i-PRO EMEA set out to shake-up the security camera industry by building on its Panasonic reputation for quality and reliability and adding a start-up mentality focused on quickly responding to customer demands by bringing innovative and competitive new products to market. As of October 1st, the new global independent company officially transferred from Panasonic and is now headquartered in Amsterdam, as part of the Japan-based i-PRO global company network. i-PRO EMEA will continue to build on its 60-year history of producing quality security cameras and accelerate the introduction of innovation, such as artificial intelligence. Standalone product identity In line with its new direction, the company will adopt the i-PRO brand as the standalone product identity from April 2022 onwards. Gerard Figols has been appointed i-PRO EMEA President to lead the organization into this new era. Gerard Figols has been appointed i-PRO EMEA President to lead the organization into this new era On top of transferring the existing team and their know-how from Panasonic, i-PRO EMEA is also actively recruiting to bring additional talent into the organization to help take the company to the next level and readying it for future growth. “Today marks an exciting new chapter in the development of the security camera industry. i-PRO aims to lead the AI-ification of the security camera market by making AI the new standard, with plans to triple the number of cameras in our range over the next 6-12 months.” Security camera market “We will use the company’s new agility to quickly respond to market requirements – delivering more high-quality products, in shorter development times, at greater value for money – providing high-quality, reliable hardware open for customization. i-PRO EMEA looks forward to supporting our partners and their customers on this exciting journey,” announced Gerard Figols, President of i-PRO EMEA. As part of its drive to get closer to its partners and customers, i-PRO EMEA is re-vitalizing its premium partner program which includes distributors and integrators. Wanda Nijholt, i-PRO EMEA Manager Marketing and Communications, said: “i-PRO will be working more closely with our partners than ever before, listening to their needs and quickly responding with new solutions to become the market’s trusted next-generation partner.”
Panasonic i-PRO EMEA is using The Security Event 2021 in Birmingham, one of Europe’s first large-scale security events, to be held face-to-face in 15 months, to share news about the newly-founded independent company that has been transferred from Panasonic. Gerard Figols will be leading the security market expansion of the new company, as it becomes an independent organization from Panasonic, effective October 1, 2021. innovative i-PRO products Gerard Figols, who moves from heading Panasonic’s European Total Security business unit, will use the company’s new agility to quickly respond to market developments, delivering more high-quality products, in shorter development times and at good value for money. The objective is to make innovative i-PRO products more available and accessible and increase overall competitiveness. Aligned with these goals, Panasonic i-PRO EMEA also aims to lead the widespread AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology adoption in the security camera market, by making AI the new standard. The Security Event 2021 At The Security Event 2021, i-PRO has expanded its line-up with 4 new AI-capable outdoor models At The Security Event 2021, i-PRO has expanded its line-up with 4 new AI-capable outdoor models, with 2 MP resolution in bullet and dome shape. The current AI-capable portfolio includes cameras starting at 2 MP resolution, up to 4K, in order to give all businesses access to the advantages of AI. i-PRO plans to triple the number of cameras in the range, over the next 6 to 12 months. Besides the advantages of cost savings, system reliability, and flexibility, at the same level of accuracy as server-based systems, i-PRO AI-driven cameras are open systems that enable any developer to work on their own apps, to run on the cameras. AI-driven outdoor camera models “In order to underline our new direction and the evolution that the company is going through, combining expertise of more than 60 years of industry know-how, with innovative open technology, like AI, we will also begin to use i-PRO as the standalone product identity from April 1st, 2022,” said Gerard Figols, currently Head of Panasonic’s European Total Security business unit. He adds, “It will be the same quality products, introducing additional innovation from the i-PRO brand and its value to bring the product to the next stage in this new era.”
Panasonic announces the i-PRO multi-AI system designed to harness the power of its latest AI cameras and applications by integrating them seamlessly into existing CCTV infrastructures. Available free-of-charge, the plug-in software allows users to easily manage the AI analytics from multiple i-PRO cameras, alongside their Video Management System. It creates a faster, more efficient, and accurate AI-powered security solution without compromising on image quality or network performance. AI security applications Introduced at the joint Panasonic and Genetec LinkedIn Live online event, the i-PRO multi-AI system is already fully integrated with the latest version of Genetec Security Center (V5.10.1), as well as the in-house VMS Video Insight. Paired with the latest i-PRO S and X Series of AI-capable cameras and its free-to-use AI security applications, it creates a new AI-driven security ecosystem. The system works by using i-PRO AI-capable cameras with edge analytics, and plug-ins on the Video Management System (VMS) server and client-side. The i-PRO multi-AI system captures and filters the best shot images and metadata based on deep learning from the AI camera to enable highly accurate analysis. The powerful data can be used for AI-based detection and alarms, watch-list monitoring, and also time-saving post-event searches in order to enhance the capabilities of the CCTV infrastructure. Accurate face detection AI people can detect and classify characteristics of the human face and clothing into useful categories The multi-AI system can be used with existing i-PRO in-house AI applications, which include AI-VMD and AI privacy guard, as well as the three new AI applications which are AI face, AI people, and AI vehicle detection. All enable quick and easy search of footage based on metadata. These applications are perfectly suited to city surveillance and for public safety. AI face detection enables highly accurate face detection. The application is even effective in low lighting environments, places with backlight conditions, and with faces obscured by masks - especially relevant in the current pandemic. AI people can detect and classify characteristics of the human face and clothing into useful categories such as gender, age, and clothing color. This detailed information can then be searched to easily identify an individual. AI capable cameras AI vehicle detection can detect and classify characteristics of vehicles, such as vehicle type and color. In addition, sound classification picked up by external microphones, such as vehicle horns, gunshots, yelling or glass breaking has been added as a default feature into the range to lift AI beyond the purely visual. “The introduction of i-PRO multi-AI system, alongside our AI capable cameras and applications has created a powerful new AI-driven security eco-system that allows businesses to take their CCTV infrastructure to the next level,” said Gerard Figols, Head of Security Solutions at Panasonic Business Europe. “And because these systems are already compatible for use with market-leading 3rd party VMS providers like Genetec, it is cost-efficient and simple to move to the AI-fication of the security market.”
Panasonic announces its new updated range of S-Series cameras setting a new standard with embedded AI capabilities and improved image quality for more accurate analytics running on the camera. The first four indoor dome and box-type models, with Full HD resolution, will be available in early July. Further line-up expansions will follow later this year, including outdoor and fisheye models. The addition of AI to the Standard range of Panasonic cameras enables businesses to take advantage of deep learning AI applications in their security and wider business operation using powerful cameras with a long-held reputation for reliability. Intelligent security functions With its Software Development Kit (SDK), the open platform camera range is designed for third party application development that can be tailored to a business customer’s needs. The AI capable cameras also reduce bandwidth use and cut infrastructure costs, with analytics and processing taking place on the camera. The cameras come pre-bundled with the i-PRO in-house apps AI Video Motion Detection The cameras come pre-bundled with the i-PRO in-house apps AI Video Motion Detection (AI-VMD) and AI privacy guard. They provide instant access to intelligent security functions such as intruder or loitering detection, while making sure to protect the privacy rights of individuals by pixelating their figures or faces; important for businesses operating in geographies where strict privacy laws are in force, such as Europe with GDPR. Inhouse application range Besides these two default applications, there are three new additions to the i-PRO inhouse application range: AI Face, People, and Vehicle Detection enable easy and quick search of footage based on pictures of faces – even when masked – or pre-defined attributes for people and vehicles. All these applications are included free of charge to aid the AI-ification of businesses. Lifting AI beyond the purely visual level, sound classifications picked up by external microphones, such as gunshots, yelling, vehicle horns, or glass breaking have also been added to the range. “Cameras with AI capabilities at the edge are creating a host of new opportunities for businesses across industry sectors, in addition to traditional security uses,” said Gerard Figols, Head of Security Solutions at Panasonic Business Europe. “The introduction of the new i-PRO S-Series just made these opportunities more accessible and easier to implement for businesses, so AI-ification and all its benefits become available to every business customer in the security market.”
Imagine a world where video cameras are not just watching and reporting for security, but have an even wider positive impact on our lives. Imagine that cameras control street and building lights, as people come and go, that traffic jams are predicted and vehicles are automatically rerouted, and more tills are opened, just before a queue starts to form. Cameras with AI capabilities Cameras in stores can show us how we might look in the latest outfit as we browse. That’s the vision from Panasonic about current and future uses for their cameras that provide artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities at the edge. Panasonic feels that these types of intelligent camera applications are also the basis for automation and introduction of Industry 4.0, in which processes are automated, monitored and controlled by AI-driven systems. 4K network security cameras The company’s i-PRO AI-capable camera line can install and run up to three AI-driven video analytic applications Panasonic’s 4K network security cameras have built-in AI capabilities suitable for this next generation of intelligent applications in business and society. The company’s i-PRO AI-capable camera line can install and run up to three AI-driven video analytic applications. The AI engine is directly embedded into the camera, thus reducing costs and Panasonic’s image quality ensures the accuracy of the analytics outcome. FacePRO facial recognition technology Panasonic began advancing AI technology on the server side with FacePRO, the in-house facial recognition application, which uses AI deep learning capabilities. Moving ahead, they transitioned their knowledge of AI from the server side to the edge, introducing i-PRO security cameras with built-in AI capabilities last summer, alongside their own in-house analytics. Moreover, in line with the Panasonic approach to focus more on collaboration with specialist AI software developers, a partnership with Italian software company, A.I. Tech followed in September, with a range of intelligent applications, partially based on deep learning. Additional collaborations are already in place with more than 10 other developers, across the European Union, working on more future applications. i-PRO AI-capable security cameras Open systems are an important part of Panasonic’s current approach. The company’s i-PRO AI-capable cameras are an open platform and designed for third-party application development, therefore, applications can be built or tailored to the needs of an individual customer. Panasonic use to be a company that developed everything in-house, including all the analytics and applications. “However, now we have turned around our strategy by making our i-PRO security cameras open to integrate applications and analytics from third-party companies,” says Gerard Figols, Head of Security Solutions at Panasonic Business Europe. Flexible and adapting to specific customer needs This new approach allows the company to be more flexible and adaptable to customers’ needs. “At the same time, we can be quicker and much more tailored to the market trend,” said Gerard Figols. He adds, “For example, in the retail space, enabling retailers to enhance the customer experience, in smart cities for traffic monitoring and smart parking, and by event organizers and transport hubs to monitor and ensure safety.” Edge-based analytics offer multiple benefits over server-based systems Edge-based analytics Edge-based analytics offer multiple benefits over server-based systems. On one hand, there are monetary benefits - a cost reduction results from the decreased amount of more powerful hardware required on the server side to process the data, on top of reduction in the infrastructure costs, as not all the full video stream needs to be sent for analysis, we can work solely with the metadata. On the other hand, there are also advantages of flexibility, as well as reliability. Each camera can have its own individual analytic setup and in case of any issue on the communication or server side, the camera can keep running the analysis at the edge, thereby making sure the CCTV system is still fully operational. Most importantly, systems can keep the same high level of accuracy. Explosion of AI camera applications We can compare the explosion of AI camera applications to the way we experienced it for smartphone applications" “We can compare the explosion of AI camera applications to the way we experienced it for smartphone applications,” said Gerard Figols, adding “However, it doesn’t mean the hardware is not important anymore, as I believe it’s more important than ever. Working with poor picture quality or if the hardware is not reliable, and works 24/7, software cannot run or deliver the outcome it has been designed for.” As hardware specialists, Figols believes that Panasonic seeks to focus on what they do best - Building long-lasting, open network cameras, which are capable of capturing the highest quality images that are required for the latest AI applications, while software developers can concentrate on bringing specialist applications to the market. Same as for smartphones, AI applications will proliferate based on market demand and succeed or fail, based on the value that they deliver. Facial recognition, privacy protection and cross line technologies Panasonic has been in the forefront in developing essential AI applications for CCTV, such as facial recognition, privacy protection and cross line. However, with the market developing so rapidly and the potential applications of AI-driven camera systems being so varied and widespread, Panasonic quickly realized that the future of their network cameras was going to be in open systems, which allow specialist developers and their customers to use their sector expertise to develop their own applications for specific vertical market applications, while using i-PRO hardware. Metadata for detection and recognition Regarding privacy, consider that the use of AI in cameras is about generating metadata for the detection and recognition of patterns, rather than identifying individual identities. “However, there are legitimate privacy concerns, but I firmly believe that attitudes will change quickly when people see the incredible benefits that this technology can deliver,” said Gerard Figols, adding “I hope that we will be able to redefine our view of cameras and AI, not just as insurance, but as life advancing and enhancing.” i-PRO AI Privacy Guard One of the AI applications that Panasonic developed was i-PRO AI Privacy Guard Seeking to understand and appreciate privacy concerns, one of the AI applications that Panasonic developed was i-PRO AI Privacy Guard that generates data without capturing individual identities, following European privacy regulations that are among the strictest in the world. Gerard Fogils said, “The combination of artificial intelligence and the latest generation open camera technology will change the world’s perceptions from Big Brother to Big Benefits. New applications will emerge as the existing generation of cameras is updated to the new open and intelligent next generation devices, and the existing role of the security camera will also continue.” Future scope of AI and cameras He adds, “Not just relying on the security cameras for evidence when things have gone wrong, end users will increasingly be able to use AI and the cameras with much higher accuracy to prevent false alarms and in a proactive way to prevent incidents." Gerard Figols concludes, “That could be monitoring and alerting when health and safety guidelines are being breached or spotting and flagging patterns of suspicious behavior before incidents occur.”
Panasonic announced its collaboration with the software company A.I.Tech. It brings together i-PRO’s security cameras with built-in AI capabilities and ground-breaking intelligent applications to provide a range of business solutions based on deep learning, many applicable to the current COVID-19 environment. The deep learning applications run directly on the cameras themselves, eliminating the need for additional servers for analytical calculations while maintaining the same high levels of accuracy. The benefits include lower total cost of ownership of security infrastructure, as well as faster processing and more immediate alarms, notifications or information from the applications. Integrated security A number of the AI applications can be used in the current pandemic to help manage social distancing, occupancy levels and the wearing of face masks. Applications can also be used by retailers to enhance the customer experience; in smart cities for traffic monitoring and smart parking; and by event organizers and transports hubs to monitor and ensure safety. They are completely integrated with the recently introduced Panasonic i-PRO X-Series camera range with AI engine, which includes six new models in total: The 5MP resolution cameras went on sale in July and the 4K resolution cameras come to market in November. All are available with vandal-resistant indoor and outdoor dome or box configurations. AI engine “This combination of AI intelligence with our flexible and adaptable cameras offers a new generation of predictive business and security applications that will help our customers become more proactive in their daily operations,” said Gerard Figols, European Head of the Panasonic Security Business Unit. “With the Panasonic i-PRO security cameras being open for third parties to develop their own ideas, it’s just the beginning of a new era of intelligent applications.” Alessia Saggese, Sales & Marketing Director at A.I Tech, added, “For the first time, this collaboration allows customers to harness all the benefits of all our deep learning-based applications by using the incredible power of the AI engine in the Panasonic i-PRO cameras. It’s a fantastic opportunity to tailor security hardware to the specific needs of a business or community.”
Panasonic is introducing the new i-PRO logo to its security cameras in the European market, starting with the newly launched X-Series of network security cameras with built-in AI capabilities. The i-PRO concept marks a new era and direction of flexible security products while underlining the established Panasonic brand values of innovation, image and product quality, and mission-critical reliability for low total cost of ownership of CCTV installations. i-PRO The centerpiece of the branding, the Nexus, symbolizes the central role i-PRO is taking in empowering customers by providing the information they need to make decisions. It is made up of a series of nodes — representing the raw data that i-PRO solutions capture and that underpin the critical insights which drive customers’ actions in the moments that matter. “Through the innovative use of technologies, we will extend our capabilities to provide vital information and intelligence to support those professionals who protect and save lives, providing a safer and more peaceful world,” said Norio Hitsuishi, Executive Officer and Director of Global Surveillance at Panasonic i-PRO Sensing Solutions Co., Ltd. Network security cameras The new i-PRO X-Series of network security cameras is the first example of this solutions approach making them ideal for the next generation of intelligent applications in business and society. With its built-in AI capabilities and open Software Development Kit, the camera range is designed for third party application development that can be tailored to a business customer’s needs. “In today’s fast-moving world, we need to be proactive with our security technology to focus on prevention rather than simply utilizing video as evidence following an incident,” said Gerard Figols, European Head of the Panasonic Security Business Unit. “By listening closely to our customers and working with our partners to develop security solutions to predict and meet their needs, our goal is to become the trusted next-generation security solutions provider.”
Panasonic has announced its new i-PRO X-Series of network security cameras with built in AI capabilities making them ideal for the next generation of intelligent applications in business and society. i-PRO X-Series security cameras With its Software Development Kit, the camera range is designed for third party application development that can be tailored to a business customer’s needs. The range includes six new models, with 5MP resolutions available in July, 2020 and 4K resolutions at the end of the year, and indoor and outdoor vandal resistant dome or box configurations. The new cameras can install up to three video analytics applications, with two i-PRO applications plus the Software Development Kit included free-of-charge, if purchased before the end of March 2021. The two analytics applications available as of now are AI Video Motion Detection (AI-VMD) and Privacy Masking. AI Video Motion Detection AI engine enables alarm triggers, based upon predefined parameters, at a very high level of accuracy AI Video Motion Detection (AI-VMD) is capable of detecting any human, vehicle, two-wheel motorcycle or bicycle and can be used for intrusion detection, identifying loitering, direction detection and many more applications. The AI engine enables alarm triggers, based upon predefined parameters, at a higher level of accuracy than ever before. The second application is Privacy Masking to detect and recognize human figures in a video scene and pixelate their figures or faces for privacy protection. This application is important for many businesses operating in geographies where strict privacy laws are in force, such as Europe with GDPR. It can be used to protect the identities of employees, customers and visitors in a wide range of industries. AI engine with on-board analytics The new i-PRO X-Series employ an AI engine with on-board analytics to detect suspicious changes in scenes, automatically adjust image settings of the scene being analyzed, and optimize video compression to conserve network bandwidth and server storage capacities. “This new camera range, with its open Software Development Kit, offers exciting opportunities to tailor a host of next generation AI applications around the specific needs of business customers,” said Gerard Figols, European Head of the Panasonic Security Business Unit. New analytics applications He adds, “Our partners already have a number of innovative additional applications in development for future use with the camera range. We will be announcing more on these applications later in the year but the benefits of the cameras with these new analytics applications are widespread and vary from enhancing security to helping make a change in the post-COVID world.”
Panasonic has announced the release of its new i-Pro Extreme U-Series of network security cameras. This new range of thirteen indoor and outdoor security cameras add a cost effective entry-to-mid-level range to the Panasonic line-up while maintaining the high performance, visibility and reliability that customers expect. i-Pro Extreme U-Series cameras The U-Series offers a wide selection of cameras with dome and bullet designs, varifocal and fixed lens options, Full HD and 4MP, along with vandal resistant and weather proofed designs for outdoor models. The range is ideal for price sensitive organizations in education, logistics, hospitals, office spaces, retail stores and many other applications. The U-Series cameras deliver day and night time visibility with low level lighting and IR-LED capabilities to ensure clear color, quality security images 24/7. The cameras use Panasonic’s iA (Intelligent Auto) technology to monitor scene dynamics and motion and adjusts camera settings automatically in real-time to reduce distortion, such as motion blur on moving objects. Super Dynamic capabilities The Super Dynamic capabilities allow the cameras to capture a wider range than traditional devices to ensure all locations and areas can be covered. Corridor mode adjusts the camera view to ensure stairways and long corridors can be monitored by a single camera. Living up to Panasonic’s reputation for durability and reliability, the outdoor models in the line-up come with vandal resistant IK10 protection, water and dust protection and anti-corrosion screws. H.265 compression and smart coding Just like the other cameras in i-PRO Extreme platform segment, the U-Series uses H.265 compression and smart coding to reduce the amount of video data, which increases bandwidth efficiency and reduces storage requirements and costs. The cameras can be connected and configured prior to installation while still in their box The smart design and packaging of the U-Series can reduce the installation time of the cameras. For example, the cameras can be connected and configured prior to installation while still in their box. They also have motorized zoom and auto focus capabilities for faster set-up. Cost-effective security cameras “The U-Series is the ideal range of cameras for organizations that require cost effective security but can’t afford to compromise on performance, visual quality and reliability,” said Gerard Figols, European Head of the Panasonic Security Business Unit. Gerard adds, “In combination with Panasonic’s Video Insight management software, which can be used with the Panasonic cameras without an additional licensing fee, it delivers an unbeatable security solution on price and performance that will provide peace of mind to a wide variety of organizations.” The first U-Series cameras will be available from April with new models being added throughout the year.
Danish Superliga Soccer Club Brøndby IF has enhanced fan safety by using Panasonic security solutions to prevent banned soccer hooligans from entering the stadium, while maintaining visitor privacy and complying with European Union General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Installing Panasonic’s FacePRO facial recognition system at the entrances to the stadium has helped to more effectively identify those on the banned list. The club had been aware that family attendance had fallen at some of the more high-profile games, such as the local derby with F.C. Copenhagen, due to concerns over hooliganism, illegal use of flares and safety. Family-friendly stadium With an average attendance of 14,000 people per game, and up to 100 registered persons on the stadium blacklist for causing trouble, the soccer club wanted to find a way to make genuine fans feel even safer at the family-friendly stadium by preventing any problems before they could occur. Up until this point, lists of banned people were distributed to security staff at the entrance gates. They would manually check each person coming into the stadium but the process was time consuming and not always effective. With the use of Panasonic’s security solution, blacklisted offenders can now be automatically identified in the crowd before they attempt to enter the stadium. System operators in the surveillance room double check matches made by the system before sending notification to the stewards at the gates to prevent them from entering. Panasonic FacePro solution Brøndby IF sought approval on its approach to GDPR compliance from the Danish Data Protection Agency The automated procedure at the stadium entrance also decreases congestion at the gates, so genuine fans can get into the stadium faster. As well as improving security outside, the system allows staff more time to focus their attention on creating a safe and entertaining environment for those inside the stadium. Another issue important to address in the implementation was compliance with European Union GDPR. The Panasonic FacePro solution is very flexible and can be configured to delete or store data as required. To meet Brøndby IF’s requirements, data from the camera is encrypted and the data and images of people not on the blacklist are never stored. In addition, the details of banned individuals are encrypted and only stored on a server blocked from the Internet and all other external systems. Brøndby IF sought permission and approval on its approach to GDPR compliance from the Danish Data Protection Agency. Facial recognition system Mickel Lauritsen, Head of Security at Brøndby IF, said: “We can see that we have decreased the amount of flares being used within the stadium during our matches. It has been a success and it’s an absolutely vital tool in order to maintain safety and security.” Gerard Figols, Head of the European security business at Panasonic, commented: “Panasonic’s facial recognition system contributes to a safer stadium environment by alleviating security pressure on the ground, while ensuring that all data is protected from unauthorized external access." "The accuracy and processing capacity of Panasonic FacePRO means that it is ideal for soccer, and other sporting stadiums around the world, as well as many other venues where security and high visitor numbers are a factor. Besides the pure security factor, our facial recognition system can also help to enhance the customer experience by providing quicker, more streamlined access or tailored services.”
Danish Superliga football club Brøndby IF’s stadium is the first in Denmark to utilize facial recognition technology, provided by Panasonic, to ensure a safer stadium experience and alleviate the strain placed on staff during high profile matches. Panasonic security cameras The system is being deployed to automate the process of identifying blacklisted persons and prevent them from entering the stadium, a task which was previously undertaken manually by security personnel. Panasonic’s security cameras and FacePRO facial recognition software, automatically identify any individuals registered on the list, and sends a message to staff to take the appropriate action.The automated procedure at the stadium entrance will decrease congestion at the gates The system will enhance security measures and fan safety, which will prove especially important during high profile matches such as the derby against F.C. Copenhagen. Furthermore, the automated procedure at the stadium entrance will decrease congestion at the gates, resulting in a faster entrance process for fans. Stadium security Expecting an average attendance of 14,000 people per game, and up to 100 registered persons on the stadium blacklist, it allows staff to focus their attention on better assistance and service towards fans entering the stadium. Jesper Jørgensen, Managing Director of Brøndby IF commented, “The system will significantly increase our efficiency in identifying blacklisted persons at our entrance gates, so we can ensure they do not enter the stadium. We are always trying to optimize our stadium experience for our fans, and ultimately create the best possible fan experience. This is another step into the right direction.” FacePRO facial recognition software To maintain personal privacy, the facial recognition technology does not store the images or data of those who are not registered on the blacklist. Also, the data of those who are registered on the internal Brøndby server is not connected to the internet or to any other system. Panasonic’s facial recognition system contributes to a safer stadium environment by alleviating security pressure" “Panasonic’s facial recognition system contributes to a safer stadium environment by alleviating security pressure on the ground, while ensuring that all data is protected from unauthorized external access” said Gerard Figols, head of the European security business at Panasonic. “In turn, we can offer peace of mind to football fans and Brøndby IF that our technology will improve the standard of safety even during high profile matches, something that fans have already complimented the system for.” High-performance facial recognition Recognized by the National Institute of Standards of Technology (NIST) as having the world’s highest level of facial recognition performance in independent testing. The technology can identify faces that are difficult to recognize with conventional techniques, such as those taken from an angle of up to 45 degrees to the left or right or 30 degrees up or down, and even when part of the face is concealed or hidden by sunglasses. The system also recognizes faces from photographs that are up to 10 years old.
Panasonic has expanded the i-Pro Extreme series with six new compact models which feature Infra-Red (IR) illumination, to provide accurate color footage both day and night. This makes the range suited to high end surveillance applications, where the reliability of evidence is paramount should incidents occur. The inbuilt color night vision functionality improves the user’s ability to distinguish between shades of clothing and cars in extreme low light environments (minimum luminance required is 0.03 lux). Infrared LEDs enhance visibility in zero lux environments, making it easy to identify images of people and their movements in monochrome. Monitoring Corridors And Retail Aisles Another benefit of the range is the visibility ensured by a wide-angle lens with a 109 degrees horizontal and 73 degrees vertical field of view. A special corridor mode means integrators will be able to provide 90 degrees by 270 degrees field of view to monitor locations that stretch in to the distance, such as corridors and retail aisles. Ease of installation is assured due to the compact housing across the range, which makes each camera suited to discrete use in a range of environments such as small stores, on cash machines or in elevators. The cameras are installed with microphones, which enables audio recording, even outdoors As with the previous models within the series, the six new cameras are installed with iA (Intelligent Auto), which automatically shoots the optimum footage regardless of the environmental conditions. The cameras are installed with microphones, which enables audio recording, even outdoors. 24/7 Protection Of Property “One of the key steps to mitigating risks in surveillance is ensuring visibility whatever the conditions,” said Gerard Figols, European Category Manager at Panasonic. “When we combine the infrared and color night vision technology alongside Intelligent Auto, we are arming businesses with the peace of mind that their property is being secured round the clock.” The range includes indoor and outdoor versions in both 1080p and 720p as well as two models which conform to in-vehicle standards, suitable for surveillance inside trains and buses.
Pointer Limited has become the first UK integrator to achieve ‘premium partner’ status as part of the newly relaunched Panasonic security partner program. The Japanese manufacturer refreshed its channel partner program earlier this year and installers and integrators involved in video surveillance installations were invited to participate, with status determined by level of product training, sales volume and end user feedback. Electronic Security Systems Premium partner status gives Pointer Ltd, which specializes in the design, installation, service, maintenance and monitoring of electronic security systems, access to additional support from the manufacturer as well as access to pre-qualified sales leads, via the partner portal. Additional benefits include five-year warranties, advanced replacement, training, technical and preferential placement within the Panasonic ‘Where To Buy’ listing on the website. “Pointer have proved an excellent partner for Panasonic. The company’s expertise in high end, mission critical installations suits our product portfolio,” said Gerard Figols, European Category Manager at Panasonic. “We receive a large number of end-user leads requesting solutions or products every day. Premium partner status means Pointer will get first refusal on these opportunities.” We think that our customers can benefit greatly from Pointer being a premium partner of Panasonic" Panasonic Premium Partnership Status Pointer Limited has been in business nearly 50 years. Providing service throughout the UK, it has the knowledge and experience to deliver large-scale projects for blue-chip clients that recognize the importance of managing risk to their staff, property, and key data. Director Sandy Rowan said, “We are delighted to have achieved premier partner status for Panasonic, which indicates the dedication that our sales and engineering team has to training and improving their market knowledge.” “We think that our customers can benefit greatly from Pointer being a premium partner of Panasonic, not least with greater access to support and replacement technology than with any other manufacturer.”
Panasonic’s Face Matching technology has ranking highly in benchmark testing by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, for the second year running. In co-operation with IARPA (Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity), NIST tested a forthcoming version of Panasonic’s facial recognition technology, which is currently being developed at the company’s Innovation Center. The benchmark test consists of eight challenges addressing verification, identification, detection, clustering, and processing of crowded images. Top Of The Benchmark The benchmarking is carried out with a pool of 67,000 face images, 700 face videos, and 10,000 non-face images, involving the comparison of miss and hit rates highlighted by each respective algorithm. The Panasonic algorithm came out top of the benchmark for cumulative match characteristic - the fraction of hits above a certain threshold of accuracy. The test is often performed with photo-journalism images, due to their wide variations in pose, illumination, expression, and occlusion which creates a deliberate challenge. “The NIST result is excellent news and is yet another demonstration of Panasonic’s commitment to adding additional value and real quality within our range of security technologies,” said Gerard Figols, Panasonic’s Security Solutions Product Marketing Manager. “Panasonic has been the world’s number one patent producer for each of the last three decades, and we place a great amount of value on innovation and research and development.”
Panasonic will introduce a new end to end, cyber secure CCTV system at this week’s IFSEC event in London (20th – 22nd June 2017). The Secure Communication system is a secure platform and package of data protection elements that work with Panasonic’s IP CCTV camera systems to protect against video tampering and altering, spoofing, and snooping. Fully Encrypted System It features several data protection elements including IP communication encryption and verification as well as data encryption, ensuring the integrity of video evidence within Panasonic IP video streams. Available on Panasonic’s iPro Extreme and the Elite range, material is fully encrypted end-to-end, including the communication information between devices. It is also backwards compatible with 5 and 6 series cameras. The evidence value of recordings is also secured using device certificate from Symantec Managed PKI with cryptographic technology, alongside alteration detection technology. Gerard Figols, European Product Marketing Manager, said, “Panasonic’s years of expertise in CCTV systems in partnership with the world’s No.1 provider of SSL server certificates has come together to create an industry standard for the secure protection of surveillance systems.” “We’ve seen from recent hacking events that IoT enabled devices are vulnerable. Security cameras, which are meant to keep us safe at work and in our homes, should not be an open door for hackers looking to exploit our safety online.”
Built-in electrical dehumidification and ClearSight coating significantly increase the operational availability of the camera in wet weather The latest addition to Panasonic’s security camera range is set to offer a significant improvement in operability as well as a reduction in the cost of storage and maintenance for city CCTV surveillance. Vehicle Incident Detection The outdoor, vandal-proof, Full-HD, PTZ camera (WV-X6531N) comes equipped with a 40x optical zoom, intelligent zoom stabilizer and intelligent analytics for vehicle incident detection. In addition, the latest cost reducing technologies, including a combination of H.265 and smart coding technology, use smart algorithms to reduce the bandwidth of security footage. It means that the cameras can reduce the data storage requirement by around 70% for moving scenes and up to 90% for static scenes, beyond the last generation of Panasonic outdoor PTZ cameras. Built-In Electrical Dehumidification In addition, built-in electrical dehumidification and ClearSight coating significantly increase the operational availability of outdoor cameras in wet weather. The special coated surface resists water stains and dust accumulation, reducing the need for maintenance and improving the usability and clarity of security footage. "It has the option of some of the most intelligent analytics on the market" “This is a camera that has been designed with city surveillance and the monitoring of intersections in mind,” said Gerard Figols, Product Marketing Manager at Panasonic Security. “The excellent 40x zoom and intelligent zoom stabilization reduce vibrations when large vehicles pass.” Intelligent Analytics “In addition, it has the option of some of the most intelligent analytics on the market. As well as loitering and left object detection, it is able to recognize a car either stationary or driving the wrong way on a motorway, immediately triggering an alarm in the video or traffic management system.” Like all Panasonic security products, the camera’s stream and video are encrypted by Symantec, for full cyber security protection. The new camera is part of Panasonic's Elite Range, a curated selection of the company's top of the range CCTV cameras.
Panasonic has introduced an elite range of security products, representing the best of its camera technology The specially selected premium range incorporates features that go far beyond simple surveillance, with the cameras all including smart coding compression and secure communication encryption. All the cameras in the range also offer a minimum resolution of Full HD, with a selection at 4K. In addition, vandal resistance, weatherproofing and the rain wash coating, unique to Panasonic, ensure the cameras can continue to acquire useful evidence even in challenging conditions. Features Gerard Figols, European Product Marketing Manager, said, “The Elite Range demonstrates the excellence of Panasonic security cameras. It’s a small selection of our wider camera portfolio. The beauty of the embedded technology is that it helps to reduce the overall cost of ownership. For instance, Panasonic’s True 4K technology has efficient compression software which means recordings are typically 1/7th of the usual size of a 4K recording. For end users, that means a high-quality security system doesn’t necessarily need to involve higher storage costs.” As well as 4K box, dome and 360-degree camera technology, the range includes Panasonic’s Full HD weatherproof bullet camera (WV-SPW532L), which has the ability to automatically detect and optimize video quality within a given image, prioritising disk space for the areas where movement is detected, and overall helping to save network bandwidth and improving the cost effectiveness of the system for operators. Meanwhile, Panasonic’s new iPro Extreme camera platform builds on the efficiency already offered by H.265. With the addition of the company’s own smart coding technology, bandwidths can be decreased by up to 75 per cent, compared to H.264.
Designed for applications at height, at sea and on ports, piers and bridges, the camera’s active sense technology responds to external conditions to continually capture the highest quality imagery in the harshest of conditions Panasonic has announced the availability of its new robust PTZ security camera, designed for the most severe weather conditions and mission critical applications. Available from October 2016, the Aero PTZ (WV-SUD638) provides Full HD 60fps imagery with a 30x optical zoom lens within a tough fiberglass body resistant to both erosion and salt corrosion and suitable for everything from arctic to desert weather conditions. Rugged CCTV For High Quality Images In Severe Conditions The camera features hybrid image stabilization technology and gyro-sensors to minimize the effect of external vibrations on imagery. In addition, the super dynamic function ensures a wider dynamic range compared to conventional cameras. Designed for applications at height, at sea and on ports, piers and bridges, the camera’s active sense technology responds to external conditions, initiating a built-in wiper, heater and defroster to continually capture the highest quality imagery in the harshest of conditions. Unique Stabilization Feature Gerard Figols, Product Marketing Manager for Panasonic Security Solutions, said, “The Aero PTZ is the most rugged security camera on the market and is capable of withstanding more extreme conditions than ever before. It will reliably produce sharp, crisp images, whatever the weather. “The hybrid image stabilization feature is unique to Panasonic and means that, even when the camera is being moved significantly by the wind, the image produced remains of evidential quality.” The 360? aerodynamic spherical design minimizes wind resistance allowing the camera to operate successfully at wind speeds of up to 135mph. A ‘radius bodyline’ helps deter snow and dirt build-up on the light-weight, fiberglass body. Available in three colors, the camera is IP67 rated and vandal proof to IK10 standards. It has a sphere pan-tilt mechanism allowing endless 360-degree panning and a 90° to -180° tilt range.
The box cameras - WV-S1132 & WV-S1131 - are from Panasonic’s new i-PRO Extreme camera platform Panasonic has introduced a new network camera range at Security Essen 2016, combining Full HD resolution with the company’s latest software, capable of reducing storage and network bandwidth by as much as 80 per cent beyond H.265. The two new box cameras, WV-S1132 and WV-S1131, will be available from October 2016 and are the first from Panasonic’s new i-PRO Extreme camera platform. The cameras will be introduced as part of a new H.265 system which will include a recorder (WJ-NX400) and software (WV-ASM300). The platform takes advantage of the power of H.265 compression, which provides a bandwidth reduction of 50% compared to H.264. However, when implemented with Panasonic’s Smart Coding technology, the new platform offers an unprecedented 80 per cent bandwidth and storage efficiency improvement beyond H.265 levels. Low Light Illumination At A Reduced Cost Both cameras are equipped with a new 1/3” sensor which provides impressive color images even in very low light conditions. The new sensor provides the same low light illumination as a 1/2” sensor, but at a reduced cost. “The new combination of native end-to-end H.265 and Smart Coding will be available in forthcoming indoor and outdoor dome and box cameras, as well as vandal proof models. The new technology platform is designed to give extreme performance under extreme conditions,” said Gerard Figols, European Head of Product Marketing for Security Solutions. “Panasonic’s Smart Coding technology has a unique AutoVIQS (Variable Image Quality on Specified area) function, which helps to reduce the total bandwidth by categorizing and recording different areas of the image at one of three quality levels, ranging from highest quality recording of faces to low quality recording in areas with no movement. It ensures evidential quality recording whilst maintaining background scenery at a lower bitrate.” Enhanced Super Dynamic Feature In addition, a new enhanced super dynamic feature ensures faces remain visible even in challenging lighting conditions, providing the best possible opportunity for identification. The H.265 platform is equipped with Panasonic’s secure communication system, showcased at IFSEC 2016, which protects the camera, recorder and software from breaches of privacy. Developed in collaboration with a leading security certificate provider, the system offers protection in three distinct areas – using data encryption, communication encryption and a verification and identification key system – to give a highly secure and robust protection that ensures the robustness of the video evidence obtained.
Drone finding technology can help mitigate the threat of drone accidents and terrorism Research by Oxford Research Group, describes the threat of high street drones as ‘a game changer in the wrong hands’, the Group’s report The Hostile Use of Drones by Non-State Actors Against British Targets goes on to say, ‘drones will be used as simple, affordable and effective airborne improvised explosive devices’. Drone Prototype A prototype of Panasonic’s drone finder has been on show at IFSEC 2016, the UK’s biggest security tradeshow at Excel London this week (21st – 23rd June). The technology provides detection of the drone, which is seen as the starting point in order to control the drone. Detection Of Drone At Distances Of 300m Using 32 array microphones and a Pan Tilt Zoom CCTV camera, each sensor can detect a drone at distances of up to 300m through a 150? field of view. The drone finder analyses neighbouring noises to eliminate them from the detection. Gerard Figols, European Product Marketing Manager for Panasonic, said, “The growth in popularity of drones has been exponential, but little progress has been made on how to protect restricted zones from the potential threat they pose. Our drone finder technology will help deter and detect flying of drones around military or government buildings for example.”