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It had been a particularly slow night. The plant security guard had just made his rounds on this Sunday evening shift. As soon as he passed the weighing scales, he could enter the guard shack and get off his feet. Challenging A Curious Incident However, on this night, he noticed the waste vendor’s truck sitting half on and half off the scale. He stopped dead in his tracks to see if the truck would back up and completely sit on the scale. It never did. The observant guard walked up to the truck and challenged the driver who seemed surprised. “Hey, you’re not weighing your truck properly.” The driver fumbled for a response before replying, “Sorry, I was on the phone with a friend. I didn’t notice it.” But this security guard had the presence of mind to demand the driver’s phone. The driver was caught off guard and surrendered the phone. The guard then pulled up the most recent incoming/outgoing calls and saw no calls during the last 30 minutes. “I don’t think so.” “You don’t think so what?” The security guard was frank, “You haven’t used this phone in over half an hour.” The truck driver sheepishly acknowledged the fact. It was decided to install video surveillance covering the weighing area and scales – no easy feat due to poor lighting Preventing Crime As It Happens Knowing the driver was lying, the security guard ordered the truck back on the scale for a correct weighing and advised the driver that he would report the incident. The security guard wrote up his report and handed it off to his supervisor who, in turn, contacted the local corporate investigator. This investigator was soon on the phone with his boss at corporate headquarters on the other side of the world. Together with Security, they decided to install video surveillance covering the weighing area and scales – no easy feat due to poor lighting. However, once completed, they waited. They would not have to wait long. For the next two months, the waste vendor trucks, filled to the brim with production waste, black-and-white paper and other waste products from the plant, would stop on the scale only for a moment and then drive the front half of the truck off the scale for weighing. It was obvious that the vendor was cheating the company by only paying for half the waste. After two months, it was decided to catch the next cheating driver “en flagrante.” Sure enough, the next truck went half on and half off the scale and was weighed. Security then asked the unsuspecting driver to park his truck and invited him inside the building to talk to a supervisor. The driver signed an incriminating statement about the scheme and his role therein. They sent him on his way asking him to keep it quiet Waiting for the driver in a large office was the local investigator and his close friend, the Head of Security. After a difficult interview, the driver admitted to cheating on the scales over a two-year period—he claimed that some of the scale cheating was done at the direction of the vendor’s management, while some of it he did himself by “ripping off” the vendor—which he acknowledged was dangerous. Working With Authorities The driver signed an incriminating statement about the scheme and his role therein. They sent him on his way asking him to keep it quiet—they would see what they could do for him later on. In the meantime, Corporate Investigations had received a due diligence report on the vendor company which contained disturbing news—the company and its managers were associated with a countrywide waste management mafia. The report suggested that the vendor had a reputation for thefts and involvement in numerous lawsuits regarding thefts and embezzlement. Shockingly, no prior due diligence had ever been conducted on the vendor. Fortunately, the plant’s finance and audit team had maintained good records over the past 5 years and were able to re-construct the amount of waste going out the plant door and the amounts being claimed and paid for by the vendor. The discrepancy and loss stood at a multi-million dollar figure. After consulting with the local police authorities and company lawyers, it was decided to pursue a civil case against the vendor. Pursuing Legal Action The regional lawyer, the Head of Investigations, the Head of Security and the CFO invited the vendor to discuss the problem. Some of the evidence was shown to the vendor’s CEO who became indignant and, in order to save face, promised to fire the truck drivers and to repay any losses for the last two months. Inter-dependent entities - security, investigations, finance/audit and legal - combined their resources and agendas to form a unified front That was not enough for the company and a protracted legal battle ensued which lasted several years and resulted in the vendor’s paying almost the entire amount in instalments. The vendor was dropped from the contract and internal controls strengthened—the only plant employee dealing with the waste issue left the company and was replaced by two individuals. The plant also began paying more attention to the waste process and less to the production side. Several “lessons learned” come to mind. First, the tripwire came in the person of an astute and well-trained security guard who exhibited some of the best characteristics you want to see from men and women in that profession. The Security Department was also adept at installing the surveillance system and capturing the fraud live on videotape. But a far greater lesson was learned—of what can happen when inter-dependent entities (security, investigations, finance/audit and legal) within a company combine their resources and agendas to form a unified front. The results speak for themselves.
Despite the huge amount of video data collected, statistics show that only 10 percent of data is ever used and most loses its value within seconds of being generated. Why use such a limited amount of data? Many security organizations are focused on delivering the right information in case of an emergency or providing the correct evidence after a criminal act. Yet the fact is, a new video security system can be a large investment. Together with the service, maintenance and management costs associated with it, most video systems are currently considered overhead. So how can you maximize the value of your video system? Video analytics ensure surveillance images are continuously analyzed in real-time to alert users to things that need attention. This helps organizations make sense of video data and adds an extra layer of protection by providing alerts to potential security risks before or as they occur, such as detecting loitering in a parking lot or a perimeter breach after hours.Integrating analytic alerts with other security systems enables organizations to use the data to trigger responses from other components of the security solution Video analytics can be programmed to alert on things such as line/perimeter crossing, illegal parking, loitering: people counting, speeding in areas like parking lots, color matching alerts. These are just some of the ways video analytics can assist to enhance security and safety. Video Analytics Trigger System Events Integrating analytic alerts with other security systems enables organizations to use the data to trigger responses from other components of the security solution. This can increase overall security, better mitigate risk, and reduce complexity for users to improve efficiency. For example, intelligent cameras equipped with video analytics can initiate intrusion detection system events when alarms are triggered. The analytic alert can immediately fault a corresponding point on the panel. This can prompt the panel to communicate the alarm to the central station or to send video snapshots to security personnel. In a retail store or warehouse environment, video analytics can also alert to an emergency exit that has been blocked by a pallet of boxes or by another object. Using an idle object rule, the IP camera with analytics can alert when an object remains in the area for longer than a pre-defined amount of time. People counting and crowd detection can also help organizations improve customer satisfaction by monitoring for long lines or people gathered in an area When this occurs, the alert can fault a point on the intrusion control panel, which can then send an email or text message with a video snapshot to the store or warehouse manager. This can help to prevent code violations and unsafe conditions. Extending Beyond Security Not only can video analytics detect threats, alert to security breaches, and help enforce health and safety regulations, it can also do much more. It can enable organizations to re-purpose the data for new uses for the business—offering valuable insights to other departments within an organization, such as providing the ability to analyze behavior in retail stores to help merchandizers create more effective display placements. How is this possible? Analytics can provide organizations with the additional information about video data that they need to re-purpose it for a business advantage. The cameras can interpret data directly at the source and re-assign it to help organizations make smarter decisions.By providing business information that goes beyond conventional security applications, new functionality can easily be added to a video security system This includes monitoring presence to reduce utility bills, identifying patterns in customer activity to improve sales, and distinguishing road blocks to optimize retail shop layout and increase customer satisfaction. Improving Customer Satisfaction People counting and crowd detection can also help organizations improve customer satisfaction by monitoring for long lines or people gathered in an area, indicating additional assistance may be needed. By providing business information that goes beyond conventional security applications, new functionality can easily be added to a video security system. In this way, video analytics can help organizations reduce costs, increase efficiency, and improve sales. The organization gains greater value from the system and a return on investment that can be measured in tangible business results. Then, the video system is no longer considered overhead. Overall, using video analytics as part of an integrated security system and fully using the data gained from the analytics can help you better meet your organization’s needs for security and extend surveillance data to deliver additional business benefits. I believe that every business should be able to take advantages of these advances in technology - without the need for additional investment or a license fee. Every business is different, and new analytics solutions should be adaptable to meet your exact needs. Thinking beyond security opens up video analytics to revolutionize how video data will be used in the future and can take data usage to a whole new level.
End users can add security, safety and business intelligence – while achieving a higher return on investment at their protected facilities – with live streaming video. It can be deployed effectively for IP video, network video recorders (NVRs) and body-worn cameras. The growing use of streaming video is resulting in vast technological developments and high-end software that promotes reduced bandwidth, high scalability and lower total cost of ownership (TCO). Here’s how users can add value to security with live streaming video and what they should look for in the procurement of technology solutions. Questions are answered by Bryan Meissner, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of EvoStream. Q: What is live streaming video and how does it apply to physical security? BM: In its simplest and most popular form, video streaming allows users to watch video on PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. According to GO-Globe, every 60 seconds more than 400 hours of video are uploaded and around 700,000 hours watched. The key to effective video streaming is for the platform to be able to adapt to the limits of the internet or network connection so the viewer gets an unbridled experience without buffering or signal loss. Live video streaming in security applications leverages a variety of connected devices, appliances and services including the cloud, mobile platforms, IP cameras and NVRs, becoming an enabling technology for more effective, real-time data capture at the protected premises. It reduces bandwidth costs and infrastructure operating requirements by streaming directly from cameras, mobile devices, drones, body worn units and loT devices to browsers, phones and tablets. The best solutions optimize the experience for the user and permit image capture and retrieval from Android, iOS, browser platforms or directly from cameras or NVRs—streaming to wherever the user desires. Quality live streaming applications provide clear, real-time images and retrieve high-resolution video that can be used for evidence, identification, operations management or compliance regulation and control. The most cost-effective solutions offer minimal hardware requirements, lower overall operating expenses and promote high scalability – even integration with many legacy security management platforms. Q: What are some challenges of live streaming video and how are those being addressed by new technology? BM: Live streaming video can present challenges when a solution isn’t designed specifically for the security infrastructure. End users need to look for forward-thinking software and firmware solutions which offer reduced bandwidth requirements, high scalability and a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) or they will be disappointed with the results and costs of maintaining services for end users. The most competent live video streaming lets users integrate with and run on any platform, appliance or device The technology is changing rapidly, so only providers who focus on innovation can keep pace and future-proof the user and their facility. To be most effective, video needs to be able to stream consistently and reliably to and from a host of different devices, platforms, browsers and mediums, on-premises servers or the cloud. Video footage needs to be obtained quickly and deliver critical metadata, with built-in cyber safeguards and hardening such as automatic encryption and authentication. Q: What do end users need to look for in solutions for effective video streaming? BM: Implementing a live streaming video platform should result in greater efficiency and reduced operational costs. Live video streaming to and from a variety of connected devices, appliances and services requires sub-second latency from image capture to delivery. It also needs to be as open and agnostic as possible – spanning multiple technologies, standards and protocols and giving the user enhanced flexibility for their specification. The most competent live video streaming lets users integrate with and run on any platform, appliance or device including standalone servers, server racks, public, private and hybrid clouds and other distribution channels using the same application programming interface or API. Streaming should also support the latest codecs, such as H.264 and H.265 along with widely specified protocols for the distribution of that video. Q: What are some of the trending technological developments in live streaming video applications? BM: Traditional video streaming consumes exorbitant amounts of bandwidth and users pay for video routed through their servers. Some of the latest capabilities, such as peer-to-peer streaming, HTML5 media players, metadata integration and cost-effective transcoding via RaspberryPi enhance overall processing and ultimately strengthen the user experience. Peer-to-peer is a critical, emerging component in effective video streaming. With peer to peer, video does not go through servers but instead streams directly between the camera and the end-user’s phone, for example, eliminating that cost of bandwidth from the platform while still permitting exact control of content. Users stream live from cameras to any device, with the ability to authenticate and approve peering from the back-end infrastructure while enabling low-latency HTML5 without incurring excessive platform bandwidth costs. The explosion of live streaming video in IP video cameras, NVRs and body-worn cameras is driving a new category of high-end software offering reduced bandwidth, high scalability and lower TCO. It prepares users for new technology and the loT, eliminating the largest cost driver of hosted live streaming platforms – bandwidth. Applications that offer peer-to-peer streaming and other feature sets can help future proof the end-user’s investment and strengthen the value proposition for viewing or retrieving live or archived video effectively.
EverFocus, GeoVision, PLANET and VIVOTEK—were the highlights of a press conference at ISC West 2018, organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), Taiwan’s foremost trade promotion organization. These breakthrough products, with potential to transform the global security market, include a futuristic Virtual Reality 720° camera, a facial recognition dome camera, a cutting-edge Internet of Vehicle (IoV) fleet surveillance system, an IP camera armed with anti-intrusion software, and a next-gen intuitive colour touch LCD switch.We are proud to showcase Taiwan’s finest at one of the United States’ most prestigious security tradeshows" Extensive Engagements “Today, the United States and Taiwan enjoy an ever-expanding relationship and extensive engagement in many fields, especially in electronic security." "Our products launch event unveil some of Silicon Island’s most cutting-edge products and technologies in the areas of IoT and Internet of Vehicles (IoV), unmanned security and cyber + physical integration." "We are proud to showcase Taiwan’s finest at one of the United States’ most prestigious security tradeshows and look forward to having participants experience the future of security,” said TAITRA Executive Director Simon Lai. These Taiwanese ICT companies, all winners of the Taiwan Excellence Awards, generated a lot of excitement and buzz with the unveiling of their new products at the conference. XFleet Management Platform EverFocus demonstrated its engineering and research prowess as Regional Technical Sales Manager Marques Phillips unveiled details of the company’s XFleet Management Platform which he described as not only transforming the IoV experience, but the future of vehicle fleet management. The new solution allows users to easily track, monitor and manage any type of fleet vehicles on a Web browser anywhere and anytime. With Xfleet, users can not only reduce overall costs by effectively utilizing resources such as vehicles, fuel, and manpower, but also improve management efficiency and business performance by keeping and analysing the historical records of the vehicle data as needed.GeoVision cameras can recognize human faces in 1.5 seconds, making possible identification of authorized versus un-authorized personnel Virtual Reality Camera GeoVision showed off the VR 360, the world’s first Virtual Reality camera that can provide a 720° view. President David Huang said it’s the only camera with two Fisheye lenses to provide a floor to ceiling, 720° view with no blind spots. It’s ideal for security environments such as airports, train stations, city streets, harbors and highways. The camera uses advanced computer vision technology to simulate a three-dimensional, highly realistic, and practical 3D space. It’s water-proof, vandal-proof and dust resistant, making it ideal for outdoors. It also boasts IR Night Mode for clear images even in dark environments. Huang also demonstrated new facial recognition IP dome camera with cutting-edge AI. It can recognize human faces in 1.5 seconds, making possible identification of authorized versus un-authorized personnel, creation of blacklists for restricted personnel, and VIP lists to improve relationship management. Intruitive Touch LCD Switch PLANET explained how the Intuitive Touch LCD Switch makes it possible to easily manage powered devices in real time, greatly enhancing network management efficiency. Tammy Huang, Sales Manager, noted that it’s the unique touch LCD that makes such management possible. In addition to the touch LCD interface, the solution features L2+ switching, intelligent PoE management and an ONVIF support function. An Industrial flat-type touch LCD switch model is also offered, making possible management of large-scale networks.VIVOTEK’s Smart Stream II and H.265 technology allows users to benefit from reduced bandwidth and data storage demands VIVOTEK’s Network Cameras With the theme ‘Security within Security,’ Shengfu Cheng, Director of Marketing and Product Development, demonstrated the first cybersecurity enhanced network cameras in the IP surveillance industry. The three new cameras are armed with Trend Micro’s anti-intrusion software, allowing them to automatically detect and prevent credential attacks and block suspicious events. They also feature VIVOTEK’s Smart Stream II and H.265 technology, allowing users to benefit from reduced bandwidth and data storage demands by up to 90% more than systems employing H.264. Low-Light Surveillance Add to that a new generation of night visibility technology, Supreme Night Visibility II (SNV II) which allows them to reproduce high-quality colour images, even in very low-light conditions. In the security industry, the United States is the largest buyer of electronic security products and spent $12.3 billion on imports in the field in 2016. And Taiwan constitutes North America’s 4th largest trade partner in the electronic security field, with an import value that was close to $1 billion in 2016. Throughout ISC West 2018, Taiwan exhibitors will present their latest innovations. In pursuit of Asia’s Silicon Valley vision of propelling Taiwan to the international forefront of technology, Taiwanese companies continue their pursuit of excellence and innovation.
Companies like – VIVOTEK, QNAP, EverFocus Electronics & PLANET Technology to display their products An exclusive showcase of security technology excellence will be unveiled on the opening day of IFSEC International 2015 which runs 16 to 18 June at ExCeL London. The session is supported by the Bureau of Foreign Trade and the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Taiwan, and will be executed by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA). This dedicated event for security industry experts on 16 June will showcase – for the first time in Europe – the latest innovations from Taiwan Excellence Award-winning Taiwanese companies VIVOTEK Inc., QNAP Systems Inc., EverFocus Electronics Corporation and PLANET Technology Corporation. VIVOTEK Will Display Network Security Cameras – FE8181V & FD8168 Fresh from receiving a 2015 Taiwan Excellence Award from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, VIVOTEK will display two of its leading-edge network security cameras – the FE8181V, a 5 megapixel fish eye network camera, and the FD8168, a 2 megapixel ultra-mini fixed dome network camera. The latest addition to the VIVOTEK portfolio, the new FE8181V is a true day-to-night camera that offers superior image quality 24 hours a day thanks to a removable infrared-cut (IR) filter. Built-in LEDs provide 360 degrees surround illumination up to 10 meters – even in completely dark environments. Vandal-proof IK10 and weather-proof IP66-rated housing make the VIVOTEK FE8181V ideal for coverage of open areas such as airports, sports arenas and retail developments. FD8168 - Ideal For Use In Luxury Developments Launched in April 2015, the compact VIVOTEK FD8168 fixed dome network camera has been specifically designed for indoor applications where both form and function are required. The FD8168’s 2 megapixel sensor outputs 15 frames per second in H.264 compression from compact housing, making it ideal for use in luxury developments where superior image quality should not come at the compromise of discreet design. Simple to install and with a power-over-ethernet (PoE) input design, a single networked fisheye FD8168 fixed dome camera offers the same viewing capabilities as up to four traditional CCTV cameras, but at the fraction of the installation cost. QNAP will exhibit its new Linux-based VS-2200 Pro+ series NVR. The compact 2-bay VS-2200 Pro+ series is packed with functionality and designed to reduce the cost of ownership for SMB and SOHO users. The VS-2200 Pro+ series offers superior performance and advanced surveillance features compared to other entry level NVRs. It is a highly scalable network surveillance system and offers end users a cost-effective way of adapting or expanding their storage capacity based on their long-term recording needs. Compatible With Over 3,000 IP Camera Models An HDMI output allows users to set up and manage the NVR by plugging in a mouse, keyboard, and monitor – with no need for a separate PC – and to remotely monitor multiple cameras, as well as providing the option to play back recordings on a Full HD 1080p local display. Compatible with over 3,000 IP camera models, QNAP has received over 300 orders for the VS-2200 Pro+ and secured a 2015 SecutechExcellence Award since bringing the product to market in April 2015. The latest developments from award-winning Taiwanese companies work to enhance quality while managing costs and driving efficiencies Leading IP-based networking company PLANET will showcase its Z-Wave e-Home Automation Control Gateway. Targeting the IoT, the system is a powerful tool designed to make home networking smarter and safer. Controllable by smart phone or tablet anywhere, anytime, PLANET’s solution uniquely integrates IP-based networking (intercoms, cameras and wireless APs) with Z-Wave Plus (smoke detection, temperature control, door and window) technology. Long Reach PoE Solution PLANET will also exhibit its Long Reach PoE Solution. It is designed to offer a cost-effective way to extend the reach of Ethernet networking and efficiently upgrade analog CCTV to an IP-based surveillance system via existing coaxial cables. TAITRA’s technology showcase will also see EverFocus launch its award-winning ESK1000 Sidekick. Recently crowned the winner of the ‘Tools & Hardware’ category of the SIA New Product Showcase 2015 at ISC West, the ESK1000 is uniquely placed to meet IP camera sidekick demands in a variety of security installation settings. Simple & Cost-Effective Set Up Benefitting from simple and cost-effective set up – with no need for support from a technician – the ESK1000 has revolutionized IP camera installation and testing. Unlike analog systems which use TV outputs and often involve time-consuming testing, installers using the EverFocus ESK1000 can monitor and adjust new and existing camera images remotely by connecting the sidekick to a smart phone or tablet, with no need to contact a central control room. Over 5,000 orders have been placed for the lightweight ESK1000, which is compatible with all major IP cameras and features built-in power-of-ethernet (PoE) and USB outputs allowing the sidekick to charge while completing IP camera installations or tests. Display Eclectic Mix Of Products TAITRA is delighted to be showcasing a selection of Taiwan’s latest technology innovations at IFSEC International. This is all about sharing excellence and best practice in the world of security and safety. The exclusive showcase is set to display an eclectic mix of products as they make their inaugural debut in Europe. The latest developments from award-winning Taiwanese companies VIVOTEK Inc., QNAP Systems Inc., EverFocus Electronics Corporation and PLANET Technology Corporation work to enhance quality while managing costs and driving efficiencies.
MorphoWave biometric access solution captures and matches four fingerprints with a single wave of the hand MorphoWAVE from Safran Morpho took the top honor at the Security Industry Association's 2015 New Product Showcase (NPS), winning the coveted Best New Product Award at the NPS awards ceremony at ISC West on Wednesday. MorphoWave is the market's first biometric access solution featuring high-speed touchless fingerprint matching. MorphoWave captures and matches four fingerprints with a single wave of the hand, for an efficient and comfortable user experience, according to Safran Morpho. Users simply wave a hand over the MorphoWave sensor to be identified. Because the sensor is touchless, the surface remains clean through repeated scans. It reads wet and dry fingerprints without difficulty, which is a supporting factor in its very fast and highly accurate capture and matching rate. SIA's New Product Showcase at ISC West "Each year, the companies competing in SIA's New Product Showcase at ISC West present the leading-edge security solutions that are shaping the industry," said SIA CEO Don Erickson. "These new technologies and solutions are the drivers that are moving the security industry forward, and I congratulate Safran Morpho on their win at this year's NPS." Since its inception in 1979, the NPS has been the security industry's premier awards-based marketing program. This year's NPS Program had 110 entries from 88 companies. In addition, the Judges' Choice Award was presented to IC Realtime for its IC720 360x360 Video Surveillance Camera product. The NPS judges presented awards in 25 product and service categories, and they also presented six honorable mention awards in six categories. The Award Winner’s List appears below, and it also will be posted on the SIA NPS website at http://www.sianps.com. 2015 NPS Award Winners Access Control Devices & Peripherals Cypress Computer Systems / Cypress Integration Solutions OSMIUM Series OSDP Interface Module Access Control Devices & Peripherals Wireless HID Global HID Mobile Access Access Control Software And Controllers IDenticard Access Control PremiSys Security Management Dashboard Convergence And Integrated Software And Solutions Optigo Networks Optigo Integrity Fire/life Safety Xtralis VESDA-E VEA Green / Sustainable Solutions Products MicroPower Technologies SOLVEIL Surveillance System Hosted Solutions CheckVideo HD Analytics Gateway Intrusion Detection And Prevention Solutions Bosch Security Systems, Inc. G Series Control Panel Intrusion Detection And Prevention Solutions Wireless Interlogix ZeroWire Locks/Safes/Hardware KT&C KEES Mobile Apps Honeywell Security Products Americas MAXPRO Mobile App Network Support Solutions Phybridge CLEER (Coax Leveraged Ethernet Extended Reach) Switch Outdoor Perimeter Protection Knightscope, Inc. K5 Autonomous Data Machine Residential And Monitoring Solutions NETGEAR ARLO Tools And Hardware EverFocus Electronics Corp. Sidekick User Authentication, Identification, Credentialing And Management Zwipe Zwipe Access Video Analytics NICE Systems NICE Suspect Search Video Surveillance Advanced Imaging Technologies Axis Communications Axis’ Zipstream technology Video Surveillance Cameras HD (Megapixel) HauteSpot Networks Corporation HiveCAM Video Surveillance Cameras IP Samsung Techwin Open Platform Video Surveillance Data Storage DDN Storage DDN - GS7K Appliance Video Surveillance Hardware And Accessories Dotworkz Systems BASH All-Pro Video Surveillance Management Systems Spectra Logic NVR3 Video Management Solutions
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