American Dynamics™ Announces New High Performance SpeedDome® Ultra 8 Programmable Dome Camera
American Dynamics™ Announces New High Performance SpeedDome® Ultra 8 Programmable Dome Camera

American Dynamics' SpeedDome Ultra 8 provides up to 420x total zoom and innovative features like Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), and Digital Slow Shutter (DSS) for vastly superior video images.  Combined with an innovative design that lets you save presets and patterns directly to the base, SpeedDome Ultra 8 sets the bar for performance and reliability. Electronic Image Stabilisation reduces vibration of the image captured by the camera without causing loss of resolution.  This is particularly important for applications that are subject to weather conditions such as car parks, stadiums and cameras mounted on poles alongside roads.Wide Dynamic Range, Digital Slow Shutter and Day/Night functionality compensate for varying lighting conditions within the same scene without losing image clarityTwo powerful series (22x and 35x) let you choose the dome that's right for your applicationStore presets and patterns within the base to eliminate reprogramming No fans ensure quiet operation and superior reliability Integrated Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) simplifies wiring and installation Covert design eliminates the need for an external bubble Continuous autofocus provides the clearest images during full range of motion Dome usage statistics provide important information on how a dome is utilized Up to 8 privacy zones give you the flexibility to protect confidential areas or respect personnel privacy Advanced on-screen display with titles provides the detail you need to know exactly what you're looking at Supports SensorNet, RS-422, AD-UTC, Manchester and select competitors protocols

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American Dynamics™ Launches The Powerful & Economical Discover Wide Dynamic Range Mini-Dome Camera
American Dynamics™ Launches The Powerful & Economical Discover Wide Dynamic Range Mini-Dome Camera

The Discover series of Mini-Domes delivers a vandal resistant solution at a non-vandal resistant price.  This series of high performance Mini-Domes includes high impact, vandal resistant dome housings built to withstand even the harshest environments.  Unlike other dome housings in the industry, which are made of metal, the Discover series housing is made with extremely durable composite and polycarbonate materials that have "shape memory".  The Discover housing comes with a choice of clear or tinted vandal resistant bubbles and includes a bubble liner to make it more covert.  An advanced pivoting axis lets you position the camera at exactly the angle you need, while optimal white balance provides the clearest, most colour-perfect images possible.With three different types of mini-domes to choose from, there's a Discover solution just right for your particular requirements.The Discover High Resolution Mini-Dome has 540 TVL and also includes a user-selectable Night-Saver mode.The Discover Standard Resolution camera offers a cost effective solution for the value-conscious with 330 TVL.The Discover Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) Mini-Dome has:504 lines of resolution and a pixel-by-pixel shutter speed that lets you see better in areas where both very bright and dark areas exist, such as an entranceway or loading dock. 2x digital zoom to get an even closer view of the action. Night-Saver mode improves performance in low light situations, automatically switching from colour to monochrome as light dims and reverting back to colour once light is restored. DVR-Saver mode which helps conserve valuable hard drive space, reducing the size of video files by up to 30% when used with an Intellex® Digital Video Management System.

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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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Johnson Controls Unveil A Powerful Video Recording Solution, VideoEdge 2U High Capacity Network Video Recorder (NVR)
Johnson Controls Unveil A Powerful Video Recording Solution, VideoEdge 2U High Capacity Network Video Recorder (NVR)

Johnson Controls, the globally renowned company for smart, healthy, and sustainable building solutions and architect of the OpenBlue digital platforms, has announced a powerful recording solution to meet demanding requirements, with its VideoEdge 2U High Capacity Network Video Recorder. VideoEdge 2U-HC NVR This solution combines the powerful capabilities of victor with the intelligence of VideoEdge NVRs, fueled by Tyco Artificial Intelligence, for video management that provides actionable insights to save time, money, and lives. VideoEdge 2U-HC NVR allows users to manage dozens of cameras at full-frame and resolution rates The VideoEdge 2U-HC NVR allows users to manage dozens of cameras at full-frame and resolution rates. Users can also record in RAID configurations up to 100 TB and take advantage of twelve front-accessible storage drives that can be hot-swapped while recording, as well as a redundant power supply for increased reliability. Seamless deployment of cameras  VideoEdge NVRs (Network Video Recorders) seamlessly deploy cameras with advanced open architecture and simple design, adding and re-assigning licenses at any time. Additional features for the 2U-HC NVR include: 600 Mbps recording throughput to disc Support for up to 128 cameras IP camera auto-discovery allows for quick system setup Re-identification Intelligent Search Network Interface Card bonding for network failover Cyber Solutions Product Security Program The victor and VideoEdge solution is designed to adhere to the rigorous standards of the Johnson Controls Cyber Solutions Product Security Program, a holistic approach to cyber protection undertaken by Johnson Controls. The solution also includes a security audit page that allows administrators to quickly determine if the proper levels of protection are applied for additional cybersecurity resiliency.

Johnson Controls Releases The Newest Version Of The Tyco Kantech EntraPass Security Management Software
Johnson Controls Releases The Newest Version Of The Tyco Kantech EntraPass Security Management Software

Johnson Controls, the pioneer in smart, healthy, and sustainable buildings, and architect of the OpenBlue digital connected platforms, releases the newest version of the Tyco Kantech EntraPass security management software. EntraPass version 8.30 features additional support for Tyco DSC PowerSeries intrusion alarm panels, including a fully functional virtual keypad, enhanced support for EntraPass web macOS functionality, cybersecurity updates, and other optimizations for a more streamlined user experience. Intrusion alarm panels For a more seamless combination of access control and intrusion, additional support for the Tyco DSC PowerSeries alarm panel family includes a fully functional virtual keypad, with the same functions, navigations, and emergency keys as the physical DSC intrusion alarm panels. This enables system operators to perform intrusion functions remotely This enables system operators to perform intrusion functions remotely from an EntraPass workstation, such as the arming/disarming of intrusion panels or acknowledging/canceling alarms without needing to be physically present at the keypad’s location. Printing cardholder badges Users who prefer mobile access to their EntraPass software can now view real-time or recorded video from Tyco Exacq and Tyco American Dynamics VideoEdge NVRs as part of new features in EntraPass web macOS v1.10. Other enhancements include creating, customizing, and exporting reports to PDF, the ability to take users’ pictures and print cardholder badges on site and in real-time. As part of ongoing efforts to improve cybersecurity, the following enhancements were added to EntraPass software: EntraPass workstation reports are now stored in the Windows user’s document folder. Updated operator roles and password requirements. Microsoft certificate validation that the EntraPass application has not been tampered with.

Johnson Controls Announces Mask Detection, Intelligent Person Search Features In Upgraded Victor/ VideoEdge 5.6 Solution
Johnson Controls Announces Mask Detection, Intelligent Person Search Features In Upgraded Victor/ VideoEdge 5.6 Solution

Johnson Controls, the globally renowned provider of smart security and sustainable building solutions, has announced the introduction of the latest generation of the Tyco American Dynamics victor/ VideoEdge security solution, which offers powerful features, such as Intelligent Person Search, Area Occupancy, new Event Management hub, 64-bit client, and NVR Network Interface Card bonding for increased bandwidth. victor/ VideoEdge solution The Tyco American Dynamics victor/ VideoEdge security solution features new victor/ VideoEdge AI to give security operations and personnel an advantage over potential threats with shortened response times and more accurate intelligent search capabilities. These advanced AI capabilities equip customers with a comprehensive, intelligent security solution for high accuracy, and far greater power, giving their businesses a superior advantage against any potential threat. Powerful AI and analytics Powerful AI and analytics are now combined and integrated with victor/ VideoEdge Powerful AI and analytics are now combined and integrated with victor/ VideoEdge to strengthen operational efficiency and effectiveness. The security solution detects suspicious objects and abnormal behavior effectively to identify trends that help mitigate threats, and pinpoint exact location of alarms on maps, so as to arm security teams with life-saving details. With powerful, automated and forensic search capabilities, powered by Tyco AI, victor/ VideoEdge users are able to save time when precious minutes matter. Cyber Solutions Product Security Program standards compliance All of the company’s products are analyzed, tested and are required to meet or exceed the rigorous standards of the Johnson Controls Cyber Solutions Product Security Program. This holistic approach is aimed at providing peace of mind to customers. Johnson Controls’ security mindset begins at initial design concept and is supported through deployment, including a rapid incident response to meet the comprehensive and evolving cyber security environments.

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