Taking Traffic Technology To The Next Level: Introducing The Siqura® TrafficServer™
Taking Traffic Technology To The Next Level: Introducing The Siqura® TrafficServer™

At ASIS 2009, Optelecom-NKF's Siqura® TrafficServer™ was selected as a winner in the ASIS Accolades - Security's Best competition. As the industry's first ever codec module incorporating AID algorithms and storage, the TrafficServer was recognized at ASIS for taking existing technology and using it for an innovative security application. Due to its versatile nature, the TrafficServer supports efforts to improve and maintain safety and security in an array of applications. Its multipurpose uses were certainly acknowledged by the vast number of visitors calling on the Siqura booth at ASIS 2009, where Siqura personnel demonstrated the TrafficServer's strengths and features in complete Siqura solutions, engaging a large crowd and achieving several of valuable leads. The TrafficServer is the product of the rewarding partnership between Optelecom-NKF and AID expert, Traficon. It is capable of readily discovering and exposing incidents, such as stopped vehicles, speed drops, fallen objects, and smoke. The TrafficServer can also carry out traffic monitoring tasks, for example, measuring lane speed and occupancy. Additionally, this intelligent video server supervises the overall health of the system, alerting operators in instances of image loss, camera movement, or communication errors. Since the TrafficServer can simultaneously encode and stream multiple formats, including H.264, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and MJPEG, video data can be streamlined for specific purposes. "We're pleased to have our TrafficServer recognized by ASIS International as one of the top new transformational products of the year," said Dave Patterson, President and CEO of Optelecom-NKF, Inc.  "The award will increase awareness of this cutting-edge technology and it recognizes the achievements of our team and our partner, Traficon."

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The Siqura C-60 E-MC - An Encoder You Can Count On
The Siqura C-60 E-MC - An Encoder You Can Count On

Video streaming just got a lot easier. The Siqura C-60 E-MC video server is an encoder you can customize to meet the requirements of any CCTV application. With the ability to simultaneously stream H.264, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and MJPEG, the C-60 E-MC is capable of offering the best quality video while streamlining network performance for both live viewing and recording. Moreover, the C-60 E-MC can stream duplex audio, serial data, and I/O contacts over IP to ensure that all the information you need is at your fingertips, be it CD-quality stereo audio, lip-sync audio, PTZ camera control, alarm contacts, or access control. Additionally, an internal video motion detection feature allows you to establish automated event-driven security responses and recordings. The C-60 E-MC also comes with an easy-to-use, web-based user interface, allowing users to configure these devices or view video streams from a PC or even via handheld devices, such as PDAs. Through Siqura's open streaming architecture (OSA) standard, it is possible to use the C-60 E-MC in an array of third-party applications. Optelecom-NKF's Product Line Manager of Codecs and Analytics, Peter de Konink, comments: "The C-60 E-MC excels in projects where future-proof technology needs to be combined with reliability, availability, and, above all, quality." The Siqura C-60 E-MC is part of the Siqura product line, an extensive collection of video surveillance equipment offering complete solutions and reputed for quality and reliability.

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Robust Encoders Put Users On The Right Track For Transitions To IP
Robust Encoders Put Users On The Right Track For Transitions To IP

Two new video encoders, the C620E and S620E, from TKH Security Solutions now offer dual H.264, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and/or MJPEG streaming in addition to ONVIF Profile S compatibility. Each encoder is optimized for a specific security application and their multistreaming capability streamlines IP migration paths in existing CCTV systems. Reuse the legacy infrastructure The C620E and S620E video encoders can integrate into any existing CCTV system to allow users to benefit from IP technology while making use of legacy systems. Each encoder is available with an optional pluggable SFP slot in addition to the standard RJ-45 connector interface. This makes it possible to stream Ethernet signals over Cat 5, coax, or fiber optic cabling when used in combination with the Siqura XSNet SFP for either multimode or single-mode connections or with the Siqura ECO Plug for Ethernet over Coax. Based on open standards Each encoder conforms fully to ONVIF Profile S, which details the ONVIF streaming requirements. This means that each Siqura encoder supports video streaming, PTZ control, audio streaming, NTP, and relay outputs according to the ONVIF standard. By ensuring its Siqura products conform to ONVIF Profile S, TKH Security Solutions offers customers the ability to select the products that best suit their specific project requirements. For a complete list of Profile S-conformant Siqura products, please visit: http://www.onvif.org/Default.aspx?TabID=157&CompanyID=15658&Type=1 For more information about ONVIF, please see the ONVIF white paper from TKH Security Solutions: http://www.siqura.com/Optelecom_c01/default.asp?comid=6&modid=287&itemid=0  Hardened for harsh environments The C620E is NEMA TS-2 certified. This ensures that it is capable of operating optimally in extreme temperatures and despite mechanical disturbances. The NEMA TS-2 certification is a prevalent standard in the United States and is issued by the National Technical Systems (NTS), which works to guarantee that safer and sturdier security solutions are available for the transportation industry.

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Optelecom-NKF Reveals
Optelecom-NKF Reveals

Optelecom-NKF is well known for its reliable and high-quality fiber and Siqura surveillance systems. Alongside these renowned solutions at this year's IFSEC will be a new and innovative selection of security products. Customers and prospective purchasers alike can preview the TrafficServer, an intelligent traffic monitoring solution, expected to be released later this year. The new Siqura H.264 product line, which will be introduced shortly before IFSEC will also be on display, featuring the first field-hardened quad-stream encoder available on the market, the Siqura C-60 E-MC. Last year at IFSEC, Optelecom-NKF launched the Siqura camera line. This year, Siqura will showcase two new additions to the line: the Siqura FD27 and FD28. These mini IP fixed dome cameras offer either subtle safeguarding with an audio channel for listening in indoor applications or robust but inconspicuous protection with the outdoor variant. Live demonstrations of the Siqura Traffic, Industry, and Commercial Security solutions and a static display of our Transit solution will be offered throughout the show. Regular presentations will also be provided by our professional speaker/entertainer. Our exhibition will consequently give visitors the opportunity to thoroughly discover the winning cards of Siqura solutions and Optelecom-NKF. So, let the Siqura / IFSEC floor plan guide you through the IFSEC security industry event on your way to a steadfast surveillance solution. Don't forget to relax with a refreshment along the way at the Siqura café, located across from the Optelecom-NKF booth. Siqura - the winning hand!

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Optelecom-NKF's Siqura® S-60, New Cost-Effective And Future-Proof H.264 Video Server
Optelecom-NKF's Siqura® S-60, New Cost-Effective And Future-Proof H.264 Video Server

Optelecom-NKF's Siqura S-60 E, is a triple-stream video server. Capable of streaming H.264, MPEG-4, and MJPEG simultaneously, the S-60 E's design makes it a cost-effective and future-proof encoder - perfect for installations intended for long-term use. The use of Open Streaming Architecture (OSA) ensures effortless third-party integration and guarantees compatibility with equipment from other vendors. The S-60 E, with a separate hardware chip dedicated to the H.264 video stream, provides video quality unparalleled by any other server available on the market today.Features of the Siqura S-60 E include:Open Streaming Architecture Simultaneous H.264, MPEG-4/MJPEG outputs Duplex stereo audio & serial data  Three encoder versionsThe Siqura S-60 encoder is available in two rack-mount versions as well as a stand-alone version. The rack-mount version has an optional pluggable SFP slot for connections via fiber optic cable (/SFP), using a range of multimode or single-mode XSNetTM SFP devices.Field upgradableThe Siqura S-60 E has a web interface and is easily upgradeable in the field, making it a future-proof encoder. Configuration, management, and live viewing functions are simplified by the access-controlled web interface. Full in-band control is available through Siqura's MX™ Configuration Tool Kit or the HTTP API. S-60 E multi-codec video servers are part of Siqura, a complete collection of video surveillance equipment and solutions. Siqura offers video codecs/servers, IP cameras, video management, network storage, and configuration software. For more information on Siqura® Surveillance Solutions visit this website

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Cutting Costs Through Intelligent Observation
Cutting Costs Through Intelligent Observation

Every year, hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on video surveillance equipment. Most of these purchases are preventative and once a system is set up, most expect it to work. Yet, despite high-tech surveillance systems receiving regular maintenance inspections, every system is at risk of failing at just the wrong time. Efficiently ensuring successIn an effort to combat potential pitfalls, Siqura recently introduced two new VCA components into its multi-channel H.264 video servers and IP cameras: the Siqura Image Quality Monitor (IQM) and the Siqura Tampering Detector. They offer the CCTV and video surveillance industry a solution that monitors every system’s most failure-prone part, namely, the camera. The IQM measures elements of the camera image and alerts operators within seconds of malfunction. Whether changes in lighting conditions require refocusing or the iris control gets stuck, the IQM initiates an alarm to ensure that you know almost immediately if something is amiss with a particular camera’s picture.Since cleaning or mechanical vibrations can reposition cameras and a lens can become contaminated by spiders or dust or even unlawful behaviour, the Tampering Detector compares the actual camera scene with the intended one and alerts you of any unexpected changes. Therefore, despite the normal wear and tear of everyday operation, users can rest assured that their video surveillance system is recording what it needs to, when it needs to, even when using PTZ cameras. Maintenance on demand Since each of these VCA programs checks the status or well-being of the attached camera by monitoring the camera’s position and image quality, users can rest assured that their surveillance system is functioning optimally. These applications also enable operators to proactively prevent or address malfunction and damage through performing maintenance on demand rather than according to a set schedule. The advantages and applications of the camera health check programmes are described at length in the white paper,"Safeguarding your surveillance system."

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Siqura Helps Protect People And The Planet
Siqura Helps Protect People And The Planet

You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone nowadays who hasn't heard about global warming. It's literally a hot topic. Everything from driving a car or flying in an airplane to eating a steak supposedly increases the Earth's temperature. Yet did you know that some research now shows that every second you spend reading this Web page emits 20 milligrams of CO2 into the atmosphere? While many everyday computer users are unaware of or overlook the implications that the Internet and networks have on our environment, it's no longer possible for those in the network industry to turn a blind eye. With figures coming out that the information and communication technology industry produces around 2% of the world's greenhouse gases, equaling that of the airline industry, it is now imperative to find ways to reduce power consumption. Consequently, Optelecom-NKF (the manufacturer of Siqura®) is looking for new ways to decrease the carbon footprint of its Siqura surveillance solutions.  Lowering a network's carbon footprint The recent release of the Siqura S-68 E introduces a whole new level of efficiency to the video surveillance industry. Through its intelligent design and innovative sharing of resources, the S-68 E uses a mere 0.9 watt per channel. As a result, the S-68 E is one of the most energy-efficient solutions available for video streaming. Moreover, since the S-68 E is capable of streaming up to 88 analog video channels in just one 5.25 (or 3U) x 19 inch power supply cabinet, it is the most compact solution on the market. Cutting costs Yet helping the planet isn't the only benefit of cutting power and space requirements: Due to its ecological energy expenditure and small size, the S-68 E video server also lessens both the electrical costs of operation as well as those incurred for cooling data centres. Keeping quality and expectations high In generating greener solutions, Siqura has certainly not let the necessities of excellent video surveillance fall to the wayside. The S-68 E includes all the latest features and options, making it easy to implement in any high-density professional installation. Through an intuitive access-controlled Web interface, it is possible to configure an array of features included in the S-68 E, such as the use of video motion detection (VMD) or serial data streams to control a PTZ camera or implement access control. Additionally, these compact video servers are based on an open streaming architecture (OSA) standard that simplifies their use in third-party systems. In its ultimate effort to help you maintain the safety and security of the people of this planet, Optelecom-NKF is working hard to provide you with sustainable surveillance solutions while at the same time maintaining the quality and reliability for which Siqura is reputed. The complete list of the Siqura S-68 E specifications can be found at www.optelecom-nkf.com.

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The Crux Of Compression: Modernizing Decoders To Keep Pace With Encoding
The Crux Of Compression: Modernizing Decoders To Keep Pace With Encoding

Decoding is one of the most important aspects of video streaming: It's the phase through which it becomes possible to view images. Yet decoding can be a tricky part of compression since there a lot of different kinds of encoders out there that can transmit video using an array of different compression standards. Moreover, each standard allows for a wide range of profiles with flexible implementation options. As a result, decoders must be able to recognize and appropriately make a quality image out of the video information they receive from a given encoder. The Siqura S-60 D-MC is a unique and cost-effective solution since it can automatically recognize and decompress both MPEG-4 and H.264 into excellent quality images for analog viewing with very low latency. Through a user-friendly web interface, it is possible to configure an array of features, ranging from serial data streams, duplex audio, and I/O contacts over IP. With an optional SFP slot option, it's possible to use this decoder with fiber optic cable rather than the standard RJ-45 slot and twisted pair cable. These compact decoders are also standardized to commonly-known protocols, making their integration into third-party VMS systems, such as XProtect (Milestone), Omnicast (Genetec), and SkyPoint (Lenel), simple and headache-free. Furthermore, the S-60 D-MC units are part of the Siqura product line, an extensive collection of video surveillance equipment offering complete solutions and reputed for quality and reliability. The complete list of the Siqura S-60 D-MC specifications can be found at the optelecom-nkf website.

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The Art Of Media Synchronisation
The Art Of Media Synchronisation

Most people tend to think that the information presented to them on the screen ought to be in sync. However, satisfying this seemingly simple expectation requires some fairly complex technology. The Siqura A-80 offers a solution to easily incorporate synchronised audio into even the most demanding video surveillance application. A complete audio and CC solution, Siqura's eight-channel Siqura A-80 offers a compact audio and contact closure (CC) solution for any existing or new CCTV system. In combination with the Siqura multi-channel video codecs, the Siqura A-80 offers an ideal lip-synchronisation solution. The audio inputs support either line-level or microphone-level with additional biasing to power electret microphones. Fitting into the network eight digital inputs can be configured to initiate CC signals, for example, to activate a network video recorder (NVR) to start recording. Four digital outputs are also available, allowing the A-80 to connect with third-party devices, such as a programmable logic controller. Moreover, the A-80 is designed to comply with the worldwide adopted standards for streaming audio, making integration easy and hassle-free. The Siqura A-80 is part of the Siqura product line, an extensive collection of video surveillance equipment offering complete solutions and reputed for quality and reliability. The complete list of the Siqura A-80 specifications can be found at www.Siqura.com.For more information about media synchronisation, please see the Siqura white paper - Being in time: An overview of media synchronisation.

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The Network’s Nucleus
The Network’s Nucleus

Streamlining commerce, cars, and safetyDubai is incontestably one of the most financially pivotal cities in the Gulf region, but any businessman will tell you that sitting in a traffic jam in the sweltering desert heat is certainly not what makes the city a success. Yet, since Dubai absorbs a good deal of the interchange between international companies, this worldly city has inevitably been confronted with growing rates in traffic accidents and congestion.However, the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has definitely not stood still while cars pile up in their seaside city. Rather, they took direct action to reduce mishaps and bottlenecks by introducing a state-of-the-art intelligent traffic system (ITS). The system has been instrumental in decreasing traffic collisions as well as improving traffic flow.FALCON in flightRTA contracted Scientechnic, a leading project engineering and system installation company, to undertake the implementation of an ITS throughout Dubai's traffic infrastructure. This system is known as the Freeway and Local Coordinated Operations Network (FALCON) and the project entailed designing a system capable of transmitting large amounts of real-time data from various sources, such as sensors and cameras, over an IP fibre optic network. Ultimately, the system has come to include a number of cutting-edge traffic technologies, including automatic incident detection (AID) and centralised traffic management.An intelligent infrastructureTasked with the construction of a robust traffic management system, Scientechnic designed a fully integrated network, incorporating the existing infrastructure, such as arterial and expressway traffic signals, as well as a plethora of new technologies into the ITS. In order to realize these plans, an IP network had to replace the existing point-to-point analog system. This required innovative technology that could both cleverly connect the enormous number of streams involved and handle the extreme heat of the region's climate. It was clear that a smart and sturdy switch was vital to the success of this project.In general, switches are the nucleus of a network. They receive and analyse data packets so as to appropriately dispatch the information to the relevant locations. A good switch is capable of both ensuring quality network performance and conserving bandwidth. Yet with the vast and varied data packets being sent over Dubai's ITS network and the need for a switch that could function in such high temperatures, finding just the right hardware to carry out the task at hand was a project all on its own.Ultimately, the solution was made possible through Siqura, a leading global supplier of advanced video surveillance solutions, which provided the FALCON project with its Siqura® XSNet™2800 SW switches.As Scientechnic's Brijesh Moothat explains: "The Siqura switches fit seamlessly into our entire project, and the local support from Siqura provided a key resource in designing this architecture. The XSNet 2800 SW switch was chosen due to its capability of performing in a high operating temperature. The Gulf countries, being one of the hottest places during summer, require that all field equipment can endure an extended temperature range. Siqura XSNet switches have an operating temperature of up to 75° C, which makes them suitable for operation in the Middle East."Directing traffic in DubaiOnce united by Siqura switches, Dubai's ITS revolves around servers, field devices, system applications, and management and viewing software, each part helping to make traffic flow safer and more efficient.Populating the streets of Dubai are a number of sensors and cameras, which are connected to a CCTV system and servers. While, on the one hand, these devices allow operators in a control room to monitor the overall traffic situation, dedicated servers also apply incident detection algorithms to the video. These algorithms enable the system to detect an array of events, from pedestrians, stopped vehicles, wrong-way drivers, and lost cargo to queuing, speed drops, and even the presence of smoke. Detected incidents can then trigger alarms to alert operators, as necessary.From centralised control rooms, operators can then instantly evaluate the severity of a situation and respond quickly and confidently. This may entail adjusting lane control signs, variable speed signs, or dynamic message signs (DMS) as well as informing authorities, such as the police, fire department, or emergency medical services.The Dubai ITS also includes an option for traffic authorities to define and customize emergency protocols for specified events, such as a fire in a tunnel. Equipped with such precise and prepared response plans, operators can competently and consistently initiate just the right reaction to possible occurrences. In this way, traffic in Dubai can continue more smoothly and safely, despite obstructions or mishaps.Motorists themselves benefit twofold from this intelligent and integrated traffic management system. First of all, since traffic is directed effectively through DMS and variable lane and speed signs, bottlenecks in Dubai are less of a burden. Additionally, up-to-date traffic information is made available to drivers via a graphical user interface on the Web, in information kiosks, or text messaging services. As a result, travellers can plan their route so as to literally steer clear of any congestion.Reliable roadsAs business and commerce in the Middle East expand at astonishing rates, roads are jamming up almost as soon as they open. Worldwide, gridlock and traffic jams continue to detrimentally impact people's lives as well as the economy. Yet drivers hitting the highways in Dubai today can now depend on the ITS, implemented by Scientechnic and connected through Siqura switches, to make it easy to get where they're going. The ease with which authorities, operators, and travellers alike can plan and react to traffic situations reveals once more just how helpful innovative traffic technologies can be. 

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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.

Trends And Challenges We Will See In The AI-driven Security Space In 2021
Trends And Challenges We Will See In The AI-driven Security Space In 2021

For decades, the nature of global safety has been evolving. From physical security threats like large-scale terrorist attacks and lone actor stabbings to chemical threats such as the Salisbury poisonings and even microbiological threats such as COVID-19, new challenges are constantly arising and the threat landscape we operate in today is constantly changing. Compounding the complexity of the security issues is the complexity and nature of attacks. With the economic downturn, there is the traditional rise in theft, violence and other crimes. Compound this with unmanned businesses and work-at-home staff, and there is a perfect storm for a rise in security threats. Artificial intelligence (AI) and specifically the branch of AI known as machine learning (ML), was already causing widespread disruption in many industries, including the security industry. AI has been a driving force to replace labor-based business models with integrated data and actionable intelligence that is context-aware. It has become apparent that AI will play a big part in the ongoing fight against both pandemics such as COVID-19, as well as other threats that we may face in the future. With all of this in mind, 2021 is poised to be a big year for AI growth. While AI is going to continue to impact our lives in dozens of ways, from smart sensors to face mask compliance detection, the following reflects a few top trends and challenges that I have my eye on for 2021 as we close out this year. The rise of smart city investments One such example is the increasing development of smart cities and how AI can be leveraged to build safe communities. To date, we’ve seen an increase in the number of smart city programmes around the globe; cities that are beginning to deploy innovative technologies for the management and ease of life services. Compounding the complexity of the security issues is the complexity and nature of attacks Typical development of a city includes standard infrastructure - roads, schools, power, water, transportation. Now, internet, data and AI capabilities are part of the standard infrastructure requirements for all new developments. AI promises to deliver increased efficiencies with the infrastructure that will accommodate growing populations while reducing our impact on the environment, resources, and communities. Global cities now account for more than half of the world’s population, and the United Nations projects the number to balloon to 68% by mid-century. Owing to both demographic shifts and overall population growth, that means that around 2.5 billion people could be added to urban areas by the middle of the century, predicts the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). With an increase in population has come an increase in global spending on smart city initiatives to drive down the impact of growing urban concentration. Global spending on smart city initiatives is expected to total nearly $124 billion this year, an increase of 18.9% over 2019, according to IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Smart Cities Spending Guide, while Singapore, Tokyo, London and New York as the big spenders - expected to spend more than $1 billion in 2020. Using AI-driven technology to create safer public and private spaces Today, security solutions driven by AI are being developed and can be covertly deployed across a range of physical environments to protect the population in a more efficient, and accurate manner. As we look ahead to the future of public safety, it’s clear that new AI technology can dramatically improve the effectiveness of today’s physical security space. One such deployment is the use of video object recognition/computer vision software that can be integrated into existing video monitoring security (VMS) systems. These enhanced VMS systems can be deployed both inside and outside of buildings to identify risks and flag threats, such weapons, aggressive behaviours, theft, and safety compliance. This helps to minimize the impact of a breach by an early alert to onsite security in real-time to the location and nature of the potential threat, allowing them to intervene before a loss occurs. These same AI-enabled video solutions can similarly be used to provide advanced business operations in retail, logistics, and manufacturing organizations. Multi-sensor security solutions Also, targeted magnetic and radar sensor technologies, concealed in everyday objects like planter boxes or inside walls, can now scan individuals and bags entering a building for concealed threat objects. Using AI/machine learning, these two sensor solutions combined can identify metal content on the body and bag and match the item to a catalog of threat items, such as guns, rifles, knives and bombs. Security solutions driven by AI are being developed and can be covertly deployed across a range of physical environments Without this advanced multi-sensor solution, it becomes nearly impossible to discover a weapon on a person's body before it appears in an assailant’s hands. This multi-sensor solution allows for touchless, unobtrusive access to a building, but allows for immediate notification to onsite security when a concealed threat is detected. The hidden technology thus empowers security staff to intercept threats before they evolve into a wider scale attack, while also maintaining the privacy and civil liberties of the public, unless, of course, they are carrying a concealed weapon or pose a physical threat. With the advent of sophisticated surveillance and technological innovation, a level of caution must be exerted. Despite the ongoing global debate, there remains little regulation about the use of AI technologies in today’s physical security space. One thing is certain; it must be deployed in the right place, at the right time, with the right privacy and civil liberty protection objectives. People don’t want to be protected by omnipresent, obstructive and overbearing security systems that infringe on their privacy and civil liberties. They want a proper balance between security and their current way of life, one that must be fused together. Technology and tracing COVID-19 Machine learning-based technologies are playing a substantial role in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Traditionally, the key purpose of surveillance systems has been to detect and deter threats, including the detection of visible and hidden weapons and abnormal behavior. While this, of course, remains a primary focus, today we are seeing how surveillance systems defend against new invisible threats, as well as rapidly automate the process of contact-tracing to capture and contain a virus before it spreads. Again, the ability to track and trace through parsing algorithms that can manage through enormous amounts of data provides a highly scalable and rapid response mechanism to control the spread of threats. AI has demonstrated potential for identifying those displaying symptoms of infectious diseases, without requiring physical human contact Although the threat may not be visible, it is just as destructive. By incorporating AI into existing technologies, government, healthcare and security professionals can monitor public spaces and environments through the combined use of digital and thermal video surveillance cameras and video management systems); just one of the solutions being explored. AI has demonstrated potential for identifying those displaying symptoms of infectious diseases, without requiring physical human contact. By Using AI-powered video analytic software, businesses can monitor face masks, social distancing and large gathering compliance and also detect elevated body temperature. Critically, technology must be capable of both identifying and tracking the virus but also be unobtrusive. An unobtrusive system that is adaptable enough to be deployed across a range of environments where the public gathers in enclosed spaces is necessary to be effective. Security in 2021 Technology has proven itself to be a valuable ally in times of crisis. For smart cities, the use of innovative AI/machine learning technologies will help optimize security solutions in areas that are brimming with potential. As we look ahead to the future of security in a world that is impacted by such a wide range of threats, from physical to chemical to microbiological, it’s clear that new technologies, specifically AI can dramatically improve the effectiveness of security systems and help us to better defend against a wide spectrum of threats. Technology has a huge role to play in making our communities safe in 2021 and beyond, but for security systems to be effective, they must not be oppressive or obstructive. This will ensure they have the full support of the public - the key to success.

5 Key Ways To Ensure End-to-end Perimeter Protection
5 Key Ways To Ensure End-to-end Perimeter Protection

Critical infrastructure facilities that must secure large areas with extended outer boundary and numerous entry points, present a particularly difficult challenge when it comes to perimeter protection. As such, true end-to-end perimeter protection calls for the utilization of a sophisticated, multi-layered solution that is capable of defending against anticipated threats. Integrated systems that incorporate thermal imaging, visible cameras, radar and strong command and control software are crucial for covering the various potential areas of attacks. Let’s look at these technologies and the five key functions they enable to achieve an end-to-end solution that provides intrusion detection, assessment and defense for the perimeter. 1. Threat Recognition The first step in effectively defending against a threat is recognizing that it’s there. By combining state-of-the-art intrusion detection technologies, facilities can arm themselves with a head start against possible intruders. An exceptionally important aspect of effective perimeter protection is the ability to conduct 24-hour surveillance, regardless of weather conditions, environmental settings, or time of day. Visible cameras do not perform as well in low light scenarios and inclement weather conditions. However, thermal imaging cameras can provide constant protection against potential intruders, regardless of visual limitations, light source or many environmental factors. In fact, facilities such as power stations located near bodies of water can use thermal cameras to create what is known as a “thermal virtual fence” in areas where they are unable to utilize the protection of a physical fence or wall. Deterring suspicious activity can be achieved through real-time two-way audio, a simple but powerful tool Critical infrastructure applications require not only continuous video surveillance and monitoring, but also a solution that yields highly reliable intrusion detection, with fewer false alarms. This need makes advanced video analytics a must for any adequate surveillance system. Features like dynamic event detection and simplified data presentation are game changing in supporting accurate intrusion analysis and facilitating a proactive response. Advanced analytics will provide multiple automated alarm notification options, including email, edge image storage, digital outputs or video management software (VMS) alarms. Incorporating high quality, unique and adaptive analytics can virtually eliminate false alarms, allowing security personnel to respond more efficiently and effectively, while also lowering overall cost for the end user. While surveillance technologies such as radar, thermal imaging and visible cameras, or video analytics work well on their own, utilizing all of these options together provides an advanced perimeter detection system. For example, ground surveillance radar can detect possible threats beyond the fence line as they approach and send a signal to pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras, triggering them to slew to a specific location. From there, embedded analytics and visible cameras can further identify objects, notify authorized staff, and collect additional evidence through facial recognition or high-quality photos. 2. Automatic Response Systems Once an intrusion attempt is discovered, it is important to act fast. Organizing a response system that can initiate actions based on GPS location data, such as the slewing of PTZ cameras, automated intruder tracking or activated lighting sensors, greatly increases staff’s situational awareness while easing their workload. For instance, thermal imagers deployed in conjunction with video analytics can be used to generate an initial alarm event, which can then trigger a sequence of other security equipment and notifications for personnel to eventually respond to. Having all of this in place essentially lays the entire situation out in a way that allows responders to accurately understand and evaluate a scene. Power stations located near bodies of water can use thermal cameras to create a “thermal virtual fence” in areas where they are unable to utilize the protection of a physical fence or wall 3. Deterring Suspicious Activity  After the designated auto-response mechanisms have activated and done their job, it is time for responders to acknowledge and assess the situation. From here, authorized personnel can take the next appropriate step toward defending against and delaying the threat. Deterring suspicious activity can be achieved through real-time two-way audio, a simple but powerful tool. Often, control room operators can diffuse a situation by speaking over an intercom, telling the trespasser that they are being watched and that the authorities have been notified. This tactic, known as ‘talk down’, also allows officers to view the intruder’s reaction to their commands and evaluate what they feel the best next step is. If individuals do not respond in a desired manner, it may be time to take more serious action and dispatch a patrolman to the area. 4. Delay, Defend, Dispatch And Handle The possible danger has been identified, recognized and evaluated. Now it is time to effectively defend against current attacks and slow down both cyber and physical perpetrators’ prospective efforts. Through the use of a well-designed, open platform VMS, security monitors can manage edge devices and other complementary intrusion detection and response technologies, including acoustic sensors, video analytics, access control and radio dispatch. A robust VMS also enables operators to control functions such as video replay, geographical information systems tracking, email alerts and hand-off to law enforcement. With the right combination of technologies, facilities can take monitoring and evidence collection to the next level The primary purpose of the delay facet of the overall perimeter protection strategy is to stall an attempted intrusion long enough for responders to act. Access control systems play a key role in realizing this objective. When a security officer sees a non-compliant, suspicious individual on the camera feed, the officer can lock all possible exits to trap them in one area all through the VMS. 5. Intelligence: Collect Evidence And Debrief More data and intelligence collected from an event equals more crucial evidence for crime resolution and valuable insight for protecting against future incidents. With the right combination of technologies, facilities can take monitoring and evidence collection to the next level. One innovative resource that has become available is a live streaming application that can be uploaded to smart phones and used for off-site surveillance. This app gives personnel the power to follow intruders with live video anywhere and allows operators to monitor alarm video in real-time. Geographic Information System (GIS) maps are computer systems utilized for capturing, storing, reviewing, and displaying location related data. Capable of displaying various types of data on one map, this system enables users to see, analyze, easily and efficiently. Multi-sensor cameras, possessing both visible and thermal capabilities, provide high-contrast imaging for superb analytic detection (in any light) and High Definition video for evidence such as facial ID or license plate capture. Integrating these two, usually separated, camera types into one helps to fill any gaps that either may normally have. Still, in order to capture and store all of this valuable information and more, a robust, VMS is required. Recorded video, still images and audio clips serve as valuable evidence in the event that a trial must take place to press charges. Control room operators can use data collection tools within their VMS to safely transfer video evidence from the field to the courtroom with just a few clicks of their mouse. More advanced video management systems can go a step further and package this data with other pertinent evidence to create a comprehensive report to help ensure conviction.

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Siqura Announces That They Will Group All Of Their Activities Under TKH Security Banner
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TKH Security Provides VMS With Siqura Cameras For The Wet Infrastructure Sector
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Siqura And TKH Security Integrates Surveillance And Access Control System For Sheikh Khalifa Central Hospital
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