Salto Systems has launched Salto Clay, an access control system that can be managed in the cloud. John Adams spoke with Salto’s co-founder and Chief Marketing & Sales Officer Marc Handels to find out more.
Q: Salto is developing a bit of a cult following here in Australia – how did it all begin?
A: Salto as a company began 12 years ago in 2001 with 14 people – now we have 300 staff. According to HIS Research we are now the 8th largest access control company in the world with a turnover of nearly $E95 million.
We are a Spanish company based in Oiartzun but more than 95 per cent of our sales are outside of Spain. We have 24 offices around the world, including Australia. Our success factor is due to the data on card technology that we invented and we have done very well.
The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) launched the Physical-Logical Access Interoperability Working Group at ASIS 2013 last month. Group members include Honeywell, Ingersoll Rand, Inovonics, Kastle Systems, Mercury Systems, Microsoft Global Security, Stanley Security and UTC.
The new group will develop a specification to unify logical and physical identities, allowing manufacturers, integrators and end users to develop cost-effective, easily administered solutions that span the physical and logical security domains.
Kastle Systems initially brought the concept of an access interoperability specification to the PSIA board of directors when company executives noticed that many of their customers wanted to synchronize the identities used by their logical and physical access control systems.
In an increasingly competitive market electronic security distributors, wholesalers and manufacturers are having to go the extra mile for their integrator customers. But in which direction should they go?
FROM the point of view of suppliers the current market poses a difficult conundrum. Not only is there downward pressure on prices, the technical challenges of installing many products, particularly integrated solutions, are increasing. What this means is that suppliers are required to assist integrators sometimes to the point of virtual partnership on jobs.
There are a number of ways such support can play out. A distributor might have a technical engineering team that offers this support. Or a distributor might assist to a certain point then rely on support from a manufacturer. In other cases, the distributor might send out solutions fully commissioned so integrators are only required to hang product on the wall.
Axis Communications has dived into the physical access control market by introducing a network door controller with built-in web-based software.
AXIS A1001 Network Door Controller is a complement to Axis’ existing portfolio of innovative network video products and creates unique integration possibilities for partners and end users.
"Bringing product innovation to the physical access control market is a natural step in Axis’ development as there is a strong connection between access control and video surveillance,” said Ray Mauritsson, president and CEO, Axis Communications.
“As the market leader in network cameras, Axis plays an important role in driving convergence to IP-based products in video surveillance. We now apply that expertise in IP technology to the physical access control market in the same way. The physical access control market is primed to make the shift to open IP technology.”
Online retailing behemoth Amazon has just launched the Amazon Home Automation Store, a chunk of its website dedicated to the connected home.
The Amazon Home Automation Store launched with more than 1000 products, including lighting, home monitoring, security, temperature control, energy management, and entertainment systems.
Products include the Nest Learning Thermostat and Belkin WeMo, as well as several other lighting, home monitoring, security, temperature control, energy management and entertainment systems.
While this may sounds scary on the surface, the impact of Amazon going direct will depend on which major manufacturer is prepared to lose the support of its installer customers first. At the moment it seems there are not too many prepared to take that step.
Unlike other biometric devices that make the user submit to a physical read of their finger or eye, the Nymi from Toronto-based Bionymis is a wearable authentication device that uses a person’s heartbeat to verify their identity.
ACCORDING to Karl Martin, co-founder and CEO of Bionym, the idea of using someone’s heartbeat as a way to uniquely identify them goes back nearly 40 years. Over the past 10 years, however, he said that research groups around the world have been working to develop automated robot systems that could use electrocardiograms (ECGs) as a biometric.
Researchers at the University of Toronto, including Bionym co-founder and CTO Foteini Agrafioti, recently made a breakthrough by finding an automated way of extracting features that relate to the shape of a heart wave that are unique to each person, explained Martin.
HID Global says that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted several patents for the company's innovation related to gesture-based methods of using 3-D motion sequences to increase privacy, security and convenience when using RFID-based devices such as smart cards and NFC-enabled smartphones for a broad range of applications.
These patent additions strengthen HID Global’s IP portfolio of over 1000 pending and issued patents and protect the company’s intellectual capital. HID Global’s latest inventions allow a user to define a series of hand motion sequences or gestures to be used to control operation of an RFID-based device, introducing the notion of a new authentication factor.
APPLE paid $US350 million for fingerprint-sensor making company, AuthenTec Inc a couple of months back and the tech industry buzz is that the company’s latest iPhone will sport a fingerprint biometric reader.
"Apple is giving a strong indication that market leaders see biometrics as part of its roadmap," said Thomas Marschall, chief executive officer of Precise Biometrics AB, in a recent Bloomberg report.
"All competitors are looking for alternatives to match Apple. It's the kickoff of a rally in the (biometric) industry."
It’s not just talk either. Tech has a way of arriving by weight of market expectations and there are growing expectations surrounding biometrics.
Precise Biometrics AB has seen its share price double in the past few months.
An easy to use browser enabled interface allows the managing of essential common functions for cardholders, time periods, authorization groups, locking and unlocking of doors and more.
Additionally, the browser based option eliminates software installation and maintenance requirements of application software for those browser based users. LiNC-NXG, is a fully integrated Physical Security Information Management system (PSIM).
The LiNC-NXG solution provides a choice between an intuitive user interface (GUI), or a browser enabled interface making learning and using the system, second nature. All system functions are accessed via easy to use icons.
The standard LiNC-NXG GUI allows opening of more than one application window, providing ease of-use and a higher level of system flexibility.
Making its world debut at IFSEC 2013, 13th – 16th May NEC Birmingham on stands A50 and D40, Clay by SALTO will initially be launched into the SME (Small Medium Enterprise) market in the United Kingdom, Denmark and Netherlands with other regions and markets to follow rapidly.
Clay is a ground-breaking product that brings electronic solutions to SME’s, providing vastly better functionality and performance than is possible in a traditional mechanical solution, and with a flexible management system that requires no cumbersome software installation or cost of a fully-wired electronic product.