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New Mercury Government Solution Platform Wins 2017 Govies Award

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Mercury Security’s new government platform acknowledged for outstanding quality, design, innovation and impact in the security industry

LAS VEGAS, NV; ISC West – April 5th, 2017 – Mercury Security, a global leader in OEM access control hardware, today announced that the Mercury Government Solution Platform has won the Security Today Magazine Govies Government Security award in the Access Control Software / Controllers category. The award program honors the outstanding product development achievements of security equipment manufacturers whose products are considered particularly noteworthy in their ability to improve security. An independent panel of judges from the security industry selected the top entries based on the product’s features, innovation, user friendliness, interoperability, quality, design, and impact in the security industry and scalability

“Built on Authentic Mercury open architecture, our new government solution platform underscores Mercury’s commitment to create innovative products that address the evolving government vertical market and regulatory requirements,” said Matt Barnette, President of Mercury Security.  “We are honored to be recognized by Security Today magazine, as this award reinforces our philosophy of providing open, interoperable solutions enabling customers the freedom to choose products and applications that best meet their needs.”

The new Mercury Government Platform delivers a true government access control solution that provides all of the functionality required to create and manage high-privilege accounts, while leveraging existing provisioning infrastructures. This reduces the cost of system deployment and makes administration and audit activities much faster, easier and more reliable.

Mercury’s vendor-agnostic platform provides complete assurance of federal government IDs to the Federal Bridge for stronger authentication of cardholder data at the controller level, allowing PIV credentials to be authenticated prior to validation of access rights for advanced authentication. Initially supporting authentication modules from HID Global and Technology Industries, the platform makes it possible for vendors to create a manufacturer-specific authentication module with Mercury hardware. Mercury’s Authentication Module technology is embedded into its Mercury EP4502 controller for a closed-looped, elegant solution that streamlines the implementation of a FICAM-compliant system.

Mercury Security Names Lenel its First-Ever Platinum Premier Partner

Strong mutual commitment fuels new phases of innovation

LAS VEGAS – Apr. 4, 2017 – Since 1995, Lenel, a leading provider in advanced security systems, and Mercury Security, a global leader in the supply of OEM access control hardware, have collaborated to deliver innovative, open access control solutions to security professionals around the globe. To recognize this significant and long-established business relationship, Mercury has named Lenel it’s first-ever Platinum Premier partner. Lenel is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

“Our valued business relationships are essential to Mercury’s business and ongoing growth,” said Matthew Barnette, President of Mercury Security.  “We consider a range of factors when we look at our technology collaborators. Lenel’s commitment and our joint success drove the formation of a new Mercury partner program category, with the appointment of Lenel as the first to obtain Platinum Premier status.”

The companies hit a significant milestone with the celebration of their 20-year relationship in September 2015, followed by the November 2016 release of the jointly-developed InfoGraphics bridge board for Facility Commander™ Wnx (FC Wnx), Diamond II and Sapphire customers – available only through Lenel.

Ron Virden, managing director, global access solutions, UTC Climate, Controls & Security, said “this announcement builds on the rich history between our two companies. Lenel’s focus on software and Mercury’s hardware expertise, combined with a mutual commitment to deliver powerful end-to-end solutions, has created a great value proposition for our customers.”

Over the last two years, both companies have experienced an exciting period of innovation.  Mercury released new hardware to Lenel, including the LNL-1300e IP single door and alarm panel interface, and the LNL-4420 advanced dual reader controller with increased system capacities. They also provided different options for Honeywell, Tyco and legacy Lenel systems customers to move from their formerly proprietary hardware to open Mercury solutions. In addition, Mercury enhanced their feature set in areas such as BACnet and OSDP v2 support.

In that same time, Lenel has released four major versions of its leading OnGuard® platform, supporting all of Mercury’s new boards, migration solutions and many new features.

Virden went on to say that, “Lenel has simultaneously reinvented the OnGuard experience to make it more Web and mobile friendly, plus we released our exciting BlueDiamond™ mobile credentialing solution, which includes encrypted Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) communications to many of the Mercury panels we offer.”

“Both companies continue to innovate individually and collaboratively to deliver significant customer benefits, and Lenel’s new Platinum Premier status truly reflects Lenel and Mercury’s joint commitment to advancing our industry,” added Barnette.

To see the latest version of OnGuard, featuring Mercury hardware, visit the UTC booth, #18019. For more information about Lenel, visit www.lenel.com or follow @LenelSystems on Twitter.

About Mercury Security Mercury Security is the global leader in the supply of OEM access control hardware. Built on the Authentic Mercury open platform and with over three million panels sold, Mercury has the largest installed base and greatest accumulated run time of any access hardware provider in the world. Mercury Security is headquartered in Long Beach, California and has been providing enhanced access control technology to its valued partners since 1992. www.mercury-security.com.

About Lenel Lenel is a global leader in advanced security systems and services developing innovative solutions to protect buildings, people and assets. Incorporating open architecture and third-party interfacing, Lenel’s enterprise software manages multiple best-in-class systems to provide a single, seamless security solution for customers worldwide, including corporate and government segments. Lenel is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit www.lenel.com or follow @LenelSystems on Twitter.

Mercury Security Identifies Key Trends That Will Influence the Access Control Market

LAS VEGAS, NV – ISC West – April 3, 2017 – Mercury Security has identified key trends that will significantly influence the access control market and drive the next generation of security systems in the coming years. The company’s forecast is based on its unique insights as a market leader in access control technology, with over three million panels sold and the largest installed base and greatest accumulated run time of any provider in the world. Mercury points towards the broader adoption of open architecture; a deeper focus on cyber security; and integration of cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies as key elements that will drive the access control systems of the future.

“Access control is becoming more dynamic than ever as new technologies and sophisticated cyber threats compel the industry towards a more forward-looking approach to security,” said Matt Barnette, President of Mercury Security. “As the importance for access control and security systems continues to expand within organizations, expectations for open architecture and interoperability, adherence to cyber security best practices, and the ability to function within cloud and IoT environments is driving the future requirements for access control. All of these factors have created the perfect climate for a major paradigm shift in the security industry.”

The company’s outlook highlights top trends that are shaping how organizations deploy and leverage the benefits of physical access control systems:

Rise in demand for interconnected systems and streamlined management

With mobile and more connected environments becoming the norm, access control systems initially aimed at simply securing buildings and doors will now serve as the backbone for overall building security and management.  Products and solutions that adopt and drive open standards for interoperability, such as PSIA, OSDP and BACnet, will be the first step to ensuring flexibility in future systems.  This model will provide extreme scalability and increased ROI, while delivering better integration capabilities.  Customers seeking to integrate new access control technologies, plus intrusion, elevator control, building automation, IoT and third-party applications into a common platform will be able to manage these systems more efficiently via a single infrastructure.

Cyber threat driving the need for holistic security at the hardware level

Cyber threats will become more pervasive and targeted towards access control systems, which will require a more holistic approach–including hardware, software and end-user due diligence in identifying threats–to establish the strongest line of defense. Equally important will be solutions featuring bi-directional and secure communications, from connected peripheral devices through to host software applications; this will be enabled by incorporating industry standards such as OSDP and the latest encryption methods between devices.  Manufacturers employing secure lifecycle design methods and routinely assess the cyber security posture of their products will be essential as systems become more connected, integrated and available through the cloud.

Cloud and IoT technologies will help simplify PACS deployment and management

The integration of cloud and IoT technologies with traditional access control systems will drive new, powerful tools that simplify and accelerate the deployment and management of PACS. Cloud-based monitoring services that emerge from combining PACS with smart building applications will deliver robust analytics that proactively pinpoint and troubleshoot potential system failures.  They will also monitor secure connections between peripherals and trigger firmware updates to address potential cyber threats. IoT functionality embedded into PACS panels will enable connections to the cloud-based services to simplify activation of these capabilities.

Organizations will begin to see the pay-off of using cyber-secure, interoperable solutions that leverage the cloud and IoT as customers embrace open hardware as the foundation for their PACS. Paving the way for the future of access control, Mercury anticipates the continued growth and adoption of open-based access control solutions throughout 2017 and beyond.

Visit Mercury Partners this week at ISC West 2017 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas:

Lenel: #18019
Honeywell: #14025
Open Options: #1097
Avigilon: #22043
AccessNSite: #4040
Blubox: #29109 
Genetec: #28055
IDenticard: #20117
Johnson Controls: #20005
RS2: #16115
S2: #25089 
Schneider Electric: #10037
Vanderbilt: #25075
Maxxess: #11109
Feenics: #22135
Video Insights: #23057 

 

LifeSafety Power® Announces Mercury Security Breakthrough

Industry’s first embedded native firmware integration adds seamless proactive power reporting for leading Mercury software partners

March 29, 2017—LifeSafety Power® Inc., Mundelein, Ill., announced a breakthrough in connecting intelligent power management analytics to leading software manufacturers directly through Authentic Mercury Security hardware.  End users can now obtain intelligent alerts and power solution testing natively through one single user interface with no additional hardware. This new functionality, part of the growing LifeSafety Power and Mercury Security partnership, brings proactive real-time reporting and delivers mission critical information on overall system health before it fails.

LSP’s patented proactive and analytics-based technology solution is supported through the Mercury EP controller product family.  Mercury OEM partners now have the ability to access real-time data, including power system status into the controller for display through their specific graphical user interface.

“This truly enhances and expands the potential for systems integrators to offer remote power management to customers who will benefit from predictive analysis and detailed reporting on the health and well-being of their solutions,” said Joe Holland, Vice President of Engineering, LifeSafety Power. “Mercury Security and LifeSafety Power are long-time technology partners who see the intrinsic value this relationship brings to security.”

The LifeSafety Power interface is now embedded in the current line of Authentic Mercury EP controllers and will be standard in the company’s future products. The integration provides critical details on the power management system, enabling end-user customers and system installers to intelligently monitor and maintain their deployments.  Additionally, the interface is based entirely on the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) protocol, which further demonstrates LifeSafety Power’s and Mercury Security’s commitment to driving open standards in the physical security industry.

“Before the new LifeSafety Power and Mercury product, an administrator would have to physically go around to check batteries and power supplies throughout their access control deployment.  Intelligent power management embedded within the controller eliminates this work,” said Matt Barnette, President of Mercury Security.  “Expanding our position as the leading provider of intelligent access control components, Mercury’s integration with LifeSafety Power’s intelligent power management solution is a big step forward for our multi-device integration strategy.”

LifeSafety Power has effectively shifted the paradigm of the power supply industry by creating a new category of intelligent power management solutions that provide robust, proactive analytics to mission-critical devices.  This substantially adds to overall system health, performance and reliability.

This is the beginning of the rollout of other capabilities and functionality that will be added to the networked power category. For systems integrators leveraging the widely specified Mercury Security platform, this integration yields substantial value to the installing company and their specs.

About LifeSafety Power*

LifeSafety Power® is the leader in Smart Power Solutions and patented remote monitoring capabilities, providing modular AC, DC and PoE power systems that meet the growing needs of the life safety and security industries. The FlexPower® and NetPower® product lines are high performance, network-connected, power management systems listed for access control, fire alarm, intrusion, CCTV and Mass Notification applications. LifeSafety Power, headquartered in Illinois, has won numerous industry awards and accolades for product design and innovation. For more information, please visit LifeSafety Power or call (888) 577-2898.

*All brand and company/product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of LifeSafety Power Inc., all rights reserved.

About Mercury Security Mercury Security is the global leader in the supply of OEM access control hardware. Built on the Authentic Mercury open platform and with over three million panels sold, Mercury has the largest installed base and greatest accumulated run time of any access hardware provider in the world. Mercury Security is headquartered in Long Beach, California and has been providing enhanced access control technology to its valued partners since 1992. www.mercury-security.com

Mercury Security’s MS Bridge Hardware Platform Named Best New Access Control Product of the Year by Security Products Magazine

ORLANDO, Fl., – ASIS International 2016 – September 13, 2016 – Mercury Security, a global leader in OEM access control hardware, today announced that its MS Bridge hardware platform, which is designed to enable migration from Software House® Pro platform, has won the Security Products Magazine new product of the year  in the Access Control Software/Controllers category. This year marked a record number of award entries; the panel of juried judges compiled and assigned a score for each to determine the winners. The award program honors the outstanding product development achievements of security equipment manufacturers whose products are considered particularly noteworthy in their ability to improve security.

“Built on Authentic Mercury open architecture, our award-winning MS Bridge solution dramatically simplifies the migration to the latest access control systems, while also creating an easy path to future upgrades as an organization evolves and new technologies are introduced,” said Matt Barnette, President of Mercury Security. “We are honored to receive this recognition from Security Products magazine, which validates the importance of providing partners and customers streamlined, cost-effective access control hardware that enables flexible and robust security.”

The award-winning MS Bridge series offers “screwdriverless” upgrades from legacy Software House® Pro Series hardware to open, interoperable systems.  To upgrade, customers simply disconnect the Software House® Pro Series board and connect the appropriate Mercury MS Bridge panel for an easy changeover to the Authentic Mercury open platform.  Click here to learn more.

Visit Mercury Security Partners at ASIS for More Information

Mercury Security’s new MS Bridge hardware platform is being showcased by the company’s Platinum Elite and Platinum partners at this week’s ASIS International at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fl.

  • Lenel: Booth #2700
  • Honeywell: Booth #2401
  • Open Options: Booth #2661
  • RS2: Booth #3361
  • Genetec: Booth #2327
  • IDenticard: Booth #2051
  • S2: Booth #1740
  • Maxxess: Booth #3613

Mercury Security Products is not affiliated with or sponsored by Sensormatic Electronics LLC, Software House, or Tyco International Ltd.

Software House (Reg. No. 3010766) is a registered trademark of Sensormatic Electronics LLC

Mercury Security Launches Hardware Solution for “Screwdriverless” Migration to Open, Interoperable Access Control Systems

ORLANDO, Fl., – ASIS International 2016 – September 12, 2016 Mercury Security, a global leader in OEM access control hardware, today announced its new MS Bridge series of Authentic Mercury hardware for “screwdriverless” upgrades from legacy Software House®  Pro systems to open, interoperable access control. The MS Bridge includes multi-device interface panels that leverage most of the existing legacy system infrastructure, enabling a direct board swap for migration. The award-winning solution provides end-user customers a cost-effective and streamlined path to move beyond the limitations of proprietary hardware for feature-rich access control.

“Advances in technology and acquisitions within the industry are increasing end-user demand for more flexible access control systems that can keep pace with changing marketing dynamics and business requirements,” said Matt Barnette, President of Mercury Security. “Our new solution is built on the Authentic Mercury open platform designed for interoperability, so organizations can take advantage of new features and functionality available today, as well as future technology and enhancements down the road.”

To help organizations protect their access control investment, the MS Bridge eliminates as many of the system installation requirements as possible–including the need to re-wire legacy devices in order to reduce the impact of system changeover. The Authentic Mercury model also provides the freedom for customers to choose from industry-leading access control software providers, both at time of product selection and in the future as their needs evolve.

The MS Bridge multi-device interface panels are designed to fit the specific physical parameters of Software House’s® Pro Series access systems. To upgrade, customers simply disconnect the Software House® Pro board and connect the appropriate Mercury MS Bridge panel for an easy, “screwdriverless” changeover to the Authentic Mercury open platform.

Availability

The new MS Bridge for Software House® Pro is available through Mercury Security’s partner network. Click here for more product information.

Visit Mercury Security Partners at ASIS:

The MS Bridge will be showcased by the company’s Platinum Elite and Platinum partners this week at ASIS International being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL from September 12-15:

  • Lenel: Booth #2700
  • Honeywell Security: Booth #2401
  • Open Options: Booth #2661
  • RS2 Technologies: Booth #3361
  • Genetec: Booth #2327
  • IDenticard: Booth #2051
  • S2 Security: Booth #1740
  • Maxxess: Booth #3613

Mercury Security Products is not affiliated with or sponsored by Sensormatic Electronics LLC, Software House, or Tyco International Ltd.
Software House (Reg. No. 3010766) is a registered trademark of Sensormatic Electronics LLC

Mercury Security to Unveil New Hardware Platform at ASIS International 2016

Long Beach, CA – September 8, 2016 – Mercury Security, a global leader in OEM access control hardware, today announced it will unveil a new Authentic Mercury hardware solution for streamlined migration from legacy systems to open, flexible access control at this year’s ASIS International at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL from September 12 – 15.

Visit Mercury Security Partners at ASIS to Learn More:

The latest addition to the Authentic Mercury hardware platform will be showcased by the company’s Platinum Elite and Platinum partners at ASIS:

  • Lenel: Booth #2700
  • Honeywell: Booth #2401
  • Open Options: Booth #2661
  • RS2: Booth #3361
  • Genetec: Booth #2327
  • IDenticard: Booth #2051
  • S2: Booth #1740
  • Maxxess: Booth #3613

About Mercury Security

Mercury Security (www.mercury-security.com) is the global leader in the supply of OEM access control hardware with the largest installed base of over three million panels sold. With over 24 years in the market, Mercury provides open platform hardware that addresses the full spectrum of access control requirements. This ensures OEM partners, installers and end customers spanning virtually all vertical markets can select from a variety of Authentic Mercury solutions to meet their needs.

ACRE Appoints New President of Mercury Security

Long Beach, CA – June 1, 2016 – ACRE, a global leader in electronic security solutions, today announced it has appointed Matthew Barnette as President of its subsidiary Mercury Security. Mr. Barnette will be responsible for leading Mercury through its next phase of growth as it continues to work with valued partners to leverage industry-proven Authentic Mercury technology to create open, integrated access solutions for customers.

Mr. Barnette has more than two decades of experience in the security and access control industry, where he has focused on driving innovation, strategy and customer-lead profitability for a number of organizations. Prior to Mercury Security, he served as President of AMAG Technology, a leading provider of access control, video management and end-to-end security management solutions, owned by the UK parent company G4S. Mr. Barnette held several executive leadership positions during his twelve-year tenure at the company, where he led AMAG Technology to double-digit organic growth in North America, and oversaw an extensive global rebranding process. Prior to AMAG Technology, he held positions with Andover Controls, Intellikey and Sensormatic Electronics.

“Matt’s deep industry expertise, leadership and vision are perfectly matched to drive the shared mission and success of Mercury Security and its valued partners,” said Joe Grillo, CEO of ACRE. “As an industry veteran known for his successful track record and customer-centric approach, I am confident that Matt has the proven ability to build upon the strategic support delivered to Mercury partners and capture the increasing market demand for open and interoperable access control solutions with Authentic Mercury hardware.”

Reporting to Joe Grillo, Mr. Barnette succeeds Steve Wagner, who is retiring after spending a decade at Mercury Security, most recently as President. Mr. Wagner continues to be a shareholder in ACRE and will serve as a consultant to ACRE through 2017.

Lenel, Mercury Celebrate 20 Years of Innovative Access Control Solutions

Organizations recognize long-standing relationship with special events at ASIS 2015

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Sept. 28, 2015 – Since 1995, Lenel, a leading provider in advanced security systems, and Mercury Security, a global leader in the supply of OEM access control hardware, have delivered innovative, open access control solutions to security professionals around the globe. The companies will celebrate their 20-year relationship with special events at ASIS 2015, Sept. 28-30 in Anaheim, Calif. Lenel is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

“Each organization brings best-in-class contributions to the business relationship,” said Ron Virden, managing director, electronic access solutions at UTC. “Together, Lenel software and Mercury hardware provide leading organizations with innovative, open access solutions to help protect people, property and assets. We count on Mercury hardware to support our proven, advanced access control and security management OnGuard® platform.”

Contacts:

Joy Curtiss                                      Steve  Wagner
Lenel                                               Mercury Security
828-695-4075                                609-932-1757
joy.curtiss@fs.utc.com                 steve.w@mercury-security.com

Mercury Security and LifeSafety Power® Bring First UL-Listed System to Market

Enclosure offerings combine system power, lock power and remote power options in a listed solution

Long Beach, CA and Mundelein, IL – September 24, 2015 — Life Safety Power, Inc., and Mercury Security have partnered to bring to the systems integration community one of the first Underwriters Laboratories (UL)-Listed enclosures that includes system power, lock power and remote power options in both rack mount and wall mount configurations. The breakthrough is in the UL-Listing garnered for all integrated components within the enclosure solutions.

The FlexPower® Gemini RGM series is a UL-Listed rack mount product designed to provide both operating power and a mechanical housing for Mercury Security access control hardware. The FlexPower® MCLASS Unified Power System is engineered to house power modules alongside Authentic Mercury access control hardware in one compact, secure system.

In addition to the coveted UL Listing for the complete solution, the rack mount enclosure is configured to save space and provide installation efficiencies to save the installer time with Mercury panels, system power and optional lock power included in a single housing. Now, the installer can mount Mercury Security access controllers in a 19-inch rack environment suitable for four doors and easily expandable in four-door increments. The Gemini RGM series simplifies system design—a four-door system with battery standby can be housed in 4U, 16-door in 8U and more up to the limit of the controller’s door capacity. In addition, LifeSafety Power network modules can remotely monitor the power to both the Authentic Mercury panels and locks to increase reliability and detect potential problems before they happen or as they occur with notification via email, smartphone or web-based device.

Frank Gasztonyi, Chief Technology Officer of Mercury Security, says installers and specifiers can now be offered a UL-Listed access control and power solution to couple with numerous systems that provide labor and wall-space savings. “Mercury Security leads the industry with access control features and functionality.  This enclosure and power solution allows multiple arrays of Authentic Mercury controllers to best fit the site with UL certification, providing flexibility to both the installer and specifying community in a host of different vertical markets,” he says. In addition, smart power solutions from LifeSafety Power give systems integrators the ability to provide valuable, proactive service to their customers, including remote testing and servicing.

“The combination of the UL-Listing of the prestigious Mercury Security controller in a complete solution gives systems installers the highest level of compliance for their end-user specifications,” says Larry Ye, President and Chief Executive Officer of LifeSafety Power. “The ability to combine system power, lock power and remote monitoring in a complete, intelligent solution is groundbreaking and extremely beneficial to systems integrators and users.”

FlexPower/Mercury specification details

The FlexPower MCLASS Unified Power System is a wall-mount configuration that saves installation time by combining system power and Mercury Security panels in a single, integrated and listed enclosure, simplifying wiring and labor. This saves the expense of mounting and wiring separate enclosures and AC drops for lock power, and reduces wall space with a smaller enclosure footprint. A removable back plate mounts power and Mercury controllers, making wiring faster and easier for additional labor savings. For maximum design flexibility MCLASS enclosures come in a variety of sizes to accommodate door count and wire management preferences by the integrator. MCLASS also offers the ability to provide remote monitoring and servicing benefits such as diagnostic tests of remote battery load testing and power recycle.

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About Mercury Security
Mercury Security is the global leader in the supply of OEM access control hardware. Built on the Authentic Mercury open platform and with over three million panels sold, Mercury has the largest installed base and greatest accumulated run time of any access hardware provider in the world. Mercury Security is headquartered in Long Beach, California and has been providing enhanced access control technology to its valued partners since 1992. For more information, please visit www.mercury-security.com.

About LifeSafety Power                                                                                      

LifeSafety Power® is the leader in Smarter Power Solutions and remote monitoring capabilities, providing modular AC, DC, and PoE power systems that meet the growing needs of the life safety industry. The FlexPower® and NetPower® product lines are high performance, network-connected, power management systems listed for access control, fire alarm, intrusion, CCTV and mass notification applications. For more information, please visit www.LifeSafetyPower.com.