Hanwha Techwin, a global supplier of IP and analog video surveillance solutions, has announced the immediate availability of a new range of easy to install and affordable Public View Monitors (PVMs) designed to help retailers deter crime. Wisenet PVMs The new Wisenet PVMs offer a complete built-in SSL-connected 2-megapixel camera, eliminating the need for system integrators to install and connect a separate supporting camera. With a choice of 10”, 27”, and 32” (inches) monito...
Genetec Inc., a technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions announces the addition of privacy and performance monitoring features to its premium maintenance program, Genetec Advantage™. In addition to software upgrades, premium support, and system monitoring, Genetec Advantage now includes licenses of KiwiVision™ Privacy Protector™ and KiwiVision™ Camera Integrity Monitor for all new and existing Genetec Advanta...
SAFR from RealNetworks, Inc. announced a new version of SAFR, the world’s foremost facial recognition solution for live video, offering accurate, fast, unbiased face recognition and additional computer vision features. SAFR version 3.4 introduces new passive liveness detection and anti-spoofing features, for both masked and unmasked faces, to enhance security for face biometric authentication solutions. The new version also includes SMS watchlist alarms. Passive Liveness Detection SAFR&...
Foremost security solutions developer, designer, and provider, Videcon, have unveiled their latest Concept Pro camera – the X. A revolutionary piece of software, it allows camera operators to virtually remove someone’s clothing in order to identify if they are carrying weapons or have distinguishing marks/tattoos that will help identify perpetrators of crimes. Each camera operates as a standard CCTV camera but once a person of interest is identified, the software has added function...
Personnel often only must keep an eye on certain security cameras as they do not have any other video management duties. Yet, this is often where users still install a separate PC and software. Since the beginning of the year, Dallmeier single sensor cameras are fully integrated with the EIZO IP decoding solutions, helping customers realize completely ‘client-free’ video surveillance solutions. Less hardware and software In the past, the transmission of video surveillance images f...
Videosoft is going global with its range of adaptive low bandwidth video streaming products. The Videosoft suite of cutting-edge video streaming products, including the brand new FireBird F-100, delivers high quality, low latency live video over unreliable or congested networks, including 4G mobile and satellite. Videosoft is headed up by Chief Executive Officer Stewart McCone, one of the industry's pioneering video streaming experts, who brings more than 20 years of experience to the Videosoft...
STANLEY Security, one of the UK’s pioneer security providers, launches intelligent maintenance, an innovative cloud-based service designed to keep security systems up and running, for maximum effectiveness at a minimum cost. Intelligent Maintenance is a proactive service that STANLEY Security has introduced to enhance the level of service and maintenance of CCTV and Intruder systems. The new service forms a direct connection with CCTV or Intruder systems to automatically and actively monitor their health status providing early notifications of any faults. Problem detection software STANLEY Security designs and installs systems for intrusion detection, fire detection, access control, and video surveillance Intelligent maintenance operates 24/7, collecting data, learning from the systems it monitors, and detecting any anomalies in real-time. The advanced problem detection software allows STANLEY Security to alert a customer to any potential failures of their equipment, such as cameras that may be out of action. If and when this occurs, STANLEY Security’s specialist support team is on hand to diagnose and fix the fault where possible. This will be done remotely where applicable, for maximum customer convenience and speed, with an average resolve time of just 17 minutes; where this is not possible an engineer will be dispatched rapidly to the site. STANLEY Security designs and installs a range of systems for intrusion detection, fire detection, access control, and video surveillance. It offers a range of preventative, maintenance, and service plans to minimize downtime and repair costs. Plans can be customized to offer the ideal coverage for equipment costs, labor costs, and service response times for all types of protection systems.
PAC has produced an integration guide to Dahua’s Thermal Monitoring Access Control Terminal (TMAC) to allow easy checking of a person’s temperature as well as confirmation a face mask is being worn when entering a building or any area secured by PAC access control. This integration guide is for use in Europe, UK and APAC. Enhance the safety of occupants As businesses adapt to current COVID-19 measures, building managers need technology to help them continue to enhance the safety of their occupants. In conjunction with other measures and procedures, and as part of an overall strategy, thermal monitoring and automated face mask detection present an additional method to control security and adherence to safety measures by visitors to the building. Integration PAC’s long-standing tradition of security integration with Time and Attendance, CCTV monitoring, and other building and occupancy control services is now extended to the Dahua Temperature Monitoring Terminal, which has the functionality to check a person’s temperature and determine if a face mask is being worn when entering a building or area. This integration with Dahua’s TMAC allows access rights for individuals to be dynamically managed. So, by taking the output from the Dahua TMAC into the PAC access control system, access rights can be withdrawn for anyone that does not meet the safety standards required to gain entrance. Set-up and management Multifactor authentication supports the Dahua temperature and masks checking functionality Integrators will find set-up simple, with only some basic wiring and a few configuration settings within the Dahua TMAC required in order for the system to be ready and active. For users, access control list set-up and management are also easy and provide a single access control system for the management of all secured areas and entrances. Multifactor authentication & single keyholder database Multifactor authentication supports the Dahua temperature and masks checking functionality before being able to use the PAC access control ID Device to unlock the secured entrance. A single keyholder database enables clear demarcation of building controls as the PAC access control system is used for all access control and the Dahua Thermal Monitoring Terminal is effectively used as an added check for temperature and mask-wearing.
Hanwha Techwin America, a global supplier of IP and analog video surveillance solutions, announced a new ultra-high-resolution fisheye camera with 12MP sensors. The new XNF-9010RV is equipped with Wisenet 7, Hanwha Techwin’s proprietary chipset, which offers superb quality images, extreme WDR, noise reduction, onboard de-warping, and enhanced cybersecurity features. Features Can provide 360° monitoring with a single camera and stereographic lens to offer high-quality images. Lens ensures sharp, high-resolution images in the center and on the edge of the lens. Enhanced WiseIR (infrared) allows users to adjust the IR level of the image’s center and edge regions independently for different monitoring environments, minimizing light over-saturation caused by the movement of objects or reflections on walls. Supports automatic control of IR intensity and up to 150° IR LED for reliable and clear monitoring during day and night. With virtual channel support, users can configure up to eight channels of de-warp view modes including panorama, double panorama, and quad view for various monitoring environments, greatly enhancing efficiency and user convenience. Equipped with a hard-coated dome cover and has received IP66 weatherproof and IK10 vandal-proof certifications, making it ideal for outdoor applications such as parking lots, stores, and shopping malls. Authority statement “The newly launched Wisenet 7 fisheye camera is also available in a mobile version XNF-9010RVM which achieves EN50155 class T3 certification for vehicles.” “With the image performance and advanced security of our Wisenet 7 chip, this is the most powerful fisheye camera we’ve ever released,” says Ray Cooke, Vice President - Products, Solutions, and Integration, Hanwha Techwin America.
Hanwha Techwin America, a supplier of IP and analog video surveillance solutions, announced a new app for systems integrators. The new Wisenet QR Scanner App is designed to help quickly create a list of all Wisenet devices associated with a specific project, without having to take the products out of their packaging. The QR code is found on the outside of the product carton, the bottom of the device, as well as on an included extra sticker for Wisenet modular cameras. This allows a technician to place the sticker on drawings to fully capture the device information. Installation and tracking The app, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play can run on any smart mobile device. It is able to capture information on all the latest generations of Wisenet products, including model names, serial numbers, and MAC addresses. This information can then be used to create a Bill of Materials (BOM) to verify that an order has been fulfilled, and ensure that all devices have been installed. IT managers can use it to keep track of devices on the network and their MAC addresses. Supports offline device registration A file is exported from the app and edited on a PC to enable installation engineers to configure the products In addition, the app supports offline device registration with the Wisenet Device Manager software tool. A file is exported from the app and edited on a PC to enable installation engineers to configure the products including pre-programming the IP address, setting an initial password, and more. When the configuration is edited offsite, the imported file will then pre-program the configuration when on-site, saving time and allowing better allocation of onsite and offsite staff. Creating tools for smooth installation “While installing a small number of cameras will likely have little impact on cost, the labor involved in tracking model names, serial numbers, and associated parts for hundreds of cameras can be significant.” “That’s why at Hanwha, we put so much effort in not only designing cameras that are easy to install but also in creating tools like the new QR scanning app to allow our systems integrators to focus on what they do best: advising customers, planning projects and ensuring a smooth installation instead of spending hours on tracking model names and serial numbers,” said Ray Cooke, Vice President - Products, Solutions, and Integration, Hanwha Techwin America.
FLIR Systems’ Raymarine brand electronics have been selected by premium yacht builders Princess Yachts, PRESTIGE, and Spirit Yachts for inclusion on their 2020 new model launches. Raymarine products have long been the preferred choice for luxury yacht manufacturers thanks to their ease-of-use, rugged design, and reliability. These new yachts will utilize products from across the Raymarine product line including its best-in-class sensors and intelligent navigation systems. Multifunction navigation displays The recently introduced Princess Yachts X95, X-Class super flybridge yacht combines luxury and aesthetic elegance with Raymarine’s Axiom XL multifunction navigation displays (MFD). Designed for premium yachts, Axiom XL glass bridge displays are the flagship of the Axiom family, delivering superior performance and the elegant simplicity of Raymarine’s LightHouse 3 operating system. Three 19-inch Axiom XL displays form the nexus of the X95’s navigation system, putting chartplotting, radar, 3D sonar, autopilot, instrumentation, and engine data displays at the captain’s fingertips. The X95’s Axiom XL navigation system is further enhanced with Raymarine IP based CCTV cameras for monitoring engine rooms and blind spots. Enhanced situational awareness A FLIR M625CS thermal imaging camera provides safer nighttime navigation A FLIR M625CS thermal imaging camera provides safer nighttime navigation and Raymarine ClearCruise augmented reality delivers enhanced situational awareness, overlaying pertinent navigation data on both HD video and thermal imagery. Raymarine Axiom XL systems are standard equipment on Princess Yacts in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia along with a full range of Raymarine sensors and peripherals. The breadth of such installations indicates the strength of Raymarine’s long-term association with Princess Yachts. “Over the years we have established a collaborative relationship with the team at Raymarine and we consult on a regular basis when looking at new innovations for our product line,” says Nick Smith, Head of Product Planning at Princess Yachts. “The service they offer us supports both our manufacturing operations and our dealer network has always been a key advantage of working with Raymarine.” Thermal imaging cameras Spirit Yachts, meanwhile, prides itself on the scrupulous, exacting, and bespoke approach it applies to each vessel it produces. The company’s sloop-rigged, eco-friendly Spirit 111 sailing superyacht and fuel-efficient P70 motor yacht have both just been delivered to their respective customers with a full complement of Raymarine products on board. As with Princess, Spirit routinely equips its yachts with a range of Raymarine Axiom MFDs, i70 instruments, Evolution autopilots, and p70 SmartPilot control heads, lightweight and energy-efficient Quantum CHIRP radar systems, FLIR M300 and M400 thermal imaging cameras, and CAM220 IP cameras. “It is an honor to see Raymarine products integrated into the modern, classic designs of Spirit Yachts,” said Gregoire Outters, General Manager of FLIR Systems’ Raymarine brand. High-Performance radars While two Axiom XL 19-inch MFDs deliver a commanding view at the flybridge helm station “We are confident the performance and reliability of Raymarine align with Spirit’s beautiful craftsmanship and attention to detail they put into every yacht they build.” Finally, the new PRESTIGE X70, a vessel created in the spirit of a superyacht, has been launched with a comprehensive suite of Raymarine electronics. Three Axiom XL 16-inch MFDs provide navigation at the X70 main helm, while two Axiom XL 19-inch MFDs deliver a commanding view at the flybridge helm station. The entire system is networked and provides X70 customers with simple touch-screen access to chart plotting, radar, sonar, and autopilot controls. X70 owners can also upgrade to Raymarine Magnum high-performance radars, RVX1000 3D sonar, and ClearCruise augmented reality. Assisted docking technology The X70 will be one of the first PRESTIGE Yachts to offer Raymarine’s DockSense® Alert assisted docking technology. Using FLIR machine vision camera technology, DockSense Alert provides smart audible and visible alerts to inform the captain when an object is close to the vessel, greatly simplifying the entire docking experience. “The presence of Raymarine at the helm of the PRESTIGE X70, Spirit Yachts, and the Princess X95 is a testament to our standing in the premium yacht market,” added Outters. “Customers investing in luxury vessels demand technologies and products that deliver on the promise of ease-of-use, reliability, and innovative design. Raymarine products on these best-in-class yachts reaffirms our commitment to leading in premium navigation solutions.”
Security video wall technology experts Ultimate Visual Solutions (UVS) have signed a distribution agreement with Zodiac Investment Corp in Vietnam, who will be its exclusive partner in the region. Zodiac was founded in 1991 and is recognized as the country’s high-tech products distributor and audio visual solutions provider, with bases in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. It has completed installations in various fields, including education, government and the military. Data center video wall project The deal follows an initial collaboration between the two companies on several projects, including a demonstration and evaluation system for Zodiac’s demo facilities and a UVS Lucidity video wall controller for a data center video wall project in Hanoi. Steve Murphy, Managing Director of UVS, which has bases in Burnley and London, said: “Vietnam is a rapidly-growing market for us and we are delighted to be working exclusively with Zodiac, who will supply our products to their system integration clients throughout the country.” “Zodiac is dedicated to developing innovative technologies and efficient processes that create new markets and enrich people's lives and is the country’s leading audio visual solution provider.” Exclusive partner of UVS in Vietnam We are excited to be working with UVS and I truly believe that our clients will benefit from this partnership" Deputy General Director Tat Dat Nguyen from Zodiac said: ”We are excited to be working with UVS and I truly believe that our clients will benefit from this partnership. UVS have developed an outstanding reputation for their reliable products and total service and support. As exclusive partner of UVS in the region, we are aware of our responsibility and will try our best to make sure that this partnership will be fruitful.” UVS, which has its headquarters at the Business First Burnley Business Centre, provides video wall displays and audio visual solutions to a range of clients across the UK and the rest of the world. Suite of remote services It has recently launched a suite of remote services, including: Remote diagnostics and remote maintenance for UVS video wall technology which can offer quick analysis and resolution for most issues UVS engineers using remote connection software, which is fully encrypted and which the client has control over, to carry out maintenance For sites where the video wall controller does not normally have an internet connection, UVS is offering to supply a 4G data dongle as part of the contract (managed and paid for by UVS) to allow clients to get internet access as required Assisting clients with reduced cost annual maintenance contracts A live online demonstration facility to provide full video wall technology evaluations for partners and their clients who are in lockdown or self-isolation
We still have some way to go before we see 5G service rolled out as a UK-wide service, but we can discuss future implications of 5G, and how it can improve device capabilities once its widely accessible. The impact of 5G lies within the increase in the amount of data that can be transferred between smart home devices through a cloud-based system. By utilising the cloud’s mass computing power and its ability to process data in larger capacities, we are able to receive more in-depth analytics that can help improve smart home devices by making them faster, more informed and intelligent. Will 5G boost innovation in the smart home market, if so, how? Innovation using 5G can be shown with current smart home CCTV systemsAn example of innovation using 5G can be shown with current smart home CCTV systems. Products at present allow you to use functionalities such as motion detection. As it stands, this is a basic form of monitoring that monitors changes in picture and notifies the owner when something unusual has happened. Once 5G comes into play, the video data captured can be sent off to the cloud, interpreted in more detail, and can allow the system to conclude whether the movement is from a human, object or animal. Facial recognition could also come into play here, providing a more seamless service when reporting incidents to the police. Similarly, you can use data from various different devices within your home to toughen security measures. A video camera used in conjunction with a presence or heat detector can eliminate small errors by providing the ‘bigger picture’ with more data points to work with - an amalgamation of all smart devices used in tandem. We can’t solely rely on smart devices to make decisions for us, but what we can do is improve device processing so that by the time we step in, we already have all the necessary information to assess the appropriate call to action. What will 5G enable homeowners to do within their homes? Smart homes using 4G currently operate in a fragmented fashion, incorporating Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other network protocols. Unlike 4G, 5G will work with low-power devices, making it useful for a broader array of connected products. This means that all devices we will be able to connect any internet connected product in order to allow integrated communication between all devices. Can be connected to work together in conjunction with your home system Your fridge and other kitchen appliances, for example, can be connected to work together in conjunction with your home system to create an entirely automated home. If your freezer is internet connected, you may get a notification if it loses power, but as everything else is also connected within your home, you will be able to determine whether it is a power fault or product fault straight away. Faster connectivity means that users can quickly take advantage of the data their smart devices provide, such as water use sensors which can monitor levels and allow for behavior changes to curb water usage The same can be applied with vehicles. Cars in future will be autonomous and include an integrated dashcam which can then be connected to your security system to provide added security on-site in the peripheral of your home, alerting you to potential intruders before they reach your front door.
Developing an effective contact tracing system in the UK to monitor the spread of COVID-19 has proved to be problematic. The trials of the app developed by the government and its partners encountered numerous challenges, and despite the reopening of restaurants, pubs and shops, the current approach to contact tracing is inconsistent, with recent reports suggesting not all establishments are following the government guidance. At the same time, businesses are being encouraged to ask employees to return to the workplace as lockdown restrictions ease, and the lack of an effective contact tracing system is only going to become more of an issue. Responsibility now lies with employers to ensure social distancing measures are adhered to in the workplace, trace any contact that a person infected with COVID-19 has had with others, and communicate consistent messaging across their organizations. Considering all of these challenges, it is not surprising that technology is being turned to for the answers. Turning to technology However, it is not just cutting-edge technology that can support measures to address health and safety issues related to COVID-19; the use of existing infrastructure is vital too. Consider the ubiquity of CCTV in workplaces and public spaces, especially in densely populated cities. Recent research has shown that London, for example, has 627,727 cameras for 9.3 million residents - the equivalent of 67.5 cameras per 1,000 people. The data collected from these feeds will play a key role in effectively tracing interactions and monitoring the adherence to social distancing measures. Tracing interactions and monitoring the adherence to social distancing measures As useful as this data is though, the sheer volume of it is enormous. Sifting through hundreds of hours of video footage collected from networks of thousands of cameras will be far too time-consuming and inaccurate to complete manually. This is where more advanced technology such as A.I.V.A. (Artificial Intelligence Video Analytics) is required. A.I.V.A. solutions use existing camera networks and geospatial algorithms to determine an individual’s location in the camera field of view in real-time, automatically learning the perspective of the scene and calculating the GPS coordinates of individuals in real-time based on their location in the camera field of view. Social distancing algorithms For example, with regards to social distancing, an algorithm can detect when two parties are within a meter proximity of each other. This will trigger an alert in the system and log the occurrence in a dashboard report. If government recommendations change and the suggested distance is 2 meters, the algorithm is easily adjusted. This approach will help to reinforce changes in behavior to encourage social distancing and, in the worst case, establish an effective contact tracing system for those who have been infected with COVID-19 and have come into contact with others. An effective contact tracing system for those who have been infected with COVID-19 Firstly, in terms of how this can be used for social distancing, AI powered video analytics can be used to identify particular hotspots where breaches occur. While isolated incidents of a breach in the 1m rule may not be particularly useful, when a series of occurrences is identified from thousands of hours of CCTV footage, vital insights can be gained into localised clusters of COVID-19 infections. The reports generated from this type of analysis can be extremely useful; for example, pinpointing particularly busy areas of a job site, identifying queues at a coffee station at a certain time of the day, or the most frequently used exit of an office building. Breaching the rules Armed with these insights, businesses can implement measures to try and alleviate such bottlenecks. In practice, this may involve implementing one-way systems or moving people from one congested area to a quieter one at particular times of the day, to help reduce the chances of breaching the 1m social distancing rule. There is even the capability of triggering an automatic alert when a breach is observed to remind employees of their responsibility to adhere to the guidelines. If a business is informed that one of its employees or a visitor has contracted COVID-19, the use of A.I.V.A can support in helping to identify areas that the person has visited and whether there were any other people in that area at the same time. Instead of informing others directly, the business can issue a notice to say exactly where that person was and advise employees who may have been present to be tested. This is particularly useful for businesses with large sites, who need to manage each building and facility on a case-by-case basis. Workforces can be protected by decreasing the chance of social distancing breaches Although simple to implement, AI powered video analytics can play a key role in helping businesses implement solutions that allow employees to safely return to work. With such technology in place, workforces can be protected by decreasing the chance of social distancing breaches occurring and effectively tracking those who have it. The technology does not rely on the identification of specific individuals nor their personal information or mobile phones, but rather recognises behavior patterns and uses this approach to provide accurate information to groups of people that need it. AI has long been touted as the technology set to revolutionise life as we know it, and now it has the chance to unlock its potential and protect people in a world significantly affected by COVID-19.
IP cameras for video surveillance has been a trending topic amongst enterprises across the world due to rising concerns for security and safety. IP CCTV cameras are revolutionizing security measures, and technology has evolved to allow for a more diverse security monitoring system through high resolution, larger digital storage options and compatibility for integrated analytical software. According to Global CCTV Market Forecast 2022, analysts expect the market for global CCTV to grow at a CAGR of around 11% during 2018-2022. Clearly, a successful hack of an enterprise security camera system could lead to a range of implications. Amongst the main ones is unauthorized access to video and audio streams of data, as well as to the archive, violation of confidentiality, HIPPA, PII and potential leaks of personal and corporate information, possible copying, unauthorized distribution and duplication of such data. “Most Enterprise video surveillance systems are vulnerable to hackers. According to our studies, more than half of companies and organizations, both large and small, do not take sufficient precautions when it comes to preventing their security cameras from being hacked. Be it ignorance or just careless approach to security of their network in general, the results of hacking can be disastrous,” says Chris Ciabarra, the CTO and co-founder of Athena Security. With the increasing number of surveillance cameras installed in homes, offices and public places, hacking incidents related to these devices happen more and more often. The ease of hacking surveillance cameras It’s not a secret that surveillance cameras, like many other Internet of things (IoT) devices, are full of vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers. A hacker can find hundreds of potentially vulnerable IoT devices to hack into Cameras, just like all other devices connected to the Internet, have IP addresses that are easy to find using Shodan, a search engine for Internet-connected devices. With this simple tool, a hacker can find hundreds of potentially vulnerable IoT devices to hack into, including cameras, especially when most companies use default passwords. The solution Below are basic recommendations on how to protect your camera network, and what actions you should take to minimize the chance of hacking. Change the default username and password You should start by changing the default password and username of your camera network. Even though this may seem obvious, not everyone does it, practically leaving the door for hackers wide open. Use a strong password that is hard to guess. When setting up the password use numbers, symbols, both uppercase and lowercase letters. Do not use simple and commonly used passwords, such as the ones in SplashData's list of 100 worst passwords of the year. Do not use the same password you are already using for other online accounts. According to a recent survey on data privacy conducted in May 2019, 13% of respondents with at least one online account say they use the same password for all their accounts. Using a password manager to generate a strong random password may be a good idea. Update your camera firmware regularly Keeping cameras firmware up-to-date is very important as it allows you to prevent hackers from exploiting vulnerabilities and bugs that are already patched by manufacturers in a new firmware update. Despite the fact that most modern cameras will automatically download and install firmware updates, some require the user to check for updates and install them. Set up two-factor authentication Set up the two-factor authentication if your cameras support it. With two-factor authentication on, the camera manufacturer will send you a randomly generated passcode via text message or phone call, as an addition to username and password, during each log in to the account. Two-factor authentication prevents hackers from accessing the camera system even if they were able to crack username and password. Not all surveillance camera systems support two-factor authentication, though. Technical recommendations Prevent cameras from sending information to third parties Companies that use surveillance cameras very often do not put enough effort into protecting their cameras and the data they transmit, despite the fact that this footage is of great importance to many people. The firmware of most cameras from different manufacturers is programmed in a way to keep a connection with the manufacturer’s server without knowledge of the end-user. Most users, both private and corporate, are not aware of this and therefore do not take any steps to protect themselves from this potential vulnerability, which could result in footage leak to a third party or a successful hacker attack. To prevent your camera network from transmitting, the following steps should be taken. Step 1: Statically assign an IP address Statically assign IP address for each camera, subnet mask and leave gateway blank or 127.0.0.1, if this is allowed in gateway fields to be entered. If the firmware does not allow blank or 127 subnets, just point gateway to an unused dedicated IP address. This way, cameras will not be able to send the information off the local company network. Step 2: Assign DNS servers Assign DNS servers that are local to cameras and force only your domain to be present with zero forwarding DNS servers. This way, if a camera tries to do name resolution, it will come up blank. Not being able to find the IP address of the main server (mother ship), cameras won’t be able to connect to it. To stay safe you can order your own DNS servers, locked down to your addresses only. Block your camera network’s access to the Internet Blocking your camera network’s access to the Internet is a good way to make sure hackers won’t be able to get access to the footage and other confidential data. Any dual-homed system touching your camera network should be blocked from Internet access. This way all systems in the same subnet won’t have access to the Internet from that box. Always use DNS because firewall rules tend to be easy to hack, while DNS that is internal is not expected and stops systems from resolving names you do not wish to be translated, like talking back to the mothership of a bad program. Monitor your system for traffic spikes One of the tricky things about hacker attacks is that there are no warnings. In most cases hackers would penetrate your system without any signs or symptoms of an attack, and it isn’t until you face consequences (like leaked footage or hackers manipulating cameras) when you realize something is wrong. It may be days or even months between the hacker attack and the time you realize the system has been compromised. Monitoring dual-homed systems for bandwidth spikes could be a good way to spot a hack resulting in the leakage of confidential data like images or video. There are a number of traffic monitoring tools available to private and corporate users that can manage and sniff the network or just monitor them. Facial blur in archived footage Blurring people’s faces when archiving in surveillance camera video streams is a great tool, allowing you to comply with privacy laws and make the footage useless to hackers even if they manage to successfully hack your system. These recommendations will allow you to lower the risk of hackers breaking into your security camera network, detect the hack if it has occurred already, and to protect yourself from possible consequences if camera footage was stolen.
Trends in the alarm industry point to a need for a software system that accommodates business patterns such as recurring monthly revenue (RMR). Workhorse Service Company provides a software that combines customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP) and field service management (FSM) into a “cradle-to-grave” system designed specifically for the alarm industry. “Making an alarm sale is different than making a CCTV sale, and the processes for the salesperson, technician and customer service rep are different,” says Steven Hayes, founder of Workhorse Service Company. He says WorkHorse is built on modern programming languages, is responsive, and provides a pleasant user experience regardless of the device being used. Client experience “Before coming on WorkHorse, our clients have needed to use multiple softwares such as bookkeeping, quoting, central station software, email, spreadsheets, and more,” says Hayes. “This would cause issues with continuity between softwares. Mistakes are made, appointments are missed, and customers leave.” When building WorkHorse, Hayes and his team interviewed dozens of companies to find out what they were missing and what their pain points were. “There are other CRM and FSM softwares on the market, but the ones that are made for our industry are generally designed for dealer programs and selling contracts,” he says. “Others are designed to bill your RMR and have basic service call functionality.” Alarm companies know that they need RMR to survive, and WorkHorse seeks to make it easy. WorkHorse allows companies to have multiple subscriptions inside a single deal. Single point of data entry WorkHorse ensures a single point of data entry for alarm companies Merchant services come with Auto Updater. If a credit card expires or even if it is canceled, the service will reach out to the issuing bank and get the new number or token necessary to bill customers. This means less time with past due bills and calling on customers to get an updated form of payment. With two-way sync integration into central stations, WorkHorse ensures a single point of data entry for alarm companies. Information used at the time of the sale to create accounts is then pushed right from the tech portal to the central station. Employees can Create, Place Online/Offline, on test, and terminate accounts through the use of WorkHorse. The Workhorse call center, ProConnect.io, will answer phone calls and provide a Tier 1 Tech Support line for clients as a well as a concierge service. Operators will trouble-shoot alarm issues or create a service ticket if they cannot help them (subscriptions to both ProConnect and WorkHorse are needed). Operators will also try and collect money that is past due while assisting clients. Misconceptions in the industry Over the next year the prevailing trends will likely be a large swing from dealer programs to the traditional alarm company, says Hayes. This will make software like WorkHorse incredibly important as companies move from a funding program to managing their in-house sales, RMR, service, and customer retention, he adds. There is a misconception is that an owner/operator can purchase a bookkeeping software and run their alarm company efficiently and effectively. Another misconception is that someone can just turn on a software and know how to use it without any help or guidance, that “playing around” with it at night will be enough to make them proficient users. The software used to run a business should be a top priority. The software used to run a business should be a top priority The WorkHorse team is looking to expand verticals into other environments in the future. WorkHorse is built in a way that could easily expand verticals by making changes to the deal and service call modules. “In mid-2020 we plan on starting Pool Cleaning and Pest Control followed by HVAC, Plumbing, Electricians, and more,” says Hayes. WorkHorse has all in-house developers located in South West Florida. The team is continuously working to create additional features and integrations in order to bring the best user experience to clients and their customers.
The drive for learning doesn’t diminish, even in times of a global pandemic. To accommodate the demands of social distancing, more training today happens online. “We have seen unprecedented international demand for our portfolio of online training courses ranging from small installation companies to the largest organizations, across a wide range of sectors,” says Jerry Alfandari, Group Marketing Manager of Linx International Group, a U.K. training firm. “More than ever, businesses are looking to ensure they have the skills in-house to coordinate their response to the changing situation. Individuals are also taking this time to upskill themselves for when we return to ‘normal’ by bringing something with them they didn’t have before. Perhaps unsurprisingly, people are still seeking to better themselves for what will be, eventually, a competitive market.” Expert security training Topics such as CCTV, Access Control, Intruder and Fire Tavcom Training, part of the Linx International Group, provides technical security training delivered by expert tutors on topics such as CCTV, Access Control, Intruder and Fire and also CCTV Control Room and Security Management. Given the practical nature of the courses, the majority have historically been delivered in a state-of-the-art training centre through interactive workshops. However, in order to best protect their staff and learners, and following government guidelines, Tavcom have closed their training centre for the time being. Learners are still able to book into classroom courses for later in the year with a choice of two learning centres now being offered: Hampshire or the recently established training centre in Shipley. For those who prefer to learn online, Tavcom delivers accredited online security training. “Given the situation we are all in at the moment, our online courses have seen an 86% increase in demand over the last several months,” says Alfandari. All online courses offer the same level of support as the classroom courses, with many accredited to BTEC level 3 and 5, catering to professionals of varying skill levels and experience. Improve your professional development “Our online courses remain as accessible as ever, with huge numbers of security systems engineers and professionals seeking to use this [quarantine] time to improve their professional development,” Alfandari says. “We encourage all people to consider the benefits of eLearning and, if they need any advice, to reach out to the Tavcom training team.” It’s more important now than ever before that learners are able to access Tavcom’s online learning programmes and continue in their professional development, he says. To help facilitate learning, the company has discounted 25% off the portfolio of eLearning courses, many of which are BTEC accredited and come with expert tutor support. We are also introducing new interactive ways of teaching traditionally classroom-based courses" “We are also introducing new interactive ways of teaching traditionally classroom-based courses with the aid of Zoom virtual classroom courses, led by our tutors,” says Alfandari. “From the learner’s own home, they will be able to undertake their chosen training course and return to the training centre later in the year to complete the practical assessment.” Skillsets remain in demand Even the most well-prepared organizations with extensive contingency plans have been stunned by the scale and speed of the current situation. Alfandari says: “We are finding especially our Intruder Alarms courses for repair and maintenance engineers have been exceptionally popular; those skill sets remain as in demand as ever in these troubled times.” A sister company, PerpetuityARC Training, offers Security Management BTEC Level 4 and Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management BTEC Level 4 courses that are purposely designed to help businesses and those responsible for security learn how to identify threats, risks and vulnerabilities, and create a comprehensive plan that will enable practical measures to be applied to mitigate the impact. Both courses run via two media: classroom or online and are tutor-supported so learners have a choice according to what best suits their needs and requirements. An online Essential Security Practices course is comprised of 12 modules designed to introduce the essentials of corporate security. Modules can be bought individually or as a whole course and will establish fundamental knowledge of best security practice. “It’s a great starting place if you’re new to security or want to brush up on your expertise,” says Alfandari. Maintaining a security presence is a challenge during a global pandemic. “With people following guidelines by staying at home, we’ve been working hard to drive the message that learning doesn’t stop just because you can’t go out,” says Alfandari. “People may think that because they can’t get to the training centre then they can’t train, but that’s just not the case.” Learning in these unprecedented times Our training centres may be closed for now, but our courses are still very much running" Between Tavcom Training and PerpetuityARC Training, there are more than 20 distance learning courses including ASIS International and The Security Institute, all of which can be accessed at home, at a learner’s own pace. “It’s important that people understand that we’re still here, still available and that we haven’t ‘gone away’,” says Alfandari. “Our training centres may be closed for now, but our courses are still very much running. “ “These are, without doubt, extremely difficult times,” he adds. “We are here for our learners. Our team are working hard behind the scenes to facilitate the best possible learning experience during this time, and we encourage all potential learners to really use this and make the most of it. Whether you want a refresher in security basics or finally to start on that qualification you’ve been putting off, we are here to help you in your professional development.” Rhiannon Limbert, Marketing Coordinator for Linx International Group, contributed to this content.
The success of smart homes began with professional security providers offering bundled packages, focused mostly on security monitoring. However, due to the cost of professional contracts, consumers began to embrace the do-it-yourself (DIY) approach. Despite the challenges and opportunities that come with professional and DIY approaches, the momentum of smart home growth depends on these two approaches working symbiotically. Smart home systems In 2017, there were about 122 million smart home devices shipped globally, according to IHS Markit. The retail channel represented about 62 percent of all device shipments in 2017 and will represent about 70 percent in 2021. Despite the increased demand for professional installation, the “do-it-for-me” approach, most the volume remains with ad-hoc purchases. This includes a consumer video camera or a smart thermostat purchase from a retailer. Data capture form to appear here! When a consumer wants to add devices to an existing professionally installed system, they often will buy products from retail. Flexible service offerings and pricing are already taking shape across smart home offerings. DIY installed smart home systems such as Scout Alarm already offer no contract monitoring. Professional monitoring companies are already offering no contract pricing, and providers such as Comcast are looking to pilot programs for just video monitoring, bundled with Internet for a low monthly fee. Home automation system Connected smart locks can actually act as an extension of a smart hub or controller Options for financing are also going to become commonplace. Smart home equipment is expensive, even when attempting to outfit a modest size home (2,500 square feet). Immediate access to services is becoming more critical. This means consumers should be able to access on-demand service options directly from a mobile device to activate or deactivate professional monitoring. Lastly, pricing still needs to come down for many smart home devices, but there is a threshold. For example, the sale of wireless, connected smart locks (viewed by some consumers as DIY) can lead to opportunities for further home automation product sales and professional installations. Connected smart locks can actually act as an extension of a smart hub or controller. They can be used to communicate wirelessly with and control all the devices that make up a home automation system, including lighting, entertainment, thermostats, air, alarms, shades and more. Residential security According to a 2018 Residential Security Market Report prepared by Parks Associates, “More than 60% of installing dealers now report that DIY systems are biting into demand for their services.” But the rise in DIY is not entirely bad news for security and home automation installers and dealers. There are a number of ways to view this glass as half-full. For example, with their lower cost and perceived ease of installation, DIY products have broken down barriers for additional purchases. There are reasons for dealers and installers to be cheerful about the rise of DIY. For one thing, according to that same Residential Security Market Report from Parks Associates, residential security dealers are doing quite well. The report states, “In 2017, revenues were up an average 7.72% for security dealers.” Full-time monitoring DIY products have broken down barriers for additional purchase and installation of professionally installed systems What about installations? The report goes on to say, “For 2017, the average number of installs per dealer was 22 per month, compared to 17 per month in 2016.” So, revenues are up for security dealers, and at least part of the reason can be attributed to the fact that DIY products can raise overall awareness of and spur interest in other home automation and security products. With their lower cost and perceived ease of installation, DIY products have actually broken down barriers for the additional purchase, and installation, of complete, professionally installed systems. Instead of paying for monthly monitoring, homeowners can install a web cam, access from a smartphone or tablet and essentially do their own security monitoring. The downside of this approach is readily apparent. Without full-time monitoring, homeowners can easily miss the break-in or the aged parent who falls and can’t get up. Near-field communication Until they log on and take a look, there’s no central station to send medical aid or call the police. Connecting door locks and other devices to the Internet can also open a door to hackers, if the infrastructure isn’t properly protected. The areas of consumer electronics and security are closely intertwined. For example, Apple recently expanded near-field communication (NFC) support to include the NDEF (NFC Data Exchange Format), which will likely accelerate the adoption of smartphones for access control credentialing. In another recent development, Amazon acquired Blink, a home security camera startup that offers wireless home security systems. The acquisition aligns with Amazon’s effort to offer more home devices. A common theme among professional monitoring providers is that a homeowner who is aware of events happening in the home does not necessarily have a secure and protected household Traditional security features For example, a Nest camera, a DIY product, notifies a consumer via smartphone about events in the home when it detects motion, but only when the notification is opened and identified will a consumer be able to act on the related event. Self-installable smart home devices may resonate with a segment of the market that want security but are unwilling to adopt professional monitoring; however, providers can leverage these devices to enhance traditional security features and communicate the value of professional monitoring. Missed part one of our smart home mini series? Read it here.
Ways to manage visitors and improve communications, while keeping doors to the Congregation Beth Jacob’s sanctuary and school locked. Aiphone IS Series video intercom Aiphone IS Series video intercom mounted just outside the main entry allows visitors to buzz one of four master stations. “Emergency communications and procedures are now embedded in our daily operations,” said Greg Sterling, Past President of the Congregation Beth Jacob. Enhancing safety against active shooters In recent years, houses of worship have become an all‑too‑common target for active shooters, burglars and vandals The Congregation Beth Jacob provides a house of worship, pre-school and attached K-7 religious school for the Redwood City, California’s Jewish community, in the heart of the famed Silicon Valley. In recent years, houses of worship have become an all‑too‑common target for active shooters, burglars, vandals and a host of other criminals. Founded in 1930, Congregation Beth Jacob has a rich history as the first Jewish institution built between San Francisco and San Jose. Since an earlier sanctuary was destroyed by a suspected arsonist in 1979, Congregation Beth Jacob has taken security of its members, students and employees very seriously and regularly updates its systems and procedures. Managing visitors and improving communications Congregation Beth Jacob’s security integrator, Oakland-based HighCom Security Services, was asked for ways to manage visitors and improve communications, while keeping doors to the sanctuary and school locked throughout the day. Requirements for the Congregation Beth Jacob included: Sanctuary employees had to be able to remotely see and speak with visitors before opening an exterior door. Employees needed to be able to easily communicate between the 12 classrooms and offices in the sanctuary and school. The solution had to be easy for employees, congregation members and visitors to use. “Emergency communications and procedures are now embedded in our daily operations,” said Greg Sterling, Past President of Congregation Beth Jacob. Fences and gates installed Fences and gates now guide visitors from the street to a rear parking lot and a double-door entry to the main facility. This and all other exterior doors are kept locked. An Aiphone IS Series video intercom is mounted just outside the main entry, allowing visitors to buzz one of the four master stations located on the desks of the Executive Director and Receptionists and in the common areas of the main and school offices. Color LCD monitors on the IS Series master stations allow office staff to see and speak with visitors, before remotely unlocking the door. Keypads at the door let employees open the door by entering a code. Wall-mount audio intercoms Aiphone speakers and horns were added to share emergency messages in the school play area Wall-mount audio intercoms have been provided in each classroom. Teachers can communicate hands-free with the main or school offices, and other classrooms. They can also choose to use the intercom’s handset for more private conversations. Before the intercoms were installed, teachers had to leave the classroom and walk to the office for help. Aiphone speakers and horns were added to share emergency messages in the school play area, two patios, front entry, sanctuary, social hall and main dining room. Surveillance cameras installed Surveillance cameras set to view the parking lot, school entry and the street fronting Congregation Beth Jacob. Sanctuary staff can view live video from monitors in the facility’s main and school offices. Panic buttons were installed in each classroom, the social hall and kitchen. Pushing a button generates a code phrase intended to start an immediate facility lockdown without overly frightening the students.
The Aiphone IX Series IP emergency stations with embedded video intercom systems provide an easily recognizable island of safety on any campus. “The stations protect students, giving them a sense that if there is an emergency, they can push one button and immediately get help,” said Robert Martinez, Owner & CEO, RJR Communications Technologies. Protecting students and staff Protecting thousands of students, staff and visitors in buildings on large college or university campuses is a daunting task. Maintaining their safety as they cross hundreds of acres of outdoor open space is an even greater challenge. The challenge is to protect the outdoor spaces of a large college or university campus, making sure students, staff and visitors are secure outside dorms, on exercise paths or in remote parking facilities. Aiphone IX Series IP-based emergency stations The station’s video and audio capabilities provide the important information that dispatchers need The Aiphone IX Series IP-based emergency stations with embedded video intercom systems provide an easily recognizable safety system on any campus. With a touch of a button, a distressed person can immediately speak with campus police. The station’s video and audio capabilities provide the important information that dispatchers need to determine an effective response. Administrators work diligently to make their campuses safer and they have been largely successful. Federal statistics show, during the past decade, overall campus crime has decreased nationwide. Still, cases of assault, robbery, theft and other crimes routinely occur on many campuses. The tools used to protect the indoor environment, locks, access control and burglar alarm systems, provide little to no value outdoors. Outdoor security requires different solutions This is where Aiphone IX Series IP emergency stations and blue light towers literally shine as a conduit between distressed people and campus police. Bright lights atop each Aiphone tower station make it easy to locate at night or during inclement weather. One button on the station’s embedded video intercom immediately links a person to police dispatchers. Once the station is activated, the tower lights flash to draw additional attention to the site. Enhancing campus security Aiphone emergency stations are ideal for all campus areas, such as parking lots and garages open spaces, and running trails. They also provide comfort and safety in and around dorms, libraries, stairwells, recreation centers, and near elevators. Stations should be placed so that at least two towers are within view, allowing a distressed person the option of choosing the closest unit. Information, both visual and audio, takes on added importance outdoors. Real-time audio and video aid dispatchers Dispatchers immediately know the IX Series station’s precise location, helping to reduce response time First responders need all the input that they can get from emergency sites, located hundreds of yards away from the nearest dispatch center. Real-time audio and video help dispatchers quickly assess situations, in order to provide the appropriate response. As calls arrive, dispatchers immediately know the IX Series station’s precise location, helping to reduce response time. For campus police officers on regular patrol around campus, an Aiphone app is available to turn smartphones and tablets into roaming control centers. White illumination LED for quality night video Each video station’s wide angle camera captures clear, identifying views of people and their surroundings. A white illumination LED provides quality night video. Campus police can also use the cameras to monitor potential trouble spots, before an emergency occurs. But cameras are only as good as the monitors displaying the live video. Aiphone IX Series master stations are equipped with 3.5-inch direct-view TFT color LCD displays. TFT technology for high resolution imaging The TFT technology provides the brightest and best resolution of all flat-panel techniques, helping to improve image resolution and addressability. And Aiphone has not forgotten the audio, making sure two-way conversations are clearly understood on both ends. Audio also helps humanize the security function. During an emergency, a human voice can be far more reassuring than security cameras, fencing, and bollards. Two-way communication Two-way communication over the intercom can be helpful in calming the victim while trying to collect more detailed information about the ongoing situation. The built-in station-mounted speakers also allow broadcasting of live or recorded voice communication during an emergency. Other advantages of Aiphone IX Series emergency stations include: They are always available, day and night. A second call button facilitates non-emergency communications, such as visitors seeking directions to an administrative office or classroom building. Both the towers and wall-mount stations are made of steel, making them weather and vandal resistant. Stations provide peace of mind to pedestrians and act as a deterrent to criminals. Importance of multiple security layers One constant between securing indoor and outdoor security is the need for multiple security layers One constant between securing indoor and outdoor security is the need for multiple security layers. Again, the IX Series shines as a single master station that can control hundreds of emergency stations and non-emergency classroom, and office stations, as well as act as a hub for security platforms, such as those from Lenel, EMERgency 24, KapLogic, and more. The system also easily integrates with surveillance cameras to provide a broader view of emergency locations. With the Aiphone IX Series, campuses can start small and increase the number of emergency and non-emergency stations as the needs change. Aiphone IX Series for maximum flexibility Each campus has its own needs, so the IX Series is designed for maximum flexibility. The emergency towers offer two- or three-module designs available in a variety of heights to suit any location. The wall-mounted emergency boxes are ideal for placement on or inside buildings. Braille signage and adjustable call button heights allow them to comply with ADA standards. Towers are available in five standard colors in addition to a variety of custom paints to match school colors. IP-based IX Series stations Aiphone’s IP-based IX Series stations connect to a campus network and draw Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) using CAT-5e/6 cable, keeping dispatch/ phone lines open. The IX Series eliminates the need and expense of traditional phone lines. The stations are upgradable to future proof an investment for years to come Previously installed Aiphone two-wire audio only intercoms can also easily be upgraded to the IP-based system with an Aiphone network adaptor. The stations are upgradable to future proof investments for years to come. If a school already has towers installed around campus, Aiphone’s tower adaptor plate allows these existing towers to be re-used, while modernizing communication infrastructure to the latest IP-based communication solution. Superior customer support and service Customer support representatives and the company’s QuikSpec website tool ensure that the campus integrator or on-site installation team will accurately design the right system for any site. Campus security has never been more important. Federal law mandates administrators report crimes against the people who live, work and visit campus each day. Those reports are important factors when parents help their children select a college or university. With Aiphone, security isn’t a niche, it is a necessity. That is why the IX Series emergency stations are designed and built with the same attention to detail and exacting standards dealers, integrators and campus users have come to expect from the world leader in intercom technology.
Leonardo delivered the first two M-345 jet trainer aircraft to the Italian Air Force, which to-date has ordered 18 units from a total requirement for up to 45 aircraft. The new type of jet trainer aircraft, designated T-345A by the Italian Air Force, will gradually replace the 137 MB-339s which have been in service since 1982. M-345 jet trainer aircraft Marco Zoff, Leonardo Aircraft Managing Director, said “Building on our heritage and expertise in jet trainers, the M-345 will allow our customers to achieve a significant improvement in training effectiveness while at the same time reducing operating costs. This first delivery to the Italian Air Force is a key milestone, the result of a longstanding and productive team working closely together with the operator.” The new M-345 jet trainer aircraft, designed to meet basic and basic-advanced training requirements, will complement the in-service M-346, which is used for advanced pilot training. Integrated training system Leonardo’s integrated training system developed around the M-345 platform is representative of the company’s technological leadership in training pilots to fly current and future generation aircraft. The system benefits from experience with, and technology developed for, the M-346, which includes a ‘Live Virtual Constructive’ capability. This allows aircraft which are flying live training missions to incorporate simulated ‘friend’ or ‘foe’ elements into scenarios, allowing the pilot to be exposed to the full range of possible operational situations. M-345 HET (High Efficiency Trainer) The new M-345 HET (High Efficiency Trainer) reduces the time required for air forces to train pilots The M-345 is a high-performance aircraft which supports a pilot’s transition from basic trainers to latest-generation fighters. The Italian Air Force’s acquisition of the new aircraft is an important step forward in the modernization of its fleet, with the M-345 replacing the MB-339A in Air Force’s second and third military pilot training phases. The M-345 has also been chosen as the new aircraft of the Italian Air Force’s acrobatic team, the ‘Frecce Tricolori’. The new M-345 HET (High Efficiency Trainer) reduces the time required for air forces to train pilots. It also gives trainees the chance to fly an aircraft that features higher performance characteristics than other basic/advanced trainer aircraft currently in service around the world. Delivering high quality training at low cost The performance of the M-345 allows it to carry out the most demanding mission types found in a training syllabus, delivering high quality training at significantly lower cost. The M-345 cockpit architecture is the same as that of frontline fighters. The aircraft is also able to perform operational roles, thanks to an extended flight envelope, with a high-speed maneuvering capability even at high altitudes, modern avionics systems, high load capacity and performance. Health and Monitoring Usage System The M-345 is designed with a long life-cycle and a two-level approach to maintenance The M-345 is designed with a long life-cycle and a two-level approach to maintenance, eliminating the need for expensive general overhauls. The aircraft’s Health and Monitoring Usage System (HUMS) also contributes to a lower cost of ownership. A sophisticated on-board training simulator confers a number of benefits. For instance, M-345 pilots are able to plan maneuvers before live training, allowing for higher efficiency during flight. Mission Planning and Debriefing Station Trainees are also able to fly in formation with other pilots in the air and those training on the ground in simulators, via a real-time data-link. The aircraft’s Mission Planning and Debriefing Station (MPDS) allow trainees to analyze the missions they have just flown. The M-345’s engine is a Williams FJ44-4M-34 turbo fan optimized for military and aerobatic use. The cockpit is based on HOTAS (Hands-On-Throttle-And-Stick) controls and features a glass cockpit with a three-color MFD (Multi-function Display) touch screen. The aircraft’s heads-up display is mirrored on a fourth screen in the rear seat.
In the fast-growing legalized cannabis industry, extensive security measures are a necessity. VIVOTEK, the pioneering IP surveillance provider has collaborated with Existo, a collective of cannabis industry professionals, to establish an IP surveillance solution for a cannabis cultivation facility in Northern Michigan, the United States. The results not only exceeded the state of Michigan’s expectations to allow for licensing at the state level but are also user friendly and add a level of comfort concerning building security to the owners. Why VIVOTEK? The state of Michigan has placed stringed demands on-camera coverage and recording quality for this industry, so a camera system is essential for the licensing of this business. Challenges in the project were related to distances within the building, coverage in unique spaces, and varying climates and light exposure within indoor grow rooms. Existo chose VIVOTEK and a total of 70 of its indoor and outdoor security solutions, network video recorders (NVR), and video management software (VMS) to monitor the cannabis cultivation facility. CC9381-HV Panoramic network camera In the grow room, which includes a long hallway with tight spaces and climate concerns, 7 VIVOTEK 180-degree panoramic network cameras, the CC9381-HV were installed to combat high contrast lighting environments and armed with WDR Pro function to ensure 24/7 surveillance coverage. SD9364-EHL Speed dome camera For exterior corners, 4 VIVOTEK SD9364-EHL speed dome cameras were utilized. The camera is adopted VIVOTEK's Smart IR II technology which is specifically designed to provide a superb low light image in the most challenging situations. FE9181-H Fisheye and FD9380-H Fixed dome cameras Due to its high-quality imagery at a cost-effective perspective, 14 FE9181-H fisheye cameras and 40 FD9380-H cameras were installed throughout the rest of the indoor and outdoor facility. ND9541 NVR and apps VIVOCloud and iViewer app provide users with an open, flexible, and intelligent NVR for video surveillance applications The facility is also utilizing VIVOTEK’s 16-CH ND9541 Linux-based embedded standalone NVR to set up and manage advanced IP surveillance systems with ease. It also supports remote and mobile access, via VIVOCloud and iViewer app, for both iOS and Android handheld devices, providing users with an open, flexible, and intelligent NVR for seamless use in small to medium-sized video surveillance applications. Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) acclamation In the end, the outcome not only met but surpassed all expectations and goals. The system was complimented as the highest quality in terms of coverage and camera quality by the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) enforcement agent during the state licensing walkthrough. Surpass expectations “The flexibility we gain from the quality and variety that VIVOTEK offers pays off tenfold in our business because there is no standard building design for cannabis businesses,” said Chris Hernandez, Existo director of operations. “Unique buildings with unique layouts but with highly standardized expectations put forward by state licensing expectations can be a stumbling block for many cannabis businesses. Our ability to utilize VIVOTEK’s solutions allows us to create systems that exceed state expectations while still being used to achieve safety goals set internally by our customers.”
The new CCTV system installed by WLS at Vauxhall City Farm, is according to its Chief Executive, Monica Tyler, being used to its full potential to ensure that the 50,000 visitors who visit the farm every year, are able to safely enjoy all its facilities. “Our previous CCTV was well past its ‘use-by’ date. Although it was still working, it lacked the functionality we needed to ensure around the clock security of our animals and property, as well as ensuring compliance with our health & safety procedures,” said Monica. Central urban farms “The new CCTV system, generously donated and installed by WLS, has transformed our working lives by providing us with peace of mind in knowing we can monitor every area of the farm, including our recently opened eco-garden, without any blind spots.” “The quality of the images captured by the Dahua cameras enable us to see close up detail of any activity or incident, whilst I and other colleagues are able to use an app running on our mobile phones to remotely keep an eye on the farm when it is closed and if there is an alarm event.” Located within earshot of Big Ben, Vauxhall City Farm is one of the oldest and most central urban farms in London. Local and wider communities The farm was established in 1976 when a group of architects began working on a vacant plot of land The farm was established in 1976 when a group of architects began working on a vacant plot of land and made it available to local residents for them to grow vegetables and care for livestock. From those humble beginnings, the farm has continually grown and is now the home for over 100 animals, a riding center and a cafe, and with the enthusiastic support of a large team of volunteers, conducts dozens of education and youth projects. As a registered charity, the farm’s main objectives are to enhance the health, well-being and life chances of children and disadvantaged people, as well as create enjoyment and recreational opportunities for those from our local and wider communities. Intruder detection systems WLS’s connection with Vauxhall City Farm spans over 15 years, during which it has installed and maintained the farm’s fire and intruder detection systems, as well as the now superseded CCTV system. Alison Ewen, the wife of WLS’s managing director, also has a close bond with the farm. Having been a volunteer for over 20 years, Alison has been appointed a trustee specializing in Riding for the Disabled activities. “As a company which has enjoyed considerable success installing a great number of electronic security solutions across London, we believe we have a corporate responsibility to give something back to the community,” said Jeremy Ewen. “We have welcomed the opportunity to do so by supporting a charity which we have such high regard for, in respect of the support, education and enjoyment it gives to so many people.”
Empire House, the luxury business members' club due to launch in West Yorkshire in a few weeks, has invested a five-figure sum in state-of-the-art, automated security systems to create a slick customer experience, intensify site security and help protect clients from COVID-19. In readiness for opening in a few weeks’ time, the Slaithwaite-based business center – which will incorporate offices, a ‘lounge’ area with stocked bar and corporate and event facilities – is set to attract businesspeople from all over West Yorkshire and offer 24-hour access to tenants. CCTV and intruder system Recognizing a need to heighten client experience and reduce the manpower required, Empire House has invested in CCTV, access control, fire and intruder alarm support from Huddersfield-based specialists, Centurion Fire & Security Ltd. The automated system has been designed to make the management of the building simple. The access control, which can screen visitors via a camera, also offers the option of COVID-19 functionality Able to be programmed to allow and deny access around the building, the system ensures that no unauthorized individuals can gain entry. It is wholly integrated with the CCTV and intruder system, permitting ‘triggers’ and push-notifications to key holders when an area has been ‘breached’. The access control, which can screen visitors via a camera, also offers the option of COVID-19 functionality, allowing or denying entry based on whether they are wearing a mask or not. Manned onsite teams Amy Byram is the founder of Empire House. Commenting on the investment, she said: “We wanted to provide the utmost security for our clients, whilst ensuring that their experience is slick and uninterrupted – the last thing that people want is to feel that their privacy is being intruded, and we have got that balance just right.” “I am impressed with the functionality of the software, which will allow the management team to ensure security is maximal at all times, without the costly need for manned onsite teams. We can lock and unlock doors directly from an app, whilst enabling us to mark people as safe or missing in an emergency. We hope our clients will be as equally as impressed by the technology as we are.”
Round table discussion
There was a time when men dominated the physical security industry. On second thought, that time is today. Even with increasing numbers of women entering our community, it’s an industry that is still mostly populated by men. But change is coming, and the industry as a whole is benefiting greatly from a surge in female voices. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What is the changing role of women in security?
In the digital age, software is a component of almost all systems, including those that drive the physical security market. A trend toward hardware commoditization is making the role of software even more central to providing value to security solutions. Software developments make more things possible and drive innovation in the market. We asked this week's Expert Panel Roundtable: How do software improvements drive physical security?
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