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).

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.

 

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.

CWI Partner Silver: Congratulations to Bravida Danmark A/S

We are very pleased to announce that our integration partner Bravida Danmark A/S has improved its WinGuard CWI Partner Status from Blue to Silver. This certifies the very high qualification of Bravida’s technical and sales personnel as well as comprehensive experience from successfully realised WinGuard projects.

Filip Jordan (Product Engineer) and Jack Boye Hansen (Head of Department Fire & Security) took receipt of the official CWI Silver Certificate for Bravida. We look forward to continuing the great collaboration with Bravida in Denmark!

New Advancis office in Sweden

Advancis is further expanding its activities in the Scandinavian market and has recently opened its Sweden office which is located around 40 km southwest of Stockholm. The office is managed by Christoffer Lindblom who has long-term experience in the IT industry, in particular in perimeter detection, identity verification, customer screening and CCTV technologies.

Christoffer looks forward to establishing contact with customers and system integrators from the region. To arrange a meeting with Christoffer please contact him on mobile +46 (0) 720 143065 or by e-mail: [email protected].

Review 2020

The year 2020 has not been an easy one, but fortunately Advancis as an IT company were able to adapt to the changed conditions very quickly.

Now, at the end of the year, we can look back on numerous successes and would like to thank all our partners and customers for our trustful collaboration.

Award for Advancis trainee

We congratulate Jan Zwirner on passing his final exams and being awarded the federal state of Hesse’s best trainee in the profession of IT Specialist for system integration.

Mrs. Kirsten Schoder-Steinmüller (President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Offenbach am Main) and Mr. Markus Weinbrenner (General Manager of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Offenbach am Main) visited Advancis in Langen and presented the certificate to the happy graduate. Jan is one of three trainees who achieved the best results in their respective professions throughout Hesse.

The people responsible for the trainees at Advancis are proud with the performance of Jan Zwirner, who is now permanently employed at the company: “Jan fits perfectly into the Advancis family and we look forward to accompanying him on his further career path, continuing to challenge and support him. For us, the training of young people is an important element in recruiting skilled workers,” says Andre Meiswinkel (COO of Advancis). In the past, three Advancis trainees have already been honored as the best graduates in their professions. A total of 20 young people have successfully completed their training in the company, which was founded in 1994. Advancis currently employs eight trainees.

Especially in times of a shortage of skilled workers, training is an ideal tool for attracting qualified employees in the long term. Within the scope of the training, we not only impart technical knowledge, but in particular also our corporate values. We are looking forward to new applications for the 2021 training year – for more information on the training professions and further job offers, please visit our career section.

 

New demo panel for the Advancis showroom

Our Premium Technology Partner Commend/Schneider Intercom provided us with touch screen intercom stations of the Concerto series as well as with intercom stations for the industrial and elevator emergency call sector for our showroom. Together with our Regional Sales Manager Rainer Holsteg, Dirk Gottwald (Key Account Manager) from Schneider Intercom and Reinhard Tranninger (Segment Manager Industry) from Commend had a look at the completed demo panels in our showroom beginning of November. Here, our partners and customers can now experience live how a highly available intercom system with powerful call stations can be integrated directly into the WinGuard PSIM platform. Intelligent functions for data, video and audio are enabled via a bidirectional IP interface. We would like to thank Commend/Schneider Intercom for the joint realisation of the demo panel and look forward to our further collaboration.