Security eNews (image)What Are Some Best Practices For Optimizing Utility Costs? | #TpromoCom #EneryConservation #UtilityMonitoring #FacilityExecutive | Misconceptions about utility usage often stem from a facility manager’s misdirected focus on what usage is being monitored, instead of focusing on how it is being monitored day-to-day.

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Security Must Handle an Active Biological Threat by using Security Protocols

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ISIO (image)Security Must Handle an Active Biological Threat by using Security Protocols | #TpromoCom #ISIO #Biological #SituationalAwareness  | Security success will depend on the level of situational awareness of the people on the ground (decision-makers) and their reaction speed. Considering the nature of the beast, situational awareness for this pandemic dictates that there are issues of concern that must be addressed and arrested to limit the level of collateral damage. https://wp.me/p8LsOz-14p

Security Managers that are using ONLY the standard health related protocols are naive to believe that they are secure. This is an active biological threat whereas the International Security Industry Organization [ISIO] suggests that security protocols must also be considered.

The collateral damage of cv-19 will furthermore produce other threats whereas the SM will be dealing with multiple threats such as new crime related to economic meltdown that will erode the company profits.

Consequently, this is not a one size fits all kind-of-thing. Security Protocols must be stringently followed when purchasing or using technology, equipment, and the layering of manpower by their skillsets. The reasons for such consider the mood and character traits of the population which will be, abnormal to the extreme of an increase in mentally unwell people besides, erratic behaviour of the masses. This is not purely related to customers that would visit a site but also internally amongst the staff. Desperate people will do desperate things.

The major issue is that the Security Managers could be undermined by the Human Resource manager that could use the full budget solely on health-related protocols. The Financial managers must know that the security managers must secure profit protection besides loss prevention. When the doors of the business shut – there are no profits.

Subsequently, the Security Manager must be confident in their presentation to the Human Resource Manager and Financial officer to earn the trust and respect to seriously allocate to the security department the necessary tools to limit collateral damage. The Security Manager would not feel intimidated to present their position because of lack of knowledge, whereas, there are bodies that can provide the easiest and most effective method to comprehend their own loopholes and suggest cost effective methods. Not knowing the protocols in the purchasing and utilization of the technology, equipment or manpower will cost the company dearly.

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Smart Speakers – Gateway to Smart Home Adoption

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by Parks Associates | Aug. 17, 2020

Smart Speakers – Gateway to Smart Home Adoption | #TpromoCom #Parks #SmartHome | Smart speakers can present strong use cases for smart home devices to the consumer. By bundling smart speakers with smart plugs, smart light bulbs, or smart thermostats, companies can deliver a guided introduction to the smart home experience https://wp.me/p8LsOz-14h

We just released new research from Smart Home Buyer Journey and User Experience showing that smart speakers are serving as a gateway to smart home adoption, as 16% of broadband households purchased a smart speaker prior to purchasing a smart home device. Of the 29% of US broadband households that own both a speaker and a smart home device, nearly three-fourths said ownership of the speaker motivated them to purchase a smart home device.

This combo also helps facilitate support for self-installation, which is becoming significantly more important following the COVID-19 outbreak.Our consumer research finds that that between 69% and 78% of all smart security and safety devices bought in 2019 were self-installed, representing a significant increase from 2018. For example, 77% of networked camera owners self-installed this product in 2019, compared to 68% in 2018.

The self-installation trend enables direct-to-consumer online sales for retailers and service providers without the cost or challenges of a COVID-19 service call. Prior to the outbreak, the main trigger for a smart home purchase was the consumer experience of seeing the product in a store or online. With so much shopping now shifting online, having these self-install options is even more important to trigger sales, and with a smart speaker, companies can deliver support through do-it-with-me or do-it-together services that utilize real-time chat.

Join the CONNECTIONS Community where you can network with key industry leaders in the connected home and IoT industries. The virtual conference sessions focus on technology innovations, consumer research on adoption and trends, product and service forecasts, and evaluation of new business strategies, partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added service design.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, Blue Shield of California, Care Planning Institute, Cox Communications, People Power, and UnitedHealthcare to address consumer healthcare trends at Connected Health Summit

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, Blue Shield of California, Care Planning Institute, Cox Communications, People Power, and UnitedHealthcare to address consumer healthcare trends at Connected Health Summit | #TpromoCom #TeleHealth #IoT | https://wp.me/p8LsOz-142

29% of seniors used a telehealth service in Q2 2020, with over 50% doing so for the first time

International research firm Parks Associates launches its seventh annual Connected Health Summit today, a virtual conference that addresses the impact of COVID-19 on the connected health market and current consumer attitudes towards virtual care solutions. The event, which runs September 1-3, will feature industry leaders from healthcare services, insurance companies, hospitals, device makers, and service providers to address emerging opportunities to serve consumers at home with new technology solutions.

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The executive conference, sponsored by Alarm.com, athenahealth, Becklar, Nortek Security & Control, Softeq, and Sprosty Network, features presentations from key executives in the connected health space:

“How COVID changed telehealth and the future of care delivery,” by Tori Ames, MPA, Manager, CincyKids Health Connect, Center for Telehealth, Cincinnati Children’s

“Explosive Growth in Telehealth,” by Dr. Donna O’Shea, Chief Medical Officer of Population Health Management, UnitedHealthcare

“Telehomecare in the COVID-19 Era,” by Mark Dunning, President and CEO, Care Planning Institute, and Gene Wang, CEO, People Power

“Better Together: Extending Healthcare to the Home,” by Richard Culberson, Executive Director, Cox Homelife Strategy & Operations, Cox Communications

“When everything changed, what stayed the same? Healthcare’s evolution in a time of pandemic and humanitarian crisis,” by Angie Kalousek Ebrahimi, Executive Director, Mind-Body Medicine, Blue Shield of California

“Transforming Healthcare with New Models to Connect Patients, Families and Providers,” by Yuri Quintana, PhD, Chief, Division of Clinical Informatics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School  

Parks Associates research finds COVID-19 is forcing seniors into new routines with smart home and healthcare technologies, which may result in new willingness to use tech-based solutions. Fifty-four percent of seniors who used a video conferencing solution during COVID-19 did so for the first time. Additionally, use of telehealth services rose five times year-over-year, with 29% of seniors reporting telehealth use in Q2 2020, compared to just 6% in 2019.

“COVID-19 is forcing consumers, smart home companies, and the healthcare industry to try new solutions and forge new partnerships to realize a complete, home-based experience in healthcare delivery,” said Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates. “At Connected Health Summit, we will examine market forces driving a range of new technologies, like virtual health assistants (voice/text/avatars), AI-powered diagnostics and navigation tools, AR and VR experiences, and robotics, and highlight industry perspectives on issues such as the potential impact on health outcomes, efficiency of healthcare delivery, market viability, expected speed of implementation, and important issues to consider when applying emerging technologies.”

Registration is open, and media are invited to attend at no cost. For information on Parks Associates data, please contact Rosey Ulpino, rosey@parksassociates.com, 972.996.0233.

About Connected Health Summit

Parks Associates’ Connected Health Summit is an executive conference focused on the impact of connected devices and IoT healthcare solutions on consumers at home. Connected Health Summit provides insights on consumer behaviors and changing demands driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and new business models, IoT technologies, and deployments emerging to target these new needs. The conference addresses opportunities for new solutions, including smart home platforms, on-demand services, voice assistants, and wearables, to empower consumers, caregivers, and providers with new insight into patient health and to meet the growing demand for services in independent living, chronic care management, remote access to care, and wellness and fitness.

The seventh annual Connected Health Summit: Independent Living and Wellness will take place virtually September 1-3, 2020.  www.connectedhealthsummit.com

More than 60% of connected health device owners are interested in sharing data from apps and devices for telehealth services

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More than 60% of connected health device owners are interested in sharing data from apps and devices for telehealth services | #TpromoCom #Parks #Healthcare #Technology |  b.well, Blue Shield of California, HP, Jvion, and Validic to address current consumer attitudes toward connected health analytics during COVID-19 pandemic

International research firm Parks Associates will reveal findings from its latest research exploring consumer attitudes towards data sharing via tracking technologies at its seventh annual Connected Health Summit: Consumer Engagement and Innovation, September 1-3. Sponsors of the virtual event include Alarm.com, Nortek Security & Control, athenahealth, Softeq, Becklar, and Sprosty Network.

 

“Connected health device owners are particularly interested in sharing data from their devices and apps with remote visit telehealth services,” said Kristen Hanich, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates. “Owners of connected medical devices such as heart monitors, pulse oximeters, connected glucometers, and connected blood pressure cuffs show particularly high levels of interest in sharing such data. By integrating data from these devices into their services, telehealth and care providers are able to enhance the value proposition of their remote offerings.”

Connected Health Summit will explore strategies to design and implement connected health solutions that will help traditional health systems deliver consumer-centric care in the home. The session on Thursday, September 3, “Tracking Health: Technology, Privacy, and Pandemic,” includes consumer insights from Parks Associates, followed by a presentation from Angie Kalousek Ebrahimi, Executive Director, Mind-Body Medicine, Blue Shield of California, who will discuss “Healthcare’s evolution in a time of pandemic and humanitarian crisis.”

“Next-Gen Connected Health Analytics: Insights from COVID-19” will explore consumer attitudes to data sharing and industry perspectives on the role of technology and data analytics in guiding public health. Speakers:

  • Frances Ayalasomayajula, Head of Population Health Worldwide, HP

  • Brenda Cass, Data Science Strategist, Validic

  • John Showalter, MD, MSIS, Chief Product Officer, Jvion

  • Kristen Valdes, CEO and Founder, b.well Connected Health

“As data sources continue to multiply, an organization’s data lake can grow in size but not relevance. Analytics should be able to facilitate valuable connections and inferences from data,” said John Showalter, MD, MSIS, Chief Product Officer, Jvion. “More importantly, analytics should account for gaps when they appear. Now, because of COVID-19, there are more gaps in data than ever.”

“Consumer attitudes toward connected health and privacy have shifted with the pandemic, and more are now willing to share health information as they return to work and other normal activities,” said Kristen Valdes, CEO and Founder, b.well Connected Health. “As these attitudes continue to evolve, digital health companies need to find the right balance between data privacy requirements and enabling consumers to share their data for the public good. That’s all part of providing a personalized digital care experience that is easier, less fragmented, and more effective in improving health.”

The agenda for Connected Health Summit includes visionary presentations from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Harvard Medical School, Blue Shield of California, Care Planning Institute, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cox Communications, People Power, and UnitedHealthcare and participation from over 400 industry executives.

Throughout the event, Parks Associates will feature its latest data from COVID-19: Impact on Telehealth Use and PerspectivesCOVID-19: Impact on Seniors, Caregivers, and Independent Living Solutions, and Wearables: Health and Wellness Use Cases.

Registration is open, and media are invited to attend. For more information, contact Rosey Ulpino, rosey@parksassociates.com, 972.996.0233.

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ASSA ABLOY Introduces Intelligent Key Cabinet from Medeco

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Secure storage and control for keys and assets | #TpromoCom #Keys #Security | ASSA ABLOY today announced the introduction of Medeco’s Intelligent Key Cabinet (IKC), a complete key access control and storage solution.

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SALEM, Virginia, August 24, 2020 – ASSA ABLOY today announced the introduction of Medeco’s Intelligent Key Cabinet (IKC), a complete key access control and storage solution. Ideal for keys and other assets that require a high level of security and accountability, the IKC is an electronically controlled steel cabinet that requires Biometric Fingerprint, PIN, or Prox Card authentication (optional) for access. Authorized users have access to only specific keys stored in the cabinet. The IKC electronically keeps a record of key removals and returns, by whom and when.

IKC is also an essential addition to the Medeco XT Intelligent Key system: it can simultaneously secure and charge Medeco XT electronic keys, ensuring they are always ready for use. For optimum efficiency, an optional add-on programming device allows updates of schedules and access rights to XT keys while they are secured in place.

“Any key system is only as secure as access to the keys themselves,” said Gene Cronin, Medeco product manager, ASSA ABLOY. “With the IKC, facilities can not only control access to keys, but track when keys are removed and returned. Imagine no more chasing down keys – always know who took a key and when. It can even capture a photo of the person removing the key. Add the convenience of charging and programming XT Intelligent Keys, and it’s plain to see that no other key management system offers the efficiency and accountability of the IKC.”

The IKC secures mechanical keys and assets using exclusive iFob technology. XT Keys are secured using a locking XT charging port. Designed for maximum scalability, Medeco’s IKC is available in 32 or 64 port sizes. 32 port cabinets can be configured to store either all XT or all iFob ports. 64 port cabinets can be all XT, all iFob, or a combination of 32 XT plus 32 iFob. The IKC system can grow as business needs grow by adding on additional secondary cabinets in either 32 or 64 port sizes and in a combination of technologies (iFob or XT).

Features:

  • Available in 32 and 64 port sizesAvailable with add-on configurations forscalability as needs growXT and iFob versionsSecurely stores and charges XT keys (XT version)Identifies XT key serial number (XT version)Fingerprint readerBuilt-in LCD screen for IDSupports 2 factor authenticationAudible and visual alarms
  • SMS messages
  • Email messages
  • Camera for security photo capture
  • Comprehensive Reporting & Analytics
  • Emergency Fob Release System (optional)
  • Wall mount or optional stand

For more information, visit www.medeco.com/ikc.

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Genetec and HID Survey Shows Higher Education Ready to Move From Legacy Access Control Systems

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Genetec and HID Survey Shows Higher Education Ready to Move From Legacy Access Control Systems | #TpromoCom #AccessControl #AccessControl #Tech #Trending | While access control is a fundamental element of security in higher education, many aging access control systems urgently need to be upgraded, according to a survey of 1,800 higher education security and IT professionals conducted by Genetec and HID Global (SDMmag.com).

The survey shows that 33.76 percent of readers, 30.6 percent of controllers and 24 percent of software are more than six years old. Older technologies such as barcode, magnetic stripe and 125khz low-frequency proximity continue to dominate physical access control systems in higher education. More than half of survey respondents still use mag stripe, and almost a quarter still use 125khz prox. Sixty-four percent of survey respondents said their current access control system experiences malfunctions.

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Google ADT partnership could result in market disruption

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Google ADT partnership could result in market disruption | #TpromoCom # # # | Earlier this month, Google announced it was buying a 6.6% stake in ADT for $450 million. The brands will also commit $150 million each for co-marketing, product development and employee training, according to Reuters and ADT. Blake Kozak, Principal Analyst, Smart Home and Security Technology at research company Omdia, suggests that this new partnership could be the initial step that disrupts the smart home and alarm monitoring markets.

Kozak says that this partnership could be a bit different to other major pairings that the market has seen in recent years in that, this time, Google is investing $450 million, something it did not do when partnering with Brinks Home Security.  Here, Blake Kozak discusses the potential scenarios of how the new partnership may play out and the changes that the market may experience as a result.

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