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In 2017, DITEK saw how power surges from the many natural disasters that took place damaged many businesses. In a natural disaster, or even everyday business operations, a facility’s entire investment in security, life safety and surveillance systems technology can be disabled or rendered useless in a few seconds. Surge protection solutions can mitigate those risks and protect security investments. Proactive Approach To Risk Mitigation Throughout 2017, we also witnessed a change in how enterprises view surge protection, which included how investments are being made in surge protection to protect valuable security, life safety and surveillance systems, while also reducing downtime, manpower costs, liability vulnerabilities, and possibly compliance issues that can force businesses to actually cease operations. Effective security management is about mitigating risks. But risks cannot be mitigated without a proactive approach. Enterprises and integrators, who take the time to assess risk and to develop a strategy to incorporate effective detection, deter and response criteria to protect physical assets will be successful in 2018. 2018 And Beyond That strategy includes designing surge protection into new security systems, while also adding surge protection to existing systems. Enterprises and security integrators who implement a surge protection strategy during security planning processes – or after – will be exercising prevention and mitigation, and they will be successful in 2018 and beyond. Surge protection devices have an untapped potential for enterprise surveillance and security systems In 2017, Ditek continued to offer security end users a solid surge protection solution. We also successfully educated system integrators, who are seeking value-added products or services to incorporate into their portfolios, on the importance of surge protection devices. Educating Security Integrators We believe that surge protection devices have an untapped potential for enterprise video surveillance and security systems, because they can and do meet safety and security challenges that have been rarely identified in the past. We are looking forward to 2018, when we will continue to develop new surge protection products – including a new product engineered to protect up to twelve individual fuel dispensers, which is critical to the financial operation of convenience stores. We will also continue to educate security integrators about the importance of including surge protection in the design/build RFP, to not only secure an enterprise’s valuable security equipment, but also to help integrators to differentiate their capabilities and knowledge from the competition.
Technology is changing the look and function of today’s security control rooms. Old-school CRT (cathode-ray tube) monitors are giving way to the thinner, flat screen monitors in the control room environment, but the transition is gradual. Randy Smith of Winsted still sees many control rooms that need to make the conversion, which is a boon to his company’s business. Furniture today is designed differently to accommodate the thinner monitors, often with larger screens. Need For Integrated Rack Systems With the increase of IP-based systems comes the need for integrated rack systems that include advanced functionality such as cable management, adds Jim Coleman, National Sales Manager, AFC Industries. Server rooms are environmentally controlled by cooling systems and power systems monitored on the IP network. Low-profile flat screens allow centers to utilize space vertically, thus creating a smaller footprint for the consoles. Additionally, with IP-based systems, workstations will have a smaller footprint because there is less cumbersome equipment. In most cases the servers are stored in a secured, climate controlled environment to eliminate overheating of the servers and maintain their security, says Coleman. This environment also helps with cable and power management. AFC builds technical furniture racks that adhere to the precise needs of computer network server room operators. The company designs and fabricates LAN workbenches with versatile functionalities, and server room workstation racks that are scalable. There is a complete line of IT workbenches, IT computer racks and computer server rack mounts with flexible mounting options. In most cases the servers are stored in a secured, climate controlled environment to eliminate overheating of the servers and maintain their security Flexible Control Room Designs Matko Papic, Chief Technology Officer of Evans Consoles, says the transition from bulky CRT equipment to flat-screen (lower profile) monitors was a major disruption in control room design; it changed the whole dynamic. Another evolution is the use of IP video streaming, which allows more flexibility in manipulation of audio-video content, and requires more flexible control room designs. Another shift, driven by larger, higher-definition monitors, is a shift to fewer monitors that display more information. Instead of a smaller monitor for each information stream, larger monitors now consolidate that information into “dashboard” displays. Looking ahead, control rooms will need to be more flexible, both in the initial design and the ability to adapt to changing technology, says Papic. Legacy customers who are currently using PCs may be moving to more remote applications. Sit-stand equipment will continue to be increasingly prevalent. “There will be more emphasis on flexibility, technology integration, and the ability to change over the life of the system,” says Papic. Consolidation Of Multiple Operations Into A Single System A trend in security is consolidation of multiple physical operations into a single system, says Papic. As a result, more customers are taking more interest in alarm management and situational awareness. How is the technology being used in terms of alarm triggers? How can the systems react rapidly and provide information to a larger audience in the control room? These questions impact how control rooms are designed, and Evans Consoles can adapt lessons learned from other markets to these trends in the security arena. Greater use of technology is inevitable, says Coleman of AFC Industries. “It is virtually impossible for humans to monitor all security data at the street level in our cities,” he says. “As computers become more powerful and their programs more all-encompassing, we will see a greater shift to robotic and technology uses that will provide enhanced monitoring capabilities and safety reactions.” Read our Control Rooms series here
The security industry will continue to see consolidation through acquisition in 2017. At the advent of IP camera adoption, we saw a great decline in large vertically integrated companies, which spurred a new era of innovation within smaller IP camera manufacturers, VMS providers and other hardware companies for storage and managed switches. We are now living in a new era of consolidation that is taking us full-circle back to vertical integration. Ultimately, the industry as a whole suffers because this consolidation will stifle innovation until the next big technology disruption takes shape. Interoperability Across Different Verticals This time last year, we noted that the marketplace was moving toward converged technologies and the need for alarm management across multiple platforms into a common interface, turned out to be a popular request. If anything, we are only seeing just the beginning phases of this transition. The biggest surprise is that interoperability is not only confined to security technology, but also extends to parallel systems such as building automation, safety and environmental controls, and even Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. Using Video Event Management Software (VEMS) alongside these intelligent platforms proves to be a valuable verification process for many new and exciting vertical markets. Arteco plans to continue the revenue growth and brand awareness achieved in 2016 Event-Based Video Security Software At Arteco, our highest growth sectors tend to be slightly insulated from economic fluctuation in the sense that we focus on securing critical infrastructure (electrical utilities and communications) as well as corporate and education campuses. Unfortunately, the continued growth in active shooter incidents have made physical security concerns top of mind for many organizations regardless of economic impact. The unexpected repercussions are that many new security technologies are emerging that cater to real-time event notification on both the macro and micro level. The exciting part of this trend is that users are leveraging a layered approach with multiple autonomous applications working together toward a common goal to improve security, which will hopefully ensure a high level of protection. Business Growth And Challenges Business has continued to grow year-over-year, and 2016 was a huge step forward for Arteco not only in terms of revenue growth, but also increased brand awareness in the United States and abroad. Our biggest challenge continues to be the crowded VMS market, which is filled with lower cost or even free substitute products. We are making great strides in overcoming this challenge by having a wonderful team of people, both on the technical and sales side of the organization, who are focused on finding new and innovative ways to advance intuitive, open and affordable event-based and intelligent video security software into 2017. See the full coverage of 2016/2017 Review and Forecast articles here
LILIN Americas, an entity of video surveillance provider Merit LILIN, serving North, Central and South America, announced that it has added an Amazon Alexa skill to its Device Hub device manager that enables customers to simply ask for a live or recorded view from any supported LILIN IP camera or NVR and have it displayed on their TV monitor. Amazon Alexa converts the end user's command to a directive and sends that directive through the Device Hub. This fast, hands-free solution eliminates the need to navigate on screen menus or have a mobile device in hand whenever video is needed for monitoring. Using the voice-controlled Alexa features of the LILINHub skill provide a convenient way to monitor the property" Enhancing The End User Experience "Using the voice-controlled Alexa features of the LILINHub skill provide a convenient way for end-users to easily monitor their property, such as viewing live camera feeds, playing back video footage from a LILIN NVR and reviewing motion events," said Joe Cook, General Manager of LILIN Americas. He further added, "All the end user needs to do is tell Alexa the command to view the front door camera and the live view will display. This integration is another example of LILIN enhancing the end user experience." In addition, Device Hub provides a security professional the ability to remotely monitor multiple sites in one centralized dashboard via the LILIN Device Cloud with the up-to-date status of connected LILIN devices. The LILINHub App has a site mapping feature that plots multiple site locations within Google Maps.
LILIN Americas announced the MR652 2MP outdoor IP camera. Housed in an IP66-rated casing, this cost-effective fixed lens camera is ideal for use in exposed outdoor locations that require 24/7 monitoring such as parking lots, public spaces and convenience stores. The MR652 is a high definition professional surveillance and security solution featuring a turret-style design - a first for LILIN - that achieves the same quality imagery of a dome camera, but without the IR bounce caused by the glass housing. The MR652 IP camera delivers full HD 1080p video at up to 30 frames per second (fps) in bandwidth-efficient H.264 compression. To help security professionals keep watch even in complete darkness, it supports true day/night recording enhanced by infrared LED to achieve minimum illumination down to 0 Lux. To eliminate IR bounce, which can create white spots on an image, flat IR glass is positioned to the side of the lens to capture clear night-vision to a distance of 30 meters (98 feet). Higher Quality Images In Challenging Conditions Low-light capability is further improved by LILIN SenseUP Plus technology that heightens the sensitivity of the CMOS sensor to help maintain color video in extremely low light, resulting in higher quality images in challenging conditions. In addition, 2D wide dynamic range (WDR) technology retains the ideal level of detail across images with high contrast lighting to enable objects in both bright and dark areas to be visible. Built rugged for the outdoors, the LILIN MR652 features an IP66 rating, meaning the camera is both ‘dust tight’ and protected against heavy seas or powerful jets of water. Being a turret camera its flat face lets rain run off to prevent water droplets from obscuring view of the lens. Its compact, lightweight footprint, combined with Power over Ethernet (PoE) for power and network connectivity via a single cable, resulting in faster, most cost-efficient installations with added flexibility in mounting location choices.
LILIN Americas has announced a major expansion of its surveillance camera family with three new AHD models featuring 1080p/1280H resolution, a remote auto-focus 2.8-8mm lens, and long transmission distances, along with the convenience of three form factors -dome, bullet and turret - to fit a variety of applications in retail, SMB, C-Store and commercial properties. The new remote auto focus AHD products provide a value-added offering with the high-quality video found in LILIN's popular IP series with integration into leading automation platforms. High-Definition Surveillance "We have worked hard in identifying ways to improve the overall installation experience with our HD analog products. Simply mount and aim the camera type that best fits the application then adjust the FOV and fine tune the focus using AHD UTC communication from the DHD516 series and other compatible recorders," said Joe Cook, General Manager of LILIN Americas, Inc.The AHD662AX2.8 is a rugged outdoor dome camera with both an IK vandal-resistance protection, defogging and IP66 weather resistant rating "Our newest AHD cameras allow installers to maintain the familiarity of analog video technology while enjoying the benefits of high-definition surveillance combined with simplified installation." Infrared LED Technology UTC or "Up The Coax" technology lets users remotely set up LILIN AHD cameras using compatible UTC recorders, reducing the time and eliminating the need for vari-focal adjustments at the camera. In addition, Infrared LED automatically activates for image capture in total darkness. The three new cameras will be showcased at the upcoming ISC West Show in LILIN booth #32079, scheduled for April 10-13 in the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. The new AHD652AX2.8 is a small, unobtrusive turret-style dome camera designed for indoor/outdoor use, especially in low-light areas. The AHD662AX2.8 is a rugged outdoor dome camera with both an IK vandal-resistance protection, defogging and IP66 weather resistant rating in a wide temperature range of -40°F to 122°F. The AHD842AX2.8 is a fully-featured bullet camera for indoor and outdoor use.
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