MESSOA NCH517 2MP Network LPR Solution With Intelligent Traffic Features And High Power IR LED Illuminator
MESSOA NCH517 2MP Network LPR Solution With Intelligent Traffic Features And High Power IR LED Illuminator

The NCH517 2-megapixel IP LPR solution from  MESSOA is designed for detail-demanding traffic surveillance, ranging from access control to high-speed monitoring up to 180km/h. Featuring 1080p resolution and the standalone high-power illuminator, it is perfect for monitoring multi-lane traffic under all lighting conditions. Multi-lane traffic monitoring made possible by megapixel IP solution The NCH517 allows monitoring multiple traffic lanes simultaneously, thanks to the Full HD x2.5 coverage range compared to D1 resolution, providing a wider view and superior image quality as every detail comes through in razor-sharp megapixel clarity. Extended view range also indicates fewer cameras needed to cover the same number of monitored lanes and less project cost as a result. Leveraging the versatility of IP technology, the NCH517 provides simple, flexible setup and control that can be done from remote locations via the existing IP network. A variety of video detections and event management capabilities serve as a complementary tool to enhance the monitoring experience. Superb low light performance boosts night vision IP LPR Cameras have been around the market but failed to deliver the performance as expected due to their deficiency in low light environments. Coming from a perspective of a low light specialist, MESSOA stresses the importance of lighting and offers a solution package that solves such issue. Unlike conventional models which lack an adequate lighting apparatus, the NCH517 comes with the SLI080 IR Illuminator to provide sufficient IR lighting needed to attain qualified plate images for all types of license plates. Backed by 850nm, high power IR LED array, the illuminator extends the recognition range up to 100 meters (328ft), making the characters more visible to the camera at night for extra long distance and/or high-speed monitoring. To match the camera’s field of view for multiple lane applications, the proprietary LumiiFlex™ adjustable diffuser design of the illuminator provides the flexibility to tune the angle of illumination on site to suit specific security needs. This technology ensures even output illumination across the entire scene without overexposure or flare. Intelligent Traffic Mode ensures optimized plate recognition results Various installation and environmental factors must be taken into consideration when setting an LPR camera to maximize license plate recognition accuracy, but a proper configuration takes a great deal of effort, and the outcome is not always guaranteed. MESSOA NCH517 is built in with 4 preset modes with optimized parameter settings in accordance with different car speeds and camera angles to help inexperienced users easily achieve the best capture results every time in these preprogrammed scenarios, e.g. city surveillance, highway, entry point/toll station, and parking lot. Customisable Profile Configuration is another Intelligent Traffic feature that provides users with freedom to configure and apply optimized parameter settings for different time frames up to 4 customisable profiles to meet the variation in environmental factors during a day.

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MESSOA Mini Series 1MP Full-Featured Network Camera
MESSOA Mini Series 1MP Full-Featured Network Camera

MESSOA Mini Series consists of three 1-megapxiel network cameras, which are the box-type NCB750, dome-type NDR720, and the bullet-type NCR770. Their exceptionally compact yet versatile form factors make them ideal for projects demanding discreet and low profile installations, such as residences, boutiques and retail shops. Compact design ideal for discreet surveillance No bigger than the size of an adult’s hand, the sleek, compact-designed enclosure of the Mini Series allows the cameras to be easily deployed and fit in any environment for unobtrusive monitoring, which is perfectly suited where discreet, covert surveillance is required. Easy plug-and-play NVR solution ready The cameras are designed for complete functionality and plug-and-play integration with MESSOA Lite Series NVR, making installation hassle-free and easily done within a matter of minutes. No need of any complicated network setup, it is perfect for users who are new to IP technology but are looking for an entry-level IP video surveillance solution to replace the previous analogue system. Superior video quality at full frame rate Though small in size, the Mini Series delivers megapixel video quality up to 30fps. The cameras capture every critical moment with smooth video display. Increased frame frequency significantly reduces blurry images and particularly suits motion-sensitive applications. Packed with market-leading features Each camera is further equipped with its own unique features for their respective target deployment and applications. The NDR720 Dome Camera is built in with patented matrix IR LED to ensure wide-angle, even illumination in low light conditions; the NCR770 Bullet Camera comes with IP67-rated water-resistant enclosure for durable outdoor uses; and the NCB750 Box Camera offers microSD card slot for local storage, two-audio communication, and focus assistance for users who look for more sophisticated functionality.

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Multi-Lane IP LPR in high definition for all distances
Multi-Lane IP LPR in high definition for all distances

MESSOA combines years of experience in traffic surveillance with IP technology, offering a versatile line of advanced IP LPR cameras to capture the best LPR images with HD accuracy for all ranges and applications. Made for LPR application Features, such as Unique CatchAll™ engine with headlight suppression, and illumination control, are designed to tackle challenges on the road, delivering unparalleled LPR performance One camera for both day and night Featuring Mechanical ICR and configurable IR night vision control with the light sensor design, the true day/night camera is perfect for 24/7 traffic surveillance. Profile management Helping users manage different settings and schedules more efficiently with up to 4 profiles to meet variation in lighting and other environmental factors on the road. Intelligent traffic modes 4 traffic modes are preprogrammed with optimised settings to help inexperienced users attain best results in respective scenarios. (City Surveillance / Highway / Entry Point & Toll / Access Control) Built-in heater for extreme temperatures The cameras are outdoor-ready with a built-in heater, which ensures the operation at the most extreme temperatures as low as -40C (-40F). Extended system integration Compatible with major LPR/ANPR software (e.g. Milestone, ARH, Aimetis, Digifort) based on ONVIF open platform; SDK tool is also available for integration with other 3rd party software.

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MESSOA Adds The NCR878 IR Bullet Camera To The 5-megapixel Line-up
MESSOA Adds The NCR878 IR Bullet Camera To The 5-megapixel Line-up

The NCR878 IR Bullet Network Camera features superior 5-megapixel image sensor optimized for low light performance, delivering the unparalleled image sharpness and view coverage 24 hours a day. With the built-in IR LED illuminator up to 20 meters of view range, the NCR878 is perfect for any outdoor applications where the requirement for image quality and details is indispensable. Superior Video Quality See wider view coverage and extreme details in HDTV quality under all lighting conditions day and night. The 5-megapixel network camera is backed by proprietary Lumii™ Technology to optimize its low light performance as every detail comes through in unprecedented clarity. Intelligent Face Detection In addition to a variety of intelligent detection functions, the NCB878 also features face detection that would trigger alerts to users and take configurable actions upon capturing any unwanted intruder. Mechanical IR Cut Filter Featuring IR Cut Filter Removable (ICR) function, the camera uses a mechanical way to detect changes in lighting conditions, and then switches between color and B/W modes. It provides perfect color images at day time and crisp monochrome images at night or very dark environment. DC Iris Control The NCR878 supports DC Iris control, which enables the camera to accurately adjust the iris and to respond to any sudden light changes more promptly in the monitored scene, delivering excellent image quality with optimal sharpness all the time. Weatherproof, outdoor ready The NCR878 is perfectly suited to any outdoor environment with its IP67-rated waterproof housing and protective rain guard. The cable management design prevents the cables from exposing to the outside, thus eliminating damages from rain and external forces to ensure the device’s durable and reliability. The NCR878 is backed by the proprietary Lumii™ low light optimization technology that further enhances the camera sensitivity to ensure clear and noise-free images in tough lighting conditions. The camera also features the advanced face detection to keep informed of any unwanted intruder. Other supported features include local storage, video out, and two-way audio.

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MESSOA NCB858 5-megapixel Camera Designed For Detail-demanding Applications
MESSOA NCB858 5-megapixel Camera Designed For Detail-demanding Applications

The NCB858 fixed network camera features superior 5MP resolution sensor, delivering the ultimate image sharpness and view coverage like no others. The NCB858 is perfect for any indoor applications where the requirement for image quality and details is indispensable. The proprietary Lumii™ imaging technology further enhances the camera sensitivity to ensure clear and noise-free images in tough lighting conditions. The NCB858 also features the advanced face detection to keep informed of any unwanted intruder. Other supported features include microSD / SDHC card slot, video out, and two-way audio. Superior video quality See clear and detailed, HD quality images in all lighting conditions. The 5-megapixel camera is backed by proprietary Lumii™ imaging technology to further enhance its low light performance as every detail comes through in unprecedented sharpness and clarity when lack of light. Intelligent face detection In addition to a variety of intelligent detection functions, the NCB858 also features face detection that would trigger alerts to users and take configurable actions upon detecting any unwanted intruder. Mechanical IR Cut Filter Featuring IR Cut Filter Removable (ICR) function, the camera uses a mechanical way to detect changes in lighting conditions, and then switches between color and B/W modes. It provides perfect color images at day time and crisp monochrome images at night or very dark environment. Cost-saving H.264 support The NCB858 supports the H.264, a cost-saving compression format which consumes very little storage and bandwidth resources while maintaining premium image quality. Multiple streams can also be provided for different quality needs and bandwidth limitations.

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MESSOA introduces all new Maven Series IP Cameras
MESSOA introduces all new Maven Series IP Cameras

MESSOA has introduced the latest Maven Series IP Cameras to its product portfolio. From 1MP flat mini dome to 5MP rugged outdoor IR camera, the Maven Series features a wide selection of resolutions, lens, functions, and housings ready for all kinds of surveillance applications. Users can choose from a complete range of box type, bullet type, dome type, flat dome and even PTZ cameras that best suit their installation needs. Image quality boosted by Lumii 2.0 Engineered to enhance user experience, the Maven Series IP cameras are equipped with more powerful image processing capabilities powered by the Lumii 2.0. The new-generation imaging technology built on an innovative platform transcends its predecessor and sets to deliver truer color, smoother motion and amazing image quality at challenging light conditions. Installer-friendly features make installation easy The Maven Series also upgrades its usability by including various installer-friendly functions for specific models, such as remote zoom and auto focus, hassle-free in-ceiling mount design, and easily accessible controls. These enhanced features serve to further facilitate installation and maintenance, making video surveillance much easier and flexible to everyone. Reliable operation in every way  Improvement is achieved in terms of reliability as the Maven Series outdoor models are built stronger and more resilient than ever to withstand extreme weather conditions. The Maven Series also support more network protocols and security mechanisms, such as HTTPS encryption, 802.1x, and IP Address Filtering to secure communication over network, thereby improving overall system reliability. Key benefits Advanced imaging capabilities ideal for 24/7 surveillance powered by Lumii 2.0 Full range of resolutions, lens and housing suitable for all applications 3D Noise Filtering minimizes digital artifacts without causing motion blur Hyper Dynamic Range allows greater scene details in high contrast settings Easy, flexible deployment with installer-friendly designs Rugged enclosures ensure reliable operation at all conditions Multiple browser compatibility, including Firefox, Chrome, and Safari Enhanced network security

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MESSOA Presents Integrated 2MP IP And IP LPR Traffic Camera
MESSOA Presents Integrated 2MP IP And IP LPR Traffic Camera

H.264 full HD network cameras reveal everythingMessoa Technologies Inc. has an uncompromising vision to deliver high quality, easy-to-use, smart and interoperable security solutions. With over 11 years of delivering innovative surveillance systems, Messoa brings its considerable experience to bear with full HD surveillance cameras.New models being showed off to the crowd included the NDR891, a 2MP, ICR Day/Night Network camera, and the NCR870, a ready to go infrared camera able to see in 0 lux. The visitor crowd watched on HDTVs as the cameras streamed Full HD 1080p images of the convention. Individual people were easily identifiable even in the packed convention center.The MESSOA MegaSmart IP Dome Camera supports 2MP resolutions and 30/25 (60/50 Hz) frames per second in HDTV 1080i x720p resolution and 16:9 format. IR LEDs produce smooth even light distribution across a view range as far as 25 meters (82 feet) away.The NDR891 utilizes Lumii II technology to overcome night time issues. Vandal-proof housing that is IP67 certified is designed specifically for harsh environments. An optional heater maximizes protection of the camera in extremely cold weather."The NDR891 is the latest IR network camera that we offer. We're real proud of this one and think it has a lot to offer. After extensive testing, we're confident that the IR illuminators can show clear as day pictures even from great distances," comments MESSOA President Steve Yang.Yang believes that MESSOA Lumii™ II Technology provides outstanding support to any security conditions. "MESSOA has introduced 11 years of optical heritage to the Video Surveillance market. The new Lumii™ II Technology and 2MP IP cameras announced today make MESSOA's cutting edge technology and highly detailed video capture available to our broadest range of customers yet."Traffic cameras cut through dense fogThere were several inquiries about the latest traffic cameras MESSOA had to offer, including the NCR515PRO, an LPR camera. Visitors were treated to video of the NCR515PRO as it cut through fog to reveal license plates.The SCR505 traffic camera also wowed the crowds. The SCR505 is close-range, high contrast traffic camera that is easy to install. Its built-in 9-22mm lens captures a wide 3-8 m(10-27 ft) field. It was a good solution for many customers looking for a quality traffic camera.MESSOA is committed to employing state of the art technology to offer the best products at exceptional value, accompanied by excellent customer service.

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IP cameras - Expert commentary

The Benefits And Challenges Of In-Camera Audio Analytics For Surveillance Solutions
The Benefits And Challenges Of In-Camera Audio Analytics For Surveillance Solutions

Audio is often overlooked in the security and video surveillance industry. There are some intercom installations where audio plays a key role, but it’s not typically thought about when it comes to security and event management. Audio takes a back seat in many security systems because audio captured from a surveillance camera can have a different impact on the privacy of those being monitored. Audio surveillance is therefore subject to strict laws that vary from state to state. Many states require a clearly posted sign indicating audio recording is taking place in an area before a person enters. Analytic information derived from audio can be a useful tool and when implemented correctly, removes any concerns over privacy or legal compliance. Audio analytics on the edge overcomes legal challenges as it never passes audio outside of the camera Focused Responses To Events Audio analytics processed in the camera, has been a niche and specialized area for many installers and end users. This could be due to state laws governing audio recording, however, audio analytics on the edge overcomes legal challenges as it never passes audio outside of the camera Processing audio analytics in-camera provides excellent privacy since audio data is analysed internally with a set of algorithms that only compare and assess the audio content. Processing audio analytics on the edge also reduces latency compared with any system that needs to send the raw audio to an on-premises or cloud server for analysis. Audio analytics can quickly pinpoint zones that security staff should focus on, which can dramatically shorten response times to incidents. Audio-derived data also provides a secondary layer of verification that an event is taking place which can help prioritise responses from police and emergency personnel. Microphones And Algorithms Having a SoC allows a manufacturer to reserve space for specialized features, and for audio analytics, a database of reference sounds is needed for comparisonMany IP-based cameras have small microphones embedded in the housing while some have a jack for connecting external microphones to the camera. Microphones on indoor cameras work well since the housing allows for a small hole to permit sound waves to reach the microphone.  Outdoor cameras that are IP66 certified against water and dust ingress will typically have less sensitivity since the microphone is not exposed. In cases like these, an outdoor microphone, strategically placed, can significantly improve outdoor analytic accuracy. There are several companies that make excellent directional microphones for outdoor use, some of which can also combat wind noise. Any high-quality external microphone should easily outperform a camera’s internal microphone in terms of analytic accuracy, so it is worth considering in areas where audio information gathering is deemed most important. Surveillance cameras with a dedicated SoC (System on Chip) have become available in recent years with in-built video and audio analytics that can detect and classify audio events and send alerts to staff and emergency for sounds such as gunshots, screams, glass breaks and explosions. Having a SoC allows a manufacturer to reserve space for specialized features. For audio analytics, a database of reference sounds is needed for comparison. The camera extracts the characteristics of the audio source collected using the camera's internal or externally connected microphone and calculates its likelihood based on the pre-defined database. If a match is found for a known sound, e.g., gunshot, explosion, glass break, or scream, an event is triggered, and the message is passed to the VMS. If a match is found for a known sound, e.g., gunshot, explosion, glass break, or scream, an event is triggered, and the message is passed to the VMS Configuring A Camera For Audio Analytics Audio DetectionThe first job of a well-configured camera or camera/mic pair is to detect sounds of interest while rejecting ancillary sounds and noise below a preset threshold. Each camera must be custom configured for its particular environment to detect audio levels which exceed a user-defined level. Since audio levels are typically greater in abnormal situations, any audio levels exceeding the baseline set levels are detected as being a potential security event. Operators can be notified of any abnormal situations via event signals allowing the operator to take suitable measures. Finding a baseline of background noise and setting an appropriate threshold level is the first step. Noise ReductionA simple threshold level may not be adequate enough to reduce false alarms depending on the environment where a camera or microphone is installed. Noise reduction is a feature on cameras that can reduce background noise greater than 55dB-65dB for increased detection accuracy. Installers should be able to enable or disable the noise reduction function and view the results to validate the optimum configuration during setup. With noise reduction enabled, the system analyzes the attenuated audio source. As such, the audio source classification performance may be hindered or generate errors, so it is important to use noise reduction technology sparingly. Audio Source ClassificationIt’s important to supply the analytic algorithm with a good audio level and a high signal-to-noise ratio to reduce the chance of generating false alarms under normal circumstances. Installers should experiment with ideal placement for both video as well as audio. While a ceiling corner might seem an ideal location for a camera, it might also cause background audio noise to be artificially amplified. Many cameras provide a graph which visualises audio source levels to allow for the intuitive checking of noise cancellation and detection levels. Messages And EventsIt’s important to choose a VMS that has correctly integrated the camera’s API (application programming interface) in order to receive comprehensive audio analytic events that include the classification ID (explosion, glass break, gunshot, scream). A standard VMS that only supports generic alarms, may not be able to resolve all of the information. More advanced VMS solutions can identify different messages from the camera. Well configured audio analytics can deliver critical information about a security event, accelerating response times and providing timely details beyond video-only surveillance.  Analytics take privacy concerns out of the equation and allow installers and end users to use camera audio responsibly. Hanwha Techwin's audio source classification technology, available in its X Series cameras, features three customizable settings for category, noise cancellation and detection level for optimum performance in a variety of installation environments.

Video Surveillance Technologies Evolve To Meet Data And Cybersecurity Challenges
Video Surveillance Technologies Evolve To Meet Data And Cybersecurity Challenges

The Internet of Things (IoT) is having a significant and ever-changing impact on the way we view video security. Today, cameras are expected to be so much more than devices with which to simply capture images; they need to be far smarter than that. These future-facing cameras are becoming an integral part of the vast digital connectivity infrastructure, delivering a parallel performance as intelligent sensors with the ability to extract the kind of invaluable data that helps businesses make improvements in the area of video security, and beyond. However, as the list of possibilities grows, so too does the risk of unauthorized access by cybercriminals. We should all be aware that a single weak link in a communications infrastructure can give hackers access to sensitive data. That’s the bad news. Safeguarding Data And Utilizing Deep Learning The good news is cybercrime can be avoided by employing a data security system that’s completely effective from end-to-end. One technological advancement that the trend-spotters are predicting will become part of the video security vocabulary is ‘deep learning’ Once this level of safeguarding is in place you can begin to confidently explore the technologies and trends happening now, and those on the horizon. So, what will be having an influence on surveillance in 2018? Well, according to IHS Markit, one technological advancement that the trend-spotters are predicting will become part of the video security vocabulary is ‘deep learning’, which uses algorithms to produce multiple layers of information from the same piece of data, therefore emulating the way the human brain absorbs innumerable details every second. In Europe, GDPR compliance will also be a big talking point as new principles for video surveillance data collection, use limitation, security safeguards, individual participation and accountability are introduced. And, as the popularity – and misuse – of drones continues to rise, the recent developments in drone detection technology will be particularly welcomed by those whose primary concern relates to large areas, such as airport perimeter security. The Future Of 'Smart' Video Analytics An important feature of today’s intelligent cameras is the ability to provide smart video analytics. The Bosch ‘i’ series, for example, offers a choice of formats – Essential Video Analytics and Intelligent Video Analytics. Essential Video Analytics is geared toward regular applications such as small and medium businesses looking to support business intelligence (e.g. inter-network data transfer), large retail stores and commercial buildings for advanced intrusion detection, enforcing health and safety regulations (no-parking zones or detecting blocked emergency exits) and analyzing consumer behavior. The camera-based, real-time processing can also be used to detect discarded objects, issue loitering alarms and detect people or objects entering a pre-defined field. Intelligent Video Analytics provides additional capabilities. It is designed for demanding environments and mission-critical applications, such as the perimeter protection of airports, critical infrastructures and government buildings, border patrol, ship-tracking and traffic-monitoring (e.g. wrong-way detection, traffic-counts and monitoring roadsides for parked cars: all vital video security solutions). An important feature of today’s intelligent cameras is the ability to provide smart video analytics Intelligent Video Analytics can also differentiate between genuine security events and known false triggers, such as challenging environments created by snow, wind (moving trees), rain, hail, and water reflections. For more expansive areas, like an airport perimeter fence, the system has the range and capability to provide analysis over large distances. And, if a moving camera is employed, it is also possible to capture data on objects in transit when used in conjunction with the Intelligent Tracking feature. For roadside use, Intelligent Video Analytics systems, such as the Bosch MIC IP range, are resistant to vibrations and can still operate in extreme weather conditions, continuing to detect objects in heavy rain or snow.  Evolving Cameras Past Surveillance It’s becoming ever clearer that the IoT is transforming the security camera from a device that simply captures images, into an intelligent sensor that plays an integral role in gathering the kind of vital business data that can be used to improve commercial operations in areas beyond security. For example, cities are transitioning into smart cities. The capabilities of an intelligent camera extend to the interaction and sharing of information with other devices (only those you have appointed) With intelligent video security cameras at the core of an urban infrastructure smart data can be collected to optimize energy consumption via smart city lighting that responds to crowd detection and movement. Cameras can also be used to improve public transport by monitoring punctuality and traffic flow based on queue lengths, with the ability to control traffic lights an option should a situation require it. As the urban sprawl continues and this infrastructure grows, the need for more knowledge of its use becomes more essential, necessitating the monitoring technology developed for use by human operators to evolve into smart sensing technology, that no longer just provides video feeds, but also uses intelligent analytics and sophisticated support systems. These systems filter out irrelevant sensor data and present only meaningful events, complete with all relevant contextual data to operators to aid their decision-making. Expanding The Video Security Camera Network Today, video analytics technology has tangible benefits for human operator surveillance, and delivers KPIs that are highly relevant to transport operators, planners and city authorities. As an existing infrastructure, a video security camera network can be improved and expanded by installing additional applications rather than replaced. From a business perspective, that means greater value from a limited investment. Thereafter, the capabilities of an intelligent camera extend to the interaction and sharing of information with other devices (only those you have appointed), image and data interpretation, and the ability to perform a variety of tasks independently to optimize both your safety and business requirements. The fact is, cameras see more than sensors. Sounds obvious, but a conventional sensor will only trigger an alarm when movement is detected, whereas a camera can also provide the associated image and information like object direction, size, color, speed or type, and use time stamps to provide historical information regarding a specific location or event. Based on this evidence, the video security camera of today is more than ready for the challenges of tomorrow.

How Effective Security Departments Bust Multi-million Dollar Crimes
How Effective Security Departments Bust Multi-million Dollar Crimes

It had been a particularly slow night. The plant security guard had just made his rounds on this Sunday evening shift. As soon as he passed the weighing scales, he could enter the guard shack and get off his feet. Challenging A Curious Incident However, on this night, he noticed the waste vendor’s truck sitting half on and half off the scale. He stopped dead in his tracks to see if the truck would back up and completely sit on the scale. It never did. The observant guard walked up to the truck and challenged the driver who seemed surprised. “Hey, you’re not weighing your truck properly.” The driver fumbled for a response before replying, “Sorry, I was on the phone with a friend. I didn’t notice it.” But this security guard had the presence of mind to demand the driver’s phone. The driver was caught off guard and surrendered the phone. The guard then pulled up the most recent incoming/outgoing calls and saw no calls during the last 30 minutes. “I don’t think so.” “You don’t think so what?” The security guard was frank, “You haven’t used this phone in over half an hour.” The truck driver sheepishly acknowledged the fact. It was decided to install video surveillance covering the weighing area and scales – no easy feat due to poor lighting Preventing Crime As It Happens Knowing the driver was lying, the security guard ordered the truck back on the scale for a correct weighing and advised the driver that he would report the incident. The security guard wrote up his report and handed it off to his supervisor who, in turn, contacted the local corporate investigator. This investigator was soon on the phone with his boss at corporate headquarters on the other side of the world. Together with Security, they decided to install video surveillance covering the weighing area and scales – no easy feat due to poor lighting. However, once completed, they waited. They would not have to wait long. For the next two months, the waste vendor trucks, filled to the brim with production waste, black-and-white paper and other waste products from the plant, would stop on the scale only for a moment and then drive the front half of the truck off the scale for weighing. It was obvious that the vendor was cheating the company by only paying for half the waste. After two months, it was decided to catch the next cheating driver “en flagrante.” Sure enough, the next truck went half on and half off the scale and was weighed. Security then asked the unsuspecting driver to park his truck and invited him inside the building to talk to a supervisor. The driver signed an incriminating statement about the scheme and his role therein. They sent him on his way asking him to keep it quiet Waiting for the driver in a large office was the local investigator and his close friend, the Head of Security. After a difficult interview, the driver admitted to cheating on the scales over a two-year period—he claimed that some of the scale cheating was done at the direction of the vendor’s management, while some of it he did himself by “ripping off” the vendor—which he acknowledged was dangerous. Working With Authorities The driver signed an incriminating statement about the scheme and his role therein. They sent him on his way asking him to keep it quiet—they would see what they could do for him later on. In the meantime, Corporate Investigations had received a due diligence report on the vendor company which contained disturbing news—the company and its managers were associated with a countrywide waste management mafia. The report suggested that the vendor had a reputation for thefts and involvement in numerous lawsuits regarding thefts and embezzlement. Shockingly, no prior due diligence had ever been conducted on the vendor. Fortunately, the plant’s finance and audit team had maintained good records over the past 5 years and were able to re-construct the amount of waste going out the plant door and the amounts being claimed and paid for by the vendor. The discrepancy and loss stood at a multi-million dollar figure. After consulting with the local police authorities and company lawyers, it was decided to pursue a civil case against the vendor. Pursuing Legal Action The regional lawyer, the Head of Investigations, the Head of Security and the CFO invited the vendor to discuss the problem. Some of the evidence was shown to the vendor’s CEO who became indignant and, in order to save face, promised to fire the truck drivers and to repay any losses for the last two months. Inter-dependent entities - security, investigations, finance/audit and legal - combined their resources and agendas to form a unified front That was not enough for the company and a protracted legal battle ensued which lasted several years and resulted in the vendor’s paying almost the entire amount in instalments. The vendor was dropped from the contract and internal controls strengthened—the only plant employee dealing with the waste issue left the company and was replaced by two individuals. The plant also began paying more attention to the waste process and less to the production side. Several “lessons learned” come to mind. First, the tripwire came in the person of an astute and well-trained security guard who exhibited some of the best characteristics you want to see from men and women in that profession. The Security Department was also adept at installing the surveillance system and capturing the fraud live on videotape. But a far greater lesson was learned—of what can happen when inter-dependent entities (security, investigations, finance/audit and legal) within a company combine their resources and agendas to form a unified front. The results speak for themselves.