Hospitals, medical centers, university training centers, clinics and other healthcare institutions are exposed to legal liability, ethical concerns, and subject to litigation and lawsuits, as well as changing regulation worldwide. Facilities have drugs and medical equipment onsite, making them a tempting target for crime. 

Healthcare Industry Challenges

At the same time, aging populations in developed nations will drive increased demand for patient treatment. Rising populations and economic growth are naturally driving healthcare expenditures higher in developing markets. The frequency of physician, medial service provider, and hospital/clinic visits are all likely to rise considerably in the future in both developed and emerging markets.

All of this drives the need for video surveillance for security and for active medical treatment activities

Arecont Vision megapixel cameras are deployed by healthcare facilities of all sizes and types around the world to increase the quality and coverage of video while driving down costs of installation and ongoing operation.

Arecont Vision Deployment Examples

Arecont Vision IP megapixel camera technology, both single-sensor and multi-sensor products, has been proven around the world for a variety of healthcare sector needs.

  • Entrances and exits to buildings, grounds, parking structures, car parks and facilities
  • Office areas, emergency rooms, nursing stations, treatment centers, clinics, operating rooms, procedure rooms, morgues and patient wards
  • Pharmacies, drug storage areas, records storage, store rooms, laundry
  • Public areas, reception, lobbies, hallways, cafeterias, kitchens, retail areas
  • Protection from slip-and-fall, workman’s compensation, malpractice, lawsuits and other litigation and compliance
  • Perimeter, parking surveillance and license plate recognition
  • Facial recognition, people counting, movement monitoring
  • Access control and staff identification
  • Visitor, patient and staff safety

What Arecont Vision’s Healthcare Customers Say

“Due to the exceptional resolution provided by Arecont Vision’s megapixel cameras, and the deployment of several panoramic cameras, we have easily expanded our coverage capabilities using fewer cameras with outstanding results."

"The performance of our new surveillance systems has helped us to improve overall security. It has been a win-win situation for Virtua," said Paul M. Sarnese, System Safety Director, Virtua Health

The performance of our new surveillance systems has helped us to improve overall security. It has been a win-win situation for Virtua"

“Performance sold us on Arecont Vision megapixel cameras. We are using the video surveillance system to look for recorded video of suspicious persons after a description is given. We are also using it to review slip-and-fall complaints and to address issues of employee accountability," said Michael J. Matroni, Emergency Preparedness and Security Manager, Sacred Heart Health System.

“The quality of Arecont Vision cameras more than satisfies our requirements for image quality. The system is working very well for us and Arecont Vision is extremely responsive to our needs.”

"The International Hi-Tech Healthcare Park will be the first integrated healthcare development in Vietnam to provide a comprehensive healthcare environment employing high tech medical equipment and a professional medical staff. Our new video surveillance system is an important element of that environment," said Lai Voon Hon, General Director of Hoa Lam-Shangri-La, Vietnam.

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ISC West 2018 Day Three: Biggest-ever Show Highlights Emerging Technologies
ISC West 2018 Day Three: Biggest-ever Show Highlights Emerging Technologies

Activity slowed on the last day of ISC West in Las Vegas, but there was plenty of momentum remaining and plenty more to see. In the end, Reed Exhibitions declared 2018 the biggest and most successful year to date for the show. There were an additional 4,000 square feet of exhibit space compared to last year and a 6 percent growth in overall attendance, according to Reed.  The cloud, biometrics, deep learning and other technologies were among the big topics at the show, and even smaller exhibitors were pleased with the results. In particular, emerging technologies were successfully highlighted. Cloud-based Video Systems Cloud video company Eagle Eye Networks announced multiple new offerings at ISC West. One was the first cloud-based video system that accommodates HD-over-coax cameras using the HD-TVI protocol to operate over existing coaxial cabling. In effect, cameras connect with an HD-TVI recorder, which plugs into Eagle Eye Networks’ on-site hardware “bridge” connecting to the Internet. Eagle Eye Networks has also integrated Hikvision body-worn cameras into their cloud system; transmitting video using the Eagle Eye Bridge ensures end-to-end encryption and the evidentiary integrity of the video. Analytics in the cloud can be turned on and off at will for each camera, and could be deployed over a weekend and switched off the following week “A few years ago, fewer customers were ready to adopt the cloud,” says Ken Francis, President of Eagle Eye Networks. “Now market adoption is changing, and customers don’t want on-site hardware. End-users are driving the move to cloud systems.” He estimates the evolution is about halfway complete, and Eagle Eye Networks continues to sign up new dealers every month because their customers are asking for the cloud. Eagle Eye Networks’ third new offering at ISC West is “analytics in the cloud,” including familiar analytics such as intrusion, people counting and loitering. Francis says the economics of the cloud make implementation of analytics much more affordable – about $4 per camera. The economics of the cloud make implementation of analytics much more affordable Augmented Identity: Biometrics In Security Analytics in the cloud can be turned on and off at will for each camera. For example, analytics could be deployed over a weekend and then switched off the following week. “It’s a far more economically attractive and cost-effective service than on-site,” says Francis. Biometrics continue to make their way into the mainstream of the security market, and IDEMIA brought its message of “augmented identity” to ISC West. IDEMIA (formerly OT-Morpho) provides systems to the largest biometrics users in the world, including big customers such as the FBI and Interpol, and large-scale government projects around the globe. “If you can handle projects that big, enterprise applications are no problem,” says Gary Jones, Vice President, Global Channel & Marketing, Biometric Access & Time Solutions. He says that the company’s technologies apply to any vertical market, and they are especially common in major airports and big financial institutions, in addition to government. The company’s MorphoWave product allows users to wave their hand, and the system captures a three-dimensional shape of fingerprints. The touchless system is also “frictionless” -- it enables fast decision-making that promotes high throughput rates. Artificial Intelligence Applications AI and deep learning have been big topics of conversation at ISC West, and I saw a company on the last day of the show with a different take on the subject. BrainChip uses a type of AI called “spiking neural networking” that models the operation of neurons in the human brain - in contrast to “convolutional neural networks,” which use a series of math functions to train from pre-labelled data sets. The BrainChip Studio software can search vast amounts of video footage rapidly to identify either faces, patterns or objects. Applications are in law enforcement, counter-terrorism and intelligence agencies.The BrainChip Studio software can search vast amounts of video footage rapidly to identify either faces, patterns or objects “We search for specific things,” said Bob Beachler, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Business Development. The software can search hundreds of live or recorded camera feeds for a unique graphic pattern on an item of clothing or on a bag carried by a person, for example. The technology only requires modest processing power and consumes little energy, so it can be used with legacy systems without requiring hardware or infrastructure upgrades.  Emerging Technology Zone A new Emerging Technology Zone at ISC West included participation by around 40 companies that are startups and/or new to the security industry. The section opened an hour before the main show floor and was located near the registration area, which increased traffic. “Generally speaking some people said it was hard to find, but I think it’s better for us as someone new to the market, rather than being on the main floor where you can get lost in the shuffle,” said Jeffrey Weiner, Vice President, Networks & Business Solutions, at Mersoft. “It was really smart that they opened this an hour earlier.” Mersoft, one of the Emerging Technology Zone exhibitors, has developed a software product to help the security industry do a better job of streaming live video. The software eliminates the startup delay and lag in live video. With dedicated software, video can be consumed by a browser or mobile app more easily Live Video Streaming “We accomplish that in two ways,” says Weiner. “One, we don’t trans-code the video into another format. Instead, we convert a security camera’s video from RTSP (real time streaming protocol) to WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication), an open-source technology that has been used extensively in video conferencing, but not so much in security. The video can be consumed by a browser or mobile app more easily, and we don’t need a player on the client, which is another way we reduce lag.” Another advantage is that WebRTC is natively encrypted; every packet is encrypted. In contrast, applications that transmit RTSP have to be wrapped in a VPN (virtual private network) tunnel, which takes some effort to maintain and is a battery hog on a mobile device. Also, multi-casting of video is easier, even using streams of various resolutions. Mersoft works through partnerships, offering a cloud-hosted service on Amazon and a version that can be installed on a local server. They have worked with several DIY camera sellers (who use cloud services), and with some major commercial service providers. “A new partnership strategy we are exploring is with systems integrators, who can incorporate Mersoft and provide a differentiator by improving their video performance,” says Weiner. The 22-year-old company is new to security, and ISC West provides opportunities for in-depth conversations preparing for a future in the security sector. Customizable Turnstile Solutions Delta highlighted their new designer series turnstiles, whose colorful appearance led booth visitors to ask about customization Even the smaller companies, located toward the back of the hall, were enthusiastic about ISC West this year. “The show has been great,” says Vanessa Howell, project manager of Delta Turnstiles. “We did get a lot of traffic. I am a niche product, so it’s not so much about quantity as quality [of leads]. I had great quality at the show.” Being away from competitors, which are grouped next to each other in the front of the hall, was an upside of the turnstile company’s booth location toward the back. Delta highlighted their new designer series turnstiles, whose colorful appearance led booth visitors to ask about customization. “They ask: ‘Why are turnstiles only sold in basic models?’” says Howell. “’Why can’t they look like a piece of art since they are the first thing people see when they enter a building?’ People are very open to making them prettier.”  Delta Turnstiles has been coming to ISC West since 2006. “I have manufacturer’s reps, and this is one of two times I get to see them in one place, and they bring a lot of customers to me at the booth,” says Howell. “This is my only face-to-face meetings with some customers. I speak mostly over the phone.” Valuable face-to-face engagement was a benefit of ISC West, and many of those meetings will likely set the stage for continuing successes in our vibrant market. Until next year. 

How Could Trump’s Tariffs Impact the Security Industry?
How Could Trump’s Tariffs Impact the Security Industry?

President Trump has recently proposed a series of tariffs that could disrupt global trade and impact the global physical security market, among many others. He first proposed tariffs targeting aluminum and steel imports; in effect, the proposal would place a 25 percent tax on steel and a 10 percent tax on aluminum entering the United States. Rising Prices, Rising Tariffs The resulting higher prices of imported aluminum and steel could raise the costs of a range of goods manufactured in the United States, including technology products. The tariffs have been widely interpreted as targeting the Chinese; indeed, the tariff announcement was followed quickly by news of exemptions for Canada, Mexico, the European Union, Argentina, Australia, Brazil and South Korea.The higher price tariffs of imported aluminum and steel have been widely interpreted as targeting the Chinese A second wave of tariffs, announced days later, was even more targeted to the Chinese, specifically aimed at offsetting what Trump calls unfair Chinese practices related to intellectual property for high-tech industries. The $50 billion in tariffs and other penalties are a reaction to China’s theft of technology and trade secrets. They are proposed under a rarely used provision of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 that allows the President to impose tariffs on items being imported into the United States “in such quantities or under such circumstances as to threaten or impair national security.” Trump objects to Chinese trade practices such as requiring companies to share trade secrets to gain access to the Chinese market and forcing companies to license their technology in China at below-market rates. China also uses state funds to buy American high-tech companies and has been accused of cyber-intrusions to steal technology. All-Encompassing Change The list of Chinese goods to be targeted for tariffs was announced this week. The list of as many as 100 categories is said to include “everything from shoes to clothing to electronics.” The inclusion of electronics is not surprising, given that electrical machinery, equipment such as cellular phones, and “machinery including computers” are the two largest categories of goods exported from China. Tariffs, especially as they relate to Chinese goods, introduce a new element of change in the physical security market Their inclusion is appropriate given that high-tech items are aligned with intellectual property concerns that prompted the retaliation. Restrictions on certain types of Chinese investments will be aimed at China’s ambitious industrial policy seeking to dominate sectors such as artificial intelligence and mobile technology. The implementation of tariffs is a fulfilment of Trump’s campaign trail tirades against Chinese trade practices. Note that proposed tariffs, including retaliatory tariffs recently proposed by the Chinese, primarily serve as a starting point for further negotiations. How Does This Affect The Security Industry? What about the impact on our industry? Tariffs, especially as they relate to Chinese goods, introduce a new element of change in the physical security market, particularly surveillance cameras and other video products. In the last several years, entry of Chinese companies into the video market has up-ended pricing and captured large chunks of market share. Western companies have struggled to compete against lower-priced Chinese products, made possible by large manufacturers’ lower costs and economies of scale. Chinese companies have also invested heavily in product development and R&D to expand the capabilities of their products at lower costs, and help to drive overall innovation among competitors and the market in general.The implementation of tariffs is a fulfilment of Trump’s campaign trail tirades against Chinese trade practices Benefits Versus Limitations Would implementation of tariffs reverse those trends? Any additional costs to goods caused by the tariffs would be passed on to customers; high-tech components on the list include "mounted lenses for use in CCTV cameras". Might higher prices resulting from tariffs help to close the gap between the lower prices of Chinese video surveillance products and those of the West? Could tariffs slow down the growth of Chinese companies in the U.S. market, thus creating an opportunity for western companies to compete more aggressively? Might the uncertainties introduced by tariffs prompt security resellers or end users to avoid Chinese products? Or as some economists warn, might tariffs have an overall negative impact on the manufacturing sector, and by extension the economy as a whole, that would slow down economic growth and drag down the industry’s recent economic boom as a consequence? Could the overtly protectionist approach backfire? President Trump has tweeted: “Trade wars are good, and easy to win.” But let’s also consider the collateral disruption – to the economy and to our industry.

Impact Of Sophisticated IT Technologies On The Security Market
Impact Of Sophisticated IT Technologies On The Security Market

Over the course of the past few months, I have discussed a myriad of topics, from Big Data, the Internet of Things and emerging video surveillance-use cases, to analytics, storage complexities and IT technologies like virtualization and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). All of these trends have a significant effect on the security market, and in April they were highlighted in spades at ISC West. It’s great to talk about these trends but it’s far better to see how they are being leveraged in real-world applications. That’s really where we can all see the true value of new solutions and concepts. We’re lucky enough to work with some leading organizations that want others to benefit from their experience and I’m happy to have the opportunity to share two of these applications with you. Protecting Educational Facilities UCF has adopted advancements in technology, particularly video surveillance solutions, to help ensure stronger security on campus Educational institutions face an increasingly complex risk environment. Recent high-profile incidents emphasize these risks and magnify the vulnerabilities that educational facilities face. These incidents have led to more public demand for improved security solutions across campuses. The primary mission of these organizations is to deliver quality education to students, and they face the challenge of balancing between a highly secure facility and one that supports open interaction. The University of Central Florida is no different. This organization, one of the largest universities in the country, has adopted advancements in technology, particularly video surveillance solutions, to help ensure stronger security on campus. Active Shooter Incidents In March 2013, UCF faced an active shooter situation in which a former student planned to pull the fire alarm in a residence hall and then attack his classmates as the building was evacuated. However, the shooter’s gun jammed, and as officers were closing in on the gunman, he took his own life. During the university’s response to the incident, accessibility to critical video data was a major issue. Educational institutions face an increasingly complex risk environment UCF had cameras in the area where the incident took place, but first responders had no way of viewing the footage without being at the physical location of the video recorder. At the time, UCF had a wide variety of standalone systems in place, including non-integrated video surveillance, access control and intrusion systems. As a result, there was no way to centralize video management, viewing and analysis. Upgrading From Analog Systems Altogether, its security system consisted of older analog platforms that were reaching end of life, 58 standalone servers, 12,000 access points and a wide variety of DVRs — all being managed in a siloed manner. UCF needed a solution that would allow officials to centralize system management, store video data more effectively and reliably, and enable the security team to deliver situational awareness to responders when needed. Security leaders sought a way to further modernize its security, surveillance, access control and IT infrastructure The university deployed an HCI solution, one that is optimized for demanding, data-intensive workloads like video surveillance. Using standard off-the-shelf server hardware, the system aggregates the storage and compute resources from multiple servers into a single unified pool that all cameras can access, which maximizes performance and storage capacity utilization. The platform also hosts the university’s video management solution, which serves as a centralized source to manage video and effectively protect its security data. Because of the growing demand for video across UCF's campuses — for both safety and business purposes — the HCI solution’s ability to eliminate the opportunity for data loss and easily scale were key components in its selection. Protecting Air Travel And Airports In 2012, Charleston International Airport embarked on an ambitious upgrade project dubbed the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program. The $200 million initiative was designed to modernize and expand the facility to meet increased passenger demand. While the aesthetics and amenities of the airport were under construction, security leaders sought a way to further modernize its security, surveillance, access control and IT infrastructure. The IT and security teams needed to address the challenges of their existing standalone server environment, which included siloed systems, management complexity and high administrative and equipment costs. Charleston International Airport embarked on an ambitious upgrade project dubbed the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program Considering the high value of the airport’s video, security and IT data, it required a solution that could deliver reliable data protection, system resiliency and fault tolerance. The airport is required to store video for 30 days, but it seeks to expand its retention time to 60 days. Therefore, technology that can scale simply was key in the selection process. Storage System Updates It also required a storage platform that could manage the demanding and write-intensive nature of its nearly 250 IP surveillance cameras — a challenging task for traditional video recorders. The airport deployed HCI appliances to better manage captured video data and expand its archive capability for video surveillance. Users rely on video to validate whether something did or did not happen - and this is essential in airports HCI surveillance solutions are designed to provide industry-leading resiliency. Even if multiple hardware failures occur, including an entire appliance, video management servers will remain online and recording, and any previously recorded video will continue to be protected and accessible. Reducing Expenses And Costs The solution also reduced total cost of operations by consolidating servers, storage and client workstations into one enterprise-class solution that is easily managed from a single user interface, without the need for specialized IT skills. These use cases demonstrate the value emerging technologies bring to these types of modern environments. And they show that solutions like HCI are no longer simply much-talked about technology trends. Video, IT and security data is critical to organizations of all types and they need to ensure their investment in capturing this data is protected. From a security standpoint, users rely on video to validate whether something did or did not happen. If that video data isn’t protected, they lose a very valuable investigative tool. That isn’t an option in today’s complex environment. That’s is why it is paramount to understand how new technologies can help expand current capabilities and evolve security operations. This can’t be left to chance.