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Building intelligence opens doors for installers

by Andy Clutton

net10 desktop reader 2aIntegration is very much the technology buzzword of the moment in the security industry. We’ve heard about it for some time but it is only recently that true integration between building automation and security systems has been a reality thanks to the use of IP. Paxton has not let this trend pass it by with the launch of net10 which, says the company, delivers out of the box access control, IP video management and building automation to streamline the management of buildings.

The launch of net10 marks a new direction for Paxton and comes in response to the evolving landscape within the security industry. This was made clear by research the company carried out, asking 1400 of its Net2 access control installers how many of them also fitted IP cameras (around 50%) and then how many of those integrated the video with access control. It was revealed that only 1.6% of the installers had integrated the two disciplines, despite the obvious benefits for the customer. Paxton decided that a single system for consolidated functionality was what the market required.

Essentially, net10 works by connecting a single server unit to a network and then adding the controller and combination of connector, readers and cameras to suit the application. No software is required to be installed as the user browses to the weblink on the unit.

Using conventional RFID tokens or Bluetooth smart devices, the system offers tools for giving specific permissions to individuals and groups of people. It works in conjunction with all types of IP cameras in order to facilitate live viewing and the recording of video footage. It also interfaces with existing building infrastructure for a high level of control over lighting, heating, air conditioning, intruder and fire alarms, ensuring maximum efficiency and bolstering cost and time savings.

Adam Stroud, CEO of the Paxton Group, says: “The conventional way of providing a high level of integrated functionality is to install separate systems and ‘stitch’ them together.  While this approach is suitable for some projects, it is too complex, specialised and expensive for many.  net10 is the first system to offer this level of functionality in a single package that is practical and cost-effective for all building types.”

Initially shown to the industry at IFSEC’15, Paxton has since signed up 1300 participants for training on the system. The company believes that if installers can present a contract proposal that offers building intelligence they will triumph over security-only proposals.

 For more information on the net10 system see the October edition of PSI magazine

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