MOBOTIX Brought Innovation And Partnerships To ISC West 2017
MOBOTIX Brought Innovation And Partnerships To ISC West 2017

During ISC West 2017, MOBOTIX, the German System Manufacturer of Professional Video Management (VMS) and Smart IP Cameras presented its latest IP video security products and innovations including vertical specific solutions for IoT, retail, home automation, perimeter, transportation and industrial markets.Mike Bomas, General Manager for the Americas at MOBOTIX Corp. said, “Our innovative decentralized camerasystems and efficient video analytics within our ultra-reliable chassis are designed for a wide range of applicationsrequiring quality video along with flexible automation and integration tools to deliver a customer & applicationspecific solution.”As part of a strategic focus to open up its technology to the market, MOBOTIX demonstrated its latest innovations and integrations with key technology alliance partners including Genetec, Accel Robotics, SierraWireless, E-Holovision and Overland.The event also featured demonstrations of MxActivitySensor 2.0, the intelligent 3D motion detection systemusing on-board analytics to reduce false alarms caused by atmospheric conditions, animals and debris.The MOBOTIX range of award winning Thermal radiometry cameras were also showcased, including dual lensconfigurations able to offer both video and thermal imagery with alerts for up to 20 different kinds of temperatureevents in a range from -40 to +550°C for both security applications and fire detection.“Our diverse portfolio combined with innovative application interfaces and system development tools enablesystem integrators to build high value solutions that seamlessly combine a wide range of technologies to meet theneeds of our customers, while preserving the integrity & security of their computer networks”, Bomas adds.

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Count, Measure, Analyze: New Video Analysis Tools For Retail Stores And Beyond
Count, Measure, Analyze: New Video Analysis Tools For Retail Stores And Beyond

The MOBOTIX Q24M-Sec hemispheric camera, which can capture an entire room with no blind spots, has now even more to offer with the new integrated MxAnalytics video analysis tool. MxAnalytics is an efficient tool for process optimization or marketing purposes and can be used in small retail stores as well as in public buildings such as museums or airports in order to receive important information. Heat Map: Track And Evaluate Movements Which shelves in the shop are attracting the most customers? Which products at the exhibition booth hold the attention of the visitors most? Which waiting areas in the departure hall are preferred on Mondays between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m.? MxAnalytics makes it possible to reliably capture and evaluate the movement of people or objects in the live image. The most frequented areas are highlighted in color on a heat map in a predefined area. The areas with the most movement are displayed in red, and those with little movement in blue. Counting Lines: Count People And Objects Using counting lines to count people and objects and generate observation data is a valuable tool. How many people pass by a specific entrance in an hour or a day? And what direction were they coming from? MxAnalytics also stands out when it comes to user-friendliness thanks to quick, user-friendly configuration, when creating reports, for example. Another highlight: The results of the video motion analysis can be saved as daily, weekly or monthly reports in a table and exported via various interfaces. Whether via web interface, e-mail or as a MxControlCenter prompt, the reports are automatically collected in the camera and can be easily accessed or sent at any time. This can take place fully automatically and individually for any number of addressees. Reduce costs with MxAnalytics In addition to the count feature, the analysis of statistical behavior data makes an essential contribution to process optimization, thus further reducing costs. MOBOTIX cameras like the Q24M differ from most traditional video systems thanks to their decentralized system architecture. Each camera includes a high-speed computer with long-term memory. It is no longer necessary to use a computer or server to record or analyze image material. Video analysis takes place decentralized in the camera, without network load. This reduces total costs and maintains the system's high performance. MxAnalytics is available free of charge with the latest en firmware version 4.1.4.11 and from the MOBOTIX website with no usage restrictions. It can also be easily integrated into all older Q24M-Sec models via software update. The new release (2.5.2) of the free MxControlCenter video management software supports MxAnalytics, too. This allows evaluating the results from different cameras in a more convenient manner. The update enables the configuration of MxAnalytics on a Q24M camera and subsequent analysis of the created and stored data. MxControlCenter 2.5.2 can now be downloaded free of charge from the MOBOTIX website. MOBOTIX is continuing to develop MxAnalytics for image data processing inside the camera for the Q24 initially. The robust MOBOTIX camera needs very little maintenance and can be discreetly integrated into any environment thanks to its elegant design and compact size. The next step will be the integration into further MOBOTIX camera models.

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Honeywell Spotlighted IP Security At IFSEC 2008
Honeywell Spotlighted IP Security At IFSEC 2008

Honeywell focussed on integrated, IP-based security systems at IFSEC 2008.  The company showcased a range of security products and solutions including its new EQUIP™ Series IP camera family, ACUIX™ PTZ dome camera; Active Alert® video analytics suite; FUSION Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) software; Pro-Watch security management software and SmartPlus® Imprivata® Connector.  In addition, Honeywell promoted its Partner of Choice programme, which is designed to help systems integrators and installer companies leverage increasing public interest in digital and IP-based security.The products and solutions that took centre stage on the Honeywell Security stand this year were:EQUIP Series of IP cameras: Adopting the look of Honeywell's successful analog camera line, the EQUIP Series is a new family of IP-enabled professional cameras.  The range includes indoor and outdoor pendant models, day/night body cameras and even a vandal resistant mini-dome. Crowning the EQUIP line is the new ACUIX PTZ dome camera, which features quick installation and set-up time.  The model provides superior images, faster response to events and tighter integration with Honeywell DVRs, DVM and intrusion devices.  The ACUIX dome features True Day/Night, 35X zoom lens, Wide Dynamic Range for difficult lighting situations and Electronic Image Stabilisation for improved image quality in unstable mounting situations.Pro-Watch security management software: Aimed at enterprises of all sizes, Pro-Watch management software incorporates access control, alarm monitoring, video badging and CCTV system interfaces.  The solution's wizards, shortcuts, and templates make it easy to install and use.  There are three editions of Pro-Watch - Enterprise, Corporate and Professional - which serve to meet a variety of security needs.SmartPlus Imprivata Connector: Designed for use with Honeywell's Pro-Watch system, the SmartPlus Imprivata uses OneSign™ Physical/Logical to provide a single point of authentication. It closes security gaps that exist when physical access control and IT network authentication systems live in self-contained silos.Active Alert video analytics suite: Designed to increase the efficiency of CCTV systems, the Active Alert suite automatically detects, analyses and classifies the behaviours of individuals and vehicles as they move through a scene, providing real-time alarms and search tools that enhance manned and unmanned video surveillance systems.  Active Alert also enables historic scene activity to be retrieved instantly for analysis.Fusion ANPR software: The Fusion ANPR system logs vehicles and their plate numbers in an application-rich database.  It enables the cost-effective detection, classification and retrieval of vehicle number plates in critical applications and is ideal for security and access control operations in environments including law enforcement, traffic control, car park management and access control, airports, hotels, city centre CCTV, ports of entry and military bases.Partner of Choice Systems Integrator Programme in the spotlightThe new generation of Honeywell products showcased at IFSEC will generate significant new business opportunities for the company's security installers and integrators across Europe.  Honeywell's Partner of Choice Systems Integrator programme is designed to help its installers and integrators leverage public interest in digital and IP security systems through the delivery of comprehensive product and sales training and a wide array of useful sales and marketing tools. "We want to pass along knowledge that will make our customers more successful in selling digital security," said Vineet Nargolwala, General Manager EMEA, Honeywell Systems Group.  "The security landscape is changing; it's moving from analog to digital - and fast.  We have the solutions and training programmes in place now to enable systems integrators and installers to benefit immediately from the increasing interest."For more information visit www.honeywell.com/security/uk

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Lenel IntelligentVideo Environment (LIVE) - Automated, Real-time Digital Video Content Analysis Tool
Lenel IntelligentVideo Environment (LIVE) - Automated, Real-time Digital Video Content Analysis Tool

The most powerful video content analysis available, seamlessly integrated into a total security platform Lenel IntelligentVideo Environment™ (LIVE) harnesses the power of Lenel’s advanced, industry-unique technologies to offer real-time digital video content analysis—the ability to recognize, analyze and classify objects in live and captured videoExtends the capabilities of digital video recording and surveillance by providing intelligence and automationBrings efficiency and cost savings to systems of any size, reducing manpower requirements while increasing overall securityThe most powerful video content analysis tool available today, offering the richest feature set in the industryVery simple to use. System operators configure parameters for generic events. LIVE sends alarms to alarm monitoring workstations whenever those custom-calibrated events occur.Built-in advanced algorithmic mechanisms filter out invalid objects, ensuring accuracy in video data interpretationEvents include Loitering, Object Detection, Smart Video Motion Detection, PTZ Auto-Tracking, Object Left Behind, Object Moves Too Fast, Smoke Detection, many moreApplications include intelligent motion analysis, perimeter control, facial detection at entry points, people counting, behavioural analysis, crowd monitoring and detection of abandoned or removed objectsFacility Utilization application provides statistical analysis of people traffic flowCan be customized for an unlimited number of specific applications and environmentsThe only solution that is seamlessly integrated with the OnGuard platform, including access control and alarm monitoring. A total security solution for today’s world.

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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’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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Video Surveillance software - Expert commentary

How Smart Technology Is Simplifying Safety And Security In Retirement Villages
How Smart Technology Is Simplifying Safety And Security In Retirement Villages

James Twigg is the Managing Director of Total Integrated Solutions (TIS), an independent life safety, security and communication systems integrator, specializing in design & consultancy, technology and regulatory compliance. Total Integrated Solutions work primarily with retirement villages, helping to ensure the safety of residents in numerous retirement villages across the country. In this opinion piece, James shares how smart technology is helping security teams and care staff alike in ensuring the safety and security of their spaces, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Impact of smart technology Smart technology is having an impact on pretty much every aspect of our lives Smart technology is having an impact on pretty much every aspect of our lives. From how we travel, to how we work, to how we run our homes. It’s not unusual to have Alexa waking us up and ordering our groceries or Nest to be regulating the temperature and energy in our homes. And while there’s a popular misconception that people in their later years are allergic to technology, retirement villages and care homes are experiencing significant innovation too. And the result is not only improved quality of life for residents, but also improved safety and security systems for management teams. Switching to converged IP systems I’ve been working in the life safety and security industry for over fifteen years. When I first joined TIS, much of the sector was still very analog, in terms of the technology being installed and maintained. Slowly but surely, we’ve been consulting and advising customers on how to design, install and maintain converged IP systems that all talk to each other and work in tandem. I'm excited to say retirement villages are some of the top spaces leading the way, in terms of technological advancement. Improving the quality of life for residents A move into a retirement village can be daunting and one of the key concerns that we hear about is the loss of independence. No one wants to feel like they are being monitored or to have someone constantly hovering over them. One of the ways we’ve used smart technology to maintain residents' independence is through devices, such as health monitors and motion sensors. For example, instead of having a member of staff check-in on residents every morning, to ensure they are well, sensors and analytics can automatically detect changes in routine and alert staff to possible problems. Similarly, wearable tech, such as smart watches give residents a chance to let staff know they are okay, without having to tell them face-to-face. As our retirement village customers have told us, a simple ‘I’m okay’ command can be the difference between someone feeling independent versus someone feeling monitored. Simplifying and improving security systems Smart technology gives care staff and security oversight of the needs of residents For the teams responsible for the safety of the people, places and spaces within retirement villages, smart technology is helping to improve and simplify their jobs. Smart technology gives care staff and security oversight of the needs of residents, and ensures rapid response if notified by an emergency alert, ensuring they know the exact location of the resident in need. And without the need to go and physically check-in on every resident, staff and management can ensure staff time is being used effectively. Resources can be distributed where they are needed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of those residents who need extra consideration. 24/7 surveillance When planning the safety and security for retirement villages, and other residential spaces, it’s no use having traditional systems that only work effectively for 12 hours a day or need to update during the evening. Surveillance needs to be 24/7 and smart technology allows that without the physical intrusion into people’s spaces and daily lives. Smart technology ensures that systems speak to each other and are easily and effectively managed on one integrated system. This includes video surveillance, which has also become much more effective as a result of advanced video analytics, which automatically warn staff of suspicious behavior. Securing spaces amid COVID-19 This year has, of course, brought new challenges for safety. COVID-19 hit the retirement and residential care sectors hard, first with the initial wave of infections in mid-2020 and then, with the subsequent loneliness caused by the necessary separation of families. As essential workers, we worked closely with our customers to make sure they had everything they needed As essential workers, we worked closely with our customers to make sure they had everything they needed during this time, equipping residents with tablet devices to ensure they could stay connected with their families and friends. It allowed residents to keep in touch without risking transferring the virus. Thermal cameras and mask detection And now that we’re emerging out of COVID-19 restrictions and most residents can see their families again, we’re installing systems like thermal cameras and mask detection, so as to ensure that security will be alerted to anyone in the space experiencing a high temperature or not wearing proper PPE. Such steps give staff and families alike, the peace-of-mind that operational teams will be alerted at the earliest possible moment, should a COVID-19 risk appear. Thinking ahead to the next fifteen years, I’m excited at the prospect of further technological advancements in this space. Because at the end of the day, it’s not about how complex your security system is or how you compete in the industry. It’s about helping teams to protect the people, spaces and places that matter. I see smart technology playing a huge role in that for years to come.

The Post-Pandemic Mandate For Entertainment Venues: Digitally Transform Security Guards
The Post-Pandemic Mandate For Entertainment Venues: Digitally Transform Security Guards

As the COVID-19 pandemic wanes and sporting venues open-up to full capacity, a new disturbing trend has hit the headlines - poor fan behavior. Five NBA teams have issued indefinite bans on fans, who crossed the line of unacceptable behavior, during the NBA playoffs. Major League Baseball stadiums have a recurring problem with divisive political banners being strewn over walls, as part of an organized campaign, requiring fan ejections. There was a brawl between Clippers and Suns fans after Game 1 of their playoff series. And, the U.S. vs. Mexico Nations League soccer game over the Fourth of July weekend had to be halted, due to fans throwing objects at players and screaming offensive chants. Cracking down on poor fan behavior Security directors are consistently reporting a disturbing uptick in poor fan attitude and behavior With players across all major sports leagues commanding more power than ever before, they are demanding that sports venues crack down on poor fan behavior, particularly when they are the targets of that behavior. Whether it’s an extension of the social-media divisiveness that’s gripped society, or people unleashing pent up negative energy, following 15 months of social isolation, during the COVID-19 global pandemic, security directors are consistently reporting a disturbing uptick in poor fan attitude and behavior. They’re also reporting a chronic security guard shortage, like many businesses that rely on relatively low-cost labor, finding candidates to fill open positions has been incredibly difficult. Low police morale To add the third component to this perfect storm, many police departments are struggling with morale issues and officers are less likely to put themselves into positions, where they could wind up in a viral video. According to the Police Executive Research Forum, police officer retirements in the U.S. were up 45% in the April 2020 - April 2021 period, when compared to the previous year. Resignations were up 18%. In this environment, officers may be less likely to undertake fan intervention unless it’s absolutely necessary. This can seem like the worst of times for venue security directors, as they need more staff to handle increasingly unruly patrons, but that staff simply isn’t available. And, because the security guard staffing industry is a commoditized business, companies compete almost solely on price, which requires that they keep salaries as low as possible, which perpetuates the lack of interest in people participating in the profession. Digital Transformation There is only one way out of this conundrum and that is to make security personnel more efficient and effective. Other industries have solved similar staffing and cost challenges through digital transformation. For example, only a small percentage of the total population of restaurants in the U.S. used to offer home delivery, due to cost and staffing challenges of hiring dedicated delivery personnel. Advent of digital efficiency tools But with the advent of digital efficiency tools, now virtually all restaurants can offer delivery But with the advent of digital efficiency tools, such as UberEATS and DoorDash, now virtually all restaurants can offer delivery. Likewise, field-service personnel are digitally connected, so when new jobs arise, they can be notified and routed to the location. Compare this to the old paper-based days, when they wouldn’t know about any new jobs until they picked up their work schedule at the office, the next day and you can see how digital transformation makes each worker significantly more efficient. Security guards and manned guarding The security guard business has never undergone this kind of digital transformation. The state-of-the-art ‘technology’ has never changed - human eyes and ears. Yes, there are video cameras all over stadiums and other venues, but behind the scenes is a guard staring at a bunch of monitors, hoping to identify incidents that need attention. Meanwhile, there are other guards stationed around the stadium, spending most of their time watching people who are doing nothing wrong. Think about all the wasted time involved with these activities – not to mention the relentless boredom and ‘alert fatigue’ from false-positive incident reporting and you understand the fundamental inefficiencies of this labor-based approach to security. Now think about a world where there’s ubiquitous video surveillance and guards are automatically and pre-emptively notified and briefed, when situations arise. The fundamental nature of the security guards profession changes. Instead of being low paid ‘watchers’, they instead become digitally-empowered preventers. AI-based screening and monitoring technology This world is happening today, through Artificial Intelligence-based screening and monitoring technology. AI-powered weapons-detection gateways inform guards, when a patron entering the venue is carrying a gun, knife or other forbidden item. Instead of patting down every patron with metal in their pockets, which has been the standard practise since walk-through metal detectors were mandated by sports leagues following 9/11, guards can now target only those who are carrying these specific items. Video surveillance and AI-based analytics integration Combining surveillance video with AI-based advanced analytics can automatically identify fan disturbances Combining surveillance video with AI-based advanced analytics can automatically identify fan disturbances or other operational issues, and notify guards in real time, eliminating the need to have large numbers of guards monitoring video feeds and patrons. The business benefits of digitally transformed guards are compelling. A National Hockey League security director says he used to have 300 guards manning 100 walk-through metal detectors. By moving to AI solutions, he can significantly reduce the number of scanning portals and guards, and most importantly redeploy and gain further operational efficiencies with his overall operational strategy. Changing staffing strategy This changes the staffing strategy significantly and elevates the roles of guards. Suddenly, a US$ 20-per-hour ‘job’ becomes a US$ 40-per-hour profession, with guards transformed into digital knowledge workers delivering better outcomes with digitally enabled staffs. Beyond that, these digitally transformed guards can spend a much higher percentage of their time focused on tasks that impact the fan experience – whether it’s keeping weapons out of the building, pro-actively dealing with unruly fans before a broader disruption occurs, or managing business operations that positively impact fan patron experience. Digitally transforming security guards Perhaps most important, digitally transforming security guards elevates the profession to a more strategic level, which means better pay for the guards, better service for clients of guard services, and an overall better experience for fans. That’s a perfect storm of goodness for everyone.

Impact Of Challenges In The Component Supply Chain On Security Manufacturers
Impact Of Challenges In The Component Supply Chain On Security Manufacturers

Prices and delivery times for essential components in video surveillance systems are being driven up as demand soars from other industries. Secure Logiq’s Robin Hughes explains the current state of the market. Challenges Component shortages and supply chain challenges are a hot topic in just about every industry based on semi-conductors and silicon chips right now, and security is no exception. It’s common knowledge that the global Covid lockdown caused a shutdown in the mining of silicon and spherites as large industries such as motor manufacturing canceled or postponed their chip orders – this has caused a supply gap that every industry is feeling. However, there is a second challenge that is hitting the security sector particularly hard, and it may not be one you are expecting – cryptocurrencies. Cryptocurrencies and security When people discuss cryptocurrencies and security, thoughts often turn to cybersecurity and ransomware payment tracking. But the issue for the majority of the security industry comes from crypto mining. When it comes to cryptocurrencies, GPUs are intrinsic for ‘proof of work’ mining GPUs (Graphics Processing Units) are a key component in video surveillance, they decode images and display them onto screens. With the increase of video analytics, these have also become key to running the complicated algorithms required for creating the metadata and presenting it in a meaningful way for end-users. However, when it comes to cryptocurrencies, GPUs are intrinsic for ‘proof of work’ mining. Demand for GPUs When Bitcoin prices were relatively low, it was hard to justify the cost of a GPU and the associated power consumption for Bitcoin mining applications. But as the price of Bitcoin has increased exponentially, demand for GPUs to do the number-crunching has grown dramatically causing a major shortage and huge price hikes. This rise in prices is not correlated with an increase in technological performance on the new GPUs, it is entirely a case of demand outstripping supply and a resulting bidding war. To put this in context, cards are currently going new for around twice the original price and manufacturers simply cannot keep up with the demand. Chia On top of this, there is a new cryptocurrency creating a new threat to a different part of the video surveillance industry. A new ‘environmental’ cryptocurrency called Chia has dispensed with the processing power and electricity demands of traditional GPU mining, instead of utilizing the spare storage space on hard drives (HDD) to verify blockchain transactions (‘proof of space’). The demand for this particular cryptocurrency has to date called on 30 Exabytes of storage since May this year – that’s 30 Billion Gigabytes of data, and it’s not just HDDs, high-capacity SSDs are also in demand. This is causing massive hard drive supply issues globally, thus rocketing prices for those that are available. HDD consumption The security industry sits comfortably in the ‘Big data’ category and with storage retention times running from 30 days to 6 months Of course, this has a particularly large knock-on for the video surveillance market. There is nothing more data-intensive than video, other than multiple streams of HD video. With this in mind, the security industry sits comfortably in the ‘Big data’ category and with storage retention times running from 30 days typically up to 6 months and longer in some regions/applications, the video surveillance market consumes more HDDs than many other markets. Growth of data centers While you would think that this would make security an important area for HDD manufacturers, our market is a relatively small player. IT vendors will always focus on their core customers, and the rise of the gaming market, as well as the growth of data centers due to remote working in the pandemic, has created a more important sector to serve – and these customers will always come first. Imagine the daily storage space required if 5 Billion people uploaded just one image a day to ‘the cloud’! Component manufacturers These factors combined with the lack of raw materials leading to longer lead times for component manufacturers mean that the prices for hard drives and GPUs are likely to remain inflated well into 2022 while factories play catch up on the backlog. The market for IT hardware is currently strong enough to continue even with the increase in component prices and the extended lead times for products. If you can get your hands on any HDDs, the delivery times from most distributors are around 6-8 weeks. Increased delivery times All of this has had a serious impact on the security industry. Video surveillance projects are now facing the combined issue of increased delivery times and higher costs. Many manufacturers, integrators, and distributors are doing their best to absorb the price increases where they can, but this is unsustainable over the long term. So what can be done? Second-hand applications Some people are getting more creative by purchasing from the second-hand market Some people are getting more creative by purchasing from the second-hand market. However, it is unlikely that commercial applications will be willing to risk potential downtime or data losses by using second-hand components that have been pushed hard for months on end mining cryptocurrencies. Making early purchases While I can’t comment on what other manufacturers have done, at Secure Logiq we have been watching this market trend closely. We always try to keep a close eye on anything that has the potential to significantly impact our manufacturing capabilities and try to offset any potential challenges with early purchases before the impact is fully felt. As such, we have been able to secure enough products to continue manufacturing as normal for more than six months. Increased demand as a challenge While we have this existing stock to meet current and anticipated orders, we continue to scour the market for any available stock to make sure we are at the top of the list when any fresh products come on the market. This has meant that throughout our 10-year history we have never failed to deliver a customer order within 7-10 working days. The delays with component manufacture and the ongoing increased demand will continue to present a huge challenge to the video surveillance and wider security industry. However, good planning and intelligent design will allow projects to remain on track. Security technology manufacturers are not alone in this challenge, but the dual-threat is perhaps unique. It will take a while for this threat to be overcome, but with robust planning and by paying close attention to the market forward-thinking video surveillance manufacturers can still deliver projects for their clients.

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