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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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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Milestone Systems Extends Technical Support Hours And Enhances Comprehensive Services
Milestone Systems Extends Technical Support Hours And Enhances Comprehensive Services

Integrators and resellers will be pleased to know that the Milestone Systems Americas Technical Support team has extended its hours of operation. Now Milestone partners on the U.S. East Coast, Eastern Canada, and in Brazil will have access to Technical Support two hours earlier, beginning at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Milestone Systems, a renowned provider of open platform video management systems (VMS), has adjusted its hours of operation in the Americas. Milestone Technical Support for its partners is now open for business beginning at 4 a.m. Pacific time, a full two hours earlier than the previous opening time of 6 a.m. Pacific time. The Milestone Technical Support Team will continue to close at 5 p.m. Pacific time. Milestone care “This move is very much in line with our service philosophy,” said Steffin Burton, Senior Manager, Technical Support at Milestone Systems. “Our goal is to have the best technical support in our industry, and that means offering service hours when it’s most for convenient our partners and customers.” In line with the Milestone policy of taking the necessary time with callers, a significant way to head off issues and reduce calls is through the use of Milestone Care. Milestone Care is a complete service and support program that takes care of the Milestone XProtect open platform video management system (VMS) throughout its lifetime. Depending on business needs, users may choose between various levels of service. Important system improvements Milestone released troubleshooting assistant for partners and customers using XProtect video solutions Milestone Care Plus allows users to upgrade to the latest version of Milestone XProtect, with one low initial payment. This allows users to take full advantage of the XProtect platform while staying up to date on important system improvements. Milestone Care Premium offers end-users and integrators calling on behalf of end-users 24/7 around-the- clock direct access to Milestone’s Technical Support, along with a defined service level agreement (SLA) for each case. Designed for business-critical installations, Care Premium supplements the service and support already provided by Milestone’s broad and highly qualified network of resellers and integrators. Earlier this year, Milestone Systems released the troubleshooting assistant for partners and customers using Milestone XProtect video solutions. 24/7 troubleshooting assistant The troubleshooting assistant is a self-help online tool that enables XProtect users to identify causes of issues and guides them through a step-by-step resolution. The Milestone Troubleshooting Assistant is an interactive decision tree that provides support in maintaining, upgrading, and troubleshooting many common issues, such as: Being unable to log into the Smart Client Being unable to add a camera Having server performance issues Update troubleshooting assistant The guide leads users through a branching process where one can select answers to questions that become progressively more specific to their issue. The assistant leverages and compliments the Milestone Knowledge Base articles, User Forum, and more. The Troubleshooting Assistant is available online, 24/7, and is also accessible through the newly re-designed Milestone Support Portal. Milestone will regularly update the troubleshooting assistant, and add more guides to address additional issues as needed.

Security & Safety Things Highlighted Collaborative Power Of Open Systems At Inaugural escon 2020 Digital Ecosystem Conference
Security & Safety Things Highlighted Collaborative Power Of Open Systems At Inaugural escon 2020 Digital Ecosystem Conference

Security and Safety Things GmbH, along with a roster of pioneers, highlighted the benefit of an open approach at the first ever escon 2020 digital Ecosystem Conference last week, discussing the current successes and future developments of smart cameras and open systems. Security & Safety Things (S&ST) also offered a sneak preview of 2021, which included the company’s positioning as the fastest growing app store for smart cameras and several pilot projects in various vertical markets. “This past year offered us an opportunity to work together with our partners to find new ways to leverage our open ecosystem and address the challenges facing the global market, using the growing possibilities and innovative use cases in AI-enabled smart surveillance,” said Hartmut Schaper, Chief Executive Officer, Security & Safety Things. Harmonization across systems “We are looking forward to continuing that industry transformation in 2021, and leveraging the ingenuity of the collaborative developer community. In effect integrators will be able to offer flexible, customized solutions and greater device choice for end users." Harmonisation across systems, Ma said, can help the industry unlock the power of data and bring value to stakeholders In addition to S&ST, speakers from industry pioneers spoke on the importance of open systems and a collaborative approach. Steve Ma, VP, Open Security & Safety Alliance and VP, VIVOTEK discussed how the current market is too fragmented - which has caused stagnation in the industry. Harmonization across systems, Ma said, can help the industry unlock the power of data and bring value to stakeholders. AI powered smart devices José Daniel Garcia Espinel, Global Innovation Director for Prosegur, presented on the use of surveillance cameras as AI powered smart devices to enable new capabilities in security monitoring and response. Espinel talked about how the combination of video surveillance, AI based processing and predictive algorithms will help to further automate the operational model of Security Operation Centers, reducing the unsustainable demands on operators to constantly monitor different screens for activity.  Guest speaker highlights also included: Markus Berger-de León, Coach & Business Builder, McKinsey & Company highlighted the opportunities for the security industry, post-COVID-19 - as video analytic advancements for building security, automotive and retail environments grow Keven Marier, VP Technology Partners, Milestone discussed how an open approach offers developers different ways to infuse their technology into an ecosystem - offering more choice and flexibility to customers Vincent Poty, Digital Transformation Officer, STANLEY Security presented on the importance of turning security autonomy back to end-users, and the growing demand of a more data-centric approach Business development teams Key members of the S&ST product and business development teams provided updates on upcoming ecosystem and end user projects, including new industries of focus, such as customized solutions for transportation and harbor management, parking optimization, and healthcare and elder care facilities. S&ST also highlighted their growing Market Application Store - featuring 70+ apps designed to address more than 32 use cases that can be customized based on customer request.

Infortrend Technology Introduces EonStor CS Solution To Archieve Large Surveillance Data Volumes
Infortrend Technology Introduces EonStor CS Solution To Archieve Large Surveillance Data Volumes

Infortrend® Technology, Inc., the enterprise storage provider, has introduced an excellent EonStor CS scale-out NAS solution for large-scale surveillance video archiving from more than 1000 IP-cameras. EonStor CS is a highly scalable solution with both scale-out and scale-up expandability to provide large capacity and high availability for continuous services. Capacity can be scaled to 100+ PB for archiving large surveillance data volumes. To get the complete sophisticated surveillance solution with high-quality video recording and archiving, CS can be integrated with such major VMS providers as Milestone, Genetec, and Digifort. Video surveillance projects CS 2000 is suited for video surveillance projects with 1000+ IP-cameras with video resolution 3MP or higher and requirement of at least 90 days video retention period. While Tier 1 storage devices feature high performance for real-time data writes, they lack capacity scalability options for large-scale archiving. All recordings from numerous sites are stored and accessed under a single namespace Contrarily, with excellent capacity scalability, CS 2000 works perfectly as a Tier 2 storage for archiving videos that were initially written to a local server. All recordings from numerous sites are stored and accessed under a single namespace to eliminate data isolation, thus, easing management burden for IT-administrator. High-Density form factor CS 2000 comes in 4U 60-bay high-density form factor offering high capacity and saving rack space. Data is completely protected within one node and across nodes via RAID and erasure code. To optimize capacity utilization and save costs, Infortrend's exclusive distributed mode can be configured. For critical footage, erasure code policy is recommended. "With EonStor CS 2000 cluster, you can rest assured that all surveillance videos are safely archived under a single namespace. IT-administrators can access them for analysis any time through a server, which is very convenient," said Frank Lee, Senior Director of Product Planning.

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