Optimize Operations Of Surveillance System Components With Milestone XProtect Central 3.7
Optimize Operations Of Surveillance System Components With Milestone XProtect Central 3.7

Milestone Systems, the open platform company for IP video management software, has released XProtect™ Central version 3.7. XProtect Central is an operational status monitoring and alarm management solution for Milestone XProtect Corporate, XProtect Enterprise & XProtect Professional servers, video surveillance cameras and external devices. This solution ensures that operators maintain a complete overview of alarms and technical problems, allowing immediate visual verification and troubleshooting to resolve incidents fast.Ideal for implementations with multiple sites or buildings, XProtect Central helps large security installations minimize risks and optimize operations. The visual and audio alerts can improve busy environments like alarm and dispatch centrals, where the instant access to servers and cameras translates to quick response for all locations. Using clickable graphical overviews and customizable alarms with visual verification on the status of all connections and hardware, response control is at its best.Visually verify alarms, respond fast, audit trailsInstallations with different servers, cameras and hardware must run properly to ensure top security if a device fails to record or display video, the outcome can be devastating. Milestone XProtect Central is a powerful tool for managing such operational demands to ensure maximum up-time, total overview, and fast reactions. It continuously monitors the operational status and event-triggered alarms of XProtect servers, video cameras, and integrated devices such as access control units. Security operators get instant graphical overviews of alarms and technical alerts with immediate visual verification to resolve issues.An alarm list displays a filtered overview of all problems for clicking directly to an incident and a beep feature can help ensure attention.Users can define alarm priorities, pre-define time profiles, acknowledge or reassign alarms, enable and disable alarms with controlled user commands or by hardware input signals: for example, enable a motion detected alarm when the last person leaves a building.Alarms triggered by an input signal have a preview image from the camera, and can be used for cameras watching each other: if one fails, the other lets you know what happened.Spread the workload: provide backup capacity by assigning alarm management to multiple simultaneous operators with individual rights.Create audit trails of events.Easy graphical map overviewsMulti-level maps make easy navigation and identification of incident locations and the system elements involved. Alarms are shown at the highest level map, like a city site, and operators can click down to sub-level maps of buildings, rooms, gates, etc. for more details or actions.New in XProtect Central 3.7Define default image quality and frame rates by alarm type, which can also be altered manually by operators when playing back an alarm or viewing a live stream. This capability reduces the system bandwidth usage and allows remote users connected via low bandwidth connections to access video sequences associated with the alarms in XProtect Central - particularly relevant when monitoring a number of distributed systems where the connections between systems are low or not guaranteed.Auxiliary commands enable control of such things as wipers on cameras connected via video servers. Such camera-associated devices that are connected via auxiliary connection can be controlled from the central client.Additional support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is now provided.Integration with third-party systemsXProtect Central has plug-in support for third-party systems like access control or other devices. Operators can both monitor and control these from the XProtect Central interface (close or open gates, doors, turn off smoke detectors, etc.), in addition to monitoring and verifying their status and alarms."Milestone continuously enhances our software to increase performance for our customers. This ensures the best return on their security system investment, the ability to easily include new innovations as they become available, and most importantly constantly improves security," says Christian Bohn, Head of Product Management at Milestone Systems. "Using XProtect Central, operators can concentrate their time on actual events and not just stare ineffectively at a monitor wall. It's more than just alarm and operations management - it's trouble-shooting that minimizes risk significantly."Milestone will be exhibiting the full line of XProtect IP video management software at IFSEC in Birmingham UK May 10-13 (Hall 4, F90).

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TDSi Unveils New Integrated Solutions At Essen
TDSi Unveils New Integrated Solutions At Essen

Security Essen saw access control specialist TDSi unveil its new VUgarde IP video solution, as well as demonstrate a wide selection of systems from its reader, controller and software ranges. Speaking after the show, TDSi's Managing Director, John Davies, said: "We were absolutely delighted with the exhibition and particularly the great feedback we received both from our existing customers and from the new contacts we made there. With visitors from Germany, the Benelux countries, Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Middle East, we had the opportunity to fully demonstrate the versatility, functionality and integration capabilities of our access control and video solutions. This was the largest stand we had ever taken at Essen and it gave us a tremendous platform to showcase the breadth and depth of our range." At the heart of the company's stand was a preview of the new VUgarde system. Developed to deliver powerful yet straightforward surveillance, the cost-effective VUgarde range offers a suite of products for all requirements, from an entry level, stand-alone system capable of controlling up to 16 cameras, to VUgarde PRO, capable of managing hundreds of cameras from multiple video servers. Visitors saw demonstrations of both stand-alone and integrated options, and were particularly impressed with the functionality and capability of VUgarde when integrated with EXgarde, which enables users to seamlessly integrate video and access control. EXgarde is the company's fully featured access management software solution; proven in projects throughout the world, EXgarde provides users with a wide range of integration, control and security management functionality. Fully compatible with Microsoft Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate software suites, as well as Microsoft Vista Business and Ultimate, EXgarde provides flexible expansion and integration options, with a wide range of building management systems including CCTV, intruder, fire alarm, lift control and energy management. John Davies concluded: "As one of the world's premier exhibitions, Security Essen provides a great opportunity for us to showcase our products to an international audience. With our full product development programme continuing to deliver innovative systems and solutions, we're already thinking ahead to the next event!"  See image with caption

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Milestone Offers XProtect Go: IP VMS For Free!
Milestone Offers XProtect Go: IP VMS For Free!

Milestone Systems, the global leader for open platform IP Video Management Software (VMS), offers XProtect™ Go free video surveillance software. With a wide set of features for one user to manage and view up to 8 cameras, XProtect Go is easy to learn and use - the perfect start-up product for small business and residential customers who want to secure their property with the advantages of top quality IP video surveillance. XProtect Go is available for free as a download from the Milestone Systems website.IP network video surveillance continues to gain ground as the technology of choice over analog security products, and to help accelerate this trend Milestone Systems has launched XProtect Go as a free version of the company's world-leading XProtect IP video management software. XProtect Go has a wide set of fully functional features to let people discover the benefits of the Milestone open platform: it is flexible, scalable and future-proof. Designed for high-tech residences and small businesses, XProtect Go provides the opportunity for new customers to explore the leading IP video management software platform at no cost, with seamless upgrade possibilities to Milestone's premium products. "As a free version of our software, XProtect Go lets new customers check out our world-leading IP video management platform with no initial investment and an easy upgrade path to fuller versions of our products, including integrations with other security products," states Christian Bohn, Head of Product Management at Milestone Systems. "This initiative will reach a wider audience for IP video, strengthen Milestone brand awareness and drive new business for our international eco-system of authorized partners."Delivered with a Management Application in several languages, XProtect Go is easy to learn and easy to use, starting with an initial default view that can be customised. One user can manage up to eight network cameras, 4 USB/web cameras or analog cameras connected via encoders. Live or recorded video can be viewed with archiving up to five days, and evidence exporting in AVI format with a watermark or for long-term storage on DVD. The XProtect Smart Client interface has 22 language options and such high-end features as Smart Search and Sequence Explorer. Website support will include Tips & Tricks, FAQ and an interactive user forum. XProtect Go can be downloaded at no cost from the Milestone website, with user registration required after 30 days, and re-registration on a yearly basis.

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Adjusting To Any Surveillance Application
Adjusting To Any Surveillance Application

DIVA, an IP-based video management solution, adds intelligence and comfort to video surveillance and monitoring. Next to the full-featured live-viewing and playback user-interface, DIVA offers built-in intelligence for facial recognition and license plate recognition for security applications. In combination with Siqura’s IP cameras and codecs, DIVA offers the perfect solution for a wide range of situations, including perimeter security, homeland security, theft/vandalism prevention, and intrusion detection. Adapting to the application DIVA is one of the most flexible VMS solutions available. Whether it’s a small operation of ten streams or a complex network of well over 1000 cameras, DIVA successfully manages the network and applies analytics algorithms to detect and recognize faces and license plates. Since operators often require different features and functionalities, it is possible to configure the DIVA user-interface and video wall layout to fit the needs of each specific user profile. This ensures that those using DIVA have an accessible and user-friendly application at their finger-tips. Easy integration It is easy to integrate DIVA with third-party systems. Besides supporting a wide range of subsystems, including access control, data synchronization, intrusion, and building management, DIVA provides flexible XML data output to communicate its events to third-party applications. Furthermore, DIVA can integrate with a matrix switch to provide a hybrid solution. This ultimately facilitates the migration from existing analog infrastructure to an IP installation. Guaranteed availability DIVA’s failover server ensures the reliability and availability of the entire system It monitors a specified list of servers. If no response is received from one of the servers, the failover server takes on the settings of that server and starts to function as that server. Several failover servers can be defined to monitor different groups of active servers. Additionally, DIVA monitors the position and image quality of connected cameras to verify the effectiveness of the applied analytics. This ultimately provides users with a truly complete management system that guarantees the dependability of the surveillance solution.

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TDSi Unveils VUgarde PRO Edition
TDSi Unveils VUgarde PRO Edition

VUgarde PRO is TDSi's range of powerful IP video surveillance solutions, providing full management control of live and recorded surveillance feeds and alarm systems. VUgarde can operate in stand-alone mode, or as part of a fully integrated system and provides a number of options to suit all project and application requirements.The VUgarde PRO client interface is extremely user friendly to operate and easy to install and configure. It uses drag and drop functionality throughout and display multiple live and recorded video stream. It has been designed to complement TDSi's other long established access management products to help provide strong integrated access control.VUgarde PRO delivers many user benefits from fast detection of potential threats or emergencies, which can enable operators to clear areas and start a security procedure in a short space of time, to various levels of security personnel with intuitive and reliable control, enabling operators to ensure that the correct personnel can gain entry whilst being mindful of emergency exits.TDSi's VUgarde range also includes:VUgarde Site, which provides everything you need to programme your VUgarde PRO video management system through a highly visual user interface. VUgarde NVR, a Microsoft .NET framework based service which is a high-end enterprise level Networked Video Recorder application capable of handling up to 32 streams of IP video.VUgarde WALL, a surveillance solution for a central monitoring and control room applications.VUgarde PLAY, a real time streaming protocol (RTSP) which is used to video streams from the VUgarde suite of products and also compliment any RTSP stream.VUgarde TOUCH, the latest in IP video control that connects easily and manages live and recorded video simply by touching the screen. For further information on TDSi's IP Video Surveillance Solutions please visit www.tdsi.co.uk or phone 01202 724535.

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TKH Security Solutions Complete Security Systems
TKH Security Solutions Complete Security Systems

A complete video surveillance system at a glance TKH Security Solutions' DIVA is an IP-based video management system equipped with an array of video analytics for detecting and classifying objects, including faces and license plates. Since operators often require different features and functionalities, it is possible to configure the DIVA user-interface and video wall layout to fit the needs of each specific user profile. Moreover, DIVA’s failover server monitors a specified list of servers. If no response is received from one of the servers, the failover server takes on the settings of that server and starts to function as that server. Several failover servers can be defined to monitor different groups of active servers, ultimately guaranteeing the reliability and availability of the entire system. Only one camera streams Ethernet signals directly over coax, fiber, or Cat 5 The recently released Siqura BC620WDR from TKH Security Solutions is the only camera on the market that offers an integrated adaptor for Ethernet over coax, in addition to interface options for streaming IP directly over fiber optic or Cat 5 cables. Additionally, the BC620WDR contains the Seawolf DPS image sensor from Pixim, which processes each pixel individually. This ensures extremely clear images in outdoor applications and difficult lighting situations, where, for example, sun reflections might obstruct monitoring and analytics. Based on an advanced new platform that puts entire video analytics and multistream encoding systems in stand-alone devices at the edge of the network, the BC620WDR innovatively meets the industry-wide demand to upgrade legacy systems. At the ISC West 2012 trade show, the BC620WDR received the New Product Showcase Judges’ Choice Award, a highly coveted product recognition award from the Security Industry Association. SIA NPS selected the Siqura BC620WDR for this reputable award due to its unique approach to a security solution. “The Siqura BC620WDR from TKH Security Solutions is a great example of bringing innovation to the marketplace,” said SIA NPS Chair Jennifer Martin. Centralised security management solution An iProtect™ Security Management System from TKH Security Solutions offers a highly reliable and fully integrated Web-based security management system for access control, camera surveillance, intrusion detection, parking management, intercom communication, and time and attendance registration. Users can manage their iProtect™ system from anywhere in the world using a personalized user interface via a standard Web browser. Using the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol, iProtect™ encrypts the data traffic between the system hub and the workstations, thereby ensuring the safety of the system and all its material. Security management based on market standards TKH Security Solutions has also introduced Fore!, a fully integrated security management system for access control, camera surveillance, and intercom communication. Fore! is based on the ONVIF, Wiegand, and SIP standards, thereby making it possible to automatically detect devices on the network. Fore! also allows users to access the client application via mobile devices, such as a tablet, PC, or smartphone. Fore! is a software-only solution, ensuring that it is easy to install, configure, and use. Customized access control Sirius offers an access control solution that ensures reliable and scalable systems. In addition to automatic visitor registration, attendance reports, and verifiable entrance badges, Sirius includes features such as interactive maps and timed anti-pass-back security cards. The Sirius access control solution grants access to a maximum of 100,000 people using an unlimited number of readers. At IFSEC, TKH Security Solutions introduced a new product line of innovative card readers and a full range of mechanical access solutions. The new card readers are NFC compatible, consume very little energy, and include a unique power management functionality. Vertical-specific security software With legacy alarm and communication systems in place all over the world, there is a high demand for customized software that can centralize a security system as well as facilitate system upgrades. TKH Security Solutions offers FlinQ, a software interface program that is tailored to specific market verticals, including critical infrastructure and financial applications. FlinQ provides a scalable and modular solution based on open standards, allowing users to select only the system components they need and to easily integrate their software package into existing networks. Besides multi-touch and multi-lingual options for easy interaction with the user interface, FlinQ also supports remote access via mobile devices, so users can manage their system anywhere, anytime. Ultimately, FlinQ builds bridges between users and their diverse networks comprising access control, video surveillance, intrusion detection, and intercom communication equipment and puts security systems on the right track to start integrating and utilizing the latest IP security technologies.

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

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

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IndigoVision EPOS Integration
IndigoVision EPOS Integration

IndigoVision has developed a powerful surveillance solution for the retail and hospitality sectors by integrating its IP Video system with Electronic Point of Sale (EPOS).Data sent from an EPOS system can be overlaid on a live video display, allowing operators to view the camera feed and till transaction simultaneously. The transaction information and alarms generated by the EPOS system are also bookmarked and recorded alongside the video. This facilitates visual identification of an incident in both real time and through post-event analysis.Powerful transaction analysis can be undertaken on the stored data, for example, finding out when a particular credit card was used by searching every till in a store or across all stores from the head office. Conversely, recorded video can be searched using a thumbnail feature, which displays a video still image for every transaction, allowing the operator to quickly identify the relevant footage. Evidential quality video clips and associated transaction data can be exported for investigation or use in court. This can be played back using IndigoVision's standalone Incident Player.Alarms generated by the EPOS system, such as ‘till left open', ‘refund', or ‘large note deposit' can automatically trigger a number of events. For example, display the nearest camera view to the specific till and pinpoint the alarm on an interactive map. This creates a more efficient operator environment that leads to quicker incident response. Alarms from non-security systems such as building management and plant monitoring can also easily be integrated into the system and benefit retail applications, for example, alerting staff when a freezer fails or a door is left open."IndigoVision has a strong presence in the retail sector and has deployed surveillance systems with some of the world's best-known retailers such as IKEA, Sears and John Lewis Partnership," said Oliver Vellacott, IndigoVision CEO. "This new development will strengthen that position further and provide stores with an unmatched solution for integrated surveillance."The seamless integration with third-party systems is achieved through integration modules in ‘Control Center', IndigoVision's Security Management Software. In addition to EPOS, the company has integration modules for over 20 different IP-based access control and security systems.

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Video Surveillance software - Expert commentary

The Intrinsic Role Of Lighting For Video Surveillance Clarity And Performance
The Intrinsic Role Of Lighting For Video Surveillance Clarity And Performance

The sound of sirens in the distance is commonplace, nowadays. Whether related to a medical emergency or everyday crimes, such as theft, property crimes, and so on, we’re all accustomed to hearing these sirens by now. It is worth noting that many incidents that police respond to take place at night. According to a recent report by the Sleep Judge, more than half of murders, manslaughter, sexual assaults, robberies, aggravated assaults and motor vehicle thefts happen long after the sun has set. To anyone looking to address the round-the-clock security challenge, deploying the most comprehensive surveillance solution is a must, and this means, looking at the instrumental role illumination plays in video capture. Limitations of Traditional Video Surveillance If surveillance cameras can’t be used to prevent, detect and/or resolve crimes that occur in these areas, the entire security operation is obsolete For surveillance cameras relying on video analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) to deliver functionalities such as facial recognition, license plate reading and motion detection, nighttime crimes can pose something of a problem. Without adequate illumination, images from video cameras are grainy and unusable. Without proper lighting, potential criminals and moving objects essentially become indistinguishable, at night, thereby inhibiting even the most advanced security technologies. This limitation of traditional surveillance technology not only hinders immediate police response, but it also stops crime investigations dead in their tracks. Often, without video evidence that is clear and discernible, conviction in a court of law is next to impossible. A common response to this issue is to place security cameras near streetlights or well-lit areas. After all, according to NPR, street lights are effective in deterring crime,  as “there are people — neighbors, pedestrians or police — to actually see suspicious activity.” However, even if streetside and primary entrances are well lit, the areas that still need most to be surveilled are rear or side doorways shrouded by darkness, unlit back alleys, and so on. If surveillance cameras can’t be used to prevent, detect and resolve crimes that occur in these areas, the entire security operation is obsolete. Best-in-class security solutions must be able to see everything, day and night. A Purpose-Designed Solution to the Problem Addressing this issue is easier than you might think. Much like a human eye needs some sort of light to “see,” so does video surveillance technology. Integrating external illuminators into a security solution can optimize camera performance exponentially, expanding a camera’s video capture and coverage abilities and ensuring the operation of video analytics, day and night. Opting for an external illuminator allows system integrators to select a device that matches the exact emission range of a camera’s field of view (FOV). The result is an evenly lit visual field, where captured images are clear and effective for security purposes. The two most common options available to integrators include infrared (IR) and white light illuminators. Each technology is built to optimize particular deployments, depending on their needs. Infrared Versus White Light IR illuminators emit IR light, which is invisible to the human eye and perfect for covert surveillance operations. When cameras need to be able to detect potential threats over long distances, IR illuminators are perfect for the job as they typically have longer emission ranges. IR illuminators are optimal for surveillance operations in license plate recognition, border patrol, safe cities, theme park, and medical sleep lab applications. If an end user needs to implement full-color video analytics for identification purposes, such as facial, object and license plate recognition, white light illuminators are undoubtedly an integrator’s best bet. IR illumination and traditional thermal security cameras, after all, are only able to provide black-and-white images, whereas object recognition software often identifies objects based on their color. White light illuminators installed alongside AI-powered surveillance cameras enable enhanced video image clarity, which, optimizes video analytics performance. When customers want to physically deter suspicious activity, deploying white light illuminators is effective. A recent study out of Crime Labs New York found that businesses that deployed visible lights to deter crime “experienced crime rates that were significantly lower,” which “led to a 36 percent reduction in ‘index crimes’”. On top of all this, LED based white lights operate at low running costs and typically have long lifespans, saving end users thousands of dollars a year in energy costs without having to sacrifice surveillance optimization. External Versus Built-In Illumination Security customers looking to use lighting to deter crime and improve the performance of video surveillance may consider “all-in-one" solutions, as some cameras have LEDs (light emitting diodes) built into them. These LEDs typically encircle the lens and therefore shed light in whatever direction the camera is pointed. However convenient these may seem, built-in illumination can cause problems.Cameras deployed without proper illumination are rendered blind, especially at night First, LEDs built into cameras and next to other electronic components often cause heat to build up, which attracts insects that can trigger motion detection and obstruct a camera’s view. This heat buildup also shortens the LED lights lifespan. Built-in LEDs also tend to create “hot spots” with glare and reflection back into the camera, often because these lights only cover a 30-degree field of view (FOV), even though the average camera’s FOV is 90 degrees. This issue can severely limit a camera’s visibility, essentially rendering those remaining 60 degrees dark and unusable. All in all, when integrating lighting solutions into your security deployment, a cost-effective solution that enhances a camera’s video capture and coverage abilities, are external illuminators because they offer flexible choices of field of view and distances. Best-in-Class Solution When it comes to criminal conviction in a court of law, “seeing really is believing.” Cameras deployed without proper illumination are rendered blind, especially at night, just as any security officer would be when patrolling the same unlit area. To guarantee end users the most reliable and highest performing security solution, consider integrating best-in-class illumination into your offerings.

Safety In Smart Cities: How Video Surveillance Keeps Security Front And Center
Safety In Smart Cities: How Video Surveillance Keeps Security Front And Center

Urban populations are expanding rapidly around the globe, with an expected growth of 1.56 billion by 2040. As the number of people living and working in cities continues to grow, the ability to keep everyone safe is an increasing challenge. However, technology companies are developing products and solutions with these futuristic cities in mind, as the reality is closer than you may think. Solutions that can help to watch over public places and share data insights with city workers and officials are increasingly enabling smart cities to improve the experience and safety of the people who reside there. Rising scope of 5G, AI, IoT and the Cloud The main foundations that underpin smart cities are 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Cloud. Each is equally important, and together, these technologies enable city officials to gather and analyze more detailed insights than ever before. For public safety in particular, having IoT and cloud systems in place will be one of the biggest factors to improving the quality of life for citizens. Smart cities have come a long way in the last few decades, but to truly make a smart city safe, real-time situational awareness and cross-agency collaboration are key areas which must be developed as a priority. Innovative surveillance cameras with integrated IoT Public places need to be safe, whether that is an open park, shopping center, or the main roads through towns Public places need to be safe, whether that is an open park, shopping center, or the main roads through towns. From dangerous drivers to terrorist attacks, petty crime on the streets to high profile bank robberies, innovative surveillance cameras with integrated IoT and cloud technologies can go some way to helping respond quickly to, and in some cases even prevent, the most serious incidents. Many existing safety systems in cities rely on aging and in some places legacy technology, such as video surveillance cameras. Many of these also use on-premises systems rather than utilising the benefits of the cloud. Smart programming to deliver greater insights These issues, though not creating a major problem today, do make it more challenging for governments and councils to update their security. Changing every camera in a city is a huge undertaking, but in turn, doing so would enable all cameras to be connected to the cloud, and provide more detailed information which can be analyzed by smart programming to deliver greater insights. The physical technologies that are currently present in most urban areas lack the intelligent connectivity, interoperability and integration interfaces that smart cities need. Adopting digital technologies isn’t a luxury, but a necessity. Smart surveillance systems It enables teams to gather data from multiple sources throughout the city in real-time, and be alerted to incidents as soon as they occur. Increased connectivity and collaboration ensures that all teams that need to be aware of a situation are informed instantly. For example, a smart surveillance system can identify when a road accident has occurred. It can not only alert the nearest ambulance to attend the scene, but also the local police force to dispatch officers. An advanced system that can implement road diversions could also close roads around the incident immediately and divert traffic to other routes, keeping everyone moving and avoiding a build-up of vehicles. This is just one example: without digital systems, analyzing patterns of vehicle movements to address congestion issues could be compromised, as would the ability to build real-time crime maps and deploy data analytics which make predictive policing and more effective crowd management possible. Cloud-based technologies Cloud-based technologies provide the interoperability, scalability and automation Cloud-based technologies provide the interoperability, scalability and automation that is needed to overcome the limitations of traditional security systems. Using these, smart cities can develop a fully open systems architecture that delivers interoperation with both local and other remote open systems. The intelligence of cloud systems can not only continue to allow for greater insights as technology develops over time, but it can do so with minimal additional infrastructure investment. Smart surveillance in the real world Mexico City has a population of almost 9 million people, but if you include the whole metropolitan area, this number rises sharply to over 21 million in total, making it one of the largest cities on the planet. Seven years ago, the city first introduced its Safe City initiative, and ever since has been developing newer and smarter ways to keep its citizens safe. In particular, its cloud-based security initiative is making a huge impact. Over the past three years, Mexico City has installed 58,000 new video surveillance cameras throughout the city, in public spaces and on transport, all of which are connected to the City’s C5 (Command, Control, Computers, Communications and Citizen Contact) facility. Smart Cities operations The solution enables officers as well as the general public to upload videos via a mobile app to share information quickly, fixed, body-worn and vehicle cameras can also be integrated to provide exceptional insight into the city’s operations. The cloud-based platform can easily be upgraded to include the latest technology innovations such as license plate reading, behavioral analysis software, video analytics and facial recognition software, which will all continue to bring down crime rates and boost response times to incidents. The right cloud approach Making the shift to cloud-based systems enables smart cities to eliminate dependence on fiber-optic connectivity and take advantage of a variety of Internet and wireless connectivity options that can significantly reduce application and communication infrastructure costs. Smart cities need to be effective in years to come, not just in the present day, or else officials have missed one of the key aspects of a truly smart city. System designers must build technology foundations now that can be easily adapted in the future to support new infrastructure as it becomes available. Open system architecture An open system architecture will also be vital for smart cities to enhance their operations For example, this could include opting for a true cloud application that can support cloud-managed local devices and automate their management. An open system architecture will also be vital for smart cities to enhance their operations and deliver additional value-add services to citizens as greater capabilities become possible in the years to come. The advances today in cloud and IoT technologies are rapid, and city officials and authorities have more options now to develop their smart cities than ever before and crucially, to use these innovations to improve public safety. New safety features Though implementing these cloud-based systems now requires investment, as new safety features are designed, there will be lower costs and challenges associated with introducing these because the basic infrastructure will already exist. Whether that’s gunshot detection or enabling the sharing of video infrastructure and data across multiple agencies in real time, smart video surveillance on cloud-based systems can bring a wealth of the new opportunities.

Securing Mobile Vehicles: The Cloud and Solving Transportation Industry Challenges
Securing Mobile Vehicles: The Cloud and Solving Transportation Industry Challenges

Securing Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in the transportation industry is multi-faceted for a multitude of reasons. Pressures build for transit industry players to modernise their security systems, while also mitigating the vulnerabilities, risks, and growth-restrictions associated with proprietary as well as integrated solutions. There are the usual physical security obstacles when it comes to increasingly integrated solutions and retrofitting updated technologies into legacy systems. Starting with edge devices like cameras and intelligent sensors acquiring video, analytics and beyond, these edge devices are now found in almost all public transportation like buses, trains, subways, airplanes, cruise lines, and so much more. You can even find them in the world’s last manually operated cable car systems in San Francisco. The next layer to consider is the infrastructure and networks that support these edge devices and connect them to centralized monitoring stations or a VMS. Without this layer, all efforts at the edge or stations are in vain as you lose the connection between the two. And the final layer to consider when building a comprehensive transit solution is the software, recording devices, or viewing stations themselves that capture and report the video. The challenge of mobility However, the transportation industry in particular has a very unique challenge that many others do not – mobility. As other industries become more connected and integrated, they don’t usually have to consider going in and out or bouncing between networks as edge devices physically move. Obviously in the nature of transportation, this is key. Have you ever had a bad experience with your cellular, broadband or Wi-Fi at your home or office? You are not alone. The transportation industry in particular has a very unique challenge that many others do not – mobility Can you trust these same environments to record your surveillance video to the Cloud without losing any frames, non-stop 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year? To add to the complexity – how do you not only provide a reliable and secure solution when it’s mobile, traveling at varying speeds, and can be in/out of coverage using various wireless technologies? Waiting to upload video from a transport vehicle when it comes into port, the station, or any centralized location is a reactive approach that simply will not do any longer. Transit operations require a more proactive approach today and the ability to constantly know what is going on at any given time on their mobile vehicles, and escalate that information to headquarters, authorities, or law enforcement if needed; which can only occur with real-time monitoring. This is the ultimate question when it comes to collecting, analyzing, and sharing data from mobile vehicles – how to get the video from public transportation vehicles alike to headquarters in real time! Managing video data In order to answer this question, let’s get back to basics. The management and nature of video data differs greatly from conventional (IT) data. Not only is video conducted of large frames, but there are specific and important relationships among the frames and the timing between them. This relationship can easily get lost in translation if not handled properly. This is why it’s critical to consider the proper way to transmit large frames while under unstable or variable networks. The Internet and its protocols were designed more than two decades ago and purposed for conventional data. Although the Internet itself has not changed, today’s network environments run a lot faster, expand to further ranges, and support a variety of different types of data. Because the internet is more reliable and affordable than in the past some might think it can handle anything. However, it is good for data, but not for video. This combination makes it the perfect time to convert video recording to the Cloud! Video transmission protocol One of the main issues with today’s technology is the degradation of video quality when transmitting video over the Internet. ITS are in dire need for reliable transmission of real-time video recording. To address this need a radical, yet proven, video transmission protocol has recently been introduced to the market. It uses AI technology and to adapt to different environments in order to always deliver high quality, complete video frames. This protocol, when equipped with encryption and authentication, enables video to be transmitted reliably and securely over the Internet in a cloud environment. One of the main issues with today’s technology is the degradation of video quality when transmitting video over the Internet Finally, transportation industry has a video recording Cloud solution that is designed for (massive) video that can handle networks that might be experiencing high error rate. Such a protocol will not only answer the current challenges of the transportation industry, but also make the previously risky Cloud environment safe for even the most reserved environments and entities. With revolutionary transmission protocols, the time is now to consider adopting private Cloud for your transportation operations.

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