SecTech 2020: What You Missed This Year!
eCLIQ from ASSA ABLOY.
One of the year’s most engaging events, SecTech Roadshow, has been postponed until 2021 in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. But this month we decided to ask our roadies which were the 2 top products they planned to bring on tour, as a way of giving SecTechies from around Australia something to think about.
The team at Hills was planning on bringing the IDIS DC-Y8C13WRX 12MP panomorphic IR fisheye camera. These units are designed to cover wide areas with a single camera and as you all know, they trade coverage for clarity via dewarping. IDIS has addressed this with the DC-Y8C13WR’s massive 12MP sensor, which delivers crystal clear HD images with true WDR that are de-warped perfectly in real time.
According to the Hills’ team, the smart UX controls allow for the smoothest panning and zooming ever experienced with a fisheye lens (please send us one to test!) allowing perfect coverage with fewer cameras. With IDIS’s market leading encryption, the 12MP Panomorph IR fisheye camera brings you perfect images that are also secure from cyber intrusion.
The Hills’ team says installation is exceptionally easy with one-click plug and play installation, and seamless and secure integration with IDIS recorders and video management systems. Neat, too, IDIS has a user-friendly software development kit (SDK) for simple integration with intruder and access control.
Last year Hills blew Sectech’s socks off with a group of new controllers and this year the company planned to bring the new Tecom Network Access Controller on tour. According to Hills, the Tecom Network Access Controller is a formidable stand-alone access control solution which can store up to 250,000 users, more than 10,000 flexible access groups – and user-configurable override times on each door – on its massive internal memory.
According to Hills, Tecom Network Access Controller provides access control for up to 8 doors and accommodates up to 6 readers per door, either card or pin readers. It also has 4 onboard protocols, namely, OSDPV2, Aperio, Salto Sallis and Tecom. As well as being able to connect directly to management software to provide secure and flexible access control, the Network Access Controller is designed to work perfectly with the Tecom ChallengerPlus Panel to provide a superior access and intrusion control solution.
The Network Access Controller also includes advanced power and battery management which allows sites to continue operating in the event of a power outage. Custom installations are made easy with each door’s hardware configuration able to be chosen from onboard hardware, RAS devices or DGP devices and Advanced diagnostics available in CTPlus, means when integrators install the Network Access Controller, they can easily check that everything is configured to your customers instructions. The Tecom Network Access Controller is truly a complete solution for your access and intrusion needs.
Uniview planned on bringing a number of solutions on tour – solutions as well as cameras, including its new Prime IV Deepsight series cameras, which are built around an AI algorithm and can reduce false alarms when used to detect motion in perimeter applications. A deep learning algorithm is used to create target classifications which can filter target by vehicle, human and non-vehicle. Users can choose a different classification, according to their real environment requirements. Furthermore, users can do quick search by target classification. Uniview Prime IV series also have upgraded face capture and an enhanced people counting feature. According to Uniview, the series features Lighthunter function (minimum illumination of 0.0005 Lux), alarm input and output, audio interface and more.
Another new product from Uniview set to tour with SecTech was Uniarch, an entry-level surveillance solution that’s designed to be robust, secure, and easy to use. With plug and play technology, there is no need for complex configuration – image streams will be displayed instantly when IPC and NVR are connected.
Uniarch cameras include Ultra 265 compression, wide dynamic range and starlight illumination. The Uniarch solution also contains switch and monitor.
CS Technologies was to attend its first SecTech Roadshow and the team says it was looking forward to introducing its new company logo, as well as showing off its Australian designed and built access control technology. CS planned to showcase a brand-new Generation 4 EVO controller board as well as the company’s reworked Evolution Access Control management software and web interface. These would have been well worth seeing.
CS says the team has been working hard to dramatically improve the its Evolution GUI and web interface GUI and reports that visually and operationally, the new interface brings a dramatically improved user experience. The 4th generation of EVO boards is also just about to be released and was to tour with SecTech. New features include 40,000 users, OSDP reader support and additional alarm reporting via Permaconn/SCSI.
Still with alarm monitoring technology, the SCSI crew was planning on bringing Direct Connect and Duress Watch Products around Australia in May. According to the SCSI team, Direct Connect provides end-to-end secure high-speed 4G VPN network connections that can be utilised for secure communications between IP devices such as CCTV, access control systems or any IP device requiring secure remote access where no wired networks are available or where bandwidth restrictions limit functionality.
Meanwhile, SCSI’s Duress Watch is a smart wearable duress system designed specifically for sites such as large corporations like banks, as well as any location where the threat to staff is probable or common. Duress Watch operates and looks just like any other smart watch. It is only when any level of Duress alarm is activated, other staff in the location will receive a notification of a staff member requiring assistance. Events are sent to a monitoring centre for appropriate action including audio/GPS detail. According to SCSI, Direct Connect and Duress Watch units are pre-programmed, ready for use, and include easy to follow user guides and web management portals.
BGWT’s stand always goes off at SecTech and in 2020 the company planned to bring Pelco’s Sarix TI Series thermal fixed cameras. BGWT says Sarix TI, with up to 640 x 480 pixel resolution, is the most advanced thermal IP imaging system and designed for easy integration for integrator partners into any new or existing IP video security application. Built into the Sarix TI camera are 6 highly customizable image processing algorithms creating scene-by-scene optimised images for analytics delivering improved detection, classification, and recognition. These include polarity, brightness, temporal noise filter, contrast, sharpness, and ROI.
Every Sarix TI Series camera features visible light and thermal channels in an integrated environmentally protected IP66-rated enclosure, while lens options include 14mm, 35mm, or 50mm for longer range applications. Something else to note, according to the BGWT team, is that flexible athermalized optics make Sarix TI ideal for analytics.
Also new from BGWT are Panasonic’s U Series cameras, which include 10 models in indoor/outdoor dome and bullet camera configurations with fixed or varifocal lenses, 2MP and 4MP models. Key models include the WV-U2132L 2MP varifocal indoor dome, the WV-U2532L 2MP varifocal outdoor dome and the WV-U1532L 2MP varifocal bullet camera.
According to the BGWT team, these cameras boast an impressive Full HD 1080p (30fps), colour night vision (0.006 – 0.1 lx) and incorporate Extreme Super Dynamic 120dB and auto speed shutter control. Intelligent Auto technology ensures dynamic optimisation of camera settings during day/night, by monitoring scene dynamics and reducing distortion from moving objects.
The range also includes a number of 2-4MP fixed and varifocal cameras (up to 30fps) colour night vision (0.019 to 0.3 lx), which offer low light performance in colour with low noise for night time applications and Extreme Super Dynamic 102dB of WDR – worth noting here that Panasonic WDR figures are never exaggerated. There’s H.265 Smart Coding technology, self-learning region of interest encoding detects movement within the image and compresses areas with little motion, to reduce data while maintaining image quality.
Another SecTech favourite is LSC Security Supplies, which always brings an excellent range of quality solutions on tour. This year the LSC crew say they were planning to bring HID Mobile Access and Salto KS around Australia. HID Mobile Access uses the Seos credential technology and allows employees to use their smartphone, tablet or wearable device to access doors, gates, networks and more. According to LSC, using this solution for access control greatly improves user convenience in today’s mobile-first world, as well as makes your organisation look more modern and professional and reduces touch points which may be a health risk.
HID Mobile Access allows access via tap and twist and go gestures, and uses HID Global’s highly stable online management portal, allowing administrators to create, manage, issue and revoke credentials through the cloud. Meanwhile, Seos credential technology follows best practices in data integrity to bind each mobile ID to the device. HID Mobile Access is an even more attractive solution with the minimum order quantity of credentials reduced to 20.
SALTO KS (Keys as a Service) is a flexible, cloud-based, wireless access control solution that is easy to install and maintain, and simple to use, according to LSC. And SALTO KS is now compatible with SALTO’s XS4 BLUEnet lock range which includes XS4 One and the stylish XS4 Mini. Salto KS means users can manage cloud-based access control from anywhere, on-the-go, simply by using the KS app or a web browser. They can send a Mobile Key to anyone with a smartphone, with no need to hand over tags or even do a remote opening (even though you can do that too). Issuing and receiving access has never been easier or more flexible.
LSC says cloud access control doesn’t need any effort on an end user’s part to maintain or manage. It’s always up to date with the latest features via instant updates and add-ons. Being cloud-based, there’s no need to purchase software licenses, install and manage complicated and expensive IT equipment, or worry about ongoing maintenance and back-ups. Nor do you need to spend weeks learning how to operate a KS system. Customers unlock the functionality of their account with a 1-year KS voucher (or subscription), so integrators earn recurring revenue each time users renew.
Another new roadie, ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions was planning to showcase 2 key products at SecTech 2020, the Lockwood SMARTair and ASSA ABLOY eCLIQ keying system. The team says SMARTair is a powerful access control system using proximity and PIN access that is simple to install, configure, administer and maintain. Audit trails can show historical movement for reporting purposes and SMARTair offers an intelligent, yet simple, step up from keys, as well as a cost-effective alternative to traditional access control.
Meanwhile, ASSA ABLOY eCLIQ is a purely electronic keying system that provides cost-effective electronic access control without the need for wiring. eCLIQ cylinders retrofit into existing doors and locks providing and easy install process. eCLIQ offers the electronic features such as programmable access rights, time scheduling, audit trails, blocking of lost keys etc. Both the key and cylinder contain electronics but only the key has a battery. The battery in the key powers up the electronics in the cylinder at key insertion.
This year dormakaba planned to bring evolo smart to SecTech, another solution that allows smaller organisations to manage the access requirements quickly and flexibly via smartphone. According to the team at dormakaba, even the smallest companies need to deal with the challenges of access control, whether it’s for new employees, service providers, or lost access media. Users can programme new media and keep track of every event around their site with app-based evolo smart while using their smartphone as a key.
Via the evolo smart App, an authorised user defines who has access to a door, sets time restrictions and reads the status information of the door directly on their smartphone. Lost media can be deleted with a swipe and will also update the door component. Sweet, too, there’s no need an internet connection for these processes, as evolo smart runs offline.
According to dormakaba, to programme new access media, users scan the QR code on the card or key fob into the app. For access via smartphone, the end user purchases a virtual key in the evolo smart App. A new employee, for example, downloads the dormakaba mobile access app and receives the virtual key from the end user electronically. Important for installers, dormakaba evolo covers all door locking situations, from glass doors, external locking components to simple replacements for mechanical cylinders.
Seadan Security planned to bring the latest Digifort 7.3 VMS on tour this year, with over 100 new features and improvements. According to the Seadan, this latest version took over 12 months to develop with many new improvement ideas coming from system integrators. One of the highlights of the new version is an application developed inhouse called Live Witness. Seadan says other features stem from large projects delivered such as the airport and a casino, where specific features were needed for these tough verticals. Enhancements include hardware optimization, intuitiveness, modularity, integrations, interactivity, dynamism, the addition the public safety initiative Live Witness.
There are also improved mobile apps with a virtual matrix, GPS location tracking on the operational map, send snaps shots as well as a link to video playback to apps like WhatsApp. There’s also facial recognition with the ability to associate face to a body, even with the face has turned, body tracking continues. And LPR functionality now includes metadata such as vehicle colour, type, make, speed, plate number and plate colour.
According to Seadan, detections by analytics can be plotted on DigiFort’s operational map with exact GPS locations. In the case of the number plate, if detected by more than one LPR configured cameras, you can get a trajectory of the vehicle on the operational map. End user benefits include all alerts from every different connected device and analytical engines able to be managed centrally offering an un-precedented way of having situational awareness. While installers benefit from the fact Digifort is inherently simple to learn, highly functional and economical to buy. Something else worth noting is that there are so many innovative features in Digifort VMS that integrator creativity is empowered.
Pelco’s SecTech products included Sarix Enhanced 3 and Spectra Enhanced 7 PTZ. Sarix Enhanced 3 features DNN analytics, SureVision technology, resolutions of 2MP and 3MP, consistent colour, fast processing and simultaneous advanced low-light performance with wide dynamic range (WDR) and anti-bloom technologies. New advancements include 3D noise filtering, smooth response to illumination changes, and improved tone mapping to retain color accuracy and overall image contrast to help end users see the clearest possible image when assessing response.
There’s also electronic image stabilization enabled by built-in gyro technology, Sarix Enhanced cameras always provide sharp, stable images even in the presence of vibration and wind movement. End users also benefit from significant power redundancy, as the camera ensures 24-hour, 365-day continuous operation even under unstable power supply situations. Sarix Enhanced 3 seamlessly connects to Pelco VMS systems, such as VideoXpert, VXToobox, Endura version 2.0 or later, and Digital Sentry version 7.3 or later.
Also on show at SecTech were to be Pelco’s New Spectra Enhanced 7 PTZ IP cameras, which the team says are the latest product evolution in the legacy Spectra family, providing fast and accurate pan and tilt, 30x optical zoom, up to 2MP 60 FPS video, and next-gen SureVision and deep learning capabilities.
The Spectra Enhanced 7 PTZ IP cameras have true WDR, ultra-low light performance, and image stabilization and high levels of sharpness. They also feature Pelco Smart Compression and H.265 encoding, which enables 70 per cent lower bit rates without compromising image quality. The cameras include the Pelco Enhanced Analytics Suite with deep learning, which enables improved detection, tracking and counting of people and vehicles allowing operators to review situations needing immediate attention or to analyze information to improve operation efficiencies. The superior accuracy improves its ability to easily categorize objects within the scene.
Salto was bringing SALLIS Lock Link System on tour in May. SALLIS uses an open standard protocol that enables a wide range of SALTO wireless locking devices to work seamlessly with, but independently of, an existing access control system. Obviously with SALTO there’s no need to hardwire doors, giving integrators the ability to extend customer’s access control systems wirelessly and turn any door into a full-featured access control point wherever wiring is difficult, expensive or even impossible.
SALLIS offers real-time access control, including remote openings, emergency lockdowns and alarm triple badge activation, real-time audit trails, door statuses, battery statuses, and the ability to add and remove access privileges. Options include locks, panic bars, glass door locks and cylinders to cover the needs of any type of door.
By enabling the augmentation of existing access management platforms (such as Integriti, ICT GX, Genetec, Challenger and more), with standalone online wireless devices, SALLIS can substantially reduce the deployment cost for additional doors and avoid the expense of a full replacement project.
The SALTO team say SALLIS locks communicate wirelessly to the SALLIS node (IP or RS485) which supports up to 16 locking devices per node and up to 64 per connection, depending on the access management platform selected. Wireless communication between the locks and node utilize 128-bit AES encryption to ensure security.
Also making the tour were SALTO Keys as a Service (KS), which provides a flexible, cloud-based, wireless access control solution that is easy to install and maintain, and simple to use. SALTO KS is also compatible with SALTO’s XS4 BLUEnet lock range – that’s XS4 One and XS4 Mini. KS takes SALTO’s flexible access control solution to the cloud. Users can manage cloud-based access control from anywhere using the KS app or a web browser, do a remote opening and send a SALTO Mobile Key to anyone with a smartphone (tags or PIN codes are available).
SALTO KS sites comprise SALTO wireless locks and/or wall readers and IQs. The IQ serves as the brain of the site, connects the wireless locks to the cloud and can be extended by adding additional repeaters if needed. An extensive range of electronic locks, cylinders and readers are available to cover the needs of any type of door.
MOBOTIX SecTech 2020 products were to be the new M73 camera and the M16 Thermal TR. According to Mobotix, the MOBOTIX M73 is a decentralized, cyber-secure, and complete modular IoT video surveillance system, innovatively housed in a single device. Featuring 3 separate sensors, the M73 can be fully customized to any deployment’s needs with the ability to utilize optical, thermal, infrared, and audio. M73’s edge computing enables fast, secure, and data-efficient recording. High performance video analytics and MOBOTIX 7 AI applications are built-in, providing manufacturing facilities with ROI far beyond basic security measures.
By utilizing a combination of imaging and environmental sensors and AI-powered analytics, industrial organizations can improve manufacturing efficiency, predictive maintenance measures, and fire safety. For transportation applications, the M73’s on-board facial recognition, traffic monitoring, and abandoned object identification enables instantaneous insights enhancing driver, passengers, and general roadway safety. With a robust weatherproof design and the ability to perform in temperatures ranging from –40 degrees F to 149 degrees F, the M73 can withstand the harsh environments presented by industrial, manufacturing and transportation applications. For educational environments, a combination of optical imaging and audio sensors can enable safer classrooms with the ability to monitor both actions and speech to deter bullying, detect threats of violence, and aid in conflict resolution.
The other SecTech 2020 product was M16 Thermal TR, which is an intelligent video system with an integrated high-performance thermal image sensor that takes full advantage of the M16 camera design and the surveillance capabilities of thermal technology. Thanks to the 2 directly adjacent lenses, there is also a thermal overlay function with image overlay (thermal and optical) to pinpoint the exact location of hotspots like fires in a visible image. In addition to carrying out the existing MOBOTIX thermal camera functions, Thermal Radiometry cameras feature a calibrated thermal image sensor that enables them to measure thermal radiation across the entire image area, even down to individual pixels.
Video Alarm Technologies planned to bring its Calispa False Alarm Filtering Platform to SecTech this year. According to the VAT team, Calipsa is video analytics software with a difference – it uses the latest deep learning technology to remove up to 90 per cent of false alarms; recognising the causes of alarms and filtering out any that are not caused by human or vehicle movement.
This fully cloud-based platform comes with a range of intelligent features, including an alarm dashboard which highlights alarm filtering statistics, advanced reporting on a site and camera level and camera management which includes masking and scheduling. Calipsa integrates seamlessly into existing monitoring operations and software, adding a critical layer of video analytics. Benefits include an improvement in operator efficiency and response times, simpler new installations, an enhanced customer experience and an opportunity for business growth.
According to VAT, what sets Calipsa apart from other software on the market is its unique, market-leading integration with Videofied devices. Videofied clients benefit from an unrivalled 65-70 per cent reduction in false alarms when connected to Calipsa’s deep learning analytics. This integration allows Videofied clients to offer an even higher standard of monitoring and security to its customers, says VAT.
Another Sectech newbie for 2020 was Nedap and the company was planning to bring some interesting solutions on tour, including ANPR Lumo and TRANSIT Ultimate. According to Nedap, ANPR Lumo is an all-in-one license plate camera, including embedded software, analyzer and IR illuminator. With a range of action of 2 to 10 metres, the advanced camera ensures a smooth recognition of vehicles and typical applications include vehicle access control, automatic toll collection, free flow applications at parking facilities or other situations in which it not desirable to issue RFID tags. If vehicles need to be granted access temporarily or incidentally, the license plate camera is the perfect solution, Nedap says.
Deep learning algorithms enable a high accuracy in both regions with common license plate formats, like Europe, and non-standardized license plate formats, such as the USA and Pacific region. In addition, the ANPR Lumo is able to recognize ADR Hazard Identification Numbers (HIN), also known as Kemler Codes, that are used for road transport of dangerous goods. It’s a combination of features that makes Nedap a strong choice for integrators and end users.
The second product from Nedap, TRANSIT Ultimate, is a robust RFID reader that enables simultaneous identification of vehicles and drivers in challenging situations. Based on semi-active RFID technology operating a 2.45 GHz, vehicles and drivers are identified at distances up to 10 metres and at speeds of up to 200 kmph.
Nedap says ideal applications for the product include high security applications demanding vehicular access control applications and under harsh environmental conditions – this includes vehicle access at airports, seaports, mines, military bases and other installations where vehicles must be assigned to specific drivers.
We didn’t get to go on tour with SecTech Roadshow this year, but it’s great to see there are plenty of new products and solutions being released. We’re looking forward to seeing these and more, as well as all of you, at SecTech 2021 next May.