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Cost-effectiveness Of Megapixel Camera Systems

End users should consider the cost of anentire surveillance system rather than the cost of a single megapixel camera Are megapixel surveillance cameras more expensive than conventional cameras? Yes, if one were to believe a common misconception in the security industry. But, to get a clear picture of the reality, one should consider the cost of an entire video surveillance system rather than evaluating the cost of a single megapixel camera. A holistic evaluation of the cost ve...

Video Systems: Delivering Value To Enterprise Business Intelligence

Video surveillance solutions can work alone to deliver intelligence or integrate with other business systems and optimize operations If you think of video surveillance as an instrument of the security department, you risk overlooking the broader benefits of video. The fact is, video is much more than a security tool, it is a business intelligence (BI) tool. In this article, Gadi Piran President of OnSSI discusses how video systems can be used as an effective BI tool in a...

CFATS – Latest Standard In Vogue Amongst US Chemical Facilities

As per DHS, Tier 1 facilities will go through a preliminary round of site inspections called pre-authorisation inspections (PAI) In October 2006, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2007 became law in the US. Section 550 of the Act ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to “...issue interim final regulations establishing risk-based performance standards for security of chemical facilities and requiring security vulnerability assessments a...

Security System Implementation: "bleeding Edge" Versus Leading Edge Security Technologies

Choosing between "bleeding edge" and leading edge technology is critical when deploying a security system The choice of the right security technology is one of the primary considerations for implementation or upgrade of a video surveillance system or other security system. Industry professionals making this critical decision often have to choose between a ‘bleeding edge’ technology, i.e. one that is in its infancy but offers great potential, and a leading edge prov...

Security Management System’s Usability Key To Easy Adoption

The usability revolution that took place several years ago on the consumer market is breaking into the field of security management. Wouter Kersteman, Interaction Designer at Nedap, explains in this article that intuitive user interfaces with attractive apps and widgets - similar to those found on modern mobile phones and tablets - are the standard of the future; usability is the latest buzzword and may even be a pre-requisite for security management systems.   Rec...

Security Software For Identity Management – A Flexible, Scalable And Secure Approach To Manage Enterprise Risk

Software can combine information from various systems to create a single identity across the organization In today's enterprise business environment, the best approach to managing risk for a known scenario is to both prepare for it and guard against it.  Effective security management necessitates credible real-time information about risk and the ability to respond to that information in a timely manner. However, that information is often not available in real-time or ma...

Four Tips To Buy The Right Integrated Security Solution

An integrated security system needs to fulfill user's security objectives and needs To meet a user’s specific needs, a truly integrated security solution must include video surveillance and other security systems on a single platform. Although this is a high criteria for any system designer to meet, it is now becoming increasingly possible. Integration solutions require a commitment and expertise on the part of systems integrators as well as security product manufacturer...

Lighting Challenges In Video Surveillance In Retail, Financial And Hospitality Sectors

Ambient lighting in hospitality environments pose major challenges for video surveillance Variable lighting conditions pose a persistent challenge in video surveillance applications such as large retail locations, banks and financial institutions, and hospitality environments.Challenges to lighting quality Typically, retail locations, banks and hospitality venues include an abundance of windows. The resulting excessive light can damage video image quality, by flooding the ima...

Power Supply Requirements And Options For Access Control Systems

The power supply is the key driving force for access control systems Power plays a crucial role in the effective functioning of any access control system and the choice of the right power system to suit specific requirements is important. In this article, Ronnie Pennington, National Accounts Manager of Altronix Corporation explains various ways to determine and meet the power requirements for access control systems. Usually, an access control system itself acts as the main so...

Casino Surveillance Integration Adapts To A New Scale

The changes to the economic climate over the past few years have affected the construction industry as a whole, and the booming casino industry was naturally affected as well. While there are still new casinos being built, overall the scale of construction does not approach the mega-casinos that have dominated the industry for the previous twenty years. Many of the new builds today are smaller casinos with different budgets and requirements of past projects. In addition, existing c...

Using CCTV Security Systems To Deal With Rising Rural Crime

Innovative surveillance technology, relaxation in UK Data Protection Laws and shared resources are key to curb rural crimes The significant rise in crime in rural areas in recent times in the UK has led to growing calls from security and crime prevention experts for government to make it easier for communities and law enforcement to fight back. “In our areas, every farm within a 5 mile radius has had trespass, some kind of theft of property, plant or livestock in the las...

IP Technologies Fuel Global Expansion And Standardisation Of Security Systems

Networking is a powerful way to effectively converge and integrate security In an ever-changing world, business organizations require efficient security partners in order to focus their expansion towards growing economies. This physical expansion leads to a need for expanded and enhanced security programs to protect a growing network of people and facilities. In this article, Renae Leary, Senior Director, Global Accounts, at ADT Worldwide, provides an insight into cost-effecti...

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