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ASSA ABLOY rolls out digital access management for critical infrastructure

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ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions has launched CIPE Manager, a new access management solution for critical infrastructure protection.

CIPE Manager allows organisations to manage all their keys, locks and access rights from any location, with a cloud-based management system. CIPE Manager connects with every locking solution in the Digital portfolio for Critical Infrastructure Protection by ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions.

These currently include the keyless ABLOY BEAT, the electromechanical PROTEC2 CLIQ, as well as the high-security mechanical ABLOY master key systems.

Mervi Hiltunen, Business Development and Solutions Director, ABLOY Critical Infrastructure, said: “The digitalization in access management continues to move businesses towards more cloud-based applications. A survey conducted by IFSEC Global and ASSA ABLOY in October 2020 indicated that while 65% are still using localised, internal servers to manage their systems, 35% of end-users have already moved to cloud-based software. This development is also seen with wireless access control going beyond the buildings and is reflected in our customers’ needs for secure and comprehensive cloud-based management solutions for infrastructure and asset protection.”

CIPE Manager is designed for day-to-day operational use by security, operations and facility management who control and manage access rights to their organisations’ critical infrastructure sites and facilities. Typical sectors include energy, water, telecom, oil, gas and rail, ports and airports.

CIPE Manager includes a highly visual map-based user interface that provides a clear overview on the variety of locking points. With CIPE Manager the user can connect the organisation’s mechanical, electromechanical and keyless locking solutions in ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions’ digital portfolio for critical infrastructure into the same system. This allows extensive situational awareness and efficient access and key management.

The user interface is browser-based, allowing the management of keys, locks, and access rights remotely from any location with most mobile devices or desktop computers.

The administrator using CIPE Manager can grant and revoke access permissions to people according to their roles, e.g. job task or organisation. In addition to easy access management, the solution offers extended reporting and tracking features with full audit trail data.

Hiltunen added: “CIPE Manager provides digital convenience, control and security that simplifies managing daily processes, adding operational efficiency and complete situational awareness. With this new addition to our digital portfolio, we now offer complete protection for our customers’ entire critical infrastructure requiring mechanical, electromechanical and keyless access solutions. I’m excited to see the possibilities CIPE Manager has for extending our capability to become the preferred infrastructure access management provider for our customers.”

CIPE Manager is licensed and delivered to customers as a SaaS (Software as a service) solution, continuously updated and supported by ASSA ABLOY and ABLOY Critical Infrastructure teams.

WEBINAR: Smart Buildings – Integrating Video Security, Sensors, and Access Control

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Natively integrated Video, Environmental Sensors, and Access Control is the next step to delivering on our vision of becoming the operating system that powers modern buildings.

Join us in this webinar for a live demonstration of how seamlessly access control integrates with Verkada’s video security solution, providing users with real-time visibility into access-based events across their locations.

We’ll also introduce you to the SV11 Environmental Sensor: an all-in-one sensor for monitoring environmental changes across your facilities, and share how customers are already putting these powerful insights to use to improve site monitoring and operations. 

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WEBINAR: Smart Buildings – Integrating Video Security, Sensors, and Access Control

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Natively integrated Video, Environmental Sensors, and Access Control is the next step to delivering on Verkada’s vision of becoming the operating system that powers modern buildings.

Join us in this webinar for a live demonstration of how seamlessly access control integrates with Verkada’s video security solution, providing users with real-time visibility into access-based events across their locations.

We’ll also introduce you to the SV11 Environmental Sensor: an all-in-one sensor for monitoring environmental changes across your facilities and share how customers are already putting these powerful insights to use to improve site monitoring and operations.

As a token of appreciation, qualified attendees will receive a 10oz YETI Mug for joining.

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Hosted physical security adoption given ‘major boost’ by uptake in cloud

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New research into the impact of COVID-19 on physical security purchasing decisions has revealed a sharp increase in the necessity/urgency for businesses to adopt hosted video surveillance (VSaaS) and access control (ACaaS) solutions.

While 70% of 1000 senior decision makers in IT, security, FM and HR roles agree this to be the case, 78% also anticipate their organisations’ use of cloud technologies to increase in the future as a result of COVID-19.

The independent survey, commissioned by hosted security provider Morphean, revealed that over three-quarters (76%) of senior managers in UK, Germany and Sweden have increased their use of video conferencing (e.g. Microsoft Teams); 65% have increased their use of office applications (e.g. Microsoft 365); and 70% of those in the security sector are now strongly inclined towards cloud adoption.

51% say their company is currently using a cloud-based service for video surveillance (VSaaS) and/or access control (ACaaS). This is an increase of 3% over 2019 (48%) and broadly reflects projected growth in the physical security market from USD $93.5b in 2020 to USD $120.3b by 2025 at a CAGR of 5.2%. The accelerating adoption of hosted solutions is buoyed by its low cost set up, flexible scalability and demand for real-time and remote access to security data.

Analytics will drive adoption say 95%

For the security professional already working with cloud services, the growth in connected digital devices through the IoT is resulting in a growing appetite for physical security, such as network cameras, to enhance existing IT systems and assist business intelligence gathering. 95% agree that if an existing security system could deliver insights beyond security to assist decision making (i.e. occupancy or test and trace analytics), it would influence adoption.

82% say flexible and remote working will grow 

More flexibility in working locations is the benefit respondents are most likely to identify from moving business functions to the cloud (50%), followed by easier collaboration (44%); more cost-effective (44%); safer / better security (38%). 82% anticipate the levels/frequency of remote workers and flexible working in their organisations to be higher post-pandemic and in the longer term than they were pre-pandemic.

Security will need to be enhanced to facilitate greater flexibility in worker patterns. An access control solution which is linked to HR records, for example, can check the swipe of an access card against staff records. A staff member who is flagged as being on leave, absent or no longer employed will trigger an automated alert to the relevant personnel. Surveillance cameras also provide secondary authentication through visual clarification of an individual’s identity.

The ‘Landscape Report 2020/21: Hosted Security adoption in Europe is the third study of its kind by Morphean, and facilitates a better understanding of market trends with comparative data from 2018 and 2019. Other key findings revealed by the study include:

  • 78% anticipate organisational use of cloud technologies to increase in the future as a result of COVID-19. The security sector reflected a strong inclination towards cloud adoption (70%).
  • IT Services (52%) and Commercial Offices (49%) are the two sectors that anticipated the greatest degree of change in their organisation’s use of cloud technology.
  • 73% of managers believe their organisations are more inclined to adopt cloud as a result of their governments’ responses to COVID-19 – UK (74%), Germany (71%) and Sweden (73%).
  • 27% said physical security was optimised in their companies, a rise of 4% on 2019 (23%). The retail sector was least likely to say that physical security was optimised (19%).
  • VSaaS/ACaaS uptake shown to be more prevalent in Sweden with 59% already utilising such services, with 34% in UK and 31% in Germany considering it.

Rodrigue Zbinden, CEO of Morphean SA, said: “The results highlight a hosted physical security market that will see strong growth in 2021 as cloud applications are proven to deliver business continuity in challenging times. At the height of the lockdown, many business premises were unoccupied and potentially vulnerable, but remote monitoring and maintenance made possible by hosted security were a welcome advantage. We also saw a spike in demand for frictionless access control enabling a totally hands-free experience and negating the need for physical contact. Business leaders will now be considering the learnings from the past year and looking to apply them to boost productivity, streamline costs and make organisations more agile.

“For the physical security reseller, the study will demonstrate that hosted security solutions must play a major part in expanding their offering to a wiser customer base. Cloud-enabled physical security solutions represent an investment into improving securityand operations, a chance to forge new business relationships, and an opportunity to embrace future proof technologies in preparation for whatever challenges the future might hold.”

Receive a YETI Mug: Smart Buildings with Integrated Security

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Natively integrated Video, Environmental Sensors, and Access Control is the next step to delivering on Verkada’s vision of becoming the operating system that powers modern buildings.

Join us in this webinar on February 11th at 14:00 GMT for a live demonstration of how seamlessly access control integrates with Verkada’s video security solution, providing users with real-time visibility into access-based events across their locations.

We’ll also introduce you to the SV11 Environmental Sensor: an all-in-one sensor for monitoring environmental changes across your facilities, and share how customers are already putting these powerful insights to use to improve site monitoring and operations.

Join the live webinar to qualify for a 10oz YETI rambler!

Do you specialise in Access Control? We want to hear from you!

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Each month on Security Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the security market – and in January we’ll be focussing on Access Control Solutions.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help security buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re a supplier of Access Control solutions and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Ian Jefferies on i.jefferies@forumevents.co.uk.

Here’s our full features list:

Jan – Access Control
Feb – Business Continuity & Risk Management
Mar – Fire Solutions
Apr – Lone Worker Security
May – Perimeter
June – SIA Security Training
July – Transit, Screening & Scanning
Aug – Biometrics
Sept – IP/IT Security
Oct – CCTV
Nov – Loss Prevention Solutions
Dec – Drones

WHITE PAPER: Smartphones – the future of access control?

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Abloy UK has released a white paper exploring how the critical infrastructure sector can unlock the potential of smartphones in the workplace to improve employee mobility, job satisfaction and productivity.

Despite consumer usage of smartphones increasing significantly over the last decade, many organisations haven’t been as quick to tap into the uses and benefits smartphones can provide. 

Abloy recognises that smartphones should be an extension of IT infrastructure, and users can benefit from the device far greater than just a phone on a network. Integrating a device is more cost effective, functional and secure.

The paper looks at how the cloud, integration, 5G and advances in battery life all mean that smartphones are now essential pieces of IT equipment, which should be used when they’re the most efficient tool for the job.

It explores how critical infrastructure organisations can particularly benefit from this transition, as widespread roll out can deliver financial savings, environmental benefits and improve operational efficiencies.

The white paper also outlines the solution available to achieve this ‘keyvolution’, such as  the CLIQ system, PROTEC2 CLIQ technology and the new BEAT digital padlock. BEAT is a keyless solution that combines a digital key, a mobile app and a heavy-duty, Bluetooth padlock, ideal for critical infrastructure sites.

Pip Courcoux, Sales and Product Manager at Abloy UK, said: “We believe that smartphones will become a much more integral part of the next generation of access control systems. They are capable of so many functions that have become a central part of businesses network infrastructure.

“We have probably only realised a fraction of the value that smartphones can bring, and how they can provide the edge computing and connectivity necessary for true digital transformation. This will only be increased further by the introduction of 5G, offering faster connection speeds and a faster transfer of data.

“Ultimately smartphones will revolutionise remote access control by bringing it into the digital era. The overall benefits of flexibility, time and financial savings, improved security and ease of use are too good to ignore. Their role in helping to effectively secure and manage sites allows critical infrastructure organisations to provide service continuity while building resilience.” 

To learn more and to read and download the white paper, visit https://bit.ly/2J7F8rg.

ASSA ABLOY targets secure retail rooms with Code Handle

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ASSA ABLOY has unveiled its Code Handle solution for retailers looking to secure rooms in busy public spaces.

The solution targets spaces that contain valuable stock or sensitive information, which need to be protected from unwanted intruders, members of the public and any other opportunists. It says Code Handle ensures those working in retail outlets can secure private rooms in a cost-effective and easy way.

A handle with a built-in PIN-pad, Code Handle offers a convenient access control solution for those that need to keep private rooms separate from public areas. Access is granted to authorised individuals via a four-digit code on the handle’s keypad. Code Handle also automatically locks when a door closes.

ASSA ABLOY says that unlike other access control systems Code Handle can be quickly and easily installed or retrofitted. It is battery-powered and so requires no wiring, and works together with an existing locking unit for ease and convenience – users can keep the current cylinder or lock, and upgrade almost any interior door to Code Handle by simply securing it in place with two screws.

Offered with a master code and up to nine different user PINs, Code Handle delivers many benefits over key-operated locks. Not only do organisations have to keep track of keys, which can amount to a great deal of wasted admin and time spent monitoring these, but there is also the cost of getting new keys cut or locks changed should any keys become lost or fall into unwanted hands. Should an employee move on, the PIN for a room can be immediately changed to a different one.

Eryl Jones, Managing Director of the ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware Group, said: “It goes without saying that retail businesses must ensure thieves and other opportunists cannot access private rooms where valuable stock or sensitive information is stored. Public areas with high levels of traffic can be hard to police, but Code Handle delivers a cost-effective and hassle-free solution to protect these rooms from unwanted visitors.

“Complete with a great looking modern design and offered in both left and right-hand options, Code Handle also requires little maintenance, with up to 30,000 cycles provided for each battery. Users also never have to worry about whether they have locked the door when exiting a room, as Code Handle does this automatically.

“Ultimately, Code Handle offers organisations an affordable and secure solution for protecting private rooms from intruders and other members of the public. For those with private rooms that open out onto public-facing spaces, Code Handle is a simple and convenient choice, which can be quickly installed with minimal hassle.”

WEBINAR: Smart Buildings – Integrating Video Security and Access Control

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Verkada, the leader in cloud-based physical security, recently launched Access Control as the next step to delivering on the company’s vision of becoming the operating system that powers modern buildings.

Join us in this webinar to get an early look at how seamlessly access control integrates with Verkada’s video security solution, providing users with real-time visibility into access-based events in their buildings.

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Abloy UK introduces ABLOY BEAT

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Abloy UK introduces ABLOY BEAT – a new benchmark in keyless solutions, heralding a new era of effortless mobile connectivity with Seos® credential technology for best-in-class security and privacy protection. Featuring a newly designed Super Weather Proof Bluetooth® padlock, operated with our new digital key and mobile app. 

BEAT is a digital innovation within our continuously evolving digital portfolio that includes PROTEC2 CLIQ, Abloy’s comprehensive and flexible key and access management system. It is a wireless solution with quick and easy installation, electronic keys and an audit trail.

To read more on ABLOY BEAT and Abloy’s expanding digital Portfolio please click the link below.

https://www.abloy.co.uk/en/abloy/abloy-co-uk/abloy-beat/