Artec Technologies Announces Cooperation With Envisage Technology Ltd.
Artec Technologies Announces Cooperation With Envisage Technology Ltd.

artec releases its latest version of MULTIEYE-NET and the new MVE 1,2 and 4-Channel real time video encoders in combination with various hi-res and megapixel cameras.  This will be the kick-off for the cooperation between artec technologies AG and Envisage Technologies Ltd on the UK market. "In order to provide better service to all UK based customers, artec is aiming to cooperate with value-added distributors who will follow the artec line of products, consisting of tailor-made Hybrid-DVR and NVR solutions as well as other MULTIEYE digital security products.  In this respect artec is pleased to announce a close cooperation with Envisage Technology Ltd. Envisage Technology is a high-end CCTV distributor in the UK with a strong focus on original products that fill niches to which conventional CCTV cannot do justice.  They have earned their reputation through helping their clients create innovative project designs and smooth system integration.  In particular Envisage Technology is at the forefront of Megapixel CCTV distribution.  All in all, this is a perfect basis for a successful cooperation," said Paul André de Jong, Chief Operating Officer at artec technologies AGMULTIEYE-NETIP video recorder and management software for 4-32 channelsMULTIEYE-NET Software and NVR solutions are suitable for nearly all kinds of application.  Scalable up to 32 cameras per server, the system works with network based video sources such as IP cameras and video encoders. Create highly professional PC-based network video recorder (NVR) for 4 - 32 IP cameras in the shortest amount of time with artec technologies AG newest generation of MULTIEYE NET software.  Live monitoring, recording, playback and remote inquiry are only a few of the extensive possibilities that MULTIEYE-NET offers.  Even in the basic version, the software supports the most common IP cameras and video servers from a great variety of manufacturers.  This enables lightning-fast and uncomplicated camera integration. The latest version of MULTIEYE-NET supports recording, playback and zoom of megapixel cameras.  Try recording, playback and zoom with MEGAPIXEL cameras through MULTIEYE-NET and obtain an image quality that could never be reached with analog cameras.  With the integrated PTZ control, you can comfortably operate high-speed dome cameras by remote control. An eye on everything: the integrated remote server function enables you to call up live cameras or playback from other locations via ISDN, DSL, network, Internet or GSM/UMTS, depending on the communications distance involved.  In case an alarm has been triggered or a camera fails, you will immediately be informed by email or text message.  In combination with the 'VideoCenter II" software, you can poll site-plan based live cameras by mouse click.  The additional software tools like Autobackup and DATALOG Module make this software usable for almost any security application!The highlights:Versatile IP-Camera recorder & management softwareOpen IP-Camera platform with 180 integrated camera and video server profilesSophisticated remote monitoring up to 320 cameras by VideoCenter IIHDTV recording with up to 6 MegapixelModular, scalable and many enhanced optionsPerfectly aligned with MVE Realtime Video Encoders

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Keep An Eye On Things With VideoCenter II
Keep An Eye On Things With VideoCenter II

MULTIEYE VideoCenter II is a site-plan based, cross-system video management solution for administering a virtually unlimited number of MULTIEYE systems and simultaneously displaying up to 256 video windows on up to 4 workstation monitors at a polling station.  Regardless of whether you need an easy-to-operate but effective solution for reception or a complex control centre solution, the highly configurable VideoCenter II software is suited for a large variety of applications. The intuitive user interface enables efficient interaction with the video surveillance system and provides all the relevant information in real time via IP networks.  In this way, you can keep everything in view, open doors or barriers and receive up-to-date information on critical events within your company, regardless of whether it is local or remoteHighlightsSite-plan based video management software for cross-system display and operation of unlimited MULTIEYE systems. Simultaneous display of up to 256 video windows. Integrated site-plan editor for simple positioning of interactive icons. Support of up to 4 monitors. For each monitor, freely definable monitor layout (live and playback windows, hot-spots, browser, I/O control window, event lists, etc.) User management. Dynamic hot-spot function. Browser integration: display of HTML pages (e.g. emergency plans of action.) Instant replay of recordings and time-shifted playback. Automatic alarm-image call-up. PTZ control via software, keyboard or operational unit. Retroactive control of alarm inputs and outputs. Simple installation and configuration.

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Top Issue: Remote Monitor Recording With MULTIEYE®
Top Issue: Remote Monitor Recording With MULTIEYE®

The increasingly intensive discussion about an enhancement of the burden proof concerning transactions in banks, at brokers and security companies as well as the increasing requirements of companies of being able to record  correct and legally compliant actions if necessary, create an enormous demand for monitor recording systems.artec technologies AG provides a software, which has delivered an optimal performance in practice for many years and which is completely integrated into the video surveillance system MULTIEYE.Remote Monitor Recording stands for transmitting, displaying, recording and the replay of monitor signals, respectively display content by means of a network.MULTIEYE® recorders offer the possibility to transmit not only the signals of video cameras, but also those of PC displays via the network, e.g in control centres, at production systems, automated teller machines, diagnostic devices or from MULTIEYE® recorders. Thus allowing the tracking and documentation of operational processes, dialogues, handling and malfunctions.The DesktopLogger moduleTo process display signals of PC's in MULTIEYE® systems, the DesktopLogger module has been developed. The module consists of a client PC software and an activation licence for the MULTIEYE®-NET software or MULTIEYE®-NET recorders.The client software has to be installed on the PC to be monitored. With the activation licence one or more channels on the MULTIEYE® recorder are activated. The client software scans the displays with a sample rate of several images per second - without any influence on the PC - and transmits the images via the network to the  MULTIEYE® recorder. The images are processed by the MULTIEYE® recorder just as those from a network camera, i.e. with live display, recording and remote transmission. Motion Detection and Smart Search functions, such as MotionTrack and MotionSearch can be used, too.Surveillance of several displays on one PCThe DesktopLogger client software considers the number of connected displays at the PC, which has to be monitored as well as their individual display resolutions. Each display is processed as an individual channel in the MULTIEYE® system.Connection of displays by means of a VGA splitterIf there is no possibility to install the client software on the PCs, the VGA displays can be scanned with a VGA/analog splitter and the signals can be sent analog to the MULTIEYE®-HYBRID recorder. This is possible with a resolution of max. 800 x 600 pixels. If higher resolutions have to be recorded in real-time, artec technologies AG offers, additionally to MULTIEYE®, another recording and transmission system:  The XBL-Broadcast Logger system with VGA/DVI ports.Pure monitor recordingMULTIEYE® systems are also used for the pure display surveillance. - e.g. in he fields of further education or controlling of trade activities. One MULTIEYE® recorder can process up to 32 PC displays via the network; in combination with more recorders and the MULTIEYE® VideoCenter II a multitude of displays can be monitored and recorded.

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Number Plate Recognition Software MULTIEYE®
Number Plate Recognition Software MULTIEYE® "Gate" Available Now

artec technologies AG introduces the cost effective, camera independent number plate recognition software "MULTIEYE ANPR Gate" for the access control of vehicles. Access and exit controls are situated in front of barriers, car parks or the registration of supplier vehicles on company grounds. There are various operation ranges for the new number plate recognition software "MULTIEYE ANPR Gate".The standard version can monitor two lanes. Easy expansion at any time, via extra licenses (up to 8 cameras/lanes per server). Number plates out of over 40 countries are recognized and registered safely and reliably.Access authorisations for vehicles can be altered very fast and black & white lists can be imported out of excel drafts. The software module offers the integration of external devices for the opening of barriers, a trigger for traffic lights, etc., or an efficient alarm management.The camera independent software solution supports analog and IP cameras. The extension of existing MULTIEYE video surveillance systems with the number plate recognition module is possible at any time.The number plate recognition module gate is based on the successful software MULTIEYE ANPR Traffic that was designed for the monitoring of moving traffic and has been deployed in numerous projects within Europe since 2008. The ANPR modules work with all MULTIEYE-HYBRID and Network Video Recorders (NVR) or with systems based on MULTIEYE-NET Software. The two channel versions can be operated directly on existing systems. This reduces costs for a separate license plate recognition server.

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Artec Presents The MULTIEYE PrivacyShield - Privacy And Protection Made Easy
Artec Presents The MULTIEYE PrivacyShield - Privacy And Protection Made Easy

artec's PrivacyShield is a software module that - in combination with additional MULTIEYE features - guarantees privacy protected video surveillance. It caters to the need for the protection of privacy at workplaces or public areas. With the PrivacyShield module (for analog and IP cameras) moving objects like people and cars are scrambled through special filters in live display and live remote monitoring. Their movements remain recognizable. Certain camera image areas in which people have to be displayed anonymised can be individually masked by a 2304-piece grid; the unmasked area remains unaffected. With integrated video evaluation functionalities and setting parameters different image qualities of the analog/IP cameras and changes in the image like rain, snow, shadow and oscillation of the camera through wind can be compensated.Video recording happens without filtering (focused) so a person's identity can be discovered ex post. Access to the recorded videos is secured by several steps:Four eyes principleUser authorizationMULTIEYE Shell license (optional)With additional measures MULTIEYE systems can be converted privacy protection compliant. This includes the blackening out of privacy areas in the camera image area through private zone masking as well as the limiting of recording in days.Existing MULTIEYE systems can easily be upgraded. An exchange of analog or IP cameras is not necessary. The small CPU utilization allows for up to 8 channels of PrivacyShield per recorder.

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Fighting Illicit Trade With Artificial Intelligence
Fighting Illicit Trade With Artificial Intelligence

AI has opened doors to many transformation opportunities and increasingly minimised many risks  -- personal and economic -- that are alarming today. And illicit trade is one of those pains AI can offer a promising solution against. Illicit trade is a serious threat and problem that affects governments and societies on every level. While governments lose financial funds in tax revenues, thriving businesses are losing potential customers, and customers are getting tricked into purchasing counterfeit, low-quality products. Transnational organized crime generates revenue of $2.2 trillion through transnational criminal organizations, complicit corrupt facilitators, and other threat areas. The list of criminal activities is long and involves such horrific crimes as trafficking of narcotics, opioids, arms, humans, fake medicines and other counterfeit and pirated goods; illegal tobacco and alcohol; illegally-harvested timber, wildlife, and fish; pillaged oil, diamonds, gold, and other natural resources and precious minerals; stolen antiquities; and other contraband or valuable items sold across streets, social media, online marketplaces, and the dark web. In short, illicit trade is a contributing cause to large-scale insecurity and instability across markets. AI-driven technologies Here is where revolutionary AI-driven technologies come in, with their capability to fight illicit trade across markets. AI technologies in this specific application promise to help build safer and more secure communities in the future. There are a few ways that AI can support the ongoing fight against illicit trade on a global scale in a tangible way. Transnational organized crime generates revenue of $2.2 trillion For financial transactions at risk of fraud and money laundering, tracking has become an increasing headache if done manually. As a solution to this labour-intensive process, AI technology can be trained to follow all the compliance rules and process a large number of documents -- often billions of pages of documents -- in a short period of time. Among these documents widely in circulation, most have an unstructured and inconsistent format -- from invoices to insurance documentation -- are a complex system to tackle; in this whirlwind of pages, the likelihood of non-compliant and misrepresented figures to go by unnoticed. But this is also where AI can thrive as solutions become a necessity, enhancing humans’ capabilities of identifying fraud risks in the early stages. Relying on natural language processing, the technology can begin interpreting the text from the scanned and digitised documents in order to process trade information at high speed. In this context, AI-powered solutions are capable of comparing, contrasting document information and identify anomalies worth looking into further. By automating a large portion of the process, AI-driven technology allows the staff to focus on more pressing, high-involvement issues that require human judgement while saving time on the time-consuming manual work of analyzing documents by hand. Identifying covert interactions between criminals As criminal networks become increasingly intricate in their illegal operations, cutting-edge AI technology is crucial in the battle against it. In 2019, EU launched a project with the goal to deploy advanced AI technology and robots to identify smuggling across the borders of Portugal, Estonia, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary.  With the help of AI, it will be possible to send drones and autonomous vehicles to the most dubious border areas in order to enforce border control and detect smugglers quickly and efficiently. Illicit trade triggers a chain reaction of negative impact across industries, governments and individuals The issues the EU is trying to address through the project include drug and weapon smuggling, as well as human trafficking. From tight border control tracking crossings to communication monitoring to identify covert interactions between criminals on both sides of the border, the project is one among many that will expand the scope of solutions to the illicit trade problems today. AI’s contribution is significant on many levels: from predicting crime and threats to safeguarding public health and safety (in face of human trafficking, counterfeit medicines, and toxic products), these are simply inklings of major shifts that AI technology promises for the future of the battle against illicit trade. So why is fighting illicit trade so crucial? Here are a few reasons why AI’s role in fighting this global issue is crucial. In a world where customers run the risk of being deceived and tricked into buying counterfeit products, companies who provide the original products suffer through the loss of revenue and market share. The same companies are also robbed of their intellectual property and proprietary data. Furthermore, people who are employed in these companies run the risk of losing their jobs as a result of revenue and market share loss. And finally, the last straw is the loss of brand integrity and reputation to the need to compete with low-quality, sometimes even dangerous counterfeit products. Just like a domino effect, illicit trade triggers a chain reaction of negative impact across industries, governments and individuals. And it’s time for AI to step in and stop it.

Edge Computing, AI and Thermal Imaging – The Future of Smart Security
Edge Computing, AI and Thermal Imaging – The Future of Smart Security

Smart security is advancing rapidly. As AI and 4K rise in adoption on smart video cameras, these higher video resolutions are driving the demand for more data to be stored on-camera. AI and smart video promise to extract greater insights from security video. Complex, extensive camera networks will already require a large amount of data storage, particularly if this is 24/7 monitoring from smart video-enabled devices. With 4K-compliant cameras projected to make up over 24% of all network cameras shipped by 2023 – there is a fast-growing desire for reliable storage on-board security cameras. The question for businesses is: do they look to break up their existing smart video network, by separating and compartmentalising cameras to handle data requirements, or do they increase its storage capabilities? As some people begin to venture out and return to work following initial COVID-19 measures, we are also seeing demand for thermal imaging technology increase. New technology like this combined with more of these always-on systems being rolled out, means organizations will need to carefully consider their smart video strategy. Newer edge computing will play an important role in capturing, collecting, and analyzing data and there are some key trends you can expect to see as a result of this evolution. There are many more types of cameras being used today, such as body cameras, dashboard cameras, and new Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensors. Video data is so rich nowadays, you can analyze it and deduce a lot of valuable information in real-time, instead of post-event. Edge computing and smart security As public cloud adoption grew, companies and organizations saw the platform as a centralized location for big data. However, recently there’s been opposition to that trend. Instead we are now seeing data processed at the edge, rather than in the cloud. There is one main reason for this change in preference: latency. Newer edge computing will play an important role in capturing, collecting, and analyzing data Latency is an important consideration when trying to carry out real-time pattern recognition. It’s very difficult for cameras to process data – 4K surveillance video recorded 24/7 – if it has to go back to a centralized data center hundreds of miles away. This data analysis needs to happen quickly in order to be timely and applicable to dynamic situations, such as public safety. By storing relevant data at the edge, AI inferencing can happen much faster. Doing so can lead to safer communities, more effective operations, and smarter infrastructure. UHD and storage AI-enabled applications and capabilities, such as pattern recognition, depend on high-definition resolutions such as 4K – also known as Ultra High Definition (UHD). This detailed data has a major impact on storage – both the capacity and speeds at which it needs to be written, and the network. Compared to HD, 4K video has much higher storage requirements and we even have 8K on the horizon. As we know, 4K video has four times the number of pixels as HD video. In addition, 4K compliant video supports 8, 10, and 12 bits per channel that translate to 24-, 30- or 36-bit color depth per pixel. A similar pattern holds for HD — more color using 24 bits or less color using 10 or 12 bits in color depth per pixel. Altogether, there is up to a 5.7x increase in bits generated by 4K vs. 1080 pixel video. Larger video files place new demands on data infrastructure for both video production and surveillance. Which means investing in data infrastructure becomes a key consideration when looking into smart security. Always-on connectivity Whether designing solutions that have limited connectivity or ultra-fast 5G capabilities, most smart security solutions need to operate 24/7, regardless of their environment. Yet, on occasion, the underlying hardware and software systems fail. In the event of this, it is important to establish a failover process to ensure continued operation or restore data after a failure, including everything from traffic control to sensors to camera feeds and more. Consider the example of a hospital with dozens or even over a hundred cameras connected to a centralized recorder via IP. If the Ethernet goes down, no video can be captured. Such an event could pose a serious threat to the safety and security of hospital patients and staff. For this reason, microSD cards are used in cameras to enable continuous recording. Software tools – powered by AI – can then “patch” missing data streams with the content captured on the card to ensure the video stream can be viewed chronologically with no content gaps. Thermal imaging Health and safety is the number one priority for all organizations as people return to work and public spaces. Some organizations are deploying thermal imaging to help screen individuals for symptoms as they return. Organizations that operate with warehouses, depots and assembly lines will traditionally have large amounts of cameras located outside of the entrance. With thermal imaging smart video in place, these cameras can now serve a dual purpose as a screening device. The thermal imaging technology is capable of detecting elevated body temperatures, with 10-25 workers being scanned in one shot, from one camera – making it an efficient and accurate process. This way, staff can use the information to help identify people who may need further screening, testing, and/or isolation before returning to work. There are many more types of cameras being used today, such as body cameras, dashboard cameras, and new Internet of Things (IoT) devices While this may not increase data storage requirements, it can change your retention policies and practices. Smart security today is about utilising AI and edge computing, to deliver an always-on, high-resolution video provision that can help keep people safe 24/7. These trends increase the demands and importance of monitoring, which means requirements of the supporting data infrastructure improve to match that, including the ability to proactively manage the infrastructure to help ensure reliable operation. Companies need to make sure they have considered all the storage and policy challenges as part of their smart security strategy for the future.  

The New Marriage Between AI and Stadiums
The New Marriage Between AI and Stadiums

Stadiums around the world are still paralyzed from the effects of COVID-19. Fans and spectators in masses have been absent from stadiums since April and there doesn’t seem to be a concrete plan on how or when they’ll be able to return to near capacity. The NBA recently opted to form a bubble philosophy concept in Disney’s facilities, although it’s been a relative success, it’s also been a $200 million temporary solution. This then begs the question: How long can stadiums survive like this without spectator’s present? History tells us that stadiums, venues and sport recover from disasters, so what can stadiums do to speed up the process? This is the catalyst for AI to be integrated on mass level to stadiums around the world. AI is the answer AI’s role in getting fans and spectators back is huge, through capabilities such as: Social Distance Monitoring Crowd Scanning/Metrics Facial Recognition Fever Detection Track & Trace Providing Behavioural Analytics Technologies such as IREX.ai is now working alongside National Leagues, Franchises and Governing Bodies to implement AI surveillance software into their CCTV/surveillance cameras. This is now creating a more collaborative effort from the operations team in stadiums, rather than purely security. Stadiums around the world are still paralyzed from the effects of COVID-19 AI surveillance software such as IREX.ai when implemented into the surveillance cameras can be accessed by designated users on any device and on any browser platform. Crowd metrics Arming stadiums with AI-powered surveillance tools can detect crowd metrics such as “people counting” and “group statistics”. This ensures stadium personnel can monitor social distancing with precision, accuracy and immediately. Alerts can be set up throughout parts of the stadium to alert senior staff members when overcrowding can appear with real time videos, analytics and photos to their hand-held device, such as a smartphone. Fever detection Thermal cameras have been implemented throughout facilities including stadiums and are helping assist to spot people with elevated temperatures. What IREX.ai implements is an alert system, coupled with facial recognition of any individual(s) that read an elevated body temperature. This alert system then provides security and health officials with a photo of the individual with the elevated body temperature, meaning staff can react quicker to the situation prevent this individual from entry. Pandemic monitoring by facial recognition  Thermal cameras have been implemented throughout facilities including stadiums and are helping assist to spot people with elevated temperatures Through facial recognition, staff members will be able to locate individuals through simply uploading a photo. It has never been easier to find a person of interest. With masks becoming an everyday part of society, facial recognition has come under scrutiny regarding the accuracy when a mask is worn. Irex.ai still maintains a 96% accuracy with individuals wearing masks and can set up alerts for any individuals not wearing a mask. Another important aspect of facial recognition is finding persons of interest quickly through technology like IREX.ai’s “searchveillance”. The future is here. Designated staff can track a person from when they enter the stadium by simply uploading their photograph. An example of how this can assist stadium personnel is to help relocate lost children inside the stadium with their guardians/parents when they are separated. Another attribute would be any individuals banned from entering the stadium would trigger alerts once they appear under surveillance, a fantastic collaborative tool to use with Law Enforcement.    Return on investment With security solutions, one of the biggest issues with any security investment is a lack of an ROI. This is where AI security is breaking the mould. The ability to provide business analytics, consumer/fan behaviours, traffic patterns, etc, allows other departments within the organization to gain vital information that can assist with their strategies and practices. Stadium security will never be the same in a post-COVID world, so why will its practices stay the same? AI & Stadiums is no longer the future, it’s the 2020 solution.

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Increased Security For Latvian Natural History Museum With IQinVision Network IP Cameras
Increased Security For Latvian Natural History Museum With IQinVision Network IP Cameras

 The upgraded IP surveillance system has resulted in increased security and reduced the number of security staffIQinVision, market leader in high-performance HD megapixel network cameras, smart IP cameras, and network video recording systems, announced that the Natural History Museum in Riga, Latvia, has deployed 43 IQeye HD megapixel cameras to increase protection for its extensive collections. The museum is one of the oldest in Latvia. The vast majority of the IQeye cameras are deployed in the public areas of the museum-exhibition halls and corridors - with the primary purpose of protecting more than 180,000 exhibits at the museum. A number of IQeyes are also installed outdoors monitoring entrances and the first floor windows. The IQeye video data is managed by MULTIEYE ®-NET recorders from artec technologies AG. All camera data is monitored by security staff real-time in a newly-constructed command centre. The upgraded IP surveillance system has resulted in increased security and at the same time has enabled the museum to reduce the number of security staff needed.The combined MULTIEYE-IQinVision solution was chosen against considerable competition. The contract was won in cooperation with a group that includes the MULTIEYE system distributor SLO Latvia; the IQeye distributor Advanced Electronic Systems; and Citrus Solutions, the main project contractor. Museum staff has been impressed with the high-quality images provided by the IQeye cameras and there are plans to increase the number of cameras, along with additional system improvements, in the near future. 

ImmerVision Enables 360° With Artec Technologies In Europe
ImmerVision Enables 360° With Artec Technologies In Europe

artec's MULTIEYE® will drive new business with ImmerVision's 360? immersive videoImmerVision, inventor of the panomorph lens and worldwide expert in 360° immersive video technology announced recently that artec technologies has become certified ImmerVision Enables. This certification has a positive impact for European's security/surveillance industry, since along with the ImmerVision panomorph lens, panoramic functionality can be simply added to existing or new analog or IP cameras."With the early and deep integration of this leading technology from ImmerVision we have once again shown the flexibility and capability of our open platform Video Surveillance Solution MULTIEYE®. We are convinced that the combination of this cutting edge 360° lens and the latest version of our software will attract many customers because of the convincing advantages," said Jens Ringlstetter, Vice President Sales and Marketing of artec technologies."The integration of ImmerVision's 360° immersive technology into MULTIEYE® artec's platform offers users panoramic functionalities for highest security video surveillance applications. The IMV1-1/3 panomorph lens combined with artec ImmerVision Enables' video recorders eliminates blind spots, heightens situational awareness, recreates the entire crime scene on the spot and leverages analytics in a 360 Field-of -View," said Alessandro Gasparini, ImmerVision' SVP - Sales & Marketing and Chief Commercial Officer.

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