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American Dynamics' SpeedDome Ultra 8 provides up to 420x total zoom and innovative features like Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), and Digital Slow Shutter (DSS) for vastly superior video images. Combined with an innovative design that lets you save presets and patterns directly to the base, SpeedDome Ultra 8 sets the bar for performance and reliability. Electronic Image Stabilisation reduces vibration of the image captured by the camera without causing loss of resolution. This is particularly important for applications that are subject to weather conditions such as car parks, stadiums and cameras mounted on poles alongside roads.Wide Dynamic Range, Digital Slow Shutter and Day/Night functionality compensate for varying lighting conditions within the same scene without losing image clarityTwo powerful series (22x and 35x) let you choose the dome that's right for your applicationStore presets and patterns within the base to eliminate reprogramming No fans ensure quiet operation and superior reliability Integrated Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) simplifies wiring and installation Covert design eliminates the need for an external bubble Continuous autofocus provides the clearest images during full range of motion Dome usage statistics provide important information on how a dome is utilized Up to 8 privacy zones give you the flexibility to protect confidential areas or respect personnel privacy Advanced on-screen display with titles provides the detail you need to know exactly what you're looking at Supports SensorNet, RS-422, AD-UTC, Manchester and select competitors protocolsAdd to Compare
The Discover series of Mini-Domes delivers a vandal resistant solution at a non-vandal resistant price. This series of high performance Mini-Domes includes high impact, vandal resistant dome housings built to withstand even the harshest environments. Unlike other dome housings in the industry, which are made of metal, the Discover series housing is made with extremely durable composite and polycarbonate materials that have "shape memory". The Discover housing comes with a choice of clear or tinted vandal resistant bubbles and includes a bubble liner to make it more covert. An advanced pivoting axis lets you position the camera at exactly the angle you need, while optimal white balance provides the clearest, most colour-perfect images possible.With three different types of mini-domes to choose from, there's a Discover solution just right for your particular requirements.The Discover High Resolution Mini-Dome has 540 TVL and also includes a user-selectable Night-Saver mode.The Discover Standard Resolution camera offers a cost effective solution for the value-conscious with 330 TVL.The Discover Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) Mini-Dome has:504 lines of resolution and a pixel-by-pixel shutter speed that lets you see better in areas where both very bright and dark areas exist, such as an entranceway or loading dock. 2x digital zoom to get an even closer view of the action. Night-Saver mode improves performance in low light situations, automatically switching from colour to monochrome as light dims and reverting back to colour once light is restored. DVR-Saver mode which helps conserve valuable hard drive space, reducing the size of video files by up to 30% when used with an Intellex® Digital Video Management System.Add to Compare
Utilize exacqVision Cloud Drive storage to expand security resources and provide additional asset protection. Cloud Drive offers multiple storage options to fit any business need or budget and recorded video data is easily accessible using the exacqVision Client or any device with an internet connection. Storage plans are based on camera resolution and desired days of cloud retention. Customers have the choice of archiving video to the cloud for some or all cameras on their Exacq server and can choose specific events such as motion events to back up to the Cloud.
Environment Surveillance Server combines networking, video monitoring and dynamic environmental monitoring to provide you with an all-in-one video monitoring solution. Based on the Internet of Things networking, it has multiple innovative technologies integrated into its system such as high-definition audio and video decoding, environmental perception and data acquisition, and component A interface access. The server supports many functions such as analog input acquisition with current/voltage conversion, Modbus bus connection, signal acquisition, warning, alarm generation from network sensors, linkage management, high-definition video access, two-way audio, and information overlay. Combined with a switching power supply, UPS, access control devices, smart meters, and environmental data, this device becomes a comprehensive surveillance solution for plants, central machine stations, smart substations, and IDC data centers.
Respond immediately to critical situations and provide a safe environment for employees, students, event attendees and others. Exacq’s Facial Matching- Intelligent Alerts solution, enabled by Tyco AI, provides immediate notification of arriving persons of interest. Faces can be classified into different categories, so that personnel can be deployed to respond quickly and appropriately. This deep learning facial recognition engine provides high accuracy facial matching, even with partially obscured faces due to glasses, hats, and varied angles of view. Learn more about exacqVision software during our 20-minute webinar: https://www.exacq.com/webinar_new/#load=1636588800
Tyco American Dynamics VideoEdge 2U High Capacity Network Video Recorder (NVR) combines the powerful capabilities of victor with the intelligence of VideoEdge, fueled by Tyco Artificial Intelligence, for video management that provides actionable insights to save time, money and lives. The VideoEdge 2U HC NVR allows users to manage dozens of cameras at full frame and resolution rates. Users can also record in RAID configurations up to 100 TB and take advantage of twelve front-accessible storage drives that can be hot-swapped while recording, as well as a redundant power supply for increased reliability. VideoEdge NVRs seamlessly deploy cameras with an advanced open architecture and simple design, adding and reassigning licenses at any time. Additional features for the 2U HC NVR include: 600 Mbps recording throughput to disc Support for up to 128 cameras IP camera auto discovery allows for quick system setup Re-identification Intelligent Search Network Interface Card bonding for network failover The victor and VideoEdge solution is designed to adhere to the rigorous standards of the Johnson Controls Cyber Solutions Product Security Program, a holistic approach to cyber protection. The solution also includes a security audit page that allows administrators to quickly determine if the proper levels of protection are applied for additional cybersecurity resiliency.
System Overview PoC Series features camera powered directly by the recorder over the same coaxial cable in which video is transmitted. Dahua PoC transmission distance can reach up to 400 meters for AF cameras and 200 meters for AT cameras, that can help decrease material and installation cost and simplify the system. Functions StarlightWith the adoption of large sized high performance sensor and large aperture lens, the camera is able to provide incomparable performance even under extreme lowlight environment. The starlight feature allows more details to be captured and accurate color to be recognized at night or in scenes with limited illumination. Wide Dynamic RangeWith advanced Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) technology, Dahua HDCVI camera provides clear details in the environment of strong brightness contrast. The bright and dark area can get clear video even in high brightness environment or with backlight shadow. Super AdaptEmbedded with intelligent algorithm, for changing external environment, camera can automatically adjust parameters to present the optimal image, and it solves the trouble of configuration. Advanced 3DNR3DNR is noise reduction technology that detects and eliminates random noises by comparing two sequential frames. Dahua’s advanced 3DNR technology allows remarkable noise reduction with little impact to sharpness, especially under limited lighting condition. Besides, the advanced 3DNR effectively decreases the band width and saves the storage space. Smart IlluminationThe camera is designed with IR illumination for best lowlight performance. Smart IR is a technology to ensure brightness uniformity in B/W image under low illumination. Dahua’s unique Smart IR adjusts to the intensity of camera's infrared LEDs to compensate for the distance of an object, and prevents IR LEDs from overexposing images as the object come closer to the camera. Easy InstallationHDCVI quick-to-install eyeball adopts quick-to-install pedestal, which can achieve easier installation than conventional eyeball. Quick-to-install camera reduces time and labor costs. Protection (IP67, wide voltage)IP67: The camera passes a series of strict test on dust and soak. It has dust-proof function, and the enclosure can works normal after soaking in 1 m deep water for 30 minutes. Wide voltage: The camera allows ±30% (for some power supplies) input voltage tolerance (wide voltage range), and it is widely applied to outdoor environment with instable voltage. Broadcast-quality AudioAudio information is used as supplementary evidence in video surveillance applications. The HDCVI camera supports audio signal transmission over coaxial cable. In addition, it adopts unique audio processing and transmission technology that best restores source audio and eliminates noise, guaranteeing the quality and effectiveness of collected audio information.Add to Compare
IntelliSight is a complete video management solution providing users with convenient, intelligent, real-time, and secure surveillance services. The system consists of edge AI camera, NVR&AI Server, Cloud Server, Desktop Management Software and Mobile APP. IntelliSight is the best choices for small and medium office buildings, retail shops, supermarkets, schools and other private and public area. The IntelliSight consists of 5 major modules, auto-find and quick config all terminals, multiple-windows' preview, 4 channels playback, e-map function and smart event center.
exacqVision open platform VMS software is intuitive, able to be centrally managed and integrates easily into third-party technologies including more than 5,000 cameras. If you are interested in learning more about this update, sign-up for access to the recorded webinar: https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/7716757850369436934 The exacqVision 21.09 software update includes newly added support for object classification analytics with the Illustra ProGen4 and Axis camera lines. This update also includes removeable privacy windows for industries such as law enforcement agencies, prisons, and rail companies that require additional privacy controls for sensitive video.
Decrease Reaction Time. Increase Awareness. Improve Your Security. The victor Video Management System (VMS) and VideoEdge Network Video Recorder (NVR) platforms allow users to see and prevent more events before they occur. Save administrator resources with powerful features like person-based intelligent search, narrowing down search time from minutes to seconds and gain the upper hand against potential threats. Leveraging high-performance smart video searching, video intelligence, and case management along with an extensive feature set, users gain greater situational awareness. VideoEdge network video recorders are available with a full range of purpose-built appliances to manage surveillance in comprehensive environments both onsite and remotely. Maintain dozens of cameras per network video recorder with capabilities for both IP and hybrid installations. The flexibility of VideoEdge provides users with powerful analytics to gather employee and consumer information that aid in forensic investigation or business intelligence. Mix and match hundreds of VideoEdge IP or hybrid NVRs to accommodate thousands of cameras into one cohesive victor VMS ecosystem. Designed with a scalable portfolio of clients, customizing a victor solution for any business is simple. From the easy-to-use victor Express to the command and control of victor Professional, the VMS allows your company to use smarter technologies that include tools to reduce bandwidth costs. Combine deployments into victor Enterprise to manage a robust infrastructure in support of thousands of VideoEdge network video recorders. Bring together access control, intrusion, and fire systems correlated with video into one powerful, intuitive interface that operates in seamless harmony. victor is your always on, always available, secure video surveillance solution.
With its own device certificate issuing system, Root CA, the Wisenet camera lineup offers the highest levels of cybersecurity possible. Secure by Default, Hanwha Techwin’s cybersecurity policy, embeds unique certificates into all products during each step of the development and manufacturing process. This results in a cybersecurity policy that satisfies stringent UL CAP standards as well as our own requirements for product reliability and design innovation.
System Overview Pro Series is a perfect choice for SMB solutions and projects where both high reliability and flexibility are required. All cameras are equipped with Starlight feature, 120dB true WDR and 3DNR, and are able to provide clear images and rich details even under tough lighting conditions. Functions Full-colorFull-color camera adopts large aperture lens and high performance sensor. With higher amount of absorbed light and advanced image processing algorithm, the camera provides 24/7 color monitoring that collects clear and vivid information,significantly increasing probability of gathering valid human, vehicle, and event evidence that can be used for further intelligent analysis. Broadcast-quality AudioAudio information is used as supplementary evidence in video surveillance applications. The HDCVI camera supports audio signal transmission over coaxial cable. In addition, it adopts unique audio processing and transmission technology that best restores source audio and eliminates noise, guaranteeing the quality and effectiveness of collected audio information.*This function is available for select models. Wide Dynamic RangeWith advanced Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) technology, Dahua HDCVI camera provides clear details in the environment of strong brightness contrast. The bright and dark area can get clear video even in high brightness environment or with backlight shadow. Advanced 3DNR3DNR is noise reduction technology that detects and eliminates random noises by comparing two sequential frames. Dahua’s advanced 3DNR technology allows remarkable noise reduction with little impact to sharpness, especially under limited lighting condition. Besides, the advanced 3DNR effectively decreases the band width and saves the storage space. Warm Supplemental lightsWith warm supplemental LED lights, the camera is able to provide a coloful and vivid image even in total darkness. By default, the camera is set to smart light mode, in which the camera can automatically adjust the exposure time and light sensitivity simultaneously to avoid overexposureing of the objects in the image center. 4 Signals over 1 Coaxial CableHDCVI technology supports 4 signals to be transmitted over 1 coaxial cable simultaneously, i.e. video, audio*, data and power. Dual-way data transmission allows the HDCVI camera to interact with the XVR, such as sending control signal or triggering alarm. Moreover, HDCVI technology supports PoC for construction flexibility.* Audio input is available for some models of HDCVI cameras. Long Distance TransmissionHDCVI technology guarantees real-time transmission at long distance without any loss. It supports up to 700m transmission for 2MP/5MP/8MP HD video via coaxial cable, and up to 300m via UTP cable.*Actual results verified by real-scene testing in Dahua's test laboratory. Protection (IP67, wide voltage)IP67: The camera passes a series of strict test on dust and soak. It has dust-proof function, and the enclosure can works normal after soaking in 1 m deep water for 30 minutes.Wide voltage: The camera allows ±30% (for some power supplies) input voltage tolerance (wide voltage range), and it is widely applied to outdoor environment with instable voltage.
System Overview Driven by advanced smart H.265 encoding technology, Dahua Smart Dual Illuminators Camera combines precision and reliability into one powerful camera, achieving high encoding efficiency, producing seamless videos and reducing cost on transmission and storage. To meet a wide range of shooting situations, this series of high-performant cameras features functions such as infrared and warm light smart illumination, human shape detection, and siren and light active deterrence. It also achieves the application of retrospect, intervention and precaution, delivering the convenience needed in a modern camera. Functions Smart Dual IlluminatorsDahua Smart Dual Illuminators technology adopts smart algorithm to detect targets. Usually, the IR illuminator is on at night; when the target appears in the monitoring area, the white light is on, and the camera records the full-color video and information of key events. That is, the camera links snapshot and video with full-color image. When the target is out of the monitoring area, the white light is off and the IR illuminator is on, which reduces light pollution efficiently. Siren and Light Active DeterrenceThe camera supports the white light alarm and voice alarm when perimeter event occurs, to realize the deterrence and effective intervention. The camera is built in the alarm voice, and supports customized voice importing. IVSWith advanced video algorithm, Dahua IVS technology supports intelligent functions, such as tripwire and intrusion. Wide Dynamic RangeThe camera achieves vivid images, even in the most intense contrast lighting conditions, using industry-leading wide dynamic range (WDR) technology. For applications with both bright and low lighting conditions that change quickly, WDR optimizes both the bright and dark areas of a scene at the same time to provide usable video. Smart H.265+Smart H.265+ is the optimized implementation of the H.265 codec that uses a scene-adaptive encoding strategy, dynamic GOP, dynamic ROI, flexible multi-frame reference structure and intelligent noise reduction to deliver high-quality video without straining the network. Smart H.265+ technology reduces bit rate and storage requirements by up to 70% when compared to standard H.265 video compression. SceneIt is suitable for use by families and in fish ponds, orchards, rural courtyards, small factories, supermarkets and other similar locations.
Security breaches are not governed by the seasons, by the weather, and certainly not by the time of day. They can occur at any time, and often under the cover of darkness when traditional, black-and-white security cameras with infrared lighting are unable to capture events clearly enough to collect clear evidence or respond effectively. Hikvision has expanded its full-colour camera range with ColorVu technology. This offers a much better visual experience than traditional cameras, providing accurately rendered colour images with balanced brightness at all times of the day or night. The camera range with ColorVu technology includes 4k cameras for UHD experience and varifocal cameras for unparalleled clarity. These innovations allow organizations and local authorities to monitor outdoor or indoor spaces, identify breaches as soon as they occur, and react in real-time to protect staff, employees, and members of the public. Boosting security with leading-edge technology Cameras with ColorVu technology can capture high-definition, full-colour images in low light conditions because of two key technology breakthroughs: advanced F1.0 large apertures, and high-performance imaging sensors. The cameras also use a new 3D dynamic noise reduction (DNR) algorithm to increase clarity at long range, and a soft and warm supplemental light guarantees colourful images even in zero-light environments. The expanded camera range with ColorVu satisfies different needs of customers, from high-performance products to budget-friendly choices, as well as smart solutions. For example, the range now includes a 4K camera that offers ultra-high-definition colour imaging during the day and at night. With better image quality and richer details, 4K cameras with ColorVu can be applied in wider scenarios such as stadiums, airports, harbours, and parking lots, where clear and high-resolution images are necessary. The cameras with ColorVu can also integrate Hikvision AcuSense technology to distinguish between people, vehicles, and other moving targets such as rain, leaves, and animals. Alarms are only triggered when preset intrusion types are detected, allowing security teams to take action. 4 key applications for the cameras with ColorVu The ability to capture clear, full-colour images 24x7 is useful for a wide range of indoor and outdoor scenarios. Examples include: Security for outdoor spaces – especially streets and parks Lighting on streets and in parks is rarely uniform, and dark areas can increase the risk of crime and make people feel unsafe. Cameras with ColorVu technology enable local authorities to record high-resolution, full colour video footage even in low-light conditions, which helps to increase security and enables much faster responses to incidents. Improved perimeter protection for retail and logistics parks Perimeter protection is always a challenge for large retail and logistics parks. With ColorVu technology, security teams can monitor the perimeter 24x7 and react quickly to any breaches before assets or people are put at risk. Cameras with ColorVu can also be combined with other smart video technologies from Hikvision – including AcuSense vehicle and license-plate recognition – to trigger automated alerts for suspected security breaches. Asset protection for small businesses Small businesses around the world need to protect their assets, including vehicles left in driveways or on the street. Because cameras with ColorVu technology can capture high-resolution, full-colour images 24x7, security breaches can be recorded, and evidence passed on to the authorities increasing the chance that assets can be recovered and that perpetrators will be brought to justice. Increased security at building entrances High-resolution, full colour images can greatly enhance security at building entrances, which are sometimes unlit, or dimly lit. Even though cameras with ColorVu can record footage in extremely low light conditions, teams often choose to turn on the cameras’ supplementary light as an additional deterrent to a break in or another security incident. These examples are the tip of the iceberg in terms of how and where cameras with ColorVu technology can be deployed to boost security and protect people and assets. For more information about the ColorVu technology, visit Hikvision’s website.
With starlight solution and deep learning algorithm, Dahua WizMind 5 Series network camera has various intelligent functions, including face capture, perimeter protection and people counting, which greatly improve the accuracy of video analysis. The series camera supports dustproof function, waterproof function and vandal-proof function, complying with the standards of IP67 and IK10 (Supported by some select models).
Hikvision DS-2AE5037N-A is a color monochrome PTZ outdoor dome camera that features: 1/3’’ high performance CCD ±0.1° Preset Accuracy Self-adaptive to HIKVISION, Pelco-P/D protocol 3D intelligent positioning function Power-off memory function: restore PTZ & Lens status after reboot Built-in temperature sensor, with display of internal temperature Lightning protection, surge protection and voltage transient protectionAdd to Compare
Hikvision DS-2CC52A1P(N)-AVPIR2 is a true day/night outdoor IR dome camera with 700 TVL resolution. It features 2.8 / 3.6 / 6 mm fixed lens, OSD Menu, DNR, Smart IR, Digital WDR, Eclipse & 30m IR distance. It is certified as IP66 weatherproof.Add to Compare
2 Megapixel high-performance CMOS Analog HD output, up to 1080P resolution 2.8 ~ 12mm motorized vari-focal lens True Day/Night, Smart IR Up to 30m IR distance OSD menu Up the Coax(HIKVISION-C Protocol) 24V AC/ 12V DC (-A)Add to Compare
Hikvision DS-2CE56F7T-(A)ITZ is a 3-megapixel true day/night dome camera. This dome camera features most advanced technologies such as digital noise reduction, ultra-low-light illumination, smart infrared (IR), motorized varifocal lenses, IP66 rating, and vandal-proof housings.Add to Compare
Hikvision DS-2AE5123TI-A is a color monochrome PTZ dome camera that features: 1/3’’ high performance CMOS, up to 1280x720/1920x1080 resolution ±0.1° Preset Accuracy Self-adaptive to HIKVISION, Pelco-P/D protocol 3D intelligent positioning function Power-off memory function: restore PTZ & Lens status after rebootAdd to Compare
Hikvision DS-2CE56D1T-AVPIR3 is a true day/night outdoor IR dome camera that features: HD1080P Video Output Adopt HDTVI Technology True Day/Night, Smart IR 2.8 - 12mm vari-focal lens Up to 40m IR distance IP66 weatherproof & Vandal Proof OSD menu controlled via UTCAdd to Compare
Hikvision DS-2AF5023-A3 is a color monochrome PTZ indoor dome camera that features: 1/3’’ high performance CCD ±0.1° Preset Accuracy Self-adaptive to HIKVISION, Pelco-P/D protocol 3D intelligent positioning function Power-off memory function: restore PTZ & Lens status after reboot Built-in temperature sensor, with display of internal temperature Lightning protection, surge protection and voltage transient protection IP66 standard (outdoor dome)Add to Compare
Hikvision DS-2CC52A1P(N)-VP is an outdoor dome camera with 700TVL horizontal resolution and 1/3-inch Sony CCD image sensor. It features electronic day/night, OSD menu, DNR, DWDR as well as 2.8~12mm vari-focal lens.Add to Compare
Hikvision DS-2CC51A7P(N)-VPIR(H) is an outdoor IR dome camera with 700TVL horizontal resolution and 1/3-inch Sony CCD image sensor. It features true day/night, OSD menu, DNR, as well as 2.8~12mm vari-focal lens. It also features super low illumination, and Smart IR.Add to Compare
700 TVL resolution, 1/3” 960H image sensor True Day/Night with Mechanical ICR 8-12mm Varifocal lens Cold climate capability (minimum operating temperature -22°F/-30°C) 90 ft (27 m) IR Night Vision IP66 Weatherproof rating 3-Axis design for Wall/Ceiling mounting External Zoom/Focus adjustment 12V DC operationAdd to Compare
Hikvision DS-2CC51A5P(N)-VPIR(H) is an outdoor IR dome camera with 700TVL horizontal resolution and 1/3-inch Sony CCD image sensor. It features true day/night, OSD menu, DNR, as well as 2.8~12mm vari-focal lens. It also features super low illumination, and Smart IR.Add to Compare
Hikvision DS-2AE4023-A3 is a color monochrome mini PTZ indoor dome camera that features: High performance CCD ±0.1° Preset Accuracy Self-adaptive to HIKVISION, Pelco-P/D protocol 3D intelligent positioning function Power-off memory function: restore PTZ & Lens status after reboot Built-in temperature sensor, with display of internal temperature RS-485 communication diagnosis capability Manchester code communication diagnosis capabilityAdd to Compare
Hikvision DS-2AE4023N-A is a color monochrome mini PTZ indoor dome camera that features: High performance CCD ±0.1° Preset Accuracy Self-adaptive to HIKVISION, Pelco-P/D protocol 3D intelligent positioning function Power-off memory function: restore PTZ & Lens status after reboot Built-in temperature sensor, with display of internal temperature RS-485 communication diagnosis capability Manchester code communication diagnosis capabilityAdd to Compare
Hikvision DS-2AE4023N-A3 is a color monochrome mini PTZ indoor dome camera that features: High performance CCD ±0.1° Preset Accuracy Self-adaptive to HIKVISION, Pelco-P/D protocol 3D intelligent positioning function Power-off memory function: restore PTZ & Lens status after reboot Built-in temperature sensor, with display of internal temperature RS-485 communication diagnosis capability Manchester code communication diagnosis capability Scheduled PTZ movementAdd to Compare
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James Twigg is the Managing Director of Total Integrated Solutions (TIS), an independent life safety, security and communication systems integrator, specializing in design & consultancy, technology and regulatory compliance. Total Integrated Solutions work primarily with retirement villages, helping to ensure the safety of residents in numerous retirement villages across the country. In this opinion piece, James shares how smart technology is helping security teams and care staff alike in ensuring the safety and security of their spaces, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Impact of smart technology Smart technology is having an impact on pretty much every aspect of our lives Smart technology is having an impact on pretty much every aspect of our lives. From how we travel, to how we work, to how we run our homes. It’s not unusual to have Alexa waking us up and ordering our groceries or Nest to be regulating the temperature and energy in our homes. And while there’s a popular misconception that people in their later years are allergic to technology, retirement villages and care homes are experiencing significant innovation too. And the result is not only improved quality of life for residents, but also improved safety and security systems for management teams. Switching to converged IP systems I’ve been working in the life safety and security industry for over fifteen years. When I first joined TIS, much of the sector was still very analog, in terms of the technology being installed and maintained. Slowly but surely, we’ve been consulting and advising customers on how to design, install and maintain converged IP systems that all talk to each other and work in tandem. I'm excited to say retirement villages are some of the top spaces leading the way, in terms of technological advancement. Improving the quality of life for residents A move into a retirement village can be daunting and one of the key concerns that we hear about is the loss of independence. No one wants to feel like they are being monitored or to have someone constantly hovering over them. One of the ways we’ve used smart technology to maintain residents' independence is through devices, such as health monitors and motion sensors. For example, instead of having a member of staff check-in on residents every morning, to ensure they are well, sensors and analytics can automatically detect changes in routine and alert staff to possible problems. Similarly, wearable tech, such as smart watches give residents a chance to let staff know they are okay, without having to tell them face-to-face. As our retirement village customers have told us, a simple ‘I’m okay’ command can be the difference between someone feeling independent versus someone feeling monitored. Simplifying and improving security systems Smart technology gives care staff and security oversight of the needs of residents For the teams responsible for the safety of the people, places and spaces within retirement villages, smart technology is helping to improve and simplify their jobs. Smart technology gives care staff and security oversight of the needs of residents, and ensures rapid response if notified by an emergency alert, ensuring they know the exact location of the resident in need. And without the need to go and physically check-in on every resident, staff and management can ensure staff time is being used effectively. Resources can be distributed where they are needed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of those residents who need extra consideration. 24/7 surveillance When planning the safety and security for retirement villages, and other residential spaces, it’s no use having traditional systems that only work effectively for 12 hours a day or need to update during the evening. Surveillance needs to be 24/7 and smart technology allows that without the physical intrusion into people’s spaces and daily lives. Smart technology ensures that systems speak to each other and are easily and effectively managed on one integrated system. This includes video surveillance, which has also become much more effective as a result of advanced video analytics, which automatically warn staff of suspicious behavior. Securing spaces amid COVID-19 This year has, of course, brought new challenges for safety. COVID-19 hit the retirement and residential care sectors hard, first with the initial wave of infections in mid-2020 and then, with the subsequent loneliness caused by the necessary separation of families. As essential workers, we worked closely with our customers to make sure they had everything they needed As essential workers, we worked closely with our customers to make sure they had everything they needed during this time, equipping residents with tablet devices to ensure they could stay connected with their families and friends. It allowed residents to keep in touch without risking transferring the virus. Thermal cameras and mask detection And now that we’re emerging out of COVID-19 restrictions and most residents can see their families again, we’re installing systems like thermal cameras and mask detection, so as to ensure that security will be alerted to anyone in the space experiencing a high temperature or not wearing proper PPE. Such steps give staff and families alike, the peace-of-mind that operational teams will be alerted at the earliest possible moment, should a COVID-19 risk appear. Thinking ahead to the next fifteen years, I’m excited at the prospect of further technological advancements in this space. Because at the end of the day, it’s not about how complex your security system is or how you compete in the industry. It’s about helping teams to protect the people, spaces and places that matter. I see smart technology playing a huge role in that for years to come.
As the COVID-19 pandemic wanes and sporting venues open-up to full capacity, a new disturbing trend has hit the headlines - poor fan behavior. Five NBA teams have issued indefinite bans on fans, who crossed the line of unacceptable behavior, during the NBA playoffs. Major League Baseball stadiums have a recurring problem with divisive political banners being strewn over walls, as part of an organized campaign, requiring fan ejections. There was a brawl between Clippers and Suns fans after Game 1 of their playoff series. And, the U.S. vs. Mexico Nations League soccer game over the Fourth of July weekend had to be halted, due to fans throwing objects at players and screaming offensive chants. Cracking down on poor fan behavior Security directors are consistently reporting a disturbing uptick in poor fan attitude and behavior With players across all major sports leagues commanding more power than ever before, they are demanding that sports venues crack down on poor fan behavior, particularly when they are the targets of that behavior. Whether it’s an extension of the social-media divisiveness that’s gripped society, or people unleashing pent up negative energy, following 15 months of social isolation, during the COVID-19 global pandemic, security directors are consistently reporting a disturbing uptick in poor fan attitude and behavior. They’re also reporting a chronic security guard shortage, like many businesses that rely on relatively low-cost labor, finding candidates to fill open positions has been incredibly difficult. Low police morale To add the third component to this perfect storm, many police departments are struggling with morale issues and officers are less likely to put themselves into positions, where they could wind up in a viral video. According to the Police Executive Research Forum, police officer retirements in the U.S. were up 45% in the April 2020 - April 2021 period, when compared to the previous year. Resignations were up 18%. In this environment, officers may be less likely to undertake fan intervention unless it’s absolutely necessary. This can seem like the worst of times for venue security directors, as they need more staff to handle increasingly unruly patrons, but that staff simply isn’t available. And, because the security guard staffing industry is a commoditized business, companies compete almost solely on price, which requires that they keep salaries as low as possible, which perpetuates the lack of interest in people participating in the profession. Digital Transformation There is only one way out of this conundrum and that is to make security personnel more efficient and effective. Other industries have solved similar staffing and cost challenges through digital transformation. For example, only a small percentage of the total population of restaurants in the U.S. used to offer home delivery, due to cost and staffing challenges of hiring dedicated delivery personnel. Advent of digital efficiency tools But with the advent of digital efficiency tools, now virtually all restaurants can offer delivery But with the advent of digital efficiency tools, such as UberEATS and DoorDash, now virtually all restaurants can offer delivery. Likewise, field-service personnel are digitally connected, so when new jobs arise, they can be notified and routed to the location. Compare this to the old paper-based days, when they wouldn’t know about any new jobs until they picked up their work schedule at the office, the next day and you can see how digital transformation makes each worker significantly more efficient. Security guards and manned guarding The security guard business has never undergone this kind of digital transformation. The state-of-the-art ‘technology’ has never changed - human eyes and ears. Yes, there are video cameras all over stadiums and other venues, but behind the scenes is a guard staring at a bunch of monitors, hoping to identify incidents that need attention. Meanwhile, there are other guards stationed around the stadium, spending most of their time watching people who are doing nothing wrong. Think about all the wasted time involved with these activities – not to mention the relentless boredom and ‘alert fatigue’ from false-positive incident reporting and you understand the fundamental inefficiencies of this labor-based approach to security. Now think about a world where there’s ubiquitous video surveillance and guards are automatically and pre-emptively notified and briefed, when situations arise. The fundamental nature of the security guards profession changes. Instead of being low paid ‘watchers’, they instead become digitally-empowered preventers. AI-based screening and monitoring technology This world is happening today, through Artificial Intelligence-based screening and monitoring technology. AI-powered weapons-detection gateways inform guards, when a patron entering the venue is carrying a gun, knife or other forbidden item. Instead of patting down every patron with metal in their pockets, which has been the standard practise since walk-through metal detectors were mandated by sports leagues following 9/11, guards can now target only those who are carrying these specific items. Video surveillance and AI-based analytics integration Combining surveillance video with AI-based advanced analytics can automatically identify fan disturbances Combining surveillance video with AI-based advanced analytics can automatically identify fan disturbances or other operational issues, and notify guards in real time, eliminating the need to have large numbers of guards monitoring video feeds and patrons. The business benefits of digitally transformed guards are compelling. A National Hockey League security director says he used to have 300 guards manning 100 walk-through metal detectors. By moving to AI solutions, he can significantly reduce the number of scanning portals and guards, and most importantly redeploy and gain further operational efficiencies with his overall operational strategy. Changing staffing strategy This changes the staffing strategy significantly and elevates the roles of guards. Suddenly, a US$ 20-per-hour ‘job’ becomes a US$ 40-per-hour profession, with guards transformed into digital knowledge workers delivering better outcomes with digitally enabled staffs. Beyond that, these digitally transformed guards can spend a much higher percentage of their time focused on tasks that impact the fan experience – whether it’s keeping weapons out of the building, pro-actively dealing with unruly fans before a broader disruption occurs, or managing business operations that positively impact fan patron experience. Digitally transforming security guards Perhaps most important, digitally transforming security guards elevates the profession to a more strategic level, which means better pay for the guards, better service for clients of guard services, and an overall better experience for fans. That’s a perfect storm of goodness for everyone.
The UK government recently announced a doubling of the Safer Streets Fund to £45 million, as it seeks to reassure the public that safety is a top priority, as the night-time economy makes a return. More than just surveillance While this funding increase is much needed, it’s vital that the government and local councils use the money strategically, or risk missing out on a great opportunity to deliver real change and enhance safety across the United Kingdom. One of the main strategies cited by the government is to increase the current vast number of CCTV cameras installed across the country, despite the fact that the UK is already one of the most surveilled nations in the world. Investing in video analytics London alone has around 700,000 cameras, but to effectively monitor them all would be an incredibly inefficient use of manpower and require a huge number of staff. Therefore, I believe the clearest and most cost-effective way for this project to succeed in its overall mission, is by investing in smarter technology, such as video analytics. Incorporating video analytics into existing infrastructure is the clear solution This technology offers a more efficient use of resources, faster response times and enables more informed, time-critical decision making, when reacting to unfolding events in real time. Incorporating video analytics into existing infrastructure is the clear solution, as the technology enables legacy assets, such as analog CCTV cameras, to become more than just after the fact evidence gathering tools and instead be used to help enhance real-time responses to unfolding incidents. Artificial intelligence-enabled solutions Artificial intelligence-enabled solutions are trained using vast datasets of images and video footage, in order to better understand people, objects and vehicles that are captured on film, and they continue ‘learning’ and improving, while in use. The system’s algorithms analyze and prioritize input from video data to decide which inputs are of value, automatically classifying the footage and notifying security personnel accordingly. This reduces response times by notifying CCTV operators of an incident, as it happens, meaning law enforcement and security personnel can react faster and intervene in an ongoing situation. Edge technology and real-time video streaming A key consideration should be choosing a technology that can operate at the edge and deliver real-time video streaming, even at the lowest bandwidths, so it isn’t limited to use in areas with good connectivity, which would exclude most remote areas. Quality really does matter and technology that can operate over low bandwidths is crucial for allowing operators to zoom in on areas of interest, such as a car number plate or face, and retrieve full-resolution images that can make a real difference in ongoing investigations. Analytics-based security approach Introducing an analytics-based security approach would also help curtail the rising cost of tackling crime Introducing an analytics-based security approach would also help curtail the rising cost of tackling crime. Research conducted by the UK’s Labour Party recently found that the annual cost of crime reached a staggering £100 billion. While statistics show that crime rates in general have been fairly stable over recent years, experts point to the increase in specific types of violent crime, such as knife crime which rose by over 20% during 2020. Implementing smart analytics-based technology Implementing smart analytics-based technology would help maintain staffing costs, as the system can identify incidents without an operator’s input, as well as reducing the cost of managing crime, as more incidents will be intervened in before they escalate too far. This dramatically reduces the burden on staff and allows a single surveillance operator to monitor many more cameras. On the other hand, this level of automation also reduces false alarm fatigue and operator overload, which can quickly sap efficiencies and reduce operator alertness, if left unchecked. Data driven problem-solving approach to crime prevention Procurement officials should avoid the common mistake of simply doubling down and throwing more staff and security assets at the problem to bring results. Instead, they should take a more data driven problem-solving approach to crime prevention by leveraging technologies that can enhance response and preserve their existing investments in cameras. The smart use of real-time video analytics could make the difference by preventing dangerous situations from escalating into serious incidents.
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