Milestone Aggregates Video Analytics Tools Under A Single User Interface With XProtect Analytics Framework
Milestone Aggregates Video Analytics Tools Under A Single User Interface With XProtect Analytics Framework

Milestone Systems, a leader in true open platform IP video management software, offers an analytics operating framework that is unique in the industry: XProtect™ Analytics 2.0. XProtect Analytics seamlessly integrates video analytics tools from different manufacturers under a single, easy-to-manage interface. This gives a powerful, future-proof framework for implementing and managing different video analytics applications that addresses some of the key industry issues such as the end user's need to easily correlate alerts between various analytics tools. Using the Milestone correlation tools, they can rapidly search across alerts and events to easily find relevant video evidence about security incidents from multiple sources.A combination of advanced analytic tools and optimized IP-based video technology based on the Milestone open platform, XProtect Analytics Framework enables video analytics at the edge (on camera) and at the server, minimizing processing power and adding value to archived video. With XProtect Analytics users can correlate events from generic tools such as license plate recognition, facial recognition and traditional real-time access control with alerts from video content analysis tools, such as object detection, etc. Users can build strong, accurate evidence by cross-matching events in real-time and from archived video.Integrating video analytics with open platform video management systems gives a flexible choice of hardware and software that greatly expands the potential for video analytics and increases the value of archived video. A true open platform solution, such as the Milestone Video Analytics 2.0 Framework, simplifies system operation by integrating a wide variety of video analytics products under one easy-to-manage user interface. This gives a powerful surveillance solution with a flexible IP video management system and a central console for operating, collecting and correlating events from multiple sources. Click here to view the framework in full Click here to view the screenshot in full

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Milestone XProtect 2016 VMS Gives Partners Power And Puts Customers In Control
Milestone XProtect 2016 VMS Gives Partners Power And Puts Customers In Control

XProtect Focuses On Partners’ Needs The fast-paced changes in our world make short product development cycles a necessity. In response to feedback from the Milestone partner community, extensive enhancements have been made to XProtect software to allow for frequent product releases. Three core VMS product releases will be delivered every year in addition to the bi-monthly device pack releases for supporting third-party cameras. The multiple yearly release schedule will ensure that Milestone can rapidly respond to market demands, with a more frequent timetable enabling implementation of new features and enhancements to existing product capabilities within a very short lead time. The XProtect 2016 release is the largest-ever development effort for Milestone. Milestone has also created new beta-lab testing for Milestone Solution Partners (MSPs). This gives developers a first look at new integration options, new features in the VMS product suite and the possibility to engage directly with the Milestone development teams. This feedback contributes to further enhance the VMS and MSP integrations. “We are really excited to put even more focus on our open platform development partners, as we transition our product development to a partner and market-driven process,” says Bjørn Eilertsen, Vice President of Corporate Products at Milestone Systems. Milestone Maximizing VMS Business Value In continuation of Milestone’s ongoing commitment to maximize the business value of video management systems for partners and customers, the theme of XProtect 2016 is ‘In control like never before’. This highlights the partner and end user focus in this release. The user benefits: Improved System Performance –Hardware decoding with XProtect 2016 enables use of the latest 4K/UHD camera technology and improves video rendering performance dramatically. An extended system monitor gives real-time overview of system status to enable proactive service. New functions let users move devices between servers for seamless system expansions. “We are really excited to puteven more focus on our openplatform development partners,as we transition our productdevelopment to a partner andmarket-driven process” Optimized Incident Handling –Rich Smart Wall content from alarms, images, bookmarks, maps and more improve incident response time and operational focus.  XProtect 2016 is introducing Push Notification that notifies a remote user of an alarm (including instructions and video). Video can also be pushed from the mobile device’s own camera to XProtect, to share and document incidents wherever they are. Video Enablement - Milestone XProtect LPR and XProtect Access (formerly called XProtect Access Control Module) have been further improved. XProtect Transact 2016 for retail solutions has been further integrated with the XProtect Smart Client to make investigation of incidents more efficient.        For partners:                 Improved deployment and customer operations - License handling has been simplified to facilitate faster installation and easier updates. Off-line systems now have far more elasticity in licensing without needing to be online. Smart Connect makes it easy to set up mobile users. The Customer Dashboard online remote system monitoring enables proactive service by Milestone partners to ensure optimum operations, and this has been extended in XProtect 2016 with the ability to document maintenance history and system performance. Open Platform Architecture For Expanding Systems Because the Milestone VMS is based on open platform architecture with a focus on distributed systems, the capacity of a Milestone-based video system can be extended to cover thousands of cameras. Milestone Interconnect enables XProtect systems and Milestone Husky network video recorders be networked to form robust and reliable infrastructures. The user is able to start with a small stand-alone system and expand capacities as needed, seamlessly. “The numerous enhancements to XProtect 2016 let users harvest all the benefits of an easy-to-use, efficient video system that is able to upgrade for any future needs,” says Janne Jacobsen, Vice President of Professional Products at Milestone Systems.

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Milestone XProtect™ Enterprise 6.5
Milestone XProtect™ Enterprise 6.5

Milestone XProtect Enterprise suits larger installations or multiple sites that need robust surveillance software with advanced management, flexible scheduling, fast searching, analysis, and integration with other systems - easy to install and easily scalable.Scalable solution: Support for unlimited servers, sites and clients allow you to design the system freely.Freedom to choose: Compatible with more than 400 different IP-based video cameras, encoders and selected DVRs from over 40 vendors.Dependable, robust and stable: Proven in operation at more than 35,000 customer installations worldwide.Use existing IP networks effectively: Use effective video compression (MJPEG, MPEG4, MPEG4 ASP, H.264 and MxPEG) and bandwidth optimized multi-streaming to leverage existing IP networks effectively.Cost-optimized archiving: Move your video data to more cost-effective storage media either locally or on the network.High performance: Achieved on standard computer equipment by utilising powerful multi-threaded technology.Flexible remote access: Reach your video surveillance data from any location at any time using a desktop computer, laptop or PDA.Open architecture: IP technology, a versatile API/SDK and support for industrial protocols (OPC Data Access) provides you endless integration possibilities with e.g. access control systems, alarms, gate barriers, etc.Licensing per video channel: Grow your installation along with your needs incrementally per camera.Export evidence material fast: Deliver authentic video proof to public authorities or use in internal investigations.Foreign language support: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Korean are available in the user-friendly Smart Client graphical user interface, online help function, installation procedures and some Remote Clients.

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Milestone-Agent Vi Integration Protects Logistics Perimeter
Milestone-Agent Vi Integration Protects Logistics Perimeter

Milestone and Agent Vi protect major logistics enterprise site against perimeter breaches Integrated with Milestone open platform VMS, the real-time alerts from Vi-System on Axis thermal cameras enabled a decrease in guards, cutting costs without lowering security. "We are very happy with Agent Vi's real-time video analytics solution. The seamless integration with our Axis thermal cameras offers excellent detection rates at all times of day, and in all lighting conditions... The real-time alerts generated by Vi-System and sent to the monitoring station have allowed us to decrease the number of security guards stationed around the perimeter, effectively cutting our costs without lowering our level of security."     Operations Manager            KDL Trans Product: Vi-System - Real-Time Video Analytics  Application: Security and Perimeter Protection Customer: KDL Trans  Location: Brussels, Belgium  Vertical Market: Enterprise Agent Vi Partners: Axis Communications - Cameras Milestone Systems - Video Management System (VMS)ESSC - Certified Systems Integrator ChallengeFounded in 1991, KDL Trans is a globally-oriented logistics provider that specializes in electronic and computer equipment, offering services such as air freight, ocean freight, packing, storage, customs brokerage, and more. The company is based out of a new 11,000 square meter facility close to Brussels airport, which offers easy access to important trans-European highways. The extensive facility is home to a fleet of some 100 trucks and vans, and includes a range of loading docks, storage warehouses and areas for sorting and other logistical activities. KDL Trans sought to provide the highest level of security at the new premises, and thereby offer the best possible service to their range of customers, comprised of both local and international high-profile businesses and organizations. Recognizing that the high value of the goods passing through the facility could attract intrusions by thieves, KDL Trans looked for the most effective way to undertake early detections of unauthorized people in their facility. KDL Trans sought a perimeter detection solution that connected with its monitoring station, to cut down costs associated with employing multiple guards stationed around the premises on weekends when the site is less busy.  SolutionAfter testing for an optimal solution, KDL Trans decided to deploy Vi-System - Agent Vi's real-time video analytics solution, with Axis cameras. The challenging environmental conditions, among them outdoor areas with natural vegetation, harsh weather and extreme changes in lighting, led to a decision to employ Axis thermal cameras, which eliminate these parameters to a large degree. Together with Agent Vi's analytics, the thermal cameras offer excellent range and deliver highly accurate detection results.  Specifically, the site's 8 Axis thermal cameras (AXIS Q1910-E and 1921-E) - which are strategically located around the building's perimeter - were enabled with Agent Vi's embedded video analytics component (Vi-Agent) to allow the following real-time detection rule to be active on each camera: Person moving in an area to detect and alert to unauthorized personnel entering the premises and moving freely in restricted areas. KDL Trans employs Milestone XProtect® Professional as their VMS recording and viewing application, which is fully integrated with Agent Vi's software. Therefore, events detected by Vi-System generate an alert which is displayed in the Milestone XProtect Smart Client. ResultThe deployment of Vi-System at the site has lifted the level of security by allowing the early detection of intruders entering the site. In fact, a number of perimeter intrusions have been picked up by Vi-System, and the lead time gained by these early detections enabled a more effective response by the security guards. Furthermore, the added layer of security offered by Vi-System has been instrumental in KDL Trans' efforts to build business relations with new and existing clients, as they can point to the superior level of security offered at their site. Jurgen De Laet, Operations Manager at KDL Trans, said that "We are very happy with Agent Vi's real-time video analytics solution. The seamless integration with our Axis thermal cameras offers excellent detection rates at all times of day, and in all lighting conditions." Furthermore, he commented on the return on investment enabled by Vi-System, saying that "The real-time alerts generated by Vi-System and sent to the monitoring station have allowed us to decrease the number of security guards stationed around the perimeter, effectively cutting our costs without lowering our level of security."Toon Eeckelaert, Co-Owner of ESSC, stated that: "We tested a range of solutions, including active infra red beams, radars and video analytics, to identify the best option for the site. We compared the products, level of security offered, added value and price. On all levels, video analytics had the highest score." As a certified member of Agent Vi's Channel Partner Program, Mr. Eeckelaert is familiar with Agent Vi. He commented that: "It's all about trust, experience and knowledge. We have found that Agent Vi has the highest level of professionalism for all three, compared to other providers."  Ariel Frischoff, VP Sales EMEA & APAC at Agent Vi said: "The installation at KDL Trans demonstrates the synergy of Axis thermal cameras with Agent Vi's video analytics, which provides the customer with some significant benefits. Firstly, the false alarm rate (FAR) is extremely low, due to the analytics software being more immune to environmental changes such as shadows, rain and snow, when using thermal cameras. Furthermore, the solution enables accurate detections at long distances without the need for expensive illuminators. KDL Trans was able to deploy a minimal number of thermal cameras to cover its entire perimeter, thereby providing the customer with the lowest cost of ownership compared with other surveillance systems."

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XProtect Enterprise 7.0 Is Feature-rich IP Video Software With Ultimate Usability
XProtect Enterprise 7.0 Is Feature-rich IP Video Software With Ultimate Usability

Milestone Systems, the open platform company for IP video management software, announces version 7.0 of XProtect™ Enterprise.  With a new administration interface and tools such as system configuration wizards, automatic device discovery, bulk maintenance options and much more, system operators can reduce both the time and costs of managing large security installations.Milestone XProtect Enterprise is a world-leading IP video management solution that handles unlimited numbers of cameras, servers, users and sites. Distributed server architecture optimizes bandwidth usage, keeping video data traffic between all the elements to a minimum. Version 7.0 will provide security system administrators with significant improvements through an intuitive new Graphical User Interface (GUI) and a series of powerful tools for ultimate usability:System configuration wizards quickly set video quality, online scheduling, frame rates, storage, archiving schedules, and moreAutomated device discovery uses fast Universal Plug-and-Play (UPnP) and broadcast detection in addition to IP range scanningSmart bulk configuration options apply to both devices and usersAdaptable application behaviour guides novices and aids experts in optimisationsExport or import system and user configuration data for backups or multi-site cloningImport off-line configuration data including camera definitionsRollback to previous configurations is easy with automatic system restoration points"Several innovations and state-of-the-art features have been developed for this newest version of XProtect Enterprise to bring customers even better ways to manage video installations. For example, you can auto-detect, find and configure 100 cameras on the network in less than 2 minutes," states Christian Bohn, Head of Product Management at Milestone Systems. "That's an amazing time-saver for larger security systems, and only one of the many great administration tools available. In short:, it makes the security administrator's work fast, efficient and flexible."

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Milestone Offers Online Test Tool And XProtect Screen Recorder
Milestone Offers Online Test Tool And XProtect Screen Recorder

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has released Device Pack 5.4 for partners and customers using Milestone XProtect® surveillance solutions. This release announces the Milestone Online Test Tool for vendors to verify the compatibility of their hardware - including ONVIF standard specifications. In addition, Device Pack 5.4 informs about the Milestone Screen Recorder, which captures screen recordings from any Windows-based PC or point-of-sale terminal to help manage loss and fraud through monitoring the use of business systems and documenting customer transactions.Milestone Online Test Tool and trainingA key parameter of the Milestone VMS open platform is providing the widest choice in hardware for surveillance installations to ensure the right technology for each customer need and to make use of the latest innovations as they become available. The rate of new camera offerings increases continually, and Milestone Systems develops both dedicated drivers with full-featured interoperability and support for the ONVIF and PSIA standard specifications, which are in progress.The Milestone Online Test Tool for manufacturers helps speed up the delivery of XProtect compatible hardware to fulfill customer demand. Milestone Manufacturer Alliance Partners (MAPs) can test the full line of models in a series after Milestone has done an initial device's dedicated driver development and testing, or they may test their products using ONVIF-supported specs that have been developed by Milestone. On the Milestone website, the list of supported devices for XProtect software indicates when the interoperability has been tested by the manufacturer.Training in the Milestone Online Test Tool is also being provided for Manufacturer Alliance Partners, with the first session at the Copenhagen headquarters June 6-10. This training gives camera vendors the opportunity to learn how to best conduct a test and helps increase the quality of product support for customers using Milestone IP video management software.XProtect Screen RecorderThe Milestone XProtect Screen Recorder is a new product that captures screen recordings from any PC or point-of-sale system. It can help improve operational efficiency through auditing staff activities or assisting with training initiatives. It is easily installed, and the view recordings are managed by the XProtect software and fully synchronised with other video data."The XProtect Screen Recorder can be used in a wide range of industries. Users can easily create evidence - captured screen recordings of transactions provide accounts of fraudulent activities. They can increase productivity through monitoring critical activities to ensure operations are running efficiently. The Milestone XProtect Screen Recorder also helps manage staff by supervising multiple computer screens, and training can be improved by using the recordings to educate staff," explains Lars Gudbrandsson, Head of Product Management at Milestone Systems.1,000 compatible modelsA detailed list of the Milestone Device Pack 5.4 newly supported network hardware is available on the Milestone website. Within a total of more than 1,000 models that are now compatible with XProtect software, the new release includes support for devices from the following manufacturers: Axis, Arecont, Black, Canon, CBC, Hikvision, Hunt, Pixor, Toshiba, Panasonic, Pelco, Samsung, Toshiba Teli, Vivotek and Zylotech.

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Milestone XProtect Enterprise 8 IP Video Management Software: Seeing Is Believing
Milestone XProtect Enterprise 8 IP Video Management Software: Seeing Is Believing

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), presents XProtect® Enterprise 8. Setting the standard in IP VMS, XProtect Enterprise 8 is comprehensive, open platform IP VMS for medium and large-scale installations, primarily multi-site, multi-server deployments. The consolidated single-management interface provides a coherent and efficient way to view and control an unlimited number of cameras giving situational awareness for quick response and accurate investigation. Situational awareness: The Camera Navigator and other innovative features provide comprehensive visual verification of the entire surveillance installation. Scalable solution: Distributed master/slave servers support an unlimited number of cameras, servers, sites and users. Optimized performance: Expanded viewing, recording and storage possibilities increase the performance of hardware Quick and easy to set up and manage, XProtect Enterprise includes system configuration wizards and auto-detection of hardware to significantly reduce the time and cost of deploying large security installations. "XProtect Enterprise 8 features the Camera Navigator, an industry-exclusive innovation from Milestone," says Christian Bohn, VP of Product Management and Marketing. "Moving objects are easily tracked with the Camera Navigator for consistent and comprehensive visual verification to ensure easy object tracking in geographically complex security locations." XProtect Enterprise 8 provides situational awareness. Alarms are consolidated from all security devices and systems into the video-enabled Alarm Manager for immediate visual verification of alarms, which decreases the number of false alarms. Interactive, multi-layered maps provide a comprehensive overview of cameras and layouts of an entire surveillance installation for fast detection of trouble areas. Daily operations are easily executed through the XProtect® Smart Client that provides instant access to live and recorded video, with interface options in 26 languages. The XProtect Smart Client also comes with support for 64-bit operating systems to enhance performance of the system. It is delivered with the XProtect® Smart Client-Player, an intuitive video viewer for exported material from XProtect VMS systems. The open architecture of XProtect® together with the Milestone Integration Platform Software Development Kit (MIP SDK) brings endless possibilities to add functionality and create increasingly powerful, surveillance solutions. Milestone XProtect acts as the core of the system, providing the widest choice in third-party hardware components and integrations with other business systems: a foundation that is cost effective and flexible both today and tomorrow.

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Milestone Systems To Boldly Open The VMS As No VMS Has Been Open Before
Milestone Systems To Boldly Open The VMS As No VMS Has Been Open Before

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), is announcing the release of the Milestone XProtect  2014 VMS product suite for partners and customers.  The XProtect 2014 product suite addresses the entire security market regardless of the size, complexity or location of the installation. The Milestone XProtect clients are also optimised and updated to take advantage of the new XProtect 2014 capabilities. XProtect 2014 introduces several new advantages* for Milestone customers and the Milestone partner ecosystem. New smart integration abilities The Milestone add-on product, XProtect Access Control Module 2014, makes it possible to integrate different access control systems within the same customer installation. XProtect Smart Client provides a consolidated interface for operating integrated access control systems with dedicated functions to effectively monitor access events, manually assist passages and conduct investigations of specific access points or cardholders. Intelligent video handling with metadata Milestone introduces an ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) compliant framework for handling and storing video-related metadata for its XProtect Advanced VMS Product range that includes XProtect® Corporate 2014 and XProtect® Expert 2014. Metadata is any data adding an information layer to video and audio streams. The metadata framework can enable new possibilities for high-level integration. Integrators can use metadata to interconnect with all types of IT systems. Milestone’s camera partners can use the metadata integration to support cameras with built-in analytics.    More efficient evidence handling workflow Video handling in XProtect 2014 is enhanced with new features to streamline the user experience. Several of these features using the metadata framework include: The Smart Search function utilises the motion metadata generated during the motion detection analysis in the recording server. By searching on this generated metadata, sequences with motion in specific areas of a camera view can be found quickly and accurately, reducing the time required to conduct manual investigations. Evidence Lock is a new function in XProtect 2014 VMS that secures the availability of video recordings for investigations, by allowing the retention time for selected video sequences to be extended beyond the defined retention policies. The Storyboard function turns video into evidence by documenting a sequence of events. Piecing together video sequences from multiple cameras into an structured flow makes object tracking easy for logical, objective and straightforward review. Extended system security A new security feature in XProtect is tiered administrator rights where administrative staff can be granted access to functions based on responsibility levels.  Dual authentication provides an option for an additional level of system security, where a log-in or access is successful only when a second user approves it. Ease-to-Use features for partners and end users New ease-to-use features in XProtect 2014 VMS are centered on both Milestone partners and end users to ensure a simple and optimised experience working with a Milestone solution. For example, the product upgrade processes are enhanced to reduce time spent on maintaining the system. End users will benefit from a new interactive map functionality in XProtect® Essential and XProtect® Express that provides a graphical overview of the entire installation. Tooltips and customisation possibilities are added to XProtect Smart Client to lessen the need for end user training. Video Push with GPS metadata in Milestone Mobile enables first responders and security personnel to use a smartphone as a mobile camera for video coverage of incidents not covered by stationary cameras. The GPS coordinates together with the video stream are pushed from the smartphone to the XProtect VMS system. Also of note is the Milestone Customer Dashboard, an online system monitoring service that enables Milestone resellers to obtain real-time system status of their customers’ installations. This enables proactive service to improve the customer’s experience.    Janne Jacobsen, Vice President of Professional Products Business Unit at Milestone Systems, says: “The 2014 update of the Milestone XProtect VMS suite reflects our dedication to provide solutions that are optimised for different market segments and customer needs. For small to mid-sized installations, the 2014 edition of the XProtect Professional VMS Product suite is focused on simplifying every step in the deployment and use of our products. The goal is to provide solutions that meet our customers’ demand for easy-to-use video solutions that are also cost efficient to install and grow.” Bjørn Eilertsen, Vice President of Corporate Products Business Unit at Milestone Systems, says: “I am very excited about this 2014 release and the possibilities it gives both our customers and partners. If you look at the major enhancements we have done to the workflow around evidence handling, one will find that the new Smart Search, combined with Evidence Lock and the new storyboarding capabilities, shorten the time dramatically for producing evidence material. To this, add the new security capabilities that will make our advanced VMS products even more attractive for large and high-security installations. And this is just half of the story! We have also taken the open platform to a whole new level, introducing ONVIF compliant support for metadata and a framework for integrating access control systems with our new XProtect Access Control Module. Both these initiatives empower our ecosystem of partners to develop new solutions and meet our customers’ needs.” The Milestone XProtect 2014 product suite is available now through the Milestone partner network. 

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Tackling The Challenge Of The Growing Cybersecurity Gap
Tackling The Challenge Of The Growing Cybersecurity Gap

The SolarWinds cyberattack of 2020 was cited by security experts as “one of the potentially largest penetrations of Western governments” since the Cold War. This attack put cybersecurity front and center on people’s minds again. Hacking communication protocol The attack targeted the US government and reportedly compromised the treasury and commerce departments and Homeland Security. What’s interesting about the SolarWinds attack is that it was caused by the exploitation of a hacker who injected a backdoor communications protocol.  This means that months ahead of the attack, hackers broke into SolarWinds systems and added malicious code into the company’s software development system. Later on, updates being pushed out included the malicious code, creating a backdoor communication for the hackers to use. Once a body is hacked, access can be gained to many. An explosion of network devices What has made the threat of cyberattacks much more prominent these days has been IT's growth in the last 20 years, notably cheaper and cheaper IoT devices. This has led to an explosion of network devices. IT spending has never really matched the pace of hardware and software growth Compounding this issue is that IT spending has never really matched the pace of hardware and software growth. Inevitably, leading to vulnerabilities, limited IT resources, and an increase in IoT devices get more attention from would-be hackers. Bridging the cybersecurity gap In the author’s view, this is the main reason why the cybersecurity gap is growing. This is because it inevitably boils down to counter-strike versus counter-strike. IT teams plug holes, and hackers find new ones, that is never going to stop. The companies must continue fighting cyber threats by developing new ways of protecting through in-house testing, security best practice sources, and both market and customer leads. End-user awareness One of the key battlegrounds here is the education of end-users. This is an area where the battle is being won at present, in the author’s opinion. End-users awareness of cybersecurity is increasing. It is crucial to educate end-users on what IoT devices are available, how they are configured, how to enable it effectively, and critically, how to use it correctly and safely. Physical security network A valuable product that tackles cybersecurity is, of course, Razberi Monitor™, which is new to ComNet’s portfolio. Monitor™ is a software platform that provides a top-down view of the physical security network and ecosystem. Monitor™ is a software platform that provides a top-down view of the physical security network and ecosystem It monitors and manages all the system components for cybersecurity and system health, providing secure visibility into the availability, performance, and cyber posture of servers, storage, cameras, and networked security devices. Proactive maintenance By intelligently utilizing system properties and sensor data, Razberi’s award-winning cybersecurity software prevents problems while providing a centralized location for asset and alert management. Monitor™ enables proactive maintenance by offering problem resolutions before they become more significant problems. Identifying issues before they fail and become an outage is key to system availability and, moreover, is a considerable cost saving.

Physical Security And The Cloud: Why One Can’t Work Without The Other
Physical Security And The Cloud: Why One Can’t Work Without The Other

Human beings have a long-standing relationship with privacy and security. For centuries, we’ve locked our doors, held close our most precious possessions, and been wary of the threats posed by thieves. As time has gone on, our relationship with security has become more complicated as we’ve now got much more to be protective of. As technological advancements in security have got smarter and stronger, so have those looking to compromise it. Cybersecurity Cybersecurity, however, is still incredibly new to humans when we look at the long relationship that we have with security in general. As much as we understand the basics, such as keeping our passwords secure and storing data in safe places, our understanding of cybersecurity as a whole is complicated and so is our understanding of the threats that it protects against. However, the relationship between physical security and cybersecurity is often interlinked. Business leaders may find themselves weighing up the different risks to the physical security of their business. As a result, they implement CCTV into the office space, and alarms are placed on doors to help repel intruders. Importance of cybersecurity But what happens when the data that is collected from such security devices is also at risk of being stolen, and you don’t have to break through the front door of an office to get it? The answer is that your physical security can lose its power to keep your business safe if your cybersecurity is weak. As a result, cybersecurity is incredibly important to empower your physical security. We’ve seen the risks posed by cybersecurity hacks in recent news. Video security company Verkada recently suffered a security breach as malicious attackers obtained access to the contents of many of its live camera feeds, and a recent report by the UK government says two in five UK firms experienced cyberattacks in 2020. Cloud computing – The solution Cloud stores information in data centres located anywhere in the world, and is maintained by a third party Cloud computing offers a solution. The cloud stores your information in data centres located anywhere in the world and is maintained by a third party, such as Claranet. As the data sits on hosted servers, it’s easily accessible while not being at risk of being stolen through your physical device. Here’s why cloud computing can help to ensure that your physical security and the data it holds aren’t compromised. Cloud anxiety It’s completely normal to speculate whether your data is safe when it’s stored within a cloud infrastructure. As we are effectively outsourcing our security by storing our important files on servers we have no control over - and, in some cases, limited understanding of - it’s natural to worry about how vulnerable this is to cyber-attacks. The reality is, the data that you save on the cloud is likely to be a lot safer than that which you store on your device. Cyber hackers can try and trick you into clicking on links that deploy malware or pose as a help desk trying to fix your machine. As a result, they can access your device and if this is where you’re storing important security data, then it is vulnerable. Cloud service providers Cloud service providers offer security that is a lot stronger than the software in the personal computer Cloud service providers offer security that is a lot stronger than the software that is likely in place on your personal computer. Hyperscalers such as Microsoft and Amazon Web Service (AWS) are able to hire countless more security experts than any individual company - save the corporate behemoth - could afford. These major platform owners have culpability for thousands of customers on their cloud and are constantly working to enhance the security of their platforms. The security provided by cloud service providers such as Claranet is an extension of these capabilities. Cloud resistance Cloud servers are located in remote locations that workers don’t have access to. They are also encrypted, which is the process of converting information or data into code to prevent unauthorized access. Additionally, cloud infrastructure providers like ourselves look to regularly update your security to protect against viruses and malware, leaving you free to get on with your work without any niggling worries about your data being at risk from hackers. Data centres Cloud providers provide sophisticated security measures and solutions in the form of firewalls and AI Additionally, cloud providers are also able to provide sophisticated security measures and solutions in the form of firewalls and artificial intelligence, as well as data redundancy, where the same piece of data is held within several separate data centres. This is effectively super-strong backup and recovery, meaning that if a server goes down, you can access your files from a backup server. Empowering physical security with cybersecurity By storing the data gathered by your physical security in the cloud, you're not just significantly reducing the risk of cyber-attacks, but also protecting it from physical threats such as damage in the event of a fire or flood. Rather than viewing your physical and cybersecurity as two different entities, treat them as part of one system: if one is compromised, the other is also at risk. They should work in tandem to keep your whole organization secure.

Making School Safety A Priority With Smart Technology
Making School Safety A Priority With Smart Technology

With pupils in the UK set to go back to school on 8 March, there are a number of safety measures schools need to implement to ensure the health and wellness of the staff, students, and school communities.  The first lockdown and closure of schools brought on by the coronavirus pandemic fired a “warning shot” for education facilities managers, forcing head-teachers to re-examine school safety standards. Now that a third lockdown is here and schools have been shut down for a second time, anyone behind the curve with the benefits of smart technology should get on board now before children return to the school environment. And with the ever-changing variants of the COVID-19 virus, schools can’t afford to be “late to class” when it comes to health and safety. Preventing the spread of disease Some schools in the US have been using smart technologies for a while to measure utility consumption and efficiency, streamline maintenance and enhance general school safety. These technologies are playing a significant role in keeping school buildings healthy and preventing the spread of disease. Let’s take a look at how smart technology can help schools to become safer, as well as more energy-efficient and cost-effective.   Thermal detection cameras  Smart cameras placed at entry points of a school can remove the manual task of temperature testing Smart cameras placed at entry points of a school can remove the manual task of temperature testing. These cameras provide medically-accurate, real-time temperatures of individuals in real-time. If a high temperature is detected, the software sends an instant alert to the relevant party. It can also be set to deny access to those with high temperatures or to people not wearing masks.  Safer water  As the coronavirus continues to sweep through the world’s population, healthcare providers should also be on heightened alert for Legionnaires’ disease, another potential cause of pneumonia with similar symptoms. Legionella is a potentially deadly bacteria that can infect a school’s water supply and cause an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease. It’s a school's duty of care to prevent Legionella infection by monitoring the risk of the bacteria proliferating.  Particularly as schools reopen and previously stagnant plumbing and cooling systems return to use, additional Legionella cases could rear their ugly head to emergency departments in the coming months. Traces of Legionella were recently found at a Worcestershire school. The school was forced to remain shut while treatment and testing took place. Automated flushing and temperature testing Instant alerts will notify relevant staff if water temperatures fall within “Legionella-friendly” parameters The Health and Safety Executive advises, “If your building was closed or has reduced occupancy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease… If the water system is still used regularly, maintain the appropriate measures to prevent legionella growth.” Typically, managing the risk of Legionella includes running all outlets for two minutes, taking and recording the temperature of the water to ensure that it’s not conducive to Legionella growth. This is a time-consuming process, which is why schools are looking for automated water temperature monitoring systems. This smart system with automated flushing and temperature testing reports and records water temperature data in real-time. Instant alerts will notify relevant staff if water temperatures fall within “Legionella-friendly” parameters.  Cleaner air  Advisers say that improving air filtration and ventilation in schools can help mitigate the potential airborne transmission of COVID-19. Strategies include: Increasing outdoor air ventilation Filtering indoor air Using portable air cleaners with HEPA filters  Smart building technologies such as advanced HVAC controls can help facilities managers promote cleaner air with less hassle. For example, smart HVAC systems use sensors to remotely monitor and control variables such as:  Humidity Temperature Indoor air quality The level of carbon dioxide and other pollutants The technology is also energy-efficient and cost-effective.  While these solutions may be key to the reopening of schools in the era of COVID-19, they also bring long-term benefits. Although COVID-19 may have accelerated the adoption of smart technology, many of these solutions are focused on health, wellness, and security in general; which have been needed in school systems for a long time.

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