Honeywell Unveils New 600 TVL True Day/Night Vandal-resistant Mini-dome Cameras
Honeywell Unveils New 600 TVL True Day/Night Vandal-resistant Mini-dome Cameras

Honeywell is proud to introduce the new and improved HD4 Series of vandal-resistant dome cameras. Completely designed by Honeywell, the HD4D3SX, HD4DAFSX and HD4DIRSX come fully integrated with camera and lens that performs in both indoor and outdoor environments. Whatever the application, the new HD4 Series has a solution for you.Quick/easy installation - The new compact surface or flush one-piece mount design allows for fast, easy installation directly to a ceiling, wall, or to a 4S (using the supplied adapter plate), single, or double electrical box. In addition, a wall or pendant mount kit is available for installation in virtually any application. The new internal cable management design enables installers to easily place their video/power connection within the housing base and not in walls or conduit pipe. The HD4DAFSX has an auto focus mechanical zoom lens that continuously adjusts to the correct focus automatically for the sharpest picture, resulting in reduced installation time. Flexibility - With both composite and unshielded twisted pair (UTP) outputs, installers only need to buy one model for any application. This reduces the amount of inventory needed, and if the installation changes, there is no need to spend time returning the wrong camera and buying a new one. Better image quality - 600 TVL allows for outstanding picture clarity, sharp edge definition and true colour contrast. HD4DIRSX comes with ‘anti-saturation technology' to provide the clearest image in dark conditions. Highlight Masking Exposure (HME) masks overly-exposed light sources (such as car headlights) to produce a definable image. Peace of mind - New built-in breather vent eliminates all humidity or water ingress issues to eliminate weather-related issues and potential loss of critical video. The new integrated heater and thermostat ensures the camera will continue to function in temperatures as low as -40°F (-40°C). Part Number  Description HD4D3SX 1/3" CCD Integrated True Day/Night Rugged Dome Camera with DNR, 600 TVL, 3.3-12 mm VFAI, Heater, Surface/Flush Housing, 12 VDC/24 VAC, PAL HD4DAFSX 1/3" CCD Integrated True Day/Night Rugged Dome Camera with DNR, 600 TVL, 2.9-8.5 mm Auto Focus Lens, Heater, Surface/Flush Housing, 12 VDC/24 VAC, PAL  HD4DIRSX 1/3" CCD Integrated True Day/Night Rugged Dome Camera with DNR, 600 TVL, 18 LEDs, 3.3-12 mm VFAI, Heater, Surface/Flush Housing, 12 VDC/24 VAC, PAL

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Honeywell Adds High Definition Mini-dome To IP Camera Portfolio
Honeywell Adds High Definition Mini-dome To IP Camera Portfolio

Announcing the latest addition to the Honeywell EQUIP® family of IP products and the first in a series of high definition cameras. The new HD3MDIPX indoor mini-dome provides 720p images at extremely low bandwidth for significantly reduced storage requirements-even in low light. The HD3MDIPX is the latest addition to Honeywell's expanded IP portfolio of high definition (HD) cameras that allows end users to integrate a broad range of digital technology into their analog systems. The HD mini-dome provides extremely high picture quality at the cost of traditional analog cameras. It features an externally accessible web-based menu to let operators view and control cameras from virtually anywhere, and camera tamper detection alerts users instantly if a camera has been obstructed or vandalised. "When it comes to new security installations, IP-based systems are growing in prevalence as viable options alongside traditional analog-based approaches," said Vineet Nargolwala, general manager EMEA, Honeywell Systems Group. "IP migration is not a matter of if - it's a matter of when. And as this happens and the price of IP falls, the capabilities and benefits of IP will continue to grow. In light of this, beginning a migration to IP-based systems is a necessary way to future-proof an organization and prepare for the day when IP will be the dominant form of video." The company's IP offering includes a powerful video management platform, MAXPRO® VMS, and a complete selection of recording solutions. Open architecture lets users easily transition digital technology into existing analog systems and provides users the flexibility they need to control costs and maximize their investment in existing equipment. The HD portfolio of cameras will soon expand to include an outdoor mini-dome, a bullet camera and box camera options. For more information, visit www.honeywellipsolutions.com

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New From Honeywell - HD4UX Mini-dome: Every Pixel Tells A Story
New From Honeywell - HD4UX Mini-dome: Every Pixel Tells A Story

Honeywell's HD4UX is the ideal camera for environments with high contrast and changing light conditions. Using the Digital Pixel System® (DPS) Sensor Technology, light photons are converted from analog to a digital format within each pixel immediately after the image is captured.  Even in high-contrast lighting conditions, the HD4UX delivers higher quality images and significantly better dynamic range (>100 dB) than conventional CCD cameras. The HD4UX uses a removable infrared (IR) cut filter in colour mode and an optical low-pass filter (OLPF) in black and white mode, guaranteeing optimal image quality at any time of day.  The HD4UX also comes with a one-button camera set-up lever control to access the on-screen display menu.  Seven wide dynamic presets allow quick and easy set-up for various applications such as ATMs, loading bays, lobbies, and scenes with intense glare from spotlights or car headlights. This rugged integrated camera system is loaded with high-performance features and is easy to install.  With solid die-cast aluminum housing and a scratch-resistant 3.5 mm-thick clear polycarbonate dome cover and dome liner, this unit can withstand heavy external impacts and is IP66 rated for safe outdoor installations.  The compact surface mount design allows for fast, easy installation to a ceiling or wall.  A 4S adapter plate for mounting over an electrical box is supplied with the unit.  A service/monitor cable is included for easy on-site adjustments, and a wall mount kit can be ordered, if needed. Features include: 1/3" Ultra Wide Dynamic DPS imager 540 TV lines of resolution 32-bit digital processing 7 Wide Dynamic presets for easy set up and camera configuration Dynamic range: 102 dB typical/ 120 dB max - 100 to 200 times greater than conventional CCD cameras 12 VDC/24 VAC with line lock 3-D axis gimbal bracket Higher frame rates - 50 fps progressive video capture for sharp image definition in all lighting conditions 0.4 lux @ F1.4 for true colour representation in daytime and black and white at night Local video output for set-up Vandal resistant aluminum alloy housing with polycarbonate dome For further information, click here or call 08448 000 235

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Honeywell ACUIX™ ES Dome Range Expanded With New Outdoor Models
Honeywell ACUIX™ ES Dome Range Expanded With New Outdoor Models

ACUIX™ ES range provides superior quality video both indoors and outdoors at a competitive price.The ACUIX™ ES PTZ dome features four housing configurations and four integrated high-resolution, auto-focus cameras for virtually any application. The indoor colour cameras are available with either an 18X zoom lens and 460 TVL (PAL) of resolution or a fixed 2.8-10mm vari-focal auto-iris lens and 540 TVL of resolution. The outdoor Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) and True Day/Night (TDN) models feature 18X, 26X and 36X zoom lenses and up to 530 TVL PAL of resolution. The quick and easy installation characteristics make the ACUIX™ ES the undisputed first choice when a cost competitive, fully featured dome is required.Like the ACUIX PTZ dome, the ACUIX ES PTZ dome uses Honeywell proprietary technology that allows users to remotely upload firmware to all domes and permits secure storage of all camera settings such as labels, presets, tours, and privacy zones.The ACUIX ES PTZ comes with many software features that increase performance and make installation and operation easy. Privacy Zones allow a user to mask up to 24 regions to ensure sensitive areas remain obscured (up to eight on screen at once). Password protection prevents unauthorized users from changing system settings. Standard options include UTP video and up to 8 dry contact inputs. Multi-language menus are provided for English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Polish, Czech and Spanish.Market OpportunitiesThe combination of Honeywell technology, advanced video processing, and low-profile design makes ACUIX™ ES ideally suited for retail, banking and finance, healthcare, schools and campuses, and anywhere detailed surveillance is essential. Highly reliable, ACUIX ES offers world-class performance and seamless system integration. ACUIX™ ES Series PTZ domes: IndoorIn-ceiling (PAL)Fixed, clear, video over coaxFixed, smoked, video over coax18X colour, video over coax, video over UTP, 8 contact inputs, smoked18X colour, video over coax, 2 contact inputs, smoked18X colour, video over coax, 2 contact inputs, clear18X colour, video over coax, video over UTP, 8 contact inputs, clearIndoorSurface/pendant (PAL)Fixed, video over coax, clearFixed, video over coax, smoked18X colour, video over coax, 2 contact inputs, smoked18X colour, video over coax, video over UTP, 8 contact inputs, clear18X colour, video over coax, video over UTP, 8 contact inputs, smoked18X colour, video over coax, 2 contact inputs, clearOutdoor Clear dome (PAL)36X WDR TDN, video over coax, video over UTP, 8 contact inputs36X WDR TDN, video over coax, 2 contact inputs26X WDR TDN, video over coax, 2 contact inputs26X WDR TDN, video over coax, video over UTP, 8 contact inputs18X WDR TDN, video over coax, 2 contact inputs, clear18X WDR TDN, video over coax, video over UTP, 8 contact inputsOutdoorSmoke dome (PAL)36X WDR TDN, video over coax, video over UTP, 8 contact inputs36X WDR TDN, video over coax, 2 contact inputs26X WDR TDN, video over coax, 2 contact inputs26X WDR TDN, video over coax, video over UTP, 8 contact inputs18X WDR TDN, video over coax, 2 contact inputs, clear18X WDR TDN, video over coax, video over UTP, 8 contact inputs

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Honeywell Showcases Integrated Security Solutions, Launches Training Programmes At IFSEC 2009
Honeywell Showcases Integrated Security Solutions, Launches Training Programmes At IFSEC 2009

IFSEC hall 4, stand E70Honeywell will showcase its latest integrated, IP-based security systems at IFSEC 2009, which is being held at the NEC Birmingham from May 11-14. Visitors to the Honeywell stand E70 in Hall 4 can see a variety of recently launched products and solutions designed to help installers win more business and boost their revenues. These include the Fusion III v3.6 Digital Video Recorder (DVR), HCX megapixel camera range, ACUIX™ ES PTZ and fixed dome cameras and Performance Series security cameras.IFSEC also sees the unveiling of Honeywell's Trained Specifier Certification (TSC) programme, designed to help consultants and specifiers stay in touch with market trends. The company will also promote its Systems Integrator Programme (SIP), which provides customers with industry knowledge through a wide range of training programmes.The products and solutions taking the spotlight on the Honeywell stand this year include:Fusion III v3.6 Digital Video Recorder (DVR) and HCX megapixel camera range - Providing security installers and integrators with a comprehensive Honeywell IP video solution alongside its analog solutions, the Fusion III v3.6 DVR is ideal for organizations such as government facilities, educational centers, commercial buildings and municipal environments looking to expand digital or analog networks with the latest IP technology.  The solution offers full integration with Honeywell's new HCX megapixel camera range as well as the EQUIP™ range of IP cameras and ACUIX™ IP PTZ domes. ACUIX™ ES PTZ and fixed dome cameras - This line of pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) and fixed dome cameras has a reduced footprint that fits into most surveillance environments.  Operating on less than 15 watts of power, the ACUIX ES offers energy efficiency as well as ease of installation and operation. Performance Series security cameras - The Performance Series incorporates indoor and indoor/outdoor mini-domes as well as bullet cameras, many with infrared (IR) illumination. The line is ideal for organizations looking for cost-effective security surveillance.Recognising that success for installers and consultants in 2009 is about more than just product, Honeywell is launching training programmes that deliver valuable sales, marketing and technical support and training. These programmes include: Trained Specifier Certification (TSC) - Honeywell's TSC programme will be officially launched at IFSEC. It is designed to help consultants and specifiers stay in touch with market developments and trends as well as new solutions, applications and technology. This richly varied programme provides participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in today's market and encourages a rewarding relationship between Honeywell and the key security consultants, consulting engineers and specifiers who drive leading edge security solutions across Europe.Systems Integrator Programme (SIP) - This programme is designed specifically to help system integrators generate new business, stimulate growth and build and sustain customer relationships, providing them with a variety of marketing, training and support resources. Honeywell offers three membership tiers to participants, and courses are held at the company's Training Centres of Excellence in the UK, Netherlands and Germany."We are witnessing dramatic change in the security space: systems are moving from analog to digital; applications are bridging physical and logical security; and companies are adopting a more holistic approach than ever before," said Vineet Nargolwala, general manager EMEA, Honeywell Systems Group. "At IFSEC we are demonstrating the rich variety of ways in which Honeywell is responding to these changes and is protecting our customers' businesses, from two-door systems to multi-site access control and video security, and integrated systems based on IP or analog. We are also launching new training initiatives designed to enable our customers to stay ahead of industry changes."

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How Smart Technology Is Simplifying Safety And Security In Retirement Villages
How Smart Technology Is Simplifying Safety And Security In Retirement Villages

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.

The Post-Pandemic Mandate For Entertainment Venues: Digitally Transform Security Guards
The Post-Pandemic Mandate For Entertainment Venues: Digitally Transform Security Guards

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.

Safer Streets Require Real-Time Video Analytics
Safer Streets Require Real-Time Video Analytics

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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Security Industry Association Announces Winners Of The 2021 SIA New Product Showcase Awards
Security Industry Association Announces Winners Of The 2021 SIA New Product Showcase Awards

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced the 2021 winners of the SIA New Product Showcase Awards, the flagship awards program presented in partnership with ISC West recognizing innovative security products, services, and solutions. Top among the winners – who were recognized June 17 during a virtual awards show – was Lumeo, receiving the 2021 Best New Product Award. SIA New Product Showcase Since its inception in 1979, the SIA New Product Showcase has been the security industry’s premier product awards program. New products are reviewed by a panel of judges with extensive industry experience, and in 2021, following significant deliberations, the 35 judges presented awards for technologies covering 25+ product and service categories. The 2021 SIA New Product Showcase entries will be on display July 19-21 in Booth 14073 on the ISC West show floor. Best new product Lumeo received the Best New Product honor for its Lumeo product, submitted in the Emerging Technologies category. Lumeo received the Best New Product honor for its no-code video analytic builder  “Lumeo is the first and only ‘no-code' video analytic builder that provides integrators, software vendors, and solution providers with the ability to create and deliver custom analytics in minutes and with no technical skills needed,” said Lumeo. “Using drag-and-drop tools, pre-built analytic building blocks, and AI models, Lumeo lets providers instantly add AI-powered analytics to their own solution, or extend existing VMS and camera installations to increase revenue and bottom line. Lumeo’s cloud-managed analytics can run in the cloud, on-premises, or a hybrid model so you can optimize for convenience or cost.” Judges’ Choice Award The prestigious Judges’ Choice Award was presented to Teleportivity for the QR Video Intercom product, submitted in the Emerging Technologies category. “Imagine being able to install an app-like ‘video intercom’ experience, anywhere, simply with a QR code,” said Teleportivity. “There’s no hardware needed, and no app required for the visitor. Simply scan with a smartphone and access. Intercom owners can add a whole range of other self-serve experiences into their code. Install onto a digital directory, letterbox, a door, a wall…Anywhere.” New ideas and technologies “The 2021 entrants to the SIA New Product Showcase are a remarkable group, and we were impressed by the many notable ideas and new technologies that came in this year,” said Christopher Grniet, chair of the SIA New Product Showcase Committee. “It was a challenge making the final award determinations in this year’s highly competitive program following hours of panel-driven judging and technology demonstrations. Thank you to our dedicated judges for volunteering your time, expertise, and efforts to make the 2021 SIA New Product Showcase a success.” Merit Award SIA New Product Showcase program – received the New Product Showcase Merit Award Additionally, Marc R. Tardiff –  founder of MRT Security Consulting LLC and an active volunteer judge in the SIA New Product Showcase program – received the New Product Showcase Merit Award, which recognizes an individual or company who, through their support of the New Product Showcase, demonstrates a commitment to the vision and mission of the program, contributes to its success and promotes the advancement of SIA and the security industry overall. “I am honored to be named the 2021 SIA NPS Merit Award winner and would like to thank Sandra Jones, who first gave me the chance to serve on the SIA NPS Committee, as well as SIA, Reed, and our NPS Committee members for the work that has been going on for quite some time,” said Tardiff. “I’d also like to thank our previous chair, Jennifer Martin, and current chair Chris Grniet for allowing me to continue to serve.” Recognizing all the honorees “SIA is thrilled to recognize the 2021 SIA New Product Showcase honorees, whose products, services, and contributions represent the most innovative new security offerings on the market,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “SIA congratulates all the 2021 award winners, and especially Lumeo and Teleportivity, whose solutions stood out among the impressive field of entrants to earn the Best New Product and Judges’ Choice honors. Additionally, we congratulate Marc R. Tardiff on being named the 2021 SIA NPS Merit Award recipient in recognition of his dedication and valuable contributions to this flagship awards program.” Winners of the 2021 Product Showcase The 2021 SIA New Product Showcase award winners are: Best New Product Award Winner:  Lumeo – Lumeo Judges’ Choice Award Winner:  Teleportivity – QR Video Intercom New Product Showcase Merit Award Winner: Marc R. Tardiff, founder, MRT Security Consulting LLC Category Awards Access Control Devices & Peripherals Hardware – Wireless Winner:  Master Lock – Master Lock Vault Enterprise Bluetooth Door Controller Honorable Mention: Bird Home Automation GmbH – DoorBird D1812 Access Control Software, Hardware, Devices & Peripherals – Wired    Winner: Honeywell International Inc – Pro-Watch Integrated Security Suite Honorable Mention: Alvarado from dormakaba Group – MST-TE Touch-Free Full Height Turnstile Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Winner: Bullistic Barriers LLC – RaDeBuRe Commercial Monitoring Solutions Winner: Evolon – Verify Honorable Mention: Optex – Optex 12 Channel Bridge Communications and Networking Solutions Winner: M2M Services – MINI-LTE-M-AV Convergence and Integration Solutions Winner: BioConnect – BioConnect Enterprise 5.0 Design, Diagnostic, and Installation Tools Winner: Axis Communications, Inc. – AXIS Plugin for Autodesk Revit Emerging Technologies Winner: Teleportivity – QR Video Intercom Honorable Mention: Lumeo – Lumeo AiP Monitoring – SafeAtHome App Environmental Monitoring Systems Winner: IPVideo Corporation – HALO 2.2 Fire/Life Safety Winner: NOTIFIER by Honeywell – Notifier Inspire Self-Test Smoke Detection Hosted Solutions/Managed Services Winner: Soloinsight Inc. – CloudGate SmartSpace Identification Management and Credentialing (Non-Biometrics) Winner: SISCO – ThermalPass Intrusion Detection and Prevention Solutions (Physical) – Wired Winner: OPTEX Inc. – Redscan Pro Intrusion Detection and Prevention Solutions (Physical) – Wireless Winner: Intelligent Automation, Inc. – ARGUS Perimeter Security Solutions Key/Equipment Assets Management Solutions Winner: CyberLock Inc. – CyberAudit-Web 9.4 Law Enforcement/Public Safety/Guarding Systems Winner: Active Guardian – 3xLOGIC Gunshot Detection Lock and Key Solutions Winner: Medeco Security Locks – Medeco 4 High-Security Key System Cellphone Solutions (Connected) Winner: IronYun Inc. – Vaidio Cam App Smart Home Solutions Winner: Alarm.com – Flex IO Honorable Mention: 2GIG – 2GIG EDGE Security and Automation Panel Threat/Risk Management Software Applications Winner: Gallagher – Proximity and Contact Tracing Report Video Analytics Winner: IronYun Inc. – Vaidio AI Vision Platform 5.0 Video Surveillance Cameras (HD/Megapixel) Winner: Hitachi Kokusai Electric, Ltd. – KP-HD3005G-R5/IF-PCB Video Surveillance Data Storage Winner: Premio Inc. – AI Edge Inference Computer (RCO-6141E-4U2C-2060S) Video Surveillance Management Systems Winner: Immervision Inc. – Immervision HTML 5 Web SDK During the 2021 SIA New Product Showcase virtual awards ceremony, in addition to the presentation of the overall and category-specific awards, attendees enjoyed hearing insights from New Product Showcase judges into innovations driving product advancements in the security industry. The 2021 SIA New Product Showcase entries will be on display July 19-21 in Booth 14073 on the ISC West show floor.

Harris County Universal Services Deploy Honeywell’s Pro-Watch Intelligent Command System In Texas’ Harris County Region
Harris County Universal Services Deploy Honeywell’s Pro-Watch Intelligent Command System In Texas’ Harris County Region

Harris County, Texas, the third most populous county in the U.S., is deploying a new, next-generation security system in its buildings that will help make them more efficient and easier to operate. The new Honeywell system replaces multiple, disparate systems by integrating access control, security cameras, alarms and monitoring across the county's nearly 150 buildings situated over 1,777 square miles in Houston and the surrounding areas. Streamlined security platform Texas-based security integrator, ESI Fire and Security Protection, worked with Harris County to identify its needs and implement a streamlined security platform, using Honeywell's Pro-Watch Intelligent Command security management system to network video recorders, video cameras, thermal readers, and thermal cameras. The new system provides detailed, real-time information about alarm events, access and safety across the county The new system provides detailed, real-time information about alarm events, access and safety across the county. “The security and well-being of the Harris County employees, visitors and residents is always a top priority.” said Retired Major Gen. Rick Noriega, Interim Executive Director, Harris County Universal Services. Pro-Watch Intelligent Command system Rick adds, “This project allowed us to improve our systems and gain better insights into the county's buildings to provide a safer environment. The solutions provided by Honeywell and ESI also better set the county up for the future – we can test and actively add technologies to address new needs with this flexible but scalable system.” Before Honeywell's Pro-Watch Intelligent Command system, each county building used different security products that didn't talk to one another, creating an overly complicated network and increased work for employees. Immediate benefits for Harris County will include: Saving taxpayer dollars through better analytics that reduce false alarms and help first responders. Monitoring from a single central control station for improved situational awareness. Creating healthier building environments by leveraging people-counting technologies and analytics to manage health and safety compliance, such as social distancing. Streamlining systems to create operational efficiencies and save the county resources that can be redirected to other critical infrastructure or services. IDEMIA biometrics solutions Harris County Universal Services is looking into deploying next-level biometrics solutions from IDEMIA to enhance access control at the courthouse. Using facial recognition, a camera mounted on the entrance turnstiles will recognize employees and frequent visitors, such as judges and lawyers, using data stored in the ProWatch system without the need to physically scan a badge or remove facial coverings. This frictionless access system will allow employees and visitors to enter the building in an efficient and secure manner. This system can also alert a precinct when a public park is reaching capacity and monitor building occupancy levels to comply with local health regulations. Harris County is actively testing and implementing new features that will add additional capabilities countywide. The upgrades are designed to proactively manage situations and respond faster when required. Enhancing intelligence and transparency Harris County lacked a holistic, real-time view into its various facilities with its previous systems" “Harris County lacked a holistic, real-time view into its various facilities with its previous systems,” said James Humbert, Business Development Manager at ESI Fire and Security Protection. James adds, “We've partnered with the county and Honeywell to create positive change in just about every way the county operates by improving intelligence and transparency, reducing response times and helping to save taxpayers' dollars. We look forward to continuing to work with Harris County and Honeywell in creating an efficient and safe environment for residents and employees that is ready for the future.” Fully customized solution “Through a collaborative effort with the county and ESI teams, we created a more efficient and safer environment for people who work and visit Harris County public buildings,” said Rick Koscinski, General Manager, North America, Honeywell Commercial Security. Rick adds, “With a county as large as Harris County, it was no surprise that they had multiple, disconnected systems put in place over the years which limited efficiency and connectedness. Now, the county has a fully customized solution that is built to evolve with its needs that will not only help increase safety and awareness but also create an improved building experience for its employees and building visitors.” With a population of nearly five million people, Harris County employs more than 15,000 workers to support its residents with services including public safety, jails, law enforcement, courts, library services, and licensing facilities. Harris County Universal Services Harris County Universal Services is the solutions center for the departments and offices of Harris County. It designs, implements, and maintains high-quality, innovative, and cost-effective technology products and services for its customers. It provides comprehensive support through eight consumer divisions: Business Applications, Business Operations, Customer Service, Cyber Security, Fleet Services, Information Technology Infrastructure, Program Delivery & Analytics, and Public Safety Technology.

C2MI Deploys Honeywell’s AI-Powered Thermal Screening And Risk Self-Assessment Solutions For Safe Building Access
C2MI Deploys Honeywell’s AI-Powered Thermal Screening And Risk Self-Assessment Solutions For Safe Building Access

The MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre (C2MI), the largest electronics systems research and development center in Canada, has announced that they recently selected Honeywell for its new thermal screening and risk self-assessment process, at its Bromont, Quebec location, to better sustain operations and to help improve the well-being of building occupants and visitors. Thermal cameras installed C2MI is an internationally known micro-electronics research center that requires 24/7 laboratory access for its team and collaborators. The COVID-19 pandemic challenged its standard operations and ability to provide laboratory access, while limiting potential virus exposure. Honeywell worked with C2MI to install a thermal camera solution to screen elevated skin temperatures and risk self-assessment, in order to streamline building access control, without the need for human interaction. Healthy Building Kiosk thermal sensors Using AI, the Healthy Building Kiosk thermal sensor monitors for trends and leverages variables Using artificial intelligence (AI), the Healthy Building Kiosk thermal sensor monitors for trends and leverages variables, such as the outdoor temperature to provide more accurate readings. If an elevated skin temperature is detected, the staffer or visitor is referred for testing, before being authorized access to the center. The solution allows C2MI security staff to focus on other critical tasks and gives building users shared accountability. C2MI and Honeywell collaboration C2MI and Honeywell are continuously working to refine the technology, in order to create a more efficient and safer access control. C2MI will see a return on investment in less than one year, when calculating the cost of a security personnel dedicated to managing staff access control. “We’ve worked with C2MI to create a custom solution to improve the efficiency of building access and support a return to more normal operations,” said Laura Laltrello, Vice President and General Manager of North America services for Honeywell Building Technologies. 24/7 operations simplified Laura Laltrello adds, “With the implementation of the new Healthy Building Kiosk at the entrance, C2MI’s 24/7 operations are simplified, while allowing the security staff to focus on other critical tasks. We’ve also deployed a continuous improvement process with C2MI to refine the solution to best suit its needs and manage issues such as queuing.” “As a center of collaboration and innovation, C2MI faced two challenges in the past year: the ability to sustain operations, while also taking steps to help make our staff and researchers safer,” said Marie-Josée Turgeon, General Manager for C2MI. Streamlining building access control Our collaboration with Honeywell has allowed us to streamline building entry" Marie-Josée Turgeon adds, “Our collaboration with Honeywell has allowed us to streamline building entry and remove the semi-manual process of individuals’ skin temperature reading, to help provide a safer environment for our teams.” C2MI also implemented health protocols aligned with local guidelines and recommendations, such as a work-from-home (WFH) policy, limiting the number of people in the cafeteria and conference rooms, encouraging social distancing, optimizing disinfecting and cleaning, as well as mandatory procedural mask wearing. Honeywell Healthy Buildings solutions Honeywell’s Healthy Building solutions are part of a comprehensive effort to quickly develop innovative solutions that will help critical sectors of the global economy to recover, without the need to replace existing infrastructure at high costs. Honeywell’s Healthy Building solutions also provide a holistic view of a building’s health, based on the key factors, such as indoor air quality (IAQ), occupant flow, personal protective equipment (PPE) analytics, thermal screening, skin temperature monitoring, social distancing and sanitation efficacy.

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