Seeing To Safety: Introducing The Siqura® HD6x H.264 High-speed PTZ IP Dome Cameras
Seeing To Safety: Introducing The Siqura® HD6x H.264 High-speed PTZ IP Dome Cameras

Rain or shine, the Siqura® HD6x camera series provides a suitable solution for any application. This high-speed dome (HD) camera line comprises three pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) IP cameras, the indoor HD60 and the outdoor HD62 and HD66 WDR. All of the HD6x cameras support open streaming architecture (OSA) for easy integration with video management systems. Each model offers an array of features that make an HD6x camera a valuable addition to any surveillance systfem.The HD6x cameras support H.264 streaming in addition to MPEG-4 and MJPEG dual streaming. This flexibility in compression standards makes it easy for HD6x series cameras to offer the best quality video while at the same time streamlining network performance. True to their name, the HD6x cameras can move to predefined preset positions at impressive speeds of up to 400° per second. With the HD6x cameras, PTZ coordinate positions can be queried or set through the OSA application programming interface (API). Through their 26x or 35x autofocus zoom lens with 12x digital zoom, these Siqura cameras make precision and expediency a priority. Furthermore, the HD6x series comes with an easy-to-use, web-based user interface, allowing users to configure them or view video streams from a PC or even via handheld devices, such as PDAs.Since surveillance conditions can vary widely even for just one camera, the HD6x series also includes day/night (IR-cut filter) and backlight compensation as standard features that can be applied manually or automatically when lighting conditions require it. The HD66 WDR comes with wide dynamic range functionality to ensure excellent video quality, even in the most difficult of circumstances. Moreover, all the HD66 WDR cameras have a built-in image stabiliser to prevent vibrations from disrupting a camera view or footage, such as those caused by wind in pole-mount installations.Additionally, these high-speed cameras are part of the Siqura product line, an extensive collection of video surveillance equipment offering complete solutions and reputed for quality and reliability.

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New Siqura® Camera Line And Multi Codec S-44 At IFSEC, Booth 19054
New Siqura® Camera Line And Multi Codec S-44 At IFSEC, Booth 19054

At the IFSEC show in Birmingham, Siqura will introduce an extensive line-up of IP and analog cameras, a total of 21 to be exact, and its newest encoder, the S-44 E-MC.  The new Siqura® cameras will come in both analog and IP formats with a wide range of features in both. The introduction of these cameras strengthens Siqura's position as a leading force in the global IP Surveillance market, enhancing the company's reputation as an innovator of networked video solutions and game-changing video codecs and network video recorders. In addition to features such as Power over Ethernet, Lux ratings of 0.05, and two-way audio, the new Siqura cameras boast standards setting Wide Dynamic Range and Image Stabilisation.  Wide Dynamic Range is offered in all four form factors; box, fixed, mini, and high-speed dome, allowing you to pull the smallest detail from scenes where there is dramatic contrast such as a sun drenched background and a shadowy foreground.  Couple this with Image Stabilisation and you have a surveillance camera that will provide crisp, sharp images regardless of lighting or wind load. With its introduction of the Siqura® S-44 E-MC (Multi-Codec) encoder, Siqura raises the bar for quality and features.  The S-44 E-MC, boasting 4 video processors, can take 4 analog video (NTSC/PAL) inputs and convert them to MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and MJPEG concurrently.  In effect, for each video signal in, you can stream to different unicast and/or multicast destinations, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and MJPEG, all at different frame rates and resolutions.  With the introduction of the Siqura® line, Siqura goes one step further by adopting a philosophy and architecture of open, standards based, communications protocol.  This makes integration with third party applications such as analytics and management software relatively fast and painless.

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Siqura MD62 Perceiving And Protecting From Every Angle
Siqura MD62 Perceiving And Protecting From Every Angle

The mini dome (MD) camera line offers two pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) IP cameras: the indoor MD60 and the outdoor MD62. Both are ideal for professional installations where a high-quality, reliable, and cost-effective solution is required. All of the MD6x cameras support open streaming architecture (OSA) for easy integration with video management systems. PTZ coordinate positions can be queried or set through the OSA application programming interface (API). The MD6x cameras offer an array of features that make them valuable additions to any surveillance system. Both are capable of streaming H.264 and of simultaneously streaming MPEG-4 and MJPEG. This flexibility in compression standards makes it easy for the MD6x series cameras to offer the best quality video while streamlining network performance. The MD6x series cameras feature an easy-to-use, web-based user interface, allowing users to configure settings or view video streams from either a PC or handheld devices, such as PDAs Since surveillance conditions can vary widely even for just one camera, the MD6x series also includes day/night (IR-cut filter) and backlight compensation as standard features that can be applied manually or automatically, as required. Additionally, the MD6x series offers a privacy mask feature for systems in situations where sensitive areas of a camera scene need to be protected, such as point-of-sale keypads in shops or windows in a city centre. These compact PTZ cameras are also part of the Siqura product line, an extensive collection of video surveillance equipment offering complete solutions and reputed for quality and reliability. The complete list of MD6x specifications can be found at www.optelecom-nkf.com  

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Expediting Excellence In Video Surveillance Solutions
Expediting Excellence In Video Surveillance Solutions

Rain or shine, the Siqura® HD1xA camera series provides a suitable solution for any application. This high-speed dome (HD) camera line comprises three pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) cameras, the indoor HD10A and the outdoor HD12A and HD16A WDR. Each model offers an array of features that make an HD1xA camera a valuable addition to any surveillance system.True to their name, the HD1xA cameras can move to predefined preset positions at impressive speeds of up to 400° per second. Through their 26x or 35x autofocus zoom lens with 12x digital zoom, these Siqura cameras make precision and expediency a priority. Furthermore, the HD1xA series supports an array control protocols, making these units compatible with a wide range of control systems.Since surveillance conditions can vary widely even for just one camera, the HD1xA series also includes day/night (IR-cut filter) and backlight compensation as standard features that can be applied manually or automatically when lighting conditions require it. Additionally, each camera in this series comes with wide dynamic range (WDR) functionality to ensure excellent video quality, even in the most difficult of circumstances. Moreover, the HD16A WDR cameras have a built-in image stabiliser to prevent vibrations from disrupting a camera view or footage, such as those caused by wind in pole-mount installations.With up to 24 privacy masks, sensitive areas can be protected in wide variety of systems, such as in city center or retail installations. A set of contact closure alarms allow for a number of different triggered reactions, such as moving to a preset position or carrying out a cruise tour.These high-speed cameras are also part of the Siqura product line, an extensive collection of video surveillance equipment offering complete solutions and reputed for quality and reliability.The complete list of the Siqura HD1xA specifications can be found at http://www.optelecom-nkf.com/.

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Award-winning Direct-to-fibre IP PTZ Camera
Award-winning Direct-to-fibre IP PTZ Camera

The Siqura IP PTZ camera line includes a flexible SFP interface for directly connecting to a fiber optic network. This feature simplifies both the setup and maintenance of camera installations where a fiber network is utilized to overcome long-distance limitations. Award-winning direct-to-fiber IP PTZ camera Due to the reliable and secure nature of fiber optic networks, Siqura is now offering its IP PTZ dome cameras with a plug-and-play fiber optic connector option. This feature simplifies the setup, maintenance, and appearance of camera installations where a fiber network is utilized to overcome long-distance limitations. At the ISC West 2011 trade show in April, these pioneering new cameras won the New Product Showcase award for the best IP camera in video surveillance. The New Product Showcase (NPS) is an awards programme established by the Security Industry Association to recognize innovative products, services, and solutions in electronic physical security. Technologies showcased through this program are used in the protection of life and property in residential, commercial, and institutional settings. Improve quality while reducing costs There are few media available in the video surveillance industry that improve image quality while at the same time reducing costs. Yet fiber optic networks do just that. They also maintain the integrity of signals over longer distances and offer more bandwidth than twisted-pair or coax cables. Not to mention that fibre cabling is impervious to electromagnetic interference, such as that caused by high-voltage power lines and lightning. Due to the ubiquitous nature and the advantages of fiber optic networks, as well as the current migration from analog to IP streaming, Siqura is now offering its Siqura IP PTZ dome cameras with a fibre optic connector option. With a flexible SFP interface built into the PTZ body, a wide range of single mode, multimode, and CDWM modules can be used and an impressive range of mounting options are available. “Network equipment being developed today needs to be able to handle IP traffic, regardless of the medium connecting it to the network,” said Roger Decker, Director of Solutions and Marketing at Siqura. “That is why Siqura recently developed five new IP PTZ dome cameras that can connect directly to a fixed network or wireless bridge via either twisted-pair or fiber optic cabling. We want customers to be able to select hardware based on its ability to withstand variances on the network and to provide high-quality streams.” A solution for every situation This new camera line consists of five cameras, each optimized for its application, with indoor, outdoor, compact (MSD), and high-speed (HSD) dome camera options. Each camera is capable of quad-streaming, supporting dual H.264 streams in addition to highly configurable MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and MJPEG. This flexibility in compression standards makes it easy for these Siqura cameras to offer the best quality video while at the same time streamlining network performance. All the Siqura cameras are designed to comply with worldwide adopted standards and are tested with leading VMS vendors. This makes it possible to query or set PTZ coordinate positions or to integrate Siqura cameras into third-party systems. Furthermore, the new Siqura IP PTZ camera line comes with an easy-to-use, access-controlled, Web-based user interface, allowing users to configure or view video streams from a PC or even via handheld devices, such as PDAs. Since surveillance conditions can vary widely even for just one camera, this Siqura IP PTZ camera series also includes a day/night (IR-cut filter) and backlight compensation as standard features that can be applied manually or automatically when lighting conditions require it. The wide dynamic range functionality ensures excellent video quality, even in the most difficult of circumstances. Additionally, the Siqura HSD and MSD cameras are part of the Siqura product line, an extensive collection of video surveillance equipment offering complete solutions and reputed for quality and reliability.

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A Surveillance Solution For Every Situation
A Surveillance Solution For Every Situation

Exhibiting at ISC West 2011, booth 3086Complete video security and surveillance solutionsWith over 35 years of experience, Optelecom-NKF offers global solutions for the video security and surveillance markets. At ISC West 2011, Optelecom-NKF will show how its IP video systems provide complete, proven, and customised solutions for diverse video security and surveillance applications.A complete Siqura solution at a glanceTo show how straightforward a complete TKH security system can be, Optelecom-NKF will demonstrate a total solution at its booth (Booth 3086). Siqura cameras and codecs will be configured to the high-tech intelligent IP video management system (VMS) from TKH Group member, VDG. Siqura IP and analog fixed and PTZ cameras as well as Siqura codecs use dedicated DSPs to implement analytics locally on unprocessed images. This ensures the best results from analysis software while streamlining bandwidth consumption. VDG's VMS specialises in facilitating the control of and access to devices that compress and process information at the edge of the network."At Optelecom-NKF, we create innovative and reliable video security and surveillance solutions according to our customers' diverse needs," explains Steven J. Williams, Optelecom-NKF's Director of Critical Infrastructure in the Americas. "Our vast technology offering enables us to provide complete and customisable integrated video solutions. We work closely with customers to design and deploy the optimal system for their unique current and future needs. This is something that really sets us apart. We are eager to show attendees at ISC West 2011 just how flexible we are and how hassle-free life can be when you're working with Siqura surveillance solutions and TKH security solutions."The first direct to fiber IP PTZ cameraDue to the ubiquitous nature and the advantages of fiber optic networks, as well as the current migration from analog to IP streaming, Optelecom-NKF is now offering its Siqura IP PTZ dome cameras with a fiber optic connector option. This feature simplifies both the setup and maintenance of camera installations where a fiber network is utilised to overcome long distance limitations.Pressurized PTZ dome for extreme conditionsOptelecom-NKF is currently developing pressurized IP and analog PTZ dome cameras to offer a robust solution for the most taxing situations. It is capable of withstanding intense levels of solar heat (945VA UV protection) and providing high-quality video in environments with extreme levels of moisture, dirt, or pollution (IP67 Ingress Protection). This pressurized dome camera will be commercially available in the spring of 2011.Explosion-proof fixed and PTZ dome camerasThe Siqura fixed and PTZ analog and IP cameras will soon be available with ATEX certified explosion-proof housing covers. These housings are essential for the chemical and petro-chemical industries.High-definition, ONVIF-compliant camerasOptelecom-NKF will also show its high-definition, ONVIF-compliant camera line, a collection of six cameras in providing HD (720p) and Full HD (1080p) resolution images in H.264, MPEG-4, and MJPEG.Video content analysis for system and surveillanceOptelecom-NKF will put its Camera Health Check video content analysis (VCA) application on display. This programme is integrated into the Siqura S-64 E video server and checks the status or well-being of the attached cameras by monitoring the cameras' position and image quality. When something is amiss, the application triggers an alarm to promptly alert operators, thereby guaranteeing quality video material while at the same time reducing unnecessary maintenance costs.Largest selection of fiber optic solutionsThe Optelecom fiber line is one of the largest assortments of fiber optic equipment in the world. Since Optelecom-NKF is determined to ensure optimal performance whenever and wherever it's needed, all of the Optelecom fiber products are field-hardened to withstand the harshest conditions and most extreme temperatures. Optelecom fiber products also support fiber to IP transitions, making it easy to use them in hybrid networks.Visit us at ISC West (Booth 3086)While this array of examples demonstrates Optelecom-NKF's ability to fulfill the needs both of its customers as well as the industry, it also shows how Siqura solutions are essentially dynamic and can be tailored to any video networking need. Consequently, the Optelecom-NKF booth (Booth 3086) may prove to be the best place for an open and lively conversation about how best to customize a video surveillance network for a specific situation.    

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Siqura Pressurized Cameras Ensure Quality Video In Corrosive Environs
Siqura Pressurized Cameras Ensure Quality Video In Corrosive Environs

Overcoming adverse environmentsThrough a pressurized dome housing, this new Siqura camera line ensures airtight protection against excessive moisture, dirt, and pollution. This makes these cameras ideal for situations such as seaports and highway tunnels, where corrosive elements in the atmosphere can impede the performance of a surveillance system and cause unnecessary risks to safety and security. The Siqura pressurized PTZ dome cameras have an IP67 Ingress Protection rating and the housing is constructed of materials designed to withstand intense levels of solar heat (945VA UV protected). Pressurising the housing, particularly with inert nitrogen gas, prevents moisture, pollution, and dust from damaging the camera.A solution for every situationThe Siqura pressurized PTZ dome series includes analog and IP options. Through their 400° per second preset positioning capability, 26x or 35x autofocus zoom lens, and 12x digital zoom, these Siqura cameras make precision and expediency a priority. Since surveillance conditions can vary widely even for just one camera, the pressurized Siqura PTZ cameras also include a day/night (IR-cut) filter and backlight compensation as standard features that can be applied manually or automatically when lighting conditions require it. The wide dynamic range functionality ensures excellent video quality, even in the most difficult circumstances.The advantages of IPEach pressurized Siqura IP PTZ camera is capable of quad-streaming, supporting dual H.264 streams in addition to two highly configurable MPEG-2, MPEG-4, or MJPEG encoders. This flexibility in compression standards makes it easy for these Siqura cameras to offer the best quality video while at the same time streamlining network performance. Moreover, it advantageously facilitates a wide range of migration paths within IP networks.All Siqura IP cameras are designed to comply with worldwide adopted standards and are tested with leading VMS vendors. This makes it possible to easily integrate Siqura cameras into third-party systems. Furthermore, these Siqura IP PTZ cameras come with an easy-to-use, access-controlled, Web-based user interface, allowing users to configure or view video streams from a PC or even via handheld devices, such as the Siqura Multifunction Monitor.In an effort to combat potential pitfalls, Siqura integrated the Siqura Camera Health Check into its IP cameras. The Camera Health Check is a program that guarantees the availability of quality video material. It continually assesses the status or well-being of the camera by monitoring the camera's position and image quality. When something is amiss, the application triggers an alarm to promptly alert operators. This, in turn, provides a proactive approach towards system maintenance, potentially reducing the unnecessary costs generally associated with scheduled upkeep.

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Dome cameras - Expert commentary

Securing Your Business While Working Remotely
Securing Your Business While Working Remotely

It's a very common purchase for people to seek a smart security camera to remotely link them to their home while at work. Now the emphasis has shifted, with a lot more people working from home, business owners should consider a surveillance device to deter would-be thieves, protecting valuable equipment crucial for businesses to operate successfully. A robust security camera setup can aid existing security staff, and give business owners peace of mind out of hours.    According to a recent report, police forces are having to carry out extra night patrols in empty city and town centers, as burglars target shops, pubs and other commercial premises during the pandemic. During these unprecedented times, investing in a video security system can save you and your business money – and in more than one way. In addition to preventing loss of property from inside, surveillance cameras also prevent acts of theft and vandalism by outside individuals However, technology, improved cellphone connectivity, apps, and cloud technologies has changed the security market and made it easy for anyone to set up a surveillance ecosystem with easy installation and constant round the clock, cloud monitoring. Plus, you can access footage from anywhere in the world via devices and apps – just in case you have to skip the country! The best cameras for SMBs Most good cameras have the much same functionality: excellent video and audio capabilities, remote access and programming, motion and sound detection, and the ability to capture still or video images and audio and save the data to the Cloud. But the burning question is, when you're trying to find a need in a haystack, what will work best for a small to medium sized business? A robust security camera setup can aid existing security staff, and give business owners peace of mind out of hours Now you can buy cameras that come packed with features such as integrated night vision, 1080p resolution, microSD card slot for local recording, two-way audio functionality as well as the latest latest 128bit encryption. They also have wide-angle lenses allowing users to see more of their office with a single camera, and some come with free, intelligent AI-Based motion detection. The AI gives users more choices on what is captured by the camera and when they should be alerted. Users can specify what types of motion they would like to detect, such as an intruder as opposed to a dog, an object crossing a defined boundary or into a specific area. They can also define multiple zones, alerting them immediately when movement is detected in particular areas. Easy installation is crucial These security cameras should also be easy enough to install and use that you don't need to fork out for expensive expert installation, and many can work with existing CCTV and CCTV DVR systems you may already have set-up. Many of the business security cameras are Wi-Fi enabled and come with their own apps, so you can view footage on your smartphone or tablet, no matter where you are in the world. It means you don't need to pay for a security team to watch the footage at all times (though if you can afford it, that won't hurt), and you can store your videos locally with an NVR on a HD, in the cloud with mydlink or do both with a hybrid NVR/cloud recorder. The apps use Rich Notifications which send a push notification with snapshot to the mobile device the moment activity is detected. Users can react immediately without the need to log into the app by accessing the camera’s live view or calling one of two pre-assigned contacts with a single tap. Any motion-triggered recordings can be saved in the cloud, or locally on a microSD card. Indoor, Outdoor or both? Indoor cameras can be smaller, more lightweight and are usually less intrusive than bulkier outdoor cameras The primary distinction between indoor and outdoor security cameras is the types of external factors each camera has to be able to withstand. While both types of cameras usually come in similar styles and with comparable features, outdoor cameras need to be able to contend with all types of weather and varying light conditions. Outdoor cameras are also more vulnerable to being tampered with, so they are typically made of more durable materials, like metal, and may be heavier or even housed in a casing in order to discourage easy removal. Indoor cameras can be smaller, more lightweight and are usually less intrusive than bulkier outdoor cameras. Both indoor and outdoor cameras utilize features like infrared, allowing for clear pictures in low light conditions and easy transitions when there is a sudden change in light-changing automatically from color images in bright light to black and white when it gets darker. When doing your research, features to look out for include: Wide angle lens for optimum room view or full view of the front of your property Full HD 1080p at 30fps   ONVIF compatible - Open Network Video Interface Forum - The forum aims to standardize how IP products within the video surveillance industry communicate with each other. Night vision - look at length of the night vision - 5m is about right Your options will depend on your budget and specific needs, but the above features are a great start when you come to buy.

Face Recognition: Privacy Concerns and Social Benefits
Face Recognition: Privacy Concerns and Social Benefits

News reports and opinion columns about face recognition are appearing everyday. To some of us, the term sounds overly intrusive. It even makes people shrink back into their seats or shake their head in disgust, picturing a present-day dystopia. Yet to others, face recognition presents technology-enabled realistic opportunities to fight, and win, the battle against crime. What are the facts about face recognition? Which side is right? Well, there is no definitive answer because, as with all powerful tools, it all depends on who uses it. Face recognition can, in fact, be used in an immoral or controversial manner. But, it can also be immensely beneficial in providing a safe and secure atmosphere for those in its presence.  Concerns of facial recognition With the increased facial recognition applications, people’s concerns over the technology continuously appear throughout news channels and social media. Some of the concerns include: Privacy: Alex Perry of Mashable sums up his and most other peoples’ privacy concerns with face recognition technology when he wrote, “The first and most obvious reason why people are unhappy about facial recognition is that it's unpleasant by nature. Increasing government surveillance has been a hot-button issue for many, many years, and tech like Amazon's Rekognition software is only making the dystopian future feel even more real”. Accuracy: People are worried about the possibilities of inaccurate face detection, which could result in wrongful identification or criminalization. Awareness: Face recognition software allows the user to upload a picture of anyone, regardless of whether that person knows of it. An article posted on The Conversation states, “There is a lack of detailed and specific information as to how facial recognition is actually used. This means that we are not given the opportunity to consent to the recording, analyzing and storing of our images in databases. By denying us the opportunity to consent, we are denied choice and control over the use of our own images” Debunking concerns  The concerns with privacy, accuracy, and awareness are all legitimate and valid concerns. However, let us look at the facts and examine the reasons why face recognition, like any other technology, can be responsibly used: Privacy concerns: Unlike the fictional dystopian future where every action, even in one’s own home, is monitored by a centralized authority, the reality is that face recognition technology only helps the security guard monitoring public locations where security cameras are installed. There is fundamentally no difference between a human security guard at the door and an AI-based software in terms of recognizing people on watchlist and not recognizing those who are not. The only difference is that the AI-based face recognition software can do so at a higher speed and without fatigue. Face recognition software only recognizes faces that the user has put in the system, which is not every person on the planet, nor could it ever be. Accuracy concerns: It is true that first-generation face recognition systems have a large margin for error according to studies in 2014. However, as of 2020, the best face recognition systems are now around 99.8% accurate. New AI models are continuously being trained with larger, more relevant, more diverse and less biased datasets. The error margin found in face recognition software today is comparable to that of a person, and it will continue to decrease as we better understand the limitations, train increasingly better AI and deploy AI in more suitable settings. Awareness concerns: While not entirely comforting, the fact is that we are often being watched one way or another on a security camera. Informa showed that in 2014, 245 million cameras were active worldwide, this number jumped to 656 million in 2018 and is projected to nearly double in 2021. Security camera systems, like security guards, are local business and government’s precaution measures to minimize incidents such as shoplifting, car thefts, vandalism and violence. In other words, visitors to locations with security systems have tacitly agreed to the monitoring in exchange for using the service provided by those locations in safety, and visitors are indeed aware of the existence of security cameras. Face recognition software is only another layer of security, and anyone who is not a security threat is unlikely to be registered in the system without explicit consent. The benefits In August 2019, the NYPD used face recognition software to catch a rapist within 24 hours after the incident occurred. In April 2019, the Sichuan Provincial Public Security Department in China, found a 13-year-old girl using face recognition technology. The girl had gone missing in 2009, persuading many people that she would never be found again. Face recognition presents technology-enabled realistic opportunities to fight, and win, the battle against crimeIn the UK, the face recognition system helps Welsh police forces with the detection and prevention of crime. "For police it can help facilitate the identification process and it can reduce it to minutes and seconds," says Alexeis Garcia-Perez, a researcher on cybersecurity management at Coventry University. "They can identify someone in a short amount of time and in doing that they can minimize false arrests and other issues that the public will not see in a very positive way". In fact, nearly 60% Americans polled in 2019 accept the use of face recognition by law enforcement to enhance public safety. Forbes magazine states that “When people know they are being watched, they are less likely to commit crimes so the possibility of facial recognition technology being used could deter crime”. Saving time  One thing that all AI functions have been proven to achieve better results than manual security is speed. NBC News writes, “Nearly instantaneously, the program gives a list of potential matches loaded with information that can help him confirm the identity of the people he’s stopped - and whether they have any outstanding warrants. Previously, he’d have to let the person go or bring them in to be fingerprinted”. Facial recognition can also be immensely beneficial in providing a safe and secure atmosphere for those in its presence With AI, instead of spending hours or days to sift through terabytes of video data, the security staff can locate a suspect within seconds. This time-saving benefit is essential to the overall security of any institution, for, in most security threat situations, time is of the utmost importance. Another way in which the technology saves time is its ability to enable employees (but not visitors) to open doors to their office in real-time with no badge, alleviating the bottleneck of forgotten badge, keycode or password. Saving money A truly high-performance AI software helps save money in many ways. First, if the face recognition software works with your pre-existing camera system, there is no need to replace cameras, hence saving cost on infrastructure. Second, AI alleviates much of the required manual security monitoring 24/7, as the technology will detect people of interest and automatically and timely alert the authorities. Third, by enhancing access authentication, employees save time and can maximize productivity in more important processes. The takeaway AI-enabled face recognition technology has a lot of benefits if used correctly. Can it be abused? Yes, like all tools that mankind has made from antiquity. Should it be deployed? The evidence indicates that the many benefits of this complex feature outweigh the small chance for abuse of power. It is not only a step in the right direction for the security industry but also for the overall impact on daily lives. It helps to make the world a safer place. 

How Intelligent Video Surveillance Supports Smart Mobility
How Intelligent Video Surveillance Supports Smart Mobility

The ease of getting from point A to point B, the effective movement of goods and services, and the flexibility and integration of various modes of transportation are key aspects of mobility today. Smart Mobility has been a key theme in the transportation industry for a while. The idea is to keep traffic flowing and help people to get where they need to be, in a smarter way. To this end, industry players are now innovating and introducing advanced technologies and solutions. Examples include intelligent traffic management systems, free-flow tolls, autonomous driving, smart location solutions, and more.   At the same time, traffic congestion, aging infrastructure, rapid urbanization, and increasing sustainability demands are also intensifying the need for smart mobility solutions. One way to overcome these obstacles is to use intelligent video surveillance technology for improved traffic management, making the roads safer and more efficient for every user, while also reducing emissions. Perceptive Intersections Relying on intelligent video analytics, traffic video cameras identify traffic build ups at intersections by counting numbers of vehicles crossing an intersection and detecting their speed, while also counting the number of vehicles queueing in real-time. Aggregated data informs the system when to switch traffic lights to red or green. Intelligent optimization for traffic signals ensures more effective traffic flow. Aggregated data informs the system when to switch traffic lights to red or green The benefits? Improved safety on the roadways; intersection reconstruction can be avoided; drivers can be advised about the speed of their route, forecasted by traffic signals; reduced wait times and stress for commuters; reduction of harmful emissions; and positive impact on public satisfaction. Road Safety Traffic incidents can be disastrous, not merely for causing congestion on the roads but sometimes far worse – resulting in injuries and even fatalities. These incidents have many causes, not the least of which is drivers willfully violating traffic laws. Video technology can aid in detecting all kinds of events – for example, illegal parking, running a red light, wrong-way driving, speeding, and making illegal U-turns can all be detected by smart camera technology.   By using deep learning technology, cameras can recognize these events and traffic authorities can be immediately notified and take necessary actions even before traffic incidents occur. Scenarios include stopping a driver who is occupying an emergency lane, or notifying a driver who parked their car illegally. Furthermore, ticketing systems can be incorporated to further regulate driving behaviors. Benefits here include incident prevention, better driver performance, and increased safety on the roads and streets, to name just a few. Scenarios include stopping a driver who is occupying an emergency lane, or notifying a driver who parked their car illegally Public Information Sharing information is key to keeping city drivers and travelers informed. Intelligent communication about warnings and updates helps everyone save time, avoid frustration, and simplify everyday mobility. This can be done via traffic guidance screens displayed at highly visible locations, such as congested areas, transportation hubs, shopping malls, and city plazas – or even at your fingertips on your favorite mobile apps! This can be done via traffic guidance screens displayed at highly visible locations Traffic video cameras generate real-time data of traffic flow and incidents, sending it to a central platform to further fuse with data from third-party systems such as radar and GPS systems. They also disseminate traffic information, including traffic status, warning and advisory notices, as well as parking status.  The benefits are improved public awareness of traffic information, improved travel convenience, overall enhancement of mobility in the city, and more.   The Hikvision Practice Hikvision has accumulated sophisticated experience in traffic management both at home and abroad. Product lines offer versatile solutions to resolve multitudes of problems in urban traffic management, traffic incident management, highway management, and more. Going deeper, it’s essential to note that efficient signal control management is dependent on the quality of traffic data, system algorithms, and the hardware devices in use; it is also closely related to the mobile environment, such as road conditions, historical traffic conditions, and urban infrastructure. Because of this, no single solution solves traffic congestion everywhere. Hikvision believes that only by working closely with city authorities, public safety organizations, consultants, even academia and other relevant stakeholders, can applications and operational processes be developed to achieve the best possible outcomes. The possibilities for traffic video data are endless, especially now that it can employ artificial intelligence for advanced functionality. Harnessing its power will make all the difference, but the ultimate goal remains the same: safe and smooth traffic, smart mobility, and improved quality of human life.

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Siqura Announces That They Will Group All Of Their Activities Under TKH Security Banner
Siqura Announces That They Will Group All Of Their Activities Under TKH Security Banner

All Siqura activities will continue under the banner of TKH Security. These renowned companies in video security solutions were both already members of TKH Group NV. The Siqura video security solutions are often sold in combination with the developed security solutions of TKH Security and this complete solution is highly appreciated by their customers worldwide. Therefore, the time has come to group all activities in TKH Security. “By combining all activities, we give our customers more transparency and clarity in what we can offer them. Furthermore, we increase our services. For example, the contact point for all questions and orders, invoices, documentation, support tickets, etc. will be centralized. This will be much more efficient for our customers as well as our employees”, says Timme Grijpink, Managing Director of TKH Security. Site management solutions TKH Security specializes in the development of electronic Security & Site Management Systems The Siqura brand will be retained for the wide product range of Siqura, such as security cameras, mobility cameras, marine cameras, explosion-proof and thermal cameras, IP video encoders, ethernet switches and fiber optic transmitters. This product range is complementary to the TKH Security product range, encompassing security management, video management, parking facility management and asset & site management solutions. With this aggregation of activities TKH Security has offices worldwide in Amsterdam, Gouda and Zoetermeer (the Netherlands), Madrid (Spain), Dubai (UAE), Singapore and Frederick (USA). TKH Security specializes in the development of electronic Security & Site Management Systems. Open architecture integration With over 25 years of experience and by listening to customer needs, the company offers complete innovative solutions for Security Management, Access Control, Video Management, Intrusion Detection, Intercom, Personal Surveillance, Asset & Site Management and Parking Facility Management. The company is always looking for innovative solutions for the market with a focus on creative, flexible and open architecture integration. TKH Security has a strong position in the Benelux and multiple offices all over the world. TKH Security is a member of TKH Group N.V.

TKH Security Provides VMS With Siqura Cameras For The Wet Infrastructure Sector
TKH Security Provides VMS With Siqura Cameras For The Wet Infrastructure Sector

The road network is under increasing pressure due to the sheer weight of traffic, and its bridges and water locks are no exception. In view of the importance of free-flowing traffic and the safety of such structures, they undergo continuous modernization. One such modernization is CCTV: by incorporating video surveillance into a security system, end-users can monitor and anticipate what’s happening at a certain location in real-time. This increases the efficiency and safety of such objects. Video management system Operators are continually fed the latest information through the video management system, allowing them to effectively anticipate any situation that may arise. This makes it possible to guarantee an optimum flow of vehicles and ships and to better respond to changing traffic situations in critical environments. TKH Security is specialized in video management systems in combination with Siqura cameras, thereby meeting the stricter laws and regulations governing the wet infrastructure sector. Motion detection Robin de Neve, International Sales Manager: “At TKH Security, we have been involved in wet infrastructure for many years and therefore know like no other how, in conjunction with installation engineers, to provide support to end users in the challenges they face in the sector. Thanks to the latest compression techniques and dual streaming, motion detection has become very efficient in terms of storage. Among the great advantages to operators is the fact that the system is very user friendly, it records only what is needed and it is exceedingly reliable thanks to failover functionality.” Easy-to-use high tech De Neve goes on to say: “Custom configurations can be made for individual operators, with panels to review images, for instance, control elements for third-party systems, HTML browsers and maps. The system has an open architecture and is API and ONVIF compatible, making installation and integration very easy. Using a powerful macro engine, customers can determine how the system responds given specific situations. Our video surveillance solution is scalable from a few to a few thousand cameras. Thermal cameras detect people on structures in all weather conditions, including rain, fog and low sun. In such cases, a signal is sent automatically to the control room so that operators can immediately respond if necessary.” Cameras with existing cabling Many structures such as bridges and water locks currently still use analog solutions, and replacing existing cabling to enable an IP solution is often considered to be too expensive. TKH Security has special hybrid cameras that feature both analog BNC connectors and SFP slots in addition to a regular network connection, making it possible to link them to several SFP modules: the Siqura 920 series. It is therefore not necessary to replace existing cabling, which considerably reduces costs. The hybrid cameras make it possible to use old-fashioned coaxial/analog networks and still be able to migrate to IP cameras.

Siqura And TKH Security Integrates Surveillance And Access Control System For Sheikh Khalifa Central Hospital
Siqura And TKH Security Integrates Surveillance And Access Control System For Sheikh Khalifa Central Hospital

Siqura and TKH Security realized a fully integrated surveillance and access control system in the Sheikh Khalifa Central Hospital. This new hospital is located at the eastern edge of the emirate of Fujairah and will provide better 24/7 health services to citizens on the Eastern coast. The hospital consists of 11 specialized departments, a 32-bed emergency ward, a 3-story rehabilitation building and more than 700 parking spots. Integration of multiple systems This hospital required a complete surveillance solution integrated with healthcare applications. The project combined access control and video management from TKH Security with cameras from Siqura. "We worked closely with our partners to comply with the solution which conforms to the new guidelines in Fujairah” says Tariq Anwer, Sales Director – Middle East & West Asia with Siqura. “The video surveillance component consists of around 700 different Siqura cameras, working with VDG Sense video management software and storage from TKH Security. The iProtect access control system, also from TKH Security manages around 400 doors with card and pin authentication. iProtect security management system is able to flawlessly fulfill the set of complex requirements demanded by this client.” Security management system healthcare facility For Siqura Middle East & West Asia and TKH Security, Sheikh Khalifa Central Hospital in Fujairah is a prestigious project in the healthcare segment. The integration of multiple systems under one roof combined with the integration of healthcare applications provided an extra challenge. Tariq Anwer: “The scope of the project involved an integrated security management system consisting of Siqura cameras, VDG Sense VMS and iProtect access control." "These are all managed at an upper level by iProtect security management system. Among others, some of the following features are implemented: managing visitors on-site and mustering system for emergency evacuation. This is in addition to the integration option with third party systems, for example baby-monitoring.”

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