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Posted by: In: Blog, CCTV 07 Apr 2020 0 comments

Understand more about how Thermal Cameras can detect fevers and why it has become so important

 

With the current Covid 19 crisis the importance of detecting potential victims of infectious or contagious diseases cannot be over-emphasised. 

Screening visitors arriving at your office or any location where such a problem is known to exist and checking them for simple fevers such as colds or influenza or something more serious needs a quick and effective system. A number of vendors now offer  thermal imaging cameras.

We hope to highlight the important use of infrared thermography in screening and detecting abnormal temperatures in large numbers of people.

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Thermal cameras have proved invaluable in detecting actual and potential defects in a wide variety of electrical, mechanical and building industries and now this type of technology is being use in veterinary care in recent years.

Medical applications are increasing as the ease of use in detecting higher than normal temperatures in people suffering from a number of causes.

None of these is more important than finding those which may be caused by fevers in cases of viral diseases such as SARS or Ebola

Located in border crossings such as ports and airports thermal cameras can be used by trained operatives.  Anyone with a raised temperature is passed over to medical staff for further investigation and detained from leaving the facility and, possibly stopping the spread of infection.

The vast numbers of people now travelling has increased the risk of the rapid spread of infectious diseases at the same time as making it more difficult to single out individuals for temperature checks.

Thermal cameras can be used to scan a number of people at once. Anyone showing an abnormal temperature stands out from the crowd and can be asked to move to a quieter area for a more accurate check. If this proves positive they proceed to the next step of medical checks.

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In this application, the thermal camera operates by converting the energy emitted from the surface of the skin into a two-dimensional image with the differing temperature levels making a colour picture. The camera is calibrated so that an abnormal temperature is very easy to detect and recorded. If required an audible or visual warning can be given.

What are the Advantages of using a thermal camera for fever detection?

The advantage of this method is that the time taken to get an accurate assessment of the visitors is very quick without causing extra delays to consumers arriving or leaving,  this makes thermal imaging beneficial for everyone.

To learn more contact SCS.

Posted by: In: Blog 20 Jan 2020 0 comments

The market for Automated Vehicle Restriction and Access Control Systems is set to record a very strong level of growth over the next 6 years, a recent market research report from Reports and Data has been able to suggest.

Market Size – USD 1.52 billion in 2018, Market Growth – CAGR of 2.98%, Market Trends – rising demand for IoT and IoT based products.

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The research suggest that the automated barriers and bollards market is likely to grow at a CAGR of close to 3% between 2020 and 2026, with the need for enhanced security and streamlined access being among the main drivers.

Scope of the Report:

The report underlines the market trends drawn after the assessment of the past data gathered from 2016 and 2017 and performs a comprehensive study of the trends in the sector to derive market insights and calculate the CAGR that can be expected in the forecast years. The report also scrutinizes the financial performance, novel technologies, and strategic expansion undertaken by the company, which includes mergers and acquisitions and collaborations. The study also outlines the technological advancements in the sector, especially those credited to top companies in the industry. The report categories the industry by inspecting the competitive landscape in the global setting and individually profiling key players and new entrants engaged in the sector.

SCS – always in the forefront of reliable, affordable access control solutions

Our access control system also include provision for an entry made under duress. A normal PIN can be programmed as a feature of a normal access permission, working in tandem with the smartcard, but there can also be a special duress code set up. When this is entered, the cardholder (and any potential threat) notice no difference in the way that the door opens for them, but it triggers a silent alarm and sends an alert to the necessary people.

The other method by which people can use our access control system is through their personal biometrics.

The type of biometric identification that we offer for access control is the fingerprint reader, for employers who, due to security concerns, want to be absolutely certain that the relevant person is accessing the door. The image of the fingertip pattern is converted into a code through a secure algorithm, which is then stored on a database for future comparison and authentication.

These modern methods of access control should be the minimum used by all businesses, yet many premises still rely on lock and key. Contact SCS for more information on our products and services, or by using our contact form.

Posted by: In: Blog, CCTV 05 Nov 2019 0 comments

Access control systems help prevent thefts on construction sites

Access control systems are just one of the series of security solutions that can be deployed to prevent thefts on building sites, a phenomenon that is affecting an increasing number of construction companies across the UK.

In fact, the Construction Index reports that more than half of builders in the UK have been victims of theft, with more than 50% having had their vans damaged and tools stolen.

In an interview, FMB chief executive Brian Berry stated that tools were being stolen from vans and directly from construction sites. “Some builders have even been assaulted by would-be thieves. The impact of this on the nation’s smaller building firms is particularly disruptive. Not only is there a high cost in terms of both time and money spent replacing these expensive tools, and to fix the damage caused, but without the right tools, firms are simply unable to work,” he explained.

Builders are currently adopting a range of measures to limit tool theft. This can range from bringing tools inside after work, installing extra locks on vans and parking against a wall.

Leaving tools, no matter how big or small, lying around a construction site after work hours is like leaving out an invitation for thieves. Professional Builder suggests locking everything away in safe storage or taking the tools and equipment off-site. If the tools are too big, marking each with indelible ink or an identification mark can help in the recovery, especially if the equipment is listed on a police-approved national tool register. 

If you do leave the tools on-site it pays to invest in a good quality shed to store them in. T3’s guide to choosing the best shed details how metal designs are more resilient than wooden sheds. This means that they will last longer on a construction site. In terms of security, a metal shed would be much harder to break into. Of course, it is up to the builders to make sure the shed is secure with good locks. Screwfix has a number of metal sheds that now come with two padlock points, which will allow builders to have an extra level of protection. It is also best to purchase a shed without a window, which would be an easy access point for thieves. A metal shed can also be constructed and broken down much quicker than a regular wooden shed, meaning it could be transported easily from site to site. 

Go digital

Electrical Contractor Magazine notes that digital advancements like mobile technology and artificial intelligence have made it easier for contractors to monitor multiple locations at a time. Security cameras can now be controlled through mobile phones by simply downloading an app; these allow contractors to view the site 24/7. Not only that, installing tracking devices on tools is now an option. Cloud-based software can help track tools that have been fitted with a tracking device. This means a contractor can now monitor when the tools are being used and in some cases where they are.

Protection against theft on construction sites needs to start at the site boundary by incorporating physical deterrents like strong walls and perimeter fences. Intruder alarms, high-quality locks, and controlled entry points are also great deterrents.

If it is a large site, then controlled entry points and patrols can also help make sure no one is on the site during the hours when it is closed.

With years of experience in site security contact SCS to learn now we can help keep your site safe and secure.

Posted by: In: Blog 18 Oct 2019 0 comments

SCS have been a long time supporter and installer of Paxton Access Control Systems. The Paxton products are well designed and well supported by the team in Brighton.

The core product Net 2 is a central server based solution for local and dispersed building access control. 

Paxton are poised to expand the range of security solutions with the Paxton 10 platform that combines Access Control with Video Management. Paxton will launch a range of HD cameras.

Full details of Paxton 10 to be released in November.

Paxton Overview:

Access control

Access control provides a secure, convenient and flexible way of controlling who has access to your buildings and assets.

Installing an access control system means that you will never have to change a lock again. Electronic tokens and cards are issued to allow access through controlled doors and are easily barred from the system if they are lost, stolen or just not returned by someone who leaves.

Additionally, an access control system can offer you more functionality by integrating with other systems like CCTV, intruder alarm and biometrics to create a complete solution.

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Wireless access control is a great way to secure a system quickly and with minimal disruption.

The PaxLock range can be installed as part of a networked system or standalone for sites that do not require extra functionality.

We have several designs available which can be installed on internal or external doors.

Door entry

Door entry allows you to recognise a visitor calling at the main entrance before granting them access to your building. Our door entry system is simple and comprises three components: external panel, door control unit and internal monitor.

Our Net2 Entry system can work standalone or alongside our access control system to combine the benefits of door entry with the key features and centralised management of access control.

Posted by: In: Blog 18 Sep 2019 0 comments

This seems a neat way to add extra security to any room is an office. 

Simply add a smart handle to an office door and you have added an extra layer of security to the room.

How many rooms at your office shouldn’t offer an open access, free-for-all? Probably quite a few. But expecting everyone to keep them locked, and the key-carrying and-tracking that entails, is unrealistic. This is when you need Code Handle.

This simple, secure, easy-to-fit handle works with your current door lock. There is no need for you to change the door lock mechanism; just replace the existing handle to add PIN security to an office door. With Code Handle, there is no wiring, no expensive access control system and no need for cumbersome physical keys. Two screws fit a Code Handle to almost any interior office, meeting room, archive or storage room door.

The inbuilt electronic PIN pad does the security work for you. Press a 4-digit code on the handle’s integrated keypad and the door opens. Code Handle comes with a Master Code and 9 different user PINs, so you can restrict access to a select group of people — senior managers, the IT department or the office cleaners, for example.

Code Handle also locks itself. Auto-locking ensures an office, storage room or staff toilet is always secure when you close the door. You know for sure nobody has seen the new org chart you left on your desk, nor entered the stationery cupboard without authorisation.

Simple security, elegant design: why Code Handle is the right fit for offices

With Code Handle, user-friendly security comes with clean, elegant design. Forget about ugly push-button-and-twist mechanical PIN locks. The low-profile Code Handle is brushed in stainless steel and satin chrome zinc, in a sleek design to blend with any modern office décor.

All the security you need is in the handle. Two standard batteries (CR2) slot inside, and typically last for 30,000 lock/unlock cycles before you need to replace them. An indicator tells you when it’s time to change them. Code Handle comes in left- and right-hand versions. It is fire tested and enables free exit from the inside of a room.

Code Handle keeps sensitive documents, meeting rooms and personal belongings safe and secure at your workplace. You can’t lock every room, nor install CCTV everywhere. With Code Handle, you don’t need to.

Contact us to learn more about how SCS can help you with internal or external access control.

Posted by: In: Blog 06 Aug 2019 0 comments

Considering the serious security concerns affecting most companies and organisations nowadays, most of them need to set up specific restriction measures for certain areas of their site, ensuring the fact that solely authorised members of staff are allowed to access them.

Quite obviously, a standard “lock and key solution” is always perfectly possible, but a modern approach is to implement a role-based access control solution, assigning a specific set of clearances or access rights to each user of the system based on their security credentials.

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However, an access control solution can do a lot more for an organization than simply restricting access through particular doors and offers a lot more advantages over traditional systems.

For example, most access control systems employ either biometrics or smart cards for access, which are a lot less difficult to lose than a pair of keys. Furthermore, it will keep an automated record of people coming and leaving the premises at all times. All entries and exits are logged, so it becomes easy to track staff that visit in non-business hours.

Using an access control system will also lower the risk of trespassing on your organization’s site, ensuring that only genuine employees gain access, and prevent unauthorized individuals from entering without getting detected. A direct consequence of the above is an improved level of security to crucial areas, as well as a higher level of safety for staff.

System can be monitored with a real-time graphical display that show doors opening and closing as they happens. All movements are logged, and the information can be analysed as required. Plus profiles can be changed within a minute if any suspicious activity is noticed.

Our access control system also include provision for an entry made under duress. A normal PIN can be programmed as a feature of a normal access permission, working in tandem with the smartcard, but there can also be a special duress code set up. When this is entered, the cardholder (and any potential threat) notice no difference in the way that the door opens for them, but it triggers a silent alarm and sends an alert to the necessary people.

These modern methods of access control should be the minimum used by all businesses, yet many premises still rely on lock and key.

Contact Simon and his team for more information on our products and services, or by using our contact form.

Posted by: In: Blog 01 Jul 2019 0 comments

Our prefered Access Control system remains Paxton Net2.

This is a proven, robust and well supported software system for managing local or remote Access Control for doors and buildings.

As a Paxton partner we have used and deployed many systems accross the UK for a wide range of business with from 10 to 10,000 staff.

The latest release, net2online, provides access to the managemt portal via any web browser.

Open Door

Open a door directly from your web browser, wherever you are

  • All doors you have access to will appear by default
  • Visual feedback – green flash for opened doors and red for access denied
  • Open door for default seven second door open time

User Administration

Add, delete and edit users for easy management

  • Add tokens to users via Access Denied events
  • Add & edit user photos from your device’s camera or album
  • Manage Anti-Passback, Intruder Alarm and Lockdown user rights

Roll Call

Quickly establish whether users are safe in an emergency

  • Mark users as safe/missing
  • See users’ last known positions
  • Call users via the app
  • View a user’s photo as stored within Net2

Events & Reports

Real-time updates provide live information on users’ locations

  • Default Net2 reports appear in your browser
  • View live Net2 events
  • Dynamically search events and reports
  • Reports default to the last 365 days

To learn more about how SCS can help your security with Paxton contact Simon and his team.

Posted by: In: Blog 07 May 2019 0 comments

There’s growing noise around smart homes and smarter security. You’ve probably heard it. But there is a place where access control and more have been smart for decades: the workplace. Home automation and IoT are still playing catch-up with the commercial sector. A new insights report from ASSA ABLOY and IFSEC Global — “The Smart Door Locks Report 2018” — measures just how fast consumer smart technology is running.

According to a survey conducted for the report, 61% of households now claim to own at least one smart home device or system. Energy monitors, home CCTV cameras, intruder alarms and smart door locks are the most popular, according to the report. All these functions, of course, have been available to businesses for years.

Educating The Smart Home Consumer

Paradoxically, report data also questions how much consumers really know about their smarter home. A surprising 42% of those surveyed, for example, were unaware they could control a smart door lock from their phone. In fact, many leading smart door lock models offer this feature, delivered by Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and an app.

Despite a wealth of features offered by the latest smart door locks — remote and location-based locking/unlocking; voice activation; timed access; emailed entry alerts; and integration with smart camera and lighting systems — most people still have limited knowledge of their capabilities. 

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Only 14% of survey respondents described themselves as “very familiar” with what a smart lock can do. Even though most of them probably use smart access control solutions at their workplace.

Secure Homes Through Smart Technology

Monitoring and security are not the only drivers for smart home adoption. We humans also love convenience, and modern living presents us with problems that smart home technology can solve. Ironically, given the report’s findings, it takes a smartphone to really unlock the convenient possibilities of smarter living. The device that’s “always to hand” is central to the newest generation of smart door locks. A smart door lock is a convenient way for a landlord or agency to offer round-the-clock check-in and check-out

If homeowners wish to remotely manage property access for friends and family, many smart door locks oblige. You let in guests remotely, send them a virtual digital key, or provide a temporary or single-use PIN to unlock the door.

It is just as easy to revoke a digital key, if you don’t want its owner to come around anymore. This is a significant improvement over sharing physical keys — or hiding one under the doormat. We cannot be totally sure where a metal key ends up and have no way to track or cancel it once it’s “out in the wild”. Commercial access control offers such functionality as standard, of course. 

In addition, smart door locks offer more than just stand-alone operation and clever functions. In a domestic setting, magic happens when locks work in harmony with a home automation system, connected by protocols like Z-Wave, ZigBee or Wi-Fi.

“Smart” Security On The Move 

The smartphone is becoming a remote control for managing a connected life beyond just home (and even workplace) security. According to Accenture, the parcel delivery services market will grow by $343 billion by 2020. Just like home security, convenience is a major driver of change.

Vacation Rentals And Smart Home Tech

ASSA ABLOY research published in 2017 forecasts continued growth in the European vacation rentals sector (at 5.8% CAGR). Smart door locks are also making an impact here, at both ends of the market: for service providers — agents and homeowners — and for travellers.

A smart door lock is a convenient way for a landlord or agency to offer round-the-clock check-in and check-out, without creating extra work or staff costs. Both Intersoft, in Croatia, and Hoomvip in Spain have built vacation rentals management systems around an app and the ENTR® smart door lock. Agents issue, revoke, track and manage virtual keys for all their guests, saving everyone time and hassle.

For these visitors the smartphone is already an essential travel accessory. It is a boarding pass, a credit card, a travel guide, and a postcard home… why not a door key, too? And if this key is backed by a trusted home security brand — and a company with vast experience in the mature market for commercial “smart” security — better still.

Posted by: In: Blog 02 Apr 2019 0 comments

New research has found an increasing appetite for smart city measures that aim to tackle urbanisation problems, such as congestion and security issues, with almost a quarter (24%) of Brits even saying they would be happy to fund these solutions using part of their own tax contributions.

The study of 1,000 people, conducted by ATG Access, found that this willingness rises substantially when it comes to funding measures which improve transport infrastructure. More than half (57%) would be happy for their tax to go towards smart traffic lights, and 44% for smarter signs which give real-time traffic updates.
 
Nearly a quarter (24%) said they would also be willing to fund smart barriers that help with incident management.
 
Investment in the smart city concept looks set to grow, with global spending expected to hit $135 billion by 2021. However, uptake in the UK has thus far been relatively slow with cost often cited as an issue.
 
Despite the current lack of investment, there is a clear interest in the smart city concept. 74% of people interested in smart city measures believe they would help to improve day-to-day issues, such as congestion.
 
Conducted as part of ATG’s ‘Smart cities: Turning the dream into a reality’ report, the research outlines the urbanisation problems that could be solved through the adoption of specific smart city concepts, such as traffic, crime and emergency incident response. It explores consumer attitudes and perceptions towards smart cities, and ways to overcome current barriers to adoption in the UK.
 
Gavin Hepburn, managing director at ATG Access, commented:

As our cities become more and more congested, it’s becoming increasingly clear that our current urban infrastructure is no longer fit for purpose and smart cities are a clear step forward.
 
However, despite the obvious benefits of the concept, there are still some issues to be circumnavigated if the UK smart city is to make the transition from far-flung concept to reality – with funding uncertainaties and costs a key issue.
 
“But what is apparent from our research is that people clearly see the benefits of a smart city. The solutions are available and in the most part, proven and tested, so it is time we begin to look for ways to help fund and support these types of projects that facilitate a safer and smarter future for our British cities.

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Posted by: In: Blog 04 Mar 2019 0 comments

A company which specialises in smart homes has made arrangements with a biometrics finger company in Austria in order to integrate the wall-mounted finger scanner into the house system and maximise security. Biometrics – measurements of unique parts the human body such as fingerprints, irises and faces – are much more difficult to hack or guess than a 4-digit PIN, and much more difficult to steal than a smart-card/keycard.

“eKey and Crestron took up the challenge of making door entry more secure and convenient,”

said Michael Short, global residential marketing manager for Crestron.

“To deliver on that, we focused on one of the aspects that makes us unique as human beings – fingerprints. Now, in essence, your finger is the key to your Crestron smart home.”

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Georg Schaffer, head of export, eKey Biometric Systems GmbH, concluded, “As a specialist in fingerprint technology and a proven vendor of outdoor rated fingerprint readers, we are very excited about our partnership with Crestron and the possibilities of this advanced integration. It’s like turning Crestron into a biometric access control system by itself, featuring simplified administration centrally via – for instance – a Crestron touch screen. By saving multiple fingerprints of individual users, different functions can be triggered. Whereas your right index finger will become your new key for unlocking your front door, your left index finger will trigger a silent alarm when used under duress.”

SCS provides enhanced security for residential, retail and commercial installations. For maximum peace of mind, we offer a biometrics access control system, which can be programmed to also demand a smart-card for access. Multi-factor authentication is always more secure, and this biometrics and smart-card combination is no exception, since now no-one can enter your premises with just a stolen smart-card.

Our software can fine-tune and regulate individuals’ access control options, from the very broad, e.g. all employees can go here and all guests cannot, right down to, for example, one particular person can enter this room between the hours of 11am to 3pm.

If you’d like to find out more about the range of solutions supplied by SCS, both in terms of hardware (smart card readers, biometric readers, turnstiles, etc.) and software (access rights management software solutions, etc.), just contact us. We’ll be more than happy to answer any queries you may have.