D-Link Presents Its DCS-6010L 360 Degree Fisheye Cloud Enabled HD Network Camera With Mydlink
D-Link Presents Its DCS-6010L 360 Degree Fisheye Cloud Enabled HD Network Camera With Mydlink

The DCS-6010L is the first fisheye fixed dome camera from D-Llink. Built with a fisheye lens and a 2 megapixel sensor makes it perfect for monitoring large areas. You can also access and configure the camera remotely. It comes with a wealth of features that enhance its surveillance capabilities, making it ideal for any situation. Key features: Anywhere Access with mydlink The 360° Fisheye Cloud Camera is Cloud -enabled, which means that you can access and configure your camera remotely, no matter where you are. See your camera’s live view through the mydlink website, or download the mydlink mobile app and view your camera directly on your iOS or Android mobile device. Keep an eye on your home while you’re at work, or check on the office when you’re out on the road; Cloud makes it all possible. Powerful fisheye lens featuring 360 degree surround view Featuring an F2.4 Fisheye Lens, the Cloud Camera 6100 provides a true 360° surround view, allowing you to keep an eye on entire rooms, halls, entryways and more. It can also provide a 180° panoramic view as a wall mount, giving you additional surveillance versatility. Industry-leading advanced image processing Hemispherical images captured from the fisheye camera can be converted into conventional rectilinear projection for viewing and analysis. Record in HD (1600 x 1200) at up to 15 frames per second With Cloud Camera 6100’s HD capability, you’ll be able to see faces more clearly and surroundings more vividly. Experience the confidence of HD clarity. Easy Installation, Easier Setup With the easy installation and setup of the Cloud Camera 6100, you’ll start experiencing the benefits of peace of mind in minutes. With simple WPS push button setup and the remote viewing options offered by the mydlink app, your focus can remain on monitoring what you value – not on a complicated setup process. ONVIF Compliant Easily incorporate with other cameras and Video Management Software.

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D-Link Presents The DCS-2210 / DCS-2230 Full High Definition (HD) IP Cameras
D-Link Presents The DCS-2210 / DCS-2230 Full High Definition (HD) IP Cameras

24/7 camera surveillance   The DCS-2210 / DCS-2230 is a versatile surveillance solution that is perfect for monitoring low-light environments in a business. It combines a high-resolution 2 Megapixel sensor with a built-in IR LED to help you keep watch over areas in complete darkness. The DCS-2210 / DCS-2230 also includes a built-in IR cut filter, making it suitable for both day and night applications.  Additionally, the DCS-2210/DCS-2230 is a complete system with a built-in CPU and web server that transmits high quality video images for security and surveillance. Simple installation and an intuitive web-based interface offer easy integration within an Ethernet or 802.11n wireless network (DCS-2230 only). The DCS-2210/DCS-2230 also comes with remote monitoring and motion detection features for a complete, cost-effective security solution.  Wireless n connectivity    The DCS-2230 includes 802.11n wireless for fast and easy integration into an existing network environment. Wireless N allows users to stream high-quality video to remote sites and mobile devices. A Site Survey feature also allows users to view and connect to nearby wireless networks with ease. The DCS-2210/ DCS-2230 also includes a standard Ethernet port for connections to traditional wired networks. ePTZ for surveying regions of interest   The ePTZ feature allows users to select a target region for close-up viewing simply by clicking on the video feed displayed within their browser. ePTZ makes use of the camera’s  2 mexapixel resolution to survey a large area  effortlessly. Since ePTZ requires no moving parts, there is no need to worry about the camera having mechanical failures, due to its fixed 6 mm lens  Easy to configure and operate These network cameras support the Universal Plug-n-Play feature, which allows computers running on Windows XP/Vista/7 to automatically recognize the cameras and add it to the network. Sign up with one of the free Dynamic DNS services available on the web to assign a name and domain to each of the cameras (e.g. mycamera.dlinkddns.com), and remotely access the cameras without having to remember the IP address. Businesses can also view up to 32 live cameras from a central location using the included D-ViewCam software. D-ViewCam has a robust set of features including automated e-mail alerts which can instantly inform administrators of suspicious or unusual activities, within the camera’s environment.   ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) compliant ONVIF is an open industry forum for the development of a global standard for the interface of IP based physical security products. ONVIF identifies a standard for how IP products within video surveillance and other physical security areas can communicate with each other ensuring interoperability between products regardless of brand.  The DCS-2210/DCS-2230 are ONVIF compliant and therefore interoperable with other manufacturer’s products on the same network such as cameras, storage systems, video analytics products and Video Management Systems.

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D-Link DCS-710L D-link HD Mini Bullet Outdoor Cloud Camera
D-Link DCS-710L D-link HD Mini Bullet Outdoor Cloud Camera

The DCS-7010L HD Mini Bullet Outdoor Camera is a Cloud-enabled IP Surveillance outdoor camera that lets you monitor an area 24 hours a day. A durable, rugged housing and a powerful IR LED illuminator make it ideal for all-day outdoor surveillance. 24/7 HD Surveillance The DCS-7010L is built with a megapixel image sensor to give you high-quality snapshots and video with resolutions up to 720p HD. This gives you sharp, high-resolution snapshots and videos with rich detail. Get a closer look with ePTZ, which lets you zoom in, zoom out, and pan across your camera’s video so you can survey a large area easily. An infrared cut removable (ICR) filter is also built into the DCS-7010L, which blocks infrared light during the day for improved image quality. At night, it moves out of the way to use all available light for low-light surveillance, and paired with a powerful IR LED illuminator with a 10 meter range, this camera can monitor an area even in complete darkness. Built for the Outdoors Specially built for outdoor use, the DCS-7010L has a solid metal IP-66 weatherproof housing that protects it from dirt and rain. A Power over Ethernet (PoE) port allows you to connect the camera to your network and power it through a single cable, simplifying deployment and doing away with the need for a nearby power outlet. A wire-in bracket protects cables from damage and provides a clean installation. Anywhere Access with mydlink The HD Mini Bullet Outdoor Cloud Camera is cloud-enabled, which means that you can access and configure your camera remotely, no matter where you are. See your camera’s live view through the mydlink website, or download the mydlink mobile app and view your camera directly on your iOS or Android mobile device. Keep an eye on your home while you’re at work, or check on the office when you’re out on the road; mydlink makes it all possible. Zero Configuration If you have a mydlink-enabled Cloud Router, setting up and configuring your DCS-7010L is a snap, thanks to Zero Configuration. Simply connect your camera to its power adapter and then connect your camera to your mydlink?enabled Cloud Router with an Ethernet cable - the camera will automatically be added to your account. mydlink does the hard work for you, allowing users to set up and use their mydlink-enabled cameras immediately. Built for Versatility The DCS-7010L comes with a wealth of features that enhance its surveillance capabilities, making it ideal for any situation. A passive infrared (PIR) sensor detects motion near the camera, allowing it to automatically record video and send you a notification when motion is detected. Audio in and out connectors can be connected to a microphone and speaker, allowing for 2-way communication and making the DCS-7010L ideal for use in entryways. A Complete, Expandable Surveillance Solution The DCS-7010L is a self-sufficient surveillance solution, capable of recording snapshots and video to a MicroSD card without requiring a PC or network storage device. If you want to expand your surveillance options, D-ViewCam management software is also included, giving you the ability to manage up to 32 cameras with a robust set of features, including multi-camera views and automated e-mail alerts to keep you informed of suspicious or unusual activities...

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D-Link Introduces Its DCS-3719 Full HD Day & Night WDR Network Camera
D-Link Introduces Its DCS-3719 Full HD Day & Night WDR Network Camera

High resolution surveillance  The D-Link DCS-3716 is a high-end Full HD Day & Night WDR Network Camera, equipped with a 1/2.8” 3 Megapixel WDR Progressive Scan CMOS sensor and a 3.1-8.0 mm DC auto iris lens. The DCS-3716 captures video in both dark and light environments, or even subjects shot against a backlight by neutralising imperfect lighting and generating a realistic image. In addition, the removable IR-cut filter for day/night functionality provides clear detail and high quality video at any point during the day or night. The DCS-3716 incorporates Power over Ethernet (PoE) and an SD card slot, allowing it to be easily installed in a variety of locations.Multiple video streams The DCS-3716 supports simultaneous streaming of H.264, MPEG-4, and MJPEG video to provide both high-quality and bandwidth-efficient compression formats. MJPEG delivers excellent file integrity, ideal for situations which require high image detail. H.264 and MPEG-4 produce a small file size, useful for extended recording or for use in low-bandwidth networks. Additionally, the DCS-3716 supports multicast H.264 MPEG-4 streaming, allowing users to view the camera feed by subscribing to a multicast IP address on the network.Flexible connectivity The DCS-3716 includes input and output ports allowing connectivity to external devices such as IR sensors, switches, and alarm relays. It also comes with an RS-485 interface, providing connectivity to an optional pan/tilt enclosure which effectively adds pan/tilt functionality to the DCS-3716. An additional 12 V interface provides power for an optional LED illuminator.Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) applicationsThe Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) function provides clear images even under backlit conditions where the intensity of illumination can vary significantly, making the DCS-3716 perfect for extreme high-contrast environments. For example, when placed indoors, the DCS-3716 will adjust itself to the intense sunlight that may be streaming in through a nearby window. This makes it an ideal solution for security applications.Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) compliant ONVIF is an open industry forum for the development of a global standard for the interface of IP based physical security products. ONVIF identifies a standard for how IP products within video surveillance and other physical security areas can communicate with each other ensuring interoperability between products regardless of brand. The DCS-3716 is ONVIF compliant and therefore interoperable with other manufacturer’s products on the same network such as cameras, storage systems, video analytics products and Video Management Systems.Centralised management with D-ViewCam™The D-ViewCam™ IP camera surveillance software is a comprehensive surveillance system designed to centrally manage multiple IP cameras. Supporting up to 32 IP cameras, D-ViewCam™ is compatible with all current D-Link IP cameras, Video Servers and offers digital monitoring and recording capabilities of video, audio, and events for various security applications. This software provides users with a wide array of features for added convenience, including video recording, playback, video live view, offering users powerful surveillance software that’s easy to use. D-ViewCam™ software is included free of charge with the DCS-3716.

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D-link Presents The DCS-7110 HD Outdoor Day & Night Network Camera
D-link Presents The DCS-7110 HD Outdoor Day & Night Network Camera

The D-Link DCS-7110 is a High-Definition outdoor Day & Night network IP camera, ideal for small-to medium business applications and remote monitoring over the Internet. With built-in IR LEDs, a progressive CMOS sensor, and ICR technology packed in a compact weather-proof outdoor housing, this camera delivers megapixel images under any lighting conditions, including complete darkness. High quality video streams To maximize bandwidth efficiency and improve image quality, the DCS-7110 provides real-time video compression using the H.264, MJPEG and MPEG-4 codecs. Furthermore, the DCS-7110 supports 4 separate profiles for simultaneous video streaming, and is capable of recording in H.264, MJPEG and MPEG 4 compression at megapixel resolution. This kind of versatility enables a wide variety of security applications, such as watching live video through a 3GPP enabled mobile device, or recording to a Network Storage device in high quality while monitoring the same images at lower resolutions. Flexible installation The DCS-7110 supports Power over Ethernet (PoE) connectivity for discreet installation in virtually any indoor or outdoor location. The camera’s built-in 802.3af compliant PoE module eases the installation process by reducing the need to drill holes or lay additional electrical cabling. The DCS-7110 includes external audio support, and input/output ports for connectivity to external devices such as IR sensors and alarm relays. It also comes with an RS-485 interface, providing connectivity to an optional pan/tilt enclosure.  Tamper detection Designed to be mounted outdoors, the DCS-7110 is built in an IP66 certified enclosure which protects against the elements and extreme temperatures in a range of -20° to 50°. The tamper detection feature can sense whenever the camera has been redirected, de-focused, blocked, or spray-painted, and respond promptly with a visible or audible alarm. Removable IR-Cut filter The DCS-7110 comes with a ICR Filter which can be manually applied via the web, or set to automatically adjust based on lighting conditions. This feature allows the camera to capture crisp colour images during the daytime, and grayscale images at dark.  Onvif compliant The DCS-7110 complies with the Onvif specifications (www.onvif.org), the global standard for network video products. ONVIF-conformant devices and applications from different manufacturers are able to communicate with each other by requesting and sending live view video streams. The specification will also ensure that conformant devices are automatically discovered and connected to network applications such as a video management software platform, making it easy for users and integrators to develop projects and 3rd party applications.  Centralised management with D-ViewCam™ The included D-Link D-ViewCam™ (DCS-100) is a sophisticated video management software which enables you to manage up to 32 network cameras, set e-mail alert notifications, create recording schedules, and trigger motion detection to record directly to your hard drive or network folder. D-ViewCam™ also allows you to upload a floor plan of your premises, and create a realistic layout according to the locations of your cameras, further simplifying the management process. Key features: 1/4” Megapixel progressive CMOS sensor HD resolution: 1280 x 800 (Megapixel) at 30 fps IP-66 certified weatherproof housing PoE powered – no need for a separate power supply GPIO (General Purpose I/O) for ease of installation and access Built-in IR LEDs for Day & Night operation (15 m. illumination distance) Built-in IR-Cut Removable (ICR) filter, for enhanced colour rendering in the day and good results in low light conditions New, redesigned web interface with advanced functions Simultaneous streaming in H.264, MJPEG and MPEG-4 compression Hardware-based motion detection Tamper detection IPv6 support Privacy mask function 3GPP support – watch live video from a compatible smartphone Digital I/O support for sensors and alarms RS-485 interface for easy integration with pan/tilt units ONVIF compliant D-ViewCam (DCS-100) monitoring software included (support for up to 32 cameras)

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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.