Articles by Rishi Lodhia
Urban populations are expanding rapidly around the globe, with an expected growth of 1.56 billion by 2040. As the number of people living and working in cities continues to grow, the ability to keep everyone safe is an increasing challenge. However, technology companies are developing products and solutions with these futuristic cities in mind, as the reality is closer than you may think. Solutions that can help to watch over public places and share data insights with city workers and officials are increasingly enabling smart cities to improve the experience and safety of the people who reside there. Rising scope of 5G, AI, IoT and the Cloud The main foundations that underpin smart cities are 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Cloud. Each is equally important, and together, these technologies enable city officials to gather and analyze more detailed insights than ever before. For public safety in particular, having IoT and cloud systems in place will be one of the biggest factors to improving the quality of life for citizens. Smart cities have come a long way in the last few decades, but to truly make a smart city safe, real-time situational awareness and cross-agency collaboration are key areas which must be developed as a priority. Innovative surveillance cameras with integrated IoT Public places need to be safe, whether that is an open park, shopping center, or the main roads through towns Public places need to be safe, whether that is an open park, shopping center, or the main roads through towns. From dangerous drivers to terrorist attacks, petty crime on the streets to high profile bank robberies, innovative surveillance cameras with integrated IoT and cloud technologies can go some way to helping respond quickly to, and in some cases even prevent, the most serious incidents. Many existing safety systems in cities rely on aging and in some places legacy technology, such as video surveillance cameras. Many of these also use on-premises systems rather than utilising the benefits of the cloud. Smart programming to deliver greater insights These issues, though not creating a major problem today, do make it more challenging for governments and councils to update their security. Changing every camera in a city is a huge undertaking, but in turn, doing so would enable all cameras to be connected to the cloud, and provide more detailed information which can be analyzed by smart programming to deliver greater insights. The physical technologies that are currently present in most urban areas lack the intelligent connectivity, interoperability and integration interfaces that smart cities need. Adopting digital technologies isn’t a luxury, but a necessity. Smart surveillance systems It enables teams to gather data from multiple sources throughout the city in real-time, and be alerted to incidents as soon as they occur. Increased connectivity and collaboration ensures that all teams that need to be aware of a situation are informed instantly. For example, a smart surveillance system can identify when a road accident has occurred. It can not only alert the nearest ambulance to attend the scene, but also the local police force to dispatch officers. An advanced system that can implement road diversions could also close roads around the incident immediately and divert traffic to other routes, keeping everyone moving and avoiding a build-up of vehicles. This is just one example: without digital systems, analyzing patterns of vehicle movements to address congestion issues could be compromised, as would the ability to build real-time crime maps and deploy data analytics which make predictive policing and more effective crowd management possible. Cloud-based technologies Cloud-based technologies provide the interoperability, scalability and automation Cloud-based technologies provide the interoperability, scalability and automation that is needed to overcome the limitations of traditional security systems. Using these, smart cities can develop a fully open systems architecture that delivers interoperation with both local and other remote open systems. The intelligence of cloud systems can not only continue to allow for greater insights as technology develops over time, but it can do so with minimal additional infrastructure investment. Smart surveillance in the real world Mexico City has a population of almost 9 million people, but if you include the whole metropolitan area, this number rises sharply to over 21 million in total, making it one of the largest cities on the planet. Seven years ago, the city first introduced its Safe City initiative, and ever since has been developing newer and smarter ways to keep its citizens safe. In particular, its cloud-based security initiative is making a huge impact. Over the past three years, Mexico City has installed 58,000 new video surveillance cameras throughout the city, in public spaces and on transport, all of which are connected to the City’s C5 (Command, Control, Computers, Communications and Citizen Contact) facility. Smart Cities operations The solution enables officers as well as the general public to upload videos via a mobile app to share information quickly, fixed, body-worn and vehicle cameras can also be integrated to provide exceptional insight into the city’s operations. The cloud-based platform can easily be upgraded to include the latest technology innovations such as license plate reading, behavioral analysis software, video analytics and facial recognition software, which will all continue to bring down crime rates and boost response times to incidents. The right cloud approach Making the shift to cloud-based systems enables smart cities to eliminate dependence on fiber-optic connectivity and take advantage of a variety of Internet and wireless connectivity options that can significantly reduce application and communication infrastructure costs. Smart cities need to be effective in years to come, not just in the present day, or else officials have missed one of the key aspects of a truly smart city. System designers must build technology foundations now that can be easily adapted in the future to support new infrastructure as it becomes available. Open system architecture An open system architecture will also be vital for smart cities to enhance their operations For example, this could include opting for a true cloud application that can support cloud-managed local devices and automate their management. An open system architecture will also be vital for smart cities to enhance their operations and deliver additional value-add services to citizens as greater capabilities become possible in the years to come. The advances today in cloud and IoT technologies are rapid, and city officials and authorities have more options now to develop their smart cities than ever before and crucially, to use these innovations to improve public safety. New safety features Though implementing these cloud-based systems now requires investment, as new safety features are designed, there will be lower costs and challenges associated with introducing these because the basic infrastructure will already exist. Whether that’s gunshot detection or enabling the sharing of video infrastructure and data across multiple agencies in real time, smart video surveillance on cloud-based systems can bring a wealth of the new opportunities.
Eagle Eye Networks, the global front-runner in smart cloud video security, has appointed David Barr as Enterprise Sales Manager for Europe to build the Enterprise Market Segment throughout the region. David has 30 years of experience in the security industry, joining Eagle Eye Networks after 17 years with Xtralis ADPRO, which in recent years was acquired by Honeywell. Responsibilities In his new role, David will work with Eagle Eye Networks global and EMEA end users and partners to develop their strategy, as the security market transitions from an on-premise recorder market to a true cloud market for video surveillance. Hybrid on-premise and cloud solution “This change isn’t happening overnight, but the great thing about Eagle Eye Networks is the possibility to start with a hybrid on-premise and cloud solution where clients can immediately see benefits of the cloud without investing in new hardware,” said David. “Eagle Eye Networks works with more than 3,500 existing analog or IP cameras, and even DVRs can be directly connected to the cloud." "This is a gamechanger for companies that want to upgrade their video surveillance, migrate to the cloud for additional cybersecurity, and better manage their operations in a multi-site environment.” API integrations and open platform capabilities Rishi Lodhia, Managing Director for the region, added, "The creation of this new role and the experience David brings to Eagle Eye Networks illustrates the company’s continued commitment and growth to support Enterprise customers within the region.” “Enterprise customers are transitioning rapidly to the cloud due to our easy API integrations and open platform capabilities."
Eagle Eye Networks, the pioneer in cloud video surveillance, has raised $40 million of Series E funding from venture capital firm Accel to continue its growth and expand its technology leadership. Eagle Eye is leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) on its true cloud platform to dramatically reshape video surveillance and improve safety, security, operations, and customer service for businesses around the world. Video surveillance systems have multiple security features, such as motion detection and standard analytics. However, these systems require either monotonous monitoring or a meticulous manual review after each triggered event to extract useful information. Cloud video surveillance Similarly, business operations analytics are still in early development. “There is a tremendous opportunity to leverage AI and alter the very nature of video surveillance,” said Dean Drako, Founder and CEO of Eagle Eye Networks. “Eagle Eye Networks now has the means and the technology to enable cloud video surveillance to transform how companies manage security and business operations, in the same way self-driving/electric cars are transforming transportation.” Smart cloud video surveillance with privacy and cybersecurity protections will make the world much safer" “Ultimately, smart cloud video surveillance with appropriate privacy and cybersecurity protections will make the world much safer, for example: detecting dangers such as weapons, erratic driving, active robberies, and traffic accidents. Furthermore,” continued Drako, “It will help businesses provide better service by reducing wait lines, ensuring displays are organized and stores clean, and assuring product quality.” Deploying new analytics Sameer Gandhi, Partner at Accel added, “Eagle Eye Networks pioneered the video surveillance industry’s move to the cloud, and AI applications will drive the industry’s next transformation. Eagle Eye is in the pole position to make this happen. Its true cloud technology puts Eagle Eye in a unique position to instantly deploy new analytics breakthroughs. Dean Drako’s track record, proven with Eagle Eye and previously as founder of Barracuda Networks, speaks for itself.” The Eagle Eye Cloud Video Management System (VMS) is a simply smarter cloud video surveillance solution, purpose-built to help businesses improve safety, security, operations, and customer service. Tens of thousands of companies in more than 90 countries around the globe have moved their video surveillance to the cloud with Eagle Eye VMS. Comprehensive central management Customers choose Eagle Eye Cloud VMS for its comprehensive central management, cloud reliability and redundancy Customers, including multi-family residences, smart cities, schools, hospitals, hotels, logistics, restaurants, and retail shops trust Eagle Eye for actionable business intelligence and proactive security. Customers choose Eagle Eye Cloud VMS for its comprehensive central management, cloud reliability and redundancy, cost savings, and its open API video platform that provides a vast number of third-party integrations. Customers appreciate Eagle Eye’s inherent cyber secure design and extensive video encryption to protect their data and privacy. The Eagle Eye Cloud VMS works with thousands of industry cameras and does not require customers to ‘rip and replace’ their existing infrastructure. Eagle Eye Networks, together with its partner Brivo, provide a seamless solution for cloud video surveillance and facility access control. Brivo is a pioneer in cloud facility access control. Cloud video security The Eagle Eye API allows for seamless integration with partners like Brivo and others making Eagle Eye Cloud VMS the only platform robust enough to power the future of video surveillance. Eagle Eye Networks has grown rapidly in EMEA both organically and through the 2017 acquisition of Camera Manager whose founders, Rishi Lodhia and Tijmen Vos launched the first true cloud video security offering in 2004 and continue to drive the company's European growth and innovative product development. The Eagle Eye Networks European headquarters in Amsterdam, provides an attractive mix of elements crucial for success, including innovative technology founders who share Drako’s bold vision, drive and demonstrated leadership. “We were the first to introduce cloud video surveillance to the market and this step is fast tracking our growth in Europe, the Middle East and Africa,” said Rishi Lodhia, Eagle Eye Networks Managing Director for EMEA. Video surveillance industry The adoption of true cloud video surveillance and powerful AI is driving an acceleration of the business globally" “The adoption of true cloud video surveillance and powerful AI is driving an acceleration of the business globally, but especially in EMEA. It gives us the ability to help give businesses the intelligence they need and protect people’s privacy without compromising safety and security.” The company expects to add roles across Europe to support the growth and customer success with the adoption of the cloud and AI powered video surveillance. “In more than two decades in the video surveillance industry, I have heard people talk about revolutionizing the market and taking it to the next level, but only Eagle Eye Networks has truly delivered on that promise,” added John E. Mack III, Executive Vice President, Co-Head of Investment Banking at Imperial Capital. “While Eagle Eye Networks’ vision as the first cloud native solution was compelling previously, the changes 2020 brought about through business disruption related to COVID-19 make Eagle Eye’s products and services even more desirable. Eagle Eye’s focus on the customer and commitment to innovation create a foundation that makes its cloud and AI enhanced offerings for video surveillance a focus for security specific executives and the C-suite alike.”
Eagle Eye Networks, the provider of cloud video surveillance and Corepixel, one of Sweden’s Value Added Security Distributors, announces they have expanded the worldwide distribution of Eagle Eye Cloud VMS through a strategic distribution partnership. “We are proud to be partnering with Corepixel,” stated Dean Drako, CEO of Eagle Eye Networks. “The transition from on-site to cloud-based video surveillance systems is taking root in the European marketplace and we are excited to work with Corepixel to reach more customers. In the Americas and Asia we have seen accelerated growth in cloud surveillance subscriptions and we’re confident the same shift is taking place in the minds of security and IT professionals in Sweden.” Solves Trending Issues The Eagle Eye Cloud VMS is designed for the cyber-security conscious customer seeking maximum flexibility in their choice of cameras and deployments. It eliminates the headaches of traditional surveillance systems because there is no software to buy, install, or maintain. Customers benefit immediately from the continuous release of new features and cyber updates because of the cloud delivery model. After extensive evaluation we concluded that Eagle Eye Networks is the strongest player in cloud video surveillance" “We are very enthusiastic about offering a video solution in Sweden that solves trending issues like cyber security threats, GDPR compliance and multisite manageability. We have been searching for a long time for a cyber-secure, scalable and open solution for our partners and their end users,” said Johan Rosdahl, CEO of Corepixel. “After extensive evaluation we concluded that Eagle Eye Networks is the strongest player in cloud video surveillance, and the only provider of a true cloud video surveillance system.” Significantly Enhance Service Rishi Lodhia, Eagle Eye Networks’ Managing Director for EMEA, is leading the Eagle Eye Networks growth program in the region: “Appointing Corepixel as a distributor offers Eagle Eye Networks dealers a variety of value added services: support in Swedish, inventory in Sweden, and a partner for cloud based video solutions. Our partnership will significantly enhance the service to our Swedish Dealers.” Eagle Eye Networks’ investments to build a global footprint of Data Centres and 24/7 support has enabled its customers to deploy surveillance video systems at their sites around the world while maintaining consistency and cyber security.
Eagle Eye Networks announced the addition of a data center in Germany expanding its global network of video surveillance data centers. The new data center is located in Frankfurt and will support customers across the European Union as well as German customers’ GDPR requirements to store video within Germany. With this new addition, Eagle Eye Networks now operates EU data centers in the UK, Germany, and the Netherlands. Eagle Eye also operates data centers in California, Texas, Canada, Japan, India, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates. Providing maximum data security The Eagle Eye Cloud video surveillance system (VMS) is the leading global cloud-based video solution addressing the needs of businesses, alarm companies, security integrators, and individuals. Eagle Eye’s state of the art infrastructure has been specifically designed for high volume video traffic, processing, storage and is managed directly by Eagle Eye personnel to provide maximum security, performance, and availability. Adding a local data center in Frankfurt is evidence of our commitment to the German market as well as our commitment to adhere to localized privacy and regulatory requirements" Eagle Eye Networks is committed to expanding rapidly in the German market. Eagle Eye’s commitment is evidenced by the addition of a data center in Frankfurt, along with the German translation of all product interfaces. “Eagle Eye takes privacy and data security very seriously,” stated Rishi Lodhia, Eagle Eye Networks’ Managing Director for EMEA. “Adding a local data center in Frankfurt is evidence of our commitment to the German market as well as our commitment to adhere to localized privacy and regulatory requirements.” Key features of the Eagle Eye Cloud VMS: Complete Privacy Encryption. Eagle Eye Networks’ encrypted video recording – both at rest and in transit – keeps customers compliant with privacy regulations. The Eagle Eye Security Camera VMS is compatible with a wide array of IP and analog cameras, allowing companies to retrofit old systems with cloud video surveillance system when their existing DVR or VMS needs replacement. Secure remote access. With smartphone usage overtaking laptop usage in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, secure remote access is critical. The Eagle Eye Security Camera VMS has cyber-secure access from all iOS and Android mobile apps and from all major web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. Exhibiting at Security Essen 2018 Eagle Eye Networks operates its European headquarters in Amsterdam, NL, and has offices in Austin, Texas US, and Tokyo, JP. Eagle Eye Networks will be exhibiting at Essen Security 2018 at stand 7C24.
Eagle Eye Networks announced it has integrated Eagle Eye NuboCam - a mobile camera that connects over 4G/LTE or WiFi - into the Eagle Eye CameraManager cloud video platform. Eagle Eye CameraManager is the ideal video solution for small and medium sized businesses seeking an affordable, quality cloud solution with small camera counts. Eagle Eye CameraManager certified resellers and customers have requested mobile monitoring solutions. “The combination of a mobile connection and Eagle Eye CameraManager brings mobile video monitoring to the CameraManager professional video management software.” says Dean Drako, CEO of Eagle Eye Networks, “Now both remote and temporary locations can be monitored without limitations.” Features Of Eagle Eye NuboCam The Eagle Eye NuboCam connects to 4G/LTE mobile networks or WiFi, providing connectivity at all times. Eagle Eye NuboCam features include: Night Vision: View video clearly at night or in the dark or when events are triggered by the PIR-motion detector. Two-Way Audio: Have two-way conversations via the built-in speaker and microphone. Smart Detection: Receive only relevant notifications with the Smart Object Detection feature. Outdoor Ready: Use either indoor and outdoor applications due to weatherproofing (IP-64). Mobile Video Monitoring Solution “We can now empower our Channel and end users with the freedom, flexibility and mobility of a 4G/LTE monitoring solution. With the integration of our 4G/LTE NuboCam into our Cloud video platform CameraManager, this true Mobile Video Monitoring solution is going to lead to new, unique applications.” says Rishi Lodhia, Managing Director of Eagle Eye Networks EMEA. All Eagle Eye NuboCam’s come SIM-lock free and run on all European Mobile Operators. Additionally, Eagle Eye Networks will also be offering connectivity with various data plans with European coverage in combination with its cloud service.
Hikvision UK & Ireland, a global manufacturer of video surveillance products and solutions, and Eagle Eye Networks, a worldwide provider of cloud-based video surveillance solutions, announced a technology partnership to deliver customers a seamless and cyber secure cloud video surveillance solution. Dean Drako, CEO and founder of Eagle Eye Networks stated, “We are pleased to expand our global relationship with Hikvision by partnering with Hikvision UK to serve customers in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland seeking a more cyber-secure surveillance solution.” Camera Cyber Lockdown Camera Cyber Lockdown feature increases security of video surveillance systems, reduces risk, and minimizes camera maintenance Eagle Eye’s Camera Cyber Lockdown blocks cameras from communicating with the Internet, blocks attacks from reaching cameras, and will not allow any Trojans ex-filtration. The Camera Cyber Lockdown feature greatly increases the security of video surveillance systems, reduces risk, and minimizes camera maintenance. While the Eagle Eye Cloud Security Camera VMS works with hundreds of manufacturer’s cameras, the Hikvision UK partnership is a valuable benefit to customers who don’t have the IT resources to constantly monitor and address cyber threats entering their network through devices attached to their surveillance system. “We are also excited about the partnership with Eagle Eye Networks,” stated Jens Berthelsen, Global Partner Alliance Manager for Hikvision Europe. “Eagle Eye Networks is the leader in secure, cloud-based video surveillance solutions and the combination of our cameras with their cloud provides great scalability and price/performance.” Integrate of HD-TVI camera technology with the Eagle Eye Security Cloud VMS enables customers and channel partners to reduce operating costs System Deployment Eagle Eye Networks’ investments to build a global footprint of Data Centres has enabled its customers to easily deploy surveillance video systems at their sites around the world while maintaining consistency and cyber security. The United Kingdom Preferred Technology Partnership announcement follows the recent news of Hikvision USA and Eagle Eye Networks working together to integrate HD-TVI camera technology in to the Eagle Eye Security Cloud VMS, enabling customers and channel partners to reduce operating costs by utilising existing coaxial cabling while upgrading to high-definition video surveillance systems. HD-TVI Camera Integration Rishi Lodhia, Eagle Eye Networks’ Managing Director for EMEA, is leading the Eagle Eye Networks growth program in the region and noted the alignment between Hikvision UK’s and Eagle Eye Networks’ reseller programs. “The Hikvision dealers in the UK are an extremely capable group of industry professionals and they’re very attentive to cyber security and GDPR compliance. The use of Hikvision cameras and Turbo recorders with Eagle Eye Networks’ cloud bridges and subscriptions is a future-proof marriage.”
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