Verint Systems Announces Enhancements To Its Nextiva Wireless Video Solutions Portfolio
Verint Systems Announces Enhancements To Its Nextiva Wireless Video Solutions Portfolio

Verint® Nextiva™ wireless video solutions help organizations capture and transmit images from virtually any location using license-free networks.  The new Nextiva Wireless 5.1 product line features wireless access points, bridges, and repeaters for point-to-point or point-to-multipoint use. Designed specifically for video, Nextiva Wireless 5.1 deploys a sophisticated video encoding technology that produces clearer images using less network bandwidth, making it a comprehensive solution for expansive borders, sea perimeters, municipal facilities and other locations that lack traditional, wired infrastructure.Highlights of the new Nextiva Wireless 5.1 include: Improved bandwidth and image quality with 2.5 times more capacity than previous wireless devices (up to 28 Mbps)Connects up to 24 transmitters per access point, providing more effective equipment and installation costsAccess Point failover mechanism to increase reliability and robustness of the wireless solutionTransmits video over license-free 2.4 and 5GHzRobust outdoor-rated enclosures for discreet, secure and reliable installation in harsh, outdoor environmentsSecurity features including SSL-based authentication and AES encryption with automatic key rotationBuilt-in wireless site survey tools to facilitate installation and configuration of systemVerint Nextiva Wireless 5.1 products are easier to deploy and offer increased robustness, improved video quality and potentially lower overall cost of ownership, making Wireless 5.1 a highly advantageous solution, reducing risk and accelerating time to benefit.

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New Product Line Convinced Security Visitors
New Product Line Convinced Security Visitors

HeiTel seemed to have hit the spot with their new product line since the booth at the Security show was packed with visitors throughout.  Apart from the long wished for 10-channel CamDisc svr, HeiTel achieved to present thought out software and hardware solutions, ranging from single operator applications, multi operator system solutions through to full integration of video transmission into alarm centres.The presentation of the new products centred around the product families CamTel svr and CamDisc svr  (svr: server), both available with four and ten video inputs and triplex functionality.  Additionally HeiTel showed their new network based receiving software developed especially with monitoring centres in mind.Of particular interest is the unique MultiLink technology employed by the new range of transmitters.  MultiLink enables the simultaneous transmission of video and audio over differing transmission mediums for example a TCP/IP and an ISDN connection can take place at the same time and can connect to various high and low bandwidth connections i.e. LAN, ADSL/Cable (Internet), PSTN, ISDN, GSM (HSCSD).HeiTel also offers various software solutions with its new CamControl family.  Starting with a single PC station version, moving up to the MultiSite version (multiple connections on one PC), right through to made to measure multiple PC (MultiUser) network solutions.  Monitoring centre managers can choose from a dedicated video management systems for multiple users with central database management, or a solution fully integrated into the 3rd party monitoring station alarm management software.HeiTel will begin introducing the products gradually in January 2005.  Starting with CamDisc svr 10, HeiTel guarantees its customers long-term investment protection for every purchase, as all devices are backwards compatible, can be expanded with additional modules and operate on firmware that can be updated via remote connection without additional costs.

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HeiTel Brings New Hybrid DVR To The Market
HeiTel Brings New Hybrid DVR To The Market

CamDisc HNVR processes IP cameras and provides a Megapixel solution for Central Monitoring Stations.HeiTel is expanding its range of digital recorders with the new CamDisc HNVR - a hybrid network recorder and transmitter for the mixed operation of up to 10 analog and IP cameras. The specifications of the CamDisc HNVR are similar to those of the reliable CamDisc SVR, however the new system offers considerably higher performance for processing large video data streams from IP cameras. CamDisc HNVR is of course fully compatible with all existing HeiTel receiver equipment. Which means that IP or megapixel cameras (from virtually any manufacturer) can now be connected to local or remote video monitoring stations and emergency and service monitoring stations fitted with HeiTel receiver equipment.Ex-works the CamDisc HNVR is a network recorder and transmitter for IP cameras with standard and megapixel resolutions. If analog camera signals need to be processed as well up to two ‘Hybrid Card 4' cards each with four connections can be added. With the ‘Hybrid Card 4', HeiTel is opting for a modular and therefore cost-optimized hardware design. Recordings are made onto an integrated removable hard disk. Key IP camera functions (including PTZ control functions) can be controlled over the network via the HeiTel standard system interface.Thanks to physically and functionally decoupled network connections, megapixel cameras can now be integrated in existing networks without occupying too many resources or impacting on the network's intended operating function.The CamDisc HNVR is flexible in terms of power supply: with a nominal input voltage of 12 V DC, a further input voltage range of 8 to 16 V DC is supported. This makes the CamDisc HNVR ideally suited for integration in battery-assisted emergency power supplies.HTcompress®, HeiTel's own compression process, minimizes network load, something which must always be considered when using megapixel IP cameras.Another HeiTel process, HTconnect® allows the CamDisc HNVR and all HeiTel systems totally secure access to firewall-protected HeiTel video systems in private networks.

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DiREX-Pro And MR-36 From BWA- Smart And Secure Mobile Video Streaming For Covert Deployment And Operator Free Use
DiREX-Pro And MR-36 From BWA- Smart And Secure Mobile Video Streaming For Covert Deployment And Operator Free Use

The MR-36 router is a handy mobile extension for the DiREX-Pro series using MPEG4-based video compression.  With the use of radio networking, users now can access and upload files from any place at any time.  The compact and intelligent router ensures efficient and secure video transfer.  Included with the BWA video solution is the free Multi-Vision software that can simultaneously monitor connection quality of several DVRs and adapt the video frame rate to current available bandwidth.Learn more about Multi-Vision softwareDiREX-Pro compressed video and audio streams, as well as e-mails are forwarded over integrated NAT (Network Address Translation) via Fast Ethernet to public IP networks.  In combination with a RS-232 interface it is also possible to control video recordings via SMS or receive a motion detection alert on a cellular/mobile phone.  Even when using older GSM networks or in the event of a lost connection the mobile duo (MR / DiREX-Pro) always keeps the user up-to-date.  A special feature is a second SIM-Card that can provide an alternate connection in case of difficulties with the primary provider or if the maximum download volume has been reached or timer-controlled.  Additionally, a second card avoids expensive roaming rates in transnational traffic.Learn more about DiREX-Pro.A40The MR-36 is extremely versatile automatically choosing the fastest connection type available - whether GPRS, EDGE, 3G/UMTS or HSDPA.  Providing 3.6 Mbit/s in download and up to 384 Kbit/s in uplink* with an LED indicating active connection type.  Each device has a unique IP address and can be preconfigured via an integrated web interface.  The MR-36 supports DHCP and DynDNS services as well as L2TP.  External FTP access is also forwarded to DiREX-Pro.  The router can create its own IPSec encrypted VPN channel to an organization's head office** and makes it possible to use the device in conventional mobile networks with dynamic non-public IP addresses and external NAT.  Once connected to the closed intranet all data is available, always ensuring a secure connection.Learn more about DiREX-Pro UpdateCombined with the rugged DiREX-Pro.A40 DVR, this compact and lightweight router can be used in a temperature range of -20° to +55°C - ideal for permanent outdoor use.  Power for the MR-36 is supplied from a D-Sub plug of the recorder.  With this convenient one-cable solution there is no need for an external power supply.  Furthermore, the extremely low standby power consumption of only 0.3 Watts and a wide range for the input voltage (10-30V) offer great flexibility of usage.  For example, with a dedicated power supply or in a sealed weatherproof case.  An integrated USB-A port supports standard GPS mouse devices so the USB port of DiREX-Pro is kept free for an extended memory capacity up to 2 TByte.  The router is equipped with an FME plug for an external antenna that provides a high reception level even at long distances.Learn more about 2 TByte memory extensionIn addition to the European model there will be alternative models available to suit the global requirements supporting Tri-Band HSDPA/UMTS (850/1900/2100 MHz) and Quad-Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz).*             - depending on the local mobile network provider**           - additional third party VPN gateway needed

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Tackling The Challenge Of The Growing Cybersecurity Gap
Tackling The Challenge Of The Growing Cybersecurity Gap

The SolarWinds cyberattack of 2020 was cited by security experts as “one of the potentially largest penetrations of Western governments” since the Cold War. This attack put cybersecurity front and center on people’s minds again. Hacking communication protocol The attack targeted the US government and reportedly compromised the treasury and commerce departments and Homeland Security. What’s interesting about the SolarWinds attack is that it was caused by the exploitation of a hacker who injected a backdoor communications protocol.  This means that months ahead of the attack, hackers broke into SolarWinds systems and added malicious code into the company’s software development system. Later on, updates being pushed out included the malicious code, creating a backdoor communication for the hackers to use. Once a body is hacked, access can be gained to many. An explosion of network devices What has made the threat of cyberattacks much more prominent these days has been IT's growth in the last 20 years, notably cheaper and cheaper IoT devices. This has led to an explosion of network devices. IT spending has never really matched the pace of hardware and software growth Compounding this issue is that IT spending has never really matched the pace of hardware and software growth. Inevitably, leading to vulnerabilities, limited IT resources, and an increase in IoT devices get more attention from would-be hackers. Bridging the cybersecurity gap In the author’s view, this is the main reason why the cybersecurity gap is growing. This is because it inevitably boils down to counter-strike versus counter-strike. IT teams plug holes, and hackers find new ones, that is never going to stop. The companies must continue fighting cyber threats by developing new ways of protecting through in-house testing, security best practice sources, and both market and customer leads. End-user awareness One of the key battlegrounds here is the education of end-users. This is an area where the battle is being won at present, in the author’s opinion. End-users awareness of cybersecurity is increasing. It is crucial to educate end-users on what IoT devices are available, how they are configured, how to enable it effectively, and critically, how to use it correctly and safely. Physical security network A valuable product that tackles cybersecurity is, of course, Razberi Monitor™, which is new to ComNet’s portfolio. Monitor™ is a software platform that provides a top-down view of the physical security network and ecosystem. Monitor™ is a software platform that provides a top-down view of the physical security network and ecosystem It monitors and manages all the system components for cybersecurity and system health, providing secure visibility into the availability, performance, and cyber posture of servers, storage, cameras, and networked security devices. Proactive maintenance By intelligently utilizing system properties and sensor data, Razberi’s award-winning cybersecurity software prevents problems while providing a centralized location for asset and alert management. Monitor™ enables proactive maintenance by offering problem resolutions before they become more significant problems. Identifying issues before they fail and become an outage is key to system availability and, moreover, is a considerable cost saving.

Physical Security And The Cloud: Why One Can’t Work Without The Other
Physical Security And The Cloud: Why One Can’t Work Without The Other

Human beings have a long-standing relationship with privacy and security. For centuries, we’ve locked our doors, held close our most precious possessions, and been wary of the threats posed by thieves. As time has gone on, our relationship with security has become more complicated as we’ve now got much more to be protective of. As technological advancements in security have got smarter and stronger, so have those looking to compromise it. Cybersecurity Cybersecurity, however, is still incredibly new to humans when we look at the long relationship that we have with security in general. As much as we understand the basics, such as keeping our passwords secure and storing data in safe places, our understanding of cybersecurity as a whole is complicated and so is our understanding of the threats that it protects against. However, the relationship between physical security and cybersecurity is often interlinked. Business leaders may find themselves weighing up the different risks to the physical security of their business. As a result, they implement CCTV into the office space, and alarms are placed on doors to help repel intruders. Importance of cybersecurity But what happens when the data that is collected from such security devices is also at risk of being stolen, and you don’t have to break through the front door of an office to get it? The answer is that your physical security can lose its power to keep your business safe if your cybersecurity is weak. As a result, cybersecurity is incredibly important to empower your physical security. We’ve seen the risks posed by cybersecurity hacks in recent news. Video security company Verkada recently suffered a security breach as malicious attackers obtained access to the contents of many of its live camera feeds, and a recent report by the UK government says two in five UK firms experienced cyberattacks in 2020. Cloud computing – The solution Cloud stores information in data centres located anywhere in the world, and is maintained by a third party Cloud computing offers a solution. The cloud stores your information in data centres located anywhere in the world and is maintained by a third party, such as Claranet. As the data sits on hosted servers, it’s easily accessible while not being at risk of being stolen through your physical device. Here’s why cloud computing can help to ensure that your physical security and the data it holds aren’t compromised. Cloud anxiety It’s completely normal to speculate whether your data is safe when it’s stored within a cloud infrastructure. As we are effectively outsourcing our security by storing our important files on servers we have no control over - and, in some cases, limited understanding of - it’s natural to worry about how vulnerable this is to cyber-attacks. The reality is, the data that you save on the cloud is likely to be a lot safer than that which you store on your device. Cyber hackers can try and trick you into clicking on links that deploy malware or pose as a help desk trying to fix your machine. As a result, they can access your device and if this is where you’re storing important security data, then it is vulnerable. Cloud service providers Cloud service providers offer security that is a lot stronger than the software in the personal computer Cloud service providers offer security that is a lot stronger than the software that is likely in place on your personal computer. Hyperscalers such as Microsoft and Amazon Web Service (AWS) are able to hire countless more security experts than any individual company - save the corporate behemoth - could afford. These major platform owners have culpability for thousands of customers on their cloud and are constantly working to enhance the security of their platforms. The security provided by cloud service providers such as Claranet is an extension of these capabilities. Cloud resistance Cloud servers are located in remote locations that workers don’t have access to. They are also encrypted, which is the process of converting information or data into code to prevent unauthorized access. Additionally, cloud infrastructure providers like ourselves look to regularly update your security to protect against viruses and malware, leaving you free to get on with your work without any niggling worries about your data being at risk from hackers. Data centres Cloud providers provide sophisticated security measures and solutions in the form of firewalls and AI Additionally, cloud providers are also able to provide sophisticated security measures and solutions in the form of firewalls and artificial intelligence, as well as data redundancy, where the same piece of data is held within several separate data centres. This is effectively super-strong backup and recovery, meaning that if a server goes down, you can access your files from a backup server. Empowering physical security with cybersecurity By storing the data gathered by your physical security in the cloud, you're not just significantly reducing the risk of cyber-attacks, but also protecting it from physical threats such as damage in the event of a fire or flood. Rather than viewing your physical and cybersecurity as two different entities, treat them as part of one system: if one is compromised, the other is also at risk. They should work in tandem to keep your whole organization secure.

HD Over Coax Provides Cost-effective Video Surveillance Upgrade
HD Over Coax Provides Cost-effective Video Surveillance Upgrade

According to IHS Market, it is estimated that there are over 60 million security cameras in the United States, and other reports say these cameras capture more than four billion hours of footage per week. Over the last decade, IP camera technology has dominated the conversation as it has provided users with a broad offering of enhanced image quality and features. With a large percentage of existing security systems relying on analog, many end users looking for high definition (HD) video quality have been forced to take on a complete system overhaul. Infrastructure Overhaul For HD Video To make the switch, customers would need to change everything, from cameras to hardware to wiring– not to mention the lengthy installation process that would ensue. IP cameras also require higher Internet speeds and more cloud space. Whether constrained by budget, bandwidth or storage, many end users have been unable to adopt this new video surveillance method.Thanks to technological advancements within the security industry, HD over Coax offers a viable solution for integrators and end users alike Thanks to technological advancements within the security industry, HD over Coax offers a viable solution for integrators and end users alike. By utilising the current Coaxial cables, this offering yields high definition video, while requiring minimal infrastructure changes and is an optimal surveillance choice for security customers. Plus, with new advancements and updates being made frequently to this technology, there is a solution for every security need. The enhanced alternative of HD over Coax has been warmly welcomed in the security industry, thanks to its simple solutions and ever-evolving features. Many new analog HD cameras are “plug and play,” able to connect directly to existing Coaxial cables. This eliminates the need for a complete system change, creating cost-savings for the end user and an enhanced video quality offering. Easy Solutions For HD Video As a result, integrators can cost-effectively upgrade their customer’s surveillance solution while using their legacy infrastructure, making it an attractive option for end users and an easy sell for dealers. Latency in video is another common issue with network-based camera systems, where even the slightest delay in video surveillance can hinder security response HD over Coax cameras themselves are always expanding and evolving to meet a wide array of security needs. With the introduction of fisheye and multi-sensor cameras, users now have a multitude of coverage options, not to mention the introduction of 4K bringing resolution options to the same level as IP. Some newer technologies are even touting 4K cameras paired with 4K digital video recorders (DVRs) made specifically for analog systems. Longer cables grant transmission for up to 1600 feet, double the distance of standard analog solutions, and triple that of IP systems. This single cable is able to transmit both HD video and audio. Recently, broadcast quality audio over Coax has become available in limited models, a substantial improvement over older analog technology, which was unable to transmit audio. Stopping Video Delay Latency in video is another common issue with network-based camera systems. Even the slightest delay in video surveillance can hinder security response. IP cameras are forced to compress and packetize their video for transmission. The outcome of this is a reduced number of images per video, which in turn causes delay. HD over Coax on the other hand, delivers an unlimited amount of HD images in real time, with smooth motion and impressive clarity. Additionally, the point-to-point transmission delivers uncompressed video free of lag. Another touted benefit is that, unlike IP networked cameras, analog systems provide a more secure video transmission. With so much sensitive information housed on a businesses’ network, adding another point of network access through an IP camera can create concerns for cyber security risks. HD over Coax delivers an unlimited amount of HD images in real time, with smooth motion and impressive clarity Preventing Network Hacking With HD over Coax, the physical connections between the camera and DVR prevent network hacking. By keeping the video surveillance system offline, security professionals are able to direct their attention to the physical threats at hand, rather than having to focus on deterring cyber security risks. One of the primary difficulties of deploying HD video solutions is the fact that many older systems utilize a wide variety of HD standards and platforms. To make matters more complicated, after HD over Coax was brought to market, manufacturers raced to create their own version of this technology. Today, the most popular proprietary standards are HD-CVI, HD-TVI and AHD. However, integrators and customers found that attempting to manage multiple HD technologies proved to be near impossible.Integrators and customers found that attempting to manage multiple HD technologies proved to be near impossible Diversifying Surveillance Through One DVR To combat these issues, manufacturers have introduced products with more flexibility to their portfolios. One example of this is the penta-brid DVR which grants the ability to seamlessly integrate multiple technologies deployed across one application. This means that systems with diverse camera brands and technologies, such as a mix of HD-CVI, HD-TVI, AHD, analog or IP, can be connected through one DVR. For many end users with legacy analog systems, penta-brid DVRs give them greater freedom to choose between a variety of solutions, rather than being limited to one option. With video resolution increasing, the space needed to store the footage is similarly rising. Penta-brid technology has been able to adapt to these evolving needs, giving users ample storage space to house the HD and 4K surveillance video with some of the newest models including H.265 compression.  HD Casino Surveillance Made Simple For casinos, HD images are critical for identifying unauthorized personnel and unlawful behaviours to create a safe environment for guests and staff While HD over Coax is beneficial to many end users and integrators, those in the casino and hospitality markets find it crucial. With a combination of high profile guests, large amounts of cash on hand, constant crowds and strict industry regulations, reliable video surveillance is a must. Deploying new IP systems comes at a stiff price. When looking to upgrade their video surveillance, casinos must also be mindful of the installation process. When moving to an IP-based system, ripping out old wires and replacing them with new is the standard practice. This practice can be both disruptive and costly, not to mention gaming regulations require casino activities be monitored at all times so a complete system shutdown would result in revenue loss. This cost can be hard to justify, especially when the current legacy analog system remains in working condition with only the lower image resolution to date it. For these scenarios, the most cost-effective option is to leverage the legacy infrastructure, replace the existing cameras with new devices, and reap the benefits that HD video has to offer without any lapse in security. For casinos, HD images are critical for identifying unauthorized personnel and unlawful behaviours to create a safe environment for guests and staff. HD over Coax cameras now offer the same resolution as IP cameras with a plug and play approach, that cuts down on expense without sacrificing quality. For businesses and applications that are unable to adopt IP technology, whether it be cost or time prohibitive, HD over Coax now features most of the same benefits IP has to offer without breaking the bank. By providing clear images in real time, maximizing existing infrastructure, and affording cyber security benefits, HD over Coax provides an attractive solution for many end users and integrators.

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