Dedicated Micros CamVu 2000 - A Powerful, Rapidly Deployable, High-resolution IP CCTV Camera
Dedicated Micros CamVu 2000 - A Powerful, Rapidly Deployable, High-resolution IP CCTV Camera

The sophisticated CamVu 2000 has been designed to deliver 2-megapixel image capture - up to six times that of analog cameras - and offer a wide field of view to maximize coverage.The CamVu 2000's high-resolution - megapixel - technology is based on the award-winning NetVu Connected architecture, supporting seamless communication with other NetVu Connected CCTV elements.  This ensures that deep integration is possible with a wide range of DVRs and devices, as well as supporting simplified integration into larger scale systems.Specialized ChipWrights Visual Signal Processing (ViSP) technology, incorporated into the new CamVu 2000, allows it to readily transmit simultaneous MPEG-4 and JPEG images to be recorded on an associated NetVu Connected DVR for image capture.  This flexibility enables users to record high quality images for evidential purposes whilst watching streamed video at the same time.  In addition an integrated pre-alarm feature within the CamVu 2000 - recording via internal memory or expandable via SD Card - ensures that critical pre-event movement can be captured.The CamVu 2000 camera can be fitted both indoors and outdoors (via external camera housing).  Site adjustment and set-up for the CamVu 2000 has been designed to be as flexible as possible with web configuration pages enabling installers to adjust the camera's features over the network without the need to return to the site.  Benefits: High-resolution image capture provides more detail to increase the ability to identify a suspect. Wide area can be covered by a single camera. Enables High Definition CCTV, which is not possible with analog cameras. Telemetry support allows the Megapixel camera to be paired with a Pan/Tilt housing Remote configuration removes the need for multiple revisits Images can be viewed over low bandwidth networks using MPEG-4 but captured in JPEG BNC Connector allows local lens adjustment or spot monitor positioning* High Definition recording to HighVu excel and DV-IP RT products. Visit booth 21015 at ISC West, 2-4 April 2008.

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Dedicated Micros DM/CMVU-PR1850D-Overview
Dedicated Micros DM/CMVU-PR1850D-Overview

Dedicated Micros HyperSense technology has been used in our range of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Optimized cameras to capture and record vehicle licence plates. Available in both analog and IP models, Dedicated Micros unique HyperSense technology removes ambient light from the scene leaving only the objects that strongly reflect the IR light emitted by the integrated invisible IR LED flash to be displayed. Eliminating glare from vehicle headlights and providing a more distinct image, Dedicated Micros ANPR optimized cameras speed up ANPR computation and increase read accuracy.Ideal for deployment in a range of applications including Petrol Forecourt monitoring and Car Park Barrier control, the range includes dedicated ANPR cameras, designed to capture the plate detail of passing vehicles, and combined ANPR / Overview cameras, to associate colour images of the vehicles with their number plates.Benefits  Identify and record the license plate details of all vehicles coming into, and/or leaving, a particular area irrespective of the lighting conditionsAmbient light removal means that even headlight glare will not degrade the imageAmbient scene removal extracts unnecessary detail from the image, speeding up plate finding and improving accuracyOverview camera provides high-resolution image for vehicle associationIP Options preloaded with ANPR software allowing analytics to be processed at the cameraInclude ANPR into your existing NetVu Connected CCTV installation without the need to redesign or re-install the systemCombined with associated signage ANPR provides a visible deterrent to would-be offenders, for example drive-offs

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Dedicated Micros ANPR Optimized IP Cameras With HyperSense Technology
Dedicated Micros ANPR Optimized IP Cameras With HyperSense Technology

Dedicated Micros HyperSense technology has been used in our range of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Optimized cameras to capture and record vehicle licence plates. Available in both analog and IP models, Dedicated Micros unique HyperSense technology removes ambient light from the scene leaving only the objects that strongly reflect the IR light emitted by the integrated invisible IR LED flash to be displayed. Eliminating glare from vehicle headlights and providing a more distinct image, Dedicated Micros ANPR optimized cameras speed up ANPR computation and increase read accuracy.Ideal for deployment in a range of applications including Petrol Forecourt monitoring and Car Park Barrier control, the range includes dedicated ANPR cameras, designed to capture the plate detail of passing vehicles, and combined ANPR / Overview cameras, to associate colour images of the vehicles with their number plates.Benefits  Identify and record the license plate details of all vehicles coming into, and/or leaving, a particular area irrespective of the lighting conditionsAmbient light removal means that even headlight glare will not degrade the imageAmbient scene removal extracts unnecessary detail from the image, speeding up plate finding and improving accuracyOverview camera provides high-resolution image for vehicle associationIP Options preloaded with ANPR software allowing analytics to be processed at the cameraInclude ANPR into your existing NetVu Connected CCTV installation without the need to redesign or re-install the systemCombined with associated signage ANPR provides a visible deterrent to would-be offenders, for example drive-offs

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Dedicated Micros And AD Network Video Driven To Success At IFSEC 2011
Dedicated Micros And AD Network Video Driven To Success At IFSEC 2011

Dedicated Micros and AD Network Video's innovative approach to exhibiting at IFSEC 2011 was warmly received by customers who found AD Group's state of the art articulated demonstration vehicle the ideal setting to discover the latest additions to the Group's product range.The Company made the decision to invest in the new vehicle after the success of it's Closed IPTV road shows which ran throughout the Winter. Closed IPTV, IP video products are installed on the vehicle together with the latest innovations from the AD Group, and are now at the fingertips of integrators, installers, specifiers and end users in the UK all year round.New products at the show included additions to the CamVu IP camera range such as the CamVu 720 dome and box cameras. These feature exceptional low light performance, high definition resolution with up to two megapixels of on-board recording to micro SD card, transmission on alarm and multiple video streams in MPEG4, JPEG and H.264 simultaneously to meet bandwidth requirements, while maintaining a differentiated high quality record rate for use as evidence.Complementing the new HD IP camera products, is a new CamVu IP camera with in-camera de-warping, which leverages the inherent de-warping capability of the Group's ChipWrights ViSP, combined with the benefit of a five megapixel sensor. Multiple independent streams are managed seamlessly, with no need for special software, within the NetVu ObserVer viewing application offering electronic zoom of each view. As part of the NetVu Connected family of seamless video products, images from the camera are recorded and viewed alongside the images of both analog and IP cameras deployed within the same system.The new CamVu IP cameras add to Dedicated Micros growing range of easy to use IP video products including the IFSEC Awards finalist, the SD Excel Closed IPTV, the hybrid DVR/NVR capable of recording, streaming and displaying multiple HD IP cameras seamlessly alongside a mix of analog cameras. The IFSEC Awards finalist, the high definition NetVu Console is at work displaying multi-media video content around the stand while providing demonstration points which illustrate the seamless integration of IP and analog cameras within a single, embedded user interface - a key capability which has been inherent in NetVu Connected products for many years.Offering high definition recording and powerful re-display performance, the NV8 joins the DV-IP, enterprise server/decoder range, boasting an impressive 300Mbits of video streaming bandwidth, delivering a flexible configuration solution operating as either a real-time HD/hybrid multi-screen decoder for high performance video wall deployment or as a dedicated real time encoder for recording and transmission of both analog and HD IP cameras.Also on board the articulated demonstration vehicle was strategic partner, BBV's Pick-a-Point video management system which forms part of the AD Group's enterprise video management system, offering a user friendly, map based, touch screen workstation, scalable to large enterprise solutions. Compatible with NetVu Connected video products, Pick-a-Point provides seamless management of hybrid systems incorporating crucial security features such as alarm handling, video download and evidence burning, integration with 3rd parties such as GDX, Protec, Commend and AD Group's patented Emergency Messaging System. New to Pick-a-Point at IFSEC, was the integration of Dedicated Micros Point and Go, PTZ capability which allows the operator to select the area of interest on screen with a simple click of the mouse, a perfect solution to PTZ control over IP networks.Continuing it's focus on vertical markets, AD Network Video strengthened it's Fire and Transport market solutions with new products on show which meet specific demands in each sector.The new FireVu Dome, borne out of the AD Group's D-Tec division and marketed within the AD Network Video portfolio, features video smoke detection and video transmission capability and when combined with the new FV1 annunciator, provides a solution to the growing problem to commercial property owners, of non-emergency response from the Fire Service. FireVu enables RVRCs such as AD Group's Remguard division and other ARCs with the capability to provide visually verified smoke and fire alarms which fully integrate with the existing fire alarm and building management systems, satisfying the need of fire authorities which require visually verified alarms from commercial premises.Taking a look at the value added video solutions to the transport sector, the AD Group's TSS division gained a lot of attention on the stand with the mobile CCTV unit developed for Gloucestershire Constabulary, which features the award winning TransVu, mobile video recorder in the form of PatrolVu and Dedicated Micros Infiniti, ruggedised, PTZ camera with integrated IR illumination. Visitors were thrilled to see invited to see how a real Mobile Police unit operates in practice.The TransVu mobile video recorder took centre stage in an innovative motor racing display, showing off it's performance in extreme conditions. Testing TransVu on AD Group's Le Mans Sportscar has played a significant part in making the product robust and reliable to meet the demands of the transport sector, and when combined with vehicle telemetry and telematics data, offers a significant return on investment to the transport operator.Footage from the TransVu which was recorded during the crash which occurred at Spa Francorchamps in early May was on show. During the crash, the TransVu, which sustained an impact in excess of 40G at 180km/h, carried on recording throughout, as true testament to the suitability of the product for harsh environments.Pauline Norstrom, Marketing Director and Board Director for Dedicated Micros and AD Group, comments, "Our investment into a new demonstration vehicle underlines our commitment to training and education at all levels in the professional video security channel. AD Group's, hybrid and pure IP video solution Closed IPTV is best seen in a live deployment and the vehicle allows us to to do just that by bringing the solution, together with those of the Group to the installer and user.""Products and solutions from Dedicated Micros and AD Network Video, broadly sit in three distinct groups; video recording and management solutions for public and commercial property installations, video smoke and fire detection and visual verification solutions for the Fire market and robust, integrated solutions for the Transport market. The diversity and differentiation of our products set the AD Group apart from other manufacturers as our solutions are truly seamless."The new demonstration vehicle is available for booking and will be touring the UK at Roadshows this Summer offering training and demonstrations to Dedicated Micros and AD Network Video's customers and their clients. Requests for booking the demonstration vehicle or for places on the Roadshows can be registered here.For further information visit Dedicated Micros' homepage and AD Network Video's website. See the album with captions

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Dedicated Micros Showcases Its CamVu 720 Wide Dynamic Range & Day & Night HD IP Camera
Dedicated Micros Showcases Its CamVu 720 Wide Dynamic Range & Day & Night HD IP Camera

High definition streaming & recording The CamVu720 WDR Series provides high definition image streams up to HD720. The powerful suite of streaming features ensure flexibility in remote viewing of the camera whilst on-board storage and supported transmission protocols such as AoE provide a wealth of local and remote recording options. AnalyticsCapable As part of our growing range of AnalyticsCapable products, the CamVu720 WDR Series is able to contain the latest analytics solutions from Dedicated Micros including Object Left/Removed Detection Tripwire and Counting Tripwire, all locally hosted on the camera. NETVU Connected With NetVu Connected products users can seamlessly integrate Video Servers, Cameras & Domes, Management Systems, mobile viewing devices and video walls together without the costly impact of significant integration time. A shared user interface helps minimize operator training whilst powerful features such as Direct configuration of PTZ Cameras and Domes from connected DVRs helps reduce installation time providing benefits to both end user and installer/integrator. The incredible flexibility of Dedicated Micros NetVu Connected platform enables multi-environment security installations to be achieved with ease. Integration of Fixed and Mobile DVRs and Video Servers alongside products such as FireVu (for Video Smoke Detection) enables large scale solutions with several application requirements to be designed and built with ease. Multiple simultaneous video streams Dedicated Micros’ unique Visual Signal Processor (ViSP) allows the CamVu720 WDR Series to transmit multiple simultaneous MPEG-4, H.264 and/ or JPEG images to any number of associated NetVu Connected devices for image viewing. Each stream can be tailored to suit the viewer’s bandwidth requirements. Closed IPTV Dedicated Micros’ award winning Closed IPTV solution combines open standard IP protocols with patent pending innovation to provide simple to install, safe and secure IP video solutions across new or existing networks. Automatically allocating IP addresses to IP cameras by physical port, a Closed IPTV system is completely deterministic, creating firewalls and monitoring point-to-point IP connections so they cannot be hacked or intercepted. Critical to the security of a Closed IPTV system is the unique implementation of Trusted Endpoint technology; a secret signature, applied at lock down, enables endpoint devices such as IP cameras to be secure, immediately triggering a security alert should any interference be detected. This ground breaking solution provides a very simple and secure answer to IP video, meaning that no prior knowledge of IP networking is required. Sophisticated and dependable network security can be achieved with a single click.

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Dedicated Micros Has Released Its Leading Edge Infiniti Integrated PTZ Security Camera Series
Dedicated Micros Has Released Its Leading Edge Infiniti Integrated PTZ Security Camera Series

The new Infiniti series security cameras have been optimized for effective, and secure, operation in exposed outdoor environments. They can be deployed, seamlessly, at the front end of the latest Closed IPTV deterministic IP video security solutions whose unique 'Trusted Endpoint' technology means that cameras cannot be hacked or their IP ports used to gain unlawful access to the corporate network.Looking at the landmark Infiniti Thermal model in more detail, this features an IP CCTV camera, Thermal Imaging Unit, screen wiper/washer control and integrated pan and tilt mechanism - all in one robust package.In operation, the Thermal Imaging Unit has been created to deliver outstanding performance for night vision, heat sensing and surveillance applications, allowing users to see what is going on even in testing conditions such as haze, dust, fog and smoke. Featuring a germanium window for thermal accuracy , an uncooled high resolution sensor, an athermally stabilised lens, and choice of focal lengths, the thermal imaging unit has the potential to detect human-sized heat sources at ranges of up to 900 metres. This long-range view makes the Infiniti Thermal an ideal choice for early warning systems whilst the potential to compare, and contrast, thermal and conventional images maximises the ability of users to deal with incidents.Turning to the configuration of the other models in the Infiniti series, these are supplied with an IR illuminator in place of the Thermal Imager. A major operational advantage of having the security camera and IR illuminator positioned side-by-side is that, no matter where the unit is pointed, the field of view of the security camera is always illuminated.The day/night camera module, common to all models of the Infiniti, comes with a powerful 36x optical zoom and offers 0.01 Lux (Mono) sensitivity, optically flat toughened glass and wash/wipe system to optimize visibility at all times.Additionally, with privacy masks, presets and patrols the Infiniti series has all of the functionality of a precision dome with the added benefits which come from the integrated capabilities. Compatibility of the Infiniti with the latest generation of Dedicated Micros' Hybrid DVR and NVRs also ensures that users can readily access the company's advanced camera functionality such as Point&Go and Absolute Positioning.There is even the potential, through the on-board DSP core from Dedicated Micros' sister company Chipwrights, to unlock powerful video analytics capabilities in the Infiniti such as virtual tripwire so adding additional value to a surveillance solution.Said Pauline Norstrom, Director of Worldwide Marketing at Dedicated Micros:"We are delighted with the industry-leading capabilities of our Infiniti series which set a new standard for integrated PTZ security cameras and, when used in the IP environment, can be operated as part of a safe and secure Closed IPTV surveillance solution."The roll-out of our first thermal imaging product in the Infiniti Thermal underlines our belief that there are major opportunities in the marketplace to expand the take-up of thermal CCTV into the surveillance mainstream. No longer does thermal imaging have to be seen as the exclusive preserve of enterprise level solutions."

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Dedicated Micros Has IP Cameras In Focus For Enhanced Closed IPTV Performance
Dedicated Micros Has IP Cameras In Focus For Enhanced Closed IPTV Performance

Dedicated Micros - part of AD Group - is able to offer a wide range of CCTV cameras which are optimized to work in conjunction with its patent pending Closed IPTV solution. Closed IPTV is a revolutionary IP video product solution which has been brought to market by Dedicated Micros to deliver all of the simplicity and security of a traditional CCTV installation in the IP environment. In practice, with Closed IPTV, standard or HD resolution IP cameras, such as those from Dedicated Micros' CamVu range, can be automatically identified by a suitably equipped DVR/NVR - coupled with DM's Layer 3 Enhanced CCTV Switch - as an 'exclusive' point-to-point relationship. Combining patent-pending innovation in the Application layer, with industry standard zeroconf networking technology each camera is assigned a specific network port. The key with Closed IPTV is the adoption of a deterministic set-up which means that no intervention is required and, crucially, the routing of network video is exclusively managed and tracked through an integrated switch to thwart any hacking attacks. The cameras which Dedicated Micros recommends as part of Closed IPTV installations, to maximize the benefits of this award-winning approach to surveillance, include the extensive range of CamVu IP Mini-Domes which features day/night and Hyper-D (Wide Dynamic Range (WDR)) models that come with Power over Ethernet (PoE) or 12v DC as standard. Also best placed to be installed at the front end of Closed IPTV applications are CamVu IP Static Cameras which come in Megapixel, Hyper-D and VGA models, with the Megapixel variant offering six times the resolution of an analog camera. In addition, a number of PTZ Domes and Cameras are also available to work in conjunction with Closed IPTV with the latest Infiniti model being a good example. Said Pauline Norstrom, Director of Worldwide Marketing at Dedicated Micros: "In practice our award-winning Closed IPTV delivers ease of installation and enhanced security for surveillance systems working in the IP environment. At its most basic the Layer 3 Enhanced CCTV Switch, combined with a suitable Dedicated Micros' DVR/NVR, provides deterministic solutions which operate with any IP camera, and in the majority of cases the result is heightened security at the VLAN (Virtual Local Area Network) or MAC access control level list with minimal intervention by the user. "However, to truly maximize the benefits of Closed IPTV it is preferable to utilize the extensive range of Dedicated Micros' IP cameras, like our high performance CamVu IP Mini-Domes. By adopting Dedicated Micros' IP cameras as an integral part of a solution it is then possible to unlock significant, additional, Closed IPTV advantages such as fully automated IP discovery and allocation; transparent default configurations/set-up options and, crucially, 'Trusted Endpoint' technology." For more information on Dedicated Micros and Closed IPTV please visit: www.dedicatedmicros.com/closediptv

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Dedicated Micros Camvu Mini-Dome Camera Range Spotlighted At IFSEC 2010
Dedicated Micros Camvu Mini-Dome Camera Range Spotlighted At IFSEC 2010

Dedicated Micros - part of AD Group - has significantly strengthened its IP dome camera portfolio with the launch at IFSEC 2010 of its CamVu Mini-Dome range. The two key models, now available in the range, are the CamVu HyperDome and the CamVu Day/Night Mini-Dome which are suitable for deployment both indoors and outdoors.Looking at the CamVu HyperDome, its Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) sensor means that this Mini-Dome is perfectly suited to difficult lighting conditions, such as those found in reception/entrance areas, correctly exposing shadows and highlights and allowing detail to be seen even when backlit. Turning to the CamVu Day/Night Mini-Dome, this model combines sensitivity to IR (Infra Red) light at night with the ability to deliver true colour rendition during day light hours.Both of the CamVu Mini-Domes have been designed from the start to be vandal resistant which means that they are perfectly suited to installations where there is a requirement to withstand deliberate or accidental damage. Built from an impact resistant die cast aluminum body, with a tough polycarbonate bubble (rated to IP66), the CamVu Mini-Domes are also well equipped to cope with the challenges of harsh environmental conditions such as dust and water spray.The CamVu Mini-Dome models are compatible with a wide range of Dedicated Micros (and AD Group) DVRs and Video Servers including: the DV-IP Server, DV-IP HD, DV-IP RT, HighVu Excel, DS2, BX2, SD Advanced and the latest generation of TransVu.One of the most revolutionary features of the new CamVu Mini-Domes is the fact that they are some of the first Dedicated Micros' products to feature an Integrated Camera Recording (ICR) capability. Essentially the ICR concept, which Dedicated Micros is pioneering, combines local recording - through an integrated Micro SD expansion port - with a full enterprise video server all within the camera. This unlocks the option to record camera footage at the unit as well as any associated DVR or Video Server. The attraction of this approach is that, once installed, the CamVu Mini-Domes can offer fail safe decentralised recording and video management, so reducing 24/7 dependency on high bandwidth network infrastructure and the associated maintenance costs.The CamVu Mini-Domes also benefit from the adoption of a, specifically tailored, Video Signal Processor (ViSP) from Dedicated Micros' sister company ChipWrights. The power of the ViSP, selected for the Mini-Domes, means that it is possible to transmit multiple simultaneous MPEG-4 and/or JPEG images to any number of associated NetVu Connected devices for viewing and recording. A key advantage is that each stream can be tailored to suit the viewer's available bandwidth.Additionally, both of the CamVu Mini-Domes are Analytics Capable, which means, in practice, that there is the potential for them to host the latest Dedicated Micros' analytics solutions, whether that be Object Left/Removed or Detection Tripwire.Said Pauline Norstrom, Director of Worldwide Marketing at Dedicated Micros: "The CamVu HyperDome and the CamVu Day/Night Mini-Dome are high specification solutions which readily integrate a number of market leading features, such as Integrated Camera Recording (ICR), to unlock key operational benefits on the sites where they are likely to be deployed." 

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Dedicated Micros Adds The CamVu500 To Its Range Of CamVu IP Cameras
Dedicated Micros Adds The CamVu500 To Its Range Of CamVu IP Cameras

Dedicated Micros' CamVu500 IP camera features Integrated Camera Recording, an in-built enterprise video server and significantly, has been designed with Closed IPTV the next step in IP video security - firmly in mind. The latest, and most sophisticated addition, to the popular CamVu range provides excellent low light performance and is configured to transmit and record images in real-time.Being optimized for Closed IPTV allows the CamVu500 to work seamlessly as part of a deterministic, zero configuration, IP video solution where it can be securely locked down within a private network, and set-up as a 'trusted endpoint', making it an ideal camera choice for those looking to adopt this approach to IP CCTV infrastructure for simplicity of set-up and to deter potentially damaging hacking attacks.The outstanding low light capabilities of the CamVu500 are realised through the adoption of a state-of-the-art CMOS progressive scan sensor that provides exceptional low light performance which ensures that colour images can be produced even in dimly lit scenes, conditions which other solutions may find problematic.By also having a specialized semiconductor (a Visual Signal Processor or ViSP) built in to the camera, effectively gives the CamVu500 the capabilities of an Enterprise level video server in a compact package at the edge of the network.In practical terms this means that the CamVu500 is able to transmit multiple simultaneous MPEG-4 and/or JPEG images to any number of associated NetVu Connected devices for image viewing, with the potential for each stream to be tailored, 'on-the-fly', to suit the viewer's bandwidth requirements.Another attractive feature of the CamVu500 is the provision of a PoE (Power over Ethernet) injector, which basically means that power can be supplied to the camera on the same cable that is used for data transmission. For those looking to add extra functionality to their CCTV solution a feature of the CamVu500, which stands out is the fact that it is Analytics Capable. Essentially this means that, with the relevant license/unlock code, the latest intelligent video analytics solutions from Dedicated Micros such as Object Left/Removed, Detection Tripwire and Counting Tripwire can all be hosted locally on the camera.Said Salim Idris, (General Manager) Middle East, Dedicated Micros: "The CamVu500 is a fitting addition to our CamVu range of IP cameras with its combination of low light performance and, crucially, the adoption of the latest technology trends, such as Integrated Camera Recording and our award-winning Closed IPTV, which set it apart from competing models."

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IP cameras - Expert commentary

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.

Physical Access Control: Critical Steps To Ensure A Smarter Future
Physical Access Control: Critical Steps To Ensure A Smarter Future

Steven Kenny, Axis Communications, looks at the benefits of physical access control systems within smart environments, and how knowledge gaps and dated methods can inhibit adoption. Physical security is becoming more dynamic and more interconnected, as it evolves. Today’s modern access control solutions are about so much more than simply opening doors, with digitalization bringing multiple business benefits, which would simply not be possible using traditional models. Digital transformation While the digital transformation of processes and systems was already well underway, across many industries and sectors, it is the transformation of physical security from a standalone, isolated circuit, to a network-enabled, intelligent security solution that brings many benefits to the smart environment. Yet, with more organizations now looking to bring their physical security provision up to date, there are many considerations that must be addressed to maximize the potential of access control and video surveillance. Not least of which is that connecting physical security devices to a network presents risk, so it is increasingly important for IT teams to play a role in helping to facilitate the secure integration of physical and network technologies, as these two worlds increasingly converge. Improved access control in smart environments These urban constructs are capable of reducing waste, driving efficiencies and optimising resources The smart city offers significant benefits, reflected in the US$ 189 billion that is anticipated to be spent on smart city initiatives globally by 2023. These urban constructs are capable of reducing waste, driving efficiencies, optimizing resources and increasing citizen engagement. Technology, which is increasingly being incorporated to protect access points within the smart environment, can take many forms. These range from simple card readers to two factor authentication systems, using video surveillance as a secondary means of identification, right through to complex networks of thermal cameras, audio speakers and sensors. Frictionless access control During the COVID-19 pandemic, frictionless access control has provided an effective ‘hands free’ means of accessing premises, using methods such as QR code readers and facial recognition as credentials to prove identity. Frictionless access control brings health and safety into the equation, as well as the security of entrances and exits, minimizing the risk of infection, by removing the need to touch shared surfaces. Such systems can be customized and scaled to meet precise requirements. Yet, an increasing integration with open technologies and platforms requires collaboration between the worlds of physical security and IT, in order to be successful. Barriers to adoption Traditional suppliers and installers of physical security systems have built up a strong business model around their expertise, service and knowledge. Network connectivity and the IoT (Internet of Things) present a constantly shifting landscape, requiring the traditional physical security vendor to learn the language of IT, of open platforms, IP connectivity and software integration, in order to adapt to market changes and remain relevant. Many are now beginning to realize that connected network-enabled solutions are here to stay Those who cannot adapt, and are simply not ready for this changing market, risk being left behind, as the physical security landscape continues to shift and demand continues to increase. With end users and buyers looking for smarter, more integrated and business-focused solutions from their suppliers, it is clear that only those who are prepared will succeed in this space. Time will not stand still, and many are now beginning to realize that connected network-enabled solutions are here to stay, particularly within smart constructs which rely on such technology by their very nature. The importance of cyber hygiene Connecting any device to a network has a degree of risk, and it is, therefore, imperative that any provider not only understands modern connected technologies, but also the steps necessary to protect corporate networks. Cameras, access control systems and IP audio devices, which have been left unprotected, can potentially become backdoors into a network and used as access points by hackers. These vulnerabilities can be further compromised by the proliferation of connected devices within the Internet of Things (IoT). While the connection of devices to a network brings many advantages, there is greater potential for these devices to be used against the very business or industry they have been employed to protect when vulnerabilities are exploited. Cyber security considerations Cyber security considerations should, therefore, be a key factor in the development and deployment of new security systems. Access control technologies should be manufactured according to recognized cyber security principles, incident reporting and best practices. It is important to acknowledge that the cyber integrity of a system is only as strong as its weakest link and that any potential source of cyber exposure will ultimately impact negatively on a device’s ability to provide the necessary high levels of physical security. The future of access control There is a natural dispensation towards purchasing low-cost solutions There is a natural dispensation towards purchasing low-cost solutions that are perceived as offering the same value as their more expensive equivalents. While some have taken the decision to implement such solutions, in an attempt to unlock the required benefits, while saving their bottom line, the limited lifespan of these technologies puts a heavier cost and reputational burden onto organizations by their association. The future of access control, and of physical security as a whole, will, therefore, be dependent on the willingness of suppliers to implement new designs and new ways of thinking, based around high-quality products, and to influence the installers and others in their supply chains to embrace this new world. Cyber security key to keeping businesses safe In addition, cyber security considerations are absolutely vital for keeping businesses safe. The integration of cyber secure technologies from trusted providers will provide peace of mind around the safety or corporate networks, and integrity of the deployed technologies. As we move forward, access control systems will become data collection points and door controllers will become intelligent I/O devices. QR codes for visitor management and biometric face recognition for frictionless access control will increasingly be managed at the edge, as analytics in a camera or sensor. The future of access control presents an exciting and challenging time for those ready to accept it, to secure it and to help shape it, offering a true opportunity to innovate for a smarter, safer world.

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ContinentalAccess To Showcase New CA3000 Version 2.9 Software At ISC West 2014
ContinentalAccess To Showcase New CA3000 Version 2.9 Software At ISC West 2014

The new CA3000 software provides robust access control functionality and seamless integration with alarms ContinentalAccess, a division of Napco Security Technologies, Inc., has recently released new CA3000 version 2.9 software, that not only provides robust access control functionality and seamless integration with alarms, locking and a growing list of video systems, but offers a host of many new sought-after features including; the ability to run the CardAccess 3000 and associated applications as Windows services and the ability to control access to the CardAccess GUI using Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). Support for the Continental’s new and robust Super-Speed 16 door Accelaterm controller is also available. Plus, more video integration partners have been added to their growing list, now including Pelco, HiTron, Milestone, Dedicated Micros, as well as Salient & Integral. New CA3000 v2.9 also includes many enhancements to the existing features, providing the front-end of Napco Fusion; it is the complete seamless interoperable solution for Gemini intrusion & fire systems, access control, video and wireless locks. The CardAccess 3000 version 2.9 software also provides additional support for sister division, Alarm Lock’s Trilogy Networx locks, now in both cylindrical and mortise models, with the utilization of a Door position contact and Request to Exit (RTE) button feature. Continental offers training classes across the country and free online webinars, as well as retrofit rebate programs and cost-saving software upgrade plans. See us at ISC West Booth #12043, Las Vegas, NV, April 2- 4.

Keyscan Appoints Mark Playdon As Southeast US Regional Sales Manager
Keyscan Appoints Mark Playdon As Southeast US Regional Sales Manager

Mark has over 20 years of experience in the both security and broadcast arenas Keyscan Access Control Systems is pleased to announce Mark Playdon has joined Keyscan as Regional Sales Manager, Southeast US covering North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. “It is a pleasure to welcome Mark to his new role with Keyscan,” said Steve Dentinger, Keyscan’s Director of Sales and Marketing. “Mark brings a wealth of security and technology experience to our organisation. I am confident he will continue to support Keyscan’s efforts and drive continued growth for the Keyscan brand throughout the Southeast region of the United States.” Mark joins Keyscan with more than 20 years’ experience working with technology based manufacturers in both the Security and Broadcast arenas. Most recently mark has worked with both JVC Profession Security Division and Dedicated Micros. Heading up their Eastern Regional Sales Divisions Mark was successful in developing sales growth through the development and management of effective sales channels. Prior to working in the Security industry Mark spent 15 years in broadcast equipment sales working for top companies including JVC, Vinten and Fast Forward Video, all manufacturer of high end broadcast equipment. Mark grew through the ranks beginning his career as a Broadcast Systems Installation engineer before moving to Design and then Sales. As Global Sales Director at Fast Forward Video Mark was instrumental in the continued and solid sales growth of the company’s product in new territories and countries though out the world. Mark also served in the British Royal Air Force studying engineering before beginning his career in the broadcast and security industries.

IPX360 Solutions New North American Market Agent For CheckMyCCTV Software Application
IPX360 Solutions New North American Market Agent For CheckMyCCTV Software Application

With this move, CheckMySystems aims to bring the software to an international audience CheckMySystems - the CCTV health and operation monitoring software specialist - has signed-up electronic security product provider IPX360 Solutions to act as its agent for 'CheckMyCCTV' in the North American market. This is a major step forward in CheckMySystems' desire to bring the software to an international audience following its successful UK launch. The CheckMyCCTV application, to be offered by IPX360 Solutions across the US and Canada, is designed to automatically identify and report specific video surveillance system faults as soon as they are detected. Typical issues that can be flagged-up by CheckMyCCTV include: camera failures, hard disk failures, recording issues, time accuracy problems, and network connection failures. Early detection helps to ensure that problems are resolved before they can impact, negatively, on system performance. Following the landmark deal announced recently, IPX360 Solutions is planning to preview CheckMyCCTV's advanced capabilities in a series of one-to-one meetings with security distributors and monitoring station representatives at the Security Canada Expo taking place in Toronto, Canada. The 'soft launch' of CheckMyCCTV is to be followed by the 'official' North American unveiling of the video surveillance health check software on IPX360 Solution's booth (219) during the SecureTech event (Ottawa - October 30, 31). Moving ahead, IPX360 Solutions sees tremendous potential in targeting CheckMyCCTV at American and Canadian security distributors and owners of large-scale and multiple sites. Central stations are another focus, where interest has already been expressed in CheckMyCCTV by providers, given its ability to enhance the efficiency of their operations and, crucially, the system status information that can be provided to customers. "We are very excited to be working with IPX360 Solutions Inc. in our efforts to bring CheckMyCCTV to new customers in North America.." Regis Glorieux, President of IPX360 Solutions, explains what attracted him to the CheckMyCCTV solution: "In my view there is a real need for a new approach to checking on video surveillance systems in the US and Canada. When working with, and for distributors, I regularly came across recorders that were simply not working and may have been out of action for weeks or even longer. I am certainly not alone in this. "Often the first time the customer realised anything was amiss was when there was an incident and they couldn't retrieve the video. With CheckMyCCTV in place these problems are picked-up automatically, and highlighted by an on-screen warning at a monitoring station or even via a smart phone 'app', so no one needs to be left in the dark. "Another factor which is very appealing, and differentiates CheckMyCCTV from less capable solutions, is the ability of the software to work with multiple video surveillance system brands. Traditionally, such solutions have tended to be very much manufacturer specific. This isn't very practical for customers who want to avoid the headache of trying to run four or five pieces of software simultaneously. Now with CheckMyCCTV they can access a single, convenient interface for all important status checking." Commented Darren Rewston, Founder and Managing Director of CheckMySystems Ltd: "We are very excited to be working with IPX360 Solutions Inc. in our efforts to bring CheckMyCCTV to new customers in North America. The experience we have had to date in the UK, working with monitoring stations, large retailers and other users, shows that CheckMyCCTV can make a positive difference to fault finding and how the maintenance of video surveillance systems is managed. We expect that customers in the US and Canada will soon appreciate these practical benefits for themselves. "At CheckMySystems we realize that there can be no room for complacency where the well being of video surveillance systems are concerned. The need to implement effective checks was underlined in a snapshot survey we conducted of 300 sites across the UK. Before CheckMyCCTV was implemented a worrying 75% of sites had one or more issues affecting the operational performance of the CCTV system, ranging from daylight saving time not being updated, to camera failures, recording problems, and hard disk issues." CheckMyCCTV is currently compatible with over 25 video surveillance system brands and OEMs, including: Samsung, Costar, HikVision, American Dynamics, Dedicated Micros, Xtralis, and Dahua, with more being added to this list all the time.

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