Senstar at ISC West 2019: Introducing Symphony Access Control

A long-time manufacturer of perimeter intrusion detection sensors, Senstar now incorporates video management systems and analytics.

ISC West 2019 will be held April 9-12 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas.

Ahead of this year’s show, SSI reached out to Senstar’s Kristen Cory, vice president Sales, North America, to find out what the company will be showcasing at ISC West.

Cory joined Senstar in January. She brings with her close to 20 years of experience in senior management in the United States and Canada, successfully working for different enterprises in business development and executive sales roles. 

What is the top product or offering your company is showing off at ISCW this year, and what makes it unique or special?

Senstar is introducing two new products at ISC West — Senstar Symphony Access Control and the FiberPatrol FP400 intrusion detection sensor for zone-based fence applications.

Symphony AC is an open software solution designed to support the industry’s most trusted brands of access control and intrusion hardware. Available as an extension to the Symphony video management software [VMS], the module provides a full set of access control functions, including enrollment, scheduling, monitoring, and reporting.


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The FiberPatrol FP400 is one of the most affordable fiber optic perimeter intrusion sensors on the market. Each processor provides up to four zones of detection and supports insensitive lead-in enabling electronics to be installed up to 12.4 miles from the perimeter fence. It is ideal for small sites with concerns over EMI, lightning or conductive elements on the perimeter.

Symphony AC and FiberPatrol FP400 are examples of Senstar’s continued commitment to developing products to meet the evolving security needs of our customers. Both these products address very specific site requirements, allowing Senstar to offer more options to our customers and continue to build on our success as one of the industry’s most trusted and reliable security providers.

What other products or offerings would you like to highlight, and what are some of their unique qualities?

Other exciting products Senstar will be showcasing at ISC West are the Senstar LM100 Hybrid Perimeter Intrusion Detection and Intelligent Lighting System, and the Senstar Symphony Video Management System.

The Senstar LM100 is a first-of-its-kind product providing high quality, direct illumination along the fence line — deterring intruders and providing targeted illumination for video surveillance systems, all while monitoring the perimeter to detect any attempt to cut, climb or lift the fence fabric. Fully programmable, the luminaires provide general security lighting and can be set to strobe to inform intruders that you know where they are. The Senstar LM100 also minimizes light pollution and is energy efficient.

The award-winning Senstar Symphony VMS delivers an all-in-one solution for video management, video analytics, perimeter intrusion detection integration, and alarm management for deployments of all sizes. Now with access control capabilities, Senstar Symphony provides users with even more options to secure their sites.

What else is new or noteworthy about the company for 2019?

With intelligent video management, video analytics, access control and innovative perimeter intrusion detection systems, Senstar can meet a wider range of security needs for a greater variety of applications for sites of all sizes. This makes Senstar a truly unique player in the security industry.

What is your company’s overall value proposition to installing security dealers/integrators? Why should they do business with you?

With over 35 years of experience and products in use in over 100 countries, Senstar has an extensive global presence in the security market.

Senstar offers a diverse range of technologies and software. By selling what we manufacture, we can service, customize and adjust to meet requirements for any project. We are committed to evolving products through significant investment in advanced research and development. When we design our products, we not only think about performance, but also ease of installation and long term maintenance.

Senstar operates three R&D centers, as well as the world’s largest private test facility of its kind to ensure our products perform in the most extreme conditions. We offer product training and a wide range of services to support our integrator partners.

What do you see as some of the top opportunities in the marketplace right now?

In terms of markets, we are seeing a growth in demand from the following:

  • Utilities – Pressure on utilities to “keep the lights on” and protect sites from militant activists. Increased government regulations are also driving growth.
  • Oil and gas – Particularly in Canada, this market has been investing a great deal of money to protect above-ground infrastructure, again due primarily to increased threats from militant activists.
  • Datacenters – With more and more people and organizations using cloud-based services, datacenters continue to increase in importance, which in turn requires necessitates increases in security.
  • Commercial – Technological advances have resulted in new technologies that are more appropriate and affordable for smaller sites.
  • Corrections – Continues to invest heavily to keep inmates inside while keeping contraband out.

In terms of technologies:

Fence-mounted sensors in general have seen growth over the past few years. This is a result of technological advances, which include the reduction of nuisance alarm rates and improved location accuracy. It can also be attributed to the relative ease and lower cost of installation. With these improvements, fence-mounted sensors are now seen as a better option than they used to be.

As well, the integration of fence sensors with other systems, such as intelligent lighting, is enabling new functionality and applications. For example, intelligent lighting can react to intrusions by adjusting the intensity or strobing in the affected zones or even individual luminaire, augmenting both deterrence and assessment capabilities.

Fiber optic technologies continue to increase in popularity for both fence-mounted and buried perimeter detection applications. Key to this popularity is their precise location capability, which can be used to guide cameras.

Steady improvements in video analytic technology combined with higher-performance, lower-cost surveillance cameras have improved the effectiveness of using analytics as part of perimeter intrusion solutions.

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