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Razberi Monitor is a software platform that provides a top-down view of the physical security network and ecosystem without IT resources. Purpose-built for security professionals, it monitors and manages all the system components for cybersecurity and system health and can be deployed from the cloud or on-premise. It provides secure visibility into the availability, performance, and cyber posture of servers, storage, cameras, and other networked security devices. It also predicts and prevents problems while providing a centralized location for IT departments to view video data. What is Monitor’s key USP? A vital benefit of Monitor is that it protects against the multiple commonly cited cyberattack vulnerabilities. These include weak passwords, the failure to update software or firmware, the lack of best practices for routine maintenance, and not aligning with network IT policy. The benefit of having Monitor ensures shorter response times to cybersecurity events along with real-time alerts and logs to proactively notify users of active threats. It can detect cyber posture and problems with servers, cameras, and other IoT devices in real-time. You can track security devices by location and get deep visibility into configurations, operating systems, and firmware status. This means that without IT resources, you can still know what devices need updates and patches. Why choose Monitor? Monitor can be offered to enterprises as a managed service with a monthly subscription. This means no significant upfront costs and the ability to free up cash flow. The Monitor software will optimize and secures networks, reducing costs, time, and manpower required to install and manage an enterprise network. Users can create custom views and alerts by location, device, and problem type. They can use these reports to demonstrate system performance and compliance, share access to these reports with their service provider for proactive support, and reduce service calls. Monitor in Action Monitor enables proactive maintenance by offering problem resolutions before they become more significant issues. It does this by ensuring that the system is working as expected through continuous checks on the system’s health and cybersecurity and prevents service outages with early warning indicators. Identifying issues before they fail and become an outage is key to system availability and, moreover, is a considerable OPEX cost saving. For example, if there is an incident in a supermarket and a client wanted to review their cameras, only to realize that they had stopped recording some weeks before. With Monitor, if the client’s cameras are failing or are in any way beginning to compromise, this would be immediately detected by Monitor and flagged in advance of it failing. Thus, when an incident does occur that requires video verification, clients can be assured that the video data will be available to review the incident.
Launched by Dahua Technology, Dahua WizMind is a full portfolio of solutions composed of project-oriented products including IPC, NVR, PTZ, XVR, Thermal and software platform which adopts industry-leading deep learning algorithms. Focusing on customer’s requirements, WizMind provides precise, reliable and comprehensive AI solutions for verticals. Series Overview Dahua IVSS goes beyond the ordinary NVR products. It is an Intelligent Video Surveillance Server that combines video management features with traditional video storage functions in one device. Besides the basic functions as a network video recorder, IVSS is integrated with features such as face detection and face recognition for different business and industrial applications. With the build-in deep learning module, IVSS series products adopt video image metadata technology based on deep learning algorithms, offering high-precision human face recognition and perimeter protection. By applying deep learning artificial intelligence, IVSS allows users to focus on what matters most, to improve event response time and help make video actionable. An all new UI design supports device operation and maintenance management, improving the value and experience of surveillance view, and serving the era of security big data. Functions Face RecognitionSupports recording faces by metadata and real-time crosscheck with incredible accuracy to figure out the face with target features. With the Regular and Stranger face mode, IVSS triggers various kinds of alarm actions for different applications. AI IVSWith deep learning algorithm, AI IVS technology can recognize human and vehicle accurately. In restricted area (such as pedestrian area and vehicle area), the false alarms of intelligent detection based on target type (such as tripwire, intrusion, parking detection, loitering detection and crowd gathering estimation) are largely reduced. Video MetadataMetadata is feature attribute information extracted from a target object which can be used for data retrieval. Currently, there are four main kinds of metadata in the security industry: Human face, human body, and motor vehicle and non-motor vehicle metadata. AI SearchSupports search by metadata of human and vehicles. Supports uploading face pictures to IVSS and compare them with recorded faces in IVSS by similarity. IVSS enables operators to quickly and easily search through multiple channels and long duration, to efficiently find out when and where a person of interest appeared. ANPRAutomatic Number Plate Recognition available for convenient entrance/exit management. This feature provides number plate recognition (working with Dahua ITC camera), number plate comparison with blocklist/allowlist, vehicle database management, and vehicle record search. N+M Hot StandbyThe highly reliable redundancy N+M Hot Standby design provides a secure failover technique to ensure immediate backup. In the event of a system failure, the sub device instantly takes over the main device to ensure no data loss. Smart TrackingThe automatic tracking PTZ feature automatically tracks a moving target throughout the camera's field of view. This function is ideal for following an object as it moves through airports, parking lots, city centers, or other scenes
With its own device certificate issuing system, Root CA, the Wisenet 7 camera lineup offers the highest levels of cybersecurity possible. Secure by Default, Hanwha Techwin’s cybersecurity policy, embeds unique certificates into all products during each step of the development and manufacturing process. This results in a cybersecurity policy that satisfies stringent UL CAP standards as well as our own requirements for product reliability and design innovation.
Hikvision, an IoT solution provider with video as its core competency, announced its latest traffic product offering - the All-Rounder ITS camera - designed to improve road safety and optimize traffic flow. As the name implies, the camera encompasses different skills and abilities, boasting speed detection, traffic violation detection, automated plate recognition, and vehicle attribute analysis in one housing. “Hikvision is always pushing the boundaries of video technologies. Beyond the visual range that is perceived by video cameras, the abilities to understand other kinds of “senses” would allow even more precise monitoring and reporting of events or accidents,” says Frank Zhang, President of International Product and Solution Center at Hikvision. “This is multi-dimensional perception, a trend that we think will affect the security industry in the future.” Optimising traffic flowThe new ITS camera is designed and developed with this multi-dimensional concept in mind. It is Hikvision’s first camera to integrate three otherwise separate modules in one unit with no compromise on performance, making the camera neat and flexible to be deployed for demanding environments, all in an easy and cost-effective manner. The product provides an HD camera, speed radar, and light array inside one housing. Specifically, it works with a multi-tracking radar that continuously monitors up to two or three traffic lanes - depending on the camera model, and identifies the speed and position of objects in the monitored area at a speed of up to 300 km/h. If a vehicle violates the speed limit, the embedded radar triggers the connected camera and a picture is taken of the vehicle and its license plate. Conventional ANPR systemsIn the event of infringements of traffic rules such as wrong-way driving, improper lane usage, or even failure to use a seat belt, the camera will capture images of the corresponding vehicle, recognize its license plate and relevant information including vehicle type, color, brand, and direction of movement, which can be addressed to the authorities in real-time or stored on board. Incident detection helps to improve overall driving standards, which ultimately reduces the number of accidents, improves road safety and further evens traffic flow. Employed with Deep Learning algorithms, the camera is able to recognize a much higher number of license plates and with higher efficiency than conventional ANPR systems. Its GMOS sensor further ensures brighter and smoother images to be reproduced in challenging lighting conditions, especially in low-light environments. The camera’s embedded supplemental light features a 16-bead light array, offering an IR range of up to 40 metres at night. Seamless onsite configurationAs all of these functionalities are integrated, the single product itself outperforms conventional ITS products with space-saving and less cabling for easier installation. It supports flexible pole- or side-mounting, which makes onsite configuration effortless. The Hikvision All-Rounder ITS camera is ideal for various scenes such as urban roads, highways, tunnels and toll stations.
Launched by Dahua Technology, WizSense is a series of AI products and solutions that adopt independent AI chip and deep learning algorithm. It focuses on human and vehicle with high accuracy, enabling users to fast act on defined targets. Based on Dahua's advanced technologies, WizSense provides intelligent, simple and inclusive products and solutions. System OverviewFeaturing a dual lens, fixed camera, this series provides an all-in-one solution for capturing video surveillance for indoor and outdoor applications. Together with Thermal and Visible Technology, the camera is the perfect solution for dark, small area monitoring applications. The series combines one thermal camera for monitoring in total darkness and one visible camera with Smart IR for confirming details. FunctionsUncooled VOx TechnologyDahua thermal cameras use uncooled VOx sensor technology. Because of small size and better performance, it is a cost-effective solution for thermal security. High SensitivityHigh thermal sensitivity (< 50 mK) makes cameras capture more image details and temperature difference information. Fire Detection & AlarmWith built-in fire detect function, the camera has the ability to detect fire in a long distance. Thermal camera is sensitive to temperature, so the accuracy of fire detection will be higher than visible camera. Temperature MeasurementDahua thermal cameras (-T models) provide remote temperature monitoring function with the ability to set temperature threshold alarms. Object temperatures can be monitored in daytime or at night, making them ideal for usage in power plant or oil extraction applications where overheating can be dangerous. When the temperature exceeds the defined threshold, an alarm is triggered. The temperature range is between –20°C to 400°C (–4°F to ﹢752°F). Intelligent Video System (IVS)With built-in intelligent video analytics, the camera has the ability to detect and analyze moving objects for improved video surveillance. The camera provides optional standard intelligence at the edge allowing detection of multiple object behaviors such as motion detection. IVS also supports tripwire analytics, allowing the camera to detect when a pre-determined line has been crossed. Smoking DetectionDahua thermal camera can provide a real-time monitoring, in the use of Deep-learning AI technology, to automatically detect people’s smoking behavior and provide intelligent voice and light warning (loudspeaker and white light, etc.) in an effort to dissuade smoker, and avoid potential risk and loss. EnvironmentalWith a temperature range of –30°C to +60°C (–22°F to + 140°F), the camera is designed for extreme temperature environments. Subjected and certified to rigorous dust and water immersion tests, the IP67 rating makes it suitable for demanding outdoor applications. ProtectionSupporting ±20% input voltage tolerance, this camera suits even the most unstable conditions for outdoor applications. Its 6kV lightning rating provides protectection against the camera and its structure from the effects of lightning.
Hikvision launched newly updated HikCentral Professional 2.0 security software (“HCP 2.0”), which blends feeds from multiple systems onto a single platform. HCP 2.0 can be configured to link video security devices, alarm and access control systems, and more, including third-party systems through the OpenAPI – for easy centralized management of a variety of security and business applications. Frank Zhang, President of Hikvision’s International Product and Solution Center, said, “This is an important release for us, and a significant leap forward in our security management software offerings. HikCentral Professional 2.0 will help our customers manage a variety of activities seamlessly on one platform. We’re excited to see the value it delivers.” Nine key applications for numerous business needs HikCentral Professional 2.0 integrates multiple business and security systems with nine key applications, making it valuable to a wide variety of common security and business scenarios seen in buildings, factories, stores, apartments, and the like. Among them, video cameras and security alarms are integrated into the platform to deliver fluid live viewing and timely alarm notifications. Furthermore, access control can be included to assign a variety of access permissions using multiple methods including facial recognition, ID cards, fingerprints, QR codes, and more. HCP 2.0 also allows various personnel such as HR managers to set flexible attendance rules, including schedules for shift work, while delivering full reporting facilities. Additionally, site managers can also employ vehicle management and visitor management applications to streamline entrance management as well as on-site parking. Users can further rely on HCP 2.0 with intelligent analysis and reporting – an application that collects data and transforms it into easy-to-understand reports and dashboards. This includes flow status, people density and more. For systems management teams, HCP 2.0’s system maintenance application visualizes alarm and device notifications, as well as the full network and device topology for rapid, targeted action in unusual events. Last but not least, HCP 2.0 lets users deploy digital signage systems to display advertisements and announcements. The software comes with eight pre-installed templates for users to present content optimally. This can be crowd numbers and temperature status in a supermarket scenario, for example. Creating truly unified systems with enhanced security and greater operational efficiency With HCP 2.0, users will flexibly unite applications and build a tailored system to match their security and business needs. The unified approach not only creates greater situational awareness of their security environment, it also reduces real day-to-day management resources previously required by disparate systems. For example, users can integrate visitor management with vehicle management to enhance daily operational efficiency for building facilities. Facility managers can register visitor information into the HCP 2.0 system, and – by linking to an ANPR system – can set visitors to be automatically permitted into on-site parking. Similarly, the system can also pre-authorize visitor access to specific areas of an organization’s premises. Personalized user experience HikCentral Professional 2.0 can be tailored to deliver specific information to assigned users. The system comes with three pre-configured roles: “system installation and management,” “security control and management,” and “attendance management.” In this way, HR staff can customize their feed to show employee attendance status, for example, while management staff can monitor security of the facilities. There is also one custom role, which can be tailored to specific needs. Perhaps most importantly, HikCentral Professional 2.0 features an improved user interface. Users can customize the control panel to suit their viewing preferences, simply dragging and dropping key video and device feeds into the dashboard, adjusting where they sit and how they look. Dynamic and intuitive user interface HCP 2.0 also incorporates multiple visualized dashboards that display key security and business insights generated from various applications, facilitating decision-making processes with more accuracy and efficiency. What’s more, users apply 3D E-maps that vividly demonstrate device monitoring statuses in different locations, and manage instant alerts interactively by clicking and watching associated live videos and other integrated system information. Easy setup and maintenance HikCentral Professional 2.0 is easy to deploy and quick to set up for a multitude of projects with single applications. Customers with minimum system requirement of Intel i3-CPU and 8 GB RAM can get up and running with a one-click installation procedure that makes HCP 2.0 setup a breeze. Operations guidance wizards are conspicuously displayed to support users in configuring key applications. In addition, the visualized health monitoring dashboards enable more focused and efficient IT maintenance.
Industrial level ADS LCD panel, suitable for continuous 24/7 operation Ultra-narrow 3.5mm bezel-to bezel design(2.3mm bezel on the left and top sides and 1.2mm bezel on the right and bottom sides) High contrast ratio and high screen resolution greatly enhance the video layering, and present the details of the video High fidelity digital processing, brilliant and vivid video Built-in 3D COMB filter and 3D noise reduction Wide array of connectivity options HDMI, DVI, VGA, DP(daisy chain), RS232, OPS, Audio Built-in picture splicing function Infrared, RS232 dual mode, supporting remote PC control Professional thermal design to extend equipment lifespan Built-in power, low energy consumption, ultra-quiet Fast stack installation, professional project design, supporting arc-shaped mounting Widely used in surveillance center, dispatching platform, safe city, commercial display, etc.
System Overview Lite Series is suitable for users who requires high quality monitoring products at areasonable price. It is cost effective and offers high performance, which makes it an ideal choice for residential and small-medium business applications. This series offers an option of a wide range of technologies such as Full-color and Starlight, providing various solutions for different scenarios. Functions StarlightWith the adoption of large sized high performance sensor and large aperture lens, the camera is able to provide incomparable performance even under extreme lowlight environment. The starlight feature allows more details to be captured and accurate color to be recognized at night or in scenes with limited illumination. Broadcast-quality AudioAudio information is used as supplementary evidence in video surveillance applications. The HDCVI camera supports audio signal transmission over coaxial cable. In addition, it adopts unique audio processing and transmission technology that best restores source audio and eliminates noise, guaranteeing the quality and effectiveness of collected audio information.* Audio input is available for some models of HDCVI cameras. Wide Dynamic RangeWith advanced Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) technology, Dahua HDCVI camera provides clear details in the environment of strong brightness contrast. The bright and dark area can get clear video even in high brightness environment or with backlight shadow. Super AdaptEmbedded with intelligent algorithm, for changing external environment, camera can automatically adjust parameters to present the optimal image, and it solves the trouble of configuration. Advanced 3D NR3D NR is noise reduction technology that detects and eliminates random noises by comparing two sequential frames. Dahua's advanced 3D NR technology allows remarkable noise reduction with little impact to sharpness, especially under limited lighting condition. Besides, the advanced 3D NR effectively decreases the band width and saves the storage space. Smart IlluminationThe camera is designed with IR illumination for best lowlight performance. Smart IR is a technology to ensure brightness uniformity in B/W image under low illumination. Dahua's unique Smart IR adjusts to the intensity of camera's infrared LEDs to compensate for the distance of an object, and prevents IR LEDs from overexposing images as the object comes closer to the camera. Protection (IP67, IK10,wide voltage)IP67: The camera passes a series of strict test on dust and soak. It has dust-proof function, and the enclosure can works normal after soaking in 1 m deep water for 30 mins.IK10: The enclosure can stand the punch more than 5 times from a 5 kg hammer falling from a height of 40 cm (Impact energy is 20J).Wide voltage: The camera allows ±30% (for some power supplies) input voltage tolerance (wide voltage range), and it is widely applied to outdoor environment with instable voltage.
Hikvision, an IoT solution provider with video as its core competency, announced the launch of HeatPro, a new thermal series of cameras designed to provide affordable all-weather deterrent and alerts. It is especially useful in perimeter protection and fire prevention applications. The HeatPro Series Cameras feature deep-learning thermal video analytics for perimeter protection, and object temperature measurement and fire detection with real-time alarms. Features like accurate human/vehicle classification, visual and auditory alarms for perimeter protection, and speedy temperature exception alarms for fire prevention make them ideal for SMB (small and midsize business) applications. Perimeter defense with AIWhen securing a perimeter, higher accuracy and a low false alarm rate can help reduce operation costs. The HeatPro Series achieves this by developing powerful video analytics based on Deep Learning algorithms, radically reducing false alarms. The cameras focus on short-range perimeter protection (0-50meters), where they deliver target detection and classification. The use of AI means that the cameras can distinguish between a person and a vehicle. This comes in especially useful when the two targets are close together. Traditionally, they can only be recognized as one ‘target’, but intelligent algorithms mean that they can be detected separately, increasing accuracy. Thermal cameras are also able to easily locate potential threats in zero visibility conditions, where a conventional camera could not. They do this by detecting the latent radiation emissivity of an object, so not relying on visible light. This means they can operate in all-weather conditions and the darkest night. They also don’t emit light, which means their presence is not obvious, making them useful in scenarios where they need to be hidden. The HeatPro Series is also designed to be efficiently and quickly installed, with a simple, three-step deployment, bringing setup time down to 30 seconds. Traditionally thermal cameras require specialist engineers to configure and double check, takes both extra time and energy. HeatPro cameras have been designed with installation time and effort in mind – they are simpler to install and so installers can spend more time correctly configuring for optimum operations, and the lowest false alarm rate possible. Temperature measurement for fire preventionThe HeatPro Series is also equipped with the ability to measure temperature. This process is very useful in a scenario where overheating could lead to fires. The camera can provide non-contact temperature measurement for fast and visible detection. This means that action can be taken earlier, potentially preventing a fire from the very beginning. The camera can trigger a fire alarm faster than a smoke sensor. The temperature measurement function can also be used to help check any potential overheating issue and troubleshoot problems. The series contains a number of different models and options, with bullet and turret forms, and Bi-spectrum or single lenses. The cameras can be built into a number of solutions, for instance seamlessly working with NVRs, AX PRO alarm systems, and even Hik-Connect for real-time mobile alerts by phone. They can be used in various scenarios – not least: residential buildings, offices, construction sites, car parks, retail outlets and warehouses. “Dedicated to bringing professional protection solutions to the mass market, these cameras provide perimeter protection with unparalleled accuracy, and fire detection with superlative sensitivity”, says Stefan Li, Director of Thermal Products at Hikvision. “Hikvision HeatPro Series provides professional protection made simple.”
Allows to monitor and view live and recorded video from multiple exacqVision systems simultaneously using mobile device Simple PTZ & Digital PTZ control Activate alarms and triggers Works with low & high bandwith networks Intuitive search Playback recording View video as close as desired with the interactive pinch-to-zoom functionality
Superior low light performance to see important details Face detection enhancement to automatically increase video quality around detected faces Blur detection to alert users when camera focus or cleaning is necessary Quick and easy installation and configuration One-touch focus and motorized zoom Multiple motorized lens options Expanded browser support – IE, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Windows, Mac, Linux
Lite Series is suitable for users who requires high quality monitoring products at a reasonable price. It is cost effective and offers high performance, which makes it an ideal choice for residential and small-medium business applications. This series offers an option of a wide range of technologies such as Full-color and Starlight, providing various solutions for different scenarios.
AxxonNet is video management software that enables communications service providers and system integrators to build cloud-based video surveillance solutions (VSaaS) that harness the power of AxxonSoft's neural network analytics and intelligent search for recorded video. Features: AI Facial and License Plate RecognitionIdentify and track persons or vehicles of interest across multiple cameras. Intelligent Search Across Recorded VideosQuick search by multiple criteria: motion in area(s), crossing of a line, object color or size, etc. AI Fire and Smoke RecognitionEarly detection of fire hotspots in areas where other types of sensors are ineffective. Integration with Third-Party SystemsAccess control systems, security control panels, cash registers, third-party software, and more. AI Behavior AnalyticsEarly recognition of threats based on specific human postures such as raised arms. Multi-Level User Rights ManagementAccess to all cameras via the interactive map in accordance with user rights. Retail AnalyticsVisitor counting, age and gender guesstimation, queue management and motion heatmapping. Comprehensive ReportsCustom reports from any client's facility based on detection tools, alarms and retail analytics.
Launched by Dahua Technology, Dahua WizMind is a full portfolio of solutions composed of project-oriented products including IPC, NVR, PTZ, XVR, Thermal and software platform which adopts industry-leading deep learning algorithms. Focusing on customer's requirements, WizMind provides precise, reliable and comprehensive AI solutions for verticals. Series Overview The Panoramic Network Camera + PTZ Camera can splice up to a 180° horizontal view to give you a wider view. Working with high-speed PTZ, the camera can display the details. With advanced video analysis algorithm, the camera supports linkage between panorama and details, and situation analysis. Functions Panoramic SplicingWith advanced splicing algorithm, Dahua Panoramic Splicing technology deletes overlapped area and splices multiple images to be a complete panorama. The field of view of the spliced image can be up to 180°, which largely improves surveillance efficiency and user experience. Generally, after splicing, the field of view of four-sensor camera can be 180°. Smart TrackingWith advanced algorithm, Dahua network camera can detect targets, track targets with speed dome, and view details. Crowd DensityWith deep learning algorithm, Dahua Crowd Density technology can detect the crowd density on the image, and display it on heat map; it can detect people quantity and density in selected area and set threshold. When the number or density is larger or smaller than the threshold, it triggers linkage. Vehicle DensityWith deep learning algorithm, Dahua Vehicle Density technology analyses the vehicle situation in the image, such as vehicle number in selected area. You can set threshold, and when the number is larger or smaller than the threshold, it triggers linkage. Perimeter ProtectionWith deep learning algorithm, Dahua Perimeter Protection technology can recognize human and vehicle accurately. In restricted area (such as pedestrian area and vehicle area), the false alarms of intelligent detection based on target type (such as tripwire and intrusion) are largely reduced. ROIDahua Regions Of Interest (ROI) technology allows you to select themonitoring area of interest to improve image effect in the selected area. AR Panorama Dahua AR panorama technology generates wide-field of view through panoramic merging and splicing. The software overlaps the cameras as tags in the image. Click the tag to display the corresponding cameravideo, which makes monitoring visual and convenient, and improves command efficiency. Cyber SecurityDahua network camera is equipped with a series of key security technologies, such as security authentication and authorization, access control, trusted protection, encrypted transmission, and encrypted storage, which improve its security defense and data protection, and prevent malicious programs from invading the device. With UL CAP Certification, TÜV Rheinland Protected Privacy IoT Product Certification, and ETSI EN 303645 Certification, Dahua network camera better meets the demands of cyber security and privacy protection.
High quality imaging with 2 MP(1920 × 1080 @30 fps) resolution Clear imaging against strong back light due to 120 dB true WDR technology The camera battery can work up to seven days in rainy or cloudy days if it is fully charged 40 W photovoltaic panel, 20 Ah chargeable lithium battery Support battery management, battery display, battery high-low temperature protection, charge-discharge protection, low-battery sleep protection and remote wakeup LTE-TDD/LTE-FDD/WCDMA/GSM 4G wireless network transmission, support Micro SIM card Camera: Water and dust resistant (IP67)
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Global and domestic threats have highlighted the need for tighter security across all verticals. One of the technologies that has redefined situational awareness and intrusion detection is thermal imaging. Once a technology exclusively manufactured for the military operations, thermal cameras today are deployed across hundreds of security applications and continue to see strong demand in existing and emerging commercial markets. With thermal technology, security personnel can see in complete darkness as well as in light fog, smoke and rain Technology Overview And Early Adoption What distinguishes thermal cameras from optical sensors is their ability to produce images based on infrared energy, or heat, rather than light. By measuring the heat signatures of all objects and capturing minute differences between them, thermal cameras produce clear, sharp video despite unfavorable environmental conditions. With thermal technology, security personnel can see in complete darkness as well as in light fog, smoke and rain. Originally a military developed, commercially qualified technology, the first thermal cameras for military and aircraft use appeared in the 1950s. By the 1960s, the technology had been declassified and the first thermal camera for commercial use was introduced. However, it wasn’t until the late 1990s - when FLIR Systems introduced a camera with an uncooled thermal detector - when the technology began to see substantial adoption beyond government defense deployments. Installations At Critical Infrastructure Sites In the 2000s, industrial companies were some of the first adopters of thermal, using the technology for predictive maintenance to monitor overheating and machine malfunctions. In the years following the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, there was an increase in thermal camera installations across critical infrastructure sites. Stricter security requirements drove the deployment of thermal cameras for perimeter protection, especially in the nuclear power sector. Thermal cameras produce clear video in daylight, low light or no light scenarios and their sharp images result in higher performing analytics In 2010, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Committee released its 73.55 policy, which states nuclear facilities must “provide continuous surveillance, observation and monitoring” as a means to enhance threat detection and deterrence efforts onsite. Because thermal cameras produce clear video in daylight, low light or no light scenarios and because their sharp images result in higher performing analytics, thermal cameras quickly became the preferred option for nuclear facilities. Likewise, following the 2013 sniper attack on PG&E Corporation’s Metcalf transmission substation, the Federal Energy Regulation Commission introduced the Critical Infrastructure Protection Standard 014 (CIP-014). The policy requires utilities to identify threats to mission critical assets and implement a security system to mitigate those risks. This statute also led to more thermal installations in the utility sector as thermal cameras’ long-range capabilities are ideal for detection of approaching targets beyond the fence line. The demand from both industrial and critical infrastructure entities, as well as other factors, helped drive volume production and price reduction for thermal, making the technology more accessible to the commercial security marketplace. Commercial Applications In recent years, the increasing affordability of thermal cameras along with the introduction of new thermal offerings has opened the door to new commercial applications for the technology. In the past, thermal cameras were designed for applications with enormous perimeters, where the camera needed to detect a human from 700 meters away. Locations like car dealerships, marinas and construction supply facilities can be protected by precise target detection, thermal analytic cameras providing an early warning to security personnel Today, there are thermal cameras specifically designed for short- to mid-range applications. Developed for small to medium enterprises, these thermal cameras ensure property size and security funds are no longer barriers to adoption. Lumber yards, recreation fields and sports arenas are some of the commercial applications now able to implement thermal cameras for 24-hour monitoring and intrusion detection. Affordable thermal cameras with onboard analytics have become attractive options for commercial businesses Innovation And Advancements Innovation and advancements in the core technology have also spurred growth in thermal camera deployment, providing faster image processing, higher resolution, greater video analytic capabilities and better camera performance. In particular, affordable thermal cameras with onboard analytics have become attractive options for commercial businesses that need outdoor, wide area protection. Car dealerships, marinas and construction supply locations all store valuable merchandise and materials outside. Without protection, these assets are vulnerable to vandalism and theft. However, by providing precise target detection, thermal analytic cameras provide an early warning to security personnel so that they can intervene before a crime is committed. By helping to deter just one incident, the thermal solution delivers a clear ROI. New Market Opportunities Not only are there more thermal cameras in use today than ever before, but there are also more thermal sensors being integrated with other multi-sensor systems, driving the adoption of thermal in new markets. For large perimeter surveillance applications, thermal is repeatedly being integrated with radar and drones to expand situational awareness beyond the point of fixed cameras. Users get immediate, accurate alerts of approaching targets and evidentiary class video for target assessment In the commercial market, thermal imagers are combined with optical sensors, analytics and LED illuminators into one solution that integrates with central monitoring station platforms. By bringing these technologies together, users get immediate, accurate alerts of approaching targets and evidentiary class video for target assessment. The result is a lower number of false positives, reducing the total cost of ownership for the solution. These multi-sensor solutions also feature two-way audio capabilities, which enable remote security officers to act as “virtual guards” and speak to intruders in real-time to dissuade them from illegal activity. The introduction of solutions that integrate all these state-of-the-art technologies under one unit reduces the amount of capital and infrastructure needed for deployment. Consequently, more small businesses and alarm monitoring companies can implement advanced perimeter security technologies like thermal sensors, some for the very first time. Thermal cameras have gone from military defense devices to widespread commercial security cameras Multi-Sensor Thermal Solutions Multi-sensor solutions featuring thermal are quickly gaining traction and opening the door to new business opportunities for the security channel. One of the primary reasons for the strong market interest in these systems is they enable integrators to increase their recurring monthly revenue (RMR). With intense price competition and eroding margins on CCTV equipment, integrators have to rely on RMR to grow their businesses. Offering remote video monitoring services and virtual guarding technologies is one of the best ways to do so. Additionally, there is a clear demand for it. Central stations are continually looking for new technologies to offer their customers and businesses are interested in economical alternatives to physical guards. In conclusion, thermal cameras have gone from military defense devices to widespread commercial security cameras that are a substantial segment of the outdoor security protection market. From nuclear power plants to construction locations, thermal technology is being implemented to secure sites around the globe.
Johnson Controls recently unveiled the findings of its 2018 Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey that examined the current and planned investments and key drivers to improve energy efficiency and building systems integration in facilities. Systems integration was identified as one of the top technologies expected to have the biggest impact on the implementation in smart buildings over the next five years, with respondents planning to invest in security, fire and life-safety integrations more so than any other systems integration in the next year. As advanced, connected technologies drive the evolution of smart buildings, security and safety technologies are at the center of more intelligent strategies as they attribute to overall building operations and efficiencies. SecurityInformed.com spoke with Johnson Controls, Building Solutions, North America, VP of Marketing, Hank Monaco, and Senior National Director of Municipal Infrastructure and Smart Cities, Lisa Brown, about the results of the study, smart technology investments and the benefits of a holistic building strategy that integrates security and fire and life-safety systems with core building systems. Q: What is the most striking result from the survey, and what does it mean in the context of a building’s safety and security systems? The results show an increased understanding about the value of integrating safety and security systems with other building systems Hank Monaco: Investment in building system integration increased 23 percent in 2019 compared to 2018, the largest increase of any measure in the survey. When respondents were asked more specifically what systems they we planning to invest in over the next year, fire and life safety integration (61%) and security system integration (58%) were the top two priorities for organizations. The results show an increased understanding about the value of integrating safety and security systems with other building systems to improve overall operations and bolster capabilities beyond the intended function of an individual system. Q: The survey covers integration of fire, life safety and security systems as part of "smart building" systems. How do smarter buildings increase the effectiveness of security and life safety systems? Hank Monaco: A true “smart building” integrates all building systems – security, fire and life-safety, HVAC, lighting etc. – to create a connected, digital infrastructure that enables individual technologies to be more intelligent and perform more advanced functions beyond what they can do on their own. For example, when sensors and video surveillance are integrated with lighting systems, if abnormal activity is detected on the building premise, key stakeholders can be automatically alerted to increase emergency response time. With integrated video surveillance, they also gain the ability to access surveillance footage remotely to assess the situation. When sensors and video surveillance are integrated with lighting systems abnormal activity on the premise can automatically be detected Q: How can integrated security and life safety systems contribute to greater energy efficiency in a smart building environment? Hank Monaco: Security, fire and life-safety systems can help to inform other building systems about how a facility is used, high-trafficked areas and the flow of occupants within a building. Integrated building solutions produce a myriad of data that can be leveraged to increase operational efficiencies. From an energy efficiency standpoint, actionable insights are particularly useful for areas that are not frequently occupied or off-peak hours as you wouldn’t want to heat or cool an entire building for just one person coming in on the weekend. When video surveillance is integrated with HVAC and lighting systems, it can monitor occupancy in a room or hallway. The video analytics can then control the dimming of lights and the temperature depending on occupant levels in a specific vicinity. Similarly, when access control systems are integrated with these same systems, once a card is presented to the reader, it can signal the lights or HVAC system to turn on. In this example, systems integration can ultimately help enable energy savings in the long run. Security and life safety systems contribute to help enable greater energy efficiency and energy savings in the long run Q: What other benefits of integration are there (beyond the core security and life safety functions)? Hank Monaco: Beyond increased security, fire and life-safety functions, the benefits of systems integration include: Increased data and analytics to garner a holistic, streamlined understanding of how systems function and how to improve productivity Ability to track usage to increase efficiency and reduce operational costs Enhanced occupant experience and comfort Increased productivity and workflow to support business objectives Smart-ready, connected environment that can support future technology advancements Q: What lesson or action point should a building owner/operator take from the survey? How can the owner of an existing building leverage the benefits of the smart building environment incrementally and absent a complete overhaul? Lisa Brown: Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator found that 77% of organizations plan to make investments in energy efficiency and smarter building technology this year. This percentage demonstrates an increased understanding of the benefits of smart buildings and highlights the proactive efforts building owners are taking to adopt advanced technologies. There is an increased understanding that buildings operate more effectively when different building systems are connected As smart buildings continue to evolve, more facilities are beginning to explore opportunities to advance their own spaces. A complete overhaul of legacy systems is not necessary as small investments today can help position a facility to more easily adopt technologies at scale in the future. As a first step, it’s important for building owners to conduct an assessment and establish a strategy that defines a comprehensive set of requirements and prioritizes use-cases and implementations. From there, incremental investments and updates can be made over a realistic timeline. Q: What is the ROI of smart buildings? Lisa Brown: As demonstrated by our survey, there is an increased understanding that buildings operate more effectively when different building systems are connected. The advanced analytics and more streamlined data that is gathered through systems integration can provide the building-performance metrics to help better understand the return on investment (ROI) of the building systems. This data is used to better understand the environment and make assessments and improvements overtime to increase efficiencies. Moreover, analytics and data provide valuable insights into where action is needed and what type of return can be expected from key investments.
Remember the old adage “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts?” Nowhere is that truism more evident than when you add network video to the current generation of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. Whether we’re talking about industrial IoT applications, “Smart – X” (city, building, parking etc.) or retail operations, integrating network video into the solution provides value far beyond simple situational awareness. Optimising Sophisticated Video Technology When video systems first moved from analog to digital and then became part of the IoT world, they were primarily used to provide visual validation of sensor-detected events. For instance, if an industrial controller sensed an environmental issue such as a temperature exceeding set threshold maximum limits, the sensor would trigger the management software to notify the operator that this event had occurred. The operator could then pull up the video feed of the closest camera and observe the area remotely. While this application is simple, it shows how video enhances sensor management. As edge devices, such as sensors and network video become more intelligent, the interactions between systems are growing in sophistication and generating even greater value than each system could provide on its own. To appreciate how these smart applications are being used to improve overall efficiencies and profitability, let’s delve into three areas where they’re being deployed: intelligent buildings, smart cities, and smart retailing. By overlaying intelligent operational sensors with intelligent video, it’s now possible to automate lighting levels based on motion detection Video-based Operational Analytics Applying intelligent monitoring to environmental equipment (HVAC) makes it easy for building owners and property managers to determine existing operating costs based on current equipment performance. They can then compare that amount to the cost of upgrades and potential cost savings over time. Lighting is another significant operating cost within building management. By overlaying intelligent operational sensors with intelligent video (light sensors), it’s now possible to automate lighting levels based on motion detection. Lights can automatically turn on or off, brighten or dimmed, to eliminate wasteful energy consumption. With the addition of occupancy analytics via intelligent video, property managers can determine what caused the motion and learn other operational details such as occupancy counts. Did someone walk through and area causing lighting to turn on or up? Did they dwell in this area? These specifics can help managers efficiently optimize lighting controls and reduce the overall operating cost of the property. Businesses are also using smart applications to optimize allocation of desk space and conference areas. For instance, intelligent video can determine conference room occupancy (in use, number of people in room, free space even though showing booked) far better than stand-alone motion sensors. When tied to automated room assignment systems, the additional statistics provided by video analytics might suggest room changes based on room size and number of attendees through back-office applications such as Microsoft Outlook. These examples are just a few of a growing list of available video-based operational analytics currently on the market. Video Analytics In Smart Cities Initial forays into smart city technologies such as smart lighting, smart grid, smart parking and so on relied on standalone sensor technologies. Their capabilities were good but limited. Smart Lighting for instance would use basic light detectors to turn street lighting. Smart Parking and traffic systems would use weight sensors to trigger vehicle counts, traffic signal changes or determine if a parking space was in use and paid for. Augmenting these applications with intelligent video and analytics, however, opens up a whole new world of additional details. In Smart Lighting, the video sensor can now trigger a change in lighting based on rules such as vehicular and pedestrian events. Video analytics can yield additional metadata such as vehicle type (commercial versus public use). Smart Parking becomes much more effective when you can begin to provide vehicle detail such as vehicle type or other information based on license plate recognition. These additional details can help parking lots operate more efficiently and offer value-added services like space reservation and open space location notifications. Augmenting smart city applications with intelligent video and analytics opens up a whole new world of additional details Smart Grid offers some less obvious but equally valuable system augmentation capabilities. We often associate Smart Grid with simple automated meter reading but these systems also traverse critical power infrastructure. Solution providers in this arena are now offering heightened asset and perimeter protection via integration of network-based radar detection with video and audio analytics. This strategic mix of technologies can be used to minimize false detection alarms, turn on/off or change lighting levels and point cameras to areas of interest for extremely effective and cost-effective perimeter security. Network video For Retail Intelligence Retailing was one of the earliest adopters of smart device integration with network video and video analytics to support loss prevention and customer safety. They’ve been using video to analyze customer traffic and behavior in order to improve product placement, increase product sales, as well as cross-sell related items. Adding programmable “Digital Signage” to the mix created new opportunities to display targeted messages based on viewer demographics about additional products and services of potential interest. Integrating network video with point-of-sale terminals to reconcile cash register receipts, adding heat mapping analytics to study customer foot traffic patterns, measuring check out wait times to increase employee productivity and efficiency as well as improve the customer experience are just some of the ways retailers have applied the principles of IoT to their advantage. Overlay intelligent building controls and you can see the exponential power of integrating intelligent video with other IoT devices and systems. Retailing was one of the earliest adopters of smart device integration with network video and video analytics to support loss prevention and customer safety Minimizing Metadata Overload Smart application integration produces an enormous amount of metadata. Collecting, transporting and synthesising this data into meaningful business intelligence can be daunting. It requires disciplined use of resources from the network infrastructure transporting the data locally to the various cloud technologies (private cloud, hybrid cloud, public cloud) storing and disseminating it securely. Generally smart sensor data is fairly light weight in terms of actual data transmitted. Adding video elements can significantly increase bit-rate (bandwidth and storage) requirements. This highlights the need for the video to be more intelligent and interactive with the intelligent sensor and edge device technologies so that resources can be used more efficiently. Smart applications let you do that. You can fine tune video rules and optimize transmission based on retention value. You can program the video to sensor triggers or events, transmitting lower frame rate and resolution video for less interesting video and increasing the video settings when higher quality video is more relevant and valuable based on these sensor triggers. The back-end collectors of sensor metadata are becoming more mainstream and easier to operate. In many sectors, service providers are offering management of this sensor output “As a Service.” As smart IoT technology continues to mature, the benefits of integration between network video systems and other network solutions will only get better. We’re already seeing greater efficiency in operations as well as higher quantifiable returns on investment through cost savings and more in-depth, usable business intelligence.
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