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The evolution of access control systems

Here, Amer Hafiz, Technical Director at Nortech Control Systems, reviews the evolution of identity credentials in access control Access control is defined as “the selective restriction of access to a place or other resource”. For an automatic access control system to function, it...
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How to increase your sales in ten steps

PSI’s resident business expert Jim Rathbone reveals the ten essential steps for increasing sales from your customers Your customers are the easiest, most profitable group to which you can market your business. They are your fastest source of additional revenue and profit. So when...
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What will Alexa Guard mean for you?

Announced last week by Amazon, Alexa Guard turns any Amazon Echo into a security device, using what the company calls “guard mode.” Once in guard mode, Echo devices will send an alert and audio recording to the user’s mobile phone, if it “hears” the sound of breaking glass or if...
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What does GDPR mean for surveillance?

Over the last 20 years, various crisis and initiatives have come and gone that have resulted in huge consultancy and IT bills – now GDPR has become the latest golden goose which has the industry feathers ruffled.  Here, Neil Patel at D-Link Europe, explores and debunks some...
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Understanding ONVIF Profiles

Understanding the device specifications for integrators, installers and security end users for complete IP video solutions Systems integrators are frequently charged with creating an IP-based video surveillance installation for a client’s facility that brings together the best...
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A lesson in lockdown requirements

A terrorist incident, a traffic accident, an intruder, air pollution, a nearby fire, or even a dangerous dog roaming around outside – just a few of the situations that could require a school or other public building to go into lockdown. With such events becoming more frequent,...
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Time to take a closer look at 360°?

Enrico Bizzaro, Head of Integrations for Wavestore, suggests that the time is right for installers to take a closer look at 360 degree cameras could give them a competitive edge In a challenging economic climate and with end-users understandably demanding maximum ROI from their...
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Beating the skills shortage

Jamie Allam, Commercial Director at Amthal Fire & Security, looks at the bigger picture of today’s workplace dynamics and shows how multi-generational collaboration is one way to bridge the skills gap and maintain a committed, competent workforce One guaranteed topic of...
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Are you ready to embrace IoT?

When it comes to IoT is the electronic security industry ready, willing and able? Asks Duncan Cooke, Business Development Manager, UK & Europe for Stratus Technologies IT research and advisory company Gartner estimates that as many as 5.6 billion Internet of Things (IoT)...
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Taking technology to the Summit

On the eve of the fifth NSI Installer Summit, we caught up with Chief Executive Richard Jenkins to find out which subjects and trends will be covered at the 2018 event This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the independence of the National Approval Council for Security Systems...