As part of the UK's leading security expo - IFSEC 2023 at ExCel London, HowToAV brought together a panel of experts from some of the UK's leading security distributors to answer your questions on latest technology, trends and installation challenges from the world of video surveillance, access control and smart home technology.
We discuss how the model of the trade distributor has significantly changed in recent years, from simple 'box shifting' to a service-driven business model to provide customers with education and pre- / post-sales support as part of the product offering.
A value-added distributor (VAD) sits between technology manufacturers and end customers. Its primary role is to enhance the value of the products it distributes by providing additional services and expertise.
Unlike traditional distributors which primarily handle logistics and supply chain management, value-added distributors such as CIE-Group go beyond simple product delivery. They add value to the distribution process by offering services such as:
It's important to note that while AI (artificial intelligence) brings a variety of benefits to security hardware and technology, it also presents challenges. Ethical considerations, privacy concerns, and the potential for malicious attacks on surveillance and access control systems are some of the issues that need to be addressed as AI continues to evolve in the security industry.
Martyn's Law is a new legislation whihc will mandate responsible parties for specific venues to assess the risk of terrorism and implement suitable measures to mitigate the risk.
This new lehislation, set to become law in early 2024, aims to ensure that individuals are adequately prepared, equipped to respond, and knowledgeable about appropriate actions during an attack. Enhanced security systems, staff training and streamlined procedures will contribute to better protection for the public.
The implementation of this legislation is a direct response to the Manchester Arena Inquiry, which recommended the introduction of laws to enhance the safety and security of public venues.
According to the legislation, standard tier sites (with a capacity ranging from 100 to 799) must utilise an evaluation template to enhance their readiness in quickly responding to terrorist attacks and preserving lives.
10:29 How do manufacturers respond to changes in security legislation?
11:10 How has the chipset shortage affected supply and new product development?
The panel discuss the various contactless authenticiation methods for door unlocking and access control and which technology provides the best solution to various security applications.
Contactless authentication methods include:
19:05 Is installer adoption of IP systems and working with IT managers still a challenge?
21:52 What tips for installing devices in harsh weather environments?
24:26 Are cloud-based systems the future of security?
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