HACKATHONAMRING 2021

From 01 to 03 October 2021, Advancis was part of the Hackathonamring that took place at the Nürburgring/Germany. The event was hosted by the SPELL research project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in which Advancis is involved as a project partner. The hackers faced several challenges including the one for the SPELL use case “Complex Campus” within the research project.

Two teams successfully hacked a social media/Twitter interface that can be used to receive event messages about hazardous situations such as natural disasters in our control center system WinGuard as well as a “heat map” visualizing the volume of event messages on maps over time. Advancis would like to thank the event hosters as well as all hackers for their commitment and the interesting days at the Nürburgring! Advancis is looking for benign hackers – become a part of the Advancis team: https://jobs.advancis.net/

 

Interactive live webinar: Solving Critical Communication with Integrated Systems

Register for our live webinar (12 October 2021) free of charge. Communication is critical to an efficient incident response plan: In emergency cases, the first crucial communication is the alarm activation and the required operating procedure (workflow) to correctly deal with the situation. Both time but also the accuracy of information is essential.

How can organizations ensure that the speed of incident response is increased and the risk of making incorrect decisions is reduced for the responsible personnel? In combination with the integrated software platform WinGuard, Zenitel provide intelligent critical-communication solutions that allow people to hear, be heard and be understood – every time and everywhere. In this interactive webinar, which will be broadcasted live from the Advancis showroom in Langen/Germany, we will demonstrate & discuss the following topics:

– What is an integrated security & building management platform?

– Benefits and functions of WinGuard

– Integration of Zenitel’s audio solutions into WinGuard

– Live demonstration of critical communication workflows

– Questions & Answers

Our speakers Allan Dickinson, Lars Kämpe and Richard McClellan look forward to your interactive participation!

 

 

Advancis acquires Irish Security Company

Advancis Software & Services GmbH, manufacturer of the open Physical Security Information Management Software (PSIM) WinGuard, has acquired the Irish software company Cruatech, one of the leading experts for physical security integrations solutions.

Cruatech based in Dublin/Ireland have eleven years of experience in the security industry and provide individual integration solutions in physical security to customers in all business sectors, e.g. Governmental, Finance and Data Centers. Cruatech are a software company that, in addition to their own products, offer integration services for leading manufacturers from all over the world. With over 250 integration modules already developed, Cruatech have extensive development experience. Cruatech will remain as an independent company and will further expand their development department in the future. Thus, they might support Advancis in the future as a “Development Partner” within the Advancis Ecosystem and develop specific interface modules for WinGuard projects.

With this acquisition, Advancis strengthens their position as one of the international market leaders in the field of vendor-neutral PSIM.

In addition to an own PSIM solution, Cruatech’s existing product portfolio includes in particular a software solution for consolidating access control systems from different manufacturers. The logical and physical access rights associated with an employee’s role are always synchronized, e.g. only one access card is needed to log in to different subsystems. Such functionality is also often desired by PSIM customers so that Advancis can offer their customers added value here while maintaining their vendor-neutrality.

Jan Meiswinkel, CEO of Advancis: “A key factor in the decision to acquire Cruatech was their employees, who have many years of experience in interface development (particularly in the access control sector), but the human element was also immediately convincing. We look forward to working with the experienced Cruatech team to further expand our integration expertise and time to market. In parallel, the Cruatech team will support the Advancis area representation in Dublin/Ireland that will be newly established.”

Cruatech’s CEO David King with regard to the acquisition: “We are excited to be a part of the Advancis group who are industry leaders in the international PSIM market. This represents a huge opportunity to work in a team with a winning mentality and proven track record who possess long-term customer relationships established worldwide over the last 25 years. Cruatech will bring flexibility, determination and a deep understanding of integrated solutions alongside some new and exciting technology.”

Detailed terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction was completed on 18 August 2021 retroactive to the beginning of the year 2021.

New WinGuard System Partner: Hacousto Protec System Integration (HPSI)

This week HPSI received the System Partner Certificate from Advancis. This certificate confirms that Hacousto is a qualified integration partner for the WinGuard software of Advancis.

Jeroen Ligterink, Business Unit Manager HPSI, about the partnership: “We have been working with Advancis for years. For us, the certificate is a recognition of the acquired competences. The projects in which we have successfully deployed the WinGuard software platform in the last years speak for themselves. With the official certification, Advancis underlines our knowledge and experience with the software platform as well as the continuity of our services for our valued customers.” Joost Samsom, Account Manager Advancis Netherlands: “After the realization of numerous joint WinGuard projects, we are pleased to award Hacousto Protec as official system partner and look forward to realizing further installations together.”

From left to right: Jesse van Schayk (Account Manager PSIM Hacousto Protec), Joost Samsom (Account Manager Advancis Nederland), Jaap Priester (Project Manager Hacousto Protec), Jeroen Ligterink (Business Unit Manager Hacousto Protec System Integration), Dirk van Atten (CEO Hacousto Protec).

The Security Event: 07-09 September 2021

The Security Event will take place from 07-09 September 2021 connecting installers, integrators, manufacturers, distributors and end users. It is the first face-to-face trade show with over 150 exhibitors and more than 8,000 expected visitors after a long timeout due to the pandemic.

As part of the Advancis community our technology partners Nedap and Cruatech will also be exhibiting on our stand no. 3a/D50. Visit us and experience an integrated security control room with the latest WinGuard open PSIM features as well as live integration of AEOS Access Control from Nedap and PLAI Agent Identity Management from Cruatech.

In addition to the exhibition, The Innovation Theatre will give visitors the opportunity to discover the breakthrough technologies shaping the security sector. Allan Dickinson, Technical Manager Advancis UK & Ireland, will explain “Open Integration Platforms: Past, Present and Future – What is behind the Myths & Acronyms?” on Wednesday, 08 September 2021, 1 pm BST.

Join us in Birmingham and register now – we look forward to meeting you there.

Managing Crises with Artificial Intelligence

Decision and deployment support for control and situation centers

In June 2021 the “SPELL“ research project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has been launched. With exciting project partners and future-oriented goals, a step is to be taken toward the digital transformation of the economy.

„SPELL“ – this is the abbreviation for “ Semantic platform for intelligent decision-making and deployment support in control and situation centers“. The aim of this project is to use artificial intelligence to initiate emergency response, emergency aid and supply measures for the population more quickly and in line with the situation in case of crises (e.g. major incidents, pandemics, natural disasters or widespread power failures).

Precondition is a data-based overview of all relevant information as an overall picture of the situation and the networking of all involved parties. Artificial intelligence can create this basis and significantly support decision-making and implementation in order to minimize incorrect decisions.

Over the next three years, 12 project partners will develop future-oriented solutions within the scope of the SPELL project: the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence as consortium leader, Advancis Software & Services GmbH, apheris AI GmbH, BASF SE, Corevas GmbH & Co, DRK-Landesverband Rheinland-Pfalz e.V., Empolis Information Management GmbH, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e.V. with its institutes IESE and Fokus, ISE Informatikgesellschaft für Software-Entwicklung mbH, LiveReader GmbH, Technische Universität Darmstadt as well as VfS (Verband für Sicherheitstechnik) and further associated partner organizations.

Advancis’ focus within the project is in particular on the integration, harmonization and utilization of sensor data from security, building management, communication and information technology in near real time. With the help of artificial intelligence as well as data technologies, a significant information and time gain in incident management is to be achieved in crisis situations. Advancis will primarily test this in concrete applications of networked BOS and industrial control centers with the aim of ensuring resource-efficient incident management through artificial intelligence.

 

Security TWENTY 21 in Birmingham

On 29th June 2021, Security TWENTY 21 in Birmingham is aimed at end users, buyers and those who specify security products and will update attendees on the latest technology and developments in the security industry. The accompanying exhibition will present cutting edge security solutions and services. Visit Advancis’ exhibition stand to find out how the open PSIM platform WinGuard facilitates the management of critical situations and daily control centre tasks.

Entrance is free and tickets can be obtained via the event website.
We look forward to seeing you!

IFSEC Connect 2021

Connect 2021 brings the security industry together online in June 2021. Experience the latest security developments, watch product demos and have 1:1 meetings with leading international security suppliers.

Agree an online meeting with Advancis to learn how the open PSIM platform WinGuard simplifies event processing in the control centre. The platform offers dynamic workflows to support the operator in event processing and is available with over 470 interface drivers to technical systems, new ones constantly being released and open for 3rd party developments. You can also join Richard McClellan, Sales Director UK & Ireland, and Allan Dickinson, Technical Manager UK & Ireland at Advancis for a demo and to answer your individual questions on Tuesday, 22nd June 2021 at 10.45 h BST.

Register now free of charge via the event website. We look forward to many interesting discussions.

Virtual Show: Wiley Industry Days 2021

Be part of the Wiley Industry Days from 07th-09th June 2021: a virtual trade show and congress providing a meeting place for Safety & Security, Structural Engineering, Healthcare & Hygiene as well as for Automation, Machine Vision & Photonics.
 
Visit us at our online stand and learn how the vendor-neutral PSIM platform WinGuard simplifies event processing in the control centre.

In addition to the virtual exhibition, there will be a congress program with technical presentations. On Monday, 07th June 2021 at 03.00 pm, Rainer Holsteg, Regional Sales Manager at Advancis, will present about “Security in Hospitals: How can protection goals be realized in a holistic and cost-efficient way?” (in German language).

Furthermore, the Panel Discussion “PSIM: Managing the Risk” on Wednesday, 09th June 2021 at 10:00 am will answer frequently asked questions in regard to PSIM: Which system type is suitable for which application? What is the criteria for and against a vendor-neutral platform? In addition to Patrick Geldmacher, International Sales Manager at Advancis, further companies active in this business sector will also participate in the Panel Discussion.

Register here free of charge for the virtual show. We look forward to many interesting discussions.

 

System Partner Certificate 2021 for SPIE Telba Berlin

Besides several other companies of the SPIE Group, SPIE Telba GmbH in Berlin is an official WinGuard System Partner. On 15 April 2021, Kai Eckstein (Head of Sales Germany/Switzerland) and René Jendrics (Regional Sales Manager) from Advancis handed over the certificate for 2021 to Michael Brase (CEO) and Thomas Stretz (Head of Center of Competence PSIM) from SPIE Telba GmbH.

We are looking forward to realise further WinGuard projects together with SPIE Telba in the future and would like to thank them for our excellent collaboration.