Thieves are not so irrational that they try to run away with an ear piercing alarm under their arm.
London, UK (PRWEB UK) 15 November 2012
The exploding growth in use of portable computers, now accounting for 2/3 of the entire PC sales, has led to a startling increase in snatch and grab theft and burglary rates. Even companies or public institutions, that already have or have added alarm systems or CCTV, have been unable to stop thieves from removing laptops, PC's, projectors and TV 's from the secured areas. The main weakness today is the 5 to 20 minute response time of the security personnel, after an alarm is triggered or the thief is spotted on CCTV. In this short time-span the thieves often get away with tens of thousands of pounds worth of equipment.
According to IDC, more than 90% of all companies and institutions have already suffered from laptop loss. Even hardware that is locked in cabinets or physically secured gets stolen. Unfortunately, insurance doesn’t help much either, as it costs more than 5 times the price of the hardware itself to replace a stolen computer (AEA). In addition comes the fines for losing sensitive personal data. According to Xpres Security Systems, the reason for the high losses is that the security solutions that have been available until now, are insufficient.
“If you wish to protect an object like a computer or projector, it will never be sufficient to secure the area around it with alarms or CCTV, you have to secure each object itself.”, says Xpres Security Systems managing director Knut Foseide. Xpres offers unique solutions which feature a >100 dB alarm that locks into the equipment being protected, with optional wireless forwarding to any mobile or existing alarm system. -“Thieves are not so irrational that they try to run away with an ear piercing alarm under their arm”, Foseide adds.
Statistics of Xpres' 3000 first units installed in Scandinavia proved that Xpres' products yield a loss percentage of 0,03% per year only. This was measured in high-risk areas like hospitals, schools and large companies in big cities. “Physical security is the first and most profound step in any sensible security strategy. We now expect that Xpres' products will be established as the default choice of hardware protection for all companies and institutions.”, Foseide concludes.
More information: http://www.xpres.no
Managing director and security researcher
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3286 1140
Email: knut (at) xpres (dot) no
Xpres Limited is the sole representative of Xpres AS in the UK. Xpres AS is a Norwegian R&D company that develop, manufacture and sell security products for electronic equipment. The company's goal is to become one of the worlds leading companies within physical computer security through development of innovative products, sales through established distributors and a strong focus on international marketing.
The company's first product was the multiple award-winning power cord, Xpres SafetyCable, that prevents theft of computers and other electronic equipment. The company also has the Xpres SmartPlug that protects laptop computers from theft. In addition Xpres supply supplementary products like Xpres SmartCentral and External Loops. Other security related products are under development.
Company name: Xpres Limited
Number of employees: 12
Goal: Industrialization and commercialisation of patent pending technology and related products. In addition to actively taking part in other companies through share holding or other means.
Knut Foseide is the inventor of the products and managing director of the company. Foseide has a broad academic background and vast experience in the field of computer technology and electronics manufacture. Foseide is also the founder of the international computer recycling charity organisation FAIR.
Xpres SafetyCable is a multifunctional power cord, with an integrated over 100 dB theft alarm, surge protector, power failure indicator and more. The theft alarm is built into the PC connector, which is physically locked into the power inlet of the equipment being protected by the use of a stainless steel lock, that opens by password only. SafetyCable is installed in less than 15 seconds, and the alarm emits its > 100 dB siren, upon any attempt to disconnect the PC from the power grid, or manipulation of the SafetyCable. SafetyCable is smart - it differentiates between attempted theft and regular power failure, and it also features a mini-USB inlet for an External Loop, which protects any peripheral equipment or PC's internal components. All functions are regulated with a keypad located on the PC connector. The product is also available with built in RF-transceiver for 2-way communication with the Xpres SmartCentral products. This enables alarm forwarding to any existing alarm- or access control systems on the market today. The alarm can also be forwarded by SMS as a text message to your optional mobile phone number,
Xpres SmartPlug is a VGA adapter that fits your monitor outlet with an integrated more than 100 dB theft alarm. The theft alarm is built into a VGA adapter, which physically locks itself into the monitor outlet of a Laptop, and opens by password only. SmartPlug is installed in less than a minute, and the alarm emits upon any unauthorized movement of the Laptop or manipulation of the SmartPlug. SmartPlug also features a mini-USB inlet for an External Loop, which protects any peripheral equipment or PC’s internal components. All functions are regulated with a keypad located on the SmartPlug.The product is also available with built in RF-transceiver for 2-way communication with the Xpres SmartCentral products. This enables alarm forwarding to any existing alarm- or access control systems on the market today. The alarm can also be forwarded by SMS as a text message to your optional mobile phone number.
Xpres SmartCentral is a wireless alarm router that continuously maintains a 2-way ”handshake” RF communication with each SmartPlug or SafetyCable in the area it is located. When it receives an alarm signal from a Xpres product it forwards this to any commercial alarm- or access control system. The output of the SmartCentral is a normally closed circuit that opens upon alarm. The router has an option for user defined resistors at its alarm output. This enables a user to obtain an even higher level of security when connecting Xpres products to a professional alarm- or access control system. You may employ one unit of SmartCentral only to cover as many as 100 SmartPlugs and/or SafetyCables. The product is also available with a GSM-module that forwards any alarm by SMS-message to a mobile phone number of your choice. In this way it can also act as a stand-alone alarm central.