From the editor’s desk: Converging access control
November 2018, News
Welcome to the Access & Identity Management Handbook 2019. Were publishing this in January as opposed to our traditional end-of-year publishing schedule to make sure you have some bed-time reading for the start of the year. If you have the physical magazine in your hands, youll be glad to know it was designed to operate during rolling blackouts (or load shedding to be politically correct).
Last year was a tough one for most of the security industry in Africa, and the world for that matter, so lets hope 2019 sees an about-turn in the budget restrictions we have become accustomed to, although Eskom seems hell-bent on making sure the South African economy hits the bottom and starts digging. This is, however, a good time to be in the candle business.
This years handbook contains articles covering a variety of topics, but there is one common thread among almost all of them, the way in which the IT industry is now a part of physical access control and will play a greater role going forward. Whether its access based on the IP protocol, cloud and hosted technologies, cyber security or the greater role of IT personnel in access control decisions, IT has moved in and traditional physical access control is very much a converged industry today.
That is not to say there is no future for the physical access control manufacturers, integrators and installers, far from it. The
society we live in requires securely controlled access from the home to business and even restricted government and national utility installations not that anyone wants to steal any outdated Eskom equipment, but the concept remains. The difference is these systems need to be integrated and interoperate with the digital world, hence the need for IT skills. And I think the need for cyber security skills is a given in whatever industry you are in these days.
In one of our articles we cover a webinar HID Global broadcast in which it showed how IT departments are getting involved in physical access control decisions, even to the point of specifying equipment, so we are not merely hyping the convergence idea because it sounds trendy. We also cover the whole concept of the full convergence of physical and logical access, something most people see as a given for the future, but one which nobody seems to know exactly how to accomplish as your traditional physical security people are a different species from your traditional IT people. Its been said they dont actually speak the same language.
Nonetheless, convergence will happen as more security risks involve physical security products and installations as an easy way to get into the corporate network (not that IT departments have anything to boast about when it comes to security). Perhaps a new breed of converged access control specialists will emerge to change the industry for the better, or we can all rely on Eskom to ensure that cyber risks are nullified (because computers dont work on candle power), but then we will still need physical access experts to control the flow of people.
- From the editor’s desk: Dark times
April 2019, Technews Publishing, News
Although the timing is more coincidence than anything else, this issue includes a feature on power management. Given the latest news we’re hearing and experiencing from Eskom and the length and breadth ...
- Bidvest Protea Coin
April 2019, Bidvest Protea Coin, News
Bidvest Protea Coin is a leading provider of integrated, intelligence-driven risk management services.
- ASIS Security Technology Concepts day
April 2019, Technews Publishing, This Week's Editor's Pick, Security Services & Risk Management
ASIS SA kicked the tyres of a few technologies at its first Security Technology Concepts day in February.
- Watching the game
April 2019, Technews Publishing, Pelco by Schneider Electric, Dallmeier Electronic Southern Africa , Entertainment and Hospitality (Industry), CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
Video surveillance plays a larger role in the casino market than simply watching people gambling and trying to catch pickpockets.
- More than locking the door
April 2019, Technews Publishing, Salto Systems Africa, ZKTeco, Entertainment and Hospitality (Industry), Access Control & Identity Management, Asset Management, EAS, RFID
Electronic locks offer hotels far more than simply a more convenient way to manage doors, they can be integrated into a host of other systems and services.
- Securing farms takes a multi-layered approach
April 2019, Technews Publishing, Nemtek Electric Fencing Products, Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection
While perimeter fencing is a must-have, the agriculture sector is increasingly turning to modern high-tech electronic technologies, particularly in light of the violent farm attacks seen in South Africa over the last few years.
- Visible light facial recognition
April 2019, ZKTeco, Technews Publishing, This Week's Editor's Pick, Access Control & Identity Management, Integrated Solutions
ZKTeco recently expanded its reach in the facial recognition market with the launch of its new series of visible light facial recognition (VLFR) products.
- Gordon Moore moves to Forbatt SA
April 2019, Forbatt SA, News
Gordon Moore announced that he has made the move to join Forbatt SA as national sales director.
- Alastair McPhail joins Jarrison
April 2019, Jarrison Systems, News, Access Control & Identity Management
Alastair McPhail has taken the position of national marketing manager at time and attendance manufacturers, Jarrison Systems.
- Cathexis wraps up successful national roadshow
April 2019, Cathexis Technologies, This Week's Editor's Pick, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, News, Conferences & Events, Training & Education
Cathexis Technologies successfully concluded its national CathexisVision Roadshow. With events held in Durban, Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg and Cape Town.
- Biodegradable security seals for SA
April 2019, TruSeal, This Week's Editor's Pick, Asset Management, EAS, RFID, News, Security Services & Risk Management
The new TruSeal product extension is produced from a special biodegradable material sourced from Malaysia.
- New regional GM for Johnson Controls
April 2019, Johnson Controls, News
Johnson Controls Building Efficiency appoints Archibald Makatini new regional general manager for Africa.