Garmin expands its Approach® with a new lineup of GPS devices to help golfers improve their game

Including the Approach S42 golf smartwatch, Approach S12 golf watch and Approach G12 GPS rangefinder

OLATHE, Kan./March 16, 2021/Business Wire – Garmin® International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced new additions to its popular Approach series of GPS golf products – the Approach S42 smartwatch, the Approach S12 watch, and the Approach G12 GPS rangefinder – all with more than 42,000 preloaded courses so golfers can walk onto any tee box with confidence. Across the board, the new Approach lineup offers exemplary battery life and supports connectivity with Garmin’s very own club tracking sensor and the Garmin golf app1 which makes it easier than ever to upload scorecards, review performance stats and much more.

  • With the Approach S42, golf with style and rely on smartwatch capabilities to easily transition on and off the course.
  • Avid players can rely on the easy-to-use Approach S12 and focus on a practical golf watch solution designed to obtain key yardages to the green, hazards, doglegs and more.
  • And with the Approach G12, players can glance at golf data – like distances to the green — from a compact GPS rangefinder that clips on to their pocket or golf bag.

“Garmin brings technology to the forefront with the new Approach product line to help golfers play their best game while staying competitive and connected within the golfing community,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “From smartwatches to GPS rangefinders, our latest Approach devices will also equip novice and veteran golfers alike with precision, style and attention to detail on every swing.”

Three of a kind 

The Approach S42, Approach S12, and Approach G12 share a host of features to benefit golfers of every skill level:

  • Link with the Garmin Golf™ app to participate in weekly leaderboards, tournaments, review live scoring, strokes gained analysis, automatic scorecard uploads and much more.
  • Pair with the optional Approach CT10 club sensors for automatic club tracking to see how far players hit each club.
  • Gain precise yardages to the front, middle, and back of the green, hazards, doglegs, layups and more, thanks to a built-in high sensitivity GPS that zeroes in on a player’s location.
  • Use the Green View feature to see each green’s true shape and to move the pin for better yardage accuracy, regardless of where a golfer is on the course.

Golf with style

The lightweight Approach S42 offers an easy-to-read 1.2-inch color touchscreen display with a sleek design that easily transitions from a daily timepiece to a comprehensive golf watch. Once on the course, golfers can rely on a loaded feature set that includes the AutoShot round analyzer to track and auto-record shot distances.2  Golfers can wear the smartwatch in and out of the golf course and peruse smart notifications3 and activity-tracking features4 that include steps, sleep, calories, vibration alerts, move bar and built-in sport profiles. Whether golfers are looking for style points or sportiness, switching bands is easy with the Approach S42’s quick release bands. Enjoy more time on the links thanks to the Approach S42’s versatile battery life that lasts up to 15 hours in GPS mode, and up to 10 days in smartwatch mode.

Ready to tee off 

Easy-to-use and practical for beginners and seasoned players alike, the Approach S12 includes interchangeable quick release bands and introduces a unique round watch design with a 1.3-inch sunlight-readable high-resolution display. Thanks to the new Big Numbers display mode, Approach S12 makes it easier than ever to read yardage numbers during play. When paired with the Garmin Golf app on a compatible smartphone, the Approach S12 wirelessly updates a player’s most frequently played golf courses for up-to-date course information. Golfers can confidently play round after round thanks to the Approach S12’s internal, rechargeable battery that lasts up to 30 hours in GPS mode.

Clip and play

Golfers can fine-tune their game with the Approach G12 GPS rangefinder featuring a thin, compact design with a 1.3-inch high-resolution sunlight readable display that lasts up to 30 hours on a single battery charge. Offering all the benefits included in the Approach S12, the versatile Approach G12 GPS rangefinder adds a built-in clip and a lanyard loop to securely attach the device to pockets or golf bags.

Available now, the Approach S42 GPS golf smartwatch has a suggested retail price of $299.99; the Approach S12 GPS golf watch has a suggested retail price of $199.99; and the Approach G12 GPS golf rangefinder has a suggested retail price of $149.99. To learn more about these products and Garmin’s full line of golf electronics, visit garmin.com/approach.

Engineered on the inside for life on the outside, Garmin products have revolutionized life for adventurers, athletes, and outdoor enthusiasts everywhere. Committed to developing products that enhance experiences and enrich lives, Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate and a chance to beat yesterday. For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom, contact the Media Relations department at media.relations@garmin.com, or follow us at facebook.com/garmingolftwitter.com/garmingolfinstagram.com/garmingolf or youtube.com/garmin.

1Requires app on your compatible smartphone.

2Lie and ball contact may affect shot tracking. Putts are not tracked. Some shots, particularly chip shots around the green, may not be tracked.

3When paired with a compatible smartphone; see Garmin.com/ble.

4See Garmin.com/ataccuracy; sleep tracking available when paired with your compatible smartphone; see Garmin.com/ble.

About Garmin International, Inc.

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LEVEL TOUCH – SMART LOCK

It does all the things you expect from a smart lock — except look like one. Level’s new Touch lock hides all the necessary technology inside a traditional lock footprint, letting it blend seamlessly into any decor. As the name suggests, it can open with just a touch, as well as with a key card, traditional physical key, or via an app. HomeKit integration allows for remote operation and control, and simple installation instructions mean it can be set up using nothing more than a simple screwdriver.

Smart lock company Level, which made its name with the Level Bolt that fits most doors and doesn’t look like a smart lock, has added a new device to its lineup that takes the existing benefits of the Bolt and adds a key new one: capacitive touch. Despite that addition, the Level Touch still doesn’t resemble a smart lock. There’s no obvious place you need to touch, nor is there a keypad or other tell-tale sign this is no ordinary lock — once set up, users just touch a fingertip to the edge of the lock to unlock or lock it. The lock uses low energy Bluetooth to confirm that the person touching it also has an authenticated smartphone on their person.

The Level Touch also supports all of the other access methods you’d expect from a smart lock, including hotel-style programmable access cards, a smartphone app (Android or iOS), geo-fencing, and the ability to share timed access with people remotely. It’s that deep feature set, along with the understated design that offers no clues to the smartness contained within to the casual observer that goes some way to justifying the hefty price tag of $329.

That might be hard to stomach if you live alone in an apartment block, but could seem like decent value if you’ve got a big family, frequent visitors, or want to use the Level Touch for an Airbnb property.

SECRETLY SMART — Fingerprint support at this sort of price point is increasingly common in smart locks, but Level’s job of hiding its smartness is its unique selling point. Having a smart lock that makes it clear to anyone who cares to look that it’s a smart lock makes it more likely someone will try to meddle with it. By looking like a regular lock, the Level Touch is almost certainly more secure. To help it match your existing fixtures the smart lock is available in chrome, brass, nickel, or black.

Power comes from a CR2 battery that lives in the deadbolt, and that Level reckons ought to last a year between changes. You’ll be warned well in advance of the battery dying, and if it does, there’s always the option to go old school and, you know, use a physical key in the lock. Installation shouldn’t take more than a few minutes, and though you’ll likely be able to do it yourself, Level had partnered with a company called HelloTech that’ll assist for a fee if necessary.

In addition to geofencing that’ll trigger the lock when you or family members are a certain distance away, there’s also the option to set an auto-lock function after a pre-determined delay. The only problem with that is there’s no way of telling if the door’s accidentally been left ajar. Depending on your abode and housemates / family, that may not be a problem. Despite having no visible spring or other mechanism to thank / blame, for instance, my apartment’s door closes by itself if left to its own devices. I suspect it’s hung ever so slightly skew and gravity is to thank.

AT LEAST SOMEONE LOVES SIRI Our other concern with Level’s Touch (and the Bolt that preceded it, for that matter) is that though it offers support for voice commands and scheduled actions, these features are only supported for Apple’s HomeKit smart home platform, not for Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant. Most functionality is available via the Android app, but with the smart home platform market having settled on the three aforementioned purveyors, it’s frustrating that only Apple’s is supported.

Join Axis at the Genetec Connet’DX virtual event

Axis invites you to join us in our virtual booth in the Genetec Connect’DX Partner Pavilion from April 20-22, 2020. At this online trade show you can listen to numerous keynote speeches, including “Evolution of Security IOT” held by Dr. Martin Gren and Fredrick Nilsson. At our virtual booth, you will be able to engage with our on-demand product videos, educational content and chat live with Axis technology experts.

The keynote speech, being held by two of Axis senior leadership. Dr, Martin Gren, Co-founder and Fredrik Nilsson, Vice President Americas. They will cover how we’ve been unifying security through the years with Genetec. And will highlight some of the very latest offerings and integrations to Genetec products. Visit our virtual booth to chat with Axis representatives as well as explore the following offerings on your own:

  • Axis Body Worn camera system and integration with Genetec Security Center and Clearance
  • Smart city and traffic joint solutions
  • Joint cybersecurity integrations such as those for encryption and for Security Center Firmware Vault, which handles secure camera firmware management
  • QR code access management integrations of Axis devices via Genetec ClearID and Genetec Security Center
  • Access control integrations to Security Center Synergis

Register for Genetec Connect’DX

Physical security practitioners can benefit from more than 30+ on-demand sessions, customer presentations, industry expert panels, and product training. Attendees can also earn virtual points for participation and win prizes including SONOS speakers and gift certificates from Amazon and UberEats.

This digital event is free, but places are limited.

For further information please contact:

Alex Walthers, Strategic Account Manager, Partner Ecosystems, Axis Communications

Phone: +1 518 2753091, E-mail: Alex.Walthers@axis.com

KEYSMART ULTIMATE CHARGER

KEYSMART ULTIMATE CHARGER

There’s more to portable batteries than raw capacity. The pace of charging matters nearly as much and KeySmart’s Ultimate Charger takes it seriously. Its various USB-A, USB-C, and Micro USB ports can quickly charge up to three devices at once, supporting charging output up to 65W

— ideal for laptops. Its 20,000mAh capacity can juice up a laptop once, a tablet twice, or phones up to seven times, and its sleek metal shell slips easily into laptop bags and briefcases.

Portable Laptop Charger & Power Bank
  • Fast-Charge 3 Devices At Once including a laptop with 20,000mAh battery capacity and 3 charging ports (Lighting USB, Micro-USB & Type-C
  • Rapid Recharging – Recharges in just 1.25 hrs using a USB-C cable. At full power, it can charge your laptop once, your tablet twice & your phone 7 times
  • Slim & Lightweightlike a Notebook: metal shell fits into any briefcase or laptop case. 
  • Dimensions – 6.38″ x 4.17″ x 0.57, 1.05 lbs
  • Charging Speed up to 20v-3.25A (65 watt)

Axis launches 2020 Sustainability Report

Axis has released its 2020 Annual Review and Sustainability Report, highlighting its resilience and continued focus on innovation and sustainability throughout one of the most difficult years in recent history. During the Covid-19 crisis they have placed great emphasis on the health of their employees, and despite the difficulties imposed by the transition to remote working have released over 80 high quality products, applications, and accessories. The company has made strides towards environmental responsibility, increased diversity, and delivering quality products that make the world a smarter, safer place.

By implementing a number of initiatives and continuously assessing results against objectives, Axis made great progress towards its sustainability goals in 2020.

Highlights of the 2020 Sustainability Report include:

  • Emphasis on Ethics and Global Code of Conduct

Initiatives carried out to strengthen the work with ethics, including implementation of a new global code of conduct, setting up a group-wide Business Ethics Council and providing training on privacy and ethics.

  • Privacy and Protection

Proactive, systematic efforts to strengthen the security of IT systems at Axis, as well as the level of IT security in products, all aimed at ensuring the highest possible level of protection for customer information and privacy.

  • A Commitment to Environmental Excellence

Axis continues to place sustainability at the heart of its business, supporting the UN 2030 Agenda and striving towards the SDGs. They have increased the scope of the Axis Carbon Footprint Report to include emissions from contract manufacturers, they have succeeded to make 34 percent of all their cameras BFR- and CFR-free, they have implemented global online training for all employees on environmental issues, and even more.

  • Diversity, Inclusivity, and creating a safe work-space

There have been great achievements within the Social Responsibility focus area, including the launch of new social goals (zero tolerance for discrimination and harassment) and good results from the employee surveys. Axis has also placed greater focus on improving the gender balance between senior executives, and further emphasized the importance of diversity through its Women in Security Conference, which was ran digitally this year in spite of the pandemic.

  • BREEAM certified head office

The new Axis head office was completed and obtained BREEAM certification with the rating of Excellent based on a variety of sustainability factors including materials, energy, waste, outdoor environment, biodiversity and alternatives for sustainable commuting.

Click here to download the 2020 Annual Review and Sustainability Report

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The BMW Group sources aluminum produced with solar energy, with a CO2 savings of some 2.5 million tonnes by 2030.

Solar-powered aluminum will cover almost half of the annual needs of the Landshut plant’s light metal smelter +++ The € 3 million contract with Emirates Global Aluminum will enable the supply of 43,000 tonnes of aluminum in 2021 +++ The BMW Group also plans to source aluminum produced with green energy in the long term, with a CO2 savings of some 2.5 million tonnes by 2030.

The BMW Group begins sourcing aluminum produced with solar electricity with immediate effect. This is a great milestone for the company in reducing CO2 emissions in the supply network by 20 percent by 2030. Since producing aluminum requires a high energy level, the use of green energy, such as Solar electricity offers considerable potential to reduce CO2 emissions. For this reason, the BMW Group also plans to source aluminum produced with green energy in the long term, which will allow it to avoid approximately 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions in the next ten years. This equates to about three percent of the CO2 targets that the company has set for its supplier network.

“We aspire to lead the way of sustainability and apply our sustainability goals consistently. We will be able to meet more than 50% of our CO2 targets for the supplier network, just by using green energy. Using solar electricity for aluminum production is a decisive step in this direction “, says Dr. Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for the Purchasing and Suppliers Network.

Aluminum produced from solar energy is processed in the light metal smelter at the BMW Group’s Landshut plant to make bodywork and propulsion components, including those needed for electric trains, for example. The supply of 43,000 tonnes of solar aluminum, valued at three million euros, will cover almost half of the annual needs of the light metal smelter at the Landshut plant.

The use of green energy is key to reducing CO2 emissions.

The trend towards electromobility means that a much larger share of a vehicle’s life cycle CO2 emissions now comes from the added value of the supplier network. In an electrified vehicle, the CO2 emissions of the use phase are much lower, but the production of battery cells or aluminum is very intensive in energy consumption. Without corrective measures, the CO2 emissions per vehicle in the BMW Group’s supply chain would increase by more than a third by 2030. The company not only wants to curb this trend, but also reverse it, and even reduce CO2 emissions by vehicle by 20% compared to 2019 levels. Therefore,

As electric mobility continues to grow, aluminum will become increasingly important as a lightweight material that can partly offset the heavyweight of batteries in electrified vehicles. However, aluminum production is extremely energy-intensive. The production of the electricity necessary to produce primary aluminum, that is, aluminum obtained directly from the mineral compound alumina, alone is responsible for about 60% of the greenhouse gas emissions of the global aluminum industry. The use of solar electricity is therefore an effective lever to reduce the CO2 emissions associated with aluminum smelting.

A solar park in the desert supplies green energy for the production of aluminum

 The BMW Group already has a long-standing primary aluminum supply relationship with Emirates Global Aluminum (EGA). Now, EGA has become the first company in the world to also use solar electricity for commercial aluminum production, which it will initially supply exclusively to the BMW Group. EGA is supplied with this electricity at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, located in the desert outside Dubai, which is set to become the largest solar park in the world. It is managed by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, which has the electricity it produces certified by third parties as sustainable, ensuring that it can supply energy to EGA in a safe and transparent manner.

Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, Managing Director of EGA, said: “We are delighted that the BMW Group is our first customer for EGA’s low carbon CelestiAL aluminum. Aluminum is light, strong and can be infinitely recycled. That is why it plays a role. Such an important role in the development of a more sustainable society. But the way in which aluminum is produced in a sustainable way is also important. Solar aluminum is a step in the right direction: it uses a source of natural and abundant energy in our environment desert to produce a metal that is vital to the future of our planet. “

Wendt adds: “At EGA we have found a strong partner who values ​​sustainable development as much as we do. We are honored to be the first customer to receive aluminum produced with solar electricity. Aluminum plays an important role in electromobility and to use aluminum produced sustainably is tremendously important to our company. “

Innovative production processes: light metal smelting at the BMW Group plant in Landshut

The light metal smelter is the largest production unit in the BMW Group’s Landshut plant and the company’s only European plant dedicated to light metal smelting. Last year, the more than 1,600 employees in the light metal smelter at the BMW Group’s Landshut plant produced a total of 2.9 million cast components. The scope of production includes engine components such as crankshaft heads and housings, components for electric propulsion systems and large-scale structural components for vehicle bodies.

The light metal foundry is one of the most modern in the world. Its innovative and sustainable production processes have won numerous awards. Light metal casting also works with sand molds, among other methods, to make castings. Sand parts are manufactured with inorganic binders, making the casting process virtually emission-free. Five different casting methods are used for the standard production of castings. The most suitable casting method is selected based on the component concept, the technological requirements and the production volume.

Aluminum Stewardship Initiative (ASI) Certification

The light metal smelter at the BMW Group’s Landshut plant was already certified for its sustainable use of aluminum in December 2019. It complies with the standards of the Aluminum Stewardship Initiative (ASI), an international non-profit organization with the support of environmental and industrial associations, NGOs, aluminum producers and processing companies. The ASI aims to maximize the contribution of aluminum to a sustainable society and defines sustainability criteria for an environmentally and socially responsible aluminum value chain. Through this initiative, following an independent third party audit, the BMW Group received confirmation that its light metal foundry handles aluminum in a conscientious and responsible manner.

Responsible use of natural resources

In addition to using green energy to produce aluminum, the BMW Group is also taking additional measures to safeguard reserves of critical raw materials. For example, the BMW Group has set itself the goal of significantly increasing the percentage of recycled raw materials, the so-called secondary material, by 2030 and using the raw materials multiple times in the framework of a circular economy. The use of secondary material substantially reduces CO2 emissions compared to primary materials and also conserves natural resources.

At the same time, the BMW Group is establishing carbon footprint as a new contract award criterion for its supply chain and has already started implementing it for tenders with the highest carbon footprint in 2020.

These measures are already paying off in the BMW iX (combined consumption: <21 kWh / 100 km in the WLTP test cycle *; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g / km): The use of renewable green energy to produce the fuel cells. Batteries, in combination with increased use of secondary material, reduces CO2 emissions in the BMW iX supply chain by 17%, compared to the same vehicle produced without these measures.

The BMW Group aims to have more than seven million electrified vehicles on the road by 2030, two-thirds of them fully electric. To do this, the BMW Group purchasing department is working with suppliers to ensure not only that the supply chain can manage the growth in volumes, but also that it can implement the requirements for sustainable development. In this way, the BMW Group purchasing department is making a vital contribution to the company’s transformation towards electromobility.

Getting the best performance out of your network video recorder

Getting the best performance out of your network video recorder

The network video recorder (NVR) records your surveillance video and audio but also ties the entire security system together. If it fails, it can put your entire security camera system out of action. Situations like this can be avoided by choosing the right NVR. With an Axis NVR you will get an out-of-the-box ready recording solution that simplifies every step from design to maintenance. And it is a perfect match for other Axis products.

Imagine this: During the last week, your shop has seen increased shoplifting. On top of that, cash has been missing from the register. No worries, you have a network security camera system, so you will know what is going on.

However, when you sit down to go through your recordings, the monitor is blank. There is nothing on the recorder. Malfunction. Bye-bye evidence.

The recorder ties the system together

A network video recorder (NVR) is one of those set-and-forget pieces of hardware equipment that should always work, in this case, helping you to protect your staff, goods, and premises.

Its primary function is to store video and audio recordings, but a recorder is more than a hard drive. It also works as a server, connecting the whole system and all its devices. It can, for example, provide live images and power other devices.

If your NVR fails and you can’t access your recordings, it is a dramatic blow to your video surveillance system. NVR failure can occur if the system isn’t designed correctly or not performing well enough. For example, the CPU may not be powerful enough, or there could be a network disruption.

Future-proof your recording solution

Choosing the right NVR is not always easy. For system integrators, a common pain point is to select a model that is sure to work with the surveillance camera system that their customer needs.

“It’s hard to know in advance that the NVR will be able to cope with the number of devices and amount of data it will handle,” explains Rémy Javelle, Global Product Manager, Axis. “It also needs to be future-proof, in case new features are released or if updates affect its performance.”

During installation, it can be complicated to configure the system as it was initially designed. “Post-installation, it’s important to document the configuration in case anything is changed in the future,” Javelle says. “Video management software tools such as AXIS Site Designer and AXIS Installation Verifier will address this effectively.”

Easy to design, install and operate

“At Axis, we can provide an end-to-end experience for video surveillance systems, which will significantly simplify the process,” Javelle explains. “You’ll get all the hardware, software, and support that you need from one supplier.”

One significant advantage of an Axis NVRs is that it provides an out-of-the-box-ready setup. It is easy to install and operate. The compact size makes it a good fit even if space is limited, for example, in a small shop’s backroom.

When you choose an Axis end-to-end solution, you can access several useful tools, including AXIS Site Designer and AXIS Recorder Toolbox. These tools simplify and eliminate mistakes during configuration, make maintenance more straightforward, and keep your system updated.

“Axis supports the entire end-to-end solution, and we won’t give up until we have solved any issues,” says Javelle. “As an installer, you don’t have to spend time – and money – going back to the site. Users don’t have to worry about discontinued components or updates.”

One purchase gives you total TCO control

If you have a network surveillance system with components from various suppliers, you may end up with multiple license fees. Buying cheap may turn expensive down the line when there are additional costs, for example, when you need to export files.

The Axis license model is simple. You pay an initial fee – one device means one license. There are no hidden, additional costs. It gives you full control of the total cost of ownership.

Handpicked products that you can rely upon

Axis end-to-end systems include carefully handpicked equipment matched to provide optimal performance. By selecting the right components for each product and testing it thoroughly, we can offer you a low failure rate, high availability, and a long lifecycle. And our offer goes beyond the hardware to include AXIS Camera Station software.

It doesn’t matter where in the world you are located. You will get the same high standard of support. Axis will handle certifications for most countries globally to ensure that customers don’t need to certify or worry about any of the products they buy from Axis.

If you want to learn more about Axis NVRs or end-to-end solutions, try AXIS Site Designer and design an AXIS end-to-end Solution using the one-click Recording Solution Selector. It is an easy way to find a recommended solution for your needs. Or get in touch with your local Axis sales representative for a demo.

And don’t miss this practical guide to choosing your next NVR.

How IP intercoms can enhance video surveillance systems

Customer attitudes and demands have continued to shape the security sector, driving ongoing market and industry changes. As a result, new use cases have emerged for security and safety, related to building access, communication and control across a variety of sectors. These have set the scene for security professionals to rethink how intercom technology is being used, taking advantage of advanced capabilities to help intelligently support end users and system owners. This would span automated monitoring and remote management to convenient, safe and secure ways to grant access to premises.

Smart intercoms deliver value

IP intercoms continue to grow in popularity, due to the increased functionality they support. This is true for all segments of the market, from advanced enterprise level security systems to private residential properties. Integrating technology into IP intercoms ensures that organizations have the flexibility to incorporate the functions they need for their business, especially when it comes to remote access.

Contactless methods (for example, QR codes or Bluetooth) are becoming more popular due to concerns around health and hygiene. These also simplify operations by allowing the distribution of temporary access rights digitally, in contrast to manually handling physical keys or access cards, which can be time consuming and costly for security personnel.

Implementing intelligent video or audio analytics capabilities can further support security teams by detecting incidents and triggering actions. For example, if an unauthorized person enters a restricted area or loud voices (or even gun shots) are detected, the intercom can automatically alert security staff, start a video recording and play a deterring message.

When integrated with an access control system, a similar response can be triggered when someone has been denied access. This can be done directly from the intercom, provided it has a built-in camera. If additional identity verification is needed (for example, if an access card has been stolen and the individual is attempting to use it), then this can be done by visual inspection.

Improving efficiency and security for both residential and commercial premises

Security managers are tasked with monitoring multiple entrances to a premise and controlling entry, regardless of the type of property. This can be difficult to achieve manually, but IP intercoms allow security teams to manage visitors and maintain safety from a centralized location, which may even be off-premise.

For residential properties, IP intercoms can offer improved convenience through remote unlocking of doors for known visitors, such as couriers. Calls from visitors can be received on a dedicated answering unit in an apartment, on a tablet when sitting in the sofa or on your mobile device when at work, whatever is most convenient at the time.

It’s a similar scenario in professional environments, where it can also be integrated with the corporate phone system and answered on the normal reception phone, or even in the video management system on the screens in the security office.

Thinking beyond traditional applications

Outside of the more common door access role, organizations are becoming more aware of the benefits of IP intercoms. New cases are arising in a number of sectors, which require technology to support staff in remote monitoring and communication.

In the healthcare sector, patient monitoring can be challenging from both a staffing and personal safety point of view. This is especially true for busy medical facilities, where multiple patients may require intensive care by a reduced number of staff. IP intercoms can support medical professionals by allowing them to reliably monitor and communicate with more patients, using high-res imaging and bi-directional audio capabilities. In addition, this type of technology helps reduce patient contact, thereby mitigating exposure to infectious diseases and helping to conserve on personal protective equipment (PPE).

This remote approach is also seen in other sectors. For retailers, deliveries are always coming and going. Controlling building access can be time-consuming and inefficient for store staff, IP intercoms allow them to control access for visitors – especially delivery drivers needing to access loading bays – without interfering with or distracting from other tasks taking place during the working day.

In recent times, many organizations have changed their routines when it comes to working remotely or on-site. For schools, offices and industrial companies, keeping track of who is entering premises is more important than ever, when it comes to protecting assets and people, but also from a liability perspective. An intercom can allow organizations to handle and manage visitor access and can be an important tool for tracking activities and events should an incident occur.

Investing in IP intercom solutions yields rewards

As security and safety demands change, organizations are continuing to look for technology solutions which are intelligent and integrated. IP intercoms offer many functionalities, especially when incorporated with video surveillance, access control and audio capabilities. The flexibility that these systems offer allow organizations to use them in a way that suits their needs and specific use cases – even outside of traditional applications. Ultimately, implementing IP intercoms will help support different types of staff in a number of scenarios, allowing them to perform at a higher standard, while improving efficiencies.

Want to find out more about Axis’ network intercoms solutions?

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“The freedom to be an engineer.” Ajax Systems launches a promo campaign to search for R&D talent

Ajax Systems launches a new promo campaign “The freedom to be an engineer.” The main goal is to attract new employees to the R&D team. The company’s goal for 2021 is to hire 250 developers, doubling its engineering team to 550 people.

A recruitment video was released to support the campaign. It reveals the core values and principles of Ajax Systems employees. The insights from in-depth interviews included the freedom to act and find solutions, the ability to influence the end result, engineering challenges, proximity to production, and working on a real world-renowned product rather than a part of a code pulled out from a project.

The developers at Ajax Systems are people who care about how they do their jobs and why. It’s important for them to influence the work process and see the result of their work. Here they are given this freedom, the freedom to be an engineer Valentine Hrytsenko, CMO of Ajax Systems

Ajax Systems R&D offices are located in three cities in Ukraine: Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Vinnytsia. The company is actively looking for Embedded and Hardware developers. They invite both experienced engineers and talented young specialists.

A full list of open positions can be viewed here.

About the shooting

The video was produced by the team of Marta Melnichuk and Konstantin Stetsenko. Director — Sergei Mysak, cinematographer — Maxim Malinovsky. The scenario was written by Ivan Siyak, who has already collaborated with Ajax Systems

‘When security is art’, the campaign for Italy with Andriy Shevchenko).

The main purpose of the recruitment video was to show how Ajax Systems differs from other IT companies. Show the values and principles of the company to the audience and thereby attract the attention of professionals who share them.

The video describes Ajax Systems’ four R&D departments (Devices, System, Automation, QA) and reveals the features and challenges of each.

Smart city solutions

Improving livability in smart cities: How cameras and sensors add value

According to a study from the UN, over half of humanity – 56.2 per cent, 3.5bn people – currently lives in cities and this number is estimated to rise to 5bn people (60.4 per cent) by 2030. This growth in urban populations has driven the adoption of technology in the management of city infrastructure and systems, with governments investing billions in so-called smart cities. But adoption of technology cannot come at the cost of a city’s livability, an essential factor in attracting people to urban environments for both personal and professional reasons.

Now the key question is: What makes a smart city attractive to its (potential) citizens? It is helpful to look at peoples’ most basic needs as traditionally represented by Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. In this model, safety and security come right after physiological needs such as food, water and sleep. In today’s cities, there are several factors that can turn into a threat of health, security or even lives and the cities have to respond to them. Little preparation, risk mitigation and the lack of possibility to send out an advance notice can lead to a far greater number of human losses, injuries or damage of property.

If you can’t monitor it, you can’t improve it

While people are working on improving early warning systems and preventing catastrophes, in the future it could be possible to identify risks at an even earlier stage. Going beyond recognizing patterns and taking the appropriate actions to improve a situation, the development of data analytics in combination with the data collected by cameras and sensors could make it possible to identify “near misses”.

Network security cameras can be of help to achieve this goal. Many of these cameras are today used for security and safety purposes, with a single use-case. However, with a scalable network video system you can add this type of analytics to your current system, or easily complement with additional cameras or sensors to supplement your system.

By monitoring an area constantly, devices can detect potential safety or security black spots, such as a very narrow cycle lane, heavy traffic at a busy junction, or children crossing the road near school bus stops. With the cameras identifying near misses, city planners can create a pedestrian crossing, install traffic lights or divert the traffic where needed to decrease the risk of a casualty.

Analyzing data can be our window into the future that will help to make the world a bit more sustainable and safe. Thus, it’s essential to collect as much data as we can. And until we’re ready to develop solutions that can predict and prevent scenarios, there are other systems that can be improved.

Keep it safe, clean and dry

For a city to be livable it needs to be low in health risks. City smog is one such risk. It can lead to irritated eyes and throats, and damage to the heart and lungs. Pollution detectors can spot changes in air quality caused by traffic, industrial activities, or weather, making it easier to take countermeasures. As an example, video-based traffic management in city centers can not only be used to verify the cause of the pollution, but can also be a tool to predict deterioration of air quality due to increased traffic. Such data can enable operators to make informed decisions about diverting or stopping traffic where necessary. The longer these data have been collected, the easier it is to make future predictions and plan ahead.

Poor air quality  isn’t the only factor that can have detrimental effects on health. Noise pollution is the second most dangerous environmental threat of the modern day and can cause serious physical effects such as high blood pressure, gastritis and even heart attacks. A combination of acoustic sensors, AI analytics and video cameras can help to monitor the level and the source of noise, which can then be verified via the video footage. This level of detailed information can help operators to reduce loud sounds where necessary – for example, by optimizing traffic flow on noisy streets – and develop a strategy to tackle noise pollution in future.

Sensors play an equally critical role in the waste sector. There are still communities that don’t have a functioning waste management system. But piles of rubbish can turn quickly into a health threat (e.g. rats, bacteria, diseases etc.), while also constituting a fire risk (e.g. flammable substances, paper, unextinguished cigarette ends). To prevent these potential dangers, sensors on municipal dump sites and recycling depots can measure the fill-level and send a signal that arranges the pick-up; while cameras and visual analytics can avert fire spreading by detecting smoke in time. It’s worth noting that rubbish doesn’t contribute to the city’s aesthetics either when it comes to livability.

However, weather-based issues can pose a different type of threat to citizens’ security and safety, but they are harder to predict. That’s where environmental sensors can help. Early-warning systems allow operators to detect and respond to disasters in a timely manner; for example, a real-time measurement system might detect rain, and the data analytics and forecasting software can calculate if there is a risk of flooding. In this instance, with the help of IP cameras, it is easy to track if the water has crossed a certain mark, a critical evacuation need for cities close to rivers. Furthermore, the sensors can also measure the water quality to identify pollution. While a minor flood could seem harmless, contamination can turn it into a threat to health and nature.

The future is safe and livable

There are many ways to make a city smarter, more sustainable and safer, all of which positively impact livability. Economic benefits close the circle by creating cost-efficiencies through smart technologies to leave the city with resources to invest in improving services such as public transport, emergency services, and maintaining and improving public spaces, all of which combine to make a city a more desirable place to live.

Learn how Axis cameras can be used within the smart city concept.

Smart city solutions