Geutebruck Introduce New G-SIM Security Information Management System
Geutebruck Introduce New G-SIM Security Information Management System

The new Geutebruck security information management system, G-SIM is the ultimate reliable assistant for managing, filtering and processing the vast quantities of security information generated by medium to large networked video security systems. It provides the best in video event handling and intuitive user operation, even for very extensive and highly complex systems with dozens of sites, thousands of cameras and numerous other alarm generating systems. G-SIM uses graphical representations which are quick and easy to understand and interpret, combined with familiar drag-and-drop functionality which only allows actions relevant to the prevailing situation. High levels of customisation provide each operator in the network with the information he needs in his own individually preferred format, quickly, intuitively and reliably. G-SIM’s key features include central user management, easy administration and operation using site plan-based control elements as well as the central reporting of all relevant operating and system events. Its system architecture is freely scalable and designed to enable effortless interaction between users whether they are within the network or access it remotely. G-SIM allows you to spread the processes involved in managing more powerful systems efficiently across a variety of workstations and to pass work from one operator to another to delegate or escalate tasks. G-SIM provides a perfect fit solution for each application and each user and comprehensive support for your own security concept. You can configure functions such as the live and recorded image display; the site plan-based control; the alarm management; the delegating and reporting tools; the complete documentation of all systems and operator actions as well as the sophisticated redundancy provision, to suit each application and each user.  The comprehensive user administration function and the universal audit trail together safeguard data protection and guarantee evidential quality of images and footage. G-SIM integrates seamlessly with all Geutebruck systems and with the vast range of third party interfaces they support, so it also facilitates the seamless processing and management of security information by subcontractors.  Key features: Complete flexibility for any number of networked workstations Intuitive operation using individually designed site-plan-based operator interfaces Ideal overview thanks to the seamlessly integrated video wall solutions Complete video stream management for live and recorded video Efficient alarm management with site plans, video and all other relevant information Comprehensive support for delegation, i.e. for the hand-over of event or alarm processing, the allocation of tasks and for switching internal system communication between users Perfect data protection as a result of the flexible administration of user rights and the complete audit trail High reliability backed up with sophisticated redundancy Freely scalable even for very extensive systems Management of all subcontractors and third party systems integrated into the Geutebruck system

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Geutebruck's New 'fading Long Term Memory' Slashes The Cost Of Video Archiving
Geutebruck's New 'fading Long Term Memory' Slashes The Cost Of Video Archiving

Geutebruck CCTV systems can now retain high quality video for long periods using only a fraction of the normal storage capacity.  Their new ‘fading long term memory' (FLTM) option reflects the fact that, where different kinds of event are discovered, handled and investigated in different timescales; there is no real need to continue storing video at the full 25 fps for a month or more, if lower frame rates suffice after the first few days.  FLTM software therefore enables you to progressively reduce the frame rate of your stored footage as time goes by, in accordance with your assessment of residual risks.Let's imagine your system has to deal with robbery, vandalism and fraud, and you have to retain a video record for 30 days.  Robberies are discovered and pursued promptly, so within three days all relevant 25 fps footage has been reviewed and backed up.  Vandalism is dealt with in a week and 6-7 fps footage is adequate.  The timescale for fraud is longer but 1 fps provides the necessary evidential detail.  Normally, for high quality real-rime video @ 4Mbit/s, storage per camera would be about 43.2 GB per day, or 1.3 TB for 30 days.  But with FLTM you only need: 3 days @ 25 fps ≈ 130 GB + 4 days @ 6.25 fps ≈ 90 GB (differential compression reduces data by about 50%)+ 23 days @ 1 fps (I-frames only) ≈ 70 GB  A total of only 290 GB per camera - which enables you to make significant hardware savings without any loss of benefit, utility or security.

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VCA4IP, Geutebruck’s Video Content Analysis, Now Available For Third Party IP Cameras
VCA4IP, Geutebruck’s Video Content Analysis, Now Available For Third Party IP Cameras

Geutebruck video analysis algorithms are already deployed in more than 50,000 digital video cameras round the world.  Now, with its latest software offering, VCA4IP, Geutebruck is making these tried-and-tested professional video content analysis algorithms available for installation in third party IP cameras when used with re_porter or GeViScope CCTV systems. Activity detection (AD), video motion detection (VMD) and Dual-Sensor functions are each available separately by individual licence.  AD provides reliable movement detection for indoor and selected outdoor applications with a very low false alarm rate owing to the effective suppression of environmental influences.  For critical outdoor applications where you want to differentiate between objects of different sizes, movements in different directions and at different speeds, then VMD is the best choice. It can ensure that permitted movements don't trigger unnecessary alarms, by for instance, ignoring vehicles leaving a site, or small animals straying into the scene.  For exceptionally high targeting accuracy and even better suppression of unwanted alarms, Geutebruck's Dual-Sensor uses video motion detection and object classification algorithms in parallel, with alarms only being triggered when both sets of criteria are met.VCA4IP can process resolutions up to several megapixels.  Built-in diagnostics report sabotage and monitor the connection status and contrast levels to avoid the generation of false reports.  Any number of parameter profiles (day/night switches) can be stored for each camera channel.  All camera channels are easily configured in the standard user-friendly set-up screen. 

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Geutebruck Introduces The Next Generation Of ‘omnibrid’, Multi-standard Operating Software
Geutebruck Introduces The Next Generation Of ‘omnibrid’, Multi-standard Operating Software

‘Hybrid was yesterday; the future is omnibrid,' is how Geutebruck is heralding the introduction of its new generation of setup and operating software for GeViStore and GeViScope platforms this spring. Not only does this high performance software support analog, digital and megapixel cameras as well as ONVIF-compliant IP cameras and even16/9 HD-format ones, but it also enables any M-JPEG and H.264 based standard digital compression processes (including specialist video surveillance ones like MPEG4CCTV, H264CCTV) to be used in the same system. This multi-standard capability means that more than one compression standard can be used in one single system and the end-user is no longer tied to one particular process. And, if a camera signal is not available from the source in the optimized MPEG4CCTV format, then the M-JPEG stream can be trans-coded in real time.From Geutebruck's point of view the arrival of ‘omnibrid' software marks another significant step towards achieving the ultimate goal of producing video security systems which record only those images which are really relevant to the user, and which give him the best possible conditions for extracting the valuable information from them. Geutebruck's video sensors and intelligent video analysis software already offer a reliable and proven means of efficiently selecting, managing, and minimizing relevant material for onward transmission and/or recording, while its own specialist, CCTV-friendly, standard-compliant compression processes retain fluid motion, and consequently valuable detail, in situations and processes where the vast majority of other H.264 implementations only hesitate and shudder. However, until now the only IP cameras whose video stream could be processed using Geutebruck's video analysis software have been those few with added functionality.‘Omnibrid' software lifts this restriction and opens the door for much greater flexibility in product selection. It also provides more scope for intelligent data management, enables the use of different compression formats for different purposes, and gives system designers much more scope to achieve optimum customisations.

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Geutebruck’s New G-Tect/VMX – Professional Detection, Smart And Simple
Geutebruck’s New G-Tect/VMX – Professional Detection, Smart And Simple

Geutebruck’s G-Tect/VMX is a new video motion detection solution for professional use, which is both extremely quick to set up and exceptionally reliable. It not only detects movement but differentiates between potentially relevant moving objects and background changes. G-Tect/VMX continuously analyses and evaluates all picture contents, and regularly adjusts its ‘understanding’ of the background. Thanks to the latest smart algorithms which continually adapt to the current image contents, G-Tect/VMX offers unprecedented accuracy at suppressing unwanted alarms caused by systematically occurring environmental effects such as moving foliage, rain, snow or headlights. It recognises these images changes resulting from weather as a systematically occurring background changes and therefore tolerates them.  Setting up a sterile zone where any intruder triggers an alarm is a simple mouse-clicking operation.  Configuring direction-dependent detection for a zone is quick and easy too. You can then copy settings across to other alarm zones and cameras with similar site conditions, for example to set up a series of cameras to monitor a fence. Finally there is a single intuitive global sensitivity control to optimize all the settings. – This minimalist design approach to system settings slashes the time required for system installation and makes it predictable. G-Tect/VMX is designed for seamless integration in the Geutebruck system world and comes with license-free activation of Geutebruck’s classic VMD detector, to enable legendary dual sensor operation and the best possible protection of critical areas. Also being unveiled alongside this detection solution is Geutebruck’s new G-Tect/MoP pixelating function which maintains data protection privacy for public access areas by automatically masking moving objects in live displays or archived image data while still allowing authorized personnel access to the full image for serious incident investigation and evidential purposes. Other innovations on the Geutebruck stand at Security 2012 include: the G-Scope/1000 range of new compact video platforms for top performance in tight spots; a new range of G-VRaid units; the re_porter-XRdb with a hot swap database as well as G-SIM the exceptionally powerful new video management system for large complex installations. To see for yourself visit stand 409 in hall 2 at Security 2012 or go to www.geutebrueck.com for more information.

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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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