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Artificial intelligence is on the verge of changing the face of multiple industries – from healthcare to entertainment to finance, from data security to manufacturing to the cars we drive (or that will drive themselves!) In the physical security market, AI has garnered a lot of attention as a buzzword and as a harbinger of things to come. We asked this week's Expert Panel Roundtable: What security markets are most likely to embrace artificial intelligence (AI)?
In the digital age, software is a component of almost all systems, including those that drive the physical security market. A trend toward hardware commoditization is making the role of software even more central to providing value to security solutions. Software developments make more things possible and drive innovation in the market. We asked this week's Expert Panel Roundtable: How do software improvements drive physical security?
Cybersecurity has become the ultimate buzzword in the physical security market. And it also represents one of the industry’s most intractable challenges. Several years ago, the problem with cybersecurity was lack of awareness among physical security practitioners. It’s now safe to say that awareness has increased. Everyone today talks about cybersecurity, but has it helped the larger problem? We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: Is greater awareness helping to increase the cybersecurity of physical security systems?
The year ahead holds endless promise for the physical security industry, and much of that future will be determined by which technologies the industry embraces. The menu of possibilities is long – from artificial intelligence to the Internet of Things to the cloud and much more – and each technology trend has the potential to transform the market in its own way. We tapped into the collective expertise of our Expert Panel Roundtable to answer this question: What technology trend will have the biggest impact on the security market in 2019?
Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS), simply stated, is a cloud-based video surveillance solution that is packaged and delivered as a service over the internet. The price varies depending on the features of the plan (i.e. number of cameras, amount of storage, software features, etc.), and customers pay a monthly subscription price to use it. Internet Protocol (IP) cameras are installed at site locations, and the video is captured and streamed to a service provider’s data centre via an internet connection. The video management software (VMS) runs on backend infrastructure provided by the service provider’s cloud. All video processing is done in the cloud, and all that is required to view the footage is an internet-connected device and a web browser. Implementation Of AI And Deep Learning The cloud facilitates implementation of artificial intelligence and deep learning in the video surveillance marketThe cloud also facilitates implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning in the video surveillance market. One of the major challenges with developing deep learning-based applications is access to real-word data and the ability to train the applications to work in any environment. Companies need access to relevant datasets that need to iterate their solutions quickly. Cloud-based solutions are of significant advantage in this case, as they allow for continuous updates and easy collection of vast amounts of data. “We will see the continued adoption of cloud-based intelligent video solutions that aggregate business data through video and artificial intelligence,” says Andreas Pettersson, CEO of Arcules, one of our Expert Panelists. Leveraging AI and IoT technologies with video data is becoming more common as organizations strive to optimize business operations while also boosting security across their facilities. Actionable Intelligence Gathering “The possibilities for this level of actionable intelligence gathering is endless, as markets such as hospitality, manufacturing, retail and SMEs that have multiple locations to manage, look to make sense of video in intuitive, streamlined ways,” says Pettersson. “The ability for technology to aggregate and analyze video surveillance and connected sensor data, identify trends in that data, and apply predictive analysis in businesses will have a huge impact in the coming year.” Cloud systems can solve more problems than ever using artificial intelligence and machine learning Cloud systems can solve more problems than ever using artificial intelligence and machine learning, and the capabilities expand way beyond video analytics to include analytics in general, crunching a variety of data provided by Internet of Things (IoT) sensors. Another area of interest related to video in the cloud is the development of ‘smart codecs’ that security camera manufacturers are developing and marketing as a solution that goes beyond H.264 and H.265. Maximizing Video Storage Customers are realizing that cloud implementations are more cost-effective, easier to deploy and maintainThe ongoing need to better manage network bandwidth usage and to maximize video storage is further turning the emphasis toward smart codecs, which lend themselves to cloud applications. Extremely high-resolution video can now be moved around in a fraction of the time and solves the issue of transporting many cameras over constrained WAN connections. With the elastic computing power available in the cloud, one can now envision a time where cloud computing costs could be low enough for the masses of video security solution use cases to be solved. Customers are realizing that cloud implementations are more cost-effective, easier to deploy and maintain, and in many cases, even more secure than traditional on-premise deployments. In partnership with the leading cloud providers, the security industry can carry this message to the customers and will gradually see a shift in the acceptance of cloud-based solutions in the traditional security markets.
Arcules, the innovator of integrated video and access control cloud services, announces that it continues to add to its achievements by being selected as a winner in a variety of prestigious industry award programs. Its integrated cloud-based video service has been recognized for bringing significant value and intelligence to integrators, facility managers and end users across a number of applications. Arcules was selected as the 2019 Security Industry Association (SIA) New Product Showcase winner in the Cloud Solutions category for its Integrated Cloud Video Service during ISC West, the nation’s largest converged security trade show. Since its inception in 1979, the SIA New Product Showcase has been the security industry’s premier awards-based marketing program. Highly Competitive Program The Arcules Integrated Video Cloud Service combines untapped video and sensor data with the latest technologies in cloud and artificial intelligence to deliver actionable business and security intelligence for modern organizations. The cloud-based service is designed to ensure security, scalability, streamlined operations and bandwidth management — all from a single, easy-to-use interface. SIA’s New Product Showcase calls security companies to develop extraordinary, innovative products and solutions" “SIA’s New Product Showcase calls security companies to develop extraordinary, innovative products and solutions, and this year’s winners represent the best new offerings in the market,” said Don Erickson, CEO, SIA. “SIA congratulates Arcules for standing out among the entries in this highly competitive program to earn the Cloud Solutions New Product Showcase distinction.” Automatic Software Updates Arcules was also recently named as one of BUILDINGS Magazine's 2019 Money-Saving Products winners. Finalists were evaluated by the editorial staff for the money-saving qualities they offer to building owners and facility managers. The Arcules service reduces the burden and cost of system management, providing automatic software updates, maximizing system uptime and ensuring the most up-to-date version is available to users through the cloud-based interface. “Arcules continues to receive growing attention for our cloud-based services that encompass both video and access control, and we are honored to be recognized with these awards,” said Andreas Pettersson, CEO, Arcules. “This demonstrates the shift that the industry is seeing toward intuitive, agile and unified solutions that have the ability to harness the potential of the cloud for a number of applications. Arcules aims to be at the forefront of development in this space, and we welcome the chance to highlight these achievements across the security and IT industries.”
Arcules, globally renowned innovators in integrated video cloud services and solutions, have announced the addition of Access Control-as-a-Service (ACaaS). Arcules now enables customers to centrally manage access control effectively across geographically dispersed business locations in a single, intuitive user interface. Arcules ACaaS The Arcules service bundle provides video analytics, advanced video management of video surveillance data and access control information in one unified solution. End users can correlate video surveillance data with access control events, associate cameras with doors, view the live status of doors, and authorize access to grant or restrict permissions, all through the Arcules portal. Arcules also integrates alarms across the video and access services. The bundle eliminates the need to configure multiple pieces of software to manage VMS and access control users and cardholders. The Arcules ACaaS is also available as a standalone cloud service, providing the same easy to use interface, user management and access functionality, without video data or video analytics. The Arcules ACaaS will support access control through integration with Axis Communications’ AXIS A1601 Network Door Controllers The Arcules ACaaS will support access control through integration with Axis Communications’ AXIS A1601 Network Door Controllers. Additionally, using the Arcules service will allow customers leveraging Axis surveillance camera technology to automatically update firmware directly through the use of the Arcules platform, further enhancing the ability for an organization's security infrastructure to remain up-to-date. Building Intelligent Infrastructure “At Axis Communications, we view access control as a core component of a comprehensive approach to safety, and the cloud as a main driver in the next evolution of the security market,” said Alex Walthers, Business Development Manager, Application Development Partner Program, Axis Communications, Inc. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with Arcules to ensure close integration of our solutions and services to deliver a refined user experience that simplifies manageability, deployment and administration.” "Since our inception, Arcules has worked to redefine expectations for video cloud services by helping businesses realize the untapped potential of the data available,” said Andreas Pettersson, CEO, Arcules. “With the introduction of access control and our collaboration with Axis Communications, we add another rich layer to our service enabling organizations to build intelligent infrastructure that drives informed decision-making.” Cloud-Based Access Control Arcules will highlight the capabilities of its cloud-based access control and video services during the ISC West Conference and Expo at booth #31079, April 10-12, 2019, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.
Arcules, innovators in integrated video cloud as a service, announces that it has named Cody Flood as Senior Director of Sales for the United States and Canada. In this role, Flood will focus on amplifying the momentum of the regional sales team, and play a significant role in accelerating adoption of the Arcules cloud-based service. “The security industry is experiencing a period of disruption fueled by rapid advancements in technology, and Arcules is at the forefront of offering modern businesses the ability to manage video and sensor data in the cloud, and leverage analytics for business intelligence,” Flood said. Cloud Video Services “I am truly excited to join such an innovative team, and look forward to driving greater adoption of integrated cloud video services with integrator partners and customers.” Flood joins Arcules with extensive experience in security, IoT, cloud and video solutions, most recently serving as Vice President of North America Sales for the video surveillance and analytics business segments at Intelligent Security Systems (ISS). Prior to ISS, Flood held progressively senior sales and leadership roles at Arecont Vision and MOBOTIX AG At ISS, he led strategic sales initiatives targeting organizations looking to leverage video surveillance data to improve security and achieve a competitive advantage. Prior to ISS, Flood held progressively senior sales and leadership roles at Arecont Vision and MOBOTIX AG. Video Surveillance Deployments “Leading global analyst firms report that more than half of video surveillance deployments will utilize cloud technologies in the coming years. At the same time, modern businesses are now embracing integrated video cloud surveillance because of the significant benefits including ease of scalability, simplified management and reduced infrastructure requirements,” said Andreas Pettersson, CEO, Arcules. “As we add more key features to our video surveillance service, Cody and the sales organization will be pivotal in establishing Arcules as the provider of integrated cloud services in security, IoT and expanding into other environments.” Security and IT stakeholders are invited to visit Arcules at the upcoming Milestone MIPS event, being held Feb. 25-27, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.
Leadership roles are changing inside enterprise companies, where higher profiles of roles like CIO and CISO are blurring the lines separating legacy security departments from the larger enterprise. The role of security – protecting the company – now overlaps with broader concerns such as business optimization. The changes are impacting how technology is used; what was once considered a “security system” can now impact the company in larger ways. It’s not just protecting the business but making it better. Expanding the role of security systems also makes it easier to justify their costs. Leveraging Technology Changes Arcules is a new company looking to capitalize on changing business trends by leveraging technology changes to increase the value of a customer’s data. Arcules aggregates video and Internet of Things (IoT) data in the cloud and uses artificial intelligence to identify business insights within a rich – and previously untapped – data archive. Arcules aggregates video and Internet of Things (IoT) data in the cloud A Canon Group company, Arcules is in the process of launching its headquarters in Irvine, California, hiring needed cloud talent and relocating some of the incubation team. Arcules is an outgrowth of Canon-subsidiary Milestone Systems and its Arcus cloud video initiative, a product of the Danish company’s Incubation and Ventures department. An earlier success story from Incubation and Ventures is Milestone’s popular Husky line of network video recorders. Combining Cloud Video And IoT Data “There is a convergence of enterprise IT, analytics and security functions,” says Andreas Pettersson, CTO of Arcules. “Customers have a more opportunistic mindset and realize that everything is connected. They can marry data from traditional security systems, including video, with other data within the company.” The other data comes from IoT devices and is integrated with video data in the cloud; Arcules can combine cloud video and IoT data to yield new information and insights to drive revenue, reduce costs and improve customer experience. Cloud systems can solve more problems than ever using artificial intelligence and machine learning, and the capabilities expand way beyond video analytics to include analytics in general, crunching a variety of data provided by IoT sensors. “Marrying together video and IoT data provides more actionable information,” says Pettersson. “Devices have to be Internet-connected to enable data to be analyzed and visualized on a broader basis.” The approach is valuable in a range of vertical markets. The cloud approach aggregates data from cameras and other IoT sensors and applies the latest artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning tools that are more easily (and cost-effectively) available in the cloud. Cloud systems can solve more problems than ever using artificial intelligence and machine learning End-to-end Solutions Arcules provides an end-to-end solution for video and IoT data, and is focused on cybersecurity, compliance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and other privacy concerns. “In the CIO’s office, security is everything,” says Pettersson. Arcus (meaning “a low-horizontal cloud formation”) was the name Milestone gave to its video-as-a-service (i.e., cloud) system. However, “the business problem we wish to solve and the technology we are building have evolved beyond what the Arcus name originally represented,” explains Kelly Kucera, Arcules Global Marketing and Commercial Strategy Director. “When we take video and IoT and machine learning and analytics, the system goes beyond video surveillance and provides data for business optimization – hence, the new name Arcules, denoting strength and action. We have to do more and make it actionable. Not just safer, but smarter.”