establishment’s (BRE) Red Book.

LPS 1175 is the most widely recognised security door standard, and the one most commonly specified by architects in the UK. Pickersgill-Kaye, the leading supplier of high security locking systems, has received accreditationfor BRE’s catalogue of security products for the HS100 Series surface mount Single and Multipoint locking range.

Following a joint test programme in conjunction with ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, the SR3 and SR4 security ratings apply to the doors fitted with Pickersgill-Kaye’s single and multipoint lock versions. ASSA ABLOY Security Doors now has one of the most comprehensive, fully certified security doors product ranges available in the UK.

Testing with single point locks will help reduce cost, simplify the doorset and lower on-going maintenance. The locking system’s quality and unique modular design allows interchangeability between single and multipoint versions. This provides significant advantages in manufacture and consistency in appearance.

The cylinder guard has a unique design that allows the cylinder to be upgraded without removing the existing lock from the door, this can save hours of specialist labour on site and is a major benefit to the end client.

Developed specifically to protect high security national infrastructure and high risk commercial installations, the combination of Pickersgill-Kaye locks and ASSA ABLOY Security Doors provide exceptional levels of physical attack resistance, without compromising health and safety requirements.

Both doorsets and locking systems have been manufactured to the highest technological standard and aesthetically designed to complement the modern workplace. They provide a multitude of operational and functional door opening requirements, with unrivalled compliance with the latest emergency BSEN 179 and panic escape BSEN 1125 standard regulations.

Pickersgill-Kaye High Security Locking Product Sales Manager, Phil Prigg, said: “Prolonged and specialist attack testing on these products was very harsh using sophisticated tools and techniques, including heavy duty power tools, but the locks passed with flying colours, demonstrating our commitment to supplying exceptional security solutions for protecting people and property.”

Red Book accreditation brings more choice to the security market as well as giving customers access to the considerable locking option range available from Pickersgill-Kaye. It also allows consideration to be given to the aesthetics of the complete end user product offering, which is becoming increasingly relevant and important through architect driven specifications.

The high security single and multipoint locks incorporate a number of key features including stainless steel lock cases, aesthetically pleasing colour matched lock and rod covers, cylinder guard protection and hardened steel bolts with anti-thrust prevention. They have also been independently cycle tested to in excess of one million operations.

For architects, specifiers and contractors working on major products, selecting secure door solutions that have met LPS 1175: Issue 7 standards provides assured security, safety and peace of mind.

Veracity’s new Dubai office and increased presence at Intersec 2018 signals growth in Middle East region

Visitors to Intersec will learn why Veracity is expanding due to high demand for its surveillance video and transmission products in the Middle East

Veracity, a leading provider of innovative, intelligent solutions that solve real-world IP video challenges in transmission, storage and display, returns to Intersec in Dubai with a larger company presence across three partner booths.

Since establishing its new office in Jumeirah Lakes Towers Veracity has developed stronger relationships with its customers, partners and its supply chain across the region, fuelling rapid growth. The office has responsibility for the Middle East, southern Africa and Sri Lanka. The team will be demonstrating the company’s portfolio of Transmission and Storage products during Intersec, which runs from 21st to 23rd of January at the Dubai World Trade Centre. You can learn more about Veracity products at the company stand (SA-C34), and also on Mayflex (S1-D37), Anixter (SA-E33) and CP PLUS (SA-A28).

Veracity products on show include COLDSTORE™, a video surveillance storage solution for projects requiring longer term retention.  Its sequential storage system delivers much higher disk reliability and a 90% power saving over equivalent RAID-based systems. With extended product life time and a much lower total cost of ownership, COLDSTORE provides all the storage security, system redundancy, performance and regional approvals required by this demanding market.

Offered as a 3U, 150TB unit that uses only 0.4W per Terabyte, COLDSTORE also forms part of the TRINITY™ architecture. This eliminates the need for Network Video Recorder (NVR) servers by allowing IP cameras to record directly to COLDSTORE. TRINITY is currently supported by open platform cameras from Axis Communications and Hanwha Techwin.

Make sure you also see VIEWSCAPE™, the comprehensive command and control system on Veracity’s stand at SA-C34. New to the Middle East market, VIEWSCAPE features an advanced, modular integration platform that gives operators flexible and immediate control over complex surveillance and security functions. VIEWSCAPE includes visual information received from IP and deployable CCTV cameras combined with interactive maps and incident management. Its flexibility adapts to new requirements whilst minimising the challenges of integration with legacy systems.

“The increased number of projects which Veracity has been invited to tender on in the past 12 months is proof of how important it was to establish our base here in Dubai” said David Corson, Group Commercial Director of Veracity. “Our solutions and product reliability for common industry challenges are an important differentiator for both the customer and specifier. A good example of this is the interest and demand for COLDSTORE, our long-term storage solution, in the region”.

To secure your meeting time with the Veracity team on SA-C34 book an appointment using email and we’ll arrange it for you.

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,                

T:  01753 500537
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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.

SICK’s 2D LiDAR Sensor Keeps it Simple

When a single-field laser scanner is all that is needed, SICK’s TiM100 2D LiDAR Sensor offers users a budget level solution with high-resolution performance for reliable security protection of valuable artefacts in museum and galleries.

With a 200° field of view, and the ability to be mounted and aligned to the object needing protection, the TiM100 offers unobtrusive, compact laser scanning for non-contact security of paintings or artefacts without the need for physical barriers.

Part of SICK’s wide range of TiM and LMS laser scanning solutions for industrial, building and internal security applications, the TiM100 is the ideal choice when a simple, compact and low-cost device is all that’s required.

The TiM100 has a monitoring range of up to 3 metres and a maximum 15.7 square metre scanning area. With the benefits of IO-Link interface, it is quick and easy set up. Teach-in can be performed by digital input, or via a PC, and all parameters can be stored for downloading to another device or replacement if required

With SICK’s innovative HDDM+ technology built in, the sensor is able to deliver time-of-flight scanning with consistently stable results which are not affected by the presence of dirt, dust, moisture or ambient light.

Says Neil Sandhu, SICK’s National Product Manager for Imaging, Measurement and Ranging: “When a compact, simple detection device is the most appropriate and affordable solution, the TiM100 is straightforward to set up and configure.

“With simple teach-in and IO-Link capability, the TiM100’s parameters can be easily cloned to provide ‘plug and play’ set-up when a sensor needs to be replaced.”

The TiM100 is the economy option within the TIM series of LIDAR detection and ranging devices, which are installed all over the world. Backed by this experience, SICK’s field evaluation algorithms integrated in the TiM100 ensure excellent reliability and consistency of detection.

The 100mm high by 60mm wide TiM100 device weighs only 90g, so is suitable for many applications where conventional laser scanning detection devices are too large or too conspicuous. Installation is quick and low-cost with a click-in mount and, with a 2.2W power offtake, running costs are low.

For more information on SICK TiM100, please contact Andrea Hornby on 01727 831121 or email

APCON Expands Product Portfolio With Copper Bypass TAP Appliance To Keep Network Traffic Flowing When Inline Security Tools Fail

APCON, a leading provider of intelligent network visibility and security solutions, has launched a new series of Copper Bypass TAP appliances, which provide fail-safe inline protection for network monitoring tools.

With a growing number of inline security tools being installed, there is a risk that a tool fails and it could cause network downtime and loss of data. The Copper Bypass TAP appliance combines fail-safe accessports for inline security tools, to protect networks from a single point of failure, and advanced visibility features to send traffic of interest to external monitoring tools.

In normal mode, traffic flows through the Copper Bypass TAP appliance before it travels through the security tool and back onto the network. The Copper Bypass TAP automatically detects a tool failure through the insertion of heartbeat packets into network traffic.

The Copper Bypass TAP continuously monitors the attached tools; if the expected number of ‘heartbeat’ packets are not returned, it assumes that a failover condition has occurred. The Copper Bypass TAP quickly switches to bypass mode and, in doing so, enables traffic to continue to flow on the network link.

“As organisations worldwide experience an escalation of security threats, it’s critical that monitoring operations are continuous and not interrupted, even if there’s a power loss or software failure of network monitoring devices,” said Richard Rauch, president and CEO of APCON.

“When the Copper Bypass TAP detects the failure of an attached security tool, it can automatically redistribute the traffic across other attached tools to maintain security monitoring.”

For more than 20 years, APCON has consistently delivered smart, stable and scalable technology solutions that provide an unparalleled level of confidence to service providers and businesses seeking total data center visibility and security. Its customers range from midsize companies to Fortune 1000 enterprises in more than 40 countries. APCON assures superior network monitoring while supporting traffic analysis and streamlined network management and security.

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