The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live our lives and the way we do business. Restrictions have been implemented to protect our health, affecting us as individuals and the operations of our healthcare systems, companies, organizations, and schools, as well as public and private institutions. Many new behaviors, such as physical distancing, virtual meetings, and improved hygiene measures, will most likely linger as we gradually get back to normal. With smart solutions, we can help each...
Technology has always stepped in to shorten distances between individuals. Whether through using electronic communications, such as email or video messaging, it has united people across different geographical locations and circumstances. Recent events have presented a unique challenge, where the ability to observe people and events in person has been restricted. This has had a knock-on effect on a variety of sectors, including healthcare, sports, and education. Broadcast cameras have offered a...
Permanent video observation is in place at busy traffic junctions in many towns. With the Traffic Enforcement Module on the Dallmeier HEMISPHERE® software platform, public authorities can now capture traffic incidents or offenses quickly and simply with an easy-to-use software tool. A precisely definable and adaptable process enables users to evaluate and follow up on incidents efficiently with digital tools – while adhering to the evaluation and data protection regulations. Capture...
By providing an open platform and access to documentation, software development kits (SDKs), and application programming interfaces (APIs), individual developers and partner organizations can explore the full potential of Axis products and solutions. And by doing so, creating advanced applications that bring new and compelling use cases to market. Long-time Axis Communications (Axis) partner, Citilog has been developing traffic management analytics applications alongside Axis for more than a de...
Axis Communications announces a new 5-year product warranty at no extra cost. This increase from the previous 3-year warranty is a result of the company’s commitment to providing high-quality products and cost-efficient, trouble-free ownership. Axis has long offered an excellent hardware warranty service covering defects in design, workmanship, and material under normal use for 3 years from the date of purchase, depending on the product. Now customers can take advantage of a 5-year Axis w...
2N’s wide range of intercoms are now available in the Axis Camera Station video management software, allowing customers to integrate a 2N intercom into their full video surveillance solution. 2N offers a large portfolio of high-quality intercoms for secure and comfortable communication. With various models - from stylish intercoms designed to blend into residential environments to tougher intercoms made for industrial use - 2N’s intercoms are designed to be easy to install and opera...
Axis Communications launches AXIS P1455-LE Network Camera, a feature-rich bullet camera offering HDTV 1080p resolution at up to 60 fps. Ideal for a wide range of surveillance scenarios, it’s particularly suitable for capturing scenes with lots of motion. Key features Featuring Axis Forensic WDR, this outdoor-ready camera captures high-quality images even when there are both dark and light areas in the scene. Axis Lightfinder 2.0 ensures outstanding forensic images in low light and Axis OptimizedIR allows for surveillance in pitch darkness up to 40 m (131 ft). It includes motion-adaptive exposure to significantly reduce the motion blur from approaching or nearby objects. And, with AXIS Object Analytics you can detect and classify humans and vehicles. Additionally, with edge-to-edge technology, this camera offers smart pairing functionality including two-way audio with Axis Network Speakers. All tailored to one's specific requirements. Lightfinder 2.0, Forensic WDR and OptimizedIR AXIS Object Analytics Motion-adaptive exposure Enhanced security features Zipstream with support for H.264/H.265 Axis Edge Vault AXIS P1455-LE features Axis Edge Vault to protect the camera’s Axis device ID and simplify authorization of Axis products on the network. Furthermore, Axis Zipstream with support for H.264 and H.265 significantly reduces bandwidth and storage requirements.
The recently-launch Axis body worn camera solution is now available in the Axis Camera Station video management software, allowing customers to integrate body worn cameras into their full video surveillance solution. Alongside the full portfolio of Axis cameras, the integration of body worn cameras adds value to surveillance solutions by making it possible to easily collect video and audio evidence from security guards and law enforcement officers, as well as traditional surveillance cameras. Capture, storage, and analysis The system consists of a robust body worn camera with excellent image quality and dual microphones, a system controller for intermediate storage and management of recorded material, and a docking station for quick data offloading and easy charging of cameras. The system controller is connected to the Axis Camera Station video management software server making it possible to easily view and analyze video recordings from the body worn cameras. Enhancing safety for officers and citizens Dock the camera and automatically the recordings and data are offloaded and the camera is charged A typical scenario for body-worn cameras would be patrolling guards collecting video and audio evidence in case of an incident, but the use of body worn cameras has also been proven to be very effective to deter incidents before they even take place. When the guards start their working day, they collect the fully charged personal body worn camera from the docking station. At the end of the shift, they simply dock it, and automatically the recordings and data are offloaded and the camera is charged. Benefits of integration The Axis body worn solution is a great compliment in building evidence-based cases. When connected to Axis Camera Station video management software all body worn cameras will show up in the replay navigation with their specific usernames like any other IP cameras in the system. Playback can be synchronized with other cameras in the system, and all standard functions in Axis Camera Station are available to build the evidence case. The incident report includes both relevant recordings and comments, and if there is a need to pixelate objects and people this is also possible using video redaction. The case is easily exported in a compressed and password-protected file if to be shared with authorities.
Axis Communications has launched AXIS S3008 Recorder, an easy-to-install ultra-high-definition recording solution compatible with AXIS Companion video management software. Featuring an integrated PoE switch for up to 8 cameras, this high-performance recorder includes a surveillance-grade hard drive and gigabit uplink for video recordings in ultra-high definition. Extensively tested with a wide range of Axis products, Axis 3008 makes it easy to add additional recorders and other Axis devices. For instance, it’s possible to add network speakers to communicate with staff and deter intruders or network video door stations for audio-visual identification and remote entry control. Key features Compact recorder with integrated PoE switch Easy to install and operate Surveillance-grade hard drive USB port for exporting video Up to 5-year warranty Accessibility & warranty AXIS S3008 Recorder allows one to access video footage from anywhere in the world thanks to the Axis Secure Remote Access technology. Furthermore, this cost-effective product comes with a 3-year warranty and optional 2-year extended warranty.
The French authorities have renewed the maintenance contract of the French Coastal Surveillance System, SPATIONAV, building on an over 20 yearlong successful collaboration between the French Navy and Airbus for safer oceans. Since 2002, Airbus develops, deploys and maintains the SPATIONAV system, under the supervision of the DGA (French General Armament Directorate) for the program direction and the SSF (Service de Soutien de la Flotte) for the sustainment, to support the French authorities gather information, direct maritime surveillance and intervention at sea. Maritime navigation security The system provides them with a tactical picture of the maritime situation to prepare and conduct their respective operations related to maritime border protection, search and rescue missions, maritime navigation security, detection of illicit activities and environment protection. With over 6000 kilometers of coasts monitored in real time 24/7 by 750 operators, SPATIONAV is the cornerstone of France’s maritime surveillance operations. It provides the administrations involved in state sea operations with a real time surveillance system It provides the French Navy and the main national administrations involved in state sea operations with a real time surveillance system covering maritime approaches for mainland France and the French West Indies - Guiana zone. Thus, it constitutes a veritable multi-agency operation and command information system for the French Navy, the Coast Guards and the Customs. Cyber secured gateway SPATIONAV’s coastal Recognized Maritime Picture integrates over 10,000 real-time tracks thanks to a vast network of sensors spread over the French coasts (105 sites, 88 radars, 77 AIS stations and 8 equipped Falcons). In addition, the system integrates over 50,000 extra European and International tracks through a cyber secured gateway. The consolidated situation awareness is shared with the entire SPATIONAV community thereby optimising missions at sea. SPATIONAV is based on STYRIS Coastal Surveillance System (CSS). The solution associates core CSS functions as a real-time coastal Recognized Maritime Picture, 24/7 monitoring of areas of interest, advanced tracking and data fusion with some key features among which improved event management and advanced simulation capabilities to support decision making. Command and control tools Ensuring an informed vision of maritime activities in real time is a technological prowess" Specifically, the solution supports operator decision by providing intuitive command and control tools to accelerate decision making and stakeholder coordination, to maintain operator focus and to reduce the workload. Commander Laurent Frayssignes, Spationav program officer, declared: “Ensuring an informed vision of maritime activities in real time throughout the national metropolitan territory is a technological prowess. We value the strong relationship that we have established over the years with Airbus and we count on Airbus team to continuously integrate technological advances to maintain our position at the cutting edge of innovation in the field of Maritime Surveillance." Coastal surveillance missions "Improved and new capabilities will allow us to face new and bigger challenges in terms of protecting our maritime borders and perform coastal surveillance missions.” Evert Dudok, Head of Connected Intelligence at Airbus Defense and Space said: “When security is at stake, territorial waters are critical areas due to the number of potential threats. In such circumstances, well-informed maritime domain awareness as well as fast decision making is needed to successfully protect the coastal borders and this is exactly how Airbus supports the maritime authorities. Our company helps to anticipate the threat, to connect and disseminate and to analyze and understand the situation in order to take the right decision and act at the right time.”
Axis Communications has launched a new positioning camera certified (NEC, CEC, IECEx, ATEX, and EAC Ex) to ensure safe operation in vast, potentially combustible environments. XP40-Q1785 Explosion-Protected PTZ Camera offers the most comprehensive field-of-view possible, thanks to 32x optical zoom, 360° continuous pan rotation, and 180° tilt movement. Enclosed in a stainless-steel housing with IP66/IP67 ratings, this robust camera can withstand extreme temperatures ranging from -60°C to 60°C (-76°F to 140°F), depending on the model. Powered by 24 or 110/230 V AC, this high-performance PTZ camera offers long-distance connections using fiber optics or Ethernet cabling. Additionally, with electronic image stabilization (EIS) one can install ones camera out of reach on high walls, poles, or columns with minimum impact on image quality. Key features HDTV 1080p with 32x optical zoom 360° continuous pan and 180° tilt movement Forensic WDR, Lightfinder, and EIS Ease of installation with fiber optics and Ethernet NEC, CEC, IECEx, ATEX, and EAC Ex The product offers Axis Zipstream with support for H.264 and H.265 which reduces bandwidth and storage requirements by 50% or more without compromising image quality.
The COVID-19 outbreak has had and continues to have, major impact on people and society. Even though the situation remains uncertain, Axis manufacturing sites are operating as normal and deliveries are stable, which means limited to no impact on Axis customers. “Axis primary focus is the safety of our employees. As we have become accustomed to this situation, I am proud to see our organization finding ways of collaborating where we address a whole range of new challenges. Despite the uncertainties, we have all gone into this period with a balanced approach – taking care of each other and of our customers,” says Axis CEO Ray Mauritsson. Smooth operations Efforts for managing the situation, such as rearranging transports, working with multiple suppliers, and monitoring stock levels across the Axis supply chain, have had positive effects. Axis distributors are in most cases operating at a normal level and Axis configuration and logistics centers and manufacturing sites are working well. Also, being an important provider of products and services necessary to the operations and maintenance of essential infrastructure and governmental functions in many countries, several countries’ authorities have approved the continuing business of Axis and of its suppliers. Situational updates Axis continues to monitor the situation of the Novel Coronavirus and recommendations from the local authorities and the World Health Organization and is committed to keeping partners and customers updated about how the situation develops. For more detailed information, Axis partners are referred to the Extended Lead Time List or to their regular channels.
The use of facial recognition has become a highly debated topic recently, and has increasingly and misleadingly been criticized by some for being an unethical tool used to spy on the public. The reason for such criticism is however largely due to lack of information and regulation around the technology. Used proportionately and responsibly, facial recognition can and should be a force for good. It has the ability to do a lot more to increase security in the future – from street crime to airport security, all the way through to helping those battling addiction, the technology can take security and operations to new heights. The Rise In Knife Crime Knife crime has dominated the headlines in the UK throughout the year. Recent statistics show the number of people being admitted to emergency care due to attacks by a sharp object to be up by nearly 40 per cent from two years ago, while the number of children under the age of 18 being admitted to hospitals with stab wounds is up by 86 per cent in only four years. This recent surge in knife crime has put police forces under immense pressure, and the intelligent use of facial recognition has a role to play in enabling more informed stop & search interventions. Currently UK police can stop and search an individual they suspect to be carrying drugs or weapons or both, or they can stop and search a person in a location where there have been or are considered likely to be “incidents involving serious violence.” In both cases they must do so with access to limited information, leaving themselves open to accusations of bias or discrimination. Knife crime dominated the headlines in the UK throughout 2018 Police Systems Benefiting Crime Investigations This is where facial recognition can offer up additional intelligence. These systems can memorize the faces of persons of interest, networks of gang members, wanted criminals and those suspected of involvement in serious violent crimes. Furthermore, these systems don’t need prior personal engagement to recognize an individual and see only data, not gender, age or race. The technology doesn’t take the decision away from the human police officer. However, it does bring greater transparency and context to the decision-making process of whether a stop and search intervention is justified. Similarly, the advanced technology can recognize and match an individual seen on a CCTV camera at a crime scene to someone the police encounters on the streets some time later, justifying a stop and search on that individual. Its ability to check in real time if a person is on a criminal watchlist adds an extra layer to the decision-making process prior to conducting a stop and search, lowering the likelihood of discrimination. Facial recognition thus helps eliminate both weapons and criminals off the streets and potentially prevent crimes before they have a chance to take place. Gambling Addiction And How Facial Recognition Can Help There are an estimated 593,000 people in the UK currently battling a gambling problem, making it a serious public health issue in the country. Having understood the gravity of the issue, the UK gambling commission have set limits and advice in place to help those suffering this addiction; yet as with all addictions, gambling is a tough habit to beat. In order to put effective limitations in place and make a real difference, the gambling commission needs the right technology to protect those most vulnerable in the industry. Facial recognition technology is able to keep track of customers and thus help gambling companies in protecting their customers Facial recognition technology is able to keep track of customers and thus help gambling companies in protecting their customers to a higher degree. Monitoring those entering and moving around gambling areas is an extremely difficult task for human staff to do alone, especially in large crowded areas such as casinos. Facial recognition technology installed around the premises would be able to help the company and the staff to identify people who have registered as gambling addicts, and keep record of their day’s play in order to inform staff if and when it was time for them to stop. It would also be able to ensure effective self-exclusion procedures, by identifying a self-excluded individual via CCTV as soon as they entered the venue to then allow security staff to respectfully escort them out. Utilizing Facial Recognition At Airport Security Facial recognition has by now become a normal sight at many airports around the world. Several people today hold a so-called biometric passport, which allows them to skip the normally longer queues and instead walk through an automated ePassport control to proceed to the gate faster without having to deal with control officers. Facial recognition used in this way has managed to significantly cut waiting times at the passport control, but it also has the ability to enhance security in and around airports. Facial recognition uses algorithms to match physical characteristics against photos and videos of people's faces Earlier this year, facial recognition technology managed to catch an imposter trying to enter the US at the Washington Dulles Airport. The false passport may have been uncaught by the human eye, yet due to the accuracy of the facial recognition technology it managed to help officers catch the imposter and bring him to justice. Facial recognition thus allows officers to identify an individual faster and more accurately than the human eye. Facial recognition uses algorithms to match physical characteristics against photos and videos of people's faces, which have been collected from visas, passports and other sources. Facial recognition allows officers to identify an individual faster and more accurately than the human eye While some critics may worry about issues of privacy related to the technology, at airports the use of facial recognition has proved to both enhance security as well as speed up processes such as check-in and, in the future, even boarding proceedings. At airports the use of facial recognition has proved to both enhance security as well as speed up processes such as check-in If used correctly and proportionately, facial recognition can help safeguard the public and improve national security on several fronts. While the many benefits of facial recognition are evident, the lack of regulation and understanding of the technology has led to misconception around how it works and what it is used for. Facial recognition technology can match faces in crowded public places against criminal watch lists, and register faces that match with those on criminal watch lists – while ignoring everyone else.
According to IHS Market, it is estimated that there are over 60 million security cameras in the United States, and other reports say these cameras capture more than four billion hours of footage per week. Over the last decade, IP camera technology has dominated the conversation as it has provided users with a broad offering of enhanced image quality and features. With a large percentage of existing security systems relying on analog, many end users looking for high definition (HD) video quality have been forced to take on a complete system overhaul. Infrastructure Overhaul For HD Video To make the switch, customers would need to change everything, from cameras to hardware to wiring– not to mention the lengthy installation process that would ensue. IP cameras also require higher Internet speeds and more cloud space. Whether constrained by budget, bandwidth or storage, many end users have been unable to adopt this new video surveillance method.Thanks to technological advancements within the security industry, HD over Coax offers a viable solution for integrators and end users alike Thanks to technological advancements within the security industry, HD over Coax offers a viable solution for integrators and end users alike. By utilising the current Coaxial cables, this offering yields high definition video, while requiring minimal infrastructure changes and is an optimal surveillance choice for security customers. Plus, with new advancements and updates being made frequently to this technology, there is a solution for every security need. The enhanced alternative of HD over Coax has been warmly welcomed in the security industry, thanks to its simple solutions and ever-evolving features. Many new analog HD cameras are “plug and play,” able to connect directly to existing Coaxial cables. This eliminates the need for a complete system change, creating cost-savings for the end user and an enhanced video quality offering. Easy Solutions For HD Video As a result, integrators can cost-effectively upgrade their customer’s surveillance solution while using their legacy infrastructure, making it an attractive option for end users and an easy sell for dealers. Latency in video is another common issue with network-based camera systems, where even the slightest delay in video surveillance can hinder security response HD over Coax cameras themselves are always expanding and evolving to meet a wide array of security needs. With the introduction of fisheye and multi-sensor cameras, users now have a multitude of coverage options, not to mention the introduction of 4K bringing resolution options to the same level as IP. Some newer technologies are even touting 4K cameras paired with 4K digital video recorders (DVRs) made specifically for analog systems. Longer cables grant transmission for up to 1600 feet, double the distance of standard analog solutions, and triple that of IP systems. This single cable is able to transmit both HD video and audio. Recently, broadcast quality audio over Coax has become available in limited models, a substantial improvement over older analog technology, which was unable to transmit audio. Stopping Video Delay Latency in video is another common issue with network-based camera systems. Even the slightest delay in video surveillance can hinder security response. IP cameras are forced to compress and packetize their video for transmission. The outcome of this is a reduced number of images per video, which in turn causes delay. HD over Coax on the other hand, delivers an unlimited amount of HD images in real time, with smooth motion and impressive clarity. Additionally, the point-to-point transmission delivers uncompressed video free of lag. Another touted benefit is that, unlike IP networked cameras, analog systems provide a more secure video transmission. With so much sensitive information housed on a businesses’ network, adding another point of network access through an IP camera can create concerns for cyber security risks. HD over Coax delivers an unlimited amount of HD images in real time, with smooth motion and impressive clarity Preventing Network Hacking With HD over Coax, the physical connections between the camera and DVR prevent network hacking. By keeping the video surveillance system offline, security professionals are able to direct their attention to the physical threats at hand, rather than having to focus on deterring cyber security risks. One of the primary difficulties of deploying HD video solutions is the fact that many older systems utilize a wide variety of HD standards and platforms. To make matters more complicated, after HD over Coax was brought to market, manufacturers raced to create their own version of this technology. Today, the most popular proprietary standards are HD-CVI, HD-TVI and AHD. However, integrators and customers found that attempting to manage multiple HD technologies proved to be near impossible.Integrators and customers found that attempting to manage multiple HD technologies proved to be near impossible Diversifying Surveillance Through One DVR To combat these issues, manufacturers have introduced products with more flexibility to their portfolios. One example of this is the penta-brid DVR which grants the ability to seamlessly integrate multiple technologies deployed across one application. This means that systems with diverse camera brands and technologies, such as a mix of HD-CVI, HD-TVI, AHD, analog or IP, can be connected through one DVR. For many end users with legacy analog systems, penta-brid DVRs give them greater freedom to choose between a variety of solutions, rather than being limited to one option. With video resolution increasing, the space needed to store the footage is similarly rising. Penta-brid technology has been able to adapt to these evolving needs, giving users ample storage space to house the HD and 4K surveillance video with some of the newest models including H.265 compression. HD Casino Surveillance Made Simple For casinos, HD images are critical for identifying unauthorized personnel and unlawful behaviours to create a safe environment for guests and staff While HD over Coax is beneficial to many end users and integrators, those in the casino and hospitality markets find it crucial. With a combination of high profile guests, large amounts of cash on hand, constant crowds and strict industry regulations, reliable video surveillance is a must. Deploying new IP systems comes at a stiff price. When looking to upgrade their video surveillance, casinos must also be mindful of the installation process. When moving to an IP-based system, ripping out old wires and replacing them with new is the standard practice. This practice can be both disruptive and costly, not to mention gaming regulations require casino activities be monitored at all times so a complete system shutdown would result in revenue loss. This cost can be hard to justify, especially when the current legacy analog system remains in working condition with only the lower image resolution to date it. For these scenarios, the most cost-effective option is to leverage the legacy infrastructure, replace the existing cameras with new devices, and reap the benefits that HD video has to offer without any lapse in security. For casinos, HD images are critical for identifying unauthorized personnel and unlawful behaviours to create a safe environment for guests and staff. HD over Coax cameras now offer the same resolution as IP cameras with a plug and play approach, that cuts down on expense without sacrificing quality. For businesses and applications that are unable to adopt IP technology, whether it be cost or time prohibitive, HD over Coax now features most of the same benefits IP has to offer without breaking the bank. By providing clear images in real time, maximizing existing infrastructure, and affording cyber security benefits, HD over Coax provides an attractive solution for many end users and integrators.
Security teams at casinos and gaming facilities are challenged daily to balance a welcoming and guest-focused attitude with a firm and capable presence to prevent and handle security issues, manage surveillance and security systems, and protect employees, guests, and assets. And all of this needs to be accomplished while complying with strict gaming regulations. An experienced security systems integrator can assist you with many of those challenges, including the very important job of ensuring that the correct security technologies are integrated and installed correctly to avoid downtime and maintain regulatory compliance. On the flip side, partnering with the wrong security integrator can be an expensive lesson with disastrous financial consequences due to system interruptions that can shut down gaming operations. However, selecting the right security systems integrator is not always an easy task. To get the answers you need, you need to ask the right questions. Here’s a list of criteria to help get the search process started. It’s vital to hire a systems integrator who has significant experience in the gaming and casino industry 1. Relevant And Proven Industry Experience This may be one of the most important factors for you to research. It’s vital to hire a systems integrator who has significant experience in the gaming and casino industry. You wouldn’t hire a plumber to fix your roof or a chef to repair your car, so why consider hiring an integrator without relevant work experience in your specific industry? Does the integrator have experience working with security solutions for casinos and gaming facilities similar to your facility? Have they worked with gaming commissions in your state? Do they have the gaming certifications necessary to ensure your new system is in compliance? And what specific projects have they done – with references you can contact? Even more, look for a systems integrator who has strong relationships with contractors, suppliers, unions and equipment suppliers, as they may need to call on them for assistance during the course of your installation. 2. Security Systems Knowledge Security technologies are evolving at an unprecedented pace which presents obvious advantages and some hidden dangers. It’s important that you select a systems integrator who not only installs products well – but also works very closely with equipment and software manufacturers to develop new and innovative solutions for the most challenging installations.It’s also important to ask about their procedures and processes for after-hours emergency situations Look for systems integrators that utilize integration and testing facilities to evaluate which system configuration and specific components meet your functionality needs, lighting challenges, resolution and frame rate requirements, and recording accuracy demands to ensure your system provides you with the highest levels of identification while maintaining regulatory compliance. Since no two systems are ever alike, it’s also important to look for custom integration capabilities employing solutions from different manufacturers to ensure you are getting the best possible solution on an application by application basis. 3. Brand Loyalty Versus Conflicts Of Interest There’s no doubt that security professionals have their preferred brands. This can be based on prior experience, proven reliability, superior customer support, or even personal relationships. But it’s also no secret that price and sometimes spiffs can play a deciding role on which products a reseller recommends. Be specific to ask questions about the systems integrator’s line card – which manufacturers’ products do they actually represent and why? And how do they select specific products for specific applications? If the answers to these simple questions seem vague, there may be more at play than meets the eye. The more choices a system integrator has at their disposal, the higher the probability they are providing the best system products and configurations for your specific installation. 4. Accelerating Resolutions How is the integrator’s firm structured? How long have they been in business? Who will be your daily contact? How long have members of the integrator’s team been with the firm? What experience do they have? It’s also important to ask about their procedures and processes for after-hours emergency situations, as you will likely need service after normal business hours. Find out if they offer on-demand remote system support to address problems immediately, and to accelerate resolutions if and when there is a failure. The more choices a system integrator has at their disposal, the higher the probability they are providing the best system products and configurations for your specific installation Most importantly, verify that they have technicians who can get to your physical location quickly in the event problems need to be addressed physically in order to keep your property in compliance. Even though it can be overlooked, it’s important to assure the system integrator’s organizational structure meshes well with your general requirements before starting a relationship. 5. Pricing Structure Of course, price is important, but while an integrator’s pricing should be competitive, it should be viewed as one of many selection criteria.An experienced systems integrator with casinos and gaming facilities will understand local, state, federal, and tribal regulations A security systems integrator with a proven track record of successfully configuring, installing, and servicing projects like yours, on time and on budget, is worth more than the small amount of money you might save by going with a low-cost integrator. 6. Knowledge Of Gaming Regulations A systems integrator who has experience working with casinos and gaming facilities will understand local, state, federal, and tribal regulations, and will provide you with a gaming surveillance and security solution that minimizes disruptions to your operations during its installation and after your new system has been implemented. Along with the requirement standards of performance, quality and reliability, compliance is critical to ensure fluid gaming operations. 7. Adding Value With Industry References Industry references are invaluable in determining your ideal choice. First, ask them to provide client contacts from their reference list, and contact those individuals. Questions to ask include: Did the integrator clearly understand the reference’s requirements? How did they contribute to the solution? What challenges did they need to overcome? Did the company deliver on time and on budget? How has the system(s) been operating since implemented? How has their support been? Why would you recommend them? A good security systems integrator will take extra steps to ensure your security solution is always working 8. Asking The Right Questions There are very few security systems integrators who can address all of a casino’s or gaming facility’s needs, but they do exist, and you’ll find them if you do your homework. Look for an integrator that can add value and not just take direction. A good security systems integrator will volunteer ideas to reduce maintenance costs, take extra steps to ensure your security solution is always working, and help save your casino money. Their success will be determined by their initial ability to understand your challenges and deliver the best possible solution to resolve them. And it all starts with choosing the right partner by asking the right questions.
After the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, Jody Allen Crowe set out to develop a threat suppression tool to address school violence. Five years later, the result of that effort is the Crotega Threat Suppression System, displayed this year at ISC West. The remotely-deployed threat suppression system drenches a perpetrator with a repulsive water-based solution, thus impairing their ability to enact violence. The solution irritates eyes, throat, lungs and skin, but does not cause permanent injury. Cleanup is easy using water and detergent. The solution is manually deployed in predetermined zones, which limits the affected areas in a building. Touch-screen control enables rapid deployment, which can also be integrated with Threat Alert buttons and/or gunshot detection. Benefits Of Suppression Systems The Crotega Threat Suppression System is designed to deter workplace violence, disrupt active shooters, and delay threats until help can arrive. Introduction of the system is timely given the unrelenting sequence of school shootings and workplace violence that dominate the news. The system uses a “Repuls” solution sprayed from the ceiling in 5-, 10- or 15-second bursts.We did the industry standard testing to make sure we had a product that wouldn’t harm anybody” Crowe started the company in 2013 after Sandy Hook, doing research in his garage for the first couple of years. Investors joined and, in 2014, the long journey began to bring the system to market. The process involved obtaining multiple patents, testing the product, and addressing any fire code or other regulatory issues surrounding its use. Crotega has been working with fire marshals in their home state of Minnesota for three years to address fire code issues and has determined that there are no concerns. There are only 30 seconds of spray in the tank, so it does not delay building egress and doesn’t conceal or shroud an egress. “We did the industry standard testing to make sure we had a product that wouldn’t harm anybody,” says Crowe, Crotega Founder and President. “It’s intensely irritating, but it doesn’t do any irreparable harm to anybody.” Learn more about active shooter preparedness with SecurityInformed.com's infographic Since last August, the company has moved from product development into full-scale marketing. An in-house sales team locates end user customers, and then puts them in touch with a local integrator in the area. Crowe started the company in 2013 after Sandy Hook, doing research in his garage for the first couple of years Exhibiting To Integrators “We’re pulling the sales through integrators to train them to become a self-sustaining integrator for us,” says Crowe. “There are a couple of integrators we are training, and then we are finding other integrators that are meeting our requirements. “They can’t just do surveillance because there is a mechanical install involved, too. They have to be able to handle the mechanical install and then link it to surveillance.” As an exhibitor in the Emerging Technology Zone at ISC West, Crotega showed the product off to integrators and consultants. “This year our ISC West schedule filled up,” says Crowe. “We are lining up consultants to work with us, and we had some people bringing customers to see us at ISC.”Violence, especially in the back-of-the-house in Indian casinos, is a big issue. And that has energised that vertical for us" Current events tend to keep active shooter incidents and workplace violence top-of-mind. For example, the Las Vegas shooting in October energized awareness about the possibility of casino violence throughout the gaming industry, Crowe says. “It got people thinking,” he comments. “We don’t hear much about violence in casinos – especially Indian casinos, which are very quiet about what happens there. But violence, especially in the back-of-the-house in Indian casinos, is a big issue. And that has energized that vertical for us.” Other vertical markets include government buildings, military buildings, commercial buildings and religious buildings. Before founding Crotega, Jody Allen Crowe spent 18 years on Native American reservations as a teacher, principal and superintendent, where he observed the effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol. He developed school programs designed around the research of brain damage from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Crowe is also the founder of Healthy Brains for Children, a non-profit organization focused on lowering the incidence of prenatal exposure to alcohol. Crowe has written a book, “The Fatal Link,” that posits a connection between perpetrators of school violence and pre-natal exposure to alcohol.
Physiognomists play a critical role in casinos. In fact, until a relatively short while ago, it only required three parties to legally open a casino in Spain: a dealer, a cashier, and a physiognomist. They are, among other tasks, responsible for monitoring all gaming that takes place in a casino. Operations involving games with real money follow specific procedures defined down to the minutest detail. Non-adherence to these protocols can result in significant losses for the establishment. For example, a simple error in a chip count or accepting a late bet that results in a winner can create a serious economic problem. The Problem According to the Casino Gaming Regulations, to gain entry to gaming parlors, one has to present identification such as a driver’s license or equivalent. A casino’s need for personal identification by physiognomists is essential. It is necessary to identify individuals not authorized for access, whether they have decided to put their name on the General Register of Gaming Access Bans or they were banned from gaming establishments under gaming regulations. There is also the need in this environment to identify the presence of VIP clients. Facial recognition technology has become a huge help with its ability to create multiple group lists. The Approach The system installed in Casino consists of three AXIS Cameras with capabilities specially designed for facial recognition Herta’s BioSurveillance video surveillance solution detects multiple faces in real-time enabling the management of subjects at any moment, and it also enables the facility to teach the system using direct video capture. The system installed in Casino Gran Madrid consists of three AXIS Cameras with capabilities specially designed for facial recognition, using wide dynamic range (WDR) technology that enables identification even under backlighting conditions or when bright light sources are in view. This server-based facial recognition system is fully integrated with the casino’s video surveillance setup. From the control center, it provides a direct facial view of the last individuals to have accessed the establishment, the ability to perform quick searches, etc. The Results In the event that the security controls require follow-up, reviews are conducted in accordance with internal protocols to ensure maximum transparency and security in all operations. Currently, the reliability rate of facial recognition systems based on video analysis is higher than 95%. As a result of the implementation of a system of this type, used to support the work of physiognomists, the amount of time it takes to identify someone in a casino has been reduced to less than half, even at short notice and on days of peak attendance.
Security and surveillance systems have become a vital component of a casino management system enabling gaming club operators to monitor and manage security threats in real time. Apart from the original purpose of security measures, it helps raising concerns over card counting, advantage playing, and various other suspicious or prohibited activities. However, a typical casino atmosphere often involves great complexity in its environmental lighting, leading to high noise level in captured video images. Challenges: Inadequate lighting in casino making it difficult for cameras to distinguish colors and movement, resulting in blurry images. Lack of advanced video analytic functions in traditional surveillance systems presents difficulties to an effective monitoring process, with high labor cost needed for scanning live views and recorded footages manually. Access control system Different casino areas require different solutions to fulfill its demand. At gaming tables, it’s critical to capture the subtle movements of each players and dealers. Cameras with higher FPS, 3D DNR and super low lux image sensor gives a neater and brighter image under dim lighting, while 2-way audio provides additional audio information. Casino operations involve a multitude of monetary transactions in critical areas including cages, vaults and offices where cash, chips, and other valuables are circulated. An access control system integrated with facial recognition functions helps operators in strengthening the security level. Exceptional customer experience is the key to good customer loyalty. Facial recognition system Video analytics allows operators to filter videos recording smartly with object attributes With ANPR (Automated Number Plate Recognition) and facial recognition embedded into the management system of carparks and VIP lounges, customer entry and exit can be streamlined minimal interruptions. A modern video surveillance system complemented by top notch IP cameras can improve and simplify the entire operation. Modern video management software possesses features that are not offered by traditional systems. Video analytics such as human object detection allows operators to filter videos recording smartly with object attributes, e.g. colors of customer clothes. The architecture of modern video management provides scalability to accommodate the growing amount of video sources during business expansion. Standardized protocol offers higher interoperability in terms of 3rd party system integration with access control or alarm system. Cameras for centralized management Thanks to the internet, control center is now able to receive and group videos from dispersed cameras for a centralized management. The operators could access to the live views of different casino affiliates and receive real-time notification on cellphone devices when specific events are in action.
ARST is a public transportation company in Cagliari, Italy. The company operates a massive fleet of about 800 public buses throughout the island of Sardinia. During the vehicle modernization process, the company decided to deploy new centralized CCTV systems to enhance the security level of passengers and drivers. Challenges First of all, the low-definition images captured by the original surveillance equipment cannot meet the company’s advanced monitoring needs. Second, the bus driver could not achieve point-to-point communication with the command center in real-time. In addition, in case of an accident, there was no emergency button on the bus before to report the emergency to the command center. Solution To help ARST revamp its bus security system, a customized Dahua mobile solution consisting of more than 3,000 cameras and 750 MXVRs, Panic Buttons, DSS integrated platform as well as other accessories was employed. The data collected from the front-end cameras are integrated in the control room via DSS4004, where emergency calls, geo-localization of vehicles, and statistics can be managed. Video recorder MXVR6212 supports real-time vehicle location tracking and monitoring, GPS and video can be uploaded via a wireless network Each bus is equipped with a Penta-hybrid video recorder MXVR6212, 4, 6, or 8 HAC-HDBW2241F cameras and panic buttons. The main features of the systems are data encryption, people counting, hot spot, router 3G/4G, dynamic management of the LCD monitor on board, and geo-localization via the DSS app. As the first mobile XVR adopting HDCVI/AHD/TVI/CVBS/IP signals, MXVR6212 can achieve 1080P high-definition real-time recording. It supports real-time vehicle location tracking and monitoring, and all information such as GPS and video can be uploaded via a wireless network – 3G/4G/WIFI. In addition, the device can also support the connection of various accessories, such as card readers, fuel sensors, and emergency buttons. Furthermore, it has passed EN50155/ISO16750 to meet the requirements for mobile use. Other than the city bus, this device can be used in various applications, such as school buses, taxis, police cars, trains, trucks, etc. Mobile camera The 2MP HAC-HDBW2241F-M-A mobile camera is designed with a shock-proof compact case, which makes it convenient to be installed and adaptable to various applications. Boasting the strengths of the Dahua self-developed HDCVI technology, the camera offers high-quality images and ensures real-time transmission. Also, it adopts a high-performance sensor to provide incomparable performance even under extreme lowlight environment. The Starlight feature allows capturing of more details and recognizing accurate colors at night or in scenes with limited illumination. DSS platform At the control room, Dahua DSS platform was utilized to control and manage the mobile devices deployed on the bus. It displays real-time location, speed, direction of mobile device, playback device’s history location, and supports alarm for over-speeding, entering, and leaving the E-FENCE. Aside from central management, the Business Intelligence feature of Dahua DSS platform also allows the user to export Heat Map reports and people counting statistics, helping operator companies to optimize the driving route to generate more profit. Benefits With upgraded Dahua system, the command center can communicate with every single vehicle of ARST Bus Company in real-time, enabling them to deliver instructions to the driver, allowing the driver to report immediately to the command center in case of an emergency through the panic button, and ensuring the safety of passengers and drivers. The Dahua mobile solution with high-definition monitoring performance reduces theft and robbery on buses and enables bus companies to collect accurate information about traffic flows and automatically download data to assist efficient and profitable operations. The Dahua mobile solution mounted onboard has been proven to be highly efficient and reliable, which were also applied in two other Italian bus companies: AMAT Bus Company in Taranto and AMTAB Bus Company in Bari.
Use of iTrak solution by casino operators in both Macau and Las Vegas for reporting, security and loss prevention expands Omnigo’s global footprint. Omnigo’s security system “One of the major benefits of penetrating a market like Macau with Omnigo’s security system is that casinos can draw from a shared database of banned patrons, advantaged players, and VIP guests from Day One of implementation,” said Mark Kornegay, CRO of Omnigo Software. He adds, “Sharing data across properties enhances security and surveillance for everyone by allowing casino operators to exchange critical information with each other and with law enforcement.” Omnigo’s iTrak allows casino operators to protect their staff, patrons, property and assets while streamlining reporting iTrak security solution Omnigo’s iTrak allows casino operators to protect their staff, patrons, property and assets while streamlining reporting and data analysis. Casinos can function more efficiently using iTrak thanks to its simplified reporting and notification process. The system also empowers casino employees to leverage data-driven security intelligence to address incidents in real-time, track persons of interest and mitigate risk and exposure to liability. Various modules within iTrak include Facial Recognition, Visitor Management, Lost and Found and more. Security and risk management system In addition to the Macau expansion, Omnigo’s casino portfolio also includes 100% of the Las Vegas Strip casinos and 65% of the Canadian gaming market. Each casino uses iTrak, Omnigo’s security and risk management system for incident reporting, property surveillance and security and loss prevention. “It’s a true testimony that these casino operators have put their full confidence into Omnigo’s offerings to keep their properties safe. With that level of trust, we’re able to prioritize innovation and bring the latest technology like facial recognition software and advanced data analytics to market faster for our customers, both large and small,” Kornegay added.
There are many matters that must be taken into account when organizing a casino. A top priority is the security of the entire workforce and clientele. An access control system that is reliable and easy to operate provides the basis for that. Casino Baden-Baden is open 358 days a year. In addition to various different pay scale groups and work-time models, a variety of bonuses need to be assigned. Pay may therefore be partly exempt of tax or liable to tax, with holiday bonuses and weekend pay. Recording staff work timings Intensive workshops and consultations were conducted to establish the specific requirements of the casino, so that the best possible solution could be developed. The main focus was on recording work times and transmitting that data to the casino's own specially developed shift schedule program. Given the various different work time models and wage types in numerous variants, complex manual procedures must be automated in future. IF-4735, IF-810, and IF-800 access control terminals Employees can use their passes for cashless payment in the cafeteria and at the vending machines In 1991, a solution for physical access control and time recording was implemented in the form of the IF-5020 software. Since 1998, the IF-6020 software solution has been in use. The hardware terminals IF-4735, IF-810, and IF-800 ensure smooth recording of work times and grant authorized employees access to the various separate areas. Also, the employees can use their passes for cashless payment in the cafeteria and at the vending machines. The system solution from Interflex, with its hardware and software components, now brings employees and administrators substantial time savings and a great deal of convenience. Central access control system All access permissions and work times are now recorded and controlled in one central system, eliminating the disruption of transferring from one system to another, such as to the program for pay and shift planning. This has brought considerable improvement in transparency and in the freshness of data, and paper has been completely banished from work time control.
Resort World Casino New York City, (RWNYC) is the only legalized gaming casino in New York City. Its location near JFK International Airport meets New York State gaming regulations regarding geographical requirements, in order to protect visitors, patrons, and the casino’s assets. With approximately 400 million dollars channeled through its facility each week, the casino’s concerns include security across multiple points of entry, vendor offices, cashier cages, count room areas, and high limit rooms. The casino has an average of 15,000 guests per day, approximately 1,000 employees and 6,500 parking spaces. The requirement to accurately monitor and protect Resort World’s guests, facility, and personnel, demanded a state-of-the-art solution that could meet its complex security needs. Comprehensive security and surveillance program Gallagher worked closely with Resort World to understand their unique challenges In order to create and maintain a safe and secure environment for all, Gallagher worked closely with Resort World to understand their unique challenges. A comprehensive security and surveillance program were implemented to seamlessly integrate people, processes, and technology. This program included: Integration with iTrak System, providing up-to-date information on personnel and incident reports from all departments. Synectics VMS Integration (with more than 2,000 HD cameras), to control doors, acknowledge alarms, link cameras to alarms, and alter the mood of the monitor room by changing the color of the lighting. If an alarm is activated the monitor room lighting turns red. Open Process Control Integration, to automatically generate VMS alerts. These alerts convert to a WAV (audio) file that announces the location of the alert and then directs cameras to the specific area of interest. Interface and automatic export of the Employee Dining Buffet record to payroll weekly. Scalable security solution Director of Surveillance at Resort World New York City, Jason Arnett, and his team have completed the Gallagher Access Technician Training Course and are qualified as first responders. A+ Technology & Security in Bay Shore, New York is Gallagher’s Certified Channel Partner and service provider for RWNY. “Security of the property is key to the success of our business,” says Jason. “Having a system that is capable of numerous customizations, while being scalable to the constant demand for growth, proves it is an all-around solid security system for our environment.” Customer inspired Resort World Casino New York City identified a need for a solution that would disable employee access cards at the end of their shift. Employees were required to pass through a security checkpoint at the start of their day to reactivate their access card. To streamline this process, Resort World selected Gallagher’s Action on Access integration. Jason explains, “This significantly enhanced the security of the property by taking fear out of the equation.” Gallagher Action on Access integration ID badges are no longer active while off property, activation of the ID is done in the presence of security ID badges are no longer active while off property, activation of the ID is done in the presence of security, meaning unauthorized access to the property due to a lost ID badge is no longer a concern. Additionally, in the event of an emergency, a report can be run producing an accurate account of who is in the building. Lastly, it requires staff to enter and exit the property though one particular entrance, limiting the possibility of internal theft. Ultimately, Action on Access delivers a two-fold protection plan. Cardholder selection is regulated by the state to ensure that no individual has full capability to create a complete cardholder credential or select access for the cardholder. In order to maintain compliance with state regulations, RWNYC utilizes features included with Gallagher Command Centre such as dual access point authorization, interlocks, and security alarms tied-in with output to control lights, as well as additional device notifications. Authorized and secure access control In order to provide enhanced protection and authorized access control, several mantraps were positioned in critical areas of the facility. These mantraps allow RWNYC staff to know who is on duty. This step, in conjunction with Action on Access, provides a significant safety measure as it allows for the enabling and disabling of card access with time restraints, in the event a card is lost or compromised.The Gallagher system is fully customisable to meet and exceed gaming regulations for this property" “With Gallagher’s latest software update, we’ve been creating more customized views for our staff to better monitor particular areas,” says Jason. Email alert notifications are used to inform Player Development that an invited guest is entering the private gaming space, allowing a greeter to welcome them and provide best in class customer service. Gallagher security system Gallagher’s security solution affords RWNYC a reduction of five to eight hours of labor per week by utilizing Command Center’s reporting and auditing capabilities. “The Gallagher system is fully customizable to meet and exceed gaming regulations for this property. It is modular and can be divided into multi-tenant features. Gallagher’s functionality and flexibility are only limited by your imagination,” Jason summarized. Gallagher Command Center is at the center of Resort World Casino New York City’s thorough and complex security program, helping protect their world class entertainment facility by safeguarding physical property, minimizing risk, and reducing operational costs.
Round table discussion
When it comes to security and to ensuring the integrity of gaming operations, today’s casino market is risk-averse. Regulations direct the required surveillance of table games and slot machines, while modern casinos are often sprawling complexes that have a variety of other risks to be addressed, too. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What are the challenges of the casino market relating to security and surveillance technology?
You could say concerns about privacy are “trending” in our increasingly data-driven world. Unease about how Facebook and other high-tech companies use and share data dominates the news, and the full impact of new European Union (EU) regulations is about to be felt around the world. By May 25, companies that collect data on EU citizens will need to comply with strict new rules around protecting customer data, as enumerated in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). But how do the new regulations, and broader concerns about privacy, affect the physical security market? We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How do privacy issues and regulations, such as GDPR, impact physical security systems and how they are managed?
A clear image is the desired end-result of video systems – or is it? In a growing number of applications, it’s not the image itself, but rather what information can be gained from the image, that is most important. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable to comment on some of the ways information from video is valuable to end users. Specifically, we asked: In what applications does information derived from video images provide more value than the images themselves?
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