How To Detect and Mitigate the Log4j2 Vulnerability

Like many manufacturers in our Industry, we became aware on the 10th of December 2021 of the Remote Code Execution vulnerability CVE-2021-44228 in the popular Java logging library Log4j2 CVE (all versions between 2.0 and 2.14.1 are vulnerable).

While SPG Controls and our related products are safe from the Log4j2 vulnerability, you may have other products and services that are not.

Below is a brief infographic on how the Log4j2 works and potential fixes you can implement.

Contact us at info@spgcontrols.com and tell us how we can help you configure your systems integrations to be safe from the Log4j2 vulnerability.

New Integration Announcement: Orange Business Services – Pack ID solution

SPG Controls is pleased to announce a new partnership with Orange Business Services, a global IT and communications services provider. Orange Business Services operations span 26 countries and serve 207 million mobile customers, including 8 million business customers.

Integration with ARCO Platform uses its Open API to interface to the Pack ID solution from Orange Cloud Service mobile credentials. Credential request on the Orange Cloud Server leverages the built-in security architecture and secure communication of the ARCO Platform to access Sites/Doors.

The API is based on the latest Web-based Restful Architecture. All data contained within ARCO Platform is securely communicated to the Orange Cloud Service.

Check out the Orange Business Services website: https://www.orange-business.com/fr/produits/pack-id 

Check out the SPG Controls partners page to find out more about our collaborators: https://spgcontrols.com/partners/

New Partner Announcement: Avarn Security

SPG Controls is pleased to announce a new partnership with Avarn Security, a leading security group with operations in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. Avarn Security supply security to clients across the Nordic countries.

Avarn Security (earlier Nokas) is a leading and strategic security partner for corporate customers and public sector organizations. They provide security services and solutions in the Nordic market.

Avarn Security is known for its long history as a strong solution provider of access control solutions. They are expanding their current access control system offering by bringing the latest technology in the industry to Finland for the benefit of the customers. SPG Controls and Avarn Security have entered into a cooperation agreement, in which Avarn Security will continue to represent the ARCO Enterprise access control system in Finland alongside its current access control solutions.

The company’s main operations are based in Norway, Sweden and Finland. Its head office is located in Oslo, Norway and it is headed by Group CEO Vidar Berg, with 16,000 employees spread across the Nordic countries.

Check out the Avarn Security website: https://www.avarnsecurity.fi/

Check out the SPG Controls partners page to find out more about our collaborators: https://spgcontrols.com/partners/

ARCO Security configuration – making it happen though a Mobile Application

System configuration management is important, especially in large scale systems, where you need control over both hardware and software components essential to your security solution.
It’s important in establishing and maintaining consistency in a product; from performance to functionality to physical attributes to efficiently managing requirements, design, and operational information for hardware and software.

System configuration management is essential because the system-level design may be challenging. It is hard enough to manage hardware and software development projects independently but managing all the dependencies between the two disciplines while also accounting for security concerns, scheduling and distribution. It’s a complex problem to tackle.

The ARCO Setup APP makes installing and operating your S1000 Smart Controller quick and easy. In addition, ARCO Setup provides network settings to establish remote communications to the ARCO Platform, input and output testing both locally and end-to-end. Download the ARCO Setup APP on your mobile fast and easy configuration.

  • Support BLE 4.2
  • Android and iOS Compatible
  • No Setup PC Required
  • Allows For Easy Commissioning of Panel
  • Secure Authentication Layer for Login
  • Dashboard For Diagnostics and Testing

Contact us at info@spgcontrols.com and tell us how we can help you configure your systems using ARCO Setup app.

S1000 Communicator – A Gateway to bring your Current Security System into the Cloud

SPG Controls’ S1000 Communicator connects third-party control panels to an ARCO Platform through a secure RS232 interface. This device has all the features of a full S1000 Smart Controller, in addition to third-party panel support.

This solution allows the third-party panel to take advantage of all the benefits of ARCO, such as Remote Monitoring and Control and the capability to add Building Management, Analog Sensors, IP Audio, Access Control and OSDP video. The S1000 Communicator may be upgraded to a full S1000 at any time.

The panels supported include Honeywell Galaxy Dimension, Honeywell Vista, Pacom 1057/8 and Pacom 8001/2. Panels are connected to the S1000 communicator, which allows bi-directional communications between ARCO and the third-party panel. In addition, the third-party panel can continue to report to the existing monitoring systems in parallel to being connected to ARCO.

 

Multi-way interlocks for Banks and High-Security Locations

Interlock systems control the locking of two or more doors so that if one door is in use or insecure, the remaining doors remain locked and refuse access. Interlocks are sometimes referred to as ‘Air Locks’ or ‘Man Traps’ and provide a high level of security.

The SPG Controls’ interlocking technology enforces safety and enables security-critical applications. Such as where positive proof of identity is required before granting access. Each door is electrically locked and monitored. The S1000 control logic monitors the state of each door for closed and secure states, thus preventing the release of the lock device. Once activated, only one door can be accessed at any given time.
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Doors can have full access control using Card Reader Devices, Biometric Devices, Pin-Pads or can simply be released using REX/RTE Switches. Interlock doors can also be remotely controlled from the ARCO Software interface, which is Touch Screen Compatible. The ARCO Interface can graphically display the Interlock status on the Site Map and can be remotely commanded to enforce or override the interlock for emergency override procedures, for instance. Updating User Credentials can also be remotely managed from ARCO.

For mission-critical operations, applications in, for example, proprietary research, or to protect sensitive personnel or data storage, using mantraps for access control can help keep your buildings secure. They’re frequently used in airports, banking operations, healthcare facilities, research labs, and government installations. They are also widely used in data centres to protect servers and sensitive digital information.

The simplest interlock Access Control System may have two doors, and standard systems can be configured to manage up to sixteen (16) doors. Individual Interlocked Doors may be controlled by an online or standalone S1000 Smart Controller. In addition, the S1000 supports interlocking capabilities as standard, meaning you can mix interlock groups with access controller doors on the same system.

SPG Controls suggested system configuration.

  • Ethernet /Wi-Fi/4G/3G/2G.
  • User Access Rule-set Automation.
  • Full Battery Backup.
  • Physical Attack Detection Vibration / Explosion etc.
  • Temperature / Humidity / Light Monitoring.
  • Hazardous Gas Detection.
  • Full Access Control, including Dual Card Control.
  • CCTV Monitoring.
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Capabilities:

  • Multi-Door interlock to a maximum of 16 Doors per S1000 Controller can be configured.
  • Up to 8 Interlocks per S1000 Controller.

Configuring an interlock is simple by selecting doors from a drop-down menu:

Contact us at info@spgcontrols.com and tell us how we can help you secure your Banking System.

Multi-way Interlocks for High-Security Facility

Interlock systems control the locking of two or more doors so that if one door is in use or insecure, the remaining doors refuse access. Interlocks are sometimes referred to as ‘Air Locks’ or ‘Man Traps’ and provide a high level of security.

Each door is electrically locked and monitored. The S1000 control logic monitors the state of each door for closed and secure states, thus preventing the release of the lock device. Once activated only one door can be accessed at any given time.

Doors can have full access control using Card Reader Devices, Biometric Devices, Pin-Pads or can simply be released using REX/RTE Switches. Interlock doors can also be remotely controlled from the ARCOSoftware interface which is Touch Screen Compatible. The ARCOInterface can graphically display the Interlock status on the Site Map and can be remotely commanded to enforce or override the interlock, for emergency override procedures. Updating the User Credentials can also be remotely managed from ARCO.

Common installations of interlock systems include clean rooms, bank lobbies, cash handling facilities, laboratories and jewelry stores.
The simplest interlock Access Control System may have two doors and standard systems can be configured to manage up to sixteen (16) doors. Individual Interlocked Doors may be controlled by an online or standalone S1000 Smart Controller. The S1000 supports interlocking capabilities as standard, meaning you can mix interlock groups with access controller doors on the same system.

SPG Controls suggested system configuration.

  • Ethernet /Wi-Fi/4G/3G/2G.
  • User Access Rule-set Automation.
  • Full Battery Backup.
  • Physical Attack Detection Vibration / Explosion etc.
  • Temperature / Humidity / Light Monitoring.
  • Hazardous Gas Detection.
  • Full Access Control including Dual Card Control.
  • CCTV Monitoring.

Capabilities:

  • Multi-Door interlock to a maximum of 16 Doors per S1000 Controller can be configured.
  • Up to 8 Interlocks per S1000 Controller.

Configuring the interlock is as simple as selecting the group of doors that are to be interlocked from the drop-down menu:

Contact us at info@spgcontrols.com and tell us how we can help you secure your Security System.

China Factories select SPG Controls for initial 100 site roll-out

We live in a world where we have unprecedented access to a wide variety of data — and Manufacturing Plants are no exception.

Together with BGB Security, one of China’s leading security integrators, SPG technology has enabled sophisticated water, electrical consumption and fire monitoring together with worker safety and environmental protection.

System Integration

The S1000 Smart Controller has been installed and integrated with existing CCTV, biometric access and cards on site. Sensors and output controls for the Fire System Monitoring are also configured to the S1000 Controller enabling the Real-time monitoring of water and water pressure levels to ensure that systems are in a perfect state of readiness.

Consolidated Cloud-based Monitoring

The web-based ARCO Platform resides in a central location and provides the collection point for all events from the S1000 Smart Controller. The software monitors security/access alarm, telemetry activity, data gathering from the sensors connected to the Controller located throughout the factory floor and prioritises events for multiple operator workstations.

Interactive dashboards, graphical and geographical screens provide easy management and data consolidation showing the current and historical status of a factory. There is the ability to drill down to view the current status and system configuration of any area, an audit trail of historical activity and performance at any site.

ARCO Solution

  • Integration to CCTV.
  • Biometrics to verify the ID of workers.
  • Provides monitoring of fire systems.
  • Integrates to give lone worker protection in hazardous areas and environments.
  • Connects to ARCO to give a graphical overview, CCTV pictures and early warning of any safety issues.

 

 

ATM Monitoring and Management with SPG Controls

Persistent physical attacks continue on ATM’s resulting in theft, disruption, damage and poor customer service. Increasingly, flammable and explosive gases are used to destroy the integrity of ATM vaults and the use of mechanical excavators and machinery still results in ATM’s being pulled from their building surrounds or free-standing locations.

SPG Controls offers a smart security system, which has been designed to protect the ATM from theft or unauthorized access. Providing early warning of failures, video and two-way audio and ensuring only authorized employees or contractors are permitted access are key attributes of our ATM monitoring solutions.

Using SPG Controls enables both efficiency and security, with our sophisticated monitoring devices providing the real-time condition of the ATM and key components. This additionally helps to control preventative maintenance, make informed decisions, and cut operational expenses. SPG’s sensor logs also provide for root cause evaluation to help mitigate future problems.

SPG Controls suggested system configuration.

  • Ethernet /4G/3G/2G network
  • Fan/cooling fail detection
  • Water/Flood detection
  • Vibration detection
  • Hazardous gas detection
  • Temperature and Humidity monitoring
  • High Temperature and Humidity operation
  • Full access control
  • Video snapshots on alarm
  • Audio alarm detection/listening

Contact us at info@spgcontrols.com and tell us how we can help you secure your ATM Security System.

Remote Vault Monitoring & Management with SPG Controls

In the last 20 years, the internet has proven to be a game-changer in banking. The opportunity for banks to trade faster, more simply and on a global scale has revolutionized their business, but there is still a strong demand for physical security to protect cash, documents and assets.

SPG Controls offers a smart security system, designed to protect the bank vault and the personnel opening and closing vault and bookroom doors from theft, unauthorized access or duress. Providing early warning of failures, video and two-way audio and ensuring only authorized employees or contractors are permitted access are key attributes of our vault monitoring solutions. SPG enables both efficiency and security, our sophisticated monitoring devices providing the real-time condition of the vault and key components. This additionally helps to manage preventative maintenance, make informed decisions, and cut operational expenses. SPG’s sensor logs also provide for root cause evaluation to help mitigate future problems.

This highly secured system is based on over the air technology, utilizing different types of sensors (Motion, Audio and Gas sensors as an example), IP cameras and microcontrollers.

SPG Controls suggested system configuration.

  • Ethernet /Wi-Fi/4G/3G/2G
  • Full Battery Backup
  • System Operational at Extreme Temperature and Humidity
  • Fan/Cooling Failure Detection
  • Water/Flood Detection
  • Physical Attack Detection Vibration / Thermal Lance / Explosion etc.
  • Temperature / Humidity / Light Monitoring
  • Hazardous Gas Detection
  • Full Access Control including Dual Card Control
  • Video snapshots on Alarm
  • Audio Alarm Detection/Listen-in
  • 2-Way Audio for Emergency Communications

Contact us at info@spgcontrols.com and tell us how we can help you secure your Vault Security System.