The 2017 Sektor Conference, held early February on Hamilton Island in Queensland's Whitsunday Islands, drew 300 ANZ partners and showcased team green’s growing strength in the IT and networked security markets.
Along with 300 partners from Australia and New Zealand, Sektor hosted more 50 vendor delegates from the industry’s leading brands, many of which provided sponsorship to the event and presented the latest technologies and trends in the marketplace.
There were 3 presentations streams on the conference day covering topics across retail technology, mobility/AIDC, healthcare, networking and security. Forum sessions were also held to allow group discussions on topic specific industry issues. Delegates were encouraged to shift from room to room to gain the relevant areas of knowledge of interest to their business.
As the increasingly networked electronic security industry continues to merge with consumer tech and software-based intelligence, it’s likely we’re going to see plenty of great new things in 2017. The accent is going to be on those solutions that enhance operational capabilities while reducing costs.
WHAT does 2017 hold? While it’s never easy to make accurate predictions it’s fair to say we are going to see the rapid-fire release of new products and technologies as manufacturers move to satisfy a growing desire for automation and increased efficiencies from end users. When it comes to growth, all the distributors and manufacturers we spoke with pointed to expected growth rates of more than 10 per cent – some expected growth higher than 20 per cent.
Very clever Gallagher mobile-based door access reader
Persistence Market Research reports the global electronic access control (EAC) systems market is forecast to increase from $US15.4 billion in 2013 to $31.2 billion in 2019, growing at a compound annual growth (CAGR) of 12.6 per cent.
And according to the report, the Asia-Pacific EAC systems market is expected to record the highest CAGR growth of 16.7 per cent to reach $9.6 billion in 2019. Usage of EAC systems in the commercial sector (the largest end user in 2013) increased by 13.9 per cent CAGR during 2009-2013 to reach $4.6 billion in 2013.
Terrorist attacks, vandalism and violence in public places such as city centres and educational institutions are some of the factors leading to increasing demand for EAC systems, according to Persistence.
INTEGRATED Control Technology (Europe) has announced an exclusive distribution agreement with HESA SpA in Italy.
ICT said the agreement will enable both companies to cater to the growing demand for truly integrated security systems incorporating access control, intrusion detection, CCTV, biometrics, perimeter detection, elevator control, offsite monitoring, and building automation, all from one easy to use scalable and modular solution.
According to ICT, HESA has an acclaimed track record with over 40 years in the industry, boasts a nationwide network of authorized dealers and installers, and has long-standing partnerships with the principal makers of security systems. Such features make HESA the top-ranking company in the market.
HILLS is offering special pricing on the Xtralis ADPRO range of perimeter detection solutions.
Hills product manager, Tonie Kearns said the ADPRO range was a cost-effective alternative to using active beams.
“The ADPRO PRO E PIR detectors are easy to install, resilient in harsh environments, and are compatible with most security systems,” Kearns said.
“The range delivers innovative features such as 220m detection range, industry leading tamper-proofing, one-man commissioning and maintenance as well as wireless communication. They are suitable for a wide range of applications but especially for long-range perimeters such as carparks, gas pipelines and airports.”
“They offer a reliable security trigger for perimeter protection, theft, and shrinkage prevention, triggering camera monitoring, recording, and local response at the earliest point of detection,” Kearns explained.
Any network-connected security device is vulnerable
SECTECH Roadshow, which runs in Sydney on May 4, Melbourne May 9, Brisbane May 11, Adelaide May 18 and Perth, May 23, will include a seminar on securing network-connected security devices.
In the wake of attacks like the Mirai bot last year, as well as ongoing furore over the vulnerability of networked connected devices, including cameras and controllers, network security is not only the topic of the moment, it’s an area very little understood by many in the electronic security industry.
SecTech’s seminar will be built around a panel of experts who will discuss risk and present layered mechanisms to prevent, deter and detect attacks on networked electronic security solutions.
SA Water desalination plant, Port Stanvac, Lonsdale
SA WATER has released a tender seeking physical and electronic security of undisclosed assets in South Australia. SA Water provides water and wastewater services to a population of approximately 1.6 million people across South Australia.
The organisation manages, maintains and operates (with the assistance of its partners) assets worth $A13 billion, including thousands of kilometres of pipelines and pumping stations, 30 water treatment plants, 24 wastewater treatment plants, 16 reservoirs with a total capacity of almost 200,000 megalitres, as well as desalination plants at Port Stanvac near Lonsdale and at Penneshaw.
BRAD Ballesty, formerly of Infratherm, has joined Hikvision as senior key account manager.
Ballesty has decades of experience in the electronic security industry. He spent 10 years heading up Sanyo through the company's supremacy with 520-line analogue, before moving to Q Video Systems as NSW state manager. Ballesty was BDM at thermal imaging tech house and distributor, Infratherm, for 4 and a half years.
Ballesty said he was looking forward to the challenge of helping continue growth of the Hikvision business through quality customer support.
“Hikvision is a great company, with a huge product range, a massive R&D capacity and excellent distirbution support here in Australia,” Ballesty said. “It’s an exciting time to be coming on board.” ♦
Q: There have been a number of violent attacks recently – one on public space at Bourke St Mall in Melbourne and another in Quebec City on a mosque. Is there any guaranteed way to deter or fend off these sorts of attacks? Isn’t electronic security responsive and therefore powerless against such events?
A: The events you mention are quite different. Considering each separately, physical barriers, including raised pathways, paved and stepped earth mounds, remain the best defence against vehicle attacks but they cannot protect all aggregations of people in a city, whether this be at a set of busy traffic lights, a suburban strip mall or a playground. Bollards or concrete barriers would have saved lives on Bourke St and we should expect to see more of them in our cities and at our events. Truckstopper barriers can tear a pantechnicon apart and would have protected the promenade in Nice but they are comparatively expensive and they are static.