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August 2013

Product Exploration P.46

Transmission: PoE, EoC, PLC?

Industry Report

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Stability and Compatibility Remain Top Concerns for IP Buyers IP and HD-SDI Uptake in Featured Markets AUG 2013

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Transmission Devices: The Indispensible Link

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What Your Transmission Can or Cannot do

Special Feature

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Barricade: STOP! High Security Starts Here

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From Planning to Execution: Barrier Defense

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CONTENTS

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Vertical Market

Home Owners Invest More for

Home Automation P.80

Case Study

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EU and Asia Grow Green

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Smart Home Automation for the Mass Market

News Feature P.96 Beyond Surveillance: Alternative Ways to Deter Crime

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P.14 Contents P.18 Editor’s Note P.20 Corporate News

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Tell Us How We Are Doing

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Readers’ Column P.94 Using Nonproprietary Tablets for Home Automation

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New Distribution Model

P.30 Products of the Month P.106 Show Calendar P.108 New Products

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P.113 Companies in This Issue

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EDITOR'S NOTE a&s International, published by Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd., is a monthly professional publication for channel players in the worldwide electronic security industry since 1997. It updates

Second Half of 2013 World Economy Seems Gloomy Global growth rate is predicted to settle at around 3 percent in 2013, similar to 2012. According to the recent prepared announcement from IMF's website, “This is less than [the] forecast in the April 2013 World Economic Outlook (WEO), driven to a large extent by appreciably weaker domestic demand and slower growth in several key emerging market economies, as well as a more protracted recession in the euro area.” The report from IMF also highlighted the US Federal Reserve plans to withdraw the fourth round of quantitative easing (QE4) monetary policy stimulus, which might cause “the possibility of a longer growth slowdown in emerging market economies, especially given risks of lower potential growth, slowing credit, and possibly tighter financial conditions.” The future growth of some developing countries appears to be even dimmer, due to the recent unstable political and socioeconomic situation in Brazil, Turkey, and Egypt. In the security industry, multinationals originally depended on these emerging economies to support their growing force, but that doesn’t seem very practical now. Not-so-positive future forecasts for the second half of 2013 and 2014 for the security mass market can be predicted, following the January to June, 2013 financial reports of many multinationals. To fight against such moderate growth, I would assume that most of the multinationals would further expand to new and niche markets. Samsung Techwin Europe’s and Panasonic Europe’s partnerships and acquisitions of VSaaS companies are good examples. Genetec has simplified pay-by-plate systems integration in the parking solution industry. Leading companies, such as Nice and Verint, take a “total solution” approach to maintain their profits. Other promising opportunities might rise from the technologies derived from big data, convergence of physical & cyber security, and PSIM. The companies who are strong in the SMB sector and products sales business will experience fiercer competition from Chinese companies due to their rapidly improving quality and very “competitive” prices.

Jill Lai

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importers, distributors, OEM/ODM searchers, system integrators and other product purchasers on product sources and identifies developments in CCTV, Digital Surveillance, Access Control, Biometrics, Intrusion Alarm, Intercom/Video Doorphone, Home Automation and other fields relevant to electronic security.

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Products of the month

ComNet CLT/RVE1COAX Analog and IP Video over Coax Distance Extender

Key Features • Utilizes SLOC (Security Link over Coax) technology • Simultaneous transmission of IP video and composite analog video over RG59 coaxial cable • Transmission distance up to 500m • Provides power to the camera up to 30 watts via PoE • Lifetime warranty

ComNet’s CLT/RVE1COAX distance extender utilizes SLOC (Security Link over Coax) technology to combine Ethernet and analog video and transmit it up to 500 meters. The unit has a PoE variant that provides up to 30 watts of PoE for powered devices. The link combines both video streams to a single channel coaxial cable and extends Supplier: the distance of the Ethernet past the • ComNet/U.S. industry standard 100 meters to 500 meters. The device is particularly suited URL for applications where the addition of IP • www.comnet.net video to an existing analog video system is required, such as gaming facilities. It allows for the analog and IP video to be transmitted on existing coax infrastructure, while eliminating the investment needed to have two different mediums in place to handle analog and IP video requirements. The CLT/RVE1COAX is made in the U.S. and comes with a lifetime warranty.

PICOLO.net HD4 HD-SDI Four-Input Multiple-Stream IP Video Encoder The Picolo.net HD4 is a four-input HD-SDI video encoder able to stream video from up to four full HD (1080p30) or HD (720p60) HD-SDI cameras over an IP network. HD-SDI is as easy to install and maintain as analog systems. It uses the same coaxial cables as analog for new or existing installations and delivers high-definition digital video over at least 100 meters of standard RG59 cable, with the added benefit of sending live uncompressed video to other devices, such as monitors, with no latency. The Picolo.net HD4 combines all the advantages of HD-SDI with the benefits of ONVIF Profile S, which provides interoperability with standard Video Management Software (VMS) applications. It features a high-quality H.264 encoder that can deliver up to three encoded streams per camera. With the Picolo.net HD4, quality HD video can be streamed, viewed, analyzed, and stored anywhere on an IP network.

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Key Features • 4 HD-SDI video inputs • Full HD 1,080p 25/30fps transmission from the camera • H.264/MJPEG encoding • ONVIF Profile S • Compatible with major VMS Supplier:

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Industry Report

What Security Buyers Want? Based on interviews gathered from Secutech International 2013, held from April 24 to 26, the a&s team compiled this exclusive two-part feature to showcase the buying behaviors and market updates of visitors worldwide. The first part of the feature highlights the major requirements buyers pay attention to when they purchase network products and solutions. Part two updates readers on the different uptakes of IP and HD-SDI solutions in various parts of the world.

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The adoption of IP-based products worldwide is causing buyers to embark on a quest to find the right network surveillance solutions to suit their needs and applications. n By The a&s Editorial Department

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he era of network products has arrived and it is here to stay. All new projects in almost — if not all — countries are now resorting to network installations and this trend is seeing a steady increase, although different countries are moving at different adoption rates. In some countries, installing IP-based surveillance is required by government regulations. As for countries where it is

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not required by law, their governments are working hard to promote its adoption. Judging by this global phenomenon, it is safe to say the technology involving IP-based products have mostly reached maturity. Compared to visitors of Secutech last year, who thought a major shift to IP would take a minimum of three to five years, almost all visitors this year reported that the shift to network

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solutions in their countries had already been set in motion. Where it was previously hard for buyers to find a stable and reliable solution, most manufacturers are now able to offer a wide selection of different network solutions, customizable according to clients’ needs. Not surprisingly, professionals from various regions are reporting doubledigit growths in terms of network

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Product Exploration

Transmission Dynamics

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Transmission: PoE, EoC, or PLC?

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Transmission Devices: The Indispensible Link

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What Your Transmission Can or Cannot Do

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Transmission:

PoE, EoC, PLC? n BY Alyssa Fann

Clear calculations ensure that the transmission is capable of coping with the operating environment, scalable to future expansion needs, and fits end-users' budgets.

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he advent of network cameras brought about convenience and integration capabilities to security systems, but also required more complex methods of wiring the separate devices into an integrated system. People most often talked about cameras and storage devices, while taking transmission for granted. Transmission is crucial in a security system; it is the glue that physically connects the network devices in a security system. A well-designed transmission infrastructure can optimize a security system, and save on installation and operating costs. However, this is easier said than done and will most often test the experience of the system integrator or installer, as clear calculations at every stage of the design are crucial. Clear calculations ensure that the transmission is capable of coping with the operating environment, scalable to future expansion needs and fits end-users’ budgets. There are three common types of transmission available: power over Ethernet (PoE), Ethernet over Coax (EoC), and power line communication (PLC).

Power over Ethernet PoE has been dubbed as “perhaps the greatest invention” to hit the security camera market since the introduction of network cameras. Worldwide Ethernet switch (Layer 2/3) revenues reached US$5.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012, representing a growth of 7 percent sequentially and 0.5 percent year on year, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). Regionally, the Ethernet switch market was strongest in the APAC region, excluding Japan, with 15.5 percent year-on-year growth, followed by the Middle East and Africa

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Product Exploration with 13.8 percent, and Latin America with 12 percent. “PoE is a technology of safely transferring electrical power, together with Ethernet data, to Ethernet/ network devices via Ethernet cables. This technology is mainly based on the standards IEEE802.3af and IEEE802.3at, which are derived by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers,” explained Calvin Wong, Sales Director of OT Systems. PoE devices are categorized as power supply equipment (PSE) and powered devices (PD). PSEs supply power and include network switches, media converter, PoE injectors, etc. On the other hand, PDs receive power and include network cameras, wireless LAN access points, access control equipment, and VoIP, to name a few. In PoE technology, the PD such as the camera is connected to a PoE switch via Ethernet cables. The IEEE standards define how PSEs and PDs work together. Although a standard cable has four twisted pairs, only two are used for the 10BASE-T and 100BASE-T data transmission. Power transmission can occur on either the “data pairs” or the “spare pair”, but not both. The rise of network cameras is largely affected by the increasing ease-ofinstallation, which can be attributed to PoE technology. PoE eliminates the need to use localized power or install additional cable to power the devices, thereby saving on installation costs.

Ethernet over Coax EoC provides an attractive option for end users who would like to switch to network cameras or add network cameras to their existing surveillance system without overhauling the entire initial investment, because the network cameras can be integrated into existing

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coaxial cables. As the majority of analog cameras were installed using coaxial cables, end users can upgrade to network cameras without having to reinstall cables. “EoC allows legacy coax to be redeployed as part of an upgrade/

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migration to PoE cameras and devices. This technology and transmission method saves on investment as newly installed cabling is not required, quickens installation time, and reduces facility disruption during the migration,” said Guy Apple, VP of Marketing and Sales at

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Special Feature

Putting Up Barriers

Once considered an aesthetic nuisance, vehicle security barriers are now a common consideration in the early stages of architectural planning. The unfortunate reality of vehicle-borne attacks globally has spurred a growth in the vehicle security barrier sector of the perimeter security market. With the unpredictable nature of terrorism becoming more and more visible, high-security entities are increasingly employing the use of vehicle security barriers in the form of wedge blockers, bollards, anti-ram barriers, and high-security gates to name a few. In the post-Sept. 11 world, physical security has seen an increased demand for high-security products. As a result, vehicle security barriers, particularly hostile vehicle mitigation products, have become a necessity instead of an option for many institutions.

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he unrelenting presence of terrorism around the world has driven growth in the vehicle security barrier sector of the perimeter security market. Securing critical infrastructure and government entities with a first line of defense in the forms of barriers, blockers, and bollards help to mitigate the dangers of vehicle-borne attacks. While previously more of an optional choice, vehicle safety barriers have become a necessity in the post-Sept. 11 world. Although vehicle-borne attacks are thankfully not frequent occurrences in most parts of the world, high-security areas are no longer leaving things up to chance, instead taking measures to ensure high levels of security for their perimeters.

Technology Advancements in vehicle barrier technology have been borne out of need. One of these advancements is the development of shallow mount technology. According to Lucy Foster, Marketing Executive of ATG Access, the method of using a shallow foundation was originally designed to combat the problematic fitting of traditional bollards and barriers, which require deep foundations and can cause disruption to service networks and habitats. This technology requires a shallower foundation, but still meets the requirements of high security ratings. By allowing for a shallower foundation, Foster pointed out that the technology is also a "greener" solution. A shallower foundation means less disruption to the environment, as well as the need for less

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machinery on site, which in turn produces less pollution. Furthermore, the solution uses "less than 25 percent of the concrete employed in a traditional foundation," said Foster. Another advancement is the development of surface-mount technology. With no need to build a foundation, this solution allows for high-security barriers, blockers, and bollards to be installed on a temporary or permanent basis, quickly and efficiently. In order to sidestep the process installing a base foundation, surface-mount equipment is simply affixed to the existing surface, making it an excellent solution for scenarios in which the environment is not conducive for products that require a foundation. The 2012 London Olympic Games is a good example of an event that deployed the use of surface-mounted vehicle barriers. With stadiums and arenas in need of high-security products, particularly at remote sites that only need high-security protection for a limited time, Foster noted that surface-mount technology perfectly fitted the Olympic Games requirements. Employed by Cova Security Gates, fiber arresting technology for automated gates reduces the need

The unrelenting presence of terrorism around the world has driven growth in the vehicle security barrier sector of the perimeter security market.

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Special Feature for large and heavy weight sections of steel. By reducing the weight of the project, it makes the gates much safer, as there is less critical mass, according to Jeremy Tettmar, Sales Director at Cova Security Gates. Tettmar added that the fiber arresting technology also makes controlling and stopping gates a lot easier, as well as reduces the risk of crushing and vehicle impact damage. Additionally, less weight increases the life of products and reduces maintenance, according to an industry source. Another more recent trend is the switch over to electric barriers, opposed to the traditional hydraulic barriers, as pointed out by Greg Hamm, VP of Sales at Delta Scientific. In the past, hydraulic barriers were the only ones that could provide the speed needed to lift such heavy metal barriers for a quick response to attack. However, as technology has advanced, electric barriers may offer a more cost-efficient, easier to install solution that requires less maintenance, while being able to provide the speed needed for hostile vehicle mitigation.

Standards and Ratings Independent testing organizations such as the American Standards for Testing and Materials (ASTM) in the U.S.

Cases As part of London Heathrow’s Terminal 4 Plaza refurbishment project, Cova’s shallow mount bollards were chosen due to the minimal foundation availability on the upper vehicle deck at the site. The bollard is crash tested with 7.5 tons at a rate of 50 miles per hour (PAS 68 rated) and only requires a depth of 215 millimeters for installation. Originally a landfill, the site for the new Doha International Airport in Qatar is the largest landfill relocation in the Persian Gulf region. To fit with the environmentally conscious design of the project, ATG Access' shallow mount bollards (PAS 68 rated) were chosen. The shallow mount bollards minimize disruption to habitats and tree roots, uses less machinery for installation, and requires less than 25 percent of the concrete needed in traditional foundations.

and the British Standards Institute (BSI) in the U.K. have crash and installations standards for companies to help rate their perimeter security products. For high-security barrier installations, impact ratings are mandatory worldwide. These product ratings can give companies the competitive edge they need when tendering for jobs domestically and internationally. As the market becomes more regulated and superior products are becoming easier to find, said Foster, it is no longer enough for companies to simply pass an impact test — products will also be compared to other similar products. While BSI standards and ASTM

standards are similar, one of the main differences lies in the difference between American and European car dynamics. Tettmar pointed out that American trucks have hoods that absorb more impact than European trucks that lack hoods. It is also noted that European vehicles tend to be heavier than American vehicles.

British Standards Designed to assure organizations that vehicle security barriers will not only provide the level of impact resistance they require, but have also been tested to a uniform standard, the BSI created PAS 68:2010 and PAS 69:2006 for crash testing and installation, respectively, of hostile vehicle equipment. The BSI website states PAS (Publicly Available Specification) 68 — Impact Test Specifications for Vehicle Security Barriers — refers to a classification system for the performance of vehicle security barriers and their supporting foundations when subjected to a single horizontal impact.

American Standards ▲Jeremy Tettmar, Sales Director, Cova Security Gates

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Vertical Market

Connect with Smarter Home The home automation (HA) market is witnessing growth thanks to the demand for HA and security systems that improve the efficiency of all kinds of homes. HA technologies not only enhance security, simplify living, but also increase energy efficiency and secure lives. The U.S. remains the largest market while European market is still under the economical weather. With considerable disparities in cultural values and awareness of HA, Japan, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand are leaders in the technology, market maturity, and potentials. Regarding other countries in APAC, continued education is required for customers to understand the benefits of HA for better and more efficient home life.

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Home Automation

The U.S. is the largest market for home automation (HA) systems and devices. Security remains a terrific opportunity as it is the pillar for all other services. n By Tevin Wang

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ccording to Berg Insight Research, global revenues from shipments of HA systems will grow to nearly US$9.5 billion in 2015. Significant revenue contributions will come from retrofit of existing homes, both luxury and mainstream. These numbers include all three categories of HA: professionally installed, do-it-yourself

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(DIY), and the more recent category systems installed by broadband and utility service providers. North America represents the largest market for HA worldwide. According to BCC Research, the HA section of the market is set to reach $5.5 billion by the year 2016 at a growth rate of 10.5 percent annually. The home

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automation market in the U.S. can be broadly classified into lighting, home entertainment and security systems, and energy management and HVAC systems. Of these two sections, the former was poised to grow at the rate of 12.2 percent annually to reach $3.8 billion by 2016. The latter system was expected to reach $1.7 billion by 2016 at the rate of 7.4 percent

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annually. HA systems will no longer be confined to two niche markets: luxury customdesigned systems and DIY systems. Systems are becoming more mainstream. "A revolution is taking place in the appeal, deliver, support, and pricing of HA systems as the technology moves from being a high ticket investment to becoming another newly essential monthly service,” said principal analyst Jonathan Collins, ABI Research in their press release. Easy, reliable, and stable HA systems that are also fun to use are the key to winning greater adoption.

HA Boosts Housing Market The housing market in the U.S. is slowly rebounding. Despite the real estate market recovery, returning homebuyers are weighing their options very carefully. The market for HA technology also reflects this trend. More affordable systems that provide similar benefits to homeowners as high-end offerings are becoming the norm. Indeed, high-end packages that enable whole-home entertainment and are priced into the tens of thousands of dollars draw plenty of looks, but more affordable options that provide basic functions such as the ability to control security, lighting, and HVAC are steadily cropping up and gaining

US$9.5 billion According to Berg Insight Research, global revenues from shipments of HA systems will grow to nearly US$ 9.5 billion in 2015.

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attention. This spells great opportunity for builders and integrators alike. Current low mortgage rates provide a great opportunity for first-time home buyers. Some of these first-time buyers are younger consumers who have grown up with technology in the palms of their hands. As more are entering the housing market, these younger generations will play a growing role in shaping the market in the years ahead. It could be interesting and exciting to see how builders can sell, implement, and execute HA technology in entry-level homes.

Savings with Energy Management Energy management would also be one of the reasons fueling consumer interest as utility costs continue to rise. However, whether homeowners take energy savings as ROI varies wildly

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depending on the country, utility, and rates. “In North America the ‘argument’ or ‘justification’ might include ROI, but the primary motivation is that remote control via smart device is fun,” said Mark Walters, Director of the Z-Wave Alliance. “In other markets where rates are higher and where the communication is coming primarily from the utility company, ROI is often the leading and deciding factor.” Jay Kenny, VP of Marketing at Alarm. com is seeing an increase of customers who are eager to achieve savings with energy management. “I think there are two types of consumers that are adopting the energy management technology today. One type is those who are environmentally conscious. They want to conserve energy and are interested in green energy. These are the early adopters of energy management. We started to see another type of customers

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Using Nonproprietary Tablets for Home Automation

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an tablets or smartphones replace expensive proprietary devices and bring home automation (HA) to the masses? This feature looks at why consumer-based devices are a great replacement for proprietary devices, with a main focus on iOS devices as these are currently more commonly used in the automation industry.

Advantages • Cost: The first and most obvious advantage is the cost of a smartphone or tablet compared to a proprietary control device. A typical dedicated touch screen could cost well more than US$2,000, while an iPad — which is of similar size and capabilities to common touch panels — will cost under $500. When Android devices are brought into the mix, the cost becomes even lower, and in almost all cases, functionality is not only on par, but often better than that of proprietary devices. • Availability: Complementing the cost

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factor is that these consumer devices are readily available from a number of different sources without the need for special accreditations or being locked into any single distributor. • Device familiarity: According to Nielsen2, almost half (49.7 percent) of all US residents now own a smartphone. These consumers will be more than likely already familiar with iOS or Android devices. If they do not already use one of these, they will have seen them advertised and being used by others. This means that they are conditioned to the look and operation of these devices. • Processing power: Most proprietary devices have built-in processors; however, the speed and power of these processors are severely lacking when compared with iOS and most Android

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devices. They also have less memory and only small amounts of storage space for GUI files. This results in special programming being required to work around the limitations of the touch panels, while an iOS device can take almost anything an integrator can throw at it. • Additional features: Tablets and smartphones have additional features that can be taken advantage of in HA applications. For example, multitouch is a feature that is not widely included in proprietary devices; this is an extremely powerful feature that allows us to improve human-device interaction through using a different number of fingers to interact with the display. • Existing infrastructure: In many circumstances, the customer will already have a wireless network set up in the

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house. Because devices such as the iPad utilize standard protocols such as Wi-Fi, in most cases this network can be utilized to connect the mobile devices that will control the systems in the premises. This means there is no expensive special cabling required.

Disadvantages • Lack of hard buttons: Proprietary devices usually have a number of physical buttons that can be programmed to carry out the most common functions such as power on, volume changes and so on, without the need to navigate through pages of GUIs. However, alternative methods of interaction can combat this by designing a GUI that utilizes gestures, sensors and the multitouch interface to allow for commonly used controls to be implemented. For example, volume up and down could be assigned to swipe up and down gestures. • Screen lock and app launching: Screen lock was also an issue on iOS devices, as before iOS 6, slide to unlock could only be disabled on a jail-broken device. With Guided Access on iOS 6, the screen lock function can be disabled, so it launches straight into the app that was open when the screen

turned off. • Software/hardware updates: Some device manufacturers such as Apple will frequently release software and hardware updates. This would lead some to think that therefore more service calls would be required. Feedback from integrators has indicated that this is not always the case, as a lot of end users are happy to continue using older hardware for control systems (not as entertainment devices). Software updates are more of a problem, but generally software updates are not compulsory and are usually designed so that all previously installed applications will continue to function as usual. • Wi-Fi downfalls: When talking about iPads and iPhones, Wi-Fi is really the only option for network connectivity. While there is no substitute for a wired connection, making Wi-Fi rock solid has become increasingly easier and inexpensive. There is also a selection of Android devices available that include a wired Ethernet connection. • Low margins: With Apple tightly controlling the distribution and selling of its products, it is next to impossible to make decent margins on their equipment if you are planning on reselling it. However, with the right

thinking and planning, integrators can make the money up in other aspects of the job, and your programming and installations will actually make more money due to being more efficient, and in the end you may win more jobs due to reduced costs

Debunking Misconceptions • No centralized app: Once again, it is a case of moving away from the proprietary control systems and apps and choosing one that publishes open protocols to allow for simple control of many different systems from a single app. And if for some reason you really need to switch apps, applications are available to allow programmers to perform the app switch from within the programmed GUI interactively. • Latency issues: It is usually a case of incorrect programming, a misconfigured network, or choosing an inferior application. A proprietary system is often slower as it bottlenecks through a single controller instead of communicating with individual devices concurrently. • Easily broken: These days, even proprietary devices have embraced capacitive technology for obvious reasons, and hence, are just as easy to break. Protective cases are much more readily available for consumer devices. While proprietary panels may still be the better choice in some jobs from the point of reliability, this option is fast becoming difficult to justify from the point of cost, performance and feel. Technology is constantly changing, and not always in the right direction; a decision that was right yesterday may be wrong today. Regardless of the direction chosen, what is most important is to stay informed.

Source: Gartner.April, 2012

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Beyond Surveillance:

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he security industry exists to provide and ensure safety of the population. Teams of developers are constantly working on new devices to better protect not only the people but also their properties. Regular existing technologies such as chemical solutions and GPS trackers are also being improved and used in innovative ways to deter various criminal activities. Whether the devices and plans are proposed by the government, civil rights activists, or even mere students, they can all be seen as one more step towards greater safety and security.

Forensic Marking Lowers Rate of Theft and Burglary

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McDonald’s Down Under Halts

Robbers with DNA Spray

After multiple locations of the fast food giant had been robbed in late 2012, McDonald’s Australia decided to reinforce its security measures by installing security systems that spray robbers and thieves with a non-toxic, water-based DNA solution. The DNA solution mimics human DNA, as it is composed of the same base nucleotides — Adenine (A), Cytosine (C), Guanine (G), and Thymine (T). “It is the combination of these A, C, G and T’s that make each canister of SelectaDNA unique, and because each DNA strand is short-chain, it is as robust as human DNA,” said Alice Baillie, Marketing Manager at SelectaDNA. After conducting a successful four-month trial in six of their busiest locations, several McDonald’s locations across Australia deployed this system in hopes of preventing further robberies. “Prevention is the key, and as we have many restaurants that are not all the same, it is important to McDonald’s that we provide a range of security tools

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and solutions that our restaurants can tailor to suit their particular situation and risk profile,” said Skye Oxenham-Lupul, Media Relations Manager of McDonald’s Australia. Installed over the entrance at each McDonald’s location, the system releases the solution in micro-mist form, dousing the offender with the special DNA-laced solution, linking them to the scene of the crime. The solution contains a UV tracer invisible to the naked eye, but immediately reacts to the rays of a UV light by glowing bright blue. The resilient formula is able to remain on the suspect’s clothing for up to six months, even after it has been thrown in the wash. The solution will also remain in the creases of the suspect’s skin for up to two weeks — the normal period of regeneration for human skin — and stay “indefinitely” on items such as bags, hats, and weapons. The DNA-based anti-theft system provides an additional layer of security on top of more orthodox systems such as building alarms and video surveillance. Police are able to piece together evidence from all the systems when carrying out their investigation. If an offender is found to have traces of the DNA spray on his belongings, the footage from the site presents a visual layer of proof, placing the offender at the scene of the crime at the time in question. A key component of the system is the highly visible warning signs SelectaDNA supplies to its users, alerting the potential thieves and robbers of the spray system to dissuade them from targeting the stores. So far, the system has been used successfully in the prosecution of offenders overseas and proven as an effective crime deterrent for McDonald’s

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▲ SelectaDNA supplies highly visible warning signs to its users, alerting the potential thieves and robbers of the spray system.

locations in Australia. “During the trial the restaurants experienced zero robberies and reduced instances of anti-social behavior. In the past twelve months, security incidents (including robberies) at McDonald’s have halved as a result of our multi-level approach to crime prevention and the range of tools, technology, and training we provide,” said Oxenham-Lupul. Though the system did set off a few false alarms during the trial period, there are procedures in place to ensure the spray system cannot be activated unintentionally. “False alarms are very rare with this system due to the process involved in setting it off. A false alarm does not occur via system malfunction, but through human error. Procedures are taught in system training for staff members to

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eliminate these incidents,” said Baillie. Currently, the system is installed in 19 McDonald’s locations in Australia, and will continue to be implemented in more restaurants across the country. McDonald's is the first chain restaurant in Australia to use the SelectaDNA spray system. It is used comprehensively in the banking sector and also in large format retail in both New Zealand and Australia at the National Australia Bank, Bank of New Zealand, The Warehouse, and Warehouse Stationery. Discussions are being had with companies across all industries, according to Baillie.

War Memorials Marked to Prevent Theft Metal theft is currently estimated to cost the UK economy in excess of US$1 billion on an annual basis and the already

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