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Securing Mobile Vehicles: The Cloud and Solving Transportation Industry Challenges
Securing Mobile Vehicles: The Cloud and Solving Transportation Industry Challenges

Securing Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in the transportation industry is multi-faceted for a multitude of reasons. Pressures build for transit industry players to modernise their security systems, while also mitigating the vulnerabilities, risks, and growth-restrictions associated with proprietary as well as integrated solutions. There are the usual physical security obstacles when it comes to increasingly integrated solutions and retrofitting updated technologies into legacy systems. Starting with edge devices like cameras and intelligent sensors acquiring video, analytics and beyond, these edge devices are now found in almost all public transportation like buses, trains, subways, airplanes, cruise lines, and so much more. You can even find them in the world’s last manually operated cable car systems in San Francisco. The next layer to consider is the infrastructure and networks that support these edge devices and connect them to centralized monitoring stations or a VMS. Without this layer, all efforts at the edge or stations are in vain as you lose the connection between the two. And the final layer to consider when building a comprehensive transit solution is the software, recording devices, or viewing stations themselves that capture and report the video. The challenge of mobility However, the transportation industry in particular has a very unique challenge that many others do not – mobility. As other industries become more connected and integrated, they don’t usually have to consider going in and out or bouncing between networks as edge devices physically move. Obviously in the nature of transportation, this is key. Have you ever had a bad experience with your cellular, broadband or Wi-Fi at your home or office? You are not alone. The transportation industry in particular has a very unique challenge that many others do not – mobility Can you trust these same environments to record your surveillance video to the Cloud without losing any frames, non-stop 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year? To add to the complexity – how do you not only provide a reliable and secure solution when it’s mobile, traveling at varying speeds, and can be in/out of coverage using various wireless technologies? Waiting to upload video from a transport vehicle when it comes into port, the station, or any centralized location is a reactive approach that simply will not do any longer. Transit operations require a more proactive approach today and the ability to constantly know what is going on at any given time on their mobile vehicles, and escalate that information to headquarters, authorities, or law enforcement if needed; which can only occur with real-time monitoring. This is the ultimate question when it comes to collecting, analyzing, and sharing data from mobile vehicles – how to get the video from public transportation vehicles alike to headquarters in real time! Managing video data In order to answer this question, let’s get back to basics. The management and nature of video data differs greatly from conventional (IT) data. Not only is video conducted of large frames, but there are specific and important relationships among the frames and the timing between them. This relationship can easily get lost in translation if not handled properly. This is why it’s critical to consider the proper way to transmit large frames while under unstable or variable networks. The Internet and its protocols were designed more than two decades ago and purposed for conventional data. Although the Internet itself has not changed, today’s network environments run a lot faster, expand to further ranges, and support a variety of different types of data. Because the internet is more reliable and affordable than in the past some might think it can handle anything. However, it is good for data, but not for video. This combination makes it the perfect time to convert video recording to the Cloud! Video transmission protocol One of the main issues with today’s technology is the degradation of video quality when transmitting video over the Internet. ITS are in dire need for reliable transmission of real-time video recording. To address this need a radical, yet proven, video transmission protocol has recently been introduced to the market. It uses AI technology and to adapt to different environments in order to always deliver high quality, complete video frames. This protocol, when equipped with encryption and authentication, enables video to be transmitted reliably and securely over the Internet in a cloud environment. One of the main issues with today’s technology is the degradation of video quality when transmitting video over the Internet Finally, transportation industry has a video recording Cloud solution that is designed for (massive) video that can handle networks that might be experiencing high error rate. Such a protocol will not only answer the current challenges of the transportation industry, but also make the previously risky Cloud environment safe for even the most reserved environments and entities. With revolutionary transmission protocols, the time is now to consider adopting private Cloud for your transportation operations.

The Digital Transformation Of Modern Access Control Solutions
The Digital Transformation Of Modern Access Control Solutions

The safeguarding of premises through the monitoring of entrance and exit points has traditionally been a very manual aspect of security. Human operators have been relied on to make decisions about who to admit and deny based on levels of authorization and the appropriate credentials. The access control business, like many industries before it, is undergoing its own digital transformation But the access control business, like many industries before it, is undergoing its own digital transformation; one where the protection of premises, assets and people is increasingly delivered by interconnected systems utilising IoT devices and cloud infrastructure to offer greater levels of security and protection. Modern access control solutions 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. These systems, connected through the cloud, can be customized and scaled to meet the precise requirements of today’s customer. And it’s the ease of cloud integration, combined with open technologies and platforms that is encouraging increasing collaboration and exciting developments while rendering legacy systems largely unfit for purpose. Remote management and advanced diagnostics Cloud technology and IoT connectivity means remote management and advanced diagnostics form an integral part of every security solution.Cloud technology and IoT connectivity means remote management and advanced diagnostics form an integral part of every security solution. For example, as the world faces an unprecedented challenge and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause disruption, the ability to monitor and manage access to sites remotely is a welcome advantage for security teams who might otherwise have to check premises in person and risk breaking social distancing regulations. The benefits of not physically having to be on site extend to the locations within which these technologies can be utilised. As an example, within a critical infrastructure energy project, access can be granted remotely for maintenance on hard to reach locations. Advanced diagnostics can also play a part in such a scenario. When access control is integrated with video surveillance and IP audio, real-time monitoring of access points can identify possible trespassers with automated audio messages used to deter illegal access and making any dangers clear. And with video surveillance in the mix, high quality footage can be provided to authorities with real-time evidence of a crime in progress. Comprehensive protection in retail The use of connected technologies for advanced protection extends to many forward-looking applications. Within the retail industry, autonomous, cashier-less stores are already growing in popularity. Customers are able to use mobile technology to self-scan their chosen products and make payments, all from using a dedicated app. From an access control and security perspective, connected doors can be controlled to protect staff and monitor shopper movement. Remote management includes tasks such as rolling out firmware updates or restarting door controllers, with push notifications sent immediately to security personnel in the event of a breach or a door left open. Remote monitoring access control in storage In the storage facility space, this too can now be entirely run through the cloud with remote monitoring of access control and surveillance providing a secure and streamlined service. There is much to gain from automating the customer journey, where storage lockers are selected online and, following payment, customers are granted access. Through an app the customer can share their access with others, check event logs, and activate notifications. With traditional padlocks the sharing of access is not as practical, and it’s not easy for managers to keep a record of storage locker access. Online doors and locks enable monitoring capabilities and heightened security for both operators and customers. The elimination of manual tasks, in both scenarios, represents cost savings. When doors are connected to the cloud, their geographical location is rendered largely irrelevant. Online doors and locks enable monitoring capabilities and heightened security for both operators and customers They become IoT devices which are fully integrated and remotely programmable from anywhere, at any time. This creates a powerful advantage for the managers of these environments, making it possible to report on the status of a whole chain of stores, or to monitor access to numerous storage facilities, using the intelligence that the technology provides from the data it collects. Open platforms powers continuous innovation All of these examples rely on open technology to make it possible, allowing developers and technology providers to avoid the pitfalls that come with the use of proprietary systems. The limitations of such systems have meant that the ideas, designs and concepts of the few have stifled the creativity and potential of the many, holding back innovation and letting the solutions become tired and their application predictable. Proprietary systems have meant that solution providers have been unable to meet their customers’ requirements until the latest upgrade becomes available or a new solution is rolled out. This use of open technology enables a system that allows for collaboration, the sharing of ideas and for the creation of partnerships to produce ground-breaking new applications of technology. Open systems demonstrate a confidence in a vendor’s own solutions and a willingness to share and encourage others to innovate and to facilitate joint learning. An example of the dynamic use of open technology is Axis’ physical access control hardware, which enables partners to develop their own cloud-based software for control and analysis of access points, all the while building and expanding on Axis’ technology platform. Modern access control solutions range from simple card readers to two factor authentication systems using video surveillance as a secondary means of identification Opportunities for growth Open hardware, systems and platforms create opportunities for smaller and younger companies to participate and compete, giving them a good starting point, and some leverage within the industry when building and improving upon existing, proven technologies. This is important for the evolution and continual relevance of the physical security industry in a digitally enabled world. Through increased collaboration across technology platforms, and utilising the full range of possibilities afforded by the cloud environment, the manufacturers, vendors and installers of today’s IP enabled access control systems can continue to create smart solutions to meet the ever-changing demands and requirements of their customers across industry.

Cybersecurity: What We Can Do As An Industry
Cybersecurity: What We Can Do As An Industry

In 2017, IoT-based cyberattacks increased by 600%. As the industry moves towards the mass adoption of interconnected physical security devices, end users have found a plethora of advantages, broadening the scope of traditional video surveillance solutions beyond simple safety measures. Thanks in part to these recent advancements, our physical solutions are at a higher risk than ever before. With today’s ever evolving digital landscape and the increasing complexity of physical and cyber-attacks, it’s imperative to take specific precautions to combat these threats. Video surveillance systems Cybersecurity is not usually the first concern to come to mind When you think of a video surveillance system, cybersecurity is not usually the first concern to come to mind, since digital threats are usually thought of as separate from physical security. Unfortunately, these two are becoming increasingly intertwined as intruders continue to use inventive methods in order to access an organization's assets. Hacks and data breaches are among the top cyber concerns, but many overlook the fact that weak cybersecurity practices can lead to physical danger as well. Organizations that deploy video surveillance devices paired with advanced analytics programs often leave themselves vulnerable to a breach without even realizing it. While they may be intelligent, IoT devices are soft targets that cybercriminals and hackers can easily exploit, crippling a physical security system from the inside out. Physical security manufacturers Whether looking to simply gain access to internal data, or paralyze a system prior to a physical attack, allowing hackers easy access to surveillance systems can only end poorly. In order to stay competitive, manufacturers within the security industry are trading in their traditional analog technology and moving towards interconnected devices. Due to this, security can no longer be solely focused on the physical elements and end users have taken note. The first step towards more secured solutions starts with physical security manufacturers choosing to make cybersecurity a priority for all products, from endpoint to edge and beyond. Gone are the days of end users underestimating the importance of reliability within their solutions. Manufacturers that choose to invest time and research into the development of cyber-hardening will be ahead of the curve and an asset to all. Wireless communication systems Integrators also become complicit in any issues that may arise in the future Aside from simply making the commitment to improve cyber hygiene, there are solid steps that manufacturers can take. One simple action is incorporating tools and features into devices that allow end users to more easily configure their cyber protection settings. Similarly, working with a third party to perform penetration testing on products can help to ensure the backend security of IoT devices. This gives customers peace of mind and manufacturers a competitive edge. While deficient cybersecurity standards can reflect poorly on manufacturers by installing vulnerable devices on a network, integrators also become complicit in any issues that may arise in the future. Just last year, ADT was forced to settle a $16 million class action lawsuit when the company installed an unencrypted wireless communication system that rendered an organization open to hacks. Cybersecurity services In addition, we’ve all heard of the bans, taxes and tariffs the U.S. government has recently put on certain manufacturers, depending on their country of origin and cybersecurity practices. Lawsuits aside, employing proper cybersecurity standards can give integrators a competitive advantage. With the proliferation of hacks, malware, and ransomware, integrators that can ease their client's cyber-woes are already a step ahead. By choosing to work with cybersecurity-focused manufacturers who provide clients with vulnerability testing and educate end users on best practices, integrators can not only thrive but find new sources of RMR. Education, collaboration and participation are three pillars when tackling cybersecurity from all angles. For dealers and integrators who have yet to add cybersecurity services to their business portfolios, scouting out a strategic IT partner could be the answer. Unlocking countless opportunities Becoming educated on the topic of cybersecurity and its importance for an organization is the first step Physical security integrators who feel uncomfortable diving headfirst into the digital realm may find that strategically aligning themselves with an IT or cyber firm will unlock countless opportunities. By opening the door to a partnership with an IT-focused firm, integrators receive the benefit of cybersecurity insight on future projects and a new source of RMR through continued consulting with current customers. In exchange, the IT firm gains a new source of clients in an industry otherwise untapped. This is a win for all those involved. While manufacturers, dealers and integrators play a large part in the cybersecurity of physical systems, end users also play a crucial role. Becoming educated on the topic of cybersecurity and its importance for an organization is the first step. Commonplace cybersecurity standards Below is a list of commonplace cybersecurity standards that all organizations should work to implement for the protection of their own video surveillance solutions: Always keep camera firmware up to date for the latest cyber protections. Change default passwords, especially those of admins, to keep the system locked to outside users. Create different user groups with separate rights to ensure all users have only the permissions they need. Set an encryption key for surveillance recordings to safeguard footage against intruders and prevent hackers from accessing a system through a backdoor. Enable notifications, whether for error codes or storage failures, to keep up to date with all systems happenings. Create/configure an OpenVPN connection for secured remote access. Check the web server log on a regular basis to see who is accessing the system. Ensure that web crawling is forbidden to prevent images or data found on your device from being made searchable. Avoid exposing devices to the internet unless strictly necessary to reduce the risk of attacks.

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Arecont Vision Meagapixel Cameras Improve Image Quality at Pat LaFrieda Meats
Arecont Vision Meagapixel Cameras Improve Image Quality at Pat LaFrieda Meats

The video surveillance system installed incorporates 15 Arecont Vision AV1355 1.3- Megapixel H.264 MegaDome® Cameras Customer Pat LaFrieda Wholesale Meat Company has supplied fresh meat to New York City's restaurants, hotels, banquet facilities and retail outlets for three generations. During the night, butchers process steak, veal, chopped beef and many other products for delivery by 5:30 a.m. each business day, just in time to be on the menu of some of the city's best restaurants. Years of good service and good products have made Pat LaFrieda the number one name in meats distributed to restaurants in New York City. Challenge Pat LaFrieda Wholesale Meat Company recently constructed a new state-of-the-art building in New Jersey. Effectively managing the business to meet strict delivery schedules is a key to the company's success, and with the move to a new location they began searching for a new technology tool to help keep track of delivery vehicles, pallets and boxes – and to provide advanced security. Megapixel solution Pat LaFrieda Wholesale Meat Company called on VisionTec Solutions located on Long Island, New York to design and install a video surveillance system to meet their security and productivity objectives. A supporter of megapixel technology since its initial introduction to market, VisionTec Solutions employs the most advanced technologies to deliver the highest value and mission-critical performance. For this application, they immediately turned to Arecont Vision Megapixel technology. The video surveillance system installed in the new facility incorporates 15 Arecont Vision AV1355 1.3- Megapixel H.264 MegaDome® Cameras and 12 Arecont Vision AV2155 2-Megapixel Day/Night Cameras inside and outside the facility to provide video images with extreme clarity throughout the course of the day. In addition to greater image clarity, the megapixel cameras are able to cover more square footage with fewer cameras versus conventional IP cameras. The megapixel cameras allows management to zoom in on specific areas of live or archived video to see important details such as the words printed on the side of a box. Arecont Vision megapixel cameras are able to cover more square footage with fewer cameras versus conventional IP cameras The Arecont Vision megapixel cameras are networked to a custom-built server and network video recorder (NVR) software by NUUO with 5 terabytes of storage. Arecont Vision collaborates with NUUO and various other NVR and video management system (VMS) suppliers to ensure smooth system operation of Arecont Vision cameras. The system at Pat LaFrieda Meats is monitored on a 46-inch Sharp LCD in the main office, and at two other offices throughout the building.  “Arecont Vision cameras were a natural choice for the Pat LaFrieda installation,” said Ralph Tisei, President of VisionTec Solutions Corp. “The image reproduction from Arecont Vision far surpasses any other megapixel manufacturer. No other cameras were even considered. On this project, the cameras we used yield many times the video resolution compared to traditional analog cameras.” The Arecont Vision Model AV1355 is a 1.3 megapixel H.264 MegaDome® network (IP) camera providing 1280x1024-pixel images at 32 frames per second. Features of the all-in-one integrated camera, lens and IP66-rated dome housing include a 1/2” CMOS sensor and Arecont Vision's MegaVideo® image processing at 80 billion operations per second. The cameras employ H.264 (MPEG 4, Part 10) compression to minimize bandwidth and storage requirements while maintaining real-time image resolution. Capabilities include motion detection, image cropping, region-of-interest viewing and the ability to zoom into an image after it is archived (forensic zooming). Light sensitivity of 0.1 lux at F1.4 enables low-light viewing and recording, and the day/night version of the camera has a motorized infrared (IR) cut filter. For applications requiring even greater resolution, the Arecont Vision AV2155 H.264 network (IP) MegaDome integrated camera, lens and IP66-rated dome provides 1600x1200-pixel images at 24 frames per second and 0.1 lux light sensitivity at F1.4. Megapixel benefit The Arecont vision megapixel solution has already proven its value at Pat LaFrieda Meats. In one instance, the system was used to confirm that a truck delivery invoiced to the company had never been made.   “Megapixel technology has been very popular for us,” said Mr. Tisei. “On average, megapixel cameras yield four to fourteen times the image quality as conventional cameras. The clarity is spectacular and provides extreme detail for face and license plate recognition.” VisionTec Solutions also reports that support from Arecont Vision has been very good. It's not surprising, considering that Arecont Vision was awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2008 Product Award for strategic product innovation and insight into customers' needs worldwide. “The quality of Pat LaFrieda's products are represented every day on the best menus throughout Manhattan,” said Chris Sessa, Director of Eastern Sales – North America, Arecont Vision. “We are pleased that a quality conscious company like Pat LaFrieda Meats recognizes the performance and dependability of Arecont Vision megapixel technology and that our products are helping make their business even better.”

MESSOA and NUUO to jointly showcase video management solutions at ISC East 2013
MESSOA and NUUO to jointly showcase video management solutions at ISC East 2013

The collaborated display will show enhanced image quality and system versatility MESSOA Technologies Inc. will be teaming up with NUUO to make its debut appearance at the upcoming ISC East on November 20 in New York City, USA. The two long-term partners together will showcase intelligent video management solutions that combine superior image quality and system versatility for various applications in front of the crowd. Through the ONVIF open-platform standards and SDK integrations, the NUUO NVR and software, ranging from the Titan Series to the NVRSolo Series, are seamlessly interoperated with MESSOA IP cameras, which include the following models: The PRO Series, 2MP models featuring superior HDTV video quality up to 30fps with H.264 codec support 5MP models delivering maximum detail for large covered areas Traffic cameras, such as 2MP LPR network camera NCH517 and CatchAll Technology embedded SCR505 The NIC900 Series Speed Dome, such as NIC990 featuring 1080p, 20X optical zoom, and WDR capability These models, featuring superior HDTV video quality and low light performance, will be showcased at the stand along with live demonstration. The collaborated display will show customers how they could benefit from the enhanced image quality and the system versatility provided by the two leading brands. Join us in the Big Apple where our sale representatives will be available for discussions on the stand. The NUUO-MESSOA booth will be located at Stand No. 301 in the brand new venue of Javits Center.

Observint Technologies Partners With 3S Vision For Megapixel Cameras And IP Encoders
Observint Technologies Partners With 3S Vision For Megapixel Cameras And IP Encoders

The partnership with 3S Vision will further expand Observint's portfolio of deeply integrated IP security solutions Observint Technologies has entered into an exclusive agreement to market and distribute 3S Vision megapixel cameras, IP encoders and video surveillance technology in North America. The partnership with 3S Vision further expands Observint’s already impressive portfolio of deeply integrated IP security solutions. “Multi-megapixel imaging solutions are quickly becoming the standard for IP-based video surveillance applications. The addition of 3S Vision’s comprehensive line-up of megapixel cameras and IP technologies takes Observint Technologies to a new level in our ability to deliver comprehensive system solutions to our growing base of customers,” said Mr. Wood. “We are extremely excited about the 3S relationship and look forward to a very successful partnership”. Observint Technologies is also excited to announce the launch 3S Vision’s new line of 5 megapixel network cameras. Available in a variety of form factors and configurations, the cameras deliver 5 megapixel resolution at 15 fps and 1080p resolution at 30 fps. Features include H.264/MJPEG dual codec and streaming capability; 3D Noise Reduction technology to filter noise in low light; Digital Wide Dynamic Range for enhanced imaging in diverse lighting environments; plus motion detection, tamper detection and privacy masking. The cameras offer exceptional performance, quality and value, with prices starting at $420.00 (MSRP). In addition to these new 5 megapixel cameras, the 3S Vision product line includes a broad range of 2 megapixel cameras and accessories, network PTZ cameras, and IP encoders. 3S Vision video surveillance products are compatible with major VMS platforms including Exacq, Milestone, DIGIOP, Digifort, NUUO, Video Insight (API), Genetec, Geovision, OnSSI and Solstice. Observint will provide sales and technical support for the 3S Vision product line including a nation-wide network of manufacturer’s reps, field and inside sales, sales engineers and dedicated technical support. 3S Vision products are available through Observint’s growing distribution network, which currently includes BlueStar, CSC, ScanSource, Security Cameras Direct and Supercircuits. “Combining 3S Vision’s megapixel cameras and IP solutions with Observint Technologies’ extensive sales, marketing and support capabilities represents a great opportunity for both companies.” said Jeffery Lee, President and CEO of 3S Pocketnet Technology, Inc. “In addition, Observint’s established team of engineering professionals and technology partners can help to accelerate the integration and adoption of 3S technologies in the North American market.” 3S Vision products will be on display at ISC West in the Observint Technologies booth (#12087) in Las Vegas, from April 10-12, 2013.

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