Articles by Steve Carney
New security technologies have dramatically changed the security landscape over the last decade The security landscape has changed dramatically in the last decade with the introduction of numerous new security technologies to detect crime and deter criminal activity. With a long list of new tools, professionals now need to process vast amounts of information within seconds from many different security systems and then make important decisions about how to respond to an incident. The integration of security systems has perhaps been one of the biggest industry changes. Thanks to this, security professionals now have the ability to bring together multiple systems under a single tool to simplify the management of these systems and incident response. Steve Carney, Director, Product Management, Video for Tyco Security Products states that end users looking to integrate their security systems can pursue two very good, but different options: VMS or PSIM. While the application and installation of either a VMS or PSIM solution can be quite complex, determining which to choose comes down to size, scope and usage of data. A VMS or video management system is traditionally designed to manage security systems from a video perspective. A VMS can oversee a number of security functions, including access control and intrusion, but the end user sees all the integrated security under the VMS with a video-centric point of view. A classic example of this would be heavy surveillance users such as casinos, whose security personnel actively access video around the clock. A PSIM’s job is to consolidate all elements of an enterprise, physical security included, in a very sophisticated software layer that resides on top of other management systems. The key element of a PSIM is its ability to integrate complex, disparate subsystems, as well as its interoperability with third-party applications beyond the normal operations of a typical video management system. PSIMs are also ideal choices for organizations that have many disparate systems beyond just security across many locations. The Ins and Outs of a VMS Weighing the options between a VMS or PSIM should involve careful analysis of the specific needs of the system For installers, there are several scenarios where video management systems make the most sense. As mentioned previously, the VMS user wants to manage his systems, which can include video, access, intrusion and other security functions such as specific analytics packages, from a video perspective. If the end user has two or three different manufacturers’ solutions, or will be installing the system in a new facility and will be buying all new equipment, a VMS will most likely meet the end user’s needs. End users that have a heavy physical security or surveillance focus, such as retail locations or casinos, or users that need a clean, intuitive solution to routinely view video after an event are model candidates for a VMS solution. With the evolution of unified VMS solutions, video management systems are seeing advancement in capabilities and an increase in applicability. One of those advancements is in the element of data visualisation. For instance, a retail company can find value using its security equipment to track customers in its store for operational or marketing purposes. A step beyond this is that the unified solution can depict any number of events across the systems visually. The system pairs separate events such as tailgating (two people walking through an area together or swiping an access card once for two people) at particular times of the day with other events (such as a propped open door or a door held open for more than a few seconds) and it will juxtapose them graphically over a longer period of time. PSIMs: An Answer to a Complex Problem PSIMs are very proficient at handling complex scenarios and provide a level of situational awareness to the end user that traditional video management systems cannot The job of a PSIM often transcends beyond physical security functions and can include workflow attributes, time and attendance, and building management. The priority of a PSIM is to integrate a large number of disparate systems together. One example would be a multi-national company with different video and access systems from different providers in Latin America, Europe and the U.S. Another area where a PSIM would be an attractive option is when the end user acquires a number of integrations already in place and they want to manage everything together. In addition, PSIMs are very proficient at handling complex scenarios and provide a level of situational awareness to the end user that traditional video management systems cannot. In this case, local governments, cities, schools districts or other large enterprises can use the PSIM to handle the flow of an emergency event, such as a tornado or hurricane. Lastly, PSIM applications take mapping and visualisation to the next level. Many VMS systems will have a simple mapping user interface, but PSIM solutions can typically support multiple and more sophisticated geographic information systems (GIS) map interfaces such as GoogleMaps, Bing Maps, and ESRI maps. Within these maps, not only can objects be tracked (GPS locations, RFID, etc.), but additional map layers can be brought in to provide a fuller situational picture of the incident at hand. This may include underground gas/power/water lines, wind direction/speed, weather, crime statistics, etc. Because of the broad range of applications and subsystems that PSIMs can handle, in general, PSIM is beneficial to a number of different people in an organization, far beyond just the security staff. Departments and management across an entire enterprise find value in the data and integration that a PSIM provides. Making the Most Sense Aside from the capabilities of the solutions, end users want to know the maintenance and training involved with both VMS and PSIM solutions. These answers also vary greatly and can’t easily be contrasted because of the differences between the two solutions. Generally, if a reduction in maintenance from a cost and time standpoint is the customer’s focus, then a unified VMS, if designed appropriately, should reduce the amount of hardware with multiple functions on separate servers. This VMS solution will require separate updates, maintenance and licences, compared with a unified system under one manufacturer. Because a PSIM’s main focus is to integrate disparate systems, the end user also must continue to keep track of upgrades, maintenance, and licenses of its individual subsystems. On the training side, the solutions are not easily compared either. As a general rule, however, both VMS and PSIM solutions could reduce training and overhead as operators are using less to do their job, and in the case of the PSIM, operators don’t need to access the subsystems individually to get the information they need. In most instances when it comes to VMS and PSIMs, it’s not about comparing the two since they are very different. At their cores, VMS and PSIMs are designed for different purposes and don’t really compete. But it’s imperative to be able to understand exactly what each solution does so that an organization’s expectations can be met.
American Dynamics, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, introduces the Illustra 610 compact IP mini-bullet camera, an ideal video solution for small to mid-size businesses in need of reliable, affordable outdoor surveillance. The Illustra 610 compact IP mini-bullet camera provides exceptional video quality within a small framework, making it appropriate for indoor or outdoor active surveillance situations where the camera needs to blend into the environment. With 1080p resolution for crisp, clear high-definition video, the camera provides various viewing angles, including a horizontal view and a corridor mode to capture video in narrow hallways or other areas where the traditional landscape format won’t do. Using a built-in IR LED, the camera delivers useable video surveillance in a variety of lighting conditions. Its wide dynamic range further minimizes the impact on surveillance video caused by glare and high-contrast scenes. “The combination of illuminator and true day/night functionality enables the Illustra 610 Compact IP Mini-Bullet camera to stay focused in changing light situations, delivering quality video surveillance even in total darkness," said Steve Carney, Director of Video Product Line Management for Tyco Security Products. “It’s a great addition to our rapidly growing Illustra HD IP Camera line that provides industry-leading versatility and ease of use in an economical package.” Multiple streams of H.264 and MJPEG compression ensure excellent image clarity with controlled bandwidth usage. A built-in micro SD/SDHC card slot enables several days of recording to be stored on a memory card. Also, when triggered, the embedded motion detection sensor in the camera can send an alert to the operator or an email to any address or handheld device. The ONVIF-compliant camera configures quickly using the free Illustra Connect software that ships with all Illustra cameras. The software is designed to simplify network discovery and configuration, thus saving hours of installation time. The camera is also factory focused, eliminating the need for additional time at installation.
HID Global has released a ‘customer advisory’ on the use of third-party ‘parasitic’ devices that harvest power from the host HID reader. HID customer advisory The company states in the advisory that using the devices with an HID reader is an improper modification and misuse of the HID reader and the HID products used in conjunction with the reader. HID also lists devices from Safetrust, Proxy, Suprema and Zerv in the advisory. Steve Carney, Vice President of Product Marketing for Physical Access Control Systems (PACS) at HID Global, elaborates on the advisory with a Q&A. Q: Describe the evolution and background of the issue of ‘unauthorized use of third-party devices’. Steve Carney: HID Global became aware of devices that attach, connect to, and adhere to HID readers from customers asking if they had tested or approved of them. Q: What is a ‘parasitic’ device and how does it differ from any other third-party device that, for example, might be integrated with HID Global systems? Steve Carney: A parasitic device is an unauthorized product containing RF radios and has been designed to adhere to, connect to, or otherwise interact with HID readers in a manner not intended or incorporated into HID’s solution design. Often they draw power from the reader itself. No third-party products are integrated into HID Global systems designed to draw power from the readers. This advisory clarifies the HID policy regarding a concerning trend that negatively impacts HID solution performance Q: What is the impact on warranty and support position for security business integrators and resellers? Steve Carney: This advisory clarifies the HID policy regarding a concerning trend that negatively impacts HID solution performance. HID partners and customers assume risk, including the loss of warranty and technical support, when using the stated unauthorized products. Q: What is HID’s response to the assertion that this policy ‘undermines customer choice’? Steve Carney: It is important to understand that HID Global’s position related to these devices is based on the interference or potential to interfere with HID readers’ ability to perform to specifications. HID readers are the most widely installed readers in the world. Given that, and the lifetime warranty, potential interference with the power draw, power load and RF field presents risk not intended or contemplated when selling the devices. HID’s position does not impact a customer’s ability to choose. It informs them of the risk related to the company’s assertion of specifications and performance.
Open architecture in physical access control is built around Mercury Security’s access control panels, the de facto standard embraced by more than two dozen access control original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Mercury and several of its OEMs teamed up March 3-4 to present MercTech4, a conference in Miami aimed at updating security consultants about the latest developments related to the Mercury platform. MercTech4 highlighted a new generation of access control products, which are increasing the capabilities for Mercury OEMs in areas such as two-way communication and encryption. Enhancements include use of the OSDP (Open Supervised Device Protocol) v2 communication standard instead of the older (and less flexible, less secure) Wiegand standard. Other advantages are relay count activations, a crypto memory chip and default encryption, a critical feature ensuring greater cybersecurity. Integration Of Hardware With Physical Security Mercury hardware is sold exclusively through OEM partnerships. The new LP4502 controller and access control platform use the Linux operating system. Mercury also provides hardware integration at the controller level with elevator manufacturers such as Otis, Kone and Thyssenkrupp, including “destination dispatch,” which groups passengers going to the same floors into the same elevators, thus reducing waiting and travel times. Mercury hardware is sold exclusively through OEM partnerships. The new LP4502 controller and access control platform use the Linux operating system Integration of Mercury controllers with LifeSafety Power’s IP-based intelligent power supplies enables system health and diagnostic data to be shared for preventive maintenance. Mercury also offers several “bridge” products to enable its OEMs to transition installed proprietary systems from outdated Casi-Rusco (GE), Software House I (Tyco) and Infographics (GE) technologies to an open platform using Mercury hardware. Business As Usual Other recent news for Mercury is the company’s acquisition by HID Global last fall. Mercury Security President Matt Barnette says the acquisition will not impact how Mercury goes to market. “It’s business as usual,” he says. “It’s 130 days into the acquisition, so it’s still early on, but we are continuing to do what we do.” HID will develop a roadmap for improved combined solutions among the controller, reader, credential and cloud Steve Carney, HID Global’s vice president of product marketing for physical access control, provided an update from the HID Global perspective to MercTech4 attendees. He reiterated that there would be no change in Mercury’s OEM go-to-market strategy. He emphasized that Mercury’s team and talent remain core to the brand, and HID will develop a roadmap for improved combined solutions among the controller, reader, credential and cloud. Open architecture companies throughout the access control industry – Mercury’s OEM partners – are incorporating the new boards into their products, each putting their “spin” on those capabilities and expanding the functionality of their systems. At MercTech4, seven of those OEMs hosted small groups of consultants in focused meetings to highlight what’s new with their products. Lenel Honored As 'Platinum Premier' Partner Lenel, Rochester, N.Y., has been a Mercury's OEM partner since 1995. Lenel is Mercury’s first-ever "Platinum Premier" partner. In recent years, Lenel’s OnGuard system has evolved into a fully browser-based system providing both alarm and cardholder management through web browsers, and access to the platform on a computer, laptop or tablet. OnGuard WATCH (Web Access Trending and Comprehensive Health) provides system monitoring tools and health checks, such as tracking CPU usage and logging error files. Lenel has introduced its own BlueDiamond mobile credentialing system based on Bluetooth Low Energy and deploying mature technology previously used by sister UTC companies for real estate locks and in the hospitality market. Feenics, an Ottawa, Ontario, cloud-based access control company, was also among the Mercury OEMs participating in MercTech4. The Keep by Feenics platform is scalable from a single door to a global enterprise environment. A RESTful API provides easy connection of third-party applications. Feenics emphasizes cybersecurity in the cloud, using Amazon Web Services, Transport Layer Security (TLS) encryption, and Veracode penetration testing. They use MongoDB open source database replica sets instead of Microsoft SQL. Mercury and several of its OEMs teamed up March 3-4 to present MercTech4, a conference in Miami aimed at updating security consultants about the latest developments Integration And Encryption RS2 Technologies, Munster, Indiana, is another Mercury OEM highlighted at MercTech4. Their top vertical markets are K-12 schools, utilities, healthcare and government. RS2’s features include a PSIA-compliant interface, compatibility with BACnet and the Pinwheel DME (Data Management Engine) for bi-directional database integration. RS2 offers web-based support, and each edition of the Access It! software implements features suggested by customer RS2 offers web-based support, and each edition of the Access It! software implements features suggested by customer. Product enhancement is a focus of RS2’s engineering. Open Options, Addison, Texas, is a Mercury Platinum Elite partner whose customer base spans every vertical, and whose feature set reflects customer feedback. Open Options offers Mercury hardware mounted inside a sleek plastic enclosure, among other form factors. The company emphasizes an open business culture and dedication to customer service. Customer support is a direct phone line to speak with a live person every time to get any issue resolved. Open Options’ DNA Fusion Version 7 platform includes new features such as an updated user experience. DNA Fusion interfaces seamlessly with security technologies — including video, biometrics, wireless locks, and more. Last year, Open Options marked 20 years of partnership with Mercury Security. Engineering For The Masses Avigilon, Vancouver, B.C., is embracing new Mercury products in its completely browser-based Linux platform that can scale from entry-level to enterprise systems. The ACM (Access Control Manager) software is engineered for IT professionals and is updated every 60 days.The Linux-based system uses features such as the Avigilon “Appearance Search” capability to shift operation of security systems from a reactive to a proactive stance For Avigilon, access control is a component of a broader approach that uses analytics and self-learning to manage massive amounts of data and provide the information an operator needs. The system uses features such as the Avigilon “Appearance Search” capability to shift operation of security systems from a reactive to a proactive stance. Genetec, Montreal, Canada, emphasizes the value of its “unified” approach that combines video, access control and automatic license plate recognitions into a single platform – designed from the ground up – that incorporates communications, intrusion detection and analytics. Cybersecurity failures prominent in the news often occur because of negligence – the customer had not implemented a software patch, for example. Genetec helps to manage such concerns. When cameras are deployed in the Genetec platform, the system provides an alert if a new camera firmware version is needed. The Genetec Update Service (GUS) notifies customers of any needed software updates. Prominence Of Cybersecurity Honeywell’s Win-Pak access control software is integrated with the Pro-Watch security management suite. Cybersecurity is a corporate priority for Honeywell, whose products follow the SDLC (systems development life cycle) process with security requirements based on the ANSI/ISA 62443-3-3 standard. Microsoft's Threat Modelling tool identifies entry and exit points of systems that an attacker could exploit, providing the development team an attacker's viewpoint. The secure product development process includes static code analysis, secure code review, code signing, binary scanning and component inventory. Products are thoroughly tested by the Product Security Assurance Team and at times by an Advance Independent Testing Team. If vulnerabilities are identified after release, they are handled by the Product Security Incident Response Team. Cybersecurity issues dominated a consultant roundtable event on the second day of MercTech4. There was plenty of spirited discussion and some valuable insights among the 40 or so participating consultants. More to come on that in another article in the next couple of weeks.
Tyco has developed their cybersecurity expertise over years of providing critical solutions for the United States government Tyco Security Products is introducing its Cyber Protection Program, a multifaceted initiative that provides a holistic approach to cybersecurity protection for physical security through each phase of the product development life cycle. Tyco solutions for US government A trusted global leader, Tyco Security Products has developed its cybersecurity expertise after many years of providing critical solutions for the United States government and other large multinational customers, and holds several industry-firsts, including FISMA-ready access control and video solutions. “Our Cyber Protection Program was born from our unique and broad experience in complying with government regulatory standards and meeting the highly complex needs of multinational deployments,” said Steve Carney, Senior Director, Integration Platforms, Tyco Security Products. “Our deep understanding of these regulatory rigors helps us to better partner with our customers to more effectively mitigate risks from hackers, activists or other malicious threats when it comes to their physical security systems.” Compliance with best practices The Cyber Protection Program is led by a team responsible for monitoring the product development process and authorizing final product release to ensure compliance with secure development best practices. Some of these best practices include: Developing and maintaining the company’s security standards for product development; Performing security evaluations and testing on devices, applications and systems; Providing guidance to help users configure systems to comply with standards such as FISMA and NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP); Performing in-house and independent third-party security testing of Tyco SP products; Evaluating and developing responses to possible vulnerabilities potentially affecting our products as they are discovered. The program has already been implemented across several product lines, including Software House, American Dynamics and Illustra, and the Cyber Protection team is managing the long-term strategy for embedding the same cyber safety mindset across other product lines within the Tyco Security Products portfolio.
The program provides a holistic approach to cybersecurity protection for physical security through each phase of product development life cycle Tyco Security Products is introducing its Cyber Protection Program at the ISC West 2016 security conference, held at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, April 5-8. The multifaceted program provides a holistic approach to cybersecurity protection for physical security through each phase of the product development life cycle. A trusted global leader, Tyco Security Products has developed its cybersecurity expertise after many years of providing critical solutions for the United States government and other large multinational customers, and holds several industry-firsts, including FISMA-ready access control and video solutions. “Our Cyber Protection Program was born from our unique and broad experience in complying with government regulatory standards and meeting the highly complex needs of multinational deployments,” said Steve Carney, Senior Director, Integration Platforms, Tyco Security Products. “Our deep understanding of these regulatory rigors helps us to better partner with our customers to more effectively mitigate risks from hackers, activists or other malicious threats when it comes to their physical security systems.” The Cyber Protection Program is led by a team responsible for monitoring the product development process and authorizing final product release to ensure compliance with secure development best practices. Some of these best practices include: Developing and maintaining the company’s security standards for product development Performing security evaluations and testing on devices, applications and systems Providing guidance to help users configure systems to comply with standards such as FISMA and NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Performing in-house and independent third-party security testing of Tyco SP products Evaluating and developing responses to possible vulnerabilities potentially affecting our products as they are discovered The program has already been implemented across several product lines, including Software House, American Dynamics and Illustra, and the Cyber Protection team is managing the long-term strategy for embedding the same cyber safety mindset across other product lines within the Tyco Security Products portfolio. In addition to the extensive internal controls it has developed, Tyco Security Products also recognizes the importance of education and advocacy, and has been invited to speak about “The Convergence of Physical and Cyber Security: Recognizing the Readiness of IP-based System” at the ISC West conference on Wednesday, April 06, 2016, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM. To learn more about the Cyber Protection Program, please visit Tyco Security Products in Booth 20005 during ISC West, April 6 to 8.
Tyco Security Products introduces the new Illustra Pro 2 megapixel mini-dome cameras, featuring new UltraVision low light technology to capture high quality color video in the most extreme low light conditions. New UltraVision Low Light Technology The new Illustra UltraVision technology allows the camera to effectively maintain color video well below 1 lux. This drastically improves the ability to identify people and objects of interest in environments near total darkness. Illustra UltraVision is ideal for applications such as parking lots, alleyways, warehouses and other lowlight settings where maintaining color and video quality is critical to the surveillance operation. In low light mode, UltraVision provides the color detail needed for users to more quickly find clear video evidence for investigations. Beyond the UltraVision low light performance, the Illustra Pro 2MP mini-domes also feature advanced on-board analytics, including motion detection, face detection, blur detection and tampering. To minimize bandwidth use, storage requirements and to optimize performance and video quality, users can program up to five individual regions of interest to maximize the detail clarity in those specific areas identified as most important. Available in vandal-resistant IK-10 indoor and outdoor models, the Illustra Pro 2MP mini-dome cameras operate in the most extreme temperatures, as low as -30 degrees Celsius when powered using standard PoE network power. Outdoor models are IP66-rated to provide durability and protect against water and dust damage. Illustra Pro 2MP Features: Automatically increases video quality around people’s faces using face detection region of interest intelligence True wide dynamic range (100db) to optimize video in extreme bright and dark areas Blur detection intelligence to alert users when camera focus or cleaning is necessary so cameras can be refocused immediately, reducing downtime and maintenance calls Motorized 9-22 mm lens option available for installations with longer range field of view needs “In many security scenarios today, it’s critically important to be able to identify people and objects of interest in extreme low light situations,” said Steve Carney, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Video and Integration Platforms, Tyco Security Products. “With the introduction of Illustra Ultravision, Tyco Security Products is able to provide exceptional low light color video quality 24/7 for our customers.” Easy Configuration Into Video Security System Compatible with American Dynamics VideoEdge and exacqVision video management system (VMS) software and recorders, the Illustra Pro mini-dome cameras can be easily configured into a video security system saving installation time and money. The camera is exacqVision Edge ready, so exacqVision video management system (VMS) software can be installed directly on the camera for a complete high definition IP video solution. Also, a full line of indoor plenum caps and mounting clips are available for recessed flush installation. Various outdoor mounting options are available as well for quick installation in any setting.
Tyco Security Products introduces the new Illustra Pro 2 megapixel micro camera series. This small, covert camera provides a low profile, high performance video solution. Discreet Form And High Definition Video Quality Ideal for ATMs, banks, hospitals, retail stores and other locations where a small camera is needed, the Illustra micro camera gives users a discreet form factor while also providing high definition video quality. The Illustra Micro camera delivers 1080p video at 30 frames per second for capturing clear details. The Illustra Pro micro camera series comes with a main unit, 20 foot cable and sensor units. This allows users the flexibility to easily install the small sensor unit in a specific, tight location while placing the main unit in another location out of sight. This Illustra camera offers several lens options for multiple fields of view including telephoto and wide angle lenses. The Illustra Micro camera features exceptional video quality in high contrasting lighting situations with wide dynamic range. Additionally, the cameras corridor mode function rotates to the most optimal image orientation with a 9x16 field of view aspect ratio. Covert Surveillance “The new Illustra micro camera provides our customers with even greater flexibility with its covert size,” said Steve Carney, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Video and Integration Platforms, Tyco Security Products. “Unlike any other cameras in the Illustra Pro camera line, the introduction of this micro camera presents a solution that can easily blend into any environment for special applications where space is an issue.” Compatible with American Dynamics VideoEdge and exacqVision video management system (VMS) software and recorders, the Illustra micro camera can be easily configured into a video security system. The camera supports an on-board SD card for convenient video storage and video recording inside the camera with exacqVision Edge VMS software.
Tyco Security Products introduces the new Illustra Essentials mini-dome and bullet IP cameras. These low-cost cameras provide a high definition video solution. A Wider Field Of View Available in 1 and 2 megapixel outdoor mini-dome and bullet varifocal models, the new Illustra Essentials IP cameras offer users a wider field of view. These cameras utilize a 2.8-12mm varifocal lens. Beyond the field of view, the Illustra Essentials varifocal cameras have true day/night IR illumination to capture high quality video in low light situations. While producing exceptional low light color video, Illustra Essentials also features noise reduction and reduced storage costs with highly efficient bandwidth usage The Illustra Essentials varifocals provide high performance wide dynamic range to simultaneously view high contrast areas. Ideal for changing lighting conditions, the Illustra Essentials cameras are ideal for outdoor regions with very bright and dark areas. Additionally, these cameras feature H.264 and MJPEG dual-stream encoding and a maximum 30 images per second at 1080p or 720p for crisp, clear images. The mini-dome cameras come with durable enclosures with an IK10 rating to protect against vandalism. Optimal Performance With Easy Installation “We are pleased to continue to add to the Illustra Essentials IP camera portfolio giving our customers more options for high quality, yet truly affordable cameras,” said Steve Carney, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Video and Integration Platforms, Tyco Security Products. “With the addition of the new varifocals cameras, Illustra cameras offer an ideal solution with the goal of optimal performance and easy installation in mind.” Compatible with American Dynamics VideoEdge and exacqVision video management system (VMS) software and recorders, as well as the Holis recording platform, the Illustra Essentials varifocals cameras can be easily configured into a video security system.
Tyco Security Products, part of Tyco, the world’s largest pure-play fire protection and security company, introduces the new version of the victor Video Management System (VMS), which significantly reduces the time needed by busy investigators to organize and manage events and create incident reports. Enables Management Of Alarms The case management tool enables the holistic management of alarms, reporting and video-associated alarms and investigations from such systems as access control, intrusion, fire, intercom, elevator and HVAC systems. Using an intuitive interface, command center operators now can view, manage and replay alarms as needed and from any location. The tool’s incident builder feature can gather all relevant information — videos and still images, report data and charts and user notes — into a template and export it as an incident report for internal use by management or external use by local law enforcement. Instead of the time-consuming process of creating a folder, manually writing a report, transcribing notes, exporting images and charts, burning a CD, etc., a report can be created with a few clicks. victor At St. Joseph’s Health Care St. Joseph’s Health Care, London, Ontario recently switched from an analog to an IP video management system powered by victor to be able to respond to incidents more quickly. “The new investigation tools in victor have significantly streamlined our investigation workflow and simplified the steps our operators need to take in order to locate, review and package the relevant information from a particular incident,” said Mike Bessagato, director of Fire & Security Services/Emergency Planning. “Not only are the case management tools helping operators in our security control center save time, they are also helping to ensure the accuracy of our evidence by eliminating video that is not directly related to an investigation.” “Having the most critical information about their organization available in one interface is no longer a luxury for operators and investigators, who need access to this information quickly,” said Steve Carney, Senior Director of Video and Integrations, Tyco Security Products. “Our enhancements to victor offer a complete case management solution that brings all the relevant details from an event or threat into a single, easy-to-access format.”
Tyco Security Products, part of Tyco, the world’s largest pure-play fire protection and security company, announces a new line of IP cameras and NVRs that meets the budget of small to medium sized businesses, while satisfying their need for high-quality video surveillance. New Essentials Range A new Essentials line has been added to the company’s robust Illustra IP camera portfolio featuring Essentials bullet and mini-dome cameras with IR and indoor mini-dome cameras. Available in 1 and 2 megapixel models, all three cameras offer H.264 and MJPEG dual-stream encoding, a 3.6mm fixed lens, and a maximum 30 images per second at 1080p or 720p for crisp, clear images. The Essentials Outdoor Mini-Dome and Bullet cameras are equipped with IR illuminators, true day/night and wide dynamic range to capture quality video in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings. With wide dynamic range capabilities, the Essentials Indoor Mini-Dome also captures video in changing lighting conditions, making it ideal for a range of indoor applications. Holis NVRs For Small Camera Count Installations The second part of the low-cost IP surveillance equation, Tyco Security Products’ new brand of Holis NVRs feature 1080p resolution and video search and export functions. Four- and 8-channel models provide a dependable recording solution for applications such as independent retailers, small offices, and restaurants. Equipped with 4 and 8 POE ports respectively, the Holis NVRs are designed to support small camera count installations in an economical and efficient manner. The Holis NVR start-up wizard is designed to provide quick and efficient network turn-ups. “There’s a growing segment within the commercial community ranging from convenience stores to medical offices, that want to embrace security for their facility, but they need products that are inherently trustworthy, easy to operate and budget friendly,” said Steve Carney, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Video and Integration Platforms, Tyco Security Products. “With the affordable addition to the Illustra IP camera portfolio and new Holis NVRs, we’ve struck the right balance between high-quality features and a truly affordable price.”
Exacq Technologies, part of Tyco, the world’s largest pure-play fire protection and security company, announces the introduction of Illustra Edge, a complete high definition video system combining an Illustra IP camera, pre-installed exacqVision video management system (VMS) software and SD storage into one, out-of-the-box solution. The new Illustra Edge product line provides everything needed to connect and auto-configure in minutes. Ideal for a small installations of up to 10 cameras — or remote sites where server hardware installations are impractical — the Illustra Edge solution provides an easy, effective means to deploy a high-definition IP video system without incurring separate server hardware installation and configuration costs, since the server software and video storage is onboard the camera. Simply mount the camera, connect and start monitoring live and recorded video. Illustra Edge comes pre-configured with an included server license for simple, automatic installation. For larger applications and enterprise solutions a simple license upgrade to exacqVision Edge+ makes this solution expandable to unlimited servers. With exacqVision Edge Software With the included exacqVision Edge software, users have the ability to view live or recorded video from mulitple Illustra Edge devices or server-based recorders simultaneously. The included VMS software allows users to export video search results, display alarm events on screen and get instant replay of both video and audio events via exacqReplay. The exacqVision client software runs on Windows, Linux and Mac computers. Additionally, users can install the free web service software on a separate PC to view video on a web browser, tablet or smartphone. The Illustra Edge recording solution offers high reliability as there is no single point of server failure. If one camera fails, the others will continue to stream and record video. The camera to server traffic is internal and not on the customer’s network providing low overall network traffic. To Create Own Video Surveillance Solution “This is a complete solution for customers looking to create their own video surveillance solution without added costs from investing in of servers and complex installations,” said Steve Carney, Senior Director, of Product Marketing, Video and Integrations, Tyco Security Products. “Whether it’s a small business or retail store, or someone who needs to supplement their enterprise system because of remote locale or intermittent wireless coverage, the Illustra Edge solution can be deployed to fit their needs.” Illustra Edge is available in three camera models: the Illustra Pro 5MP Fisheye, the Illustra Pro 2MP Compact Mini-Dome and Illustra Pro 2MP Compact Mini-Bullet. The Illustra Edge fisheye camera has in-camera dewarping offering real-time 180º/360º panoramic views or a quad view delivering 4 independent 4x3 normalised video streams. Its 5MP capacity gives it the power of two to four cameras for many indoor applications. The Compact Mini-Dome and Mini-Bullet offer high definition video with a wide field of view, IR illumination and wide dynamic range. Although discreet, these versatile cameras are equipped with multiple viewing angles, including corridor mode, making them highly useful for hallways, aisles and alleys.
Tyco Security Products, part of Tyco, the world’s largest pure-play fire protection and security company, announces the introduction of Illustra Edge, a complete high definition video system combining an IP camera, pre-installed exacqVision Edge video management system (VMS) software and SD storage into one, out-of-the-box solution. The new Illustra Edge product line provides everything needed to connect and auto-configure in minutes. Ideal For Small Installations Ideal for a small installations of up to 10 cameras — or remote sites where server hardware installations are impractical — the Illustra Edge solution provides an easy, effective means to deploy a high-definition IP video system without incurring separate server hardware installation and configuration costs, since the server software and video storage is onboard the camera. For system setup, simply mount the camera, connect and start monitoring live and recorded video. Illustra Edge comes pre-configured with an included server license for simple, automatic installation. For larger applications and enterprise solutions a simple license upgrade to exacqVision Edge+ makes this solution expandable to unlimited servers. Ability To View Live Or Recorded Video With the included exacqVision Edge software, users have the ability to view live or recorded video from multiple Illustra Edge devices or server-based recorders simultaneously. The included VMS software allows users to export video search results, display alarm events on screen and get instant replay of both video and audio events via exacqReplay. The exacqVision client software runs on Windows, Linux and Mac computers. Additionally, users can install the free web service software on a separate PC to view video on a web browser, tablet or smartphone. The Illustra Edge recording solution offers high reliability as there is no single point of server failure. If one camera fails, the others will continue to stream and record video. The camera to server traffic is internal and not on the customer’s network providing low overall network traffic. Complete Video Surveillance Solution “This is a complete solution for customers looking to create their own video surveillance solution without added costs of servers and complex installation,” said Steve Carney, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Video and Integrations, Tyco Security Products. “Whether it’s a small business or retail store, or someone who needs to supplement their enterprise system because of a remote locale or intermittent wireless coverage, the Illustra Edge solution can be deployed to fit their needs.” Available In Three Camera Models Illustra Edge is available in three camera models: the Illustra Pro 5MP Fisheye, the Illustra Pro 2MP Compact Mini-Dome and Illustra Pro 2MP Compact Mini-Bullet. The Illustra Edge fisheye camera has in-camera dewarping offering real-time 180º/360º panoramic views or a quad view delivering 4 independent “Quad” 4x3 normalized video streams. Its 5MP capacity gives it the power of two to four cameras for many indoor applications. The Compact Mini-Dome and Mini-Bullet offer high definition video with a wide field of view, IR illumination and wide dynamic range. Although discreet, these versatile cameras are equipped with multiple viewing angles, including corridor mode, making them highly useful for hallways, aisles and alleys.
American Dynamics, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, introduces the latest release of its VideoEdge Network Video Management System with a deep feature set designed for the active surveillance power user unlike any in the industry, particularly in the enterprise space. Already a powerhouse when it comes to video throughput and network bandwidth management, the latest release of VideoEdge adds a new transcoding engine, which provides 14 video streams per NVR for superior bandwidth utilization as well as CPU resource optimization and memory usage. This powerful capability allows users to pool NVRs to provide up to 84 dynamic H.264 video streams per NVR cluster without the need for any dedicated transcoding server, something no other NVMS can do. “Oftentimes, as new features and functionality are added to a system there’s a gradual disintegration of the easy user experience,” said Steve Carney, Senior Director of Video and Integrations, Tyco Security Products. “But in this case, I’m pleased to say that VideoEdge offers both - simple installation and configuration and a UI that is incredibly intuitive…all while providing more features than most any other enterprise-grade NVMS.” VideoEdge For Commercial And Government Users VideoEdge provides enterprise security while empowering users to operate remotely using the powerful IOS mobile app or web client via any HTML 5.0 browser. This is critical for anyone focused on getting real time information, no matter where they are. That philosophy of empowerment is bolstered by VideoEdge’s vast library of analytics, the latest of which assess queue length, crowd forming, and color recognition. Queue monitoring can trigger an alarm if too many people are waiting at a checkout register, while the crowd forming feature can send an alert if a crowd gets too big. Using the color recognition feature, operators can now narrow down search results from recorded video to find, for example, a vehicle of a specific color or an individual wearing an article of clothing in a specific color. VideoEdge has been endorsed as FISMA-ready for both commercial and government users, meeting the critical cyber security requirements of the Federal Information Security Management Act.
American Dynamics, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, the world’s largest pure-play fire protection and security company, announces VideoEdge Micro, a compact version of the popular VideoEdge network video recorder. Ideal for businesses that have satellite sites with limited space, or smaller businesses that want an IP only solution for their active surveillance needs, VideoEdge Micro is incredibly easy to set up and use. An embedded PoE switch detects and provides power to IP cameras, while an auto discovery feature identifies and helps to assign IP addresses to cameras on the network. “Many large enterprises and intensive video users still require that same level of reliable surveillance for smaller remote sites,” said Steve Carney, Director of Video Product Line Management for Tyco Security Products. “VideoEdge Micro fits seamlessly into the victor Client portfolio and extends powerful security to smaller parts of enterprise organizations more economically, without compromising performance.” VideoEdge Micro includes the sophisticated features such as embedded analytics that the VideoEdge portfolio has become known for. That means that even the smallest retailer can leverage powerful analytics such as heat mapping, dwell and linger and shelf sweep detection to gain essential information about their store operations and customers shopping behaviors. VideoEdge Micro features one of the highest throughputs for a compact NVR at 80Mbps, enabling users to view high-quality video in real time even through narrow bandwidth connections. Using this innovative dynamics bandwidth feature, the NVR can cap the amount of data transmitted over a LAN when sharing the connection with other devices.
The SourceSecurity.com team attended this year's IFSEC International 2014 with great anticipation to view the new innovations first-hand on show and see how the move to London would impact visitor experience. To capture the show, we have provided a summary of IFSEC in pictures above. Highlights from IFSEC 2014 We saw an overwhelming number of people and products; here is a snapshot of our IFSEC experience for 2014: FLIR SourceSecurity.com attended FLIR’s press briefing which took place on the first day of the show. FLIR emphasized that it was more than just a professional thermal camera company – the company has recently released $499 thermal cameras to the consumer industry. For FLIR, the security market is growing industry. With the acquisition of Lorex in 2012, FLIR will be introducing Lorex products under the FLIR brand (consumer side, not professional) in EMEA. At IFSEC 2014, FLIR also introduced FLIR One- its first consumer camera for the iPhone. HID Global HID Global’s Director of Technical Services, Nick Hislop, talked SourceSecurity.com through its emerging technologies in the form of leveraging Bluetooth LE and NFC. The concept is simple: to make mobile access more convenient. Nick also demonstrated how HID’s products and solutions are relevant for a number of vertical markets including Enterprise, Healthcare, Education and Finance Services. Nedap ID Ido Wentink of Nedap Identification Systems introduced SourceSecurity.com to the Nedap IDS advanced license plate recognition product, ANPR Access HD. The company also introduced uPASS Access, a backward compatibility convertor and UHF ISO Card for improved user experience for uPASS platform. The ANPR Access HD for advanced license plate recognition is a higher resolution lens than its previous release, the ANPR Access camera. Other features of the ANPR Access HD include a more powerful CCV, increased IR illumination and expanded OCR library. SourceSecurity.com’s visit to STI’s booth saw the company emphasize its importance not just within the fire industry, but within the security industry as well Security Technology International (STI) SourceSecurity.com’s visit to STI’s booth saw the company emphasize its importance not just within the fire industry, but within the security industry as well. STI is looking to get the message out there that they’re not just a fire company. Paul Machacek, Sales Team Business Developer, talked SourceSecurity.com through a number of STI’s products including STI’s Polycarbonate Protective Covers, Steel cages, Call Points & Switches and Stand-alone Alarm Systems. Samsung - Changing the face of IP On day two of the show, Samsung hosted a press conference for the global launch of its Open Platform. This new initiative gives users the opportunity to utilize third party APPs with Samsung's WiseNetIII cameras and domes. Tim Biddulph, Product Manager at Samsung, hosted the conference and offered an insight into Samsung's tag line for the show, "Changing the face of IP". Taking a lead in IP technology, Samsung is seeking to give end-users a solution that is effectively future-proof in terms of expandability and its ability to integrate with new technology in the future. Ease of use was also at the top of Samsung's agenda with its "Zero configuration" NVR solution and there was a large focus on the power of integration within different vertical markets. ASSA ABLOY ASSA ABLOY showcased a number of its access security solutions on its impressive stand. SourceSecurity.com met with Thomas Schulz who gave a comprehensive tour of the stand. From ASSA ABLOY Aperio, there was a focus on the benefits of energy saving for its customers with the Aperio range now featuring battery-powered online and offline locks, cylinders, and escutcheons. There was also ABLOY CliQ technology on show which integrates electronics and mechanics, combining mechanical ABLOY PROTEC locking solutions with low-power electronics. A number of access control solution from effeff, Mul-T-Lock, Traka and Yale were also showcased on the stand. VIVOTEK At the VIVOTEK stand, the SourceSecurity.com team were given a tour of the stand which featured their low-light solution and their latest retail solution On day one of the show, VIVOTEK hosted a luncheon in the Crown Plaza hotel, just a stone's throw from the ExCeL center. As well as enjoying a great meal, attendees were privy to the company's main focus for the coming year and its milestones and product roadmap for 2014 and beyond. The warm hosts included: Steve Ma, Executive Vice President at VIVOTEK, Brandy Lin, Team leader at VIVOTEK and Owen Chen, the Chairman of VIVOTEK. During the luncheon, VIVOTEK shared its vision of being seen as more than just a camera manufacturer, rather, as a total solution provider. The message of the importance of integration, an increased awareness of the need for reliability of products and ease of use was key on their agenda. At the VIVOTEK stand, the SourceSecurity.com team were given a tour of the stand wich featured their low-light solution and their latest retail solution, which was made up of a series of mini high definition cameras for discreetness. SALTO Salto showcased its latest wireless access control door solution, the XS4 mini. XS4 Mini includes SALTO Virtual Network SVN and wireless capability with mini installation needs. Embedded in the heart of the product is the latest microprocessor technology, ready for the connected world, open and future-proof for online connection, wireless technology and NFC. Seagate During an editorial briefing with the SourceSecurity.com team, Seagate shared their valuable knowledge of the history of storage manufacturing and stressed the importance of choosing the right storage solution for installations. With the rise of "Big Data" and increased storage needs in the surveillance market this is something which has become much more of a consideration. As one of only three storage manufacturers, Seagate's experience and know-how within the surveillance industry is vast and it hopes to push out its knowledge to the industry to ensure that people know the benefits of choosing a fit-for-purpose storage solution. Western Digital SourceSecurity.com spoke to Martin Jefferson at Western Digital, who gave a very detailed explanation of how the new WD purple surveillance hard drive had been created and why it was fit-for purpose. It was a very insightful presentation of the product and demonstrated the inherent need for the market to understand why choosing the right storage solution is vital to any installation. OptexAt the Optex stand SourceSecurity.com spoke to Aude Desbieres, who gave a breakdown of the latest offering from Optex at the show. Amongst the array of new products on the stand, Optex showcased the new analytics features of its laser Sensor, REDSCAN, and a new people counting solution developed by Giken Trastem. There was also a focus on full integration of its IP sensors with Milestone XProtectand Hawkeye mapping software and new grade 2 and grade 3 detectors. Our very own Larry Anderson also sat down with their MD Mike Shibata to discuss the company's future and development roadmap. During an editorial briefing with the SourceSecurity.com team, Seagate shared their valuable knowledge of the history of storage manufacturing and stressed the importance of choosing the right storage solution for installations Tyco Stephen Carney, Director of Product Management for Video Solutions at Tyco Security Products, set down with SourceSecurity.com to give an insight into their product roadmaps and their main focus for the coming year. He spoke on their concept of Unification which looks at integration at code level rather than simply API level. With the launch of their victor 4.5 Unified Client, they hope to give the end user a solution that is more secure and efficient for businesses and organizations that require an active surveillance environment. He also mentioned Tyco's increased focus on the end user and customer experience being at the heart of how they develop their product offering for the market. Senstar At the Senstar booth, SourceSecurity.com were given an insight by Miriam Rautiainen into Senstar's new FlexZone, a fence-mounted sensor that detects and locates intruders. The FlexZone can also locate multiple intrusions simultaneously and is scalable, thus making it an easy and flexible option no matter how big or small the installation needs to be. With FlexZone, less equipment and infrastructure is required, adding to the flexibility of the product. Furthermore, rejecting false alarms is even easier with FlexZone than with Senstar's previous offerings. Miriam also mentioned the acquisition of Optellios earlier this year, which has allowed Senstar to expand on their fiber technology portfolio. Nedap SourceSecurity.com also attended a seminar at the Nedap stand about their collaboration with EE. EE has selected Nedap's AEOS security management platform as part of their plan to expand their business throughout the UK. Since the AEOS system is completely web-based, EE employees can access it from anywhere. Traka At the Traka stand, Tanveer Choudhry, Global Marketing Manager at Traka, gave us a demonstration of their new Traka 21 - a plug and play key management system designed for small to medium size businesses. The system is very user-friendly and easy to use, as Tanveer showed us. Furthermore, a PC connection isn't necessary as the Traka 21 can operate as a stand-alone. However, the system features a USB port, which allows employees to extract user data. The Traka 21 will be available later this year.
American Dynamics, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, has released version 4.5 of its powerful, high-performance VideoEdge NVR with new features that provide customers more secure and efficient systems for businesses and organizations that require an active surveillance environment. VideoEdge Network Video Recorder (NVR) adds a new level of ease and efficiency for surveillance operators. With features such as Auto Discovery, users can locate cameras on the network and assign IP addresses to any VideoEdge NVR with the click of a button, reducing time significantly. “The changing landscape for surveillance is dictating a new list of ‘must-haves’,” said Steve Carney, Director of Video Product Line Management for Tyco Security Products, “and this latest version of VideoEdge responds to those security-critical situations with effective, reliable and intuitive tools. “We are focused on providing the unique features required by customers who rely on their surveillance systems for fast, real time incident response.” Such customers include those in retail environments who are looking for solutions to theft as well as data that help them better understand customer behavior. VideoEdge provides both. Its powerful Heat Mapping tool lets retailers see where customers are lingering – important information that lets retail marketers see where the hot items are, or where they may need additional promotional displays. This feature is also very useful in other markets such as sports and entertainment, healthcare, and other venues for tracking foot traffic patterns, ensuring visitors are receiving adequate assistance. The latest version of VideoEdge also includes a new Watermarking process that allows security officials to assign a unique visual mark to the video that is specific to its business. This maintains the integrity of recorded video and protects the owner from fraudulent use of the video. The victor Unified Client helps you manage all of your live and recorded video from VideoEdge, exacqVision, Intellex and ADTVR video recording solutions, all from one, intuitive interface. victor is part of a powerful NVMS that includes advanced policy management, health monitoring, Smart Search, instant playback, and more, ensuring the security and safety of your entire organization whether a single site, or a multi-location, globally dispersed enterprise. For those enterprise customers who use Software House C•CURE 9000, victor Enterprise provides unification for SAS (satellite application server) and MAS (master application server). Deploying victor and C•CURE 9000 software at the same time, into the same IP system has never been easier. For those customers in smaller sites, victor Express has been designed to eliminate the need for an SQL database, thus simplifying and saving installation time. The VideoEdge NVMS and victor Unified Client are available through American Dynamics’ worldwide channel partners.
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