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Smartphone-operated security for buildings

There is no n eed to touch the call or floor buttons  of elevators  with the Ninja solution.
There is no n eed to touch the call or floor buttons of elevators with the Ninja solution.

The move towards smart buildings has seen another concrete example. Although this is not in Belgium, but in the state of Estonia, the principles are the same and are likely to be seen in our market too. An office building in Tallinn has been transformed by Ninja Solutions into contactless mode. The doors and elevators are accessed via smartphone, and the building does not require physical security staff. Rented areas and restricted rooms require biometric verification, accessed through a smartphone. This building is multi-tenant, accommodating among others a Bentley Showroom and Carlson Wagonlit Travel's Tallinn branch.

Madis Laas, CIO of Ninja Solutions points lout the ‘coronavirus’ advantage of such a system: “There's no need to touch the door handles or buttons in elevators; all entrances can be controlled via smartphone.” Raul Parusk, Chairman of USS Security Estonia, which cooperated with Ninja in installing this system, adds: “A staffed guarding service is still essential for many industries, but for example, in office buildings and lodging facilities, a guarded or administrative service can be replaced by a convenient, affordable and reliable virtual service, and the personnel only interacts if the surveillance system notifies them.”

The fact that buildings are becoming smarter was well demonstrated at the first ‘Mipim Proptech’ conference and exhibition in Paris last summer. All types of previously human-operated functions are being replaced by digital solutions. Companies are working, among others, on car parking, connected buildings, intelligent glazing and waste collection. All of this technology naturally raises questions about information being accessed by third parties. There is no suggestion that any such fears are justified with the systems outlined above, but a recent article in British newspaper ‘The Guardian Weekly’ by technology writer Davey Winder outlines some surprising facts. ‘Security researchers confirmed this year that a vulnerability could enable a hacker to launch an attack on your home computer network and therefore your data, by way of a (manufacturer and brand named in the article) smart lightbulb’. And on the subject of ‘smart doorbells’: ‘A home security surveillance system requires video cameras... When those security cameras are connected to and accessible from the internet, questions about who is watching the watcher come to the fore’.
Tim Harrup
31-03-2020


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