SALTO – Smart Access Solutions Indoors and Out

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Are conventional keys and locks safely securing property and people in your buildings?

SALTO access control solutions provide security reassurance for everyone on site while protecting assets and equipment.

Physical keys are easily lost or copied and expensive to replace. If it’s easy for bad actors to get in, your people and property are at risk. Smart access is safer, more secure and simpler to manage.

SALTO continues to release impressive technological innovations where connectivity between the door, user and system operations aids the growth of overall safety, security, and access control for any building application or access type. SALTO solutions work with any door including emergency exits, wooden and metal doors, elevators, parking garages, and applications where padlocks have been used even outdoors. SALTO hardware and technology platform can be added to doors with existing locks without additional modifications or wiring.

Modular design and future-proof engineering accommodate growth or regulatory changes to ensure continued compliance.

SALTO products are integrated with our access control solutions to combine style with reliable security and flexibility. Choose from an extensive range of finishes, door handles and locks options to customize for specific needs.

Integration of legacy credentials and compatibility with other systems through multi-application is possible.

SALTO access control integrates with the business technology ecosystem including management and security software (BMS) and other third-party systems. Also integrates with other security systems such as alarm and video.

Denning Electronics now represents SALTO in Illinois and Wisconsin. Please call Steve Vivacue or Ken Wippich to review your access control needs.

Is There More to Perimeter Security than Video? – Part 2

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It’s been some time since we posted comparing sensor-based perimeter security to video-based outdoor intrusion detection systems. Has anything changed?

The security market is video-centric. We get it – CCTV is a good tool, and it keeps getting better. Every year hundreds of firms plow millions of dollars into CCTV R & D, and millions more are invested in mobile platforms such as drones and artificial intelligence and its integration with security systems. Video is visceral and better than “eyes on” assessment since systems may be capable of collecting and displaying information we cannot see (think thermal and IR imaging of the invisible). Storing information on a system featuring quick retrieval provides an even more compelling case for video.

If your system has been designed and installed right and everything’s working properly, video addresses what happened and when it happened. With improved internet connectivity you now may have the means to see what’s happening now, and remotely intervene when a crime is taking place. Using high tech tools under ideal circumstances you may even identify a perpetrator.

Yet we’ve learned crime often doesn’t happen under ideal circumstances, whether by plan or accident. Factors such as weather and mistakes can make a bad situation worse. Layered systems use tools such as intrusion detection, CCTV, communications, access control, and screening that together mitigate an enterprise’s vulnerabilities.

There’s no substitute for starting with a physical security risk assessment (RA) followed by a vulnerability assessment (VA). The RA outlines the threats, while a VA shows under what circumstances assets are at risk. The VA will also outline and perhaps quantify the potential impact.

DETECT DELAY RESPOND

Some situations add Deter, Deny, Assess, Communicate, and Intervene to address a particular vulnerability. We do so understanding ASIS International ESRM (Enterprise Security Risk Management) models and tools.

If you’ve determined it’s people you’re trying to find, consider the environment. Even the best lighted perimeters with low light/no light video technologies may be compromised if there’s blowing sand or snow, and/or fog. At a minimum you should be considering a layered “defense in depth” approach, with physical and electronic systems providing enhanced protection for the times when conditions are bad.

Testing cameras in an ice fog with air temperatures of -2 F.

As outside reps for leading industry manufacturers, we have field experience with scores of sensors and systems.

It is with this insight that we repeat: many of our clients once felt that video was their best line of outdoor perimeter defense. Video was chosen to tell them how something happened, and who did it. It took one incident to tell them they need more than video alone can provide.

*Denning is a manufacturer’s middleman that sells to resellers, so these sales estimates reflect wholesale equipment costs less accessory components and installation.

Vigitron makes networks better

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Vigitron solves Ethernet networking challenges for security and communication systems. The big four challenge are:

It’s nearly impossible or simply too expensive to get Ethernet cabling and power to where cameras, intercoms, access control readers, or SIP phones are needed.

Cable distance is too long for Cat 5/6 Ethernet, and there is no secure place for an IDF.

Our outdoor security devices (cameras, intercoms, sensors, lights) aren’t reliably powering-up or they fail when heaters or illuminators turn on.

There’s no convenient way to health monitor all of our security system components. Often the first we hear of a failure is when we most needed the system!

Vigitron has long provided physical tools to test edge devices and monitor networks. 2020 marked the beginning of NetObserver, the first in a family of software tool designed to provide real time network monitoring.

NetObserver is a next generation health monitoring Windows™ based software capable of receiving status messages from up to 240,000 ports using TCP, UCP, Syslog and SNMP communications. NetObserver recognizes network connected devices by means of Onvif, UPnP and also allows for manual entry. 

Why health monitoring? Large and small security systems with IP CCTV cameras, intercoms, and access control devices must be dependable. Unlike IP phones or other common devices powered by PoE, high power and high bandwidth PoE security devices often have different component states. Outdoor day/night cameras and LED lighting have power requirements that vary by day and by season, so a PoE switch with an inadequate power budget is prone to fail. NetObserver’s GUI with email notification traces the problem, making it easier to quickly respond.

A built-in mapping feature accounting for both IP-enabled network and edge devices ensures manageability, while custom messaging pinpoints trouble.

The Application Programming Interface used to manage the database is Microsoft’s SQL Server Compact 4.0, which is automatically included in the NetObserver installer.

In 2020 Vigitron introduced PoE Ethernet over untwisted conductors, and in 2021 – 2022 is introducing more switches and components aimed at the industrial market, hardened smart switches with ring topology ensuring high reliability, and more tools to ensure top performance from your security components and network.

Do you have a project? Whether you’re an end user, integrator, contractor, or security dealer, we’re here to tackle your network issues.

DSI for Throughput – Custom Solutions

DSI relentlessly focuses upon reliability, security, and throughput. This video taken at ISC West in 2018 shows throughput for DSI’s 831 series barrier optical turnstile:

DSI 831 at ISC West

This is throughput for the 880 series turnstiles as demonstrated at ISC West in 2018:

DSI 880 at ISC West

Are you working with a tight space? If you have a tailgating problem, it might make sense to have a conversation with us. No pressure, no cost.

Most barrier optical turnstile projects have a custom element. Do you need extra heavy duty service? Do you need to match the lobby decor?

For more information or a site visit, please contact Denning or visit DSI’s web site.

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When IP video and intercom systems stop working

Denning Electronics ensures that clients have the lowest possible maintenance cost for their security, surveillance, and intercom systems. We are a resource not only for our current lines, but we also help with products we haven’t worked with for a decade or more and some manufacturers we’ve never directly represented.

We currently help integrators and their clients who experience cameras, video clips, and intercoms mysteriously disappearing on their IP systems and recorders.

Vigitron’s unique and economical diagnostic tools are purpose-built for security integrators. They may be used to evaluate and test cabling and networks before they are commissioned, and they track down problems caused by bad network wiring, insufficient PoE, or bandwidth-limited networks. 

Please contact us for a test drive of the NeTester/NetStat and NetObserver or one of Vigitron’s other test products.

Optical Turnstiles for Safety and Security

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Optical turnstiles provide for tenants and visitors:

A safe, smooth, and orderly flow of personnel into and out of the building.

A secured pathway for visitors and exceptions such as disabled or baggage-laden individuals.

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Turnstiles are a force-multiplier for building concierges and security officers. Maybe someone claims they’ve misplaced their security credential, or they say they’re late for a meeting. Maybe there’s an ex-employee trying to use an old credential to get back in, or an ex-spouse or boyfriend trying to ride in on someone’s coattails. The optical turnstile barrier helps attendants address the situation while maintaining building security.

DSI turnstiles and anti-tailgating systems have been used with temperature screening sensors (For COVID-19), PPE (such as facemask and hard hat) detection, electrostatic discharge equipment, and security screening for metal and radioactive material.

Are employees and visitors socially distanced as they use your turnstiles? Where turnstile lanes are closely spaced, DSI’s new sturdy acrylic Separation Shields may be the answer. These stable and rugged barriers are easily installed with turnstiles (regardless of brand), low walls, or countertops.

DSI turnstiles are compatible with most card and biometric access control manufacturers and elevator destination dispatch systems.

DSI has provided gear for food processing facilities, public buildings, banks, data centers, industrial sites, and sports venues where the new norm is to safety-screen all who enter. DSI has been deployed in some of the most secure facilities in the world, and we’re prepared to share our knowledge with you in confidence.

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SECO-LARM

SECO-LARM manufactures innovative security and surveillance equipment for commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities.

With 40 years of R & D experience and over 200 domestic and international patents, SECO-LARM stands out as an innovator. One of the greatest benefits of buying from SECO-LARM is simply the wide breadth of well-designed products.

Distributors and dealers and their clients in nearly 100 countries worldwide know they can count on SECO-LARM access control, physical security, CCTV, A/V, and wireless components and solutions. With such a broad line-up of CCTV cameras, electromagnetic locks, door strikes, card readers, keypads, intercoms, exit devices, RF wireless, and sensors, you’ll rarely need to go elsewhere to complete your projects on-time and under-budget.

Denning is eager to show you SECO-LARM products. Please call or email Steve Vivacue or Ken Wippich to schedule an appointment.